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$10,000 Literary Endowment To Honor New Trier Alumna

The New Trier English department is getting a boost for its annual Literary (Lit) Fest when artists are invited to the campus to conduct a series of literary programs for students, faculty, and the community.

With the help of the Foundation, Hale Curtis, NT Class of 1966, is gifting the English Department with a $10,000 endowment to honor the memory of his mother, Phyllis Barbara Marschall, who graduated from New Trier in 1947.

“My mother enjoyed reading,” Hale recalls. “She always had a book in her hand, fiction or non-fiction. Supporting Lit Fest would be a fitting tribute to her memory.”

The Phyllis Marschall Curtis Cramer '47 Endowment will fund the named speakership that will enhance the learning experience for students and faculty alike. It will also give New Trier the opportunity every year to connect with audiences outside the school in fun and artistic ways that many in the community are already engaged in.

“This announcement pairs well with the 20th anniversary of Lit Fest this year,” English Faculty Carlo Trovato points out. “Future programs may include a named speaker leading a workshop with faculty the day before the Fest, two sessions with students, and a public reading in the evening either at school or in conjunction with The Book Stall in Winnetka.”

Planning for next year’s Lit Fest is already underway, and we can’t wait to see what enlightening programs the English department come up with.