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  • Peter Magowan ’55

    Managing General Partner, San Francisco Giants
    Recognized as one of Major League Baseball's most progressive leaders, Peter Magowan ’55 retired in September 2008 after serving sixteen seasons as the San Francisco Giants’ managing general partner.  A longtime resident of San Francisco and a lifetime baseball enthusiast, Peter is credited with playing a critical role in two major events that kept the Giants in Northern California.

    Peter and a group of civic-minded San Franciscans saved the Giants from relocating to Tampa Bay in 1992.  The successful rescue has special meaning for Peter, a New York native who moved to San Francisco with his family about the time the Giants moved west in 1958.  He saw the Giants abandon New York for the West Coast and was determined to prevent a similar exodus thirty-five years later from San Francisco.

    Then in December 1995, Peter unveiled a revolutionary plan to build a new, privately funded 41,000-seat ballpark at China Basin which would further ensure successful Major League Baseball in San Francisco well into the 21st Century.

    For his efforts in overseeing the building of the nationally acclaimed ballpark, Peter was named 2000 Sports Executive of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.  In 2016 he was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.  The Giants have enjoyed unprecedented success in AT&T Park and currently have sold out every seat for the past several years.

    When asked about his time at St. Bernard’s Mr. Magowan shared the following:
"As I have said many times of all the schools I went to (Groton, Stanford, Oxford, and the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) St. Bernard’s was the best.  I can remember my classmates and my teachers (Mrs. Ashton, Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. Lawton, Mr. Manders, Mr. Phelan, Mr. McClung, Mr. Cox, Mr. Strange, Mr. Fry, and of course Mr. Westgate) better than any subsequent group of instructors.  Simply put they were the best.  They loved teaching and they loved their students.  I didn’t have a favorite – because I enjoyed them all.” 
Sports were a big part of my life at St. Bernard’s – particularly soccer and baseball.  Sports can help develop key values – of teamwork, enthusiasm, sportsmanship, listening to your coaches, always trying to do your very best, learning how to win – but also how to lose.

My lifetime love of baseball probably began when I first started playing in the fourth grade.  This was the year that my father took me to my first baseball game – Giants vs. Phillies in 1950.  From that point on I became a Giants fan – still am after 65 years!

But I think I learned a lot more than sports at 4 East 98th Street.  The values that the school taught – respect for your teachers and classmates, the encouragement of a questioning mind, being accountable for everything that you say and do, having the courage to express yourself and standup for your beliefs, the proposition that learning can be fun, the importance of being on time, always striving to be better, of setting and achieving goals, working hard – but doing all of this while having fun and enjoying life and developing lasting friendships – these are the values that became a central part of who I was and who I think I still am today.  They are also values that I have tried to set as examples for my children and grandchildren.  I believe they are the values that the school still teaches today and I am sure that virtually all the students there share.  Long live St. Bernard’s!

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  • Justin Brown ’96

    A wooden alligator, a climbing pirate, a truck with rolling wheels and an operable hatch still adorn my shelves almost thirty years after their creation.  They remind me of the incremental progress made by doing and the discovery embedded in the process of making that I first learned in my carpentry class in the first, second, and third grade.  It was many years before I discovered how unique this foundational experience was to this school, and I could fully appreciate the deep privilege of a St. Bernard’s education.
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  • AJ Houston ’03

    AJ Houston ’03 works in Global Equity Trading for the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets.  In his role, he services the liquidity/trading needs of US-based mutual fund and hedge fund clients for Canadian Equity product.  Prior to joining RBC CM, he served as an investment analyst for the J.P. Morgan Endowments & Foundations Group within the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where he helped not-for-profits and charitable organizations achieve their investment objectives. Before entering the workforce, AJ attended the Taft School and then Dartmouth College, where he played football and majored in Classical Studies with a focus on Latin.
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  • Luke Robert Young ’16

    I spent ten years at St. Bernard’s, roughly two thirds of my life.  Although it was often challenging, St. B’s helped me mature into a thoughtful, open-minded person with a love of learning, music, and the value of good friendships.  My closest friends today have been my buddies since kindergarten and I believe we will be life-long friends.
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    Ijah Mondesire-Crump, M.D. ’98 is a Bronx native.  After attending kindergarten at a public school in the South Bronx, he was chosen to participate in Early Steps, a program that promotes diversity in New York City independent schools.  He attended St. Bernard’s from first grade to eighth grade, where he developed a love for the natural sciences and was awarded the Science Prize at graduation. 
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  • Antonio Weiss ’80

    Antonio Weiss ’80 is a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Previously, he served as Counselor to the Secretary at the United States Department of the Treasury, where he worked on issues related to financial markets, regulatory reform, financial stability, and consumer and housing finance.  He led the Treasury response to the debt crisis in Puerto Rico, working closely with Congress to pass legislation to allow an orderly restructuring of Puerto Rico’s debt.  In recognition of his achievements at the Treasury, he was presented the Alexander Hamilton Award, the department’s highest honor.
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