My wife Barbara and I have lived in the Millbrook area since 1970. We happily raised our two children here. I was a Professor of English literature at Vassar and then in 1987, was appointed Director of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. I retired in 2007, having successfully raised the profile of the Morgan as a public cultural institution. Upon retirement, Barbara and I returned to live in Millbrook.
I have long been interested in this handsome building and so I met with Oakleigh Thorne to discover that he and I both shared a desire to use the Thorne Building to enrich the cultural, educational, social and economic life of Millbrook. We also shared a conviction that we should go to the Millbrook community itself and discover how they thought we might best use this building.