Brandon Stone ’01 can trace the roots of his career all the way back to The Hun School. “My interest in serving the community was brought on by my years of community service at Hun,” he explains. During his time in the Upper School, Mr. Stone volunteered with the Princeton Fire Department and the Princeton First Aid Rescue Squad. “It really was formative and guided me in my career.” He later worked with the Princeton Police Department as a dispatcher before returning to his home state of Massachusetts to attend the Boston Police Academy.
Jon Yianilos always knew he wanted to be an artist when he grew up. In fact, during his senior year at The Hun School he was a true “starving artist,” skipping lunch so he could maximize the number of art classes he could take. He attended Washington University, where he majored in sculpture and minored in architecture, and was looking forward to a career as a sculptor. And, then he graduated—in 2008, during the worst economic crisis in recent history.
“Hun changed my worldview and broadened my way of thinking,” said Johnny Fung ’77. Apparently, it also broadened his palate, since he tasted his first-ever hamburger thanks to former dean of admissions and financial aid, P. Terence Beach H’14, who took him to McDonald’s shortly after landing at JFK at age fourteen. Mr. Fung was one of many international boarding student alumni who attended a virtual reunion on May 12th that reunited old friends and connected new ones.
Dr. Michael Axelrod ’89 has almost three decades of experience in the mental health profession. As a child clinical psychologist, school psychologist, and now as a professor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his background in mental health and research lends a unique perspective on the current COVID-19 crisis. While most have been preoccupied with the physical toll inflicted by the virus, there is another very real danger—to mental health.