Waynflete announces 2022 Drake Award and Klingenstein Alumni Award recipients

Waynflete is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Drake Award and the 2022 Klingenstein Alumni Award. We will celebrate these exceptional members of our community during Reunion Weekend on May 13, 2022.

Bonnie Docherty ’90

2022 Klingenstein Alumni Award Recipient

Waynflete is pleased to announce that Bonnie Docherty ’90 is the recipient of the 2022 Klingenstein Alumni Award. Waynflete’s board of trustees established the Klingenstein Award in spring 2019. The award is 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.

Bonnie Docherty has worked for two decades in the fields of international humanitarian law and disarmament, particularly as they relate to civilian protections in armed conflict. She is a lawyer, field researcher, and scholar, and has played an active and leading role in campaigns against numerous problematic weapons. Bonnie is a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, where she directs its Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, and she is also a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. Her on-site investigations of cluster munition use in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Georgia helped galvanize international opposition to the weapon. She participated in the negotiations of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and has promoted implementation of the convention since its adoption. In 2010, Bonnie contributed to Oxford University Press’s comprehensive legal commentary on the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Bonnie has applied a humanitarian approach to her work on other indiscriminate or inhumane weapons. She played a key role in the negotiations of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, successfully advocating for specific provisions and providing legal advice to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the civil society coalition that received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. She has also advocated for stronger regulation of incendiary weapons, and her many publications on fully autonomous weapons have outlined the threats that these weapons pose to civilians and have shaped arguments for a new treaty to ban them.

Bonnie has investigated the effects of war on civilians in Ethiopia, Gaza, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Nepal, and Ukraine. In March 2022, Bonnie testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber on early signs of war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Russian armed forces during the Ukraine invasion.

Bonnie has additional expertise in the field of human rights and the environment. She has examined the effects of mining on disadvantaged and indigenous communities in British Columbia, Guyana, and South Africa, and has written about the problem of climate change migration. Bonnie involved her Harvard Law students in much of this work and has authored and published countless reports and articles.

Katie Glaser Getchell ’88

2022 Drake Award Recipient

Waynflete School is pleased to announce that Katie Glaser Getchell ’88 is the recipient of the 2022 Drake Award. In 1976, Emerson and Ping Drake, parents of four former Waynflete students, received a special honor for their service to Waynflete. Emerson Drake had served on the board of trustees for 16 years, the last several as president. Ping was active within the Waynflete community, volunteering in many areas of the school. They were recognized by the board with the award that now bears their name. Ping was also made an honorary Waynflete alumna. We honor their example and their memory by awarding the Drake Award each year.

Katie has been part of the Waynflete community since 1981, when she enrolled as a student in the sixth grade. As an alumna, she has been a dedicated and long-serving volunteer and a generous supporter of Waynflete’s fundraising efforts.

Katie was a member of Waynflete’s board of trustees for six years, chairing the Alumni Leadership Council and serving on the Development Committee, the Global Committee, the Second Century Capital Campaign Leadership Committee, and the Annual Fund Committee, where she volunteered as a leadership donor solicitor. She was recently appointed trustee emerita. As a challenge donor and an ambassador for the school’s annual fundraiser, Katie has helped inspire alumni to support the Waynflete Fund every year. She supported the school’s fundraising auctions as a regular donor and attendee, and for many years hosted the Boston alumni regional gathering at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Katie has shared her professional experiences with Upper School students as an alumni speaker. She recently volunteered to moderate an Alumni Lunch and Learn program featuring alumni entrepreneurs. Katie continues to be an ambassador for Waynflete, always finding time to welcome young alumni with an interest in art or museums to learn more about her work and to advise them on networking and job searches.

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