Francis P. Steel Jr. ’77 Special Recognition Award: Edward C. “Ted” Rorer ’61, Trustee, Alumnus
Formerly known as the Special Recognition Award, the Steel Award, named for former Head of School Frank Steel, honors an alumnus who, over the course of many years, has made unique contributions and shown an outstanding and extraordinary devotion to the school.
Ted has assumed many roles at his beloved alma maters, Chestnut Hill Academy and Trinity College. A former trustee of both, he has delighted in playing a leadership role at each institution. He also played varsity squash at each school, and in 2001, he returned to Chestnut Hill Academy to coach its squash team to an undefeated season with a 17-0 record, winning both the Inter-Academic League and the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association Championships. In 2013, Ted was inducted into the Chestnut Hill Academy Athletic Hall of Fame honoring his coaching success.
Ted began his career as a French teacher at CHA but soon set off on the business path by receiving his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. In 1978, he established his own successful money management company, Rorer Asset Management, LLC. He is currently the chairman of Copeland Capital Management and is a member of the firm’s management and investing policy committees.
Ted continued to be active in the CHA Alumni Association and then went on to lead the board during Richard Parker's term as headmaster, a tenure noted by many major milestones. In 1998, the school held a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years in the Wissahickon Inn, enrollment stood at 557, and unrestricted annual giving rose from $187,068 to $476,896, an astounding 155 percent increase during a time when close to $12 million was also raised in capital funds.
In 2009, CHA dedicated the Rorer Center for Science and Technology, a building that embodies and teaches sustainability from its permeable parking lot, rain gardens, and grey water capture system to its rooftop wind turbine, solar and photovoltaic panels, motion sensor lighting system, and native species arboretum.
In 2003, Ted was the recipient of the Corning Pearson Service Award, given in recognition of extraordinary service to the school, long-standing commitment to the school’s educational experience, dedication and loyalty to the school’s values and mission as personified by Corning Pearson, Class of 1930, student, athlete, educator, administrator, benefactor. It was only fitting that CHA established the Edward C. Rorer Teacher of Promise Award, which is awarded annually to the teacher who best exemplifies the energy, passion, love of learning, care for students, and commitment that Ted brought to the school as a teacher, coach, trustee, and friend. This esteemed award includes a stipend to help the recipient pursue personal or professional growth.
Ted, last night you brought the famed Trinity squash coach, Paul Assaiante, to share his wisdom with our squash players and to share his travails with our entire community. This is just one of the many kindnesses you have bestowed upon your alma mater. For all you have done to enrich this school and for your most distinguished service, we present you with the Francis P. Steel Jr. Special Recognition Award.