News from the Hill October 10, 2012 | back to index
Andover Newton has lost a dear friend. Jean Novotny who for many years served as an Associate in the school’s pioneering Field Education Program, died the morning of Sept. 28, 2012, with her children by her side. Jean served in every aspect of the field education program, teaching supervisors, working with students, and guiding Teaching Parish committees. She did so with skill, dedication and insight into what was needed as students prepared for ministry. She quietly raised questions that saw to the heart of issues. She listened carefully to all who came to her so as to understand what was on their minds.
George Sinclair, the former Vice President and Director of Field Ed at Andover Newton, recently said: “Jean was a colleague who brought her own insight and spirituality to the work of the field education team. One year when the Director of Field Education was asked to take on another temporary role at the school and the Associate Director was due for a long-awaited sabbatical, Jean served as Director and did a magnificent job.“
President Carter said that the school “mourns the loss of such a dedicated teacher and servant.” He notes that among the many words that have come in thanksgiving for her dedicated service to the school are the following two wonderful tributes: “She helped to make me who and what I am,” and “Her writings were marked by sensitivity and compassion as well as by sharp thinking.”
Carter said that Andover Newton is greatly indebted to Jean, whose training, skill, and faith combined to touch the lives of all who knew her. In recognition of all she did and meant to the school, she was given the James Burns Award in 1995. Jean served throughout her fulltime service to the school as a volunteer. The award, recently renamed the Windsor-Burns Award in recognition of Jean’s successor Kathryn W. Windsor, is given to those individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding level of service to the school, above and beyond their regular work.