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The Truth Behind the Trash 16 On Cue 24 The Pursued, the Pursuing, the Busy, and the Tired 32
Comments 3 / Along Albany Road 4 / Thank You 38 / The Common Room 46
cover + inside spread, Brent M. Hale
In Memoriam 99 / First Person: Bill Knox â€™48 102 / Object Lesson 105
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For Carole I was early, for once. Applying to Deerfield was something I’d never imagined a couple years before; first, because boarding schools were a fairy tale punishment to me, and second, because once, when passing through, my mother told me there was a famous boys’ school nearby, to which I replied, “No girls? No way!” Yet there I was, arriving in my tweed and tie, more than an hour before my scheduled interview. We’d driven from Vermont, leaving early in case the weather didn’t cooperate. Arriving at the Academy didn’t feel like an arrival at all: we couldn’t find the place. Old houses, a sleepy street, and a complete lack of any sign that said “Deerfield Academy” meant that we were lost in plain sight. We were on our second lap of the street when hundreds of boys appeared from the east, weaving their way through the snow banks and idling cars and each other. They vanished into brick buildings that seem to have appeared just as suddenly but that now remained firmly planted in the snow. We parked. Lacking an overcoat and too self-conscious to wear a parka, I was freezing. I wore loafers purchased for this very trip; I could feel my socks getting wet as I slipped my way through the snow and up the steps. The Main School Building was larger inside than out, and it seemed cavernously empty. I wasn’t just early—I was too early. A glance down the hall to the left showed a sleepy library, virtually empty. To the right, an office with lights on. I could see people moving around inside.
As I moved down the silent hall I realized how out of place I was. A financial aid kid and the youngest child in a family of hard-core New Yorkers, Deerfield’s New England aesthetic and polished appearance made me wilt. I couldn’t possibly be in the right place. My earliness made me worry: I was surely inconveniencing someone by showing up at the wrong time. Was our car in the right spot? The kids in the Deerfield viewbook were models of confidence, poise, and purpose— and here I was second guessing, uncertain of every detail. I was clearly in the wrong place. I was greeted by a smiling face that is today very familiar to me: Carole Moynihan, who has worked at Deerfield since 1972, and who retired this fall. “You must be David,” she said. I was astonished: I was expected. I’ve never forgotten that moment.
—David Thiel ’91, Director of Communications
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Comments Recently, reference was made to Deerfield’s first track championship. I think that is great. However, you may not know that Deerfield won the Interscholastic Track Championship in 1946 at Mount Hermon. I realize that the 11 schools competing may not have been as representative as today’s championship meet, but it was a significant victory at the time. Three Deerfield students won first place in their events: Blanchard (high jump), Shively (pole vault), and yours truly (880-yard run). My time in the event set a new school record. I note that Kim Valentine, who placed second in the mile, recently passed away. He made a fine contribution to understanding training for teenagers in distance running with a book published back in the 70s. After my brief track career at Deerfield, at North Carolina I went on to win first in the Southern Conference two-mile in 1947, ’49, and ’50. I set a two-mile record in 1949, a mark that stood until 1955. Deerfield prepared me well for an academic career, as well as track, and I shall always be grateful for the opportunity to attend the school.
Sam Magill ’46 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
I read an article in a recent alumni publication that stated that the Deerfield track team won the New England Championship. It also stated that it was the first championship in 73 years. I beg to differ . . . I was a member of the 1946 team that won the New England Interscholastic Championship, which was held at Mount Hermon. We were behind going into the last event—the half-mile relay. We won the relay and the championship by one and a half points, beating Williston. I believe we were the first Deerfield team to win such a feat. I don’t believe any team ahead of us had that distinction. We earned this honor, please don’t take it from us.
John (Jack) Murphy ’47 Pensacola, Florida I’ve just read in the winter edition of Deerfield Magazine the very fine and complimentary article on the Academy’s Safety and Security Department, and want to tell you how much I appreciate for all concerned, that you saw fit to include it in your excellent magazine. It must be particularly meaningful to the members of that department, who are so deserving and seldom, if ever, get such coverage.
Regarding the photo on page 58 in the spring issue of Deerfield Magazine, I will leave up to you any discussion of the difference between the uses of free time in that era and now. But, the object in question was a replacement heating oil fuel tank dropped off in front of the gym entrance, and there were so few signs of an outside world then, that our own little cargo cult understood that the tank had been delivered for us to decorate, honor, and use. First, we painted it as shown in our yearbook, and then we realized that we were supposed to climb on top of it and roll it back and forth. The magazine picture shows us in mid-rotation, trying to fling classmates off in our own giant log-rolling contest. We could never get a full rotation—not enough energy to overcome the stop at the inspection covers. But, we tried. That’s me on the left.
Michael H. Bartlett ’70 Davie, Florida
Congratulations to the successful “As Schools Match Wits” team mentioned in Deerfield Magazine’s spring 2012 edition. The article notes Deerfield teams have competed on the show “for over a decade.” You could have said “for well over a decade”; we had teams on the show in 1972-73 and 197374. Check The Scroll to see if there were more. “As Schools Match Wits” is known as the longest-running high school quiz show in the country, having run since 1961.
Allen Jackson ’74 Old Greenwich, Connecticut Loved the photo spread of 1982 DA cycling legends in the most recent Deerfield Magazine. Definitely recognize Rob Smith ’84 on the line, though he is mostly obscured, and Pres McKee ’85 in the second row. Thirty years later and I’m still riding, after nine months off due to chronic pain. Plan on lining up for a race later this year!
Matt Harrington ’85 Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Tom Young ’49 Grosse Pointe, Michigan deerfield.edu
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LIT TLE BROWN HOUSE...BIG RENOVATION
A fixture in Deerfield since 1760, prior to this summer the Little Brown House’s last renovation began in the late fall of 1954, when it was remodeled into “modern” living quarters for the Academy’s Superintendent of Buildings, Robert Savage. This time around, the house was completely stripped— literally from top to bottom—and now features a new cedar shake roof, new chimney, insulated 12 over 12 windows, and an updated side entranceway, among other improvements. The Little Brown House has been home to several families over the decades, from its first occupant, David Saxton, a shoemaker for the village, to Epaphras Hoyt, whose books on warfare caught the attention of General George Washington himself, and others. Associate Head of School for Operations and Chief Financial Officer Keith Finan and his wife are proud to be the current occupants. This year’s renovation was possible through the generosity of longtime Deerfield volunteers Marc ’74 and Julia Johnson P’08, ’11, ’14.
>>>Photographs by JR Delaney
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Here’s the story, of Deerfield’s new faculty... Mary Ross Science
Worked as a laboratory and lecture teaching assistant at Cambridge University while earning her PhD | Taught chemistry at the Upper School in Wichita, KS | Has helped with extracurricular activities such as Model UN, debate, and other academic teams
Eve Goldenberg English
An experienced instructor of writing and literature who comes to Deerfield by way of Phillips Exeter Academy | A rowing coach who has worked with the Exeter, University of New Hampshire, and Columbia crew teams
Casey Kelsey Science
Double majored in biology and economics at Brown University | Rowed for the highly successful Brown Women’s Varsity Crew team | A tri-varsity athlete at St. Paul’s School
David Miller Global Studies Director Has traveled to over 35 countries | Spent summers working for Academic Treks/Broadreach, leading international study trips for teens | Earned his MEd from Harvard this past spring
Kevin Kelly Assistant Dean of Students Earned his MEd at the University of Massachusetts | Has been an elementary school principal and special education teacher | A seasoned administrator, business owner, and high school football coach
Christopher “Kip” Dooley English
Dartmouth College graduate | Captained Dartmouth’s Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Team, and earned All-Ivy Honors | Studied abroad at the School for International Training in Cape Town, South Africa
Antonio Lopez-Pina Language Dept – Spanish
Holds a master’s degree in Political Science and sociology from Universidad Complutense y UNED in Madrid | Taught for the School Year Abroad program in Zaragoza, Spain | Presented with an Outstanding Educator Award in 2010 for excellence in secondary education
Johnathan Chittuluru SCIENCE Double majored in biology and chemistry at Cornell | Earned his PhD in 2011 from The Scripps Research Institution | Has experience singing with numerous a cappella groups
CRYSTAL NILSSON Director of Dance
Filling in for Jennifer Whitcomb, who is on sabbatical | A graduate of Ball State University, recently earned her MFA in Dance and Choreography from Smith College | Has taught at Smith, Springfield College, Keene State, and Deerfield
Paul “Chad” Smith
Interim Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life Is a minister at the Brookline Church of Christ | Guest blogger and analyst for Facing History and Ourselves | Principal and founder of The Trivium Collaborative, a consulting venture
Amanda Zranchev Science
2012 graduate of Colgate University | Majored in physics, minored in Applied Mathematics | Was a member of Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society for Physics | Loves athletics, especially squash, softball, and curling
Paul Secker Math
Joined the Math Department to cover for Nils Ahbel, who is on sabbatical | Working on his master’s degree in mathematics; holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and MEd from Kent State University | Already known on campus as a basketball coach and “Hazel’s dad”
Brent M. Hale
This fall 28 freshmen and sophomore boys, their proctors, and three faculty families settled into the Academy’s most recent building project—simply known as “a new dorm” for the time being. Featuring comfortable common spaces, bright rooms, and solar and photovoltaic panels on the roof, the new dorm is both efficient and welcoming.
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Fresh and New for Freshmen and Sophomores
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A Hopeful Beginning Riley Ennis: “Define Your Passion...”
Poetry in Motion Billy Collins to Read at Deerfield I see all of us reading ourselves away from ourselves, Straining in circles of light to find more light Until the line of words becomes a trail of crumbs That we follow across a fresh page of snow; Excerpt from the poem “Books,” first published in The Apple That Astonished Paris, 1988. The New York Times Book Review once commented that young writers have plenty to learn from Billy Collins’ clarity and apparent ease, and in October all Deerfield students will have the opportunity to learn from this beloved US poet laureate emeritus. A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College, Collins served as poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, during which time, at the special request of the Librarian of Congress, he wrote “The Names”—a remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. On September 6, 2002, Collins read the poem at a special joint session of Congress; he has read it in public on only one other occasion, and has vowed not to include it in any of his books, thereby refusing to capitalize on such tragic events. However, “The Names” is included in the Library of Congress’ The Poets Laureate Anthology. As poet laureate, Collins also developed the program Poetry 180 for use in high schools. In addition to his longtime work as a professor (he began his tenure at Lehman College in 1968), Collins co-founded The Mid Atlantic Review, is a founding advisory board member of the CUNY Institute for Irish-American studies at Lehman, has taught and served as a visiting writer at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as teaching workshops across the US and in Ireland. He also serves on the advisory boards of several literary journals.
In a word, Convocation 2012 was inspirational. On September 9 Deerfield welcomed biotech prodigy Riley Ennis to help kick off the 2012–2013 academic year. “There are so many little things you can change in your life that will lead to action, success, and fulfilling dreams,” said Ennis. “The words we choose and the activities we decide to fill our lives with are the first steps to changing the world.” Currently a sophomore at Dartmouth, Ennis has been working on a cancer vaccine technology that teaches the immune cells of the body to recognize and remove tumors; his work has caught the attention of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Sheikh Zayed Institute, the INOVA research foundation, and the former senior vice president of Pfizer. In addition, he worked to receive over $10,000 in initial funding for his biotechnology startup, Immudicon LLC, which is focused on licensing the cancer vaccine platform technology. Ennis plans to double major in economics and biomedical engineering, he is on the executive board of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Society, is an executive fellow for the Kairos Society, and is working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on a cancer nanotechnology research project. “You must define your passion and pursue projects that make improvements to the world around you,” Ennis advised. “We are often fixed on the idea that making an impact is too hard or even impossible . . . Success should not be defined by outcomes, awards, and money, but rather, by living a life of empathy and integrity.”
Print is not Collins’ only medium, and his 1997 recording The Best Cigarette was a bestseller; in 2005 the CD was re-released under a Creative Commons license, allowing free, non-commercial distribution of the recording. Collins has also been a regular performer on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” In preparation for his visit to Deerfield, all faculty and students read Collins’ most recent publication and national bestseller of new and selected poems, Sailing Alone Around the Room.
Danny Hooks: Veer
2012 Heritage Award Recipient, Kerry Emanuel ’73 It is appropriate that 2012 Heritage Award recipient, Kerry Emanuel ’73, will be on campus in the midst of hurricane season, since he has literally written the book(s) on the atmospheric phenomenon. A professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emanuel has specialized in atmospheric convection and the mechanisms acting to intensify hurricanes. His 2005 book, Divine Wind—The History and Science of Hurricanes, was hailed as a skillful blend of history, science, and art, and an “engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events.” Emanuel has been named one of the Time 100 influential people, and in 2007, he was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Emanuel’s most recent publication, What We Know About Climate Change, outlines the basic science of global warming and how the current consensus among scientists that human activity has significantly increased greenhouse gases (and thereby affected the Earth’s climate) was reached. What We Know About Climate Change also addresses global warming skeptics—including elected officials who continue to dismiss this broad scientific consensus. First published in 2007, the 2012 edition also covers events that have occurred since the original publication. The Heritage Award is presented annually to a Deerfield alumnus whose professional and personal achievements have represented a special contribution to the betterment of society; in short, someone whose life exemplifies the Academy’s motto: “Be Worthy of Your Heritage.” Previous recipients have included diplomat Warren Zimmerman ’52, author John McPhee ’49, Paralympian Christopher Waddell ’87, and others. Nominees are proposed to the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, and a panel of students, faculty, and Executive Committee members selects finalists. Last year’s recipient was former Deerfield Headmaster Eric Widmer ’57. Kerry Emanuel will come to Deerfield to accept the Heritage Award and address students, faculty, and staff on October 10.
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A Man for (Predicting) All Seasons
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Pride and Anticipation
A Report from the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid by Patricia L. Gimbel
Among the hundreds of letters I received this year, one from an applicant’s father referenced Head of School Margarita Curtis’ compelling 2011 Convocation address, which tied together Imagine Deerfield and the values that define the Academy and keep us in such high demand: How heartened I was to hear Dr. Curtis speak of “CPA”—character point average (as compared to “GPA”—grade point average) and the importance of student character. Dr. Curtis talked about the importance of traditions at Deerfield because of how they connect with the school’s ideals: academic excellence, service to others, and the pursuit of a life well lived. Hearing this is enough to bring a parent to tears . . . what more could a conscientious parent want for their child? As a potential parent, I look forward to seeing my child fulfill the Deerfield mission both as a student and beyond. And as our new students participated in our treasured tradition in the Memorial Building Lobby, rising to their feet and introducing themselves to the faculty and to each other, I was struck by the diversity, in every sense of the word, that these new students bring to our community. Counted among our accomplished new students are: An actress who has appeared in two Law and Order episodes as well as the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; an entrepreneur who founded Valley Taste Testers to scientifically test and rate ice creams made in the Pioneer Valley, which resulted in a publication supported by the Amherst (MA) Chamber of Commerce that helped promote tourism to the area; the #1 boys junior squash player in the world; a photographer with a solo exhibition at the Marblehead Arts Association’s 90th Anniversary celebration; the first place winner for two consecutive years in the National Piano Competition in Sarajevo; the pitcher for the #1 ranked AAA travel team in the US; the three-time Bulgarian national champion in Tae Kwon Do; the ESPN RISE #3 lacrosse goalie in the US for 2012; the Idaho State gold medalist in the 300m hurdles who is also the top soccer goal scorer in Idaho; a young woman who was one of three students to receive the top score on the Florida Math League exam; a creative writer who has two #1 articles published by Teen Ink; a softball pitcher who averages over 12 strikeouts per game and also won first place in the 50-yard backstroke at the New England
Regional Swimming Championships; a violinist who won first place prizes at the Shanghai Art Performance Festival, the Beijing 12th Student Art Festival, and the 37th Annual International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna; the winner of the Best in Category for Electronics in the Illinois State Science Competition; a young man who raised over $11,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by riding his unicycle 355 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC; a US Junior Olympics cross country champion; the winner of Russian Olympiads in both physics and astronomy; an entrepreneur who started her own baking company, Diva Cakes; a young man who was honored at the USA National Hockey Development Camp as the top goaltender in the US; and the first place and gold medal winner with a perfect score at the Continental Math League Exam, who also won first place at the Robot Design Competition at the Lego League Open International Championships in Taiwan; in addition, he has filed a provisional patent for his chipless RFID, a parallel bar code that will signal at a cash register if a product is contaminated or has been recalled; and, he can complete a Rubik’s cube in 25 seconds! Clearly, this has been another remarkable admission year for the Academy. During the opening week of school, we felt a mixture of pride and anticipation watching our admission efforts rewarded as 206 talented new students, chosen from 2378 applicants, arrived on campus, enthusiastically committing to a Deerfield education. Many of our bright and talented students have the opportunity to attend Deerfield because of our continuing commitment to a robust financial aid program. The full cost of tuition and required fees at the Academy is now $49,625, above the median family income in the US. Our average financial aid award for boarding students jumped this year to close to $40,000. Recent research indicates that only 1.5 percent of US families can afford to send their child to Deerfield, so it is not surprising that 50 percent of applicant families are requesting financial aid. Fortunately, our generous financial aid budget of over $7.3 million supports 35 percent of our students and is critical to attracting a student body that blends every sense of diversity.
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The Question Master Ben Bakker: S. Truman Olin Jr. ’50 Science Chair
Gabriel Amadeus Cooney
by Rob Morgan Deerfield is changing, and Ben Bakker has something to do with it. Several years ago, Ben, a physics teacher, and his colleagues in Deerfield’s Science Department were talking about teaching and learning. “It was informal,” says Ben. “We simply wanted to rank those things that were most important for students to learn, and then we wanted to see if we were delivering.” To find the answers, they did what scientists naturally do: they asked questions. “We asked ourselves what it was that we were doing when we fell in love with science,” Ben recalls. It wasn’t a lecture, a book, or a particular assignment that got them hooked. “It was solving a problem; it was the satisfaction that came from grappling with something, and we wondered if we were creating opportunities for our students to do the same.” This was an important “moment of self-reflection,” and it led to a rethinking of the way a classroom, and a department, could work. At the time, Ben was chair of the Science Department, a position he held for five years. “Under Ben’s thoughtful leadership,” says David Howell, who retired this past spring after 43 years, “the department embraced an inquiry-based approach to learning as the central component of its core curriculum.” The shift was from a content-based approach in which teachers lecture and students, hoping to capture the correct info, scribble copious notes. In the new model, “questions are handed over to students,” Ben explains, and they become responsible for finding answers, by working together, by revisiting their original questions and assumptions. In a world increasingly relying on collaboration, synthesis, and critical thinking skills as keys to problem solving, this change made a lot of sense. Teachers act as guides in the new classroom model, encouraging and inspiring students. A role suited for Ben, whom Howell calls “a master of asking his students good questions, reveling in their delight as they unlock the mysteries of physics for themselves.” At first, students were unsure of this new environment. “But then they got it,” Ben says. “What they’re learning is that asking their own questions, being curious and persistent, will be more important in their lives than collecting facts.” What works for students, can work for teachers. “There is no arriving at being a good teacher,” Ben points out, noting that improvement is an ongoing process of exploration, similar to the process of inquiry his students have tackled. What matters is the search, the “grappling” with questions.
There is no arriving at being a good teacher. Improvement is an ongoing process of exploration, similar to the process of inquiry his students have tackled. As a way to become better at their craft, Ben and his colleagues have cultivated a “community of openness” in their department. “The most important thing that can happen to a teacher is to open your door”—literally. According to Ben, science teachers are free to walk into another’s class at any time. This can be relieving, he says. “If the door is closed, we risk isolation and doubts can grow. We have a lot to learn from each other, and so when we can share ideas, when we know that it’s okay to be flawed, we can take risks and then try something new. Creating a community like this is important. When it happens—and we did it in the Science Department—you say ‘I love to go to work.’” In addition to teaching physics and computer science, Ben has advised the Academy’s Christian Fellowship and Community Service programs, leading students to post-Katrina Mississippi to help rebuild, and traveling to South Africa where he brought laptop computers to a rural school. He also co-founded Elements, a co-curricular that introduces students to outdoors skills, and he has led students to first-place finishes in electric vehicle and robotics competitions. Ben is “extraordinarily modest and unassuming, always putting the needs of others ahead of his own,” says David Howell, who preceded Ben as the holder of the S. Truman Olin Jr. ’50 Science Chair. “All of us—students, faculty, and staff—benefit each day from his wisdom, his kindness, and his constant and loyal support as colleague, teacher, and friend.” On this, there is no question.
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SHOW YOUR WORK A picture is worth a thousand words... Real work by real Deerfield students THE CLASS: Calculus THE ASSIGNMENT: Find the area of a region
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by Bob York
The primary face of the program, however, is among the missing this fall. Jan Flaska, who has served as head coach for the past seven seasons and guided Deerfield into three tournaments during that span, is taking a year’s sabbatical to study theology at the University of Chicago, “So, I’ll be cheering the kids on from afar,” quipped Flaska, who is scheduled to return to the sidelines in 2013. Until then, Tom Heise has assumed the coaching reins. And the new boss has a familiar look about him, too; Heise spent the past seven years coaching the JV team and that follows an 11-year stint—1993 through 2004—serving as head coach of the varsity. “While I have really enjoyed coaching the junior varsity for the past few years, I’m excited to have the opportunity to coach the varsity while Jan is on leave,” said Heise, whose son, Kurt, captained last year’s team and earned All-League honors as a senior.
Deerfield’s boys soccer team should have plenty of familiar faces to get it back to a familiar destination this fall: the tournament. The Big Green, which has earned nine tourney berths over the past 18 years, didn’t make the cut last fall, but with 14 lettermen returning, the hope is its postseason respite will be a brief one.
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“I’m looking forward to helping our players improve as a team and as individuals to compete successfully in one of the strongest soccer leagues in the country,” added Heise, who tutored the Big Green to six tournament invites and to the 1995 Western New England Prep School Soccer Association championship. “I want them to learn how to rise to the challenges that present themselves in interscholastic sports and will remind them (again and again!) how lucky they are to pull on a green jersey and compete for Deerfield.” Heise, who is assisted by fellow faculty member Steve Taft, inherits a strong defensive squad, since this fall’s roster includes Camil Blanchet ’14, who represents half of a goaltending duo that allowed just 29 goals in 16 games last year. Returnees on a stifling defensive unit also include Conner Romeyn ’13, Wyatt Sharpe ’13, and Cole Horton ’14. “We lost more than we won,” said Flaska of last year’s squad, “but we didn’t underachieve,” added the Big Green mentor of a team that saw seven losses decided by a single goal—three by a 1-0 margin and four others by a 2-1 deficit. “These kids were gamers, they never gave up and battled to the end and the kids who returned this fall will approach the game with that same attitude—that’s just the way they play the game.” Offensively, Heise, who also played soccer for the “Big Green”—of Dartmouth College—and was elected captain his senior season and named an All-Ivy League selection as well, will be leaning on Jackson Dayton ’13, last year’s leading scorer and this year’s captain. Through 16 games last year, Deerfield scored just 13 goals and Dayton, an All-League pick, netted five of those tallies. He also had a pair of assists to finish with a team-high seven points. Making sure that opposing defenses aren’t able to concentrate solely on Dayton, Alex Osgood ’13 returns to his forward slot, while Steve Baisch ’14 and Zz Salvador ’14 will be at midfield. “I’ll be keeping in touch with many of the kids through email,” said Flaska, who, in addition to beginning work on his doctorate in philosophy, will be keeping his head in the game by serving as an assistant coach for the University of Chicago men’s soccer team.••
Class Visits (Periods 1, 2, 3)
Welcome from Head of School Margarita Curtis
10:40am-1:10pm Class Visits (Periods 4, 5, 6, 7) 11:30am-1:30pm
2013 Summer Travel Opportunities Dominican Republic, Sheryl Cabral France, Francoise Ellis Jordan, Samar Moushabeck Uruguay, Virginia Invernizzi
Pathways to College with Marty Lyman, Director of College Advising and Peter Warsaw, Academic Dean
The 1704 Deerfield Raid Walking Tour with Amanda Rivera Lopez, Director of Museum Education and Interpretation. Preregistration required.
Class Receptions (Parents only, please)
Parents Fall Weekend Dinner
Performing Arts Showcase
9:00pm-11:00pm Gathering for Parents at PVMA (Parents only, please) 9:30pm
Curfew for Classes of 2015, 2016
Curfew for Classes of 2013, 2014
Saturday, October 13 7:00-8:15am
8:00am-12:00pm Faculty/Parent Conferences 8:30-10:30am
Deerfield Parents Network
Parent Annual Fund and Senior Class Campaign Volunteer Lunch
Creativity and Technology in Education Today with Peter Warsaw, Academic Dean, and Pete Nilsson, Assistant Dean of Faculty
The Williams House Door: A Deerfield Academy Icon with Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield.
Optional Dinner for those still on campus
Sunday, October 14 7:30am
Coffee and Refreshments
10:30am-12:15pm Optional Brunch for those still on campus
THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TRASH
“Deerfield Academy seeks to preserve our heritage by operating in a manner that sustains our natural and human resources for future generations.” Academy Sustainability Mission Statement—approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees, January 2012.
By Nathaniel Reade
Jeff Jewett sprang a little surprise on his Advanced Placement Environmental Science class. All he’d told them beforehand was that their next research report was going to involve something called a trash audit, and that they should not wear class dress. When they arrived, Jewett, a wiry, fast-talking 34-year-old with a dark beard and blue eyes, led his students outside the Koch Center to something he’d set up by the track. There they saw eight plastic bags of trash he’d collected that morning, laid out on a tarp and surrounded by orange cones and yellow “caution” tape. Their task was to sort everything, weigh it, and in so doing better understand what Deerfield Academy throws away. Some of the students were enthusiastic. Some begrudgingly complied. And some openly rebelled. “I’m not touching that,” one girl said. “No way,” agreed another. A third student said, “I can’t do this.” “Why not?” Jewett asked them. “It’s too gross.” “Who wants to go through someone else’s garbage?” “It’s disgusting.” “Just put on the suits,” Jewett told them, and they did: Tyvek coveralls, booties, gloves, and masks he’d provided. They started laughing. Then they saw that their teacher was picking up the most disgusting things of all, and joined in. Over the next two hours, aside from one brief setback when the wind blew a corner of tarp into a girl’s face, causing her to scream like a horror movie actress, nearly everyone in Jewett’s class sorted trash. They put moldy apple bits into the compost pile, soda cans into recycling, used tissues into “bio hazard,” and slimy, stinking, week-old take-out containers into the trash. As they worked, Jewett says, his students became horrified—not because of the smell, but because “half the things shouldn’t have been there.”
His students began to ask Jewett lots of questions: Why were there perfectly good ceramic dishes from the Dining Hall in the trash? And so many recyclable cans? Why would someone throw away a new pair of jeans? And why was there so much trash in the first place? “I don’t know,” Jewett said. “Go ask your friends.” Jeff Jewett was hired last fall to fill a new position at Deerfield: He’s both a science teacher and the school’s Sustainability Coordinator. His goal, he says, is “to make the invisible visible. People think that when you flush the toilet or toss something in the trash, it just magically goes away. Well, where does it go? What happens when you turn on a light switch? Is it just magic light? No. It comes from someplace— possibly a power company that burns coal that was mined by completely removing the top of an Appalachian mountain.” Jewett takes his students to waste-treatment and recycling plants. He screened a movie about mountain-top-removal coal mining. He teaches the sustainable way to do things, then tries to make it easy for people to comply. He also pushes to ensure that Deerfield serves as a model for sustainability. Toward that end, Jewett advocated for more solar panels on the new dorm [see “Sustainability Successes” at right]. He works with a group of student “enviromental proctors,” who coordinate recycling, composting, and conservation efforts in each dorm. He’s helping to develop Deerfield’s Sustainability Action Plan [see page 20, “The Sustainability Wish List”], and it’s his job to make recommendations and monitor energy efficient practices. It’s a tall order, but he’s not alone in his efforts. When Jewett first came to Deerfield in 2011, he was impressed by the grassroots support for sustainability that already existed across all corners of the campus: He saw Physical Plant workers who wanted to grow food, a Dining Hall that had done away with trays to save the water and energy required to wash them, Finance Office folks willing to spend the money for
Jewett teaches the sustainable way to do things, then tries to make it easy for people to comply. He also pushes to ensure that Deerfield serves as a model for sustainability.
Jeff Jewett says Deerfield already has a lot to be proud of. In addition to the steady carbonfootprint-reducing work of the Physical Plant team, he points to the installation of a slate roof, solar hot water, and solar-electric panels on the roof of the new dorm, which cost quite a bit up front, but will save money over the life of the building. As Chief Financial Officer Keith Finan puts it, “It’s not just good—it’s good business.”
The new dorm, just completed, has a 16-kilowatt
photovoltaic system on the roof, which ought to cover at least half of the building’s electrical usage, and a solar hot water system on its roof that will reduce the cost of hot water heating by about a third, and avoid adding over seven tons of CO2 to the atmosphere each year.
Natural gas usage has been reduced by 18 percent, and oil by seven percent, even as the overall size of the
physical plant (facilities) has increased. That represents an average savings of approximately $150,000/year.
New chillers installed at the ice rink in 2009 have reduced electrical use there by 42 percent.
Waste heat from the rink chillers melts ice and snow
New lights in the rink use 50 percent less electricity
Students no longer have refrigerators in their rooms, producing big electrical savings.
The Dining Hall uses no trays, saving the energy and
The school uses disposable cups and utensils that are made of biodegradable natural materials, and
and produce far less waste heat, thus requiring less chilling.
water required to wash them; for those items that require washing, the new dishwasher uses 78 percent less water.
Used cooking oil is converted to biodiesel.
Deerfield composts food scraps locally. This reduces dumping costs and prevents the landfilling of organic matter that would otherwise convert to methane, 20 times more harmful a greenhouse gas than CO2. (For details on one alumnus’ innovative response to the methane produced on his farm, see page 83.)
on the sidewalks, reducing snow-clearing costs.
can be composted.
“Vending Misers” installed on soda machines
turn off their lights when nobody’s around, and monitor usage to reduce electrical costs.
The Koch Center, with its turf roof, solar panels, and intelligent use of daylight, earned a LEED Gold certification. Over the last five years Deerfield’s electricity usage has been reduced by 20 percent, saving about $220,000/year.
As part of an effort to push Deerfield even further towards a future that’s both economically and environmentally sound, Jeff Jewett and Dave Purington are shepherding the school in creating a sustainability action plan. Here are some of the things they’d like to see accomplished if and when the funds are available:
compostable cups and recycled paper, and a facilities director who had already “picked the low-hanging fruit.” Jewett regularly works alongside another recent hire, Dave Purington, the Academy’s Environmental Management Coordinator. Together they chair Deerfield’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC), a combination of students, faculty, and staff that works toward advancing the school’s sustainability mission. Purington’s primary duty is ensuring that the school obeys federal and state environmental regulations on everything from smokestack emissions to lead paint removal. He does lots of other things as well— from serving as an environmental liaison across campus to spearheading the recycling program. This fall Purington unveiled the THINK 80/20 Program, geared to improve already active recycling on campus by standardizing the process. As with all of Deerfield’s sustainability efforts, it will be an ongoing, long-term process: the school year began with steps to improve education and publicity of recycling (particularly in dorms)—hence the 80/20 concept—to remind students and employees that 80 percent of their waste should be recycled or reused. In the dorms, waste management is simplified to two streams: recycling and landfill; in the Physical Plant it becomes a little more complicated, with the recycling bay acting as a receptacle for paper and plastic, of course, but also electronics, batteries, light bulbs, and hazardous wastes such as pesticides and solvents. Both Jewett and Purington heap praise on the man who oversees that department: Chuck Williams ’72, Director of Facilities, who they say for years has been reducing costs in ways that benefit the environment “not because it was fashionable,” Purington says, “but because it was the right
Retrofit all older buildings. Director of Facilities Chuck Williams has done a great job of replacing windows, boilers, and insulation on all the buildings he upgrades. The ones that remain, Williams says, are the hardest, with some of them requiring complete gutting. But as Jewett points out, conservation pretty quickly pays for itself. (This summer, the Little Brown House was completely renovated—see pages 4 and 5.)
thing to do.” Williams and his staff, for instance, have replaced over 1200 windows in the past six years with insulated, double-paned glass, and replaced the furnaces in 33 out of 44 houses with new Buderus boilers that are up to 97 percent efficient. Williams has also taken full advantage of 30-to-50-percent subsidies offered by the school’s power company, replacing lighting in the hockey rink and pool, for instance, which cut the electrical demand there by almost half. He not only replaced the chillers at the hockey rink, but also figured out a way, for the cost of a thousand feet of pipe, to use those chillers year-round, more efficiently cooling the Dining Hall, the pool, Greer Store, and several offices. That, he said, “was big, big savings.” The result is that at the same time as Deerfield has increased its interior spaces by 110,000 square feet, it has also reduced its utility bills. As Jewett points out, Chuck Williams’ efforts do more than save money and emissions: They create a model for students. Deerfield isn’t just preaching sustainability; it’s living it, thus teaching a kind of “new normal.” Students who live around photovoltaic solar panels, and who recycle, compost, and turn off their power strips at night, will hopefully go forth into the world and help make this the standard everywhere. “One cool thing about a boarding school,” Jewett says, “is that we have access to these kids 16 hours each day. I want that time in the dorm to teach them something, too.” Jewett is a major promoter of the Green Cup Challenge, in which for one month all the dorms compete with each other and peer schools to reduce their electricity usage against a baseline, earning the winners dress-down days and feeds. Last year they battled Andover and beat them by a 7.8 percent reduction to Andover’s 3.6.
Increase the amount of renewable energy Deerfield produces for itself. Currently, the school spends about $900,000 each year on electricity, and it has no choice, Jewett says, but to buy some that’s produced from burning coal. He estimates that covering all the appropriate roofs on campus with photovoltaic panels would cut that bill in half—and once installed, those panels would save 665 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year.
During the Green Cup Challenge, Jewett says, students can look at an online, near-real-time dashboard displaying their dorm’s electrical usage, so when they turn off lights in the common room, say, they can immediately see their load go down. Because a computer in sleep mode can still draw up to 75 watts, adding $100 per year to an electric bill, e-proctors encouraged everyone to unplug everything they could before going away for long weekends, to reduce “phantom loads.” Chuck Williams says that the really big savings comes when you change the culture. During last year’s Green Cup Challenge, Deerfield’s students saved 7768 kilowatt-hours of electricity, about $1000 on the school’s electric bill, and prevented the release, according to Jewett, of “6.7 pounds of smog-forming NOX , 18.2 pounds of acid-rain forming SO2 , and 10,100 pounds of climate-warming CO2.” Best of all, Jewett says, many of them discovered that they could use as much as 50 percent less electricity without any major inconvenience. And while he says “it’s easier to change light bulbs than to change behavior,” Jeff Jewett has changed a few light bulbs, too. When Jewett’s dorm, Chapin, turned off their hall lights at night to save electricity during the Green Cup Challenge, someone pointed out to him the potential dangers of students stumbling down dark corridors at night. So Jewett installed LED nightlights that each used only one tenth of a watt of electricity, thus saving roughly seven kilowatt hours of electricity every night, as well as countless midnight face-plants. He’s now testing which nightlights to buy for all of the dorms. Jewett describes himself as “a big science geek.” He has a background in both teaching and research, so his position at Deerfield feels like an ideal fit. He studied the effects of climate change on pine-bark beetles, for instance, while
Eliminate synthetic pesticides on campus. Deerfield regularly uses biostimulants and cultural practices such as frequent soil aeration to keep the grass green and the weeds away. However, the athletic fields are still maintained with the occasional use of fungicides and pesticides. Jewett would like to see these chemicals phased out but realizes that might require a cultural shift on campus: i.e. adjusting the standards of what a playing field ought to look like.
As with all of Deerfield’s sustainability efforts, it will be an ongoing, long-term process: The school year began with steps to improve education and publicity of recycling (particularly in dorms)—hence the 80/20 concept —to remind students and employees that 80 percent of their waste should be recycled or reused.
More veggies on the menu. “I’m a meat eater,” Jewett says, “but producing it has a huge environmental impact.” Jewett proposes that vegetable-based meals once a week would be better for everyone’s health and the school’s budget.
Buy more locally produced, organic foods. Last year the Dining Hall began exclusively serving grass-fed beef, which contains more healthy fats such as omega-3s and less of the bad fats, such as omega-6s, than typical feedlot beef. Jewett would like to see more of that, adding that it could help stimulate the local economy and definitely cut down on the production of greenhouse gasses.
Chuck Williams’ efforts do more than save money and emissions: They create a model for students. Deerfield isn’t just preaching sustainability; it’s living it, thus teaching a kind of “new normal.” Students who live around photovoltaic solar panels, and who recycle, compost, and turn off their power strips at night, will hopefully go forth into the world and help make this the standard everywhere.
Buy only recycled-content paper. Deerfield is already buying a lot of recycled paper, and offsetting the additional cost by reducing consumption; increasingly, students are submitting papers and teachers are grading them in electronic form, and electronic communications are becoming the norm. Using recycled paper saves forests, rivers, air, food, and increasingly, industry. A great deal of cheap copy paper now comes from unregulated mills in China or Indonesia, which produce far more pollution per ton of paper than US mills, and unlike regulated mills, dump their dioxin-filled waste into the ocean—from which we get much of the fish meal used to feed our livestock.
earning his graduate degree in environmental science. He felt he was a better teacher than a researcher, but he likes to do both. Classes such as his Environmental Science Projects allow Jewett to share the best of his knowledge with his students, while pushing them to think for themselves, too. “Students design experiments to analyze the world around them,” Jewett explains, “seeking to find solutions to real environmental problems. Some experiments look at both ecological and human systems, such as monitoring animal diversity in the forest, analyzing greenhouse gas emissions, or monitoring local air and water quality.” Not only do the experiments focus on Deerfield and its environs, but students are expected to collaborate with each other, faculty, staff, and the local community. “The course requires that students are motivated to explore independently,” says Jewett. “My hope is that they will continue to do so long after they graduate.” Jewett isn’t the only one whose classes look toward the future—Global H2O, co-taught by veteran biology teacher Andy Harcourt, Mike Schloat of the English Department, and Director of Global Studies David Miller, will focus on the future of the earth’s supply of uncontaminated water. The topic will be explored at the local, national, and global
level, through an interdisciplinary approach designed to foster inquiry, global awareness, and independent thinking. “Get the students thinking, keep them thinking, and it will lead to more doing,” says Jewett. When asked whether trash audits will lead to better recycling at Deerfield, he says, “I don’t know yet, because I don’t have the data. I’m a scientist. In three years I hope to tell you either that we have improved our recycling, or that this is a really, really hard problem to solve.” He did, however, overhear a conversation after his class had finished their trash audit: One student said to the others, “That was terrible.” “Yeah,” someone agreed. “I’m traumatized.” “And everyone on campus should have to do it.” The others responded, “Yeah.” “I’m really proud of that class,” Jeff Jewett says. “And I didn’t have to preach a thing.” ••
Nathaniel Reade has written for dozens of national magazines, including GQ, Men’s Journal, Yankee, and SKI. This is his third story for Deerfield Magazine.
ON CUE Whether on campus or a continent away, Deerfield’s directors of performing arts stand ready for a new year. by Naomi Shulman
One fine fall day nearly a quarter-century ago, a young, slim woman with hair to her waist walked into an empty gymnasium with five teenagers. The space seemed cavernously large, and the group of students laughably small. But the woman kept her head up and her eyes focused. She had been charged with creating Deerfield Academy’s dance program, and if this was what she was given, she was determined to make it work. That was Jen Whitcomb, longtime head of Deerfield’s dance program and chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Today, 25 years later, she is still youthful, and still looks every inch the dance instructor. Straight-backed and lithe, with flowing hair that can easily be tightened into a ballerina bun, she moves with fluid grace. You might assume this came from a childhood spent at the barre, but you would be mistaken,
because while Whitcomb may look as though she pirouetted before she walked, she didn’t start dancing until she was older than many of her students. “I came to dance quite late,” she admits. “I had been an athlete, horseback rider, and serious skier. I didn’t dance till I was 16, but when I started, I knew right away that it was what I wanted to do with my life. It married all the things I cared most about—creativity, physicality, self-expression. I learned to stand up in my bones and present myself.” There’s an apt analogy here. Just as Whitcomb came late to the performing arts, a fully formed performing arts program was a latecomer to Deerfield. There’s always been a stage presence on campus, of course: The earliest theatrical playbill goes back to 1903; alumni of a certain
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age can recall at least a couple Gilbert & Sullivan librettos; and the Glee Club—described by former Music Director Peter Hindle in the 1960s as “the most popular and prominent extracurricular activity at Deerfield”—kept the school in song for decades. Still, a formal performing arts department is relatively new. “When I first came here in 1976, music was an activity that took place in afternoons, not a course offering,” says Robert Moorhead, who headed the department before Whitcomb. “There was no dance program until the school became coed, and theater faculty were actually English teachers.” But over the decades, the school’s performing arts opportunities gradually became regular course offerings as well as co-curriculars. To use Whitcomb’s words, the arts program began to stand and present itself.
The Vision It has taken some doing. When Whitcomb founded the dance department, the program was a tabula rasa—as was she. Whitcomb had a handful of students and only a few years’ experience, but she did have a vision: She conjured up a comprehensive curriculum, training versatile dancers who could specialize, but would also be able to “do everything,” Whitcomb explains. “I’m a professional modern dancer, but I always did a lot of dance forms. Ballet, certainly, but I also loved jazz, and hip-hop, when that came along.” Deerfield’s emphasis on a well-rounded, balanced academic approach meshed well with Whitcomb’s own experience; after all, she points out, experimenting with ideas and activities is a
. . . not only do I believe itâ€™s important . . . to be well rounded and versatile, I like the broad-minded curiosity that comes from being willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.
Deerfield value. “Not only do I believe it’s important for dancers to be well rounded and versatile,” Whitcomb explains, “but I like the broad-minded curiosity that comes from being willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.” “Deerfield students are really balanced,” agrees Lena Mazel ’13, who aspires to be a professional ballet dancer. “When I first came, I was into only ballet, but now I do everything.” Really? “Well, almost everything. My friends encourage me to do hip-hop, but I make a total fool of myself.” She’s laughing, but she knows this, too, is a gift. “I feel safe to make a fool of myself,” she continues. “You can take risks here.” This may be partly why the dance program has expanded tenfold under Whitcomb’s direction. There are a few students like Lena, who’ve been dancing since preschool and seem headed for the stage, but there are also dozens of others who had never taken a single class before. In fact, there are around 50 students taking classes and another 50 in co-curriculars—with an equal gender balance in the lower levels. “Last year we had more boys than girls,” Whitcomb points out. “We’ve got the football players and the freshman girls, and they are as divergent representatives of our school population as you can imagine.” Clearly students have responded to the call to try new things. Theater Director Catriona Hynds agrees: “Everyone benefits from taking a theater class,” says Hynds, now beginning her second year directing the program, “whether it be building up your confidence in public speaking or the ability to express your ideas or work in a group.” Growing up in Scotland, there were precious few dramatic outlets in Hynds’ own schooling, but the few she had made a strong impression. “I knew at 15 that I wanted to direct because I loved being involved in the rare school play,” she says. She went on to win a much coveted Scottish Arts Council fellowship, and has taught literally around the world: Her resume includes the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the National Theater of Iceland in Reykjavik, and the New Israeli Opera Company in Tel Aviv. Now Hynds revels in the stellar talents Deerfield offers up for her to work with; she has already directed Brighton Beach Memoirs, Medea, and
The Dining Room, ambitious productions not often tackled in high school. “Some of the talent here is every bit as good as anything I witnessed at the college level,” she says. “My main priority has been to build off the hugely solid foundation that my predecessor had built over many years.”
The Melody One challenge all teachers at Deerfield face is creating time, or opportunity, for students to explore new disciplines. It is a major focus for Dan Roihl, now in his third year directing the music program. “Deerfield has a structured day,” he reflects. “I kept hearing that students wished they could sing in chorus or play in orchestra but had no time. And heaven forbid if some students wanted to do both! They simply couldn’t.” So Roihl, with support from Whitcomb, Moorhead, and other faculty, is creating more opportunities for musical expression, and not just for diehard musicians. Some ensembles meet outside the academic day, for example, but Roihl has also helped to establish new traditions that build on the school’s musical history, such as a candlelight ceremony shortly before Commencement. Even small things, like making sure a piano is available in the Dining Hall for a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” can affect the school culture. It’s no wonder that Roihl places a priority on song. Still only in his 30s, he has worked at times as a church music director, a children’s choir conductor, a composer, and a professional countertenor, both as soloist and in ensembles. He established a chamber choir in Cambridge, MA, before he even headed to graduate school. Singing is in his bones, and as such he is building it into the Deerfield day. In many ways Roihl’s philosophy mirrors that of Frank Boyden, who used song as a means of leveling the playing field, providing inspiration, and uniting his Deerfield boys into a cohesive unit. “Some students have never encountered group singing before,” Roihl says. “They may even have experienced a stigma around it. If it’s woven into the daily fabric, that’s a good start to erasing negative feelings. Also, if it’s something students are exposed to on a regular basis, some will want to pursue it further.” That might mean participating in the chamber music ensemble, Academy Chorus, or “Bands:
Perhaps because his focus is on the visual arts, longtime art teacher and KFC organizer David Dickinson sees it in a somewhat different light. “Performance isn’t only good for building confidence,” he points out. “I think it’s an emotional release.”
Taking the Show on the Road This year, Whitcomb will be on sabbatical, and she will use the time to bolster the department’s overarching goals as well as her own. With Moorhead stepping back in as interim department chair and ballet instructor Crystal Nilsson teaching her courses, Whitcomb is spending time in New York City with her longtime mentor, Lynn Simonson, at the Simonson Contemporary Dance Center, and traveling around Latin America and the Caribbean basin exploring social and folkloric dance forms, which happen to be particularly well suited to Deerfield’s unusually gender-balanced dance classes; Whitcomb points out that upper-level dancers can incorporate the intricate handwork and “breathtaking” lifts into partnering choreography. “I’d love to see the whole school doing salsa,” she laughs—but Whitcomb isn’t just looking for new moves. She’s also focusing on an arts advocacy program in Rio de Janeiro that is bringing artistic programs to high-crime, low-income areas—precisely the neighborhoods least likely to have artistic outlets. The Brazilian government believes that the arts knit communities together in surprising ways. “To create something, to give birth to a work of art, is one of the
Wind/Rock/Jazz,” an umbrella course offering that includes a concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and even rock bands. String players with full academic loads can now participate in orchestra once a week without enrolling in class. The audition-only Madrigal Choir recently won accolades at the Great East Festival at Six Flags New England, and was a semifinalist in local PBS affiliate WGBY’s “Together in Song” festival. And, of course, there are the a cappella groups—the all-male MellowD’s and all-female Rhapso-D’s, both exploring a contemporary/pop repertoire, and the newly established Chamber Singers, an a cappella ensemble of soloists that meets during the co-curricular period for one term out of the year. Interestingly, more popular than any of these are “Koch Friday Concerts.” The program (named after the Koch Center, where performances are usually held) is an important element in building musical arts into students’ lives. “Many of these kids have nothing to do with performing arts, but they get up with their guitar or sing,” says Moorhead. “And no matter how good or bad they may be, they get tremendous support from their peers. There’s an obvious need and reward for them to perform.” The event has grown substantially over the years, Moorhead notes. “I think it comes from a desire in students to connect in a primary way,” he says. “That personal contact is something they welcome, need, and value in a way that’s different from what it was years ago. The performing arts program is helping to meet those needs.”
most satisfying things you can possibly do,” points out Whitcomb. “The curtain opens and there are people waiting to see you, and you are counting on the person beside you . . . it’s a sense of brotherhood, camaraderie, and connection.” Immersing herself in these programs, Whitcomb hopes, will ultimately lead to significant new course offerings, such as an interdisciplinary language, dance, and history course. It also harkens back to Dan Roihl’s theory: performing together “helps cement the feeling of communal bond, and binds students to the greater legacy and history of the institution,” he explains. In that same vein, Deerfield is poised to do similar work in its surrounding communities—
in places such as a new charter school in the economically depressed city of Holyoke, a mere half-hour drive away. “One goal is to build a service component into the dance program,” says Whitcomb. “I want to teach my kids to teach creative movement. We’ve got to get the arts back into the public schools, but it also illustrates the most practical elements of dance to my students— how dance can open up new worlds.” Catriona Hynds echoes this: “We will be taking beautiful children’s shows into local elementary schools and reminiscence projects into nearby care facilities,” she says. “I aim to keep reaching out to a wider section of the community who would benefit from our high-quality productions.”
To create something, to give birth to a work of art, is one of the most satisfying things you can possibly do . . . the curtain opens and there are people waiting to see you, and you are counting on the person beside you . . . it’s a sense of brotherhood, camaraderie, and connection.
Young entrepreneurs talk about how important it is to think creatively, and that comes from the arts; when you engender creativity it can lead to all sorts of things: an entrepreneurial mindset, new ways of looking at familiar situations, and a fresh take on problem solving. But Deerfield will not simply be reaching out to the surrounding community. It will also be pulling the community deeper in. “One of the best ways to build enthusiasm for the musical arts is to focus on great literature, and one challenge is that much of the literature requires a critical mass in terms of players,” says Roihl. “In the interest of achieving that, I’ve started a community choir.” This fall Roihl is planning to take on Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem, two famously ambitious works that benefit from a heavy turnout of singers. “I’ve turned one of the choirs into a ‘town and gown,’ and have had community members come in and join us.” When it comes to singing at Deerfield, the more the merrier.
The Curtain Rises Hynds, Whitcomb, and Roihl bring different skills to the stage, but clearly share a philosophy— that the arts are integral to education, not just for budding artists but for everyone. This may be why they work so well together, and why their co-taught course, “Introduction to Performing Arts,” which piloted last fall, has already made a big splash. An intro course
offering like this had been in the catalog “forever,” says Whitcomb, “but it had never been team-taught by all the department heads. All three of us did every single class together. I was singing, God forbid, and Catriona was dancing, and . . .” Whitcomb pauses. “It was an incredible experience.” More importantly, it exposes students in a meaningful way to a rich variety of creative expression. With their teachers stepping out of the comfort zones of their own disciplines, students have a model for trying something new—and perhaps uncovering a talent for it. Or not. Discovering artistic talent isn’t the only endpoint here. Like Hynds, Whitcomb points out that the arts are important for all students because they support creative thinking—perhaps the most important talent of all. “We put an awful lot of store into math and sciences,” says Whitcomb. “I know we need them—both my sons are engineers!—but we also need the arts, especially when we’re developing the 21st century learner.” David Dickinson heartily agrees. “I find that in teaching the current generations, I’m taking them through the process of problem solving,” he says. Such training may be even more crucial in
the technological age. “Learning involves patience, focus, and time. All of that flies in the face of technology, where with the click of a button you can find an answer, you can Google anything.” Whitcomb and Dickinson may have a vested interest here, but they are far from alone. Whitcomb thinks back to filmmaker Ken Burns’ visit to Deerfield last winter. “The very last question he got was, ‘What makes us quintessentially American?’ And Burns said it’s our ability to reinvent ourselves, to improvise. That’s why he believes strongly in the arts,” notes Whitcomb. “Young entrepreneurs talk about how important it is to think creatively, and that comes from the arts; when you engender creativity it can lead to all sorts of things: an entrepreneurial mindset, new ways of looking at familiar situations, and a fresh take on problem solving. ” Which brings us back to Deerfield’s now-vital performing arts program—a far cry from the empty, echoing gymnasium Whitcomb walked into decades ago with a class she could count on one hand. “I remember all of those students as though I taught them yesterday, and I recall that the gym felt immense to us,” Whitcomb says now. But then again, perhaps things haven’t changed that much. The goal is the same: to give students the skills and the inspiration they need to approach problems with fresh eyes, and to express what cannot be said with words. Looking back on those early days, Whitcomb comments that it feels like “half a lifetime ago.” And it was. But that means there’s half a lifetime to go yet. When she returns next year, her colleagues will have continued to set the stage, and the show will go on. •• Naomi Shulman has written for The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Whole Living, FamilyFun, and other publications. She is a frequent contributor to Deerfield Magazine.
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The Pursued, the Pursuing, the Busy, and the Tired
by Charlie McSpadden â€™06
It’s 10:45am on the hottest day of the summer and I’m standing inside a cramped fifth floor Chinatown walk-up with a family of three who speak little English, staring down at a 60-pound black satin curtain that I must somehow transport to my TriBeCa office in less than 15 minutes for the first day of rehearsal of Baz Luhrmann’s
The Great Gatsby. Welcome to my life as a film production assistant.
A few months prior to that June scorcher, I was relaxing on my first day of a self-appointed weeklong vacation, enjoying an early evening meal with close family friends. I had just wrapped my time on the feature film Shame, which had entailed frequent pre-dawn, oft snow-laden starts to the standard 12-hour days, and I welcomed the break. Then, my phone rang; it was a call that would change the course of my fledgling career. After a brief interview with a co-worker’s friend, to whom I had blindly emailed my resume, and an excruciating 45-minute wait for a callback, the voice on the line offered me a job on the new adaptation of The Great Gatsby in New York. In clichéd cinematic fashion, I covered the phone with one hand and literally jumped, fist pounding the air above me. Regaining my composure, I accepted the job as calmly as I could, and was promptly asked to start the next day. So much for vacation. The three months between the phone call and the curtain call redefined my budding understanding of what it meant to work on a film. First and foremost, I was hired strictly for the pre-production, so the job did not entail the typical prep, shoot, and wrap schedule of a film’s physical production. Additionally, Gatsby’s studio budget was a massive jump from the two indie films I had previously worked on. Scheduling and money aside, the job opened my eyes to an entirely different lifestyle— an all-encompassing universe of high creativity and art, fondly known as “Bazworld.” The challenge on the production end was constructing that universe and assembling an atmosphere that would facilitate both the creation and rejuvenation of Gatsby’s story.
McConnell had for her students in her “Modern Times” class. The moment you stepped into her room you needed to be “on,” and thankfully, this ability to be ready at a moment’s notice prepared me well to be the sole production assistant in New York. Despite the massive undertaking of the project itself—as indicated by the daily reminders of the set construction and preparation in Australia—the pre-production months in the New York office felt intimate with our fluctuating crew of about 20. New York happened because Baz and his Aussie team wanted to immerse themselves fully in the Gatsby lore, and tap into what Fitzgerald called “the restlessness that approached hysteria” in New York. They traveled beyond the city limits, too, not just to Long Island’s gold coast—the speculated non-fictional West and East Eggs— but also to Yale and Princeton, the alma maters of Nick and Tom and Fitzgerald respectively, and down to Daisy’s hometown of Louisville. This preparation and research culminated with the “Playshop,” an intensive, weeklong orientation and rehearsal involving lead cast members and featuring table reads, fittings, and presentations from department heads. This essential step in Baz’s process was the closest thing to shooting I would experience, and the week, days, and moments leading up to the Playshop would prove to be the most hectic I had witnessed. And so it was on day one of the Playshop when I found myself in that cramped apartment on that boiling morning, frantically attempting to figure out some way to get that colossal curtain in place on the 26th floor before everything began. A graveyard of plastic bags too small to swallow the behemoth surrounded the curtain-maker, who then spotted twine on her desk. Eyes brightening, she swiftly snatched the material and scissors and snipped off two pieces. She, her husband, and I all bent to the ground and bunched together the thick black satin, and she then bound it together, tying it off with a strong bow. Her son—his video game long ago abandoned for the entertainment occurring live in his own living room—watched as I gripped the knot and hauled the curtain over my shoulder. I thanked my fast-thinking vendors, took a deep breath and trudged down the five flights of stairs and out into the oven that was Mott Street. Strangely, the street was carless (and cab-less), and with no time to spare, I simply marched down
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Bazworld began with furniture. We occupied two floors of a nearly 30-story building on Broadway, perched in the northeastern-most corner of TriBeCa, culturally saturated by the bordering neighborhoods of Chinatown and SoHo. I walked in the first morning, finally met the man on the other end of the phone, and promptly began to tackle the massive order of furniture to equip our entirely empty floors of office space. The 26th floor, the higher of the two, proved to be the gem—a beautiful, open room with 360-degree views of Manhattan, a spectacular terrace, and a private back office for Baz. I soon discovered that no room was ever “finished.” Each office functioned more like a theater stage—any day could bring a scene change—and reflected the inspirations for the story. Photos of 1920s New York, Gatsby in timeline format, flapper fashions, and excerpts from the novel adorned the walls, leaving scarcely a white space. There were bookshelves that would have impressed old Owl Eyes himself, boasting tomes on the rigging of the 1919 World Series to the art deco styles of East Coast mansions, to the Prohibition Era and World War I journals—not to mention all the works by and biographies of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. By chance, I had been reading The Beautiful and the Damned when hired, so I continued the process of enveloping myself in Fitzgerald’s world, and I read those texts that had escaped me: This Side of Paradise, Tender is the Night, and the compilation On Booze, among others. And, of course, after consuming the script, I reread The Great Gatsby itself. I first studied the classic as a junior in Scottie Buron’s English class at Deerfield—a memory I cherish—and my copy’s emphatic underlining and scrawled margin notes brought me back to the basement of the Classroom Building. I recalled mornings spent discussing Nick’s function as a narrator, the difference between gesture and emotion (East and West Eggs), and the “colossal vitality” of Gatsby’s illusion. Reacquainting myself with what I had learned then was crucial to my understanding of where Baz and all of us were taking the story. In addition to the thematic and narrative groundwork provided by Ms. Buron, I benefited from the extraordinary level of expectation Karen
I soon discovered that no room was ever “finished.” Each office functioned more like a theater stage—any day could bring a scene change—and reflected the inspirations for the story. Photos of 1920s New York, Gatsby in timeline format, flapper fashions, and excerpts from the novel adorned the walls, leaving scarcely a white space.
In any job, there are moments that test your will and bring
you to your proverbial knees; there may also be sublime moments that thrill you. If the satin beast had challenged me, its perfect counterpoint came exactly a week later . . . the dead center of the road. Regardless of the absence of automobiles, there’s something otherworldly and timeless about that area of Chinatown—the streets curve, there’s hardly a sign in English, street vendors banter with customers across ice counters covered in fresh fish. An old man with a biandan across his shoulders nodded at me in solidarity as he passed; a few rickshaws whizzed by. With each step, the day’s swelter began to overtake me and silently I cursed myself for wearing a black shirt. The black satin curtain on my shoulder seemed to pulsate with the heat . . . I slogged through the day’s thick humidity, eventually slipping out of the time warp of Chinatown and crossing into a more gentrified corner of SoHo. The sudden change of setting brought back the urgency of my task (not to mention a host of strange looks from the surrounding sophisticated shoppers), and I powered on, my melting mass parting seas of Canal Street tourists. I finally entered our office building on Broadway, looking like I had stepped out of a pool rather than off a street corner. Twenty-six flights up the elevator, and just minutes before the actors arrived, I handed off my haul to a team of men, who, in a few magical moments, sent the curtain soaring up on a golden rod that fastened to the ceiling. Shining in Sisyphean satisfaction (and sweat), I bounded down the stairs just in time to greet actress Carey Mulligan, offering a hand rather than a hug due to my soggy state. In any job, there are moments that test your will and bring you to your proverbial knees; there may also be sublime moments that thrill you. If the satin beast had challenged me, its perfect counterpoint came exactly a week later, on the last day of the Playshop. For our final day, Baz isolated specific scenes to workshop with the actors, which we staged in various areas of the
office. My boss dispatched me to where they were prepping the latest scene, to be a momentary on-set assistant. As I was moving props and clearing the area, Baz turned to me and asked what I was doing. “Well, put that down,” he said, “and come block out this scene with us.” I joined his assistants and one of the production designers, and Baz arranged us according to the scene. He summoned our cinematographer and began walking us through one of the film’s grandest moments: when Nick meets Gatsby for the first time. He handed out mini-scripts and we studied our lines—I read for a partygoer who runs off with Jordan Baker, leaving Nick to speak with an unknown man who turns out to be Gatsby himself. Satisfied with our stand-in work after a few run-throughs, he called for the actors to come to set. In walked Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and newfound talent Elizabeth Debicki, all decked out in glamorous 1920s wear as Jay, Nick, and Jordan. Baz turned to me and said, “Oh, Charlie, and you just do the same thing over again.” Between the lack of sleep, incredibly long days, and incredulity at the request, my baffled look prompted Baz to continue: “You know, do the same part, now with all of them. Actually, hey, could we get Charlie a blazer?” I took my position next to Leo and a few steps above Tobey and Elizabeth, and Baz walked the four of us through the scene. I steadied myself against the rush of the moment, and summoned up my resolve to not let a “Mack truck pass” before one of my lines, a lesson instilled by John Reese during many post-performance feedback sessions in the Black Box. The scene prepared, lights and cameras pointed up at us, Baz exclaimed, “All right, ready everyone, and Charlie . . . action!” I looked Nick in the eye, said my lines, swiped a
drink off of Gatsby’s tray, grabbed Jordan, and dashed off. We went through it several times and with each attempt, it came easier; with each joke shared between takes, I became more relaxed. But it was still surreal, and after we wrapped the scene and I carried on with the rest of the day’s duties, the magic of my experience floated like dust in the wake of a daydream. It just so happened that in-between these two extreme moments during the Playshop madness was my 5th Reunion at Deerfield, and although much was left to do in New York, I had signed up to attend, and mentally prepared to return to Pocumtuck Valley. Amidst the excitement of seeing classmates for the first time in half a decade, striding across senior grass with my closest friends, entering each of my old dorm rooms and finding my name still carved in the desks, hearing the familiar creak of the doors to the Black Box and the foreign echo of my footsteps against the Koch
When you leave a place, you begin to romanticize it. My classmates and I had returned to Deerfield, a place we had called home, a place that we haunted in our minds, a place imbued with deep and profound traditions, the likes of which Gatsby himself would have envied.
Center’s walls, jealously gawking at the new squash center, and grinning as I hurled myself off the rope swing into the River, I remembered that I had also returned to the site of my introduction to the mysterious figure stretching his arms towards a green light. Although I felt slightly guilty about leaving Baz’s production for the weekend, I realized that in a way, I was completing my own immersion into the Fitzgerald classic. When you leave a place, you begin to romanticize it. My classmates and I had returned to Deerfield, a place we had called home, a place that we haunted in our minds, a place imbued with deep and profound traditions, the likes of which Gatsby himself would have envied. We also returned to our former, youthful selves. And even as we reveled in the dormitories together, reliving for one weekend that existence, I recognized the difference between who I had been and who I had become, and the futility of recreating the past. Leaving the Valley that night, I prepared to reenter Gatsby’s universe, and in the cooling twilight I drove towards the continuation of a life made richer by the very past and place receding in my rearview. Weeks later, I again found myself baking in the summer heat on a downtown Manhattan street, this time loading suitcases into a car for Baz and our producer. New York had wrapped, and we were sending them off to Australia, away from the East. Soaked yet again, I turned to say my goodbyes, offering a hand to spare them my sweat. Baz and Anton laughed at my formality and brought me into a bear hug, leaving me with these words: “When we return to New York, we expect to be watching your work.” Onward.••
Charlie McSpadden ’06 graduated from Duke University where he majored in English and received a certificate in Arts of the Moving Image. In addition to The Great Gatsby, he has worked on Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, Steve McQueen’s Shame, and Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks for Sharing. He is currently working on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and also editing a short documentary he shot in the Cape Verde islands in Africa. He is based out of New York City. The Great Gatsby will open in theaters nationwide next summer.
Strong Numbers and Immediate Impact This past summer I learned to fly fish, or, it might be more accurate to say that I made my first attempt to fly fish. In either case, I discovered a sport that requires an elusive ability to concentrate and relax simultaneously. For me, the net result was one 14-inch cutthroat trout and a renewed appreciation for the benefits of “deceleration”—for wandering off the treaded path, and taking time to appreciate the ebb and flow of life—thereby sharpening my focus. With fresh eyes and a rested spirit, I returned to Deerfield and reflected on the prior year, seeing clearly the successful strides we made during 2011-12. First and foremost was the Imagine Deerfield kickoff in New York. Having officially launched our campaign almost a year ago now, I am thankful to report that we have reached the $120 million mark. Surely the energy and enthusiasm of that evening, with over 800 ardent supporters of Deerfield in attendance, and the subsequent celebrations all over the US and beyond, set a positive tone that stayed with us all year long. In addition to helping to secure the Academy’s future, we have been able to further some of Imagine Deerfield’s goals in the present. Last fall, I wrote about nearly two dozen faculty members who participated in travel-study programs; not only did they deepen their understanding of different regions
The Story of a Successful Year by Head of School Margarita Curtis
of the world, they enhanced their relationships with one another and established a stronger foundation for curricular collaborations in the future. In this sense, a primary goal of Imagine Deerfield—the development of global literacy and understanding, and a keener awareness of other ways of being in the world—was furthered significantly. If it were not for our donors’—for your—support, this would not have been possible.
I am more convinced than ever that exposing our faculty to regions “far beyond the Western hills” brings benefits both pedagogical and practical back to Deerfield. English teacher Frank Henry, now in his 38th year at the Academy, clearly illustrated this point in a letter to Dean of Faculty John Taylor and me upon his return from a recent trip to China. First, the practical epiphany: I am embarrassed and even angry at myself for holding the same expectations for students who arrive in September or after vacations from Eastern Asia as I do for kids who have driven up from Connecticut. It takes a week and sometimes ten days to feel normal after inverting one’s internal clock! And then the pedagogical: I don’t know how to teach empathy but do know that it is the emotional sensibility
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Revenue, total dollars, not including multi-year pledges, received in 2011-2012, totalling $21,604,421
Endowment Gifts Financial aid & student support Faculty expansion & renewal $8,613,757
26.81% Annual Giving Faculty renewal Faculty expansion Financial aid $5,790,129
Deferred Giving Gifts to Deerfield in exchange for charitable gift annuities $605,926
Plant and Building Gifts Infastructure & building renovations New community spaces $6,594,609
most in demand throughout the world and within every organization no matter the size . . . I cannot pretend to think, The Chinese. I am aware of too many individuals now. Did I have to go to China to learn empathy? No, because I have felt empathy for colleagues, age-mates, strangers on the street and in the news . . . but I have learned more acute empathy for the people we encountered . . . I intend to make sure that students are aware of socio-economic classes other than their own and that usually one’s class is rarely the result of just individual hard work and ambition. Like Nick Carraway, they “misunderestimate” the value of accidence of birth. In conclusion, Frank succinctly addressed the importance of broad and continued faculty enrichment, including why we must go beyond Deerfield’s boarders in order to remain relevant to our students: One of my favorite places in Shanghai was my breakfast table high in the Fairmont Peace Hotel and overlooking the new Shanghai along the Huangpu River. The traffic on the river had prehistoric ancestry; the skyscrapers across the river displaced sheep farms fifteen years ago. More than one person in Shanghai told us, “Come back in a few years; it will be completely different then.” Truly the world doesn’t stand still, and neither should Deerfield.
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And On Campus
Closer to home, last fall marked the official beginning of our new residential program, Connect4, which was developed under the leadership of Dean of Students Amie Creagh as an initiative of Imagine Deerfield. Throughout the year a high level of inclusivity and class spirit was cultivated, as students focused on the themes of “identity” and “belonging.” This fall we’re implementing the second phase of the program in upper-class dorms, where juniors and seniors will focus on “leadership” and “legacy.” Connect4 affirms our foundation, particularly our emphasis on character and citizenship, while allowing students to discover opportunities for growth and improvement. I was happy to report to the trustees this past spring our success in balancing our emphasis on timeless values with our preparation for a constantly changing world, and in particular the development of a new Honor Code by the Student Council: I will act with respect, honesty, and concern for others and will seek to inspire the same values in our community and beyond. Deceptively simple, the Honor Code gives us all an ideal to live up to, and reinvigorates a core element of our Deerfield identity. It is my hope that our renewed focus
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on character—on our shared responsibility in creating an ethical community with a clear moral framework— will ensure that we provide an important balance to the consumerism, complacency, and “anything goes” mentality that pervades our culture today. Most schools in the midst of campaigns aren’t able to generate measurable progress in strategic areas—the end of a campaign marks the beginning of that work—but thanks to the dedication of our development team, the close involvement of our Board of Trustees, the engagement of our faculty and staff, and of course the generosity of our donors, Deerfield has a jump on this important work. In addition to the specific initiatives mentioned above, 2011–2012 also marked positive development in the following areas: • Increased accessibility through more robust financial aid • Construction of the new dormitory • Programmatic enhancements, including DAPP, our on-campus service program; initiation of targeted curriculum reviews by departments, including the integration of technology • The addition of our first interdisciplinary capstone course entitled “Global Water” (see page 23) • A new summer science research program for students (follow-up feature to come in the winter ’13 issue of Deerfield Magazine) • The expansion of faculty in order to implement programmatic initiatives and to engage in sustained professional development, including a sustainability coordinator (see page 16), and a director of global studies (see page 6) • Additional math, science, and Spanish teachers and four Residential Heads • An enhanced Teaching Fellow program, in collaboration with six other independent schools and the University of Pennsylvania • Expansion of the Academic Center • Release time for department chairs to engage in a 70-minute weekly symposium focused on pedagogy and the development of leadership skills. As the academic year concluded, we were pleased to host the Eight Schools Association conference, with the overarching theme “Private Schools and Public School Reform.” Over two days we considered opportunities for greater collaboration between these educational spheres, and the responsibility of well-funded schools to address the education crisis in America. It was particularly gratifying to have our own Steven Brill ’68 P ’02, ’03 share his expertise and the findings of his book, Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools.
Lessons That Transcend
Throughout 2011–2012, and concurrently with our strategic Imagine Deerfield work, College Advisor and our former Dean of Admission Beth Bishop was quietly and capably coordinating the self-study portion of the Academy’s New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) ten-year reaccreditation process. We are now looking forward to receiving the Visiting Committee on campus this October with the optimism and confidence that two hundred years of institutional existence often yield, but also with renewed appreciation for quintessential New England values: discipline and restraint. I will leave you with some thoughts I shared with the Visiting Committee in a letter prior to their arrival: We approach the final stage of this assessment at the beginning of our 215th year of operation, an opportune time to ponder two basic, interwoven questions: one that predictably looks to the past, the other, to the future. What elements of this longstanding academy should remain constant in the face of change? What aspects, on the other hand, should be subject to renewal or revision? Learning at Deerfield has always been predicated on the conviction that high expectations and superior performance must be grounded in a culture of caring and support . . . That gentle but constant pressure guides our students not only toward success in the traditional sense but ultimately to lives well lived—a path I believe our alumni recognize, too. At the conclusion of year one of Imagine Deerfield and the beginning of year two, I am reminded that our work here, and your dedication to the Academy, affirms our belief in the inextricable bonds linking people, program, and place. We continue to draw hope and resolve from several factors: an unshakable and widely-held faith in Deerfield’s mission; a determination to preserve those community values, traditions, and practices that account for our distinctiveness and sense of purpose; the curiosity to stretch beyond the familiar and to learn from those who differ from us; the lightheartedness to value the time to work, play, and dream; and the humility to know we can never learn enough or care enough.
A Perspective from Ephraim Williams (by Associate Head of School for Alumni Relations and Development David Pond P’91,’98 and Campaign Director and Director of Capital Giving Timm Zolkos)
Imagine Deerfield is “A Campaign for Deerfield Students and Teachers.” In the months following October’s launch we carried the campaign message to audiences small and large across the country and around the world, from Boston and Washington, DC, to Florida and California, Hong Kong, Beijing, and London, and venues in between. Over 2000 alumni, parents, and friends participated in conversations about Deerfield, helping us go beyond imagining all that Deerfield can be to beginning to realize our dreams for our students and teachers. By the end
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of the fiscal year on June 30, the campaign had reached $120 million toward the goal of $200 million. The total of $45 million in gifts and pledges for the entire year just ended represents our single best fundraising year ever. Recognizing there will be challenges in the years to come and that success is not guaranteed, we are nevertheless off to a strong start and will work hard to maintain the campaign’s momentum! Most importantly, we are excited about the impact Imagine Deerfield is already having on the Deerfield experience. We hope you, too, will be excited by this happy news; on page 38 you can see evidence of some of the generosity that enables us to accomplish our plans, as well as the names of some of those who have given Deerfield so much of their time and talent, beginning on page 42. Annual Giving, long the foundation of fundraising at the Academy, had an excellent year, surpassing its goal and exceeding last year’s result by ten percent. With $5.7 million raised through the alumni and parents funds, we reached a record level—a new level on which to grow future results. Annual gifts benefit the Academy in all areas immediately, and are the way most alumni and parents will choose to participate in the campaign. Although the amount of dollars donated increased, the total number of donors, our participation rate, declined slightly. Our experience was consistent with that of our peer schools, and we have identified a few contributing factors ; we recognize
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the need to work harder at communicating effectively to all alumni and parents the importance of supporting Deerfield at all levels. Every single gift is important, and we hope to have as many donors to the Academy each year as possible. The remainder of philanthropy to Deerfield is allocated to capital or planned gift purposes. Donors of capital gifts and pledges typically make the largest commitments to the Academy, usually to establish endowed financial aid and faculty professional development and support funds, or to support a building project, such as our new dormitory, or the renovation of the fitness center or the fine arts center. In 2012, there were 61 gifts and pledges of $100,000 or more in support of capital purposes. Many of these commitments also included an allocation for the Annual Fund. Planned gifts are longer-term in nature, coming to the Academy through vehicles such as annuities, trusts, and bequests. With over $3.3 million in planned gift commitments, we are pleased with the results and direction of this program. The growth of the Boyden Society, up ten percent in the last two years to 557 members, is especially encouraging. The Boyden Society recognizes anyone who has established a planned gift for the benefit of the Academy or has named the Academy as a beneficiary in their will. Central to our fundraising success is the hard work of our 600 alumni and parent volunteers. Each of Deerfield’s volunteers—whether a campaign major gifts leader or
THANK YOU . . . 2011-12 Executive Committee of the Alumni Association Ms Elizabeth Greer Anderson ’94 Mr. Rick Anderson ’72 P’10,’12,’14 Mr. Oscar K. Anderson III ’88 Mr. Bayard T. DeMallie III ’80 Ms Sara E. di Bonaventura ’01 John J. Dinneen III ’79 William M. Dorson ’02 Nathaniel F. Emmons ’60 David B. Findlay Jr. ’51 P’76 G’03,’05,’08 Edward C. Flato ’73 P’10,’12 Edward G. Flickinger ’65 Peter W. Gonzalez ’62 P’94,’97 David S. Hagerman ’64 P’99 Judith Hegedus ’92 Amanda H. Herzberger ’00 Hudson Holland III ’84 Osman M. Khan ’91 Gordon R. Knight ’54 G’03 Rush M. McCloy ’92 Richard M. McKelvey ’79 P’10,’13 George R. Mesires ’87 John P. B. Moran ’58 Margot M. Pfohl ’97 John F. Rand ’65, P’09,’13 Walter S. Tomenson III ’95 Okechukwu Ugwonali ’98 Cassandra Walters ’00 Philip B. Weymouth III ’83 2011-2012 Annual Fund Steering Committee Gordon R. Knight ’54 G’03 Annual Fund National Chair
Richard F. Boyden ’52 Robert S. Lyle II ’64 P’91,’95 Andrew R. Steele ’65 Arthur R. Dwight ’79 Frank H. Reichel III ’82 Andrew P. Bonanno ’87 Daniel B. Garrison ’94 Amy Sodha Harsch ’97 Lisa R. Craig ’00 Nicholas Z. Hammerschlag ’04 Boyden Society Advisory Committee Co-Chairs: Craig W. Fanning ’53 H. Stanley Mansfield Jr. ’53 G’03 Marc L. McMurphy ’82
Committee: Christian Baldenhofer ’60 Edgar A. Bates III ’68 John H. Christel ’79 Howard Coonley II ’62 Edison W. Dick ’55 Ralph Earle III ’75 P’10,’12 Todd H. Eckler ’86 Guilford W. Forbes ’41 Henry S. Fox ’76 P’12 James McB. Garvey Jr. ’46 Gilbert M. Grosvenor ’49 Robert F. Herrick ’60 Robert B. Hiden Jr. ’51 John B. Horton ’52 P’89 John F. Kikoski Jr. ’59 P’83 David C. Knight ’58 P’87 John G. Knight ’83 Joseph D. Lawrence ’54 Richardson McKinney ’45 Peter F. McLaughlin Jr. ’81 Edward R. McPherson ’63 Erwin H. Miller ’58 Christopher G. Mumford ’64 P’01 Edwin G. Reade III ’71 Wm. T. Schwendler Jr. ’58 Harold R. Talbot Jr. ’54 David Thiel ’91 Christopher J. Tierney ’85 Charles B. Updike ’57 Erskine B. van Houten Jr. ’43 Robert Dell Vuyosevich ’72 Class of ’62 Reunion Committee Reunion Co-Chairs: Peter W. Gonzalez ’62 P’94,’97 Dwight E. Zeller Jr. ’62 P’02 Attendance Chair: Richard L. Anderson ’62 Fundraising Co-Chair: Richard B. Boardman ’62 Howard McMorris II ’62 Michael K. Tooke ’62 P’94 M. Jay Trees ’62 P’86,’93 Program Co-Chair: Howard Coonley II ’62 Mark C. Garrison ’62 Yearbook Chair: Peter M. P. Atkinson ’62 David W. Hosmer Jr. ’62 P’93,’96 Jonathan W. Reader ’62
Members: James D. Abercrombie III ’62 Michael S. Bassis ’62 Robert H. Bradley III ’62 John A. Briggs Jr. ’62 Geoffrey C. Butler ’62 George L. Cook ’62 William G. Duval ’62 David M. Field ’62 O. Renard Goltra ’62 P’97,’98 Miles P. Jennings Jr. ’62 Samuel R. Karetsky ’62 Thomas A. Kelly Jr. ’62 W. B. Mahony III ’62 Bruce D. Mansdorf ’62 David E. Morine ’62 William B. Ogden IV ’62 Samuel A. Rea Jr. ’62 Deceased Eric P. Richards ’62, P’92,’94 Richard H. Sayre ’62, P’93 Robert Serenbetz ’62 Robert L. Wilson ’62 Senior Parent Volunteers Sr. Parents Co-Chairs: Michael & Suzanne H. Huebsch P’11,’12 Brian P. & Julie Simmons P’12,’14 Sr. Parents Committee: Jamie B. & Wendy R. Ardrey P’09,’12 Paul S. Bird & Amy O. Parsons P’09,’12 Mitchel J. Bolotin & Sharon Bolotin P’12 Jim R. & Becky Byrne P’06, ’08,’12 Edward & Susan Chandler P’12 Bob E. & Alison B. DeWitt ’74 P’05,’07,’12 Mike & Eve Donatelli P’12 Ted C. & Katy Flato ’73 P’10,’12 Zee N. & Debbie M. Haddad P’09,’12 Henry C. & Leila T.M. Heller P’10,’12 David Y. & Ritchey B. Howe P’12 Steve S. & Amy S. Louis ’80 P’12,’14 Mary E. Matthews Mermel P’12 Benjamin M. & Linda B. McGrath P’12 James E. & Sally Miller P’97, ’01,’02,’09,’12 Nancy J. Mulrow P’12,’14 Geoff L. & Diana Newton ’80 P’12 Peter D. Van Oot ’73 P’05,’09,’12 Susan T. Van Oot P’05,’09,’12 R. Blake & Margaret Witherington P’12,’13 Underclass Volunteers Underclass Co-Chairs: Marc V. & Julia T. Johnson ’74 P’08,’11,’14 Scott W. & Hatsy Vallar ’78 P’12,’14 Jr. Parents Captains: Jeff T. & Page P. Growney P’11,’13
Jr. Parents Committee: Andy M. Blau ’81 P’10,’13 Lee J. & Libby G. Buck ’81 P’11,’13 Allen F. & Delphine Damon ’78 P’13,’15 Jon T. & Hendy M. Dayton P’10,’13 Leslie F. Hodges P’10,’13 Tim J. & Stephanie A. Ingrassia P’09,’13 Timothy Jones & Annie Cardelus P’13 James M. & Colleen Koch P’13 George Lu & May Yang P’13 Rick M. & Lynn McKelvey ’79 P’10,’13 Dan L. & Heather Mosley P’11,’13 Chip & Amanda T. Nisbet P’11,’13 Thomas & Laura O’Connell P’13 Ward & Emily Osgood P’11,’13 Gerry & Kelly S. Pasciucco P’10,’13 Ned G. Philie & Phyllis A. Powers-Philie P’09,’10,’13 Jack F. & Penn Rand ’65 P’09,’13 Tom C. & Kathleen Reed ’82 P’10,’13 Chris V. & Nonie P. Reich P’13 Tim P. & Susan U. Schieffelin P’09,’12,’13 Jeff & Betsy Sechrest P’13 Karl G. Wellner & Deborah A. Norville P’09,’13 John S. & Karen K. Wood P’10, ’13 Soph Parents Captains: Charles L. & Kerry F. Wilson III P’10,’12,’14 Soph Parents Committee: John M. Allen & Christina B. Wagner P’14 Ben & Leigh W. Carpenter P’07,’11,’14 Colin H. & Jeanmarie H. Cooper ’79 P’14 J. Richard & Kate Cordsen P’14 Tom R. & Suzanne T. DeNunzio ’80 P’11,’12,’14 Bob M. & Wendy Dewey III ’77, P’12,’14 Kev J. & Beth Ellingwood ’85 P’14 Ron & Jen Gerber P’14 Kelly & Susan Killeen Sr. P’14 Timothy M. & Sophie T. Lee P’10,’14 Charles McLendon Jr. P’09,’14 Guy & Caroline Merison P’14 James O’Neill & Kimberly Kahan P’14 Bob H. & Betsy O. Swindell III P’08,’11,’14 Joy A. Tomlinson P’09,’14 Philip S. Wellman & Leslie F. Smith P’14 Fresh Parents Captains: Christopher M. & Leigh T. Larmoyeux Sr. P’07,’11,’15 Fresh Parents Committee: Ted H. & Kathleen Beit ’79 P’13,’15 Peter M. and Jill Coppinger ’78 P’15 David R. & Missy S. DeCamp ’76 P’13,’15 Win S. & Audrey H. Faulkner ’81 P’15 Chris N. & Susan Hunt ’79 P’15 Henry & Sheila Klehm III P’15 David J. & Lesley Koeppel ’76 P’14,’15 Daniel J. McGraw & D’Ann E. Duesterhoeft P’08,’13,’15 Bill C. & Margie C. Ughetta Jr. P’07,’15
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national chair, a Boyden Society advisor or class captain— plays a critical role. Our success cannot happen without you. Especially noteworthy each year are the volunteer-led efforts in the alumni reunion classes and in the senior class parents’ campaign. In 2012, the Class of 1962 presented a most generous gift to Deerfield of $2.3 million in celebration of its 50th Reunion. The 25th Reunion Class of 1987 made its own mark, exceeding $1.6 million and setting that as the new benchmark for future 25th Reunion efforts! And not to be outdone, this year’s senior parent campaign surpassed the $1.8 million mark, with commitments going to support an endowed visiting scholar fund and to renovate a teaching space in honor of the Class of 2012. Deerfield is fortunate to have the support of so many, from your generous financial contributions to your gifts of time in helping us reach out and engage countless more alumni, parents, and friends than we could ever reach without you. The Deerfield community, on campus and around the world, is in so many ways truly special; our 2011–2012 fundraising results are just one more example of this. To each and every one of you, we say thank you.
Why We Do What We Do (By Director of Annual Giving and Development John Knight ’83)
When you care about Deerfield, there is nothing that compares to gathering with a dozen similarly minded people representing virtually all areas of our school—from academics to athletics, from fine arts to community service—to explore ways to secure Deerfield’s future. To know that 60 other colleagues were similarly engaged, and that electronic surveys had canvassed 12,000 more constituents, made our enterprise hum with excitement and possibility; the sense among us was that our dreams for Deerfield—which would position the Academy for another century of leadership— might, if we were fortunate, become realities. That was five years ago, when I was invited to participate in the work of a strategic planning task force called “The Shared Deerfield Experience: Community, Culture, and Character.” This committee was part of a larger effort (totaling five task forces and a Strategic Planning Committee) to assess and prioritize the Academy’s needs. Together, we were responsible for drafting a report that was approved by the Board in January 2009. The Imagine Deerfield strategic plan took a year of effort and was really just the start. Another year of intensive work for the administration followed, creating action plans for the dreams that had been outlined. Above all, our efforts focused on the teaching and learning that happens at Deerfield—in the class, on the field, and in the dorm. And that begins with the faculty. We put forth the premise that the best teachers make the biggest difference in our students’
lives, and then asked: What would it take to create a faculty that models lifelong learning, engages in ongoing professional growth and renewal, and raises the standards of the Academy? What resources would be required to make that happen? As a fundraiser for the school, I was also part of a team in the Alumni and Development Office that began estimating the costs for our proposed initiatives, and approaching constituents who would be asked to provide early, critical support. For me, here’s where the rubber began to meet the road, as conversations with supportive individuals began to garner financial commitments. The thoughtful collaborations of two years prior, which produced lofty yet achievable goals, were embraced by the generous—and farsighted— benefactors we are so fortunate to have. With their early support, we knew we were on our way. The results of our alumni and development outreach over the last three years have been rewarding on so many levels. There’s nothing like alumni, parents, and friends telling you, through their commitments to the school, that our plans are appropriate and worthy and will make our great school greater. These commitments are also being made for longer terms: rather than one-time gifts, many three- and five-year pledges are being established—at all levels—to honor Deerfield. We’re seeing this especially with alumni approaching reunions and grateful parents of students in their senior year. Our Imagine Deerfield work will continue in Alumni and Development for four more years, as we engage our supporters near and far, sharing with them our dreams and plans and asking for their help in achieving them. This is anything but a hardship. On the contrary, we know that every student’s “Deerfield Experience” is being strengthened with each visit, phone call, email, conversation, and letter. All of us in Alumni and Development, our Head of School, our Board of Trustees, our faculty, and our dedicated volunteers (all 600 of them!) are continually, and tirelessly, working on behalf of Deerfield. It’s why I’m here, and I know from my task force experience that my outreach represents the dreams and aspirations of everyone around me, faculty and student alike, all across this campus. Equally rewarding is getting the chance to talk with the faculty who have returned from funded research trips to China, Costa Rica, and Brazil or who are grateful for the time made available to discuss and further their pedagogy both within and across disciplines. This is an energizing time for the people of Deerfield, and I must admit, it’s contagious. I am grateful for the opportunity to play a role in Deerfield’s success, and welcome you, as a member of this community, as someone who cares about Deerfield, to join us—to preserve the best of the Academy’s past and to prepare for its future.••
2011-2012 Alumni Volunteers
Peter K. Noonan ’60, CA Jon W. Barker ’61 P’06, CC Thomas M. Poor ’61 P’95,’97,’15, CC CC: Class Captain Peter W. Gonzalez ’62 P’94,’97, RC CA: Class Agent Dwight E. Zeller Jr. ’62 P’02, RC RC: Reunion Chair Peter A. Acly ’63, CC Timothy J. Balch ’63, CC Reuben P. Higgins Jr. ’32 P’64, CC* David H. Bradley ’40 P’66,’72 G’99,’08, CC Edmund J. Daly IV ’63 P’97, CA Glenn C. DeMallie ’63, CA Harold Edwards Jr. ’41 P’74, CA George R. Hinman Jr. ’63 P’95, CA William W. Dunn ’42, CC Edward R. McPherson ’63, CA Walter L. Fisher ’43, CC Ralph E. Penny ’63, CA Robert S. Erskine Jr. ’44, CC David D. Sicher ’63, CC Richard D. Leggat ’44, CA W. Reed Simmons ’63 P’08, CA Ronald A. McLean Jr. ’44, CA Richard J. Warren ’63 P’98, CA M. Wallace Rubin ’44 P’75, CA Thomas S. Echeverria ’64 P’97, CA John P. Stevenson ’44, CA H. Patrick Gillespie ’64, CA Giles D. Toll ’44 P’78,’81, CA David S. Hagerman ’64 P’99, CA E. Foster Conklin ’46 P’73, CA John L. Heath ’64, CC Gerald Lauderdale ’46 P’76, CC Arthur C. Lee ’64 P’96,’97, CA William M. Riegel ’46, CC Robert S. Lyle II ’64 P’91,’95, CC Walter H. Morse II ’47, CA* Douglas C. Mills ’64, CA Harvey B. Loomis ’49, CA Gregory M. Olchowski ’64 P’04,’05,’09, CA R. Warren Breckenridge Jr. ’50, CC Charles B. Sethness ’64 P’02,’07, CC A. Donald Grosset Jr. ’50 P’83, CA James H. Averill Jr. ’65 P’94, CA Edward H. Miller III ’50, CA David B. Findlay Jr. ’51 P’76 G’03,’05,’08, CC Michael J. Baker ’65, CA Wm. Thacher Brown ’65, CA John R. Allen ’52, CA Charles J. Brucato Jr. ’65, CA Richard F. Boyden ’52, CC Timothy P. Byrne ’65, CA Renwick D. Dimond ’53 P’85, CC Edward G. Flickinger ’65, CC Craig W. Fanning ’53, CA Robert H. Frost ’65, CA Robert E. Harwell Jr. ’53, CA James T. Gaffney ’65, CA H. Stanley Mansfield Jr. ’53 G’03, CA Thornley A. Hart ’65, CA Patrick M. McCarthy ’53, CA Geoffrey R. Keyes ’65, CA Joel S. Mitchell Jr. ’53, CA Alec J. Megibow ’65, CA Hugh R. Smith ’53 P’76, CC Edward T. Post Jr. ’65, CA Philip R. Chase Jr. ’54 P’78,’81, CC Robert E. Randol ’65 P’02, CA Michael D. Grant Jr. ’55 P’85,’87, CC Andrew R. Steele ’65, CC Peter S. Ness ’56 P’89, CA Samuel Weisman ’65, CA Seth D. Strickland ’56, CA David H. Bradley Jr. ’66 P’99, CC Denis M. Turko ’56 P’85, CA Peter P. Drake ’66 P’93,’96, CA Joseph B. Twichell ’56 P’87, CC Winston S. Emmons ’66 P’02, CA Hugh B. Andrews ’57 P’91, CA John H. Frost ’66, CA David H. Blake ’57, CA Richard C. Garrison ’66 P’94,’00, CA Clayton J. Curtiss II ’57, CA Alan G. Hassenfeld ’66, CA Theodore F. Ells ’57, CA William S. Herrick ’66 P’97, CA Peter W. Gilson ’57 P’84 G’12, CA Kingsley C. Norris II ’66, CA Robert O. McClintock ’57, CA Jeffrey F. Purtell ’66 P’96, CA Charles S. Rubinger ’57, CA Teri N. Towe ’66, CA James T. B. Tripp ’57, CA Andrew F. Winning ’66, CA Charles B. Updike ’57, CA Douglas F. Allen Jr. ’67 P’03, RC Bruce D. Grinnell ’58, CA John R. Bass II ’67 P’98, RC John H. Hayward Jr. ’58 P’02, CA George W. Lee Jr. ’67, RC David C. Knight ’58 P’87, CA John R. Clementi ’68 P’98,’01,’05, CC Brian A. Rosborough ’58 P’03,’06, CA John W. Kjorlien ’69 P’13,’15, CC John W. Broughan ’60, CC Austin C. Starkey Jr. ’69, CA Donald A. Burgess ’60, CA Alexander B. Weissent ’69, CA Norman M. Carpenter ’60, CA Michael H. Bartlett ’70, CA James H. Cohen ’60, CA Neil S. Coleman ’70 P’03, CA John P. Judson ’60, CA
Endicott P. Davison Jr. ’70 P’98,’00,’03, CA G. Kent Kahle ’70 P’02,’04,’07, CC Steven N. Katz ’70, CA Timothy T. Noonan ’70, CA Gene A. Rostov ’70, CA Charles R. Williams ’70 P’01,’04, CA Samuel Bronfman II ’71, CA Ian C. Devine ’71, CA John R. Embree ’71, CA Henry G. Haff ’71, CA K. C. Ramsay ’71, CC John L. Reed ’71 P’05, CC Bradford W. Agry ’72, RC Joseph F. Anderson Jr. ’72 P’10,’12,’14, RC Paul R. Barkus ’72 P’05, CA John N. Davey Jr. ’72 P’07, CA John F. Dinkel Jr. ’72, CA Gary R. Greene ’72, CA Timothy S. Hausmann ’72, CA Gerard Kavanaugh ’72, CA Michael C. Perry ’72 P’01, RC Robert D. Vuyosevich ’72, RC Daniel G. Ehrgood ’73, CA Lawrence C. Jerome ’73, CC Daniel B. Johnson ’73, CA David M. McAlpin ’73, CA Shahe Sinanian ’73, CA Peter D. Van Oot ’73 P’05,’09,’12, CC Robert D. Bewkes Sr. ’74 P’06,’09,’12, CA Frank G. Binswanger III ’74 P’09,’11, CA Peter H. Bradshaw ’74 P’06, CA J. Christopher Callahan III ’74, CC Robert E. DeWitt ’74 P’05,’07,’12, CA Geoffrey A. Gordon ’74 P’08, CC Hugh F. Bennett ’75, CA Michael J. Burkin ’75, CA Cree A. Edwards ’75 P’12, CA Robert L. Evans ’75, CA Peter E. Fleming III ’75, CA Frederick L. Friedman ’75, CA Dwight R. Hilson ’75 P’09, CC James L. Kempner ’75 P’03,’05,’11, CC Peter C. McLoughlin ’75, CA Peter A. B. Melhado ’75, CA Peter M. Schulte ’75 P’10,’13, CC David W. Starr ’75, CA Andrew M. Storch ’75 P’10, CA Theron M. vanDusen ’75, CA Michael S. Battey ’76, CA Marshall F. Campbell III ’76, CC Andrew C. Chase ’76, CA David R. DeCamp ’76 P’13,’15, CC Harald B. Findlay ’76 P’03,’05, CA Henry S. Fox ’76 P’12, CA Frederick W. Homans ’76, CA Graeme K. Howard III ’76, CA David J. Koeppel ’76 P’14,’15, CA Peter B. Moss Jr. ’76, CA Hal W. Reynolds ’76, CA
John A. Shepard Jr. ’76, CA Jack D. Bohman ’77, CA Robert M. Dewey III ’77 P’12,’14, CA Gregory Ferenbach ’77, CA James M. Gilbane ’77, CA James R. Gilmore ’77, CA Scott S. Halsted ’77, CA James P. MacPherson Jr. ’77, RC Stephen M. McKelvey ’77, CA D. Townley Paton ’77, CA J. H. T. Smith ’77, RC Wayne W. Wall Jr. ’77 P’11, RC Allen F. Damon ’78 P’13,’15, CA Jacques de Saint Phalle ’78, CA Michael R. Graney ’78, CA Paul J. S. Haigney ’78, CC Richard R. Hrabchak ’78 P’15, CA Devin I. Murphy ’78 P’06,’10,’15, CA Stephen R. Quazzo ’78 P’08, CC Garrett P. Shumway ’78 P’12, CA John J. Stobierski ’78 P’12,’14, CA Scott W. Vallar ’78 P’12,’14, CA Arthur R. Dwight ’79, CC Daniel C. Pryor ’79, CC Augustus B. Field IV ’80 P’11,’13, CC Donald E. Kastner II ’80, CA John B. Mattes ’80, CC Paul M. Nowak ’80, CC David J. Pardus ’80, CA Marco L. Quazzo ’80 P’13, CA Robert G. Bannish ’81, CC Andrew M. Blau ’81 P’10,’13, CC Leonard J. Buck ’81 P’11,’13, CC Andrew A. Cohen ’81, CA Richard S. Flaherty ’81, CA Morris Housen ’81, CA Inho Kim ’81 P’08,’11,’14, CA Peter F. McLaughlin Jr. ’81, CA Kurt F. Ostergaard ’81, CC John H. Sangmeister ’81, CC Corbin L. Snow III ’81, CA Samuel G. Bayne II ’82, RC Robert S. Bridges Jr. ’82 P’12, CA Robert R. Douglass Jr. ’82, CA Robert A. Engel ’82, CA Michael L. Flynn ’82, CA William E. Hannum III ’82, CA Philip E. McCarthy II ’82, CA George E. McKean III ’82, CA Marc L. McMurphy ’82, CA Frank H. Reichel III ’82, RC Edward S. White ’82, CA Morgan B. Whittier ’82, CA William R. Ziglar ’82 P’13, RC Nathan M. Blain ’83, CA Nelse H. Clark ’83, CA Adam J. Feiges ’83, CA Robert E. Fitzpatrick ’83, CA Christopher S. Flagg ’83, CA
John G. Knight ’83, CC D. Sean Nottage ’83, CA Andrew N. Schiff ’83, CA J. Douglas Schmidt ’83, CC Dean R. Singewald II ’83, CA Van K. Sullivan ’83, CA Peter R. Townsend ’83, CA Philip B. Weymouth III ’83, CA William J. Wolf ’83, CA J. Alexander Bates ’84, CA Alexander M. Daniels ’84, CA Gregory R. Greene ’84, CA Hudson Holland III ’84, CA Allan Y. Kim ’84, CA William N. Mathis ’84, CA Christopher S. Miller ’84, CA Geoffrey S. Sefert ’84, CA Richard A. van den Broek ’84, CA Steven W. Wayne ’84, CA Brett R. West ’84, CA John W. Wyatt ’84, CA Charles B. Berwick ’85, CC Gregory A. Delts ’85, CA Jeffrey A. Downing ’85, CA John A. Emery ’85, CA Gregory J. Fitzgerald ’85, CA Lee C. Hansen ’85, CA Frederick A. C. Ilchman ’85, CA Brian M. Jurek ’85, CA Joseph H. Kaufman ’85, CA George C. Knight ’85, CA R. Wesley Pratt ’85, CA Michael D. Schetzel ’85, CA Mark Wasserberger ’85, CA Sydney M. Williams IV ’85, CC C. Coleman Brown ’86, CA Henri R. Cattier ’86, CC Michael W. Chorske ’86, CC Dan E. Cranshaw Jr. ’86, CA Erik C. Osborn ’86, CA David C. Parr ’86, CA Timothy J. H. Roven ’86, CA John D. Amorosi ’87, RC Bernard P. Auyang ’87, CA Chandler Bigelow III ’87, CA Andrew P. Bonanno ’87, RC Thomas A. Bradley ’87, CA Doran L. Donovan ’87, CA Peter S. Fearey ’87, CA Michael V. Flagg ’87, CA Joseph E. Helweg III ’87, CA John F. Holland ’87, CA Crews Johnston III ’87, CA Kevin B. Kroeger ’87, CA Kurt G. Lageschulte ’87, CA Peter K. Magnusson ’87, CA John E. McGovern III ’87, CA Peter S. Melnik ’87, CA Peter L. O’Brien ’87, CA
Dario C. Pong ’87, CA Daniel H. Scherotter ’87, CA Robert C. Schmults ’87, CA Christian J. Singewald ’87, CA John T. Twichell ’87, CA David E. Wilmot ’87, CA Oscar K. Anderson III ’88, CC William D. Baird ’88, CA Eric J. Baurmeister ’88, CA Gregory J. Hanson ’88, CA John W. Hutton ’88, CA Stephen T. Mong ’88, CA Courtlandt L. Pennell ’88, CA Charles A. Ramsay ’88, CA C. Porter Schutt III ’88, CA Gordon C. Spater ’88, CA Mark T. Sullivan ’88, CA Nils E. von Zelowitz ’88, CA David F. Willis Jr. ’88, CA Hugh B. Bolton ’89, CA John R. Griffin ’89, CA Andrew R. Hough ’89, CA Jonathan P. Knisley ’89, CA Gustave K. Lipman ’89, CC Thomas S. Montgomery ’89, CA Joseph J. Morsman IV ’89, CA Trevor B. Nagle ’89, CA Edmond F. Opler ’89, CA Romeo A. Reyes ’89, CA Jordan D. Shappell ’89, CA Edward S. Williams ’89, CC Jeb S. Armstrong ’90, CC Craig H. Creelman ’90, CA John G. Lane ’90, CA James S. Richard ’90, CA J. Andrew P. Stone ’90, CA Christopher A. Ziebarth ’90, CA A. Alexander Arnold IV ’91, CA Elizabeth F. Berzin ’91, CA William N. Callender ’91, CA Alberto M. Garcia-Tunon ’91, CA Churchill H. Hooff ’91, CA Osman M. Khan ’91, CA Paul H. Lyle II ’91, CA Justin G. Sautter ’91, CC David A. Thiel ’91, CA Jason M. Underwood ’91, CA Nicholas K. Vita ’91, CA Timothy B. Weymouth ’91, CA Thomas R. Appleton II ’92, RC Elizabeth B. Cooper ’92, CA Ryan M. FitzSimons ’92, CA Heather H. Luth ’92, CA Erroin A. Martin ’92, CA Ashley P. McAvey ’92, CA Jeffrey M. McDowell ’92, CA Caroline E. Taylor ’92, CA Raymond L. Walker ’92, CA William J. Willis ’92, RC
Kimberly A. Capello ’93, CA John T. Collura ’93, CA Michelle L. Greenip ’93, CA Richard D. Hillenbrand II ’93, CC Charlotte Y. Matthews ’93, CC Shantel C. Moses ’93, CA Richard K. Salerno ’93, CA Colby D. Schwartz ’93, CC William A. Tamul ’93, CA Sarah D. Weihman ’93, CA Marjorie G. Widener ’93, CA Daniel B. Garrison ’94, CC Christopher P. Halpin ’94, CA Shane A. Miller ’94, CA Henry F. Oakey ’94, CA Henry L. Thompson IV ’94, CA Theodore G. Grozier ’95, CA George E. Gumpert ’95, CA B. Tucker Hastings ’95, CA Matthew S. Hyde ’95, CA Daniel D. Meyer ’95, CC Edith W. Naegele ’95, CA Brady P. Priest ’95, CA Benjamin K. Steinbock ’95, CA Kristin M. Swon ’95, CA Avery B. Whidden ’95, CC Christine M. Cronin-Williams ’96, CA Erik S. Hess ’96, CA William S. Kendall ’96, CA Farah-France P. Marcel Burke ’96, CC Odu C. Onyeberechi ’96, CA Nathan F. Swem ’96, CA Whitney G. Wolfe ’96, CA Leslie W. Yeransian ’96, CA Damaris B. Acosta ’97, CA J. Christopher Bonner Jr. ’97, CA Michael Y. Chang ’97, CA Amy S. Harsch ’97, RC Elizabeth H. Lord ’97, CA Meaghen P. Mikolajczuk ’97, CA David J. Miller ’97, CA Margot M. Pfohl ’97, RC Melinda M. Pyne ’97, CA Alexander T. Robertson ’97, CA Heather A. Viets ’97, CA Holly F. Whidden ’97, CA Thomas D. Bloomer Jr. ’98, CC Alice E. Brown ’98, CA Christopher J. Dirkes ’98, CA Melissa H. Fisher ’98, CA Robert B. Hosea ’98, CA Ashley M. Lavin ’98, CA Arthur J. Lika ’98, CA Vanessa B. McCafferty ’98, CA Marguerite F. McNicoll ’98, CA Ethan O. Meers ’98, CA Okechukwu Ugwonali ’98, CA Kwaku O. Abrokwah ’99, CA Amory B. Barnes ’99, CA
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Adele McCarthy-Beauvais ’99, CA Hester R. Minor ’99, CA Christopher C. Wallace ’99, CA Michael P. Weissman ’99, CA Sarah S. Williams ’99, CA Blake I. Campbell ’00, CA Lisa R. Craig ’00, CC Emily J. Dawson ’00, CC Michael P. Gilbane ’00, CA Andrew M. Hunt II ’00, CA Hilary A. Kallop ’00, CA John J. Kirby ’00, CA Martha N. Lewis ’00, CA Samuel B. Lines ’00, CA Katherine F. Long ’00, CA Allethaire A. Medlicott ’00, CA Donielle F. Sliwa ’00, CA Philip W. Arnold ’01, CA Lindsey C. Coleman ’01, CA Richard A. Decembrele ’01, CA Sara E. di Bonaventura ’01, CA James D. Dunning III ’01, CA Aaron M. Helfand ’01, CA William J. Nolan IV ’01, CA Brittany L. O’Brien ’01, CA Peter G. Trovato ’01, CA William W. Blodgett ’02, CA William M. Dorson ’02, RC Robert A. Gibbons ’02, RC Carter S. Kahle ’02, CA Terrence P. O’Toole ’02, RC Nani C. Phillips ’02, CA Dorothy E. Reifenheiser ’02, RC Charles M. Rice III ’02, CA David B. Smith ’02, RC Agnes E. R. Terry ’02, CA Serena S. Tufo ’02, RC James D. Berry III ’03, CA Isabelle A. Brantley ’03, CA Bryan J. Ciborowski ’03, CA Kara S. Durocher ’03, CC Sylvie M. Fadrhonc ’03, CA Katharine C. Hession ’03, CA Christopher H. Kempner ’03, CA Brittany V. Locke ’03, CA Alexandra W. Neville ’03, CA Alexis M. Rosado ’03, CA Alexandra S. Toth ’03, CA Sarah L. Alvarez ’04, CA Alexander C. Cushman ’04, CA Thomas W. Dimmig ’04, CA Alexandra C. Ebling ’04, CA Nicholas Z. Hammerschlag ’04, CC Frances B. Hickox ’04, CA Serena B. Keith ’04, CA Alexander M. Kleiner ’04, CA Thaddeus E. Olchowski ’04, CA Carolyn R. Romney ’04, CA Caroline C. Whitton ’04, CC
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Imagine Deerfield Regional Major Gifts Leaders Alexander G. & Nancy Auersperg ’78 P’14 Mark J. & Hilary C. McInerney ’81 P’10,’13 Serena Bowman P’13,’15 Aaron M. Daniels ’53 P’84 Frederick C. Darling ’87 P’15 M. Dozier Gardner ’51 Richard C. Garrison ’66 P’94,’00 Gregory R. Greene ’84 Neil H. Jacobs ’69 Devin I. Murphy ’78 P’06,’10,’15 Brian P. & Julie Simmons P’12,’14 Scott W. Vallar ’78 P’12,’14 Linda F. Whitton P’01,’04,’09,’12
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Fletcher Brown passed away on March 20, 2012. His son, Christopher Brown ’67, sent in this obituary: “Fletcher Brown was president of Brown Motors, a ChryslerPlymouth dealership in Portland, ME, and later, executive director of the Maine Cancer Education and Research Foundation. At Deerfield, he was on the ski team and went on to Williams College for his BA. He was a ski instructor at Cannon Mountain in NH before WWII, but from 1941–45, he was a naval air-
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man, serving as a PBY scout pilot in the Pacific and a flight instructor in Jacksonville, FL. A founding member of the Sugarloaf Ski Club, he helped cut the first trail on Sugarloaf, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He was the longest standing member of the St. Maurice Fish and Game Club near La Tuque, Quebec, where he grew up canoeing and fly-fishing. Among his survivors are his wife Charlotte, his four children, including Christopher Brown ’67 and Montague Brown ’70, and ten grandchildren.”
Henry Harvey writes, “I wonder how many members of my class are still alive? At 97 Marjorie and I have been married for 69 years and have lived in Littleton, MA, where I was a family physician, for 53 of them. I was a founding member of the Acton Medical Associates and later of the Littleton Conservation Trust. I have enjoyed a long retirement during which I was busy in my shop repairing furniture, filling requests for TV and computer stands, bookcases, etc., and acting as treasurer of the Trust and the Friends of the Littleton
Council on Aging. We are very much limited by health and aging problems. I have had to give up my bicycle, downhill skiing, and driving at night if it’s raining. We probably should have gone to a retirement community long since. I have been a poor Deerfield alumnus, even though programmed for success by Bill Avirett via Amherst and AD Phi. I discovered later my sheltered, fortunate life, which at the time I considered normal. Present day graduates face a much more difficult and challenging life.”
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Myron Hager reported, “My wife, Gladys, passed on May 1.” Later in the month, Myron hosted 50 family and friends at an “on-campus” party for his sister, Fanny, out of a Greenfield, MA, nursing home, where they celebrated her 100th birthday..
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1938 John Baxter Jr. moved to Colorado in April. Richard Ward says, “Continue in reasonable health, and working. Life is good, but how long?”
“On Memorial Day I had the pleasure of marching to the Deerfield cemetery with a group of much younger veterans, and with a sonin-law who lives a half-hour north,” Ned Coffin reports. “It gave me a chance to walk the school hall where The Quid sat and watched us for signs of trouble or unhappiness, and a chance to think about the 73 years (!) since our graduation. I’ve written about some of those years for my grandchildren, following the advice of an Elderhostel teacher who
said, ‘Try writing a ‘chapter’, three pages long, doublespaced, about an interesting event in your life. Write another one if you feel like it. Just make sure to start each with a provocative sentence.’ It has proved easy, and fun. Happily and luckily I’ve been well, frequently writing three page ‘chapters,’ going to the gym, learning how to sketch, and—as a widower—learning how to cook, make beds, and do laundry, and I’ve learned to accept—silently—my children’s failure to raise their children properly.”
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1940 William Cummings Lane passed away peacefully on May 23, 2012, after a long life of 91 years, enjoying vigorous good health until a year ago, when he experienced a declining mind and body. A native of Westfield, MA, after Deerfield he attended Kenyon College and served in World War II as a lieutenant in the US Navy. Afterward, he began work at Galdwin&Lane Inc./The Energy People Inc. of Westfield, and continued as CEO/owner, succeeding his father. He lived in Westfield until his retirement and was active in community affairs, including the YMCA, as a trustee of Noble Hospital, a director of public TV Channel 57 in Springfield, MA, and the United Way of the Pioneer Valley. He was father to four daughters and two stepchildren, and leaves behind five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, his wife of 27 years, Lillias Thomson Bridgman Lane, and his sister and her husband. Following his retirement, Bill made his home between Peru, VT, for the ski season and Weekapaug, RI, where he had vacationed all his life, starting at six months old. In 1999 he moved permanently to Weekapaug, where he continued his lifelong volunteer commitments. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Weekapaug Foundation in 1989 and the Weekapaug Golf Club in 1999; Bill helped to intro-
duce the sport of six-wicket croquet at the Weekapaug Tennis Club. In 1982 he was honored with the Henry Morris Award for many years of volunteer work and leadership in Weekapaug. Bill was also a member at the Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow, MA, the Watch Hill Yacht Club in RI, and the Shelter Harbor Golf Club, also in RI.
’41 1941 Boyden Society Captain Guilford Forbes Arthur French Clarke II, 90, died in New London, NH, on May 17, 2012 at his residence in Woodcrest Village Assisted Living. He was born in Brookline, MA, in 1922, to Hermann Frederick Clarke and Dorothy Johnson Clarke. He attended Dexter School and Rivers, and graduated from Deerfield in 1941. He attended Union College where he studied chemistry until the US Navy operations on the campus interrupted the academic calendar for the remainder of WWII. He went to work for Esso for seven
years, selling petroleum products out of Elizabeth, NJ, and Northampton, MA. Arthur established Clarke’s Hardware in Barnstable, MA, which he successfully ran until he relocated his family to New London, NH, in 1972, where Clarke’s Hardware continues to this day. While living on Cape Cod, he served as chairman of the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission, which approved a second runway and lights for the airport in Hyannis during his tenure. He continued community activities in New London where he and his wife Joan dedicated hours to fundraising activities, particularly in support of the New London Hospital. In his youth, Arthur enjoyed summers on Cape Cod, and visiting friends in New Hampshire, where he was introduced to the “Live Free or Die” state. In 1948, he married Joan Simpkins, a nursing school classmate of his youngest sister. Five children arrived over the next ten years. In 1962 he and Joan bought their first ski home in Greenfield, NH, which they shared with many friends. His premise to “treat your family like guests and guests like family” was evident in the number of people who revolved in and out of the Clarkes’ home, where his children and grandchildren cherished their visits. Mickey Mouse waffles with pure NH maple syrup were often a favorite breakfast treat. Later, the Clarkes built a new ski house at the Slope ‘n’
Shore Club in New London. Arthur loved traveling, cooking, designing unique homes and furniture, cultivating orchids, planting gardens, and particularly roses, which gave rise to the latest Woodcrest garden. Together with six climbing roses in multiple colors over three grand arches and various bushes, the garden he established in 2010 continues to grow and was dedicated in 2012 as the Arthur Clarke Rose Garden by Bethany Brenner, executive director of Woodcrest Village. His family will fondly remember some of “PoohBah’s” favorite sayings: He who dies with the most toys, wins! The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys. Que sera sera, what will be will be—the future’s not ours to see, and as he learned at Deerfield, “Finish up strong” and “Be Worthy of Your Heritage.” Arthur was predeceased in January 2006 by his wife, Joan Simpkins Clarke, his creative partner through love and life for 56 years. “Marrying Joanie was the best decision I ever made.” His three sisters, Barbara Hastings, Mary Elizabeth Beane, and Dorothea Leslie Wood also predeceased him. Family members include three daughters and sons-in-law Anne and Gordon Hunt of Mirror Lake, NH, Leezie and Sam Magruder of Newton, MA, Doffie and Steve Farrar of Amherst, NH, and two sons and a daughter-in-law, Read Clarke of Newbury, NH, and Toby and Nancy
Class Captain William W. Dunn Gilbert S. Davis, 87, died at home in Holden, MA, on February 12, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Gil was born in Worcester, MA, son of Warren G. and Anna (Sears) Davis. He was educated in Worcester schools, Deerfield, and Yale University. During World War II Gil served with the 5th Armored Division in the European Theatre of Operations. He joined the family companies, Davis
Press, Inc. and Davis Publications, Inc., in 1947, and was employed as treasurer until retirement in 2005. Gil was a long-term trustee and director of WCIS and Bank Worcester, and involved in local charities. His second home in Chatham, MA, was an important part of his life for nearly 60 years. His motorboat, the Oyster Cracker, was a great source of pleasure for Gil and his family. He was a member of the Worcester Club, a former member of the Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester, MA, and The Eastward Ho Country Club in Chatham, MA. He remained an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan up to the time of his death, even hosting a Super Bowl party on February 5. His family and friends always enjoyed his quiet but robust sense of humor. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean (Bailey) Davis, in 2005. His son, dau ghter, and two grandchildren survive him; he also left a brother, a niece, and a nephew.
Boyden Society Captain Erskine B. van Houten Jr. “It was, as I remember, early in 1943,” recalls Rub Cuniberti. “A handful of young midshipmen appeared as visitors to Deerfield. They wore blue British Royal Navy uniforms complete with simple white officers’ caps. Their ships were moored at the Boston Navy Yard, fresh from escort duty in the cold and merciless North Atlantic. How
their respite at Deerfield came about I have no idea. But Deerfield students are accustomed to benefitting from such mysteriously produced happenings. They were teenagers no older than us. This trip to rural New England was said to be their first shore leave in many months of harsh duty. We caught glimpses of them as they wandered down Albany Road, but our memorable encounter was at the Sunday Evening Sing held at the Old Dorm. The young Englishmen were reserved. Their faces seemed wan and weary. Based on Russ Miller’s weekly war news briefings it was not hard for us to picture what they had been through—bombings, sub attacks, vicious storms. For us the crowning moment of the evening was when we all joined in singing the rousing verses of Blake’s hymn, which we had learned along with other war-related patriotic songs. Many of us in our senior year were already anticipating our own turns at military service. Some of our group lost their lives later in the war. It was sobering to see these fellow teenagers’ faces carrying the signs of what they had been through. We belted out the verses with vigor and emotion: ‘And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England’s mountains green . . .’ It was a scene from my Deerfield experience I will never forget.”
Class Captain Robert S. Erskine “Mary and I are blessed with good health, good friends, and family nearby,” says John Clapp. “We golf weekly (Mary is the good golfer). I think of my Deerfield years as the most important and enjoyable of my young life. I still hear ‘Finish strong, boys’ with each task I undertake.”
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Clarke, of Durham, NH; and 14 grandchildren including Brooks Farrar ’06; two greatgrandchildren, eight nieces, and eight nephews. Donations in his memory may be made to Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342. When we last heard from Andy Price he wrote, “On my 89th birthday, I received an unsolicited remark, ‘Andy, Welcome to your 90th year.’ I guess we’re all getting close. I spent an interesting five days at Churchill on Hudson Bay in February. Polar bears were all out of town out on the ice. Great Northern Lights, though. Our daughter has been kind enough to ask me to go to England this summer. I’m going. Marianna can’t. Alzheimer’s. So life’s winding down. But with Mother’s genes, I may be only 90 percent of the way through. My best to all friends.”
Class Captains Gerald Lauderdale William M. Riegel Boyden Society Captain James Garvey “As I head to my 84th birthday, I am grateful for the years I have had and for the Deerfield experience, even though it was for only one year,” comments Sam Magill. “I was saddened to learn of the death of Frederic ‘Tex’ Asche ’47 this past year. He and I had a great time together as members of the track team in 1946. I am blessed with a great marriage and three children who are selfsufficient. My best wishes to all the surviving members of the Class of 1946 and to the leadership of the school.” Harrison Ray Magee passed away on December 28, 2011, at the age of 83. After Deerfield, he attended the University of Virginia, where he also attended law school prior to serving as a personnel officer in the US Air Force during the Korean War. His corporate career
1947 Nate Tufts reports: “Rosalind and I returned to our tree farm (really a garden and wildlife preserve on a 16-acre pond in West Northfield) after a week sailing off Italy’s west coast. Being on the
Ionian Sea was great; getting to and from by air was tiresome. We are staying home for a good while now, with crops and gardens to tend, and happy to see classmates. Photovoltaic array and hot water panels keep us ‘off the grid’ on sunny days. The payback for this investment in Massachusetts is very real, and would help any interested with our experience. We are fortunate to have two of our four daughters near enough for daily visits, and ten grandchildren doing wonderful things around the world. What more can we ask, with our health mainly intact?”
Teaching another version of ‘Introduction to Financial Accounting’ in the fall. Watching the entertaining news of the deterioration of financial institutions and of economies around the world, also the distressing dysfunction in Washington. And trying to defer Alzheimer’s.” Elwood Schneider notes, “Lynne and I are still enjoying Naples, FL, after 22 years and summers on Lake Michigan in Shelby. Have not been in touch with any classmates since our 50th Reunion.”
Don Dwight reported, “A busy winter and spring for Nancy and Don Dwight of Boston, with real estate transactions and romance. We sold our Beacon Hill apartment and have rented it back until the end of the year. We won’t be homeless then, having bought a small apartment on the waterfront. And construction has begun on a winter home at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, very near Savannah. Busy times made busier by the June 16 wedding of our son Christopher ’03. He married Emily Cook of Salisbury, NC, whom he met when they enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010. Chris, who has been teaching in a KIPP school in North Carolina this past year will become a true Tar Heel when he enters UNC Law School this fall.”
Win Hindle says, “Great to be 80!” “Having spent the major portion of our adult lives abroad (Middle East & Europe), Helene and I are home for good, and we look forward to re-connecting with friends at Reunions in 2013,” Quincey Lumsden writes. “New job, wedding, baby?” Richard Miller asks with a chuckle, “As a member of the Deerfield Class of ’48 I am a bit beyond a New Job (retired six years ago), wedding (Joan and I have been married for almost 56 years, and she has not yet turned me in on a new model), baby (Aw, come on now). Perhaps I am taking the generic invitation to send news a bit too personally, but I am flattered that you asked. And for those other activities:
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“I just received Harvey Loomis’ class letter inviting comments from old classmates,” Charles Hildreth wrote. “I realized I have not submitted anything for decades. Soooo . . . here I am: 80 years old, widowed after 50 years with a beautiful (and very tolerant) woman, growing older every day with so many pleasant memories and a few more aches with every season. Some of my most delightful memories are from my days at Deerfield with all of you and the incredible faculty that herded us from boyhood to (more or less) adulthood . . . what an experience and we were so lucky to have had it. I entered Deerfield as a shy and uncertain child and exited with some self confidence and a lot of determination. Most of this came from Mr. Boyden, our coaches Ben Haviland and Hienie Hubbard, and I suppose some from Mrs. Boyden, who didn’t give up on me in chemistry class. As I contemplate getting onto the final bus ride I am overwhelmed by the good fortune that allowed me to become a member of the Deerfield family and to have known and learned with all of you. Let’s hope we all ‘finish up strong’ . . . that would please the Quid very much.” Rick Littlefield wrote, “My wife, Carole, passed away in 2008. Our life together had been a joyous adventure— traveling the world, skiing the West and several alpine slopes, summering a few weeks at my ‘camp’ on Pe-
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spanned over 45 years, including numerous divisional and corporate assignments with Ford Motor Company and the Kroger Company, and as corporate director of personnel for Eagle Picher Industries. He later served as vice president of Boyden Associates and vice president of Bowden & Company, Inc. Harry leaves a son and daughter, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his wife, Judy Mack Magee. Harry will be remembered by all who knew him as “a man of grace, dignity and integrity, and not a bad golf partner.” Jerry Shively writes, “‘Red,’ my wife for 58 years, and I are still living in France, about 100 miles east of Bordeaux in a small city called Bergerac. For the past 20 years we have lived in a farm we restored, but now, aging, and Red having been stricken with a rare brain infection, we have moved to where we can reach most things and places on foot—especially fine restaurants, from which we can safely reach home well supplied with wine! Life has been good and retirement never dull. Looking forward to news of the class of ’46!”
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1949 nobscot Bay, ME, and mostly in Darien, CT, where we regularly played tennis and sailed our 34-foot sloop—cruising often to Nantucket and twice to Maine. We founded a nonfiction book group, which still meets five times each year. We also enjoyed being in New York a few winter days each week. Only about a year after Carole’s passing, our mutual friend Barbara became my companion in New York, where we occupy much of each week, volunteer tutoring English at the English Speaking Union to well-educated foreigners needing help with pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. We also sing in the Dalton Chorale and enjoy Manhattan’s cultural advantages. Last year we traveled to Tuscany with a San Francisco-based group
of amateur and professional musicians—performing for each other and with the locals—finally performing at the Cortona Opera House, where about 20 of us sang in the chorus. I am forever grateful to Ralph Oatley’s Glee Club guidance. Singing has become a vital part of my life with Barbara in Darien’s Congregational Church choir and New York’s Dalton Chorale. I was pleased our Deerfield classmates, Liz and Bob Rosenman and Bob Palmer attended our Dalton May 16 concert of Brahms Requiem in New York. Barbara and I had previously attended Bob Palmer’s exhilarating New Amsterdam Singers’ concert. In Darien, I continue my volunteer work at the notfor-profit Darien Book Aid Plan, Inc., where I’ve volun-
teered the past 15 years. Book Aid was founded in 1949 to replace the books destroyed in the war and to counter Soviet influence. We, at Book Aid, now send free books to Peace Corps volunteers and school administrators in more than 60 countries, and now to an ever-growing list of needy schools, correctional institutions, and community centers in the US. We are funded by donations from the residents of Darien and surrounding communities. We operate with about 40 volunteers and have no paid employees. I was kicked upstairs three years ago and find myself emailing with committee members an hour or two each day from wherever I happen to be. A flood of grateful thank you letters from book recipients around
the world keep us volunteers excited about the value of our work. As you may deduce, I’m on a roll! I’ve never been busier or happier! Best wishes to all!” “Still working, still playing,” says Robert Palmer. “Main outside interest is singing in the New Amsterdam Singers, a NY group that specializes in contemporary choral music. Recently enticed Rick Littlefield into attending. Health is well except for a troublesome knee that has cut into athletics and hiking. In the summer, we are enjoying our cottage in Holland, MI.” When we last heard from George Towner he wrote, “Just passed my 25th anniversary on the senior technical staff at Apple. No plans to retire. As the late Steve said,
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The Tehran Triangle Thomas C. Reed ’51 | Black Garnet Press, 2012
Weapon of Mass Appeal | Many pundits and theorists try to write about the devastating potential and possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands, but few can do so with the background knowledge, foresight, and hands-on experience of
Thomas C. Reed ’51. That’s because after spending almost 50 years closely connected to US Defense, Reed has not only been around weapons of mass destruction, he has designed them. With that kind of personal connection to high-level defense intelligence, it’s no wonder that Mr. Reed’s latest book, The Tehran Triangle is brimming with up-to-date facts and chillingly realistic scenarios. The main narrative pulls readers across a global net of smugglers, gang lairs, and high-level military officials as a “religious fascist” Iranian nuclear plot gradually materializes. Elizabeth Mallory, a tactile, multi-lingual CIA agent finds herself pitted against the determined Iranian Colonel Ashkan Gharabaghi as she works to halt this sinister plan of detonating a fusion bomb on American soil. By gradually unraveling his plot, Mr. Reed forces his audience to constantly question who the true enemy is, and to reassess seemingly trustworthy allies. With ample energy and an approachable use of language, The Tehran Triangle is a book that gives its readers everything and demands very little in return. Fortunately, the events in Mr. Reed’s book are fictional, but you can’t help but cling to the pages while you wonder about what could actually be lurking around the next corner. . . Mr. Reed’s website puts it best when describing this secretive thrill-ride: “As current as today’s headlines, from assassinations to computer viruses, Tom Reed’s fact-based novel, The Tehran Triangle, compels the question, ‘What if?’”
A second sun came to Christmas Island 50 years ago. It was not a holiday miracle, a guiding star in the night sky. It was Bighorn, a US thermonuclear device that flooded the equatorial Pacific with a sea of light. The massive flare burned in silence, a universe of nearly incomprehensible heat. The voice that had counted down to the detonation, that had been dubbed “Mahatma” perhaps without irony, had nothing more to say after the final two words: “Weapon release.” After that silent interlude, the skies flooded with brightness, then began to darken slowly as if guilt itself had become manifest, a shadow on the sand and sea.
1950 Class Captain R. Warren Breckenridge Worcester, MA, resident Rif Freedman received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology at their 32nd commencement on June 3. According to Dr. Nicholas Covino, president of MSPP, “Rif is a remarkably humble and knowledgeable man whose devotion to this school has been instrumental in our growth and success in recent years. And, his generosity and advocacy have shaped our mission and commitment to children and families.” A Worcester business leader, philanthropist, and an advocate for children, Rif graduated from Harvard in 1954, and received his MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1992, and an OPM from the Harvard Business School in 1981. A devoted MSPP trustee for 20 years, Rif was a major force in designing and driving the innovative business strategy that led to the restructuring and expansion of MSPP from 2002, and to MSPP’s current academic
and financial strength. In 2006 Rif and his wife Joan and their family decided to give a gift to MSPP that reflected their strong commitment to helping children in need of mental health care. Their philanthropic gesture created, fostered, and continues to nurture the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at MSPP. Today, the Center is a cornerstone of MSPP’s growing focus on educating future child psychologists and other mental health providers dedicated to children. In addition to its educational mission, it is a direct service agency for Massachusetts families. Graeme Howard writes, “Joanne and I have been living the grand life in San Miguel de Allende for eight years. SMA is four hours by car north of Mexico City in the high desert country (6,000 feet, so there is low humidity, warm days, and cool nights, year-round). My investment bank Howard, Lawson & Co. was sold in 2000 ( just in time) and in 2005 we sold IPOVitalSigns. com, the main source of information for companies going public and their professional advisors. Here in SMA we manage the Heart of Frida collection (letters and drawings) and its website: frida2007.com. We recently transferred ownership of AccessSanMiguel.com, the premier information source for visitors and residents of SMA, to focus more on travel
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‘The journey is the reward.’ Also, an article about my philosophical work, titled ‘The New Philosophers,’ came out in the April/May issue of Mensa Bulletin. So life has been busy, but Danielle and I managed to get away for an Amazon cruise in March.”
and a new website MX-USCompared, aimed at the many retirees seeking a perfect location for their active lives. For those who wish a taste of the intriguing life here, we are very interested in trading houses for a few weeks anywhere in the world (San-Miguel-Lux. com). Travelers are always welcome at our home in the center of San Miguel. (Bunny and Austin Briggs ’50 also live here.)”
Several members of the Class of ’51 gathered at the Yale Club on April 25 for a “Deerfield Dinner.” Members of ’51 in attendance were: Jim McKinney, Bob Hiden, Jim Schoff, Bill Walker, Charlie Grace, Tom Donnelley, Bill Wilmot, Woody Anderson, and Dave Findlay. They were joined in the photo by Hal Findlay ’76, Tracy Ma ’06, and Anne Smith ’08. Verena Montague and Jim Hays ’52 (left) and Nancy Hays and Dick Montague ’52 (right) enjoyed dinner on the Garden Terrace of the Romanitkhotel Richard Lowenherz in Durnstein-on-theDanube, Austria.
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Class Captain David Beals Findlay Boyden Society Captain Robert B. Hiden Jr. “With unsuspecting curiosity I opened a letter from Country Day School and was reminded of the time I was unexpectedly kicked in the stomach by a horse; it said John Morton had died,” writes Tibor Cholnoky. “How different the nature of friendships between women and men and often boys, as well. In the 16 or 17 years we grew up together, I can’t remember that he or I ever expressed a feeling. It just never seemed necessary. John had such a developed sense of irony that it would, with unfailing good humor, do to cover most everything that came up. Nor do I remember that he was ever angry with me. It is possible; he was just so diplomatic that I was oblivious . . . The truth is he brought me up. He lived next door and was my first and only playmate through the years. I had the benefit of his supportive mother, tolerant of the follies and excesses of four-year-olds. It happened that we went to kindergarten together and first grade, which I probably would have had difficulty facing except for his quiet confidence, and also second grade and the next six years after that. He was a source of support as a roommate freshman year at Deerfield. As one of the best students in school, he was a model
for my undisciplined ways. I note here his maturity. At the time he never acquiesced with or participated in the ubiquitous hazing, even when it was socially expedient to do so. It was a serious disappointment when he chose to go to Princeton, which I didn’t have a chance of getting into. For the first time I would be, without his example of cheerful and quiet confidence, left academically adrift. As is too often the case with male relationships, we had no contact whatsoever for the better part of 50 years except for a time when I made annual Christmas visits. Nonetheless, I knew that he always considered things carefully and made good decisions as demonstrated by his choice of wife, nice well-situated house, and (seemingly) magically produced family. When we met again at our 50th Reunion, it felt natural and wordlessly like old times. We picked up the conversation where we left off. One more legacy; I have learned the importance of thanking someone before it is too late.” Dave Findlay writes: “I moved to a new gallery last October: 724 Fifth Avenue, NYC, between 56th and 57th Streets, directly across from Trump Tower. Please stop in when you come to the city.”
1952 Class Captain Richard F. Boyden Boyden Society Captain John B. Horton Class Secretary John Robin Allen The following ’52 notes were compiled by J.R. Allen: “Last May, Bill Hinshaw and a small group of his friends and their accumulated families held a reunion on ‘their’ beach at the mouth of Newport Bay, CA. They had changed mightily since the late forties through early fifties. Bill tried the surf and found it as he had remembered, but several others decided not to cope. He writes, ‘They were probably wiser than I in that, but there are some things one can never give up, especially when I had to leave it every year to go back to Deerfield. Hopefully we will do it again next year and keep going back.’ “Nancy and Jim Hays recently visited Verena and Dick Montague, and they enjoyed dinner on the Garden Terrace of the Romantikhotel Richard Löwenherz (Richard the Lionheart) in Dürnsteinon-the-Danube in Austria. The foundations of the hotel date back to the founding of the Nunnery of the Order of St. Clara in Dürnstein in 1289. The hotel provides a commanding view of the surrounding Wachau wine district. I (J.R.) had the pleasure of speaking with Virginia Warren, Jump Joe Bob Warren’s wife, a few weeks ago. They live in
Bedford, NH, and to the best of my knowledge, Bob has more grandchildren than any other member of our class: 12.” “What a great reunion experience with so many of our Class of 1952 back and in good shape,” Ned Edwards comments. “It amazed me how we bonded so easily and quickly after 60 years. The meals, programs, and presentations were outstanding and made us all so proud of the Deerfield tradition that continues so many years after Frank Boyden. The Head of School is amazingly brilliant, sharp, and in tune with the faculty and students. Impressive! So glad Barbara and I made the trip from Michigan for the time with old friends and to rekindle the Deerfield experience. Congratulations to all the planners!” John Horton says, “A great time in all respects. I only wish more of us could have made it back, notwithstanding Dick Boyden’s superlative efforts in getting some 25 of us back. Memories of our part in the era of ‘the Quid’ are fond ones and he certainly was THE headmaster then. It was wonderful to see that Margarita Curtis similarly but in her own way is THE Head of School of the present era. We owe a great deal of thanks to Messrs. Koch and Dewey. The class dinner was the highlight.”
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Lin Emery Philip F. Palmedo ’52 | Hudson Hills Press, 2012
Wind Power | A chance meeting on a cruise of the Rhine River inspired Phil Palmedo’s latest in a series of books about artists. “I was delighted to find out that the Lin Emery on the passenger list was indeed the Lin Emery whose sculpture I had known and admired for years, but whom I had never met,” he wrote. “By the time we reached Basel at the end of five days of history, art, and Riesling, the possibility of a book had been delicately discussed and over the following weeks on shore it became a committed project.” Mr. Palmedo, who holds a PhD in nuclear engineering, studied art history at Williams College and has maintained a lifelong interest in art, writing books about artists whose work he admires. “I like to try to understand the painting or sculpture of people whose work I like and who haven’t had books written about them,” he explained. Lin Emery is a richly illustrated biography about the American sculptor renowned for her kinetic sculptures found in public spaces around the world. Mr. Palmedo outlines Ms. Emery’s evolution as an artist—from early experimentation with clay and bronze to sculptures powered by water and magnets, and finally to the form for which she is most well-known, abstract sculptures that capture the power of wind to achieve natural movement. Throughout her career, Ms. Emery has shown her capacity for innovation, experimenting with new techniques and learning new skills in order to achieve the form and movement she desires. “Rather than a chore, learning new science or new skills is an integral and pleasurable part of being a sculptor,” Mr. Palmedo wrote. Mr. Palmedo’s clear, insightful prose relates how Lin Emery’s work has been shaped by her personality, relationships with fellow artists, and longstanding connection with the city of New Orleans. He guides his readers to a deeper appreciation of Ms. Emery’s place in the field of modern sculpture, while highlighting her distinctiveness and originality.
Emery often says that she borrows the forces of nature. She also borrows the forms of nature and its movements. That is why, when you see one of her large sculptures outside gracefully moving in the breeze, it seems to belong. When its shiny surfaces reflect the sky, it seems as though the sky is part of the sculpture, and sculpture part of the sky. While they seem most natural in the company of trees, flowers, and sky, Emery’s large works are openly gregarious. With their industrial materials and superb craftsmanship, they hold their own and harmonize with classic buildings . . . They also soften modern architecture, mediating between the vocabulary of brick, concrete, and glass and that of nature. They speak both languages. deerfield.edu
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World-class deep water sailor Mark Ewing ’55, doing what he loved best. Kevin Sheehan ’55 and his wife Linda live in a log cabin at Sebago Lake, Maine.
1953 Class Captains Renwick D. Dimond Hugh R. Smith Boyden Society Captain Craig W. Fanning H. Stanley Mansfield Jr. Larry Bodkin writes, “Always glad to keep in touch with Deerfield. Mimsi and I are happy that our four children and 11 grandchildren all live nearby. I continue to practice law, now from my home
office. I do pro bono legal work for special education students in the New York City public school system. For the legal profession, I act as a mediator in the New York Federal Courts, seeking to have cases resolved by settlement. Deerfield is important to me. I look forward to our 60th Reunion next spring.” “I have been to Brazil twice, Israel twice, India twice, Nepal, Taiwan, and Hungary,” Douglas Child reported when we last heard from him. “I will go back to Hungary this August to minister to the Roma.” Randolph Guggenheimer notes, “My second granddaughter will attend Deerfield. Brooke Horowitch ’16!” Patrick McCarthy says, “Still above ground and boring!”
Class Captain Philip R. Chase Boyden Society Captains Joseph D. Lawrence Harold R. Talbot Jr. “Only Joe Lawrence and I were there (at Reunions) from our class,” reports Guy C. Kaldis. “I enjoyed meeting the classes ahead of me, the 60th and the 50th. It was pouring when I arrived in mid-afternoon, but it soon cleared. Mr. Boyden would always tell us ‘if we did not like the weather, wait a minute.’ The food was good and the weather cooperated for the long weekend. Today Deerfield is in good hands from the top down to the students, many of whom are more talented than we were in our days at the Academy.” Peter “Colonel” Kelly notes, “My wife, Marina, and I are enjoying our activity-
Class Captain Michael D. Grant Boyden Society Captain Edison W. Dick Class Secretary Tom L’Esperance The following notes were compiled by Tom L’Esperance: “From Tom: ‘Congratulations to David Thiel ’91, Jessica Day, Brent Hale, and the staff at Deerfield Magazine for its new eye-appealing format and mind-stimulating content. This innovative team has also constructed a new class notes website, deerfield.edu/tag/class-of-1955/, in which we can read notes recently posted by our
classmates months before they appear in Deerfield Magazine. We can also look at notes posted in other classes by inserting their class number: i.e. . . . classof-1954. In the spring 2012 issue of Deerfield Magazine there is an article in which Art Dwight ’79 dwelled on an English professor’s comment that seeds of ‘the philosophical basis for your existence’ are sown before age 21. The professor’s statement is engendered in the reflective thoughts of Brad Butz ’79, Colonel, USAF, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, about reinforcing ‘the importance of building relationships with global allies on a personal basis.’ Brad says, ‘Jay Morsman taught me all of this!’ Indeed, the essence of our formative Deerfield Days lives in all of us. Terry Blanchard and Wanda continue to be happily involved with acting and theater activities for the Performing and Visual Arts Center in the Newburyport, MA, community. He’s been a board member for 12 years. He enjoys interacting with the artists and performers in the community. We remain indebted to Terry for his prodigious efforts putting together the 1955 Pocumtuck Revisited yearbook that was presented to us at our 50th Reunion. Dick Cadigan relates that all’s well nowadays. He has joined the battalion of ’55-ers achieving our 75th B-day this spring. He and Linda had a super trip to New Zealand recently and relates that all of us should put that
destination on our ‘bucket list.’ Rev. Richard has had a lot of fun visiting with his daughter, Katie, a filmmaker, who at age 50, is currently at Yale Divinity School and dedicated to becoming an Episcopal priest. From Pete Clapp: ‘Kathy and I are both in good health running a 12-acre orchard and vacation rental, but anxious to sell and spend more time visiting our seven (between us) kids and 15 grandkids as well as many friends spread out over the world. We just got back from a trip to the mainland (Seattle and Florida Gulf coast). I built a rather extravagant house in Makapala on (the) Big Island with the intent of selling it and building a more modest structure with the profits.’ Pete adds that the house is now on the market. Brady Coleman has a leading role in the currently showing film, Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. It’s a dark comedy that takes place in a small Texas town—very funny. Jack Black shines. Tim Day has been awarded the John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership by The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. ‘Each year, the Marine Corps presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members, recognizing their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. The honoree this year is the chairman and CEO of Bar-S Foods Company, Mr. Timothy T. Day. The prestigious
award was presented during a special ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on April 21, 2012. This recognition was provided by Founder Patrick Brent in the form of a statuette of General Lejeune that is the same size and weight as an Oscar and a World War I Springfield 1903 Rifle. The criterion for this recognition is: ‘Demonstrated leadership in their chosen profession, appointed, or elected position that is clearly exemplary and worthy of emulation. The recipient must epitomize the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment; and practice the leadership traits and principles ascribed to by the United States Marine Corps.’ Jack Dietze thrives in the outdoors and culturally as well in the college setting of Williamstown, MA. Our conversation ranged from Coronado to La Jolla, an aircraft carrier museum, USS Midway in San Diego, to Vero Beach, where grandfather ‘Osk’ and Maureen vacation every year. Then to ‘fairly’ regular winning flights at Williams College alumni golf tournaments with his former roommate, Mike Grant. “Pony Duke and Mark Rowland couldn’t meet in London this spring for a trip to Russia due to mutual nuisances of growing older. Pony remains in good spirits, however, and looks forward to seeing Mark at his ranch in Absarokee, MT, on his way back to Anchorage, AK. Perhaps he’ll negotiate a ride with our former Cadillac executive
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filled winters on Dataw Island, SC, and the very special beauty of our summers in Greensboro, VT’s, ‘Northeast Kingdom.’ Very few Deerfield alumni nearby.” “Given the fact that seldom does anyone in the distinguished Class of ’54 provide a note, I feel compelled to report from Arizona that my wellbeing involves work, play, and family,” writes Orme Lewis. “The former somewhat passive and the latter rather active: regular tennis and various projects, e.g., the recent hands-on completion of a 23-foot-high water feature at our mountain house. Nonetheless, ‘old’ age is emerging, as indicative of emeritus status that now prevails over active board involvement. Politics is in the picture as well.”
JOSEPH VERNER REED
To Serve His Country
In the next stage of a long and illustrious diplomatic career, Joseph Verner Reed ’55 was named Dean of United Nations Under-Secretaries-General. After serving as US ambassador to Morocco from 1981 to 1985, Mr. Reed has worked for the United Nations in various capacities and served George H.W. Bush as Chief of Protocol from 1989 to 1991. Most recently, Mr. Reed held the position of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser from 2005 until he was appointed to his current role early this year. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said of Mr. Reed, “Like my predecessors as Secretary-General, I have welcomed Joseph Verner Reed’s advice and support on a wide range of matters, gained through his rich and varied diplomatic career serving both his country and the United Nations.”
«Dean of UN Under-Secretaries-General, 2012–present «UN Under-Secretary-General & Special Adviser, 2005–11 « UN Under-Secretary-General & President, Staff-Management Coordination Committee, 1997–2004 « UN Under-Secretary-General & Special Representative for Public Affairs, 1992–97 «US Chief of Protocol, 1989–91 « UN Under-Secretary-General for Political & General Assembly Affairs, 1987–89 «US Representative, UN Economic and Social Council, 1985–87 «US Ambassador to Morocco, 1981–85 « Chase Manhattan Bank VP and Executive Asst. to Chairman David Rockefeller, 1969–81 «Chase Manhattan Bank Assistant to the Director, 1963–68 «World Bank Private Secretary to the President, 1961–63
classmate, Jerry Rood, for some serious get-up-and-go in his vintage Mercedes 600 SEL with a V12 Maybach thoroughbred pedigree engine! Erik Esselstyn fairly often goes down the road from Plainfield to Hanover where he’ll share lunch with Mike Mayor while attending various functions and board meetings in Hanover. But it’s springtime in northern Vermont and Erik is tending to his rustic surroundings. He’s ‘lining up firewood for next year,’ doing a lot of splitting and just starting to put out the garden, making some new ‘raised beds,’ and basically just ‘stackin’ wood and fixing fences’ that got beaten down by trees over the wintertime. He and Celina also have five horses at the Esselstyn Homestead. It’s an idyllic bed and breakfast spot if you’re lucky enough to win an invitation to break bread with them. It is with sadness I relate that Betsy and Mike Grant have lost their son, Michael, due to a cerebral hemorrhage at age 39. Michael lived in Los Angeles and was a talented ‘actor, vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, and sports fan.’ He also leaves behind his brothers, Luke ’87 and Andrew ’85, and sister, Bettina. We extend our sincere condolences to the Grant family. Bill (Moose) Morton sadly related: “Our classmate, Mark Ewing, passed away due to a bout with cancer on May 8 at home in Hanover, NH. There was a lovely memorial service for Mark on May 26, at St.
Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover. In addition to his family, his wife Mikie, two of his three children, Mark and Sarah, and his granddaughter, Carly, three of Mark’s Deerfield classmates were in attendance: Wheldie and Don Jenkins, and me. Mark was, first of all, a world-class, deep-water sailor, and many stories of his life on sailboats surfaced during the day. He was a part of several victories in both the Chicago-Mackinaw Island and NewportBermuda races. He finished fourth in a cross-Atlantic race to England—completing the last 1,500 miles without rudder, and steering by sail trim only! In nearly everything he did, he displayed a true love of nature and spent much of his last 20 years or so canoeing, fishing, and hunting, mostly in the New England north country. His business life was centered around his love of the outdoors at yacht builders Palmer Johnson and Nautor Inc., a firm he founded as US agents for Swan sailboats, and later at another firm he founded, Lyme Angler, an Orvis fly fishing and guide business in Hanover. Mark was my roommate at both Deerfield and Dartmouth, and we remained lifelong friends. Our classmate Wheldie Jenkins was very close to Mark, and sailed with him in many ocean races and on several different boats. Mark was a great guy with a terrific sense of humor who lived life to the fullest. One word to describe him that was ban-
already having an impact. Thank goodness for Mike’s dedication—my wife and I are feeling pain in our joints and may need to reap the benefits of his lifelong commitment.”
1956 Class Captain Joseph B. Twichell Bob Wickes writes, “I recently won election to the Republican Committee for Chester County, PA. I will be working on election matters leading up to November. I believe the President of the United States represents to all of us the single best embodiment of what we believe we are as a people. If we believe we are a truthful, God-fearing, generous people who will fiercely defend our nation against foreign aggressors and champion both individual liberties and corporate excellence at home, then those are the characteristics the next President should exemplify.”
1957 Boyden Society Captain Charles B. Updike “My son, Peter, has changed careers and, having gotten his real estate license and needing to find a brokerage firm that would hire and train him, has done just that,” David Boehm writes. “He has been hired by the very upscale Stribling&Associates here in NYC and will be training with the woman who I believe is their top broker, Executive Vice President Pamela d’Arc (see Stribling’s
website, stribling.com).” Harvey Clapp reports, “After selling my Turkish gas company in June 2011, I have time to concentrate on some of my other unusual investments: 1. Themis Bar Review, computer-assisted preparations to take the bar exam, which was introduced four years ago, and embedded evaluation questions every 17-20 minutes of a lecture. Now universities establishing online courses are using embedded questions (Princeton, Penn, Michigan, Stanford, and Berkeley) and embedded quizzes (Harvard-MIT). Despite fierce competition from former and convicted monopolist BAR/BRI, the course is prospering with pass rates far better than our competitors in every state for three years; 2. An electric motor car company that has developed a far superior car battery to our competitors “Leaf” and “Volt”; 3. A developer and producer of small wind turbines (10K-50K); 4. A San Francisco company called Dyn-Ed that has a computer-assisted language learning program to teach English to foreign speakers all over the world (primarily in China) via state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and voice recognition systems. We have almost two dozen courses for everything from three- to five-year-olds, to those wanting to teach business school classes in English, and last but not least; 5. A company called ixReveal that has developed software that can analyze vast volumes
of data and distill trends or unusual data with minimal costs in time and manpower. Fortunately, my son resigned from Calvert School and as of January 1, 2012, has been working with me in my Baltimore office. Because of David, and the allure of two young grandkids, I am spending more time in Baltimore and less in St. Croix. The STX economy is in free fall after the closing of the major employer (Hovensa Refinery) in February. Workers are departing the island in droves, resulting in an extraordinary buyers’ market for some very nice homes. I still see Clayton Moravec frequently now that he has moved to downtown Baltimore, but Josiah Willard is so busy playing golf and traveling (often to see his three kids), that he is hard to track down.” “Pat and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to the Panama Canal in March,” Wooly Doane reported. “As retired ‘snow birds’ we are spending our time between homes in Waldoboro, ME, and Lake Wales, FL. Pat’s memory issues pose new challenges. As a has been physician, my advice to young people is ‘Don’t grow old!’” Dick Howland notes, “I can’t imagine that this will stir the pot, but I can report that my younger daughter Gillian Howland married Matthew Vanasse in Coventry, RI, on May 26 and Mr. and Mrs. Vanasse will continue to live in Phoenix, AZ, thereby maintaining
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tered about in recent days was that Mark was someone truly ‘HEMINGWAYESQUE’ in character. No compliment, I think, would have made Mark happier!” Kevin Sheehan continues to display his two-ton Dutch Street Organ that he hauls to rallies on weekends throughout the Northeast. A delightful video was made at the annual Mountainview Woodies Boat Show in Naples, ME, in 2008. To see Kevin hand crank a tune on the organ, go to YouTube and query “Das Eichhoernchen”—a Dutch Street Organ. Kevin and Linda are retired and live rustically in their log cabin at Sebago Lake, ME.” Lou Greer reports, “In a recent email conversation with Michael Mayor, he reported that he is still involved with prosthetics, and his work has evolved into a tighter focus on what he has been doing in parallel with replacements all along. He is working at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, helping to run a large retrieval laboratory studying the damage done by patients using artificial joints, like total hips and total knees. He has done evaluations of about 12,000 parts since 1975, and continues to do more several mornings a week. Michael took the results of his research to the annual International Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco in February; his analysis was well received and in late February was
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ERWIN H. “DUSTY” MILLER
On March 25, 1965, a band of peaceful marchers
Among the thousands gathered was Erwin H.
arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, concluding a
“Dusty” Miller ’58. Mr. Miller was 25 years old
Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march that had
when he flew down to Alabama with a group from
been marred by some of the worst violence of the
Worcester, MA, including his mother, Harriet Miller
civil rights movement. Standing on the steps of
Hight, a well-known civil rights activist. Almost 50
the state capitol building, Martin Luther King Jr.
years later, Mr. Miller reflected on his experience
addressed the crowd: “Last Sunday, more than eight
in an article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
thousand of us started on a mighty walk from Selma,
A law student at the time, Mr. Miller was writing
Alabama . . . The end we seek is a society at peace
a thesis about the civil rights act. “Participating
with itself, a society that can live with its conscience
in the march made it come alive for me,” Mr.
. . . I know you are asking today, How long will it take?
Miller told the Telegram & Gazette. “It wasn’t just
I come to say to you this afternoon however difficult
dry academic stuff.”
the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long.”
The Selma-to-Montgomery marches came at a time when African Americans were still struggling to achieve the rights promised to them by the 15th
Amendment; only three percent of the 29,000 blacks
the giant field, as 25,000 marchers gathered. “We
living in Selma were registered to vote. On March 7,
knew we were going to participate in something that
1965, about 500 marchers started out for Montgomery
was obviously going to be historic. Blacks and whites,
from Selma; in an event later known as “Bloody
we were all walking together.”
James Karales | courtesy of the Estate of James Karales
Sunday,” state troopers attacked the marchers as
Protected by federal troops, the marchers reached
they were crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
the state capitol in Montgomery, bringing to a close
Images of the brutality roused support for the civil
the journey that had started weeks earlier on “Bloody
rights movement in Alabama; a second “ceremonial”
Sunday.” The Selma marches marked a turning point
march to the bridge took place only a few days later.
in the voting rights movement; President Lyndon
A third march—this time to the state capitol build-
Johnson, horrified by the events of “Bloody Sunday,”
ing in Montgomery—left Selma on March 21. Mr.
called for a strong voting rights law, and the Voting
Miller joined the march four days later, flying through
Rights Act was passed five months later.
the night to arrive in St. Jude’s Field, on the outskirts
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We knew we were going to participate in something that was obviously going to be historic. Blacks and whites, we were all walking together.
Looking back, Mr. Miller, now a lawyer and
of Montgomery. He remembered seeing dozens of
Worcester resident, said, “I thought that day that
charter planes from across the country lined up on
this was something I never would forget.”
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their distance from our tornadoes, earthquakes, October blizzards, hurricanes, snow, ice, and rain. Of course Haboobs (desert sand and dust storms) do muck up the swimming pool.” When we last heard from Carleton Rosenburgh he said, “Our children had a party for us this past Sunday to celebrate our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary on June 2. We were married 6-2-62, a date easy to remember. Charlie Updike, a classmate and childhood friend, and his wife Beth attended along with 33 others. It was a wonderful time.”
1958 Boyden Society Captains David C. Knight Erwin H. Miller Wm. T. Schwendler Jr. During Amherst College’s commencement exercises this past spring, George Carmany was presented with the college’s Medal for Eminent Service. The award is presented to a member of the Amherst community who has demonstrated exceptional devotion to the college. George, who operates an advisory business in financial services and life sciences, is a director of the Macquarie Infrastructure Company; a senior advisor to Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, EnGenelC Ltd., and The Asia Link Group of Beijing. He is also a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of Harvard Medi-
cal School. He has served as a class officer and a member of the Alumni Council for his alma mater, and was vice president of the Society of the Alumni for 2011–12. He volunteered to participate in the college’s two most recent capital campaigns and, in 2009, founded and organized, along with classmate Gerald R. Fink, Amherst’s annual Fink Bioscience Symposium. Already a recipient of a 2001 Distinguished Service Award (for Group Service) from Amherst, George is also a past Amherst College parent: his son Bill ’91 graduated in 1995. Daniel Farthing writes, “We adopted a career-change guide dog in 2011. He has severe congenital medical issues. Watching him improve somewhat as he matures has been very satisfying. We walk a lot with the two dogs. Time left over is spent on friends, family, exercise, and travel.” George Marshall welcomed his fourth (“and probably last”) grandchild, Avery Waleria Marshall. Charles Speleotis writes, “Getting old—no lift on my jump shot anymore.”
1959 Boyden Society Captain John F. Kikoski Jr. “Going to the Vietnam Memorial never fails to move me,” comments Brooks Goddard. “Blessings on those who survived, especially Larry Gwin.” Robert Oelman has resurfaced in New York City, after
having been “lost” in the jungles of South America for 17 years. He will be hosting a special gallery presentation of his photography in the Agora Gallery on West 25th Street. Receptions will take place on November 28 and 29, and the exhibition will last until December 18. The Deerfield community is cordially invited. Highlighting the show will be never-seen-before exotic tropical creatures. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rick Timms reports, “In 2009 I retired from my former work at Scripps Research Institute (professor) and Troxel (CEO). I love having time to listen, learn, travel, and write. My homes are in Del Mar and Santa Rosa, CA, (Sonoma) if any colleagues would enjoy a visit.”
1960 Class Captain John W. Broughan Boyden Society Captains Christian Baldenhofer Robert F. Herrick Mike Moran writes, “Two years ago, San Diego Mensa awarded me the first prize for songwriting. This year my award was for the best musical performance. It’s a lucky thing I was recording my trio live at a gig and had a nice song to enter in the contest; it’s open to all members of American Mensa. It makes me wonder whether most Mensans are too smart to become professional musicians. Anyway, Mr. Oatley, Mr. Sharon, and Clem Schuler would be proud.”
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It’s a lucky thing I was recording my trio live at a gig and had a nice song to enter in the contest; it’s open to all members of American Mensa. It makes me wonder whether most Mensans are too smart to become professional musicians. Anyway, Mr. Oatley, Mr. Sharon, and Clem Schuler would be proud.—Mike Moran ’60
Mike Moran ’60 and his San Diego Mensa awards for songwriting and best musical performance. | The photography of Robert Oelman ’59 will be featured at the Agora Gallery in NYC, with receptions on November 28 and 29. | Tom Poor ’61 and family—l to r: wife Jessie, daughter Maddie, Tom, “Welker,” and Samantha ’15. | When Brooks Goddard ’59 recently visited the Vietnam Memorial, he took time to remember classmate Edward Marsh.
1961 Class Captains Jon W. Barker Thomas M. Poor The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution has announced Michael Lewis as the 2012 recipient of the section’s prestigious D’Alemberte-Raven Award. The D’AlemberteRaven Award recognizes leaders in the dispute resolution community who have contributed significantly to the field by developing new or innovative programs, improvements in service and efficiency, research and writ-
ings in the area of dispute resolution, or continuing education programs. “I am still glowing with pleasure having attended our 50th last year, and I am already anticipating 2016,” says Ernie Oare. “I simply don’t understand why everyone but me has gotten fat and old. However, I feel certain that I can catch up in four years. It was particularly great to have Dericks, Dees, and Doley under one roof. If you add a touch of Fuller and Fleming, we were ‘thick as thieves.’ I guess now one would say that we are just ‘thick.’ Betty and I are still
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very actively ‘horsing around,’ with Betty still competing at a high level. That high level left me long ago, but I am thoroughly enjoying the role as trainer. Our young son, Reynolds, and his wife, Val, are expecting our third grandchild in October. He will be on the Deerfield waiting list in November. The ‘goings on’ at Deerfield are simply amazing. For all of us who worried about adding a female clan, it is obvious that we were only jealous and not worried about the best interests of the Academy. The Quid would be proud.” Martin Kruming wrote, “During a recent meeting at the San Diego Diplomacy Council, I was introduced to a San Diegan who spent many years working and traveling overseas. ‘Did you grow up in San Diego?’ I asked. ‘No,’ he said. ‘Where?’ ‘On the East Coast.’ ‘Where?’ ‘Massachusetts.’ ‘Which college?’ ‘Harvard.’ ‘Which high school?’ ‘Deerfield.’ Michael Grisdale was in the Class of 1957! The Diplomacy Council works with the State Department to bring emerging leaders to San Diego and in the fall of 2007 physical education teachers from Azerbaijan visited our city. That started a four-year effort to link two neighborhoods and last October 18, Mayor Jerry Sanders and the San Diego City Council formally recognized a Neighborhood Partnership between our Switzer Highland neighborhood in
San Diego and the Nasimi District in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Officials from Azerbaijan traveled to San Diego to participate in the ceremony. The Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, Elin Suleymanov, with whom we worked on this project, is the current Azerbaijan ambassador to the US. His successor, Nasimi Aghayev, attended an Azerbaijan Republic Day reception in San Diego on May 31. Charles Reilly was among the more than 100 guests who attended the event at Cafe 21, the only Azerbaijan restaurant in San Diego.” Tom Poor reported, “Life goes on after the 50th. Samantha ’15 survived her freshman year at Deerfield— grades were excellent, started on the varsity soccer team, played #3 on the varsity squash team, which finished second in the nation, and JV lacrosse. Maddie finished seventh grade and continued upwards in soccer and squash. Jessie leads her radiology group at Brigham, and I wash dishes and carry out driving assignments. We all enjoy having son/brother Morgan ’95 back in the Boston area from his years in Montana. He’s coaching soccer, squash, and tennis at Milton Academy, playing squash and vacationing with his sisters and helping with chores around our Norwell house in exchange for meals. Jessie and I continue to play squash and tennis and look forward to our annual August vacation on Cape Cod.”
1963 Reunion Chairs Peter A. Acly Timothy J. Balch David D. Sicher Boyden Society Captain Edward R. McPherson When we last heard from Rick Ackerly he reported, “Living in Decatur, IL, now, and traveling to schools to speak to parent groups and do workshops for teachers. My eldest daughter, Brooke, who teaches feminist political theory at Vanderbilt, met Tim Balch and his wife Linda last year. The second edition of my book about educating and parenting will be out in July: The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity and Creativity in Children.
1964 Class Captains John L. Heath Robert S. Lyle Charles B. Sethness Boyden Society Captain Christopher G. Mumford Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
1965 Class Captains Edward G. Flickinger Andrew R. Steele “One of my privileges in retirement is to be a chaplain on cruise ships,” reported Donald Goodheart. “Did one ‘world cruise’ of 121 days in 2009—amazing. This year
I returned from an Easter cruise that went from Dubai to Southampton, including some fantastic sights like the Suez Canal, the pyramids, and Petra in Jordan. In Dubai we did go up the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, featured in the most recent Mission Impossible film. What a view! Luxor in Egypt, with its well-preserved temples and statues, was a real highlight for me. Hard to believe these places are thousands of years old. This trip also went to Athens, Rome, and Lisbon. Let’s put it this way: We are going to travel while we can and visit grandchildren as much as possible. Our youngest daughter just gave birth to our sixth grandchild. Aspen Rose came a bit early and had to go into NICU, but she and her mother are doing fine now. And that’s where I am now, in the DC area, visiting Aspen who was born while I was away.” Ed Flickinger reports: “Classmate Tim Byrne (Tim Byrne Photography: timbyrnephoto.com) and I got together earlier this year in the Mt. Washington Valley of NH. Tim’s talents have been contracted to document the upcoming wedding of daughter Carrie Flickinger, former employee of Deerfield’s Alumni Office. Thanks, Tim!”
David L. Hoof ’64 | Trestle Press, 2011–12
Cold Reads | Some authors choose to create their own fanciful worlds and populate them with impossible, larger than life characters. Others stick straight to the facts and report history as a collection of statistics and dates. David L. Hoof, author of Sharpshooter, A Death in Munich, and numerous other titles does something much more interesting: He describes the fantastic
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settings of real-world locations and fills them with living, breathing humans and spectacular historical controversies. Mr. Hoof’s latest title, A Death in Munich, takes readers back to 1931 Germany and explores the startling mystery behind one of the most controversial events in the Nazi world—the death of Adolf Hitler’s niece and secret lover. When her body is discovered in a locked room of Hitler’s flat, the police and Nazi forces announce the death as a suicide, but cold-hard evidence suggests otherwise. Mr. Hoof takes readers for an emotional thrill-ride, introducing actual letters and documents connected to the controversy and tying together plots that could have halted Hitler’s rise to dominance had they ever fully surfaced in the public eye. Mr. Hoof’s second murder mystery, Sharpshooter, takes a much less iconic seat, and instead sends readers to the American Northwest to investigate the murder of Senate candidate Jeb Holloway under seemingly impossible circumstances; Jeb meets his end via a 19th-century Sharps Buffalo rifle and an antique slug. This book is a suspenseful thriller that forces readers to second-guess their preconceived notions of what actually happened during the settling of the American frontier and digs up some unsettling revelations. Sharpshooter’s protagonist, Red Kravitz, is a persistent, cordial Native American deputy who finds that his simple murder investigation has roots far beyond what he could have ever imagined.
At the detachment’s perimeter, the strolling Reichsfürer pierces me with a suspicious look, as if I may be a waiting assassin. But today I am merely to observe and report. Any sign indicating Hitler’s responsibility for firing the lethal bullet into his niece’s chest would be welcome. If murder was proved, then the speeding Nazi juggernaut can be toppled.
An ancient slotted Creedmore sight fixes on Jeb’s head, tracking it till the vehicle halts on a pebbled shore. The air hushes into stillness. Nearly a thousand yards from the rifle’s muzzle, Jeb Holloway plucks a newspaper off the bench seat, then checks the time on a black-faced Rolex watch. The second that his wrist comes down, the buffalo gun fires.
’67 Ed Flickinger ’65 (left) and classmate Tim Byrne celebrate the engagement of Ed’s daughter Carrie. Tim will be the official photographer at Carrie’s wedding.
Tom Thomson ’67 recently reconnected with his Barton III corridor-mates in Chicago. The Fifth & Alton Shopping Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the construction of which was presided over by Berkowitz Development Group, Inc., and Chairman/Owner Jeff Berkowitz ’66.
1966 Class Captain David H. Bradley Jeff Berkowitz (“JB”) is the chairman and owner of Berkowitz Development Group, Inc., a Florida corporation (“BDG”), berkowitzdevelopmentgroup.com. JB has engaged over the last 30 years in the development (land purchase, zoning, and construction) and management of large commercial real estate shopping centers. He is widely recognized as one of the pre-eminent retail developers in MiamiDade County; JB pioneered vertical retail centers, one of which was the Fifth & Alton Shopping Center, which was recently completed. Fifth & Alton effectively serves as a world-class gateway to the heart of Miami’s famed South
Beach, and its prime location greets residents and tourists alike. Fifth & Alton also won the International Council of Shopping Center’s US Design and Development Silver Award in the Innovation Design and Development of a New Project category. Fifth & Alton was also the recipient of Project of the Year 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/ Caribbean District Vision Award, Best of 2010—National and Southeast Retail. Steve Gill writes, “It has been quite some time since I have corresponded with the school and my classmates, although I religiously read our class notes. I was saddened to read about Bill Coghill, a close PG friend. We socialized after graduation, but when I moved overseas we sort of lost touch. My bad! While on
the subject of residing overseas, over the years I have been questioned by a few of you, as well as several Princeton grads, whether I was in the CIA. These questions arise most likely because there were military coups in two of the four countries where I lived. Enough said! I am on my second marriage, and have fathered an eightyear-old daughter. She is in the second grade, but has, so far, six years of schooling. People have told me that having a child at my age would keep me young, but the truth is she keeps me tired. Both of my children from my first marriage were born in Asia, Jennifer in Korea and Chris in Thailand. They attended Lawrenceville and Jenn went to Dartmouth and Chris to Cornell. Both were married this past year and
continue their international experience: Jenn works in London for Vodafone and is married to an Italian banker from Milan, while Chris is an international emerging markets analyst and is married to a beautiful young lady from Toronto. I finally hung up the skates after 58 years of fairly competitive hockey. After graduation, I played a number of years for the St. Nicks and the Washington Chiefs. I competed in several countries, including Outer Mongolia, and I immensely enjoyed playing in the Senior World Championships several times. Also I can truthfully say that I take full responsibility for Gordie Howe retiring from retirement to join his sons playing for the Houston Aeros, but that’s another story. Through the years I was blessed with
JOHN CHITTICK Walking with Class
’66 For fans of the Olympic games, heroes are chiseled athletes that fly through the air, cut through water, and sprint over hurdles; but for the thousands of adolescents visited by Dr. John Chittick ’66 over the past two decades, true heroes come in somewhat different packages. At first glance, few would expect the five-foot tall, slightly overweight 64-year-old volunteer to have traveled so far and worked so hard to spread awareness about AIDS/HIV to teens across the globe. In recognition of his humanitarian work, Dr. Chittick was nominated as one of the top finalists to receive the “Prestigiously Cool” Classy Volunteer-ofthe-Year Award for 2012. While the national award is a major boost to his organization, Dr. Chittick continues to take each day as seriously as the last, focusing on regions that truly need help. “We only go to countries that need help. We go into the slums, the most rural outposts. I dislike visiting the government ministries, there are no people to help there,” he says. In the 20 years since selling his Boston-based art publishing business, Dr. Chittick has visited over 85 countries, received numerous honors (including Deerfield’s 2001 Heritage Award), and most importantly, altered the lives of countless youths in troubled areas—all while suffering from degenerative diabetes and heart disease.
For more information, visit the TeenAIDS website: teenaids.org
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Starting with his original research at Harvard University, Dr. Chittick realized there was very little being done to garner teens’ attention regarding the danger of HIV. “Ninety percent of young people never get tested, and even fewer understand the risk,” he says. Dr. Chittick has sought to inspire a drive in young people by banishing stigmas related to HIV testing. “I’m driven by this feeling that I can save lives and my volunteers can save lives and that every one of these young people has the ability to go out and save their best friend’s life,” he says. Since its inception in 1994, Dr. Chittuck’s volunteer group, TeenAIDS, has managed to operate solely on the donations of private individuals, including Deerfield alumni. “We’re a modest organization money-wise, but we have an international outreach that surprises most people,” Dr. Chittuck says. Today the TeenAIDS board also includes Deerfield alumni Gig Faux ’80, Jim Dunning ’66, and Bob Hardman ’66. In 2014, Dr. Chittick plans to launch his most ambitious venture yet, the Global AIDS Walk, during which he will visit 24 new countries over the course of just two years. Throughout this venture, Dr. Chittick will seek to pass along his knowledge and work to eager new volunteers, and he has begun looking for youth volunteer trainers who can join him for two to three week stretches. Dr. Chittick understands the importance of global exploration as a development asset, and also hopes to tie his work back to the Deerfield student body. “We’ll be taking 18- to 22-year-olds who meet the standards, and we’d love to have people from Deerfield coming along for parts of the global walk,” he says. But at the same time he cautions about the reality of his work: “I will show my volunteers how to do this street outreach, and how to work with people in other countries, but when I take them along they’ll have to understand they could be in some nasty situations.”
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excellent coaching, since my high school coach was an All American from BU, and of course at Deerfield by an All American from Dartmouth, and at Princeton by not one, but two former NHL Hall of Fame players. I guess some of that rubbed off as I finally stopped coaching youth hockey after enjoying 21 years behind the bench. To conclude this mini bio, I would be remiss if I did not point out that my former wife and I are very close friends and confidantes and our extended family skis twice a year at her shack in Arrowhead (Beaver Creek). Reconciling was one of the smartest things I ever did and is a huge stress reliever. If you need help, call my wife, because I had nothing to do with it.”
1967 Class Captains Douglas F. Allen John R. Bass George W. Lee Steve Smith, editor of the Washington Examiner, delivered the commencement address at the College of Communications at Penn State this past spring. “It’s the largest communications school in the country, and a very good one,” he commented. “More than 775 students received their diplomas with 7,000 family members and friends in the audience.” Parents “roared their approval” when Steve recounted how his parents “kicked” him off “their payroll.” “It took me
completely by surprise,” he said, “and as a tuition-weary parent myself, I reflexively flashed a victory sign.” “Thanks to a Facebook group organized by Steve Smith, I have reconnected with many 1967 classmates and had a Chicago gathering with Barton third-floor corridor-mates,” Richard (Tom) Thomson reports. “I can report that all look great (see picture on page 68). I immediately knew why we were friends decades ago.”
1968 Reunion Chair John R. Clementi Boyden Society Captain Edgar A. Bates III Charles deSieyes writes, “Eldest son, Nick, completed his PhD in environmental engineering at Stamford University, and is now teaching graduate students and doing consulting and research on ground water. Younger son, Evan, is now married (his wife, Jamie, works for advertising and marketing company Weiden & Kennedy), and works for VESTAS Wind Systems in Portland, OR.” “Had left hip replaced in December ’09 and currently working part-time for the newest Wegman’s grocery store in their wine and spirits department, selling said products to the unsuspecting and barely knowledgeable public . . . and I don’t drink anymore!” Richard Hawn says. “Go figure!”
1969 Class Captain John W. Kjorlien Class Secretary Doug Squires Class News from Doug Squires’ blog, Albany Road Redux (albanyroad.blogspot. com): Christopher Beach continues to enjoy success as president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society, where he has managed to balance the budget while expanding offerings. In April the LJMS announced an ambitious program for the 2012–13 season, which will include performances by three of the most famous ballet companies in the world, an expansion of its core chamber music program, and a series featuring up and coming pianists. Rich Berkowitz was elected chairman of the board of the Community Foundation of Broward in January. A public nonprofit organization with more than 400 charitable funds and agency endowments totaling $100 million, the Community Foundation of Broward has distributed $55 million to support community solutions since its founding in 1984. Jonathan Carter continues to take the industrial wind developers to task and has devoted the entire January issue of The Maine Woods to the topic. In a nutshell, King’s contention is that “mountain-top wind development is both an ecological disaster and an economic
boondoggle.” Steve Esthimer, who joined the faculty of St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, after completing his master’s in 1979, received the school’s Teacher of the Year Award. Steve is chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department and, in his spare time, a guitarist in the band When Cousins Marry. Ed Grosvenor, the editor-in-chief of American Heritage Magazine, returned to Deerfield to receive the annual President’s Award from the Historic Deerfield museum for his work supporting and promoting an interest in and the study of American history. Ed muses that the reason he was admitted to Deerfield was that the headmaster’s favorite history teacher at Amherst was Professor Edwin Grosvenor, for whom Ed was named. Neil Jacobs took up residence in Hitchcock House last spring, and taught courses in ethics and virtue, two related subjects that date back at least to Socrates. Neil joined Hale & Dorr, the predecessor of Wilmer Hale, in 1977, where he specializes in employment and labor law. In his spare time, Hank Minor practices the ancient art of falconry on his farm in upstate New York with Kachina, a red-tailed hawk. For those who may not know, the red-tailed hawk is probably the most common hawk in North America. Several years ago, a member of the species named Pale Male became the subject of worldwide media attention when the board of one of the
1970 Class Captain G. Kent Kahle Kent Kahle writes, “In celebration of the US Open at his club, Steve Katz hosted a dinner for Jamie Nelson, Paul Wolf, and Gene Rostov. Plans are taking shape for our 42.5 Reunion at DA, October 19 to 21.” “Wow, the Class of ’70 is turning 60!” notes Stan Makson. “I’m doing my part by retiring again and we have moved to Columbia, SC. We have some property on a lake and will probably build there. At least no more Connecticut winters!”
1971 Class Captains K. C. Ramsay John L. Reed Boyden Society Captain Edwin G. Reade III KC Ramsay reports, “Since the reunion last summer I’ve ‘enjoyed’ a remarkable tour of the local healthcare system while dealing with a hip replacement gone bad, including Christmas in the hospital. Happy to say that I seem to be finally coming out of it.”
1972 Class Captains Bradford Warren Agry Joseph Frederick Anderson Michael C. Perry Robert Dell Vuyosevich Boyden Society Captain Robert Dell Vuyosevich “Had an excellent time seeing old classmates,” Dan De Gorter writes. “The campus has had many improvements since my last visit. One of the topics of discussion was if Deerfield keeps records to see who has attended the most reunions. We would be interested in seeing who and how many times our class has done. My money would be on Mike Perry or Jack Davey. Of course, the highlight of the weekend was Saturday night’s New England clambake. We were very blessed that the weather cooperated, so a good time could be had by all.” Jim Reed is a bankruptcy attorney in Rehoboth Beach,
and these days he is spending some of his time trying to stay healthy and get into better shape. He enjoys sailing, which he manages to do occasionally with his brother, Bob Reed ’70, who owns RE/MAX Realty Group in Rehoboth Beach. “Loved being back at Deerfield after a 30-year absence!” says Fred Wesson. “This summer I joined Carney Sandoe and Associates to assist in head of school searches. I live with my wife, Amy, at our home in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Deerfield visitors are always welcome!”
1973 Reunion Chair Lawrence C. Jerome The following obituary for Peter Beutel was published in the NC Advertiser on March 12, 2012: Peter Cameron Beutel of New Canaan, founder of the energy research and risk management firm Cameron Hanover, died suddenly Thursday, March 8, in Norwalk Hospital. He was 56. Born in Baltimore, MD, July 22, 1955, he was the son of Gail Wilder Beutel of New Canaan and the late William C. Beutel of ABC News. Mr. Beutel attended the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY, The Highgate School in London, and Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA, and then graduated from Dartmouth College in 1977. In the last several years he has taken many courses at Norwalk Community College. Mr. Beutel was presi-
dent of Cameron Hanover and chief editor of the firm’s Daily Energy Hedger, as well as author of Surviving Energy Prices. He previously worked for such trading brokerage firms as EF Hutton, Gill & Duffus, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Elders IXL, and, most recently, Merrill Lynch. He has been quoted over the years “by every major financial publication in the world, [was] a regular guest on CNBC and [spoke] daily with writers from Dow Jones, the Associated Press, AFP, Bloomberg and Reuters,” according to Cameron Hanover. In addition to his mother, Mr. Beutel is survived by three sisters, six nephews, and two nieces. R.P. Higgins writes, “Electric Picture is in its ninth year of business. I have two children at Auburn University-Alabama. Still playing in a band. Fond memories of Kashmiss and Mr. Piper.”
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swishiest co-ops on Fifth Avenue attempted to dislodge him from the penthouse nest he had been sharing rent free with a series of companions over the years. The Alabama Tourism Department launched “The Year of Alabama Food” in January. The culinary campaign cites the pimento cheese sandwich on sun-dried tomato bread at Savage’s Bakery in Homewood as one of “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.” Van Scott, who has owned Savage’s Bakery since 1978, talked about his business in a video interview in March. Rusty Young’s new venture, MusicWorks Entertainment, is off to a fast start, having already booked more than 20 live music events since its founding less than a year ago.
1974 Class Captains J. Christopher Callahan Geoffrey A. Gordon Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
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Indeed, at one time during our tenure as parents, over a dozen members of the Class of ’75 had children at DA—parents weekends were mini reunions! I will be forever grateful to the school for the love of learning, the character, the high standards, and the wonder at our beautiful world it instilled in both my children and me. —Ralph Earle ’75
1975 Class Captains Dwight R. Hilson James L. Kempner Peter M. Schulte Boyden Society Captain Ralph Earle III Ralph Earle writes, “Well, 42 years after arriving in the Valley, it appears my run is at an end. My son, Thomas, graduated with the Class of 2012 last month, following his sister, Elizabeth, who was in the Class of 2010. The past six years have been almost as much fun as the first four so long ago. Indeed, at one time during our tenure as parents, over a dozen members of the Class of ’75 had children at DA—parents weekends were mini reunions! I will be
forever grateful to the school for the love of learning, the character, the high standards, and the wonder at our beautiful world it instilled in both my children and me. My wife Jane, not a DA graduate (at least in part due to her gender!), has become a devotee of the Academy as well. The school has changed much, and yet, not at all. I encourage those of you who have not had the chance to visit to do so, it remains a remarkable place. I guess for the near future, I will have to be content to limp around during alumni soccer games and to look forward to seeing many of you at our next reunion in three years’ time.”
Class Captains Marshall F. Campbell David R. DeCamp
Class Captains James Paul MacPherson J. H. Tucker Smith Wayne W. Wall
Boyden Society Captain Henry S. Fox “I have recently been elected chairman of the board of LexMedia Inc., Lexington’s local cable TV station,” reports David L. Ilsley. “But the big news in our family is that our daughter, Lauren ’16, is attending Deerfield! I’m looking forward to spending time on campus this fall watching her compete as part of the girls cross country team.”
The following are comments submitted by ’77 classmates following their 35th Reunion: Bill Adams: “It was good to see all of you again. I, too, was amazed at the collective talent our classmates have.” Jack Bohman: “I can’t thank you all enough for a very fulfilling weekend. If any of you get anywhere near the Cape and don’t call, I will be upset.” Corcoran Byrne: “Had an outstanding weekend in the Valley for our 35th. It was easy becoming 15 again with this group of guys.” Stewart Day: “To each and
every one of my classmates in ’77, I am honored and humbled to share our past, present, and future together. Let us never forget the true lesson of our 35 years since Deerfield and celebrate again!” Paul Embree: “PJ, Meredith, and I all had a blast. Really enjoyed catching up with everyone, and great for my kids to be a part of it. Probably the best Reunion yet! Look me up when you’re in Chicago!” Jim Gilmore: “I was in awe of our collective personal and professional experience. The potential that we had all exhibited in those formative years burst forth in front of me like a supernova; I was struck by the diversity of our experiences and accomplish-
ments both personal and professional, in the intervening years. I’m sure we only scratched the surface in the presentation by Ed and Dave. Remembering who we were, and seeing who we had become was stunning. But mostly I found it amazing how quickly we were able to pick up where we had left off; even with those I had known as classmates for a year or two, or had shared a single class. Thanks for sharing such a wildly enjoyable weekend—I had such a great time and look forward to Reunions in the future. Although it would be naive to say ‘let’s keep in better touch’ than I have over the last 35 years, I hope the last few days may rekindle friendships in some way. Please know that
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“Cheers to a great summer!” from Tucker Smith ’77. Back, l to r: Mike Sheehan, Scott Halsted, Jim Gilmore; front, l to r: Townley Paton, Stu Day, Wayne Wall, Jamie MacPherson, Scott Mackey, Brian Wadman, David King (all class of ’77) Jack Bohman ’77, George Hutchings ’77, Paul Embree ’77, and Steve ’78 enjoyed a round of golf during Reunion Weekend. “First time playing together since graduation! Pretty cool,” wrote Paul. Classmates Peter Heymann ’77, Ben Pierce ’77, and Jack Bohman ’77 enjoyed a little post-Reunion fishing and caught a 200-pound tuna off the coast of Chatham, MA.
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if any of you find yourselves planning to come to San Diego, Cameron and I would love to hear from you.” Peter Heymann: “However, I must note that my son saw our Reunion photo and exclaimed that (except for Martin) we look phenomenally old. Oh dear. Perhaps it is time to take up a musical instrument.” David King: “At Reunions it was terrific to hear about people’s lives, especially when one has a rear view mirror image of their 17-yearold selves.” Matt King: “I can’t believe how important DA was in my life—as evidenced by the camaraderie we still have after *gulp* 35 years. Seems like yesterday. Loved seeing you all and being back in the cradle of my/our development!” Jamie MacPherson: “There is so much great humor, good will, and impressive achievement among our class that it’s hard not to say that the one common thread that runs through us all—Deerfield—could not have been a meaningful part of what has made us all what we are 35 years later. Looking forward to the 40th. (Geez, that can’t be possible!?!)” David Martin: “As I stood outside McAlister looking across campus, I was reminded again how incredibly lucky I was to have attended Deerfield. In my work now I deal with many organizations in the education reform space, and I’m frequently reminded of how attending
a school like Deerfield is a completely different world. So I’m very thankful for the friendships I have been able to make and the experiences I have had that have come from that.” Ben Pierce: “I certainly had a good time reconnecting. Do they have ‘Prepare for Retirement Schools’ like Deerfield for folks like us so we can do it all over again? Look what Jack, Peter, and I caught today on day three of Reunions. A 200-hundred pound tuna off Chatham that Peter Heymann was kind enough to horse in. Thanks Jack and Tucker for a great Reunion. Maybe I won’t wait until my 50th to do it again. If in Montana, look us up!” Townley Paton: “Thanks to all of you for making me feel like a lucky person. Please plan to go skiing in Squaw Valley next winter and give me a call. First two rounds are on me.” Mike Sheehan: “That was the most fun I have had in a long, long time and it was great seeing you all and reconnecting. It is bizarre how fresh the connections are—35 years disappeared in an instant!” Tucker Smith: “That was a special time that I will recall with great fondness for many years. Thanks to all of you for making the effort to get there and let’s stay in touch . . . no REALLY, let’s stay in touch. Cheers and have a great summer.” Mike Steller: “That weekend was spectacular! As we
were leaving Deerfield early on Saturday morning to head down to Washington, DC, I took my son Davis up to the Rock. He said to me, ‘Dad, it is so beautiful . . . amazing . . . I don’t know what else to say!’ Exactly. Best to all of you. Looking forward to staying in touch.” Gordon Van Dusen: “It was a blast to catch up with so many of you after 35 years. I will not miss another Reunion.” Wayne Wall: “What an exceptional time! Really appreciate that so many of our brethren made the effort to reconnect. It certainly reinforced the common notion that people don’t really change. I never feel much older when going to the DA Reunions, and this was no exception. It’s a special time to experience the best of past and present with the very best of friends and colleagues.” “On January 19, I became engaged to Lisa Ann Wermeling,” reports Grant Davis. “Lisa is a career aviator and former 777 captain with United Airlines.” Jonathan Goss is excited that his daughter, Claire ’13, will be following the family tradition by attending Deerfield as a one-year senior. Coming from rural southern Idaho, Claire looks forward to a great year at Deerfield. Peter Heymann writes, “In 2007, went to Japan with Nicole’s job (Boeing), our two boys (then seven and five), and a brand spanking new baby boy. Returned in
2010 after a great three years, during which I worked at Second Harvest Japan, the largest food bank in country, yet still a start-up. ‘What am I doing with my fab Deerfield education now?’ I regularly ask myself. Seriously busy raising three kids plus usual community/board stuff. I guess it’s enough. I confess I get anxious. ‘The secret of life is in the journey!’ I remind myself. Further, the prospect of shipping the eldest to boarding school in only a couple years is daunting. Being with the guys is incredibly great.”
1978 Reunion Chair Devin I. Murphy Michael Graney writes, “Two in college, one in prep school. Result: We are lonely and broke at the same time.” “No real news,” says Stephen Quazzo. “Still living in downtown Chicago, 23 years after moving from the East. With three great kids (ages 22, 19, and 14) and a fabulous wife of 25 years who puts up with me, I have nothing to complain about.”
1979 Class Captains Arthur Ryan Dwight Daniel C. Pryor Boyden Society Captain John H. Christel Pat Flemming reports, “After three years in the Baja, we are moving back to the States. My youngest son is seven years old, and we need to get him back in an English speaking school system. I am going to teach investments and finance at the U of Wyoming MBA and finance schools. The state of WY gives this program a couple million dollars to help teach the students how to trade with real money. Also, the school has started an energy MBA program to lure students who want to learn about this sector. Within the next ten years, North American energy production is expected to almost double to 27 million b/day. To put it into perspective, the Middle East produces about 24 mm b/d. Wyoming’s energy reserves have more BTU’s than Saudi Arabia and many businesses are in the region looking for students who have expertise in this field. If you have a son or daughter who is looking at undergrad and grad schools, I would recommend they look at UW! And, it’s one of the lowest priced schools in the country. If interested send me an email.”
1980 Class Captains Augustus B. Field John B. Mattes Paul M. Nowak “I took my stage documentary Crawling with Monsters to the New York International Fringe Festival last year where it won an ‘Overall Excellence Award,’” says Eric Wiley. “With the collaboration of theater artists on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border, the play reveals the deterioration of the traditional way of life inside the grossly under-reported Mexican drug war. All the best to my old school mates.”
Prentis Hale ’87 visited cousin Jim Knight ’81 in Marion, MA, on the way to Deerfield for his 25th Reunion.
Class Captains Robert G. Bannish Andrew M. Blau Leonard J. Buck Kurt F. Ostergaard John H. Sangmeister
Boyden Society Captain Marc L. McMurphy
Boyden Society Captain Peter F. McLaughlin Jr. Andy Gluck ’81 completed his eighth trip to the Olympics as a researcher with NBC-TV in London. His non-summer “day job” is as a teacher’s aide in the Newton Public Schools. His kids are both halfway through college and high school; his wife Kim practices socially responsible investing with Boston Trust.
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Class Captains Samuel G. Bayne Frank H. Reichel William Richard Ziglar
Andy Bain writes, “John Knight thoroughly entertained us at Reunions with stories about his life on Mac III.” “Our 30th Reunion was a great time for all,” comments Frank Reichel. “Special thanks go out to Craig Markcrow for his presentation on structural slate, marble, and other stone products. We are all looking forward to the completion of the Twin Towers Transit Station on the 9/11 Ground Zero site, which will use Italian marble provided by Craig’s Vermont Slate Company. It was also nice to have Daphne Mark-
crow and their kids in attendance. Melinda and Scott Quigg showed up with their son, Hunter, who attends Eaglebrook, and their daughter Haleigh. Andy Bain arrived from Vienna, Austria, where he will be moving his family this fall. In addition, Nelson Rockefeller has moved back to Montclair, NJ, from Seattle with his family. Other attendees included: Sam Bayne, Andrew Bohman, J.J. Briones and Pannapa Herabat, Steve Crampton, Robert Douglass and Whitney Douglass ’96, Beth and Bill Eyre, Joe Lotuff, Chris Maxmin, Phil McCarthy, Michele and Marc McMurphy, Ann and Ian Murray, Laura and Alex Navarro, Mark Pennybacker, Frank Reichel, Andrew Ross, K.C. Smith, Helen and Scott Yeager, and maybe some I have missed.”
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Growing Up Patton Benjamin Patton ’83 | The Berkley Publishing Group, 2012
A-TEN-TION! | With a last name like Patton, there’s no wonder Benjamin Patton, grandson of WWII General George S. Patton Jr., has lived a life submerged in a military and historical spotlight. In his first book, Growing Up Patton, the documentary filmmaker sheds a rare and intimate light on never-before released letters traded between his grandfather and father during the heights of World War II. Growing Up Patton depicts the path of Benjamin’s father as he became a decorated hero of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and how his lifestyle often directly intersected with the powerful influence of his own father. Ultimately, the text breaks down the common notions of the two military legends and reveals a much more realistic, approachable human core. For Patton, this book serves many purposes far beyond simply retelling the general history of his family with slightly different source material. “My book has helped me understand my often daunting family history in a new way,” writes Patton. “As a kid I used to think my dad really wanted me to follow in his footsteps in the military, but now I realize his hope was that I find my authentic path.” It was Patton’s authentic path of documentary filmmaking fused with his connection to the military that led him to his latest project of passion, the national I Was There initiative. While Patton worked with US veterans for years, this campaign takes his work to entirely new levels
When my father was dying, he couldn’t stop worrying about his “This veterans initiative—so new and so small—combines my love of film and personal soldiers. Dad, a retired major biography with my admiration for the American soldier and the sacrifices they and their families general who hadn’t been near a volunteer to endure for the rest of us,” Patton writes. “When a group of people sign up to literally war in over three decades, had take a bullet for civilians like you and me, we need to keep them in our hearts and minds—not no control of his thoughts at this just on Veterans and Memorial Days—but every day. Every day.” point. As a side effect of ParkinThe films produced through this initiative can range in subject matter depending on each son’s, he suffered from Lewy body soldier, but most reflect similar themes of healing, the conquering of fears, and the acceptance disease, a form of dementia that of new stages in life. “They want to tell their stories,” says Patton. “They want to be heard. takes your mind back to different We don’t always think they do, but they do.” With his films and book, Benjamin Patton is times and places. So, in spirit, he continuing his family’s legacy of heroism, chivalry, and honor up to even the loftiest of expectawas often floating around sometions. where else, usually with his men. To put my father’s mind at ease, my mother set up an “officer of the day” calling network. In the military, an officer of the day is someone who temporarily represents the commander of a unit. It’s a post that rotates among Ben Patton ’83 and Horace commissioned officer. In our case, it rotated among Means ’84 at a book event our family members and my father’s closest friends. in Chester County, PA. by giving soldiers suffering with post traumatic stress disorder a chance to explore their minds through filmmaking.
1983 Reunion Chairs J. Douglas Schmidt Boyden Society Captain John G. Knight Ben Patton writes, “You’ll never guess who I ran into at a book event I did in Chester County Pennsylvania. . . None other than Horace Means ’84 (officially he’s Reverend Horace Six-Means PhD). It was so great to see him, and he reminded me that we were teammates on the fresh/soph football team; I was quarterback and he was, I believe, a running back. I can’t speak for him, but I would say that I was more enthusiastic than actually skilled. Needless to say, neither one of us were sought after by college scouts! My book tour for Growing Up Patton is leading to many wonderful reconnections with Deerfield friends.” Paul Schlickmann was married on July 24, 2012, to Kristin Meyer.
1984 Dara Korra’ti reported, “I’ve really been busy lately! That mostly traditional music album I’ve been talking about for a while? It’s finally out! Yay! It’s called Cracksman Betty, and it’s on iTunes and Amazon and the usual places. There’s some original work on it, and one comedy bit—I do something horrible but funny to ‘Danny Boy’ but it’s mostly in traditional styles. The whole thing streams free on my website
(crimeandtheforcesofevil. com). I’m also working on a soundtrack album for a book series. I’ve never done this before, and it’s interesting and different. In the middle of that, I’ll be heading out for a short tour in Eastern Canada. It’s just a few dates, but I’m very excited about the whole thing. Toronto, Montreal, New Brunswick, hopefully another date to be announced. Plus, Anna and I met up with Susan Davis ’86 recently. She was in town on a business trip; we had a lot of fun catching up over dinner at the Dahlia Lounge downtown! If other people are in town and want to meet for dinner or something, do let me know.”
1985 Class Captains Charles B. Berwick Sydney M. Williams Boyden Society Captain Christopher J. Tierney When we last heard from Steve Turko he said, “I am marrying Lori Zuckerman in Boca Raton, FL, on June 16 on the beach. We live in San Francisco and will be having a small, intimate event with very close friends and family.” John Wilson recently produced a movie entitled, The Chappy Ferry Movie, which is featured in the Chappy Ferry Book, a book about the Chappaquiddick Ferry that travels between Chappaquiddick and Martha’s Vineyard. John has had a 20year career in sports television.
Class Captains Henri R. Cattier Michael W. Chorske
Class Captains John D. Amorosi Andrew P. Bonanno
Boyden Society Captain Todd H. Eckler
From Ray Ramos: “25 years later and it seemed like we had been gone only for a summer. Seeing my classmates from ’87 reminded me how fortunate I was to attend Deerfield. More importantly, I am still surrounded by my Deerfield brothers, who always offer me a firm handshake while looking at my eyes, and then we share stories of our lives, while having cocktails. This is a special class that started as gutsy young boys and who are now extraordinary men.” Chris Waddell inspired many when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the latest being Ben Turner ’13. Ben spent the summer before his senior year traveling in Africa and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to support One Revolution, Mr. Waddell’s foundation that aims to change the way the world sees people with disabilities. Read more about Ben’s climb at deerfield.edu/2012/09/ climbing-for-chris.
David McConaughy reports, “Still living on the banks of the Roaring Fork River in Western Colorado, where I am a partner in a law firm with offices in Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Rifle. (Can’t beat ‘Rifle’ for a great name of a Western town.) We put the raft in the water in our yard on Memorial Day for a float down to the Colorado River, but the low snow pack this year means for a short rafting season and a long dry summer. My nine-year-old boy is a jock: hockey, skiing, baseball—go figure. The sixyear-old girl has converted most of the house into her art studio. I still see Chris Romeyn and Dave Meyer often, as they live here in the valley. Dave and I saw each other a lot while dropping off the kids for ski lessons at Aspen Highlands last winter. My Deerfield obsession with Pink Floyd was fulfilled in seeing Roger Waters play The Wall in Denver recently. It has been great to catch up with old classmates on Facebook. Thank you, Trip Wileman, for turning me on to the ultimate Lego: a fully operational Unimog. Now I also want a real one, too!”
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1988 Reunion Chair Oscar K. Anderson Oscar Anderson wrote, “This past winter I was able to spend a few weekends as a flatlander up in VT with Dave Willis, Courtlandt Pennell, and Gordie Spater, with a Florida golf trip in-between that included Chandler
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Bigelow ’87. This spring, my fourth-grade son is playing lacrosse alongside P.B. Weymouth’s ’83 and Andrew Landis’ ’85. Also see Chris Flagg ’83 on the sidelines. Over spring break I ran into Bobby McCain ’86 in Sea Island. His classmate, Mike Chorske ’86, is a force on my men’s hockey team (Go IHL!!). I have enjoyed the New York Rangers Stanley Cup run at MSG with Scott Willett ’87 and John Amorosi ’87. Finally, Bill Baird has organized a somewhat routine NYC get-together at local watering holes. Most recently Luke Fichthorn, Nils von Zelowitz, John Bradbury, Gene Pride, and Eric Baumeister joined Bill and me at the Bierhaus in midtown. I hope all 1988’ers have our 25th Reunion dates (June 14-16, 2013) seared in their memory.” Robert Fedor reports, “I have two sons: Dylan born 1/20/09 and Logan born 12/21/10. These two boys are quite a handful! Future Brookies and DA boys to carry on the tradition! All is well.” “Just wanted to share that we relocated to Richmond, VA, from Arlington, VA, last August,” reports Ken Monroe. “It was a great quality of life upgrade for the family, one that we had been thinking about for the last few years and finally found the right window to make it happen. We escaped Northern Virginia! I had dinner with Burke Koonce a while ago when we were considering the Raleigh area and were there on an
exploratory trip. We landed in Richmond though, and had a great time last weekend meeting Marc Cram and his wife downtown for drinks and dinner. Lastly, I had the privilege of attending Jamie Sands’ Change of Command ceremony (Navy SEAL Team 8) down in the Virginia Beach area in December 2010. Looking forward to the 25th Reunion!” Gordie Spater was appointed to the board of the American Pet Products Association this past spring. Gordie and his brother co-founded Kurgo in 2003, which manufactures pet travel and safety products. Gordie’s passion for pets, travel, and the outdoors led Kurgo to the expansion from their initial product, the Backseat Barrier, to dozens of products for the car, plane, and outdoors. Ted Tu says, “Moved to Shanghai and met up with Andrew Zhao and Willis Sautter a few times. It has been a long time since graduation! Look me up (LinkedIn: Ted Tu) if you are in Shanghai.”
1989 Class Captains Gustave K. Lipman Edward S. Williams Hugh Bolton shares that life finds him, wife Leslie, and son Lucian in Dublin as Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. has asked him to manage the firm’s Irish offices for the next few years. “Drop a line if you are passing through.”
Steve Turko ’85 and his fiancée, Lori Zuckerman Syd Williams ’85 was thrilled to have classmate George Knight participate in a book signing event for his wife’s debut novel, Overseas. They were joined by surprise guest John Knight ‘83 at Madison, CT, bookseller R.J. Julia. Jon Murchinson ’87 and classmates Andy Bonanno, Rich Star, and Larry Kilroy spent three days skiing at Alta this past March.
How Cows Can Heat Your Home
Just down the street from the Academy, state-ofthe-art technology is coming to the Bar-Way Farm. The Greenfield Recorder reported that dairy farmer Peter Melnik ’87 is in the process of installing a methane digester, a move that will have a positive impact on his farm, local manufacturers, and the larger environment of Deerfield and beyond. The Bar-Way Farm is one in a group of Massachusetts farms that has partnered with operations, energy, and management firms to raise funding to start their own methane digester projects. In a methane digester, microorganisms break down biodegradable material—in this case, manure from Mr. Melnik’s cows, along with food byproducts from local manufacturers. This process produces methane gas that can be burned to produce heat and electricity, as well as a liquid digestate that is used as a fertilizer. Mr. Melnik estimates that he’ll save $25,000 to $50,000 a year in fertilizer costs alone, and he’ll be able to produce enough electricity to heat Bar-Way’s offices, farmhouse, and greenhouse. Although thousands of digesters are currently at work in Germany, there are only a few places in the United States where the technology exists. So why is Massachusetts particularly suited to methane digesters?
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The technology requires a large volume of organic waste, more than most small dairy farms like Melnik’s produce. But by 2014, all supermarkets, hotels, and food producers in Massachusetts will be banned from sending food waste to incinerators or landfills. These manufacturers are looking for a place to dispose of their organic waste, and Mr. Melnik can supply it. The methane digesters create a win-win-win situation: Mr. Melnik saves heating and fertilizer costs, local manufacturers get rid of their organic waste, and resources and landfill space are conserved. “My milk’s going to Garelick’s, and their byproducts will be coming back to me,” Mr. Melnik told the Recorder. “That creates this neat 75-mile bio-cycle. It’s local agriculture on a big scale in a way that benefits the whole commonwealth.” The first sign of the methane digester has already arrived in Deerfield: last fall, Mr. Melnik erected a one million gallon tank that, when the digester is up and running, will hold the liquid fertilizer-like digestate until it can be used. Mr. Melnik expects that he’ll have enough financing to continue with the next stage of the project this fall.
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1990 Class Captain Jeb S. Armstrong Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
1991 Class Captain Justin G. Sautter Boyden Society Captain David A. Thiel Alex Arnold writes, “We finally cut ties with Boston and moved to the ’burbs last summer. If anyone finds themselves in Marblehead (a destination not on the way to anywhere), give me a shout. Good for the kids, but the commute is killing me— looking for helicopter owners in need of company.” “My wife Carrie and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl on October 20, 2011,” reported Adam Beard. “Elizabeth Bancroft Beard, and we are calling her Ellie. She is great and gaining weight like a champ. I’m hoping for DA Class of 2028! We have been living in the San Francisco Bay area for the past five years, and fortunately, we have a great group of local DA 1991 alums. I see Jay Ashton, Allen Scott, and Marc Heyneker as much as I can.” Julie Wolf Deffense reports, “I recently made a major career change from publishing to cake! Last year I started making wedding cakes as a hobby, and it quickly transformed itself into a profession. Aside from continuing to make the cakes, I just opened an online shop
for baking and cake decorating supplies for Portugal and Spain. The site is thegreatamericancake.com. We’ve had great feedback so far, with the site, the blog (thegreatamericancake.blogspot.com), and Facebook (facebook. com/thegreatamericancake). I’m also writing a cookbook, which should be out just in time for Christmas!” “Our son, William John Holbrook, was born on Patriot Day, September 11, 2011,” says Bill Holbrook. “He’s crawling and talking up a storm! Effective in July, I became public and government affairs manager for the western division of XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. Denver is a big change from Irving, TX.” The Vow, directed by Michael Sucsy, and starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, is Sony/Screen Gems highest grossing movie to date.
1992 Class Captains Thomas R. Appleton William J. Willis “So great to see everyone at Reunions! Especially Casey Marshall and his beautiful wife, Jen, and their daughter Gracie,” commented John Antonini. Contributions in memory of Casey James Garrels, who passed away on July 9, 2011, can be sent to: Casey James Garrels Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2427, Westfield, NJ, 07090. The funds will be used to support Deerfield students
in their study of the French language. Randy Todd wrote, “I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who made Reunion Weekend so memorable for all alumni this year. A special thanks to Mimi Morsman, our director of Alumni Relations, her Associate Director Jenny Hammond, the Assistant Director Jessica Pleasant, Director of Communications David Thiel ’91, the class agents, and everyone else on the alumni team who worked so hard to pull of a fantastic weekend with flying colors (green and white of course)! Also, another big thank you to the Grounds Department, Dining Hall staff, and the Safety and Security Department for an outstanding job enhancing our alumni experience and making sure everyone had a picturesque, delicious, safe, and enjoyable time. Reunion Weekend is where the rubber meets the road as far as reminding us what is so important about the Deerfield experience, and I must say it felt like a great success for all who attended. Ray Walker’s presentation on the Stokes Foundation was a moving example of the importance of bringing the very special things we shared at DA to kids across the country who may not be as lucky as we were, and it’s a great honor and a pleasure to have the Czar leading us in the Deerfield songs and for us to be able to sing them together. Thanks again for all the hard work and amazing memories, and can’t wait to see you
all in another few years! Go Big Green!”
1993 Reunion Chairs Richard D. Hillenbrand Charlotte York Matthews Colby D. Schwartz Hope Varney Best reports, “My husband Tom and I have two beautiful children: Charlotte (three) and Nick (one).” “I am working as an architect in both MA and RI,” says Tim Blanchard. “I own my own architecture firm in the greater Boston area and work in Rhode Island with the award-winning firms Estes/ Twombly Architects—focusing on residential projects.” “Juliette Avery Mandel born at 6:07pm on February 19 and weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz.,” reports Greg Mandel. He added, “She and Mom are doing great!” Charlotte York Matthews says, “Please save the date for our 20th Reunion—June 1416, 2013! We hope to see you in the Valley to celebrate the Class of ’93!” “I moved back to NYC in 2011 with a promotion at my company to marketing director,” writes Shantel Moses. “I travel quite a bit to Paris (company headquarters), Mexico City, Montreal, and Chicago. Always try to get some personal trips in as well.” Kirby Salerno reports, “I co-founded Classroom Window, Inc., an education technology start-up that helps schools and teachers determine which K-12 products work in the classroom
Girls from the Class of 1993 “back in the day . . .” Reunion Chair Charlotte York Matthews says, “Please save the date for our 20th Reunion—June 14-16, 2013!”
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Casey Marshall ’92, wife Jen, and daughter Gracie, at Reunion Weekend 2012. William John Holbrook, son of Bill ’91 and Madeline Holbrook, was born on September 11, 2011. Reunion dinner time with (top row) Randy Todd ’92, Rich Friary ’92, Rich Boykin ’92 and (bottom row) Erroin Martin ’92, Maggie MacDougall ’92, and Matt Cadarette ’93. Matt ’91 and Heather Lowry welcomed a son, Emmett Brinton Lowry, on October 16, 2011.
It’s a new career for Julie Wolf Deffense ’91: thegreatamericancake.com
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’92 The year: 2035. The world’s economy has shifted. Where great nations once stood, others have festered, bolstering their forces not on the traditional battlefields, but through the cutthroat world of investment banking. Stockbrokers wield shotguns instead of ledgers, lethal unmanned drones replace footmen, and the psychological mayhem of Wall Street has been whipped into a frothy red cyclone. This is the world of Kelly Roman’s ’92 The Art of War, and it is a sight to behold. If the name sounds familiar, it should. That’s because Mr. Roman’s first major graphic novel is a loyal modern re-branding of Sun Tzu’s original 5th century BCE Art of War text. In this version, instead of hearing directly from the tactician Sun Tzu, readers are introduced to the teachings through the aptly named protagonist, Kelly Roman. Through his precise style and calculated pace, Mr. Roman treats this novel as a journal, recounting his alter ego’s experiences training under the financial juggernaut. Each page brandishes stunning watercolor and ink illustrations, hand-crafted by co-creator Michael DeWeese. The stark contrasts of blacks, whites, and explosive reds maintain a steady balance while simultaneously satiating a reader’s pallet for variety. This is a novel that takes visual and narrative cues from the most elite in the craft, and utilizes them seamlessly, creating a distinct personality entirely unique to itself. While rife with high-concept sci-fi ideas, The Art of War manages to keep one of its many feet firmly planted in the reality of today’s fiscal environment. “I sensed a growing national anxiety about China’s hegemonic rise, and I wanted to transform the ancient text into something that explored this anxiety,” writes
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Visit Mr. Roman’s website, theartofwargraphicnovel. com, to learn more about the author and to watch animated trailers.
and which don’t. It’s Yelp and Consumer Reports for education.”
Bon Voyage, Baggage In the current economic environment, we tend to hear more about struggling businesses than successful ones. The company that
Zeke Adkins ’95 and Aaron Kirley ’95 started out of their condo in 2004 is one exception. Luggage Forward, a doorstep-to-destination luggage delivery service shipping to over 200 countries and territories around the world, was recently named to the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)’s Inner City 100 list, honoring 100 successful urban companies. It was also recognized as the ninth fastest growing privately held travel company by Inc. magazine. Luggage Forward, now based in Boston, ships any size and shape of luggage to any destination, whether it be a hotel, golf course, or a traveler’s home. Using a network of shipping providers, Luggage Forward helps its customers avoid long check-in lines and baggage fees, guaranteeing that their luggage will arrive at its destination on time. In addition to offering a unique service in the travel industry, Luggage Forward has found success in part due to its urban location and relationship with local educational institutions. “Being located in downtown Boston has helped us more easily attract and retain a really bright, young workforce who like to live and work right in the city,” said Mr. Adkins. “It is somewhat unusual, from a cost perspective, to have located a phone-based customer service operation in the middle of a major city. However, the benefit of being able to draw upon a consistently high quality pool of motivated, college-educated employees helps set Luggage Forward apart.” Mr. Adkins and Mr. Kirley both came from entrepreneurial families, but acquired many core business skills while at Deerfield. The day-to-day rigors of Deerfield gets “the absolute most out of people,” said Mr. Adkins. “Often times this means getting more out of yourself than you previously thought possible, which manifests itself in a certain degree of underlying confidence and can-do attitude that is extremely helpful during the ups and downs of starting a business.
1994 Class Captain Daniel B. Garrison John Barr writes, “I am very happy to announce Kaitlin Legg and I were married on March 24, 2012, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We had an intimate ceremony with friends and family followed by a big Mexican fiesta.” John works in private equity, and Kaitlin is a television producer in Los Angeles. Despite their busy schedules, John says they walk to the beach often to catch as many sunsets as possible together. Eleanor Bueno reports, “Along my life journey thus far, my most difficult, exciting, and absolutely rewarding job is being mother to Lily, three, and Leah, one!” “I am living in Philadelphia with my husband and two kids, Charlie (five) and Gisele (two), says Alexandra Marshall Detweiler. “I’m in my seventh year serving as a specialist with Microsoft. All four of us are Phillies fans!” From Betsey Clark Dickson: “We welcomed Samuel Charles Dickson on 3/20/12. His big sister, Amelia, just turned three. We are all doing well and adjusting to being a family of four!” Matt Grossman writes, “Update on my end is that we had identical twin boys, Grey and Leo, in late April. They join our three-year-old son, Ace.” Tania and Chris Harrick
welcomed their third child, Matthew James Harrick, on March 5, 2012. On August 23, 2011, Judas Marie (Hicks) and Charles C. Carrington “welcomed our precious little bundle of joy, Alaia Karina Carrington. Alaia entered our world with 7 lbs. and 22 inches of tenacious curiosity, and Judas began learning why a mother’s work is NEVER done.” Intramural competition alert! Serena Roosevelt (Choate ’94) and her husband Ted, Katie and Wes Battle, Tania and Chris Harrick, Greg Lowry, Lowey and Adam Sichol, Lela and LT Thompson, and Melissa Rapoport and Mikey Glazer recently completed the 14th edition of their “Amazing Race” competition. The Harricks and the Thompsons are all-time champs, with four wins each.
1995 Class Captain Daniel D. Meyer Avery B. Whidden Paula Edgar ’95 was honored at the New York Law School Black History Month Celebration on March 1. Paula is currently associate director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law. “Josh, Yael, and I welcomed Talia Rose to our family on March 22,” reports Julia Sugg Hochberg. “Big sister Yael (four-and-a-half years old) is very excited about her little sister and smothers her with kisses any chance she gets.”
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Lily, age three, and Leah, one, pose for their mom, Eleanor Bueno ’94. Alaia Karina Carrington, daughter of Judas Marie Hicks Carrington ’94 and her husband Charles, was born on August 23, 2011. Draper Dennis Richey, son of Sarah (Bush) ’01 and Drake Richey ’00, was born on February 19, 2012. Gisele and Charlie, children of Alexandra Marshall Detweiler ’94, are big Phillies fans! Proud grandma and former Deerfield Director of Stewardship Sandy Lively passed along this photo of her son Ethan’s (Class of ’95) children, Nora, Margaux, and Drew. Jack Calvin Dolsak, son of Leslie Yeransian ’96, was celebrated at a baby shower hosted by Annie (Lynch) Lukowski ’97 and attended by Mary Pat Reed ’97. Hollin Calloway ’96 graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine this past spring.
James Bass ’98 was deployed in Afghanistan for the past year; he is now back in the US. | Megan Murley ’06, Connor Hines ’06, and Olly Merrill ’06, were on hand to see Sam Hayes ’06 become a commissioned Naval intelligence officer. “Last fall I joined the history faculty at Middlesex School (where Kate Hession ’03 teaches in the Classics Department),” says Benjamin Kulas. “I was excited to move on campus and become a dorm parent. Sadly, the lack of snow had a devastating impact on my backcountry ski season. On the other hand, I had a fantastic year singing with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale, the highlight of which was singing Brahms’s Requiem in Symphony Hall. History, skiing, exploring the outdoors, and singing—Deerfield nurtured my passion for all of these. I daresay a day does not pass when I do not recall one of my teachers’ lessons or examples. Thank you!” Jo (Lipstadt) Swani, Elizabeth (Merritt) Dougan, Taylor (Truesdale) Bose, Edith (Webster) Naegele, Megan Fraker, and Sascha deGersdorff—all Class of 1995—recently got together for a girls’ reunion in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
1996 Class Captain Farah-France P. Marcel Burke Hollin Calloway says, “I
graduated from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and I’m excited to start my residency in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery— at Stanford!” Laura (Angelini) Heller and her husband Jake welcomed a daughter, Anna Jane, on April 13, 2012. Anna joins big brother Johnny Myles (18 months). “Jack Calvin Dolsak, born on Chinese New Year (1/23/12) will be the newest member of DA’s Class of 2030,” reports Leslie Yeransian. She continued, “Firstborn of Leslie Yeransian and Thomas Dolsak, he enjoyed his baby shower hosted by Annie (Lynch) Lukowski ’97 and attended by many admirers, including Mary Pat Reed ’97.”
1997 Class Captains Amy Sodha Harsch Margot M. Pfohl Hamilton Colwell comments, “Great Reunion Weekend— hard to believe it has been 15 years. I’m back living the Maia Yogurt dream—pushing it any and everywhere; we’re expanding our territory down to DC, look for Maia at
your local grocer!” Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wastrom Jr. of South Orleans, MA, announce the engagement of their daughter, Erika, to Daniel Henshaw Dewey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dewey of Centerville, MA. Erika, of South Orleans and Boston, MA, is a graduate student at Boston University where she is earning her MFA degree. She is a painter and has been represented by Lohin Geduld Gallery in Manhattan since graduating from Alfred University in 2006. Daniel, of West Barnstable, MA, is the owner of Dewey Gardens, a Cape Cod organic land care company. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the Stockbridge School at UMass Amherst. The couple is planning a September wedding on Cape Cod. Libby Leist reports, “This year will mark 11 years for me working at NBC News. I am currently assigned to Capitol Hill covering the Senate.” “I graduated with my PhD in chemistry from the University of Chicago in December,” writes Cathy Poor. “I’ll be staying in Chicago to do a post-doc in green chemistry.”
1998 Reunion Chairs Alice E. Brown Thomas D. Bloomer Jr. Ashley Muldoon Lavin Okechukwu Ugwonali James Bass reports, “Just got back from a year spent in Afghanistan as a judge advocate (a lawyer in the Army). Had a wonderful experience but glad to be back in the States! Hope all’s well with the fightin’ Class of ’98!” “We welcomed a son, Harrison Paul William Cornelius on 1/15/12,” wrote Erin Schweers Cornelius when we last heard from her. “I am also scheduled to finish my PhD in counseling psychology in September 2012.” Jack Kramarczyk is living outside Boston, and working at a start-up biotech company (Essentient Inc.), inventing and developing transformative approaches to meeting the world’s growing health and nutritional needs by producing nutrients directly from solar energy. Amy Tai writes, “My husband and I welcomed our daughter, Nina Mei Tai-Klein into the world on April 9, 2012.” Rebecca Pond says, “I’m
Olympic Dreamers When Sarah Groff ’99 crossed the finish line in the women’s
As a Deerfield student, Yoo Kim ’99 was pole vault champion
triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she wasn’t in position to
at New England’s three years in a row; now he is a three-time
win a medal, but her Olympic debut was one of which she could be
Olympian. Mr. Kim, who represents South Korea, competed in the
proud. The top American finisher in the event, Ms. Groff finished in
qualifying round of the pole vault at the 2012 Summer Olympics in
fourth place, missing the bronze by only ten seconds.
London. Although he was not among the 14 athletes who advanced
“My goal going into this race was to be there with 1000 meters to go,” said Ms. Groff. “I was. You know, I’ve got to be proud of that. Fourth is the ‘worst’ position to be in, but at the end of the day I’m
to the final, Mr. Kim can be proud of a long athletic career that has garnered him high school, college, and national success. A Korean national record holder, Mr. Kim discovered his passion
an Olympian. I get to showcase this awesome sport to millions
for pole vaulting at Deerfield. Mr. Kim played many sports, but
of people. I’m really proud to be on this team. Obviously it would
soon concentrated on vaulting, an area in which he excelled. He
have been better to come home with a medal, but I’m proud of the
spent summers training in South Korea and then in Arkansas at a
process and proud of our team.”
camp run by former Olympian and renowned pole vaulter Earl Bell.
The women’s triathlon competition took place on August 4, with
A Deerfield Magazine article in 1999 described Mr. Kim’s entrance
a 1500-meter swim in Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, followed by a
to the camp: “On an impulse he got off a plane when he learned a
43-km bike ride and 10-km run. Ms. Groff was among the leaders
stopover in St. Louis was near the vaulting school. He made his
coming out of the swim and improved her position in the bike ride.
way out there and introduced himself to Bell, with barely a season
During the run, she had trouble staying with the lead pack, but
of vaulting under his belt.” Mr. Kim soon became one of the premier
charged back to rejoin the leaders at the start of the fourth and
pole vaulters in high school athletics, winning New England’s three
final lap. The race ended in dramatic fashion, when Nicola Spirig
years in a row, smashing Deerfield and New England records as
of Switzerland beat Lisa Norden from Sweden in a photo finish.
he did so.
Australian Erin Densham took the bronze, while Ms. Groff took
After graduating from Deerfield, Mr. Kim attended Lawrenceville
fourth place, as the highest American finisher. Her teammates Laura
for a post-graduate year, then went on to the University of
Bennett and Gwen Jorgensen finished 17th and 38th respectively.
California—Los Angeles. He was a two-time NCAA All-American
Ms. Groff competed in swimming and cross-country while at Deerfield and then at Middlebury College. It was only when she graduated from Middlebury that she decided to pursue the sport
for UCLA and set the Korean national record while competing for the Bruins. Deerfield Magazine wrote about Mr. Kim in 1999: “As a senior, he’s
of triathlon full-time. In her first International Triathlon Union (ITU)
still physically atwitch; a foot jiggles throughout an interview, the
World Cup in 2005, she finished 19th, but by 2008, she was ranked
knees on the long legs are in a constant process of rearrangement. But
fourth overall in the World Cup standing. In the run-up to the
during practice and competition, all that energy becomes
Olympics, Ms. Groff finished her 2011 season ranked third overall
harnessed in the service of his obsession, pole vaulting . . .
and was named USA Triathlon Olympic/International Triathlon
There is talk that he will jump for the Korean Olympic team.”
Union Athlete of the Year.
There is no doubt that New York City is one of the largest hotspots for artistic innovation, expression, and expansion, and the Big Apple houses many of the greatest and most revered artistic minds this country has to offer. To Fitzhugh Karol ’00, the increasingly popular sculptor, jeweler, furniture crafter, and Brooklyn-based home renovator, the age-old mantra of “if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere” has never been more relevant. Since earning his master’s degree in ceramic sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, Mr. Karol has spent the last five years thriving in the lower New York arts scene and developing his entirely unique, uplifting style of physical re-purposing. “Often it feels like I’m chasing this desire to stir elements into some kind of enlightened combination,” Mr. Karol says. “It’s kind of like a concert, bringing elements together to make something that plays in an organized form.” This organizing factor is clearly seen in most of Mr. Karol’s work, as he draws much inspiration from musical cues and “the pursuit of joy and a place of well-being,” he writes. Seen even in his earliest sculptures, Mr. Karol’s shapes take on an inherent verticality and upward momentum, pulling the viewer’s eyes upward and around his exhibits as complete singular pieces. The integrated momentum of various textures and materials stirs wildly within his work,
suggesting a frantic synthesis of lofty harmonic tones and deep earthly ties. With so much on his plate, it’s a wonder that Mr. Karol can also find time to pursue his own artistic development. “It has been a split between my own work and specific demands making custom furniture,” he admits. “We also have a jewelry business, and a lot of inspiration for that comes from my sculpture work.” But this artist’s staggering repertoire doesn’t stop with studio exhibits or custom furniture. Taking advantage of New York’s diverse variety of opportunities, Mr. Karol has found a highly lucrative way to integrate his talents into a single outlet: The Brooklyn Home Company, a joint venture designed by the artist and his partner, is a wildly popular developer geared toward the creation of custom homes, not generic units. “We build homes for people seeking artistic innovation, a classic design, and the highest quality. We believe value is found in homes that are tasteful, functional, and timeless,” their website explains. With over 20 active projects, Mr. Karol seeks to expand the perception of BHC far beyond its original foundations. “We’ve streamlined the process,” he says. “We hope to bring our techniques to homeowners anywhere who are looking for what we have to offer. We’ve got a lot of momentum and we’re really beginning to see the results of our hard work.”
Keep up to date with Mr. Karol and his work at fitzhughkarol.com
Live, Build, and Reach
John Barr ’94 and Kaitlin Legg were married on March 24, 2012. On April 21, 2012, Kim (Cushny) ’02 and James Roddy were married. In attendance were, from l to r: Chris Kempner ’03, Courtney Lesko ’01, Will Holland, Nelson Doubleday Timpson, Kim Roddy ’02, James Roddy, Whitney (Miller) Douglass ’96, Peter Armstrong ’03, Lilly Havens ’10, Caitlin McMullen ’02, Lizzie Reifenheiser ’02, Malcolm Dorson ’02, Vickie Lika ’02, James Slattery ’02, Carter Kahle ’02, and Serena Tufo ’02 Daniel Dewey ’97 and his fiancé Erika Wastrom are planning a September wedding on Cape Cod. Beidi Gu ’01 and Minhua Zhang welcomed their first baby, Guyang “Charlie” Zhang, on September 11, 2011.
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Mattea Kramer ’02 and the National Priorities Project | Interlink Books, 2012
Budget Process Explained | From 1996 to 2002, the White House released a “Citizen’s Guide to the Federal Budget” with its annual budget request. The document provided citizens with the information they needed to understand the federal budget and communicate with their federal officials about their spending priorities. Ten years after the guide’s last publication, A People’s Guide to the
Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents Kenneth C. Davis P’01 | Hyperion, 2012
The Real Deal | Kenneth C. Davis P’01 continues his groundbreaking “Don’t Know Much About” history series with a fitting release for the 2012 election year: Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents. Mr. Davis uses his latest book to dive into the factual history of the commander-in-chief, focusing his research to first and foremost banish common myths and legends surrounding the office. “There are no phony cherry trees,” says Mr. Davis. “This books looks at the surveyor Washington—the real Washington.” Sections of the text explore parts of our first president’s life that few historians choose to elaborate on, including some of his more controversial decisions as general of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents utilizes the same highly accessible question-and-answer writing style that has made this series a staple in many classrooms across the nation. “I’ve always been interested in history,” says Mr. Davis. “And I’ve especially been interested in the biographies of the Presidents. This is the man who for better or worse is the lens for American history, this is the most powerful office on Earth.” While he is a historian, Mr. Davis is in no way behind the times. He maintains a steady online persona and goes out of his way to host webinars, speak at schools, produce his own media, and utilize many other broadcasting tools to distribute his material. This author has also appeared on shows including NPR’s All Things Considered, the Today show, and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, and had his writing featured in The New York Times, on CNN, and in Smithsonian magazine. Mr. Davis will be making a personal appearance at Deerfield on October 24 to discuss his latest work with students, faculty, and the surrounding community. “One of the ideas behind my books is that you have to own your education,” he says. “Yeats put it best when he said, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Federal Budget, written by Mattea Kramer ’02 and the National Priorities Project, seeks to take its place and keep the American people informed. A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget covers everything an ordinary citizen needs to know about the federal budget: the history of budget legislation, the budget process, federal tax revenues and spending, and even President Obama’s 2013 budget request. The Guide acknowledges from the start that the federal budget is “complicated. There are lots of steps to creating the annual budget, there are big numbers involved, and it’s full of technical jargon.” However, with a clear explanation of budget terminology, chapter summaries and glossaries, and plenty of easy-to-read graphs and figures, Ms. Kramer and the National Priorities Project have made the topic accessible—and interesting— for their readers. The goal of Ms. Kramer’s book is not just to educate Americans on the budget process, but to motivate them to get involved. In today’s political climate, with more and more citizens feeling dissatisfied with their government and the direction in which the country is heading, it’s easy to think that it’s impossible for an individual to make his or her voice heard. The Guide gives its readers the tools they need to take an active role in the budget process. “Now you have the chance to consider whether the federal budget reflects your priorities,” Ms. Kramer writes. “If you don’t speak up about where you want your tax dollars spent, others gladly will speak up for you—and you may not like what they have to say.” Ms. Kramer, who has a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MA in Public Policy from Harvard, is a senior research analyst at National Priorities Project. She attributes her interest in fiscal policy and economics to an Honors Economics class she took at Deerfield with teacher Chip Davis.
Class Captains Lisa Rosemary Craig Emily Jean Dawson
Class Captains William Malcolm Dorson Robert Agee Gibbons Terrence Paul O’Toole Dorothy Elizabeth Reifenheiser David Branson Smith Serena Stanfill Tufo
“Jeff and I have bought a house in Charlotte, VT, and moved in July—we’re thrilled!” says Amanda Herzberger. “Business is going well and I’m looking forward to photographing two Deerfield weddings this summer and one already in 2013. It’s so fun to reconnect with people in that way.”
2001 When we last heard from Marisa Clementi she wrote, “I finished my first year toward earning my dance MFA at Sarah Lawrence, and it was amazing! This summer I’ll be dancing on a farm in the forests of Germany.” Beidi Gu and Minhua Zhang welcomed their first baby, Guyang “Charlie” Zhang, on September 11, 2011. Both parents are enjoying the many “firsts” from their baby boy. Mutzy Probyn notes, “I’m happy to announce that I was married to Andrew Holden
David Smith is now an associate producer on HBO’s Enlightened and has contributed written material to the Golden Globe-winning show.
2003 Reunion Chairs Eric D. Grossman Tara A. Tersigni “For the past five years I have been teaching at Middlesex School as a Latin and Greek teacher and have been coaching varsity hockey and softball,” says Katharine Hession. “Next year, I will be going to Brown University to earn a graduate degree in history.” Darwin Hunt reports: “Lots of work. Lots of non-profit. Lots of sports. Just an East Coast boy trying to live in LA!” Nicholas Kennedy writes, “I am the project manager at Financial Markets International in Bethesda, MD. Addi-
tionally, I started a company with fellow Deerfield alum and classmate, Matt Fishman; it’s called SWX, LLC.” Elizabeth Parker says, “I moved to San Francisco in January 2011 and I’m loving it; I have reconnected with a number of Deerfield classmates. I am in the marketing department for a trade publishing company, and absolutely love it.” Tara Tersigni is switching coasts and has moved from LA to New York. Rumor has it that “LA misses her.”
Class Captains Nicholas Zachary Hammerschlag Caroline C. Whitton David Dunning and Mikey Glazer ’94 co-hosted the Deerfield delegation of the second annual All New England Prep School Party in Beverly Hills. Over 140 alumni from Andover, Exeter, Choate, Hotchkiss, Groton, NMH, Proctor, and others enjoyed cocktails and conversation poolside at the Thompson Hotel. “Emily and I were married on March 31, 2012,” says Dominick Uguccioni. “Coach Michael Silipo and Deerfield classmate Loren Kelley were both in attendance. We are very excited to start this exciting new chapter in our lives together. I also recently got a job at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and we will be living in the area once again.”
2005 Class Captains H. Jett Fein Bentley J. Rubinstein Torey A. Van Oot Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.
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Reed Weeden Minor writes, “Stephen and I welcomed a little girl on April 26. Sylvana Louise Minor (Sylvie) can’t wait to meet more of her Deerfield friends!”
on May 5, 2012, in London. I was fortunate to have Jenny Davis serve as a bridesmaid and to have Aaron Helfand and Paul Garaud on hand to help us celebrate.” Sarah (Bush) and Drake Richey ’00 report, “We had a baby! Draper Dennis Richey, born February 19, 2012: 7 lbs. 11oz. Deerfield Class of 2030? Go Big Green!”
in my fifth year at EMC and still enjoying my job and learning a lot.”
Class Captain Kevin C. Meehan Sam Hayes wrote, “I got to see lots of familiar Deerfield faces while living in New York City for about a year after finishing at Princeton in June of 2010, but last October I headed off to US Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. After a brief visit home for the holidays where I saw some friends, it was great to have Megan Murley, Connor Hines, and Olly Merrill come see me be commissioned as a naval intelligence officer on January 20, 2012. Next stop: Dam Neck, VA, for six more months of training, and then it will be off to my first operational assignment.”
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Shelbi Kilcollins ’12 says, “This is a picture of Colten McCormick ’12, myself, Alice Lu ’12, and Henry Lee ’12 at the Mets/Cardinals game a few days after graduation in New York City. We think it’s pretty cool because we are all from different countries.”
2008 Reunion Chairs Sarah H. Brim Robert H. Swindell IV When we last heard from Elizabeth Asche she wrote, “After graduation from Vanderbilt, I will be attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in the fall.” Matt Buckley graduated from Columbia University in May. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United Arab Emirates next year. Jordan Harrison recently moved to LA to work for FOX Sports. Kristin Simmons reported, “I just started a job as an
assistant account executive at BBDO in NYC.” “After graduation, I will head out to Aspen, CO, for the summer to work at the Aspen Institute before starting a pre-medical post-bac program at New York University in the fall,” wrote Heather Reiley this past spring.
2009 Class Captains Elizabeth Utley Schieffelin Nicholas Warren Squires Joshua Krugman is one of several students working on Wesleyan University’s Long Lane Farm, which produces food for the local
soup kitchen, Middletown Food Not Bombs, the University’s dining service, and the farmers themselves. Two of his poems appeared in the spring issue of The Bitter Oleander and three were published in Osiris this summer. Krugman regularly goes on long drives through the Connecticut wine country with Michael Yee ’10, or Misha, as he is now known due to his speedy mastery of Russian language.
2010, 2011, 2012
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Molly Schaus ’06 had a Green and White cheering squad at the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships in Burlington, VT. This photo was taken after Molly played in goal for the US in their opening round victory over Canada. l to r: Sarah Palomo, Ashley Laporte, Molly Schaus, Courtney Ryan, Kit Hamley, and Dana Albertson, all Class of ’06. Brown University lacrosse players Julia Keller ’08, Anneke Baran ’08, and Princeton University lacrosse player Maggie Hines ’08 were all smiles after the Princeton-Brown game on March 10, 2012. The three were tri-captains of the Big Green’s 2008 squad, which finished 11-3. This past spring Head of School Margarita Curtis and President of the Board of Trustees Philip Greer ’53 P’94 G’13 were thrilled to participate in the dedication of the Cashin Center—a gift of the Cashin Family, including former Trustee Lisa Cashin P’03,’07. l to r: Philip Greer, Margarita Curtis, Lisa Cashin, and Dick Cashin
A few months ago, Jem Wilner ’11 was stumped. He was in the middle of writing a play—his first play, in fact—and didn’t know how to proceed. He had been interviewing residents of retirement communities and transcribing their stories. “I had all this really wonderful material, but I didn’t have a way to connect it,” Mr. Wilner said. Inspiration came to him when he was hanging his clothes in a closet. He realized that he could “hang the stories on the arc of a lifetime.” Stories of a Lifetime was born. Mr. Wilner’s play is a collection of monologues and dialogues based on interviews he conducted with residents of retirement communities. At first, he envisioned working with the members of the Hilltop House Retirement Community in VT to create personal monologues based on their stories, which he would then perform for them. Then, he began to piece these monologues together into a production that was performed by the New England Youth Theatre this past April.
In addition to writing the play, Mr. Wilner directed, acted, and designed the lighting and sets. It was an all-encompassing experience that Mr. Wilner had not imagined would become part of the gap year he took between graduating from Deerfield and starting college. Although he had been active in the theater department at Deerfield, and has appeared in ten productions with the New England Youth Theatre, he had only written a few short scenes in theater classes at Deerfield. “I never would have had the opportunity to do this had I not taken a gap year,” Mr. Wilner said. Donations for tickets to Stories of a Lifetime, totaling $900, went to the New England Youth Theatre scholarship fund, as well as to the Hilltop House activities fund. Thanks to the play proceeds, Hilltop House will be purchasing mp3 players for its residents, to harness the power of music to bring back people’s memories, a fitting gift for Stories of a Lifetime to give to the people that were its inspiration. Mr. Wilner started Tufts University this fall, where he plans to double major in drama and biology. He also hopes to bring Stories of a Lifetime to a new stage at Tufts.
Brent M. Hale
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From Life to Art
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April 21, 2012
June 12, 2012
February 29, 2012
March 22, 2012
William Cummings Lane*
February 1, 2012
January 19, 2010
January 8, 2012
March 8, 2012
Robert Parks Hazzard, III
Charles Edgar Phreaner, Jr.*
George Vroom Banning*
Eugene Francis Connally, Jr.
May 23, 2012
June 7, 2012
Walter Phillips Davison
George Wesley Lee June 26, 2012
May 16, 2012
Arthur Hawkins Keyes, Jr. June 7, 2012
Charles Rockwell Williams
Hallock Luce, III
Alexander Frank Ciesluk April 9, 2011
James Marc Barr November 26, 2009
Arthur French Clarke* May 17, 2012
June 19, 2012
Albert Nathaniel Drake
October 2, 2002
Winfred Byron Holton, III February 24, 2011
April 23, 2012
John Wesley Mayhew
May 22, 2012
Richard Alan Burgess
Larry Archer Cohen
Peter Cameron Beutel
Brian Hayes Haggerty July 11, 2011
Peter Sidney Sabin
Willard Selden Gamble June 6, 2012
John Boyd Morton
Bradford D. Smith October 3, 2008
John Mason Flicker May 31, 2012
February 9, 2012
William Hollis Peirce
Reynal de St. M. Thebaud Robert George Wiese, Jr.
May 9, 2012
December 17, 2011
Harrison Ray Magee
December 28, 2011
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May 5, 2012
John Thomas Griffin
January 28, 2012
John Stephen Kelleher
Robert James Bassett
July 5, 2011
John Campbell Howard, Jr.
March 10, 2012
Thomas Asa Tenney
April 19, 2012
April 24, 2012
Ward Halsey Linsley
Stephen Zalman Colodny June 4, 2012
Jonathan Duncan Bulkley
James Gary Taylor*
January 10, 2012
April 30, 2012
April 21, 2012
Charles Freeman Rowley, Jr.
Frederik Burr Christensen
April 7, 2010
March 15, 2012
Stephen Flanders May 18, 2012
Carl Peter Grimm April 28, 2012
John Edward Lathrop April 10, 2012
Walter Hartwell Morse March 2, 2012
Alfred Edgar Petschek
Charles Morse Beck von Peccoz April 2, 2012
May 2, 2011
1 Jon Murchinson ’87 and his son Henry 2 In alphabetical order: David Alexandre ’06, Bill Bradley ’99, Erika Bradbury, Lizzie Bull, Allen Damon ’78 P’13,’15; Delphine Damon P’13,’15; Sloan Damon ’13, Ellen Duenow, Tate Huffard ’04, Keith Kirley ’99, Charles Krough ’64, David Moyer ’64, Dee Pathman-Neil P’08, Kendall Thornton ’06, Marco Quazzo ’80 P’13
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Giants Baseball and Tailgate
Tanglewood: Prairie Home Companion 3 Karen Flickinger, Jim and Carole Smith P’80,
’82,’85,’86,’91, Ed Flickinger ’65 Red Sox Baseball 4 Gordon R. “Zeke” Knight ’54 G’03 is recognized at Fenway Park for bringing 110 Deerfield alumni, parents and friends to cheer on the Boston Red Sox!
Visit deerfield.edu/alumni/clubs for club photo galleries.
Jenny Hammond and Jessica Pleasant
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Head of School Margarita Curtis and President of the Board of Trustees Phil Greer ’53 P’86 G’13 visited Asia in June 2012. On June 19, 2012, they made their first stop at the Hong Kong Club. 5 Proud Deerfield parents pose with Dr. Curtis and Mr. Greer. 6 Incoming and returning students also had their turn for a photo op with alumni. A special acknowledgment to Stanford Kuo ’78 P’13,’16 and the Deerfield Club of Hong Kong.
Later that month, the Deerfield Club of Korea hosted a dinner in honor of Dr. Curtis and Mr. Greer on Tuesday, June 26, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. 7 Dr. Curtis and Mr. Greer shared the latest developments at Deerfield with them. Special thanks to Moon Hyung Chang P’12,’15; Kang Hee Song P’13; Terry T. Lee ’84 P’16; Yong Hyun Kim ’85; Jessica Seok ’07.
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1 Middlebury College Dinner
Deerfield Alumni Soccer
10 Choate Game Webcast Viewings
16 Deerfield in Pittsburgh Boston Area College Dinner 17 Deerfield in Cleveland Yale College Dinner 30 Deerfield Club of New England: Opening Night of Student Theater Production— The Laramie Project
13 Deerfield in Boston 15 Princeton College Dinner
December 6 Deerfield Club of Southern California: Holiday Party 11 Deerfield in Hartford
January 9 Deerfield in Atlanta
A Remarkable Woman by William E. Knox ’48
She blinked out at the world through thick lenses and used her myopia to get right into someone’s personal space and impact them. In appearance she could have been a stand-in for Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, though I could never imagine her croaking and cackling with such eerie conviction . . . and Mrs. Boyden was decidedly neither fiendish nor malign. That whole year her role was more mysterious to me than that of many other teachers, including her husband Frank Boyden, our renowned headmaster. Shockingly, in the fall Scott Fillebrown ’44 and Ken Clark ’44, our senior dorm advisors, became unraveled over the death of her dog—this was my first glimpse into how much students loved her. In my sophomore year I occasionally went to the Bridge Club sessions over which she held sway. She taught gently and thoughtfully with an incisive understanding of the distribution of the cards and the timing of the play of the hand. At that time, though, bidding conventions were starting to develop so rapidly that Mrs. B admittedly sometimes seemed a bit shaky. I heard the legend, perhaps apocryphal, that she had tutored other students at Smith College in calculus while she herself was failing the course. Her knack was for imaginatively conveying the structure and beauty of thought and not in picking her way through the messy details of application. Her uncertainty was endearing and useful in enlisting our collaboration in solving problems.
How did it happen that she became my teacher in intermediate algebra? It doesn’t matter—it was my good fortune. Mrs. Boyden illumined how to solve equations with many unknowns, this was play at its most serious and sublime, and she had fun with the Pythagorean Theorem and linear and curvilinear functions. I had always been clever at arithmetic and could often solve problems by juggling numbers in my head, but the times I did so in her class earned me gentle chidings. Coming over to me, and peering right into my face ever so close, “Beel,” she would say in a quietly troubled way, as though I just wasn’t getting it. “This is an algebra class. Please solve the problems by using algebra, not arithmetic.” I was coaxed into mastering the classic problem of the proportions in which a grocer should mix nuts to come up with the requisite price. Included, too, were simultaneous and quadratic equations, the mathematics of the parabola, and trigonometric functions and the like. I was also starting to understand something perhaps more important: her gift for teaching. I leapt at the chance of studying chemistry in my senior year with this remarkable woman. Her capacity for apt metaphor was apparent as she explained Boyle’s Law and Avogadro’s number. She likened the molecules bouncing around in a closed container to the largest and slightest boys in the class; she helped us visualize and internalize forever Niels Bohr’s model of the atom; how electrons behaved; Arrhenius’s theory
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In October 1944 I first saw Mrs. Boyden in the middle of Albany Road between the old Dining Hall and the Main School Building. A freshman at Deerfield, I was leaving the John Williams House for the Dining Hall. The street was gritty gray dirt, and her protection against it was sensible high-cut shoes with medium heels. In the winter, zippered ladies’ galoshes would cover those shoes. She wore a plaid wool cape. Her handsome brown and white springer spaniel was playing at her feet as she chatted with a couple of students. As always, her salt and pepper hair was done up in a bun. She was absolutely erect and seemed taller than she actually was.
first person of ionization and his self-destructive fascination with alcohol, oxidation, and reduction equations; the dynamics of molecular chemistry; the mysteries of a mole; quantum theory, and Planck’s constant. So much of science has changed in over 60 years. I looked over my grandson’s preparation for the SAT, and it was a mass of strange symbols. Yet all the details of chemistry pale in comparison with the light of Helen Boyden’s human qualities. Three events in particular are part of me, etched forever in memory. First, one wintry day in chemistry class, she came close to me as she was giving back papers and said in a soft, distressed voice, “Beel, you didn’t study for this quiz did you?” “No, I didn’t.” “Why don’t you come by the house and take it over again? Would Tuesday or Wednesday evening after the school meeting be convenient?” Of course I accepted her offer and showed mastery on the quiz the second time around. I discovered my own SAT achievement score in chemistry quite by chance—these scores were top-secret back then. My high score surprised me and was a tribute to her caring persistence and joyous imagination as a teacher. Second, later on in the science building—it was a warm spring day and graduation was in a few weeks—Mrs. Boyden startled us by bustling up the left aisle. She stopped at the desk of Eric Verrill, our future class president. On it was an open copy of Popular Science. She picked it up and gazed closely, squinting incredulously at this ugly contaminant and its owner. She paused as though undecided as to what to do. Finally, dispirited, she said, “Why Eric, I’m afraid you’ll have to leave.” And so Eric exited, left door rear, in the obvious pain of a thorough shaming. Mrs. Boyden proceeded to fret the remaining time away, so distraught that she couldn’t teach chemistry for the rest of the class.
“Oh dear, oh dear . . . I’ve never done that,” she perseverated, repeating herself. And then, “That’s never happened to me before . . . ” Through her palpable hurt, she was teaching something about the passion for teaching as a calling. That I never heard this incident mentioned again by anyone evinced Mrs. Boyden’s ethical code and Deerfield’s unwritten code of integrity that was becoming ours. Finally, since 1948 I have taken a few trips back to Deerfield. The most memorable of these was on a Saturday afternoon in the late winter of 1962. My wife Diana and I drove up with Carol and David, our first kids, aged four and three at the time. We stopped at the Head’s house. Mr. Boyden was away, but Mrs. Boyden would be glad to see us—in the very room where 14 years earlier I had redeemed myself on my second chance chemistry quiz. We had tea and cookies. Carol and David raced laughing in sheer exuberance all over the house, and even upstairs. Mrs. B was interested in my having bounced back from a few years of desperate floundering and now I had only the dissertation remaining for a PhD in sociology at Cornell. She reflected how often she had seen graduates stumble into difficulties and then, when they found a sense of direction, right themselves and find fulfillment. “It is frightening how much more competitive getting into college is becoming,” she said. “I don’t know how young people will be able to stand the pressure.” Diana and I took turns trying to rein in the kids, who were careering all over the place in high merriment; we thought they might be getting out of hand. Mrs. Boyden, however, kept reassuring us not to worry. She didn’t seem the least concerned that they would get into mischief, get hurt, or break something valuable. Toward the end of our conversation, Mrs. Boyden leaned forward and drew us into her circle of intimacy. She squinted into our faces just as close and direct in human contact as she had with me years earlier in the classroom. She lowered her voice and said softly, “They seem happy—are they happy?”••
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Deerfield’s longitude dial has been on campus for the past several years but was tucked away in a crabapple grove near the Boyden Library. This summer it was transplanted to a place of honor directly in front of the library on a beautiful granite and brick base, where the sun can shine on it all day long. Designed and built by William Andrewes of Concord, MA, the longitude dial accomplishes something unique: it tells place as well as time. As the daylight hours pass, the telltale shadow cast by a wire (gnomon) on the dial moves across a laser-etched map; wherever that longitudinal shadow falls, it’s noon. On the summer solstice, its shadow will follow the Tropic of Cancer and at the equinox, it will trace the straight line of the Equator. Deerfield’s dial also has an additional line commemorating the Academy’s inception on March 1, 1797; on that day, the shadow of a bead affixed to the gnomon will track the special line. The Deerfield dial’s pedestal also features four legs positioned at the cardinal points: North, East, South, and West. Sunlight can only penetrate through the narrow slots in the legs when the sun is due East, due South, or due North. When the sun is due South, the length of its beam of light indicates the date and sign of the zodiac on a scale parallel with the North-South meridian.
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