Meet Our Donors:

Bill Thorndike ’49 P’73 ’74

Bill Thorndike ’49 P’73 ’74

Bill Thorndike arrived at Milton as a day student during World War II. It was his Uncle Bertie who made Milton possible—a beloved Milton teacher who became a second father to Thorndike while his own father was serving in the Army.

Thorndike has fond memories of “shenanigans” at Robbins House, his time on Milton’s baseball team, and Sunday night chapel—where attendance was mandatory and a coat and tie were required. He picked up new interests too. “With Howard Abell’s encouragement, I joined the school choir,” Thorndike shares. “Since then, I’ve been involved with church choirs, choruses, solos, and more. Music is extraordinary. I’ll be forever grateful to Howard.” He also has great admiration for Reggie Nash, Herbert Stokinger, Arthur Perry, and Frank Millet.

From Milton, Thorndike attended Indiana University and built a successful career in finance, followed by the insurance industry. He’s made a planned gift to Milton because he wants to play a part in helping Milton continue to be a leader for years to come. “My life would not be what it is today without Milton Academy,” Thorndike says. “I must give back.”

Milton Academy Donor Bill Thorndike ’49 P’73 ’74