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Alumni News

Milton: A Family Tradition

William Weeks Sr. ’44 and his son, William Weeks Jr. ’79, are celebrating their 75th and 40th reunions, respectively, during Reunion Weekend, June 14-15. Although Milton experienced many changes in those thirty-five years, one thing remained the same: inspirational teachers left a lasting impression on both of them. Learn more about this father and son’s meaningful Milton connections.

Governor JB Pritzker ’82 will be the 2019 Graduation Speaker

JB Pritzker, Class of 1982 and the 43rd governor of the state of Illinois, will serve as Graduation day speaker on June 7, 2019. “JB Pritzker is an extraordinarily generous spirit who has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of countless people throughout his community and beyond,” said Head of School Todd Bland. “Humble despite his huge influence, he is intelligent, relatable, and a kind-hearted leader—qualities to which we should all aspire. I am delighted to welcome him back to campus.” Read more.

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak ’87 Elected President of the National Press Club

Alumna Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak ’87, the health policy correspondent on National Public Radio’s Science Desk, was inducted as the new president of the National Press Club by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer P ’87, whose daughter, Chloe, is a classmate of Alison. One of the most respected organizations for journalists, The National Press Club is a vigorous advocate for freedom of the press worldwide. Ali speaks fondly of her time on campus, learn more.

Christmas Farm by Edward “Ned” O. Handy, Jr. ’47

Edward “Ned” O. Handy, Jr. ’47 always loved writing and sharing his work with his family, many of whom were Milton alumni. Before Ned passed away, his son, Seth Handy ’85, helped him publish Christmas Farm, a children’s alphabet book inspired by Bunny Merrill’s ’79 Elmore Mountain Farm. Interested in celebrating the holidays with a Milton touch? Learn more or purchase the book.

Congratulations Governor-Elect Pritzker ’82

J.B. Pritzker ’82 is the newly elected governor of Illinois, defeating Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the general election. Pritzker is assembling his new administration, which will take office January 14. At Milton, Pritzker boarded in Hallowell House and was active with the Milton paper, the speech team, and drama. After graduating from Milton, he graduated from Duke University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and earned his law degree from Northwestern University. He is an attorney and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. Congratulations, Governor-Elect Pritzker!

Sarah Colt ’88 Launches National Broadcast of The Gilded Age

Independent documentary filmmaker Sarah Colt has dedicated her career to creating character-driven documentaries, from chronicling the traditions of the Amish, or understanding the motivations of larger-than-life figures such as Henry Ford and Walt Disney. Her recent project, The Gilded Age, was created for PBS’s award-winning series American Experience and was broadcast nationwide in February 2018. Congratulations, Sarah!

Remembering Kay Herzog

Kay Herzog, a beloved Milton Academy English teacher for more than 30 years, died on February 18 in Oxfordshire, England after a lengthy illness. She came to Milton in 1959 intending to teach for one year, then return to Cambridge, England. However, during that year she met Bradford Herzog, then Boy’s School mathematics teacher and House Master of Forbes House, and they were married in June of 1960. Just a few of the many highlights of her career include being the co-creator of both Senior Spring Projects and the Arts Program. She was head of the English Department for many years, and responsible for over-seeing the development of the English curriculum during the years that the Girl’s and Boy’s School merged to become one. Read her daughter Kathy Herzog‘s (class of 1980) tribute.

Connie Bradley Madeira ’35 Turned 100!

On December 31, 2017, Connie turned 100! She celebrated with more than 40 of her friends and family members in her hometown in Maine, including her youngest great-grandchild, Athlea, born in September — there are nearly 100 years between them! If you know of any Mustangs who are in the 100 club, share it with us by emailing