Richard W. Nunley
Darrow Faculty (1957-1970)


The Darrow School community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing on March 3, 2016, of long-time faculty member Dick Nunley, who taught English at Darrow from 1957 to 1970 and served on the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2003, where he was chair of the education committee. He was also Darrow’s college guidance counselor and director of studies.


Mr. Nunley was recognized at Reunion 2000, where former students and colleagues honored him with memories of how he inspired them and stories of the many ways he contributed to the Darrow community. Time and again, alumni credit him with teaching them the value of communication and strong writing skills.


Beyond the Mountainside, Mr. Nunley taught English at Berkshire Community College for 30 years following his tenure at Darrow; was editor of an anthology of Berkshire County writings, The Berkshire Reader; and for more than 25 years penned a column for The Berkshire Eagle called, “Our Berkshires,” continuing this project for several years even after moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2003. Following the dedication of the Joline Arts Center in 2002, Dick described the new facility and all its features, and movingly shared his thoughts about the value of guardianship: “Guardianship; surely that's the concept to be kept in mind in any discussion of school reform and school finance. Guardianship is the high calling of a school and those associated in doing its work.”


Read this column, as well as the Peg Board article with more about Mr. Nunley, including several quotes from former students.


He is survived by his wife, Sue, and daughters Diana Nunley Johnson and Felicity Nunley, and their families, including four grandchildren. A brief memorial will be held in Portland on Monday, and the family is planning a service in the Berkshires this summer.


Mr. Nunley will be recognized during the Memorial Service at Reunion Weekend, June 17-19, as well as at other times during the weekend. Peg Board magazine will publish a tribute to Mr. Nunley in the summer 2016 issue. If you would like to share your memories of Mr. Nunley with our community, please send your tributes and remembrances to Lawrence Klein, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement and General Counsel. Please send cards and letters  to Sue Nunley at 12705 SE River Road, Apt 317N, Portland, OR, 97222-9777. Or email a message to Diana, who will share it with the family.

Des McCracken
Darrow Faculty (1955-1996)

On September 8, 2014, Darrow lost an iconic figure in its history: long-time faculty member James “Des” McCracken, a dedicated educator, coach, and dorm parent. Read the In Memoriam tribute to Des, published in the Fall/Winter 2014-15 issue of Peg Board.


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