Heathwood Hall alumnus, parent, and trustee Kirby D. Shealy III (’89, P ’18) is the inaugural recipient of the Anne Thornhill Weston Award.
Named for longtime Heathwood teacher and administrator Anne Weston, the award honors a Heathwood alum who has followed in Anne’s footsteps, sharing her belief in the dignity of all people and the mission of Episcopal schools to serve with faith, hope, and love.
Through his service to Heathwood and to the community at large, Kirby exemplifies those values. In addition to being an active member of the Heathwood Board of Trustees, he currently serves on the boards of Growing Home Southeast and Thomson Child and Family Focus, two agencies that care for children with emotional and psychological issues; is the chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina; and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 8 of the Indian Waters Council, BSA.
Professionally, Kirby has also been a strong advocate of the values the award honors. He is past president of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, an organization of lawyers and judges whose mission is to promote the highest standards of civility, professionalism, and competency in the legal profession; and he chairs the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness. In 2015, he received the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Council, in recognition of his significant contributions to the legal profession and his embodiment of the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity.
“Kirby has been a tireless member of the board and keenly focused on helping the school move forward,” said Heathwood Head of School Chris Hinchey. “I find his insights and advice invaluable. The only time that he is unable to attend a Board or Board Committee meeting is when he has another commitment to another non-profit. I’m amazed at well he balances his professional, personal and community service/non-profit commitments.”
“Kirby is a born leader, and his active concern to help his community was beautifully ignited at Heathwood during his formative years,” said his sister Emily Tinch (’91, P ’22, ’24).
A graduate of Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Kirby is a partner at Adams and Reese and a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.