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On the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Ceres M. Horn ’86, the Upper School gathered to remember the remarkable alumna in the theatre that bears her name.


Ceres M. Horn '86 Remembered

On the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Ceres M. Horn ’86, the Upper School gathered to remember the remarkable alumna in the theatre that bears her name. Students, faculty, and staff honored the memory of Ceres, who was killed in an Amtrak train crash in Chase, Maryland on January 4, 1987 while on her way back to Princeton University to finish her freshman year. She was 16 years old.

Ceres was a remarkably bright and vivacious young woman with tremendous promise who lived her short life to the fullest and with the utmost character. She left an everlasting imprint on many.

The assembly began with a poignant remembrance by Nan Cohen '85, recorded several years ago at Viewpoint School in California where she teaches. Cohen’s stirring talk about Ceres, focuses on a moment in their friendship that continues to inspire her today.

Next, Middle School teacher Jon Aaron ’72 gave remarks including a story of how Ceres earned a role in the 1983 Middle School production of The Mouse That Roared. He also shared the history of the transformation of Edwards Gym to the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. The assembly continued with students and faculty describing their favorite memories in the Horn Theatre via video and concluded with the Founder's Day Song.

Video coverage by Cindy Green.


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