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A Salisbury Gentleman

Sterling Gregg '20
Kristina Miller

SALISBURY GENTLEMAN sterling gregg '20 SHARES HIS STORY of life on the hilltop  

While attending Salisbury I have learned how to become more outspoken and become a gentleman.

Salisbury has helped me voice my opinion in class and at other places at school (sporting events, in the dorm, and in the dining hall). I believe because of the all-boys environment you are free to express your opinions and thoughts without thinking about it. In addition, Salisbury has shown me what it means to be a gentleman, whether it is holding a door for a peer or helping a friend when he is in need. I have learned to truly care for the man next to me because he is my brother, and as brothers we have to be united as one.

My favorite place on campus is my dorm. I feel like this is where we create unique bonds with one another. In the dorm you learn about the different cultures people come from, and you get to enjoy your journey at Salisbury with them. In the dorm is where you truly create lifelong friendships and bonds that you cannot find anywhere else.

My Favorite class is my history class with Mr. Dudley. This is my favorite class because I love learning about the history of the United States, as well as enjoying a good class discussion with my peers and Mr. Dudley. During U.S. history class, we have a good time learning about current events and past events, which makes the class interesting because we can see how laws and amendments made years ago effect our lives today.

Winter Mead '03
Kristina Miller

SALISBURY GENTLEMAN Winter Mead '03 SHARES HIS STORY of never giving up 

I grew up on a cattle and maple syrup farm in the Berkshires in New England, only 15 minutes from The Hilltop. My parents encouraged me to attend a private preparatory school to get ready for college. After Salisbury, I was fortunate to attend Harvard for college and then the University of Oxford for a graduate school program. Salisbury served as the foundation for my college and graduate school experiences.

During my last year of middle school, I was accepted at three private schools, including Salisbury School. I knew someone personally at all three schools where I was accepted so it was a difficult decision to choose where to go. Mainly I chose Salisbury because of a great conversation I had with Mr. Corkery about the Red Sox, among other things.

Salisbury School taught me about respecting others. Salisbury provided me with an ethical framework. Several of my coaches taught me that success is working hard and never giving up. Salisbury taught me that competition is not a bad thing and it can actually help unite peers and build camaraderie.

Mr. Flood was one of my mentors at Salisbury. When applying to college, Mr. Flood was instrumental in helping me position my application to get into one of my top choices. He is incredibly measured, selfless, supportive, and talented at turning men into adults. I am forever grateful for his support. Also, Mr. Wachter, my teacher and coach, was instrumental in helping me frame how I thought about perseverance and never giving up. After an undefeated season of running my senior year, I broke my leg skiing with a diagnosis that I would not be able to walk for two years. When I returned to school a few weeks after the accident, Mr. Wachter pulled me aside and told me to “follow your love of running.” At that particular moment, I felt his own love for the sport and it was this sincerity that inspired me to spend so much time learning how to walk again (so that I could eventually run again).

I was just back on campus for my 15th Reunion last May. 15 years! Given I rowed at Salisbury, rowed in college, and row (poorly) today, I loved visiting the boathouse, especially around sunrise or sunset when the water is flat and reflective.

I am an entrepreneur and investor. I love company building. After college, I worked for two technology companies when they were just being formed. I started my own food company that sells maple syrup and have grown that company to a decent size. I have also worked as an investor for eight years in the venture capital world, responsible for allocating capital to help finance new technology and software companies.

The best advice I can give current and future Knights is to follow your passion. Don’t follow someone else’s expectations of you or eventually you will realize you’re being disingenuous to yourself. If you’re really passionate about something, see how far you can take it. What do you have to lose? Many times this will lead to monetary success as well if you think about it creatively.

Charlie Nation '65
Kristina Miller

Learn More About Salisbury Gentleman CHARLIE NATION '65 AND HOW  HE ACHIEVED HIS BOYHOOD DREAM


I Grew up in Staten Island and Hazlet, New Jersey. In 1957, I saw a movie called The Bridges of Toko Ri. It was about Navy pilots flying combat missions during the Korean War. After I saw that movie, I wanted to be a Navy pilot. In 1961, a Naval Academy football player won the Heisman Trophy. I decided then that since I had to be a naval officer to be a pilot, that I too would attend the Naval Academy. 

After completing two years of high school, my parents wanted me to continue my education at a private school (for various reasons), and so in 1963, I entered Salisbury School as a fourth former. Headmaster Landgon thought it best that I repeat sophomore year since Salisbury’s academics were more college-oriented than those at my local high school. Academics at Sarum were challenging, all my teachers were fantastic, hard-working, and inspirational. I played football, basketball (team co-captain senior year) and baseball (team captain senior year). After graduating in 1965, I entered the Naval Academy, and graduated from Annapolis in 1969. After graduation from Annapolis, I entered flight training, and in 1971, was designated a naval aviator, thus achieving my boyhood dream. I retired from the naval service in 1992.          

During my time on the Hilltop, I learned to work hard, be honest, and listen to my teachers and coaches. Carl Williams was a superb teacher and motivator. Having been a naval officer himself, he encouraged me the most to achieve my goals. Coach Rudd was a hoot; always had faith in my abilities as a ball player. Hopp Rudd took me fishing, and his wife tried so hard to help me read and write better. Mr Landgon had my back the entire time, and was thrilled (as were other faculty members) that I was accepted by the Naval Academy.  

My last visit to campus was in 2006 for my 40th Reunion. I love Main Building and the Quad area. All of the expansion and new buildings are incredible.  

I was a naval aviator for 23 years. Most likely, I would not have been able to get into the Naval Academy without attending Salisbury. I have been retired since 1992 and have had several jobs, mostly in retail and sales. I am currently working part-time as a motorcycle safety instructor in Idaho. The Navy won’t let me fly jets anymore, so I ride motorcycles!  

I recently participated in a cross-country ride from California to Arlington, Virginia. The ride is called “Run For The Wall”, a very intense, inspirational journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) in Washington, D.C. This journey is done annually in May, and includes almost 1000 riders.

The advice I'd like to share with current and future Knights is to dream big. Failure is okay, just don't give up!