Trinity-Pawling alumni Peter Geagan '88 and Joe Webber '18

It’s no secret that the Trinity-Pawling brotherhood reaches far and wide. The bonds formed between alumni, faculty, families, and friends are strong, and the shared experiences are cherished. Peter Geagan ’88 and Joe Webber ’18 — both former Head Prefects at the School — are no exception.

After graduating from Trinity-Pawling, Peter attended Bowdoin College, where he met Mike Webber P’17,’18, Joe’s father. Peter and Mike remained close after college and their families stayed connected through various class reunions and family gatherings over the years. When Peter and his family moved to Park City, Utah, Mike and his sons, Joe and Larry ’17, would occasionally travel out west to visit and ski the local areas. More recently, Peter and his family moved to Hailey, Idaho.

Joe is currently a senior at the University of Vermont studying Community and International Development and serving as a leader in the school’s Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Awareness Program (BSAAP). This winter, Joe and eight of his teammates drove cross-country to Hailey, Idaho for a 10-day backcountry ski trip. In true Trinity-Pawling fashion, Peter welcomed the group graciously and looked forward to joining them on the slopes.

Peter led the group through Sun Valley, exploring the well and lesser-traveled peaks and hotspots, navigating the tough terrain, and even discovering natural hot springs along the way. It was on this ski trip that Peter and Joe also discovered that they had both served as Head Prefects at Trinity-Pawling, exactly 30 years apart. At that point, a new and stronger bond began, as two former members of the prefect lineage.

“Going to Hailey, ID with Pete and his family is an experience I am deeply grateful for,” concluded Joe. “Despite being on the other side of the country, I felt close to home as Pete and I shared our most cherished memories from our time at Trinity-Pawling — remembering and appreciating the things we took away. Good character, hard work, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Roll Pride! The legacy lives on!”

by Emma Christiantelli