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Marina Keegan ’08: Remembering a young alumna who “made something happen to this world” The Bulletin asked a few members of the BB&N community who knew Marina well to share their remembrances and reﬂections. Their thoughts are presented at right. Marina Keegan, Class of 2008, died in a Cape Cod automobile accident on May 26. She was a passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend, Michael Gocksch, who survived the crash. Marina was 22 years old. One week earlier, Marina had graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, a campus upon which she had made a deep impression as an actress, playwright, English scholar, political and social activist, columnist, and opinion shaper. Her impassioned 2011 article for the Yale Daily News titled “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” sparked a nationwide debate—including coverage in The New York Times and on NPR—about what Marina characterized as the distressingly large percentage of her collegiate peers who accept job offers from ﬁnance and consulting ﬁrms. Marina’s abundance of accomplishments at Yale came as no surprise whatsoever to anyone who knew her at BB&N, where she blazed a similarly unforgettable trail during her four years. If there were such a thing as the quintessential BB&N student, Marina’s name would be on a very short list of candidates—she was a young woman crackling with limitless energy, curiosity, passion, and talents. An extraordinary writer (visit www.bbns.org/marina to read some selections), she crafted a Junior Proﬁle about a Boston exterminator that the English Department subsequently has shared with every junior as the standard for which to strive. A compelling artistic force, she acted in seven different plays at BB&N and also sang in the chorale and a cappella group. Never one to watch from the sidelines, she played four years of varsity lacrosse. A restless, creative thinker, she was equally at home co-authoring a comprehensive “Guide to Conquering the World” for BB&N’s Model UN Club as she was at offering heartfelt advice and guidance to classmates in her role as Peer Counselor. In the weeks following Marina’s tragic death, her story—and her heartbreakingly evocative ﬁnal essay for the Yale Daily News titled “The Opposite of Loneliness”—seized the attention of a worldwide audience. The essay inspired more than one million online visits, her story was covered by newspapers, television stations, and social media outlets across the globe, she was honored as ABC World News’ “Person of the Week,” and her memorial service on June 2nd drew several hundred family members, friends, teachers, and admirers to her Wayland, Mass., hometown. Just as she implored her classmates to do in her ﬁnal essay, Marina Keegan made—and continues to make—something happen to this world. 2
I met Marina Keegan when she was a freshman in my history class. Strike that—she was an instigator in my history class. She would throw these bombs into discussion and we’d be off to the races, often with one panicked teacher trailing behind. I realized early on, with no small amount of astonishment, that these ideas she’d send sailing were not actually designed to get us off track. Instead, they were provocative, always topical, and propelled our class further into the material. With that realization came two others—ﬁrst and foremost, this girl was certainly one of the smartest I had ever taught, yet still she remained accessible to us mere mortals. Secondly, if I could only channel this energy, our class would take off—no small accomplishment for Medieval History. Of course, any goal that included channeling the whirlwind that was freshman Marina was pure folly. She tugged, pulled, and pushed all of us to challenge her, forcing me to become a better teacher and demanding that our class look beyond the surface, beyond what was easy. I was exhausted. I was thrilled. I can’t remember a Medieval History course ever being so dynamic, engaging, or interesting. Marina landed in my advisor group the next year, and I think we all laughed for three years straight. Her hilarious, outrageous stories made our mornings. We had a small group that year; the only junior was our “den mother” and Marina was one of four sophomores. We were crammed into my tiny, windowless ofﬁce, often laughing while we all tried to come up with solutions for Marina’s outlandish “problems,” which ranged from outrage at being busted for parking illegally to some hilarious mishap that needed to be remedied before embarrassment ensued. While I never taught her again, standing beside Marina as she tore through BB&N, soaking up experiences, friends, knowledge, and always giving more than she received, was the ultimate privilege. We had many discussions over those four years and beyond, as she returned often to check in—on me, my children, her school, our advisor group, and the goofy picture she had given me of the two of us and Ruth at prom. “Marina Keegan, 2044” she had signed it—the year she hoped to run for president. And here’s the thing—I was certain she would. I banked on it. After all, here was a brilliant kaleidoscope of a young woman with a steady moral compass and an intense sense of responsibility. I wanted my two daughters to look forward to the United States of Marina. What a world of possibility that would have been. Instead, as one who was lucky enough to cross paths with Marina, I now need to hold her spirit close. I have a renewed sense of responsibility to employ Marina-isms to my own life. To tell the truth. To not be complacent. To never take the simple solution just because the more complex path is harder. To expect more out of myself rather than expect others to do for me. To honor her life by living. AMY SELINGER, DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING
It’s a daunting task to write about Marina, trying to capture even a moment of all that she did so fully and well. Where to start—that as a freshman she knew the answer to every Shakespeare trivia question that started JV soccer scrimmages? That she was a lock for the sophomore debate Jacobs Cup, given her delight in out-arguing anyone on anything? That her Proﬁle inspired (and intimidated) future juniors with its effortless artistry and poignant insight? That her Senior Essay felt like pleasure reading, and that this emulation of The English Patient would have left Ondaatje himself puzzled at his inability to remember crafting these scenes, even as the imagery, language and characters were clearly his own? That only she could get away with joyfully interrupting our English class with the incoming text message that J.K. Rowling would be Harvard’s next Commencement Speaker? Or that I am now struck cold by Marina’s essay on whales, which quietly
notes “the inevitability that sometimes things just don’t work out”? Marina was a force of nature; she knew her power as a writer drawn to the worlds of art, emotion, activism, politics, health, and humanism. Heartbreakingly and beautifully, many of her words linger, a legacy left too soon. But I will settle on just three words I rediscovered several days after Marina’s memorial service. Her long-forgotten note, scrawled with a dry erase marker on the back of a bookslip and left in my ofﬁce one day as she visited from Yale, simply read, “Marina was here!” Yes, she was, in so many ways. May we now safeguard and celebrate those memories of how she used her ﬂeeting time to be passionately, vibrantly, fully here. BETH McNAMARA, ENGLISH TEACHER, GRADE 11 DEAN
I knew Marina all throughout high school and harbored a silent reverence for her sharp intellect and boldness of spirit. She was something of a high school paradox: a cerebral type who unabashedly embraced everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter, and yet a “cool kid” with a tattoo, skinny jeans, and a biting sort of wit. In high school we were more comrades than close friends, but I found myself continually inspired by her unusual poise, her lack of inhibition in each of many avid pursuits, and her genius for language. I was unexpectedly privileged to really become friends with Marina the summer after I graduated high school, when we both traveled to Oxford University to study Shakespeare at the British Academy of Dramatic Arts. Together we traipsed over the ancient cobblestone streets and lay outside on the grass, chatting about boys and British accents and the role of theater in our generation. I had a fervent dedication to acting, but Marina had a deeper understanding of theater as an art form, and she spoke to me with candid eloquence. It was a very exciting time. The last few days in the city, Marina let one of the other girls in the program “do” her hair: twisting it in purple, snake-like coils that knotted and projected out all over her scalp. I thought it was shocking, but Marina was delighted and sported the “do” out and about during her last days abroad. We stayed in good touch after England, and I visited her twice at Yale, each time staying up late into the evening, talking together. She remained the role model that she had been so vividly in high school, but she became as well a good and generous friend. TALENE MONAHON ’09 (DARTMOUTH ’13)
Marina was in my Honors Geometry class her sophomore year, my ﬁrst year at BB&N. Not soon after we discovered our mutual appreciation of the Rubik’s Cube that fall, Marina showed up to class with an object she was very proud of: a tactile Rubik’s Cube that she had thought of and made herself. Marina had patiently glued variously shaped objects to the squares on each side of the cube so that one could attempt to solve it blindfolded. She was clearly proud of this creation that obviously took her some time to construct. She was also quite happy to proclaim that it not only worked but she had successfully solved it in the dark. Marina dreamt of a challenge and did what she had to do to meet it. A few months later, Marina arrived to class with a “Sudoku” cube that her father had recently bought for her. It was all black except the numbers 1 through 9 in the squares on each side of the cube. She admitted that it had already driven her crazy and told me, while wearing a devilish grin on her face, that it was now my turn. She was right; it also drove me crazy. Thanks, Marina. The Rubik’s Cube served as the centerpiece of one of Marina’s more memorable moments at BB&N. Art teacher Parrish Dobson had a reputation for long announcements at our Upper School assemblies. As a challenge (and to entertain the entire community), Marina 3
stood next to Ms. Dobson and attempted to solve the Cube before Ms. Dobson could ﬁnish her announcement. To no one’s surprise and the audience’s delight, Marina was victorious. CHIP ROLLINSON, MATH TEACHER
Four years ago, surveying the departing class of my teenage classmates, I could not have known she would be the star of my next four years. Maybe her intimidating conﬁdence in freshman and junior English classes held me back, but it wasn’t until the waning days of high school that I started to know Marina. From then on she would witness my bumbling gap year unfold over Skype chats, be the recipient of my most honest admissions of happiness and loneliness, and lead me on the journey of a lifetime (a fact I am more convinced of each passing day) through India. We would trade creative works and analytical riffs, discuss the merits and shortcomings of two rounds of presidential candidates, accept new and exciting jobs over the same weekend this May, and on what would have been four years to the day of our BB&N graduation, a new chapter of living together with friends was to have begun in a quaint corner of Brooklyn. I don’t doubt the future holds countless more joyous days, but so early, tragically, it’s clear to me the richness of what certain extraordinary people in our lives stand to offer. As such, I can only dwell so long in grief before reafﬁrming that something special, unexpected, potentially life-changing can still ﬂow from people you thought you knew, such as it did with Marina. If that is the lesson that stays with me following such a tragic loss, then I have a reason yet to be grateful and hopeful. LUKE VARGAS ’08, THE POLITICAL COURIER (NYU-THE GALLATIN SCHOOL ’13)
I think I was hoping to see her willing to clamp his upper arm in hers. “I need you to hold onto Rob and not let go.” “Sure,” was her reply as she slipped behind him, leapt onto his back, and threw her arms over his chest. As she wrapped her legs around his waist, her bare heels pressed into the front of his thighs, she asked, “how’s this?” while the rest of the cast turned, almost as one, startled, daunted, but mightily impressed by the rightness, the theatricality of the move. That was tenth grade Marina’s ﬁrst week of rehearsal for her ﬁrst Upper School play, an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which she played Hunger to Rob Warner’s Erysichthon. Marina was young and eager and fearless that ﬁrst time we worked together. Seven years later, shortly before her Yale graduation, we talked by phone about her tweaking her musical booked for a summer New York production, the next steps in her evolving career as a playwright, and the possibility of volunteer work with a theatre summer program serving inner city kids. Marina was thoughtful about the perils of a career commitment to the theatre, but a true believer in her abilities and in the theatre’s potential to engage with politics and social change. And she was, of course, still young, still eager, still fearless. MARK LINDBERG, THEATRE TEACHER, BARROWS FAMILY MASTER TEACHER
Marina in her sophomore year at BB&N
Marina was all exuberance. Laughing, dramatizing, joking, thinking, arguing, she was so present, so in the moment, she made everyone feel more alive. Marina could always be two things at once. The skit she wrote for the Senior/Faculty Dinner was sharp and affectionate in the same turn. The arguments she engineered were passionate and forgiving simultaneously. She would drag us, literally and metaphorically, to come around to her way of thinking but not seem to mind if she failed to persuade. (She would come back, though, and convert you in the end.) Marina could turn the mundane into the memorable. Not many people were aware of it, but Marina had celiac disease. One day I offered her a chocolate chip cookie. She just tilted her head, looked at me, and in a deadpan voice asked, “Are you trying to kill me?” At a Community Service assembly, where everyone was prepared to listen to tales of noble works and consider the goodness of others, Marina was positively devilish. I don’t know how she did it, but she made her discussion of celiac disease, truly life-threatening for her, into a stand-up comedy routine about foods she couldn’t eat, educational ﬁlms in which she reluctantly had starred, and, as an aside, children whose lives she had changed. It was remarkable. Marina could combine the fun with the signiﬁcant. She would leap into my small ofﬁce, her smiling energy occupying all available air, with an issue of some great import. I remember most vividly when she implored me to vote for Obama in the Massachusetts primary in 2008. “I can’t vote! You have to do it for my generation.” As much as I admired Hillary Clinton, I couldn’t resist Marina’s urgency and argument and passion. Marina never took herself too seriously. She just swept you up and into her current of creative, positive action. Things mattered to her—and you couldn’t know Marina without them mattering to you. She made life seem more signiﬁcant. I loved knowing her. LOUISE MAKRAUER, HISTORY TEACHER, GRADE 12 DEAN
BB&N has established The Marina Keegan Fund, which will support a summer fellowship for BB&N students interested in pursuing their own projects focusing either on artistic pursuits or activist causes. Visit www.bbns.org/marina to learn more and to contribute.
BB&N AROUND CAMPUS Sixth Grade Travels the Globe in Spring Musical
BB&N sixth graders tackled The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr., for their spring performance this year, and did not disappoint. The story tells the tale of Stanley Lambchop’s desire to “travel the world, doing amazing things.” He makes a wish on a falling star and, after some help from his bulletin board, suddenly ﬁnds himself ﬂat. Taking advantage of the situation, Stanley uses the U.S. Postal Service to send himself through the mail and visit such places as Hollywood, Paris, and Honolulu.
Middle School Theater Students Win Gold with Priscilla Dreams the Answer For the second consecutive year, BB&N Middle School’s theater program was awarded a gold medal, along with several individual honors, for its production in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild 2012 Middle School Drama Festival.
Performing local playwright Walt McGough’s Priscilla Dreams the Answer, students stretched their acting muscles in this dramatic, comical, and existential production—asking difﬁcult questions along the way and discovering if not the answers then at least acceptance in unlikely places.
Upper School Actors Impress in Mad Forest This spring, Upper School actors performed Mad Forest, a play by Caryl Churchill set in Romania in 1989. The play follows two families and explores their reactions and experiences surrounding the Romanian Revolution. ❘3❘
The play differed from traditional performances in multiple ways. The scenes are short and in some cases contain only a few lines, Act II is made up entirely of monologues of Romanians describing the days surrounding the revolution, and supernatural characters are used, such as an angel and a vampire. Although untraditional, the entire cast mastered the challenges and dark themes to create a poignant and memorable performance. (See pages 6-7 for a photo essay of the behind-the-scenes contributions that brought Mad Forest to life on stage.) PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Lauren Bernier ’18 and the rest of the cast belt it out. ❘ 2 ❘ Sophia Scanlan ’18, Lily Druker ’18, and Ben Ross ’18 perform some comic relief. ❘ 3 ❘ Sam Druker ’16 and Demetra Vernet ’16 play aliens who enlist the help of Dalia Glazman ’16 to save the planet Earth. ❘ 4 ❘ Dalia Glazman ’16 receives sage advice from her crusty boss played by David Brodsky ’16 ❘ 5 ❘ The Upper School cast sings the Romanian National Anthem during the Act II monologues. ❘ 6 ❘ Jillian Sun ’15 and Aaron Orbey ’14 as Florina and Radu. ❘6❘
BB&N AROUND CAMPUS Backstage Stars Create the World of Mad Forest written and photographed by Sharon Krauss While Upper School actors in the spring rehearsals of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest were memorizing lines, blocking movements, and getting into character, a parallel universe was taking shape backstage. Set builders and costume assistants were creating the world—the ﬁnal days and aftermath of the Ceausescu regime in Romania—the actors would eventually inhabit. Director Mark Lindberg, the Barrows Family Master Teacher, says, “The backstage and costume kids are truly selﬂess. There is little or no recognition of what they do.” But they, of course, play roles just as essential as those who tread the boards. Scenery and lighting designer and technical director Eugene Warner says, “This is a team effort. Their contribution is equivalent to what the actors are doing; I want them to see how they work in the bigger picture.” Turning the spotlight backstage, then, illuminates an industrious troupe that has learned how to operate power saws and drills, to build and paint set ﬂats, to design and sew costumes, and to run the light and sound boards according to cue, among many other skills. The students are just as aware of their less tangible accomplishments. Technical crew member Owen Page ’15 says he has learned the importance of being responsible for his work, of not making excuses. “If you’re not paying attention and don’t follow through on something, it affects other people,” he says. After weeks of juggling numerous duties, stage manager Julia Vance ’14 admits, “It’s a challenge being responsible for every minute, backstage detail, but it’s really fun.” At the tech and dress rehearsals, the backstage crew sees all the pieces of its work come together under the lights as the actors bring to life the costumes and props and painted sets. Observing his set and lights work, Albert Wakhloo ’15 says, “I love how much depth the stage has with the two sets of ﬂats. It looks great in the lights. It’s kind of cool to go from absolutely nothing”—he pauses, then gestures broadly at the stage—“to all this.” The moment Warner has been watching for in the students’ experience has arrived. “Their faces light up when they realize how they make the stage magic work, how they’re telling the story along with the actors.”
Visit www.bbns.org/backstage for additional photos and much more of the behind-the-scenes story. 6
❘ 1 ❘ A jack-of-all-backstage-trades, Owen Page ’15 here mans the light board. “Acting is one part of the stage; this is the other part.” Having acted before, he decided to try backstage work on a whim. “And I love it.” ❘ 2 ❘ Allie Zakon ’12 (front) and Emily Bono ’12 (back) both learned more about dressmaking while working on BB&N shows with Costume Designer Louise Brown, they said, than in formal sewing classes outside of school. ❘ 3 ❘ As one of three stage managers, during rehearsals Amanda Lifford ’15 tapes ﬂats before painting, in addition to hauling furniture out of storage and standing in for absent actors. ❘ 4 ❘ Pippa Ghillany-Lehar ’15 runs the sound board and two CD players. “I need to watch the show and write down my own cues. No one cues me,” she explains. “I like working sound better than lights; I’m more in control.” ❘ 5 ❘ Using a technique called wet blending, Owen Page, Albert Wakhloo ’15, and Eugene Warner add depth, texture, and character to the stage. ❘ 6 ❘ “I like making things people are going to use,” says Tara Talland ’15. She creates the paper structure for a set of feathery angel wings. ❘ 7 ❘ During performances, stage managers Amanda Madigan ’15 (right) and Julia Vance ’14 (center) are on book, cue actors, move props. Julia—a crew member with acting experience—says, “I have found working backstage to be humbling.” Actress Cierra Robson ’14 (left) joins them. ❘ 8 ❘ Atop a ladder, Albert Wakhloo repositions a spotlight. During performances, he and Owen respond to a stage manager’s 130 cues, an unusually high number, and activate the computer-triggered lights. 7
BB&N AROUND CAMPUS Lindberg and Farlow Recognized with Endowed Teacher Chair and Instructorship Head of School Rebecca T. Upham announced in May that two highly respected Upper School teachers have been named as the recipients of an endowed chair and an endowed instructorship at the School. Mark Lindberg is the inaugural recipient of the Barrows Family Master Teacher Chair, which honors an Upper School senior faculty member for excellence in teaching and faculty leadership, with a preference for an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership both in and out of the classroom through mentoring relationships with his or her students. Thirty years ago, Mark joined the Upper School as a theater teacher and during these past three decades he has forged a legacy of teaching and artistic excellence that places him in the select company of BB&N’s most memorable and beloved teachers. Some will associate Mark ﬁrst and foremost with the nearly 100 theatrical productions he has directed at BB&N—a body of work that reveals much about Mark as a teacher, mentor, and artist. Indeed, these plays—and the students who perform and produce them—are marvels of risk-taking, of exploration, and of growth. They are intelligent, witty, fearless, and never, ever dull. But what makes Mark truly special are the relationships he forges with each of his students, whether or not they go on to careers in acting— as quite a few have. For many students, he is a teacher who persuades, encourages, and inspires them to achieve their best work. For others, he is a mentor who helps shape the direction of their lives. Ned Menoyo ’88, a professional actor, captures the qualities that make Mark such a deserving recipient of this master teaching recognition: “Mark is the best acting teacher I ever had. He taught me more about the purpose of theater, and the role of art in our culture, than has any other person. Mark is both friend and mentor to his students. He respects his students’ intellect and sees ability in them that they do not yet see. He brings them into the worlds of Chekov, Sondheim, Pinter, Shakespeare, Mamet, Molière, John Patrick Shanley, and on and on—works not often performed or introduced at the secondary school level. He stages productions that are as good as or better than the average shows Off-Broadway in New York on any given night. Mark is one of those people who makes BB&N different, special, and unique.” Alda Farlow is BB&N’s second recipient of the Marian W. Vaillant Future Leader Instructorship, which honors the third Headmistress of The Buckingham School and recognizes the special contributions that promising early- and mid-career faculty have made to the School community. Alda joined the Upper School faculty six years ago as an English teacher and admission counselor and subsequently became a full-time teacher. Alda’s hallmark is inclusiveness. She quickly made her mark as one of the Upper School’s most skilled and passionate practitioners of the Harkness method of teaching. Her student-centered classroom is one in which every voice around the circular table is encouraged, and expected, to contribute to the conversation. Passersby in the hallway can usually tell when Alda’s class is taking place—the room is alive with the sound of conversation, of laughter, of engaged connection. Alda’s students learn not only about Dickens, Shakespeare, or Toni Morrison—they are certain as well to learn a great deal about themselves and their sense of identity. Awareness of and caring for the “whole student” is a dominant strand in Alda’s teaching DNA. Her contributions to the Upper School community are not just restricted to the classroom. Alda has taken a leadership role in several key campus-wide initiatives. These include serving as a resource for colleagues in respect to Harkness best practices, playing a prominent role in the SHADES diversity program and the annual student trip to the People of Color Conference, and co-leading the important follow-up to BB&N’s E.E. Ford Achievement Study, in which she helped faculty colleagues incorporate the School’s “characteristics of success” into their course descriptions and comments.
Students took a break from their work to visit the Hanshan Temple in Suzhou, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China.
Model UN Succeeds in China by Adrian Sands ’15
For its ﬁrst international trip, BB&N’s Model United Nations Club sent a group of student delegates to Beijing, China to attend a three-day conference and tour the country during March break. “The trip was way above my expectations,” says Model UN Co-President Andrew Little ’12. “It was an incredible experience being able to interact with other cultures while debating Model UN as we would [on other Model UN trips].” Not only did students get a glimpse of China and its culture, but they had the chance to work with students from schools around the globe. “There was a lot of international friend-making,” says Andreas Overmeer ’13. “The other delegates were all very interesting people from a wide range of places. One of the kids who I teamed up with was a semi-professional polo player from Pakistan.” “I won ‘Best Delegate’ by being the most vocal and active member of my committee and having the charisma and debating skill to lead the committee in a number of these endeavors, including drafting super-pro-communism constitutions for the new democracies,” Joe Hall ’12 says. “We basically got to create an alternate history, which was really fun.” After the conference, the group toured the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou. Activities included visiting Buddhist temples, a silk factory, and the Great Wall of China, as well as attending a Chinese acrobat performance.
“Much of the sightseeing was educational and fun,” says Ms. Susannah Walker. “The kids were very adventurous when it came to eating Chinese food every day and trying new dishes, testing out their Chinese language skills, and negotiating with market peddlers.” Last year, students in the club asked to add an international trip to the year’s conference program. According to Model UN Faculty Advisor and History Department Chair Gustavo Carrera, interest seemed high. “Based on that, [History teacher] Katie Marino and I came up with the idea of teaming with [the Chinese Department] to make sure we had enough students to support the trip, and Chinese teacher Yinong Yang supported the idea. So, this year seemed appropriate.” For this reason, the trip was originally intended as a joint venture between Model UN and the Chinese Department, but the collaboration did not work out due to issues with time and transportation. However, according to Mr. Yang, who accompanied Model UN on the trip, the Chinese Department is planning an exchange with BB&N’s sister school in Beijing for June of 2013. “We hope that we can have more international trips,” says Overmeer. “There’s a possible idea for an international trip every other year, but it’s up to the presidents, the teachers, and the club’s demand.” “We’ll have to wait and see what our agenda is, but it went really well this year,” says Ms. Walker. “All in all, I’d say it was a successful trip.” (Article originally appeared in The Vanguard student newspaper.)
AROUND CAMPUS School Celebrates 19 Years of Collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts More than 400 students, parents, faculty, and (for the ﬁrst time) alums joined in festivities at the 19th annual BB&N at the MFA Day. This celebration allows students the chance to experience the world of ﬁne arts and partake in various art-themed activities alongside their parents, friends, and teachers. Seniors enjoyed the chance to show off their art history knowledge by leading tours of the museum’s galleries, Middle School students showcased their musical talents, and Lower School students relished the chance to see their masterpieces hanging on the museum walls. The collaboration is a prime example of how BB&N’s proximity to Cambridge and Boston offers students a dynamic experience outside of the classroom. ❘2❘
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Yuji Chan ’18 performs on the violin. ❘ 2 ❘ Priyanka Sen ’12 leads a gallery tour. ❘ 3 ❘ Middle School Director Mary Dolbear, Nicko Bernier ’16, Middle School art teacher Libby Maclaren, and Koﬁ Yankey ’16 ❘ 4 ❘ Bea May ’25 poses with her lithograph.
BB&N Celebrates 61st Annual Circus
This year, Cinco de Mayo marked the date of the 61st annual BB&N Circus. For six decades now, the Circus has been offering family fun to students, parents, and alums of all ages, and this year was no different. The Lower School campus hosted the daylong festival of rides, bouncy-houses, obstacle courses, a dunk tank, various games, arts and crafts tables, food, music, and entertainment. Despite the cloudy weather, hundreds of people from across BB&N’s three campuses joined in the festivities and raised money for the School’s ﬁnancial aid program. ❘3❘
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Circus goers loved the bouncy slide. ❘ 2 ❘ Calvin, Carl, and Finley Long ’26 play one of the many games. ❘ 3 ❘ Kayla Duran ’18, Ethan Voligny ’19, James Brunelli ’19, and Colin Dowdle ’23 at the dunk tank. ❘ 4 ❘ Tushar Aggarwal ’22 and Tristan Fitzgerald ’22 enjoy the day.
Congressional Hopeful Joe Kennedy III ’99 Visits BB&N It was a homecoming of sorts for Joe Kennedy III when he stopped by BB&N’s Upper School this spring for a visit. The 1999 BB&N graduate and congressional hopeful was thrilled to be back in the halls of his alma mater, and students and faculty were equally happy to see him. Introduced to a packed community room by senior Lucy Hurlock, whose spring project involved working on Kennedy’s campaign, the candidate spoke brieﬂy about his background and reasons for running for political ofﬁce before taking questions. “It wasn’t that long ago that I was in your place, stuck on a Friday afternoon listening to boring speeches,” joked Kennedy, whose sense of humor and informed opinions resonated with the students. After ﬁelding some BB&N-related questions from former teachers, it was the students who put Kennedy to the test with questions about “Obama-care,” Washington’s lack of bi-partisanship, and the “Occupy” movement.
Kim Kargman ’05, Joe Kennedy III, and Lucy Hurlock ’12
Kennedy lauded BB&N and talked at length about how the School had driven his future: “It was harder than Stanford; I found myself very well prepared,” he answered one student. “BB&N was an incredible training ground for college and law school.” He also reﬂected on various BB&N experiences, including how his time in Spanish at BB&N had served him well in the Peace Corps and beyond, and he thanked the football team for its recent success, which has made his career as a 160-pound linebacker (under then-coach Lewis Bryant) appear more impressive than it was. Kennedy even managed to rib longtime chorale director Joe Horning for kicking him out of the choir. “I didn’t do anything wrong, I just couldn’t sing,” recounted Kennedy. “Mr. Horning had told us, ‘Everybody can sing,’ so I tried out…and then he asked me if I had ever considered theater.” As the son of Congressman Joe Kennedy II, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, and the great-nephew of late President John F. Kennedy and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, Joe was also asked if he sees himself as a continuation of a legacy. But Kennedy downplayed his family name, noting, “You can only run for ofﬁce if you truly want it for yourself. If you don’t want to do this on your own from a sincere place, it will show through…and people will recognize that.”
Alice Berenson ’12 Receives Prestigious National Merit Scholarship Award Out of the roughly 1.6 million students who completed the National Merit exam process, BB&N senior Alice Berenson joined an exclusive group of approximately 8,000 students to be recognized with a Scholarship Award. Award consideration requires outstanding academic achievement, a written essay, evidence of extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions, and SAT scores commensurate to the qualifying merit score. In addition to Berenson, three other seniors (Katie Berk, Kyle Kirwan, and Priyanka Sen) were recognized as National Merit Semiﬁnalists, an impressive achievement. “This is a tremendous honor for all of these students,” says Academic Dean Ross Clark. “And in Alice’s case, I can’t recall the last time a BB&N National Merit semiﬁnalist went on to be recognized with this highest award.” Alice Berenson ’12 at Closing Ceremony with World Languages Department Chair Cecile Roucher-Greenberg 11
BB&N AROUND CAMPUS ❘1❘
Spring Sports Wrap-Up ❘2❘
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Jess Karol ’12 continued his dominance of the ISL this year. ❘ 2 ❘ Rebecca Epstein ’12 focuses to return serve. ❘ 3 ❘ Rhett Wiseman ’12 decimated ISL pitching all year. ❘ 4 ❘ Courtney Erickson ’14 was literally unhittable at times on the mound this year. ❘ 5 ❘ BB&N’s 2012 golf team. ❘ 6 ❘ Victoria Moore ’13 helped lead the offense for girls lacrosse this year. ❘ 7 ❘ Brian Rowland ’13 whips a shot on goal. ❘ 8 ❘ From left to right: Nate McLeod ’13, Ryan O’Hanlon ’13, Luke Wilder ’13, Andreas Overmeer ’13, and Cam O’Reilly ’13 out on a practice row on the Charles. ❘ 9 ❘ Kris Boelitz ’12 skippers the boat while Natalie Carthy ’12 leans out over the water.
Boys Tennis (Record: 11-7)
Boys Lacrosse (Record: 5-13)
s Overcame an 0-3 start to ﬁnish 11-7, including impressive wins over St. Sebastian’s and Groton.
s Playing though a powerhouse ISL schedule, this team displayed resilience and tenacity as they improved throughout the year.
s Graduating only one senior, this team is poised for excellence in 2013. Coaches Cup Winner: Jess Karol ’12 All League: Jess Karol ’12
Girls Tennis (Record: 11-5) s Led by seniors Rebecca Epstein, Alexa Horwitz, Alex Sternlicht, and Jacquelyn Cleary, key victories included wins over Groton, Nobles, St. Paul’s, Brooks, and a 15-0 sweep over Lawrence to close out the year. s Freshman Isabel Goldﬁne was named a Boston Globe AllScholastic for outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Coaches Cup Winners: Alexandra Sternlicht ’12, Rebecca Epstein ’12 All League: Isabel Goldﬁne ’15, Rebecca Epstein ’12 Honorable Mention: Alexandra Sternlicht ’12
Baseball (Record: 17-5) s Completed its 16th consecutive winning season. s Captain Rhett Wiseman ’12 was named the ISL MVP and Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year for his season in which he hit .444 with 8 home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 runs scored. Coaches Cup Winner: Rhett Wiseman ’12 All League: Rhett Wiseman ’12, Matt Pugh ’12, Aidan Hartigan ’12 Honorable Mention: Brendon Kerrigan ’13
s Highlights included sophomore attackman RJ Caruso’s six-goal explosion against Groton and a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory over Milton Academy. Coaches Cup Winners: Nick Church ’12, Chris Coady ’12 All League: Chris Coady ’12 Honorable Mention: RJ Caruso ’14
Girls Lacrosse (Record: 8-9) s Faced with tough league competition, myriad injuries, and a young roster, this team battled through a season that included exciting victories against St. George’s and Tabor Academy. s Buoyed by a stiff defense and anchored by the improved play of sophomore goalie Zita Nagel, girls lacrosse looks forward to a strong 2013. Coaches Cup Winner: Victoria Moore ’13 All League: Victoria Moore ’13
Boys Crew s Third boat tallied an 11-1 record and ﬁnished ranked 4th in the New England Varsity Boys’ 4 division. s Swept Dexter, Cambridge Rindge & Latin, and Middlesex, winning all four varsity races, and avenging last year’s losses to those schools. Coaches Cup Winners: Tyrone Li ’12, Cam O’Reilly ’13
Girls Crew Softball (Record: 16-6) s Sophomore Courtney Erickson threw three no-hitters and struck out 159 batters this season, averaging 10 per game. s Freshman Katie Burt ﬁnished the year hitting above .500, placing her within the top three in the ISL for batting average.
s Opened the season by winning the Mayor’s Cup against Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. s All four boats improved on their times with every consecutive race throughout the year. Coaches Cup Winner: Lea Luniewicz ’12
Coaches Cup Winners: Carrie Copacino ’13, Meaghan Merullo ’13 All League: Courtney Erickson ’14, Meaghan Merullo ’13, Carrie Copacino ’13, Katie Burt ’15
Golf (Record: 6-16-2) s Finished with a solid 328 team score in the end-of-season ISL Kingman Tournament, moving them into an eighth-place ISL ﬁnish for the year. s Highlights included a one-hole loss to undefeated Belmont Hill, a clutch two-point victory over St. Mark’s, and an impressive tie against a very strong group of Nobles golfers.
Sailing (Record: 5-3) s Competing for the ﬁrst time in the more difﬁcult Mass Bay League “A” division, sailing proved they belonged with strong performances all year. s Highlights included winning the qualifying regatta for the O’Day Trophy, competing in the New England Fleet Race Championship, and an eighth-place ﬁnish in the daunting “A” division Mass Bay League Championship. Coaches Cup Winner: Kris Boelitz ’12
Coaches Cup Winner: Monica Chow ’12 All League: Monica Chow ’12 13
BB&N AROUND CAMPUS Sixth Grade Unity Shines Through at Closing
When Head of School Rebecca T. Upham opened the Sixth Grade Closing Ceremony, she wished students “a change of scene, a quiet pause, and a great book,” all well-deserved treats for a class that both played and worked hard this year. “This has been a class that truly came together as a community—an inclusive, cohesive family,” noted Interim Lower School Co-Director Rebecca Geary. “You’ve tested your wings, tested your conﬁdence, and you’re now ready to emerge as leaders.” Students and parents were treated to a video of sixth grade students talking about three characteristics that deﬁned their time at the Lower School: growth, leadership, and reﬂection. Then the fun truly began as the proud soon-to-be Middle Schoolers were presented with their certiﬁcates. The ceremony closed with sixth grade students doling out advice to their ﬁfth grade counterparts. Time management and organization were stressed, along with perhaps the most prescient guidance being “take advantage of your last year of recess!”
Geary was also thrilled to award the following students with citizenship awards to recognize their part in fostering the family that the class had become: Grade Five: Anya Chung, Ben Gross-Loh, Margaux Dowdle, Aurash Vatan, Eliza Mann, and James Brunelli (honorable mention). Grade Six: Yuji Chan, Oliver Resnick, Molly Carney, Jimin Kang, Jack Murphy, Sophia Scanlan, Jake Carter.
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ From left: Jimin Kang ’18, Lettie Cabot ’19, Ben Ross ’18, and Anya Chung ’19 ❘ 2 ❘ Sophia Scanlan ’18, Jack Murphy ’18, and Jake Carter ’18 ❘ 3 ❘ Sixth graders sing One Day during the ceremony. ❘ 4 ❘ Andreas Byamana ’18 receives a hug from teacher Jaime Goldstein ’98. ❘3❘
Middle School Students Dodge Rain to Celebrate Closing Ceremony The impending poor weather and last-minute change of location didn’t stop 86 Middle School students from joyfully celebrating their Closing Ceremony on Thursday, June 7. As the ﬁrst class with the distinction of having their ceremony moved indoors to the Nicholas Athletic Center, the 8th graders, parents, and faculty reﬂected on the past two years as they listed to poignant speeches from members of the Middle School community. Middle School Director Mary Dolbear noted that although many see rain as a symbol of bad luck, it is actually “a sign of nourishment and renewal,” and the Native American rain dance is one of celebration, much like the Closing Ceremony.
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Katherine Mayer, Katie Massie, Jennifer Fanning, and Lucia Gayley ❘ 2 ❘ Jordan Frye, Katherine Mayer, and Victor Mahdavi ❘ 3 ❘ Middle School Director Mary Dolbear and Mike Brunelli ❘ 4 ❘ Middle School Spanish teacher Jorge Senabre
A welcome by Head of School Rebecca T. Upham followed Dolbear’s remarks. Upham noted how resilient the Class of 2016 is, and how it has exempliﬁed the School’s motto of honor, scholarship, and kindness before introducing this year’s Faculty Speaker: English teacher Rachel Jamison, who had been chosen by the 8th grade students.
congratulates Tajwan Ahad. ❘ 5 ❘ George Ferridge and Chabelis Byamana
Jamison, who has been at BB&N for 12 years, spoke of her journey to get where she is today. She told the students that she wasn’t necessarily the best-behaved student when she was younger and never imagined she’d become a teacher herself. However, she now shares her “love of literature and learning with teenagers,” and it’s the connections she establishes with her students that keep her coming back every year. “Life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” Jamison remarked. Before their certiﬁcates were presented, 8th graders listened to two of their fellow classmates, Nicko Bernier and Maria Byamana, who encouraged them to aspire to make their dreams realities and use the independence they received in Middle School as they continue to grow. Byamana closed her speech with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Alumni/ae Spotlight on the Arts Film s Video s Theater s Photography s Books s Ceramics s Music s Design s Sculpture s Drawing s Painting s Architecture
Producing Director of Rogue Machine Theatre ❘ 1 ❘ Edward Tournier ’01 Edward writes, “It’s hard to believe I’ve been working as an actor for six years in Los Angeles. I’ve worked in ﬁlm, television, and commercials, but my pride and passion as an artist continues to be in theater. I am producing director of Rogue Machine Theatre, a company whose mission is to produce new works. I have found that working in the arts requires one to be tenaciously persistent and chameleon-like in versatility. These days you are more likely to ﬁnd multi-hyphenate artists: actor-producer-writer-whatever. The face of the industry is constantly changing, and we’re all having to adapt to the ubiquity of new technologies in our lives, but what remains constant is people’s need to gather ‘round the ﬁre and tell stories. For all the ups and downs, I feel blessed to get to work in a ﬁeld I love and tell great stories.” www.roguemachinetheatre.com On the Wall ❘ 2 ❘ Rachel Bers ’86 Layering shapes developed through the distortion of found scientiﬁc illustrations, Rachel’s recent large-scale collages depict quasi-narrative fantastical botanical scenarios. After earning an M.F.A. in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, she has worked in drawing, collage, soft sculpture, and installation to explore the intersection of gestural abstraction and symbolic representation; she recently had a solo exhibition at 443 PAS gallery in New York. In addition to her studio practice, Rachel is involved with the art world through her job as program director at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which makes grants to non-proﬁt arts organizations around the country. www.rachelbers.com Kitchencat ❘ 3 ❘ Robert Schelling ’78 Kitchencat is a daily cartoon about food and cooking. Friendly animal characters have fun with the things we say and do around food. The humor is sweet and optimistic and always friendly. Kitchencat is hosted by the cheerful cat in the chef’s hat, and features Hendrix, a hungry but upbeat mouse, and Degas, a dog that is exuberant about ﬁne cooking, wine, and art. If you and your people enjoy eating and being in the kitchen, these food-loving animals will seem familiar. The artist, Robert Schelling, has been variously described as a cat whisperer and as always thinking about food. Garry Trudeau, 12 16
the author of Doonesbury, describes Kitchencat as, “What happens when friendly critters get into good food and friends? These totally charming drawings say all…” Robert writes, “My cartooning began in high school, and over the decades of me being an artist it has been a chance to exercise brevity and a light line. In recent years my friends have encouraged me to bring the cartoons out to the public. Kitchencat is my offering.” www.kitchencat.com American Priestess ❘ 4 ❘ Jane Fletcher Geniesse ’54 Jane is a former reporter for The New York Times and is the author of two biographies and a novel. From her website: “During her travels in the Middle East, Mrs. Geniesse became interested in the legendary American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, once the grand mansion of American utopians who went to the Holy City in 1881 because they predicted to their followers that the Messiah would descend on the Mount of Olives that year. The hotel has long enjoyed a reputation for neutrality in the highly polarized Holy City and is still owned by the founder’s descendants. Its fascinating story illuminates 19th-Century revivalism, how it encouraged Zionism and the creation of the Jewish state of Israel, and the impact that has had on the people of Palestine.” www.janegeniesse.com Form + Place ❘ 5 ❘ John Rufo ’85 In July 2011, John launched his own architecture and planning practice with longtime colleague, Michael Wang. In the last ten years John has been increasingly active creating pastel paintings and oil paintings. His work appears in many private collections and is shown at the Page Waterman Gallery in Wellesley, MA; MPG Home Designs in Newburyport, MA; 100 Market Gallery in Portsmouth, NH; Summerhouse Furnishings in Rye, NH; and Studio Hop in Providence, RI. “In my drawings and paintings,” he writes, “I am primarily interested in composition and light. In college I often used photography for initial site response and composition. The visual subject of my work is typically a cityscape or landscape. This spring we built a treehouse for our daughters. When I ﬁnally stood atop the ﬁnished platform and started snapping
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pictures with my iPhone, a new kind of composition was begun. I had never really looked through a wood before from 15 feet above the ground....”
www.rufoart.net Game of Secrets ❘ 6 ❘ Dawn Clifton Tripp ’86 Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, Dawn Tripp’s ﬁction has earned praise from critics for her “thrilling” storytelling (People Magazine), her “haunting, ethereal” prose (Booklist), and her “marvelous characters” (Orlando Sentinel). She is the author of the novels Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared on NPR and online at Psychology Today. She teaches workshops on structuring the arc of a novel out of fragments of fact and ﬁction. She graduated from Harvard and lives in Westport, MA, with her husband, sons, and 80-pound German Shepherd.
Also leaving this year:
John Jorge: BB&N Custodial Supervisor
Antonio Balson Upper School Spanish
For 28 years, no visit to the Upper School has been complete without a “Big John” sighting. John Jorge (warmly known as “Big John”) has seemingly walked the halls of BB&N forever, arriving by 4 a.m. most days, making certain that everything students and teachers rely on for their day is working and in place. Easily recognized by his white, walrus-like mustache, and quiet smile, Big John is the sage grandfather from whom everyone can learn valuable lessons simply by watching. “Big John was as modest and dependable as one can be. He’s been a ﬁxture in the School for so long,” says longtime math teacher Mark Fidler. “In almost 30 years, I never heard him utter a complaint. Instead, he would always greet you with his smiling eyes. Nothing rattled him. He calmly took care of business.” A jack-of-all-trades and gardener-savant, Big John will be sorely missed.
Brian Staveley: Upper School English/History/Philosophy Teacher Whether teaching his class from a yurt he built on the athletic ﬁelds, organizing iron-man-esque endurance challenges, writing fantasy novels, joking with students, or just lending a compassionate ear in the hallway, Brian became an invaluable faculty ﬁxture during his nine years at BB&N’s Upper School. The 2012 teacher of the year (as voted by the students) will be a difﬁcult act to follow as he moves on to fatherhood, book writing, and other new challenges.
Colm Eliet: Lower School Academic Technology Specialist Beginning as a Lower School intern in Bev Malone’s Teacher Training Institute, Colm has worn many hats during his 14 years at the Buckingham Street campus. Although known as a Grade Two homeroom teacher and then academic technology specialist, his teaching reached beyond just the academic and took into account the “whole student.” Colm was equally at home participating in an impromptu kickball game as at a desk helping a child with his or her work. The painstaking and warm-hearted effort he put into the end-of-year slideshow (much to the students’ delight) was indicative of his attitude toward BB&N.
Ellie Cowen Grades Five & Six Math Jackie Deysher Assistant Director of Alumni/ae Programs Kristin Hornnes Grade Four Homeroom Andre Pelletier Grade Two Homeroom Ki Perry Director of Development Laura Prior Grade Three Homeroom Jamie Scavone Grade Five Homeroom Melanie Shaw Associate Director of Admission, Lower School Courtney Stokes Willett ’95 Assistant Director of Alumni/ae Programs Tricia Writer Grade One Homeroom Adrian Van Young Upper School English
David Strodel ’78
Milestones The following faculty and staff were recently recognized by Head of School Rebecca T. Upham for their years of service and myriad contributions to BB&N. 20 years of service: Tony Arruda, Lower School Maintenance Supervisor Sharen Bowden, Lower School Art and BB&N/MFA Coordinator Tony Breen, Middle School Assistant Director and Latin Kelley Kingman, Lower School Physical Education
25 years of service: Jack Denny-Brown, Grade Five Homeroom Betsy Canaday, Middle School English Chair Lynda Dugas, Lower School Morse Building Librarian Beth Jacobson, Alumni/ae Programs Brian Reasoner, Upper School Chamber Music and Orchestra Jimmy Troisi, Upper School Master Mechanic and Maintenance
30 years of service: Mark Lindberg, Upper School Theater David Strodel ’78, Upper School Science and Grade 9 Dean
35 years of service: Deborah Slade, Lower School Music and Arts Coordinator
Elka Rifkin Announced as Lower School Director BB&N is pleased to announce the appointment of Elka Rifkin as the next Director of the Lower School. Rifkin is a widely respected educator with more than 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary, and middle school teaching, program design, and administration. “What jumped out is the indomitable sense of joy that animates Elka’s philosophy, as well as her conversations and actions, about how to make a lower school a truly great place for children to learn and grow,” says Head of School Rebecca T. Upham. Rifkin most recently served as the Director of Lower School at the Ross School in Bridgehampton, New York, where she has been since 2008. Prior to that, she was an associate head of school at Morriss Center School in Bridgehampton, and an assistant head (and acting head for one year) at the Hampton Day School, where she had also been a curriculum coordinator for pre-nursery through 8th grade. “During my visit to BB&N, I encountered an enthusiastic parent body, faculty, and administration, all of whom are committed to this school and its bright future,” says Rifkin. “I look forward to getting to know the children better, and I am so very honored to join you all in the good work of educating our students for a complex and ever-changing future.”
BB&N GRADUATION 2012: Entering Nicholas Athletic Center for the last time ever as students, the Class of 2012 was a jumble of nervous energy. When they exited 90 minutes later, BB&N’s newest graduates wore beaming smiles of well-earned accomplishment. Student speaker Alexandra Sternlicht set the tone for the ceremony with a funny, personal, and at times touching speech reﬂecting on her tenure at BB&N as a lifer. Sternlicht confessed that as a freshman she was “afraid of being different…afraid of being vulnerable” and only when she threw caution to the wind did she realize how special BB&N was. “Something interesting happened once I let go. I began to appreciate my classmates and my school,” Sternlicht said. “I felt I could be myself for the ﬁrst time. I thought, ‘Who cares?’” Who cared? As it turned out, nearly everyone. Sternlicht referenced faculty, friends, and fellow classmates as she described the school she had come to love: s “Jen Nguyen, who motivated me and studied with me until 2 a.m. when I couldn’t bring myself to study for exams;” s “Lise Guerrier, who always handed out two-ply tissues when I cried, as she’s no doubt done to half of you;” s “Liam Flahive, because of you I will be brutally honest as long as I follow my statements with a hug.” Sternlicht also captured the spirit of the day with the words of the late, beloved Marina Keegan ’08, who wrote: “It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team…the opposite of loneliness…I’d say that’s how I feel.” Introduced by his son Robert ’12, esteemed MIT professor Dr. Robert Langer then spoke to the graduates about his unconventional journey as a
Peter Lehner and his grandfather Philip Lehner ’42 examine his diploma. ❘1❘
A CLASS THAT WAS “IN THIS TOGETHER” ❘4❘ head-in-the-stars scientist working on unusual problems. Langer talked about his attempts to discover a substance that could stop cancer blood vessels from growing and a method to release these substances in the body, noting that “I actually spent two years working on this project and I found about 200 different ways to get it to not work. But ﬁnally, I made a discovery that enabled it to work.” The moral, according Langer is: “There may be many times when you try to do something, that people tell you that it’s impossible…But I think that is very rarely true. I think if you really believe in yourself, if you are persistent and work hard, there is very little that is truly impossible.”
Head of School Rebecca T. Upham echoed those sentiments in her speech, and described a class ﬁlled with heart and spirit. “I especially thank you for the positive attitude, the good cheer that deﬁned this year,” Upham noted. “There’s a joie de vivre, sometimes zaniness, about the tone that I believe has come from you.” Musing on the future for BB&N’s latest graduates, Upham talked about emerging career trends and the increasing ﬂexibility required of young people entering the work force.
“There will be many times when you ﬁnd out something important—about yourself or the people closest to you, about your community or about the world’s needs. And some of those discoveries will cause you to change track, to reinvent yourself,” Upham said. “Don’t back away from that opportunity. Embrace it.” Guests were also treated to two beautiful performances by the BB&N Chorale, whose soaring harmonies lent the ceremony a poignant ﬂair. ❘7❘
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Head of School Rebecca T. Upham and Harrison Hill ❘ 2 ❘ Director of Multicultural Services Lewis Bryant and Nikoi Coley-Ribeiro ❘ 3 ❘ Ariana White, Laura Messenger, and Jennifer Nguyen. ❘ 4 ❘ Adalberto Arroyo, Yissel Guerrero, and Julian Correa ❘ 5 ❘ Natalie Kingston, Zoë Burgard, and Emily Bono ❘ 6 ❘ Katelyn Pan ’13, Catherine Hanss ’13, and Cheyenne Napier ❘ 7 ❘ Brian Leland and Jeff Silverstein ❘ 8 ❘ Michaella Bloom and Drew Townsend 21
PRIZES AWARDED IN 2012
THE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRIZE recognizes four seniors who have challenged themselves in the studio or in the performing arts and who have shared their passion for their chosen art form with the school community.
THE NICHOLS PRIZE is given in memory of former Headmaster Edgar Hamilton Nichols to the girl and boy athletes in the upper classes who, throughout the year, attain the highest distinction jointly in scholarship and athletics. Clifton Louis Cody Nicholas Jason DiChiara Carolyn Sun-Young Kwon
An independent and committed photographer, she has studied photography for four years at BB&N. She has reﬁned her camera work and her darkroom printing skills to a very high level. Drawn over and over to portraiture, her work is marked by insight to character, excellent composition, light, strong use of the environment, and beautiful evocation of mood. Madeleine E.S. Blackman Inquisitive and aspiring to musical excellence, this vocal musician asks questions in rehearsal that clarify technical and interpretive issues. She leads at both the early stages of learning a piece as well as in the more adventurous and challenging passages of works, making her fellow ensemble members stronger singers. Since her freshman year she has been a key contributor to eight drama and musical theatre productions, often the ingénue, but never content with repeating herself. Christine Anne Francis This recipient distinguished herself with an unassuming, tireless resolve for four years as an instrumentalist in Chamber Music and Orchestra and in the pit for the Winter Musical for three years. She was equal to the task as the ballast and timekeeper for the wind section in orchestra and the pit, and in leading various chamber groups with her nimble, complex ﬁnger work on the piano. For her excellence as a pianist and trumpet player: Natalie Lara Kingston During her four years creating art, this student has consistently challenged herself while making an impressive and vibrant body of work that includes drawing, painting, and mixed media. An inspiration to others, including her teachers, by always being unusually enthusiastic and generous in the studio, her interest in making art is part of who she is: an inventive, curious, and fearless risk-taker. Carly Jane Roberts THE DESIREE ROGERS KING FUND was created by Sherwood King in memory of his wife, a member of the Buckingham Class of 1936, who had a lifelong interest in the arts. The income from the fund is to be awarded annually to a promising student of the arts at BB&N. This year’s recipient is: Adon Terrell Wade-Curie ’15 THE JOHN B. PETROPOULOS ART EXHIBITION commemorates a great teacher and friend. The following students were chosen to exhibit in this year’s Petropoulos show: Madeleine E.S. Blackman ’12 Emily Reid Bono ’12 Skylar Marie Caligaris ’12 Ami Juliet Clifford ’13 Rachel Charlotte Goldman ’12 Michael Robert Henske ’12 Katharine Amelia Kettner ’13
Caroline Ann Lane ’12 Axel Antonio Lopez ’13 Tarika Narain ’13 Erica Pandey ’13 Lina Elizabeth Rebeiz ’13 Kathrine Elizabeth Reynolds ’13 Carly Jane Roberts ’12
THE PATRICIA H. BIGGAR PRIZE is awarded to students who have achieved a standard of excellence in performance, spirit, and leadership by example throughout their athletic careers. Aidan Parker Hartigan Danielle Elise Melia Eric McIver Olson Katherine Johanna Tang THE CLASS OF 1933 ATHLETIC AWARD was established by the Class of 1933 and is awarded to the best all-around boy and girl athletes in the graduating class, faithful in practice, skillful in play and, winning or losing, true to the highest ideals of good sportsmanship. Skylar Marie Caligaris Christopher John Florian Coady Matthew George Pugh
English THE GEORGE HENRY BROWNE ENGLISH PRIZE commemorates one of our School’s founders. A friend of Robert Frost, whom he several times invited to speak at the School, Mr. Browne was a highly esteemed English teacher, the writer of several books, and the headmaster of Browne & Nichols from 1883 until 1928. Appreciative of nuance, attentive to detail, and gracefully precise while challenging others, this student seamlessly connects the worlds of literature, history, and philosophy. She easily fathoms the greatest writers’ works, writes evocatively about real and imagined experience, and uses her mighty mind both in discussion and on the page to enlighten and inspire. Katherine Emily Berk This student has demonstrated eloquence both in class and on the page. What distinguishes her from her peers is her willingness to take risks: to ask the hard question, to be unabashed in her love of a text, to pursue her ideas beyond the realm of deadlines and class discussions. Her intellectual curiosity and sincere enthusiasm for reading and writing make her both an excellent student and an accomplished editor of The Spectator. Amelia Rose Marran-Baden THE PAUL M. JACOBS PRIZE was established by Mrs. Emilie K. Jacobs to honor the memory of her late husband, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The award is given to that member of Grade 10 who has shown outstanding skill in debating. Rachel Caroline Talamo ’14
History THE HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE TEACHERS’ PRIZE is awarded annually to the senior who has demonstrated exemplary achievement, commitment, and potential in the study of history and social science. Harrison Henning Stetler
GRADUATION 2012 Mathematics THE HARRY DAVIS GAYLORD PRIZE is given in memory of a former mathematics teacher to a deserving senior for outstanding work in the ﬁeld of mathematics. Joseph Peterson Hall
Science THE JEAN GORDON CAIRNIE CASTLES SCIENCE PRIZE was established in 1982 through a bequest from Mrs. Gordon C. Cairnie in honor of her daughter, Jean Gordon Cairnie Castles ’54, and is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional scientiﬁc ability in biological science. Alice Fischbein Berenson Natalie Lara Kingston THE JOHN H. WALTERS SCIENCE PRIZE is named in memory of John H. (Doc) Walters, who taught science from 1949 through 1989, and is given in recognition of sustained enthusiasm and effort in physical science. Elizabeth Yuan Zhang
World Languages THE HAMAAS ARABIC PRIZE is presented to a student who has proven to be mutahamis/mutahamisa (intensely enthusiastic) for Arabic language and cultures. Amelia Rose Marran-Baden
Upper School Arts Department Chair John Norton and Christine Francis ’12
THE CHINESE PRIZE: is given to the student who excels in the study of Chinese. Brian Chilvers Leland THE HELENE HERZOG FRENCH PRIZE is funded by faculty and friends of the former French teacher, and is presented for excellence in French and for consistent commitment to the study of French and French civilization. Harrison Henning Stetler THE JAMES ARTHUR REEVES LATIN PRIZE is presented for excellence in translation and comprehension. Priyanka Sen THE GEORGE DEPTULA RUSSIAN PRIZE is presented in honor of the founder of BB&N’s Russian program in 1956 and is given to a student who has distinguished him/herself by excellent academic performance in the Russian language and who has demonstrated a continuous passion for Russia and its people. Richard John Page THE SPANISH PRIZE is given to the student in the upper grades who excels in the Spanish language and who demonstrates interest and enthusiasm for Hispanic literature and culture. Alice Fischbein Berenson
Director of Athletics Rick Foresteire ’86 with Matt Pugh ’12 and Skylar Caligaris ’12
Citizenship THE HEAD’S PRIZE is awarded to those students in the graduating class who, in addition to being ﬁne scholars, have contributed generously to friends and the school community, and whose lives exemplify the School’s motto: Honor, Scholarship, Kindness. Loyal, determined, spirited and generous, the ﬁrst recipient of the Head’s Prize has invigorated our School with her leadership, bringing both openness and candor to our community. Indeed, one of the things we have come to know about this person is that she views BB&N like a big family. So, it’s not surprising that she has used her exceptional leadership to push us in that direction. A dedicated student, a courageous speaker, and an untiring co-president of student government, she makes all feel welcome and engaged in her efforts to make BB&N a better place. Alexandra Hope Sternlicht History Department Chair Gustavo Carrera and Harrison Stetler ’12
PRIZES AWARDED IN 2012
For the second recipient of the Head’s Prize, leadership seems to emanate from the core, its source rooted as much in his convictions as in his thoughts. Here is a person who leads by example, by spirit, by attitude. Kind, dependable, fearless, he has shown a markedly mature willingness to accept responsibility for his part of the educational process. His love for and pride in BB&N is well known. His selﬂess efforts—and talent—seen on the baseball ﬁeld also resonate through classrooms and hallways and even this assembly space. Indeed, these very qualities have helped deﬁne his co-presidency of the Student Council. Rhett Harrison Wiseman THE PETER K. GUNNESS PRIZE honors the founding Head of the School. With this prize, the Trustees honor him by honoring a student with high ethical standards, whose voice has made a signiﬁcant difference in bringing important issues to the attention of our community. Early in her Upper School career, this student emerged as a person of strength and commitment in the classroom, in our School, and in the wider world. Among this year’s graduating seniors, no voice has been stronger, more forceful, more frequently heard than the one informing and cajoling us to action over the plight of Africa’s Invisible Children. Jaclyn Rose Licht THE BARRETT HOYT AWARD was established in 1972 in memory of a student and is awarded to a senior who acts responsibly and represents his/her classmates and School with honor. With kindness and compassion, this prize recipient goes about her days with energy and enthusiasm. Although she never seeks credit for what she does—from cleaning up the Commons to counseling a classmate—she is there where she is needed, taking responsibility, being positive, and helping others. Madeleine E.S. Blackman This prize recipient has been a role model for many. She meets each challenge with determination, insight, and humor, and with a generous heart that brings her classmates and teachers along with her. She is a natural leader whose grace brings disparate people together. She is the kind of friend whose warmth has made BB&N a more welcoming school. Lise Kardie Guerrier THE ANNETTE JOHNSON PRIZE honors the memory of a student whose life exempliﬁed courage and commitment to scholarship. The prize recognizes optimism, perseverance, and dedication to the community and its ideals. This year’s prize winner regularly exhibits the courage of her convictions with a rare blend of gentle grace and a warm spirit. In her daily travels, she brings joy to everyone she encounters. We cheer for her magnetic personality, her unbending will, and her insatiable love for learning and for life. Cheyenne Alieka Nicole Napier THE MERIWETHER OTIS KIMBALL PRIZE, established in memory of a Browne & Nichols student, honors a senior who has used his/her talents to enrich the intellectual and extracurricular life of the School. 24
An enthusiastic BB&N ambassador, a dedicated Bivouac guide, and a spirited performer, this young man contributes to the school community with generosity and good cheer. Whether it is in the classroom, delivering a passionate statement about the arts at a class meeting, or touring a prospective family, all the world truly is his stage. He is a caring, compassionate young man who willingly shares his joy in being at BB&N with all around him. L. Harrison Hill THE LUBETS PRIZE was established by Richard I. Lubets, Browne & Nichols Class of ’51, in memory of his parents, to honor a student who has made an outstanding contribution during senior year. This young woman is a leader inside and outside of the classroom. Whether she is speaking to the senior class about the Senior Olympics or in the art studio trying to meet an exhibit deadline, her positive attitude and stunning work ethic can be counted on by her peers and the faculty alike. As senior class president she has carried through with each responsibility thoroughly and gracefully. Her leadership, scholarship, and creativity will be her lasting legacy to BB&N. Carly Jane Roberts Responsible, mature, and eminently capable, this young woman has been dedicated to BB&N and to the Class of 2012 since her ﬁrst day on campus. Over the past four years she has given much of herself— and her time—to the class. As a leader of the Student Activities Committee, yearbook editor, and Bivouac junior guide, she has been an integral force both on and off campus. She has worked tirelessly to create a memorable record of the class’ experience and offered a friendly face to welcome and guide the younger classes. Stephanie Victoria Uhlmann THE DAVID R. POKROSS PRIZE was established by the Pokross children and grandchildren to honor their father and grandfather, a former trustee at Buckingham Browne & Nichols. It is awarded to the student whose commitment to people in need best embodies the ideals expressed in the Community Service Program of the Upper School. Whether leading discussions on controversial issues within the BB&N community or training abandoned animals at The Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, this student brings deep empathy, genuine curiosity, and high ideals to all her endeavors. It is with these deﬁning qualities that she acts in pursuit of justice to serve and honor her community, regardless of the challenge at hand. Caitlin Elizabeth Danehy THE APRIL TERUEL PRIZE, given in memory of a former student, is awarded this year to a senior who is kind and understanding to his peers and has been an active participant in the life of the School. A conﬁdent scholar-athlete whose remarkable success in the classroom and the athletic arena is a testament to his drive and passion, this young man has contributed broadly to life at BB&N. Whether he is in the Honors Physics lab giving a presentation, on the river rowing his boat to victory, singing with the Knightingales, or simply talking with friends, his unassuming manner and consistent kindness permeate all he does. Tyrone Li THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRIZE, established by the late George Deptula, recognizes strength of character, sensitivity to the
GRADUATION 2012 needs of others, and willingness to use one’s education, talent, and time to assist those in need. Described by his classmates as “someone anyone can talk to,” this year’s prize winner reaches out to others, greeting each and every one with a big smile, an easy laugh, and sage advice. For his kindness and generosity to others, the winner is: Julian Correa
THE CRAIG B. STONESTREET ’49 PRIZE was established in 1991 by family, friends, alumni/ae, and parents to honor the memory of BB&N’s respected alumnus, teacher, administrator, and coach. The prize is awarded to a student of the junior class in recognition of high scholarship, excellence in athletics, constructive inﬂuence within the School, and is to be used for travel or other personal enrichment of an educational nature. Alicia Catherine Kaneb ’13
❘6❘ PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Alexandra Sternlicht and Rhett Wiseman ❘ 2 ❘ Upper School Director Geoff Theobald and Cheyenne Napier ❘ 3 ❘ Grade 11 Dean Beth McNamara and Stephanie Uhlmann ❘ 4 ❘ Grade 9 Dean David Strodel ’78 and Tyrone Li ❘ 5 ❘ Grade 10 Dean Peggy Payne and Julian Correa ❘ 6 ❘ Upper School English teacher Brian Staveley receives the Teaching Excellence Award from Mikaela Johnson.
Lifer Party Brings Seniors Full Circle Brushing away memories like cobwebs and squeezing into chairs much too small for comfort, 15 seniors spent an afternoon in the Morse Building, reminiscing about their journey at the School. The annual “Lifer” celebration reunites students who joined BB&N as a Beginner, Kindergartner, or First Grader with past teachers and the Lower School campus where it all began. Katy Berk Emily Bono Anthony Ferraro Ben Glickenhaus Alexa Horwitz Harry Lee Chris Mackey Asa Magdanz Amelia Marran-Baden Becca Nowiszewski Leah O’Farrell Harry Posner Alex Sternlicht Harrison Stetler Allie Zakon
Presenting the Class of 2012 Erin Elizabeth Aisenberg Adalberto Arroyo-Galarza Abhinay Ashutosh Adam Anthony Bakopolus* Marc Baselga Alexa Morgan Baumgartner Alice Fischbein Berenson* Katherine Emily Berk* Madeleine E.S. Blackman Eduardo Blanco Parisca Samuel Bendit Bloch* Michaella Lee Bloom Melissa Jill Blotner Kris Marie O’Malley Boelitz Danielle Marie Bonazzoli Emily Reid Bono Zoë Erika Elizabeth Burgard Skylar Marie Caligaris Natalie Alexandra Carthy* Harrison Joseph Choate Monica M.T. Chow* Nicholas Robinson Church Giselle Narcisse Clarke Jacquelyn Marie Cleary Christopher John Florian Coady Clifton Louis Cody Lisa Pauline Tesiero Cohn* Nikoi Coley-Ribeiro Daniel Patrick Connaughton Julian Correa Andrea Netty D’Souza Shiffaraw S. Dagnachaw Sahle
Caitlin Elizabeth Danehy Kristina Mary DeLeo Nicholas Jason DiChiara Rebecca Lindsey Epstein Pablo Andres Espínola Anthony Louis Ferraro Anthony Joseph Fiandaca William Hogan Flahive* Christine Anne Francis Madeleine Zsoﬁ Ghillany-Lehar Benjamin George Glickenhaus Rachel Charlotte Goldman Adam Joshua Gray Luke Fox Grifﬁn Yissel Amanda Guerrero Lise Kardie Guerrier Rebecca Margot Haley* Joseph Peterson Hall* Aidan Parker Hartigan Michael Robert Henske Jane Victoria Herman Sarah Sands Higgins L. Harrison Hill Callaghan Hewitt Holloway Katherine Rose Hopkins* Alexa Bryn Horwitz Stefanie Helena Hrabowych Olivia Lucile Hurlock Aidan Gray Iverson Mikaela Lena Johnson Alexander Jakob Julian Samantha Jane Kahn*
Haley Rose Kaloostian Jennifer Sarah Kaplan Jess Paul Karol Emilie Ariane Katz Benjamin Dyer Kimball Natalie Lara Kingston* Kyle Andrew Kirwan Chad Matthew Kohler Carolyn Sun-Young Kwon Caroline Ann Lane* Samuel Alexander Langer Charlotte Lee Leblang Kang-Hyuk Lee Scott Butler Lehman Peter Kim Lehner* Jeremy Edward Leibovitch Brian Chilvers Leland* Tyrone Li Jaclyn Rose Licht Sarah Elizabeth Lieberman Andrew Hans Little* Olivia West Lloyd* Lea Elizabeth Luniewicz Christopher Wilson Mackey Asa Paul Magdanz Amelia Rose Marran-Baden* Kerry Grace Matlack Andrew Johnston McConnell Danielle Elise Melia Laura Christina Messenger Corinne Lehner Milbury Henry Morgan
Cheyenne Alieka Nicole Napier Jennifer Nguyen Rebecca Ann Nowiszewski Leah Anne O’Farrell Eric McIver Olson Richard John Page Alexandra Paige Penta Harry Honda Posner* Matthew George Pugh Jonathan Quintero-Velez Carly Jane Roberts M. Francesca O’Connor Santucci Lindsey Brooke Segal Priyanka Sen* Jeffrey Stuart Silverstein* Alexandra Mary Stellati Alexandra Hope Sternlicht Harrison Henning Stetler* Katherine Johanna Tang Noah Emerson Stafford Todd Drew Clarkson Townsend Stephanie Victoria Uhlmann Margaret LeiNan Weathers* Ariana Theresa White Rhett Harrison Wiseman Allison Ruth Zakon Christopher Michael Zappala Danny Zhang Elizabeth Yuan Zhang* *Cum Laude Society
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Cheyenne Napier: Ate four to ﬁve bananas a day (more than 1,300 over the course of the year!) and maintained a web blog called bananabinge.
Harrison Choate: Read about Harrison on page 32.
Kate Hopkins: Slept outside in her backyard every night, rain or shine, for the entire year.
Scott Lehman: Completed 330 hours of community service during his time at the Upper School for a variety of organizations.
Abhinay Ashutosh: Won TYE’s Boston and Global Business Plan Competitions as CEO of Enerlyze, an in-home energy management company.
Carly Roberts: Senior Class President, aspiring artist, triathlete, and surfer.
Nick DiChiara: Long-snapping skills were featured on a YouTube video that went viral and has garnered over 79,000 views as of this printing.
Carolyn Kwon: Read about Carolyn on page 34.
Alexa Horwitz: Read about Alexa on page 30.
The lively Class of 2012, seen through the eyes of three seniors who captured its spirit “This is a funny, sentimental, and resilient class with the most spirit of any senior class I’ve seen in eighteen years.” The words of Grade 12 Dean Louise Makrauer aptly describe a group of students that has bucked convention with their pursuits, joie de vivre, and tremendous heart. Read on for just a few of the many student stories that typiﬁed an atypical class.
10. Jaclyn Licht: Spearheaded the
fundraising of more than $17,000 for the Invisible Children charity and met with two senators and two congressmen to lobby on behalf of the charity Resolve.
Alexa Horwitz: Matters of the Heart
On the eve of the second heart surgery in her young life, 11-year-old Alexa Horwitz ’12 felt understandably anxious. In spite of having had a small hole between the upper chambers of her heart repaired when she was 15 months old, the BB&N ﬁfth grader was due back on the operating table to address a moderate leak in her mitral valve.
“It was scary, the thought of being cut open in half was very frightening,” she recalls. As she lay in a bed at Boston Children’s Hospital, Horwitz was struck with a thought. “I felt that I’d love to talk to another kid who could have told me ﬁrsthand about what to bring to the hospital, what kind of food I’d be able to eat, if it would hurt me to walk the ﬁrst few days,” Horwitz says. “Although my cardiologist and surgeon were world famous and incredible, they couldn’t really shed light on that stuff as much. That was the element that was missing.” It was in that moment, among the intermittent beeps of monitors and the tangle of tubes and wires, that the Heart2Heart Teen Mentoring Program was born. Three years later as an eighth grader, Horwitz would submit a written proposal for Heart2Heart to Sara Conahan, director of development for the Children’s Hospital Trust. Shortly thereafter, Horwitz and a friend and fellow teen patient, Eliot Greene, would become the ﬁrst members of a pilot program designed to mentor and guide other kids through cardiac surgeries at the hospital. The program has now grown to include ten mentors and has profoundly improved the hospital-stay experience for patients ranging from three years old to forty. As a varsity athlete, editor-in-chief of BB&N’s award-winning Vanguard newspaper, and a dedicated student, Horwitz would seem prohibitively busy to allow for hours spent every week at hospital bedsides, but stopping her work with Heart2Heart has never occurred to her—even when she was considering colleges earlier this year. “I applied to schools outside of Massachusetts…but when it came time to open up those admissions letters, I realized in my gut that I wanted to stay closer to Boston for this reason,” says Horwitz. “Just because I love it so much.” Horwitz will matriculate at Tufts next year. The difference she is making in people’s lives reveals itself in surprising moments. There was the 15-year-old boy who had been in the hospital for weeks waiting to receive a heart. One afternoon, in the middle of watching the movie Avatar, he turned to Horwitz and said, “You know, you’re the only person here who I can hang out with and feel like a normal teenager again.” “We weren’t even talking about his heart,” Horwitz recalls. “We were talking about whether or not the people of Avatar Nation would ever win. And totally off subject, that’s what he said to me…and I was just struck.” Having a resource and friend like that is something Horwitz missed during her surgery stays, although she does recall feeling incredibly supported outside of the hospital. “I remember a lot of BB&N-related community support. I’m a lifer, so I’ve known a lot of people, and I remember just being touched by how supportive everyone was of me during that speciﬁc time…especially all my classmates.” Heart2Heart might be an unusual way for a senior to spend her free time, but Horwitz wouldn’t have traded it for the world. And as much as she has helped others, the beneﬁts she has received in turn made her BB&N tenure that much better. “I’d feel like I’d go to the hospital and spend time with an eight-year-old girl, and just braiding her hair…would put it all in perspective,” Horwitz says. “I knew I could go there and feel like there’s more to life than cramming for a test or freaking out about a Vanguard article coming in late.” 31
Harrison Choate: Ice Man
At ﬁrst glance, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about Harrison
However, a closer examination of that last item reveals an extraordinary picture. Choate isn’t just an athlete, he’s an internationally acclaimed athlete in an unheralded sport, ﬁgure skating. When he won this year’s East Coast Sectional Junior Figure Skating Championship, it was a gratifying culmination of the on-ice maestro’s 13-year journey. After being enrolled in hockey classes at age ﬁve, Choate didn’t take to it. “One day after practice I saw the ﬁgure skaters and asked my parents if I could try that instead,” Choate says. Since then, ﬁgure skating has become an integral part of his life. “It’s deﬁnitely shaped me as a person in a good way,” Choate muses. “It’s taught me so many life lessons—how to work hard, to manage my life, manage stress levels, and the experiences you get from competing and traveling around the world and meeting people from all different countries…a lot of people my age don’t get so lucky.”
Choate ’12. Like
His most recent win qualiﬁed Choate for Nationals next January, a stage very few skaters reach, let alone imagine. Although he appears to handle his craft and other responsibilities with grace and aplomb, it hasn’t always been easy.
many of the
Choate acknowledges that ﬁgure skating is an unusual choice of sport for a teenager.
graduates in the Class of 2012, Choate was an
“When I started at BB&N as a freshman, I tried to keep it a secret that I was a ﬁgure skater because I was kind of embarrassed by it. But it didn’t take long before people ﬁgured it out,” Choate says, laughing. “I mean, I was leaving every day in a hurry to go to the rink, and when people asked where I was going, and I said ‘nowhere,’ well, that didn’t last too long.” There were those who didn’t understand his passion, but BB&N turned out to be exactly the community he had hoped for to help foster his passion for skating.
“There were some people who weren’t that supportive, but for each person like that, there were inﬁnitely as many who were really supportive about it and thought it was the coolest thing I could do,” he says. “And the faculty and my parents were all really supportive as well.”
with a great sense
Never mind the social challenges (which Choate downplays with signature cool), the logistics of competing on an international level are borderline insane, as a glance at his daily schedule for the past four years demonstrates:
of humor and a
I wake up and either run on the treadmill or ride the bike and then stretch for a while.
I get to school and do homework for an hour before my ﬁrst two or three classes. Then someone picks me up during lunch and free block. I change in the car on the way to the rink and skate for an hour or two depending on how much time I have.
I come back to school for the rest of my classes, and then head back to the rink for another hour or two, depending on how much I’ve already done that day.
hand in many pots: Vanguard editor and writer, student tour guide, peer counselor, and athlete.
After School: I work out for an hour, go home, and do homework. All of this, ﬁve days a week including a half-day on the weekends, adds up to a true labor of love, but one in which Choate has thrived. In fact, Choate will take the coming year off to train for Nationals before attending Dartmouth in Fall 2013. And although placing well in Nationals would be great, Choate’s view is a long one. “I’m deﬁnitely not looking for a career in skating, but it will always be a part of my life because I enjoy it so much.” You can bet as he practices his long and short programs this summer, BB&N will not be far from his thoughts. “I’m really sad to be leaving, it was the perfect place for me. Nowhere else would I have had the support and sense of community I had here. It felt like another home.”
It was a frigid April morning when BB&N squared off against Belmont Hill in the 53rd annual Ducey Cup crew race. Per tradition, a high-
Carolyn Kwon ’12 remembers it vividly, and rather humorously. “She was clearly ﬂustered and started changing her pronouns.” It was a moment Kwon would quickly grow accustomed to as the ﬁrst female captain of a varsity boys’ sport at BB&N. “Seeing the other teams’ reactions has been interesting…they usually have a moment where they hesitate, and then you look at their eyes and see them thinking ‘what’s going on?’” Kwon says. “But I always just wanted to make sure that I was doing the best I could for the team and that they weren’t ever questioning my ability to lead. Because I think that’s the hardest part—trying to ﬁgure out if you’re doing a good job in your role.” It’s not much of a question anymore. As coxswain of the boys’ four third boat and co-captain of the team (along with Nate McLeod ’13), Kwon’s boat ﬁnished the year 11-1 and ﬁnished fourth in New England—“the best placement we’ve had in several years.” Kwon started as a freshman coxswain on the junior varsity, but by the end of the year she had worked her way up to varsity, and when she was nominated as a captain this year, she consented because “I wanted to give back to a program that I felt like I had gotten a lot out of.”
ranking Cambridge ofﬁcial led the ceremonial introductions, inviting
“Crew is one of those sports in which as captain you are given a huge responsibility because there is so much movement in terms of people coming from JV. You need to get to know not only your own boat, but the entire crew,” Kwon says. “I have to somehow win the respect of all these guys…building personal connections by talking to them, and spending time actually getting to know who they are and what makes them tick.” Most people understand rowing on a basic level, but the cox’s role is an underappreciated, complex, and vital piece of a successful crew. “There’s this saying that the coxswain is the brain of the boat, and the rowers are the brawn,” says Kwon.
the captains from each team to shake hands. Imagine the ofﬁcial’s surprise when she saw a diminutive female step forward among the other hulking male rowers.
Of course that’s a simpliﬁcation, but it’s not far off. The coxswain is literally the eyes, the ears, the rudder, and the voice of any crew shell, as well as the only prayer the backward-facing rowers have of successfully pulling their boat from start to ﬁnish. “You determine the race strategy. You have to choose the right words at the right time, and you cannot waver in what you say because rowers pick up on inﬂection and tone of voice,” Kwon says. “If you have a moment of self-doubt, you’re in trouble.” That lesson, a hard-earned conﬁdence, is the part of crew that Kwon took to heart and carried over to her many other pursuits at BB&N. And they were many: Vanguard photo editor, music leader for Voices of the Knight a cappella group, Diversity Committee member, Educational Policy Committee member, volleyball captain. Kwon plans to continue crew at Tufts next year, along with any number of the other interests she has honed at BB&N. No matter what endeavors she ends up choosing, she will be well served by her captainship experience. “That aspect of crew—that you can’t doubt yourself because other people are trusting you to deliver the right information—I think that idea can be applied to any ﬁeld,” Kwon says. “You can’t back down once you put your words out there. That applies in the classroom, or singing, or whatever.” 35
Advancing Our Mission
% Buckingham Class of 1962 Sets 50th Reunion Record! The Buckingham Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th Reunion this
Annual Fund Successes Thanks to more than 2,000 generous alumni/ae, parents, past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, students, and friends, the Annual Fund raised $2.65 million this year. An impressive 84% of the parent community and 21% of alumni/ae participated in the Fund, and BB&N 15th, 35th, and Buckingham 50th reunions set record-breaking totals of $13,750, $45,100, and $20,076 respectively. Dedicated alumni/ae, parents, past parents, and faculty worked tirelessly as ambassadors of the Fund by writing, calling, emailing, and texting their peers, and we are deeply grateful to all those who volunteered their time to enable us to achieve these results. The Alumni/ae OfďŹ ce is also pleased to announce that more than 60 alums volunteered to be a part of the new and transformed Class Agent program this year and worked with their classes throughout the year to increase participation in the Annual Fund. Gifts to the Fund are necessary to balance the operating budget because tuition and income from the BB&N endowment do not fully cover BB&Nâ€™s operating expenses each year. SpeciďŹ cally, this year the Annual Fund helped underwrite a number of initiatives that supported a program of academic excellence across all three campuses. These included: s .EW CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS DIGITAL PROJECTORS SMART BOARDS LAPTOPS I0ADS MacBooks, and active boards and camcorders s &ACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT s &INANCIAL AID s ! TRANSFORMED -IDDLE 3CHOOL 3CIENCE 0ROGRAM s )NTEGRATION OF ,OWER AND -IDDLE 3CHOOL MATH PROGRAMS
Thank you for making every day at BB&N extraordinary!
May and set a goal to achieve a new Buckingham 50th Reunion recordâ€”and they did! Four members of the Class of 1962â€” Ellen Frost, Roz Gorin, Trina Grantham, and Pam Jacksonâ€”led the giving effort and with pluck and persuasion, they talked with other classmates to create a challenge grant that would generate $20,000. A stream of letters and phone calls followed.
6th Grade Parents Achieve 100% Participation in Class Gift for Daycare Center Under the leadership of Jennifer Epstein Pâ€™18, â€™20 and a committee of other sixth grade parent volunteers, 100% of parents in the class contributed $44,025 through their Sixth Grade Gift to support BB&Nâ€™s initiative to create an onsite Daycare Center for BB&N faculty and staff. For the past seven years, the Sixth Grade Gift program has provided a special opportunity for parents in the class to show their appreciation to the faculty who have played an important role in the lives of their children during their time at the Lower School. Previous class gifts have supported the Sixth Grade Fund for Lower School Faculty, which has funded various initiatives to beneďŹ t Lower School faculty. This year, the committee and parents chose to direct their gift to the Daycare Center project that will beneďŹ t faculty and staff on all three campuses. (See article on facing page for more information about this special initiative.)
Classmates responded with generosity and affection for their alma mater and for lifelong friendships. The class raised $20,076 and can boast a participation rate of 83%. The previous record was established by 1954 with a gift of $13,486. Not only did 1962 set a new standard but they outdid the men of 1962 in a friendly side wager.
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Sixth Grade Gift Committee Chair Jennifer Epstein Pâ€™18, â€™20 presents class gift to Lower School faculty members Caitlin Drechsler and Jamie Scavone, who have led the Daycare Center initiative over the past several years.
BB&N Plans Onsite Daycare Center for Faculty and Staff Onsite daycare has long been a dream and request of BB&N faculty and staff, and the School hopes to make this dream a reality as soon as sufﬁcient funds are raised. Over the past year, a number of alumni/ae and parents, including all sixth grade parents through their class gift effort, have stepped forward with gifts and pledges totaling more than $550,000 toward the estimated project goal of $850,000 needed by December 31, 2012, so that the Center can open by Fall 2013. The Case for Support Providing high-quality onsite daycare for our faculty and staff would send a very strong message that we value their talents and contributions to our community. Onsite daycare also has strategic implications for BB&N as it would make a difference (and be a differentiator) in the recruitment and retention of faculty. For many faculty, access to convenient and affordable daycare that operates during hours compatible with their daily and academic-year schedule has become a crucial factor in their decision to accept a position at BB&N, or to return to their teaching or administrative position after having a child. The convenience of onsite daycare would positively impact BB&N’s teaching mission. It will improve the quality of life for our employees who are parents of young children and who travel a great distance to BB&N due to the high cost of living in the Cambridge/Boston area. Not only would these teachers’ overall stress be reduced considerably, but their availability for extracurricular responsibilities such as meeting with students, families, and colleagues would increase. Current Plans Our current plans are to renovate space on the ground ﬂoor of our 46 Belmont Street campus to accommodate up to 36 infants and toddlers depending on the space conﬁguration selected. At present, there are several possible options being considered for space conﬁgurations ranging from 2,700 to 3,200 square feet. In addition to the interior spaces, the plans include an outdoor activity area most likely on the southwest side of the building immediately outside the daycare space. Priority for spaces in the Center would be given to BB&N faculty and staff. The Center would be operated as a cooperative, with operational decisions (including costs, hiring of staff, hours of operation, and programming) made by a board comprised of parents of enrolled children. It is anticipated that the cost of running the Center would be fully covered by the fees charged to enrolled families, with no ongoing obligations to the School’s operating budget. For more information about the BB&N Daycare Center project, including project plans and a short video with faculty perspectives on the importance of this Center, visit www.bbns.org/daycare. To make a gift to help us reach our fundraising goal, visit www.bbns.org/donate (select Daycare Center under Special Initiatives on the second page). For additional information, contact Janet Rosen in the Ofﬁce of External Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-800-2729).
Interior rendering of BB&N’s proposed Daycare Center
Advancing Our Mission
Senior Class Achieves 100% Participation in Class Gift
The Class of 2012 Senior Class Ambassadors took on
Becca Nowiszewski, Co-Chair
an incredible challenge of matching last year’s 100%
Rhett Wiseman, Co-Chair
participation set by the Class of 2011. Through the Ambassadors’ hard work and energy, they met their goal just in time before graduation.
2012 Senior Class
Natalie Carthy Julian Correa Monica Chow
Throughout the year, the Ambassadors learned about what
it means to be a BB&N alumnus/a from their involvement in a variety of projects including writing alumni/ae
proﬁles, attending Alumni/ae Council meetings, and
composing thank-you letters to Annual Fund donors. The
group also sent care packages to the most recent class of alumni/ae, the Class of 2011.
Yissel Guerrero Lise Guerrier
The culmination of the year’s work for the Ambassadors was the Senior Class Gift project in which the Class of 2012 met the record of 100% student participation. In addition to learning about the beneﬁts
Alexa Horwitz Tyrone Li
of being a BB&N alum, they also learned about the importance of giving back to the School. Olivia Lloyd Similar to recent years, the committee thought that it would be effective and fun to utilize school
spirit as a way to encourage participation in the Senior Class Gift. Therefore, the Ambassadors
arranged to give every senior who donated to the Gift a pair of Class of 2012 neon sunglasses. Through their diligent and enthusiastic outreach to classmates, this year’s Ambassadors helped the Class of 2012 raise $1,026.37, which was generously matched by the Senior Class Parents to total $2,052.74. Congratulations to the Class of 2012 on this accomplishment in your ﬁnal year at BB&N!
Becca Nowiszewski ’12 and Rhett Wiseman ’12 present Senior Class Gift to Head of School Rebecca T. Upham, representing the amount raised by the class and the parents’ match as of the May 30 Senior Dinner.
Senior Parents’ Gift Supports Faculty and Families Thanks to the generosity of 98% of parents in the Class of 2012, more than $550,000 was raised through this year’s Senior Parents’ Gift Program to support a variety of BB&N programs and priorities. Under the leadership of co-chairs Karin Lieberman P’96, ’09, ’12, Cory Little P’12, ’20; and Mary Zappala P’08, ’12, a dedicated committee of parent volunteers reached out to other senior parents to seek their support for this special fundraising initiative in honor of their senior’s graduation. Of the $563,368 contributed by senior parents this year, $400,626 was designated for the Senior Parents’ Fund for Faculty and Families, which will enhance BB&N’s endowment for faculty compensation and ﬁnancial aid. An additional $144,625 supported other capital or endowment initiatives, and $18,117 was directed to the 2011-12 Annual Fund.
Senior Parents’ Gift Co-Chair Karin Lieberman proudly presents a check to Head of School Rebecca T. Upham for the amount raised as of the May 30 Senior Farewell Dinner.
We are truly grateful to all those who demonstrated their gratitude to BB&N through their participation in this special effort!
Jenny Fiol Birch ’87 Financial Aid Endowment Fund Established We are excited to share the news that Jeanne Fiol Burlingame has made a very generous gift to BB&N to create a new endowment fund in memory of her daughter, Jenny Fiol Birch ‘87. This fund is intended to endow in perpetuity the spendable fund established in 2007 by the Class of 1987 and others on the occasion of the class’ 20th reunion. Both the endowed and spendable funds honor Jenny’s memory and her experience in Italy during her senior year, and are intended to support the expenses for ﬁnancial aid students wishing to participate in international trips through the School’s language and academic program departments. We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Burlingame for her vision and commitment, which send a message of inspiration to the greater BB&N community as they support the School’s diverse student body and the wide-ranging academic curriculum for which BB&N is known.
Watch this fall for BB&Nâ€™s Community Engagement Report to learn more about the Schoolâ€™s impact on the surrounding area
1938 Buckingham Class Secretary: Lydia (Phippen) Ogilby 617-484-1048
1939 1940 1941 Buckingham Browne & Nichols Detours, the autobiography of Henry Southwick Maxﬁeld, is a collection of true stories, told chronologically, written not only for his heirs but primarily as a personal discovery. Charles P. Slichter (Champaign, IL) writes, “Our son, Daniel, received his Ph.D. in physics at UC Berkeley last fall and is now a postdoc at NIST in Boulder. His wife, Yolanda, is a postdoc at U of Colorado in biostatistics. Our son, David, is an economics grad student at U of Rochester.”
1942 Buckingham Enid Clarke Winchell (Lincoln, MA) writes, “Just welcomed our second great granddaughter into the family—I feel so fortunate to have lived this long—and grateful!”
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Richard S. Alles 978-825-0186
1943 Buckingham Marjorie Moerschner (Newton, MA) writes, “Last fall I visited Cuba with a National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsored group under a license from the U.S. Government. The focus was on Cuban restorations of their beautiful old buildings—and to meet the Cuban people. The people were very friendly, the trip very educational and enjoyable. Last summer I had a nice visit with Alice Foss Brown and Harriet Foss Koch ‘45.”
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Robert N. Ganz, Jr. 202-966-9095 email@example.com
Class Agent: John P. Chandler Bob Ganz (Washington, DC) reports as follows; “I’m writing this on Memorial Day and we’re still here in DC continuing to pack up books and papers so that we can sell this house and move to Martha’s Vineyard permanently. I had hoped we’d be further along by now. But the process has been interesting as well as arduous. I’ve found several issues of the B&N Spectator and our yearbook in 1943…also many back issues of the Bulletin. We never throw anything away, which is why the current cleanup is taking so long. I also recovered the ﬁne history of the School, Two Schools in Cambridge, written by Tom Eliot ‘23 and a letter that the headmaster, Warren Seyfert, sent out to us in 1944, the year after we graduated and went into the service, conveying then current news of the School. Many letters from schoolmates, especially from Jim Powers ‘42, have turned up. It’s been good to get dates straight on when things happened. After the spring issue of the BB&N bulletin, Kirk Bryan ‘47 emailed me. I hadn’t noticed how many members of his class at both schools I happened to mention in my class report. Kirk said that he was planning to be on hand for his 65th Reunion this Strawberry Night. (Next year will be our 70th.) He reminded me of the time when he and his wife got becalmed off our Vineyard shore 30 or so years ago and were taken care of by my mother. Another ‘treasure’ that we’ve turned up in the sifting of papers was a February 12, 1932 issue of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin (all of about 40 pages in those days!) containing an article by Kirk’s father, Kirk, Sr.—then an associate professor and father of four young children—about the previous summer’s expedition into New Mexico run by The Harvard Field School in Geology. One of the 17 students was my wife Anne’s father, Henry Hotchkiss, then a student at Yale, which association is why we have this document. Kirk Sr. ended his article by saying that in the course of that summer experience in the ﬁeld, ‘difﬁdent boys grew into men.’ The late Henry Hotchkiss went on to have an interesting career principally in the oil ﬁelds of the Middle East. One’s past doesn’t always just disperse but also re-gathers itself. And so, last month, we were able to have Kirk’s sister, Margie Bryan Davis ‘49, over for dinner. She’s now living in retirement in Arizona after a distinguished career as a professor of ecology at the University of
Minnesota. Not much more than a week ago we dined with classmate, Bob Whitman and his wife, Marina, and discussed the very new book, Turing’s Cathedral, by George Dyson, son of the great physicist, Freeman Dyson. The book is about the pioneering work in computer science that Marina’s father, John von Neumann, successfully undertook just after WWII, not long before I ﬁrst met Marina. Dyson spent a fair amount of time looking over ﬁles in the Whitmans’ basement in Ann Arbor. Marina’s own memoir is coming out in the fall. I also had a nice long phone conversation with Margaret Alden Carver ‘44. She came to the last Golden Oldie’s October luncheon, which, alas, we weren’t able to attend. In my discussion, a while back, of Margaret’s Brown Street neighborhood, I forgot to mention that my college classmate, the great composer, librettist, singer, and comedian, Tom Lehrer, has lived for many years near the corner of Foster and Sparks Streets, a block west of Brown Street and just across from where Mr. Shane had his grocery store in Margaret’s day in the 1930s and a bit later. Last week was my 65th Harvard Reunion. We missed being with classmate Johnny Chandler, whose macular degeneration made his participation impossible. I found that we all had aged a good deal since our 60th, but perhaps, partly for this reason—we’ve become much nicer to each other. The Irish poet, W.B. Yeats, wrote that “bodily decrepitude is wisdom.’ While at the reunion I crossed paths with Ann Taylor Roosevelt ‘44. She was also at her 65th but regrettably the Harvard and Radcliffe ‘47
Detours, by Henry Southwick Maxﬁeld ‘41 Detours
classes still don’t quite get together for their reunions. I received another of Jim Powers’ well-written and wellargued letters, in which he contrasted the physical plant of the School in our depression-era time—consisting mainly of the building on Garden Street, the gym, and the lower school building, a one-story, ﬁve or six room, pre-fab from c. 1930s—with what is the case now that the campus resembles, as Jim said, ‘a junior college.’ In Tom Eliot’s history of the School there is a photo of the school members taken in 1913 in front of the upper school building on Garden Street. In the ﬁrst row is John Hodges ‘19, aged about 12. At Strawberry Night in 1946, the ﬁrst one after WWII, during Hodges’ term as headmaster, when all 15 or so of us were standing, drinks in hand, on the lower school porch, it suddenly dropped about a foot: a fair indication of the state of the buildings and grounds before Edwin Pratt took over. The death of old friend and Harvard classmate David Wheeler, father of Lewis ‘87, was a shock, since despite our living most of the time many miles apart—we had kept up with each other so steadily for almost 70 years beginning when we took basic infantry training in 1943. I gather from Lewis that the celebration of David’s remarkable career as a director of plays—that took place about two weeks ago at the Loeb Theater in Cambridge—was appropriately ‘wonderful.’ The death in February of Dan Gerould ‘45 was another shock. I appreciated, though, the ﬁne account that was printed in the Bulletin of his professional life—furnished, I’m guessing, by his affectionate colleague, Frank Hentschker, executive director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City. In Dan and David, we lost this winter two remarkable students of drama! As I must have mentioned previously, Dan, his wife, Jadwiga and son, Alex, visited us on the Vineyard the summer before last. Woody Smith’s middle child, Kent, died a few months ago in Buffalo. He is survived by his daughter, Isabelle, as well as his father, his brother, Mark, sister, Lisa, and niece, Jamie. Kent was a good friend of mine and also of many others, a fair number of whom circled around the Smith family in the days right after his sudden death.”
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Class Secretary: Melvin H. Chalfen 617-864-7965 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nancy (Maguire) Hoffman (Lakeland, FL) writes, “I have moved in with my younger daughter in Lakeland, Florida. I enjoy being with four of my 11 grandchildren—20, 18, 15, and 6. It’s good to be in a lively house.”
Class Secretary & Class Agent: Ann (Simmons) Butler 617-926-5315 firstname.lastname@example.org
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: George Hansen, Jr. 781-934-2946 email@example.com Cal Magruder (Cambridge, MA) writes, “I have continued to sing in the choir of Christ Church, Cambridge, as we celebrate the 250th year of our parish.”
This from Nancy Ames English (Bethesda, MD): “My lifeline to you guys has been my semiannual visits with Grogan—always fun—we walk and have lunch and catch up—and as you undoubtedly know, she was here a couple of weeks ago. Also talked to Mary a month or so ago. I hear a lot from Peter Ames ‘48, who lives in Chile with his Venezuelan wife, (they moved a couple of years ago from Florida) and he writes bad mystery
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Buckingham Class of 1947 Celebrates 65 th Reunion - ANN SIMMONS BUTLER Dear Classmates of Buckingham 1947: Four of us got to the 65th Reunion: Mary Coit Drury, Liz Menzel Davis, Laura Richardson Payson and me. Grogan Hadley Dunbar had seen both Mary Taylor Sherrill and Nancy Ames English very recently. Both of them are very well, but tied down with ailing husbands. Still need proof that we are aging? Mary’s big news is a granddaughter, born this year. Liz still plays the viola with lots of friends; Laura told me at dinner that the reunion was one of the only times she has spent on the town, as it were; Liz took her overnight! Simmy takes pastel lessons, and boy, does she need them! Some of us may have missed the notice of Marge Springer Tunick’s death (June); Barbara Means Wilson is now gone after years of suffering from an accident with a horse. Possum and Loomie seem irreplaceable to me! Ann Landis McLaughlin is ﬁne, but had a class she teaches around Chevy Chase and could not cancel. Lydia Hurd Smith was away opening her summer estate, and missed the fun. Maybe she forgets that we are brother and sister (Twelfth Night). Please keep in touch with those you love...remember, our 70th Reunion will be in 2017!
Browne & Nichols Class of 1947 Celebrates 65 th Reunion - KIRK BRYANT Strawberry Night gave me an appreciation of all that has been accomplished at BB&N in recent years. It was great to see Norm Hansen and Igor Blake and Bob Dole from the Class of ’46. Buckingham ’47 had an impressive turnout and it brought back a ﬂood of memories to meet some of my schoolmates (pre-B&N) at Peabody Elementary School on Linnaean Street in Cambridge: Mary Coit, Ann Simmons, Elizabeth Menzel, and Ruth Hadley.
- NORM HANSEN It’s always been interesting to me, in these recent years, that any group of us, regardless of the number, who happen to be together for whatever time and occasion does always make a “reunion.” Such was it this May at Strawberry Night at the School. Igor, Kirk and I go back a long way together and it was great to be with them again on that occasion. 45
S AV E THE DAT E ! G O L D E N A LU M LU NC H EO N Saturday, September 29 – 12 Noon, Gerry’s Landing Road, Cambridge
Please join us in celebrating all Browne & Nichols and Buckingham Classes of 1929 through 1962— with a special emphasis for those in a reunion year—Classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, and 1958.
Jan and George Nelson ‘57 with Dick Chalfen ‘60
Harriett Koch ‘45, Judith Starrett, Peter Starrett ‘49, George Olesen ‘54, and Maureen Olesen
novels which he somehow publishes for next to nothing and sells minimally online via email which is fun. “Our local daughter, Catherine, is battling metastasized breast cancer (bones and lung lining) and going through chemo at the moment, but is remarkably upbeat and normal— you would not know anything is wrong—she’s quite amazing. Her oldest of two daughters graduates from high school in a couple of weeks. Susie, up the Hudson, is currently in three art shows—and she and her husband continue to have a specialty painting business —they sort of live on the edge of a cliff because it’s often feast or famine—but they are great. Anyhow, you probably don’t need all this— I’m playing tennis, walking, can no longer sing in the chorus because it’s evening rehearsals so I can’t get out—but I did go to some of the Met operas shown in the movie
theaters this winter, and a ballet the same way (amazing) and to one of our local theaters (matinees). Have taken up weekly bridge with a neighborhood bunch of fellow tennis players—so am getting some social life with the ladies.” Ann Landis McLaughlin (Chevy Chase, MD) reports, “Simmy—Ann Simmons Butler—called me yesterday to describe the Reunion of several of us 1947ers, which I was unable to attend. It sounded wonderful. I have two new novels out since I last wrote A Trial in Summer and Leaving Bayberry House. I’m struggling to ﬁnish number eight, but the end seems endless. I have two cunning grandchildren in San Francisco and my daughter, Ellen McLaughlin, has just performed a play that she wrote, Penelope. I am startled to realize that I and my dear classmates graduated from Buckingham almost 65 years ago. Warm greetings to all.”
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Norman E. Hansen 978-834-6655 email@example.com
1948 Duncan Smith 978-536-9539 firstname.lastname@example.org
1949 Buckingham Class Secretary: Johanna (Larson) Perry 650-344-0862 email@example.com
Browne & Nichols Class Secretaries: George G. Lingenfelter, Jr. 508-648-5283 firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel H. Silver 617-625-2404 email@example.com
1950 Buckingham Class Secretary: Virginia (Angevine) Fuller 617-489-0639 firstname.lastname@example.org
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B&N Class of 1952 Celebrates 60 th Reunion - GORDON LUNN & BOB DOLE -
Class Secretary: Trentwell M. White 540-788-9889 email@example.com
The B&N Class of ’52 was represented by Gordon Lunn and Bob Dole. Unable to attend, Charles Morrissey sent the following message:
Pete White (Catlett, VA) writes, “I am planning my annual foray to the environs of Manomet, MA, where I understand the natives remain relatively friendly and the lobsters and fried clams (with bellies, of course) are still toothsome delights. Will be thereabouts from August 6-17, hoping that other hoary members of B&N ‘50 will contact and arrange possible rendezvous. Am working this with Jon even as we speak and perhaps his presence might encourage you to join us! Whether or not your aged frame can be coaxed into journeying to the Cape area, would love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ﬁnd out what you’re up to, if you’re up to being up to anything these days! Should you be interested, amazingly enough, am still at my Chamber of Commerce work and still have part-time job installing signposts for realtors. Cheers, all.”
I’m sorry I can’t attend the 60th.
1951 1952 Buckingham Class Agent: Louise Slater Huntington 207-725-5657 email@example.com Eva Jane Neumann Fridman (Sudbury, MA) writes, “It was delightful getting together with Buckingham classmates at our 60th Reunion at BB&N. I have been happily living in Sudbury, MA, since 1963, enjoying my view of the river and the wildlife. My four cats and 30 years of Samoyed dogs also are having a grand time. I have been working as a psychotherapist, mostly in a private practice since 1958, and continue to do so currently. In the 1980s I went back to Harvard and then to Brown to get a doctorate in anthropology, which has brought me into the most
To my ’52 Classmates,
That one year at B&N changed my life. I graduated from Newton High in June of ’51, but by late August family circumstances prohibited any opportunity for college. Craig Stonestreet (B&N ’49) a neighbor, fellow sand-lot inﬁelder, and a great advisor during my high school years, suggested I spend a year at B&N. Reluctantly I accompanied him for an interview with Ed Pratt who made it clear that I probably wouldn’t be able to compete in the classroom, or on the playing ﬁeld. However, with school opening on the following Tuesday he had just learned of an opening and a school job if I would like to try it. I fell for it. It became the most important day of my life. I ended up with a full scholarship to Colby where I played three sports; a three-year tour as an ofﬁcer in the Air Defense command; and acceptance to HBS in 1960. (I will be back for my 50th Reunion there at the end of May.) Some of you may recall I cofounded Tim Share Corporation in Hanover, N.H., in 1965 to commercialize Dartmouth’s development of the BASIC computer language, and to deliver online computer access to the K-12 market. Houghton Mifﬂin acquired us in 1978. Our family moved to California where I became an advisor to venture capital ﬁrms. I joined the faculty at UC-Irvine in 1984; and became a full time prof at Pepperdine in 1989. I enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Drucker School at Claremont University in 1990 and received my degree in 1996. I will retire from Pepperdine this year as Emeritus Professor of Strategy. You were great teammates and friends, and I will never forget you. ~ Charles A. Morrissey
wonderful places in the world—Siberia and Mongolia. My research has been on the re-emergence of Shamanism in the post-Soviet period, and my book, Sacred Geography: Shamanism Among the Buddhist Peoples of Russia describes my research done shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I am currently putting together a book of my research done in Mongolia from 1999 to 2004.”
Browne & Nichols Class Agent: Robert Dole, Jr. Anton Kuerti (Toronto, Canada) continues his worldwide concert tours. The past year has taken him to Australia China, Belgium, Mexico, and many destinations in North America. His ﬁrst—and so far only—grandson was born in June 2011. A longtime resident of Toronto, he also runs a 47
Buckingham Class of 1952 Celebrates 60 th Reunion - REUNION COMMITTEE: LOUISE SLATER HUNTINGTON & JUDY WOLFINSOHN PARKER During the spring, Judy Wolﬁnsohn Parker and Louise Slater Huntington enjoyed conversations and emails with many members of the Class of 1952. We wish we could have had you all with us when our little group of ﬁve gathered together the evening of May 12th at the BB&N campus on the Charles River. We met in the lobby of BB&N’s Upper School with crowds of very young-looking alumni/ae and were quickly greeted by a group of old friends from the Class of 1947, all of them looking very hale and hearty. After a talk about the school by Head of School Rebecca Upham, the whole alum group sang Jerusalem before adjourning for dinner. Our class had its own table in a quiet corner of the library. Besides Judy and Weezie, we had Marjorie Morando Cairns, Eva Neumann Fridman, and Sylvia Teele Harper. We were all very happy to be together, and we looked back at our 50th Reunion, when 14 of us had a wonderful dinner Judy arranged for us. Thanks to all of you for continuing to share your lives with us. We know we are all very lucky our parents chose such a ﬁne school for us. Ann Pottinger Saab wrote about her visit with her son Georges and his family in Palo Alto in May. Georges travels a lot (he is going to India in April to speak at a conference run by Oracle); then in June they are off to Sweden for the summer. My spring teaching ends May 2, but a in a moment of madness, I agreed to do a summer school course. In Palo Alto, the family took a trip to Big Sur, camped in a redwood forest, enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day dinner at historic Big Sur Inn, and went to SF for a Giants game. After a brief return to NC, Ann was off to Spain for a wine tasting tour with a group of friends. We were sorry to miss having Julie Hotchkiss Knobil with us, but she wrote from Houston. She will be in Harpswell, ME, again in the summer. Anne Birch Hughes almost managed to be at the reunion, but not quite. She writes: “My main news is that I have a second great-granddaughter, Leila, half-sister to Saﬁya who will be 4 next month. My oldest grandson, Alex, who is a London bobby, is engaged to a young lady who has just had a novel published by Penguin. They visited us at my summer place in Wareham last year.” Betsy Wood Gardiner’s husband Dick has been having serious back trouble and Betsy was unable to be at reunion.
Other small messages arrived as we contacted classmates for the reunion. “Allie can’t come, has mild emphysema, and doesn’t ﬂy. Kitsy can’t come; it’s too far from Florida and her husband isn’t very well. Dede can’t come, has early Parkinson’s.”
Caroline Wild Norris had family responsibilities in Virginia in May but wrote, “I am still teaching fulltime, a Visiting Professor at Emory & Henry College, a small liberal arts college in the mountains of SW Virginia. I am teaching a required ethics course. My only travels are occasional jaunts west to see my children in Phoenix and San Francisco and other relatives across the Midwest and Paciﬁc Northwest; it’s just a very quiet life.” This year I am devoting more time to digital photography and keep acquiring new skills, which is very exciting. Otherwise, I returned to England last March for another wonderful visit and staying with Clover Southwell in London. Both she and Gay Schroeder would have liked to attend the reunion but were unable to get away. Both of them are well and busy. I so enjoyed our reunion dinner in May, fascinating company and delicious food. I only wish more classmates could have joined us. I also toured the impressive new additions to the main building. The theater and art studios left me green with envy! Midge and Weezie loved spending the night after the reunion dinner with Sylvia at her home in Rockport, MA. ~ Louise Slater Huntington
concert series and a youth orchestra there. You can visit his website at www.jwentworth.com/kuerti/.
1953 Buckingham Class Secretary: Janet Baker-Carr 508-460-7210 firstname.lastname@example.org Lee Ginsburg Herbst (Chicago, IL) writes, “My husband and I continue to split our time between Chicago and Tucson. We are both active in University outreach programs in both cities. It is nice to have the time to partake of events during the year that we were too busy to enjoy when we were younger. We will do a little travel this year with visiting friends in Ireland and doing a Galileo adventure trip to Italy. Janet Clarke-Irwin and I have talked about trying to reune our class. Despite its size, we seem to spread across the country.”
Browne & Nichols Tom Fitzgerald (Aurora, CO) writes, “Friday, April 20, I was involved in the ‘First Pitch’ ceremony at Fenway when they celebrated their 100th birthday. My grandfather, John F. ‘Honey Fitz’ Fitzgerald, was Mayor of Boston when the park opened on April 20, 1912. To remember his presence of 100 years ago, the Red Sox invited me, his grandson, and Caroline Kennedy, his greatgranddaughter, to be a part of the ceremony. In the picture that I sent, I’m to the right of Mayor Menino and Caroline is to the left. I have two grandsons in the BB&N Lower School: Ronan Fitzgerald, who is in grade 5 and Tristan Fitzgerald in grade 2.”
Jack Grinold (Brighton, MA) shared with us Edgar Knapp’s book of personal and biographical essays about friends, teachers, and family members, including many from Browne & Nichols, entitled, Hanging the Portraits and Other Exhibitions. Ed concludes his author’s foreword with the following: “And, so dear reader, borrowing Edna Millay’s ﬁgure in Sonnet 11 from Fatal interview, in which the speaker would bestow “cowslips in a hat” or “apples in her skirt” I call as children do, “These apples are for you!”
1954 Buckingham Class Secretary: Nancy (Hoadley) Fryberger 617-924-8921 email@example.com Liz Jochnick (Cambridge, MA) writes, “On recent babysitting trips to Washington, DC, I managed to ﬁt in lunches with both Anne Whitelaw and Ann Rose Davie, both members of Buckingham Class of 1954. We had a great time catching up on what we have been doing during the past 50 plus years. It was great to see them again.”
1955 Buckingham Class Secretary: Susan (Harwich) Pollock 781-862-4768 firstname.lastname@example.org
1956 Buckingham Class Secretary: Ellen Smith Giblin 802-382-9856 email@example.com ❘3❘
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ (l to r): Caroline Kennedy, Mayor Menino, and Tom Fitzgerald ‘53 at Fenway Park for the 100th birthday celebration ❘ 2 ❘ Jack Grinold ‘53, Bowdoin College ‘57, congratulates Adam Bakopolus ‘12, Bowdoin ‘16, for his Scholar Athlete Award from the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. ❘ 3 ❘ Buckingham ‘54 gathers in Cambridge. Standing: Karen Thimann Romer and Liz MacMahon Jochnick. Seated: Sue Welsh Reed and Mary Wild Roy. ❘ 4 ❘ Buckingham ‘54 at Legal Seafood (l to r): Nancy Fryberger, Liz Jochnick, Sue Reed, Karen Thimann Romer, and Mary Roy.
Browne & Nichols Eleanor (Littleﬁeld) Hunter (Cumberland, ME) writes, “I was visited on a beautiful May day by the newlyweds, Ellen and Tom Giblin. Great fun! Ellen and I talked nonstop well into the evening with Tom patiently taking mental notes. In the morning Tom cooked breakfast for us. What a treat! Ellen and I sang duets at the piano! Tom and Ellen are supremely happy! Wonderful to be with them! Many ‘happy trails’ to you guys! And do plan to return anytime!”
Class Secretary: Betsy (Baum) Vickers 802-785-2994 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Arthur Shurcliff 617-625-1685 email@example.com
Class Secretary: Mark B. DeVoto 781-395-1872 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Secretaries: Richard M. Chalfen 617-227-1534 email@example.com
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Class Secretary: Douglas R. Jackson 801-733-9301 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Secretary: Joan (Floe) Holdgate 508-228-2680 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Deirdre McCloskey (Chicago, IL) is receiving four honorary degrees this year, adding to the two she already has. Doctor Honoris Causa in the History of Capitalism, Copenhagen Business School, April 19, 2012; Honorary Degree of Humane Letters, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, May 12, 2012; Honorary Doctorate, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala, August 16, 2012; Honorary Doctorate,
August 16, 2012; Honorary Doctorate, Jönköping University, Sweden, September 28, 2012.
1961 Buckingham Class Secretary: Linda (Thimann) Dewing 401-728-5974 email@example.com
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1962 Buckingham Class Secretary: Katharine (Barnett) Grantham 805-640-9635 firstname.lastname@example.org Katharine Herzog (Glastonbury, CT) writes, “Life much the same. Still doing what we were doing previously in the Hartford, CT, area. Al and I have two daughters and four grandchildren, all in Massachusetts! Not much to report except that I had a ﬁne time at our 50th Reunion festivities. It was wonderful to reconnect with those who returned for our Reunion, however, I ﬁnd it quite shocking that it has been 50 years since we graduated!”
The Almy Society The Almy Society recognizes those individuals and families who have made provisions for BB&N through their wills, personal trusts, or life income gift arrangements. Many alumni/ae, faculty, parents, grandparents, and friends of BB&N have already notified the School of their visionary generosity, and we thank them for recognizing and supporting the future needs of our beloved School. Almy Society members join a long and valued tradition of legacy giving following in the footsteps of Charles and Elizabeth Almy, who generously bequeathed their residence to the School. Legacy gifts of any size contribute greatly to the vitality of the School’s future. Membership in the Almy Society provides you with numerous benefits including invitations to special events, periodic mailings updating you on charitable gift legislation and opportunities, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference in the future of BB&N.
Thank you for considering your legacy at BB&N. For a confidential discussion, please contact: Dudley Blodget ❖ 617-800-2787 ❖ email@example.com ❖ www.legacy.vg.bbns
John Simon ’80 Receives BB&N’s Distinguished Alumnus Award John Simon ’80 returned to BB&N’s Upper School on May 10 as the recipient of the School’s Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. John accepted the award at an Upper School assembly where he encouraged students to take the ﬁrst step in trying to make a difference in the world. John’s resume is long and distinguished: B.A. from Harvard, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and managing director of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital ﬁrm that has spawned several high tech and medical start-up companies. What makes him such a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, however, is his longstanding commitment and successful work in philanthropy and community service. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, John volunteered with the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Then, ﬁnding nothing comparable in England while attending Oxford, he founded KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), a program to teach tennis to youth with disabilities. KEEN is now an international program with eight sites in the U.S. In 1990, Simon and a friend started the Steppingstone Foundation in Boston—an organization that prepares and allows underprivileged students to attend independent schools. This program has been very successful in identifying and supporting hundreds of students over the years to attend outstanding schools such as BB&N. John started a new venture in 2003 called The Greenlight Fund, which identiﬁes model community organizations in other cities and replicates them in Boston. Since 2003, John and The Greenlight Fund have established ﬁve new non-proﬁt organizations in Boston, which serve thousands of youth. John has maintained a strong connection to BB&N over the years. As a student, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Vanguard and was awarded the Browne English Prize, the Reeves Latin Prize, and the Nichols Prize. He has served as a BB&N trustee and was the featured speaker at the BB&N Business Lunch Forum in April 2007.
Caroline Good ’92 Honored as Inaugural Recipient of Young Alumna Achievement Award Head of School Rebecca T. Upham had the pleasure of presenting the ﬁrst-ever Young Alumna Achievement Award to Caroline Good ’92 at Strawberry Night on Saturday, June 12. This new award recognizes recent graduates who are making outstanding contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers reﬂect the importance of the education they received at BB&N.
Abigail, Matthew, John Simon ’80, Armen Dedekian, and Susan Simon
Caroline is currently a researcher and scientiﬁc consultant living in Washington, DC. As an adjunct research professor at Duke University, she continues to work with colleagues at the Duke Marine Lab where she received her Ph.D. in marine ecology and worked as a post-doctoral researcher. Caroline’s active projects include assessments of right whale calving and foraging habitats globally, an examination of historical records detailing large whale migratory routes, a review of marine species associations with ocean temperature fronts, and an investigation of the spatial overlap of whales and ﬁshing gear off Massachusetts. In the audience for the award presentation were Caroline’s parents Fred ’64 and Susan Good, her sister Jessica Good Smith ’96, many of her classmates, as well as many of her former teachers, including Tish Biggar and Linda Kaufman. During her visit back to campus, Caroline was also able to visited the Honors Biology class taught by Melissa Courtemanche. Fred Good ’64, Jessica Good Smith ’96, Caroline Good ’92, Sue Good, and Head of School Rebecca T. Upham
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Class Secretary: Philip K. Elliott 617-242-7837 firstname.lastname@example.org
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1963 Buckingham Class Secretary: Elspeth (Eustis) Taylor 617-868-0727 firstname.lastname@example.org
1964 Buckingham Class Secretary: Caroline Howard 617-864-4729 email@example.com
Margaret R. Loss and Charles W. Dewing plan to marry in Cambridge on June 16.
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Charles A. Atherton 978-263-9360 firstname.lastname@example.org
Browne & Nichols Class of 1962 Celebrates 50 th Reunion - REUNION COMMITTEE: ANDY ADAMS, BOBBY CLARK, PETER FINN & STEVE SOHN Strawberry Night was moved forward to May this year so that returning alumni could see sports and students in action. The new classroom facilities made us very envious. “Study Hall” for us was right out of Dickens! John Barbera had to bail out at the last moment but sent his regards. Steve Sohn could not attend due to his son’s graduation from law school. Thank you, Steve, for all your help on the committee! And we would like to thank Mr. Brisbois for coming to our reunion to represent all the great teachers we had at B&N.
I think the most memorable thing about the reunion was the dinner that was held in a separate area upstairs in the new building. People were mingling and there was a great deal of laughter. Bobby Clark brought up our infamous ski trip and athletic triumphs were relived.
Thank you all for your gifts to the school. They will be put to use at a great school. Finally, thank you, Beth Jacobson and Dudley Blodget of the Alumni/ae Ofﬁce for putting it all together. P.S. I made a blanket apology for any misbehavior on our part a long time ago to the Buckingham ladies who were having their own reunion in a separate area. ~ Andy Adams
Buckingham Class of 1962 Celebrates 50 th Reunion - REUNION COMMITTEE: ELLEN FROST, ROZ GORIN, TRINA BARNETT GRANTHAM & PAM HARDEE JACKSON It is so hard to believe 50 years have lapsed since our graduation and yet when we got together for a weekend of activities at school and off campus, our connections were strong, vivid, and full of laughter. We were fortunate to enjoy the attendance of some who had been part of our class at one time, but did not graduate with us. Our only regret was that not everyone was able to attend. The fourteen who came missed you very much. Our Friday luncheon with the Vanguard editor and her editorial staff was exceptionally interesting as this group was articulate and open in response to our questions about the school today and they in turn enjoyed hearing about our experience 50 plus years ago. In the afternoon at 80 Sparks Street, Margaret Sandoz Hardy ﬁlled us in, with a lovely sense of humor, on what the school is like today from the faculty perspective. Pam Hardee Jackson hosted us for a delicious dinner at her home in Boston. As we sat in a large comfortable circle, memories ﬂooded forth with no inhibition as to what we felt then and how we see it now. There is nothing like a little age to put teen years in perspective. Roz arranged for a full tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Saturday morning. Remember those chorus concerts in the spring when the atrium was full of daffodils? Our next event was the Strawberry Night reception and dinner at the Upper School campus. Yes, we met the Challenge Grant goal. Our class was specially recognized by Rebecca Upham, Head of School. Thank you everyone who contributed to this. Wow! The B&N boys were impressed by not only this accomplishment but also our energy and enthusiasm. Roz Gorin gave us a full brunch on Sunday with all possible goodies at her house. The morning was gorgeous, so we gathered on her patio overlooking her garden. Roz found her Packets going back to all our years at Buckingham, so we enjoyed ﬁnding old photos, compositions, and poems. Roz and Kathy Gregg with drama read aloud from our 1962 yearbook. This brought on gales of laughter and a lovely ﬁnal memory of our weekend together. Thank you to Ellen for putting assembling our reunion report and to Pam and Roz for hosting meals and some of us overnight, but also for being a great team for putting this special weekend together. And yes, we love our class tote bags! ~ Trina Barnett Grantham
1966 Buckingham Class Secretary: Lenore (Gessner) Travis 781-259-0901 email@example.com
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Lawrence M. Schell firstname.lastname@example.org
1967 Buckingham Class Secretaries: Frances Atherton 510-437-1236 email@example.com Joanna deVaron Reynolds 720-226-5238 firstname.lastname@example.org
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary & Class Agent: George P. Kacoyanis 978-468-4845 email@example.com
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Class Secretary: David M. Banash 617-527-5359 firstname.lastname@example.org Class Agent: Peter Rossetti, Jr.
1969 Buckingham Class Secretary: Mary (Whiston) Moura 617-308-5290 email@example.com
Roger Sturgis (Stow, MA) writes, “Just bought a tree company to go with my landscape business of 44 years. Opened a satellite ofﬁce in Belmont in 2011. It took me a while, about 30 years, but I am really proud that I went to B&N.”
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David Minot writes, “We (wife Marjorie, son Joshua, and I) live in Jericho Center, VT, with two horses, two dogs (black lab and a small mutt), and a cat. Josh is off to Hampshire College next year with his interests in communications, community supported agriculture, and environmental engineering. He graduates from Vermont Commons School in June. Marjorie part owns and all runs an upscale salon and spa in downtown Burlington. I am a ﬁnancial advisor and am part of a 10-person team at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Burlington. We work with families and not-for-proﬁt entities in 30 states. I enjoy life at work and at home alternating between managing wealth and ﬁxing things at home; with appliances, cars, a diesel tractor, horse fences, and various yard equipment something always seems to be in need of maintenance or repair. Fortunately, the Internet has most of the answers. Last January we traveled to New Zealand for my niece’s wedding. She is the daughter of my brother Ed Minot ‘66; having grown up in Ed’s family in New Zealand and now being wed to a New Zealander, she is a certiﬁed Kiwi. I am looking forward to our next Reunion, having immensely enjoyed the last one. There is nothing like experiencing friends from our youth with grown-up perspectives. Warm regards to all.”
Class Secretary: Christine Hill Smith 303-702-9793 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Secretary: Cynthia Chace 781-749-2598 email@example.com
Class Secretary: Thomas K. Blake 617-484-3346 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Secretaries: Roger B. Sturgis email@example.com Richard E. Waring 617-484-7895 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Secretary: Erica Lenk Emmet 978-448-1448 email@example.com
Class Secretary: Ethan E. Jacks firstname.lastname@example.org
Browne & Nichols Class Secretary: Mark E. Satterﬁeld 770-640-8393 email@example.com John Dowse (Marlborough, MA) writes, “I moved to a log home in Marlborough in May of 2010. It’s my favorite place that I’ve ever lived. It’s only a twominute walk to my church. I’m retired so I don’t have to drive to Cambridge on a daily basis. Life is great, give me a call at 508-877-3423.”
1974 Class Secretaries: David J. Moore 603-471-1256 firstname.lastname@example.org Class Agents: Gregory J. Pano Earle S. Tutunjian
1975 Class Secretaries: Stephen Francis 617-690-2665 email@example.com Brenda Gross firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Emerson (Amherst, MA) continues as Department Chair of Social Sciences with 120 faculty at Kaplan University. Kaplan is a nationally accredited university with more than 75,000 online students and physical campuses in 12 states. He is also directing National Archaeology Day events for the Western Mass. Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. Come out to Amherst this October for National Archaeology Day (10.20.2012). Matt’s son, Ian, who is graduating from Amherst Regional High School in June, is attending Oberlin College this fall.
Buckingham Class of 1972 Celebrates 40 th Reunion - ERICA LENK EMMET Thirteen members of the Buckingham Class of 1972 gathered at Annie Hoffman’s house Friday night for a wonderful pot luck dinner. Everyone contributed something, including guacamole with avocados from a California farm, Chatham smoked blueﬁsh, deviled eggs from a Needham henhouse, as well as homemade soup and baked goods, Attending were: Gail Avery, Helen Brinkerhoff Langone, Anne Brisbois Denna, Barbie Butler Foster, Annie Hoffman, Danielle Jeanloz, Wendy Katz, Emily Kittredge Hummel, Erica Lenk Emmet, Ellen Mann Wyman, Susanna Peyton Campbell, Ann Sussman, and Andrea Wagner. We enjoyed a convivial evening catching up and reconnecting with old friends and were amazed by the common threads that weave through our lives. We lasted well into the night and this photo was taken after a few people had already peeled off. We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout next time. Thanks, Annie, for hosting us!
Browne & Nichols Class of 1972 Celebrates 40 th Reunion - ETHAN JACKS Thanks for our B&N Class of ’72 stalwarts— Herb Colby, Steve DeMiao, David DiBeneddetto, Jed Diehl, Chris Funkhauser, Michael Glendon, Ethan Jacks, and Bill Rappleye—for coming to our 40th Reunion. It was great to see our Buckingham friends as well as the amazing new spaces and resources at the Gerry’s Landing Campus. Let’s all stay in touch.
This year Ian had a lead role in the annual ARHS musical Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit and has also recently qualiﬁed for the Western Massachusetts Track ﬁnals in the 100m event. Matt’s wife, Julie, continues to excel as Lab Coordinator and Instructor in Biology with over 100 students per semester at Amherst College.
John d’Arbeloff (Belmont, MA) writes, “Hope all is well. Expect a big old turnout of Class of 1978 next year…the big 35 and yes, it will continue at the d’Arbeloff house as always!”
Class Secretary: Nathalie Russell 617-926-8602
Class Secretary: Nancy R. Gair 617-795-5962 email@example.com
Class Secretaries: Randi (Stempler) Chen 408-395-5443 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna S. Donato 413-796-2977 email@example.com
Class Agent: Patricia Simboli
Cathleen (Howard) Holmes 508-358-0815 firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Coles Ryter 617-823-2550 email@example.com
1981 Class Secretary: Suzanne (Balise) Holmes 781-894-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org Class Agent: Adam Balogh Eric Beinhocker (London, England) writes, “After 20 years at McKinsey & Company, I recently took a new job as Executive Director of
PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ John d’Arbeloff ‘78 adventuring in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas ❘ 2 ❘ Jumping for Joy, photo provided by John d’Arbeloff ‘78
BB&N Class of 1977 Celebrates 35 th Reunion Great to see fellow alums Nancy Gair, Nina Gurewich Mayer, and Todd Harrison at the reunion! Hope many more come back to our 40th, or sooner. ~ Barbara Greenberg Denton
Tory Bresnahan ‘06 and Luke Johnson ‘05 Sam Brownell ‘03, Megan Gmelin, Mary McManmon, Robert McManmon ‘00, and Dan Carroll ‘03
BB&N VISITS WASHINGTON, DC BB&N made its way to Washington, DC, to kick-off a week-long tour of seeing alums in Washington, DC, and New York City. On Monday, March 26th, 11 recent graduates in the DC area joined us for the DC College Dinner at Clyde’s of Georgetown. Of the 11 guests, nine were from our most recent alumni class, the Class of 2011. The young Romelo Nafarrete, Milya Phillips ‘99, and Rajat Banerjee ‘99
alums enjoyed getting out of the dining hall, reconnecting with their former BB&N classmates, and having BB&N join them in their new city. A reception for all alums in the DC area occurred the following evening on March 27th at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana. We were joined by a wide range of generations of alumni including grads from the Browne & Nichols Class of 1943 all the way through the recent BB&N Class of 2007. All alums were happy to have the opportunity to catch up with former classmates and friends, and to meet new alumni/ae in the DC area. Our alums were joined by two esteemed Cambridge guests: Head of School Rebecca T. Upham, and Middle School History Department Chair Bill Rogers. The alums in attendance learned more about the recent successes and future goals for BB&N
Bill Rogers, Middle School History Department Chair, speaks to alums in DC
from Rebecca Upham. Bill Rogers gave an overview of the BB&N history department across all campuses and his perspective on how the school has changed and improved since he ﬁrst joined the school in 1974 when BB&N had just merged. Many thanks to all of our alums who were able to join us and we are looking forward to seeing you at our next Washington, DC, event soon! If you are looking to get involved with the DC Regional Association or have recently moved to DC, let us know! Email email@example.com
Melissa Maitin-Shepard ‘02, Julianna Nagy ‘01, and Caroline Buddenhagen ‘02
Bekah Ross ‘07 and Sam Bean ‘07
Phil Simonides ‘83, Josh Nanberg ‘92, Jenny Petrow ‘92, Caroline Good ‘92, and Bill Rogers
the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford (INET@Oxford), an interdisciplinary research center at the Oxford Martin School working on issues such as economic growth, inequality, ﬁnancial system stability, and sustainability. I’m very excited by my move to academia. Initially I will focus on research but eventually I’ll do some teaching, too. My wife, Tilly, and daughters, Anna and Clara, and I will continue to live in London and I’ll do the commute to Oxford. I’m also planning to bring my single up and do some rowing there. Look forward to seeing BB&N friends when I come to Boston for all those academic conferences!”
Class Agents: Elizabeth S. Cahn Sarah M. Hodder John A. Hope Tracy Rubin Huebner J.K. Nicholas Jennifer W. Owen Clarence G. Willliams, Jr.
Class Agent: Eric M. Hoagland firstname.lastname@example.org
1989 Class Secretaries: Keri-Anne (Gill) Laidlaw 781-620-0178 email@example.com Geoffrey Pardo 617-492-3312 firstname.lastname@example.org Class Agent: Wendy Falchuk
1982 Class Secretaries: Alison (Koff) Arnstein email@example.com
Ali Gifford Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert A. Cohen 203-662-0676 email@example.com
Leverett L. Wing 617-285-5050 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannine Privitera 781-641-3434
Adam Cohen and Jendi Reiter are proud to announce Shane Steven Cohen, born on April 7, entrusted to them in adoption on April 9. They look forward to teaching him this ditty from Mr. Gill’s Middle School Latin classroom: Osibili, si ergo Fortibuses in ero Nobili, demis trux Sewatis enim? Cowsendux!
Hilary Lowe Long (Santa Barbara, CA) writes, “We just celebrated the ﬁrst birthday of our second daughter, Mia Juliette Long, at the end of April. Her
1983 Class Secretaries: Kevyn G. (Barbera) Fusco 781-729-5517 email@example.com Mark P. Leeds 914-610-1790 firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer (Borden) Mikell 802-863-0351 email@example.com
Class Secretary: Beth B. Whitlock 978-443-6945 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Secretaries: Kristen (Gill) Reynolds 617-846-4043 email@example.com
Alice Reich (Wynnewood, PA) writes, “I had a great time at Strawberry Night. The School is unrecognizable from 30 years ago.”
Class Secretaries: Carla (Tacelli) DiRuzza 781-286-2827 Elizabeth G. Terry 617-489-1644 firstname.lastname@example.org Class Agent: John Stonestreet email@example.com
Class Secretary: Serena Satyasai 415-921-2116 firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 14, 2012, the MBTA Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Rachael Splaine Rollins, the current General Counsel of MassDot, as General Counsel of the MBTA. This appointment is effective immediately. Rachael is the ﬁrst woman to ever hold the position of General Counsel at the MBTA, and now jointly serves as General Counsel for both MassDot and the MBTA.
Class Secretaries: Katherine Nicholas Ronan 617-738-0322 email@example.com Eric S. Jacobson 610-240-4859 eric.jacobson.wg01@ wharton.upenn.edu Class Agent: Allegra Wechsler Lowitt
Commercial real estate lawyer Fran Mastroianni and environmental and energy lawyer Maura McCaffery announced on May 11, 2012, that they have established a new law practice, Trilogy Law LLC, with an ofﬁce at 12 Marshall Street in Boston, MA.
1988 Class Secretary: Betsy Ludwig Abdallah 44 780 176 2390 firstname.lastname@example.org The Beinhocker family
BB&N Class of 1982 Celebrates 30 th Reunion - ALISON KOFF ARNSTEIN The Class of 1982 had a wonderful time celebrating our 30th Reunion at Strawberry Night. Twenty-two members of our class attended, accompanied by about twelve spouses/partners and a handful of children, as well as three former faculty members. Several people came from out of state: Lucy Hodder from NH, Alice Reich from PA, and Kerry Clancy Zochowski from NJ. Our group included four people who had left BB&N before graduating: Josh Berlin, Sam Atkinson, Ben Mazer, and Marianne Pugatch. The locals from across Massachusetts who showed up were John Lowenstein, Sean Valenti, Shaun Duffy, Ross Fitzgerald, Ethan Curren, Aaron Gilbert, Matthew Whitlock, Alec McKinney, Tia Horner, Kate Brassert, Debbie Cohen Strod, Jill Litner Kaplan, Dominique Vachon Winn, Alison Koff Arnstein, and Lisa Cohen. Our Emeritus faculty guests were Armen Dedekian, Peter Varkonyi, and Maureen Baker (mother of our classmate Amy Baker), who had taught a few of us in Kindergarten! We even had a few members of the Class of 1981 join us during the evening for a drink and a chat. It was great to see everyone and catch up after three decades. We hope even more classmates will celebrate the 35th with us!
Los Angeles - LA Kings vs. Boston Bruins On March 24, 2012, a group of Southern California BB&N alumni/ae descended upon Staples Center to cheer on the then-defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins against this year’s eventual champion, the Los Angeles Kings. Alumni/ae ranging from the Class of 1968 to the Class of 2006 enjoyed VIP hospitality and a great meal in a private room just steps from the ice. To top off a great evening of seeing old friends and making new ones, the Bruins won 4-2! Attending were: Doug Rosen ’68, Alex Gitter ’85, Ed Murphy ’85, Thad Wharton ’94, Amanda Hall ’95, Edward Tournier ‘01, and Oliver Nordlinger ‘99. Thank you for the Alumni/ae Ofﬁce for sponsoring this event! ~ Ed Murphy ‘85
favorite person in the world is her big sister Zara, who recently turned 3. I have enjoyed being a stay-athome mom since Zara turned 1. We are all quite happy still living in Santa Barbara, CA.”
1991 Class Secretaries: Sara (Ciotti) Bavaro 781-237-3646 email@example.com Julia P. Kennedy 617-926-9266 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agents: Aberre C. Broome Caroline Schaefer Del Col James E. Riley, Jr. Kimberly Ablon Whitney
1992 Class Secretary: Michael W. Schnitman 781-489-5407 email@example.com
1993 Class Secretaries: Meghan G. Barry 206-285-2459 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Zara and Mia Long, daughters of Hilary Lowe Long ‘90
BB&N Class of 1987 Celebrates 25 th Reunion - LISA LEVY SHAUB I don’t know if you have seen the pictures from Strawberry Night 2012 but the Class of 1987 really has stood the test of time. Between the two events we had around 40 classmates from all over the country, from Minnesota to Florida and
many places in between.
25 years!?! To see our class, it would be hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed. Perhaps it was something in the water at BB&N all those years ago—but frankly everyone looked fabulous. And just as fabulous were the beautiful new facilities of Buckingham Browne & Nichols. The school looked lovely, perhaps a bit different, but absolutely stunning. We mingled with the likes of Mr. Stacey and Mrs. Kaufman and alumni/ae from every era, and then headed up to our assigned classroom (the sleek new Chorale Room) where we all caught up with each other. The room was full of upbeat energy and lots of laughter. Mr. Dedekian stopped by to say hello—in Russian, of course! We enjoyed a Friday night casual party at the lovely home of Gen Cremaldi—who not only hosted us all but cooked an INCREDIBLE meal. Did you know that we have two class members in the beer industry? Noa Boynton Staryk has a brewery in Wyoming called Snake River and Peter Gladstone works for Sam Adams. They both donated a bevy of beverages for the evening. Needless to say, it was a very fun evening and a great way to start off o ur reunion weekend. It’s funny how after all these years it felt so comfortable to see the familiar faces we grew up with. If you were not able to join us this time around we look forward to seeing you for our 30th, where I’m sure we will all be looking even more fabulous.
Presenter Leah Cataldo and Ki Perry
Tim Bassett ‘04 and Jaclyn Bassett catch up with Leah Cataldo
NEW YORK RECEPTION After a few days in Washington, DC, the Alumni/ae Ofﬁce headed to New York City for our annual reception. It was great to see many familiar and also new alumni/ae faces this year at the BB&N in NYC Reception on March 28th at the Cornell Club. Guests were eager to reconnect with old friends, share BB&N memories, and to meet fellow alums. All alumni/ae in attendance enjoyed the presentation by Upper School Science Department Chair, Dr. Leah Cataldo. Dr. Cataldo shared many of the recent updates and changes to the science department at BB&N over the past few years, including many new course and extra-curricular offerings for students. She helped to illustrate that there are now many ways for all students to be involved in the sciences. Jackie Deysher and Katherine Thorpe ‘00
Many thanks to the Co-Chairs of the New York Regional Association, Clarence Williams ’85 and Katherine Thorpe ’00, along with the entire Regional Association for their help in coordinating this spectacular evening. If you are looking to get involved with the NYC Regional Association or have recently moved to New York, let us know! We are always looking for new members in the New York area. Please email email@example.com. The week ended with the BB&N College Dinner in NYC on Thursday, March 29th at Otto Pizzeria. Thank you to Tanzila Ahad ’10, Ariel Levin ’09, Grace Taylor ’08, Mike Vanger ’08, and Luke Vargas ’08 for joining us, and we hope to see you all again soon.
Bill Rome ‘79 and Clarence Williams ‘85
Michael Bucuvalas ‘66, Martha Bucuvalas, Woodie Haskins, and Clarence Williams ‘85
Jason Harburger ‘98
BB&N Class of 1992 Celebrates 20 th Reunion - JEFF MANNION As you can gather from the class photo below, most everyone is smiling except for Giancarlo Pisani and Matt Henning. However, I did catch the two laughing right before being instructed to sit. The picture is proof we are generally a happy class. I am convinced that everyone felt it was a great evening, and left amazed that 20 years had passed. In fact, many of us are in agreement that Alex Cote looks like he could still be walking the halls with a backpack; he was in the anti-aging skincare business for a short stint. Ethan Maniatis is ﬂying high for JetBlue, as second-in-command while locked in the cockpit (or, did he say serving cocktails). Mike Schnitman was sporting some fancy, presidential-like shoes, and was smiling as usual. And, needless to say, the women in our class clearly have some impressive genes. Alex Grossman is a doctor, and probably a Top Doc. at that, near Dartmouth. Lauren Sandler is a journalist (and more) with work featured on the cover of Time magazine. And, Caroline Good took home the Young Alumni/ae Achievement Award. I could go on, but my facts would probably be a bit fuzzy as the evening lasted until 2 or 3 in the morning.
If you did not make it to the 20th, please make the journey back to BB&N in ﬁve years. The 25th reunion will be well worth it, based on the good times had by all of us in May.
Filipe Caldas de Vasconcellos ﬁlipe.firstname.lastname@example.org Sumi Paek DeBenedittis 917-903-8252 email@example.com Class Agent: Alexis Boyle Egan Peter Gollan (Seattle, WA) writes, “It’s been a wild last few years, but after splitting the last six years between Boston, Iceland, and Atlanta, my wife and I moved to Seattle in December 2011. We are loving it so far! I’m still
in the video game space, currently leading global marketing at NCsoft and enjoying every minute of it. We have a big release this year with Guild Wars 2 and some exciting titles in development as well. Living in the Seattle area has been great so far—I ﬁgured if I could survive Boston Nor’Easters, Icelandic winters, and Atlanta summers, what is a little gray weather? Still ﬁnding time to play hockey and lacrosse, which has been fantastic. “In touch with a few people from school, but feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!”
Michelle Riordan Quigley and her husband, Brian, welcomed daughter Clara Grace on March 8, 2012, at 5 lbs., 13 oz., and 17 inches.
1994 Class Secretaries: M. Aldis Russell 617-694-4332 email@example.com Derek B. Townsend 508-586-0735 firstname.lastname@example.org
1995 Class Secretaries: Beth Myers Azano 781-864-6970 email@example.com
Jesse Needleman 617-233-4535 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob E. Meyer 781-789-2875 email@example.com
Nathaniel S. Meyer 617-548-0970 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander Fine 781-923-1263 alexanderﬁne@yahoo.com
Class Secretaries: Philip J. Auerbach 646-241-5340 email@example.com
Emma (Uehlein) Hanratty 914-305-4083 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Berylson Block 617-921-4765 email@example.com
Class Agents: Beth Myers Azano Alexander Fine F. Tyler Hardy
Matthew T. Grifﬁn 617-256-0610 mgrifﬁn@celtics.com
1996 Class Secretaries: Danae Nason-Junco 646-765-6631 firstname.lastname@example.org
F. Sanjeeve Martyn 781-729-4101 email@example.com
Sarah (Puglia) O’Brien 617-513-7726 firstname.lastname@example.org Jacob H. Peters jake@ﬂyblink.com Rebekah Splaine Salwasser 617-947-8646 email@example.com Natasha Velickovic 617-480-7701 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillip A. McCarthy 781-266-8779 email@example.com
BB&N Class of 1997 Celebrates 15 th Reunion - JULIA POWELL Our 15th Reunion was a lively, delightful event. The Friday evening before Strawberry night, a group of 1997ers met at Noir in Harvard Square to have drinks, reminisce, and catch-up. On Strawberry Night, about 35 of us came together to eat tasty food and watch a slideshow of our yearbook pages. Very few people would have submitted the same yearbook page today if given the opportunity. While most of us have matured mentally and emotionally over the years, we generally looked the same and that made us feel good about ourselves. The Class of 1997 has produced two sets of life partners. That’s more than “The Bachelor”. Given this, and our general awesome-ness, we feel like we have ofﬁcially “won” the battle of the classes. We can’t wait to return ﬁve years from now and defend our title. We would like to thank all the teachers who made a tremendous impact on our brains and lives, and all the current staff at BB&N who helped to make the night so special. It was wonderful seeing everyone.
STRAWBERRY WEEKEND 2012 This year a festive and fun weekend for BB&N alumni/ae was moved from June to May so that alumni/ae could see BB&N as it is today—and be able to reconnect, remember, and rediscover! Over the years we have been making changes to improve the program and provide an opportunity for alums to see BB&N at its best—full of life, providing excellence in education and enthusiasm for learning. More than four hundred alumni/ae and their families and guests plus current and former faculty members attended the many events and programs offered over the weekend.
Armen Dedekian, Michael Glendon ‘72, Brooke Ablon ‘85
Highlights of the weekend included: Presentation of Distinguished Alumnus Award to John Simon ’80 s Lunch in the
Jake Javitch and Moonyoung Lee ‘02
Commons and Upper School classroom visits s Upper School Play Rehearsal s
Petropoulos Art Exhibit and Reception
Bird & Flower Walk at Mount Auburn
Cemetery s Rob Warner ’06 hosted the TBGALA – for BB&N’s Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Alumni/ae s Presentation of the Young Alumna Achievement Award to Caroline Good ‘92 s BB&N Day at the Museum of Fine Arts s Reunions!
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Class of 1967 alums Susanna Solomon, Steve Spangler, Frances Atherton, Nancy Lorenz, and Annie Reitmayer
Parrish Dobson, US Photography teacher, with Jim Barrasso ‘87
Laurie ‘92 & Steven Key, Katherine Neu ‘92 & John Saragosa
Emlen Page and Diana Greenwald, Class of 2002
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Kathy Winslow Herzog ‘62 and brother Henry Winslow ‘56
Bob Edbrooke, US Latin and History teacher, with Elizabeth Freidin Baumann ‘97 and Suzannne Baumann
Chiara Conti and Gabriel Eichler ‘97, with Philip Auerbach ‘97
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John Fulginiti ‘81, Chair, BB&N Alumni/ae Council
Buckingham ‘62 visits 80 Sparks Street Campus
David Bronson ‘96 and family
Fred Gordon ‘62, John Brisbois, Ken Berk ‘62
Jack Grinold ‘53, Fred Cohen ‘53, Charles Bonanno ‘53, Thomas Fitzgerald ‘53, and Arnie Singal ‘54
Bobby Clark ‘62 and Andy Adams ‘62
David Warner and Mary Beekman, parents of Rob Warner ‘06
Joyce & Charles Dermenjian ‘64 with Lena & Charles Bonanno ‘53 67
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Sophie Lewis ‘07, Henry Marcil, ‘07 and Cecile Roucher-Greenberg US World Languages
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Some members of the Class of ‘87
Jesse Sarzana ‘93 and former coach Peter Varkonyi
Armen Dedekian with his loyal followers from the Class of 1987: Hugh Truslow, Rob Mathers, Heather Caldicott-Friedman, and Julie Holleran del Sobral
Nina Lynch ‘96 with Stacie Justice and Matthew Englander ‘96
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Robert Wolsky, Marianne Pugatch ‘82, and Tish Biggar
Brigitte Tournier and Timur Khanachet ‘07
Rich Holden ‘01, Kati Kargman ‘01, and Laurel Valchuis ‘02
Klaus von Stutterheim ‘62 visits the photography studio at the Upper School. 70
Samir Randolph ‘94 and Tegan Leonard ‘97
Joelinda Coichy ‘07
Diana Leader-Cramer ‘02, Michael Hoddess ‘02, Justin Lacy, Karen Starr ‘02, Gretchen Solomon ‘02, Marisa Kredlow ‘02
Philip ‘97 and Ania Auerbach, Zac ‘97 and Bekah ‘97 Salwasser, Will Dunham ‘97, Amy ‘97 and Sean Wilson 71
Amy (Tobin) Wilson 603-424-1081 firstname.lastname@example.org
restaurant where they traditionally dined after putting each issue to bed. (See photo below.)
Bradford Sohn 310-866-0001 email@example.com
Bryan Falchuk (Lexington, MA) writes, “It was great to see so many people at our 15-year reunion on Strawberry Night. Everyone seemed really happy and has changed a lot, yet is still somehow exactly the same. The School, on the other hand, has changed so much and looks almost totally different inside. It looks more like a college or grad school then a high school. As for me, I’m coming to the one-year mark on a big life change centered around ﬁtness and health. I dropped about 50 pounds I didn’t realize I had to lose, took up running, and am now in the best shape of my life. I set up a new website to help others with their quest to get ﬁt and healthy (www.newbodi.es), and am really enjoying it all. The best part is probably wearing some of those weird ﬁnger shoes from Vibram and seeing my son crack up from how funny they look. Otherwise, not much has changed. I’m running US operations for a British insurer in Boston, and still love being in Lexington with my wife and son. I also have been grabbing lunch with Will Dunham and Matt Stein a bit lately, which is great. If anyone’s around and want to join us sometime, let me know!”
Jason Harburger (New York, NY) writes, “Counting down the days until I marry my amazing partner, Amy Ricigliano, in September. Also, my twin brother, Dave, ties the knot in August so a big summer for our family. Still living in New York City and working in ﬁnancial services, and I keep in touch with fellow BB&Ners Phil Auerbach ‘97 and Eric Leslie ‘97. Oh, and I’m looking forward to giving JPK III a high-ﬁve at an upcoming event in NYC.”
On Reunion Weekend, members of the 1997 Vanguard editorial board reconvened at the Cambridge
Alisa Ray 919-308-2794 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Secretaries: Lilla Curran 617-480-7673 email@example.com Anne Diamond 617-548-1851 firstname.lastname@example.org Joseph Ghory 646-696-0533 email@example.com Jaime Bard Goldstein 857-636-8284 firstname.lastname@example.org Benjamin Grossman 917-922-9040 email@example.com David S. Harburger 203-500-7098 firstname.lastname@example.org Jason J. Harburger 267-251-2956 email@example.com Gregory James 781-910-1814 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Yuen Shih (Weston, MA) writes, “My husband, Peter, and I joyfully welcomed our daughter, Rachel Marie, on March 17, 2012. She is a precious little girl and we are trying to enjoy every moment because it’s already going by so fast!”
1999 Class Secretaries: Neel Chaudhury 617-947-9295 email@example.com Michael Ellis 617-462-6075 firstname.lastname@example.org Nathaniel Bigelow Jacks 617-953-1467 email@example.com Alix Leader-Cramer 781-405-8118 firstname.lastname@example.org
1997 Vanguard staffers reconvene—from left, Adrian Slywotsky ‘98 (who happened by with his children while the photo was in session), Liz Kukura ‘97, Liz Freidin ‘97, Marisa Bassett ‘97, Will Crawford ‘97, former faculty advisor Rob Leith, Evan Roberts ‘97, and Tim Logan ‘97.
Hans-Peter Biemann ‘78 enjoying the Circus with his son
Fun at the BB&N Circus!
BB&N CIRCUS Saturday, May 5 Once again the BB&N Alumni/ae Council and friends heated up the grill for hamburgers and hotdogs at the Circus! It was a beautiful day to celebrate on the Lower School and see lots of alums and parents. Our volunteer crew included Alison Powers ’95, Sam Wolff ’88, Beth Azano ’95, Mark Kittredge ’78, Josh Klein ’80, Courtney Stokes Willett ’95, Joe O’Loughlin ‘78, Eric Hoagland ’88 and John Fulginiti ’81. Josh Klein ‘80 and Eric Hoagland ‘88
Irja Walcott Colbert ‘89 with son Jaden ‘21 and daughter Dakota ‘25
Apple Stephen ‘88 with Rachel Loughran
Kim Druker Stockwell ‘86 at the Circus with Cory Little and Christine Ward
Sam Wolff ‘88, Toby Marshall, Beth Myers Azano ‘95, Alison Powers ‘95, Beth Jacobson, Chip Azano, Mark Kittredge ‘78, and Joe O’Loughlin ‘78
Oliver Uhl Nordlinger 617-359-0436 email@example.com Carolina Samudio 617-504-7442 firstname.lastname@example.org Kathrene B. Tiffany 617-306-1107 email@example.com Class Agent: Oliver Uhl Nordlinger
2000 Class Secretaries: Elizabeth Howie Dank 781-504-5535 firstname.lastname@example.org Jason P. Haﬂer 617-320-7999 jhaﬂer@alumni.bowdoin.edu Katharine G. Herrup 917-364-0731 email@example.com
Matthew E. Javitch 617-332-6744 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert A. McManmon 617-835-9919 email@example.com John S. Russell 415-570-3835 firstname.lastname@example.org Matthew S. Slovik 617-921-0309 email@example.com Katherine U. Thorpe 617-840-5184 firstname.lastname@example.org Kristin L. Tyman 781-820-5770 email@example.com Class Agents: Jordan L. Gill Richard J. Massey Kristin L. Tyman Jordan Gill (Waltham, MA) writes, “Hi, everyone! I want to thank you all yet again for donating to
my Boston Marathon run for the Childhood Cancer Program at Mass General. I raised over $6,200 this year, which brings my grand total to over $21,000 in three years! Thank you SO much! Some of you may have heard that this year’s Boston Marathon was ‘one for the books,’ mainly due to the unseasonably high heat, which reached 89 degrees at the ﬁnish line, making it the second hottest Boston Marathon in 116 years! Those who know me well know that there are few things I love more than a nice hot summer day...however, running 26.2 miles in temperatures nearing 90 degrees is what I can only imagine the Inner Circle of HELL must feel like! Now I’ll admit that I was not quite as ﬁt going into this year’s race as years prior; training took a bit of a hit thanks to our trip to Africa and the increasing pace of life in general, so I knew I was not going to be beating my qualifying time of 3:40 from last year. And deep down I always knew that Marathon Monday would have an extra little surprise for us this year, mainly because of the delightfully mild winter we enjoyed, the ideal race conditions in 2010 and 2011, and my overall pessimistic attitude toward New England weather. I just ﬁgured it would be a blizzard, a monsoon, or a locust swarm, not freak Amazonian temperatures in mid-April! Needless to say, Marathon Monday was not as fun as it was in years past, and after receiving warning emails from the Boston Athletic Association every hour for the two days leading up to the race, urging people to not run in the heat, it became quite clear that this year’s goal would not be to beat my personal record, or even to break four hours, but to simply SURVIVE! “It was 77 degrees at 10 a.m. at the starting line, and my ﬁrst 10k was pretty much on point for my usual pace, keeping in mind that the ﬁrst several miles of the course are downhill. When I got to mile 2, I was already drenched in sweat and eagerly looking for the ﬁrst water stop. At mile 7 it became painfully clear that this was going to be a serious struggle. People were already dropping out and
walking up the hills, ﬂashing road signs were warning runners to slow their pace and hydrate often, and by mile 8, I had to stop to walk as the temperature had reached 84 degrees, and I could feel that my pulse was concernedly high. It was perfectly sunny out too, and despite the SPF 50 which I applied generously, I could feel my skin baking and the course offered absolutely no shade. I have to say that I was very impressed by the precautions that the BAA took this year; there were increased medical personnel lining the course, from EMTs to ﬁreﬁghters and even the National Guard; the water stops were swarming with volunteers who were frantically trying to keep up with the demand of the thirsty runners; and most impressively, there were dozens of ‘cooling stations’ along the way, which ranged from huge fans with misting capabilities, to ﬁre hydrants hooked up to huge spray guns, to full-on water tunnels that the runners actually ran though. Kids along the course even brought out their garden hoses and water guns to try to help us out, which was much appreciated. At mile 15, I saw my mom and stepdad, who were watching with my stepsister, her husband, and her son Aiden. Aiden drew an awesome picture of me running with him cheering me on, and he spent several hours handing out water to runners while waiting for me to run by. Thanks, Aiden! You rock!! My stepdad said that he saw roughly 100 runners drop out at the mile 15 medical tent during the time they were waiting there. “As the dreaded Newton Hills approached, I just tried to hold it together. I had a mantra playing over in my head which my friend Jodi had posted on my Facebook wall a day before....” Run when you can, Walk when you have to, Crawl if you must”... and that is what I did (fortunately I didn’t have to crawl). I took it slow up the hills and did my best to pull myself together before rounding the corner to the Mass General station at mile 20.
“Mile 20 never disappoints; it’s a huge rush to see your friends and colleagues waiting to see you come around the corner to cheer you on, and it’s even more awesome to see the patients and their families out to cheer on the runners who are running for them, especially in the heat. There were more than a few times during the race that I thought to myself “this pain and discomfort is still nothing compared to what those kids must go through while being treated for cancer.” “That thought, along with knowing that all of you believe in this important cause enough to donate to my run (sometimes year after year), was enough to make sure that I didn’t give up, no matter how miserable it was. “The ﬁnal six miles always hurt, but this year it hurt my pride a little, too; because of the heat, I had to walk pretty frequently, and the last six miles are where the biggest and loudest crowds are. It was hard to listen to my body which wanted to go
slowly, over my ego which wanted to look strong for the people I knew in the crowd. But in the end, I knew it wasn’t worth a trip to the ER to look tough, so I took my time. “As I rounded the ﬁnal corner onto Boylston Street, it took every last ounce of mental and physical strength I had, to keep up a steady jog for the dreaded .2 miles. I didn’t think about the individuals I had seen on stretchers throughout the course, the 1,000 runners who wouldn’t make it to the ﬁnish line that day because of heat-related medical issues, or the 4,000 runners who decided not to even start the race. “All I thought about was Kelly Clarkson singing What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger through my headphones, and the dedication of the talented doctors and researchers at Mass General who spend each day trying to ﬁnd a cure for childhood cancer so that no more kids have to suffer from this horrible disease. Knowing that my commitment to run the Boston Marathon
again allows me to play a small role in helping them achieve that goal, is what got me over that ﬁnish line. “I realize that everyone has many charities they want to support and we all suffer from “donor fatigue,” so I really want you to know how much I appreciate your donations, no matter how big or small; I truly couldn’t do it without you all, so THANK YOU! “My ﬁnal time was 4:48:00, well over an hour slower than last year.... but I survived, and SURVIVAL is what the Mass General Marathon Childhood Cancer program is all about.”
2001 Class Secretaries: Corinne Case 781-572-8663 firstname.lastname@example.org Adam F. Cohen 512-461-6918 email@example.com
BB&N Class of 2002 Celebrates 10 th Reunion - EMILY G. ROSS & DANA ROPPER The Class of 2002 had a fantastic Reunion Weekend. Our stellar attendance at both the Kickoff Party (organized by Josh Zakim) on Friday night and the Reunion Dinner on Saturday night were two of the many highlights of the weekend. It was fantastic to see so many friends and classmates in one place and to be able to catch up in person rather than on Facebook! We hope that the enthusiasm will carry over for many years to come.
Lauren Gross firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond Holden III 781-771-3665 email@example.com Andrew H. Jewett 617-320-6853 firstname.lastname@example.org Rory L. Jones 617-266-2486 email@example.com Christina Redmond Myers 617-620-9018 firstname.lastname@example.org Timothy J. Parks 617-872-1002 email@example.com
Class Agents: Edward T. Fish Richmond Holden III Andrew Jewett Kathryn E. Kargman Sarah H. Montgomery Timothy J. Parks Morgan W. Pierson Chloe Randall Schweinshaut David F. Sontheimer Garrett P. Sullivan Eric D. Wolkoff Adam Landy (Marblehead, MA) writes, “In June, I will be graduating
2002 Class Secretary: Patrice C. Ryce 781-483-3371 firstname.lastname@example.org Class Agent: Emily Ross Taylor Gill was the only American to complete a full marathon in the Seeff Weskus Marathon in Langebaan, South Africa in March 2012. She was joined in the race by her mother, Karen Gill, the BB&N Parents’ Association Liaison, who ran the 5K, and her sister, Jordan Gill ‘00, who completed the half marathon.
2003 Class Secretaries: Meredith L. Coburn 617-462-3565 email@example.com Michelle M. Shortsleeve firstname.lastname@example.org Adam G. Zalisk 617-285-7454 email@example.com
Class Agents: Meredith L. Coburn Jay Myers Michelle Shortsleeve Adam Zalisk Michelle Shortsleeve (New Haven, CT) writes, “Thanks, for doing the article on Urban Teaching (Spring 2012 Bulletin). I am not afﬁliated with Teach For America, but I did Yale’s master’s program in Urban Education, and am currently in my second year teaching in New Haven. The program has sadly been discontinued, but we currently have 13 Yale-trained teachers still teaching in the district. This year I moved from a district school to a charter school, called Achievement First. It has been interesting being in the middle of the alternating vitriol and exuberance surrounding the district–charter debate.”
2004 Class Secretaries: Jacqueline A. Slater 617-799-2390 firstname.lastname@example.org Eyob Yohannes 617-489-6754 email@example.com Class Agents: Tim S. Bassett Kara Borodkin Amanda Krentzman Daniel Morrill Stephen Wise
Natalie A. Zervas 919-824-5565 firstname.lastname@example.org
from veterinary school and then immediately driving halfway across the country to start a small animal rotating internship at Iowa State University CVM. A very exciting and admittedly nerve-wracking time for this new Midwest vet!”
Taylor Gill ’02, Karen Gill (P ’00, ’02), and Jordan Gill ’00 are all smiles after their respective races in Langebaan, South Africa. 76
This year’s reception and kick-off event for BB&N’s Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian Alumni/ae (TBGALA) was a huge success! We had over a couple dozen alumni/ae and teachers from a wide range of classes stop by and inquire about the group, share their stories about BB&N and beyond, and provide a perfect example of what this group can provide. Our next steps moving forward are to set up a dynamic network online where users can share business and social opportunities, reconnect with fellow alumni all over the world, and support BB&N’s larger
Gabriela Gonzenbach, Mary Dolbear, Rob Warner ‘06, and Doug Neuman connect at TBGALA
mission of inclusiveness for its students as well as alumni/ae. We are hoping to have this network formalized by the early fall. Again, if you have any questions or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at email@example.com. - Rob Warner ’06
BB&N Class of 2007 Celebrates 5 th Reunion - JOELINDA COICHY After ﬁve years away, my class, the BB&N Class of 2007 reunited at the Upper School for Strawberry Night & Reunion Weekend. On Friday night, our Reunion festivities kicked off with an intimate gathering at Dillon’s Restaurant in Back Bay which allowed a small group of us to reconnect and catch up on each other’s lives. The following evening, after a day of BB&N home games, strawberries under the alumni tent, and adventures through Harvard Square, I reunited with teachers and classmates at Strawberry Night. There was a sort of shocking, ostensible change in the Upper School facilities (the Class of 2007 graduated the summer before the new campus opened) but my conversations with old teachers reassured me that the nurturing energy and the community spirit that I treasured during my time at BB&N had remained unchanged. Looking around during dinner, I noticed that the members of the Class of 2007 in attendance had slipped into conversations as though no time had elapsed since we were last together. It was nice to be back! I look forward to celebrating with more members of the Class of 2007 at our 10th reunion!
Class Secretaries: Jack L. Carlson 781-790-1400 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Secretary: Rebecca E. Heymann 781-454-8676 email@example.com
Lindsay W. White 617-957-3502 firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agents: Elizabeth M. Kerwin-Miller Daniel H. Oshima
Alison Seliger (Brookline, MA) writes, “I am engaged to Michelle Schamberg of Spring Valley, NY, and the wedding will be in October 2012. We met at Cornell University. Currently I am a student a Harvard School of Dental Medicine and she will be starting at the Harvard School of Public Health in the fall.”
Jack Carlson (Oxford, England) reports, “I am working on my Ph.D. in archaeology, writing about the visual cultures of the Roman and Han dynasty Chinese imperial courts. It’s been fun to be here with Victoria Stulgis ‘07 this year! Still coxing and coaching rowing on the side, trying to win Henley and make the U.S. team again this summer, and working on a coffee table book about rowing blazers.…”
Phil Kim (Oxford, England) writes, “I’m enjoying studying Latin at a university with a remarkable intellectual history, as well as traveling around a country with a rich Christian heritage.”
Class Secretaries: Joelinda Coichy email@example.com Mia Weiss 617-835-1309 firstname.lastname@example.org Victoria Stulgis (Oxford, England) writes, “I am studying Environmental Change & Management, and will spend the summer doing ﬁeld work at organic farms all over the English countryside. I am enjoying living the Oxford experience—my friends and classmates are from all different parts of the globe, and I am also enjoying rowing both for the University Lightweight Men’s Squad and also for my college in the unique Bump Races.”
2008 Class Secretaries: Maggie Reilly email@example.com Tiffany Sommadossi firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Richards (Needham, MA) writes, “I won two prestigious awards from Bard College this spring for my senior thesis, The Age of Tears: Rogier van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross and its Lachrymose Contexts. The Christina Duarte Prize for work with Medieval Literature and the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize for best critical senior thesis. So, that’s exciting! And I would like to share the news, particularly about the latter prize, which is the highest honor at my school. Additionally, I will be returning to Bard in the fall to work as a teaching assistant and research fellow.” Sammy Sass graduated Wellesley cum laude last year. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is working at Fenway Community Health Center doing research. Dave Seliger checked in from Dartmouth College in late April (a month before his graduation from the Big Green) to share a “sweet victory” story about his experience with Dartmouth’s club fencing team. He writes, “I’ve always been hesitant about doing one of these BB&N alumni/ae updates until I had an accomplishment worth sharing. Luckily, I now have such an accomplishment. “I’ve been on Dartmouth’s Club Fencing Team for all four years here. This year I led the team as one of
the co-captains. But since we had no coach, I stopped fencing for the ﬁrst half of the season and acted mainly as the coach. Two weekends ago (April 14-15), however, I put my gear back on for National Championships in Hartford, CT.
as recently as a few weeks ago. It’s an especially sweet victory, given both all the people who believed in me and all the people who told me I’d never be good at sports!”
“We ended up taking home the gold. This is an unprecedented victory, especially for a coach-less team. We beat out more than 30 other teams, including Northwestern (former champions), Army, Navy, and Cornell.
Class Secretaries: Miles Grimshaw 617-876-6737 email@example.com
“The icing on the cake is that the men’s team was collectively named ‘Men’s Coach of the Year’ by our regional varsity/club conference. In addition, all the fencers on my team will be inducted into Dartmouth’s Athletic Hall of Fame, alongside Olympians and other champions. “I never saw this coming back when I was captaining BB&N’s fencing team, or even
2010 Class Secretaries: Kendrick Evans 617-458-6915 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Gottlieb email@example.com Class Agents: Paul Gallagher, Jr. Brianna Smith
Emily Leinbach firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Levitan 781-956-0203 email@example.com
Class Agents: Lindsay A. Ellis Hannah C. Kauders Caroline K. Leahy Danielle C. Reny Peter A. Savarese
Alison Parker 617-817-5540 firstname.lastname@example.org
❘2❘ PICTURED: ❘ 1 ❘ Jack Carlson ‘05, Victoria Stulgis ‘07, and Phil Kim ‘05 at Oxford University. ❘ 2 ❘ Michael Amouyal ‘08, Reni Ellis ‘08, and Justin Curhan ‘08, celebrate their graduation from the University of Pennsylvania. ❘ 3 ❘ Dave Seliger ‘08 (holding plaque) led Dartmouth’s club fencing team to its ﬁrst-ever national championship in mid-April. ❘ 4 ❘ Princeton senior Chase LovettWoodsum ‘08, right, and Dartmouth freshman Dan Slavin ‘11, left, found themselves paired against each other in the Princeton Tournament, which ❘3❘
took place in mid-April.
Anthony Ferraro ’12, second from right, with parents Jackie and Lou Ferraro ’78, and brother Marc ‘13
Class of 2012 – Congratulations and Welcome to the Alumni/ae Ranks!
Leah O’Farrell ’12, third from right, with family, including her mother, Karen Fine Coburn ’72, second from left, and brother Nate (’08), second from right
Six graduating seniors in he Class of 2012 shared a proud “legacy” with one or both of their parents, or an uncle, aunt, cousin, grandparent: that of being a BB&N alum!
The Lehner/Milbury Family: Hans Sherman ’99, Corinne Lehner Milbury ’12, Peter Lehner ’41, Phil Lehner ’41, and Peter Lehner ‘12 80
Emily Bono ’12 with her father David ’70, left, and uncle Gary ’68, right
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Nora Ghillany ’80, Madeleine Ghillany-Lehar ’12, Joseph Lehar ’81 and Pippa Ghillany-Lehar ’15
BB&N MILESTONES Engagements 1964 Margaret R. Loss & Charles W. Dewing
Weddings & Commitments 1996
Matt Englander & Stacie Justice September 2011
Jason Harburger & Amy Ricigliano
2005 Alison Seliger & Michelle Schamberg
Lauren Schuker & Jason Bloom July 2012
Classmates Scott Miller ‘96, Jesse Needleman ‘96, Andrew Freedberg ‘96, Allison Lewin ‘96, and Edward Bourget ‘96, as well as former faculty member Peter Tower celebrated with Stacie Justice and Matt Englander ‘96 at their wedding in September 2011.
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Births & Adoptions 1986 Adam Cohen & Jendi Reiter Shane Steven Cohen April 7, 2012 born April 9, 2012 adopted
1993 Michelle Riordan Quigley & Brian Quigley Clara Grace Quigley March 8, 2012
1994 Nicole Harburger Stafford & Nicholas Stafford Luca Alexander Stafford April 21, 2012
1998 Liz Yuen Shih & Peter Shih Rachel Marie Shih March 17, 2012
Brad Sohn & Rachel Schwartz Sohn Marlo Bryce Sohn December 24, 2011
2001 Christina Redmond Myers & Chris Myers Cameron Dennis Myers May 13, 2012
PICTURED: â?˜ 1 â?˜ Shane Steven Cohen, son of Adam Cohen â€˜86 and Jendi Reiter â?˜ 2 â?˜ Clara Quigley, daughter of Michelle Riordan Quigley â€˜93 and her husband Brian â?˜ 3 â?˜ Rachel Shih, daughter of Liz Yuen Shih â€˜98 â?˜ 4 â?˜ Marlo Sohn was born to Rachel Schwartz Sohn and Brad Sohn â€˜98 on December 24.
BB&N MILESTONES In Memoriam Katharine Nichols Winslow ’29 died peacefully on June 16, 2012, at the age of 101 in Lexington, MA. Born in Newton, MA, she was a resident of Cambridge for 57 years and of Lexington for 20. She was the daughter of the late Philip and Mabel Nichols of Newton and the wife of the late former state representative Henry D. Winslow for 64 years. She was a 1929 graduate of the Buckingham School and a 1933 graduate of Skidmore College. Known for her love of family and her volunteer and leadership skills, Mrs. Winslow was an Honorary Director of The Cambridge Homes and Cambridge YWCA, where she served as president. She was a corporator of Mount Auburn Hospital and a president of the Mt. Auburn Auxiliary from 1974 to 1977, serving on the hospital’s Auxiliary Board of Directors for eighteen years. She was a member of the Cambridge Musical Association, a loyal attendee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Mothers Club of Cambridge. Both she and her husband were active members of Cambridges First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. Most summers were spent with her family on Phinneys Point in Monument Beach, MA, in the summer home built in 1883 by her grandfather, the late William Nichols, founder of the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY. Mrs. Winslow is survived by a son, Henry N. Winslow, and his wife, BJ Winslow, of Newton, MA, and a daughter Katharine W. Herzog and her husband Dr. Alfred Herzog of Glastonbury, CT, two granddaughters, Katharine H. Varadi and her husband, Louis E. Varadi, Jr. of Bolton, MA, and Anne H. Rousseau and her husband, Norman B. Rousseau of Medford, MA, plus four great grandchildren, Louis E. Varadi III, Katharine A. Varadi, Natalie K. Rousseau, and Alexander H. Rousseau. Alice Woodman Rossiter ’33, age 96, died April 10, 2012, at the Cadigan Lodge in Maine. She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1915, the daughter of Cyrus and Frances Billings Woodman. She was a graduate of the Buckingham School and Radcliffe College. She also attended the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Rossiter lived and worked in New York City for most of her life and for 20 years she worked for the national ofﬁce of The American Heart Association. In 1974 she married Peter Rossiter, a photographer. In 1976 they retired and moved to Harpswell, Maine. She was a member of the Brunswick Unitarian Universalist Church. She is survived by her brother, Charles B. Woodman of Haprswell; nephew Edward C. Woodman of Gloucester, MA; and niece Jane M. Woodman of Ipswich, MA.
Katharine Nichols Winslow ’29
W. Bruce Pirnie Jr. ’37
W. Bruce Pirnie Jr. ’37, age 93, died January 2, 2012, at the Veterans Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont. He is survived by his wife, Joann, sons, W. Bruce III and wife Judy of Winnipeg, Canada, and Alexander and wife Susan of Loudon, NH; four granddaughters; one great-grandson; stepson Jeffrey Clark of Reston, VA; and stepdaughter Jan Bullock of Forest Park, GA. Bruce was predeceased by his ﬁrst wife, Elizabeth S. Pirnie in 1985, and brother, Douglas D. Pirnie in 2002. Charles W. Colson ’49: See page 86. Paul B. MacDonald ’53, was born on April 23, 1935, and passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2011. Paul was a resident of Carefree, Arizona. Barbara Fay Bender ’57, aged 72, of Brookline, MA, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 4, 2012, at Beth Israel Hospital. She was born in Boston, the daughter of Wilbur J. and Laura F. Bender, and grew up in Cambridge. She attended Shady Hill School and Buckingham School and was graduated from Radcliffe College, Class of 1962. She received her master’s in Social Work from Boston University in 1975. From 1975 until she retired in 1999, Barbara was at the Walker School, where she was a social worker and clinician. Through her decades of service to disadvantaged children from poor communities, dysfunctional families, and youth at risk, she touched the lives of many people, and is remembered fondly by her former clients and co-workers. In her personal life, Barbara showed a great gusto for adventure and travel, keeping extensive journals and collecting treasured mementoes from her travels. She enjoyed telling stories full of warm humor and feeling, drawn from her experiences abroad as well as from her social work. She spoke several languages and was interested in world cultures, especially in the Mediterranean and South America. Barbara possessed a keen intellect, loved music and reading, and was always ﬁlled with an unfailingly positive spirit, no matter what life handed her. She is survived by her sister, Sarah B. Wulff ’55. Wigmore Alling Pierson ’59, age 72, died Tuesday, June 19 after a yearlong standoff with a variety of illnesses that tried to lay him low. Wig left this world exactly the way he wanted to: at his Hull home, at peace and surrounded by his wife, Molly, and children Beth, Morgan ’01, and Jack. Wig was best known locally as the host of cable talk show Pierson to Person, which was broadcast live from Scituate every Thursday for 10 years. His enthusiasm and boundless curiosity attracted guests from local Cohasset luminaries to statewide political ﬁgures like Billy Bulger and Bill Weld to wrestler “Killer” Kowalski and boxer Peter McNeely. Wig’s real love was politics, local or national. He got a degree in political science from Lake Forest College in Illinois and then served in the Peace Corps in Peru for two years. When he returned, Wig ran twice for state representative from Newton. To his great surprise, this 20-something Republican running in what was then a heavily Democratic town, lost. Undaunted, he moved to Washington, DC, where he founded a career counseling ﬁrm and was thrilled to serve as a presidential advance man 84
to President Gerald Ford. During his 22 years in Cohasset, he jumped into the political scene with both feet, joining town boards, running for ofﬁce twice, and working behind the scenes on many campaigns. Another enthusiasm was history—his own, his town’s, the country’s. Wig, a descendant of William Brewster, was a proud member and past governor of the Massachusetts Mayﬂower Society. In Cohasset, he served on the historical commission and as chairman of the committee that produced the third volume of the Narrative History of Morgan Pierson ‘01 and his father, Wigmore Pierson ‘59 Cohasset. He maintained such a comprehensive collection of presidential literature and memorabilia that his library sports the Presidential Seal. Wig’s real talent may have been for friendship. He kept in touch with boyhood friends from Newton, classmates from BB&N, fraternity brothers from Lake Forest College, fellow Peace Corps volunteers, the production crew from Pierson to Person, Mayﬂower members from all over the country, and dear friends gathered from two decades in Cohasset. He was a larger-than-life ﬁgure who will be missed by those he touched across the country. Marina Evelyn Keegan ’08: See page 2 for a tribute to Marina.
William C. Copacino, Trustee, P’08, ‘08, ‘13 May 17, 2012 BB&N is heartbroken to report that William Copacino died on May 17. The BB&N trustee and devoted father of students Michael Copacino ’08, Steven Copacino ’08, and Caroline Copacino ’13, passed away at his Newton, Mass., home surrounded by his wife, Dr. Jan Hall, their children, and members of his family. Copacino’s impressive career included stints as chief administrative ofﬁcer of C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene, N.H., chief executive ofﬁcer of the software company, Oco Inc., and vice president of operations at Arthur D. Little. Beyond his business acumen, Copacino was known as a compassionate soul who “protected people” and was ﬁercely loyal to friends old and new. His passion for education made a large impact locally. He served for many years as chair of the board at
Friends of BB&N Eileen Drucker Baron April 15, 2012 Grandmother of Simon Baron ’23 and Asher Baron ’25 Barbara Bell Leith April 16, 2012 Mother of Rob Leith, faculty, grandmother of William Leith ’09 and Thomas Leith ’11 John P. Marcy, Jr. April 10, 2012 Father of Alexandra Marcy ’06 Hugh D. Rogovin May 20, 2012 Father of Marc J. Rogovin ’74 and Bruce Rogovin ’78 Mary Trafton Simonds March 27, 2012 Mother of Virginia S. White ’62, grandmother of Rebecca T. Simonds ’01 Roman Totenberg May 8, 2012 Father of Jill Totenberg ’65, Amy Totenberg ’69, and Nina Totenberg Arthur E. Vershbow, Former Trustee April 16, 2012 We are saddened to share that Mr. Vershbow died on April 16, 2012. He was the loving father of Alexander (Sandy) Vershbow ’70 and his wife Lisa, Ann Vershbow and her husband Charles Beitz and uncle of Mark E. Vershbow ’72 and James Vershbow ’79. Arthur was an esteemed member of the BB&N community for many years and served on its Board of Trustees from 1968 to 1974. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, colleagues, and family.
the Carroll School for children with learning disabilities, in addition to his BB&N board service.
BB&N MILESTONES Robert F. Porter, Former History Teacher, Department Chair The irreverent, ebullient, loving, and incisive Robert F. Porter, 70, died peacefully at home in Little Compton, RI, on May 23, 2012. A master teacher and historian, Bob inspired his students, colleagues, and family with his passion for politics and American history and his unrelenting zest for life. Bob was born in Harrison, NY, to the late Adelaide Kline and Gordon Porter and grew up in New Britain, CT. He graduated from Mooreland Hill School, The Gunnery, and Denison University and completed his master’s degree at the University of Connecticut in 1967. After two-year teaching stints at the Rectory School and Girard College, Bob worked for 13 years at The George School in Newtown, PA, as a history teacher, also serving as director of college guidance from 1971 to 1974 and as dean of students from 1974 to 1981. He brought the Quaker values of anti-war, anti-racist education, and consensus decision-making to his next position as chair of the history department at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, where he taught from 1981 until his retirement to Little Compton in 2002. While at BB&N, Bob expanded the non-western and advanced placement offerings of the history department. His teaching style engendered among his students both critical thinking skills and passion for the stories and personalities of U.S. History. He was honored by the Class of 1998 with their yearbook dedication and by the Class of 2001 with the Teacher Excellence award. Longtime friend and colleague Mark Lindberg attributed Bob’s teaching success to “the fact that he loves the kid in himself and others. He knows that if you are sensitive, as he is, you either laugh or cry, and laughing is a lot more fun.” Bob loved living in Boston’s South End and his summers on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, where surfcasting for blueﬁsh and completing the interior construction of three different houses were his passions. He was always at home in the local coffee shop where the people were real and the pretensions non-existent. During his retirement he researched, wrote, and published the 225-page Porter Family History beginning with the settling of Farmington, CT, in 1640, giving a copy of the history and related primary source materials to the Salmon Brook Historical Society in Granby, CT. His survivors include his wife Jana Palfreyman Porter, daughter Allison Porter and husband Greg Barranco, daughter Katie Porter and husband Adam GrahamSilverman, stepson Matthew Jennings and wife Kathryn Barger Jennings, brother Bruce Porter and wife Sara Roszak, and grandsons Luca, Alex, Sawyer, and Henry. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Sakonnet Peace Alliance, PO Box 223, Little Compton, RI 02837. (Obituary from The Boston Globe)
Charles W. Colson ’49, 1931-2012 Charles “Chuck” Colson ’49, one of the most widely known graduates of Browne & Nichols School, died on April 21, 2012, in Virginia. He was 80 years old. The incredible journey of Colson’s life offers one of the most remarkable and public redemption stories in recent American history. After graduating Browne & Nichols in 1949 and Brown University in 1953, Colson entered the Marines and later received his law degree from George Washington University. In the mid-1950s, he began his career in politics and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most savvy and driven young political operatives in Washington, DC. From 1956 to 1961 he served as assistant to Massachusetts Senator Leverett Saltonstall, eventually leaving that role to found the law ﬁrm Colson & Morin. Colson left his law ﬁrm in 1969 to join President Richard Nixon’s administration as special counsel in the newly founded Ofﬁce of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. Ofﬁcially, this role entailed responsibilities such as engaging private special interest groups with the President’s Ofﬁce. Unofﬁcially, however, Colson’s selfdescribed willingness to be “ruthless in getting things done” steered him toward a role in the administration that numerous historians of the era have detailed with phrases that include “hatchet man”, “master of dirty tricks”, and “Nixon’s evil genius.” As one example, it was Colson who compiled Nixon’s notorious “Enemies List” in 1971. As events surrounding the Watergate scandal spiraled deeper and deeper between 1972 and 1974, Colson’s name emerged as one of several key Nixon administrators inextricably linked to unsavory and illegal activities. In March 1974, Colson was indicted for conspiracy in the cover-up of the Watergate burglary, and two months later, he pleaded guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice in his attempts to defame the character of Pentagon Papers informant Daniel Ellsberg. He was given a 1-to-3 year sentence and entered the Maxwell Correctional Facility in Alabama in July 1974. During the run-up to his trial and his subsequent ninemonth imprisonment, Colson’s life changed radically. Perhaps not surprising for a man of his keen intellect, a shaping force in his turnaround occurred when he read a book written by C.S. Lewis titled Mere Christianity. He converted to evangelical Christianity and, shortly after his release from prison in early 1975, Colson founded the Prison Fellowship, an outreach and prison reform
organization whose mission is “to seek the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family, and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ.” Today, 36 years after its founding, the organization is the largest of its kind and is active in more than 100 countries. All told, Colson’s four decades of prison ministry touched the lives of thousands of inmates and family members. Colson’s transformation and his life’s work since his imprisonment have been widely acclaimed during the past two decades. In 1993, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, given to a person who “has made an exceptional contribution to afﬁrming life’s spiritual dimension.” And in 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush. Colson was a man of endless energy and ideas. In addition to his work with prison reform, he authored more than 30 books in his lifetime, many on Christian themes, and stayed very active in public discourse and debate about topics such as faith, ethics, morality, and public affairs. At his memorial service held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, his daughter Emily emphasized the two focal points of his life after his midlife conversion: faith and family. He was the father of three children with his ﬁrst wife, Nancy Billings: Wendell ’72, Christian ’74, and Emily. Colson remarried in 1964 and was devoted to his second wife, Patricia Ann Hughes, for the last 48 years of his life. (See sidebar at right for more.)
Wendell Colson ’72 asked one of his father’s Browne & Nichols companions, Jonathan Moore ’50, to reﬂect on the Chuck Colson he knew from the B&N days and beyond. Mr. Moore—who has served in a variety of distinguished roles in federal government, human rights, and academia—shares his thoughts below. Chuck Colson ’49
CHUCK AND I AT B&N In the latter years of our relationship, when we both worked for the Nixon administration and afterwards, some rather fundamental differences between us developed. But it is with immediate feelings of delight and gratitude when I think back to when Chuck’s and my friendship began so richly at B&N and continued for the early years when we began our careers in Washington. He was a class ahead of me, and we ﬁrst encountered one another when he founded the Spec, a student rag produced once a week on a mimeograph machine. It was one of his many initiatives, and I was welcomed on the staff. This was when B&N was on Garden Street. The journalist talent of Chuck’s grew through his senior year when he was the Editor of the Spectator, our school magazine which won the Columbia Journalism School award of ﬁrst prize in its category. More personally, Chuck trained me up its ranks and chose me as Editor when he graduated. This was fairly typical; he encouraged and included me in various enjoyable and enlightening enterprises. I collected signatures when he was running for Student Council. We even double-dated two girls from Concord Academy. driving out Route 2 in his Morris Minor, which had a very loud truck horn rigged to blast unsuspecting sedans out of our way. I thought Chuck was clearly the smartest guy around. He didn’t ﬂaunt it, and was happy to help others with their schoolwork; he once intervened to solve an argument over some academic conundrum which had gotten out of hand between a classmate and the master in a history class. (I don’t mean to suggest that Chuck’s intelligence was most prominently demonstrated through scholarship; of course, his political acumen and energy were revealed early on in all sorts of school shenanigans, some less adolescent than others. He also got a big kick out of most everything going on around him, with a rollicking humor and a commitment to playing practical jokes. Sometime after we’d left both B&N and College, and he’d been in the Marines, Chuck’s loyalty and generosity to me spanned the Atlantic. I was working for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia and he conspired to bring me back to work for U.S. Senator Leverett Saltonstall to be his legislative assistant. Chuck was just signing on as the Senator’s chief of staff. He quickly became admired as one of the most accomplished administrative asssistants in the Senate, while earning his law degree studying at night. For me this meant an ecstatic, invaluable experience of steep-curve and broadbased learning, enabled by Chuck, including writing on nuclear arms policy, helping establish the Cape Cod National Seashore, and serving as deputy for his brilliant campaign management of Saltonstall’s re-election the year Jack Kennedy won the Presidency running from the same home state. And then we went on our ways. - Jonathan Moore ’50 87
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Our Faculty Recommend Some Summer  Reading
[ ONE ] Rob Leith, Upper School English teacher: Middlemarch, by George Eliot I think Middlemarch is the greatest novel in the English language (which I taught this past year in my senior elective “The Greatest”). For most of the reading public Middlemarch is not a typical summer read, not a book that easily withstands the grit of a sandy beach or the grime of hands greasy with sunblock. But for the right kind of reader, most easily identiﬁed as someone who enjoys Jane Austen’s work, Middlemarch will be an enormous and unforgettable treat—and one that rewards multiple readings too.
[ TWO ] Mark Lindberg, Upper School theater teacher: Inﬁnite Jest, by David Foster Wallace This novel by the late David Foster Wallace is a little daunting for a summer read. But if you can stay with it for 100 pages, you’ll get hooked, revel in the descriptions of Greater Boston and Cambridge (it almost mentions BB&N), and be forever in my debt.
[ THREE ] Linda Kaufman, faculty emerita/Upper School history: Just Kids, by Patti Smith Much shorter and different in every way from more established literature is this memoir by Patti Smith. She and Robert Mapplethorpe were a young couple in New York City—they both went on to considerable renown, but she writes about their time together in the early ‘60s in Greenwich Village when they were each discovering their talents. I know this is hardly a “book review” term, but it is a sweet story. (And probably not what anyone would expect me to recommend!) ex
[ FOUR ] Lynda Dugas, Lower School librarian: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan Being a New Englander, I never grasped the scope and extreme environmental devastation of the Dust Bowl years. The author captures the heartbreaking yet not spirit-breaking stories by following some families through this period. Did you know that some of the dust clouds reached NYC and other Eastern cities? Given the environmental disasters and climate change we are experiencing today, I guess this would be my pick. Very readable, hard to put down, and unforgettable.
[ FIVE ] Bill Rogers, Middle School history teacher: World Lit Only by Fire, by William Manchester Perhaps the best single book I can remember reading. Manchester is one of the great popular historians of the last 100 years, and this trip through the Middle Ages has both remarkable research and compelling storytelling. If I were teaching college, I would assign it. Basic knowledge of the Middle Ages and Catholic Church is helpful, but not required.
[ SIX ] Parrish Dobson, Upper School photography teacher: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann On August 7, 1974, Phillipe Petit, French tightrope walker extraordinaire, walked between the two towers of the World Trade center in what The New York Times called an “unsanctioned act of divine delight.” In McCann’s novel, a variety of characters from across all sectors of life in NYC, whose lives are full of grief, accident, tragedy, loneliness, and love, make their way through the gravity of their lives touching their own moments of grace. And the documentary ﬁlm about Petit, Man on a Wire, is a mesmerizing portrait of an artist. 88
BB&N Summer Wishes 2012 As we conclude the 2011-2012 ﬁscal year, we wish to express our deep appreciation to the BB&N community for your philanthropic support this past year. Your support enabled BB&N to fund many priorities in the area of faculty support, ﬁnancial aid, academic programs, and capital initiatives on all three campuses. Because the School continues to need to make thoughtful choices among budgetary requests from faculty and administrators, a number of items and initiatives may not be funded or purchased without additional ﬁnancial support. Gifts to cover the full or partial cost of any of these “wishes” are welcome and if received by September 1, would allow BB&N to purchase or fund these items for the 2012-2013 school year.
Professional Development Grants (3 @ $2,500) To enable a faculty member from each campus to attend a national conference or workshop.
Cameras for Film Class (4 @ $310 each) To purchase 4 digital camcorder kits for the ﬁlm class.
Technology “Launch Grants” (10 @ $1,000) To enable faculty on all campuses to develop robust online instructional sites to support face-to-face learning. iPads ($700 each) To purchase iPads for faculty to explore and experiment with classroom applications.
Lower School Flat Screen TV for Art Department ($1,000) To display artwork including artists’ masterworks as well as student work. Electronic Message Board ($1,000) To purchase an electronic message board for use by the Lower School Director in the Brick Building. iPads ($3,500) To purchase a set of 5 iPads to use in the Lehner Center Computer Lab.
Library Laptops (up to 12 @ $1,200 each) To purchase up to 12 Mac laptops for students to use in the library. Piano ($25,000) To purchase a new piano for the Middle School Music Room.
Upper School Film/Video Program Camcorders (2 @ $1,500 each) To purchase one or two professional quality camcorders for use by the video/ﬁlm program. Poster Printer for Art Program ($4,000) To purchase a 24-inch-wide plotter printer for large-format, high-quality color posters and photos. Theater Intercom/Video System ($12,000) To purchase a backstage communication system including intercom and video components.
Laptops ($20,000) To purchase a set of laptops for instructional use in Lower School classrooms (e.g., World Languages).
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Washer/Dryer for Beginners/Morse Building ($3,000) To allow Beginners and Morse Building teachers to clean items at school rather than taking laundry home to wash.
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