Lamplighter Presents 2018 Spirit Awards


FROM LEFT: Elise Lockett Murphy and Leslie Philipson Krakow. (Larry Sengbush)

The Lamplighter School and its alumni association have honored two women who “embody the spirit of Lamplighter.”

Leslie Philipson Krakow, class of 1969, and Elise Lockett Murphy were named 2018 Spirit Award winners.

Krakow led the Architectural Search Committee for the Igniting Young Minds Campaign and engaged award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell to design the school’s Innovation Lab and new Barn.

Judy Gass, former head of school, described Krakow as “the embodiment of a lifelong learner” and someone who is “mission-driven in everything that she does.” Krakow’s sons, Ben, class of 2008, and Eli, class of 2010, thanked their mother “not only for her hard work, but also for the lifelong friendships that we have because of Lamplighter.”

Murphy served the school for 20 years as the assistant head of finance and operations and was instrumental in establishing financial aid for Lamplighter families. Longtime friend Peggy Carr described Murphy as “loyal, ethical, and a consummate professional.”

“You haven’t seen anything until you watch a 10-year old navigate an Excel spreadsheet.”

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