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Norwalk Alumnus Donates $500,000 To St. Luke’s In New Canaan

From left: Mark Davis, Mark Feinberg and Dick Whitcomb
From left: Mark Davis, Mark Feinberg and Dick Whitcomb Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Though he spent just one year at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, the impact on Norwalk native Mark Feinberg '81 was profound

"I came from a large, city school and really thrived in the academically focused and caring environment of St. Luke’s School. There is a quiet mantra at St. Luke’s: It’s cool to be smart. That really resonated with me," Feinberg said.

Feinberg recently expressed his gratitude with a nearly $500,000 donation to St. Luke’s Richard M. Whitcomb Endowment Fund.

"I had many wonderful mentors at St. Luke’s, but none more influential than Mr. Whitcomb," said Feinberg of St. Luke’s former Headmaster from 1980 to 2002.

"Mr. Whitcomb was absolutely the catalyst for this gift. I can’t thank him enough for all he did for me at St. Luke’s. He was my Headmaster, my football coach, and even helped me plan for college. We’ve been friends now for thirty years."

"I was simply blown away by his generosity," said Whitcomb. "I applaud him for the man he has become, and I cherish the memories of the student that he was. Mark Feinberg certainly exemplifies the St. Luke’s motto of Enter To Learn, Go Forth To Serve."

Mark Davis, St. Luke’s current Head of School, called Feinberg’s donation "a tribute to Mark, his aunt Charlotte, and of course, to Dick Whitcomb who holds a special place in the hearts of all the students he cared for so deeply."

The scholarship benefits students who embody the values of St. Luke’s School and who will thrive in a school setting that prepares them for a lifelong commitment to learning and social responsibility. Since its inception, there have been eight recipients of the Whitcomb Scholarship, including three currently attending the school.

For more information on the Whitcomb Scholarship or the upcoming event to honor Dick Whitcomb, contact David Hirx, Director of Alumni Relations at hirxd@stlukesct.org or 203-801-4861.

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