Generously supporting faculty enrichment at RLS, this fund is named in recognition and memory of Eric Wickersham, Class of 2002.

The Fund was originally established in 2001 by Grover T. Wickersham ’67 as The Wickersham Family Fund. The Fund was renamed and reestablished in 2021 by Grover T. Wickersham ’67 and Jill Wickersham in memory of Eric to support faculty enrichment at Robert Louis Stevenson School.

Eric treasured his time at Stevenson and made lasting friendships, notably Adrian Witzenmann ’02, his closest friend. We invite you to learn more about Eric and the fund named in his memory.

Here are letters from three of the nine grateful faculty members who received grants from the Fund this year.

Dear Wickersham Family,

This is one of the most wonderful letters I have been asked to write! THANK YOU (or, more à propos, “MERCI”) is what I really want to say to you for creating this game-changing grant allowing us teachers—and our families—to go together on otherwise cost-prohibitive adventures that refresh and renew us.

Our Wickersham Grant supported a dreamy, once-in-a-lifetime adventure at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, where we showcased our short film, “A Work of Art.” My daughter Sylvie (RLS ‘19) and my wife Manon (RLS faculty) joined me. Our film was among 8 world finalists at the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmakers competition.

Merci Beaucoup, Wickershams—thank you so very much for your gift!

Steph, Manon & Sylvie Pratt
Steph Pratt
Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair: Upper Division

Manspeaker family

Dear Wickersham Family,

I write to express sincere gratitude for your generous support of my and my family’s week-long summer experience in London. Your generosity allowed me to travel to London for one week and train alongside experienced Musical Futures teachers in their classrooms. This well-established, highly-regarded program trains music teachers to go outside their comfort zone by meeting students where they are with popular music. As a lovely bonus, my husband, Jon, and our nine-year-old daughter, Wyatt, were able to join me on this adventure. I gained tremendous insight into various aspects of popular music in the classroom and have applied many of the tools and resources from this visit to my classes this year.

Thank you for this most enriching opportunity,

Dr. Willow Manspeaker, Jon Kemmerer, and Wyatt Kemmerer
Director of Music: Upper Division

Cabral family on street

Dear Wickersham Family,

I write to express my thanks for the opportunity your endowment provided to me and my family to travel to the United Kingdom this summer where I was able to attend Oxford University’s continuing education programs. Oxford University offered a week-long eighteenth-century European history course, “Enlightened Despots and Reactionary Rulers,” that I will incorporate into my teaching in my own history classes. Thank you for your support of Stevenson which made possible the opportunity to travel with my family for professional development and fulfilled our daydreams of global exploration as a family of four.

With sincerest gratitude,

Sarah Cabral, Ph.D.
History Department Chair: Upper Division