“Another Remington Boy Makes Good” could have been the headline for today’s seminar with Ken Bancroft. His presentation was part of our ongoing series entitled “Conversation with…” that brings in people from a variety of fields and backgrounds to share their stories with the students.
Ken grew up at 2725 Huntingdon Avenue, down the street from the school. This was also the site of Ted & Fred’s, the store that his family operated. Ken married his wife Paulette Wilgis Bancroft whose family also lived in Remington. He shared the lessons of his life from life in the neighborhood to being drafted in the military through a series of jobs and a career in hospital finance and management that culminated as the President of St. Agnes Hospital.
Ken can be seen frequently around the school and has been involved with The Community School for more than a decade in a variety of capacities. He is an active student sponsor and is the co-coordinator of our Teacher’s Pledge Campaign.
Student Spencer Bayne said, “I really enjoyed how he didn’t believe in himself, but at the end of his career he went really far and affected a lot of people’s lives.” Ken inspired pride as Caleb Rohe commented, “I love these kinds of stories too, where a hometown boy makes it big.” Olivia Yates summed up the feelings of all the students when she stated, “I definitely learned a lot of life lessons. I am really thankful that he came.”