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Load Distributors As Ever, Tom Ashley special report


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Comments Along Albany Road Class Notes First Person: Brewster Ely ’66 In Memoriam Crossword

cover: First BIG Snow by David Thiel left: Choate Rally Bonfire by Crystal Nilsson


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Letter from the Director How does a boy who eschewed school end up defining one? How does a boy who felt awkward around others end up leading them? How does a boy who was born, raised, and schooled in a small valley end up a hero on foreign shores? The answer is simple: in Tom Ashley, Boyden saw the character of a great man. He shepherded Tom’s farm-boy reluctance into quiet leadership—in class, on the field, and in service to both his school and his country. He guided Tom to discover greatness in himself—and Tom returned the favor, instilling within Boyden the idea that our little academy could itself be great. The relationship these two men shared served as the crucible for Deerfield’s distinctiveness and defines us to this day. Tom’s story has been shared with every graduate for the last century, because it personifies the very nature of Deerfield: that the intangibles of character define our students, and that the matchless spirit of the place is reforged with each year’s new faces. It shows how a special relationship between teacher and student can teach something unteachable— and cast within us new ideals of who we can be.

Tom Ashley’s story is a touchstone against which the Academy is constantly proven, and it bears repeating— especially in this centennial of his graduation. On page 30 you’ll find a slightly new take on the story, but you might also be interested to read reprints of past tellings. We offer two such additional versions online: one from 1990 and one from 1962—the first article featured in the inaugural your tie issue of the modern alumni magazine. Find both articles here at It’s been said of Tom Ashley, “If you seek his monument, look about you.” You can do just that in “Load Distributors” on page 22, which shows how the special teacher-student relationship continues to thrive at Deerfield—and how the commitment and passion of our faculty remains rooted in the Boyden-Ashley heritage. 

—David Thiel ’91, Director of Communications

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Brent M. Hale

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Editorial and Business Office: Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA 01342. Telephone: 413-774-1860, Publication Office: The Lane Press, Burlington, VT 05402. Third class postage paid at Deerfield, Massachusetts, and additional mailing office. Deerfield Magazine is published in the fall, winter, and spring. Deerfield Academy admits students of any race, color, creed, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or available to students at the academy. The academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship, or any other programs administered by the academy. Copyright © The Trustees of Deerfield Academy (all rights reserved)


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Comments The first place to go is: I wish to commend you and particularly Brent Hale for the photographic composition on the cover (Fall 2010). This photograph relates very strongly to my favorite artist, Piet Mondrian. I also wish to commend you and your staff for the design and layout of the whole magazine. Good luck and continuing success in your future endeavors. Harry L. Winston ’46

Fort Lauderdale, Florida I am sure you will have heard from dozens of other alumni by now, but the inscriptions on the back of the stork are a record of the children born to Deerfield masters. Obviously, the tradition ended in 1967. More’s the pity.

I can’t help but send a note in response to the great picture of mostly faculty children on the back cover of the most recent issue of Deerfield Magazine. I can identify most of the kids in the photo but unfortunately not all. I am in the back row of the picture between Bruce ’61 and Cynthia Nichols. Maybe someone else in the picture will pick up the ball and identify some of the kids I don’t recognize. The Halloween party took place at the Girl’s Club. Cary Boyden ’63, Jake Hubbard ’63, and my brother Sam ’62 ought to be in the picture, but I’m not sure which ones they are.

Re “Mr. and Mrs. Boyden— Still Teaching . . .” Kikoski found just the right words (please give him my congratulations), and you found the best photograph ever: it says it all. Thank you! Your source for all things Deerfield— from school news to the photo of the day. You will also find direct links to all of our social networking communities.

Peter Atkinson ’62

Conway, Massachusetts

Show your face on Facebook, where you will find our official fan page. Page Name: Deerfield Academy

(Thank you.)

David Hirth ’60

Hinesburg, Vermont

JP Curry ’57

Halifax, Nova Scotia

For green tweets, sign on to Twitter. Look for: Deerfield

To link in with other connected professionals, become a member of the Deerfield Alumni Group on LinkedIn. Group name: Deerfield Academy Alumni

Campus snapshots, big events, and other photo-worthy moments Thank you to the following alumni and friends who called regarding The Stork (the Fall 2010 “Object Lesson”): Ronald Davis ’39, Peter Spang (Trustee of Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association), Dick McKinney ’45, Mary Merriam, Nick Sommerfeld ’44, Steve Stulman ’47, Bill Allen ’45, and former faculty member

Tony Mahar. Mary Merriam was able to tell us that the wooden stork was made by the carpentry department for faculty members’ first babies, and placed outside the parents’ house on the day of the baby shower. She also remembered the gift everyone got from the Academy infirmary: a gallon of baby oil. —Anne Lozier, Deerfield Academy Archivist

are captured on Flickr. Photostream: Deerfield Academy

Yes, Deerfield has a YouTube page. Watch The Widdies, and more! Channel: Deerfield Academy


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Choate Rally + Bonfire 2010 >>>Photographs by Crystal and Peter Nilsson


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Thunder in the Black Box Shakespearean Actor John Douglas Thompson Takes Command of the Stage Sophomores, who are studying the works of Shakespeare, were required to attend acting and interpretation classes with actor John Douglas Thompson on January 20; fortunately, the door was open to all that evening when Mr. Thompson acted out several scenes in Deerfield’s Black Box Theater from recent roles he has played. Critics have hailed Mr. Thompson as one of America’s foremost young Shakespearean actors, and in 2009 he won OBIE and Lucille Lortel awards for his portrayal of Othello with Theater for a New Audience in New York City. Mr. Thompson wasn’t always an actor, Shakespearean or otherwise . . . after being born in Bath, England, he spent most of his childhood in upstate New York and graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse. He was working as a marketing representative for a software company when a production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone inspired him to follow a completely new path in life. Since making the momentous decision to quit his job and study acting, Mr. Thompson has appeared in modern classics such as Cyrano de Bergerac, and contemporary works, including Dreamer Examines His Pillow. He made his Broadway debut as Flavius, opposite Denzel Washington, in Julius Caesar in 2005, and most recently played Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT.

Many Paths, Many Destinations Alumni Offer Advice to Seniors Nearly a dozen alumni returned to campus on January 16 to share their knowledge and life-experience with members of the Class of 2011. The main theme of the annual Pathways Program, which is coordinated by the Academy’s Alumni Office every year, is to let seniors know that the “path” to one’s eventual profession isn’t always smooth or direct, but the journey can certainly be worthwhile. This winter’s presenters were a good representation of the scope of alumni careers, and included the deputy director of Homeland Security Investigations, the CEO of a major software development and licensing company, a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs, the student support coordinator at a large Boston, MA, public school, and a Yale University professor of evolutionary biology, to name just a few.


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Mr. Thompson joined several sophomore English classes for discussions and readings of Othello.

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The Fall Play Was Heavenly John Reese and Crew Transport Audiences to the Time “After Kurt and Before Monica” There were rave reviews of Deerfield’s fall play, Seven Minutes in Heaven, a humorous look at adolescence from the teenage perspective in the 1990s—“after Kurt” (Cobain’s death) “and before Monica” (Lewinsky’s scandal).

Rehearsals are now underway for the winter play, Voices in Conflict, which is sure to highlight students’ dramatic talents. Based on the true experiences of American veterans and Iraqi citizens, and presented in their own words, Voices in Conflict honors those who have and continue to sacrifice so much for our country.


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Full Court Press

How Green is Deerfield Green?

Kyle Kager ’11 Shoots and Scores With A Full Athletic Scholarship

DA Joins GCC 2.0 Originally designed to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change, the Green Cup Challenge creates hands-on learning opportunities about the environment and raises awareness in school communities about the important role each person can play to build a safe, sustainable future. In the past the Challenge’s main feature has been a month-long competition to see which school can lower its energy consumption the most during peak (winter) energy use. Deerfield has been an enthusiastic participant in the annual Green Cup Challenge since 2007, and during that time, has also won special energy reduction “side challenges” against both Northfield Mount Hermon and Choate. Now many students and faculty members are setting out to prove that the GCC is more about the challenge than the competition, as they respond to the question: The Green Cup Challenge is fun and exciting, but how sustainable are the behaviors? The consensus is that the impact of the Challenge, especially for veteran schools such as Deerfield, would be much greater if it extended throughout the school year. With this in mind, the “Eight Schools” (Choate, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Northfield Mount Hermon, Andover, Exeter, St. Paul’s, and Deerfield) have agreed to participate in “The Green Cup Challenge 2.0,” along with the Berkshire School. Schools began reporting their electricity and heat energy consumption on a monthly basis in November, and final results will be tallied and reported at the end of the school year.

Environmental Proctor Job Description As Deerfield participates in the GCC 2.0, the academy’s first “line of defense” can be found within the student body, in the form of Environmental Proctors. These conscientious young women and men play an important role in executing Deerfield’s campus sustainability efforts, and they must care enough to apply for the job. Here are just a few of an environmental proctor’s responsibilities:

Senior Kyle Kager says he came to Deerfield to challenge himself academically, but that didn’t hinder his basketball game one little bit. During fall term, Kyle’s father, academic advisor David Howell, basketball Coach Conrad Pitcher, and Director of Athletics Chip Davis were proud to be there when Kyle signed the paperwork to attend American University in Washington, DC, on a full athletic scholarship. At AU he will continue his studies and play Division I basketball.


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•Attend required biweekly and sometimes weekly E-Proctor meetings •Be involved with at least one “project” per term, including the Green Cup Challenge during Winter Term •Be a role model: passionate, informed, active •Post Deerfield sustainability announcements and educational material in dorms •Avoid any behavior that could alienate students from environmental issues (DON’T BE A NAG!) •Ensure every student’s Deerfield experience includes learning to consider her/his environmental impact


•Establish and maintain regular communication with the dorm housekeeper and faculty resident •Educate and motivate the dorm about recycling

•Assign student rotations for weekly transfer of bags from recycling bins to consolidation location for pick up •Ensure sufficient bins and signs in all locations •Monitor recycling bins; pick out trash if necessary •Collect batteries and ink cartridges; ensure CFL recycling is done safely •Periodically acknowledge and thank the housekeeper for her/his efforts

ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY: Educate and motivate the dorm to conserve energy: •Using compact fluorescent light-bulbs •Meeting with HVAC personnel to learn how dorm heating system works •Turning off lights •Using radiators correctly, not leaving windows open •Closing storm windows during winter •Turning off all electronics when not in use •Sharing consumption data with dorm to evaluate progress •Reducing water and plastic bottle waste Report problems to the Physical Plant such as: •Broken windows •Faulty radiators •Leaky faucets/showerheads/toilets

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Beautiful, Naturally Amherst College Presents Orra White Hitchcock A treasure from the Deerfield Academy Archives will be on exhibit January 28, 2011 to May 29, 2011 at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum. The exhibition will feature selections from Orra White Hitchcock’s Herbarium, Parvum, Pictum, 1817-1821. Hitchcock taught natural sciences, painting, and drawing at Deerfield from 1813-1818. It was during this time that she created the painted herbarium, a 64-page album of watercolors depicting roughly 175 local flower and grass specimens. The herbarium is based on her husband Edward’s native plant collection. If you are in the area, please visit the museum to see what promises to be a fascinating and stunning display by one of the Connecticut River Valley’s earliest female artists. for more information.


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Strong Offense, Strong Defense Senior Hockey Players Have Their Teams Covered This Winter by Bob York


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They play the same sport, but have a completely different perspective of the game that will accompany them to the collegiate ranks next year. Alex Ward ’11 is a forward on the Big Green boys hockey team. He puts pucks in the net. Shenae Lundberg ’11 is a goalie on the girls hockey team. She keeps pucks out of the net. And from all indications, it has been a case of so far, so good for both these Deerfield athletes. Ward has proven to be one of the Big Green’s most consistent point producers over the past two years, netting 35 points on 16 goals and 19 assists. Last winter, as a junior, he averaged nearly a point per game, finishing fourth on the Deerfield scoring charts with 19 points on 10 goals and nine assists in 26 games. During his sophomore season, which marked his rookie campaign in the New England prep school

circuit, he produced six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Lundberg, meanwhile, has been every bit as consistent at the other end of the rink. Her goals against average has steadily decreased over the past three seasons, dropping from 2.32 as a freshman . . . to 1.87 as a sophomore . . . to 1.68 as a junior. Her save percentage, meanwhile, has continued to rise. As a rookie, she turned away 89 percent of the shots she saw, while that figure rose to 91 and 92 percent over the past two winters, respectively. Her stingy stats have not only earned her a spot amongst the elite prep school girls hockey goalies in New England, they’ve put her in the same sentence with the premier goaltenders in her age bracket throughout the country as well. In fact, Lundberg spent the first week of the new year half a world away, playing for Team USA’s

Under-18 team in the World Championships in Sweden. “She’s top of the class in her age group,” said Big Green girls hockey coach Gregg Meier of his goaltender, who helped lead the Under 18 National Team to a sweep of the Canadians during a three-game exhibition series this past summer at Lake Placid. “She’s just a tremendous talent at any level of play.” Ward, meanwhile, has fashioned an impressive resume of his own. Prior to signing on with Deerfield, the six-foot, 185-pound native of Burlington, VT, spent a year with the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. And his point production—17 points in 23 games—placed him third on the team scoring charts. His freshman year was spent at South Burlington High School, where he earned second-team All

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team), Amanda Rothschild ’07 (Boston College), and Kayla Lessard ’09 (Bowdoin)— have been overly stingy as well. During Lundberg’s junior season, she registered four shutouts—giving her eight for her Big Green career. She also allowed just one goal in five other games and gave up more than three goals (four) in a game just once all season. The highlight of her season came during the Deerfield Invitational Tournament, when she stopped 78 of 82 shots against the National Sports Academy and Nichols School, but the Big Green lost both games by a 2-1 margin. Of Ward’s ten goals last winter, two—against Exeter (4-3) in which he posted a three-point night, and Williston (5-4)—stood up as game winners, while he set up the game winning tally against Choate (3-2). This duo isn’t considered dynamic simply because of its athletic prowess, however. Both are looked upon as leaders by their coaches, and, more importantly, their peers. Ward is a three-sport athlete at Deerfield and has been elected captain by his teammates in all three sports: hockey, soccer, and tennis. And when he’s not in the athletic arena, in class or studying, he also has time to serve the school as both a dorm proctor and peer counselor. Lundberg, meanwhile, is also a captain in ice hockey; she also runs track, and was a stellar addition to Deerfield’s field hockey team—where she

served in the goal, of course! Both of these athletes will play hockey on the collegiate level; Lundberg’s destination is Union College, and Ward’s is still to be determined. Lundberg, who had such prestigious schools as Princeton, Yale, St. Lawrence, Providence, and UNH seeking her services, decided on Union, a Division I school, “Because it’s a relatively new program and I’m hoping I can play a part in its continued growth.”

As for Ward, he’s still debating whether to go Division I and play only hockey or go Division III and play more than hockey. His leading candidates in Division I are Yale, Brown, and Holy Cross. In Division III, Middlebury, Amherst, and Williams top his short list. Some tough choices to be sure, but don’t worry about Alex Ward, he’ll make the right decision. After all, as we all know by now, he’s a goal-orientated kind of guy.

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State laurels following a 42-point campaign. “Alex has been an impact player for us,” Big Green boys hockey coach Brendan Creagh said of Ward, who has been a member of either Deerfield’s first or second line since he came here as a sophomore. “He’s a very talented hockey player,” added Creagh. “He’s an outstanding skater, plus he has great hands and has a real awareness on the ice; he always knows what’s going on around him. Best of all, though, he’s a real hard worker. And I think this should be his best year yet for the simple fact that as good as he is, he’ll be bigger and stronger this season.” Lundberg, who hails from Peterborough, NH, has been a fixture in front of somebody’s goal since she was nine years old. And she’s probably spent as much time representing her country as she has the Big Green. She jumped onto the national stage in 2005 and was promptly ranked as the No. 1 girls under-12 goalie following her performance that year at the National Tournament. Two years later, she would prove that ranking was no fluke when she was again named the No. 1 gal between the pipes, this time in the 14-andunder age bracket. “We’ve certainly gotten spoiled around here with our goaltending over the past few years,” said Meier, whose three previous goaltenders— Molly Schaus ’06 (Boston College; 2010 US Olympic

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As the winter sports season begins to dwindle in the rear-view mirror and the miles detecting the upcoming spring campaign do the same on the GPS, it’s time to slow down and keep an eye out for the sign along Albany Road that reads: “Caution: Kids at play!” Overall, last year was one of the best spring seasons Deerfield has enjoyed in recent memory and this year, the Big Green is hoping to build on that success. Boys lacrosse posted a 16-1 record in 2010, but it wasn’t quite good enough to give Deerfield its fourth straight league title and its eighth crown in the past nine years. Coach Chip Davis has enough firepower returning from a team that outscored its opponents by a 226-82 margin, however, to make it a must as a title contender. That firepower will come from Ian Ardrey ’12, the team’s No. 2 scorer last year with 45 points on 39 goals and six assists. Jim Bitter ’11 had 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points, while Sean Connors ’12 produced 28 points. Midfielder Bob Osgood ’11, who earned all-league laurels, also returns. Last spring Deerfield’s golfers captured their third Kingswood-Oxford Tournament title in five years, and coach Nick Albertson has four of his top five golfers returning from a team that went 19-5-1. Last spring’s No. 2 guy, James Park ’13 returns, as does Pat Hilbert ’11 and


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Dave Buoymaster ’13. The Big Green boys tennis team appears to be set for another winning campaign as coach Jay Morsman can call upon three of his top five players who helped spark a 12-1 record and a second-place finish in the Class A Tournament. Those three are No. 2 George Wheatley ’11, No. 3 Alex Ward ’11, and No. 5 Robert Long ’11. Coach Rick Calhoun may have lost Tom Burrow, his primary pedal-pusher from a year ago, but the wheels aren’t about to fall off the cycling program. That’s because there’s still star power on a team that placed second in the final league standings. Rhys Louis ’12, last year’s No. 2 rider will jump into the driver’s seat and Brad Marshall ’12 will again serve as a setup man. Hannah Broadhurst ’11, Nastassia Adkins ’11, and Liza Bragg ’13 give coach Mark Scandling a nucleus to build around after the water polo squad posted an 11-4 league record before finishing second in their New England tourney. Coach Ben Hamilton could open his own Naval Academy with the 14 sailors he has returning from a flotilla that

placed third at last year’s New England Regatta. Seniors Alfonso Velasco, Mike Yang, Alex Bernier, and Miles Evans and junior Mack Chandler return from the silvermedaling No. 2 boat. The No. 1 boat, (bronze medal) welcomes back seniors Tanner Larson, Brad Hicks, and Brad Tingley and junior John Hakes. Despite numerous injuries, girls tennis rang up a 10-3 record and a third-place finish in the deVilla Franca Tournament. Ritchey Howe ’12 is back at No. 1 singles, while No. 3 Mary Cherna ’12 hopes to return to action. Estelle Kim ’11 and Charlotte McLaughry ’11 head up the doubles competition. Girls crew has a New England champ in its boathouse—the No. 2 boat. The remnants of that team include Ellie Parker ’11, Claire Hutchins ’12, and Lindsey Shea ’11. Overall, the team finished fourth at the New England Regatta, one point from a bronze medal. Laddie Trees ’11 returns and should help the boys track team improve on its seventh-place finish at the New England Championships after setting a meet mark in the javelin with a toss of 190-3. Sam Belcher ’11, meanwhile, is back after finishing second in the 3000-meter event. Ariel Beauregard-Breton ’11 leads the hopes of the

girls track team following her win in the 3000-meter race in a school-record time of 10:31. Girls lacrosse should improve on last spring’s 7-7 record. One reason is the return of Hallie Dewey ’11, who posted 62 points on 48 goals and 14 assists and earned all-league honors. Seniors Charlotte Dewey (29-10-39) and Phoebe Burr (13-4-17) are also on board, and two experienced goalies return in seniors Seldy Gray and Olivia Koufakis. Baseball also has some key personnel returning. Matt DeNunzio ’11, who hit .328 and drove in 17 runs, helped spark Deerfield to an 8-3 mark to end the season. Walt Tavares ’11 batted .324, while Nolan Doyle ’12 was big on the bump with a 4-2 record. And finally, things are looking up in softball. Jacki Tavella ’11 was all-league at shortstop, as was catcher Hanna Insuik ’13. Alex Napolitan ’12 returns to second, while Willa Gustavson ’12 is back at first. Anna Pettee ’13 and Elisabeth Perez ’13 supply experience in the outfield. As the days get warmer and longer, Deerfield is definitely a pleasant place to be; remember that alumni, parents, and friends are always welcome at sporting events, and students always appreciate an enthusiastic, supportive crowd.

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Deerfield Girls Begin Swimming Toward Another Stellar Year

Team photo: Sonja O’Donnell

by Bob York As the Deerfield swimmers jump into the pool for a new season this winter, the magnitude of the accomplishments of last year’s girls team was so huge that it still seems to linger under the Koch Pool’s vaulted ceiling. “The swimmers have always prided themselves in attaining their personalbest performances at the New England (Prep School Swimming and Diving) Championships,” said Coach Sonja O’Donnell. And while some of her charges’ personal-best performances have been good enough to beat some, some have been good enough to beat all. In following through on one of O’Donnell’s favorite expressions “executing perfection,” several of her young women did exactly that during last March’s New England championships. Julia Pielock ’10, who is currently swimming at the University of Richmond, stole the show that day and became just the second Deerfield girl to ever be named the meet’s

Outstanding Swimmer; the first was Amy Warren ’96. And then Pielock was an integral part of a pair of New England records in the relays that earned this Big Green foursome All-American status in both events. Julia combined with Ritchey Howe ’12, Jenner McLeod ’13, and Eliza Bragg ’13 to capture the 200 freestyle relay in a best-ever 1:37.21. The same foursome then paved the way in the 400 freestyle relay in a recordclocking 3:34.08. “People think swimming is an individual sport, but it’s not . . . it’s a team sport,” said O’Donnell. And that’s why these Gals in Green got to swim amongst the Goliaths of New England that day. They came ashore trailing only Exeter and Andover, while besting the likes of Choate and Loomis and 28 other prep school squads. “It was our highest team finish in eight years and the best team performance we’ve had at the championship meet since I’ve been here,” proclaimed O’Donnell. And the mere thought of that day, a day that has been safely stored away in the memory banks for nearly a year now, evoked a huge smile. “I’m just so proud of every one of them.” In the sport of swimming, the word “depth” doesn’t necessarily refer to how deep the water is in the pool. But rather, to the number of qualified swimmers a team can put in that pool. For the Big Green,

six of its swimmers—Julie Hwang ’13 and Elizabeth Eastman ’13, as well as Pielock, Bragg, McLeod, and Howe—qualified for individual-event finals that day, as did a pair of divers— Danielle DeNunzio ’12 and Jinane Achi ’13. And from that mix, Deerfield rang up a half dozen top-two finishes, which represented half of the meet’s events and was good enough to allow the Big Green to cart away a bronze medal. Although O’Donnell doesn’t remember a relay team so young coming up so big, she did admit that after having spent the previous three months tutoring them, she really wasn’t surprised they came on so fast and so soon. “We’ve always tried to stress leadership on this team,” said O’Donnell, “and I think last year’s co-captains did a remarkable job helping the younger girls mature as student athletes. And this year’s co-captains, Hannah Broadhurst ’11 and Nastassia Adkins ’11, are doing just as good a job. In fact, I like to think of all my juniors and seniors as team leaders, and this year we have eight or nine girls that fall into that category.” Eliza Bragg in particular had quite a day for herself, including starting things off by being the first freshman to ever win the 200 Individual Medley at the New England Championships. This grueling race features all four strokes—freestyle,

backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly—and Bragg led the pack in a time of 2:08.75. That clocking smashed the Deerfield record by nearly three seconds and proved to be the eleventh best time ever recorded at that meet. Even with all of last year’s record-breaking excitement, Eliza Bragg feels as though the best is yet to come. Although she admits she and her teammates will no longer be sneaking up on the competition, particularly at the New England Championships, she still likes the Big Green’s chances. “Three of our four swimmers are back on both relay teams,” said Bragg, “so I think we should certainly be considered one of the favorites to win the New Englands . . . both this year and next. It will be difficult replacing Julia, she was awesome,” added Bragg. “She was a tremendous swimmer as well as a tremendous leader. She took us under her wing . . . and now, we’ve taken this year’s new kids under our wing.” It’s called passing the torch and although these girls compete in water, that flame has never been extinguished.

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Conversation and Celebration Trustees Continue Generative Conversations and Attend the Greer Store Ribbon Cutting It was business as usual and then some at the fall Board meeting, when the trustees began a generative conversation based on the Academy’s mission statement and questions related to it: Our Mission Statement describes Deerfield as a “vibrant, ethical community that embraces diversity. If we believe that community and diversity are core institutional values, how do we create a climate of inclusion? What steps should we be taking? To help facilitate the conversation, the deans of admission, faculty, students, and academics were on hand to deliver a presentation titled “Follow-up Steps to the AIM Survey,” which had also recently been presented to the faculty. AIM, the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism, included a survey that was distributed to all members of the Academy community, both on and off campus. During their discussion, the Board expressed great interest in the scope of the fundraising efforts that will be required to address Deerfield’s financial aid needs; the importance of increasing student exposure to a diverse group of adults;


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President of the Board of Trustees Phil Greer ‘53 P ‘94 (standing, right) and family members at the “Grand Re-Opening” of the Greer Store and the Fitness Center; inside the Fitness Center the necessity of providing more support and guidance to all Deerfield families, (particularly those who are less familiar with boarding school life); and the importance of developing academic support systems both during the school year and the summer to “level the playing field” for all students. The conversation successfully raised the Board’s awareness of the faculty and administration’s interest in fostering diversity on campus— generative discussions are intended to enlighten the Board about critical issues, not necessarily to develop or approve new policies. The discussion at the trustees’ winter meeting will focus on how best to support faculty growth and excellence. Following committee reports and additional business, Board members were happy to join President Phil Greer ’53 P’94, his family, faculty and staff, and students for the official opening of the newly-renovated Cashin Student Center, which includes the Greer Store and the Fitness Center. Students expressed their appreciation to Mr. Greer, and everyone indulged in complimentary Ben and Jerry’s ice cream cups.

Faculty Evaluation System

Common Goals for Extraordinary Faculty A Report from Dean of Faculty John Taylor Imagine Deerfield puts forward a bold vision for the Academy. Among other initiatives, this past year we embarked on a new faculty evaluation process, began designing Professional Development Plans, and enhanced the role of department chairs. We are confident that these new measures will affirm the excellent work of Deerfield’s faculty, while creating opportunities for further success, leadership, and renewal. Interestingly, after implementing the student questionnaires, there was an article in the New York Times about a two-year, $45 million research project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that studied teacher evaluations throughout the U.S. It strongly supported the idea that feedback from students is among the most reliable ways of identifying good teaching. Like so many initiatives from Imagine Deerfield, our new methods reflect a robust and more intentional approach to meeting our challenges and goals. We strive for Deerfield to be responsive and farsighted, even while preserving the core values and traditions that define the school.

We have made terrific progress on other fronts as well, including targeted reviews of our multi-section courses, which comprise about 70 percent of our curriculum. Faculty who teach different sections ofthe same course (for example, there are eight faculty teaching a total of 14 sections of English II) are sharing their time, knowledge, and talent with each other.

Those who teach U.S. History, English II, Physics I, or Algebra have chosen to use the same books and primary sources for parts or all of their courses, develop common assessments and syllabi, and share and discuss their lesson plans.

This approach allows multisection faculty to rally around their best ideas and shared experience. It yields a deeper coherence in the department and in the classroom. Deerfield aims to incorporate a strong framework that encourages renewal on three levels: individual, departmental, and institutional. The result will be greater collaboration throughout the school and, ultimately, a more coordinated and enriched experience for our students. We are well on our way.

Faculty often express a strong desire for more feedback on institutional expectations and best practices. The Framework for Faculty was developed to collect and organize those expectations and best practices, and it has become the basis of a new system of performance evaluation. •All second-year teachers now receive a comprehensive assessment, which includes classroom observation (by the head of school, their department chair, an academic dean, the dean of faculty, and a colleague) and student questionnaire responses. •Evaluations are followed by meetings with the department chair to outline professional development plans on the fourth and sixth years. •Another comprehensive evaluation occurs during the eighth year of teaching, after which the cycle starts again.

Professional Development Plans Nearly half of the faculty formalized their Professional Development Plans (PDPs) in the past year, and the rest will be in place by the fall. •Each PDP is developed in close collaboration with department chairs and outlines at least two objectives to be completed in a two- to three-year period. •PDP objectives are intended to advance departmental initiatives, address recommendations raised by students, and create opportunities for faculty to pursue interests in their own disciplines. •Example objectives have included organizing a symposium, incorporating technology in the classroom, conducting research, working with Five College (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass, Amherst) faculty, and organizing extra-curricular activities. The goals of these PDPs are aspirational—not prescriptive. They are intended to create an atmosphere that thrives with energy, collegiality, and renewal.

Department Chairs Among our priorities is the distribution of leadership opportunities for faculty. One example is expanding the roles of department chairs in advancing the goals of Imagine Deerfield. To prepare for new responsibilities, our chairs—as well as Peter Warsaw and I—attended Harvard Graduate School of Education workshops and courses, including the following: •New and Aspiring School Leaders – a program that focuses on creating effective learning environments. •Data Wise– a course that helps educators use student assessment data to improve teaching and learning. •Instructional Rounds – a program that uses the “medical rounds” model of shared observation and analysis to study classrooms and improve instruction. We continue to seek innovative ways to support our chairs so that they may work as a team and lead their departments in curriculum development, pedagogy, and technology—and so that they can foster collaboration across departmental lines, increasing coherence throughout Deerfield’s curriculum.


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Kiwi Teacher Trevor McKinlay, 2010-2011 Wilson Visiting Fellow by Rob Morgan

Trevor McKinlay comes to Deerfield by way of New Zealand. Or is it Peru? If we trace his migrations a bit further, we might even say his path to the Academy began in Samoa. At eighteen, and just out of high school, Trevor took a job teaching on the remote Pacific island, two thousand miles from his New Zealand home. “Mercifully, my students had never been to school before, so they were happy to put up with their greenhorn Kiwi teacher!” Trevor credits his former history teacher, with whom he still keeps in touch, with encouraging the trek to Samoa. He has long since valued the bonds that form between students and teachers. Soon after arriving on campus, he recognized their impact at Deerfield. “It’s an enormous strength of this school. I’ve never seen it as good, as universal, as it is here. I have always believed that the things you share with students outside the classroom inform and enrich what happens inside it.” Whether organizing a 600-mile, non-stop bike relay to raise money for a rural New Zealand school, or getting his bus driver’s license to take rugby teams to weekend competitions, Trevor has, like so many Deerfield faculty, spent countless extra hours with his students. His devotion to service reaches deeply into his community as well. He helped establish the Child Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, directed a poverty relief program, and advised New Zealand’s Minister of Education on curriculum and assessment issues. “You want to make a contribution. You want to leave the world better than you found it.” As Headmaster of Wanganui Collegiate School, one of New Zealand’s oldest boarding academies, Trevor oversaw the transition to co-education in 1991. Shortly before coming to Deerfield, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Auckland and an acting principal of a public high school. Although both positions were on New Zealand’s North Island, Trevor also worked on the South Island. With characteristic energy, he shuttled from one island to the other. On a hand-drawn map (right), he charts his travels across New Zealand; the sketch soon resembles a battle plan with dashed lines and circled cities. In 2001, Trevor and his wife, Jackie, set out on another journey. They moved to Peru where Jackie taught chemistry and biology and Trevor became headmaster of Markham College, a private day school. Following an earthquake that 16

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struck in 2007, Trevor sought aid for the region at a Round Square meeting in India; Deerfield responded by sending a team to help with building projects, and later, Deerfield students attended a Round Square conference at Markham, during which “They rolled up their sleeves and helped rebuild, step by step, an important stairway in a shanty town on a steep hillside,” Trevor recalls. He was impressed with their compassion and composure. Others were, too. Former Peruvian Prime Minister, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, addressed the conference. When the floor opened up for questions, Deerfield students were among the first to raise their hands. “Deerfield had given them the confidence to ask questions in unfamiliar territory,” Trevor notes. When the conference ended, Dr. Kuczynski remarked that “those kids from the U.S. were astounding!” After seven years in Peru, Trevor and Jackie returned to New Zealand. Then a call came from John Taylor, Deerfield’s dean of faculty. “He’s a persistent fellow, this Taylor,” Trevor remarks with smile. And like that, the McKinlays were off again, to spend a year at Deerfield, to live in the Academy’s Little Brown House on Albany Road. The Wallace Wilson Visiting Scholar Chair was established in 2000 with a gift from the Wilson Educational Foundation through Wallace Wilson ’47 and further gifts from William Mathis ’84. Trevor is honored to be at Deerfield, where he’s teaching sophomore and senior English. With degrees in literature and theology, he has a deep faith in the power of stories. Among his favorites is Robert Bolt’s play, A Man for All Seasons. “The story is inspirational,” Trevor explains, “because it shows how having the courage to keep to what is right is what we should all aspire to do.” It’s a lesson he feels Deerfield students are learning. “They are as good as you can imagine, willing to risk themselves in the classroom and in debate, but with the capacity to change their point of view.” In June, Trevor and Jackie will fly home. They plan to settle on New Zealand’s South Island. Trevor seems content with the promise of a quiet, small-town life. But he suspects that he’ll be asked once again to serve as an acting principal up north. He looks at the hand-drawn map of New Zealand and draws a line, indicating the flight path he’d take. “It’s only an hour and forty-five minute plane ride,” he says. “I could be up and back in no time.”

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Headmaster of Markham College


With His Royal Highness Prince Andrew at Markham


Sports Day, 2005


Recognizing 40 years of service to Markham


Reading Dr. Seuss to six-year-olds, 2008


Challenges and Success A Report by Chief Financial Officer Joseph P. Manory ’80 During 2009-2010, our students continued to thrive while our finances and support operations strengthened in an improved, yet still challenging economy. Financially, our operating performance was balanced while our support operations delivered high quality services to our community, in a year during which we adapted to new, more efficient, processes. Additionally, we successfully executed several important construction projects and addressed an unexpected challenge.

This past year, we changed the Academy’s fiscal year-end to June 30 from August 31 and, as a result, the financial year ended June 30, 2010 in a shortened, ten-month year. We made this change to shift the majority of our annual audit work from September and October to the summer, and thereby improve the Finance group’s internal service levels at the beginning of the school year. The transition required addressing a myriad


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of details, and it was executed flawlessly by our Controller Julie Collins and her team, along with the support of Jan Kari in Human Resources and Wendy Shepherd’s group in Information Technology. For the ten months ended June 30, 2010, our operating performance was financially balanced, and our costs to operate declined to ~ $42 million. For the trailing twelve months to June 30, 2010, our operating performance was financially balanced and our cost of operations declined to ~ $46 million. Total assets, at June 30, 2010, increased to ~ $507 million, while net assets improved to ~ $451 million, due to modest improvement in the endowment’s value and investments in our physical plant. Please see the following summary financial statements for more details. Deerfield’s endowment, at June 30, 2010, had a market value of ~ $314 million. This value compares favorably to a market value of ~ $306 million in August 2009 but remains

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As I reflected on our most recently completed year, it was not economic issues that came to the fore, but something uniquely Deerfield: the dedication, passion, and service of this community to our students and school.

A little over a year ago, on December 17, 2009, which happened to be the day our students left for Christmas break, we were forced to react to an unexpected challenge: an accidental fire that started in the Dining Hall’s laundry room. Ten local fire companies responded, and the next morning, while the Dining Hall survived, it was no longer a functioning facility due to extensive fire, smoke, and water damage. The laundry was in the basement under the “south bubble,” and the damage in this area was so severe that the entire bubble, including the upstairs portion in the dining room itself, was condemned. On the morning of December 18, 2009, without yet knowing how, we set a goal of having an operational Dining Hall when our students returned in January. Director of Facilities Chuck Williams ’72 led our efforts, while Director of Food Services Florrie Paige planned both how to restart operations and also developed a contingency plan in the event we were not successful. A small battalion of clean-up/restoration specialists and electrical, mechanical, and other contractors, as well as our people from the Physical Plant, Food Service, and Information Technology groups were deployed to execute what needed to be an on-the-fly restoration of the Academy’s 28,000 square-foot Dining Hall. This was an around-the-clock effort that, at its peak, employed over 150 people, working side-by-side in the building. Every part of the Dining Hall needed attention and work as, for example, we erected a temporary wall closing off the south bubble, installed new electrical panels and wiring, replaced damaged mechanical and electronic control systems, reinsulated the attic, repaired pipes and conduits, installed a new fire-detection system, cleaned and repainted the facility and restored the smoke-damaged artwork in the lobby. Food Services ordered new inventory and supplies, while cleaning, several times, every pan, plate, fork and glass that we have. On January 3, a little over two weeks after the fire and as the last cleaning crews were leaving, a meal was prepared and our returning students were able to enjoy their first dinner of 2010.

Last year, in addition to our normal dorm and faculty housing maintenance programs, we executed four significant construction projects. Three of these were planned—a small expansion of Ephraim Williams House, some additional finishing work on the Koch Center, and the Fitness Center and Greer Store renovation. Of course the unplanned project involved the Dining Hall. All four were completed either on time or ahead of schedule and either on or below their respective capital budgets. Importantly, they were funded by donors or insurance proceeds, and the endowment was not used as a source of funds. The Fitness Center and Greer Store project renovated the old gym while expanding the Greer Store and creating a new state-of-the-art fitness center (see photos on page six). The redesigned Greer is always open for our students, even when the popular grille is closed. The new ~ 6000 square-foot Fitness Center sports an extensive array of cardiovascular and weight machines and free weights. In the old gym, skylights, part of the original 1930s design, were reintroduced along the corridor from the main entrance to the gymnasium itself. We thank and appreciate the generosity of the Greer, Cashin, Weiss, and Stolzfus families, our Board of Trustees, the Classes of 2008 and 2009, and all of the donors who made this project a reality. The Dining Hall project expanded the facility to ~ 30,000 square-feet in size, through the addition of a new and larger south bubble. Additionally, we extended our winter work and renovated the rest of the building, by replacing and upgrading the windows, improving the heating and cooling systems, and replacing end-of-life flooring. While our work started with an unexpected challenge, in the end, we achieved a long-desired and important objective for Deerfield: we now have a Dining Hall large enough so that all of our students and faculty can share a family style, sit-down meal together.

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unfavorable to our recent peak valuation of $386 million in August of 2007. The endowment returned a positive ~ 5.4% during the ten month fiscal year and a positive ~ 10.7% for the trailing twelve months prior to June 30, 2010. The portfolio remains conservatively positioned, employs a group of high quality managers, and performed well as financial asset prices partially recovered.

In recent years, we have reported on the impact of this economy and, as you would expect, we will remain both cautious and prudent since these challenges, unfortunately, are not yet fully resolved. However, as I reflected on our most recently completed year, it was not economic issues that came to the fore, but something uniquely Deerfield: the dedication, passion, and service of this community to our students and school. During the holidays of 2009 our staff provided but one example of this commitment, when they refused to let our students and faculty down, and completed a nearly impossible task.


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For the Ten Month Period Ended June 30, 2010:

Due to the change in the Academy’s fiscal year-end to June 30th from August 31st and in accordance with US GAAP, the Academy did not issue comparative financial statements.

Assets Cash and cash equivalents Restricted cash Receivables: Student loans and accounts receivable, net of allowance of $242,232 Investment interest and dividends Due from brokers Other receivables Contributions receivable, net Charitable remainder unitrusts and other deferred gifts Inventories Prepaid expenses Investments Beneficial interest in perpetual trust Land, buildings and equipment, net Deferred expenses Total Assets

2010 $ 28,384,739 1,220,956 270,948 272,243 616,027 251,627 17,454,205 3,771,500 788,882 585,831 300,082,784 13,752,933 138,765,047 448, 229 $506,665,951

Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Contracts payable Due to brokers Life income obligations Bonds payable Bond interest payable Deferred income Total Liabilities Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted Total Net Assets Total Liabilities and Net Assets


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$7,476,067 622,935 406,785 2,992,742 41,761,781 462,411 2,011,808 55,734,529 196,791,916 117,543,059 136,596,447 450,931,422 $506,665,951

Trustees of Deerfield Academy Statement of Activities Due to the change in the Academy’s fiscal year-end to June 30th from August 31st and in accordance with US GAAP, the Academy did not issue comparative financial statements.

Revenues, Gains and Other Support


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For the Ten Month Period Ended June 30, 2010:

Student income: Tuition and fees $ 27,244,526 Less financial aid (6,596,978) Net tuition and fees 20,647,548 School stores 880,577 Net student income 21,528,125 Interest and dividends 3,215,701 Net realized and unrealized gains 12,439,555 Other income 2,156,406 Gifts and bequests 22,072,457 Total revenues, gains, and other support 61,412,244

Expenditures Instruction Student support Summer programs Operation and maintenance of physical plant General administration General institutional Depreciation and amortization Total expenditures

Change in Net Assets


Net Assets – Beginning of Year

425,668,295 $ 450,931,422

Photograph by Liz Parker P’08, ’11

Net Assets – End of Year

8,768,353 4,383,613 23,491 6,482,446 7,485,629 4,898,277 4,107,308 36,149,117


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One morning a couple years ago, working quietly in the lab, Mia Hecht ’09 was dissecting a crab. She was hoping to find a clue to how nonvertebrates, such as arthropods, manage to lubricate their joints—a question that had always intrigued their instructor, Dennis Cullinane. Mia carefully popped open the exoskeleton of her crab and saw something she hadn’t seen before. And she couldn’t find it in her research materials, either. What’s this? she asked, turning to her teacher. Cullinane took a look. And thought, Oh, my...!


Let’s back up a moment.

Deerfield recently instituted a new program— yearlong, post-Advanced Placement (AP) research projects in biology, chemistry, and physics, for that handful of exceptional seniors who are ready to take their work to an even higher level. One such project, the one Mia was working on, goes by the unassuming name BIO 400 in the course catalog, and was designed by the equally unassuming Dennis Cullinane. Cullinane’s business card is mildly deceptive. It lists him merely as “instructor”—which he is, of course. But, like all the faculty at Deerfield, the job goes way beyond that. In addition to teaching AP biology and forensics, he coaches cross-country and track; acts as dorm master for Harold Smith; and is a member of the faculty Committee for Professional Life. And has a wife and son. He even lifeguards at the Deerfield pool on weekends. And yes—somehow he also manages to run what he refers to simply as “the project.” Only he will tell you he doesn’t run it. “The kids do,” he insists. “I’m just guiding them along.” Each year, a self-selected pool of outstanding students embark on in-depth biology projects— the subjects to be determined, largely by the students, early in the fall. And each year, that pool of kids is narrowed down to just eight or nine. “A lot of biology research takes years to complete,” Cullinane says. “For this course, we work within certain constraints, enabling us to complete our projects in one school year.” Working within those constraints, Cullinane also focuses the program on the areas he finds

fascinating—which may be why his students tend to be captivated as well; Deerfield faculty have a knack for transfusing their enthusiasm to their students. Last year, Mia Hecht, now studying pharmacology and therapeutics at McGill, was one of the lucky few to research a question of invertebrate anatomy. The work she did led to an article in the scientific journal Arthropod Structure & Development. To publish a research paper in a scientific journal in high school is unheard of—and Mia did so as lead author. “To say it was exceptional is an understatement,” Cullinane comments. “Publishing, you understand, is a rite of passage for graduate students. But Mia—a high school student!—was the principal investigator.” Mia, too, is aware of her good fortune. “Most undergraduates hope to volunteer in research glassware washers.” However, more important than the prestige, says Cullinane, is this: “It’s real science.” Personable and easygoing, Cullinane speaks deliberately, choosing his words carefully and emphasizing the points he wants to make clear—as a good teacher tends to do. “It’s more than, say, a science competition. In fact, competition in science is an oxymoron. Competing for grants, sure, but . . . you don’t compete against ideas. Scientific inquiry is not about muscling someone else out of your way. The whole point of publishing is to share knowledge, and to add to the corpus of knowledge.”

Scientific inquiry is not about muscling someone else out of your way. The whole point of publishing is to share knowledge, and to add to the corpus of knowledge.” 24

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It can be a tricky balance, making sure the kids can pursue their passions while still getting a rigorous, generalized high school education. “We’re proud that we have students doing extraordinary things,” he admits, “but we’re also conscious of the risks of early specialization.” Litmus Test

It’s a philosophy very much in keeping with Deerfield’s academic culture. Peter Warsaw, academic dean, says that with so many exceptional students—not to mention exceptional teachers—it can be a tricky balance, making sure the kids can pursue their passions while still getting a rigorous, classic high school education. “We’re proud that we have students doing extraordinary things,” he admits, “but we’re also conscious of the risks of early specialization.” That applies not just to academics but also to arts and athletics. Warsaw offers up an example: “Fifty years ago, you’d see varsity athletes in three sports— that kind of generalist is almost extinct now. We lament that.” High school is the time to play the field, so to speak—and the Deerfield faculty wants students to do just that. To that end, faculty members act as models for students by being “triple threats.” (“That’s a term we can’t get rid of,” Warsaw says sheepishly. “It would be better to refer to it as ‘triple hats.’ But that term has stuck.”) Whatever you call it, it’s the norm at Deerfield; it’s expected that teachers will play several roles. “It’s a model that has eroded at many schools, but we’re committed to it here. It’s a healthy, albeit demanding, lifestyle for the faculty,” Warsaw maintains. “But it’s also tremendously helpful for the students. It offers multiple opportunities to connect.” That being said, it is difficult to find men and women who are willing to devote the majority of hours in a day (and night!) to teenagers who are not their own, and consequently, Deerfield appreciates and strives to retain those who do make that commitment.

When Cullinane came to Deerfield, this was new territory to him. He was fresh from a stint as assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine; prior to that he’d taught at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at Cornell University. The curricula in these programs were top-notch, but schooling at this level isn’t usually focused on providing students a well-rounded education. Teaching the whole student, rather than a single compartmentalized aspect of the student, was a challenge at first. “I was not a seasoned high school teacher,” Cullinane confesses. To tackle his learning curve, he took his cues from other faculty members, like health and science teacher Kristin Loftus (“she has really amazing classroom organizational skills”), Science Department Chair Ben Bakker (“he’s not afraid to let his students tinker in his classroom”), and especially science teacher Andy Harcourt, a longtime faculty member with a stellar reputation among his peers and students alike. “He’s an entertaining teacher, as well as a vigorous one who takes his subject very seriously,” Cullinane says. “I watched, learned, and copied all the other teachers here when I arrived.” By all accounts, he caught on fast. “We met Mr. Cullinane on Mia’s first day freshman year,” Mia’s dad, Julian Hecht, says, “when he was a brand-new faculty member and Mia’s advisor. Little did we realize he would have such a huge impact on all our lives.” Characteristic of most faculty/student relationships at Deerfield, Cullinane knew who Mia was before he became her teacher. And when Mia had to spend a month in the infirmary with a chronic illness during her sophomore year, Cullinane, who


“Think of the ceiling of a cathedral,” Cullinane explains. “Think of the buttresses bearing the weight of the cathedral ceiling. They’re like struts— what you find within the human femur. Or, for that matter, under the chassis of your car.” 1.63 MPa 1.06 0.69 0.44 0.29 0.19 0.12 0.08 0.05 0.03 0.02 0.01 0.009 0.006 0.004

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Crash Anatomy Course: We vertebrates, with our internal skeletal structure, have a vast network of load-distributing bones. Invertebrates lack this; arthropods, in particular, are dependent on the external cuticle and “outpocketings” to bear the stress of everyday wear and tear. What Mia discovered, and shared with readers of the May 2010 issue of Arthropod Structure & Development, is that crabs (and probably other related species as well) actually have a stress-distribution system of their own—a system of what look and behave like struts in their joints, reducing the concentration of pressure by disseminating it throughout the exoskeleton.


was no longer her advisor or her teacher at that point, came to visit (and, ever the scientist, capitalized on the teachable moment). “He explained to me what was happening to me physiologically,” Mia remembers fondly. And that’s exactly what Peter Warsaw is talking about. “All these intersections help to develop more trust, more caring, and more comfort in the Deerfield community,” he says. And that kind of trust and comfort leads to the kind of quiet morning in the lab two autumns ago, the kind of morning where a diligent student stumbles upon something unexpected, turns to her mentor, and asks, “What’s this?”

Crash Anatomy Course

“I was dissecting crab legs, isolating the joint,” Mia remembers. “This particular morning I’d finally figured out how to do it without breaking the surrounding shell, and I began examining the joint structure under the microscope.” That’s when things took an unexpected turn. “The joint was far more intricate than depicted in research papers. I’d researched the topic extensively,” she says. And so she asked Cullinane to come take a look. “I didn’t truly realize we’d found something new until Dr. C smiled, flipped through some of the scientific journals I had shown him, and told me we now had a topic for my research project. I was happy, but I didn’t realize the importance of what had just happened, or where it would lead us.” But Cullinane, who had been accustomed to teaching at the medical school level, did. Crash anatomy course: We vertebrates, with our internal skeletal structure, have a vast network of load-distributing bones. Invertebrates lack this; arthropods, in particular, are dependent on the external cuticle and “outpocketings” to bear the stress of everyday wear and tear. What Mia discovered, and shared with readers of the May 2010 issue of Arthropod Structure & Development, is that crabs (and probably other related species as well) actually have a stress-distribution system of their own— a system of what look and behave like struts in their joints, reducing the concentration of pressure by disseminating it throughout the exoskeleton. “Think of the ceiling of a cathedral,” Cullinane explains. “Think of the buttresses bearing the

weight of the cathedral ceiling. They’re like struts—what you find within the human femur. Or, for that matter, under the chassis of your car.” But they couldn’t be sure, not yet, how the structure worked. In order to examine it properly, Cullinane knew they needed finite element modeling capability—which engineering professor Ian Grosse, at the nearby University of Massachusetts, Amherst, could provide. Finite element modeling is a numerical technique that allows for detailed computer imaging of how structures move, revealing stress distribution and displacement that would not be obvious to the naked eye. The methodology has commonly been used in engineering; cutting-edge biologists are increasingly using it as well. Grosse and Cullinane had never met, but their shared passion for this type of research made them natural collaborators. “I’m always interested in applying finite element analysis to new material,” Grosse said. He welcomed Mia and Cullinane into his lab, and even took it upon himself to explain to Mia the (very high-level) math behind their findings. “I was glad of that,” Cullinane happily admits. “That’s not my background.”

University of Massachusetts, Amherst engineering professor Ian Grosse teaches BIO 400 students techniques on finite modeling.

A High Premium on Time

After the excitement of that project, Grosse is onboard to collaborate with BIO 400 students in their next projects, and thanks to Deerfield’s close proximity to UMass and the other “Five Colleges,” Professor Grosse is happy to make the short trip to the Deerfield campus. “We have finite modeling capability here, now,” Cullinane points out. “But Professor Grosse still brings his expertise.” Why does he bother? “Because it’s fun, of course,” laughs Grosse. “I mean, I have plenty of work to do at UMass, but seeing this methodology— that I’ve dedicated my life to—being used at the high school level? It requires special students, but this proves that with the right mentoring from teachers, this technology can become part of a high school curriculum.” The facilities in the Koch Center don’t hurt, either. “Are you kidding me? They’re fantastic,” Grosse exclaims. “Any college would be delighted to have labs like those. I’m not sacrificing a thing when I go over there to work.”


But shiny new labs, while nice to have, aren’t the most crucial ingredient. Balancing this in-depth research with the broad education Deerfield prizes, points out Warsaw, also requires the gift of time. “Students benefit directly from a faculty modeling lifelong learning,” he says; of vital importance is “creating time for faculty to develop their academic passions and interests, and support faculty growth across careers.” Time is what can allow teachers like Cullinane, and his colleagues across all departments, to extend themselves just a little more—to explore things a bit more deeply. “Deerfield is such a vigorous environment. Almost every moment is allotted,” Cullinane explains, and the call for more time is a rally cry for students and teachers alike. That being said, the majority of faculty members are so deeply passionate about their subject matter that they manage to eke out time here and there in the pursuit of new knowledge— often bringing students along for the adventure— and that’s outside of the classroom. BIO 400, in particular, places a high premium on time, in part because the work students undertake is always fresh; it also fosters collaboration— with outside professors such as Ian Grosse, and within Deerfield’s own faculty. Cullinane is not interested in questions that already have answers. After all—if you know the answer, what’s the point of asking? “No mere lab exercises,” he insists. “We don’t do projects that have already been done.” Accordingly, each September brings an entirely new line of research to the table. This year, the students settled on three separate projects: a computer modeling of bruising; a domestic violence study in collaboration with local criminologists; and a cardiology study of the effects of exercise on resting cardiac output. Charlotte McLaughry ’11, one of this year’s BIO 400 students, is most passionate about the domestic violence study. “It’s focusing on the real world, on a problem that is occurring right now and needs to be solved,” she says. “We’re gathering police reports of domestic violence cases, and we’ll make data tables assigning a value to the severity of violence in each case,


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which should help police analyze each case and figure out how best to proceed.” McLaughry’s interest in BIO 400 was piqued when she received emails from students last year, looking for test subjects for ambitious projects. The opportunity of a class like this at the high school level wasn’t lost on her. “It’s independent and creative. We’re structuring our own time, and we know that we’ll get out of it whatever we put into it.” This implicit trust and mutual respect is a hallmark of Cullinane’s interaction with students. “Dr. C is really in tune with the kids in his class, and we can always communicate with him. He’s always available, even when he’s not on duty.” McLaughry’s classmate Kendall Carpenter ’11 agrees. Carpenter is focusing on the cardiology study this year, looking at the effect of basketball training on cardic output. She, like McLaughry, had Dr. C last year for AP Bio, and admits it was no cakewalk. “It was hard! It was my hardest class of junior year. But somehow it didn’t feel burdensome to study eight hours for a test. I mean, it took a toll on my sleep,” she laughs. “But my interest level was always high. This may sound silly, but I think the atmosphere in his classroom is conducive to learning because it’s so comfortable.” Cullinane does trust and respect his students, but there’s something else, too: He has an almost prescient sense of what lies ahead for them. Along with the rest of the faculty, he’s helping guide them toward it. “Deerfield kids tend to be passionate about the work they do,” Cullinane says. “They take ownership of their projects. Their futures as doctors or researchers is palpable to them—and I see it, too.” Perhaps that’s why Mia stresses that she wasn’t learning just biomechanics in BIO 400. In addition to incorporating skills learned in other classes, such as math and English, she marvels, “I was allowed to do something completely new. I learned how to collaborate with a professor, research a specific topic extensively, contact other specialists nationwide. It’s hard to believe I received the kind of research training I did in high school. But most importantly, I was learning how to be self-reliant. I learned to think for myself.”

Balancing this in-depth research with the broad education Deerfield prizes, points out Warsaw, also requires the gift of time. “ Students benefit directly from a faculty modeling lifelong learning,” he says; of vital importance is “ creating time for faculty to develop their academic passions and interests, and support faculty growth across careers.”

Gabriel Amadeus Cooney; Brent M. Hale

Peter Warsaw, Academic Dean


{As ever, T.W.A.} by Grace Friary

It is an unlikely story with an unusual beginning. When first noticed by Mr. Boyden, Tom Ashley was having too much fun to go to school. Swimming as early and often in the season as possible, fishing, hunting, and tending to chores, he was an awkward, reticent Old Deerfield farmboy who had an indifferent attitude toward education. Mr. Boyden detected something more in Tom’s character: honesty, loyalty, enthusiasm, resilience, and reliability.

Tom’s journal, circa 1907 {opposite} The Ashley portrait: painted by Deane Keller in 1963, currently hangs in the Gymnasium’s Trophy Room


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By the time of Tom’s June 1911 graduation from the Academy, he had developed into someone admired and respected by his headmaster and his peers: a boy whose loyalty to his school was overshadowed only by his ability to give selflessly to benefit others. Never a top student, Tom epitomized the term “well-rounded.” He was described by friends and faculty as a young man whose strength of character defined him: he was committed to his studies, to athletics, and to his friends, family, and community. His success continued. Having overcome the awkward shyness that plagued him early in his Deerfield career, Tom matured into someone for whom worldly success was predicted by all who knew him. When he graduated from Amherst College in 1916, he was twenty-two years old. He briefly considered a career in business (in oil, to be exact), but an offer from Mr. Boyden to teach at Deerfield made him reconsider his future. “I want to repay what Deerfield has given me,” Tom wrote when accepting Boyden’s offer to return to Deerfield. He continued, acknowledging that it was his great fortune to attend the Academy and that those four years had shaped the man he had become. With this affirmative reply to his headmaster, Tom Ashley traveled back up the Valley to


become a partner in the work of building a great school, and while Tom’s contribution to the fortunes of Deerfield was compressed into a little more than a year of formal service, the impact of his commitment continues today.

Two Characters

Tom often wrote to Mr. Boyden from Amherst. To read a sample of the collection:

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From 1915 to 1917, Tom pushed for both the physical and academic expansion of the Academy with a re-installation of a boarding department at its core. Together, Tom and Mr. Boyden intuited that the 18th and 19th century New England academy model could be expanded, allowing Deerfield to compete for students with more established schools like Taft, Groton, and Phillips Exeter. Interestingly, Mr. Boyden

was not as enthusiastic as Tom regarding the boarding department, and the young man who Mr. Boyden had cajoled into the classroom now had to convince his mentor that a dormitory would be a healthy addition to Deerfield. Educational philosophy seemed particularly important to Tom, and he felt that it would define Deerfield. Influenced by educational reformers like John Dewey and Charles Hughes Johnston, (The Modern High School, 1915) Tom convinced Mr. Boyden that the school needed a catalogue to describe in print what potential students and their families could expect of a Deerfield education. Handwritten by Tom, the completed outline for the “Booklet of Deerfield

Academy” filled three slim notebooks, encapsulating his personal thoughts about Deerfield’s distinctivness. Reading this document today, it seems clear that either Tom was remarkably prescient about the Academy’s direction—or that the Academy itself was patterned around his words and beliefs. Tom wrote much of the Booklet of Deerfield Academy during the summer of 1916, when he was taking graduate classes at Columbia University in preparation for his teaching duties at Deerfield. Correspondence with Mr. Boyden flew back and forth between the Academy and the city, as the two new colleagues laid their plans:

Mr. Boyden explains (again) why he cannot bring himself to write The Ashley Story down on paper...

It has been the intention all thru to escape the cut and dried formal expression and subject matter of most catalogues and to really get across the spirit and aims of the school, and for this reason its presentation may seem a little out of the ordinary. The aim of the school is that the welfare of the group is attained through the development of the individual.

If the spirit of Deerfield Academy could be condensed into a word, that word would be “loyalty.” Loyalty to the school, to the principles for which it stands, to its aims, to the faculty, and each other. Yet that spirit of loyalty is not a feeling that can be created at will, or forced upon a school, it is a spirit that must come of itself . . .

The chief aim of the school may well be said to be the development of its individual students with development not confined to the intellectual, solely, but a full development in all phases of life. This enables students to better take their place and be of greater influence in that field of endeavor which may be chosen (after Deerfield). This ideal involves intellectual development, a desire to do service through influence, and a high standard of character…a system cannot develop character, rules will not make citizens . . . our aim is to preserve individuality and by it develop character.

One of the essential components of character that Mr. Boyden recognized in Tom was in fact loyalty, a characteristic that Tom demonstrated time and again through his work for Deerfield. And it was this sense of loyalty that must have made Tom’s decision to leave Deerfield for service in the Marine Corps both easy and difficult. Although he sounded certain in saying “My country needs me. I must go.” . . . Deerfield was never far from his mind. When Tom arrived at the Marine Barracks in Norfolk, Virginia, he discovered he was joining his class a month late and would have to catch up. He wrote to Mr. Boyden:

When completed, Tom Ashley’s catalogue was a tapestry of facts, philosophies, and ideals. Tom even went so far as to attempt to describe the very spirit of Deerfield:

I will have a fine opportunity to try out our theory that a person with a broad education and natural abilities should be able to grasp almost any situation in a short time . . . {continued on p.36}


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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, the Tom Ashley ’11 Fund was recently endowed. The fund honors both Tom’s memory and the centennial anniversary of his graduation; the fact that the income from it will provide financial aid for Franklin County day students makes it appropriate indeed. Were Tom Ashley to visit Deerfield Academy during the centennial of his commencement year he would, no doubt, be astounded to see the campus and meet the school’s extraordinary faculty. But, above all, he would feel very comfortable in the company of the student body; a group of


talented and committed young people who meet the standards set out in his catalogue by striving to be “fully developed in all phases of life.” And, it might please Tom quite a lot to know that a

Established in 2010 with a

segment of the student body continues to reside in the villages and towns surrounding Deerfield.

bequest of an anonymous

As he did, twenty-first century day students have the strength of character to balance academic

donor, the Tom Ashley ’11

and athletic responsibilities with service to others, while honoring commitments to their families

Fund honors the memory of

and their communities.

Thomas Williams Ashley ’11

Seventeen-year-old Jack Stobierski, Class of 2012, has immersed himself in Deerfield;

and the 100th anniversary

balancing the demands of courses like Chinese IV with varsity skiing, varsity football, baseball,

of his senior year at Deerfield.

and dance. Like his father 34 years before him (John J. Stobierski ’78) Jack lives in South

Through his Deerfield

Deerfield and drives ten minutes to school each day.

Experience, Tom grew from

“I arrive at 8:30 a.m. for my first class and leave campus in the evening. Most of my studying

an awkward, reticent farm

is done at home,” he explains. “On weekends I’m on campus and sleep in the dorms. But every

boy from the north end of the

Sunday I must be home for our family dinner.”

street, to a talented athlete

With all of his responsibilities, Jack is very forthright about priorities and where he finds his greatest satisfaction. “Academics are of course important to me but sharing happiness with people who need it the most brings a joy that is greater than all others.” Last summer Jack and a Deerfield friend traveled to China to work in an HIV orphanage.

and fine student. After teaching one year at Deerfield, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. Tom died on the 6th of June 1918 at Chateau-Thierry at

Reflecting on that experience, Jack says, “It taught me there is more to life than academics

the Battle of Belleau Wood;

and sports.”

his story of character and

Hannah Wulkan, also a member of the Class of 2012 lives in nearby Montague, about fifteen

friendship continues to be

minutes from campus. She is an accomplished horsewoman, president of her 4-H club and

passed down generation

co-president of her International Equestrian Association chapter. With a strong academic interest

to generation. The income

in the humanities, history, and math, Hannah balances academics, theater, and community

from the Tom Ashley ’11 Fund

service, while working to secure a place on a national equestrian team.

supports financial aid for day

“Ultimately, I manage to balance my academic and social life at Deerfield with (my) outside

students from Franklin County

activities. But, if there is a conflict Deerfield always comes first. I have been riding since I was

who continue to represent the

five-years-old and ride almost every day. Almost every night I go to the farm where I keep my

legacy of what Tom Ashley

horse to take care of him. This is one reason I did not look into going away from home for school.

meant and still means in the

Being a day student means you have the freedom to do more things than if you were on campus

life of this school. “If you

but (there is a trade off). Day students sometimes find it hard to gain that initial bond that dorm

would seek his monument,

halls have when you don’t live on one. It definitely helps to stay on campus as much as possible.”

look about you.”

Balancing school, community, and equestrian commitments, Hannah has found the opportunity to give back to be one of the most satisfying aspects of her busy life. She recently became a Big Sister, has participated in two school trips to the Dominican Republic, and through her 4-H club managed an initiative that collected 500 pounds of food for distribution to her local community. “Building houses for people in need in the Dominican Republic and putting in more than three hundred hours of community service through 4-H have allowed me to give of myself and develop leadership skills. I enjoy trying to make a small impact on the world,” she says.


Follow Me

From Amherst, Tom lends a hand to Mr. Boyden and Deerfield’s football team.

Mr. Boyden celebrated the life of his student, friend, and colleague by recounting his story . . . the story of a Deerfield Everyman who aspired to give back to his school and country by developing strength of mind, spirit, and body in his own and future generations of students. 36

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Tom was killed in action on June 6, 1918 while leading his battalion in an attempt to recover lost territory. An eyewitness later said that Tom stood “calmly and confidently” until it was time to attack, and then he urged his men on with the rallying cry, “Come on, follow me!” Mr. Boyden celebrated the life of his student, friend, and colleague by recounting his story to Deerfield students— the story of a Deerfield Everyman who aspired to give back to his school and country by developing strength of mind, spirit, and body in his own and future generations of students. In time, Mr. Boyden was known among educators for his achievements with “unlikely material”—unlikely material such as a young boy who would rather roam the woods than sit in a classroom. Over time, the telling of Tom’s story became a tradition, and, somewhere along the way, Tom’s story began to shape the character of Deerfield students much in the same way that his relationship with Boyden shaped the character of the school itself. As Mr. Boyden continued to share the story of Tom Ashley, an oral tradition began. Today, the story is shared with students at two important moments. New students gather in the fall with Head of School Margarita Curtis, and she tells them the story of a young man who spent his boyhood in

the meadows and woods surrounding Deerfield, more comfortable out in nature than in the classroom, and of the quietly determined Headmaster who recognized the boy’s good character and potential; and of the young man who left his beloved Academy to serve his country. The story is told again on the eve of Commencement, as graduating seniors mingle their own stories in with Tom’s, finding the measure of both in each other.

As Ever

Brian Cooke, a member of the Academy’s History Department for many years, memorialized the Tom Ashley story as part of his book, Frank Boyden of Deerfield: The Vision and Politics of an Educational Idealist. At the end of it he noted, “Tom Ashley’s death no doubt amplified Mr. Boyden’s conviction to fulfill the plans the two friends had framed for Deerfield . . . to a great extent Mr. Boyden built Deerfield Academy as a monument to Tom Ashley’s exemplary spirit.” Tom possessed a vision for the Academy, and he impressed his vision upon Mr. Boyden, who at the time was reluctant to expand the school—and was even contemplating a departure from Deerfield. After Tom died, Mr. Boyden stayed in Deerfield and spent the rest of his life making that vision a reality. It has been said of Tom that “if you seek his

monument, look about you.” And yet, few people know the extent of his influence on the Academy; Tom Ashley links the school’s past and present. Although the details of Tom’s life might be foreign to current students, they can easily translate its lessons of character. And although we think of Tom as a traditional figure in the Academy’s history, it was his drive to improve and innovate at Deerfield that endeared him to Mr. Boyden and all of us. When asked to distill the importance of Tom Ashley’s legacy into a single word, Head of School Margarita Curtis doesn’t hesitate: character. “Character is the essence of what Deerfield has done over the last century. We have lots of smart people at our school but having good people is what we are known for. At the Academy we are constantly training students to ask, ‘What can I do? How can I make my school, my community, a better place for all to live and work?’ That is the mind set we hope each Deerfield student will carry with them for life.” ••

I will have a fine opportunity to try out our theory that a person with a broad education and natural abilities should be able to grasp almost any situation in a short time . . .

Grace Friary is an independent public relations consultant and freelance writer living in the historic McIntire District in Salem, Massachusetts. For thirty-five years she and her family lived in Deerfield. Like Tom Ashley, her children —Richard ’92 and Elizabeth ’93—grew up on The Street.


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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Alumni Association, 2010-2011


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W. Malcolm Dorson ’02

Rush M. McCloy ’92

David B. Findlay Jr. ’51 P’76 G’03,’05,’08

Richard M. McKelvey ’79 P’10,’13

Edward C. Flato ’72 P’10,’12

John P. B. Moran ’58

Edward G. Flickinger ’65

Margot M. Pfohl ’97

Elizabeth Greer Anderson ’94

Peter W. Gonzalez ’62 P’94,’97, Emeritus

John F. Rand ’65 P’09,’13

Oscar K. Anderson III ’88

David S. Hagerman ’64 P’99

Walter S. Tomenson III ’95

Theodore H. Ashford III ’82 P’14

Judith Hegedus ’92

Okechukwu Ugwonali ’98

Sara E. di Bonaventura ’01

Hudson Holland III ’84

Cassandra Walters ’00

John J. Dinneen III ’79

Gordon R. Knight ’54 G’03, Ex-Officio

Philip B. Weymouth III ’83, President

Bruce Row Brown passed away on July 29, 2010. His obituary in the Worcester Telegram&Gazette read in part: Brown was among the first physicians in Massachusetts to practice hematology; as a hematology trainee, he helped conduct experiments with radioactive phosphorus, an early form of chemotherapy. By his retirement in the early 1980s, an array of anti-cancer drugs, supplemented by radiotherapy and surgery, produced long-term survival and occasional cure. He went into practice in Framingham in 1948. Under the auspices of Care Medico, Brown was a visiting professor at a medical school in Kabul, Afghanistan, for a month in 1967, a high point of his professional life. He was a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School when it opened in Worcester. After retiring, he wrote about a dozen reminiscences of growing up in Framingham Center and on Normal Hill, the site of Framingham State College, in the 1920s. They were published in the Middlesex News (now Metro West News) and later collected in a slim volume that was sold at the Framingham Historical Society’s museum. Brown is survived by a daughter, Ellen; two sons: Bruce ’67, of Brewer, ME, and David; and five grandchildren.


Class Captain George B. Dowley II It is with great sadness that we report the death of George “Pidge” Dowley on January 8. A longtime, ever-enthusiastic volunteer for Deerfield, Pidge was looking forward to attending his 75th Reunion in June. He is survived by his wife, Marion, sons Peter ’62, David ’64, Robert, and daughter Susan. A more complete obituary will follow in the spring edition of Deerfield Magazine. Louis F. Eaton Jr., who spent nearly 40 years as a lawyer at Boston-based Hutchins and Wheeler, died May 26, 2010 in a Cohasset nursing home of complications due to multiple myeloma. He was 91. According to his obituary in the Boston Globe: Mr. Eaton was born in Annapolis, MD, and grew up in Brockton. He began reading early and skipped several grades, his family said. Mr. Eaton graduated from Brockton High School in 1935 and attended a post-grad year at Deerfield Academy. In 1940, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College with a double major in history and economics. He was a member of Amherst’s debating council, political union, and student council, as well as the Chi Phi fraternity. He also played soccer, golf, and tennis. While studying at Amherst, Mr. Eaton met Elizabeth Ferguson, a student at Mount Holyoke. They married in 1942. She died in 1993. Mr. Eaton

enrolled at Harvard Law School in 1940. In the spring of 1941, he put his studies on hold and enlisted in the US Navy. In 1942, he became a commissioned ensign and began teaching aboard the USS Sylvania and the USS Prairie State and at John Jay Hall at Columbia University. Mr. Eaton served as commanding officer of four wooden ‘sub-chasers’ during World War II; he later commanded a patrol craft escort with 90 men, including ten officers. Mr. Eaton was discharged in 1945 and returned to Harvard Law School. He graduated in 1947 and joined Hutchins and Wheeler, where he practiced general and estate law. Mr. Eaton retired in 1986, but continued to serve as a trustee and an arbiter with the American Arbitration Association for 20 years. Mr. Eaton also was involved in the town of Cohasset, where he lived for more than 60 years. Mr. Eaton married Robin (Ladd) Lord in 1994. They were both members of the Cohasset Dramatic Club, which Mr. Eaton joined in 1948 and participated in for 50 years. He visited more than two dozen foreign countries, including China, New Zealand, and Austria. He also took 20 trips to Scotland, where he enjoyed playing golf. Mr. Eaton was a life member of the Cohasset Historical Society, which he joined in 1972. He also served as president of the Old Goats, a local club for retired men, which he joined in 1988.

Mr. Eaton was known for his sense of humor and enjoyed listening to music and playing board games. George Robert Davis, 91, retired judge and former town historian, died of natural causes on February 6, 2010 at his home. He was born October 2, 1918, in Utica, NY, the oldest child and only son of Katherine W. and Leon A. Davis. He moved to Lowville at the age of two when his father became principal of Lowville Academy. He is a graduate of Lowville Academy (1935), Deerfield Academy (1936), Middlebury College (1940), and Syracuse Law School (1948). He enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. He worked as an Assistant State Attorney General from 1950 to 1952. After that, he practiced with the Cross law firm in Utica before moving back to Lowville in 1955, as corporate counsel for Beaverite in Beaver Falls. In 1958, he married Joan Lynch Reed, mother of Tim and Mary Reed. In 1959, he became Lewis County District Attorney, a position he held until he was elected county, surrogate, and family court judge in 1962. He served for 20 years, retiring on January 1, 1983. He had a life-long love for Lowville and its history. Following his retirement from the bench, he continued to pursue his interest in local history. He was town historian for

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18 years. He served on the board of the Lewis County Historical Society for many years and later as its president. He wrote numerous articles about local history over the years. He served on the Lowville Rural Cemetery Board and worked for many summers restoring old cemeteries and gravestones. He was active in the Lowville Academy Alumni and Friends Association and a member of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. In his last five years at home, he studied for and passed his Amateur Radio License, joining the Black River Amateur Radio Club. During this time, he was the first recipient of the Lewis County Peace Prize and Honorary Chairman of the Lowville Academy Bicentennial. He believed he was the last surviving member of the Lowville Band. He was a member of the Lowville American Legion Post #162, Lowville Elks Lodge #1605, V.F.W. Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, and the Lowville Masonic Temple #134. He never missed marching and later riding in the Memorial Day Parade. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained an elder in 1964 and served as a trustee. Alexander Tidball passed away June 17, 2010. His obituary was published in the Bellingham Herald: Alexander Berthoud Tidball, 92, son of Elsie Hoyle and Lewis Cass


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Tidball, passed away June 17 with his family at his side. Born in Bellingham in 1917, he graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1936 and the University of Washington in 1940. He also attended the University of Montana and was a Sigma Chi. World War II interrupted his graduate work at Harvard, and he separated from the US Army as a major. He married Jane Landsell in 1950 and their family includes son Mark Hoyle and his wife Linda and daughter Leslie Ann. After a career in designing and selling men’s clothing, including working for Sportscaster and the Bon Marche, Alex and Jane founded Acorn Street Yarn shop in 1979.

1939 The obituary of John W. Douglas, father of Peter ’68 and past Deerfield trustee, was reported in the June 4, 2010 edition of the New York Times in an obituary written by Dennis Hevesi; it read in part: John W. Douglas, a lawyer who championed civil rights and human rights as an assistant United States attorney general in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and later in private practice, died Wednesday at his home in Washington. He was 88. Mr. Douglas led the Justice Department’s Civil Division from 1963 to 1966. In 1963, he was designated by Attorney General Robert F.

Kennedy to represent the government in planning for the August 28 March on Washington, during which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. For five weeks that summer, Mr. Douglas worked with the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and other planners of the march, and with government agencies like the Washington Police Department, coordinating logistics and security for the event. Mr. Douglas left the Justice Department in 1966 to help manage the fourth and last Senate campaign of his father, Paul H. Douglas, Democrat of Illinois. In the fall of 1970, Mr. Douglas was co-chairman of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law when it sent dozens of volunteers into the South to take legal action against ‘in school’ segregation of black children in newly integrated school systems. Mr. Douglas cited testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Equal Educational Opportunity indicating that many black students had been placed in separate classes and barred from extracurricular activities. While a partner in the Washington-based law firm Covington & Burling, Mr. Douglas was involved with many other legal advocacy efforts. He was co-chairman of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and president of the National Legal Aid and

Defender Association. From 1978 to 1986, as chairman of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he promoted arms control and disarmament. In the 1980s, Mr. Douglas joined human rights and election-monitoring missions to foreign countries. He traveled to South Africa in 1985 with Senator Edward M. Kennedy to demonstrate against apartheid. He went to Chile in 1986 to protest the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and traveled to Namibia three times from 1988 to 1990 as a member of a group that observed elections leading to independence from South Africa.


Class Captains Theodore F.T. Crolius William W. Dunn John Dugger writes, “Three of the four Deerfield guys who were classmates in the Naval Academy Class of 1946 got together in May of 2010 in Annapolis for their 65th USNA reunion. (1946 was a three-year wartime class that went to sea in June 1945. Sadly, Chuck Blackford ’41 passed away five years ago.) Stew Hancock ’41, served in a battleship and in cruisers. He left the Navy in 1947 and returned for service off Korea in the cruiser USS St. Paul. He pursued a career in law, ultimately to become a justice of the top New York court, the Court of Appeals. He is still in practice.

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A Magical Journey Thomas Vail ’44 | Master Printing, 2009

Witness to History | When Thomas Vail ’44 was born in 1926, the world was a completely different place. It was three years before the Great Depression, and Mr. Vail’s family were wealthy entrepreneurs, revolutionizing the sewing machine and heavy-duty truck industries. Now, 84 years later, a veteran journalist, world traveler, and family man, Mr. Vail is reflecting on the historical events he witnessed throughout his life. In A Magical Journey, Mr. Vail recounts his upbringing, career, and active sporting life. “As a child growing up near Cleveland and then attending Deerfield Academy,” wrote Mr. Vail, “I never paid much attention to any other world than the one I was living in until the beginning of World War II.” Mr. Vail joined the Naval Air Corps in 1944, eventually becoming a full ensign in the Navy. When he was mustered out two years later, he attended Princeton University. He described his eye-opening undergraduate experience: “Just as I discovered a whole new world when I entered the Navy, I also discovered a whole new world when I entered Princeton. All of it was totally different from the special world in which I had been brought up. But the experiences and the challenges appealed to me. I enjoyed meeting people from different walks of life and finding out what they thought and wanted to do.” Upon his graduation from Princeton, Mr. Vail himself was unsure of what to do, until his uncle suggested, “Why don’t you try the newspaper business? You are a person of many interests; you can work for the newspaper and see the world coming in every day and decide what you want to do.” The Vail family had owned two Cleveland newspapers since 1885, yet no one in the family had ever been involved with them; Mr. Vail would be the first. He started as a reporter on the police beat for the Cleveland News and later became political editor. In 1957, motivated by a desire to learn about other aspects of the newspaper business, Mr. Vail transferred to the Plain Dealer. He worked his way up in the business department, and by 1963, was both publisher and editor of the newspaper. A Magical Journey describes the success of Mr. Vail’s reforms: “From the time I first became both publisher and editor in 1963, instituting changes and hiring new, younger reporters, the circulation of the morning Plain Dealer started to rise dramatically against the larger evening Cleveland Press . . . We also surpassed the Press in community leadership, becoming the most important political power in Ohio.” A Magical Journey also relates the many activities and causes that Mr. Vail pursued beyond his career. The chapter “Travel and the Sporting Life,” richly illustrated with photos of African safaris and trips overseas, tells of Mr. Vail’s many pastimes: hunting, skiing, fly fishing, and golf. “Civic Engagement” focuses on his most worthwhile philanthropic endeavors, including the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Zoo. Told through the eyes of a veteran newspaperman, A Magical Journey is not just the story of a life, but of a period of great change in the United States. Mr. Vail reflects on the

Starting in 1963 Iris and I visited the White House on many occasions, beginning with President Kennedy and ending with President Reagan. One of the most memorable times was a private gathering of 24 for dinner on the second floor with President Johnson. I sat at his table while he expounded about Vietnam, which was really bothering him. A few of us made some suggestions when we were asked, but my general observation was that President Johnson was not listening. He had made up his mind to try to pursue the war to the end, which turned out to be a drastic mistake, and for him the end of his remarkable political career.

events that he has seen, and shares his hope for a better future for all.


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Bud Edwards ’41 served in a cruiser and a destroyer, and left the Navy to run the family business, the OM Edwards Company, later becoming president and then chairman of the board. During the Korean War he returned to serve in a destroyer, the USS Remey. He is now retired to enjoy sailing and tennis. John Dugger served in the battleship USS Wisconsin, a destroyer and a patrol ship. He then specialized in Naval Intelligence, serving in Moscow, London, and the Philippines. Retiring from the Navy in 1967, he completed law school and then served in international law positions in the Departments of Defense and of Energy, retiring again in 1993 to bicycle and play tennis. These three Deerfield alums were delighted to be healthy and enjoying their reunion.”


Class Captain Walter L. Fisher Rub Cuniberti writes, “Carol and I continue our annual trek between two cultures, Los Angeles in the winter and Williams Bay, WI, in the summer. Being right on Lake Geneva, where I spent summers as a child, renews old memories. We have an active social life, much of it related to church. We are delighted that our kids and grandchildren visit us at the lake from as far away as Spain, DC, and LA.” Robert Edward Rosane, of


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Richford, VT, passed away in Worcester, MA, on September 20, 2010, with his family at his side. Bob was born in Brockton, MA, in December of 1925, and educated at Deerfield and Harvard University. He served in the US Army during World War II as a technical sergeant in the Fighting 69th, the first American regiment of the Western Front to meet up with the Russians of the Eastern Front on the Elbe River in April 1945, one of the concluding actions of the war in Europe. On a summer exchange program in Norway after the war, he met his wife of 61 years, Jean Seaton. In 1952, after a year on a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of New Zealand, Wellington, where he earned his MA degree in economics, Bob began a 33-year career with the Aluminum Company of Canada, serving in Canada, Guyana, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and France. Retiring as a vice-president and director of the company in 1985, he turned his energies to sharing his life’s work with the next generation, as a lecturer in the Business School at McGill University, and teaching International Business at St. Michael’s College, Winooski. After his second career, he and his wife divided their time between Spain, France, and Vermont. Bob is survived by his wife, Jean, and their sons Andrew, Douglas, and David, their spouses Elizabeth, Catherine, and Isabelle, four

grandchildren, Olivia, Louise, Paul and Manny, a brother, Richard ’47, two nephews, Bob and John, and their families. Other than his professional accomplishments, he will be remembered for his generosity, warm personality, and intellectual curiosity, as well as his love of classical music, the theater, and literature.


Class Captain Robert S. Erskine Jr. “My nephew, Tim Black ’71, was invested as US District Judge, Southern Ohio District, on June 21,” David Black reported. He added that the oath was administered by Senator Sherrod Brown and Tim’s wife, Marnie. The ceremony was presided over by the court’s presiding judge, Honorable Susan Dlott.

1945 Jack Fogarty writes, “This is definitely the year of the stinkbug—they’re all over! Our daughter in West Virginia has a better class of insects; she’s inundated with ladybugs! Our cottage here in The Friends House Retirement Community has a lovely back porch facing the trees and the floodplain of the Anacostia River (NW branch) with forest beyond. We sit out there with coffee every morning (almost) for a half hour or so. Since we don’t go camping anymore, Peggy says this is our ‘camping substitute.’”


Class Captains Gerald Lauderdale William M. Riegel “Hello, Deerfield,” Eric Heiberg wrote. “Yes, it’s hard to believe that I was 82 years old on July 8. (July 8 was John D. and Nelson Rockefellers’ birthdays, too.) But they didn’t have the chance to attend Deerfield, although I do believe one of their descendants was in a later class than 1946! But we were the ones who dug potatoes in a Deerfield farmer’s field, listened to daily briefings on World War II from the eloquent Russ Miller; listened adoringly to Frank and Helen Boyden at his evening talks and her great math classes; empathized with Bartlett Boyden; laughed with Henry Poor; and I do remember Mr. Sullivan scolding me in the Dining Hall when he said, ‘You are carrying a lazy man’s load . . .’ after he saw me with an overloaded tray. Yes, I was hauling too many dishes that evening. But he was a man’s man and did know how to enforce a little discipline! I have a picture of me standing next to Russ Miller’s first post-war car on campus, a ’46 Dodge coupe, I believe it was. And then there was Dave Hirth’s enviable ’37 Buick convertible, which enlivened the evening for me, Frank Brooks, Mumbo Morehouse, Carl Woese, and Rogers Doering, as we looked out the window during our poker games! (That’s right, the Headmaster might not have


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Building Homes­— Building Communities

Philanthropy is not a foreign concept to David

who are employed or are receiving regular income

McAlpin ’46. His father, David H. McAlpin, helped

sufficient to enable them to pay the cost of owning a

found the New York City Museum of Modern Art.

home, and who are capable of partnering with others,

His mother, Nina Underwood, was an activist and

who can take a responsible role in working with other

leader in the soup kitchen movement during the

people.” Once the families have been identified,

Great Depression. Now, Mr. McAlpin continues his

Habitat locates properties for building or renovating,

family’s commitment to philanthropy, as he works to

identifies labor, and raises funds. In total, building one

improve low-income housing in Trenton, New Jersey,

house is a two-year process.

through his efforts for Habitat for Humanity. Mr. McAlpin’s first exposure to affordable housing came as a young associate pastor in a predominantly

the local community. Mr. McAlpin described the

African American community. “I assisted at services,

center’s activities: “Every week we have a food pantry

was in charge of the youth program, visited in homes

that provides both fresh produce and packaged foods

in the community, and got involved in organizations

to hundreds of families in a wider area. We have a

that were working to overcome racial prejudice during

learning center with an after-school program and

those years when there was a very active involvement

tutoring, and that’s going to expand. We have an

in breaking down housing discrimination,” Mr.

overflow shelter for the winter . . . We have community

McAlpin said, in an interview with U.S.1.

activities like the Easter egg hunt, with 40 or 50 kids

In 1955, Mr. McAlpin moved to Detroit, where he continued his involvement with low-income housing

Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Trenton Area

Habitat for Humanity-Trenton Area also partners with the East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) to support

. . . We host weekly Narc-Anon meetings.” In addition to his commitment to Habitat for

organizations. When he returned to New Jersey in

Humanity-Trenton Area (he’s the president of the

1970, he became increasingly active in the Presbyterian

executive committee), Mr. McAlpin is devoted

movement for affordable housing, culminating in

to many other causes. He has been a trustee and

the organization of a chapter of Habitat for Humanity

president of the New Jersey Association on Correction,

in Trenton.

the Princeton Blairstown Center, and the Stony Brook

Since its founding in 1986, Habitat for Humanity-

Millstone Watershed Association. Currently, he is a

Trenton Area has built more than 80 homes in East

trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton and the

Trenton. “Our primary mission is to assist low-income

Union Theological Seminary.

families in substandard housing to have a decent home in a decent community,” Mr. McAlpin said. “That involves identifying families who are needy,

For more information on Habitat for HumanityTrenton Area, visit


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approved!) Yes, those were the days, and I do miss Dave Hirth, our bunch down at his house, and walking through snowstorms up to the first class on campus. Dean Hall was a happy and companionable group, too, in ’45–’46. Helga and I retired to the top of Blue Mountain near the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia after my 20 years in International Programs at Georgetown University. I jog daily on the Appalachian Trail and we are both in excellent health! Greetings to all of you, and do let us hear from you. I keep busy by tutoring a little German and History to students in Harpers Ferry and elsewhere.” As reported in the Washington Post, Henry Sailer passed away on June 22, 2010: “Henry Sailer, 81, an antitrust lawyer who was a partner in the Washington law firm Covington & Burling, died of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Winfield, IL. He had been a Washington resident since 1956. Mr. Sailer joined Covington & Burling in the mid-1950s and took a one-year leave of absence in 1958 to clerk for Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan II. Mr. Sailer retired in 1998. Mr. Sailer was born in Beijing, where his father was a professor at Yenching University. He was fluent in Mandarin. He was 12 when he moved to the United States to attend Deerfield Academy. He graduated from Princeton University in 1950 and received his law degree


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from Harvard University in 1954. He was a member of the National Committee on United States–China Relations and often traveled to China. Survivors include five children, a brother, and six grandchildren.” Searle Kilmer von Storch, father of David ’76 and Stephen ’74, of Bedminster, NJ, died peacefully on October 10, 2010. Born March 23, 1928 in Scranton, PA, son of Searle Henry von Storch and Helen Nichols von Storch. He attended Waverly School, Deerfield, and Cornell University, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. Following service in the Air Force, Kilmer worked in Seaford, DE, for the DuPont Company. He returned to his hometown of Waverly, PA, to join his father at von Storch & Burkavage Architects and Engineers. Upon his father’s retirement Kilmer ran the firm through the 60s and 70s, stewarding the firm’s work on schools, highways, and commercial buildings that continue to serve the region today. As the firm joined first with Bellantae&Klaus and later GSGS&B, Kilmer continued in the area of business development for architecture and engineering firms serving the Northeast. Retirement from this line of work found Kilmer in Bedminster, NJ, where he ran a temporary employment agency until his retirement. Throughout his life Kilmer demonstrated an exceptional capacity to learn and retain

the facts from the world around him. He forwarded that knowledge with wit and good humor; whether pinpointing an historical or geographical fact, recalling his days at Deerfield, doubling the bet on the 18th, seeing the nuances of financial markets or simply enjoying a sunny day, Kilmer (“Kim”) will be warmly remembered by those who knew him.


Class Captain Gordon B. McWilliams Allan Woods commented, “I attended Rye Country Day School before attending Deerfield. On Friday, October 22, I was honored by RCDS by being inducted into their Alumni Hall of Fame. This is the fourth year they have done this, and I was far and away the oldest of the six 2010 honorees. I was included because of my vast and complicated amateur sports involvement and management through the years as a player, official, and elected officer. It included my involvement with field hockey, the Olympics, the Pan Am Games, 25 years as a director of the Pan Am Hockey Federation, a director for many years of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) (located in Europe), president of the New York Amateur Sports Alliance, membership on the USOC, president of the FHAA, and later a director of the Combined (men’s and women’s) USFHA, etcetera.”

1948 “Laird Barber visited the retirement community Kendal at Hanover (NH) in October, and amazingly had tea there with three classmates: Bob Binswanger, Peter Bien, and Tom Wilson,” Peter Bien reported. “May Lee and I are now ensconced in a CCRF called Essex Meadows in Essex, CT, says Alec Robertson. He continues, “It is a lovely place. We have two sons married and employed, and two daughters married, with husbands employed. We also have eight grandchildren unevenly distributed amongst the four families. We are blessed. I stay in touch with Becky and Joe Bumsted in Lancaster, PA, Sue and Gordon Damon in Honolulu, HI, Lydia and Howie Colwell in Exeter, NH, and Joan and Jim Manning in Norwalk, CT. I work closely with Steve Percy, president of the Southeastern Connecticut Committee on Foreign Relations and his wife Marilyn, as well as Deputy Executive Director Tip Atkeson ’53 and his wife Janice. Occasionally see Barbara and Dave Preston ’51 on various eleemosynary endeavors. Saw Betty and Steve Bonsal ’52 at a play in New Haven. Malcolm MacGruer ’38 comes to visit his sister here at Essex Meadows. See Tommy and Jim Starkweather ’41 and Marilyn and Tom Ragland ’53 in Riverside occasionally. I sing in a local group with


Class Captain Donald R. Dwight Harvey Loomis shared with us the following about Bob Dewey: “Talk about the Deerfield experience! Bob Dewey reports that as of last fall he has six (yes, six!) grandchildren at the Academy: Hallie and Charlotte (twins), Katie, Tori, Cameron, and Allison—three seniors, one junior, and two freshmen. And we’re not talking just numbers here. Get this: last year four Dewey

granddaughters made the girls varsity squash team (No. 2 in New England), and this year two of them, twins Charlotte and Hallie, are co-captains. Furthermore, the twins will also be co-captains of the girls’ varsity lacrosse team next spring, the three seniors are proctors in their dorm, and granddaughter Hallie has won the award for top scholar/athlete of the senior class. As Bob put it: ‘How great is that for an old granddad?’ Harvey also passed along the following: “Dr. Fran L’Esperance has added another jewel to his string of honors in the ophthalmic field. Last spring in Britain he was awarded the prestigious Lord Rank Prize, which honors achievements in the field of opto-electronics—a prize that is considered by some to rate right up there with the Nobel. Fran has been working in the field of opto-electronic eye surgery for 45 years, and holds worldwide patents for the so-called PRK and LASIK procedures; he figures that approximately one million patients are treated by one or the other of these procedures in this country every year. Wow. (And don’t forget that Fran received the Heritage Award from Deerfield in 1999.)” John Notz wrote, “As you know, Janis, my ‘trophy first wife,’ and I made it to our 60th Reunion. I have not been a regular Reunion participant, but this one was far from our

first. It is redundant for me to observe that the Academy now bears little resemblance to the institution that we experienced, but that difference is a fact of our lives. That all of us are much changed, as well, are biological facts of our lives, but I was struck by how similar the gestures made, while our fellows were speaking, were to those that my memory contained. I left the Reunion, resolving that, because of our successful experience at our Deerfield 60th, Janis and I will return to my 60th at Williams College in 2013. I stopped practicing law on January 1, 1996, and for the almost 15 years since, have been committed to extensions of the ‘extracurricular activities,’ the wisdom of which I came to appreciate when I was at the Academy. My transition from practicing law into recreational research and writing on architectural and social history of the greater Chicago area could not have been more smooth, as my retirement deal has included an office and office support, and it still does. (The greater part of what I have written can be found in the website of the Chicago Literary Club chilit. org.) I did not marry until I was well into my 30s; so, my children (two—neither of whom chose to go to Deerfield or, for that matter, to any school attended by either of their parents) are currently generating grandchildren for us—all girls ranging from the age of

nine down to less than a year. One set of girls lives in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, as virtual neighbors of the Obamas, and the other set of girls lives on Potrero Hill in San Francisco, with a year or two of living in Istanbul in immediate prospect. My children had gone to schools within a short walk of our Chicago apartment home (since 1969), and I once said to them, something like: ‘There is a far larger world, out there, than our own neighborhood; keep your eye out for it!’ (One married a Brit, and the other married a Turk.) I now read news of the Middle East and of Europe as closely as I used to read news of the Far East. I keep in reasonably regular touch with George Rapp, John Wheeler, and John Benjamin. I see Charlie Benton occasionally, as is the case for several men of the classes of the years just before and just after ours.”

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Cemmie, wife of Mike Ryland ’53, and Joan and Dick Miller come down from Middletown on occasion. It is sort of a mini Pocumtuck Valley . . . best to all.” When we last heard from Dieter von Hennig he wrote, “While dealing with computerized customer registration for a new Ford vehicle, we were asked to give it a nickname. Since it was an Eddie Bauer model with King Ranch interior, we appropriately nicknamed it Belton (after Belton Johnson). A great way to honor a deceased classmate, we thought. We visited Switzerland briefly in mid-September. Late August saw us in Napa, where we helped friends celebrate a round birthday at the French Laundry—an incredible culinary experience. We enjoyed another week of heliskiing in the Bugaboos (British Columbia) last April. Next week we visit Bodega Bay. That’s all for now.”


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Geographic. “I lobbied successfully for a program in which executive trainees (I was one of them) spent two years rotating among entry-level positions in each department,” he wrote. “I learned the jobs of most employees and soon realized that everyone brought value, no matter his standing. Indeed, our success depends on the skills, pride, and loyalty of

In October 2010, Gilbert M. Grosvenor ’49 an-

He was editor of the magazine from 1970 to 1980,

nounced that he was stepping down as chairman

and during that time he was named Editor of the Year

of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic

by the National Press Photographer’s Association.

Society, ending the 122-year reign of the Grosvenor

The decade during which Mr. Grosvenor led the

family at the head of the Society. “It’s hard to overstate how important



stability, consolidation, and an increasing social awareness. In 1978 the magazine published a reaf-

of my family,” Mr. Grosvenor said in a National

firmation of its editorial policy, stating: “As journalists

Geographic press release. “I have been blessed by

committed to objective, impartial reporting of what

an extraordinary lifelong association with an

we can report, we accept the opportunity to reflect our

organization that has had the power to attract the

times, realizing that only history can tell the full story.” In 1980, Mr. Grosvenor became the National

and engage them in finding new ways to better

Geographic Society’s fourteenth president, a position

understand and appreciate the world around us.”

that had been held by his father, grandfather, and

Mr. Grosvenor had never intended to join the family business; as a pre-med student at Yale, he took a trip to the Netherlands as part of an

great-grandfather (Alexander Graham Bell, the Society’s second president). One of Mr. Grosvenor’s most important achievements

international work force rebuilding dikes ravaged

is his commitment to improving geography education

by spring flooding. He brought along a camera on the

for children. Concerned that many children lacked

trip, and this simple decision ultimately changed his

basic geographic knowledge and chose television over

career ambitions.

reading, he launched the National Geographic Educa-

Before he started at National Geographic, Mr.

tion Foundation and a national geographic education

Grosvenor served in the U.S. Army for two years, an

program that fosters geographic literacy in American

experience that was instrumental in how he ran the

students. “A wonderful thing the Geographic’s done

magazine and Society. “Only later did I realize what

the last decade is to tie geography to literacy,” Mr.

serving in uniform as a private really had taught me:

Grosvenor said in an interview with NatGeo News

lead by example and respect blue-collar workers who

Watch. “We have proven statistically that kids who

may have greater specific skills that you,” Mr. Grosvenor

learn to read about the broad aspects of geography

wrote in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings.

learn faster than those that don’t. That has helped

“In civilian life that lesson had a profound influence

us tremendously to have geography accepted in the

on me as an editor and corporate executive.” Mr. Grosvenor also drew on his service experience to create an executive training program at National

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Geographic was one marked by organizational

National Geographic has been in my life, and that

most interesting and intriguing people on earth


Following his military service, Mr. Grosvenor became a picture editor at National Geographic.

school systems...I think it’s true that geography, after all, is the world and all that’s in it. You’ve got to be interested in your world.”

Left: ©Otis Imboden/National Geographic; Right: ©Emory Kristof/National Geographic


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every single employee.”

Class Captain R. Warren Breckenridge “Joanne and I have lived in San Miguel de Allende for six wonderful years,” Graeme Howard writes. “SMA is four hours north of Mexico in the high desert country (6000 ft). Here in San Miguel I am associated with San Miguel Legal, a local law firm that specializes in real estate and expatriate issues. (We recently attended my 50th class reunion at Yale Law School). I am also a principal in San Miguel Advisors, which consults to Americans considering a move to this area. We are just completing, a website for visitors and residents of San Miguel. We are midway in constructing another website,, which is aimed at raising the level of understanding on both sides of the border. We are also building a country home in Atotonilco, 12 miles from San Miguel. I continue as an active (if distant) managing partner of MidMarket Capital Advisors in Philadelphia (a successor to Howard Lawson & Co., the investment bank we sold in 2000 to what is now Bank of America). The Heart of Frida, our collection of Frida Kahlo’s very private letters and several drawings has been exhibited three times in Mexico. The collection can be reviewed at the Virtual Gallery at This collection is involved in

a major art controversy that is fully covered in the review of Finding Frida Kahlo by Barbara Levine at Amazon. com. Austin Briggs and Bunny also live here in San Miguel. We welcome any Deerfield graduates when they are in the area: Vonage 415.462.6399 or local 152.0432.”


Class Captain David B. Findlay Jr. Bill Ames writes, “Hello to classmates. Nancy and I are still thriving in Northfield, MA, she the director of Student Services at Bement School in Deerfield, and me hanging out at the farm pursuing chores, crops, and community activities. We are excited that C.S. Lewis College will open in Northfield in 2012 on the Northfield Campus of NMH—a boon to the village and surrounding towns. The college will be small (400), coed, and will focus on the Great Books and the fine and performing arts.” At the time he added, “We are going to Argentina and Antarctica in late November and December. Home for Christmas. Best wishes.” “Living in Jupiter, FL,” reported Arthur Drazan when we last heard from him. “I have four married children and nine grandchildren. Golfing and fishing and fitness keep me young. Regards to all my classmates.” James McKinney wrote, “In March my Italian

girlfriend, Lia, and I spent ten days in Hawaii. We did all the usual things, Pearl Harbor Memorial, etc., and had a most pleasant dinner with Gloria and Hal Henderson. Hawaii is incredibly beautiful, but I think I would not like to live there. In April Lia returned to Italy and Romania to see her children and attend to some business matters in Romania. We are off at the end of October to visit Kay and Tom Reed in California, and then to Vancouver, where we will board the cross-country train for Toronto. We will have our own bedroom and some spectacular scenery.” “This year (my 77th) I am declining all board meetings and invitations outside of WY/MT/ID during the months of September and October!” Ed Opler informed us when we last heard from him. He continued, “This may seem strange to an Easterner, but these two months are the cream of the Rocky Mountain West, and one of the major reasons that I worked for 45 years to retire to hunting, fishing, and skiing in Wyoming. Fortunately, I have experienced exceptionally good health and can thoroughly enjoy my days afield. To miss any of this precious time at this stage of my life is just totally misplacing priorities, and although hunting and fishing are certainly not more important than meetings, cocktail parties, and dinners, they are without doubt much more fun, and to be afield

outdoors, in this fantastic country that God has given us to appreciate and enjoy is more than reason enough to stay at our ranch with no computer and no cell phones. The sky is brilliant blue, the elk are bugling on the mountain meadows, and heavy frost decorates and hastens the turning of the aspens to gold. A cozy fire, a delicious antelope tenderloin on the grill accompanied by a hearty Argentine Malbec ends another perfect day during which we have seen only a few people, and unblemished beauty. At night, before retiring, we can see no other lights. Life is good. Lest you forget, ‘Look to the hills,’ in Mr. Boyden’s words. Please don’t forget despite too many people, too many vehicles, and too much pollution.” Mike Thebaud writes, “I met four other members of the Deerfield Class of ’51 at the 55th reunion of the Yale Class of ’55 in June: Woody Anderson, John Bell, Charlie Guggenheimer, and Peter Meyer. The group has frequently attended at the annual Class of ’51 dinner organized by Dave Findlay and Charlie and held at the Yale Club of New York.” He continued, “Sally and I were joined by our daughters Andrea from ME and Beth from Wilson, WY, during our annual Nantucket vacation in September. Our daughter Cindy and husband, both USN captains, have transferred from Italy to Newport, RI, where they have new assignments at the Naval War College.”

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Class Captain Richard F. Boyden Dana Kelly told us, “All is quiet here in hot and humid central Florida, just outside of Orlando. We spent August 25–28, 2010, in Macon, GA, for a military reunion with the men who flew the same type aircraft (the de Haviland C-7A Caribou) in Vietnam. Now the summer heat wave is over and the delightful fall weather has just arrived. Temperatures in the 80s and the humidity is 40 to 50 percent.” Bob McCabe’s book, Deep Freeze: A Photographer’s Antarctic Odyssey in the Year 1959, was recently re-published in an anniversary edition: scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes. com and search for “McCabe.” “Verena and I had a wonderful summer vacation during August and the first part of September in the Swiss Alps,” reported Dick Montague. “I was able to complete two of my lifetime projects: to hike over the high Alpine passes from the Canton of Valais in southcentral Switzerland to the Piedmont Region of northern Italy and then go back again. The second project was to gather our entire family (Verena, our two stepchildren, their five children, and me together for a good week’s stay in the GrindelwaldLauterbrunnen region of the Bernese Oberland. We spent two weeks there in some of the most famous mountain scenery in the world. Verena


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and I have been fortunate over the course of the last several years to host several Deerfield classmates in Bavaria: Dick Boyden, Jimmy Gay, Dexter Lewis, Jim Hays, and Connie Fischer. Dick came solo, but all the others brought their wives, and we all had a great time.” Arthur Schwarz’s manuscript exhibition entitled VIVAT REX! Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII, which he created for The Grolier Club in New York City was subsequently moved to Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library from September 18 to December 31, 2010. The Folger also put the exhibit online at


Class Captains Renwick D. Dimond Hugh Smith Bill Mabon ’91 reported the sad news that his father, David W. Mabon, passed away on October 16, 2010. “I have gone and done it!” announces Bernie Moran. “I have written a book entitled Love and Treachery in Palm Beach, a collection of fifteen short stories that delve behind the glitz and glamour of Palm Beach to reveal the true natures of residents of this island paradise. Cheating husbands, vindictive wives, bankers, brokers, schemers, scammers—they’re all here in this panorama of Palm Beach life. Available at my Internet site,; select Palm Beach outlets.”


Class Captain Philip R. Chase Jr. W. Barton Marsh writes, “I’m still living in Kensington in London with my wife of 38 years, but we’re moving from a large house to a more compact flat. My co-author Bruce Carrick (whom I’ve known for 67 years!) and I have just published our third (and probably last) book, Tales of War, which our publisher describes as follows: ‘From Julius Caesar’s victory at the Battle of Zela in 47 BC to the heroics of US marines during the Second World War, Tales of War is a unique tour of the camaraderie, bravery, and sacrifice of armed conflict. With a story for every day of the year, discover why the Star Spangled Banner was adopted as the US national anthem, how Joan of Arc relieved the siege of Orleans, the shock of the first use of tanks in warfare at the Battle of the Somme, and much more.’ For those who have some Social Security payments to spare, you can find it on under WB Marsh. I’m also pleased to report that we spent a week at our place in France with Bill (White) Marsh and his wife in September. He’s just the same but his hair is thinning a bit.”


Class Captain Michael D. Grant Jr. Tim Day has announced the merger of his Bar-S Food Company and Sigma Alimentos of Mexico. Sigma is a large international refrigerated foods company that employs over 30,000 people; Tim has been appointed chairman and CEO of the combined US enterprise. Bar-S franks are the number one selling frank brand in America, and Bar-S is the value leader and number two national brand in the packaged meat sector in the US. “In recent months, Dee and I have been traveling quite a bit,” reported Lou Greer. “Last spring a cruise on the Yangtze River in China and this past fall on the Baltic Sea to Scandinavia and Russia. As Peter Esty reported about Vietnam, China is an amazing contradiction . . . fantastic history and magnificent cities as well as congestion and poverty. Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki are wonderful cities, but the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg was the highlight of our Baltic Cruise. Youngest son Brian loves his Air Force service as a C-130 loadmaster, and is looking forward to deployment to Iraq in April, 2011. My daughter Alison is engaged but wedding plans will be deferred until after graduation in 2012. Our ‘hometown’ of Greenville, SC, is a widely-admired destination

study, with a vintage lacrosse trophy over John’s shoulder.

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Curt Hatheway ’42 and John Hubbell ’55 in John’s


Erik Esselstyn ’55 and Celina


Moore posed in their backyard in North Montpelier, VT.

Erik’s classmate Tom L’Esperance and his wife


Merry enjoyed a visit to their home after the Deerfield Reunion last June. Despite the rain, Mike Grant ’55 enjoyed Reunions 2010. Guy Kaldis ’55 paused to reflect during Reunion Weekend 2010.

Classmates Tom L’Esperance, Jerry Rood, and Bruce McEwan, Class of ’55, enjoyed catching up at Reunions 2010. Likewise, their wives had a good time, too. l to r: Joyce Rood, ML McEwan, and Merry L’Esperance


Jerry Rood ’55 (and lobster) pose for a picture at the famed New England Clambake during Reunion Weekend.

Tales of War by Barton Marsh ’54 and his co-author Bruce Carrick was published by Icon Books last spring.

’55 ’55


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’59 for nature, the arts, and sports. Dee and I would welcome your visit, and promise a pleasant stay.” “Two Deerfield Academy alumni, Curt Hatheway ’42 and John Hubbell, are at Deerfield again . . . this time at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC,” reported John Hubbell. He continued, “Curt saw the Deerfield Academy license plate on the front of my car and left a note under the windshield wiper with his phone number and a message that he was Deerfield ’42. I called him right away, and afterwards we and our wives had a grand visit, pleased to share both the Massachusetts Deerfield of years ago and the


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North Carolina Deerfield of today.” (See photo page 49.) After Reunion Weekend, Tom L’Esperance wrote, “An event-filled weekend well orchestrated by Mimi Morsman began with strong handshakes and greetings at the reception on Thursday evening. Our class members engagingly enticed Margarita and Manning Curtis over to our table for a group photo. The gala evening was capped with a musical celebration by Tom Rush, a gifted guitarist and performer. In addition to myself and my wife, Merry, among the ’55ers who attended the Reunion were ML and Bruce McEwan, Joyce and Jerry Rood, Mac MacLaren, Mike Grant, Jay

Morsman, Carl Hedden, Guy Kaldis, and Meg and Moose Morton. Afterward, Merry and I travelled north to spend a delightful evening with Erik Esselstyn and Celina Moore at their rustic early 19th century home in N Montpelier, VT. We’ll have to schedule our next visit a month later to taste the fruits of their organic garden! Our next few days included finding the elusive gravesite in Chazy, NY, of my fourth great-grandfather, a captain in the Revolutionary War, a day-trip to Vieux Montreal, a leisurely trek through the rolling hills of Vermont and the Green Mountain State Forest of New Hampshire en route to the L.L. Bean Co.

Stirlin Harris ’59 is a proud

member of “HAG”—the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum. Here he poses with one of the museum’s prized possessions: the B-17 that played “Memphis Belle” in the movie of the same name. landmark in Freeport, ME, and Kennebunkport (the Bushes weren’t free for lunch that day). In N Andover, MA, where we visited with more members of my family genealogy tree, we met my distant cousin, Dan Betty, who coincidentally was Tom Rush’s manager for a few years. Dan enthralled us by performing one of Tom’s soon to be released songs. We ended our three weeks

East with a few days of quality time with my brother, Fran ’49, at his summer home in Water Mill on Long Island.” Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed was recently presented with the Yale Medal, the highest award given by the Association of Yale Alumni. Kevin Sheehan and his wife, Linda, continue to live the good life in a log cabin at Sebago Lake, ME. Bring a sweater if you plan to visit them in the wintertime since their two wood-fired burners maintain a steady 64˚ F in the cabin. Remember the magnificent Dutch street hand-cranked mechanical organ they brought to our 50th Reunion?


Class Captain Joseph B. Twichell Robert Edward Milling III passed away August 6, 2010. His obituary was published in the Times-Picayune on August 8: “Robert Edward Milling III, a writer who used his linguistic skills to interpret for doctors during Trinity Episcopal Church’s Medical Missions in Central America, died Friday of cancer at his New Orleans home. He was 72. A lifelong New Orleanian who spoke three languages, Mr. Milling joined the medical teams on the Central American trips for 17 years, said Dr. Ronald French, a doctor on those journeys. Mr. Milling graduated from Deerfield Academy and was an honors graduate of Princeton

University, where he was a member of the Princeton Tigertones, a singing group, and an All-American lacrosse player. He also attended the school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He attained a third-degree black belt in karate and was a professional flamenco guitarist. A voracious reader and a prolific writer who was a close friend of the novelist Walter Percy, Mr. Milling never submitted his work for publication, despite Percy’s persistent urging that he do so, said Anne Milling, his sister-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Edward Milling, Jr. and Claudia Pipes Milling McGowin. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Smith Milling; two brothers, R. King ’58 and David Milling; five nephews, five stepchildren; and nine step-grandchildren.

1958 Tim Evers’ wife Cally died suddenly on October 9, 2010. She and Tim met at Wesleyan University, where they earned their MA in teaching degrees. They spent the first two years after their 1964 marriage teaching in Kenya, and settled in Mystic, CT, in 1969. A lab instructor in chemistry at the University of Connecticut for over 20 years, she was a devoted wife, mother, and the grandmother of a 10-month-old grandson. “I attended the October Volunteer Weekend as a

The Iraq War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions Christopher Cerf ’59 | Touchstone, 2003

Explaining the Iraq War | The anthology The Iraq War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions presents an exhaustive look at a complex and controversial period in recent history. Through their collection of articles, essays, and speeches, co-editors Michael L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf ’59 have created “a guide to the most urgent foreign policy questions of our time, as raised and interpreted by political leaders, academics, diplomats, journalists, and critics.” The Iraq War Reader is divided into four parts, with each one dedicated to a different period in the history of Iraq. Part One, “Sins of the Fathers,” explores the roots of the conflict between Saddam Hussein and the western world, starting in 1915. Part Two, “Aftermaths of the Gulf War,” picks up in 1991 and covers the next decade, from the Kurdish and Shiite uprisings of 1991 to debate over nuclear inspections. “War with Iraq” is the most extensive section, focusing on the domestic debate over the Iraq War. It includes speeches by President George W. Bush, reflections by Susan Sontag and Ian McEwan, and articles by Ann Coulter and Arianna Huffington. The Iraq War Reader concludes with a look to the future; selected pieces in “Through a Glass Darkly” discuss the possibility of a post–Saddam Hussein Iraq and the war’s effect on American foreign policy. Although Mr. Sifry and Mr. Cerf compiled The Iraq War Reader in 2003, shortly after the U.S. invasion, their book remains a valuable resource for anyone who wants to understand and analyze the war. The diversity of opinions—contributors include John McCain, Noam Chomsky, Kofi Annan, and Thomas Friedman—ensures a wide-ranging and thorough investigation of a region about which many Americans still remain ill-informed. Mr. Sifry and Mr. Cerf also co-edited The Gulf War Reader (Three Rivers Press, 1991). Among his many pursuits, Mr. Cerf is a composer-lyricist, voice actor, television producer, musical contributor to “Sesame Street,” and co-creator/producer of the PBS show “Between the Lions.” He is also a well-known humorist who helped launch the National Lampoon in 1970.


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The Three D’s: Democracy, Divinity, and Drama Bruce Burton ’63 | SynergEbooks, 2008

Inspired by and Dedicated to the Boydens |

human civilization, wrapped in a complex nature that must be

Mr. and Mrs. Boyden appear only briefly in The Three D’s:

deciphered in order to be understood and adopted as the truth

Democracy, Divinity, and Drama, yet their influence is felt

about life,” wrote reviewer M. Gordon. “Burton’s quality of

throughout the book. Bruce Burton’s ’63 study of gender

scholarship in The Three D’s is refreshing, unmistakably pure,

balance and the natural law origins of democracy is in fact

and worthy of study.”

dedicated to the Boydens, as a model of the vision of gender roles that Mr. Burton presents to his readers. Mr. Burton’s extensive, heavily researched study is a re-

the historical footprints to where we are now, where we have

nance of “Aristotle’s Iron Age negative view of women which

gotten to, and where we might yet go. Burton’s ‘narrative’ is a

continues to influence so many of our university and college

coalescing of religion, the arts, and natural law (i.e. science) . . .

graduates in religion, literature, drama, and philosophy today,”

woven brilliantly and steadfastly so as to inform, persuade, and

Mr. Burton wrote in his foreword. The Three D’s shows that

challenge the reader to make the intellectual commitment to

democracies flourished in societies in which genders shared

comprehend Burton’s greater vision for the human race.”

the root of the principles of liberty and justice. In its exploration of ten thousand years of human civilization,

also, M. Gordon wrote, “a quest for a more humane development to arise and evolve, one yet to come, as we are led through

sponse to years of violence against women and the predomi-

all tasks equally and emphasizes that gender balance lies at


Yet The Three D’s is much more than a historical text. It is

Mr. Burton received a BA from Bowdoin College and a Master of Letters from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He taught at Castleton State College for 26 years. Besides The Three D’s,

Mr. Burton’s book touches upon such topics as the origins of

Mr. Burton is the author of several novels and screen works and

language and writing, the evolution of Dionysus, and the naming

is the Eastern Bureau Editor of The Turtle Quarterly of The Native

of Greek tragic drama. “Burton scopes out a deliberate history of

American Center for the Living Arts.

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Horn, followed by a trip to Fairbanks, AK, and a drive on the Dalton Highway south from Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay through the Brooks Range. Having recently returned from my Yale Law School 45th Reunion—as substantive and collegial as ever—I marvel at the quickening passage of time.”

1959 “I spend most of the summer either mowing large pastures with my own 10’ rotary cutter or a neighboring large farm’s 20’ cutter,” reports Stirlin Harris. “On my day off, ‘Volunteer Wednesdays,’ I’m down at the ‘HAG,’ as we affectionately call our 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum ( working on planes or mowing our 5000’ grass runway. We have some pretty neat airplanes based here, including the pictured B-17 that played the Memphis Belle in the movie. (See photo page 50.) Come check out our air show, (The Greatest Show on Turf ) rated by a British aviation magazine as one of the ten best in North America—it’s always the second weekend in July.”


Class Captain Nathaniel F. Emmons Les Fleurs du Mal, written by Charles Baudelaire and edited by Edward Kaplan, was recently published by Moliere and Company and received positive reviews.

This past June Mike Moran wrote, “Just returned from the fantastic 50th Reunion to find a package in the mail. It was a trophy from San Diego Mensa for Best Songwriter. The competition was open to all members of American Mensa, and a Deerfield ’60 won! Oatley would have been proud.” Last spring John Thorndike’s memoir, The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s, was named by ForeWord Reviews as the 2009 Book of the Year Award winner in the Autobiography/ Memoir category at Book Expo America. Since then, The Last of His Mind was honored by the Washington Post as a “Best Book of 2009” in the memoir category and by Publishers Weekly as an “Indie Top 20.” John’s book was also a finalist for an Ohioana Book Award.


50th Reunion

Reunion Chairs Jon W. Barker H. Rodgin Cohen Bruce Macleod Thomas M. Poor Baldwin Smith Jr. Ernie Oare writes, “Betty and I continue to race and show horses. We recently won the prestigious International Gold Cup with a timber horse named He’s A Conniver. We are looking forward to the 50th. Doley, Fleming, Fuller, and I are already booked.” Archie Roberts, a cardiologist and former NFL player, was featured in an LA Times story this past summer about his Living Heart Foundation,

which has partnered with the NFL Players Association to screen retired NFL players for heart disease.

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member of the Boyden Society Advisory Committee and so enjoyed seeing Deerfield in action,” says Dusty Miller. “Students, faculty, and staff were full of enthusiasm and the campus has retained its beauty. On the home front, Margi and I seem to thrive on change. This past October our first daughter Emilie remarried and continues to reside next door to us with our four grandchildren ages two, five, ten, and thirteen. Never a dull moment in this neighborhood! In September our middle daughter, Betsy, married a builder of wooden boats and now resides in Maine. And our youngest, Sarah, still single, is looking for a job where she can make use of a recently acquired master’s degree in sustainable community development. I am currently serving on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Commission on Organizing for Impact, charged with devising and then implementing a program for all 1200 clubs in the USA to meaningfully demonstrate program outcome. Funders want to see results, not happy talk. The focus will be on academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, and civic/ community involvement. A helpful little book—Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter—guided our discussions. Our recent travels have taken us through Patagonia/ Tierra Del Fuego from Glacier National Park in Argentina to Chile’s Cape


Class Captains Howard Coonley II Mark C. Garrison


Class Captains Peter A. Alcy Timothy J. Balch Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.


Class Captains John L. Heath Robert S. Lyle II Charles B. Sethness Paul Holinger MD, MPH was featured in a segment on Good Morning Texas on “What Babies Say Before They Can Talk.” good-morning-texas/ What-Babies-Say-BeforeThey-Can-Talk-104946054. html. “During the past 22 years I have been running the statewide preservation program for libraries and archives in Massachusetts,” reports Gregor TrinkausRandall. “Over the past four or five years my focus has changed from preparing cultural resources to preparing for disasters. As a result, I have been working much more closely with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency


David Hoof ’64 | Shadow Line Press, 2010

Served Cold, But Simmers Hot | In his recentlypublished seventh novel, David Hoof ’64 delivers a suspenseful yet satirical tale of international intrigue and adventure. Triple Jeopardy centers on a multibillionaire couple, Richard and Cynthia Spekt, who conspire against each other for control of their huge fortune. While Richard hires a hit man to assassinate his wife, Cynthia arranges for Richard to be kidnapped and brought to a magical island, where evidence of his infidelity will be faked. Meanwhile, an unemployed actor—and Richard lookalike—is enlisted to be his stand-in and finds himself tasked with preventing the destruction of the world’s economy. Intertwined subplots and plot twists abound in Triple Jeopardy, described by Shadow Line Press as “light and satirical, a blend of Wall Street with The War of the Roses, irreverently mixing a delicious combination of malice and paranoia that, like the adversarial spouses, is served cold but often simmers hot.” Mr. Hoof published his first book, Sight Unseen, in 1990, followed a year later by The Last Prisoner, a science fiction tale of social chaos resulting from clandestine biological warfare. Mr. Hoof has also written three novels featuring detective Spike Halleck, a former special effects technician blinded in an accident. Mr. Hoof is most well known for his novel Little Gods, which brings murder and suspense to a New England prep school; he describes this book as “A Separate Peace as if it were written by Alfred Hitchcock.” Before becoming a fulltime writer, Mr. Hoof earned his PhD in chemistry at Purdue University and worked at the Department of Energy. While a student at Deerfield, he was an All American athlete and captained the swim team during his senior year. Triple Jeopardy is available through


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Class Captains Edward G. Flickinger Andrew R. Steele Donald Goodheart writes, “I retired from active ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church in 2007. Since then my wife Ronnie and I have been living in Satellite Beach, FL, most of the year, with late summer and fall in the mountains of Colorado. We have been blessed with four children and five grandchildren, who occupy a great deal of time. We also travel a lot, with special emphasis on cruise ships, since I have been fortunate to act as chaplain on a number of cruises, including a four month ‘world cruise.’ An amazing experience. If interested you can visit our blog at goodheartworldcruise. In addition, I am doing some writing, selling real estate part-time, and helping out with services at our local Episcopal Church in Satellite Beach.” When we last heard, Steve Schackne was on a US State Department Fellowship in China, where he was developing language resources for blind students throughout that country.

Courtesy of Daivd Hoof

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Triple Jeopardy

Management Agency to survey and designate public libraries as Disaster Recovery. Working with those organizations and the Massachusetts archives we have spearheaded COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts). This is a framework designed to prepare cultural entities for potential disasters and to integrate them into statewide mitigation and response. Part of the result has been an Annex for Historical and Cultural Resources to the Commonwealth’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)—the only one in the nation. Last spring I was elected vice-president/ president-elect of the Society of American Archivists, the national archival organization. My presidential term will be from 2011–2012. On another note, my son, Christopher, (Boston University 2010) is working in the Executive Leadership Program for Target. My daughter, Jennifer, (Smith College 2006) has returned to graduate school in Early Childhood Education and Moderate Behavior at Boston College after working for three years as a nanny to three boys. During her first year at Boston College, she was a teacher’s aide in the Brookline School system. She is currently doing her student teaching at the American School in London.”

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Reunion Chair David H. Bradley Jr. “In May, my wife Anna and I went to my daughter Pamela’s Yale graduation,” reported Williamson Evers. “Afterward, we went to a celebration party at the Greenwich, CT, home of John Klingenstein ’46, grandfather of Pamela’s friend Tory Klingenstein. Also at the party were Tory’s father Andrew Klingenstein ’76 and Ben Simpkins ’06.” As reported in the Washington Post, Bob Hall died this past summer. “Bob Hall, 62, a Foreign Service officer who became an assistant press secretary in the White House and at the Pentagon, and later served as a senior Defense Department official at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, died July 10 in French Polynesia. Mr. Hall, a resident of Enterprise, OR, was on a sailing trip around the South Pacific when he had a heart attack while snorkeling off the beach of an atoll. He joined the State Department in 1972 and served in the US Information Agency. As a Foreign Service officer, he held posts in Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Austria, and Israel. During the Iran Contra arms-for-hostages scandal in the 1980s, Mr. Hall used his Middle East expertise in the White House as a deputy press secretary under Marlin Fitzwater during the Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush

administrations. Mr. Hall became an assistant spokesman at the Pentagon in the early 1990s as a deputy to Pete Williams, and he gave press conferences during the Persian Gulf War. When William Perry took over as secretary of defense, Mr. Hall became his senior aide. Mr. Hall also helped complete the Quadrennial Defense Review for Secretary of Defense William Cohen and was later posted to NATO headquarters in Brussels as a senior US military official. He retired in 2001. Robert Barnard Hall was born in Washington on April 7, 1948. His father was also a Foreign Service officer, and Mr. Hall attended one year of high school in Karachi, Pakistan, before graduating from Deerfield Academy. He was a 1970 history graduate of Pomona College in California. In retirement Mr. Hall moved to eastern Oregon, where he bought a singlewide trailer that was converted into a fishing cabin. He grew peaches, killed trespassing rattlesnakes, and caught dinner from the fertile waters of the Imnaha River.” Jeffrey Purtell writes, “Life remains good on the NH seacoast—Deborah and I downsized from Amherst, NH, and moved to Pleasant Point in Portsmouth in July 2004. In my semi-retirement, I am the only dealer in the US specializing in the purchase and sale of Steuben Glass—no more land development! Miss Debbie keeps busy with her needle-

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’65 ’68

’61 clockwise: Donald Goodheart ’65 and

point design business. Our older son, Jeffrey Jr. ’96, married Jennie Logan on May 22, 2010 in Chestertown, MD, and they now live in Chicago. We will become grandparents in late January 2011 as our other son, Matthew, and his wife, Stephanie, will have our first grandson. They live in Charlestown, MA. Our daughter, Anna, also lives and works in Boston. We plan to attend the 45th Reunion in June.”

his wife Ronnie were photographed in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia. Calvert Crary ’61 (front, right)

writes, “We had a good grape crop this year.”

David Beatty ’68 now lives in Italy and runs a tour business called Follow Your Nose. Geoffrey Keyes ’65, MD, was

recently named the president of ASERF, the Aesthetic Surgery and Research Foundation.


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ABENAKI CLASSES with Historic Deerfield, Inc.* Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:30-3:00 pm Connoisseurship Workshops with Historic Deerfield curators in “The Art & Mystery of Seeing.” Join Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea and Curator of Historic Interiors Amanda Lange in a two-part session on learning the unwritten vocabulary of antique American furniture and silver from one of the leading decorative arts museums in America.

3:30-5:30 pm A Walking Tour of the Old Deerfield National Historic Landmark District with Historic Deerfield Architectural Conservator Bill Flynt ’71, P’04. Join Mr. Flynt for an exploration of Deerfield’s significant architectural heritage and the importance of stewardship, identification of


architectural styles and building techniques, and stories about some of the Deerfield characters who lived within (prior neighbors only!) This year’s tour will focus on the south end of Main Street; last year’s tour concentrated on the north end. *The Abenaki afternoon (two classes) with Historic Deerfield staff is an additional fee of $100.

Opening Reception at The Flynt Center of Early New England Life Join Head of School Dr. Margarita O’Byrne Curtis H’57 and Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea in the Flynt Center.

POCUMTUCK CLASSES 8:30-10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August 5, 6, and 7, 2011)

Deerfieldthe Geologic Tale and Trail with Andy Harcourt, Academy Science Department; Robert Crow Schoolmaster’s Chair “Look to the hills” and explore the geologic story revealed in the bedrock and glacial deposits of Deerfield; visit several local sites that illustrate Deerfield’s rich geologic history.

Bending Toward Justice Exploring Connections between the American Civil Rights Movement and the Struggle against South African Apartheid with Conrad Pitcher, Academy History Department; Robert McGlynn Chair in the Humanities Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “ . . . the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” Look at the paths of the fight against Jim Crow segregation in the U.S. and the mass movement to end Apartheid in South Africa; literature, film, historical accounts, and

personal testimony will compare the two movements. Key points include: the legal and cultural mechanisms of racial discrimination in both countries; the rhetoric of freedom and the activist tools of protest; how tensions between civil disobedience and armed struggle shaped the course of these movements; and the challenges that have come with triumph.

The Pure Products of America: William Carlos Williams’ Spring and All with John Palmer, Academy English Department; Deerfield Chair in the Humanities One of America’s most exuberant and innovative poets, Spring and All (1921) is William Carlos Williams’ hybrid creature: Dada-inspired prose effusions on the nature of art in America collaged against some of his most famous poetry; Williams practiced a poetry of “contact,” and few modern poets have had the influence that Williams continues to exert or the ability to generate the energy his work creates.

with Michael O’Donnell, Chair, Academy Philosophy and Religious Studies Department What is happiness? How do we get it? How do we know when we have it? And, when we do, how do we keep it? These questions have inspired poets, philosophers, and mystics throughout the ages. Together we will consider the manner in which this fundamental human pursuit has inspired thinkers such as Buddha, Bentham, Matthieu Ricard (“the happiest man alive”), and Daniel Gilbert (author of Stumbling on Happiness).

Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea: The Aesthetics of Fiction with Mark Ott, Chair, Academy English Department In 1923 Ernest Hemingway declared he wanted to write “like Cezanne painted.” Yet in 1952, he said he would like to have his books illustrated by Winslow Homer. What caused this shift in Hemingway’s aesthetics of fiction? And how did his understanding of the natural world cause a transformation in his writing style? We will examine Hemingway’s first “sea fiction,” To Have and Have Not (1937), and his last, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), to compare how his understanding of the natural world grew as he spent more and more time on the sea.

interpretations and assumpMOHAWK tions, but most especially, as CLASSES Huck does, be prepared to 10:30-12:00 noon on question authority itself! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August Town and Country: The Early Short 5, 6, and 7, 2011) Stories of Cheever Water, Sound, and Updike and Light Waves with Mark Acton, PhD, Academy Science Department; Edwin T. Meredith III Junior Faculty Teaching Chair Explore the amazing richness of ocean waves, sound, and light. Beginning with waves, examine water waves, including tsunamis and “rogue waves.” Moving to sound waves, look at the physics behind different instruments and sounds; finally, consider light waves and link them to lasers, reading glasses, and Lasik surgery. No physics background necessary, just curiosity about the world and a desire to experiment.

Rereading “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

with Suzanne Hannay, Academy English Department With a nod toward the all-pervasive, mind-numbing display of happiness in such pop culture favorites as “Leave It To Beaver,” “Father Knows Best,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” and “I Love Lucy,” concentrate on the more fascinating scrutiny of family life in 1950s America by looking at several stories by Updike and Cheever. These stories still shudder with tension and anxieties growing out of lives driven by icons and images that attempted to define the All-American Male and the Feminine Woman. Some funny, some not—the stories remind us of how close we still are to those “happy days.”

Sociology and Philosophy of Religion

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…and the pursuit of happiness

with Jan Flaska, Academy Philosophy and Religious Studies Department; Assistant Dean of Students; Robertson Distinguished Chair in the Teaching of Religion at Deerfield Explore the questions raised by religion: Does God exist, or is God a manifestation of the human mind and/ or of human social structures? Is it rational to believe in God, and, if not, why is God such a popular idea? If God knows the future, are we free? Does the existence of evil disprove the existence of God? Can all religions be equally true? This course will ask questions relating to the ultimate concerns of humankind.

more . . .

with Sonja O’Donnell, Academy English Department Who has not experienced these great adventures along the Mississippi River? Take this opportunity to be sure you have or return to a narrative that launched it all—all of “modern American literature,” as Ernest Hemingway famously proclaimed, but arguably so much more. Be prepared to question previous readings,




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Friday and Saturday Friday Afternoon Field Trip to the Afternoons home of Mark 1:30-3:00 pm Twain with Sonja Florence in the O’Donnell* Early Renaissance 1:30-5:00 pm with Lydia Hemphill, Academy Fine Arts Department; Associate Academic Dean and Registrar 15th century Florence was the site of the beginnings of the Early Renaissance, a period of unparalleled exploration in many directions: geographic, educational, economic, and not least, artistic. Using a variety of media we will travel to this period and examine the historical circumstances that led to this outpouring of creativity and culture, taking in its art of all media—architecture, sculpture, and painting.

Let’s mark our own twain, following the path of the Connecticut River south to Twain’s Hartford, CT, homestead. All are welcome, whether or not you choose to take the Huckleberry Finn class. *Additional fee; please email Mimi Morsman if you are interested.

Saturday Afternoon

Deerfield 101 3:30-5:00 pm For “new” parents. Walk in the shoes of your soon-to-be Deerfield student as you attend classes taught by Deerfield faculty and experience the pace of Deerfield. You will get to see dorm rooms, hear “tips” on

EVENING PROGRAMS what to bring (or not) for your child’s room, and generally get a better sense of the Academy. Margarita O’Byrne Curtis H’57, Head of School, Jan Flaska, Assistant Dean of Students, and others will provide information and answer questions.

Friday & Saturday Afternoons

Golf at CrumpinFox Club Bernardston, MA (Additional fee; please email Mimi Morsman if you are interested)

Tennis on the Lower Level (Please bring your own racquet)

Biking (Bicycles will be available to rent)

REGISTER TODAY!!! Choose one Pocumtuck course and one Mohawk course + optional courses or other activities.

$595 per person, includes on-campus lodging and all meals.

Add the two Abenaki classes from Historic Deerfield if you would like to start the weekend on Thursday. Enjoy staying in a dorm or at The Deerfield Inn (at a special rate). Enjoy all meals on campus.

$695 per person, includes on-campus lodging and all meals.


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Opening Reception at the Flynt Center

Join Head of School Dr. Margarita O’Byrne Curtis H’57 and Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life for a reception. Dinner and performance of selected Chopin Preludes by Academic Dean Peter Warsaw will follow.


“Margaritas and Fajitas” An informal reception and dinner followed by:

Safe, Safer or Less Safe: A Brief History of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and How It Affects You with Gus Lipman ’89

Mr. Lipman is Senior Executive Vice President for Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest private security firms, providing manned guarding, security design, investigations, consulting, and executive protection.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 Reception and Dinner Show tunes and more with Peter Nilsson, Academy English Department and Assistant Academic Dean, and Grace Mermel, Class of 2012.

QUESTIONS? Contact Director of Alumni Relations Mimi Morsman: or 413.774.1586.

Class Captains Douglas F. Allen Jr. John R. Bass II George W. Lee Jr. David Clarke writes, “My husband of 23 years, Peter J. Karl, died unexpectedly ten days before Christmas last year. We were legally married on August 1, 2004, at Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA, where we lived. Peter owned and operated two small businesses: Cape & Islands Travel and Peter Karl Real Estate in Provincetown. We have one 20-year-old cat, Missy. I continue to conduct many same-gender weddings all over Provincetown, and serve as the part-time pastor of the West Dennis Community Church, United Church of Christ, in West Dennis, MA.”


Class Captain John R. Clementi David Beatty writes, “Having visited the country dozens of times over the past 15 years, I finally moved to Italy to set up a guiding business, Follow Your Nose . . . , to share with others my knowledge of the country and love of Italian food. Check out and come over for a visit! It would be a pleasure to show classmates and Deerfield alumni some of the back roads and byways of this wonderful country.” “Chugging along up here in Portland, ME,” reports Chuck deSieyes. “Have down-sized homes from a 46 acre farm to

a waterfront Cape on a 90 foot lot; small family practice in a wonderful Integrative Medicine group, I’m the school doctor for two towns, and teaching in the Family Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center. Wife Carol Ward (NMH Class of 1969) has retired after delivering 4000 babies! Son Nick (former Southern California rock star) is finishing his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Stanford; son Evan moved to Portland, OR, with his fiancée (yippee!), working for Vestas, the Danish wind power giant. So life keeps on truckin’ . . . Wishing my long lost classmates all the best!”


Class Captain John W. Kjorlien Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.


G. Kent Kahle David Gladstone writes, “Recently sold the communications business I founded 30 years ago. I am now involved in marketing consulting and investment/ real estate management. Still living in Vermont and loving it. I regret not being able to attend our 40th Reunion.” “The great Class of 1970 celebrated its 40th Reunion in grand style last June,” reported Kent Kahle. “It was attended by 24 ’mates, their significant others, several children, and honorary members Mrs. Hodermarsky

and Tara Olson. The highlights were many but to name just a few: throughout the weekend we were entertained by spectacular jamming sessions with Bewkes, Christy, Coleman, and Whetstone leading the way. We missed Lotsch but rumor has it that he was back in the USSR. Van Ranst utilized his Cornell mixology degree to provide explosive concoctions. Mills showed off his years of Arthur Murray lessons by dancing with anyone and everyone, including the head of school. Wolf also led a contingent to the River on Sunday morning to maintain his training for swimming San Francisco Bay. On a more somber note, Williams read the names of our departed 1970 sons of Deerfield and Olson was remembered in a special service on Saturday morning. For those who attended, there is a movement to meet again earlier than 2015 because we had too much fun to wait five more years. For those that missed the weekend, you should participate next time!” “Doing lots of interesting construction projects in and around Boston,” says Scott Whetstone. “The soft economy has not as yet impacted my business, which is high-end residential cabinet and carpentry work.” Paul Wolf notes, “So enjoyed the 40th Reunion! Mimi et al did a great job— kudos to you all; but the real joy was ‘re-uning’ with a select group of classmates

and a few charming significant others. I was so inspired by the wisdom of the life choices and ability of the speakers, that I have decided to retire immediately, cash out my 401k, profit-sharing, and deferred benefits and invest it all in Time-Warner stock, take up oil painting, and move to Paris. Neil, Toby, which one of you has a place large enough for my bedroom, separate bath, and atelier? When can we move in? (‘We’ is just me, a well-behaved grown woman, and a badly behaved mini rat terrier.) I recommend that all DA grads attend Reunions and see inspiration!”


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40th Reunion

Reunion Chairs KC Ramsay John L. Reed Ian Devine is still balancing his time between paid and pro bono work in NYC. He says, “My eldest daughter is a 3L at Fordham Law, and my youngest daughter is in second grade. My son is living in Beijing, so I hope to visit him in the spring. Planning to attend the 40th in June!” Peter Hussey writes, “I am excited to share that 30 of my watercolor paintings were chosen to inaugurate the establishment of The Joan and James Vernon Cancer Center Art Collection at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, in Newton, MA. The exhibit will benefit the Center’s Integrative Support Services and was on display from October 22 through December 2010.”


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’73 Bob Beane ’73 (kneeling) with some Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club members during the Tour de Payson (AZ) ride that he organized in May 2010.

Bob didn’t ride in the event because he had the advantage of knowing what the hills and altitude “had in store” due to the fact he planned the route.

David Place notes, “Son Zach has graduated from U Tampa and moved in to a nice apartment, and daughter Alex started at Stanstead College Prep School in Quebec. I’m so very happy for my kids.” When we last heard from John Reed he said, “Early October here in Houston. Deerfield pops up at every turn, it seems. Last night I had dinner with Andy Steele ’65, a classmate from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth and now the head of External Relations at Tuck. Two days ago I had a business meeting with Kent Kahle ’70 at his firm, The Gulfstar Group. Lunch today will be with Ward Penne-


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baker, a ’71 classmate. Just ‘texted’ with my daughter Elisabeth ’05 who graduated this past May from Annapolis and now is in Pensacola, FL, for flight training. Finally, talked a few days ago with my dad, Lansing Reed ’44, who is doing very well up in New London, NH.” “I am still a country doctor in western Kansas,” reports James Zauche. “I started doing a lot of work in medical management several years ago, and in 2008 I received a master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon. Pediatrics is so much fun that I just have not been able to walk away from clinical medicine. We travel

frequently to visit our six children who are scattered over three time zones; Robin and I became grandparents this past summer. I still occasionally make it out bird hunting with my Labs. We now have the sixth generation in our line. I hope to make it to Reunions in June.”


Class Captain Paul R. Barkus Bruce Dines writes, “I am currently heading up the technology practice for Liberty Global Ventures, the venture capital arm of Liberty Global. Liberty Global is a Fortune 500

company operating cable TV companies in 14 countries around the world: throughout Western Europe and in Chile, Australia, and Puerto Rico.”


Class Captains Lawrence C. Jerome Peter D. Van Oot “As president of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, I am actively advocating bicycling as a partial solution to health, transportation, and energy issues in this country,” reports Bob Beane. “In my ‘spare time’ I also organize rides for our 450-member recreational club (Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club), which

was recently selected as a regional Club of the Year by the League of American Bicyclists. I actually began developing affection for cycling during our senior year at Deerfield, when cross country coach Mo Hunt allowed us to cross-train via bicycle one day each week.” Jim Erlick writes, “The Erlick Group recently re-launched its site ( as they begin their 18th year as a NYCbased sponsorship agency representing leading entertainment properties in theatre, film, music, family, and venues. I am married and living in Westchester County with my wife and two daughters, aged 13 and 16.” “Our youngest daughter, Alice, is doing a post-gradu-

ate year at Harvard, our son William is at Mckinsey in London, and our eldest daughter Catherine at Booz & Co, consulting in energy,” reported Nigel Newton when we last heard from him. “My company, Bloomsbury Publishing, is having a reasonable run at the moment with Eat, Pray, Love in the UK; The Man Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson in the US and the UK, a comic novel that you might enjoy reading, and Operation Mincemeat.” At the time he added, “We are off tomorrow from London to Boston to visit Alice and also Margarita Curtis at Deerfield, to which we are looking forward.”


Class Captain J. Christopher Callahan III Some of Fred Bendheim’s recent paintings were shown at the Wendt Gallery in NYC. Jeff DuFresne reports, “The Deerfield Club of the South convened on October 9, 2010 for a tour of the Atlanta BeltLine—the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment currently underway in the United States. This was the second gathering of the year for the newly-formed club. In attendance were Art Clement ’66 P’00; Graham Anthony ’74; Elizabeth Clement P’00; Garrett Pendleton ’92; Barbara Schwendler; Jaimye Bartak ’97; Jeff DuFresne ’74; Wes Gifford P’10; Kathi and Peter Hausser ’78;

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and Bill Schwendler ’58. The date also marked the 100th anniversary of ‘Rock Day,’ which was commemorated by The Pematwachuatuck, a Deerfield yearbook/literary publication. The mission of the Deerfield Club of the South is to keep the spirit of Deerfield alive by reconnecting alumni and parents with the school.” “After two years in Washington as the director of the Office of Iraq Political Affairs, I am back out in the field,” says George Sibley. “I am currently serving as the senior advisor for Northern Iraq based out of Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk, but traveling throughout the northern region and to Baghdad. My task is to promote cooperation and prevent conflict in this troubled region, with an emphasis on Arab/Kurd tensions.”


Class Captains Dwight R. Hilson James L. Kempner Bob Barton and Leslie Scully were married on July 24, 2010 at their home in South Bristol, ME. “We are living in Acton, MA, and spend lots of weekends in Maine, mostly during the summer,” says Bob. “I am still VP of marketing at United Site Services, the biggest ‘porta potty’ company in the world.” Peter McLoughlin writes, “After 25 years in St. Louis I have moved to Seattle to be president of the Seahawks


and Sounders. Kelly and I enjoyed the 35th Reunion in June. It was great to see old friends, classmates, and faculty.”

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35th Reunion

Reunion Chairs Marshall F. Campbell III David R. DeCamp

Members of the Deerfield Club of the South enjoyed a fall Atlanta BeltLine tour. l to r: Art Clement ’66, P’00, Graham Anthony ’74, Elizabeth Clement P’00, Garrett Pendleton ’92, Barbara Schwendler, Jaimye Bartak ’97, Jeff DuFresne ’74, Wes Gifford P’10, Kathi Hausser, Peter Hausser ’78, Bill Schwendler ’58 Bob Barton ’75 and Leslie Scully were married on July 24, 2010. l to r: Duncan Barton, Ian Barton, (Bob’s sons), Bob, Leslie, Caitlin Scully, and Molly Scully (Leslie’s daughters).

Aidan McIntyre, age nine, and son of Mike McIntyre ’76 had his picture taken holding a year-old panda cub in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, in July 2010, after he spent a day as a panda keeper.


Identical twins Madeleine and Emilie Salaun were born on September 17, 2010. Pictured along with the newborns are their proud parents, Julie and Henri Salaun ’78, and big brother Christian.


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Graeme Howard writes, “David Bennett and I met in October and played golf in Easton, PA. Afterwards Steve Riddle joined us for dinner at Morgan Hill. Everyone is well and wishes the best to all our classmates!” Mike McIntyre writes, “Krista, Aidan, and I had an amazing 17-day trip to China this past summer. Highlights included visits to Beijing, the Great Wall in Mutianyu, Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Army in Xi’an, the Bund and Expo in Shanghai, the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, and Tiger Leaping Gorge in Lijiang. China’s rapid modernization is impressive. We hope to visit Deerfield for the 35th Reunion.” “Barbara, my wife, and I (Stuart Meloy) met up with Ben Cart and Sarah in March of 2010 while in Florida attending spring training for the Deerfield baseball team.” Doug Wheeler writes, “I finally made it back there (Deerfield) 2 summers ago after graduating 33 years earlier with my family (Tom - 16 and Kaitlin - 13), and they were very impressed that I could actually get into a school as incredible as Deerfield.

Jay Morsman ’55 P’89 joined the Deerfield faculty in

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“I always support the kids at Deerfield—no matter what.” 1960. In 51 years, he has been a teacher, coach, dorm parent, Director of Sports Information, and “Master of the Dining Hall.” Jay continues to inspire Deerfield students to work hard, play fair, and have fun. With the exception of Frank and Helen Boyden, no one has served Deerfield longer.

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’79 Jay Wagley ’79 (center), and Jay Winthrop ’82 (r) pose with Alaska Director for the Conservation Fund Glenn Elison in Southwest Alaska. Considering that the campus is about 100x larger than La Jolla High School and Muirland MS where they go to school was quite amazing to them. I will keep our 35th in mind, and hope to make it back. Living in Southern California (San Diego) is a bit of a distance for that trip, but we will see.”


Class Captains John C. Buckley James P. MacPherson Jr. Bob Burr tells us he is having a great time reliving the wonder of Deerfield, watching his daughter Phoebe thrive as a senior in the Class of 2011.


Class Captains Paul JS Haigney Stephen R. Quazzo Henri Salaun and his wife, Julie, welcomed twins this past fall. Henri wrote, “Julie and I are very proud to welcome these beautiful blessings into our family, which is now officially maxed out. Their brother Christian (age two and a half years and wearing his favorite school colors) is already excited at the thought of lifelong playmates! At my age I never thought the prospect of pulling more all-nighters would sound appealing, but here goes . . .”

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’76 Ben Cart ’76 (l) and Stuart Meloy ’76

at the airport near Ben’s home in Key Largo.


Class Captains Arthur R. Dwight Daniel C. Pryor Art Dwight wrote, “Here are class notes for ’79 . . . As a result of our April drive, Peter Nash, who was in Guatemala for a year, discovered that Greg Carboy was also there, and the two of them connected. Dan Maynard, currently living in London, spent several nights with Masao Iketani in Japan. Dan also spent time this summer fishing in Canada with Reed Webster. As I approached Jim Smith Field during Deerfield’s Volunteer Weekend, the announcer shouted, ‘Touchdown! Mac Roy Jackson ’11!’ Our very own Mac Roy Jackson’s son

is a senior and captain of the football team. His youngest, John, is also a freshman at Deerfield. On the adjacent field, Colin Cooper and his wife Jeanmarie were watching their daughter Ashley, a Deerfield freshman, play varsity soccer. Chip Lewis writes that he’s now contracting as a ‘business intelligence analyst’ for Hewlett-Packard and loving life with his THREE granddaughters. Patrick Fleming is alive and well and living near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with his family.” Daniel Goss is proud to announce the adoption of a boy, Daniel Alexander Goss. “Daniel was born on February 22, 2009 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, and weighed 8 lbs., 5 ounces; he was adopted at the age of 14


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A Force to be Reckoned With

“The uncertainties in the models, theory, and observations of climate change and associated risks and the sheer complexity of the problem provide many rounds of ammunition for the agenda-driven, be they apocalyptic or denialist,” Mr. Emanuel wrote.


Just like the hurricanes that he studies, Kerry

“For the lawyerly, with the ability and will to cherry-

Emanuel ’73 arrived on the national stage with little

pick the evidence, there is much ripe fruit to hurl in

warning and a huge impact.

the increasingly heated climate wars of our generation.”

In August 2005, Mr. Emanuel, a professor of

Mr. Emanuel acknowledges that many climate models

meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of

are not precise and proven, but he argues that “we do

Technology, published a paper in Nature that linked

not have the luxury of waiting for scientific certainty,

stronger hurricanes with global warming. He projected

which will never come, nor does it do anyone any

that if climate change continued to warm ocean water,

good to assassinate science, the messenger.”

hurricanes would become increasingly powerful. Only a few weeks later, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast. It seemed that Mr. Emanuel’s

itself. In the 1980s, he was as yet unconvinced that

predictions had come true, and he became a symbol

global warming posed a serious threat. In the 1990s,

of the climate change debate. In 2006, Time magazine

however, Mr. Emanuel began to see a swell of

named him as one of its 100 most influential people.

evidence to support the negative impact of man-made

“Emanuel alone did not drive us to that understanding,”

climate change; improved computer models and

Jeffrey Kluger wrote for Time. “But just as nature

the availability of more temperature data helped to

has its trigger point, so does the public opinion, and

change Mr. Emanuel’s opinions.

Emanuel was clearly one of the forces that nudged us across an important line.” maintained his centrality in the climate debate.

relationship with his MIT colleague, Richard Lindzen,

In 2005, he published Divine Wind: The History and

another climate scientist, is symbolic of the larger

Science of Hurricanes, which explained the science

climate change debate. Mr. Lindzen is known as a prominent climate

University Press, 2005). An opinion piece explaining

change skeptic, who sees questionable motivations in

climate change science that Mr. Emanuel wrote for

many scientists, including Mr. Emanuel. Mr. Lindzen

the Boston Review became a book, What We Know

and Mr. Emanuel have engaged in a war of words,

About Climate Change (MIT Press, 2007).

battling back and forth with opinion pieces and rebutting letters. In a letter attacking Mr. Emanuel’s

debate over climate change in opinion pieces and

February 2010 Globe opinion piece, Mr. Lindzen wrote

essays on major websites. In February 2010, Mr.

that Mr. Emanuel’s reasoning was “more advocacy

Emanuel published an op-ed in the Boston Globe

than assessment.”

in response to the controversy over “climategate”

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the publication of an article in the Boston Globe, “A Cooling Trend,” which describes how Mr. Emanuel’s

Recently, Mr. Emanuel has contributed to the

Mr. Emanuel gained more attention recently with

Over the past few years, Mr. Emanuel has

and history behind the powerful storms (Oxford


Mr. Emanuel’s journey to his present views on climate change mirrors the emergence of the field

Although the two men maintain a professional

and statements made by politicians. In his piece, he

relationship, their decades-old friendship has

outlined several scientific certainties and lamented

disintegrated under the pressure of being leaders

the fierce climate change debate.

on two sides of a fierce environmental debate.

United States Government Works



Class Captains Daniel C. Pryor John B. Mattes Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently appointed Dwayne Gathers to the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) Board of Commissioners. In a press release the mayor said, “Dwayne’s background in business development and government relations is the perfect intersection of professional experiences for this position. He will be a great addition to the efforts underway at the CRA to improve our neighborhoods and the livelihoods of all residents. I am confident Dwayne will serve the City with the energy and dedication that have become the hallmarks of his career.” Mr. Gathers is currently president and CFO of Gathers Strategies, a business advisory firm specializing in business development and government relations. He recently served as regional manager for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation where he directed business attraction,

expansion, and retention efforts. While Mr. Gathers began his career in finance, he also has professional experience in international affairs and trade and business development. Walter “Trip” Ryan was an investigator for an article published in the August 5, 2010 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The title of the article is “Nanofiltered C1 Inhibitor Concentrate for Treatment of Hereditary Angioedema.”


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months. Following some eventful travel (French air traffic controller strike and Icelandic volcano cloud) we were able to complete the adoption of ‘Alex.’ This little guy is adjusting to the States very well. It’s anticipated that he may matriculate with the DA Class of 2028!”

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30th Reunion

Reunion Chairs Robert G. Bannish Andrew M. Blau Michael M. Boardman Andrew A. Cohen Derek R. Reisfield “Looking forward to our 30th in June!” says Andrew Gluck. “Bumped into Craig Slater at the Newton YMCA and shared training notes (he is a super tri-athlete—I am just trying to stave off middle age). Daughter Samantha just started at Middlebury and son Josh is in his first year of high school.”

Young Daniel Alexander Goss, son of Lois and Dan Goss ’79 Jon “JB” Davis ’79 (l) and Dan Pryor ’79met at JB’s

Vermont home while Dan was on the way to take his son Corby to summer camp.

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Colin Binswanger, age ten (son of Josh ’80, grandson of Robert ’48), in heaven at the annual DeNunzio Disco extravaganza thrown by David Dickinson and Claudia Lyons. Everline and Ethan Bloomberg ’81 are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Devasha Pearl. She was born on April 16, 2010 in Concord, MA, and weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz.


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Class Captain Frank H. Reichel III

’82 No fish tale here . . . Jay Winthrop ’82 and his son Brad (age 13) posed with a rainbow trout they hooked in Southwest Alaska. Dan Griffin ’82 (l) and Timothy Carey ’82 “bumped”

into each other this past summer on York Beach in Maine.

Stephen Crampton ’82 is now a software development

engineer for After Stephen accepted the position, he and his family moved to the Seattle, WA, area.


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Mark Caputo’s Caputo Construction Company won a “Gold Nugget” award for Best Custom Home Under 5000 Square Feet at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. His company also recently won “Builder of the Year” for Best New Residential Construction over $1.5 million from the Santa Barbara Contractors Association Builder of the Year Awards, 2010. Timothy Carey reported, “I was at York Beach, ME, on July 30, 2010, and I bumped right into Dan Griffin and his family on the beach. We were proctors together for Mr. Lambert in Ephraim Williams during our senior year. ‘Grif’ was up from his home in Ohio and visiting his

parents in Westfield, MA, and they decided to take a day trip to York Beach. My brother-in-law invited my family up to their home at the beach for the weekend the day before. This was a total chance encounter with one of my very best friends from Deerfield, and we got to spend a few hours together sharing a lot of memories. Also, notice the shirt that I am wearing! It doesn’t get any better than that.” “A serendipitous email led to some interviews and my new position at Amazon. com,” wrote Stephen Crampton when we last heard from him. “I’m excited to be working with some brilliant and interesting people. I’m new to the Pacific Northwest, but I enjoy the culture here; I have young kids, so my wife and I picked Bainbridge Island for our residence and

Sharon while the kid was at camp. Now that the kid, aka Phoebe, has started eighth grade, we are smack in the middle of the whole high school application process: tours, tests, and interviews, preparing auditions and portfolios. I tell ya, there are a BUNCH of great high schools out there. It has been quite an adventure so far. I’m staying pretty busy at Brown Harris Stevens. Brooklyn really does just keep getting better and better! So if you have a dog I might see you in the Park sometime—we still have Scout (14) and a new little guy, Dusty (one) so we’re getting to the dog runs a lot more often.”


Class Captains John G. Knight J. Douglas Schmidt Josh Greenberg has been promoted to vice president of Government Relations for Children’s Hospital Boston. As the hospital accelerates its efforts to build a local and national reputation for delivering cost effective, innovative care, particularly on Beacon Hill and in Washington, the role of Government Relations has become increasingly important. Josh has been tasked with leading Children’s response to the constantly evolving external environment of health reform and cost containment, as well as continuing to set the hospital’s public policy and legislative advocacy

agenda that is central to their ability to provide the best care to children in need. Josh has been with Children’s for eight years, most recently serving as director of Government Relations. In that role, he’s led hospital efforts and provided strategy for city, state, and federal fiscal and public policy issues, including helping to advance the hospital’s agenda on Medicaid/CHIP, pediatric quality, child/public health concerns, research, and medical education. Prior to joining Children’s, Josh served as manager of the Children’s Division at Health Care For All, where he was the Massachusetts director for the national Covering Kids Program. His dedication to child advocacy has led him to involvement in numerous projects on health quality, teen health, and mental health, including the founding of an innovative legal aid program, now known as the Medical-Legal Partnership, at Boston City Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics. Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northeastern University’s School of Law. Hardie Jackson writes, “Hello all—I feel bad that I have been out of touch with the Deerfield community for so long. My re-entry has been helped by having two nephews now attending DA, Mac ’11 and John ’14. My family and I are still in Atlanta. Left the agent world two years ago as my quality of life traveling 200 days a year

Nantucket hijinks abounded when the Class of ’83 foursome of Knight, Wareck, Clark, and Suher got together in late July. Jim had the house, Nelse cooked the food, JK brought the booze, and Eric . . . well, Eric was the entertainment!

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we are very happy. I commute by bicycle and ferry to work every day. If you are in the area, please look me up.” Thomas Mezzetti writes, “We’re still living in the Pacific Northwest, dividing our time between Washington State and Alaska. We’re very happy here, particularly in Alaska, which we call home. My family is doing well. I continue to practice pathology, largely in small community hospitals. I very much enjoyed my time in New England recently; I worked in the Department of Pathology of Yale University at various times between 2006 and 2009. It allowed me to spend time in the land where I grew up and to reconnect with old friends and family. It was while I was living there that I attended my 25th Deerfield Reunion in 2007. I was also able to spend precious time with my Mom and Dad toward the end of my father’s life. It was very providential that I was able to be there during that time. I hope all of you are well. “ Andrew VanDusen commented, “Maybe it’s all those years of schooling but I always feel like the year really officially starts in the fall. So here I am getting a fresh start this year (!!!), dropping a note to check in and say “Hi.” I had a pretty good summer—little visits here and there and a little trip across Mexico (from Mexico City west to Punta Mita on the coast) with the family and then some lovely stay-cation with my wife

A team well-connected to Deerfield placed 19th out of 43 in the Club 8+ event at Head of the Charles this past October (the others were mostly college crews). Rowers were: Jess Hoy ’03, James Canning ’05, Mike Snyder, Zach Gazzaniga ’05, David Wagener P’10, Wayne Berger ’84 (current faculty), Booth Kyle (former faculty), Keith Burgoyne (coach), and Kent Correll.

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’84 Beatrix “Trixie” Eliza Simsarian was born on September 15, 2009 in San Francisco. She is the daughter of Catherine Corcoran and Kristian Simsarian ’84.

was not quite what I wanted it to be! Still love the business though and have my hands on a dozen or so MLB players. Presently splitting my time between this, a real estate development company I started (good timing), and a company called Evoshield (see where I am a part owner. Hopefully I will be more involved with DA moving forward. Glad to be back!” Mark LaFlamme and his wife moved to Hong Kong from NYC recently—he’s still with Ziff Brothers Investments as far as we know. We quickly got him invited to the


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annual Friends of DeerfieldHK dinner scheduled for the very next Friday! Nothing like meeting all DA alums and parents in HK within a week of your arrival. Paul Magee has emailed from Mexico City about watching the World Cup and even the NBA Finals. He promises to send a family photo soon. Rob McGill participated in the North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon at Bear Mountain (NY) last May. According to the website he and his fellow runners experienced: technical terrain and rocky footing that

cut to the chase, with some trails heading steeply uphill rather than zig-zagging at a gentler grade; descents that ended in wooded hollows before the next rapid climb, ending with a breathtaking view. Elevation Change: 4 stars, Technical Terrain: 5 stars, Overall Difficulty: 5 stars, Scenery: 5 stars. Eric Peterson has to make important decisions as head of St. George’s School; one of his recent decisions made it into a Frank Deford commentary on National Public Radio, and was featured in other media outlets as well. Go to to learn more

about why Eric chose to forfeit a football game and the discussion that followed. Eric Suher was featured in a September 5, 2010 front-page article in the Springfield, MA, Sunday Republican for his revival of the Holyoke property known as Mountain Park. David Ziccardi writes, “Eileen and I made it up to New England in mid-August for a week of cycling from/to Burlington, VT. A little video (turn up the volume):!/video/video. php?v=1553696452813 Had people carry the gear this trip. Hoping to get back to Montana next summer

Lamar Hunt:

The Gentle Giant Who Revolutionized Professional Sports David Sweet ’81 | Triumph Books, 2010

Unsung Hero | By age 40, Lamar Hunt had created the American Football League (AFL), coined the term “Super Bowl,” and pulled off what author David Sweet ’81 calls “a U.S. sports coup,” namely, the merger of the AFL and the National Football League (NFL), which revolutionized professional football. Many men would have stopped there, but not Mr. Hunt; his career in the sports world was just beginning. In his biography Lamar Hunt: The Gentle Giant Who Revolutionized Professional Sports, Mr. Sweet reveals the extraordinary legacy of Lamar Hunt in American sports, ranging from football to tennis and soccer. The first few chapters of Mr. Sweet’s book delve into Mr. Hunt’s contributions to professional football, starting with the creation of the AFL in 1960. “His youth meant that not only was he unbowed by the prospect of taking on the mighty NFL and fearless about risking millions of dollars, he would also want fresh approaches in football on and off the field,” wrote Mr. Sweet. “What unfolded was a league that jokingly became known as the All Fun League, whereas the NFL at many junctures was draped with the moniker No Fun League.” Although the league eventually became a financial disaster, the AFL has had an impact on how the game of football is played today. Mr. Hunt introduced two-point conversions, brought football teams to new cities (including Denver and Buffalo), and expanded television coverage. When the AFL and NFL merged in 1970, the AFL became the only 20th century professional football league to be fully absorbed by the NFL. The second half of Mr. Sweet’s biography details Mr. Hunt’s numerous other sports ventures. His passion for soccer helped establish the sport in the U.S. and initiated the construction of soccer-specific stadiums. He was responsible for opening up tennis events to professional players, increasing the sport’s popularity and the players’ paychecks. Mr. Hunt even invested in the Chicago Bulls at the time of their incorporation in 1966. While researching for Lamar Hunt, Mr. Sweet interviewed many of Mr. Hunt’s business partners, sports colleagues, and athletes, as well as Mr. Hunt himself. The diversity and detail of these interviews create a portrait of an unsung hero of American professional sports that any sports fan will enjoy.

Despite being considered the father of the Super Bowl (he also came up with the idea of affixing Roman numerals to each game), Hunt could also enjoy deflating the event’s increasingly serious air. Before Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta, he was chosen as a coin-flipper. He received a letter from the NFL discussing what would happen the day before the game, which included a coin-toss press conference, a rehearsal, and a preparation, all before the actual flip in front of the players. Hunt scribbled a note to a friend about the letter: “Do you think we are slightly overprepared? My flipping thumb is already twitching, and I’m only going to be one of ten ‘flippers’ on January 30th. Thank goodness there are no activities on Saturday so we can rest up!”

Mr. Sweet has worked as a sports editor, reporter, and columnist for a variety of publications. He is currently an editor at Sun-Times Media.


sustainability advocate


design of our home and the surrounding agriculture to mimic the relationship found in nature—to work with nature, not against it,” said Mr. Fedor-Cunningham. “In essence our design is permaculture.” As part of their permaculture project, the FedorCunninghams have planted a wide variety of trees in order to find the tree crops that will grow the best in a Vermont climate that is also getting warmer over time. “We began experimenting by planting trees that were not hardy in our cold climate, but that we predict will be by the time they begin bearing fruit and nuts,” Mr.


Working with Nature

Fedor-Cunningham explained. “We are also trying a wide variety of each tree species in the hopes of finding which varieties work best as the climate changes. We hope that our research—our years of experimentation —will help others create the localized food systems that seem nearly inevitable in a post-petroleum future.” The Fedor-Cunninghams’ growing permaculture project has attracted the attention of local colleges. Many classes have visited the farm to learn about permaculture, sustainability, and food security. The Fedor-

When John Fedor-Cunningham ’84 and his husband

Cunninghams also offer a 125-hour, unpaid internship

David moved to Vermont, they were planning to

during the summer. Their interns spend half their time

create “an island of sustainability” on their farm.

on education and half their time on hands-on learning,

“Our initial thought when moving here was to be able

helping with planting, watering, and invasive control

to ‘close the gate’ figuratively, and live sustainably

on the farm.

“But the more I learned about global climate disruption,

is the installation of two solar trackers that provide

the carbon cycle, peak oil, genetic engineering and

the farm with 100% of its electricity. “The trackers use

politics, the more I knew that my family living sustainably

GPS to point the panels directly at the sun, following

was not enough.”

the sun’s path, which increases energy production

What began as an individual desire to live sustain-

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significantly,” said Mr. Fedor-Cunningham. The grid-tie

ably—inspired in part by Deerfield teacher Andrew

system also collects and stores energy on an electrical

Harcourt’s introductory biology course—has grown to

grid. “During the summer, when there is lots of sun, we

include an internship program and outreach to local

‘bank’ lots of energy with our electric company, and in

colleges to share what the Fedor-Cunninghams have

the winter, when our home uses more energy than the

learned while implementing a number of sustainability

panels produce, we draw energy that we banked with

efforts on their farm.

the electric company during the summer.”

One of their most important projects started


The Fedor-Cunninghams’ latest sustainability effort

As the Fedor-Cunninghams continue to expand their

five years ago, when the Fedor-Cunninghams were

sustainability efforts, they provide an example of how a

designing a house that they hope to eventually build

small initiative can provide the seeds for growth for the

on their farm. “We wanted to use an approach in the

larger sustainability movement.

Courtesy of John Fedor-Cunningham

from the land,” explained Mr. Fedor-Cunningham.


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Susan Davis ’86 participated in

an International Naginata Federation seminar in Montreal this past June with her partner Amanda.

DJ Fairbanks ’87 and Ashley Boccia were married at DJ’s mother’s summer house in Woods Hole, MA, over the fourth of July weekend, 2010. Andrew Bonanno ’87 and Zac Cherry ’93 were in attendance. DJ and Ashley live in Atlanta and Palm Beach.


for a week of self-contained touring in Big Sky County.” John Knight reminds all classmates, if you are seeing these notes for the first time, you should subscribe to the class blog at www.da1983.!

1984 ’88 ’88 Proud dad Marc Cram ’88 and his wife welcomed son Porter Cram

on July 6, 2010. In addition to his parents, Porter joins older sisters Couper and Charlotte.

Tim Gregg ’88, Allison Gregg, Keil Gunther, and Kevin Gunther ’88. Timothy Gregg wrote, “Allison and I enjoyed catching up with Kevin Gunther and his wife, Keil, this summer during a trip to Bermuda. Not a bad place to call home!”

J. Alexander Bates and wife Sunny are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Julia Templeton Bates. She was born on October 1, 2010 in Greenwich, CT, at Greenwich Hospital, and weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz.. Classmates Barry Hinckley and Scott “Boss” Hogg recently started a political Internet radio talk show that was featured in the Boston Herald: http://bostonherald. com/track/inside_track/view. bg?articleid=1292972 R’ykandar Korra’ti noted, “I finally finished building my recording studio! And

then spent several months learning how to record. I never thought my radio experience would be so completely, totally useless, but it turns out the skills don’t transfer in the slightest! The only thing radio taught me in the end was how to wind cables correctly. Once the summer festival season was finished, I went all nose-to-the-grindstone and I’ve made a lot of real progress on the album. I’m working on the ninth track this week, and I’m uploading to Bandcamp at http:// crimeandtheforcesofevil. as I go.” “We are an extremely happy and healthy family in SF,” reports Kristian Simsarian. “While this past year has not allowed us much time for announcements, it has given us incredible unanticipated rewards.” In addition to the birth of a daughter on September 15, 2009, Kristian also accepted a position at California College of the Arts located in San Francisco as chair of the Interaction Design program. He will also continue to be an associate


Newly Endowed

Woodward Family Scholarship Fund Gordon Woodward ’87

Long before Gordon Woodward became a member of the Class

promise of Deerfield as a true community of diverse back-

of ’87, he was familiar with boarding school life. As a second-

grounds, interests, and opinions.”

generation “fac brat,” Mr. Woodward grew up on the campus

Mr. Woodward also retains a deep appreciation for

of The Hill School in Pennsylvania, where both his mother

Deerfield’s faculty, and recalls in particular David Dunbar

and father were longtime participants in all aspects of school

and Greg Bullen, who taught disparate subjects with similar

life—as faculty, administration, and dorm parents; and even

enthusiasm. “Although I admittedly recall few historical

though Mr. Woodward has a multitude of fond memories of

facts from junior year American History,” Mr. Woodward

his childhood at The Hill, when he decided to create an

said, “I do have vivid memories of being challenged by

endowed fund, his thoughts turned to Deerfield.

Mr. Dunbar to not merely memorize but to think critically,

“Deerfield taught me a unique set of skills that I continue to draw upon daily,” said Mr. Woodward. “The Deerfield-infused

to read actively, and to form and defend opinions.” As for Mr. Bullen, Mr. Woodward recalls his infectious

blend of ‘self-reliance’ against the backdrop of a supportive

love of singing, which inspired Mr. Woodward to continue

community of faculty and friends forged character traits that

singing in college and beyond. “Some of my fondest memories

The Deerfield-infused blend of ‘self-reliance’ against the backdrop of a supportive community of faculty and friends forged character traits that serve as moral and developmental compasses . . . the Deerfield educational experience is one that I lived and one that I am passionate about supporting. serve as moral and developmental compasses,” he explained,

of Deerfield are of rehearsals with Mr. Bullen, where he

and added, “the Deerfield educational experience is one that I

created an environment of creativity and warmth, which for

lived and one that I am passionate about supporting.”

me, was a sanctuary from the hectic pace of daily life.”

Last year Mr. Woodward’s support became tangible through

chief investment officer at Kohlberg & Company LLC, life

which will provide financial aid to deserving students for years

is indeed hectic for Mr. Woodward. He and his wife try to

to come. “Neither my wife Ann, a Groton School alumna and

teach their children the importance of hard work, kindness,

current trustee, or I would have been able to attend boarding

and humility, and often remind them to take nothing for

school without financial aid,” said Mr. Woodward. “As a result

granted but to recognize and pursue opportunity when it

of the financial aid we received and the transforming impact

arises. The same advice might work well for Woodward

of our secondary school education, we feel it is our duty to give

Family scholars, who Mr. Woodward hopes will be talented,

back and help sustain and broaden the availability of aid . . . at

motivated, and self-possessed; he is certain that these

Deerfield I believe financial aid plays a vital role in perpetuat-

students will be engaged, nurtured, challenged, and

ing the ‘Deerfield Experience’ by allowing the Academy to

ultimately brought to fruition at Deerfield.

access a wide candidate pool, which in turn furthers the


Now, as the father of two young girls, and partner and

his endowment of the Woodward Family Scholarship Fund,

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Class Captains Charles B. Berwick Sydney M. Williams IV Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.


25th Reunion

Reunion Chairs Henri R. Cattier Michael W. Chorske Michael Chorske writes, “Our 25th Reunion was put into perspective when a friend emailed a picture of my Deerfield yearbook page, while his daughter was interviewing for the Class of 2015. I remember looking at old yearbooks in the Main School Building’s library, sweating my imminent meeting with Parny Hagerman. Here in NYC, I chuckle at Marinovich’s eighth grade picture at Saint David’s, where my son Jack is a first grader. Albert Realuyo’s son is in Jack’s class. So much has happened in 25 years, but it seems none of us has really changed. I hope you all make

a strong effort to attend the 25th Reunion. Among other things, we can test the theory of change.” Susan Davis reports, “I’ve gone into independent practice as an Agile coach, which is a sort of management consultant for software development and IT organizations. I’m working with Canada’s largest cable and wireless carrier to transform the way they manage their IT projects, and to eliminate a great deal of waste. Outside the workplace, I’m in training to represent Canada at next year’s International Naginata Federation championships, to be held in Japan a few weeks after our 25th. With the departure of the senior student in our club, I’ve also been teaching the classes in our dojo, and Amanda and I

have been travelling relatively frequently to seminars and other naginata events. We’re both looking forward to seeing everyone at the 25th!”

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partner at IDEO. “This has been an exciting year,” he said. “We had a wonderful smiley daughter and I have been asked to found and chair a new major at CCA. It will be one of the first IxD programs in the country making it an educational innovation challenge— tailor-made for my experience. The official change is January 2011 and I am already relishing the move back from the Agora to the academy, developing new relationships, and meeting new intellectual challenges.”


Class Captain Andrew P. Bonanno The Alumni Office recently learned of the passing of Jonathan Cohen on April 27, 2010. A resident of Boxford, MA, son of the late Edith and Charles Cohen of Longmeadow, MA, he is survived by his loving wife Suzanne (Cepaitis) Cohen and cherished children, Charlie and twins Nathaniel and Mia. “I’m living in Vermont as a carpenter/builder,” says Bobby Stoddard. “Most interestingly I’ve built a series of tree houses at Zeno Mountain Farm, a

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camp for folks with disabilities in Lincoln, VT. Check their website as well as Forever Young Treehouses.” At the time he added, “I am writing from the hospital in Middlebury, VT, where my wife just gave birth to our second child, Milo Finch Stoddard. He was preceded by his older sister, Hazel Bee Stoddard. Favorite recent Deerfield memory—the loathsome Pete Campbell of Mad Men mentioning one of his Deerfield chums. Good stuff.”


Class Captain Oscar K. Anderson III David F. Willis Jr. Rob Brewer recently commented, “Alive and well in Lexington, KY, after 18 years in the securities business. Just had a great weekend visit from Chris Jaynes, Coleman Church, and Eric Baurmeister.” In addition to the excitement of welcoming baby Porter, Marc Cram said, “The Cram family was featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters this past spring. The episode chronicled the expanding family’s decision to move from the historic Fan District to the West End in Richmond, VA.” Eric Presbrey reports, “My wife Megan and I live in Ridgefield, CT, with our two children Fred (four) and LuLu (two) with one on the way in March. We have a busy winter in front of us. I work in NYC when I’m not on planes managing digital sales for Epsilon, a marketing


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technology firm that works with large retailers, financial services, CPG, and other large global brands to help them establish and develop better way of communicating with their customers. I am still playing hockey as often as three days a week, but sadly have had to all but hang up my lacrosse stick likely until Fred, LuLu, and ?? start playing themselves. My ‘adult’ sport has been racing cars, and I am proud to say we won the SCCA North Atlantic Road Racing Championship this past summer in the Formula Continental (or F2000) class. Hope to see any old friends in the future. Feel free to drop me a line at epresbrey@”


Class Captains Gustave K. Lipman Edward S. Williams “After more than a decade of living in Australia and Asia I moved to London in 2008,” Shawn Donnan tells us. He continues, “I’m now the World News Editor of the Financial Times and in charge of the paper’s economic and political news coverage. Between trying to keep the news flowing into our newspaper and web pages and doing my part as father to Aidan, five, and Lucy, two, I’m pretty busy. But I’d love to catch up for a beer with old classmates passing through town . . .” “I recently accepted a position with Visa (where

I have been for over five years) in our Singapore office,” reports Stephen Root. “I moved here in July with my wife and two children. Would love to hear from anyone in or coming through the area.” Bryan Sells wrote, “After 11 years with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project in Atlanta, I’ve accepted the position of Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. I look forward to reconnecting with Deerfield friends and classmates in the nation’s capital.”

engineer in Colorado and California, and as a legislative analyst for the State of California. Survived by his loving wife Cathy, parents Judy and Paul, brother Paul Jr., dog Sierra, and numerous relatives and close friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, online at or by mail to P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603.” Kevin Psonak writes, “I am teaching rhetoric and composition and studying English literature and historical linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.”



Class Captain Jeb S. Armstrong Dan O’Hearn reported that he and his wife Danelle, and their son Porter, will be leaving Summit, NJ, where Dan currently works in the pharmaceutical industry to move back home to Southern California.


20th Reunion

Reunion Chair Timothy B. Weymouth As reported in the Sacramento Bee, Chris Guyer passed away on June 30, 2010. “Christopher Meador Guyer Nov. 1, 1973 June 30, 2010. A longtime cancer survivor and native of Davis, Calif. Christopher was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He worked as a licensed civil

Class Captains Thomas R. Appleton II William J. Willis Elizabeth Cooper reports, “Peyton (McKnight) and I are very happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Ainslie Ann McKnight. She was born on September 22, 2010 weighing 5 lbs., 14 oz. and measuring 19 inches long. Big sister Gabrielle (six) is thrilled to have a sibling, and also glad to add another girl to our family mix. Speaking of girls, Peyton thought the family was getting a bit unbalanced, so we have also added a dog to our family: a male Boykin Spaniel named Casey.” Thomas Gibbon and Lieselotte Beekhuis-Gibbon are happy to announce their marriage on February 10, 2010 at the City Clerk’s Office, New York. They

Newly Endowed

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Barbara and Ira Lipman Fund Gustave (Gus) Lipman ’89

Members of the Deerfield faculty weren’t Gus Lipman’s only inspiration when he decided to endow a fund specifically for their support—his mother was a catalyst, too. Now the fund that will help to support faculty salaries, professional development, and sabbaticals is named in honor of Mr.

chalkboard; Gabriel Amadeus Cooney

Lipman’s parents, who initially taught him the intrinsic value of education. “Endowing this fund was a way of giving back to my parents,” said Mr. Lipman. “I wanted to honor my mother’s commitment to education and my father’s commitment to making my Deerfield education possible.” Mrs. Lipman’s outstanding career as an educator led to not one but two schools being named in her honor in the Lipmans’ hometown of Memphis, TN. Furthermore, the University of

Endowing this fund was a way of giving back to my parents . . . I wanted to honor my mother’s commitment to education and my father’s commitment to making my Deerfield education possible.

Memphis (home of the Barbara K. Lipman School and Research Institute) annually presents the Barbara K. Lipman Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, and the Lipmans are known for their sponsorship of several scholarships at the Barbara K. Lipman School. Mr. Lipman’s years at Deerfield only confirmed for him that a dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring faculty is invaluable. “It is still extraordinary to me that I was offered and able to take Latin VI in high school,” said Mr. Lipman. “I learned so much from the late Larry Boyle and from Peter Brush . . . they were among the finest Classics teachers. The mutual respect between Mr. Boyle and his students, and the way in which Mr. Brush presented language—with intellectual and comic effect—are memories that I have grown to appreciate more and more over the years.”

Mr. Lipman also recalls the “true joy” of reading Hemingway with English teacher Joe Medlicott, who was also his corridor master on Doubleday I. “Teachers such as Joe Medlicott enrich Deerfield when they teach, make a dormitory a home, and inspire individual and collective achievement,” observed Mr. Lipman. “I want this fund to be for all faculty members,” Mr. Lipman said. “I don’t believe there is one, single perfect faculty member at Deerfield,” he added. “Rather, there is a Deerfield construct—a teaching model that has been passed down since Mr. Boyden’s time. That model was in place when I was at Deerfield, and with the Lipman Fund I hope to replicate in some way my ‘Deerfield Experience . . . ’ I hope students today and in the future will receive the same impact from the faculty that I did.” Mr. Lipman travels all over the world for his job as chief operating officer for Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest private security firms, but he still finds time to stay connected to the friends he made as a Deerfield student. “I am closer to the friends I made at Deerfield than those from college or beyond,” Mr. Lipman commented. “We get together regularly and stay in touch often . . . Deerfield bonds are strong.”








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are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Samuel Hyekang Prantner; he was born on June 9, 2010. Jette Bork-Wagenblast ’91 and Karl-Heinz

Wagenblast are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Erik Sebastian; he was born on July 20, 2010. Erik joins siblings Maik, Simon, and Wenke. Jette said, “And I think we are complete now!”

Tom L’Esperance ’55, his niece, Cindy (Alcivar) Azari ’90, Jeff Azari, and

Merry L’Esperance took a moment to pose for this photo during the 2010 Deerfield Reunion Weekend. Ainslie Ann McKnight, daughter of Elizabeth Cooper ’92, was born on September 22, 2010 weighing 5 lbs., 14 oz. and measuring 19 inches long. Taylor Marie Carpenter, daughter of Keith Carpenter ’92, was born on October 9, 2010, and weighed in at 7lbs., 1oz. Keith said, “Mommy, daughter, and brother Austin are all doing well.” Dan O’Hearn ’90 and his wife Danelle welcomed Porter Garrett O’Hearn on April 11, 2010. Porter is Dan and Danelle’s first child.

Hollis, Banks, Clay, and Campbell Krause at Deerfield, July 2010. Hollis, age five, Banks age five, Clay, age ten, and Campbell, age eight: all Krauses. “Banks and Campbell are mine, and Hollis and Clay are my nephews,” says Margaret (Campbell) Krause ’92. Roger Lai ’91, Bill Holbrook ’91, David Thiel ’91, and Elliot VanBuskirk ’91 paid respect to Chris Guyer ’91 with a visit

to The Rock.

Jennifer and Trevor Mullen ’92 are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Grace Olivia Mullen; she was born on June 30, 2010. A sunny, productive day at the beach for a group of Deerfield alumni: Ray Walker ’92, Erik Hess ’96, Clayton Sullivan ’92, Kristina Hess ’92, Jen Ward ’92, and Ryan FitzSimons ’92.

currently reside in Dublin, Ireland. When we last heard from Tom, he said they would be moving to the UK in September, where he would be studying for a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Tom’s father, Robert ’56, attended Tom and Lieselotte’s wedding ceremony, and the reception included ’92 classmates Tra Bouscaren, Erroin Martin, Kris Hull, and Ben Hawes. Kris Hull wrote, “Having spent most of my adult life traveling the world, sleeping under the stars, working towards a career as a concert pianist, I’m back in New York and have decided to move into the retail aspect of my instrument, as well. I’ve started an independent piano brokerage specializing in the acquisition of new and vintage European pianos— matching private clients to their ideal piano. Check out what I’m doing, what I’ve done, or just contact me to say hi at My best to all of Deerfield.” “We took the kids to Deerfield this summer and were lucky to bump into Norm,” reports Margaret (Campbell) Krause. “He took us on a tour of the new Greer Store/training rooms/ weight rooms. WOW. Deerfield is stronger than many colleges in so many areas. I had also never seen the new squash courts and lobby area. We have a few years before the big decision, but I think Norm sold my kids on Deerfield! Big thanks to a man that is so ‘Deerfield.’”

Trevor Mullen and his wife Jennifer are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Grace Olivia Mullen. She was born on June 30, 2010 in UCLA Santa Monica, CA, and weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. “Everyone is doing fantastic at home and we are all getting used to life without sleep,” Trevor said at the time. “We’ve already begun preparing her studies so she can hopefully one day attend DA.” “I am pleased to announce the opening of The Pendleton Law Firm, LLC’s Buckhead office in Atlanta, GA, at 3340 Peachtree Road, Suite 1800, where I continue to focus on both domestic and international aviation, insurance, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration,” says Garrett Pendleton. “The opening of my own firm comes on the heels of being selected to participate in the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Leadership Academy for 2010–2011 and being appointed by the president of the Florida Bar to sit on the standing Aviation Law Committee for 2010–2013. I would love to see you if you pass through in Atlanta.” “My husband and I are thrilled to welcome our first child, Sam, into our lives! We are enjoying being parents every single day!” wrote Hyun-Jeong Ra. Samuel Hyekang Prantner was born on June 9, 2010 in Bryn Mawr, PA, and weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. Leticia and Edward Saba are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Joseph

John. He was born on September 9, 2010 in Austin, TX, and weighed 8 lbs., 15 oz. “After two beautiful girls, Leticia and I decided to try one more time for the boy, and indeed, we were blessed with one. He’s doing great and already has more hair than his dad. And although it’s a bit chaotic these days domestically, everyone has adjusted well. Congrats to all the other Deerfield moms and dads!” Raymond Walker reports, “I am currently working with an awesome group of Deerfield alumni and faculty, a dynamic board of directors, and the Stokes/Jacobs family to create an innovative operating foundation in honor of JJ Stokes. My summer travel was highlighted by a trip up to Ryan FitzSimons’ place in New Hampshire. My daughter and I had a blast with Ryan, Jen Ward, Kristina Hess, Clayton Sullivan, Erik Hess ’96, and other friends as we made s’mores and spent time enjoying awesome company! This wonderful weekend served as the birth of Stokes Foundation, formed with the purpose of delivering the life-transforming elements of boarding school life directly to students and school communities in need.”

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Hyun-Jeong Ra ’92 and Andy Prantner


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I ❤ Your Style Amanda Brooks ’92 | itbooks, 2009

More Than a Reference | Fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg praises Amanda Brooks ’92 in her foreword to I Love Your Style: “Fashion is a mysterious thing to express, but if anyone is qualified to write a book on style, Amanda is. She has the unique talent of sensing trends, feeling the moment, and knowing what to mix with what. This book is fun, informative, and very clever. I am sure it will inspire many and reassure others.” One of the first pieces of advice that Ms. Brooks gives her readers is: “finding your personal style is really about discovering yourself.” In her book, Ms. Brooks shares the story of her own style evolution, and guides her readers on a journey of self-exploration and expression through fashion. Beginning with an inventory of fashion trends, Ms. Brooks discusses six different styles: three that she classifies as “definable”—classic, bohemian, and minimal—and another three that are “indefinable”—high fashion, street, and eclectic. For each style, she provides a selection of essential pieces of clothing, followed by pages of photographs of celebrities and fashion icons who personify each particular genre. Ms. Brooks also includes descriptions of accessories and evening wear and advice on how her readers can embrace or add their own twist to a style. The most engaging sections of I Love Your Style are Ms. Brooks’ descriptions of her own experiences with different styles; she devotes several pages in each chapter to photographs and stories of her experimentation with each style. When discussing classic dressing, Ms. Brooks describes how she was brought up as an adherent to this kind of fashion. “Now, ten years later—having spent my twenties experimenting with trends, high fashion, and vintage inspiration, trying (rather desperately) not to look preppy—I have come full circle to embrace the traditional, conservative influences of my formative years. I can no longer deny that classic guidelines inform the way I dress: I like symmetry. I like matching. I like a classical sense of proportion. But, I’ve finally come to realize that classic doesn’t have to mean predictable or boring impeccable American prep.” With her personal and conversational tone, Ms. Brooks draws her readers in, emphasizing her book’s overall message, that personal style is not about rules, but rather, “your most intimate idea of self and your truly unique personal history.”


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Today, my greatest coup is showing up at a very formal event in a fantastic cheap chic outfit. One year, the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the fashion world’s most important and dressiest social event of the year, was showing a retrospective of Chanel . . . Before giving in to despair, I remembered a 70s Yves Saint Laurent jacket that I’d gotten in a trade with a vintage collector friend. It was a black sequined bolero with feathered sleeves, and I’d been saving it for some time to wear to something special. When I thought about it, it was very Chanel. As a nod to Coco Chanel herself, who was one of the first women of the century to wear pants, I wore the jacket with my favorite black viscose evening pants and a $30 white silk ribbed tank top. Topped off with a fresh gardenia corsage (the official flower of Chanel), it was my favorite outfit I’ve ever worn.

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Boston MA Chicago IL

Among the many regional and club events this past fall, there were some definite standouts, such as the ninth annual Constant Luncheon at Diamond Mountain Vineyard. Situated 2200 feet above the Napa Valley, Deerfield Club of the Bay Area members enjoyed stunning views, Freddy ’60 and Mary Constant’s hospitality, and the vineyard’s impressive wines. Young alumni living in New York City came out in full force for the Multi Prep School Bowling Event at Bowlmor in the heart of Greenwich Village; alumni from Choate, Taft, and Kent were also on hand for the fun. Deerfield was also well represented at the 46th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Academy rowers participated in the Club Men’s Eights (see page 69), Youth Men’s Fours, and Youth Women’s Fours. In late October Head of School Curtis and Associate Director of Admission Ben Hamilton traveled to Chicago for a reception that was held at Bistrot Zinc, owned by Tim Kirker ’85, who is also the restaurant’s chef. They reported that the food was delicious! Deerfield alumni, parents, and friends gathered in Boston again at the end of November, this time for a reception at the Boston Athenaeum. Along with Dr. Curtis, Associate Head of School for Alumni Affairs and Development David Pond P’92,’98, and Academic Dean Peter Warsaw were on hand for the event.


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New York NY

Calistoga CA Josh Myerberg ’96, Jon Murchinson ’87, Kaya Westling ’88, Kelley Westling, Hank LeMieux ’83, Erika, Yee Cheng Chin ’03, Steven Katz ’70, Jett Fein ’05, Bentley Rubenstein ’05, Caroline Richards ’92, Stuart Richards, Colby Gewalt ’02, Fred Constant ’60, Lance Cerny ’60, Susan Berlin, Cynthia Parsons

Jenny Hammond; Katie Kobylenski

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Calistoga CA

Cambridge MA 1 the Youth Women’s Four: Ellie Parker ’11, Rose Pember ’11, Blair Scott ’11, Lindsey Shea ’11, Cox Audrey Cho ’11. 2 the Youth Men’s Four: Brad Hakes ’12, Alex Berner ’11, Nash Larmoyeux ’11, Tanner Larson ’11, Cox Brad Tingley ’11. 3 Dick Gilbane, Class of ’70, won first place in his division for the Ernstine Bayer Race on Sunday, October 24.

Upcoming Events for Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Deerfield Invitations are mailed approximately six weeks before each event. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend a particular event, please contact the Office of Alumni and Development: alumni@deerfield. edu or 413.774.1474.

FEBRUARY New York NY 1 Eion D’Anjou ’01, Malcolm Dorson ’02, Megan Moreland ’01, James Slattery ’02, Hillary Brooks ’02. 2 Leslie Hotchkiss ’06, Katy Laird ’06, Jordan Turban ’06, Cristina Liebolt ’06, Lizzie Rosenberger ’03, Annabelle Rosborough ’03, Prav Chatani ’06, Megan Murley ’06, Barclay Hickox ’04, Sarah Alvarez ’04. 3 Sarah Jane Sculco, Margot Pfol ’97, David Miller ’97, Trevor Gibbons ’97.

Chicago IL

1 Tamara Brisk ’99, Michael

Shastid ’02, Mimi Murley ’03, Melody Ellington ’97. 2 Head of School Margarita Curtis and Jim Donnelly ’53

8: Palm Beach Reception 15: Deerfield Club of New England Winter Play “Voices In Conflict”

MARCH 6: Denver Reception 7: Deerfield Club of Southern California Reception 8: Seattle Reception 10: San Francisco Reception

APRIL 27: New York Reception


24: Deerfield Club of New England Spring Play (TBD)

Boston MA

1 Caroline Quazzo ’08, Nori Welles-Gertz ’10, Albert Nichols, Martha Xiang ’08. Bottom, 2 John Knight ’83, Linus Travers ’54, Lucy Rosborough P’03,’06

JUNE 9-12: Reunions 2011


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’93 Tim Blanchard ’93 and Aine (Flanagan) Blanchard are happy to

announce their marriage on October 30, 2010 in Nassau, Bahamas. In attendance were Kimberly (Blanchard) Capello ’93 and her husband Dan Capello.

Jeffrey Purtell ’96 and Jennifer Logan are happy to announce their

marriage on May 22, 2010 at the Brittland Manor in Chestertown, MD. They currently reside in Chicago, IL.

Lisa Pinsley ’93 was proud to serve as Ed Hammond’s ’93 “best man” at his wedding to Paul Messier.


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Class Captains Richard D. Hillenbrand II Charlotte York Matthews Colby D. Schwartz Rachel (Brooks) Bartlett and Brian Bartlett are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Hampton Evans. He was born on May 12, 2010 in Alexandria, VA, and weighed 9 lbs., 8 oz. “We are finally settled in Fairfax Station, VA, having moved from Florida

eight weeks before Hampton was born. Big brothers Anderson and Hill love living here and are very excited about the new baby,” said Rachel. Virginia (Douglas) DiGuglielmo wrote, “We’re still living in Westchester, NY. The kids are now seven, six, and five years old and in school full-day. So, I’ve returned to teaching chemistry at a local public school in Bedford, NY. We’re having a great fall filled with



apple and pumpkin picking, playing soccer, and raising chickens and Guinea hens. We’re looking forward to skiing this winter in VT and out West.” Lisa Pinsley reports that she was proud to serve as Ed Hammond’s “best man” for a second time: five years ago at his commitment ceremony with Paul Messier, surrounded by 100+ guests at the Hammond family lake house in Rhode Island, and again at Ed and

Paul’s legal wedding ceremony August 6, 2010 in Boston, MA. Tim Blanchard ’93 and Aine (Flanagan) Blanchard are happy to announce their marriage on October 30th 2010 in Nassau, Bahamas. In attendance were Kimberly (Blanchard) Capello ’93 and her husband Dan Capello. Samantha Wolfe and Michael Baumkirchner are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, Owen. He was born on August 20, 2010

Elisabeth Nyman ’95 and Bryan Maleszyk are happy to announce their marriage, which took place on June 25, 2010 at Deerfield.

was joined in matrimony with Christian Bonelli. The nuptials were performed at the beautiful Mystic Congregational Church followed by a black tie reception in Stonington at the Saltwater Farm Vineyard. The weather was perfect! Deerfield attendees included Elizabeth Peterson Wilcoxen, Kate Whitman Annis, Elizabeth Mellyn, and Lauren Cvinar Franklin, all Class of 1995. I had the great pleasure of giving my daughter away.” l to r: W. Terrence Mooney, Alixe Mooney Bonelli, and Christian Bonelli

in Manhattan weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. Samantha added, “Owen joins his two-year-old sister, Madeleine, who smothers him with kisses and finds his every action worthy of an announcement (‘Owen’s eyes are open!’).”

Ben DeLuca has been named the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Cornell University. Ben, a Cornell alumnus, is the tenth head coach in the program’s history.


Class Captains Daniel D. Meyer Avery B. Whidden

Elizabeth (Greer) Anderson writes, “The Andersons are doing well. Greer and Stone are in first grade and kindergarten, and our youngest son, Leif, just started nursery school. Wishing all the best to my DA classmates!” Perry Cohen and Brooke Bull are proud to announce the birth of their twins Tobin (boy) and Neko (girl) on July 24, 2010 in Keene, NH. Toby weighed 8lbs., 1oz., and Neko weighed 6lbs, 13oz. “Everyone is doing well and we look forward to catching up with some other DA babies soon,” said Perry.

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W. Terrence Mooney ’62 wrote, “On May 1, 2010 Alixe Mooney ’95


Elizabeth (Russell) Mellyn writes, “First, my step-father adopted me so I’ve gone from Liz Russell to Liz Mellyn. This took place a few years ago. I finally finished a PhD in history at Harvard in 2007. I’m now an assistant professor of early modern European history at the University of New Hampshire. This year, however, I’m on leave in Italy on a fellowship from Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence. I’m trying to write a book. It’s going very, very, very slowly. If anyone is passing through Florence, certainly let me know!”


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yogurt maven



Twenty-five Billion Probiotics and Counting Hamilton Colwell’s ’97 first batch of yogurt was

by his cousin, he says that the true development ac-

cooked up on the stove in his apartment; in June of

tually began during his time at Deerfield. “Challenged

2010 sales of MAIA were launched in two New York-

by a new curriculum and environment, at Deerfield

based grocery store chains, with plans for increased

I learned how to manufacture solutions, to do more,

distribution in the works. Since then, MAIA yogurt has

and certainly to ‘finish up strong,’” he commented.

been called “deliriously delicious,” in addition to pro-

and beauty, has been well-received by the public, and

nutrients, four grams of fiber, and ten grams of protein.

endorsed by dietitians such as Mary Jane Detroyer,

Mr. Colwell didn’t plan on becoming a yogurt

or not, must care for their bodies . . . Yogurt makes for

struggles of a favorite cousin of his (Abby) during her

a healthy breakfast or snack, and MAIA is the first

pregnancy, he was inspired to come up with an easy-

yogurt of its kind—an all-natural, low-fat, excellent

to-eat, tasty source of vitamins and nutrients. Mr.

source of probiotic and vitamin enrichment, providing

Colwell said, “I knew that if Abby struggled to find her

women with a delicious and nutritious choice.”

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Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, MAIA is produced

other women must be facing similar challenges

by Mr. Colwell’s company, Healthy Mom. He and his

. . . I developed MAIA . . . for all women who appreciate

team are working on building their brand recognition

rich, creamy yogurt packed with essential goodness.”

and expanding their market to include retailers

While Mr. Colwell’s business was indeed inspired

who is based in New York. She said, “Women, pregnant

entrepreneur, but after witnessing the nutritional

daily dose of vitamins and essential probiotics, then


MAIA, a name derived from the goddess of spring

viding billions of probiotics, six essential vitamins and

throughout New England.

The children of Virginia (Douglas) DiGuglielmo ’93 pose for a fall photo: Brynn, age seven, Drew, age six, and Dean, age five.

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Neko (left) and Toby (right) are Perry Cohen ’94 and Brooke Bull’s twins; they were born on July 24, 2010 in Keene, NH.


Emily (Stahl) Mollenkopf ’97 and her husband Mark were proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Tyler Joseph Mollenkopf; he was born on July 16, 2009 in CA. “Tyler turned one a few months ago and has been the most happy addition to the family!” says Emily. Pete DeYoung ’95 wrote: “Hey all—just want to let you know that Addison Elizabeth DeYoung was born on August 22. She weighed in at 8 lbs., 12 oz., and was 20 and three quarters inches long. She is adjusting to the San Diego lifestyle quite well. Mom (Mariel Verban DeYoung) is doing well and dad is just smitten with his baby girl.”

Jeni and Angus Lowry ’93 are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Hudson McClellan Lowry. He was born on October 24, 2010 in Austin, TX, and weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz. Daniel Paduano ’97 and Nancy are proud to announce the birth of a baby


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Samantha Wolfe ’93 and Michael Baumkirchner are proud to announce

the birth of their baby boy, Owen, on August 20, 2010.

Sarah (Wilson) Merlo ’96 and Dan Merlo are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Robert Sebastian. He was born on October 1, 2010 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH, and weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz.


Meg (Nolan) von Reesema ’97 and her husband Friso are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Winslow “Winn” Volckert, born on June 30, 2010, weighing 8 lbs., 11 oz.

Matilda Grace, daughter of Gray Stream ’97 and his wife Katie, was welcomed into the world on July 1, 2010.

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boy, Sebastian Alexander Paduano. He was born on September 18, 2010 in Santa Cruz, CA, and weighed 6 lbs. “He was three and a half weeks early, but both mom and baby are healthy and happy, and Estelle is a proud big sister. Photos and contact information can be found at Blog.html,” adds Dan.


Jo (Lipstadt) Swani ’95 and Rahul Swani welcomed their son Deven on May 8, 2010. “Deven is an inquisitive, talkative, laid back, all around happy baby, and we could not be having more fun!” Jo reports.

’97 ’95


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From the Bedrock Up If you’ve ever wondered how the Connecticut River Oxbow was formed or how sand dunes are a product of glacial erosion, then Will Ouimet ’97 is your go-to geologist. Now an assistant professor of geography at the University of Connecticut, Mr. Ouimet has studied the geomorphology and landscape evolution of regions from the Tibetan Plateau to the Connecticut River Valley. It was a discussion of the latter region that brought him to the Whately (MA) Public Library on November 15, 2010. In a presentation titled “Stonewalls and Sand Dunes: Exploring the Geomorphology and Glacial History of Whately,” Mr. Ouimet, then a visiting professor of geology at Amherst College, exposed the geologic structure that lies beneath Whately and shared the awesome impact that glaciers have had on western Massachusetts in the past thousands of years. The bedrock that lies underneath Whately reveals a clear distinction between the western and eastern halves of the town. While the western portion—part of the Berkshire hills—is composed of metamorphic and igneous rocks, eastern Whately lies on top of sedimentary rocks. These rocks were deposited in the Deerfield Rift Basin and have eroded away over time, creating the Connecticut River. Mr. Ouimet also revealed how the movement of glaciers over Massachusetts many thousands of years

WILL OUIMET geologist


ago is reflected in natural landscape features that Whately residents see every day. Glacial erosion created scratches in the bedrock, formed small, streamlined hills, and left behind debris and large boulders. Even sand dunes are creations of glaciers; strong glacial winds blew fine sediment into dunes. Mr. Ouimet, who holds a BA from Williams College in geosciences and mathematics and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in geology and geochemistry, left his audience with an idea of the geography of the Whately Public Library itself. Fifteen thousand years ago, the library would have been just offshore from the edge of Lake Hitchcock; now, it sits in the perfect spot to observe the diversity of glacial deposits and landforms in this small corner of New England.


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15th Reunion

Reunion Chairs Farah-France P. Marcel Burke Trenton M. Smith Rebecca Drake is proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Harlow Drake McCutcheon. She was born on October 14, 2010. Laura (Angelini) Heller and Jake Heller were married on May 2, 2009 in Boston, MA. On September 23, 2010, they welcomed a son, John Myles. “I am teaching history and coaching water polo, basketball, and softball at The Hill School, in addition to serving as senior class advisor. I am living on campus with my wife, Leigh Morrison, who teaches religious studies and coaches softball with me,” reports Tom Johnson. Aaron Patnode and Carrie Heitzler are happy to announce their marriage on September 25, 2010 in Portland, OR. Justin Patnode ’95 and Kate Patnode ’03

served as the best man and maid of honor. Ian Fairweather and his wife Stacey made the trip from Bozeman, MT, for the wedding, too.

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Elisabeth Nyman and Bryan Maleszyk were married on June 25, 2010 at Deerfield. They currently reside in Boston, MA. Megan Fraker and Sarah Toner were bridesmaids. Other alumni in attendance were Andy Donaldson, Ellison Dial, Kristen DeAmicis, Lauren Cvinar Franklin, and Stephanie Andriole ’94. When we last heard, the couple was looking forward to their January honeymoon in New Zealand, where “they will visit as many wineries as possible.”


Class Captains Margot M. Pfohl Amy E. Sodha Hywel Brown and Beth Brown are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Grace Catherine Somers. She was born on August 10, 2010 in Bermuda, and weighed 6 lbs. “My second book, Caribbean Hideaways, is sold in stores everywhere,” reports Meg (Nolan) von Reesema. “Katie and I were extremely happy to welcome our daughter Matilda Grace into the world on July 1, 2010,” wrote Gray Stream. “She was 6 lbs., 1 oz., and we’re happy to say she’s been growing like a weed and seems to be having a lot of fun in the process.”

’96 Tom Johnson ’96, who has taught at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, since 2000, led his girls’ water polo team to their fourth Eastern Preps Title in eight years on Saturday, November 6. They finished the season with a 22–2 record.


Christi and Clark Jones ’97 are proud to announce the birth of Cody Alexander Jones on September 5, 2010. Sarah Malaquias, Lia Fiallos, Liz Montori Glatzel, Ashley Muldoon Lavin, Erica Lubans, and Carolina Dorson (all Class of ‘98)


were delighted to celebrate Ibby Reilly and David Sollors’ wedding in Brooklyn, NY, August 14, 2010.

Class Captain Thomas D. Bloomer Jr. Melissa (Henry) Fisher writes, “It’s fun to be back in a boarding school environment; after six years of fundraising for Harvard Law and Boston University, I recently joined the development office at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA. I find myself quietly comparing everything to Deerfield, however . . . My husband Todd and I live nearby in Sudbury, MA, and it has been

’98 great to see a number of Deerfield friends in recent months!” “I recently started my first company, Shale-Inland (, a private equity business to acquire assets in the steel industry,” Philip Gaucher reports. “After


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a long time in NYC, I am leaving for Chicago to run the restructuring of five recently acquired companies. I would love to get together with any DA alums in the area.” When we last heard from Jonathan Harris he said, “Hi everyone, my first solo art show opened last week at the Firehouse Gallery in Burlington, VT. It’s a kind of retrospective for me, containing nine different works that span the last eight years of my career, both digital and physical. Included are: my sketchbooks, Wordcount, 10x10, We Feel Fine, The Whale Hunt, I Want You To Want Me, Balloons of Bhutan, Random Access Memory, and Today.” Page McClean reported, “I’m finishing up my teaching contract in December after two wonderful years in Argentina. I am looking forward to spending the holidays in the States and figuring out where to move and what to do next.” Tucker McCormick recently accepted a position at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, located in Boulder, CO, as account manager. Tucker is also happy to announce his engagement to Naomi Honig; the wedding ceremony will take place on June 26, 2011 in Boulder. “I am happily living in Cambridge, MA, having spent over five years in the area,” writes Rebecca Pond. “I work at EMC on the globalization team, which allows me to take advantage of my language background and


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be part of an exciting and growing team and company. I get to see a lot of my parents, who are still in Deerfield, and my sister Amy ’92 and her husband and their threeyear-old, Owen, who live in New Hampshire. It has been great to see a lot of Deerfield classmates in recent months, most recently at Leigh (Merrigan) Moore’s wedding in Falmouth, MA, and around Boston. I hope everyone from ’98, wherever life’s challenges and adventures are taking them, is doing great.” Todd Yates and his wife Cristiany are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, Edward Todd. He was born on April 1, 2010 in Palo Alto, CA. Todd also recently joined Google’s engineering unit as a privacy program manager, working with their data storage and analysis teams. His new responsibilities are to ensure Google acts as a responsible custodian of its users’ data, respecting their expectations of privacy online.


Class Captain Ghessycka A. Lucien Please send us your news and notes! See page 64.


Class Captain Emily J. Dawson Allison Stielau writes, “I am working towards a PhD in the History of Art at Yale, where I study European fine and decorative art from the period of 1450–1700.”


10th Reunion

When we last heard from Erika Abad, she wrote, “I caught up with Marisa Espinosa ’04 this past weekend. We had not seen each other for over seven years. There was a great deal to discuss. We plan to hang out a few times more during the summer. Melissa Abad and I relate the joys and intrigues of graduate school often. She has finished her first master’s from the University of Chicago. Now, having finished her first year at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Sociology Department, she is a research assistant for a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The summer has us busy with our work and transitions into new school years. Hopefully our classmates are equally achieving professional aspirations. I have also been published in a new text called Rhetorics of the Americas. My essay appears in chapter three, Imperialist Rhetorics in Puerto Rican Nationalist Narratives. I have also worked with the Puerto Rican Studies Association’s program committee in

organizing their biennial conference. During my second term as graduate student representative, I have given feedback regarding how to better involve graduate students. I will also be presenting dissertation-related research at the October conference that will take place close by, in Hartford, CT. I am looking forward to being so close to former stomping grounds. It has been too long since I have been near the Pocumtuck Ridge, and I am looking forward to it.” “I’m writing from Cambridge, England, where I am currently studying for an MPhil in architectural history (last week was my first sit-down dinner since Deerfield!),” reported Aaron Helfand when we last heard from him. “On my way to the UK I met up with Keith Kirley ’99, who was also a classmate of mine at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and who is currently studying at the school’s studio in Rome. We’ll try and bring as much Roman and English architecture as we can back with us to the US!” Katherine (Murphy) Tremain writes, “I’m excited to announce I’ve launched my own business offering animal communication and intuitive development services. You can check it out at”

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’00 Mike Olcott ’00 and Becca Brendler were married on Martha’s

Vineyard on September 4, 2010. Deerfield attendees at the wedding included: top row: Drake Richey ’00, Chad Olcott ’95, Becca Brendler, Mike Olcott ’00, Mrs. Olcott, Mr. Olcott, Mr. and Mrs. Creelman, Mr. and Mrs. Bardzik. kneeling: Tom Olcott ’98, Amanda Herzberger ’00, and Sarah Richey Bush ’01

’00 ’01

Grant Cooper ’00, Graham Outerbridge ’00, Amanda (Harris) Herzberger ’00, Kevin Graney ’00, Sam Lines ’00, Emily Lines, Andy Higgins ’66, Justin Brown ’00, KC Collins ’00, Nick Garrison ’00, Dom Musacchio ’00, and Jamie Nicholson ’00 all had a

great time celebrating at Sam and Emily’s August 14, 2010 wedding. Lorrie Edwards ’01 and Martin Galese are happy to announce their marriage on September 12, 2009. They currently reside in New York. Deerfield friends attending the wedding included: back row: Clay Tompkins ’70, Jim Edwards ’70, Lorrie Edwards ’01, Laura Harcourt ’02, Madeleine Karpel ’01; front row: Scout Mayor ’01, Hope Stockton ’02, Jake Mandel ’01, and Katie Rutledge ’01.


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Octopus Summer W. Malcom Dorson ’02 | CreateSpace, 2010

Fiction from Fact | W. Malcolm Dorson ’02 discovered his love of writing at Deerfield. “Two specific classes turned me on to writing,” he explained. “The first was during junior year with Mr. Littman. We read various American classics, and I have loved reading fiction ever since. Senior spring, I took a creative writing course with Mrs. Heise. She taught me about writing from many different voices/ perspectives and completely hooked me on her craft.” Mr. Dorson has continued writing while simultaneously pursuing a career in finance, and recently published his first novel, Octopus Summer, a coming of age story about an arrogant yet insecure New York City teenager. After being thrown out of his New England boarding school, protagonist Callum Littlefield embarks upon a summer of “love, adventure, death, and heartbreak, all while presenting a detailed social commentary on his blueblood eastern surroundings.” Many Deerfield alumni will recognize DA in Callum’s boarding school, Mather Academy. (Mather Academy’s motto, for example, is “Finish up strong!”) Mr. Dorson’s own experience at Deerfield helped him create an authentic boarding school setting in his novel. “One of the greatest things about Deerfield is the makeup of its student body and faculty,” Mr. Dorson said. “The school boasts many incredibly talented individuals and also some hysterical characters—some classic, some unique. I was able to draw on traits from many old friends and faculty and mix them up, glamorize and exaggerate them into original characters that fit into my story-line.” Self-publishing Octopus Summer allowed Mr. Dorson to get involved in all stages of the book’s publication. “I did some research and found a firm that gave me the freedom to work on everything from page type, to cover art, to distribution channels,” he said. “It has been an extremely hands-on process and a ton of fun—especially the launch party and readings.” Mr. Dorson is already at work on his next book and hopes to have a draft ready by 2012. Octopus Summer is available on and Createspace. com/3431453.


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Courtesy of W. Malcolm Dorson

Brenda looked like a lost child as she walked through the door. Not knowing my last name, I watched her fumble with the mâitre d’ before waving her over. I noticed she was a couple of inches taller than me as I pulled her chair out for her. She was overdressed for the place with a tight black backless cocktail number, but I didn’t care. Better overdressed than under. The fact that she had four more rings on her left ear than on her right and that she wore a gothic choker bothered me, but whatever. She looked sexy as hell in that dress, and my parents were out of the City. This had to be my night. It was finally going to happen.


Class Captains W. Malcolm Dorson David B. Smith “Just finished my first quarter at Notre Dame’s MBA program,” Jim Canner recently reported. “During the summer, I was happy to learn that my former hockey teammate, Keith Kirley ’99, is in his final year of Notre Dame’s Architecture Program.” Hope Stockton wrote, “I finished a year in England getting my master’s in Art History at Oxford. And in August I moved back to Boston to work for an architecture firm. Anybody in Boston, drop me a line!”

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Send us your news and notes! See page 64.


Class Captains Nicholas Zachary Hammerschlag Caroline C. Whitton Will Boardman writes, “The 5th DA Dukes Invitational (originally a post-Deerfield weekend get-together now turned contentious annual trap/skeet competition, including a trophy . . . ) was recently hosted by the Bailey family at Hearthstone in Ghent, NY, and Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, NY. On a sunny, late August morning, the team of Trent Bailey ’04, Chris Diozzi ’04, Alex Berg ’04, Brooks Scholl

’01 Ted Pataki ’01, Phil Arnold ’01, Adam Sureau ’01, Patrick Walsh ’01, Matt Hedrick ’02, and Chris James ’01 were groomsmen at

Adam’s wedding to Melanie Finn on September 25, 2010 in Kiawah Island, SC. Other alumni in attendance were: Sara Mills ’01, Graham Goldsmith ’01, Chris James ’01, and Jeff Amling ’72. Adam and Melanie currently reside in Boston, MA.

Layne and Dominic Perry ’01 are happy to announce the arrival of “future Deerfield graduate” Reese Olivia Perry.


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Metaphor and Reality In their first collaboration since their days at Deerfield,

Film Festival. It has also begun to tour with the

Seth Cuddeback ’04 and Benjamin Dohrmann ’04

Independent Exposure film series. project is a film to be released this spring. Mateo is

Philadelphia Film Festival.

a 90-minute documentary featuring Matthew

The plot of Kelp is simple: a man begins to bathe

Stoneman, someone who has followed an unusual

with kelp, and as a result, his wife leaves him. On a

career path for a middle-aged Caucasian man—

deeper level, however, the short film explores the nature

Mr. Stoneman is a mariachi singer.

of relationships and infidelity in an imaginative way.

Mr. Stoneman first discovered mariachi music

“We’re treating the kelp as if it were a typical sort

while he was serving a sentence in prison for rob-

of extramarital affair, as if it were a woman—another

bery. Inspired by boleros, or slow romantic songs, he

woman,” Mr. Cuddeback said. “What’s important isn’t

learned basic guitar chords, wrote his own songs, and

necessarily that he chooses kelp, but rather that he

sang for prison staff and inmates. He was released

chooses to be unfaithful. We didn’t want the absurd

from prison in 2001 and soon after became a constant

nature of his decision to completely overshadow the

presence on the streets of East Los Angeles, impressing

significance of the decision itself.”

many with the novelty of his performances. Over

Besides its Philadelphia Film Festival honors,


Mr. Cuddeback and Mr. Dohrmann’s next joint

Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2010

the past decade, Mr. Stoneman has often worked

Kelp was the winner of Open Projector Night at the

seven days a week, singing the same songs for twelve

Hammer Museum and an Official Selection at both

hours a day, and competing with L.A.’s other mariachis

the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and Berkshire International

for prime spots in restaurants.

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Photos: Courtesy of Seth Cuddeback and Benjamin Dohrmann; Screenshots from Kelp

co-wrote and co-directed Kelp, which won the



CUDDLEBACK & DOHRMANN Mr. Cuddeback and Mr. Dohrmann’s documentary follows Mr. Stoneman over a one-year period. Tired of the difficult lifestyle of mariachi singing, he is about to finish an album of original compositions, recorded in Havana, Cuba. He hopes that this album will help him “leave the restaurants forever.” Both Mr. Cuddeback and Mr. Dohrmann are active independent filmmakers. Mr. Cuddeback is a writer, director, and Associate Director of Shoot The Sky Productions, the company that produced Kelp and will also produce Mateo. Mr. Dohrmann is the founder of Benjamin Dohrmann Films, a company focused on the production of nonfiction film and television. Most recently, Mr. Dohrmann worked as an editor on the film Cool It, a documentary about controversial environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg.


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’04, and I knocked off the previously undefeated team of Clarke ‘Dukes’ Bailey P’02,’04, Turner Bailey ’02, Max Gottschall ’05, Brendan Scherer ’05, and Charlie Denihan ’04, to finally get our names on the vaunted DA Dukes Cup. Many thanks to the Baileys for hosting us, and I hope this note finds all our classmates and everyone at Deerfield well.” Katie Coyne was recently named the new head coach of Hebron Academy’s girls varsity ice hockey team. Katie, who was captain of her Bowdoin College hockey team, served as assistant coach for two years. “I left RBS to pursue an opportunity at Indagare Travel, a luxury travel website and community, launched in 2007 and based in New York City,” reports Barkley Hickox. “I am currently living in the West Village with my boyfriend of three years, and regularly see many of my Deerfield classmates!” Peter Neville says, “I have been living in Washington, DC, for a little over two years, working as a policy analyst at a think tank specializing in foreign policy. I recently left work to begin pursuing a MA in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Hard to believe our 5th Reunion was over a year ago. What a great experience.” Haley Warden reports, “I just started school at Duke Law and love living in North Carolina. Classes aside, I’m


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spending a lot of time volunteering at the county courthouse as a Guardian Ad Litem and with the Duke Law Innocence Project, among lots of other things. I saw Katie Coyne at Hebron Academy in Maine this past summer on the tail-end of a three-month road trip with my girlfriend through 30 states and three countries. Quite an adventure. I also spent a lot of time with Greg Daggett in North Carolina this summer, before he left for veterinary school at Ross University in St. Kitts.”


Class Captains H. Jett Fein Bentley J. Rubinstein Torey A. Van Oot “I began working at Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center in Mt. Sterling, OH, as the banquet manager in April,” reports Glynis (Cumming) Armentrout. “I accepted a promotion in September, and I’m now the food and beverage director; I oversee a 150 seat restaurant, a full-service lounge, over 12,000 square feet of banquet space, and 40+ employees. My husband accepted the executive sous chef position at the University Plaza Hotel, just blocks away from the Ohio State campus in April, as well. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and expanded our family in June with a two-year-old beagle named Steely. I was saddened to miss Reunion Weekend due to my hectic

work schedule—I’ve been attending them since I was two!—but hope to catch up with my ’05 friends in the near future.” Sarah Chow and Justin Perreault are pleased to announce their marriage on September 25, 2010 in the Boston, MA, temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Justin is from Middlebury, CT, and graduated from Champlain College in 2006 with a degree in business. He owns a heavy suspension repair shop in Waterbury, CT. Sarah is finishing her degree in Spanish and nonprofit management and will graduate in April 2011. Lissy Reed reports, “I graduated from the Naval Academy with a bachelor’s of science in English and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in May of 2010. I am currently in flight school in Pensacola, FL, and will hopefully be flying jets for the Navy later this year. I am so thankful for the opportunity to fly and to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a pilot. Life couldn’t be better! I was sad to miss Reunions but hope everyone is doing well!”


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“I recently graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia due, in part, to my Interdisciplinary Studies thesis on community,” says Cristina Liebolt. “Thank you, DA, for giving me such a fine example of community at an early age!

Haley Warden ’04 enjoyed visiting the Summer Palace in Beijing this past summer. Lissy Reed ’05 graduated from

the Naval Academy this past May and was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy. She is currently attending flight school in Florida.

Deerfield alumni pose for a photo during the “5th DA Dukes Invitational:” bottom, l to r: Chris Diozzi ’04, Trent Bailey ’04, Turner Bailey ’02, Alex Berg ’04; top, l to r: Will Boardman ’04, Brendan Scherer ’05, Clarke Bailey P’02,’04, Charlie Denihan ’04, Brooks Scholl ’04, Max Gottschall ’05. Former Deerfield teammates competed against each other for three years during college; it is assumed that Jeanne Loftus ’07 cheered them both on! l to r: Luke Wamboldt ’06, Jeanne Loftus ’07, John LaMantia ’06 Classmates Geoff Curfman ’06 (right) and Patrick Mahoney ’06 (left) climbed Mt. McKinley in Alaska this past summer, and managed to get a photo with a Deerfield banner at the top! Grace Wittenberg ’06 (left) and Eliza Murphy ’06 (right)

graduated from William and Mary in May, but before receiving their diplomas, they made time to attend their THIRD prom, which featured a 1980s theme.

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Laowai Telegraph begins with Ms. Berg’s arrival in Beijing and her early days spent couch surfing and job searching. As Ms. Berg settles into her life in China, she presents to her readers lively accounts

CAROLINE Lessons BERG Learned by

a Laowai

of celebrating Chinese festivals; bargaining for such necessities as clothes, water, and rent; and eavesdropping on her co-workers’ conversations in order to learn new vocabulary. In a post titled “Beijing Welcomes You (Face Mask Not Included),” Ms. Berg describes maneuvering through the streets of Beijing on her newly-purchased bicycle: “Cycling around Beijing is like being in a ramped up version of Paper Chase combined with Frogger—obstacles spring out from every direction. What I have read, and what I have learned first-hand, is if the green light is luring you to cross the street with the promise of a right-of-way, as long as you don’t look at the stubborn vehicles trying to turn the corner ahead of you (or into you), they will stop. But if you

When Caroline Berg ’06 traveled to China in 2007,

acknowledge their presence, they will see it as submission and gun it

she attracted a lot of attention. “I could cause traf-

past the hesitant pedestrian.”

fic accidents with my white skin, brown hair and blue eyes,” she later wrote on her blog. “I felt like a celebrity to be gawked at everywhere I went. Hiking complete Chinese strangers. Walking down the city streets, random girls would run up by my side to ask me to be their friends and exchange phone numbers.” Now a college graduate living and working in Beijing, Ms. Berg has embraced her status as a laowai, or foreigner. In her aptly named blog, Laowai Telegraph, Ms. Berg takes on daily Beijing life from an American perspective, sharing her insights into Chinese culture, vibrant photographs of her culinary experiences, and humorous anecdotes of life as a laowai.

Ms. Berg and her blog recently gained the attention of ChinaTravel. net, which featured her in a Blogger Spotlight. In the interview, Ms. Berg shared her favorite travel experiences and discussed what has been a lifelong passion for Chinese language and culture. “The summer after my first year [at Deerfield Academy], I spent five weeks in China with my Deerfield classmates—two weeks in Beijing with a host family, one week in Yunnan province, one week in Sichuan and the last week in Shanghai,” she said. “Although most of my communication with the locals occurred while bargaining or ordering snacks, these simple connections were incredibly motivating for my studies.” Since this first trip to China, Ms. Berg returned twice during college before traveling to Beijing on June 2 with “no plans but to pursue an exciting post-grad life.”


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You can read Ms. Berg’s blog from Beijing at

Courtesy of Caroline Berg

up popular mountain trails, I would take pictures with


Class Captains Matthew M. Carney Elizabeth Conover Cowan Haesun Seok writes, “I am studying philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University for the school year. I was excited to spot a Deerfield hat while out jogging a few days ago, and hope to cross paths with more alumni during my time here! If anyone is passing through or needs a place to stay at Oxford, please feel free to contact me at”

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I am now working in New York City as a corporate finance legal assistant for the next two years, and would love to catch up with any Deerfield classmates.” Luke Wamboldt wrote, “I have attached a photograph taken last spring picturing myself and Jeanne Loftus ’07 and John LaMantia, both of Colby College. John and I were teammates in baseball at Deerfield from 2004 through 2006 and got to compete against each other for the past three years in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. John graduated last spring and is currently attending graduate school at the University of Southern California, where I believe he is receiving his master’s in economics. I am currently in my senior year at Bates, where I am majoring in English and minoring in both mathematics and economics, and Jeanne is in her senior year, too.”



Class Captain Taro Funabashi Max Getz and David Rold spent six weeks of the 2010 summer studying in London, UK, at the London School of Economics. They are both economics majors at Bucknell, as is Sam Hill. Max and Sam will be spending the spring 2011 semester studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic through a New York University program.



Class Captain Elizabeth U. Schieffelin Nicholas W. Squires James Zilenziger writes, “I currently attend Colorado College (class of 2013) in Colorado Springs. This past summer I took a class that traveled to the Ukraine for a month (we studied post-soviet Russia and the current politics affecting the Ukrainian/Russian region). Surprisingly, my professor, John Gould, happened to be a Deerfield alum (Class of ’80) who now teaches at Colorado College; he now teaches political science at the college! I’ve attached a picture of us sailing on the Black Sea during one of our free days.”

James Zilenziger ’09 (right) had the happy surprise of finding out that his political science professor at Colorado College is none other than John Gould, Class of ’80.

2009 graduates Isabel Bird, Kathryn Clinard, Bridget Chaudhry, Megan Lander, and Jiyoung Han (Angie) got

together in Paris for a reunion.

2010 Send us your news and notes! See page 64.



The Next Step Answers the Question: Now What?

select a city, and fill out a form, providing Next Step with information such as their desired move-in date, rent budget, lease duration, and desired neighborhood. This data is used to connect prospective renters

With today’s housing market, real estate doesn’t

with brokers from Next Step’s carefully screened

exactly jump to mind when considering lucrative

pool of the best young leasing specialists in the real

businesses. Yet Blair Brandt ’06 has distinguished

estate market.

himself through his efforts to ease the renting process for recent college graduates.

“What we’re offering is a personal, exclusive relationship with a broker,” Mr. Brandt said. Brokers in

Mr. Brandt and his friend Belton Baker co-founded

The Next Step Realty’s network specialize in working

The Next Step Realty, a web-based company that

with young renters. “They’re people young college

connects recent college graduates with real estate

graduates want to look at apartments with,” Mr.

brokers in many cities worldwide. “The mission of The

Brandt explained. Next Step also offers the oppor-

Next Step Realty,” said Mr. Brandt, “is to revolution-

tunity for brokers to build lifelong relationships with

ize the housing transition from college campuses to

their renters, who will potentially return to them to

urban locations by helping graduates find apartments

rent subsequent apartments and even purchase real

easily, seamlessly, and affordably.”

estate some day.

The idea for Next Step came from Mr. Brandt’s

The Next Step Realty boasts an ever-growing

experience working at a Palm Beach–based real

network of 45 brokers in 30 cities across the United

estate brokerage. “The first thing I realized was that in

States and Europe, and it is constantly building

the recession, the brokers that were successful were

its business through social marketing on college

the ones that had personal referrals,” he said. Mr.

campuses. This month, Next Step will expand to

Brandt also observed that it was important to have a

60 brokers and 50 cities worldwide. In addition, Mr.

pre-screening process to ensure quality leads. At the

Brandt and Mr. Baker were interviewed on Bloomberg

same time, Mr. Brandt started to receive calls from

TV this past summer and consulted for a recent

friends who had landed jobs and wanted his advice—

New York Times real estate-related article.

and real estate contacts—to help them with their


The Next Step is in essence a matchmaking service. Twenty-somethings visit the company’s website,

Mr. Brandt’s business venture is inspired in part by

post-graduation apartment searches. So, Mr. Brandt

his years at Deerfield. At a school with hundreds of

decided to create his own network of brokers, and

well-rounded students, Mr. Brandt soon developed

on April 19, 2010, The Next Step Realty officially

“the ability to be thrown into a situation, see where

opened for business.

the opportunities are . . . and adapt to it.”

Winter 2011

Get connected at The Next Step Realty’s website:


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The picture on page 55 of the winter 2010 edition of Deerfield Magazine featuring exuberant students in the stands of a Deerfield football game one fall between 1962 and 1965 motivated me to write this piece. I’d actually seen this shot before because, I suspect, a school archivist rediscovers it from time to time. So many of the boys’ faces are animated: Church, Meyers, Rose, Sokolow, and Kenety, all expressive. Then there’s me, back row, third from left, looking like I’m watching some parallel and uninteresting event, much like my buddies Paul Herzberg (extreme right, back row, the very image of Holden Caulfield) and next to me Paul Penner, who is looking the exact wrong way. If our Deerfield teachers from that era (Jay Morsman is the last man standing) could read this, they would not be remotely surprised that the three of us were a little “off center.” I had no business going to Deerfield. I’m an educator married to a learning specialist who wonders how I ever made it through school. The real answer is that it was not easy given my learning differences. It is pretty hard to do math when your brain and your eye perceive number order differently, for example. About all anybody understood then was fast/slow with few gradations of perceived intellect in between. Schools today, including Deerfield, pride themselves in understanding how students learn as much as what they learn. Yet as much as Deerfield was a challenge for me, today, nearly 45 years after graduating, I still have warm and loyal feelings for the place, and seeing the picture on page 55 gave me a pleasurable jolt. Many back then would have been surprised to know that for the past 21 years I have been the headmaster of a highly respected, all-boys, independent, K-8 school in San Francisco— not the most predictable outcome for a high school rascal who crawled through Deerfield. Irony is delicious. Given what I do, I enjoy a heightened interest in alumni magazines. My graduating class (’66) once had a prominent spot right at the end of the class notes. Well, okay, that was 40 or so years ago. Then we had fresh stories of triumphs in college. Now I have to dig more than halfway back in the

first person

Thoughts from the Retirement Section by Brewster Ely ’66 magazine to find a dwindling collection of notes. We are in what I call the “retirement section.” It’s likely not lost on readers that while the class notes are sequential they are also “sectionalized.” The most recent notes are filled with summer internships, sports accomplishments, and college graduations (Did everybody but me graduate cum laude?). Next come the engagements and weddings (I should have been a wedding planner; talk about a recession-proof business!) and job changes or grad school. The next segment, with apologies to all those new parents out there, is the one truly boring one: babies. I know, they are the joy of a lifetime, and I have three children of my own, but other people’s babies look pretty much the same, and what a risk it is putting your baby pictures up against all the other Baby Gap poster infants! Now let’s put this travel back through time into hyper drive: new jobs, career advancements and awards (enough with the Oscars!). Then retirement. (Yup, there we are: 66 ’ers.) Grandchildren (second most boring). Un-retirement. More stories of retirement. Finally there is the quotable quote section. “Looking at the right side of the grass.” “Too old to get into trouble and too feeble to enjoy it if I did.” A favorite from my school’s magazine under the Class of 1944 reads, “As you know there are only two of us left, Stanley S. and I. I haven’t heard from him since ’44, so nothing to report on him.” The final stop, which takes us back to the magazine’s end, is “In Memoriam,” the one section no one personally submits. My musings, while intentionally whimsical, are not meant to be disrespectful. On the contrary, with just a little tongue-in-cheek, they refer to the real life of Deerfield, the one that four years in the Pocumtuck Valley truly influences. The story of Deerfield is so much more than a four-year blink-of-the-eye teenage exploration. Rather, it is the family of thousands whose lives were, to varying extents, shaped by the place. Deerfield wasn’t necessarily easy or even pleasant for each of us, but shape us it did. And if you really want to get the flavor of what Deerfield means, read the notes from start to finish, forwards or backwards.


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Be a part of their legacy.

The Frank L. & Helen Childs Boyden Society Deerfield Academy established the Frank L. and Helen Childs Boyden Society to honor and recognize those individuals who have made planned or estate gifts to Deerfield.

Contact Linda Minoff, Director of Planned Giving 413.774.1872 or


in memoriam






Searle Kilmer von Storch October 10, 2010



Richard Leroy Miner September 6, 2010

William Milliken Moody October 4, 2010



Robert John Kirkland Hart September 10, 2009


Sumner Carson Mitchell September 7, 1985 Charles Haven Sawyer, III March 1, 1985 Johnstone Greenough Krogh September 22, 2010

George B. Dowley II* January 8, 2011

Mather Humphrey Neill November 1, 2010 Charles Wilbar Utter October 13, 2010


Elbert Bartlett Harvey September 29, 2010

Charles Spencer Cleaver July 28, 2010 Sidney James Weinberg, Jr. October 4, 2010 Philippe Meyer November 9, 2007

Robert Edward Rosane September 20, 2010 Randall Goff October 28, 2010 Raymond Thomas King, Jr.* October 24, 2010 Edward Baldrige Mower, Jr.* August 13, 2010

Hugh Simms Pershing September 2, 2010


David White Mabon October 16, 2010 Edward Cochrane McLean, Jr. November 3, 2010


Christopher Jonas Heller* August 4, 2010


James Earl Reed, II June 19, 2005 Benjamin Carter Trotter, III October 18, 2010


Theodore C. Baer, III October 11, 2010


Vittoria Isabelle Marley September 3, 2010

* Boyden Society Member


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Final Exam by Danae DiNicola

ACROSS 1. It may be soft 5. Killer whales 9. Deed 14. Bat’s home 15. Mother Teresa, for one 16. “Big Green” group 17. Archaeological site 18. Personal property 19. Deerfield has an international one 20. Terminates 21. Character taught by Brush or Pidgeon, perhaps 22. Consumed 23. Genus 24. “Gee whiz!” 27. Mendel studied this 29. Crab species 35. Performing arts showcase 36. “___ what?” 37. Some are neap 38. Balloon filler 40. Drops on blades

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42. 44. 47. 48. 53. 55. 56. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64.

Given recompense Boat fixture Crabs have ten Mimics 1989 Deerfield arrival Propel, in a way Slippery Boyden, for one “___ we having fun yet?” Quelling Seen at the edge of campus Ran What Deerfield does after summer vacation Seedless vascular plant

DOWN 1. Piercing cry 2. Hangout 3. Clearly 4. Optical device 6. Studied in the Koch Center 7. Epidermal layer

8. Worker 10. You can scratch it 11. Range finder 12. Mrs. Bush 13. Contain 25. Editor of this magazine 26. Place of science 28. The Even___ 29. Big Apple attraction, with “the” 30. Low PH substance 31. Cycling team action 32. Dining Hall menu item 33. Holds 34. Winged biped 39. ___ Master’s Voice 41. Popular campus pet 42. Product of the sea 43. Acquiesce 45. Pie unit 46. Human noun 47. Act lazy 48. Allocate, with “out” 49. Oil to Giuseppe 50. Applaud 51. Sky box? 52. Scrape, as the knee 54. Area in front of the Memorial Building 56. Sensory organ 57. Dash types




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DEADLINE: February 15, 2011


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