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McTernan School 100 Years of Excellence | 1912-2012 By Chris Brooks ’59 and Mathew Calabro ’04 with a prologue by Charles Monagan ’64

“The school of Charles McTernan, Berkeley Hotchkiss, Winston Ranft and Clayton Spencer endures.”

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McTernan School Published by Chase Collegiate School 565 Chase Parkway Waterbury, Connecticut

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All images, except where noted, are from the collections of the Chase Collegiate School archives. Materials in the Chase Collegiate School archives are published with the permission of Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury, Connecticut. Photographs from the Mattatuck Museum archives are published with the permission of the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, Waterbury, Connecticut.

Copyright Š 2011 Chase Collegiate School All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A. by Lebon Press, Inc. Hartford, Connecticut Designed by Peapod Design New Canaan, Connecticut


Contents 7

Headmaster’s Message

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Authors’ Note

11 Prologue 14 Timeline of Significant Events Headmaster Biographies and Tenures 17

Charles C. McTernan 1912-1945

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Berkeley W. Hotchkiss 1946-1960

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Winston A. Ranft 1960-1970

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Clayton B. Spencer 1970-1972

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Merger of McTernan School with Saint Margaret’s School

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Name Change to Chase Collegiate School

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McTernan Traditions and Legacies at Chase

101 Buildings and Grounds 107 The Alumni Classes 125 The Teachers of McTernan School 127 Afterword

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Headmaster’s Message

Historian and author David McCullough once wrote about the study of America’s past, “You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history.” In that same spirit, I am certain that any alumna/us or friend of Chase would find tremendous intellectual and emotional enrichment by learning more about the heritage of our School. How did we become who we are today? Chase is extraordinarily proud of the McTernan traditions, history, culture and spirit that continue to resonate within its halls and across its campus each day. With the ongoing support of McTernan alumni, family and friends, this school will continue to educate tomorrow’s leaders and inspire in each student a life-long passion for learning, personal achievement, and contribution to the community. From the dedication of the McTernan Centennial Library in 2010, to the publication of this book in 2011, to the grand centennial event in 2012, the name McTernan will never perish from this School. Indeed, one of my great joys is hearing all the wonderful anecdotes from Columbia Boulevard. I remember when Rob Fenn ’56 recalled the time that he snuck into the Friday afternoon movie, despite having too many marks, and was quickly spotted and abruptly removed by his uncle, Berkeley Hotchkiss. Or, hearing about Rick Sperry ’59 and Bixie Avery ’61, each of whom had a broken leg, racing across the McTernan field on crutches to determine who had the “best” broken leg. Speaking as a teacher and headmaster, I am happy to know that although the students may change, the antics stay very much the same!

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John Fixx, Berkeley Hotchkiss, Jr. ’56, Clayton Spencer and Chris Ranft ’59

Likewise, it was especially pleasing to hear the stories and experiences of Headmaster Clayton “Chip” Spencer, Chris Ranft ’59, son of Headmaster Winston Ranft, and Berkeley Hotchkiss, Jr. ’56, son of Headmaster Berkeley Hotchkiss, Sr. ’18, who all returned to campus for the re-dedication of McTernan Centennial Library in May of 2010. This book is first and foremost a means for McTernan alumni and friends to celebrate their wonderful school and the extraordinary teachers who had such a hand in the intellectual growth and character development of its students. This book will also serve as the preeminent historical record of McTernan School and will allow Chase students 100 years from now to understand how their school and some of its finest traditions began. Of course, I would like to applaud the indefatigable efforts of the McTernan 100th Anniversary Committee members, who have spent over a year researching and documenting the history of McTernan School. If I permit myself to borrow another quotation from Mr. McCullough, “No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.” Macte Virtute, John D. Fixx Headmaster THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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Authors’ Note We would like to extend a special thanks to John F. Stephen ’70, who was awarded the Thomas Sabin Chase Prize for Creative Writing upon his graduation, and who compiled an exhaustive history of McTernan School that was instrumental in the writing of this account. Thanks as well to Rosemary Franzen who maintained the School’s archives during her decades of service to the School. We are also extraordinarily appreciative of the wonderful, unsolicited generosity of the Thomson brothers, Schuyler ’61, Peter ’65 and Alexander ’70, who have underwritten the expense of this history book. We also thank them for their continued counsel, guidance and recommendations throughout the book’s production. This publication would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Hi Upson ’46, Judy Kellogg Rowley ’53, Gus Hampson ’55, Rob Fenn II ’56, Peter North ’58, Charles Larkin III ’59, Robin Burns, former Director of Alumni Relations and current School Archivist, Krista The Authors: Charles Monagan ’64, Chris Brooks ’59, Coletti, Director of Development and John Fixx, Mathew Calabro ’04 Headmaster. Tremendous thanks also to all those McTernan alumni who provided bits and pieces of new or corrected information over the past year. With some of the McTernan historical records lost over the decades, the greatest single asset we have is the institutional memory of our fellow alumni. Chris Brooks and Mathew Calabro with Charles Monagan Waterbury, Connecticut

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Prologue Waterbury at the Turn of the Century

In the account that follows, you will read and learn a great deal about McTernan School - its founders, formation, headmasters, faculty, students and facilities. But what of the city into which it was born? What was it about Waterbury in 1912 that demanded a new school for boys and that could provide the fertile economic conditions that would allow McTernan to grow and flourish in the decades that followed? In truth, it’s surprising the new school came as late as it did. Ever since the end of the Civil War, Waterbury had been growing as an industrial power and working hard to earn its identity as the Brass Center of the World. At about the time the formation of McTernan was first being contemplated, a local historian wrote: “It is literally true and has been for years that it is almost impossible to make anything from an umbrella to a pair of shoes or a suit of clothes, from a small electric motor to a locomotive or a battleship, from a trunk or handbag to a great office building or hotel, without creating a demand for something made of brass or copper and sending to Waterbury for it. . . . The sun never sets upon the work of Waterbury’s hands.” By 1912, Waterbury was nearing the peak of its manufacturing prowess. Some 4,000 workers were employed at Scovill Mfg. Co. (a number that would grow to an amazing, war-fueled 15,000 by 1917), the enormous new Chase Metal Works plant was going up in Waterville, and dozens of other “shops,” both large and small, were expanding as they found new products to make and new customers to serve.

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The Chase Brass and Copper factory; Collection of the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, Waterbury, Connecticut

During this time, Waterbury truly had become a leading American city. Like California’s Silicon Valley of the early 2000s, Waterbury in its prime was a place that attracted the most brilliant, inventive, technologically savvy minds in the land, the most capable salesmen, the most creative managers and businessmen, and eager workers from all over the world. Everyone wanted a piece of Waterbury’s pie because the work was exciting and fulfilling, but also because manufacturing, particularly in the days before the income tax, was highly profitable. Consequently, as the new century progressed, fresh signs of prosperity were popping up everywhere. The Elton Hotel on the Green opened its doors in 1905. The train station, with its magnificent tower, had been completed in 1909, as had St. Mary’s Hospital and the new golf course at the Country Club of Waterbury. In 1911, Waterbury Hospital’s new building was opened to patients, and both the Kendrick Street courthouse and Masonic Temple (now home to the Mattatuck Museum) were built.

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Everywhere in the city, there was a feeling of success and expansion (Waterbury’s population grew from 45,859 in 1900 to 73,141 in 1910, and would grow again to 91,715 by 1920). And with that feeling, especially as it fell upon those at the higher reaches of the socioeconomic tree, came a desire to provide a “suitable” education for their sons, one that would prepare them for the top prep schools and, eventually, college. Waterbury was already home to two successful schools for girls. St. Margaret’s School had been educating both boarders and day students since 1865, while Notre Dame Academy had been doing the same since 1869. A co-ed private school, The Hillside Avenue School, had been discontinued in 1892, and a school for older boys, The Waterbury English and Classical School, begun in 1875 on West Grove Street, could not successfully compete with established college-prep schools in the region and was gone after eight years. But by 1912, the time felt right for a new attempt. Raw-boned Waterbury was becoming a little more refined Many among the new generation of city fathers had been college educated, and they saw the advantages such schooling could bring to their own offspring. There was no doubt also a feeling of competitiveness with other successful cities; if those captains of industry had private schools for their sons, well then, so should Waterbury. And so the city made ready to welcome what in time would become one of its most impressive institutions.

Waterbury’s Union Station; Collection of the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, Waterbury, Connecticut


Timeline of Significant Events [1916] The School purchases new grounds on Columbia Boulevard and constructs a three-story school building and the Kellogg fields

[1945] The “McTernan Mirror” is established to cover School news and sports

[1917] A small house to the rear of the School is built for faculty housing

[1901]

[1920]

Charles McTernan graduates from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts

The “Little School” (known as Mattatuck School or “Miss Strong’s School”) is erected next door to McTernan and is later purchased by Saint Margaret’s School in 1930

[1913]

[1938]

Crystal Beach Camp, a summer camp in Old Saybrook, Conn., is opened by Charles McTernan

McTernan School becomes a non-profit institution

[1945-46]

[1912]

Charles McTerna retires and Berkel Hotchkiss ’18 is appointed headmaster

McTernan School is established in a rented building at Cooke and Grove Streets

[1910] Charles McTernan arrives in Waterbury and begins tutoring

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1910

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1940

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[1933]

[1914]

The first modern comic book, Funnies on Parade, is published in Waterbury

Waterbury produces 20 percent of America’s brass and bronze products

[1918]

[1938]

More than 1200 Waterbury residents perish during the influenza epidemic

The Great Hurricane strikes Connecticut, destroying Crystal Beach Camp

[1910]

[1929]

[1941]

William B. Hotchkiss, father of Berkeley W. Hotchkiss, Sr., sworn in as mayor of Waterbury

Construction begins on Beth El Synagogue, located next to McTernan School

America enters World War Two and Waterbury factories soon begin running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist the war effort


[1962]

[2010]

A building is constructed that links the Little School to the gymnasium and is dedicated to Berkeley Hotchkiss

In honor of McTernan School’s first 100 years, the Centennial Library is re-dedicated as the McTernan Centennial Library

[1961] Saint Margaret’s School discontinues operations on Columbia Boulevard and sells the “Little School” to McTernan School

[1955] A new gymnasium is completed and dedicated

[1972] McTernan School merges with Saint Margaret’s School to become St. Margaret’s-McTernan School

[1960]

Berkeley Hotchkiss passes away and is succeeded by the assistant headmaster, Winston A. Ranft

[1990]

[2005]

James F. Adams becomes headmaster of St. Margaret’s-McTernan

The name of the School is changed to Chase Collegiate School

McTernan School becomes a member of the National Association of Independent Schools

[2003] John D. Fixx becomes headmaster of St. Margaret’sMcTernan

[1970] Clayton B. Spencer succeeds Winston A. Ranft as headmaster

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[1955]

[1976]

[1994]

On August 19 the Great Flood decimates Waterbury

Chase Brass and Copper closes its factory following a 9 month strike

Margaret W. Field becomes headmistress of St. Margaret’s-McTernan

[1977] Hugh M. Slattery becomes headmaster of St. Margaret’s-McTernan


In 1910 Charles McTernan came to Waterbury where he was hired as a private tutor by Mr. Frederick S. Chase. Two years later he opened the doors of McTernan School.


Charles Clare McTernan Biography

Charles McTernan was one of those rare jovial people who really enjoyed life and living. He had the fortunate experience of fulfilling both of his dreams, to be an educator and a naturalist, the former fulfilled by McTernan School and the latter by Crystal Beach Camp. The story began with the birth of a son, Charles, to John and Eliza (nĂŠe Huckle) McTernan on May 4, 1882 in the farming community of Foxboro, Massachusetts. Charles grew up on a farm and developed a deep-seated passion for nature, although from the time he was first enrolled in the local public school his ambition was to become a teacher. In 1896 Charles began attending Deerfield Academy as a day student and his educational aspirations only grew stronger. He immersed himself in the world of books and knowledge and developed into a first-rate football player. In 1900 Charles matriculated at Amherst College where he would spend four years completing his education and achieving a good degree of prominence in football.

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Charles McTernan, fourth row and fourth from the left, at Crystal Beach Camp in 1931

Upon his graduation from Amherst in 1904, Charles assumed a teaching position at New Hampshire Military Academy from 1905 to 1906 followed by one year at Governor Dummer Academy of South Byfield, Massachusetts. The subsequent three years found Charles teaching at Massachusetts’ Concord Academy, during which time he renewed his acquaintanceship with a Foxboro girl, Isabel Winn. Charles and Isabel were married on June 5, 1909. By this marriage the McTernan’s had three sons: John Winn in 1912 (McT ’26), Richard Bentley in 1916 (McT ’29) and Donald Davis in 1920 (McT ’34). In 1910 Charles McTernan came to Waterbury where he was hired as a private tutor by Mr. Frederick S. Chase. Two years later he opened the doors of McTernan School. The following year Mr. McTernan fulfilled his naturalist dream by establishing a summer camp along the Long Island Sound in Saybrook, Connecticut called Crystal Beach Camp.

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From that period until 1945 Mr. McTernan served as the headmaster of McTernan School and the director of Crystal Beach Camp. His tenure saw both institutions weather World War One, the Great Depression and World War Two. During those years he found himself happily engaged with raising his family and teaching his students. Although of modest means, he often spent extra money on treats for his family and delighted his sons with several hobbies. In October of 1930, however, he was deeply grieved by the death of his wife. He remarried in 1932 to Clara Lee, a registered nurse from Peekskill, New York, who had been a friend of the McTernan family and a resident nurse at Crystal Beach Camp for many years. Soon after, in 1938, Mr. McTernan deeded the School to a Board of Trustees to be run as a non-profit institution. That same year, a hurricane pushed through Saybrook and destroyed Crystal Beach Camp. Emotionally decimated but always undeterred, Mr. McTernan and his son John dedicated themselves to rebuilding the Camp over the course of the next three years, reopening it in 1941.

Charles McTernan presents a diploma to Jeffrey Burnett ’62


McTernan School in winter

Upon his retirement in 1945, at the age of 63, Mr. McTernan recommended to the Board of Trustees that Berkeley Hotchkiss assume the role of headmaster of McTernan School. He also sold Crystal Beach Camp to a Saybrook land developer who divided it for residential living. After leaving his first love - education - he pursued his second love - nature - purchasing a three-acre farm in Old Saybrook, Connnecticut. There he raised a berry crop and tended an apple orchard. He derived his income from the farm and from an equity paid to him by McTernan School. After a brief illness, Charles McTernan died in his farmhouse on March 8, 1967 at the age of 85. He returned to every McTernan School graduation until the early 1960s to personally hand out the diplomas; a true testament to his love for his students and love for his School.

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Charles Clare McTernan Tenure, 1912 to 1945

In 1910 Mr. Frederick Starkweather Chase, a wealthy Waterbury manufacturer, hired Charles McTernan to tutor two of his sons and two other boys in Latin, which was required for admission to the country’s finest independent secondary boarding schools. Upon the completion of this first academic year in the spring of 1911, Mr. McTernan recognized the need for a private elementary school in Waterbury. With the financial assistance of Mr. Chase and two other Waterbury men, Mr. William B. Merriman and Dr. Carl E. Munger, Mr. McTernan rented a two-floor stucco building on the corner of Cooke and Grove streets. It was here, across the street from Saint Margaret’s School, that McTernan School was established. The initial admission policy of McTernan School was that of open enrollment. From 1912 to 1945, any parents wishing to enroll their son in the School only had to telephone the headmaster and mail a deposit for the arrangement to be complete. Scholarships and financial aid had yet to be established at the School, but on occasion Mr. McTernan saw to it that less privileged boys were admitted at a reduced tuition. In one instance, Mr. McTernan admitted a young boy named Louis Laun ’34 to the School free of charge, stipulating only that Louis’ father work at Mr. McTernan’s Crystal Beach Camp for a predetermined number of summers.

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Dan Cook ’23 My first contact with the McTernan School occurred when I was about six or seven. My close friend, Bobby Griggs, and I decided to satisfy our curiosity by visiting a small building on the old Saint Margaret’s campus where his older brother went every day Editor’s note: the original St. Margaret's School was located on the corner of Cooke and Grove streets in Waterbury. We knocked on the door and were ushered in by the sole teacher, Mr. McTernan, who probably recognized some future business. It turned out to be a veritable one-room schoolhouse with space for perhaps 10 or 12 boys. Bobby and I were given a couple of empty desks but after a short time excused ourselves, happy to be out of that boring place. Besides basketball in wintertime, we played a lot of intramural baseball and other games on a sparsely covered grass field that had a decided tilt to the east. Messrs. McTernan and Cashman were not athletically inclined and their coaching was nominal to say the least. But we had fun, particularly when our dads would come up and play baseball with us.

During its first year, Mr. McTernan was the only teacher at the School. The following year, however, the School’s enrollment grew to eight or nine students, which necessitated the hiring of a second teacher. A young Yale graduate named Mr. Pierce was chosen to teach alongside Mr. McTernan, which he did for the 1913-1914 academic year before enrolling at Yale Law School. Upon Mr. Pierce’s departure another teacher, Mr. George Cashman, was hired; Mr. Cashman would remain at the School from 1914 until his death in 1952. Mr. McTernan and Mr. Cashman served as the foundation of the McTernan School faculty until 1945, although during this period there was often a third teacher on campus as well. Among this group were Mrs. Titterington, Mr. Aber and Mr. McTernan’s son, John. When the School was first opened in 1912, Mr. McTernan taught mathematics, history, English and Latin, with the primary focus being placed on Latin. In 1934, the School added French to the curriculum. Mr. McTernan and Mr. Cashman divided these courses into six levels, from the third grade to the eighth grade. Around 1930, the School joined the Educational Records Bureau which required McTernan to administer fall and spring testing in reading and spelling. This association placed further requirements on the subjects and content the School offered, but provided the students with the official records necessary for admission to many preparatory schools.

In general, we were left pretty much to our own devices. Radio was just coming in and I recall that Milton Burrall ’23 put together a homemade set that worked.

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The student body in 1926

These official tests aside, Mr. McTernan strove for his teaching style to be as close to tutoring as possible, and very seldom did he work with a group of more than fifteen students. During his tenure, the basics of the subject were explained in each course through lecture and discussion and were reinforced by memorization and repeated drill. The students were expected to reason out the more complex facets of study for themselves, which were reinforced by follow-up lectures and informal oral testing. Furthermore, Mr. McTernan made himself constantly available to talk on a “man to man� level to any boy who sought help.

Students and teachers enjoying a pleasant day outside of McTernan School in the 1930s

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Aside from the work done in class, students were assigned homework in each course every day, although this work was often completed during study periods at the end of the school day. This coursework consisted of writing exercises and essays, memorization of rules and literary material, and reading of each course’s text. Grading at the School went through several incarnations. From 1912 until around 1925, frequent oral drills and informal written exercises were designed and implemented to measure a boy’s proficiency. Mr. McTernan was always of the mind that grading was not an effective way to measure a student’s willingness to learn and that exams only caused unnecessary stress. However, understanding the benefit that more normal grading could offer in the ever growing school, Mr. McTernan saw to it that formalized testing, began to take on a greater role after 1925. Oral drills were curtailed in favor of supervised, written testing; changes that gave birth to the School’s honor system. As the student body steadily increased, it was decided that the School needed a larger physical plant and in 1916, with the financial assistance of Mr. R.F. Griggs and several other local businessmen, Mr. McTernan David L. Swaney’s 1970 portrait of Charles McTernan purchased land on Columbia Boulevard and erected what would become the west wing of the School’s main building. This three-floor structure contained a half-basement, a large classroom, a small classroom, Mr. Cashman’s classroom, Mr. McTernan’s office and the School’s gym. This building allowed the School to discontinue its use of various Saint Margaret’s facilities, which McTernan had been using over the preceding five years as its student body outgrew its physical plant. For instance, the boys ate their lunches in the Saint Margaret’s dining room and used the Saint Margaret’s tennis courts when they were available. Likewise, McTernan’s intramural baseball teams played on the diamond at Fulton Park, and any School social gatherings were held at Mr. and Mrs. McTernan’s Willow Street apartment.

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In the summer of 1917, Mr. McTernan and some of his students built a small house at the rear of the school building to house the faculty, with three of the five rooms in the new building being reserved for the McTernan family. In 1925, in order to accommodate requests from parents that the School take on boarding students, Mr. McTernan constructed student housing for up to six boarders. Finally, a project was undertaken in 1928 to unite these three disparate buildings into a single, more cohesive structure. It was this configuration that would see the School through the next three decades. In 1920, soon after the School’s move to Columbia Boulevard, a building was erected next to McTernan to house the Mattatuck School. This institution was set up by several wealthy Waterbury parents who wished to provide independent education for their daughters from kindergarten through fourth grade, and for their sons from kindergarten through second or third grade before they entered McTernan.

Sam Williams ’27 Mr. Cashman told ghost stories! He always had a flask-type bottle, which he said was iced coffee! It was always great fun. “Marks,” each one representing a minute of extra study hall after school closed at 3:00 pm, were issued for rules violations. The system was somewhat flawed, as a master had to preside and sometimes cut the penalty short if pressed for time.

The building was designed by Mr. Cass Gilbert, who also designed the Waterbury City Hall building and the United States Supreme Court building. Rectangular in shape with white clapboards and a cupola topped by a “golden” rooster, the Mattatuck School contained a main floor and a basement. The main floor housed four multi-purpose classrooms, one of which was used as an assembly room for opening exercises, and an office; the basement held only the kindergarten. The “Little School” with McTernan Sc hool at left

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Warren L. Hall ’29 Our three teachers were Mr. Mac, Mr. Cashman and Mrs. Titterington, who took 100 points off if we failed to use a comma with an introductory adverb clause! Mr. Cashman used to take us on a hike and cookout. There was a rumor that he imbibed in liquor, but that was never proven. I have been a salesman all my life, and must have started at McTernan because, with Mr. Mac’s permission, I ordered a gross of pencils with the school name imprinted (it broke my heart when they were imprinted McTerMan), and pads and sold them to the students.

During this period, some 40 to 50 students attended the Mattatuck School and they received instruction from four full-time teachers. In addition, several part-time teachers held classes in art, music, conversational French, and cooking once or twice a week. In 1929, Mattatuck School disbanded due to financial constraints, but the following year the building was bought by Saint Margaret’s to house its primary grades. Continuing the close relationship between McTernan School and Saint Margaret’s, young boys were encouraged to enroll at the “Little School” for their primary education before matriculating at McTernan. During its ownership, Saint Margaret’s improved the property by adding third grade classrooms and expanding the basement to provide gymnasium facilities.

The daily schedule at McTernan gradually evolved over the years. Initially, the school day ran from nine in the morning to five-thirty in the afternoon. Classes were always completed by one o’clock, lasting from 40 to 60 minutes apiece. At one o’clock, the boys were excused for an hour-long lunch break. Returning at two o’clock, they spent the remainder of the afternoon completing their homework assignments and participating in sports. This schedule remained in place until 1934, when the day ran from eight-thirty to five o’clock. The dismissal time, however, was flexible and was dependent upon each boy’s grades; the best students could leave at four-thirty, the average students could leave at quarterto-five, and the less accomplished students remained until five o’clock to ensure they obtained all the help they needed from the r, ache e t and teachers. ate radu 6 g n a 2 Tern an ’

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Shown right: The results of Louis Laun’s 1931 Standard Achievement Test

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By 1935, the number of students at McTernan had increased to nearly 50 and grew steadily for the next five years until it reached 60 in 1940. Mr. McTernan had mandated that 60 would be the maximum number of pupils allowed at the School. Any more, he thought, would not allow for the individual attention that was so important to the fundamental principles of the School. For nearly ten years the student body was maintained at this level until an increase in the size of the campus allowed Mr. Hotchkiss to enroll a greater number of students.

Louis Laun ’34 After being told by one of his public school teachers that the city of St. Louis was in Montana, and being disciplined for correcting this error, Louis Laun told his father, who in turn told his employer, Charles McTernan. Mr. McTernan responded by saying, “You’ve got to get that boy out of there.” The tuition at McTernan School being too much for the Laun family, Mr. McTernan struck a deal: if Louis’ father would work for him at his summer camp, Louis could attend McTernan School free of charge.

This growth in the size of the student body allowed the McTernan offerings to expand as well. Until 1920 there were simply too few boys to participate in organized sports; in the interest of physical fitness, however, a daily one- to two-hour play period was commonplace, and the boys would organize informal games of baseball, football and mumblety-peg, among others. At some point after 1920, Mr. Cashman, who had been a long distance runner at Wesleyan University, instituted a cross-country running team and a hiking program.

In addition, Mr. Cashman developed a fledgling basketball program, and the School began to host teams from local schools for games at the McTernan gymnasium, which at that time was located on the School’s top floor in a small room with low ceilings. McTernan was almost always successful in these matches, a feat that some attribute to the fact that no other team was used to such a remarkably cramped gymnasium. ed

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By 1931, football was in full vogue at the School under the coaching of Mr. Cashman, and for the first time the McTernan teams began to wear formal uniforms instead of the hodgepodge of athletic wear that each boy brought from home. During this period, the full-time faculty invariably volunteered to coach the teams. Though the School grew in size, Mr. McTernan was concerned about the financial solvency of the institution, especially in the context of the Great Depression. In 1938, to ensure the School’s stability, Mr. McTernan sold McTernan School to a Board of Incorporators. These Incorporators were composed of prominent citizens from the Greater Waterbury area who came to the aid of the School at Mr. McTernan’s request. The Board proceeded to restructure the School’s government, pursuant to the Corporate Statutes of the State of Connecticut as they applied to non-profit institutions. Subsequently, the McTernan Charter was written and filed in Hartford with the Secretary of State on April 19, 1938. The Charter established the Board of Trustees, a seven-member panel vested with executive power. Although the Board was primarily concerned with fiscal matters, its membership was divided into committees dealing with such subjects as education, hospitality, and buildings and grounds.

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John Makepeace ’34 We loved to get Mr. Cash talking about his previous night’s chess game, as he was one of the best in the city. We were often successful in getting him to completely bypass the Latin lesson.


Charles L. Larkin, Jr. ’36 Most of us would remember the whistle that blew and bells that rang all over town followed by two minutes of silence. That’s a long time when you are young. Heads bowed, it was suggested. Thomas Edison had died. It was the first time I ever thought of death. Didn’t life just go on forever?

The original Incorporators of McTernan School were: Alexander Bryan, Chauncey P. Goss III, Robert F. Griggs, Jr., Frederic R. Kellogg, Chase Kimball, Charles C. McTernan and John W. McTernan. This group would soon be joined by other dedicated members of the McTernan and greater Waterbury communities, including Ernest A. Anderson, Jr., Charles G. Arnold, Lewis A. Dibble, Jr., George A. Goss, Jr., Mrs. Richard W. Goss, Donald W. Henry, Joseph L. Hetzel, M.D., Edward R. Jones, Charles T. Kellogg, Mrs. Frederic R. Kellogg, William J. Larkin II, Mrs. Charles L. Larkin, Jr., Heminway Merriman, Mrs. Geddes Parsons, John K. Pratt, Charles E. Spencer III, Mark L. Sperry II, John O. White and Edward S. Wotkyns. The collective vision for McTernan School was expressed in the School’s Statement of Purpose, which the original seven Incorporators drafted in 1938: McTernan School believes that the child is the center of the educational process. Consequently, the School strives to offer each a sound, well grounded educational experience which leads to the attainment of competence in basic learning skills, to the preparation for his future education and toward the realization of his intellectual, creative, social and physical potential in life. These goals can best be reached in an atmosphere which promotes self-discipline, close student-teacher relationships, guided independent study and a healthy attitude toward people and group activities.

Although academics and athletics took up the majority of the students’ time during the early to d e p o l e v e d mid-1940s as the United States was deeply was the er Mirror" of earli n a n n o r i e s T r c e entrenched in World War Two, the McTernan The "M ized v e formal ncluding as a mor ublications, i boys began publishing short, informal p McTernan ines" h S y magazines, which they sold to raise money to "Monke support the war effort. The first, labeled only “McTernan School” and published in November of 1943 featured several short stories and cartoons by McTernan students.

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Another magazine, this one entitled “Monkey Shines” and published on March 3, 1945, included this touching introduction by Judson Wells ’48: Dear Friends: We are only publishing one magazine this year, and it can’t have many pages because of the paper shortage. We hope you will think it is worth the 25¢ we are charging…We are proud to help the War Fund Drive and all we make on the magazine will go for that purpose. Between contributions and what we make on this project, we hope to raise 100 dollars… If you have any one in the Service who knows McTernan School, will you pass your copy on to him? Maybe it will make him laugh, and maybe it will let him know we are behind him and doing what we can to bring him safely back. Your friend, Judson Wells

The name “Monkey Shines” was derived from McTernan’s famed “Monkeyville,” which was established in early 1945 by Tom Chase ’46, Bryan Hitchcock ’47, Stuart Judd ’47, Win Northrop ’46, Hi Upson ’46 and Cliff Wells ’46. Eager to find a place to play out of the sight of the faculty, the boys located what has been described as a “snarl of undergrowth down by the southwest corner of campus.” Envisioning their own little city, the group brought in gardening tools to clear the scrub and create narrow trails amidst the underbrush. Comparing the spot’s dense thicket to the jungle-like environments that monkeys inhabit, the boys named it “Monkeyville,” a tradition that would continue at McTernan for the next 27 years. As the War ended in 1945, so too did Mr. McTernan’s tenure at the School. From its founding in 1912, Mr. McTernan saw his school’s initial handful of boys grow to a student body of 60; McTernan School had developed into an invaluable part of the Greater Waterbury community. Upon his retirement, Mr. McTernan was able to hand a thriving school, complete with an exceptional academic philosophy, to Mr. Hotchkiss who would lead the School through the post-War era.

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Leavenworth Sperry ’36 Once in a while, we would walk to a wooded area in the northern part of town for a picnic lunch where we cooked hot dogs, hamburgers and marshmallows over an open fire. All in all, I have very fond recollections of the time I spent at McTernan School


Under his tenure, Mr. Hotchkiss would strengthen and formalize many of McTernan’s traditions.


Berkeley William Hotchkiss ’18 Biography

On July 9, 1905, a son was born to William B. and Harriet (nĂŠe Fogg) Hotchkiss in Waterbury, Connecticut. Berkeley grew up in the city as a member of the prosperous Hotchkiss family of hardware fame. Enrolled by his parents in McTernan School, Berkeley quickly progressed under the tutelage of Charles McTernan. Although excelling in all of his courses, he showed particular aptitude for Latin and grammar. This passion for languages would be maintained and indulged by Berkeley throughout his life. Once his term at McTernan drew to a close, Berkeley enrolled at Choate Preparatory School in 1918. While at Choate, he achieved the same academic distinction that characterized his career at McTernan. Upon his graduation from Choate in 1922, he matriculated to Williams College, from which he graduated in 1927. His graduate studies took him to Columbia University and Middlebury College, from which he received his Masters Degree in Romance Languages in 1933. THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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Following his graduation from Middlebury, Mr. Hotchkiss returned to Waterbury to assume a position at the family business, Hotchkiss Hardware, on Bank Street. That year, however, Merchant’s Bank, in which the business kept its money, failed and Mr. Hotchkiss was forced to close the store. Eager to find employment, he immediately took a teaching position at Cheshire Academy where he taught from 1934 to 1937. He then spent three years at the Romford School in Washington, Connecticut, followed by a similar period of time teaching at Harvey School in Hawthorne, New York. It was there that he became acquainted with a fellow teacher, Mr. Winston Ranft. It was likewise during this period that he Mr. Hotchkiss with the 1951 football team married Ms. Helen Bradshaw, whom he had met during his time at Middlebury College. The Hotchkisses had seven children: Charles (McT ’51), Berkeley (McT ’56), Stephen (McT ’61), Peter, Ann, Sarah and Judith. Mr. Hotchkiss also had two sisters, both of whom attended Saint Margaret’s School: Kathryn Hotchkiss Fenn (SMS ’26) and Sylvia Hotchkiss Strong (SMS ’28). While at Harvey, Mr. Hotchkiss was contacted by his former instructor, Charles McTernan, who offered him a teaching post at McTernan School for the 1945-1946 school year. Gladly taking Mr. McTernan up on his offer, Mr. Hotchkiss moved back to Waterbury and began teaching English grammar and French at McTernan. In 1946, Mr. Hotchkiss formally accepted the headmaster position from the Board of Trustees upon the retirement of Mr. McTernan. From 1946 until 1952, the Hotchkiss family resided in the Headmaster’s Wing of McTernan School until they moved to their own home in Woodbury in 1953.

Frances Brown Townley’s portrait of Berkeley Hotchkiss, presented to McTernan School by Mr. Hotchkiss’ sisters, Kathryn Hotchkiss Fenn (SMS ’26) and Sylvia Hotchkiss Strong (SMS ’28) on November 5, 1964


Construction on the foundation of the new gymnasium

While serving as Headmaster, Mr. Hotchkiss also took on the roles of President of the Mattatuck Association, member of the Alliance Française and vestryman of the Episcopal Church. Throughout this time, he and Mr. Winston Ranft continued their enduring friendship, and in 1952 Mr. Hotchkiss brought Mr. Ranft on as the assistant headmaster. On May 1, 1960 Mr. Hotchkiss passed away at his home in Woodbury after a brief illness. He was 54 years of age. After a solemn funeral at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodbury, Berkeley Hotchkiss was laid to rest in Waterbury’s Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Hotchkiss was honored by the McTernan community with the dedication of Hotchkiss Hall in June of 1962.

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Berkeley William Hotchkiss ’18 Tenure, 1946 to 1960

After Mr. McTernan retired in 1945 after over 30 years, Mr. Hotchkiss became headmaster. Under his tenure, Mr. Hotchkiss would strengthen and formalize many of McTernan’s traditions. He inherited the School at a very important time in its history; the class sizes and the physical structures of the School were increasing, and McTernan School became more formally involved with other private schools. To ensure that the School flourished in the post-War period, Mr. Hotchkiss began to conduct more official interviews with prospective students. Beginning in 1946, all students wishing to enter McTernan, as well at their parents, would meet with Mr. Hotchkiss for about an hour in the School’s Pine Room. At these meetings, Mr. Hotchkiss sought to gauge an applicant’s desire to work and his ability to effectively express himself. This process would continue as the main admissions procedure until sometime in the 1950s when admissions testing was instituted, although this testing was not used as admissions criteria but as a means of assessing in what level classes the boy would be placed. In addition to his role as headmaster, Mr. Hotchkiss continued to teach alongside Mr. Cashman. However, as the enrollment grew, Mr. Hotchkiss brought in his old friend, Mr. Winston Ranft, to teach all the School’s math classes. In coming to McTernan, Mr. Ranft was accompanied by his wife, Christine, who began developing the School’s drama and singing programs. Mr. Ranft would later take on the role of assistant headmaster, charged with discipline, scheduling and plant maintenance.

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Along with Mr. Ranft, Mr. Wygan and Mr. Spencer were hired to teach history, with Mr. Wygan also teaching geography. In subsequent years, the ranks of the McTernan faculty swelled even more. There were, among others, Mr. Thomas Tooker who introduced wrestling to the School; Mr. Harold W. (Sam) Morse who instituted more formal student publications; Miss Marjorie Reynolds who was the first remedial reading teacher; Mr. Dominic Petro, the School’s first art teacher; and Mr. Stephen Bradley, the first dedicated science teacher.

Parents’ Day with Anthony Carpentieri ’60, Raymond O’Neil ’61, Raymond Cruess ’61, parent Mr. Edwin A. Diemand, Robert Meyers ’60, Bruce Engleman ’60


McTernan School at left with the “Little School” at right

As the faculty grew, Mr. Hotchkiss instituted the first faculty meetings in the early 1950s. These informal proceedings were always held in the Pine Room and were presided over by the headmaster. Mr. Hotchkiss also began to increase faculty salaries and developed a longterm loan program which made funds more readily available to the faculty, especially those seeking to continue their education.

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Hiram Upson ’46 From the start, it was obvious that McTernan’s went beyond merely educating boys within a system of do’s and don’ts. The curriculum was quite rigorous and homework was the norm. We all felt that our feet were being put to the fire every day. Not too much could be left to chance. The confined nature of the small classrooms, each crammed with those tiny wooden desks, spurred our efforts to “come prepared” and not to botch a recitation in front of everybody. Doing so meant being banished to Siberia, the end chair in the back row. All was not bookwork, however. Our nation was in the grip of World War II for a good part of our time at McTernan’s. On many an afternoon the school’s normal activities were put aside to allow us to help in the numerous nationwide programs being run on the home front. One such job was the periodic house-to-house canvassing for scrap metal, aluminum, rubber and old newsprint in the Columbia Boulevard neighborhood. We stacked it all in piles for curbside collection by the city recycling agencies. We also authored pamphlets, with text and cartoon drawings, deploring wasteful consumption of such items as gasoline and sugar, then under strict rationing. We mimeographed and bound these crude creations and sold them for 10 cents a copy throughout the area. The proceeds went to the war effort. These projects were good fun and lifted our spirits.

With increased enrollment and additional teachers, Mr. Hotchkiss felt it necessary to create a more formalized teaching system and more rigid educational requirements. All material for a year’s course was presented to students through class lectures accompanied by note taking. Memorization and testing were also employed to a greater degree than they had been during Mr. McTernan’s tenure. Finally, great emphasis was placed on competition at the School, with rankings and prizes being substantial motivators for students both in the classroom and on the sports field. This competitive focus was embodied in the new MohawkPequot rivalry. At the start of each school year the student body was arbitrarily divided into two teams – the Mohawks and the Pequots – who competed against each other during the year in both academics and athletics. A boy could gain or lose standing among his peers by the number of points he added or subtracted from the team’s score. Traditionally, those boys with brothers at McTernan would be placed into the same team as their older siblings. In June of 1948, the School held its first formal graduation exercises; parents were invited to the School, and Mr. McTernan began his tradition of coming up from his home in Old Saybrook to present the diplomas. Until that point, all graduating students simply received a handshake and a “goodbye” from the headmaster. It was also at this point that McTernan School began awarding book prizes to its best mathematics, English, French, Latin and history students in the eighth grade. In subsequent years, prizes were added for geography and for achievement in each grade. In 1956, Mrs. Christine Ranft established the Robert Adams Cup for Excellence in Public Speaking, and the following year Mr. John Wade established the Minnie Rogers Steele Art Prize. In 1958, Mrs. Duncan Brent and Mrs. E. K. English created the Thomas Sabin Chase Prize for Creative Writing in memory of their deceased nephew, a McTernan alumnus. The Alliance Française of Waterbury began distributing a book prize for excellence in spoken French in 1959. THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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As the student body grew under the tenure of Mr. Hotchkiss, so, too, did the School itself. One of the most notable architectural features was the new gymnasium. In 1955, after a successful capital funds drive chaired by Mr. John White, a prominent Waterbury architect named Mr. Alexander Nichols was commissioned to design the new building. The contractor, Megin Construction Company, immediately began construction on what would be one of the first structures on the East Coast of the United States to use pre-stressed beams. The building was completed in time for the 1955-1956 winter sports season, providing McTernan students a new facility in which to play basketball and hone their art and public speaking skills. The building was also equipped with a stage platform, part of which was portable, and a small locker room. In the December 14, 1955 “McTernan Mirror,” the completion of the new gymnasium was discussed in an article headed “The Miracle.” The article begins, “A new era in the history of McTernan School is at hand. Although the details of this era are difficult to predict, no one doubts that the future holds many brilliant possibilities. The basis for such glowing statements is, of course, our new gymnasiumauditorium – approximately 7,000 The Ma y 3, 1 square feet of solid gold utility!” 955 gr pictur oundbr ed are ea

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Bill Fitzgerald ’50 The McTernans were terrific people and were lifelong friends of my family. Mr. Mac had retired by the time I applied to the school, and he kindly advised the Board that I had been enrolled “at birth.” In later years I found myself on the McTernan Board negotiating a merger of the school with my good friend, Chuck Kellogg ’45, then President of Saint Margaret’s Board of Trustees. We managed a smooth merger…

In addition to improving the appearance of the campus, Mr. Hotchkiss, in the early to mid-1950s, also worked to improve the appearance of the boys by instituting the School’s first uniform. Prior to that point, all boys were expected to be dressed neatly, but there were otherwise no formal sartorial regulations. The new uniform consisted of a forest green corduroy jacket, dark or tan chino trousers and the choice of a shirt and tie. The jackets were also to be fitted with the School crest, which was designed by Mr. Hotchkiss. The crest was green, the School color, and contained the phrase Macte Virtute, Latin for, “Go Forth With Courage.” Since Mr. Hotchkiss was a tremendous sports enthusiast, he massively transformed and improved McTernan’s athletic program. He began a comprehensive and compulsory program in which every boy participated in team sports on either the flyweight, midget or varsity levels. Football was offered in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball and intramural tennis in the spring. Hockey games were informally held at Fulton Park in Waterbury and Fenn’s Pond in Middlebury during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Study period with Robert Blank ’59, Richard Vila ’60 and Jeffrey Witherwax ’58


The student body with teachers in 1955

In the early 1950s McTernan joined the Connecticut Independent Schools Athletic League (CISAL) which Mr. Hotchkiss was instrumental in organizing. This association provided athletic competition with other private schools on a regular basis and within a formal framework. In 1956, Mr. Tooker re-introduced wrestling as an alternative winter sport, and, around that same period, Mr. Kenneth Shailer began teaching fencing on Saturdays. McTernan’s fencers competed regularly with various schools, including Hopkins, until the team was disbanded at the end the 1950s due to flagging interest.

Porter Goss ’51 The outstanding influence on my academic life was Mr. George Cashman, who made Latin fun and taught it brilliantly. I recall he always wore a “serious” suit, with a sweater vest in the winter, and drove an impressive LaSalle automobile

Shown left: Robert Fenn's 1956 McTernan diploma, signed by his uncle, Berkeley Hotchkiss, and Edward R. Jones, the chairman of the Board of Trustees

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George Largay ’58

To supplement athletics, the School began other extracurricular activities, including singing, which was introduced by Mrs. Jeanette Brown in 1953. In these classes, which were held once per week during study halls, Mrs. Brown taught the students to sing various hymns and patriotic songs. Musical accompaniment was provided by Mr. Hotchkiss’ aunt, Mrs. Hazel Webster, who played the piano. Soon Mrs. Ranft assumed Mrs. Brown’s duties, introducing a greater repertoire of songs; this class ended in 1956 before being re-instated at some point after 1960. Singing continued in the subsequent years, however, under the auspices of the Carolers, a concert singing group formed by Mrs. Ranft that was composed of the School’s best voices. The Carolers performed at various local and School functions, with the members distinguished by their signature red ties.

Students played three sports, usually against much larger schools, and with unusual success. Teachers doubled as multi-season coaches. Mrs. Ranft was an extremely capable actress, singer and artistic director, and she matched her husband’s spirit. During mandatory weekly singing groups, she would quietly stand beside a student and make an invariably correct, ten-second assessment of his vocal talents. I believe most graduates developed an inner sense of competence and capacity that has persisted throughout our lives. In 50 years no one has challenged Mrs. Ranft’s assessment of my singing abilities.

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Drama, which had played a small part during Mr. McTernan’s tenure, became more organized. Beginning in 1952, Mrs. Ranft produced an annual Christmas play. These plays began as humble productions but grew in size and sophistication in subsequent years. Mrs. Ranft wrote and directed adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Hark the Angels, The Song of Silver Trumpet, Take Time for Angels and A Christmas Comes to Turner’s Alley. The audiences for these Christmas plays grew rapidly and the forum changed from the original gym to the larger St. John’s Episcopal Church before returning to the new gym upon its completion.

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Reading and writing outside of normal schoolwork were Berkeley Hotchkiss, Jr. ’56 formally encouraged starting in November 1955. A group of Probably the saddest thing I can recall is the flag at half-mast because Mr. students under the direction of Mr. Morse began a Cashman had died. publication entitled, “An Invitation to Read.” This spawned great interest in establishing a regular school newspaper at McTernan. On December 14, 1955 the “McTernan Mirror,” which had been published at least once in the 1940s, was revived; Neal Sklaver ’56 served as the editor-and-chief and Mr. Morse was the faculty advisor. The first new issue contained ten mimeographed pages of School news and sports. The “McTernan Mirror” was published annually until 1958, when fall and spring editions began to be produced. From le Additionally, a literary supplement ft to r ight, K (SMS ’2 athryn 6), Ann to the “Mirror” was occasionally Hotchki Hotchki Berkele ss Fenn ss, Rob y Hotch k Fenn ’5 iss, Jr Hazel W published. 6, . ’ eb ster an 56, Rob the 195 d Ellen ert C. 6 McTer Fenn, H o tchkiss nan gra exercis Fenn at duation es.

The 1957 production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Christine Ranft


Chris Ranft ’59 We were the last graduating class of Berk Hotchkiss. He passed away during our freshman year in prep school. My Dad became headmaster in 1960. My fondest memories are of the Christmas plays. When I was a student at McTernan, I found being in front of an audience extremely difficult, to the point where I usually tried to be on the stage crew.

On the front page of the March 16, 1956 issue, editor-inchief David Brooks ’56 introduced the topics covered in that edition: Hello! once again, Readers. This is the spring issue of the McTernan Mirror. As always we are trying to present before you the best of our abilities. In this issue there are articles concerning the Curriculum, Art, the School News, and other interesting subjects. We also have a special topic on the Student Council. Now, since I’m sure that you don’t want to hear me talk all night, let’s turn the page and get on with the show.

Just as the dress code, teaching methods and athletics were formalized under Mr. Hotchkiss, so were the major annual events. At the request of Mr. Hotchkiss, Mrs. Ranft developed a series of athletic award ceremonies. In 1952, the very first “Football Banquet” was held in December to award prizes from that football season; in the late 1950s soccer awards began to be distributed as well, and the “Football Banquet” became “Fall Sports Night”. These events were held in the dining hall and were attended by the boys and their fathers. After a sumptuous meal, the athletic awards were distributed while the boys presented skits and songs, including “Buckle Down McTernan” and “McTernan Will Shine Tonight.” Among the songs performed were 15 to 20 college fight songs that the boys had learned, and parents who had attended a certain college would stand and sing when their alma mater’s song was sung.

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McTernan’s 6-man football squad on the McTernan field

The December 1952 “McTernan Mirror” discussed the very first “Football Banquet,” held on December 9th of that year. It was reported that “Forty-one fathers attended and were served a buffet supper. The catering was done by Mr. Eykelhoff.” In the December 14, 1955 “McTernan Mirror,” Wesley Hennion ’56 dedicated more than half a page to his description of that year’s “Football Banquet.” In way of food one could have cold sliced roast beef and ham, salads, rice, rolls, creamed chicken and cream puffs. In the beverage department there was coffee for the adults and cocoa for the boys…After our little feast, twelve McTernan boys performed in a skit which portrayed a Fairfield-McTernan football game. Six of our largest boys played the part of the Fairfield team while six third and fourth graders made up McTernan’s team. As might be expected, McTernan made Fairfield look sick, with the final score at 12 – 0… For a perfect ending to our get-together we were treated to a Dr. Samuel Blank cinema showing excerpts from Flyweight football contests and a Mr. Hotchkiss treat of slides showing scenes from football games, gymnasium construction and dramatic presentations.

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In addition to these fall athletic ceremonies, there was also a Pre-Spring Get-Together held in early March, at which parents were entertained in the gymnasium by their sons, who competed on their Mohawk-Pequot teams in fencing, art, singing and foreign languages. Finally, Field Day was held near the end of May. On this day, fathers of sons in grades six through eight formed a baseball team and played against their sons. Meanwhile, the mothers of sons in grades three through five formed a softball team and played against their sons. During Mr. Hotchkiss’s tenure, the School also held its first book sale, Thanksgiving Tea, St. Patrick’s Day Tea and Spring Dance. Mr. Hotchkiss died suddenly in 1960 after a short illness, leaving Winston Ranft to fill the position of headmaster. During his tenure, Mr. Hotchkiss transformed McTernan School into a more formal and established educational institution, he provided greater structure to the School’s academics and athletics, expanded McTernan’s connections to other independent schools, and oversaw substantial development to the School’s physical plant. Indeed, by the end of his tenure, 85 students were enrolled at McTernan School, all the while being regarded as both an extraordinary teacher and coach by his pupils.

Rick Sperry ’59 By far the biggest event at McTernan School was the building of the New Gym. Not only did this add immensely to the weekday life of the school, giving us a location for basketball, “phys-ed”, school plays, etc., but it was also a place where those of us who lived in town could go on weekends. We lived at the gym shooting “hoops” endlessly, or just hanging out. It was a great place and, to me, an architectural marvel with an amazing vaulted ceiling made of curved, laminated wooden beams.

Berkeley W. Hotchkiss, Sr. ’18

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By the end of Mr. Ranft’s time as headmaster, he had dramatically increased the size of the School’s physical plant through the purchase of the ‘Little School’ and the construction of Hotchkiss Hall.


Winston Arnold Ranft Biography

William and Lilah (nĂŠe Davis) Ranft of Dolgeville, New York welcomed a son, Winston, into the world on February 2, 1916. In 1921, Winston entered Dolgeville Free Academy for the duration of his grade school years. While there, he achieved prominence as an athlete, particularly on the football field and the baseball diamond. To fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming a dentist, Winston matriculated at Springfield College in 1934 to begin his pre-medical training, graduating in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Winston began his pre-medical training, graduating in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science degree. A lack of funds necessitated the interruption of his education for a short while, during which time he decided upon a new career direction. Enrolling in Boston University, Winston began studying remedial reading and spelling under Dr. Durrell. He continued his education at Columbia University, taking courses in mathematics, supervision, school administration and educational tests and measurements. Winston also completed courses in psychology and secondary school administration at Trinity College, as well as new math at Central Connecticut State College. THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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The McTernan student body with teachers in 1963

Mr. Ranft’s first position in education was as a teacher and coach at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. It was here that he developed a real passion for teaching and, by the time he relocated to Harvey School in Hawthorne, New York, he began to envision education as a permanent career. At Harvey School, Mr. Ranft taught mathematics, served as the Director of Athletics and began his enduring friendship with Berkeley Hotchkiss. When World War Two began, Mr. Ranft joined the United States Naval Reserve, serving from 1942 until 1945. In this capacity, he rose to the rank of lieutenant and was the officer in charge of water survival and recruit training with motor torpedo boat squadrons in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Mr. Ranft served on the faculty of Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, New York, for two years. In 1947, Mr. Ranft began a camp to tutor children displaced by the war and to provide them with a home for the summers. Named Holiday Hill, the camp was located on the edge of Lake Seymour on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Mr. Ranft and his wife successfully operated Holiday Hill until 1962.

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In 1948, he moved on to Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he was Director of Athletics and Chair of the Mathematics Department until 1952. In 1952, Mr. Ranft’s old friend, Berkeley Hotchkiss, invited him to join McTernan School as the School’s first assistant headmaster. He accepted the position and arrived in Waterbury with his family for the beginning of the 1952-1953 school year. The Ranfts took up residence on the first two floors of the Headmaster’s Wing of the School, which had just recently been vacated by the Hotchkiss’ due to their move to Woodbury. During his tenure at McTernan School, Mr. Ranft dedicated himself to raising his two children, Christopher (McT ’59) and Brian (McT ’66), while working to serve both the School and the community. From 1961 to 1964, he was a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and was a member of the UNICO Scholarship Committee. He and his family were members of the Congregation of the First Church of Christ in Waterbury. His religious convictions had a pronounced effect on his life, inspiring him to reject both drinking and smoking. Mrs.

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Winston Arnold Ranft Tenure, 1960 to 1970

In the fall of 1960 Mr. Ranft began his first academic year as headmaster. He appointed Mr. Edmund Hare and later, Mr. Robert Hawley, to the position of assistant headmaster. Miss Reynolds was brought on as the School’s first secretary, and Miss Emelia Johnson was hired as the School’s first accountant. The School also benefited from the sustained presence of Mrs. Ranft, who continued to be instrumental in organizing the School’s theatrical and vocal performances, athletic award ceremonies, and public speaking classes. The final changes in McTernan’s admission policies occurred during Mr. Ranft’s tenure at the School. Interviews were moved from the Pine Room to the Headmaster’s Office and, more importantly, the School’s budget was increased in order to allow a greater number of scholarship funds to be distributed. In 1960, the School joined the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and used that organization’s official syllabi during the 1961-1962 school year in preparation for the NAIS final examinations in mathematics and languages. This arrangement was maintained for all of Mr. Ranft’s term as headmaster and was extended to the lower grades upon the purchase of the “Little School.” During this period, McTernan students always placed well above the national average in testing.

Shown left: The Hotchkiss Hall groundbreaking ceremonies in June, 1961. Left to right are Donald Henry, Gus Schoeck, Mrs. Berkeley Hotchkiss, Winston A. Ranft, and two representatives from the construction company.

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Dudley Grimes ’61 I would volunteer to sweep sidewalks before a home game, line the yard lines on the football field, and burn the trash out behind the gym – any task to get out of sitting in study hall!

In 1961, Saint Margaret’s discontinued the last of its operations on Columbia Boulevard and requested that McTernan School purchase the “Little School.” Eager to acquire the property, McTernan’s Board of Trustees launched a $100,000 campaign, earmarking $42,500 for the purchase of the “Little School” and $57,500 for necessary renovations to the building. A 1961 document that announced the launch of the Berkeley W. Hotchkiss Memorial Fund Drive outlined the “Facts Supporting The Purpose” including: “McTernan enjoys a top rating among the eastern preparatory schools in spite of an inferior plant. The proposed improvements will assist a dedicated faculty in maintaining and improving this reputation”; and “Additional students who meet the standard can be accepted. In each of the past few years, qualified students have been turned away for lack of space.” Under the chairmanship of Mr. Donald W. Henry, the fund drive was successful and the purchase of the “Little School” by McTernan was effectuated.

The 1966 wrestling team with Mr. MacNutt


To link McTernan’s gymnasium to the “Little School,” it was decided that a new building would be constructed and dedicated to the memory of Berkeley Hotchkiss. “Hotchkiss Hall” was designed by Mr. Louis Warner and constructed by Torrington Building Company, and was composed of four classrooms, an office and a lavatory. Built on the site of the “Little School” playground and completed in 1962, the new facility featured a memorial plaque and a portrait of Mr. Hotchkiss. It was this building that allowed McTernan to grow from 91 students to over 150 students.

Rett Sturman ’61 I also remember baseball cards and all the games we used to play - topsies and farsies and nearsies. Bobby Meyers ’60 was almost impossible to beat and always had the thickest deck of cards.

This expansion of facilities came on the heels of further curriculum changes that began in 1960. Mr. John Deady introduced an industrial arts course that was an outgrowth of the informal woodworking program sponsored by Mr. Dominic Petro. This ungraded class, which met once a week in the basement of the Headmaster’s Wing and later in the basement of the Administration Building, was mandatory for fifth and sixth grade students and voluntary for all other students. Furthermore, in an effort to fill the void left by Mr. Petro, a local artist named Mr. David Krieger was brought on in the early 1960s to reinstate the School’s art program. Mr. Krieger also served as the set designer for McTernan Christmas The 1961 school da nce held plays and created elaborate decorain the Mc Ternan gy mnasium tions for the themed Spring Dance, held every year in the gymnasium. In 1968, for instance, the theme was the Garden of Eden and Mr. Krieger constructed a large apple tree in the middle of the gymnasium which had a motorized snake that moved its head.

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Declamations day with Mr. Ranft and, from left to right, Richard Shea ’58, Stanley Sendzimir ’60 and Peter Sturman ’59

In 1964, a new major course in science was developed by Mr. Stephen Bradley and was taught in the largest room in the half-basement of the Lower School. Initially having only the most basic equipment available, Mr. Barry McNutt expanded the parameters of the course and outfitted the laboratory with more modern equipment in 1965. The following year, in the fall of 1966, Mr. Ranft instituted a major change to McTernan School by adding a ninth grade. This additional grade allowed those boys not yet ready to attend boarding school the option of remaining at McTernan.

Volume II, Number 1 edition of “The first folio” published in June, 1968

After 1960, Mr. Ranft created awards for top scholarship, citizenship and athletic ability; the three shields, on which the names of the winners of the three awards were recorded, were designed by Mr. Ranft. He also established the Headmaster’s Progress Award and Cup. These awards were given to students who were nominated by the faculty and approved by the headmaster.

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In an effort to expand learning beyond the classroom, in 1960 students in grades seven and eight began attending performances at the Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford, Connecticut. By 1963, the students were attending annual concerts at the State Theater, while the lower grades visited White Memorial Forest, Gustaffson Farm and the City Reservoir. In addition, Mr. Ranft sought to present several guest lectures each year to discuss various topics. In 1963, McTernan hosted illustrated talks on big game hunting in Africa by Mr. Sheldon Williams and on Russia by United States Representative John S. Monagan. In 1964, there were discussions regarding Vermont’s wildlife, why students should not litter, and how to properly care for pets.

The emphasis on national and international issues were also discussed in the School publications. The “McTernan Mirror” continued to publish School news and sports scores, but also started to include stories inspired by the national turmoil of the 1960s. In the May 1965 edition of the “McTernan Mirror,” sixth grade student Peter Bertolette ’67 wrote an editorial entitled “What I Think Will Happen in Vietnam” and the

Luncheon with Mr. Ranft; seated to his right is his son, Chris ’59

Hem Merriman ’62 What was the best way to hide your radio to listen to the World Series? You kept the radio inside your jacket pocket, ran the earphone down the jacket sleeve and into the palm of your hand and you would then study with your hand up by your ear.


Rob Minicucci ’67 Boys who attended McTernan School during the tenure of Christine Ranft recall with fondness and appreciation her efforts to include everyone in school performances. The whole school was the Glee Club. Early in the fall, someone would come around and ask everyone where their parents went to college. Then, based on the responses, we would start learning the college fight songs for the schools our parents attended. We had all the words printed out on mimeographed sheets, and we would practice every day. I still know all the words to all the songs.

October 1965 edition featured “What’s This Slop About Mops,” a discussion about the changing hair styles. “The student body at our school generally liked long hair, but the Faculty thinks differently…Maybe if Mr. Ranft had a ‘Beatle haircut,’ he would see how warm it keeps his scalp. So, maybe, someday, the public will all wear long haircuts.” The “McTernan Mirror” continued to thrive during this period and what was once an informal collection of writing that was produced and distributed in-house began to be professionally published and mailed to parents and alumni. This new design included a “Headmasters Column,” class notes, athletic scores, school news, and advertisements from area businesses, including Watertown’s Post Office Drug store, Harry Fitzgerald’s Ambulance Service, and Waterbury’s Minicucci’s Clothing Store. A receipt presented to Alfred Jabs & Son showed that the School charged $10 for a 3 inch x 5 inch advertisement. In addition to the “McTernan Mirror,” a short-lived experiment in yellow journalism called “The Squealer” was introduced in 1961 under the supervision of Mr. Robert Hawley; the second and final issue was published in 1962. Furthermore, a new literary journal called “The first folio” came onto the scene in 1967. Published each June, this professionally printed, 16-page magazine presented eight of that year’s most prized student stories. The 1968 edition featured “Where Eagles Dare” by Tad Redway ’68 who won the Thomas Sabin Chase Prize for his story, and “His Father’s Little Man” by Todd Pinter ’68 whose story earned a Thomas Sabin Chase Prize Honorable Mention.

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The 1965-1966 basketball team with Coaches Shaw and Hardman

Like the “McTernan Mirror,” the School’s Student Council gained a greater measure of formality during this period. In 1962, the Council, which was elected semi-annually, was assigned a faculty advisor and allowed to hold regular meetings on a monthly basis. These meetings were regulated through Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, and the members discussed ways and means to better the School for the students. Eventually, the Council was given the added responsibility of preparing a dining room seating list and a Community Service list, by which students were arbitrarily selected to perform manual tasks for the betterment of the entire McTernan community.

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Alexander L. Thomson ’70 The industrial arts program was brand new when I was in 5th grade in 1965. Not being wildly interested in sports, I found this new program was perfect for me. The skills that I learned from Mr. Deady, and later, Mr. Berry, have stayed with me ever since. I can’t help but think that their shop instruction, along with my farm involvement, led to a college degree in Ag Engineering and a very enjoyable 30 year career as an instructor of ag mechanics as well as an eighteen year stint as a program director at Nonnewaug High School. Now that I sat on the blackboard side of the teacher’s desk, I became much more appreciative of the challenges that Mr. Ranft and his staff faced everyday. I can’t think of any teacher or other staff member at McTernan that didn’t have students as their priority.


The 1956 baseball team with coach, Mr. Ranft

Regarding athletics, Mr. Ranft hired Mr. John Balke, who taught geography and was named the School’s first director of athletics. Mr. Balke was responsible for organizing and maintaining McTernan’s athletic program and facilities until the mid-1960s, when Dana Shaw assumed the role of athletic director. The campus also went through several physical changes during the Ranft tenure, mostly from 1961 through 1965. The dining Mr. Ranft, right, with faculty hall was renovated with pine paneling and modern furniture; Kellogg Field was resurfaced with new topsoil and a jagged rock ledge was converted into a softer, sloping hill; in 1964-1965 the fourth grade was moved to a new classroom that was erected in the memory of Mr. George Cashman, the beloved McTernan Latin teacher who passed away in 1952.

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Mr. Ranft also modified the School uniform that had been established by Mr. Hotchkiss. Instead of the green corduroy, which was decidedly unpopular with students and parents alike, a blue blazer with silver buttons was made standard. In addition, boys were required to wear dark or tan chinos for normal days and Cambridge gray trousers for formal occasions, a choice of shirt, and a McTernan tie and patch. With the acquisition of the “Little School” in 1961, a uniform was devised for the kindergarten through fourth grade girls; it was A gr o stud up of M composed of a navy blue blazer, white blouse, gray ents cT in 1 ernan “ 962 Litt flannel skirt, and navy blue ankle or knee-length socks. le S choo l” By the end of Mr. Ranft’s time as headmaster, he had dramatically increased the size of the School’s physical plant and student body through the purchase of the “Little School” and the construction of Hotchkiss Hall. He also continued the tradition of hiring skilled faculty who provided McTernan students with an extraordinary education. From 1956 to 1966, 12 McTernan graduates matriculated at Westminster, 16 at Hotchkiss, 19 at Canterbury, and 38 at Taft, with another 100 students heading off to other northeast prep schools like Andover, Choate, Deerfield, St. Paul’s, Salisbury and Wooster. Three McTernan boys leaving the locker room side of the gymnasium in 1960


Mr. Spencer confidently guided the School through its very successful merger with Saint Margaret’s School, all the while maintaining McTernan’s core values and traditions.


Clayton Blanchard Spencer Biography

Clayton B. Spencer was born in Hartford and attended Kingswood School before enrolling in Taft School, from which he graduated in 1956. That autumn, Clayton matriculated to Yale College, where he focused academically on the Humanities and played on the Yale soccer team. In 1960, he graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a lieutenant for two and a half years. The majority of his time in the Navy was spent serving in the Far East aboard an attack transport. Upon leaving the Navy, Mr. Spencer took a position at Hartford National Bank and Trust Company. In 1964, he left that post and returned to Taft to do admissions and development work. During his tenure at Taft, he taught history and earned his Master of Arts degree from Hartford’s Trinity College. In 1970, he left Taft in order to assume

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The 1972 six-man football team with Coach J. W. DuBois ’59

the headmaster position at McTernan School. Two years later, when McTernan School merged with Saint Margaret’s School, he was appointed the first headmaster of St. Margaret’s-McTernan School. Mr. Spencer believed that both individuals and institutions, including the School, should be actively involved in their community. He was especially involved in his church, serving on the vestry of Watertown’s Christ Church and as a member of the Advisory Council Episcopal Church Foundation. He also held directorships in the Waterbury Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Central Naugatuck Valley Mental Health Council, the Watertown Foundation and the Waterbury Visiting Nurses Association.

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Although highly involved in his community, Mr. Spencer spent much time with his family, as well. Mr. Spencer, or Chip, as he was affectionately known on campus, arrived at McTernan School with his wife, Letitia (née Butler), and their three children, Jennifer, Oliver and Jonathan. Mrs. Spencer, a graduate of Smith College, was highly devoted to McTernan School and assisted with many academic and extracurricular activities. Due to a deep desire to return to development and fund raising, Mr. Spencer submitted his resignation to the Board of Trustees in 1976, which took effect on June 30, 1977, allowing him to serve through the end of the academic year.

Mr. Spencer warming up with the 1973 Girls Varsity Soccer team

The 1977 Salmagundi was dedicated to Mr. Spencer. “Thank you for 5 years of virtuous guidance,” it reads, “and efforts governed by wisdom.”

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Clayton Blanchard Spencer Tenure, McTernan School 1970 to 1972 and St. Margaret’s-McTernan School 1972 to 1977

With the exception of Charles McTernan, no headmaster faced such a degree of uncertainty with regard to the future of the School as Clayton Spencer. The late 1960s and early 1970s proved an unsettling time for private schools - enrollment was falling and funds were declining as a result. Many schools were closing, merging or becoming coeducational. Despite this universal insecurity, Mr. Spencer confidently guided the School through its very successful merger with Saint Margaret’s School, all the while maintaining McTernan’s core values and traditions. Having graduated from Yale a mere ten years prior to accepting the position of headmaster, Mr. Spencer entered McTernan with a certain degree of youthful trepidation. Upon his arrival, however, he found tremendous support from the Board of Trustees, the faculty and the staff, all of whom he would later credit with his smooth transition. One of Mr. Spencer’s most memorable moments from his first year was the annual Christmas program. Normally a very polished and wellrehearsed affair, the preparation for the Christmas play often took up a great deal of class time in the weeks leading up to the performance. Hoping to curb these academic disruptions and to inspire creativity among the

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Marc Chabot ’71 Under the capable leadership of Winston A. Ranft and Christine A. Ranft, or W.A.R. and C.A.R. as I remember from the initials on our report cards, students were instilled with strong moral values and work ethics. Christine Ranft taught choral singing, public speaking and dramatics at McTernan. That she excelled at all three is an understatement. As the Beatles and Hair achieved cult status, hair began to creep over the collars and down the foreheads of McTernan students prompting a dictum from the headmaster that hair must be “above the collar and an inch above the eyebrow”. Longer hair was often swept behind the ear to escape detection, but this was not always successful, and a note sent home was sure to result in an unwanted snipping. I remember perhaps a year or so later, when we were called to assemble once more, and with shaking voice and tears in his eyes, Winston Ranft told us from the podium that Charlie McTernan had passed away. I remember us singing at his memorial service at the school, and the feeling of sadness that our founder had passed away, a sharpened awareness of history which stays with me to this day.

The 1959 Christmas performance

students, Mr. Spencer decided to allow the kids to write and direct their own play. Mr. Spencer humorously recalled the result: “Although well intended, the performance was a disaster. Santa ended up scuffling with his elves who were dressed as bandits, scenery fell, the singing was not great and the general message was chaotic. My phone rang many times the next few days!” The Christmas performance aside, Mr. Spencer’s first year was marked by much success. There were changes in the curriculum and improvements to the physical plant. In particular, there was substantial development in the Schools science curriculum, which began to replace “General Science” with more specific courses in “Basic Biology” for the seventh grade, “Basic Chemistry” in the eighth grade, and a full “Biology” course in the ninth grade. Each class had one lab each week in which, as the 1971-1972 parents’ handbook states, “students may execute their own experiments and projects.” Most importantly, however, halfway through Mr. Spencer’s first year he entered into discussions with Saint Margaret’s School regarding a possible merger with McTernan.

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Mr. Spencer described his second year as a “blur.” The merger plans with Saint Margaret’s were being finalized and every minute detail was being hashed out to ensure a smooth transition. A few months into his second year Mr. Spencer was selected as the headmaster of the new St. Margaret’sMcTernan School, compelling him to divide his time between the two campuses. This new role left Mr. Spencer with a substantial number of issues he needed to address: There was the conversion of the Saint Margaret’s buildings in order to accommodate the new co-educational Kindergarten-through-Grade 12, day-school structure; the reconciling of the academic models of the two schools; the reorganization of the faculty and staff; and of course, ensuring the financial security of the new School. That year the Board of Trustees launched a fund drive, chaired by George A. Goss, Jr. ’34, which raised $1,000,000 dollars for merger related construction.

The final graduating class of McTernan School in 1972

Nick Ryan ’71 Most of my memories of McTernan are of specific teachers, some of whom I recall fondly and others less so. Among those who made a positive impression are all my elementary teachers: Mrs. North, Mrs. Spaulding, Mrs. Laue, Mrs. Heydenreich, and Mrs. Delaney. They were exceptionally caring, and each of them helped make that an especially wonderful time in my life. I specifically remember listening to a transistor radio in Mrs. Laue’s class as John Glenn orbited the planet. We were all transfixed by the news reports emanating from the small radio on her desk.


As the 1972 school year drew to a close the merger was proceeding smoothly, and Mr. Spencer turned his attention to locating a speaker for the School’s 60th commencement and final graduation on Columbia Boulevard. In a letter dated March 15, 1972, Mr. Spencer writes to Charles McTernan’s son, Dr. John W. McTernan, “I can’t think of anything more appropriate than having the son of the founder of the school be our speaker that day.” Honored, Dr. McTernan sent a letter to Mr. Spencer five days later, accepting his offer. Poignantly, Mr. Spencer soon received a note from Charles McTernan’s widowed wife, Clara, “Thank you for asking Jack to be the speaker at the graduation exercises” she writes, “I am so pleased and I know that Mr. McTernan would be.” Dr. McTernan, who was soon to retire from his teaching post at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, spoke about the history and future of McTernan School from his perspective as a McTernan student, a McTernan teacher, and as the son of the School’s founder. In a letter of thanks to Dr. McTernan, Mr. Spencer wrote, “I received nothing but enthusiastic comments about it from parents and guests who were there.” He continued, “We all feel very strongly that the spirit and tradition engendered by your father will continue to be important and to thrive even though the location and name will be changed.” Mr. Spencer’s words were prescient; that fall not only did McTernan shift its traditions and ideals to the new School, there was also a substantial transfer of people. Of the 20 faculty members at McTernan School in 1972, 14 of them moved their professions - along with their knowledge, talents and values - to the new Chase Parkway campus. Likewise, a great many students relocated from Columbia Boulevard to Chase Parkway to continue their education.

Shown left: Mr. Spencer speaking on the phone in his office.

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Clayton B. Spencer, Headmaster (1970-1972) Fortunately, there was a supportive Board of Trustees and a wonderful faculty and staff, many of whom had been there for some time and were very helpful. There were superb veteran teachers like Marianna Laue, Estelle Heydenreich, Diane Morris and Betty Clark. There was also new young blood like Rocky Carroll, Bob Hughes, Sonja Glassman and others. The real joy of the headmaster’s job for me at McTernan was the interaction with the students and parents. The students were eager, engaged and full of energy and enthusiasm. The parents were supportive and happy to volunteer their time and talent. Many really good things happened in that unconventional complex of aging buildings on Columbia Boulevard.


Milestone Merger of McTernan School with Saint Margaret’s School

By the 1970s, many independent schools were experiencing a dramatic decrease in enrollment and a resulting decline in funds. This situation led some schools to shut their doors forever, some to become co-educational, and some to seek renewed life through an association with another school: The Loomis Institute for boys and The Chaffee School for girls merged in 1970 to become The Loomis Chaffee School; Taft School began admitting girls in 1971; Choate School for boys and Rosemary Hall for girls merged in 1971 to form Choate Rosemary Hall. It was within this context that both McTernan School and Saint Margaret’s sought preparations to ensure the survival of their institutions. In the early 1970s, news circulated about a proposed affiliation between Saint Margaret’s School and St. Mark’s School of Southborough, Massachusetts. This affiliation would have seen Saint Margaret’s moved from Waterbury to the St. Mark’s campus. Negotiations between the two schools reached such a point that the State of Connecticut was actively vying to acquire the Saint Margaret’s campus; the State had recently purchased 90 acres across Interstate 84, which they intended to use as the location for a regional community college and continuing education center. From the beginning there were members of the Board of Trustees of Saint Margaret’s who were not in favor of abandoning the Waterbury site.

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Two McTernan boys drawing on Columbia Boulevard in the early 1970s

At the same time, even though more facilities had been built, McTernan School needed more space for its growing student body and faculty. McTernan had developed a fine reputation as a “feeder school” for the best boys’ preparatory schools, including Taft, Choate, Hotchkiss, Westminster and Canterbury. Besides the headmaster, there were 20 faculty members. By this time the student body was co-educational from kindergarten through fifth grade, and all boys in the sixth through ninth grades. There were 196 students at the School. A number of these students had sisters at Saint Margaret’s or had Saint Margaret’s alumnae connections. The prospect of merging with Saint Margaret’s School and moving to its 46-acre campus on Chase Parkway was timely and welcome. The Trustees of Saint Margaret’s

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then appointed a committee to consider whether the 107-year-old girls school should remain as it is or seek affiliation with McTernan School. The committee, working with a corresponding group appointed by the Board of Trustees of McTernan School, arrived at a three-year financial projection for a co-educational country day school, kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Joint Study Committee and the Trustees of both schools voted in principle to a merger between McTernan School and Saint Margaret’s School to take place by the opening of the 1972-1973 Three Saint Margaret's girls in the late 1960s school year. The announcement of the merger generated warm enthusiasm from many alumnae, faculty of both schools, and area parents and friends. The first meeting of the Trustees of St. Margaret’s School and McTernan School was held on December 14, 1971. At that meeting each Board approved a plan for consolidation of the two schools including selection of the Trustees, officers, and headmaster. Mr. Clayton B. Spencer was appointed headmaster-elect of St. Margaret’sMcTernan School, effective July 1, 1972. On Wednesday, September 13, 1972 the newly-merged St. Margaret’s-McTernan School opened its doors for the first time. Listed below is the first group of officers, who served from 1972 to 1976: Officers: Mr. Allen Sperry, President Mr. Charles T. Kellogg ’45, Vice President and Treasurer Mr. William F. Fitzgerald, Jr. ’50, Vice-President Mrs. Ann H. Lilley, Secretary Also serving as trustees during this period were McTernan alumni Frederic R. Kellogg ’19 and Reginald H. Post ’45.

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A Report from the Board of Trustees and the School Name Committee

November 17, 2003 through March 1, 2005


Milestone School Name Change

When the merger of McTernan School and Saint Margaret’s School for Girls was announced in 1972, the School’s name, St. Margaret’sMcTernan, was meant to commemorate the equal union of two distinguished institutions. As the combined School grew, however, the name proved to be a source of confusion. Research confirmed that the name did not properly describe a unified, coeducational, nonreligious college preparatory school. In 2003, the search for a new name began. In recommending possible names, the Board of Trustees and School Name Committee had hoped to honor the School’s history. St. Margaret’s-McTernan School was fortunate to have had families without whose continuingsupport the School would not have had a present, much less a future. Many of those names, however distinguished, were not a good fit. By January 7, 2004, the School Name Committee had narrowed the list of possible names to 13, among them: Camp, Chase, Collegiate, Fairbanks, Goss, Highland, Hillside, Kellogg, Kingsbury, McTernan, Russell, Templeton and Williams. Discussion and voting reduced the list to three names: Kellogg, Collegiate and Chase. The results were close to even, giving the School Name Committee three first-place finishers rather than a clear winner, runner-up and also-ran. Several modifiers and descriptors were thoroughly discussed and narrowed, to School, Day, Preparatory, Country Day, Collegiate, and Academy, plus combinations. Shown left: The cover of the report published by the Board of Trustees and the School Name Committee in 2005 THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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McTernan School sign in the Garthwait Dining Room


All of these names and modifiers had strengths and potential weaknesses which the Committee assessed during a series of lengthy meetings over the next five weeks. The principal findings, in greatly condensed form, were:

Collegiate: Collegiate was the original name of Saint Margaret’s School when it opened in 1865 under the moniker of The Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, and it is therefore the oldest name by which the School has been known.

Chase: Chase, like Kellogg and Collegiate, is a distinguished name from our history: the Chase family was instrumental in the founding of both Saint Margaret’s and McTernan. It is an important name in the history of our city and our country. Chase sounds like, and is, an old New England name, and it conveys an immediate sense of authority. It is short, strong and memorable.

The Committee was convinced that Chase Collegiate School would • honor the School’s complex past by remembering a family that founded both Saint Margaret’s and McTernan, and by reviving and preserving the original name of the School; • alleviate the marketing and recruiting difficulties that first led the Trustees to explore the possibility of a name change; • be consistent with the School’s history, mission, and character; • be simple and memorable; • appeal to a broad spectrum of the current School families and to the diverse population from which students and teachers are recruited; • describe the School’s commitment to college preparation; • underscore the School’s historic connection with the city of which it has always been a part; • provide the School with a useful coat-and-tie version (Chase Collegiate School) for formal occasions and public display; a dress-down-Friday version (Chase Collegiate) for semi-formal occasions; and a tee-shirt-and-gym-shorts version (“Chase!”) for ordinary day-to-day use at the School; • be the perfect name for a School that has courageously renewed, enlarged, and reconceived itself many times during a century and a half. On March 1, 2005, the Board of Trustees of St. Margaret’s-McTernan School unanimously voted to change the name of the School to Chase Collegiate School. Chase Collegiate School is a completely new name, shared by no other school in the country; yet it in some ways has been the School’s true name since the beginning. It honors the School’s origin while pointing it toward the future. THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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Chase’s School Crest Chase Collegiate School proclaims its proud history through the design of a new School crest that incorporates meaningful representations of our founding schools.

The original McTernan School crest provided the inspiration for the shield shape

1865 documents the date of the first founding school; Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies

Saint Margaret’s School for Girls is symbolized by the daisy

The astrolabe, updated from a former school logo, embodies St. Margaret’s-McTernan School

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McTernan Traditions and Legacies at Chase

There was concern that the School’s relocation to Chase Parkway after the 1972 merger with Saint Margaret’s School would cause the legacy of McTernan - its 60 years of history and traditions - to be lost. These apprehensions were quickly assuaged. The merger saw a majority of McTernan teachers and a great many McTernan students shift from Columbia Boulevard to Chase Parkway, allowing an unyielding dedication to McTernan’s academic culture to be instilled within the new School. In addition, McTernan’s Headmaster, Clayton Spencer, was chosen to lead the new School and 19 McTernan trustees served on the School’s Board, ensuring the preservation of McTernan’s history. In the decades that followed the merger, a vast array of McTernan alumni have been immortalized within the names of Chase. Buildings and classrooms, soccer fields and tennis courts, academic prizes and athletic awards all bear the names of McTernan graduates. Chase boys wear white pants at commencement just as was done by McTernan boys and Chase’s crest is reminiscent of the Macte Virtute patch that McTernan boys wore on their corduroy blazers. The history and traditions of McTernan are not only alive and well Mrs. Ranf at Chase Collegiate, they are thriving. Listed t reviewi ng a spee Charles W ch with . Henry ’63 below is a collection of the most prominent features at Chase that bear names from the heritage of McTernan. Shown left: In class with Dick Harty '56, center, and Wes Hennion '56 at left THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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Goss Field House In 1979, the Goss Field House was dedicated in honor of George A. Goss, Jr. ’34 for his steadfast support and long-range vision for the School. Mr. Goss was a firm advocate of sports, fitness and enjoying the outdoors; he was indeed a true scholar-athlete. It was in this spirit, and with his characteristic zeal, that he launched a Capital Campaign in 1972 to erect a new athletic complex. The next year, construction began on the School’s new field house. Claire Goss, his wife, served as the president of the Parents’ Association from 19761977; his three sons, George III ’66, Edwin ’68 and Dirck ’70, are McTernan graduates; and his daughter, Lee ’80, attended St. Margaret’s-McTernan. In 2005, the Goss family donated a new athletic trophy case in honor of her husband, which today holds several McTernan trophies. Today, Goss Field House serves students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade through physical education classes, team practices and athletic competitions. Chase athletics boast 42 interscholastic teams in 13 different sports, which allows students to find and develop their athletic interests. The School supports a rigorous athletics program with a no-cut policy that teaches discipline, teamwork, leadership and competitiveness. Like the sports teams at McTernan, Chase’s teams are almost exclusively coached by faculty members. In 2007, the Goss locker rooms, restrooms, shower facilities and storage rooms were renovated and refurbished under the eye of architect Rick Errichetti ’82.

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Kellogg Tennis Center and Kellogg Field In the late 1950s Kellogg Field was constructed on the McTernan campus with the support of Mrs. Margaret A. Riley, wife of Thomas P. Kellogg and mother of Thomas P. Kellogg, Jr. ’50, Sara Kellogg Goodrich ’55 and Margaret Kellogg Hall ’65. In 1983, the Kellogg family again generously agreed to support an expansion of the School’s outdoor athletic facilities. The crowning achievement of this project was the building of four new tennis courts, situated adjacent to Kellogg Field. On May 18, 1985, the Kellogg Tennis Center was formally dedicated at St. Margaret’s-McTernan School. Today, Kellogg Tennis Center and Kellogg Field serve a large number of Chase students through physical education classes, team practices and athletic competitions. These two facilities are lasting tributes to a family that has chosen to have so many generations educated at the School, beginning with Mr. Frederic R. Kellogg ’19 and his wife, Lucy Templeton Kellogg ’24, and continuing with their four children, Charles T. Kellogg ’45, Cynthia Kellogg Skipp ’47, Judith Kellogg Rowley ’53 and Peter M. Kellogg ’55. On Alumni Day in 1959, following the death of her husband, former Connecticut Governor Charles A. Templeton (in office from 1923-1925), Martha Castle Templeton (SMS 1896), gave a new athletic field to the School to commemorate her husband’s love of the School and enthusiastic support of its sports teams. Presently, Templeton Field is enjoyed today as our showcase varsity soccer field. THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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Fulkerson Arts Center The Fulkerson Arts Center was dedicated on May 11, 1963. In 1961, Mr. Charles Fulkerson, whose son Chuck Fulkerson ’62 attended McTernan School and whose two daughters, Mary ’58 and Martha ’62, graduated from Saint Margaret’s School, made a gift to the School of a building which was to be vacated by his company, Waterbury Pressed Metal. The building, approximately 180 x 60 feet, was disassembled and moved to the Chase Parkway campus. Originally, the building served as a full-time gymnasium with accompanying showers and lockers. The gymnasium floor was marked off for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. The building also provided space for dance recitals, lectures and other school ceremonies and events. Today, the building is a multi-functional facility just as McTernan’s gymnasium was upon its completion.

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Wayland Courtyard Wayland Courtyard was built in honor of Elton Scovill Wayland, a Trustee of the School from 1929 to 1960, and was dedicated on October 9, 1973 by Headmaster Clayton Spencer. The Courtyard was designed by Marian Larkin ’64. Wayl

and Mr. Wayland’s son, John E. Cour tyar d Wayland, attended McTernan School and graduated in 1939. Mr. Wayland’s daughters, Lucy Wayland Hall ’36, Eleanor Wayland Thomson ’39 and Alice Wayland Cruikshank ’51, are all graduates of Saint Margaret’s School.

Mr. Wayland’s daughter, Lucy, had two sons, Ridgway M. Hall, Jr. ’55 and Elton W. Hall ’57, who both graduated from McTernan School. Lucy’s daughter, Eleanor Hall Clevenger, graduated from Saint Margaret’s in 1966. Mr. Wayland’s daughter, Eleanor, had three sons, Schuyler W. Thomson ’61, Peter W. Thomson ’65 and Alexander L. Thomson ’70, who all graduated from McTernan, as well. Eleanor’s husband, Woodward Thomson ’31, is also an alumnus of McTernan School. Today, the Wayland Courtyard remains situated in front of Saint Margaret’s Hall and is enjoyed daily by Chase students.

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Garthwait Dining Room On June 1, 2004 Chase honored the generous and unyielding support of the Garthwait family and Cly-Del Manufacturing by dedicating the School’s dining hall as the Garthwait Dining Hall. Robert Garthwait II entered McTernan School as a kindergarten student in September of 1965 and continued on to St. Margaret'sMcTernan School, graduating in 1978. Thirty-two years later, in 2010, Robert’s son, Robert Garthwait III, would follow in his footsteps, graduating from Chase after a lifetime of education at the School. In the Garthwait Dining Room each of the three divisions – Lower, Middle and Upper schools – sit at an oval table with several classmates and at least one faculty member. The food is served family style, with the table’s entrée and dessert brought from the kitchen and placed in the center for all to enjoy. Also offered is a full salad bar, cold cuts and a daily selection of soups. Adorning the walls of the Garthwait Dining Room are signs from each of Chase’s founding schools, including: The Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, Saint Margaret’s School, McTernan School, St. Margaret’s-McTernan, and Chase. Also adorning the room are portraits of many Saint Margaret’s headmistresses, as well as McTernan’s own Charles McTernan and Berkeley Hotchkiss.

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McTernan Centennial Library Centennial Library was originally dedicated in March 1965. In 1963, Frederic Kellogg ’19 began a capital campaign aimed at raising $250,000 for a much-needed library building. The campaign was part of Saint Margaret’s Centennial Campaign, a $1 million capital campaign in preparation for the School’s 100th Anniversary in 1965. The original Library building included a language laboratory, music listening room, specialized reading room and a small chapel. An art studio, which combines working space for sculpture, painting and drawing, is connected to McTernan Centennial Library. Today, McTernan Centennial Library remains a valuable resource for students, faculty, staff and parents, and offers reference services, research assistance, reading advisory, and a quiet place to study. The goal of the library program is to develop students who are "information literate." The School also strives to develop literature appreciation aptitudes in students so they will not only be good readers but will also know the joy of reading. In anticipation of McTernan’s 100th Anniversary in 2012, the Centennial Library was re-dedicated as the McTernan Centennial Library on May 1, 2010. The McTernan Centennial Library will permanently showcase McTernan memorabilia in a special archival display. With the building’s re-dedication the McTernan name became an even larger part of the daily vocabulary on campus.

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McTernan Centennial Library

The Cashman Classroom The Cashman Classroom was first dedicated at McTernan School in 1965 in honor of George Cashman who taught at the School from 1914 to 1952. The Cashman Classroom was re-dedicated at Chase in 2004 to recognize this “devoted teacher and loyal friend of McTernan boys.” Chase Middle School students now study Latin in the Cashman Classroom.

Berkeley Hotchkiss Hall On October 15, 1961, a ceremony was held at the McTernan School to break ground for Hotchkiss Hall in recognition of long-time McTernan Headmaster Berkeley W. Hotchkiss ’18 and to honor his memory and his accomplishments as a teacher, headmaster and man. On May 14, 2005, Hotchkiss Hall was re-dedicated at Chase Collegiate School. Since Berkeley Hotchkiss devoted his career to teaching and pre-preparatory education, the second floor of Saint Margaret’s Hall, where the Middle School classrooms and hallways are alive with the energy and enthusiasm of the young minds Mr. Hotchkiss held so dear, was chosen as the appropriate place to honor him.

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The exterior of Smith Cornerstone Room

Smith Cornerstone Room The Elizabeth C. Smith Cornerstone Room was dedicated on April 6, 2006 in honor of Elizabeth “Copey” Smith through the generous support of her daughter, Margaret D. Smith ’69. Copey’s three sons, Harold W. Jr. ’60, Robert S. ’61 and James C. ’63, graduated from McTernan School and daughters Margaret ’69 and Ann ’71, graduated from Saint Margaret’s School. The Smith family continues to have close ties to the School and the greater-Waterbury community. The Smith Cornerstone Room, located in Camp Hall, hosts many School functions and events. The room is used daily by Lower School students, and on Thursday mornings all Lower School students and teachers join together in morning meeting to sing and enjoy student presentations.

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Kellogg Room Through the generous support of Philip Rowley and Judith Kellogg Rowley ’53, the Kellogg Room was dedicated on February 28, 2006 in honor of the Kellogg Family. The dedication was attended by three of the children of Lucy Templeton Kellogg The Kel ’24 and Frederic Kellogg logg Ro om ’19: Charles T. Kellogg ’45, Cynthia Kellogg Skipp ’47, and Judy Kellogg Rowley ’53, along with Marne Kellogg, wife of son Peter M. Kellogg ’55, and many members of the extended family. Formerly spoken of as “the small dining room,” this elegant room is located on the main floor of Saint Margaret’s Hall. The Kellogg Room is often used for more formal occasions, which befits a family known for its kindness and grace.

Arnold and Mary Minicucci Classroom Minicucci’s, Inc. was opening its doors in downtown Waterbury just about the time that Mr. Charles McTernan was founding McTernan School. Over 90 years later, the relationship between these two icons of Waterbury came full circle when the Arnold and Mary Minicucci Classroom was dedicated in 2005 in the Middle School’s Hotchkiss Hall. Through the generosity and gratitude of McTernan alumnus Robert A. Minicucci ’67, the classroom honoring his parents was given in recognition that the McTernan education they provided him was the foundation for much of his later success.

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Larkin Athletic Award Created in 1978, the Larkin Athletic Award was given in memory of Dr. Charles Larkin of Middlebury by his family. Dr. Larkin’s son, Dr. Charles L. Larkin, Jr. ’36, and his grandsons, Charles L. Larkin III ’59 and David S. Larkin ’64, attended McTernan School. The award is presented annually to the outstanding athlete at Chase Collegiate School who is involved in at least two sports and who also exemplifies good sportsmanship, fair play and a strong work ethic. The silver trophy is on display in Goss Field House.

Shawn Anton Walsh ’67 Memorial Award The Shawn Anton Walsh ’67 Memorial Award is presented at Commencement each year to an Upper School student whose concerned leadership has had a distinct effect upon the lives of fellow students, and whose unusual dedication to all phases of school life has made a significant contribution to Chase Collegiate School. The award is presented by Shawn’s brother, Lance M. Walsh ’71, also a McTernan graduate.

Henry Wade White ’23 Awards Two awards are presented each year that were established by Henry Wade White ’23: the Martha Starkweather Wade Memorial Award for Excellence in French and the Minnie Steele Art Award.

McTernan Medal Created in 2004, the McTernan Medal is awarded to an alumnus/a whose efforts on behalf of the School have been exceptional examples of leadership, dedication and teamwork. Past recipients of the McTernan award include Charles L. Larkin III ’59, Robert W. Wesson ’57, Robert M. Fenn II ’56, Peter W. North ’58 and Augustus D. Hampson ’55.

Honor Code The Honor Code and Honor Council were instituted at Chase Collegiate School in the fall of 2005 as a part of the educational mission of the school to facilitate the following in the Upper School community: An explicit code of honorable and right conduct and academic integrity; a sense of personal integrity, honesty, responsibility, ownership and forthrightness by each student with regard to her/his behavior and academic work as a member of the upper school community; the understanding that we all make mistakes and the provision of a process by which mistakes may be owned and corrected; a sense of self-government and facilitation of peer leadership within the upper school student body; the enhancement of student development and maturity. All these values are consistent with the concepts incorporated into the McTernan honor code by Charles McTernan in the 1930’s. Shown left: Previous McTernan Medal recipient, Peter North ’58, right, presents the Medal to Robert Fenn ’56 in 2009 THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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Speech Program Harnessing the dedication and enthusiasm for public speaking displayed by Mrs. Christine Ranft, Chase has increasingly integrated the discipline into each of its divisions. The speech program at Chase Collegiate School begins in the Lower School with sharing. Students bring a treasured object from home to describe to their class, fostering both early confidence with public speaking, and critical listening skills. In the Middle School, students in grades seven and eight present two formal speeches known as Declamations, to their entire class, parents and other guests. A signature event in the life of Middle School, Declamations teach each student the value of careful research, composition, and revision, while building oratorical skills that help each student develop self-confidence as public speakers. The students have conducted research and write a paper, which is then distilled into a five-minute formal speech before a public audience. The Robert Adams Cup, created by Christine Ranft and awarded since 1959 to recognize excellence in public speaking, goes to the student scoring highest in both seventh and eighth grade Declamations. Dennis Diemand ’59, the first winner of the Robert Adams Cup for Public Speaking, pictures with English Department Chair Mary Sharnick in 2004

In the Upper School, each senior presents a speech as part of the Senior Speech Program; a program instituted to encourage the intellectual leadership of the senior class, to raise the level of public discourse in the School and give students a meaningful opportunity to voice their opinions, and to provide an educational challenge that further develops the essential skill of public speaking. Each senior is expected to speak to the student body at a morning assembly for five to eight minutes on a topic of personal choice and significance. The speech is not graded, but successful completion is a requirement for graduation and the student with the best performance is celebrated at the end of year Award Ceremony.

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The full cast of McTernan’s 1957 production of A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Christine Ranft

Acting Program The Highlander Theater Company is Chase's resident drama group, which is composed of Upper School students who annually produce two main stage productions. From acting to stage managing to assistant directing to script writing, to lights, sound, design, and house managing, this group creates challenging theater in the style and subject matter usually only found in colleges. The results from this company have been recognized by winning several Halo Awards (including Best Play) from the area's professional theater, Seven Angels Theatre.

Sports Program: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling, Cross Country The School’s athletic program teaches students that practice is as important as the game, sportsmanship is critical, and success on the playing field is often replicated in the classroom and in life. Physical education is mandatory for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, with the Lower School curriculum including physical education classes each day. Students in grades six through eight may also participate in the interscholastic sports program, and Upper School students are required to play sports at least two out of three seasons of the year. All those sports played at McTernan School, including soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, wrestling and cross country begin in Middle School, and continue to the junior varsity and varsity levels in Upper School.

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Buildings and Grounds

In the summer of 1971 McTernan School, under the direction of Headmaster Clayton Spencer, commissioned an appraisal of the School’s property from Lesher, Glendinning & Harney, Inc. of Waterbury and Georgetown, Connecticut. At the time of the appraisal the School’s buildings had a combined size of more than 30,000 square feet and the School’s land totaled 3.3 acres. The transition from the small, rented building of 1910s to the veritable compound of 1970s occurred incrementally throughout the intervening six decades. As Headmaster Clayton Spencer would fondly recall, “Many really good things happened in that unconventional complex of buildings on Columbia Boulevard.” Cooke and Grove Streets, 1912 From 1912 until 1917, Mr. McTernan ran his school in a small rented building near the rear of Saint Margaret’s School on the corner of Waterbury’s Cooke and Grove Streets. This building consisted of two floors and was finished in medium colored stucco. The first floor, a half-basement, contained the furnace and storage rooms and occasionally served as a recreation area for the boys. The second floor, which was reached via an outside flight of stairs, contained a small vestibule that opened into the School’s main room. This room was rather large, with wooden floors. One wall contained several windows while the opposing wall contained three doors that led to a flight of stairs, the restroom and a classroom, in that order. The room contained about 16 student desks and Mr. McTernan’s desk at the head of the room. On his desk Mr. McTernan kept his handbell, which was used for marking the school periods. Shown left: The reception held following the dedication of he new gymnasium in 1955 THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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106 Columbia Boulevard, 1916 As McTernan School grew in enrollment and reputation, it became clear to Mr. McTernan that the School required a new location. In coordination with Mr. R.F. Griggs and several other businessmen, a parcel of land was purchased on Columbia Boulevard, upon which the new McTernan School was built. This wood-shingled structure was composed of three floors: the first floor was a half-basement vestibule with a staircase that led to the second floor; the second floor contained a large room with thirty student desks and a proctor’s desk; along the left length of the second floor room were three doors leading to Mr. Cashman’s classroom, another classroom, and Mr. McTernan’s office; the third floor contained the School’s gym.

Faculty Housing, 1917 During the summer of 1917, Mr. McTernan constructed a small building to the rear of the main building, which would serve as faculty housing. The building contained a small attic and five rooms, three of which were allocated to the McTernan family.

Student Housing, 1925 In 1925 the School established a boarding program at the request of several parents; this program necessitated some kind of student housing. Erected to the rear of the faculty building, this structure consisted of two floors and had a spacious attic and basement. The new building contained quarters for the McTernan family and accommodations, including an infirmary, for up to six boarding students. At this time, the space in the faculty house that was vacated by the McTernans was converted into a dining hall.

McTernan’s faculty housing, left, and student housing prior to the 1928 consolidation


Above: The 1961-1962 McTernan football team with Hotchkiss Hall and the gymnasium in the background

Consolidation, 1928 In order to increase cohesion among the different buildings, a plan was undertaken in 1928 to unite the main building, the faculty housing and the student housing. This unification was achieved by extending the sides of the faculty housing to join the buildings; a doorway was cut in order to allow passage from the main building through to the faculty housing. While both the main building and the student housing remained essentially untouched, the faculty housing underwent a substantial transformation: the first floor was partitioned, allowing for a dining hall, classrooms, and a wood paneled space that would become known as the Pine Room and which would be used at various times as a reading room or a faculty lounge; the attic was enlarged and made into a full second floor and a new attic was constructed above this new second floor. By 1971 this building would be 9,673 square feet with a 286 square foot garage. The basement had two boiler rooms, a manual arts classroom, a lavatory with showers, and a storage area. The first floor had a front entrance hall and a staircase leading to the basement, the Headmaster’s office, the Secretary’s office, an administrative office, an art classroom, the dining hall with kitchen and pantry, two classrooms, and an additional room with a small lavatory. The second floor contained a faculty lounge, five small offices, two full bathrooms, a kitchenette with a small pantry, a storage room, and living quarters consisting of three rooms and a bath. THE H ISTORY OF MCTER NAN SCHO OL

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The program from the Hotchkiss Hall dedication ceremony


Gymnasium, 1955 In 1955, after a successful capital funds drive chaired by Mr. John White, a prominent Waterbury architect, Mr. Alexander Nichols, was commissioned to design the new building. The contractor, Megin Construction Company, immediately began construction on what would be one of the first structures in the East to utilize pre-stressed laminated beams. The gymnasium had 27-foot-high ceilings, was 7,548 square feet and cost approximately $40,000. In addition to the gymnasium area itself, the building also contained a lavatory, a shower room, two locker rooms, a small office, a janitor’s room and a boiler room. Continuous wooden spectator benches ran the lengths of The gymnasium being set-up for the the east and west walls. In 1958 a permanent dedication reception stage, three feet high and 28 feet long, was constructed, and a set of curtains was added for use in theater productions.

Hotchkiss Hall, 1962 In 1961 McTernan School purchased the “Little School” from Saint Margaret’s, which had relocated all of its classes to its three buildings on Chase Parkway. That year it was decided that a new building should be constructed that linked the gymnasium and the “Little School,” while providing much needed additional classroom space. Mr. Donald Henry, of the McTernan Board of Trustees, chaired a successful capital fund drive to finance this additional structure. Mr. Louis Warner was brought in to design the building and Torrington Building Company completed the construction. In 1962 Hotchkiss Hall was dedicated, at the urging of Mr. Ranft, to the memory of the late Berkeley Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss Hall had four classrooms, a lavatory, and an office. Within the basement of the “Little School” were located a library, a study hall, boys’ and girls’ lavatories, a science classroom, a faculty lounge and a boiler room. On the main floor of the “Little School” were an entrance foyer and a classroom, while the second floor contained four classrooms, two lavatories and a large central hall. The “Little School” and Hotchkiss Hall combined to become the largest building on campus at 13,041 square feet.

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McTernan Alumni

Although every effort has been taken to ensure the exactness of these lists, they may still have inaccuracies or omissions. The informality of the School during its earliest years resulted in a lack of official records and documentation; the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 destroyed Charles McTernan’s Crystal Beach Camp, where most of the School’s information was stored; and some records were lost during the move from Columbia Boulevard to Chase Parkway.

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Charles Audet James Beardsley-Totherow David Beck Robert P. Bova Harry Calmar Nicholas Chandler Timothy Corcoran Jan Dembinski Randall Deschenes Maurice Fabiani Kevin Fischer Karl Kaess Mark A. Kahan Steven Karsh Timothy Klane David Lefkowitz

Barry S. Lerman Seth V. Makepeace Brian P. McDonald Earl McGann Peter Melcher Jonathan Olear Steven Plourde Douglas Porter Steven Posin Richard L. Possemato, Jr. Michael Preston James Redway Nicholas Rigopulos Paul D. Rivkin Gregory Russo Mark Sardinskas Edward L. Sperry John Sprano

Edward L. Stauff James Sweeney Jeffrey Trout Gary Wilcox Peter Wohlgemuth

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Michael Bacco Scott Bean Jason P. Beeble James Brennan Jonathan Burnham Marc Chabot Michael Chandler John D. Cowperthwait Thomas Dembinski Val DePaolo

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Dana DiCorpo William Durfee Christopher Errichetti Jeffrey J. Greenberg Timothy Grimes Robert Johnson Allen Karsh John Kirschbaum William Koehler Brian Lawlor Mark Loveridge Frederic Mascolo Lucas Pasquariello Domenic E. Possemato Andrew Potter Robert Rigney Stephen Robeson-Miller Nicholas H.C. Ryan


Robert Standard Stephen H. Torrance Theodore Torrance Lance M. Walsh Richard E. Worthington Peter Zonino

1970

Jonathan P. Arnold John Beauchamp Henry R. Boak Lawrence F. Brownstein Timothy Bryan Richard A. Cappelletti Paul DePetrillo John Farley Dirck W. Goss Robert Goss Jonathan T. Heydenreich Henry P. Johnson Mark Lavigne Robin Leidel William Longo Keith S. Mahler Richard P. Makepeace Paul A. Moniot George K. O'Neil John S. Phelan Michael J. Richards Benjamin O. Sperry Charles P. Sperry Mark S. Sprano David Standard John F. Stephen Frederick Stoughton Alexander L. Thomson David A. Weiss Carl Wilson

1969

William W. BeardsleyTotherow Robert Cappelletti Curt S. Czarsty Jonathan T. Davie Stephen M. Derr Peter C. Dibble Robert P. Durfee Jonathan B. Fleischer Mark D. Guastaferri Bruce C. Houghton Mathew Lefkowitz Mark D. Lux Daniel S. Molochko Reese T. Owens Bruce Post Steven B. Potter Wayne Rigney Douglas S. Rogers Christopher R. Russo Kenneth A. Solomon James B. Sperry Edmund J. White Peter Wilensky Stephen D. Wohlgemuth

Robert E. Feeley Jonathan P. Gibbs Edwin L. Goss Barry S. Huber Kenneth R. Kaess, Jr. Charles F. Labas W. John Larkin III Wayne Lavigne Thomas A. Liao Martin W. Lynn Bruce C. MacLean Todd H. Pinter

1968

John A. Babin Timothy R. Beeble William C. B. Boak Thomas Boileau Rip Bowen Alexander Bryan, Jr. Leland P. Cary II Craig W. Czarsty Thomas B. Dayton Anthony Diorio

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Charles E. Poindexter Philip B. Porter Harry Posin Albert S. Redway III Richard L. Rydzik Thomas P. Santopietro Alan W. Shealy Jonathan Slater Richard V. Spencer Allen M. Sperry David Swirsky Robert N. Whittemore, Jr.


Baseball team of 1967

1967

Peter Angrave Charles G. Arnold, Jr. Bruce Bayne Peter Bertolette Edmund J. Brennan, Jr. Richard A. Derr, Jr. John Fecke Grant M. Goodeve Adam L. Levin Robert A. Minicucci Henry B. Reiff Jeffrey C. Rogers Henry Schissler Douglas Schlink Gerald Solomon Jeffrey Sturman David Walcott Christopher Walford Shawn Anton Walsh

1966

James A. Boak Francis T. Calabro William Cunningham Robert N. Davie, Jr. Jonathan B. Dayton Steven J. Erlanger George A. Goss III C. Stuart Hungerford III Herbert A. Jabs Donald Nielson Hyde Post Brian Ranft Thaddeus M. Sendzimir John E. Standard, Jr. Mark Wohlgemuth

1965

Anthony C. Barbino Peter Burnett Mark A. Germond Gordon T. Grimes Stephen W. Hyde Jeffrey Meyers Michael Monagan William G. Morris Edward O'Lear William C. Reynolds Thomas Sayers Carl N. Siemon Charles E. Spencer IV Bruce A. Sturman Jeremiah L. Sullivan Peter W. Thomson James Truelove Randall F. Tuttle John S. Wayne

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1964

Allen Cary Walter E. Crane Scott Debisschop J. S. Dingman S. Tyson Goss Lawrence Hennion John C. Hotchkiss, Jr. David A. Hyde, Jr. Frederic M. Jennes Philip G. Largay David S. Larkin Charles A. Monagan Joseph M. Murphy Jan P. Sendzimir Gary P. Sklaver John McGrath Smith William E. Sonntag Shown right: Basketball team of 1963-1964


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Paul F. Beetz III John Buckingham Richard M. Burnham Michael Carley Lockwood Eddy Barton D. Goodeve Charles W. Henry Craig A. Huber Edward J. Kirschbaum Paul S. Lux John Plume Nicholas H. Preston S. Daniel Ryan James C. Smith Charles Sundblade K. L. Tingley, Jr. Mark S. Whalley Jay Yungblut

Anthony Brandon Jeffrey S. Burnett Philip Casella Peter J. DeLeon Thomas R. Foley Chuck Fulkerson Edward H. Goss Peter Herbst Edward Holcomb David W. Makepeace M. Heminway Merriman II Russell B. Preston Eric Ruark John H. Secor John Snow Donald S. Tuttle III Joshua Weinman Bryan Young

1961

Earl E. Avery Harold L. Blank Scovill McLean Buckingham Lawrence Burke Livingston Carroll David B. Cole Stephen C. Crane Raymond T. Cruess Peter M. Dingman Peter K. Ely Dudley H. Grimes Patrick T. Healey II Paul W. Henry Stephen van Rensselaer Hotchkiss Roger T. Jackson George Henry Kirschbaum Richard P. Largay Jeffrey Lozier J. Tyler Makepeace J. Brian McAloon Richard Carl Meo Raymond O'Neil John Alan Reynolds Louis Santoro Bernard Seligson Kendall C. Shailer Robert Steele Smith Everett W. Sturman Schuyler W. Thomson Edward S. Wotkyns II David Young

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1960

Anthony L. Carpentieri Lloyd G. Corbett Edward Culhane Lewis A. Dibble III Edwin C. Douglas, Jr. Bruce A. Engelman David Gaines John C. Herbst Robert M. Meyers Thomas M. Monagan, Jr. Stanley Sendzimir Allen R. Sklaver Harold W. Smith, Jr. John Garry Stroker Richard L. Vila William S. Walcott IV Richard T. Wayne

1959

William Robert Blank Peter W. Bristol Christopher A. Brooks Rudolph A. Damiani Dennis A. Diemand J. Wesley DuBois John R. Henry II Keith A. Johnson Charles L. Larkin III Roy L. O'Neil, Jr. Christopher R. Ranft Craig A. Reichenbach Richard S. Sperry Peter R. Sturman John D. Vila George W. Young, Jr.


Football team of 1958

1958

Victor Brewster Chambers, Jr. Thomas H. Cole Craig Corbett, Jr. David R. Dunlap Richard Ely III Anthony M. Fitzgerald Michael L. Hetzel Daniel W. Jones Jan Karlin George F. Krodel, Sr. George H. Largay II Joseph V. Mastroianni Thomas W. Newbery Peter W. North John Scolese Richard J. Shea John O. White, Jr. Jeffrey T. Witherwax

1957

Richard Casella Richard W. Curtis Elton W. Hall F. Stillman Hyde, Jr. George D. Largay Timothy L. Largay W. Jon Lenkowski William Maton III Vincent J. McDonald James Moran Robert Russell Paul Shea Terrence W. Smith Robert W. Wesson

1956

David Bergen John Bostroem David M. Brooks Joseph F. Burke, Jr. William W. Burnham Jeffrey Chirgwin Patrick H. DeLeon, Jr. Robert M. Fenn II John Free Richard F. Harty C. Wesley Hennion Thomas Holmes Berkeley W. Hotchkiss, Jr. David N. Johnson Edmund Kiernan, Jr. John A. Largay, Jr. Joseph Mintz Richard B. Murphy, Jr. J. Christopher Parrish

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Keith J. Pratt David C. Robinson Neal L. Sklaver William Wynne

1955

Robert Barry Peter D. Coe Thompson Curtis Robert L. Daddona, Sr. Robert L. DuBois, Jr. Barry Engelman Richard A. Erlanger Ridgway M. Hall, Jr. Augustus D. Hampson Robert Heydenreich II Peter M. Kellogg David M. Largay Lynn Marrone Valentine Scolese, Jr. Thomas C. Skipp David Smith


Football team of 1951

1954

Barry Byrolly Charles Casella Joseph Castelano W. Wayne France, Jr. Charles B. Hart, Jr. Christopher Hetzel Harry E. Leonard, Jr. Stephen Merrill Bruce T. Rogers James Russell, Jr. Peter Saccio Alan Sandt Nicholas Sanford Philip Schuster David S. Shea Louis Stewart Thomas Truelove Peter Van Arx H. Shepardson Wild Gerald T. Wilson

1953

Milton A. Bristol, Jr. Christopher Carmody Philip Hale Conklin, Jr. Richard P. Crane George DeConinck David Edwards John Freiheit John B. Harty Richard M. Hoben Michael Jennes Bennett Jones Neil Karlin Patrick Kelly Thomas V. Largay, Jr. John Massimo John Meuton Bruce E. Muchalight Peter J. Pape Richard Sandulli Mark L. Sperry III Howard Wood Jon Ziminsky

1952

Kevin Bergen Frederick Blackall Lewis S. Clark David Doolittle Peter Dyke Richard Neth VincentTimothy Shea, Jr. J. Edmund Smith Stern Spirt Warren T. Upson Gilbert White

1951

James Andrews John Cozy Porter J. Goss Langdon Halloway Charles Hotchkiss David Jones Stephen Liebeskind Dustin Merrill

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Robert Newell J. Lawrence Pond Edwin B. Powell, Jr. Donald Pratt Richard Puffer, Jr. Philip Sultan Shailer James Shea Walter Smythe Richard Solo George C. Spencer

1950

David Burke Gilliat Burnham Basil Carmody Leonard F. Casella Anthony Chase William B. Fitzgerald, Jr. Thomas P. Kellogg, Jr. Richard Krasow William A. Larson, Jr. Robert Pratt Richard Quantrano


Alan Renfrew William Shuttleworth Hugh Webber

1949

Robert Bergin Nicolas Casertano William Flanagan John Liebeskind Samuel Lovejoy Michael C. Matzkin

1948

Leonard Albert Franklyn Bergen David A. Bristol Peter B. Burnham Ted Casher John H. Chase Thomas Conlon Donald Crane Stanley Duane, Jr. Henry N. Giguere Eliot P. Goss Stephen Griess H. Langdon Heminway John Moulton Robert Neth Lawrence Pratt G. Judson Wells, Jr. Walter Whiteside

1947

Denny Brown Loring Burwell Peter Camp Thomas Cottiero Craig Elliot Edwin V. Erbe, Jr. Walter French Richard W. Goss II Kenneth Griess Edward P. Healey Bryan Hitchcock Stuart E. Judd James A. Liebeskind Felix Murphy Robert Puffer Thomas C. S. Quea Aaron E. Simon William D. Talcott James Vastola

1945

Richard Baker Robert Bing Peter Bowman John P. Campbell John J. Carr Richard W. Copp, Jr. John D. Dibble Ralph H. Durfee Richard Handler Nelson P. Hart Victor A. Hedberg III Lewis "Bud" Jordan Peter Haring Judd Charles T. Kellogg Reginald H. Post Edwin G. Torrance Lewis B. Tuttle, Jr. Scott Witherwax

1946

Thomas Bergin Douglass L. Burnham Alexander J. Campbell II Thomas S. Chase William Chittenden Richard Finkelstein Vincent McEvoy Edwin C. Northrop Nate Pond C. Hiram Upson Clifford H. Wells Baseball team of 1946

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1944 Jack Dinwoodie

1943

Robert L. Bean Martin Chase Robert Deacon John Freeman Donald Goss Andrew R. Heminway Joel Jennings Edward Kirschbaum Frederic E. Mascolo Sherwood L. Rowland Corydon Sperry


1941

Theodore Lilley Edward Mascolo Allen Sperry

1940

Charles M. Durfee John Durfee Deever Rockwell Walter F. Torrance, Jr.

1939

Austin Adams, Jr. Daniel H. George John C. Hotchkiss John E. Wayland Alan C. Webber

1938

Frederick Loehmann, Jr. Harris Whittemore III

1937

Walter H. Hart, Jr. William Kaynor Howard T. Larkin Joseph Patterson Theodore Whitney

1936

William P. Arnold, Jr. Curtiss Hart Charles L. Larkin, Jr. Lloyd Mason Murray Pendleton Leavenworth P. Sperry, Jr.

1935

Edward Clark Philip Clark Richard Clark Raymond Cohen Lewis A. Dibble, Jr. Robert Goss Richard G. Morgan Sherburne B. Rockwell, Jr. Phillip L. Thomson C. Dinsmore Tuttle Robert N. Whittemore

1934

John Bullwinkle George A. Goss, Jr. Peter Hart Richard Kaynor Louis F. Laun John V. Makepeace Donald McTernan George Rowbottom

1933

1931

Frederick B. Beardsley William B. Brewster Carleton W. Bristol Carter Dye Richard Field Richard W. Hyde Robert T. Larkin George Rippere William Simpson Woodward Thomson Howard Whittemore Richard Wright

1930

Thomas Hart Richard L. Heyniger Elmore Rogers James H. Root Frederick Stoughton William Valentine

1929

Elliott Burritt Richard Ely, Jr. John R. Gaines Warren L. Hall William S. Heyniger III David Hyde Richard McTernan Thomas Platt Glenn Wayne James B. Williams

Harry C. Foss, Jr. Edward Boggs Goss Charles Edwin Hart Donald S. Tuttle, Jr. THE H ISTORY OF MCTERNAN SCHO OL

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1928

David Cook David Hyde Edward S. Leggett Hooker Stoughton Alexander Thomson

1927

Wilmot T. Abbott, Sr. Alexander Bryan Stephen Burrall Earle Copp, Jr. Cortlandt Heyniger Donald Hyde Mynard Ladd William Langley William J. Larkin II Mark L. Sperry II Thomas Truxton Samuel P. Williams III

1926

Ernest A. Anderson, Jr. William Brown Sibley A. Hall Samuel S. Hart John W. McTernan

1924

Homer C. Crane Theodore C. Martus


Football team of 1946

1923

Edmund J. Abbott, Jr. J. Milton Burrall Daniel Cook Newton D. Crane Gordon Dunn Milton Goss Robert F. Griggs, Jr. Charles Hine Frank Morgan Richard F. Puffer Henry Wade White

1921

Henry C. Griggs Roger S. Makepeace Edward S. Wotkyns

1920

Darragh de Lancey W. S. Heminway Richard M. Hunt Thomas Parsons Kellogg Raymond E. Tracy Henry C. Wayne

1919

Robert B. Coe Lawrence Gilliard Richard W. Goss Edson B. Hitchcock Harry Hoadley Frederic R. Kellogg Edward Sanderson Hereward Wake

1918

Haring W. Griggs Berkeley W. Hotchkiss

1916

Frederick E. Boyd Chase Kimball

1913

John Cairns E. Rowland Chase Sabin Chase Stewart Judd Allen Sperry George H. Tracy

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1912

Edward B. Tracy


McTernan Alumni without Class Years

During the review of McTernan’s archival information, the following individuals were located within School records, but were not accompanied by any graduation dates or class years.

Mason Adams A.A. Baldwin Robert I. Bass R.F. Booth David Bronson David W. Brown John Brown Henry Burrall L.P. Clark, Jr. Elwood Coe J.R. Coe Nelson Daly Frederick Daniels Walter Decker Thomas DeMott Clayton DeMott, III Harley Denison, Jr. John Draher Lloyd Eaton Mr. Eichman Samuel Elton Harry Ely

Robert Henger F.T. Holmes E.S. Hunt, Jr. B.P. Hyde, Jr. Delos Johnson S.W. Kellogg Selwyn Ketcham George Kreamer John Libolt Edward Lynch Donald Margrave Charles Mason Lloyd Mason Robert Mason, Jr. Michael Meachen Henry Merriman Frank Miller, Jr. Harry Needham, Jr. Edward Newton John Niedman Francis Pepe Francis P. Pepe, Jr.

E.H. English E.H. English III Albert Erdman David L. Field Hayden Fulton William Gager, Jr. H. George Kenneth Godfrey Milton Goldman William Goodrich John B. Goss John Grieve Robert Grieve Theodore Griggs John Gross David Hamilton Samuel Handler Robert Harrison David S. Hart Spencer Hart Murray Hawley Buell Heminway, Jr.

Shown left: McTernan student at recess

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Carlton H. Perkins William Pierson, Jr. John Porzenheim Newton Post Thomas Raymond H.P. David Rockwell Samuel H. Root, Jr. R.L. Simpson Berkeley Sperring Jonathan Sperry Ross Stevenson Sydney D. Stocking Richard Summey Carmen Volskow Walter Wallace Gordon Weaver Edward Wilmot Jack Witmer Mr. Wylie


McTernan School Alumni at St. Margaret’s-McTernan School

In 1972 McTernan School and Saint Margaret’s School joined to form the co-educational St. Margaret’s-McTernan School. The following men attended McTernan School just prior to 1972 and continued their educations at the newly merged St. Margaret’s-McTernan.

Eric Albert ’77 Jonathan D. Albert ’79 Todd Albert ’79 David W. Arnold ’74 Dutch Barhydt ’76 Thomas L. Brayton III ’81 Avery Brown ’82 Stephen Della Bella ’78 Todd Della Bella ’82

William Murphy ’76 James Nunes ’84 Timothy S. Powers ’80 Richard Rawal ’82 Eric Richards ’77 James Root ’80 Peter J. Ruh ’74 Norman Schain ’78 Henry Siemon ’76

Tom Devino ’77 Mark Dibble ’79 Rick Errichetti ’82 Bob Garthwait, Jr. ’78 Michael Hogan ’78 Dennis S. Jackson ’77 Timothy E. Keane ’76 Rich Marinara ’77 Paul F. Mattson ’77

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Jeff Singleton ’82 J. Gray Somers III ’78 Joseph Spagnola ’77 Alfred Sprano ’77 Ben Warden ’80 Christopher Worden ’82 George Yerger ’76 Robert P. Yerger ’78


Women of McTernan School

In 1961, McTernan purchased the “Little School” from Saint Margaret’s, and continued to educate both boys and girls through the primary grades. Through 1972, the following female students were enrolled at McTernan’s “Little School” on Columbia Boulevard.

Judith Blank ’70 Kristin Brooks ’82 Cornelia Bryan ’70 Sheila Brayton Carey ’82 Helena Curtiss ’69 Anne DuPont ’70 Harriet Goss ’71 Marcy Greenblatt ’72 Katherine Hungerford ’73 Martha Jennes ’72 Karen Kelly ’69

Regina Kelly ’71 Mary Lagoumis ’73 Sarah Meigs Larkin ’78 Lynn Lavigne ’70 Annamarie Meachen ’71 Natalie-Smith Merriman ’70 Patricia Meyerhans ’74 Mary Monagan ’71 Meredith Moniot ’78 Pamela Moss '70 Kiki Nissen ’79

Virginia Plume ’73 Karen Rigopulos ’74 Carolyn H. Robins ’69 Deborah Albert Rosmarin ’82 Laura Saltzman ’71 Sarah Santopietro ’69 Arianne Sirop ’77 Ann Smith ’71 Katherine Smith ’74 Margaret Smith ’69

Shown left: Hem Merriman presenting awards to David W. Makepeace ’62 and a “Little School” student

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Pamela Sperry ’74 Valerie Stocking ’72 Gail Swirsky ’69 Beth Trier ’69 Joy Utenner ’73 Colleen M. Walsh ’69 Jan Walzer ’72 Nancy Wayne ’72 Abbie T. Wotkyns ’69


Teachers of McTernan School 1912-1972

Ruth P. Abbott Mr. Abere Mr. Abner John G. Balke Paul Beetz ’63 John Berry Mrs. Betz John Billington Kyra Bostroem David Bradley Edward Stephen Bradley Joan Lakovitch Bradley Jeanette Brown Michael Brown RodneyBrown Livingston Carroll '61 George K. Cashman Elizabeth Newbery Clark Anthony Daloisio Richard H. Davis John Deady Mrs. Delaney

Edward Donahue Robert DuBois '55 J. Wesley DuBois '59 Lynn DuBois Ellen H. Fenn Mr. Genn Mr. Gill Sonja Glassman Lucy Goodeve David Gregory Sandra Gregory Robert Hardman Edmund Hare Michael Hare Robert Hawley Helen Heebner Estelle Heydenreich Wayne Holsman Berkeley W. Hotchkiss ’18 Alice Houston Robert Hughes Mrs. Ronald Johnson

Yvette Kepinski David Krieger Marianne Laue Marshall Lawton, Jr. Miss Lee Barry MacNutt Roberta MacNutt John A. Mason, Jr. Mr. McGowan David McNaughton CharlesMcTernan John McTernan ’26 Diane Morris Harold (Sam) W. Morse Eleanor T. North Thomas O'Brien Dominic Petro Gretchen Pierce Mr. Pierce Mr. Quea Christine Ranft Winston A. Ranft

Shown left: McTernan teachers Rod Brown, Marjorie Reynolds, Dom Petro, Betty Newbury Clark, and Christine Ranft

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Marjorie B. Reynolds Paul Ruark Mrs. Ronald Sarasin John H. Secor ’62 Carl M. Sharpe Dana P.Shaw Sally Sholtis Erma Simonds Bertha Spalding Edward Spalding Clayton Spencer Mr. Spencer Anthony Stoddard Peter Sturman '59 Arvilla Hotchkiss Titterington Thomas Tooker Michael W. Trentalange Mrs. Keith Walling Hazel F. Webster Mr. Weigand


Afterword The mission and individuals of McTernan School remain integral to the life of Chase Collegiate. The academic, artistic and athletic legacies of the McTernan teachers, students and coaches laid the foundation for the environment in which today’s students thrive. Furthermore, many McTernan alumni have children and grandchildren who have attended the merged school; countless alumni have been financial supporters and dedicated volunteers; some have become teachers and some have become Trustees. From 1972 through 2010, the following McTernan alumni have served on the School’s Board of Trustees: George H. Largay II ’58 Christopher A. Brooks ’59 Charles W. Henry ’63 William G. Morris ’65 Dirck Goss ’70 Nicolas H.C. Ryan ’71 Robert W. Garthwait, Jr. ’78 Jonathan D. Albert ’79 Thomas L. Brayton III ’81 Rick Errichetti ’82

Frederic R. Kellogg ’19 George A. Goss, Jr. ’34 Charles T. Kellogg ’45 Reginald H. Post ’45 Hiram Upson III ’46 Michael C. Matzkin ’49 William B. Fitzgerald ’50 Bruce T. Rogers ’54 Robert M. Fenn II ’56 Robert W. Wesson ’57

Shown left: A portion of the painting of McTernan School by Rett Sturman ’61, on permanent display in Chase’s McTernan Centennial Library

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And from 1984 to 2009, the following McTernan alumni have served as speakers at the School’s Commencement:

Dirck W. Goss ’70 in 1984, 14 years after graduation

James C. Smith ’63 in 2006, 43 years after graduation

Charles A. Monagan ’64 in 2003, 39 years after graduation

Ridgway M. Hall, Jr. ’55 in 2009, 54 years after graduation

Steven J. Erlanger ’66 in 2004, 38 years after graduation

In the truest model of McTernan School, Chase Collegiate will continue to educate tomorrow’s leaders and inspire in each student a lifetime passion for learning, personal achievement, and contribution to the community. Each year, the School shall celebrate this completed mission; the mission put forth and bequeathed by Charles McTernan, Berkeley Hotchkiss, Winston Ranft and Clayton Spencer. Their school endures.

Macte Virtute.

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