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KIMBERLY TATMAN Finding the Magic in Math THE GREAT OUTDOORS Showing Students the Wonders of the Natural World


Encouraging Students to Fuel their Imagination


Sonith Riem Becomes Chadwick’s 2018-19 ASSIST Scholar


Arysha Madhani ’20 Looks to Create Lasting Change


Ty Childress, Armand Dawkins, Barry Heller, Glen Payne and Renita Smith

ON THE COVER: Alana Ikemoto, 10th Grade

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COMPASS WINTER 2019 Interim Head of School Jeff Mercer OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Barbara Najar Director of Marketing and Communications and Compass Editor Carley Dryden


Multimedia Producer Marie Chao Digital Communications Manager Kristen Adams


Assistant Manager of Communications Summer Jimpson


Graphic Design Susan Piper


Photography Monica Augustyn Marie Chao Karin Fuire Alan Hill and community members



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Dear Chadwick Community, In my 23 years as an educator and leader at Chadwick School, I have witnessed firsthand the realization of our founder Margaret Chadwick’s vision — a community that reflects “a dipperful of humanity;” students who learn through experience and by doing good and well in the world; and the breadth and depth of our alumni’s accomplishments and contributions to society. The cover feature of this issue of Compass magazine spotlights our Outdoor Education program, one of the cornerstones of the Chadwick experience. It began with Mrs. Chadwick’s core belief that spending time in nature is crucial to a holistic education; an idea she found so important, it is carved onto the school’s gates. Of all our programs at Chadwick, I don’t think there is anything more critical to the fulfillment of our Mission than Outdoor Education. Among other things, the program teaches students resilience: the ability to persevere, to deal with adversity, to step outside of their comfort zones, and to emerge with a deeper appreciation for nature and for their own strengths and competencies. It’s the epitome of learning through experience. The intentional development of particular competencies through the Outdoor Education curriculum — starting with the basics, like learning to use a compass, and ending with 20 days in the wilderness and three days of monitored solitude on the senior trip — creates more independent, competent and resilient students. One of my favorite moments at Chadwick was witnessing a rappelling activity on a seventh-grade outdoor education trip. One student sat on the edge of the precipice for what seemed like an hour, tears streaming down his face. He was terribly afraid of heights. With the encouragement of all of his friends and our Outdoor Education Director Alan Hill, slowly and surely, he leaned back, trusted the rope and walked down the side of the cliff. To me, it exemplified what is so transformative and impactful about the Outdoor Education program: a young person overcoming his fears, persevering in the face of a difficult challenge and growing from the experience. To me, that encapsulates the Chadwick experience, wherein students are offered the opportunity to “lean into discomfort” with a strong network of support, and develop into even stronger and more self-confident people. Flipping through this issue of Compass reminds me why I’m proud to be a part of the Chadwick family. This issue includes a profile of one of our spectacular teachers, recently named Educator of the Year, and of an Upper School student who spent her summer teaching English in Pakistan; a recap of a special visit with Village School students by the author of the “Captain Underpants” series of books; and several round-ups on our award-winning co-curricular programs, including Athletics, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Reading through these pages affirms that we are, as Margaret Chadwick envisioned, a well-rounded institution dedicated to igniting students’ self-discovery, imagination and deep love of learning. I hope you enjoy this snapshot of the Chadwick experience! Regards,

Jeff Mercer Interim Head of School

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FINDING THE MAGIC IN MATH If you ask Kimberly Tatman, she’ll tell you that, like lessons in probability, her arrival at Chadwick School nearly a decade ago was all a matter of chance. She was dead-set on teaching elementary school after graduating college, but found an immediate job opening for a math teacher at her alma mater Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta. Years later, she happened to go to a New Year’s Eve party attended by Chadwick faculty, where she learned the school was looking to fill a math position, and the rest was history. Now in her ninth year at Chadwick, Tatman teaches and shapes the curriculum of students across the Village, Middle and Upper Schools under one cohesive mission as chair of the Math Department. It’s a unique position that benefits pupils and Tatman alike. She provides her expertise and gets to watch students grow from kindergarten to senior year, guiding them along the way. They build long-term relationships she couldn’t have with her students in public schools. On a given day, Tatman can be seen going back-and-forth around campus giving teaching demonstrations; observing lessons; meeting with students, counselors and faculty; or working on the Math Department’s next big curriculum rollout. “My day is kind of crazy because I could be teaching firstgraders, then turn around and teach a senior class,” Tatman laughed. “Everyone knows I’m the math lady.” Raised by two teachers, Tatman swore she wouldn’t follow in their footsteps and choose a life of grading, yet found herself earning a teaching credential from the University of San Diego. She taught middle- and high-school math in the Glendale Unified School District for eight years before joining Chadwick in 2010, receiving accolades for ethics and leadership.

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Tatman fell in love with the tight-knit Chadwick community and moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula with her husband and three children. She was soon named Math Department Chair for all three schools. In November, Tatman was one of nine outstanding educators honored by the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula as their “Educators of the Year.” Unlike most of her fellow honorees, who shared stories of deep and profound interactions with students in their speeches at the celebration dinner, Tatman opted to go with something a little more light-hearted. She recalled giving a lesson demonstration in a second-grade classroom earlier this year, when a student turned to her and said, “I really love it when you come teach us Mrs. Tatman, but you make my brain hurt. You make my head go, ‘Ahh!’” For Tatman, it’s the “Ahh!” moments that define teaching. “There’s the frustrated, you’ve explained something several times and a student still doesn’t get it, ‘Ahh!’ and then there’s the deep sigh ‘Ahh!’ when

you’ve taught a lesson that went just the way you wanted it to,” she said. This school year, Tatman has been spending more time in Village School classrooms as she oversees the implementation of the Singapore Math method. But middle school has always been her favorite level to teach. “It’s the perfect blend — they’re still young and excited, and they haven’t yet made a decision on how they’re going to feel about their coursework,” Tatman said. There’s also an opportunity to intervene with students who struggle or are turned off by math. “At Chadwick, we try really hard to offer a level of math where every student can be appropriately challenged and successful,” Tatman said. Tatman describes her teaching style as upbeat and supportive (she was a cheerleader in high school). She sees herself as a facilitator, guiding students’ learning, but letting them do the heavy lifting. The magic in math, Tatman said, is in the behind-the-scenes deep thinking. She finds fulfillment watching the gears turn in her students’ minds and showing them how math can be applied to problem-solving both inside and outside the classroom. “Math teachers forever will hear, ‘When am I ever going to use this?’ But it’s fascinating the way the nature of math is changing,” Tatman said. STEM careers and coding are focuses today, she said. Colleagues admire Tatman for her creativity and innovation, and for taking on arguably one of the school’s most difficult administrative roles with ease and passion. She is well-respected for her ability to seamlessly switch between her administrative and teaching roles among different grade levels, and working with classes and students one-on-one. “She does a really great job of teaching procedural fluency, making sure kids have a strong foundation and also helping them understand why those things are important and applicable in the real world,” said Chadwick English Department Chair Erin Nordlund, Tatman’s best friend since eighth grade (who threw that fateful New Year’s Eve party). Nordlund was in the crowd of more than 40 Chadwick faculty and staff who turned out for the “Educators of the Year” ceremony at the Palos Verdes Golf Club Nov. 7. They made up one of the larger school turnouts that evening, a testament to Tatman’s popularity among her peers. “It’s always great to see workhorses get recognition for years of a job well done. She’s so positive, she has a great sense of humor, and she’s a great role model for the kids,” Nordlund said. “And she’s a really good friend.”

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SHORTLY BEFORE CHADWICK SCHOOL SENIORS CROSS THE ROSENWALD AMPHITHEATER STAGE WITH THEIR DIPLOMAS, THERE’S ANOTHER RITE OF PASSAGE THAT FOR MANY, IS JUST AS MEANINGFUL. Led by a bagpiper, a procession of seniors triumphantly returns from a rigorous, three-week backpacking trip in the Southern Sierra wilderness. It’s an emotional homecoming, with cheering parents and fellow students, high fives and tearful reunions — a symbol of their larger Chadwick journey reaching a milestone. The senior trip to the Sequoia National Forest is the pinnacle of Chadwick’s renowned Outdoor Education program, which has brought students to the California wilderness for more than 30 years.


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Whether hiking with 50 pounds of gear, climbing peaks or working as a team to navigate rugged trails, lessons in resilience in the Outdoor Education program have left an impact on generations of alumni, forming some of their most profound memories of their time at Chadwick. Today, the program has expanded to all three divisions and is one of only seven of its kind to earn accreditation from the Association for Experiential Education. It all began with founder Margaret Chadwick’s core belief that spending time in nature is crucial to a well-rounded, holistic education. “The mission of Outdoor Education is that the kids learn about themselves, they learn about others, they learn about the environments that they go into, and they learn outdoor competence,” said Outdoor Education Director Alan Hill, who has led the program since 1997. In Chadwick’s early years, students didn’t have to travel far from the campus on the sprawling Palos Verdes Peninsula for overnight stays. As the area became more developed, the school trips moved farther away. In 1983, Chadwick formalized the Outdoor Education program. Today, Outdoor Education begins in kindergarten, starting with evening campfire sessions and moving on to hikes in the Chadwick Canyon, the Madrona Marsh in Torrance and the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro through second grade. Students take their first overnight trip in third grade to the El Capitan Canyon north of Santa Barbara. In the fourth- through sixth-grade years, they learn the basics of hiking, packing, respecting the natural world and working in groups on trips in Sacramento, the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Bernardino Mountains and Catalina Island. The trips get longer in Middle School, with students learning to rappel, camp, rock-climb and backpack in Joshua Tree National

Park and the Sequoia National Forest. They also receive journals for designated solitude time monitored by instructors. On the Upper School trips, students take a deeper dive into the outdoor education curriculum and strengthen the Core Competencies out in the wilderness. Through a series of increasingly challenging expeditions over the course of four years, students develop key strengths and skills — including critical thinking, courage, communication and collaboration — to prepare them for the final senior trip. No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed — Outdoor Education is all about connecting with nature, with others and with one’s self. You might think that in the age of social media, it would be challenging to get teenagers to unplug for days and weeks at a time, but Hill has found the opposite to be true. “I put out a questionnaire to students asking about the trip and one of the questions is, ‘What are you looking forward to?’ and the answer often is, ‘Being off social media,’” Hill said. Highly trained instructors teach students everything from how to set up camp, regulate their body temperature and use a compass, to lessons in naturalism, astronomy and Native American history. The curriculum is designed to build character, team-building skills and selfreliance, bolstering Chadwick’s Core Values and Core Competencies. It all builds to the senior trip in the Sequoia National Forest. Over the course of three weeks, the students hike some 80 miles in groups, spend three days in supervised solitude and reunite with a 6-mile group run in the mountains.

Sophia Cassidy ’18, said the senior trip is “the ultimate test.” “You carry weeks of food and gear on your back, and it really tests you physically,” she said. But the greatest challenge is mental, she said, especially during solo time. One day, a storm rolled through, and Cassidy took shelter in her tarp alone for four hours. At night, she watched stars appear and in time, learned which ones were coming first. “As time goes on and you get older, you get more time on your solo to reflect, and your issues get bigger and more real,” Cassidy said. “You’re able to just have that time to sit down and really think about yourself, who you want to be, who you have been, and what you want to do.” The senior trip offers a transformative, once-in-a-lifetime experience, with more than 80 percent of seniors participating. “Since it’s the longest time that they have been away from their parents, potentially ever in their lives, they think about that and how it’s going to be when they graduate,” said Emma Bucke, Assistant Director of Outdoor Education. The transformation is documented in personal journals in which students record their outdoor education experience each year, starting in seventh grade. The journals are returned to students at the end of the senior trip as mementos. Many students ref lect on their personal growth in their entries, Hill said. “A rite of passage is about taking a group of people from a known place like Chadwick to an unknown place,” he said. “And although they’ve been on trips before, there’s a scary aspect to it and then they go through their experience in the wilderness and they come back to this place that they’ve known, some of them for 13 years, and they start to see it with different eyes.” Parents, too, are transformed by the experience, and it prepares them for seeing their children head off to college. For instructors, the fulfillment comes in facilitating students’ exploration of the natural world, finding its wonder and overcoming challenges. One year, the seniors arrived to eight days of snow, recalled Geoffrey Jaurneay-Kaler, who has been an instructor for six years. “It was really cold, but it was also really fun,” he said. “I’ve seen these kids from seventh through 12th grade, and it’s one of the most rewarding things about working at Chadwick. At other places, you don’t get that relationship.” To this day, Hill hears from alumni who remember Outdoor Education as highly influential in their lives. At a recent Chadwick Alumni Board meeting, he met with a 1992 graduate who can still remember being apprehensive about climbing a summit, then conquering his fear. Today, the former student leads a successful start-up company. It’s one of many similar stories Hill hears at alumni gatherings. “One of the reasons I’ve been here so long is the students,” Hill said. “They’re just great kids, good families, they’re passionate about education and the program is a part of that. It’s just a great place to be.”

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Positivity Before he created the wildly popular character “Captain Underpants,” Dav Pilkey was a second-grader struggling to read and get support from his teacher. The books he enjoyed the teacher cruelly dismissed as “not real books,” discouraging Pilkey, who struggled with dyslexia, and causing him to internalize that he would never get the hang of reading. But his mother had another idea — she got Pilkey a library card. “She decided that what I was reading was not as important as that I was reading,” he said. “She let me pick out whatever book I wanted, with no judgment. It didn’t matter if it was a comic book or a magazine. That really made a difference for me — choosing my own books and reading constantly. It’s why I’m a reader today.” During a visit to Chadwick School in October, the award-winning author and illustrator encouraged Village School students to do the same. “Choosing what you love is the key,” he said. To the students’ delight, Pilkey shared his life story in an engaging presentation that included live doodling, videos of his book plots and giveaways. And thanks to Pilkey’s generosity, 500-plus students from underserved Los Angeles schools were bused to Chadwick to also enjoy his talk, witness his live drawings and receive a free copy of his new “Dog Man” book. The students squealed and applauded with each twist and turn of Pilkey’s story and animations. His visit to Chadwick was sponsored by Linda McLoughlin Figel, a Chadwick Board of Trustee member and co-owner of pages: a bookstore, and the Friends of the Library. Pilkey, who has written more than two dozen “Captain Underpants” and spin-off books along with many others, noted that the life of an author can be rather isolating, and he enjoys getting to meet his readers in person. “It really inspires me. Sometimes it gives

me ideas and adds fuel to the fire,” he said of his visits. “Just recently a kid said, ‘You should make a robot caterpillar,’ and I thought, ‘That’s a really good idea.’ I’m working on Dog Man 7 right now, and there is something that becomes like a robot caterpillar. He really inspired me.” Sports did not come naturally to Pilkey as a kid, but drawing did. And the more he practiced, the better he became. While still in second grade, Pilkey created the Captain Underpants character. “My teacher said the word ‘underwear’ in class one day, and everyone busted up laughing. I thought, ‘Wow! That’s a powerful word. I should do something with that.’ And I started drawing a character — a superhero in underpants — and everyone in class loved it,” he said. The idea of writing children’s books didn’t cross his mind until his freshman-year English teacher at Kent State University noticed Pilkey constantly drawing in class. She encouraged him to consider writing children’s books. And that very day, he sat under a tree and wrote his first published book. “I sometimes feel like it all might be a fluke. I’ve done how many books, almost 70, but I sometimes worry that I might never come up with another idea,” he said. “I don’t know where it comes from. I’m always in my head. I’m always using my imagination.” Pilkey, who splits his time between Japan and Washington state, will keep working on more Dog Man books after finishing his multicity tour. He didn’t know what to expect of the Chadwick campus before he arrived, but he quickly formed an opinion. “I love it here. It’s just gorgeous,” he said. “Everyone is so kind. I feel right at home. I wish I had gone to school here.”

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As the 2018-2019 ASSIST Scholar, Sonith Riem has been attending classes, participating in co-curriculars and making friends at Chadwick School since August. But her life before Chadwick was very different. Sonith grew up in a small farming village without electricity located just 10 miles from Siem Reap, a major city in northwestern Cambodia that today is plagued by child prostitution and human trafficking. For the past two years, Chadwick students have studied the history of Cambodia, the causes of human trafficking and the harsh realities facing girls in poverty. As part of Chadwick’s Global Programs, they traveled to Cambodia, where they met Cambodian leaders working to end injustice by creating safe houses and job centers for women. They also developed relationships with village girls, learning about their aspirations and their challenges. It was during their second trip that Chadwick students met Sonith. At the time, she was attending Jay Pritzker Academy (JPA), a college preparatory school that works with ASSIST, a United States-based nonprofit organization that matches academically talented, multi-lingual international students with American independent secondary schools. For the past 10 years, Chadwick has hosted overseas students from ASSIST. JPA was looking for a placement for Sonith, and given the ties between her and Chadwick, the placement was a natural fit. This opportunity for Chadwick students to learn from Sonith and for Sonith to be a part of the Chadwick community demonstrates the real benefits of ethical, global leadership.

Arysha Madhani ’20 Looks to Create Lasting Change

From Chadwick to Pakistan Arysha Madhani ’20 dreamed of creating lasting change in far corners of the world where thirdworld populations are impoverished yet hungry for first-world educations. As an Ismaili Muslim, the Chadwick 11th-grader was particularly inspired by the work of the Aga Khan Development Network — an organization that provides aid to some of the poorest parts of the world. With steadfast passion and purpose — and the partnership of her cousin, Insha — she successfully petitioned Aga Khan Education Services to teach English to students (and adults) living in the remote mountain region of Hunza, Pakistan. To support their incredible mission, Arysha and Insha held book drives at schools in their local areas, collecting approximately 300 pounds of donated books! And this past summer, after months of dedicated preparation, they embarked on the life-changing expedition with three key goals in mind: to improve students’ conversational English; to establish libraries to supplement their English learning resources; and to form lasting, cross-cultural relationships with the students. Throughout their trip, Arysha and Insha encountered a few third-world challenges like limited electricity, WiFi and hot, running water. But, Arysha quickly learned the true meaning of being a neighbor as the community stepped in to support them. “I was a complete outsider. Yet, they felt the inclination to not only respect me, but also help me in times of need. My neighbors cooked us meals when we ran out of gas for the stove,

they let us use their electricity in times of outage, and did so much more to make sure we were comfortable,” Arysha shared. “When someone shows me such kindness, I cannot help but return the favor and try to be a good neighbor to those around me as well.” By the time they returned home, Arysha and Insha were able to successfully perform over 45 hours of instruction in conversational and written English to approximately 50 students ranging from sixth-graders to adults. They also established five libraries in community schools and formed lasting relationships with students that continue today via social media platforms. In addition to those priceless accomplishments, Arysha’s most powerful takeaway is perhaps a broadened perspective, the discovery of her power to impact others and a new appreciation for the privileges of her own life here at home — and at Chadwick School. “After seeing some of the less-privileged schools in Hunza, I’m extremely grateful to go to a school like Chadwick,” said Arysha. “I’m even more motivated to do everything in my power to help improve the quality of education in Hunza.”


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THE BOYS FOOTBALL TEAM went undefeated in regular season play again this year, finishing with a Prep League Championship and playing in the semi-final playoff game.

GIRLS TENNIS finished second in the Prep League, and junior Casie Wooten won the Prep League title and MVP honors, remaining undefeated all regular season.

Under the leadership of a new coach, the GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM had a thirdplace finish in the Prep League and advanced to the second round of playoffs.

THE GIRLS GOLF TEAM had a strong season, with impressive individual performances.


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Chadwick’s athletic teams had a wonderful fall season, capped with Prep League Championships and CIF playoff runs. For details on individual student accolades, please check out the “All-Prep League Honors” box below. Congratulations, Dolphins!

BOYS WATER POLO finished second in the Prep League and had a deep thirdround run in the playoffs.

THE GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM advanced to the state championship, finishing 13th in all of Division 5.

ALL-PREP LEAGUE HONORS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL First Team Jessica Doty Taryn Gurbach Second Team Kiki Akpakwu Morgan Brandmeyer GIRLS TENNIS First Team Singles and Prep League MVP Casie Wooten First Team Doubles Ashley Liaw Gretchen Lundberg

Second Team Singles Tiffany Huang GIRLS GOLF First Team Haily Chen GIRLS CROSSCOUNTRY First Team Ella Parsley Second Team Gaby Valle Mia Elliot

BOYS CROSSCOUNTRY First Team Frank Glantz Second Team Jeffrey Zhang Dylan Santana Jared Severns Nicholas Granville Cooper Saye Nate Mester

BOYS WATER POLO First Team Sammy Bernstein Aidan Carter Charlie Hobart Second Team Spencer Hurst Allen Kotoyantz Aidan Reisig

THE BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM finished second in the Prep League.

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Ceramic vases on display at the Visual Arts Open Studios

The Chadwick community enjoys looking at art pieces at the fall Open Studios.


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Marielle Alden’s award-winning painting

Artwork by Kinsey Ho, ninth grade

Kindergartners and first-graders connected through art in the classroom.

Chadwick’s Visual Arts program continues to offer students a chance to express their creativity (and reduce stress!) in a number of mediums, including ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media, photography and filmmaking. The community had a chance to view students’ artwork, see live demonstrations and hear student music at the Upper School Open Studios in November. Also this fall, Chadwick students were recognized for their artistic prowess. Junior Amanda Kessaris had artwork in the Palos Verdes Community Art Show, and eighthgrader Marielle Alden won first place in the Cabrillo Aquarium’s annual art contest.

Third-grader Rodin Roohipour’s artwork inspired by what makes him happy

Drawing of Jasmine Amaral by Amanda Kessaris, Junior

Susan Cho and Audrey Lin work on a media project.

Ceramic art pieces at Open Studios

Klark Ashley’s AP Drawing Collection

Emma Fukunaga works on a ceramics piece.

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A scene from the fall play, “A Monster Calls”

Village School Halloween Concert


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Middle School Salsa

Fall Dance Concert

The Performing Arts department dazzled attendees at the fall theater, dance, choral and orchestra shows. Chadwick was given special permission by the book publisher to perform “A Monster Calls” as this year’s fall play — a world premiere for high schools. The story of a teenage boy living in the U.K. forced to confront his deepest fears was a poignant production, with incredible use of special effects. The fall dance concert, “Every Drop of Water,” explored the impact of the elements upon us and we upon them. The choral and orchestra programs led us beautifully into the holidays with the K-12 winter concerts, always a true pleasure to watch. The Middle and Upper School choral concert, titled “Joy!” was a celebration of seasonal voice and song. And the chamber ensembles and orchestra wrapped up the first semester with a spectacular winter concert. We can’t wait to see the spring performances!

A scene from “A Monster Calls”

Grades K-3 Vocal Music Concert

Grades K-3 Village Concert

Fall Dance Concert

6th Grade Instrumental Concert

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Class of 2022 Joshua Tree trip

Around the campfire on the Monta単a de Oro trip

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With the wilderness as their classroom, our students discover a sense of self, understand their community, and explore and respect the natural world on a variety of Outdoor Education trips. This fall, our eighth-grade students explored Quaking Aspen, while our seventh-grade students — on their first backpacking trip with Chadwick — went to Montana de Oro State Park. Also in the fall, our ninth-graders kicked off their Upper School years in Joshua Tree National Park, our 11th-graders had their wellness retreat in Big Bear and our 10th-graders explored the Southern Sierras. For more on our Outdoor Education program, check out the story on page 8.

Class of 2023 Quaking Aspen trip

Class of 2021 Southern Sierras trip

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Class of 2022 Joshua Tree trip

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Ty Childress is in awe of the “tremendous” commitment faculty have toward each individual student. “Whether in the classroom, on outdoor education or Round Square trips, in the gym, in college counseling or just in the hallways, Chadwick’s teachers genuinely care about the academic and emotional development of each and every student,” he said. “The growth opportunities that the professionals at Chadwick provide students are second to none.” Childress earned his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia. He is a partner at Jones Day, an international law firm with over 40 offices worldwide. Childress is chair of the firm’s insurance recovery practice and is one of the country’s leading insurance recovery lawyers. He feels that his experience managing risks from a legal perspective will be a great asset on the RoesslerChadwick Foundation Board of Trustees. “I hope some of those experiences can help provide insight as the Board and the school operate in a constantly evolving legal and regulatory landscape,” he said. “My primary objective as a Board member is to ensure that our devoted faculty and staff have the best possible environment — and the necessary tools available — to continue delivering a world-class education for our children.” Childress and his wife, Kristin, are the proud parents of a Chadwick 10th-grader and class of ’17 alumna. They live in Manhattan Beach.

For Armand Dawkins, enrolling his daughter at Chadwick School was a fairly simple decision. As a Chadwick WOW, he was well aware of the school’s ideals and offerings. “Once we determined that Chadwick was still Chadwick in every facet, it was an easy choice to have my daughter start in kindergarten and share in the same experience that I had,” he said. “I know that she will be challenged in the classroom, encouraged to participate in a diverse set of extracurricular activities and molded into a thoughtful and independent young person. She will have the opportunity to grow, learn and explore with a core group of students and their families.” After graduating from Chadwick in 1996, Dawkins earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics-Philosophy from Columbia University and an MBA from Cornell University. He is the CEO of Palatum Group, a strategic advisory firm for food and beverage businesses, foodrelated social enterprises and urban agricultural projects. He is also the co-founder and COO of Achelon, an early-stage health and wellness company based in Los Angeles. Dawkins has formerly held several executive roles in J.P. Morgan’s investment banking and asset management divisions. Dawkins and his wife, Dr. Manju Dawkins, are the proud parents of a Chadwick second-grader and a 3-year-old, and live in Redondo Beach. Dawkins feels he will bring a unique perspective to the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation Board of Trustees. “I have a very personal and deep appreciation of what Chadwick was in the past, and I understand its strong traditions. At the same time, my young children give me the motivation to build the best Chadwick possible for them and for our community’s future generations,” he said.

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Dr. Barry Heller and his wife were drawn to Chadwick for their children because of the school’s reputation, recommendations from friends and the Outdoor Education program. “In particular, what is important to us is the ability of our kids to express themselves,” he said. “Chadwick’s emphasis on this is evident in the success of its alumni and what I see in my own kids, who are so very comfortable speaking to others or presenting to groups. They have also embraced the common courtesy and citizenship that goes along with communication skills.” Now that he is a member of the RoesslerChadwick Foundation Board of Trustees, he also plans to help Chadwick continue to offer learning by experience to a “dipperful of humanity,” one of Margaret Chadwick’s founding ideals. “We want graduates to represent a diverse group of thoughtful, intelligent, criticallythinking, engaged and generous global citizens,” he said. Heller is an emergency physician, assistant director of the Long Beach Emergency Medicine Group Emergency Department and principal investigator at Long Beach Clinical Trials. He is also a current fellow at the American College of Emergency Physicians, assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine, teaching head of emergency medicine at St. Mary Medical Center, medical advisor to the Chadwick School Outdoor Education program and has served as the former president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Heller is also the CEO of Hospitality Hygiene Products, where he invented, developed, patented and marketed a product called the Toothbrush Valet. He graduated from Brown University in 1975 and earned his medical degree in 1979 from Indiana University. Heller and his wife, Jill Lerner, are the proud parents of two Chadwick alumni from the classes of ’08 and ’11.

One of the lessons Glen Payne learned while serving as chair of the Head of School Search Committee this fall is that Chadwick needs to constantly innovate and think about how the world is changing. “We need to think about how teaching and learning will look in five, 10, 15 and 20 years into the future, all the while protecting Margaret Chadwick’s legacy and mission,” he said. Payne noted that as a Roessler-Chadwick Foundation Board of Trustees member, his responsibility is to protect, preserve and strengthen the school for future generations. “The Trustee lens is 10 to 20 years into the future, and our decisions today are meant to reflect the length of this perspective,” he said. Payne and his wife, Caroline, are the proud parents of a Chadwick third- and seventh-grader. He said they were attracted to Chadwick due to the quality of the education, the experiential model of teaching and learning, and the genuinely caring and nurturing community, expressed in the Core Values and “visible in our first visit to the campus.” As a senior high-yield debt trader at Capital Group Companies, Payne is responsible for overseeing the trading, portfolio construction and risk management for $35 billion in dedicated and discretionary investments. He has served with the environmental nonprofit Tree People and on Chadwick’s Campaign Steering Committee, Development Committee and Golf Committee. Payne earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Asian Studies from Trinity College and lives with his family in Manhattan Beach.

Even when she was young, Chadwick School’s reputation had reached Renita Smith. She had friends attending the school on the hill, and there was just something different about them. “They were particularly self-assured and seemed to have a sense of purpose,” she said. When the time came for Smith and her husband, Garfield, to find a school for their children, they toured Chadwick. Walking through the Village science lab, hearing Upper School students recount their experiences, and meeting faculty and staff cemented their decision. “The intellectual curiosity and love of learning was palpable. But what impressed us most was how mission-driven the school was,” she said. “We had a family mission, and we wanted our children to learn and grow in an educational environment that was intentional in living out its Core Values.” This is Smith’s second time as a RoesslerChadwick Board of Trustees member, but she has much she would still like to accomplish — providing governance and guidance to support the school’s mission, vision and strategic goals; ensuring the financial viability of the school and increasing financial aid to make the Chadwick education more accessible; and helping the school attract and retain world-class faculty and staff. A graduate of Stanford University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and her MBA, Smith founded and manages a strategic marketing consultancy that specializes in healthcare and life science technology. She serves as a trustee of the Miller Foundation (Long Beach Memorial) and SCS Noonan Scholars, and is also a former vice president of the Los Angeles Urban League. Smith and her husband are the proud parents of a son, who will graduate from Dartmouth this year, and daughter, a 2017 Chadwick alumna who currently attends Dartmouth. They live in Long Beach.


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Distinguished Alumnus Dr. David Chadwick The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given to a person whose life experience embodies the Core Values of a Chadwick education: compassion, fairness, honesty, respect and responsibility.

DR. DAVID CHADWICK ’42 was born on Sept. 12, 1926. He is the third and youngest child of Margaret and Joseph Chadwick. Growing up, David and his family lived all over the country, moving frequently due to his father’s military service. Wherever they lived, Margaret insisted that David and his siblings, Theodora and Joseph Jr., were properly educated. In 1935, one of Commander Chadwick’s final tours took the family to San Pedro, California. After discovering the

rampant overcrowding of the local public schools, Margaret Chadwick quickly opened Chadwick Open Air School at the family’s home in San Pedro. From the beginning, the school emphasized the well-being and education of the whole child and focused on experiential learning. Greatly impressed by Margaret Chadwick’s educational vision after attending a school play, Palos Verdes developer, Frank Vanderlip, generously donated the land that would allow the school to move out of the Chadwick’s home and establish a permanent campus for the school. Chadwick School’s co-founders, the Roesslers — whose own children were among the first students — also provided financial support for the construction of the school’s first buildings. In 1938, the Chadwick Seaside School officially opened on the Palos Verdes campus. David would continue to mature and grow alongside the school. The early years at the school were a time of tremendous growth and optimism. By David’s graduation in June 1942, the war had dramatically changed things. The threat of a Japanese attack on the West Coast loomed, and the school prepared for the worst. David’s father was recalled to the United States Navy. Despite all these changes, David was still able to attend college at the University of California, Berkeley, for two years with aspirations of becoming a doctor. David enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944. His Naval career was short-lived, as the war ended shortly after he completed basic training. Nevertheless, he continued with the Navy and went back to Berkeley to attend medical school as part of the Navy’s V-12 program to train more medical personnel. David used his GI bill benefits to finish medical school and begin his career as a doctor. David’s 50-year career as a doctor had him involved in almost every field in hospital management and development. However, his primary efforts were in the research, treatment and prevention of child abuse. In the 1960s, medical involvement in child abuse cases was virtually unknown. It was David’s interest in the subject that helped establish medical research in child abuse cases in California. This was at a time when there were very few pediatrics specialists, particularly in the city of San Diego, where David lived. David was one of the first to have a vision of a single, great pediatric medical center for the community. In 1972, he wrote an editorial for the San Diego County Medical Journal, suggesting that Children’s Hospital, University of California — San Diego, Mercy Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and the United States Navy pool their resources and create a single, world-class Children’s Hospital for San Diego. In 1985, he founded the Center for Child Protection at the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and continued to lead the center until his retirement in 1996. David was also one of the founders of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and served as its third president. His leadership is responsible for the recognition of child abuse pediatrics as a medical discipline by the American Board of Medical Specialties. His work as a pioneer in the field of child abuse pediatrics earned him an American Medical Association Scientific Achievement Award in 2010. The Center for Child Protection at Rady Children’s Hospital has since been renamed the Chadwick Center in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the hospital and to children’s medicine. Dr. Chadwick resides in La Mesa, California, with his wife, Michele.


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A lover of good food, good horses, good humor and good thinking ... at tennis, a flash ... in the ocean, a fish ... in the classroom, tardy but brilliant. – 1942 yearbook tribute to David Chadwick

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Athletic Hall of Fame Awards The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former student-athletes and coaches for outstanding contributions to athletics at Chadwick School. The award may also recognize alumni who have had distinguished careers in professional athletics.

ANDREW MAGEE ’08 was known as one of the best junior tennis players in the country and was a member of the USA Junior World Championship team. Tennis accomplishments notwithstanding, it was baseball and football, a sport his late father played and loved in high school, that Andrew pursued at Chadwick. Andrew, a 6ʹ2ʹʹ 210 lb sophomore, played a strong safety. It was during a preseason practice his junior year that Andrew’s coach saw him throw the football and moved him into the position of quarterback for the Chadwick Dolphins. Andrew led his Chadwick football team to seven consecutive victories and was ranked among the top quarterbacks in the state. By the end of his senior year, Andrew had 4,000 passing yards with a 70 percent completion rate. His 50 passing touchdowns were in the top 10 for the state of California in a single season. Not only was Andrew a great passer, but he had 500 rushing yards as a quarterback and completed five touchdowns in the 2007 season. Andrew was named All-State, All-Southern California, All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Daily Breeze All-Area First Team, Prep League MVP and Lion’s All-Star Game MVP. Andrew’s stellar athletic skills transferred to the baseball field as he managed a .431 batting average with a .900 slugging percentage. He also threw two non-hitter games as the Chadwick pitcher. Andrew’s athletic ability was recognized by top Division 1 college programs. He was offered scholarships not only in football, but in baseball and tennis as well. Andrew lettered two years for football at the University of California, Los Angeles. He transferred to the University of Maryland to continue tennis, where he was a starting member of a doubles team. He earned two letters at Maryland as well. Andrew received his B.A. in English and his master’s in public administration from Texas A&M University in 2017. Andrew currently works as Director of Football for the Morgan State University Athletic Department in Baltimore.


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Andrew Magee ’08

Erin Gilliland Cermak ’00

ERIN GILLILAND CERMAK ’00 has one of the most distinguished tri-sport careers in Chadwick athletic history. She competed in volleyball, basketball and softball. While Erin excelled in both volleyball and softball, she found her calling on the basketball court. As a starter for Chadwick’s varsity girls basketball team, she led the Dolphins to the first of four consecutive Prep League Championships. In the 1998-1999 regular season, Erin averaged 17 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 steals. During basketball playoffs that year, Erin averaged 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.75 steals. Erin was awarded CIF Division V Player of the Year and Prep League MVP honors and led her team to the state championship game, where she scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds. Though the Dolphins ultimately fell short of the championship, her competitive drive and spirit led them all the way to the finals. In 1999, Erin was selected for volleyball First Team All-Prep League and First Team All-CIF in basketball. She was awarded Chadwick School’s Sartorius and Citizenship awards, exemplifying excellence both on and off the court. After graduating from Chadwick in 2000, Erin attended Lehigh University, double majoring in anthropology and religious studies. Erin played Division I basketball from 20002003. She was awarded the Coaches’ Award during her sophomore year and made the Patriot League Honor Roll in her junior year. Erin returned to Southern California to coach JV volleyball and JV basketball before moving to Milwaukee. Erin attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and earned her Master’s degree in anthropology. Today, Erin works at the University School of Milwaukee as a middle-school P.E. and Health instructor. She has two children, Fiona and Wade, with her husband, Justin.

WILLIAM “MAC” MCKINNIE ’92 and his three siblings, Ashley, Peggy and Rob, all attended and played sports at Chadwick. William’s father, David, started the Chadwick Booster Club, while his mother, Kak, drove community service vans for the school and attended all of her children’s games. William earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball at Chadwick. During his freshman year, William played pitcher,

first and third baseman on Chadwick’s varsity baseball team. He was also named All-Prep League First Team pitcher. The Chadwick varsity baseball team was the CIF runner-up and finished with an 18-5 record. William received All-Prep League and CIF honors as the team pitcher. As a sophomore, William started as the defensive end on the varsity football team and made AllPrep League honors. In 1990, he was named varsity captain of the Chadwick football team and was named All-Prep League defensive end. William also led the team in fumble recoveries, blocked kicks and sacks. He remained varsity captain for football in his senior year and earned All-Prep League and All-CIF honors. William was awarded the Howard Slusher Award for Best Defensive Player and made the Lions All-Star football game for Southern California. In basketball, William was named team captain and led Chadwick’s varsity team to the Prep League championship and CIF semi-finals, while also earning All-Prep League honors. All of his accomplishments led to William’s recognition as the 1992 Palos Verdes Peninsula News Male Athlete of the Year in addition to several MVP, Prep League and CIF honors. Continuing his sports career beyond Chadwick, William was the first Chadwick athlete to earn a sports scholarship to a Division I university. He received offers from several notable colleges, including the University of Southern California, University of Virginia and Georgia. He chose to attend Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he earned his B.A. in history. He was a four-year letterman for the SMU football team and played defensive end against a very tough conference, which included teams such as the University of Texas and Texas A&M. In 1995, he was awarded the Lester Jordan Award for obtaining the highest GPA on the football team. William and his wife, Caren, reside in Houston, Texas, with their two sons, Will and Jack. William is General Counsel, Secretary, Director of Human Resources and Director of Safety for McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. He is an active member of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and the Texas Bar Association. Still very much an athlete, William enjoys coaching youth football and basketball and loves to surf and ski.

William McKinnie ’92

Christen Press ’07 and Chadwick students

CHRISTEN PRESS ’07 was a dominant force in soccer long before she began playing professionally and internationally for the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. Christen was a four-year starter for Chadwick’s varsity soccer team and served as team captain for two years. She led Chadwick to the Southern Section Division IV titles twice. As a junior, she was named NSCAA High School All-American and Parade Magazine All-American. Christen was also recognized as Southern Section Division IV Offensive Player of the Year and earned four Prep League Offensive MVPs. Christen scored a total of 128 goals while at Chadwick, 38 of which were in her junior year, a school record that still stands today. After graduating from Chadwick, Christen attended Stanford University and played for the women’s soccer team. She broke numerous school records, including career points (183), assists (41) and shots (500). In addition, she holds the record as the all-time leading scorer for the Stanford women’s soccer team. She was a two time runner-up at the NCAA Women’s College Cup. In 2010, Christen was awarded the Hermann Trophy by the Missouri Athletic Club, which honors the top male and female college soccer players in the United States. Upon graduating from Stanford, Christen went on to play soccer professionally, abroad and for the United States Women’s team. In 2011, she was named the WPS Rookie of the Year when she was a member of the magicJack. In 2013, Christen was the top scorer in the Damallsvenskan for Tyresö FF with 23 goals scored. She became the first American to receive the Golden Boot award in the history of the league. Christen played a key role in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams. She won a gold medal with the United States Women’s National Soccer Team in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, where they were FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. Christen is currently playing for the Utah Royals FC. C H A DW I C K S C H O O L . O R G


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NEW YORK CITY A. Reuniting in NYC B. Shane Blackman ’05, Cory Kamson ’05, Abike Kamson ’07 and Tyler Kantor ’07 C. Juan Zamudio ’13, Laura McLaughlin ’12, and Gaby Mayer



The Chadwick Alumni Office hosted over 80 alumni on Sept. 20 at the Mr. Purple Rooftop Terrace in the Lower East Side. Alumni from the classes of 1967-2018 attended the reception with Interim Head of School Jeff Mercer, Alumni Director Monica Augustyn Buck and Exec. Director of Development Kerry Toolan.

On Nov. 1, Cameron Knight ’80 invited Chadwick alumni to The Metropolitan Club, one of Washington’s oldest and most valued private institutions. The Metropolitan Club’s proximity to the White House and other icons of the nation’s capitol has made it a destination for many local, national and international leaders, including nearly every U.S. President since Abraham Lincoln. Over 40 alumni and alumni-parents reunited with classmates, former teachers and Chadwick staff.


UPCOMING ALUMNI REGIONAL RECEPTIONS PORTLAND, OR Wednesday, March 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Thursday, March 14, 2019 Please contact Monica in the Alumni Office (Alumni@chadwickschool.org) if you are able to assist with planning regional receptions.

Rex Wempen ’85 and Jay Majors ’85


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Kristin Childress and Monique Childress ’17

Cameron Knight ’80 and Jeff Mercer


Tracy Gibson ’94, Jorge Luna ’95 and Jim Hall ’64

Crystal Coser ’08

ALUMNI BOARD 2018-2019 The Chadwick School Alumni Office is pleased to announce new members of the Chadwick Alumni Board: Marc Ramniceanu ’10, Ryan Halvorsen ’11 and Austen Peterson ’13. The purpose of the Chadwick School Alumni Board is to cultivate and build relationships among Chadwick Alumni; to promote a network of fellowship among graduates and past students of Chadwick; to strengthen the relationship between Chadwick and its alumni; to advise, discuss and organize the activities of the Alumni Association; and to serve as a catalyst to promote Chadwick’s global mission. This wonderful group of dedicated alumni is looking forward to another successful year. If you are interested in getting involved as a Class Ambassador, please contact the Alumni Office: alumni@ chadwickschool.org.

FULL ALUMNI BOARD Jim Hall Deborah Herzik Robert Rule Steven Barrett Andrew Werts Christiaan Gordon Jorge Luna Lindsey Buttles Steven Griswold Zakir Rangwala David Cohen Samanth Nadella Alex Lovell Riki Swindler Marc Ramniceanu Conor Dawson Ryan Halvorsen Anthony Fadil Austen Peterson

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Chadwick Professionals is a community of trusted advisors and professionals that gather to share their expertise and experience. Its mission is to build meaningful relationships through a diverse group of alumni and parents who are committed to a profession or business. CP members will have the opportunity through an organized format to develop and foster relationships and expand their careers by exchanging referrals, resources, information, ideas and advice. Chadwick Professionals hosts networking events during the school year. As part of the Chadwick Professionals Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, Crystal Coser ’08 (President of Bites and Bashes Catering and Cafe) spoke to Chadwick alumni, parents, parents of alumni and friends on Oct. 3 at Bites and Bashes Café in Lomita, CA. After graduating from Chadwick School, Crystal Coser went on to Harvard University and graduated with a degree in economics and double minor in French and the history of art and architecture. Following college, Crystal planned celebrity parties and large-scale corporate events in Hollywood for three years before launching Bites & Bashes Catering with her mother, Julie Coser, in 2015. Bites & Bashes quickly became an industry leader known for its diverse range of culinary offerings and extraordinary displays. Clients include countless celebrities, President Clinton, Facebook, Apple, Uber, Beats by Dre, Porsche, and National Geographic.

COLLEGE CARE PACKAGE STUFFING PARTY More than 30 alumni parents gathered in Chadwick’s Leavenworth Library on Oct. 10 to stuff 200 care packages for college-aged alumni from Chadwick School. The packages included a Chadwick School phone case/card holder and some Halloween candy to kick off the season, courtesy of the Alumni Office. Thank you to our alumni-parent volunteers who worked hard to assemble all of the gifts! Left to right: Andrew Werts ’92, Ryan Halvorsen ’11, Conor Dawson ’11, Deborah Herzik ’72, Bob Rule ’76, Board Chair Davy Cohen ’03, Jim Hall ’64, Lindsey Buttles ’94, Christiaan Gordon ’92, Steven Griswold ’97 and Marc Ramniceanu ’10.

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2018 Alumni Reunion Weekend Alumni from the classes of 1958, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 came together for a weekend of exciting events and celebrations. More than 150 alumni reunited with fellow classmates and friends on Oct. 20, at the Alumni Awards Brunch, the Homecoming football game and the special class dinners on campus that evening. Thank you to our alumni who traveled near and far for the celebratory weekend!








Davy Cohen ’03 and Alumni Director Monica Augustyn Buck


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UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2019 Day of Giving #AllinforChadwick TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 Alumni Board Meeting WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 Portland, Oregon alumni reception THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 San Francisco alumni reception TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019 Alumni Board Meeting

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Class Notes


FRANK JOHNSON My wife Sally and I are now 88 and 87 and still doing well at the Sagewood retirement community in Phoenix. Our phone number is (480) 654-6727 if there are any 1947 classmates or others who might want to give me a call. We visited Santa Monica for a granddaughter’s wedding on November 24. We also took a trip to San Pedro with sister, Jackie, and husband, Jerry Kehle, to have a look at our ancestral home on Ellery Dr. Such nostalgia!


BARBARA “BOBBIE” CHILDS MIDDAUGH I spent four years and four summers at Chadwick as a scholarship student and had interesting jobs, i.e. ironing Commander’s shirts, running the student store, and serving as an assistant to “Squeaky” at P.E. My mother, Margaret Childs, was the bookkeeper at Chadwick for 32 years, which was of great benefit to sister Louise ’49 and myself. Aunt Margaret, Uncle Joe, Danny Daniels, and especially my mother, had the greatest influence in my life. 34

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I obviously enjoyed change, because I was always changing schools and majors as I moved into adulthood: P.E. at Boston University; pre-med at UCSB; nursing at Knapp College of Nursing in Santa Barbara, one year each. I was a stewardess for Western Airlines for two years. My first husband, Cal Gooden, was head of the trio, the New Yorkers, playing local Los Angeles hotels. I fortunately decided to attend UCLA at age 25 and became an elementary teacher when we divorced in 1962. Four years later, I met the love of my life, Howard Nelson, who was also in education, was a widower with three adopted children, one of whom was in my fifth-grade class, and we were married in 1966, on April Fool’s Day! We raised the children in the San Fernando Valley; I worked on my master’s degree; we both became principals; we lived through integrating our schools, not once but twice! While working on my doctorate, I left LA Unified to become an assistant superintendent in a little tiny district in the San Joaquin Valley, commuting 200 miles each weekend for two years. Fortunately, I was able to make a move to Santa Ana in 1983 and was in charge of 25 elementary schools and 19,000 Limited English Speakers! When I became Dr. Nelson, I got the first superintendent job I applied

to: Lake Elsinore, and finally Lompoc Unified SD, from which I retired in 1993. Howard’s constant support made my career possible. Howard and I searched for our final retirement spot and found beautiful Rogue Valley Manor, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Medford, Oregon, moving there in 1996. We were active in the local community and church, as well as the Manor and enjoyed many friends among the 900+ residents. Sadly, Howard died in 2002 from a tragic fall, and is missed by all who know him. In 2004, a widowed neighbor and longtime friend, Dick Middaugh, and I were married and enjoyed friends and family, golf, and travel for several years. Dick developed pneumonia and passed away at age 90. I am still playing golf, a lector at church, singing in our resident chorus, and lunching with other widows. I’ve moved from our large cottage to our newest apartment building with a beautiful view and lots of conveniences. It has been a delight to hear from classmates: Jean MacCormick Potter, Joanne Wright Evens, Barbara Jaffe Kohn, and Jim Hill. Joanne informed me that Arnold Barton died a couple of years ago, as did Ed Rutter. That leaves five of us out of 18. Good for us! If you ever travel through Oregon, please stop in Medford and come for a visit.

JEAN MACCORMICK POTTER I am living with my youngest daughter, Margaret, named after our beloved Margaret Chadwick. I moved in with her after some health concerns in November 2016. It is a pleasure to be here and to have daily contact with her, her husband, Wilbur, and four of my six grandchildren! Three other children include my oldest daughter, Anna, my son James, an assistant district attorney in San Francisco, and my son Andrew who is an entrepreneur in Brooklyn, NY. My six grandchildren are all either in school or hold important, productive jobs. Previously, I completed a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and directed a wonderful early childhood program for forty years. When I retired in 2015, my daughter Margaret took over the school and has expanded the program to serve even more children and families. I remain a member of the board of directors of the school and enjoy contributing in whatever way I can to the school’s continuing success. At eighty-seven years old, I look back on my years at Chadwick and realize that Margaret and Commander Chadwick helped me become the person I am, along with my dad, Andrew MacCormick, who was the chaplain of Chadwick, as well as my mother, Azalea. I am grateful for their presence in my life.

BARBARA JAFFE KOHN My years at Chadwick, grades 8-12, were the happiest days of my life. My five years at Chadwick made me who I am today. I married young and moved to London with my producer husband, remaining there for 20 years. I have two children and four grandchildren. My husband passed away in 2002. I live in the San Fernando Valley and have worked at the Shoah Foundation, and had a business of hand-knit sweaters. I have remarried and I now volunteer at the Recovery Shop for Cancer Research and I am a volunteer reading teacher in a public school.

JAMES HILL I’m married, have three children, four grandchildren, and graduated from Purdue in 1952 with a BSEE. I worked in aerospace and am retired. I’m still in good health and live at home. We are long time square dancers

and still dance, but sit out a tip from time to time. Square dancing is like many other activities, not popular any more, and most dancers are old. We have been RVers for many years, with three trips to Alaska and many to the south to visit my son who lives in Birmingham. We visit him for a week, explore the south until it gets hot or cold depending upon whether it is in the spring or fall, we visit him for another week or so, and then go home. Fortunately, we visited places like Cape Hatteras before the recent storms. Cape Hatteras is an interesting place, many homes are high up to avoid storm flood damage, and nearby homes built on the ground. We are doing much less RVing now after losing our nice diesel truck in an accident, and have not replaced it. Fortunately, I had not sold my previous truck, a ’97 Chevy, so still have a tow vehicle for shorter trips. It’s hard to decide what to do. At 89, I hesitate to spend big money for a new truck which we may use for only a few years. Finding a used diesel or gas truck suitable for towing and not too big is really hard. We used to hike, and as time went on, I told friends my final hikes would be in botanical gardens. It was tongue in cheek then, but not now. There are some pluses. Plants are frequently labeled, paths are easy to walk on, and there are drinking fountains and restrooms nearby and maybe a restaurant. I still walk around home. There are hills, so I get a good workout. I’m active in my electronics/ham radio hobby. I have collected antique radios and other equipment for years, but now spend time finding a new home for them. I’m also interested in tinkering with computers, but far from being an IT guy.

JOANNE WRIGHT EVENS I still think back with fondness my years spent at Chadwick, it was like one big family. After attending three colleges (U.C. Berkeley, Finch in New York City, and graduating from Mills College), I learned to type and was a typist for about 20 years, in the President’s Office at U.C. Berkeley, the School of Forestry, the Institute of Human Development, and I worked at the California State Department of Public Health in Berkeley. Then, I became a legal secretary for three attorneys in Berkeley. I went into business for myself and typed papers and Ph.D. theses for students at U.C. Berkeley for about 8 years. My first husband and I went to England (he had a Fulbright Fellowship) where he exchanged taught in the school at Pontefract, England. He came down with pneumonia and we had to return to California after only six months in England. If we had been able to stay a year, we would have been invited to the Queen Mother’s garden party in London (something I wished we could have done). My first husband died of leukemia (he was ill for 15 years and had to give up teaching), and I was widowed for three years, but remarried Peter Evens (a native Englishman), who I met through “Perfect Strings,” a music lover’s singles club. We were married 18 years (I have been married for 50 years to two husbands). Peter died of cancer 8 years ago, and it has been a very lonely life for me since then. I never had any children. I still bake three loaves of bread every few months and cookies every month, and trim my bushes and weed in the garden. I had to give up bicycle riding as I fell three times. I keep mentally active by doing about 20 New York Times crossword puzzles every day. A few days ago, I had to have a new air-conditioner and heater installed (the third one I’ve had to replace). Living in California’s Central Valley requires you to have these items to survive four months of unbearably hot weather. I have gotten into genealogy and found out that my great grandmother

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BILL BELDING On October 6, Margel Highet and I were married at the Talbot Country Club in Oxford, Maryland. A raucous dance party followed. Dennis Landis ’63 and his wife, Story, came down from Maine, and Dennis used his considerable skill as a photographer to capture the occasion. Margel is well acquainted with Chadwick, having survived my 50th Reunion in 2013.

1965 Bill Belding ’63 and Margel Higher

Fred Fuld III ’70

Bob Horner ’66

Robin Straton Riviera ’74

was quite a lady—she founded the Society of Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Republic in San Francisco, and I was invited to the Colonial Dames annual spring lunch as an honored guest (just because I was the great granddaughter of the founding member). They gave me a family tree, and I found out that one of my relatives, Carter Braxton, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He had more children than any other signer (16). I am also related to an earl of England, King Edward II of England, and George Washington.



Recently, I distributed my 100,000th school-based suicide assessment, and incongruously, received a utility patent following an unlikely short six month prosecution. Although not a distinguished Chadwick student, Commander and Margaret Chadwick, PG Lee, Annie Quinlin, Mrs. Champion, Tom Tyler, and John the Cook did foster in me an intense intellectual curiosity. This drive to connect observations was reinforced at Stanford and UCLA medical school, and during years of teaching. As fortunate as my educational experiences have been, every closely inspected life has its share of ups and downs, and indeed, I have had my own. Yet, over and over again, I return to the guiding words of the faculty on the Hill, my surrogate and collective parents, who cared and supported me, and inculcated an unimagined resilience. How can I possibly thank you? To paraphrase Virgil: “I take my stand on our glories and arts . . . And sing a rural theme throughout the cities.”


CHERI COLBY LANGDELL In early November, my son Sebastian Langdell ’06 and his wife Anna Kichorowsky Langdell ’06 flew from Texas to New York with baby Oliver so Sebastian could run in the New York Marathon. Sebastian did very well. He is now an Assistant Professor of English at Baylor University. I am still teaching English and ESL at East Los Angeles College, and Tim is still happily working hard too.


Our 60th Class Reunion was sooooo much fun. There were 12 of us for dinner on Friday night, at the Red Onion, which we thought was a pretty good effort. Saturday, on campus, included a fabulous [Alumni Awards] brunch and dinner, an awesome tour and a great football game. Great memories!

I continue to practice criminal law in Los Angeles. Over the past 42 years I have done over 350 felony criminal jury trials including thirty one first degree murder cases. Best I can say is nobody on our ever burgeoning California death row ever had me for a lawyer. Plenty of them, on the other hand will be leaving prison in a box.



Sorry I could not be there for our 60th Reunion. Quinny, Mr. Holland and Mr. Tellington stand out as the most influential teachers in my two years on “the hill.” Many others remain part of my strong memories of Chadwick: “Pierre,” “Champy,” Mrs. Clodio…and of course, my classmates. My husband, Alan, and I see Susan and Ed Rosenson (Ed passed in September 2018). We spend much of our time with our combined families of four children and nine grandchildren as well as traveling the world. Would love to hear from any of my classmates. We live in West Los Angeles.



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FRED FULD III My book, Investment Trivia 2019: The Fun Side of Money, Stocks, Bonds, and Wall Street, was recently published. It covers such topics as the Venture Capital Fund that the CIA created, the first women-owned stock brokerage firm founded in 1870, Bitcoin trivia, the stock that had a box of clothes as its only asset, and lots of other interesting facts. My latest book Real Estate Trivia 2019 was also published.



My daughter, Alicia Rivera, graduated from high school in June of 2018 and is now a first-year student at Harvard. Needless to say, I am very proud of her, this in spite of Alicia’s decision to graciously decline an offer of admission from my alma mater, Stanford. I, on the other hand, attended my 40th reunion at Stanford in October, where I had fun reuniting with Chadwick classmate Paul Ruddy. We agreed that it was high time that members of the Class of ’74 — along with those 3 or 4 years before or after — get together for a reunion. 2019 will mark 45 years since we graduated! Anyone who wants to help out, send me a note at rivstrat@gmail.com.

Our daughter Allie’s graduation marked the first time that someone from the Russell/Sopp families won’t be a student at Chadwick since 1976. It was a bittersweet moment for sure!



DIANA WOOD KUTLOW After 13 years working at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies where I received an MA in Peace and Justice Studies, I recently took on a new job as Director of Development for Hands of Peace. The Chicago-based nonprofit brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American youth to empower them as leaders of change. Over 600 Hands of Peace alumni continue to learn listening, communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills in Israel/Palestine as they move into influential positions in diplomacy, government, education, business and other fields. In Oct-Nov, I took 31 adults on a Dual Narrative Immersion trip to Israel/Palestine where they met alumni and others on both sides of the Green Line with very diverse perspectives.



THOMAS RIEDY I am sad to announce the passing of my father, Gerry Riedy, on October 7, 2018. He was a very active parent at Chadwick while I attended and he will be greatly missed.

JONATHAN WONG Myself, Noriko, and our daughter Sara [3 years old] welcomed our newest family member, Noah, born June 2018.


SEAN KENNEDY I’m excited to begin a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling, where I’ll cochair the association’s communication efforts and will lead the working group on the association’s public school counselor outreach efforts in the state of North Carolina.

DIA MICHELS I am excited to announce that my new children’s bilingual picture book, titled Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado has just been released. This book celebrates the bond between parent and child in the animal kingdom. Stunning images and gentle verse will capture the curiosity of even the youngest readers as they see how animal mothers tend to their cubs, pups, calves, and chicks. An English-only edition of the book was released in October. Both editions are available in hardback, paperback, and e-book formats. This is my 13th book. I am the founder and president of two independent publishing houses, Platypus Media and Science, Naturally! I live in Washington D.C. and am an empty-nester, now that my third child is off to college.  

Diana Wood Kutlow ’76

Dia Michels ’76 new book


LORI LANDER GOODMAN I appeared on Jeopardy on September 11 and September 12, 2018! I won big my first game and came in second the next day.


SHARI KOSS I was recently promoted to Senior Client Service Associate at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and I just earned my first designation, Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR). I specialize in insurance matters for film and television production companies.

Tracy Sopp Ferrara ’86, Katie Sopp ’17, Allie Sopp ’18, Yvonne Russell Sopp ’89 and Ken Sopp ’89

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ANDREW BAUER I live in NYC (Ditmas/Kensington in Brooklyn, specifically) with my wife, Joan Jubett-Bauer, and our two kids, Ellis and Dylan. I design video for theatrical productions on Broadway as well as regionally and internationally. My most recent projects are Dear Evan Hansen and The SpongeBob Musical. Upcoming projects include Beetlejuice: the Musical and Ain’t Too Proud.



David Pearl ’00, his wife Joanna and Emery Hope Pearl

Jordan Tyler Malcom

I was recently promoted to Lieutenant at the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Grant Littman ’96 was in attendance for the promotion ceremony.



From left to right, top row: Stephen Cho, Nico Lebovitz, Michael Madden, Chih McDermott, Jeff Hauser, Chris Huh, and Brad Harpur From left to right, bottom row: Bijan Rizi, Garrett Wymore, Reid Maetani, Brian Shaw, Max McFarland, and Nnamdi Iregbulem

After 13 years on the East Coast, I made my triumphant return to California this year. I had served in the Obama Administration until its end in January 2017 but subsequently decided it was time for a change of scenery. Myself, my wife, Joanna, and dog, Ruby, drove the 3,000 miles from Washington, DC, arriving in the Bay Area in March. We live in Oakland, within blocks of Greg Pasquali ’00 and his family. In attempt to do all the major life changes at once, Joanna and I both started new jobs and also welcomed a new edition to the family, Emery Hope Pearl, born on July 23. The whole family is excited for this new chapter, and I would love to see other Chadwick alums whenever they pass through the Bay.

RIMA SEJPAL ADUSUMALLI My husband, Sundeep Adusumalli, and I were married in May 2017. We had a baby girl on October 17, 2018. Her name is Nyla.


BENEDICT BARRETT My sustainable fashion company is debuting a new collection in collaboration with the David Bowie Estate, premiering at Art Basel Miami, exclusively at the American Express Platinum House. Products from the collection feature imagery from the Hubble Telescope and Mars Rover and will be archived at NASA forever!

KRISTEN SHULTZ THOMPSON My husband, Mark, and I welcomed our daughter — Riley Noelle Thompson on August 11, 2018.

SHARON WRIGHT Benedict Barrett ’02 collaborates with the David Bowie Estate


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This December 2018, I was accepted to the Columbia University Masters program for Sustainability Management. For the past decade, I have worked as the VP of Sales for one of the largest leather suppliers in the United States, United Leather. This experience has allowed me to work with tanneries all over the world, and become one of the leading leather distributors in the U.S. fashion and interior design markets. This Columbia Univ. Masters program is the next step in an exciting future for me, and I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue my education in such a prestigious institution. I thank all my Chadwick teachers and faculty for instilling such a strong academic foundation. Cheers!


LAUREN CRAMER MALCOLM My husband, Jamison, and I welcomed our son Jordan Tyler on May 9, 2018. Siblings Rory (4) and Luke (2) were excited to meet their new brother!


JESSICA MACFARLANE In 2018, I returned to Los Angeles after 5 years in New York City, where I earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University. I am a researcher at Perception Institute, a consortium that translates neuroscience and social science research on race, gender, and other identity differences into solutions to address bias, reduce discrimination, and promote belonging.

Haily Waller ’13

Nathan Werksman ’09 and his wife Jerri


ADYLIA-RHENEE GUTIERREZ While at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, I created the successful blog Yhorlife. Following graduation, I took a year to travel, explore and plan how I wanted to revamp and re-brand my grandma’s company — Adees Co. Adees Co. is a fun brand that speaks to the bolder side with colors, timeless styles that make each leather bag seasonless. Adees Co-brand supports a positive community with Brand Ambassadors. With Brand Ambassadors, we support individuality and uniqueness. Adees Co. is currently collaborating with Essentia Water and Jessica’s Cosmetics. Our new collection is in partnership with The Shoebox Project. It’s a charity founded by Jessica Mulroney (stylist of Duchess Meghan Markle).

MIKE MADDEN Some of the guys from the Class of 2009 reunited for their Fantasy Football Draft Weekend in Las Vegas, NV. They flew and drove in from 8 different cities, including 3 different countries.

REBECCA NIEMIEC I received my Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University in June 2018, and took a position as Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in August 2018 in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management. I have also been named to the Science Advisory Team of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project. I married Andrew Mertens in June 2018 in Yosemite National Park.

ASHLEY SHAW I was lucky to marry my college sweetheart, Sergio Villar Vallenas, in the presence of my brother and man of honor Brian Shaw ’11 and return to The Neighborhood Church for a Baccalaureate reprise in the presence of my wonderful Chadwick friends, included in the picture. Larry Feygin ’11 (now with a new culinary venture named Tortuga based in San Francisco) produced an incredible Taiwanese-Peruvian rehearsal dinner for 50 to rave reviews while Chudi Iregbulem ’11 DJ’ed for an unforgettable night, while Susie Elizabeth Double ’10 and Julia Berman ’09 blessed me as Friends of Honor. We were so lucky to also have Kurt Buchbinder ’10, Cameron Yu ’09 (all the way from Hong Kong!), Alessandra DiMonda ’09, Dr. Alex Chen ’09, and Mark Trapani ’10 celebrate with us, and sorely missed Saranna Soroka ’09. Thanks for a decade of amazing friends, Chadwick!

Ashley Shaw ’09 with her wedding party

NATHAN WERKSMAN I graduated from Stanford Law School in June (graduated undergrad at UPenn in 2013) and passed the bar in November. Now I’m doing personal injury plaintiffs’ work at the firm Panish Shea & Boyle LLP on the west side. In other news, I got married last September to my wife, Jerri, a practicing therapist, and we now live in Beverly Hills. I’d love to get together with any classmates who are living and working in LA or who are just looking to sue someone. Call me at 424-634-1974 or email me at nathanwerksman@gmail.com.


HAILEY WALLER I am moving back to the West Coast from NYC in the New Year to be Bloomberg’s LA weekend reporter.


BREANNA MADRAZO I was recently hired as an assistant womens basketball coach at the University of Chicago. Although I do not do it full-time, I have been able to continue to pursue my passion of the game! It has been great instilling some of the lessons I learned at Chadwick into the young ladies that I coach now.

IN MEMORIAM Donald Ryan ’50 Charles Crawford ’46 Dr. Paul Jewett ’54 Stephen Jay Willson ’54 Ed Rosenson ’58 Cliff Barbee ’54 John Toevs ’62 Marjorie Ann Hexter Cowley ’43 Robert Martin (Faculty Member 1952-1956)

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Faculty & Staff News



1. Village Learning Specialist Penny Chau and her husband, Luke, were married at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda on Aug. 25. Congratulations to the happy couple!

5. French teacher Max Shrem published a chapter about tasting juries for an art history book in France, and an article he wrote for the academic journal “French Forum” will appear this winter.

2. Soccer coach and P.E. teacher Sal Diaz and Spanish teacher Luis Morales went to Russia for the World Cup in June. Pictured is the duo at the Portugal vs. Morocco game on June 20.

6. Director of Equity and Inclusion Ricco Siasoco is also a fiction writer. This past summer, he received the Justin Chin Scholarship to the prestigious Lambda Literary Retreat. Sponsored by Alexander Chee and Christine Lee, The Justin Chin Memorial Scholarship is offered in memory of the late author Justin Chin, and supports a queer, Asian American Pacific Islander writer, writing queer content in any of the genres offered at the Lambda Literary Retreat for LGBTQ Voices.

3. Gaby Humes, the College Counseling Administrative Assistant, got engaged Oct. 17 in front of the Parthenon in Athens! Gaby and her fiance, Jon, are planning a long engagement, with plenty of time to wedding plan and enjoy this special time. 4. Chinese teacher Selina Yu and her husband, MJ, welcomed son, Archer Wang, on July 10. Their daughter, Charlotte, is a proud big sister.

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Julia Csergo et Frédérique Desbuissons

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Art du cuisinier et cuisine d’artiste (xvie- xxie siècle)

Art du cuisinier et cuisine d’artiste (xvie- xxie siècle)

Chiara Di Stefano Frusi Sylvie Guichard-Anguis Laurence Jégouzo Paul Lacoste Fabio Parasecoli Camille Paulhan Max Shrem David Szanto Daniel Villavicencio Carl Friedrich von Rumohr Viktoria von Hoffmann

La cuisine entre art, artisanat et industrie

Art du cuisinier et cuisine d’artiste (xvie- xxie siècle)

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le cuisinier et l’art

Estelle Bonnet Valérie Boudier

Cuisine et design. Art, fonction et communication Création et esthétique culinaire au Japon : le kaiseki De l’esprit en cuisine. Éléments d’introduction au Geist der Kochkunst de Carl Friedrich von Rumohr Geist der Kochkunst. Propos liminaires (1822, 1832) Quand la Villa Médicis accueille les arts culinaires La créativité des chefs. Contextes et mises en œuvre Ferran Adrià à la documenta 12 À propos d’une série documentaire : L’invention de la cuisine Quelle protection juridique pour les recettes de cuisine ? Décrire et peindre la cuisine au xvie siècle. L’apport de Pieter Aertsen

 Julia Csergo est spécialiste d’ histoire culturelle du monde contemporain. Elle est professeure à l’université du Québec à Montréal et maîtresse de conférences à l’université Lumière Lyon 2.

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Frédérique Desbuissons est historienne de l’art et de la culture visuelle contemporaine. Elle est maîtresse de conférences à l’université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne.

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Frédérique Desbuissons

Le critique à table. Grimod de La Reynière et l’image de la gastronomie

Julia Csergo et Frédérique Desbuissons

Jean-Christophe Abramovici

« Sommes-nous ouvriers ? Oui. Sommes-nous considérés comme tels par la loi ? Non. Possédons-nous le talent des artistes dans toute l’acception du mot ? Oui. Nous accorde-t-on la considération due aux artistes ? Non. Alors nous ne sommes ni ouvriers ni artistes. Que sommes-nous ? Rien. Qu’aspirons-nous à devenir ? L’un et l’autre. » C’est par ce constat que le grand cuisinier du xixe siècle, Philéas Gilbert, soulevait la question du statut du chef cuisinier et des relations que la cuisine entretient avec l’art. Aujourd’hui, à l’heure où l’art culinaire et les cuisiniers font l’objet de multiples manifestations et événements médiatiques ; à l’heure où, après la vogue du eat art, le design, les installations et les performances ont investi le culinaire, la réflexion devait se poursuivre car le statut artistique de l’expérience gustative et éphémère qu’est la cuisine ne va toujours pas de soi. Tel est l’enjeu de ce collectif qui réunit des contributions d’artistes, de critiques, de sociologues, de spécialistes de la littérature, de juristes, d’historiens et d’historiens de l’art. De leur dialogue sur la cuisine comme art et création, sur le cuisinier-artiste et sur l’artiste-cuisinier, résulte cet ouvrage qui répond à une ambition précise : inscrire définitivement l’art de la cuisine dans le champ du culturel.

Le sensible et le culinaire. Les prémices d’une artification au xviiie siècle La naissance des clubs de gastronomes et le Gesamtkunstwerk gastronomique


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