The Allen-Stevenson School community in New York, New York, is engulfed in a deep sense of loss as they bid farewell to their beloved former Head of School, David R. Trower h’95. David Trower dedicated 32 years of his life to serving as the Seventh Head of School at Allen-Stevenson, leaving an indelible mark on the institution and the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. This article pays tribute to the remarkable life and achievements of David Trower, celebrating his illustrious career and the profound impact he made on students and colleagues alike.

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David Trower’s journey as an educator began after completing his studies at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California. He furthered his education at Brown University, where he pursued a degree in History, nurturing his passion for learning and knowledge. Continuing his academic pursuits, David Trower enrolled at Union Theological Seminary, focusing on Psychology and Religion, and earning his esteemed Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. Equipped with a profound understanding of human nature and a deep sense of purpose, he embarked on a path dedicated to shaping the minds and hearts of young boys.

In July 1990, David Trower assumed the role of Head of School at Allen-Stevenson, initiating a transformative era that would span more than three decades. With unwavering dedication and a vision for excellence, he committed himself to nurturing the intellectual growth and character development of the students under his care. As the headmaster, David Trower embodied compassion, wisdom, and an unwavering commitment to fostering a love of learning within the school community. Under his guidance, Allen-Stevenson flourished as a vibrant center of education, where young minds were nurtured and futures were shaped.

After a remarkable tenure of 32 years, David Trower bid a fond farewell to Allen-Stevenson, retiring from his position as the Head of School in June 2022. Although he stepped back from his official role, his impact continued to reverberate throughout the institution, leaving an enduring legacy that would inspire generations to come.

The passing of David R. Trower on July 3, 2023, cast a profound sense of sorrow over the Allen-Stevenson community. The loss of such an esteemed educator and compassionate leader created a void that cannot be easily filled. However, his memory lives on through the countless lives he touched and the imprints he left on the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of crossing paths with him.

The Collins family, among many others, shared their deep sadness at the loss of David Trower. They recounted a recent conversation they had with him during a memorial service, where his words touched their hearts and left a lasting impact. His wife, daughter, and loved ones have been embraced by an outpouring of love and support from those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

David R. Trower, a dedicated educator and visionary leader, will forever be remembered for his exceptional contributions to the Allen-Stevenson School and the lives of countless students. His unwavering commitment to academic excellence, moral values, and the well-being of his students has left an indelible imprint on the institution and its community. As the Allen-Stevenson community mourns his passing, they also celebrate the remarkable life he lived and the profound impact he had on shaping young minds. David Trower’s legacy will continue to inspire and guide future generations, ensuring that his spirit and passion for education endure within the hallowed halls of Allen-Stevenson for years to come.

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