The Klingenstein Award
Waynflete’s Board of Trustees established the Klingenstein Award in Spring of 2019. It is an award rooted in our mission, which calls for “responsible and caring participation in the world. “Through the Klingenstein Award, we seek to recognize one Waynflete alumnus/alumna per year whose responsible and caring participation in the world—at the local, national, or international level—has had broad and positive ramifications. The award is named for its first recipient, Patricia Davis Klingenstein ’47, in recognition of her work as an education advocate, devoted community leader, volunteer and philanthropist. Read more about Pat and her life’s work.
The award recipient is celebrated in May.
2021 AWARD RECIPIENT
Rachel Talbot Ross ’78 was named recipient of the 2021 Klingenstein Award. Rachel is a ninth-generation Mainer who has dedicated her career to public service and social justice. In addition to serving as the City of Portland’s Director of Equal Opportunity and Multicultural Affairs for more than two decades, she led the NAACP in Maine and founded several nonprofit organizations, including Maine Black Community Development, Maine Freedom Trails, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows. Rachel chaired the Maine State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as well as the African American Collection of Maine housed at the University of Southern Maine. Read more about Rachel and her work.
2020 AWARD RECIPIENT
Charlie Miller ’65 was the 2020 recipient of the Klingenstein Award. From the founding of schools in Vietnam and an orphanage in Ethiopia to a school in Haiti and long-term rural development in Honduras, Charlie’s work has transformed communities and individual lives. Closer to home, Charlie sits on several nonprofit boards, tutors at the Telling Room, and created the Metamorphosis Award that recognizes young people who have dedicated their lives to serving even younger people, typically those at risk. In a letter nominating Charlie for the award, a member of the Waynflete community stated, “I cannot imagine a person who better embodies Waynflete’s ideals or who has done more to help others.” Read more about Charlie and his work.