For the last seven years, Kristin Butterfield Vickery ’88 and her husband, Stuart, have had a child enrolled at Mercersburg; Thomas ’18 arrived on campus in 2015 and younger sister Cate ’22 followed him in 2018. They, in turn, were treading in the true-blue footsteps of their mother and grandfather, John Butterfield ’56, as well as a great-uncle, David ’60; their great-great-grandfather, John Drumm, was the school’s treasurer for more than 40 years and was an honorary member of the Class of 1938.
With Cate’s graduation and departure for Syracuse University in the fall, the Vickerys stepped down as co-chairs of the White Key Executive Council (White Key is Mercersburg’s parent volunteer organization). Kristin (who had served as a White Key member since 2015 and was previously a member of the Alumni Council, as well as an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents) and Stuart received the James Hasson Distinguished Service Award during White Key meetings in April.
“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to be a part of White Key,” Vickery wrote to her fellow parents in a year-end letter. “I have loved welcoming new families to our community and helping parents navigate the transition to boarding school. The work of White Key volunteers is so important, and I am grateful that so many parents help in so many big and small ways.”
The Vickerys will be succeeded as White Key Executive Council co-chairs by Kristin’s Mercersburg classmate Bill Su ’88 and his wife, Kathleen. The Sus are the parents of Isabel ’23 and Oscar ’25.