Thursday, August 11, 2011

College to Honor Former President John S. Toll with Memorial Service on Thursday, Sept. 15

CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Washington College community will gather on campus Thursday, September 15 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the life of former president John S. Toll, who passed away July 15, 2011 at the age of 87. The public is welcome to the memorial service, which will take place in the Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. A reception will follow.

Former colleagues will pay tribute to a leader and friend known for his optimism, kindness and dedication to higher education. Those slated to speak include former Chair of the Board of Visitors and Governors Jay Griswold, former Board member John Moag, and former Dean and Provost of the College Joachim Scholz. A nephew, Stephen S. Dunham, who serves as Vice President and General Counsel at Johns Hopkins University, will speak on behalf of the family.

Dr. Toll came to Washington College after an already stellar career as a physicist and as a higher-education visionary. During his decade in Chestertown, he reinvigorated the College financially, academically and physically, bringing it into national prominence. For a full obituary, click here.
At the family’s request, gifts to Washington College in honor of Dr. Toll will fund a prize in physics to be awarded to a graduating senior. Memorial gifts can be sent to the Advancement Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Those who wish to send condolences to the family may write to Deborah T. Toll, 6609 Boxford Way, Bethesda, MD, 20817.


  1. Sorry to hear of this great leader's passing. I grieve with a number of alumni and friends of Washington College.