Alan Vedder '31
After Hotchkiss and Yale, Alan Vedder '31 began his career as a banker in Boston. In the mid-1940s, he moved to New Mexico, where he became fascinated with Spanish colonial-era arts and artifacts. He eventually became one of the country's leading authorities on Spanish-American arts and culture, and was curator of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe. Vedder and his late wife, Ann, had no children. When he died in 1989, half his estate went to the museum. The other half was bequeathed to Hotchkiss, unrestricted as to its use. Alan Vedder's careful planning in making the bequest continues to benefit Hotchkiss greatly, as noted by Skip Mattoon, former head of school. "He was quite deliberate in his intent to give us maximum flexibility. Schools are complex institutions and they have many needs. The unrestricted gift allows us to undertake projects that might not be obvious on the surface, but which are quite important to the future of the School. New educational issues arise all the time, and it's helpful to have some flexibility to address them, to make sure Hotchkiss remains an exceptional and distinctive institution. I'd like to think that Mr. Vedder's own experience as curator of the Santa Fe museum led him to appreciate the benefits of giving – and receiving – unrestricted gifts."