Kip Taviano Remembered

Jun 6, 2013

It is with great sadness that The Haverford School reported the death of senior James "Kip" Taviano on May 29. Kip was tragically killed in an automobile accident on May 28. Shocked and saddened, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Taviano family and Kip’s many friends. Kip was loved by all who knew him, and he will be missed dearly.

Kip entered The Haverford School in Form III and will be remembered for his affable personality. He grew into a strong student and a respected member of the varsity football and lacrosse teams, including the 2013 Fords’ team that recently won the prestigious Inter-Ac Invitational lacrosse championship. In October 2012, he committed to play for the new Division I lacrosse program at Furman University beginning in fall 2013.

The Haverford School students arranged a candlelight vigil on the evening of May 29, convening on the School’s Eagle Field. Hundreds of members of the School community including students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends attended the event, a touching tribute to Kip capped with the Notables singing Precious Lord. On June 3, funeral services were held for Kip at St. Thomas the Apostle in Glen Mills, Pa. Attendance was estimated at more than 750 people, including hundreds from The Haverford School – a testament to the profoundly positive affect Kip had on so many people during his life.

On June 5, The Haverford School held a Service of Remembrance and Celebration for Kip. Hundreds gathered to pay tribute and celebrate Kip’s life and his impact on the School. The event included moving remarks and presentations from Headmaster Joe Cox, Board Chairman John Stoviak ’69, Associate Head Brian McBride ’82, Lower Merion Police Officer Frank McCormick, Furman University Head Lacrosse Coach Richie Meade, Director of Information Services Lisa Snyder, Faculty Advisor Justin Gaudreau, Student Body President Michael Green ’13, Kerry Kynett ’13, Tommy Curry ’13, Director of Athletics John Nostrant, Associate Director of Athletics Michael Murphy, Dean of Faculty Becca Davis, and Head of Upper School Matt Green.

McBride, along with his father and former Head of Upper School Don McBride, presented the 2013 Donald J. McBride Award to Kip, which was accepted by his family. Given by the Class of 1969, the award is given to a graduating VI Former of outstanding character who has demonstrated the most improvement in his academic and athletic performance during his Upper School years as a result of hard work and dedication. Kip had been slated for the award in early May, and the original presentation transcript read as follows:

“For the recipient of this award, transitioning to the Upper School was not without its challenges. His III Form teachers’ comments tended to focus on his potential rather than his performance. They made note of his struggles with new material, wondered whether he was fully committed to seeking help, and urged him to read more carefully. One teacher, however, was prescient in writing in December 2009, “If we had effort grades, his would be an A, and I am sure that in time, his other grades will follow.

“Four years later, he is now described as a very perceptive and smart young man, one who is “capable and responsible” with a seriousness of purpose and an eagerness to learn. Teachers are generous in their praise of his analytical reading skills, noting that his talents have burned brightly in class discussions and group projects. His sly sense of humor and calm, steady demeanor keep him under the radar among the student body, but his strong character is representative of Haverford’s best qualities.”

We have been blessed with Kip’s presence throughout the past four years, and the School has been made a better place because of him. His spirit and legacy will carry on at Haverford forever. Thank you to all for your continued support and the incredible outpouring of heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and love for the Taviano family.


The Taviano family has requested that any gifts given in memory of Kip be made to The Haverford Fund in Kip’s name. Gifts can be made using the following methods:

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