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Update on Head of School Search
Director of Communications Joe Clifford, Editor Associate Director of Communications Andrew Fletcher, Senior Editor
Search committee formed; position specification published
Community News 3 Joe Kennedy III ’99 Receives Distinguished
Communications and Website Coordinator Hadley Kyle, Editor
Alumni/ae Award, Winter Sports Snapshots, Alumnae Kindergarten Teachers, Urban Connections Grant Program, Upper School Musical, MLK Luncheon, and more
Contributing Writers Joe Clifford Peter DeMarco Cecily Craighill Lori Ferguson Andrew Fletcher Janet Rosen Roger Stacey Audrey Wallace Kim Whitney ’91
Features 14 Kramer Morgenthau ’85
Alumnus cinematographer relishes bringing Hollywood to life on the screen
Contributing Editors Sherwood C. Haskins Jr. Janet Rosen
20 Nat Bacon ’91, Genevieve Cremaldi ’87, Careers to Savor
Andrew Taylor ’08, and Laurel Valchuis ’02 embrace their culinary callings
30 “Noon Sun” Rising
Alumni/ae News & Notes Cecily Craighill Tracy Rosette
Musicians James Clark ’08, Chris Haynes ’07, Nick Mikita ’08, and Brett Torres ’08 continue a journey started in Middle School
32 Former Faculty Profile: Lee Behnke
Advancing Our Mission 34 Patricia Ann Blevins ’44 Drama Fund;
100 Knights ‘til Graduation Alumni/ae Challenge
Alumni/ae News & Notes 36 Alumni/ae News and Notes
39 Buckingham Tea 46 BB&N in Boston 51 BB&N in Los Angeles 56 BB&N in San Francisco 66 Milestones 68 Former Faculty News
Design & Production Nanci Booth www.nancibooth.com 781-301-1733 Photography/Artwork/Design Cindy Chew Andrew Fletcher Brian Galford Debra Gerson Heather Goss Eric Lewandowski Tracy Morgenthau Eric Nordberg ’88 Shawn Read Joshua Touster Vaughn Winchell
Board of Trustees, 2016-2017 Officers Bracebridge Young, Jr., Chair Charles A. Brizius, Vice Chair Shelly Nemirovsky, Vice Chair/Secretary Erica Gervais Pappendick, Vice Chair D. Randolph Peeler, Vice Chair/Treasurer Members Leslie Ahlstrand ’08 Jeff Barber James T. Berylson ’00 Agnes Bundy Scanlan Gregory Clark Tim Cohen Diala Ezzeddine Mary Beth Gordon Jason P. Hafler ’00 Bob Higgins Jim Honan Karen J. Kalina ’81 Kay Kane Kenneth W. Lang Peter K. Levitt ’84 Bridget Terry Long Stevie Olson Leslie Riedel Clay V. Stites Janet M. Storella ’74 David J. Thompson ’85 Frederica C. Turner ’91 Charlotte Wagner Fan Wu ’98 Head of School Rebecca T. Upham Front Cover:
Kramer Morgenthau ’85 with some tools of his trade as a Hollywood cinematographer (Photography by Tracy Morgenthau) Correspondence may be sent to: Office of Alumni/ae Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-800-2721) or the Office of Communications (email@example.com or 617-800-2403), 80 Gerry’s Landing Road Cambridge, MA 02138-5512 Correction: In The last edition of The Bulletin, the memorial notice of Peggy Schmertzler excluded mention of her son, Francis “Brooks” Clapp ’74, and her granddaughter, Claire Bridgman Belford.
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Community News BB&N’s 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lunch More than 300 members of the BB&N community packed the Upper School Commons for the School’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lunch. The annual luncheon offers a chance for reflection upon and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, and features various presentations and performances.
Organized by Director of Multicultural Services Lewis Bryant, the gathering this year featured keynote speaker Fred Park, a middle school educator in the Cambridge Public School system and the parent of two BB&N students, Rowan ’20 and Aidan ’18. Park addressed the many attendees on the dual responsibilities of being both a parent and educator in the current post-election climate. His speech resonated with those in attendance, resulting in an engaging, open dialogue. Guests were also treated to a fantastic meal and a soulful performance by the gospel group “Confirmation.”
PICTURED x 1 x Head of School Rebecca T. Upham with keynote speaker Fred Park P’18, ’20 x 2 x Nikia Londy, Baron Langston Sr. ’99, and Baron Langston Jr. ’24 x 3 x “Confirmation” performs for guests. x 4 x Gitika Desai and Riana Desai ‘23 x 5 x Guests at the luncheon listen to Lewis Bryant, Director of Multicultural Services.
2 Head Search Update As Head of School Rebecca T. Upham and Board Chair Brace Young, P’14, ’14, ’17 informed the community in midJanuary, the 2017-2018 year—Ms. Upham’s 17th at the School—will mark the final year of her remarkable tenure leading BB&N.
The search for Ms. Upham’s replacement is well under way. In late February, alumnus and trustee Jason P. Hafler ’00, who is chairing the Search Committee, announced the 12 additional members who make up the group: Charles A. Brizius, P’19, ’21, ’24, Trustee Agnes Bundy Scanlan, P’18, Trustee Diala Ezzeddine, P’22, Trustee Alda Farlow, Faculty Erica Gervais Pappendick, P’20, ’22, ’24, Trustee Mary Beth Gordon, P’26, Trustee Bob Higgins, P’26, Trustee Kay Kane, P’14, ’17, Trustee Peter K. Levitt ’84, Trustee Bridget Terry Long, P’26, ’28, Trustee Stevie Olson, Trustee and Faculty Jesse Sarzana ’93, Faculty
The committee is being assisted by the executive search firm, Spencer Stuart. Already the team has held dozens of meetings with faculty, staff, alumni/ae, students, and parents to hear about people’s aspirations for the School and its next head. In addition, a survey was sent in early March to all members of the BB&N community to solicit their input on the search.
The committee published the Position and Candidate Specification document on February 24. To view it, visit the Head Search page on the School website: www.bbns.org/ head-search. The Search Committee greatly appreciates the feedback it has received so far from hundreds of members of the BB&N community. If you would like to offer any input or nominations, please email BBNHead@spencerstuart.com.
Community News Joe Kennedy III ’99 Receives Distinguished Alumni/ae Award
BB&N Student Composer Garners High Honors
BB&N Head of School Rebecca T. Upham and Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards Committee Chair Todd Harrison ’77, P’13, ’17 led the proceedings at a reception and dinner to celebrate the Honorable Joseph P. “Joe” Kennedy III ’99 as the 2017 BB&N Distinguished Young Alumnus on March 2nd at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge. Congressman Kennedy received this year’s award “in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, his service to his country, and his active demonstration of the values that characterize a BB&N graduate.” During his remarks, Kennedy thanked many members of the BB&N community, delivering an eloquent and passionate tribute to the value and importance of teachers and mentors.
Avik Sarkar ‘19 began playing the piano at age 8, surprisingly late for a high-caliber classical musician. However, Sarkar also began composing music at age 10, surprisingly early...and he hasn’t slowed down since. Sarkar was recently named a 2017 YoungArts National Competition Winner by the National YoungArts Foundation, a group that “seeks out, identifies, and recognizes emerging young artistic talent.” It’s not the first time Sarkar has been recognized for his talents, and after hearing several of his compositions, it’s safe to say it won’t be the last time.
At a recent student forum organized by Upper School chamber music and orchestra teacher Brian Reasoner, students and faculty listened to several of Sarkar’s pieces and had a chance to talk about music with the young composer. Sarkar discussed two pieces in particular: “polarity,” a string quartet piece that explores the interplay of two seemingly incompatible scales (B-flat major and E-major), and “Purvi,” a piece exploring Indian music themes in a Western orchestral style written for and performed by a 60-piece orchestra.
x 1 x Joe Kennedy III ’99 listens as Todd Harrison ’77 P’13, ‘17, Chair of the Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards Committee, and Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School, read the award citation being presented. x 2 x Kennedy greets his former teacher, Bob O’Brien, Faculty Emeritus, while Lauren Birchfield Kennedy (left) and Michaela Casey, Faculty Emerita (right), look on. x 3 x John Scanlan P’18, Laura Hodges Taylor ‘17, ’74, ‘08, Former Chair, Board of Trustees, Agnes Bundy Scanlan P’18, Trustee, at the event x 4 x Joe Kennedy III ’99, 2017 Distinguished Young Alumnus, Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School, Brace Young P’14, ‘14, ‘17, Chair, Board of Trustees x 5 x Kennedy greets Stevie Olson, Trustee and LS Faculty.
“Although I definitely enjoy all parts of the composition process, my favorite part, and the most gratifying part, too, is definitely getting to hear a piece performed,” says Sarkar. “It’s a really amazing experience to hear music you’ve written played live, one that always gives you something to learn from.” Sarkar, who also plays the cello, is no stranger to accolades; his compositions have received awards from the ASCAP Morton Gould, Robert Avalon International, Tribeca, National Young Composers competitions, and the Carlos Surinach BMI student composer prize—awarded to the youngest of nine winners chosen from over 700 composers under the age of 28. As a pianist, Sarkar has performed in recitals at Cadogan Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and, of course, BB&N.
2 3 2 5 Girls Varsity Hockey Team Plays at Fenway Park It was the opportunity of a lifetime for this year’s BB&N girls varsity hockey team—gliding along a rink mid-field beneath the quintessence of New England sports iconography, the “Green Monster”—and it didn’t disappoint.
BB&N squared off against Noble and Greenough in early January in a game at Fenway Park as part of Capital One’s Frozen Fenway Women’s and Girls’ Hockey Day. Despite recording a spirited 4-1 defeat in the contest, there were no losers beneath the lights. The occasion took on added meaning as all players on both teams wore special number 24 jerseys in recognition of Denna Laing, the Nobles alumna who sustained a significant spinal cord injury during the October Women’s Classic at Gillette Stadium in 2015. Net proceeds from the event benefitted the Denna Laing Fund. Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed! 5
Community News BB&N Winter Sports
BB&N athletes hit the courts and ice again this winter for another exciting season. Co-Ed Varsity Fencing
• Fencing completed a thrilling season that culminated in a second straight State Championship. Cup Winners: Spencer Kuldell ’18, Julie Peng ’17
Girls Varsity Basketball (Record: 4-16) •
Despite a lopsided record, this team battled in every game, and was led by Kayla Kaloostian ’18, who drained a game-opening three-pointer against St. Paul’s to record her 1,000th point at BB&N.
Boys Varsity Basketball (Record: 14-9)
All League: Kayla Kaloostian ’18 Honorable Mention: Sarah Leder ’19 Cup Winner: Kayla Kaloostian ’18
• Season highlights included thrilling home upsets over Governors Academy and St. Paul’s School.
• Boys Basketball had one of their most successful seasons in recent memory, finishing 14-9.
All League: Adam Buchanan ’17 Honorable Mention: Ben Blackburn ’18, Nick Johnson ’20 Cup Winners: Adam Buchanan ’17, Tucker Impemba ’17
Boys Varsity Hockey (Record: 9-16-1)
• Highlights from this squad’s hard-fought season included massive wins over St. Marks, Groton, and Middlesex. All League: Jack Studley ’18, Ryan Donnelly ’18 Honorable Mention: Bernard McGovern ’17, Corey Herron ’18 Cup Winner: Bernard McGovern ’17
• Brad Basham ’18 closed out the season as the ISL Heavyweight Champion before proceeding to win BB&N’s first New England Championship in the last five years. All League: Bradley Basham ’18, Will Jarrell ’19, Malcom Zuckerman ’18 Cup Winner: Benjamin Ross ’18
Varsity Co-Ed Squash (Boys Record: 1-10; Girls Record: 5-10)
• Both the boys and girls squash teams battled hard all season, earning their way to the Nationals at season’s end.
All League: Natalie Madden ’17 Cup Winners: Natalie Madden ’17, Mason Olmstead ’17
Girls Varsity Hockey (Record: 15-11-1)
• Recording their fourth straight season with 14 or more wins, the girls completed a great season with a 3-2 win over Class “A” tournament team Williston Northampton.
All League: Kate Piacenza ’17, Shannon Griffin ’17, Julianna Kennedy ’17 Honorable Mention: Nell Fusco ’17 Cup Winners: Shannon Griffin ’17, Nell Fusco ’17, Kate Piacenza ’17, Julianna Kennedy ’17
PICTURED x 1 x Henry Goodman ’20 gets low for a shot. x 2 x Nick Johnson ’20 secures a rebound. x 3 x Mitchell McKay ’20 sends an opponent into the boards. x 4 x Halley Douglas ’19 beats an opponent to the puck. x 5 x Jiho Lee ’18 (on top) prepares to begin a match. x 6 x Kayla Kaloostian ’18 drives to the hoop on a fast break. x 7 x Adriana Hrabowych ’19 deflects an epee thrust.
2 Students gather at “open circle time.”
Alumnae Teachers Collaborate to Build a Safe Space for Learning in Kindergarten North by Andrew Fletcher Shaking the cold from their fingers, the 21 members of Kindergarten North are returning from a recess of building snow structures. Teachers Maia McPherson ’04 and Maya Stiles-Royall ’04 have had no such respite, instead spending the break transforming their classroom into a colorful art studio. Today is a big day. The students will begin painting the self-portraits they’ve been working on this winter, one step in a carefully orchestrated project whose whimsical optics belie the important lessons contained therein. “The portraits are interesting because it forces the kids to think about who they are, what’s important to them, what makes them unique, and what makes them special,” explains Stiles-Royall. “Then we expand to what makes us special and unique as a class? As a school? As a community?” Before the painting starts, McPherson gathers the fidgety students on the rug to get them ready. “Thanks for coming in from recess with a calm body,” she prompts. “Any idea why it’s important to have a calm body when we do something like painting?”
school. “When I became a classroom teacher, I always knew that I wanted to return to BB&N because this is the place where I became a learner. It has sparked such joy working with these students,” says Stiles-Royall. Both agree it felt like a homecoming of sorts when they began organizing their classroom late in the summer. “Our attitude was, ‘What can we add to this place?’ There is such opportunity here to create interesting avenues for learning and growth, field trips, projects,” says McPherson. “We want the kids to fall in love with learning like we did.” Of course, getting a bunch of five- and six-year-olds to move calmly in the same direction is easier said than done, but pulling from a “tool kit” of past experiences, the two have a seamless style. Too charged up? Some quiet “flower breathing” will do the trick. Things getting a little loud? A short series of notes struck up by the teachers and finished quickly by the students refocuses everyone.
Hands spring up. “So we can focus,” answers a student. To facilitate that end, McPherson turns on the smart board and displays some portraits the students viewed during a recent visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Soon the kids are engaged in how different colors and styles impart different feelings, and when they take to their own portraits minutes later, the recess jitters are gone. The mood in the room is calm, and activities can begin in earnest.
“Working together is great,” says Stiles-Royall. “Being able to share the experience of watching these children grow and learn with another grown-up makes it that much more rewarding...”
As BB&N graduates (McPherson entered BB&N 19 years ago as a 6th grader, and Stiles-Royall a year later as a 7th grader), this is exactly what they had hoped for when they returned to their alma mater as kindergarten teachers this fall—the opportunity to build a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere like they remember from their time at the
Following the portrait project is “open circle” time, a chance to gather as a class and discuss important topics. The students and both teachers sing the “open circle” song as they arrange chairs into a circle (always leaving one open seat as an invitation to visitors), and the next lesson begins.
“...and it gives you two different viewpoints,” McPherson adds, “You can really gain a deeper understanding of the kids when you come at them from two perspectives.”
Kindergarten North teachers Maia McPherson ’04 and Maya Stiles-Royall ’04
“We want the kids to fall in love with learning like we did.” Stiles-Royall draws two circles made up of dots on the white board. In one circle she connects a few dots to the others, leaving some dots out. On the other she connects every dot to another, creating a spider web-like illustration “Which spider web is stronger?” she asks. Hands shoot up all around, and eventually a consensus is reached; every dot should be connected to other dots across the circle to create a thick web. “It’s stronger that way,” says one student. “Nothing can fall through!” “That’s right, when every dot is included we make a stronger web,”
Stiles-Royall continues. “Now, I want you to put your thumb up if you’ve ever felt excluded.” Every thumb in the room goes up, including the teachers’. “Wow, that’s pretty powerful.” A lively discussion ensues about the importance of including people, and the lesson closes with a challenge to the students. “Over the next week, if you see someone looking lonely or left out, I want you to ask yourself, ‘Could I make this person feel better? Could I include them?’” Poignant questions such as this help the teachers cultivate a fertile space for the students to grow in across all areas of the curriculum, whether it’s math, reading, or even Spanish. “The reality is that children aren’t going to want to be at school if they don’t feel safe and supported,” says Stiles-Royall. “Building that safe space, that foundation, makes learning so much easier and more accessible.” Stiles-Royall and McPherson have constructed myriad ways to achieve this, perhaps none more fun than the strangest member of their class, Boris Lollipop Lou. Tucked away on a nest of straw lives Boris, a small, blue, plush dragon; a congenial mascot of sorts. Taped along the walls of the nest are various cutout drawings of food and water, gifts from the students to sate Boris’ needs. (He’s not the healthiest dragon, perhaps, as his diet appears to consist mostly of ice cream and cookies.) But Boris serves an important role in K-North.
Caroline Bresler ’29 and Sammi Brown ’29 share a hug with their classroom’s pet dragon, Boris Lollipop Lou.
“Boris really helps with the ideas of how you welcome someone to a community, make them comfortable, take care of them,” says McPherson. “He goes home each weekend with a different student and they catalog their time with Boris through writing in a journal, drawing, and taking photos.” Finishing the thought, Stiles-Royall adds, “It gives them a sense of responsibility that’s fun, and helps them work on empathy and friendship. And we get insight into their home life and how it can interact successfully with their school life.” Boris has been on vacations, he’s attended numerous birthday parties, and seems to lead a king’s life in the K-North classroom. When asked about their dragon classmate, the students quickly pull Boris from his nest and begin telling stories about him...then a series of dragon hugs begins. It seems as though the idea of Boris, like many projects in the classroom, has taken on a life of its own. “These kids are so ready to learn, they are so well supported at home and here,” McPherson says as she watches one student begin a spontaneous drawing of Boris to add to the walls of his home. She smiles and adds, “They are so independent and curious...they just take our teaching in such wonderful directions.” Stay tuned, who knows where they’ll end up?
Community News Urban Connections Program Connects BB&N Students with their Cambridge and Boston Environment
Through this year’s new Urban Connections Grant Program, faculty have implemented creative programs that connect their curriculum with the rich urban resources surrounding BB&N, taking advantage of the school’s Cambridge location to enrich their students’ classroom experiences. Sixth grade teachers Leila Huff, Stevie Olson, and Berhane Zerom are using their grant to grow BB&N’s partnership begun last year with Al-Noor Academy, an Islamic middle and high school in Mansfield, MA. Following the presidential election, sixth graders thought it was important to reach out to their Al-Noor pen pals earlier this year to begin building relationships that would foster a healthy community. Faculty have also used their grant to expand the sixth grade language arts, math, and social studies curriculum to incorporate deeper learning about Islam and Muslims’ contributions to society. Director of the Teacher Training Institute Beverly Malone’s “Captivating Historical Haunts” project introduces students to the rich history in the houses on and around the Lower School campus. Last fall, Beginners learned about Jeanette Markham, founder of the Buckingham School whose former home is part of today’s Lower School campus. In February, fifth and sixth graders visited Dr. Percy W. Bridgman’s House (10 Buckingham Place); the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (159 Brattle Street); the Col. Thomas Wentworth
Higginson House (29 Buckingham Street); and the home of early civil rights advocate Emery T. Morris (30 Parker Street).
a program at the Middle School about the effects of temperature change and heat transfer.
At the Middle School, students in 3D art teacher Sasha Bergmann’s Art for Social Change elective fashioned plastic waste collected from the campus into a large sea turtle to illustrate the dangers to marine life posed by plastic and other man-made waste. Her “Guerrilla Artists Meet Public Art in Cambridge” project also took students to Kendall Square to explore this outdoor space as a potential location for a repurposed version of their Empathy Shoe Exhibit.
Upper School science teacher Karina Baum has used her “Global Ecology Education: Creating a Path to Sustainability and Leadership” grant to establish a BB&N partnership with the Global Ecology Education Initiative (GEEI) at Boston University. Students in Karina’s advanced biology classes visited the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain to study the importance of key ecosystems such as forests to the current and future health of the biosphere. Students also visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History, making connections to ecology while observing the themes of evolution and comparative zoology; and the BU School of Education to learn about the University’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing its contribution to building a healthier biosphere.
Middle School science teacher Kelley Schultheis and math teacher Gus Means collaborated on a partnership with the Museum of Science that included a visit to the Museum for seventh graders. Activities included a high-tech scavenger hunt using iPads and the Klikaklu app, a visit to the Design Challenge Station, and a lightning show in the Theater of Electricity. In November, BB&N hosted a schoolwide Family Knight at the Museum and in February, a Museum educator presented
To learn more about this year’s Urban Connections Programs, visit the Urban Connections blog at http://bbnuc. blogspot.com
2 x 1 x Bev Malone with Lower School students at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on Brattle Street (the second oldest house in Cambridge). x 2 x Maryam Shehadeh and Helen Cobert ’22 enjoy a light moment on the “Super Nova” during a visit from the Al-Noor School. x 3 x Luke Kauth ’17, Maia Noyes ’17, Lucia Winton ’17, and Bayard Eton ’17 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Community News Upper School Musical Wows Audiences
Upper School Puts Student Ingenuity on Display at STEM Fair
BB&N students recently brought Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar to life in the Upper School theater with a highly successful production of the musical. Directed by Upper School Theater Teacher Mark Lindberg, the popular play tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth’s final days through song, dance, and a raucous rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack (performed admirably by a largely student band).
When Lily Druker ’18 and Ali Plump ’18 assumed leadership roles in the Upper School GAINS club (Girls Advancing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) they knew they would be overseeing a fascinating variety of innovative ideas. Impressed with the energy and commitment they witnessed, the two decided that the entire school needed to get involved.
The ambitious production left audiences moved, particularly by the dramatic turns of Aurash Vatan ’19 as Jesus, Emma Condie ’17, Cordiana Cozier ’19, and Charlotte Foote’ 17 (all playing Mary Magdelane with subtle desperation), and Max Ambris ’19, Jack Flahive ’17, Nick Piccirillo ’17, and Jeremy Tang ’18 (portraying a powerfully conflicted Judas).
1 x 1 x From left: Aurash Vatan ’19, Charlotte Foote’ 17, and Emma Condie ’17 x 2 x From left: Max Ambris ’19, Jeremy Tang ’18, Jack Flahive ’17, and Nick Piccirillo ’17 x 3 x From left: Aurash Vatan ’19, Alec Chapman ’17, and Sammy Wong ’17 x 4 x From left: Andreas Franks ’18 and Trevor Donovan ’18 x 5 x Samantha Moskow ’19, Kira Bierly ’19, Ali Plump ’18, Samantha Savitz ’20, and Lana Tilke ’19
“We just wanted to come up with a fun way to share all of these great student ideas with the community, but we didn’t want to make it a stressful thing,” says Plump. “So we came up with an optional fair that anyone could get involved with and bring their projects or ideas to the table.” The result? Nearly 40 students volunteered. And on a Friday afternoon in late winter the Upper School Community Room was packed with students and faculty eagerly checking out their peers’ presentations. Among the many displays were homemade Van der Graaf generators (capable of creating a visible electrical charge), cathode ray tubes, models of energy efficient smart homes, space telescopes, chemically altered “healthy” caramel, software designed to cater course curriculums to specific student learning styles, and many other interesting projects.
2 Fourth Grade Students Perform with Visiting Theater Troupe
x 1 x Lily Druker ’18 and Ali Plump ’18 display their chemically engineered “healthy” caramel. x 2 x Matthew Siff ’17, Vishnu Murale ’17, and Jack Flahive ’17 with their handmade solenoid engine.
This spring, eight fourth grade students had the unique opportunity to perform on stage with the visiting theater troupe “In Good Company.” The play, The Golden Door, explored a variety of cultures in the context of immigration and cultural diversity in present-day Boston, a topic that nicely complements the current fourth grade unit on diversity in the classroom. The students were able to rehearse with members of “In Good Company” prior to the show, and worked hard to put on a stunning performance. Lower School music teacher Greg Fernandes, who oversaw the collaboration, was thrilled that his students were given the opportunity to partake in the play. “Theater allows children to develop their sense of self and identity, helps them to learn responsibility and develop their confidence, and allows them to explore talents they might not know they had,” says Fernandes. “Most important of all, it’s fun!” The performing fourth graders were Joshua Curhan, Dinero Jelley, Max Kerrigan, Caitlin Lennox, Mili Medwed, Lucas Numa, Chloe Taft, and Leena Wong.
x 1 x Caitlin Lennox ’25 performs with “In Good Company.” x 2 x Fourth graders Joshua Curhan, Leena Wong, Dinero Jelley, Chloe Taft, Mili Medwed, and Caitlin Lennox rehearse for the big performance.
Bringing Hollywood’s Dragons, Recluses, and Super Heroes to
LIFE ON SCREEN by Peter DeMarco
A cinematographer’s dream is to film a Western, with wide open spaces and men on horseback galloping hard over a ridge into danger. His nightmare? Maybe filming an entire movie inside a food truck serving Cuban sandwiches, with barely enough room for the actors, let alone cameras. But when filmmaker Kramer Morgenthau, BB&N ’85, heard about the movie Chef, which indeed largely takes place in a food truck, he jumped at the chance to work on set. Morgenthau in London on the set of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World 14
Having spent more than two decades in Hollywood, Morgenthau had shot the gamut: the latest Marvel Thor installment, a special-effects, comic-book blockbuster; HBO’s Game of Thrones, with its stylish sets and captivating lights and shadows; Feast of Love, a traditionally scripted and acted love story set in scenic Oregon; The Express, an historical sports drama set in 1963 about the country's first African-American Heisman Trophy Winner, Ernie “The Elmira Express” Davis. For Chef, Morgenthau was given a scant 27 days of filming, about half that of a typical movie, which meant no time for retakes. The script was loose, changing literally from Friday night to Monday morning’s shoot, leaving Morgenthau with little choice but to film on the fly. And with the movie’s director, Jon Favreau, also acting as its star, Morgenthau had more to do than ever. But those challenges, Morgenthau says, are what made the project so much fun. “It was like making jazz,” he recalls. “You show up on the day of the shoot … and figure out instinctively where the camera goes, and how to move the camera, how the actors move through a scene, and how that tells a story. “Jon brought in a lot of his friends to be in the movie. Dustin Hoffman … Scarlett Johansson. … Robert Downey Jr. came in for a day (without rehearsal). You figure out a way to set the cameras and get Jon and Robert improvising, riffing off the scene, work-shopping it until they come up with something. They are two geniuses in their own right of comedy and acting, and it’s kind of a pleasure to be there, watching it.” Morgenthau, 50, has worked on hundreds of movie and television 16
sets in his Hollywood career. The hierarchy on every set is the same. “The only person who says cut is the director,” Morgenthau says. But his role, as a film’s cinematographer, is just as important at the director’s, sometimes even more so, in creating what viewers eventually see on a screen. It’s his job to worry about such things as lights and shadows; camera angles, lenses, and color filters; whether cameras are moving, hand-held, or still; how actors are framed in a shot; what a set might look like; what locales and vistas are chosen for a scene; and how special effects and computer-generated characters might appear. That—and anything else the director has dropped in Morgenthau's hands. “You’re making a pasta sauce together—a little salt, a little pepper, a dash of vinegar,” Morgenthau says. “Sometimes the director likes to totally make the sauce, and you’re just regulating the flame. Sometimes the director is just handling the actors and the tone and the story, and totally leaves all visual decisions up to you. They want you to figure how to follow the scene, and what the shots are... to use all your filmmaking muscle.” Morgenthau, after 25 years in Hollywood, can flex with the best of them. He has been nominated for five Emmy Awards, received numerous recognitions from the American Society of Cinematographers, and was one of “the 110 world's best cinematographers” to be interviewed for a 2006 documentary about the profession. Morgenthau’s resume is so packed, and so diverse, chances are, you’ve seen his work.
He’s been a cinematographer for HBO’s Too Big to Fail, Boardwalk Empire, and the incredibly popular Game of Thrones, for which he’s won awards. He’s done everything from small, independent films, such as Rebel in the Rye, a J.D. Salinger indie biopic that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, to television pilots, such as the premiere of the spooky Fox series Sleepy Hollow.
Morgenthau with one of his many tools of the trade, an Arriflex Alexa Camera
More recently, he’s turned to summer blockblusters, including the newest Terminator installment and Marvel’s latest Thor superhero tale. Still, cinematographers don’t have the name recognition directors and actors do. Most people Morgenthau meets, he says, have no idea what a cinematographer even does. “It’s such a niche thing. Most people just think we lug around a camera,” he says. He is, more accurately, a painter, whose brushes are a thick catalogue of camera makes, models, lenses, and focal lengths—the closer the focus, the more intimate the shot. His paints are a thousand ways to portray light and shadow, and hues of every color. His canvasses are as intimate as a room with two people in bed, as computerized as a made-up planet, and sometimes, as glorious as a mountain top. To make a movie look just right, Morgenthau will go to far and surprising lengths. Take The Express, for example, which was profiled in the magazine American Cinematographer when it came out in 2008. To accurately re-create old football footage, Morgenthau found a drugstore in Kansas that still sold the Kodachrome film Syracuse University used to tape plays in the 1960s. He chose to erect 80-foot light cranes on just one side of the football field, giving players a more silhouetted and dramatic look.
Lighting is so important in a film, Morgenthau says, that it can be “90 percent” of what a cinematographer spends his time on. For a scene at a college dance, he positioned 24 light bulbs on the ceiling, each covered in a thin, dotted pattern. When characters smoked, the dots “created hundreds of shafts of light,” giving the dance unexpected depth. “Kramer gets very precise,” crew member Brett Laumann told the magazine. “He’ll say, ‘Give me a beam of light here that is 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide.’” Lighting is so important in a film, Morgenthau says, that it can be “90 percent” of what a cinematographer spends his time on.
Beyond adding texture and depth, the lighting of a scene must match the tone of what is happening each moment in the script, be it happiness, sadness, or intrigue, Morgenthau says. It needs to underscore or emphasize what characters are feeling and expressing, often without an audience consciously realizing it. The complexities and subtleties of lighting a movie scene, when Morgenthau breaks it down for you, are eye-opening. Steve Buscemi was known for his humorous roles before he was
cast to play a 1920s gangster in Boardwalk Empire. So, Morgenthau decided to “top light” him, which meant that whenever possible, a light was directly over Buscemi’s head, as if he were under an interrogation lamp. The effect left his eyes sockets extra dark, and perfectly sinister. In 2013, Morgenthau won a major cinematography award in the “single episode category” for his work on Game of Thrones. In a memorable scene, Peter Dinklage’s character, a dwarf, strides into a large, medieval chamber. He walks in the shadows 17
as others squabble, then sits in a chair, which happens to bask in a powerful beam of sunlight. So much light is upon him, it’s as though he’s stolen it away from everyone else at the table. As the dialogue unfolds, we learn that, indeed, Dinklage’s character, Tyrion Lannister, has just usurped their power. “Shooting on Game of Thrones was one of the great thrills,” Morgenthau says. (He was with the series for its second season, before moving on to other projects.) “Some of the lighting I did on that was really chiaroscuro, really expressive, really pushed the extremes of shadow and light, maybe more so than I’d done on that show than I’d done on many movies. Sometimes you do that and it feels over the top. Sometimes you do that, and it really works with the material.” Morgenthau says his style has evolved in ways since he began filmmaking. While still a fan of the chiaroscuro technique, where light and shadow are contrasted sharply for dramatic effect, nowadays he leans more towards natural, “poetic” light in his
projects, whenever a script allows for it. “Instead of having a pounding shaft of light coming through a window, it’s more an ambient feeling that still is expressive, but a little bit subtler,” Morgenthau says. “As I get older,” he jokes, “I have less to prove.” The son of a PBS documentary film maker (his father, Henry, worked for WGBH in Boston, filming the civil rights movement), and longtime Brandeis University professor Ruth Morgenthau, who served as a foreign advisor to President Carter, Kramer Morgenthau discovered his love for film while in college at the University of Rochester. After earning a degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Morgenthau says he taught himself how to be a cinematographer—“I didn’t have a mentor”—by reading about, observing, and studying as much film as he could, and grabbing every opportunity to direct a camera. His resume includes a slew of documentaries before he moved on to television shows and, eventually, big movies.
“I would say it takes 10,000 hours—like every other job,” to learn cinematography, he explains. “For a lack of any other original answer than that, it takes a long time. A decade. And if I'm ‘good’ now at what I do or not ... that’s really not for me to say.” Morgenthau’s humility, which comes up time and again during an interview, is noteworthy. He talks about how lucky he is to have a job he loves, and how each project he works on is, “a new life experience.” He says he’s never shot a scene that, in retrospect, he wishes could have been just a little better. Does he believe he sees the world with more nuance than others? “I absolutely see things differently. It goes all the way back to BB&N, and being dyslexic,” he says. “You don’t always execute a math problem the way someone else does. You do it backwards, and come in the other way. When you’re young, you think that’s because you’re stupid. But actually by figuring out that math problem in reverse, you come up with a whole different, fresh perspective on it. By having a sensitivity to the visual world, you see things other people don’t... I
can look at something as ordinary as a tree, and see something beautiful in it. “I remember Mr. Farber’s English class in ninth grade,” Morgenthau says. “Mr. Farber said to me, ‘You know Kramer, you’re a terrible student. But the way you interpreted The Catcher in the Rye … you had a greater understanding of The Catcher in the Rye than anyone else in the class. It was really amazing.’ And 25 years later, I got to do the J.D. Salinger picture. “My biggest weakness, and biggest source of shame, is actually what made me who I am today,” he says. “My weakness is my gift.” Morgenthau and his wife, Tracy, have young twins: daughter Mizia, and son Osias. This winter, they all moved to Atlanta, where he began shooting his newest movie, a science-fiction thriller called Darkest Minds, for Twentieth Century Fox Films. (Atlanta, much like Canada, is drawing Hollywood crews because of cost incentives, he says.) Typically, for the first month or two of a project, Morgenthau will scout for locales, and collaborate with the director (and visual
effects artists, if the project is heavy on computer-generated imagery) to make sure they share the same vision. The next 25 or 40 or maybe 60 days are for filming, during which time he’ll work with just about everyone he encounters on set: actors, camera operators, set designers, costume designers… the list goes on.
thousand riders on a hill. How green is your valley? A Western is a cinematographer’s dream,” he says. So is, one day, returning home to shoot a movie in Cambridge—he’s just waiting for the right script.
Once the picture is edited, Morgenthau will spend another month inside a studio, making sure the coloring and hues of the movie are how he wants them to be—yet another one of a cinematographer’s typical duties.
Show the world, as only you see it.
A freelancer his whole career, he at times doesn’t know what his next project will be. He might choose a compelling script—or something that presents an exciting, visual challenge. Sometimes, he’ll take an assignment because of an actor he’d like to work with, or a director he’s comfortable with, such as Alan Taylor, who recruited him for both the Thor and Terminator movies after working alongside him on Game of Thrones. Filming a Western is still on Morgenthau’s bucket list. “A
His advice to aspiring filmmakers, even those of this, the iPhone generation?
“You think everything has been done, but it hasn’t. And not everything has been done well,” Morgenthau says. “Study art, become a citizen of art, a citizen of the world. Have something to say. Find your voice, and if you’re lucky, the medium will allow it to come out somehow.” b
Pictured at left: A scene from “The Nightlands” episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones—one of many career highlights for Morgenthau. Below: Morgenthau took delight in experimenting with the lighting for lead character Steve Buscemi during his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Four Alums Embrace Their Culinary Calling
It’s not hyperbole to say that the breaking of bread has been bringing people together since the dawn of civilization. Everyone eats, and most enjoy it. But for Nat Bacon ’91, Genevieve Cremaldi ’87, Andrew Taylor ’08, and Laurel Valchuis ’02, food is something altogether different; it’s a passion fundamentally fused into their lives. Whether overseeing the production of craft cheese from the pasture to the shelf, operating a number of critically acclaimed restaurants, pedaling organically-sourced ready-to-make-meals to hundreds of customers, or running a private chef operation from the house, these four alumni/ae have followed their passion to create a connection with people through that most discriminating organ of all, the stomach.
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Genevieve Cremaldi ’87
Andrew Taylor ’08
Laurel Valchuis ’02 21
Eventide Oyster Co.
Andrew Taylor ’99 by Andrew Fletcher
As an undergrad at Bates College in the early 2000s, you’d have been have been more likely to see a unicorn in the school dining hall than Andrew Taylor ’99. The burgeoning foodie was more often in the common kitchen of his dorm whipping up meals for himself and friends than sampling the college’s provided fare. Call it the future award-winning chef’s test kitchen for what has become a series of haute-cuisine, yet convivial hotspots on the dining scene in Portland, Maine.
Oysters are “in” these days, and standing out as an oyster bar is difficult. Taylor has managed it by putting a slightly different spin on the classics, without going too far over the edge. “Everybody’s grandmother makes ‘the best’ lobster roll, and you can’t compete with that stuff…so we try to complicate things,” he explains. “Our food comes from a really honest place where we know what that simple and beautiful thing is, but also how we can apply our own sensibility to it.”
Taylor’s cooking has been pulling in accolades and appreciative diners since 2009, when he began working as a chef at Hugo’s, a local mainstay and trendy eatery since 1988. In 2012, at the urging of the former owners, Taylor and two partners purchased Hugo’s and undertook a full renovation, bringing new life to the already established restaurant. Two years later he opened a seafood and raw bar spot, Eventide Oyster Co., and in 2015 The Honeypaw—a Southeast Asian take on American fare—joined the fleet. The three spaces occupy the same block and share a kitchen, a crucial piece of making the operation efficient.
Consider Eventide’s wildly popular lobster roll—an homage to Grandma, for sure—but using a Chinesestyle steamed bun and swapping out the mayonnaise for a warm, brown-butter vinaigrette. And with a bevy of carefully sourced oysters, plus a rotating roster of craft beers, Eventide’s success has spawned a new venture: this summer Taylor will open the doors of Eventide Fenway, located on Boylston Street, next to Fenway Park.
That Taylor undertook the grueling task of opening, running, and cooking in three restaurants testifies to his passion for food, but he admits the past five years have not always been easy. “The first two or three years it was a 120-hour-a-week job, just a constant battle,” he recalls. “There isn’t a single thing in any of these restaurants that my partners and I haven’t put a fingerprint on.” The meticulous care and planning by Taylor and his partners, Mike Wiley and Arlin Smith, paid off. All three of the restaurants have experienced tremendous success, but it was Eventide Oyster Co. that popped to place Taylor on the national scene. “Eventide seemed to really strike a nerve with people, in a good way,” Taylor says, and in talking with him, it seems the closest to his heart of the three. That’s no surprise—the lobster and clam shacks that dot the New England coastline are some of Taylor’s dearest memories as a child. “I always loved that summery stuff in Maine and on the Cape,” he smiles. “I did a lot of fishing when I was young. I dug clams, caught crabs, shucked fresh oysters on the beach…the simple things that are such a part of growing up around here.”
Eventide Fenway will mark a full circle in Taylor’s life. Following college, he moved to Boston with the intention of attending law school, but a surprising comment from his father set a new direction. “I mentioned I was going to take the LSATs, and he said, ‘Don’t do it, you won’t enjoy it.’ That was when I decided to move to Seattle, dive in head-first, and work my ass off.” It was baptism by fire. “I got a full-time job in a kitchen, worked part time for free at another place, and took culinary classes on the side when I could,” Taylor says. He ultimately secured a job under famous chef Thierry Rautureau at an established restaurant darling, Rover’s. Rautureau was the first of three mentors Taylor cooked under during the next few years: Ken Oringer at Clio in Boston, and Rob Evans at Hugo’s being the others. “My high school friends are always laughing that I didn’t used to eat any vegetables or fish, and that I ate McDonald’s more often than I should have,” Taylor says. “But it takes a journey, and beyond loving the food itself, I’ve come to realize that I really enjoy the act of preparing food for other people.” Thank goodness for that…just ask anyone in Portland.
Laurel Valchuis ’02 by Lori Ferguson
Boston-based food enthusiast and entrepreneur Laurel Valchuis ’02 is all about eating local, and she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty to do it. In addition to running al FreshCo, the vegan meal kit delivery company she founded in 2014, Valchuis also farms part-time and often begins her day with a spin on a bicycle attached to a pedal-powered mill, grinding organically-grown corn into cornmeal for use in her recipes. “There’s nothing like hopping on the bike for half an hour of exercise in the morning to get your day going,” she says with a laugh. Although she classifies herself as a city girl (she grew up in Concord, Massachusetts), Valchuis says she’s been slowly making her way towards farming for years. “I was a biology major at Trinity College and I’ve always been interested in learning about the ways that other people live.” Valchuis studied abroad in Denmark as an undergraduate, traveled to Tanzania after graduating, and then worked as an agribusiness consultant in the soy trade in the East African country of Zambia. While there, she experienced the Zambians’ deep connection to the land and their food supply and found that it resonated deeply. “The country’s food system is very community based— more than 70 percent of the population is involved in farming in one way or another—and as a result, people are very in touch with where their food comes from.” This is markedly different from the U.S., continues Valchuis, where less than 2 percent of the population is engaged in farming. “Our separation from food cultivation creates a disconnect that’s not only environmentally detrimental to our society but also allows for a diffusion of responsibility in terms of the ways our food is raised and distributed.” Determined to do her part to change the equation, Valchuis continued on to graduate school, earning a master’s degree in community development and applied economics from the University of Vermont. Then she took her knowledge and experience public, founding al FreshCo to provide meal options for people eager to eat locally grown vegetables but lacking time to do their own sourcing and prep. In the early days, Valchuis sold her meal kits out of a tricycle at the Jamaica Plain Winter Farmers’ Market, but demand soon pushed her toward a new business model. In just three years, Valchuis has transformed al FreshCo from a single-source food cart into a membership-based initiative that serves
more than 200 subscribers in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Roslindale. Portsmouth, NH, will soon be added to the list as well. And while some customers opt to retrieve their weekly meal kits from designated pick-up points, including a wine shop, a craft store, and a café, many continue to receive their meal-kit deliveries via bicycle from Valchuis and three of her employees. Valchuis concedes that the expanding service zone has been challenging, but she is committed to building the region’s biking infrastructure and maintains that bikes are the most reliable way to get around the city. “We deliver on Tuesdays between 1 and 6 p.m., even in the winter,” she says. “We always hope that a Nor’easter doesn’t hit on delivery day, but even if it does, we’re usually okay, as Massachusetts is great about getting the roads cleared quickly.” Valchuis says her subscriber base is varied, encompassing everyone from young parents who want their kids to eat vegetables to busy professionals who want to eat healthy and empty nesters who simply want to eat, rather than cook a great deal. All, however, coalesce around a common bond: a desire for a sense of community around responsibly grown food. And Valchuis is deeply immersed in that community. She can tell you the origin of every foodstuff she offers, all of which is sourced from a close-knit network of organic farmers in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and prepared by Valchuis and four assis,tants in the kitchens of Powisset Farm in Dover, MA. Nor does Valchuis’ commitment to clean eating and sustainability stop with the food itself. Her meal kits are packaged in environmentally friendly materials—recycled brown paper, biodegradable twine (which customers return to Valchuis for reuse) and small, plastic bags that contain vegetables washed, chopped, and ready for cooking—and delivered to ice-packed coolers supplied by the customer. “I started al FreshCo because I was interested in building a community around food, and it’s working,” says Valchuis with a rush of enthusiasm. People are clearly discovering that, as Valchuis contends, you can’t beat a grain, a bean, some veggies, and a really good sauce. “I have more farmers approaching me about working together now, and my customers are great. They keep me inspired, and the business keeps growing—it’s wonderful!”
Jasper Hill Farm
Nat Bacon ’91 by Lori Ferguson
For Vermont cheesemaker Nat Bacon ’91, cheese is more than a job, it’s a way of life. As the creamery manager at Jasper Hill Farm, Bacon is on-site in the product room by as early as 3 a.m. many mornings, making cheese, scrubbing equipment, and ensuring that all of the farm’s cheeses are delicious and up to par. He wouldn’t have it any other way. “Farming gets in your blood,” he says simply. “It’s work with tangible results—at the end of the day you have milk from your cow or cheese in your hand—and it’s very satisfying to feed people.” If Bacon sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool farmer, he is. Yet surprisingly, he doesn’t represent the latest generation in his family to work the land. “I grew up in Cambridge and walked to school at BB&N,” he confesses with a chuckle. “As a kid, I didn’t know anything about farming.” But a semester at The Mountain School of Milton Academy, an organic farm in Vershire, VT, during his junior year in high school changed everything. “I lived with 40 other students and, in addition to taking classes, slopped pigs, harvested wood for the furnace, and visited beaver dams. It was the early ’90s, environmentalism was just taking off, and I was hooked.” Though his interest was piqued, it still took Bacon a little time to find his niche. After graduating from BB&N, he began college at Oberlin. “I had no idea what I was doing, I was just on the liberal arts track,” he confesses. Realizing that he was drifting, Bacon suspended his studies and began working on an organic vegetable farm in upstate New York. Then he discovered cows. “There was a dairy farm next door and I started going over,” he recalls. “The cows seemed very cool; I liked the process of milking by hand and being in touch with the animals.” Before he knew it, he had the bug. “I thought, ‘I’m gonna make food!’ but I realized that as a city kid, I needed to get an agriculture degree to learn more.” Bacon transferred to the University of Vermont, got his B.S. in sustainable agriculture, and began what was ultimately a short stint on a conventional dairy farm. “I felt like I was helping to produce butterfat and protein for the military industrial complex and I wanted to get back to knowing the end user,” he says.
‘Who am I making this food for?’ is a very important question for me.” So in 1995, Bacon took a cheese making apprenticeship at Shelburne Farms to “learn the ropes of the dairy to cheese connection” and he’s been at it ever since. Three years ago, Bacon joined the team at Jasper Hill Farm, charged with making cheese as well as overseeing the staff of five cheesemakers who create the farm’s delectable Bries, blues, and “stinky cheeses.” “We make a bunch of different styles of European cheese that we ship all over the U.S. and abroad,” says Bacon proudly. “We produce more than 300,000 lbs. of cheese annually; we’re a small producer by industrial standards, but we’re big by artisanal standards.” In this industry, Bacon explains, you learn by doing, and the products you create reflect not only your own efforts but also your animals and the farm on which they were raised. He finds the immediacy incredibly satisfying. “We create cheeses that we enjoy making and eating, like our ‘Moses Sleeper,’ a Jasper Hill original inspired by classic Brie, or our ‘Bayley Hazen Blue,’ a delicious blue made from our highquality, whole raw milk. We send them out into the world and hope that folks will appreciate them, too.” Bacon concedes that the business can be tricky and not every cheese he makes is a success. But he says he’s able to roll with the uncertainty, thanks in part to the drama classes he took with BB&N performing arts teacher Mark Lindberg some 25 years ago. “Mr. Lindberg gave me an appreciation for taking risks,” he explains. “As a cheesemaker and a manager, you have to be willing to try new things and be okay, with failing, and Mr. Lindberg taught me those things.” “The dairy economy in Vermont is going through a rough time and by purchasing our cheese, consumers not only add value to the state’s milk, but also support our farmers and a way of life that’s been practiced here for a very long time,” says Bacon. “I realize that it sounds like an infomercial—‘Practicing sustainable agriculture in Vermont, using cheese as a vehicle’—but it’s a very real mission for me.” A mission and a joy.
Genevieve Cremaldi ’87 by Andrew Fletcher
When Genevieve Cremaldi ’87 moved into her house in Cambridge in 2010, her first priority was to completely redesign and renovate the kitchen. For the private chef, this wasn’t a choice. It was as necessary as breathing. “There’s a certain way I like my kitchen set up,” she says. “A good cooking space needs to have the sink, stove, and refrigerator close to each other, sort of in a triangle. And everything needs to be out and easily accessible…no digging in cupboards for a mixer.” The saying ‘the kitchen is the heart of the home’ is literally true in Cremaldi’s case; her house feels a bit like a cozy afterthought attached to a beautiful yet incredibly functional kitchen. And as a fourth generation gourmet with roots in Abruzzi and Sicily, cooking is in her blood. Cremaldi’s great-grandparents owned a soda fountain in a coalmining town outside of Pittsburgh, her grandparents owned a famous ravioli shop, Trio’s, in the North End of Boston, and her parents owned a specialty food shop, Cremaldi’s, in Cambridge. (A favorite memory involves being sent to the basement to fetch something and finding Julia Child at a table signing cookbooks; the famous chef was a close friend of Cremaldi’s father.) “As a Lifer at BB&N, I was always irritated. Every vacation my friends would go off skiing or to the Caribbean,” she laughs. “And I would head down to the ravioli store to make ravioli and sauce!” That it was ravioli with a rabid following throughout Boston, and her grandparents’ world-famous tomato sauce, was of little consolation. But the hours spent at both Trio’s, and later, Cremaldi’s, were formative experiences that led to Cremaldi’s culinary success. Her homemade recipes— never the same twice—have attracted hundreds of devoted clients. It was a career that nearly didn’t happen. “I was going off to law school when my mother came to me saying, ‘My manager at Cremaldi’s is leaving this summer, will you please, please fill in?’” she recalls. “I hemmed and hawed, but finally agreed…and I never left.” Cremaldi’s food education took a rigorous turn when one of the chefs, “a crazy, French, former paratrooper” named Jean-Claude decided to move to Florida. Before leaving he immersed her in an eight-month cooking crash course. Cremaldi took over as the head chef and began her culinary career in earnest. The store closed in 2007, a harrowing decision prompted by the failing health of her grandmother and the arrival of the first of Cremaldi’s two daughters.
Wondering what her next move would be, the answer arrived through her devastated patrons. “I started getting calls from Cremaldi’s and Trio’s customers, asking me if I would cook for them,” she says. “They just wanted my food, they missed us! And it was a perfect way to keep my feet wet and stay in business.” As demand grew, Cremaldi began putting out a menu every Thursday afternoon, “it was limited to about two entries, a soup, maybe a sauce.” Customers would order by Saturday and their food was delivered on Monday. She’s been doing it ever since, along with hosting cooking classes at her home, and the occasional catering or in-house cooking gig. Among her avid customers have been Anthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times, and actress Ashley Judd. While living in Cambridge to attend the Kennedy School, Judd heard of Cremaldi’s cooking. (Cremaldi still giggles at the alias Judd used, “Jane Wigglesworth.”) Cremaldi’s family legacy lives on in her kitchen, where many heirlooms have found a home: an ancient wood chopping block from Trio’s, the rolling pin her great-grandmother fashioned from a broom handle, and two industrial pasta machines, a roller and cutter, both designed by and built at the behest of her grandmother. Perhaps Cremaldi’s most prized possession is a remarkably nondescript spoon that her grandfather used for “nearly everything” in his kitchen. Like many experts, she has her opinions: “Everyone oversalts everything!”, “Don’t overstir, let the heat do its work.” And don’t even mention crock pots or impractical recipes—Cremaldi can assess a recipe’s worth at a glance. “I know this is going to sound terrible, but I really like Martha Stewart and Ina Garten because their recipes always work…there’s a lot to be said for that.” She misses having a storefront, “I love the community feel of growing with a neighborhood.” At Cremaldi’s, she used to host “Friday Night Dinners,” transforming the shop into a convivial restaurant. “We’d serve 150 plates, and it was such a fun event.” Her husband Brendan even misses being called into duty as the self-termed “surly maître d’.” These days, Cremaldi occasionally finds herself considering opening another store. “I’m starting to get a little bored,” she says. “But the food business is crazy, it’s like a hospital emergency room. Maybe when the kids get a little bit older…”
Cross your fingers, Cambridge, here’s to hoping!
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U2, INXS, Radiohead, Green Day. There’s a decent history of popular bands whose members met in high school. Perhaps added to that list might someday be the members of Noon Sun—all of whom are BB&N grads. Chris Haynes ’07, Nick Mikita ’08, and James Clark ’08 met in Middle School. They got to know Brett Torres ’08 when he entered BB&N in ninth grade. Haynes remembers playing with Mikita and Clark at an end-of-the-year performance his senior year, and even returning the year after he graduated to perform at their last BB&N concert.
Just as there have been popular bands that met in high school, there have also been many popular bands who didn’t get their band name right the first time. U2 was first known as Feedback and then The Hype before finally settling on U2. The name Noon Sun resulted from a “March Madness type bracket” competition of nearly 100 names the band members brainstormed. “We actually had chosen another name and Noon Sun finished
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Haynes describes their sound as “Heavy Up,” a new musical genre the band is trying to create by melding progressive rock and inspirational lyrics. “It’s a little pop, a little rock, a little metal, a little jazz,” he explains. “What we’re doing is unique. We don’t fit exactly into any one genre.” After a year of twice-a-week rehearsals in Brighton, Noon Sun has written multiple songs and they released their first song, “Christmas Time,” in December, which can be found on any major streaming music service. Plans are in the works for them to get back into the recording studio to make their first EP or album. Ideally, it will be released this summer and they will play at venues in Boston to introduce people to their sound.
“After we played with Brett once, we knew that destiny had put all four of us together for a reason.”
Fast forward to after college, when all four ended up back in Boston. Haynes (drums), Clark (bass), and Mikita (guitar) started playing together and talked about forming a band. Then they bumped into vocalist Torres in Harvard Square and suggested he audition to join them in their new venture. “After we played with Brett once, we knew that destiny had put all four of us together for a reason,” says Haynes, who minored in music at the University of Rochester.
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maybe third but we kept going back to it so we changed it,” says Haynes.
CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM: NICK MIKITA ’08, JAMES CLARK ’08, BRETT TORRES ’08, AND ’CHRIS HAYNES ’07.
As of right now, the band members all have full-time jobs but as their success grows that might change. “Who knows if this fun project between us will become a full-time commitment,” says Haynes. “It’s a dream of ours to see how far we can go with this. We’re having fun with it and you never know how far the music will take us.” Part of what has made playing together so much fun is because the four share a common history. “I’ve been in a lot of bands and I’ve never been in a band like this where everything is so open and easy,” says Haynes. “Things flow really easily between us and everyone is comfortable putting themselves out there. I think that has helped make our project excel so quickly.” b
People looking to learn about Noon Sun can find more information on future performances and releases on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NoonSunBand 31
F O R M E R FAC U LT Y P R O F I L E b y Ro g e r F. S t a c e y, Fa c u l t y E m e r i t u s
L ee Behnke
Upper School Latin Teacher
Let Morgan Mead, her former colleague at BB&N, say it: “Lee Behnke
is the Yo-Yo Ma of classroom teaching: inspired and inspiring, passionate and gifted. Her life has been full of exploration and excitement, from her post-college years in the Peace Corps to celebrating the millennial New Year’s Eve under a tent in the Indian desert, but I know she still considers teaching the greatest adventure of all.” PICTURED: 1. Lee Behnke, circa 1987 2. Lee Behnke with her husband Michael
Hired by Peter Gunness to replace retiring long-term Latin teacher Sam Powers, Lee arrived at BB&N in 1983—one of an unusually large group of new faculty members that year—and immediately made her classroom in the Pratt Wing her own, in part by causing scenes of Roman life to be painted (where else?) on the ceiling. Sharon Hamilton, former head of the English department and Lee’s friend, recalls how “Lee’s classroom, with its colorful maps and posters, busts of ancient sages, lists of Latin roots, and samples of student projects, seemed like a metaphor for the wide range of her interests and perspectives. It invited students to learn. As a colleague, she was unfailingly gracious and inventive. Lee is a classic extrovert, who relishes interactions with others and radiates the sunshine of her happy, understanding nature.” Building upon her public school teaching in Winchester, Lee created the Latin Club and introduced The Junior Classical League’s Certamen competition to BB&N. Students one year built and raced a chariot; in another, they held a Symposium, complete with togas and a (wineless) meal. BB&N hosted the League’s convention once and became one of its leaders in awards for competence in the language. The popularity of Latin skyrocketed, and the number of students writing Latin AP exams soared. Journalist and broadcaster Emily Kumler Kaplan ’96 recalls what is was like to be in Lee’s class: “Magistra Behnke had a reputation as a tough teacher. Her three-ring binder pop quiz was enough to make some students take up Spanish. “Many teachers might have lumped me, a disorganized mess freshman year, into the category of kids who weren’t 32
going to amount to much. Magistra Behnke somehow managed to see through my rebellious, chaotic, adolescent attitude, showing me who I was and what I was capable of. Her steadfast insistence that I was smart and had something to offer, and her encouraging me to live in Rome during my junior year at BB&N, changed my life forever. “Our shared love for mythology was the beginning of my understanding of the power of storytelling, which served me well when I went on to major in ancient history, then as a professional storyteller, and when I worked for ABC’s 20/20 show.” Another of Lee’s innovations was a trip to Italy in March. “Touring historical sites was an amazing capstone for six years of Latin classes. The classroom had always felt so alive with examples of student Latin projects hanging on the walls, but to see ruins and artifacts in person brought our studies to life in a different way, grounding what we saw in what we had learned and allowing us to make discoveries on our own,” says Liz Kukura ’97. The BB&N/Tufts in Talloires summer program, a felicitous union of secondary school and university that brought students to the Tufts campus in France to study language, history, and Roman archaeology, grew from those March trips and Lee’s connection to Tufts Professor Steven Hirsch, with whom she had worked on her M.A. in classics. Colleague Peter Amershadian taught French—and negotiated with the eccentric owner of the hotel where everyone lived. Bill Fregosi, BB&N’s theater designer, who subsequently joined as a lecturer and collaborator, remembers how Lee “used the wonderful multi-course
evening dinners to instill the culture and customs of France, including table manners and the value of good conversation, while reveling in the cuisine. Lee was very serious about polishing up our students for the lives for which their education and intelligence qualified them.” Another colleague from that era was fond of observing, “Lee Behnke can create substantial educational experiences out of thin air and her Rolodex, and makes it look far easier than it is.” Lee left BB&N in 1997, when her husband Michael became Vice President for Enrollment at the University of Chicago, where Lee soon found herself teaching humanities and heading the undergraduate Latin program (and brought the Talloires program with her). BB&N colleague Althea Cranston, who visited, recalls, “I saw Lee’s characteristic precision, warmth, wit, and energy, as she launched into the lesson, occasionally making jokes—in Latin, of course! Although the class was college level, she treated them as she had her high school classes at BB&N. She asked about roommate problems and ribbed a chronic latecomer. The students responded with delight, affection, and respect.” When the Behnkes returned to New England in 2009, they substantially renovated and enlarged an old family house on Maine’s southern coast and found a loft apartment within sight of the Boston Public Library (and around the corner from Trinity Church, where Michael is a first tenor in the choir). In no time, Lee was back in the classroom, teaching part-time at Phillips Exeter until 2014, when winter commuting from Maine or Boston became increasingly difficult.
A self-described “theater fanatic, opera fan, and movie and concert buff,” Lee also takes “solace in great stretches of time at the Boston Athenaeum” but inevitably found herself back in the classroom, this time at the Beacon Hill Seminars, offering a course built on her interest in the reception of the Classical tradition in later literature and entitled “Italy in the Anglo-American Imagination.” Jan Beaven, of the Seminars, says, “Lee’s courses are masterful, and they are always oversubscribed, leaving aspiring students on a wait list. Guided by her suggestions of material, students investigate topics and then lead discussions, making them ‘teachers,’ too. “This year, Lee joined the Board, which allows her to broaden her educational influence by participating in the Curriculum Committee and by sharing her interactive teaching model with other seminar leaders.” Lee’s most recent innovation is “Camp Gramsie,” an elaborately detailed and written program of activities focused on—but not limited to—books, conducted for her four lively grandsons each summer in Maine. As Morgan Mead says, “Taking a passionate interest in her surroundings, her companions, and in the life of the mind comes naturally to Lee. It is that excitement she has spent a lifetime inspiring in everyone she encounters.” Hopeless without some kind of classroom (“like a racehorse without a harness,” she observes), Lee Behnke continually returns to teaching, renewing herself and those around her in the process. b 33
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the 100 Knights ‘til Graduation Alumni/ae Challenge. Stories of connections, lifelong friendships, career success, networking, and personal endeavors were posted for the BB&N alumni/ae community to see. Whether engaging on social media, sharing your story, or making a gift in honor of the $100,000 challenge, we are proud to be a part of a community that continues to make a difference in the world of education.
Patricia Ann Blevins ’44 Drama Fund: A lifelong passion for theater, ignited at Buckingham, sparks new fund to support BB&N Drama Programs When Patricia Ann Blevins entered the Buckingham School as a kindergartener in 1931, little did she know that it would be the beginning of a lifelong passion for the theater. Under the tutelage of longtime Buckingham drama, history, and English teacher Helen Matteson, Patricia and her classmates (members of the Buckingham Dramatic Club, as it was known in those days) acquired the skills to produce a wide variety of full-length dramas and musicals. Students not only performed on stage but also mastered all aspects of costuming, set design, and construction, which culminated for Patricia in a memorable performance of Romeo and Juliet her senior year. After graduating from Smith College in 1948 with a major in theater, Patricia’s joie de vivre was expressed in her lifelong passions for fashion, cooking, and entertaining—but most of all, the theater. Whether on stage or screen, as actor, director, or producer, the theater was Patricia’s first love, and she was a proud holder of both SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and Actors’ Equity cards. She held a variety of roles in community theater (primarily the Concord Players), regional theater (the New England Theater Conference, Merrimack Players, and Zeiterion Theater), and also acted in several movies and television. With her husband of 41 years, Bill Butcher, she raised three children (Ben, Amy, and Jonathan); and after their divorce, enjoyed 24 years of passionate adventures with her second husband, Derek Till. Over the years, Patricia was a loyal supporter of BB&N and was a regular attendee at alumni/ae events. At the Golden Alumni/ae luncheon in 2013, she was proud to receive an official BB&N Lifer bear, now given to seniors who start BB&N in Beginners, Kindergarten, or first grade.
Friends Freddie Turner ‘91 and Kim Ablon Whitney ‘91 point out their joint senior tiles...
Sadly, Patricia passed away last year at the age of 89 but her lifelong love of drama, born at Buckingham, will be permanently honored and remembered at her alma mater through her family’s generosity. Earlier this year, Patricia’s son Ben notified the School of his interest in making a gift in his mother’s memory to establish the Patricia Ann Blevins ’44 Drama Fund. This new endowment fund will be used to support the expenses of the drama programs on the Lower and Middle School campuses (the former home of the Buckingham School), and will enable current and future BB&N students to develop and experience a love of theater as Patricia did during her years at Buckingham. Those interested in supporting the Blevins Drama Fund can contact Janet Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-800-2729, or can make a gift online at bbns.org/donate.
As my BB&N Class of 1997 reunion gets closer, I’m thinking about what I must have been doing during my last #100Knights...
The gift of advice to the Class of 2017 - “However cliche this may sound, I’d say ‘trust your gut; it never lies.’ If I knew then what I knew now, I would’ve followed my passion from the very beginning.” Tiana Lewis ‘06 @famoustiana #100Knights
Brianna Smith ‘10 and Alix Wozniak ‘10 became best friends in Kindergarten. Flash forward...
2 PICTURED x 1 x Patricia Blevins Till ‘44 with her BB&N Lifer bear at the Golden Alumni/ae Luncheon, 2013 x 2 x Patricia Till performing in the one-woman show Full Gallop about the controversial fashion editor Diana Vreeland x 3 x Buckingham cast of Trial by Jury, 1943 (Patricia Blevins ‘44 is front row, third from right)
In response to, “What is one thing that BB&N gave you?” Alumni/ae responded...
Did you know that the BB&N Woodshop has moved 5 times since it was built in 1932? Here’s a then and now #tbd of Upper School Woodworking teacher Paul Ruhlmann working with students then and now. #100Knights
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Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Robert N. Ganz, Jr. 508-645-2522 email@example.com Bob Ganz reports as follows, “Apropos of the Avon Hill Nursery School, where I first met my future B&N classmate, Bob Whitman, in 1929, Linnaean Street, which marks the southern border of Avon Hill, must have been named for the great pioneering Swedish taxonomist, Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) after the Harvard Botanic Garden was established at the corner of Linnaean and Garden Streets. Garden Street wasn’t named for the Botanic Garden but for the Cambridge Common where Garden Street begins. The Common has gone through many transformations in appearance and use during its almost 400-year history. B&N’s Upper School building that I attended in the 1940s and which was at 20 Garden Street, was designed in 1896-97 by Edgar Nichols’ sister-in-law, Minerva Parker Nichols, who was one of the earliest woman architects in America. Next door, Bradford House, the school’s clapboard 36
office building had been the home of Dr. John W. Webster, who was convicted of murdering in 1849 his relentless creditor, Dr. George Parkman, in a lab at the Harvard Medical School. Both Webster and Parkman had been proper Bostonians. Members of Longfellow’s family were incredulous when Webster was charged with the crime, and the trial was quite an event. The Dean of the Medical School, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. testified. The trial judge, the eminent Lemuel Shaw (1781-1861), was Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. In 1847 he became Herman Melville’s father-inlaw. Holmes said that Boston was the Hub of the Universe. In 1850 Webster was convicted and hanged. “The B&N Upper School rose a block or so north of the spot on a spacious part of Garden Street near the corner of Mason Street where George Washington was formally given command of the Continental Army in 1775. The ceremony took place under what became known as the Washington Elm. The elm endured many more years after that historic occasion. The names of the Hotel Commander, located immediately south of the old Upper School building and the Hotel Continental, located on Garden Street a bit northeast of the school, of course commemorated Washington’s investiture. Alums of one or the other school who lived fairly near the Garden Street corridor more or less in my time included me, who was then living in the old Waterhouse house on Waterhouse Street that formed the northern border of the Common. Just around the corner at the beginning of Concord Avenue lived Margaret Fiuski Green ’36 and Isabel Firuski Thacher ’37. Around the corner from them lived Peter Ward Fay c. ’40 on Follen Street. Peter later became a professor of history at Cal Tech. Philip Lehner ’42 and his brother Peter ’41, along with my classmate Woody Smith, lived in the apartment house directly across Garden Street from the school. Sayre
Phillips Sheldon ’44 and Jean Doty ’43 lived still further north in apartments in the Continental. My classmates, Mowery and Stuart, lived around the corner on or near Chauncey Street. Paul Watkins ’45 lived on Bond Street. Anne Duncan Eustis ’41 lived on Shepherd Street. Carl Shapley ’45 must have lived on the grounds of the Harvard Observatory. Further up the street, Ann Simmons Butler ’47 lived for a time in Gray Gardens West. “After my last report appeared, I received the following welcome comments from David Williams ’78, which I hereby append: ‘I had a great thrill when flipping through the BB&N Bulletin. I am not sure if I have seen a picture of Noah and me in the magazine and as you pointed out in the article the three of us span 100 years! I really enjoyed the observations in the article. I was in school with Charles Bailyn ’77. He was in my brother Mark ’77’s class. We always knew he was a true scientist! I particularly liked the observation about Buckingham and B&N both limping along. I find that the current crop of BB&N’s may not know how the School once was, and that it has a history of surviving and evolving. I also had forgotten that the Harvard president’s house was once on campus before it moved to Elmwood. I do think there is a great challenge locating all the Harvard ‘faculty brats.’ At a recent BB&N event, I ran into Sarah Stewart ’79 who was Zeph Stewart’s daughter. Her brother, Chris, and sister, Mary, also spent some time at BB&N, but I cannot recall if they graduated. Thomas Schelling Sr. recently passed away and was eulogized in the December 18 New York Times. His son, Robert ’78, was in my class and is a sculptor and cartoonist. I am sure the list goes on. We look forward to a Ganz and Williams encounter in and around Great Rock Bight! Recently the whole area around Gerry’s Landing was renovated along the notorious Hell’s Half Acre. It is really quite lovely. Maybe the group that executed the public private partnership redevelopment effort would be up for a name change campaign! There is always hope!’ 37
“Another alumnus, one who wishes to remain anonymous, sent me the following note about a fellow student in his time who had a parent who was a Harvard professor: ‘The father of Tom Gill ’72 taught economics at Harvard and was Master of Leverett House until he gave it all up to be a singer with the New York Opera[!]. I don’t know whether or not Tom’s two younger brothers went to BB&N.’ “At my age, I keep reading of the deaths of persons I have known or known of. The late Ann Landis McLaughlin ’47 was a good friend of Anne’s and mine for many decades in Washington, D.C. Ann McLaughlin was a prolific novelist and great teacher of creative writing. Her husband, Charlie, taught at American University and was an important scholar of the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Paul Watkins ’45, who also died recently, I’ve known since the beginning of my time at the school in 1936 when we were regularly delivered to the Lower School in the same automobile. The late Dave Nickerson ’38 was the first good 1000-yard runner whom I remember seeing cruise around the old wooden track that was situated behind the lower school building. The 1000 became my distance when I was co-captain—with classmate Peter Powers—of the school’s last track team in 1943. I’ve mentioned the late Nancy Stratton Thompson ’42 several times in my reports but wasn’t able to reach her. My old boy-sitter, Charlie Woodman, who died at, I think, 97 lived his last years in the same retirement center in Brunswick, Maine, as Louis Cutter ’44 and his wife, Ann. In 1937 on the island, Charlie taught my mother how to drive. He didn’t graduate from the School, but his father, Cyrus, did c. 1905. Lewis Wheeler ’87—young, alive, and kicking—has a role in the current film Manchester by the Sea and also in Black Mass, one of the films covering the Whitey Bulger era. This past winter Lewis has been playing in the comedy, Hand to God, at the SpeakEasy theater. He lives in the South End with his partner, Amanda. Lewis’ father, David, and I met during basic infantry training in the winter of 1943. Lewis is busy unearthing the extensive papers having to do with his 38
father’s long-running theater company of Boston. Among the many later famous actors who David mentored are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. His papers will be archived at BU’s Gotlieb Center. In the meantime, Lewis attends to his mother, Bronia, and he is going through the arduous process of preparing his parents’ house for sale.”
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Melvin H. Chalfen 617-864-7965 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Secretary: Ann (Simmons) Butler 401-270-4814 email@example.com I am sorry to tell the Class that Helen Porter, married to John Hurd, has died in Toronto, Ontario, as of May 2016. The Class will remember Helen as one of the Belmont natives who came to our 1947 class a few years before graduation. You will remember her as a slender and gentle woman whose family chose Buckingham because they wanted to let her have a good education, and there was no school comparable where she lived. She and several others integrated very nicely, though they came and went earlier in the day in order to be on time and complete their work. I received word of Helen’s death earlier this summer. She had married John Hurd, a very nice choice! I believe she and John lived in Toronto. They had three children: Louisa, Lyman,
and Elisabeth. Love to all those Buckingham classmates, from Simmy, who now lives in Providence, RI.
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Fred Stevens (Duxbury, MA) writes, “Our family decided that an item passed down in the family for 151 years should be returned to from where it came. The item is a bust of Jefferson Davis ‘carved from memory by a Mexican soldier captured by Col. Davis at Buena Vista.’ I contacted the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA, and their representatives met with me in Alexandria to receive it. It is now on display at ‘The White House of the Confederacy’ from which it was taken by my great-grandfather, Major Atherton H. Stevens, Jr. in 1865. Major Stevens was on the staff of General Weitzel and had accepted the surrender of Richmond from Mayor Mayo.”
March 8, 2017, Middle School Campus
photos by Josh Touster
Class Secretary: Johanna (Larson) Perry 650-344-0862
Class Secretary: Virginia (Angevine) Fuller 617-489-0639 firstname.lastname@example.org
PICTURED x 1 x Katherine Jacobs Eyre ‘69 x 2 x Helen Chen ‘64, Margaret Loss ‘64, and Gina Simonds White ‘68 x 3 x Nancy Hoadley Fryberger ‘54, Pam Hardee Jackson ‘62, and Nancy Morse Torti ‘60 x 4 x Buckingham alumnae gathered
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Trentwell M. White 540-788-9889 email@example.com
Your 1950 B&N Class Secretary reports: “Greetings ’50-ites and other curiosityseekers! Starting off this recitation of news
on March 8, International Women’s Day, to learn about the completed renovations to the 80 Sparks Street campus x 5 x Cary Greenberg ‘75, Margaret Hardy ‘61, P’89, ‘91, MS World Languages, Linda Thimann Dewing ‘61, and Anne Brisbois Denna ‘72 on the staircase of the Musgrave House x 6 x Susan Doyle ’55
from our scattered crew, Len Short writes from his Orleans pondside villa: ‘Life here is much the same with a thus-far mild winter [since then some substantial storms have hit – ed.]. I stay busy with Cape Cod Commission, the Water & Sewer Board and the Orleans Pond Coalition as well as making Xmas presents (inlay tables for my kids). My two sons are talking about having me join them and their families on a trip to Africa over Christmas next year. Have never been to Africa, having spent most of my overseas time in Asia, the family homeland of Ireland, England, and a little time in Europe.’ “Len called in mid-February to report the demise of his close friend and our classmate, Pete Robinson, who lived in Greenfield, MA. Pete had spent most of the past several months hospitalized by
kidney and cardiac problems but it was pneumonia that finally did him in. You may recall that he was pictured in the last Bulletin visiting with Jim Tofias, Pete White, and Len at the latter’s home in Orleans last August. Following duty as a Quartermaster, during a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, Pete spent most of his adult life owning and managing a convenience store in Deerfield. Those of you who may have experienced the ups and downs in the very tough world of retail will agree that Pete’s success in this hypercompetitive and unforgiving field marks him as a guy who obviously had special skills. His bio can be found in the Bulletin’s In-Memoriam section. “Elsewhere in the Bulletin’s In Memoriam section, you will read of Don Hellerman’s very full life written by his loving wife and best friend, Susan. Don fell victim to a longtime struggle with cancer in early December. Don joined our class as a junior. Did you know that in April of 1947, when for some of us our tensest moments were lobbing a tennis ball on the court or
baseball on the diamond against another prep school team, our future classmate Don was lobbing grenades in deadly fire-fights with Chinese Communist forces as a U.S. Marine near Tangku, China? Susan recollects how she and Don met. In 1966, Don, then a chief resident of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Cornell North Shore Hospital, was asked to fill in performing an autopsy for his counterpart at another hospital where Susan worked in the microbiology lab. Susan was assigned to take a blood sample. Susan recalls, ‘He drove up on a motor scooter and walked in wearing regular intern white pants but with a formal tuxedo shirt (his hospital shirts were all in the laundry, I was later told). He was wearing one red sock and a dark one— same laundry problem.’ Attired as he was, the two were introduced over a corpse. Several months later, Don and Susan met again by happenstance and the rest is proverbial history. We will miss Pete and Don, and convey our heartfelt sympathy to their families.
The more things change… the more they stay the same. Though the look of the classrooms, the clothes, and the resources available to students may be different, the BB&N of today has the same commitment to academic excellence, broad and diverse programs, and dedicated faculty that it always has. As you reflect on your own experience at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, or BB&N, consider how you can help ensure that future BB&N students have an education that is as exceptional and life-changing as yours. To learn how a charitable gift to BB&N through your estate or retirement plans can create your legacy, or to download our complimentary estate planning guide, contact Janet Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-800-2729 or visit: giftplanning.bbns.org/Guide.
“On a lighter note, at his retirement apartment just up the road from BB&N on Mt. Auburn Street, Ed Bursk pens, ‘I watched several BB&N football games last fall. I’m sure I was the oldest person there and confess that I miss our old black & whites. No skiing this winter, though I probably have recovered as much as I ever will from last year’s ski crash landing a consequent spinal operation. I’m still using the cane since occasionally my legs don’t get the message my brain is trying to send. Other than that, all is well, am reading voraciously [Ed’s always been a voracious kinda guy – ed.] and writing gingerly. Just returned from visiting my boat in Cohasset and am looking forward to sailing next summer after an involuntary year off. I can use the cane as a boat hook.’ “At another retirement community not far away in North Andover, Pam—who serves as husband Harley Park’s window on reality—writes of January’s Women’s March in DC. Her daughter Kristin took the bus all the way from her home in western PA. ‘She really enjoyed it all but it was absolutely mobbed and she wasn’t able to get anywhere near the speakers. She listened to them all on YouTube when she got home. Other daughter Kim did quite a bit better at the Boston march. This is her home territory and she was smart enough to bring along a stool.’ “I had a delightful visit with Charles Hayes who retired in Winchester, VA. He is there comfortably ensconced in an apartment in a retirement community with all the fixings. He chose that area to be close to one daughter, Marna, who lives in Harpers Ferry, WV, and another daughter, Tavia, who lives in Williamsburg, VA and works as a nurse’s aide at Hope in Home, an elderly care organization. Marna commutes daily from her West Virginia home to her IT job with the nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD—now that’s a commute to end all commutes! As previously reported, Charles continues to edit the Journal of the New York State Archeological Association. He’s enjoying good health—octogenarian style. “When phoned (in February), Frank Scammell sounded pretty hale and even somewhat hearty as he talked while watching the snow fall around his Orleans home. You may remember that Frank and wife Sue took a trip last year to visit his son who was himself visiting Hawaii. Well, his son now plans to retire and move to Hawaii
Don Hellerman ‘50, framed by General Peter Pace, Commandant of the Marine Corps (left) and General James T. Conway, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (right) at a 2009 gala honoring Medal of Honor recipients and other luminaries. Don was stunned that medal recipients came up to him saying - “Wow, a China Marine!” (Photo by Cpl Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)
(Oahu) in the next year or two. So guess where the Scammells’ trip destination will be a year or two from now? Need someone to carry your bags, Frank? “Back in Massachusetts, at his longtime home in the woods of Old Road in Weston to be specific, Jon Moore, aided, abetted, and cheerfully supported as always by his delightful wife Katie, is alas now bedridden pretty much full-time because of his ever worsening muscular degeneration problems. Though he is pretty much beset by physical ailments, Jon’s mind and tongue are as sharp as ever. “Closer to home (well, actually at my home here in Warrenton, VA), our humble scribe keeps up his part-time six-county job installing, servicing, and removing sign posts for realtors, plus serving as unpaid kennel help (i.e., Assistant Chief pooperscooper) for wife Pat, who raises and very successfully shows standard schnauzers. She has been recognized by the AKC as a Breeder of Merit, having produced innumerable champions and a number of grand champions and even international champions. “Classmates—keep those cards and letters coming!”
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Ed Mason reports, “The first picture I sent [next page] was taken in 1996 at the wedding reception of Mike Moskow’s son, Cliff. It is of Dave Cavers, Dick Hoffman, me, Mike Moskow, and Alan Rosenfield. Mike and I are the only survivors. “There were three summers that I shared all, or a portion of, with a B&N classmate. I have already mentioned the summer of 1950, prior to our June ’51 graduation, when Dave Cavers and I worked on Sam Tilden’s potato farm. The following summer, after we had been admitted to college and were free of the clutches of B&N, Mike Moskow and I were able to find employment in South Orleans on the Cape. Our job—maintenance men at a sailing camp for girls. Rather than share a tiny space with the kitchen help, we set out to redo a dilapidated shack on the property. We first had to patch the walls and ceilings and rid the place of rats. 41
Class Notes work in his business. I doubt that he will ever voluntarily quit. He says, ‘I love it.’ “Allan Seigal made the news last April in a story about a 5,000-pound bronze elephant on the Tufts campus. You can Google ‘Allan H. Seigal, Tufts’ for the article, Big Man on Campus. Allan and his companion, Naomi Cohan, are also benefactors of the Cape Symphony. In December, I talked to Allan’s best B&N friend, Alan Sawyer. He reports, ‘Following graduation from RPI in mechanical engineering, I worked for Babcock and Wilcox Co., engaged mostly in the startup of utility power plants around the country and ultimately in the development of alternative commercial energy sources. I returned to Boston in the late 1960s and entered the family business, University Brink Sign Company, which I operated as its president until my retirement. During this period, we worked closely with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Landmarks Commission
“Our jobs, none intellectually challenging, included keeping the camp and the boats ship-shape, as well as cleaning the stables and bathrooms. But we found other diversions. One of the male dishwashers had never learned to drive, so we decided to teach him. The available vehicle was an ancient motor on a frame with a wooden seat. Our trainee promptly ran the contrivance into a tree, which pushed the radiator into the fan belt axle and caused the radiator to leak profusely. We corrected the problem by putting a handful of uncooked oatmeal into the radiator. It was an interesting summer, one with plenty of memories to sustain us as we headed off to our respective colleges, Mike to Harvard and me to Princeton. I recently talked to Mike. He continues to
in the preservation and restoration of much of the historical signage in the metropolitan area. I’m living in Rhode Island with a daughter and have a lovely granddaughter in the area. I also visit my son and granddaughters regularly near LA, particularly in the winter when I feel inclined to warm myself. My travels (with my significant other of 20 years, Linda Zack of Brookline) have slowed down quite a bit, but I still have my sailboat, which I particularly enjoy sailing on warm summer days in Narragansett Bay.’ “At our 50th Reunion in 2001, BB&N honored our most distinguished classmate, Allan Rosenfield. He died in 2008 of ALS. The picture I sent of him and Mike Moskow [below] was taken in August 2006, when he was already suffering the effects of his illness. Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where he was Dean, continues to honor his memory. At a symposium in November 2016, the speakers included his wife, Clare,
x 1 x B&N ’51 classmates at the 1996 wedding of Cliff Moskow ’85. Left to right: Dave Cavers, Dick Hoffman, Ed Mason, Mike Moskow, and Al Rosenfield. x 2 x Mike Moskow ’51 and Allan Rosenfield ’51 in 2006 x 3 x Fred Cohen ’53, with his wife Stephanie, is honored at the Boston Lyric Opera. x 4 x Ann Lee Smith Bugbee ’54 at lunch with Margie Adams ’54 in Naples, FL
an author and artist, as well as leaders in AIDS research and Planned Parenthood. “The school has record of five classmates who graduated elsewhere. I have not been able to reach any of them. If any of you have kept in touch or have news about them, please let me know. They are: Carroll J. Hoffman, Edward L. O’Hearn, Paul D. Garrity, Robert F. Davis, and William H. Hubbard. Of course, I would love to receive more news from any classmate.”
Louise Slater Huntington’s husband, Chuck, died January 2, 2017, at the age of 97, shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary. Judith Wolfinsohn Parker (Cambridge, MA) writes, “I attended BB&N’s Golden Luncheon last fall, and had a wonderful catch-up with Eva Neumann Fridman, the only member of my class living close to Cambridge. But I’m in touch with Joan Benjamin Gladstone ’53 and Sue Welsh Reed ’54. My only grandchild, Domenica Parker Cappello, continues to light up my life. She will be two at the end of March. In November I had my first solo photography exhibit in Cambridge. Now that I’m retired, I have made the time to return to one of my earlier passions and am developing new ways of composing and printing.”
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Gordon Lunn (San Carlos, CA) writes, “First, again thanks to Bob Ganz ’43 for his continuing updates on the Cambridge/ Martha’s Vineyard folks. Bob, I think you need to publish a book sequel to Tom Eliot ’23’s book Two Schools in Cambridge to be called Two Schools on the Vineyard. Also for Bob, I’m concerned about the hardness of the “G” in Gerry’s. I have always pronounced Gerry’s Landing Road with a hard G, and will continue to do so. Gerrymandering, however, is definitely a soft G. Perhaps a compromise? “I continue to defy my age but am starting to opt out of some activities. I went scuba diving in the Virgin Islands over Halloween, although it was so quiet I had difficulty in finding a dive boat with the four divers required to make it financially successful for the dive operator. Next time, perhaps shop around more….
“I spent November and December getting ready for the 50th tax season as a paid preparer. In January I taught VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers at the community college for the 12th year, but not the AARP folks, making it a more relaxed time. After 77 days of tax prep, I will be heading to Lion’s Bay British Columbia and Island Park, Idaho, for the spring work weeks at a Bible camp and one of my timeshares. “Last month I sold my cabin in the Gold Country, so don’t have to look forward to brush cutting and tree removal this year (last year, lost 19 trees to the drought). I am hoping to visit the U.K. and a lady whom I helped with her doctoral dissertation on the Cold War. The rest of the summer I have a few projects lined up on my house, which was neglected last year due to the sale of the cabin. And just perhaps, a trip to Martha’s Vineyard?”
and still working full time keep me busy, but my wife and I still find time to travel, Patagonia last year, and we hope the Adriatic this year.” Robert S. Wilkinson (Bridgton, ME) has published a collection of stories, The Black Cloak, about his adventurous childhood in Brookline and also his forays as a young teacher, including at B&N in the late ’60s, where he taught English and coached the wrestling team to back-to-back wins in the New England Interscholastic Classic B Wrestling Tournament. John Ligums ’69 is to thank for alerting us to Wilkinson’s book. Ligums explained that Wilkinson was his favorite teacher at the School.
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Jean Cairnie Castles (Fitzwilliams, NH) sends, “Hi! We’re in the middle of a snow storm and boy am I sick of winter! Hope you’re hanging in there. Some of us are going to Writers Groups and writing our memoirs. My Writer’s Group in Walpole, NH, is so encouraging and we are having such fun. Can’t wait for spring and getting together with you all. Lots of love.”
Joan Gladstone (Boston, MA) reports, “Life is great, however, still grieving the death of Janet Baker-Carr. I remain in contact with Janet’s daughters Katherine BakerCarr ’80 and Harriet Roberts ’81. Most of the Buckingham Class of ’53 were in touch regarding Janet. Franny Tubby Chilcote came from California to visit with Janet before she left us. We all still miss this amazing woman.
Margaret Abbott Eubank (Port Saint Lucie, FL) writes, “Since no one else would take the job as President of the Women’s Club at Hope Lutheran Church (WELCA), I agreed to do it for a year, which will end next December. I’m discovering that the job entails more than just running one meeting a month. I continue to have children who have difficulty reading, read to my therapy dog, a Shih Tzu, once a week. My husband and I are also driving to my nephew’s wedding in Denver next June. We will take the long route there, as we will be driving first to New England from Florida to visit family and friends on our way there. Then we will visit relatives in Ohio, drive to Denver for the wedding, and then to Albuquerque before driving back to FL.”
Janet Clarke-Irwin (Savannah, GA) sends, “All continues to go well in Savannah! We look forward to family visits and a possible trip to Labelle PQ for yet another reunion in August. Still young and frisky intellectually. I have to admit the rest of me has aged a wee bit! Love to all my classmates.”
“As for me, I don’t travel as much anymore, but I do still go to Stowe, VT, and Bar Harbor, ME, to visit my girls.”
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Fred Cohen (Newton, MA) writes, “I was recently honored at the Boston Lyric Opera Company 40th Anniversary Gala as the founding chairman. I was elected in June to a three-year term as the President of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, an umbrella group of religious communities of the many streams of Judaism. Other volunteer commitments
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Dick Goldman ’54 shares a tribute to his classmate, Arnie Singal ’54, who passed away in January. [Ed: See the In Memoriam section for more on Arnie.] 43
BB&N lost one of its distinguished and dedicated alumni when Arnie Singal, Class of 1954, passed away on January 22, 2017. Arnie was an excellent student, athlete, and friend to many of us. He was an outstanding soccer goalie and basketball player and was captain of both teams in his senior year. The basketball team in 1954 won the New England Private School Class B Championship. He had a lifelong interest in education, community service, and helping and mentoring young people. Arnie graduated from Harvard College, Yale Law School, and Sloan School (MIT). He and his wife, Ann, founded and operated, for many years, Exploration School, a nonprofit summer program for students in high school, junior high school, and younger. The Program attracted students nationwide and internationally and continues to thrive today.
He was instrumental in the advancement of the BB&N Annual Fund and served with distinction of the School’s Board of Trustees. He had many outside interests, including a lifelong interest in basketball, and coached the MIT freshman and several high school teams, including BB&N.
what life will be like for folks in the 2040s, ’60s, and ’80s, from agricultural breakdown to massive migration. You can visit her website, kittybeer.net, and her blog, planetprospect.blogspot.com.
Arnie had many lasting friendships, which he developed over the years, including several of which he established through his BB&N connections.
He will be missed by all of us.
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Kitty Beer’s third novel, The Hampshire Project, about climate change, is scheduled for publication in April. It’s the last in Resilience: A Trilogy of Climate Chaos. The novels are available in bookstores, libraries, and on Amazon. They explore
Wm. Evan Nelson (Cambridge, MA) writes, “I visited an old Buckingham friend of my late sister, Elizabeth Burr Nelson ’46, during the Cambridge Homes annual Christmas party. There I met numerous Buckingham and Browne & Nichols alumni/ae who were either residents or otherwise associated with this wonderful facility for the elderly. It was quite a party with jolly music and good food. During
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Christmas itself, I saw my brother George Anthony ’57 and some 26 members of my loving and congenial extended family, who all met at my niece’s house on the North Shore. I also received news that I am again a great-great-uncle, this time to a little chap called Isidoro Korpi.
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“I contemplate whether I will be fit enough to coach the soccer goalkeepers at Boston Latin School again this fall. I have been doing so for 10 years now with great pleasure. Though entering my eighth decade in the fall, I shall hope for the best. Fortunately, the staff seem keen on having me back.
Beth Hale Sommerlad and Cary Greenberg ’75 enjoyed getting together again when Cary returned to Berlin for a visit in September 2016. In the photo that Beth sent [see below], please note the “living wall” behind them in the café.
“Meanwhile, I attend Boston Chamber Music Society concerts with my old B&N history teacher, John Brisbois, and have lunch about once a month with him and a few old school mates. I continue to work three days a week at Bob Slate Stationery in Brattle Square. In my spare time I exercise, go to doctors’ appointments, watch Masterpiece Theater, and read. I’ve read by now all the novels of Dickens, Trollope (my favorite), and Sir Walter Scott. I’m presently reading biographies of the Duke of Wellington—stirring stuff.”
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Lydia Thayer (Arlington, MA) writes, “My life partner, George Swanson, is now living in Sunrise of Arlington Senior Living. The chronic pain he is in because of avascular necrosis is moderated by numerous pain
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“In May of 2014, I had my necrotic, osteomyelitic lower left jawbone replaced by part of my healthy left fibula, and some veins from my left leg. Finally, in June 2016, after a number of surgeries, I had four successful dental implants in my lower left fibula-jawbone. (I’m still a lisp of my former self, and I don’t tell any fibulas). My facial infrastructure, now supported, is much to be thankful for. I’m beginning to get out more now that George is well taken care of. A massage therapist regularly helps me with my back problems stemming from numerous injuries, the last one my being hit by a car when crossing a street in Lexington in 2004. Thank goodness I have good bone density due to regular weightlifting, and calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Cindy Hersum Radue came to visit last November. We had a nice reunion with some old friends including Pat Murray Nagano and Cathy Holst Levine. Cindy and I go back to 4th grade at Buckingham.”
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medications. Because George has difficulty walking and cannot do stairs, plus the fact that he has a very complicated medicine regime, we felt George could be more independent at Sunrise. There are too many stairs just to get into my house. It is a blessedly short jaunt down the hill from my house to Sunrise. We hope George can have some therapeutic injections in the near future. George is working on a second opera entitled Gilgo Beach, about the horrors of human trafficking and murder. George’s first opera, Natural Causes Killed Victor, successfully premiered in Bar Harbor, ME, the summer of 2014.
Richard Craven (Falmouth, ME) writes, “I’m alive and well and chipping ice here in the Portland, Maine area (and thankful for being here). I don’t see much of anyone else from BB&N, though I keep just missing Mark DeVoto ’57 in his travels. How many people know he and I went to elementary school together (also with the late Jon Narcus)? “Last May, my two sons invited me to Cambridge for a ‘Guys Day’, claiming they wanted me to show them my childhood haunts. Really? They hadn’t heard enough in the previous 40 years? Anyway, we walked, walked from Holden Green to Berkeley Street to Bow Street with a stop at 45
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“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: When I left B&N, I swore that my children would never go to a singlegender secondary school. B&N became BB&N and it was the best move it ever made. I applaud the guiding boards that made this decision and saw through its implementation.
Dick Chalfen (Boston, MA) writes, “In late January, Karen and I spent a wonderful two days with Christy and Fred Houle in Dataw on St. Helena in South Carolina. Beautiful home amidst splendid surroundings and gracious hospitality. Great time catching up on lots of ‘joys of victories and agonies of defeats’ in years since our 1960 graduation.”
“I cannot close without saying how impressive and welcoming our Head of School Rebecca Upham has been. I can’t think of a more genuine, talented, and farsighted person and I am sorry to see her go. Good fortune to you in the next phase of your life, Rebecca.”
February 1, 2017 Gather & District Hall Matt Henning ‘92, Chip Rollinson, US Math, and Brett Lovins ‘92
Passim, the old Club 47. I don’t think they quite expected so much exercise while I wallowed in old memories.
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Class Secretary: Linda (Thimann) Dewing 401-727-4700 email@example.com Isabella Holden Bates (Manchester-by-theSea, MA) writes, “Greetings to all. Stephen and I have happily settled into life in a small town and have found ‘retirement’ to be a time of new adventures and having more time for continuing interests. I have become a hospice volunteer, which enables me to continue my work as a spiritual direction and as a Reiki practitioner. I sing for the people I see, and also am part of Canternus, a 45-voice chorus. In moving into a carriage barn, the summer home that my family has owned since 1950, we have a lovely space for home concerts and have had great joy in hosting these and other events. I have become active in the local town Democratic committee and I feel great fear for the coming four years. I am
currently trying to find a way that we can help further the values of inclusion and equality on a local level. Also, I have been a meditation teacher for a long time and it seems more important than ever to be grounded in deep truths in this time of lying and fake news. “Singing Beach is a five-minute walk away and we would love to see old friends winter or summer.”
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Joe Kennedy III ’99 was recently honored as the recipient of BB&N’s Distinguished Alumni/ae Award at a reception and dinner at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge. Kennedy was gracious and passionate in his remarks at the event, citing the essential role teachers and mentors play in school-age students. Numerous alumni/ae and faculty attended the event.
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Class Secretary: Caroline Howard 617-864-4729 firstname.lastname@example.org Priscilla Cogan (Upton, MA) sends, “My husband and I went to Russia in the fall of 2016, found the people concerned about Putin’s Ukraine policy, that he wants to make Russia a powerhouse again but needs to pay more attention to infrastructure. Did you know there is no way to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, Russia—twice the size of the U.S. but only half the population. Beautiful scenery. Terrible traffic jams in Moscow, a city of Stalinist architecture. St. Petersburg— more colorful places, European in flavor.” Carol Foster Whitlock (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) writes, “Happy New Year to all…. Not too much news to report except my second great-grandson, Logan David Wilson, was born January 31, 2017, in Toronto, Canada…. I plan to come south in the early summer and would love to see my classmate friends!” 48
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Tim Whiting writes, “It is with sadness that I write Bob ‘Whonka’ Denny passed away December 23, 2016. For those of us fortunate enough to see him at the 50th Reunion, even though he was courageously struggling through complications of a lung transplant, he still had the wry smile, infectious laugh, and that genuine ‘I am really glad to see you’ way about him. His longtime friend through the years since B&N, Dick Coakley, noted his quiet natural athletic grace, his booming kicks, after saves, from one end of the soccer field to the other. ‘That natural grace carried over into the way he lived his life, and his love of friends,’ said Dick. Will Melcher recalls a special bond that he enjoyed with Prent Colby and Bob as one of the three ‘teacher’s brats’ in our class. Bob loved rock & roll and woodworking. I didn’t know that he taught woodworking for several years at BB&N before going into HS counseling. He also designed and created beautiful custom hardwood furniture. I was glad to learn that he played hockey up until his 50s, because one of my most favorite memories of him was the effortless long striding speed he had carrying the puck up the ice. I also remember a ‘sleep over’ at ‘ED’s’ house and driving around Lake Cochituate listening to the Beatles, with ‘Narry 40’s’ for our company. Our condolences go out to his companion of many years, Laurel Perkins. May he rest in peace after the long struggle.”
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LOST ALUMNAE Sharleen Stowe Avery Sarah Frohock Phelps Jean E.O. Miller Pamela Hadley Pasticaldi Elise Rowland Louise Lehner Steer Frances Atherton (Bainbridge Island, WA) writes, “I have been in touch with many of my classmates in preparation for our 50th Reunion so we are hoping for a good turnout. This has been a mixed year for me despite reduced work hours, good health, and some fun trips including a week in Vermont last May with a chance to catch up with sons Seth and Jeff, their partners, and my gorgeous and smart 3-year-old granddaughter Brianna. An amazing two weeks up in Hancock Point with my sister Margaret ’61 and time in the Bay Area with sons Omar and Marcus. I am very settled here on Bainbridge Island where Sid and I enjoy our community and the benefits of living across the street from the ferry to Seattle. But despite all the good things, a recurring theme for some of us Class of ’67s seems to be how today’s political environment is influencing how we are approaching what should be our golden years. There are some amazing similarities today to 1967. My brother Charles ’64 (a frequent and outspoken Facebook poster) recently posted, who knew young women today would have to fight the same battles their grandmothers fought for and thought they won. Personally, I am really struggling
x 1 x The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy III ’99 with Board of Trustees Chair Brace Young P’14, ’14, ’17 x 2 x Jason Hafler ’00, Trustee, with wife Abbie Bristol Hafler, laughs at a remark by Joe Kennedy III ’99 reminiscing about BB&N’s football prowess in the late 90s. x 3 x Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Joe Kennedy III ’99, 2017 Distinguished Young Alumnus, Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School x 4 x Barbara Greenberg Denton ’77, P’13, ’18, Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards Committee x 5 x Leslie Ahlstrand ’08, Trustee, Woodie Haskins, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, and Jimmy Berylson ’00, Trustee x 6 x Joe Kennedy III ’99 listens as Todd Harrison ’77 P’13, ‘17, Chair of the Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards Committee, and Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School, read the award citation being 49
Class Notes I were invited to join the Peanut Butter and Jelly Club run by the former drama teacher, Mrs. Matteson. We were thrilled to go to her house once a week to read Shakespeare and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. in a way that I haven’t for years deciding what’s next. My career and my sons provided a structure for my life choices and now I am making these choices without any real restrictions and finding this both exhilarating and confusing. I am looking forward to our Reunion this spring. Diana Chace (San Francisco, CA) writes, “First, I want my classmates to know why I left Buckingham after 9th grade. My parents were divorced and my sister and I were living with our mother. My father said the Headmistress of Buckingham told him, ‘Diana will never do well in school while living with her mother.’ I never got a grade better than a C+, meanwhile mother would tell me how ‘stupid you are’ all day long and every day. My sister never had that problem—family politics. When I went away to Madeira Boarding School, I got lots of As and some Bs. I got into Vassar College, where I graduated with honors. “There were many great things at Buckingham for me—here are a few: I really found myself in athletics when the gym teacher had several classes play Tag on the sports field. I’m very short and was sure I’d be tagged out immediately, but something wonderful occurred. A long hand belonging to a tall girl reached out and with quick footwork I twisted around to get away, and she went sprawling past me unable to do a quick turn—that’s when the gym teacher and I realized I could be on the soccer team. I won the Posture Prize in 8th or 9th grade to impress my grandmother, whom I adored. I figured that none of the academic teachers would be checking out postures, but it would be the Gym teacher. While all the other girls were slouched on the floor after sports, I crossed my legs with my back bolt upright. That was the first time a student below the 11th or 12th grade won the Posture Prize. “We had a male teacher in elementary school, which was co-ed. He taught Social Studies and ran a Shop class (an alternative Sewing class was also available at that same time). I was thrilled with the Shop class and made a bookcase with lion heads on top of the upright side units. My sister still has it and won’t let me have it back! My best friend, Frances Atherton, and 50
“Both of these classes directly related to professional work I did later. I shared an apartment on Story Street with architectural firms all around me, Jim Thompson, The Architects Collaborative, etc., and I found work at a model building shop in Central Square. When I moved to San Francisco, I eventually got a modelbuilding job at Bechtel Power Co. Their shop had top-of-the-line equipment: huge table saws, disc and band sanders, routers, jointers, lacquer spray painting booths. The shop had no Bechtel name on it because we were building a classified model for Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey. This model had to be built because no system of drafting could show the terribly intricate piping that went on in the turbine and auxiliary units, all leading up to the reactors. According to Cordell Hull, head of the board of trustees for Bechtel, that model today would cost $18,000,000… and it is still classified. “My anti-retirement job has been studying voice-over work, which can be anything from advertisements to describing a museum’s art to go on headphones. In one class we had acting and I got the same part I had studied with Mrs. Matteson…Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream!” Notes for other classmates include notes from Beth Neustadt, Susanna Solomon, and Jodi DeVaron Reynolds. Beth writes, “I returned to Cambridge, MA from the UK after 25+ years to take up a role in executive education as Director, Custom Programs at Harvard Business School; I am still there after five years—by far the longest I’ve ever stayed with one employer. QED, it’s interesting work—though I sometimes wish there were a little less of it. Do I miss the UK? For sure! For one thing, my 26-year-old daughter remains there. But these days, at least we have affordable technology through which to stay in touch, and if I get homesick I can watch The Crown, or Masterpiece. Susanna Solomon, one of our class authors says that her contract-engineering practice has slowed down but “as far as writing, that never stops. My second collection of short stories, More Point Reyes
Maggie Brelis ‘10, Alex Hadden ‘09, and Adam Morollo ‘10
Susanna Solomon ’67 at a book launch
Sheriff’s Calls, came out in August of last year. Jodi DeVaron Reynolds writes, “I’m still in Denver, working at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. My mother is living in Philadelphia; she misses her singing friends in Cambridge, but is gradually making friends in Philly.”
Allie Gould ‘16, Anthony Deras ‘16, and Emily Pears ‘04
Sasha Rivkin ‘87 and wife Mimi Lam
We are happy to get notes from Mrs. deVaron, as she hosted our last gatherings in Cambridge and it is certainly wonderful news that she is finding new friends.
Dinora Walcott Alexander ‘98, Morgan Faust ‘96, and Andrew Lutin ‘97
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Rusty Flinton ‘51, Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School, and Andrew Jewett ‘01
LOST ALUMNI Peter H. Crumm Matthew Fox Robert A. Marks Jeffrey A. Rosenberg Stephen Besse (Guilford, CT) writes, “49 years out of B&N, I enjoy my 42-year marriage. We have three grandchildren under 3, two from our daughter and one by our son.” Stuart DeLorme (Weymouth, MA) reports, “In 2016, I edited my mother and brother’s new e-book, The Word Painted: The Five
Ned Menoyo ‘88 and Jeremy Klavens ‘89
Class Notes Committee (now for the 50th!), the largest task of which is usually having lunch and swapping stories.
Books of Moses Illustrated by the Masters. Lots of fun.” Bob Emerson (Syracuse, NY) sends, “After producing mainly TV ads for 40 years in NYC, I retired and moved with my wife and special needs daughter to Syracuse, NY, in 2013. Since then, I have been teaching production at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. It’s very nice being around the young and eager future directors, producers, and editors about to enter the working world. It’s keeping me engaged and it’s wonderfully different than advertising. My best to all my old friends at B&N and Buckingham.” George Kacoyanis (Wenham, MA) writes, “As my fellow classmates and I approach the 50th anniversary of our graduation, I look forward to seeing as many old friends as possible at the festivities in May. I am still working as a general surgeon in private practice at the Beverly Hospital, doing general and vascular surgery, along with a lot of wound care and hyperbaric oxygen medicine. I am married to my best friend Stacey, and we have two children. When I’m not operating, I enjoy singing with the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. A recent proud accomplishment is hiking the 26-mile Inca Trail in Peru to Machu Picchu with my son.”
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Dear Classmates, as you have no doubt observed, the news of our departed classmates, John McKeigue, Bill Mulcahy, and Haven Storey resulted in unprecedented expressions of sympathy, reminiscence, and reflection—even literary pieces. So much so, that if you did not see your name in the Bulletin, it was likely because we did not have your current email address. Please contact me if you would be willing to supply your own email or help obtain those for the missing 14. As a bonus, you might be interested to know that there are vacancies on the Reunion 52
Tel: 781-290-5855 Fax: 781-207-0378 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org George von Mehren (Marco Island, FL) writes, “It was with sorrow that I learned from the Bulletin that John McKeigue died last August. We were classmates together at Buckingham Lower School in 1954 and 1955 and, of course, later at Browne & Nichols. I recall that in our senior year John was the quarterback, best athlete, and most of the offense on the football team. We were not a good team, but John never stopped trying to win. He would stand in the huddle looking at the rest of us with a twinkle in his eye—urging us on with confidence and a bit of humor. For that and many other things, I will miss him.”
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anniversary of that. We all miss her terribly. I’m still in California because my kids are here, but I would move back in a minute if they moved!” Margie Bain Huoppi (Pomfret, CT) writes, “Rich and I are still happily living at our small farm in Pomfret, CT, with two horses, two collies, and three Papillons. I have worked in marketing and communications at Quinebaug Valley Community College for more than 20 years, and continue my involvement in town government, Pomfret Horse & Trail Association, and two purebred dog clubs. Becoming grandparents eight years ago brought a whole new and amazing dimension to our lives. We are fortunate our son Peter, wife Jennifer, and their two kids live only 45 minutes south of us in Waterford, CT. Our younger son David and his wife Hannah were married last summer in Exeter, NH. We love spending time as a family—four generations!—at our summer home in Biddeford Pool, Maine. I remain close with Linda Burnett Perry, who lives on the other side of Connecticut with her husband Curt. Exeter has become the common denominator for both of us: Curt and my brother George were classmates at Exeter; Linda’s son Todd and my dad are also Exeter graduates; now David teaches math at Exeter and my dad lives down the road from him. Would love to know what classmates and other friends are up to— send in your news!”
(ALSC) list for best children’s books of the year in the older readers (grades 6-8, ages 11-14) category and the Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction of 2016 list! Congratulations, Susan! She sent us the following, “Thank you to the wonderful Buckingham teachers who taught me how to write!” To see the entire ALSC list, visit ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb. Jane Lempereur Bradbury (London) writes, “For the past few years I have been busy writing a book about my family’s dress collection and its social historical context. American Style and Spirit: Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family 1850-1995 was published by V&A Publishing of London, and the collection was exhibited at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, from November 2016 to April 2017. I am still living with my husband in London and have two sons ages 23 and 21.”
1 PICTURED x 1 x Matt Stern ‘70, Jeff Lurie ‘69, and Roger Sohn ‘69 on the sidelines of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawk game in Seattle in the fall of 2016 x 2 x Linda Burnett Perry ‘70 and Margie Bain Huoppi ‘70 looking at the 1970 Buckingham yearbook x 3 x Huoppi family wedding (l to r): Rich, Margie ‘70, Peter, Hannah, David, and Jennifer, with Anna and Mason in front x 4 x American Style and Spirit: Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family 1850-1995 by Jane Bradbury ‘71 x 5 x Jane Lempereur Bradbury ’71 x 6 x Heather and Thomas Blake ‘71 take a break (brake) from their bike trip through France to enjoy the sights
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Richard E. Waring 617-484-7895 firstname.lastname@example.org Sandy Vershbow (Washington, DC) writes, “In November, I concluded my five-year term as NATO Deputy Secretary General in Brussels, and nearly 40 years in government service. Lisa and I have returned to our home in Washington, where I have joined the Atlantic Council think-tank as a senior fellow. We hope that the next four years will be easier to endure outside of government.”
Susan (Sus) Williams Beckhorn’s (Rexville, NY) new book, The Wolf’s Boy, made not one, but two award lists. She made the Association for Library Service to Children
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Thomas Blake (Belmont, MA) writes, “My wife Heather and I continue to be empty-nesters in Belmont. I am still doing remodeling, but on a somewhat smaller scale. We had a great bike trip in Normandy and Brittany, France, last summer. I have stayed in touch with Keith Miller, Brad Miller ’77, and Doug Stiles. Also crossed paths with Tracy Winn, Buckingham ’71.” Mark Savran (Orange, CT) sent us photos of three recently uncovered family treasures created by his Uncle Abe Savran. Abe was an area artist for decades who went by the penname Sav. These treasures graced the covers of many Harvard Athletic programs.
Geoff Booty (Naples, FL) writes, “We recently had dinner with Dave DiBenedetto and his wife here at Pelican Bay in Naples, FL. Dave saw my note in the Bulletin about us moving to Naples and let me know that he would be down here around Christmas time. He has a condo about two miles from us! Would love to hear from any other classmates who will be in the area. You can reach me at geoff@ computersc.com.” David DiBenedetto (Pembroke, MA) sends, “My wife and I had a lovely time visiting Geoff Booty and his wife, Helen, at their beautiful residence in Naples, FL, this past winter.”
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LOST ALUMNI Gordon S. Bowersock James D. Boyages Oliver Griffith Karol Orzechowski Andrew R. Selverstone
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Charles Blitzer (Durham, NH) writes, “I took a 12-week sabbatical from my orthopedic surgery practice in Durham, NH, and Sandy and I bicycled from Seaside, Oregon, to the New Hampshire seacoast. We had a great time and shared a wonderful experience. I continue to enjoy my orthopedic surgery focusing on arthroscopy and fractures.” Jonathan Epstein writes, “A very busy and successful year ended on a sad note with the passing of my father Henry David Epstein on December 24, 2016. He had led an extraordinary life full of love and accomplishment and I and my sister Heitzi ’76 and brother Ari ’80 feel the loss very deeply. My family and I are thriving otherwise—Ben is in his second year in
the Architecture school at Northeastern and Ariel is still helping to keep things on an even keel at Shakespeare & Company, where this summer I performed in my fifth Merchant of Venice to considerable regional and even national attention. During the academic year I’m in my fourth year as Associate Professor of Classical Performance at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. My schedule there is generally moderate and so I have time to enjoy the Bay and also the golf course just outside my door. I hope any classmates who are in the area will take time to say hello!”
Jane Gair Prairie (Westbrook, ME) writes, “After 18 years working under the umbrella of Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, the New England Eating Disorders Program has left Mercy and is now operating under the umbrella of Sweetser, a large behavioral health agency based in Saco, Maine. This has added a highway commute, an entirely new computer documentation system to learn, and a few other challenges to my daily life. Good for my old gray matter to be learning new stuff. Almost everyone on our team at Mercy made the move and I am grateful to have a job. Glad for the state of Maine to still have a higher level of care available to those who need it. “Everett is studying engineering at The University of Hartford, with a focus in acoustics, and Keith is still working in the Old Port for Systems Engineering keeping many businesses’ computers and printers running at their best. I’m enjoying my photography, singing, and varieties of projects. Keith and I learned Reiki together and are enjoying exploring that more. I am grateful for anything that nourishes spirit and soul during these times of so much conflict and upheaval in our country.”
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5 PICTURED x 1-3 x Harvard Athletic Association News artwork by Abe Savran x 4 x Charles Blitzer ’73 and wife Sandy enjoy a 12-week bike trip. x 5 x The Class of ’78 remembers Mark Pasillo ’78 (standing at right) and George Hodges ‘78 (top row on right), enjoy a laugh at their 25th Reunion.
Emily Peyton (Putney, VT) writes, “All is well here in southern Vermont, in our big household of four humans (including parent Tom), three dogs, three cats, 12 chickens, four rabbits all free to range, and of course our wild friends. We do, however, have one hibernating enemy amongst us: Mr. Skunk, who did not appreciate the pieces of apple and offers of kind friendship on my part as he decapitated my favorite chicken and chick, and massacred a litter of cute bunnies. So when he reappears in the spring… he will be banned from the Peyton farm. Banned! I am embarking on a series of talks titled, I pledge allegiance to the Earth; how to change an awful world and have fun doing it. My large extended family with sisters you may know: Bettina ’74,
Susanna ’72, Jessica, and Laura are an ever deepening source of friendship. My father is well, composing and teaching at New England Conservatory at 84 and taking tango lessons. I am learning the ropes of having a business and leading a team to build a prototype public building out of hempcrete, a superior material. Soon we will be seeking capital investors. Meantime, spring is on its way. The growing season will be here before you know it. We have a couple of guest rooms, and I extend a warm welcome to all BB&N guests.”
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The Class of 1978 has been saddened by the unexpected loss of George Hodges III and Mark Pasillo. Vytak Baksys (Quincy, MA) writes, “I would like to add my condolences to their families. [See photo above of Mark and George at their 25th Reunion.] I’d have to concur with the 55
Class Notes Ed Mason ‘51 with granddaughter Brid McLaughlin and wife Margaret Mason
Michael Nesbit ‘10, Meredith Bosco ‘08, and Dan Slavin ‘11
Diana Chace ‘67 and John Barbera ‘62
moniker ‘gentle giant’ as applied to Mark; the quote he chose for his yearbook page now seems prophetic in hindsight—‘People are like stained glass windows…they glow and sparkle when it’s sunny and bright; but when the sun goes down their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within….’ With George, my strongest memory of him was when he participated in the 1977 drama production of the musical My Fair Lady as one of Alfred P. Doolittle’s cronies.
Jen Acker, Tim Parks ‘01, and Mike Doherty ‘00
“I’ve been married to Sandra for 25 years. Daughter Emilija graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Film and New Media Studies. Generally, I [still] maintain an annual concert schedule averaging 150 performances of 100 different programs. Currently in my 28th season as keyboardist (and other odds and ends) with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.; toured Europe in late summer 2015 with Andris Nelsons— made my first visits to Salzburg, Vienna, and Milan on that trip. The Boston Pops has been regularly presenting one or two special film screenings annually with the orchestra performing the score live—recent titles include Home Alone, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Back to the Future.
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“Now in my 20th year with the Rivers School Conservator (Weston, MA) performing student recitals and various instrumental workshops. The Concord Chamber Music Society has kept me on the roster for 17 years.
February 16, 2017 Dobbs Ferry Restaurant Photos by Cindy Chew Steven Gordon ‘89, Holly Coombs ‘90, and Paul Johnson ‘90
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Natasha Sommerfeld ‘04, Dan Oshima ‘06, Sam Duboff ‘06, and Nicole Johnson ‘08
“I made my third annual trip to Barbados, performing with the Classical Pops All-Star Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Various other chamber music endeavors in the past few years include appearances with the West Stockbridge (MA) Chamber Players, The Studio 7 Trio (NY), Moving West Repertory Dance, Tom Gold Dance (NY) troupe, Boston Artists Ensemble, Philbrick Trio, Sarasota (FL) Musica Viva, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. “I also participated in playing orchestra keyboard with the Portland Symphony (ME), the Rhode Island Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for the first time with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (Max Hobart, conductor) in February 2015.
“Other unusual performances include a live rendition of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, a screening of Murnau’s 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu, with a composite film score by eight students from Berklee College of Music, and a CCMS program featuring chamber music by Peter Schickele (of PDQ Bach fame), with the composer narrating his own take on The Emperor’s New Clothes. “By the time this goes to press, I will have participated in a soundtrack recording session with several BSO members for a documentary about the Boston Marathon. I believe the completed film is scheduled for a mid-April release. Boston Pops is producing a John Williams Tribute CD— excerpts from Star Wars Episode VII have already been recorded.” Recent CD releases: Viktor Kalabis—Music for Clarinet and Horn (Terezin Music Foundation), Invocation—with Linda Bento-Rei, flute; works by Schickele, Jolivet, Janacek, and Mike Mower; Under Stalin’s Shadow—Boston Symphony/ Andris Nelsons; Shostakovich Symphonies #5, #8, and #9 (Deutsche Grammophon) [Grammy nominated for Best Orchestral Performance]. “Still hoping to hear from the following alums: Peter McKinney, William Dowd, and Kristen Walter ’79.”
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x 1 x Trish McCarthy Bleau ’79, Kristen Quigley Coe ’79, and Paul Mitchell ’79 had a great visit in London. x 2 x Kristen, Trish, and Binney Hare Peabody ’79 enjoy a visit in Cambridge.
Class Notes and trying to enjoy our time with the boys as they are each growing up way too fast. Sending you all much happiness and good health, and looking forward to seeing you soon for our big reunion in May!”
Class Secretaries: Alison (Koff) Arnstein 617-264-0448 firstname.lastname@example.org Robert A. Cohen 203-662-0676 email@example.com Jeannine Privitera 781-641-3434 firstname.lastname@example.org Below is a list of alumni/ae for whom BB&N has no contact information. To help us keep you all connected, please contact Alumni/ae Programs at (617) 800-2736 or email@example.com if you have any information on their whereabouts. LOST ALUMNI/AE Sarah H. Bishop Cathryn J. Huxtable Leon Levy William A. Rowland Sarah (Graves) Stelfox Alison L. Williams Jill Litner Kaplan (Newton, MA) writes, “We have had a very busy year in West Newton, and thankfully business at my interior design firm, Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors, continues to be robust. Our client projects have taken us to a few new locations like Ocean Reef, FL, and Vermont, and we continue to work all over Massachusetts and the islands. Ben is enjoying being an integral member of the legal team at Pega Systems in Cambridge, and also working in that vibrant hub of technology and innovation, Kendall Square. Graham, age 16, is now a 10th grader at Beaver Country Day and loves high school. Ian, age 14, and an 8th grader at The Fessenden School, has just completed doing his high school applications, and really enjoyed spending time very recently visiting the Upper School. We also added a new member to our family last May, a puppy named Bruno, who has brought a whole new level of excitement and energy to our household. All told, we are doing well, working hard, 58
Class Secretaries: Kevyn G. (Barbera) Fusco 781-729-5517 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark P. Leeds 914-939-3168 email@example.com Jennifer (Borden) Mikell 802-863-0351 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Secretaries: Kristen (Gill) Reynolds 617-846-4043 email@example.com Ali (Gifford) Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org Leverett L. Wing 617-884-5254 email@example.com Larry Kaplan (Denver, CO) writes, “After living and working in northern India for five years, we’ve decided to move back to the States. I’ve been Head of the Math Department and for the past two years the Academic Coordinator for the Woodstock School, an international boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya. My son, the youngest of our three children, will be graduating and going off to University. Tara and I will be moving back to Boston this June. I’ll be pursuing a Masters or a Ph.D. in Education, while Tara will hopefully be able to get back to her work as a labor and
delivery nurse at one of the many hospitals in the area. If anyone is in the area let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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Class Secretary: Betsy (Ludwig) Abdallah 44 780 176 2390 firstname.lastname@example.org Shergul Arshad married Sophie Dixon on December 3, 2016. Shergul’s two sons were the best men and Daniel Feldman was the wedding officiant. Todd DeAngelis and Shehime Arshad ’90 (sister of the groom) were also on hand. The wedding was at the Harvard Art Museum and the couple reside in Lexington, MA. Sophie hails from England and has been in Boston five years. While Lexington hasn’t been kind historically to Brits, she has the whole town charmed already.
Ned Menoyo (Van Nuys, CA) is happy to celebrate one year of his law firm, EEM Law, PC, based in Los Angeles, CA, being in business. EEM Law is an entertainment law firm that specializes in representing musicians, bands, songwriters, composers, and screenwriters. Among other things, Ned “shops” bands and musicians to record labels, and he would welcome referrals and suggestions from fellow BB&N alumni/ae. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Class Secretaries: Keri-Anne (Gill) Laidlaw 781-620-0178 firstname.lastname@example.org Geoffrey Pardo 617-407-4865 email@example.com Daniel Weinreb (Durham, NC) writes, “I moved down south to Durham, NC. Eventually I plan to teach Judaics in a Jewish day school but for the meantime I’m getting my teaching license to teach 4th grade. I’m active at my shul leading services and tutoring Bar and Bat Mitzvah
students. I’ve found that students engage quickly with Torah when they discover it is a source of environmental and agricultural awareness. Friends and I are building a papier mâché golem to march as the Krewe Du Jieux for Mardi Gras. Finally, a note of appreciation to Rebecca Upham for her leadership and best wishes in her next endeavor.”
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x 1 x Sophie Dixon and Shergul Arshad ’88 marry x 2 x Luca and Matteo Arshad serve as best men at their dad’s wedding. x 3 x Then (2001 top) and Now (2016 bottom): from left, Morgan Hargrove ’93, Brad Murray ’93, Adam (Berger) Bruce ’93, Haden Ware ’93, Brian Leahy ’94, Jesse Sarzana ’93, and Ethan Rossiter ’93.
Julia P. Kennedy 617-926-9266
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Nate MacDonald (Bolinas, CA) writes, “It has been a full year of moving, starting a toy company, and pregnant with our third boy!”
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Henry (4) and Charlie (5), her grand-dogs, and her grand-horse. Brigitte is enjoying her retirement beyond measure.
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Michael Schnitman submits the following: Evan Malter and his family are now living in San Diego. Since BB&N he has moved around quite a bit, including a stop in Sydney, Australia, from 20052011. He and his wife Nina have two sons, Jake (12) and Cody (9), who are huge sports fans like their dad. Jake will be bar mitzvahed in March, while Cody is hard at work, striving to be the first Australian born NHL hockey player. Evan reports that he had a chance to reminisce about BB&N recently when he bumped into Robert Shavell while presenting at the Money2020 conference in Las Vegas. Evan was there to announce the rebranding of his company. He is founder and CEO of a fintech start-up called Count Loyalty (formerly ZipCap). The company creates a type of credit score for Main Street businesses based on their customer loyalty. Evan’s journey to the launch of Count Loyalty is chronicled in a recent article in Inc. magazine (find it online at www.inc.com/leigh-buchanan/ this-company-turns-customer-loyaltyinto-capital.html). He says he would love for classmates to reach out and reconnect.
Phillip A. McCarthy 781-266-8779 email@example.com Jacob E. Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
M. Aldis Russell 617-694-4332 email@example.com
Nathaniel S. Meyer 617-548-0970 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Secretary: Jesse Needleman 617-233-4535 email@example.com Nina Lynch ( Jamaica Plain, MA) writes, “My husband Rich and I welcomed Winter Eade Lych McGuire to the world on November 22, 2016, at 5:30 pm. She arrived as 7lbs., 3oz., and 20 inches of pure joy. Her first breath took ours away.” Jaime Quiros (Rockville, MD) sends, “My two-year-old son Daniel Jaime, my wife Cynthia, and I are doing well. We welcomed Isabel Melisa in August. We are in Maryland and hope to visit sometime soon.”
Class Secretaries: Philip J. Auerbach 646-241-5340 firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer (Berylson) Block 617-921-4765 email@example.com
Matthew T. Griffin 617-256-0610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebekah (Splaine) Salwasser email@example.com Natasha Velickovic 617-480-7701 firstname.lastname@example.org Amy M. (Tobin) Wilson 603-424-1081 email@example.com Bryan Falchuk (Lexington, MA) writes, “A quick but big update. First, I’m really excited to be co-chairing our 20th Reunion Committee, and can’t wait to see so many of you back at school. Second, I’ve been working on a book for the past year-plus, and am very excited to be in the final stages of the process as I work toward publishing this spring. I’m sure many people have seen posts about it on Facebook or gotten emails from me about it. The book, titled Do a Day, is meant to help people overcome adversity, achieve their goals, and change their life. It uses a philosophy I’ve developed over the years to do all of that in my own life. BB&N comes up in the book as my own fitness journey started with Mr. Andre in PE. You can learn more at www.doadaybook.com.” Retired faculty member Brigitte Tournier and her son Edward Tournier ’01 enjoyed Christmas in Hampshire, England. Brigitte now lives in the UK near her daughter Emilie Tournier Jarvis, her two grandsons
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Tournier ‘01, Henry Jarvis, Brigitte Tournier, Charles Jarvis, and Emilie Tournier Jarvis ‘97 celebrate a family Christmas together in the UK x 3 x Evelyn Salwasser, daughter of Bekah Splaine Salwasser ‘97 and Zac Salwasser ‘97
Rebekah Splaine Salwasser and Zac Salwasser welcomed Evelyn Penelope Salwasser to their family on January 12, 2017. Big brothers Calvin and Niko are overjoyed!”
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Anne Diamond 617-548-1851 email@example.com Joe Ghory 646-696-0533 firstname.lastname@example.org Jaime (Bard) Goldstein 857-636-8284 email@example.com Benjamin Grossman 917-922-9040 firstname.lastname@example.org Gregory James 781-910-1814 email@example.com Alisa Ray 732-329-4139 firstname.lastname@example.org Bradford Sohn email@example.com
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Alix Leader-Cramer 781-405-8118 email@example.com
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James Arthur Miles was born January 27, 2017, to parents Natalie Zervas and Alan Miles.
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Elizabeth (Howie) Dank 781-504-5535 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jason P. Hafler 617-320-7999 firstname.lastname@example.org
Katharine G. Herrup email@example.com Matthew E. Javitch 617-332-6744 firstname.lastname@example.org Katherine (Thorpe) Kerr 617-840-5184 email@example.com Robert A. McManmon 617-835-9919 firstname.lastname@example.org Matthew S. Slovik 617-921-0309 email@example.com
Class Secretaries: Adam F. Cohen 512-461-6918 firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren Gross email@example.com Richmond Holden III 781-771-3665 firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew H. Jewett 617-320-6853 email@example.com
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wind, and elderflower liqueur) and improving operations for our growing business. We proudly ship hundreds of orders nationwide each week and, due to growing demand, we will open a storefront in NYC in spring 2017! Yikes!” Blair Stevens Staunton (Washington, DC) writes, “My husband Jon and I welcomed our daughter Leslie Laura Staunton (Lulu) on November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day). Our family is thrilled (especially big brother Parker).” Both Maia McPherson and Maya Stiles-Royall are co-teaching on BB&N’s Lower School campus in Kindergarten North! Coincidence—yes. Good fortune for BB&N—absolutely! Go KNorth! (See page 8 for more.)
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firstname.lastname@example.org Lindsay W. White 617-957-3502 email@example.com Miriam Tamar Wertlieb (Los Angeles, CA) writes, “I’m thrilled to announce that my debut EP, Firedance, is being released this February (available on all online platforms now). Firedance is a collection of four songs that fuses worldbeat and electronic sounds, and is inspired by my travels and personal journey while living and working abroad in Uganda for five years—first developing peace education curriculum for post-conflict children to help rebuild their lives and later as a musician—as well as the transition back to living in the U.S. The album combines melodies and harmonies with percussive beats and personal lyrics about this love, sorrow, joy, and hope that connect humanity. As my love for songwriting continues to grow, I aim to inspire others to be courageous and
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Zachary Canter (Brookline, MA) writes, “My wife Christina and I are overjoyed to announce the arrival of our first child, Thomas Beau Canter, born on February 5, 2017.”
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Class Notes PICTURED x 1 x Zach Croy ‘07 and daughter Charlotte having fun at BB&N’s family skate, which takes place every Saturday during the winter x 2 x The new couple, Danny Wittels and Mia Weiss Wittels ‘07 x 3 x Nastaran Hakimi ‘07 helps Mia Weiss Wittels ‘07 celebrate her marriage x 4 x Kyle Johnson and Joelinda Coichy Johnson ‘07 share a romantic wedding kiss in Savannah x 5 x Chelsea McLeod ‘08, Jennifer Poorvu ‘08, and Leah Kaplow ‘08 prepare for Jennifer’s wedding
partnered with Facing History & Ourselves! That course (which I took junior year at BB&N), really impacted my world outlook, and likely played a key role in leading me to major in Peace & Justice Studies at Tufts University, and ultimately, pursue social justice and humanitarian work in East Africa.”
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Class Secretary: Mia Weiss 617-835-1309 firstname.lastname@example.org Below is a list of alumni/ae for whom BB&N has no contact information. To help us keep you all connected, please contact Alumni/ae Programs at (617) 800-2736 or alumni_programs@bbns. org if you have any information on his whereabouts. LOST ALUMNI/AE Eddie Aghion Zach Croy (Belmont, MA) writes, “We have been enjoying the ‘Alumni/ae Hours’ free skate every Saturday at the BB&N rink this winter.” Hillary Faxon lives in Myanmar (Burma) and is pursuing her Ph.D. in environmental sociology at Cornell. Currently, she spends a lot of time writing field notes, some time riding motorbikes around blacked-out provincial cities, and out to very hot villages with abysmal environmental problems and minimal, but awesome, time taking and discussing photographs with rural women. She says, “Enjoy the Reunion 2007!” Mia Weiss Wittels married Danny Wittels on September 4, 2016. Mia and Danny met in their graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. 64
4 The wedding was held at Vie, a venue in Philadelphia, PA, where the couple currently reside. BB&N classmates Nastaran Hakimi, Abbie Smitka, and Ingrid Parl ’06 were in attendance and celebrated with the couple.
Jennifer Poorvu Gutbezahl writes, “I married the loved of my life, Adam Gutbezahl, on September 10, 2016. He and I met in DC and moved up to MA to settle down. Chelsea McLeod and Leah Kaplow were in my wedding—Chelsea
5 was my maid-of-honor. They are still my best friends and have been since we met freshman year at BB&N!” Alyssa Lindsey (Kilzer) Sinclair and her husband William Sinclair are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Violet Elizabeth Evershade Sinclair on December 13, 2016. Violet’s grandparents, Anne McEvoy Kilzer ’78 and William Gary Kilzer, and their children (Violet’s aunts and uncles) Amy ’11, Stephen, and James ’17 were all thrilled to meet her!
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Cynthia Quiros & Jaime Quiros Isabel Melisa Quiros August 22, 2016
Elise Rose Peizner & David Mark Alexander
Weddings & Commitments
Sophie Dixon & Shergul Arshad December 3, 2016
Rebekah Splaine Salwasser & Zachery Salwasser Evelyn Penelope Salwasser January 12, 2017
JoAnna Wu & Fan Wu Grayson Wu July 27, 2016
Elizabeth C. Nill & Andrew Pearsons September 24, 2016
Joelinda Coichy & Kyle Johnson August 13, 2016
Natalie Zervas & Alan Miles James Arthur Miles January 27, 2017
Madeline Adams & Evan Sherwood Quinn Jones Sherwood February 8, 2017
Mia Weiss & Danny Wittels September 4, 2016
Christina Canter & Zachary Canter Thomas Beau Canter February 5, 2017
Weddings & Commitments: x 1 x Shergul Arshad ’88 marries Sophie Dixon x 2 x BB&Ners help celebrate the marriage of Joelinda Coichy ’07 and Kyle Johnson: from left, Tamara Coger ’07, Joelinda Coichy Johnson ’07, Kyle Johnson, Brace Young P’14, ’14, ’17, Trustee, Landis Becker Young, and Melissa Norgaisse Griswold ’07 x 3 x Danny Wittels with Mia Weiss Wittels ’07 x 4 x A beaming Jennifer Poorvu ’08 hugs her new husband Adam Gutbezahl Births & Adoptions: x 5 x Winter McGuire, daughter of Nina Lynch ’96 x 6 x Evelyn Salwasser, daughter of Bekah Splaine Salwasser ’97 and Zac Salwasser ’97 x 7 x Grayson Wu, son of Fan Wu ’98 x 8 x James Miles, son of Natalie Zervas ’01 x 9 x Madeline Adams ’03’s new baby girl, Quinn x 10 x Beau Canter, son of Zachary Canter ’03 x 11 x Violet Sinclair, daughter of Alyssa Lindsey Sinclair ’08
Blair Stevens Staunton & Jon Staunton Leslie (Lulu) Laura Staunton November 24, 2016
Jennifer Poorvu & Adam Gutbezahl September 10, 2016
Nina Lynch & Richard McGuire Winter Eade Lynch McGuire November 22, 2016
Births & Adoptions
Alyssa Lindsey Sinclair & William Sinclair Violet Elizabeth Evershade Sinclair December 13, 2016
Class Notes F O R M E R FA C U LT Y N E W S Bob Wilkinson ’53 (B&N English and Varsity Wrestling Coach, 1966-1969) 1. “I have published a collection of stories, The Black Cloak, about my adventurous childhood in Brookline and also my forays as a young teacher, including at B&N in the late ’60s, where I taught English and coached the wrestling team to back-to-back wins in the New England Interscholastic Class B Wrestling Tournament. I live in Maine now after teaching at the Antilles School in St. Thomas, and building a boat and sailing on it. My wife told me I could have ten years for us to do what I wanted to do and I stretched that into 20 on the boat. I had the wood for the boat delivered to our backyard and we built a 35-foot sailboat called the Claire Marie. It took about four years to build it and then we spent the next sixteen years sailing the Virgin Islands and living off the boat. Then it was my wife’s turn to choose what was next and we bought an 1850s farmhouse in Maine and have been restoring it ever since. A few alums attended my 75th birthday party and it was great to see them. I spend my time nowadays playing the blues on the guitar and the piano, working on the house, and writing. I’m currently working on a new book, The Devil in Thin Water, about our adventures on the sailboat including encountering a hurricane!” Vicki Blair-Smith (Assistant Director, Upper School Library, 1986-1990) “I am long retired from libraries (and kicking people out of them). My son Rob ’88 is with T-Mobile; his wife Jill ’99 with Midwestern U. Their daughter Amelia is an A+/AP high-school senior playing the college entrance game. My daughter Caroline ’89 and her husband Andy work for Outward Bound, Maine, and raise, train, and race 30 Alaskan Huskies, as well as run dog-sled tours. Our Cape kennel has three retirees from Maine. Hugh is a published author (Apollo). I read for fun, swim, hike, kayak in season, and sleuth ancestors.” Lori Matten (Upper School History, 2002-2005) 2. “What a joy to have witnessed the Red Sox reversing the curse back in 2004 and the Cubbies’ World Series run this past fall! Thanks to all my former BB&N colleagues for their messages of support for the Cubs. Cheers to two great cities with incredible sports histories! And to my former students: the glue stick remains my favorite school supply!”
Michaela Casey (Upper School Academic Support Coodinator, 1987-2010, Faculty Emerita) 3. & 4. “Inspired by my late and endearingly eccentric father, Tom, I have just self-published a book, The Old Overholt and Other Stories, which is now available on Amazon. It’s not biographical, but I elaborate on many of Tom’s experiences and invent others that are true to his personality. “I started the book in 2010, but worked on it only intermittently while I was teaching ESL at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. (I retired this past June.) I’d often heard people refer to my father, Tom Casey, as a ‘character,’ and as I was trying to think of an idea for a story, it suddenly dawned on me that ‘The Old Overholt,’ which Tom retold many times, would be a great one to elaborate on. Then that story led to another and another. The central character, Tim Cadigan, is similar to Tom in essential ways—humor, values, style, and some of the scenes in the book actually occurred. I embellished many of the details, though, and concocted others. When I was finished with the manuscript, I just didn’t
want the stress of looking for an agent or a publisher so I decided to self-publish with the same company my former colleague (US math teacher) Mark Fidler had used. My marketing goals are modest. I’m certainly not looking to make anyone’s top-ten list. I just hope that the people who do buy and read the book will enjoy it. “Meanwhile Bob (O’Brien, Upper School Science teacher/Faculty Emeritus) and I continue to enjoy our life in the Maine woods, more so now that we are retired and do not have to get up when it is still dark outside. If you are ever in the Bethel area, please let us know. We’ll introduce you to our friends at the Funky Red Barn.” Elizabeth MacLaren (Middle School Head of Art Department, 1978-2014, Faculty Emerita) 5. “I am a cowgirl now! I am living in El Dorado, which is part of Santa Fe although not in Santa Fe town. We live on 4.3 acres with our dog, Encho, and a rabbit, and enjoy magnificent views of the mountains. I have a studio, which is in the casita (a little guest
house). I’m working on my goddess series— the latest is Benazir Bhutto. I’m also a member and secretary of Eldorado285/Recycles. We are involved in community education and advocating recycling on the local and county level. We also set up worm composting with straw bales and red wrigglers to help deflect food waste from the trash. We host a July 4th pancake breakfast, which is zero waste. Doing a lot of hiking, not seen any rattlers, mountain lions, or bobcats yet, although we have a gopher snake and a 7-foot red racer on the property—helps keep the critters under control, i.e. mice and packrats!” John Norton (Upper School Painting/ Drawing 1983-2016, Faculty Emeritus) 6. “My wife, Fran, and I stopped in for a meal with Byron Bowman (Upper School science teacher and Faculty Emeritus) and wife Bisse in Mt. Airy on our recent trip to NC. They may be outnumbered politically but, as you can see, are good otherwise! Bisse is quilting and Byron is doing a lot of deep ancestral research.”
In Memoriam David Drake Nickerson ’38, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died peacefully on October 13, 2016. He was born on Christmas Day in 1919 at the family home in Quincy, MA, to Archer and Gertrude Nickerson. After graduating from Quincy High School in 1937, David spent a preparatory year at Browne & Nichols prior to attending Bates College. While attending Bates, David set track records, was involved in theater, and also earned his pilot’s license through the Civilian Pilot Program. He graduated with an A.B. in 1942. He joined the Navy in August 1942 and was commissioned four months later. On December 6, 1942 David married Constance Blaisdell in Winchester, MA. Together they traveled to Key West, FL, where he went to sonar school. From there David served as Sound and CIC Officer on the USS Pringle in the South Pacific. He returned to the United States for Navy flight training at Pensacola, FL, and earned his wings of gold in 1945. After the war David earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He began a successful career in business and financial management serving in positions of Treasurer, Controller, and Administrative Manager. He was an active member and President of the Boston Chapter of Financial Executive Institute (FEI). He also taught courses in budgeting, accounting, and analysis at Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering, as well as economics and manufacturing at Western New England College. David cared deeply for and was always supportive of his family. He and Connie raised their children in Newton, MA. Their quality time included hiking, camping, fishing, attending large family gatherings, and vacationing in Maine. They retired to Cape Cod and provided lodging and entertainment for their daughters and grandchildren who spent many happy summers with them. Besides being a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, David was a man of many interests and talents. He always produced outstanding gardens, enjoyed building projects, tennis, and especially boating. For many years Dave and Connie enjoyed sailing the 70
coast from Maine to Florida. They traded their boat for a small RV and explored the land before moving to Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, FL. For the past 16 years, the Nickersons enjoyed winters in Florida, summers in Maine, and visiting relatives. Despite failing health, David retained his dry sense of humor. He is predeceased by son William Nickerson and daughter Bonney Ford. He is survived by Constance, his wife of 73 years; daughters Elizabeth LaRowe and Rebecca Bianchi; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. David Drake Nickerson lived his life to the fullest; he will be missed.
(and later, great-grandchildren) and was actively involved in their lives for as long as her health allowed. In 2006 she moved into McGraw House in downtown Ithaca; in 2010 when her health declined further she moved into Cayuga Ridge Nursing Home. To the very end she was delighted by the frequent visits of all her family, and they always enjoyed her sharp mind and witty conversation. She loved them above all else, and she will be sorely missed.
Nancy Stratton Hall-Thompson ’42 a longtime resident of Ithaca, NY, died peacefully on November 20, 2016. She was 90 years old. Nancy was born in Boston on January 9, 1926, the only child of Marjorie and Samuel Stratton. She grew up in Cambridge, MA, where her father was a professor at the Harvard Business School. After graduating from Buckingham School, she entered Radcliffe at the age of 17. After two years of studies she transferred to Middlebury College in 1943 when her father was appointed its president. At an MIT-Radcliffe dance she first met John Enos. They enjoyed a brief wartime romance in Cambridge before he was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and sent to Florida, where they married in 1944. After the war they returned to Cambridge and together raised three children: daughters Andrea and Molly, and a son Walter.
Clayton W. Dodge ’49 died January 22, 2017, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME, following a brief illness. He was born November 15, 1931, in Stoneham, MA, the son of shoe merchants Lyman Dodge and Ruth Eleanor (Higgins) Dodge of Malden, MA. He graduated from Browne & Nichols and from the University of Maine in 1956 and married Donna Rhoda of Hodgdon. They had one daughter, Kathy. He received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maine in 1959 and did further graduate work at Brown University.
Nancy moved to Ithaca in 1971 with her second husband, Malcolm Hall. Nancy had a passion for antiques and she delighted in displaying them in their charming old house on North Tioga Street. In 1973, after Mr. Hall’s death, Nancy began taking classes at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Her college studies had been interrupted in 1945 by the arrival of her first child, and she was rightly proud when she finally earned her B.A. more than 30 years after starting it. Later Nancy trained as an alcoholism counselor and dedicated herself to this field for many years. After retirement, she served in Ithaca’s Information and Referral and RSVP offices. In 1987 Nancy was re-married to Robert Thompson of Song Lake; they separated in 1991 but remained lifelong friends. Family was always Nancy’s highest priority and the source of her greatest happiness. She was devoted to her grandchildren
Nancy Hall-Thompson is survived by her three children, three step-children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
After teaching high school math and science for one term in 1956 in Ohio, he returned to Orono, ME, where he taught mathematics to more than 7,000 students at the University of Maine during the next 41 years, retiring in 1997 with the title of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. In addition to numerous articles on mathematics and mathematics education, he had six mathematics textbooks published. Two more of his texts were used in his classes at UMaine. He wrote and taught courses in the uses of calculators beyond what they were designed to do. He wrote and published mathematical software that was used by students and professors during the early years of computers. Over the years, hundreds of prospective high school teachers learned the mysteries of complex numbers through his course in that subject. He led a few thousand students into the appreciation of mathematics via his “Tom, Dick, and Harry” problems in a course for “students who hate math but have to take it anyway.” His mathematical interests were in problems, geometry, and teacher education, primarily due to the influence of his teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend Howard Eves, whom he assisted from 1961-1963 in editing the Elementary Problem Department of the American Mathematical Monthly. In 1968 he joined with a half dozen of his colleagues to form the University of Maine Problems Group,
which edited that journal department until 1974. From 1980-2002 he edited the Problem Department of the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal. Over the years he served on several editorial boards of various math publications and reviewed manuscripts for numerous publishers and for several journals. In 1981 he married Dorothy (Robertson) Madison of Reading, MA, a childhood friend. They became covenant members of All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor, where he served as Collector and on various committees. He enjoyed singing in church choirs and in the University of Maine Oratorio Society. After retirement he took up scuba diving, mainly in the tropical waters of the Caribbean. He helped build some 10 homes for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. Although his primary interest was in electrical wiring, he worked on all phases of construction and thought of himself as a jack of all trades. He enjoyed working with his hands and solving all sorts of problems. He served on the board of directors of Habitat, where he was vice chairman, and on the board of Shaw House in Bangor, where he was treasurer. More recently he was elected to the board of directors of the Maine Troop Greeters and served as its secretary. As a child he repaired radios and was proud that he was able to fix several of them that commercial repairmen had given up on. It bothered him that so much of modern electronics is throwaway and not repairable. He could pick locks or test an electric circuit with little more than a paper clip. He saw the humor in life and did his best to pass along to his students and others his love and enjoyment of mathematics and its lighter side. In addition to his wife Dorothy, he leaves his daughter Kelly Donna Dodge Michelin, her husband, and one grandson. He also leaves two stepdaughters, one brother, two sisters, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Lyman (Skip) Dodge, Jr., and a nephew Lyman R. Dodge III. Carroll P. Griffith, Jr. ’49, 84, passed away on March 4, 2016, in Dallas TX. Known also by nicknames Grif or Peter, he is survived by his wife of 58 years,
Patricia Griffith. Born March 8, 1931, in Cambridge, MA, Peter was the only child of the late Carroll Potter Griffith, Sr., and Helen Danforth Griffith, formerly of Wellesley. Carroll was a proud Veteran who served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Field Artillery Unit based at Fort Benning, GA. He was a great conversationalist with a dry sense of humor who enjoyed politics and current events, Civil War and Early America history, baseball, New England lighthouses, and old steam engine trains. Carroll grew up in Watertown, MA, in the midst of the Great Depression and WWII. He went on to graduate from Harvard University and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in government and finance. While in business school, he went on a blind date with a Bryn Mawr student, Patricia Joanne Evans of California. Soon thereafter, they were married in December 1957 and began a life together on Staten Island, NY. Carroll started his career in banking at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in NYC. Peter and Pat were active members of the newly formed Conservative Party of New York State and campaigned for numerous local and national candidates, including William F. Buckley, Jr. 1965 Mayoral candidate, all of which sparked an enduring zeal for politics and the election process, both locally and nationally. After eight years, Carroll transferred to Boston to begin working at New England Merchants Bank (later Bank of New England), where he was president of the investment services division. It is during this time that he and his wife settled into the historic towns of Concord and Bedford, MA, where they started their family. Those years were filled with so many dear friends and neighbors whose lasting friendships were greatly treasured throughout the passage of time and distance. Carroll went on to become the executive vice president and CFO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. He also held a position on the board of directors at the Concord Cooperative Bank. Carroll converted to Catholicism in 1992 and joined Holy Family Parish in Concord. He was appointed by the Archbishop of Boston to serve on the Investment Advisory Committee for the Archdiocese. In June 1993, Carroll was honored by the invitation to attend the 45th International Eucharistic Congress in Spain with Saint John Paul II. In his retirement, he devoted his time to volunteering on various councils and numerous
committees at Holy Family Parish. Carroll is survived by his daughter Stacie Slayton Blazek, his son Evan Potter Griffith of Dallas, TX, and his two grandchildren, Luke and Juliana. Don Vincent Hellerman ’50, U.S. Marine Corps 1946-1948, and Lt. Colonel U.S. Army Reserves (Medical Corps), died on December 4, 2016. His wife, Susan, submitted the following account. Born in 1929 in Brookline, MA, Don was the only son of David A. Hellerman and Ruth Virginia Citron. Because he was the first male in an extended family of females (aunts, sister, and cousins) and couldn’t sit still like the little girls, he was considered a “naughty” boy. Eventually this led to his being sent away to military boarding school (Admiral Farragut Military Academy in Florida). This was during the early WWII years. Eventually he ran away from school and enlisted in the USMC. He was underage but persuaded his father (a WWI veteran) to sign a form stating he was of age. His father then said if the Corps finds out you’re underage and lets you resign—don’t you dare! He didn’t dare. He was onboard a ship to China in 1946 when he was found out. Offered the chance to resign and go home, he knew he had to stay. He was part of Charlie Company, 1st Marine Division, 5th Marines (C5 China Marines); in September 1945 they deployed to Tientsin, China, and participated in the occupation of North China until May 1947. They were part of the American military defending Chiang Kai-Shek against the Chinese Communists in Tangku, Tsingtao, Tiensin, and Peping. At 01:15 the morning of April 5, 1947, a force attacked the First Marine Division ammunition supply point near Tangku. By 05:30 this force was being pursued northward by Marine forces. Five Marines were killed and 16 wounded in fighting off the attack. Don described that attack as harrowing as the Chicoms screamed LILA, LILA and began firing. A U.S. Marine beside Don was one of the five killed. Fate saved Don! (53 years later, on that same date, the first of his five grandchildren was born.) Don returned home from China under the Golden Gate Bridge. His service at the end of WWII kept him from being deployed to Korea—which was where young men of his age group were sent and fought valiantly and died—fate again! When Don returned home to Brookline, he was much more disciplined and ready for school. He was tough, strong, and burly; B&N liked the idea of someone like Don for their (until that time) consistently losing football team. He was accepted. He became Captain (Dirty Don) of the football team. He has great stories of 71
Gibby Graves, Spruce Ledge, Ace Knapp, and his maintaining decorum by means of the eraser and his wonderful incantation of The Congo. Ace Knapp used to invite all the football players to his home, and his gracious wife, Sue, always plied the fellows with great food. Don tells the story of going out for a pass on the Knapp backyard green and tripping over one of the tiny Knapp kids. Luckily she wasn’t trampled to death and Don was forgiven. Don’s B&N stories were always fun to hear, especially ones like his performance in Yeoman of the Guard, where he was supposed to plant an axe into a wood block. He swung with all his might, missed, and the axe was stuck throughout the entire play in the middle of the stage floor! Years later, walking down Broadway with his wife, Susan Talent, he was accosted by someone yelling, “Dirty Don, Dirty Don” (his football nickname), running breathlessly to catch up to him. Turned out to be Tony Perkins, with whom he appeared in said Yeoman lo those years ago. “Star” chases “fan”? Don then went to Springfield College as a phys-ed major, eventually switching to pre-med. A minor miracle because the Dean of Springfield told him that if he wanted to go to med school he would probably have to build one. Told not to get anything less than a B, he made it to, and through, pre-med. Graduating from NY Medical College (formerly Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital and Medical School), Don had a straight Pathology internship at Yale New Haven Hospital. He also did a year of internal medicine at Columbia and then two more years as chief resident of Pathology at North Shore Cornell Hospital. He moonlighted for the medical examiner’s office in NYC and, boy, did he have some stories to tell. Don was the chairman of the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratories at St. Barnabas Hospital in NY. Wanting to be a pioneer, he left NY for North Dakota. At that time (1975), it was the end of the world and a step beyond. He joined the faculty at the Department of Pathology at the UND Medical School and taught pathology to medical students as 72
well as doing general clinical and surgical pathology. Two years in that “wilderness” was enough. Blizzards, SNERT storms (snow mixed with wind-driven dirt from farm fields), floods in spring, mosquitos the size of bumblebees, and the constant smell of sugar beets and chipping potatoes were enough to drive him to a more urbane lifestyle. He and his family moved to Chicago where for 36 years Don practiced as Chairman of the Department of Laboratories and Pathology at (now) Advocate Trinity Hospital, and part-time after retirement at St. James Hospital. He liked to work and he liked to serve. Aside from the Marines, he was a Lt. Colonel In the USAR Medical Corps. He married Susan, his wife of 50 years, on November 13, 1966. He is survived as well by his two successful sons, of whom he was very proud: Brett (Coleen) of New Haven and John (Stephanie) of DC, and his five grandchildren (Klee, Julianna, Alissa, Jack, and Mark). Don loved a great cigar, a good scotch, a good book, a bawdy joke, fast cars, the Chicago Bears, his 33’ sloop Anthem, which he loved to sail on Lake Michigan, and his dog Splash. He had a second home in Pentwater, Michigan, and loved to start from there and sail north to Lelanau Peninsula which was always an adventure. Don had some tough medical issues starting in 2013—but that tough old Marine was intrepid, valiant, and heroic; never complained, never said, “why me.” We miss him every single day.
Don Hellerman ’50
Elizabeth “Pixie” Dow Lown ’50 of Kennebunk, ME, passed away on January 29, 2017. She had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Born in Portland on July 14, 1932, she was the daughter of Professor Sterling Dow and Elizabeth Flagg Dow. She grew up in Cambridge, MA, where her father taught classics at Harvard. She went to Buckingham and later to the Winsor School in Boston. She graduated from Harvard (Radcliffe) in 1954. Pixie met her husband in college. They were married in June 1954. After graduation, Pixie served as a librarian at the Cambridge Public Library. Thereafter she had three children and maintained an active life in her community. She and her family lived in Amherst, NH, for 41 years. Pixie founded the Milford/Amherst League of Women Voters in New Hampshire. She earned her master’s degree in history and taught for several years at the Derryfield School. She went on to serve as a selectman in Amherst for six years, two as chair, followed by five elected terms in the NH legislature. In her final two years she was chair of the House Judiciary Committee. A highlight of her service came when she and other men sponsored a gun registration bill. The men all decided not to show up for the hearing when about 300 men in hunting outfits showed up to protest. Pixie was left alone to defend the bill. She remarked to everyone that this issue separated “the men from the boys—and in this case the women were the real men.” While serving in the legislature she was voted Citizen of the Year for the Town of Amherst. Pixie was a lifelong reader and was especially fond of biographies. She became a skilled knitter, and members of her family still treasure some of her knitted sweaters. She maintained extensive gardens wherever she lived. She was an avid tennis player, even in her last few years. But of all her interests she loved best, entertaining people in her home and at what is called the “shack,” an old converted fish house up on stilts at Turbat’s Creek in Kennebunkport. All of her entertaining included lively political debates. A longtime friend embroidered a pillow for her with her words, “I’d rather eat sand and have a good conversation.” She had a deep attachment to Turbat’s Creek and Cape Porpoise. Both her parents and grandparents had summered there and she summered there every year of her life from 4 years old on. She missed the first four yeas growing up
in Athens, Greece, where her father taught. Up until her last year, she was a regular swimmer at Turbat’s Creek where she often swam (without a wet suit) the length of the Cross Creek. She and a friend once also swam from Turbat’s Creek to five of the seven islands in Cape Porpoise. Pixie was preceded in death by her parents and brother Sterling Dow III ’52. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bob; three children, Anne (and Rick), Brad (and Chris), and Sarah (and Gabriel); five grandchildren, and a nephew and niece. Peter D. Robinson, Jr. ’50, age 84, of Greenfield, died February 13, 2017, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. He was born December 3, 1932, in Boston, MA. Peter attended Browne & Nichols and Sanderson Academy. He was a Navy veteran, and served on the U.S.S. Rockbridge, VA. He leaves four children: Vickie Robinson, Peter Robinson, David Robinson (wife Judy), and Gail Hudson (husband Mark); and five grandchildren: Hannah, Lydia, Shannon, Jesse, and Athena. Pete, as he was called, liked to socialize and had hobbies such as boating and snowmobiling. He was once a semi-professional hockey player in the Boston area. He also play-acted at Pioneer Playhouse, Stockade Players in Deerfield, MA. He was a Patriots fan and watched on TV all 51 Super Bowl games. He had many occupations over his long life, including salesman for Smith Paper in Greenfield, truck driver hauling mobile homes long distances, and owner and manager of Keg & Kork package store for many years. He loved his home in Greenfield and was proud to have grown up mostly in Ashfield. Also special to him was Conway, where he lived for many years and would always return to visit old friends and new. Robert H. Bradford ’54 of Cambridge, died January 9, 2017. He was the loving partner of Harriet P. Hofheinz; the beloved father of Christopher R. Bradford and Rebecca Bradford Road; the brother of Charles Bradford ’18, Rebecca B. Chase (deceased), and of Ann B. Mathias (deceased); and the son of Governor Robert F. Bradford and Rebecca Crowninshield Bradford. He was a Lieutenant and veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as a Frogman (a precursor to the elite Navy SEALs). A memorial service will be held May 6, 2017. For more information, please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.
Arnold H. Singal ’54, age 80, of Westwood, MA died on January 22, 2017, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born in 1936 in Brookline to Laurence and Rose Singal. He married Ann, formerly Rosenthal, also of Brookline, and they created a business, a family, and many wonderful memories together. The inception of his lifetime commitment to education began at Browne & Nichols and was followed by attendance at Harvard University, Yale Law School, and MIT Sloan School of Management. He had many passions in life, including basketball, cycling, model trains, tennis, and eating good food. While working as an administrator at MIT, he coached the freshman basketball team from 1963 to 1974.
in 1991. From 1974-1990, she was a teacher’s assistant for emotionally disturbed students in Sheboygan Public Schools. She was a program manager at the Marshall Sherrer Minimum Correctional Center in Milwaukee for eight years. Her last employment was that of an A.O.D.A. counselor at The Center at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, retiring in May 2005. Her community activities included the Sheboygan Service Club, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the First Congregational Church, the Town and Country Garden Club, the Girl Scouts, and the Sheboygan School System volunteers.
In 1976, Arnie and Ann founded the Exploration Summer Program, an innovative educational program for high school students that focused on creativity, learning for fun, and expanding horizons. They grew the program to include elementary, middle, and high school students, and attracted thousands each summer from around the world. Through the decades, countless students were inspired by a love of learning at Exploration. He and Ann bicycled throughout the world, stopping frequently at local bakeries. They enjoyed theater and ballet, and were founding members of Temple Beth David in Westwood, MA. Arnie continued coaching basketball at high schools in the Boston area.
She is survived by her husband Woody; a daughter Julie; two sons, Tom and David; a sister, Caroline Norris ’52; and a brother, Payson Wild. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Allison, Emily, and Annabelle Wick; three grandsons, Payson, Ted, and Samuel Wick; as well as other nephews and relatives. She was predeceased in death by her parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Arnie is survived by his wife Ann; brother David Singal ’62 and his wife Sarah; daughter Robbie Singal and her husband Jonathan Weintroub and children Ezra and Raya; his son Jeff Singal and wife Miki and their daughters Mia and Julia, and a very large community of extended family and friends. Marian Wild Wick ’56, age 78, of Fort Meyers, FL, died on January 21, 2017, at The Lodge, the rehab center at Cypress Cove, a senior living community. Marian was born in Cambridge, MA, on February 26, 1938, a daughter of the late Payson and the late Marian (Lewis) Wile, Jr. She was married to Willis W. Wick on December 20, 1959, at Howes Memorial Chapel, Northwestern University, Illinois. She was a member of the First Congregational Church—United Church of Christ. She graduated from Northwestern University Dental School with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1959 and from the Kettle Moraine Counselor Internship Program
Vivien Alice Casagrande ’60, noted neuroscientist and professor at Vanderbilt University, passed away in Nashville, TN, on January 21, 2017 at the age of 74. She died peacefully at her home in the loving care of her mate, James Andrew “Mac” McKanna and sons, James Arthur “Zephy” and Paul Grayson “Autsy” McKanna. Former BB&N faculty member Robert J. Denny ’65, age 70, died on December 23, 2016 after an extended illness. He passed away peacefully at home together with his family. Bob was born in Brookline on September 30, 1946, the son of F. Edmund Denny (BB&N faculty emeritus member) and Dorothy Fearon Denny, now both deceased. He is survived by his daughter Sarah Denny Golab and her husband Adam Denny Golab; by a brother Peter E. Denny; a sister Nancy Denny Roche; and two nephews. He was devoted to his partner of 10 years, Laurel Perkins, formerly of Acton, MA. Family and friends always came first in his life. Bob attended Browne & Nichols where he was a two-sport captain. He 73
taught woodworking at BB&N from 19751979. He then served in the Navy before attending UMass Amherst and went on to obtain an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Michigan. Bob served as a high school guidance counselor in Westminster, MA for 26 years. He was a 35-year resident of West Boylston, MA. In his youth, he spent six months soul searching on Dominica in the British West Indies. He was admired for his humor, his humility, his gift for listening, and his compassion for the less fortunate. Bob had a passion for woodworking and was employed as a creator of fine hardwood furniture. He was a hard worker, a jack of all trades, and a master of most. Bob loved travel, the outdoors, and rock music. Into his 50s, he continued to play hockey and enjoyed sports of all kinds. John Haven Storey ’68, of South Dartmouth, MA, died peacefully on November 5, 2016. The second of four boys born to John Cutts Storey and Patricia VanSchaack Pruyn Storey. Haven grew up in Milton, MA, attended Milton Academy, Browne & Nichols, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, and The Museum School. As a professional painter and creative designer he managed both the E.K. Perry Company of Boston and his own residential painting business. An accomplished scenic design artist, Haven worked in the film industry for many years creating movie sets. He helped to produce dozens of feature films included The Perfect Storm, Shutter Island, Moonrise Kingdom, and Meet Joe Black. Haven’s jovial friendly, outgoing personality gave him many lifelong friends. He enjoyed boating, antique cars, and motorcycles. He is survived by his mother Patricia, his daughter Kate Storey, and brothers Peter, Phillip ’71, and Tom Storey, and former wife Katharine. Douglas B. Chester ’71 (Uncle Doug) passed away at home on January 8, 2017. Doug was born on June 14, 1952, in Hudson, NY, the only child of Albert William and Marjorie Chester, both of whom predeceased him. Doug grew up in Lexington, MA, attended Lexington High School, Browne & Nichols, Dartmouth
College, University of Leningrad, and the New England School of Law. Doug married Margaret McMath Chester on July 10, 1976, at Lake Angelus, Michigan. Margaret survives at home. Doug came from a very small family which immigrated to the U.S. from Russia in the 1880s. He and Margaret never had children but he became close to Margaret’s nieces and nephews. Doug also had many “honorary” nieces and nephews and was called “Uncle Doug” even by his mother-in-law. Doug was a solo law practitioner, initially in Massachusetts, then moving to Spring Mills, PA, in 1980 to open a law practice while his wife Margaret attended Penn State as a graduate student. Doug’s office was in the front of their home and he had a general practice—“anything that comes in the doors—with a particular interest and expertise in criminal defense. Clients were welcomed by their hunting dogs, often four or five at a time and all very friendly. In recent years the majority of his practice was as a member of the pool of attorneys appointed by the Federal District Courts to represent indigent clients. His favorite accomplishments included writing the zoning ordinances for two local townships which protected trout streams; successfully defending the driver of the Gregg Township fire truck struck by a car while racing to a fire; and successfully helping an elderly woman regain her independence from a scheming relative. Doug was a skilled and creative craftsman known for his expertise in tying trout, salmon, and saltwater flies; refinishing bamboo fly rods; building traditional flintlock rifles for hunting Pennsylvania’s primitive deer season (a craft he learned from the late Ken Ishler of Millheim); and making Damascus hunting knives in partnership with a close friend. Doug made all these things for his and Margaret’s use in hunting and fishing and for friends and family. Doug was also a humorous and engaging storyteller and wrote about dozens of their adventures together. Jan A. Richard ’73, passed away July 18, 2016. A memorial service was held on October 2, 2016, in suburban Philadelphia. Jan was a member of the Yale Class of ’77 and received a master’s degree in computer science from Villanova in 1986. She put this degree to great use during her career as she worked at Haverford College as the Director of Academic Computing, the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of Neurocognitive Testing, and since 2012
at Bryn Mawr College, where she was an enrollment data analyst. George A. Hodges III ’78, died December 15, 2016. George is the younger brother of Laura Hodges Taylor ’74. The following tribute was written by his classmate and best friend, Mark Fischer ’78. Tragically, we have lost another brother. George Hodges passed away December 15, 2016, his heart failing after suddenly experiencing complications related to liver and kidney dysfunction, at the Asian Hospital in Alabang, near his home in greater Manila (Philippines). He was 56 years old. Words cannot properly express enough sympathy for his wonderful family, to whom George was so devoted: wife Melanie and children Katya and Hawkins, mother Lynn, and big sister Laura and the Taylor family; not personally my own grief upon the loss of our classmate and my best friend, who brought me to Taiwan in the first place and who was always here for me during the many great years and times we shared in Asia. Although he has left us far too soon, George lived a remarkable life. Ever the world traveler and avid student of geopolitics, George was also a pioneer who both saw and acted on the potential of Asia before it was fashionable. His own man to the end, George as an entrepreneur built two successful companies in the Philippines. In the early ’90s, George created an international softball tournament in Manila that continues today, facilitating Americans networking in Asia while enjoying our national pastime. George’s passion for baseball was lifelong. During school he excelled as a crafty pitcher for BB&N and then Georgetown University, and later as outstanding shortstop and coach of a series of men’s softball teams in Taipei and Manila. Seldom missing a Red Sox game broadcast for the past many years (whether live or on delay, considering the 12-hour time difference). George also loved organizing and coaching youth teams in the Philippines, including those starring his son Hawkins. Just two days before he passed, George was overjoyed by the news that Hawk, now a 17-year-old high school senior, was accepted early-decision by Vassar College
on a baseball scholarship starting next fall. Meanwhile, lovely Katya, now 19, was doing so well at Bowdoin College, where she just finished the fall semester of her sophomore year, in which she rowed for the crew team and even competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta this past October. George was also elated that his current business, Greenlight Energy Solutions, was on the verge of profitability after three years of building the company, and was poised for a breakout year in 2017. George was determined to accomplish these two important milestones for his family (both kids in college and righting the business) before taking care of his own health matters. Melanie notes that he even insisted on cancelling several medical checkups in the recent year, out of fear that the potentially poor results would somehow slow him down from achieving these goals. Yet, at least he passed away happy and satisfied knowing that his children would both be in fantastic college programs, and his business a profitable venture. Yes, George did it his way. Quick with a joke or one of his patented funny expressions, so entertaining and fun, imaginative and creative, passionate and outspoken, while deeply thoughtful and generous; motivating leader and source of inspirations to so many people he touched along his life’s journey. Most importantly, George cherished his family and friendships above all. As those of you who knew him can attest, George was truly one of a kind. Rest in peace, Hodgie. We all loved and will miss you dearly. Mark Joseph Pasillo ’78, 56 years old, died October 23, 2016, with his wife by his side at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after a long courageous battle with heart disease caused by childhood radiation therapy. He was the beloved husband of Susan S. (Hubert) Pasillo of Raynham for 17 years. He was born in Winchester, MA. son of the late John and Ruth (Moran) Pasillo. He attended Lake Forest College in Illinois, where he graduated with a degree in English and Business Management. For more than 27 years Mark was the successful owner of Churchill Management Realty, a property management company where he also used his real estate broker’s license to pursue his interest in real estate re-habs. Mark was an accomplished athlete. In 1999, with the guidance of his coach and friend Joe Onarati, Mark set a powerlifting world-class record in the squat, lifting 1,002 pounds. Mark was a devoted husband who made it his life’s mission to make his wife smile every day. He loved spending time with his wife traveling and salt water fishing, especially at Fort Adams in Newport and at the Cape Cod Canal. He was a member of the St. Ann’s Council Knights of Columbus and a devout Catholic, attending St. Ann’s Parish. He loved animals and was working toward a degree as a vet tech. Besides his wife, he is survived by his menagerie of animals, which he lovingly took care of, his wife’s family, his mother-in-law, and his brothers and sisters-inlaw. He is the godfather of four.
Friends of BB&N Thomas J. Connolly December 6, 2016 Father of Maura Connolly P’14 Grandfather of Liam Connolly Egan ’14 Henry David Epstein December 24, 2016 Father of Jonathan Epstein ’73, Heitzi Epstein ’76, and Ari Epstein ’80 Charles Ellsworth “Chuck” Huntington January 2, 2017 Husband of Louise Slater Huntington ’52 Beatrice “Bea” Leeds December 1, 2016 Mother of Mark Leeds ’83 Samuel J. Malignaggi February 3, 2016 Grandfather of Sammy Malignaggi ’20 Benjamin Q. Moy January 20, 2017 Father of Marilee Moy Thompson ’76 Marie Colantoni Pechet December 7, 2016 Wife of Tiron Pechet ’81 Sister-in-law of Taine Pechet ’83, Taren Pechet ’86, Tavan Pechet ’89, and Tamin Pechet ’96 Robert Rosenman June 26, 2016 Husband of Elizabeth F. Rosenman ’50 T.C. Schelling December 13, 2016 Father of Daniel Schelling ’74 and Robert Schelling ’78
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1974 marked an historic date in School history when Buckingham and Browne & Nichols officially merged. The Spring 1974 Bulletin cover captured the moment of the unveiling of the new sign, a momentous and significant moment to be sure.
Mark Leeds ’83
A Legacy Gift Honors a Mother’s Lifetime Dedication to BB&N Across the decades, the experiences and memories of BB&N alumni/ae are often remarkably similar to those shared by Mark Leeds ’83: caring teachers, lasting friendships, and preparation for further education and life. They are also those that recently motivated Mark to leave a lasting legacy to BB&N in memory of his mother, Beatrice Leeds.
Bulletin Covers that Resonate Celebrating the 50th anniversary of BB&N’s unique and innovative Bivouac program took center stage on the Spring 2002 cover. The resilient yet satisfied look on the face of Young Won ’94 spoke to the power of the Bivouac experience for thousands of alums.
The playful Spring 2011 issue of The Bulletin featured an illustrative treatment of longtime Upper School math teacher Mark Fidler’s “Tag Quiz” as one of 16 “bucket list” items at BB&N that every alum could relate to. “I have that magazine in my math class, and students enjoy making the connection to the tag quizzes I still have,” Fidler notes. “I love that cover…it really captures the fun and the ingenuity that my students show in avoiding me!”
3 The Fall/Winter 2015 edition caught musician Rachel Platten ’99 at the moment she had rocketed to fame behind her hit “Fight Song.” The article touched on her hard-fought journey to success and dedication to using her achievements for charitable purposes.
The Fall 1999 Bulletin cover announced the School’s renewed commitment toward diversity. Featuring a 1995 Lower School student mural of interwoven religious imagery, it marked an emphasis on inclusion that continues at BB&N to this day.
An unabashed hug between Otis Bennet and Miles Esteves warmed the Fall/Winter 2013 Bulletin cover. The cover feature describes the distinctive BB&N Family Cooperative, a new (at the time) early childhood center on School grounds that allows faculty and staff a nurturing childcare option that fits the academic schedule.
Living in Boston in the 1970s, Beatrice was concerned about the education Mark would receive in the Boston Public Schools at the time. While Mark attended the BB&N Summer Camp, his mother became friendly with Director of Athletics Jack Etter ’49, who encouraged Beatrice to consider BB&N for her son. Thanks to the generous financial aid provided by the School, Mark was able to enroll as a fourth grader and continue through graduation. “Sending me to BB&N was a huge source of pride for my mother, a single parent,” recalls Mark. “She remained involved in all aspects of my life at BB&N, including attending all of my games (particularly tennis and basketball) and often riding on the team bus. BB&N truly understood her overprotective nature and didn’t mind her calling my coaches to check up on me if I was late getting home from practice.” While he found BB&N academically challenging, Mark worked very hard and credits his success in part to demanding teachers and coaches—including history teacher Peter Tower; English teacher, advisor, and basketball coach Rob Leith; and tennis coach Armen Dedekian—all of whom prepared him well for college and beyond.
After attending Bowdoin College and graduating with a degree in economics, Mark received an M.B.A. from New York University, and then pursued a career in the employee benefits, human resources, and insurance technology field. He is currently part of senior management with a Massachusetts-based technology company. Mark has three children—Mitchell (23), Jason (20), and Madeline (17)—and lives in Westchester County, NY, with his wife, Jennifer, and stepson, Luke. He remains connected to BB&N as a volunteer and donor, and some of his closest friends are those he met at BB&N— friendships he was always proud to share with his mother throughout her life. When his mother passed away in December of 2016, Mark had no question of how he wanted to honor her life and their shared dedication to BB&N. He has recently amended his will to include an irrevocable gift to BB&N that will establish the Beatrice Leeds Financial Aid Fund (with a focus on single parents) upon his death, enabling other children like him to have the opportunity of a BB&N education. For more information about gift and estate planning at BB&N, visit the School’s new Gift Planning website at giftplanning.bbns.org/plan, or contact Janet Rosen at email@example.com or 617-800-2729.
PICTURED: MARK LEEDS ’83 AND HIS MOTHER, BEATRICE LEEDS (A HUGE RED SOX FAN) AT FENWAY PARK IN MAY 2016. INSET: MARK LEEDS ’83 AT HIS BB&N GRADUATION 76
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