To the Berkshire Community,
It is with profound sadness that I share that Twiggs Myers passed away this past Saturday, June 14, as a result of injuries suffered in a fall at home. Peter Kinne was with him at Berkshire Medical Center, where Twiggs had been resting comfortably and peacefully for two days prior. With this tragic news, Berkshire loses a truly exceptional person and a legendary school master, someone who touched the lives of countless members of our community and with ties across over 60 of the School's 107-year history.
As many of us saw, Twiggs was at his very best this past Reunion Weekend, making the full rounds of campus over the weekend, participating in many of the events, and eagerly reconnecting with indebted alums from every decade in attendance. Over my own time at Berkshire, there is hardly a day that has passed without a member of our community, past and present, invoking a lesson learned at the side of this great man. Joining him for a conversation over a dining table in Benson was, for me, always an occasion to draw upon his wisdom, perspective, and famous wit. As we all know well, Twiggs was never shy about telling you what was on his mind and exactly how he felt about it! In so many ways, he represents the soul and conscience of Berkshire, with both rooted in relationships that spanned Seaver and Ann Buck, the School’s founders, to the current students with us today. His loyal stewardship of the School’s mission and values ultimately defines his legacy, and I find some comfort knowing that this will live on in the lives of all whom he touched.
Twiggs, as you would all expect and appreciate, was very clear in his wishes for our remembrances of him. A service is planned for Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheffield, Mass. There will be a reception following on campus, in the Myers Lobby of Berkshire Hall. I look forward to welcoming back to campus all those who can join us for this occasion.
An additional service, later in July, is being planned for Essex, New York on Lake Champlain where Twiggs spent summers during his childhood and his many years at Berkshire. Finally, Twiggs was also clear that he wished for our extended Berkshire community to remember him as part of next June's Reunion Weekend. I'm sure other moments will emerge as we struggle to move forward from his loss and to celebrate his staggering contributions to Berkshire over all these years.
For now, please join Lucia and me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Twiggs and his family. The likes of him we will never see again, but in all of us… the thousands of Berkshire alumni, faculty and staff past and present, students, parents, and friends of the school... we carry his remarkable legacy and his enduring love for Berkshire forward forever.
With great, great sadness,
Pieter M. Mulder
Head of School
To read the obituary written by James Harris, click here.
To share your memories and photos, click here.
Watch a video in remembrance of Twiggs Myers here. Special thanks to James Harris and Bill Matthiesen (Berkshire Film and Video).
Watch a slideshow of Twiggs here: