For 38 years, Gilmour Academy has been fortunate enough to have the services of Brother Robert Lavelle. Throughout his career, he has helped transform the Academy in ways that must have seemed unimaginable at the times of development. As we look today at what he has done for Gilmour, we can proudly say that Brother Robert has shaped the community through his embodiment of the core values, and his inspiring vision for the future.
The Holy Cross core value of Inclusiveness is lived out by Brother Robert in his everyday life. Erika Lawrence (`16) said, “Whenever I see him, he addresses me by name and asks how my day is going. Brother Robert is a great model of the Holy Cross charisms. He is inclusive, hospitable, and rooted in faith to just name a few of his qualities.”
He has taken us to a very great place where students are presented endless opportunities to explore their interests
Brother Robert has made it his duty to make the Academy more global than any other school in Cleveland. Lauren Brenkus (`15) said, “Brother Robert embodies hospitality. Although the school is Catholic, people of all faiths are welcome here and can share their beliefs openly. He has created the most welcoming and realistic environment for students.”
With his efforts to improve the school throughout his extended career, Brother Robert has also supervised the renovations of the Classroom and Science buildings, the construction of the Ice Arenas, Athletic Center, Natatorium and Chapel, and the vision for the upcoming Lorraine & Bill Dodero Center for the Performing Arts. Our beautiful campus has fantastic buildings that didn’t exist before Brother Robert.
Brother Lavelle steps back from the Head of School position with much student admiration
Chris Sommer (`15) said, “He has taken us to a very great place where students are presented endless opportunities to explore their interests.”
We are more than appreciative of what Brother Robert has done for the Gilmour community in his 38 years of service. We wish Brother Robert well in his next chapter of life, and always hope to see him in the halls of the Academy!
Brother Lavelle steps back from the Head of School position with much student admiration. He approaches every situation with care and deep consideration. – McKenzie Zucker (`16)
Brother Robert has been, and always will be an important man to the Gilmour community. Ever since I have entered Gilmour, he has been a warm, welcoming face, and his presence lightened up the room. – Neal Kumar (`15)
Dedication, compassion and optimism are all part of his everyday routine
Brother Robert has made his encouraging and welcoming presence known throughout my time here, and he has made the Academy feel like my second home. He always offers words of kindness to everyone he passes in the halls. Brother Robert attends sporting events no matter the weather conditions or location. He truly cares about the Gilmour community, and I am sad to see him step back from his position, but I know he will always be part of the school. – Margot Reid (`17)
Brother Robert has truly made our experience unforgettable and life changing. He has shaped Gilmour into an institution of academic rigor, while also caring for the surrounding community. – Oona Haffey (`15)
I know that I will best remember Brother Robert by his compassion and love for others in this community. I have seen many ways in which he influences young people, like his admirable support for everyone around. We see how he lives and learn from his example. – Michaela Connelly (`16)
His influence on the Gilmour community is beyond words
Brother Robert has been and will continue to be a very important member of the Gilmour community. – Shaya Puglia (`15)
He truly embodies what Gilmour teaches, to be a person for others. His legacy will live on because it was never about him; it was about the well being of the school and all that are in the community. – John Flynn (`15)
Dedication, compassion and optimism are all part of his everyday routine. – Anna Kolesar (`15)
His influence on the Gilmour community is beyond words. – Robert Ranallo (`16)