A Legacy of Leadership

A Legacy of Leadership

Friday, June 4, 2021

Harlem Academy is deeply saddened by the loss of former trustee Bruno Bich, a longtime Harlem Academy supporter, advisor, and friend who passed away on May 30, 2021.

For more than a decade, Bruno demonstrated a commitment to the success of our mission and our students. His wisdom and strength of character were invaluable as a trustee and, later, as an integral part of the school’s advisory council.

Harlem Academy’s mission, creed, and guiding principles are the school’s driving forces, and Bruno offered wise counsel in the development of all three. More importantly, he offered care and respect to our students. Every visit to the school would find Bruno engaged in conversation with students – asking questions, actively listening, and always encouraging.

As the Chairman and CEO of Bic, Bruno held himself to the highest standards and motivated the same in those he met, especially young people. He helped to develop our middle school entrepreneurship curriculum, bringing a business acumen and expertise that strengthened the program and inspired the students.

Years ago, he told us that he wanted to direct his energy toward the education of children and to make a real impact. He definitely fulfilled that goal. Bruno was vital to the strongest realization of our mission, and we are so grateful that he was a part of our community.

With warm regards,

Vinny Dotoli
Head of School

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