The town of Woodbridge is a very special place in our world. This is why my ancestors chose to live here from the 1790s on. And, this is why my family brought me up here and I continue to live here. For more than seven decades I have enjoyed all that this town offers to its citizens.
We were students of Center School proudly graduating as the last eighth grade. We were prouder still to be the first to enter Amity High School and the first to graduate after 4 years in that famous fabulous ultramodern, for its time, high school. Most of those 100 or so graduates then left their beloved town to attend college at, for myself and two other classmates, Wells College in Aurora NY. Here I earned a BA in economics.
After working at Yale in the manuscripts and Archives division of Sterling Library, I spent time organizing the archives of the Coe Family and Foundation at Planting Fields on Long Island. The next many years were spent in the USVI actively working in historic preservation: first as an historian for the Government of The Virgin Island. Then as the executive director of The St Croix Landmarks Society, that oversaw an historic sugar plantation, a library and archives of West Indian History, a nineteenth century pharmacy, a plantation great-house, and active pursuit of the preservation of other island landmarks. In addition, I was one of two Territorial advisors to The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Eventually, as I am fond of telling people, I promoted myself to be the part time archivist in the Society’s library, pasted on the Executive Directorship and open space for our town. And volunteering at the Library led to working in the circulation department assisting the myriad of town patrons.
As a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, I am confident that I will be able to serve my town in still another helpful and productive capacity. I will bring to that body a unique set of skills and perspective that will ensure the preservation of the ambiance and uniqueness of our Town while allowing for its progression into the future.