Visiting Speakers

Integrity In Action

Honoring Our Covid-19 Heroes

Since the pandemic began, healthcare professionals in the EHS alumni community have worked tirelessly, often putting their lives on the line to fight the novel coronavirus. These courageous individuals include: a rookie nurse thrown into her hospital’s Covid-19 unit in New York when the city became the global epicenter of the virus; a pulmonologist who, with his wife, an infectious-disease specialist, prepared for the possibility they would contract the disease from a patient and die; and a critical care specialist whose work with patients led to ground-breaking discoveries about the effects of the virus.  

The Episcopal community expresses profound gratitude to these alumni and honors their courage and dedication. Dr. Jürgen Taylor ’81, a veteran of more than 30 years in emergency-room medicine, will accept the School's 2021 Integrity in Action award on behalf of our graduates in healthcare who have battled Covid-19.

An EHS trustee, Taylor lives in Charlotte, N.C., and has worked in emergency rooms over the past year where the virus tested the physical and mental limits of doctors, nurses, and medical staff. You are invited to join students, faculty, and EHS alumni to hear him talk about his experiences on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. EDT. Login information is here.

Help Find Our Heroes

Hundreds of EHS alumni work in healthcare. If you or a graduate you know has been involved in the fight against Covid-19, we ask that you send us their names. We plan to honor all these alumni in a way that future generations of Episcopal students will know of their work, their dedication, and their sacrifice. This page of our website will display those names, as well.

Here are the stories of a few alumni whom we've written about over the past year:

  • Dina Clay '06, a newly minted nurse whose hospital ward was turned into a Covid-19 ward.
  • Allen Roberts '72, a pulmonologist who helped lead preparations in Washington, D.C., for a surge in the virus.
  • Franz Yanagawa '00, a critical care specialist whose work with Covid-19 patients helped lead to breakthrough discoveries about the disease.

About Integrity In Action

The Integrity in Action lecture and award were created collaboratively by former Headmaster Rob Hershey, John Burress ’54, John Walker ’79, and Ed Walker ’85 to recognize and honor former EHS faculty member Allen C. Phillips, whose life epitomizes the highest ideals of honor and integrity, which are at the core of Episcopal High School’s values. Phillips was a longtime, distinguished faculty member whose devotion to character, integrity, and sacrifice is legendary at Episcopal. 

Over his 40-year career, Phillips taught English and coached the football, basketball, and baseball teams. During this tenure, he served as Episcopal’s dean of students for 26 years and as faculty advisor to the Honor Committee. Phillips retired from Episcopal in 1994, remaining an active member of the EHS community until his death in November 2007.