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Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin

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Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Magazine

Setting the stage for an institution- wide strategic planning process

6 State of the School

Ambassadors

16 The Lives of Choate’s

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Capturing Choate moments

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4 The Headmaster’s Instagram

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Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Magazine Director of Strategic Planning & Communications Alison J. Cady Editor Lorraine S. Connelly Design and Production David C. Nesdale Class Notes Editor Henry McNulty ’65 Contributors Monte Frank ’86 William T. Generous, Jr. Hannah Higgin ’05 Henry McNulty ’65 Kevin Mardesich ’87 Lena Nicolai Tochi Onyebuchi ’05 John Steinbreder ’74 Leslie Virostek Photography Deron Chang Alex D. Curtis Al Ferreira John Giammatteo ’77 Ian Morris Life Trustees Charles F. Dey Bruce S. Gelb ’45 Edwin A. Goodman ’58 Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57 Cary L. Neiman ’64 Stephen J. Schulte ’56 Edward J. Shanahan William G. Spears ’56

2012-2013 Board of Trustees Samuel P. Bartlett ’91 Michael J. Carr ’76 Alex D. Curtis Richard Elman David R. Foster ’72 Robert B. Goergen, Jr. ’89 John F. Green ’77 Linda J. Hodge ’73 Christopher Hodgson ’78 Brett M. Johnson ’88 Warren B. Kanders ’75 Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57 Cecelia M. Kurzman ’87 Edward O. Lanphier ’74 William Laverack, Jr. Gretchen Cooper Leach ’57 Kewsong Lee ’82 Robert A. Minicucci ’71 Linda H. Riefler ’79 Marshall S. Ruben Henry K. Snyder ’85 M. Window Snyder ’93 Jeanette Sublett Thomas M. Viertel ’59 Benjamin S. Walton ’92 Editorial Advisory Board Christopher Hodgson ’78 Judy Donald ’66 Howard R. Greene Jeein Ha ’00 Dorothy Heyl ’71 Stephanie Ardrey Hazard ’81 Henry McNulty ’65 John Steinbreder ’74 Monica St. James Francesca Vietor ’82 Heather Zavod

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Contact the Editorial Office Communications Office, c/o Choate Rosemary Hall 333 Christian Street Wallingford, CT 06492-3800 Editorial Offices: (203) 697-2252 Fax Number: (203) 697-2380 Email: alumline@choate.edu Web site: www.choate.edu Submissions to the Magazine All submissions to the Bulletin should be made via email or through regular post. Photos should be supplied in hard copy format or in digital format at 300 dpi. Every effort is made to accommodate all submissions. However, the Editor reserves the right to refuse images that are not suitable for printing due to poor quality and to edit content to fit within the space allotted.

Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin is published fall, winter and spring, for alumni, students and their parents, and friends of the School. Please send change of address to Alumni Records and all other correspondence to the Communications Office, 333 Christian Street, Wallingford, CT 06492-3800. Choate Rosemary Hall does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, athletics, other school-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or non-job-related handicap. Our Commitment to the Environment The Bulletin is printed using vegetable-based inks on ChorusArt Silk, an FSC-certified paper which contains 70% recycled content, including 30% post consumer waste. This issue saved the equivalent of 32+ trees, 13,488 gals. wastewater flow, 92+ lbs. water-borne waste not created and prevented over 2,938+ lbs. of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere.

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The Headmaster’s Instagram Capturing Choate moments

State of the School Setting the stage for an institution-wide strategic planning process

The Red White Gold & Blue: The Lives of Choate’s Ambassadors – featuring Bruce Gelb ’45, Eric Javits ’48, S. Davis Phillips ’61, Rob McCallum ’64, John Danilovich ’68, Bill Monroe ’68 and Victoria Nuland ’79

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Campus Connection News about the School

Alumni Association News Class Notes Q&A with Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas ’63; Profiles of author and activist Donna Dickenson ’63; CEO DimensionU Ntiedo Etuk ’93; and CEO and Founder of The Teaologist Jennie Ripps ’98

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In Memoriam

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Scoreboard

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End Note

Minding the Gap Supporting non-tuition costs so that students may have full participation in the Choate experience

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We remember Alice Eaton McBee, former head of Rosemary Hall, and former Choate faculty members Herbert L. Gutterson Jr. ’33 and Mark Tuttle

Winter Sports Wrap-up

Bookshelf Reviews of works by Donna Dickenson ’63, John Geoghegan ’75, Rafe Sagarin ’89 and Adam Schupak ’92

Embracing a New Day: How Newtown resident Monte Frank ’86 became an advocate for stronger gun violence prevention


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Si xth F o rmer N ame d S emifina l ist in the 2012 I nte l Science Ta l ent S earch In January, Yifan Zhang ’13, of New

Haven, Conn., was named a semifinalist in the 73rd annual Intel Science Talent Search. The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each year the Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists. Yifan’s project was entitled “Prestin is Targeted to the Basolateral Membrane Using a Tyrosine Motif.” Last summer, Yifan worked in Dr. Dhasakumar Navaratnam’s lab at the Yale School of Medicine. Her project focused on determining which sequence motif is responsible for the targeting of the motor protein prestin to the basolateral wall of outer hair cells, a process that is critical for the proper function of outer hair cells and cochlear amplification. Perhaps in the future, says Yifan, “knowing the mechanisms by which prestin localizes to the basolateral wall may prove useful in helping patients with hearing difficulties attributed to prestin.” Yifan was invited by the Association for Research in Otolaryngology to present a poster of her work at their 36th annual midwinter meeting in Baltimore in February. In the past five years, Choate has had five Semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, two of whom were named Finalists. Fifth Fo rmer W ins P ratt-Pac kar d Dec lamati o n Contest

On February 19, Tanay Chheda ’14 of Mumbai, India won first place for his speech “Love” in the 12th school-wide Pratt-Packard Declamation Contest. The contest honors two Choate teachers who were at the center of the School’s public speaking tradition: E. Stanley Pratt, a Choate dean and public speaking and drama teacher, who taught at Choate from 1921 to 1960, and H. Jeremy Packard, former head of the History Department and a 1955 graduate of Choate. Mr. Packard, one of Mr. Pratt’s students, revived the tradition of declamation at school when he initiated public speaking as a requirement for all 3rd formers in the late 1970s.

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Yifan Zhang ’13, of New Haven, Conn., was named a semifinalist in the 73rd annual Intel Science Talent Search.

center PHILDANCO, the Philadelphia Dance Company performed at the Paul Mellon Arts Center on January 20 as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Guest Series.

The contest is underwritten by Charles Krause III ’51, whose generous gift 12 years ago has supported the teaching and study of public speaking as well as the expansion of the School’s debate program. All finalists receive monetary awards, but the first-prize winner will additionally have his name engraved on a silver bowl as the Charles Krause Junior Fellow in Public Speaking.Other finalists: Aitran Doan ’13, 2nd Place, “Shades of Green”; Ginger Holmes ’13, 3rd place, “Want to go for a Walk?”; and Ryan Shepherd ’14, 4th place, for “All Colors.” U. S. P hy sics T eam S emifina l ists N ame d James Deng ’13 of Hamden, Conn., and Adam Goo’13 of Gyeongbuk, Korea, has been named Semifinalists for the 2013 U.S. Physics Olympics Team by the American Association of Physics Teachers Approximately 3,000 students participated in this first phase of the selection process in January by participating in the Fnet=ma exam. James and Adam were among the 300 top scorers on this first test who will advance to the Semifinal round of competition. A second exam is used as the basis for selection of the 20 members of the U.S. Physics Team. In May these students will travel to the University of Maryland-College Park for the U.S. Physics Team Training Camp. There, they will engage in nine days of intense studying, mystery lab, daily exams, and problem solving. At the end of that training camp, five students and an alternate will be selected as the "Traveling Team" to represent the United States at the 2013 International Physics Olympiad in Copenhagen, Denmark this summer.

right Tanay Chheda ’14, of Mumbai, India won first place for his speech “Love” in the 12th school-wide Pratt-Packard Declamation Contest.


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C h oate R osemar y H al l Featured in C hannel 3’s "Cool S ch o o ls " S egment On November 30, WFSB Channel 3, Hartford,

ran four segments on Choate Rosemary Hall as part of its early morning "Cool Schools" feature. So what makes Choate a "cool" school? The piece focused on the School’s new Kohler Environmental Center and students in the Environmental Immersion Program, students studying in our Arabic program, and members of the School’s Chamber Orchestra. Also included in the segment were individual interviews with Austin Hubbert ’13, a member of our Science Research Program, and Michela Bentel ’13, a member of our Visual Arts Concentration program. Go to www.choate.edu to view video clips. Ya l e P r o fess o r R e l iv es his E scape fro m Cuba In January, Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale, spoke to AP Spanish students about his exile experience from Cuba. Eire was one of 14,000 Cuban children sent to the United States as part of a CIA project code named Operation Pedro Pan. Eire authored a memoir about the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana (2003), which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States and has been translated into more than a dozen languages – but is banned in Cuba. His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami (2010), also explores the exile experience. AP Spanish teacher Carolina Ball Croes ’94 organized the event. C h oate Presents at 2013 NA IS A nnual Co nference

Associate Headmaster and Dean of Academic Affairs Kathleen Lyons Wallace, Program Director of the Kohler Environmental Center Joe Scanio, and RAMSA Partner Graham S. Wyatt presented a workshop on "Building as Teaching Tool: Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall" at the 2013 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference on February 28. The presentation focused on how to bring together building, landscape, and curriculum to support an interdisciplinary course of environmental study. In October, the School dedicated its LEED Platinum Kohler Environmental Center, a 31,325 square-foot, academic and residential facility designed to achieve net-zero energy.

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Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale, spoke to AP Spanish students about his exile experience from Cuba.

center Associate Headmaster Kathleen Lyons Wallace and Program Director of the Kohler Environmental Center, Joe Scanio, presented at the 2013 NAIS Annual Conference.

The building offers the 14 students in Choate’s signature Environmental Immersion Program and faculty living at the Center the opportunity to control their own environment with feedback from the building’s monitoring systems, thus enabling them to learn important lessons about how to live sustainably and responsibly. More than 4,000 independent school leaders and colleagues attended the 2013 NAIS Annual Conference in Philadelphia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NAIS. Mo nte F ran k ’ 86 R i des f or S an dy H ook Victims

Grief mingled with excitement as a crowd gathered on March 9, in front of the Reed Intermediate School in Newtown, Conn., where Monte Frank ’86's Team 26 would start their four-day, 400-mile bicycle ride to Washington, DC, an effort to elevate the urgency of passing “common sense” legislation to reduce gun violence after the school shooting December 14 in Frank’s hometown. Frank is the driving force behind the grassroots effort. Flanked by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, fellow rider Congressman Jim Himes, and Chris McDonnell, he called the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington a “rolling rally.” McDonnell, whose daughter Grace was a victim in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said he was riding for “hope that the moral conscience of our elected representatives will awaken.” Senator Murphy noted that Congress is divided into factions: 40 percent “are with us,” 40 percent “will never vote with us,” and 20 percent for whom the riders are “bringing the courage from Newtown, Connecticut down the eastern corridor to Washington.” Senator Blumenthal, evoking the coming of St. Patrick’s Day, told the riders: “the road will rise up to meet you with hope, peace and love,” the motto from McDonnell on the back of their jackets. See Monte’s End Note on p. 64.

right Monte Frank ’86 addresses the crowd at the send-off rally for his Sandy Hook Ride on Washington. To his immediate right is honorary Team 26 member Congressman Jim Himes and at right are Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and Senator Chris Murphy.


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1 Boys hockey just before 3rd period of their impressive 5-1 win over Deerfield. #choatehockey

2 Our great grounds crew clearing snow from Archbold as the blizzard begins to arrive.

3 Congratulations to the Model UN Team on their win in the Yale Tournament.

4 The view from the Hill House balcony during Holiday Ball.

Choate In Focus Since the beginning of the school year, Headmaster Alex D. Curtis has been capturing Choate moments on his iPhone and posting them to Instagram, the popular online photo-sharing and social networking site. From the Holiday Ball to the February Blizzard, from the Paul Mellon Arts Center main stage, to victories on the hardcourt and on the ice, the camera’s eye catches the cheer that is Choate!

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5 Celebrating a Choate win. #beatdeerfield / #gochoate / #forevertrue

6 Congrats to the cast and crew of "The Madwoman of Chaillot" on a fantastic show this evening.

7 Love this! Posted at the entrance to the girls locker room. Great values. #gochoate

8 A great gift for your Choate friends and family members! Thanks for mine!

9 Ready to skate to victory! Choate vs. Cushing Academy #gochoate / #forevertrue #choatehockey

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Michael J. Carr ’76

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This year represents the culmination of a three-year process that began with the retirement of our former longstanding headmaster, the successful search to find his successor, and the emergence of a modern new leader for Choate Rosemary Hall. Each stage of this transition period has provided the School with an extraordinary opportunity to reflect, examine and learn. This experience has set the stage for an institution-wide strategic planning process, and it has been exciting to see our plan come to fruition. Early in 2012, the School embarked on several internal evaluative studies. The Task Force on Community, the Admission and College Counseling Task Force and the Campus Master Plan team examined key areas of the School. Their findings and recommendations provided valuable insight into the current state of these critical areas and identified future goals. As we began to compile this campus research, a Strategic Planning Committee was appointed to lead the strategic planning process mentioned above. As it did in the preparation phase for the headmaster search, the School reached out to a broad cross-section of our community to ask for input on many aspects of the School. This resulted in responses from close to 1,200 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, parents and students in the context of interviews, focus groups and surveys. For those who participated, we thank you for your time and effort, and for those who were not able to contribute your thoughts, we hope your voices were captured in the breadth of the sample. The feedback from this body of work was captured in comprehensive briefing materials which were provided to the participants prior to the retreat. The planning process moved closer to completion in January with an extraordinary strategic planning retreat. The comprehensive and organized process brought 25 trustees and

more than 35 faculty, staff and students together for two very full days. I want to thank all those who participated for their energy, ideas, creativity, observations and candor. It was an incredible opportunity to dream, discuss, and distill our hopes and aspirations for Choate Rosemary Hall. To that end, the final version of the Strategic Plan is currently being drafted, and we look forward to sharing it with the school community in the fall of 2013. Throughout the past year, as the strategic planning process has unfolded, I have been struck by the dedication to and love for Choate Rosemary Hall which cuts across all elements of our community, from cohort to class to geography. The intensity of interest which was reflected in the response to the School’s outreach was overwhelmingly inspirational. In the following messages, you will read highlights of accomplishments of the past year, as presented by the Choate administration. As you read, I hope you will understand the tremendous work that is happening on the campus each day. The dedication of our faculty and administration to the intellectual and character formation of our students is unique and profound. Over the next year, I look forward to keeping you informed of our progress as we focus our energies on the communication and execution of our Strategic Plan.


Alex D. Curtis Hea d master

As I enter my second year as headmaster I am, with every encounter and interaction, learning more about this great journey of discovery we are on together. At Convocation this year, I asked students and faculty to remain openminded, remembering what the great American inventor and businessman Charles F. Kettering said: “Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” This year, we have pushed the boundaries on the frontier known as Choate Rosemary Hall. In September, 14 students in the School’s inaugural Environmental Immersion Program, and two faculty members, took up residence at the LEED Platinum Kohler Environmental Center, our newest academic facility. At its October dedication, we were honored to host special guests, including donor Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57 and his extended family; former Headmaster Ed Shanahan; architect Robert A.M. Stern; current Trustees; the Mayor of Wallingford, Bill Dickinson; and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. This facility and program represents the very best of a Choate education – passionate inquiry, collaborative learning, and social responsibility – with a boldness of vision that looks beyond traditional technologies and pedagogies to new ways of living and learning. What students and faculty are learning there is proving to be transformational. They are truly educational trailblazers on a new frontier of collaborative, interdisciplinary learning. At its October meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed final plans for our next frontier – a new St. John Hall for mathematics, computer science, and robotics. The resounding success of our 2011 capital campaign, An Opportunity to Lead: The Campaign for Choate Rosemary Hall, and more current support, has enabled us to proceed with plans for the new facility. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, it will be a technology-rich learning space that will produce learners who are confident, adaptable, independent, and inspired to learn. Construction on the 29,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin in the fall. Not only will it provide a cluster of academic space for computer science

and mathematics, it will incorporate the necessary space for the collaborative work that is an everincreasing part our academic program. In addition to the structure itself, we are planning a new curriculum that will take students beyond the traditional STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to incorporate the Arts, in which we will teach creativity, innovation, and design, providing hands-on, experiential opportunities for learning. I am thrilled that faculty members have initiated ideas for the new curriculum and are eager to take ownership of it. In November, I was asked to speak about our innovative program at a community forum held at The Country School in Madison, Conn., and why it is critical that schools offer students cross-disciplinary opportunities. The answer is simple: Many of the jobs our students will be taking in the future do not now exist. As we prepare students for the future, the opportunity to think, explore, and inquire broadly – across all of these important disciplines – will be essential for the complex challenges that lie ahead. Yet another frontier where we are making great strides is our one-to-one iPad program. When we implemented our program last fall, I encouraged our students and faculty to think about the iPad not as a replacement to any other means of teaching or learning, but rather as an enhancement. Since then, our faculty and students have surpassed the learning curve as they are creating educational opportunities together in their classroom and beyond. Finally, a word about the strategic planning retreat we held in January. I am thankful for the stewardship of faculty members Alison Cady and Trent Nutting and Trustees Linda Hodge ’73 and Rob Minicucci ’71, who put great effort into the two-day event. The Strategic Plan that will evolve from this retreat will provide a guidepost for our school over the next five years. I am confident that the collective good thinking and energy of faculty and staff members, students, Trustees and school administrators will provide a path to our future frontiers, as we keep our minds open and our hearts ever grateful.

“As we prepare students for the future, the opportunity to think, explore, and inquire broadly – across all of these important disciplines – will be essential for the complex challenges that lie ahead.” –Alex D. Curtis


“Thanks to the Board of Trustees’ ‘Step Up’ challenge, the 201112 Annual Fund had a record-breaking year, featuring an increase of 8.5% in overall participation (5,100 alumni) and a best-ever year of $4.8 million in total contributions.” –Daniel J. Courcey ’86

Daniel J. Courcey ’86 E x ecuti v e Directo r o f Develo pment and A lumni R e lati o ns

The Choate Rosemary Hall Development and Alumni Relations Office had a good year. Thanks to the Board of Trustees’ "Step Up" challenge, the 2011-12 Annual Fund had a record-breaking year, featuring an increase of 8.5% in overall participation (5,100 alumni) and a best-ever year of $4.8 million in total contributions. Together, these gifts provide more than 10% of the School’s budget. Annual and capital gifts together totaled more than $26 million, one of the best ever in School history. A priority this year was to provide opportunities for the Headmaster to meet with alumni and parents, starting with a summer spectacular at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port and ending with a gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, Dr. Curtis met with alumni and parents at most of our active alumni clubs, including those in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Connecticut, and at informal gatherings in Boca Raton and Hobe Sound, Fla. The Alumni Association elected a new President, Chris Hodgson ’78, succeeding Susan Barclay ’85, who ably led that volunteer

organization for the past three years. The School’s Annual Fund is now chaired by Chris Vlasto ’84 and David Hang ’94, who took the reins from longtime Chair Jim Lebovitz ’75. The Parents Fund Council is now led by Jan and Cynthia Van Eck P ’14, whose co-chairs include Allain and Kat Bellemare P ’14, Michael and Maja McGuire P ’14, and Jose and Trisha Suarez P ’15. The Alumni Office and the Alumni Association explored new ways to connect with graduates, including live streaming video of athletic events; more than 500 alumni logged in to watch the Deerfield football and volleyball games. We also jointly sponsored simulcast events for Deerfield and Choate alumni in New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and London. Social media outlets are increasingly playing a major outreach role for the School; we uploaded significantly more content and videos on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Events featuring Choate alumni continue to be a staple of our Alumni Office work. One of the most highly attended sessions last year was an "Inside the Actors Studio"-like interview that featured former Dean of Faculty Ed Maddox and acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti '85.


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Richard Saltz C hief F inancia l Officer

The School’s many capital maintenance projects require funding from the operating budget. Since the School has been returning funds to the endowment every year as part of a plan established in 2008, additional cash surpluses have been used for capital projects. In fiscal year 2012, an additional $1.6 million was allocated to large projects such as the renovation of the Hill House front steps and waterproofing Archbold’s basement. In the past year, the School’s endowment performed well compared both to benchmarks and to the endowments of our peer institutions. As of June 30, 2012, the endowment was valued at $284.8 million. The School’s one year return was 0.3 percent, compared to -0.5 percent for the average of our 10 peer institutions. The draw from the endowment was 3.8 percent of the average asset value for the year. At the beginning of fiscal 2013, the School opened the Kohler Environmental Center. The budget assumptions for net tuition and draw from the endowment should offset all operating costs of the Center.

Choate Rosemary Hall remains on firm financial ground. As we end fiscal year 2012 and begin 2013, we realize the impact a financial crisis may have on the School and its community. Total revenues of $47.2 million were 1 percent over the budget due to higher enrollment, better than expected annual fund receipts and more net summer program revenue. The endowment supported revenues with a $10.9 million draw based on the spending formula. Operating expenses, not including depreciation, totaled $40.6 million. Cash needs for capital expenditures and debt principal accounted for $6.6 million, resulting in breakeven sources and uses of funds. Academic and student programs, including food service and facilities, represents 75 percent of the School’s cash needs. The balance of the available funds are allocated to administration, communications, admission, and development. Within the School’s budget departments, compensation and benefits represents 53 percent of the total operating budget. Maintaining competitive salaries and positive work environments for faculty and staff are key.

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Ray Diffley III Director of A d missi o n

Admission at Choate, as at secondary and private schools in general, and in colleges and universities, has never been more in the news. There is discussion of everything related to admission, especially decisions. As the School undertakes strategic planning admission will, of course, be a central focal point. In 2012, Choate had the highest number of applications in the School’s history (more than 2,000); the lowest acceptance rate (just under 20 percent); and a yield of more than 60 percent, which brought us, in the new class alone, students from 32 states and 20 countries and regions. I also note how many admission offices around the country do not have the kind of staffing, training, and resources that Choate or its peers do. To recruit and enroll 250 students each year from a pool of more than 2,000 applicants from 60 countries and 46 states is a significant task. It takes an extraordinary effort of the School community to create each class. With visits to most major cities in the U.S. and multiple regions abroad including Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East, it is not lost on me that we are a very lucky school. Our students are beneficiaries of that outreach in the form of the unique educational offering that has developed because of both the students who have helped shape our school over the years as well as the dedicated faculty and administration who keep us on the forefront of preparing those students for what’s next. Choate is able to answer that "what’s next" question better than any school I know, and with the opening of the Kohler Environmental Center, the integration of the iPad into the classroom, and the maturation of programs like the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program and Science Research Program, Choate is able to travel the world and have something relevant to say wherever we go.

Kathleen Lyons Wallace Associate Headmaster and Dean of Aca demic Affairs

This year, the Dean of Academic Affairs Office has had direct oversight of the implementation and development of programs in five key areas. The Environmental Immersion Program was introduced last September with the opening of the Kohler Environmental Center (KEC). It has been both rewarding and educational as its members have shared their experiences and new-found knowledge with the larger community throughout the year. In late February, Joe Scanio, the program director of the KEC, and I were invited to present with RAMSA architect Graham Wyatt at the National Association of Independent Schools annual conference in Philadelphia. In the panel presentation on "Building as Teaching Tool," we spoke about Choate’s efforts to integrate building, landscape, and curriculum in support of an interdisciplinary academic program. At its October meeting, the Trustees approved final plans for the new St. John Hall. In anticipation of our new building, we have made onsite visits to several schools, including the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation & Design, which is similarly dedicated to experiential learning. A half-year into the iPad program, we are seeing teachers and students utilize the iPad when it makes the most sense for teaching and learning. The advantages of portability, instant-on, thousands of apps, and long battery life are making the iPad a much less intrusive and more spontaneous tool than laptops or computer labs.


“The new St. John Hall, a 29,000-square foot facility, scheduled to open in 2015, is proposed to achieve LEED Gold certification. It will provide traditional classrooms, flexible lab and studio spaces, a lecture hall, coffee bar, and communal space.” –Kathleen Lyons Wallace

But the greatest advantage thus far has been the iPad serving as a catalyst for discussion and deep thinking about how we teach. On another technology note, last June, we expanded the Technology and Learning Institute, a week-long workshop designed to educate faculty about technology, to faculty from the Eight Schools Association. We plan to offer the program again this June. Although Study Abroad programs have been in place at Choate for more than 30 years, we have revitalized them this year by creating an Office of Global Studies. The Office supports study abroad (potentially in all academic disciplines) as well as much of the related extracurricular programming. Our global outreach continues; last summer we introduced a month-long pilot Study Abroad Program in Jordan. Students, accompanied by Arabic and French teacher Georges Chahwan, lived with Jordanian host families and took courses conducted in Arabic at AmidEast, a leading American non-profit organization. With the addition of a third year of intensive Arabic to our campus academic offerings, we are exploring the possibility of a term program in the Middle East.

Exchanges also fall under the Global Studies umbrella, and during spring break, two Choate faculty members accompanied six students to Fudan University Affiliated High School in Shanghai. This is the School’s third exchange with Fudan. Finally, Maguire Associates was retained to support the work of the Admission and College Counseling (ACC) Task Force, the third leg to our information gathering for strategic planning. As co-chair, I worked closely with the Task Force members, including Trustees Tom Viertel ’59 (co-chair), Bill Laverack, Kewsong Lee ’82, and Window Snyder ’93, and faculty Ray Diffley, Tina Grant, Jared Liu, Nick Molnar, and Eric Stahura. The research findings from this work have provided valuable feedback about the quality of specific features of the Choate experience and the effects the education has had on the lives of alumni. Going forward it should also help us recruit the "right" students to and through the Choate eperience.

St. John Hall, view from the East: This state-of-the-art classroom building for math and computer science will also include laboratories for instruction in robotics, sci­ence, technology, and the arts.


Stephen C. Farrell Assistant H ea dmaster an d Dean o f Facu lty

The Dean of Faculty’s Office continued to focus on a number of major initiatives to improve faculty life at Choate during 2012. We have worked hard on improving the faculty in two areas: ensuring an appropriate age distribution on the faculty, as retirements have been occurring later and later, and increasing the faculty of color to ensure that the faculty more closely reflects the diversity of the student body. As we have had some attrition of our younger faculty of color in recent years, we were pleased with the addition of a Nigerian, two African-Americans, and an Asian-American to our ranks this year, moving us decidedly in the right direction. At Convocation in September, we awarded two faculty chairs for distinguished service. The Richard ’22 and Lenore Earhart Chair was awarded to English teacher John S. Cobb, and the Alan H. and Margaret L. Kempner Chair to English teacher Douglas S. James. And at a December School meeting, the Ralph Kanders Chair for Distinguished Service in Residential Life went to mathematics teacher and Edsall adviser John S. Marrinan. Choate currently has 22 endowed chairs named either for the donor or a former member of the faculty. The recipients receive a chair and a modest stipend. After a two-year hiatus of our Sabbatical Program, we resumed the program last year. Sabbaticals now require a professional development component, and the number has been increased annually from 10 to 15. A new summer sabbatical option with an increased stipend was introduced making it potentially less expensive for the School and less disruptive to student life. The Trustee Task Force on Interscholastic Athletics recently completed a comprehensive report examining the scope of our athletics offerings, coaching staff, facilities, equipment, and the definition of athletic “success.” One of the recommendations from the report, which we are implementing incrementally, is to increase support for the varsity interscholastic coaches of our signature sports. We are currently witnessing increased success in recruiting, in competitions with other schools, and in college results for athletes at the best schools (the 2012 Yale varsity

“We are currently witnessing increased success in recruiting, in competitions with other schools, and in college results for athletes at the best schools.” –Stephen C. Farrell

football team alone has seven former Choate players!). We are also dealing with specialization in interscholastic sports, and we continue to encourage broad participation in our athletic program despite the increased emphasis on yearround play. In spite of our vigilance in assessing our campus security practices, the recent shootings in Newtown, Conn., have proven that schools are not necessarily safe havens. Therefore, we have taken extra measures to ensure a safer campus environment. Last year our office worked with the Headmaster to implement a no-firearms policy, ensuring that we are a firearms-free campus as of September 1, 2013. Finally, under the direction of Trent Nutting, Choate’s Summer Programs have been strengthened: enrollment is at an all-time high; Choate faculty are participating in record numbers; we have a number of new curricular offerings; and we have successfully recruited a number of students for the regular school year. Summer Programs not only turns a handsome profit for the School’s bottom line, but has also ensured a quality educational experience for participants.


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James Stanley Dean o f Stud ents

This year, the Dean of Students Office has been busy implementing some of the recommendations of the Headmaster’s Task Force on Community. The frequency of all-school meetings has been increased; with more meeting time, a greater variety of voices has been heard, and the “Choate Talks” program – a version of Chapel talks and Reflections – has been established. Students and faculty have the opportunity to share their deepest thoughts, by relating a poignant memory or how they worked through a difficult personal issue, each talk serving an important role in building community. The changes to the academic calendar have also allowed for additional conference periods during the week and a much needed sleep-in on Thursday mornings. We have implemented Community Weekends once per term. The inaugural weekend, Winterlude, took place in December and was a great success, with Friday night form events followed by a school-wide broom hockey tournament. Saturday’s events included evening athletic events, picnic dinner in the gym, and the Holiday Ball. The weekend concluded with a jazz brunch as well as Lessons and Carols on Sunday. The Committee is already working on plans for a spring community weekend. As part of the Sustainability Committee’s ongoing work, the ConservationProctors and Student Council introduced Veg-Out (meatless) Mondays at lunch. This international movement encourages people to reduce meat intake once a week for their own health and to shrink their carbon footprint. The Student Council has embraced a number of charities, both locally and abroad. Proceeds from The Daily Grind, a student-run coffee house open during conference periods and at various home athletic events, were donated this year to the Fugees Family Refugee Camp, a Georgia-based non-profit organization that runs a soccer program and academic enrichment camp for child survivors of war. Under the leadership of the Rev. Marc Trister and the Simply Smiles non-profit organization, 20 students made Choate's fifth trip to Mexico during March break to build

homes and help orphans in the city of Oaxaca. In conjunction with Choate Summer Programs, Choate Volunteer Corps, a service-learning program, will once again offer two-week immersion service opportunities: one, at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, and the other at the Sonrise School in Musanze, Rwanda. These opportunities help students fulfill an important part of the School’s mission “to develop a global perspective on cultural, social, political and environmental issues.” This year, we have increased a number of programs in support of our international students. One is a pre-orientation program whereby new international students are invited back to campus early; another is a hosting program that matches new international students with Choate families close to campus. The School continues to shore up its emergency preparedness. We regularly conduct a variety of emergency drills including all-school musters, fire drills in academic buildings and dormitories, and other situational drills around campus. In actual emergencies, like those created by Hurricane Sandy, and the recent February blizzard, an emergency team of administrators meets to determine appropriate steps of action. Our campus is secure; guidance and structure is provided by form deans and advisers, entertainment and services are provided by the Student Activities Center, and efforts are being made to build a greater sense of community and belonging.


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“With people as our most valuable resource, we aim to provide a common language, look, and feel to the Choate experience, to engage and energize our constituents – past, present and future.” –Alison J. Cady

Alison J. Cady Director of Strategic P lanning and C o mmunicatio ns

As the newly appointed Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, I have had a unique vantage point from which to get to know the School this year. Throughout the strategic planning process, I have spoken with many constituents regarding their thoughts. I have found an unparalleled enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to the institution in these conversations. I look forward to using the new Strategic Plan as a framework to coordinate our messages to reflect that vibrant, dynamic experience that is Choate Rosemary Hall. Like many large institutions, Choate endures many variations of brand presentation and representation. Usage standards, as well as common institutional language, are essential ingredients in market recognition and understanding. To that end, and to unify our efforts across the institution, the Communications Team has begun work on a School-wide style guide. Providing common visual, written and web standards of usage will ensure a consistency that will strengthen, rather than dilute the brand.

Early this year, we embarked on an accelerated design process for a new website, slated for launch in June. As a key to our marketing efforts on campus and off, the site is an integral tool for marketing and communications. Our web presence should be modern, innovative, and yet reflective of the Choate experience. Creating and maintaining a site that is dynamic, universally appealing, and technologically nimble is a challenge. However, we are excited about the prospects of this updated tool and our ability to extend the Choate embrace even further with its new capability, look and feel. Clearly, Choate is a strong institution, supported through the passion and loyalty of its many constituents: students, parents, alumni, Trustees, faculty, staff, and friends. Opportunities to define, streamline, and harness the brand that is Choate, throughout all communications channels, abound. With people as our most valuable resource, the aforementioned initiatives aim to provide a common language, look, and feel to the Choate experience, to engage and energize our constituents – past, present and future.


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“When I arrived in Estonia,” says former

Not all Choate graduates who have served as American ambassadors had such a baptism by fire. But the seven alumni who have held that post say their days were hardly filled with the glamour and white-tie elegance that’s the Hollywood version of the top foreign service job. “People think you go there and you have a bunch of parties,” laughs Dave, who was ambassador to Estonia from 2007 to 2009. “Not so. You work seven days a week.” John J. Danilovich ’68, Ambassador to both Costa Rica and Brazil, agrees. “It is funny the perception that a lot of people have about ambassadors with regards to cocktail parties and receptions,” he says. “But the truth is that all the ambassador has to do is to turn up at those parties. He does his job, specifically and pointedly, and when he leaves, the party’s over.” When he was U. S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a post at the level of ambassador, Eric M. Javits ’48 routinely worked a 14-hour day. “I generally started at 8:30 in the morning,” he says. “We had some difficult countries in the Organization, and we had to contend with their efforts to undercut the western position. It was negotiating all day. Then in the evenings, I had to go to National Day receptions – and with that many member countries, there was a National Day reception almost every day. I would get home at 10 o’clock.” Being an ambassador is, Eric says, “a grueling, demanding, and exacting career.”

Ambassador S. Davis Phillips ’61, “ a riot was

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going on. Ethnic Russians, and there are a lot of them in Estonia, were angry about the removal of some statues that symbolized Russian soldiers. They had a cyber war the next day, the first time a sovereign nation had been attacked by computer. I walked right into a real major issue, with rioting in the streets. Here I am, a new ambassador, having to deal with this.”

Those who have served as ambassadors all claim at least some spark of inspiration from their days in Wallingford. “Two of the greatest teachers of history that ever set foot in the Choate School were Courtenay Hemenway and Russ Ayres,” says Bruce S. Gelb ’45, Ambassador to Belgium from 1991 to 1993. “The way they taught history, you just had a feeling that you wanted to be a part of that in some way.” Bruce notes that being an ambassador entails much public speaking. “I did a lot of it,” he says, “and if you want to know where that came from, absolutely it was the public speaking course given by E. Stanley Pratt when I went to Choate.” Eric Javits, who is now retired, also remembers Pratt’s class. “He really improved me as a public speaker, and I found that enormously helpful,” he says. “No one who had been in Mr. Pratt’s class would ever be frightened about making a public appearance. He intimidated people to the point where once you’d been through that, you never could be intimidated again.”


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name: S. Davis Phillips ’61 ambassadorship:

Republic of Estonia (2007-2009)

Ambassador S. Davis Phillips stands before the Presidential Palace prior to presenting his papers to the President of Estonia. His wife, Kay, is standing behind the Chief of Protocol and his four daughters are standing to the right.

longitude/lat: 59° 00'N and 26° 00'E

Both Dave Phillips and William T. Monroe ’68 say they were influenced by language and history faculty Johannes van Straalen. “If I could point to one thing at Choate that played a key role, it was the fabulous Russian language studies program,” says Bill, who was Ambassador to Bahrain from 2004 to 2007. “I came to Choate with no particular interest in foreign affairs, but I decided to take Russian, primarily to spice up my transcript. Jo van Straalen’s language program, with its emphasis on more than just language study and the fantastic summer trip to the Soviet Union, opened my eyes to the world and generated my lifelong fascination with foreign languages and cultures.” Says Dave, who now is chairman and founder of an investment holding company with textile and furniture interests: “I went on Mr. van Straalen’s Russian Studies travel program in the summer of 1961. I even attended courses at Moscow State – an unforgettable experience, at a time when hardly anybody was traveling to the Soviet Union.” John Danilovich credits the School’s Spanish program: “I learned Spanish at Choate with the great Juan Lopez,” he says, “and went on the Choate summer school program to Spain in 1965 with George Cushman and his wife, and it was an amazing time.” Those who don’t single out a person or a program cite Choate’s culture of exploration and service. “I fell in love with history, literature and foreign languages at Choate, thanks to some really inspiring teachers,” says Victoria Nuland ’79, Ambassador to NATO from 2005 to

2008. “I developed a hunger to meet and understand the many diverse people behind the words in the books.” Robert D. McCallum Jr. ’64, Ambassador to Australia from 2006 to 2009, says Choate inspired him in two ways. “When I was a student, [then-Headmaster] Seymour St. John always stressed public service,” he says, “and that means community involvement. “Later, I was privileged and honored to serve on the Choate Board of Trustees in a completely different era, and from a completely different perspective. The international aspect of education, global involvement, was all of a sudden at the fore. Many, many more international students were at Choate then, and many more Choaties were spending time doing things abroad. That, too, was part of my Choate education.” Bill Monroe, who is now retired and living in Florida and Cambodia, says “One of the real attractions of a career in the foreign service is that you have ‘I'm not in Kansas anymore’ moments every time you move. And they can come from the most ordinary of moments, or the most serious. Example of the former: Stepping out on my balcony at dusk over the Nile in Cairo and hearing the evening call to prayer booming from minarets all over the city. Example of the latter: Talking on the phone from our embassy in Islamabad to an officer at our consulate in Karachi, when a car bomb exploded near where he was standing. These sum up, in a nutshell, the life and work of a diplomat: immersing oneself in foreign cultures while remaining prepared for crises that can come up at any moment.”

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name: John J. Danilovich ’68 ambassadorship: Costa Rica (2001-2004)

Brazil (2004-2005)

longitude/lat: CRC: 9.9247° N, 84.0780° W

BRA: 15.6778° S, 47.4384° W

Ambassador John Danilovich ’68 presented with space memorabilia from Space Shuttle Endeavour by NASA Commander Kenneth Cockerell (July 2002).

Others also relish living and working overseas. “My favorite moment,” says Victoria Nuland, “was when I was a young political officer at Embassy Moscow in August 1991, interviewing democracy protestors and army tank commanders among the crowd of more than 200,000 who had surrounded the Russian White House to defend the chance for change. Six months later, the Soviet Union collapsed.” Rob McCallum, recently retired to Atlanta, remembers that “Australians are so similar in many ways to people from the United States; they are open and direct and believe in democratic institutions and human rights, and have a great sense of humor. But when you go to the Venom Museum, and you see all the poisonous snakes and spiders they have in Australia – some of which you will find in the residence at the embassy – it’s kind of a ‘this is a different place’ awakening.”

Most of the Choate alumni who have been ambassadors were political appointees, called from another field of work for a period of service abroad. But among ambassadors, they are the rare ones; about 75 percent to 80 percent spend their entire careers in foreign service, moving from place to place. If you’re in the State Department, “you’re going to be moving multiple times, and you’ll be learning foreign languages and cultures,” political appointee Rob McCallum explains. “It is incredibly interesting, but you do not stay in any one place for more than four years maximum.” Adds Bill Monroe: “Moving every three years or so can be stressful to a family, especially for a spouse or partner who may have his or her own career to pursue. So sacrifices may have to be made.” R o l es A re Different, C o mp l e x


As for the job itself, “the requirement and the objective is to tell America’s story, warts and all,” says Bruce Gelb, who now chairs the Council of American Ambassadors and is a life member of the Choate Rosemary Hall Board of Trustees. “What I saw myself doing in Belgium was, more than almost anything else, practicing public diplomacy, with the simple objective of making friends for the United States. Anyone who knows anything about business knows that it’s a lot easier to do business with friends.” Bruce, who formerly was Vice Chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Director of the United States Information Agency, says the importance of public diplomacy “will continue to grow to the point where the Number One practitioner will be the President of the United States.” For Rob McCallum, being an ambassador is “developing relationships and trying to build upon them … not just on the political level, where you need to get to know the country’s equivalent of our Joint Chiefs, or the Prime Minister. It is on multiple levels, that deal not just government-to-government but with economic issues, cultural exchanges, intelligence relationships, different sorts of scientific sharing.” Preparation for the job is essential, Dave Phillips says: “Before we went to Estonia, my wife and I went to class every day for three months. You’ve got to know the country, its history, the people you will be dealing with, and what their views are. And you’ve got to know how the State Department and the Defense Department work. When you go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, they grill you. And once you’re in the country, by God, you’d better know your stuff. This job was the most intense thing I’ve ever done. I’d wake up every morning and say, ‘Let me not embarrass America.’” All the former ambassadors recommend that present Choate Rosemary Hall students consider representing the United States overseas. “You’re not going to make a lot of money out of it, but you’re going to have a rich life,” says John Danilovich, who now lives in London and is on the boards of a shipping company, a private equity company, and a financial consulting company. “When you’re an ambassador, there aren’t a lot of glamorous posts. Most places are tough, demanding, developing and emerging. But it doesn’t make any difference, really, what country you’re given, because you will have the opportunity, at the highest level, to be of service to your country – it’s almost a patriotic obligation.”

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Bruce Gelb agrees: “For Choate students, because they are bright and well-rounded kids, this is an option,” he says. “What can be better than to be a part of making sure that the country’s image abroad is one which encourages people to work with us? Especially if the students have language skills, and especially Chinese.” Eric Javits, who has retired to Florida, agrees. “Choate students who want to go into some kind of public service should think about doing something like this,” he advises. Bill Monroe says that his foreign service career was rewarding. The State Department, “teaches its officers foreign languages and sends them overseas to countries where they can use them to develop in-depth expertise and help advance U.S. foreign policy objectives,” he says. “And it offers unique opportunities to meet and interact with political, business and cultural leaders around the world. So yes, I certainly would recommend the foreign service as a career for those interested in international relations and cultures.” Victoria Nuland, now the chief spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, puts it simply: “There is no greater honor, challenge or responsibility, than to wear America’s T-shirt out there in the world,” she says, “and to work with allies and partners on every continent for a safer, more peaceful, more democratic, more fair and just planet.”

name: William T. Monroe ’68 ambassadorship: Bahrain (2004 to 2007)

longitude/lat: 26.0275° N, 50.5500° E

Ambassador William T. Monroe ’68 hosted thenSecretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a meeting of the Forum for the Future in Bahrain in November 2005.


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Minding the Gap Enriching the Student Experience Beyond the Classroom b y L o rr a i n e S . C o n n e l l y


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“It’s really all about being open to the opportunities available to you and not being worried about the finances.” –Mia Perez ’13

Mia Perez arrived at Choate Rosemary Hall four years ago from Lincoln Middle School in Passaic, N.J. Her journey to Choate was guided by what her grandmother calls el spiritu – an unspoken force that leads one’s life in omniscient ways. When she was in middle school, Mia learned about New Jersey SEEDS, a program that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools across the country. From that program, says Mia, “Choate found me.” Mia’s story is one of many reflecting Choate Rosemary Hall’s longstanding commitment to access and achievement. Founded in 1896, The Choate School was a relative newcomer among elite boarding schools. Headmaster George St. John, who came to Choate in 1908, literally went out and found the sons of the newly emerging professional classes. Over the years, we have remained faithful to that tradition of seeking out motivated, highachieving students regardless of their ability to pay. Today, more than a third of Choate’s student body (some 290 students) receives some form of financial assistance. In 2012, Choate’s financial aid budget increased to $10.6 million, the A LO N G S T A N D I N G C O M M I T M E N T

Mia Perez ’13 North Plainfield, New Jersey Mia participated in Choate’s Study Abroad Program in Beijing, China last spring, and will matriculate at Columbia University next fall.


largest in school history. Yet even Choate’s robust financial aid packages fall short in funding the full cost of attending Choate. In a recent article, “Funding the Total Cost of Attendance” (Independent School Magazine , Fall 2012), Mark Mitchell, Vice President of NAIS School and Student Services for Financial Aid, described the dilemma most independent schools face: “Even before the economic meltdown of 2008, the pace of tuition growth in independent schools outpaced income growth for most American families, creating pressures on schools to expand financial aid or face the prospect of losing families.” As schools expand their financial aid budgets and committed families stretch to fill the gap with their own resources, everyone is stretching to make independent school opportunities available to deserving students. However, with all resources going to tuition, often there is no wiggle room to fund additional opportunities. Even for families who can make the push to afford tuition, any additional expense can put the cost of attendance – and true participation – out of reach. At the request of Headmaster Alex Curtis, a fund was recently created to help support non-tuition costs associated with a Choate education, so that, “students may have full participation in the Choate experience.” The purpose of the Beyond the Classroom Fund is to ease the financial burden of a student's participation in distinct, valuable opportunities that are associated with, and enhance, the student's academic, athletic and extracurricular involvements. All Choate students, regardless of whether they receive financial aid, are eligible to apply for support. Why is this crucial? Times have changed, for one. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy’35 used the expression “A rising tide lifts all boats”; in a time of general economic prosperity all would benefit. But the waves of the current recession have hit hard as the sea level of expectations also continues to rise. Providing students with the fullest experience at Choate will not only help them navigate the shoals of the college admission process as colleges and universities continue to ratchet up their expectations, but position them to ride the waves of innovation and opportunity that will open doors in the future. These stories illustrate how funding beyond the classroom can enrich and complete the student experience.

Since middle school, Mia Perez wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Her passion was guitar. When presented with an opportunity to take private lessons as a third former, she hurriedly signed up. Her parents paid the initial $495 per term associated with lessons, but Mia knew her family couldn’t continue to support her growing interest at this level. She spoke to Director of Financial Aid Andy Noel, and they worked out a plan that enabled her to continue her lessons with some financial assistance. In the spring of her fifth form year, Mia had an opportunity to attend Choate's Spring Break College Bus Trip to Boston. Every year, the College Counseling Office offers fifth formers an opportunity to visit colleges and universities, participate in tours and information sessions, and then meet Choate alumni at each school. The cost of the trip is $550, prohibitive for some students, including Mia. It’s another instance where nontuition related funds can help cover the cost so students can get a leg up on the college search. Mia was admitted early decision to Columbia University (not on the tour), but she says a trip such as the one offered by the College Counseling Office is invaluable in helping students identify their college preferences by visiting schools beyond their geographic reach. Says Noel, “The Beyond the Classroom Fund is not just for students receiving financial assistance, but for anyone who may feel pinched by an extra expense, whether it be a varsity jacket, or a team activity or college trip. If a Choaterelated activity incurs a fee that is burdensome to your family, we want you to be a squeaky wheel,” says Noel. After a spring term in China with Choate’s Study Abroad Program, Mia thought she would like to reinforce that experience by taking a summer Middlebury College language immersion program for high school students or participate in a Global Scholars Program. Both of these non-Choate programs, however, offered little in the way of financial aid, so she had to pass up the opportunities. As an alternative learning opportunity, she got involved in community service activities and worked at a pediatric physical therapy practice back home in New Jersey. But what she gained from her Choate study abroad experience has already influenced her next course in life. Her

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host mother in China is a CEO of a company and graduate of Tsinghua University, one of China’s premier schools. As it turns out, Columbia has a study-abroad program affiliated with Tsinghua, so Mia will be able to pursue her passion for Chinese language there, along with her goal to someday work in China. The opportunities she has been given at Choate have been life-transforming. “It’s really all about being open to the opportunities available to you and not being worried about the finances,” says Mia.

“I really haven’t thought much about what I haven’t been able to do at Choate. I have taken advantage of everything put before me.” –Steel White

B e y o n d One ’ s C o mf o rt Z o ne

Steel White is a two-year student from Middlebury, Vt., population 8,200. A student at Middlebury Union High School, Steel chose to repeat his junior year at Choate. While his family recognized the obvious benefits, it was a financial stretch for them. Because he is a varsity football and lacrosse player who wanted to play college sports, the advantages of a boarding school education for Steel outweighed the sacrifices. Says Karen White, Steel’s mother, who is on the staff of Middlebury College’s Residential Life Office, “Attending Choate has been the best thing he has ever done. We’ve been so thankful for this opportunity.” Besides athletics, those opportunities include being elected a dorm prefect in Hill House, a remarkable vote of confidence in his leadership abilities given that the appointment was at the end of his first year at Choate. Steel has also teamed up with one of his prefectees, Tanay Chheda’14, a child actor from Mumbai, India who appeared in Slumdog Millionaire, to produce a movie that the two hope to pitch to the Cannes Film Festival in a student film category. “The arts were something different for me, something besides football, ice hockey and lacrosse,” he says. Steel was responsible for reaching out to local businesses, where much of the filming was done, and helped to set up shots. Steel’s signature sport, lacrosse, however, has associated expenses beyond the cost of attendance. The boys’ lacrosse program’s preseason trip to Kissimmee, Fla., is open to any student interested in playing lacrosse, regardless of age or experience. However, says Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Mike Velez ’00, “There is a significant cost associated with the trip – $950 before airfare – which covers room and board, field time, transportation, athletic trainers, and other costs. Families are on their own

to find the most affordable and convenient flights that they can.” The trip is not only important teambuilding exercise; it is another opportunity to hone skills for the upcoming season where college scouts may be on the lookout for prospective talent. Last year, says Karen, as a parent of a new student, she didn’t know about the spring trip and it was difficult to come up with money for the trip mid-year, especially when she hadn’t planned for it. Steel’s grandparents helped out, but not every family is in the position to do so. This year the trip comes just at the time that a college deposit is due to St. Lawrence University where Steel will be matriculating in the fall. These are some of the tough choices families face. There are activities that are simply out of reach for some students – The girls’ and boys’ spring tennis trip to Curaçao is $2,000, not including airfare; the winter Long Weekend Ski Trip to Stowe ($360-485); or the optional TAC (Total Athlete Conditioning) Program for athletes ($500). Steel notes, “An athlete who can afford to take TAC may have that extra advantage over a superior athlete who could benefit from it most, but who can’t afford it.” Steel shrugs this off, “I really haven’t thought much about what I haven’t been able to do at Choate,” he says. “I have taken advantage of everything put before me.”


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Steel White ‘13 Middlebury, Vermont Steel’s journey of enrichment has taken him from the gridiron and lacrosse fields to the Arts Center’s cutting room floor.


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U n l imite d Opp o rtunities Sometimes the need is modest; a varsity jacket can cost $90. Fifth former James Ortiz, like Mia Perez, came to Choate through the New Jersey SEEDS program. When looking at schools, James loved Choate from the outset. “It had just the right balance of academics and a relaxed atmosphere,” he says. This past fall, he joined the cross country team and loved the camaraderie of the team and “Ned-itations”, a mental exercise that Coach Ned Gallagher leads his boys through to get them “in the zone” for their practices and races. Getting help toward the expense of the team jacket made him feel part of the team: “Choate has given me the support that I need so that I don’t have to constantly worry about money.”

James Ortiz ’14 Union City, New Jersey A member of Choate’s Science Research Program and boys’ varsity cross country team, James participated in a servicelearning trip to Oaxaca, Mexico during spring break.


James, a native of Ecuador, is excited to be joining Choate’s service learning trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, this spring where 20 students will help with food distribution and become part of a handson team constructing a new food-distribution site in the village. “It is an opportunity to practice my language skills while helping others.” He is getting help with the cost of the trip. He is also grateful for smaller blessings as well, such as attending Student Theater productions cost free. The Katz Family Foundation has given a $25,000 grant that enables all enrolled students to attend student theater productions free of charge. “It was really wonderful to be able to support my theater friends in The Madwoman of Chaillot and not have to worry about the expense of a ticket,” he says. It may not seem like a huge expense, but when family budgets are based on tuition and fees alone, sometimes additional costs, large or small, can prove to be a burden. Choate has a long tradition of accessibility and opening its doors to those without means. Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson ’53, who will celebrate his 60th Choate reunion this May, says he began life, “on the outside looking eagerly in.” The son of Swedish immigrants, Arne grew up in The Bronx. He and his older brother, Sten, spent summers at St. Andrew’s Camp, about a mile from the Choate campus. Founded by Robert O. Hadley, Class of 1913, St. Andrew’s was staffed by Choate teachers and boys. Each year, 30 needy boys from New York City’s tenements came for, “pure air, wholesome food, a good time, and chance to learn something of the brotherhood which unites those who have much with those who have too little.” While at Choate, Arne was elected vice president of the sixth form, served on Student Council, became president of The News, and received a championship wrestling award, Honorable Mention for Excellence in Debate, and a prize for Excellence in Public Affairs. He attended Williams College and had a successful business career before entering public service. An early proponent of school choice, he was twice elected as Governor of Minnesota, serving from 1991 to 1999. Attending Choate, he has said, was the defining moment of his life: “Choate picked me out of an ash heap and gave me a shot at a quality education.” T rue t o M issi o n

Choate is still committed to giving students a shot at quality education, but a quality classroom experience in today’s marketplace may no longer be enough. It’s not your father's financial aid anymore, nor can we run the risk of treating it as such. Enrichment opportunities are no longer perceived as an extra, but as a necessity. Harvard’s Dean of Admission William Fitzsimmons answered the question regarding what colleges are looking for in a 2009 New York Times series, Demystifying College Admissions and Aid , “Test scores and grades offer some indication of students’ academic promise and achievement. But we also scrutinize applications for extracurricular distinction and personal qualities.” Extracurricular distinctions are increasingly becoming part of a school’s co-curriculum and as such need to be supported regardless of ability to pay. Notes Mark Mitchell, “By supporting the cost of co-curricular activities, events, and equipment, schools move from merely expanding the socioeconomic breadth of their student bodies to allowing students of all income levels to take advantage of opportunities that might otherwise be restricted to only the wealthiest students.” It is strategic planning on the part of the School in combination with a longstanding commitment to meeting the financial needs of all of its enrolled students that is a vital part of the equation of inclusion and increased accessibility. Using financial aid to achieve socioeconomic diversity is a crucial step in building school community and offering access to opportunity. “Contributing to the Beyond the Classroom Fund offers a particularly personal and powerful way to enrich students’ education while further raising Choate’s profile among our peer schools,” Headmaster Curtis says. While we may not be able to fund every extracurricular need, at least once in their Choate experience students should have a transforming experience regardless of their ability to pay. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is an extension of an earlier mission, “to broaden the brotherhood which unites those who have much with those who have too little.”

Beyond the Classroom Fund For more information on the Beyond the Classroom Fund, or to apply for a grant, please contact Ellen Devine, Committee Chair, at beyondtheclassroom@ choate.edu. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Dan Courcey ’86, Executive Director of Development, at dcourcey@choate.edu.


Alumni Association News

The Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association's mission is to create, perpetuate, and enhance relationships among Choate Rosemary Hall alumni, current and prospective students, faculty, staff and friends in order to foster loyalty, interest and support for the School and for one another, and to build pride, spirit and community.

OFFICERS Chris Hodgson ’78 President chodgson@durantnic.com Patrick McCurdy ’98 Vice President pmccurdy@merlinsecurities.com Ed McCormick ’78 Vice President edward.mccormick@ubs.com Susan Barclay ’85 Nominating/Prize Chair sbarclay@ric.org Chris Vlasto ’84 Annual Fund Co-Chair chris.j.vlasto@abc.com David Hang ’94 Annual Fund Co-Chair davidrandallhang@yahoo.com ADDITIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS Dan Courcey ’86 Executive Director of Development dcourcey@choate.edu Geoff Liggett Director of Development gliggett@choate.edu Monica St. James Director of Alumni Relations mstjames@choate.edu

STANDING COMMITTEES Admission Colm Rafferty ’94 Admission Chair Colm_Rafferty@hotmail.com Alumni Programming Ed Keating ’83 Campus Programming Chair keating_ed@hotmail.com Santiago Caraballo ’95 Campus Programming Vice Chair sdcaraballo@yahoo.com Regional Programming Seth Hoyt ’61 Regional Programming Chair hoytse@gmail.com Communications Jeein Ha ’00 Communications Chair jeeinha@gmail.com Michelle Judd Rittler ’98 Communications Vice-Chair m.h.judd@gmail.com Student Relations Gian-Carlo Peressutti ’91 Student Relations Chair gian-carlo.peressutti@rrd.com Mike Furgueson ’80 Student Relations Vice Chair mgfurgueson@yahoo.com

Leigh Dingwall ’84 Faculty Representative ldingwall@choate.edu

top H eadmaster Reception in Hong Kong, December 2012. From left, Former Trustee Silas K.F. Chou P ’93, ’96, ’02, Headmaster Curtis, and Leslie Chung P ’09.

Center Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drink, Boston, January 2013. bottom Graduate Club, New Haven, January 2013. From left, Jeffrey Keeler ’87, Alumni Association programming chair Ed Keating ’83, and Marietta Lee’87.


28 | 29 to p l eft President’s House, Wesleyan University, February 2013. From left, Wesleyan President Michael Roth and his wife Kari Weil P ’15, and Beth and Alex Curtis.

b ottom l eft Class of 1991 gathered at the Doubles Club, New York, December 2012

to p Right Eliza Buddenhagen ’06 and Jason Kasper ’05 at February NYC Gathering at Pranna.

B ottom Right Choate Luncheon in Vero Beach, Fla., February 2013. From left, Dave Phillips ’61, English teacher Tom Yankus ’52 and Development Officer Alex Murenia ’71.

Choate Clubs Connecting! (at home and abroad)

Alumni Clubs in London, Los Angeles and New York enjoyed traditional Holiday Parties and the Doubles Club, respectively, in December, while clubs in Boston, Connecticut, and San Francisco held Winterfests in January to extend their holiday spirit into the New Year. Always ready for another party, New York alumni held a Winterfest in February too. Alumni in California and Florida were treated to visits by longtime English teacher Tom Yankus ’52, reminiscing about their time at Choate and hearing about the School today. Choate’s

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international clubs in Seoul, Hong Kong and Beijing hosted wonderful welcome receptions for Headmaster Alex Curtis and Dan Courcey ’86. Not to be outdone, Bangkok alumni gathered at Zense Rooftop Bar in February for a get together. In February, Wesleyan President Michael Roth and Professor Kari Weil-Roth, parents of Choate fourth former Sophie ’15, hosted a reception for Headmaster Alex Curtis, Beth FeckoCurtis and alumni of both schools.

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A lumni Associati on News

left Paul Giammati ’85 was presented an Alumni Award on April 3.

right Paula Loyd ’90 was honored posthumously with an Alumni Award on April 24.

ca l l f o r n ominati o ns The Alumni Association recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields with several awards that are given throughout each year. Alumni Awards are presented to alumni who have shown outstanding leadership and have made a significant contribution to their country, community, or school. Alumni who are inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame have demonstrated a meaningful contribution to the athletic reputation of the school. If you would like to submit names of individuals or teams for nomination for the 2014 Induction Ceremony or Alumni Awards, please send nominations to Monica St. James mstjames@choate.edu or Alumni Relations alumnirelations@choate.edu

Alumni Awards The Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association has announced the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Awards. At the school meeting on April 3, Paul Giamatti ’85 was honored for his accomplishments in theater, television and film. At the April 24 School Meeting, Paula Loyd ’90 was honored posthumously for her outstanding achievement and sacrifice in the cause of public service. Paul Giamatti’s award recognized not only his acclaimed work in John Adams, Sideways, American Splendor, Cinderella Man, The Illusionist and Win-Win, but also his roles in independent movies and television shows. Students and faculty also had the opportunity to see Giamatti in the title role of Hamlet at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Paula Loyd’s remarkable life was one distinguished by extraordinary courage and dedication to her country, the Afghan people, and strangers – anyone needing help. Those who worked most closely with Paula over the years commonly used the words “brave” and “humanitarian” to depict her; this award honored her for those qualities. Paula, who lost her life in Afghanistan, is the first alumna to be awarded this prize posthumously. Classmate Rafe Sagarin ’89 shared reminiscences about Paula. Accepting the award on Paula’s behalf was Paula’s mother, Patty Ward, who has started the Paula Loyd Foundation in memory of her daughter, “a fearless fighter of those in need, and who dedicated her life to helping women in Afghanistan.” At Paula’s request, a fund has been created to help educate Afghan girls. This year Narges Mohammad Mahdi ’14 is attending Choate through a Foundation scholarship.

Ch oate N etw o rk s On the Alumni Association’s behalf, Communications Committee Chairs Jeein Ha ’00 and Michelle Judd ’98 stepped up efforts to offer alumni career networking opportunities through LinkedIn. As the most widely used professional social media site, LinkedIn offers alumni opportunities to exchange ideas, search for career advice and post job opportunities. Choate’s LinkedIn group now counts over 2,000 members. Michelle created a step-by-step tutorial for Choate LinkedIn newbies that is fun and easy to follow. Miles Spencer ’81 created Start Up//Choate, a sub-group on LinkedIn for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and/or angel investors. Networking events in Boston, New York and San Francisco are planned for late April. Join us on LinkedIn!

Co ntinuing C h oate Continuing education for Choate area alumni occurred in early April. Headmaster Alex Curtis, who teaches a seminar in art history, conducted a gallery tour of the Wadsworth Antheneum’s “Burst of Light: Caravaggio and His Legacy” exhibit for a group of alumni and parents. A Renaissance and Baroque art scholar, Dr. Curtis shared his knowledge of the five works by Caravaggio on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the nearly 30 paintings by his followers, known as “Caravaggisti,” in an intimate setting with Connecticut area alumni. Former faculty member Ed Maddox gave theatergoers an introduction to “Hamlet” at Mory’s before the Yale Rep’s April 2 performance of Hamlet starring Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti ’85 as the Prince of Denmark. Watch for more Continuing Choate alumni programming in your area.


Calendar of Events Alumni Events through Summer 2013 April 4/11 | Sixth Form Transition Dinner, Campus 4/18 | College Connect at the Spring Collge Fair, Campus 4/28 | Annual Brunch at the Gilmore Adobe, LA

May 5/2 | Brownell Society Reception

May 17-19, 2013 June

Annual Fund Real Estate Panel The opportunity to hear three leaders of the New York real estate industry drew 109 Choate alumni and parents to the Harvard Club of New York City on February 26, for a panel discussion and reception hosted by the Annual Fund Committee of the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association. The event, co-sponsored by the Alumni Club of New York, featured real estate giants Anthony Malkin ’80, P ’11, President of Malkin Holdings; Barry Sternlicht P ’11, ’12, ’13, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group; and Ivanka Trump ’00, Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization, and was moderated by Choate economics teacher Ted Hartsoe. The panelists engaged in a wide ranging conversation which primarily focused on the greater New York real estate market while including commentary on the global real estate industry and the local New York political scene. Annual Fund Committee co-chairs Chris Vlasto ’84 and David Hang ’94 were very pleased with the turnout and the interesting information provided by the panelists. The event was the latest in a series of programs designed to thank Annual Fund lead donors and volunteers for their support of the School. The event was recorded and will be available to alumni through the Choate website at www.choate.edu/realestate.

From left, Ivanka Trump ’00 Barry Sternlicht P ’11, ’12, ’13, Anthony Malkin ’80, P’11 and Economics teacher Ted Hartsoe.

6/1 | Young Alumni Task Force, Campus 6/2 | Commencement, Campus 6/9–6/13 | Gettysburg, PA: The American Civil War Led by Leigh Dingwall ’84, History Teacher

Summer at the ballpark! Boston, Red Sox at Fenway Park | July 3 ew York, Yankees at Yankee Stadium | TBD N San Diego, Padres at Petco Park | TBD San Francisco, Giants at AT&T Park | June 17 W ashington, D.C., Nationals at Nationals Park, | TBD

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64 alumni events with

4,509 attendees in 2012 Reconnect with Choate at an upcoming event in your area! www.choate.edu/alumni/eventscalendar


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Class Notes p r o f i l e s

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A Passion for Story Michael Douglas

By Kevin Mardesich ’87 Kevin began his Hollywood career running the Story Department at Oliver Stone’s company and teaches story courses at UCLA Extension. He

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Michael Douglas ’63 produced his first film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which won five Oscars including Best Picture in 1976, and won his second Oscar in 1988 for portraying Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Today, his passion for story continues with HBO’s new Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.

also runs KevinMardesich.com, a communications and storydevelopment company where co-editor Derek Porcella also works.

BULLETIN What are some strengths that were nourished

at Choate? Michael Douglas I was surprised by how much

I enjoyed the early-evening vespers. Not having a formal religious background, I appreciated that experience. Every school day, a brief service was held to sing a couple songs. That instilled a spirituality in me. I miss teachers Richard Hunter and John Joseph, who worked with English literature, and had a way of bringing novels to life – and humanity to them. It was a time for me of searching for my own identity. BULLETIN You played varsity football and have spoken

about a passion for sports. What is it about athletes that you respect? Do you respect their need to win? MD Immensely. More importantly, they only get one take. There are no re-plays. I was on the Choate track team and I remember the day Chris Dewey ran the 440 in 49.9 seconds. It was an unbelievable time. I remember how proud I was of him and the effort he made. No matter how much you practice – which is equivalent to rehearsing for a show – then comes that moment when you have to turn it on.

BULLETIN If you were to give a speech to Choate

students at your 50th reunion, what might you say? MD Somebody once said giving unsolicited advice is a hostile gesture [laughs], so I’d have to be careful. With my Wall Street experience, though, I’m concerned with how concerned youth is about money. I hope for compassion; my biggest involvement is the elimination of nuclear weapons [Ploughshares.org]. Before The China Syndrome, I committed to eliminating weapons. The issue of peace in general – you question it more as you get older. I hope some people would be willing to commit themselves to areas that may not be as financially rewarding, but certainly are spiritual and can make for a better life. BULLETIN In your Oscar acceptance speech for playing Gordon Gekko, you graciously stated that your dad [actor Kirk Douglas] attended your college performances. How influential has he been? MD I would say extremely. Being compared to your father constantly puts a lot of pressure on you, especially early in your career. But the combination of success I had in the year of Wall Street and Fatal Attraction gave me the confidence to step out from my dad’s shadow. His third act has been extraordinary. I’d say it started at 70; he was in a helicopter crash and fell about 40 feet and survived. That got him thinking. He is 96 now. He is an incredible presence. He just finished his tenth novel called I Am Spartacus. I think he is an inspiration for everybody in terms of what you can accomplish and how you handle your third act. BULLETIN This year you’ve played Liberace. Can you talk about your career’s divergent roles? MD When you’re first starting, you’re happy to get any part. Then if you have success in a movie and your individual performance is acknowledged, you sometimes begin to develop a persona. Ironically, both my father and I early in our careers played a lot of “sensitive young men.” It wasn’t until Wall Street, playing a villain, that I got my persona. What I found with a degree of success was that I was interested in doing more character work. I believe because I’m also a producer that the most important thing is a good movie. No matter what your persona might be, if you are in a good movie, they will accept you in any role. I cherish the chance if it’s a good script such as Behind the Candelabra about Liberace and his relationship with Scott Thorson [played by Matt Damon]. Characterwork frees you up. It’s much less restricting.

Behind the Candelabra will air on HBO in May 2013.


Language Proficiency Ntiedo Etuk

By Tochi Onyebuchi ’05 Tochi Onyebuchi ’05 is a first year student at Columbia Law School.

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The Mandarin Oriental’s MoBar, with its muted colors and plush furniture, is filled with professionals enjoying each other’s company. Ntiedo Etuk ’93, fits in perfectly here. The son of a Nigerian architect and a Bahamian doctor, he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell and an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate, recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship, winner of the Heffernan Award for Outstanding Service, and recipient of the Lang Fund Award for outstanding business ideas. Throughout the course of his career, one can’t help noticing the intertwined desires to build things and to give back. During stints at Citigroup and Bank One, he volunteered at the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Delaware. Nt tells the story of a young boy he tutored in algebra. After nine months, the student made progress. But, Nt says, “he basically fired me.” Nt chuckles. “He said to me, ‘you know, I really like you, but we never have any fun.’” That moment was the genesis for what would become his greatest achievement so far: DimensionU, the company behind the awardwinning DimensionU Learning System. DimensionU is a bevy of online educational video games set in a universe where students learn, practice, compete against and collaborate with each other globally, clashing swords in subjects including math, literacy, history, and science. It was designed to address what Nt believed was the biggest deficiency in how education is handled in the U.S. “A lot of education” he says, “is focused on teachers, not the true customer, the student.” Much attention is paid to accountability, but there’s nothing said about being engaged. Choate, Nt claims, showed Nt what engaging, interesting teaching looked like. “The students woke up every day anticipating that the world could be theirs. Our image of the future was a white canvas on which we could paint...anything.” The DimensionU project is an effort to make engagement a part of the core formula for teaching. And how to do this? Video games. By the age of 21, Nt estimates, the average American will have played about 10,000 hours of video games. Not only that, he claims,

but the average age of a gamer these days is 34. Which means this technology is not only familiar to students, but to their teachers. DimensionU has earned Nt the attention of Tech & Learning Magazine, who in 2010 named him one of the 30 Future Leaders of Education Technology. Crain’s New York honored him as one of their six “Top Entrepreneurs” and a “Silicon Valley One to Watch.” That same year, he was made a member of the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellows. In addition, the World Economic Forum recently named DimensionU a Technology Pioneer. EdNet included the system on its list of “Shining Star” products. To hear the company’s much-garlanded co-founder and executive chairman talk about his project is to hear many languages spoken at once. He talks about the rewards systems for adults and children like a policy analyst. He wants to bring down the labor cost of teaching, and one hears an economist at work. As he analyzes the “Sage on the Stage” theory of teaching, picking apart its insufficiencies, one learns that Nt is fluent, too, in the language of sociology and educational philosophy. Then he is back to kids, and explaining what happens when they pick up a new video game. “They’ll start, then they’ll play for five minutes, then they’ll fail. Pick themselves up, start again, play for ten minutes. They fail. And they will do this 500 times before they finally succeed and master the video game. And you say, well, why can’t that happen with algebra?” Education and individualized learning have thus far been his focus, but Nt has already begun searching for the next frontier. He cites his family history as having directed him on this path towards making opportunity for others. A desire to effect large-scale change, to productively disrupt systems, and add value to the world, and to do so in championing a cause close to his heart, has made itself manifest in a desire to enter multiple conversations. Politics, science, education, technology. Ultimately, it is about “helping people to be their best selves.” One can tell he is already eager to test his proficiency in those many languages.


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Flavor is Knowledge Jennie ripps

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By Leslie Virostek Leslie Virostek is a freelance writer.

At an upscale, diner-style restaurant in Brooklyn, you can sit at the sleek counter and order an updated burger – perhaps a homemade veggie burger with a sundried tomato spread. For your beverage, you can get a “Ginger Classic” – not a soda fountain drink full of artificial flavors, but an artisanal tea soda made from a pure ginger tisane (herbal tea), complete with all of the beneficial antioxidants. (If you like Dr Pepper, you’ll want to try “The Doc,” which uses vanilla, cloves, cardamom, and 10 other real ingredients to make that unusual flavor.) Creatively re-imagining America’s favorite junk food beverage was the brainchild of Jennie Ripps ’98, flavor maven and founder of The Teaologist, an artisanal loose-leaf tea company based in New York City. The Teaologist sells a variety of proprietary blends of black, white, and green teas, as well as tisanes and varieties of rooibos, a tisane from the redbush plant. For individual restaurants, Jennie creates tea-based beverages that are uniquely suited to the identity of the establishment – as in the case of that upscale diner – or its “flavor profile.” A restaurant with a very spicy flavor profile, for example, would be well suited to tea blends that have cooling properties. “First and foremost, I’m interested in both flavor and function,” says Jennie. Many people are aware of the healthful aspects of tea and other real, whole ingredients such as ginger and raspberries, but many have never experienced their flavor possibilities. Education is thus a part of Jennie’s marketing strategy. Whether she is with an investor, a restaurant owner, or an attendee at a promotional event, Jennie relishes “the conversion process.” She says, “I love meeting people, having them taste the product, and seeing them understand what tea can be like.”

Jennie was a University of Pennsylvania graduate with a degree in English and some experience in publishing and marketing when she took the leap in 2011 into small business ownership. She says that Choate likely influenced her independent character and entrepreneurial aspirations, noting that she always felt supported and affirmed by “the confidence that teachers showed in me throughout my time at Choate.” Her inspiration for a tea company came from her previous work in marketing, which involved organizing and attending many events. She began to consider the mixed drinks she was consuming in terms of both the flavors and the ingredients. Could a tisane give a better taste than cranberry juice? Wouldn’t it be better to use components with healthful properties than synthetic flavors? “What I loved doing was making flavors, and I could accomplish that with looseleaf tea,” says Jennie. From the start, The Teaologist adopted the philosophy of “Flavor is knowledge” to emphasize the value of real, whole ingredients and, says Jennie, “knowing what you’re putting into your body.” Since then, The Teaologist’s brews have made their way into numerous restaurants and events, including charity fundraisers, the Sundance Film Festival, the International Restaurant Show, and the New York City premiere of Twilight: Breaking Dawn. This summer Jennie will be launching a bottled cocktail mixer that, like a Bloody Mary mix, can be combined with alcohol to make a specialty drink. The base, of course, will be tea. Says Jennie, “It took me six months to source a place that would brew real tea for me. People just wanted to use flavors, and I wanted to use real tea because I want those antioxidants in there.” In addition to developing the new mixer product, Jennie has been busy with moving her company to a warehouse in Red Hook, and expanding her marketing to hotels in addition to restaurants. If all that weren’t enough, she is also a new mother. She and husband Max Brockman have a baby daughter named Juliet. She says she has been “a bit crazed, but extremely excited” by all of these recent developments. After all, these are the challenges and the joys she expected from small business ownership. She says, “Being an entrepreneur is something I’m passionate about almost more than tea.” The real thrill, she says, is “putting something in the market that’s new and that people are excited about.”

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Activist and Ethicist Donna Dickenson

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By Hannah Higgin ’05

Hannah Higgin ’05 is a PhD candidate in American history at the University of Cambridge.

Though unable to attend her 50th class reunion, bioethicist Donna Dickenson ’63 fondly recalls, from her home in England, the lasting friendships, memories, and education – in class and out – garnered at Rosemary Hall. Donna is the Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London and the author of 20 books and 60 scholarly articles, some published in a number of foreign languages. She was Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London, was the holder of the Leverhulme Senior Lectureship at Imperial College, and was the first John Ferguson Chair in Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham. Given her 40 years of achievements in academia and medical sciences, one might be surprised to learn that Donna’s favorite subjects in her teens were French and English. Living with her grandparents in Greenwich, Donna moved from a public middle school to Rosemary Hall. Academically, the leap was considerable but rewarding: She recalls that she advanced from reading The Yearling in the eighth grade to The Iliad in the ninth. She relished the challenge, flourishing in the environment. Outside the classroom, Donna forged lifelong friendships. She recounts with great joy her participation in the annual staging of Shakespeare productions in a bucolic clearing in the campus orchard. The Answer Book from her graduation year includes a picture of her “waiting in the wings” during the Merchant of Venice. Beside her stands a nowfamed Rosemarian who had a smaller part: Glenn Close. Though she relished the freedom and comfort afforded her and her classmates in a single-sex community, she also recalls mixers at other schools, including Choate. Indeed, she even dated a Choate boy. After Rosemary Hall, Donna earned a B.A. with high honors in Political Science at Wellesley, and then an M.Sc. in International Relations at the London School of Economics. She later worked as an

Associate Researcher at Yale and on a court reform project for the non-profit Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. She then moved to the UK, where she juggled motherhood and academia in bioethics, simultaneously working toward her doctorate. In 2006, she became the first female recipient of the Spinoza Lens Award. Named for famed Dutch philosopher Baruch de Spinoza, the award goes to renowned thinkers committed to encouraging public debate in the field of ethics. She is also an award-winning activist who strives against the commoditization of the human body. In 2009, she authored a groundbreaking work Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh & Blood. Fay Weldon in the Financial Times wrote, “In the 1960s Rachel Carson's Silent Spring launched the avalanche of the environmental movement. Perhaps Body Shopping will do the same for the body rights campaign.” Donna has followed that book up with Bioethics: All That Matters (Reviewed on p. 62). When she is not writing books, Donna is involved in a number of policy-related projects, including authoring a commissioned paper for the Retained Organs Commission in the UK, and running major projects for the Network for European Women’s Rights. Donna also utilizes her long-time interests in literature, plays, and oratory. She has written radio plays, including a week’s worth of scripts for BBC Radio’s The Archers, the world’s longest-running soap opera, still regularly listened to by millions of Brits. She has also published two joint collections of poetry and a biography of the poet Emily Dickinson. A prolific and reputedly renowned public speaker, Donna has appeared on TV and radio and published widely syndicated columns. She has also penned popular science books in the hope of bringing issues of bioethics, an issue she cares deeply about, to a wider audience.


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RH Al ice M ue ll er writes from Redding, Conn., “I celebrated my 100th Birthday. I had a gathering with 68 people including Dotty Hamilton ’50.”

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C Bi ll M ill er writes, “Ever since my 68-country world trip 50 years ago, to learn how Christian students were living out the Gospel in their colleges and universities, I have kept my collection of Australian Aboriginal Art on loan to the Mellon Library. In 2009, most of the bark paintings were auctioned by Sotheby’s. In 2012, I donated four paintings and over 60 artifacts to Choate. The artisans who painted and carved these have died and, with them, their Stone Art. I am seeking to sell Aereon Corp., where I’ve served since 1967, advancing the art of aviation, which holds patents in seven countries.”

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Jay Dav is writes, “I’m still skiing and instructing at the Dartmouth Skiway and heading out to Aspen for a week in March. I understand there are currently 28 Choate applicants to Dartmouth. Glad to learn that the College is so popular. I am in touch with Charlie Gachot periodically. Looking forward to our 65th.” Eyv in d Faye writes, “At age 80, which most of the ’50’s attained last year, it seemed like a good time for me to look back on changes and look forward to those to come. While I’m still farming in California’s Sacramento Valley, the operation has evolved away from tree fruits and nuts and gone back to grain crops similar to my grandfather’s day. Gerda (wife of 52 years now) and I have turned most of our farming acres over to our oldest son. Where I used to employ up to 80 people during prune and pear harvests and 20 people year round, now we have satellitedirected tractors operated by two or three part-time people. Long hours at planting and harvest times are still the norm, but we can get away for travel and recreation during days in between, as I am one of the part-time people. I have given up most of the boards and commissions I used to serve to younger folks we’ve mentored, mostly descendants. We are spending more time on Kauai where we built a house while I was on the board of the Kikiaola Land Co., owned and operated by the extended family of Faye cousins. While we are both in good health with all our original body parts, we are enjoying traveling and are still based in our home of the past 40 years in Knights Landing. I still play ukulele and upright bass with friends in a string band we call the Putah Creek Crawdads. So far, we have put off deciding on the moving steps that many of our friends have taken, but realize that we must make some decisions. We are fortunate to have the families of son, Eric next door, and of Olen ’84 in San Francisco, two hours away.”


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R H M ar l ee T urner writes, “Lots of good news amid challenges and some sadness. In late January 2012, I departed ice and snow on Amtrak, relaxing en route as I watched our wonderful country and met interesting people from across the U.S. and around the world. I enjoyed five-day-a-week water aerobics in salt water pool, zippy trips to nearby Rotary Clubs, where I learned local school needs and kids’ developing teamwork skills. In April, I went to Los Angeles, and then drove to see my sister Ann in her Palm Desert rest home; she passed on last May. Her children decided on September for her memorial service. I braved flying to the memorial service and on her spacious deck, over 30 friends and family from across the U.S. gathered. She had asked that her ashes be spread in the Sierra, where she and husband Jim had hiked. Summer in Maine was warm and delightful. Year round I enjoy friends including in Rotary Club, Bridge and Quaker Meeting.”

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C Dic k P ell writes, “Just read the latest class notes and thought perhaps it was time to send one. Thanks for the quote from Rick Smith. I will read his newest book, Who Stole the American Dream? Re my life: Mr. Pratt lives on. For the past 63 years I have been involved, mostly professionally, on the technical side of the performing arts. And I owe it all to Stan, who liked the lighting work I did for him and got me my first professional gig as a lighting designer. Because of the rapid changes in the technology in audio, video, broadcast, theatrical lighting, I have enjoyed a most interesting career. About 20 years ago I got interested in the performing side of the business and have become what I consider to be a decent second-rate actor. I still enjoy it. I often think of Stan, sitting in the last row of the old gym (which had been converted into a theater) shouting stage directions during rehearsals in his stentorian tones. Regardless of his reputation as a frightening monster among the ‘New Boys’, I always found him to be a wonderful sensitive and caring man.”

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J ean H ild itch W i l s on returned to Nepal in November to hike the Everest Trek. She hiked with a friend for 22 days with a guide and porter. She writes, “It was a hike of a lifetime. It makes our Colorado mountains seem a little smaller. In May we celebrate our 60th Rosemary reunion and I hope most of us can be in Wallingford for the special weekend.”

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C R o bert T. H al l writes, “I’ve been in the private practice of law as a trial attorney since 1966, and have been President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (1985–86) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2007–2008), and have served as the Dean of the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy from 2000 to the present.”

right Bill Miller ’44 has donated 4 paintings and over 60

artifacts to the school. Since 1967 he has been advancing the art of aviation through the company he founded, Aereon Corporation.


Peter R eifsn yd er writes, “After running three divisions of QSP, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reader’s Digest, for 25 years, I retired and went in an altogether different direction by owning and running a business dealing with water damage and mold remediation, which I still do. With last fall’s superstorm Sandy hitting a large part of New England, and the framework and foundations of many homes and buildings being inundated with volumes of water, when the weather gets warmer, molds of all kinds will start rearing their ugly heads mostly because the homes were not dried out properly. Mold remediation is not rocket science (that is why I can do it), but there are absolutely no shortcuts one can or should take in addressing the problem. I love the work and don’t ever want to retire – there is only so much golf one can play!”

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B o b G aines writes that last June he led the backgammon team from the University Club of New York for a rematch with the Royal Automobile Club of London. The UC won in 2011 and they tied in 2012. Preceding the week in London, Bob joined a Normandy WWII tour of about 20 people, led by a University of the South history professor. The week after London, Bob enjoyed a week’s trip on The Royal Scotsman (a highly recommended tour of Scotland). In September, Bob spent three-plus weeks in Europe: Koln, Munich (for Oktoberfest), Berlin and Rome (for an art and architecture tour led by a director of the Bremen Art Museum). In November, on his way to homecoming at Sewanee (aka The University of the South) Bob went to Memphis from New Orleans, traveling on the Mississippi Queen, the new rear-paddle wheeler launched by American Cruise Lines. In January, he took a trip to Florida.

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H erbert V. Ko hl er, J r. , was featured in the February 2013 issue of Business Jet Traveler. Kohler's two Lear 45s, a Global Express XRS and a Gulfstream GIV-SP are integral to his company and its expansion in China. Pat M c Nu lty reports the birth of grandson Brendan Patrick Rowe on November 19, 2012. He joins his parents Campbell and Siobhan Rowe along with Brother Evan at their home in Concord, Mass.

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C Dennie W i ll iams writes, “Last June, I had the best Middlebury College reunion ever: The 50th! There was a huge crowd of my classmates and we conversed all over campus and elsewhere in the Vermont mountain country during the best of sunny weather. My wife, Ina, and I spent the nights in a beautiful bed & breakfast in the country just a couple of miles from the campus. Two of my classmates and their wives joined us. Both were varsity soccer teammates of those olden days. The alumni coordinator for the event was kind and thoughtful enough to arrange an alumni gathering to hear me speak about my recently published unique nature book, The Spirits of Birds, Bears, Butterflies and All Those Other Wild Creatures, published by Amazon, CreateSpace, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and others. It’s about intercommunications and interaction among humans and wild critters.”

TOP Lou Riggio ’55 and wife, Patricia attended the February 5

luncheon at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club honoring baseball great, coach and teacher, Tom Yankus, ’52. The event was hosted by Bob Miller ’72. Representatives from the classes of ’48 through ’92 were there.

bottom Stuart Rider ’60 and his wife, Christine, celebrated

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readers' cor ner Receiving a good bit of fan mail and several phone calls as an interesting aftermath of the article in the fall 2012 Bulletin. The letter from Jack Houx ’52 was a bit curious. He wanted to remind me that Robert Frost had also visited in 1951. Alas, the visiting poet was Carl Sandburg, not Robert Frost. Sandburg was our first visiting author in what became the Library’s ongoing program of visiting authors. The Sandburg lecture is very clear in memory for two reasons. He had not told us in advance, not even during the dinner preceeding the lecture, that he did not allow taping. He made his announcement at the beginning of his lecture and on the second shelf of the podium he was using was a tape recorder turned on and taping. How he could miss it is a mystery, because this was not a small, compact recorder but one of those old-fashioned reel machines. We all expected him to spot the recorder and turn it off or smash the machine, but he remained totally oblivious to it. The tape turned out to be an excellent recording – but what to do with it in view of his early declaration about taping? We finally decided that the honest course of action was to erase it and so we did. I still regret our honesty! The other memorable event was that he had either lost or forgotten to bring the strap to go over his shoulder to hold his guitar. Rev. Seymour St. John ’31 cheerfully loaned him the belt from his bathrobe because we could find nothing else the correct length. Unfortunately, Mr. Sandburg forgot to return the belt and Seymour really never forgave him. He mourned the loss of the belt for a long time.

Pauline Anderson Saratoga Springs, New York For years I lived at Choate as my late husband, John, was a master. We loved every minute of it and I have very fond memories of my special years there. After an unbelievable 47 years I retain an interest in Choate and pored over the last Bulletin. I recognized many “boys” names as well as unfortunately those whose obituaries were published, Marion Thompson and Jean Pierre Cosnard de Closets. I loved Henry McNulty’s interview with Pauline Anderson, who was a close friend. The Bulletin reflects the high standards for which Choate has always stood for. It is certainly a publication for which you and Choate can be proud.

Elizabeth R. McCune Bethesda, Maryland we 'd l ik e to hear from yo u!

For letter to the editor submissions, please contact Lorraine Connelly at lconnelly@choate.edu

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Sa lly B arnes So nne plans to attend the 55th reunion, to see classmates and also three of her children, Nick and Matt, both ’88, and Edie ’93. She and Chris still live in their too-large family home in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., avoiding the inevitable daunting task of moving (downsizing). In the meantime, a little travel, duplicate bridge, and various forms of sports and exercise keep Sally busy, too busy to pack up. Do rie H ubbar d Lo b l and Herb are happily settled in Purchase, N.Y., with both children and their families living nearby. They take advantage of their proximity to NYC and attend quite a few opera performances at the Met. Having lived in Paris for many years, they enjoyed a week-long nostalgia trip to Paris last June. D oreen M ah one y H are moves between Center Harbor, N.H., and Naples, Fla., with travels to other places in between. Visits from grandchildren keep her and Peter young. Ju dy M itche ll G o rman lives in Pennington, N.J., teaching yoga and meditation. She writes, “I burned 20 logs a day for a week when my power went out. Sandy taught me many lessons, but one thing that I know is that I am a survivor. I am sure RH had something to do with that.” Sue W hee l er M aso n is in Bethesda, Md., enjoying gardening and garden-related volunteer jobs, plus a new art class creating monoprints using a press. Her son, Nathaniel, has served two stints with the State Department in Tripoli, Libya, and she will be happy when he returns to the U.S. for good. Sue and Dwight enjoy traveling, and the most recent exciting place was the Galapagos Islands.

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Sc otty Lo w and Mo Ev erett visited friends in Palm Beach in December, set up a poster auction, went to two Four Freshman concerts (remember them at our 50th reunion?) and went antique slumming. Scotty is an entrepreneur from the newspaper world and divides his time between Florida, Maine and France. Mo says he had not seen him for almost 30 years. Mo reports he does see Fred Garner and Scotty Whitlock in Boca Grande, Fla., every winter and got a nice Christmas card from Frank Pagliaro. He always likes hearing from classmates. (morriseverettjr@yahoo.com).

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Car y Ke l ly was elected to the Bonner County Board of Commissioners (Sandpoint, Idaho) in November with more votes than any other candidate in a contested race, and, to the surprise of no one from Choate, he then was elected Chairman of the Board. A l e x M c F erran writes that Jo Johnson and his wife, Gracie, visited Jamie Lockhart at his home just south of Rochester, N.Y., last summer. Jamie’s "mind is as sharp as a tack and has many wonderful recollections of his days at Choate, Cornell and his years living in Paris and circling the globe.” J o hn Ogi lv ie writes, “My wife and I continue to spend five months each year at our home in Llao Llao, a small lakeside community just west of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. It’s got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The rest of the year is spent between our apartment in Buenos Aires (one month), our apartment in NYC (three months) and our legal residence in Egremont, Mass. Yes, it’s a difficult life. If somebody has to suffer, it might as well be us.” Ken W y d r o writes, “After a packed-house, enthusiastic performance at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Northwest London on Nov. 7, 2012, my original drama “Secrets – The Untold Story of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung” opened Feb. 11 (my 70th birthday) at the Barrow Group Theater in NYC. Another historical landmark on March 23, when “Mama, I Want to Sing,” written, produced and directed by me and my wife, Vy Higginsen, celebrates its 30th Anniversary as one of the longest running off-Broadway productions in the history of American theater. It will play through June 2013 at the Dempsey Theater in Harlem before departing on a tour of Japan in December.”

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S ass y Watters writes, “My husband and I have just spent another winter in Tortola, B.V.I. I am so grateful and so spoiled to be able to miss the cold winter in Connecticut. I am hoping that our class will plan another reunion soon, it was so fun to see everyone after such a long time.”

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C G e o ffre y G . P eters o n writes, “Those of us in the class of ’63 are coming upon the big five-oh. And that’s Choate anniversary, not birthday. Where did the years go? I used to pick up girls. Now I pick up prescriptions. And I even have a pill carrier. I’ll see you a Lipitor and raise you a blood pressure pill. Don’t get me started. Well, 50 years have gone by and I’ve finally become President. Not the one I was expecting. (Mom used to keep my notebooks for the Peterson Presidential Library). No, I’m President of the Peterson Group. I worked my way up to the top overnight, since I founded the darn “company” myself. I’m a lobbyist and I finally opened up my own shop within sight of my retirement years. At least I didn’t have to buy health insurance for the one employee (me) because of Medicare. Despite the normal aches and pains that come with the aging process, I’m pretty healthy and happy. My wife, Nance (also a lobbyist), and I split our time between the Washington D.C., area and our home in Delray Beach. I try to hightail it down to Florida when Congress is out of session which, as you know, means I can do a lot of hightailing. My wife was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. Growing up in the snows of Connecticut, I


summer didn’t know you had the option of growing up in Fort Lauderdale. As for our lives, we have found that going on small cruise ships, especially in the Mediterranean, is a great pleasure. And we are active in politics, on the Democratic side. We intend to come to Choate for the 50th anniversary of our class and share war stories (some of which may even be true) with my classmates. I remember Choate with fondness. It was right up the road from my home in Weston, Conn., but it was an oasis of learning and growth that I will never forget. Best wishes to all.”

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Vic k i B rook s continues her consulting work around the New York area. Her son is still at JP Morgan, and her daughter left Barclay’s to go to Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. D o nna Dic kens o n’ s latest book, Bioethics: All That Matters, was published in the U.S. in October 2012. (See review on p. 62.) Penn y G riffith Di x is involved in a docent program at the New Britain (Conn.) Museum of American Art. In August, she and Dennis went to Russia and Germany, sailed on the Baltic, and finished the trip in Norway. As of April 2012, Pol ly Ashman Goody ear has been working full time at an eldercare agency. She is also working at Arcana, a healing arts center in Portland, Maine, which she finds most fulfilling. In addition, she does some online marketing for a producer-composer and a professor at the New England Conservatory. It was good to hear from Pat T ishman H all , who reports that she’s been living in New Mexico for almost 20 years. She has her own company called HD Solutions, which makes documentary films. Ca l i P otts Hay ward has moved from New Hampshire to Barre, Vt. Her son lives nearby in Montpelier. O l i v ia H a l l Van M e l l e Kamp is now Director of Development at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. J ean M c B ee Kn ox is “quasi-retired” and enjoying freelance writing. She and Dick still live in Boston, but spend most weekends at their home in Center Sandwich, N.H. Great to hear from S arah S chwart z W ey after all these years. She’s got two grandsons (ages 4 years and 8 months) and says she’s been going through a second childhood. C hris M urray M cKee is still living in New London, N.H., working in real estate part time. She has three granddaughters, Sammy, 5; Haley 9 months; and Ellie, 17 months. Condolences to the whole family on the death of Chris’s mother in January at the age of 96. M arg o M elto n N utt spent a few days last July visiting Margo Heun Bradford in York Harbor, Maine, where her extended family rents a house each summer. Margo B. is enjoying retirement, but at present is dealing with caring for her 98-year-old father, who is in long-term nursing care. Margo N. is still working part-time at the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and is delighted to report that so many classmates are coming to our 50th reunion in May.

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J u dy S haw R ichar d s o n writes of the birth of her first grandchild, Amelia, in June 2012. Judy is “super busy in every way, horses, chickens, Hawthorn Hollow, Dragon Boat, CSSW, optometry, teaching, etc.” Just before deadline she added this update: “We’ll be in New York in July for Dina and Dominic’s wedding at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.” C in dy S k iff S hea lo r writes, “Our daughter and her family have moved back from Hong Kong and are staying with us while they decide their next move and wait for their container. Lucy is 2 ½ and Frances 4 ½. They will be going to the same pre-school where Daisley went. Now that makes me feel ready for a 50th reunion when my grands are a legacy in a nursery school.” R ee v e Lin d bergh T ripp ’s latest literary effort is a book of her mother’s writings, Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals 1947-1986 of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (published in April 2012).

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J eff Go u ld writes,”I am really looking forward to seeing as many return for the 50th as possible. I can’t believe we are that young! Spending time between China and the Dominican Republic in the energy business. Fascinating stuff for my last chapter. Have talked recently with Dunbar, Rugg and Pinkham, and we are all doing as well as possible. Looking forward to seeing Tom Yankus on the baseball diamond again for his deserved tribute, but only this time without a bat in my hands. R o bin R ea d of Portsmouth, N.H., decided not to seek a fifth term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in November’s election. For the past four years, Robin served on the Science, Technology and Energy Committee of the New Hampshire House. Robin’s daughter Marion graduated from Georgetown Law School in May and is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. In September, Marion married Dr. Alexander Saltman of Washington, D.C. Marion and Alex met when they were both working in Washington for members of Congress.

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R o b S imps o n writes, “I continue as CEO of a 179-year-old not-for-profit private psychiatric hospital in Vermont, the Brattleboro Retreat. Since the closing of the state hospital following Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, we are a major component of the adult state hospital for Vermont. While the majority of our patients come from the New England area, due to our specialty programs including an inpatient program for individuals identifying as LGBT and a program for uniformed service

top Sandy Carden ’64 at Green River writes, “If you want to

keep your family close to you-don’t let go of the oars.”

middle Leigh Barnard Furda and Ann Mason Sears, both ’65,

onboard Leigh's boat in Marathon, Fla.

bottom John Faber ’70 wearing his Choate gear at WGC-

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personnel (fire, police, veterans, EMT), we served individuals from 27 states and four countries last year. We also have an important advocacy role, as our mission states that we are inspired by the courage of our patients, and we regularly advocate in legislative bodies and in the press about the role that stigma plays in impeding individuals from receiving adequate and timely mental health and addiction treatment. On another note, I have also recently received a patent for a urologic medical device related to the treatment of pain and infection following prostate biopsy. Who knew at Choate that as a Russian student of Jo van Straalen and a football jock under the tutelage of Coach Bob Williams that I would ever end up running a psychiatric hospital much less developing urologic medical devices. Just goes to show that sometimes a career is something that you end up in while you are looking at something else. Look forward to the next reunion!”

Archives in Action Assigned by AP Spanish teacher Carolina Croes ’94 to make a short movie (in Spanish!) promoting a product to other students, Lindsey Lui ’14 and Maelle Piepenburg ’13 came to the Archives. Their idea? Promote varsity gear! They were impressed with the collection of vintage varsity sweaters (the oldest belonged to Edwin B. Dickinson C ’1910). They pored through old Briefs and the Archives photograph file for appealing pictures. To top off their visit, they posed with the Archives’ mannequin, who is sporting Barbara Symmers Bancroft RH ’64's varsity blazer. Lindsey (left) is wearing William Hencken ’62's varsity jacket while Maelle opted for the more contemporary style of Joseph McAndrew ’87's jacket. P.S. The girls received an “A” on the project. Judy Donald ’66 Choate Rosemary Hall Archivist

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RH Wes l ey Cu llen Dav i dson writes, “I keep in touch with Hoola Hooping Leslie Blake Kotiza, Rita Willsey Neher, and Susie Samuels, now Carey Hochberg. I stay with Lesley Starbuck (Les Hencken) when I visit Manhattan quarterly, at which time we dine with Kathy Ketcham Wikowitiz. I recently saw Ann Mason Sears in Vero Beach on her boat. Abb y E rdmann writes, “On Valentine’s Day, I was dancing with Margot Botsford and Lisa de Lima and enjoying the incredible energy and decades of friendship with these two remarkable women. Many of my closest friends are still from Rosemary – Annie Woodhull, Deborah Choate, among others. And I am still in my old life – teaching and loving it, parenting my 16-year-old now at boarding school at Proctor Academy, in awe of the life my daughters have chosen – to do plastic and reconstructive surgery and to start a fair trade cocoa company now on the shelves at Whole Foods – Cisse! My life has lovely rhythms that include walking my aging dog, daily yoga and aerobic activity, time with old friends, visits to see my grandson in Larchmont, and an intense teaching life most recently working on and thinking and talking about race. I have no real motivation to stop working as I have the luxury of teaching half time. I am blessed to be happily married to Luc Aalmans (We celebrated our 20th this year). I had lots of trouble with my knees last year but constant attention, a meniscus operation and gel shots have made my knees serviceable. They support the life I want to lead – who can ask more?” Caroline Fair less is a certified retreat facilitator for The Center for Courage and Renewal, the non-profit based on the writings and teachings of Parker Palmer. Her particular niche is the intersection of ecology and spirituality, retreats which emerge from her most recent book The Space Between Church & Not-Church: A Sacramental Vision for the Healing of Our Planet (University Press of America, 2011). An Episcopal priest ordained in 1989, Caroline retired in May 2012, and continues to write and blog at www.restoringthewaters.com. She is active in the permaculture and transition town movements in the area surrounding her New Hampshire home, and will debut the Restoring the Waters Puppet Theater this summer, with her partner and husband, Jim Sims.


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Sarah H ud so n writes, “After 27 years teaching all the medical classes at Maine Maritime Academy, I am going to retire in May. A very sad decision for me but I had a bad MS attack last spring and thus handed in my retirement notice. I plan to work in an Emergency Veterinary Clinic and possibly start an animal ambulance associated with the clinic. I also am involved with a physician who wants to start a mobile medical facility for those patients without insurance. Last year, Wendi Earl and I realized that we had been BFFs for 50 years, so we are celebrating by taking a cruise from Amelia Island to Charleston, S.C. I do see Helen Caivano once in a while and she and Roc are also planning to retire this spring. Her father died two weeks ago at age 92 and I know that was hard on Helen and her three sisters. We saw each other a week before her father's death and talked about how our lives had been so intertwined since Rosemary." Sue B auer N apier writes, “Remarried in March, daughter, two granddaughters. Love doing real estate – I do residential and farms while my husband, Stan, concentrates on commercial properties in Lexington, Ky.” Susan H a ll My gatt writes, “It has been three years since my husband Sam (Choate ’61) died, and to my surprise I have learned to enjoy life on my own. Our three daughters are well launched, and one is recently married. I travel quite a bit, often with my new friend Max, who was married to our classmate Susan Currier, who died in 2006. Our widow-widower friendship has a special depth, as our late spouses are a comfortable part of our conversations. I also enjoyed attending Sam’s 50th Choate reunion the year after he died. May our 50th be as substantive and well attended as the men’s reunion will likely be!” Ann M as on S ears and husband Herb have spent six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the winter traveling from Maine to Florida on their boat. While Herb is not retired, he was able to work from the boat. Says Ann “It has been a great adventure, with a number of challenges (namely Hurricane Sandy in N.C.) and boat problems to solve. I had a fall in St. Augustine and managed with a knee brace, so that dealt a blow to some sports and activities.” On her travels, Ann was able to visit with Wesley Cullen Davidson in Vero Beach, and with Leigh Barnard Furda in the Keys at Marathon. A note on the 2015 50th Reunion, please email her with your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas: searssunshine@comcast.net.

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Peter H einrichs is a part-time pastor in Freeport, Maine, and a coach and consultant for capital campaigns in nonprofit institutions. He and his wife, Susan Lewis, enjoy living along the banks of the Saco River in Steep Falls, Maine. Peter may be reached by email at peheinrichs@gmail.com.

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C Wi ll iam Woolv erton writes, “My daughter, Alice, graduated from Amherst College in 2012. She is headed for medical school. My son, Peter, currently at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, was recently admitted to Amherst College, class of 2017.”

TOP Bill Todd ’66 and grandson Redington (Red) Lynch at the

football game on Deerfield Day 2012. Red is the son of Amanda Todd Lynch ’98. Bill also ran into classmate Peter Wiles at the game.

middle Page Allen ’69 sent along this photo of her step-

grandson who just turned 5.

bottom Wyncia Clute ’69 has been enjoying visits to the

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Page A ll en writes, “ I’m delving away in my studio towards a show of new work this summer, here in Santa Fe. Continuing my travel inspiration in Ireland, there will be a beautiful concert there in July, The Madison Songs, based on my first book, Madison’s Descent. My family is all well, in the midst of life, with the challenges of old age and the joys of youth.” Vic k i S pang writes, “I continue to serve as CMO at a major California-based law firm and have immersed myself in the Los Angeles ’scene,’ as it were, snapping celebrities at awards shows (including Glenn Close ’65 at the Golden Globes) for the amusement of my Facebook followers. Went to fascinating Japan this year, after attending our new office opening in Seoul, Korea. I’m in touch with classmates Helen Halpin, who lives in Provence (boo hoo), Janice Klumpp who is in Cape Cod, and Blair Glennon in Boston. I still have an apartment in San Francisco.”

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Stanl e y R oss writes, “Still in Egypt for the third year of the ‘Revolution’ with this transition from autocracy now reaching truly crisis proportions. Using some USD 25.0+ mm of foreign exchange reserves over the past 2 years means that the consumption driven GDP growth economy now seriously hiccups along. Unfortunately, with the local security situation, the family is not able to see as much of this fascinating country as we hoped when we arrived in Nov/Dec. 2010. The family spent Christmas/New Year’s in Paris which was a true joy from a culinary, sightseeing and shopping point of view. We are heading to the Red Sea the first week in April for some beach and snorkeling.”

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To n y Lo pez writes, “I am a Navy LT (03E, LDO) assigned to NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) as an Operational Representative. I am a member of a handpicked team made up of several law enforcement agencies. I very much enjoy my work. I am married with a 27-year-old son, Chris. My wife of 29 years is Pok Sun. I travel often. My wife stays home, gardens and does volunteer work in our community. She also watches over our one Doberman, one Rottweiler and a feral cat that was adopted as a kitten by our dogs.”

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RH Lin da Lowr y shares this news: “I am raising a 13-year-old, a Westie, and a guinea pig. I had a solo exhibition in October and November at Goodwin Fine Arts in Denver called "Water Nymphs." The show consisted of 30 new oil paintings of figures interacting with water and one another. This is a new theme for me that has been developing over the past few years. The locations range from Connecticut, Colorado, California, Maine, and Southern France to the BVI. I use a Coolpix waterproof camera, disposable cameras and my Nikon D7000. After years of painting from life, I am now using photos and basic Photoshop, and I like to play with mixed media collage. I still teach college and adult and now tween art workshops.” Linda's work can be viewed at: www.lindalowry.net

top Cary Grinold ’73 with son Kyle, who graduated from Marine

Corps boot camp in September, and Kyle’s brother, Galen.

middle Rex Florian ’74 traveled to the Scottish Highlands

to retrieve a shepherd, Locheil Lady Jessica Grand Traveler, on February 1. Jessie is pictured here with Rex and her parents Cruize, (Jessie’s father), and Marnie, her mother.

bottom Rosanna E. Tufts ’78 is host of "The Tufts Get Going!"

Tune in at www.PWNRadio.net.


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A nnis Campione -Karpen ko is doing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College in Vermont. Heading into semester 3 of 5, she says "Wow, my old brain is getting a workout, and it’s fabulous." She is also General Manager for the student council at Bishop’s University. She and husband Steve just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary and love living in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

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Pame l a D’ A rc writes, “Ileana Patrichi Wachtel and I are urging everyone to come to the reunion this year. I remain an Executive Vice President working in residential real estate sales in NYC at Stribling and Associates. I would be happy to hear from anyone needing help navigating the Manhattan real estate market (pdarc@stribling.com). On a personal note, my husband, Andrew Corwin, and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this June and are enjoying watching our kids turn into adults! Katherine (22) graduated last June from Colorado College and is temporarily living at home while job hunting and Alexander (20) is a sophomore at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon! Connie Gelb and I stay in close touch and I recently saw Martha McDonnell at a gathering that Sissy Wentworth Yates hosted.” Phi l S q uattrito writes, “I am currently in charge of organizing the 44th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. This will take place at Central Michigan University, where I am a member of the chemistry faculty. The meeting will bring approximately 600 chemistry professionals and students from across the Midwest to CMU over a three-day period in May. Unfortunately, the dates overlap with my 35th reunion so I won’t be able to attend. Best wishes to everyone in the class of 1978!” R o sanna E . T ufts has been airing "The Tufts Get Going!" on BlogTalkRadio on Wednesdays. Her listenership has been steadily growing for a year and a half, and recently reached over 8,500. Tune in at www.PWNRadio.net. (See photo p. 45).

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Car o l ine A rl en and her husband, Lars Morris, spent a fun, sunny weekend in La Jolla, Calif. (a nice break from snowy Colorado) with the never-aging Gina Funaro ’78 and her husband, Paul Miller, who came down from Cupertino. Gib C hapman , Alan Breed, Bill Mitchell and Suzanne Donaldson had lunch in Manhattan in October 2012. M ar y T h o ms o n writes, “I’m very sad to share that my mother, Catherine Dallas Thomson, passed away on December 4, 2012 at 91. She very much loved Choate and her many visits with my father while I was there. On a happier note, I often see Sue (Hall) Cool in Marblehead, Mass., where we both live. I was very happy to learn recently of Rev. Rob Hirschfeld’s appointment to be Bishop of New Hampshire, a position that was held many years ago by my great-uncle, John Thomson Dallas! It truly is a small world.”

top Caroline Arlen ’79 on a warm winter day in La Jolla, Calif.,

with Gina Funaro ’78.

middle Class of ’79 classmates Gib Chapman, Alan Breed

and Bill Mitchell had lunch in Manhattan in October 2012 with Suzanne Donaldson (who took the photo).

bottom Darcy Chappel Ahl ’80, Amy Shackelford Louis, and

Nancy McCornack Protzmann enjoyed a February ski weekend together at Stratton Mountain, Vt.


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Mi k e Lew y n just moved to Manhattan from Queens. Maria P rz ymiersk is a golf pro who owns PGA Recognized Golf Academy in Green Valley, Ariz. She coached Glen Griffith at the Phoenix Waste Management Open in February. Mar k Ro uthier writes, “I directed Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson last August in a co-pro with The NOLA Project and Cripple Creek Theatre Co. in New Orleans, which was cited as both Best Production and Best Director of the year by the Times-Picayune. I directed Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen in February and March 2012 at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, where I am presently the Director of New Play Development. I am directing the world premiere of Mold by John Biguenet at Southern Rep in New Orleans starting March 23. I will then direct Bachelorette by Leslye Headland with FWP Productions for the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May, and Venom by Clint Sheffer at the Elm Theatre back in New Orleans in August, followed by the world premiere of The Cortez Method by Rob Keefe back at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in September.”

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To m Carroll is teaching economics at a private college preparatory school in Montclair, N.J., where he is also the coach of the golf team. Tom and his wife, Laura, have lived in Montclair for the past 23 years. He sees Sheila Baker Gujral ’82 frequently. Michae l van der Veen was voted a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the ninth consecutive year and elected to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and appointed to the Board of Trustees for Montgomery School in Chester Springs, Pa.

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Michae l A anav i recently published a book, The Trusting Heart: Addiction, Recovery, and Intergenerational Trauma. (Chiron Publications) More information is available on the book’s website: thetrustingheart.com.

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Paul T. McCormac k writes, “I recently left a big wirehouse firm to join Inverness Investment Group, an independent registered investment advisor. We specialize in investing, retirement planning, tax compliance, risk management, and legacy planning.”

’85

Brett S. C happe ll writes, “Greetings from Copenhagen. Things are going well here in the Danish capital. I am happy in my role as head of Debt Capital Markets Sales for Denmark’s largest bank, Danske Bank. Our two children, Gustav, 10, and Olivia, 7, are very active children. The former is a competitive swimmer while the latter is both swimming and playing basketball. All my best from across the pond.” Lynn Grant Bec k has been hired as a producer for Victory Lane Pictures. The company produces film, television and new media and is based in Century City, Calif. Co urtne y I ngraffia B arto n lives in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Michael, and her daughter, Josie, 6. She recently joined Hilton Worldwide in McLean as Senior Counsel, Global Privacy.

top Jim Sherman ’80 caught up with Brian Harris, his wife

Rachel, toddler Harper, and their dog Tango in South Beach.

middle Former Choate Hockey goalies Bryan McMillen ’84 and

Bob Chapin ’57 crossed paths at member guest golf tournament at The Country Club of Florida.

bottom Olivia, age 7, daughter of Brett S. Chappell ’85.

The Chappells are living in Copenhagen where Brett works for Denmark’s largest bank, Danske Bank.


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Sara M cD o na ld B r own writes, “In October 2012, I started as a Style Consultant for J Hilburn, the luxury custom men’s clothing line that was written up in Inc. Magazine in February. It is a very exciting time for our company; our dress shirts were voted the best dress shirt of 2012 by Esquire. I am also running my interior decorating business and getting ready to send my oldest son off to college. My youngest son is a sophomore at Saint Thomas Academy in Minnesota.”

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Kern Konwiser has logged plenty of frequent flyer miles via a number of entertainment projects in production in 2012. He wrote, produced, directed and edited Inside Endurance, a four-part series on Olympic endurance athletes for Gatorade and Universal Sports Network that took him around the world, including Boston, where he got in a quick visit with Tom Conway and his family. That project was immediately followed by a nationwide street basketball tour that he directed as a 12-episode reality series for Fox Sports Net. In October, Kern produced a live performance with choreographer-director Kenny Ortega for Telemundo. Kern’s two children are Avery, 8, and Addison, 9. Jo nathan To ro p writes, “I moved to Greenwich, Conn., from New York City two years ago and it has been a good place for my three children, aged 6, 4, and 18 months. I joined Credit Suisse four years ago from Goldman Sachs – CS just promoted me to managing director and earlier this year, Barron’s named me to their list of top 100 financial advisors for 2012. My wife and I are getting used to life outside NYC and we are surprised how much we like living outside the city.”

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Austin Fragomen writes, “I was selected for the list "Top Doctors in NY" by Castle Connolly and New York magazine in 2012, and was additionally awarded AOA honors from my medical school. I became the treasurer for my orthopedic surgery association, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society.” Dav id Mills has written his second book of poems, The Sudden Country, a finalist for the Main Street Rag Prize. Choaties may purchase a copy at a 40% discount through May 21. www.mainstreetrag.com/DMills.html Phi l ip N e l’ s biography, Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature, was published in the fall of 2012. It’s received positive reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus, and The Horn Book. This spring, Fantagraphics Books will publish Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Volume One, the first of a five-volume series he is co-editing: it will collect, for the first time, Johnson’s classic comic strip (1942–1952).

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I n dira Cesarine writes, “Last year, I launched global print title, The Untitled Magazine, which is now available for sale in over 30 countries, and all 50 states – including at Barnes & Noble. I currently act as Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the title, which sells everywhere from

top left Chris Vlasto ’84, a senior producer at ABC News, attended the annual Christmas party for the press at The White House with his son, Nicholas. They later met President Obama.

middle Keith Wilding ’89 and Heather Wilding-White ’89 with

top right Ron Hill (former head of the Choate science department) bumped into his former advisee Peter Hodgin ’90 at the Kents Hill School (Maine) graduation last spring.

Wyoming, celebrating 40th Birthdays in January. From left, Dave Aversa, Zev Nijensohn, Ben Quigley, Gian-Carlo Peressutti and Sam Bartlett.

children Abigail and Cameron. The family lives in New Hampshire.

bottom ’91 Choaties were on vacation in Jackson Hole,


New York to Shanghai, Perth to Paris! The Untitled Magazine fuses the entertainment, fashion and art worlds. For more information visit www.untitled-magazine.com. B rian N ewberr y writes, “I was re-elected Minority Leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives this past November. In addition, I still practice commercial litigation and professional malpractice defense in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut as a partner with Donovan Hatem LLP. My wife, Beth, and I live with our three children in North Smithfield.” G irar d R u dd ic k writes, “Lots of changes going on this year. My 15-year-old twins started high school (gah!), I’ve moved to a new house in Touisset, R.I., and have opted to leave the corporate world behind. Instead I am now following my passion and starting my own garden design and installation business called Garden Bliss (www.gardenbliss.net).” Keith W il d ing and Heather W il d ing -W hite write, “The Wilding family is happy and doing well in New Hampshire. After 13 years as a Boston-area paramedic, Keith has finally linked his careers of teaching and emergency medicine by becoming Lead Instructor for the Paramedic Emergency Medicine Degree program at NHTI – Concord’s Community College. Heather continues to work as a Product Manager for PC Connection. We are lucky enough to see fellow Choatie Sara Nechasek from time to time as well as enjoy keeping up with others from the class of 1989 via email and Facebook. We’re looking forward to our 25th Reunion next year, despite being horrified at that many years having slipped past!” G reg W inston , Professor of English, Husson University, in Bangor, Maine, recently published, Joyce and Militarism (University Press of Florida) as part of their James Joyce series. “Since I first read Joyce and Irish literature with Choate English teachers Ann Nesslage and Charlie Holmes, in some ways this current work takes me all the way back to my time on campus.“

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Aud rey T w yman Langan and her husband, Ryan, have relocated to West Hartford, Conn., for his job with General Electric. Audrey started a new job with Stanley Black & Decker at their corporate headquarters in New Britain. She is a Project Specialist on the Global Trade Compliance team. They have purchased their first house, near Ryan’s family, and they look forward to staying put for a while after having moved six times in the past five years.

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S arah Acheso n R an d lives in Mount Kisco, N.Y., with her husband, David, and their two sons, Max (6) and Jack (2). She teaches middle and upper school art and is the 6th grade Dean of Students and a 6th grade advisor at Wooster School, an independent day school in Danbury, Conn. She writes, “I am really looking forward to our 20th reunion this spring and reconnecting with my fellow Choaties!”

top left Joshua Wein ’91 welcomed a son, Zachary Ethan Wein, on March 16, 2012. He is joined by big sister Sydney. The family lives in Raleigh, N.C. Top right Rob Goergen ’89 (left) and family traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for New Year’s and had the pleasant surprise of skiing with ski guide Kaki Orr ’03 (right).

middle Kalimah Fergus Ayele ’93, husband Abel, and their two

children have recently relocated to Maseru, Lesotho, in the middle of South Africa, where Kalimah and Abel are both teaching at the American International School of Lesotho.

bottom Jill Santopietro ’93 and O. Simon Panall were married at

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Mass., on October 20, 2012.


J i l l S anto pietro and O. Simon Panall were married in full Scottish style at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Mass., last October 20. Lisa Vitali represented Choate, and did a beautiful reading during the outdoor ceremony, which also featured bagpipe music. Simon is descended from the Peirce family, original owners of the farm and first settlers of the North Shore of Boston, and they had a beautiful day on the historic farm, which is now a museum and an MSPCA site for rescued farm animals.

’94

Daphne Burgi da E wing -Chow writes, “I am currently President of Thomvest Ventures Ltd., located in Bridgetown, Barbados, and have been married for the past 12 years to Michael Ewing-Chow. We have three beautiful girls: Aerin (age 8), Devon (age 6) and Drew (age 4). I would love to connect with old friends at daphneewingchow@ewingchow.com.” Davi d Barrutia and his wife Anyra welcomed a daughter, Angelica Rebeca Barrutia, on January 5. Angelica joins big brother Hugo. C hristina G ann o n H av lin and her husband, Mike, welcomed Henry Martin Havlin on December 13, 2011. Along with her new role as mom, Christina is now working as a private French teacher, pedagogical consultant to foreign language departments, and teacher trainer with Oxford Seminars and Harvard Project Zero. Cath y Luna Dia z writes, “My husband, Pablo, and I joyfully welcomed Olivia Ines Diaz on December 13, 2012. Olivia joins big brother, Joaquin. We recently moved to Pleasanton, Calif., and I work at an higher education social venture called UniversityNow.” J eni W right writes, “My husband, Walter, and I welcomed our daughter, Lila Wright Walden, into our family on January 8. Our son Jonah, 3, has been making frequent inquiries as to when she will be returned.”

’95

James Kaiser published his new guidebook, Costa Rica: The Complete Guide. It’s a 500-page, full-color guidebook filled with photos and info on eco-adventures. C hris N el s o n and Alissa Smith were married in Healdsburg, Calif., in May 2012. M att N e ls o n and wife, Kimberly Martin, welcomed a son, Charlie Ray Nelson, on May 4, 2012. Matt writes, “He’s a very happy and healthy little boy. We are all enjoying our new home in New Orleans and I am teaching elementary school.” M aya Prestwich Sto ssko pf writes, “I’m sorry to report that I lost my husband to a rare form of salivary gland cancer in September 2012. I’m grateful for the support of my friends from the class of 1995. So many came to visit or reached out in other ways. I’ll be spending the spring road tripping across the country with my 2-year-old, visiting even more friends.” ___ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ______________________________________ Co rrecti o n: Julia McCarthy ’96 and Paul Leeming ’95 were married in

2012 and welcomed their first child, Emilia McCarthy Leeming, on August 1, 2012. Julia and Paul’s names were incorrectly flipped in the fall issue of the Bulletin.

top Daphne Burgida Ewing-Chow ’94 and her three daughters,

Aerin, Devon and Drew. The family lives in Barbados.

middle From left, Erika Krauss ’94 holding Rumi Nazemian;

Palmer Shetter, daughter of Sarah Shetter ’94; Melanie Samarasinghe ’94, and her son, August Balderston; Evora Nazemian and her dad, Abdi Nazemian ’94.

bottom Grace Cheung ’94 and husband Geoffrey Kao ’96 with

son, Jefferson, at a January 11, Choate reception in Hong Kong for Headmaster Alex Curtis and Director of Development Dan Courcey ’86.


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top left Jeffrey Hamrick ’94 and Jessica Edrosolan were married at Cavallo Point in Marin County, Calif., in March 2012. middle Alexandra

Platt ’95 and husband, Jorge Villen, welcomed a baby girl, Grace Hartley Villen, on September 25, 2012.

top right Matt Nelson ’95 and wife, Kimberly Martin, welcomed a son, Charlie Ray Nelson, on May 4, 2012. left Choate group at

the wedding of Andy Arcand and Amanda Redmond ’94 on June 16, 2012 in South Kent, Conn. Front and middle rows, from left: Emily Brenner, Emily Piacenza, Kate Biddiscombe ’03, Andy Arcand, Amanda Redmond Arcand, Katy Oliver, Jessica Hughes, Monica St. James, Susan Pandya Slocum, Mary Liz Williamson. Back row, from left: Dean Brenner, Matt Close, Ellen Devine, Mike Weingarth, Susan Farrell, Stephen Farrell, Amanda Frazer, Nancy Cutler Sadecki, Celeste Peterson, Matt Pendleton, Alex Kveton ’06, and Brian Redmond.

Christina Gannon Havlin ’94 and husband Mike welcomed a son, Henry Martin Havlin, on December 13, 2011.

David Barrutia ’94 and wife, Anyra, welcomed a daughter Angelica Rebeca Barrutia on January 5. Angelica joins big brother Hugo.

David Crisp ’94 and Robia Chang were married in San Francisco, Calif., in September 2012.

Cathy Luna Diaz ’94 and husband, Pablo, welcomed a daughter, Olivia Ines Diaz on December 13, 2012. Olivia joins big brother, Joaquin. The family resides in Pleasanton, Calif.


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above/left Matthew Kuivinen ’96 and his wife, Rachael, welcomed their first child, Ayla J. Kuivinen, on Bastille Day, July 14, 2012, which made her Francophile mom quite pleased. top ROW LEFT Paul T. Falcigno ’98 and wife,

Kelly, welcomed a son, V. Grant Falcigno on December, 30, 2012.

middle Rodes M. Ponzer ’98 and his wife, Carolina, welcomed a daughter, Mercedes ”Mimi” Myers Ponzer, on October 2, 2012. RIGHT Ayse Z. Askin Erten ’98 and

her husband welcomed a daughter, Ada Zeynep Erten, on November 21, 2012, in Istanbul.

BOTTOM ROW left Lee Richter ‘99, and son

Jacoby, visited Courtney Dalton Stephens, and son Henry, in Wellesley, Mass.

middle Eliza Eubank ’96 and

husband, Floris, welcomed a son, Fulton Keverling Buisman, on May 24, 2012.

right Jason Homler ’99 welcomed

a son, William Henry Homler on November 29, 2012.

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El i z a E uban k writes, “My husband, Floris, and I welcomed a son, Fulton Keverling Buisman, on May 24, 2012. We’re living in Brooklyn, where I spent a lovely summer maternity leave with Fulton, catching up with fellow Choaties often. I returned to work in September, and am learning to balance work and motherhood.”

’96

Caroly n Yeh and her husband welcomed a daughter, Daphne Gautam Chum, into their family on December 23, 2012.

’98

Ay se Z . As k in Erten and her husband welcomed a daughter, Ada Zeynep Erten, on November 21, 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey. Paul T. Falcigno writes, “My wife, Kelly, and I welcomed our first child, V. Grant Falcigno on December, 30, 2012. We’ll be coming up to the 15th reunion from our home in New Jersey and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone there.” Jennie Ripps and her husband, Max Brockman, welcomed a daughter, Juliet Jay Brockman, in November. Jennie is CEO and founder of The Teaologist (See profile on p. 34.)


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Dr . J ustin Karush writes, “This spring, I am completing my cardiothoracic surgical research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. My research focuses on the role of Squamous Cell Cancer-Related Oncogene in the formation and function of the peri-tumoral matrix in both lung cancer and melanoma. Afterward, I will return to Philadelphia to complete my general surgery residency before attending a clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. J o nah S pear writes that he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in December 2012 and is now moving to San Francisco. He hopes to see some Choaties out there, including John Howland and his baby daughter. He writes, “Speaking at SxSW in Austin, Texas with dating coach Charlie Nox on dating with cancer (no, I do not have cancer myself) and in SF will be teaching active listening workshops and looking for other work and adventures.”

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Le l an d Drumm o n d is engaged to Peter de Brito e Cunha. They live in Manhattan, where Leland continues to expand her bicoastal PR Agency Azione. Stephen H askins writes, “This past summer I completed my residency in anesthesiology as Chief Resident at Weill-Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital. I am currently a Regional and Acute Pain anesthesiology fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery, also in New York City, and I will be staying-on to work full time as an attending anesthesiologist at HSS starting in the fall of 2013.” Jaime Mc Carth y Hol l an d er and her husband, David, welcomed their daughter, Ryan Rose Hollander, on September 26, 2012. Jaime is the Marketing Director for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. She recently visited with Charlotte Petilla and her husband and their son, Seba. He’ll be 2 in June. A n d rew Stewart and his wife, Lia, welcomed their first child, Ryan Coddington Stewart, on January 7.

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J u l ie C hu was inducted to the Class of 2013 Beanpot Hall of Famers at the 35th Annual Women’s Beanpot Tournament at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena on Feb. 5.

’02

Ver o nica C h o u married Evgeny Klyucharev on November 17, 2012, in Hong Kong. Evgeny is the founder and president of Key Asset Holdings and Veronica is the president of Novel Fashion Holdings and Iconix China. Iconix is currently engaged in eight different joint ventures, with a 20 percent stake in each, and has successfully launched a number of popular American mass contemporary brands in China, including Candies and London Fog, the group’s most successful operations, each with 300 and 250 China stores, respectively.

top Elizabeth W. Childs ’98 married Matthew S. Sommer on July

28, 2012 in York Harbor, Maine. From left, Maria Muth ’98, Daniel Hunt ’67, Jessica Knight Beers ’98, Walton Childs ’67, Elizabeth and Matthew, and Alyce Perry Englund ’98.

middle Jaime McCarthy Hollander ’00 and her husband, David,

welcomed a daughter, Ryan Rose Hollander, on September 26, 2012.

bottom Veronica Chou ’02 married Evgeny Klyucharev on

November 17, 2012, in Hong Kong. Veronica is the president of Novel Fashion Holdings and Iconix China. Forbes named Veronica as one of Asia's most powerful businesswomen to watch.


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M ar y B ank s plans to graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in May. She is going into pediatrics with the goal of possibly pursuing pediatric cardiology. She also completed an internship with the Dr. Oz show this year and plans to pursue medical TV correspondence. A l i x Ver l e y- P ietrafesa has started her own hand-crafted clothing business, Alix of Bohemia (alixofbohemia.com). After graduating from Choate’s Arts Concentration program, Alix went on to pursue a master’s degree in History of Art at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After stumbling upon a painting, ’Anne of Bohemia’ in a Scottish castle, Alix adopted the moniker as her own. Currently living in New York, she produces both pieces by hand and small runs of garments. Collections are currently shown in New York, The Hamptons, London, and Hong Kong. A ll is o n Lami S aw yer is co-founder of Rebellion Photonics and was named as one of the 30 Under 30 by Inc. this year. Rebellion Photonics recently launched the revolutionary Gas Cloud Imaging camera that can image dangerous gas leaks on oil rigs and refineries in real-time. The advice she gave to Inc. for young women, “Being a young female entrepreneur is going to be much less fun for you (in certain ways) than it is for your male counterparts. The boys get more dates and the girls get thinly-veiled hostility. You will not be liked for your success. But you're not doing this to be liked, are you? (See: Sheryl Sandberg's 2010 TED talk.) Ignore the people trying to bring you down a peg. And do not, not, not give up and become an attorney/consultant/doctor. I am sick of being the only young woman on the entrepreneurship panel. Please join me!”

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C l aire C o o k recently joined Scooter Braun Projects in Los Angeles as an artist and marketing manager. It’s an entertainment company that owns and operates many ventures, including Scooter Braun Management, School Boy Records, Raymond Braun Media Group, Sheba Publishing, and Scooter Braun Films. Before that, Claire worked at Columbia Records as the marketing manager for their pop acts, including One Direction, Olly Murs and Little Mix. A l essan d ra E che v erria lives in Manhattan and works for Teach For America. In August 2012, she was promoted to Manager, New Site Development on TFA’s national Growth, Development, Partnerships team. Alessandra loves this opportunity to drive the research and strategy behind TFA’s expansion. Vanessa Go ld stein just started a new job and moved back to NYC from LA this past month. She loves having more opportunities to cheer on her brother, Parker, who just started his third form year at Choate. R yan MacP hee moved to Dallas at the beginning of last summer. He travels quite a bit for work, spending time in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. He is always looking to connect with fellow Choaties. Dhru v P. S ingh writes, “I am continuing to love living in NYC and am excited to be a new resident of the Upper West Side (love the suburbs!). I am also continuing to help build Savory (savorynyc.com). We

top Samuel Chao ’04 married Jee Eun Park on December 9, 2012, in

third Kenny Hernandez ’05, Jaleessa Murrell ’06, and Shanellah Verna ’05 pictured with a senior from Achievement First HS in Brooklyn, N.Y., for their "College Day" volunteer event hosted in conjunction with the ’I Have A Dream’ Foundation.

second Kati Vaughn ’05 spent Christmas with Jill Russo and Courtney Clark.

bottom Sarah Hurtt ’06 married Matthew Stehman on August 11.

Shanghai. From left, Simone Chao '00, Victor Chao '01, Spencer Ho '05, David Tang '02, Roland Yau '00, Samuel and Jee Eun, Simon Ng '01, Arthur Mui, Bobby Han '03, Kristal Hui '01, Henry Lau '02, Vincent Chao.

The ceremony took place in Wallingford, Conn.


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most recently launched Savory Catering, where chefs from the Mandarin, Jean-Georges and more turn delivery meals and meeting catering into a quality affair at the same price as those boring turkey wraps. Please look me up if you're in the city!”

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Kati Vaughn writes, “I am in my second year as a manager of teacher leadership development for Teach For America here in the DC area, and enjoying living up the street from my sister, Bridget Vaughn ’08, who is rockin’ out in her first year as a NICU nurse at Georgetown Hospital. I spent Christmas with Jill Russo, and tore up the dance floor with Jill, Courtney Clark and Angelo Coclanis during an NYC adventure.” Shane ll ah Verna is currently in her first year at The George Washington University Law School and excited about connecting with Choate alumni in the DC area.

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Sarah H urtt married Matthew Stehman last August 11. The ceremony took place in Sarah’s hometown, Wallingford. Choaties in attendance included John Adams ’07, Kaitlin Hartsoe, Daniel Hartsoe ’09, Kelsey Hartsoe ’15, Graham Hurtt ’04, William Nowak, Pooja Phull, and Nicole Stock ’05. Choate faculty members in attendance included Meg Blitzer, Emily Dodwell, Marybeth Duckett, Amy Foster, Tom Foster, Ted Hartsoe, Katrina Homan, Nicholas Molnar, and Cullen Roberts. The couple live in Baltimore, where Matt is pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering and Sarah teaches mathematics at St. Paul’s School for Girls.

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To ra F isher is on tour with her debut CD, Spilling Over, released in July 2012 through LML Music Label. She has written or co-written all the songs on the album.

’08

Marian H o mans -Turnbu ll writes, “I’m currently studying medieval literature as a Mellon Fellow at Cambridge University.” Ashley McG eary writes, “I will be traveling and living in Pohang, Gyenongbuk, South Korea for the next six to 18 months, teaching English to elementary-age children living in rural communities, on a South Korean government scholarship. Hope to catch up with any Choaties in the area!” Her email is ashley.mcgeary@gmail.com. Christo phe Lirola is a financial analyst in New Jersey at a real estate firm. His roommate, Tucker Bryan, is an investment banking analyst in San Francisco. Chris M itche ll traveled to Los Angeles where he connected with old friend Jen Bashain and went to his first Lakers game with Max Mullen. Grace P ear d visited Brian McDermott at his new place in Austin and had a great time.

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Wi ll T enne y and Matt McNulty played to sold-out shows on February 20, in Call Me Anything at the House of Blues in Boston.

top Jay Harbaugh ’08, son of San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim

Harbaugh, is a coaching intern working for his uncle John, coach of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens.

middle Renee DeBruin ’08 married Benjamin Eisley on

September 8, 2012 in Winneconne, Wisc. The couple bought a house in Oshkosh.

bottom Will Tenney ’10 (left) of Call Me Anything signed to

New Age Media in January of 2011, and has since played over 100 shows, made an appearance on MTV’s 10 on Top Fashion Show, and charted #53 on iTunes “Top New Release” chart.


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N ich o l as F. Pal lotti , 95, a retired attorney, died October 21, 2012 in Rocky Hill, Conn. Born in New Haven, Conn., Nick came to Choate in 1930, where he was on the boards of the News and the Literary Magazine, on the track squad, and in the Dramatic Club. He then graduated from Princeton. During World War II, he served in the Army, and was one of those who participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. After the war, he earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut. He practiced law in Hartford for 30 years, and was active in the civic life of West Hartford, serving on that town’s Zoning Board. After he and his wife retired to Weekapaug, R.I., Nick created and maintained Japanese gardens at his home. He leaves two daughters, including Elisabeth P. Gustafson, 50 Silo Dr., Rocky Hill, CT 06067; and a sister.

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died October 31, 2012 in Oxford, Miss. Born in Memphis, Tenn., and brought up in New York City, Beck came to Choate in 1936; he ran track, was Associate Editor of the News, and was in the French Club and the Current History Club. After attending Princeton and the University of Mississippi, he earned his M.D. from Vanderbilt, then spent three years in the Navy. For several years he had a general medical practice in Marks, Miss., and in 1953 he became a surgeon at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis, and later at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He also taught at the University of Tennessee Medical School. Beck retired in 1987, and in retirement was medical director of Baptist Memorial and served on the school board in Oxford. He was active in the Presbyterian Church. He leaves five sons, including Tom Howorth ’72, 315 Eagle Spring Rd., Oxford, MS 38655 and Andrew Howorth ’73; and 12 grandchildren.

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Jo nathan B. G reenberg , 84, a retired physician, died November 15, 2012 in Hyannis, Mass. Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., Jonathan was at Choate for one year; he was an editor of the Literary Magazine and in the Cum Laude Society. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale and an M.D. degree from the University of Zurich, and completed his residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. In the early 1960s, he served two years in the Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. He spent his career as a pathologist at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass., and was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Physicians Fellowship. Active in the community, he was a member of the Amherst (Mass.) Town Meeting, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the (New York) Metropolitan Opera Association, and the Shakespeare Oxford Society. An amateur astronomer, he was a member of the Cape Cod Astronomical Society. Jonathan enjoyed history, travel, wildlife, and classical music. He leaves his wife, Alice Greenberg, 35 Perry Lane, Eastham, MA 02642; two sons; and a brother. Another son predeceased him.

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Hayden Mathews , 89, died December 27, 2012 in Chevy Chase, Md. Born in Rutherford, N.J., Hayden came to Choate in 1946; he was a Campus Cop, was on the varsity track team (javelin), and was in the Glee Club and Choral Club. After Choate, he graduated from Rutgers and was in the Army from 1953 until 1955. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman. He leaves his wife, Elizabeth Mathews, 585 Westover Rd., Stamford, CT 06902; three children; and five grandchildren.

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M atthew W hite , 55, a former professional basketball player, died February 11, 2013 in Media, Pa. Born in New York City, Matt came to Choate in 1972; he played varsity basketball and was in the Spanish Club. After Choate, he earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School. In 1979, Matt was the starting center on the Penn team that made the NCAA Final Four; he later was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers and played in Spain. He leaves his wife, Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon, and two children.

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who was a Trustee from 1971 to 1977, died December 1, 2012 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 94. Born in Ventnor, N.J., Randy was a Cornell graduate and served in the Army, mostly in Europe, during World War II, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, he was an executive with several companies; from 1969 to 1982, he was Chairman and CEO of Insilco (formerly International Silver Co.). He also served for more than 20 years on the Board of Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Company. Randy enjoyed hunting, riding, skiing, and sailing. He leaves his wife, Joan Blatz; four children, including Barry Blatz ’62, 901 Victory Trail, Morganton, NC 28655, John Blatz ’69, and E. Elizabeth Blatz ’78; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. H erbert L . G utters o n J r . ’33, who taught English at School for 31 years, died January 11, 2013, in Hyannis, Mass. He was 97. Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., Herb came to Choate in 1929; he was in the Junior Dramatic Club and the Glee Club, was Circulation Manager of the News, and played varsity tennis. He then graduated from Williams, where he ran varsity track and contributed articles to campus magazines. During World War II, he served in the Navy, mainly on minesweepers, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and earning the Legion of Merit. In 1948, he married Dora Becker Johnson, always known as “Dorrit,” and the Guttersons came back to Choate in 1949. A frequent contributor of short stories to magazines such as Collier’s, Vogue, and Readers Digest, Herb also authored a novel, The Last Autumn, published in 1958 by William Morrow & Co. The book “had to do with a veteran housemaster strongly resembling veteran Choate housemasters and deans who lost an advisee through carelessness,” recalled former Choate history teacher Benjamin Sylvester.

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“We all shook in our boots fearing one or more of the faculty would be exposed for carelessness in Herb’s next book.” Herb was Chair of the English Department from 1966 to 1970, and initiated the English electives program in 1969. A strong believer in coeducation at Choate, he wrote in 1967, “I think we should as soon as possible try to persuade a top-notch, well-established girls’ school to relocate here.” As coordinate education with Rosemary Hall grew nearer in 1970, he resigned as department Chairman so his successor could gain experience and be fully prepared for female students when they arrived in 1971. From 1977 until his retirement in 1980, he held the Independence Foundation Chair. “Herb Gutterson epitomized the gentleman. He was warm and engaging and ever considerate of others,” remembered former teacher David Webb. “He and Dorrit were graceful hosts, and always seemed interested in new, and young, faculty.” The Guttersons retired to Nantucket, and later moved to Cape Cod. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Eric Gutterson ’70, 9 Salisbury Dr., Westwood, MA 02090, a daughter, Dorrit Gutterson, and three grandchildren. Barbara N o e l B an ks Kauffman , an athletics coach at Rosemary Hall for seven years, died January 11, 2013 in Salisbury, Conn. She was 87. Born in New York City, Bobby graduated from Greenwich Academy and Bennett College. She came to Rosemary Hall in 1954, where she coached field hockey and other sports until 1961. She was twice runner-up in national squash doubles and national platform tennis doubles, and in 1977 was National Senior Champion in platform tennis doubles. An amateur architect, she designed the home she and her husband built on Washinee Lake in Salisbury. She leaves her husband, Garth Kauffman, 127 Washinee Heights Rd., Salisbury, CT 06068; two daughters; and seven grandchildren. G lo ria D. Po n d , wife of former Choate teacher Larry Pond ’55, died November 9, 2012 in Durham, N.H. She was 73. Born in Merced, Calif., Gloria earned a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and a master’s from Wesleyan University. She and Larry lived at Choate from 1963 to 1968, when he taught science at School. Gloria taught literature for more than 30 years at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Conn. She also headed the Connecticut Siting Council from 1978 to 1991, and was active in the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, environmental issues, and promoting natural foods. She leaves her husband, Larry Pond, 463 Good Hill Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798; a granddaughter; and a brother. A son, Scott L. Pond, predeceased her.

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Mar k T utt l e , who taught mathematics and coached at School for 33 years, died December 29, 2012 in Meredith, N.H. He was 89. Born in Dover, N.H., on the oldest farm owned by a single family in the United States, Mark graduated from Harvard cum laude, and was captain of both the track and cross country teams there. During World War II, he served in the Navy as an Ensign and then as a Lieutenant J.G. After the war, he taught at Exeter and at the St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, Mo., then earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University and came to Choate in 1955. At School, he taught “any and probably all math courses offered here,” a colleague remarked at his retirement in 1988. When he was awarded the William Shute Chair in 1981, the citation called him “the mathematician’s mathematician.” He also served for a time as head of the Math Department. But he is equally well remembered as the longtime coach of cross country. In 1988, fellow coach Jim Davidson remembered that before meets, Mark told his teams “story after story about previous teams or runners,” as well as anecdotes about opposing teams, coaches, and courses. Gilbert Chapman ’79 noted that Coach Tuttle “had the individual race results typed and posted in the locker room the day after a meet. He was truly a great coach and mentor, who had a huge impact on my life as a runner.” A former Athletics Director, he was inducted into the Choate Rosemary Hall Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also a dorm master for many years, and Third Form Boys Dean for more than a decade. In Wallingford, Mark served on the Town Conservation Committee and was a fundraiser for the United Way and the Red Cross, donating more than seven gallons of blood over the years. An avid birder, he and his wife Marcia, who died in 1996, traveled extensively to watch birds, including to Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere; he recorded some 3,700 species. He also enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox. After he retired, the Tuttles moved to Cape Cod; Mark returned to New Hampshire for his final years. He leaves three children, including Mark Tuttle ’67, 497 Wickham Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033; Benjamin Tuttle ’69, and Margaret “Meg” Tuttle McGrath ’75; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a sister.

Al ice E aton McBee , head of Rosemary Hall from 1958 to 1970, died November 26, 2012 in Hanover, N.H. She was 93. Born in Montclair, N.J., Alice – whose last name was pronounced “MACK-be” – received her secondary education at Northfield School in Massachusetts and at Ashley Hall in Charleston, S.C. The latter was founded by a relative, Mary V. McBee. She then earned bachelor’s degrees from Sweet Briar and Columbia and a master’s degree in history from Smith, and was awarded a teaching fellowship in history at Smith. From 1946 to 1949, she taught history at Northampton School for Girls, and then taught for nine years at Concord Academy in Massachusetts, three as Assistant Headmistress. Alice became head of Rosemary Hall in 1958, bringing a fresh new spirit to the school. “Miss McBee expected excellence,” said Choate’s then-Headmaster, Edward J. Shanahan, when her portrait was unveiled at School in 1998. “She infused the entire School community with a renewed sense of pride and purpose. Although her eye was always on high ideals, she had as well the backbone required of those difficult years for all educators.” Tall and slender, Alice was “a figure to inspire as she swept down the halls in her long cape,” recalled Alice Chaffee Freeman ’63, when a bronze bust of Alice was dedicated in 2011. “Those who got past the formidable exterior found compassion, humor, and an ability to laugh at herself.” Although in many ways a traditionalist, she was open to new ideas – a must in the turbulent 1960s. For the first time ever at school, she allowed students to be called by their first names in class. During her tenure, the Main Building was renovated, the nearby Pink Building mostly rebuilt, Caroline Ruutz-Rees Auditorium opened, a new Arts and Sciences Building was dedicated, and a new dormitory, Jessup House, was built. Alice was deaf since childhood, a handicap she overcame by becoming proficient at lip reading. Because of this ability, “she seemed to be able to decipher the quietest whisper between two miscreants in the back row of a classroom,” Alice Freeman remembered. One Rosemary Hall teacher was quoted as saying, “I have never met anyone who had a clearer knowledge or more thorough understanding of young people.” Her Golden Retriever, Cassandra, could be found walking by her side or curled up under her desk. The Rosemary Hall Answer Book was dedicated to her in both 1959 and 1969. She retired to a small house in Hartland Four Corners, Vt., where she indulged her passions of gardening, reading, cooking, and corresponding. She later moved to the retirement community Kendal at Longwood near Philadelphia, and subsequently to Kendal at Hanover in New Hampshire, where she died. She leaves seven nieces and nephews, including Henrietta McBee Tye ’61 and Jean McBee Knox ’63, and a nephew, Burrett McBee, who taught English at Rosemary Hall from 1970 to 1978.


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Swimming and Diving had a strong finish with girls varsity swimming winning the Founders League Championship while the boys placed 2nd. Boys basketball, boys and girls ice hockey teams earned berths in post-season tournament play. The girls varsity ice hockey team was seeded #2 in the Division I tournament and lost to Nobles in the finals. The boys varsity ice hockey team, seeded #6 in the Large School Tournament, lost in the first round to Avon Old Farms. Boys varsity basketball, seeded #2 in the Class A tournament, lost to Exeter in the finals. In wrestling, five grapplers made Prep Nationals.

Archery Varsity Season Record: 8–0 Captains: Joseph F. Camilleri ’13 & Katie A. Sewell ’13 Highlights: Undefeated season. Basketball Boys Varsity Season Record: 16–7 Captains: Peter L. Guay-Weston ’13 & Ryan M. Conlan ’13 Highlights: Beat Loomis in OT 77–74; 9-game unbeaten streak to end regular season; Made Class A New England Tournament team finished the regular season on a roll. They had strong play all season long from seniors Pete Weston ’13, J.T. Flowers ’13 and Jeff Coby ’13. Girls Varsity Season Record: 9–14 Captain: Carley R. Mulligan ’13 Highlights: Beat Deerfield in Holiday Tournament and final meeting of regular season.

Ice Hockey Boys Varsity Season Record: 14–10–3 Captains: Luke D. May ’13 & Michael T. Foley ’13 Highlights: Beat Avon, Deerfield and avenged an early season loss to Taft with a 5–2 win at home. Earned the #6 spot in the New England Large School Tournament. Lost to Exeter in the New England Finals. Girls Varsity Season Record: 23–2–1 Captain: Briana R. Mastel ’13 and Assistant Captains: Lauren C. Berestecky ’13 & Alexandra M. Lersch ’13 Highlights: Won Taft Holiday Tournament. Phoebe Staenz ’13 named Player of the Year. Briana Mastel ’13 named to the First Team League All-Stars. Lost to Nobles in the New England Finals. Squash Boys Varsity Season Record: 12–7 Captains: Richard G. Soper ’13 & Jeremy Van ’13 Highlights: Beat Andover and Exeter. Girls Varsity Season Record: 5–9 Captain: Lynn Cheng ’13 Highlights: Gabbie Flax ’13 and Eva Rewinski ’14 both placed at the New England squash tournament.

Swimming Boys Varsity Season Record: 4–5 Captain: John L. Currie ’13 Highlights: Placed 2nd at Founders League Championships. Girls Varsity Season Record: 5–4 Captain: Emily T. Wang ’13 Highlights: Won Founders League Championships. Wrestling Varsity Season Record: 19–4 Captains: Daniel J. Piscatelli ’13, Christopher A. Chambers ’13 & Jack H. Murren ’13 Highlights: Big wins over Trinity-Pawling and Andover. Took down Deerfield. Five boys made Prep Nationals including Jun Woo Choi ’14, Richard Jackson’14, Cam Driscoll ’13, Chris Chambers ’13 and Connor Dintino’14. Conner earned AllAmerican, Choate’s first in a decade.


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Bookshelf

In this issue, a naval historian writes about Japan’s failed attempt to change the course of World War II, a bioethicist tackles the thorniest issues of the day, a naturalist urges use of observational approaches to understand ecological systems, and a biographer chronicles a pioneer and game changer in professional golf.

Operation Storm By John J. Geoghegan ’75 Reviewed by Tom Generous

Operation Storm

Author: John J. Geoghegan ’75 Publisher: Crown Publishers Reviewer: Tom Generous About the Reviewer: Tom Generous is a former member of the Choate Rosemary Hall faculty and is the author of Sweet Pea At War: A History Of USS Portland (CA-33).

This book portrays in stunning detail, based on exhaustive research in two languages, one of the crackpot concepts that Japanese war-makers pursued during the Pacific War, 1941-1945. Other lunatic plans included the attack on Pearl Harbor, dividing the overwhelmingly powerful Japanese fleet into segments at Midway, fighting stubbornly over Guadalcanal, and so on. The foolish idea that John Geoghegan describes in this book was the plan to build submarines large enough to carry a few aircraft, then send the submersibles more than halfway around the world so that the embarked planes could bomb New York and Washington. The author was one of my favorite students during the first years of my Choate Rosemary Hall career. And although I haven’t seen or spoken to him in decades, it must be obvious how pleased I am to see that he is now writing about naval history, in which I too have published. And Geoghegan is doing it very well. The book is organized not just around the Japanese project. It also accounts for the development of the submarine strategy of the United States Navy by following the career of The USS Segundo, which ended up capturing the flagship of the Japanese squadron that was supposed to attack the Americans. When the author switches from one venue to the other, he brilliantly creates suspense that makes the reader impatient to move on. Moreover, one gets to know many people on both sides

of the underwater war, because Geoghegan portrays them all in empathetic detail. The contrasts in strategy are also laid out clearly, so that the reader can see how submarines contributed importantly to the American victory but did little to help Japan’s fortunes. By the time these huge Japanese “boats” were in operation, the idea had been whittled down. First, the Imperial Japanese Navy gave up on bombing American cities, and planned to use the submersible aircraft to destroy the Panama Canal. Then, when that plan was obviously unfeasible, Tokyo decided to go after the Navy’s forward anchorage at Ulithi. Even that did not work, so these giants were captured or sunk in August 1945, never having seen a moment of offensive combat. The author is sympathetic to the frustration of the ships’ commanders and crews. But this reader thought from the outset that the idea was stupid, because even had everything worked out perfectly – an impossibility, of course – the damage a dozen or so planes could have done would have been negligible, to New York, to Panama, or to Ulithi. John Geoghegan has told a wonderful sea story, and placed it nicely in the context of the major war it was a part of. He even illustrated the major reason for the outcome: Japanese commanders were foolish.


Observation and Ecology By Rafe Sagarin ’89 and Anibal Pauchard Reviewed by Lena Nicolai

In a recent visit to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, I was struck by the display of information collected by a sugarbush farmer in New Hampshire. The pattern revealed by 50 years of annual recordings indicates that the maple syrup season now starts more than three weeks earlier and ends almost two weeks sooner than it did in 1959. The value of this sort of observational data is precisely what Rafe Sagarin and Anibal Pauchard address in Observation and Ecology. Sagarin and Pauchard demonstrate in their book that frequently data obtained by observation have contributed to understanding ecological systems and have provided the information necessary for further research. For example, skillful observations generate data that are critical to monitoring complex phenomena such as climate change, ocean acidification, infectious disease spread, habitat shifts in species ranges, movement of invasive species, and resource depletion. The authors use multiple examples to illustrate their premise that observational approaches ranging from traditional knowledge to remotesensing technologies are valid scientific tools and are fundamental to understanding ecological systems. Sagarin and Pauchard compellingly remind us that the science of ecology serves us best when it bridges the artificial divide between pure observations of natural history and replicated, controlled, manipulative experiments. In order to form a cohesive understanding in ecology, one cannot be devoted to one methodology but must recognize the power of both observation and experimentation. The authors argue persuasively that a pluralistic approach is particularly applicable in the arena of environmental problem solving. In addition, they argue that an observational approach to ecology, combined with the mindful use of technology and analysis, creates an unprecedented opportunity to make science accessible to a wider population. If a core activity

of ecology is observation, and the skill of observing can be encouraged and taught, then more people can participate in the process of ecological science and understand issues requiring an ecological perspective. The authors refer to “opening Nature’s door to a new generation of citizens” as a means of achieving greater ecological literacy. As an example, they describe how Citizen Science projects develop the skill of observation through birdwatching, counting frogs, documenting spring bud break and bloom dates, or monitoring bees and butterflies in gardens. Environmental education based on participation has the potential to lead to more lasting and sound environmental policy. Thus the authors appeal to educators to make field observations a natural part of learning for all ages. In particular, the authors point out the emotional power associated with the act of observing one’s environment and the development of “a sense of ecological place.” Their excitement about expanding the realm of ecological inquiry is obvious. A similar philosophy and excitement helped to shape the curriculum of the Environmental Immersion Program at Choate Rosemary Hall’s Kohler Environmental Center. Throughout the book the authors contend that we come much closer to understanding the world in which we live and the consequences of our actions when we increase the strength and diversity of our observational approaches. As an ecologist and as an educator of my son from birth to teenage years, I have found that a walk in the woods and a day in the garden can involve observation and experimentation. If the quantity of notes one records while reading a book is an indication of how thought provoking the work is, then Observation and Ecology gains high marks.

Observation and Ecology: Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World

Co-Author: Rafe Sagarin ’89 Publisher: Island Press Reviewer: Lena Nicolai About the Reviewer: Lena Nicolai, Greenhouse Manager at the Kohler Environmental Center, has done graduate work in Ecology at the University of Michigan.


Bioethics: All That Matters By Donna Dickenson ’63 Reviewed by Hannah Higgin ’05

Bioethics: All That Matters

Author: Donna Dickenson ’63 Publisher: McGraw-Hill, available in paperback and as an e-book. Reviewer: Hannah Higgin ’05 About the Reviewer: Hannah Higgin ’05 is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge.

In accepting the Spinoza Lens Award in 2006, Donna Dickenson bemoaned that “it is often assumed that academic writing is irrelevant and that there are no right or wrong answers in ethics” – when, she says, neither premise as true. In her most recent book, Bioethics: All That Matters, Dickenson handily rebuts both claims. Targeting a popular audience, Dickenson is mostly successful in striking the precarious balance between providing explanations and definitions and rarely making readers feel as if they might prefer a book written for someone less informed. Bioethics has textbook-esque sidebars, definitions, and photos, while also offering quick and intelligible, yet nuanced case studies placed in context. Though readers are regularly plunged into complex issues, they needn’t fear drowning in them. Indeed, they will likely find something to which they can link their areas of interest and knowledge. Politics and policymaking, national and international law and trade, and political philosophy appear alongside references to popular literature and film. Each is tidily related to the bioethical issue under consideration. Respectfully presenting the prominent conflicting argument surrounding each issue, Dickenson drives home the point that it is a mistake

to see clear-cut ‘sides.’ Grappling with the hotbutton issue of embryonic stem cells, for instance, Dickenson points out that choosing sides, alongside the drive to create political will and get supporters and detractors on one's side, escalates rhetoric. This has the unsavory effect of limiting effective debate on issues that should not be ignored. Though law and biotechnology might fit together uneasily, policymakers and the public still have a responsibility to grapple with these issues. Dickenson never obfuscates her own point of view in dealing with highly controversial issues. These include regulation, privatization and profitability; obligation versus risk in scientific discovery and treatment; patents, intellectual property, and the commoditization of the human body and its composite parts; human agency, human rights, and informed consent. Similarly, Dickenson never shies away from the cold fact that bioethical issues are extremely complicated. Indeed, she combats the all-too common notion that one side – for instance ‘morality’ versus unregulated science – can or should ever triumph over the other. “In my mind,” Dickenson writes, “bioethics should be about opening minds and questions, not about shutting them down.”

Golf’s Driving Force By Adam Schupak ’92

Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force

Author: Adam Schupak ’92 Publisher: East Cottage Press Reviewer: John Steinbreder ’74 About the Reviewer: John Steinbreder ’74, is the author of 15 books and an awardwinning golf journalist. He is a a senior writer for Global Golf Post, the digital weekly, and a special contributor to Masters. com, the official website of the Masters Tournament.

Reviewed by John Steinbreder ’74

When it comes to the most successful business leaders in sports, Deane Beman rarely gets his due. And that’s too bad, for he deserves to be held in high regard as commissioner of the PGA Tour. The organization had only $400,000 in assets when Beman assumed the position in 1974 at age 35. By the time he retired 20 years later, that number had mushroomed to $260 million. During his reign, overall Tour purses grew from $8.2 million to $56.4 million. In addition, he converted the association to a tax-exempt concern that has since raised more than $1.6 billion for charity. The public would give Beman his props more readily if they understood all he did. Fortunately, there is now a book detailing those accomplishments, one that is as well written as it is exhaustively researched. Anyone who reads Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force by awardwinning journalist Adam Schupak ’92 will come to

appreciate why Beman deserves to be part of that pantheon of sports business giants – and have a very good time doing so. As a rule, business-of-sports books are ponderous affairs, best digested by those in the industry. In this case, not to worry. It’s a riveting read. In Beman’s stellar amateur career, he won one British Am and two U.S. Ams and played on four Walker Cup teams while making his living in insurance. I liked being reminded of his short but reasonably successful playing time on the PGA Tour, and of how he gave players the “ultimate mulligan” by creating the Seniors Tour when he was commissioner. And I truly relished the recounting of how the Stadium Course was constructed – on a 415-acre swamp that Beman had bought for $1. For anyone who knows, likes or is interested in the game of golf, the book is long overdue – and one well worth reading.


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2013 Annual Fund Challenge t o h o n o r o u r f ac u lt y

Faculty have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to the education of us all. Do you have a story to share about how you were inspired by a Choate Rosemary Hall faculty member in your academic, athletic, or artistic studies and career?

In an effort to both recognize and express our appreciation for current and former faculty, the Board of Trustees has issued a special $250,000 matching gift challenge. Through May 30 new alumni gifts to the Annual Fund will be matched one-for-one. sh ow yo ur supp o rt

Please support our faculty with a tribute and a gift to the School. Go to www.choate.edu/faculty to make your gift and share your story. Thank you for your support of Choate Rosemary Hall. Gifts to the Annual Fund support every aspect of life at Choate, and enable us to attract, develop, and retain the finest teachers. By dedicating your gift in honor of a faculty member, you are acknowledging faculty who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty.


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On the morning of December 15, 2012, my wife and I sat down with my 11-year-old daughter, Sarah, to tell her that the woman who had been her beloved thirdgrade teacher had been killed. Victoria Soto was one of the six educators and 20 children shot to death in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the day before. It is a conversation no parent should ever have with a child. And yet it was a conversation that was happening all over Newtown. We lost a boy in our neighborhood, and a girl around the corner. Others lost a teacher, a colleague, a neighbor, a friend’s sibling, a cousin, a brother or sister. On the morning of the shooting, I had driven by Sandy Hook School on my way to work. Sarah went to school there. I taught my other daughter, Becky, to ride a bike in the school’s parking lot. Soon, I would pick up Sarah from the Intermediate School after the townwide lockdown had ended. Becky was already home. My family was all safe – but we were not OK. Nothing about this was OK. Twenty families in my community put their little kids on the bus that morning, and those kids are now gone. As a result of this horrific act, I have become an activist, a role I never thought I would ever take on. I organized the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (www.facebook.com/sandyhookrideonwashington) consisting of 26 cyclists riding from Newtown to the Capitol to advocate for stronger gun violence prevention. Ms. Soto was my daughter's teacher just three years ago. She was hired in the middle of the year to replace the regular teacher, who was out on maternity leave. Ms. Soto was awesome, and my daughter loved her. She lost her life protecting her children from a madman with a weapon designed specifically for war – to kill many, quickly.

This cannot ever happen again. If we are truly to honor our 26 children and educators, we must make sure of that. But how do we honor them? We honor them by listening to what chiefs of police and mayors throughout the country are saying about gun safety legislation. We honor our children, teachers and first responders by putting their interests ahead of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. We honor them by making sure that only responsible people can buy guns or ammunition, and only after a thorough background check. We honor them by making sure that we take care of mentally ill people, and keep all weapons out of their hands. We honor them by funding research on gun violence. We honor them by providing the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms with the resources to do its job. We honor them by eliminating straw purchases, where a person legally able to own a gun buys one for someone who may not legally own one. We honor them by never, ever letting anyone minimize them or our community as “the Connecticut effect.” We honor them by showing the world what it means to rise up from an unspeakable tragedy, embrace a new day, and move forward in a quest for peace.

Monte Frank ’86 is an attorney at Cohen and Wolf, P.C.


Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Magazine Director of Strategic Planning & Communications Alison J. Cady Editor Lorraine S. Connelly Design and Production David C. Nesdale Class Notes Editor Henry McNulty ’65 Contributors Monte Frank ’86 William T. Generous, Jr. Hannah Higgin ’05 Henry McNulty ’65 Kevin Mardesich ’87 Lena Nicolai Tochi Onyebuchi ’05 John Steinbreder ’74 Leslie Virostek Photography Deron Chang Alex D. Curtis Al Ferreira John Giammatteo ’77 Ian Morris Life Trustees Charles F. Dey Bruce S. Gelb ’45 Edwin A. Goodman ’58 Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57 Cary L. Neiman ’64 Stephen J. Schulte ’56 Edward J. Shanahan William G. Spears ’56

2012-2013 Board of Trustees Samuel P. Bartlett ’91 Michael J. Carr ’76 Alex D. Curtis Richard Elman David R. Foster ’72 Robert B. Goergen, Jr. ’89 John F. Green ’77 Linda J. Hodge ’73 Christopher Hodgson ’78 Brett M. Johnson ’88 Warren B. Kanders ’75 Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57 Cecelia M. Kurzman ’87 Edward O. Lanphier ’74 William Laverack, Jr. Gretchen Cooper Leach ’57 Kewsong Lee ’82 Robert A. Minicucci ’71 Linda H. Riefler ’79 Marshall S. Ruben Henry K. Snyder ’85 M. Window Snyder ’93 Jeanette Sublett Thomas M. Viertel ’59 Benjamin S. Walton ’92 Editorial Advisory Board Christopher Hodgson ’78 Judy Donald ’66 Howard R. Greene Jeein Ha ’00 Dorothy Heyl ’71 Stephanie Ardrey Hazard ’81 Henry McNulty ’65 John Steinbreder ’74 Monica St. James Francesca Vietor ’82 Heather Zavod

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