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2023 Honorees


Alyson Richman '87

Author & Former Student of James Swink

Alyson Richman is the USA Today bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of several historical novels including The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, and The Lost Wife, which is currently in development for a major motion picture. Alyson graduated from Harbor Country Day School and later attended Wellesley College with a degree in art history and Japanese studies. She herself is an accomplished painter and her novels combine her deep love of art, historical research, and travel. Alyson's novels have been published in twenty-five languages and have reached the bestseller lists both in the United States and abroad. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on her next novel.


James C. Swink

Former HCDS English Teacher

James C. Swink (1950-1991) was a beloved English teacher at Harbor from 1977 – 1987.  A native of Wadesboro, North Carolina, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Teaching.  His kindness and dedication to bringing out the best in his students made him a favorite teacher for many.  He is credited by many alumni/ae for instilling in them a love of reading and writing that endures to this day.  His passing at such a young age is a loss that is still felt by those who knew him.