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2010 Reunion Weekend


Alumni Updates

1 Letter from the Head of School

2 Reunions

7 Greenies Go Black & Gold

8 Spotlight on Debate

12 Alumni Profiles

17 Celebrated Speakers

20 Distinguished Alumnus Michael Lewis ‘78

24 Newman Travels

26 Births and Marriages

30 Class Notes

40 Memorials







I N LAST Y EAR’S NEWMAN NEW S, we promised that this year would be exciting, and 2009-10 did not disappoint. We had a parade of guest speakers and returning Newman alumni, and it was a great year for athletics. But this year also marks a renewed commitment to academic clubs, and chiefly among them, debate. Of the many extracurricular student activities, perhaps none correlates as closely with success in later life than debate. In this issue, we caught up with five alumni who debated while at Newman to see where they are now. I hope you enjoy reading their profiles, learning what kind of lives they are leading now and why debate was important to them. We are not alone in our feelings about the importance of debate. Thanks to the generous support of the Levy-Rosenblum family, we were able to renovate and modernize our lecture hall and a classroom in the Jefferson Building, both of which are used to host debates and practices. Debate is just one of the many wonderful things happening on campus. Through our Capstone Speaker Series, we welcomed two nationally acclaimed journalists to speak to the school: Chuck Todd and Walter Isaacson ’70. Our Distinguished Alumnus, Michael Lewis ’78, took time from a media tour to speak to our Upper School about writing, journalism, his book and the Academy Award-winning film, The Blind Side. Several alumni also volunteered time to enriching students’ classroom experiences here, returning to school as guest lecturers in upper school classes. This was also a fantastic year for sports and athletes. The Newman boys’ soccer team won the State Soccer Championship for the second year in a row, and we were district champs in basketball, baseball and track. Three of our star athletes, Ronnie Vinson, Christian Riess and Lily Miller, signed on at LSU, UGA and Princeton, respectively. We could not be more pleased about our successes this year, and we are looking forward to an even better school year in 2010 - 11. Keep in touch for all the news.









Mary Lawson Wills, Bill Messersmith and Mary Jane Christman

Jack Pietri, Eugenia and Tommy Lind, Pat Felger and Lester Barnett

Berne Efron Black, Mayer Heiman, Georga Yuspeh Reiss, Mary Lawson Wills, Priscilla Fleming Vayda and Peggy Hudson


Lloyd Kuhn and Carol Messersmith

Penny Theurer Wilkes, Lu Hudson Tompson, Malinda Maxfield Tulloh, Merryl Wright and Betty Weber Galloway

Members of the class of 1960

Tommy Cairns, Diana Monroe Lewis, Fraser Mckenzie and Jane Newman Kohlmann


Caroline Davenport-Ersoff, Ann Vogt, Suydie Upton McLamb, Happy Meyer, Letty Colbert Rosenfeld, Meryl Marks Rosenbloom, Sybil Shapiro McGennis and Peter McGennis

Chan Chandler, Ellen Kierr Stein, Jeanie Cohen, Barbara Barton Greenberg and Jeanie Mayer Fischer

Malcolm Goodman, Eric Aschaffenburg and Barth Weinberg

Eric Aschaffenberg and Sandy King Martin

Michael Devlin and Richard Stone


Members of the class of 1955

Bryna Singerman and Louellen Berger Roland and Anne Brandau Fuentes

Melissa and Jerry Steiner, Mark Greenberg and Martha Weil




Special thanks to the following reunion volunteers and hosts! 1950 Peggy Hudson Priscilla Fleming Vayda

1955 Jane Newman Kohlmann Diana Monroe Lewis Tommy Lind Lu Hudson Tompson


Ken Beer Laurie Dennery Molnar Trey Todd


Ginger Gundlach Jane Besthoff Steiner



Bonnie and Gary Sellers with Crin Hero Dave Prescott with Walter and Cathy Isaacson Diane Jacobs, Sherry Marcus Leventhal and Michelle Lore

Myrtle Wilking Blanton David Eustis Anne Brandau Fuentes Jerry Jacobs Sandy King Martin Suydie Upton McLamb Richard Stone

1965 Darryl Berger Andy Burka Barbara Barton Greenberg Mark Singerman

Jodi Jacobs Aamodt Jeff Goldring


Ariane Chrestia Brennan


Neal Bodenheimer Nini van Benthuysen Scriber


Ramsey Marcello


Jennifer Nossaman

1970 Stephanie Bruno Rob Steeg Rob Steeg, Dave Prescott and David Derbes

1975 Peggy Bories Schleiff and Todd Troxell

It is with great gratitude that we acknowledge the 2009-10 Alumni Association Board of Directors. Vaughn Carriere Downing ’87, President David Bendana ’84, Vice President Meghan McCaffery ’01, Secretary Lauren Baum ’99 Casey Burka ’02

Gretchen Schmidt Dondis ’89 Charles Freeman ’81

Trey Todd, David Wolf and Lee Scharff

William French ’90 Pablo Gonzalez ’96 Morris Hyman ’68 1975 spouses Amy Todd and Kaki Kohnke

Herman Kohlmeyer ’49 Laurie Rippner Milani ’76 Baldwin Montgomery ’94 Betty Pharr Moran ’48 Joan Schwing Parkerson ’49

Members of the class of 1975

Ken and Maggie Beer

James Roddy ’55 Ned Scharfenberg ’85 Angelique Trask Tate ’98 Howard Thompson ’66 Nancy Bissinger Timm ’74 Terry Katz Weaver ’78 Kate Ballard Werner ’86

We are excited to welcome the following new members for the 2010 -11 school year:

Jonny Lake ’69 Carol McClaughry Pointer ’77 Austin Marks ’03 Dave Prescott Amanda Nesser Moeller ’98 Larry Rabin ’67 Marcy Nathan ’85 Anne Soule Robinson ’49 Ellen Schneider ’78


1985 1980 Gordon Alexander, Fifi Benjamin Laughlin, Karen Schneider Sanz-Pastor and Gaynell Reginelli Garey

Chris Fransen, Marcy Nathan, Jeff and Walton Goldring and Jodi Jacobs Aamodt

1995 Jane Besthoff Steiner, Robert Hunter and Ellen Maslansky Hicks

1990 Beth Jones Nazar with April and Brent White

Jennifer Mark Howell, Omar Douglas, Adriane Douglas and Kristi Laurent Kathryn McColl Simons, Edmond Fitzgerald, Thea Hock Fitzgerald ‘91, Penny Bach Evins and Sam Evins

Members of the class of 1995: Dorothy Sarpy Mann, Kerry Levine McEachin, Lauren LeNoir, Nelson Stewart, Sarah Winston, Katie Casbarian, Neal Bodenheimer and Dominic Amato


2000 Members of the class of 2000

Michael Krugler, Chris Walker and Baker Freiberg

Jonathan Forges, Maggie Bryan, Ashley Rotonti and Jackie Vinson Megan Shetty and Jennifer Nossaman




spotlight on debate Resolved: Debate Is Important to Newman


ccomplished debaters can argue just about any point, but here’s one that can’t be countered: Debate programs enrich students’ education. Isidore Newman School has a long and respected

tradition of debate, a pillar that contributes to the broad base and strength of a Newman education as a whole.

Why Debate? Put simply, a strong forensics program provides enrichment in many ways for the students who participate. Graduates from the program regularly report that it was one of the most valuable experiences of their high school careers and that its benefits last a lifetime. Students gain self confidence in expressing themselves, whether singly or in front of a large group of people. They learn to organize their thoughts, express them concisely and engage in deep and sophisticated research. Through this research they become more aware of the world around them and the events that are shaping society. And when it comes time for college, their rigorous study of issues makes entrance essays or interviews a snap, and the time on the road during debate trips readies them for relocating to a new area and rooming with new people. Debate also provides students with strong bonds of friendship with team members. Working with and depending on debate partners and other team members forges friendships that stand the test of time. Many debaters continue these friendships through college and into their professional lives. In one case, two debate teammates decided they wanted to team up for life: Beth Springer ’82 and Paul Rosenblum ’82 later married. Debaters also build relationships with their competitors, whom they see time and time again at regional and national competitions, so that by the time they graduate, they have developed a nationwide network of bright and like-minded people. It seems that all debaters agree on one point: the benefits continue into professional life. The rigorous practice of organizing thoughts, speaking at length about complicated issues and being ready to defend a point at a moment’s notice hones abilities needed for success in just about any field. The oratorical and argumentative skills are particularly suited for a future in law, but Newman debaters have gone on to hold many different careers. Former debaters have become CEOs and business executives, doctors, lawyers, authors, teachers, music moguls, professors, consultants, journalists and business owners, to name just a few.

A History of Excellence In its 35 years, Newman’s forensics program has sent students far and wide, bringing in heaps of recognitions and literally tons of awards — a creaking, overloaded set of shelves in the debate practice hall bears witness to that. They have competed locally, regionally, state-wide and nationally. Under the guidance of debate coaches Daryl Fisher, Greg Malis, Phyllis Bolger and Molly Pittman ‘04, debaters have traveled as far as Wales, UK, to compete against schools from England, Pakistan and Israel. They have

been to most cities in the Southeast and almost every state in the union. And nearly every time they left on a trip, they returned triumphant. Over the years, they have amassed approximately 2,000 awards. The team has qualified to compete in the National Forensic League’s National Speech Tournament more than 50 times. The students have won more than 40 state championships for various types of debate and four national championships. The group has attended the Kentucky Tournament of Champions five times since 1998. Moreover, the Newman team was a finalist forTeam of the Decade (the ’90s) in both Policy Debate and LincolnDouglas Debate — the only team in the country to do so.

Looking Forward The debate team is currently in a rebuilding phase following the disruption of Katrina; strong alumni support helped get the program back on track. Former team member Molly Pittman, who returned to Newman to teach English and coach the team, had an immediate positive effect. The team is young and small, with just five members — two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior — but the students are making a strong showing. This year alone, the team has traveled to 15 different tournaments, including tournaments in North Carolina, Alabama, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois and Georgia. The Newman Invitational in December drew more than 20 teams from around the country. Fortunately, there is strong momentum building. The renovation of the Levy-Rosenblum Forensics Room and Lecture Hall has breathed new life into the program by providing a space for practice and technological upgrades — technology which accommodated a virtual debate using Skype against an Indianapolis team prior to the 2010 Super Bowl. Efforts are underway to build a feeder program in the middle school: Pittman and teacher C.J. Harbison are working together to start a middle school debate program, reaching out to local schools to build a middle school competition to complement the NIT. With such an environment of excitement — and the energy and enthusiasm of promising young Newman minds — it’s impossible to argue that the future of debate is anything but bright.



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Dedication of the Levy-Rosenblum Lecture Hall


f you enjoy home makeover shows, where a dreary space gets new life to the delight of the family, you would appreciate the transformation of a dusty back corner of the Jefferson Building. Thanks to a gift from the

Levy-Rosenblum family, Newman now has a comfortable, practical and modern Lecture Hall in the Upper School. Recently, three family members, Edie Levy Rosenblum ’58, her husband Paul Rosenblum ’55 and brother Edward Levy, Jr. ’55, came to witness the transformation. Their gift allowed the School to turn the old debate room into a modern classroom, and the lecture hall into a state-of-the-art facility. With 80 new fabric theater seats, the lecture hall is now perfect for mid-size presentations, boasting a new A/V system, acoustic tiles, a projector and screen, and full stage and track lighting. Mrs. Rosenblum says that the family had specific wishes for the made-over spaces. She has fond memories of performing Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in the room. “He was in Pinafore and Pirates,” she said, referring to Mr. Rosenblum, “and I was in Mikado and Iolanthe — we still remember it, and we can sing along still.” She calls her drama club a “wonderful team sport for those who didn’t play other team sports,” and she hoped to transform the area into a place where good memories can be made for students today. Debate is the same sort of alternative team sport, and the Levy-Rosenblum family feels that the remodeling of the Lecture Hall is a fitting use of their gift to the School. As for good memories, many are now being made in the renovated facility. The room has hosted a series of one-act plays to educate and entertain during Arts Week; the debate team conducted a teleconferenced debate with a school in Indianapolis via Skype; and a group of students even used the space to watch alumnus Josh Woo ’09 win the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right. The Forensics Room now has a dual purpose, hosting four English classes every day in addition to debate team meetings. It also holds Newman’s impressive collection of debate trophies won over the last 30 years of competition.

Forensics NIT Brings Students, Alumni and Parents Together


ven as the days get colder and the nights longer, the atmosphere at Newman

warms and brightens as the School hosts the NI T, the Newman Invitational Tournament, a tradition for more than 25 years. As part of its commitment to being an active national participant in the forensics world, Newman welcomes more than 20 teams from around the state and the nation for a special weekend of debates and individual events every December. There are two main competitions, Pro Forma and Lincoln-Douglas debates, as well as eight different speech events, including extemporaneous speeches, original oratory, prose and poetry selections and humorous interpretation. But this event isn’t a chance for Newman to compete with a home-field advantage — Newman doesn’t participate — but it is a chance for the team members to host visitors as they have been generously hosted. In addition to providing a forum for competition, the NIT also offers a way for alumni, parents and the Newman community to get acquainted with or stay involved in debate. Alumni offer assistance in organizing the event and act as judges for the various competitions. Lisa Pretus ’96 and Winnie Lee ’97 have returned recently to help with the NI T, and Elizabeth Raus ’04 and Chathan Mangat ’04 have returned to judge. Former teachers are also a great help, including Mrs. Ann Sayas, a teacher here for a many years, and Mr. Greg Malis, who was both teacher and debate coach before moving to Glenbrook High School in Illinois. Even parents get in on the game: Norma Veron, mother of former debater Dade Veron ’02, has assisted in recent events.



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Virginia “Ginny” Anami ’62: Far East Correspondent


e all know that the world is flat: the Internet, free trade and other advances have made it possible to pack up

your life, your job — even your culture — and take it anywhere in the world. But it wasn’t always like that;

to head out and seek a new life abroad was a huge undertaking that appealed only to someone with an adventurous spirit — someone like Ginny Anami. Being on a debate team means a lot of travel, but for Virginia Helen Anami (neé Stibbs), the travel did not end with graduation. In college, she fell in love with the Far East; she earned her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College and master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in Asian Studies, focusing on East Asian history and geography. After college, she met and married Koreshige Anami, and together they moved to Japan, where she earned citizenship in 1970. But his career took them away from Japan, and they lived in Pakistan, Australia, China and the U.S. before settling again in Tokyo. Anami finds living abroad stimulating, saying that it is rewarding to “experience different ways of life and cultures.” She finds inspiration in her travels as well. While living in China, where her husband was the Japanese ambassador, she was impressed with both the ancient tradition and the changing times. Her love of history led her to write two books, Encounters with Ancient Beijing, Its Legacy in Trees, Stone and Water and Witnesses to Time, the Magnificent Trees of Beijing. Why trees? Anami explains that they are the link to the past. “They often are the only things left at historical sites, long after the buildings have disappeared,” she says. Her photographs of these majestic trees are on display in both China and Japan. They say that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step, but Anami’s journey of 8,000 miles began right here at Newman. She remembers some good times on the debate team, especially in how it prepares you for the unexpected. “Debate not only requires research and preparation, but it also means that you have to be prepared for the unknown angles that your opponent might throw out at you,” she says. One such example of quick thinking won her a competition. “We took out all the books on the topic from the Newman library and from all the public libraries close to school. It was a sneaky tactic that wouldn't work today,” she admits, because of the Internet, “but we started our research first, and were determined to win — and we did.” Anami now lectures on Chinese history at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan, but the spirit of debate is still with her. “In fact,” she says, “I require the students to make debate teams taking up important topics of contemporary China. This is an educational experience not just for debate techniques, but to also learn that there is more than one way to look at an issue in history.” It may seem like living in New Orleans is ancient history to Anami, but some things stay with you, no matter how long you’re gone. “I miss the music and oyster po-boys of New Orleans,” she says, “and seeing some of my close Newman friends with whom I have kept in touch over the years.”


TAKING ON Victoria Bassetti ’82: Taking on Big Issues BIG ISSUES


hroughout her career, Victoria Bassetti has taken

for the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition, and

on exceedingly complex undertakings that require

Business and Consumer Rights. In 2002, a particularly

an enormous amount of organization, intelligence, and

interesting and challenging opportunity came up, to

persuasiveness — skills that she credits Newman’s debate

advise an embattled record label in a changing landscape

team with teaching her. From rewriting bankruptcy laws

of digital music — which she continues, as EMI’s senior

to helping create the September 11 Victims’ Compensation

vice president of industry and government affairs. She

Fund, Bassetti has not been afraid to take on big issues.

heads the worldwide anti-piracy effort and, as head of

Now, her current challenge is striving to save the

government affairs for North America, she addresses

embattled music industry as an executive at EMI Group,

piracy and other issues affecting the industry through

Inc., one of the few remaining major record labels.

legislation and governmental action.

In her first debate freshman year, Bassetti remembers

But Bassetti does not forget where she came from and

shaking so much that she could barely hold her note

how much credit she owes to the School, in particular

cards. In time, however, she was transformed: “Over

for supporting her travel to compete with the debate team.

those four years, I developed a real confidence about

She notes, “I did not come from a rich family at all, and

my skills, as well as the ability to understand complex

it is one of the most stunningly generous and wonderful

topics and to speak to people coherently.”

things that Newman did for me. I’m beside myself at how amazing it was that the School had that faith in me and

Bassetti acknowledges that these results came from a great

the debate team.”

deal of hard work. A typical week would include two to three hours of practice each day after school and a trip every weekend to compete. But it had its benefits. “At the age of 16 or 17, to have the self-confidence and training to stand up in front of a crowd of people and speak is

The frequent travel with the debate team planted the seed for wanderlust that continues to this day. “As a freshman at Harvard, I felt this strange uneasiness because I wasn’t used to staying in one place constantly.” In addition to

quite a gift. It’s one that stays with you for

traveling extensively for work, she also

the rest of your life and that you keep culti-

travels for pleasure to exotic locations

vating,” she says.

including Liberia (where she had dinner with fellow debater John Langlois '81),

After Newman, Bassetti earned a B.A. at Harvard-Radcliffe College and worked on The Harvard Crimson. She completed law school at Columbia University,

Cambodia, Kashgar (China), Moscow, Morocco, Turkey, the Golan Heights, Machu Picchu, Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea.

where she was on the Columbia Law Review, and clerked for the

It would not be overstating

DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

it to say that debate changed everything for Bassetti. She

For nearly 10 years, Bassetti

says, “I don’t think that I

held key posts on the U.S.

would be anywhere if I had

Senate Judiciary Committee,

not developed those skills.

including Democratic chief

For me, it’s the foundation

counsel and staff director

for everything in my life.”



LEADING HEALTHCARE Alan Yuspeh ’67: Leading America’s Largest PROVIDER Healthcare Provider

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elping lead the largest healthcare provider in the nation is one thing. Being there during the largest healthcare overhaul since the Medicare Act is quite another. And researching, fleshing out and debating

the finer points of both healthcare reforms — that’s Alan Yuspeh, senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for HCA (Hospital Corporation of America). Yuspeh, who debated for Newman from 1964 to 1967, remembers a different debating style than what we see today. The current “machine-gun kind of presentation is not what high school debate looked like 45 years ago,” he says. “There was more emphasis on oratorical skill.” But what is most important, he says, “is that you learn to think on your feet and you learn to speak extemporaneously.” Yuspeh went on to Yale University, where he was the president of the debate association and earned a B.A. magna cum laude with honors in political science and economics. He then earned an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School, graduating with distinction; and a law degree at Georgetown University, where he was also an editor of Law and Policy in International Business. Yuspeh credits oratorical skill and extemporaneous thinking in propelling his professional development. “Regardless of what your field of endeavor may be,” he says, “those are always useful skills to have.” His career spans 37 years, and often returns to the issues of business ethics and compliance. Before joining HCA, he spent four years on the staff of Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, another three as general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 15 years in private law practice and a stint as a McKinsey consultant. When he joined HCA, his career shifted to healthcare, and he saw issues similar to the ones he debated, but on a larger scale. “It is interesting that I was debating in 1965 about whether we should have Medicare, and now I am part of the largest healthcare provider in the country as we implement health care reform — 45 years later.” These debate experiences sparked an interest in healthcare that helped guide him to where is today. He still can’t believe that it has been that long. He recalls some of his fondest memories, of the camaraderie he had with the other debaters, the coaches and the parents who would take them by car on state trips. He particularly values his collaboration with his debate partner, Jay Kaplan ‘67. He notes that Kaplan is a physician and one of the leading national authorities on improving health care, and the two keep in touch and reminisce about their debate experience together. Yuspeh feels strongly about the quality of debate at Newman and hopes that excellence can be maintained: “For outstanding independent schools, and Newman is one, debate should be one of the signature programs.”


QUEEN OF Beth Springer ’82: Clorox’s Queen of Green GREEN W

decisions, Beth Springer is

management consulting, but things

in the room. In her 20 years

really took off when she joined

hen the cleaning

Springer began her career with

giant Clorox makes

Braxton Associates/Deloitte in

with the company, Springer

Clorox in 1990. While the Clorox

has ascended from associate

name is synonymous with “clean,”

marketing manager to execu-

Springer is the motivating force

tive vice president of interna-

behind Clorox’s green movement —

tional & natural personal care,

a natural choice for a Greenie. She

with particular responsibility

marshaled the concept of “protecting

for international strategy, the

your own environment,” or going

Burt’s Bees product line and

green in the home, and she handled

the company’s Eco Office

the Burt’s Bees acquisition by


Springer with husband Paul Rosenblum ’82 and daughter Rachel

Clorox. She is a vital force in helping the company meet their goal to be

Springer, a star on the debate team during high school,

one of the sustainability leaders in the consumer packaged goods

remembers those days as a lot of fun, saying, “My best

sector through the corporate Eco Office.

friends in high school were definitely from the speech and debate arena,” including debate partner Victoria

To Springer, debate definitely played a major part in her meteoric

Bassetti ’82, profiled on page 13.

rise within the corporation, and even in formulating a plan for the green movement. “The skills you learn in debate are highly

But the Springer-Bassetti teaming had a deeper and more

relevant to understanding something like the green movement.

important significance. “There were very few two-girl

There are many facets to these issues, there is a lot of hard science

teams, particularly who reached a more competitive

and opinion and personal preference,” she says. And once you

level,” says Springer. “It was wonderful to experience that

have a plan, debate helps you get the message across — and get

girls and women can be as successful as boys and men, in

the team on board. According to Springer, debate is vital to

an arena that has been traditionally dominated by men. It

“communicate with others and persuade them to do what is

was a great opportunity for us, and I hope a good example

right for the group.”

for others.” Springer believes wholeheartedly that debate is good for students The empowerment that Springer got from her time on the

and that it can help just about anyone. “The average student is

debate team served her well after graduation. Springer

perfectly capable of doing it,” says Springer. “You don’t have to

graduated with high honors from Bryn Mawr College

be the best kid in physics or the guy in honors math or the best

(where she now serves on the board), then went on to

writer” to be successful in debate, just have intellectual curiosity

Harvard University for her M.B.A., where she was named

and the drive to work hard. To get to the main point and get there

a Baker Scholar and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

quickly “is a valuable life skill no matter what you do,” she says.



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ADVISING THE’95:PRESIDENT Travis LeBlanc Advising the President I

f it can be said of anyone, Travis LeBlanc’s career started with debate at Newman; in fact, he says that he chose Newman based on the strength of our debate team – that’s some foresight.

The Newman debate program was a springboard to LeBlanc joining a national debate team that crisscrossed the country several times. “One weekend you’re in Dallas, the next you’re in Chicago and then two weeks later you’re in New York,” says LeBlanc. Ultimately, it took him as far as Wales, where as a member of the United States debate team he competed against the brightest debaters from across the world. LeBlanc went on to achieve an outstanding education — a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Princeton, a J.D. at Yale, an M.P.A. at Harvard, and a master of laws at University of Cambridge. Now, he has risen to the top again by accepting a position at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C., known as the “president’s law firm.” Following law school, LeBlanc was a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, then joined the Washington, D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly, where his practice focused on criminal defense, international law and commercial litigation. The firm Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco lured him west, and it was there that he took on the pro bono defense of a detainee at Guantanamo. In June 2009, he joined the OLC, which drafts the legal opinions of the U.S. Attorney General and provides advice to the Counsel to the President and various agencies of the executive branch. LeBlanc credits Newman’s debate program with preparing him for success as a criminal defense lawyer, since it trained him to draft arguments and anticipate an adversary’s strategy. In fact, there is a direct correlation between his Newman experience and current work: He debated the issue of universal healthcare back in 1993, and he is now addressing some of the same issues, though he admits, “I don’t rely on my knowledge from back then.” LeBlanc remembers not just the long hours preparing for debates, but also building friendships and networks of friends and associates that remain intact to this day. The program stresses teamwork, and, LeBlanc adds, “You’re with the same person all year; you learn to build on each other’s strengths.” He also built lasting networks of friends with opponents from other schools. While some college freshmen are thrust into an alien and lonely world, LeBlanc found that these relationships transferred seamlessly when fellow debaters ended up as classmates. In fact, debate partner Stephen Bailey ’97 was his roommate at Yale. And one of his best memories of debate was not the kind that is commemorated with a trophy. LeBlanc recalls this tale of snowy woe: When snow stranded the team in Scarsdale, New York, the coach took them into New York City to see the sights and to ice skate in Rockefeller Center. Though excellent at public speaking, the team from New Orleans was not prepared for extemporaneous public skating in front of a milling metropolitan crowd — not one of them had ever skated before. “It was the last place on earth you want to go ice skating for the first time,” says LeBlanc, with a chuckle. “It was a horrible experience; it was traumatizing.”


Celebrated Speakers Come to Campus


uilding on the success of the 2008-09 Capstone series, Newman hosted a variety of impressive speakers to address students about

the issues that are shaping the world and the roles the students will soon be playing in society. Newman welcomed Chuck Todd, an award-winning journalist and the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, as the first Capstone speaker in the fall. If you watch NBC or MSNBC, you have seen Todd in action. In the crowded world of on-air news analysis, Todd stands apart. Whether he is taking on presidential politics or health care legislation, Todd is deeply knowledgeable, level-headed and extremely eloquent. Todd provided students with valuable insight on the current and future state of journalism and the news business, but noted that online news is not old journalism’s only foe. He explained that in today’s day and age, we have “inflated our own journalism with opinion,” making almost everything an op-ed page.


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In mid-March, Walter Isaacson ’70 spoke to Newman students about writing, the role of technology and the importance of transcending partisanship through compromise. President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Isaacson is also a writer and biographer, penning books on a disparate collection of figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger and, soon, Apple’s dynamic but controversial CEO Steve Jobs. In his lecture, he stressed that the key to successful writing is not just intelligence, saying “Smart people are a dime a dozen... imagination is more important.” His advice to writers: “Let the story tell itself.” And that seems to have worked out pretty well for him. Isaacson’s books include American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography and The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Newman’s Capstone program, introduced in the 2008-09 school year, offers seniors the opportunity to study two or more thematic topics in a depth equal to an upper-level college course. Areas of study are both complex and comprehensive, ranging from existentialism and the crisis of faith, to the evolving world of journalism, to the landscape of a world after fossil fuels. The Capstone Speaker Series augments the classroom experience; last year’s speakers included David Brooks, Richard Heinberg and James Carville.
















ver the past school year, several alumni volunteered to return to campus to enrich our academic program by sharing their knowledge with our students. If you are interested in speaking to current students about your

area of expertise — whether it be public speaking, politics or the physics of boomerangs – contact Director of Alumni


Relations Missy Sutherlin, Los Angeles Times’ Atlanta Bureau Chief Richard Fausset ’88 interrupted his








coverage of the Super Bowl and New Orleans’ mayoral election to visit the


Capstone Journalism class. While he addressed the challenges facing the print


from the nuts and bolts of story composition to the basics of a job as a national


industry with the students, he also covered more pragmatic topics in journalism, correspondent.






Kerry Luft ’82 spoke to the senior class about the fate of journalism. Richard Fausset ’88

A former writer for The Greenie, Luft

has worked for newspapers around the country and is now the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the Tribune Company. Luft asked the seniors some pointed questions about newspapers and the importance of telling the news, but optimistically speculated that their generation will be the one to solve the problem facing newspapers due to

Kerry Luft ‘82

online competition. He explained that journalism is a wonderful way to see the world for someone with a sense of adventure. He encouraged students to get out into the world, to ask the hard questions and tell the stories. Dr. Mark J. Plotkin ’73 dedicated a day to be with students from the Upper, Middle and Lower Schools and talk with them about his work in the Amazon and his efforts in rainforest conservation. Co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Team, Plotkin works with indigenous groups in the Amazon to protect their cultural heritage by preserving their language, traditional learning and medicinal herb lore, seeing people, culture and ecology as interconnected. Plotkin earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a master's degree in forestry at Yale and his Ph.D. at Dr. Mark J. Plotkin ‘73 and Walter Isaacson ‘70 in the Galapagos Islands

Tufts University.

Lt. Bobbie Ragsdale III ’03 spoke to a senior English class on imperialism about his experiences in Iraq and discussed how imperialism differs from the American military’s efforts today. Ragsdale pointed out that in his training, a great deal of time was dedicated to teaching the American military about the customs and culture in Iraq so that they were careful not to offend the people they were being sent to protect. He shared pictures of his travels throughout the region and fielded questions about his time abroad.


Lt. Bobbie Ragsdale III ‘03


The Newman Network: A Professional Mentor Group


ewman is proud to announce the launch of the Newman Network, a professional and university mentor program. This password-protected portion of our website will allow alumni to search for and contact fellow Greenies by profession, industry, university or location. It also allows registrants to post job descriptions and resumes, as well as hosting forums for discussions in particular industries. Lee Zurik ’92 with Jenny Good Zurik ’97 and Katie Couric FOX8 reporter Lee Zurik ’92 visited a Capstone class to talk about journalism in the 21st century. Zurik has proven that it’s possible not only to excel in journalism, but to do it right in your home town. Going toe-to-toe with news giants such as CNN, NBC, ABC and NPR, Zurik’s reporting is awardwinning: he received a George Foster Peabody

Now more than ever, it is important to build professional and educational relationships among our outstanding alumni across the country. Whether you are a recent college graduate curious about possible career paths, a newcomer in a strange town looking to make connections or an established professional searching for a new employee, there is no better place to start than with other Newman graduates! Becoming a member takes just a few minutes — log on today!

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award from the University of Georgia and the IRE Medal from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization. Shannon Yancovich ‘09

Go to Click on “Alumni” in the top right-hand corner Log in with your username and password Click on “My Groups” in the left-hand column Click on “Become a Mentor/ee”

(If you do not have a username or have any other questions, please contact Missy Skertich Sutherlin at or 504-896-6312) Lisa Yancovich ‘06

Senior Internship Program to Be Launched for the Class of 2011


Cole Claiborne ‘00

Nolan Marshall ‘97

In addition, medical student Cole Claiborne ’00 spoke to first graders about the importance of sun protection; Nolan Marshall ’97 visited a Civics class to talk about running for city council at large at such a young age, and Shannon ’09 and Lisa ’06 Yancovich were part of a group from LSU Agricultural College who brought animals to educate and delight first graders — as well as attracting attention from all the students who passed by!

n the spring of 2011, the senior class will embark on a two week long, full-time internship program. The students will get first-hand, in depth experience in a field of their choice. Mike Prevost, director of this new program, says, "It is our belief that this program will afford our collegebound seniors rich and essential experiences as they embark on their career decision-making paths." This program will also be supplemented throughout the year with a series of speakers offering information on a variety of fields including the film industry, health care and government. Students will hear about possible career paths as well as the traits needed to be successful in our ever changing economy. It is our hope that alumni will play a crucial role in this program. If you are interested in speaking to our students or opening the doors to your office, we encourage you to contact Director of Alumni Relations Missy Skertich Sutherlin at or 504-896-6312.


Michael Lewis ’78 Receives 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award


he Alumni Association was pleased to recognize bestselling author Michael Lewis as the 2010 Distinguished

Alumnus. Lewis was honored at a reception in March where friends, family and former classmates gathered to

pay tribute to his outstanding career. In his introduction, former baseball coach Billy Fitzgerald, now Newman’s athletic director, remembered “vivid images of Michael as a skinny, incredibly focused and intelligently competitive young pitcher in a green pinstripe uniform.” He said of his former player, “I have watched with excitement, admiration and awe as his career has developed and blossomed.” Current students also benefited from Michael’s return to campus when he addressed an upper school assembly. Introduced by Head of School T.J. Locke, Lewis sat down for an informal interview with Anne Konigsmark, who herself is a journalist, author and English teacher at Newman. The upper school audience listened intently while Lewis talked about heading to college and then Wall Street, and how, along the way, he became a reluctant expert on outsiders, outliers and the socially maladjusted who are often behind-the-scenes movers and shakers. He also talked to the students about writing. He said to the students looking toward a career in journalism, “Don’t want to be a writer, just write.” He also stressed that writing must make you happy, and those with true passion must be ready to “overcome some discouraging advice.” Recounting some of his early successes and failures, he added some brief suggestions for getting into the business: "Write. Read. And try to submit." After graduating from Newman, Lewis earned a B.A. in art history from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. Among his books are Liar’s Poker (1989), The New New Thing (1999), and Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003), which he dedicated to Billy Fitzgerald. In his most recent bestselling book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2010), Lewis addresses the ongoing financial crisis in America. He details how a number of investors—and one offbeat individual— made billions of dollars betting against the market in the recent mortgage collapse. Although Lewis says that he “came out of school without any obvious career ambition,” he ended up going to work on Wall Street, a decision which, ironically, pushed him toward writing. Though the mood in the financial world was optimistic at the time, something kept picking at Lewis, who felt an impulse to figure out the unanswered questions about the financial system that were bubbling up in his mind. “I was getting paid to give financial advice to people, and I didn’t know what I was doing — and nobody seemed to care. What I was doing was not very useful, yet I was being rewarded [financially] in this crazy way,” he says, adding, “That couldn’t last.” And it didn’t. The subsequent crash of 1987 laid the groundwork for his first book, Liar’s Poker. Lewis asserts that he was just in the right place at the right time to catch the story. Chance plays a big part in Lewis’s books, whether it’s the game of chance we call the stock market, the chance-plus-skill of the sports world, or a random introduction to an intriguing character. Since its adaptation into an Academy Award-winning movie starring Sandra Bullock, most people know the story of The Blind Side, Lewis’ 2006 book about a homeless high-school student with untapped potential and the family that cared enough to take him in and help him succeed. The book came about by sheer coincidence

when Lewis looked up his classmate Sean Tuohy ’78. Lewis was in Memphis writing a story about Coach Fitz for the New York Times Magazine when he decided to look up Tuohy, who lived in town. “Sean took me to his house, and Michael Oher, the central character in The Blind Side, was sitting in the living room,” Lewis says. “But I never thought I was going to write about it. But then there was a ‘whoput-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter’ moment. This kid went from the lowest valued human being to the highest valued 18-year-old in a matter of about 18 months simply by moving from one environment to another. He would have been ignored had he not lucked into the situation.” All these forces wove together, Lewis says, “and instantly I had a book.” Lewis tips his hat to chance, coincidence and luck for his achievements. “There is so much accident in any performance career. It turns not just on ability but on breaks,” he says. But Coach Fitz is not so sure that it’s that simple — or as random. Instead, he feels that Lewis is poised to write — and those so-called breaks are just the reason to do so. “I think you have to be prepared,” Fitzgerald says. “You have to work at your craft, and when there are breaks you have an opportunity to shine where others might not have.” The Distinguished Alumnus award is given each year to a graduate who has made significant contributions in their specific fields of endeavor and taken a vigorous leadership role in their community, bringing honor to the School through their achievements, both professionally and in the community. Past recipients include actor Bryan Batt ’81, real estate developer Darryl Berger ’65, philanthropists Walda ’54 and Sydney ’45 Besthoff, ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin ’73 and author Walter Isaacson ‘70. Lewis’s mother, Diana Monroe Lewis ’55, also received the award in 1994.


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a t h l e t e s


neWMan athletes

Lily Miller ‘10: Off to a Running Start


ou could say that Lily Miller

hit the ground running. When

her father took her to a track meet when she was in elementary school, something clicked inside her, and she decided to take it up. “I started running when I was about eight or nine, and I always loved it,” she says. “I’ve been running ever since.” Since she began competing in 2005, she has accumulated an impressive set of awards and records. She shattered school records in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter race and the long jump. She has also won a pile of trophies, with 12 district titles, 9 regional titles, 4 state runner-ups and 5 state Lily was actively recruited by the

championship wins.

University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth Mark Faliveno, who has been

College and Washington and Lee, but

coaching Lily since her freshman

her acceptance at Princeton University

year, considers her a great athlete.

sealed the decision. Faliveno has nothing

“She is an amazing talent,” he says.

but optimism for her college journey in

“She has an incredible work ethic —

both academics and sports. “In terms

she practices hard every single day

of her career at Princeton, the sky’s

— that’s why she has the number

the limit,” he says. “As a sprinter she’s

of titles she has.”

going to be tremendous, tremendous.”

Newman Boys’ Soccer: State Champions

For the second year in a row, the Newman Boys’ Soccer team, coached by Matt Jacques, won

the state championship. In a repeat of last year’s game, the team faced Louisiana State University Laboratory School in the state finals and handily dispatched them with a score of 2 to 1. The team defeated St. Martin’s at home in the quarterfinal, scoring 3 goals to St. Martin’s 1. Then it was on to the semifinal. Though it was an away game on Menard’s home turf, the Greenies kept their eyes on the state championship and bested Menard with another 2-to-1 victory. The final was not a foregone conclusion, though. Still smarting from last year’s championship game, University was out for revenge. Their dreams were soon dashed, though, as Jonathan Fisher ’10 and Mason Neveu ’10 quickly racked up two points in the first quarter of the game. Though University scored one goal, all further attempts were foiled. Newman walked away with the trophy, and Mason Neveu earned MVP for his performance. 22

Good Signs: Two Newman Seniors Sign with Top SEC Schools


mong the class of 2010’s graduates, two in particular—Ronnie Vinson and Christian

Riess—have had such distinguished athletic careers that they are moving on to two of the most respected colleges for sports—Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia. Ronnie Vinson came to Newman in the 2nd grade, and while his real strength was in football, he also participated in track, specializing in the high jump. For all four years of Upper School, he played football as both a safety and a running back, recording 1,584 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns with an impressive average of eight yards per carry. In addition, Vinson caught 34 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns. He earned Class 2A AllState honors as well as being rated as the nation’s No. 14 overall athlete by Ronnie’s skills on the field attracted interest from more than 20 outstanding schools, but ultimately he chose LSU. While many college athletes dream of a career in sports, Ronnie sees business in his future, and a conversation with the dean of the business school persuaded him to become a Tiger. Enrolled in the Greenie House as an infant, Christian Riess has been a Greenie since before he could crawl. But not only did he learn to crawl, walk and run here, he learned to swim — and to swim better than anyone else around. He has been a competitive swimmer on a club team since 1st grade and began competing at the varsity level in 7th grade. He holds the Louisiana state record for 17-18 boys in the 100-meter freestyle as well as division records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley. Riess is a three-time state champion in the 200 individual medley and a state champ in the 100 butterfly. As captain of the team his senior year, he was named an All-American and a Scholastic All-American. Christian signed with the University of Georgia because he believes that the school has the perfect balance of athletic and scholastic opportunity. He wants to push himself both in the classroom and in the pool, and he believes that UGA will help him grow both as a student and a swimmer. Photo credit: Matthew Hilton/the Times-Picayune


NEWMAN TRAvELS TO SAN FRANCISCO Richard ’59 and Lynda Greene with T.J. Locke Anna-Marie Litwin Jene ’79, Billy Fitzgerald and Don Moses ’74

Michael Keck ’93 with T.J. Locke

Ainsley Hines ’96 and Read Simmons ’91

Chris Borges ’90, Catherine Gorman Kuuskraa ’90 and Jason Kuuskraa

Mat Gruen ’80 and Andrew McClung ’81

Justin ’93 and Melissa Reyna Emily Dupuis ’01, Ed Graf ’00 Arjun Reddy ’04 and Justine Morgan ’04


Seamus Tuohy ’82, Elizabeth Pritchard, Sarah Tuohy Rosevally ’74, Jay Pottharst ’99 and Jean Crawford

Gretchen Carter Richardson ’86, Walter Keenan ’85, Ed Graf and Susan Keenan

Elizabeth Walpert, Eleanor Brody, Sam Brody ’47 and Allen Walpert ’80 Chris Thompson, Elizabeth Keenan Thompson ’84, T.J. Locke and Paige Arnof-Fenn ’83 Alex McLeod ’82, Seamus Tuohy ’82 and Carolyn Jordan ’82


Beth Kimmell Snyder ’00, Josh Snyder and Ben Schiller ’95

TO NEW YORK David Band ’63, Neal Bodenheimer ’95 and Vaughn Carriere Downing ’87 Rault Kehlor ’88, , David Kaplan ’88 and Sabrina Forman Pilant ’88

Members of the class of 1998 Erin O'Brien, Laura McCammon, Akshay Bansali, Erin Zander and Kelly Bolger

HOLIDAY HAppY HOUR Former Greenie Neil Bodenheimer ’95 hosted us at Cure Ed Graf and Nolan Marshall ’97

Gretchen Schmidt Dondis ’89 and Jennifer O'Neill Brammell ’89

Michele Zatzkis ’02, Amy Jacobson Kessler ’99, Rachel Blackman Frank ’98 and Scott Frank Loeber Landau ’49, Dean of the Arts Paul Tines and Ben Rosen ’50 Harlan Schwartz ’04 and Nowell Hesse ’99

Cindy Kern ’05 and Betsy Ellis ’05 Laura McCammon ’98, Kelly Bolger ’98, Peggy Fitzgerald, Jo Anne Keck ’96, Ann Harris and Toni Hoover ’77

Margaret Ann Minihan, Brendan Minihan ’93 and Mike Landis ’02

Robert Schlesinger ’96, Hannah Blumenthal ’96, Katherine Fausset Guma ’93 and Matthew Guma

James Lapeyre ’00, Jeff Yellin ’00 and Fritz Gomila ’87

Stephanie Tan ’04, CN Chen ’04 and Cindy Kern ’05



Steve Bellaire ’83 and Maggie, a daughter, Jacqueline

Melissa Mendler Altmann ’87 and Steve, a daughter, Josie Addison, daughter of Hillary Guttman Woodbury ‘96

Jeff Richardson ’87 and Tina, a daughter, Margaret Ann Patrick Drennan ’88 and Mike, twin sons, Cooper and Cole Richard Fausset ’88 and Kim, a son, Silas Wells Leron Finger ’88 and Julie, a daughter, Zoe Andy Lovell ’88 and Mary, a daughter, Virginia Ruth Ben Banta ’89 and Kathleen, a daughter, Paige McKinley

Anna Kate, daughter of Emily Zeller Lemann ‘98

Alice, daughter of John-Ryan Hevron ‘91

Michael Milling ’89 and Caroline ’97, a daughter, Susan Baldwin Andrew ‘24 and Maggie, children of Jeff Richardson ‘87

David Morse ’89 and Jennifer, a son, Brandon Barry Starr ’89 and Kelly, a son, Cole McLaughlin Jacque Touzet ’89 and Mary, a daughter, Claire Helene

1990’s Skipper Bond ’90 and Ashley, a daughter, Anson Elizabeth Will French ’90 and Kara, a son, Ethan Fenner

Baldwin, son of Katie Baldwin Key ‘96 Caroline, daughter of Catherine Kuuskraa ‘90

Carter, son of Lindsay deBessonet Ruback ‘94

Elizabeth Riddle Hoover ’90 and David, a daughter, Caroline Macon Catherine Gorman Kuuskraa ’90 and Jason, a daughter, Caroline Gorman Paul McDonald ’90 and Natsue, a son, Harutaro Denis

Caroline, daughter of Heather Marshall Brightwell ‘91

Beth Aronson Slater ’90 and Joseph, a son, Shmuel Ephraim Heather Marshall Brightwell ’91 and David, a daughter, Caroline Anna Ben Dupuy ’91 and Sweet, a daughter, Kathryn Simmons Megan Roen Forman ’91 and Jay ’90, a daughter, Camille Claverie Alden Genre ’91 and Mark, a daughter, Sadie Emery Homlish

Celia, daughter of Rand Butcher Rutledge ‘93

Micah Goodman ’91 and Lisa, a son, Ryder Burnside John-Ryan Hevron ’91 and Cara, a daughter, Alice Elizabeth Barkley Abbott Laing ’91 and Chris, a son, McNaughton Abbott Shannon McCloskey Able ’92 and Patrick, a daughter, Madison Anne Charlie, son of Kristen Wade ‘99

Emma, daughter of Michelle Fontham Poggi ‘92

Sarah Johnson Centeno ’92 and Joe, twin sons, James Vaughan and Vincent Fiehrer Michelle Fontham Poggi ’92 and David, a daughter, Emma Hayes

Ethan, son of Will French ‘90

Melissa McKay Zickerman ’92 and Eric, a daughter, Elliot Paige Tiffany Goodman Bilbe ’93 and Mitchell, a daughter, Veda Belle Archie Casbarian ’93 and Adrienne, a son, Charles Cole Vincent and James, sons of Sarah Johnson Centeno ‘92

Henry, son of Nina Griswold Fitch ‘93


Ezra, son of Erin Lake Friend ‘95

Finn, son of Chrissy Hardy Jensen ‘98

Stephen Farnsworth ’93 and Amy, a son, Colin McCauley Nina Griswold Fitch ’93 and Justin, a son, Henry Tucker

CONNECTION James Lewis ’93 and Wendy, a son, James McMahon III

Andrea Aronson Morris ’93 and Tripp, a son, Robert Joseph Jonathan Nass ’93 and Melissa, a son, William

Hollier, daughter of Bradford ‘99 and Missy Skertich ‘98 Sutherlin

Benjamin Norwood ’93 and Rebecca, a daughter, Charlotte Elise Rand Butcher Rutledge ’93 and Michael, a daughter, Celia Lady Catherine Reiss Fuller ’94 and Christopher, a son, James Anne Pointer Heaviside ’94 and Jeffrey, a daughter, Helen Taylor

Jacqueline, daughter of Steve Bellaire ‘83

Stephanie Zeller Robert ’94 and Jimmy ’94, a son, James Hanckes, Jr. Lindsay deBessonet Ruback ’94 and Todd, a son, Carter Philip Claverie ’95 and Tamara, a daughter, Amelia Erin Lake Friend ’95 and Asher, a son, Ezra Meyer

Jett, son of James Lewis ‘93

Jane, daughter of Kerry Levine McEachin ‘95

Sean Mathew ’95 and Shanty, a daughter, Elena Kerry Levine McEachin ’95 and Thomas, a daughter, Jane Elizabeth Marshall Stuckey ’95 and Elissa, a daugher, Cooper Ann

Joe, son of Andrea Aronson Morris ‘93

Ben Zack ’95 and Jessica, a son, Hunter Pablo Gonzalez ’96 and Ashley, a son, Pablo, Jr. Katie Baldwin Key ’96 and Brandon, a son, Baldwin Scott

Josie, daughter of Melissa Powers McPhail ‘93

Cole LeBourgeois ’96 and Brooke, a son, William Cole, Jr. Bridget Brennan Tyrrell ’96 and Craig, a son, Thomas Brennan Hillary Guttman Woodbury ’96 and Mike, a daughter, Addison Laurel

Millie, daughter of Jay ‘90 and Megan Roen Forman ‘91 Lilah, Holden, Veda, Cecilia and Miles, children of Tiffany Goodman Bilbe ‘93

Adam Magnus ’97 and Laura, a daughter, Netta Sage Caroline Stewart Milling ’97 and Michael ’89, a daughter, Susan Baldwin Kay McClure Youngblood ’97 and Daniel, a son, William Grant Jenny Good Zurik ’97 and Lee ’92, a daughter, Megan Laurel Chrissy Hardy Jensen ’98 and Rich, a son, Finnegan Patrick Hunter, son of Ben Zack ‘95

Emily Zeller Lemann ’98 and Jason, a daughter, Anna Kate Meredith Lake Petron ’98 and Jimmy, a daughter, Aimee Tess Missy Skertich Sutherlin ’98 and Bradford ’99, a daughter, Hollier Katherine

Willem, son of John Johnson ‘79

Blair Jacobs Truslow ’98 and Will, a son, James Whitlock Nowell Hesse ’99 and Alyce, a daughter, Caitlin Alyce Kristen Vorhoff Wade ’99 and Chris, a son, Charlie

Sarah Blair and Charlie, children of Ben Montgomery ‘00 Ryder, son of Micah Goodman ‘91

2000’s CeCe Villere Colhoun ’00 and Trevor, a son, Trevor Lindsay, Jr.

Mac, son of Barkley Abbott Laing ‘91

Ben Montgomery ’00 and Anna, a son, Charles Waid Tara Rotonti Stewart ’01 and Scott ’00, twins, a daughter, Emma Grace, and a son, John Scott

Shmuel Slater, son of Beth Aronson Slater ‘90

Wills, son of Cole LeBourgeois ‘96



Joyce Gioia ’64 and Dr. Carl Berman Rand Wrighton ’92 and Meredith Ranell Brown Michael Shore ’93 and Colette Rebecca Cohen Scott Kern ’93 and Trisha Hardin Daniel Kern ’95 and Cindi Canchola Stephen Bailey ’97 and Marsha McIntyre Taylor Beery ’97 and Angel Nicole Wood Genny Johnson ’97 and David Kreter Morgan Williams ’97 and Laila Laurice Hlass Matthew Wright ’97 and Susanne Leath Rachel Blackman ’98 and Scott Frank Nick Elkins ’98 and Keli Wallace

Austin ’03 and Carrie Bart ’03 Marks

Lee McMillan ’98 and Jennifer Lynne Farris

Trisha and Scott ’93 Kern

Anna Martin ‘98 and John Denton Thomas Ogg ’98 and Cara Staudinger Eli Weiss ’98 and Lauren Perth Julia Mott ’99 and Bradley Glaer Nick Hayes ’00 and Danielle Ward Brad Rosenblat ’00 and Jacqueline Kay Matthew Eagan ’00 and Allison Elaine Klos

Julia Lake Jacobson ’01 with her bridesmaids

Daniel del Portal ’00 and Anna Katherine Weiss Will Walter ’00 and Ashley Peterson Thalia Reisin ’01 and Lee Ziffer Zachary Harvey ’01 and Shauna Collins Julia Lake ’01 and Stephen Jacobson Carrie Bart ’03 and Austin Marks '03 Brice Cambas ’04 and Sarah Hampton Portera Kicker Kalozdi ’04 and Stephanie Hankins

Keli and Nicholas '98 Elkins



Meg Ellis ‘09 and Erin O'Brien ‘98

Dustin Goodman ‘09 and Nelson Stewart ‘95

Bruce J. Oreck ’71 Ambassador to Finland Eli Timm ‘09 and Paul Tines Drew Starling ‘09 and Class Dean Hal Sheets

Robyn McCormick and Simone Henault ‘09

Sarah Frieberg ‘09 and Beth Kessler ‘09

Sarah Frieberg ‘09, Simone Henault ‘09, Robyn McCormick ‘09, Sara Brennan ‘09, Albion Sumrell ‘09 and Taylor Rees ‘09

Abby Roskin ‘09 and Cameron McHarg ‘09

David Martin ‘09 and Sally Uzee

Newman alumni go on to a number of high-profile professions – authors, business executives, lawyers, historic real estate developers, ambassadors – but only one alumnus can lay claim to all these experiences. After a varied career, Bruce Oreck ’71 was sworn in as the Ambassador to Finland in August 2009. Although born in New York City, Ambassador Oreck spent his formative years at Newman. After earning degrees from Johns Hopkins, Louisiana State University and New York University, he returned to New Orleans to practice law while also serving as vice president and legal counsel to his family’s company, The Oreck Corporation, until 2003. He later moved to Boulder, Colorado, and now Helsinki. During his 25 year law career, he found the time to write several books on taxation, as well as running his own real estate development firm, which renovated more than 100,000 square feet of historic homes and apartment buildings in New Orleans. He has lectured on a variety of topics, and he even founded the Zero Carbon Initiative, dedicated to reducing greenhouse gases. Oreck fills his free time with activities that are no less comprehensive. He is an avid sportsman who has hiked, camped and boated since his youth. Counting among his activities are boxing, fencing, bodybuilding and running, to name a few. As an amateur geologist, he has amassed one of the largest collections of fine minerals in the U.S.

Members of the class of 2009: Rachel Edelman, Andie Lazar, Tiffany Wei, Ashley Funes, Rebecca Katz, Molly Goodman, Lauren Nossaman and Jean Kim


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