Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12

Lloyd Ayer enjoys a reunion cookout in 2016.

In 2012, Lloyd presents his 1947 classmate, Carol Nutile Burke, an Alumni Achievement Award.
Dear Friends:

As we embrace the New Year of 2019 at Hamden Hall, we also remember members of our community who died in 2018. As we acknowledge their passing, we also thank those who have made gifts to honor their family and friends.

One example of this heartfelt giving is alumna Holly Ayer Malloy, Class of 1973. Holly and her siblings lost their father, Hamden Hall alumnus Lloyd Ayer, Class of 1947, on Nov. 5, 2018.

To honor the memory of her father, Holly made an unrestricted leadership gift to the 2018 – 2019 Hamden Hall Fund. Holly said that her father often spoke of the impact that Hamden Hall had on his life, which included staying in touch with his alma mater. Lloyd participated in the life of school on many levels—as an alumnus returning to his milestone reunions, to honoring classmates by attending awards events, to continually supporting Hamden Hall with donations to the school. When Lloyd died at the age of 88, he remembered our school community with a planned gift. Besides Holly, Lloyd’s Hamden Hall family includes his daughter, Heidi Ayer Yanavich, Class of 1975; his son, Glenn Ayer, Class of 1978; and his sister, Anita Ayer McCoy, Class of 1951.

By making an unrestricted planned gift to Hamden Hall, Holly honors her father by allowing the school to direct financial support to several different areas: scholarship, academics, program enhancements, professional development, facility improvements, the arts, athletics, faculty support, and technology.

There are many ways to give to Hamden Hall, and any gift is appreciated—whether it’s to the Hamden Hall Fund, an endowment, or a planned gift. And any gift that is meaningful to you is meaningful to us. As a member of our school community, your gift can make a difference in the life of Hamden Hall. It will not only demonstrate your commitment to the school, but also exemplify your leadership to ensure that Hamden Hall maintains its standard of excellence.


Jodi Amatulli
Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

To make a gift, please call the Development Office at 203.752.2616 or Give Today.

No Debating His Impact!

Hamden Hall Establishes Scholarship
Honoring Bill Hunter’s Retirement

It is with great pleasure that Head of School Bob Izzo announces that Hamden Hall Country Day School has established a scholarship to honor legendary educator Bill Hunter who will retire in June after 35 years of service to our school community. Read More...

Click here to support the Bill Hunter Scholarship.

Meet the Staff

List of 5 members.

Endowed Chair of Lower School Music Supports Programming

Thanks to funding by the Jon and Katharine Harris Endowed Chair of Lower School Music, three programs have received support this year.Read More...

1954 Alumna Gives to Scholarship

Hamden Hall Country Day School is pleased to announce that Maryanne Lincoln Hall, Class of 1954, is sponsoring a partial four-year scholarship for an Upper School student. Maryanne spent her entire career teaching elementary school in Bethany, Conn. Read More...

Barbara Beitch Sowing Seeds in Lower School Library

Thanks to the generosity of former faculty member Dr. Barbara Beitch, books are flying off the shelves in the Lower School Library.

Jim Maggart Remembers Hamden Hall with Estate Planning Gift

Hamden Hall is pleased to announce that former Headmaster James “Jim” Maggart has remembered our school in his estate planning. Jim served Hamden Hall for 13 years, retiring in 2004. He has now named Hamden Hall as the sole beneficiary of a term life policy. We thank Jim for his generosity and friendship to Hamden Hall, and we extend our best wishes to Jim and his wife, Kaye.

Ursula Lawder Remembered

We thank former faculty member Katharine Harris for remembering her dear friend and Hamden Hall colleague, Ursula Lawder, who passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2017. Ursula was 80 and had taught art in our Lower School for many years. Read more...

Night of Literature Honors Betty Lou Blumberg

In May 2017, Hamden Hall celebrated the establishment of The Betty Lou Blumberg Endowed Chair of English with an Evening of Literature.  Betty Lou is pictured with former students and supporters of the endowment (from left) Susan Stone Levine 1980, Leslie Hazen 1980, Andrew Saxe 1980, Herb Emanuelson 1982, Jeannette Cole 1981, Mario Dittoro Jr. 1980, and Chris Kuselias 1980.

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Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.