What does leadership by female students at Taft look like in 2022? Read what several student leaders say about what it means to participate in a dynamic community beyond the classroom. As part of recognizing Taft's 50th anniversary of coeducation, we celebrate these and all young women at our school.
Embodying Taft's motto, Not to be served but to serve, the Red Rhino Fund is an endowed, charitable fund run by a nine-member student board and two faculty advisors. The group works to create positive change in the Greater Waterbury community by awarding monetary grants and promoting local organizations in support of education, literacy, and the arts.
From left, Figo '23, Finn '24, Elise '24, Steve '22, Maheen '23, Max '22, Sadie '22, Mackenzie '23, and Townsend '23.
Karen Stevenson ’75 Honored
Karen Stevenson ’75 was awarded the Horace Dutton Taft Alumni Medal and is the first woman of color to receive the school’s highest alumni honor. After a career as a trial lawyer, she became the first Black woman to serve as a federal magistrate judge in the Central District of California. The award is given each year to a person whose life work best reflects the essence of the Taft School motto, Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret.
Geoffrey Hoguet ’68
How Geoffrey Hoguet ’68 is fulfilling the charitable spirit of his Rothschild forebears
Learn why a descendant of the Austrian branch of the Rothschild family is pursuing restitution of his family’s legacy and property seized by the Nazis, such as a charity to establish a foundation for mental health, works of art, and more, which were later transferred to the city of Vienna and also taken by the Czech Republic.
Betsy Wagner ’85
As a longtime journalist and video producer, Betsy Wagner has seen the world of media shift and change over the years. She’s reported on such varied topics as education, science, and culture, and as a producer, Wagner has written news and documentary specials for cable clients including the Discovery Channel, A&E, and VH-1, and produced shows for Yahoo Finance.
Henry Siemon ’03
When Henry Siemon ’03 assumed the role of president and CEO of The Siemon Company in 2021, he became the fifth family member in as many generations to hold the position since his great-great-grandfather founded the company in 1903. The company is now based in Watertown, Connecticut, and produces telecommunications cabling and connectivity systems for data centers and local area networks.