The Academy Receives Two Substantial Bequests

The Academy at Charlemont is honored to be the recipient of two substantial legacy gifts, both of which strengthen our capacity to serve deserving students through financial aid.

The Academy recently received the largest single gift in its 33-year history, a $1.1 million dollar bequest from the estate of John Brace Latham.  Mr. Latham was a lifelong friend of founding Head of School Eric Grinnell.  His lifetime generosity benefited many hilltown students, and this extraordinary gift will continue that legacy.

In addition, The Academy has sold a home and land that had been left to the school by long time Charlemont resident William Hoth.  Mr. Hoth’s legacy gift totals $168,000.  Though he had no direct personal connection to the school, he developed a warm friendship with Eric and Dianne Grinnell and respected The Academy’s dedication to maintaining a diverse student body.  He supported the school’s commitment to provide opportunities for civic engagement and leadership, and he believed deeply in the school’s mission.

Nell Todd, Interim Head of School says “Mr. Latham and Mr. Hoth recognized the long-term impact of The Academy in our local community and beyond, and made bold statements of confidence by choosing to provide for the future of the school and its students.  We are deeply grateful for their generosity.”