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The Hill Mourns the Loss of Beloved Faculty Member

The Hill School community is mourning the devastating loss of Beth Allain, assistant director of college counseling and head girls’ varsity golf coach, who passed away on Wednesday, May 8. Head of School Kathleen Devaney shared the announcement below with the School community, including parents and alumni, on Thursday morning. All classes and commitments were canceled on Thursday as the community gathered to begin to honor and remember Mrs. Allain. We will provide updates regarding service information as we receive it from the family. Please keep the entire Allain family in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

Dear Hill Community:

It is with profound sadness that I share the devastating news that our beloved faculty member, Beth Allain, passed away last night.

Mrs. Allain had been recently diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment at Fox Chase. Her team of doctors did everything they could to try to manage it, but the cancer had progressed too far.

Mrs. Allain’s unwavering faith and immense love for her family, students, colleagues, and friends was evident in all she did. Her radiant smile, kindness, warmth, and genuine love of this community will be her legacy.

Mrs. Allain joined the College Counseling Office in 2012, and in her 12 years in that role has helped hundreds of Hill students navigate their individual college process and prepare them for their transition to life after Hill. Mrs. Allain was a part of our Hill family long before joining the faculty. She first arrived at The Hill in 2000 with her husband, David, and infant son, Luke, when David joined the faculty as a curriculum integration specialist; he now serves as Hill’s director of technology and information systems. Mrs. and Mr. Allain served as dorm parents in Upper School and in Dell Village for a number of years and led the spiritual life FOCUS program. Mrs. Allain was a devoted mom to their children Luke ’18 and McKay ’23, and profoundly impacted the lives of so many Hill students—including her college counselees, her dormitory charges, her advisees, and the players on her varsity girls’ golf team.

The shock of this news is overwhelming, and we understand the need for extra support during this time of grieving for colleagues, friends, and students. We will not hold classes today and will work to support students and colleagues here on campus. We encourage students, families, and alumni in need of extra support or resources during this time to reach out to our Director of Counseling Lisa Roethling at counseling@thehill.org.

We will share additional information as we receive it from the family. Let us come together as a community to honor Mrs. Allain’s memory and lend our support to one another and the entire Allain family during this extremely difficult time.

In community,
Kathleen Devaney