“This is a small way of saying thank you for the welcome and hospitality that so many of the day students offered to me.”

-Martha Taft ’65

Martha Taft ’65, the only boarder among the 20 members of her class, made lifelong connections with her day-student peers during her time at Concord Academy. That’s why in 2007, she pledged to establish a scholarship fund at CA that supports a local day student. “This is a small way of saying thank you for the welcome and hospitality that so many of the day students offered to me,” she says. Taft fulfilled her generous pledge to the Local Day Student Fund in 2010 and continues to add to her scholarship every year. “I know CA is now an international school,” she says, “yet it is still important for it to remember its roots.” Taft has also supported Concord Academy’s endowment through gifts to the Doreen Young English Department Head Chair as well as unrestricted gifts to the Campaign for CA in the late 1990s. She remembers Doreen Young as an outstanding person: “I was sorry that I never actually had her as a teacher, but we became good friends; she was great fun and quite unconventional.”

Taft was the daughter of a member of the U.S. Foreign Service who was posted in Mozambique. During her time at CA, travel home was expensive and difficult, and as a result, she spent vacations and holidays with school friends. “I had a lot of day friends, including some who lived very close by in Concord,” she says. “I spent a lot of time at their houses for lunch and on weekends, and we had great times canoeing, riding bikes up Nashawtuc Hill, and skating on the meadows. Concord encouraged independence, teaching us things like how to manage bank accounts, take responsibility for our mistakes, and generally stand on our own two feet. It also taught us to follow our dreams and not to feel restricted by our gender, or anything else.”
After Concord, Taft attended Bryn Mawr, where she studied geology, then pursued a master’s of science at St. Andrews in Scotland. “I had a wonderful two years and also met, and eventually married, Mike Golden, another geologist,” she says. “We spent several years teaching geology and doing research in Scotland, Scandinavia, and Africa before settling down in Surrey and raising five children.”

Taft still lives in Surrey, which is just outside of London. She hasn’t been able to visit CA in quite a while, but she says she has followed its growth and progress, and she treasures the connections she made there and the education she received. “My first roommate is still one of my best friends,” she says, “and my years at Concord were some of the happiest of my life.”