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The Sterr Family

Carrie and Ambrose, Marlboro alums and children of Bill Sterr and his late wife Jo’an

“When we traveled across the country for Ambrose’s graduation from Marlboro, Jo’an had been given six months to live. We started talking about establishing some sort of program at Marlboro that would further Jo’an’s twin passions of peace and justice—things she’d fought for quietly all her adult life.”
William Sterr, father of Carrie Sterr Coello ’01 and Ambrose Sterr ’07 (pictured right)

Jo'an SterrJo’an and her family were blessed with eight more years of life, but the cancer finally took her on Valentine’s Day 2016. Thanks to their love of Marlboro and a little planning, they were able to make a generous donation in her memory and establish the Jo’an Noble Sterr Prize, for students who demonstrate “strong commitment to social and economic justice.”

Learn more about how you can make a deferred gift to Marlboro, and other giving options.

Relationship to Marlboro

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(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)