The Fred R. Halverson Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes those alumni who distinguish themselves in their lives and share the dedication to Menlo School exemplified by beloved former faculty member Fred R. Halverson. Fred had a lasting impact on the community during his 49 years at the School, serving as Assistant Headmaster, Dean, and teacher of American history and economics. In 1991 this award was established in his honor, and since his passing in 2003, it has kept his legacy alive at the school he called his second home.
The 2012 Halverson Award recipient is Robert Richmond ’77. In his years teaching in public high schools in LA and Colorado, Rob touched countless lives as an educator and mentor. “Everything about Rob Richmond mirrors the ideals and core principles of Fred Halverson and Menlo School,” writes classmate Scot Reid ’77. “Rob’s primary focus has been to pass along to a younger generation the hunger and passion for learning he attained as student at Menlo.” Rob’s former teacher Dan Kaylor calls Rob a “true student, a true friend and a role model for us all.”
Rob received the award at an assembly in March. After accepting the award, Rob reminisced about Fred Halverson: “Fred told me that Menlo is a family, a community. Menlo is not just a school where teachers prepare you for college. It’s the Menlo experience, and that Menlo experience will be part of your life forever.” Speaking to the students in the audience, he advised, “There are threads of Menlo in our lives, but they only work if you activate those threads.”
Congratulations to Rob on this exciting achievement!