Newton R. Disney Service Award

The Newton R. Disney Service 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 February 16. 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 
  • 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.
The Newt Disney Service Award recognizes service both to Church Farm School and the larger community, and David Zimmerman ’88 is a shining example of such service. In fact, it was under his leadership as President of the Alumni Association for the past six years that the award was first established. David’s passion for the school is evident, and his willingness to pay it forward to today’s Griffins is extraordinary. Whether rallying alumni to support the school’s most critical fundraising needs, including our most recent Capital Campaign; to attend events both large and small at CFS; or finding ways to connect alumni with today’s students; David is always putting the school first. In addition to his work with Church Farm School, David serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Chester County as a Community Impact Council Co-Chair.
  • 2022: David Zimmerman '88
  • 2021: Dr. John Grunwell '60
  • 2020: N/A
  • 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.