Roycemore Alum Spotlight - Dr. Terry Gdoutos '05

Roycemore Alumni Dr. Terry GdoutosDr. Terry Gdoutos is a Research Scientist in Aerospace at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, CA, where he designs, analyzes, and develops structural systems for lightweight spacecraft, designed to beam solar energy to Earth, providing limitless power to the planet. After graduating from Roycemore in 2005, he studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University, earning two BS degrees, and subsequently obtained his PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech.

When I remember my years at Roycemore, it is clear to me that Roycemore’s culture of excellence and individuality has positively shaped my life since graduation. Roycemore emphasized learning through discovery, critical thinking, and challenging oneself; values that have remained with me to this day. Outside the classroom, the opportunities to build friendships through the extracurricular activities offered also shaped my character and proved to be invaluable, particularly through soccer, baseball (which I had never played before), and scholastic bowl. Through my January Short Term projects, I learned and was inspired by the logic behind how computers operate, and went on to study Computer Science in college. I still remember how I learned to critically analyze film on another JST project. Roycemore provided me with a truly unique experience. 

I was recently very excited to learn that Roycemore extended JST to Middle School through the P3 program. I was even more impressed when I experienced first-hand, as a mentor to a P3 student group, the inspiration of students to discover and research new fields; not only did students understand the basics of wing design, but also developed the intuition to propose novel solutions for performance improvement! I am excited and proud to experience firsthand how Roycemore is building on the programs that shaped my life as a student.

Roycemore Alum - Agnes Kolbeck '08

Roycemore Alumni Agnes KolbeckRoycemore Alum Agnes Kolbeck (née Robin Mahung) is currently living in Lexington, Kentucky, and is Program Director for the Lexington chapter of Youth Advocate Programs - a non-profit agency that works with high risk youth and families around the U.S. and abroad. After leaving Roycemore, she attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and studied Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Social Work. Immediately upon graduation, she began her Masters program in Children's Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, completing her thesis on Restorative Justice in 2014. Outside of her work at Youth Advocate Programs, Agnes consults on restorative justice initiatives in both Kentucky and Illinois.

"Thinking back on my time at Roycemore, I most value how my teachers were collaborators in my education. They didn't tell me what to do or how to do it - they sought out my strengths and used them to help me excel. My experience in expecting and advocating for teamwork from those in leadership roles has served me far beyond my years at Roycemore and presented me with opportunities that my peers have missed out on - both academically and professionally. I think more impersonal school settings can sometimes discourage students from asking 'why' and digging deeper in ways that Roycemore definitely encouraged me to do. Every day, I came to school knowing my teachers wanted to hear MY voice and cared about my experience. To this day, I use this model on how to inspire my staff and the youth we serve to participate in and take ownership of their work."

Did you know?

Roycemore first opened its doors on October 6, 1915. Our founding Head of School, Julia Henry, named the school after her beloved grandfather, Andrew Royce. Roycemore’s mascot, the Griffin, has represented the school since day one, and its motto Fortis et Prudens Simul loosely translates “strength and wisdom come from careful judgement,” and also came from the Royce family.

Our Palio tradition reaches back to 1920 when students first demonstrated their physical education, athletic and dance skills. Each class will proudly present its banner, which they carry throughout their time at Roycemore, and in 12th grade, pass it on to the students of Kindergarten.

Do you remember your class banner? Save the date for this year’s Palio on March 16, 2018!

Milestone Reunions

Planning a reunion? Would you like to include a tour of the new school or see what the old building holds today? We can help and we would love to see you. Contact Sara Keely McGuire at 847-866-6055 or

In the academic year 2017–2018, many milestone reunions are possible, including:

50 years – 1967 or 1968
40 years – 1977 or 1978
25 years – 1992 or 1993
20 years – 1997 or 1998

Even if you are not celebrating a milestone, Roycemore is always glad to hear from Griffins! We would love to help you find ways to stay connected to your classmates and Roycemore.