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THE COMMON ROOM
FIRST PERSON: PAULA GRIFFITH EDGAR â€™95
AN ORIGINAL DEERFIELD GIRL
Season of Change // By the time this issue of Deerﬁeld Magazine reaches you, most of the trees along Albany Road will have lost their brilliantly colored leaves. Students and staff alike will be looking forward to Thanksgiving break—even as they are amazed by fact that it’s already November. Jessica DayAnd with any luck, and if all goes as it should, a new President be on their way to the White House. Managingwill Editor As with most of the country, the election ﬁgured prominently in conversations throughout campus this fall, including during Head of School Margarita Curtis’ Convocation address. She spoke of balance, and strength, and of the tension between individual and community as being valuable—even necessary—to growth. Part history lesson and part motivational speech, Dr. Curtis encouraged all students to engage in political discussions and with the issues in a way that is hopeful, respectful, and collaborative; she reminded students that they have a “moral obligation not just to do well, but to do good,” and added: “Our alumni are already out there discovering the secrets of health, of growth, and of peace for all the world . . . They have already shown, already made, the promise that I am asking you to keep.” Based on the abundance of evidence in this magazine, I agree completely with our Head of School. From features that celebrate those intangible yet essential skills learned at Deerﬁeld—think grit and determination (“The Midshipmen,” page 18), think lifelong learning (“An Original Deerﬁeld Girl,” page 32)—to the facts and ﬁgures behind last year’s record-breaking Annual Fund results (page 6), it is clear that Deerﬁeld alumni, families, and friends are not only engaged with important issues, they’re actively improving the world. Some of you, Alice Childs Harris ’41, for example, have been quietly at this good work for decades, while others, Jamie Kjorlien and Conor Sullivan, both Class of ’15, are just beginning to ﬁnd their way.
This issue of Deerﬁeld Magazine also welcomes our new (and vastly talented!) faculty members; celebrates some of the extraordinary work of current students; and highlights the accomplishments of just a few members of our alumni body, ranging from the Great Class of 1945 (John Ashbery, recognized as one of the greatest 20th century poets, published a new book of poetry this fall) through our most recent graduates in 2016 (Phil Goss earned gold this past summer as a member of the US Men’s Under-19 lacrosse team). If you haven’t noticed before, the “Common Room” section contains so much more than class notes these days, and it’s worth it to read it from the beginning (on page 40) to the “Object Lesson” at the very end. As for my conclusion, I think another quote from Dr. Curtis sums it up well: “I feel better for the world that Deerﬁeld people are out there in it. I feel hopeful for the world because of all of you.” Thank you for your continued support of our work; please be sure to send us your news, notes, and stories in time for the Winter 2017 issue of Deerﬁeld Magazine; the deadline is December 7, 2016. Dr. Curtis’ 2016 Convocation remarks, in their entirety, may be found online at deerﬁeld.edu/pulse and vimeo.com/deerﬁeld. //
Jessica Day Managing Editor
Director of Communications
Brent M. Hale
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Cover/inside spread: Brent Hale
COMMENTS: It was a great delight and surprise when I opened to pages 60 through 62 of the Spring 2016 issue of Deerfield Magazine and read the article about the WB-57F aircraft. Once again, modern communications have seemed to make the world smaller. From January 1971 to June 1972 I piloted that aircraft for the US Air Force. The aforementioned article brought back many memories of those days. The aircraft were based at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM. Our primary mission was high altitude air sampling for radioactive debris in order to assure that other nations had not violated the terms of the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty. I completed missions as far south as Tierra del Fuego and north to the North Pole. This plane was a total remodification of the B-57 Canberra bomber, and as such, bore almost no resemblance to its predecessor. Any sustained flight above 50,000 feet required full pressure suits in the event of a loss of cabin pressure (Boyle's Law would
have caused our blood vessels to burst before being able to descend to a lower altitude). For those missions that required altitudes above 60,000 feet, a smaller engine was attached under each wing allowing us to reach upwards of 70,000 feet. The aircraft were also modified in the former bomb bay area to carry and test other classified equipment.
It was quite a challenge to fly an airplane with only an 18" wingtip ground clearance and not scrape it upon landing in a crosswind condition while suited up like one of the early astronauts. Thank you again for some of the fond memories. I always enjoy reading the very informative Deerfield Magazine.
I was flipping through the current edition of the magazine and enjoyed finding on pages 90-91 (left to right) John Upton, Steve Wickes, and yours truly. I’d be willing to bet Peter Ray (also Class of ’71) was the photographer.
Dana Kelly ’52 USAF (Ret.) Winter Garden, Florida
K.C. Ramsay ’71 Raleigh, North Carolina
KEEP YOUR FINGER ON IT. deerfield.edu/pulse
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Entering our third year of summer adventures:
JULY 9-AUGUST 5, 2017 Learn more now: deerfield.edu/experimentory
Photographs: JR Delaney
PARTICIPATION REACHES NEW HEIGHTS Deerfield Academy Advancement Report
by Julia Elliott
YOU DID IT. IT WAS A HUGE DEAL.
The final tally: nearly
5000 former students, or
52% of Deerfield’s alumni body, donated to the 2015-16 Annual Fund.
6 | REPORT 2016
Go back to the evening of June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, and Noah Blake P’17,’19 , director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, is sitting at his desk at home, anxiously monitoring Deerfield’s online giving portal. Blake is confident that Deerfield alumni can hit the 2015-16 Annual Fund goal of $6.3 million. Also at stake, however, is a generous challenge grant: two alumni, a brother and sister, have anonymously pledged one million dollars—but only if Deerfield’s alumni tip the 50 percent participation mark. All week, Blake, Director of the Annual Fund Betsey Dickson '94, the Annual Fund team, and hundreds of alumni volunteers have been working hard to meet this "Million Buck Challenge." “On the morning of June 30,” says Class Captain Ashley Muldoon Lavin ’98, “Betsey told me we were 100 donations away from making the challenge. I was posting that on Facebook, tagging people. I was texting. I was emailing everyone, asking my class agents to make phone calls. It was super exciting!” By nightfall, the gifts are coming in so fast that Blake can’t keep count. “I think it broke my computer’s speaker,” he says, “the alert I’d set on the giving portal was dinging so much.” And just after 9 PM, he sees that Deerfield’s alumni have done it—they passed the 50 percent participation mark. “And then we got another 200 gifts after that!” he exclaims. The final tally: nearly 5000 former students, or 52 percent of Deerfield’s alumni body, donated to the 2015-16 Annual Fund. This was a phenomenal jump from just two years before, when giving was at 38 percent, and it represents the largest Annual Fund Deerfield has ever had, far surpassing the $6.3 million goal, with a final total just over $7 million raised from alumni, parents, and friends. These are numbers that Blake describes as “mind-boggling” in the independent school advancement world.
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Deerfield Academy Advancement Report / 2016
By nightfall, the gifts are coming in so fast that Blake can’t keep count. “I think it broke my computer’s speaker,” he says, “the alert I’d set on the giving portal was dinging so much.” And just after 9 PM, he sees that Deerfield’s alumni have done it— they passed the 50 percent participation mark. “And then we got another 200 gifts after that!” he exclaims.
Deerfield Academy Advancement Report / 2016
“I can think of no greater measure of loyalty than the willingness to participate in the Academy’s efforts to remain vibrant and strong as an institution . . .” —Margarita Curtis
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For Annual Giving National Chair Dan Garrison ’94, the story of the 2015-16 Annual Fund is one of participation. Of the $7 million raised last year, 70 percent of the gifts were less than $250. Nearly 3800 alumni raised $250,000 through small donations. “That’s four tuitions,” says Garrison. “That’s huge—ask any set of parents who can’t afford to send their kid to Deerfield. There’s no arguing with the people who say ten dollars by itself isn’t going to make a difference, but add it all together and these things have great impact.” High alumni participation affects the school in other ways beyond the operating budget. “It is the one single quantifiable measure that we have of how Deerfield alumni think and feel about Deerfield,” says Dean of Advancement CJ Menard. As such, alumni giving influences Deerfield’s ranking among independent schools, sends a positive message to potential applicants and their parents, and affects the school’s Standard & Poor’s bond rating. To inspire alumni to give to Deerfield this year, the Office of Advancement worked particularly hard to come up with creative ideas that would break through today’s 24/7 media environment. In addition to the Million Buck Challenge, an anonymous trustee matched every gift, dollar for dollar, in an earlier giving event dubbed “the 3D Challenge.” Garrison believes that the challenges were a big part of why over 500 alumni who hadn’t given in many years—or in some cases ever—made donations in 2015-16. The challenges were “the ultimate symbol of what Deerfield is all about,” says Garrison. “We are better together. Period. It’s the same value of community that you experience when you are a student.” Plus, he acknowledges, the challenges were simply fun; a time when social media “lit up” with alums sharing messages, photos, and videos. That was certainly true for Lavin who relied heavily on social media— and humor—to reach classmates. When the last day of the 3D Challenge coincided with her son’s birthday, Lavin posted his picture online with the caption, ‘Today is my birthday. Please give to Deerfield so my mom can pay attention to me again.’ “People really responded to that,” she says with a laugh. Dickson credits the success of the Annual Fund to broad-based support and teamwork across the alumni body—from the steering committee led by Garrison, to the class agents and captains, to all the alumni donors. But the volunteer who stands out the most in her mind was Lavin. “She was organized, determined, and driven,” says Dickson. “She managed her class volunteer structure. She was giving me feedback all the time.” In turn, Lavin credits Dickson for motivating her and, as she describes it, “putting up with how enthusiastic I can be about the challenges!” Lavin also acknowledges “a super incredible group” of class agents and an approach to soliciting her busy classmates that was “a fine balance of being helpfully persistent and obnoxious.” As a result of Lavin and her team’s dedication, the Class of ’98 had over 60 percent participation. “Volunteers were asking me, ‘What’s Ashley doing?’” says Dickson, who had Lavin write up solicitation guidelines to share with others. “She was really a model for how to get your class to succeed in a challenge.” Lavin is currently at home with her two small children, her days consumed by everything from preparing her daughter for kindergarten to skinned knees and potty training. She says her work for Deerfield is as much about reconnecting with her classmates as it is about fundraising. “It’s inspiring to hear about the amazing things that my classmates are up to,” she says. “To recreate that community for a short time during the year is such a fun thing to do.” At the close of the 2015-16 fundraising year in early July, Dickson sent out an email to all alumni with the subject line “DA Alumni are #1.” Deerfield had finished first among its eight peer schools for annual giving participation. It was a spot won by a tight margin of just twelve alumni donors—another clear example that every gift counts. When Head of School Margarita Curtis recently reflected on last year's efforts she said, “I can think of no greater measure of loyalty than the willingness to participate in the Academy’s efforts to remain vibrant and strong as an institution; the financial support that our alumni provide allows us to move forward on important initiatives—those that affirm the best of our past, while ensuring that we remain relevant in a rapidly-evolving world. More importantly, these contributions are a powerful indication of our alumni’s commitment to give back to the institution that shaped them in so many ways, and to be a part of something greater than themselves. I was enormously proud of our number one position, and with the Deerfield spirit, I am sure we will continue this inspiring trend.”
2015-16 ALUMNI PARTICIPATION Class years 1933-2015
Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2016
↑UP FROM 2014-15 ↓DOWN FROM 2014-15 − NO CHANGE
↑1933 − 1934 ↑1935 ↓1936 ↑1937 ↓1938 ↓1939 ↓1940 ↓1941 ↑1942 ↑1943 ↑1944 ↑1945 ↑1946 ↑1947 ↓1948 ↑1949 ↑1950 ↑1951 − 1952 − 1953 ↑1954 − 1955 ↑1956 ↑1957 ↑1958 ↑1959 ↑1960
25% 0 100% 25% 50% 14% 11% 31% 44% 45% 62% 66% 61% 74% 66% 59% 61% 70% 74% 94% 57% 70% 64% 81% 63% 80% 57% 49%
↑1961 ↑1962 ↑1963 ↑1964 ↑1965 ↑1966 ↑1967 ↑1968 ↑1969 ↑1970 ↑1971 ↑1972 ↑1973 ↑1974 ↑1975 ↑1976 ↑1977 ↑1978 ↑1979 ↓1980 ↑1981 ↑1982 ↑1983 ↑1984 ↑1985 ↑1986 ↑1987 ↑1988
86% 51% 42% 65% 60% 66% 59% 38% 44% 50% 42% 43% 32% 49% 38% 36% 36% 40% 40% 47% 45% 38% 45% 37% 40% 46% 53% 61%
↑1989 ↑1990 ↑1991 ↑1992 ↑1993 ↑1994 ↑1995 ↑1996 ↑1997 ↑1998 ↑1999 ↑2000 ↑2001 ↓2002 ↑2003 ↑2004 ↑2005 ↑2006 ↑2007 ↑2008 ↑2009 ↓2010 − 2011 ↓2012 ↑2013 ↑2014 ↑2015
56% 47% 60% 53% 54% 53% 58% 35% 57% 60% 39% 47% 43% 54% 34% 45% 52% 52% 55% 52% 50% 52% 43% 48% 57% 60% 68%
OPERATING REVENUE BY PERCENTAGE / FY 2015-16
OTHER SOURCES 4.30% TUITION & FEES 54.50%
ENDOWMENT INCOME 31.40%
ANNUAL AND DIRECTED ANNUAL GIFTS 9.80%
Deerfield Academy Advancement Report / 2016
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And while the big story of the year may be 52 percent participation, a very close second is that Deerfield met its overall fundraising goal of $25 million, an ambitious target for the first year after the conclusion of the record-breaking Imagine Deerfield capital campaign. â€œOff the record, we thought it might be a bit of a stretch,â€? says Ann Romberger, Director of Leadership Gifts, â€œbut we were determined to make our goals. We were very gratified post-campaign to have had such an amazing year.â€? Overall fundraising revenue is now much higher than it was in the year before the capital campaign began, when it was $14.6 million. â€œIf a campaign has gone well,â€? says Menard, â€œthen your steady level of support should be at a much higher level than it was going into the campaign. And thatâ€™s exactly what happened here.â€? Such robust total fundraising revenue puts Deerfield in third place among its peer schoolsâ€” behind only Exeter and Andoverâ€”both of which are twice Deerfieldâ€™s size and therefore have many more alumni, parents, and friends to solicit. Menard points out several other â€œsolidâ€? fundraising numbers from 2015-16: Deerfield strongly finished second in Annual Fund dollars raised; second in gifts per student; second for parent giving; and first (tied with St. Paulâ€™s) for senior class gift participation. The Class of 2016 gave at 100 percent, a level not seen in over a decade, and a crucial step in building a strong base of future donors. For Academy Trustee Stanford Kuo â€™79 Pâ€™13,â€™16, a significant measure of achievement is that Deerfield ranks highest in giving from Asia, the result of many years of donor cultivation, especially in Hong Kong and China. And as current chair of the Boardâ€™s Advancement Committee, Kuo prioritizes â€œincreasing donor diversification.â€? For him, the challenge is overcoming an uncertain global economic situation in order to increase the number of overseas gifts to grow the endowment. The fundraising success of 2015-16 has allowed Deerfield to pour substantial support into crucial new and ongoing priorities. Looking forward, perhaps most exciting is the $88 million campaign to boost Deerfieldâ€™s athletics program. The centerpiece of this effort is a $68 million athletics complex, to be built over the next couple of years, and featuring a new hockey rink, field house, indoor tennis court, crew tank, exercise room, locker rooms, and other facilities. Another $10 million will fund incoming scholar-athletes, with the remaining $10 million going toward coaching support. Financial aid also remains a priority; in particular, being able to offer scholarships to talented students in competition with Exeter and Andover, both of which have larger endowments and are able to offer significantly lower tuition as well as more financial aid. â€œIf youâ€™re a middle class family,â€? says Menard, â€œand your child gets into Exeter and into Deerfield, thereâ€™s a strong likelihood that we are going to lose that student to Exeter. For the long term good of the school, itâ€™s very important for us to build our financial aid endowment. That way, we can make all the wonders of a Deerfield education available to as broad a group as possible.â€? â€œScholarship support will always be one of our highest priorities,â€? agrees Romberger, â€œanswering the question 'how do we continue to make Deerfield a more inclusive place?â€™ Access is critical to our success.â€? Other ongoing priorities include academic initiatives, global studies, renovations of other facilities such as the health center, and faculty supportâ€”â€œProfessional Development 2.0â€?â€”as Dr. Curtis describes the effort to support faculty collaborating across all areas of school life. Supporting these priorities and hitting the same phenomenal marks as last year are on everyoneâ€™s mind in the Office of Advancement this fall. Blake describes a visit Dr. Curtis paid him back in July: â€œShe told me how proud she was that we had finished first in alumni participation,â€? he says. â€œShe also mentioned how important it is to her that we stay number one this year. Not surprisingly, thatâ€™s what we think about every day!â€?
â€œI have never before experienced a level of love for, support of, and commitment to an institution that I am privileged to see and work XJUIIFSFBU%FFSĂ FME we are just deeply, deeply grateful for that support.â€? â€”CJ Menard It will take a herculean effort to reach that goal again, but already in the works are several exciting fundraising initiatives, such as the recent participation competition among the youngest fifteen alumni classes called â€œRace to the Rock,â€? and new consecutive giving societies that honor donors who make Deerfield a priority year after year. Lavin, for one, has already signed up to be a class agent again. â€œI want to give back because Deerfield gave so much to me,â€? she explains. â€œThe people I met there are my best friends today. I went to Princeton, but my teachers at Deerfield were a 100 percent better and more involved. Deerfield was a really special place for me.â€? It is alumni like Lavin, as well as Deerfield parents and current students, who make the Office of Advancement most hopeful that 2016-17 will be another year of fundraising achievements. â€œThey are a remarkable group,â€? says Romberger. â€œWe are incredibly fortunate to have such a loyal constituency that continues to dig deep every year.â€? â€œI have never before experienced a level of love for, support of, and commitment to an institution that I am privileged to see and work with here at Deerfield,â€? agrees Menard. â€œWe are just deeply, deeply grateful for that support.â€? //
View the 2015-2016 Annual Report online: deerfield.edu/annualreport
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to this year,â€? says Barbato, as he ticks off goals for his team: â€œDeveloping character, instilling values, being disciplined on and off the ďŹ eld, having players be accountable to one another, learning to be efficient and to play an up-tempo game, learning to play smart...
BARBATO STATS: AS A PLAYER (UNH WILDCATS) / Started 37 games at 5 different positions on the offensive line. / Named 2nd team All-Atlantic 10 as a Senior / Named 3rd team All-Atlantic 10 as a Junior
MEET THE COACH:
Brian Barbato VARSIT Y FOOTBALL b y B o b Yo r k
AS A COACH (TIGHT ENDS, OFFENSIVE LINE, AND SPECIAL TEAMS) / Team winning record of 66-26, 2008 through 2014 / 11 consecutive FCS playoff appearances; longest current streak in FCS //$""'$4QMBZPGGTFNJĂ OBMJTU BOE //$""'$4QMBZPGGRVBSUFSĂ OBMJTU BOE / NCAA FCS playoff participant, 2008 through 2014 Player recognition and achievements: / Coached players who went on to play in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys (Scott Sicko), Arizona Cardinals (Kyle Auffray) and New Orleans Saints/Baltimore Ravens (Harold Spears) /"TTPDJBUFE1SFTT'JSTU5FBN"MM"NFSJDBO / 8BMUFS$BNQ'JSTU5FBN"MM"NFSJDBO /$PMMFHF4QPSUJOH/FXT'JSTU5FBN"MM"NFSJDBO / Third Team All-CAA Offensive Tackle, 2011, 2013 /'JSTU5FBN"MM$""5JHIU&OE
Brent M. Hale
Brian Barbato’s introduction to Deerfield Academy Athletics certainly had its share of ups and downs. Nearly three decades later, the Big Green’s new head football coach still can’t help but crack a smile when reminiscing about all those bumps he and his grandfather—Charles “Chuck” Demers—hit while bounding over the school’s Lower Level in a golf cart. For the passenger, “It was a blast,” remembers Barbato, who figures he was about seven years old at the time. For the chauffeur, though, bouncing over the practice fields was strictly business. Demers, who spent more than 40 years as an athletic trainer at the Academy, and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, says the cart allowed him to shrink the landscape and make the hundreds of athletes he was responsible for more quickly accessible. Despite his youthfulness, Barbato was able to discern something more than just fun and games from these campus cruises, and it was this revelation that ultimately lured him back to campus last fall—to stay. “Even at an early age, I really picked up on the enthusiasm and the energy Deerfield athletes exhibited toward their sports,” says Barbato. “I feel very fortunate to have witnessed the rich tradition of Deerfield athletics as a youngster, and I’m honored to be able to play a part in it now.” This fall actually marks Barbato’s second season on the Deerfield sidelines, but his first as head coach. Last year that title belonged to Mike Silipo, who stepped away from the fray after 48 years of coaching prep school football. Silipo tutored the Big Green for the past 20 years, while previously logging 28 seasons at Tabor Academy. “It was a rather unconventional way of filling the position,” admitted former director of athletics Chip Davis of the coexistence of outgoing and incoming head coaches for a season. “In most instances, one coach steps back and a new one steps forward. Given the circumstances, though, we felt it would be beneficial to bring Brian on as an associate head coach a year before Mike’s retirement,” Davis explained. “Brian was coming here having spent the previous ten years as an assistant coach on the collegiate level—it’s a completely different culture.” “Last year was great,” Barbato says. “I learned a lot and had a blast.” Barbato’s biggest adjustment between Durham, NH, and Deerfield wasn’t related to the gridiron, but elsewhere on campus. At the University of New Hampshire, Barbato had one job: assistant football coach. At Deerfield, it doesn’t work quite the same way: Most coaches have “day jobs”—Barbato is also an associate director of admission and coordinator of student activities. He has a “night job,” too—faculty resident. “For a first-year faculty member, it can be a lot to digest,” explains Davis, “especially if one of those jobs happens to be head football coach.” Looking back, Davis feels the scenario was successful. “After coaching football for 48 years, Mike was very open-minded and receptive to new ideas that Brian brought to the table,” said Davis. “As for Brian, he was totally supportive of Mike during his final season as head coach.” “Brian and I struck up a great relationship last season,” added Silipo, whose 207 victories (88 at Deerfield, including a Super Bowl) place him atop the NEPSAC listings. “He’ll do great. He has what it takes—he’s positive, he’s energetic, he’s competitive.” “With my ties to Deerfield, I’ve known Mike for quite some time and have the utmost respect for him and the kind of program he’s run here at Deerfield,” says Barbato, who nearly played for Silipo once upon a time—at Deerfield. “Mike recruited me for a PG year after I graduated from Exeter (NH) High School nearly 20 years ago,” says Barbato, but the standout offensive lineman got an offer he couldn’t refuse: a football scholarship to UNH. That offer came about in part thanks to Chip Kelly, who recently kicked off his first season as head coach for the San Francisco ’49-ers, and with whom Barbato later worked as a rookie coach at their alma mater.
Now, “I’m looking forward to this year,” says Barbato, as he ticks off goals for his team: “Developing character, instilling values, being disciplined on and off the field, having players be accountable to one another, learning to be efficient and to play an up-tempo game, learning to play smart . . . “We have a great returning foundation,” Barbato continues. “I’m already extremely proud of our co-captains— Brandon Scott ’17 and Tommy Hale ’17—they offer so much leadership and they both have a great work ethic.” Barbato adds that several talented post-graduate seniors should only add to an already strong team’s potential. Fifteen members of that team were able to flex their collective muscle together this summer at a Boston College training camp. While on the BC campus, Barbato and crew were treated to a presentation by BC Associate Athletic Director Barry Gallup—Deerfield Class of ’65. Gallup, who was instrumental in recruiting Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, told the Big Green team that his PG year at Deerfield was one of the most influential in his life, and he urged the boys to make the most of their time at the Academy. “It was a great opportunity for us to bridge that gap between returning players and PGs,” says Barbato, “and Barry was so proud to have our Deerfield boys there. “I’m really excited about taking over the program and following in the footsteps of such coaching greats as Mike Silipo and Jim Smith,” Barbato continues. “Our teams will play with mental toughness, physicality, and passion. My goal for this year—and going forward—is to build a winning culture. My goal is winning.” On a personal level, Barbato adds, “This is the only job that could get me to leave UNH . . . I love this place.” Love of Deerfield runs in the family—Barbato’s grandmother, Kay, worked in the Admission Office for years, as did his aunt, Deb Dohrmann. And Barbato’s uncle, Dick Dohrmann, is a former teacher and basketball coach at the Academy. As delighted as Barbato is about landing his “dream job,” his grandparents are pretty pleased about having him around, too. “We’re so happy Brian’s joined the Deerfield Academy community, and we know he’ll make an outstanding head football coach,” said proud grandfather Chuck Demers, who recently earned another family title. On May 13, 2015, Barbato and his wife, Carly, had a baby boy. “We named him Charlie—after his great-grandfather,” says Barbato. “Guess I’m going to have to get that golf cart going again,” quipped Demers. “I’m sure there’s room for three.” //
Five Minute Interview: Andari Deswandhy ’19
A grant from Deerfield’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship helped tenth-grader Andari Deswandhy to spend a large part of her summer rewriting and translating several traditional Indonesian folk tales into English. Andari was inspired to take on the project after her native Indonesia incorporated English into the core curriculum of its public schools, even while limited school budgets made purchasing new books in English difficult or impossible for many. Andari’s goal is for her book to be inexpensive enough for students to purchase, and interesting enough to capture their attention.
Other than the fact that English was recently incorporated into Indonesian schools’ core curriculum, who or what inspired you to start adapting traditional Indonesian stories into English?
SNAPSHOT/ A work in progress: Andari’s desk is littered with early drafts of her translations, books for reference, and among other things, her laptop, which she says has been her “lifeline” throughout the creative process.
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Since the age of three, I attended the British International School of Jakarta until I left for Deerfield in 2015. My classes emphasized and revolved around British culture and curriculum. In addition, most of the students around me were British or other international students who were united by the English language. However, when I was at home, my family spoke Indonesian and I would come face to face with mostly Indonesian culture. Last summer, before I left for Deerfield, I began to think that I hadn’t appreciated my Indonesian culture as much as I should have, and thus began trying to find answers to my questions and curiosity in order to discover more about my country and myself. One of the things I came across was that I had never really learned common Indonesian myths and legends; after reading them in Indonesian, I looked for the stories in English, and there were hardly any. I decided to write this book to share my national culture with other Indonesians who were educated by foreign school systems; perhaps these stories will allow students to minimize their sense of an internal cultural barrier. In addition, these books will hopefully allow Indonesians at local schools to learn the English language through the ease of stories that are familiar.
What were your sources for the original stories—how did you decide which stories to adapt?
At first it was just a couple of books written in Indonesian that included a collection of Indonesian myths and legends. Reading them for the first time, I instantly felt a sense of connection between some of the stories. I wanted to choose stories that most of the Indonesian community could relate to, especially younger readers, which directed me to focus on the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Bali. After reading many different interpretations online and in books, I had developed my own understanding of these stories and retold them based on that; I exercised the freedom to add scenes that I thought would brighten and refresh the stories—making them more animated and more appealing to a younger audience. Recreating the stories in a language other than Indonesian also allowed me to develop different personas for some of the characters. Did you run into any difficulties while translating the stories? (Are there some things that just don’t translate well from Indonesian to English?)
I never ran into any major issues during the writing process. If certain Indonesian words didn’t have an English counterpart, I took the liberty of reworking the scene. I started from the same spot all the writers did with their stories—I kept the same main ideas and themes—but created my own pathway to get to the finish line.
How many stories will be included in your book?
The book will have five stories, and each one will be around 20-25 pages long, including illustrations. How many books do you hope to distribute?
For this project I’m working with the largest publishing company and bookstore in Indonesia: Kompas Gramedia. My book will be featured in all their bookstores across the country, so it should reach the largest audience possible. I am also working with the publisher to figure out the logistics for distribution in regional public schools. What is your favorite story?
Malin Kundang has to be my favorite story. I greatly value loyalty and respect, and this story emphasizes those qualities through the way the main character treats his mother. Malin comes from a family with very little. He and his mother live alone in a small village in West Sumatra, where Malin is known for his diligence and determination to support his family. When he is given the opportunity to move to a big city he takes it right away, promising his mother to return every few months to check up on her. But Malin returns to the village years later, married and wealthy, but also conceited and arrogant. He sees his mother, and when she confronts him, he refuses to welcome her because he is embarrassed by his lower class background. His mother feels betrayed, and for that reason, she curses him and turns him into stone—forever doomed to stand on a nearby shore. //
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CRYPTONYMS The work of Turners Falls, MA, artist Fafnir Adamites kicked off this year’s series of exhibits in the von Auersperg Gallery. Cryptonyms featured large-scale sculptures that Adamites created using felt-making and other traditional craft processes, which she hopes “serve as meditations of trauma, memory, and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. “Using repetitious processes such as felt-making allows me to physically engage with and meditate on the concepts I am working with,” Adamites says. “Material exploration and discovering ways to embed meaning into the materials is the starting point of all my work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece.” As with past exhibitions, student-led tours were available and the exhibit ran from the opening of school through October 29. Beginning November 9, Reimagining Audubon by artists Gina Siepel and Lyell Castonguay will be on display through December 15. Reimagining Audubon is curated by Betsy Stone, a figurative artist who also serves on the Northampton (MA) Arts Council in addition to teaching in the area. The von Auersperg Gallery is open daily from 8:30am–4:00pm and on weekends by appointment. Contact Lydia Hemphill (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
COMING SOON: Reimagining Audubon by artists Gina Siepel (right) and Lyell Castonguay (left) will be on display through December 15.
SNEAK PEEK: deerfield.edu/pulse [Big Ink On Campus]
A quick read on the data suggests the following:
Framing the House
A Report from Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Charles Davis
This past spring, I shuffled into the Garonzik Auditorium for a faculty meeting dedicated to an analysis of survey data to assess competing tensions in our school community culture. It was the next phase in a comprehensive roll-out of an internal initiative centered on articulating our core values and reviewing our daily practices as they might reﬂect and inform decisions around school life. It had been a busy week. My students were in the stretch run of completing their case study research papers in our economics class, culminating a six-week enterprise. On the lacrosse ﬁeld, our team was one game from the ﬁnish line, and was fresh off a league championship clinching victory the day before. I’d been carrying the Dean of Admission title for about 72 hours, and appropriately, Carol Dion, a 40-year pro in the office, had summoned me for my ﬁrst administrative task within minutes of the appointment. Suffice it to say, my head was spinning. I’d been a reluctant warrior in our “Framing Conversation,” unable to validate the need or the pathway for how we’d arrived on this doorstep. My colleagues Peter Nilsson, Anna Steim, and Conrad Pitcher took a shot at capturing my interest with their ﬁndings on the dispersion level between our preferred and perceived values, presented in eye-catching Google Forms. They succeeded. Though I’m not particularly adept at generating or even responding to surveys, I love analyzing them. Jumping out at me were four results (“Tensions”), in particular. Two lived on the spectrum between “Individual and Community,” while the other pair fell under the heading of “Internal Mission and External Forces.”
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1) Our faculty feel our students are narrowing their participatory scope at Deerfield more than is normatively sound in the pursuit of a passion or the cultivation of distinction for the college process. We are asking: How much should students pursue niche or narrow interests? How much should students be exposed to a wide range of activities and subjects? (Students who focus on one area seem more appealing to the college process, but breadth of interest prepares one well for the world.) The degree of tension indicated in the faculty survey is medium. 2) Comparably, there is increasing opinion on the faculty that a common student experience is being challenged by the ever increasing range of interests our students bring to the community. How much should our program be as expansive as possible to capture and support the broadest range of student interests? How much should our program foster close relationships built around shared experiences? The degree of tension here is also medium. 3) The purpose of our work as educators, as seen from the inside, centers on the pedagogical mission of the school. The degree to which those hallmarks are competing or at least not synchronized with the idea of college preparation for our students is perceived to be disparate. What should we prioritize: the mission of the school, crafted by generations of educators, or the expectations of college admissions offices, shaped by an increasingly competitive higher education landscape? The degree of tension here is high. 4) We tend to place less emphasis on standardized assessments internally as a faculty than in secondary or college admission processes, and thus external stakeholders (think ninth-grade applicant families and Deerfield seniors) will afford extraordinary time and resources towards these ends. Should we prepare students for standardized tests that facilitate college admission, or should we prepare based on a rich curriculum designed to prepare students for life? One feels necessary for moving along to the traditional next stage of growth; the other feels necessary for shaping thoughtful and engaged graduates. The degree of tension here is high.
651= 572 & 79 STUDENTS
335 & 316 MALE
ADMISSION STATISTICS Intellectually gifted students reveal themselves to us without too much investigation, as do fast swimmers, accomplished musicians, and kids with distinctive backgrounds and/or potential.
Screening for more intangible, yet redeeming qualities, is an earnest, artful endeavor.
In the realm of admission work, we are constantly asking ourselves, “Whom should we be looking for?” In a typical year, we will seek to replace 200 graduating students, and work through a gauntlet of variables to consider in our evaluation of candidates. The word “program” is a heavy one at DA, for it has contexts across the Triple A’s of academics, arts, and athletics, and continues from there. To be sure, there is a degree of objective talent scouting in our work. Intellectually gifted students reveal themselves to us without too much investigation, as do fast swimmers, accomplished musicians, and kids with distinctive backgrounds and/or potential. Screening for more intangible, yet redeeming qualities, is an earnest, artful endeavor. What techniques shall we use, both within and beyond our interviews, to gauge one’s capacity for empathy, teamwork and inclusion, resilience, social intelligence and innovation? In other words, how shall we reconcile that students are measured for Deerﬁeld as individuals, yet experience Deerﬁeld within a community? Herein lies a healthy tension within the admission landscape, and it underscores my interest and energy to take on the work. In a perfect world, I could believe that we would attract and yield the “best and the brightest” in its many manifestations, and then imbue them with our institutional values, to the extent that our students didn’t already reﬂect them, and to the extent that we cohere around what is inviolate. The alternative sequence would reorder and recalibrate the levers by which we determine the kids who are the most attractive to our school. I look forward to engaging in this philosophical and strategic exercise with our admission team as we set out on a new school year.
In the many ways the outside world perceives and evaluates Deerﬁeld, we have our various benchmarks of objectivity and subjectivity: median SSAT scores, acceptance rates, alumni sentiment and participation rates of support, college placement, job placement, and personal fulﬁllment post-Deerﬁeld at respective stages of life. Externally, a question to ask our prospective families is what they hope for and would prioritize in a Deerﬁeld experience. In factoring the cost of private, secondary education, I am not surprised by the heightened sense of pressure on the “deliverables” that tend to materialize from a broader culture that weights achievement at the top. One colleague in the faculty meeting offered a resonating comment: “We’re trying to prepare students for the next stage of life, and college is a pretty good option.” Another synthesized the exercise as trying to ﬁnd the nexus between “our large school program and small school feel.” Both are realities, and both strike me as important. So let’s not be afraid of a little tension. //
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$56,770 BOARDING TUITION
$40,695 DAY TUITION
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The climb to the top of Herndon Monument—a 21-fOot-taLl granite memorial—provides one final test for Naval Academy “Plebes” to demonstrate the teamwork and perseverance they have honed during their first year at the Academy. Their miSsion: build a human pyramid and replace the Plebe’s sailor cap that sits atop the monument -with an oFficer’s combination hat. The tradition also aLlows uPperclaSsmen (and women) the oPportunity to make the lives of members of the Plebe claSs problematic one last time. They do so by slathering the monument with 50 pounds of vegetable shortening.
BY BOB York
Conor Sullivan ’15 and Jamie Kjorlien ’15
Photos courtesy of Mary-Catherine Sullivan Pâ€™15
“It was a tough year . . .
a lot of tough discipline,”
Jamie Kjorlien ’15 as a “fresh off the bus” Plebe
“Plebes no more!” is what Jamie Kjorlien ’15 and Conor Sullivan ’15 would have roared along with 1176 Naval Academy classmates after their successful ascent of Herndon Monument—a feat that marked the official end of their Plebe Year—if they had been on campus, but Jamie and Conor were already busy with their ﬁrst assignment as ThirdClass Midshipmen: Fleet Week in NYC. Nevertheless, in spirit, the achievement marked the end of what had been the most demanding eleven months of their young lives. “I did it, and I’m proud of myself and my classmates for making it through Plebe Year . . . but I wouldn’t want to do it again,” says Conor, who, along with Jamie, are two Deerﬁeld graduates in a distinct minority—opting to attend a military academy rather than a more traditional college or university. “It tests your patience, your attitude, and your perseverance, so you just have to put your head down and keep on going.”
Among Deerﬁeld grads who decide on a military institution for their higher education (there have only been 15 over the past 14 years), the Naval Academy has attracted the highest number—nine—during that time. And while both Conor and Jamie say that Deerﬁeld is in many ways a much gentler place, they do credit the Academy with instilling in them critical qualities for survival at Annapolis; qualities such as independence and initiative, the ability to collaborate, discipline, and grit. Now, as Third-Class Midshipmen (sophomores elsewhere), Sullivan and Kjorlien have a little time to reﬂect.
“It was a tough year . . . a lot of tough discipline,” acknowledges Kjorlien. “There was a deﬁnite purpose to it all, though, and that was to get us to react sensibly under different and difficult situations;” situations like spending most of the summer deployed on a guided-missile destroyer in the China Sea, which is where Jamie and Conor could be found for most of June and July. “You learn to cope, though,” continues Kjorlien. “You do that by surrounding yourself with good people and close friends, and that’s not hard to do around here, because we’re all facing the same kinds of pressure.”
“Besides,” adds Sullivan, who captained both the Big Green water polo and baseball teams at Deerﬁeld, “You have to learn how to follow before you can learn how to lead.” For Jamie, the decision to attend the Naval Academy was an easy one, and he didn’t hesitate to put all his eggs in the proverbial basket: “The Naval Academy was actually the only place I applied to,” he says. “I felt it would be a great opportunity. I knew it would be difficult, but I also felt it was the best ﬁt for me; I liked the kind of scholastic and athletic structure Deerﬁeld provided, and I like the structure the Naval Academy gives me, too.” As for Conor, his interest in Annapolis began after watching Navy compete in the Eastern Collegiate Water Polo Championships. “I really liked the way they played,” says Sullivan. “I liked the emotion and the teamwork they exhibited, as well as the dialogue between coach and players; there was no screaming and yelling, just calm interaction. It impressed me—it was something I wanted to be a part of. “The main reason I wanted to attend the Naval Academy, though,” adds Sullivan, whose grandfather served in the Navy during World
N ava l V o c a b u l a r y Some Navy terms and their civilian translations: War II, “was that I wanted to be part of something that was bigger than myself.” Last year, it was only a little more than a month after receiving their Deerﬁeld diplomas that Conor and Jamie reported to Annapolis for what is known as Plebe Summer. This training program, which, according to the Academy is to “turn civilians into Midshipmen,” lasts six weeks and consists of rigorous physical and mental training. It also gives some would-be Midshipmen the time to realize that the Naval Academy isn’t for everyone. The process begins with Induction Day. That’s the day candidates bid their families adieu and step into Alumni Hall, where the military indoctrination begins. All candidates are issued gear, male Plebes get their heads shaved, and everyone receives a battery of medical examinations and vaccinations. It’s also when they’re taught the proper technique for saluting. The day concludes with the Oath of Office ceremony, during which the entire Plebe class is sworn into the Navy as active-duty Midshipmen. “I remember thinking that this hasn’t been too bad,” says Sullivan of “I-Day,” as he boarded a Plebe shuttle bus to Bancroft Hall, his new dorm. By the time the bus had reached its destination, however, any illusions Conor had that Plebe Year might not be as tough as advertised were quickly shattered. “The bus pulled up in front of Bancroft . . . stopped, and the doors opened,” he recalls. “Then this huge, no-nonsense-looking Marine gunnery sergeant steps aboard and hollers for us to ‘Get the f*** off my bus . . . now’!
ALL HANDS: The entire ship’s company AYE, AYE: Response acknowledging the
understanding of a command/statement CARRY ON: Order to resume work DECK: Floor DEEP SIX: To dispose, throw away FAST: Snugly secure BULKHEAD: Wall GALLEY: The kitchen GENERAL QUARTERS: Battle stations HATCH: Door HEAD: Restroom LADDER: Stairs LEAVE: Authorized absence, such as vacation MESS DECK: Crew’s dining area OVERHEAD: Ceiling PASSAGEWAY: Hallway RACK: Bed SCULLERY: Place to wash dishes SWAB: Mop TAPS: Lights out, time for sleep
Bancroft Hall: home to 4400 Midshipmen
Plebe Summer training: Conor Sullivan, third from left
“I knew the screaming was going to start . . . I just didn’t know when,” says Sullivan. “It was still a little shocking; I guess in part because I’d never experienced that sort of thing at Deerﬁeld or anywhere before. Everything worked out though. I didn’t panic and start pushing to try to be the ﬁrst guy off the bus; I just kept following the guy in front of me.” Plebe Summer days began at 5:30am, when Sullivan and his classmates were given just ﬁve minutes to rise, make their racks (beds), polish anything that was supposed to shine in their room—such as faucets and handles—brush their teeth, and use the head (bathroom). Failure to beat the clock meant extra calisthenics for the entire squad. From there, it was outside for 90 minutes of physical education, including calisthenics and a run, among other activities. Over the next 11 months, Conor and Jamie found themselves spending the vast majority of their time doing one of four things: calisthenics, running, classroom work, or studying for classes such as “Naval Leadership” and “Naval Warfare and Tactics.” Many of their teachers had hands-on experience: they were Navy SEALS. THE PLEBE YEARS Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft to “prepare young men to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion,” (women were admitted to the institution beginning in 1976) graduates of the Naval Academy receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as either ensigns in the Navy or as second lieutenants in the Marine Corp. While at the Academy, students are also considered on active duty in the US Navy, and because tuition is fully funded by the Department of the Navy, they are expected to immediately fulﬁll a ﬁve-year active-duty service obligation upon graduation. For the moment, Conor and Jamie are just happy to be Third-Class Midshipmen, aka “Youngsters.”
“Now we play minor leadership roles with the new class of Plebes,” says Sullivan. “We don’t boss them around, but we serve as mentors in an attempt to help them make their way through what can be a very trying year.” Another signiﬁcant change for the Youngsters this fall is the fact that they have much more freedom than they had as Plebes. “Plebes aren’t allowed to watch TV or listen to music in their rooms,” says Kjorlien. “Every company has a wardroom—like a common room—on its deck (dorm ﬂoor) but Plebes aren’t allowed in. You can stand out in the hallway and listen . . . but you can’t actually watch (TV).” Another aspect of Plebe life that Sullivan doesn’t mind putting behind him is the anxiety that can accompany Plebes every minute of the day. “As a Plebe, one of your daily responsibilities is to memorize the menus of three upcoming meals and to read three current newspaper articles so that you have conversational knowledge of them,” he says. “So, even walking down the hallway of your dorm can be stressful because you never know when and where an upperclassman will pop up and tell you to recite the daily meal menu or converse about one of the newspaper articles you’ve read . . . or, maybe both.” Even mealtimes can be uncomfortable for Plebes, particularly during Plebe Summer, when they must sit on the front three inches of their chairs and at attention. Then, they must also “square” their meals. This means while eating, Plebes must look straight ahead and proceed to eat their food by picking it straight up off the plate until the food is directly in front of their face. Then—still without looking at their food—they must bring it straight into their mouths—with the turn from vertical to horizontal forming a 90-degree angle. “Once the school year begins, though, meals pretty much return to normal,” says Jamie. “We sit at an assigned table, along with at least three members of the other three classes. Unlike meals during Plebe
Over the next 11 months, Conor and Jamie found themselves spending the vast majority of their time doing one of four things: calisthenics, running, classroom work, or studying
Summer, when you can only speak to an upperclassman when spoken to, you can now hold a conversation with anyone at the table —like we did at Deerﬁeld.” Another hoop Plebes must regularly jump through at the Naval Academy are weekly Professional Knowledge Tests. “They are conducted every Friday night during the school year,” says Sullivan. “Each week, there’s a different subject such as Naval history or Marine tactics or current events, and we receive a 12- to 15-page booklet at the beginning of the week to help us study for the test.” If a Plebe should “fail” an exam, (a grade of 95 is needed to pass) there are a number of punishments. One, for example, would be the inability to turn left in the dorm for a week. “It might not sound too bad, but two of my classmates were punished that way, and it wasn’t easy,” says Sullivan. “When they had to go to the bathroom, they had to go down two or three ﬂights of stairs before they could properly reach their destination . . . then they had to make their way back.” DISCIPLINE AND GRIT Neither Sullivan nor Kjorlien took their acceptance into the Naval Academy lightly, and both spent their ﬁnal months at Deerﬁeld preparing for Plebe Year. “Every morning Conor and I would get up early and run,” says Kjorlien, “and on days we couldn’t run outside, we’d use the treadmills. We’d also lift weights and do calisthenics— anything to get ourselves in good physical shape.” As for preparing for what they would be up against mentally, that process began much earlier. “The two qualities Deerﬁeld instilled in me that I feel helped me the most in getting through Plebe Year successfully were discipline and grit,” said Sullivan. “Discipline certainly came into play as far as academics were concerned; both Deerﬁeld and the Naval
Deerfield graduates who chose to attend military academies—2002-2016:
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US COAST GUARD ACADEMY
US MILITARY ACADEMY
US NAVAL ACADEMY
Academy put plenty on your plate, which makes you learn to prioritize everything; you have to learn that or it’ll be overwhelming. “As for grit, I think it goes hand-in-hand with discipline,” added Sullivan. “It’s that trait that keeps you going through the tough times—it’s what helps get you through your junior year at Deerﬁeld and through Plebe Year at the Naval Academy.” Kjorlien, likewise, found himself repeatedly depending on those very same traits acquired at Deerﬁeld—discipline and grit—to help him transcend his Plebe status. “I don’t think you can be successful as a student and as an athlete at Deerﬁeld unless you have the determination to be successful, and you certainly need that same determination to be successful at the Naval Academy,” Jamie says. In addition to making their way through the mineﬁelds of Annapolis, Plebes carry heavy course loads, but Conor ﬁgures he and Kjorlien had a big advantage when it came to making the grades. “We graduated from one of the toughest schools in the country,” says Sullivan. “There
were plenty of nights when I spent at least six hours on homework during my junior year at Deerﬁeld, and believe me, that’s paid dividends here.” And hectic schedule or not, you won’t ﬁnd either Sullivan or Kjorlien freeing up extra time to study by opting out of the athletic portion of their daily schedule. Sullivan plays water polo for the Midshipmen and Kjorlien, who captained Deerﬁeld’s boys varsity squash team his senior year, plays squash at Annapolis. Both treasure the time they spend in the athletic arena. “As Plebes, athletics gave us the opportunity to be treated as an equal by our teammates —and that includes upperclassmen,” says Sullivan. “Sports also allow you the rare opportunity here to address someone by their ﬁrst name. It may not sound like much, but for a Plebe, it means a lot.” “I don’t think there’s any way you can really prepare yourself mentally for something like Plebe Year,” added Kjorlien. “For me, the key was just to take one day at a time, and no matter what you may run into, just keep your head down and keep moving forward.” //
New Faculty Walkabout
What better way to get to know the Deerfield campus than walking it? That was the thought behind a portion of the 2016 new faculty orientation dubbed “Walkabout;” new faculty members were divided into teams of three and given a scavenger hunt list that took them from one side of campus to the other and everywhere in-between. In addition to meeting key people in offices such as Finance and Admission, teams were asked to complete various challenges and document their progress by recording a sound, sending a text, or taking a “selfie.” Here are a few tidbits about these new members of the Deerfield community.
Native of Montreal, QC; spent his junior and senior years at Loomis Chaffee, where he captained soccer, hockey, and track; a first generation college student, graduated from Dartmouth College.
English Teaching Fellow
Graduated from Deerfield in 2012; graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with highest honors in English literature and gender and sexuality studies; currently working on her master’s in education through the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching program.
Studied pure and applied mathematics (ie computer science); is a feminist research scholar based at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center; holds a master's in international communication and a PhD in international relations.
Has taught mathematics for over 25 years; immigrated to the US from Cuba; earned a BS in mathematics from North Carolina State University and an MS from UNC Chapel Hill.
Director of Instrumental Music
Graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a major in English and a minor in Classical Languages; rowed lightweight crew at Dartmouth; comes to Deerfield from The Hun School.
Coached first-year rowers at Rutgers and Princeton to gold and silver medals at the EAWRC Championships; spent 13 years as the head women’s rowing coach at Cornell and Columbia; served as coach and recruiting coordinator at Clemson and as an assistant coach with the US National Team.
Taught at Lawrence Academy for 28 years; earned a bachelor’s and master’s of music with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music; is a commissioned composer who has created music in a wide variety of styles.
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Elizabeth (Libby) Anderson
Bryant (Bear) Benson
Director of Medical Services
Smith College graduate; currently pursuing a master’s in mathematics at Western New England University; she and her husband own the Lone Wolf breakfast restaurant in nearby Amherst, MA.
Served as the Boston Red Sox traveling secretary and as assistant general manager; prior to his career in baseball, taught English and coached at independent schools; co-directed Wolfe Associates, a baseball and hockey agency; founded the New England Baseball Club (The Ruffnecks), which is a nationally-recognized College Development Baseball Program.
Majored in Biochemistry at Rhodes College; received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine; met his wife (a pediatric nurse) while working as a pediatric hospitalist and assistant professor of pediatrics with Tufts University.
Robert (Bob) Howe
Computer Science Teaching Fellow
Grew up at the Loomis Chaffee School as a “fac brat;” had his own construction company prior to becoming director of Millbrook School’s physical plant and head hockey coach; returned to Loomis after 25 years to serve as the school’s athletic director for the past 12 years.
After graduating from high school in Lahore, Pakistan, majored in physics with minors in Computer Science and mathematics at Dartmouth; conducted research in Condensed Matter Physics as a James O’Freedman Presidential Scholar.
Has taught literature for 16 years; earned his PhD in 2008 from the University of California at Berkeley; earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from American Top Team.
Research, Innovation & Outreach Coodinator
Theater Teaching Fellow
Associate Director of Admission
Graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College; her studies included acting and directing classes, stage combat, playwriting, devised theater, and technical/production design; her work as a teaching student had a strong focus on education for personal and emotional growth, community development, and social justice.
Developed and coached one of the most successful defensive lines in the history of the University of New Hampshire's football program; developed the SMART program, a sexual assault prevention program aimed at student athletes; holds a master's of education in counseling.
Taught English and journalism at the New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA; designed and implemented a capstone project for seniors at New Roads; volunteers for Destination Imagination, an international organization for youth that teaches creative problem solving and teamwork skills.
BOYS ON THE FIELD
SOCCER b y B o b Yo r k
TIM GERBER â€™17 2016 SEASON STATS
2.05 GOALS AGAINST AVG.
SHUTOUTS AVG. GOALS GIVEN UP or less in
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We have quite a bit of experience on this year’s team, especially at the back. We have ten lettermen returning, several interesting postgraduates coming aboard, and a group of promising players who are likely to move up from a strong (11-2-3) junior varsity team. Ramesh Rajballie has become a fixture along the sidelines of numerous Deerfield soccer programs over the past ten years. He has spent eight years coaching the boys JV team following two seasons as an assistant with the girls varsity squad. This fall marks Rajballie’s first as head coach of the boys varsity team. “I’m excited to be working with the varsity boys, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building an ever-stronger program,” said Rajballie, who is stepping in for Jan Flaska. Flaska, a 10-year veteran on the Big Green soccer scene, isn’t going far, however, as he will continue as an assistant coach in both boys hockey and boys lacrosse. Rajballie was a logical choice for the position, as he owns an impressive resume in the sport. The Toronto native was selected for both provincial and national teams in Canada from ages 16 through 18, before moving on to play at Harvard University for four years. While at Harvard, Rajballie earned Academic All-American laurels as a senior and was named the Crimson’s MVP that same year. During his sophomore and junior campaigns, he helped lead Harvard to the NCAA D-I Final Four tournament. After college, he played three years of professional soccer with the Toronto Blizzard of the Canadian Soccer League. Subsequently—and prior to his arrival at Deerfield—Rajballie coached in France and Italy. “Although it’s my first year with the varsity, I have crossed paths with many of the boys in previous years on the JV; so going in, I feel as though I know many of them already,” Rajballie commented. There are plenty of familiar faces on the field, as well. Ten starters from last year’s squad returned to the fold this fall, and none will be more important to Deerfield’s hopes of regaining
playoff stature than goaltender Tim Gerber ’17. Last year, as the Big Green won four games and tied two others, Gerber proved to be the glue that held things together. For starters, he allowed just 37 goals through 18 games for a stingy 2.05 goals against average. He finished the campaign with four shutouts, while he gave up two goals or less in 13 of Deerfield’s 18 games. “We’re coming off a disappointing season, record-wise,” said Gerber, who is a bit of a rarity at Deerfield, as soccer is his primary sport. “Individually, though, a number of players had
well as Camden Kelleher ’18, and Young Gun Lee ’18. Rajballie is also expecting to get some flair and attacking punch from Angel Paes-Villar, a new senior from Spain. And although Paes-Villar has been playing his high school soccer a long way from Deerfield, the Big Green knows exactly what it’s getting, thanks to a preseason training camp on the road last fall—in Spain. During the time abroad, Deerfield practiced with and scrimmaged against a number of Spanish counterparts, including Paes-Villar’s club. “Angel’s a technically gifted athlete who has outstanding vision on the field,” said Flaska, who saw Paes-Villar in action in his hometown of Valladolid, Spain. “’He’s also an extremely versatile player in terms of the many positions he can play. He’ll be a soft-spoken but hard-playing teammate.” Down at the other end of the field, the Big Green has plenty of experience that will help to make Gerber’s life a bit easier: Team captain Brian Davis ’17 returns to his post at centerback, while Jack Wood ’17, Reid Shilling ’17, AJ Shea ’17, Cameron Thrasher ’17, Alex Platt ’18, and Jackson Pitcher ’19 all revisit their defensive roles. And Rajballie hopes to see those backs develop their attacking instincts and capabilities as well. “I’m optimistic about the season,” said Rajballie. “We have quite a bit of experience on this year’s team, especially at the back. We have ten lettermen returning, several interesting postgraduates coming aboard, and a group of promising players who are likely to move up from a strong (11-2-3) junior varsity team. The big question mark for me is the midfield. But in any case, I feel that the key over the long-term is the process: If we get the process right—if we play good soccer—then, in time, the wins will take care of themselves.”//
I feel that the key over the long-term is the process: If we get the process right— if we play good soccer— then, in time, the wins will take care of themselves.
S C O R E S / S TAT S / S T O R I E S
pretty good seasons for themselves and we’re all hoping to build on that fact.” “Tim has a very disciplined work ethic and is wholly committed to the success of the team,” said Flaska. “He’s constantly preparing himself to be the best goalie he can be.” In addition to tending goal for the Big Green during the fall, Gerber spends his weekends in the spring playing for Norwalk, CT, in the National Premier League, a highly competitive soccer organization that plays primarily in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. In fact, with Gerber keeping opponents off the scoreboard last spring, Norwalk captured the league’s New England Regional Championship. Hoping to take a little pressure off Gerber and his defenders this season will be forward George Fair ’17, the Big Green’s top returning scorer, as
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ON THE FIELD
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THE WAY HEIDI VALK SEES IT, “WE’RE A YEAR OLDER . . . HOPEFULLY, WE’LL BE A YEAR BIGGER, A YEAR STRONGER, AND A YEAR BETTER, TOO.” The 2016 edition of Deerfield girls varsity soccer should be all of the above, and Valk, who is entering her 25th season at the helm of the program, isn’t exactly going out on a limb when sharing her expectations. Not when you consider that 14 of 19 of her players are returning from last year’s team. “I honestly can’t remember when I’ve ever had this many players returning from the previous year—it’s exciting,” said Valk, who will be celebrating an anniversary of sorts this season: Twenty years ago this fall, Valk’s 1996 squad chalked up an undefeated regular season, captured the Western New England Girls Soccer League crown, and made it to the Class A finals of the New England Prep School Athletic Council Tournament. A team roster featuring four seniors, five juniors, and five tenth-graders can have an upside beyond a bottom line of wins and losses. In Valk’s case, looking out at so many youthful faces strikes a bit of a nostalgic tone. “It’s fun to have a bunch of players around for a long period of time,” said the veteran Deerfield mentor, whose teams have qualified for postseason play ten times, most recently in 2013. “From a coach’s standpoint, having a player on your roster for three or four years gives you the opportunity to watch them grow—to watch them mature both on and off the field. To me, that’s a very gratifying part of coaching.” Getting to watch tenth-grader Erin DeMarco for the next three years should be particularly gratifying for Valk, as the Big Green coach credited her young goaltender as “having had quite a first year for herself,” after a stingy performance last fall that allowed her opponents just over two goals a game. “Erin’s a tough kid, she worked hard and kept improving throughout the season and it really paid off for her,” said Valk.
S C O R E S / S TAT S / S T O R I E S
Twenty years ago this fall, Valk’s 1996 squad chalked up an undefeated regular season, captured the Western New England Girls Soccer League crown, and made it to the Class A ﬁnals of the New England Prep School Athletic Council Tournament.
DeMarco doesn’t mind deflecting much of the credit for her sudden success to those who took time to help her out along the way. Among them was Jan Flaska, the former Big Green boys varsity soccer coach. “Every Monday during practice I’d go over and practice with the boys team,” said DeMarco, “and it really helped me. The boys’ shots are generally harder and faster than what I normally face with the girls, so I felt it was beneficial and hope we’ll continue to do it this season.” DeMarco also gave credit to assistant girls coach Carly Barbato, who played in goal on the collegiate level, for helping to improve her game between the pipes. “We’d get down to the field early,” said DeMarco, “and Coach Barbato would spend 20 minutes every day before practice working with me on moving out of the net to cut down the angles and blocking shots; I learned a great deal from working with her.” Heading into last season, DeMarco was feeling the pressure of her position, but not just because of her inexperience. She wasn’t only a ninthgrade goalie—she was the only goalie. “No matter how things went out there on the field, my teammates were always very supportive
of me,” said DeMarco, “and I really appreciated their support and encouragement—it helped me gain confidence in my play.” Offensively, last fall’s two top point producers returned to campus, as Co-captain Jackie Minor ’17 and Brenna Hoar ’18, who ranked first and second respectively on the scoring charts, are back, as is Annie Ilsley ’18. The Big Green midfield is in good shape with five regulars ready to pick up where they left off last season. They include Meghan Halloran ’17, whom Valk considers “an extremely hard worker in whatever sport she’s playing (Halloran also plays hockey and lacrosse) as well as being a very gifted athlete.” Megan Graves ’18, Bailey Cheetham ’19, Margaret Williams ’19, and Sophie Opler ’19 round out the Big Green up the middle, while the defense is set once again as well. There, Cocaptain Audrey McManemin ’17, Felicia Renelus ’17, Alli Norris ’18, and Nicole Da Costa ’19 are all classified as seasoned veterans. “We’ve got about five roster spots to fill,” added Valk, “and I suspect that a couple of those will be filled by players moving up from last year’s JV team.” //
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SHOW YOUR WORK Gesture Controlled Motorized Surfboard THE CLASS: ROBOTICS THE STUDENT: TEDDY DONNELLEY â€™17 THE TEACHER: MEGHAN JIMENEZ THE ASSIGNMENT: An open-ended spring term personal projectâ€”let your imagination flow!
THE BOARD: The most difficult part was determining the different motors and batteries that I could afford and that would work well in the board. I settled on two Leopard 5692 motors, which put out around 25,000 RPM and 5 HP each. In conjunction with these two motors the MHZ jets produced about 50 pounds of thrust each. (They are 22.2v and have about 16 AH of capacity.) I bought four of the batteries so the total capacity per motor is 32 AH. I found an extra thick kitesurfing race board on clearance and decided it would be perfect for my project because it could easily fit all of the internals. I cut open the board and melted out the foam on the inside so that the motors, batteries, and motor controllers would have a place to sit. I then fit the jets in the rear, fiber-glassing them in. Waterproofing was a big issue, and difficult to achieve. I glued 1" rubber tubing along the edges of the hatch and then nailed a black 1' strap along its edge for aesthetic purposes. On the rear end, I bent a small latch that holds down the Plexiglass cover, and is easy to open. On the far end of the hatch is a high power magnet that is attracted to the metal reinforcement bar and therefore compresses the rubber tubing. I needed to make sure that the batteries were not located under the metal bar because the magnetic field from the hatch would severely affect them. Testing proved that the hatch is totally waterproof when it gets sprayed and when it is submerged.
VER. 1 THE GLOVE(S): The glove is primarily made from the outer shell of a paintball protective glove, and it went through two renditions. Essentially, it works by registering the flex in my fingers and sending that information, via Bluetooth, which translates that data into thrust commands.
I covered four flex sensors in heat shrink and threaded them through the fingers of the glove and glued them in. (All of the wires running off of them have heat shrink around them for waterproofing.) They enter a waterproof pouch in two discreet places and are soldered to an Arduino mini and Bluetooth Mate Silver. The arm strap that came with the pouch is also what I used to hold the glove to my wrist, while the fingertips of the original paintball glove provide finger securement. The battery inside is a small 5v Lipo. While the glove was fairly simple to construct, unfortunately, the coding was not as easy. Bluetooth is tricky with Arduinos because it is difficult to accomplish data communication. After extensive research, I was able to code the master and slave (transmitter and receiver) modules for use with two Arduino Unos, and I eventually achieved data communication using simple “serial.print” actions. Additionally, I set up the flex sensing portion of the glove using a Pro Micro board . . . —Teddy Donnelley ’17
See and read more at: teddydonnelleymaker.com
AN ORIGINAL DEERFIELD GIRL
Photographs by Brent M. Hale
Chris Harris ’83 looks back with his 92-year-old Mom on the occasion of her 75th Reunion
When I was at Deerﬁeld, I always thought it was special that during parent events my mother’s nametag read: Alice C. Harris ’41. Early on, my classmates understood that, yes, women did attend Deerﬁeld back in the 1940s. Mom well remembers the student census: “We had 18 girls total in the ﬁrst year, but then only 12 the other three years—across all four classes. We were only three girls in my graduating class of 188—Helene Cossaboom, Edith Reid, and myself. We graduated on June 4 with a ceremony in the Brick Church— with we three girls sitting together in the front row.” Flash forward to June 2016, and Mom’s 75th Reunion weekend. In some sense, we came full circle with our tour of the Deerﬁeld campus in May and then with Mom attending Reunion events a month later. During the tour, as we were marveling at the renovated Boyden Library, several girls were passing through from the Koch Center as classes changed, at which point I said, “Look, Mom, more female students in this group than on the entire campus when you attended!” They promptly greeted Mom, admired her Deerﬁeld class ring, and posed for photos. Later we bumped into a current Latin teacher, only to have Mom start conjugating Latin verbs upon greeting him. I couldn’t help but smile as we photographed Mom near the Deerﬁeld Girl statue—after all, she is an “original” Deerﬁeld girl.
“We had 18 girls total in the ﬁrst year, but then only 12 the other three years— across all four classes. We were only three girls in my graduating class of 188.” 33
When I asked Mom why she had wanted to attend Deerﬁeld in the ﬁrst place, she thought for a while and then said, “I really can’t say why. I knew that Janet Childs had gone there four years ahead of me.” Janet was niece to Helen Childs Boyden. She lived in the farmhouse just north of Mom’s home in the Wapping section of Old Deerﬁeld. Janet’s father, Sam Childs, was Helen Childs’ brother. Sam and Helen were the G-G-G grandchildren of Mom’s G-G-GG-G uncle. So there was a unique family link to both the Academy and the town’s long history. “I really didn’t know if I would be attending Deerﬁeld,” Mom continued. “It was the eve of when I was to start ninth grade at Deerﬁeld High School, after dark, when Frank L (my Mom and Dad always referred to Mr. Boyden as ‘Frank L’) came to our house in his limousine and told us that I would attend Deerﬁeld Academy.” And that was that. Mom’s is the story of an eighth generation Childs in Deerﬁeld who would be the ﬁrst to graduate from high school. Her G-G-G-G-G grandfather moved to Deerﬁeld from the Massachusetts Cape in 1709 and some seven lines of “Deerﬁeld Childs” are buried in the cemeteries of Albany Road (on the Deerﬁeld campus) and Laurel Hill (across from Eaglebrook School). In fact, over the last two years, my family has worked with professionals to conserve some 150 Childs family gravestones and monuments in the two cemeteries. Restoration involved repairing broken stones, leveling and stabilizing stones over new gravel foundations,
Deerﬁeld girls past and present share a moment in the Boyden Library.
and thoroughly cleaning stones to remove accumulated grime and organic growth. Remarkably, one now can read inspiring epitaphs and view artistic monument details for the ﬁrst time in decades. The project is a worthy testament to the Childs family, who married into all the “who’s who” in colonial Deerﬁeld, including the Wright, Arms, Hawks, Hitchcock, Sheldon, and Stebbins families. Mom’s ancestors were farmers over the generations. Her father, Allen, grew various crops in zones known to Mom as the “South Meadows,” “Second Division,” and “Stebbins Meadow.” It was the toll of the Great Depression combined with losing key barns and silos to inclement weather that prompted the family to establish the Maple Shade Restaurant and a connected vegetable stand along the main north/south road—Routes 5&10—in the mid-1930s. Ultimately, the farm was lost in the 1940s and, ironically, the “South Meadows” is now a Deerﬁeld Academy playing ﬁeld. Mom worked on her “hands and knees” in the vegetable garden that supplied the family farm stand, tending to everything from peas to beets. But there was also swimming in the afternoon down at the River, evening baseball on Sam Childs’ pasture during the summer, and ice skating on Henry Wells’ pond in the winter; and then there was playtime in the one-room Old Wapping Schoolhouse (now part of Historic Deerﬁeld), which Mom’s father, as well as Sam Childs and his sister, Helen Childs Boyden, all attended in the 1890s prior to its closing in 1923.
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“I really didn’t know if I would be attending Deerﬁeld, it was the eve of when I was to start ninth grade at Deerﬁeld High School, after dark, when Frank L (my Mom and Dad always referred to Mr. Boyden as ‘Frank L’) came to our house in his limousine and told us that I would attend Deerﬁeld Academy. And that was that.”
above, left to right: A letter to Mr. Boyden from Alice’s mother; Alice’s 8th grade report card; a progress letter from Mr. Boyden to Alice’s father.
South Meadows, 1954.
“. . . there was also swimming in the afternoon down at the River, evening baseball on Sam Childs’ pasture during the summer, and ice skating on Henry Wells’ pond in the winter; and then there was playtime in the one-room Old Wapping Schoolhouse”
“There was the Girls Club, a building that used to be to the west of the Main School Building, where we would meet the Girls’ Counselor, Miss Bargfreded, in the morning and then eat lunch there, separately from the boys.”
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ACH’41 For Mom, it was on to the Academy. She stressed, “There was no association whatsoever with the boys. We didn’t really say ‘hi’ to one another. I didn’t really go up there for any night games, because you didn’t have a way to get there, and then you needed to have an escort to attend an event. “There was the Girls Club, a building that used to be to the west of the Main School Building, where we would meet the Girls’ Counselor, Miss Bargfreded, in the morning and then eat lunch there, separately from the boys. Harriet Harris was in charge of meals, and the good thing was that if she didn’t like the dessert, we would get ice cream with syrup. She took care of us with ‘MIK,’ meaning ‘More in the Kitchen.’” Mom can recount in detail the class hours and schedules that depended on the season, including an earlier start and ﬁnish to the class day in the spring. “We had seven periods, but only four courses, so three study hall periods. Study Hall was in a large room at the north end of the Main Building— there must have been about 100 of us in there during any period. The teacher in charge sat at a pedestal in the center front. Girls had to sit at the front left. I always did my easy homework like Algebra in there—I would take history home. You never talked to anyone in Study Hall. “All the languages were easy for me,” Mom commented, referring to her ﬁrst-year Latin course and sophomore French. “I really liked French. Dave Hirth was a great teacher, a really good guy. He would make jokes. He never embarrassed you by saying you were wrong. One day, he came into class wearing new eyeglasses and he asked me, ‘How do I look in these new glasses?’ to which I responded, ‘You look like an owl!’ Everyone in the class laughed.” During Reunion Weekend this past June, Mom attended a panel sponsored by alumnae in the Class of 1991. At one point, there was serious discussion around what these “ﬁrst girls” learned during their experience, so soon after Deerﬁeld’s return to coeducation in 1989. Key concepts that emerged were “responsibility,” “accountability,” and “resiliency.” I smiled to myself, thinking that those words, those values, were particularly appropriate for Mom.
“I pretty much stayed to myself (at Deerﬁeld),” she commented. “I didn’t want to be overbearing like a few of the other girls.” However, Mom is still proud of the day she raised her hand in Henry Hubbard’s Geometry class and correctly answered “isosceles triangle” when no one else responded. As Mom said, “We always had to have a minimum of two girls in each class, but teachers would never call on girls unless we volunteered.” Back then, girls played ﬁeld hockey in the fall, basketball in the winter, and tennis in the spring, “but we were inevitably beaten out on tennis court access by the boys,” Mom said matter-of-factly. The girls’ “locker room” consisted of showers in “the Barn,” and Mom says her ﬁrst experience ever riding in a limousine was when the girls basketball team was driven in Frank L’s car up to a game in Vermont. “That was pretty fun!” she added. “All girls had to participate in the annual play,” Mom also noted. “Ralph Oatly put on the plays. I still remember Gondoliers in 1940. Gordon MacRae ’40 was the Grand Inquisitor. He was really good—had a great voice. And then he went on to Broadway and Hollywood.” As for so many of her generation, World War II was a deﬁning moment for Mom. Two of her brothers, Lewis and Jimmy, were Paratroopers. Lewis fought in Italy, parachuted into Southern France in August 1944, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He had moved to California, and encouraged Mom to become the ﬁrst in the family to attend college (University of California), but she declined and entered the WWII industrial economy like so many other women. “I was tired of not having a penny in my pocket, and there were decent jobs available,” Mom said, “so I worked ﬁrst in Greenﬁeld at the Millers Falls Company making micrometers—one went on every warplane. That’s where I met your father in 1942 before he entered the Army in March 1943.” Interestingly, next to Mom’s photo in the 1941 edition of The Pocumtuck, it lists the University of California as her post-Deerﬁeld destination. Mom did in fact visit cousins in California in early 1944,
a mistake,’” Mom recalls. “Your aunt and I had to go to my wedding shower that night—we just went and didn’t tell anyone.” After the war, Mom and Dad came back to South Deerﬁeld, ultimately building a brand-new home for a large family. They raised six children, adopting ﬁve of them. “I always wanted a larger family,” Mom said, “and I fortunately ended up with three girls and three boys, like my parents. I thought a larger family would be more enjoyable, and Deerﬁeld seemed to be a nice town for raising a family. Your father came back from being in Europe in the Army Signal Corps, and he landed a good job with the telephone company. He ended up with lots of opportunity in this part of Massachusetts. And then there were all the schools and colleges in this area— so many educational opportunities.” stopping on the way to see my father at But even South Deerﬁeld afforded internaColorado State University, where he was tional opportunities for Mom. Probably as attending the Army Specialized Training an extension of her love for foreign languages Program (ASTP) at the end of 1943. While when she attended the Academy, she Mom was in California, she worked for a connected with an international living while at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, school and hosted tens of young students and recalls, “I was promoted from just from Mexico who came to perfect their being a riveter once management learned I attended Deerﬁeld. For sure, they respected English and learn American culture. “We the school and that made the difference for me.” had a big house, and it was good for the kids Dad, like tens of thousands of other ASTP to learn how others live,” she said. Over students, would later succumb to manpower the years, she also traveled extensively to Mexico and Europe. Something tells me that drawdowns to support immediate combat Deerﬁeld planted this “travel seed” in Mom. needs; he was transferred out of the Mom and I chatted over lunch at the close program and sent back to the East Coast of Reunion Weekend. I asked her if she ever during the summer of 1944, and was envisioned full-ﬂedged coeducation at deployed to Europe in early 1945. Before Deerﬁeld. Upon reﬂection, she said, “Full he shipped out, Mom and Dad were married coeducation, yes, because all great instituin October 1944 back in South Deerﬁeld; tions like Deerﬁeld must adjust and transform it was a marriage that lasted 68 years, themselves over time. But did I ever imagine until Dad’s death in 2013. that there could be a ‘Head of School’ like Jimmy, who had encouraged his sister so Margarita Curtis—instead of the ‘Headmaster?’ strongly, jumped into Normandy on D-Day and then parachuted into Eastern Holland in Never. I am truly impressed.” When I consider Mom’s life, her dedication September 1944 in the operation often called to family, her generosity towards others, “A Bridge Too Far.” Like several of Mom’s her interest in other lands, and her pride Deerﬁeld classmates, Jimmy was killed in in her town and the Academy, Mom is action during the War, and he is buried certainly “Worthy of Her Heritage.” in the Netherlands American Cemetery. From one Deerﬁeld Son to one special “When the telegram was delivered by Deerﬁeld Daughter, congratulations on my father’s friend who drove a taxi in your 75th Graduation Anniversary! // Greenﬁeld, I told my mother ‘It could be
I asked her if she ever envisioned full-ﬂedged coeducation at Deerﬁeld. Upon reﬂection, she said, “Full coeducation, yes, because all great institutions like Deerﬁeld must adjust and transform themselves over time. But did I ever imagine that there could be a ‘Head of School’ like Margarita Curtis—instead of the ‘Headmaster?’ Never. I am truly impressed.”
Chris Harris ’83 lives and works in California, but makes frequent trips back to Massachusetts to visit his mother, who still lives in her home in South Deerﬁeld.
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The Sound of American Conversation John Ashbery ’45 / by Lori Shine
In more than twenty-six books of poetry, John Ashbery has redefined the possibilities for American poetry and influenced countless contemporary writers and artists. But long before he was lauded for his poems with honors including the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Humanities Medal, he was a self-described “misfit” known in the corridors of Deerfield as “Ashes.” He had just started writing poems the year before he came to Deerfield, reading an anthology of 20th century American poetry he had won in a contest and writing imitations of poets he found in it. Meanwhile, “I used to enjoy sneaking into the chemistry lab on weekends and making strange concoctions that filled the lab with smoke,” he laughs. In the same building, he remembers, was an art studio. “That wasn’t a course, but students, if they wanted to, they could go there and paint. There was an artist in residence I liked very much named Donald Greason. He wanted us to do still lifes from a model, and I said well, I wanted to be a Surrealist, but he said, that’s all well and good, but first you have to know how to paint an object.” Seventy years later, Ashbery remembers with pride having some of his paintings chosen to hang in Mr. Boyden’s office as the painting of the week. “I remember one of the objects they had in there was a copper pitcher, which I got very adept at putting the highlights in,” he recounts. Years later, Ashbery became a critic for Art News magazine, which favored Abstract Expressionism. “I remember I got a very testy letter from Mr. Greason, who was very conservative and didn’t approve of that kind of art.” In Ashbery the student, one can see interests fostered that later blossomed into lifelong affinities. For example, he enjoyed French with Melville Hitchcock, “sort of an amiable eccentric,” and even won the French prize when he graduated. But when he landed in France on a Fulbright fellowship some years later, “I couldn’t speak a word of French,” he laughs. While his earlier study didn’t prove as enabling as he’d hoped, it fostered the interest that led him there. True to the potential seen at Deerfield, though, he soon became more than fluent; today Ashbery is recognized as one of the leading translators of French poetry, especially Rimbaud and Max Jacob. Ashbery’s latest book of poems, Commotion of the Birds (HarperCollins, October 2016), furthers the questing and playful sensibility his readers have long enjoyed. Overheard bits of conversation insert themselves into the speaker’s mouth. Found language crops up like signage that might steer the poem in an entirely new direction. The challenges of being understood, familiar to him from those first days in Paris, are still a subject: “That was supposed to mean something, / And then we might have been misunderstood,” he writes in a poem titled “The Happy Questioner” (perhaps an apt moniker for the poet himself). “I’ve always been influenced by the sound of American conversation,” Ashbery says. “It was said of Mallarmé—by T.S. Eliot I think—his project was ‘to purify the language of the tribe,’ and I think that’s sort of what
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I was getting at, and have been all these years.” The “language of the tribe” makes its way into his poems from many sources, including the local newspaper wherever he happens to be. “For some reason,” he says, “I feel it’s important to know what the week’s school lunch menus are. In fact, ‘Sloppy joe on bun’ was a line in my poetry.” Ashbery’s impulse has always been to “let it all in,” to embrace the language of conversation and newspapers and harvest that for poetry. From his famous “Daffy Duck in Hollywood” poem to lines like “If you say so, ‘boss’” in his new collection, Ashbery transgresses the boundary between high and low art with the finesse of a Double-Dutch jump roping champ. “Text Trek,” in his new book, admonishes the reader to “Have a good time, / just get out of the hurricane entrance.” Serene phrases like “the long destiny/ between veils” are interrupted, but the reader can feel the pressures of time and mortality on the poem all the same. It ends:
Unhouse the birds. Make your time over there a ribald heraldry of number-coaching animals, better early than never. Why, I thought so. I was right about the comet and the cement plant ﬂuke, subway Grandma.
Ashbery’s poems keep ambushing us with surprise and delight. Decades later, he still seems to have much in common with the teenager who acted in plays at Deerfield. “The boys played female roles, so I rather enjoyed getting in drag!” he laughs. In Arsenic and Old Lace, he recalls, “I was one of the two old maids that makes this poisonous homebrew. That was fun.” These days, he also makes collages, which have been shown at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York—a new show is scheduled to open there December 8. “There’s less of a risk for me involved when I do them since I have the elements there physically in front of me and not in my mind where they can flee at any moment and escape.” In the collages, a magazine ad might jut into a classical painting, like a wedding crasher enabled by a time machine. Icarus lands in a pool on an old postcard from Yellowstone. A neon Buster Brown logo leers down from the Tower of Babel, dwarfing classical figures below and somehow evoking Times Square. As in his poem “The National Debt,” also from the new collection, “The content gets to be/ infected, or slips out of focus.” Poems can sometimes start as scraps of language, too. “I do take notes and use them as kind of collage elements, but I also write in a linear way. Any way that I can manage to get something on the page,” Ashbery says. Even at eighty-nine, when health setbacks sometimes interfere, the impulse to create and recombine is as strong as ever: “I feel I have lots of ideas for it.” //
Ashbery’s impulse has always been to “let it all in,” to embrace the language of conversation and newspapers and harvest that for poetry.
Ashbery’s latest book of poems, Commotion of the Birds (HarperCollins, October 2016), furthers the questing and playful sensibility his readers have long enjoyed. Overheard bits of conversation insert themselves into the speaker’s mouth. Found language crops up like signage that might steer the poem in an entirely new direction.
Sandy Treat ’42 Featured in a Country Club of the Rockies newsletter for his extraordinary ski career, which spanned 81 years and included being inducted into the Ski Hall of Fame.
Guilford Forbes ’41 The fine art of a thank you note:
Be like Guilford! Solve the Word Search on page 96—win prizes!
Hugh Smith ’53 Served as Grand Marshal of the Southport (CT) Parade this past summer. His daughters and grandchildren rode along with him.
1951 “I have very fond memories of my days at Deerﬁeld. Walking in the snow hip high from Mr. Suitor’s house to the Dining Hall in the morning. The cave out by the River. Picking potatoes for the farmers after football practice. Delivering the milk cans from the farmers at 7:00 am to the Dining Hall. Mr. Sullivan directing traffic and offering advice. Mr. Boyden, in his soft spoken voice, suggesting we should ‘ﬁnish up strong.’ Never to be forgotten teachers and friends—all part of my wonderful years at Deerﬁeld.”—Arthur Drazan
Fred Tiley ’55 As captain of the 1959 Princeton University football team.
“Malcolm Mouat reports that after a career as a mining engineer, he now owns and operates a strip mall in southeast Missouri. He has two children and a number of grandchildren. Jon Stufflebeem and his wife Jean celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2015. After graduating from Stanford he served two years in the Marines and then joined Home Life from which he retired at age 55. He then began a small heath care consulting ﬁrm, and retired for good at age 70. He had a 36-foot sailboat for many years until he sold it two years ago. He has also served on the board of the Galapagos Conservancy for many years.”—Jim McKinney
1955 “Regretfully, another classmate, Jim Durkin, passed away on March 6, 2016, after a long illness. He had lived in San Rafael, CA, for many years. No other information is available about Jim at this time. Our classmate, Charles R. (Chuck) Parsons, passed away unexpectedly on August 8, 2016, due to lingering health issues. Chuck attended Deerﬁeld from 1953-55, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1959. He served as an officer in the US Army until 1962 when he joined his family insurance agency and served the insurance industry with distinction as a certiﬁed insurance counselor for the next 40
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years. He became president of the Professional Insurance Agents of New York between 1975-76, and was awarded PIANY’s Committee Chairman of the Year award in 1970. Following in Chuck’s footsteps, his son John was installed in September as president of the PIANY, the family’s third generation of presidents in the organization! Chuck leaves behind his wife, Elfriede Anna, two sons, Robert and John, a daughter, Kristin, and six grandchildren. Chuck led a full life as he related in his 25th Anniversary Dartmouth yearbook: ‘Boating, tent camping, and ﬁshing on Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes are principal pastimes in the summer. Light reading, an Apple computer, and Syracuse University sports occupy the balance of our leisure time in Central New York. I have been incredibly well blessed!’ Fred Tiley passed away on February 20, 2016. He was an accomplished orthopedic surgeon who resided in Salem, OR, for 46 years, and who was married to his ‘longtime partner’ Candice, a registered nurse ﬁrst assistant. Fred excelled in sports during his year at Deerﬁeld. He related in his 50th Reunion note that, ‘I had the honor of playing on two undefeated varsity teams, namely, football and lacrosse.’ He went on to become captain of the varsity football team his senior year at Princeton. Fred’s involvement in the development of spine centers prevented him from attending our 50th Reunion. He remarked at the time that ‘I must admit it would be nice to see the Pocumtuck Valley again, but if I do not, regards to all of my classmates and friends from Deerﬁeld.’ I ﬁnd that each issue of Deerﬁeld Magazine is excellent cover-to-cover reading. Kudos to the editors who put together the articles and pictorial gems. In the Spring 2016 issue, Margarita, Jessica Day, and David (The Signature) Thiel contemplated that the ‘24/7 beneﬁts of a boarding school . . . are the landscape in which we work and learn.’ Although we ‘tread familiar paths, (we) glean something new and unexpected with each trip.’ Reﬂecting on Dr. Curtis’ almost daily walks to the Rock, ‘It’s different every time.’ With regard to the intrusive pervasiveness of the Internet and social media, we must take time to balance ourselves with ‘the beneﬁts of solitude (and) restorative places.’ Although we seemingly have little solitude due to other-directed invasions, we need to take time in our daily lives to savor ‘a precious commodity of free time.’ Speaking of free time, students no longer have to sneak off campus and hitch rides into Greenﬁeld on weekends nowadays. Shopping or a movie off campus affords students to ‘live a well-balanced life.’ The Louis Café and the Greer Store on campus offer snacks between meals that may soften the image of what we dubbed ‘mystery meat’ at the Dining Hall. Keep your notes coming!”—Tom L’Esperance Carlsbad, CA; 760-942-2680; email@example.com
“Our always festive 10th annual gala on May 9 in La Jolla was also in celebration of Tim Day’s birthday!”—Tom L’Esperance (l to r: Sandy and Tim Day ’55, Merry and Tom L’Esperance ’55, Joyce and Jerry Rood ’55) / Jim Curtiss ’57 rode 63 miles on September 10 in the Ride Closer to Free Bike Ride beneﬁting Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT. Jim lost both his wife Mary and daughter Carolyn to cancer. Last year he raised $3500, and this year surpassed that amount. / Chuck Parsons, pictured here near his beloved New York Finger Lakes, passed away unexpectedly on August 8, 2016. / “Deerﬁeld held its annual alumni gathering in San Francisco, which featured a number of alumni with special business acumen. Among them was Fritz Maytag ’55 (on the right.) Great to see him again; it had only been 60 years!”—Jerry Rood
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Once a Marine, Always a Marine Tim Day ’55
Marine veteran Timothy T. Day, whose foundation generously supports the Marine Corps Association & Foundation’s Commanders’ Forum Program, as well as a wide variety of other programs and organizations that positively impact the Corps, recently spoke with Leatherneck magazine’s Sara W. Bock for an exclusive interview. Mr. Day shared how his experiences as a Marine officer set him up for success in life and why it’s important to him to give back to Marines. In another conversation, Mr. Day also mentioned how important Deerfield was in shaping his values as a young man, commenting: “As a young lad coming out of Brooklyn, NY—where I traveled freely on the subway systems unsupervised—I initially struggled with the new level of academic and athletic challenges that Deerfield offered—as well as the constant check-ins and surveillance by faculty. However, I slowly learned to adapt to the rich cultural environment with its deep-seated traditions, and silently, it began to shape my values and personal traits. After three intense but fulfilling years, I emerged as a far more capable and grounded individual with numerous friendships that are still important to me, so I will always treasure those impactful days in the beautiful countryside at Deerfield.” What follows is an excerpted version of the original Leatherneck article, which appeared in the June 2016 issue of Leatherneck— Magazine of the Marines—mca-marines.org/leatherneck. //
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FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER, Tim Day felt drawn to
the Marine Corps. Maybe it was the uniforms or the recruiting posters, he said—or perhaps the long history of valor. There was something about Marines that made him aspire to join their ranks: Every Marine he knew during his adolescent years was sharp, squared-away, physically and mentally fit, decisive, and action-oriented. “They stood tall. They were self-confident. They were fiercely proud, and I wanted to possess those qualities,” Day said. Midway through his freshman year at Wesleyan University, Day returned to his family’s home in Brooklyn, NY, for Christmas. Having reached the age of 18, he was now eligible to attend a Yuletide Ball, which he described as the premier social event in Brooklyn at the time. Decked out in evening clothes and acting as an escort for a young debutante, Day was feeling pretty distinguished and proud of himself until a young Marine lieutenant entered the room in his dress blues and a hush fell over the crowd. “He stood out from all of the other people—hundreds of other men in that room. He was someone with a clear and serious purpose—a leader and a warrior. That made a huge impression on me, and I had a self-deflating moment when I looked at him and I realized that I was still just a kid . . . While I had always wanted to be a Marine, that evening sort of crystallized my determination—now I knew for sure that I wanted to be a Marine officer,” Day said. Several months later, in 1956, Day signed up to attend the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School. By 1959, he had completed two summers at OCS; graduated from Wesleyan, where he majored in mathematics; was commissioned as a second lieutenant; and found himself at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, to attend The Basic School. There, he was strongly encouraged to become an artillery officer, because in those days, all calculations were done by hand, making a mathematician such as Day perfect for the job. Besides, he liked the idea of having lots of opportunities to fire live rounds. After completing artillery school, Day was assigned to MCB Twentynine Palms, CA, where he became the commander of 1st Gun Platoon, “Charlie” Battery, a 155 mm howitzer battery.
He recalled spending nearly 24-hours a day with his Marines, and that type of “close-quarters leadership” had a significant impact on him. After about a year, he was assigned as the executive officer of the battery, a billet above his rank, based on his platoon’s high performance; the opportunity gave Day a glimpse of his future. “That was a great experience in building up my selfconfidence and belief that I had a bright future, not only in the Marine Corps, but whatever path I chose to pursue,” Day said of his tour at Twentynine Palms. The path he eventually took led him away from the Corps and into the civilian sector in 1962. He was ready to face his next challenge: Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA in 1964. “My Marine Corps training really helped prepare me to take on Harvard Business School,” said Day. He entered the highly esteemed MBA program with confidence and a commitment to excellence, and relied on the hard work and perseverance the Corps had inculcated in him. Those traits were the cornerstone of his eventual success. Day began his professional career in New York, working in finance for Trans World Airlines, and in 1968, he joined General Host, where he eventually was named executive vice president, as well as president of the corporation’s largest subsidiary, Cudahy Co., in Phoenix. In 1981, Day led a “management-leveraged buy-out” of General Host’s processed
Mr. Day was presented with the John A. Lejeune Award for Exemplary Leadership at the 2012 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Awards.
THEY STOOD TALL. THEY WERE SELF-CONFIDENT. THEY WERE FIERCELY PROUD, AND I WANTED TO POSSESS THOSE QUALITIES.
meat operations and founded Bar-S Foods Co., a new company in which he was able to establish his own style of leadership and organizational culture. “I think the training that Marines receive—the mental and physical toughness, the willingness to persevere in the face of great adversity . . . and the commitment to excel are vital to the entrepreneurial process,” Day said. In 2010, after nearly three decades of successful leadership during which time Bar-S developed into a premier company and value leader in the meat processing industry, Day sold his company to a major international food corporation, but agreed to stay on for two years as CEO. He wanted to protect his legacy and those who had worked for him and, at the same time, help the newly formed enterprise continue down a path of prosperity. Today, he continues to serve as chairman of the board of what now is known as Bar-S Foods—a Sigma Company. The sale of Bar-S allowed Day and his wife Sandy to devote their time and energy to growing the Timothy T. Day Foundation, which they had established as a conduit to share their success. They quickly decided that they wanted their foundation to have a very narrow focus and support the two groups that are most meaningful to them—the Marine Corps and the animal rescue community. All four of Day’s adult children, Eric Gleason, Leslie Pellillo, Timothy T. Day Jr., and Bryan Day, serve on the foundation’s board of directors. Day became a founder of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in 2002 when he was drawn to the conceptualization of
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the Marine Corps Heritage Center, which would be made up of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park. Today the Timothy T. Day Foundation is the largest financial backer of the museum, but Day’s charitable disposition toward the Corps has not been limited to it: In 2005, Day devised a way to support Marines and to help his alma mater, Harvard Business School, at the same time. He set up the Timothy T. Day Marine Corps Entrepreneur Fellowship, which provides financial support to highly qualified Marine officers, particularly those who have served in combat zones, who have left active-duty service to pursue an MBA at Harvard. He also convinced Harvard Business School to hold one seat per class in its Advanced Management Program (an intensive eight-week course designed for 180 senior executives), for an active-duty senior Marine officer—a colonel or brigadier general—who could meet the level of intellect and experience of the other executives in attendance. Next, Day went to see General James F. Amos, then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, and asked him if he would be interested in sending officers to take part in the program. “He came back very quickly and said, ‘We’re in,’” recalled Day of Gen Amos’ enthusiastic response. And so, the Timothy T. Day Executive Education Fellowship was born in 2011. In 2012, the Day Foundation established the Day Scholars Program in partnership with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
above: The Timothy T. Day Overlook, located in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park on the grounds of the Marine Corps Heritage Center in Triangle, VA. / top right: Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel at the Marine Corps Heritage Center. / below: Mr. Day with his and Sandy’s beloved dog Lulu.
The program not only provides its recipients—high-potential high school students who are children of Marines and have a military interest—with financial aid, but also with mentorship, which is a practice that Day clearly values. He also has supported the Marine Corps University Foundation for a number of years and, most recently, worked with one of his Executive Education Fellowship recipients and director of the Expeditionary Warfare School, to implement the case method of instruction, pioneered by Harvard Business School, into the curriculum of the 40-week resident course for company-grade Marine Air-Ground Task Force officers. With a passion for helping provide education for active-duty Marines, Day began supporting the Marine Corps Association Foundation’s Commanders’ Forum Program last year. Based on the belief that studying the Corps’ heritage and history helps Marines grow as tactical decision makers and leaders, the program funds battlefield studies and guest speakers for Marine units. Another Marine Corps-related organization that Day’s foundation is involved in is the Semper Fi Fund. “Marines were just starting to come back from Iraq and it was heartbreaking,” Day said, recalling the early 2000s when he first partnered with the fund. “We felt we had to find a way to help.”
We believe having a loving dog, a dog that will give you unconditional love and will be with you at all times, is part of the healing process.
He and Sandy came up with the perfect idea—one that would combine their passion for both Marines and animals. The Tim and Sandy Day Canine Companion Program was born, and it provides service dogs for those service members whose lives have been forever changed due to combat wounds. “We believe having a loving dog, a dog that will give you unconditional love and will be with you at all times, is part of the healing process,” Day said. Whether he’s supporting wounded warriors or funding vital educational opportunities, one thing is clear: he genuinely cares about the well-being of the individual Marine. And for those who serve for a few years and then move on to other things, just as he did, he has a few words of advice. The first is to take advantage of benefits like the GI Bill that will help them further their education and meet their career goals. He advises them to have a written plan with clear objectives and a list of “action steps” that will help them meet those objectives. Then, they should look for Marines who have some sort of experience in the field that they’re interested in and take advantage of the power of networking. “Marines are always willing to support each other,” he said, adding that with that support, one should move forward with commitment and determination, which he believes is built into the Marine personality. //
1956 “Brad Oelman, his wife Betty, and daughter Cammet, joined Dennis Furbush, Joe Twichell, and Sandy Rowe to celebrate 60 years in the free and challenging world. We missed Ed Rundquist, Peter Ness, and Charlie Weymouth—and the rest of you! Of course the clambake was the social highlight and hearing about the architectural master plan for the school was enlightening. Just as we were graduating construction began on the indoor hockey rink—Charles Merrill’s last gift to Deerﬁeld. Now, 60 years later, the building will be replaced by a new rink and then some... The Headmaster convinced Charles Merrill that the onset of global warming had rendered the outdoor rinks often unplayable.”—Joe Twichell
1958 “Wally Epstein wrote to me: ‘It was great catching up with you! It’s great that you three are breathing life into our collective class memories. After Deerﬁeld I went to Wesleyan, Yale Law, and NYU Law (in lieu of Vietnam). I married Susan, who I met on her ﬁrst day at Smith. We have four children and ﬁve grandchildren. Susan and I celebrated my 75th birthday with a trip to Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. It was a spectacular trip. My youngest daughter currently works in Southeast Asia in an organization dedicated to literacy for young women. Since law school I have been dedicated to providing legal services to deal-makers. The skill set is similar but the projects are incredibly diverse. Currently, I am engaged in activities in which I have little skill but great enthusiasm: singing (glee club in NY), bridge (my talented son is carrying me), mentoring (can’t stop a lawyer from doing this), and politics (Florida, Kentucky, NY, and wherever I can help the Democrats in this election). I dream of a more peaceful world and I despair for the ever growing refugee crisis. The one real positive is that I have tried to live by the positive values of the Boydens. I will always be grateful for the opportunity they provided.’” —Bruce Grinnell
L to r: Jake Fuller, Ernie Oare, and Jep Doley, all Class of ’61, gathered in Topping, VA, this past summer for some oysters and “tired old stories.” The second photo includes Hunter Morin, Woodberry Forest ’61, who befriended the trio during college at UNC-Chapel Hill; the ﬁnal photo features “the wives.”
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1961 “Retired a few years ago from fundraising and moved into a retirement residence close to Vanderbilt. The view from my 16th ﬂoor is wonderful. Since I got wiped out in my divorce from Sally, I didn’t have enough money to make ends meet, so I drive the old ladies to their medical appointments, to the liquor store, and the bank; ﬁx their computers and give lessons, and serve as the building’s handyman—hanging curtain rods, putting extra shelves in closets, etc. Two years ago I started up a new business, Lounge Lizard Stylings, based on Barks calling me that. I play one or two gigs a month as a solo pianist. Last month I did two dinners for Lexus dealerships, but mostly private parties. I also volunteer by playing piano at Alive Hospice. Sixty years of competitive tennis has pretty much ruined my right side, so it’s gardening and golf. Can’t quite get my handicap into single digits, but pretty close. Playing with my best friend last August, I had a round where I only missed one putt, and they were all 15’ or longer. When I drained a 62’, double breaker on the third hole, we started laughing and never stopped. I missed my ﬁrst putt on the ﬁnal hole, but drained the 12’ come-backer. Thank you, Lord! I am very active in an evangelical Episcopal Church of 3500 members. As a lifelong atheist (till I was 50) that is pretty amazing. I also attend Over Eaters Anonymous, and recommend it for any of you whose drugs of choice are fat and sugar. My son Ross is running the master’s in Engineering Management at Dartmouth (Tuck and Thayer Schools). My daughter does the recruiting for a nearby community hospital. Nashville is a wonderful city. People talk to each other in grocery lines, and the ﬁrst person stops to let you out of a parking lot—every time! Great music, good golf, 32 colleges and universities, and fabulous and easily accessible health care. I have never been so broke or so broken-down, but I have never been happier! Too busy to ﬁre up the ol’ class newsletter, but sure would appreciate it if someone would grab that torch and run with it. Doug.Gortner@Gmail.com—Doug Gortner
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Deerﬁeld gave me the foundation I needed to become the best version of myself. As a gesture of my deep felt thanks, I’ve named the Academy in my will. Michael Sucsy ’91 / Filmmaker
l: “Fourteen members of
the Class of ’65, along with Peter Drake ’66 and Ed Purcell, gathered in North Conway, NH, to help a large crowd celebrate the life of Ed “Flick” Flickinger ’65. We met at a local restaurant prior to the service to reminisce about all the wonderful things Flick had done for all of us over the past 50+ years. A wonderful service was held nearby, with six wonderful speakers. All three of Flick’s children spoke, plus a friend from Lima, OH, (Flick’s hometown), UNC, and our own Ned Post. Ned had met Flick in John Williams House on the ﬁrst day of freshman year, 1961. Both Ned and Buck Ehrgood came out from Los Angeles for the service. Dean Goosen came from Chicago. We are starting a fund in Flick’s memory at Deerﬁeld. Folks also talked about getting a nice big group together in 2020 for our 55th Reunion!”—Andy Steele ’65 Back row, l to r: Averill, Gaffney, Gluckman, Scholl, Drake, Reynolds, Byrne; front row, l to r: Steele, Russell, Ehrgood, Goosen, Beisler, Post, Jerome, Burns
Howard Coonley ’62 Honored by the College Squash Association at a gala for past winners of the Pool Trophy, which he won at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.
Bob Porteous ’69 Became a proud grandfather on August 31, 2015, when Grace Twining Egginton was born.
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“‘Because old men should be explorers . . .’ For 40 years as an international development consultant, I borrowed people’s watches to tell them what time it was. And then I went back to school to learn again what Eliot taught long ago: ‘In order to arrive at what you do not know, you must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.’ Piled Higher and Deeper was merely an invitation to ask a good question. Now after two bouts with cancer (prostate and colon), my wife and I spend half the year in Mexico, inviting our four children and one grandchild to dig their toes in the sand and listen to the mermaids singing, each to each. Deerﬁeld taught me to honor truth (wherever you can ﬁnd it), to celebrate language (how frequently abused), and to seek fresh perspectives (the antidote to uncertainty). Now, can someone please tell me how the Second Law of Thermodynamics really works inside a black hole?”—Antony Phipps
1964 “Some of you know that our daughter, Jennifer, has been battling cancer for four years. As of last May she has been on an experimental, clinical trial of immunotherapy as well as chemotherapy. She is still working teaching K-1 autistic children and living as normal a life as possible. However, she is still getting chemo, and that means that she loses her appetite for weeks on end. She is a ﬁghter and this winter was given permission to get back into skiing. It is a joy seeing the smile on her face when she is on the slopes. As a former racer, she loves being there. She is also jogging whenever she has a chance— even in sub-zero weather. Because of the effort and ﬁght that she is putting up, Vickery and I again committed to raising money for cancer research by riding in the two-day 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)—an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston.” —Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
1967 “I’m semi-retired but in year ﬁve as coordinator of the Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program—15 states have a chapter, part of the national organization, EPFP. Have been writing a nearly monthly education newsletter, Another View, for over a decade. Still playing tennis, but—please explain—each year, going back for a lob, I get dizzier! Hope to be there next June. Best wishes to all. —Peter G. Huidekoper
1968 “Sooo . . . We are now two years from the 50th. Better start planning, mates! My wife Marit and I are considering to attempt to come. If you will have us, that is; in March we were surprised to have a ‘travel not authorized’ response from the US Customs and Border Protection, the ﬁrst ever after all these years of Reunions and other visits. We had bought tickets and paid hotels and car rentals from SF to LA and the Grand Canyon—all of it lost. I think our work and traveling throughout the Middle East and Africa have earned us a position on the suspects’ list. That was not an issue in 2013 . . . apparently it’s a lot more scary in 2016. Marit is angry enough to stay away, but I’ll try to persuade her to at least try again. In the meantime she will be busy doing her consultancies through her two companies, and I through mine, and both of us seeing our four grandchildren as much as possible, all of them near us here in central Oslo. Plus, I spend a great deal of time on dubious things such as ARC-PEACE International Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (board member and co-secretary), and other subversive things. Hoping to see you in 2018, I shall remain true to, and hopefully be worthy of, my heritage. Oystah”—Oystein Gronning (Notes continued on page 60)
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C H R I S W H I P P L E ’ 7 1 —award-winning journalist, documentarian, writer, and speaker—has interviewed numerous world leaders and other public ﬁgures over a career that has spanned four decades, multiple continents, and major world events. Late last year his most recent documentary, The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs, premiered on Showtime to both critical acclaim and some controversy. Mr. Whipple is currently working on a book about the White House chiefs of staff, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Deﬁne Every Presidency, to be published in April 2017 by Crown, as a sort of follow-up to his 2013 documentary, The Presidents’ Gatekeepers. Mr. Whipple sat down with Deerﬁeld Magazine’s Julia Elliott to discuss his current and past projects.
DM: I recently watched The Spymasters and I can’t stop thinking about it . . . Can you give our readers an overview of the story and explain how the film came to be? CW: Sure. It’s a number of things, but it’s primarily the story of the CIA during one of the most controversial periods in its history, beginning with the walk up to the attacks of 9/11—what some would say were unheeded warnings that the CIA gave about 9/11. It goes through the attacks and the period afterward, with all the controversy about the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ through the invasion of Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and the debacle over the weapons of mass destruction; all the way to the present, with the controversy over drone warfare. It’s also about the battle for the soul of the CIA; there’s a passionate debate among the directors themselves about the mission of the CIA today. But also importantly, for me, the film is about the humanity of these twelve men who have run the world’s most powerful intelligence organization; it’s about the ethical dilemmas with which they were confronted. In terms of how it came about, I got a phone call about six years ago from Jules and Gédéon Naudet. They’re the filmmakers—brothers—who did the iconic documentary 9/11 for CBS. Jules witnessed the first plane hitting the first tower— he happened to be down there that morning—and he spent the day in North Tower before it came down—filming. They called me out of the blue; I had recently left ABC News and gone out on my own as an independent filmmaker, and they asked me if I’d like to partner with them on a documentary about the White House chiefs of staff. So that was our first project together; it’s been an amazing partnership. They are fantastic directors and I do most of the interviewing and the writing. We did the chiefs of staff for Discovery. It was called The Presidents’ Gatekeepers and it aired for four hours over two nights. When we were done we started thinking about what’s next, and as Gédéon likes to say, when you’re a documentary filmmaker, you see a closed door and you want to open it, so we thought: There’s no bigger challenge than the CIA. We wondered if we could possibly get every living CIA director to sit down and spill their secrets, and to our surprise, they all agreed.
DM: Why do you think they were willing to do it? CW: A couple of reasons; I think the CIA directors feel misunderstood. I think they feel that the CIA is a constant target for criticism, and I think they felt that if they could get a fair hearing, it was worth a gamble. That’s part of it. Also part of it was our past experience—we had a record of being tough but fair, and we were able to say to them, ‘Look, if you have any questions, call any of the White House chiefs of staff,’ every one of whom we had interviewed. I think we were able to establish . . . I wouldn’t say trust is the right word, but we were able to persuade them that we would be fair. And the astonishing thing was that there were no holds barred; no questions were off the table. They agreed to answer anything we threw their way. Obviously some things were off-limits because they were classified, but some of the directors even strayed into classified territory when it came to drone warfare, for example.
DM: For people who don’t know the story, the ethical dilemma is that if they drop the bomb there’s the potential that they could kill women and children who are family members of the bomber . . . CW: Yes. What happened was they had this terrorist in the crosshairs of a drone over Pakistan, but they also knew that there were, as Panetta put it, women and children in the shot. And ordinarily, as he told us, under those circumstances they wouldn’t take the shot. And yet this was a guy they felt was an ongoing and imminent threat to the US. The decision wound up being Panetta’s . . .
DM: When watching Panetta and Tenet in particular, it almost seemed like they were happy to unburden themselves. Do you think that’s true? CW: Well, to me that’s one of my favorite things about this film: we tried to get at the humanity of these twelve men; we were admirers of the film The Gatekeepers, which had every living head of Shin Bet, the Israeli security organization, and they were remarkably introspective and candid. So when we started The Spymasters, I said to my partners, ‘You know, if the CIA directors are half as candid and introspective as those guys were, I think we’ll really be on to something,’ and sure enough—it seems to me that they really were. When Panetta told us that story about standing at Elizabeth Hanson’s grave in Arlington Cemetery, and getting word that they had in the crosshairs of a drone over Pakistan the mastermind of the horrific bombing that killed seven CIA officers, it’s a chilling story. And it’s a real ethical dilemma for Panetta, and I think it’s very human. When you listen to Panetta, and you look into his eyes, you really get a feeling for the struggle that he went through to make the decision to pull the trigger. And this is a fascinating guy who’d been around the block; he’d been a congressman; he’d been chief of staff for Bill Clinton. This is a guy who’d seen a lot, and yet he was stunned by the extent to which the CIA director makes
DM: What were some of the questions that you were trying to answer, or what were the problems that you hoped to address when you took on this film? CW: The central question, I think, was how far should the CIA go to keep us safe? What’s fair game in a battle against a ruthless enemy for whom there are no standards? What’s acceptable? Black sites? Holding terrorists indefinitely? Enhanced interrogation? Drone warfare—using remotely piloted weapons to take out terrorists half a world away . . . ? What’s fair game? There were passionate disagreements among the CIA directors about that; not much disagreement now about ‘enhanced interrogation’—or torture, as some would call it—and I think one thing they were loud and clear about is that they’ll never go down that road again. Some of the other questions are more difficult; the directors were divided on the subject of targeting, for example, people like Anwar alAwlaki—a terrorist who was also an American citizen. Robert Gates and William Webster were passionately opposed to the notion of targeting an American citizen without more due process; they feel that kind of decision can’t be left to any one person, even if that person is the President of the United States. One thing they did agree on is that we can’t kill our way out of this; John Brennan and Michael Hayden were really, I thought, eloquent on the
life and death decisions every day. And I don’t think he was prepared for it, and I thought— when he told us that story and walked us through that life-and-death ethical dilemma— I immediately thought: This is act one of the film. And that’s what it became.
subject. At the end of the day, Brennan said, all they can really do is create time and space; time and space for the negotiators, the politicians, the diplomats to find some answers, and the CIA can’t provide those answers. Leaders have to find answers. I thought that was very important in a really profound way. DM: I read that you had a hundred hours of interview material when you were done. CW: Yes. With almost every director we had at least two interviews; they were thorough and they were long. George Tenet, for example, went four and a half hours straight. I think that’s also one of the reasons they were willing to sit down with us—because we wanted to be thorough and we wanted to get beyond the usual very shallow approach to this subject. DM: Do you have an approach or any kind of techniques to get people— incredibly powerful people—to open up to you? CW: I think it’s really just a matter of fairness, and obviously preparation; knowing what you’re talking about never hurts. But I think it’s a matter of being fair. The other thing I found is that these guys don’t object to a challenge; I think they enjoy the give and take. John McLaughlin, who’s been deputy CIA director, and is a thoughtful, intelligent guy, at one point about halfway through the interview— we paused for a minute—and he said, ‘You know, this is really kind of shocking to me.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean, what’s so shocking?’ And he said, ‘Well, it’s almost as though you guys are actually trying to understand some of these issues.’ I took it as a compliment. DM: To what extent were there new revelations—new material? CW: I think what was new was the extent to which there were multiple warnings about 9/11 prior to the event; they really began in May of 2001, when Cofer Black said it was clear to him that there were going to be attacks, Americans were going to be killed, and although they didn’t have a specific date or method of attack, there was just this drumbeat of warnings . . . Fast forward to July 10, when the head of the Bin Laden unit, Richard Blee, comes bursting into Black’s office and says, ‘This is it, the roof’s fallen in.’ And at that point, Cofer Black and Blee go to CIA Director George Tenet and they brief him. And he picks up the phone to the
tête-à-tête: CHRIS WHIPPLE White House and says, ‘We’re coming over now.’ And they go over and meet with Condi Rice and others; at that point George Bush is out of town. They describe these multiple threats. Cofer Black pounds his fist on the table, and says, ‘we need to go on a war footing now.’ Well, you—viewers—can judge for themselves how seriously those warnings were taken. I think the story of those warnings was largely untold. DM: I read that Tenet hadn’t given an interview for many years before you interviewed him . . . CW: It was his first interview in eight years, and so he really came ready to play. He had an awful lot to talk about, and it was fascinating to watch him and to listen to him describe all those obviously iconic moments. DM: Why do you think he and Cofer Black were finally ready to tell the story about what had happened? CW: Well, Tenet was the last holdout. It didn’t hurt that the first former director who agreed to be interviewed by us was George H.W. Bush; he’s revered at the CIA. We went down to Houston to interview Bush. It was a little over an hour with him, and it was tough. We had reached out to his chief of staff, and we said, look, we’re sure that President Bush is probably not up to this, we realize he’s not doing very many interviews, if any. And she said, that’s right, he can’t possibly do it, but thanks for asking. Then she called back a couple of days later, and said not only would he like to do the interview, he insists on doing the interview. DM: Why do you think that was? CW: You know, he’s passionate about the CIA. It was his favorite job, other than being President of the United States. He did a lot to restore the morale of CIA when he was there, and he’s devoted to the agency. So, you know, it obviously didn’t hurt us that President Bush had agreed to be in the film. It was just persuading each director, one after the other, that we would be tough but fair. I think George Tenet felt that with every other living CIA director participating, he should too. I hope he feels that we were fair. By the way, I don’t want to give the impression that none of the story had been told; Bob
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Woodward had written about the July 10 meeting at the White House, for example, and Tenet referred to it in his memoir, however briefly, but he hadn’t talked with this kind of detail before; you could see that Tenet and Black were reliving that period and wondering what they could have done differently. I think there was a very human moment with Tenet when I asked him, ‘After all this time, was there ever a moment when you blamed yourself for what happened on 9/11?’ And he fidgeted in his chair and you could really see in his eyes that it’s something he thinks about a lot, and his answer was something like, ‘Well, look, you know, I stare at the ceiling a lot at night and I’ll keep that one to myself. But we’re all human beings.’ DM: After making the film do you feel in good hands or do you feel more nervous about a terrorist attack? CW: On the one hand I feel confident that there are a lot of extremely motivated, capable people at CIA who are absolutely devoted, even obsessive, about tracking threats to the United States, and to that extent I think it’s reassuring. More troubling is the fact that threats have become so diffuse and so much more difficult to defend against in many ways, as we saw in San Bernardino and Orlando—the lone wolves. Mike Morell, who was a deputy director twice, said at one point that the lesson here really is that there’s been a big victory for us and there’s been a big victory for them. Our victory is that we were able to decimate, degrade, and almost destroy the Al-Qaeda group that came to our shores on 9/11 and carried out spectacular attacks. Their victory, however, is that they have spread—over an immense geographical area—and certainly ISIS is a part of that, and the ISIS threat is so much more difficult to defend against in some ways. Sadly, I think that it’s probably only a matter of time before there are more attacks on US soil. So I guess the answer is: it’s complicated. I’m impressed by the people who are protecting us, but aware that the challenge is daunting.
DM: So after Deerfield you went to Yale, and then I read that your first job was at Foreign Policy magazine as an assistant to Richard Holbrooke, which is an amazing start, what an incredible mentor! Could you talk about that experience? CW: It was an extraordinary experience— that I wound up working for Dick Holbrooke for my first job. And I can still remember the phone ringing on the morning of the New Hampshire primary, and it was Jimmy Carter, and I put him on hold not realizing who it was, and somehow managed to keep my job! But Holbrooke was just an amazing, one-of-a-kind character to work with, and he became a lifelong friend and mentor. I went from Foreign Policy to work for Newsweek, and then the monthly Life magazine. Years later I bumped into Dick just by happenstance in DC, and we reconnected and he wound up steering me toward a job at 60 Minutes. There’s actually a funny story about my first assignment for 60 Minutes . . . I got on a plane, flew to Hawaii, and was fortunate to get the first interview with Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos in exile. I did the interview, got on a plane, flew back to New York, and walked into 60 Minutes— literally for the first time—and standing there were these two legendary characters: Don Hewitt, the creator, and Mike Wallace, the star of the show. I walked up to Don, and Don says, ‘Way to go, kid.’ And I’m feeling kind of cocky, so I said, ‘You know, Don, there’s a moment in the interview with Imelda where she doesn’t quite break down, but she really gets mistyeyed—she gets kind of teary.’ And he looks at Mike, and he looks at me, and he says, ‘Kid, if you were any good, she woulda cried.’ And that was my introduction to network television. DM: That’s a great story! I wondered how you made the switch from print to TV; it was in large part thanks to Holbrooke? CW: Yes. It was Dick introducing me to Diane Sawyer at 60 Minutes; there happened to be an opening there for an associate producer, and so I jumped at it. I was lucky to work for a lot of legendary editors, but I would say that the people who influenced me the most were Dick Holbrooke and Diane Sawyer. Holbrooke was not only one of the most important diplomats of the 20th century, as we all know from the
Dayton Accords, but he was passionate about journalism and that really rubbed off on me. And as for Diane, she took me under her wing when I had no idea what I was doing at 60 Minutes. She’s brilliant, she’s indefatigable; she also taught me the art of the interview. It was a terrific, lucky break for me. Before I went to 60 Minutes, I was at Life from ‘78 to ‘86 and just lucky to witness a lot of historic events; from covering apartheid in South Africa, to the IRA hunger strike in Northern Ireland, to revolution in the Philippines. DM: At Life, what was the most memorable story you covered? CW: One of my most extraordinary experiences was covering apartheid. In those days, you know, I could pitch a story and then jump on a plane and spend a month or months in places like Soweto, or the West Bank, or Northern Ireland. But covering apartheid was unforgettable. The first time I went was in 1985 and I did a profile of Desmond Tutu—practically lived with him in Soweto. This was when apartheid was still the law of the land, Mandela was in prison,
those experiences were, being able to sit down and interview all 12 living CIA directors for The Spymasters might have been the most important work I’ve ever done. DM: How so? CW: The story is so important. I mean, it’s the story of the CIA during perhaps the most controversial period in its history, and it’s a pretty rare experience to be able to sit down with every living director, and ask them tough questions—with no holds barred. At least that’s what I tried to do. DM: You also spoke with some operatives who were so compelling... CW: Gina Bennett, Cofer Black, Jose Rodriguez. He (Rodriguez) was chief of the Counterterrorism Center at the CIA during that period when the enhanced interrogation techniques were being used, so obviously that was a very controversial time and a controversial program. It was a cast of characters that Aaron Sorkin couldn’t have made up; Cofer Black, for example, was a legendary operative who spent a lot of his time in Africa, and was in Khartoum during
our national security; the only way we lose is if we allow the terrorists to change us.’ DM: I want to go back to your time at 60 Minutes; you won a Peabody Award for a story called “Mr. Snow Goes to Washington” that resulted in a ban on lawn darts. What was that about and how did it feel to have such an influence on actual policy? CW: Well, I guess all of us hope to achieve something with journalism. And in this case I’d heard about this extraordinary character—the father of a young girl who had been tragically killed in an accident with one of these lawn darts. His name was David Snow and he became a one-man crusade to ban them; it turns out they had been injuring and killing many children. He packed a suitcase and went to Washington and just started knocking on doors and going from one congressman’s office to another, and ultimately we put his story on 60 Minutes; shortly thereafter both houses of Congress passed the law banning them and Ronald Reagan signed it.
The central question the film raised, I think, was how far should the CIA go to keep us safe? What’s fair game in a battle against a ruthless enemy for whom there are no standards? What’s acceptable? Black sites? Holding terrorists indefinitely? Enhanced interrogation? Drone warfare—using remotely piloted weapons to take out terrorists half a world away...? What’s fair game?
and Tutu, who had recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, was getting death threats daily and leading the struggle against apartheid before Mandela was released. And then we also— this was with a great photographer named David Turnley—the following year we spent, oh, I would say six weeks with Winnie Mandela. It was at the height of the state of emergency in South Africa; with daily clashes between the anti-apartheid forces and the South African Police. That was also an amazing experience; Winnie Mandela was a larger-than-life character who turned out to be much more flawed and complicated than anyone thought. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have been there as a witness for some of those events, and luckier still to be doing what I’m doing now, because I think that as amazing as some of
the 90s when they called it the ‘Super Bowl of Terrorism.’ Bin Laden was there, Carlos the Jackal—who was a notorious European terrorist—was there. Black was the one who famously told George W. Bush—when they were discussing the plans for the CIA to lead the invasion of Afghanistan —‘Mr. President, when we’re done, these guys are going to have flies walking across their eyeballs.’ And Gina Bennett—it was a sisterhood, really—that led the CIA to Abbottabad and to Bin Laden; the analysts tracking Al-Qaeda were mostly female—and Gina Bennett was probably the first to realize just how dangerous Bin Laden was. Her response to how far we should go to keep Americans safe was in some ways the most telling for me; in effect, she said: ‘I don’t think terrorism is a threat to
DM: Then you went on to ABC as a producer; was that very different from what you had been doing at 60 Minutes? What were some of your memorable experiences there? CW: It was an exciting time to go to ABC because Roone Arledge had just launched a show called Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson as the anchors. Primetime was serious about investigative journalism, so I specialized in hidden camera investigations. Probably the most rewarding was a segment called “Morgan Medical.” We went to Los Angeles and created a phony medical clinic and we rigged it with hidden cameras; we put a sign on the door—Morgan Medical—and we put the word out that we were doing workers’ compensation cases. Almost immediately we found that crooked
doctors and their middle men were beating a path to our door, offering us illegal kickbacks for referrals—buying and selling patients. We let the cameras roll as these doctors came in, and as a result a number of them were shutdown. That was one we won an Emmy for. DM: In 2004 you segued into another show on ABC, What Would You Do? The Columbia Journalism Review described it as the Candid Camera of ethics. Can you tell me a little bit about it? CW: I was a fan of “The Ethicist” page in the New York Times Magazine; I always thought it would be interesting to try to create a show about ethical dilemmas and what people do when they’re confronted by a crisis—a moral dilemma. So I wound up pitching the idea first as a segment on Primetime: What do you do when you see a child being mistreated by a nanny or a babysitter in a public place? Women I knew had told me about this; they’d seen it happening in Central Park and Riverside Park, and they never knew what to do . . . Some of them would confront the babysitter, and some would surreptitiously follow the sitter home and leave a note with the doorman for the parents, and others would just walk on by because they felt helpless. We hired actors and staged it in a park and watched the reactions of people as they went by; it turned out to be really electric. It was fascinating to watch the spectrum of reactions from people—from those who would simply walk by to people who would kind of heroically jump in and try to solve the problem. It was so successful that it became a program in its own right, which is still airing today, with John Quinones. To me the real power of the show was when we were able to tackle difficult problems like racism and battered women.
George Foster Peabody Award: “Mr. Snow Goes to Washington” CBS News 60 Minutes. George Foster Peabody Award: For outstanding coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ABC News Emmy Award, Outstanding Investigative Journalism: “Morgan Medical” ABC News, PrimeTIME Live Emmy Award: For outstanding coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks ABC News Emmy Nomination: “Connally” CBS News, 60 Minutes Emmy Nomination: “A World Full of Guns” ABC News, 20/20 Columbia Dupont Gold Baton Award: For coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks ABC News Sigma Delta Chi Award (with ABC News investigative unit): For coverage of the events
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DM: Tell me about your first project, The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, was there anything else beside the fact that it was modern political history that really appealed to you? What were the guiding questions that went into it? CW: Well, I think the extraordinary thing about the White House chiefs of staff—it’s true of the film we did and even more true of the book that I’m writing for Crown now—is that this is in many ways an extraordinary untold story. It’s astonishing to me that nobody’s ever done it before; nobody did a film on the chiefs, and no one’s done a book, really. To look at modern political history through the eyes of the White House chiefs of staff— these are the guys who translate the President’s agenda into reality or disaster, depending on who they are. They are the President’s closest confidants, but they are really so much more than that. I think the White House chiefs of staff help determine the fate of every presidency. That’s how important the job is. If you look at Jimmy Carter, for instance, who thought he didn’t need a chief of staff, and then you look at Ronald Reagan, who had the chief almost everyone says was the gold standard— Jim Baker—and then look at the results. Now obviously, there are all kinds of other factors and each President is dealt very different cards to play. But it’s still hard to overstate the importance of the White House chief of staff.
of Sept. 11, 2001 ABC News Christopher Award: For work that “affirms
DM: So you left ABC in 2011 to form your own company, is that right? CW: Yes. I had a lot of ambitious ideas for documentary films; I wanted to indulge this passion I have for 20th and 21st century history. I was able to do some of that at ABC; I did a documentary with Charlie Gibson on Billy Graham and his relationship with all the pres-
idents, during which we interviewed all the living presidents. I wanted to do more of that, so when I got that phone call out of the blue from the Naudet brothers, it was a perfect fit.
the highest values of the human spirit.” “ICU—Arkansas Children’s Hospital” CINE Golden Eagle Awards (6) : For excellence in the media industry
DM: Again, how were you able to get all these men to speak with you? CW: It was a war of attrition. Don Rumsfeld was the first to sign on, followed by Dick Cheney, and then we went to work on the Democrats. The extraordinary thing about the White House chiefs is that as partisan as they are, and as polarized as our political scene is today, there’s a common bond among them. Maybe it’s the shared trial by fire that they’ve all gone through that brings them together.
I feel extraordinarily lucky to have been there as a witness for some of those events, and luckier still to be doing what I’m doing now, because I think that as amazing as some of those experiences were, being able to sit down and interview all 12 living CIA directors for The Spymasters might have been the most important work I’ve ever done.
It’s the most difficult job imaginable. The first thing every White House chief of staff does is pick up the phone and call Jim Baker for advice, and his first words are: ‘Congratulations, you’ve got the worse f___ing job in government.’ But more seriously, I think they all believe in good government, as clichéd as that may sound. I think they believe in the presidency; they want to see the presidency function. There was an extraordinary occasion back in 2008, right before Rahm Emanuel became chief of staff for President Obama. Rahm was invited to the White House and almost all of the living chiefs of staff came to meet him. They sat around a table and gave him advice— everyone from Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld at one end of the spectrum to Leon Panetta and John Podesta on the other. In Cheney’s words, ‘to give Rahm the keys to the men’s room.’ And alas, there hasn’t been a female chief—yet. The idea was to give the new guy some advice on how to do the job. It’s a respect for the institution; it’s a respect for the White House; it’s a respect for the presidency that they all share no matter how polarized their political views. DM: That’s an amazing story. Why is Baker considered the ‘gold standard’ for a chief of staff? CW: As my friend the great CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky put it, Jim Baker had the secret sauce; he was the whole package. Baker was
somebody who knew his way around Washington, so he knew the levers of power. Ronald Reagan was the ultimate outsider; he needed somebody like that. Baker was smooth and collegial and practical and he, most importantly, could tell the president what the president did not want to hear; to use the cliché: he could speak truth to power, and every White House chief of staff needs to be able to do that. He could also reach across the aisle. DM: Which of the chiefs of staff is most interesting to you? CW: Well, Leon Panetta is fascinating because I think you can make the argument that Bill Clinton would have been a one-term president if Panetta had not become chief of staff a yearand-a-half in. Clinton was dead in the water; his agenda was stymied; he was distracted by all kinds of things like the Whitewater affair and gays in the military . . . His White House was disorganized and Panetta came in and organized it; I think Panetta turned the Clinton presidency around.
Dick Cheney is also a fascinating guy. I did a four-hour interview with him just a few days before he had his heart transplant, and when I got up from the chair I was exhausted; he probably could have kept going. For one thing, he’s very bright. He has a wry sense of humor, despite his ‘Darth Vader’ image—he is, by the way, proud of being called Darth Vader; he loves that. Whether you love him or hate him, he has integrity. The only thing that upsets him is when you call him a hypocrite. He’s a complicated character. When he was White House chief of staff, he was the toast of Washington; he was the most popular guy in town. It’s become a kind of parlor game in DC and even among the chiefs of staff, answering the question: ‘What the heck happened to Cheney?’ How did he change? Some people think it was his heart condition. Some people think it was 9/11. Imelda Marcos was also an extraordinary interview: riveting, entertaining, baffling, a little bit crazy. She was the gift that kept on giving. She was fascinating. And I could go on—I’ve been lucky, I’ve been blessed with a lot of great interviews and historic events to cover. //
DM: You’ve interviewed some amazing people throughout your career. Does anyone stand out as most memorable? CW: Well, George Tenet would certainly be on any short list of my favorite interviews: a Shakespearean character, a man who was a direct participant in more history than I think almost any of us can imagine.
Jim Lindsay ’70 Shared a photo of Ben Lovejoy ’03 and Ty Hennes ’98 on the ice together after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup. During the Cup run, Ben chipped in two goals and four assists, and was a plus five over the course of the playoffs. Ty serves as the Penguins skill development coordinator. For more on Ben and the Stanley Cup, see page 86.
Fredric Meyer ’73 Named Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education and dean of the Mayo Medical School. He will develop the vision and strategies for Mayo Clinic’s educational endeavors across all Mayo sites and provide direction and oversight for all five schools, services, and academic support units within the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
“Our son, Quentin Read, got married on April 30 in Tennessee, to Mary Glover of Murfreesboro, TN. Quentin and Mary met in his ﬁrst year of grad school at UT ﬁve years ago. They maintained a longdistance relationship while she started her PhD at Notre Dame. On Thursday Quentin completed his doctorate in Evolutionary Ecology and Biology (his ﬁeldwork was on the effect of global warming on species diversity in Alpine grasslands) and on Saturday were married at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN, under the care of West Knoxville Friends Meeting (Quakers). At a Quaker wedding there is no officiant–the couple, after a time of silence, stands up and declares their vows. The congregation are the celebrants and minister with their own testimonies. It was a beautiful ceremony–the pouring rain let up half an hour before the wedding began and they got married in beautiful clear afternoon sunshine. Quentin is now doing a post-doc in forest science at Michigan State while Mary gets her PhD in biology, analyzing evolutionary developments in the life cycle of walnut ﬂies. Hopefully they will move to North Carolina when they’re done. Our daughter, Dino Mangano, just moved to a house 300 steps from ours, and her mom (Maria Mangano) and I have delegated to her the task of nagging Quentin about moving back to NC!” —Dan Read
1975 Clayton Miles ’76 Profiled in the Hartford Courant; his love of swimming was nurtured at Deerfield by longtime swim Coach Larry Boyle.
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“In April my wife Kelly and I had a wonderful dinner in NY with Jamie ’75 and Cynthia Kempner, Bill Scheft ’75, Bill’s wife Adrianne, and Peter Schulte ’75. We were joined by my Harvard classmate Jon Ledecky and my great friend of 50 years Peter Lawson-Johnston (Trinity ’79). Amazing how old friends can get together and have a blast after all these years!”—Peter McLoughlin
“We had a great tour of King’s Academy and subsequent dinner. The Class of 1980 supports KA and HM Abdullah. Beautiful country.”—Jim Butz ’80
L to r: Lynn Rosenberg, NY Times best-selling author Joel Rosenberg, King’s Academy Headmaster John Austin, Jim Butz ’80, Daniel Butz, and Cynthia Butz
1977 “I stepped in to rescue a provincial botanic garden on the Isle of Wight four years ago. The unique sub-tropical micro climate we have there allows us to grow plants outside that are under glass elsewhere in the UK. I have learned a great deal about climate change from that vantage point. I have worked through the carbon mathematics that indicate that we cannot exploit known fossil fuel reserves without sailing past the ‘dangerous’ threshold. I have seen that reserves that cannot be extracted, so called stranded assets, will impair oil and gas valuations. I have sold my fossil fuel stocks and made the placard in the photo (above) to raise our local voices against more fossil fuel extraction. I hope my classmates and fellow Deerﬁeld alumni will be on the right side of history regarding this pivotal issue—all activists in our own small ways. I am watching the ‘Drillery’ vs. Trump spectacle with trepidation having lived outside the US for the last 26 years.” —John Curtis
More Class Notes and Photos: deerfield.edu/commonroom
Tom Potter ’80 Traveled to “Texarkana.”
Reid Thompson ’81 Featured in a Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter article: bit.ly/2dW4btA
Abby Philip Galanes ’80 / by Grace Friary
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When asked how a Yale-educated entertainment lawyer became one of the New York Times’ most popular columnists, Philip Galanes replies, “I finally let go of my secrets.” Galanes, who writes the Times’ Sunday Styles columns “Social Qs” and “Table for Three,” was happily working in New York at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison—answering questions for his entertainment industry clients. But he had a secret. Every morning before work he was unburdening himself by writing a novel based on his life. “I never meant to do anything with the manuscript; it was just for me. More of a getting it off my chest sort of exercise,” says Philip. But after a friend in publishing coaxed him into sharing his powerful life story—about being a gay teenager whose father kills himself for no apparent reason—his first novel, Father’s Day (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), was born. As terrified as he was to have his closely guarded secrets broadcast to the world, the relief was overwhelming—as was the response to the book. Among the enthusiastic readers was a New York Times editor who loved Philip’s narrator voice and asked if he would be interested in writing a weekly column, content to be decided. After some negotiation, the editor came around to the suggestion that a good, old fashioned “Dear Abby” for Internet age readers would sell.
l: Mr. Galanes and Chiccio by Chris Bausch. r: His pad by Julie Brown.
From its debut in 2008, Philip Galanes’ “Social Q’s” has been a huge hit. Galanes says he is constantly amazed by the hundreds of emails from around the world that are sent to “Social Qs” each week. Many are filled with stories he could never make up— from an Episcopalian woman who pretended to be Jewish to meet a cute guy on JDate; to a man who went home with his girlfriend for a long weekend and left wildly infatuated with her identical twin sister. Like their parents and grandparents who wrote letters to “Ann Landers” and her sister “Dear Abby” decades ago, all are seeking advice. “Speaking of Ann Landers,” says Galanes, “Her daughter sent me one of the first fan letters I ever received. She said her mother would be proud of me.”
below: President Obama, actor Bryan Cranston, and Philip Galanes in the White House.
In 2013 the success of “Social Q’s” gave way to a monthly, front-page Sunday Styles column called “Table for Three.” “That column has been one of the highlights of my working life,” says Philip. “It grew out of my frustration at reading one too many ‘canned’ profiles of media-savvy public figures who know just how to give nothing away in an interview.” Adding a third person—Galanes himself—in the mix with two high profile individuals who share a common thread makes everyone less guarded. And, readers are treated to frank, and often very revealing, conversation. Among the column’s 35 published interviews, “Table for Three” has featured Philip in conversation with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and feminist Gloria Steinem discussing women’s equality; President Barack Obama and actor Bryan Cranston talking about absentee fathers; President Jimmy Carter and author Jacqueline Woodson on the African -American experience; Barbara Bush and Cecile Richards on social activism and being first daughters; and actors Viola Davis and Edie Falco discussing painful childhoods. When asked how he gets some of the world’s most high-profile personalities to sit down and talk with him, Philip says, “Persistence—with a dash of relentlessness. But making anything good requires that, don’t you think?” While he retains a select number of entertainment industry clients, Philip is enjoying the life of an advice columnist. “There are days when I open my email and find 100 new “Social Qs” questions (and 50 complaints about last week’s answers) and I want to shout ‘Can’t all of you readers pull on your big-boy pants without me?’ Then I think of what real work is, and I feel very lucky, indeed.” //
Chris Davey ’83 Visited Colorado last summer with most of his family for the U16 Boys Soccer Nationals. Chris (far left) is pictured here with his son and with his classmate, John Knight.
Will Piersol ’83 Planned a business trip to Denver and scheduled a lunch with classmate John Knight. When the business portion of the trip was canceled, he still came for lunch! John says, “It was a great wide-ranging chat between two old friends who hadn’t seen much of each other in the last 30+ years. You should try it, too!”
“After three years of trying to get the next movie off the ground, and a steep learning curve on ‘Hollywood values,’ I was fortunate to work with some incredible people and ﬁnish shooting (ﬁrst step in long march to your screens) an anti-romantic comedy called Brand New Old Love, written and directed by a young comedienne here in LA. It is a low budget project but we were fortunate to get some great and known actors from movies and TV shows like Broad City, You’re the Worst, Silicon Valley, and Austin Powers. But my highlight was the day we worked with Brian Doyle Murray, who wrote Caddyshack, and we shot on a golf course, no less. I had to explain to him that phrases like ‘You’re killing me Smalls’ are part of my everyday vocabulary and I was not just trying to suck up. He was incredibly gracious and a tremendous actor. Unfortunately, I did not get an opportunity to ask about his years rooming with John Belushi. Otherwise, all adequate, and I am lucky to see DA folks in the region.”—Jim Wareck “(With April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month), I wanted to share some health news with you: Last September, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects nerve cells in the brain. In short, a person’s brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, the nerve cells die, and a person has less and less ability to regulate his/her movements, body, and emotions. For about two years, I had been experiencing slight tremors with my right arm that progressively worsened. Over time, my right arm stopped naturally swinging as I walked, and I began dragging my right foot as I stepped. I attributed the ‘weakness’ to an old shoulder injury, and the foot-dragging to wearing ﬂip-ﬂops. As it turns out, I exhibited many of the primary and secondary young-onset symptoms of the disease. The good news is, with medications and rigorous exercise, unless I am an outlier, I should be able to manage well for the foreseeable future. That said, I encourage you to learn more about Parkinson’s. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is doing incredible things to advance research in this area.”—Dean Singewald
Paul Schlickmann ’83 Welcomed John Meyer Schlickmann on July 31, 2016,
Entertained by classmates
California during Hardie’s daughter’s
who weighed in at 8lbs., 3oz., and 20.5 inches long.
Al Kerr and Jim Wareck on a trip
The family is doing well, and older sister Mackenna
to Hollywood this past summer.
is “ready to set John straight.”
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John Knight ’83
Hardie Jackson ’83 Visited with Chaz Gagne in Southern
“We are doing well; we split our time between Jackson Hole and Washington, DC, and we just got back from an amazing ski trip to Iceland. l to r: Brady, Craig, and Mack Pattee, skiing in Iceland this past June. Our little adventure travel business (EpicQuest) is going well and provides us with a steady stream of great family experiences. And the government affairs business (Agenda) thrives and pays the bills. Meanwhile, Brady enters as a freshman at King’s Academy in Jordan in the fall (very excited!) and Mack will be a seventh grader at Eaglebrook, set to make his mark on the Pocumtuck Valley. We remain lucky but appreciative! Drop us a line when visiting DC or Jackson Hole!”—Craig Pattee
Ben Allen ’83 is editing the online
magazine, Metaphorosis (magazine. metaphorosis.com). The magazine focuses on literary science ﬁction and fantasy, and publishes a new story every Friday.
Wills Elliman ’83
Alex Grosset ’83
Don Hindman ’83
Reached new heights.
Climbed only 3600 feet, but
Climbed Mt. Democrat
John Knight blames that on
this past summer.
the fact it was one of those New England mountains.
A Biblia dos Bolos de Casamento AUTHOR :
Julie Deffense ’91
TOPBOOKS / 2016
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Julie (Wolf) Deffense ’91 has done it again: she has published yet another gorgeous book full of mouth-watering confections. This time, Julie focuses on cakes, which are the “bread and butter” of her Portugal-based business and online at thegreatamericancake.com. In Portugal, Julie brings her unique artistic perspective to the growing world of cake design; online, she caters to both amateurs and professionals, offering hard to ﬁnd American ingredients and cake decorating and baking supplies from the best Portuguese and foreign brands. Recipes and a blog round out the online offerings, and unlike her books, which are published exclusively in Portuguese, thegreatamericancake.com can be viewed in English as well as Portuguese.
l to r: Rich Star, Andy Bonanno, DJ Fairbanks, and Larry Kilroy (not in photo), all Class of ’87, reconnected on their annual Alta ski trip.
1985 “We are still enjoying Santa Fe after 17 years; we’re staying busy these days importing and distributing Nama sake and whiskey from Japan and have lots of fun doing tastings all over town. Happy to entertain anyone passing through town any time! My oldest boy Jake (sophomore) is already taller than me and the younger one, Charlie, can beat me one on one in hoops. Finally started my own company remodeling homes about two years ago and haven’t looked back!” —Eric Tetrault
1988 “After three exciting years of living in Hong Kong, we are now returning back to the Netherlands, where we will be living in Amsterdam.” —Damiaan Jacobovits de Szeged Dan Cranshaw ’86 has been selected a member of the 2016 Class of Fellows by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Dan is participating in a landmark program designed to build relationships and leadership skills through in-person training, peer group projects, and contact with LCLD top leaders.
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Jay Newton-Small is busy, very busy. Any one of her professional pursuits— author, journalist, developer—could be a full-time job, so three keep her on the run. Her first book, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works, was published early in 2016 and is now in its second printing. In it, Newton-Small examines what happens in various organizations when women reach a critical mass. Her analysis shows that when women make up 20 percent of an organization, they begin to have an outsize effect on it, using their consensus-building skills to effect change in institutions throughout the United States. She notes that women do business “the old-fashioned way: by forging relationships and fostering trust.” In one chapter, Ms. Newton-Small writes about the government shutdown in 2012, when women first made up one-fifth of the Senate and sponsored 75 percent of the legislation that passed that session. In subsequent chapters, she discusses how women have had similar effects on the Supreme Court, the US Navy, Wall Street, and more. Before writing Broad Influence, Newton-Small conducted more than 150 interviews, gathering data and anecdotes. “I think I’ve touched a nerve in America,” she says. “I’ve gotten a lot of letters from women’s groups and from individuals saying, ‘I’m experiencing the same thing in my workplace.’” The book stemmed from a cover article that Newton-Small wrote for Time magazine about those Senate women; as a Washington correspondent for Time, Newton-Small has covered politics and women’s issues on and off for a decade; she has written several cover stories, including two on Sarah Palin, covered both the Democratic and Republican conventions multiple times, and worked abroad in France, the Middle East, and India. But Newton-Small did not set out to be a writer. The summer before her senior year at Tufts, she anticipated a career in the art world, working as an intern at a prominent auction house and double-majoring in international relations and art history. As the daughter of two United Nations workers, she had grown up abroad and felt that museums reflected the best of cultures. At Deerfield, she loved her art history class with Caleb Bach. Fluent in French, she would have been an asset to most any art institution.
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The Art of the Curious Jay Newton-Small ’93 / by Lynn Horowitch
Except she realized that the art world wasn’t for her. During her senior year of college, Newton-Small went to a lecture at which Tufts alumnus and Dateline NBC Executive Producer Neal Shapiro described journalism as “the art of the curious,” and the right choice for people who like to see things for themselves. His rhetoric resonated with and inspired Newton-Small. To gain experience, she enrolled at the Columbia Journalism School. Armed with her master’s, Newton-Small moved to Washington, DC, to freelance for Agence France Presse, intending to stay six months. (She’s now at 14 years and counting). Subsequently hired by Bloomberg News and two years out of graduate school, Newton-Small was assigned to cover John Kerry’s quest for the presidency in 2003. As the youngest correspondent, she drew that assignment because her supervisors didn’t think much of Kerry’s chances. Of course, he went on to win the Democratic nomination, providing excellent experience for a young writer and setting Newton-Small on the path that would lead to Time and her first book. Broad Influence is dedicated to Newton-Small’s mother, a career UN professional who spoke seven languages and worked at postings around the world. In the introduction, she describes some of her mother’s struggles as a woman navigating in a sometimes hostile man’s world. She compares her mother’s experience with her own as one of the first girls at Deerfield, noting that sometimes teachers could be “infuriating,” but that she “never felt unsafe, as my mom often had.” And while Jay’s mother inspired her first book, Newton -Small is now pursuing two projects inspired by her father, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease last year. The first is MemoryWell.com, a website and soon-to-be app for families with a loved one facing Alzheimer’s. The idea for the venture came when Newton-Small was asked by a nursing home to fill out a 20-page questionnaire about her father. Instead, she wrote his life story, providing information about his favorite movies, places, music, and more. She recognized that other families needed a means to provide relevant information to allow caregivers to better know their patients. She is also writing a book about her father’s diagnosis and treatment, focusing on the power of narrative on caregiving and how to build communities in long-term care homes. And while all this is happening? She will continue her beat at Time and juggle her various interests and projects—pursuing the art of the curious. //
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The Trials of a Triathlete Sarah True ’99 / by Bob York
Imagine spending four years preparing for a race that lasts about two hours. Then, imagine not being able to finish that race due to an injury. For Sarah (Groff) True, that scenario didn’t require any imagination: It was her 2016 Olympic reality. “I was obviously disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the race,” said True, “but by the end of the day, I realized that it’s all just a part of sports; circumstances arise from time to time that can prevent you from competing. I still feel fortunate—it was my second opportunity to participate on the Olympic level.” True, who finished fourth in the triathlon during the 2012 Olympics in London, went to Rio both prepared and eager to fight for an Olympic medal. As she was running out of the water after the swim portion of the event, her leg spasmed. She headed out to the bike portion of the race hoping that the pain would abate, but it got progressively worse and True was forced to abandon the race. “I later found out that the spasm was likely the result of a bulging disc that became a problem only a few days before the race,” she explained. Sarah attended Deerfield as a junior and senior, and says, “the school had a huge impact on me,” as she earned honors in both the classroom and in the athletic arena as a threesport standout—cross country, swimming and cycling—for the Big Green. “Academically, the two years I spent at Deerfield really gave me a strong foundation and made college much easier,” said True, who earned a degree in conservation biology from Middlebury. “Athletically, Deerfield helped cultivate a strong interest and love for sports,” said True.
A DAY IN THE LIFE . . .
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Breakfast: oatmeal and coffee
Swim session: 90 minutes
Lunch: toast, eggs, avocado
Bike session: two hours
Snack: toast and peanut butter, yogurt
“You always had to be on your game at Deerﬁeld,” said True, “because at Deerﬁeld, you were surrounded by accomplished, driven, hard-working and talented athletes, and it forced you to be at your best just to compete on the same level as your peers.”
Sarah twice earned All-New England honors in cross country at the Academy and AllAmerican laurels for her work on one of the swim squad’s relay teams, “but I can’t remember which one!” she laughed. What she does remember is this: “You always had to be on your game at Deerfield,” said True, “because at Deerfield, you were surrounded by accomplished, driven, hard-working and talented athletes, and it forced you to be at your best just to compete on the same level as your peers.” Sarah credits three people in particular with setting her on the path to becoming a world-class athlete. “Larry Boyle, the boys’ swim coach, had a huge impact on me, even though he wasn’t my coach; he always encouraged me to stick with swimming. I guess he saw more potential in me than I had in myself back then. So I stuck with it, and I’m glad I took his advice,” said True, who went on to swim freestyle distance events at Middlebury and earned All-American laurels for her efforts. As for peers, it was Patrick Bell ’00 who Sarah credits for being the person who introduced her to the triathlon. “Patrick and I became friends at Deerfield,” said True, “and I’ll never forget how infectious his love was for the triathlon. He invited me to Greenfield (MA) one summer to compete in the Greenfield Triathlon—it was his favorite, and it was one of the first ones I competed in.” Unfortunately, Patrick never got to see his friend and erstwhile protégé reach the international stage; he died suddenly in June of 2005 due to an undetected heart condition, shortly after completing a triathlon in Ashland, MA. “I have to give Patrick so much credit for whatever I’ve been able to accomplish in the triathlon,” said True. “He’s one of the big reasons why I am a triathlete, and his memory will always be with me.” Another of Sarah’s cherished Big Green teammates was also a classmate: Molly Yazwinski ’99. “Molly was a standout distance runner who, I don’t think, ever lost a race she entered,”
said True. “But more than that, she was everything you’d ever want in a champion athlete—she was humble, never sought fanfare, and was totally inspiring. She was a model example to live up to.” Qualifying for the Olympic triathlon, which consists of a 1650-yard swim, a 24.9-mile bike race, and a 6.2-mile run, proved every bit as challenging for True as competing in it. “Rio hosted a dress rehearsal for the race in August 2015—exactly one year ahead of the games,” said True. “It was held on the same course as the Olympic race, so we had a pretty good idea of what we’d be up against. “Every country has its own qualifying rules,” she added. “In the US, to make the team, you had to finish in the top eight.” Sarah qualified with a fourth-place finish. True arrived in Rio for the Olympics a week after most of the other athletes, opting to complete a training block in Flagstaff, AZ, beforehand. Flagstaff’s heat and high altitude were factors in her decision as she worked to best prepare for the games. “The thinner air results in increased hematocrit,” True explained. “By having a greater percentage of red blood cells, the oxygen carrying capacity is elevated; endurance athletes have long incorporated altitude training to improve athletic performance.” Being a triathlete is a full-time job for True, who spends between 20 and 25 hours per week swimming, biking, and running. “It’s a constant balancing act with the three,” she said. “I generally adjust my practice sessions based on how well I feel I’m doing in each of the three segments. If I like the way things are going in one area, I’ll devote more time to another that I feel needs more work. “I never expected to become a full-time athlete,” said Sarah, “but it’s been an unbelievable experience. I’ve competed with and against some of the greatest athletes in the world—all around the world.” So does that mean Sarah’s world tour will be scheduling a stop in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics? “We’ll see,” she replied. //
Running, including drills and strides: one hour
Stretching, light gym session
Shower #3 of the day
Prepare and eat dinner with Ben (husband and professional runner); usually includes some meat, grains, and lots of veggies.
Catch up on email, fold laundry, hang out with Ben and our dog, Ötzi.
1996 “My husband Ryan and I are delighted to announce the arrival of our second child: Lucas Henry Maughn. He was born in late November 2015. His big brother Beckett, Ryan, and I are thrilled (and exhausted!). We were sad to miss my 20th Reunion, but hope to make it to the 25th! Best wishes to all my classmates, from Portland, Oregon!” —Mollie McAlpin Maughn
Chris Sipe ’89 Elected president of Fertility Centers
“In 2013, I married Michael Bok in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Northampton. A few months later we moved to Lund, Sweden, for his post-doctoral research position at Lund University. While studying Swedish and perfecting the art of baking cinnamon buns, I returned to school for my Master of Laws so I could transition my career from litigation to tax law. I graduated with my degree in International and European Tax Law in June 2015 and accepted a position with KMPG in their US Tax Group in London, England. We are loving living in Europe with our dog Charlie and fully embracing the travel opportunities abroad.”—Laura Jacque
of Illinois; Chris is also director of IVF services. FCI performs over 4000 IVP procedures each year and is the third largest IVF center in the United States with ten offices and 11 physicians.
Matt Briones ’90 Featured in the University of Chicago Magazine: mag.uchicago.edu/ law-policy-society/field-dreams (Photograph by Robert Kozloff)
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“My husband Charles and I welcomed our ﬁrst child, Michael Otto Mills von Althann (Otto), on June 1, 2016. Otto has already met many fellow alumni, including classmates Liz Tocci, Kate Larsen, Rebecca Blumenkopf, and Toby Pratt, and Meredith Snyder ’00. I took the summer off and am returning to my job as an attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission this fall. Charles, Otto, and I live in DC. Please look me up if you are in town!”—Sara Mills von Althann
clockwise: Kendra (Stitt) Robins ’90, her husband
Bill, and children Cole (13) and Avery (nine) live in San Francisco. / Aaron Kirley ’95 and his wife Jessica are excited to announce the birth of their third son, Conrad Sterling Kirley, on January 26, 2016. Preston (ﬁve) and Hudson (two) are enjoying their new brother from their home in Hingham, MA. Aaron continues to operate his Boston-based luggage delivery company, Luggage Forward, with co-founder Zeke Adkins ’95. / Brian Schmid ’99, his wife Kate, son Charlie (one), and daughter Ellie (three), recently moved back to Brian’s hometown of Norwell, MA. His pediatric dental practice has been open for two years.
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Choate Day DC Southern California: Cooking Class DC Rockies: Avalanche vs. Bruins Game
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DC New York Holiday Party & Family Skate in New York City Holiday Reception at Deerfield
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Alumni/Alumnae Hockey at Deerfield
Jeremiah Daly ’00 and Andy Hunt ’00 present at
School Meeting—Fall 2015
Eyes on the Prize Andy Hunt ’00 / by Lynn Horowitz
When entrepreneurs start a business, they typically have identified a problem in the marketplace and also a solution that they believe is viable. In the case of Andy Hunt, who co-founded the Internet eyewear company Warby Parker in 2010, he and his three business school partners identified two problems and two solutions. The first problem was a first world one. “Glasses are incredibly overpriced!” says Mr. Hunt. He and his classmates at the Wharton School were frustrated that frames and lenses regularly set them back hundreds of dollars, so they identified ways to produce quality eyewear in a cost-effective manner. And instead of relying on bricks-and-mortar stores to reach consumers, they used technology to “disrupt” the industry. Warby Parker now operates on a global level, selling millions of pairs of glasses annually, the vast majority over the Internet. It has close to 1000 employees. The second problem was a larger one centered in the developing world: Up to one billion people worldwide don’t have access to vision care. That lack perpetuates a host of other problems: those who can’t see well can’t learn, work, or provide for their families productively. Warby Parker developed a socially innovative way to address the problem. “We didn’t just want to parachute in glasses, as that can be problematic,” says Mr. Hunt. “Instead, we partner with local charities and train low-income entrepreneurs all over the world to give eye exams, build micro-businesses, and distribute the glasses we’ve donated. It’s a sustainable economic model that empowers local people who know their communities and can address their need for glasses.” Warby Parker has distributed millions of pairs of glasses around the world through this buy-one-give-one program. In recognition of Mr. Hunt’s contributions to vision care around the world, Deerfield presented him with the 2015 Ashley Award, created by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association to recognize young Deerfield alumni who are pursuing lives of service. Mr. Hunt was honored to be honored. “All Deerfield students know about Tom Ashley,” he says. “He’s right behind Frank Boyden in important people in the school’s history.”
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Mr. Hunt traces his interest in service to his years at Deerfield, which he entered as a tenth-grader. “It was an important theme at Deerfield,” he says. “Students, faculty, parents— all found ways to give back.” Among other projects, he recalls serving the local community with his lacrosse team. After Deerfield, Mr. Hunt attended Brown University, graduating with degrees in economics and history. He spent several years working as an investment banker before heading to Wharton to get his MBA in 2008. It was at Wharton where he and his three closest friends built Warby Parker. Having cofounded a successful business in his late 20s, Mr. Hunt was ready for a new challenge. “I never wanted to be a full-time operator,” he explains. “I’m drawn to venture capital.” So after helping to run Warby Parker, where he continues to play a role as an owner and member of the board, his next stop was Highland Capital in 2011. Then, in 2015, time for a new adventure. Mr. Hunt and his Deerfield friend and classmate Jeremiah Daly started Elephant, a venture capital firm based in New York and Boston. Mr. Hunt has known Mr. Daly since they both were 15-year-olds living in Johnson-Doubleday. They reconnected through business, working together at Highland, and both were ready for a new experience. Elephant launched in 2015, quickly raising $150 million, substantially ahead of their initial target. Now their challenge is to find promising technology companies to invest in. Mr. Hunt says he and Mr. Daly “live on planes,” as they scour the country, seeking to partner with entrepreneurs to build businesses. The goal is to work with approximately 15 companies, providing operational support and leadership through board positions, in addition to capital. Mr. Hunt always knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur, yet he did not anticipate the degree to which technology would play a role. “Technology is a powerful tool being used by entrepreneurs to disrupt incumbents,” he says. “Every industry is affected.” As he builds Elephant with Mr. Daly, Mr. Hunt is busy with everything from designing the firm’s offices in New York and Boston to hiring new members to his team. At its heart, though, his job is searching for the next big thing—the next Warby Parker. He says, “Our mission is to find brilliant entrepreneurs who are solving huge problems through technology, partner with them, and help them grow.” //
“Laura Jacque ’01 and her husband Michael Bok at Kew Gardens, London, England. / My wife Grace and I welcomed our ﬁrst son into the world on March 21, 2016. Sutton Clarke Bailey was 8lbs., 12oz., and 22.8 inches long. He is happy and healthy at our home in Charlotte, NC.—Trent Bailey / Sara Mills von Althann ’01 welcomed Michael Otto Mills von Althann (Otto) on June 1, 2016.
Ed Amorosi ’94 Relocated to Greenwich, CT, where he is working alongside the family office investment team of Phil Greer ’53.
Alex Johnson ’94 Named to the 25th Anniversary All-Star Patriot League Swim Team this past summer. Alex was one of three Bucknell men added to the team; he was captain of Bucknell’s men’s swim team his senior year and an All-Patriot League swimmer all of his four years at the university.
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this page: Sarita Pitt Francis ’05 and her husband Jake welcomed a baby boy on October 31, 2015. Big sister Sita (age two) is showing him the ropes and will be jealous of his Halloween birthday someday! / Zoe ’02 and Richard Schwam welcomed William Ernest Balwin Schwam on May 13, 2016. He joined brother Clifford and sister Caroline. / opposite page, t to b: Declan Kavanagh ’03 and Kristin Grindley were married on August 20, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Pictured: Alex Hammerschlag ’04, Ben Daly ’03, George Baird ’03, Gray Huffard, Eric Grossman ’03, Chris Gotfredson ’03, and Steve Williams ’03. / “I am excited to announce that I married Zachary Stone on June 6 in Charlottesville, VA. A number of Deerﬁeld alumni were there to help us celebrate including Meridith McGraw ’08, Lane Baldwin ’07, Chloe Wells ’04, and Ben Blunt ’06.”—Elizabeth Doe / Anna Katherine Dohrmann ’07 married Matthew James McIver on August 15, 2015 at the Summit at Point Lookout, Northport, ME. It was a beautiful day and a very joyful event! Deerﬁeld attendees were: Brad, Serena, and Alexandra Bowman, Deerﬁeld parents and sibling; Katherine Bowman ’19; Dana and Toby Emerson, faculty; Brian, Carly and Charlie Barbato, faculty; Kris Loftus, faculty; Sue and Cliff Carlson, faculty; Philip Bowman ’13; Andrew Bowman ’15; Mollie Ewing ’07; Greg Kamford ’07; Kate Hallet ’07; Katie Hutchins ’07; Madeline Gordon ’07; Debra and Richard Dohrmann, parents and former faculty; Eleanor Anderson ’07; Catie Straut ’07; Dan Piemont ’07; Adam Boardman ’07; Charles and Kathleen Demers, grandparents and faculty emeriti; Sophia Abbot ’07, Mark Scandling, faculty; Christina Conrad ’07. Missing from the picture is Anna’s brother, Benjamin Dohrmann ’04. / On June 4, 2016 Gus Spaulding ’05 and Dana Ferrero were married in Vail, CO. In attendance were, l to r: Shane Farrell ’05, Alex Clementi ’05, Woodrow Travers ’05, Dana Ferrero, Gus Spaulding ’05, Geoffrey Chick ’91, Ellie Spaulding ’07, Geoff Chick ’66, Blake Walls ’05. Not pictured: Bob Hinckley ’54, Barry Hinckley ’84, and Mike Collins ’05. / Blair Brandt ’06 proposed (and became engaged!) to Margit Weinberg. / “My sister, Eliza Murphy Chang ’06, was married this past May to Jake Chang in Southport, CT. There was a great DA turnout, including members of the Class of 1978 all the way through 2014! Front row, l to r: Devin Wilmot ’06, Ellen Scott ’06, Kelsey Byrne ’06, Eliza Murphy Chang ’06, Emmie Murphy ’10, Molly Murphy ’14, Alex Comerford ’10, Carolyn Silverman ’06, and Caroline Quazzo ’08. Back row, l to r: Robert Bewkes ’06, Emily Blau ’10, Scott Nightingale ’06, James Graham ’06, Frank Zimmerman ’06, Devin Murphy ’78, Fritz Siebel ’78, Lilly Havens ’10, Gavin Murphy ’81, Tracy Ma ’06, Steve Quazzo ’78, and Jay Wheatley ’78.”—Emilie Murphy
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The Life Expansive Marisa Clementi ’01 / by Lori Ferguson
At an age when most teenagers are struggling to manage the rapid-fire physical and emotional changes that presage puberty, 14-year-old Marisa Clementi was choreographing her first dance performance. Such a project is a significant venture at any age, yet for Clementi, who has studied music and dance from an early age, the progression felt completely natural.“I was pretty young for such an undertaking,” she admits with a laugh, “but Jen Whitcomb (Deerfield’s director of dance) was so caring and encouraging that I felt comfortable taking on the challenge.” Nor has Clementi lost her nerve in the intervening years. Since earning a BA in vocal performance from Dartmouth College and an MFA from the Sarah Lawrence College Dance Program, Clementi has blossomed into a prolific choreographer, teacher, and performer, creating pieces that have been performed at such venues as Dance New Amsterdam and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange; instructing students in dance composition at the Brooklyn Performing Arts Intensive and Sarah Lawrence College; and performing in works by Martha Graham, Tatyana Tenenbaum and most recently in a new opera called A Marvelous Order.
For Clementi—a student of ballet, tap, flamenco, and hip-hop—anatomy is an entry point to storytelling. “I like to taste all the flavors and possibilities of a story by creating movement and manipulating my voice and live music,” she explains. “Some choreographers take a more cerebral, abstract approach—examining a soundscape or the shapes that the dancers make with their bodies—but I’m more interested in the implied narrative. I like to acknowledge that there are human beings on stage doing something together.” It is that interaction among actors that most energizes Clementi, who concedes that her first love is performance. “When I’m onstage, I feel like I’m my most authentic self: the most present, most generous, and most expressive. Performing is at the root of everything for me. You learn a lot, about yourself and about others.” These lessons in turn fuel Clementi’s activities as a teacher, choreographer, and director, work that she repeatedly describes as collaborative. “I don’t like telling people what to do; I prefer to experiment and collaborate. When I’m directing, I see myself and the actors as equals. My goal is to facilitate the act of figuring out a piece together.” Clementi traces this devotion to the collective back to her days at Deerfield. The dance community was incredibly tight-knit, she explains, and Jen Whitcomb’s belief and trust in her students was empowering. “We were encouraged to take responsibility for each other and learned that success came from working together. I’ve carried these lessons into my professional life, both in terms of the way I run rehearsals and in the artists I choose to collaborate with.”
Some choreographers take a more cerebral, abstract approach—examining a soundscape or the shapes that the dancers make with their bodies —but I’m more interested in the implied narrative. I like to acknowledge that there are human beings on stage doing something together. Clementi’s most recent collaborations are with spouse Storm Thomas, a playwright, puppeteer, educator, and award-winning poet. The pair recently formed a new company: To Rena, Love Us, guided by their shared belief in what Clementi describes as ‘chillaboration.’ “It’s a collective work environment that’s holistic and seeks to inspire new work through friendship,” she explains. “We like to hang and make stuff and then share that stuff with other people.” The duo’s first share is Notes on the Past, an experiment in playwriting form written by Thomas, who refuses to use gender-specific pronouns. “Storm’s life experience is mixed in many ways—black, white, poetic, technical, masculine, feminine—and many different things at once. To try to pull them apart is impossible. Storm’s question is: ‘Why in this area—the nexus of gender and language—is it important that I choose?’ There’s a national conversation around gender and language right now, and disinvestment in gender language is an important viewpoint to be included.” The piece also marks Clementi’s directorial debut. “Each moment, scene, and character is a proposal for an ensemble to deal with however they wish,” she explains. “Both Storm and I have been unsatisfied with more traditional creative processes, and we believe that by shifting the form, you shift the function—how it works, how it feels.” Ideally, such a shift not only happens as a maker and performer within the process, Clementi notes, but also as an audience member. “If another company performed the play, it would probably look completely different, depending on their values and aesthetic.” Notes on the Past was performed for the first time at the Trans Theater Festival at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in early June, and although Clementi confesses to being a bit nervous, she is happy with the results. “We were very proud of the production. The feedback indicated that our aesthetic is unique and clear, which was incredibly exciting because it means that we’re encouraging people to see something in a way they’ve never seen before.” When audience members are not only watching a show about an expansive experience, but having an expansive experience themselves, it opens up possibility, Clementi asserts. “When that happens, there’s a little more imagination brought into the world, and that’s a good thing.” //
Gavin Fuller ’12, who successfully completed four years of rigorous
academics, physical training, and professional military training, graduated from the US Naval Academy on May 27 with a bachelor of science degree in Quantitative Economics and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy. During Commissioning Week Gavin was recognized as the 2016 Capstone Essay Contest winner by the submarine community for his award-winning essay “A New Queen Reigns Supreme.” He earned a cash prize and his essay appeared in the June 2016 issue of Proceedings Magazine produced by the Naval Institute. His paper, “The Effects of Unemployment Insurance Programs and Employment Conditions on the Duration of Unemployment,” received the Mylander-Fredland Prize for outstanding research in the ﬁeld of quantitative economics. Gavin began a year-long program in nuclear training referred to as “Power School” in Charleston, SC, this past September. / A great end-of-summer gathering included Warner Brown ’13, George Reich ’13, Ballard Brown ’16, Will Hamilton ’16, Ross Hamilton ’16, Trent Schulten ’16, Henry Conlon’ 16, and Mary Mack Brown ’18.
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2007 “Ten years after spending our ﬁrst Christmas together, Helen Gao ’07 and I spent Thanksgiving with my family in New Jersey. We enjoyed getting to see more of each other the past two years while we were both at Harvard. Helen graduated with her MA in East Asian Studies in May 2016, and I am still working towards my PhD in Systems Biology.”—Elizabeth Van Itallie (right photo)
2010 “During the fall of 2008, a group of young Deerﬁeld Boys gathered in the sacred Greer Store to discuss and ponder what their future might hold. They dreamed of becoming doctors, lawyers, professors, inventors, and high ﬁnanciers. Some, such as Tucker Dayton, even had dreams as far-fetched and utterly unattainable as becoming professional hockey players. As they sat and admired the beautiful evening in the Valley, it occurred to them that there might be one thing, and one thing only, even more important than chasing their dreams: fantasy football. And with that, the Deerﬁeld Academy Fantasy Football League was formed by Tucker Dayton, Conner Scott, Matt Doyle, Albert Ford, Peter Sullivan, Commissioner Hunter Huebsch ’11, Ted Growney ’11, Jimmy Bitter ’11, Will Swindell ’11, Alex Ward ’11, George Wheatley ’11, Bobby Osgood ’11, Sammy Redmond ’11, and myself. This past winter, the DAFFL completed its eighth consecutive season; over the past eight seasons, members of the league have continuously participated, even during stints in the far reaches of Africa, the volcanic wastelands of Iceland, the pirate-ridden seas of the Indian Ocean, and from couches in their parents’ basements. Why, some have asked, have members of the league gone to such lengths, such sacriﬁce, to compete year in and year out? The answer is simple: the eternal glory of having one’s name etched on the DAFFL Trophy for generations to come to read and to revere. With that in mind, I am almost pleased to congratulate this season’s champion, Mr. Peter “I’m the captain now” Sullivan, on a fantastic, though remarkably lucky, victory. Even while posted aboard a shipping vessel en route from the seas of Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean, Captain Sullivan managed to make a slew of savvy roster moves with suspect Internet connectivity to lead his squad of misﬁts to victory. Well done, Pete. My team was not so lucky. Despite my advantageous conditions—stuck in a cubicle with constant light-speed Internet for 16 hours a day—my team was nothing short of disastrous and ended in the darkness that is last place. After months of self-loathing and questioning who I am as a person, I have emerged and am ready to vie again for the most prized trophy in sports—fantasy or otherwise—during the ninth consecutive season of the DAFFL.”—Jackson Logie (opposite page, bottom photo)
More Class Notes and Photos: deerfield.edu/commonroom
Patrick Hadley ’14 Furthered his studies at Peking University this past summer thanks to a grant he received from Notre Dame. He then returned to South Bend for his junior year and the upcoming lacrosse season.
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Claiming the Cup
Ben Lovejoy ’03 / by Bob York
A clever tweet popped up on Carl Lovejoy’s Twitter account during the final round of the National Hockey League playoffs. It read: “Go Benguins!” It was a rather nifty way of letting Lovejoy know that the author was rooting for Carl’s son—Ben Lovejoy—who was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Well, Ben and the Pens now fittingly inhabit the North Pole of the NHL, when they reached that pinnacle on June 12, 2016 by besting the San Jose Sharks in the title round and carting away the Stanley Cup. “It’s a dream come true,” said Ben, who becomes the first Deerfield Academy alumnus to have his name inscribed on this coveted trophy, and the second to make it to the final round of the NHL playoffs in as many years. (Last year Alex Killorn ’08 and the Tampa Bay Lightning finished just two wins shy of capturing the Cup.) “This was something we all worked so hard for and sacrificed so much for . . . to me, that’s what makes winning the Stanley Cup the best feeling in the world.” What makes that best feeling in the world even better is to celebrate the moment with your family, and that’s exactly what Lovejoy and his teammates did. Immediately following the postgame festivities, which included raising the Cup for all the world to see— “something I’ve always dreamed of doing,”— acknowledged Lovejoy, the Penguins commandeered the ice surface of the San Jose arena for a party of their own. In addition to Ben, Lovejoy’s legion included his father, Carl, his mother, Cari, his wife, Avery, daughters, Lila and June, and brothers, Matt ’07, and Nick ’10.
The thing I remember most about Deerﬁeld hockey was playing my home games in front of the most enthusiastic fans anywhere— they showed great passion for their hockey and their school.
“After we won the game, the first thing I did was find them in the stands and make sure they would be on the ice for the celebration,” said Lovejoy. “It was important that my family be there,” continued Lovejoy, who later this past summer signed a free agent contract with the New Jersey Devils. “I wanted all of them to share that moment with me because they all had played such a huge part of my success.” Lovejoy’s trek to the Cup ran directly through Deerfield, where he played hockey, and played it well enough to earn All-League and All-New England laurels. In fact, the three-sport standout also received All-League and All-New England honors in soccer and All-American status in lacrosse. “The thing I remember most about Deerfield hockey was playing my home games in front of the most enthusiastic fans anywhere,” said Lovejoy. “They showed great passion for their hockey and their school.” “Every kid who ever laced up a pair of skates dreams about winning the Stanley Cup,” said Brendan Creagh, who was an assistant coach to Jim Lindsay when Lovejoy was at Deerfield, “and to have it become a reality for Ben, I’m thrilled for him. Ben’s obviously an outstanding athlete, but what’s helped set him apart is that he’s a hard worker, too.” After Deerfield and following one season at Boston College, Lovejoy transferred to Dartmouth College, playing there for three seasons, culminating his senior campaign with a berth on the All-ECAC Hockey Team. “I’ve always had fun playing hockey,” said Lovejoy, “but playoff hockey can get rather stressful. There’s so much anxiety, and excitement, and nervousness. I didn’t sleep for two months! You don’t want to be the guy who screws something up.” Well, he didn’t. So let’s change that tweet to “Go Bengwins!” //
FROM THE ARCHIVES
“We’re missing some ingredients . . .” If you are pictured here—or know when this photo was taken—drop us a line! communications@deerﬁeld.edu
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An old Dining Hall favorite, scaled down for your home kitchen.
Simple and filling, Shepherd’s P ie might just be the king of comfort foods. As the days get chillier and shorter, students tend to cheer when this longtime Dining Hall staple appears at sit-down meals.
1¾ lbs ¼ cup 2 tbsp 1 cup
Yield: One 13 x 9 x 1.5 inch pan
Ground beef Diced onion Flour Beef broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sauté ground beef and onions; drain off most of the fat and discard. Add flour to beef and onion mixture and stir well. Add broth and simmer to thicken.
16 oz 32 oz
Whole kernel corn Cream style corn
Drain whole kernel corn and mix with cream style corn.
~4 lbs ~2 oz ~¾ cup
Potatoes Butter, softened Milk, heated
Peel, cook, drain well, and mash potatoes. Add milk, butter, and pepper to taste. Whip to desired consistency.
White pepper to taste
Spread beef mixture in bottom of pan. Top with corn mixture, then potatoes. Bake at 350-degrees until heated through and lightly browned on top, about 30-45 minutes.
Note: Measurements for potatoes are approximate; what is required is well-seasoned mashed potatoes, not too wet, in a quantity sufficient to cover the casserole. If the amount of mashed potatoes seems excessive, line bottom and/or sides of the pan, too.
You Are Under Arrest for Master Minding the Egyptian Revolution (A Memoir) AUTHOR :
Ahmed Salah w/ Alex Mayyasi ’07
Spark Publications / 2016
An adaptation from Salah’s memoir may be found at: priceonomics.com/how-i-went-from-leading -the-egyptian-revolution-to/
Alex Mayyasi, currently an editor and staff writer at Priceonomics.com, partnered with Egyptian democracy activist Ahmed Salah in 2011 at the suggestion of Alex’s Stanford University professors. The result of their efforts— and the compelling story of Salah’s life’s work as an activist—is You Are Under Arrest for Master Minding the Egyptian Revolution (A Memoir). Salah, widely considered to be a co-leader of three of Egypt’s most prominent protest movements leading up to and during the Arab Spring, was attending a Stanford fellowship program during the summer of 2011. Alex, then a recent graduate of the university, was planning a move to Cairo and looking for projects; the duo began work on You Are Under Arrest that summer, and subsequently continued with the project in Cairo. Less than a year later, Salah was forced to ﬂee Egypt following an assassination attempt. He has remained in the US ever since, and in many ways is physically and emotionally hobbled by multiple health issues (including post traumatic stress disorder) due to his activism and related arrests and imprisonment in Egypt. You Are Under Arrest has been called “an important inside account and analysis by one of the principal strategists of the Egyptian revolution, frank in regard to the movement’s failures, but ultimately hopeful in the eventual triumph in the struggle for democracy.” It is also the very human story of how a man who had promised his father to never become involved in politics eventually became a major player in an extraordinary political revolution; it is the story of a man forced into exile; it is the story of a man who went from lecturing at Stanford University, testifying at a Congressional hearing, and meeting with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to living as a refugee working for minimum wage as a desk clerk in San Francisco just to survive. //
The night of January 24, 2011, I could not sleep. I tossed and turned and worried about what would happen the next day in cities across Egypt. For thirty years, a dictator had ruled my country. Under President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s economy deteriorated, political prisoners languished in jail, and corrupt politicians rigged elections for the president and his allies. I had spent nearly a decade working with democracy activists to overthrow Mubarak through nonviolent protest, and I believed the success or failure of our ten-year struggle would be determined tomorrow, on January 25. 90
It was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever been a part of ... Canada was up 8-2 at halftime, 11-8 after three periods, and 12-9 with just over seven minutes to play. That’s when we began our unbelievable comeback. —Philip Goss Pictured here with brother Nick ‘13
Philip Goss ’16 / by Bob York
For the US Men’s Under-19 Team that competed in this summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia, history was definitely on its side. During all seven previous tournaments, which gather the best teenage talent on the face of the Earth, the US has dominated play by ringing up a record of 47-2. A past tinted in gold can come back to haunt its heirs, though, and with so much at stake, no one with “USA” scrawled across his jersey wanted to be responsible for that streak coming to an end in 2016. “I think everyone had the winning streak on their mind because none of us wanted to be a part of the first US team that failed to finish first, ” admitted goaltender Phil Goss, who prepped for the international stage this spring by helping to lead Deerfield to the Western New England Division I Boys Lacrosse League Championship during his senior year. “I don’t think we dwelled on the streak, though,” added Goss, who will be playing his college ball at Brown. “I know I didn’t. During my career at Deerfield, I learned not to look too far ahead. We always tried to take it one play at a time … one quarter at a time … one game at a time. I never let myself lose sight of what lay immediately ahead of me, and, like at Deerfield, it worked.” As for that title streak, it eventually reached eight straight, but Goss would be the first to admit he and his teammates accomplished the feat the hard way: Title No. 8 wasn’t secure
until the Americans tallied the winning goal with just eight seconds remaining in the gold medal game, to post a 13-12 victory over Canada and close with a 6-0 showing. “It was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever been a part of,” said Goss, who shared goaltending duties during the tournament with Willie Klan (Syracuse). “Canada was up 8-2 at halftime, 11-8 after three periods, and 12-9 with just over seven minutes to play. “That’s when we began our unbelievable comeback,” added Goss, who played in three of six tournament games and allowed eight goals during that span of time. “We battled back to tie the game with about two-and-a-half minutes left and then won it with just eight seconds remaining. It was unbelievable.” Despite the nail-nibbling finale, the tournament was pretty much a replay of prior tournaments as far as the Americans were concerned. Overall, they outscored their opponents in the 14-team field by a commanding 97-31 margin. “It was a great experience,” said Goss, who earned all-league status and was named the league’s outstanding goaltender following a Big Green campaign (15-1) that saw him issue a stingy 5.8 goals against average and kept 13 of 16 opponents from reaching double figures. “The majority of guys I played with and against during this tournament already had a year of college experience,” added Goss, “so I couldn’t have asked for a better way to prepare myself to play on the next level.” //
FIRST PERSON: PAULA GRIFFITH EDGAR â€™95
Lessons From My Mother
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When I think about Deerﬁeld’s motto, “Be Worthy of Your Heritage,” I think of my mother, Joan Griffith. I think about how the lessons that I learned from her and from Deerﬁeld have steered my life’s path. My mother was my most inﬂuential mentor and role model—she exuded intelligence, strength, and wisdom. She was savvy and she was beautiful. This September marked ﬁfteen years since she was killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In the spring of 1991, when I walked onto the Deerﬁeld campus for the ﬁrst time, I was wearing one of my mother’s outﬁts. We were there for a school visit and interview, but I didn’t have appropriate “interview wear” because visiting DA was the ﬁrst time I had been in an interview setting. Coming from East New York—Brooklyn—I was a jeans, t-shirt and sneakers kid. My mother, however, always dressed impeccably and she insisted that I dress appropriately for the occasion. Lesson: You only get one chance to make a ﬁrst impression. Make it a good one. That fall, when we went shopping for my freshman year at Deerﬁeld, she bought me my ﬁrst pair of penny loafers and instead of putting pennies in the strap, she put dimes in them. Lesson: Remember your worth. This was a valuable and necessary reminder as I started on a new venture in a totally new and unfamiliar environment. On February 26, 1993, I was in class at Deerﬁeld when I learned there had been a bombing at the World Trade Center in New York City. I panicked because my mother worked in one of the towers. I remember calling home asking for updates, but I didn’t hear from my mother until after curfew. She had walked down the stairs of the South Tower and was in pain because she had a bad back. I didn’t want her to return to the World Trade Center, but she said she would go back because she had responsibilities to take care of at work. Lesson: Don’t let fear stop you from accomplishing your goals.
The weekend I graduated from Deerﬁeld, my mother took me shopping for my white graduation dress in Hadley. I hated every dress we found together. When I was in the dressing room, she brought me another one that looked shapeless and blah on the hanger, but once I tried it on, I knew it was the one. Lesson: Try something new and different, you just might love it. In August 2001, I visited my family on the East Coast. At that time, I was living in California and hadn’t been home in a while. I complained about having to make the detour to New Jersey when all of my friends were in New York, but I went. My mother again took me shopping and spent a lot of money on me. I was excited and grateful. I remember thinking about how happy I was just to be spending time with her. Lesson: Take the time to make memories. They will last, even if the clothes don’t. One month later, my mother was gone. Fifteen years later, I still ﬁnd myself reaching for the phone to call and hear her voice; but I know I don’t need to talk to her to remember the lessons she taught me. Every day I work hard as a mom, a wife, a lawyer, and a leader in an effort to continue to be worthy of my heritage. Final Lesson: Life is short and tomorrow is not promised. Make every minute of yours count. // Paula Griffith Edgar is an attorney and founder and principal of PGE LLC, a consulting ﬁrm that specializes in providing professional development workshops, career coaching, social media strategy, and diversity and inclusion. A civic leader and president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, she received her BA in anthropology from the California State University Fullerton and her JD from CUNY School of Law. She also serves Deerﬁeld as a member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, a 1995 class agent, and as a member of the Deerﬁeld Club of New York’s planning committee.
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Gerald Lauderdale R. Warren Breckenridge James McKinney John R. Allen Richard F. Boyden Hugh Smith Philip R. Chase Jr. Michael D. Grant Jr. Tom L'Esperance Joseph B. Twichell Bruce D. Grinnell George A. Fonda Jon W. Barker Thomas M. Poor Dwight E. Zeller Jr. Peter A. Acly Neal S. Garonzik Robert S. Lyle II Andrew R. Steele David H. Bradley Jr. Peter P. Drake Richard C. Garrison Douglas F. Allen Jr. John W. Kjorlien G. Kent Kahle K. C. Ramsay Michael C. Perry Bradford W. Agry Robert Dell Vuyosevich Lawrence C. Jerome J. Christopher Callahan III Geoffrey A. Gordon Dwight R. Hilson Peter M. Schulte Marshall F. Campbell III David R. DeCamp James P. MacPherson Jr.
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J. H. Tucker Smith Class Captain Paul J. S. Haigney Class Captain Stephen R. Quazzo Class Captain Daniel F. Goss Class Captain John B. Mattes Class Captain Paul M. Nowak Class Captain Kurt F. Ostergaard Class Captain Frank H. Reichel III Class Captain John G. Knight Class Captain J. Douglas Schmidt Class Captain Gregory R. Greene Class Captain B. Barrett Hinckley III Class Captain Christopher S. Miller Class Captain David A. Rancourt Class Captain Sydney M. Williams IV Class Captain Henri R. Cattier Class Captain Michael W. Chorske Class Captain John D. Amorosi Class Captain Andrew P. Bonanno Class Captain Oscar K. Anderson III Class Captain Gustave K. Lipman Class Captain Edward S. Williams Class Captain Jeb S. Armstrong Class Captain J. Nathaniel Arata Class Captain S. Shameem Awan Reunion Chair Jeffrey M. McDowell Reunion Chair Etienne D. Shanon Reunion Chair Raymond L. Walker Reunion Chair Hardy G. Watts Reunion Chair Kimberly A. Capello Class Captain Christopher T. DeRosa Class Captain Michelle M. Greenip Class Captain Charlotte York Matthews Class Captain Sarah D. Weihman Class Captain Jorie Gibbons Widener Class Captain Daniel B. Garrison Annual Giving National Chair Paula Griffith Edgar Class Captain
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Daniel D. Meyer Leslie W. Yeransian Amy S. Harsch Margot M. Pfohl Ashley Muldoon Lavin Alexander H. Mejia Christopher C. Wallace Michael P. Weissman Lisa Craig Emily D. Battle Adam J. Sureau Terrence P. O'Toole Dorothy E. Reifenheiser W. Malcolm Dorson Eric D. Grossman Tara A. Tersigni Nicholas Zachary Hammerschlag Caroline C. Whitton H. Jett Fein Anne R. Gibbons Bentley J. Rubinstein Davis A. Rosborough Jennifer R. Rowland Elizabeth Conover Cowan Samuel H. Hanson Robert H. Swindell IV Elizabeth U. Schieffelin Nicholas W. Squires Emily F. Blau West D. Hubbard Emilie O. Murphy Sergio A. Morales Carley G. Porter Alexandra T. Tananbaum Heidi B. Hunt Charles F. Carpenter
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Wade Brooks Cushing Weathers January 27, 2013
Harold Edwards, Jr. * May 16, 2016
Richard Edwards March 25, 2016
Frank Justus Clark June 7, 2016
John King Fauver April 16, 2016 James C. Kelleher April 18, 2016
Robert Calef Boardman April 17, 2013 William Stone Budington* April 19, 2016 1937
Harvey Hixon Newhall June 28, 2014 1938
William L. Atwood July 15, 2016 Robert Laughlin Edwards October 6, 2015 Malcolm Stevens MacGruer February 2, 2016 Robert Clinton McCutcheon February 16, 2016 Walter J. Yazwinski August 23, 2012 1939
George Chapley, Jr. August 11, 2012 Edmund Coffin April 18, 2016 Isabelle Grace Decker Graves August 5, 2016 Houghton McC. Trott April 28, 2016 1940
David Huntington Bradley* June 18, 2016 F. Wilson Smith September 30, 2015 Henry Charles Strecker January 17, 2016
David Allen Day May 15, 2016 Frank Richardson Dealy April 17, 2016 William Wyly Dunn* December 19, 2015 Sean Flavin April 17, 2015 1943
Edward Bering Hitchcock March 9, 2016 1944
John Pevey Stevenson January 10, 2016 William Andrews Urban August 31, 2016 Waltman Mayo Walters December 28, 2015 Peter Weaver November 6, 2015 1945
William Blake Allen, II October 3, 2015 Louis Arthur Buie, Jr. May 11, 2016 Oliver Murray Edwards, III November 6, 2013 John McLean, II January 29, 2016
Robert Augustine Newton April 3, 2016 Orlando Bronson Potter III August 15, 2016 Mary Lou Brown Wallace June 14, 2015 Donald Edward Wilkie, Sr. May 9, 2013 1954
Gillett Good Griffin June 9, 2016
Edward Eliot Burns, Jr. * July 3, 2016
Davis Taylor September 8, 2016
Edward Pierson April 15, 2012
David Hamilton Rice March 14, 2016
Stephen Baran January 23, 2015
Peter Oakes Sellar* August 23, 2016 1955
Walkerman David Dugan, Jr. July 23, 2016
James Edward Durkin* March 6, 2016
John Peter Ingersoll, Jr.* August 25, 2016
Charles Root Parsons August 8, 2016
John Alan Randau June 28, 2015
Joseph Verner Reed, Jr.* September 29, 2016 1957
Jonathan Rinehart August 30, 2016
Peter Greene Holbrook June 22, 2016
Robert Rosenman June 29, 2016
Ogden Mills Phipps April 6, 2016
John Parks Wheeler June 24, 2016
David Wilson April 28, 2014
Frank Eliot Ciesluk July 29, 2016 Robert Warren Shively July 18, 2016
Albert Cary Hills August 6, 2016
George Judson Newell, Jr. May 21, 2016 1964
Charles Morton Polan, Jr. May 19, 2016 1965
Edward Garner Flickinger* June 25, 2016 1981
Craig Ashton Johnson July 29, 2016 1990
Ian Uppercut Prout April 10, 2016 1991
Edward Lynn Setterberg* April 17, 2016 1994
Summer Anne Sieben Austin July 8, 2016 2004
Christopher Jason Diozzi August 28, 2016 2012
Behanzin Ricardo Callinder May 19, 2016
* Boyden Society Member / In Memoriam as of October 10, 2016. Please go to deerďŹ eld.edu/commonroom for the most up-to-date information on classmates, including obituaries.
Find the key words in the jumble below. The remaining letters, read row by row (left to right, starting at the top), will reveal a famous saying. Send the lines to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Puzzle, Communications Office, PO Box 87, Deerfield, MA 01342, and you’ll be entered to win some great gear for a furry friend! (The winner will be chosen at random from all correct answers received by November 30, 2016.) *Tips: Circle only the key words listed below, and do not circle backwards words. KEY WORDS
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Congratulations to Guilford Forbes ‘41 whose answer was drawn at random from all the correct answers we received for the Spring’16 puzzle: “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”—Winston S. Churchill
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1930s Leather Football Helmet
An example of Spalding’s “Winged Helmet” that was gaining popularity with schools and colleges in the 30s. This particular helmet, along with an entire uniform, was recently donated to the Academy Archives by the family of John Hollister ’40, who played “Midget” and “Lightweight” football at Deerﬁeld for ﬁve seasons (1935-1939).
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