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Reunion 2009 & Alumni Awards ★ Class of 2009 Commencement & College List Sports News & Honors ★ Social Justice Education ★ Alumna Profile: Meredith Morten ’68

See pages 2–3.


Welcome from the Head

Peter Hutton (by Nathaly Figueroa ’09)

From our front cover and the story on pages 2–3 you can see that technology has been, and will continue to be, a major focus for Beaver. With start of the 2009-10 school year Beaver is officially a “1:1 laptop school.” We have been preparing to become a laptop school for more than a year, with extensive professional development on how to enrich students’ learning and our teachers’ teaching with the latest Web-based applications. In the year ahead you’ll be able to see some of the innovative work classes are doing online by visiting a new section of our website called “BCDS mashUp” at Until recently, I had been skeptical of 1:1 laptop programs. Software like Microsoft Office has unquestionably improved productivity, and search engines have altered the way we conduct research, but none of this had fundamentally impacted teaching and learning. The introduction of Web 2.0 applications, however, changed the equation by providing new outlets for students to create content and connecting our world in ways we never dreamed possible. Research shows that schools implementing the new Web-based applications in comprehensive and thoughtful ways see improved collaboration and communication among students and teachers, and that students create more sophisticated presentations and become better writers.

Requiring laptops is not just about helping our students become adept with technology; you won’t walk down our halls and see every student in every classroom with a laptop open. Instead, it’s about developing 21st century literacies and, as I like to say, it’s about making Beaver better at being Beaver. Finally it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Assistant Head of School Rob Connor. Rob left Beaver at the end of August to lead a start-up school in New Jersey. Right now the school consists of a vision, a large piece of property and financial backing. Rob’s challenge is to get the school up and running within the next two years. In my 17 years at Beaver Rob is the sixth administrator (along with Peter McCormack, Charlie Sachs, Kevin Conklin, Aline Gery and Ingrid Tucker) to leave to lead a school. We can all take pride in seeing “Beaver Country Day School” on the resumes of some of the most forward-thinking educators nationally. All of us are enormously grateful to Rob for the leadership he has provided in both his tenures at Beaver, and we wish him every success in his career.

Peter Hutton Head of School


Why now? The pace of technological change is astonishing. A few examples: Google launched in 2000, Wikipedia took hold in 2003, and YouTube became part of our lives in 2005. The Class of 2009 was the first to go through high school with Facebook, and Twitter emerged as the fastestgrowing social networking site this year. What’s next? There’s no telling, but our students will need to be ready, and our laptop program will give them a leg-up. I should add that Beaver is the only school in the area implementing a 1:1 laptop program in this way.

Rob Connor is off to lead a brand-new school.

Beaver Country Day School Magazine Head of School: Peter Hutton


Director of Alumni Relations: Shira Lewin ’92

Director of Communications: Jan Devereux

Communications Associate: Matthew Clobridge

Director of Annual Giving: Jill Henson

Campaign Associate: Kate Boylan

Data Coordinator: David Michaels

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2009-2010 President: Jennifer Potter-Brotman ’71 Vice Presidents: Charles Campion P’09 Jeffrey Katz P’08

Faculty Representatives: Kit Beaudouin ’72 Peter Brooks

Student Representative: Lucy Hicks ’10

Clerk: Gale Hunt P’05, ’08, ’11

Trustees Emeriti: Marian Upton Clouse ’58, P’88 Deborah Willard Coogan P’00 Edward Eskandarian P’90 Richard G. Huber Elizabeth Jick P’05, ’08 Nancy J. Moore ’41 Nina Rubenstein Morse ’61, P’87 Robert L. Riemer P’88, ’90 Maria C. Walsh ’70 David L. Weltman P’75, ’78, ’82

Trustees: Allison Gordon Abrams ’92 Ann Fissler P’06, ’13 Faye Florence ’74 David Fubini P’10 Michelle Lefkowitz P’08 William O’Reilly, Jr. P’09 David Schechter P’12, ’14 Sonja Spears ’82, P’10, ’12 Lisa Tucker P’08, ’10 Michael Winter P’09, ’11 Maurice Wright P’93


2 On & Off Campus 6 Sports Round-Up 8 Commencement

Parent Representative: Janet Berkeley P’10

Treasurer: Andrew Offit P’09

Head of School: Peter Hutton



12 Reunion 2009 18 Equity & Justice 19 In My Words 20 Alumna Profile Meredith Morten ’68 23 Supporting BCDS 25 Class Notes 35 In Memoriam

Editor: Jan Devereux Contributing Writers: George Williams ’06, Ben Irwin Photography: Michael J. Maloney, Highpoint Pictures, Tom Fitzsimmons, Jan Devereux, Nathaly Figueroa ’09, Matt Clobridge Design: kor group, Boston Front Cover: History teacher Mike Adamowicz with Reilly McDonnell ’13 and Malte Heissel ’13 (photo by Michael J. Maloney)


Printed on FSC-certified, 10% post-consumer recovered fiber paper. Beaver Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, creed, disabilities, sexual orientation, handicap status, national origin or ethnicity. The school actively encourages diversity, believing it to be an essential aspect of education. Beaver Country Day School 791 Hammond Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617.738.2700







Campus Laptops for All Students & Faculty

When Beaver was founded, in 1920, the telephone was still a relatively newfangled communications device. Wouldn’t Mabel Warren Bradley and her cohorts be surprised, ninety years on, to see Beaver students arriving in the Front Circle toting laptop computers? (Never mind their casual attire and the cell phones pressed to their ears!)

With the start of the 2009-10 school year Beaver joins forward-thinking schools across the world in becoming a “1:1 laptop community.” No question, a school where every teacher and student is equipped with such a powerful and portable tool is radically different from what our founders envisioned, yet the innovation is in very much in keeping with Beaver’s progressive mission. As Head of School Peter Hutton stressed in announcing the technology initiative program last winter, laptops won’t change the school’s approach; rather, they are “another way to make Beaver better at being Beaver.” The overarching goals are to enhance the ways students and teachers communicate, collaborate and create, and to teach network literacy, which is a critical skill for today’s students to master.

“Laptops won’t change the school’s approach; rather, they are another way to make Beaver better at being Beaver.” Peter Hutton


By requiring laptops for all students, Beaver is ensuring that everyone has equal access. Families may choose what type of laptop to purchase, and financial aid is available to help defray the cost. Ultimately, as the use of digital resources grows, we will reduce the need for textbooks and save on paper. In a related move, we converted our e-mail, document management and calendaring programs to Gmail and Google documents, helping teachers and students more easily share assignment calendars and written work. The campus has had a wireless network since 2006, and in fall 2008 all teachers were issued school laptops to use in class and at home. Last year much of the faculty’s professional development work was devoted to exploring ways to incorporate Web resources into the curriculum. Faculty across departments and divisions began introducing Web-based applications such as blogs, wikis, and nings in their lessons, and the enthusiasm for trying these digital teaching and learning tools quickly gained momentum. By mid-year it became common to see students using laptops in classrooms, hallways, the library, even outside. Over the summer power outlets were added across campus, and a technology support center was created out of a former desktop computer lab.

> Adam Buchbinder ’09

In a parent education forum in February, Harvard education professor and instructional technology expert Chris Dede P’11 said the Internet makes possible new types of learning and assessment by extending the classroom’s walls and simulating real-world experiences. He also noted that some students find their voices more readily in online discussion forums. And, he argued, it is important that students learn network literacy in a controlled environment supervised by teachers who can model appropriate online behavior and help them filter content. Last year several teachers pioneered online curriculum development. Art teacher Meriah Burman created a “Ning” as an online home base for her students. She said that their in-class experience was the same — they still made art with their hands — but the Ning changed the way she communicated with them outside of class, by providing a safe forum to reflect on their creative process and to critique each other’s work. The site was the equivalent of an online textbook, where Ms. Burman posted links for further research and a series of video tutorials to help students review and practice photo-editing techniques they learned in class. She said the Ning helped her track whether students were keeping up with homework, and that she was pleased to discover that they were writing more detailed and thoughtful reflections online than they had on paper.

> Valerie Fisher ’15

Librarian Kelley Connolly helped teachers create wikis and pathfinders to guide students through research projects, and History and Global Studies Department Chair Kader Adjout is excited about his plans to use the Skype Internet video-chat service to connect with students from schools around the world to share perspectives on current events and issues. The 2009-10 year promises to be an exciting one as Beaver transitions to teaching and learning “in the cloud.” You can see some of the work students are creating digitally by going to the school’s home page ( and clicking on the link to BCDS mashUp.






GUEST SPEAKERS GALORE! Inviting a variety of guests to speak at assemblies and in classrooms and community forums has always been a hallmark of the Beaver program, and 2008-09 brought an unusually long list of distinguished visitors, including:


Social Justice

Career Experiences

Senator John Kerry

Todd Fry, Boston Center for Community and Justice, Executive Director

Henry Feldman ’85, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center hospitalist

Bennett Klein ’77, GLAD, attorney and activist

Amye Kurson ’91, Ame and Lulu fashion entrepreneur

One Voice Movement, Israel-Palestine peace activists

Hedy Jarras ’93, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza proprietor

Jennifer Hopkins, Greater Boston Food Bank

Joanne Chertock ’71, Chertock Investment Group

Congressman James McGovern Governor Michael Dukakis Vice President Walter Mondale David Gergen, political consultant John Della Volpe, political pollster Annie Blair, Brookline Parks Planner Heather Campion P’09, government and media relations consultant

Louise Russell ’63, Harvard, Director of Accessible Education

Journalism & Arts

Beth Williams ’81, Roxbury Technology Corporation CEO

Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe columnist

Ross Wilson, Haley School Principal

Jenny Manrique Cortes, Columbian journalist Pamela Tanner Boll, filmmaker

Michael Cirelli, poet, Urban Word NYC Director Adrian Blevins, poet, Colby College professor Luba Lukova, artist Carianne Mack, visiting artist

Chris Dede P’11, Harvard Ed. School professor Daniel Kleppner P’79, ’81, ’83, MIT physics professor

Al Clark, World War II marine aviator

Athletics Carol Simon, Brandeis women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens, Bentley women’s basketball coach

Vice President Walter Mondale, Peter Hutton and Alex Gould ’95, who taught the Presidential Politics elective Mondale and Kerry visited. >

Patricia Smith, poet, Poetry Slam champion


Tony Mayer, J.P. Morgan, former CFO

John Gruber P’12, MIT economics professor Ibrahim Warde, Tufts Fletcher School professor Paul Beran, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Rev. Diane Moore, Harvard Divinity School professor Andrea Hershatter, Emory Business School Dean Gil Villaneuva, Brandeis Dean of Admissions Halley Shefler P’11, Boston Conservatory Dean of Admissions



Governor Michael Dukakis and Student Council President Raina Jacques ’09

Filmmaker Confronts Challenges Facing Female Artists The 2009 Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Lecture Series brought filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll to campus in April to screen and discuss her critically-acclaimed documentary, Who Does She Think She Is?. The film, which follows five female artists as they balance the demands of their creative and family lives, complemented ongoing community discussions about gender and power. Among the issues the film raises are why art by women is so underrepresented in museum collections, and why many creative women feel they have to choose between having families and being taken seriously as artists. Who Does She Think She Is? underscores how both the creation of art and care-giving — both essential to a society’s wellbeing and future — are persistently undervalued. It asks whether there can be equality between the sexes when care-giving remains primarily a woman’s responsibility, yet is largely uncompensated. “All great societies are judged by their art,” the director said. She encouraged the aspiring artists, writers and actors at Beaver to follow their dreams. “This film is about how you live the life you want to live,” she stated.

> Filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll in Bradley Hall

Goodrich Award Furthers Students’ Work with Orphans in Africa


The 2009 Patricia Hurley Goodrich ’49 Award helped fund a project devised by Hayley Yudelman ’10 to benefit an orphanage in South Africa. The annual award is a $2,000 grant given to a rising BCDS senior to pursue a summer project that demonstrates individual initiative, creativity and purpose. Many of the 70-100 children living at the Baphumelele Children’s Home lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Hayley visited the orphanage in 2008 and returned this summer with three BCDS classmates (Laura Haigler, Hayley Tuckett and Joanna Georgakas) and 200 plain canvas bags purchased with the Goodrich grant. The orphans used fabric pens to draw on the bags, which Hayley plans to sell at Beaver to raise money for the orphanage. Hayley and her friends raised about $700 last year for Baphumelele by selling handmade bracelets and holding frequent bake sales at school.

Hayley Yudelman ’10 at Baphumelele orphanage



Round-Up TEAMS WIN TITLES, GO UNDEFEATED > The new team room in the Athletic Center boasts a SMART Board that gives coaches a high-tech way to review game video, dissect plays and plan strategies.

The school’s athletic program is flourishing under the direction of our new Director of Athletics Sherry Levin. A few highlights in a successful 2008-09 season: • Our boys’ varsity golf team once again dominated the competition, winning its 8th Eastern Independent League championship in the past 9 years. The team’s top player, Max Campion ’09, was again named the league’s MVP and a Boston Globe All Scholastic athlete. • Our boys’ varsity tennis team cruised to an undefeated season and won both the EIL and NEPSAC Class C titles. Pierre Planche ’10, undefeated at #1 singles, earned league MVP and Boston Globe All Scholastic honors.

> All Scholastic MVP tennis player Pierre Planche ’10

• Our girls’ varsity basketball team, expertly coached by hall-of-famer Sherry Levin, had one of its strongest seasons recently, finishing 15-8. • Our boys’ varsity basketball team finished second in the NEPSAC Class D Division II tournament. • Our middle school baseball team overwhelmed its competition on the way to an 8-0 season that included 3 shut-outs.

> Dani Lubin-Levy ’09, Palmer Cup winner for excellence in girls’ athletics

EASTERN INDEPENDENT LEAGUE HONORS Fall All League: Max Campion ’09, golf MVP (Harvard University) Adam Buchbinder ’09, golf (Bates College) Erik Tobias ’09, golf (Washington University in St. Louis)


Jehane Samaha ’09, field hockey (Brown University) Gabriel Reich ’09, boys’ soccer (Wheaton College) Ibbie Yardley ’10, girls’ soccer Adam Wing ’09, boys’ cross country (Stevens Institute of Technology)

Tory Fruciano ’09, boys’ cross country (Skidmore College) Larry McKinney ’90, golf coach of the year Winter All League: Dani Lubin Levy ’09, girls’ basketball (Bowdoin College) Logan Furr ’09, boys’ basketball (Dickinson College) Chris Quinn ’09, boys’ basketball (PG at Wilbraham & Monson Academy) Ben Patten ’09, wrestling (Gettysburg College)

Spring All League: Logan Furr ’09, boys’ lacrosse (Dickinson College) Kat Rosenthal ’09, softball (College of the Holy Cross) Danny Segel ’10, varsity baseball Pierre Planche ’10, boys’ tennis MVP Max Rodman ’09, boys’ tennis (Elon University) Lukas Mead ’10, boys’ tennis Henry Moorhead ’10, boys’ tennis Kris Bronner ’12, boys’ tennis Pauri Pandian, boys’ tennis coach of the year



All Scholastic MVP golfer Max Campion ’09 and Director of Athletics Sherry Levin

Logan Furr ’09, Revere Cup winner for excellence in boys’ athletics

> Riki Adams ’10 (L) and Sarah Jane Devins ’12 celebrating a good play

Oliver Hunt ’11 soars above a CA opponent at last year’s Homecoming


Show your School Spirit at Homecoming 2009 Saturday, October 17 Our varsity soccer and field hockey teams will take on Concord Academy in games starting at 1 PM on Upper Field. Refreshments on Bloomberg Plaza.



BCDS conferred diplomas on 78 graduates at its 85th commencement on June 7. The Class of 2009, which includes 17 BCDS lifers (students who attended from 6th through 12th grade), will disperse to over 50 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

> Senior Class President and speaker Dani Lubin-Levy ’09

As he presented the diplomas at this year’s Commencement, Head of School Peter Hutton said a few words about each graduate’s strengths and contributions to school life, a Beaver tradition that underscores how well students are known, and appreciated, as individuals. Senior Class President Danielle Lubin-Levy ’09, a Beaver lifer and high-honors graduate who will attend Bowdoin College, spoke on behalf of her class. Dani, whose leadership and dedication on the basketball court and in the classroom, won her both the school’s Palmer Cup for female athletics and the Spirit Cup for overall excellence, surprised an audience that nearly filled the Athletic Center when she donned a pink sunglasses and broke into a rap: “We’re ’09, yes we’re your ’09, all you other ’09 just ain’t as fine, so ’09 please stand up, please stand up,” she chanted. Once everyone’s laughter subsided, Dani praised her class’s commitment to leadership and service and passed the mantle on to next year’s senior class “to dare to create the world they imagine.”

Guest speaker Jonathan Soroff ’83, a columnist for The Improper Bostonian, dedicated his address to U.S. Marine Sgt. Marquis Porter ’98, whom he met at Reunion 2008 and who died serving in Iraq earlier this year. Calling himself a “representative of the people who have brought you, ‘Things Are Really Screwed Up,’” Soroff apologized for his generation’s mistakes and said: “So here’s my message: You, the Class of 2009, are left holding the bag, but I know that whatever weird curveballs life throws you, enough of you will work hard to dispose of that bag in a responsible fashion. Hopefully, if your experience here was at all like mine, what you’ve learned at Beaver has given you some of the tools necessary to face those challenges, and gradually things will improve. You’ll do better than we have. And you’ll be granted the grace of knowing that we did the best we knew how.”

“Hopefully, if your experience here was at all like mine, what you’ve learned at Beaver has given you some of the tools necessary to face those challenges, and gradually, things will improve.” 8

Jonathan Soroff ‘83

> Guest speaker Jonathan Soroff ’83

* = Cum Laude Society

(L) = Lifer

College Choices, Class of 2009 (as of July 2009)

Mohammad Akrouche American University of Beirut Roland Atema Syracuse University Dana Barczewski (L) University of Delaware

Michael Firer*(L) Wesleyan University

Sophie Kozol University of San Francisco

Sonja Fizek Gap year

Jake Kringdon Connecticut College

Cala Flatley Fordham University

Chris Lane Roger Williams University

Samuel Freeman* New York University

Nicole Lauture Syracuse University

Tory Fruciano Skidmore College

Danielle Lubin-Levy*(L) Bowdoin College

Logan Furr Dickinson College

Billie MacDonald Clark University

Andrew Garcia* Wesleyan University

Clay Marsh The University of Alabama

Sowande Gray Ithaca College

Sara Marsh Elon University

Stephanie Gray (L) University of Maine

Craig McHaffie Fairfield University

Hayley Brooks University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lauren Gunther (L) University of Rochester

Sophie Meltzer Gap year

Sabrina Brown Franklin & Marshall College

Serena Harriman Savannah College of Art and Design

Emily Metcalf* Boston University

Jennifer Barnett Wheaton College Sarah Barrie The George Washington University Gila Belsky*(L) Cornell University Gianni Bonina-Pawlak Bard College Michael Boustany*(L) Boston University

Adam Buchbinder (L) Bates College

Janaya Hart Cornell University

Sara Mooney* Occidental College Samuel O’Reilly (L) Tufts University

Rafael Cabral* University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Benjamin Hower Gap year

Maxwell Campion Harvard University

Casey Isaacson (L) Pratt Institute

Jessica Clew The George Washington University

Benjamin Jacobson (L) Boston University

Brooke Parker The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Raina Jacques Bates College

Benjamin Patten Gettysburg College

Elizabeth Kenney Parsons School of Design, New School University

Hanna Perkins Connecticut College

Gabriela Cohen Adelphi University Alexandra Cooper*(L) Connecticut College

Amanda Phillips The George Washington University

Jeremy Tannenbaum Washington University in St. Louis

Christopher Quinn Postgraduate at Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Vann Taylor Bentley University

Gabriel Reich Wheaton College

Erik Tobias*(L) Washington University in St. Louis

Hannah Riggs* Smith College

Simona Tolchin Clark University

Steven Robinson Lasell College

Jackson Van Raan University of Redlands

Max Rodman (L) Elon University

Amelia Walske Hobart and William Smith College

Jessica Rosenberg (L) Cornell University Katherine Sipolt-Rosenthal* College of the Holy Cross Nicholas Rudman University of Miami George Ryan Trinity College

Adam Wing Stevens Institute of Technology Evan Winter Tufts University Jon Zibrak Lehigh University

Jehane Samaha* Brown University William Searle* Franklin & Marshall College

Adam Offit Muhlenberg College

Sheree Daly Suffolk University

Michael Everdell (L) Oberlin College Marco Fabrizio University of Massachusetts, Amherst Lou Fein Ursinus College Nathaly Figueroa* Fordham University

> Jennifer Barnett ’09 (daughter of Pam Savoy Barnett ’78) and Peter Hutton


Rachel Dodson Denison University

Michael Everdell ’09 (son of Ros Everdell ’71) with uncle, BCDS teacher John Clippinger




The Class of 2009

> Adam Buchbinder ’09 with parents Andrea and Brad and brother Michael Buchbinder


> Student Council President Raina Jacques ’09 with parents Carmella and Raoul Jacques



Jesse Rosenberg ’09 with brother Jake ’07 and parents Susan and David Rosenberg

Ben Patten ’09 with parents Rick and Lisa Cutts Patten ’82

Sowande Gray ’09 with brother Ayinde ’04 and mother Anna Edwards


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Stephen Robinson ’09 and mother Anissa Lane

Max Campion ’09 with father, BCDS trustee Chuck Campion


> Evan Winter ’09 with sister Meri ’11, mother Deb Goldberg and father, BCDS trustee Michael Winter

Reunion Alumni Weekend (May 1-2, 2009) reunited many friends and classmates from as far back as 1929. The festivities opened Friday with a luncheon honoring the Class of 1959’s 50th Reunion. After lunch alumni were invited to attend classes, followed by the presentation of alumni awards (see facing page) and a cocktail reception. On Saturday alumni families enjoyed a casual BBQ lunch on campus, and in the evening several classes organized get-togethers off campus. To see more photos from Reunion 2009, and to purchase prints or download digital files (free), go to: The password is beaver.

The Class of 1959’s 50th Reunion: (Front L-R): Diane Dempsey Schott, Jane Millikan, Gail McQuiston Bursk, Susan Dwight Prindle, Jane Conant Batchelder, Ellen Kaplan Kardon, Martha Bates Jura, Joan Franks Thalheimer, Penny Fuller Graham-Yooll (Middle L-R): Susan Whittemore Doerflinger, Wendy Withington, Margy Bainbridge Robinson, Marny Stevens Gannett, Linda Gottlieb-Tulis, Nancy Franks Blackman, Jane Austin Vaughn (Back L-R): Denise Repetto Bienfang, Page Osborn, Anne Patterson Wynne-Willson, Kathy Whitelaw Stanton, Marjorie Greep Franko, Ruth Gardner Lamere, Frances Nichols, Catherine Farlow Hitchings >


Alumni Awards 2009 >


Reunion 2010 Friday, May 7 & Saturday, May 8 Alumni from all years are invited to attend Reunion Weekend. Special celebrations in 2010 for classes ending in -00 and -05.

BCDS presented awards to five outstanding alumni at Reunion 2009 on May 1.

Distinguished Alumna Award

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’64 is a journalist and the author of three books. She was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She currently reports for Tina Brown’s new online journal, The Daily Beast.

Marlowe Greenberg ’89 is the founder and CEO of Foothold Technology, a provider of Web-based software for nonprofit organizations and social service agencies. The company’s sophisticated applications help these organizations conserve their scarce resources for serving disadvantaged populations rather than maintaining in-house technology. He is also an adjunct professor at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City.

Service Award Ruth Gardner Lamere ’59 has volunteered as her class agent for 40 years and was co-chair of this year’s 50th Reunion. She served as a BCDS trustee for 17 years and was president of the Alumni Board for two terms. She is currently a member of the school’s President’s Advisory Council.

Driscoll Award for Social Responsibility Andrew Barrett ’89 and Brad Falchuk ’89 co-founded the Young Storytellers Foundation in 1997. Based in Los Angeles, YSF is dedicated to developing literacy, self-expression and self-esteem in elementary school students through the art of storytelling. Andrew is a writer and yoga instructor, and Brad is a TV writer and producer (Nip/Tuck, Glee). Andrew accepted the award on their behalf; Brad was unable to attend.


Marnie Muther Mettee ’29 (L) with Peter Hutton and Nancy J. Moore ’41

(L-R) Peter Hutton, Marlowe Greenberg ’89, Ruth Gardner Lamere ’59, Lucinda Franks Morgenthau ’64, Andrew Barrett ’89


Reunion > (L-R) Nancy Franks Blackman ’59, Wendy Withington ’59 and Cally Wendell Abdulrazak ’64 had fun drumming in a music class.

More photos online at: The password is beaver.

The Class of 1964 marked their 45th Reunion. (L-R): Lucinda Franks Morgenthau, Betty Riglehaupt, Penelope Rich Nuse, Sherry Whittemore, Linda Swerling, Cally Wendell Abdulrazak, Nelly Gillette Zimmermann, Cyndy Bailey Steele



(L-R): Nancy Franks Blackman ’59, Linda Gottleib-Tulis ’59, Kathy Whitelaw Stanton ’59, Page Osborne ’59 and Marny Stevens Gannett ’59

Class of 1954 classmates celebrated their 55th Reunion with former teacher Nancy J. Moore ’41: (L-R) Elissa Richmond Zonis, Barbi Bristol Soderlund, Carol McConville Dwyer, “Miss Moore,” Eleanor Briggs, Paula Seegal, Joany Marsh Lawrence



Award recipient Andrew Barrett ’89 shows friend Ellen Scott his class’s yearbook.


> Penelope Rich Nuse ’64 attended an art class with Teddy Kesting-Handy ’11



Josh Goldstein ’04 (L) and Dan Kuncik ’04 marked their 5th Reunion


Artist Susan Whittemore Doerflinger ’59 brought some of her work to display.


Krishna Gidwani ’89 (L) and Ben Howe ’89 toasted their 20th Reunion.

(L-R) Marvin Diaz ’99, Teresa La Costa ’96 and husband Tristan Borges



Class of 1984 friends: (L-R) Kathleen Drohan, Jim Blankstein and Roberta Traynor >

Emily Horowitz ’79 (L) and Liz Seegal Hartman ’79 at their 30th Reunion


> Award recipient Marlowe Greenberg ’89, wife Yasmina Zaidman and son Elia

Wendy Withington ’59 and husband David Paisner




Carol McConville Dwyer ’54 (L) and Eleanor Briggs ’54


On Saturday, May 2, alumni and their families attended a BBQ luncheon with face painting and children’s entertainment by “Jenny the Juggler” and the Beaver mascot.

Allison Gordon Abrams ’92 and her children (Rebecca and Matthew) Gene Hashkes ’94 and wife Diane


> Carla Jabbour Higgins ’89 and her children (Kaitlin, Sammy, Andrew and Caroline)

> Geoff Merrill ’96 and Bo Levin ’94 with the Beaver mascot


Equity & Justice: Bringing Social Justice into the Curriculum Our Hiatt Center for Social Justice Education (formerly the Hiatt Center for Community Service and Social Change) started last year with a new name to convey a greater emphasis on integrating social justice work in the curriculum. Through professional development to help teachers examine their curriculum through a “social justice lens,” the Hiatt Center aims not only to foster respect for different perspectives, but also to teach and inspire students to act as change agents in society. Offering a curriculum infused with social justice discussions marks a progression in Beaver’s longstanding commitment to diversity, multicultural learning and social action, and puts Beaver ahead of schools where social justice work gets relegated to an extracurricular in community service.

Some highlights of the Hiatt Center’s work in 2008-09: • To help teachers across all departments and grades design lessons that incorporate discussions of social justice issues, the Hiatt Center’s three faculty members developed a set of “multicultural competencies.” • Teachers planned lessons to include social justice discussions. Some examples: an English class that invited elderly residents of Jewish Community Housing to

discuss the American Dream from an inter-generational viewpoint; an economics elective that used a game theory simulation to assess the impact of trade agreements on developing nations; a 7th grade math class that studied fractions by analyzing the percentages of ads with sexual messages and gender stereotypes, and an advanced math elective that used data supplied by the Microloan Foundation to quantify how microcredit empowers women. • To build a school culture of respect for social justice, the upper school Social Action Leaders led community discussions on


> Hiatt Center faculty (L-R): Robert Principe, Kit Beaudouin ’72, Rodney Yeoh

accessibility for disabled persons and the politics of gender and power. • Beaver became the first secondary school to join the Boston Center for Community and Justice’s Business Network, a membership that underscores our commitment to producing graduates ready to become leaders in diverse workplaces and communities. • The Hiatt Center awarded summer stipends to 21 students to volunteer with social justice or service organizations or to participate in leadership training programs.

By George Washington Williams IV ’06

Many people have reason to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as America’s 44th President. African-Americans, along with other ethnic minorities, can take particular pride in this historic first. Democrats, especially, can celebrate a momentous political redemption. And, I believe, all members of the Beaver community, regardless of their political affiliation, can find affirmation for the school’s progressive mission with Obama in the Oval Office. In the spring of 2008 I was sitting in my college residence hall reading the BCDS magazine, and as a proud alumnus, I was struck by the article “Surprises from the Archives, or Beaver Tales” by Susan Moorhead P’10. It was inspiring to read about Beaver’s uniquely innovative past. One line from the school’s original mission statement captured my heart and mind and strengthened my love and appreciation for Beaver: “…to help raise the intellectual, creative, and moral level of the nation.” >

In My Words


Reading that lofty goal, I realized how incredibly dynamic and far-reaching Beaver’s brand of progressive education is. From its beginnings Beaver has been committed to educating citizens who raise the intellectual discourse, guide human creative potential towards fulfillment, and revere morality as indispensable. The school’s holistic method of teaching not only cultivates thoughtful, critical, and well-balanced individuals, it instills the desire to contribute to the community creed of respect and support. A Beaver education is characterized by discussions of social justice and students’ responsibilities as global citizens, and you can recognize Beaver alumni by their preparedness and dedication to continuing their personal development as active leaders wherever they go.

George Williams ’06 and sister Kasjah Scarlett ’11

If the Obama presidency fulfills its goals, I believe America will begin to look and feel a lot more like the Beaver community I love and cherish, a community that seeks to “raise the intellectual, creative, and moral level” of all through mutual respect and collaboration. As Americans toast Obama’s election, let me add, “Here’s to progressive education and Beaver’s uncompromising commitment to its tenets.”

George Williams ’06, Beaver’s all-school president in 2005-06, is a senior at Morehouse College, majoring in sociology, and the editor-in-chief of the college’s newspaper. This summer he worked as an aide to Ayanna Pressley, candidate for the Boston City Council At-Large.



Sculptor Finds Inspiration in Travel and Prehistory

Growing up at the height of the Cold War, Meredith felt the great distance that existed between America and the Eastern Bloc countries. She remarks, “We learned the names of the countries, where they were on the map and that they were Communist. Nothing more.”


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She knows far more now: “The history of Hungary is rich, beautifully complex. The people are friendly and welcoming, proud of their heritage, history and culture. They are poetic in spirit; I admire them in many ways. They live efficiently and comfortably with much less than the average American. If I could learn Hungarian I would readily consider becoming an expatriate.” On a prior trip to Hungary, in 2007, Meredith was an artist in residence at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, studying prehistoric artifacts of Central Europe. She says, “While at the ICS I completed a series of stoneware sculptures using clay that was locally mined and similar to that used by the ancients. I traveled to see collections in the János Tornyai Museum, the Hungarian National Museum and the Budapest History Museum, all of which contain prehistoric artifacts that strongly influenced the work I produced. The most inspirational objects were anthropomorphic clay figures and Bronze Age tools and weaponry. The resulting sculptures were abstract forms that directly and indirectly referenced these artifacts.”


Throughout history, people have created language, music, and objects that they use to connect with each other. But can art build a bridge between ancient and contemporary cultures? Sculptor Meredith Morten ’68 is convinced it can. The artist recently spent five months in Hungary on a Fulbright scholarship making ceramic art that interprets the present, connects with the past, and investigates the creative impulse that has existed since man’s first thoughts.

The artist in her studio in Hungary

The experience left her eager to return. “There are artifacts the likes of which you can’t find in this country, not even documented in books. When I first went to Central Europe, I had not expected it to be such an incredibly rich source of inspiration and I left feeling like I had only scratched the surface.” To prepare for her Fulbright project Meredith studied archaeological artifacts. She explains, “The clay goddess and god forms of the late Neolithic Tisza Culture are good examples of objects that inspire me. These small compact forms incised with exquisitely detailed geometric patterns have a monumental presence that projects a sense of spiritual importance and power. I am interested in the link to our forebears, the earliest people. I want to know who they were and what was in their minds. How did they see things, what and how did they create, and what was the motivation behind it. The only way to begin to understand is to look at what they had, to look at the artifacts, because there is nothing written.” Spending the first part of 2009 in Hungary, Meredith created a series of abstract sculptures in clay and mounted an exhibition of the work in the Chapel Gallery at the ICS Museion. To inform her studio project (entitled “Time Collapse: Contemporary Sculpture Inspired by Artifacts of the Carpathian Basin”), Meredith traveled in Hungary to view

> Title: Artifact: TC14_CB09 Medium: Earthenware Dimensions: 15"L x 1.75"W x 1.5"D

Title: Artifact: TC7_CB09 (Detail) Medium: Earthenware Dimensions: 12"L x 3"W x 2.5"H (This piece was chosen for the collection of The International Ceramics Studio)


Reflecting on her experience Meredith states, “Part of the Fulbright’s mission is to break down cultural barriers. Living and working in a foreign culture provides the opportunity to experience life differently and see things through a new lens. It is too soon to know the full impact of my time in Hungary. I see worlds in tiny things and depth in what seems flat. Time is a continuum rather than a series of points. Space is expansive instead of confined. I lived on the Great Hungarian Plain, a flat terrain that stretched as far as one could see. I would watch solitary shepherds minding their flocks far off in the distance. They walked where artifacts lay hidden below, buried in layers of time dating back to 6000 BC. What were the thoughts of these shepherds as they gazed across the Plain hour upon hour? And who were the people who left objects under the surface the shepherds trod upon? Who was I, feeling a connection to them and their ancient forebears, none of whom I knew? I left Hungary with perceptions and questions of a new kind.”


collections of artifacts, visit archeological excavation sites, meet with academics and archeologists in the field of prehistory and conduct research in national and university libraries. Periodically she gave presentations on her project to international artists and scholars.

Title: Artifact: TC23_CB09 (Detail) Medium: Earthenware Dimensions: 5.5"L x 1.75"W x 1.75"D

“Part of the Fulbright’s mission is to break down cultural barriers. Living and working in a foreign culture provides the opportunity to experience life differently and see things through a new lens.”


“I am interested in the link to our forebears, the earliest people. I want to know who they were and what was in their minds.”

At home in Boston, Meredith lives and works in her Fort Point Channel studio and teaches at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, where she has been on the faculty since 1993 and has chaired the sculpture department since 2000.


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No doubt Meredith offered her Beaver teachers a similar perspective. Laughing, she recalls, “When I was at Beaver it was all girls. And right after we graduated they changed the dress code!” But her memories of the school run deeper than this sartorial recollection. BCDS provided her with a point of departure into the larger world, if not initially into a career in art. Her senior year, Meredith was Head of the Proctor’s Board, an important leadership role on the Student Council. She explains, “I organized and administered a cadre of proctors whose job it was to oversee mandatory study hours for each grade every day.” Meredith took a few art classes (she fondly recalls longtime BCDS art teacher Karl Tabery), but was much more interested in French. In college she initially majored in French before transferring and studying art at Connecticut College and earning a graduate degree at Massachusetts College of Art. Of her five years at Beaver, Meredith says, “Cutting through the chaos of the era, I recognize that seeds were sown that have become lifelong attributes — a thirst for learning, a hand in leadership, a need to communicate, and a desire to be creative in thought and action. I credit my parents and Beaver for this beginning.” And today we credit her for sowing those same seeds in her art and her own students.


Like travel, teaching informs her artwork. “I find it’s a great give and take. I learn from my students, and I really appreciate that. They have a fresh way of looking at things. Their work can’t help but be influenced by what they are living, so they put things together in ways that I would never dream of. It helps me to stay in touch with what’s going on in the current culture.” Meredith Morten ’68 at the ICS Hungary in 2009

Supporting BCDS Alumni Co-Chairs, Annual Fund 2009-10

2009 ANNUAL GIVING MATCHES LAST YEAR’S RECORD Our fundraising results for 2008-09 were extraordinary, showing that even in a tough economy the Beaver community remains committed to supporting the school. For the second straight year we raised over $1,000,000. Parents of the Class of 2009 significantly surpassed their senior gift goal by raising over $340,000, setting the pace for a strong result overall.

Annual Fund Totals, 2005-2009 $1,054,162


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Judy Parks Anderson ’57 (Mabel Warren Bradley Society Chair) has been a loyal Beaver supporter for over 50 years, as a class representative, Incorporator, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, and most recently Chair of the President’s Advisory Council. Larry McKinney ’90 has taught science at Beaver since 1997. He’s also the 12th grade dean. Larry is the son of Jean Gucker McKinney ’61 and brother of Jean McKinney Downey ’88. Laura Spiro ’83 has been a member of the BCDS Alumni Board for 3 years and is an Incorporator. She works for the Commonwealth School in Boston.


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At the Mabel Warren Bradley dinner for leadership giving in Dec. 2008.


The annual Mabel Warren Bradley dinner for leadership donors took place at the Museum of Transportation at Larz Anderson Park. Andrea Hershatter of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School was the guest speaker 1. David Schechter P’12, ’14 (L) and Ben Marsh P’09 2. (L-R) Michael Winter P’09, ’11, Marga Biller P’13, David Fubini P’10



3. (L-R) Shelley Lefkowitz P’08, Jennifer Potter-Brotman ’71, Deb Goldberg P’09, ’11, Elyse Marsh P’09


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Ruth Isabella Gardner Lamere ’59 explains why she included Beaver in her estate plan: “I loved my years at Beaver for so many reasons. The faculty was just so wonderful. I especially remember Miss Poole, Mrs. Pope, Dr. Heider, Madame Fourel and Miss Perkins. I will be forever grateful to the school for fostering my lifelong interests in art and music. The friendships I made at Beaver have endured, and it was so much fun to see so many of my classmates at our 50th Reunion this year.” “Beaver has been an important part of my life since I enrolled in the 9th grade in 1955. Ever since graduation, I’ve made it a priority to give back by serving on the board of trustees and the alumni board and volunteering as a class agent and reunion chair. Including Beaver in my estate plan allows me to continue to support the school for future generations. I can’t think of a better way to thank Beaver for all it’s given me.” Ruth Isabella Gardner Lamere ’59 divides her time between Beacon Hill, Duxbury and Key West. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Ruth is a realtor. In addition to her dedicated service to Beaver (see page 13), Ruth has served on the boards of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Beacon Hill Circle and has volunteered for Sarah Lawrence, the Duxbury Art Association and Plimoth Plantation. She has five children and three stepchildren with her husband Robert.

The Rewards of Planned Giving A planned gift to Beaver can benefit both the school and you by generating lifelong income, converting low-yielding assets into a higher income stream, providing tax deductions and reducing or eliminating estate taxes. There are several planned giving vehicles, including bequests, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts. Beaver’s development office can help you and your financial advisor structure a gift so that it has the greatest benefit to both you and the school. For more information please contact Karen Hill (Director of Development) at 617.738.2746.




Ruth Lamere ’59 at her 50th Reunion in May.

The Beatrice Van Ness Society The Beatrice Van Ness Society recognizes all those who have made a bequest provision, a life income gift, or other planned gift commitment to Beaver Country Day School. A renowned painter in the school of American Impressionism, Beatrice Whitney Van Ness (1888-1981) led the art department at Beaver from 1921 to 1949 and was a pioneer in the emerging field of art education. Her life’s work as a practicing artist and as an innovative teacher is reflected today in Beaver’s commitment to the arts as a vital part of a balanced curriculum. Members of the Beatrice Van Ness Society help the school uphold these core values of progressive education through their thoughtful and generous commitments to Beaver’s future. We would appreciate learning of your gift intentions for Beaver so that we may include you in the list of Beatrice Van Ness Society members. However, should you wish to remain anonymous we will honor that request. Selma Jones Wheaton ’25* Natalie Waldo Koehler ’27* Maria Whitten Pomeroy ’27* Elizabeth Willett Musser ’28* Anne Allen Conklin ’30* John Wolbach ’30* Rosamond Hamlin Thomas ’36 Nancy Garland Bowen ’37 Ellen Chafee Tillinghast ’37* Edith Moir Kiley ’38* Deborah Law Redpath ’40 Nancy J. Moore ’41 ff John and Katharine Sawtell Plimpton ’41 Katharine Driscoll Withington ’43* Colby and Emmy Richardson Hewitt ’44 Janet Bird Burns ’45 Patricia Hurley Goodrich ’49* Judith Parks Anderson ’57 Nancy Sargent Howell ’58 Carolyn White Spengler ’58 Ruth Isabella Gardner Lamere ’59 Rosamond Wright Reiber ’61 Nancy Whittemore ’64* Muriel Loring ’65* Jacqueline Hall Fesler ’67 Paul Merton ’97 Rosamond Lovering ff* Eugene Randolph Smith ff* Camilla Titcomb ff * deceased ff = former faculty

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THE BCDS ALUMNI BOARD The BCDS Alumni Board was established in 1937 by a dedicated group of graduates to foster and strengthen ties between the school and its alumni community. The members work on outreach and help plan alumni events. This year the board is fortunate to have the following alumni as members: Allison Gordon Abrams ’92 Dave Berman ’02 Henry Feldman ’85

We want to hear from you. The quickest way to submit class notes is to do it online: 1. Go to 2. Look for the box in the center column labeled “Enter Class Notes.” 3. Click on the link to open a Google form where you can enter notes. 4. Click “Submit” when you are done. E-mail photos to Shira Lewin ’92 at Please send the highest resolution digital file you have. Mail class notes or photos to Shira Lewin ’92, Director of Alumni Relations, BCDS, 791 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

How to Update your Contact Info Please let us know if you’ve recently moved so we can mail you future issues of this magazine. Also let us know your e-mail address so we can send you electronic newsletters, too. 1. Go to 2. Log in with this user name protocol: full first name last name 2-digit class year (no spaces). 3. The first time you log in use your home zip code as your temporary password. You’ll be prompted to create a permanent password. 4. After you log in, click on “My Profile” in the left-hand column. Update your contact info as needed. Don’t forget to provide us an e-mail. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact David Michaels at or 617.738.2743.

Gene Hashkes ’94 Allison Latt Heesch ’86 Carla Jabbour Higgins ’89 Holly Benedict Holmes ’67 Matt Millstein ’96 Scott Parker ’01 Lisa Spagnuolo ’88 Laura Spiro ’83 Jay Bailey Strzetelski ’52 Nat Harrington ’10 (student representative)

A Note to Readers: We apologize that some of these notes are a little out-of-date. We have included the month/year each note was submitted to help you better understand the context. 1928 Virginia Rice Johnson, the last living member of the class, died on January 22, 2008. 1929 Marnie Muther Mettee came up from Hingham to attend the reunion luncheon in May and to celebrate her 80th Reunion (see photo on page 12). She is 96 and active in her retirement community (Linden Ponds) with bridge, two choral groups and attending lectures. 1931 The class has a memorial in this issue.

Kay Sawtell Plimpton ’41 (L) and Shirley Amory Waterman ’41 at the school’s Annual Meeting of the Corporation in May

1932 The class has memorials in this issue. 1933 The class has a memorial in this issue.

1934 The class has a memorial in this issue. 1935 The class has memorials in this issue. 1936 Rosamond Hamlin Thomas: “Hoping to make it to my 90th in February. A good summer painting, gardening, and training our airedale.” (11/08)

The class has memorials in this issue. 1937 The class has memorials in this issue.


1938 Carolyn “Hooky” Wallace Darack: “My husband and I have been living at Orchard Cove in Canton, MA, for 4 years. He recently retired from being President of the Resident Council. I’m co-chair of the Health Advisory Council, on the Activities Committee and secretary of the statewide MA Lifecare Residents’ Association. The Public Health Museum in MA, which a group of us public health retirees helped found on the grounds of Tewksbury Hospital, has many interesting exhibits and welcomes all. We’ll be 90 this year, still play tennis, golf, are in good health. Have 7 great grandchildren. Regards to all.” (4/09)

The class has a memorial in this issue.


> Nancy Shapiro Hurwitz ’50, granddaughters Liza ’13 and Ali Cooper ’09 (L), daughter Amy Cooper. Liza finished Beaver’s 8th grade, and Ali graduated and is headed to Connecticut College. Both girls are BCDS lifers.

1943 Madlin Gulick Moore: “I have enjoyed living in Florida these past 4 years, especially this winter when the Northeast has had a miserable time. I do miss mountains and color in the fall trees, so trips to Colorado and Oregon help my nostalgia.” (2/09)

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1944 Joy Spalding: “A few weeks ago when visiting Washington, DC, had the chance to stay with Betsy Clark in her beautiful condo that looks out at the city over the treetops. She is well, pleased to say, and I loved hearing about and seeing lots of pictures of her now-married beautiful daughter, Liz. R. I keep busy with peace activities and am on the board of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, also on an advisory committee for a foundation. Now have four great-grandchildren, one here and alas the other three in NYC. My grandson, an art historian now back from three years in Italy, is at the Metropolitan Museum. His intellectual-property-lawyersister has given up the Sparky’s restaurants in NY (one in Northampton), writes for NPR, Comedy Central, etc., having left Gucci. She never let us know where to buy those cheap knockoffs!” (10/08) Joan Eliot Sappington: “I continue to be able to stay involved in the arts arena in the Portland, OR, region. My daughters both teach in the state, which keeps them near.” (11/08)

The class has memorials in this issue.


1946 Martha Dimmitt White was named the Novato, CA, Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. She was nominated by the Novato Housing Coalition, for which she is a founding member and vice chairwoman. Martha has served on board of many other housing and civic groups including the Marin Economic Commission, Marin YMCA and the St. Vincent’s/ Silveira Task Force. (4/09)

1947 The class has a memorial in this issue. 1948 Lorraine Fernandez Williams: “Our great-granddaughter Arianna Lorraine (age 2 years) has been adopted, and we are ecstatic to have her in our family.” (4/09)

The class has a memorial in this issue. 1949 The 2009 Patricia Hurley Goodrich Award helped a student’s fund work with orphans in South Africa (see page 5).

The class has a memorial in this issue. 1950 Class Agent Elise Glazier Waterman Nancy Shapiro Hurwitz: “My two grandchildren, Ali and Liza Cooper, enjoy Beaver so much. We are very proud of them and their accomplishments at the school (see photo above). Michael and I spend the winters in Naples, FL. We are fortunate to have each other to enjoy golf, taking courses, playing bridge and traveling. Our six grandchildren are a source of great pride. One graduated from Babson this year. Next two are at Dartmouth and Stanford, and one is going to Quinnipiac.” (12/08) Sarah Bond Gilson: “In 2007 we moved to Kendal at Hanover, a continuing care retirement community. It is great! So far we are healthy and able to participate in the many activities available in our community and the town.” (4/09) Barbara Stickney Laughlin: “After most of the summer in our house in Falmouth, ME, we took off in September and went to Seattle with friends by train. Then we drove to Vancouver and Whistler. We took a tour on a float plane to Victoria. Because of rain, it killed the view and put a damper on everything. Anyway, we drove up the mountainside road to Whistler. Beautiful drive and views. We enjoy our kids; Debbie lives in Boston and works at the Mass. Rehab Hospital. Scott

lives in Natick with his wife Kendra and two children, Cam and Katie, 15 and 13. Hockey is their sport. Cam is at Fessenden. Katie at Dana. So glad Elise has taken over as class agent for me, thanks.” (1/09) 1952 Class Agent Jay Bailey Strzetelski Bette Ely Crowell: “I am thoroughly enjoying being retired and finally able to attend all the grandchildren’s games, plays, concerts and more! I have started working on my music again and enjoying the writing process a lot. With 11 grandkids, I am now a great-grandmother of a beautiful baby girl, Madison, and expecting another greatgrandson.” (7/08)

The class has a memorial in this issue. 1953 Pauline Thayer Duke: “I still think of Beaver often for four wonderful years of learning, socializing, exploration and joy!” (12/08) 1954 Class Agent Carol McConville Dwyer Joanne Bainbridge Safford: “Consulting on criminal justice matters in Mexico continues to take me to that country about 10 days a month. Right now I have a contract to help write a new code of criminal procedure introducing the accusational system and oral trials at the federal level. I have also been helping Mexico’s Prosecutor General’s Office with their extraditions of fugitive money launderers, tax evaders and other bad guys. Very nice part time work in my retirement leaving me time for family and one beautiful granddaughter, Meera, now 5.” (4/09)

The class has memorials in this issue. 1955 The class has a memorial in this issue.

1958 Class Agent Marian Upton Clouse

Joy Calfee Roberts: “I’m still content in our little foothill town. I’m so busy, I often wonder when I ever found time to work! I dance, I read, I write, and work but mostly play with grandchildren Michael, now 7, and Elizabeth Joy, now 4, and moo back at the cows who have their heads over my fence!” (2/09)

Congratulations to Fanny Howe, who was awarded the Poetry Foundation’s 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in April. The annual prize recognizes a living U.S. poet for extraordinary lifetime achievement. Prior recipients include Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, Donald Hall, W.S. Merwin, among others.

Dorothy Stevens Parker: “Had a wonderful trip this fall to Eastern Europe. In September the town of Jackson had a two-day Open Studio Tour in conjunction with the Fall Arts Festival. In Dec. ’08, the gallery had a one-woman show for me. My children are nearby and doing well.” (12/08) Sue Elwell Newbury: “Thanks to a great 50th Reunion a few years ago I have had many wonderful times reconnecting or staying connected with our classmates, also with our husbands. A great trip to Sicily with Anne Barker (Kins) Mccleod and Judy Scullin Tilson and husbands, and last April a girls’ trip to NYC with Judy, Kins, Judy Parks Anderson, Linda O’Keefe Plunkett, to see Jane Quigley Alexander! So much fun.” (4/09)

1959 50th Reunion Agents Ruth Gardner Lamere Wendy Withington Mary Morison Winby: “My best memories of Beaver are the teachers − Mrs. Pope, Madame Fourel, Mrs. Sayward, Mr. Tonks, and Mr. Tabery. I enjoyed sports, academics, choir, and drama while at Beaver. The best moment in my life was marrying Stu Winby at age 60! We are having a glorious marriage.” (4/09) Susan Whittemore Doerflinger: “As an artist, one of the most frequently asked questions is, ‘How long did it take you to do that?’ I respond, ‘Two hours and 40 years.’ All the years of art training, beginning with BCDS, have proven to be a passion that seems to never end. I hope to continue painting for many years to come. Am looking forward to our 50th in May.” (4/09) Editor’s note: Susan brought some of her paintings to display at her reunion (see photo of page 15).

> Judy Parks Anderson ’57 (L) and Marian Upton Clouse ’58 attended the school’s Annual Meeting of the Corporation in May

Jean Gucker McKinney ’61 (L) and her daughter Jean McKinney Downey ’88 participated in the Danskin Triathlon


> Lee Carmichael Hunsaker ’68 (L), Jim Dwyer and Carol McConville Dwyer ’54 at the school’s Annual Meeting

Ellen Kaplan Kardon: “On Feb. 1, 2009, I married an old sweetheart from my teenage years! We had not seen or spoken to each other in 48 years. We had been on a bike trip in France in the summer of 1960. We reconnected through the Experiment in International Living which had sponsored our trip. We just returned from 3 weeks in Tahiti and Hawaii. We are teenagers in love! It is fabulous! Looking forward to our 50th (yikes!) reunion in May!” (4/09) Ruth Gardner Lamere received the school’s Service Award at reunions in May ’09 (see page 13).

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1957 Class Agent Judy Parks Anderson

1960 Karen O’Keeffe McDonald: “Bob and I are still enjoying life on the Cape. We are fortunate that three of our four children live less than 1.5 hours away. Lyssa and her husband live in Washington, DC. Brendan lives in Newton. Stacy, her husband, and Callie (3) and Avery (6 months), live in Mansfield, and Alison, her husband, Tucker (5), Griffin (3), Delany and Teegan (1), live in Norwell. Our house sometimes resembles a pre-school, and I love it!” (12/08) Planning for the 50th Reunion (May 7-8, 2010) is in its early stages. Please contact the Alumni Office if you would like to get involved. 1961 Class Agent Jean Gucker McKinney

Ann Ropes Flather: “After working for 40 years, am trying to adjust to retirement − now there are no excuses for not having enough time for things. Having a lovely time with 5 grandchildren including a brand new one born February ’09. What a treat.” (6/09) Jean Gucker McKinney: “I competed, and completed, with my daughter Jean McKinney Downey ’88 in the Danskin Women’s Triathlon in Webster in July 2008. This Danskin Triathlon to support cancer research is one of a series held around the country. Daughter Jean completed her first triathlon in ’07 while I − a grandmother of 8 − was recovering from a total knee replacement. Thanks to the great care given me at Marathon Physical Therapy (son Alex) and tremendous encouragement given me by my whole family (and a lot of hard work on my part!), I competed in my first race of any kind. What an overwhelming sense of accomplishment I felt as I walked across that finish line. Class of ’61, we are a long way from being done! Don’t forget to e-mail me at with your 50th Reunion ideas!” (4/09)


1962 Sylvia Thorndike Sheriff: “I’m still very busy being a flying Nanny Granny to and from San Francisco when our grandchildren have vacation. We recently trekked in Zion National Park with our Trail Trekkers. Next time we’ll spend what it takes to explore the river! Special boots, socks, wet suit, etc! I was so envious of the German group wading on in the freezing water! Cheers!”(5/09)

Lucinda Franks Morgenthau received the school’s Distinguished Alumna Award at reunions in May ’09. (see page 13).

1963 Lee Kimball Byron: “My daughter, Lee-Hayes Byron, is about to have her first baby, my 3rd grandson. I am happily doing real estate in Sarasota, FL, and working on too many boards and committees, I won a trip and took my son and daughter-in-law to Patagonia for two weeks in March.” (5/09)

Charlotte Lowell Allan: “I am still teaching first grade in Hingham. I spend as much time as possible with my two wonderful grandchildren, ages 6 and 14, who live close by. Enjoy living by the ocean every day!” (1/09)

Karen Rhodes Clarke: “My daughter, Jennifer Tarter ’92, gave birth to Peter Joseph Mickienzie in May ’08. Don’t know how it is possible, but he gets more delicious every time I see him. Son Jon and his wife Nancy Lang, bought a townhouse in Arlington, VA, last spring. They work hard and have a wonderful circle of interesting friends. Dan still commutes up here to Maine on weekends, and now that there is a grandson, I spend more time in MA. All is well.” (12/08)


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1964 45th Reunion Agent Cynthia Bailey Steele

Patricia Staton Thomas: “My husband Noel and I just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. As it happened, we were out of town teaching, and our students took us out for a terrific dinner. After 26 years of building aged miniature structures (64 to date) for collectors and museums, we ran out of steam for the big projects, and now teach others how to do it for themselves. It’s ironic that aging is our claim to fame. Our latest project is a Paris streetscape − a small, old shop squeezed between two larger, newer buildings. When we’re not working on miniatures, I write poetry, and Noel paints watercolors in his downtown studio. Nine years ago, before the housing boom, we were lucky to find a wonderful house in Astoria, OR, overlooking the Columbia River, which is also where we work most of the time. Given the givens, I don’t see retirement in sight, but we work at staying healthy and enjoying where we live. I look forward to reading posts from more of you, maybe the reunion will spur you on, too.” (3/09)

1965 Class Agent Ceelie Wood Beacham Pamela Vallender Stewart would like classmates to know they can join a group on Facebook: BCDS Class of 1965. (6/09)

1966 Madeleine Swift Butcher: “I’m living in Woodland Hills, CA, and teaching Pilates from my home studio designed by my husband. I’d love to hear from you.” (11/08) Lucy Amory Bradley: “I hope everyone from the class of ’66 is doing well. Best wishes to all!” (6/09) 1967 Amy Grossman Sands will attend the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, after 10 years as Director of BJEP, an independent Hebrew School on the Brandeis campus. She is the grandmother of Samuel Kai Narva (son of Josh Narva ’92). (4/09) 1968 Class Agent Lee Carmichael Hunsaker Helen Gray Rom: “Our daughter, Holly, got married July 2008 and currently lives and works in Denver, CO.” (12/08) Meredith Morten is the subject of the Alumna Profile in this issue (see pages 20-22). Meredith won a Fulbright and spent the first part of 2009 in Hungary. 1969 40th Reunion Agents Julie Hagan Kate Driscoll Coon Pat Harrington Day Deb Barnet Naoko Sakurai Hague reports that she is playing in a trio at Indian Hill Music. She traveled to Texas in February and Japan in June ’08. In November her trio performed Beethoven at the IHM donor appreciation dinner to great reviews. In December ’08 she celebrated her 60th birthday. (1/09)

Katharine Driscoll Coon: “We just pulled together a mini-reunion of the Class of 1969, since we realized 40 years had passed since we graduated, and that was a l-o-n-g time. Deb Barnet and I were the only two people from our class to go to the official reunion in May, and so we cooked up a potluck and Pat Harrington Day graciously agreed to host it. (See photo on page 29.) We knew we would not get everybody, and we didn’t, but we saw some people we hadn’t seen in four or more decades (and, damn, didn’t everybody look good!) and shared a lot of life stories, laughs and flipped through pictures of ourselves in the old yearbook. Cringed at our yearbook quotes... A little snapshot of where I am − son Alexander married Jen Gilo in 2006 and made us grandparents last October: Annabel Petra Gilo Coon. Alex is the Boston market manager for Redfin, and selling a lot of real estate, even in this down market. Seth and I will have been married 30 years this summer. When I met him, he was a widower with a 1.5-year-old child. Seth is now happily retired, loves to putter, fix engines and be outside. We both like to travel, but I need to retire (if I can) in a couple of years to free up more time. Daniel, son number 2, lives in Portland OR, where he is an artist working in several media. Katharine will be 26 this summer − went to Barnard and stayed on in New York − lives a great life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where she is a paralegal in a law firm, using her Spanish and interest in sustainability to help start and run a CSA in her neighborhood that isn’t just for Park Slope yuppies. I continue to love teaching, college counseling, sailing my small boat, gardening, etc. We lost our mom to myelodysplasia a year ago, but otherwise life is good.” (6/09)

The class has a memorial in this issue. 1970 30th Reunion Agent Elisabeth Ames Elizabeth “Lee” Kiley-Lad: “Jim and I are still living in Chestnut Hill with our dog and cat. Volunteering, golf and curling keep me busy. See Cheri Coulter and her sister Wendy Coulter ’68 often. Life is good and I look forward to our 40th reunion next year!” (12/08)

1973 Patti Stoll sent the photo below of herself with Abby Zimberg and Karen Yee Chiang when the group met in San Francisco in Sept. ’08 for a very fun reunion evening. (10/08)

An exhibit of drawings by Ellen Driscoll was the setting for a gallery reception for BCDS alumni in Manhattan in April ’09. Ellen is in Ireland, working on a multimedia project about offshore oil rigs. (8/09)

Susan Green: “After moving from Manhattan to Birmingham, AL, in Feb. ’08, things started to change rather rapidly! In Sept. ’08 I opened a retail store, Birmingham Bake and Cook Co. We specialize in kitchen equipment for home and commercial use and have an instructional kitchen as well! This is the perfect vehicle for my past 30 years in food service and a great way to be part of the Birmingham community.” (12/08)

Ros Everdell’s son Michael graduated from Beaver this June and will attend Oberlin College (see photo on page 9). 1972 Mary Oates relocated in Oct. ’07 to Lexington, KY, to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Kentucky. Husband Don Winfrey is a radar systems engineer at Northrup Grumman Co. Daughters Victoria (Colby Sawyer) and Olivia (Brown University) are college students, youngest daughter Cecilia is in 8th grade at North Country School in Lake Placid, NY. (12/08)

Beth Gray Nix: “I retired as Director of Occupational Therapy at the Fernald Center. I’m looking forward to consulting, traveling, and spending more time with my family!” (4/09) 1975 Class Agent John Weltman Jeffrey Saunders hosted the BCDS Alumni Career Breakfast at his company’s Lenox Hotel in Boston in Oct. ’08. The event was a fun networking opportunity for local alumni (see photos on page 31). (10/08) 1976 Julie Hechtman Sall: “We are about to have our oldest Maddy, fly the coop and we’re not too happy about it. Senior year has been exciting, and Maddy was fortunate to get into (and chose without undue pressure) my alma mater, Brown. Charlotte continues on in 10th grade in Newton South, taking a wide variety of courses and many extra curriculars.” (5/09)

1977 David Affler: “I married Dr. Lisa Choleff on November 9, 2008, at Brotherhood Synagogue in New York City. The wedding guests included Amy Miller ’73 (the last all-female class!), who is a longtime friend of my family. Anyone interested in viewing photos of the wedding is welcome to browse our website at drlisaanddavidesq. The ‘wedpass’ that you need to gain entry is LisaandDavid110908.” (12/08) Bennett Klein was the lead attorney in the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage in Connecticut. Ben is a senior attorney with GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) in Boston. (11/08) 1978 Pam Savoy Barnett’s daughter Jennifer graduated from Beaver this June and will attend Wheaton College (see photo on page 9). 1979 Scott Silver: “I’ve recently begun tracking down and connecting with former classmates via Facebook, after coming across an old class photo from the yearbook. It’s amazing to think that we are coming up on our 30th anniversary of graduation from Beaver! Where has the time gone? I’m pleased to report that I’ve been in contact with: Carolyn Spector, Alan Bortman, Paul Kleppner, Wendy Darling Nickerson and Roger Raiford (all ’79), as well as Tim Halle ’81, John McClain ’80, Andrew Bordwin ’82, Sean Dwyer ’80, Malcolm Cook ’78, Sandy Forbes ’80, and Deb Sriberg ’80. If you’re on Facebook, look us up!” (12/08)


1971 Veronica Ohanian Heath writes, “Donn and I are enjoying our empty-nesting. Michael, 25, is now attending the Threshold Program at Lesley University. The focus of his program is living independently and with his Charlie Card, he is a man about town! Zachary, 20, is a junior at Vanderbilt and loving the music Nashville offers. I am still very much involved with Berkshire Hills Music Academy. Donn is feeling the slump in real estate, but hopefully this too will pass. Robby Morse Levy is now my teacher of Pilates. Funny how we’re the same age... but she looks awesome! I hope this newsy note finds everyone happy and healthy!” (12/08)

1974 35th Reunion Agent Faye Florence

Class Notes

Josephine “Jody” Gardner Crosby: “Still live on Lake Champlain in VT in my wonderful old house. Still a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing children. I go into their homes and work with families and babies, which is fun. I inherited a 1930 Model A Ford Roadster from my dad, so I’m learning a lot and really have fun with it!” (12/08)

Class of 1969 mini-reunion (L-R): Front: Deb Barnet, Polly Cummings, Julie Hagan Back: Elizabeth Rectanus, Kate Coon, Pat Day, Jill Beverstock, Hannah Soule, Susan Lewis

29 > 1973 classmates (L-R) Patti Stoll, Karen Yee Chiang and Abby Zimberg met up in San Francisco last fall

Dr. Henry Feldman ’85 with interns (L-R) Danielle Bynoe ’10, Vanessa Lecky ’10 and Emily Salfity ’10. >

(L-R) Laura Spiro ’83, Shira Lewin ’92 and Lisa Spagnuolo ’88 attended the school’s Annual Meeting of the Corporation in May > <

In April ’09 BCDS hosted a reception for NYC alumni at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery in Chelsea at an exhibit by artist Ellen Driscoll ’70. Attendees included (L-R): Hans Henkes ’89, Andrew Barrett ’89 and Ben Howe ’89.

1981 Class Agent Lauri Scher Chmielewski


Class Notes

1982 David Benfield and his wife Elaine welcomed son Mathew to the world on July 7, 2008. (12/08) Lisa Cutts Patten’s son Ben graduated from Beaver this June and will attend Gettysburg College (see photo on page 11). 1983 Class Agents Laura Spiro Kelli Tatum Carol Waldenburg: “I am looking forward to being a bridesmaid at Kelly Tatum’s wedding in October. She is marrying Patric, whom many of you met at our last reunion. He is awesome.” (12/08)

Kelli Tatum: “After 5 years of volunteer work for the Alliance for Lupus Research, I was awarded the Boston Walk’s Volunteer of the Year Award. I was very surprised and very humbled. So many other people and teams have raised thousands of dollars. I was, and still am, dedicated to getting the word out about lupus and getting others involved and participating in the Walk. Since the Walk started 5 years ago, I have asked my family, friends and church members to join me and we have been successful in raising money as well as spreading the word. Next year I hope to enlist classmates and my children to join us as well. Thank you to all of my classmates that have supported me in my efforts along the way.” (12/08)

Jonathan Soroff appeared as Mother Ginger in the 2008 Boston production of The Nutcracker. He danced on stilts while eight children danced beneath his hoopskirt. (12/09) Editor’s note: Jonathan was guest speaker at this year’s Commencement (see page 8). Laura Spiro hosted a wine tasting for alumni led by French-trained wine professional Paul Merton ’97 at her Cambridge home. See photos below. (2/09) 1984 25th Reunion Agent Jim Blankstein

Alumni Wine Tasting in Cambridge (Feb. 2009) 1 1. Hostess Laura Spiro ’83 and wine-expert Paul Merton ’97 2. Kathleen Drohan ’84 and Jonathan Soroff ’83 3. Laura Spiro ’83 and Pamela Mazza ’88 2 3

Twenty Boston alumni gathered to discuss their careers and entrepreneurism.





1. Panelists Amye Kurson ’91 (Founder, Ame and Lulu), Jeffrey Saunders ’75 (President and CEO, Saunders Hotel Group LLC), Andy Spellman ’96 (Partner, Fireman Capital Partners) 2. Dr. Henry Feldman ’85 (hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) 3. Paul Connors ’00 (JD/MBA student at Suffolk) and Jonathan Tee ’01 (film industry) 4. Silva Misho ’97 (Silva Misho Real Estate)

Class Notes

Alumni Career Breakfast at the Lenox Hotel in Boston (Oct. 2008)

1985 Class Agent Henry Feldman

Middle School and is following my lead with his third term of high honors!” (6/09)

Henry Feldman supervised five Beaver students in summer internships at Beth Israel Hospital. The student-interns were: Lucy Hicks ’10, Danielle Bynoe ’10, Emily Salfity ’10, Vanessa Lecky ’10 and Caroline Margolis-Borgeson ’10. (See photo on page 30.) Henry is already beginning to plan for the class’s 25th Reunion in May ’10.

John Katz is the vice president and general manager of the Salem (VA) Red Sox, a top Class A franchise. (1/09)

1990 Rebecca Dunne Waterfall has been volunteering as a member of her town’s (Southborough, MA) ladder study committee. She is actively working to raise money to purchase a ladder truck for the fire department. (4/09)

1989 20th Reunion Agents Wendy Dameshek Fischman Carla Jabbour Higgins Liz Schneider Koplan

1991 Eunice Hague and Tom Wharton, along with their daughter Dakota, welcomed Wesley MacLaren Wharton on Aug. 23, 2008. (1/09)

1986 Class Agent Allison Latt Heesch

Marlowe Greenberg and Andrew Barrett were present to receive awards at their 20th Reunion and (see page 13). Honoree Brad Falchuk was busy creating a new Fox TV series Glee scheduled to air this fall. The musical comedy is set in a high school glee club – any resemblance to BCDS? (6/09)

1992 Class Agent Allison Gordon Abrams

Steven Silverman: “I am living in Rye, NY, with my wife Rennie and two beautiful girls Jessica (4) and Alexis (1). I’m still working at Goldman Sachs as an Institutional Equity Sales Trader, and my wife opened up a One2One Bodyscapes Franchise in Mamaroneck, NY, which offers personal training services and is owned by Rob Shapiro and Alan Smith, both great friends and classmates.” (2/09) 1988 Class Agents Pamela Mazza Lisa Spagnuolo Lisa Spagnuolo: “I am currently getting my master’s at Simmons College in Behavioral Science. I just finished my third class and received my third A! My son is finishing 6th grade at Day

Krishna Gidwani: “I was in Orlando, FL, for 8 years (20012008). I owned/operated Gleason’s Grille. I am a member/founder of YEO chapter for Orlando’s Young Entrepreneur’s Organization. In 1994 I founded Feel Well Rehab Clinics, Physical Therapy Services. In 2008, I founded At Home Medical Supply in Boston/New Bedford, MA. This company provides outstanding home delivery service of medical equipment and supplies, as well as support to underserved communities.” (5/09)

James Paul Qazilbash: “I’m doing well here in Dallas, TX. After a short trip in Sept. ’08, I got engaged at Anthony’s Pier 4. My fiancée is a speech therapist here at Baylor Hospital. Also, after completing my residency at Baylor this summer and completing my master of divinity degree from Southern Methodist University, I was hired on as the pediatric staff chaplain for Baylor Hospital.” (12/08) Shira Lewin: “Hello classmates! It’s great seeing everyone on Facebook and keeping up with your news. I am still working at Beaver and enjoy visits with classmates, on and off campus. I hope to see many of you Thanksgiving weekend in Boston. I’m organizing our annual get-together for young alumni on Nov. 27 (details tbd).” (8/09)


> Hedy Jarras ’93 spoke to Beaver seniors about being a small business owner.


1998 Jessica Zito: “This fall finds me purchasing a new home with my fiancée, and bargaining my first contract as president of the Graduate Teachers Union at Wayne State University! Every day gets me closer to my PhD and finally getting back home to New England!” (11/08)


Class Notes

Kyle Sharaf ’06 took the polar plunge in Boston Harbor for the 13th year with the L Street Brownies, 20 degrees, 1/1/09.

1993 Eric Cooper is a chef at Palmer Station in Antarctica. Restaurant owner Hedy Jarras and fashion designer Amye Kurson ’91 offered tips to aspiring entrepreneurs at a Career Lunch for students in Feb. ’09. Hedy operates three Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in Newton and Needham. Amye designs and markets sports accessories for her company Ame and Lulu. 1996 Class Agent Matt Millstein Joelle Hague is currently completing her MEd at Tufts. She was teaching at the Mission Hill School, a pilot school in Roxbury, MA, teaching middle school. (1/09) 1997 Sara Hagan and her husband Jason Parker welcomed Eric Hagan Parker on July 22, 2009. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 21-1/2 inches. (8/09) Paul Merton has been studying to be a professional vintner in France. He showed off his connoisseurship at a wine tasting party for Boston alumni at the home of Laura Spiro ’83 in Feb. ’09. (See photos on page 30.)

The class has a memorial in this issue. 1999 Peter Burchhard: “After college I worked for Microsoft in Seattle for three years, then transferred to Shenzhen in China, left the firm earlier this year and now live in Shanghai starting a new business: We make top-quality oil paintings based on pictures and instructions provided by customers, all 100% hand-made and at surprisingly affordable prices. I speak Mandarin fluently, am active in the Latin dance scene (brought salsa to Shenzhen through and am now learning tango. Looking forward to catching up with old classmates from BCDS.” (12/08) 2001 Elizabeth Clarke: “I am still living in Manhattan, now on the Upper East Side. I graduated from Columbia University with my master’s in social work in May ’08. I am working at Mt. Sinai Hospital on a surgery/oncology floor. Every day is different and out of control crazy, but I am enjoying working with patients and their families and helping people through a difficult time in their lives.” (3/09) Andrew David spent time this summer volunteering in Beaver’s historical archives. This fall he is starting his PhD in history at Boston University. (8/09)

The class has a memorial in this issue.

2002 Will Van Dyke is currently conducting the national tour of Grease and will be joining the orchestra of The Addams Family this spring, opening on Broadway, March 3, 2009, at the Lunt-Fontaine Theater. (6/09) 2003 Phillip McCully: Spent 5 months (Oct. ’08-Feb. ’09) stationed at McMurdo Base, in Antartica, as a firefighter/EMT for their fire department. He was back home for the spring and summer and returned for another stint on the ice in August. He blogs at (8/09) Richard Louis is attending Northeastern School of Law. (12/08) 2004 Sara Segal-Williams worked last fall for the theater department at Bard (her alma mater), then spent several weeks working on the Obama Campaign in Cleveland, OH. (12/08) Pamela Rice: “As many of you know, I discovered two years into my stint at Beaver that it was not quite the place for me. As a result, I departed after finishing the ninth grade and went on to graduate from the Walnut Hill School in Natick, which seems to have done a faculty exchange with Beaver as my history teacher was a fellow BCDS ex-pat and one of the girls’ dorm parents at Walnut Hill went on to teach my younger brother (Adam Rice ’06) history at BCDS. I continued my studies in theater and Spanish while I was there. After high school, I attended Sarah Lawrence College. Best decision of my life, as far as I’m concerned. Graduated in May ’08. I’m now employed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I keep busy by writing (11 plays, four musicals and a novel since finishing high school), awkwardly visiting SLC a whole ton, and of course, tooling around on the Internet.” (4/09)

> This photo shows some of the many BCDS alumni, students and teachers who worked at Beaver Summer programs, including Deb Sullivan ’88, Larry McKinney ’90, Meg Whall ’01, Rebecca Finkelstein ’01, Nina Weisner ’05, Ben Silbert ’06, Eric Schlesinger ’06, Gordon Hildick-Smith ’07, Pete Georgakas ’07, Liz Kroft ’07, Jared Bellot ’08, Josh Jick ’08, Yikun Liang ’08, Anna Cohen ’08, Nicole Cassels ’08, Julia Rubin ’08, Brooke Parker ’09, Hanna Perkins ’09, Evan Winter ’09, Willy Tucker ’10, Anjali Lappin ’10, Joanne Georgakas ’10, Laura Haigler ’10, Sheyda Bautista-Saeyan ’10, Sam Lynch ’10, Cam Bloy ’10, Teddy Kesting-Handy ’11, Meri Winter ’11, Stephen Phillips ’11, Lili Welch ’12, Connor Laubenstein ’12, Nina Olumi ’13, Tom Manning, Tara Paulauskas, Amy Winston, Matt Lippman.

Josh Goldstein is an assistant women’s basketball coach at UMass-Boston. (5/09) 2005 Milicent Armstrong is a senior at Rollins College majoring in art history. She spent the summer of ’08 in Paris, interning at an art gallery. Millicent spent part of her junior year at Semester at Sea. (12/08) Lindsay Bucci was a tri-captain of the Babson College women’s lacrosse team and a NEWMAC All Star as a senior this spring. (5/09)

2006 Christine Genco spent this summer cycling cross-country with Bike and Build, a nonprofit that raises money for affordable housing. Riding with a group of 30 other college students, Chris started midJune in Boston and was scheduled to arrive in Santa Barbara, CA, by mid-August. That’s just over 3,700 miles! Along the way, they stopped to assist with community-build projects like Habitat for Humanity. Chris is a senior at Boston University. (8/09) George Williams wrote a reflection about President Obama’s election in this issue (see page 19). George is a senior at Morehouse College and editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. He was back home this summer working on a local political campaign. (8/09)

2007 Graham Lloyd is taking a year off from Colorado College and will spend the fall interning in Mombasa, Kenya, with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Graham worked this summer at Brickman’s in Vineyard Haven, a store co-owned by Vasska Fondren ’86. (8/09) 2008 Tin-Yan Chan was a Making a Difference Scholar at Clark University. Clark awards MAD scholarships to incoming first-year students who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to social change. (10/08) Maddy Kiefer is a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where Barack Obama attended his first two years of college. Maddy worked the phones for his campaign. (11/08) 2009 Danielle Lubin-Levy received Honorable Mention from the Jewish Sports Review’s 2008-09 High School All-America Basketball Team. (7/09)

> In May several young alumni gave tips to graduating seniors about their transition to college. (L-R) Maddy Keifer ’08 (Occidental), Sabrina Fiori ’08 (Wheaton), Kelly Kretschmar ’08 (Tulane), Sara McDonough ’08 (Georgetown), Jared Bellot ’08 (Brown), Yaritza Pena ’07(Bowdoin), Fedna Jacquet ’06 (Brown)

Class Notes


Simona Tolchin ’09 received Beth Israel’s Youth Leadership Award. She is pictured with her mentor Dr. Henry Feldman ’85 and BI’s CEO Paul Levy.



< A group of former faculty got together in August ’09 at Kathryn Buckley’s house in South Dennis. Kathryn still works at BCDS as the Assistant Business Manager. Bea Kleppner still teaches psychology. Attending were: (Front L-R): Sydney Glover, Jeanne Nee, Martha Welch, Elaine Gray (Back L-R): Bea Kleppner, Pippen Cook, Carolyn Powers, Elaine McGovern, Kathryn Buckley, Karen Wyon, Aline Gery



Pan-Mass cyclists Peter Hutton and Kit Beaudouin ’72. The annual ride across the state benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It was Peter’s 3rd ride.

Paul Krajovic enjoys retirement in Turkey

Current & Former Faculty Rob Connor left Beaver in late August to create and lead a new charter school in Trenton/Camden, NJ area. Rob will be based in Princeton. He and wife Su are expecting their second son in October.


Class Notes

Joanna Goldstein and her woodwind quintet, Vento Chiaro, performed and taught at Tanglewood again this summer. Paul Krajovic writes from Turkey, where he is retired (again) after working in college counseling for a decade there: “After my first year away from any school environment, I can say that I miss the daily work with students, their parents, and chumming with colleagues. But, I don’t miss it enough to get me back into a school again. There’s too much else to do. I have traveled widely in Turkey and throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco). After 10 years now, even though I don’t speak much Turkish, I feel at home here. When people ask how I can live here, I ask them how they can live where they live. What I mean is, when I lived in Boston, I would start the day with a list of things I wanted to do. At the end of the day, everything was checked off. Here, if you don’t stop making such lists after 2 days, you’ll go mad! It’s the unpredictability of life here that keeps it interesting, challenging, and never boring – for example, this morning I woke up and there was no electricity! It didn’t come back on till 3:30. So, I went off with a friend to explore a new part of the city I’d not been to before. Of course, not everyone would want to live this way. But, being flexible, and rolling

with what happens, turns out to be good for more laughs than tears. I have a good network of friends here and I continue to be in touch with a number of friends, even former students, from my time in the States. Thanks to the Internet and Gmail, I feel as connected as ever. It has also been interesting to view events in the U.S. from this distance – everything from 9/11 to the election of Obama – and in a different context. (8/09) Peter Krasinski was invited to Japan in June to be the organist accompanying three silent film screenings at Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. Ana Norgaard and her Latin salsa band, Obbini Tumbao, performed at Cambridge’s River Festival in June and in Provincetown in August. Peter Brooks spent the summer in NYC studying for his master’s in independent school leadership at Columbia’s Klinenstein Center. Rodney Yeoh taught a course in World Religions at Brandeis’ Genesis Project, a summer program for high school students. Jeff Anderson began his master’s in sports leadership at Northeastern this summer. Sally Crissman: “I taught science at BCDS in the 1960s for 3 years when it was a girls’ school and for another 3 after it became coeducational. I valued the school’s educational philosophy then. It shaped my teaching forever, and I’m delighted to see the school so vibrant now. It was a pleasure to return for Bea Kleppner’s celebration last spring.” (11/08)

Alumni Events 2009 October 15: Alumni Art Show Reception at BCDS October 17: Homecoming at BCDS November 27: Young Alumni Party in Boston December 17 & 18: Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament at BCDS

2010 January TBD: Wine Tasting in Boston February 25: San Francisco Alumni Event April TBD: New York Alumni Event April TBD: Kotzen Lecture Series at BCDS May 7 & 8: Reunion Weekend at BCDS Event planning in progress. For details contact Shira Lewin ’92 at 617.738.2749.

1928 Virginia Rice Johnson, the last living member of the class, died on January 22, 2008. 1931 Gertrude “Gwin” Coffin Shelton died April 18, 2009, in Claremont, CA, within three weeks of her 96th birthday. She grew up in Duxbury and attended Beaver from 1922 to 1931. Sailing in Duxbury Bay was one of her passions, and she became the Massachusetts Girls’ Sailing Champion at age 15 as well as captain of the Duxbury Junior Yacht Club Crew. She attended Vassar College and majored in geology. An accomplished flutist, while at Vassar she studied with the principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic and performed in chamber music with Vassar faculty. She met her husband, John S. Shelton, at the summertime Surrette School of Music in Concord. In 1941 they moved to Claremont, where John became a professor of geology at Pomona College. Gwin continued to drive across country to spend summers in Duxbury until she was 87. Gwin helped found Foothill Country Day School and the Vivian Webb School for Girls. She served as a trustee on the Board of Governors for the Webb schools. She was involved in the American Field Service foreign exchange program, holding numerous positions including western-area representative for the U. S. and international trustee. In the 1960s she helped found and operate the local Planned Parenthood Clinic. She took various art classes, and her abstract watercolors won awards in local art shows in Pomona and Duxbury. She served as president of the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation from 1981 to 1983. She leaves her sons, Jay Shelton and David Shelton; her daughters, Nancy Nylander, Heidi Lynch, and Lucy Shelton; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her former husband, John; her brother, Winthrop Coffin; and her sister, Hannah Coffin Smith ’32.

1932 Jane Burgess Grant died December 3, 2008, at age 94. She had lived in Concord and Dunbarton, MA. Jane earned both a B.A. and a master’s in music from Wellesley College, and went on to study piano in Paris with the French composer, conductor and teacher, Nadia Boulanger. Jane’s passions for music, the environment and her church shaped her life, and were well known in her community. Many friends and family will remember her best with a set of binoculars in her hands, or sitting at the bench of a piano or organ. She was a long-time member of the New Hampshire Audubon Society, where she served on the board for many years and as the society’s president. In 1988, she received the society’s Tudor Richards Award for her work on behalf of conservation. She worked successfully to obtain conservation easements in Dunbarton, and supported other environmental efforts such as Peace Action, the national grassroots peace network. Though her concern for the environment and its sustainability extended into many areas, she had a particularly soft spot for birds. She once adopted an injured owl – dubbed G.P., because it had lost a wing when struck by a Georgia Pacific truck – at her home for a time, and was a tireless birder, both in the woods and meadows near her home and in the rainforests of Central America. Her love of travel, whether to add new birds to her life list, or just new experiences, kept her on the road well into her eighties. For nearly sixty years, Jane was a member of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, a few doors down from her home in Dunbarton; she served as organist there for fifty years. Though she moved to Heritage Heights-Havenwood in 1991, she continued to make the trip to St. John’s each week. With the help of members of the parish, she attended services there long after she could no longer drive.

She is survived by her daughter, the Rev. Anne Stanley of Paris, ME, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, George R. Grant Jr., her sister, Gertrude Burgess Weir ’33, and another daughter, Sarah, all pre-deceased her. Elizabeth “Betty” Holmes Price died April 12, 2009, at age 94. She had lived in Southbury, CT, and Falmouth and Weston, MA. Betty graduated from Wellesley College and Amy Sacker’s School of Interior Decorating. She was active in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Waban, MA, and the United Church of Christ in Southbury. Betty enjoyed arranging flowers, baking, and traveling. Energetic and spry, she was an avid bridge and tennis player up to her late eighties. Married for over 50 years to the late Archibald M. Price, she was also pre-deceased by her sister Ellie, her brother Ed, and her son Richard. Betty is survived by three daughters: Jane Thompson (Atlanta, GA), Anne Iverson (Vonore, TN), and Margie Lee (Wayland, MA); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 1933 Barbara “Barbie” Coffin Norris, age 93, died on June 4, 2009, in Fall River, MA. Barbie died peacefully at home, surrounded by her daughters, sister, and caregivers, who were singing folk songs and traditional hymns. Active and upbeat until just a week before her death, Barbie will be fondly remembered for her gusto and creativity at the piano as well as for her appreciation of nature during daily walks. Barbie was born and raised in Brookline and developed her musical skills early in life. She honed them at Beaver, following in the footsteps of her cousins, Hannah Coffin Smith ’32 and Gwin Coffin Shelton ’31 (see memorial in 1931), and her older sister, Ruth Maynard Coffin ’31. After Beaver Barbie continued to pursue formal training in piano and voice at Bennington College. She composed her own musical parodies and comic monologues, which she performed professionally. She was also a concert pianist, playing everything from Mozart and Brahms to Scott Joplin and Broadway tunes.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam


In Memoriam

In 1940 and 1941 Barbie was a Fellow at Bennington Summer School of the Arts. From 1943 to 1945, Barbie and two Bennington friends formed their own USO troupe of singers, dancers and musicians to entertain U.S. troops stationed on the East Coast during W.W. II. After the war, she returned to Beaver to teach music for one year before moving to the Hartford area. Barbie married Howard (“Squirrel”) Norris in 1948, and the couple taught several generations of students at the Loomis-Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Squirrel was head of the science department, and Barbie directed the Chaffee Glee Club. She was especially proud of her students’ performances at the Spring Choral Festival, an annual event featuring high school choral groups from around the state. (At Beaver she was president of the Glee Club, a position she inherited from her cousin Hannah.) Throughout her life Barbie was a faithful supporter of the arts. She and Hannah were active in many Hartford area musical organizations for over fifty years. Barbie moved to Fall River, MA, in 2001. There, she performed fourhanded piano pieces with her younger sister, Dorothy (“Dody”) Coffin Harvi ’38, and entertained informally for many friends and family members. In addition to her sister Dody, Barbie leaves three daughters: Vini Norris Exton (Vernal, UT), Emily Norris (Santa Fe, NM), and Dedo Norris (Greenfield, MA). As Barbie’s Beaver yearbook paragraph laments, “With the departure of Barbie, the well-known Coffin tradition is left to be carried on by Dody.” Barbie was pre-deceased by her husband, her brother, William Balch Coffin, Jr., and her older sister Ruth.


Barbie’s family requests that donations be given in her name to Beaver. Please contact Barbie’s daughter, Vini Norris Exton, at to send condolences or “Barbie memories” to the extended family.

1934 Gwendolyn Livermore Woodard died August 3, 2008. She attended Beaver through 6th grade. She leaves her husband Charles F. Woodard.

She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Sally S. Seaver, and her son, William D. Seaver, both of Concord, MA. She is also survived by two grandchildren. Her husband died in 1999.

1935 Charlotte Roots Armstrong died June 13, 2008, at home in Bradenton, FL. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned a master’s in biology from Harvard University. She taught science before enlisting in the Navy, where she served as a lieutenant from 1944-46. Following her service, she married Robert Armstrong. They lived in Villanova, PA, before moving to Holmes Beach, FL.

The family requests that contributions in her memory may be made to Beaver.

She is survived by two children, Katherine Lind (Belmont, MA) and Robert, Jr. (Conway, MA), and ten grandchildren. Her husband and a son, Albert, pre-deceased her. Millicent “Topsy” Leeds Seaver of Lincoln, MA, died on June 5, 2009, at age 91. She attended Black Mountain College. After college, she and her sister, Felice, traveled together, including a very memorable trip in a Model A Ford to the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Next she volunteered at the Grenfell Mission in Newfoundland until she was evacuated upon the US entry into W.W. II. Shortly after returning to Boston, she met her husband, John Seaver, while skiing at Whitney’s in Jackson, NH. They were married in 1941. She enjoyed singing all her life, sharing her love of music with her children, and singing in the Fox Hill Chorus until recently. She focused her life on her family: helping orchestrate their frequent moves, involving her children in local church activities, organizing many family trips, and introducing them to horseback riding. She hiked and skied well into her late sixties. In her later years, she spent her summers in Wolfeboro, NH, where she continued her love of sailing. She enjoyed swimming and square dancing into her mid-seventies.

1936 Janet Carter Andrews died August 28, 2008. A resident of Cazenovia, NY, for 70 years, she attended the School of Fine Arts at Syracuse University. She was active in community volunteer work, and enjoyed art, music, reading and gardening. An avid knitter, she made hundreds of caps for newborns in local hospitals. She was also known for her homemade jams, chutney, pickles and dill beans. Janet enjoyed traveling and visited many European countries and made annual London theater trips. She was in the antiques business for many years, doing appraisals and estate sales. In her younger years, she enjoyed skiing, tennis and sailing. “The Comet” that she and her husband sailed was the only boat on Cazenovia Lake that sported pink sails, hand-dyed by Janet. She was pre-deceased by her husband, John C. (Donnie) Andrews. Janet is survived by her children, John Andrews (Indianapolis, IN) and Christine Dascher (Cazenovia, NY), and two grandchildren. We only recently learned that Marian Emerson Coey died on December 12, 2006. Jeanette Winchell Short died February 24, 2009, at age 90. She lived in Brunswick, ME. During W.W. II Jeanette sailed to Europe on the Queen Elizabeth II with 21 other nurses sharing one stateroom – the QEII had been converted into a troop ship. Jeanette was a Nurse’s Aid in Germany, France and England and drove the Red Cross “Clubmobile” throughout Europe, where she got to know General Patton’s driver and attended the Nuremburg Trials.

Jeanette later became a flight attendant on Northeast Airlines. She married her childhood friend from Orr’s Island, ME, John P. Litchfield, in 1951. They were married for 11 years. After her divorce Jeannette set off around the world with her 80-year-old father, and they were among the first civilians to be allowed to visit the newly-open China in 1964. In 1975 she married her longtime friend, Marion Lewis Lovell Short. Jeanette and “Shorty” lived in Lexington, KY, and spent winters cruising through the Bahamas on their powerboat. After her second husband’s death in 1989, Jeanette moved back to Maine, spending summers at Orr’s Island. She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Charlotte Johansen (Palo Alto, CA); Diane Winchell (Orr’s Island and Palo Alto); Margo Villa and Thomas R. Winchell (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) and Robert G. Winchell (Winthrop, ME). Emily Nelson Swartz, of Lincoln, NE, died June 15, 2009, at age 91. She earned a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a master’s from the Yale Drama School. During W.W. II she joined the Red Cross and worked in India where she met her husband, Henry E. Swartz, an Air Force officer. As newlyweds, Emily and Henry were stationed with the Air Force in Lincoln before moving to Grosse Pointe, MI, and later to Boulder, CO, where they raised their six daughters. After Henry’s death in 1986, Emily moved to Evergreen, CO, and then to Lincoln, to be closer to her daughter, Trudy.

One of her favorite activities was English horseback riding. Emily loved to travel; she and Henry pulled an Airstream trailer and family all over the United States. She was a gracious hostess who opened her home for many gatherings. Being able to find the humor in hard spots, Emily had a contagious laugh that earned her many friends. She is survived by six daughters: Trudy Burge (Lincoln, NE); Joanna Berg (Winchester, VA); Emily Nelson (Colorado Springs); Mary Allen Swartz (Boulder); Genevieve Roberts (Vancouver); Beverly Beeman (Colorado Springs); a sister, Gertrude “Trudy” Nelson Waldron ’38; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband and a brother pre-deceased her. 1937 Elizabeth Osborne died at home in Cambridge, MA, on April 20, 2009. She was 89. Elizabeth was a piano teacher. She was a member of Nucleus and of Christ Church for more than 60 years. She leaves a large extended family. Mary Casey Stohn of Duxbury, MA, died at home on July 6, 2009 after a short illness. She was 91. Mary grew up in Brookline, the youngest of her six siblings. She served as President of the Beaver’s Board of Trustees from 1983-89, President of the Alumni Association from 1968-70 and an Incorporator from 1972-83. She was also a trustee at the South Shore Conservatory, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Parents and Children’s Services. She was Chairman of the Alumni President’s Council of Secondary Schools and was a volunteer at the Parental Stress Line in Boston. She was an accomplished pianist, tennis champion, award-winning swimmer and diver and talented downhill skier. Although she was dedicated to her family first, she devoted her life to music, education and sports.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Alexander C. Stohn, Jr. and by her four children: Joanna Stohn ’65 (Greenwich, CT); Mary Whelan Stohn ’68 (Rose Bay, Nova Scotia); Penelope Stohn Brouwer ’71 (Titusville, NJ); and Sara Stohn McCracken ’74 (Lighthouse Point, FL); seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Her oldest child and only son, Alexander C. Stohn, III, died in a car accident in 1962. Nancy Nye Wilder of Cambridge, MA, and Little Compton, RI, died January 7, 2009. Sharing her late father’s interest in medicine (he was the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine), she served as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Boston between 19601977, afterward becoming an honorary lifetime trustee. She is survived by: two children, William C. Coleman (Wayland, MA), and Sarah W. Fuller (Westwood, MA); four grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; three step-children and five step-grandchildren. Her husbands, William C. Coleman Jr., and David Wilder, both pre-deceased her. 1938 Barbara Briggs Haviland of Concord, MA, died December 29, 2008. She was a graduate of Smith College and earned a master’s in social work from Columbia University. Barbara had many interesting experiences in her life: attending a Quaker work camp in Tennessee as a college student; serving as Executive Director of Women for the Eugene McCarthy Presidential Campaign 1968; social work projects in Washington, DC; Assistant to the President of UMASS, and sitting on the board of directors of the Squam Lake Association. She is survived by her husband, H. Field Haviland; her children Deborah, Mark and Stewart Haviland; and two grandchildren. She also leaves her sister, Eleanor “Ellie” Briggs ’54, and brothers, Loring and Peter Briggs.

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An avid adventurer, Jeanette read an article in Life magazine about a man who planned to sail across the Atlantic on his 65-foot schooner, Utopia. Enthralled, and with a sailing background from growing up in Maine, Jeanette wrote him a letter and was invited to join the voyage. They started out in the Great Lakes, and after crossing the North Atlantic without charts or any other navigational equipment, they found the Azores; for three months Utopia cruised throughout the Mediterranean and sailed back across to cruise the Caribbean for another three months.


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1944 Virginia Brown Clarke of Essex, MA, died July 30, 2008. Her husband Arthur Clarke survives her. Jane Alles Keene died February 2, 2009, after a year of declining health. Jane grew up in Cambridge and attended Garland Junior College. She met her husband of 62 years, Henry R. Keene, on a blind date. Two years after they were married, they moved to Dedham, MA, where they raised their three children. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and an enthusiastic cook, collector and artist. Treasurer of the Edson Corporation, member of the Vincent Club, Jane was a subscriber to the Boston Symphony for over sixty years, and a charter member of the skinny dippers of Cataumet. Jane never forgot a phone number, nor did she ever get lost going from point A to B. She delighted in traveling widely and spent summers on the Cape and cruising in Maine with Henry. On family occasions, especially birthdays, Jane preferred to give, rather than receive gifts. In addition to her husband, Jane leaves her daughter, Susan Malcom, and sons Henry, Jr., and William; her brother Richard Alles; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was pre-deceased by her younger brother, John Alles, III. Barbara Morss Marshall died December 11, 2008, at age 82. A longtime resident of Chestnut Hill, she attended Middlebury College and Katherine Gibbs School. She leaves her brother John M. Morss of Chestnut Hill, a niece, two greatnephews, and many cousins, including Christopher Morss ’58.


1947 Barbara “Bobbie” Hall Austin died on November 18, 2008. She lived in Dover, MA, and leaves a daughter, Carolyn Keddell (Lebanon, ME), and three sons: Reed (Norfolk, MA), Richard (Needham, MA), and William (San Diego, CA). She is also survived by eight grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Francis Reed “Larry” Austin. 1948 Margaret “Mary” Ditmore Mathews died December 3, 2008. 1949 Annie Steinert Anable of Dublin, NH, formerly of Port Washington, NY, died of a heart attack while driving home on February 19, 2009. She had been a newspaper writer on fashion and women’s issues, and as a freelance writer contributed to various magazines and newspapers including The New York Times. She was extremely active in local affairs and will be sorely missed by her community as well as by her surviving brother, sister and nieces. She was also devoted to her five stepchildren from her marriages to Anthony Anable, Jr. of Dublin and Robert Henriques of Darien, CT. Classmate Laurel Gale Stewart ’49 remembers Annie as “an intense, passionate, and most articulate friend in our Beaver days. Her creativity and wit combined into an unusual combination of sophistication – before I really knew what sophistication was!” 1952 Suzanne Eddy Teare, 75, of Naples, FL, and Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA, died unexpectedly in Naples on June 6, 2009. She took classes at Bradford Junior College and M.I.T. In 1985 Suzanne was the first woman elected to serve on the Board of Selectmen in Manchester. She served from until 1992 and was chairwoman all but two years. She was also the first woman elected to the Board of Governors of the Essex County Club in Manchester, serving from 1977 to 1981. She was an avid bridge player and was awarded the Bronze Life Master Award from the American Contract Bridge League. Sue founded S.E. Noble Real Estate in 1965 and was active in community

service. She was a member of the League Club in Naples and volunteered for the Nature Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Sue was an avid nature lover, and had an extensive seashell collection. Sue is survived by her husband, Rollin Teare; her children, R. Gil McKee and Jack Noble; her stepchildren, Cynthia Teare and Jeffery Teare; her brother, Dr. Harrison P. Eddy; her sister, Patricia Moore; and her grandchildren, Michael and Alita McKee. She was pre-deceased by her first husband, John Van Arsdale Noble. 1954 We only recently learned that Virginia “Gina” Stearns Gassel of Chicago died on April 16, 2006, at age 70. Passionate about her family, friends and the arts, Virginia was a philanthropist and humanitarian. She volunteered for cultural organizations such as the Handel and Haydn Society, The Chicago Symphony and several museums. She left behind two children, Virginia and James, and a granddaughter. Her husband, Stuart P. Gassel, pre-deceased her. We recently received word that Susan Stanwood Kaminsky died on March 31, 2008. She served as Chairman of the Board for the New York City Film Forum, and is survived by her husband, Howard, and daughter, Jessica. 1955 Elliott Adams Chatelin died February 21, 2009, at her home in Paris, France, after a long battle with cancer. After graduating from Connecticut College, Elliott moved to Paris, where she found work as a model. Later, she became involved with a junior year abroad program called CUPA, of which she became the director, a position she held for many years. A keen horseback rider and an enthusiastic student of the piano, she was known for her charm and elegance, and for her courage in fighting her disease, which first struck her in 1999. She leaves her husband, Noel Chatelin; two sons, Guy-Noel and Julien; two grandchildren, and her sister, Jill Adams Bourdais de Charbonnière ’53.

1969 Nancy Gifford Watson died at home on April 22, 2008, after a graceful and courageous fight with cancer. She was 57. Formerly of Concord, MA, she moved to Bainbridge Island, WA, in 1973 to begin married life with her husband, Peter. She loved Bainbridge’s natural beauty and appreciated the communal harmony of its diverse population. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Washington in 1982. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Alex (Honolulu, HI); her daughter, Hilary (Seattle, WA); her parents, Barbara and Chandler Gifford, and two brothers, Peter and Ben, all of Concord. She also leaves her mother-in-law, Pauline Blodgett Watson ’38 and four sisters-in-law, Joanne Watson Spievak ’69, Jeannie Watson ’63, Gail Watson Barber ’62 and Margaret Winsor Watson ’72.

1998 Marine Sergeant Marquis Porter died January 11, 2009, in Anbar Province in Iraq. He would have turned 29 the following week. Marquis attended his 10th Reunion in May 2008 while on leave between tours.

At Beaver Marquis was a member of the school’s lacrosse and wrestling teams. He enlisted in the Marine Corps just after graduation. For the past decade, he had lived on military bases across the country, most recently in California.

Marquis had served two tours of duty with the Marine Corps when he volunteered for a third. He had worked as a radio operator and was assigned to the Second Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, NC.

“It was a dream of his,” said his older sister, Celese Jackson, of Brockton. “He was going to be in the Marines until, whenever. That was his career.”

Raised without a father in Brighton, he found a positive role model in Craig Meyer, of Weston, his mentor in the Big Brother program for two decades, starting when Meyer was in law school and Marquis was 8 years old. “Being part of the Big Brother program, a lot of the young boys don’t have a positive consistent male role model – a father in their lives – and that was the case for Marquis,” said Meyer. “He has a wife (Shay) and three kids, and he wanted to provide for them. I think it was all part of being a Marine for him: doing his duty.”

When he was home from tours of duty, Marquis endeavored to mentor younger men, directing them toward a successful future. His sister said. “He was always one to talk to younger kids and try to get them to go on the right road, to tell them what they should be doing and what they shouldn’t be doing.”

In Memoriam

> Marquis Porter ’98 (R) with former teacher Jerry McCarthy at Reunion 2008

His classmates and friends organized a memorial service at Beaver. 2001 Angela Renee Smith died November 13, 2008. She lived in Mattapan, MA.


Former Faculty

Friends & Family

John S. Drabik of Cambridge died September 24, 2008, at age 84. A W.W. II veteran, John taught science at Beaver in the 1960s, and later became director of exhibits at the Museum of Science in Boston. A pianist and organist, he also sang with the Boston Lyric Opera. A widower, he leaves three daughters and three granddaughters.

Henry L. Foster died October 14, 2008, at age 83. He and his wife, Lois, lived in Boston and Palm Beach, FL. Among his survivors are his son Neal Foster ’75 and daughter-in-law Nancy Slotnick Foster ’78 and their daughter Lauren Foster ’05.

Hope Wiswall Griffin died April 7, 2009, in Swampscott, MA, after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was 84 and had taught 4th grade at Beaver in the late 1940s. Later she became interested in learning disabilities and specialized in that field at the Shore Country Day School, where she taught until her retirement. She and her husband, T. McLean “Mac” Griffin, would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. Hope was an active member of the Salem community. A lifelong parishioner of the First Church in Salem-Unitarian, Hope acted as the director of the children’s choir there. She leaves her husband, four children and seven grandchildren. Mary Craig McLane died October 11, 2008, at age 80. She taught French at Beaver in the 1950s. Her former colleague, Nancy J. Moore ’41, recalls that Helene was also a gifted musician who enjoyed playing the guitar and singing folk songs with students. She later became an art teacher and an artist whose larger-than-life sculptures were inspired by her Scottish heritage. One is on display at the Acton Public Library. A longtime Cambridge resident, she was a founder of New View co-housing in Acton. She leaves a sister and 25 nieces and nephews.


Helene Perry Staples died in February 2009 in Spokane, WA. She taught art at Beaver for 25 years, from 1947-72. Her former colleague, Jane Baker, recalls her fondly, “Helene was a wonderful teaching friend. It was so nice to see her each day, looking as if she had just stepped out of a fashion magazine. The fashion shows that she put on in early days with her sewing students were high points of the school year at Beaver for all of us and for her students.”

Gilbert M. Kotzen, of Needham, MA, and Fisher Island, FL, died February 9, 2009. Dr. Kotzen and his late wife Marcia are remembered fondly in the BCDS community through the annual Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Lecture Series, established in 2006 in their memory by the Riemer and Goldstein families. He is survived by two daughters, including Stepheny Kotzen Riemer ’65; five grandchildren, including Mara Riemer Goldstein ’88 and Adam Riemer ’90, and ten greatgrandchildren, among them current student Hannah Goldstein ’16. Robert Morse Sturgis died February 13, 2009, at age 70. He lived in Sherborn, MA, and Fishers Island, NY. Bob was the husband of Katharine “Kitty” Ray Sturgis ’58. He also leaves a son, a sister, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Another son passed away in 2007. Shari Zimble of Cambridge died October 23, 2008, at age 49 after a long illness. She was the mother of former student Davin Paley-Zimble ’12. She also leaves her husband, Mark Paley, a daughter, her parents, and a sister and brother.

The information in these memorials is based upon published newspaper obituaries found online and from tributes submitted by family members or friends. We edit to maintain a consistent style and to fit limited space. Please e-mail remembrances to Kate Boylan (, or mail them to Kate’s attention at BCDS, 791 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

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Performing Arts Highlights > Jazz musicians (L-R) Evan Winter ’09, Ana Norgaard, Nathaly Figueroa ’09, Ben Patten ’09

The Upper School performed Rent in May: (L-R); Raina Jacques ’09, Gila Blesky ’09, Jasmine Houston ’11, Izzy Davila ’12, Geoffrey Gillman ’12, Jake Kringdon ’09 >

Fall Arts Calendar November 5-7, 7:30 p.m. Upper School Play: The Good Woman of Setzuan

November 11, 7:00 p.m. Middle School Play: The Legend of the Poinsettia

November 19, 7:00 p.m. Jazz Café

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> Chamber musicians (L-R) Diallo Spears ’10, Fantasia Fernandes ’11 and John French ’11

BCDS Magazine Fall 2009  
BCDS Magazine Fall 2009  

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