Alumni Awards

Each year, Friends School is proud to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements and those who have loyally dedecated their time and service to the School. 

We are now accepting nominations for 2021, honoring those alumni with classes ending in "6" and "1." Click here to nominate a Friends School alumna or alumnus.

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award was established to recongize and honor those Friends School graduates whose professional or volunteer achievements have brought distinction within a particular field or vocational endeavor, locally or on a national level.

Alumni Service Award

This award was established to honor a Friends School alumna or alumnus who has generously and loyally donated time and energy to enrich Friends and its future.

Honorary Alumni Award

This award was established to honor a Friends School community member who exemplifies the Quaker philosophy and spirit, and who gives of himself of herself to further the growth of Friends School and its community.

2020 Alumni Awards

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Anita Gadhia-Smith, Psy.D., M.S.W. ’80
is a leading Washington, D.C. psychotherapist, bestselling author, and expert contributor on mental health reporting and federal legislation. Through her private practice offices in Bethesda, Md. and Washington, D.C., Dr. Gadhia-Smith treats adults and adolescents suffering with substance abuse and addictions, relationship and family issues, and a host of related disorders.

Peter Block, MD ’55 is a cardiologist and professor emeritus at Emory University School of Medicine whose pioneering work in the sub-specialty of structural heart disease has informed practice and dramatically enhanced patient outcomes worldwide.

2020 Alumni Service Award Recipient

Kitty Bryant '75 is an IT manager at Johns Hopkins University whose proven problem solving, communication, and leadership skills have distinguished her both in the field of network and telecommunications engineering and here at Friends, where she presently serves on the Board of Trustees.Passionate and deeply committed to her class and to her alma mater, Kitty has served on numerous Reunion Committees over four decades. She is a past-president and longtime member of the Alumni Association Board, and, as its committee chair, has helped steward the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame since shortly after its founding in 2008.

2020 Honorary Alumni Award Recipient

Heidi Blalock H'20

In 1990, Heidi Blalock answered an ad in the Sunpaper and began what became a thirty-year relationship with Friends School of Baltimore. Through the decades, Heidi has served the school as a school parent, a school volunteer, and most importantly, as the school’s primary story-teller and advocate in the Admission, Marketing, and Development Departments.

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