What St. Albans Means to Me

What St. Albans Means to Me


“My college years … were wonderful and fun,
but it was St. Albans that changed the course of my life.”

—Ben Guill ’69, Campaign Co-Chair

Cal Bowie ’69 and Ben Guill ’69—a playful moment in what Guill describes as a life-changing friendship, started at STA.

I arrived at St. Albans in Form I. I well remember that first day as an anxious and frightened new boy. My Form I master was Frank Bernard. He was from the U.K., and it was his first day, too. The only other person I knew at School was my brother, then in Form IV.

My family moved from the panhandle of Texas to Washington when I was a little boy. We knew nothing about schools like St. Albans. My grandfather, an Englishman who had moved to Texas and become an American, appreciated private education. He played a major role in my brother’s and my being at St. Albans.

St. Albans quickly became a big part of our family’s life. There were all the new friends and academic challenges and athletic competitions. At St. Albans I was first exposed to a culture of expectation and achievement. At St. Albans I learned from my Headmaster, Canon Martin, the importance of showing up and trying hard every day. At St. Albans, I made one of the greatest friendships of my life, with my classmate Calvert Bowie ’69 and his family. I guess everyone has a pivotal friendship somewhere along the line. Mine came at St. Albans.

My college years at Princeton were wonderful and fun, but it was St. Albans that changed the course of my life. It was there that I developed a competitive spirit and an appreciation for the kind of life I wanted to lead.

St. Albans truly helped shape my life and career.