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Challenged to Serve Alumni Reunion & Graduation 2010 Recap

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Alumni Profile: Bruce McKenna ’80, Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Co-Producer, HBO’s The Pacific Research for Clean Water in Cambodia: Justin Kim ’11

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As I also often find myself saying, it is telling that our mission statement closes with the words “to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.” This year I challenged our entire school community at our Opening Assembly to think more deliberately and regularly about kindness. Our kindness to each other is at many times our greatest strength. It can be difficult at times to be kind and, borrowing a word from our Core Values, it can sometimes take great courage to be kind.

Dear Friends,

wight-Englewood School began the 2010–2011 school year in fine form. Leading up to the first day of school, members of our staff were key to school beautification, cleaning, and organizing. Our administration and faculty participated in thoughtprovoking, energizing professional development opportunities. Our technological resources were significantly enhanced. From the opening of new classroom spaces and garden places to the renovation of our archival storage and a new library layout, we prepared in every way and we experienced the most successful beginning to a new academic year at D-E in my tenure at the School.


This was the result of careful and thorough planning as well as the ongoing work over several years to improve all aspects of the School’s program and facilities. In short, we continue to take strong next steps toward fulfilling our vision of becoming the preeminent independent school in the area.

Every culture and every religious practice speaks about the importance of kindness. Plato said, “Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” I see acts of kindness every day at our school, some small and some great. Whether considering the casual but heartfelt hallway chat during a difficult time experienced by a student or faculty member, to extra time spent by a parent in a volunteer prep room, readying for an important school campaign or event, stories of our community being “challenged to serve” are easy to find, and always inspiring. With this in mind, I encourage you to take some time to read this issue of D-E Today and consider the compelling service-related efforts that have taken place recently within our community. You will learn of how our alumni have served (and continue to serve) in our country’s military, and how one alumnus, Bruce McKenna ’80, has chosen to honor the sacrifice of our military through his award-winning HBO miniseries, The Pacific. Former Trustee AJ Khubani is profiled for his motivation to serve consumers with exceptional products, and his incredible commitment to serve D-E through his support of a new website and related online tools. You will also be inspired by the efforts undertaken by

students such as senior Se Hun (Justin) Kim ’11, who initiated a Cambodian water safety research project and, equally importantly, followed through on a promise to an orphanage not accustomed to kindness. You will read personal reflections on the meaning of supporting our Annual Fund, and the important efforts underway by our Parents’ Association and ambitious Parent Education Partnership (PEP). And on a lighter note, you will be transported to Alaska and Italy, and chuckle at memories shared of an annual D-E community tradition: the “Toilet Bowl.”

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Our Core Value of community motivates us to care for those around us and to engage in acts of service. This issue of the magazine explores many kinds of service and many acts of kindness on the part of our community members.


I believe what is greatest about kindness is also how Aristotle defined kindness to be an act of being helpful towards someone in need yet expecting nothing in return. Through the articles in this issue of D-E Today, I encourage you to reflect and consider how you too can show kindness through the challenge of serving others. Warmly, Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett Head of School

Dwight-Englewood Core Values At Dwight-Englewood we all come to grow. We seek growth in respect, honesty, judgement, commitment, courage and community and expect each of us to work towards living these, our shared values. We believe the opportunity to grow is a precious gift, one that brings out our best selves.


4 The Courage to Serve 6 Alumni Profile: Bruce McKenna ’80 8 Motivated by Service 10 Annual Fund 2010–2011 12 Alumni Reunion 16 Commencement 2010

Lower School students Ellen Chung, Leah Baker, and Eila Nambiar, all in 1st grade, enjoyed the All-School Assembly in the Large Gym, which officially opened the 2010–2011 school year and focused on the importance of kindness and compassion. For more on the assembly, please read the Head of School Letter on page 1.

Our Mission As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood

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School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek

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excellence, honor, integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values

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and courage to meet the challanges of a changing world and make it better.

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30 A Football Tradition: The “Toilet Bowl” 31 Viva Drama 34 Head of School Series 2010–2011 36 Student Standouts & Faculty Endeavors 42 Class Notes 54 In Memoriam 55 Bulldog Bookshelf 56 Last Look: The New D-E School Store

TODAY D-E Today is published by : Dwight-Englewood Communications & Publications, in partnership with the Development & Alumni Relations Office. Comments are always welcome. Please address them to: Editor, D-E Today, Dwight-Englewood School 315 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631 phone: 201-569-9500, ext. 3408 or fax: 201-569-1676 or email: Editor/Director of Communications and Publications: Liz Tausner Contributors: Harrison Co ’10 Maria Sanchez-Gardner ’78 Leslie Virostek Graphic Design: Peapod Design, New Canaan, CT Photography: Covers photography by Jim Healey (Peapod Design) and Justin Kim ’10. Other photos by Harrison Co ’10; Jake Drobner ’13; Gordon Marquardt ’12, and John McCabe, faculty member, Upper School Visual Arts. Additional photography supplied through D-E alumni, faculty/staff, parent & student submissions. Printing: Albert’s Printing, Long Island City, New York. Proofreading: Leslie Virostek On the front cover: Enjoying some beautiful weather, Melissa Kempner ’10 reads outside Drapkin Hall to Lower School students. On the back cover: He Sun (Justin) Kim ’11 in Cambodia, with the villagers he partnered with for a self-initiated research service project on safe drinking water (see inside).

Alumni from the Englewood School for Boys and other D-E classes gathered together for a memorable Hudson River Boat Cruise, held the Friday evening before the 2010 Reunion. Host Armand Pohan ESB’60 (center, 1st row) was joined by Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett (far left, third row) and Alumni Relations Director Maria Sanchez-Gardner ’78 (2nd from left, third row) on a special New York Waterway ferry that cruised around Manhattan. For more on this year's Alumni Reunion, please see page 12.

COURAGEOUSSERVICE Over the decades, members of the extended Dwight-Englewood community have been called to serve for the benefit of our country. We recently invited alumni in the military to write in and tell us about their service. We share the following stories:

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Frank A. Sparrow, M.D., ESB’48


A football player and member of the D-E Athletic Hall of Fame, Frank Sparrow was an Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War. During one harrowing mission, he had to make an emergency landing on the beach of an island just off the coast of North Korea. He says, “My luck was holding that day because the island was the only one of many in that area that was held by the UN forces. Then imagine my surprise and pleasure of being met on that beach by an Army jeep driven by my classmate Bob Briggs.” Briggs and Sparrow were also teammates on an ESB football team that went undefeated for two consecutive seasons.

Richard Klinger ESB’54 As a member of the U.S. Army (Reserve), Richard Klinger served from 1958 until 1966. A field artillery specialist, he trained as a forward observer and battery field commander, but he never saw combat. His active duty consisted of training (Fort Sill, OK) and serving as defense counsel for Special Courts Martial (Fort Dix, NJ). His reserve duty involved serving as executive officer of a Special Services company based in New York City. He says, “I value my army experience and strongly believe in the institute of universal military training (i.e., mandatory service for all over 18 years old) as a benefit to personal growth and national security.”

Bob Cory ESB’63 Bob Cory served on active duty in the Air Force from 1969 to 1973, and in the Air National Guard in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from 1973 to 1991, retiring with the rank of master sergeant. He served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, and then spent the last three years of active duty at McGuire AFB in NJ. He says, “When I completed my active duty enlistment, I wanted to go to graduate school and needed money, so I joined the Air National Guard in Worcester, MA. I had no intention of staying in long term, but the years kept adding up.” When employment took him to New Hampshire in about 1980, he transferred to the New Hampshire Air National Guard at Pease AFB in Portsmouth, primarily working in administrative areas and training management. He retired just as Desert Storm and Desert Shield were beginning.

Daniel S. Schwartz, M.D. ’90 Serving in the U.S. Army, Maj. Daniel Schwartz did a residency in emergency medicine in Texas and a research year in trauma and critical care as part of his training. In January 2010 he deployed to Iraq for a tour as a combat field surgeon. A member of the 501st Area Support Medical Company, his orders landed him in Northern Iraq, “in charge of a Level 2 medical facility and an armored ground ambulance unit” and the only medical unit within a 100-square-mile area. Thanks to the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the drawdown, Schwartz made it home in time to celebrate his D-E 20th Reunion.

A Headmaster’s Encouragement


orld War II veteran Don Coffman ESB’40 shared his wartime experiences in Class Notes in the last issue of D-E Today (Spring-Summer 2010), and he recently wrote in to tell us about an artifact that he has kept to this day: It’s a letter dated January 1, 1945, and written by then Headmaster Marshall L. Umpleby to alumni serving in the war. In it Umpleby opens with a message from the heart: “Wherever you are we are still thinking of you, and we wonder how you are faring in this fourth winter of war.” Umpleby goes on to rue the lack of young men on the faculty, on account of the draft. He notes that even students may be called up, stating, “Four members of 1945 are already in the services. A senior can’t be much beyond 17 ½ and expect to graduate before the draft gets him.”


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ALUMNIPROFILE Bruce McKenna ’80 As a screenwriter, McKenna has brought the compelling, real-life war experiences of American veterans to a broad audience.

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n September of 2002, a tuxedoed Bruce C. McKenna ’80 sat among the glamorous guests at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. A screenwriter since the late 1990s, McKenna was one of several writers nominated for work on Band of Brothers, an HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks about a group of real-life American soldiers and their World War II missions in Europe. Alas, the Emmy went to someone else that night. After the ceremony, though, McKenna found himself being consoled by Steven Spielberg and his wife. “They basically said, ‘You got robbed,’” recalls McKenna. He responded that if Spielberg and Hanks ever wanted to portray the rest of the WWII story—the war in the Pacific theater—he would be interested in the job. Six months later, McKenna got the call and signed on as head writer and a co-producer.

So, this past August McKenna (with wife Maureen in a midnight blue gown) was back at the awards ceremony. He didn’t win for best writing, but his consolation this time was taking home a producer’s Emmy: The Pacific had garnered the award for Outstanding Miniseries. In fact, it won a total of eight awards that night, the most of any show.

Grounded in Research McKenna’s work on the project began with a full year of reading the historical records and harrowing personal accounts of Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Okinawa, and other Pacific battles. He also interviewed veterans who had served in the Pacific, as well as spouses and family members, particularly of the Bruce McKenna ’80

Seven years later, in March of 2010, The Pacific premiered on HBO. An epic production with a budget of over $200 million, the 10-part miniseries was acclaimed by critics and viewers alike for taking an unflinching view of the horrors of war and for accurately portraying less familiar battles in which U.S. Marines endured a punishing tropical climate and fought against a vicious enemy that would rather fight to the death than surrender. Among the critical honors bestowed on The Pacific were 24 Emmy nominations.

McKenna on the set with the cast of the award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, filming at Port Douglas, Australia.

McKenna’s research also included site visits to some of the battlefields. As a writer, McKenna had long staked his reputation on historical accuracy and honest storytelling, but these things never seemed more important than when he and his colleagues began exploring the beaches, ridges, and caves of the tiny island of Peleliu where more than 1,200 Marines and 10,000 Japanese soldiers died. “At Peleliu you go and find skeletons and live ammunition and the detritus of the battle. It’s as if you went to Gettysburg and there were still bodies on the ground,” says McKenna, still awed by the memory. “That was a very sobering experience. It helped everybody realize: This is not just a show, this is a calling, and we have a deep responsibility to get it right.” Having written many of the scripts and worked with other writers to form a consistent, cohesive narrative, McKenna then spent a year in Australia overseeing production and filming. His responsibilities included everything from casting and interfacing with various experts in set design, costume design, special effects, and other departments to working with the actors and handling budgetary decisions. Being a producer was an amazing but humbling learning experience. Says McKenna with a chuckle, “I picked the biggest production in the history of television to cut my teeth on.” Ultimately McKenna felt that his biggest challenge and responsibility was vigilantly protecting the integrity of the show. He says, “These are real men we were portraying. Although you must take dramatic liberties, you have to try and be as faithful as possible. Every day there was the opportunity to make 10,000 mistakes.” The work was exhausting and all consuming for McKenna, who had only two or three days off in a year and who saw his family (his three children are now between the ages of 12 and 17) only every five or six weeks. In retrospect, McKenna says his work on The Pacific was an incredible opportunity, as well as “the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.” He says, “It took a big toll on me. It took a toll on my family. I’m still recovering.”

But McKenna is satisfied with the result of his efforts, not because of the great reviews in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and the nominations and awards—as great as those things are. He cares more about the positive response he’s received from the families of the veterans depicted, from veterans of all ages who can vouch for the authenticity of the portrayal of war, and from Americans from across the political spectrum who were moved by the miniseries. “The series really does transcend politics,” states McKenna. “It transcends World War II and speaks to the universal experience and what it means to go to war. And that, I hope, is part of its legacy.”

No Regrets Success has been good to McKenna, who has just contracted with Warner Brothers to develop a 3-D motion picture for the big screen about the Battle of Midway. But he doesn’t regret any of the mistakes or false starts he’s made on the way to finding his true calling. “I’m a product of my failures in my life,” he says. “I have failed at a lot of things…and all of them built up resilience and built character and helped make me tougher and more focused.” McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University but dropped out of a graduate program in history at Stanford. He later tried everything from venture capitalism to the shoe business to freelance writing. He even taught history at DwightEnglewood in the mid-1980s before slowly gravitating to screenwriting, a career that had a lot of appeal. “I love the movies,” says McKenna. “I love the intellectual power the movies have over culture. Television and movies are the medium to convey big ideas in our culture. Whether we like it or not, that’s just the truth.” Being a Hollywood writer also has enabled McKenna to pursue his lifelong passion for history. He remarks, “I’m not a history teacher, but in a way the audience is a classroom of several million people.” McKenna loved his stint of teaching at D-E, much as he loved being a student. “Dwight-Englewood had a huge impact on me,” says McKenna, who keeps in touch with more of his high school classmates than college classmates. D-E was part of a liberal arts education that gave him perspective on human nature,

which is critical to his work as a writer: “Overall, I’m deeply appreciative of the teachers I had there and the education they gave me and the opportunities they gave me to think outside the box.”

A Nuanced Point of View The Pacific is a hard act to follow, but McKenna has already moved on to new projects that interest him. In addition to working on the Midway film, McKenna has been developing some cable network shows. One is about private security companies (think Blackwater), the prevalence of which McKenna calls “a disaster for the American democratic experience.” He also recently sold a project to HBO about the oil industry and the moral price Americans pay for gas at the pump—a story he describes as being less like the Dallas TV show and more like Traffic, the complex, challenging film (also turned into a miniseries) about illegal drugs. Yes, McKenna is a writer with a point of view and a message, but also one who seeks to truthfully present the incredible complexity of human problems and the nuances of human motivations. He believes in having a forgiving and embracing point of view toward human beings who are, by nature, flawed. “That’s why Shakespeare is the gold standard for all for us and the greatest writer in history—because he clearly understood the complexities of human motivation, and he loved all of his characters, even the ones that were evil,” says McKenna. “And that’s a great thing to remember.”

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three men McKenna had selected as the main characters—men whose real stories would shape the whole narrative arc of the miniseries.


MOTIVATEDBYSERVICE AJ Khubani On TV his company markets products that solve life’s little problems. At Dwight-Englewood his volunteer service makes a big difference.

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often, however, he can be found meeting with his staff to debate the merits of potential new products, or seeking inspiration from marketplace trends or his own life experiences. (For example, he came up with the Doggy Steps device when his old dog couldn’t climb up to the sofa anymore.)


Telebrands founder AJ Khubani, a D-E former trustee and past parent.


f anybody can be said to know marketing, it’s AJ Khubani. He’s the founder, president, and CEO of TeleBrands Corporation, a multimillion dollar marketing giant known for such hit products as the PediEgg, PediPaws, and the Windshield Wonder. TeleBrands originated the “As Seen on TV” logo, and sells its merchandise through infomercials, as well as through such major retailers as Wal-Mart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walgreens.

A self-made man, Khubani founded the company on a shoestring budget with just $20,000, a knack for hitting upon products that solve life’s little daily annoyances, and a genius for knowing just how to pitch those products. Well known for his inventive, entrepreneurial spirit and meteoric rise to prosperity, he has made appearances on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, NBC’s Today Show, and ABC’s The View, as well as the Discovery Channel’s hit show Pitchmen. More

As a Dwight-Englewood former trustee and past parent, however, Khubani may be most known for his service. The father of three children—Jahan, Sunjana, and Carishma, who graduated in 2005— Khubani has been involved in a variety of volunteer activities since the late 1990s, including serving on the Development Committee, the Marketing Ad Hoc Committee, and the Major Gifts Ad Hoc Committee. Most recently Khubani has made a gift to the school to support the Head of School Series as a Platinum Sponsor. He also provided critical leadership support for the revamping this fall of the school’s website ( Notes Khubani, “Marketing is my business, so it just made sense to me to support the

school’s effort to present itself better through the medium of the website. D-E is a wonderful school, and I really wanted to see that come across to all of its web visitors.” According to Director of Publications and Communications Liz Tausner, the website redesign Khubani made possible “provides more of a window into the heart and soul of the school” to online visitors. She explains that the new design and navigation system “layers in” profiles of D-E people—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents—and these real stories will resonate with members of the D-E community and give prospective families a real sense of the school. Khubani, who grew up in New Jersey as the son of Indian immigrants and who graduated from Montclair State University, supports other schools and nonprofits as well. He raises money for Children’s Hope India, serves on the Business Advisory Board at Montclair State University, and chairs the Entrepreneurial Engineering program at Princeton University.

Khubani helped make possible the revamping of the School’s website this fall.


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ANNUALFUND2010-11 The success of the Annual Fund relies heavily upon numerous dedicated volunteers. Chief among them are the three co-chairs—Steve Abrams ESB’70, Barbara Golub, and Ginny Shulman—who truly exemplify the meaning of service.

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hen volunteers for the 2010–11 Annual Fund met for the first time this September, there was a terrific energy in the group. Just over 100 volunteers were ready to take on the fundraising task, the most volunteers ever, and double the number from a few years ago.

No one could have been happier than Annual Fund Co-Chair Steve Abrams ESB’70, whose service to the school goes back to the early 1980s. Abrams has been a member of the Board of Trustees for many years, also serving as chair of the Development Committee and chair of the Executive Committee, among other duties. Abrams, who is currently on the Alumni Relations Committee and

who won the Distinguished Alumni Award this past June for his service, has been co-chair of the Annual Fund for the past five years. An articulate spokesperson for the Annual Fund, Abrams points out that, like many institutions, D-E relies on the Annual Fund to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual expenses of running the school and


Annual Fund Team Captains gathered earlier this fall at the home of Ginny Shulman to kick-off the 2010–2011 campaign. Pictured from left to right (with grade level represented in parentheses) are: Orna Toumit (1st), Helen Herssens (10th), Linda Reiter '78 (11th), Anshu Kapur (12th), Diane Cohen (11th), Co-Chair Ginny Shulman, MaryAnn Guerriero (6th), Kyung Lee (4th), Co-Chair Barb Golub, Peggy Ragi (9th), Helen Jerome (7th), Kelly Spitzley (5th), Director of Development Pat Boig, Terri Chartouni (3rd), Parand Emami (2nd). Missing from picture: Debra Finkel (8th), Yolonda Marshall (PreK-3, PreK-4, K), Jackie Witmondt (5th), and Co-Chair Steve Abrams.

Abrams has more personal reasons for volunteering too. While he is grateful to Englewood School for Boys for the friendships developed there, Abrams says he has also enjoyed the friendships and personal connections he has made as a trustee, as a D-E parent, and as a volunteer. (His two children, Dan ’03 and Caitlyn ’06, attended D-E for grades 7 to 12). “The more I got involved, the more I enjoyed it,” he says. “I always feel like I’ve gotten a lot more out of the school than it has gotten out of me.” Co-Chair Barbara Golub is another great spokesperson for the Annual Fund, which affects so many areas of the school. She says, “It’s about trying to make the school the best it can be.” Golub got involved with volunteering for the school when her sons first started at D-E. (Noah, now a 9th grader, began in kindergarten. Sam, now a 6th grader, started at age three.) Often helping out as a class parent and volunteer for the Annual Fund, she took more of a leadership role four or five years ago. She is credited with developing a Yearbook page that raised awareness

about the Annual Fund, and with helping to strengthen the sense of community among Annual Fund volunteers. Golub believes volunteering can be rewarding for everyone—so long as each person chooses to get involved in whatever way suits him or her. She says, “As a volunteer, you should do what you like to do, whether that’s the Halloween Party, the Book Fair, or the Annual Fund.” She also notes that the Annual Fund stresses participation, not dollar amounts. “Everybody knows what gift is right for them,” she says. “My dream would be that everybody gives something and we have 100 percent participation.” Co-Chair Ginny Shulman has volunteered for the school in a variety of ways. Her son, Harry ’11, started at D-E when he was three years old, and Shulman has done everything from serving as a class parent, to co-chairing the International Picnic, the Book Fair, and the Auction, to being on the Development Committee and serving as co-president of the Parents’ Association. She got involved with the Annual Fund when Harry was a 1st grader and has worked to demystify the Annual Fund for parents and to improve the outreach process. She thinks the Annual Fund is so important because it enables the school to keep tuition lower, which is an

important factor in the diversity of the student body. “This school is really diverse on every level. That’s one of the reasons we chose this school for our son,” she says. “It would be a shame if that situation were to change. There’s a real sense of family and community here, and kids learn about each other’s culture and religion.” The absolute best reason to give to the Annual Fund? That’s easy. Says Shulman, “It’s for our kids.”

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Meet Pat Boig, Our New Director of Development and Alumni Relations


he dozens of volunteers who attended the kick-off breakfast for the Annual Fund this September very quickly gained a sense of Development Director Pat Boig’s style. She’s energetic and efficient— and behind all of that is an amazing wealth of experience. Boig, who began at D-E this past summer, has a degree in French from Lehigh University and began work as an assistant in Lehigh’s development office after graduation. She went on to earn a whole host of positions at the university, including director of annual giving, director of admissions, and assistant vice president for development. Boig has also served as the

director of development at Horace Mann School, where she facilitated a successful $25 million capital campaign, before heading to San Diego’s Pacific Ridge School, where she was assistant Head of School, responsible for dmissions and development. Most recently, Boig was vice president for advancement at the Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she increased unrestricted giving to the Annual Fund by 50 percent and increased volunteer participation in the fund from 60 to 160. Boig, who considers volunteers to be “the lifeblood of the activities that surround the school,” is thrilled to be working with such a great group of Annual Fund volunteers.

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maintaining its quality. But says Abrams, “The Annual Fund is particularly important at our school because we are a tuition-based school. We don’t have a big endowment like some of our competitor schools.”


ALUMNIREUNION Exclamations of joy, quiet tears, and bursts of excited laughter were just some of the sounds that filled the air, as friends reconnected during the 2010 Alumni Reunion, held Saturday, June 5, on the Dwight-Englewood School campus.

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Hundreds of excited alumni from Dwight School for Girls (Dwight), the Englewood School for Boys (ESB), and Dwight-Englewood School gathered to celebrate their 50th, 30th, and other milestone reunion years. Select alumni and D-E faculty and retirees were also honored under the “big white tent” on Leggett Field, and a special re-dedication of a silver tray originally presented to Headmaster Marshall Umpleby took place (see related sidebar).


Dedication Ceremonies


he celebration began early, with several morning dedication ceremonies recognizing alumni who have passed on. In memory of Serge Karamanoukian ’80, the dedication and ribbon cutting of a beautiful new set of benches took place within a brilliant sunlit Weeks Teachers’ Garden. Special comments were provided by Head of School Dr. Rodney De Jarnett, followed by retired faculty member Robert Carson, who spoke of Serge’s love of history and the “worthy competition” he provided on the athletic field. The Dwight Class of 1960 held a profound service in Hulst House led by the Rev. Bobbie Weeks Miner D’60, which included responsive readings, recitation of The Dwight Prayer, and the singing of “Jerusalem,” followed by their outdoor dedication of a beautiful flowering tree in memory of their deceased Dwight 1960 classmates: Rita Bogner Coates, Cecilia Silverman Stern, Eugenia Nishanian, and Lynn Males Yablon.

Members of the family of Serge Karamanoukian’80 were present for the dedication of a set of gorgeous new teakwood benches installed in his memory in the Weeks Teachers’ Garden. From left: Seta Nazarian ’75, past parent Levon Nazarian, David Eichenholtz, and past parent/grandparent Artemis Nazarian.

Alumni from the Class of 1985 were also in attendance for their 25th Reunion year and the dedication of a sapling near the school’s Swartley Gallery, recognizing deceased classmates Jeffrey Amins ’85 and Bradley Forrest ’85. The dedication of two new classrooms in Leggett Hall also took place earlier in the day, as the beautiful new Doris Gelman Classroom and the Robert R. Carson, Jr. Reading Room were both officially unveiled to an appreciative, applauding crowd of family, friends, and former faculty. Both Gelman and Carson were present to provide modest remarks that belied the incredible impact that they each have had on generations of D-E students.

Doris Gelman (far right) welcomed family and friends to her room dedication ceremony in Leggett Hall.

Gelman with her fellow Leggett room dedication honoree and retiree, Robert R. Carson, Jr.

Distinguished Alumni Awards


he 2010 D-E Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes exemplary professional and volunteer accomplishments, was presented to Steven John (“Steve”) Abrams ESB’70 and Robert R. Gambee ESB’60. Abrams is a principal with the Law Offices of Steven J. Abrams, Esq., and has provided more than 25 years of dedicated, critical leadership to the D-E Board of Trustees, Alumni Relations Council, and other key volunteer groups. For more on his dedication to the school’s Annual Fund in particular, please see page 10.

Athletic Hall of Fame


ecipients of the 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Award were also honored. The 1980 Girls Varsity Tennis Team and Anton Schermer D-E ’85 were recognized with special introductory comments from Coach C. Christian Schmid and former D-E lacrosse Coach Dan Zinsser, respectively. Coach Schmid later harkened back to his first few days as a “wide-eyed and impressionable” new D-E soccer coach, when he also provided comments honoring Joseph “Skip” Agresta, Sr., who was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously for his significant contributions to the D-E athletic program. A moving tribute event also took place for Coach Schmid (aka Schmiddy), who has now retired his position as coach of the boys varsity soccer team after 33 years of service, so he can focus fully on his role as director of Middle School athletic programs. Remarks about Schmiddy’s indelible impact came from a series of alumni, former co-workers, and others, including Paul Marber ’78, Mark Rambler ’92, Matt Buckmiller ’98, and former Athletic Director Tom Curry. Members of the Agresta family, already on-hand for their father’s posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame, also announced their leadership involvement in developing the new Schmid Pavilion, planned for eventual construction on Solomon Field.

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Gambee is the photographer and author of 10 critically acclaimed books, including Manhattan Seascape and Wall Street Christmas. He generously donated one of his framed photographs to the school for a special raffle prize drawing, and a portion of the proceeds from Gambee’s photographs sold during the reunion were donated back to Dwight-Englewood.


Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Anton Schermer ’85 (2nd from right) with Athletic Director Eli Goldberger, Dr. Nate Zinsser, former D–E lacrosse coach and current director of the Performance Enhancement Program at the United States Military Academy, and Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett.

Celebrating the 1980 Girls Varsity Tennis Team are, from left: Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett; Ann Babington Randolph ’80, Lisa Shacknow Czolacz ’75 for sister Nancy Shacknow Banker ’81, past parent Patricia Farnsworth for Pamela Farnsworth ’83, Cici Kossmann Wilkinson ’80, Kris Kossmann ’80, Athletic Director Eli Goldberger, and MS Athletic Program Director C. Christian Schmid.

Distinguished Alumni Award winner Steve Abrams ESB’70 (center), is flanked by Dr. De Jarnett and classmate Jere Shafir ESB’70, who provided glowing introductory remarks.

Past parent, former Distinguished Alumni recipient, and former Board President Armand Pohan ESB’60 (left) introduced his classmate and friend, honoree Robert Gambee ESB’60.

Members of the Agresta family unveil drawings of the Schmid Pavilion to be built on Solomon Field. The family is providing leadership support for the project. Pictured with Dr. De Jarnett are some of the Agresta children. From left, Arthur ’80, Robert ’01, Jack ’04, Kimberly ’81, and Joseph, Jr. ’84. Missing from the photo are Mrs. Darel Agresta, Allison ’79, and Mrs. Nance Agresta.

An entourage of Schmiddy fans paid tribute to his incredible soccer coaching career. From left: Athletic Director Eli Goldberger, Matt Buckmiller ’98, Paul Marber ’78, Coach Schmid, Mark Rambler ’92, former Athletic Director Tom Curry, Arthur Agresta ’80, Jay Agresta ’84, Rob Agresta ’01, and Jack Agresta ’04.


Umpleby Silver Tray Re-Dedication


hose attending the Reunion 2010 celebratory weekend enjoyed reflecting on a moment from the school’s history when an exceptional gift was ceremonially re-dedicated. A silver tray, presented to former Head of School Marshall Umpleby upon his retirement in 1965, was given back to the school by his family. The tray—which is inscribed with the signatures of nearly 40 former faculty, ESB alumni, parents, and trustees—will find its new home hanging in Collins House, the home of the Head of School. A letter from Marshall “Mike” Umpleby ESB ’50, son of the former Head of School, written on behalf of himself and sisters Jane Axt D’48 and Sarah Kolodny D’57, was read to the gathering. The letter stated:

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As many of you know, my father devoted 36 years of his life to The Englewood School for Boys. He joined the faculty of ESB in 1928 as Head of the Lower School, became the Headmaster in 1934, and many years later was instrumental in bringing about the eventual merger with Dwight School in 1973.

This beautiful silver tray was given back to DwightEnglewood School by the family of former Headmaster Marshall Umpleby during Reunion 2010.

Before he retired from his profession, he served as Headmaster of the prestigious Town School in San Francisco and finally as Head of the Exeter Country Day School in Exeter, California, where his first job each morning was to shoo the cows off the athletic field. But his heart and soul, his love and joy, was always the Englewood School for Boys. How proud he would be to see what an exemplary institution of learning Dwight-Englewood has become today. My sisters and I share in that pride.”

In a special ceremony re-dedicating the tray back to the school, Natalie Butler Beaumont D’57 read aloud a letter from Marshall “Mike” F. Umpleby ESB’50, son of the former Headmaster.


Members of the Dwight Class of 1960 enjoyed a thought-provoking discussion led by fellow classmate Susan Newman on the subject of women in the workplace, working mothers, and family dynamics shifts since the 1960s.

The Class of 1975 enjoyed seeing each other for their 35th Reunion. From left: Nancy Nacht Luks, Charles “Chuck” Casser (holding the 1975 Carpe Diem Yearbook), Perry Kalajian, Charles Giancarlo, Seta Nazarian, Anthony Giannantonio, Steve Gambino, Mark Overton, and Lisa Shacknow Czolacz.

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elebrations also included the traditional Soiree on Leggett Field, and a Collins House dinner hosted by Dr. and Mrs. De Jarnett, for those from the ESB and Dwight Classes of 1960 celebrating their 50th Reunion.

The Class of 1990 celebrated their 20th Reunion. From left to right: Darryl Jacobson, Jennifer Einhorn Jacobson, Young Park, Park Bramhall, Sophia Ree Bramhall holding Caitlin Bramhall, Barry Osherow with Maddan Osherow, Julianne Berkowitz Osherow holding Dex Osherow, Mike McSweeney, Alexandria Fakazis McSweeney with Brian, Kathryn and Gabrielle McSweeney, Ioannis Fakazis with Arianna McSweeney and Dan Schwartz. Members of the Class of 1960, from left, Gretchen Leigh Kelly, Rose Satterfield, Mary Riker McAllister, Nancy Driggs, Ginny Weleck Ricken, and Judy Wien Guss.

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See Class Notes for more on the Class of 1960’s reunion activities.


The Class of 1985 gathered to dedicate a tree outside of the Swartley Gallery, in memory of classmates Jeffrey Amins and Bradley Forrest. Marc Jerome spoke to how the tree is a living tribute to two “outstanding” young men who made a lasting impression on their classmates. From left: Sharon Levine, Karen Lathen Sabur, Patty Jackson Lippman, Pam Bierce, and Debbie Ridley, all from the Dwight School Class of 1970.

For a calendar of upcoming alumni events, including Reunion Weekend 2011, please check the inside back cover of this issue.

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A beautiful granite and bronze plaque now sits at the base of a tree that was dedicated during the 2010 Reunion by the Dwight Class of 1960, in remembrance of their beloved classmates who have passed on.

COMMENCEMENT2010 On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the Dwight-Englewood School community celebrated Commencement for the 111 seniors in the Class of 2010. Awarding diplomas were Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett, Upper School Principal Joseph Algrant, and Dwight-Englewood School Board of Trustees President Karen Aboodi, who saw her eldest daughter, Gabriella ’10, walk across the stage. The ceremony took place in the “big white tent” under gorgeous blue skies, at Leggett Field.

lumnus Charles Giancarlo ’75 provided keynote remarks. Giancarlo is a founder and former EVP and chief development officer of Cisco and president of Cisco-Linksys. Currently he is managing partner at Silver Partners, and chairman of the board of Avaya, a New Jersey-based company. He is also the past recipient of the prestigious Dwight-Englewood School Distinguished Alumni Award. Speaking about the importance of taking risks and bemusedly reflecting on the value of relationships forged “centuries ago” while he was a student at D-E, Giancarlo assumed the roles of both memorable keynoter and proud uncle, as he watched his niece, Isabella Giancarlo ’10, receive her diploma.

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Commencement speakers also included Senior Class Readers Priya Gunaseharan and Ian Miller. New graduates recognized with special school honors included: Jack Friedman for The Senior Citizenship Prize; Eric Kauderer-Abrams for The Trustees’ Award; and Francis Loh for The Bailey Award. A traditional bagpipe ensemble accompanied the ceremonial processional and recessional, and senior vocalists and instrumentalists performed an unforgettable version of the Lennon-McCartney classic, “We Can Work It Out.”

Priya Gunaseharan ’10 and Ian Miller ’10 were the student readers for the ceremony.

Commencement keynote speaker and D-E alumnus Charles Giancarlo ’75 provided engaging, entertaining reflections in his remarks to the Class of 2010.

Taking a moment before the processional, keynoter Charles Giancarlo ’75 spent some quality time with his niece, Isabella ’10.

Student Government President (and all-around nice guy) Jack Friedman ’10 was honored with The Senior Citizenship Prize.

Photos captured from the ceremony (see collage) offer a small glimpse into the day’s bittersweet emotions, and immense joy. New graduates Afton Thomas (far left in background), Evans Stepanov (background middle), and Sabrina Garcia (foreground) are congratulated by faculty member Joseph Murphy and Dean of Students Alan Brown.

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The impressive range of colleges and universities to which our graduates are headed this fall 2010 reflects their significant achievements and future potential. Congratulations to the Class of 2010!


ADVENTURESAWAY From Middle School to the “Last Frontier State” Since 2007, Dwight-Englewood 8th graders have had the opportunity to wrap up the Middle School science curriculum with an experiential summer trip designed to explore the wonders of nature. This year the trip’s most glorious sights were captured on camera by chaperone and unofficial photographer Harrison Co ’10.

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cience teacher and trip leader Diane Langmuir says the trip to Alaska was designed to be a culmination of the Middle School earth science curriculum. She says, “Hopefully, students come away with a deeper appreciation and respect for the beauty and preciousness of nature.”

Learning experiences came in many varieties. Animal: Some of the highlights included seeing moose, elk, fox, snowshoe hare, and wolves. The group also visited a place where sled dogs are raised and trained. In Denali National Park, the group saw what looked like polar bears

off in the distance—but learned that these were grizzly bears: Adult grizzlies’ coats turn white and are often called “silver-tipped.” Mineral: In addition to encountering mountains and glaciers in Alaska, the group visited an abandoned gold mine and then later panned for gold in a stream. Seismic & Meterological: While they were at the West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, an earthquake registered on the seismograph. (They didn’t feel it, though!) The group also enjoyed a mountain hike and lunch break episode of what Josh Davis calls “extreme fog,” and an event described by Alana Solin as “a snowball fight at the end of the world in the middle of June.”

Personal: “I’m always amazed at how enthusiastic our students are to take in new experiences and want to learn from the guides and the places we visit,” says Langmuir. “I also love watching how they bond together and help each other.” The students clearly enjoyed being together. “During this trip I feel like I have grown much closer to everyone here and I’m sure all of us will remember this trip forever,” states Gary Finn. Notes Maitreyi Nabar, “This trip to Alaska was both fun and educational. I became closer with my classmates. Everyone was friendly and that made the trip much more enjoyable.” The other students on the trip were: Anna Horowitz, Saschi Jain, Emily Kim, Grace Ragi, Sara Ragi, Alex Shukhman, Jamie Spingeld, Anastasia Tarsinov, David Urbont, and Alexander Zhang.

D-E faculty members were among the chaperones for the 8th grade ‘scientists’ on their Alaskan adventure, including Diane Langmuir (front row, 3rd from right), John King (back row, 1st on left), and Morgan Withrow (back row, 4th from left).


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From Harrison Co ’10: “A little more than one and a half years ago, in December 2008, I picked up my camera for the first time. Since then, I have come to realize that photography is the single most important aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. [The photos here] are the ones that I feel best capture the excitement, beauty, and wonder that we as a group experienced while exploring one of the last great wildernesses on earth.” For these and more of Harrison's recent personal work, visit:


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ADVENTURESAWAY When in Rome, Study History Italy is both a modern European society and a gateway to the ancient world. Dwight-Englewood students enjoyed both aspects of that country this summer through a four-week course called “When in Rome: Roman History at its Historical Sites.”

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oordinated by D-E Summer Connections, the trip combined seminars, lectures, and discussion with excursions to Italian archeological sites and museums. Each student also kept a personal journal to record thoughts, impressions, sketches, and photographs every step of the way. D-E Latin teacher and chaperone Diana Stone says that the first lesson for students to consider was the idea that what we often think of as Greek civilization and Roman civilization “are in part products of much older, widespread cultures.” As the group undertook its study of ancient civilizations, she says, “Priority was given to tracing themes and patterns and to comparing and contrasting cultures.” The group’s geographical starting point was Sicily. “Undeterred by the scorching summer heat, we traveled from temple to polis to amphitheater, taking in a world that is remarkably preserved and stands as a vivid, living history textbook,” says Dean of Students Alan Brown, another chaperone. From Sicily, the group took an overnight ferry from the port of Palermo to Naples. Notes Brown, “Latin students were quick to point out that this was the same port from which Aeneas once set sail.” Then, with Sorrento as a home base for the next week, students studied a number of important sites of the ancient world including Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Students took in the sights, sounds, and history of the Doric Temple of Segesta, in Sicily.

architecture, history, and culture, the students also learned some modern lessons—such as how to negotiate the traditional multi-course Italian meal, and how to utilize Rome’s public transportation system. Alan Brown, who spent a year living in Rome as a Fulbright Fellow, was the group’s expert on Italian life and culture. Students particularly appreciated his extensive knowledge of all of the best places in the city to buy gelato, including the Giolitti gelateria, made famous in the film Roman Holiday. Says Brown, “I’d promised Frimi Sagan that we would stop and enjoy a gelato for her there.”

Traveling then to Rome for the duration of the course, the students explored the Forum, the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Ara Pacis, the Jewish Ghetto, and more.

Diana Stone commends the students for being “cheerful and courteous traveling companions, who rose to every occasion” and for their mastery of topics studied. She notes, “Toward the end of the trip, they guided us through the Villa Giulia (the Etruscan Museum) using their knowledge of geography and of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art and architecture.”

While learning about ancient art,

Says Stone, “For the three chaperones, the

D-E students of ancient history enjoy one of Rome’s contemporary treasures—gelato from the famous Giolitti gelaterie. Pictured from left, Kathryn Cooperman ’11, Jean Li ’13, Megan Dan ’11, Daniel Garcia ’13, Dean of Students Alan Brown, and Andrew Loeshelle ’11.

Morning seminars were often spent in the beautiful outdoors. Here D-E Assistant Head of School Rebecca Blackwell leads a discussion on Italian history and architecture.

unmistakable highlight of the trip was watching the students absorb and comment on the manifold sights and lessons with which they were presented.” As a final project, the students created a web page collage of illustrations and analysis of each student’s major interest in the course.

PARENTINGWITHPEP Parenting may be the most rewarding job in the world, but it’s also one of the most difficult. D-E parents can count on having support through parental challenges thanks to the Parent Education Partnership or PEP.

An off-shoot of the Parents Association— of which every D-E parent is a member—PEP sponsors workshops with guest speakers on topics ranging from confronting substance abuse to understanding the intricacies and implications of the digital environment to easing transitions into upper grades and college life, and more. After each event there is a “Let’s Talk About It” discussion. In this way, parents benefit from both

expert advice and the experiences of other parents in the community. “When you talk with other D-E parents, you learn that they have the same issues and anxiety about parenting that you do. And more often than not, they have a good idea to share,” notes Karen Shinevar, PA president and PEP co-founder. PEP was established because it seemed a natural extension of the communitybuilding work of the PA, and a worthwhile endeavor. Says Shinevar, “When we take the time to interrupt our hectic schedules with time to talk and learn together, the rewards are enormous, especially for the children.”

PA President and PEP Co-Founder Karen Shinevar, pictured here with 2009–10 PA Treasurer Julio Balmaseda, is on a mission of helping all D-E parents gain insight and confidence about parenting issues through expert advice and community discussion.

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coalition of parents, administrators, and faculty, PEP hosts events that bring the D-E community together for open dialogue on parenting issues.


ALUMNIHAPPENINGS This past spring and summer saw alumni rockers bringing the D-E community together for some great events, both on campus and off.

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The Return of Shinobi Ninja



-E alumni and twin brothers Dave Machinist ’01 and Mike Machinist ’01, of D-E Jazz Rock fame, returned to the school’s campus for a special Upper School assembly at the end of the 2010 academic year. The two are now the lead guitar and drummer for a Brooklyn-based band called Shinobi Ninja. Coordinating with Upper School Dean Gregg Emery, Shinobi Ninja arrived on the campus just hours after performing a full set in Washington, DC. Everybody enjoyed their return to a D-E stage. According to Emery: “Hosting Shinobi Ninja's performance has been a great D-E collaboration. Their set's video was shot by a young filmmaker and D-E alumnus, Evan Weiner ’01. The band is managed by another D-E graduate, Stephen Sternschein ’01, and the technology for an iPhone app promotion was developed by yet another D-E grad, Sam Lessin ’01. Even the graffiti in the background of the band’s video was done by an alum— Geo Rodriguez ’00.”

Young Alumni Mixer The Young Alumni Summer Bash on July 17 at Crank Mansion in Manhattan was a rocking event, thanks to the rock/pop/dance band PaperDoll. The band’s drummer is D-E’s own Chip Thomas ’99 (far right).

Shinobi Ninja performed for an Upper School assembly at Schenck Auditorium last spring, gaining hundreds of new fans in the process.

D-E alumni and twin brothers Dave Machinist ’01 and Mike Machinist ’01 are the lead guitar and drummer for the Brooklyn-based band.

2010 Legacy Breakfast Welcomes Record Number of Families


he 2010 Legacy Breakfast for D-E alumni and their children who are currently in attendance at the school took place on a gorgeous, sunny fall day in Hulst House this past October. In what is becoming one of the more favorite alumni events for Dwight-Englewood, a record number of more than 70 people were in attendance, along with current and former faculty and staff. The group was welcomed by Dr. De Jarnett, Alumni Director Maria Sanchez-Gardner ’78, and Development Director Pat Boig. Our current legacy students are listed at right.

Class of 2011: Lexi Byron, Olivia Guidera, Jessica Schwartz, Christopher Wilkinson, Brian Zeller Class of 2012: Sophie Brun, Michael Lax, Sara Oliff, Jeremy Chinman, Samantha Kook, Joseph Mayer, Mackenzie O’Connor Class of 2013: Kara Byron, Catherine Daigle, Christian Giancarlo, Austin James, Avery Landau, Thomas Marcus, Blake O'Connor, Robert Zeller Class of 2014: Harrison Adler, Grace Bradley, Joshua Davis, Anna Horowitz, Hanna Jerome, Harrison Lax, Bryan Rubin, Albert Schwartz, Lauren Skulnik, Brett Taylor, Clifford Yudkoff

Class of 2016: Sofia Cox, Sophie Jerome, Kyle Langweil, Nicole Marino, Lydia Mitchell, Camryn Rubach, Matthew Weksler Class of 2017: Derohn Mitchell, Stefan Paul, William Schwartz, Allison Taylor, Danielle Zeller

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Class of 2015: Alexa Gerber, Anastasia Kuske, Rachel Linder, Alexis and Stella Mayer, Ryan Semsel, John Wilkinson


Class of 2019: Michael Kuske Class of 2020: Donald Overbey, Isabelle and Alexandra Pappas Class of 2021: Samantha Semsel Class of 2022: Lucy Jerome, Amina Sadural, Danielle Zeller Class of 2023: Abigail Overbey, Bryan Mitchell PreKindergarten: Ari Ivashkov, Abigail Mitchell

Early Action: A Note from the Admissions Office to D-E Families It’s that time! Please help us remind families of our Early Action option for Sibling and Legacy applicants. Early Action provides an opportunity for priority review for siblings and legacies applying to the Middle or Upper School. The December 15 deadline is coming up soon. Siblings and legacies applying under Early Action are notified of an admissions decision by mid-January, almost a full month before all other applicants are notified. For more information and application, families can go to under Admissions. Thank you for helping us to potentially increase the number of siblings and legacies enrolling here.

BULLDOGCLASSIC More than 150 members of the Dwight-Englewood School community gathered on May 17 for the 2010 Bulldog Classic, helping to “be the difference” in the lives of deserving students in need of financial aid.

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he 14th annual event was, by all accounts, a tremendous success. With the Grace & Mercy Foundation as the Platinum Sponsor, the Classic was held at the beautiful Manhattan Woods Country Club, with participation from D-E parents, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees members, and alumni. All enjoyed sunny skies, some spirited but friendly competition, and a delightful social hour and dinner. All net proceeds from the event go to support financial aid for students who otherwise would not be able to attend the school.

Head of School Dr. Rodney De Jarnett provided words of thanks to all the event sponsors; top performers from the day’s sports activities were also recognized and congratulated. A highlight also included remarks from D-E alumni Shareef Jackson ’98 and Samantha Soto ’05, the event's featured dinner speakers. Jackson is with Shire Pharmaceuticals’ Global Business group and holds a B.A. from Brown University and a master's in electrical engineering from Case Western. Soto earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern, and she is currently employed with Sony Pictures Classics. Both provided compelling, memorable comments with regard to how their personal D-E experience—and past support from programs such as the Bulldog Classic—made a significant difference in their lives.

This year the Bulldog Classic Dinner included remarks from D-E alumni Shareef Jackson ’98 and Samantha Soto ’05, who spoke about the importance of the D-E experience in their lives. Jackson and Soto are pictured here with Director of Enrollment Dr. Sherronda Oliver-Brown (far left) and Alumni Relations Committee Chair and Trustee Marc Jerome ’85 (2nd from right).

From left: Anton Schermer ’85, Jordan Yuelys ’78, Maria SanchezGardner ’78, Bruce Scheckowitz ’78, Mark Liebowitz ’79, and Marc Jerome ’85.

From left: Lisa Spivack, Abbey Braverman, Helen Herssens, Nila Festekjian, Tina Lieberman, Andrea Maline, Peggy Ragi, Stephen Kim, Rodney V. De Jarnett, Lana Dimidjian Marino ’78, Kyung Lee, Nancy McEwen, Carole De Vito, and Annette De Jarnett.

From left: Natalie Capan Amerkanian ’90, Gregory Amerkanian, William Cox, and Dana Romita Cox ’90.

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From left: Stephen Gerber, David Greenberg, Mitchell Lieberman and Steven Rosner

From left: Bill and Lesley Collins, Frank Giammona, and David Collins.


From left: Kevin McAllen, Kurt Hedden, Steven Hazarian ’05, and Jonathon Ramos.

From left: Mr. and Mrs. Rosen, Alex Taub ’16, and Ira Taub.

From left: Jill Greiss, Fred and Abigail Weinshank

From left: James Sapiro, and Kathy and Richard Leventhal.

From left: Jonathan and Nina Mattana, and Debbie and Hal Satnick.

ATHLETICSHIGHLIGHTS The Dwight-Englewood athletic teams have had a great deal to celebrate during the spring and fall seasons. Here is a recap of team and individual accomplishments with a photo collage that captures the spirit of Bulldog athletics!

Ridge, the team qualified for the state tournament for the second year in a row and defeated St. Mary’s of Rutherford.

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The young field hockey team has strong leadership from seniors Olivia Guidera, Emily Shaw, and Jessica Schwartz. The team competed in the Bergen County tournament, losing a hard fought contest to a veteran River Dell squad, despite having controlled play for much of the game.


Spring 2010 Boys varsity lacrosse finished 2nd in the league with a 13-4 record. They qualified for the Bergen County tournament and defeated River Dell in the opening round. John Molloy ’10 was named league player of the year and set a single season scoring record for the Bulldogs with 62 goals and 24 assists. He was also named first team all-state. Miles Petricone ’10 was also named first team all-state as well as first team all-league. Goalie Gabe Ben-Dor ’10 was named first team all-league and was also an academic all-American and the team MVP.

County tournament championship, and winning the Prep B state tournament championship for the second time in three years. The team finished the season ranked #4 in the state of New Jersey. Daniel Shutov ’10 was voted the “North Jersey Player of the Year” by the Star Ledger and selected as the league MVP. Francis Loh ’10 and Eric Rosengart ’11 were also selected first team all-state, first team all-county, and first team all-league at first doubles. Max Sacks ’11 was another first team all-league performer at second singles.

Girls varsity tennis had one of their best seasons ever, winning the NJIC Patriot Division championship along with the Division II Bergen County Team Championship. They were led by junior first team all-league performer Lauren Urbont at first singles. Sophomore Samantha Balanevsky won the county championship at 2nd singles for the second year in a row. Senior Jennifer Stone captured the county title at third singles and the first doubles (Alexa Colas and Jackie Herrsens) and second doubles (Nicole Fromer and Rachel Kupelian) tandems also won county titles.

Fall 2010 Varsity baseball qualified for the state tournament for the first time in 15 years. Captain Will Benenson ’10, a first team all-league player, led the team along with Noah Rosenberg ’13, Brian Breslin ’12, Mike Pacheco ’11 and Brian Zeller ’11. Varsity softball qualified for the state tournament for the 5th consecutive season. Sara Brescia ’10 and and Shantel Mendez ’10 were both selected first team all-league. Boys varsity tennis compiled a 26-4 record winning the BCSL Olympic division championship, placing 2nd in Bergen

Boys varsity soccer was strong in overall and league play, with 11 seniors, five juniors, and three sophomores. Junior forward Fabian Gonzalez led the team in scoring with 13 goals and 7 assists. The team qualified for both the county and state tournaments for the second year in a row. The girls varsity soccer team were contenders for the NJIC Patriot Division league championship and made their first appearance in the Bergen County tournament in over ten years. Juniors Rachel Cole and Jessica Lee were scoring sensations throughout the season. Beating perennial league power Park

Girls cross country improved their dual meet record from 1 and 7 to 3 and 6, despite forfeits due to illness and injury. Leadership was provided by senior captain Libby Ward. After struggling with a foot injury last year, Victoria Ngo '12 placed 35th at her first large invitational race, 18th at the league meet, and 9th at the county meet, in the process earning second team all-league honors.

Boys cross country, captained by Ian Hecht ’11, posted an improved dual meet record of 4 and 6. Freshmen Marc Rosenberg was the team's fastest runner, placing second in an early season freshman invitational race. At the county meet, he was the first freshman to finish. Strong performances also came from freshmen Alan Lee, Adam Goodman, and Noah Golub, along with sophomores Tyler De Jarnett, Christian Giancarlo, and Andrew Ward.

Girls varsity volleyball benefited from the leadership of senior players Elizabeth Boyd and Taylor Gilroy. The Lady Bulldogs showed determination through a tough season marked with close losses against other teams, and were vindicated with a thrilling upset victory against top-ranked cross-town rivals the Leonia Lions during Homecoming weekend.

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Varsity football struggled early with season-ending injuries sustained by seniors Ryan Wincig (captain) and Pablo Balmaseda, junior Brandon Weber, and sophomore Eric Mourkakos. Despite these setbacks, the Bulldogs showed grit and courage in the two final games of their season, winning against Sussex Tech and Morristown-Beard.


FORFUN A Football Tradition Professional football players have had the Super Bowl since 1967. College players have had the Rose Bowl since 1902. Dwight-Englewood’s special bowl game began in 1973. It’s called the “Toilet Bowl.”

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he “Toilet Bowl” began with three families who lived on South Woodland Street: the Giancarlos, Sanchezes, and Scagliones. A pick-up football game on Thanksgiving morning seemed just the thing for the boys in the three families to do to stay out of trouble. “The reason for the game was that we wanted something to do on Thanksgiving Day while waiting to be called for Thanksgiving Dinner, and we were too old to watch The March of the Wooden Soldiers [a Laurel and Hardy classic often shown during the holidays],” says Chris Giancarlo ’77.

Notes Dave Scaglione ’79, “I'm pretty sure the name originated because all of the other possible choices were taken by the myriad college football bowls. Or because that kind of stupid humor was our bread and butter back then. I can only imagine how clever we thought we were!” That first year the game was played on the Giancarlos’ front lawn, but in later years, it moved to such venues as Solomon Field, Graham Field, and even Leggett Field. As the years went on, other friends joined the original 10 participants and became regulars.

appearance after Toilet Bowl XIII in 1986. Says Giancarlo, “The origin of this iconic award is that it was in a house in Edgewater that I purchased in 1985. The original color was pink. I spray painted it gold and hand painted the ‘Toilet Bowl’ legend on the seat cover. I presented the trophy (in its original presentation case) to that year’s MVP.”

The tradition continues today. Images captured are of players (and bemused family observers of all ages) from the 2008 and 2009 games.

professional team’s football jersey every year, no matter how tattered or torn. When the Bill Sherman ’81 and later brother Larry ’88 joined in, it became a tradition for the Shermans to hand out cigars after the game. As every Toilet Bowl veteran knows, the most important tradition, though, is the awarding of the trophies. The MVP award, a golden toilet seat, made its first

Since then, the name of each year’s offensive MVP has been inscribed under the cover on the seat. The recipient of the trophy keeps it for the year and returns it at the next Toilet Bowl. A few years later the Golden Plunger Award was created to honor the defensive MVP. Names are dutifully inscribed on the handle. Now after more than three decades, the Toilet Bowl is going strong. Giancarlo says that the game started by a bunch of teenagers became something more meaningful as they got older. ”Once we each went off to college, it became even more fun to get together on Thanksgiving and catch up,” he says, noting,“It still remains great to get together each year. In fact, with our own children joining us, it is even more wonderful that we have kept it going for so long.”

According to Peter Scaglione, M.D., and Carolyn Denning Scaglione (parents of Dave, as well as Peter ’75, John ’76, and Charlie ’82), “There was never advance planning for these games. The morning of Thanksgiving the phone started ringing and the games pulled together.” They also note, “Weather was never an issue—the game was played!” Like other bowl games, the Toilet Bowl developed its own traditions. It was tradition to wear one’s favorite college or

Three D-E families started the Thanksgiving tradition known as the Toilet Bowl. In this photo from 1992, players pose with the MVP toilet seat trophy

VIVADRAMA The Play’s The Thing Students gain an appreciation for the Bard through the Dwight-Englewood Shakespeare Society.

Daly says he thought of the idea for creating the Society because, for practical reasons, English teachers can only get so much Shakespeare into the syllabus. Yet students are able and willing to read more. A student who joins the Society as a freshman will have the opportunity to read 12 plays by the time he or she graduates— in addition to whatever is studied for coursework. English Department Chair Fred Daly with fellow Society members in Central Park.


nglish Department Chair Fred Daly remembers when he first got hooked on Shakespeare. His mother had gotten a job working at the Shakespeare Folger Library in Washington, DC. A 9th grader at the time, Daly became interested in the Bard and before long was reading Shakespeare plays the way other kids were reading comic books. He recalls, “Each play was just an amazing adventure.”

Today Daly shares the adventure with Dwight-Englewood students in the classroom and through the D-E Shakespeare Society. With support from other members of his department, Daly two years ago founded the Society as a student-faculty group whose passion is reading and seeing Shakespearean plays. There are currently four faculty members and about 16 students in the group. How passionate are they? For starters,

students who want to join must write a letter explaining why they want to become members. Then, they have to be willing to read a selected Shakespeare play on their own during each of the major vacations (summer, winter, and spring). On the first day back from the vacation—before sports and homework and other obligations become too onerous—the group meets in Hulst House for a dinner and book-groupstyle discussion. Finally, the students really do go to great lengths to see performances. Last summer about a dozen members went into New York City at 6:00 am to wait in line for several hours to obtain tickets to the Central Park performance of Twelfth Night starring Anne Hathaway. The group did the same thing this past summer to secure tickets to The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino. "These students are so dedicated that they are willing to get up super-early during their summer vacation

Since it began, the Society has read Twelfth Night; Henry IV, Part 1; As You Like It; Antony and Cleopatra; The Merchant of Venice; and The Tempest. Daly says that while Othello is the selection for the winter break, the last play to read this academic year hasn’t been selected yet. That honor, he says, will go to retiring English Department faculty member and legend Frimi Sagan.

Shakespeare Society members relax in Hulst House and discuss The Tempest.

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to wait in line for hours so they can see Shakespeare!” marvels Daly. He also notes that enduring the long lines is a bonding experience, where kids from different grades and with different talents spend time getting to know each other, enjoying their shared interest in Shakespeare.



Teacher Finds Success with Lost Boys


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an you be old and still a child? Can fantasy be destructive? These are some of the questions raised in an original musical written by Middle School performing arts faculty member Jake Lloyd. The musical is called The Lost Boys, or An Awfully Big Adventure, and it relates the story of J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, and the real-life Davies boys, who inspired Barrie’s characters and the fantasy worlds he created. Barrie was a stranger who befriended the brothers one day at a public park, but he went on to become increasingly involved in their lives, to the point of becoming their guardian at the death of their parents.


The idea for the musical came several years ago, after Lloyd saw the 2004 Johnny Depp film about Barrie, called Finding Neverland. Intrigued by the portrayal of Barrie and the Davies family, Lloyd began reading everything he could find—eventually coming to the conclusion that the film’s narrative wasn’t historically accurate. He says, “I decided to write one more true to the actual people who lived.” Lloyd had written other songs, compositions, and arrangements before, but this was the biggest, most sophisticated project he’d ever undertaken—and he didn’t quite finish it until a few months after the Brooklyn Association of Performing Arts signed on to produce the show. He describes the music of the two-and-a-half-hour production as “leaning to a classical feel with a contemporary harmony and rhythm.” As for the story, it’s very much a cautionary tale that—despite the connection to Peter Pan—is not for young kids. Lloyd says that the most compelling aspect for him is “the importance of parents’ direct involvement in their children’s lives.” He hopes it will make people think about their own family dynamics. He also notes that the musical touches on themes of growing up and says that in writing it he drew on knowledge from his work with young people. “Being in education, I see a lot of kids trying to form their own identity,” he says.

Five Weeks, One Play


rite an original play in just five weeks. That was the challenge Middle School drama teacher Carla Moriarty faced in a playwriting workshop this summer at Primary Stage’s Einhorn School of Performing Arts. Moriarty says that on the first day of class, the students could hardly believe that the instructor was serious. She recalls, “There were five other women in the class, and we all balked.” But she had an idea, and she got to work. Five weeks later, she completed the first draft of a oneact play with the working title of FACEBOOK, the Musical. “It is not a musical, but an interactive mixed media piece that explores the effects of modern technology on everyday life,” explains Moriarty, who is the D-E theater department’s costume coordinator, in addition to directing student performances. “We follow six main characters throughout a week’s time and watch their lives unravel, and shift.” While she’s not sure when her play will come to full fruition, in the meantime she is directing the Upper School’s production of the play Bang Bang You’re Dead this fall.

The show debuted in September in Brooklyn, and was even more special to Lloyd because of some Dwight-Englewood School connections. Brian Hajjar ’11 auditioned and was cast as one of the Davies boys (“He’s amazing,” says Lloyd), while Ian Hartsough ’03 played in the orchestra. “It’s been really neat,” says Lloyd. “It’s been a way to tie both of my worlds [as an artist and a teacher] together.” Lloyd was gratified by how well the audiences received the performances and calls the whole experience “amazing.” He says, “We had such a strong response from the audiences that came and saw it.” The show moves to Manhattan for dates in late November and early December. Information is available at

Faculty member Carla Moriarty (left) is immersed in the act of developing her script during a summer playwriting course.


ou never know where inspiration will come from. For award-winning playwright Elizabeth Frankel ’10 it came one day from Harry Potter. She was reading one of the novels in the wildly popular series and began to wonder, “What if J.K. Rowling has no idea that people are sitting around discussing the book's metaphors and political parallels to real life? What an odd conversation that would be, of her discovering everything people believe about her book, that she might not even know.”

From that seed of an idea, Frankel wrote the play Moon on the Horizon. “It's about a young novelist who has an eye-opening and bizarre discussion with his biggest fan about his most famous book, Moon on the Horizon,” explains Frankel. “He ends up realizing that he is not as insightful about his own work as he thought.” The play won the 2009 Blank Theater Company’s National Young Playwrights Competition and the 2009 Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition, and was named a finalist in the 2010 Baker’s Plays High School Playwriting Competition. And it all began at Dwight-Englewood. The play debuted at D-E in the spring of 2007, as part of the annual staging of student-written one-act plays. Frankel, whose resume states she was a “Ravenclaw prefect” for the Dwight-Englewood Harry Potter Society, was involved in theater throughout her years at the Upper School, acting in such dramas as The Laramie Project, and doing some directing as well. She was director and producer of the Pulitzer-Prize winning play Harvey as the culmination of a yearlong senior thesis project. Outside of D-E, Frankel has taken every opportunity to hone her craft. In the last few years she has attended the weekly Young Playwrights Inc. Advanced Playwriting Workshop in New York City, the Summer High School Program for Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a playwriting workshop at New York City’s Primary Stages Theater Company, and the Intensive Writing Workshop at the Putney School Summer Program in Vermont. This training has helped her to be both prolific and successful, with a number of her plays being named finalists in a variety of competitions. An intern this past summer with Playwrights Horizons, a 42nd Street theater, and a member of the Dramatists Guild, Frankel is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in theater arts at the University of Michigan.

Film Teacher Goes Behind the Scenes


pper School English faculty member Vicky Frankel, who teaches a popular course on literature and film, had an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the filming process this summer. Shadowing her daughter, who works in the TV industry, Frankel visited the sets Boardwalk Empire and Mildred Pierce, two new HBO miniseries, as well as NBC's Law & Order SVU and Black Swan, an upcoming psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky, whose recent work includes The Wrestler. Frankel gained a new appreciation for the complexity of coordinating the myriad tasks of production, observing closely the work of professionals with such titles as “grip,” “boom,” and “paperwork PA.” She notes that there are even jobs for people as pocket-bulge and hair-part checkers, who must ensure consistency in various takes and scenes. Frankel, who also had the chance to take a turn as an extra, looks forward to applying her first-hand experience of the elements of film-making to this year’s class.

Film Features D-E Student and Alumna


-E 8th grader Heather Braverman, who has been acting professionally since kindergarten in Off-Broadway shows, commercials, and television, just worked on her first major film, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. The film also features D-E alumna Mira Sorvino ’85 and Michael Urie of Ugly Betty fame. Heather auditioned for and landed the part of “Samantha,” whom she describes as “a very stylish teenager who wore huge earrings.” Most of her scenes were filmed in a sweltering New York City apartment this past August. She says, “We had to film with no air conditioning because it made too much noise on camera.” Heather says she learned a great deal on the set, noting, “Patience was always needed, and you have to give your all in every take. I met so many great people. It was an experience I’ll never forget!” The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.

D-E 8th grader Heather Braverman in the role of “Samantha” on the set of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, with a cast mate who plays her twin brother.

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Accolades for a Young Playwright


HEAD’SSERIES 2010-2011 Head of School Series Featuring Resident Professional Ensembles 315 East and Jazz Vistas

he remaining concerts for this season are as follows. Visit for more information.

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Friday, January 14, 2011 8:00 P.M. Hajjar Auditorium Jazz Vistas The 60’s: From Boogaloo to The Beatles

Friday, April 8, 2011 8:00 P.M. Khubani Performing Arts Center 315 East Musical Rearview Mirror Featuring selections from Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Bach

Series Kicks Off Third Season with 315 East rom Vienna to Prague” was the title of this year's first concert for the 2010–2011 Head of School Series, now in its third year. The 315 East ensemble performed spirited, compelling works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Martinu for an appreciative audience. As is now a series tradition, the serving of delectable, seasonal refreshments highlighted the concert's intermission and post-performance reception. The chamber ensemble is composed of New York metro area professional musicians, including D-E Music Department faculty members John Littlefield (flute), Karen Littlefield (piano), and Annaliesa Place (violin).


Head of School Series Ticket Information All concerts are performed on the campus of the Dwight-Englewood School, 315 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for students/seniors. For reservations and information contact: Bethany Muzio (201) 569-9500 extension 3214.

Join us for this feast for the senses as you are treated to memorable works ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. Enjoy a delightful selection of appetizers and beverages, served during intermission and after the show. Upper School students enjoyed the most recent Head of School Series performance this past October, in particular watching their violin instructor, Annaliesa Place, perform with 315 East, the school’s resident professional chamber ensemble. From left are Kathryn Cooperman ’11, Ariana Panbechi ’12, Victoria Sun ’12, Victoria Lavinio ’14, Michael Hajjar ’11, and Brian Hajjar ’11.

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STUDENTSTANDOUTS&FACULTYENDEAVORS Members of the D-E community exemplify the Core Value of “community” every day. Here are just a few examples of our student and faculty members’ recent initiatives and notable accomplishments.

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Merissa Pico ’11


erissa Pico has won gold medals at state, national, and World Taekwondo Federation international events. She’s competed all over the United States and in the Netherlands, Mexico, and Turkey, among other interesting locations. But right now the place she really wants to go is England. Yes, this D-E senior—an academic all-star whose favorite subjects include Spanish and history—is a contender for a spot on the American team than will compete in taekwondo at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


Merissa’s love for her sport—the name of which translates from Korean as “the art of kicking and punching”—started when she was just a toddler. The story goes that one day, when Merissa was two and a half years old, she saw a commercial for martial arts on television and told her mother she wanted to do that. “It looked like fun,” she says. She’s been sparring ever since, bringing home her first gold medal at the age of five.

An International Competitor Currently a member of the U.S. junior national team, Merissa is known for her strength, quickness, and versatility in the ring, as well as a wicked spinning hook kick. She also loves a challenge. She notes, “At the [Junior World Championships], I fought national champions from Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Germany, and Hungary. All the competitors were on their own country’s national teams, and the competition was intense.” She notes that medals are not the only rewards she has reaped from competing. “I have learned a great deal about discipline, time management, and how to deal with stress and pressure,” she says. “There are many situations in taekwondo sparring competitions where you have to make split-second decisions. I have learned to think on my feet, and I realized that preparation is key.” Merissa’s preparation is a regimen of four to six days of training per week, while also juggling school and friends. The schedule is tough, and the training itself is grueling. Says Merissa, “The training is the most difficult because it is so physically demanding. Often times, I am tired from the rigorous training and it is sometimes difficult to have enough energy for all the rest of the things I need to do.”

Merissa takes a well-deserved high-altitude break with teammates in Colorado Springs.

Martial arts phenom Merissa Pico ’11 is pictured here with several of her Olympics training coaches.

Competing in the Dutch Open in 2009.

Justin Kim ’11


iagnosed with a heart condition when he was just a child, Sehun “Justin” Kim ’11 spent a lot of time indoors, when other kids were outside running around and playing sports. But Justin’s small world became a lot bigger when he received the gift of a globe from his parents. He began to spend his time thinking about all the many countries of the world and the ways he could make a positive impact on those less fortunate.

Yet Merissa does find ways to be a regular teenager, a kid who loves eating pasta and watching movies. This past summer, in addition to competing (she earned a spot on the American team heading to the world championships in New Zealand next spring) and training (including a week in Colorado Springs with the USA national team and the Olympic coaches), Merissa did 75 hours of community service at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. During the school year, she’s involved with D-E’s Environmental Club. “The environment is important to me, and there is so much we can do to help,” she says. “The Environmental Club hopefully will help bring environmental problems to the forefront, and hopefully the club can make a difference.”

This past summer he returned to Cambodia to fulfill his promise of visiting his young friends at the orphanage—but also with a mission to conduct field research on a topic that had become a passion: safe, potable water. Having done some Internet research on rural areas of Cambodia, where water shortages have a huge impact on people’s quality of life, Justin looked for an organization that he could work with, and he found Plan International, one of the oldest and largest child development organizations in the world, with core projects in water and sanitation in Cambodia. Syvibola Oun, a water and environmental sanitation advisor for Plan International, says, “I communicated with Justin, who was passionate about conducting a small scale research project on drinking water in rural Cambodia. He has done great work on drinking water research.” Justin’s study was on the effectiveness and limitations of wells on improving socio-economic conditions of rural Cambodian communities. As Justin explains, governmental and non-governmental organizations have built wells in villages in hopes that these wells will not only provide safe water, but also improve the health, economy, and education of rural communities. His research involved case studies in five villages, some of which had benefited from wells dug in 2006 by an NGO called Good Hands, and others that had had no such support.

Trials Ahead Looking ahead, Merissa’s next major tournament for the Olympic qualification process will take place this January in Colorado. It’s just one step in a long, but extremely fulfilling process. “There were many levels of competitions I had to go through and win in order to be eligible to compete in January 2011,” she says. “If I do well there, there are still two more levels of competition left before the final decisions are made as to who goes to the Olympics. Only two men and two women from the USA will be picked to compete.” On the one hand, Merissa will be vying with women who have more experience at the senior level. On the other, it sounds like a perfect challenge for the youngest competitor ever to make the U.S. junior national team. Merissa’s official team profile can be found at athletes/merissa-pico.

Justin spent dozens of hours interviewing Cambodian villagers as part of his research project on the relationship between drinking water resources and the health, education, and socioeconomic status of villagers.

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Merissa does Pilates for her cross-training regimen.

This interest grew into a determination to take action and led him two years ago to participate in a service trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he volunteered at an orphanage known as Cambodian and International Children Friend Organization or CICFO. Forging connections with the children there was a moving and meaningful experience for Justin, who promised the children he would one day return to visit again.


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A typical home in the rural Cambodian countryside where Justin did his research.

(continued from page 37) Justin conducted water quality tests, household surveys, villager group discussions, and interviews with key informants, such as village chiefs, primary school directors, health clinic directors, and water and sanitation specialists. He focused on three major qualitative indicators: annual net income, the number of villagers with waterborne diseases, and the number of absences from school due to waterborne sicknesses. The results showed that in the communities with wells, there was a gradual drop in the number of villagers with waterborne sicknesses and school absences since 2006. However, wells had little impact on economic improvement as indicated by rice production and major loss of livestock from dehydration and waterborne infections during every dry season. Justin says that economic improvement will likely only come through irrigation, canals, public reservoirs, or other major reliable water sources for agriculture and also training of the villagers, who currently do not use well water to sustain livestock. While Justin says he learned a great deal about the urgency of the villagers’ needs, he also was struck by the fact that despite the level of poverty, people were happy and had a strong sense of community.

Justin Kim ’11 at a Cambodian health center, where he partnered with public health officials and environmentalists focused on preserving and promoting clean water resources.

Justin’s work has received praise from community leaders, including Sarun Rous, who is director of the Community Development School in Takeo and Kampot Provinces: “Justin Kim was very hardworking, patient, and passionate. He has done great work in researching for the need of the poor in rural areas in Cambodia.” Syvibola Oun, of Plan International, calls Justin’s approach to problem solving “innovative

and creative” as well as informed. He says, “I was surprised when he interviewed me because his knowledge and questions seemed to be from an experienced person who had been working in the drinking water sector. I appreciate him very much because he paid attention to the problem we Cambodians face today and perhaps all of us tomorrow.”

Annaliesa Place


hat’s a Juilliard-trained classical violinist doing with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon? Making great music before a live audience (and millions of television viewers) on NBC’s Today Show, for starters. The violinist is D-E’s own faculty member Annaliesa Place. The rock star is 16-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. Place was part of a string orchestra section that recorded with Sting for his newly released album Symphonicities and who performed with him on the Today Show as well as the CBS Early Show this past summer.

School and Upper School string instrumentalists and playing with String Jam, the Upper School string ensemble she founded. More recently Place established the String Society, a D-E Summer Connections day camp program for string players in Grades 9 to 12. She says, “I love the collaboration between teachers and students. Kids have so much life, and their energy inspires me!” She also feels fortunate to play in an ensemble called ECCO, which is composed of fellow string players and friends from Julliard. Says Place, “We meet a few times a year for tours around

the globe, and this group keeps me fresh. We just completed our first album, which will be released in the upcoming year!” Place began playing the violin at the age of three, and says that she became passionate about music and serious about playing in 8th grade. At D-E she clearly has the opportunity to inspire young musicians and be a tremendous role model. She says, “I love the juxtaposition between my teaching and performing careers. I hope to continue this work into the future.”

When she is not doing such high-profile gigs, Place can be found teaching Middle

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Prior to the TV gigs, Place spent many hours in the recording studio over several months, rehearsing with Sting and a number of instrumentalists. Sting’s new album takes some familiar songs—including fan favorites “Roxanne” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”—and gives them orchestral arrangements. Place describes the rock legend as “down-to-earth,” and a “super talented musician...not a celebrity diva at all!” On the other hand, she couldn’t help feeling a little awed. She says, “I have to say, the first day I met Sting, we were in the studio rehearsing his music and one of the songs started. I immediately had goose bumps all over my body! It was a song that I grew up listening to on the radio—‘Fields of Gold.’ I couldn't believe I was actually playing it with him! It was definitely one of those ‘Aha’ moments!”

photo by Pete Checchia


Faculty member Annaliesa Place (in red) with the ECCO ensemble.

Place is a musician who has found the ideal balance between performing professionally and teaching. Here she instructs student Kathryn Cooperman ’11 in a practice room at Klein Campus Center.

A seasoned concert violinist, Place is shown here rehearsing with the Alaska Symphony.


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Maxine Kupelian ’12


Quick Takes

unior Maxine Kupelian wanted to devote some of her summer vacation to service, and she longed to be immersed in another culture. She got to do both this summer on a group service trip to Fiji.


traditions, with Indian, Chinese, and European influences. The group helped to cook a traditional meal, which they served to residents of a shelter for widows and other women without homes or families.

Fiji is made up of hundreds of islands, and Maxine spent her time on the main island of Viti Levu, where she worked with schoolchildren in Nadi, a major city of about 42,000 people. She read stories and sang songs to kindergartners, did art projects with them and assisted with teaching them the lesson of the day. Working with children from 1st to 8th grade, she taught art, giving presentations and helping with projects, and English, presenting lessons in grammar, vocabulary, and writing.

Maxine says the most important thing she learned from Fijian culture was: “Welcome others as if they are your own. Your neighbor, your classmate, the starving man across the street, should all be treated as family, with respect and kindness.” She says that going out of one’s culture and comfort zone to teach and help others in developing countries is so worthwhile, “as you will soon learn that they are the real teachers. The lessons you take back will last you a lifetime.”

Momo Akaido and Jacob Fay, faculty members in the Upper School History Department, were co-presenters at a recent conference sponsored by the Organization of American Historians in Washington, DC. The pair demonstrated to workshop participants—primarily college instructors and some secondary school teachers—a teaching method called “crop it.” Designed to help history students better utilize visual resources, the technique involves cropping out three scenes in a picture, and then constructing a verbal narrative based on the scenes.

The work was extremely gratifying, especially because of the great appreciation the children showed. Maxine says, “To see the Fijian children jumping out of their seats to spell out the Spelling Bee word, to see the children so polite and well mannered, calling us Madam and Sir, to see the children so eager to help us with any and every little thing, whether it be washing paint brushes or carrying our crates of lunch, was beyond touching and inspirational.” After the volunteer group painted a mural across the front of a kindergarten, the teacher thanked them with tears in her eyes. The children, meanwhile, “all ran outside literally jumping up and down with joy, jumpy with excitement, thanking us (vinaka!) until the very minute our van drove off.”

In addition to teaching children, Maxine contributed hands-on labor by building latrines in a small village that lacked some of the basic necessities Americans take for granted.

Maxine’s service group also traveled outside of the city to some of the small villages. On the first trip out, Maxine remembers clipping along the dirt road in the group’s van, the radio blaring, until suddenly—for no apparent reason—the radio was turned off and the van slowed to a crawl. The Fijian counselor explained that it was a matter of respect: They were approaching a village just a few miles away. Says Maxine, “I was astounded by the amount of respect Fijians show for each other, no matter which village they come from.” Warmly welcomed by the village children wherever they went, the volunteers played games with the kids, but also did the serious work of building latrines for Bavu Village. There were other opportunities to learn about Fiji’s culture, which is grounded in indigenous

Maxine Kupelian ’12 has a fun “peace out” moment with some new Fijian friends.

History faculty members Jacob Fay and Momo Akaido--shown posing with some history makers--were co-presenters at a conference of the Organization of American Historians.

Dylan Greiss ’11 attended a six-week advanced high definition course at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios this summer. After editing his 10-page screenplay for a short film called Dead Man Walking, he posted the film at several Los Angeles casting services, held auditions, gathered props and wardrobe from the Universal Studios prop house, and created production shot lists and scene schedules. Filming and editing took three weeks, and the film—which is about a man who wakes from a coma thinking he is dead—was then screened on the Universal Studios back lot. Dylan plans to submit the film to festivals within the tri-state area.

Billy Shinevar ’11, who interned at an NYU lab this summer, was awarded the prestigious Headmasters Award. He is pictured here with Math Department Chair John King, at the 2010 Evening Awards Ceremony.

Juniors Matt Brice, Thomas Williams, and Rahul Mahtani accompanied Upper School math teacher Jalaj Desai on a service trip to Mumbai, India, where they volunteered at a home for orphans, a day care center, and community center in the Dharavi slums, where 1.4 million people live on a plot one third the size of Englewood Cliffs. Interacting with children whose circumstances were so unfortunate, the D-E volunteers came away feeling strongly that they had learned more than they taught and had matured significantly as individuals.

Director of Multicultural Affairs Clinton L. Carbon participated once again in the annual Call to Action meeting of the National Association of Independent Schools in San Diego, CA, in July. Call to Action is a national think tank and advisory council on diversity. Back here on campus, Carbon is spearheading a number of projects, including completion of the move into a new office located in Leggett Hall Room 201, collecting resource materials, and continuation of work with the D-E Diversity Committee on a school diversity mission statement and a long-range plan for diversity training and multicultural programming. He also is leading and coordinating a research project through the Center for the Study of Boys and Girls Lives (CSBGL), which will focus on school culture and identity, is sponsoring the student group INSPIRE (formerly Cultural Diversity Club), and will lead a delegation of students and faculty to the annual People of Color/Student Diversity Leadership Conferences to held in San Diego in early December. Middle School science teachers Morgan Withrow and Kim Klein attended a geo-science workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii, where they studied active volcanoes, exotic black and green sand beaches, and an active reef system. They were able to collect samples and record videos to bring back to the classroom and use as hands-on materials. Notes Klein, “Earth science is often seen as processes that happened millions of years ago. In going to Hawaii, Morgan and I can show that the earth science processes are alive and strong and are transforming our world today.” Says Withrow, “I feel so lucky to have a school that has such a strong interest in the continued professional development of its teachers in pursuit of their own passions.”

Middle School science teachers Morgan Withrow (left) and Kimberly Klein participated in a geo-science workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii, researching such topics as volcanoes, tsunamis, soil erosion, and reef protection.

Min Sun “Jodie” Kim ’11 fulfilled an internship at the Park Avenue Armory, a nonprofit organization based in the historic Seventh Regiment Armory building in the Upper East Side of New York City. She worked in collaboration with other interns to create a documentary about the process of historical preservation that is currently taking place in some of the Armory’s historic rooms to restore them back to their 1880 state. It was a thrill for Jodie to utilize historically significant resources in her research for the project. The Amory also sponsors artists-in-residence and major arts events, and Jodie enjoyed gaining an in-depth understanding of arts programming.

Jodie Kim ’11 relaxes with her fellow interns at the historic Park Avenue Armory.

Math faculty member Jalaj Desai (back row, center) and student travelers Matthew Brice ’12 (far left), Thomas Williams ’12 (3rd from left), and Rahul Mahtani ’12 (back row, next to Desai), with residents of a shelter in Mumbai, India.

A vivid sample of the green sand Withrow and Klein gathered from within the cinder cone of a volcano.

Jodie takes a moment to admire the work of Frida Kahlo.

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William Shinevar ’11 worked as an intern at the Applied Math Lab in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU this past summer. Billy, who is president of the D-E Bergen County Math League and an Eagle Scout, used a technique involving polarized light to quantify the force produced by plant roots when the plant is still in its seedling stage. He later used the same method to do original research on the burrowing locomotion of earthworms. These projects in experimental biomechanics relate to his career interest in applied mathematics.


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grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was most interested to hear what was happening with Elizabeth Salembier Mankin and Helene Keukene Ressler, and we hope to see Mackie and a couple of her classmates at their 75th Reunion in June!

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E 40 Class Rep needed Col. Hervey S. Stockman writes that he is alive and well!

D 43 Class Rep: Elizabeth Nutt Barnes P.O. Box 7309 Macon, GA 31209-7309 Mary Soons McCarty writes that all is well: “However, after 33 years at 4300 East Avenue in Rochester, Stuart and I are moving to High Point, NC, to be closer to our daughter, Ann, who lives near Greensboro. Our four children, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren gather twice a year for fun. One time is for my birthday on July 13 and the other is Thanksgiving at daughter Jane’s place in Princeton. Finally, we are both well and able to still do volunteer work.”

Class Rep: Haydock H. Miller, Jr. 2225 Calle Cacique Santa Fe, NM 87505-4944 Email:

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Class Rep needed Catherine McIntire Leslie called earlier this fall from her home in Westwood, MA. Mackie is in great health and spirits. She has had an active life, serving on the boards of both the Dwight School and Ethel Walker, as well as being involved at Vassar. She now enjoys her 12

Virginia M. Clagett went to her 65th reunion at Cornell a year ago this past spring with her middle grandson. She enjoys working in her flowerbeds and going to the harbor gazebo for Sunday musicals. She also attends her three grandsons’ sports games. She has had some contact with Page Bridgman Kidder.

Class Rep: Jeanne Minor Walton 908 Kern Springs Road Woodstock, VA 22664 Email:

D 46 Class Rep: Marjorie Sherriff Rohde 40 Vine Street Wrentham, MA 02093 Email: Phone: (508)243-5462

D 47 Class Rep: Ann Emmons Petri 6829 Lemon Road McLean, VA 22101-5422 Email: Manon Richeson Seebeck and husband Bobby have spent two ghastly years fighting major illnesses. Their children, grandchildren, and friends have been so gentle, kind, and supportive. Perhaps these years will disappear like a bad dream.

E 47 Class Rep: Hal Curtis 1641 Wildwood Road Ukiah, CA 95482 Email: Peyton Craighill reports: “Having completed two years at the Kendal retirement community in Lexington, VA, Mary and I couldn’t be happier with our choice for our retirement. Every day in every season we revel in the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, with the Blue Ridge on one side and the Alleghenies on the other. Lexington, with both Washington and Lee and VMI located in it, provides endless opportunities for intellectual and cultural stimulation. And our community, with only 170 members, provides all the support and friendliness of an extended family. What could be better? If you’re ever driving through Virginia on Interstate 81, drop by for a warm, Southern welcome!”

D 48 Class Rep: Keats Van Alstyne Smith 215 Club Road Baltimore, MD 21210-2252 Email: Robin Ogilvie writes that 2010 has been a good year: “We (daughter Susan, granddaughter Annick, and I) celebrated my 80th at Disney, Universal, and Rollins College, where we saw Blue Man, terrific theatre, and had lots of good food. On July 3rd, my grandson, Alex Chalier, was married to Rachel Martin during an outdoor evening ceremony at Washington Crossing Inn in Pennsylvania. And on August 13th, I left for a three-week jaunt to Nova Scotia, Toronto, and a visit back home in New Jersey. Gotta keep busy!” And from Cookie Ely Scherba: “Gene is retired and we spent three months in Florida last year. It was colder there than in Chicago. I paint, cook, prepare meals, and clean. Hopefully, Rachel will come visit this summer again. It’s hard to tell if one advances with the years or repeats at different levels. Send me news! I miss all, especially boarders!” And from me, your Class Rep (Keats Van Alystne Smith): Jeanne Washburn Holleman is leading “a quiet life” with Richard in CT. Thanks for the Jr. League Sustainer book list. My book club has read a lot of the same ones. Joan Van Haelen Everett is busy in Richmond with her bridge, movies, wine groups, etc. Talked to Rachel Godfrey Kimmelman, who had a fun visit with Cookie at her fun old church/now house in Bay Head, NJ, this summer. She also saw her in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, last spring. She had a good visit with her brother, John, and family in the Adirondacks. She’s still on the courts. Way to go, Ray. I am still playing tennis, running the Thrift shop and generally keeping very busy. I have been remiss in trying to get in touch with you gals. (But you don’t get in touch with me!!!) Evans, my husband of 42 years, died in August from an aggressive bladder cancer. He went quickly, thank heavens, but it was a surprise. Please do keep in touch. I would love to hear from you. I know you are doing something fun. Happy Holidays.

E 48 Class Rep: Donald A. Anderson 20 Devon Court Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762 Email:

D 49 Class Rep: Ann Satterthwaite 1615 34th Street NW Washington, DC 20007-2711 Telephone: 202-342-0203 Fax: 202-337-8607 Email:

E 50 Class Rep: Marshall Umpleby 1012 Hillview Drive Ashland, OR 97520 Telephone: 541-488-2428 Email: Randy Brown reports: “My wife, Janet, and I have lived in Peterborough, NH, for almost 17 years, so imagine the scene last spring, at coffee hour after church, when a somewhat familiar-looking man approached and stuck out his hand and said, ‘Hi. I’m Rick Hartman ESB’50!’ A brief period of flabbergast and befuddle was followed by a long catch-up; and yes, Gay Chaffee Hartman D’51 was there, too. They had recently moved from their long-time home in W. Simsbury, CT, to live in RiverMead, a community in Peterborough, thus making Peterborough the nexus of ESB’50 alumni activity— there are two of us here now, with a nice representation from the School Down the Hill. Gay and Rick are learning their way around Our Town (ref: Thornton Wilder). Peterborough is the home of the MacDowell Colony, which grants scholarships to artists and offers the opportunity to work and live in as much seclusion as they wish. Wilder wrote Our Town as a colonist; Bernstein’s Candide was born here. The Peterborough Players is one of the oldest professional summer stock companies in the country. The Peterborough Town Library is the first tax-supported free public library in the country and maybe the world. Janet and I help with tips and advice while continuing our local involvement, which includes singing and ringing at church (remember Joe and Katy?); I am a trustee at that

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Mary Jewett Ems is still living in her big old house and keeping busy playing bridge, ballroom dancing, and taking trips. She has 13 grandchildren, ages 7 to 30 years old. Her eldest granddaughter married this year, and her large family got together coming from both coasts.


CLASSNOTES oldest library. We figure we still have a little while to set up our own 110 celebration (i.e., the Class of ’50 at 60).” Brock Richardson reports that in July he and his wife, Alice, moved to Kendal at Lexington, VA, a continuing care facility. This allows them to be within an easy day’s drive of two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are just off I81, so please visit them!

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E 53 Class Rep: Hugh Mitchell 147 Hillside Avenue Rochester, NY 14610-2441 Email:

D 54 Class Rep needed Deborah Dunn Wessells still lives in Glenmoore in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Daniel, have four grandchildren. They spend most of the summer in Maine, and they had a wonderful visit in August at Tom and Renee Hermos Lincoln’s cottage in Casco, Maine. Jane Ward and Lindsay Hooper Cavanagh were there too.

Class Rep: James Webster 4277 Bitterroot Road Reno, NV 89509-0640 Email:

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D 53 Class Rep: Cynthia Walz Doggett Two Thornton Lane, Concord, MA 01742 Email: Beverly Vahlteich DeLaney and husband Bill spent another long summer at their home in Craftsbury Common, VT: “We enjoy our many guests including two dogs and a horse!” They took a two-week bus tour of “Majestic Parks” including Glacier, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore in August.

Class Rep: Susan Carter 100 West Hudson Avenue, Apt. F4 Englewood, NJ 07631-0026

Class Rep: Sandra Agemian Borg 310 Walnut Street Englewood, NJ 07631 Email:

E 52 After a 20-year career at WBT radio in Charlotte, NC, Hundley A. Thompson started a corporate ground transportation service. It is the largest in the two Carolinas with sedans, minibuses, and motor coaches. Check out his company website at

Richard Mercier, after 48 years in the classroom, has retired as head of the science department at the Riverdale Country School. He taught AP Biology, AP Psychology, Integrated Liberal Studies, and General Biology. He hopes that members of the Class of 1955 are well and that their life has been meaningful. He has an idea: Inasmuch as 55 years have passed, it might be fun for those of us who live in this area to meet on occasion for a chat and beverage. He frequents a very civilized restaurant-bar in Piermont, NY, just over the Jersey border. Let’s put aside our blood-pressure, cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, and gastric reflux pills and give it a try!

Back row, from left: Jane Ward and Renee Lincoln. Seated: Lindsay Cavanagh and Debby Wessells.

D 55 Class Rep needed Ellen Van Alystne Starrett has had a busy year so far. Dick had a total knee replacement in February. They had a trip to Istanbul, Black Sea, and Athens in June. Then, Dick had a total hip replacement in August. They went to Beaver Creek in September, followed by a visit to their summer home at Point O’Woods, Fire Island. Finally, they plan to be in Englewood for Thanksgiving. All the children and grandchildren are fine!

E 55 Class Rep: Richard Mercier Telephone: (201) 768-8067 Email:

Natalie Beaumont sent this note: “At the D-E Reunion last June, I felt honored to read a letter from Mike (Marshall) Umpleby, who sent a silver tray given to his father, ESB Headmaster Marshall Umpleby, on his retirement in the mid-’60s. The tray, with signatures inscribed by the faculty and friends, is on display at the school reminding us of those early days. My news is that I took a two-and-a-halfweek trip to California and visited our dear friend Penny Atwood Kruger in her wonderful self-built farmhouse in Sebastopol and had a chance to see her daughter, Maggie, and her husband, Paul. Then I spent a few days with my cousin, Elizabeth Boardman, whose mother attended Dwight; I read her latest book, Pete’s Progress, about her brother’s fight with cancer as seen through family emails, and then proceeded by Amtrak bus and train to Santa Barbara to visit my son, Anthony Califano, a high school counselor and wrestling coach who has a black belt in ju-jitsu. I had a chance to visit the underground garden in Fresno and the Sequoia National Park. Now that I don’t live in California, I can visit and go sightseeing! Life is good.”

Marion Louise Reinhardt King took an Alaskan cruise in May that was fantastic; all they needed was more time. Looking forward to a report on her 20-day trip to Panama this September/October on a new ship, where her group of four no doubt created more mayhem. Grandchildren are growing up fast: Paige is a senior, Lack a freshman, and Ande a 5th grader.

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D 60 Class Rep: Rose Satterfield, D.M.D. 7459 Allison Road Pelham, NC 27311 Telephone: (336)388- 0139 Email: Judith Kytle Hanshaw was sorry she missed the 50th reunion. She was moving into a new ranch home, two miles east of her old home. She finally retired from VCU Medical Center after practicing occupational therapy for 45 years. She stays busy in volunteer work. Her son, Brian, deployed to New Orleans with the Coast Guard to help with the BP oil spill. Mary Lou Agemian Heath summarized the 50th reunion: “In 20-20 hindsight, reunion still looks perfect to me. Rose’s six-monthplus advance email communication went a long way to building the enthusiasm. The class dinner was a great way to start and the thrill went on. Our remembrance on Saturday morning was over-the-top on the mark. Again, DES hosted us generously and patiently, and I thank you. The

Back row, from left: Wendy, Nancy, Bobbie, Connie, Mary, Lynda, Mary Lou, Gretchen L., Joslyn, Alison, Ginny, Ellen, Judy G., Paula, Helga, Rose, Elena, Genie. At the 50th reunion, but missing from the photo: Sarah, Marcia, Susan N., Merilee, and Sally.

fundraising seemed to go well. Even the weather was the best.” As your Class Rep and reunion co-organizer, I (Rose Satterfield) can provide this report: The Dwight Class of 1960 held our 50th reunion in June. We had 23 classmates attending from our graduating class of 50. That is outstanding participation in my book. We had a fabulous weekend, which began with dinner at the Clinton Inn on Friday evening, planned by Mary Lou Agemian Heath. We had no trouble recognizing each other even though many of us had not seen one another for all of those 50 years. We soon felt like not a minute had passed between graduation and the present. On Saturday we attended Alumni Day at DES and enjoyed lunch and a tour of the school. On Saturday we held a remembrance service for our classmates, Ceil Silverman Stern, Rita Bogner Coates, Jean Nishanian, and Lynn Males Yablon. The service was conducted by our own Rev. Bobbie Weeks Miner and attended by our class and the family of Ceil Silverman. We dedicated a memorial tree, stone, and plaque to their memory on the lawn just above the old gym. We attended an alumni lunch and a tour of the school on Saturday as well, where many photos were taken. We paid a visit to the Weeks Garden, donated by the Weeks family, classmates, and friends in memory of Nancy Weeks ’58. It is currently also referred to as the Weeks Teachers’ Garden. On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Susan Newman presented a very interesting program on “The Changing Roles of

Women.” Psychologist Susan is author of numerous books and writes a regular column in Psychology Today magazine. On Saturday night, our class along with the Class of 1960 from the Englewood School for Boys, was honored at a dinner at the home of Headmaster Dr. Rodney De Jarnett. Our hosts, Dr. and Mrs. De Jarnett, were very gracious and we had a wonderful evening. Those who attended came from all parts of the country: Mary Lou Agemian Heath (Austin, TX), Connie Bayles von Maur (Barnstable, MA), Sarah Beebe Davis (Princeton, MA), Joslyn Blace Halstead (Center Harbor, NH), Paula Brittan King (Pikesville, MD), Dr. Wendy Butler Brooks (Delray Beach, FL), Alison Chase (Kinnelon, NJ), Nancy Driggs (Tiverton, RI), Judy Guss Wien (Wakefield, MA), Lynda Honig Williams (Singer Is., FL), Gretchen Leigh Kelly (Charlottesville, VA), Helga Lemke (Santa Rosa, CA), Elena Love (Tucson, AZ), Ellen McFadden Todd (Beverly, MA), Dr. Susan Newman (Metuchen, NJ), Genie Nicholas Revson (Pine Plains, NY), Dr. Merilee Oakes (Topanga, CA), Mary Riker McAllister (Bristol, CT), Dr. Rose Satterfield (Pelham, NC), Sally Seabolt Eichlin (Pittstown, NJ), Marcia Struhl Schwartz (Boston, MA), Rev. Bobbie Weeks Miner (Falmouth, MA), and Ginny Weleck Ricken (Scottsdale, AZ). As a finale, Mary Riker McAllister went home to Connecticut and broke her leg…but is well on the way to mending and returning to her golf game. Nancy Driggs announced her candidacy for the Republican Seat in the Rhode Island Congress. She has my vote!! Bobbie Weeks Miner and Connie Bayles von

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Maur are now planning our next gettogether. We all had such a wonderful time renewing old friendships and realizing how valuable each one of us is in each other’s lives. We are looking forward to keeping in touch from now on.


We missed those who could not be with us for the reunion. We had regrets for health reasons from Susan Roberts Womack in Pawley’s Island, SC, but I hear she is now doing very well. Margaret Carey Clime in Palmetto, GA, has a brand new hip, but had to stay home on doctor’s orders. Susan Colthup Kalmbach writes from Stuart, FL, that her husband’s pacemaker needed a tune-up and she sent her regrets. Diane Van Dusen wrote from Snellville, GA, that she had to stay home with her pack of Rottweilers as she has a rescue mission there. Kathie Wolin in Laguna Woods, CA, was traveling in Japan. Regrets also came in from Judith Ann Williams in Charles Town, WV, Nancy Stock Young in Silver Bay, NY, Vickie Williams Morizzo in Hawthorne, NJ, Judy Kytle Hanshaw in Richmond, VA, and Dr. Ingrid Rosen-Flink in Alingsas, Sweden. Late news: Report from Bobbie about a kayaking trip Sarah, Connie and she were planning for September. Wendy just became a grandmother for the second time in August—a girl, Ryland Powell Brooks. Kathie Wolin missed the reunion in order to visit friends in Japan. Otherwise, life continues much as it had. She is still working for a nonprofit organization. Her daughter, Julie, is a freelance writer-editor and a mother of Isaac, now seven. Laura resides in Alaska, where she is a wildlife technician and documentary filmmaker.

E 60 Class Rep: Armand Pohan Email:

D 61 Class Rep: Donna Dederick Ward Meadowood Farm 557 Bennett Hill Road Shaftsbury, VT 05262 Email:

E 61 Class Rep: Warren M. Duffy 20 Glattly Drive Denville, NJ 07834 Email:

Class Rep: Dr. Charles E. Kordula 9 Elm Place Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677 Email: Peter Getz writes: “I recently retired as hospital administrator from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Columbia. Now I have more time to spend with family and at our North Myrtle Beach home. My son Alex (M.D.), daughter-in-law April (M.D.), and granddaughter Anna (2.5 yrs. old) just moved back to Columbia…much to our delight. Our other son, Matt, is at Midlands Tech. My wife, Libby (R.N.), and I have just celebrated our 36th anniversary. As a Vietnam veteran, I’m interested in helping vets by volunteering at the Columbia VA Hospital. Contact me at 2101 Shady Lane, Columbia, SC 29206 or”

Class Rep: Wouter de Nie 9 St. Peter’s Road, Apt. 7 Tamaqua, PA 18252 Email:

Class Rep: Andrew L. Odell 36 Wayside Lane Scarsdale, NY 10583 Email:

Class Rep: Wendy Schnee Geisler 2342 Fountain Way San Antonio, TX 78248 Email:

Anina Erslev Bachrach writes that son Drew Bachrach has become engaged to Lucy Acerno: “This will make for an exciting year. They want to get married in my garden. What an honor but lots of work. Ben and I live in Estero, FL, for half the year and then in Dearborn, MI, during the summer. Drew is a TV producer in Los Angeles. This tends to be the busiest time of the year. I do the advertising for the Michigan Garden Clubs’ Festival of Trees and the Holly Berry Brunch. I am also on the Board of the Dearborn Symphony Foundation and besides raising money for them, I throw the donor appreciation dinner in my garden at the beginning of the new season in the fall. Ben likes to also have the kick-off picnic for his Kiwanis Club in the garden in September.” Lynn Henschel Klein states: “Life has taught me to take the good from yesterday and today to build a happy tomorrow. My life has given me much beauty, including the ability to work with impaired, both old and young, to help them light beauty into futures. Thank you, Mrs. Pershouse, for teaching us learning and its uses.” Here’s the report from me, your Class Rep (Wendy Schnee Geisler): I’ve been living in San Antonio, TX, for the past 14 years with my husband, Phil, of—YIKES— almost 40 years, and we just returned from meeting our third grandchild, Quinn, in NYC! Our other son lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two little ones, so it looks like retirement may be back in New Jersey…CRAZY! Well at least I’ll be able to attend the reunions. I have been in private practice as a personal nutrition coach for about 16 years, and I still love it with a passion. My newest niche is working with breast cancer patients, and it is probably the most rewarding work I’ve done thus far (see eling.htm). San Antonio has been a wonderful home. It’s a fabulous city to live in or visit. Hope more ’66ers start making entries. We need to come back in the fold. Oh yes, almost forgot to mention that my singing is still an active part of my life. I sing with my temple choir AND I recently created a personalized Lullabies from Grandma™ CD for my grandkids and friends’ grandchildren. Hope to see you all at our coming 45th reunion next June 3 and 4, 2011.

Class Rep: Michael Kazin 4113 Leland Street Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Email: Jules Isakson sends these greetings: “I continue to live in Williamsburg, KY. I moved here from New Hampshire in 2003 for work and decided to retire here recently. I am teaching art history at the local university—one course each semester. My first profession was teaching. It is interesting how sometimes we return to our first career choices when we retire from the workforce. My son continues to live in Los Angeles. He is a sculptor and multimedia artist. I have no grandchildren, but I do have two wonderful great nephews who live in Cincinnati. It seems incredible that I graduated 44 years ago—a lifetime. Perhaps I shall see you next summer for our 45th.” Jack Piermont and his wife, Marilyn, recently celebrated daughter Kathy’s honor of being made a partner at the law firm of Katte, Zavis & Rosenman in Chicago.

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Class Rep: Allie Kissam Delventhal Email:

Class Rep: Ali Chase Hassan 3519 Hilltop Lane Plano, TX 75023-8030 Email: Barbara Grabell has lived in central Oregon for over 30 years. She owned a successful specialty dessert business in Bend, OR, and was involved in commercial cattle ranching for many years, along with her husband. She now lives on a ranch outside

of Bend with her two Dutch-born Friesian geldings and rescued Lhasa Apsos (She is involved with Lhasa Apso rescue organizations), as well as a few other fourlegged children. She has worked for the State of Oregon for the past 16 years. Ali Chase married Melissa Martin in Pasadena, CA, on March 7, 2010. They met at SMU in 2004. The wedding was at the Huntington Langham Hotel, built in the ’20s as a Ritz and was attended by oodles of Chi Os and Pikes and lovingly officiated by Julia Fuller. She was sorry to miss Sandy’s surprise, last 50-something birthday party in late June, but heard it was wonderful. She hopes Nell is sending pictures to the alumni magazine. She continues to adore her counseling career and the young teens with whom she works.

complete with costumes, music, and slides from the era, and a special appearance by Leslie West of Mountain, made it a party that we shall all remember. (Leave it to Sam.) Kudos to Sam, Sharon Levine, Sandy Galitzer, Ed Hochman, Steve Abrams, and Jim Feldman for the outreach that led to such a great reunion.

Class Reps: Marcy Cohen Gregory Email: Elaine Ober Email:

Class Rep: Richard H. Hunter 1138 King Street, 3rd Floor Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands 00820 Email:

Class Rep: Sharon Levine 2200 N. Central Road Apt. 9T Fort Lee, NJ 07024-7595 Email:

Class Reps: Samuel L. Davis Email: Steve Abrams Email: The Dwight and Boys School Classes of 1970 held a very successful 40th reunion this past June. More than 35 members of the two classes attended, far more than at past reunions. Highlighting the day was the reunion party that Sam Davis threw at his Tenafly home. The Woodstock theme,

Dwight Class of 1971 Mini Reunion (from left): Jill Taussig’s lovely daughter, Kate, Ellen Lane, Elaine Ober, Suzanne (Langdon) Congdon, Jill Taussig, and Ellen’s husband, James.

The Dwight School Class of 1971 had their 39th “Jack Benny Reunion” this summer in NYC. Having made contact this past year via our Dwight Class of ’71 Facebook page, we were all braced to see each other 39 years later, and we had a blast! We certainly didn’t act 39 years older! The cocktail hour—make that hours—was over way too soon, but the fun was able to continue over dinner for many of us. The event was attended by classmates Jill Taussig and her daughter, Kate, Suzanne Langdon Congdon, Tina Hahn Jacobson, Ellen Lane and her husband, James, Nancy Carrey Beaver and her son, David, Nancy Kriegel, Judy Eiser Magram, Kate Farinholt, Louise Radin, Susannah Labov Page, Elaine Ober, and Marcy Cohen Gregory and her husband, Ron. Lending a feeling of continuity and connection with our alma mater were Head of School Dr. Rodney De Jarnett, who made the trip from Maine and back the same day to attend our event, and Director of Alumni and Development Pat Boig. Deborah Mogelberg was virtually there, represented by her look-alike sister,

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Sarah “Sally” Mogelberg Bernie ’77. Unfortunately, Mary Brooks Puckett, Joan Kaufman, Jill Marcus, and Laurie Meyer Yarock couldn’t make it at the last minute, and we missed them!!!! (Marcy and Ron did get to meet Mary and Jill for drinks in NJ the following week!) If you missed this event, DON’T WORRY: Next year, at our 40th, the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, we'll do it again, enjoying the grand D-E festivities and our own. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our Facebook group, email Marcy or Elaine.


Dwight Class of 1971 Gathering: Nancy Kriegel, Marcy Cohen Gregory, Sarah “Sally” Mogelberg Bernie ’77, Ron Gregory, and Judy Eiser Magram.

Class Rep: Merrick Cohen 16 Nelson Drive Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Email: Guy Nickson reports that he was drafted by his brother, Joel, to assist in the opening of the first Wishbone restaurant. Guy had no previous restaurant experience. His background is in the arts and writing—having written scripts for film and theater, worked in nonprofit arts organizations, taught at Columbia College, and managed a solar heating development project. His work and studies have taken him from Chapel Hill, NC, to NYU in Manhattan, with Paris, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco in between. He is very glad to have landed in Chicago the past 20 years and now lives with his wife, Claudia, and two sons, Daniel and Brent.

Class Rep: Emily Klotz 40 Richard Street Tenafly, NJ 07670 Email:

Vivian Holzer still lives in NJ and runs her own investment firm (since 1984). She and her boyfriend, Mitch, an attorney, love to travel and ride bicycles when the weather and time permits. Her son, William Greenbaum ’09, had a great first year at Stanford. He was in Israel this summer for two weeks with the group MEOR. Her daughter, Susan Greenbaum ’03, finished her master’s degree at Ohio State University and will be entering the veterinary school in September. Daughter Robin is in her senior year at Boston University and thinking about her future after graduation. She had a great internship this summer in Dublin, Ireland. Melissa Mettler Abrams spent her summer moving from one house to another about a mile away. She and her family had lived in their home for 17 years and their two daughters grew up there. Even after several trips to Goodwill, they still had hundreds of moving boxes. They now have a beautiful view of the foothills and the lake, and more room. Please come to visit!

Class Rep needed From Clemente Ilaria: “I love the Bulldog, I always will…The best part of being a student at ESB in the late ’60s, early ’70s was the tremendous diversity among its students, faculty, and administrators. This endorsed a vast understanding of varied ethnic, religious, and social beliefs creating long-standing friendships. It’s no wonder D-E has expanded the range of all things humanly possible while sustaining the very principles the Dwight School and Englewood School for Boys were founded upon. Generation to generation to generation—and so on. This past October 8th, 2009, my daughter, Kimberly, and son-in-law, Dave, gave my wife, Anna, and me our first grandchild, Thomas Daniel Anico. His great grandparents, Marie and Ralph Ilaria, celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on April 22, 2010. Another big event this year is on October 27th, 2010, when my baby brother, Ralph Ilaria ’78, turns 50! These days, ‘Lilac Power’ has been replaced with Florida Water…but as life goes on and new friends emerge, old ones immortalize. I’m reached often and openly at:”

Class Reps: Michael Bruno 21 Whippoorwill Road Armonk, NY 10504-1328 Email: David Hovsepian 2400 West El Camino Real, #307 Mountain View, CA 94040 Email:

Class Rep: Suzanne Nutt Email:

Class Rep: Catherine Campbell-Rodriguez 334 Jefferson Avenue Cresskill, NJ 07626 Email: Robert Lewis saw Tony Bourdain ’73 at the 2010 Emmys. Tony was nominated for writing No Reservations, while Robert was there as a nominee for producing Dexter. Unfortunately, they both lost. He also saw Bruce McKenna ’80 (brother of classmate Kathy McKenna). Bruce won for The Pacific. (See alumni profile on Bruce in this issue.)

Robert Lewis and Anthony Bourdain at the Emmy Awards this past August.

Class Rep: Stefan Bucek 7148 Via Carmela San Jose, CA 95139-1125 Email:

Linda Dabagian Galgano 248 Purdue Court Paramus, NJ 07652 Email: Lisa Diaz Nash writes: “We took our family for a two-week vacation to Greece in June. Despite all the negative international press, things were calm and everyone was very welcoming. Crete was our favorite stop by far, and I recommend everyone put it on their Bucket List. Sarah has just returned to Tufts for her senior year, and Mary has begun her senior year in high school—so much thinking about future life this year. Michael ran the Boston Marathon again, his 20th marathon. I continue on my third year running Blue Planet Network (, bringing safe drinking water to rural communities in developing nations. Our global network of 68 partners has worked with us to bring clean water and health to 400,000 people. We kicked off a partnership with Dwight-Englewood this past spring, and look forward to working together with students at the School on this project next spring. I am so excited about this…thank you, Dwight-Englewood!”

Class Rep: Robin Goldfischer Hollander 370 Lydecker Street Englewood, NJ 07631 Email: From Howard Gordon: “I read the ‘D-E Rocks the Music Industry’ piece in the recent D-E magazine and had to put my two cents in. First of all, I used to write for Circus and Hit Parader, two seminal hard rock/heavy metal magazines that were very big in the ’80s. I currently play in two bands: I am the keyboardist in 11 Ways (, a Long Island-based band that has opened for Debbie Harry, and I’m the drummer in Men With Big Hips (, a

Howard Gordon ’77 onstage at Mohegan Sun with Gunnar Nelson of Nelson and Joel Hoekstra of Night Ranger and Rock of Ages fame.

Chris Giancarlo ’77 (white shirt and black hat) performs at the Stone Pony recently.

Editor’s Note: Apologies to Howard, Alan, and Chris for the oversight in not including them in our growing list of professional musicians! Richard Katzell lives in a small Midwestern town called Abingdon, which is in Illinois. He has a beautiful wife, Lori. Hunter is their 14-year-old son, and Katelyn is their 13-year-old daughter. Richard is retired and enjoys being a stay-at-home dad.

Class Reps: Maria Sanchez-Gardner Telephone: 201-569-9500, ext. 3413 Email: Paul Marber 37 Sullivan Drive Jericho, NY 11753-1938 Email: In 2010, for the fourth year in a row, I (Class Rep Paul Marber) have been selected a New York “Super Lawyer” for personal injury plaintiffs in general. Only five percent of all lawyers in the state are chosen for a Super Lawyer honor after “considerable polling and peer evaluation efforts with a detailed research process that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.” In my category in 2009, I was one of only 101 lawyers to receive the designation. In addition to this honor, I continue to receive an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Martindale-Hubbell describes the AV rating as “a significant rating accomplishment—a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” I am extremely proud of these assessments, as well as my position as a member of The Cochran Firm and my association with the trial practice of Rosato & Lucciola, P.C. I have dedicated my professional life to providing exceptional legal representation to those injured by negligence, premises defects, automobile accidents, airplane crashes, product defects, construction accidents, and nursing home negligence. Fortunately, my hard work has resulted in numerous favorable monetary awards that have enabled my clients to overcome some of the disadvantages caused by their injuries. I continue to enjoy my association with Dwight-Englewood School as a Class Rep for the great Class of 1978 and I encourage all friends and family of Coach Schmid and his past and present soccer players to support alumni efforts to fund the Schmid Pavilion to commemorate and honor Schmiddy’s phenomenal coaching career.

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Class Reps: Alisa Liskin Clausen Varnaesvej 171 DK 6200 Åbenrå, DENMARK Email:

New York-based band that has played all of the famous (and infamous) New York hot spots, such as Kenny’s Castaways and The Red Lion. In fact, the Hips has shared the stage at BB King’s on several occasions with PaperDoll—I had no idea their drummer, Chip Thomas ’99, is also a D-E alum!! I have also played drums with many famous musicians from Leslie West to Paul Stanley of Kiss. As for my good buddies and former Kydus and Speed Zone colleagues: Chris Giancarlo ’77 plays guitar and banjo in a great NJ band called The Slacks ( They just had a big gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Meanwhile, Alan Saperstein ’77 is a true guitar aficionado with a collection of over 100 guitars. Alan produced many of the major concert videos in the 1980s for Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Dio, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Squire, Gary Moore, and others too numerous to mention.”



Class Rep: Elizabeth Mettler Bacon Blair Academy P.O. Box 600 Blairstown, NJ 07825 Email:

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Class Rep: Dr. Bard Cosman 8708 Nottingham Place La Jolla, CA 92037-2128 Email:


Many alumni and faculty members have been entertained this past summer at the DR2 Theatre in Manhattan by the performance of the outstanding play, Another American: Asking and Telling, written and performed by Obie, Helen Hayes, and GLAAD Award-winner Marc Wolf.

Class Rep: Kenneth Lenskold Email: Tate Donovan will appear with Frances McDormand in the new play Good People at the Manhattan Theatre Club from February 8 through April 10. Jennifer Hellman sends this update: “I am still in Hermosa Beach, CA, where I have been living since 1988. I am one block from the beach and never take it for granted. After working in sports medicine for a while, I gave it up to follow my passion, and for the past 10 years I have been making my living as an artist. Other than that, I keep busy with beach volleyball, tennis, and mentoring for a nonprofit organization. Linda Dallas, Karen Horowitz, and Gail Kronenwett: I’d love to re-connect! Facebook me or contact me through my website,”

Class Rep: Patricia Arlin Bradley 52 Washington Avenue River Edge, NJ 07661-2431 Email:

Class Reps: Ron Pomerantz Email: Lisa Canino D’Alesandro Email: Philip Shih and his wife, Susan Lachance Shih, adopted a baby boy from Hunan, China, this past March after a more than three-year wait. Paul Thomas Shih was born February 13, 2009. Philip works in Manhattan for Vedanta Capital, a private equity firm. The family resides in Cranford, NJ.

Class Reps: Amy Shlafer Gerber 23 Rio Vista Drive Alpine, NJ 07620 Email: Kenneth Handel 237 East Enid Drive Key Biscayne, FL 33149-2206 Email: Leslie Gerber Harris 420 East 72nd Street, Apt. 5E New York, NY 10021 Email:

Class Rep: Alisa Gettenberg Lessing 150 East 69th Street, Apt 7A New York, NY 10021 Email:

Class Reps: Elissa Gross Email: James Liu Email:

Class Reps: Christopher Green Email: Elizabeth Youngman Email:

Class Reps: Lydia Bartletta Cochran 1669 Belle Isle Circle Atlanta, GA 30329 Patti Smith Barrett Email:

Class Reps: Laura Nadel Eisen 5013 Benton Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814 Email: Marc Jerome Email:

This granite and bronze tree plaque was dedicated by the Class of '85 during their May 2010 Reunion, in memory of their classmates Jeffrey Amins and Bradley Forrest.

Class Rep: Brett Goldstein Email: Andrew Link and wife Marianna have a son, Mason David, born on July 17, 2009. Andrew is working at Westfield Corp. in Los Angeles, CA. Maj. Daniel S. Schwartz, 501st ASMC, filed this report earlier this year: “All things in theater are subject to ‘needs of the Army,’ and for me, that meant having my orders changed four times after I left. Ultimately, I found myself sitting in a dusty hole up in Northern Iraq, in charge of a Level 2 medical facility and an armored ground ambulance unit. Things got a little more hectic when they relocated the air group and we found ourselves as the only medical unit within

a 100-square-mile area.” See the photos related to Dan’s service. Happily, he’s back home safe now. Class Reps: Elsie Mak 7000 Boulevard East, Apt. 28G Guttenberg, NJ 07093-5036 Bradley Tevelow Email:

Class Rep: Paola Lefcovich-Miller 230 Central Park West, Apt. 12J New York, NY 10024 Email:

Class Rep: Joshua Fink 525 East 72nd Street, Apt. 32-H New York, NY 10021 Class Reps: Eevin Hartsough 527 Ninth Avenue, Apt. 2B New York, NY 10018 Email: Rafi Jafri 25 Snyder Road Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 Email: Laura Swain 234 Thompson Street, Apt. 5 New York, NY 10012-1342 Email:

Donated to Dwight-Englewood School with help from Dan Schwartz ’90 (see related story), this U.S. flag is now beautifully framed and hanging in Leggett Hall, in the Head of School Lobby. The certificate for the flag reads as follows: This certifies that the accompanying flag was flown over Forward Operating Base Endurance/ Qayyarah West on April 30, 2010, in your honor during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Thank you for honoring our service members and your continuing support.

Class Reps: Alexis Charnee 480 Stuyvesant Avenue Rutherford, NJ 07070 Email: Robin Schulman 1142 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94107-2918 Email:

Sid Khosla and his band, Goldspot, recently released their second album, And the Elephant Is Dancing, and a new single, Ina Mina Dinka. Sid also wrote the soundtrack for the movie Today’s Special in theaters now.

Derek Dailey and his wife, Alison, are living in Holmdel with their two boys, Justin (age 3) and Carter (age 2).

Class Rep: Chianoo Schneider 391 Morrow Road Englewood, NJ 07631 Email: Violinist Harumi Rhodes returned to the D-E campus this spring for a May 22 concert featuring her internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble, Trio Cavatina. The concert was featured as part of the Head of School Series. Harumi is pictured here with her admiring fans, faculty members Carole DeVito (far left), Mary Heveran (2nd from right), Rob Carson, and Betsey Carson (1st on right).

Class Rep: Nirupama Nukalapati 177 East 93rd Street, Apt. 1A New York, NY 10128 Email: Jason Hochstadt writes: “‘Class of ’95, we’ve got the drive’ was our motto, so I wanted to briefly update you with some new information about me. This past April, I became the luckiest man by marrying Ali Weiselberg. Ali is a dentist and the owner of North Jersey Dental Group, P.A., in Fort Lee ( Like me, she grew up in Fort Lee and has resided here most of her life. I am an

Elan Ruskin remains in the game industry. Last summer he released Alien Swarm under the Valve label. His next major title is Portal 2, forthcoming in early 2011.

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Maj. Dan Schwartz ’90, a field surgeon with the 501st Area Support Medical Company, is shown here during his most recent tour in Iraq.

executive vice president of Jedi Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor and management consulting firm, as well as Lifeco Associates, Inc., a life and health insurance brokerage firm ( I am a certified financial planner, registered investment advisor representative, accredited investment fiduciary designee, and licensed life and health insurance producer. In addition, Ali and I purchased a co-op apartment in Fort Lee late last year. Lastly, earlier this year, I became an uncle when my brother, Eric Hochstadt ’97, became a father to Daniela Alexandra.”



Class Reps: Kristin Laoudis Email:

celebrated again with friends and family, including several D-E alumni, in Manhattan on September 18 at the Little Church Around the Corner.

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Regina Scarpa 723 Jenney Trail Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 Isaac-Davy Aronson is a regular substitute for other hosts on WNYC, the NPR station. Isaac-Davy is WNYC’s and WQXR’s evening news host and the host and producer of the newsroom’s morning podcast, The Early Word.

featured at the GWU Business News this fall. She was associate director at International Strategic Investment in Manhattan from 2006 until recently.

Alison M. Desir Email: Michael Kopko Email: Class Reps: Peter Boyer Email:

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Joseph Gothelf Email: Bryan Krane Email: Class of 1998 Wedding: Joining groom Matthew Buckmiller are D-E Coach Chris Schmid and classmates Sal Falciglia and Chris Coppola. Matt married Lisa Brajer on July 17. The couple reside in their Wilmington, NC, house with their English bulldog, Tank. Also in attendance at the wedding were Matt’s father, Bill Buckmiller, former D-E director of finance and operations, his mother, Maureen, and his sister, Karen Buckmiller ’94.

Peter Boyer is still living in California and working in the heart of Orange County at UC Irvine.

Class Reps: Nia Al’Mahdi Email:

While attending the Teacher's Institute in Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual Arts Chair Gregg Emery took time off from the studio this summer to have coffee with two former students, Polina Khanina ’02 and Rob Dieringer, who took a break from grad school work and studying for the bar exam, respectively, to catch up with their former teacher and coach. No matter how much time has passed, the connections made at D-E last a lifetime!

Roy Ben-Dor Email: Class Rep: Claire Hambrick Email: Rebecca Jorgensen Indibi and family have recently moved back from MA to NJ and are currently living in Hackensack. She has accepted a position at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a supervisor in the Preclinical Development Department. Her husband, Amir, is now a partner and president of Islandwide Food Service in Ronkonkoma, NY. They have two sons, Daniel, age 4, and Ronen, age 1 1/2. Craig Perkins and his new wife, Sharon, were married on September 3, 2010, in Seoul, Korea, in a traditional ceremony complete with authentic Korean dress and tea service. Craig and Sharon

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Class Rep: Matthew Kopko Email: Daphne Nur Oz was married on August 26 in Manhattan to John Jovanovic.

Class Reps: Kate Eyerman Email: Samantha Silver 30 Bogert Road Demarest, NJ 07627 Virginia Castro is pursuing her global MBA at George Washington University. She is a recipient of a scholarship granted by the NHMBA (National Association of Hispanic MBAs) and will be recognized at its conference in Chicago in October. She will also be

The bride and bridegroom are Princeton graduates who met in college. Daphne is a freelance writer and the author of The Dorm Room Diet. She speaks at colleges and elsewhere about nutrition and healthful living.

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Class Reps: Maya Gunaseharan Email: Amina Lawrence Email:

Roy Moran Email: Class Reps: Marc Hajjar Email: Monil Kothari Email:

Class Reps: Sabrina Garcia Email: Chelsea Payraudeau Email:

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Steven Hazarian and Caroline Chappell were engaged on September 4, 2010. Steven received his master’s in accounting and is working at Deloitte & Touche as an auditor. Caroline is currently working at Great Forest, an environmental consulting firm, as a sustainability consultant.

Marc Hajjar worked this past summer for Calvin Klein Underwear’s marketing department. As he explores postgraduation options, he will be writing an honors thesis this coming year.

Class Rep: Neesha Khanna Email:

Some Chickens, a Coop, and the Class of 2010 This past summer several grads from the Class of 2010 enjoyed some constructive fun with Gregg Emery, chair of the D-E Visual Arts Department, and arts faculty member Marisol Diaz. The husband-and-wife team designed and built a funky cottage-style chicken coop for their backyard flock of chicks. Helping out were Isabella Giancarlo, Lily Plotkin, Cooper Wright, and Jon Molloy, who also had the honor of having chickens named after them. Gregg, meanwhile, commissioned Colin Alexander to complete a 4’ x 6’ painting “in his first act as an alum.”


INMEMORIAM Dwight-Englewood notes with regret the passing of the following members of the extended Dwight School, Englewood School for Boys, and Dwight-Englewood School family. Every effort is made to include members of our community who have passed away as we are made aware of the news. Please forward information to the Alumni Office at or to your Class Representative.

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ESB 1931 William Hilles 5/19/2009 Dwight 1932 Muriel Brassler Emery 8/8/2010 Alice White 7/17/2009 Dwight 1935 Ida Fleming Barnett 3/18/2010 Adelaide Schuster 9/25/2010 Adelaide worked at the School in the ’60s and ’70s in the Business Office and as secretary to the Headmistress/master. She was the mother of Charles Schuster ESB’73, Liz Schuster ’74, Peg Kissam Morris D’61, and Allie Kissam Delventhal D’68.

Gerald P. Jacobson 5/25/2010 ESB 1940 John Fisher 2/26/2010

Dwight 1942 Ethel “Laurie” Lawrence Woodbury Allen 4/24/2010 Dwight 1943 Marcia Gallup Hankin 5/8/2010 ESB 1945 John Ross Lennan 8/1/2009 Dwight 1946 Lucina Buckley Dippel 1/22/2010 ESB 1947 William Doherty 4/6/2009

Dwight 1937 Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Lindley Post 4/24/2010

Sumner B. Gambee 3/18/2010

ESB 1939 Amos Kidder 3/18/2010 Husband of Page Bridgman Kidder D’40, father of William Kidder ESB’64 and Ed Kidder ESB’72.

Dwight 1972 Janet Stork 4/5/2010

Dwight 1941 Louise Markley DeLisle 12/17/2009

Dwight 1936 Nancy Beard Forbes 3/22/2010

Gertrude Flitner Talbot 8/4/2010

ESB 1958 Michael J. Tate 3/27/2010

Dwight 1951 Marie Antoinette Van Doren 12/30/2009 Dwight 1955 Elisabeth Hansot 9/9/2010 ESB 1955 Malcolm James Gilchrist Sr. 11/22/2009

DE 1974 Michael P. W. Ellis 7/29/2010

FRIENDS Solomon Fisch 9/18/2010 Father of Melanie Fisch Kook ’74 and Susan Fisch Reibstein ’72, grandfather of Samantha Kook ’12. Linda Fleischauer 5/20/2010 Mother of Aaron ’10. William Follette 5/20/2010 Father of Debby FolletteCulbertson D’68 and Sherry Follette Tift D’63. Victor H. Frank 4/6/2010 Past trustee of Three School Foundation, ESB, Dwight, and D-E; husband of Betty and father of Halsey ’76, Victor ’78, and Jonathan ’82. Rosario Garcia 6/11/2010 Wife of former Bede Trustee Dr. Alfredo Garcia, mother of Alfredo ’98, Robert ’01, and Camilo ’04.

George Jiggetts, Jr. 8/6/2010 Father of Marvin ESB’73 and Theodore ESB’71; owner of Jiggetts Transportation, the bus company that transported D-E students from the Paterson area to the school during the 1970s. Lia Nickson 12/31/2009 Mother of Guy ESB’71, Joel, and Greg. Emma “Skip” Ridley 1/28/2010 Former School Nurse; predeceased by eldest son James ESB’65 and husband Jim; mother of former faculty member Bruce ESB’67, Deborah D’70, and Brian ESB’72. Mary Shafir 9/14/2010 Mother of Jere Shafir ESB’70, Mark Shafir ’74, and Robert Shafir ’76. Michael L. Silberfein 8/13/2010 Father of the late Richard ’81, and Andrew ’82 and James ’86.

BULLDOGBOOKSHELF If you are a D-E alumna, alumnus, student, or parent, or a current or former member of our faculty or staff, we welcome your submissions to Bulldog Bookshelf. Please forward information about your publication(s) to: If possible, please provide scanned/electronic files of cover art images and any relevant press releases and biographical information with your submission. In lieu of electronic files, hard copies are accepted.

Anthony Bourdain ESB’73

Anthony Bourdain follows up his wildly popular Kitchen Confidential with more entertaining stories of his life as a world-traveling celebrity chef and TV personality.

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Medium Raw (Ecco, June 2010)


Heidi Skolnik ’79 and Andrea Chernus Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance (Human Kinetics, June 2010) Skolnik and Chernus are renowned sports nutritionists who work with elite athletes—from New York Giants football players to Julliard School dancers. Their book, geared toward helping all kinds of athletes, explains how to consume nutrients at the right time and in appropriate amounts to take fitness and performance to a new level.

Karl Zimmermann ESB’61 Little Trains to Faraway Places (Indiana University Press, June 2010) Karl Zimmermann, the former D-E faculty member and director of development, is a railroad author and accomplished photographer. This book chronicles his journeys aboard some of the world’s most interesting narrow-gauge trains, including the South African Blue Train and Australia’s Queenslander. Included are more than 100 photos from breathtaking locales.

LASTLOOK School Store Gets a Makeover Unsure of what to wear to an upcoming D-E sporting event? How about a new Bulldog sweatshirt and some paw-print temporary tattoos? These are some of the new items available at D-E’s redesigned and refurbished School Store.

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ormerly set up like a concession stand with just a countertop and window, the renovated School Store is now a shiny new 22’ x 30’ retail space where students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni can browse through an expanded selection of merchandise.

Lisa Schmid, who has worked at the store for about 20 years and who took on the role of manager last March, says the store’s extreme makeover has been very well received. Says Schmid, “The response from all the members of the community has been overwhelmingly positive.” Schmid considers it a great compliment when she hears people remark, “This is just like a college bookstore!” While the store no longer sells books— these are now handled though an online

service—customers can still buy pencils, notebooks, and other school supplies, as well as what Schmid calls “spirit items.” A variety of T-shirts and other apparel bearing the school name or mascot are now offered, including products from Under Armour, a brand that is very popular with students right now, and from Cutter & Buck, a brand catering more toward adults. Bulldog fans can also pick-up cheering mitts and stadium seat cushions, among other logo items. Figuring out just what kind of items to sell was accomplished with help from D-E students. Last spring Director of Finance and Operations Cindy Stadulis organized some meetings with Middle and Upper School students, who looked through catalogues and did some brainstorming. Says Schmid, “Their input included some fabulous ideas.” Customers can look forward to such items as baby bibs, tote bags, and silk

Merchandise now available for sale in the renovated D-E School Store includes new D-E pawprint and Bulldog items, including flipflops, seat cushions, frisbees, and, of course, sweatshirts.

Head of School Dr. Rodney De Jarnett performs the official ribbon cutting, while store manager Lisa Schmid looks on.

scarves and ties in the coming months. Along with an expanded selection, the store will have expanded hours. It will be open during some evenings and weekends when there are special events, events, enabling parents and alumni to come in and conveniently shop. In the near future, Bulldog gear will be available online.

Rebecca Popkin ’12 shows off the sweatshirt she won in a raffle to celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished School Store. She is flanked by store manager Lisa Schmid and Dean of Students Alan Brown.

All Together Now Save the Dates for These Upcoming D-E Alumni Events for 2010-2011 2010 Thursday, December 2 Annual NYC Alumni Holiday Party

Friday, December 17 Jazz Rock Concert and Young Alumni-Faculty Luncheon


Reunions 2011

Thursday, February 24 Washington, DC, Alumni Gathering

Reunion Weekend: Special Celebrations for class years ending with 1’s and 6’s

Wednesday, March 2 Fashion Show—Rockleigh Country Club

Friday June 3 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM 8:30 PM 8:30 PM

Thursday, April 28 Dwight School and ESB Annual Alumni Luncheon Monday, May 16 Annual Bulldog Classic Golf and Tennis Outing Manhattan Woods Golf Club

Saturday, June 4 11:00 AM 12:30 PM Evening

All-Alumni Reunion Soiree Jazz Rock Alumni Reunion Performance Dinner Cruise around Manhattan

Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Presentations Reunion Family Picnic Reunion Class Celebrations

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D-E Today Fall 2010 Magazine  

D-E Today is the bi-annual community magazine for Dwight-Englewood School, a PreK - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school serving a...

D-E Today Fall 2010 Magazine  

D-E Today is the bi-annual community magazine for Dwight-Englewood School, a PreK - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school serving a...