B.S., M.S.E., Princeton University
Assistant Headmaster, Physics, Emeritus
Donald Oscarson '47 Master Chair
Year Appointed: 1972
Rusty graduated from Princeton University in 1970 and was elected to the Sigma Xi honor society with an undergraduate major in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Sciences. He remained at Princeton for two additional years to earn an MSE in Aerospace Engineering, concentrating in the study of low-speed flight mechanics. He was the first person hired by incoming Headmaster Lance Odden and came to Taft in the fall of 1972 to teach physics. He coached golf and basketball during his early years at the school and started the girls’ soccer program in 1974, coaching the girls’ team for 24 years and guiding them to four consecutive New England Championships from 1988-1991.
During his second year at Taft, he was appointed the dean of the Middle Class, a position he held for many years until he took the job of dean of students for 12 years and then ran the Residential Life program before becoming the assistant headmaster. After teaching AP physics for about 25 years, Rusty has elected to return to teaching lower mids in 2011 and has found that to be a fun move.