In Memoriam

The following Board members are listed in memory and in honor of their significant activity and contribution to The Gifford School and the Board of Directors. 

Tristram Blake served as Executive Director of the South End Community Health Center for 38 years. Tris was particularly interested in management issues in non-profit organizations. He served as an organizational consultant to Gifford.

Robert L. Fenn retired from a 30-year career with Lowell Shoe in Hudson, NH, where he served as Executive Vice President. For eight years he was President of Gifford's Board.

Miriam Freidin, M.D. was an adult and child psychiatrist in private practice, with offices in Boston and Lexington and a dedicated supervisor and teacher of residents in child psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center for nearly 30 years. Dr. Freidin was active in the New Council of Child Psychiatry for many years, serving as president-elect and president from 2000-2002. In addition, she had been involved with the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and had been a member of its Ethics Committee for 15 years.

Nancy Grady worked for many years as a teacher, tutor, and consultant for learning disabled students.

Dan Rothenberg retired from an active role in the real estate business in the Greater Boston area. He was actively involved in the development of The Gifford School's campus.

S. Norman Sherry, M.D. retired after 36 years of practice specializing in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Sherry served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and was a board member of the Child Welfare League of America for 24 years.

Cynthia Scovell was a past president of the board of directors. For many years she was the chairperson of the Statewide Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. Cynthia volunteered in our art program as a way to get to know Gifford’s staff and students.

Mel Scovell became active in managing community health centers and mental health centers after many years as a businessman. In the early 1970s he served as Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare as head of the state Medicaid program. His late wife, Cynthia, was a long-time Gifford board member.

Marcia B. Stern
retired as an early childhood special educator and was affiliated with the Concord Children's Center. Her youngest son attended The Gifford School. She served for over 25 years on the Gifford School’s Board of Directors and retired to the Honorary Board in September 2011.

Consuelo K. Tagiuri, M.D retired as a psychiatrist and faculty member of the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital. She also was the supervisor of early childhood programs at Boston’s Children’s Hospital until 2000. For twenty years Connie was Gifford’s school psychiatrist. After retiring from the school, Connie became a member of the Board of Directors where she served for twenty years.

Len Tucker attended Andover Academy and then went on to Yale University to become a civil engineer. He served as a captain in the army during World War II and was recalled to serve in Morocco during the Korean War. As a civilian, he worked in construction for forty years. After retiring in 1951, Len volunteered in an inner city school and served on Gifford’s Board of Directors.

Peter S. Yozell was in the insurance business for over 60 years, the last 35 as a health and welfare broker. He was  active in the Weston Town Committee and served on the Town of Weston's Housing Needs Committee. Previously, Yozell chaired the Town of Weston Committee on Employee Health Insurance Matters. He was a member of The Gifford School's Board for over 25 years.