March 20, 1967 - February 17, 2018
On February 17, 2018, Dr. Stephanie Balmer, Harpeth Hall's Head of School, passed away surrounded by her loving family.
During her tenure of nearly four years, Stephanie led our school with vigor and vision. She will be remembered for her energetic presence, her personal warmth, and her extraordinary gift of communication. Beloved by her community, Stephanie exuded a bright, intellectual vitality that touched all who knew her.
Stephanie believed deeply in and supported innovation in girls' education. Her focus on educating the whole girl elevated programming at Harpeth Hall that encouraged resilience, wellness, and balance for girls and young women. She was actively involved in reimagining the future of Harpeth Hall's campus, including the upcoming development of the northwest corner. In her final months, Stephanie envisioned and built a strategic plan that will ensure Harpeth Hall remains on the leading edge of girls' education. Her remarkable life and legacy will continue to inspire generations of women.
Our hearts are with her husband, Lauren Balmer, and their daughter, Isabel Balmer '20. Our community will surround them with ongoing love and support.
The Balmer family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations honoring the extraordinary impact of Dr. Balmer's leadership as Head of School be directed to Harpeth Hall. Therefore, a memorial fund at Harpeth Hall has been established honoring Dr. Balmer's life. Donations may be made online or mailed to the Harpeth Hall Advancement Office at 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN, 37215.