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family wedding in Victoria, and then a US wedding party in the summer, “after they sort out green card issues.” According to Graham, they’re both snowboarders and rock climbers and adventure travelers and fitness freaks. Graham cooks, and Genevieve not so much, so they should be good. “Life marches on!”


Class Captain Kara Susan Durocher Jamie Luckenbill writes: “I feel lucky to report that this past July 30, 2011, Valerie Coit agreed to marry me at her parent’s home in Portland, OR. The Green and White made a strong showing. Oliver-Blade Barron, Sam Reid ’04, Dave Helfand ’04, Jake Pinkston ’04, Parker Blackiston, Perry Palmedo, Phil Meachin, Brooks Hopple, Morgan ’02 and Meredith Olson ’05, Jim Olson ’65, and Eric Grossman all made the trip, with only one appearing in the Coit pool later in the evening, still in class dress, of course.” James Spiller and Rachel Broek are happy to announce their wedding, which took place on October 1, 2011, in Des Moines, IA.


Class Captains Nicholas Zachary Hammerschlag Caroline C. Whitton Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.


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Class Captain H. Jett Fein Bentley J. Rubinstein Torey A. Van Oot Annie Gibbons writes, “I’ve been working as a technology consultant at Bluewolf in San Francisco for almost two years. Last month I used all my airline points from traveling for work to fly to Bali and trek around the Gili Islands!”


Class Captain Kevin C. Meehan Blair Brandt traveled to Cambridge, MA, to host a private cocktail party for Harvard juniors and seniors. The event was designed to be a meet and greet between Harvard students, Blair, and his business partner, as an opportunity to introduce them to their company, The Next Step Realty. “A few of our brand ambassadors at Harvard are Deerfield alums, and a few of the other attendees were Deerfield alums too, so we got lucky and captured a moment of us all together. (See page 87.) In other news, we’ve actually expanded our brand ambassador network to almost 400 students across country, and will be closer to 1,000 before the Class of 2012 graduates from college. More interesting, though, is that nearly 100 of the current ambassadors are also Deerfield alumni who have taken a particular interest and enthusiasm to the company, especially

after many of their friends interned for us this summer in Manhattan or posted a link to the company on their Facebook profiles, mentioning that a Deerfield alum had started the company. Including DA alums in our brand ambassador network has been something I have felt strongly about doing from the get go. I’d imagine that my time as a campus rep for the Gordie Foundation encouraged this belief.” “Hello, Deerfield!” writes Charlie McSpadden. “I have had an exhilarating and exhausting year and a half in the film industry, working on the set and in the production office of four feature films made in New York City. I began on the Whit Stillman film Damsels in Distress—his first in 13 years, and in which I have a brief cameo— followed by the Steve McQueen sex-addiction drama Shame, which garnered awards and praise for its stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. I then worked on the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, for which I retrieved my trusty copy of the Fitzgerald classic, replete with notes from Ms. Buron’s junior year English class. During a rehearsal one day, having just come from my 5th Reunion weekend, I bonded with lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio over his The Departed character’s Deerfield heritage. Finally, this past fall I worked on Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks for Sharing, another addiction

narrative, which featured Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow. I recently wrote an article for the Duke magazine about my experiences that you can read here: I have been blessed with great opportunities thus far and eagerly await future projects. Hope all is well in the Valley!”


Reunion Chairs Matthew McCormick Carney Elizabeth Conover Cowan Jennifer Ross Rowland Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.


Class Captain Taro Funabashi Kate Canty was named to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-Academic Sailing Team as an honorable mention selection following the 2010-11 season. The team honors sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level. All those nominated must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale with junior or senior academic standing in addition to playing a role as a key starter or reserve on the sailing team. Currently a senior at Georgetown University, Kate is majoring in biology and hopes to become a pediatrician. She has tallied a number of wins

Spring 2012 Deerfield Magazine  

The alumni journal of Deerfield Academy

Spring 2012 Deerfield Magazine  

The alumni journal of Deerfield Academy