2009 Alix Clark Diana '60
A seasoned school professional, a paramedic, a volunteer par excellence, a leader of leaders, and a family woman, our New York-born “Clark” attended Chapin School. As a freshman, she matriculated at Foxcroft.
A Hound through and through, she juggled a stellar academic performance with a bevy of other activities: Student Council, Glee Club, Octet, the Riding Officers, the Military Board, and the Middleburg Hunt. She played on a Puppy Team and served as a lieutenant in the Fourth Platoon. Calling herself “Ax,” she found her voice and made herself known. To wit in her senior year, she, Lt. Clark, and her lifelong friend, Capt. Anne Kinsolving, petitioned the “revered headmaster,” requesting that all commissioned and noncommissioned officers be allowed to wear lipstick in moderation at the Sunset Drill. The request was granted! Ah, the complexities of the fifties.
“Ax” or “Axie,” as we know her, was graduated in 1960 and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University. She married the late Ron Diana and began a lifetime of service in many arenas. Serving Far Hills Country Day School as the Director of the Annual Fund and as the Director of Development, her small shop benefitted from her global vision, her unparalleled work ethic, her embracing compassion, and her reasoned thought. Those same gifts rode with her and her many patients on the mobile intensive care unit with the Morristown Memorial Hospital and have enhanced the Foxcroft Alumnae Board for three years and the Foxcroft Board of Trustees for twelve years—five of those as the Board Chair. Her colleagues in every venue marvel at her commitment, her acceptance of responsibility, her passion, her wisdom, her grace, her generosity, her sense of humor, and her understanding heart.
The owners of that heart, however, are her precious family: Alexander, Chris, Nini, and Kate, her children; Liz and Nye, her daughters-in-law; and Tim and Patrick, her sons-in-law; William, Luke, Henry, Daphne, Lila, Garet, and Emmett, her grandchildren. “Grandee,” as her grandchildren call her, loves to hold court in Utopian Maine, to prepare her gourmet delights, to sail, to play tennis, to hike, to read, to attend the symphony, to be with friends and family, and, above all, to live life to the fullest.
For a lifetime of service in general, and to Foxcroft specifically, the Board of Trustees and Mary Louise Leipheimer honor Alix Clark Diana for her outstanding service by presenting to her Foxcroft’s highest honor, the Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award.