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Focus on Giving: Make an Impact, Leave a Legacy

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

"My family has been associated with Catlin Gabel for three generations. Each generation has experienced a different school but one that kept faithful to the ideals set forth by Ruth Catlin and Priscilla Gabel.

"We need schools where students learn about honor, community, and an appreciation of working to achieve goals. Such a school will produce the leaders of tomorrow, leaders in all aspects of life.

"Making a legacy gift to Catlin Gabel is one way to continue giving in the future to something you believe in and support." —Nancy Johnsrud Dudley ’59 (left, with husband Stephen Dudley)

To learn more about making a gift of your own, call Joan Gardner in the Catlin Gabel development office at 503-297-1984 ext. 308.

The Ruth Catlin and Priscilla Gabel Legacy Society


Focus on Giving: Catlin Gabel Fund

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

Philanthropy is the distinguishing factor in advancing the school’s mission and work. Each year the school invites all parents, alumni, and friends of Catlin Gabel to participate at any level of support. 

What is the Catlin Gabel Fund, and how does it benefit each student?

The Catlin Gabel Fund enhances the school’s budget with gifts that support our low 7:1 student teacher ratio, our exceptional teachers, and outstanding academic programs. The fund allows us to grow and innovate by adding programs that are right for our students such as robotics, outdoor education, the garden, and Chinese language studies.

Why do we need the Catlin Gabel Fund?

Gifts to the fund are the distinguishing factor that makes Catlin Gabel an enriching experience for students. Tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of educating our students: they cover only 85 percent of the school’s budget. The remaining 15 percent, equivalent to $2,162 per student, is funded by individual donations made to the Catlin Gabel Fund and endowment earnings.

Every gift makes a difference. Make your gift online:

Your donation can be made in monthly gifts throughout the year. Monthly giving is simple with automatic credit card or debit card payments. If you have any questions, please contact Catlin Gabel Fund officer Marianne Falk at 503-297-1894 ext. 374,  

2011-12 Annual Report: Making a Difference

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller & Annual Report 


Planned Giving Creates a Legacy

Eva Mae Chamberlin, 1915–2011 (left)
Eva was a longtime employee of the Dant family and a beloved first grade teacher at Catlin Gabel. After her retirement in 1981, an endowed fund for the school’s libraries was founded in her honor. Her bequest ensures that Catlin Gabel’s tradition of academic excellence will continue for future generations. All planned giving gifts become part of our endowment; they help improve the quality of our students’ education and the access we can provide. To view a list of the Ruth Catlin and Priscilla Gabel Legacy Society members, go to

Class of 2012 Graduation Gift to School

Tuition on the Track leaders Kate Rubinstein ’12 and Brooke Edelson ’12 rallied their classmates to organize the first student-led walkathon benefiting financial aid. Students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools walked, ran, skipped, boogied, and jumped around the track to surpass a $25,000 goal, raising $50,000. Alumni rallied in support of this effort, rising to a $15,000 matching challenge, bringing the total raised to $80,000. The impact of this gift is tremendous, providing tuition assistance to more than two talented students and making it possible for the school to achieve our fundraising goal this year.  



Auction: Fantastic Voyage. Saturday, March 16, 2013, Tiger Woods Center at Nike WHQ 
Tuition on the Track: April 12, 2013, Murphy Athletic Complex  

Take a moment to view the 2011-12 donor list.


2011-12 Annual Report: Progress on the Campaign for Arts & Minds

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller & Annual Report


Imagine More

A robust endowment is the most powerful way to fund the heart of an institution like ours: its student and teachers. Endowment helps ensure that our high-quality, experiential education continues for generations to come. Imagine more . . . new program offerings, financial aid, diversity, and faculty funding.

The Power of Creativity

The ability to think and work creatively is one of the most important skills our students learn and our alumni demonstrate. On October 4, a community celebration and ceremonial groundbreaking took place, and construction has begun on the Creative Arts Center. Doors will open to Middle and Upper School students one year from now!
Foundation endorsement for the Creative Arts Center
Two grants received this year were essential to breaking ground for the new Creative Arts Center. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, of Vancouver, Washington, and the Collins Foundation, of Portland, Oregon granted $200,000 each. This is a tremendous endorsement for our innovative hub for creativity. 

Please take a moment to view the 2011-12 donor list.


2011-12 Annual Report: Letter from Lark Palma

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller & Annual Report

Dear Catlin Gabel friends and families,

A hearty thank you to our donors and their tremendous commitment to Catlin Gabel’s future! We celebrate our donors who appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the life of our school and share a passion for Catlin Gabel. Places like this don’t just happen overnight. Special places like Catlin Gabel require dedication from our entire school community, with generous longtime donors who have helped lay a solid foundation for the good work we do each day, as well as our new families whose impressive giving has strengthened our school.
Our ambitious effort to raise significant funds for the school was achieved this year because of dedicated students, alumni, parents, grandparents, employees, and friends who have donated in unprecedented ways. We met our annual fundraising goals for both annual support and the Campaign for Arts and Minds!
We are thrilled to share with you that we have raised $15 million, which is 75 percent of the $20 million goal, for the Campaign for Arts and Minds. This transformative campaign will bolster the school’s endowment and add 20,000 square feet of space for the Middle and Upper School arts programs in what will be the new Creative Arts Center.
When we are finished with our campaign work, the school will deliver on its mission to provide an enlightened education rich in the arts and grant access to a wide array of students – with an increasingly solid financial foundation.

Lark Palma, Head of School   

 Please take a moment to view our 2011-12 donor list.

Our Inspired Teachers: Veronica Ledoux

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Every day Catlin Gabel teachers inspire their students. 16 faculty members talk about how they came to teaching—and what they love about their craft

 From the Autumn 2012 Caller

 Veronica Ledoux, US science

Bachelor’s in biochemistry, Mercyhurst College. Doctorate in neurobiology, Northwestern University. At CGS since 2008. 

When I initially began studying science, I imagined a finish line of sorts, a distant future in which I’d Understand Everything. Naïve, right? Now, I know better. As the years passed and my education continued, I learned a great deal, but each insight uncovered new parts of the scientific puzzle. The more I understood, the more I wondered. This complex spiral can go on forever. I now realize that one of the most exciting parts of studying science is the limitlessness of it.
In my previous life as a science researcher, I used complicated equipment to ask very minute questions in tremendous depth. While I was fascinated by my work, I had only a relatively small community of fellow scientists with whom I could share my discoveries. The taxpayers funding my work didn’t know what I was doing with their money, as my findings were published in expensive scientific journals with limited circulation and dense, jargon-filled text. There was no easy way for me to share my scientific excitement with the public at large.
At times I miss the research lab, but now, as a teacher, I constantly have opportunities to share my curiosity and love of learning with others. Many teachers are the sort of people who would be happy to be eternal students, and our profession lets us get away with this, to a degree. At Catlin Gabel, we have the freedom to innovate, update curriculum, create new courses, and follow the interests of students. This is both exciting and daunting. My colleagues set a high bar for constantly honing their craft, paying attention to individual students, and adapting their approach to better suit the needs of those students. I am privileged to be part of this place, as my own scientific understanding is constantly being challenged, which keeps my enthusiasm high. 


Photo gallery posted: seniors and 1st graders carve pumpkins

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So fun – and it didn't rain!

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Athletics history video

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Celebrating our athletes on the pitch, in the field, and around the gym

Homecoming photo gallery

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What could be better than Friday night under the lights? The Murphy Athletic Complex's Gant-Davis field is a thing of beauty when the sun sets on an autumn evening, our athletes play their hearts out, and fans flock together to cheer. Go Eagles!

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Creative Arts Center groundbreaking photo gallery

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A grand celebration!

On a beautiful afternoon in early October, we broke ground for the Creative Arts Center for Middle and Upper School students. The building will open fall 2013. For more information about the project, please visit

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