Ruth Gorham Alumni Award

The Ruth Gorham Alumni Award is presented each year to a member of the alumni community whose dedication and service to Graland exemplify Ruth Gorham’s lifelong commitment to the school.
At the inaugural Master Teachers ceremony in 1998, Ruth Gorham's fellow master teacher and dear friend Phil Hickey paid tribute to her ability to “open the eyes of hundreds of youngsters to new cultures, languages, and history. Always, everywhere, she ignited a spark in all of her students, continually nurturing a joy for learning.”
Mrs. Gorham's career at Graland spanned from 1930 until 1992, during which time she taught English and French to countless students and mentored numerous younger teachers. Her fondness for the school knew no bounds, and, due to her long tenure she became a meticulous chronicler of the School's history. She spent several years writing Graland Country Day School: the First 50 Years, which remains the authoritative history of the school's formative years.  Mrs. Gorham passed away in 2004 at the age of 99.
Her deep commitment to the School and involvement with generations of students evolved into a position as the de facto head of alumni relations at a time when there was no such formal position on the staff and no volunteer alumni board. It is therefore particularly fitting that in 2007, the Graland Alumni Association Board passed a resolution to establish a formal tribute to the formidable woman whose role in Graland's history was indeed noteworthy.  The purpose of this award is to honor alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to the school.
The following areas of interest will be reviewed during the selection process:
  • Volunteer involvement with Graland Country Day School
  • Philanthropic support of the School
  • Leadership in alumni relations
  • Dedication and commitment to Graland, its history and its educational Programs
Please send nominations to Kristin Eklund Weber '88, Director of Alumni Relations, by email or to her attention by regular mail:
Graland Country Day School
55 Clermont St
Denver, CO 80220
Past recipients of the Ruth Gorham Alumni Award have included:

2018 - Greg Goldberg '83
           Edward Murane '78
2017 - Phil Hickey H'81
2016 - Jim Arneill '66
2015 - Andrea Sodano '65
2013 - Ted White '73
2012 - Bruce Rifkin '72
2010 - Ben Parkes '92
2009 - Liza Grant '79
2008 - Ann Harrison Hicks '81
2007 - Diane Gates Wallach '69

Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.