In June 1998, Gertrude presided over Barclay commencement exercises. With many hugs, the usual admonitions to students to be true to their best selves, and abundant tears, she let go of the first class to complete the Barclay—Calvert program through grade eight. As those children prepared to enter high school she prepared to retire. Thus the responsibility for appointing a new Barclay principal fell to Superintendent Robert Schiller, who selected David Clapp from among three applicants recommended by a parent-community selection committee who also included Truemella Home on their short list. After 25 years of Gertrudes high-energy, iconoclastic, devoted leadership, no one in the Barclay-School community could quite imagine how the school would go on without her.
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