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A Message from The Head of School

24 Jan A Message from The Head of School

Dear Advent Community,

It is with great sadness that I share that Reverend Robert C. Day, Advent’s Head of School from 1965-1995, has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Barbara, their children, Catha Day-Carlson, Elizabeth Day Churchill, and Matthew Day, and Rev. Day’s grandchildren during this time.

Rev. Day’s granddaughter, Jessica, shared the following remembrance on her Facebook:

“It’s been a long journey. Today the Reverend Robert Day peacefully passed. What an incredibly gentle, humble, lovely, soft yet well-spoken man. He made such waves in education and civil rights. … From a young age, you made your way very much on your own, and it is incredible to hear second hand about the obstacles you overcame. You consistently championed education throughout your life, transforming teaching styles for Massachusetts students K through 12, and you and Barbara were committed activists in the civil rights movement, at one point moving to Alabama to tear down the system and teach at a black men’s college.”

I was honored to have spent time with Barbara and Rev. Day this past October. Ray, Raymond, and I traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to visit the Days before they moved to Florida. Rev. Day and I had spoke and visited together many times over the last five years, where Bob he offered me guidance about everything from playground construction to working with the community, and stories of his time from the Civil Rights movement. I cherished our conversations, and deeply valued the insights Rev. Day shared with me.

Rev. Day’s work was an inspiration for my own journey to Advent. His words about being part of Advent’s legacy have always resonated with me, “On my way home from working at Miles College in Birmingham teaching African American boys with Freedom Schools, Barbara and I both realized: elementary school is where we need to start, this foundation was the most important. The Advent School was the place where we could do something special, meaningful, and what the nation was struggling so hard to do.”

I will miss him deeply and cherish the days my family got to spend with him. My heart is with the Barbara and his family.

Please email me if you would like to share your memories of Rev. Day. The School will collect the messages and share them with the family.

The School will share information about services with the Advent community when it becomes available. Please keep the family of Rev. Day in your thoughts.



Nicole A. DuFauchard
Head of School
The Advent School