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A New Chapter the years. O’Neil, a member of the buildings and grounds team, who has worn every hat that office has to offer, says so much has changed Mike O’Neil since he first arrived on campus in 1984. “I’ve seen all of these buildings go up. Every two years, we would build a new building.” Kenny is also awed by the school’s growth: “It’s so different than 30 years ago when I came here. I look outside now, and the facilities are just amazing.” Merritt’s favorite addition is the Castle renovation. “It’s much more civilized now. The new Castle has been a wonderful addition to the school environment.” Despite the dramatic landscape changes, all three agreed that the school remained the same at the core, although they saw it from very different angles. “It’s still the same fun, easygoing place,” Kenny says. Speaking from the academic angle, Merritt says she will “always have very high respect for the school and its traditions.” O’Neil witnessed the more lively classroom moments when he eavesdropped on Nobles science courses. Bob Kern’s classes were among O’Neil’s favorites, citing trash-can explosions and hot-air balloons. “This

school was never dull!” he laughs. Merritt and Kenny both commended the school for its support through their own times of personal difficulty. As Merritt says, “That’s what Nobles does really well—rallying when someone in the community needs it.” Kenny was emotional in expressing her immense gratitude to the school: “That to me is just amazing. I’m so grateful for them letting me take the time I needed. Nobles is a family.” O’Neil has been here through the tenure of three headmasters. “They were all good. They treated our division right,” he says. O’Neil remembers the first day he met Bob Henderson. “We had a welcome barbecue for him on the patio of Baker. B&G was all sitting together, like we always do, and I remember [Henderson] telling us that we are ‘the glue of this school.’ He said, ‘You glue it because we need you to.’ That stuck in my mind,” O’Neil says. All three agreed that they will miss the people of Nobles most. “That’s why I stayed here so long,” O’Neil says. “I watched everybody grow up.” Kenny says the same: “The kids are what keep you young and happy and going. I’ve known so many of them.” Merritt could not stop adding to the list of colleagues she has loved during her time here. On his last day working for Nobles, O’Neil reflected, “When I first came here, I didn’t expect that I would make my career here. I had a great run. I’ll miss it, but I need to take some time.” Merritt says that she can feel the time is right for her to move along. Kenny agreed: “It’s time to start chapter two!”

After a collective 74 years of working at Nobles, Robin Kenny, Judith Merritt and Mike O’Neil retired in June to begin the next chapters of their lives. Kenny, assistant athletic director and equipment manager, spent most of her life at Nobles, since coming to Nobles Day Camp as a child, Robin Kenny hanging out with her brother’s friends here as a teen, and starting work here in 1987. As a recent college graduate, Kenny watched her high school friend and now longtime Nobles faculty member Mark Harrington coach women’s varsity hockey. As Kenny tells it, Harrington asked her, “If you’re going to hang out, why don’t you put on your skates and come help me?” That question began a career that spanned almost three decades. Merritt’s career as registrar at Nobles also began through a longtime friendship with a Nobles faculty member: English Judith Merritt teacher Vicky Seelen. Merritt’s brunch conversation landed her the position at Nobles, where her desk sat across the hall from Seelen’s office. The three staff members each had a unique perspective of Nobles’ growth over

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Profile for Noble and Greenough School

Nobles Fall 2016 Magazine  

Nobles Fall 2016 Magazine