m a g a z i n e
The Lens of Memory 32
Far Beyond the Western Mountains 38
The value of a Deerfield education
English teacher Mark Ott reflects
Faculty members go global
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Private Equity 26
Comments 3 / Along Albany Road 4 / The Common Room 46 / In Memoriam 84 / First Person: Romilly Humphries â€™48 86 / Crossword 88
cover: Lydia Hemphill surveys the horizon in Tanzania. inside spread: Peter Nilsson shoots fellow faculty members Gina Apostol, Xiaofeng Kelly, and John Taylor as they make their way along a section of the Silk Road, China. deerfield.edu
Home Away From Home
This issue of Deerfield Magazine is about our place in the world. It’s about how we bring different people and ideas to campus. It’s about how we influence—and are influenced by—global culture. But why does it matter? “Because contact with difference is no longer a matter of choice, but a matter of fact,” says Dr. Curtis. Her answer is telling. It speaks volumes about the world in which our students will live: faster, more collaborative, more connected. In a word: smaller. Our students will lead in this smaller world, and to prepare them, Deerfield makes careful investments. First among them is financial aid. Private Equity on page 26 shows that there is quite a bit to know about our financial aid program. (Hint: financial aid is not a social justice initiative, and we don’t provide it because it’s “nice.”) Financial aid provides a critical element of Deerfield’s program and a critical advantage for Deerfield in comparison to competing schools. Financial aid ensures that our students and faculty experience and understand difference. Travel does, too. For both students and faculty, travel delivers the firsthand experiences and international relationships for which there is no substitute. Another Dr. Curtis comment: “Think about it in reverse . . . you can describe Deerfield to someone, but they don’t really know what it’s like until they experience it firsthand.” Travel informs teaching methods and provides pathways for reexamination—or renovation—in curriculum. In a classroom in China, we might see unusual (for us) methods
that yield greater success in mathematics. In Costa Rica, ecological conservation gains immediacy and clarity; no country has brought more attention to these issues. In Istanbul—the ancient crossroads of East and West—faculty collaborate with international peers, sharing new ideas and teaching techniques across every subject. And where better to learn the value of field research than on the trail of the endangered African black rhino? These are just examples. To learn more about how faculty travel impacts the classroom, see Far Beyond the Western Mountains, on page 38. your tie that result from a diverse and The social interactions here mixing of ideas, backgrounds, and well traveled school—the perspectives—is core to shaping the Deerfield experience and providing skills that define leadership in modern times. In The Lens of Memory on page 32, English teacher Mark Ott describes how experiences at Deerfield travel with you throughout your life. They affect your views and choices, even when you’re a half a world—or half a century—away from your days of glory. Now that Irene has left our campus, the students have returned. They have come from around the world to experience our unique sense of place. Deerfield is renewed by their return—and enriched by the experiences they bring with them.
—David Thiel ’91, Director of Communications
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Fall 2011 : Volume 69, No.1
TUNE IN deerfield.edu/go/social Your source for all things Deerfield—from school news to the photo of the day. You will also find direct links to all of our social networking communities. Welcome to the Daily Bulletin! We’ve launched a new website that combines all the pages from DANET and Deerfield.edu together in one. deerfield.edu/daily
Comments I was saddened to realize while reading Art Dwight’s account of his expulsion from Deerfield that Frank Boyden’s tradition had (perhaps inevitably) been expunged. In my day, in the 40s, Mr. Boyden had a long tradition of never expelling anyone. I was aware that he sometimes asked parents to take their youngster elsewhere, but even that was most unusual. As I understood it, Mr. Boyden felt that the need to expel someone indicated his failure, not the student’s.
Brooks Kelley ’48 Guilford, Connecticut Arthur Ryan Dwight’s poignant and heartfelt mini memoir “I Musta Got Lost,” full of pain, loss, wreckage, and redemption was a fine story. The unspoken nugget of wisdom threaded through the story was the Deerfield mantra “Finish up strong.” Fortunately, that advice never said “when.” Art Dwight’s and his classmates’ successful 25th Reunion gave us completion, and reminded us that it is the people of Deerfield— students, classmates, and faculty—who are the grist that help us all to become proud graduates. Thanks, Art, for bringing that home.
Paul W. Buckwalter ’52 Tucson, Arizona
Show your face on Facebook, where you will find our official fan page. Page Name: Deerfield Academy I read the magazine from cover to cover and I’m so moved by its excellence that I must write to congratulate you. I found it entertaining, enlightening, and moving on virtually every page. As a geology student at Deerfield in 1956, you can bet I enjoyed “River/Valley/Rock,” which brought back the joys of fieldtrip learning from those days. I used that intro to geology well and followed it up with a geology major at Princeton and a 20-year career in the mining industry. I was lucky to taste what I loved so early and to have the opportunity to pursue it. I credit Deerfield with the development of my core values and especially with my learning to write, which was key to my career success. I know for sure that it was Deerfield, rather than Princeton, that shaped me and opened a world of opportunity to me. I am so very grateful. Thank you for bringing me back through your magazine. It is a work of excellence.
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KIPPers and Campers Artists and Academics Unite Even in the midst of numerous summer construction projects (see page 7 ), Deerfield was able to host annual summer programs—the Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp, the summer Knowledge is Power Program, and Look to the Hills, aka “Deerfield for Adults.”
DASAC, founded over 20 years ago by Deerfield alumni, is immensely popular in the local community, and summer 2011 was no exception. Over 200 young women and men participated in the two three-week day camp sessions that were offered this year. From acting to pottery, campers enjoyed the expertise of their counselors and the use of the Academy’s facilities. For the second year in a row, there was also some overlap between the arts camp and Deerfield’s summer Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). Students from KIPP schools across the country come to Deerfield for three weeks to benefit from summertime study and to experience a taste of boarding school life; this year they were also able to enjoy “arts enrichment” thanks to DASAC staff who volunteered their time. “KIPP-ers” took classes in music, ceramics, photography, and more between dinner and their evening study hall, and their artistic studies culminated in performances and exhibits during Arts Enrichment Night.
Wish You Had Been Here... Look to the Hills Summer Institute Immediately after the ninth annual Look to the Hills summer institute, the accolades came rolling in: “What a wonderful experience . . . the menu is so rich and full—literally and figuratively—the classes, biking, tennis, expeditions, evening activities, and the surrounding beauty.” “Look to the Hills was an experience of learning, laughter, and life!” “A must for first-time parents.” Forty-four alumni, current and past parents, and friends of Deerfield participated in this year’s institute and enjoyed classes such as “Town and Country: the Early Short Stories of Cheever and Updike,” and “Deerfield—the Geologic Tale and Trail.” August 2-5, 2012 will mark Look to the Hills’ tenth anniversary, and Director of Alumni Relations Mimi Morsman is already busy planning an outstanding weekend—keep an eye out for details on this special event!
KIPP, Kelsey Riley; LTTH, Jenny Hammond
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l to r: KIPPers at the Rock; DASAC “sculpture” made of the camp’s iconic benches; faculty member Andy Harcourt with Jon Horton P’14 at the Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls (MA).
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Around the House(s) . . . and Dorms . . . and Campus Once again, “summer” did not necessarily equal “vacation” for Deerfield’s Physical Plant personnel. Here is a sample of just some of the work that was accomplished during June, July, and August:
Academy Lane House 1 was moved to
accommodate the construction of a temporary modular dormitory.
The Main School Building’s 2 entire first floor had a “face lift,” which included new paint, refinished flooring, and new furniture; now, for the first time in years, the building’s original herringbone-pattern parquet flooring is on display.
Barton, Pocumtuck, Scaife, and Harold Smith dormitories all received fresh interior paint jobs and additional updates; several faculty houses and apartments were also painted, as well as the exteriors of Childs and Nims houses.
Classrooms in the Arms Building 3 , Kendall Classroom Building, and the Health Center received technology upgrades.
Faculty housing received repairs and renovations; both Abercrombie House and McKenney House received new roofs. New boilers were installed in three faculty houses, and the entire heating system was replaced in Coffin House.
Roads were repaved, new drainage systems were installed, three tennis courts were resurfaced, the Academy daycare facility received a new play structure, and the Dining Hall had a new, high-efficiency dishwasher 4 installed.
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l to r: John Taylor, Lou Kinder, Jeff Jewett, Karinne Heise, Miriam Singer, Yanik Nichols, Danielle Chagnon, Carmel Schettino, Catriona Hynds, Aiden Day (Carmel’s son with dog, Starbuck), Huck Laughner, Dave Irwin, Mandy Irwin, Margarita Curtis (with head pooch, Friday), and Ivory Hills
New to the Team Twelve Faculty Members Begin Their Deerfield Careers From a former Marine officer to a professor of acting and directing, the newest members of Deerfield’s faculty are a widelyvaried and highly talented group. Some are quite familiar with boarding school life, and others are currently getting to know the ins and outs of living and working on campus. All are well-educated, enthusiastic individuals, and they have been warmly welcomed into the Academy community. Danielle Chagnon: earned her BA in mathematics from Bowdoin College, where she also played varsity soccer and was an All-NESCAC, All-New England varsity softball player and team captain. Danielle spent a grueling summer at Quantico, VA, as part of Charlie Company as a candidate to be a Marine officer. She comes to Deerfield from Cushing Academy, where for the past five years Danielle has taught and coached.
Ivory Hills: Ivory is new to boarding school, but he did live in a dorm at MIT for two years as a graduate resident tutor, where he was responsible for developing academic and recreational programs for the undergraduates in his building. Ivory came to Deerfield from Merck Research Laboratories, where he was senior research chemist and mentored young chemists while leading a team conducting drug discovery research in neuroscience. Ivory was also a teaching assistant at MIT while he was earning his PhD.
David Irwin: has joined the faculty as an associate director of admission. David earned his master’s in education in 2010 from Harvard University’s School Leadership Program. A 2005 graduate of Middlebury College, David played varsity baseball and rugby and served as a residential advisor. Over the course of 18 summers, David worked his way up the ranks at Camp Belknap in Wolfeboro, NH, from camper to program director.
Mandy Irwin: came to Deerfield from the Newman School in Boston, where she taught Environmental Systems and Societies; at Deerfield, she is a member of the Science Department. In 2010 Mandy received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. A NOLS practitioner and Wilderness First Responder, Mandy’s love of adventure was nurtured during her high school years at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and her college years at the University
Jeff Jewett: in addition to serving as Deerfield’s sustainability coordinator, Jeff also teaches in the Science Department. Formerly, he taught biology and advised the Hiking Club at the American College of Sofia in Bulgaria. An experienced outdoorsman and trip leader, Jeff earned his MS in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University in 2009 after receiving his BA in molecular and cell biology from Northwestern University. He recently co-authored a research article that was published in Forest Science. Lou Kinder: Lou is completely familiar with Deerfield, having graduated from the Academy in 2005, but she is gaining a new perspective as a teaching fellow in the English Department. Lou is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where she was an All-American Rower and English major. She also worked as a graduate tutor at Berkeley’s Athletic Study Center, where she taught basic skills to the football team’s “at risk” student-athletes.
James “Huck” Laughner: is Deerfield’s 2011-2012 Wallace Wilson Fellow, and he is teaching in the Science Department. Huck holds a degree from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a BS in Ceramic Science and Engineering, a PhD in Solid State Science, and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. He has extensive experience teaching at both the high school and college level, has worked as an engineer, and has been a volunteer for numerous community service activities. Catriona Hynds: prior to joining the Academy’s faculty, Catriona was an acting and directing professor at Ohio Northern University, where she was also managing director of the Freed Center for Performing Arts. Catriona began her career in the arts at Glasgow University in Scotland, where she earned master’s degrees in English Literature and Theater Studies. She is familiar with boarding school life thanks to her years at St. Denis and Cranley School in Edinburgh, Scotland. At Deerfield, Catriona will direct the Academy’s theater program. Yanik Nichols: has joined the faculty as a part-time French teacher. Her love of languages began during her childhood in Vanuatu, a former French colony in the South Pacific, with over a hundred indigenous languages. Yanik earned a BA from the University of Vermont and a
MA from the University of Rochester. She has taught at several high schools in the Pioneer Valley, including Northfield Mount Hermon and Mariamante Academy. Carmel Schettino: was chair of the Mathematics Department at Emma Willard School before she and her family came to Deerfield. Carmel is a PhD candidate at the University of Albany/SUNY and a mathematics scholar and practitioner with significant teaching experience; she was a fellow at Boston College while earning her master’s degree there, and she also worked for six years in the math department at Phillips Exeter Academy. Her article “Teaching Geometry with Problem-Based Learning” will be published in Mathematics Teacher this year.
Julie Schloat: is the Academy’s new part-time assistant academic skills coordinator. A graduate of Middlebury College, Julie began her teaching career at Blair Academy, where she taught English and Art History. She then spent a year teaching at The Browning School in New York City after earning her master’s degree from the Bread Loaf School of English.
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of Colorado. She has taught at several schools that are known for their global outreach programs, including United World College in New Mexico and Ballarat & Clarendon College in Australia.
Miriam Singer: earned her BA from Connecticut College this past May, where she majored in Economics and minored in mathematics. She is now a teaching fellow in Deerfield’s Mathematics Department. At Connecticut College, Miriam was a fouryear member of the varsity crew team and served as a director for an undergraduate resident hall.
Meet the New Chief Financial Officer August 1 marked the beginning of Keith Finan’s new career as the Academy’s Associate Head of School for Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Keith and his family came to Deerfield from the nearby Berkshires, where for the past 18 years Keith was associate provost at Williams College; in that capacity, he managed the financial affairs of the college and served as liaison between the provost and other college departments. Prior to his appointment as associate provost, Keith was assistant provost, assistant registrar, and a lecturer in economics. He holds a BA in Economics from Miami University in Ohio and an MA in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Michael Schloat, Robert E. Kaufmann Distinguished Young Teacher’s Chair by Rob Morgan “Single men who lived a monastic existence dedicated to the school,” is how Mike Schloat recently described the Deerfield faculty of old. This may be an apt description of the Academy’s storied teachers, many from the Boyden era, but Mike also knows that “the duties for faculty are largely the same” as they were 45 years ago: teach, coach, and live in a dorm. So what’s the difference between now and then? Complexity. “The faculty today is largely populated by families,” explains Mike. “The most complex part of my job, by far, is balancing the time required to do my job well (due to the addition of email and the increased demands on my skills) with the time I want to spend with my family.” Mike feels that the challenges created by increased technology and communication “are real, to be sure, but they also provide the faculty with opportunities to reach students in meaningful ways. And by partnering with parents, I think we ultimately better serve our students and their families.” “Deerfield,” Mike adds, “is great about making accommodations and being open to having my family come along for the ride. I bring my son to track practice once in a while, and I often bring him to sit-down dinners—he loves them!” Mike lives in Field with his wife, Julie, and their two-yearold son, Carter. Another son is due this September. When not teaching English, Mike draws on his experience as a track and
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field standout at Williams College to coach boys cross country and boys and girls track and field. Beginning this fall, he will assume additional duties as a residential head, one of four faculty leaders who will implement a new residential curriculum called Connect4. Amie Creagh, Assistant Dean of Students, explains: “There are four fundamental components to the Deerfield experience: academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and residential. The goal is to connect all of those pieces to graduate empathetic and civic-minded students. Mike is the perfect man for this job: smart, dynamic, and engaged.” “The curriculum is a big step forward, I think, for Deerfield as a collaborative community,” Mike says. “I look forward to starting something new at a school so rooted in tradition.” He notes that the program is the product of many hours of collaboration between students and faculty and “will succeed only through the continuance of that cooperation.” Mike will team up with Becca Melvoin, another residential head, to run the program in its inaugural year. They will meet with freshman and sophomore corridor groups, and senior proctors, once a month to lead activities and discussions surrounding themes like connection and identity. Faculty members Kris Loftus and Tim McVaugh will roll out the curriculum for juniors and seniors in the 2012-2013 school year. “Connect4 has nothing to do with academics,” Mike emphasizes. “It’s a way to add intentionality to the residential experience, so it better mirrors what students might be missing” by being away from home. “We hope to make it as fun and organic as possible.” Deerfield students “are a wonderfully interesting and likeable group of young people who are genuinely a pleasure to live with.” Mike feels that the residential component of what faculty do doesn’t get much attention “in terms of how we spend our professional development time, but I think Connect4 will change that and make self-reflection and constant improvement a more regular component of living and working in our dorms.” The Robert E. Kaufmann Distinguished Young Teacher’s Chair is awarded to a member of the Deerfield faculty who manifests the ideal of the dedicated Deerfield teacher. “I have heard a lot about Mr. Kaufmann, and it is an honor to hold a chair in his name,” Mike says. “He seems a representation of a Deerfield model that I find inspirational, and it is humbling to think of myself as an ideal of the Deerfield teacher. Teaching is a tricky profession: you really don’t create anything, there is no finished product, and it’s hard to know one day to the next how you’re doing. In that sense, I like that the inscription reads ideal, since that sounds more like something to be aspired to, rather than something I have achieved. Holding the chair motivates me to keep working at it!”
Diverse in Every Sense
A Report From the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid As the capstone to a record-breaking admission year, the Admission Office team held our traditional “Blessing of the Letters” before they were mailed out. This year, six students and a faculty member gave individual blessings in his or her native language: Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, French, Arabic, Korean, and Slovakian, creating a meaningful new addition to the tradition that celebrates our commitment to a global and richly diverse community. Now, as the 2011–2012 academic year begins, counted among our new students are: An entrepreneur who is designing and coding an iPhone application to respond to incoming text messages with a pre-set automatic reply: “I can’t text right now, I’m driving”; the founder and editor of her own magazine, Style Season; a young woman accepted into Mensa at the age of eight with an IQ in the 99.9 percentile; a young man who won highest honors with a perfect score in the National WordMasters Challenge; the winner of the Best Supporting Actress Award at the India International Film Awards; a nationally ranked swimmer; the winner of the “Youth Humanitarian Award” for his mission work by the Council of Churches; a young man who achieved a perfect score on the National Latin Exam; the first place winner in the Taiwan National Piano Quintet competition; the #1 ranked U-12 tennis player in West Virginia; the winner of the Schering Plough Science Award for his stem cell research; a football player selected All-Area and All-Conference in North Carolina; a young filmmaker who lost both parents to HIV/AIDS and whose documentary film, The House Is Small, was screened at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival; a young man who placed in the top 1% of the national American Mathematics Competition; the New Jersey lacrosse player of the year; a professional actor who has done voice overs for Nickelodeon and the Magic School Bus and acted in a Disney Channel show; a squash player ranked #1 in Massachusetts and #7 nationally; and the lead member of an all-girl robotics team that won the Connecticut state championship, qualified for
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the World Championship, and has filed for a patent for their design for a revolutionary leg brace for Dr. House of the hit TV show, House. Many of our bright and talented students have the opportunity to attend the Academy because of our continuing commitment to a robust financial aid program. Our generous financial aid budget of over $7.0 million supports 35% of our students and is critical to attracting a student body that is diverse in every sense. With our boarding tuition and fees for 2011-2012 at $47,495, and the economic uncertainties and financial constraints facing most families today, it is not surprising that 50% of applicant families are now requesting financial aid. Our average aid award for boarding students this year jumped to $37,077. Another significant trend is the increasing number of families who did not need financial aid when their child enrolled but now find themselves needing aid in order for their child to graduate. The many letters we receive remind us what makes Deerfield such a unique educational community; after a prospective student’s interview last winter, her mother sent the following note: As we strolled the exquisite campus on our tour, we were able to witness firsthand the strong sense of community. Everywhere we went with our tour guide, we received greetings and smiles from students and adults she clearly knew. Not only was our tour guide articulate and enthusiastic about her academic and extracurricular pursuits, but she also displayed a well-grounded emotional intelligence that seems to be a hallmark of the Deerfield student. As we have toured several of the top schools we have seen many impressive facilities and beautiful campuses, we’ve met bright students, but at Deerfield we sensed a singularly strong heartbeat. We came away thinking that our daughter would certainly be able to continue her characteristic quest for excellence at Deerfield, and she would also be nurtured by the experience. It’s a delicate business to develop the adolescent mind while preserving the pluck of youth, and Deerfield seems to hold the key.
Highlights of the 2011 admission year include: 6468 inquiries received, an increase of 7.7% over last year 2444 interviews conducted, up 10.1% over last year 2361 applications received, an increase of 14.1% over last year 13.5% Admit Rate on March 10th, making 2011 Deerfield’s most competitive year 1223 applications received for 9th grade alone, up 10.5%
from last year
202 new students represent 26 states and 22 countries 27.1% of our student body are students of color 14.4% of our student body are international students 37.8% of our students are legacies and/or siblings 49.1% of the student body is female
Seniors Ian Ardrey and Jamie Haddad by Bob York
HADDAD 3 year field hockey scoring total
Although Commencement is months away, Ian Ardrey and Jamie Haddad already know they will probably go from being friends to friendly foes. The reason: Ardrey is going to Harvard and Haddad is going to Yale. Enough said. Between now and then, however, it’s still one for all and all for one for these two Deerfield Academy seniors. Ardrey’s athletic endeavors at Deerfield have featured football, ice hockey, and lacrosse, which is the sport he will be taking with him to the collegiate level. Haddad’s Big Green sports calendar, meanwhile, has been filled with field hockey and ice hockey, which is the game she has signed on to play at Yale, and softball. “Ice hockey’s always been my first love,” said Haddad, who has led the Big Green in scoring for the past three years. Last season, the Wilbraham, MA, native finished with 17 points on 11 goals and six assists; over three years this sharpshooter has chalked up 62 points on 39 goals and 23 assists. “I’ve always had a competitive nature . . . I’ve had to,” explained Haddad, who also led the field hockey team in scoring last fall with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points, and who has posted 50 points over her three-year career on 17 goals and 23 helpers. “I began playing hockey when I was three or four with my brother, who was a couple of years older than me, and a bunch of his friends. So, I learned early on that if I was going to compete with them, I had to play aggressively. And I feel as though I still play that way . . . in everything I play.” “Jamie’s been a huge part of this ice hockey program since she came here as a freshman,” said Deerfield hockey Coach Genevieve Triganne, but that’s not just because Haddad has been the team’s most consistent scorer during that span. “She plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played . . . she plays it aggressively,” added Triganne. “Plus, she has the skills you need to be an outstanding player . . . she’s a tremendous skater, plus she has extremely strong stick skills. Sometimes, you’d swear she’s glued the puck to her stick.”
Ardrey hasn’t had much trouble finding the back of opponents’ nets either. Over the past two years, he has chipped in 95 points on 74 goals and 21 assists to help the Big Green not only rank as one of the highest-scoring teams in New England high school/prep school lacrosse, but the entire country. And, since making the varsity as a freshman, the Greenwich, CT, native and his teammates have won one Western New England crown outright and shared another. They have posted a 46-2 record during that span and outscored their opponents by a 434-168 margin. “Lacrosse has always been my first love,” said Ardrey, who played a key role in the Big Green’s undefeated (15-0) season last spring by finishing second on its scoring charts for the second consecutive season with 50 points on 35 goals and 15 assists. That followed a sophomore campaign that saw him ring up 45 points on 39 goals and six assists. “He’s been a real impact player for us,” said Deerfield lacrosse Coach Chip Davis of Ardrey, who will serve as a tri-captain on this season’s lacrosse team as well as a co-captain of this fall’s Big Green football team, where he is a two-way starter as wide receiver and defensive back. “He got a lot of playing time as a sophomore and he’s benefited greatly from that early exposure. He’s become a very confident athlete and he’s unflappable under any circumstances.”
ARDREY two-way starter
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The Big Green has become the Great White of New England prep school boys water polo. Deerfield has turned the water red in just about every venue it has entered over the past four years, as the defending New England champs have posted a 61-18 record during that span, and the team is licking its chops for a fourth title in the past five years this fall. Despite the fact that coach Mark Scandling sees a “well-balanced and highly competitive league” facing his charges this season, the Big Green should have no trouble keeping its head above water once again. Deerfield has just three starters returning, but two—Chris Miao ’12 and Austin Bridges ’12—earned All-New England honors last year. In fact, it was Miao who scored the clincher in the championship game with four seconds remaining to sink Choate, 11-10. The other returning starter is Oscar Miao ’13, and two experienced subs, Jack Vallar ’12 and Henry Lee ’12, also supply experience Some newcomers Scandling is counting on are former JV goalie Erik Alfieri ’13, and post-grad Will Grant, who should add to the scoring punch. Cross Country
Sam Belcher ’11 and Ariel BeauregardBreton ’11 have both scampered off to the collegiate ranks, but not before being crowned individual champions at last fall’s New England Prep School Cross-Country Championships. Their respective efforts led the boys to a second-place finish, while the girls placed third.
A new coaching staff, consisting of Mike Schloat and Jon Kunhardt, have a pair of All-New England runners to build around. Ben Wood ’13 finished eighth at last year’s title chase, while Fred Quesada ’12 placed tenth. Ryan Heffernan ’12, meanwhile, wound up 51st. The girls hope to continue their steady stride toward the top of the final standings. Following stops at tenth, eighth, and sixth, the Big Green made it to the medals podium last year with a third-place finish. And coach Dennis Cullinane has plenty of returnees who made that run possible. Leading the pack will be Rose Fisher ’13, who placed 16th in last fall’s championship, while Jinane Gedeon Achi ’13 and Tatum McInerney ‘13 were 28th and 29th respectively. Alyssa Moreau ’14 was 38th, while Shelbi Kilcollins ’13 placed 44th. Victoria Serra ’12 and Devinne Cullinane ’14 also return. Newcomers whom the Big Green will be counting on this season will be post-grad Alanna McDonough, as well as Heidi Hunt ’14 and Kylie Davis ’14.
Jackson Dayton ’13 who earned all-league honors, heads up the list of forwards, along with Jean-Francois Roberts ’12, Adam Ellison ’13 and Alex Osgood ’13. The midfielders feature Co-captain Sean Connors ’12, Stephen Baisch ’14 and Xavier Salvador ’14. On defense, there’s Co-captain Kurt Heise ’12, who earned all-league laurels last year, as well as Colin Crihfield ’12. With Co-captain Connie Rhodes ’12 still around, the Big Green girls soccer squad has to be hoping it can at least flip-flop last year’s 5-8-3 record. Last fall, Rhodes led the team in scoring with 19 points on 13 goals and six assists and earned all-league and Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors. Joining Rhodes up front will be Carley Porter ’12 and Vanessa Avalone ’13, while Tally Behringer ’14 and Libby Whitton ’12 will be heading up the midfielders. Co-captain Joanna Davin ’12 leads the defensive unit, along with Cate Wadman ’13 and Ali Schulz ’12. Becca Harrington ’14 tops the goal-tending competition.
Volleyball also earned its way into the playoffs last fall, and with eight lettermen returning from that 8-7 squad, Coach Jon Pineo is hoping for a return trip. Co-Captains Marly Morgus ’12 and Hannah Insuik ’13 are hitters, as are Georgina Hutchins ’12, Julia Kerbs ’13, Tan Sertthin ’13 and Ashley So ’13. Nicholle Yu ’12 is a setter, while Lizzie Jeffrey ’13 is the team’s defensive specialist. Hitter Katharine Ginna ’14 is one of the JV players expected to move up this season.
Boys soccer is another Deerfield team that is looking to build on past successes. Last fall the Big Green went 9-4-1 in league play and 9-7-1 overall to earn a tourney berth, and with ten lettermen returning, Coach Jan Flaska likes what he sees. More importantly, that experience runs from one end of the field to the other. Deerfield has four forwards, three midfielders, two defensemen, and one goalie back in the fold.
Current sports schedules and scores at deerfield.edu/athletics
Football (6-2) missed a Super Bowl invite by one win, but despite losing all but four starters from that team, Coach Mike Silipo is hoping to make another run at postseason play. Back in the fold on offense will be guard JR Mastro ’13 and Tri-captain Jeff Van Oot ’12 at tackle. On defense, Captains Ian Ardrey ’12 and Nic Mahaney ’12 return at cornerback and safety respectively. New faces will belong to Patrick Dugan, a post-grad quarterback who was a preseason all-star pick by the Boston Herald and Thuc Phan, an All-State tailback from North Carolina.
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Deerfield’s field hockey squad missed post-season play last fall for just the third time in 21 years following a 6-11 campaign, and rookie head Coach Kristen Veiga wants to get back on the invite list—and she should. Deerfield has ten lettermen back, including two of its top three scorers. They are Jamie Haddad ’12, who had 18 points on nine goals and nine assists, while Kate Anderson ’12 collected eight points on six goals and two assists. Other forwards include Cara Kennedy Cuomo ’13 and Maggie Schilling ’14, while Mettler Growney ’13, Caroline Ashford ’14 and Maddie Melly ’12 are returning midfielders. Co-captains Lili Gahagan ’12 and Steph Dowling ’12 head up the defense, along with Allie Nagurney ’12. Anna Gonzales ’12 was last year’s backup in goal.
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In spite of the flooding that enveloped a large portion of campus on August 28 due to Hurricane Irene, thanks to the hard work of Deerfield’s Physical Plant staff, returning students were able to arrive on September 8, as planned, and were on hand to welcome new students the following day. Classes began on Monday, and Convocation, featuring a keynote address by mathematics teacher Pamela Bonanno (see deerfield.edu/go/remarks for a transcript of her speech) on September 18 officially marked the beginning of a new academic year. As always, it’s an exciting, eventful fall! 1 the football field stands 2 the track 3 the tennis courts 3
“Wholely Articulate”* Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet WS Merwin to Visit Deerfield Students and faculty are eagerly anticipating the October visit of WS Merwin—poet, two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient, and since 2010, the Library of Congress’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Mr. Merwin will be on campus for two days, and during that time he will attend a reception and book signing, present a reading of his poetry, and participate in an informal question and answer session with students. Over the course of his career, Mr. Merwin has published more than 20 books of poetry, beginning with the critically acclaimed A Mask for Janus in 1952, which was selected by WH Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Mr. Merwin’s style has evolved over his lifetime, and it is his dedication to Buddhism and the Hawaiian environment that has influenced his vision in recent years. In addition to his volumes of poetry, Mr. Merwin has also published nearly 20 books of translation, including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Dante’s Purgatorio, as well as several plays and books of prose. Mr. Merwin’s visit to Deerfield is made possible through the Academy Events Committee, which strives to bring broadly interesting, educational events to Deerfield every year; in the past events have included performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, and National Geographic Explorer in Residence Wade Davis, among others. * From Mr. Merwin’s poem “After the Alphabets”
The Deerfield Dorm More Than a Place to Sleep Deerfield’s residential program is often referred to as the “fourth pillar” of a student’s educational experience; this fall, Assistant Dean of Students Amie Creagh and faculty members Mike Schloat (see page 10 for an in-depth interview with Mike), and Becca Melvoin will implement “Connect4,” a new residential program for all students. In short, Connect4 strives to answer the question: What do we want Deerfield students to gain from having lived in our dorms? Each class will have a theme to focus on for the year: freshmen—connection; sophomores—identity; juniors—leadership; and seniors—legacy. An initiative of the Academy’s strategic plan, Connect4’s ultimate goal is unify the four fundamental components (academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and residential) of the Deerfield experience in order to graduate the most engaged, empathetic, and civicminded young women and men possible.
Keeping Our Heads Above Water
It’s Going to be Beautiful
Ashley Award to be Presented This Fall
Parents Weekend, October 21-23
Remembered for his loyalty to Deerfield, his outstanding character, and his tireless service to others, Tom Ashley, Class of 1911, is an Academy legend. Peter Trovato, Class of 2001, has demonstrated nearly identical characteristics, and appropriately, he will receive The Ashley Award when it is presented for the first time on October 26. Created by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, The Ashley Award is intended for a young alumnus (someone who has graduated in the last 20 years) who can serve as a guide for current students and model an example of service for all alumni. The Ashley Award will be presented annually to an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates Tom’s character and devotion to a people, cause, or place through unwavering service. In 2004 Mr. Trovato founded The Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund with a simple goal in mind: to provide educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts soldiers who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. With its current resources, the MSLF guarantees a minimum of $40,000 ($10,000 per annum) in educational funding to each child of a fallen service member whose “home of record” at the Department of Defense was Massachusetts. There is no selection process. If an individual is a child of a soldier whose service is credited to Massachusetts and who gave his or her life in Operation Enduring or Iraqi Freedom, that child qualifies for MSLF funds, period. Originally, Mr. Trovato hoped to raise $600,000, then, thanks in large part to a partnership with fellow Deerfield alumnus Rob Hale ’84 (whose philanthropy is extensive—see page 26) the goal was moved to $2 million, then $3 million, and each of those goals were surpassed. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mr. Trovato has been actively involved in community service efforts for many years; he volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, the White Ribbon Campaign, the Grove Street Inn Homeless Shelter, and the USA Amputee Hockey Association. In addition to being honored with The Ashley Award at Deerfield, he has also been recognized by NBC’s “The TODAY Show,” FOX News, CNN, the Boston Herald, and others. In 2005 the University of Massachusetts presented Mr. Trovato with the 21st Century Leader Award. Currently, he is a graduate student at Harvard Business School. To submit nominations for next year’s Ashley Award recipient, contact Director of Alumni Relations Mimi Morsman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.774.1586).
Get ready for some fall foliage, refreshments, and quality time with your son or daughter! For the most up-to-date fall Parents Weekend schedule, additional VIP (Very Important Parent) information, and to register for the weekend, go to deerfield.edu/dpn; here is an abbreviated version of the schedule:
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Loyalty, Character, and Service—Always in Style
Friday, October 21 7:00 am Registration Desk Opens 8:00 am Class Visits Begin 10:00 am Welcome from Head of School Margarita Curtis 11:30 am Buffet Luncheon 1:30 pm Faculty/Parent Conferences Begin 3:00 pm Athletic Practices—Parents are Welcome to Attend 4:00 pm Presentation: 2012 Summer Travel Opportunities 4:00 pm Presentation (mainly for the parents of freshmen and sophomores): Academic Planning 5:15 pm Class Receptions 6:15 pm Dinner 8:00 pm Performing Arts Showcase 9:45 pm Post-Showcase Reception Saturday, October 22 7:00 am Breakfast 7:30 am Parent Volunteer Breakfast 7:30 am Faculty/Parent Conferences Begin 8:00 am Registration Desk Opens 8:30 am Deerfield Daffodils: A Parents Community Service Project * 11:30 am A Panel for Parents with an Introduction by Head of School Margarita Curtis 12:15 pm Lunch 1:45 pm Partnering with Deerfield: An Open Conversation on Parents’ Roles in the Deerfield Experience in Today’s Legal and Social Worlds 3:00 pm Athletic Contests 5:30 pm Optional Dinner for Those Still on Campus Sunday, October 23 7:30 am Coffee 10:30 am Optional Brunch for Those Still on Campus
* Sponsored by the newly-formed Deerfield Parents Network (DPN)—all parents are cordially invited to participate in this new initiative—fan out under the direction of parent coordinators to plant spring blooming bulbs. Then, when students, faculty, and staff return to campus after spring break, the bulbs will be in bloom and hopefully they will serve as a happy reminder from parents that the long winter is ending! For more information on the Deerfield Parents Network, visit deerfield.edu/dpn
Head of School Margarita Curtis H’57
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If we want to inspire our students to seek excellence in all their endeavors, and to realize that the ultimate goal is not a diploma from a particular college but life-long enjoyment of learning, we must give our faculty the time and resources to model these dispositions throughout their careers.
VALUES INTO ACTION |Each year offers some unique moments to savor—and for me, one of those moments occurred in the spring, when I read a student’s eloquent tribute to Norm Therien, our Athletic Stockroom assistant: “He has taught me nothing that will appear on any examination. However, he has inspired me with his endless capacity to give. Echoing ’hello’s’ from him, I pass greetings to others on the way to class, offer a seat to someone at lunch, or help with clean-up in the Dining Hall. Although small and quiet actions, which are often not applauded, deeds like these build the core foundation of community. As I move beyond the borders of my high school, I will carry these lessons and hope to do for others what he has done for me.” The word “community” resonates often in our discourse at Deerfield, and I sometimes wonder if it is too often interpreted only as an abstract, theoretical construct. What I admire so much about this student’s tribute is the extent to which he comprehends “community” as a value to be translated into action. When I read testimonies like this, I’m reminded of why Deerfield matters. We are educating smart, motivated young people, who are eager to bring hope and kindness into our unsettled, conflicted world. During 2010-11, the school made measurable progress on its long-range strategic goals, and also remained focused on providing an optimal day-to-day experience for students. Exactly two years since the Board’s unanimous approval of our strategic plan, we can take pride in a series of accomplishments. On the intangible front, we can claim a sharper sense of direction and an enhanced spirit of collaboration. Regarding specific initiatives, we have (1) outlined best practices for administrators, faculty, and staff and enhanced our feedback
2010 : 2011 and evaluation processes; (2) implemented the first series of professional development plans with the goal of becoming more intentional about our professional growth; (3) enhanced the leadership skills of department chairs through a series of workshops; (4) gained greater coherence and equity in our multi-section courses by defining expectations more clearly and sharing materials and assessments on a more regular basis; (5) implemented a 12-session coaching curriculum; (6) analyzed data in an effort to gauge the impact of our teaching on student learning; (7) explored student composition and diversity issues and considered how to address the preparation gap and “summer melt” more proactively; (8) and last but not least, adopted a more disciplined and predictive approach to budget planning. Most of these initiatives have been labor intensive and were implemented during a period of significant student over-enrollment and fiscal challenges, but their impact on our operating expenses has been minimal. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and parents, we are now poised to move forward with some of our key “People” and “Program” goals. The 2012 fiscal year budget will allow us to expand the size of the faculty modestly, as well as the professional development and financial aid budgets, and the travelstudy opportunities for our faculty. Looking back on our most recent admissions cycle and a dramatic increase of 17 percent in the number of applications, we see that our entire admission process must be reviewed and new strategies identified to deal with the likelihood of continued increases. In preparation for the next cycle, Pat Gimbel is reviewing admission processes at peer schools and a few small colleges. Four major facilities renovation projects were completed during the summer of 2010: the Dining Hall, the
Associate Head of School for Alumni Affairs and Development, David G. Pond P’91, ’98
Our Annual Fund received gifts from over 5000 alumni, parents, and friends. Capital and planned gift support allowed us to designate $9 million toward our facilities projects and to add $10 million to our endowment funds. Altogether, a total of $25.5 million in gifts was received from 5565 donors.
this article for our magazine, we are preparing for the public launching of our comprehensive campaign, Imagine Deerfield, across the country during the 2011-2012 year. We look forward to bringing news of our campaign to all alumni, parents, and other friends starting in New York City on October 6. The enthusiasm we feel is directly related to the interest, enthusiasm, and generosity that our Deerfield community continues to display, and the 2010-2011 fiscal year is the most recent example of that caring spirit. On the accompanying pages, you will find reports on our Annual Fund, our Capital Gifts program and our Boyden Society—our Planned Giving program. It was a wonderful Alumni and Development year for Deerfield. Over 80 events around the world allowed us to bring our school to approximately 2500 individuals. Our Annual Fund received gifts from over 5000 alumni, parents, and friends. Capital and planned gift support allowed us to designate $9 million toward our facilities projects and to add $10 million to our endowment funds. Altogether, a total of $25.5 million in gifts was received from 5565 donors. What does all that support mean? It means that we are able to attract an amazing community of students, faculty, and staff to our campus. We continue to feel that at the core of our school is a strong sense of community—our students (who come to our campus from 39 states and 31 other countries), our faculty (who thrive on the key elements of living in our boarding school environment) and our staff (who give so >>
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AN AMAZING COMMUNITY | As I write
Fitness Center, the Greer, and the expansion of Ephraim Williams. A new project to accommodate a slightly expanded student body and faculty is the building of a dormitory with a capacity for 30 students and three faculty apartments. We’ve already seen the installation of a modular dorm in Chapin Field this summer to accommodate students during the construction phase. In addition, partial funding has been secured for a renovation of the Memorial Building, and construction is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2012. This fall we will focus on one of our strategic goals: how to sustain faculty excellence in a 24/7 boarding school environment, one that has been significantly altered by the technological revolution as well as faculty and student demographics. Recent educational research continues to highlight what we have known all along: The strongest determinant of student learning is the quality of the teacher. If we want to inspire our students to seek excellence in all their endeavors, and to realize that the ultimate goal is not a diploma from a particular college but life-long enjoyment of learning, we must give our faculty the time and resources to model these dispositions throughout their careers. The new academic year holds compelling possibilities for all of us in the Deerfield community. Personally, I will be helping my new puppy acclimate himself to campus life! An astonishingly lively gift from the Class of 1961, “Friday” was presented to me in June during the Reunion celebration. He is a beautiful yellow Lab with boundless energy, joy, and curiosity. Always eager for a walk or a game of ball, Friday will be an exuberant companion for any students who may be missing their dogs at home. Professionally, I remain deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with dedicated and talented students, faculty, and staff. The 2011-12 year will be momentous with the launch of our campaign in October, ushering in a period of frequent travel and interaction with alumni, parents, and friends of the Academy. The prospect of garnering support for a vision that will enhance Deerfield’s leadership role in the world of secondary education is both compelling and exhilarating, and I look forward to sharing it with you. ••
Your support also means that approximately 50 percent of every dollar spent each year is the result of current and past giving. Approximately 35 percent of our operating budget comes from gifts received in previous years (endowment income) and 12 percent comes from current gifts (the Annual Fund). Without those critical sources of support, we would be a very different school.
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generously of their talents to support our community) make our school a wonderful place to live, work, and learn. Your support also means that approximately 50 percent of every dollar spent each year is the result of current and past giving. Approximately 35 percent of our operating budget comes from gifts received in previous years (endowment income) and 12 percent comes from current gifts (the Annual Fund). Without those critical sources of support, we would be a very different school. As enviable as that sounds, we also find ourselves behind some of our peer schools in the collective support received from endowment income and from the Annual Fund, and that point will be addressed in our upcoming campaign. The third part of what your 2010-2011 support means is that we have had another extraordinarily supportive year from our amazing groups of volunteers. Our 600+ volunteers support our alumni and parent relations programs, our Annual Fund, and our capital and deferred gifts work. Their constant and considerable dedication and generosity are legendary throughout the educational world. As we look to the 2011-2012 year and beyond, we face a more challenging fundraising climate than we have seen in recent years. However, the worth of any good institution is sometimes measured by the improvements in programs and facilities that can be made— especially in challenging times. You have heard a great deal about our strategic planning process and the kinds of new initiatives that we believe are needed in the next decade (the full report can be found online at deerfield.edu/imagine). Imagine Deerfield will address the challenges we face as we attempt to retain and strengthen the very special and unique features of our school community in an environment where the expectations for students and faculty have never been greater. Over the next five years, we will bring news of our campaign to all corners of the United States and beyond. We look forward to sharing our plans with you. Finally, and on behalf of our entire Alumni and Development staff, our students, our faculty and our staff, thank you for your generous support. We are the great school that we are today because of your continued interest, generosity, and loyalty.••
Director of Capital Giving/Campaign Director Timm Zolkos
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close Deerfield’s most successful fundraising year ever, with over $25 million received, we have many friends to thank. Every gift to the Academy makes a difference, every dollar helps over 600 boys and girls receive an educational experience second to none, and every donor is a hero in the Deerfield community. Of the $25 million received in fiscal year 2011, $19.5 million was directed to endowment or plant funds, and those gifts fall into our capital giving category. Naming opportunities for capital purposes usually begin at the generous level of $100,000; in FY ’11 there were over 700 capital gift donors, with 31 donors making gifts of at least $100,000. Capital gifts support purposes ranging from endowed scholarship to teaching chairs; from departmental and library support to arts and athletics endowments; and from class reunion funds to general endowments. Other capital gifts help to underwrite construction, renovation, and maintenance of facilities such as the swimming pool, fitness center and track, student center, Dining Hall, and core academic buildings. The past several years have been challenging, but in the face of these challenges Deerfield has benefitted from the support of so many. We are grateful to all our friends and thankful for your generosity. As one of the newest members of the Deerfield development and alumni relations team, I am also grateful to our senior capital giving officers—Ann Romberger, Suzanne Berger, and Guy Ardrey—the rest of our major gifts team, and the entire staff in Ephraim Williams. Together, they make up one of the most capable, hard-working, and enthusiastic groups of professionals I’ve worked with in
Imagine Deerfield National Chairs Phil Greer ’53, P’94, G’13 Rob Hale ’84, P’15 Roger McEniry ’74, P’07, ’10 Diana and Steve Strandberg P’10, ’12
Imagine Deerfield Regional Major Gifts Leaders (as of September 8, 2011) Alex ’78 and Nancy Auersperg P’14 Serena Bowman P’13, ’14 Aaron Daniels ’53, P’84 Terry Darling ’87, P’15
Director of the Annual Fund and Development Operations John G. Knight ’83
surpassed its $5 million dollar goal by nearly $250,000 and accounted for about ten percent of the school’s operating income. This level of annual giving is a reflection of the loyal Deerfield family, which continues to believe (and support) the fact that well-rounded students of character are better prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Personally, I continue to be so impressed by the thoughtful philanthropy of our alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends. Forty-eight percent of our alumni made gifts this year—once again tantalizingly close to the magical 50 percent mark that my team and I strive to reach and maintain. That said, Deerfield is embarking on an exciting and important five-year comprehensive campaign to enhance and sustain our excellence, which deserves all of our attention. For most, gifts to the Imagine Deerfield campaign will be via Annual Fund contributions, and we will ask all of our family to consider larger gifts pledged over time, especially as each class celebrates a reunion. Here in the Alumni and Development Office, we will strive to make our goals plain and worthy of your consideration and support. So please—begin to “imagine Deerfield” with us—then, “Sing to the glory of the Green and the White!”••
’10-’11 Steering Committee Gordon R. Knight ’54 G ’03 Annual Support National Chair, Trustee
Richard F. Boyden ’52 Robert S. Lyle II ’64, P’91, ’95 Andrew R. Steele ’65 John C. Buckley ’77
Arthur R. Dwight ’79 Frank H. Reichel III ’82 Andrew P. Bonanno ’87 Daniel B. Garrison ’94 Amy E. Sodha ’97 Lisa Craig ’00 Nicholas Z. Hammerschlag ’04
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Dozier Gardner ’51 Bink Garrison ’66, P’94, ’00 Mark ’81 and Hilary McInerney P’10, ’13 Devin Murphy ’78, P’06, ’10, ’15 Brian and Julie Simmons P’12, ’14 Scott Vallar ’78, P’12, ’14 Linda Whitton P’01, ’04, ’09, ’12
“HONOR AND VICTORY—TO THEE WE WILL EVER YIELD . . .”In fiscal year 2011 the Annual Fund
nearly 25 years in educational advancement, and I am grateful to each of them for their good work for Deerfield. Having recently entered the first public year of the Imagine Deerfield campaign, we feel good about the momentum built during the two years of the campaign’s “quiet phase.” There is no doubt that last year’s successful results were in large part attributable to the hard work of a few key campaign volunteers, and a significant portion of the $19.5 million in capital gifts in FY ’11 were early commitments to the campaign. Conversations with additional lead donors in recent months give us cause for continued optimism as we proceed. In the months ahead you will hear and read much more about Imagine Deerfield, including the campaign’s goals, initiatives, and priorities, as well as upcoming events. At this point, I would like to single out two groups of leaders responsible for getting the campaign off to a great start—their names are listed below. They are our five National Chairs who serve as a steering committee and work with Head of School Margarita Curtis and our staff, and a second group, which is still growing, is a team of Regional Major Gifts Leaders, located in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other regions across the country. This group represents Imagine Deerfield in their communities by reaching out to engage donors to the campaign and capital gift priorities. A special thanks goes out to all campaign leaders now on board, and to all those who will be joining us in the time ahead. Finally, to everyone who helped make 2010–2011 such a success, on behalf of all our students, teachers, and the entire Deerfield community, thank you. ••
Director of Parent Programs William Barry ’77 P’11, ’15
A FAMILY EFFORT | 2010–2011 represented another year of excellent efforts by our parent volunteers. Deerfield is incredibly fortunate to have a community of parents that is passionate about the Academy and its programs, and we are deeply grateful that this community chooses Sr. Parents Co-Chairs: to demonstrate that passion through its financial support. Under the exceptional leadership Jamie & Cynthia Kempner ’75, P’03, ’05, ’11 of our co-chairs and class captains, the results for our Annual Fund and Senior Class Jeff & Ashley McDermott P’11, ’14 Campaigns were outstanding, and among the highest in Academy history. Tom & Karen Murphy P’11 Co-Chairs Cynthia and Jamie Kempner ’75, P’03, ’05, ’11, Ashley and Jeff McDermott P’11, ’14, and Karen and Tom Murphy P’11, brought 73 percent of the parents of the Senior Class to Sr. Parents Committee: raise approximately $2.0 million towards the renovation of the Dining Hall, as well as other projects of great importance to the Academy. Peter & Caroline Colt P’09, ’11 Our Annual Fund volunteers, led by Co-Chairs Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia P’09, ’13 and Gus & Lisa Field ’80, P’11, ’13 Peggy and Charlie Sutphin P’11, ’13, and supported by Junior Class Captains Hatsy and Scott Ramona Fung P’11 Vallar ’78 P’12, ’14 and Leila and Henry Heller P’10, ’12, Sophomore Class Captains Leslie Jeff & Shari Kvam P’11 Hodges P’10, ’13 and Kelly and Gerry Pasciucco P’10, ’13, and Freshman Class Captains Julie Christopher & Leigh Larmoyeux P’07, ’11 and Marc Johnson ’74 P’08, ’11, ’14 and Lesley and David Koeppel ’76 P’14, engaged our parents Leiza Munn Blakeley & Mark Blakeley P’11 in person, by phone, and through email to raise over $1.7 million in unrestricted annual gifts Peter & Sheilah Phelan ’78, P’11 from 62 percent of our families. Steven & Ashley Quamme P’11 We also express our gratitude to all of those families who dedicate time and effort to help strengthen our parent community through outreach, hosting events, and excellent ambassaTodd & Martha Robbins P’11 dorship. The impact of these efforts continues to resonate far beyond the initial contact. You Bryant & Rebecca Seaman P’11 help bring families closer to Deerfield, and that warmth is clearly evident in the atmosphere David & Maureen Straut P’05, ’07, ’11 of this great school. Thank you. •• Norman Ward & Patricia King P’11 Jay & Mary Ann Wheatley ’78, P’11 Zee & Debbie Haddad P’09, ’12 David & Missy DeCamp ’76, P’13 Fresh Parents Committee: Michael & Penelope Wilner P’11 David & Ritchey Howe P’12 Jeff & Page Growney P’11, ’13 John Allen & Christina Wagner P’14 Michael & Suzanne Huebsch P’11, ’12 Timothy Jones & Annie Cardelus P’13 Underclass Volunteers Ben & Leigh Carpenter P’07, ’11, ’14 Mary Matthews Mermel P’12 James & Colleen Koch P’13 Colin & Jeanmarie Cooper ’79, P’14 Benjamin & Linda McGrath P’12 Rick & Lynn McKelvey ’79, P’10, ’13 Underclass Co-Chairs: J. Richard & Kate Cordsen P’14 James & Sally Miller P’97, ’01, ’02, ’09, ’12 Dan & Heather Mosley P’11, ’13 Tim & Stephanie Ingrassia P’09, ’13 Mark & Fiona Donovan P’12, ’14 Brian & Julie Simmons P’12, ’14 Chip & Amanda Nisbet P’11, ’13 Charlie & Peggy Sutphin P’11, ’13 Kev & Beth Ellingwood ’85, P’14 Peter Van Oot ’73, P’05, ’09, ’12 Thomas & Laura O’Connell P’13 Ronald & Jennifer Gerber P’14 Susan Van Oot P’05, ’09, ’12, FA Ward & Emily Osgood P’11, ’13 Jr. Parents Captains: William & Caroline Kaelin P’11, ’14 Jack & Penn Rand ’65, P’09, ’13 Henry & Leila Heller P’10, ’12 Kelly & Susan Killeen P’14 Soph Parents Captains: Tom & Kathleen Reed ’82, P’10, ’13 Scott & Hatsy Vallar ’78, P’12 Timothy & Sophie Lee P’10, ’14 Leslie Hodges P’10, ’13 Chris & Nonie Reich P’13 Steve & Amy Louis ’80, P’12, ’14 Gerry & Kelly Pasciucco P’10, ’13 Tim & Susan Schieffelin P’09, ’12, ’13 Jr. Parents Committee: Charles McLendon P’09, ’14 Jeffrey & Elizabeth Sechrest P’13 Jamie & Wendy Ardrey P’09, ’12 Guy & Caroline Merison P’14 Soph Parents Committee: Karl Wellner & Deborah Norville P’09, ’13 James O’Neill & Kimberly Kahan P’14 Mitchel & Sharon Bolotin P’12 Andy Blau ’81, P’10, ’13 John & Karen Wood P’10, ’13 James & Rebecca Byrne P’06, ’08, ’12 Bob & Betsy Swindell P’08, ’11, ’14 Lee & Libby Buck ’81, P’11, ’13 Edward & Susan Chandler P’12 Joy Tomlinson P’09, ’14 Charles & Kimberlee Cory P’13 Fresh Parents Captains: Bob & Alison DeWitt ’74, P’05, ’07, ’12 Philip Wellman & Leslie Smith P’14 Delphine & Allen Damon ’78, P’13 Marc & Julia Johnson ’74, P’08, ’11, ’14 Mike & Evelyn Donatelli P’12 Jon & Hendy Dayton P’10, ’13 David & Lesley Koeppel ’76, P’14 Ted & Katy Flato ’73,P’10, ’12
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Senior Parent Volunteers
Director of Planned Giving Linda Minoff P’09, ’10
A POWERFUL AND POSITIVE IMPACT | What do you want your footprint
Reunion Co-Chairs: Rodgin Cohen ’61, P’99 Bruce Macleod ’61, P’92, ’94 Baldwin Smith Jr. ’61, P’99
Art Show Chair: Alan D. Reder ’61
Attendance Co-Chair: Michael H. Annison ’61 James W. Botkin ’61 Bruce Caputo ’61
Fundraising Co-Chair: Jon W. Barker ’61, P’06 Thomas M. Poor ’61, P’95, ’97
Program Chair: Henry P. Becton Jr. ’61
Yearbook Chair: Thomas P. Hyde ’61, P’88, ’95
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All of these deferred gifts ensure that future students will continue to benefit from the “Deerfield Experience.”
Class of ’61 Reunion Committee
to be? What kind of impact would you like to have? How would you like to be rememBoyden Society bered? These are the questions that we address when we speak of “planned giving.” Advisory Committee The phrase is shorthand for planning your charitable giving in a way that best meets your total financial, estate, and philanthropic landscape—in short, your legacy—and it Co-Chairs: allows you to make a commitment that works best for your particular circumstances. Craig W. Fanning ’53 The Boyden Society was established to recognize H. Stanley Mansfield Jr. ’53, G’03 those who have chosen to include Deerfield in their Marc L. McMurphy ’82 estate plans. Gifts such as bequests, annuities, trusts, life insurance, and retirement fund assets Committee: allow donors to make a larger gift than they Christian Baldenhofer ’60 otherwise might be able to, and in turn, they have Edgar A. Bates III ’68 a powerful and positive impact on the school. John H. Christel ’79 Legacy giving assures the long-term fiscal health Howard Coonley II ’62 of the Academy; it’s the rudder that keeps the ship Edison W. Dick ’55 on a steady course. Ralph Earle III ’75, P’10, ’12 Two years ago we created the Boyden Society Advisory Committee (BSAC) in order to Todd H. Eckler ’86 encourage classmates, parents, and other friends to join the Boyden Society. Last year we increased the committee size and now have 35 Boyden Society Advocates representGuilford W. Forbes ’41 ing 30 classes. The hard work of the committee has resulted in new bequest intentions, Henry S. Fox ’76, P’12 charitable gift annuities, gifts of IRA assets, gifts of life insurance, and other planned James McB. Garvey Jr. ’46 gifts. We also welcomed 35 new members into the Boyden Society—nearly twice as Gilbert M. Grosvenor ’49 many new members as the year before. Total membership is now at 524. We also heard Robert F. Herrick ’60 from many existing members who wrote to reaffirm their commitment to Deerfield Robert B. Hiden Jr. ’51 through a bequest or other testamentary gift. For a complete list of Boyden Society John B. Horton ’52, P’89 members, please go to deerfield.edu/go/publications. My deepest thanks to the BSAC John F. Kikoski Jr. ’59, P’83 members, whose names are listed to the right. As we move forward we hope to increase the committee size, eventually having a representative in each class. Please be in touch David C. Knight ’58, P’87 with me if you would like to represent your class in this way. John G. Knight ’83 The Academy received $242,537 in realized bequests this past year. We are always Joseph D. Lawrence ’54 saddened by the passing of a son or daughter of Deerfield, but we are also forever Richardson McKinney ’45 grateful that they chose to remember the Academy in this way. Four donors made gifts Peter F. McLaughlin Jr. ’81 in exchange for charitable gift annuities, for a total of $438,997, and we had additions Edward R. McPherson ’63 to our pooled income fund, as well as several new bequest intentions and retirement Gordon B. McWilliams ’47, P’77 Deceased account designations. All of these deferred gifts ensure that future students will Erwin H. Miller ’58 continue to benefit from the “Deerfield Experience.” The 50th Reunion is always fabulous, and this year was no exception. Sixty-six Christopher G. Mumford ’64, P’01 classmates from the Great Class of 1961 came back to campus to reconnect with each Edwin G. Reade III ’71 other and with Deerfield. The committee, headed by Rodge Cohen, Bruce Macleod, Wm. T. Schwendler Jr. ’58 and Baldy Smith, pulled together a terrific weekend! Spirits were high, class programs Harold R. Talbot Jr. ’54 were informative, and everyone enjoyed the weekend immensely. And, along the way, David Thiel ’91 the class managed to raise a grand total of $2,682,578. Well done! Christopher J. Tierney ’85 Volunteers help Deerfield in so many ways. We hope that you enjoy your role and Charles B. Updike ’57 hope that you know just how important you are to the school. Deerfield students have Erskine B. van Houten Jr. ’43 always been known for their school spirit, and it’s great to know that the spirit lives on well past Commencement. Many, many thanks for all you do. •• Robert Dell Vuyosevich ’72
2010-11 Executive Committee of the Alumni Association Thank you, ’10–’11 Executive Committee! Ms Elizabeth Greer Anderson, ’94 Mr. Rick Anderson, ’72 P’10,’12,’14 Mr. Oscar K. Anderson III, ’88 Mr. Bayard T. DeMallie III, ’80 Ms Sara E. di Bonaventura, ’01 Mr. John J. Dinneen III, ’79 Mr. W. Malcolm Dorson, ’02 Mr. David B. Findlay Jr., ’51 P’76 G’03,’05,’08 Dr. Edward G. Flickinger, ’65 Mr. Peter W. Gonzalez, ’62 P’94,’97 Mr. David S. Hagerman, ’64 P’99 FP Ms Judith Hegedus, ’92 Mr. Hudson Holland III, ’84 Mr. Steven N. Katz, ’70 Mr. Gordon R. Knight, ’54 G’03 Mr. Rush M. McCloy, ’92 Mr. Richard M. McKelvey, ’79 P’10,’13 Mr. John P. B. Moran, ’58 Ms Margot M. Pfohl, ’97 Mr. John F. Rand, ’65 P’09,’13 Mr. Walter S. Tomenson III, ’95 Mr. Okechukwu Ugwonali, ’98 Ms Cassandra Walters, ’00 Mr. Philip B. Weymouth III, ’83 For a roster of the ’10 – ’11 Executive Committee members, see page 42.
’10-’11 Alumni Volunteers CC: Class Captain CA: Class Agent RC: Reunion Chair
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Dr. R. Paul Higgins Jr. ’32, P’64, CC George B. Dowley II ’36, P’62, ’64, CC Deceased David H. Bradley ’40, P’66, ’72, G’99, ’08, CC William C. Lane ’40, CC Harold Edwards Jr. ’41, P’74, CA Theodore F. T. Crolius ’42, CC William W. Dunn ’42, CC Walter L. Fisher ’43, CC
Robert S. Erskine Jr. ’44, CC Richard D. Leggat ’44, CA Ronald A. McLean Jr. ’44, CA M. Wallace Rubin ’44, P’75, CA John P. Stevenson ’44, CA Dr. Giles D. Toll ’44, P’78, ’81, CA E. Foster Conklin ’46, P’73, CA Gerald Lauderdale ’46, P’76, CC William M. Riegel ’46, CC Joseph S. Caldwell III ’47, P’81, CA Walter H. Morse II ’47, CA Donald R. Dwight ’49, P’79, ’03, ’04, CC Harvey B. Loomis ’49, CA R. Warren Breckenridge ’50, CC A. Donald Grosset Jr. ’50, P’83, CA Edward H. Miller III ’50, CA David B. Findlay Jr. ’51, P’76, G’03, ’05, ’08, CC Prof. John R. Allen ’52, CA Richard F. Boyden ’52, CC Renwick D. Dimond ’53, P’85, CC Craig W. Fanning ’53, CA Robert E. Harwell Jr. ’53, CA H. Stanley Mansfield Jr. ’53, G’03, CA Patrick M. McCarthy ’53, CA Joel S. Mitchell, Jr. ’53, CA Hugh Smith ’53, P’76, CC Philip R. Chase Jr. ’54, P’78, ’81, CC Michael D. Grant Jr. ’55, P’85, ’87, CC Thomas J. L’Esperance ’55, CA Peter S. Ness ’56, P’89, CA Denis M. Turko ’56, P’85, CA Joseph B. Twichell ’56, P’87, CC Hugh B. Andrews ’57, P’91, CA Dr. David H. Blake ’57, CA C. James Curtiss II ’57, CA Theodore F. Ells ’57, CA Peter W. Gilson ’57, P’84, G’12, CA Robert O. McClintock ’57, CA Charles S. Rubinger ’57, CA A. Bronson Thayer ’57, CA James T. B. Tripp ’57, CA Charles B. Updike ’57, CA Bruce D. Grinnell ’58, CA John H. Hayward Jr. ’58, P’02, CA David C. Knight ’58, P’87, CA Brian A. Rosborough ’58, P’03, ’06, CA Robert H. Mattoon Jr. ’59, CA Donald A. Burgess ’60, CA
Norman M. Carpenter ’60, CA James H. Cohen ’60, CA Nathaniel F. Emmons ’60, CC John P. Judson ’60, CA Peter K. Noonan ’60, CA Jon W. Barker ’61, P’06, RC H. Rodgin Cohen ’61, P’99, RC Bruce Macleod ’61, P’92, ’94, RC Thomas M. Poor ’61, P’95, ’97, RC Baldwin Smith Jr. ’61, P’99, RC Richard L. Anderson ’62, CA George Ladd Cook ’62, CA Howard Coonley II ’62, CC Mark C. Garrison ’62, CC Howard McMorris II ’62, CA Robert Serenbetz ’62, CA Peter A. Acly ’63, CC Timothy J. Balch ’63, CC Edmund J. Daly IV ’63, P’97, CA Glenn C. DeMallie ’63, CA George R. Hinman Jr. ’63, P’95, CA G. Lawrence Langford ’63, CA William M. Laurence ’63, CA Edward R. McPherson ’63, CA Ralph E. Penny ’63, CA David D. Sicher ’63, CC W. Reed Simmons ’63, P’08, CA Richard J. Warren ’63, P’98, CA Thomas S. Echeverria ’64, P’97, CA H. Patrick Gillespie ’64, CA David S. Hagerman ’64, P’99, CA John L. Heath ’64, CC Arthur C. Lee ’64, P’96, ’97, CA Robert S. Lyle II ’64, P’91, ’95, CC Douglas C. Mills ’64, CA Gregory M. Olchowski ’64, P’04, ’05, ’09, CA Charles B. Sethness ’64, P’02, ’07, CC James H. Averill Jr. ’65, P’94, CA Michael J. Baker ’65, CA Wm. Thacher Brown ’65, CA Charles J. Brucato Jr. ’65, CA Timothy P. Byrne ’65, CA Edward G. Flickinger ’65, CC Robert H. Frost ’65, CA James T. Gaffney ’65, CA Thornley A. Hart ’65, CA Geoffrey R. Keyes ’65, CA Alec J. Megibow ’65, CA
John P. Meyer ’65, CA Edward T. Post Jr. ’65, CA Robert E. Randol ’65, P’02, CA Andrew R. Steele ’65, CC Samuel Weisman ’65, CA David H. Bradley Jr. ’66, P’99, RC Peter P. Drake ’66, P’93, ’96, CA James D. Dunning Jr. ’66, P’01, ’04, CA Winston S. Emmons ’66, P’02, CA John H. Frost ’66, CA Richard C. Garrison ’66, P’94, ’00, CA Alan G. Hassenfeld ’66, CA William S. Herrick ’66, P’97, CA Kingsley C. Norris ’66, CA Jeffrey F. Purtell ’66, P’96, CA Teri Noel Towe ’66, CA Andrew F. Winning ’66, CA Douglas F. Allen Jr. ’67, P’03, CC John R. Bass II ’67, P’98, CC George W. Lee Jr. ’67, CC John R. Clementi ’68, P’98, ’01, ’05, CC John W. Kjorlien ’69, P’13, CC Austin C. Starkey Jr. ’69, CA Alexander Sandy B. Weissent ’69, CA Michael H. Bartlett ’70, CA Neil S. Coleman ’70, P’03, CA Endicott P. Davison Jr. ’70, P’98, ’00, ’03, CA G. Kent Kahle ’70, P’02, ’04, ’07, CC Steven N. Katz ’70, CA Timothy T. Noonan ’70, CA Gene A. Rostov ’70, CA Charles R. Williams ’70, P’01, ’04, CA Samuel Bronfman II ’71, CA Ian C. Devine ’71, CA John R. Embree ’71, CA Henry G. Haff ’71, CA K. C. Ramsay ’71, RC John L. Reed ’71, P’05, RC Rick Anderson ’72, P’10, ’12, ’14, CA Paul R. Barkus ’72, P’05, CC Geoffrey T. Griffin ’72, P’04, CA Gerard Kavanaugh ’72, CA Michael C. Perry ’72, P’01, CA David S. Sanderson ’72, CA Robert Dell Vuyosevich ’72, CA Ernest R. Bourassa ’73, CA Daniel G. Ehrgood ’73, CA Lawrence C. Jerome ’73, CC
William J. Wolf ’83, CA J. Alexander Bates ’84, CA Alexander M. Daniels ’84, CA Gregory R. Greene ’84, CA Hudson Holland III ’84, CA Allan Y. Kim ’84, CA Terry T. Lee ’84, CA William N. Mathis ’84, CA Christopher S. Miller ’84, CA Geoffrey S. Sefert ’84, CA Richard A. van den Broek ’84, CA Steven W. Wayne ’84, CA Brett R. West ’84, CA John W. Wyatt ’84, CA Charles B. Berwick ’85, CC Gregory A. Delts ’85, CA Jeffrey A. Downing ’85, CA John A. Emery ’85, CA Gregory J. Fitzgerald ’85, CA Lee C. Hansen ’85, CA Frederick A. C. Ilchman ’85, CA Brian M. Jurek ’85, CA Joseph H. Kaufman ’85, CA George C. Knight ’85, CA R. Wesley Pratt Esq. ’85, CA Michael D. Schetzel ’85, CA Mark Wasserberger ’85, CA Sydney M. Williams IV ’85, CC C. Coleman Brown ’86, CA Henri R. Cattier ’86, RC Michael W. Chorske ’86, RC Dan E. Cranshaw Jr. ’86, CA Maj. Erik C. Osborn ’86, CA David C. Parr ’86, CA Timothy J. H. Roven ’86, CA John D. Amorosi ’87, CA Bernard Pak-Hong Auyang ’87, CA Chandler Bigelow III ’87, CA Andrew P. Bonanno ’87, CC Thomas A. Bradley ’87, CA Doran L. Donovan ’87, CA Peter S. Fearey ’87, CA Michael V. Flagg ’87, CA Joseph E. Helweg III ’87, CA John F. Holland ’87, CA Crews Johnston III ’87, CA Kevin B. Kroeger ’87, CA Kurt G. Lageschulte ’87, CA Peter K. Magnusson ’87, CA John E. McGovern III ’87, CA
Peter L. O’Brien ’87, CA Dario Chiu-Yee Pong ’87, CA Daniel Scherotter ’87, CA Robert C. Schmults ’87, CA Christian J. Singewald ’87, CA John T. Twichell ’87, CA David E. Wilmot ’87, CA Oscar K. Anderson III ’88, CC William D. Baird ’88, CA Eric J. Baurmeister ’88, CA Gregory J. Hanson ’88, CA J. Whetstone Hutton ’88, CA Stephen T. Mong ’88, CA Courtlandt L. Pennell ’88, CA Charles A. Ramsay ’88, CA C. Porter Schutt III ’88, CA Gordon C. Spater ’88, CA Mark T. Sullivan ’88, CA Nils E. von Zelowitz ’88, CA David F. Willis Jr. ’88, CC Hugh B. Bolton ’89, CA Eric S. Brinkley ’89, CA John R. Griffin ’89, CA Andrew R. Hough ’89, CA Jonathan P. Knisley ’89, CA Gustave K. Lipman ’89, CC Thomas S. Montgomery ’89, CA J. Jenry Morsman IV ’89, CA Trevor B. Nagle ’89, CA Edmond F. Opler ’89, CA Richard B. Palmgren ’89, CA Romeo A. Reyes ’89, CA Jordan D. Shappell ’89, CA Edward S. Williams ’89, CC Jeb S. Armstrong ’90, CC Craig H. Creelman ’90, CA John G. Lane ’90, CA James S. Richard ’90, CA J. Andrew P. Stone ’90, CA Christopher A. Ziebarth ’90, CA A. Alexander Arnold IV ’91, CA Elizabeth F. Berzin ’91, CA William N. Callender ’91, CA Alberto M. Garcia-Tunon ’91, CA Churchill H. Hooff ’91, CA Osman M. Khan ’91, CA Paul H. Lyle II ’91, CA David A. Thiel ’91, CA Jason M. Underwood ’91, CA Nicholas K. Vita ’91, CA
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Stephen R. Quazzo ’78, P’08, CC John W. Scott ’78, P’10, ’11, CA Garrett P. Shumway ’78, P’12, CA John J. Stobierski ’78, P’12, ’14, CA Scott W. Vallar ’78, P’12, CA Arthur R. Dwight ’79, CC Daniel C. Pryor ’79, CC Augustus B. Field IV ’80, P’11, ’13, CC Donald E. Kastner II ’80, CA John B. Mattes ’80, CC Paul M. Nowak ’80, CC David J. Pardus ’80, CA Marco L. Quazzo ’80, P’13, CA Robert G. Bannish ’81, RC Andrew M. Blau ’81, P’10, ’13, RC Michael M. Boardman ’81, RC Leonard J. Buck ’81, P’11, ’13, CA Andrew A. Cohen ’81, RC Peter R. Dinneen ’81, CA Richard S. Flaherty ’81, CA Morris Housen ’81, CA Inho Kim ’81, P’08, ’11, CA Peter F. McLaughlin Jr. ’81, CA Derek R. Reisfield ’81, RC Corbin L. Snow III ’81, CA Samuel G. Bayne II ’82, CA Robert S. Bridges Jr. ’82, P’12, CA Robert R. Douglass Jr. ’82, CA Michael L. Flynn ’82, CA William E. Hannum III ’82, CA David M. Haviland ’82, P’11, CA Philip E. McCarthy II ’82, CA George E. McKean III ’82, CA Frank H. Reichel III ’82, CC Edward S. White ’82, CA Morgan B. Whittier ’82, CA William R. Ziglar ’82, P’13, CA Nathan M. Blain ’83, CA Nelse H. Clark ’83, CA Adam J. Feiges ’83, CA Robert E. Fitzpatrick ’83, CA Christopher S. Flagg ’83, CA Robert P. Gulick Jr. ’83, CA John G. Knight ’83, CC Andrew N. Schiff ’83, CA J. Douglas Schmidt ’83, CC Dean R. Singewald II ’83, CA Van K. Sullivan ’83, CA Peter R. Townsend ’83, CA Philip B. Weymouth III ’83, CA
Lawrence C. Jerome ’73, CC Daniel B. Johnson ’73, CA David M. McAlpin ’73, CA Shahe Sinanian ’73, CA Peter D. Van Oot ’73, P’05, ’09, ’12, CC Robert D. Bewkes Sr. ’74, P’06, ’09, ’12, CA Frank G. Binswanger III ’74, P’09, ’11, CA Peter H. Bradshaw ’74, P’06, CA J. Christopher Callahan III ’74, CC Robert E. DeWitt ’74, P’05, ’07, ’12, CA Geoffrey A. Gordon ’74, P’08, CC Hugh F. Bennett ’75, CA Michael J. Burkin ’75, CA Cree A. Edwards ’75, P’12, CA Robert L. Evans ’75, CA Peter E. Fleming III ’75, CA Frederick L. Friedman ’75, CA Dwight R. Hilson ’75, P’09, CC James L. Kempner ’75, P’03, ’05, ’11, CC Peter C. McLoughlin ’75, CA Peter A. B. Melhado ’75, CA Peter M. Schulte ’75, P’10, ’13, CC David W. Starr ’75, CA Andrew M. Storch ’75, P’10, CA Theron M. vanDusen ’75, CA Michael S. Battey ’76, CA Marshall F. Campbell III ’76, RC Andrew C. Chase ’76, CA David R. DeCamp ’76, P’13, RC Harald B. Findlay ’76, P’03, ’05, CA Henry S. Fox ’76, P’12, CA Frederick W. Homans ’76, CA Graeme K. Howard III ’76, CA David J. Koeppel ’76, P’14, CA Peter B. Moss Jr. ’76, CA Hal W. Reynolds ’76, CA John A. Shepard Jr. ’76, CA John C. Buckley ’77, CC Paul M. Embree ’77, CA James P. MacPherson Jr. ’77, CC D. Townley Paton ’77, CA J. H. Tucker Smith ’77, CC Wayne W. Wall Jr. ’77, P’11, CC and Allen F. Damon ’78, P’13, CA Jacques de Saint Phalle ’78, CA Michael R. Graney ’78, CA Paul J. S. Haigney ’78, CC Richard R. Hrabchak ’78, CA Devin I. Murphy ’78, P’06, ’10, CA
Thomas R. Appleton II ’92, CC Henry J. Casagrande Jr. ’92, CA Elizabeth Cooper ’92, CA Ryan M. FitzSimons ’92, CA Heather Hornik Luth ’92, CA Erroin A. Martin ’92, CA Ashley Prout McAvey ’92, CA William J. Willis ’92, CC Kimberly A. Capello ’93, CA John T. Collura ’93, CA Michelle M. Greenip ’93, CA Richard D. Hillenbrand II ’93, CC Charlotte York Matthews ’93, CC Shantel C. Moses ’93, CA R. Kirby Salerno ’93, CA Colby D. Schwartz ’93, CC William A. Tamul ’93, CA Sarah D. Weihman ’93, CA
Henry L. Thompson IV ’94, CA Theodore G. Grozier ’95, CA George E. Gumpert ’95, CA B. Tucker Hastings ’95, CA Matthew S. Hyde ’95, CA Daniel D. Meyer ’95, CC Edith W. Naegele ’95, CA Brady P. Priest ’95, CA Benjamin K. Steinbock ’95, CA Kristin M. Swon ’95, CA Avery B. Whidden ’95, CC Peter R. Borst ’96, CA Maja K. Clark ’96, CA Christine M. Cronin-Williams ’96, CA Joshua A. S. Greenhill ’96, CA Erik S. Hess ’96, CA J. Thomas Johnson ’96, CA William S. Kendall ’96, CA
Nathan F. Swem ’96, CA Whitney G. Wolfe ’96, CA Leslie W. Yeransian ’96, CA Damaris Acosta ’97, CA J. Christopher Bonner Jr. ’97, CA Michael Y. Chang ’97, CA Elizabeth H. Lord ’97, CA Melinda W. Mettler ’97, CA Meaghen Mikolajczuk ’97, CA David J. Miller ’97, CA Margot M. Pfohl ’97, CC Alexander T. Robertson ’97, CA Amy E. Sodha ’97, CC Adam E. Tanney ’97, CA Heather A. Viets ’97, CA Holly F. Whidden ’97, CA Thomas D. Bloomer Jr. ’98, CC Alice E. Brown ’98, CA
Ashley K. Muldoon ’98, CA Okechukwu Ugwonali ’98, CA Kwaku O. Abrokwah ’99, CA Amory Bradley Barnes ’99, CA Ghessycka A. Lucien ’99, CC Adele McCarthy-Beauvais ’99, CA Reed Weeden ’99, CA Christopher C. Wallace ’99, CA Michael P. Weissman ’99, CA Sally S. Williams ’99, CA Blake I. Campbell ’00, CA Lisa Craig ’00, CC Emily J. Dawson ’00, CC Katherine M. Fay ’00, CA Michael P. Gilbane ’00, CA Andrew M. Hunt II ’00, CA Hilary A. Kallop ’00, CA John J. Kirby ’00, CA
Jorie Gibbons Widener ’93, CA Daniel B. Garrison ’94, CA Christopher P. Halpin ’94, CA Shane A. Miller ’94, CA Henry F. Oakey ’94, CA
Farah-France P. Marcel Burke ’96, RC D. Graham Melanson ’96, CA Odu C. Onyeberechi ’96, CA Katharine L. Roos ’96, CA Trenton M. Smith ’96, RC
Christopher J. Dirkes ’98, CA Melissa H. Fisher ’98, CA Robert B. Hosea ’98, CA Arthur J. Lika ’98, CA Ethan O. Meers ’98, CA
Martha N. Lewis ’00, CA Samuel B. Lines ’00, CA Allethaire A. Medlicott ’00, CA Donielle F. Sliwa ’00, CA Philip W. Arnold ’01, CA
90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40%
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29 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 38 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76
alumni participation •
grand total •
Philip W. Arnold ’01, CA Lindsey C. Coleman ’01, CA Richard A. Decembrele ’01, CA Sara E. di Bonaventura ’01, CA James D. Dunning III ’01, CA Aaron M. Helfand ’01, CA William J. Nolan IV ’01, CA Brittany List O’Brien ’01, CA Peter G. Trovato ’01, CA W. Malcolm Dorson ’02, CC Robert A. Gibbons ’02, CA Carter S. Kahle ’02, CA Terrence P. O’Toole ’02, CA Dorothy E. Reifenheiser ’02, CA Charles M. Rice III ’02, CA David B. Smith ’02, CC Agnes E. R. Terry ’02, CA James D. Berry, III ’03, CA Isabelle A. Brantley ’03, CA Bryan J. Ciborowski ’03, CA Sylvie M. Fadrhonc ’03, CA Christopher H. Kempner ’03, CA Amanda J. Kessler ’03, CA
Brittany V. Locke ’03, CA Alexandra W. Neville ’03, CA Alexis M. Rosado ’03, CA Alexandra S. Toth ’03, CA Alexander C. Cushman ’04, CA Thomas W. Dimmig ’04, CA Alexandra C. Ebling ’04, CA Nicholas Zachary Hammerschlag ’04, CC Frances Barker Hickox ’04, CA Serena B. Keith ’04, CA Alexander Mark Kleiner ’04, CA Thaddeus E. Olchowski ’04, CA Carolyn Redfield Romney ’04, CA Caroline C. Whitton ’04, CC Catherine C. Abrams ’05, CA Glynis Armentrout ’05, CA H. Jett Fein ’05, CC Emma M. Greenberg ’05, CA Ann Channing Redpath ’05, CA Bentley J. Rubinstein ’05, CC Allison M. Shanholt ’05, CA Kylie P. Stone ’05, CA Torey A. Van Oot ’05, CC
Nicholas J. W. Blixt ’06, CA Blair William Brandt ’06, CA Allison Bruff ’06, CA Elinor B. Flynn ’06, CA Alan Maxwell Hoblitzell ’06, CA Jessica Jean ’06, CA Ashley R. Laporte ’06, CA Cristina W. Liebolt ’06, CA Kevin C. Meehan ’06, RC Eliza Dow Murphy ’06, CA Lauren T. Zahringer ’06, CA Matthew M. Carney ’07, CC Elizabeth Conover Cowan ’07, CC John A. Forrey ’07, CA Alexandra C. Hill ’07, CA Tara A. Larson ’07, CA Kathryn D. Leist ’07, CA Madeline K. Merin ’07, CA George P. Ogden ’07, CA Taro Funabashi ’08, CC Anne M. Johnson ’08, CA Ian C. McCormick ’08, CA Jennifer C. Natenshon ’08, CA
Caroline T. Quazzo ’08, CA Heather T. Reiley ’08, CA Nathaniel P. Taylor ’08, CA Blakely C. Tyler ’08, CA William J. Civitillo Jr. ’09, CA Kathryn M. Clinard ’09, CA Grant C. Dennis ’09, CA Kaitlin S. Fobare ’09, CA Samantha J. Hilson ’09, CA Elizabeth U. Schieffelin ’09, CC Nicholas W. Squires ’09, CC Emily F. Blau ’10, CA West D. Hubbard ’10, CA Christopher L. Kibler ’10, CA David R. Mackasey ’10, CA Emilie O. Murphy ’10, CA
Total Cash Received In FY ’10–’11* $500,000 $450,000 $400,000 $350,000 $300,000 $250,000
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
*Please note that this graph reflects cash contributions only; multi-year pledges to the Academy are not included.
deerfield.edu To see the extraordinary multi-year commitments of the Class of ’61 and the ’11 Senior Parents, please visit: deerfield.edu/go/publications .
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by Naomi Shulman
The next time you’re on campus, turn your gaze to the students: dozens of healthy, attractive, bright young boys and girls tromping across the quad as they make their way to their next classes, their meetings with their advisors, their lacrosse matches. These students come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Aside from a few trends that have apparently caught fire (hello, rubber Wellies!), the style and brands of clothing run the gamut. And while the subject matter may seem too gauche to bring up, you may find yourself wondering: What’s the breakdown here? Who is paying for this experience, and who is getting aid? Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Patricia Gimbel has a simple reply: “Every single one of these students is on financial aid,” she says firmly. “Every one of them.” Gimbel goes on to explain: tuition to attend Deerfield, which now hovers at $48,000 per annum, including room and board, is itself subsidized via gifts to the Academy’s endowment, directed giving, and annual gifts. The actual cost to educate each student? “Approximately $72,000,” Gimbel says. She lets that sink in for a moment. However, the fact remains that even Deerfield’s subsidized price tag of $48,000 is out of reach for all but two percent of American families. One might assume that is why about 50 percent of those who apply to the Academy also apply for aid—but that assumption would be wrong. “Deerfield, and most boarding schools, would have no trouble finding families who can afford to pay,” says David Pond, Associate Head of School for Alumni Affairs and Development. “It’s in the culture. We could fill the school with full-paying kids if we wanted to.” But if Deerfield did that, they’d miss out on students like Ashley Laporte, Class of 2006. Back in 2002, Ashley was a promising 14-year-old living with her single mom in Vermont, who would have had no hope of attending a school like Deerfield without significant financial aid. Now in her early 20s and a Harvard graduate, she realizes exactly how valuable her education was. “I’m not sure I was as appreciative as I should have been. Hindsight makes me realize the
value—not just the dollar amount, but just how much the school gave to me,” says Ashley. “I’m almost thankful that I wasn’t very aware of it, because I can appreciate now how seamless it was, how my time at Deerfield wasn’t under a burden to be paid back,” she explains. A far cry from her hometown, Ashley currently works for a brand consulting firm in New York City, where she synthesizes research findings and provides marketing strategy for a diverse roster of clients from around the globe—in financial services, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and insurance, among others. It’s an intense job, and Ashley she says she can’t imagine landing it without having had her Deerfield experience. “Nope. No way. I wouldn’t have gone to Harvard, either, if I hadn’t been at Deerfield. I was able to open myself to many more opportunities than I could have had elsewhere. I’m not sure I’ll stay in consulting forever,” Ashley continues, but, “I do know that wherever I end up, I will continue to try and put myself in situations where I am constantly creating opportunities for myself and for others.”
Balancing the Barbell
One of the challenges that Richard Bonanno, Dean of Financial Aid, and the admission team have to work around is shared by secondary schools across the country. It’s known in these deerfield.edu 27
circles as the “barbell effect.” Consider what David Pond said: Deerfield has no trouble finding full-pay students; were the school to fill its seats with them, however, the student body would lose its multi-national feel and start to look more like a 1950s Sears catalog: not just white, but homogeneous. Since a homogeneous student body robs each student of a significant learning opportunity, Deerfield, like every other secondary school in its league, seeks to attract students of fewer means. Thanks to programs like Prep for Prep and KIPP, both of which reach promising students in urban and economically disadvantaged areas, there’s a significant representation from the lowest income brackets, too. In fact, during any given year there are 30 to 35 five kids attending Deerfield from those two programs alone. Students from privileged backgrounds fill up the circle at one end of the barbell; gifted kids from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds populate the other. So who’s missing?
What the community lacks at times is diversity, and by that I don’t necessarily mean racial or gender diversity. I mean economic diversity. Providing that diversity may sound like a social justice initiative, but it’s not . . . It’s really about providing every student who comes here with a better education.—Rob Hale ’84 P’15
It’s what Deerfield refers to as middle-income kids—the ones whose families qualify for some aid, but not a full ride. While Deerfield’s definition of “middle-income” is quite a bit higher than the national average, a far greater percentage of people fall into this income group than the very wealthy. Students from these families tend to be hard to attract, but their presence on campus is absolutely necessary, and they provide social cohesion between the very privileged and the very underprivileged. Falling between the haves and the have-nots, middle-income kids often make sure everyone keeps talking to each other and working together. For Rob and Karen Hale, ensuring that those middle-income kids have the opportunity to attend Deerfield is a priority. The Hales have made a commitment to Deerfield as part of the Imagine Deerfield campaign, and when the campaign is complete, Hale Scholars will represent approximately ten percent of students receiving financial aid. Rob, a former Academy trustee, attended Deerfield in the early ’80s. A native of nearby Northampton, which was then a sleepy college town, he made a daily trek up to the Academy as a student. Rob is happy to share the reasons for his dedication to the school. “I loved Deerfield,” he says. “It was and is a fantastic institution. I think we have the best grounds, the best faculty, and the best facilities among secondary schools.” Beyond that, Rob credits Deerfield for equipping him with “an unshakeable confidence,” something that has proved invaluable over the years, and he adds, “Deerfield opened my eyes to a different world—to an entirely different spectrum.” That being said, Rob Hale is also aware of the Academy’s challenges. “What the community lacks at times is diversity, and by that I don’t necessarily mean racial or gender diversity. I mean economic diversity.” Providing that diversity may sound like a social justice initiative, but it’s not. While the Deerfield community certainly does want to do good in the world, Rob says, “It’s really about providing every student who comes here with a better education.” That philosophy is established by the Admission Office. At Deerfield, admission officers don’t pay attention to who applies for aid and who doesn’t. Ashley Laporte found this a comfort. “It was nice going through admissions knowing that money
In a list of priorities that includes traits like intelligence, personality, and athletic grace, money falls right down to the bottom. wasn’t going to be a factor in the process. It freed me up to be myself,” she says. Indeed, Gimbel explains that when applications are being reviewed and voted upon, the admission committee is essentially blind to an applicant’s need; students are evaluated on merit alone. But the hard truth is that at some point, dollars and cents do enter into the equation. After what is often a grueling process for the admission team, final decisions of to whom to offer admission are made. Then the financial aid director reveals what the budget will look like. This past year was particularly difficult. “We were a million plus over our budget for new students,” Gimbel sighs. “We ended up waitlisting 27 potential students for financial aid reasons—that’s 27 students we had just voted to admit. It’s what we call the financial aid pull, and it’s probably the most painful two days of the year.” Those students are wait-listed, Gimbel says, rather than admitted without aid. “If we are going to admit a student,” she emphasizes, “we are also going to fund their need.” Richard Bonanno balances the stark reality of the financial bottom line with the ideals of the school. To put it another way, he combats modern fiscal challenges within the context of Deerfield’s financial aid history. Headmaster Frank Boyden famously summed up Deerfield’s approach to aid by saying simply, “Pay what you can.” That phrase oversimplified matters even during Mr. Boyden’s day, however. “When you go back to the ’20s and ’30s,” Bonanno says, “Mr. Boyden really did say, ‘Pay what you can.’ But things had changed dramatically by the end of his tenure, and now we have to have a very organized process, with agreed upon
methodology, for assessing real need. The philosophy is still ‘Pay what you can,’ but I would rather say, ‘Pay what’s appropriate’!” Rob Hale is well aware of the issue. “The cross-section of the kids who can afford to go to Deerfield is not an accurate cross-section of the people in these kids’ futures,” he points out. “They’re not going to work only with wealthy people, but with people from all walks of life. All kids need to interact with kids who are different from them.” But the middle-income group tends to self-select out—largely because they assume (usually wrongly) that they don’t qualify for financial aid. “They don’t bother to look. They don’t want to get their child’s hopes up, only to find that they don’t qualify,” Bonanno says. The surprising truth is even families with six-figure incomes often do qualify for aid, when extenuating circumstances are taken into account, such as how many kids are in the family, and whether any of them are currently in college. “Families might say, you know, there’s no way we could qualify, we must make too much money. Well, the fact of the matter is if they knew what our financial aid system was all about, they’d also know that they might qualify for at least half-aid.” There’s another piece to the puzzle of attracting those middle-income kids, though, and that’s the competition. We’re not talking about Exeter or Andover, either. While kids from poor inner city or very rural populations may be happy to leave behind underserved school systems, students from solid middle-class backgrounds often have excellent public institutions available to them. “Our biggest competitors are not our peer schools,” Gimbel says. “Our biggest competitors deerfield.edu
When money is not an obstacle, Deerfield can pull together the most interesting and diverse group of students possible, which affects everyone on campus. If every student is subsidized, then the flip side of that coin is that each student benefits from every financial aid award.
are the very fine public high schools, which have extraordinary facilities and programs and AP courses, and the very fine independent day schools, and now the very interesting alternatives such as charter schools, magnet schools, and IB (International Baccalaureate) programs.” When the school down the block is an attractive option, why would a family sacrifice the extras in order to send their children to boarding school? Many families feel stretched enough as it is without putting tuition payments on the table. Which brings us back to that barbell. The very privileged students can afford it, and the very disadvantaged students don’t need to worry about affording it. But how do you get that elusive middle-income population to take the plunge? 30
The Bottom Line
A healthy financial aid program answers this challenge. Obviously, the more financial aid there is to award, the larger the population who can benefit, and that fits Deerfield’s mission. “Deerfield goes to bat for a student that we think will be a good fit for the school,” Gimbel says. But the second, more subtle answer to the challenge lies in the fabric of the student body. Rob Hale is correct: Deerfield offers an education second to none, with dedicated, impressive faculty and top-notch facilities. But Pat Gimbel is also right: You can, in many middle-class communities, get an excellent education down the street at your local public school. What you will not find at those schools is a student body that hails from literally around the globe, from backgrounds as disparate as the crown prince of a Middle Eastern country to the youngest child of six from a family in the Bronx. Or maybe an African-American child of a single mom from a small town in northern Vermont, like Ashley Laporte. Ironically, at Deerfield Ashley was exposed to more, not fewer, people who looked like her. “I had a unique experience as one of the only black students in my community in Vermont,” she says. There was an ever-present feeling of being . . . “just different.” Lily-white prep school stereotypes notwithstanding, Deerfield was an oasis of inclusion for Ashley. “I got to experience diversity at Deerfield. Of course I noticed there were students who shared my race, but it was also about being exposed to people who weren’t from the same kinds of places,” she says. Pat Gimbel underscores Ashley’s impressions. “We attract students from
all over the world: inner-city kids, rural kids, suburban kids, kids from places that don’t know what a private school or independent school even really is.” Let’s go back to that question we posed at the start: Who here is paying full freight, and who receives aid? Very few people on campus know the answer to that question for sure. Subsidized students do not participate in a special work program; they are not expected to compensate for their aid awards. Expectations of students do not change based on the level of their tuition payments. In fact, “The year after students graduate, we destroy their financial aid records,” says Bonanno. This is not to say, however, that students don’t make their own educated guesses. Even when they’re subtle, after all, social cues are strong. “I’d be lying if I said there was no sense of the haves and have-nots,” Ashley admits. “When you’re living with people, some things are hard to hide. You’re buying things for your dorm room, all your clothes, all your athletic gear.” That being said, in some ways, even asking this question misses a crucial point. Having and not having? These questions may matter in the larger world. But one of the luckiest things about spending four years at Deerfield is that here, no one really cares who has what. “We’re in the middle of corn fields!” points out Ashley. “I learned during my first weekends at the school that social events did not revolve around money. In fact, most of them relied on being savvy in the Salvation Army so that you could find a sequined shirt to wear at the famous DeNunzio Disco!” In a list of priorities that includes traits like intelligence, personality, and athletic grace, money falls right down to the bottom. “Everyone appreciated the diversity of the student body. I think if you ask most people at Deerfield why they loved it, they might say classes were great or the sports were great, but most would say the people.” And that’s the heart of it: When money is not an obstacle, Deerfield can pull together the most
interesting and diverse group of students possible, which affects everyone on campus. If, as Pat Gimbel said, every student is subsidized, then the flip side of that coin is that each student benefits from every financial aid award. Some benefit directly, and indeed, some wouldn’t be at the school otherwise. But those students who have never had to fill out a financial aid application are benefiting just as surely as the direct recipients. How does someone from northern Vermont develop a meaningful friendship with someone from southern California, at age 15 or 16? Unless they come to a place like Deerfield, it’s probably not going to happen. But it is during these formative years, before specific interests and, let’s face it, specific biases have had a chance to develop, when one is most open to new experiences and gaining empathy for other people’s challenges. There’s the spirited classroom discourse at ten o’clock in the morning, yes, but it goes beyond that. It’s also the spontaneous interactions that happen while putting on athletic gear at 3:30 in the afternoon. It’s the eye-opening discussions during dinner with nine other adolescents at a sit-down meal. It’s the impromptu, pajama-clad debates in the common room late at night. These are the times when kids talk freely about issues from their own countries, from their own backgrounds. And these conversations just can’t happen without a financial aid program that brings together a wide and varied group of people at such a young age. Ashley Laporte puts it in more personal terms. “All of us, privileged or not, were learning to grow up. For every student from the inner city learning to live in the country and in an entirely different social scene, there was another student learning from their peers about what life outside of the bubble of privilege was like. We were all constantly forced out of our comfort zones on a daily basis.” A shared common purpose has a way of transcending all that. Rob Hale puts it this way: “The school has a way of making everyone equal, because people are saluted for their accomplishments—athletic, academic, whatever the case may be.” Even people with wildly different backgrounds—ethnically, geographically, racially, and yes, economically—can prove to be of like mind.••
Naomi Shulman’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Wondertime, Whole Living, and FamilyFun. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her husband and two daughters. deerfield.edu
the LENS of MEMORY by Mark Ott
Last spring the head of school and the
director of alumni relations asked me to speak at an alumni event about why I came to Deerfield, what I value in my classroom, and my work on Ernest Hemingway. There were many additional topics I wished I could cover, such as how much respect and admiration I have for my dedicated, talented colleagues, how grateful I feel that parents from around the world send us their children to teach and mentor, and how fortunate I am to live and work amidst the lush greens of the Pioneer Valley, tucked between the Rock and the River; but in the interest of time and because the request came from Dr. Curtis and Mrs. Morsman, I readily agreed to their suggestions. My most recent book is Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory, and in that work, I focus on Hemingway’s 1964 memoir, A Moveable Feast. As many of you know, Hemingway’s memoir draws on his life in Paris, newly married and the father of a young son, when he is struggling to learn the craft of fiction while forging friendships with Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and a fleet of others. In the memoir, he writes: “There are so many sorts of hunger. In the spring there are more. But that’s gone now. Memory is hunger.”
I find A Moveable Feast a beautiful book, and despite passages in which Hemingway lashes out to settle old scores against once close friends, he movingly recalls the cold windswept streets in winter, where leaves lay sodden in the rain, and the warm cheerful cafés with big stoves where he would take out his pencil and notebook and write stories of his boyhood in Michigan while sipping a café au lait. In recalling his early days in Paris, Hemingway evokes the marble topped tables, the smell of early morning sweeping out and mopping up, and what it meant to find a clean, well-lighted place as a shelter from the cold. Hemingway believed that was all you needed to write well. That, and luck. So Hemingway carried a horse chestnut and a rabbit’s foot in his right pocket. The memory of Hemingway’s Paris is evoked through details, much like the way Deerfield, too, exists in details: the Rock, the River, the brick footpaths, the picket fences and bone white paint of Ephraim Williams, the Deerfield Door, the steadfast columns of the Main School Building, the soaring expanse of the Dining Hall, nestled within the shelter of the Pioneer Valley. And of course there is the food: the warm crisp, the shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, the Christmas deerfield.edu 33
And of course there is the food: the warm crisp, the
dinner of beef Wellington and baked Alaska, and the feeds. There are the sounds as well, the chimes of the bell on the hour, marking the passing of the day, the voice of Jay Morsman in the Dining Hall intoning, “For food, for friendship, for the blessings of the day,” and at the end of the meal, “That’s it.” Yet Hemingway’s Paris, not unlike your Deerfield, may exist as an idealized place, a place inhabited by Hemingway’s idealized self, when, as a newly-married young father, he was determined to carve out a lean, clean prose style to make meaning out of his Midwestern boyhood and his experiences as a wounded veteran of World War I. He imagines himself in 1924, yet he is writing in 1959. And in that span of 25 years, Hemingway’s idealized, youthful self has disappeared, replaced by Hemingway the very flawed but celebrated author, a man who has been married four times, who has lost all the friends of his youth—Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, Gertrude Stein—whose body is damaged from abuse and surviving two plane crashes, and whose creative powers are waning: the critics are eager, still, like sharks in the water, for his blood. And so he rubs that lucky rabbit foot and the old chestnut, and puts his pencil to the paper once more, and Hemingway conjures up that Paris of his youth. It begins to live again, resurrected, on the page. Of course Deerfield Academy is not Paris, but it is “Deerfield.” And if you are an alumnus, it, 34
too, exists through the lens of your memory, where your younger self walks along Albany Road in the bright sunlight of spring, heading down to the River, unaware of the triumphs, joys, or disappointments that await in adult life. For current students, their Deerfield is always alive and exciting, it is the great school that they love, a great school that stands for tradition, community, and excellence, a great school that charms the heart because it is old, it has survived. It is rooted in values that have stood the test of time and change. In 1845, a revered Eton schoolmaster, William Johnson Cory, defined the purpose of education, a purpose that is alive and well at Deerfield: “You go to a great school not so much for knowledge as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the art of expression, for the art of assuming at a moment’s notice a new intellectual position, for the art of entering quickly into another person’s thoughts . . . for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the art of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage, and for mental soberness. Above all, you go to a great school for self-knowledge.” So why do I enjoy teaching Hemingway to Deerfield students? I am of course an English teacher and so I can tell you that the first instinct of high school students is to read for “meaning.” What makes Hemingway’s novels like A Farewell to Arms,
shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, the Christmas dinner of beef Wellington and baked Alaska, and the feeds. There are the sounds as well, the chimes of the bell on the hour, marking the passing of the day, the voice of Jay Morsman in the Dining Hall intoning, “For food, for friendship, for the blessings of the day,” and at the end of the meal, “That’s it.”
Deerfield Academy is not Paris, but it is, “Deerfield.” And if you are an alumnus, it, too, exists through the lens of your memory, where your younger self walks along Albany Road in the bright sunlight of spring. . .
The Sun Also Rises, and The Old Man and the Sea so teachable are the accessible themes, easily recognizable imagery, memorable characters, and engaging, exciting plot lines. Hemingway still has the essential ingredients to capture the imagination of today’s students. They have heard the name, and they want to know what the fuss is all about. Hemingway is a brand name in their minds, associated in some foggy way with things tough, cool, cynical, and self-destructive. Like reading Shakespeare, to read Hemingway becomes a badge of intellectualism in a prep school environment; it is something students want to do for reasons they are reluctant to articulate.
My favorite novel to teach is A Farewell to Arms. It is the semi-autobiographical story of the tragic romance between an American ambulance driver, Frederic Henry, and a British nurse, Catherine Barkley. Once they are dropped into the rainy, war-torn landscape of Italy during World War I and the dramatic misfortunes of Frederic and Catherine, students quickly come to another realization: this is a great novel. Again and again, students want to know: “What does Hemingway mean?” Helping students to clarify and explore the “meaning” of the novel through student-led discussion deerfield.edu
not only return to the text, but to hear their own comments, to take us there.
is the essence of a literature class, and as a teacher, I strive to empower and transform the way students understand literature. In my classroom, my role is to question without hinting at an answer. With any novel I teach, I tell the students that I have never read it before; it is their job to tell me what it is about. As a teacher, I often start class by stating: “Where do we want to begin today?” And once the conversation begins to move of its own momentum, my role is to encourage students to clarify and synthesize their responses. A typical comment from me would be, “Where do you see that in Hemingway’s language? Can you take us there?” Continually, I encourage the students to not only return to the text, but to hear their own comments, to take us there. As the students proceed through the novel, even in the midst of their confusion and disagreements, they will begin to speak with one interpretative voice. They will begin to see how a novel like A Farewell to Arms works, how Hemingway’s realism becomes so compelling that they take it as their own. Hemingway’s message is delivered in a language that sounds like the students’ own; they hear it and it echoes. They see, finally, the heroism in Frederic’s conduct as he struggles to
And once the conversation begins to move of its own momentum, my role is to encourage students to clarify and synthesize their responses. A typical comment from me would be, “Where do you see that in Hemingway’s language? Can you take us there?” Continually, I encourage the students to
be equal to his ideals. It is a struggle that students endure every day as they brush up against the coldness of the adult world, while living in a morally ambiguous universe of teenagers. Students experience the novel as sensitive, honest readers, and through that they begin to recognize the values and morality that transform stories into literature. Recently, I asked my students to write a paragraph for me, answering the question, “What does Deerfield mean to you?” They poured out their hearts, writing much more than I’d expected, and I am sorry that I can’t share all of their responses; I can only spotlight a few. A junior girl from Ottawa wrote: “When I talk to my parents about Deerfield, I do not simply reminisce about the Rock or the River; much more vivid memories flood my brain, such as the night staying up with my friends, chatting over buckets of ice cream, the DA-Choate hockey games with a packed Barn, watching the seniors pour their hearts out on the pages of their Meditations, the uplifting feeling received after you finally understand a physics concept due to your teacher’s infinite patience, and finally, School Meeting, when a community of six hundred students and a hundred faculty members rally behind one school with immense pride. Deerfield is preparing me for much more than college, it places in my hands the tools that are necessary to impact a life.” A junior boy from South Easton, Massachusetts, wrote: “Deerfield is a place where teachers not only act as teachers, but as parents away from home. It is a place where you can sit down with new people every week and constantly become closer to everyone around you. It is a place where I can brush my teeth, then give my best friend math help, then wrestle him, then go to bed. This may all seem normal and standard for many kids here, but it is far from normal life.” And always, the students cherish sit-down meals. A boy from Sandwich, Massachusetts, wrote: “The chimes to quiet down the Dining Hall before sit-down meals and Morsman’s blessing are sounds I will never forget. Deerfield’s sense of community is summed up by this consistent gesture. (As the meal comes to a close, we hear) Morsman’s deep voice again, ‘Your attention please . . .’ and the sound of spoons clinking the apple crisp. All the students
And for alumni, in these student voices, I hope you hear your voice. Like you, these students today love their great school. try to eat slowly as announcements go on. I will always remember the sit-down meal routine and as I leave, I (already) miss it as much as (I will miss) my friends and teachers.” A student from Hong Kong simply wrote eight words: “It is a blessing to be at Deerfield.” As I reflect on these students’ affection for their school, an affection that is burning in the present, I also think of Hemingway’s words, “Memory is hunger.” For parents, as you always carry your child in your heart, you also carry your child’s Deerfield; your child’s stories are your stories, and you’ll carry them with you in the future. And for alumni, in these student voices, I hope you hear your voice. Like you, these students today love their great school. Deerfield is there, unchanged. Just as you left it. And because you are out here, remembering your school, it’s a moveable feast. ••
Mark Ott chairs the Academy’s English Department. He has published two books: Sea of Change: Ernest Hemingway and the Gulf Stream, A Contextual Biography, and Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Johnson-Doubleday. deerfield.edu
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Far Beyond the Western Mountains >>>Intro by: Jessica Day>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Photographs by: Peter Nilsson (Turkey, China) and Lydia Hemphill (Africa)>>>
Deerfield is beautiful, comfortable, and safe. And sometimes, for those very reasons, faculty need to leave. Not forever, of course, but long enough to have the opportunity to see outside “the bubble,” experientially expand their knowledge of global issues and culture, and sample the academic climate on continents other than North America. Then, bursting with new knowledge, they return to campus— ready to share their experiences in the classroom. As of this year, Deerfield students come from 39 different states and 31 foreign countries. Many are savvy, worldly-wise young men and women who are equally comfortable at home and abroad; even on campus, they literally have the world at their fingertips thanks to today’s technology. It is becoming increasingly clear that in order to remain relevant to these sophisticated young people, Deerfield’s faculty must also be exposed to a more transcontinental life. Summer 2011 was a season of prolific faculty travel, thanks to generous donations from Deerfield families and friends, including a grant from the Chen family, the Cisneros Fund, and others. All together, over 20 faculty members took advantage of the opportunity for foreign travel—some attended conferences, some explored tropical environs, and some literally went to the other side of the world. They returned with diverse experiences as souvenirs, but everyone agreed that it was their perspective that had been shifted in some meaningful way. Whether it was history teacher Mary Ellen Friends who wrote, “In addition to helping me remain current with courses I already teach, this summer’s faculty trip to China fueled my work on two new courses I
hope to teach beginning in the fall of 2012 . . .” or English teacher and Assistant Dean of Faculty Karinne Heise who commented, “My time in Costa Rica reinforced my plan to include in my classes more creative nonfiction writing projects, calling upon students to experiment with nature writing and to write profiles about local people they don’t know—maybe even the student from Africa who lives down the hall!” And science teacher Heidi Valk added, “Having the opportunity to work and travel with my colleagues was another benefit of this experience.” What follows are three reflections from three faculty members who went on extraordinarily different excursions but returned to Deerfield equally inspired . . .
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COSTA RICA >>>>>>>>>> by: Cheri Karbon SPANISH
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Mike Schloat ENGLISH
Heidi Valk SCIENCE
Mark Teutsch SCIENCE
We landed in Costa Rica during a typical mid-afternoon deluge to begin a week of building— not with hammers and nails as one might guess—but armed with our imaginations and experience, we had come to help build a curriculum. After a brief commute through Alajuela, fellow Deerfield teachers Karinne Heise, Mike Schloat, Heidi Valk, Mark Teutsch, and I arrived at Deerfield alumna (Class of ’99) Caroline Grew’s family coffee farm in Santa Barbara de Heredia; we were joined by Phillips Exeter Academy science teacher Sydnee Goddard and Lissa Eidelman of the Island School. Lush green grass and shade-grown coffee contrasted beautifully with the blooming red birds of paradise. With each breeze, the smell of rain and wet soil was overpowered by the sweet aroma of over-ripe mangoes. The next morning, after filling our bellies with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of gallo pinto, we made our way by land and by sea to our final destination: the CIRENAS (Centro de Investigación de Recursos Naturales y Sociales—Center of Investigation for Natural and Social Resources) campus on the Caletas-Arío Nature Reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula. The Reserve is both publicly and privately owned and managed by MINAET (Costa Rica’s ministry of the environment) and the Grew family. The collaboration between the two entities has encouraged conservation, preservation, and environmental awareness in that area. On our tour of the CIRENAS campus we were introduced to composting worms, a towering Guanacaste tree in which Caroline’s husband
Tucker and his father were building a tree house, and a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, which can be enjoyed from each of the three dwellings on the ranch. We also toured the ranch’s vegetable and herb garden, and the rancho—a huge palm and teak hut that Caroline and Tucker built themselves along with a handful of volunteers. Tucker, Caroline, and two CIRENAS employees then explained the house rules and CIRENAS’s mission: “CIRENAS exists to build transformative connections between people and the environment through education, research, integration, and innovation,” they said, and went on to demonstrate how our living quarters were self-sustaining and completely off the grid. The sun would be our only energy source, and when it got dark at six p.m., we would rely on candlelight. Our “Navy” showers would be cold, and we would only flush when absolutely necessary. We were then assigned chores to be completed after every meal—the chore of choice being “put away food . . . ” which, given our hearty appetites, we preferred to interpret in the colloquial sense. Finally, we embarked in earnest on our mission: to assist Tucker and Caroline in designing the curriculum for their semester school, which is slated to open on Arío Ranch in January 2012. The school (yet to be named) will host Costa Rican and American high school students each year from the beginning of January to the end of March. With a strong focus on environmental and community awareness, the hope is to engage these students in real work, with outcomes that they can see and feel. There are few endeavors more exciting to high school teachers than the opportunity to build a curriculum from scratch. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Tucker and Caroline wanted teachers of all disciplines to be active participants
Hands on: the team takes a break while helping to clean up a section of beach.
make it real, make it applicable, make it meaningful in the planning of each of the courses to be offered at their school. This was both exciting and challenging, as it forced us to think like students and teachers of subjects other than our own areas of expertise. As the week unfolded, we discussed the importance of bringing everyday life and concerns on the Reserve into the classroom, and focusing on hands-on, experiential learning. Essential components of this included sustainable and even self-sufficient living on the CIRENAS campus, community outreach and education, design/build projects, Spanish immersion, and applied/action research. Due to the pressing concerns that are faced by the Reserve, teaching thematically across the curriculum not only seemed possible, it seemed like the perfect approach. Students of the semester school will be living their education at every moment, and the larger focus—whether solving watershed issues, preserving native peninsular heritage and culture, or creating alternative energy systems on the campus— will become the focus in each academic class, creating a close relationship and an organic flow among all classes, while bearing in mind the school’s primary focus. Between the productive, collegial atmosphere and the beautiful, lush scenery, it was an exhilarating week: A morning horseback ride introduced us to the biodiversity that exists and flourishes on the Reserve. We also learned that half of it was once a cattle pasture, and over the last ten years it has been left to regenerate naturally. Amazingly, after a mere decade, it looks as dense and as lush as any other protected area of the ranch. A trip down the gravel road from the CIRENAS campus led us to another
morning activity: beach clean-up. We were happy to help and enjoyed being on the beach, but it was incredibly troubling to see just how much plastic we picked up along a quarter-mile stretch of shoreline. A morning outing to a local elementary school was both eye-opening and inspirational. Over the past several years, Caroline has dedicated time, energy, and love to the kids at this school. Their one-room schoolhouse was colorful, yet simple, and nine students from first through sixth grade sat at their desks, working diligently when we entered the building. They were shy and soft-spoken as they introduced themselves, but a bilingual game of animal charades soon broke the ice! They shared with us their art, a statement on why their school was meaningful to them, and their dreams of what they will become when they grow up. I was happy to learn that semester school students will also have the opportunity to work and play with the children at this school—and that they will be witnesses to the learning taking place in this little, one-room schoolhouse, as I was. My week on the ranch was relaxing and exhausting and invigorating. My time there inspired self-reflection and made me realize that here or there, the seemingly insignificant and mundane decisions that I make can have a real effect on the lives and the habitat of other living creatures . . . I also find myself thinking more deeply about what I teach, and how to make what I teach meaningful to my students. “Teaching across the curriculum” has become a mantra since I entered the world of pedagogy 15 years ago, and conversely, “Teaching autonomy” has been another. At Deerfield we understand the importance of each, but it is challenging to achieve both simultaneously. After a week of focusing on teaching across the curriculum in Costa Rica, I began to wonder how a school Deerfield’s size could accomplish what seems so natural and simple for a school of 16. Honestly, it’s an extraordinarily involved endeavor, and I’ve yet to come up with any solutions. In the meantime, though, I have established a new goal for my teaching: make it real, make it applicable, make it meaningful. Pura vida! ••
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TURKEY >>>>>>>>>>>>> by: Peter Nilsson ASSISTANT ACADEMIC DEAN, STUDY SKILLS COORDINATOR, ENGLISH TEACHER
Right in Ankara, the heart and capital of Turkey, Bilkent University is pushing into the future of education. The first private university in the country, Bilkent includes a graduate school of education and a laboratory K-12 school that partners with the university to provide an environment for research and development. Recently, I attended the ninth international conference at the school of education, which brought graduate students from Bilkent together with teachers and administrators from the US, the UK, and across Turkey. The theme of the conference was “Critical Thinking and Creativity: Learning Outside the Box,” and what I found there was a crucible for ideas, new and old. Keynote addresses by graduate program directors from Cambridge University and Teachers College started two mornings of the conference, and teachers and school heads followed with presentations and discussions on topics from professional development to education theory to strategies for fostering critical thinking and creativity in the classroom. Talks were impassioned, and the discussions that followed were often vigorous. Conversation spilled over into meals, and by the end of two and a half days, the conference had offered not only a few lenses through which to see ourselves, but also a palette of ideas to draw from upon return to our own schools. The history of Turkey provided an appropriate backdrop to the deliberations we engaged in in Ankara. In 1922, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk took the reins of the newly reborn Republic of Turkey, he had to mediate between the thousands of years of Anatolian history and the new secular and independent national identity he sought to carve out for Turkey. He had to decide, for example, what to do with the Ayasofya (known, in Greek, as the Hagia
Sofia). Christians constructed the famously domed and mosaic-filled church in the 500s. Vikings visited it in the 800s, and Europeans reinforced and expanded it during the Crusades. When the Ottomans swept through Turkey in 1453, the church was converted into a mosque, which it functioned as for over 450 years. And so, when Ataturk founded the new Turkey, he found himself caught between conflicting interests. To whom should the Ayasofya belong? The Christians argued that it had been built as a church and should be returned to its original owners. The Muslims protested that it had served as a mosque for four and half centuries. Who had the greater claim? Perhaps there was no better choice than the one Ataturk pursued—declaring the Ayasofya a museum so it would be open to all. This is the complex past of Turkey. At the intersection of continents, it has changed hands and identities time and again over thousands of years. A visit to the Anatolian museum reveals figurines from the ancient Hittites (c. 1600 BCE), artwork from the Egyptian rule of southern Anatolia (c. 300 BCE), Roman structures (100AD), and artifacts from dozens of other civilizations and ages. And now, for nearly 90 years, it has become a secular, capitalist, and democratic nation. Sharing borders with Iraq, Iran, and Syria, Turkey is often held as one of several models for modernization in the Middle East. In it, past and present conflate into a complex mix. Stone carvings of spear-wielding Mesopotamian warriors are displayed at the Anatolian Museum right underneath spattered paintings of UN soldiers in Afghanistan. Ancient stone tablets bearing hieroglyphs stand adjacent to modern day stone tablets wrapped in painted images on paper and golden aluminum foil. Turkey is a melting pot surrounded by and immersed in an ancient past. It is a mashup of history, but its 20th century declaration of independence gives it a newness that is cooked and heated over that melting pot, rather than being smelted and molded out of the material it contains. Of chief interest to me among the ideas put forth at Bilkent was the intersection between the conference’s main themes, that shared space in the Venn diagram made by the circles of critical thinking and creativity. What motivates many of us in the field of education is the understanding
that the world our students are entering is more complex and more demanding of our attention than it ever has been. We know that students need greater and greater critical thinking and creative skills than ever before. At elections, for example, voters make critical decisions about complex issues like tax policy, campaign finance reform, and more. In courts, juries of citizens measure and evaluate the intricate subtleties of DNA evidence, financial systems, and statistical analyses. Navigating these turbulent waters of civic life today challenges our critical thinking skills more and more as we sift, sort through, engage, evaluate, and prioritize the rising tide of information. But if our critical thinking skills are what allow us to understand the world around us, our creative skills are what enable us to respond to it, to develop equally novel solutions to the novelty of our challenges. How do we renovate urban and suburban infrastructure as population grows to unprecedented levels? How do we refine our food supplies and harness new energy sources to match this population growth? Or, more personally, how do we raise children when they can access the world’s information—and increasingly, the world’s population—from their desktops, or even from their pockets? These new challenges require not only the ability to critically review problems, but also the ability to create new solutions to resolve them. Getting education just right today means developing solutions that balance and satisfy the competing demands facing our students. This is a tall order for any school environment, even that of the rich and varied landscape of a boarding school. But while among international peers, I quickly found that here at Deerfield we are cutting a bold trail. Where many schools find it difficult to squeeze critical thinking and creativity into their curriculum as a result of decades or even centuries of rote learning, at Deerfield one need only peek into any classroom to see the seamless integration of thoughtful and generative work. The expectation of excellence and the room to explore it together go a long way in our independent academic setting—and our faculty, like Ataturk, bridge the gap between the pressures of the waiting world and the practices of the classrooms that are among its best preparation. ••
Navigating these turbulent waters of civic life today challenges our critical thinking skills more and more as we sift, sort through, engage, evaluate, and prioritize the rising tide of information.
Inside the Hagia Sofia deerfield.edu
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>>>>>>>>>>> >> by: Nick Albertson COLLEGE ADVISOR HISTORY TEACHER
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nils Ahbel MATH TEACHER
Lydia Hemphill ASSOCIATE ACADEMIC DEAN, REGISTRAR, FINE ARTS TEACHER
One of the first things I discovered upon arrival in Africa was that no van trip to a Deerfield athletic contest could hold a candle to the pandemonium that seemed to reign on the roads of Kenya. The streets of Nairobi were filled with throngs of people, some waiting for public transportation, some walking, and some dodging traffic in what appeared to be a lawless free-for-all on busy streets that were under construction. It was definitely a change from the quiet streets of Historic Deerfield and Greenfield! As we climbed up to the Laikipia plateau we saw subsistence farms intermingled with agribusiness operations that harvested pineapples, mangoes, and other fruits. In every farming community there were roadside stands selling everything from bananas to potatoes to charcoal, the main source of heat for cooking in the countryside. Big diesel trucks edged around carts pulled by triads of donkeys, and every few yards there were lone goats and cows tethered perilously close to the highway, where the grass was a bit thicker.
Where were my colleagues and I headed? To the 90,000-acre, self-contained Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Laikipia District on the western slope of Mt. Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa. Our task would be to perform data collection on the health of the Acacia drepanolobium, more commonly known as the whistling thorn tree, the primary food source for the black rhino, elephants, and giraffes, and to look at animal density in the preserve. The purpose of our project was to help conservancy directors as they try to calculate the best way to sustain and maximize a suitable habitat for the black rhino population while at the same time ensuring their safety窶馬ot an easy goal to accomplish, as we were to find out. The conservancy is virtually contained by a high electrical fence, and there are incredible ecological pressures to find the right balance of food sources without destroying the vegetation and degrading the environment, as well as the right balance of predator and prey species, all while trying to maximize the breeding rates of the critically endangered black rhinos. The black rhino, a browser with a prehensile upper lip, is under incredible population pressure and
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Kenyan authorities are proud of the fact that they’ve boosted the population in the country to 539 or thereabouts over the past 20 years. However, even without human “help” it appears that the black rhino has been heading for extinction for thousands of years. Why? They just aren’t very well adapted in evolutionary terms so the question really is: Will humans bring about the abrupt extinction of this unique species or will they go out of existence on their own terms? Black rhinos are ornery creatures, males often killing rivals over territory and access to females, and with a gestation period of 460 days they breed at a glacial rate. The white rhino, a grazer rather than a browser, is much more numerous throughout Africa but they are under incredible pressure as well. We were fortunate to be able to see four of the seven northern white rhinos, a subspecies, left in the world. They live in their own protected enclosure within the park and the hope is that the two females will breed and bring the subspecies back from the brink of extinction. Time will tell . . . We spent our mornings out in the field in five different research teams, measuring the Acacia drep trees in various plots that have been monitored continuously since 1999. When we weren’t doing that, we marched on prescribed eight-kilometer transects, measuring elephant dung, and performing animal counts, hand-held GPS systems firmly in hand, and always with our armed guard alongside. Associate Academic Dean and Registrar Lydia Hemphill and her group had a black rhino mother and calf charge by them . . . close enough so that their guard had to discharge his weapon to scare them off!
Away from the bush we saw extremes of wealth and poverty: from the beautiful Fairview Hotel, an oasis in the city of Nairobi, to dirt-floor country schoolrooms where uniformed students proudly recited their lessons in a building that didn’t look as if it was fit for farm animals. Their school motto, “Succeed we can, because we must,” certainly looked like it was being fulfilled, despite the conditions. Young Kenyans spoke candidly about the political corruption that seems endemic to their political system, yet they are optimistic that democratic reforms will lead to change. However, with over 40 languages spoken within the borders of Kenya and dozens of tribal groups, national political unity has been an elusive goal for most of Kenya’s young history, and, according to some of the young people we spoke with, tribal identity still trumps national identity. As a US History teacher, my own horizons and vision were expanded in Kenya, as I thought about individual choice in the modern world and the ways in which history often continues to influence the present. Whether the issues are freedom and democracy in a post-colonial reality or the role and responsibility of the United States in a rapidly changing world, my perspective was altered as we saw Kenya in all its magnificence and diversity—from beautiful, modern Nairobi to the natural splendor of Ol Pejeta. We witnessed the challenges facing this developing country, (not the least of which is the tension between the needs of a burgeoning human population and the desire to preserve Kenya’s unique natural environments), and felt privileged to be a part of progress, and yet, we came away knowing there are miles to go. ••
Toward the end of their Kenyan journey, Nick Albertson and Lydia Hemphill visited Starehe Boys Centre and School in Nairobi. There, they spent some time with Alfonce Nzioka, who was excitedly preparing for his senior year as a member of Deerfield’s Class of 2012. Alfonce is the tenth boy who has come to the Academy from Starehe, thanks to an ongoing relationship between Starehe and Deerfield that began through the efforts of Associate Head of School and Director of College Advising Martha Lyman. Students from Starehe have been perfect matches for Deerfield—perhaps because Starehe is founded on principles similar to Deerfield’s, including “character formation” and “leadership development.” Students such as Alfonce, who have travelled so far from home to further their education, truly live up to Starehe’s motto:
“Natulenge Juu,” which translates to
“Let us aim high.” deerfield.edu
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Class Captain William W. Dunn Pete Sawyer writes, “Since I am approaching the senior position amongst your alumni, I figure it is high time that I make a contribution . . . I am enjoying myself on Nantucket, fishing, swimming, and restoring people’s furniture. I moved here fulltime 20 years ago with my new love, Tamzin Hutchinson, although I had summered here all my life. My first marriage had gone south after 30 years, seven years before. Life on Nantucket is very different from life in America (we refer to the mainland as America). Engineers may work as carpenters, stockbrokers drive taxis, and scientists may test water conditions in the harbor. Everyone is the same here . . . in the winter. I hope to get back to Deerfield this spring. There must have been major changes along the Albany Road in the past 60 years.”
1947 As reported in the following obituary published in the East Haddam-Haddam Patch, Gordon McWilliams passed away on March 23 at his home in Massachusetts after a long illness. After beginning his career in hospital administration at Jefferson Medical College and Hospital and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Gordie was named
administrator of Middlesex Hospital in 1966, and became president and CEO in 1969, a position he held until 1990. He was a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Administrators, served as president of the Connecticut Hospital Association, was a director for Connecticare and Voluntary Hospitals of America, was a member of Middlesex Visiting Nurse and Home Health Services Association, and in 1985 was named a Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Gordie was an active member of Rotary International and was club president in 1977. He was also a director of the Head of the Connecticut Regatta. In addition to Deerfield, he attended Pine Cobble School, Williams College, and Columbia University, from which he received a master’s degree in hospital administration. He served his country as a Sergeant First Class US Army in the Korean War and returned to marry Norway native Sigrid Spro in June 1954 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown. Gordie and Sigrid returned to Williamstown in 1998, where he continued his life of service; he held a number of leadership roles at St. John’s Church, including Senior Warden, chair of the Campaign for St. John’s, chair of the Building Committee, member of the Finance Committee, and as an usher. He was a member of the board and president of the Village Ambulance Service of Williamstown and
was a longtime volunteer fundraiser for Deerfield and Williams College. A lifelong outdoorsman and athlete, Gordie played on the AllAmerican lacrosse team, was captain of the lacrosse and ski teams at Williams, and throughout his life enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, riding, boating, and skiing, all with great zeal. He was a member of the Hammonasset Fishing Association in Connecticut for many years. A world traveler, it was said that Gordie was happiest at his extended family’s camp in the Adirondacks.
1949 John Wheeler was one of the honorees at the March 9, 2011 American Values luncheon in Anniston, Alabama. The luncheon was presented by the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and John was honored for his civic involvement.
Class Captain Richard F. Boyden Howard Brown and Nancy had an enjoyable trip to visit their daughter in Colorado recently. Highlights included the opportunity to hold an eight-day-old baby bat and hiking trips, including one hike that took them to 9000 feet. Dave Johnston is now a pastoral counselor and also serves as one of six “chaplains to the retired,” who have been assigned to contact and support a portion of the
370 retired Episcopal clergy and their spouses and surviving spouses who live in his diocese (the eastern third of Massachusetts).
Class Captains Renwick D. Dimond Hugh R. Smith “I have launched my new company as an LLC,” reported Bob Mobley. “Our focus is developing leadership capacity and skills within organizations dedicated to seeking excellence and values in their culture.”
Class Captain Michael D. Grant Tom L’Esperance sent in the following report: “I revisited 9/11 with Terry Fuller, who said, ‘I was working in my office on the 74th floor of WTC Tower #2 when the first plane hit Tower #1. Ran to corner office window, and saw the gaping eight-story hole in other Tower . . .’ (Terry’s harrowing story is too gripping not to be read in its entirety, and it can be found at deerfield.edu/alumni/index.cfm?pageID=775 ). Terry survived two terrorist bombings at the WTC: the first in 2003 and again on 9/11/2001! In 2001 he knew the drill well and immediately gathered his staff and headed for the elevators, which were not shut down until they reached the 44th floor. The group then descended via the stairwell and reached the mezzanine
Illuminations By Arthur Rimbaud; Translated by John Ashbery ’45 | W.W. Norton & Company, 2011
Absolutely Modern | “Perfectly aligned.” This is how Katherine Sanders, reviewer for Words
Without Borders, describes Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) and John Ashbery ’45. Considering their biographies, it may seem like a bizarre statement. Rimbaud had a meteoric career, bursting on to the 19th century Paris literary scene at the age of 16, and then abandoning his craft only five years later. Ashbery is one of the greatest 20th century American poets, and he has won countless awards throughout his long career. The two could not be more different in the arc of literary history, yet they share a common theme—both poets eschewed the literary norms of their day, producing aesthetically similar, extraordinarily progressive work. It is this shared aesthetic—combined with his poetic gift and extensive knowledge of French literature and culture—that makes Mr. Ashbery’s translation of Mr. Rimbaud’s Illuminations so successful. Illuminations, considered a masterpiece of world literature, consists of 43 prose poems. It was published in 1886, shortly before Mr. Rimbaud’s death, although he had no hand in its publication. Like most of Mr. Rimbaud’s work, it is a challenge to read—and a greater challenge to translate. Mr. Rimbaud believed that writing poetry required a “rational disordering of all the senses” and advocated absolute modernity. “Absolute modernity was for him the acknowledging of the simultaneity of all life, the condition that nourishes poetry at every second,” wrote Mr. Ashbery in his preface to the translation. Among the many examples of this “fertile destabilization,” Mr. Ashbery continued, “the crystalline jumble of Rimbaud’s Illuminations, like a disordered collection of magic lantern slides, each an ‘intense and rapid dream,’” in his words, “is still emitting pulses. If we are absolutely modern—and we are—it’s because Rimbaud commanded us to be.” Mr. Ashbery’s translation—described by The New York Times as “meticulously faithful yet nimbly inventive”—strikes a balance between being faithful to Rimbaud’s original meaning and preserving the punctuation and sentence structure of the French poetry, while creating flow and musicality in the English language. “Ashbery’s literal approach also keeps Illuminations away from unintended ambiguities, a constant potential pitfall for translations of difficult writers like Rimbaud,” wrote Lydia Davis for the Times. Instead of using critical commentary to analyze Mr. Rimbaud’s poems, Mr. Ashbery chose to use only language dictionaries while translating, allowing himself to interpret the meaning of the poems organically, much like Mr. Rimbaud’s own writing process. Mr. Ashbery’s linguistic resourcefulness is also used to great effect throughout the translation. In the poem, “Children,” for example, he shows his inventiveness at translating “blanchi à la chaux” as “whited with quicklime,” instead of the more mundane choice of “whitewashed” used by other translators. Mr. Ashbery’s skillfully executed translation of Illuminations will no doubt become the definitive version of Mr. Rimbaud’s poems for a new generation of English-speaking readers, introducing them to a poet renowned for his modernist vision and elusive poems.
Crystal-gray skies. A bizarre pattern of bridges, some of them straight, others convex, still others descending or veering off at angles to the first ones, and these shapes multiplying in the other illuminated circuits of the canal, but all of them so long and delicate that the riverbanks burdened with domes fall away and diminish. Some of these bridges are still lined with hovels. Others support masts, signals, frail parapets. Minor chords meet and leave each other, ropes climb up from the banks. One can make out a red jacket, perhaps other costumes and musical instruments. Are these popular tunes, fragments of concerts offered by the aristocracy, snatches of public hymns? The water is gray and blue, wide as an arm of the sea.—A white ray, falling from the top of the sky, wipes out this bit of theatricality. —From the poem “The Bridges”
EDWARD HOAGLAND writer
The Best Essayist Edward Hoagland ’50 is a lifelong stutterer.
to speak to hundreds of thousands of people,” he
“Whether rested or exhausted, in the company of
said. “I could turn in an essay on Monday, and on
chums or people I don’t respect, and when fibbing a
Wednesday, people would be reading it on the
bit or speaking the simon-pure truth, I can be either
Staten Island Ferry.”
fluent or tied in knots,” he once wrote. But ultimate-
Mr. Hoagland’s stutter serves him well as an
ly, the stutter that had once crippled him would lead
essayist, making him a better listener, interviewer,
to the form of writing that made his career.
and writer. “A stutterer has to draw other people
A profile of Mr. Hoagland that was published in the Burlington Free Press last June lays out his
stutter. You learn to ask question after question after
journey to becoming a prolific, celebrated essayist
question about their children, their hometowns . . .
and naturalist. Mr. Hoagland’s first aspiration was to
The longer they talk, the less chance they will ask
write novels, the first of which, Cat Man, was based
you a question, which is what you want to prevent.”
on his summer with the circus and was published in
hour, typed painstakingly on an Olympia portable
influenced by Mr. Hoagland’s personal experiences.
typewriter—shows his attention to each word that able cost to me, so a great value is placed on each
of 1966 in an isolated section of British Columbia,
one,” he wrote. Novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux also
men,” he said in the Burlington Free Press. “I’d draw
noted the impact Mr. Hoagland’s stutter has had
them out about how they trapped different animals,
on his craft: “Perhaps because he is not a natural
how they looked for gold, how they got on with
conversationalist, impeded as he is at times, Ted
their neighbors, how they survived the winters.” He
Hoagland is one of the great noticers and observers
recorded all of these details in his journal, which he
of our time—of nature, of the elements, of human
later decided could stand on its own, without being
restructured into a novel. Notes from the Century
Mr. Hoagland’s insightful observations and pen-
Before: A Journal from British Columbia brought Mr.
etrating prose make him, according to John Updike,
Hoagland one step closer to the essay genre.
“the best essayist of my generation.”
Essays, Mr. Hoagland realized, allowed him to overcome his stutter, to finally share his thoughts, to speak eloquently on subjects about which he cared deeply—nature, animals, and traveling. “I was finally able to speak,” he said. “I was able to describe things that were more important to me directly.” He could reach a larger audience more easily, as well. “When I started to write essays, I was able
he puts on the page. “Words are spoken at consider-
personal essay when he spent part of the summer researching for a novel. “I loved to talk to the old
Mr. Hoagland’s writing process—20 words an
1955. The two novels that followed were also heavily Mr. Hoagland made the logical leap to the
out because it’s extremely important for you not to
Sex and the River Styx
of the essays in his latest collection serves the same purpose, of helping us, as creatures of the natural
I’d lie on my back on a patch of moss watching a swaying poplar’s branches interlace with another’s, and the tremulous leaves vibrate, and the clouds forgather to parade zoologically overhead, and felt linked to the whole matrix, as you either do or you don’t through the rest of your life. And childhood—nine or ten, I think—is when this best happens. It’s when you develop a capacity for quiet, a confidence in your solitude, your rapport with a Nature both animate and not so much so: what winged things possibly feel, the blessing of water, the rhythm of weather, and what might bite you and what will not.
world ourselves, maintain our natural equilibrium.”
—From “Small Silences”
Edward Hoagland ’50 | Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011
Indentations | “Nature is nuance, like firefly sparks and foxfire light, not bullet-train scenery,” writes Edward Hoagland ’50 in “Last Call,” one of the 13 essays collected in his tenth book of essays, Sex and the River Styx. “But,” he laments later, “apart from a few hobbyists, who is going to notice all this stuff? And yet if people don’t, it will just vanish faster . . . these infinite details I have watched are central to the world I love.” The world Mr. Hoagland loves is central to his latest collection of essays, and described in crystalline detail, yet make no mistake: it is in danger. Focusing on the natural world, Mr. Hoagland writes about his affinity with nature and his concern that it will disappear, “as our habitat gets virtualized and our attention span goosed and telescoped.” “Endgame” explores the invasion of the countryside by city dwellers, whose “solitary self-medication, with the millennial refrain that ‘land values can only go up, right?’ is very different from the back-to-thelanders of three or four decades ago.” In “Curtain Calls,” Mr. Hoagland laments the destruction of nature, asking “How many strands can you tear from a web before its tatters break?” Other essays touch upon the themes of love, death, and aging in a deeply personal tone. Now in his eighties, Mr. Hoagland reflects upon his life with a tone of contentment. In “A Last Look Around,” he takes inventory of his life, inspired by an impending diagnosis of blindness. About a mountain near his Vermont farmhouse he writes, “For four decades my retinas have engraved its heights into my gray tissue until, without needing my ashes scattered up there, I already feel geologically embedded on the indentations of the ridgeline . . . Indentations are what life’s all about.” Mr. Hoagland has widely traveled the world, making his own indentations on places around the globe, and the reader learns about his experiences in Africa in “Visiting Norah,” India in “East of Everest,” and China in “Barley and Yaks.” In each essay, Mr. Hoagland provides an insightful account of his travels, while highlighting social issues. In the end, the essays in Sex and the River Styx are all about examining ourselves and our relationships to the world around us. Whether it is a story of witnessing the destructive power of the AIDS epidemic or a description of the final curtain calls of life, Mr. Hoagland’s carefully-chosen words evoke a sense of reflection in his readers. “To me,” wrote Howard Frank Mosher in the foreword to the collection, “each
level just as the second plane crashed into their Tower. It rocked the building like an ‘earthquake,’ and the ceiling was blown out where they had just run through a corridor 15 seconds before! They were able to exit the building shortly thereafter onto Church Street. Two thousand seven hundred fifty two occupants of the twin towers weren’t as lucky that day. Terry says he ‘looks at life differently since then, and I’m more anxious to maximize my relationships with friends, old and new; my time with my family; and to maintain a conviction to be vigilant but not intimidated by the very real threats of terrorism that are with us.’ With the elimination of 9/11’s evil perpetrator, Bin Laden, may we continue to be vigilant, steadfast and inspired in defense of freedom from tyranny that our founding fathers declared for us 235 years ago. It was fun to chat with Barry and Warren King after a hiatus of 56 years, and to share the conversation with our classmates. Warren says he doesn’t quite look like his photo in the 1955 edition of The Pocumtuck since he’s sported a beard for about 40 years. He now lives in Ripton, VT, in upper New England, where a number of our classmates have also settled. Warren enjoys cross-country skiing at nearby Middlebury College. (Barry is a graduate of Middlebury.) Warren is active in town activities and is the co-chair of the
Vermont Green Up Day in Ripton, during which a group of volunteers go out and pick up trash along the roadsides; Vermont has for decades been on the cutting edge in environmental sensitivity. At the end of their day’s endeavor, the whole state is ‘shining’. Warren says he finds it ‘extremely gratifying’ to live in Ripton. John Mentor is a welltraveled retired Army colonel who has settled in the land of the Alamo, San Antonio, TX. John had ‘fun’ working in the insurance industry for ten years, subsequent to his retirement. He has been a widower for two years. He says his computer-talented granddaughter, age nine, ‘looks out’ for him after school until her father gets off work. Alan Miller is a retired senior partner in a large law firm in Manhattan that represents Fortune 500 companies. He remains active sitting on the boards of troubled companies that are experiencing financial difficulties as a litigation trustee. He and his wife Susan have lived in the same apartment on Park Avenue since 1968 and have two children and a getaway house up in Westport, CT, about a mile away from Long Island Sound. They also spend time in Maine during the summer, where Alan is involved in a non-profit biomedical research institute that is located on Mount Desert Island near Bar Harbor. He runs into John Spurdle occa-
sionally and used to see Adlai Hardin more frequently. Kim Novak lives in Needham, MA, which is right outside of Boston. He and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for 48 years! Kim retired a couple of years ago, but he most recently was the facilities director of a retirement community and nursing home for Catholic nuns. Kim’s dad, Frank L. Novak, was in charge of the food at the Dining Hall while we were at Deerfield. Luisa and Alex Pagel enjoy layovers in Manhattan, where they visit the opera and cultural events between world travel adventures. They’ve been to Southeast Asia and India many times which they find ‘perpetually fascinating,’ and went to India on their honeymoon 37 years ago! They have one daughter who graduated from the University of St. Andrews just before Prince William became a student there. After Yale and UVA Law School, Alex worked in the shipping industry with US Lines. He later was instrumental in the beginning stages of Vale, a Brazilian mining company, which is now the world’s leading exporter of iron ore. Mick (Dave) Preston extends a cordial hello to all. After graduating from Dartmouth he had an extended tour as a pilot and instructor in the Navy. He and his wife, Louise, are happily retired and are living in Utica, NY. Merry and I (Tom) recently attended a Deerfield recep-
tion at the beautiful home of Natalie and Peter Fair ’81 P’10,’12 in Pacific Palisades, CA,” Tom concluded. “The panoramic view from their spacious backyard is awesome. It overlooks the universe between the Getty Museum and LAX. At night one can go to sleep by counting the sparkling landing lights of airplanes (rather than sheep) in their descending pattern over Los Angeles. It’s always a pleasure to greet Margarita and Mimi on these occasions.”
1957 “After stints at the White House, Department of Agriculture, and Wall Street, for the past 30 years I have been the president of the Futures Industry Association representing an industry that has grown about 6000 percent on my watch,” reports John Damgard. “Sadly, the DoddFrank bill and the regulations coming out of the agencies is having the effect of running yet another American industry offshore. I’m still working and plan to for another year.” He added, “I see a fair amount of David Koch ’58 and recently had a lunch with David and Bob Moses ’58, during which we reminded ourselves about what great athletes we were and how Deerfield in those days beat everyone at everything! I was married for 15 years and have been divorced for the past 25 years. I have two grown children—both married—and six grandchildren (none of
whom are inclined to attend boarding school). Still flying my Navion but donated my 1941 PT 22 Ryan to the Udvar Hazy Museum (Air and Space Museum) located out by Dulles, where it is currently on display. Classmates who find themselves in the Washington, DC, area are welcome to call and I’d be happy to take you there.”
Class Captain John W. Broughan Doug Cummins has joined the SHG (Schwartz Heslin Group) firm as an executive director. He affiliated with SHG’s Latham office in April of 2011. He possesses a strong marketing and CEO background and expects to concentrate on family business issues, business strategy, and M&A.
Reunion Chairs Peter W. Gonzalez Dwight E. Zeller
Class Captains John L. Heath Robert S. Lyle Charles B. Sethness “Home again in Virginia after two years in Africa,” writes John Watson-Jones. “I’m trying to help five Kenyan youths stay in school . . . every month I send a Western Union money transfer, and we stay in touch by email.”
Class Captains Edward G. Flickinger Andrew R. Steele Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
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The Millers—Alan ’55 and Susan. l to r: Tom L’Esperance ’55, Luke
Grant ’87, Caroline Haines, and Caroline’s friend, Kale Fein ’07
Class Captains Peter A. Acly Timothy J. Balch David D. Sicher Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
In what has become a tradition, members of the Class of ’55 Joyce and Jerry Rood, Tom L’Esperance and Merry, and Sandy and Tim Day enjoyed an annual get-together in Carlsbad, CA. Nathan (Bob) Mobley ’53 was recently promoted to president at Mobley Associates LLC located in Hailey, Idaho. deerfield.edu
Class Captains David H. Bradley As president of North Carolina Wesleyan College, Jim Gray has been named to two positions in intercollegiate athletics. He was appointed to the NCAA’s Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group for Division III. It deals with national, athletic conference, and institutional issues around academics and athletics. Jim is also the new chairman of the USA South Athletic Conference’s Presidents Council. The league is comprised of ten Division III colleges and universities in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The presidents set policy on a wide array of issues from sportsmanship to scholarship monitoring to conference expansion.
Reunion Chairs Douglas F. Allen John R. Bass George W. Lee
Class Captain John R. Clementi Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
Class Captain John W. Kjorlien In case you missed it, Will Cowell’s son Hamilton ’97 was featured in the winter 2011 edition of Deerfield Magazine in an article about selling MAIA brand yogurt made by his company, Healthy Mom. Paul Galuszka passed away on February 26, 2011 in New Orleans. He is survived by his sons, Brian and Garrett, and his brother, Peter ’72. After working as an independent consultant to communities in Vermont and New Hampshire, Ken McWilliams is now the town planner for Alton, NH. An exhibition of Todd Stone’s paintings entitled “Witness/Downtown Rising,” opened on the 48th floor of Seven World Trade Center on July 27 and ran through September 1. The series documents the evolution of the downtown skyline over the past decade. The venue of the exhibition offers panoramic views of Manhattan and presents a unique perspective, overlooking the Memorial fountains and World Trade Center reconstruction. Todd has been painting on the 48th floor as a guest of Silverstein Properties, who are hosting the event. Visit toddstone. com/7wtc/index.html to view some of his work.
Class Captain G. Kent Kahle Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
Class Captains J. Christopher Callahan Geoffrey A. Gordon
Roberto Powers writes, “I am currently serving as the consul general at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. As you can imagine, this has been a tumultuous year and one that no one could have foreseen. After having been away for so long, I am hopeful to get back to Deerfield for this 40th Class Reunion. I look forward to seeing and hearing about classmates while there. I will remain in Egypt for another year and a half before heading off to another region of the world, having served many enjoyable years in North Africa and the Middle East.”
“Just a note from Brussels to shout out to my fellow classmates,” says Donald Sheehan. “Should any of you pass through this part of the world, please look me up. I’m still working for the State Department, now assigned to the US Mission to the European Union (until summer 2012) where I cover a number of political issues. My life and health are good, our three kids are thriving, and it’s fun living in Europe as an American. We’re living in historic Waterloo with our eldest and youngest kids (Alicia and Thomas, respectively) while our middle daughter, Christina, a junior (now senior!) at DA, spent her school year abroad in Beijing, China, living with a Chinese family and studying at a local high school. Best wishes to all.”
Preston Vorlicek writes, “Attended the NESCAC Swimming Championship at Bowdoin in February to watch my oldest son Chris (Tufts ’11) swim his final meet. The announcer at the meet was none other than Fritz Homans ’76! Fritz, of course, recognized my son’s last name and confronted my
Class Captains K. C. Ramsay John L. Reed
Reunion Chairs Bradford W. Agry Rick Anderson Michael C. Perry Robert Dell Vuyosevich
Class Captains Lawrence C. Jerome Peter D. Van Oot Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
Class Captains Dwight R. Hilson James L. Kempner Peter M. Schulte
The Ramble in Central Park A Wilderness West of Fifth Robert A. McCabe ’52 | Abbeville Press, 2011
Urban Wilderness | Robert A. McCabe’s latest book pays homage to one of New York City’s most famous landmarks: Central Park. The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth showcases the 38-acre Ramble—a wild yet artfully designed landscape described in 1860, shortly after its completion, as “the loveliest spot for afternoon walks and pleasant musings to be found within ten miles of New-York.” Designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux transformed what had been only barren rock and swamp into a “wild garden.” In contrast to the lakes, meadows, and formal landscaping seen in the rest of the park, the Ramble has dramatic topography, dark glades, rustic benches and arches, and twisting paths. All of these aspects of the Ramble are featured in Mr. McCabe’s vibrant photographs. “I set out to photograph the Ramble through the changing seasons,” he wrote, “concentrating on the unfolding of spring’s flowers and light green leaves, the development of fall with rapidly changing colors and views, and the winter snow that transforms the Ramble into another, unrecognizable world.” The reader travels with Mr. McCabe through the Ramble, strolling past trees sprouting their first leaves near Willow Rock, contemplating the reflection of bright fall leaves in the Lake, and climbing past boulders enshrouded in a light covering of snow. The walk is not entirely without direction, however. For the purpose of the book, Mr. McCabe has divided the Ramble into four quarters: East, South, Gill Creek Valley, and West. These regions—and their notable features—are depicted on a map drawn by Christopher Kaeser and laid out on the book’s endpapers. Accompanying Mr. McCabe’s photographs are essays that describe the Ramble’s ecology and intriguing geology, as well as how its design is closely linked to 19th century Romanticism. “Here Olmsted and Vaux’s simulation of wild nature . . . verges on the essence of the Romantic,” wrote Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. She continued, “You have a unique park experience, one that provides delightful surprises no matter how many times you go there.” These “delightful surprises” are beautifully conveyed in The Ramble in Central Park. A new spring bubbling into a pond, a mysterious gutter carved into the side of a rocky outcrop, native marsh marigolds sprouting beside a tranquil bend of the Gill Creek—all are treasures discovered by Mr. McCabe’s camera. “McCabe appreciates everything from the smallest detail of an unfurled leaf to the largest vista of the Lake and the New York City skyline beyond, and his scope leaves no leaf unturned,” wrote Douglas Blonsky, President of the Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator, in his introduction to Mr. McCabe’s book. “The Ramble is indisputably
Stepping into the Ramble of Central Park over the Bank Rock Bridge is like crossing a moat that leads to a fabled landscape, a place that is in part rugged topography circumscribed by narrow, twisting paths. Whether it’s for bird watching, navigating the winding walkways, or exploring the rocks and vistas, the experience of being in the Ramble is unlike that of anywhere else in Central Park. The geology of the place— complex, ancient, mysterious— creates a unique topography that is literally a blueprint of history, and affords the visitor an enormous step back in time.
still the soul of Central Park.”
Deep Freeze! A Photographer’s Antarctic Odyssey in the Year 1959 Robert A. McCabe ’52 | International Photography Publishers, 2010
The Antarctic Touch | As a photojournalist in 1959, Robert A. McCabe ’52 boarded a plane in New Zealand for the Antarctic. It was only a few weeks before the Antarctic Treaty would be signed, establishing Antarctica as a scientific preserve and protecting the continent from any military or economic activity. Mr. McCabe, with his camera and portable tape recorder, documented his experience as a member of a group of journalists and scientists who traveled to the Antarctic at a historic time in the continent’s history. Fifty years later, his superb black-and-white photographs have been collected in DeepFreeze! A
It is strange living in this world of constant sunlight. We who come from the east normally associate cold with darkness. To have 24 hours of sunlight and blue sky and cold is a wonderful thing. Meals are served from five to seven, a.m. and p.m.; from eleven to one, a.m. and p.m. One can live on any cycle he wishes, as the sun circles over Erebus, over Crater Hill, over Mt. Discovery and over Observation Hill, and over the ridge behind the camp. This morning at 1:30, I strolled around the camp taking photographs. This is a place where a photographer can never sleep in peace.
Photographer’s Antarctic Odyssey in the Year 1959. Through the lens of Mr. McCabe’s camera the reality of an Antarctica before satellite television, ATMs, and restrictions on hugging penguins comes into focus. The accompanying narrative details Mr. McCabe’s trip from the moment of his “Antarctic touch” to encounters with seals out on the ice. In a striking series of photographs, Mr. McCabe transports his readers to a cargo plane during a flyover of the South Pole. En route to the Pole, we see out of the plane’s window mountain ranges, expansive glaciers, and, finally, the desolate polar plateau. There, the C-124 Globemaster is scheduled to drop 16 containers of supplies on Operation Deepfreeze. When the plane passes over the Pole, the cabin lurches as each bundle drops, parachutes opening to carry them safely to the ground. During the second pass, one parachute doesn’t open—in the drop master’s words, “This happens every once in a while. It’s a pretty expensive loss, but nonetheless there’ll be another flight tomorrow and we’ll be able to make it up.” The tenuous nature of human existence in the Antarctic is a common theme in DeepFreeze!, underscored by photographs of rugged vehicles against a dramatic backdrop of mountains and ice. The difficulty of daily life plays out in Mr. McCabe’s photographs, and he pays homage to the explorers who came before him. Among the sites he visited during his Antarctic stay was Observation Hill, a volcanic peak on which a cross was erected in memory of Robert Scott, who perished in 1912 on a return trip from the South Pole. In her preface to DeepFreeze!, Caroline Alexander places Mr. McCabe’s work “in the grand historic tradition” of Antarctic photography. “Here are the dramatic renderings of light and shade that define and contour the Antarctic, beautifully rendered to shimmer off the page; and here are the portraits of the crews, better clothed than their predecessors, better equipped, but still unmistakably ’expeditionary’ . . . This is a wonderful book, and will be valued by enthusiasts of expeditionary history and Antarctica, and all who are moved by sublime glimpses of the earth’s far away places.”
son with a ‘Who’s your daddy?’ After confirming it was I, Fritz called me out from the stands and we had a good time catching up. Fritz is living in the Bangor area, still swimming competitively (53+ in the 100 Fly!) and coaching his children and has his own radio show. He was nice enough to encourage Chris to an incredible come-from-behind swim in the 400 IM in the true Deerfield tradition of ‘Finish up Strong.’” Preston continued, “I’m doing well. Still living in Del Mar, CA, and running the small company I co-founded 15 years ago (CommSystems). I stay in touch with Colin Hampton and Jeff Hoye and spoke with Rick Valles a few years back. Had dinner with Ivar Sisniega in Mexico City a few years back, too. Both of our boys are out of the house now and my wife of 25 years, Suzanne, and I are hoping to travel some more. Nothing to complain about!”
Class Captains Marshall F. Campbell David R. DeCamp
Reunion Chairs James Paul MacPherson J. H. Tucker Smith Wayne W. Wall When we last heard from Bob Burr he said, “I have been having great fun revisiting Deerfield as my daughter Phoebe ’11 prepares to graduate. I live in Hamilton, MA, with my wife Kerri and boys James and Elliott, who hope to be right on Phoebe’s heels at Deerfield next year. Then an empty nest—ouch!”
The Class of ’79 was well-represented at a “mancation” in Delray Beach, Florida. Back row, l to r: John Dinneen, Brad Palmer, Jim Bloomer, Dan “Boney” Pryor, Colin Cooper, Lou Lehrman, Jay Wagley, Eric Sachsse. Kneeling: Kip Howard, Dave Lucas, Rich Diver, Art Dwight, Bob Lee. Lying Down: Reed Webster
Fritz Homans ’76, Chris Vorlicek, and his proud dad, Preston Vorlicek ’75, at the 2011 NESCAC swimming championships. Placido Arango ’77 and Alfonso Velasco ’11 got together in Madrid over spring break. Placido reported that Alfonso wanted to learn more about business, even on break!
Class Captains Paul J. S. Haigney Stephen R. Quazzo
Class Captains Arthur Ryan Dwight Daniel C. Pryor Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
Class Captains Augustus B. Field John B. Mattes Paul M. Nowak Brian Solik writes, “The Lord has answered our prayers and allowed us to adopt Trey (six) and Christiana Joy (two-and-a-half ), who are half-siblings of our adopted daughter Ashley (14). After being married for ten years without children, God has graciously given us five children, four through adoption. My wife and I continue to homeschool our children, so we are both busy and blessed!”
Class Captains Robert G. Bannish Andrew M. Blau Andrew A. Cohen Shortly before Reunions, Rich Brown wrote, “Wow! Thirty years already? Here’s a short recap. I did my undergrad at University of Virginia, joined the Air Force in 1987, and served for 20 years in Texas, England, California,
DC, Colorado, DC again, Russia, and England again (in that order). My hometown sweetheart Carey and I have been married since 1987, and the Lord blessed us with four kids: Rachel (22), Heather (18), Philip (16), and Samuel (14). When I retired from the Air Force in 2007, we settled in Springfield, VA, and I work as a government civilian at the Pentagon. I’m looking forward to catching up with you guys!” Peter McLaughlin reported, “My last update from September 2009 anticipated an imminent move to Boston. Well, it took longer than anticipated, but we got the family settled this past summer (2010) in Lexington. Good schools, great neighborhood, and I have reduced my commute from 750 miles down to 12. Still doing a lot of privacy and information security law, especially in the health field. I have one book recently published about protecting personal information in higher education (see clhe.org) and another from the ABA this summer. Looking forward to seeing everyone this June, right after my soccer-crazed son and I attend the USSpain soccer match.” Reid Thompson notes, “Lorraine and I have both been on the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for nine years. Lorraine is in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Last year I became chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt. We enjoy our
life in Nashville.” At the time he added, “We are looking forward to introducing our three children, Conner (11), Clarie (eight), and Cameron (five) to Deerfield this June at the Reunions.”
Reunion Chairs Samuel G. Bayne Frank H. Reichel William R. Ziglar Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
Class Captains John G. Knight J. Douglas Schmidt John Houghton has been living in Nashville for the last ten years and working at an architecture firm. Twice a year the KFC (Koch Friday Concert) takes place at DA. Started by David Dickinson and Claudia Lyons in 2008 (yes, they are still there!) it’s basically an open mike night for DA students. Thirty-four acts signed up to play at the winter version, held in the atrium “star-field” of the Koch Center for Science, Math and Technology. Eric Suher was able to scout the local musical talent while also bumping into current Deerfield junior Jean-Francois Roberts ’12, son of Davis!
1984 Stephen Briones, who is a banker and country manager for ING in Thailand as well as an avid reader, wrote a review of Tracy Kidder’s book Strength in What Remains, which was featured in the May 1, 2011 edition of the Bangkok Post. Barry Hinckley has announced he’s running for US Senate as a Republican in Rhode Island against Democrat, Sheldon Whitehouse. The election is in November 2012, and Barry is already busy building a team with an emphasis on “fighting for the rights of future generations who are being saddled with unconscionable debts by politicians in Washington, DC.” Barry will leverage his 20 plus years of job creation experience to help revive a struggling Rhode Island and American economy, which he feels is the only way forward out of “the mess created by career politicians and bureaucrats . . .” Visit hinckleyforsenate.com. Brett West won Gold in the Masters (over 30 years old) division and his son Tucker won Gold in the Youth division in luge at the 2011 Empire State Games. Tucker is on the USA Junior World Cup team and is a fast rising star athlete within USA Luge. Brett, who was a co-captain of the DA ski team in 1984, transitioned his love of winter fun from the snow slopes to the ice chute and says, “I still love skiing, but luge is a lot more fun.”
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Sandra Ochoa ’92 received an EdD in Education from the University of Southern California on May 13, 2011. Eric Suher ’83 and classmate Davis Roberts’ son Jean-Francois ’12 bumped into each other at the KFC (Koch Friday Concert). Classmates Doug Cruikshank ’83 and Doug Schmidt ’83 met up in NYC. John Knight ’83 (left) celebrating a new subscriber to the class’ blog, Peter Geary ’83, while both were visiting Doug Cruikshank ’83 in Colorado. John says, “Thanks to Peter for the photo!” Brett West ’84 and his son Tucker at Lake Placid, NY, on February 27, 2011. Brett and Tucker (age 15 and then sophomore at The National Sport Academy) both won Gold in the Luge at the 2011 Empire States Games in Lake Placid. Wonduk Han ’84 was thrilled to be on campus after Reunions to see how the tents he had recently donated were being utilized. Wonduk is the EZUp tent distributor in Japan and along with his brother Euiduk ’83, gave four tents to the Deerfield Dining Hall. DJ Fairbanks ’87 wrote, “Here is a picture of me, Andy Bonanno ’87, and Jon Murchinson ’87 skiing Alta this past March.” Geoffrey Swinerton ’87 visited the last known mosaic of Saddam Hussein during a recent deployment to Iraq. deerfield.edu
Stephanie (Freeman) Cady ’94 and Matthew Cady are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Angus Nicholas. He was born on March 6, 2011 in Washington, DC, and weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. Maja (Byrnes) Clark ’96 and Marty Clark are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Frances Qvist. She was born on February 11, 2011 in Potsdam, NY, and weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz.. Maja, Marty, and big sister Pippa (17 months old) are thrilled that Frances has “joined the mayhem!” Tom Tremoulet ’87 and family on his daughter Anna Elizabeth’s baptism day. Also pictured are Tom’s wife, Adri, and older daughter, Yvonne Marie.
Ginger (Walsh) Larsen ’99 and her husband Alex are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Liv Solveig Larsen. Liv was born in July 2010. Ashley (Prout) McAvey ’92 (left) was in Florida recently and had the chance to reconnect with Ashley (Schiff) Ramos ’92, where they also introduced their children to one another: l to r: Ashley M’s son Reid (four months) and daughter Elle (three), and Ashley R’s daughter Samantha (one). Both moms agreed, “It was great fun!” Theodore Pataki ’01 and Emily Lederer Pataki are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Stephen Travis. He was born on November 28, 2010 in Austin, TX, and weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. He and his parents send their very best from Texas!
Brian Solik ’80, his wife and family Lucas Garrett at three months old, the son of Daniel Scherotter ’87 and his wife Nina. Scott Fuller ’97 had some help celebrating his birthday this past May; his wife Erica and son Jackson Bard Fuller were on hand to help blow out the candles! Jackson was born on October 27, 2010. Scott commented, “He’s pretty cool.” Rachel White ’94 has traded the corporate world for a more snuggly one . . . breeding the “most beautiful” English and French bulldog puppies. Clem Turner ’86 and Lisa Bookwalter-Turner are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Henry Lawton.
Class Captains Charles B. Berwick Sydney M. Williams Ren Salerno was featured in an article on biosecurity in Miller-McCune: millermccune.com/politics/canbiosecurity-go-global-29848.
Class Captains Henri R. Cattier Michael W. Chorske Clem Turner and Lisa Bookwalter-Turner are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Henry Lawton. He was born on November 26, 2010 in New York City, and weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. When Clem wrote he said, “Six months ago today, my wife Lisa and I were graced with our first child, a bouncing baby boy named Henry. I waited quite a while to get married (2009) and to have a child but it was worth the wait.”
Reunion Chair John D. Amorosi Andrew P. Bonanno Prentis Hale’s home, which he designed and built, was featured in Dwell magazine: dwell.com/articles/a-newslant.html. Daniel Scherotter and Nina are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Lucas Garrett. He was born on December 20, 2010 in San Francisco, CA, and weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz. “His birth marks
the 13th Scherotter boy in a row (since 1880)!” reports Dan. “Big brother Gabriel Bryce, leery, but happy to have someone on which to practice headlocks and other wrestling moves. Everyone is doing well!” Geoffrey Swinerton writes, “Greetings to everyone in the Class of ’87. While still in Miami running the FBI Miami Division’s 45-man SWAT team as senior team leader, I am also proud to report I recently completed a short tour in Iraq. I had the privilege of spending the fall of 2010 through the winter of 2011 in Mosul, Iraq, with a couple of smaller military units on behalf of the FBI and our national counter terrorism efforts. The other big news from our household was the recent acceptance of our oldest son Chase to Deerfield! Chase will enter Deerfield this fall, 90 years from when his great-grandfather entered Deerfield, making him a fourth generation Academy student. Both his mom (NMH ’86) and I are looking forward to spending more time visiting New England in upcoming years to cheer on the Big Green. If you find yourself in South Florida don’t hesitate to look us up.” “We welcomed Anna Elizabeth into our lives on August 29, 2010,” writes Tom Tremoulet. “Yvonne Marie (three years old) and Mali (five-year-old chocolate Labrador) are wonderful big sisters. Mom (Adri Herrera Tremoulet, Chaminade ’91,
Harvard ’95) continues to work in the field of pediatric infectious diseases at UC San Diego and has recently found a new passion—Kawasaki disease. I continue to work as an emergency medicine physician and I’m delving into the world of administrative duties and healthcare reform. Please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Captains Oscar K. Anderson David Field Willis Bruce Bowers is the director of International Cardiovascular Research at Medical City Dallas Hospital. He and his wife have four children.
Class Captains Gustave K. Lipman Edward S. Williams “This spring I earned tenure and promotion at Ohio Northern University, which means this fall I will be associate professor of Philosophy and Religion,” reports Forrest Clingerman. “In addition, a colleague and I have co-edited a book on environmental ethics and theology, entitled Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics, which was released in August.”
Class Captain Jeb S. Armstrong
Class Captain Justin G. Sautter
Reunion Chairs Thomas R. Appleton William J. Willis
Class Captains Richard D. Hillenbrand Charlotte York Matthews Colby D. Schwartz
1994 “After a few years in the corporate world, I’ve gone warm and furry,” says Rachel White. “I’ve joined the family business of breeding the most beautiful English and French bulldog puppies in the world. Anyone— throughout the country and around the world—looking to complete his or her family with a beautiful bully should contact me at: email@example.com or visit facebook.com/fogcitybulldogs or fogcitybulldogs.com. Be sure to mention the Big Green!”
Class Captains Daniel D. Meyer Avery B. Whidden David Mantzel married Sachiko on June 4, 2010, and they welcomed their son Carl Kent on March 15, 2011.
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’84 WALLACE WILSON
Two years ago, Will Mathis ’84 and Wallace Wilson ’47 were looking to diversify their investments. Long employed in the oil and gas industries, they wanted to find what Mr. Mathis described as a “tailwind investment:” a sustainable enterprise that is net-neutral to the environment; then they found Australis Aquaculture, a fish farm located in Turners Falls, MA. At first they simply invested in the company, and then Mr. Mathis and Mr. Wilson bought Australis in February of 2009. “Dad and I own it 50-50,” Mr. Mathis said. Just up the street from Deerfield Academy since 2004, Australis Aquaculture has been the subject of recent media attention—Time magazine featured the company in a July article about the growth of aquaculture as an industry. Within this industry, the Turners Falls operation stands out for its sustainable model. Located in a 90,000 square-foot facility, Australis employs an indoor, closed recirculating system that
draws water from the Connecticut River and filters it at a rate of 700 gallons per minute. The company grows only barramundi, an Australian fish high in omega-3 oils and efficient to produce—the fish receive a mostly vegetarian diet and take 18 months to grow to plate size, or 1.75 pounds. Although barramundi—marketed by Australis as “sustainable seabass”— is unknown to many Americans, Australis CEO Joshua Goldman says there are “great opportunities for growth and awareness in the species” because of its “high health profile and small environmental footprint.” Within the Turners Falls facility, the barramundi travel through five stages of tanks—all named after major Australian cities—on their journey to dinner plates. The tanks increase in size to accommodate the increasing size of the 30,000 fish they contain at one time. Once they have reached a target weight for one stage, the fish are moved to the next stage via a pescalator and graded according to size. All of the fish produced in Turners Falls are sold live and shipped in aerated containers to domestic Chinese grocery stores and high end restaurants across the continent. Available in mainstream supermarkets, however, are frozen fish fillets from Australis’ farm on the coast of Vietnam. Although the emergence of aquaculture has been a controversial topic among some environmental organizations, many now consider manufacturing fish necessary to meet a growing demand (seafood consumption has increased from 22 pounds per person per year in the 1960s to 38 pounds today) while wild fish supplies have been exploited and depleted. Aquaculture has increased considerably over the past few decades. In 2008, 52.5 million tons of fish were grown on farms; in 1950, that number was less than 1 million. Australis Aquaculture stands as an example of a growing industry that aims to reduce the pressure put on the global seafood population. “We love the fact that we’ve been able to support the business,” Mr. Mathis said, adding, “especially since it’s close to DA.”
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above: J.J. at Deerfield; a memorial in the MSB
From the very beginning, Ray Walker ’92 makes one thing perfectly clear: this is not about him. The foundation he recently established is about his best friend: J.J. Stokes. J.J. died during his senior year at Deerfield, but he continues to inspire Mr. Walker. “J.J. was super active on campus,” Mr. Walker said. A tri-sport athlete and band member, “he bled green and white.” Searching for a way to honor his friend, Mr. Walker met with a group of Deerfield alumni—most from the Class of 1992—last summer. At this small gathering, the idea for the Stokes Foundation was born. The Foundation’s mission is “to bring the life-transforming experience of boarding school life directly to students in need” through “building athletic, extracurricular, and residential life programs in partnership with urban schools.”
programming; he refers to the afterschool period as the “danger zone.” Studies have shown that 14.3 million youth in the US are not involved in meaningful extracurricular programming, and teenagers who do not participate in afterschool programs are three times more likely to skip classes or use drugs. “When kids are in school from 3:00 to 6:00, education in America will change,” Mr. Walker asserted. Through the early efforts of the Stokes Foundation, the Schom-
Mr. Walker cannot overstate the importance of extracurricular
The Foundation’s mission is “to bring the life-transforming experience of boarding school life directly to students in need” through “building athletic, extracurricular, and residential life programs in partnership with urban schools.”
burg Charter School in Jersey City, NJ, now has students playing rugby, aided by its partnership with the Jersey City Police Activity League and Play Rugby USA. There are also plans to start soccer and flag football teams in the fall, as well as a debate team. In addition, the New York Harbor School in New York, NY, and CityLax, Inc. will partner to create lacrosse teams at the school. Already the extracurricular programs are seeing early success. One of the first rugby teams at the Schomburg Charter School won the New York City Rugby Mayor’s Cup this past June, an impressive feat considering that the team was the only one based outside of New York City. As an operating philanthropic organization, the Stokes Foundation does more hands-on work than just doling out grants to start programs. It builds strategic partnerships between schools and community-based organizations, ensuring that their relationships are strong and that partners have the motivation and commitment to make progress. Mr. Walker describes the organizations that he works with as ones that align with the mission of the Stokes Foundation, that are receptive to feedback, and “that don’t mind a little bit more involvement from the grant-maker.” As the foundation grows, Mr. Walker doesn’t want to lose sight of his inspiration—J.J. Stokes. Before the rugby team at the Schomburg Charter School started its season, Mr. Walker gave the kids a preseason speech, telling them about J.J. and his legacy. As the first group of Stokes Scholars, “I let them know that they are forever going to be special.”
Ray Walker may be contacted directly at email@example.com for more information, to volunteer time, or to make a pledge. Visit stokesfoundation.org for more information and to stay connected to the foundation’s work in service of students and school communities.
’97 PETER CAMBOR Where You’ve Seen Them Peter Cambor: Notes from the Underbelly (2006-2008), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009-2010)
Derek Miller: Secret Girlfriend (2009)
Brian Austin Green: Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009), Desperate Housewives (2010-2011)
Harold Perrineau: Oz (1997-2003), Lost (2004-2006, 2008, 2010), The Unusuals (2009)
Do What You Love When he took acting classes at Deerfield, Peter Cambor ’97 learned two things: always be on time and always be prepared. “If you do those two things,” said Mr. Cambor, “then you can just have fun doing what you love.” And Mr. Cambor loves what he’s doing. On the slate for TBS next summer is a new comedy called The Wedding Band—starring Mr. Cambor, Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, and Derek Miller—about four friends who have to reconcile their dreams of being rock stars with the reality of having families, jobs, and adult responsibilities. “One of the things I love about the show is that it reminds me of so many friends I have (actors, musicians, etc.) who, through their twenties and coming into their thirties, despite their exceptional talent, in many cases, have not ‘made it’ in a broad commercial sense,” said Mr. Cambor. “In The Wedding Band, they are great at what they do, and I guess the only thing that keeps them from really being great . . . is the fact that their antics get in the way.” In a comedy so centered around four friends, the success of the show will depend on the chemistry between the actors. “You can’t really make it happen—it has to come naturally,” explained Mr. Cambor. “When we all auditioned for the pilot we had to do some chemistry reads where they mix and match various actors to
see which group fits the best. When Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Derek Miller, and I got in the room to read together, it was just one of those moments you can’t really describe. We were improvising, changing lines, riffing off each other, and it was just seamless. We killed it. When the four of us walked out of the room I knew that we were the band and this was going to be the group they would choose. I just knew it.” Besides their comedic chemistry, all four actors have musical chemistry as well. They each play an instrument and sing, and even though this creates a lot of extra production work, getting to play the guitar— something he has done his entire life—was an added incentive for Mr. Cambor to win the part. Although Mr. Cambor’s previous television work has been on major broadcast networks—CBS, ABC— he has been impressed by the leadership at TBS/TNT. “The atmosphere has been really supportive of the content and it seems like they really want the show to not just work out, but . . . be extremely successful,” he said. With such a talented cast and crew—the show is directed by Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Party Down) and is written by Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle (South Park)—and a supportive network, The Wedding Band won’t be singing a swan song any time soon.
’99 Lisa (Hilberg) Craig ’00 and Christopher were married on Nantucket on June 3, 2010, with Deerfield friends in attendance: from left to right, Matthew Culver ’98, Eric Hilberg ’98, Lisa Hilberg Craig, Emily Jacque ’00, and Laura Jacque ’01, who served as bridesmaids. Deerfield friends and family were on hand for the December 19, 2009 wedding of Cammy (Cronin) Williams ’96 and Greg Williams. l to r: Kingsley Carson Rooney ’95, John Mendelson ’58, Stacey Sparrow Brooks ’96, Cammy Cronin-Williams ’96, Greg Williams, Forgan McIntosh ’96, Jessa Martin McIntosh ’96, and Farah Marcel Burke ’96. Ryan Walsh-Martel ’99 and Katherine Douglas Martel are happy to announce their marriage on October 3, 2009 at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary, in Chevy Chase, MD. l to r: Maureen Correll ’99, Caitlin Esworthy ’01, Tyler Littwin ’98, Katherine Douglas Martel, Ryan Walsh-Martel ’99, Andrew Fraker ’98, and Casey Esworthy ’99. Elizabeth Dyke ’01 and Ford Barker are pleased to announce their engagement. They were introduced by Ginger Walsh Larsen ’99. Elizabeth is the associate director of alumnae at Greenwich Academy. Ford is a ship broker at MJLF & Associates. A June 2012 wedding is planned at Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont. deerfield.edu
England’s Hideaways Discovering Enchanting Rooms, Stately Manor Houses, and Country Cottages
Meg Nolan van Reesema ’97 | Rizzoli, 2011
Comfort and Enchantment | Meg Nolan van Reesema ’97 has advised readers on the perfect hideaways in Italy and the Caribbean, and now she brings her expertise to England in her new book, England’s Hideaways: Discovering Enchanting Rooms, Stately Manor Houses, and Country Cottages. Over the course of six weeks, Ms. van Reesema visited over 50 properties across England—from Cornwall to Derbyshire—evaluating them “based on their décor, secluded atmosphere, and overall distinctiveness.” What emerged from this experience is a collection of 30 idyllic retreats, including a Georgian brick townhouse in York, an 18th century grand manor house, a bucolic Cumbrian farmhouse, and a former fox-hunting lodge turned sophisticated country-house hotel. Ms. van Reesema describes each hideaway in vivid detail, touching upon the overall décor and atmosphere, room accommodations, and amenities. She also adds her recommendations on how to best enjoy these idyllic spots. In the introduction to England’s Hideaways, Ms. van Reesema presents her impressions of English interior design, initially founded by her first trip to England at the age of 11. While staying in a 17th century manor house, she experienced “a twofold sensation of awe and familiarity . . . I can still recall how easily I felt comfortable among the estate’s grand dimensions and manicured grounds despite never before having set foot in a place of such stature. Today, I am confident this extraordinary reaction was due to the house’s traditional English décor.” Ms. van Reesema’s appreciation of décor that provides “simultaneous comfort and enchantment” comes through in her reviews of each hideaway. Regarding Vine House in Burnham Market, Norfolk, she wrote: “Absent of fussy English curios, Vine House features a welcome, cool décor brightened with subtle details like Victorian-style crystal and brass sconces, colorful ticking on the neutral floor-length curtains, and aqua-toned throw pillows to accent the divan in the living room . . . The décor is wonderfully stylish yet personable, and making oneself comfortable is as difficult as relaxing at a friend’s home.” The hotels and houses covered in England’s Hideaways range in size and style—from manor houses encompassing 46 rooms to cottages with just four. Whether travelers are looking for a homey, luxurious, or elegant experience, they will surely find it with Ms. van Reesema’s careful guidance. Accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs by Tim Clinch, Ms. van Reesema’s reviews will invoke wanderlust in any reader.
Paul Bethe and Lindsay Nathan were married on September 25, 2010 in NYC. Paul continues to work at JPMorgan while pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at NYU. He is also a high level rugby referee and secretary of the NYC Rugby Referee Association. Cammy Cronin-Williams writes, “It has been a busy 18 months for us! Greg and I were married December 19, 2009 in Rye, NY, in the snow! We both graduated from business school in 2010 (me from Columbia and Greg from Fordham), and we recently relocated to London for Greg’s company in April. Adjusting to life overseas, and would love to connect with other DA grads in the area.” Devon (Binch) Myers and Adam Myers are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Maclaine May. She was born on February 23, 2011 in Stamford, CT, and weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. Everyone is happy and healthy and thrilled.
Class Captains Farah-France P. Marcel Burke Trenton M. Smith
Reunion Chairs Margot M. Pfohl Amy Elizabeth Sodha
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Class Captain Ghessycka A. Lucien “Life is wonderful here in Washington, DC, with my fantastic husband Olegario and our new rescue dog Nina,” reports Joanna (Munson) Perales. “Olegario and I traveled to Chile in December and January for our long-overdue honeymoon, where we saw glaciers and guanacos in Patagonia, visited with family in the Valle Central, spent our days cooking empanadas de pino, our afternoons playing fútbol with the kids, and our nights, when water is most plentiful, irrigating the family’s fields. We also experienced New Year’s Eve on the coast in Valparaiso, gazing at the longest and most coordinated fireworks show we’d ever seen. While our quotidian existence in DC is nowhere near as exciting as our time in Chile, we are very happy with a life filled with friends, work, and Nina.” Brian Schmid reports, “My wife and I are living in Quincy while she pursues her nurse practitioner degree
and I am working in my hometown as a pediatric/ special needs dentist. Our puppy Dexter is as cute as ever.” Ryan Walsh-Martel and Katherine Douglas Martel (Santa Fe Prep ’00) are happy to announce their marriage on October 3, 2009 at the Woodend Nature Sanctuary, in Chevy Chase, MD. Katherine, a native of New Mexico, works at the Center for Global Development on foreign aid effectiveness, and Ryan works for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on energy and climate change policy. They currently reside in Washington, DC.
For more information about Peter, visit umassalumni. com/awards/profiles/2011/ trovato.html, and for more information about the awards ceremony itself, go to alumniconnections. com/olc/pub/UMS/events/ UMS2312045.html.
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Malcolm Dorson writes, “I moved to Philadelphia in May to pursue my MBA and master’s in International Studies through the Lauder Program at Wharton. I was in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in June and July.” Mac Marrone will be taking a job at Northwestern University to train ROTC students (Navy division).
Talley Burns and Zachary Mayer were married in a ceremony in Boca Grande, FL, on April 9, 2011. Peter Trovato was honored at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on April 13, 2011. The UMass Amherst Alumni Association with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award was honoring him for his work with the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, a non-profit organization that offers educational assistance grants to the children of fallen soldiers from Massachusetts.
John Hennessy III was appointed to the Peace Corps, and he recently traveled to the country of Mali in Africa where he is serving as an environmental extension agent for the next two years. John’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami received the degree Doctor of Medicine from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on May 13, 2011. He also received the Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Clinical Skills and graduated with Distinction in Service. This past
Class Captains Lisa Rosemary Craig Emily Jean Dawson
Maverik and Outlaw Former Deerfield Academy lacrosse player Billy Bitter ’07 is making his mark in the world of professional lacrosse. This past June, Mr. Bitter joined the Maverik Lacrosse company to “assist in the design and development of Maverik’s next generation of equipment and represent Maverik at clinics and tournaments across the country.” Mr. Bitter currently plays Major League Lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws, who selected him as the third overall pick in the 2011 MLL draft earlier this year. “I am honored to be joining such an innovative and fast growing company like Maverik,” Mr. Bitter said in a Maverik Lacrosse press release. “I’ve always admired Maverik’s products and to have the opportunity to help them build their brand is a privilege.” Before joining the Outlaws, Mr. Bitter had an outstanding high school and collegiate athletic career. After a post-graduate year at Deerfield— during which the Academy lacrosse team posted an undefeated season—Mr. Bitter went on to the University of North Carolina where he was a three-time All-American selection and 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. “Billy is an outstanding addition to our company,” said John Gagliardi, president and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. “We are thrilled to have him help grow both our brand and the game at the grassroots level.”
Photo: Courtesy of Maverik Lacrosse
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summer he began his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Class Captains Nicholas Zachary Hammerschlag Caroline C. Whitton
Class Captains H. Jett Fein Bentley J. Rubinstein Torey A. Van Oot
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Class Captain Kevin C. Meehan Samantha Lopez, who graduated from Notre Dame University in May 2011 with a degree in architecture, was awarded the Ralph Thomas Sollitt Award. Selected by the fifth-year thesis jury, the Ralph Thomas Sollitt Award is given to the student who submits the best design as a solution to the thesis architecture problem. “I’m moving to western China (probably either Sichuan or Gansu) at the end of June to work for the Peace Corps for two years,” reported Molly McKeon when we last heard from her. “I’ll be teaching in either a university or a technical college, working with English majors and aspiring English teachers. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to polish my Mandarin while I’m there and maybe even learn a dialect!”
Reunion Chairs Matthew McCormick Carney Elizabeth Conover Cowan
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Class Captains Elizabeth Utley Schieffelin Nicholas Warren Squires Mazi Kazemi is currently the president of the Vassar Business Club, which invests, places as many students as possible into great financial firms, and brings notable, interesting alumni back to campus.
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’08 The following Deerfield alumni gathered at Vanderbilt University’s 2011 graduation to celebrate: Walker Kahle ’04, Cameron Carpenter ’14, Mac McDonald ’13, Dixon McDonald ’07, Paige Kahle ’07, Avery Carpenter ’07, Davis Wittig ’07, Cyrus Wittig ’10, Kendall Carpenter ’11, Carter Kahle ’02 Alumnae from the Class of 2006 had “a blast” during Reunion Weekend! l to r: Megan Murley, Leslie Hotchkiss, Lucy Stonehill, Jordan Turban, Cristina Liebolt, and Elinor Flynn Five members of the Class of ’08 got together at the Dartmouth-Yale regatta in New Haven on April 9, 2011. l to r: Joe Lasala, Jay Kramer, Hunter Dray, Matt Chesky, and Ben Jardim deerfield.edu
promote US interests abroad. “Through my courses at Georgetown, I have come to learn not only what a complex and dynamic world we live in, but also the many challenges the US faces in the near future that will require a Foreign Service to help solve,” she said. The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow-
Giving Back Public service is not just a career path for
degree in International Politics and starts graduate
Rebecca Yang ’08—it is a way of life. A senior at
school next year. She will also complete summer
Georgetown University, she has already founded an
internships at the Department of State in Washington,
international service organization and is now poised
DC, and overseas at a US embassy.
named a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. The daughter of immigrants, Ms. Yang’s firsthand
financial support as she completes her undergraduate
As to where Ms. Yang hopes to serve her country, East Asia—especially China—would be the obvious choice, based on her personal connection to the
experience of the “American dream” has inspired
region. However, she said, “I plan on becoming
her to find a way to “give back to a country that has
fluent in Arabic and Swahili, so I would also love to
given a new life to my family and me.” Ms. Yang’s
serve in the Middle East/North Africa and certain
mother came to the US from China after being
regions in Africa.”
persecuted and living in extreme poverty during the Cultural Revolution. “My mother moved to America where she could
Looking back on her four years at Deerfield, Ms. Yang acknowledged her teachers as “the best and most memorable part of my Deerfield experience,”
start a new life in a democratic country,” explained
and detailed the many lessons—both academic and
Ms. Yang. “We lived in poverty for the first few years
personal—that she learned in their classes. “In my
of my life, but through her hard work in establish-
freshman year Bio I Accelerated class with [Ann-
ing her own acupuncture business, the first one in
Marie] White, I saw how far my intellectual curiosity
Ithaca, New York, we persevered and were able to
could take me and the value in collaborating and
make a living.” Throughout her life, Ms. Yang has shown her
continue to build bridges between cultures and help
ship will provide Ms. Yang with professional and
to enter the US Foreign Service, after recently being
As a Foreign Service officer, Ms. Yang hopes to
learning from my peers . . . [Joel Thomas-Adams’] class changed my worldview and turned me from
commitment to helping others. While still a
a relatively apathetic citizen to a genuinely curious
Deerfield student, she spent three weeks in her
human being… During my sophomore year, [Mary
grandfather’s hometown in China, teaching English
Ellen] Friends sparked my interest in Asian Affairs.
and piano to the children of migrant workers. The
Taking her Asian Civilizations course served as the
Rebecca Yang China Education and Environmental
impetus for my continued personal and academic
Protection Service Works Organization grew out
passion for Asia-Pacific affairs… [Terry] Driskill also
of this experience. Besides spreading awareness of
taught me how to write at an advanced level and
rural education and environmental issues in China,
served as a mentor for me during the rest of my
the organization raises money for causes such as
time at Deerfield. [Jamie] Kapteyn also served as
the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund. Its future plans
an invaluable mentor when I was struggling at
include starting a “Brothers and Sisters” cultural
Deerfield. He had always had faith in me, and for
exchange program between the US and China.
that, I’ll be forever grateful.”
SAN FRANCISCO •
JAMES FORREY YORKTOWN •
3,762 Miles for a Cure We are taking the Western Express due west from San Francisco, CA, (leaving Saturday, May 21st, dipping our tires in the Pacific at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge) and connecting with the Transamerica Trail in Pueblo, CO. We will then travel east to the Atlantic in Yorktown, VA, riding approximately 3762 miles. —excerpt from the Forrey/Sullivan blog
After meeting as students at Deerfield, Taylor
On their blog, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Forrey updated
Sullivan ’09 and James Forrey ’09 forged a
family and friends on their progress across the country,
friendship that has now endured the test of a
telling of the people they met and the obstacles they
summer spent biking 3762 miles across the
faced along the way. On a route that took them from
San Francisco to Yorktown, Virginia, they stayed in
Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Forrey recently returned from their 52-day coast-to-coast journey—a ride that was more than just a summer activity. As
hotels, hostels, and campsites, and took time to explore sites along the road. “We really didn’t have time to train much for the trip
related in an article published on northjersey.com,
so really the first couple of weeks were our training. We
the pair’s bike ride has raised money and aware-
started out doing about 50 miles a day and eventually
ness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or
got up to about 80 miles a day with a few 100 mile
Lou Gehrig’s disease. In 2009, Mr. Sullivan’s father
days mixed in,” said Mr. Forrey.
passed away from the disease, which affects nerve
But above all, the trip was for one reason: to honor
cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis
Mr. Sullivan’s father and those affected by ALS. Mr Sul-
and eventual death.
livan said, “By pushing ourselves physically in the name
“When my father was sick, he often spoke of a family bike trip that we would do once he regained
of supporting ALS research, we were biking for those who unfortunately are unable.”
his health,” said Mr. Sullivan. “Since we obviously were never able to take such a trip, I felt that a bike trip was a fitting way to honor my father’s memory.” He was joined by Mr. Forrey, and their efforts raised about $25000 for Project ALS, an organization that funds research and education for ALS and other degenerative brain diseases.
Read the entire blog at coasttocoastforthecure.org
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BOSTON: RED SOX GAME
1 Jamal El-Hindi ’81, Jeanne El-Hindi and family 2 Patti Collins P’15 and Claire Collins ’15 3 Clay Hough ’76
Brian Rosborough ’58, P’03,’06, Lucy Rosborough P’03,’06 2 Alex LeBlanc ’07 3 Margarita Curtis and her mother 4 Alex Chapin ’11, Brian Browne ’11, Raul Tavares ’11, Campbell Johnson ’11 5 Wally the Green Monster and Margarita Curtis 1
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21: Deerfield Club of Chicago: Hands-on cooking class at The Chopping Block
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1: Deerfield Club of the South: Wine Tasting 4:
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13: Deerfield Club of New York: Theater event—Sister Act 17: Washington, DC, and Virginia-area College Visits 21-23: Parents Weekend (On campus) 29: Deerfield Club of Southern California: Wine-tasting
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Sheila Zewinski P’10, and her son 2 Donald Grosset ’50 3 Tom O’Brien P’99, Pam O’Brien P’99, Philip Corrinet P’97, Pam McCarthy P’99, Anne Corrinet P’97, Ed Beauvais P’99
Middlebury College Visit
12: Choate Day and Alumni Soccer (On campus) 15: Boston Campaign Celebration 16:
Providence, RI, Campaign Celebration
1: Deerfield Club of Southern California: Holiday Party 15: Holiday Reception (On campus)
BOWL OPENING NIGHT
11: Houston, TX, Campaign Celebration Dinner 1 Randy Todd ’92,
Dwayne Gathers ’80, Christopher Smith ’80, Tara Tersigni ’03, David Dunning ’04, Bill Callahan ’78
Austin, TX, Campaign Celebration
FEBRUARY 7: Palm Beach/South Florida Campaign Celebration 8: Charlotte, NC, Campaign Celebration Luncheon 21: North Carolina-area College Visits
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graduated from Emma Willard in 1980 and participated in the Exchange Program with Deerfield in the winter of 1978-1979. Born on December 15, 1961, Stephanie passed away on July 24, 2011. She was predeceased by her brother, Dan, Class of 1978.Â Stephanie is survived by her husband, Dan Ciampa, her daughter, Rebecca, her son, Thomas, and extended family, including her mother and stepmother, sister and stepsister.
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“Calculus! That’s a college course...”
—Peter Hindle’s recollection of Mr. Boyden’s reaction to the suggestion to begin teaching calculus at Deerfield . . .
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Legacy: something handed down from a previous generation; something left to the future.
LEGAC ES Deerfield’s Oral History Project
Understanding the importance of leaving a legacy, Mr. and Mrs. Boyden created Deerfield. And acting on their example, members of the Boyden Society leave their legacy to Deerfield through bequests, trusts, retirement plans, life insurance, gift annuities, and other gift plans. Please participate in our Legacies oral history project by telling your Deerfield story. And please consider joining the Boyden Society by leaving a legacy through your estate plans. In doing so you will have a meaningful impact on the teaching and learning that continues to define the Deerfield experience. The future will thank you.
For more information, contact Linda Minoff, Director of Planned Giving 413.774.1872 or firstname.lastname@example.org deerfield.edu/go/boyden
by Romilly Humphries ’48
Mr. Boyden was the headmaster. He was one of an elite group of private school leaders known as “benevolent despots.” Exeter had Perry, Choate had St. John, and Andover had Fuess. There was, however, a marked difference between Mr. Boyden and his counterparts. The other schools had rulebooks thick as yellow pages. And, if there was no one clause that could cause the dismissal of an incorrigible pupil, a headmaster could invoke the convenient charge: “Conduct unbecoming a gentleman.” Mr. Boyden’s approach was to create an atmosphere of right over wrong. If he had to expel a boy, he felt he had personally failed. He was known to give second and even third chances. The “Head,” as we called him, was diminutive. Maybe five foot five. His black hair was parted down the middle. He wore silver rimmed glasses that perched on a protruding nose. His mouth curled into the beginning of a smile; that is, until he decided that a restive student body should be silenced. Then his brow furrowed, his nose scrunched up, his eyes flared. It was the famous “Garbage Face.” Not a word was spoken. Not a sound was heard. Mr. Boyden gave every boy his grades. A master would tap you on the shoulder and march you to the headmaster’s desk, located in the main corridor of the Main School Building, where he could monitor the students passing to and from classes. The feeling was that of facing a firing squad. He would silently and deliberately study your card, and let out a sigh of exasperation giving me enough time for serious heart palpitations. “Romilly, let’s get the Latin up with the others and don’t forget to keep your head down on ground balls,” (Mr. Boyden was also our baseball coach.) Mr. Boyden loved movies. We had them every Saturday night. And we got first runs flown in from Hollywood. Jeffrey Selznick was a
Deerfield student; his father was a movie tycoon who kindly made the arrangements. As much as he loved movies, Mr. Boyden’s real passion was horses. He was frequently seen riding down Albany Road in his surrey. Belton Johnson was a classmate of mine; “B” came from the world-famous King Ranch family in Texas. Our senior year they had a dynamo racehorse named “Assault.” Belton and Mr. Boyden were excused from school one weekend to see the star performer win the Triple Crown. By and large we were a healthy undergraduate group. First, because we had minimal contact with the outside world. Second, because we got a lot of sleep. Even seniors had lights out at 10:00 pm. I once overheard an Andover coach lament, “Those Deerfield boys keep coming at you. They sleep a lot, you know.”
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The Way It Was
Sixty-seven years ago I took a train to boarding school. It left me off at Deerfield Academy, nestled in the Pocumtuck Valley of Western Massachusetts. The school was the town, surrounded by potato farms. It was a great distance from anywhere.
His mouth curled into the beginning of a smile; that is, until he decided that a restive student body should be silenced. Then his brow furrowed, his nose scrunched up, his eyes flared. It was the famous
Few spent an overnight in the infirmary. If you felt sick you reported to the school nurse at 7:00 in the morning. She had an efficient routine: looked in your throat and then swabbed it with a brush that, we swore, had been soaking in paint thinner. Any complaints thereafter called for the supreme cure for all ailments: an enema. Right there. On the spot. It was dubbed “A Sadie Savage Soap Suds Special.” To avoid being subjected to this atrocity, we had kids walking around campus with temperatures of 103. We had some special teachers. One of my favorites was Richard Hatch, senior English instructor. He approached us as young adults. He had recently returned from the war. His ruffled hair and craggy face suggested long hours on the bridge of his destroyer in the Pacific Theater where he served as Executive Officer. In addition to his Navy service, he came from a long line of mariners in his family. He was classic teacher—tweed jacket, knit tie, argyle socks. Sat on the edge of his desk, legs dangling over the side. He taught us Shakespeare. More important, he imbued in us a stretch for intellect. We wrote every day. We received two grades on our papers: one for grammar and one for content. The two were averaged for our final grade. The result was that a nifty story could not go down the tubes because of butchered syntax. Noble teachers like Mr. Hatch were grossly under paid. Mr. Boyden was known to tell the faculty that he would like to give them more money but the trustees wouldn’t hear of it. To augment his paltry salary, Mr. Hatch violated the code of teacher behavior. Under a pseudonym, he wrote racy novels. He was probably the pioneer of the Ripped Bodice Genre. Eventually, Mr. Hatch went on to MIT where he was paid to write propaganda novels during the Cold War. I was working down the road in Cambridge in those days, along with Jack Vernon and Win Hindle, and we had lunch with him now and then at the MIT Faculty Club. We could count on the delivery of a life lesson at each meeting. He talked fondly about his wife yet insisted that, at the end of the day, they give each other a brief report on their activities and then each bury their heads in a good book. “You should do that, boys.”
“Garbage Face.” Not a word was spoken. Not a sound was heard.
At a ripe age his wife died, leaving him alone. One bitter winter night he called a cab to take him down to the town wharf. He paid the cabbie and said he wouldn’t need him any longer. He walked to the end of the wharf and stepped into the freezing waters. A fitting end for the Old Salt. But, Mr. Hatch’s legacy lives on. He was the author of The Deerfield Evensong, the most expressive and endearing school composition ever written. It embodies the tears, the stress, the joy, and the triumphs Faculty member Larry Bohrer and Mr. Boyden of school days . . . the way it was . . . the way it is. Second verse. Now the meadow-wind’s soft whisper stirs the old elm’s silhouette, bends each leafy tower above us, caught in evening’s dusky net. Now the day is done with striving; let the heart hold memory bright; soon these halls and fields we’re leaving, raise we song before the night. ••
Final Exam by Danae DiNicola
ACROSS 1. Mr. Sullivan 4. The Amish, e.g. 8. DA hub 11. Marienbad, for one 14. Equal to 100 sq. meters 15. Genuine 16. 1991 U2 hit 17. They are bidden farewell 19. Mark with words 20. Card 21. Hilo feast 22. Back talk 23. In-flight info, for short 25. Headmaster home 26. Close-fitting jacket 28. Most foolish 31. Commencement, for one 32. “___, humbug!” 33. Vestement 34. Way, way off 36. 80’s New Wave band 38. “C’___ la vie!” 40. “Planet of the ___” 44. Block 46. The ___ Man and the Sea 48. Change places 50. Clavell’s “___-Pan”53.
51. Seclusion 54. Large wine cask 55. Heavy hydrogen, e.g. 57. “Are we there ___?” 58. Setting for 35 Down 60. Active European volcano 61. “The Catcher in the ___” 63. ___ gestae 65. Cause to occur, with “give” 66. Island garland 68. Battering device 70. ___ nitrate 72. “Papa” 76. Bad feeling 78. Corpulent 79. Ampersand meaning 80. Fraternity letters 81. “Cheers” regular 82. Oolong, for one 84. Spinners 85. ___ nut 86. 17 Across subject matter 87. The “A” of ABM 88. Afflict 89. Barbie’s beau 90. Deerfield Hemingway scholar 91. Brought into play 92. Mr. Charles
DOWN 1. Track foundation 2. “It’s a Wonderful Life” role 3. ‘96 Stephen King novel 4. Side, easy or main 5. Asmara is its capital 6. One home to 72 Across 7. Shirt type 8. Shorten, in a way 9. Big mess 10. Beseech 11. Dining Hall section 12. Cut back 13. Accumulate 18. Cooking fat 24. ___ Today 25. “Cool” amount 27. Drill type 29. Not just “a” 30. Place for a barbecue 32. Game object 35. It is moveable 37. Nonsense 39. Cuff 41. Based on descent through the male line 42. Small cases 43. Foolishly 45. “Flying Down to ___” 47. Calendar square 49. Drained 52. Bit of parsley 53. Spring ____ 56. Magic charm 59. Organic chemistry term 62. Victorian, for one 64. Roman-fighting group 67. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir. 69. Affirmative vote 71. “Don Ernesto” haunt 72. Goose sound 73. Digital publication 74. Mr. Haggard 75. Depiction on the back of old pennies 77. Papal court 79. Barley beards 82. Tea or tango number 83. Memorial Building discipline 84. 19th letter of the Greek alphabet
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REAL-to-reel At the beginning of their senior year, Bruce Zuckerman ’65 and Tony Aeck ’65 decided to make an audio time capsule of daily life at Deerfield Academy. They called it Sounds of Deerfield, and the Academy Archives houses the final vinyl product. Then last spring Bruce and his brother Ken ’63 unearthed the original source material—over 100 quarter-inch audiotape masters— and donated them to the Academy.
A special thank you from the Archives to Bruce, Tony, and Ken, and to Ed Flickinger ’65 for transferring the analog tapes to digital.
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