What are your memories of George School, as a student and growing up on campus as the son of Stan Sutton, boys’ athletic director for forty years?
There was a serenity to campus, in those days with a working farm and a stream away from the hustle and bustle. We lived in Eyreline House with students on the third floor. I had a grand time. I had big brothers. There was also a camaraderie with the other faculty children, and I came to know some bright young men whom my father socialized with after dinner: Jim Talbot, Jim Michener (the great author), and Art Brinton. I also got to know people from different family backgrounds. There’s not much I didn’t like.
Why have you given to the George School Fund for many years?
In the center of my years at George School was the Great Depression. In some ways it was a burden that other families paid while I was there gratis because my father was on the faculty. My contributions are a gift of gratitude. I give to maintain the unique academic and social life at George School, not to preserve the old lifestyle. Time does pass. Giving encourages a continuum and helps the institution progress. The new athletic facilities will be marvelous. Giving shows that you approve of what George School is doing and keeps it alive for those who can afford it and those who cannot.
How do you feel about the charitable gift annuities you’ve given to the school?
From those gift annuities, I get a good, regular income, which has proven the astuteness of their financial management. I’m comforted that I put my gift money in the right place, and I continue to contribute because of their success.
Your seventy-fifth reunion is coming up in May? Will you be there?
I will try. I feel like the old salmon that needs to go home one more time.
More about Don:
After his years at George School, Don went to Ithaca College and served in World War II. Like his father, he enjoyed a long career in education, teaching, and coaching at two military academies before serving in several top administrative positions at Roanoke College. Also like his father, he ran Camp Wallawhatoola, attended by many George School students. He lives in Virginia, where he and his late wife, Rinky, raised two sons and two daughters. Fly-fishing and riding his Morgan horse are his more recent obsessions.
* Sticky Bun Society members have made gifts every year for five or more consecutive years. Recognizing individuals who “stick” with George School, the society takes its name from the school’s longtime favorite breakfast treat.