Many Abbot students, faculty members and alumnae worried that a merger with Phillips Academy would result in a loss of Abbot’s identity. This letter, addressed to the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees from the President of the Abbot Alumnae Association, Anne Russell Loring, details some of these concerns. Today, there are many Abbot alums who feel like they lost their school. Forty years after the merger, it is important to question whether or not the Abbot Alumnae Association’s requests were realized. The Abbot Academy Association, Abbot Cluster and Fidelio Society still exist. But Abbot’s school newspaper, “Cynosure,” as well as traditions like the Abbot Bazaar, are gone. This 40th anniversary is a chance for us to reflect on the impact that the merger between Abbot and Phillips had on the schools.

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