Severn School will have an out-of-this-world speaker at its centennial year Astle Lecture.
The school announced that Apollo 11 Astronaut and Severn alumnus Buzz Aldrin would be its Astle Lecture speaker on April 1, 2014.
Maryland State Senator John and Jayne Astle established the David Astle Memorial Lecture Series in 1998 after the tragic, accidental death of their son David Sheridan Astle, a member of the Severn School Class of 1992. The David Astle Memorial Endowment funds an annual lecture series.
Aldrin, a native of Montclair, NJ enrolled at Severn in 1946 following his high school graduation. During that time, Severn was a well-known and highly regarded school for intensive preparation to take the entrance exams to the service academies.
On July 20, 1969, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on the moon.
“I am delighted that Buzz accepted our invitation to be our centennial year Astle speaker,” said Headmaster Doug Lagarde in a release. “It is particularly fitting to welcome Dr. Aldrin back to the school he attended nearly 68 years ago.”
Aldrin’s lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 1, 2014 in the School’s Edward St. John Athletic Center. This event is free and open to the public, although guests will be asked to register via an online system closer to the event.