Last Friday March 8th, Tilton School announced a $500,000 gift from alumnus Arthur Sweatt ’49. Mr. Sweatt’s gift comes almost 65 years after his graduation.
The gift seems to have come quietly from a man who also led his life quietly. The gift gives lasting testament to the lessons of Tilton that Sweatt must have carried, and used, his entire life.
Mr. Sweatt worked for his family’s stationery business in Lowell, Mass., and later in life went on to work at a local convenience store, simply to engage in conversation with people.
I checked with Tilton to get a little backstory on the gift and it is simply the quiet nature of Sweatt, his life, and his gift that are the stories. While a Tilton student Mr. Sweatt was involved in the photography and camera clubs; wrote for the school newspaper, The Tiltonian, as the senior sports editor; and pitched for the JV baseball team.(Tilton)
Andrea Gosselin, Tilton’s communications director told me:
“Mr. Sweatt had stayed connected with Tilton off and on, but hadn’t recently been in touch before his passing. We were unaware of his intention with the bequest, making it a (welcome) surprise to the school!”(Tilton)
Of Sweatt’s gift, Titlon head Peter Saliba commented:
“…His passion for the school in 1949, his support of the school today, and the impact it will have on the students of today and the future will be significant. It is thrilling to be a member of the Tilton School community…I was honored to share the news of his generosity with the faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni earlier today, and look forward to the tremendous impact this gift will have on the future of Tilton School.”(Tilton)
Tilton will determine the use and direction of the funds after considering opportunities and weighing priorities.