As a school, we have benefited from the many events that Sally has attended as well as the many projects she has stewarded and supported. Visible evidence of her commitment to the school include the Ellis Trophy Room in the Vare Field House, dedicated in honor of her parents, and investments made in perpetuity such as the endowed Class of 1957 Artist in Residence that has funded many impactful programs including ReMIX Interactive, that partnered students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia at Drexel’s ExCITe Center. Additionally, we have benefited from her wise counsel as a reunion chair, class agent, Annual Fund Leadership Committee member, member of the Springside National Alumnae Council, and a member of the Springside board of trustees.
Most recently, through her passion to save the American Chestnut tree, Sally enabled the school to play a role in returning this species to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed by connecting the school with the American Chestnut Foundation. This partnership led to SCH planting a grove of Chestnut trees on its campus in 2019.
Sally’s Springside classmate, Frankie Jueds, fondly remembers Sally. “I came to Springside in 9th grade, not knowing anyone, and shy. I never felt anything but warmly welcomed and included by all my classmates, and from the beginning I admired Sally as one of the leaders who made our class the close, inclusive group it was. I got to know her better when we both worked on the Tatler. Sally could do everything—and so well! She reeled off entertaining, interesting articles, and illustrated them with charming drawings, and always managed to get the terrible printer to print, which meant she was covered with ink a lot of the time too. She was a top student and athlete and leader at Springside, and has been a wonderful friend for all these years after. Lucky me, to know her!”
More broadly, Sally has served as a committed volunteer, helping to raise funds for the Springside and SCH capital campaigns, in this way continuing the legacy of her father, Addison Steeling Ellis, a Springside board chair who championed the new Springside School campus at 8000 Cherokee Street. Sally, thank you for being a perennial leader. Springside and now SCH are most grateful for your loyalty.