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Donor Stories

Below are stories of people who have given to the Friends Endowment.

The Deborah Baltzly Aliber ’48 Endowment to Support the Study of the History and Culture of the Middle East

Debbie Baltzly Aliber 
developed her passion for history and culture when she studied at Friends in the 1940s. Her father, Alexander Baltzly, taught history at New York University. Debbie continued her study of history at Smith College. Soon after the Alibers moved to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood in 1965, she began to participate in various programs at the Oriental Institute (OI) of the University of Chicago. She loved her role as a docent in guiding thousands of school children through OI galleries and participated in many OI-sponsored trips to Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. After the Alibers moved to Hanover, NH in 2003, Debbie took numerous courses on ancient and contemporary history at the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth College. Debbie attributed her fascination with history and culture to her education at Friends.

The family of Debbie Baltzly Aliber ’48 honors her memory with an endowment at Friends.

“Because Debbie attributed her fascination with history and culture to her education at Friends, we chose to create an endowment at Friends in her memory. We want to honor her and perpetuate her support of the School which meant so much to her. We hope that this gift contributes to the education and passion of many generations of students.”  

- Robert Aliber, Husband

The Karen L. Bradley Fund for Excellence

Karen, parent of Ellen '98 and Joanna '03, worked on the Faculty Compensation Committee, bringing work expertise based on 30 years of working as Human Resources VP at NYU. Her experience in policy development and union negotiation were invaluable in the negotiation with FSA union. Karen felt that the faculty were the soul of the School and this endowment will support the work of current and future faculty members. Her husband, Gary, established the fund in Karen’s memory, to be used at the discretion of the Principal for curricular innovation and special initiatives, including stipends and support for faculty development.  

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