Dedication held for Karen & Ted Koskores Gallery

Dedication ceremonies were held this past weekend to officially name Thayer’s art gallery in honor of Ted Koskores ‘70 P ‘10, ‘13 and Karen Koskores P ‘10, ‘13. 

And the newly retired couple — the former head of school and the former arts faculty and gallery director, respectively — accepted the honor much like they do everything else: as a team. 

“This is wonderful for us because it is for both of us,” said Ted, who praised his wife’s commitment to making the space a center of excellence during her tenure as gallery director. “We could not be more appreciative.” 

Karen spoke briefly and from the heart. 

“Thank you, thank you all,” she said, drawing a large ovation from a crowd that filled both the art gallery, which showcased a wonderful variety of student artwork, and the adjacent lobby of Southworth Library. 

Head of School Chris Fortunato P ‘26, ‘28 welcomed guests to the May 7 event as part of Reunion Weekend festivities. 

“Thank you, Ted, for your leadership of this school,” said Fortunato, who detailed the many ways in which both Ted and Karen worked to make arts central to the Thayer experience before their retirement last year. He then notified guests of Ted’s official portrait, which now hangs with other heads of school on the wall of Southworth. He also pointed out that Ted, the first alumnus to serve as head of school and a three-sport varsity captain in football, basketball, and track, was enjoying his (belated, due to the pandemic) fiftieth reunion with fellow graduates from the Class of 1970. 

Thayer Academy Board of Trustees Chair Michael Joe P ‘17, ‘20 lauded Ted’s commitment to putting Thayer first, an ethos which manifested itself in a transformed physical campus, increased professional development opportunities for faculty, a strengthening of support for students with learning differences, and the addition of a fifth grade to the Middle School, among other accomplishments during an 18-year tenure. The board chair paid special attention to more recent years when the school, like the nation, was challenged by both the pandemic and the need to address racial injustice. 

“I had a front row seat for Ted’s leadership during this time,” Joe said. He also thanked Karen for wearing many hats while at Thayer, from wife of the head of school to parent to teacher to gallery director. 

Joe echoed comments that honoring Ted and Karen via the arts at Thayer Academy made perfect sense. 

“I hope you will be regular visitors to this gallery,” Joe told the couple. 

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Ted Koskores ‘70 P ‘10, ‘13 and Karen Koskores P ‘10, ‘13 attended May 7 ceremonies to rename Thayer’s art gallery in honor of the recently retired couple. 

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Attending the dedication ceremonies were, from left: Head of School Chris Fortunato P ‘26, ‘28; Board of Trustees Chair Michael Joe P ‘17, ‘20; Karen Koskores P ‘10, ‘13, the Academy’s former art gallery director as well as a former arts faculty member; and Ted Koskores ‘70 P ‘10, ‘13, the Academy’s former head of school. 

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The guests of honor cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Karen & Ted Koskores Gallery. 

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Part of Reunion Weekend, the gallery dedication ceremonies saw a large and festive turnout. 


 

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