Resident of RiverWoods Exeter, Jacquelyn Thomas, is honored with the 2021 Founders’ Day Award.
Over 35 years as Phillips Exeter Academy librarian, Thomas transformed the Class of 1945 Library into an intellectual and cultural epicenter at the heart of campus life. Her visionary initiatives to bring Harkness teaching — as well as the diverse voices of visiting poets, artists, and musicians — into the library proper, promoted inclusivity and academic rigor.
With her daughter Hilary by her side, Thomas said, “I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of attention being paid. I cannot believe that I deserve it all, even though I’ll take it all.”