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Woodbury, Connecticut

Wayne Pratt Scholarship

Established May 1, 1994

By Mr. Wayne Pratt

Wayne Pratt was a noted antique furniture dealer in Woodbury.

Wayne Pratt grew up in South Easton, Massachusetts, where his interest in antiques was sparked at an early age. Mr. Pratt bought his first 18th century Windsor chair when he was 7, and sold his first antique when he was 15. He spent his summer vacations finding and researching American antiques. Mr. Pratt was educated at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, Mass., and Bryant & Stratton College in Boston. He worked for Ingersol-Rand and an office furniture company while moonlighting buying and selling antiques.

He opened Wayne Pratt & Co. in 1969, an antiques dealership, in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Mr. Pratt opened a seasonal antique shop on Nantucket Island in 1991, and then opened his antique store in Woodbury in 1993.

Over the years, he became known for being a recognized authority on Windsor chairs, Nantucket baskets and New England high style furniture. Mr. Pratt gained national notoriety by appearing on the PBS program, “Antiques Roadshow”, as an appraiser for six years.

Wayne Pratt greatly enjoyed traveling with his family. Along with his wife, Sarah Shinn Pratt and their two sons, they skiied, toured Europe, and stayed on Nantucket every summer. He loved to watch his sons play Little League baseball, flying his Navajo Chieftain aircraft, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

Wayne Pratt contributed generously to many local charities before his death in 2007, and Sarah Shinn Pratt has continued that tradition. They have been great supporters of the Woodbury Baseball and Softball Association and the Woodbury Scholarship Fund.

The Wayne Pratt Scholarship was established in 1994, and is awarded annually to a Woodbury resident who meets the general criteria of the Woodbury Scholarship fund.

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