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The Gilbert Harry Carver ’79 Memorial Fund was established in 2008 by Calvin Carver and other family members to honor the memory of Gibb Carver ’79. The Fund enhances current programs that provide assistance, support, and counseling for all Pingry students, but particularly for those students who may find themselves in need of enhanced assistance as a result of emotional, psychological, physical, personal, or family circumstances. In addition, the Fund engages at least one speaker each academic year to address the student body on topics of self-esteem, tolerance, avoidance of illegal drug and alcohol use, and similar issues of particular value to young people. The inaugural speaker was Ms. Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard who was the victim of a violent hate crime in 1998.

The Gilbert H. Carver ’79 Memorial Lecture Speakers:

Fall 2021  Dr. Karen Reivich Cultivating Resilience and Optimism to Enhance Well-Being
Spring 2021   Dr. Lisa Damour From Stress to Strength: Finding Growth in the Pandemic
Spring 2019 Dr. Joel Núñez The Importance of Self-Care
Spring 2018 Andrew Onimus Mental Health: Minding Your Mind
Spring 2017 Dr. Jodi Gold Balance and Social Media
Spring 2016 Dr. Sian Beilock Stress Management
Spring 2015 Judy Shepard Self-Esteem and Acceptance
Spring 2014        Dr. Pam Brodie and Deb Delfatto    Body Image and Nutrition
Spring 2012 Jody Strock and Tom Santoro Body Image and Dating Violence
Spring 2011 Lindsay Liles Pressures Around Alcohol
Spring 2010 Katie Koestner Alcohol Responsibility and Self-Respect
Spring 2009 Judy Shepard The Legacy of Matthew Shepard


The Gilbert H. Carver ’79 Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Gilbert Carver, Class of 1979, by his father Calvin and stepmother June Carver, his sister Marcey Carver, his brother Chip Carver, Jr., Class of 1977, and Chip’s wife Anne DeLaney, Class of 1979. This lecture series supports open dialogue on self-esteem and acceptance and—thanks to its supporters—will continue in perpetuity.

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