In Memoriam

Our former Head of School, Dr. Marlene Kendra Sun-Alperin passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Kendra was surrounded by loving family after bravely battling breast cancer. Kendra was born in Bethesda, Maryland on April 30, 1974 to Mable Sun and Bob Sun. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 1996, received her Masters in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. She spent her entire life living in the Washington, DC area.

Kendra embraced life with the love of family and friends. She had a passion for influencing and shaping the success of young learners. She loved dancing and spending time with her close-knit extended family. As the oldest of her generation of cousins, she was the only one to fulfill her maternal grandfather’s wish of having a doctor in the family. Her generosity was infectious, and she was always caring for others.


Kendra was a vibrant and influential member of the community. While raising a family that cherished her, she taught at St. Patrick’s Episcopal School, Norwood School, and then went on to be the Head of School at the Harbor School.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, we celebrated Kendra’s life with a Memorial hosted at Norwood School. We are forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support. Our Board of Trustees President Kameha Bell shared her heartfelt thoughts with all who attended.

Kendra is survived by her husband, Ken; son, Grayson; daughter, Cameron; mother, Mable and her husband, Alan Martin; father, Bob; brother, Bryan and his wife, Jinah (daughter, Mia Bea); step-brother, Michael and his wife Elizabeth (son, Connor); sister-in law, Betsy and her husband John (sons Jake and Max); two aunts and an uncle all with spouses; 9 cousins; and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to this education fund set up in the names of Kendra’s children, Grayson and Cameron. This fund will be administered by Kendra’s brothers, Bryan Sun and Michael Chen.

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