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John Waters ’58












The Adventures of Tiller and Turnbuckle: Adventure One St. Simons Island


The Annual Report of Giving is now available Online

randpa Dachshund tells his seven grand puppies about the adventures of Tiller, the dachshund who loves to sail, and Turnbuckle, the calico cat who saves his life. Tiller sails his boat, Dogspeed, down the Chesapeake Bay to St. Simons Island, Georgia. That’s when the accident happens, and Turnbuckle must swim to Tiller’s rescue. She and Tiller become friends, but trouble follows when Dogspeed disappears. The two set out on a quest to find the missing boat, but Tiller gets lost and encounters a maneating alligator and two wacky seagulls. Things go from bad to worse when Tiller is captured by a gang of parrot pirates. He must find a way to escape if he is ever going to find Dogspeed, but Tiller is in for a big surprise!


“A delightful and lyrical tale of friendship and love! Join Tiller and Turnbuckle on a roller coaster ride of surprises and solutions! BRAVO!”

Pamela Bauer Mueller/children’s book author (The Kiska Trilogy and Goodbye, I Love You) Honoring Mr.Hello, Coady

32 Mike Paul Battens Down The Hatches

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: 2 REFLECTIONS After serving in the U.S. Navy, Michael E.

Paul returned to his homeport of Baltimore, Maryland where he has been sailing the

reflections Volume XVII, Number 1, Fall 2010

FEATURES 14. A Conversation with John Waters ’58 20. Reflections from an Adult Student 24. From Folder Papers to Portfolios, The Evolution of the Folder Paper 26. A Tribute to Mr. Coady 32. Reflections of a Children’s Author 68. The Last Word with Frank Deford ’51


ON THE COVER In April, we were fortunate enough to spend a few hours with notable alumni author and filmmaker, John Waters ’58. He shared his thoughts on his own Calvert School experience, his writing process, and if he would send any children he had to the School. For the full story, see page 14.

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5. Words from the Head Master 7. Message from the Chairman 8. Calvert Welcomes New Trustees, Faculty, and Staff 11. Graduation 2010 48. Memory Lane 52. Class Notes

EXTRAS 28. Voices from the Class of 2010 36. Parents’ Association 40. Calvert Photo Hunt 42. Alumni Events 47. College Choices: Class of 2006 50. Getting to know Peyton List ’99




words from the Head Master Welcome to our redesigned Reflections! I trust that you will find the format to be reader-friendly and the content to be stimulating and substantive. We are quite fortunate, indeed, to have the commentary of two of our most famous alumni, Frank Deford ’51 and John Waters ’58. It does not seem quite right to be a contributor to Reflections alongside such accomplished writers! Coupled with reading, arithmetic, and public speaking, writing remains an essential fundamental here at Calvert. Being able to express oneself in a clear manner—verbally, on paper, and through the keyboard—is more important now, perhaps, than it has ever been. Amidst an explosion of media and information exchange, the Calvert students of today must be able to state their points lucidly and persuasively. We head into the 2010-2011 academic year with much momentum. For the third consecutive year, we will open our doors with an all-time high enrollment. To do so during the most challenging economic times in recent memory is a testament to the staunch support of the current families and outstanding efforts from the faculty, staff, and administration. We will welcome approximately 580 boys and girls onto campus on September 1. To put that into perspective, Calvert’s enrollment a decade ago was 370. The Middle School is thriving, with an enrollment of over 190, high school first choice placement rates of over 90%, and robust accomplishments in athletics, the arts, and, of course, the core academic disciplines. Faculty turnover is low, and teachers have the opportunity to participate in our innovative tiered

structure, which affords interested faculty the possibility for growth, leadership, and compensation beyond the norm. We believe the Calvert tiered structure is the only one of its kind in the Baltimore area. Financial support remains strong, as evidenced by our record high 2009-2010 Annual Fund total of $737,698. As a greater Calvert community, however, we cannot rest on our proverbial laurels. We have much work to do in the coming school year. We must continue to: teach our students each school day to the best of our ability; reinforce School values of respect, responsibility, and self-discipline; operate the School in a fiscally prudent manner; recruit the next class of bright, highly-motivated, diverse incoming students; raise money to fund the School’s priorities; and help employees thrive and grow at all stages of their careers. Above all, we strive for excellence at Calvert in all our endeavors. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, I offer my sincere thanks for your unwavering commitment to Calvert! Sincerely yours,


Stephanie L. Coldren EDITORIAL STAFF

Elisa D. Chelius, Director of Alumni Relations & Major Gifts Hillary C. Huynh, Development Associate Kerry S. Johnston, Director of Development Andrew W. Rutledge, Development Database Manager CONTRIBUTORS

Frank B. Deford, Class of 1951 Peyton E. List, Class of 1999 Andrew D. Martire ’83, Ed.D., Head Master Mary Ellen Nessler, Faculty Michael E. Paul, Faculty John S. Waters, Class of 1958 Mary Zajac DESIGN


Larry Canner Elisa D. Chelius Stephanie L. Coldren Hillary C. Huynh Kerry S. Johnston Vince Lupo, Direction One, Inc. Michael E. Paul COVER PHOTO

Vince Lupo, Direction One, Inc.


Andrew D. Martire ’83, Ed.D. ASSISTANT HEAD MASTER


Edward M. Trusty, Jr., Ed.D. HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL





Andrew D. Martire ’83, Ed.D.


Darryl A. Bethea, MCT, MCSE 4

Bookmark www.calvertschoolmd.org Just in time for the new school year, we’re launching the new Calvert School website.

Some new features we’re excited about:

A much-improved school calendar, with information on Calvert events big and small. An interactive and useful campus map. Quick access to daily lunch menus. Enhanced faculty directories and student resources. More timely Calvert news and updates.

Bookmark the new Calvert School website at our new address:

www.calvertschoolmd.org FALL 2010




message from the Chairman In this edition of Reflections , among other features, we celebrate a hallmark of our School – excellence in writing. Throughout our history, Calvert faculty have successfully instilled in our students the skills necessary for good content and organization of the written word, and our students learn the significance of even the appearance of the written word when handwritten. I join with Andy Martire’s observation that the importance of writing proficiency in our professional and personal lives remains, and in some settings, is increasing (for example, writing skills are now measured in the SATs and relied upon by some colleges). Within these pages, you will find essays and interviews from alumni and faculty for whom writing was central to their professional success and rise to the top of their respective professions. If you read carefully, especially the contributions of alumni John Waters ’58 and Frank Deford ’51, you may also discern powerful testimony on the virtues of many of Calvert’s time-tested ways. Thanks to all of our authors and interviewees for their thoughtful words. Turning to the future of our School, I am pleased to report significant progress of the Board of Trustees on the development of a long-term Strategic Plan for the School. Since 2005, the foundation for this plan has been established through an array of incremental initiatives, including the development of a master campus plan; a systematic review and improvement of all School policies, practices and standards; reorganization of faculty, staff and trustee structures; and more recently


a Board retreat and continuing work in 2010 to establish and fully articulate a strategic plan. In short, the plan is for maintaining and furthering the long-term excellence of Calvert School, and will reflect the Board of Trustees’ visualization of Calvert School five to ten years in the future. Thanks to all of you – present and past Board members, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni – who are contributing to our planning process. More news will be communicated about our Strategic Plan as milestones are reached. For now, a committee is focusing on all aspects of our academic program, physical campus and facilities, and fiscal condition. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a final plan later this year. If approved, the specific elements of the plan will be announced in accordance with an approved implementation schedule. Finally, again this school year I wish to recognize all our volunteers for the time and talents they will devote to our committees, our classrooms, and in support of the many events that make up the life of our School. Thank you for all that you do for our students, faculty and staff.

Carville B. Collins ’73, Chairman William S. Harrison, Treasurer Janet E. McHugh, Secretary Gina Z. Adams David W. Allan ’57 Curtis H. Campbell ’83 H. Ward Classen ’71 Fred C. C. Crozier Mark A. Dewire Franklin W. Foster ’70 Joseph C. Haberman Edward G. Hart III F. Barton Harvey III ’61 Priscilla S. Hoblitzell ’73 David S. Knipp Lee H. Riley III Amy T. Seto James B. Stradtner Matthew W. Wyskiel III ’81


Success is

Andrew D. Martire ’83, Ed.D. Jean C. Halle

HIGH EXPE TRUSTEE EMERITI Timothy L. Krongard ’76 John A. Luetkemeyer, Jr. ’53

At Calvert Robert J.School, Mathias we ask a lot of our E. Robert Kent,students. Jr. They, in turn, ask Decatur H. Miller ’44 a lot of themselves. Our time-tested curriculum stresses mastery of the fundamentals in a positive, nurturing environment.


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Curtis H. Campbell ’83 Mr. Curtis Campbell is part owner and Executive Vice President of Wallace H. Campbell & Co., Inc., where he has worked since 1993, specializing in real estate tax assessment appeal work and healthcare related real estate concerns. After graduating from Calvert School in 1983, Mr. Campbell attended the Gilman School and is a 1993 graduate of Washington College, where he earned a B.A. degree in business management. He is a licensed real estate salesman through the State of Maryland and a current member of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. Mr. Campbell attained a Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management in 2002, and continues to pursue expanded knowledge of all real estate disciplines. Mr. Campbell has volunteered at Calvert for many years, recently completing his tenure as the President of the Calvert School Alumni Board of Governors, and currently sits on the Calvert School Building and Grounds Committee. Mr. Campbell has led numerous Annual Fund raising efforts, and co-chaired his class’s 25th Reunion effort. In addition, Mr. Campbell is a member of Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Parents Advisory Committee, and is a past Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Ducks Unlimited Chapter. Mr. Campbell and his wife Paula are parents of Connor ’16 and Emma ’18.

F. Barton Harvey III ’61 Mr. Bart Harvey ’61 joins the Board of Trustees at Calvert School after serving on the Strategic Planning Committee and as a former Annual Fund Eighth Grade Gift Chair (2008). Mr. Harvey currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee for the Fannie Mae Board of Directors and is a board member of a number of non-profit organizations. He is the former chairman and CEO of Enterprise, a national community development organization which has helped produce over 270,000 homes for low income Americans. Previously, Mr. Harvey was Managing Director of Corporate Finance for Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley). He has an MBA and BA from Harvard University. In 2008, Mr. Harvey received The Urban Land Institute’s highest award for Visionaries in Urban Development, as well as the National Housing Conference’s 2008 Housing Person of the Year. Mr. Harvey and his wife, Janet Marie Smith, are parents of Bart ’08 and Jack ’12.


NEW FACES IN THE HALLS We are pleased to welcome new faculty and staff to the Calvert community. This talented group enhances our exceptional team.

Amy T. Seto A native of Hong Kong, Mrs. Amy Seto came to the U.S. to attend Rutgers University, where she received an undergraduate degree in organizational communication before earning an MBA at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland since 1999 and currently serves on the Calvert School Finance Committee. As Chief Financial Officer of the Baltimore Community Foundation, Mrs. Seto manages the complex accounting for BCF’s $215 million in core and allied assets comprising 600-plus philanthropic funds. These include numerous prominent initiatives such as Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., Cleaner Greener Baltimore, the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge, and the Middle Grades Partnership—in which Calvert School is a key partner. With an average of $31 million in gifts received and $24 million in grants distributed to the community each year, BCF serves every corner of the Baltimore region. Mrs. Seto views her work at BCF as nurturing the future of her adopted home, as she provides sound fiscal oversight both for philanthropic investments in Baltimore today and for a growing civic endowment that will provide charitable resources to the Baltimore region for generations to come. Mrs. Seto and her husband, Justin, are parents of Emma ’17 and Chloe in Kiddie Calvert Daycare.

Tracy Hannah will serve as our new counselor in the Lower School. Ms. Hannah has extensive experience in school counseling, most recently in the Lower School at Gilman. She holds a Master of Education degree in guidance and counseling from Loyola College, completed a Master’s Plus program in psychology (also at Loyola), and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. For the past three years, Ms. Hannah has been in private practice in Towson.

Erin Lacy joins Calvert School as an associate teacher in Pilot-A. Ms. Lacy most recently taught at Little Bear Child Care at Roland Park Country School. Ms. Lacy holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University.

Brian Mascuch returns

Matthew W. Wyskiel III ’81 Mr. Matthew W. Wyskiel III ’81 is President of Skill Capital Management, an investment management company he founded in March of 2008. Prior to that time, Mr. Wyskiel worked for 11 years as a member of the taxable fixed-income team in the Investment & Wealth Management division of PNC Bank (formerly Mercantile Bank) in Baltimore. For the past several years, Mr. Wyskiel has been actively involved with Calvert. He was the first President of the Calvert School Alumni Association, and has served as a member of Calvert’s Development and Finance Committees as well as Audit and Investment Committees. He is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Calvert School Parents’ Association. After Calvert, Mr. Wyskiel graduated from Gilman School, then Williams College where he completed a double major in Mathematics and Economics. While working on Wall Street in New York City after college, he received an MBA in Finance & Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Wyskiel is currently Chairman of the Board of Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore and is a member of the Board of the Samuel Ready Scholarship Fund and the Eudowood Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mr. Wyskiel and his wife Christy are parents of daughter, Jamie ’16 and son, Tolliver ’19. FALL 2010

to Calvert School as a Tenth Age teacher. Mr. Mascuch most recently taught Kindergarten and Third Grade at Shanghai Community International School in Shanghai, China. He was previously a Fifth Grade teacher at Calvert from 1 999-2007. He earned a B.S. from Rowan University and a M.A.T from Towson University.

Neal McMahon joins Calvert as a Tenth Age homeroom teacher. Mr. McMahon comes to Calvert from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, where he was a Second Grade teacher. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a M.Ed. from Lesley University.


Pam Ossmus joins the Middle School faculty as a Fifth Grade boys’ homeroom teacher. Ms. Ossmus comes to campus from Calvert Education Services (CES), where she served as Professional Development Coordinator, education counselor, and ATS teacher. Prior to coming to CES, she taught fourth grade for ten years in Baltimore County public and parochial schools. Ms. Ossmus holds a master’s degree equivalency from Baltimore County in-service programs and has taken significant coursework towards a master’s degree at Loyola University in guidance and counseling.

Dr. David Pietropaoli also joins the Middle School faculty as a History and Latin teacher. Dr. Pietropaoli previously served as a Latin Teacher at Gilman and most recently at Cardinal Gibbons School. He received a B.A. from University of Maryland at Baltimore County and a B.A. and Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

Andy Rutledge joined Calvert’s Development team in January 2010 as the Development Database Manager. Previously, Mr. Rutledge worked as a Development Specialist at Union Hospital in Cecil County. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

New Positions Assumed Craig D. Bennett Seventh Grade History & Math

Faculty & Staff Awards The Deborah Dorsey Albert ’44 Award Lower School librarian, Christina P. Thomas, was the recipient of The Deborah Dorsey Albert ’44 Award. Established in 1995, this award is given annually to the faculty member who has “made an outstanding contribution to the life and mission of Calvert School.” Generally, the selection process gives particular consideration to those faculty members who have provided long-term service to Calvert. For over 10 years, Tina has served the School as a passionate, skillful, and innovative faculty member. Her enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom have inspired Lower School students and encouraged a deep love of reading.

The Apgar Award for Excellence in Instruction Middle School math teacher, Willie T. Little, was recognized as The Apgar Award for Excellence in Instruction recipient. This award is given annually to a faculty member who “has demonstrated the ability to motivate students’ interest, curiosity, and love of learning and the willingness to propose and apply new teaching concepts of methods that expand students’ horizons and potential.” Willie joined Calvert in 2004 and has been invaluable to the Middle School faculty for his commitment, innovation, and creativity with students.

The Matthew ’06 and Abigail ’10 Young Memorial Award Middle School counselor, Terri C. Merwin, was awarded The Matthew ’06 and Abigail ’10 Young Memorial Award. Established in 2008, the award is given to that member of the faculty or staff who, “contributes significantly to many areas of School life, displays care and concern for all members of the Calvert community, and possesses the intangible spirit that made Matt and Abby so special.” For 8 years Terri has displayed skillful teaching in the classroom, effective leadership of the advisory program, and thoughtful, nurturing service as a counselor.

The Class of 2006 Staff Award Assistant Admission Director, Dona R. Pinkard, was presented with The Class of 2006 Staff Award, which was established in 2005 and is given annually to the staff member who has provided exemplary service to Calvert School. Since joining Calvert in 1996 Dona has been an integral part of the evaluation of prospective students. Her talent and dedication has helped Calvert assemble a bright, highlymotivated, and diverse student body.

Service Award Recipients 25 Years Brent A. Hardesty

10 Years Christina P. Thomas Darryl A. Bethea Trinity E. Crawford

Harvey S. Howe ’77 Jennifer L. Mollett Margaret A. Szczerbicki Michele L. Woods ’59

Mary Kaitlyn O. Gentry ’97 Ninth Age Boys Teacher Mollie Frazer Williams ’82 Dean2 REFLECTIONS of Students


graduation class of 2010

Class of 2010 High School Choices Victoria Anucha St. Timothy’s School

Kevin Devine Gilman School

Kate McDonough Friends School of Baltimore

Tom Riley Gilman School

James Banta Loyola Blakefield

Darien Dixon McDonogh School

Ali McShane Towson High School

Helen Ross Towson High School

Selden Barroll Towson High School

Weezie Foster Friends School of Baltimore

Ashley Mitchell Garrison Forest School

Madi Shutt St. Paul’s School for Girls

Joey Benassi Loyola Blakefield

Claire Frankel Phillips Academy, Andover

Ike Njoku Gilman School

Tracy Smith Baltimore City College High School

Ebby Goggins Notre Dame Preparatory School

Michelle Olsson Roland Park Country School

Taylor Swindell Gilman School

Megan Goldman Bryn Mawr School

Nick Privalov Calvert Hall College High School

Eddie Van Dyke Friends School of Baltimore

Relly King Holderness School

Kendall Reitz Bryn Mawr School

Dale Waters Gilman School

Maclean Liotta St. Paul’s School for Girls

Wylie Rice Gilman School

Drey Brown Carver Center for Arts and Technology Giorgio Caturegli Friends School of Baltimore Mae Cromwell McDonogh School Jimmy Davis McDonogh School

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Alice White Notre Dame Preparatory School Robbie Whitman Episcopal High School



graduation class of 2010


On June 4th, 2010, Calvert School’s graduating class gathered with family and friends to celebrate a year full of accomplishments. The ceremony was held on the lawn of first Head Master Virgil Hillyer’s home, Castalia. We congratulate the class of 2010, and wish them all the best as they move on to their new schools in September.

Eighth Grade Honors & Awards Castalia Project Wylie C. Rice: “An Outstanding Soldier: Henry Kyd Douglas and Stonewall Jackson” Kendall J. Reitz: “Forensic Science: Every Contact Leaves a Trace” The Bolton Arts Award Ashley A. Mitchell The Hillyer Award Giorgio Caturegli The Isaac H. Dixon Award Claire E. Frankel The Edward W. Brown Award Giorgio Caturegli Presentation of Banner Dale A. Waters and Alice F. White Citizenship Award Darien G. Dixon and Louise C. Foster Jay France ’37 Sportsmanship Award Taylor A. Swindell Girls Sportsmanship Award Louise C. Foster George A. Whiting Athletic Trophy Darien G. Dixon and Sorrell M. King

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A Conversation With

John Waters An Interview by Mary Zajac

Before Pink Flamingoes and Polyester, before Shock Value and the phenomenon that is Hairspray, there was John Waters, or “Johnny Waters,” as his Calvert School jingle memorialized him. Born in 1946, the Baltimore-raised author, filmmaker, and raconteur attended Calvert School from 1952-1958, before continuing his education locally at Towsontowne Junior High (“I was the only person in my class that didn’t go to Gilman,” reports Waters) and Calvert Hall College. While Waters’ films often skewer formal education, his experiences at Calvert School still hold warm memories, he says, and taught him the skills by which he makes his living today: writing and performing.

Mary Zajac: How did you come to attend Calvert School? John Waters: Well, my parents sent me there. Both my

sisters went there too, and then my brother went there for a while. I had all kinds of education. I went to a private grade school, a public junior high, and a Catholic high school. [But] I wish I quit school in Sixth Grade because the only things I ever learned I learned in Calvert School. I learned how to write, I learned how to give shows, and I learned public speaking. You go to school to figure out what you want to be—I knew. MZ: You knew then? JW: That’s why I should have quit school in the Sixth Grade! I would have made two more

movies! [But] I had to learn to read and write, [so]the two things that to this day I make my living from, I did learn at Calvert School. MZ: How did they teach you how to write? JW: I remember [writing] at Calvert School more than anything. You had to write

compositions, really a lot. And that’s what I do for a living. I mean, I have a book coming out, Role Models. What do you think that is? Compositions—so I make my living directly. MZ: Did the teachers give feedback on your writing? JW: I don’t remember writing anything that caused trouble if that’s what you mean, though

I’m embarrassed to admit it. MZ: No, I meant the revision process. JW: Oh! I’m sure [they] did. I’m sure [they] did. I’ve read some of the compositions I wrote

that my parents have in these books [folder papers]: “My brother eats cigar butts.” They didn’t discourage you from taking chances when you wrote. And I think they encouraged you to be creative there. It’s hard for me to remember the classrooms themselves, but I remember [learning to write] the “friendly letter,” the “business letter.”


things. I don’t know if I learned it in Calvert, but I learned early that if you want to change someone’s opinion, make them laugh and they’ll listen. They might not agree, but they will listen. I write everything. I write my speeches. I write my movies. I write my books. My artwork is conceptual artwork. I think it up before I do it so it’s written. Everything is written. That’s what I do. I’m a writer. Really.

And another thing, whenever somebody dies, before I can mourn, [friends or family] call me and ask me to do the eulogy. That’s because of Calvert School too. Not that we had to write eulogies, but I think we had to write a [bereavement] letter to someone when someone died. And that really stumps most people, but I’m good at it. And I think maybe Calvert School taught that. But that’s the hardest letter to write. I still write thank you notes. Email notes are not acceptable. And I hope Calvert still teaches that. MZ: You’ve pointed out the connection between learning to

write at Calvert School and the writing that you do to make a living. What is your writing process like today? JW: I write every day. Every day here [in Baltimore] I get

up at six o’clock; I read all the papers; I start work at 8 o’clock… in my writing office upstairs. And every person in the world knows not to call in the morning because I’m writing. I’ve kept that schedule for 40 years almost. At 7:59 I hate the idea of doing it [writing], and at 8:01 I’m doing it. I write with BIC pens on Evidence legal pads with clear Scotch Tape to cut it around and fix it up. I write from eight o’clock every morning to usually 11 o’clock or 12 o’clock. Then I meet with the people who work with me every afternoon and we sell whatever I’m doing. I think of something every morning and sell it in the afternoon. That’s how we run this business. I’m either writing a movie or I’m thinking of something. Today I wrote part of my act for the Coachella rock festival that I’m performing in on Saturday. [In my writing] I’m trying to get a reaction. I’m trying to surprise people and use wit. I’m trying to change

The folder paper, which derives many of its distinctive activities—a bound compilation of the student’s work, a studentmaintained record of her or his own work—from Calvert’s First Head Master, Virgil Hillyer is one of the most recognized components of the Calvert method and something students still create today. Below, Waters discusses his memories of folder papers, including his favorite part, the report card. MZ: You mention the books or folder papers. Calvert

students still write these. Do you remember what you included in yours? JW: My parents still have my folder papers. They are

amazing to read when you look at them. [leafs through an example of a student’s folder paper] Now I’m having flashbacks. That’s right, we had to do a cover for each month. Well, you had to do an artwork, and that was part of it. I remember the report card. My favorite was that you could get a 1-/B that meant you weren’t trying. You got a grade and an effort. A “1” was the best, and you could get 1- like an A- . But a 1- with a B in effort was rare. That meant that you could still do better. That was really pushing it. And a 4 was failing. I used to be so nutty that I used to do fake report cards of all 4’s and imagine the horror they would cause the family. And I would make fake report cards. They looked exactly like [the real ones, only] for fictitious students that I made up. Well, I was writing characters. I have a scene in Polyester where Divine’s daughter comes down, and she says “You have failed every subject,” and they show a report card. [That’s] The same one that I used to like to fake draw because no one got all 4’s.

I think Calvert trained you to be

powerful, but in a


good way. And I’d send my kid to Calvert because it’s hard.

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The dramatic arts have been an integral part of Calvert since the turn of the twentieth century, when, according to Margaret Worrall’s Calvert School: The First Century, the graduating class of 1903 performed the trial scene from The Merchant of Venice. Although Waters insists he would love to see Calvert perform Tennessee Williams or scenes from August: Osage County, he remembers less challenging Calvert productions. MZ: How did Calvert teach you to perform? JW: We put two shows on every year at Calvert—a

full production, which of course I loved. I remember [the play] The Little Engine That Could. I remember liking it. I remember we had full rehearsals. I remember being on that stage. You know I make my living from public speaking. I have a spoken word act. I did learn that from Calvert School because we had to stand up in front of the class and talk. We had to do that. MZ: Did everyone perform? JW: It seemed to me everybody was in the

production either backstage or before. You didn’t sit in the classroom. And we had rehearsals…it was a real theater in there. I remember being in The Little Engine That Could, but I wasn’t the Little Engine. Although buildings and curricula have expanded, some things remain constant at Calvert, including small class size and the Head Master’s daily greeting. Current students might even be surprised to read that the daily routine at Calvert has altered very little since Waters attended in the 1950s. MZ: Take me through a day at Calvert. JW: My father would drive us. He would drop me

off. You walked in [to School] and you shook hands with Mr. Brown. The girls curtsied. And you’d walk in the front door and the boys would go to the right and the girls to the left. They taught you really good table manners which I use. I remember the nurse’s office where every so often I’d go. You could fake.


My mother tells a story that when I was in Child Training, everyday I’d come home and tell a story about this one kid in class who was really weird and always drew in black crayon. And then she found out it was me. So I guess I was already creating my persona early. But did I only draw in black crayon? That sounds like me, but I don’t remember that. MZ: Who were some of your teachers? JW: I remember Mr. Gillet (1952-89, Ninth and Tenth

Ages), Mr. Marcoplos (1947-69, Athletics, Tenth and Eleventh Ages) Ms. Mooney (1943-73, Sixth Age, Arts and Crafts). She seemed old when I was there. And I remember the teachers would try to bring in really, really interesting things outside the curriculum. I remember the senior teacher brought in some weird comedy record, I don’t know what it was but stuff that you wouldn’t regularly know. They taught everything. In other words, you have one teacher that taught everything. That must have been grueling. Teaching can be like doing a standup act seven times a day to an audience of hecklers. MZ: If you had a child would you send him/her to

Calvert School? JW: Yes. [Because] I think Calvert trained you to be

powerful, but in a good way. And I’d send my kid to Calvert because it’s hard. And to use the most overused word in the art world, it’s rigorous. MZ: Do you take anything with you from Calvert

John holding his graduation photo.

School? JW: I took with me entitlement. I took with me a

real knowledge of reading and writing, a knowledge of show business and behind the scenes and what it takes to be behind the scenes in show business. I took, certainly in the ’50s at Calvert School, a conformity I needed to get away from, but at the same time I was never angry about it…and I was angry at any other school, really angry. I don’t remember being angry there. To me you really learned. I don’t remember feeling oppressed. I don’t remember [anyone] discouraging my interests. I don’t remember any of the teachers there humiliating me there in any way—about being gay, about anything. I don’t remember feeling any badness at all.

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Fifty-two years, sixteen screenplays, and six books after his Calvert School education, John Waters maintains that “Calvert is still a part of me,” and credits his professional success as a writer to lessons learned at Calvert School. From folder papers to school plays, Calvert introduced the filmmaker and author to both writing and performance. Even dreaded gym class baseball games had a positive side to them, Waters argues, as they gave him time to create stories in his head—often as other students were shouting at him to catch a ball or run to second base. An avid letter writer since his schooldays, Waters recalls an occasion when he had to write a letter to persuade a studio to reinstate a portion of a film budget that had been cut. “And it’s because Calvert School taught me how to write a letter that I got that half a million dollars,” he says with his trademark wry grin. “You see, everything I regularly use I did learn in Calvert School.” Waters’ sixth book, “Role Models,” a collection of essays, was published 19 June 1.

Andy Martire ’83 with his wife, Eva, on his graduation day from University of Pennsylvania.


On May 15, 2010, I walked across the stage at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania to receive my diploma from the Dean of the Graduate School of Education. After an intense, exhilarating three-year journey of weekend and summer classes and many nights “burning the midnight oil,” I had earned the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational and Organizational Leadership.


from an Adult Student

by Andrew D. Martire ’83, Ed.D.

In 2007, after three years as Head Master at Calvert, I realized I had much more to learn in the field, and I sought a formal program to expand my educational knowledge and to push myself intellectually. While the Master of Liberal Arts degree I had received from Johns Hopkins in 1997 was certainly worthwhile, I sought an education-specific course of study. I was attracted by many facets of Penn’s MidCareer Program in Educational Leadership, specifically its cohort model for working professionals and the four strands of the curriculum: instructional leadership, organizational leadership, public leadership, and evidence-based leadership. The Program was everything I expected—and more. I had a chance to learn from outstanding professors and talented classmates while being able to apply both questions and findings in “real-time” at Calvert. For my dissertation, I conducted a qualitative research study examining the experiences of parents of color. It is entitled Moving from Diversity to Community: Listening to Parents of Color at Calvert School. Through surveys, focus groups, and interviews, I was able to gather and analyze hundreds of pages of data, make meaningful connections, and gain important information that will help Calvert improve in a variety of ways. The purpose of this article, however, is not to provide a summary of my dissertation findings, as interesting as they are. Rather, I seek to share reflections on the experience and the process of being a student again as an adult. The

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lessons I learned as a student will help me in my role as the academic leader at Calvert; furthermore, I hope that they will be valuable to the Calvert faculty and perhaps to a larger independent school audience. 1. High-quality advising matters! I was extremely fortunate to have an exceptional dissertation chair at Penn, Dr. Peter Kuriloff. Peter’s resume and accomplishments are too lengthy to list here, but the very short version is that he is a full professor at the Graduate School of Education, has taught at Penn for 40 years, and also serves as Research Director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives. He is an expert in my research area, and he was an excellent advisor. I stress the advising piece because good teachers are not always good advisors, and vice-versa. Peter happens to be both a master teacher and a superlative advisor. In May 2008, after he agreed to serve as my dissertation chair, he met with me and his three other advisees in the cohort and said, “Here is the timetable for the next 24 months. If you follow this timetable, you will graduate on time.” Three of the four advisees were, in fact, “hooded” by Peter at the graduation ceremony, and the final advisee should have graduated by the time this article is in print. Peter knew when to encourage, when to cajole, when to hug us, when to chastise us (in a nice way!), when to listen, and when to talk.


I had written a senior thesis at Princeton and like to consider myself a reasonably intelligent person, but I had never written a dissertation before, nor had I navigated such a complex process. I honestly believe that I would not have graduated on time without his advising. Here is my point: if high-quality advising matters to a student in his late 30s, then it sure matters for a 12 or 13 year old! Calvert students are bright, highly-motivated, and want to achieve and please. However, we must remember that they are still adolescents and by definition “immature” despite their intellectual prowess. They need help beyond traditional classroom instruction. For example, they need regular guidance in how to: stay organized, plan for a longterm assignment, interact and communicate respectfully with peers, navigate sometimes thorny friendship issues, and use emergent technology appropriately and effectively. Again, high-quality advising matters a great deal regardless of the age or ability of the student. 2. The “fast” tortoise wins the race The structure of the Penn program requires students to keep up with the highly-accelerated pace: a 36-month doctoral program, with the dissertation research, writing, and approval process concurrent with—not after—years two and three of the course work. How can students work full-time, meet family obligations, and graduate on time? By being a “fast tortoise”! My twist on the famous tortoise and hare story emerged during the dissertation writing process. Starting my writing on Labor Day 2009, my goal was to have a second draft completed for my committee to review by the end of the calendar year. My advisor knew about my ideal timeline, and we agreed that I would send him a chapter, and while he was reviewing it, I would begin writing the next one. By early November, I had begun my final section, the discussion chapter. My approach to the writing process throughout last fall was to do a little bit of work at least five days a week. Even a 30-minute session could yield a few paragraphs. I had to chip away at the project, because I would not have the luxury of a semester, month, or even a full week to write. The biggest challenge, however, was that most of the writing was done late at night, after my children had gone to bed and any Calvert work had been finished. (A not-sohealthy intake of diet soda and peanut M&Ms gave me fuel,

however!). The bottom line was that by methodically writing an hour or two a night, and sometimes three hours, I made real progress and was able to send the second draft to my committee on December 22, a week ahead of my original goal. I had been a tortoise, gaining ground in small chunks, but I had done so at a steady, swift pace. Had I been a hare—putting off work until another day, hoping for a big block of time to write—I would still not be done. The lesson for students approaching a big project is clear: create a reasonable timeline, and then take smaller, regular steps to achieve your goals. 3. Varying teaching techniques benefit students To the adult readers of this article, I have an experiment (maybe “challenge” is a better word!) for you: go to an opento-the-public lecture, perhaps at a local library or university. Listen attentively as long as you can, giving the speaker your full, undivided focus, and then check your watch when you feel the need to get up and move around or to use the restroom. My guess is that, like me, you can probably listen with full attention for 30 to 45 minutes, and then you will start to lose focus, feel the need to stretch your legs, or simply want interact in a different manner with the instructor and those in the lecture. The most effective professors at Penn did not lecture the whole two to three hour class period. They broke up the session into smaller chunks, with different teaching techniques: lecture, class discussion, small group work, watching multi-media, and the like. If my assumption is correct—that adults can last up to 45 minutes in an alert, fully-focused state, before needing a break—then children cannot last as long. Young students have the same, if not a greater, need for classes to be broken up into smaller pieces, each with a different modality. Such an approach will keep students both attentive and productive while tapping into, as Howard Gardner would explain, their “multiple intelligences”: spatial, linguistic, kinesthetic, and interpersonal, to name a few. 4. Facilitate, i.e. don’t be a bottleneck Almost without exception throughout graduate school, I encountered faculty and staff members who readily and quickly assisted when I needed help. I particularly recall the help of Kyle Stephens in the Office of Regulatory Affairs. He was incredibly helpful as I navigated the complicated (to me)

The lesson for students approaching a big project is clear: create a reasonable timeline, and then take smaller, regular steps to achieve your goals.


workings of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Penn, which ensures that research is being conducted in a safe, ethical manner. I had to submit a significant amount of information online, and given that I had never been through the IRB process before, I really did not know what I was doing. Kyle and I communicated multiple times via phone and e-mail. He simply could not have been more patient or more helpful. Fortunately, I interacted with very few individuals at Penn whom I would describe as “bottlenecks.” However, when a phone call, e-mail, or piece of classwork was not returned in a timely manner, it was quite frustrating, even for an adult student like myself. Regardless of our profession or our position in that field of work, we have daily choices to be facilitators or to be bottlenecks. I urge us, obviously, to choose the former path! 5. Surround yourself with smart, able people In addition to my first-rate advisor, the two other members of my dissertation committee were fantastic: Dr. Priscilla Sands, Head of Springside School in Philadelphia and herself a graduate of the Mid-Career Program, and Dr. Howard Stevenson, an associate professor and chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division at the Graduate School of Education at Penn. Priscilla lent her wisdom as an experienced Head of school, and Howard offered brilliant insights, probing questions, and expert advice. The input of my committee during the dissertation proposal, writing, and revision process was simply invaluable. Their expertise and commentary helped my work evolve and improve over the course of a year’s time. Furthermore, one of my fellow advisees, Miss Porter’s Head of School Kate Windsor, suggested multiple books to review and provided abundant moral support. By surrounding myself with smart, able people who were experts in their field, my final result was better. In our daily work—again, regardless of profession—I suggest that we search for mentors, intelligent co-workers, and experienced colleagues who can help us grow and improve. In a similar fashion, we need to help our students understand both the value of asking for help as well as how to do it. Often they are intimidated by adults and concerned about seeking academic advice from peers—we need to help them learn to do both. 6. Step up when a student needs help In early September 2008, I submitted my comprehensive exam, which was a 15-page essay. In mid-November, we were told that the results would be mailed home by the end of the month; we would either receive word that we “passed” or had to “remediate,” which was a kind way of saying we had failed and needed to make significant revisions. I had spent a lot of time writing the essay, and I expected to pass this important assignment. When I opened the Penn envelope and saw “remediate” in the opening sentence, I was crushed. It was the clearly low point of my three years at Penn.

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Rather than chalking up the “pass” and moving on, I was faced with the major task of revising the essay and then anxiously awaiting the results a second time. In dire need of help, I turned to the Program Director, Dr. Michael Johanek. Mike read my essay, made lengthy written commentary, met with me, and calmly and clearly walked me through how I could and should make the necessary revisions. I soaked in Mike’s advice and then fell back on the corrections process that had been ingrained in me starting in Seventh Age at Calvert with Mrs. Licht. I resubmitted my essay in late January, and by mid-March, I received the great news that I had finally passed the exam. On graduation day over a year later, each graduate had a chance to say a few words at a reception, and I made a point of thanking Mike for helping me when I truly needed assistance. Throughout the course of a school year, students across the ability range may need extra support, and schools must be prepared to “step up” to help them. In academic work this means we help students turn “failures” into important, valuable lessons. In conclusion, I would be remiss if I did not thank my wonderful wife, Eva, for all of her support during my years at Penn. I certainly would not have graduated without her taking care of our three children while I was at class on weekends and in the summer! In addition, my administrative colleagues at Calvert always encouraged me and did an excellent job watching over the School while I was in Philadelphia. Accomplishing a major task is always a team effort. My advisor, dissertation committee, spouse, and Calvert colleagues were superb teammates, and I am deeply appreciative for their care, love, and support.


From Folder Papers to Portfolios, The Evolution

of the Folder Paper

As I went through the fragile, yellowing, pages I remembered how, after reading his first folder from the Seventh Age, I was convinced my darling 6 year old was a genius! Little did I know how hard Peg Licht had worked with her boys to create these masterpieces! One of Calvert’s fondest traditions, the folder has evolved since the days of first Head Master Virgil Hillyer. Originally, Mr. Hillyer liked to give timed writing assignments and the completed first draft, mistakes and all, were sent home. In the 1950s, Robin Buck Nicolls ’56 (retired Calvert teacher) reports that her folder papers were done in ink and not corrected. However, the idea of corrections and their value as a teaching tool was central to Mr. Hillyer’s philosophy

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of education, and at some point, between the 1950s and 1970s, the idea of the folder being a showcase for a student’s best, and by extension, corrected work, was adopted. Kathy Cole Liotta ’79 (current Fifth Grade teacher) brought in a few of her old folders with corrections in the margins. Early grade folders represent a model of what the student is striving for, perfectly composed papers, neatly done arithmetic, and correct spelling tests. By the time I first taught the Ninth Age boys in 1988, the practice was to allow the process of writing to show through in the compositions. This practice continues today, so the first draft will always contain errors noted in the margin, teaSure enough, there they were – the

Memories of my three sons’ “Calvert Days” tend to be surrounded by a golden mist of nostalgia, and details are sometimes a bit fuzzy. Just to check, I recently retrieved the musty box of my oldest son John’s folder papers from the basement, still intact after 18 years and three moves. Sure enough, there they were – the beautiful cursive writing, the neatly lined up math problems, the perfect compositions. As I went through the fragile, yellowing, pages I remembered how, after reading his

first folder from the Seventh Age, I was convinced my darling 6 year old was a genius! Little did I know how hard Peg Licht had worked with her boys to create these masterpieces! One of Calvert’s fondest traditions, the folder, has evolved since the days of first Head Master Virgil Hillyer. Originally,


Mr. Hillyer liked to give timed writing assignments and the completed first draft, mistakes and all, were sent home. In the 1950s, Robin Buck Nicolls ’56 (retired Calvert teacher) reports that her folder papers were done in ink and not corrected. However, the idea of corrections and their value as a teaching tool was central to Mr. Hillyer’s philosophy of education, and at some point, between the 1950s and 1970s, the idea of the folder being a showcase for a student’s best, and by extension, corrected work, was adopted. Kathy Cole Liotta ’79 (current Fifth Grade teacher) brought in a few of her old folders with corrections in the margins. Early grade folders represent a model of what the student is striving for, perfectly composed papers, neatly done arithmetic, and correct spelling tests. By the time I first taught the Ninth Age boys in 1988, the practice was to allow the process of writing to show through in the compositions. This practice continues today, so the first draft will always contain errors noted in the margin, teacher comments, and corrections made by the student. After going back and forth between student and teacher for corrections, in some instances multiple times, the paper is finally checked off and put in the folder. A story used to be told, and I have no reason to disbelieve it, that in the past some students had to iron their papers to get the wrinkles out before they were allowed to put them in their folders! No wonder Jim Coady and Robin Nicolls write in A Child’s History of Calvert School that the question heard most frequently from students in the Tenth Age is, “Is this a folder paper?” I still remember the pleasure I took in reading my sons’ folders with them. It gave me a much better picture of what they were studying, their academic strengths and weaknesses, their creativity as expressed in their writing, and a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation with them about their lives away from home. Today, a typical Tenth Age folder might include the following papers: 4 compositions, 4 spelling, 4 math, at least 1 grammar (but often 2), at least one reading (but often more), 1 map, 1 history, 1 science, and 1 French or Spanish. In the Middle School, “The Folder” has evolved into “The Portfolio,” recognizing the growing independence and maturity of the students as they progress from Fifth to Eighth Grade. If you visit one of the Fifth Grade homerooms, you would see the students’ work hanging on the wall much like it does in the Lower School, complete with a colorful cover. However, a big change is that the Middle School portfolio is sent home once a quarter, rather than every month. Also, what goes into the portfolio in the Middle School is slightly different in the Fifth Grade, in that fewer papers are included. The emphasis is on showing a smaller sample of the students’ work identified by their teachers as representative of their accomplishments for the quarter, and might include one

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composition, a project, perhaps a grammar and/or a spelling paper, a science project or lab, and one or two math papers that could be either a practice or a project. Another change is that many of the Fifth Grade papers will be created on the computer! Generally, in composition, in order to show the writing process, a first and last draft will be included. As the student progresses from Fifth to Eighth Grade, more of the decisions as to what will be included in the portfolio are made by the student, so that by Eighth Grade, the work represents the assignments that were the most meaningful to the student during the quarter. At all levels, both the advisor and another faculty member read and discuss the folder with the student and write a comment. In the Eighth Grade the students reflect on their progress as demonstrated in the portfolio in a formal, written response. Today, when I read the portfolios of our Middle School students, I am struck by how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. The enormous impact of technology is reflected in the portfolio because the students have access to a broader spectrum of information and variety of ways of presenting this information. Reading a Seventh or Eighth Grade portfolio, I might see a Density Lab Report that incorporates Excel spreadsheets and graphs. In the same portfolio, I might also see a beautifully written (and word processed) short story describing an immigrant’s arrival in Baltimore illustrated with historical photos. There is always something in the portfolio reading process that gives me, as a teacher, an appreciation of the breadth and depth of our students’ knowledge and their capacity to express their knowledge and feelings. I hope parents today are having these same folder and portfolio conversations at home, as I fondly remember them, with their sons and daughters.


A Tribute toMr. After 42 years of teaching, Calvert School icon, Jim Coady retired in June 2010. Below is a compilation of comments from former students about their beloved teacher.

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I remember looking forward everyday to math and reading with Mr. Coady… his teaching will always be part of Calvert and all the children he inspired. ~ Zoe Bilis ’09

Mr. Coady was always pleasant and smiling and was sure to know me by name. ~ Kirsten Adams ’09

I remember Mr. Coady as a wonderful person which holds true today.

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~ Bart Harvey ’61

Wow, 42 years of service is remarkable. I remember Mr. Coady as a wonderful and charismatic teacher that I always looked forward to meeting in the hallways. ~ David Chalmers ’91

Our class went to Gilman School with Mr. Coady to play a fun game of football against the Gilman Varsity team. I still have the team picture!

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~ Bryson Greene ’07

Looking back 30 years, I can honestly say that, both as an Eleventh Age teacher as well as a counselor / leader at Moose Cove Lodge, Mr. Coady was focused on education and professionalism in everything he did. ~ Frank Martien ’82


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Mr. Coady taught me in Eleventh Age in 1971-72, and he taught my son Matt ’08 in Tenth Age in 2004-05. In fact, there were at least 6 boys in Mr. Coady’s Tenth Age in 2004-05 whose fathers he taught.  Instead of explaining this coincidence to all his Tenth Agers that year, he posted old black and white pictures of football teams from the 1960s and 1970s in the back of his classroom, and said nothing. Eventually some of the boys saw that their fathers were in these pictures.  The boys figured out for themselves two special things -- their place in Calvert School and its history, and the experience they shared with their father of being taught by Jim Coady.  This was how Jim Coady brought the generations together.

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~ Carville Collins ’73

Please send my best wishes and congratulations to Mr. Coady. A 42 year commitment is an extraordinary achievement! ~ Sandy Colhoun ’81

Mr. Coady joined John Gibbs, Mac Gillet, and George Cosman in providing me with the best educational experience of my life. Fast forward thirty plus years; my two sons had the good fortune of having a seasoned Jim Coady as Tenth Age home room teacher. He instilled in them a love of history that has continued through high school and college. It is a testimony to Calvert that such a wonderful person as Jim has spent his entire career here.

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~ Jim Ebeling ’71

Congratulations on the creation of several generations of young men that you have helped to grow up and become leaders. Thank you for being a part of my life and a part of who I am today. ~ Key Compton ’82

Mr. Coady was the first teacher to take our picture. I bet many of us still have the old black and white photo of our Eleventh Age football team. When my son, Robbie ’08, graduated from Lower School, we took a picture of Mr. Coady, the six graduating boys, and their fathers whom Mr. Coady taught. That is a big accomplishment to teach two generations.

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~ Andy DeMuth ’70


Voices from the Class o The greatest thing I learned at Calvert is respect – respecting teachers, students and everyone’s beliefs, ideas, and thoughts. I will take this value with me throughout my whole life. ~Kendall Reitz

The thing I will miss most about Calvert is the warm feeling of family. Everyday when I walked through the door I felt happy and safe. Calvert is a very special place to grow up in. ~Ali McShane

I’ve learned that failing is a part of life. It’s all about how you bounce back and learn from your mistakes that matters. ~Darien Dixon


of 2010 Calvert School gave me the basis of my education, teaching me so much not only in every subject, but also how to learn. I will use this for the rest of my life. ~Tom Riley

The greatest life lesson I learned at Calvert was friendship. There are awesome, amazing people at Calvert, both teachers and students. Teachers at Calvert guide you outstandingly and students and friends support and encourage you. The Calvert community is truly welcoming, friendly, and in all ways incredible. ~Giorgio Caturegli

I will never forget the study skills I learned at Calvert. This school taught me many easy ways to study and be organized. ~Katharine McDonough

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Voices from the Class o Calvert taught me to accept everyone for who they are and to realize that everyone’s differences are why we love them. ~Claire Frankel

Calvert made me who I am today; it taught me respect, responsibility, and the importance of kindness. ~Alice White

Calvert has given me friends I know I’ll have for the rest of my life. ~Tracy Smith

I feel that Calvert helps you find who you are and teaches you to accept yourselves and others. ~Vicki Anucha


of 2010 I will miss my closest friends at Calvert that I have been going to school with since I was six. I will also miss the outstanding faculty and staff. ~Drey Brown

I will miss all the staff and faculty that have been my friends and taught me countless lessons. The teachers and coaches I have had in my ten years here have made such an impact, going far and beyond the call of duty. ~Dale Waters

10 years of camaraderie can create a family-like environment in which everyone learns from one another. ~Michelle Olsson

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Reflections of a Children’s Author by

“Pirate” Mike Paul The idea for writing a children’s book came to me after a discussion with my wife, Betsy. Grace, our cat of fifteen years, had just died. She had lived aboard our sailboat, Ananda, for most of those fifteen years. She loved marina life: cat naps on the deck of the boat, chasing ducks off the pier, and exploring other boats. She also loved to sail. One day, Betsy and I were reflecting on Grace’s adventures, and I commented to her that it would be fun to go cruising with a kitten and dachshund puppy on board. Suddenly, a story was born. Dog meets cat, dog and cat become best friends, dog and cat have sailing adventures together. It would be a fitting tribute to Grace and to Betsy, my first mate and soul mate. The dog and cat would actually be telling our story. First, I had to come up with names for the dog and cat. For the dog, Tiller seemed perfect, since a dachshund is long and the tiller, used to steer the boat, is also long. I was going for alliteration, so I chose Turnbuckle for the cat. A turnbuckle is a fitting that connects the lines holding up the mast to the boat. I liked the sound of Tiller and Turnbuckle. Continuing with the sailing theme, I thought I would name most of the characters after the parts of a sailboat. There was Luff, the littlest of the litter; Rudder, the reliable one who steered clear of danger; Dinghy, the dreamer who wandered away; Cleat, the clever one who knew the ropes; Boom, who always banged his head; Starboard, the stubborn one who thought he was always right; and Anchor, the anxious one who liked to stay in one place. Next, I decided that the perfect setting for Tiller and Turnbuckle’s


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cat and a dog are the last two animals on earth that I would have expected to be best friends. But then Tiller was no ordinary dog, and Turnbuckle was no ordinary cat,” said Grandpa Dachshund to his seven grand puppies all snuggled together in a heap of hounds. The puppies had been named after the parts of a sailboat because of a long tradition of sailing in the family. There was Luff, the littlest of the litter; Rudder, the reliable one who steered clear of danger; Dinghy, the dreamer who wandered away; Cleat, the clever one who knew the ropes; Boom, who always banged his head; Starboard, the stubborn one who thought he was always right; and Anchor, the anxious one who liked to stay in one place. “Cats and dogs can’t be friends,” said Starboard. “Sure they can,” corrected Cleat. “They just have to get to know each other.” “That’s right, Cleat,” said Grandpa Dachshund. “Tiller was a dachshund just like you, and he loved adventure. One day, he met a calico cat named Turnbuckle. She not only loved adventure, she loved to play tricks, too. Once Tiller and Turnbuckle got to know each other, they had many adventures together.” ~ An Excerpt from The Adventures of Tiller and Turnbuckle – Adventure One, St. Simons Island.

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first adventure would be St. Simons Island, Georgia, where Betsy grew up. Betsy and I vacation there every year, and I had long ago fallen in love with this magical island. The Spanish moss, tropical vegetation, and marshes make it a mysterious location for an adventure. Now it was time to come up with a story line. That proved to be the difficult part but also the most amazing part. I tried to outline the story, but nothing surfaced. I thought about what kind of adventure they should have, but nothing came. So, I decided to start writing to see what would happen. I knew I wanted it to be a sailing adventure, so I had Tiller sail down the Chesapeake Bay. A wonderful and unexpected thing happened. The story started writing itself. One thought led to another and another. Suddenly the story line started playing out in my head like a movie. I couldn’t get the ideas down on the page fast enough. The creative process is truly amazing. After completing several chapters, it was time to see if the boat would float. I gave it to family, friends, and colleagues at Calvert for their input. Back to the drawing board! I field tested it with my Eighth Age students. Back to the drawing board! Actually, their input was the most valuable. If they laughed, got scared, or got pin-drop quiet, then that part stayed in. This went on for several months. Then, I ran into Margaret Meachum, a local children’s author and former Calvert parent. I had taught her son, Peter ’91. She was having a book signing at the Ivy Bookshop and agreed to take a look at my completed manuscript. Back to the drawing board! She suggested I get my characters into more trouble, get them out of trouble, and then get them back into more

trouble. I took the next several months dismantling and rebuilding the story. I had learned my first lesson: be willing to swallow my pride and accept the loss of many hours of writing. Her critique and suggestions proved to be invaluable. Now, what to do with my new and improved, but not quite finished manuscript? On our next vacation to St. Simons Island, Betsy and I attended a book signing. Georgia author Pamela Mueller is an award winning author of adult and children’s literature. She had just brought out her latest book, A Distant


The process of writing a book requires the help of many people, but we have been especially overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of the Calvert community.

Drummer. After the signing, I had a chance to talk with Pam. She was intrigued by the story and agreed to read the manuscript. Pam’s warmth and encouragement motivated me to complete the story. A few weeks later, I received my manuscript from Pam. Back to the drawing board! She wanted me to flesh out the characters more so the reader would get to know them better. Also, I needed to let the reader see, feel, even smell the scene with more vivid description. I had now learned my second lesson: don’t assume

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the reader is experiencing on the page what I am experiencing in my head. After several months of applying Pam’s excellent suggestions, I resubmitted the manuscript. This time, when I received the manuscript back, it came with an offer to endorse my story. I was thrilled. I was on my way to fulfilling the dream of getting my story published. Pam suggested that I have the manuscript professionally edited one more time. I sent the story off to Pam’s editor, Diane Knight. Amazingly, she found mistakes no one else had. Back to the drawing board, one last time! I made all my corrections, just like a Calvert student. The final step was to add the illustrations. I decided to do ten black and white line drawings. The next month was spent drawing over and over. With the aid of a light box, I was able to draw a character, put a piece of paper over that drawing, trace it, and make changes until I was happy. Finally, after four years, The Adventures of Tiller and Turnbuckle – Adventure One, St. Simons Island, was ready for publishing. Since the book’s debut on September 1, 2009, Betsy and I have had tremendous fun attending book signings and giving school presentations dressed as Pirate Paul and Buccaneer Betz. Our two most unusual book signings took place in a knit shop in Fells Point called A Good Yarn and in the St. Simons Island lighthouse. The process of writing a book requires the help of many people, but we have been especially overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of the Calvert community. Tiller and Turnbuckle’s second adventure is nearly finished. This one took only a year. In adventure two, Tiller and Turnbuckle sail away from St. Simons Island for the Chesapeake Bay – so they think! When they spot a dog floundering in the ocean during a storm, they perform a daring rescue. The dog flops into the boat’s cockpit, choking up water and mutters in a thin raspy voice, “Must… find…ship…kidnapped.” As he passes out, his paw opens and a glass eye rolls out into the cockpit. I hope that’s enough of a tease. This fall, look for The Adventures of Tiller and Turnbuckle - Adventure Two, The Bahamas. Until then, write for always; read forever.


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CALVERT DAY FAIR 1 The giant slide is always a huge hit at Calvert Day! 2 Matt Spencer ’16 and Austin Martin ’16 show off their new Calvert shirts. 3 The Rock Wall was one of the most popular attractions. 4 The SGA ran a ring toss game to raise money for Haiti. 5 Calvert Day Co-Chairs Krissie Verbic and Blair Iodice

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6 Ella Kate West ’19 and Taylor Martin ’19 share a laugh. 7 Isabelle Webster ’13, Emma Donahue ’13, and Paige McDonald ’13 are all smiles at Calvert Day. 8 Ben Vandiver ’16, Hunter Davis ’13, and Nate Vandiver ’13.

CORKS FOR CALVERT 9 The Chungs and Dowlings check out items available in the Silent Auction Tent.


10 Corks for Calvert Co-Chairs Suzie Quarngesser Amiot ’79 and Carty Hebert.


11 Andy and Sana Naylor Brooks ’79 12 Joe and Shara Khon Duncan enjoy Corks for Calvert. 13 Elizabeth Spencer Sutley ’77 and Beth Smith enjoy the festivities. 14 Scott Plank and Dana Dicarlo

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Govi Tuli ’16 celebrates Grandparents’ Day.

2 Charlotte Wight ’18 with her grandparents, Ned and Randy Wight 3 Connor Campbell ’16 shares a smile on Grandparents’ Day.

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Jack Angel ’14 is all smiles after the Tenth Age Play.


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Noah Yu Beecher ’16 works on a special project on Grandparents’ Day.

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Like Father, Like Son For nearly 100 years, the Clapp family has had a special connection with Calvert School. “My father, uncle, son, and I all attended Calvert,” reflects Harvey Clapp III ’51. “While I can’t speak for them, Calvert molded me from a terrified toddler into a cocky Twelfth Age graduate, confident that I was head and shoulders ahead of my contemporaries at other schools.” Harvey’s son David’s ’81, favorite memories of his elementary school days are of “walking to Calvert with my father each morning. Whether we were practicing spelling words or reviewing math facts, the walk to Tuscany Road was a special one for me.” But there is more to the Clapp family relationship with Calvert than strictly legacy. “Though my Calvert education was solid, and grounded me for future endeavors, there was also a sense of family among Calvert classmates, unusual in the other schools I have attended. This sense of kinship to the School, I suspect, is the reason that others are amazed at the sense of loyalty Calvert has inspired in its alumni over the years,” says Harvey. That loyalty is embodied by Harvey’s son, David, Calvert’s Assistant Head Master. “My life with Calvert did not end after my Twelfth Age graduation. In fact, Calvert provided me with my first education, first job after college [implementing the Calvert curriculum at Barclay Elementary School in the 1990’s] and some of my fondest memories and life experiences.” Coming full-circle, David now oversees curriculum and faculty development in his role as Assistant Head Master. Ensuring that Calvert remains the best pre-secondary school in the country is a top priority for the Clapp family. “I have included Calvert in my estate plans because I am familiar with the financial pressures on private educational institutions at all levels. Although Calvert today is far more diverse than it was 60 years ago, more economic, religious, racial, and geographic diversity would strengthen the School. To accomplish this, Calvert needs a substantial endowment to be able to attract top-quality students and superb teachers. I believe that my donation to Calvert can make a difference in these areas,” says Harvey. David adds, “Supporting Calvert financially is paramount to its ongoing success. I believe that including Calvert in my estate plans will help ensure that the school that has given me so much continues to stay strong well into the future. I hope that one day soon, my two children will be lucky enough to enjoy the Calvert experience, and although I live too far away to walk them to School, I hope to be able to quiz them on their spelling words and math facts on the way to school in the morning.”

The Hillyer Society is Calvert’s recognition society for those who have included Calvert in their estate plans. For more information on how you can become a member of the Hillyer Society, please contact Kerry Johnston, Director of Development, at 410.243.6054, ext. 141 or kjohnston@calvertschoolmd.org.

Calvert Photo Hunt

Each picture below was taken somewhere on the Calvert School campus. Can you guess where? (Answers on page 46.)

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ALUMNI COCKTAIL PARTY 1 Christina and Hoby Buppert ’85 with Annie Hynson Acken ’85, Mike Acken, Jen Mowbray Barta ’85, and Mike Barta 2 Howard Stick ’50, Gordon Stick ’44, and Alyce Stick 3 Scott and Kathy Cole Liotta ’79 with Ward Classen ’71


4 Carolyn and Tom Cassilly ’35 with Elisa Chelius (Director of Alumni Relations) and Charlie Reeves ’35


5 Napoleon Sykes ’96 with Reuel Belt ’96

“REMEMBER WHEN” LUNCHEON 6 “Remember When” Luncheon guests pose for a picture. 7 Gee Harvey Wheeler ’54, Louise Barroll Barton ’31, Juliana Clark Watts ’34, and Anne Howard Stick Hopkins ’40

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8 Iva Gillett with Bartie Riggs Cole ’52 9 Tenth Age Greeters: Grayson Hanes ’14, Mayalen Brock ’14, Jimmy Swindell ’14, and Mac Webster ’14

CALVERT GOLF CLASSIC 10 The tournament winners: Alex Martin ’83, Dan Verbic, Chad Meyer, and John Lawson. 11 Pierce Linaweaver with Frank Riggs ’51 12 E.B. Harris ’78, Hill Michaels ’51, Jack Luetkemeyer ’53, and Brian Jones 13 Jock Menzies ’56, Michael Ewing ’57, Mandy Savage Mahoney ’61, and Chris Scarlett ’57 take a break from the game.

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25TH REUNION – Class of 1985 1 Laura Scriba Parks ’85, Annie Hynson Acken ’85, and Kerry Rich Prior ’85 2 Shari Burdette Tompkins ’85 and Juliana Keyser Harris ’85 present Head Master Andy Martire ’83 with a check for $26,810 toward the Class of 1985 25th Reunion Gift Effort. 3 Lisa Fowble Koste ’85 with her husband, Russell 4 Hoby ’85 and Christina Buppert with Stephanie and Fred Clark ’85 5 The Class of 1985 smiles for the camera.


50TH REUNION – Class of 1960 6 Head Master Andy Martire ’83 poses with the Class of 1960 at their 50th Reunion from Calvert. 7 Gordon Hart ’60 and Lew Rumford ’60



8 Elizabeth McCleary Primrose-Smith ’60 with Matthew Hall

75TH REUNION – Class of 1935 9 Andy Martire ’83 with members of the Class of 1935 10 Zandy Harvey ’35 and Betty Williams Harvey ’35 with Tom ’35 and Carolyn Cassilly



FLORIDA REGIONAL EVENT 11 Chuck and Emily Hammond with their daughters, Lucy ’90 and Susie ’00 12 Lee and Elinor Poultney Wagner ’34 reminisce about Calvert with Andy Martire ’83. 13 Daniel Maclea ’42 with his wife, Sherrie

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alumni association 10TH REUNION – Class of 2000 1 The Class of 2000 celebrates their 10 Year Reunion at Ryleigh’s in Federal Hill.

YOUNG ALUMNI HAPPY HOUR 2 Steve Clare ’95 and Will Gee ’89, with Erin Oglesby ’93 and Jamie Hodges ’93

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3 Chase Martin ’90, Rachel Arnot Rockwell ’91, Brooke Wheeler Rodgers ’91 and Packer Rodgers

NEW YORK REGIONAL EVENT 4 Andy Martire ’83, Curtis Campbell ’83, Bill Carey ’42, and Carville Collins ’73 5 Mark Wheeler ’65 and Elizabeth Hopkins Wheeler ’70 with MacKay Wolff ’69 6



Sarah Scalia ’96, Francis Ayers ’98, and Laura Lee Bryant ’98

HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI EVENT 7 Members of the classes of 2006 through 2009 pose for the camera at the High School Alumni Event.




Photo Hunt Answers

1. Eagle on the back wall of the Lower School Auditorium 2. Close-up of the bronze frog statue in the Louise “Noodle” D. Kent ’86 Memorial Courtyard 3. Oval window on the second floor of the Luetkemeyer House 4. Top of the gazebo between the Lower and Middle school buildings 5. Mosaic tile seal on the floor of the Lower School lobby 6. Banister on staircase in the Luetkemeyer lobby 7. Part of the number ‘2002’ engraved into the Middle School building foundation 8. Sign above the double doors at the loading dock of the Lower School 9. Portion of the chandelier hanging in the Lower School Lobby 10. Front of a locker in the boys wing of the Lower School


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Class of 2006 College Choices

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Katherine G. Buchta Undecided

Francis X. Kelly University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Jenghis E. Pettit Undecided

Beda Cha Amherst College

Andrew B. Koch Furman University

Meredith B. Powell Wake Forest University

Katherine E. Cooke Wake Forest University

Laura W. Lubke Naval Academy Prep. School

Rajah J. Reid Tufts University

Bianca D. Fedd Morgan State University

Joanna D. Lusk Skidmore College

Adam L. Shepherd The College of William & Mary

Susannah G. Feinstein University of Pittsburgh

Lindsay R. Manning CCBC Catonsville Nursing Program

Sophia S. Sourlis Duke University

Alexandra R. Gresov St. Lawrence University

Calvin A. McCormack University of Michigan

Matthew J. Vaselkiv Wheaton College

Christopher D. Howe University of Maryland, Baltimore County

John B. Patterson Oberlin College


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memory lane ~

Auditorium Memories

Calvert alumni remember favorite moments in the Lower School Auditorium.

Terry G. Lacy ’38

Florence Snyder Bohon ’40

My brother, Dick ’40, played John Hancock – and signed with a flourish!

Dottie Sloan Atkinson ’40, Barbara Van Ness ’40 and I were reminiscing recently about a French play that we were all in at Calvert. Dottie and Barbara both expressed serious envy of ‘moi’ – because I got to be a ‘rose,’ while they had to be root vegetables! They still don’t think this was ‘fair’ – but it happened simply because my mother was able to sew this beautiful flower costume, while their mothers couldn’t. I couldn’t claim any credit for this, and it was no discredit to them. But the memory of this serious injustice continues to this day – even though we are all now in our 80s.


Martha Wheelwright Galleher ’45 Being shy, I was terrified in any Calvert play about forgetting my lines, especially when they were in French. Luckily, Madame Gunning would scream behind the curtain so I could hear her and so could the laughing audience. Nevermind, she became my favorite character and friend who never let me down and made me love French!

Kittie Frick Beyer ’48 I sang, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and I think it was probably the high point in my career. It’s been downhill ever since.

Marion Parsons DeGroff ’51 I don’t remember the play or my part, but at one point we made puppets in Miss Mooney’s art class and did a puppet show for the school. I made (and still have) a Dutch boy dressed in blue and yellow. I’m now married to a man of Dutch descent, whose favorite colors are blue and yellow. Predestination?

Hill Michaels, Jr. ’51 Performing Treasure Island in Twelfth Age was my favorite memory. Frank Deford ’51 was Ben Gunn.

Kelly Finney ’76 Mr. Snyder in Eighth Age had us do Alexander the Great and the lead (I will not say his name) threw up in the hall right before the play – I came out of the dungeon moments later and slipped in it. I still remember that he had honey on toast for breakfast which I cannot eat to this day.

Julia Buchanan Salovaara ’77 In Seventh Age, I was so softspoken that I was given only one line in the class play. My only responsibility throughout the entire performance was to respond, “The last Thursday in November” to the line, “When is Thanksgiving?” In my later years at Calvert, I earned some more interesting parts, but I do not remember any of them. However, I have never forgotten that line (and I’ve never had any confusion about the timing of Thanksgiving).

Tatum Campbell DiGiovanni ’84 I always favored the Christmas play, and really hoped to be Mary or the Angel when I was in Twelfth Age. But it was not meant to be...I came down with the chicken pox two weeks before the play and ended up being just a shepherd. But I still loved being in it!

Laura Lea Bryant ’98

Bill Atkins ’74 I remember singing “Harvest Moon.” Getting on that wonderful old wooden stage was a most terrifying event. Now I am a trial lawyer!

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I can’t remember what the play was about – some sort of creative amalgam of children’s stories – and I played Winnie the Pooh. There was also a fantastic Paddington Bear – we were in complete head-to-toe mascot-style bear costumes and we loved it! I also played the angel in the Twelfth Age nativity play, and I was so honored to be chosen for the part. It was one of the first times I recognized that my accomplishments at Calvert were significant and would reap rewards.


Getting to know

Peyton List ’99 She’s been an evil stepsister; suffered temporary paralysis and memory loss at the age of 15; was a troubled mother searching for her daughter; filled-in as a secretary for a ruthless advertising mogul on Madison Avenue; and most recently, experienced a flash forward of being drowned. This is the life of Peyton List ’99, and just a small selection of the roles she has played since the start of her career as a model and actress at the ripe age of 8. Now living and working in Los Angeles, the Calvert alumna took time between filming episodes of Flash Forward to answer questions about her career, Baltimore memories, and all things Calvert.


When I opened [my Eleventh Age locker], I was shocked How do you think your Calvert education prepared you for your career? Discipline and hard work. Rising to the challenge. Recognizing that even if you felt you were not being judged fairly, you still had to step up and put forth your best effort. What actors would you like to emulate in Hollywood? Diane Lane and Laura Linney are probably at the top of the list. Every character they portray has depth and an all around completeness. I enjoy every performance and have tremendous respect for their range and consistency. I’ve heard that you are a huge Baltimore Ravens fan. Who is your favorite player and why? I am, but it’s impossible for me to choose one favorite player. I feel like that’s the question, “Which one of your children do you love most?” Naturally, Ray Lewis commands respect both as a player and in his leadership of his fellow teammates. I’m impressed by Flacco’s patience and ability to stay calm. When not going to the air, he’s handing off to one of my new favorites, Ray Rice. Terrel Suggs is amazing; the list goes on and on…. P.S. I miss Matt Stover. Do you have a favorite restaurant or place in Baltimore that you miss most? I would have to say the deli at Eddie’s on Roland Ave. A long sun drenched day at the Roland Park Pool was never complete with out games of knockout, shark, ping pong, and of course, a sandwich and soda from Eddie’s. What do you remember most about your days on Tuscany Road? The math and science annual experiments (the candle in the mirror, the toothpick bridge), the Crow/Canary sports rivalry, the “Folders,” big sister/ little sister years, art history in the basement, assemblies…. Which role thus far in your career has been the most memorable for you? I’ve had a lot of wonderful opportunities. Maybe I see things a little differently than the way you asked the question. For me, great memories don’t revolve around roles, they revolve around the people you work with – other actors, crew members, and the directors and producers. The “most memorable” experiences

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to see that I had completely covered the inside with not only my name, but my class year and “Go Crows” on every inch of it.

have more to do with the creative process than with a particular role or how popular it is with audiences. What was the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Accepting the series regular role on As the World Turns and subsequently moving to New York City. When I made that decision, I knew in my gut, there was no turning back. I was 15 and embarking on a new chapter in my life. The scariest part for me was knowing that I would be doing it without my closest friends (one of whom had been a best friend since Pilot class) sharing the experience with me. Is it true that you wrote your name on the inside of one of your lockers? Yes, I have to admit it is true. I had actually forgotten the mark I had left behind until last summer, when I took a trip back to Baltimore and visited Calvert. I had a faint recollection of writing in my Eleventh Age locker, so I decided to see if I could find it and check it out. When I opened it, I was shocked to see that I had completely covered the inside with not only my name, but my class year and “Go Crows” on every inch of it… in permanent marker, no less. I next inspected my Twelfth Age locker. Evidently, in the course of a year, I had somehow learned respect for school property and had left that one relatively unscathed. However, seeing that Eleventh Age locker again was a priceless moment, and, I have to say, I was thrilled it had remained intact. My apologies, Calvert.


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class notes former faculty............ Carol Ackrill shares, “In brief, nothing print worthy, but lots of good stuff! I am a grateful ‘happy camper.’ Now an octogenarian, I am fortunate to be living near my daughter and granddaughter, but in my own little house in a wonderful retirement community in Asheville in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I take advantage of the many educational, social, and physical activities offered residents to keep us healthy and happy. In a determined effort to stay well, I walk on my

treadmill several times a week, enjoy our aquafit pool exercises twice a week, and occasionally get to take a short hike in the mountains. This is my fifteenth year as a twice-a-week volunteer at Mission Hospital, serving in several interesting areas. Recently, I became a helper in our therapy dog program, arranging brief Paws With a Purpose visits to hospital patients and staff. You can imagine what a treat it is for someone in the hospital to have a dog to pet and enjoy. Bridge, reading, working in our community library, serving on different resident committees, lunches with family or friends, cat-sitting for my grandcats, daily computer time with games,

research, and email fill my days here. Although the economy and exchange rates have curtailed travel abroad now, I enjoy infrequent trips to Baltimore and other trips in the states. Life is good!” Pauline Biggley is very busy as president of the Lutherville Garden Club and is an active member of the Southern York County Garden Club as well as the Jarrettsville Homemakers. She is active in the Mason-Dixon Rhododendron Society because of her interests in growing over seventy rhododendrons and thirty azaleas in her garden. She loves watercolor and oil painting, reading, and writing.


Ann Dahl writes, “In connection with my interest in the life and writings of author Laura Ingalls Wilder – an interest begun and developed at Calvert – I have been invited to make two presentations at a national conference on Mrs. Wilder in Mankato, MN, this July 2010. My several Garrett Summer Study Grants have really paid off!” Susan Herrmann is now retired and volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Association and at Gilchrist. She still enjoys ice skating once a week. Joyce Jones writes, “After leaving Calvert, I continued to teach at several other schools. We continued to spend all our summers in Cape Cod until later when we started to spend winters in Savannah. We also spent considerable time in Europe as my husband had guest professorships at several German universities. Recently I wrote and published a small book for children called Grammie’s Tales.” Julia Marston and her husband, Bruce, moved to Port Townsend, WA, in 1984 with their children, Charles, Virginia, and Benjamin. Oliver was born in 1993 and is currently a junior, playing lacrosse at Christchurch School in Urbana, VA. Upon her father’s (Philip Mylecraine) death in June 2009, Mrs. Marston and Bruce have been living in the house he built and retired to after teaching 34 years at the Hill School. “I have been teaching for 34 years myself and I attribute my success to having started my career at Calvert.”

Julia Marston, former Calvert School teacher

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Edward Richardson, Jr. is “staying alive.”



Frank Ober writes, “I am 91 years old and still enjoy life on the farm with my dear wife, Alice, at my side. My son Phillip L. Ober and his wife, Anne, live nearby and are a big help to us. My son David G. Ober and his wife, Polly, live in Palm Beach, FL, and come back to visit us often. My daughter Laurie O. Curtis and her husband Hal live in Pennington, NJ, and we enjoy seeing them often. We have 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grands plus 2 more on the way! I keep busy reading, writing letters, and keeping up with all my grandchildren. P.S. I see classmates Jack Morton ’31 and Louise Barroll ’31 occasionally.”



Mary-Lina Strauff Kosicki is trying to eat right, work out, take vitamins, is taking courses and trying not to run out of money before she dies. She is keeping her husband on track in all the above ways as well. Mary-Lina is contemplating writing a book, going back to piano (with lessons), and is looking for a place to ballroom dance. She keeps in touch with relations and friends who are still alive, researches all sorts of stuff on her PC, and avoids listening to or reading the news at all costs. Mary-Lina writes, “I also noted on my Alumni Weekend response card: ‘I am so sorry I cannot attend any of these festivities – but I will be in the Mediterranean Sea enroute to Barcelona – where on the 15th I will be in the air on my way back home. Maybe next year!’”

Mary-Lina Strauff Kosicki ’35 and her husband, Wit



Harriet Sayre Noyes shares, “After living 50 years in Farmington, CT, and the death of my husband of 60 years, I moved to an independent apartment in an elegant retirement place. It has an indoor Olympic size pool, exercise gym, and many friends. Although I’ve given up active sports (and cooking), I walk outside daily. I belong to a book club, am on Health Care, AT, play readers, world affairs committees, and still volunteer weekly at Hartford Hospital, our own skilled care facility, and Meals on Wheels. Also amazingly have a relationship with a California man and 3 great-grands.” George D. Riley, Jr.’s book, The Ghost of Legh Furnace, was published in 2009 by the Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland. The website is http://hscc.carr.org.



Paul Hudson is 85 years old and is “alive and well.” He has enjoyed some trips overseas with grand circle.

Rose Johnson Randall and her husband, Peter, are so glad to be at Foulkeways (the first such retirement community on the East Coast) with its wonderful setting, good friends, and excellent healthcare. She is presently


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George Weikart ’39 and his wife, Anne, with their youngest grandchild, Rafael.

availing herself of physiotherapy, pool, and fitness center opportunities after a total knee replacement. She hopes to be gardening by the spring/summer. “Cheers to the Class of 1937.”



Terry G. Lacy is definitely still translating Icelandic to English, often medical records, and editing, (especially research papers) to check the English. Now she is well embarked on a legal dictionary of English/Latin to Icelandic. Her Icelandic to English business dictionary, 2nd edition, is ready for the publisher. Though she has 2 metal knees, she is still traveling but not hiking. “Still singing in the chorus – despite our ages we sound good, just not as strong.” Frances Marburg Peck is a widow after 54 years of a very happy marriage. She has three married children and five grown grandchildren. “All are healthy and smart!”



George Weikart, Jr. still lives on the waterfront after 26 years. He still enjoys volunteering at Meals on Wheels, and is an active investor in securities. George spends the month of February annually in Florida and celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary on March 11, 2010.

Florence Snyder Bohon writes, “Not much. Some travel – we are an ancient couple in an antique Buick Park Avenue tootling along the highways between Memphis and Lake Chautauqua in western New York – sometimes by way of D.C. and Baltimore.” She has five grandchildren spread far and wide around the country and says there is a lot to do in Memphis: music, basketball, and other artsy things. “Health is great for Scott – me, not so much, but more ups than downs. Days at Calvert were joyous – especially going down the snowy hill on lunchroom trays, and Crows and Canaries. I was a Canary.” Anne Howard Stick Hopkins was nicknamed “Our Pearl” by the Maryland Seafood Authority in October 2009! “I won an award, a cookbook dedication, and plaque for judging the National Oyster Cook-Off for 30 years and promoting Maryland Seafood.”



Richard Cover, Sr. moved to the Eastern Shore, Oxford, and reports that it is a wonderful town and life. He still enjoys golf and sailing. Dorothy Klinefelter Earll’s current hobby is knitting lap robes for hospital patients. She also spends much time listening to books on tape as she is without any eyesight. She keeps track of four grandchildren and her two daughters, which “takes some time.”

ago. I have three children and five grandchildren. Peter, age 53, works in Palo Alto, California, for Comcast. He was 16 year old twins. Tom has his own business in financial services in New York City. He is married and has a 13 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. My daughter, Lane, lives in Sydney, Australia, and works for Egon Zehnder, a global firm placing top executives. Her daughter is 9. I spent six years researching the Scarlett family genealogy and met fascinating people and produced a chart for ninety of them. I played bridge for 10 years at the master point level. I travelled the world for thirteen years and was on the board of a special group with Lindblad Travel, now affiliated with National Geographic. I was married for 26 years. The boys went to Princeton and Lane went to Smith. Tom and Lane are graduates of Harvard Business School.” Pembroke France Noble hikes in the Swiss Alps every February and reports that it is “very beautiful and invigorating – this was our 16th year!” Other travels usually include day hiking. “We are thankful to still have good joints!”



Susan Devlin Peard reports that next on her agenda is a flight to Baltimore to be inducted, along with her sister, Judy Devlin Hashman’47, into the Athletic Hall of Fame of Goucher College. Sue’s present activities include a small amount of badminton coaching, looking after a large garden (getting larger!), researching



Barbara Scarlett Allen writes, “We’re all turning 80 this year. I still work with a personal trainer two times a week. I started with him 20 years

Bill Carey ’42 with his goddaughter, Elaine Abry Kennerson, at his 80th birthday party



correspondence student!) and it has been a lot of fun hearing from old friends.”

Mr. C.S. Lovelace ’34 A Nantucket Enclave: Monomoy Heights Memoirs of a Lost Island Tale of the Governor and Two Islands l


Kitty Cromwell is still doing what she can for world peace and the awareness of our shared oneness.

Judy Devlin Hashman ’47, Pam Peard, and Sue Devlin Peard ’43 at the induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Fame at Goucher College.

family history, and some very amateurish patchwork quilting.



Martha Wheelwright Galleher wrote a book entitled The Missing Thai Silk King about her search for her uncle, Jim Thompson. This fall the Ivy Bookshop head asked her to give an hour’s lecture with slides at the Pikesville library about her book and over one hundred people came!


Willis Johnson is happily married, plays golf 2 days a week, and teaches golf 3 days a week.



Louisa Cooper Dubin writes, “My old lady volunteer job is tutor/mentoring a 5th grade boy with learning disabilities at the Gesu School in inner city Philadelphia. I had been a bust substitute teaching a whole class of special education kids, but love the one-on-one tutoring opportunity at Gesu. My first student is now in Iraq (alas) because 6 years ago, it was usual to encourage inner city students to join the Army Reserves to earn money for college tuition. That decision interrupted three years of her college education and, of course, put her life in danger.”

Lavinia Lamont Rosenthal is older, sicker, and feels the cold more.


Emita Brady Hill loves music, piano duets, tennis, scuba diving, and time with her grandchildren.



Catherine Frick Beyer and her husband, Mort, just published a book entitled Flying Higher. “While I was at Calvert, he was launching his career in the airline business. We’ve been alerting his old schools (he was once a Calvert

Mr. Charles B. Reeves ’35 Carpe Diem Bash on Regardless A Good Run l



Mr. George Donald Riley, Jr. ’39 Ghost of Legh Furnace l

Ms. Priscilla Stewart Randolph ’40 Lifehunter: Selected stories, poems, and essays Glimpse Me, Glimpse Me Not l


Mrs. Nan Jay Barchowski ’42 Beginners’ Handwriting Fluent Handwriting Manual Fix it…Write l



Mrs. Martha Wheelwright Galleher ’45 The Missing Thai Silk King l

Prof. W. Bowdoin Davis Jr. ’49 Duchamp: Domestic Patterns, Covers, and Threads Max Ernst’s Lines from a Marriage: Female Suckers, Tears, Love to Measure & The Iron Maiden l





Mrs. Joan Allan Aleshire ’50 Cloud Train This Far The Yellow Transparents Litany of Thanks l



Former student of Louisa Cooper Dubin ’49 in Iraq

L. Vernon Miller, Jr. retired from the practice of law in October 2008. He had been active in civil (not criminal) litigation for many years, followed by estates and trusts in his final years of practice. His first wife, Peggy, and he were amicably divorced in the 1990s. They had two children, Bruce who is now 40 and living in Boston as an architect. The second is Ann who is married with two sons and lives in Washington, D.C. Vernon remarried in


Mr. J. W. “Pete” Huey III ’51 Day Care l

Mr. Charles Boyce ’56 Dictionary of Furniture Shakespeare A to Z l


Mrs. Martha Symington Sanger ’56 Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait The Henry Clay Frick Houses Helen Clay Frick: Bittersweet Heiress l



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Albert H. Michaels, Jr. is still working with Frank Riggs at RCM&D Inc. He is enjoying his grandchildren, playing golf, and hunting on Maryland’s Eastern shore and sometimes in Argentina.

2007 to Patricia Zantzinger (now Pat Miller) and now lives in a condo on Spa Creek in Annapolis. Richard Smith is still teaching and writing part-time at the University of Kentucky. He has two sons and three grandsons. “Got back to Gilman for the 50th of ’59. Fredrica and I are still healthy and happy.”

Frank Gluck ’51 and his family: Rob, Max, Ann, Robert, Judy, Sage, Martha Grace, and Frank.

Albert “Wilkie” Wilkerson, Jr. is hoping that all members of the Class of 1949 are well, healthy, and happy! “God bless you all.”

and loves the simple life on the barrier island – no traffic, no high rises, etc. “It is peaceful here.”

Griffith F. Pitcher ’50

Marion Parsons DeGroff has been doing zone jobs for the Garden Club of America and next year will be the garden club president. She is still passionate about gardening, birding, and travelling. Last spring she went birding in Egypt and Petra. “Birds and antiquities were a delightful combination.”



Nicholas F. Adams III spends at least 7 months in Vero Beach Florida. He retired 3 years ago from being in the investment business for 41 years. His son, also a Calvert graduate, Nick Adams IV ’87, just moved to Coral Gables, Florida, so they see him and his wife, Wendy, often. Nick is interested in environmental volunteering in Vero

Francis W. Gluck, Jr. retired from active practice last summer. He continues to teach medical students and residents and says he has lots of control over his time with a good balance between family activities and remaining connected with the profession. His family is doing well, and he and his wife, Judy, recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Son, Rob, and family (three children, and wife Ann) are doing well and make them feel very blessed. “I still have a Baltimore Colts bumper sticker on my car!”

Harvey Clapp ’51 and his son David Clapp ’81 with Frank Deford ’51

John C. O’Donovan is almost completely retired from pediatrics, and now has time to sing in a barbershop quartet, a hobby he has had for almost 40 years. He also spends a day a week at a local elementary school as a teacher’s aide in 5th grade.



Hobart V. Fowlkes enjoys flying, golf, fishing, and his 5 grandchildren. Eleanor Riggs Hopkins lives in F.lorida. Her daughter, Nelle, has twin daughters 8 1/2 years old, as well as a 2 year old son. Her son Bobby has 5 1/2 year old twin sons. Marjorie Stissel Humphrey has retired from teaching high school biology and chemistry, and is now a volunteer docent at the zoo and at the local nature center.



Richard F. Ober has two daughters, Julia Ober Allen and Molly Ober Fechter-Leggett and one grandchild, Bem Price Allen IV. His activities include getting to the gym much more often to preserve the aging bod, and trips to Kenya (fantastic wildlife), the Amazon, and Machu Picchu, as well as cruises to Alaska, Baja California, and the Galapagos Islands. Rick is currently the chief legal officer of Isles, Inc. and is working on corporate governance, risk management, and contract negotiation at this award-winning nonprofit community development with a mission to foster more self-reliant families in





A picture from Richard Ober from his daughter’s (Molly’s) wedding: Bem III, Jule, Molly, Bem IV, and Ethan.

healthy, sustainable communities. “Health and fitness and their potential limitations on my activities continue to grow in significance – I’m trying to match my Dad, who has celebrated his 95th birthday. Spending more time with my family has become a greater priority.”

Winifred Glidden Jackson and her husband, Jeff, recently returned from a 2 week cruise that took them from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal! It was wonderful and they are now planning their next cruise to Mexico in December. “We are both retired and I have a parttime, no responsibility, job in a gift shop. We are still in Bethany Beach, loving the slower pace of life and enjoying having family and friends visit throughout the year.”

Mr. John Waters ’58 Role Models Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters l



Mrs. Polly Johnson Bayrd ’60 Megawords l

Mr. Joseph Hooper ’69 Muscle Medicine l

Mr. H. Ward Classen ’71 A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors l

George V. V. Wolf, Jr. writes, “After my year as National Chair of the American Cancer Society ended in November 2009, in order to take up this suddenly free time, I taught ‘Introduction to Environmental & Natural Resources Law’ at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor Law School this past spring. I enjoyed it very much and am planning to Nancy Hopkins (retired Calvert teacher and wife of Henry Hopkins), teach again next year. with members of the Class of 1955: ‘T’ Tall, Bill Hardy, Bill Ewing, Henry Hopkins, Jack Emory, and Jim Garrett. I’m also still practicing environmental law fullRoth W. Tall, Jr. recently retired time. My son, Casey, SMU ’09, is now as District Governor for Rotary working at Comerica Bank in Houston; good to get a job as a finance major. Son, International. At the end of summer Chris, is starting his sophomore year at 2009 he had a get together – “seven of us University of Missouri in Journalism. held a mini-reunion of our Calvert Class Daughter, Libby, will graduate from HS of 1955 on Bailey Island in Maine.” in 2011 and is deep into the college search. Wife Ann is working at the Jesuit HS that our sons attended. Life continues to be active!”

Mr. Bill P. Atkins ’74 Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook l

Dr. Carol Graham ’74 Safety Nets, Politics and the Poor: Transitions to Market Economies Happiness and Hardship: Opportunity and Insecurity in New Market Economies Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires l



Mr. Eric Puchner ’82 Model Home Music Through the Floor l


Mrs. Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley ’83 The 1772 Philadelphia Furniture Price Book Treasures of American and English Painting and Decorative Arts from the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection l




Wincy and Jeff Jackson in Baddeck, Canada

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Charlotte Clark Corkran is still administering the same amphibian and bird wildlife surveys, for work and as a volunteer. Her two grandchildren come along sometimes. With her husband, David, they raise most of their veggies

Mrs. Juliana Keyser Harris ’85 The Smiling Distance l

Mr. Andrew Schapiro ’95 Designer’s Notebook l

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. In many cases, only the most recent book published has been listed.

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Marland H. Whitman had a good excuse for missing his 50th class reunion last year – his daughter, Miles Whitman ’94 was married that weekend to Chris Benson, her college classmate.

Steve Thomas ’59 with his daughters, Stasia ’93 and Alex ’95

and some fruit – and work to keep other wildlife out of the garden. Katharine Santos Harrison’s husband, Bobby, is retired. She is still busy with work overseeing residents at Franklin Square Hospital, teaching medical students at Johns Hopkins, and playing with 2 grandchildren, Caroline (3 years old), and Jack (2 years old). Katherine McCleary is engaged in her full-time psychotherapy practice and learning more about the ways emotions affect the body and the brain, and vice versa. “How do we heal from trauma? What effect does love have on the developing brain? I remain fascinated! My 3 grandchildren and my son, Ben, are a source of warmth and joy. I am dancing and gardening and enjoying traveling with my husband, Dan.”



David L. Winstead served as Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation (19951998), and as U.S. Public Buildings Commissioner (2005-2008). The bulk of his career has been as an attorney in Washington, D.C. He has a wife, Page; a son, Trevor; and two daughters, Schuyler and Lindsay. Michele L’Archeveque Woods shares, “This year has been a wonderful one for Alan and myself. We became grandparents in March. Our daughter,

Lemya L’Archeveque Annous, granddaughter of Michele L’Archeveque Woods ’59

Laura, Calvert class of ’93, and her husband Hadi, have Lemya L’Archeveque Annous. Our son, Hill, and his wife, Melissa, had twins, a boy and a girl in June. Annie, class of ’94, has just moved to Boston. Courtney and his wife, Paulette, are still in Alabama and loving it. I am still teaching the Eighth Age Girls and I really do love that. Hope all is well with everyone.”



Oden Bowie Arnot works as a commercial real estate broker with Mackenzie Retail, LLC. His hobbies include boating and fitness.

Tony Whitman ’59 and his daughter, Miles Whitman ’94

Anne Mountcastle Bainbridge lives in a very beautiful little town west of Philadelphia. She bought her house as

an investment but fell in love with both the house and the town so she moved in. Anne is busy with lots of volunteer work and a small interior design firm. She visits her parents (“Miss Mounty”) in Baltimore often. Her 3 sons and 1 daughter all graduated from Calvert. She has 1 grandchild (Clayton) and Garrett’s wedding this June. Nancy Freeman Brooks wasn’t able to come to her 50th Reunion this year because her youngest daughter, Courtney, graduated from her MBA program at NYU the same weekend. “It’s funny how important things happen on the same weekend.” She and her husband have 2 grown daughters. Courtney is an economist in NYC and was married last summer. Their older daughter is a 3rd grade teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. Her husband is retired from the government and she has retired from running a small preschool, although she has been enlisted to work there part-time on a temporary basis. “My husband and I are taking classes and keeping busy.” Lisa Huber Fast skates 4 or 5 mornings a week, hangs out at an art studio a couple of days a week (playing with wire and other 3-D materials), and generally thoroughly enjoys that she retired several years ago from the practice of law. Anne Love Hall shares, “After 22 years as the Director of College Guidance at Episcopal Academy (outside Philadelphia), I am going to the Cate School in Carpinteria, CA (just outside Santa Barbara) where I will continue my same job. A little terrifying to be pulling up stakes at this time in my life… but exciting, too! I loved seeing my classmates at our reunion...remembering funny and good times together. I have a special place in my heart for Calvert! We would love to have friends visit us! Anne_hall@cate.org is my new e-mail address.” Joan Harvey and her family are in their 20th year in Pittsburgh and have


been empty nesters for 3 years. Her youngest daughter is a junior at AU in DC (currently in Chile for a semester). Her next son is living in China for 3 years. Her older daughter lives in LA and her oldest son just moved to San Francisco, so she has lots of places to visit! “I still work as dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and my husband Michael is a cancer researcher/surgeon here.” Harold G. Hathaway III is aging and recently had two knee replacements. He still has an active career (despite the economy). Hal plays golf and is board chair of a national non-profit involved with alcohol and drug education awareness. Elizabeth Boyce Hoover lives in Princeton, works as a realtor, and enjoys her garden club. She has two daughters, one of whom is about to have a baby. She his very happy. Harry F. Klinefelter III is in private practice as a psychologist in Fort Worth, Texas. His hobbies include golf, working out, 2 dogs (miniature Australian shepherds), and traveling. Elizabeth McCleary Primrose-Smith is now retired and spends lots of time travelling. She recently went to South Asia and saw the Taj Mahal, which was spectacular. She also spends lots of time with her 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 12. “I do a lot of sewing for them as well as knitting (I’m an obsessive knitter!).” Patricia L. Reese lives in a little twobedroom house in a very small town called Albany which is next to Berkeley, CA. She takes a carpool into San Francisco every weekday and teaches ESL to international students who have come to the United States on student visas. Her students mainly come from Asia, but she also has students from South America and the Middle East. In the evening she comes home to her “significant other,” Mac McCurdy, whom she’s lived with for 22 years, and her cat. “Jazzercise is my main

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form of exercise. I also enjoy hiking and bird watching.”



F. Barton Harvey III writes, “After 23 years of being Vice-Chair, CEO, and Chairman of Enterprise Community Partners, I retired in March 2008. I am now on Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors and am Chairing its Strategic Planning Committee, am on a number of non-profit boards, and doing carpools and athletic events for my three children (Jack ’12, at Calvert; Nellie (14) at Bryn Mawr, and Bart ’08 Calvert graduate at Gilman). My wife, Janet Marie Smith, is back with the Orioles after stints with the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.” Lucy H. Michaels continues to be a physical therapist for a home health agency in Brunswick, GA. She enjoys participating in fundraising efforts for a local animal shelter.



John L. Harvey was awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in May as he has completed his program at Loyola University Maryland. He is enjoying more time with his four daughters, three of whom attended Calvert. Margaret Garland Whitman is still working as the nurse at Calvert. “I love my job – Calvert was always a special place to me and it is so meaningful to now be working here! My son Robbie graduated last year so it will be sad to drive alone to work this year. I love walking, running, hiking, and tennis. I love to read. I enjoy my volunteer work at Garrison Forest. All my children will be gone next year; I am looking forward to another chapter in my life. Perhaps I will have a bit more time for other pursuits!”

Margie Garland Whitman ’69 with her son, Robbie ’10, at his graduation from Calvert.



Jean Merrick Maddux has been busy with her freelance artwork. Her oldest son, Alex, is at Sewanee (University of the South), Robby and Austin are both at St. Paul’s School. “I headed down to Florida this spring with Calvert classmates Maggie Harvey Swift ’72 and Josie George Worthington ’72 as part of our 50th birthdays.”



William P. Atkins, with his wife and three sons, are getting a large portion of their cottage in Sherwood Forest renovated. They are looking forward to another summer there.



James S. Hebb IV is proud to report that his daughter Lucy ’07 graduated from The Asheville School on May 29, 2010! She will be a freshman at Sewanee this fall. Jamey’s sons, Jack (3) and Jameson (2), keep him very busy (and happy!) when he’s not knees deep in all things Toyota at Jones Junction Auto Group in Bel Air.


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Jay and Ellen ’18 Salovaara Jamey Hebb ’76 with his daughter, Lucy ’07, at her graduation from The Asheville School.



Julia Brown is living in London and working as an actress. Julia Buchanan Salovaara shares, “Under the theory that everything old is new again, Erik and I bought my childhood home from my mother this summer. She moved up the street and so we see her often. We are having fun, but I have a newfound appreciation for how hard my parents worked to maintain the property. Our daughter, Ellen ’18, is coming to the end of her first, and very happy, year at Calvert. Our son, Jay, entertains us daily.”



Kathryn Tubman Cameron and her husband Pat are thrilled that both their girls are at Calvert School. Kerry ’16 is in Ninth Age and Coco ’18 is in Seventh Age. “They seem to be very happy and I LOVE reliving the Calvert experience (Mr. Fig books, Eighth Age mythology, etc.) with them.” Kate enjoys bumping into some classmates when they are running around town: Anne Ward Angel ’78, Helen Harvard Harchick ’78, Kate Hathaway Bagli ’78, and Leslie Rice Masterman ’78. “Hope all ’78ers are well!”

Ann Somerville Bell, with her husband, Bruce, and daughter, Frances (3), live on a ranch outside of Aspen, CO. Annie teaches art to students at the local arts center, at Colorado Mountain Collage, and also runs development and membership at the Center for the Arts. She has an art studio and is making lots of large scale collages and assemblages along with some paintings. Currently, she is working on a show to be hung at the US Bank space and another show of photography to go up at the Center in the summer.

Kieran Fox ’79 (left) with Hugh Cole III ’88 and his wife, Liza



John S. Buchanan continues to enjoy living in Jackson, WY. He is an accomplished mountain climber and is very skilled with a canoe and kayak. When back in Baltimore in the past year, Jack and Matt Wyskiel ’81 (and Jack’s brother Bill ’79) enjoyed playing a round of golf together.

Coco ’18 and Kerry ’16 Cameron, daughters of Kathryn Tubman Cameron ’78

David Clapp and his wife Allison welcomed Jackson to the family on February 10, 2010, in the midst of the second big snow storm in Baltimore. David still works at Calvert as Assistant Head Master and Allison has her hands full at home with three-year old Ella and the blizzard boy.


their sons Davis ’15 (Tenth Age) and Matt ’17 (Eighth Age). Other ’81 parents at Calvert include Matt Wyskiel ’81, Caroline Worrall ’81, Elisabeth Dahl ’81, Laura Killebrew Finney ’81, and Lillie Stewart ’81. In the summer her family spends time at Little Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. Andrew F. Meredith and his wife and children live in Baltimore. Andrew works with his dad at Bank of America / Merrill Lynch in equity sales. Lisi Bailliere Dean ’79, Isabelle Parsons Loring ’77, Richard Gatchell, Jr ’77, Catherine Nes Gatchell ’81, Austin Gatchell ’13, Caroline “Harvey” Parsons Moore ’80, and Mimi Gatchell Rodgers ’76

Alexander H. P. Colhoun and his family live up in New Hampshire where Sandy heads-up the development office for the New Hampton School. Sackett S. Cook, Jr. and his wife Felicity (a.k.a. Flop), two daughters, and son are living in Connecticut. Sackett works for a hedge fund and specializes in various U.S. and foreign financial stocks. Mark C. Cooper lives and works as a doctor in Alabama with his wife and three sons. Mark runs his own family practice, which is so popular that it has as many families as he can handle. Katharine Hynson Corey and her family are getting ready to move. They are building their dream house and move in 2 weeks. Her husband is so excited because they are on a golf course – the 16th hole to be exact! “Other than that, I’m still at QVC, but now in fashion accessories, every woman’s dream. Call or visit any time – we are in Chester County, PA on beautiful land with some great vineyards nearby.” William S. Culman lives with his wife and daughter in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood above his wife’s art gallery, the Marianne Boesky Gallery. Liam is the managing partner of Bigelow Sands LLC, which is involved with the creation and management of an art investment fund.

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Elisabeth M. Dahl’s son, Jackson ’13, just finished Fifth Grade at Calvert. “He loves the Middle School – it’s a fun and interesting place. I, meanwhile, continue to work from home as a writer and copy editor.” Joseph B. Gardner and his wife and their children live in Chicago. Joby is a faculty member of DePaul University’s Education Department. Douglas M. Godine, Jr. and his wife and three children (two boys & one daughter) live in the Greenspring neighborhood of Baltimore County. Doug is a Managing Director of institutional equity sales for Baltimorebased Signal Hill Capital Group. In his free time, Doug enjoys coaching his children in sports such as football and lacrosse.

Brentnall M. Powell and his wife, two daughters, and son live in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Brent is head of the Upper School at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH. William H. Spencer V is back living on the west coast in San Francisco. Bruce E. Taylor and his wife, daughter, and son live in San Francisco. Bruce started Taylor Consulting after working as Vice President of Digital Media and Distribution at Spin Magazine. Bruce is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, CA, a non-profit music school for aspiring musicians of all ages. Charles R. Ward and his wife and their children live in the house that he and brother Pete grew-up in out in

Eric R. Harlan and his wife, son, and daughter live in Baltimore County. Eric is a lawyer with Shapiro, Sher, Guinot, & Sandler in Baltimore and is a partner in the firm’s litigation department. He concentrates in general litigation, including commercial, domestic, and personal injury matters. Donald B. Hebb III is a doctor at Kent Hospital in Connecticut where he lives with his family. DB, Sandy Colhoun ’81, and Brent Powell ’81 enjoy getting together when their schedules allow it. Lucy Randolph Liddell and her husband, Bud, live in Lutherville with

Lucy Randolph Liddell ’81 and her husband, Bud, with their sons, Davis ’15 and Matt ’17


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Tori Dukehart Eversman ’82 with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Molly ’17

Greenspring Valley. Rusty works for UBS as an investment advisor. John P. Ward, Jr. and his wife, Lea Craig ’80, and their two young boys live next door to Rusty. Pete works for WardBolland Associates with his dad. Clark E. Wight and his wife, two sons, and daughter live in Cleveland where Clark is head of the University School’s Middle School. Clark enjoys periodic trips back to Baltimore for special occasions and also meets-up with Liam Culman ’81 and Matt Wyskiel ’81 in Nantucket during the summer.

Victoria Dukehart Eversmann and her husband, Matt, have a daughter, Molly ’17, who is currently in Eighth Age. “It’s been a flashback for me to see her learn Calvert script on the famous Calvert paper! Molly loves Calvert so it’s been easy for us to embrace the Calvert way. I returned to school in 2009 to study interior design which I am thoroughly enjoying. At 39 I finally figured out what I want to do with my life. We’ve been back in Baltimore for close to two years and have really had fun reconnecting; Jonathan Clark ’82 is my next-door neighbor (whose son, Oliver ’20, will be joining us on our walks to Calvert School next year). We’re also in a friendly competition with Matt Wyskiel’s ’81 family to see who can walk to school the most days. So far, I think we’re winning!” Hartley Etheridge O’Brien is married to George D. O’Brien, also from Baltimore. The couple live in Sarasota, FL, with

Hartley Etheridge O’Brien ’82 with her son, George

their son, George III, who is almost 6 and just graduated from kindergarten. Hartley is currently working as the Campaign Manager for Congressman Vern Buchanan’s 2010 re-election campaign (Florida’s 13th district). Alexandra Bailliere Treadwell and her husband of ten years, Allan Treadwell, have three sons (ages 7 ½, 5 ½, and 3) and live in Mill Valley, CA. Life is extremely busy, much busier than she ever imagined, in fact. When she’s not folding baseball uniforms, she is an artist/painter, and exhibits her work locally. She missed her Calvert 25th

Stockton S. Williams and his wife and son and baby daughter live in Washington, DC. Stocky works for HUD with a focus on green-housing. Matthew W. Wyskiel III lives near Calvert with his wife, daughter, and son. About two years ago, he founded Skill Capital Management, which invests client assets in a low-cost taxefficient fashion using Vanguard index mutual funds. He’s enjoying being an entrepreneur, and feels very lucky for so many things in hsi life. In addition to time spent helping Calvert School, Gilman, and Williams College, he’s on the Board of Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore, which provides partial scholarships to over 400 children of low-income Baltimore families so that they can attend the school of their choice. “If you’re interested in reading more about CSFB, visit www.CSFBaltimore.org.”

Curtis Campbell ’83 and his son, Connor ’16, with his grandfather, Bruce, after Connor caught his first white marlin last summer.


November 5, 2009. She joins big sister Skylar ’17, who is currently an Eighth Ager at Calvert.

Grace Garner (daughter of Beth Fenwick Garner ’85) and Charlotte Harris (daughter of Juliana Keyser Harris ’85)

Sarah Mumford Peacock is enjoying life in Fort Collins, CO, volunteering at her son’s school, teaching a Spanish enrichment class to elementary students, and serving on the board for the new Colorado Calvert Academy, a virtual charter school.

three years ago as her youngest son was only 2 1/2 months old. However, she does see Calvert classmates (Charlie Constable ’82 and Moby Parsons ’82) occasionally, which is lots of fun.



Cary Berkeley Kaye’s daughter, Louise Rosemary Kaye, is 13 months old. Nigel is teaching civil engineering at Clemson University.

Betsey Swingle Hobelmann’s ’87 children: Caroline ’19, Anna ’17, and James (2)

Shari Burdette Tompkins ’85 with her husband, Tom, and children, Chase ’19 and Jake ’18





Dabney Neblett Bowen lives in Fairfield, CT, with her husband, 2 year old daughter, and dog. They are expecting another daughter in

May. “We spend our summers in Nantucket where I am always running into Calvert alumni.”



Elizabeth Swingle Hobelmann is enjoying being back at Calvert with Anna ’17 (Eighth Age) and Caroline ’19 (Sixth Age). “It’s the same great school with new technology.” Her son, James, is

Tatum Campbell DiGiovanni attended her 25th reunion last May and saw many old friends and faces. It was lots of fun! She has four children now: Drew ’19 in Sixth Age, Brennan (3 years old), and Wade and Helen, her 17 month-old twins! She works 2 days a week as an orthodontist. Benjamin S. Schapiro, Jr. writes, “Just had our third boy! Porter Emory Schapiro was born on January 8, 2010. We now have 3 boys under the age of 4.”



Beth Fenwick Garner welcomed baby Grace in 2009. Juliana Keyser Harris and Chris Harris welcomed baby Charlotte, born

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Bill Carey ’42 with Juliana Keyser Harris ’85, Rosemary Keyser Harder, and Skylar ’17 and Charlotte Harris


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Rachel Arnot Rockwell ’91 with her daughter, Hannah

Members of the Class of 1991: Betsy Gaines, Stasia Thomas, Ashley Zink McLain, Elizabeth Ryan Martinez, Katie Swiss, and Whitney Jamison


2½. When not driving around with the kids, she is on the RCPS Alumnae Board and State One/FANS at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Betsey is preparing for a cabaret show this summer at Germano’s Trattoria in Little Italy. “Getting back to singing is very exciting!”


Christina B. Milnes shares, “After living away for the past 12 years, my husband and I have recently relocated back to Baltimore. We are currently living in Rodgers Forge and love being back in town!”

Matthew D. Meredith is moving to North Africa in 2010 with his wife who serves with the U.S. State Department. He is looking for opportunities as an entrepreneur in the water sector.



James R. Michels was recently named a member of the law firm Stites & Harbison, PLLC, in its Nashville office. He continues to focus his practice on the litigation of patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

Ted Swingle ’90 and his wife, Jeanne Arnondin, at their wedding in New Orleans.





Hedy Born Koczwara writes, “I am excited to become a new mom in July!”



Former Calvert teacher Peg Licht (center) with Patrick Coady ’89 and his wife, Holly

Brooke Wheeler Rodgers is busy taking care of her 3 children: Patrick ’19 (5), Jay (3), and Annie (1). She is happy to be back at Calvert as a parent and as Alumni Board Treasurer!

Allison Michels Pettinelli is still living in NYC with her husband and son, entering her last year in training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York Presbyterian Hospital in June, and expecting a baby in July.

Piper Kirby Buppert, daughter of Brooke Kirby Buppert ’93

Brooke Kirby Buppert and her husband, Billy, are proud parents of Piper Kirby Buppert, born in January, 2010. “She brings so much joy into our lives!” Daniel W. B. Fink and his wife Katie are currently living in Düsseldorf,


fun in our new home with our new family and are thrilled to be starting this next exciting chapter in our lives.”



Emily Jane McLain, daughter of Ashley Zink McLain ’93

Germany, due to a great opportunity his wife received for her career. Dan remains working for a Boston-based investment advisory firm, but now his daily commute is a bit shorter since he works from their apartment. “The language is coming slowly, but the travel is fantastic. If anyone finds themselves near Germany, please look us up.”

Miles Whitman married her college classmate Chris Benson in April 2009, just before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She and Chris reside in Northern Virginia while she pursues her residency in emergency medicine at Georgetown.



Ashley Zink McLain shares, “I am happy to report that my husband, Matt, and I welcomed our daughter, Emily Jane McLain, on May 8th. She is a very happy baby, and we are loving every second with her! We also moved to Richmond, VA, in June and really like the area so far. We are having so much

Katherine A. Pinkard is engaged to be married in June to a fellow Baltimorean. She is starting her MBA in the fall at Hopkins, enjoys volunteering at the Red Cross, and is a member of the Homewood Museum Advisory Council. Katherine also founded a charitable giving circle in Baltimore in 2009

Clark Finney ’96 receiving the Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award.

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Alex Thomas ’95 with her brother, Steven ’00

which has committed to support local non-profits. “I still credit my Calvert education for getting me where I am today!” Alexandra Thomas lives in Venice, CA, and works as an attorney for a health law firm in Los Angeles. “I hope everyone else is doing well and if you are ever in Southern California, I would love to get together!”



William C. Finney was recently awarded the prestigious Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award from the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). Clark has been working in the world headquarters of Cushman & Wakefield in Manhattan since graduating from Washington & Lee University in 2006. Napoleon Sykes writes, “I’m back in Maryland now, after living in North Carolina for the past couple of years. After I left Gilman, I attended Wake Forest University on a full scholarship to play football. After that, I fell in love with the South and pretty much dug in. The summer after graduation, I stayed in Winston-Salem and coached youth lacrosse, and then returned to Baltimore in August of 2006 to coach football at Gilman. That same year, I got a call from a buddy that was planning on moving to Charlotte, NC to open up a brand new high school, so I jumped all over that. I moved down to Charlotte in May of 2007, and coached the inaugural season


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Chad Burdette ’96, Laura Lea Bryant ’96, and Frances Ayers ’98 at Calvert School’s New York Regional Event.

at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, which is soon to produce one of the top High School QB products in the nation. My blessings kept coming the following spring, when I got a call from my former position coach and newly appointed defensive coordinator at Wake Forest University, Brad Lambert. He knew I was looking to get into college coaching, and he asked if I would like to come back to Wake Forest to serve as a Graduate Assistant. So of course, I jumped all over that. I coached there for two years; having the privilege to coach the #4 overall draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Aaron Curry (Seattle Seahawks), and other draft picks like Stanley Arnoux (New Orleans Saints), Chip Vaughn (New Orlean Saints),

Napoleon Sykes ’96

Alphonso Smith (Denver Broncos), Brandon Ghee (Cincinnati Bengals), and Chris Degeare (Minnesota Vikings). Apparently, I did a great job, because I was able to grab an Assistant Coaching position at the Naval Academy this past March. Coach Grobe (Head Coach at Wake Forest University) and the entire staff were gracious enough to tell Navy Head Coach, Ken Niumatalolo, some lies and get me a job as a safeties coach. So I am back in town, and really thankful for all that has come my way. I have been blessed with a great family that has been supportive of me, great friends that have always been there to keep me standing (a couple of those guys are Josh Perry ’96 and Ru Belt ’96), and a great girlfriend that I met while attending Wake Forest University. I had the chance to come back and visit Calvert about a month ago, and I can’t tell you enough how much that school did for me. It prepared me for Gilman and Wake Forest, and I couldn’t be more proud of Calvert School and what it stands for. So hopefully I can keep a smile on my face, and have the blessings keep coming, so I can write back in a couple years to tell you that I am a collegiate head coach.”

Laura Lea Bryant is currently a legal assistant at a large corporate firm in NYC – a position she took that coincided with her academic trajectory towards law school. She has learned that she does not want to be a lawyer, however, but loves New York, so is investigating and interviewing for finance jobs. “I’ve realized that my number one goal is to be a completely independent, self-sufficient, contributing person in the world, and that may mean a job I don’t adore; but it will allow me the flexibility to pursue my dreams in a few years.” Michael J. Cromwell IV, after graduating from the University of Michigan in May 2008, has been navigating the stormy seas of Wall Street. A short but eventful stint at Lehman Brothers led a more sustained opportunity in investment banking with Barclays Capital, working in the Healthcare group focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions. Michael’s two year

Michael Cromwell ’98

analyst program concluded in June, and he has accepted a position as an associate at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm. He lives in New York and would love to hear from any Calvert alumni in the area!


Fatima Chaudhri ’00 and Susie Hammond ’00 at their 10 Year Reunion



Meredith Suzanne Hammond graduated May 2010, from the University of South Florida with a BA in Behavioral Science. Steven A. Thomas, Jr. graduated from Bowdoin College in the spring. He was captain of his lacrosse team up there. In June he left for the South of Thailand where he will be teaching English for a year with the Princeton in Asia Fellowship Program.



Nicholas J. Parlato is currently a rising junior at Oberlin College but he’ll be spending his next semester in St. Petersburg, Russia, studying language, literature, and history. At college he’s also continued to be involved in theater. Most recently, Nicky directed a production of Chekhov’s The Festivities but he’s also been doing a lot of acting, most prominently in the role of Pony in

Kirsten Adams ’09, Zoe Bilis ’09, Liz Cahn ’09, Molly Danko ’09, Kyle Stewart ’09 and LaShae Felder ’09 all participated in the 105th Gym Drill at Bryn Mawr.

the play subUrbia. During the summer he has a job as a research assistant to a professor studying the Cold War.





Olive Waxter graduated from Roland Park Country School and is heading to Washington and Lee in the fall. She is playing lacrosse.


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Emma M. Simpson just completed her first year at University of Edinburgh. She writes, “It took quite a while to get used to the UK style university (a very different system than how the US universities operate) but it was great fun and I’m looking forward to working this summer and then starting year #2 in September 2010.”

07 Bryson Greene ’07

me love writing. Hopefully I’ll publish something one day!”

Ellen Meny shares, “I just came back from a University of Iowa writing program called The Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. It was a very fabulous but intense writing program and I know that Calvert was a major factor in helping

Claudia Buccino ’09 with Alden Harchick ’18 at Calvert’s summer art camp

LaShae Felder shares, “Kirsten Adams ’09, Zoe Bilis ’09, Liz Cahn ’09, Molly Danko ’09, Kyle Stewart ’09 and I all participated in the 105th Gym Drill at Bryn Mawr on May 1st. This is also the 125th school year, so we each received a special banner to put on our Gym Drill Sashes, which also has our graduating year and the Bryn Mawr Daisy. Despite the humid weather, our very first Gym Drill was successful!” Mary Waxter writes, “In my life today I am playing three sports at school. I play field hockey in fall, squash in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring. I love all of these sports!”


The Last Word with

Frank Deford ’51 In all my years of talking shop with other writers, I honestly can’t recall any of them mentioning that they felt the desire to be a writer as young as I did. Myself, though, I recall vividly how much I enjoyed writing what were called “compositions” at Calvert from the first time that we were assigned them. I always wrote longer than everybody else, and I took the greatest delight in the work. I don’t know if I appreciated then that a grown-up could actually be a writer – as he could be a normal wage-earner like a doctor or lawyer or fireman – but I only appreciated that I had a facility for writing and enjoyed it. It wasn’t schoolwork to me, the way, say, arithmetic or French was. In fact, I only remember one discussion I had with a teacher about my writing, and that was with Mr. Koontz, my favorite Calvert teacher, in the Eleventh Age. It had something to do with me using bad grammar, and I argued that, well, that’s the way people actually spoke, and Mr. Koontz said, maybe so, but when you write, unless it’s dialogue, you have to play by the rules. I can see from my old Calvert bound volumes that I was using dialogue by the Ninth Age, but maybe everybody was supposed to try it by then. I do remember that I liked to try new stuff. I guess it’s not surprising that I don’t have many academic memories. Instead, I think it’s natural to recall the outof-the-ordinary. I can, for example, perfectly visualize being sent out to sit on the bench in the hall for being naughty in class and praying that Mr. Brown wouldn’t choose that time for a stroll-by. I can recall Miss Wright always giving me the triangle to play in the class orchestra because I was so hopelessly un-musical and would do the least damage with that little instrument. I think it took me three years to make a birdhouse for Miss Moody in whatever Calvert called “shop.” (Calvert never called things like other schools did.) It’s a good thing I learned I could write; I didn’t have an aptitude for much else. Anyway, I think it’s very hard to teach writing to children, once you get beyond the basics. So much of writing is innate ability –– the way it is with so many things. Frank Riggs ’51 was much the best athlete in our class, and I’m sure Mr. Perry, the coach, said, well, hold the football this way, but basically Frank was so good because he had it in him and worked at it diligently. In looking at those old volumes, for example, I couldn’t help but notice that Mr. Koontz gave me all 1-As, every month, in Composition. But when I got to the Twelfth Age, Mr. Cain gave me all 2-Bs. I was obviously the best writer in the class, but I never once got a top grade in Composition my whole Twlfth Age year at Calvert. But, you see, Mr. Cain was a stickler, he was extremely conservative, and obviously he didn’t like a kid bucking the trend. It didn’t bother me. I was developing confidence, and I even rather liked Mr. Cain. I understood why he didn’t “get” me. In fact, in the Twelfth Age, I started a mimeographed weekly class newspaper. It was called The 12-1 Twerp, and it cost 20¢ for the year’s subscription. It had news, highlights of Hoppers and Crickets games, gossip, polls, jokes, and even a serial, entitled “Uganda,” with a handsome American hero dealing with nasty Soviet villains looking for uranium. That was my first real creative writing, and while I simply can’t calculate how much my teachers at Calvert taught me about writing, the School gave me the opportunity to try, and that was a good start, and the rest was up to me. Bliss Remembered was published in July 2010.

–– Frank Deford ’51

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Reflections 2010  

Reflections 2010