Newton R. Disney Service Award

We are pleased to announce the Newton R. Disney Service Award. This award is given to an individual who by his or her actions and dedication to the mission of Church Farm School has served the school and its students in a significant and committed manner. This individual would have provided the service humbly and to the best of their ability without expectation of recognition or reward but with only the wish that in some way they might give back and make a difference in the life of a young man.

Newton "Diz" Disney was a 1948 graduate of Church Farm School. Born in York, PA, Newt spent his formative years at Church Farm School, an all-around athlete who played basketball, football and competed in track and field. He returned to campus in 1957 to coach basketball and led the team to back-to-back KSAC championships in 61-62 and 62-63. He was also a nurse anesthetist for more than 40 years and a successful hospital administrator. As a community member, he gave of his time, energy and fortune without reservation or expectation of reward to organizations he believed in: the AANA, the Boy Scouts of America/Troop 211, St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church and Church Farm School. Newt passed away on Sept. 24, 2013 from complications from Parkinson's disease.


Nominations are open through March 1. To nominate an individual you believe has shown an amazing commitment to Church Farm School, please either:
  • Individual must be living
  • Individual may be male or female
  • Individual should be or have been directly involved with Church Farm School (e.g., alumni, coach, faculty/staff, parent or board member)
  • Individual will be honored at the Alumni Dinner on May 18, 2019 at Church Farm School
  • Awardee will be selected by the Alumni Association Executive Committee

Support the Fund

A fund has been created to help defray expenses associated with the award (recipient travel costs, award costs, etc.)? If you would like to contribute to this fund in memory of Newt Disney, click here to donate, and note "Disney Award" in the Comments field.
John Grunwell '60 is a retired chemistry professor/professor emeritus at Miami University after serving more than 40 years at the institution. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from MIT. He has published about 40 papers in refereed journals. On a daily basis, John serves as an afterschool caregiver to his granddaughter. He has also volunteered locally as a tutor, and officiated swim meets from 1981- 2018.
John has been actively involved in both CFS fundraising activities and providing educational resources to our STEAM Program, including covering exam costs, helping purchase supplies and underwriting the Trout at Home program. He served as co-chair of the Wilkins Scholarship fundraiser to raise enough funding so that a $1K scholarship could be given annually to a deserving graduate; he is a Griffin Scholar Program Sponsor; and he has supported various other fundraising campaigns, including the Campus Modernization Project Phase I, CFS Gala and more.
  • 2019: John Kistler
  • 2018: Stuart Brackney '62
  • 2017: Stephen Loney '97
  • 2016: James Tate '52
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.