, May 6th >
Annual Builder's Reception
Our newest Builders, Joan Ivory '51 and Sarah Ivory Stewart '78 were celebrated at The Study's annual Builders' Reception Cocktail on May 6, 2019.
“A Builder of The Study is an individual or group whose leadership, generosity and dedication over many years have helped to shape the school and have left a permanent mark on life at The Study.”
The Ivory Family is a Study Legacy Family, enjoying three generations of Study girls. Caroline ’16 is daughter to Sarah Ivory ’78 and Guthrie Stewart. Sarah is daughter to Joan (Fraser) Ivory ’51 and Neil Ivory.
Joan, whose commitment to The Study began in the early 1970s, has been an active and constant supporter. Her initial role as President of The Study Old Girls’ Association shifted to the school’s newly established Endowment Fund, becoming Vice-Chair and eventually Chair of The Study School Foundation. Joan has continued to maintain her support of, and membership with, the Foundation ever since.
When asked why it was important to support The Study, Joan replied: “When my daughter Sarah was born, Martha Hallward ’48 (Study Builder 2015-2016) telephoned me and said, “I hear that you’ve had a daughter. Congratulations. It’s not too early to start helping The Study, so I’ve added you to our money-raising committee and I’ll expect you at the meeting at my house next Tuesday morning”.
Joan’s daughter Sarah followed her mother’s footsteps. Sarah’s passionate and loyal support her alma mater and its vision was consistently reflected in how she channeled her time as an invaluable member of The Study’s Board of Governors, assuming roles on various Board committees*, and being elected as the Board’s Secretary and eventually as Vice-Chair of the Board in 2011.
Not only has this family given much of their time and expertise as volunteer leaders, the Ivory’s generous financial support over many decades, impacting two major campaigns, has been significant.
Always willing to offer valuable advice, remind others of the importance of the school’s history with a hilarious anecdotal story, lend a hand, attend an event, or support an initiative, the Ivory Family are truly Study Builders, as their leadership, generosity and dedication has, indeed, spanned decades, having left an indelible mark on life at The Study.
*Sarah was a member of the Marketing Committee, Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee, and Chair of the Advancement Committee.