Mollie and Barbara Anderson cut the ribbon at the library dedication ceremonyon October 17, 2009. (Photo by Brian Wozniak ’05)
Those of you who have been following the building boom on campus will have noticed that, it has been more of a "pop” than a boom. Yes, there have been additions and renovations over the last thirty years, but no brand new, stand-alone, start-from-scratch academic buildings have punctuated the campus skyline in thirty-five years.
That all changed with the construction of the Learning Commons and Mollie Dodd Anderson Library, which was dedicated last weekend amid a flourish of muffled cheers and charmingly humble, endearing speeches given with deep affection by people who certainly have a lot about which to be modest.
This is typical of George School: do something fabulous and then work hard not to make a big deal about it. It’s deeply embedded in the collective psyche. People come first, quality counts, and love makes the world go ’round.
How do you take such an occasion, the dedication of a long-awaited building worth shouting about, invite deeply appreciated and honored guests, and have it make sense in this peculiar context?
Somehow, last weekend, the way opened and it came to pass. I continue to marvel at, despite the hoopla that usually surrounds the appearance of a rock star like Warren Buffett, how personal and simple the dedication was from start to finish. The music offered by student performers was contemplative, meaningful, and elegant. To a person, those who spoke shared their wisdom, framed by gratitude, love, and appreciation of friends and family, teachers and mentors.
Here is this beautiful building that, in its conception and design, embodies our best hopes and dreams. We celebrated the library and those whose vision, hard work, and generosity brought it to life, but in a way that was deeply personal. The music, the words, the gestures … all were about simplicity and love. How perfectly it reflected and embodied what George School is about, where our relationship with others continues to matter the most.
It could not have been more fitting.