Easter Maynard ’89 and Michael C. Hall ’89 Honored by Alumni Association
Surrounded by classmates, former teachers and family, two Ravens from the Class of 1989 were recognized with prestigious alumni awards during the annual Alumni Association meeting and luncheon on Friday, Oct. 11, which kicked off the 2019 Alumni Celebration Weekend.
During their time here at Ravenscroft, Easter Maynard ’89 and Michael C. Hall ’89 were classmates and friends, and both immersed themselves in fine arts.
Maynard, presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award, is the director of community investment for Investors Management Corporation, executive director of their ChildTrust Foundation and board chair of Golden Corral Corporation. She has received the 2017 Triangle Community Foundation Catalyst Award for visionary philanthropy and the 2018 Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award.
Earlier this year Maynard wrapped up seven years of service on the Ravenscroft Board of Trustees. She also co-chaired the successful five-year, $15M Embrace Possibility campaign. Her three children — Lila Maynard Parker ’22, James Parker ’24 and Sawyer Parker ’26 — are current Ravenscroft students.
Introducing Maynard at the event, friend and fellow alumna Katie Pressel Gillespie ’95 said of her commitment to Ravenscroft, “She’s also served in much less glamorous roles at school [than trustee]. She’s been room parent, chaperone on field trips, pulled weeds in the Lower School butterfly garden, and she’s literally served behind the scenes … as stage crew for fine arts productions.
“Generous, gracious, humble, candid, wickedly funny, the best hostess and, again, passionate — we in the Ravenscroft community are all better because we get to exist in Easter Maynard’s orbit,” she concluded.
In accepting the award, Maynard said, “I’m so grateful for the many connections I have from my years with this amazing school. Having the opportunity to be here has given me the foundation for the kind of work that I’ve ended up doing over the years, and I’m thankful that my children can be here now. They’re having a truly life-altering experience.”
Hall, the star of television series including “Six Feet Under,” “Dexter” and “Safe” and acclaimed theater productions from Shakespeare to David Bowie’s “Lazarus,” became the newest member of the Alumni Fine Arts Hall of Fame.
Inspired by early experiences at Ravenscroft, Hall decided to pursue acting in college and earned a Master of Fine Arts at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. He made his Broadway debut in 1999 as the Master of Ceremonies in Sam Mendes’ revival of “Cabaret” and went on to portray Billy Flynn in 2002 in the revival of “Chicago.” He has since earned a Golden Globe, three Screen Actors Guild awards and numerous Emmy nominations.
Hall’s friend and classmate Tom Helton ’89 introduced him by sharing memories of their time at Ravenscroft. He remembered in particular his struggle to accept Hall’s decision to dedicate his senior year to a theater production instead of returning to the basketball team.
“When I finally saw him perform, I knew he was destined to be on stage,” Helton said. “He’s had an incredible career … and I couldn’t be prouder.”
In his acceptance remarks, Hall noted how those opportunities to explore both sports and fine arts at Ravenscroft have contributed to his success.
“Whether it was in choir or playing football, the lessons were essentially the same: it was about taking responsibility for what your role was but also being aware of who’s on your right and who’s on your left,” he said. “Ravenscroft set the stage for me to know how to be a good collaborator.”
During his visit to campus, Hall also spent time with Ravenscroft performing arts students, including cast members in rehearsal for “Chicago,” which runs in Jones Theatre this weekend. Hall talked about his path to the stage and screen and answered students’ questions about his many and varied roles.
At top, clockwise from top left: Maynard with her parents and daughter Lila ’22; Hall with his mother, Janice, and Fine Arts staff Elisabeth and David McChesney; both honorees with fellow Class of 1989 attendees.
At center: Maynard with former trustee and 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Charles Winston Jr. ’78.
At bottom: Hall with Head of School Doreen Kelly, Alumni Council President Anna Claire Murnick Price ’03 and Tom Helton ’89.
Enjoy more photos from the luncheon on our Flickr page.