Tyrie is a pioneer in eye care. She was the first person to perform LASIK in Hawaii, and more recently, was the first to perform laser assisted cataract surgery. She has fond memories of her experiences at WFS, and believes this school’s commitment to educational excellence has made her value life long learning.
How did you choose to start your business?
I am currently the proud owner of a successful ophthalmology practice in Hawaii. I moved here in 1989 after having trained at a prestigious ophthalmology residency in the east coast. I built my practice around making sure my adopted home - the most isolated landmass in the world - had access to the latest technology in eye care. This business model was not only successful but most rewarding. I was the first person to perform LASIK surgery in 1987 and more recently, was the first to perform laser assisted cataract surgery.
What are your current interests and passions?
While still working full time, I am taking a bit more time off. I am lucky to be passionate about taking care of my patients but am lucky to have other interests. I am enjoying being a grandmother. I spend free time hiking, traveling and golfing.
How has WFS impacted you since graduation?
Since I graduated from Wilmington Friends, I actually joined a Quaker meeting and call myself a Quaker. I continue to embrace Quaker values of integrity, equality, community, stewardship of the earth and peace. Friends School's commitment to educational excellence has made me value life long learning.
What are your favorite WFS memories?
As preteen, I have to admit, I loved school so much I used to walk to Friends at the end of the summer before the school opened. I would sneak into the front door (it was open ) and walked through the silent hall and smell the newly waxed floors! Other great experiences, were non academic - chorus with Violet Richman and band with Mr. Guest. I remember vividly, those beautiful fall days on the hockey field. My best friend is still Pam Hoopes who I met in kindergarten!
Tyrie Lee Jenkins ’73 started at Wilmington Friend School at age 4. She can still remember all the names of her teachers in grades K - 6 and her best friend is still her first friend she met in Kindergarten! Her mother was also a Wilmington Friends School graduate. Elizabeth Miller Jenkins ’51 still lives on the Augustine Cut-Off in the home where Ty would walk to school from. After graduating from Friends, she attended Mount Holyoke College and then Jefferson Medical College. After a medical internship in Wilmington, she completed her medical training in Ophthalmology at Will’s Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. After a stint in Memphis, Tennessee, she moved to Honolulu in 1989. She started her current practice and is one of the businest eye surgeons in Hawaii. Being the first person in Hawaii to perform LASIK as well as Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery, she is a pioneer in eyecare. She and husband have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Hobbies include hiking, golfing and traveling. The second-act? As her current practice winds down, she is hoping to participate in some medical missions and spend more time with the grandkids.
Temilola Lufadeju '25, Maddie Miller '24, and Isaiah Turman '24 traveled to San Antonio last week to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
A beloved holiday tradition at WFS is our sixth grade pie bake for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission. Students lovingly peel, slice, prepare, box, and finally deliver more than 30 apple pies for those in our greater community.
On Monday, seventh graders and faculty members traveled to Washington, D.C. where they had a busy day visiting the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, the United States Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The Quaker Cares Committee celebrated gratitude last week by having students, faculty, and staff fill out a turkey feather with what they were most grateful for. They also handed out sensory stickers for students' computers to share their own gratitude!
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Townsend '75, who received the Delaware Athletic Trainer’s Association’s AT Ally award! Dr. Townsend played under Coach Tattersall as a student and has been the WFS football team's doctor for more than 30 years.
Students in the upper school Quakerism & Thee course took a field trip to local Quaker meetinghouses. At Wilmington Monthly Meeting at 4th & West, they were welcomed by member and WFS trustee Darcy Rademaker who gave them some history and information. The students then visited and toured Centre Meeting.
The Special Olympics Club and Quaker volleyball teams, led by Jocelyn Nathan '23, hosted bake sales and an awareness match to raise funds for Special Olympics - Delaware. All told, they raised over $740 for the day!
The WFS garden is still in bloom! This fall, sixth graders have been hard at work harvesting the fall crop, including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell and jalapeño peppers, squash, and cantaloupe, as well as helping put the final touches on the new WFS greenhouse.