Foote Prints Fall 2018
On the cover Chinese teacher Lely Evans helps a fourth grader practice her calligraphy in 2014. These students, from the Class of 2018, were the first to take Mandarin Chinese at Foote. On this page When the Class of 2018 traveled to China this past March, it was the first group to include ninth graders who had studied Mandarin at Foote. While visiting the Summer Palace in Beijing, the group encountered Chinese locals writing calligraphy on the pavement with a long brush dipped in water. â€œA man offered us the brush and we wrote our names in traditional Chinese characters,â€? one ninth grader recalls.
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From the Head of School Building bridges with Chinese Consider the Source Eighth graders delve into primary sources—and a deeper understanding of the forces that shaped U.S. history. Broader Horizons A typical day at Foote’s summer program is anything but typical. A Window to the World Foote’s Chinese language program is experiential, practical, rigorous and hands-on. It’s also incredibly fun.
Finding Love at Foote For some alumni, Foote gave them more than a great education. It gave them a soulmate. News at Foote Connecting the Dots Graduation 2018 Eighth Grade Celebration Faculty Farewells
New Board Members Report of Giving Reunion Day Class Notes Why I Teach
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50 Loomis Place, New Haven, CT 06511 (203) 777-3464 | www.footeschool.org Foote Prints is published twice a year for alumni, parents, grandparents and friends. Editor Andy Bromage Class Notes Editor Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 Design AHdesign, Angie Hurlbut Thea A. Moritz Photography Stephanie Anestis, Andy Bromage, Joe Charles, Judy Sirota Rosenthal Copy Editor Anne Sommer Contributors Jody Abzug, Ann Baker Pepe, Amy Caplan ’88, Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82, Joe Charles, Muffie Clement Green ’61 , Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89, Heather Zetterberg Board of Directors J. Richard Lee, President George Atwood Richard Bershtein, Immediate Past President Kim Bohen Elon Boms Wick Chambers ’62 Constance ‘Cecie’ Clement ’62, Vice President Danielle Ginnetti, PTC Co-President Mona Gohara Rebecca Good Francie Irvine George Joseph, Vice President George Knight Nadine Koobatian, Secretary Michael Krauss Melissa Matthes Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Bonnie Moskowitz, PTC Co-President Stephen Murphy, Treasurer Annie Murphy Paul Jason Price Kiran Zaman Ex-Officio Carol Maoz, Head of School
is one of Foote’s oldest traditions, and the Grey vs. Maroon rivalry has spanned multiple generations of families. This year’s Field Day resulted in the closest score in 41 years of record-keeping: 1,460 to 1,400. After a fouryear drought, the Maroons claimed victory, meaning that their flag will fly on the flagpole during the 2018–2019 school year. In announcing the score at the annual Yearbook Assembly, Athletics Director Brad McGuire said it’s a reminder that every point counts. “Remember to always try your best,” he said. “And for the sack race, don’t dive over the line or you’ll get disqualified!” FIE LD DAY
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From the Head of School
Carol Maoz learning to write Chinese characters from a seventh grader
Building Bridges with Chinese at Foote School nine years ago, I heard from parents expressing interest in having a Mandarin Chinese program. As it happened, the next year we undertook our regular curricular review process for our Modern Language Department, so we decided to explore adding Chinese. Our year-long review process led to several conclusions. S H O R TLY AF TE R I AR R IVE D
The first was about proficiency, and the research on that is clear: the more time a student spends learning a language, the more proficient she will be. With this in mind, we moved up the point at which students select a language to study, from fourth grade to third grade. Second, we recommitted to our philosophy that, in the early grades, language classes should be about exposure: playing with sounds, singing and movement, learning new games, celebrating holidays and festivals, trying new foods, making crafts by hand. Finally, we concluded that adding Chinese to our curriculum made perfect sense, since it is the most widely spoken first language in the world. The interest among parents was strong and not surprising, given that New Haven is an academic and international community. Our own China Program has built an important and lasting connection between Foote and Yali, our Chinese sister school in Changsha. Each fall, Yali sends a guest teacher and a delegation of students and faculty to visit Foote, and in turn Yali hosts our ninth graders and faculty each spring. What’s more, New Haven and Changsha officially became sister cities in 2016. Since debuting in 2012, our Chinese language program has become an integral part of The Foote School. Indeed, with China’s growing role in the world, it is a critical part of a
Language is a window into another culture that breaks down stereotypes and increases understanding. 21st-century education. At their core, languages are windows into other cultures that break down stereotypes and build bridges of understanding. Learning Mandarin helps us to better understand the Chinese people and culture, which accounts for a fifth of the world’s population, as well as the importance of America’s connection to China. Foote student interest in Chinese has grown over the past six years and is poised to remain strong for years to come. Last year’s trip to China was the first to include ninth graders who studied Mandarin at Foote, a connection that presented them with new opportunities and challenges on the twoweek excursion. Much of the credit for our program’s success goes to Lely Evans, who as our first Chinese teacher has built a Mandarin curriculum that is experiential, rigorous and hands-on. This issue’s cover story takes an in-depth look at how our growing Chinese program has evolved and is incorporating the best of Foote’s successful approach to learning while propelling us into the future. I’m sure it will give you a sense of the excitement surrounding this addition to the Foote experience. Enjoy this issue and stay in touch. Sincerely,
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Foote News in Brief
Author and illustrator Grace Lin in the Twichell Room
Soup and Still Lifes Greet Author Grace Lin and illustrator Grace Lin spent a fun and enlightening day at Foote on May 7—and teachers pulled out all the stops to mark the occasion. ACCL A IME D AU TH O R
Grace gave a series of presentations in the Twichell Room, tailoring her talks to the ages and interests of each group. She explained the process of transforming a story from an idea to a published book, inviting children to role-play the parts of editor, art director, designer, printer and bookbinder. The students were amazed to learn that it takes at least a year for a book to go through this process (“like a Torah!” exclaimed one young student).
A Kindergartner tries “ugly vegetable soup,” inspired by Grace Lin’s story.
The author of the Ling & Ting series and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace discussed her upbringing as the only Asian-American family in her upstate New York hometown and the ways that traditional stories and fairy tales helped her embrace her heritage. Never missing a chance to make learning come alive, Foote teachers devised fun projects tied to Grace’s book The Ugly Vegetables. The students learned the Chinese names and the characteristics for these foods: the leafy tónghāo, and the bitter melon called kǔ guā, along with several other fragrant, bumpy, crunchy specimens.
Kindergartners made “ugly vegetable” paintings to welcome the author
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Art teacher Karla Matheny read the book to Kindergartners and then brought in samples of each of the vegetables for the children to observe and paint in their first observational still life lesson. Afterward, she and Kindergarten teacher Donna Santomasso froze the Asian veggies to make “ugly vegetable soup” on the day of Grace’s visit—an exotic and fragrant dish that some children sniffed at and others slurped up with abandon.
Debunking Native Stereotypes are everywhere—from mascots and movies to romance novels—and they frequently misrepresent the culture and experience of contemporary native life. Kelly Fayard spends a good deal of her time educating people about the stereotypes and realities of modern-day native culture. D E P I C TI O N S O F NATIVE AME R I C ANS
Kelly, who is Assistant Dean of Yale College and Director of its Native American Yale’s Kelly Fayard speaking in the Sandine Theater on April 18 Cultural Center, was the featured speaker on April 18 for an evening presented by Foote’s diversity organization, MOSAIC (Multicultural, Opennative people have been stereotyped across the decades— Minded, Supportive, Accepting, Inclusive Community). and how contemporary representations of native people are almost entirely missing from modern popular culture. A member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from Alabama, Kelly showed video clips from TV commercials, “This talk is not about me trying to convince you that what news broadcasts and movies, as well as photos from a you’re doing is wrong,” Kelly said, “but trying to point out Google search for “native Americans,” to highlight how some things you might take for granted.”
New Mud Kitchen Mixes up Outdoor Play new mud kitchen near the community garden (across Highland Street, between the athletic fields). Kindergartners made great use of the structure as part of their outdoor education curriculum last year, mixing up dirt, hose water, leaves and other “ingredients” from nature. Plans are underway to add more features to the structure. The mud kitchen was designed and built by a Foote parent who generously donated time and materials for this creative new spot on Foote’s campus. FO OTE HA S A B E AU TIFU L
Kindergartners cook up a storm at the new mud kitchen.
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Foote News in Brief Finding Affinity, Affirming Identity see their identities reflected in the community around them? How do the adults in their environment help to shape a young person’s sense of self? H OW D O O U R S T U D E NT S
A panel organized by Foote’s Diversity and Inclusion Parent Affinity Group shares stories with students in the Twichell Room.
These questions are among the many being discussed by Foote’s new Diversity and Inclusion Parent Affinity Group, an open group of parents, faculty and staff that meets every other month. In May, that group sponsored a panel discussion for middle school students that featured professionals of color with a range of ethnic and cultural identities. School Counselor Kossouth Bradford ’87 moderated the panel, which included two Foote parents who serve on the school’s Board of Directors: Dr. Mona Gohara and Jason Price. Mona, the daughter of Egyptian parents who immigrated to the United States as religious minorities, spoke about the way she was raised to be a self-assured female and a high-achieving scholar. A patient once angrily challenged Mona to “go back to her country,” which she calmly
explained was Ohio. “These comments have sometimes made me angry,” she said, “but they have not been deterrents. Being a woman of color is part of my identity.” Jason, who was head of private equity for the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds and a c0-founder of the Elm City PostMasters project, grew up as one of very few African-American students in a mostly white community. He described powerful experiences that illustrate the challenges of racism in our country, and recalled his parents’ message that he and his siblings should be proud of their heritage. “Experiences like that can tear you down, or they can build you up,” Jason said. “As a black man, I know that situations like that can happen at any time. We all have a responsibility to play our part in making things better.”
Memories of Foote, and the Struggle for Academic Freedom Hanna Holborn Gray ’43 returned to Foote on May 17 to talk about her extraordinary life and sign her new memoir, An Academic Life. She was greeted in the Perrine Library by former students, friends, Foote alumni and current ninth graders—all eager to hear about her upbringing and perspectives on education. She was introduced by U.S. District Court Judge José Cabranes, who served as Yale’s first general counsel when Hanna was the university’s provost. AC A D E MI C TR AILB L A Z E R
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The daughter of academics, Hanna and her family fled Nazi Germany and arrived in New Haven in the summer of 1934. She was just 4 years old. Her father was appointed to Yale’s faculty and Hanna and her brother enrolled at Foote School, where she encountered a demanding and creative learning environment. During her talk, Hanna discussed her time as provost at Yale and president of the University of Chicago, and she talked about the importance of protecting academic freedom. Before departing, she greeted friends old and new and signed copies of her memoir.
Hanna Holborn Gray ’43 speaking with ninth grade students in the Perrine Library
Books We Love Recommendations from Foote’s librarians S CH OMB U R G: THE MAN
THE DAY YO U B E GIN
WH O B U ILT A LIB R ARY
BY JACQ U E LINE WO O D S O N
BY C AR O LE B O S TO N WE ATHE R FO R D
When Arturo Schomburg was told by his teacher that “the negro has no history,” he set out to prove her and the history books wrong. Schomburg describes how he assembled a remarkable collection of Africana, showing us the power that information can have over the way we see ourselves and our heritage, whatever race we may be. —Anna Stover R UMP : THE FAIR LY TR U E S TO RY O F R UMP E L S TILT S KIN BY LIE S L S H U R TLIFF
Rump is a marvelous contribution to the realm of middle-grade fiction. Liesl Shurtliff weaves an incredible tale, shedding light on the mysterious origin story of a boy called Rump! Both the novel and the audiobook are expertly crafted and keep you thoroughly entertained with every turn. If you cannot get enough of these “fairly true” stories, Liesl Shurtliff has written three more novels: Red, Jack and her most recent addition, Grump.
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Jacqueline Woodson’s extraordinary new picture book has been the perfect choice to begin reading aloud this school year. Woodson’s words read like poetry and the illustrations beautifully support each character’s changing emotions. As Angelina tells the story of her summer, her confidence grows. In no time, the other new students in the class begin to realize that they can happily share what they have in common and honor what makes them unique. While The Day You Begin is a celebration of individuality, self reliance and friendship, Woodson also weaves in a subplot about the power of books to explore words and make connections. Pure picture book magic!
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at Foote look like in 2018? Follow our curriculum blog at www.footeschool.org/LatestNews for a glimpse into our classrooms and campus. Here’s a sampling of articles posted this past academic year: W HAT W E KN OW
In place of final exams, a more holistic approach that measures— and celebrates— student learning. B U ILD ING A CO MMUNIT Y, R O O M BY R O O M
Kindergartners learn about the Foote School community, then build it in miniature. D I S TILLE D
With scientific literacy and a spirit of discovery, eighth graders dive into the “sludge test.” TR U TH AND TE CHN O LO G Y
By racing a robotic sphere, sixth graders bridge the worlds of technology and media bias.
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Connecting the Dots
Twichell Talks Foote School eighth graders last year enjoyed a series of in-person “Twichell Talks” that brought top-notch speakers to campus to discuss topics related to race, art, social justice, the rule of law, poverty and personal journeys. Held in the Twichell Room, the series was the brainchild of eighth-grade English teacher Susan Neitlich. Her eighth graders suggested most of the speakers, all of whom were family and friends of Foote students or faculty. The lunchtime talks captivated students with stories of perseverance, courage and difficult life choices. L E T T H E I N TERN ET HAVE ITS TED TALKS .
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Standing before a stage set for The Diary of Anne Frank in the Sandine Theater, Holocaust survivor Leo Ullman, a relative of eighth grader Cara Jones, recounted his harrowing tale of separation and survival in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.
Jake Halpern A friend of school counselor Kossouth Bradford ’87, Jake Halpern kicked off the series with an inspiration- and humor-filled talk about his journey from less-than-stellar student to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
Joanne Goldblum The founder of the Diaper Bank of Connecticut (and aunt of eighth grader Aden Goldblum), Joanne Goldblum vividly brought to life the challenges of poverty in America and the ways her organization works to alleviate a significant one.
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Tracey Meares Yale Law School professor Tracey Meares, mother of eighth grader Jude Meares-Garcia, explained crime statistics and the interaction between law, culture, social norms and social organization, part of the work she does as co-director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale.
Attorney Rae Koshetz, grandmother to eighth grader Charlie Ferguson, talked about defending a New York City police officer in a high-profile shooting case that inflamed racial tensions.
Visual artist Titus Kaphar challenged students to see the history of race in America from another angle by sharing his original works that explore—and upend—the way African-Americans have been depicted in other artists’ paintings. He also showed them original paintings based on his own experiences as an African-American man.
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Consider the Source Eighth graders delve into primary sources—and a deeper understanding of the forces that shaped U.S. history.
of their U.S. History class, eighth graders were assigned to read a classic treatise about government. One selection from the text reads: D U R IN G THE FIR S T W E E K
If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then shall he be put to death. If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out. If a man break another man’s bone, his bone shall be broken. If he knock out the teeth of his equal, his teeth shall be knocked out. This is, of course, the Code of Hammurabi, written in the 2nd century B.C.E. It is the source of the expression “an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.” Why on earth would we take two class periods to read a 4,000-year-old legal code that calls for violent punishment for criminals? 10 | Foote Prints
The answer lies in the way we teach historical thinking, and the process of writing history. As our students examine the Babylonian king’s laws, they begin to draw inferences: people have a right to property (and if someone violates that right, the criminal will be punished). People have a right to physical safety (and anyone who causes intentional harm to another will be punished accordingly). Students learn that the framers of the Constitution would have read Hammurabi’s Code, as well as the Twelve Tables of Rome; the Magna Carta; the theological ideals of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and the philosophies of Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. Our eighth graders read those foundational texts, too— an outgrowth of a curricular review process that revamped (above) Eighth-grade history teacher Lauren Goldberg shares an interactive version of the 1937 Home Owners’ Loan Corporation map.
We give students the tools to be historians and challenge them to think for themselves. Middle School humanities to focus on using more primary sources. We read primary sources to better understand the rights we all share and the responsibilities of citizenship. Our goal is to empower students to make sense of original writings, drawings, maps, laws, photographs and speeches. Rather than reading someone else’s summary of events, we want our students to feel, in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, that they are “in the room where it happened.” When we learn about Reconstruction, we analyze President Lincoln’s Ten Percent Plan; the Radical Republicans’ Wade-Davis Bill; and the text of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. We immerse ourselves in a case study of the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson challenge to the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Then we read and dissect the majority and dissenting opinions of the Supreme Court in that case. Later in the year, we dive into the labor movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We read differing accounts of the famous Haymarket Affair in Chicago and the Homestead strike in Pittsburgh, considering the points of view of workers, industrialists and reporters. We read dozens of eyewitness testimonies about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and then read the factory reform laws that resulted from that catastrophe. We review photographs by Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis as part of our immigration unit. Maps play an important part in our work, too. In one poignant unit, we gain a deeper understanding of income disparity by looking at the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) maps that were created as part of a New Deal plan to guide real estate agents and property investors in making loans for mortgages. The HOLC map of New Haven, drawn in 1937, is a powerful experience for students, as they recognize areas of wealth and poverty across our city.
Teaching like this—without an official textbook but with a 200-page collection of documents, websites, audio and visual resources and the words of experts—is liberating and powerful. It gives teachers the opportunity to say, “Let’s see what the President said about that,” or “What does the original text say is the purpose of this legislation?” It allows students to form their own opinions about the events and people that shape our country’s ideas about law, justice and civil rights. As a final project, each student chooses a Supreme Court decision to analyze in-depth. Last year, eighth graders selected 21 different decisions. Each student researched the historical and case background, as well as the constitutional questions under appeal. With their research completed, the students prepared thesis statements to answer key questions: Did the Court make the right decision based on the Constitution? How did the decision impact peoples’ rights or affect history? Our approach to teaching history is to give students the tools to be historians. We encourage and challenge them to think for themselves; to formulate narratives that combine facts, values and concepts; and to appreciate the ways that the past impacts the present and the future.
Eighth graders examine a 1937 map showing income disparity in New Haven.
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Horizons at Foote
Broader Horizons A typical day at Foote’s summer program is anything but typical. A Kindergartner, with Horizons intern Katherine Lima ’17, makes a colorgradient chart using plants in Foote’s community garden during outdoor education class.
the 96 students enrolled in Horizons at Foote took part in swimming, music, drama, STEM, sewing, recess and reading—and that was just in the afternoon. O N W E D NE S DAY, J U LY 16 ,
That morning, they had ballet, computer coding, more STEM and hands-on activities that developed new skills and confidence: learning place value with the help of rubber duckies; researching and answering questions about sea creatures; and considering art as activism with the help of the Newbery Medal-winning novel The One and Only Ivan. Now in its fifth summer, Horizons at Foote has expanded to grades K–5. The six-week program gives low-income New Haven public school students a full-scholarship experience that draws from Foote’s educational philosophy and the Horizons National program. Classes are led by teachers from Foote and New Haven Public Schools and are supported by more than a dozen young Foote alumni and former faculty who serve as interns or volunteers. All funds for the program come from grants and individual donations, many from the generous Foote community. 12 | Foote Prints
9:05 am A second grader with teacher Sue Shaw reads a favorite story, “The Ghost and the Mouse,” to his classmates, a practice that builds confidence in early readers.
9:15 am Second graders learn ballet with instructors from New Haven Ballet in the Hosley Gym.
10:00 am A first grader paints with watercolors during art class with Caroline Kanner.
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11:25 am A third grader learns to use a sewing machine in a class taught by former faculty members Ann Baker Pepe and Debbie Rhoads.
1:05 pm Ella Cowan deWolf ’13 instructs a first grader during swim lessons at the Albertus Magnus College pool.
Each summer, Foote’s Horizons program has added new offerings to meet the needs of its growing student body. New this year: ballet with instructors from New Haven Ballet; ceramics with Foote art teacher Mike Golschneider; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with alumnus Nicholas Carpenter ’19 and students from Hopkins School; music with Foote alumni Jonathan Nazario ’10 and Lily James ’14; field trips to coastal marshes, the Connecticut Science Center and Yale University Art Gallery; and service learning projects, including collecting personal care products for the homeless and baking brownies for St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen. “The goal is to give children experiences they would not ordinarily have, but also to help them find what they are passionate about,” says Jaime Perri, executive director of Horizons at Foote. “We are always looking long-term toward college and careers, so with each child we are trying to find something that speaks to them.” Nationally, students enrolled in Horizons gain an average of two to three months of academic growth in math and
Nicholas Carpenter ’19 teaches Scratch coding to fourth
2:15 pm Fifth graders learn conducting during music class with Jonathan Nazario ’10 and Lily James ’14.
literacy over the summer—a reversal of the “summer slide” that boosts academic achievement. Assessments have shown that Foote’s Horizons students are solidly within that national average, says Jaime. One look at Horizons at Foote’s exciting schedule and those gains begin to make perfect sense. Fall 2018 | 13
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The Jonathan Milikowsky Technology Lab is a hive of creation and experimentation. The room is colorful, busy, beautifully organized and bursting with ideas. Each day, students tinker with a range of tools—from high-tech green screens to simple wood and tape—to understand robotics, animation, coding and responsible social media use, as well as related topics like media bias. Students create stop-motion videos, compare GPS trackers to compasses and learn to use iPads and Chromebooks. Pictured: fourth graders use iPads to navigate Sphero, a programmable robotic ball, through masking-tape mazes on the tech lab’s carpet.
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Foote’s Chinese language program is experiential, practical, rigorous and hands-on. It’s also incredibly fun.
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ant to know what Foote’s Chinese language program looks like? Take a walk through campus on an ordinary spring day and witness the excitement of learning Mandarin. In Middle School classroom M23, Chinese teacher Lely Evans is introducing sixth graders to their last unit of study for the school year: traditional Chinese foods. It’s a topic they’ve encountered before—in second grade and again in fourth—but now it’s considerably more challenging. On the classroom’s interactive SMART board, the sixth graders must correctly match images of Chinese dishes such as fried rice (chǎofàn) and dumplings (jiǎozi) with the corresponding Chinese characters by dragging the images across the screen with their fingers, and then correctly pronounce them. It’s a practical skill they’ll need for an upcoming trip to a Chinese restaurant in New Haven, where speaking English will be strictly off-limits. Down the hall from Lely, Chinese teacher Anne Lu is pumping hip-hop from a computer while her seventh graders emcee a fashion show entirely in Mandarin. As a student struts across the room, his partner describes the outfit (shorts, sandals, t-shirt, belt and wristwatch). Anne listens carefully to their vocabulary and pronunciation and encourages the students to ham it up. “Don’t forget you earn extra credit for being confident!” she says. Meanwhile, the school’s third Chinese teacher, Wenyan Witkowsky, has taken her second graders outside in the beautiful May sunshine to learn a favorite Chinese sport: jiànzi, or shuttlecock, a traditional game that dates back 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty and inspired the Western game of hacky sack. Wenyan hands out shuttlecocks with bright pink and green feathers and students play alone or in pairs, counting aloud in Chinese each time they kick it. Two girls keep theirs aloft for five kicks—yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ—before it tumbles to the ground amidst their laughter. This is a snapshot of Foote’s Chinese program. It is experiential and academic, practical and rigorous, hands-on and, in the case of jiànzi, feet-on. And it’s incredibly fun.
Seventh graders sketch Chinese pottery from the Tang Dynasty (early 8th century) during a class trip to the Yale University Art Gallery.
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The curriculum incorporates games, role-playing, food preparation, holiday celebrations and a comprehensive sequence of skills focused on practical applications for reading, writing and speaking Mandarin. There’s a good reason Foote teaches Chinese through fashion shows, games and other project-based activities. It’s based on an understanding that enjoyment and academic excellence go hand-in-hand. Evidence for that came at this year’s CT COLT Poetry Recitation Contest, where Foote students won four gold medals and one silver medal in the Mandarin Chinese category—more than any other school in the state. “We’ve seen a pipeline of wonderful students coming from Foote in the past two years,” says Carol Chen-Lin, a Chinese
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teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall and past Foote parent. “I am so impressed by Foote’s language program. The use of the target language in class, the richness of integrating culture into the curriculum, and just the love and joy of learning.” Like the rest of Foote’s faculty, Lely knows from experience that children learn best from projects that relate to their own lives. That’s been a key to the success of the Chinese program, which as of last year now extends through ninth grade. “If you want students to speak your language, you have to speak theirs,” Lely says. “And that means knowing them, and knowing where they’re coming from, to take them to where you want them to go.”
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but its roots go back years earlier. In 2007, Carol Chen-Lin organized a trip to China through the Chinese Bridge Delegation program. Sponsored by the Chinese government, the program invited educators to visit Chinese schools and meet with education leaders as a means of encouraging schools around the world to adopt the teaching of Mandarin. Mary Hu, then a Foote Board member, and Gail Mirza, then chair of the Modern Language Department, joined Carol on that trip. By that point, Foote’s connection to Yali, its Chinese sister school, was well-established, and the cultural exchange had proved immensely positive. Adding Mandarin felt like a natural next step, recalls Mary.
“If you want students to speak your language, you have to speak theirs.” The Foote delegation came back with a broader understanding of Chinese education and some basic teaching materials that could form the building blocks of a Chinese language program. After Carol Maoz became Head of School in 2009, the Modern Language Department, as part of its curricular review, took up the question of whether to add Mandarin as a language choice. “We wanted to look ahead and see how we could get a Chinese program off the ground,” recalls Gail. “It took some time but it was a very thoughtful process. It was slow and steady, and I think if anything, that has been a secret to its success.” Chinese was introduced in the fall of 2012 with Lely as the first teacher. That year, all second and third graders took Chinese, along with 14 fourth graders who elected to try the language. Lely created the curriculum from scratch, drawing from her years teaching in New Haven Public Schools and at New Haven Chinese Language School, a parent-teacher cooperative that provides Mandarin instruction on Sunday mornings on Yale’s campus to children as young as 3. She built the program by combining Foote’s experiential learning approach and its rigorous standards for reading, writing and speaking a second language. In the early grades, Foote’s Chinese program is exploratory by design, emphasizing exposure to the sights and sounds of Mandarin and the culture of China. Instruction centers on listening and speaking through units based on topics that children can relate to, such as family, pets, home, body parts and hobbies. “Our goal is to help students sustain interest in Chinese while developing foundational language skills,” says Lely. In sixth grade, the first year of Middle School, students return to the topics they studied in second grade but with increased structure and challenge; by year’s end, they are able to write 100 characters from memory and communicate using basic sentences. Seventh through ninth graders learn almost entirely in Mandarin, with a focus on situational topics: the language needed to make phone calls, order at restaurants, bargain at a shop and discuss the weather. Honors classes begin in seventh grade, giving students the option for more challenging work. Ninth graders hoist a dragon for a Chinese New Year parade in February 2018.
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Seventh graders take part in a Chinese tea ceremony with special guest Lindan Hu in 2016.
Lely Evans teaching fifth graders a unit on family in 2014.
at Foote, food plays an important role in supporting the Chinese curriculum. Classes make dumplings for Chinese New Year, rice-flour mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival, tāngyuán (rice balls with a sweet red-bean filling) to celebrate the Lantern Festival, as well as fried rice, multiple varieties of tea and other delicacies.
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traveled to China this past March, it was the first class to include students who studied Mandarin at Foote. Eight students on the trip used their knowledge to order at restaurants, bargain in marketplaces, ask for directions and converse with their host families. During a post-trip discussion of their experiences, the ninth graders described it as both thrilling and challenging.
Cooking not only gives students a chance to try new foods, says Lely, it helps them to gain an appreciation for the rich culture and history behind a wide range of Chinese dishes. “Cooking creates a real-life connection for students. There’s also a great linguistic element in food prep. You have the vocabulary of ingredients and directions, which offers a different way to learn language structures.” Games are another staple of the Mandarin curriculum. Wenyan sees games as a great way to teach vocabulary and establish a classroom atmosphere that’s both fun and challenging. Her students play many games throughout the year. One of her favorites is a “cowboy duel game,” wherein each student holds a picture card of a fruit, stands back-to-back with another student, takes five paces and then turns around. Whoever names their opponent’s fruit first wins. For an end-of-year celebration in June, Wenyan taught her students to play mahjong (with its attendant vocabulary) using a set her mother gave her. “I want them to become curious so they want to learn more about Chinese culture and people,” says Wenyan. “My hope is that their curiosity carries on to ninth grade and when they go to China they use the language they’ve learned to communicate with people.” Second graders learning to count in Chinese by playing hopscotch in 2015.
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“I was determined to use the vocab I’d learned over all these years in class,” says Patrick Curran ’18. “I hoped it would work and it did.” On the first morning with his host family in Changsha, Patrick chatted with them in Mandarin about the weather. “They gave me a little round of applause,” he recalls. People in China spoke fast, the students say, and frequently used vocabulary they didn’t know or couldn’t catch. But that didn’t deter them from trying to communicate, which frequently pushed them outside their comfort zones. While touring the Summer Palace in Beijing, the students found an elderly man writing Chinese characters along a path. He would dip a long brush in water and write on the concrete. He offered the brush to the students, who used it to write their names in Chinese characters. For the students,
the encounter was a communication breakthrough—a brief but meaningful example of authentic learning in action. That’s exactly the goal of Foote’s Chinese program, says Wenyan, and that of the language program more broadly. “I want to open a small window for them to see the big world outside through language,” she says. “Not just China, because they may not stick with Chinese. But the bigger idea: to know there are so many different experiences out there.” In fact, many of the ninth graders do intend to stick with Chinese. When asked how many would pursue Mandarin in high school, all eight hands went up.
Meet the Chinese Faculty LE LY E VAN S was Foote’s first Chinese teacher in 2012 and has been instrumental in the
creation of the curriculum now used in grades 2 through 9. When her family moved from Taiwan to the Los Angeles area, Lely, then a seventh grader, found that she had to learn English in a hurry to get by. “I tell my students all the time that if I speak English as well as I do, you will be able to learn Chinese just as well.” Lely taught in New Haven Public Schools before joining the Foote faculty and also teaches at, and administers, the New Haven Chinese Language School, which provides Mandarin instruction to children on Yale’s campus. “I feel passionate about bridging the different generations in my expat community through teaching language and culture,” she says. WE NYAN W ITKOW S K Y came to Foote in 2014 as the school’s second Chinese teacher. Born
in Shanghai, she studied engineering and later worked at a Chinese government-owned factory that made boilers for oil extraction. She moved to Connecticut in 2005 to study business and worked for an import-export company facilitating purchases from China. Her first teaching job was at the Chinese Language School of Connecticut in Riverside in 2006. “No school had Chinese back then so it was hard to find a suitable textbook,” she recalls. So Wenyan created her own, which she used in 2013 to develop the Mandarin program at St. Catherine of Siena School in Trumbull. Wenyan’s teaching philosophy centers on the five C’s of language instruction (communication, culture, comparison, community, connection) and on learning through games. She wants her students to love learning Chinese and better understand the wonders of the Chinese people and culture. “I want them to get inspiration,” says Wenyan, “and to know how many wonderful things are out there.” ANNE LU is Foote’s newest Chinese faculty member. She grew up in the city of Yueyang,
only 80 miles from Changsha, the home of Foote’s Chinese sister school, Yali. After working for the U.S. embassy in China, she moved to the United States and earned her M.B.A. from Shenandoah University. Teaching came by way of a personal experience that is familiar to Chinese families: how to make learning Mandarin fun for their American-born children. Anne struggled to engage her three children (now ages 8, 9 and 13) in learning her native language. At Foote and at Southern Connecticut Chinese School before that, Anne incorporates games and contests into her curriculum to build enjoyment of learning as well as proficiency. She also hopes to support her students’ personal growth. “I enjoy the moment in the classroom when I see their eager eyes, when I see their passion to learn, because I know they get it and I see their happiness from learning.” Fall 2018 | 21
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For last year’s ninth-grade play, the class performed The Diary of Anne Frank, a powerful portrait of human resilience and one girl’s coming of age amidst a backdrop of unimaginable horror. Under the direction of Drama Chair Julian Schlusberg, the class brought to life Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s play, based on Anne Frank’s diary, with heart-wrenching realism. “The Diary of Anne Frank is a challenging piece of work for any group of students at any grade level,” comments Julian. “But this was a particularly talented group of students whose abilities and interests reach far and wide, and they rose to the occasion.”
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THE IR CL A S S R E TR E AT to Cape Cod
was a wash out—rain cancelled many of the planned activities—but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 23 ninth graders of the Class of 2018. In fact, their adventurous, positive spirit on that trip set the tone for a remarkable year that capped off their Foote experience. The students were celebrated for their perseverance, growth and accomplishments during a moving graduation ceremony on June 13. Ann Baker Pepe, the Director of Development and Alumni Programs, who is retiring after 20 years at Foote, offered a heartfelt reflection and poem by
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Jane Hirshfield. In announcing the class correspondents, Talbot Welles ’81, the mother of graduate Sam Mason, shared a bit of advice: “There are only two things you have to do: stay friends and come back to your reunions.”
the Dominican Republic, reflected on the power of learning from mistakes. “At Foote, I learned that you have to try, you will make mistakes, and that if you’re willing to reflect on them, learn from them, that you can get better.”
Head of School Carol Maoz spoke individually about each graduate and the contributions each made to the Foote community. “You are our future and you have the education and values to work toward a more just and more peaceful world.”
Before proud parents and teachers in the Hosley Gym, graduates were awarded diplomas and academic and athletic prizes; performed on hand bells, steel pans and world drums; and shared a photo slideshow of their unforgettable years at Foote.
Graduation speaker Jonathan DiMaio ’02, who founded an education nonprofit in
> Find more photos on our website at www.footeschool.org/graduation2018.
“Each one of you can make a difference—and I don’t mean when you are an adult, I mean right now, every day. Make a difference. Be kinder than you need to be. Be true to yourself. Be the best person you can be. That will be more than enough.” —Head of School Carol Maoz, in remarks to the graduating class
Accolades & Gifts Foote School Prize Colleena Healy, Caleb Nyhart Margaret B. Hitchcock Prize Sian Lewandowski Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Winners: Alexandra Collins, Caleb Nyhart Honorable Mention: Nelly Polak, Mia Sloan Jean B. Shepler Fine Arts Prize Ramy Harper-Mangels Athletic Achievement Award Colin Matthes-Theriault Class Correspondents Alexandra Collins, Pablo Rollán Hannah Lee Diploma Former Kindergarten teachers Anna Casey and Sandy Whelan Class Gift Financial Aid Program Ninth-Grade Parents Farewell Gift Faculty diversity initiatives, Foote China Program
Graduates Will Attend Amity Regional High School Branford High School Canterbury School Cheshire Academy Choate Rosemary Hall Daniel Hand High School Hamden Hall Country Day School Hopkins School Kingswood-Oxford School Marvelwood School Wilbur Cross High School Williston Northampton School
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‘You can’t solve anything unless you try.’
The following is an excerpt from the graduation address by Jonathan DiMaio ’02, co-founder of Yspaniola, an education nonprofit that works with Dominicans who have been denationalized because of their Haitian ancestry.
on such a happy day, and it is an honor to be asked to address all of you, especially the students of the Foote School Class of 2018. IT I S WO ND E R FU L TO B E B ACK AT FO OTE
Congratulations. It’s great to hear about all of your accomplishments and I hope you all have relaxing, carefree summers to celebrate your success. Before that, though, I’ve been asked to speak to you, to offer some thoughts as you move to high school, and being asked to do so has made me reflect on my time here at Foote, which began in 1992 and ended in 2001. It has also made me reflect on the reason I was asked to be here, which is my work in the Dominican Republic. Nine years ago, I co-founded an organization called Yspaniola, an education nonprofit that works with Dominicans who have been denationalized by their government because of their Haitian ancestry. This means that people who were born in the Dominican Republic, who have lived their whole lives there but who happen to have a parent or grandparent from Haiti, are told they don’t have a legal right to live there. Denationalized Dominicans can’t travel freely in the country, are at risk of deportation or extortion by the police, have exceedingly limited access to health care and education and they can’t vote. Consequently, they often live in extreme poverty. Yspaniola provides scholarships for students to go to university, and we also 26 | Foote Prints
teach literacy classes to about 150 children. The work is very challenging but also rewarding, and I know, too, that the organization’s existence is improbable. It just doesn’t make sense that this organization exists. Let me explain why. Nine years ago, I was 22 years old. I had just graduated from college and I thought I knew everything when really all I knew was how to write college essays. So what did I do? I decided to start an international nonprofit that sought to overturn centuries of systemic racism and inequality in a country I had never lived in: the Dominican Republic. Now, to my credit, I didn’t act alone: there were four other 21- to 24-year-old Americans who also knew nothing about nonprofit management on our team. When I think about us back then, I have to ask: How in the world did we believe we would succeed? What were we thinking? As I’ve been preparing remarks for you and thinking about my time in the Dominican Republic and at Foote, I keep coming back to one story from my time here that is illuminating. In eighth grade, Ms. Raymond gave us an assignment in math class to measure the length of the soccer field. We were given yardsticks and I ran straight to the goal post and marched across the field, folding the yardstick over and over. Once we finished, we reconvened and compared our results.
“If I hadn’t been taught to learn from my mistakes here, then I certainly wouldn’t have made it through the challenging times in the Dominican Republic.” —Jonathan DiMaio ’02, graduation address
It turned out that even though we measured the same soccer field, the one I had measured was 1.5 times longer than the soccer field my classmates measured. In my haste, I had zigged and zagged across the terrain, adding dozens of yards to my measurement.
When Ms. Raymond and my other teachers at Foote gave us these projects, telling us to go out and understand the world, they didn’t expect us to always be right. We made mistakes, and that was the point: to learn and to get better. Foote was always there to support us in doing that.
This moment has returned to me for a few reasons. What Ms. Raymond asked us to do points to the ways that Foote asks students to understand and interact with the world. We had support from our teachers, but we were given a challenge: we had to figure out how to solve something. And this happened countless times at Foote. I remember huddling around a cardboard tube with my classmates in Mrs. Long’s science class, trying to figure out why the tube would roll a certain way. Mr. Considine had us make poetry anthologies, something we had never encountered before, but we were given guidelines and told to go and try.
If I hadn’t been taught to learn from my mistakes here, then I certainly wouldn’t have made it through the challenging times in the Dominican Republic. We wouldn’t have kept trying. Because to be honest, there were so many times where giving up and calling it a day would have been way easier. Nevertheless, we persisted, and I’m very proud of what we have accomplished. We’ve graduated four young adults from college; we have three that are currently enrolled at school; we’ve taught dozens of children how to read; we’ve partnered with the UN and Jesuit organizations to protect over a hundred people from illegal deportations; and we’ve involved hundreds of American and international volunteers in our work. None of that would have been possible if we just stopped the first time something went wrong.
To me, when I was at Foote, this all seemed normal. What I realized in my years after Foote is that the way we were asked to engage with the world here is special. Yes, we had to learn how to write topic sentences and how to FOIL in algebra, but the overarching message was: Go out into the world, try to solve a problem. You’ll never figure it out if you don’t try. That will not be the case in all your classes, in your jobs or in your life, so I hope you had the opportunity to relish this way of learning here and take it with you as you leave Foote. For me, the attitude that was instilled in me here—that you can’t do anything or solve anything unless you try (and you should try)—is a big reason why we started this idealistic and unlikely organization in the Dominican Republic. But starting something is one thing. Trying is one thing. Actually succeeding is something else entirely. What do you think happens when a group of 20-year-olds try to start a nonprofit in a foreign country? We made mistakes. Lots of them. I can’t even count all the ways we messed up during our first few years in the Dominican Republic. I made a mistake that day out on the soccer field, and when we got back into the classroom and compared our results, I was way off. I don’t remember exactly what Ms. Raymond said to me, but she definitely chuckled and then turned my mistake into a learning opportunity. She said something like this: Why didn’t you get the right measurement? What would you do different next time? How can you get better?
At Foote, I learned that you have to try, you will make mistakes, and that if you’re willing to reflect on them, learn from them, that you can get better. That is what I took out into the world with me, and they are big reasons why Yspaniola actually came to be. That along with a fair amount of arrogance, naïveté, privilege and idealism that was shared among me and my collaborators. Those qualities were important too. So, Class of 2018, as you head off to high school and beyond, I ask that you remember that it’s okay to make mistakes, to try and fail. Because guess what? You will. No one is perfect. But the capacity to reflect and learn, to pause and say, “How can I do better? How can I be better?”, that’s what matters. I’m excited for you as you move on from Foote because I know you’ve been prepared to ask these tough questions, to figure it out as you move forward. Congratulations once again. I am grateful to speak to you today and I wish you the best in the next exciting step of your journey. > Find more photos on our website at www.footeschool.org/graduation2018.
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Eighth Grade Celebration
FO OTE ’ S L AR GE S T- E VE R eighth-
grade class was honored at Eighth Grade Celebration on June 12 in the Hosley Gym. Surrounded by their teachers, families and friends, 35 departing students received certificates while 26 were introduced as the ninth-grade Class of 2019. Activity club leaders recapped student accomplishments for the year—finishing first individually at the state MathCounts contest (seventh grader Ryan Yang); raising funds to support Amnesty International, the New Haven Land Trust and other organizations; participating in a national student diversity conference—and handed the reins to their successors. Eighth graders were also honored for outstanding achievements in academics and sports. Footenotes, the school’s literary magazine, was dedicated to music teacher Ellen Velardi, who retired after 30 extraordinary years at Foote. In his address to students, Head of Middle School John Turner encouraged them to unplug and embrace
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the quiet—even the boredom—that fills the empty, quiet spaces. “As you are seizing your days and maybe even your nights, notice and take advantage of the times in between. Embrace the nothingness as you invite your next best thoughts and observations to arrive, like a train coming down quiet tracks.”
Departing Eighth Graders Will Attend Amity Regional High School Branford High School Cheshire Academy Cheshire High School Chicago Lab School Choate Rosemary Hall The Gilman School Guilford High School Hamden Hall Country Day School Hamden High School Hopkins School Lawrenceville School Milton Academy Phillips Academy Andover Phillips Exeter Academy Rye Country Day School Wilbur Cross High School Wilbur Cross/Educational Center for the Arts
> Find more photos on our website at www.footeschool.org/celebration2018.
“Enjoy your summer, eighth grade. You deserve it. Just give yourself another present as well: the chance to slow things down, to think, to create and to just be.” —Head of Middle School John Turner, in remarks to the eighth grade
Leadership Roles for the 2018–2019 School Year
The Foote School Chorus performing a medley of “See You Again” and “Lean on Me”
Club of Applied Science John Freeman, Maddie Merkle-Ward, Celeste van Dokkum
New England Mathematics League Each year, students in grades 6 through 8 compete with peers from around New England in the Math League contest, answering multiple-choice questions that cover advanced arithmetic, algebra and geometry. The mission of Math League is to build student interest and confidence in math through solving problems. Grade 8: Team placed first in the New Haven region and seventh out of 85 schools overall. Manav Parikh finished first in the region and 27th in New England; Jasmine Xi and Sophie Vulpe tied for second in the region.
Environmental Action Group Sylvia Franz, Abigail Murphy F-STAND Jude Meares-Garcia, Chris Mudry, Malachai York Footenotes (literary magazine) Abigail Kruger The departing and incoming heads of Amnesty International.
Jazz Rock Ensemble Amy Metrick MathCounts Maddie Merkle-Ward, Amy Metrick, Ryan Yang Model Congress Marley Hansen, Jude Meares-Garcia, Liliana Otero Paugh, Amelia Rinaldi, Eesa Sabooh, Zoe Sessine, Rohan Shivakumar, Malachai York SPI (student newspaper) Charlie Ferguson, Oona Yaffe Falco (Foote mascot) Jacob Eder
Athletic Award Josie Cancro, Gavin Doak, Chase Stephens-Scanlan
Community Council Gift Caribbean hurricane relief, St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
Amnesty International Zainab Khokha, Anya Mobarak
Foote Steps (yearbook) Josie Cancro, Gabby Dellacroce, Taylor Morris
The Barbara Riley History Writing Prize Manav Parikh
Parents Farewell Gift Faculty professional development, iPad upgrade
Community Council (formerly Student Council) 9th-grade leader: Jude Meares-Garcia 8th-grade leaders: Megan Davis, Lila Kleppner
Chorus Dani Callaghan, Lily Goren
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Sophie Vulpe
Maroon & Grey Award (Field Day Winner) Maroon Team: Co-Captains Alexandra Collins, Colin Matthes-Theriault, Caleb Nyhart, Ella Peterson
Ninth-Grade President Kwabena Adae
China Ambassadors Marley Hansen, Rohan Shivakumar
Accolades & Gifts
The eighth grade handbell ensemble performing “The Final Countdown”
Grade 7: Team placed second in the region and 10th out of 80 schools overall. Ryan Yang finished first in the region and third in New England. Amy Metrick finished second in the region and 14th in New England. Grade 6: Team placed second in the region and 22nd out of 75 schools overall. Florence Polak finished 4th in the region. National Latin Exam About 143,000 students from every state and 24 foreign countries—from elementary school to college level—took the 2018 National Latin Exam, answering questions on grammar and syntax; Latin sayings; and Roman history, religion and culture. Awards were given to students who scored above the national average. Forty-seven Foote students received awards. Congratulations to all!
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Faculty Farewells to two longtime members of the faculty and staff, who together devoted 50 years to the school’s children and families. FO OTE S AID GO O D BYE
Ann Baker Pepe
Ellen Velardi E LLE N VE L AR D I served as Music Department Chair and teacher
for a remarkable 30 years. She came to Foote in 1988 from New Haven’s Edgewood School as a certified instructor in the Kodaly method of music education, the technique still used at Foote today. Ellen was a mentor and friend to many teachers at Foote, helping new faculty to feel welcome and find success in their new roles and working with veteran colleagues on supporting individual students. An accomplished flutist, Ellen performed in orchestras and taught privately before transitioning to classroom music. Her two sons are Foote graduates: Ben ’08 and Adam ’14.
ANN B A K E R P E PE served as Director of Development and
Alumni Programs for 20 years, with a love for the school that made a lasting impact on families and alumni. She first came to Foote as a parent; her three children are all graduates: Sam ’00, Leah ’04 and Clay ’10. She strengthened the school’s alumni community and for many years served as writer and editor of Foote Prints magazine. Ann spearheaded the 2016 Centennial Celebration, which brought more than 1,000 people back to campus, and she established the Anna Huntington Deming ’35 Archives to catalogue historical photos and documents. Over her tenure, annual revenue from the Foote Fund has more than doubled (this year it reached $770,000), in turn lessening reliance on tuition dollars and boosting funds for financial aid. She was instrumental in fundraising for construction of the arts, theater and gym additions and for the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building. Committed to creating opportunities for all children, Ann helped establish the Horizons at Foote summer program for low-income New Haven youth, which by 2021 will provide a full-scholarship enrichment program to 144 students in grades K–8. Ann gave generously of her time and talents, teaching students to sew and bake and co-organizing the school’s first Service Learning Day in 2017, as well as Unite Through Understanding Day. An endowed fund for financial aid was established in recognition of Ann’s work and has received contributions totaling $70,800—a fitting tribute for someone so dedicated to Foote and to expanding opportunities for others.
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Known for her extensive collections of books, CDs and songs, Ellen found great satisfaction in being the school’s “music librarian” and sharing just-right items with anyone who needed them. The same generous spirit was at work every day in her classroom, where students learned singing, dancing, reading, writing and listening. Ellen expected the utmost from each student, while simultaneously scaffolding her lessons to help students succeed. She organized the always-impressive all-school assemblies, as well as the Medieval Festival, the Festival of the World and May Day. Ellen always encouraged students to be most concerned with the way they treat one another, reminding them to “be the kid who shows kindness to others.” Even when facing personal challenges over the years, she maintained her high standards and commitment to making beautiful music in new and different ways. When former headmaster Frank Perrine first hired Ellen to join longtime music teacher Jean Shepler in the Music Department, he wanted to ensure that Foote remained a “singing school” for years to come. It’s safe to say that it has, thanks to Ellen.
Faculty Honors celebrated a major milestone: 15 years at Foote. At a faculty luncheon in the Hosley Gym, colleagues paid tribute to Özler Kayaarasi and Laura Stanley, speaking movingly about the difference they have made in the lives of their students. Below are excerpts from the speeches. THI S S P R IN G , T WO MATH TE ACHE R S
New Faculty and Staff 2018–2019 Foote welcomed eight new faculty and staff members for the 2018–2019 school year, who come with a diverse range of teaching and professional experiences. From left: Ethan Schoenherr, Technology Teacher; Jody Abzug, Director of Development and Alumni Programs; Chastity Berrios, Lower School Associate; Megan Sutherland, Teacher Intern; Rebecca Maurer, Music Teacher; David Sklar, Business Manager/CFO.
“Özler brings cheerfulness and excellent instruction to all her classes. She has high expectations for her students in terms of both behavior and academics and she is devoted to enabling them to achieve their best. There always seems to be a student at her desk or on her mind. And her students appreciate it. When I watched her teach recently, I witnessed her seamlessly entwine review into her lesson; encourage her students to discover a new concept based on prior knowledge; and make clear how this skill was useful in the wider world. Özler used her great sense of humor to settle an eager student, hand waving in the air, in order to elicit more engagement from the quieter corners of the room. Özler has consistently been a positive, collaborative partner when teaching common classes and thinking about curricular goals. She approaches challenging decisions with an open mind and a willingness to try new things to best serve her students. Thank you, Özler, for being Foote’s ‘Turkish Delight.’”
“In so many ways Laura is the quintessential iron woman. Each year for the past 15, she has taught four different sections of math. That’s 60 courses! And if each class averaged 15 kids, that’s 900 math students! Each year Laura has hiked 6.7 miles with the sixth graders on Bear Mountain. That’s 100.5 miles! She traveled with the Class of 2012 to China, flying with them 8,072 miles each way. That’s 16,144 miles—or 85,240,320 feet. Over the past 15 years, Laura has advised 15 groups of sixth and eighth graders. The groups averaged 8 students each, so that’s 120 advisees. She has coached lacrosse and cross-country teams, led Community Council, participated on Faculty Council and so on. All of this takes a true iron will. She is a kind and patient teacher, but she rules with an iron fist. There are no eighth graders lingering in the hallway when she is on recess duty. Laura has also run 24 marathons. At 26.22 miles each, that’s 629.28 miles (not counting the training runs). Laura, you are a true iron woman, one of the most powerful people we know.”
—Tina Hansen, Latin; and Megan Williams, Math
Not pictured: Eleanor Evins, Lower School Associate; Zhou Kun, Yali Guest Teacher
—Deb Riding and Trevor Rosenthal, Middle School Humanities
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From the Board President
“It has been an honor and great pleasure to serve on the Board.”
Passing the Torch as president of Foote’s Board, I find my mind returning to the many ways the school has served each of my five children and welcomed my wife Chay and me. It has been an honor and a great pleasure to work closely with Carol Maoz, our dedicated Head of School, and the members of the Board of Directors. A S I CO MPLE TE MY TE R M
This year the Board has continued to focus on increasing the school’s endowment through Secure Foote’s Future: The Centennial Campaign. We added $1 million to the total, which has now reached $4.3 million. During the next three years the campaign will continue toward the ambitious goal of doubling Foote’s endowment. Some may wonder why we have focused on endowment. Those of us who have worked with the school’s Business Manager/CFO to develop the annual operating budget know that increased endowment is the best way to provide annual income that is not dependent upon increasing tuition. About 90 percent of the commitments to Secure Foote’s Future will be received within the next three to four years, and our endowment is already providing additional resources thanks to our fundraising work. The increased endowment will benefit all of the students currently enrolled and their families—every year!—as well as many children and families in the future. 32 | Foote Prints
As Board president I have worked alongside Carol Maoz since her arrival nine years ago. I continue to be impressed and inspired by the dedication and enthusiasm Carol brings to her work as Head of School. She works tirelessly to improve our school and cares deeply about every family and every student. She has my sincere thanks for her unremitting efforts to support the best of this special school. I extend my sincere thanks, as well, to those on the Board who have served with me during the past eight years. The school is extremely fortunate to have the experience and varied talents that our Board members bring to their work. I know that my successor, Rich Lee, is deeply committed to the values that characterize Foote and that he will be an outstanding leader of the Board.
Richard Bershtein Immediate Past President The Foote School Association
J. Richard Lee, new Board President
Board of Directors
Meet Foote’s New Board Members
Mona Gohara P’21, ’23
Elon Boms P’26, ’28
Bonnie Moskowitz P’18, ’22, ’23, ’25
Mona Gohara, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and is currently a partner within a private practice in Danbury. She also holds a faculty appointment at Yale, where she regularly sees patients and teaches residents and medical students. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio and completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. Mona serves as chair of the media committee for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and serves on the board of CARRY, an organization assisting at-risk youth in Los Angeles. As service committee chair for the Women’s Dermatologic Society, she helped secure multimillion-dollar grants to fund skin cancer initiatives. She has also written for People, ELLE, Fitness and Good Housekeeping and is frequently cited as a skin care expert in numerous national publications. Mona and her husband, Kiran Makam, have two boys who attend Foote, Kiran (Grade 7) and Jai (Grade 5), and live in Woodbridge.
Elon Boms is the managing director of the Pritzker/Vlock Family Office. A seasoned investment professional, Elon has led over 250 investments across a range of industries and geographies. Along with Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock, Elon co-founded LaunchCapital, a premiere seed-stage investment fund with offices in Boston, New Haven, New York and San Francisco. He has helped raise over $2.5 billion of capital for leading and emerging companies and has been involved in over $1 billion of M&A transactions. He has also taught courses at the Yale School of Management on private equity and venture capital and on entrepreneurial finance. Elon earned his B.A. in economics from George Washington University and his M.B.A. with distinction in venture capital and concentration in finance and strategy from Yale School of Management. Elon lives in New Haven with his wife, Stephanie, two incredible daughters and a very shaggy dog.
Co-President, Parent Teacher Council Bonnie received a B.S. in wildlife science from Purdue University in 1994. She then moved to Los Angeles and worked as a research assistant for the study “Pediatric Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Complications of HIV Infection in Children” at UCLA Children’s Hospital. She worked closely with HIV-affected families, which inspired her to pursue medicine as a career. She graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 2001. After residency in pediatrics, she joined the faculty at Lurie Children’s Hospital at Northwestern University Medical School and worked in the neonatal intensive care unit as a hospitalist. She then was an attending physician in the NICU follow-up clinic, which provides long-term evaluation and assessment of cognitive and motor skills of infants born prematurely or with congenital heart disease. She and her family moved to Connecticut in 2015. She lives in Westport with her husband, Toby, a professor of finance and economics at Yale School of Management, and their four children: Isaac ’18, Josh (Grade 6), Sam (Grade 5) and Sarah (Grade 3).
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Board of Directors
Departing from the Board Melissa Castleman P’24 served as PTC co-president for the past two years, leading a variety of traditional and new activities, including the annual book fair and book swap, vision and hearing screenings and school photos, as well as the Cirque de Foote fundraising auction, last year’s Parents’ Night Out and a food truck picnic after May Day. We’re grateful for her strong support of the school in this important leadership role. Suguru Imaeda P’19, ’21 joined the Board in 2014 and has completed one term. He is leaving the Board as his two children, Raiden and Miya, move on to Hopkins and Choate, respectively. Suguru and his wife, Avlin, have been strong supporters of the school. Two long-serving members leave the Board this year. Zehra Patwa P’14, ’16 and Cindy Leffell P’09, ’11 have been actively engaged in many aspects of school life. They both served on the 2008 Parents Advisory Committee during the search that brought us Head of School Carol Maoz. Both joined the Board in 2009 and each completed two terms and stayed on for an extra year in 2017–2018 as a Board officer, serving for nine years. Both Zehra and Cindy chaired Board committees, and happily both will continue to stay involved at Foote! Zehra served on the Building Committee for the Jonathan Milikowsky Science
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and Technology Building and chaired MOSAIC, leading the planning of important educational programs two or three times each year. She served as Board Secretary and participated in the Parent Interview Committee for the Middle School Head search. She has hosted the Board at her home and lent her voice to our videos and several plays. Her role on the planning committee for Unite Through Understanding Day brought amazing programs to Foote. Her own children have graduated from Foote— Anees ’14 is in college and Siraj ’16 is in high school—and we are grateful that Zehra is willing to stay involved in the planning of future Unite Through Understanding Days. Cindy led the Nominating Committee with great dedication and had a hand in identifying and “signing” all of the current Board members. She has been thoughtful, diligent and extremely effective at every task she has undertaken. Most recently
she has been an enthusiastic co-chair of Secure Foote’s Future: The Centennial Campaign. Cindy has perfected her talent for presenting Foote’s case effectively; has worked to encourage parent committee members; and has helped reach out to alumni of all ages. Foote is very fortunate to have her continued leadership on the Campaign, as well as her ongoing volunteer involvement as head archivist of the Anna Huntington Deming ’35 Archives.
A Wonderful Year for Foote PTC THE FO OTE S CH O O L P TC builds
community and raises funds to support important school initiatives. We had an exciting and successful year filled with many new fundraisers and social events. Fundraising: The PTC organized several fundraising events throughout the year. New this year were Foote Family Happy Hour at 116 Crown and Parents’ Night Out + Auction at BAR. The Square 1 Art fundraiser was a wonderful way to celebrate our children’s art and help support the school. The final fundraiser was the Fore for Foote golf tournament in May. Funds raised by PTC events directly support important Foote programs, including emergency financial aid, field trips, the summer reading books that students in K–6 receive and educational enrichment for every grade and department.
Social Events: This year we hosted a number of social events, including Family Fun Day; Parents’ Night and Fall Dinner; the Book Fair and Ice Cream Social; and Foote on Ice (our ice skating social). Foote also hosted City-Wide Open Studios, featuring nine artists from our community and parent volunteers leading children’s art activities. The school year ended with the addition of food trucks at the May Day picnic. School Events: Our wonderful parent volunteers were essential in making Photo Day and vision and hearing screenings run smoothly. They are also an important part of Grandparents Day and throughout the year running the school store. Parent volunteers coordinate refreshments for faculty meetings and also organize the faculty appreciation breakfast and appreciation dinner for After School
Program teachers. Our yearly Book Swap was very successful and donated eight boxes of books to Horizons at Foote, as well as sending a few dozen boxes of books to New Haven Reads. Volunteers help in so many ways, and we thank them for their generous gifts of time and effort. We look forward to another terrific year. Please reach out to us any time in person or at email@example.com. Danielle Ginnetti and Bonnie Moskowitz PTC Co-Presidents, 2018–2019 Melissa Castleman PTC Co-President, 2017–2018
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Report of Giving
“It is the people who create the power of this school.”
My Deepest Gratitude A S I CO MPLE TE 20 years in the Development and
Alumni Programs Office, I am filled with gratitude that Foote School has been such a central part of my life. From my first visit to the school, I felt the warm welcome of interesting, thoughtful individuals, all committed to doing their very best for each student and family who joined the school. The school has changed in notable ways during the past two decades. We struggle now to remember how we managed without the art studios and music classrooms, black box theater, expanded gym and science and technology building. But it has always been perfectly clear at Foote—in the 1920s, the 1960s and now, today—that it is not the facilities but the people who create the power of this school. The contributions of parents, alumni, grandparents and friends support the outstanding work of Foote’s dedicated teachers. The annual Foote Fund remained strong this year, bringing over $770,000 to the operating budget where it supported faculty salaries and Foote’s long-term commitment to need-based financial aid, along with many other priorities across the campus. Parent participation once again exceeded the 90 percent mark achieved in the past four years, and two classes achieved 100 percent participation (Grades 8 and 9). Secure Foote’s Future, the campaign to double the school’s endowment, continues to find strong support among alumni, parents and past parents. It has received commitments of more than $4.3 million toward its goal of doubling the school’s endowment.
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Six new endowed funds were created, including one by the 50th reunion Class of 1968; one by a member of the Class of 1943 in memory of her brother, Class of 1941; one by three siblings (Classes of 1995, 1997 and 2000) in honor of their family; and another by a member of the Class of 2013 in honor of his family. The stories these alumni tell, despite graduation dates as much as 70 years apart, are virtually the same. They recount tales of teachers who took time to know them, to challenge their thinking, to encourage their curiosity and their confidence. I’m delighted that Jody Abzug, an experienced development professional who knows Foote well, started as Director of Development and Alumni Programs on July 1. Jody’s twins attended Foote from Kindergarten through Grade 3, before the family moved to New York. She loves the Foote community and is excited to be back. I hope you will look for an opportunity to introduce yourself to her. It has been my great pleasure to work with so many of you in support of this very special school. With warmest thanks,
Ann Baker Pepe Outgoing Director of Development and Alumni Programs
A New Chapter A S THE FO OTE S CH O O L
bids farewell to Ann Baker Pepe, who dedicated two decades to Foote families and alumni, I know I have very big shoes to fill. Like Ann, I first came to Foote as a parent. My twins, Jeremy ’14 and Jordana ’14, started in Kindergarten, and our four years here were transformational. For my children, Foote started them on a path of academic success. Their teachers instilled in them a love of learning that has grown exponentially. I too learned new things as a parent and am fortunate to have kept in touch with so many Foote friends over the past decade. I am thrilled to return to this nurturing and passionate community.
And what an exciting time to be back, with the strength of the annual Foote Fund and the current success of Secure Foote’s Future: The Centennial Campaign. I am asking you to join me in sustaining Foote’s excellence into our second century. It is my strong wish to give back to Foote every measure of what my family and I received. My door is always open to parents and grandparents or alumni visiting campus. I am delighted for this wonderful opportunity.
Jody Abzug Director of Development and Alumni Programs
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Parent Participation Foote School parents maintained a very high level of participation in the Foote Fund in 2017–2018, with 93 percent of parents contributing. Congratulations to parents of eighth and ninth graders (Classes of 2018 and 2019), who reached 100 percent participation!
Class of 2018 100% Nancy Clayton & Bradford Collins f Kate McKenzie & Craig Crews Karen & Pat Crocco f Sandra & Philip Curran f Shannon Callaway & Philip Haile f Dorothea & Rob Harper-Mangels f Debra & James Healy f Fiona Scott Morton & Stephen Latham Kim Yap & Andy Lewandowski f Talbot Welles ’81 & Tom Mason f Melissa Matthes & Daniel Theriault f Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran f Duffy & Eric Mudry Angie Hurlbut & Andrew Nyhart f Stephanie & Patrick O’Keefe f Beverly Gage & Daniel Perkins f Owen Luckey ’83 & Dana Peterson f Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak f Maria Markham & Andrew Putnam Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán f Tracey & Edward Ruotolo Leslie Stone & Michael Sloan Jill Barron & Manuel Vintimilla
Class of 2019 100% Joellen Adae f Kwadwo Adae Keri Adelson & David Grodberg George Atwood f Sarah Netter Boone ’89 & Andy Boone f Sarah Borden Alison & Adam Cady Hong Li & Chunlin Cai John Carpenter & Debbie Fong Carpenter ’82 f Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung f Jenn & Lance Dellacroce Kate & Sam Doak Sarah Schlegel-Eder Lely & David Evans Liz & Niall Ferguson f
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Candace & Bur Franz f Lynne Banta & Javier Garcia f Paul Garcia Ali & Joshua Geballe ’90 Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger f Laura Goldblum f Khadija Gurnah & Amin Gonzalez Judy & Simon Gore-Grimes f Diana Blank & Boris Greenshpun Nicole Korda-Grutzendler & Jaime Grutzendler f Liz & Chris Hansen ’86 Oona Hathaway & Jacob Hacker Tina Hansen & Adam Hopfner f Elijah Huge Avlin & Suguru Imaeda f Nina Scherago & George Jones f Iris & Naftali Kaminski f Nadine & Greg Koobatian f Romy & Stanley Lee Katie & George Levesque Renuka Umashanker & Kevin Long Lori Blank & David Low f Jennifer McTiernan Tracey Meares Lisa & Philip Miller f Kim Morris f Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar f Duffy & Eric Mudry Tina & Walt Oko f Cathy & Christophe Pamelard f Neha & Chirag Parikh Becky Paugh f Susan Stokes & Steve Pincus Claire Priest ’86 f Megan & Peter Raymond Mary & Stephen Rinaldi f Trish Abbenante & Camilo Romero Allyx Schiavone ’85 f Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger f Jennifer Milano & Michael Sessine Andrea & Brian Sorrells f Amy Stevens & Mark Scanlan f Kelly & Derek Streeter f Herralan Noel-Vulpe & Marian Vulpe Annie Wareck ’85 f Rachel Doft & John Wareck ’84 f Zhirong Jiang & Zhiqun Xi f Iain York f Jackie Shuai & Paul Zhao
**Matching Gift Program Participant
Class of 2020 85% Joellen Adae f Kwadwo Adae Stephanie & Mark Anestis f Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen & Turner Brooks Tina & John Cunningham f Renée Perroncel & Neal DeLaurentis Tracy & Brian Earnshaw f Dawn & Dan Farricielli f Chris Freeman f Francine Freeman f Jacqui & Stephen Fritzinger Carolyn Kuzmeski & Saul Fussiner Anna & Bryan Garsten Dan Goren Steven Sitrin & Becca Gratz Josh Watsky & Avery Grauer ’87 f Elise & David Hergan Rosa & George Holler f Carolyn & Jonathan Johnson Nooriya & Mustafa Khokha f Susannah Bernheim & Caleb Kleppner Camille & Jon Koff f Gail & Joseph Labadia f Mislal Andom & Michael Lake Michele & Jesse McCray Emily Melnick & Matthew McDermott Renee & Sumit Mehra Annie & Susan Merkle-Ward Susan & Andrew Metrick f Anna McGaw-Mobarak & Mushfiq Mobarak Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar f Vicki & Steve Murphy f Emily & Ryan Oakes Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán f Krystn Wagner & José Salvana f Abha Gupta & Stephen Scholand f Heide Lang & Mark Siegel f Kelly & Ben Small f Lisa & Lindsay Suter f Andrew Leonard & Molleen Theodore f Elisa & John Turner f Hester van de Rhoer & Pieter van Dokkum Kerri Kelshall-Ward & John Ward Thea Buxbaum & Gar Waterman Samantha & Daniel Wong Sue Chan & Gideon Yaffe f Yanbin Liu & Y. Richard Yang Jackie Shuai & Paul Zhao Lori & Robert Zyskowski f
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
Roya Hakakian & Ramin Ahmadi f Suzie & Jason Alderman f Heba Abbas & Amaar Al-Hayder f Sumiya Khan & Ather Ali* f Chay & Richard Bershtein f Sarah Netter Boone ’89 & Andy Boone f Elizabeth Gill & Jake Burt f Amy Caplan ’88 f Deborah Wynn & David Carroll f Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung f Nancy Clayton & Bradford Collins f Sarah & Hugh Corley f JoAnn Hong-Curtis & Jeptha Curtis f Amanda & Ray Diffley f Janice Hammett Dreier & Alex Dreier Sarah Schlegel-Eder Liz & Niall Ferguson f Jennifer & Alan Friedman f Nico Gangloff f Jenette & Noah Ganter f Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger f Keith Gipson Judy & Simon Gore-Grimes f Tina Hansen & Adam Hopfner f Avlin & Suguru Imaeda f Simina & Costin Ionescu f Özler & Ege Kayaarasi f Meg & George Knight f Tina Tyson & Paul Kumpf Deborah & David Laliberte Amy Starensier & J. Richard Lee f Kim Yap & Andy Lewandowski f Mona Gohara & Kiran Makam Alexandra & Carlos Mena f Kim Morris f Mary Tomayko & Kumar Navaratnam Cathy & Christophe Pamelard f Jessica Sager & Sachin Pandya f Annie Paul f Owen Luckey ’83 & Dana Peterson f Susan Stokes & Steve Pincus Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak f Naomi Senzer & Brad Ridky f Clarky & Jeff Sonnenfeld f Erin & Jeremy Springhorn Kelly & Derek Streeter f Susan & Jeff White John Witt f Yue Suo & Yong Xiong Lan Lin & Wu Yan f
Mamta & Yash Agarwal f Tywanna Johnson & George Aseme Almudena Villanueva & David Bach f Kim & Phil Birge-Liberman Lori Blank & David Low f Michelle & Kossouth Bradford ’87 f Lisa Brown Nitza Diaz-Candelo & Edward Candelo Xiaoling Yuan & William Chaine f Karin Roffman & Melvin Chen Christine Won & Hyung Chun f Tracy & Brian Earnshaw f Harold Ellis Candace & Bur Franz f Chris Freeman f Francine Freeman f Maria Lara-Tejero & Jorge Galan f Nicole Musayeva & Khanlar Gasimov f Ali & Joshua Geballe ’90 Avery Grauer ’87 & Josh Watsky f Valentina Greco & Antonio Giraldez f Cara & Rob Hames f Caitlin Simon & Gregory Huber Jessica & John Illuzzi f Carolyn & Jonathan Johnson Preethi Varghese-Joseph & George Joseph f Hee Oh & Seong-June Kim Camille & Jon Koff f Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss f Katie & Michael Lipcan f Briah & Spencer Luckey ’85 Melinda Papowitz & Gary Markowski Melissa & Tim McCormack f Lizzie Donius & Kenneth McGill f Tara & Jamie McPartland f Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran f Bonnie & Toby Moskowitz Duffy & Eric Mudry Walker Holmes & Justin Neuman Neha & Chirag Parikh Laurel & Keith Pisani Mary & Stephen Rinaldi f Annette & Kurt Roberts f Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán f Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger f Jennifer Milano & Michael Sessine Alex Shor & Ted Cohen Shipra & Vinod Srihari f Amy Stevens & Mark Scanlan f Cristin Siebert & Eduardo Urios-Aparisi Christine Ko & Peter Whang f Lan Lin & Wu Yan f
Annie & Jim Adams f Mamta & Yash Agarwal f Licella & Juan Arboleda Carrie & William Bergantino f Adriana Blanco & Richard Bernstein Hilary & David Buxbaum Hong Li & Chunlin Cai Kimberly Johung & Francis Chan f Alison & Liam Considine Sarah & Hugh Corley f Manmita Dutta & Rajdeep Das Denise Quinn Dobratz & Erik Dobratz f Emily & Chris Fasano f Madeleine & Arpad Fejos f Dan Goren Jennifer Griffiths f Alison & Christopher Illick f Nooriya & Mustafa Khokha f Angelica & Kevin Kim Sandra Dias & Frank Kowalonek f Mona Gohara & Kiran Makam Kat Campbell & Matt Maleska f Melissa & Tim McCormack f Alexandra & Carlos Mena f Lu Wu & LZ Meng Anna McGaw-Mobarak & Mushfiq Mobarak Bonnie & Toby Moskowitz Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar f Cheryl & Geoff Nadzam f Emily & Ryan Oakes Jennifer & Jeffrey Possick ’89 f Christina & Jason Price f Thabisa & Charlie Rich Naomi Senzer & Brad Ridky f Trish Abbenante & Camilo Romero Abha Gupta & Stephen Scholand f Amy & Colin Sheehan f Kelly & Derek Streeter f Jeff & Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 f Irena Vaitkeviciute & Hossam Tantawy f Andrew Leonard & Molleen Theodore f Deborah Coen & Paul Tuchmann Jill Barron & Manuel Vintimilla Annie Wareck ’85 f Erica & Gordon Weiss f Susan & Jeff White Iain York Yaira Matyakubova & Andrius Zlabys
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Class of 2024
Class of 2025
Class of 2026
Suzie & Jason Alderman f Heba Abbas & Amaar Al-Hayder f Sumiya Khan & Ather Ali* f Stephanie & Mark Anestis f Almudena Villanueva & David Bach f Elif Kongar & Ozan Bahtiyar Adriana Blanco & Richard Bernstein Chay & Richard Bershtein f Sarah Netter Boone ’89 & Andy Boone f Jamie & Ben Bruce Lena & Carmine Capasso Brenda Carter & Adam Solomon f Christina Kim Chan & Wayne Chan Lisarely Mendez & James Del Rio Arcila Zeynep & Engin Deniz Denise Quinn Dobratz & Erik Dobratz f Dempsey & Peter Fitton ’89 Jenette & Noah Ganter f Anna & Bryan Garsten Judy & Simon Gore-Grimes f Asia & Jason Goubourn Katerina Politi & Mark Graham Janie Merkel & Jonathan Grauer ’85 f Kate Brown & Larry Greenberg Liz & Chris Hansen ’86 Caitlin Simon & Gregory Huber Simina & Costin Ionescu f Mary Barnett & Dave Jenkins April Adams-Johnson & Dirk Johnson Michelle & Todd Kennedy Gina Lombardi Lizzie Donius & Kenneth McGill f Tara & Jamie McPartland f Renita & Will Miller Christine & John Pakutka Annie Paul f Melissa Castleman & Jordan Peccia Kristen & Michael Peck Jaime Perri Laurel & Keith Pisani Judith Chevalier & Steven Podos f Christina & Jason Price f Rebecca Good & Manuel Rivera Annette & Kurt Roberts f Brooke & Lee Scharfstein Sarah Schlegel-Eder Viraj & Hansal Sheth Stacey & Cutter Smith John Witt f Maria Ding & Zhao Zhao
Shyoko Honiden & Aryeh Abeles Ky & Rich Andersson Tywanna Johnson & George Aseme Carrie & William Bergantino f Chay & Richard Bershtein f Kavitha & Ranjit Bindra Kim & Phil Birge-Liberman Sarah Netter Boone ’89 & Andy Boone f Emily & Dean Brenner Lisa Brown Rachelle & Derek Byron f Christine Won & Hyung Chun f Emily Wang & Daniel Colón-Ramos JoAnn Hong-Curtis & Jeptha Curtis f Meredith & Ethan Eden Nadia & Andrew Fisher Betsy Angeletti & John Freidah Tim Gabbard Neha Agrawal & Manish Garg Danielle Ginnetti Valentina Greco & Antonio Giraldez f Shelley Goodstine & Jose Gomez Khadija Gurnah & Amin Gonzalez Janie Merkel & Jonathan Grauer ’85 f Birke & James Gregg Vanessa Stuart & Britney Hardy Preethi Varghese-Joseph & George Joseph f Naomi Libby Portia Elmer MacDougall & Roderick Williams MacDougall Michelle & Charles Matouk Bonnie & Toby Moskowitz Colleen & Mike Murphy Eliza & Minor Myers Mary Tomayko & Kumar Navaratnam Walker Holmes & Justin Neuman Lauren & Tim Pavlis Flora Zarcu Power & David Power Josephine & Richard Queen Caron Querker Tyra & Jeff Rabel Jenn & Andy Rapkin Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger f Charlotte & Kam Shahid Brice Shipley Alex Shor & Ted Cohen Shipra & Vinod Srihari f Laurie & Drew Sweet f Irena Vaitkeviciute & Hossam Tantawy f Christine Ko & Peter Whang f
Stephanie & Elon Boms Jamie & Ben Bruce Maria Casasnovas & Lorenzo Caliendo Amanda & Stuart DeCew Marta Janosi & Chris Dinescu Tracy & Brian Earnshaw f Dempsey & Peter Fitton ’89 Polly Coassin Franzen ’99 & Jason Franzen Ayesha Ramachandran & Beppe Gazzola Asia & Jason Goubourn Mariana Torrens Arias & Eben Graves Dorothea & Rob Harper-Mangels f Beka Sturges & Jack Harris Özler & Ege Kayaarasi f Deadra Hart & Fred Kennedy Michelle & Todd Kennedy Shannon Kelley & Edrik Lopez Michelle & Charles Matouk Erin & John Morley Theresa & Jon Nast ’94 Jenn & Andy Rapkin Bernadette Huang & Geert Rouwenhorst Amy & Colin Sheehan f Seunghee Ko & Jiwoong Shin f Stacey & Cutter Smith Sara Jamison & Pedro Soto Susan & Jeff White Wenyan & Derek Witkowsky Alyssa Greenwald & Ted Wittenstein Li Lin & Jidong Zhou Amanda & Richard Zubek
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**Matching Gift Program Participant
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
Class of 2027 92%
Understanding the Terms
Treeny Ahmed & Tariq Ahmad Ky & Rich Andersson Ying Fan & Rudi Bachmann Alison Moncrief Bromage & Andy Bromage f Rachelle & Derek Byron f Kimberly Johung & Francis Chan f Zeynep & Engin Deniz Emily & Chris Fasano f Nadia & Andrew Fisher Ke Xu & Oscar Fornoles Khadija Gurnah & Amin Gonzalez Asia & Jason Goubourn Birke & James Gregg Jess Cardin & Mike Higley April Adams-Johnson & Dirk Johnson Lynn Leong & Yiming King Shannon Kelley & Edrik Lopez Jennifer Lucarelli Becky & Brad McGuire f Lori Bruce & Noah Messing Colleen & Mike Murphy Eliza & Minor Myers Riitta Haroutunian & Simon Onderi Christine & John Pakutka Andrea & Mike Peed Sonah & Edward Perry Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak f McKinne Dunn & Todd Schlachter Mariah Sage Seymour & Bruce Seymour Kam & Charlotte Shahid Jeff & Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 f Jes Knipping & Che Tiernan Rebekah & Lexy Westphal Louisa Lombard & Graeme Wood Iris & Barry Wu
The Foote Fund (formerly the Annual Fund) supplements tuition income. Foote Fund dollars support academic and extracurricular programs, faculty salaries, financial aid— virtually every part of the school’s operating budget. Without the Foote Fund, Foote’s budget wouldn’t balance, and we would have to reduce offerings to our students, increase enrollment or raise tuition to make up the difference. The Foote Fund is an annual effort, beginning in September and ending on June 30 each year. Parent volunteers reach out to encourage all parents to contribute. Grant applications are strengthened when we can report high participation figures from our parent body. A capital campaign is a fundraising effort over several years to raise money to improve campus facilities or strengthen endowment. Contributions are often multiyear pledges. A capital campaign enables the school to undertake significant capital improvements that could not be funded by the operating budget or the Foote Fund. Endowment is critical to a healthy school. Endowed funds are invested with the goal of providing a stable, sustainable source of annual income. Interest from endowed funds supports critical goals in perpetuity. Foote’s current endowment of $11.8 million provided more than $400,000 last year to support student scholarships, faculty professional development and other priorities. The National Association of Independent Schools recommends that an independent school maintain an endowment equal to its operating budget, which in 2017–2018 was $14.8 million. Alumni is a plural noun referring either to a group of male graduates or to a group of both male and female graduates. The singular alumnus refers to one male graduate. Alumna refers to one female graduate, and the plural alumnae refers to a group of female graduates.
learning at foote is hands-on Students use their hands to sketch self-portraits, solve algebra problems, program robots, examine minerals, illustrate on iPads, give hugs and so much more. Throughout this Report of Giving, we’re showcasing hands-on learning from the 2017–2018 school year and celebrating the big things that little hands can do. Pictured, a sixth grader in the community garden sketches corn during science class.
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The individuals listed have made a contribution to the Foote Fund (formerly the Annual Fund), an endowed fund, the capital campaign or Centennial Campaign between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this list. Please contact the Development Office if you notice errors or omissions. The symbol f indicates those individuals who have contributed to the Foote Fund every year for the past five years. The symbol C indicates individuals who have informed the school that they have made a planned gift.
the head’s circle
winifred sturley associates
($50,000 & above)
($10,000 to $24,999)
Anonymous (1) f Marshall & Margaret Wilmer Bartlett ’58 f The Foote School Parent Teacher Council f Hanna Holborn Gray ’43 Jane & Richard Levin Sharon & Daniel Milikowsky William Newton ’64 * The Seedlings Foundation f Alexandra Shor & Theodore Cohen Theodore Vlock ’13
Anonymous (2) Anne & Gordon Armour Grace & Jay Bright Constance Clement ’62 f Maura & Joe Collins Catherine Smith Cuthell ’68 f Kate McKenzie & Craig Crews Eileen & Andrew Eder Betsy & Len Grauer C Margaret Clement Green ’61 Meghan & George Knight f Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss f Melanie Ginter & John Lapides f Susan & Andrew Metrick f Roslyn & Jerome Meyer Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 f Bonnie & Toby Moskowitz Sharon Oster & Ray Fair Judith Chevalier & Steven Podos f Christina & Jason Price f Joyce & David Price Jennifer & Andrew Rapkin Sarah Schlegel-Eder Stacey & Cutter Smith
martha babcock foote associates ($25,000 to $49,999) Chay & Richard Bershtein f Emily & Dean Brenner Elizabeth & Niall Ferguson f The Hellerman Family Cindy & David Leffell f Lillian Garcia & Bruce Mandell f Nicole Eldredge & Matthew Milikowsky ’95 Susan & Linfield Simon
($5,000 to $9,999) Anonymous (2) Wick R. Chambers ’62 f Stephen Fair ’97 Bernadette Huang & Geert Rouwenhorst Alison & Christopher Illick f Avlin & Suguru Imaeda f Amy S. & J. Richard Lee f Lisa & Philip Miller f Emily & Ryan Oakes Emily Oster ’95 Wendy Sharp & Dean Takahashi** Kai Takahashi ’09 Kerry Takahashi ’07 Jackie Shuai & Paul Zhao
margaret ballou hitchcock associates ($2,500 to $4,999) George Atwood f C Almudena Villanueva & David Bach f Jay Cha & Jim Bigwood ’68 Stephanie & Elon Boms Annie Clark f Marcy Stovall & Jim Farnam ’65 Dr. Amira Gohara Mrs. Ramey W. Harper f Wendy & Richard Hokin Nina Scherago & George Jones f Preethi Varghese-Joseph & George Joseph f Peter Kagan ’83 Camille & Jon Koff f Deborah & David Laliberte Katherine Campbell & Matthew Maleska** f Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar f Victoria & Stephen Murphy f C Zehra, Huned, Anees ’14 & Siraj Patwa ’16 f Ann Baker Pepe & Greg Pepe f Kathy & George Priest f Erin & Jeremy Springhorn Laura & Leland Torrence ’68 Leland R. Torrence ’07 Herra & Marian Vulpe Lori & Robert Zyskowski f
shadows and light Over the course of many weeks, seventh graders create large-scale self portraits inspired by artist Chuck Close, using a grid method.
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**Matching Gift Program Participant
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
fr ank perrine associates ($1,000 to $2,499) Anonymous (7) Laura & Victor Altshul Kavitha & Ranjit Bindra Kim Bohen & Doug James f Andrew Boone & Sarah Netter Boone ’89 f Rebecca & John Booth Anne Tyler Calabresi ’48 & Guido Calabresi ’46 f Christine Won & Hyung Chun f Rob Clark ’68 f Nancy Clayton & Brad Collins f Barbara & Samuel P. Clement ’65 JoAnn Hong-Curtis & Jeptha Curtis f The DeLaurentis Family f Susan S. Ellis Lely & David Evans Daniel K. Fleschner ’94 f The Freeman Family Ali Geballe & Joshua Geballe ’90 Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger f Martha Vietor Glass ’68 Joanne & David Goldblum Kate Brown & Larry Greenberg Maggie & William Guerrero Rob Gurwitt ’72 Shannon Callaway & Philip Haile f Dorothea & Robert Harper-Mangels f John T.R. Holder ’76 f C Nancy & Bob Hurlbut Francie Irvine & Andrew McLaren f C Holly Johnson ’81 Ann & Mike Johnson f Todd Kelley ’81 Angelica & Kevin Kim Lynn Leong & Yiming King Diana E.E. & Fred S. Kleiner f Jean & Nick Lamont Fiona Scott Morton & Stephen Latham Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin** Amy & Jonathan Levin ’87** Mona Gohara & Kiran Makam** Carol & Michael Maoz** f Anne Martin & John Pescatore Aditya Mehta ’99 Divita Mehta ’97** Deborah & David Moore f Erin & John Morley Pamela & David Mulligan Eliza & Minor Myers Marv Neuman f Angie Hurlbut & Andrew Nyhart f Nina Nyhart The O’Keefe Family f Tina & Walt Oko f John Oster ’00
innovation station In the Jonathan Milikowsky Technology Lab, fourth graders use iPads to program the movements of Sphero, a robotic ball, through a maze. Laurel & Keith Pisani Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak f Claire Priest ’86 f Tyra & Jeffrey Rabel The Roberts Family f Anne Sa’adah ’69 Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Peter Setlow ’57 f Mary Sanders & Mark Shifman Seunghee Ko & Jiwoong Shin f D. Ellen Shuman & Douglas Rae Margaret J. Smith ’77 Laura Davis & David Soper Musa Speranza & Joseph Shin f Susan Swords Stevens ’62 f David Totman & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56 f Cary Twichell ’76 f André Warner ’98** Frank & Denie Weil Susan & George Wildridge** f Drs. Iris & Barry Wu Loli Wu ’82** f
susan o. bishop associates ($500 to $999) Anonymous (6) The Adae Family Melinda Agsten f Nick Appleby & Bethany Schowalter Appleby ’82 Asefeh Heiat & Masoud Azodi Samuel Babbitt ’42 Tizzy Freedman Bannister ’74 f Jessica Drury Bieler ’75 Stephen Binder ’78
Carolyn & Robert Blackwell Alison & Adam Cady Meg Bluhm Carey ’59 f Nancy & Tim Chan Christina & Wayne Chan Eugenie Tyler Copp ’40 Gerrit Crosby ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas J. Crowley f The Curran Family f Deborah Everhart & George H. Davis Jennifer & Lance Dellacroce Zeynep & Engin Deniz** Elizabeth Daley Draghi ’77** f Janice & Alex Dreier Anne & Stewart Dunn Ms. McKinne Dunn & Dr. Todd Schlachter Edie & Steve Flagg Candace & Burvée Franz f Francine Freeman f Jennifer & Alan Friedman f Maria Lara-Tejero & Jorge Galan f Anna & Bryan Garsten Shelley Goodstine & Jose Gomez Simon & Judy Gore-Grimes f Kerin Adelson & David Grodberg Anne Brooks Gwaltney ’72 Bonnie & Randy Harrison f Oona Hathaway & Jacob Hacker f George W. Holden ’68 Dr. Elizabeth Holt ’79 Eugenia Whitney Hotchkiss ’35 Nadine & Greg Koobatian f Gail & Joseph Labadia f Hannah & James Leckman Deborah Freedman & Ben Ledbetter Margah & Tom Lips Fall 2018 | 43
Dana Peterson & Owen Luckey ’83 f Briah & Spencer Luckey ’85 Michelle & Charles Matouk Annie & Susan Merkle-Ward Deborah E. Miller Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran f Marsha & Ira Moses Joanna Baumer Noble & Lawrence Noble Annie Paul f Beverly Gage & Daniel Perkins f Joan & Erik Pingoud f The Possick Family f Maria Markham & Andrew Putnam Elizabeth Smith Reed ’73 Martha & Larry Reina f The Rinaldi Family f Rosemary Ripley ’68 The Schneider Family Clarky & Jeff Sonnenfeld f Linda Raftery & Philip Spiro Judge Eddie A. Stephens, Ret. Amy Stevens & Mark Scanlan f Anjali Tandon ’18 Kerri Kelshall-Ward & John Ward Marjorie Weinstein-Kowal f Christine Ko & Peter Whang f Susan & Jeffrey White C. Lawson Willard ’47* f John Witt Louise Wu Sylvia Thayer & Philip Zaeder f Li Lin & Jidong Zhou James W. Zirkle f
foote friends ($250 to $499) Anonymous (7) Shyoko Honiden & Aryeh Abeles Anne & Nicholas Afragola f Suzanne & Jason Alderman f Lucy & Gordon* Ambach f Marjo Anderson & Mark Dollhopf f Jan & Bob Anestis Katharine Arnstein ’63 Joanne & Paul Bailey f Christine Wilmer Barkus ’69 f Donna & Bill Batsford f Raina Sotsky & Morris Bell John E. Benevento Adriana Blanco & Richard Bernstein Ranjna Bindra Natalie Wilmer Blenk ’62 Betsy Bradburn-Assoian ’69 f Tom Brand ’88 Ginny Bromage Rachelle & Derek Byron f Kela Caldwell ’09 Omari Caldwell ’13 Louva & David Calhoun* ’38 Lena & Carmine Capasso Matthew Carpenter ’03 Suzanne Jackson Cartier ’52 C Mary Ann Bickford Casey ’52 Kimberly Johung & Francis Chan f Dody & Jay Cox f Karen & Pat Crocco f Betsy & John Daley III
helping hands Kindergartners rinse off after playing in Foote’s new mud kitchen, built last fall by a Foote parent who donated the time and materials. 44 | Foote Prints
**Matching Gift Program Participant
John Detre ’74 Kate & Sam Doak Lee Dunham ’55 f The Eden Family Maelissa Watson & Frank Elmer Emily & Chris Fasano f Foote School Summer Theater Program Pamela Fortin Pia Freeman Shirley McCarthy & John Gallalee Nicole Musayeva & Khanlar Gasimov f Barbara Gibson f Danielle Ginnetti John Ginnetti Maria & Charles Granquist f Avery Grauer ’87 f Alyssa Greenwald & Edward Wittenstein Nicole & Jaime Grutzendler f Birgir Gudjonsson Heidi Hamilton Janet Madigan & Robert Harrity Caitlin Simon & Gregory Huber The Ionescu Family f Jody Abzug & Jim Irzyk April Adams-Johnson & Dirk Johnson Amy Justice & Joseph King Alex Kleiner ’00 f Sandra Dias & Frank Kowalonek** f Tina Tyson & Paul Kumpf Campbell Langdon ’76 Katie & George Levesque Katie & Michael Lipcan f Zach Pine Maher ’15 Melissa Matthes & Daniel Theriault f Duby McDowell ’75 Lu Wu & Lingzhong Meng Karen Orzack-Moore & Daniel C. Moore Pete Neuman ’80 New Haven Museum New Haven Road Race Barbara & Bill Nordhaus Elizabeth Reigeluth Parker ’60 f Susan Stokes & Steven Pincus Carroll & Stanley Possick Elizabeth Prelinger ’68 f Megan & Pete Raymond Robert Ridky Allyx Schiavone ’85 f Dr. & Mrs. Howard Schlachter Tanina Rostain & Richard Schottenfeld f Jennifer Milano & Michael Sessine Charlotte & Kameron Shahid Clifford Slayman f Margie & Alan Starensier Kelly & Derek Streeter f Jeffrey Sudmyer & Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 f Lisa & Lindsay Suter f
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
Shannon Sweeney ’00 Rusty Tunnard ’63 Ellen & Leigh Turner f Alexander W. Vietor ’64 Dawn & Scott Walsh f Barbara Wareck f Caleb Wertenbaker ’88 f Elizabeth & Steven Wilkinson f Vicki & Andrew Wittenstein Caroline Hendel & John Wysolmerski Yue Suo & Yong Xiong Pat & John Zandy
maroon & grey ($1 to $249) Anonymous (33) The Adae Family f Kwadwo Adae Edna Travis & Barney Adams Annie & Jim Adams f Justus Addiss ’73 f Sarah Afragola ’01 f Treeny & Tariq Ahmad Roya Hakakian & Ramin Ahmadi f Heba Abbas & Amaar Al-Hayder f Caron & Norman Alderman f Faiz & Akbar Ali Sumiya Khan & Ather Ali* Kyeen & Richard Andersson The Anestis Family f Betsy Angeletti Kate & Jeremy Angoff ’92 Licella & Juan Arboleda Ying Fan & Ruediger Bachmann Annie Baker Pat & Bill Bakke Drs. Rosemary Balsam & Paul Schwaber Jeanne Banta Emily M. Barclay ’61 f Emily & Walden Bass Nancy & Joel Becker f Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger, P.C. Zachary Bell ’05 Chandra Benevento ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Berenbroick f Margaret J. Berthold Peter Bigwood ’73 Kimberly & Phil Birge-Liberman Christopher Blackwood ’09 Izabela Blackwood Sarah Blake ’75 Elisabeth & Frank Bohlen Elizabeth Bohlen ’58 Gail & Abe Boms Mr. & Mrs. Geofrey Bonenberger Marcia Tucker Boogaard ’50 Elizabeth Borden Sarah Borden
having a ball Members of Foote’s girls’ varsity basketball team hold a ball signed by each player to commemorate their undefeated season in 2018. Michelle & Kossouth Bradford ’87 f Jennifer Jackson Breitling ’91** Frances & Jonathan Brent f Jessie Brinkley ’64 f Carole & Arthur Broadus C Elizabeth Brochin Alison Moncrief Bromage & Andy Bromage f Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen & Turner Brooks Lisa Brown Wendy Houston Brown ’68 Jamie & Benjamin Bruce Lucille Burgo-Black Christine & James Butler Evan Butler ’99 Jonathan Butler ’98 Lucas Butler ’03 Barbara Endres & William Butler Hilary & David Buxbaum Jeannette Q. Byers ’65 f Molly Meigs Cabral ’68 Hong Li & Chunlin Cai Ann Waters Calkins f Joseph Camilleri, M.D. f Jill Campbell Susan Canny ’96 f Amy Caplan ’88 f Francine & Robert Caplan f Caren & Tom Carpenter f C
John Carpenter & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 f Linda Hamilton Carr ’42 f The Carroll Family f Rives Fowlkes Carroll ’57 f Linsley Craig Carruth ’85** f Rachel D. Cartmell ’76 Brenda Carter & Adam Solomon Maria Casasnovas & Lorenzo Caliendo Carolyn & Richard Cavallaro Carol Ann Bradburn Celella ’72 f Xiaoling Yuan & William Chaine f Jaimie & Joe Charles Nancy F. Charles ’55 Beverly & Richard Chevalier Chicopee Medical Center Christina Ching-McGrath ’06 f Shirlee Ching-McGrath Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung f Barbara & Geoffrey Chupp Nancy Sheard & Nathaniel Clark Sarah Clark & Gus Spohn f Fran & Ed Clayton f Anne Campbell Clement ’39 Edward Coady ’05 f Leslie Virostek & John Cobb f Alyson & Gary Cohen Martha Daniels Cohen & George Cohen Terry Colby ’48 Anthony Coleman Fall 2018 | 45
Jill Lacy & David Coleman Ronald Coleman Jr. ’04 Emily Wang & Daniel Colón-Ramos Connecticut Laminating Company Inc. Kelly & Jonathan Connellan f Alison & Liam Considine Virginia & Walter Corbière f Sarah & Hugh Corley f Lucy & Peter Cox Cristina Brunet & Joe Craft Samuel Craft ’07 Thomas Craft ’14 Phyllis & Joseph Crowley Ken Crowley ’76 Beth & Alex Curtis Judy & Hugh Cuthbertson f Manmita Dutta & Rajdeep Das Tessa Stanwood Davis ’57 Amanda & Stewart DeCew John Deming ’66 Charlotte DePalma Alexa D’Errico William C. DeVane ’84 Karen Miller Dibblee ’68 Amanda & Ray Diffley f Jonathan DiMaio ’02 Sheree & David DiMario Marta Janosi & Chris Dinescu Susan & Ken Dobuler Mary Alice & James Donius Evan M. Drutman ’79 f Laurie & C. Dary Dunham Ann S. Earley f Tracy & Brian Earnshaw f Elizabeth DeVane Edminster ’47 f Eric Einbinder Elizabeth Jonas & Tom Eisen Portia Elmer-MacDougall & Roderick Williams MacDougall Christopher Durlacher & Nora Elton ’96** Peter Ewell ’61 Stephen Fair ’97 Kristen Fairey Ellen Myers & David Fairman Caitlin Farrell ’12 Dylan Farrell ’11 Garrett Farrell ’09 Susan & Stephen Farrell Tagan Farrell ’17 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Farricielli Atty & Mrs. Michael Fasano Sr. Genie & George Fayen The Fejos Family f Doris Drisler Ferguson ’42 f Mr. & Mrs. Richard Figueroa Nadia & Andrew Fisher Anne Camp & John Flanders Stephen Fontana ’78 f 46 | Foote Prints
Thomas Fontana ’82 f The Foote School Drama Program Ke Xu & Oscar Fornoles Marie C. & Patrick Fourteau f Alicia Fox ’88 Jason Franzen & Polly Coassin Franzen ’99 Joan & Richard Freedman Jacqueline & Stephen Fritzinger Ben Fussiner & Sondra Lender Tim Gabbard ’05 Ann Gabriel Josepha & Frank Gabriele Lee Gaillard ’52 f Tristram Gaillard ’57 Anne & James Galinsky Nico Gangloff Jenette & Noah Ganter f Paul Garcia David Garlick & Elissa Schpero Garlick ’92 Ayesha Ramachandran & Giuseppe Gazzola Silvia & Rich Gee f The Anderson Gewirtz Family Tristen Giovanelli f Keith Gipson The Giraldez Greco Family Susan Baserga & Peter Glazer Laura Goldblum f Maxine Goldblum The Chan/Goldstein Family f Rachel Lampert & Rick Goodwin** Carol & Mike Gordon The Goubourn Family Katerina Politi & Mark Graham Rebecca Gratz Roberta Brandes Gratz Janie Merkel & Jonathan Grauer ’85 f Mariana Torrens Arias & Eben Graves Linda Brenner & Tony Green Ruth Greenbaum The Greenshpun/Blank Family Mrs. Richard R. Griffith Jennifer Griffiths f Margaret Grimes ’07 Tim Grimes & Susie Campbell Grimes ’75 Katie Hackenburg Kimiko Ishiguro & Bret Halpern Cara & Robert Hames f Liz & Chris Hansen ’86 Jennye Hansen Julian Harris ’80 Myra & Andrew Harris Rebekah Sturges & Jack Harris Debra & James Healy f Saylor Heidmann Linda Keul Henley Brook Hersey ’74 f Lee Anne & Peter Hicks ’73 Drs. Jessica Cardin & Michael Higley **Matching Gift Program Participant
Harald Hille ’52 Frederick Hilles ’52 David I. Hitchcock ’42 Richard Hooker III ’60 f Sally Hopfner Edith Rose Hopkins ’39 Carla & Robert Horwitz Nancy & John Hotchkiss f Art Howe III ’68 Judith S. Hull ’63 Herrick Jackson ’54 f Bonnie & Ed James Louise Bluhm Jeanne ’54 f Mary Barnett & David Jenkins Robin Jenkins ’82 Carolyn & Jonathan Johnson Edward R. Johnson ’54 f Faith Sargent Lewis Johnson ’57 f Kathy Johnson f Lynda S. Johnson f James Johnston ’68 Loretta & John Johung Nancy & Joseph Juliano Nancy Ely Kales ’55 f Iris & Naftali Kaminski f Özler & Ege Kayaarasi f Susan Keegan Suzanne Kelley Michelle & Todd Kennedy The Khokha Family f Susannah Bernheim & Caleb Kleppner Elisabeth Sacco Klock ’98 f Nate Krauss ’17 Timothy La Farge ’44 Mislal Andom-Lake & Michael Lake Kirsti & John Langbein f Natalie Lapides ’08** Gladys Bozyan Lavine ’47 Emma Ledbetter ’03 f Lucie F. Ledbetter ’08 The Lee Family Mary & David Lesser Beverly Hodgson & John Leventhal Naomi Libby David M. Lima, M.D. Cynthia Albert Link & Lawrence Link f Gina Lombardi Karen & Bill Longa** f Shannon & Edrik Lopez Kelly Lorimer ’97 Elizabeth & Peter Lorimer ’01 Lori Blank & David Low f Jennifer R. Lucarelli Andrea Luedecker ’98 Marla MacKenzie Davida Gordon Madden ’45 Deborah & Patrick Madden Lisa Malitz ’96
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
Nancy & Hugh Manke f Susan & Andrew Marlatt Edward Martin ’15 Donna Rehm-McCabe & Michael McCabe f Janet McClure ’65 Michele & Jesse McCray Emily Melnick & Matt McDermott Rita A. McDougald-Campbell Tara & James McPartland f Jennifer McTiernan Tracey L. Meares Nawrie Meigs-Brown ’55 Alexandra & Carlos Mena f Alinor Sterling & Steve Mentz f Jayne & Ted Merkel Prudence Loeb Miller ’37 Renita & Will Miller York Miller ’64 Sandra Milles Anna McGaw-Mobarak & Ahmed Mobarak Judith Buck Moore ’51 Julie & Bill Moore f Martin Moreland f Kim Morris f Melanie Crowley Mullan ’84 f Colleen & Michael Murphy Mary P. Murphy ’92
The Nadzam Family f Jennie Bailey Nally ’88 The Nast Family The Navaratnam–Tomayko Family Jane Whittlesey North ’45 f Patricia Fiorito Oakes ’60 Judy & Kevin O’Hare f Christine & John Pakutka Catherine & Christophe Pamelard f Deborah Johnson & Joseph Paolillo f Julia Paolillo ’07 Neha & Chirag Parikh Rebecca Paugh f Lauren & Timothy Pavlis Libby & Trevor Peard Melissa Castleman & Jordan Peccia Kristen & Michael Peck Andrea & Michael Peed Paola Pérez ’10 Raysa Pérez ’16 Jaime Perri f Laura & Frank Perrine Sonah & Edward Perry John W. Persse ’73 f Cathy Petraiuolo ’83 f Dr. E. Anthony Petrelli ’53 f Elizabeth Petrelli ’96 ** f
Richard L. Petrelli ’57 Lindsay Petroski Bonnie Garmisa & Tom, Clara, Ellie & Simon Pinchbeck f Carol & Wesley H. Poling f Jane McCall Politi Josie & Richard Queen Caron Querker Teddy Rabel Andrea & Klaus Radebold Carol Miller Rand ’57 Terry & Paul Raymond Dorleen & James Reidy Joe Reiser Bruce L. Reynolds ’57 Deborah A. Rhoads Thabisa & Charles Rich Naomi Senzer & Brad Ridky f Mark Righter ’80 Sandy & Jim Righter Rebecca Good & Manuel Rivera Andrés Rollán ’20 Nikhil Rollán ’22 Pablo Noé Rollán ’18 The Sharma-Rollán Family Mr. & Mrs. Camilo Romero f Emily L. Rome ’87
bugs be gone Seventh graders made sachets called xiāng bāo for the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in June. Traditionally, they are filled with spices and herbs to repel bugs that emerge at the start of summer. Fall 2018 | 47
Shae & Paul Rosenthal Donald O. Ross ’62 f Amy Estabrook ’72 & Philip Ross ’64 Nicholas Rostow ’64 Diane & Harvey Ruben Tracey & Eddie Ruotolo Heather & Matthew Russo Margot DeNoyon Saadeh ’50 Joanne Saccio Susan & Joseph Saccio Mariah Sage Seymour & Bruce Seymour The Sager-Pandya Family f Susan Devine & Dr. David Sakheim Krystn Wagner & José Salvana f Robert Sandine Kathleen Santomasso Dr. & Mrs. Clarence T. Sasaki f John Sasaki ’87 Susan Sawyer & Michael Kaplan Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Eva & Hal Scharfstein Allyn Schiavone Abha Gupta & Stephen Scholand f Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger f Belinda Chan & Peter Schott The Mark Schpero Family Nancy Segal Hilary Shank-Kuhl ’68 f Susan C. Shaw f Jane K. Shedlin ’47 Amy & Colin Sheehan f Pauline Vietor Sheehan ’61 Viraj & Hansal Sheth Brice Shipley Claire Shubik-Richards ’88 f The Siegel-Lang Family f Will Silva ’66 f C Tricia & Justin Simon Walter Siracuse Leslie Stone & Michael Sloan Meg McDowell Smith ’69 f Deanna & Dr. Mitchell Smooke Penny Snow f Sandra & Henry Snow Linda & Charles Sommerfield Andrea & Brian Sorrells f Sara Jamison & Pedro Soto Marcia Southwick ’63 Lucy & Wayne Spaar f Cassandra Spadory Joyce & James Spencer f Laura & James Stanley Beau Davin Stengel ’96 Karen & Dennis Stephens Marcus Stern ’75 Virginia Stevens May ’96 Katherine & Kenneth Stone
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lending a hand As they have for years, sixth graders coordinated the Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Hamden. This year, families donated enough to fill 200 bags with fixings for a Thanksgiving Day meal. Anna Stover Barry Stratton ’58 Susan Stratton ’63 Marcia Streech Jane & James M. Sturgeon Erin A. Sweeney ’02 Katharine M. Swibold ’75 Mary & Lou Theodore Molleen Theodore & Andrew Leonard Phebe Thorne ’55 Sharon & Andrew Tievsky Ann Hunt Tritz ’45 f Deborah Coen & Paul Tuchmann Rev. P.L. Urban ’38 Cristin Siebert & Eduardo Urios-Aparisi Kathy J. Cooke & David A. Valone Hester van de Rhoer & Pieter van Dokkum Mrs. Josiah G. Venter f Zaida & Edward Venter ’72 Jill Barron & Manuel Vintimilla Eve & Heinrich von Staden Lee Vorderer & Bob Bass Katharine Adams Walker ’63 Ellen Sherk Walsh ’73 Annie Wareck ’85 f John Wareck ’84 f Sheila & Lawrence Wartel f Thea Buxbaum & Gar Waterman
**Matching Gift Program Participant
Ning Wei f Erica & Gordon Weiss f Bonnie Welch ’79 f Harry Welch ’42 Elizabeth B. Welles f Thomas Mason & Talbot Welles ’81 f Rebekah & Alexander Westphal Mr. & Mrs. Ki Whang Betty & Jim Whitney f Elizabeth Wiedersheim Diane & Scott Williams f Lois & Ted Willis Robert F. Wing ’53 f C Wenyan & Derek Witkowsky Jean-ellen McSharry & Chris Woerner Jonathan Krant & Katherine Wolfgang ’75 Emily Mendillo Wood ’51 f James Wrenn & Harriet Calhoun Wrenn ’43 f Brian Wysolmerski ’07 Michael Wysolmerski ’05 ** Zhirong Jiang & Zhiqun Xi f Lan Lin & Wu Yan f Yanbin & Yang Yang Iain York Jennifer & Mark Youngblood f Lejun Ding & Zhao Zhao Dr. & Mrs. Albert Zimmermann f Amanda & Richard Zubek
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
facult y & staff 87% participation Jim Adams f Lara Anderson f Ann Baker Pepe f Lynne Banta f Carrie Bergantino f Kim Birge-Liberman f Tim Blauvelt f Kossouth Bradford ’87 f Andy Bromage f Jake Burt f Rachelle Byron f Mary Beth Calderoni f Amy Caplan ’88 f Debbie Fong Carpenter ’82 f Joe Charles John Climie Tony Coleman Kelly Connellan f Liam Considine John Cunningham f Tina Cunningham Alexa D’Errico Char DePalma Amanda Diffley f Eric Einbinder Lely Evans Dawn Farricielli Pam Fortin Candace Franz f Jennifer Friedman f Jacqui Fritzinger Josepha Gabriele Silvia Gee f Ângela Giannella f Tristen Giovanelli f Cara Given f Susie Campbell Grimes ’75 Bill Guerrero Katie Hackenburg Cara Hames f Tina Hansen f Deadra Hart John Hay Jodi Hodge Mike Kane Özler Kayaarası f Susan Keegan Margy Lamere f Sheila Lavey f Leslie Long f Anne Lu Carol Maoz f Karla Matheny f Mike McCabe f
Melissa McCormack f Dave McGaffin Brad McGuire f Beth Mello f Michael Milburn f Colleen Murphy Susan Neitlich f Sally Nunnally f Cathy Pamelard f Hilary Pearson f Jaime Perri f Lindsay Petroski Denise Quinn Dobratz f Cindy Raymond Joe Reiser Deb Riding Tracey Ruotolo Heather Russo Katie Santomasso Julian Schlusberg Ashley Schnabel Sue Shaw f Tricia Simon Walter Siracuse Kelly Small f Adam Solomon f Cassie Spadory Laura Stanley Anna Stover Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 f Drew Sweet f Debby Teason John Turner f Erika Villa f Dawn Walsh f Megan Williams Wenyan Witkowsky Alexandra Wittner Kim Yap f Jennifer Youngblood f Heather Zetterberg f Andrew Zielinski
farewell gif ts 8th Grade Parents of departing eighth graders contributed to supporting upgraded iPads and faculty professional development. George Atwood Annie Baker Andrew Boone & Sarah Netter Boone ’89 Sarah Borden Chunlin Cai & Hong Li John Carpenter & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung
Kate & Sam Doak Lely & David Evans Allison Geballe & Joshua Geballe ’90 Khadija Gurnah & Amin Gonzalez Kerin Adelson & David Grodberg Nicole & Jaime Grutzendler Oona Hathaway & Jacob Hacker Avlin & Suguru Imaeda Iris & Naftali Kaminski Nadine & Greg Koobatian Lori Blank & David Low Jennifer McTiernan Lisa & Philip Miller Tina & Walt Oko Catherine & Christophe Pamelard Neha & Chirag Parikh Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger Susan Stokes & Steven Pincus Megan & Pete Raymond Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger Amy Stevens & Mark Scanlan Kelly & Derek Streeter Renuka Umashanker & Kevin Long Herra & Marian Vulpe John Wareck ’84 Zhirong Jiang & Zhiqun Xi Jackie Shuai & Paul Zhao 9th Grade In addition to supporting The Foote Fund, ninth-grade parents contributed to supporting the Yali exchange visit and efforts to recruit diverse faculty members. Shannon Callaway & Phil Haile Nancy Clayton & Brad Collins Karen & Pat Crocco Sandra & Philip Curran Dorothea & Robert Harper-Mangels Debra & James Healy Angie Hurlbut & Andrew Nyhart Fiona Scott Morton & Stephen Latham Kim Yap & Andrew Lewandowski Thomas Mason & Talbot Welles ’81 Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran Duffy & Eric Mudry Dana Peterson & Owen Luckey ’83 Maria Markham & Andrew Putnam Melissa Matthes & Daniel Theriault Kate McKenzie & Craig Crews Stephanie & Patrick O’Keefe Beverly Gage & Daniel Perkins Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak Tracey & Eddie Ruotolo Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán Leslie Stone & Michael Sloan Jill Barron & Manuel Vintimilla Yongnian Sun & Qizhi Yang
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honor ary gif ts
In Honor of Anees Patwa ’14 & Siraj Patwa ’16 Zehra & Huned Patwa
In Honor of Ellen Velardi David Totman & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56 In Honor of Megan Williams Andrés Rollán ’20
In Honor of Tim Blauvelt Andrea & Brian Sorrells
In Honor of Ann Baker Pepe Amy Caplan ’88 John Carpenter & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 Alison Moncrief Bromage & Andy Bromage Jaimie & Joe Charles Jaime Perri Jeff & Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89
In Honor of Jenny Byers ’65 Melanie Ginter & John Lapides
In Honor of Ann Baker Pepe & Carol Maoz Jody Abzug & Jim Irzyk
In Honor of Judy Chevalier Anne Martin & John Pescatore
In Honor of Trevor Rosenthal, Jim Adams & Özler Kayaarasi Erin & Jeremy Springhorn
In Honor of Hans Anderson-Dollhopf ’02 & Conrad Anderson-Dollhopf ’07 Marjo Anderson In Honor of Carrie Bergantino Pablo Noé Rollán ’18
In Honor of Class of 1955 Nawrie Meigs-Brown ’55
In Honor of Adam Solomon Shannon Callaway & Phil Haile Nikhil Rollán ’22
In Honor of Class of 1972 Anne Brooks Gwaltney ’72 In Honor of Class of 1982 (for F-STAND) Thomas Fontana ’82
In Honor of Morgan Curtis ’14 & Samuel Curtis ’16 Alexis Beth Curtis In Honor of Dr. Phil Dickey Barbara Pearce & Norman Fleming
In Honor of Laura Stanley Shannon Callaway & Phil Haile
In Honor of Drew Sweet Shannon Callaway & Phil Haile
In Honor of Shirin Hollis Ronald Coleman Jr. ’04 In Honor of Lynda Johnson Deborah Freedman & Ben Ledbetter Rebecca Paugh Ning Wei
memorial gif ts In Memory of Ather Ali Nico Gangloff In Memory of George Spencer Berger ’56 David Totman & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56 In Memory of Margaret Brooks John Carpenter & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 In Memory of Merritt Clark Nancy Sheard & Nathaniel Clark
In Honor of Margie Starensier Barbara & Geoffrey Chupp Joan & Richard Freedman Anne & James Galinsky Mike & Carol Gordon Ruth Greenbaum Bonnie Garmisa & Tom, Clara, Ellie & Simon Pinchbeck Shae & Paul Rosenthal Nancy Segal
In Honor of Jay Cox The Nadzam Family Rebecca Paugh
In Honor of Louise Wu Drs. Iris & Barry Wu
In Honor of Gretchen & Richard Swibold Katharine M. Swibold ’75
In Memory of Mary Mendenhall Cooley ’57 Rives Fowlkes Carroll ’57 In Memory of Mary Lee Craig Meghan & George Knight In Memory of Anna Huntington Deming ’35 Melinda Agsten Gerrit Crosby ’66 John Deming ’66 In Memory of Mareta Fagan Ann Gabriel In Memory of Anne Farnam ’53 Nancy F. Charles ’55
In Honor of Christopher Mayer ’03, Eric Mayer ’02 & Heather Mayer ’06 Kristen Fairey In Honor of Sarvesh Mehta Divita Mehta ’97 & Aditya Mehta ’99 In Honor of Michael Milburn Mary Grey Maher & Zach Pine Maher
hold on tight A Kindergartner gives her special friend a hug on Grandparents Day.
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**Matching Gift Program Participant
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
In Memory of Carol Freedman Tizzy Freedman Bannister ’74 In Memory of Annette Gabbard Fritz Nancy & Joseph Juliano In Memory of Diana Vilas Gladden ’52 Lee Gaillard ’52 In Memory of John Hare Jr. ’72 Amy Estabrook ’72 & Philip Ross ’64 Rob Gurwitt ’72 Zaida Venter & Edward Venter ’72 In Memory of Polly Pope Hirsch ’47 Elizabeth DeVane Edminster ’47 In Memory of Bill and Mary Keil Susan & Jeffrey White In Memory of Myrna Libby Naomi Libby In Memory of David Lindsay ’53 Tristram Gaillard ’57 In Memory of Donald Papa Ethan Eden In Memory of Mal Schneider Amy S. & J.Richard Lee In Memory of Rick & Betty Shambroom Stephanie & Elon Boms In Memory of Jean Shepler Elizabeth Prelinger ’68 In Memory of Capt. Ben Sklaver Will Silva ’66 In Memory of Alice Knight Sturges Elizabeth Bohlen ’58 In Memory of Jillian Lydia Thwaites Josie & Richard Queen In Memory of Edward Torrence ’08 George W. Holden ’68 Laura & Leland Torrence ’68 Leland R. Torrence ’07 In Memory of Barbara Foster Vietor ’72 Pauline Vietor Sheehan ’61 In Memory of Betsy Welch Gary Peck & Bonnie Welch ’79
following the thread On Early Connecticut Day, third graders wear period dress and learn arts and crafts the early settlers would have done, including cross stitch.
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gif ts to endowed funds
The Centennial Society acknowledges the generosity of those who have chosen to remember The Foote School in their wills or through a charitable trust, gift annuity or life insurance plan.
Ann Baker Pepe Endowed Fund for Financial Aid Anonymous (1) Melinda Agsten Laura & Victor Altshul George Atwood C Ann Baker Pepe & Greg Pepe Chay & Richard Bershtein Kim Bohen & Doug James Grace & Jay Bright Jeannette Q. Byers ’65 Anne Tyler Calabresi ’48 & Guido Calabresi ’46 Mary Beth & Andy Calderoni Wick R. Chambers ’62 Constance Clement ’62 Dody & Jay Cox Peter & Lucy Cox Melanie Ginter & John Lapides Rebecca Good & Manuel Rivera Maria & Charles Granquist Margaret Clement Green ’61 Saylor Heidmann Lee Anne & Peter Hicks ’73 Francie Irvine & Andrew McLaren The Knight Family Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss Jean & Nick Lamont Amy S. & J. Richard Lee Cindy & David Leffell
Anonymous (2) George Atwood Carole & Arthur Broadus Caren & Tom Carpenter Suzanne Jackson Cartier ’52 Mary Beth & Robert Congdon Carol Gordon ’53 Betsy & Len Grauer Mrs. Ramey W. Harper John T.R. Holder ’76 Francie Irvine & Andrew McLaren Sharon Lynn Kagan Sandy & Curly Lieber Melissa Matthes & Daniel Theriault Victoria & Stephen Murphy Robert Sandine Will Silva ’66 Robert F. Wing ’53
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Marla MacKenzie Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Sharon & Daniel Milikowsky Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar Victoria & Stephen Murphy Zehra, Huned, Anees ’14 & Siraj ’16 Patwa Carol & Wesley H. Poling Deborah A. Rhoads D. Ellen Shuman & Douglas Rae David Totman & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56 Benevento Family Scholarship Fund Chandra Benevento ’91 John E. Benevento Betsy Welch Scholarship Fund Deborah Everhart & George H. Davis Gary Peck & Bonnie Welch ’79 Carolyn Foundation Endowment Andrea Luedecker ’98 Centennial Endowment Anonymous (2) Nick Appleby & Bethany Schowalter Appleby ’82 George Atwood C Kavitha & Ranjit Bindra Emily & Dean Brenner Grace & Jay Bright Matthew Carpenter ’03 Maura & Joe Collins Kate McKenzie & Craig Crews Eileen & Andrew Eder Marcy Stovall & Jim Farnam ’65 Elizabeth & Niall Ferguson The Hellerman Family Bernadette Huang & Geert Rouwenhorst Alison & Christopher Illick Avlin & Suguru Imaeda Meghan & George Knight Nadine & Greg Koobatian Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss Cindy & David Leffell Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin** Jane & Richard Levin Mona Gohara & Kiran Makam** Susan & Andrew Metrick Roslyn & Jerome Meyer Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Nicole Eldredge & Matthew Milikowsky ’95 Sharon & Daniel Milikowsky Erin & John Morley Bonnie & Toby Moskowitz Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar Pamela & David Mulligan Victoria & Stephen Murphy William Newton ’64 52 | Foote Prints
Emily & Ryan Oakes Zehra, Huned, Anees Patwa ’14 & Siraj ’16 Patwa Judith Chevalier & Steven Podos Jennifer & Andrew Rapkin Sarah Schlegel-Eder Jennifer Milano & Michael Sessine Alexandra Shor & Theodore Cohen Susan & Linfield Simon Stacey & Cutter Smith Jeffrey Sudmyer & Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 Rosamund Zander & Hansjoerg Wyss Lori & Robert Zyskowski Class of 1968 50th Reunion Endowed Fund Jay Cha & Jim Bigwood ’68 Molly Meigs Cabral ’68 Rob Clark ’68 Catherine Smith Cuthell ’68 Karen Miller Dibblee ’68 Martha Vietor Glass ’68 George W. Holden ’68 Art Howe III ’68 James Johnston ’68 Elizabeth Prelinger ’68 Rosemary Ripley ’68 Laura & Leland Torrence ’68 Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund Anonymous Amy Estabrook ’72 Rob Gurwitt ’72 Zaida & Edward Venter ’72
Endowed Fund for Financial Aid Anonymous Endowed Fund for Theater Christopher Blackwood ’09 Izabela Blackwood Kathy J. Cooke & David A. Valone Fair-Oster Family Scholarship Fund Sharon Oster & Ray Fair Stephen Fair ’97 Emily Oster ’95 John Oster ’00 Falco School Spirit Fund Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Frederick L. Holborn ’41 Scholarship Fund Hanna Holborn Gray ’43 Gene J. Takahashi Scholarship Fund Wendy Sharp & Dean Takahashi** Kai Takahashi ’09 Kerry Takahashi ’07 Hannah Lee Memorial Fund Barbara & Geoffrey Chupp Joan & Richard Freedman Anne & James Galinsky Melanie Ginter & John Lapides Mike & Carol Gordon Ruth Greenbaum Amy S. & J. Richard Lee Bonnie Garmisa & Tom, Clara, Ellie & Simon Pinchbeck Shae & Paul Rosenthal Nancy Segal Margie & Alan Starensier Jay Cox Endowment for Financial Aid Anne & Gordon Armour Donna & Bill Batsford Chay & Richard Bershtein Mr. & Mrs. Geofrey Bonenberger Meghan & George Knight Barbara & Bill Nordhaus Libby & Trevor Peard Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Maxwell Sbriglio ’12
sticky and sweet To celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, students in Wenyan Witkowsky’s Mandarin class made rice-flour mooncakes, or yuèbĭng. **Matching Gift Program Participant
Jay Cox Endowment for PPRRSM Anne & Gordon Armour Chay & Richard Bershtein Mary Beth & Andy Calderoni Melanie Ginter & John Lapides
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
Jean G. Lamont Scholarship Fund Rita A. McDougald-Campbell Beau Davin Stengel ’96 Jean Shepler Miller Endowed Fund Tom Brand ’88 Judith S. Hull ’63 York Miller ’64 Margaret J. Smith ’77 Jonathan Milikowsky Scholarship Fund Linsley Craig Carruth ’85** Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 André Warner ’98** Jonathan Milikowsky Technology Fund Melanie Ginter & John Lapides Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Levin Endowed Fund for Library Materials Rosita & Grayson Murphy Mary P. Murphy ’92 Mandell Family Summer Sabbatical Program Lillian Garcia & Bruce Mandell Margaret Brooks Endowed Fund Dr. Elizabeth Holt ’79 Marian Spiro Fund for Science Enrichment Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger, P.C. Chicopee Medical Center Birgir Gudjonsson Dr. Elizabeth Holt ’79 Sandra Milles Linda Raftery & Philip Spiro Herra & Marian Vulpe Marshall and Margaret Wilmer Bartlett ’58 Family Foundation Endowed Technology Fund Marshall & Margaret Wilmer Bartlett ’58 Martha Babcock Foote Scholarship Fund Linda & Charles Sommerfield Martha Brochin Endowed Fund Elizabeth Brochin Susan Canny ’96 Melanie Ginter & John Lapides Deborah Freedman & Ben Ledbetter Penny Snow Milos Saccio Fund Mary & David Lesser Susan & Joseph Saccio Penny Snow
strands on hands Ninth-grade girls display pearl bracelets they received as graduation gifts from the school. The pearls are purchased from One Pearl, a company that donates 100 percent of its profits to causes that benefit children’s health and education. Each strand contains a single black pearl to symbolize a life transformed. Orten L. Pengue Jr. Scholarship Fund The Foote School Drama Program Foote School Summer Theater Program Ann Gabriel Julia Paolillo ’07 Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Julian Schlusberg Phyllis Brown Sandine Memorial Scholarship Fund Anne Sa’adah ’69 Robert Sandine Polly Fiddler Art Fund Jeannette Q. Byers ’65 John Sasaki ’87 Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Timothy & Mary P. Doukas Endowed Fund Susan Swords Stevens ’62 Pat & John Zandy Unrestricted Endowment Anne Sa’adah ’69 Vlock Family Endowment Fund Theodore Vlock ’13
matching gif ts Aetna Foundation Inc. AARP Bank of America Foundation Gartner Group GE Foundation Goldman Sachs Hearst Corporation IBM Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Microsoft Medtronic New York Life Foundation Pitney Bowes Prudential T. Rowe Price Associates Foundation Inc. Thermo Fisher Scientific UBS
stars (schools together for arts resources) The Foote School Parent Teacher Council New Haven Road Race
gif ts for special purposes Marshall & Margaret Wilmer Bartlett ’58 Chay & Richard Bershtein Alexandra Shor & Theodore Cohen The Foote School Parent Teacher Council Joyce & David Price The Seedlings Foundation Fall 2018 | 53
horizons Anonymous (18) Moira Aitro Mary Alsop Laura & Victor Altshul Marie & Warren Andiman Susan & Basil Anton Diane & Walter Ariker Joanne & Paul Bailey Alphonse J. Balzano Jr. Donna & Bill Batsford The Reverend & Mrs. Richard E. Beattie Chay & Richard Bershtein Sarah Blanton ’93 & Eamon Roche ’80 Kim Bohen & Doug James Annette Boykin Michelle & Kossouth Bradford ’87 Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman LLP Grace & Jay Bright Dante Brito Jeannette Q. Byers ’65 Carmen Canales Maria Canales Capital One LLC Amy Caplan ’88 Zenta Walther & John Carlson John Carpenter & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 Mary & Tony Carroll Patty & VB Chamberlain Wick R. Chambers ’62 Tracey Cleary Constance Clement ’62 Roxanne & Kevin Coady Maria Mojica & Edgar Colon
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Dale Coudert Dody & Jay Cox Mr. & Mrs. Douglas J. Crowley ’55 Dennis Cullen Michele Curry Judy & Hugh Cuthbertson Jennifer Davies Gladys Deutsch Ann & John Donnery Karen Driscoll Pete Duncan Eileen & Andrew Eder Elizabeth Jonas & Tom Eisen Lane English Emily & Chris Fasano Deborah & Julian Ferholt Helene & Juan Figueroa Edie & Steve Flagg The Foote School Class of 2017 The Foote School Parent Teacher Council Susan Forster Ellen Cohen & Steven Fraade Raffaella Zanuttini & Bob Frank Debbie & Bill Friedman Cori Gabbard Anna & Bryan Garsten Michele & Charles Gay Zandra & Willis Gay Amy Goldberg Cindy & Joe Goldberg Katharine Goodbody Pam Goodman Sara Gottesman
little boxes, none the same A Kindergartner makes furniture for a miniature classroom built inside a wooden crate, part of a unit on community. 54 | Foote Prints
**Matching Gift Program Participant
Jean & William Graustein Maggie & William Guerrero Jennifer Heath & Peter Lamothe Lucas Held Harald Hille ’52 Beverly Hodgson & John Leventhal Dana Hokin Wendy & Richard Hokin Horizons National Student Enrichment Program Inc. Briane & Stephen Horner Jody Sindelar & Roger Ibbotson Alison & Christopher Illick Francie Irvine & Andrew McLaren Jody Abzug & Jim Irzyk Camille & Jon Koff Juliet Koff ’22 Jean & Nick Lamont The Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation Helen Lankenau Hannah & James Leckman Amy S. & J. Richard Lee Cindy & David Leffell Molly LeVan Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin Kirsten Levinsohn Mr. & Mrs. Keith Libby Sylvia & Martin Lipnick Laura Pappano & Thomas Lynch Lillian Garcia & Bruce Mandell Margaret & Marc Mann Carol & Michael Maoz Wendy Marans Lynn Street & Donald Margulies Carol Marino Doreen Marvin Melissa Matthes & Daniel Theriault Donna Rehm-McCabe & Michael McCabe Sally Schwartz McDermott & Bruce McDermott Kate McKenzie & Craig Crews Isabella Mendes The Metrick Family Roslyn & Jerome Meyer Sharon & Daniel Milikowsky Susan & David Millen Gail Mirza Pritha & Nikhil Mittal Julie & Bill Moore Jacqueline Morgan Marcia & James Morley Victoria & Stephen Murphy The Nadzam Family Manu G. Nathan ’97 Joan & John Nevin New Haven Road Race Judith Normandin Donna Notti
Donor to the Foote Fund for five consecutive years
C Centennial Society
David Nowak Sharon Oster & Ray Fair Owenoke Foundation Tim Parrish Zehra & Huned Patwa Libby & Trevor Peard Hilary & Erik Pearson Jaime Perri Laura & Frank Perrine Jack Ciccolo & Sid Phillips Judith Chevalier & Steven Podos Carol & Wesley H. Poling Claire Priest ’86 Kathryn Reilly Yurkovsky ’08 Joan & Barry Richter Sarah Blanton ’93 & Eamon Roche ’80 Rebecca Royston Sylvia & Edward Ryan Robert Sandine Lewis Schaeneman Jr. Michael Schaffer Harriet & Len Schleifer Jodi & Marc Schneider The Seedlings Foundation Barbara & Jimmy Segaloff John Shaw Susan C. Shaw Amy & Colin Sheehan D. Ellen Shuman & Douglas Rae Cornelia Mendenhall Small ’58 Smart Family Foundation Inc. Adam Solomon Laura Davis & David Soper Stephen Altshul Foundation Barbara & Leonard Stern Susan Stout Jeffrey Sudmyer & Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 Wendy Sharp & Dean Takahashi Deborah F. Teason The Leonard/Theodore Family Norma Thompson Barbara & Gordon Thomson David Totman & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56 Diana Pacetta-Ullman & Thomas Ullman* Michael Van Leesten Ralph Villanova Jr. Paul A. Virostek Ethel Walker School Charles & Dinny Wakerley Dawn & Scott Walsh Kerri Kelshall-Ward & John Ward Harry Welch ’42 Sandra & Richard Whelan Shenita & Clinton White ’82 Betty & Jim Whitney Stephen Wizner Annie Woodhull & Gordon Thorne*
shining stars A student glazes his ceramic creation during this year’s STARS program, which brings together students and teachers from Foote and New Haven public schools for Saturday morning activities. Matching Companies Gartner Group Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Energy Foundation Pfizer Inc.
In Honor of Lynn Gabbard Cori Gabbard
In Honor of Laura Altshul Harriet & Len Schleifer
In Honor of E.J. Nisbeth ’06 Briane & Stephen Horner
In Honor of Ann Baker Pepe David Totman & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56
In Honor of Heather Zetterberg The Reverend & Mrs. Richard E. Beattie Meredith & Keith Libby
In Honor of Kim Bohen Jody Abzug & Jim Irzyk
In Honor of Ric James and Gary Hein Kim Bohen & Doug James
In Memory of Carol Virostek Paul Virostek Fall 2018 | 55
Endowed Funds In the early 1980s, the Board’s Finance Committee recommended the purchase of zero coupon bonds as a strategy to create the school’s endowment. It was an important decision for the school—when the last of the zero coupon bonds matured in 2003, the initial investment of $310,000 had returned $1.6 million. Over the years Foote’s endowment has continued to grow, and it now stands at $11.8 million. A distribution is made annually from interest earned on invested funds. New funds are listed in shaded boxes.
unrestric ted endowment S. Prescott Bush Clement Endowed Fund— established in 2007 in honor of S. Prescott Bush Clement ’35. The proceeds are used at the discretion of the school’s Board of Directors. Bob and Mary Beth Congdon Centennial Endowment Fund—established in 2017 in honor of Foote’s Centennial. Proceeds are used at the discretion of the school’s Board of Directors. The Class of 1968 50th Reunion Endowed Fund—established in 2018 by the Class of 1968 in honor of their 50th reunion. Proceeds are used at the discretion of the school’s Board of Directors, to support the school’s mission.
endowment for c ampus & facilities Jay Cox Endowment for PPRRSM— established in 2017 to recognize Jay Cox’s dedication to maintaining and developing The Foote School campus and facilities during his three decades as Business Manager.
endowment for curriculum enrichment Marshall and Margaret Wilmer Bartlett ’58 Family Foundation Endowed Technology Fund—established in 2017 with gifts to provide ongoing annual support for technology needs. Martha Brochin Endowed Fund for Library Books—established in 2004 in memory of Martha Brochin, a Foote School parent and much-loved pediatrician. Margaret Brooks Endowed Fund—established in 2010 in memory of Madame Brooks, French teacher at Foote and parent of Preston ’79, Kate ’82 and Nat ’87. The fund supports the school’s Modern Language Department. Polly Fiddler Art Fund—established by parents and former students in recognition of Polly Fiddler’s outstanding work as an art teacher at Foote for more than three decades (1978–2009). The fund supports the school’s studio art program. Friends of Foote Theater Endowment— established in 2002 by David and Deborah Moore to fund costs associated with the outstanding drama program. Kindergarten and Mixed Age Group Programs Fund—established by the parents of Foote students Aya and Hadi Abu-Alfa in 2010 to support and enrich the Kindergarten and Mixed Age Group programs. Levin Fund—established by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Levin to fund the purchase of books and materials to enrich and extend the collection of the Frank M. Perrine Library. Library Endowment—gifts to endowment for support of the Frank M. Perrine Library. Jonathan Milikowsky Memorial Technology Fund—created by classmates, family and friends in memory of Jonathan Milikowsky ’98, to provide annual support to the Technology Department, particularly for new technology and innovative uses of technology. Jean Shepler Miller Music Fund—established in 2009 by alumni who studied music with Mrs. Shepler during her long career at Foote (1953–1991), to provide support for the school’s Music Department. Marian W. Spiro Fund for Science Enrichment —established in honor of Marian Spiro, science teacher at Foote (1970–1989), to enrich and enhance the school’s science programs.
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endowment for facult y professional development Joya Marks Endowment for Professional Development—created in 2001, and in 2007 named in honor of Joya Marks, Lower School Head (1993–2007), to provide support for professional development opportunities to enrich the lives and work of Foote School teachers. Violet Talbot Endowed Fund—established by parents and faculty in honor of Kindergarten teacher Violet Talbot at the time of her retirement in 2001 to provide support for teacher training and for financial aid for children of color.
endowment for financial aid Benevento Family Scholarship—established in 1987 by the Benevento Family. The Stephen Binder ’78 Scholarship Fund— established in 2017 with a specific focus on support for students from the city of New Haven. Simone Brown Fund—established in memory of Simone Brown, Class of 1981, following her death in 1983. Carolyn Foundation Endowment— established by generous gifts from The Carolyn Foundation in 1989 and 1998, this fund has grown to over a quarter-million dollars, providing significant annual funding for financial aid for children of color from New Haven. Celentano Scholarship Fund—created to recognize the many contributions of Freddie Celentano, who worked at Foote as a member of the maintenance staff (1963–1977). Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund— established in 2015 in memory of John Hare ’72 (1958–2015). Class of 1975 Scholarship Fund— established in 2016 by members of the Class of 1975 to mark Foote’s centennial year. Janis Cooley-Jacobs Scholarship Fund— established in 1999 after the death of Foote parent and pediatrician Janis Cooley-Jacobs.
Jay Cox Endowment for Financial Aid— established in 2017 in recognition of Jay Cox’s 35-year service to The Foote School as Business Manager and teacher and his dedication and leadership in building a strong financial aid program. Timothy and Mary P. Doukas Fund— established in 1997 by Mr. and Mrs. John Zandy in memory of Mrs. Zandy’s parents. Martha Babcock Foote Fund—established in memory of the founder and first Head of School 1916–1935. Fair-Oster Family Scholarship Fund— established in 2018 by Foote parents Ray Fair and Sharon Oster and their three children—Stephen Fair ’97, Emily Oster ’95 and John Oster ’00—in gratitude for their rewarding and meaningful experiences at the school. Margaret Hitchcock Fund—established in memory of Margaret Ballou Hitchcock, Foote English teacher and head of the Upper School (1931–1957). Frederick L. Holborn Scholarship Fund— established in 2018 by Hanna Holborn Gary ’43 in memory of her brother, Frederick L. Holborn ’41, a professor of American foreign policy. Jean and Edward Kirby Endowed Fund— established in 2013 by their son, John T. Kirby ’69, in recognition of their love of the school and the central role it played for three generations of the Kirby family. Jean G. Lamont Endowed Scholarship Fund —established in 2004 in recognition of Jean Lamont’s commitment to diversity and a strong financial aid program during her tenure as Head of School (1992–2004). LaViola Family Scholarship Fund— established by Philomena and John LaViola in honor of their grandchildren, Alexandra LaViola ’06 and John LaViola ’09. Hannah Lee Memorial Endowed Fund— established in memory of Hannah Lee ’08 (1993–2004), this fund provides annual support for the school’s financial aid program. The Mandell Family Summer Sabbatical Program—established in 2017 in honor of Madison ’15 and Isabella ’18 to support summer sabbatical for Foote’s outstanding teachers.
Jonathan Milikowsky Scholarship Fund— established in 2007 in memory of Jonathan Milikowsky ’98 by his parents, Sharon and Daniel Milikowsky, brother Matthew ’95 and sister Jennifer ’02, the fund provides financial aid for a student in grades 6–9 who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, cheerful engagement with classmates and teachers, kindness, optimism and appreciation and respect for others. Pasi-Sachdev Family Fund—created in 2005 by the Pasi-Sachdev family to reflect their deep appreciation of the Foote School community. The Ann Baker Pepe Endowed Fund for Financial Aid—established in 2018 to honor Ann Baker Pepe’s dedication to The Foote School community over 20 years as Director of Development and Alumni Programs and her steadfast commitment to increasing diversity and strengthening the school’s financial aid program. Orten L. Pengue Jr. Scholarship Fund— created in 2008 by parents and students in honor of Ort Pengue’s many contributions to Foote’s theater program. Frank M. Perrine Scholarship Fund— established in 1991 in recognition of Frank Perrine’s many contributions to Foote as Headmaster (1967–1992). Phyllis Brown Sandine Memorial Scholarship Fund—established in 2002 by ISIS (InnerCity Scholarships for Independent Schools) in honor of Mrs. Sandine, a Foote parent and longtime friend of the school and an advocate for early childhood education. The fund provides financial aid specifically for New Haven children enrolled at Foote.
endowment for learning support Milos Saccio Fund—established in memory of Milos Saccio ’83 (1967–1979), who was a sixth grader at Foote at the time of his death, this fund provides annual learning support with the intention of helping children reach their full potential.
restric ted funds The school also appreciates and relies upon the support provided by Restricted Funds. These funds are not endowed—the principal is spent as needed over the years. Current Restricted Funds include: Classical Book Fund—established in 1996 to honor Latin teacher Carol Ross and used annually to provide library and classroom resources to enrich the study of classical Greece and Rome. Fund for Community Outreach— established in 2012 to provide funding for meaningful community outreach programs offered at Foote in support of the greater New Haven community. Falco School Spirit Fund—established in 2009 to fund campus activities and build a sense of community. Friends of Foote Theater Fund—established in 2002, this fund provides support for expanded opportunities in educational theater made possible by the construction of the Robert D. Sandine black box theater.
Gene J. Takahashi Scholarship Fund— created in 2010 by Dean Takahashi and Wendy Sharp, Kerry Takahashi ’07 and Kai Takahashi ’09 in honor of Dean’s father. Vlock Family Endowed Fund—established in 2018 by alum Ted Vlock ’13 in honor of his family. Anne Schroeder Vroman Scholarship Fund —created in 2006 by Barent Vroman in memory of his wife, a member of the class of 1946. The Betsy Welch Endowed Scholarship Fund—established in 2015 to honor Betsy’s commitment as Director of Admissions (1976– 1993) to enrolling students from a broad range of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
odds makers Sixth graders designed homemade games of chance for their annual Math Night, sketching designs on paper before building three-dimensional games. Fall 2018 | 57
Former faculty members Lane English and Bob Sandine share a laugh.
R E UNI O N DAY 2 018 was unlike any in
memory. As alumni and guests filed into the Hosley Gym for the reunion assembly, the room was ringed by almost 100 girls and young women in black choir dresses. The singers were members of the Saecula Singers and the Elm City Girls’ and United Girls’ choirs, vocal ensembles founded by Foote alumnus Tom Brand ’88, who was honored with the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award. Tom conducted the singers in beautiful renditions of “Visions of Peace” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” along with a lively medley of international songs called “Around the World in Three Minutes.”
Mattias Thomas ’08 and George Reigeluth ’63 visit in the Perrine Library.
that have given more than 4,500 girls the opportunity to sing, conduct and become peer leaders. “Foote taught me to love myself and to not be afraid of who I am, even though I’m quirky, eccentric and extremely unconventional,” Tom said. “I learned that unconventional is just another word for creative or interesting.” The reunion on May 5 drew many alumni from classes ending in 3 and 8, including 17 members of the Class of 1968 celebrating their 50th reunion. Ann Baker Pepe, director
of Development and Alumni Programs, paid tribute to three recently deceased members of the Foote community: Vic Tyler ’42, Edward Torrence ’08 and former science teacher Marian Spiro. During lunch, Foote Board member Constance ‘Cecie’ Clement ’62 announced the creation of an endowed fund for financial aid in honor of Ann, who retired in June after 20 years at Foote. The celebrations continued into the night at individual class gatherings around the New Haven area, where old friendships were rekindled and new ones were forged.
In accepting the award, Tom Brand credited Foote with helping him find his voice—both as a singer and as a human being—which gave him the confidence to establish choirs
> To hear a podcast of Tom Brand’s speech
and see more photos from Reunion Day, visit www.footeschool.org/reunion2018
Ann Baker Pepe, the retiring Director of Development and Alumni Programs, reacts to the announcement of an endowed fund for financial aid in her name. Former director of admissions Laura Altshul looks on.
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Members of the Classes of 1968 and 2008 place soil on a tree planted in memory of Edward Torrence ’08, the son of Leland Torrence ’68.
“Foote helped me develop a strong sense of self and helped me find my voice, both as a singer and as a human being.” —Tom Brand ’88, winner of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award From left, former Middle School head Gail Brand, Jeffrey Brand ’84, Tom Brand ’88, Tom’s partner Rebecca Rosenbaum, and their daughter, Celia
Members of the Class of 1968 reminisce over an old photo. From left, Wendy Houston Brown, Rosemary Ripley, George Holden
Tom Brand ’88 conducts the Elm City Girls’ and United Girls’ choirs.
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Class Notes “Returning to Foote is a love fest: childhood friends, wonderful memories and overwhelming gratitude for the extraordinary school experience we had.” —Class of 1963
1935 We are sad to report that Barbara Jones Hale passed away on January 2, 2018. Barbara’s nickname was “Blossom.” She had a green thumb, loved flowers and grew lemons on a large lemon tree that she brought inside every year before the first frost. She was devoutly religious, loved music and was a longtime member of St. John’s Church in Yalesville, Connecticut. She enjoyed traveling to see family in Arizona and New Hampshire and swimming on Cape Cod. Her husband, Peter Hale, designed their house in Wallingford, next to Gouveia Vineyards.
1939 Class Correspondent: Anne Campbell Clement firstname.lastname@example.org Edie Rose Hopkins reports that she and her sister, Anne Rose Hilliard ’35, are still hanging in there! Anne is busy with her gorgeous gardens and Edie at her easel. Edie also enjoys playing bridge and reading.
1941 We extend our sympathy to Grace Tuttle Noyes, whose sister, Nancy Tuttle Adam ’48, passed away on June 20, 2017.
We’d love to hear from you! Please contact your class correspondent or Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 at email@example.com to share news about you and your classmates, or visit www.footeschool.org/alumni.
1942 Class Correspondent: David Hitchcock Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
1944 75th Reunion, May 4, 2019
1945 We are sad to report that Dianora Myres Davies passed away on August 2, 2017. Dianora attended Foote as one of 28 British students evacuated from England during World War II. She remained in contact with several of her friends from the school. Anne Hunt Tritz reports that her husband passed away in March 2018. Anne is still living with her cat in New Jersey. One of her daughters lives in New Jersey as well, 60 | Foote Prints
and her other daughter lives in Colorado. Each of her daughters has three children. Michael Buchanan writes that although his two sons, James and John, received excellent educations, “It would have been nice if my sons could have followed my American cousins, the Sturley family, to Foote’s.”
1946 Class Correspondent: Kent Healy email@example.com We are sad to report that Celia Gow Calabresi passed away on May 10, 2018. Celia attended Foote through eighth grade, graduated from Tufts University and practiced as an occupational therapist. She was an avid athlete who swam, ran and bicycled until two months before her death. She was also a painter and a dog lover. Celia and her husband, Dr. Paul Calabresi, raised three children: Steven, Janice and Peter.
1947 Class Correspondent: Gladys Bozyan Lavine firstname.lastname@example.org We are sad to report that C. Lawson Willard passed away on June 1, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in New York City and attended Foote through eighth grade. Lawson practiced law in New York and subsequently joined the legal department of Mobil Oil, where he developed an expertise in international agreements and lived for several years in Saudi Arabia. He had two children— Victoria Langben Willard and Charles Lawson Willard IV. He was a great raconteur and conversationalist and an avid reader of history. We extend our sympathy to Harriet Tuttle Noyes, whose sister, Nancy Tuttle Adam ’48, passed away on June 20, 2017. A. Reynolds Gordon writes, “I shot my age in golf in Arizona in March 2017 and successfully survived surgery (with 20 staples) for pleural effusion—a massive infection in my lower right lung—in September 2017, with considerable help from my wife, Janet.”
Nancy Curtis ’50
The Class of 1948 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at email@example.com. We are sad to report that Nancy Tuttle Adam passed away on June 20, 2017. The daughter of artists, Nancy was a gifted photographic artist and poet who exhibited her minimalist landscape photography and published several volumes of poetry. She was an active and formative member of Hospice (now Palliative Care) on Nantucket and an animal lover. Challenged for most of her adult life with multiple sclerosis, she made illness her companion, not her taskmaster. Nancy leaves her sisters, Grace Tuttle Noyes ’41 and Harriet Tuttle Noyes ’47; her nieces, Martitia DeWitt Ornelas ’75 and Adele DeWitt ’76; nephew Daniel DeWitt ’81; and cousin Felicity Tuttle ’64. Nancy was predeceased by her sister, Isabelle Tuttle DeWitt ’40. We extend our sympathy to Alice Gow Fekete, whose sister, Celia Gow Calabresi ’46, passed away on May 10, 2018. Gay Spykman Harter is living with her husband, Dick, at Evergreen Woods in Northford, Connecticut, where both are very involved with the community. Gay and Dick visited cousins in Wales this past year and toured parts of England. They also made civil rights trips with their church to Virginia and Alabama. Gay is involved with CT Shoreline Indivisible and serves on the Immigrant and Refugee Committee. Her sisters and grandchildren continue to be a big part of her life.
1949 70th Reunion, May 4, 2019 The Class of 1949 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are sad to report that Peggy Pigott King passed away on August 26, 2018. Peggy attended Foote for nine years, along with her brother, James Pigott ’48, and sister, Mary Pigott Johnsen ’50. After Foote, she went to Prospect Hill School, was a classics major at Mt. Holyoke College and continued graduate studies at Yale. Peggy was employed as an
Saving Theo was captured on a reporting trip in Syria, Nancy Curtis found herself in the improbable position of would-be rescuer. Along with three cousins, Nancy was thrown into a bureaucratic maze with no clear way out and no guarantee that her son, Theo Padnos, would ever return. WHE N HE R S O N
Theo was captured by a group with ties to Al-Qaeda in 2012. A freelance journalist with experience in the Middle East, Theo went to Syria to report on the humanitarian catastrophe. Instead, he spent almost two years in captivity, a nightmare he recounts in the documentary Theo Who Lived, available on Netflix. Nancy and the cousins worked every channel they could to free Theo— the FBI, the State Department, their representatives in Congress—but they describe hitting a wall. “The federal government couldn’t wait to get us out the door.” The FBI was an exception; their assigned agent was “fabulous,” Nancy says, but there was only so much the agency could do. “Part of the problem was that it’s against the law to pay ransom.” Not that she had the money—up to $25 million was demanded. As the months dragged on with no news, Nancy found support from parents of four other captured
Americans: two journalists and two aid workers. Then, a week after journalist James Foley’s videotaped execution by the Islamic State in 2014, Nancy recalls that things started moving quickly. A team led by editor David Bradley contacted the head of Qatari security, who negotiated for Theo’s release. Nancy and the family were never told the terms of release, and the U.S. government has denied paying ransom.
“An American citizen would expect their government to help, and it did not.” “After an American citizen was gruesomely murdered, I think the word went out, ‘Let’s get this guy home.’” Nancy understands that Theo “took a risk he shouldn’t have taken.” Still, she says, “An American citizen would expect their government to help them in a situation like this, and it did not.” Theo is currently writing a book about his experience, and, remarkably, Nancy says she has moved on. “This is not my identity. I had a long career. I’m an amateur potter and I have a few wonderful friends. I’m 81 and I’ve had a rich, long life.”
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editor in New York City and then moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for members of Congress and later was an editor for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, working on papers for scientists and policy for the general public. At Foote, Mrs. Sturley and Madame Orefice were her favorite faculty, according to an alumni survey that Peggy filled out in 1999.
Cornelia Kavanagh ’54
“For me, the ‘Venus’ figures represent the Great Mother as archetype.”
Rebirth of “Venus” new art exhibit has been several decades in the making. Or 40,000 years, depending on how it’s measured. CO R NE LIA K U B LE R K AVANAGH ’ S
“The Artist’s Eye: Figurines of the Paleolithic” features sculptures replicating the “Venus” statuettes carved by hunters and gatherers between 40,000 and 15,000 B.C.E. The show opened at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in August and runs through March 17, 2019. Cornelia’s first encounter with these rare artifacts (only 200 have been found) came when she was 11. Her father, the art historian George Kubler, took the family to the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, where she saw the famous figurines, including the “Venus of Lespugue,” a nude female form carved from ivory tusk some 20,000 years ago. “To me, these were dolls, and as I rarely played with dolls, something primordial happened in that moment. I never lost interest.” Several years ago, Cornelia embarked on a deep dive into these ancient artifacts. “I traveled to sites where they were found, met with archeologists, read everything I could find and obtained close-up images of many of the figurines from museums and universities.” 62 | Foote Prints
The result is a collection of 12 “Venus” sculptures, each set inside an intricate seashell, that reproduce in exquisite detail the shape and texture of the originals. The only differences are the medium (Cornelia’s are made from bronze and polymer) and their scale (which is enlarged to make surface details visible). The idea to display the “Venus” figures inside seashells came from Cornelia’s art history background (Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” was an inspiration) and her childhood love of collecting seashells at her family’s Pine Orchard beach house. “The Artist’s Eye” is Cornelia’s latest exhibition exploring the intersection between art and science, including a show that examined the paradox of waves as a source of beauty and destruction (following the 2004 tsunami). Cornelia sees art and science as natural bedfellows, working together to inspire and challenge the viewer. “For me, the ‘Venus’ figures represent the Great Mother as archetype, responsible for life, death and regeneration. I have deep admiration for the skill and perseverance of the artists who carved these figures. They were creative human beings communicating complex ideas in a symbolic language we are still struggling to comprehend.”
Class Correspondent: Mary Pigott Johnsen email@example.com We extend our sympathy to Mary Pigott Johnsen, whose sister, Peggy Pigott King ’49, passed away on August 26, 2018. Mary Pigott Johnsen writes, “In 2010, Sally Osterweis Kopman, Matt Griswold, Frances Salter McElheny, Margot DeNoyen Saadeh, Perry Welch, Vicki Meeks Blair-Smith, Marcia Tucker Boogaard, Tordis Ilg Isselhardt, John Grant, Nancy Curtis and Mary Pigott Johnsen gathered for our 60th Foote reunion. It was absolutely great to see each other still wiggling with no canes or walkers and with two classmates claiming they still play golf and four claiming to still play tennis. Now, eight years later, John Grant joined the nine classmates who are deceased but that leaves more than half of us still alive, although we may not be kicking much. We have learned once again that it is indeed a small world. The alumnus speaker at the 2010 reunion was a physician from the Class of 1975, Dr. Bruce R. Conklin, who spoke of his days at Foote and the research he is doing in San Francisco. Recently I made the connection that Dr. Conklin is the physician scientist conducting genome research at the University of California School of Medicine. My son, Dr. James R. Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska, has a genetic condition called Best’s Disease, which is a form of macular degeneration. If Bruce Conklin’s project is successful, my son’s additional loss of vision will be halted and so too will that of my granddaughter, Greta, an NPR newscaster at WBEZ in Chicago. So what is the probability of a Foote graduate of the Class of 1950 meeting up with a graduate of the Class of 1975 at the other end of the country, with the connecting individuals living in Alaska and Chicago? Similar stories probably exist and maybe even within the great Class of 1950. Perhaps we should have a reunion in Las Vegas.” See profile of Nancy Curtis on page 61.
1951 Class Correspondent: Emily Mendillo Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
1952 Class Correspondent: Harald Hille email@example.com Wilford Welch’s new book on solutions to the global warming challenge was released in October 2017. In Our Hands: A Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis suggests a better world that we can create by the year 2050. The book is available in paperback, ebook and Audible at www.wilfordwelch.com.
conference in Vienna. Jordan Mott attended Foote for sixth and seventh grades and is now retired and living in Abingdon, Virginia. After Foote, Jordan attended the Fay School, Avon Old Farms and Franklin & Marshall College. He became a widower in 2013 and has five children and eight grandchildren.
1954 65th Reunion, May 4, 2019 The Class of 1954 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lavinia Meeks is a docent at Ventort Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts. She also volunteers at the Lenox library, Trinity Church and the Lenox Historic Commission. Lavinia writes that Lenox is lovely, especially in the warm weather. Ed Johnson is still writing local articles about people and events in Connecticut. He recently assisted another author in a book on World War II firearms. Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh is thrilled to be having an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History of her sculptures. Cornelia writes “The Peabody was one of my favorite places to visit as a child.” Her sculptures will be on exhibit through March 2019. (See profile on opposite page.)
1953 Class Correspondent: Robert Wing email@example.com We extend our sympathy to Sarah Willard Penegar, whose brother, C. Lawson Willard ’47, passed away on June 1, 2018. Eligio Petrelli joined Bob Wing for Reunion Day and a twoman 65th reunion dinner at a downtown New Haven restaurant. That weekend, Bob also caught up with Brenda Sweeney Filley at her home in Guilford. Brenda’s grandsons are now high school athletes and are very much into lacrosse. Bob traveled to Europe in August, with a first stop in the Netherlands to visit Celestine LaFarge Nicolas before attending an astronomy
CLASS OF 1958 — 60TH REUNION From left, Elizabeth Orsini, Perry Miller, Colleen Stratton, Barry Stratton, Ethel Berger, Eric Berger and Kerry Triffin at L’Orcio in New Haven
CLASS OF 1953 — 65TH REUNION From left, Bob Wing and Eligio Petrelli
We had a small group but it was good to see Eric Berger, Perry Miller and Kerry Triffin at Reunion 2018. Hard to believe it’s been 60 years! We met at L’Orcio in New Haven with our wives that evening, except for Sandy Frawley, who needed to be in Cambridge, where she and Perry now live to be near their grandchildren. Good food and great conversation. Speaking for myself, I finally retired in March 2017 after many years with IBM in Connecticut, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area, followed by eight years in a small West Coast consulting firm where I specialized in mainframe systems software. I had resigned the consulting job in 2002 to return to the New Haven area (Guilford) with my wife, Colleen, whom I met and married in California, and she has fortunately grown to like it here. Not finding mainframe consulting work back in Connecticut, I started doing a bit of residential real estate (big change for me) and later joined Kevin Geenty ’57 until my official retirement from working last year. I did primarily commercial real estate with Kevin’s Branford company and learned a tremendous amount. Since retiring, for me it’s been a lot of golf, some doubles tennis, some biking, more reading than I’ve ever done and, of course, some traveling. There’s certainly time to visit with any classmates who come to the area, so feel free to contact me if you’ll be here.—Barry Stratton
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1955 Class Correspondents: Lee Dunham firstname.lastname@example.org Nawrie Meigs-Brown email@example.com We extend our sympathy to Sherwood Willard, whose brother, C. Lawson Willard ’47, passed away on June 1, 2018, and to Barbara Currier Bell, whose step-brother, Henry E. Hosley (Hoz) III ’59, passed away on June 17, 2018. Nawrie Meigs Brown spent a week in Livingston, Montana in October 2017 with family. Then in April she took the train overnight to Seattle and went on a small cruise around the San Juan Islands. Phebe Thorne and her sweetheart of 10 years, Neil Ryan, still ski all winter in Sun Valley, Idaho. Phebe and Ryan travel during the spring and fall. Phebe sold her Adirondack home, The Uplands, in August 2017 to a wonderful young couple. Phebe reports that it was too much house to manage from 2,600 miles away. In addition to Sun Valley, Phebe and Neil are enjoying a new home in Florida in a continuing care retirement community, which she writes is “more like a country club with health care.”
1956 Class Correspondent: Will Amatruda firstname.lastname@example.org
1957 Class Correspondent: Kevin Geenty email@example.com Tim Tilney is working on the design of a brand new computer, The Quantum.
1958 Class Correspondent: Eric Berger firstname.lastname@example.org See reunion write-up on page 63. We extend our sympathy to Clifford Willard, whose brother, C. Lawson Willard ’47, passed away on June 1, 2018, and to Claudia Kerr Gross, whose half brother, Chester Brooks Kerr Jr. ’66, passed away on April 28, 2018.
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CLASS OF 1963 — 55TH REUNION From left, Robert Livingston, Judith Hull, George Reigeluth, Peter Lin and Katharine Adams Walker. Not pictured: Susan Stratton. Whoever has elementary school reunions? Foote alums! The Class of 1963 had an enthusiastic 55th, with six—almost a third—attending. A special time spent with classmates with a remarkable bond! Our leader, Susan Stratton, whose enthusiasm gets us off the couch and on the road to Foote, is celebrating 32 years of her Saratoga Springs advertising agency; her 26-year-old daughter, Lacey, is also in marketing in New York City. Peter Lin, a Tai Chi maestro, earns the blue ribbon for coming from California. Robert Livingston is retired from his job as a psychologist in the New Haven Public Schools and has promised to “bring the box” of mini models to our next reunion. After several decades, Judith Hull (with Dennis) is still migratory, presently living in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, where she is replanting an old terraced garden and enjoying the company of her daughter, a newly minted college graduate. George Reigeluth, who teaches public health at UConn, provoked our thinking about health care and equality and inspired a reading list for our next reunion! Never changing, Katharine Adams Walker, with her friend, Russ, delighted us with the adventures of her grandchildren in the Berkshires. Some quotes from follow-up emails: “I miss you all already (really!)” “Wonderful … a balm to ‘my restless and troubled soul.’” “Returning to Foote is a love fest: childhood friends, wonderful memories and overwhelming gratitude for the extraordinary school experience we had.” We all agreed on that one! Another classmate observed that the imprint of Foote shines through in our lives and contributions, along with “the sense that our years together created a unique connection that remains today.” Growing with each reunion, our bond is a dividend to the great education and times of our childhood. Maybe Robert Livingston summarized the day best: “The Class of ’63 walked St. Ronan Street from Ogden St. to Lawrence St., seeing classmates’ former homes, marveling at the beautiful architecture and filling in the blank spots in each other’s memories. We stood in the courtyard of the old Foote carriage house, puzzling out what parts were there when we were kids and what had been added. At dinner, we regaled each other with ancient, semiforgotten feats of prowess, legerdemain and silliness. Within each of us we recognized the kids we knew, under layers of adult accomplishment and maturation. We were astonished at the bonds we felt, as family.” Those of you who couldn’t make it: we missed you! Hope to see you in 2023! —Class of 1963
1959 60th Reunion, May 4, 2019 The Class of 1959 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at email@example.com.
CLASS OF 1968 — 50TH REUNION Front row from left, Ted Spirakis, Rob Golia, Leland Torrence, Holly Morse, Doug Davie, Annie DiSesa McHugh and Wendy Houston Brown. Back row from left, Jim Bigwood and George Holden The Class of 1968 had wonderful attendance at their 50th reunion! In attendance over the course of the weekend were Cathy Smith Cuthell, Chuck Taylor, Ted Spirakis, Annie DiSesa McHugh, Rob Golia, Martha Vietor Glass, Doug Davie, Molly Cabral, Art Howe, Rob Clark, Leland Torrence, Holly Morse, Robin Smith Swanberg, Wendy Houston Brown, Jim Bigwood, Toni Pasqualini, George Holden and Jamie Johnston. The celebrations kicked off on Friday evening with an appearance by George Holden and Leland Torrence at the wine and cheese reception at Foote. At the Saturday reunion gathering, Leland and Laura Torrence shared the sadness and the celebration of planting a tree on Foote’s campus in memory of their son, Edward Torrence ’08; members of the Classes of 1968 and 2008 took part in the moving ceremony. In addition to gathering during the day at Foote, a wonderful class dinner was hosted by Leland Torrence and Rob Clark at The Graduate Club in New Haven. Special thanks go to Cathy Smith Cuthell for generously contributing flowers and refreshments. The evening was beautifully documented in a commemorative video by Martha Glass and Jim Bigwood, which was shared with the class and included both priceless archival footage and current interviews with classmates. The Class of 1968 set the record for the most generous reunion class gift by establishing “The Class of 1968 50th Reunion Endowed Fund,” which will live in perpetuity to support the school’s mission.
We are sad to report that Henry E. Hosley III, aka Hoz, passed away on June 17, 2018, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. At the time of his death he was living in Brunswick, Maine. Born in Milton, Massachusetts, Hoz was an avid photographer with a keen eye for the beauty of nature and the landmarks of his beloved Maine. He was married to Sharon A. Hosley in 1986. Hoz is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter Amy and her husband, Dale, and their five children; his brother, Charlie Hosley ’65; his sister, Cathy Hosley Vouwie ’72; and step-sister Barbara Currier Bell ’55. Hank Galpin drove his combine out of a wheat field in the fall of 2017 and retired from a 45-year career in farming.
1960 Class Correspondent: Happy Clement Spongberg firstname.lastname@example.org We extend our sympathy to Anthony Willard, whose brother, C. Lawson Willard ’47, passed away on June 1, 2018. Elizabeth Reigeluth Parker continues to work at Carolina Ballet. Elizabeth and husband Richard play golf and enjoy tennis. Elizabeth writes that “the best times are spent with my four children and four grandchildren.” Elizabeth also writes that her mother, Mary Reigeluth, turned 100 on June 22!
1961 Class Correspondent: Muffie Clement Green email@example.com Steve Knight is mostly retired but continues to teach history classes at a local college. Steve also travels overseas and works actively with refugees new to Maine. Members of the Class of 1968 celebrate their 50th reunion at the Graduate Club in New Haven. From left, Cathy Smith Cuthell, Chuck Taylor, Ted Spirakis, Annie DiSesa McHugh, Jim Bigwood, Rob Golia, Toni Pasqualini, Martha Vietor Glass, Doug Davie, George Holden, Molly Cabral, Art Howe, Jamie Johnston, Bob Sandine (former faculty), Rob Clark, Leland Torrence, Holly Morse, Robin Smith Swanberg Fall 2018 | 65
Roger Smith ’75
Class Correspondent: Donald O. Ross firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Howe no longer gets paid for all he does but he is enjoying it all far more! Sam teaches ESL, volunteers at Windrush Farm Therapeutic Riding, is a sales representative for Blackbird Connect, and fundraises for the public schools in Andover, Massachusetts.
“I’m an engineer. Marketing and selling are less exciting to me than creating cool new stuff.”
Let it Rock Roger Smith loved music and electronics. For his sixth-grade movie project, he created “special effects” and a soundtrack using Santana’s third album—an artist he discovered at age 9. FR O M AN E AR LY AGE ,
Roger combined his twin passions to create one of the most innovative effects pedal companies in the music industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of Source Audio, a Boston-area business whose reverb, fuzz, delay, distortion and tremolo pedals are used by icons of rock and country music: Trey Anastasio, Andy Summers, John Mayer, David Gilmour and Kenny Chesney, to name a few. Source Audio also pioneered the Hot Hand, a motion-sensing ring that allows a guitar player to achieve wah-wah-style effects by moving his hand up or down and side-to-side over the strings. The English power metal band Dragonforce popularized the Hot Hand in 2006, helping them win a gold record for 500,000 albums sold. To thank Source Audio, Dragonforce gifted a framed gold record to Roger earlier this year. The breakthrough that led to Hot Hand—and every other effects pedal Source Audio makes—came during Roger’s previous job at Analog Devices, a $4 billion semi-conductor company 66 | Foote Prints
1963 Class Correspondent: Susan Stratton email@example.com
where he oversaw all audio and video chip development. “We were working on this chip. I looked at it and said, that would make the perfect main processor for guitar and bass effects.” At the time, Analog Devices was also developing a motion-sensing chip—the same one that enables smart phones and Nintendo Wii controllers to sense and respond to movement. With the company’s blessing, Roger and a partner departed to parlay that innovation into a new business venture, Source Audio. Roger has put his expertise to use in live sounds, as well. From 1986 to 1990, he worked with a team of engineers designing sound systems for the Grateful Dead. Each venue on the band’s tour had different acoustic qualities, Roger explains, and body heat would further change the sound in an arena. “We helped them finetune the sound system to account for those variations. They were very forward-thinking and that’s why the Dead’s live shows sounded infinitely better than anyone else’s at the time.” Despite renewed interest in vinyl and analog sounds, Roger believes digital has a bright future in live music and wants Source Audio to remain at the vanguard. “We love to innovate. I’m an engineer. Marketing and selling are less exciting to me than creating cool new stuff.”
See reunion write-up on page 64.
1964 55th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Verdi DiSesa firstname.lastname@example.org Robert (Robin) Hicks’ current activities include much reading, nature-oriented dog walking with his black lab “Sirius” and desert road trips with his brother, Peter Hicks ’73, approximately every other year. Robin is hoping to attend the 55th reunion in 2019.
1965 Class Correspondent: Eric Triffin email@example.com We extend our sympathy to Charles Hosley, whose brother, Henry E. Hosley III ’59, passed away on June 17, 2018.
1966 Class Correspondent: John N. Deming Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org We are sad to report that Chester Brooks Kerr Jr. passed away on April 28, 2018. See full obituary on page 75.
1967 The Class of 1967 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at email@example.com.
1973 Class Correspondents: Peter Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org John Persse email@example.com
CLASS OF 1973 — 45TH REUNION Peter Hicks (left) and John Persse
45th Reunion, May 4, 2019 The Class of 1974 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Correspondent: Liz Prelinger email@example.com
Class Correspondent: Jessica Drury firstname.lastname@example.org
See reunion write-up on page 65.
See profile of Roger Smith on opposite page.
50th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Meg McDowell Smith email@example.com
Class Correspondent: John Holder firstname.lastname@example.org
1970 The Class of 1970 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at email@example.com.
1977 Class Correspondent: Elizabeth Daley Draghi firstname.lastname@example.org
We are sad to report that Constance Adams passed away on June 25, 2018. See full obituary on page 75. Willy Clark and his family are happily living in Portland, Oregon. His son, Will Clark, graduated from college and his other son turned 21. John Tyler is also living in Portland. He sees Willy Clark often and stays in touch with other classmates via Facebook. John works at Bonneville Power Administration, which provides him with constant interesting challenges. John enjoys
We extend our sympathy to Catherine Hosley Vouwie, whose brother Henry E. Hosley III ’59, passed away on June 17, 2018.
Class Correspondent: Liz Geller Brennan email@example.com
1981 Class Correspondents: Nicolas Crowley firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer LaVin email@example.com Patrick Clendenen writes, “After 25 years in Boston, I am moving back to New Haven to join my father and his partner practicing law at Clendenen & Shea. The timing and the opportunity were good for all of us. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine and it’s where it all began for me working there in the summers.”
1982 Class Correspondent: Bethany Schowalter Appleby firstname.lastname@example.org Clinton White passed through New Haven in July. On his trip he visited with Tom Fontana, swam with Perry Grossman and
Class Correspondent: Stephen Fontana email@example.com
Cathy Hosley Vouwie firstname.lastname@example.org
The Class of 1971 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at email@example.com.
Class Correspondents: Amy Estabrook firstname.lastname@example.org
trips to his beloved Quatsino, a hamlet on the northern end of Vancouver, and to visit family in New England.
40th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Bonnie Welch email@example.com
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had dinner with Darren Clark, Bethany Appleby and Debbie Carpenter.
1983 Class Correspondent: Brinley Ford Ehlers firstname.lastname@example.org
1984 35th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Ann Pschirrer Brandt email@example.com We extend our sympathy to Ben Thorne, whose father, Gordon Thorne (Gordy), passed away on June 27, 2018.
Class of 1982. Left, front to back: Clinton White, Darren and Marjorie Clark. Right, front to back: Bethany Schowalter Appleby, Debbie Fong Carpenter and John Carpenter
1985 Class Correspondent: Carter LaPrade Serxner firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandra Fayen continues to work as a school social worker in the Madison, Wisconsin public schools. Alexandra reports, “Our kids are 28 and doing fine. We have two sweet grandsons, James who is 5 and Thomas who is 4. Being a nana is probably the best thing ever.”
1986 Class Correspondent: Jody Esselstyn email@example.com
CLASS OF 1983 — 35TH REUNION
Class Correspondent: Jonathan Levin firstname.lastname@example.org
From left, Lisa Sandine Schuba, former faculty member Bob Osborne and Kirsten Mendillo Page
Kent Zimmerman was profiled in The American Lawyer in April in an article about the merger of three big law firms over a three-day period. Kent advised one of the firms in each of the three deals. Kent has represented law firms on merger deals and strategic planning for nearly 10 years as a principal at the Zeughauser Group.
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The big news from reunion 2018 was that Brinley Ford Ehlers was unable to attend (first ever) due to a conflict with her new career working for Beauty Counter. Without recruiting expertise, Lisa Sandine Schuba led the (not-so) successful charge. Her lifelong buddy, Kirsten Mendillo Page, was by her side representing our Class of 1983 at all the events. The highlight was the kick-off wine and cheese reception on Friday night, followed by a dinner with a mix of other Footies like Todd Kelley ’81, Tag Mendillo ’80, Jen LaVin ’81, Talbot Welles ’81, Pat Clendenen ’81, Bo Sandine ’75, Bob Osborne and Bob Sandine (did I forget one?). While attendance was low at the reunion, I am glad to announce that most of our Foote classmates still stay in close touch with one another. The continuous 50th birthday bashes keep bringing us together to celebrate old age. My childhood neighbor, Mark Danforth, is a doctor living in northern California and he sees/ communicates with Alex Wise and Ted Sawyer quite often. We had a mini-reunion this summer when Mark came back to visit his parents in Connecticut in early July. I moved to Boulder, Colorado three years ago and I am currently the president of the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals. In June, I accepted a new principal position at an innovation school in Denver. While I love the Rocky Mountains, my beloved New Haven community is calling me back in the near future. —Lisa Sandine Schuba
1988 The Class of 1988 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to help collect news from your classmates, please contact Amy Stephens Sudmyer ’89 in the Alumni Programs Office at email@example.com. We extend our sympathy to Claire ShubikRichards, whose father, Martin Shubik, passed away on August 22, 2018. Sara Mulligan was married to Joseph Christopher Farina on May 12, 2018. Sara and Joseph are living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1989 30th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Toya Hill Clark firstname.lastname@example.org CLASS OF 1988— 30TH REUNION From left, Juliet Kerr Avelin, Amy Caplan, Jon Lieber and Tom Brand The Class of 1988 had a small but impactful presence at reunion this year. What we lacked in numbers we more than made up for in laughter, applause and overall pride for this year’s Alumni Achievement Award winner, our very own Tom Brand, founder and artistic director of United Choir School and Saecula Choir Foundation. Adding to the ’88 crew were Juliet Kerr Avelin, teaching at Calvin Hill Day Care Center since 2015; Jon Lieber, working in digital media and marketing; and Amy Caplan, holding down the fort at Foote as our alumni office rep. We hope more of us will attend our 35th Reunion in 2023!
1990 Class Correspondent: Amy Crawford email@example.com
1991 Class Correspondent: Bo Bradstreet firstname.lastname@example.org
1992 Class Correspondent: Katie Madden Kavanagh email@example.com Aimee DeBarbieri Poirier writes, “I enjoyed seeing other Footies at the Boston gathering this past spring. I am currently practicing acupuncture in my private clinic in Stoneham, Massachusetts. www.collectivehealingcenter.com.”
1993 Class Correspondent: Jenny Keul firstname.lastname@example.org
1994 25th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Arna Berke-Schlessel Zohlman email@example.com CLASS OF 1993— 25TH REUNION From left, Juri Henley-Cohn, Abbie Paine and Sarah Blanton Fall 2018 | 69
2000 Class Correspondents: Alex Kleiner firstname.lastname@example.org Shannon Sweeney email@example.com Pete Duncan writes, “I’m finally about to finish my pediatric training and will be staying on as a GI attending at Boston Children’s Hospital. I still think back fondly on the great experiences I had at Foote and especially the summer Footebridge program.” Samuel Marcus Milikowsky, son of Matt Milikowsky ’95
1995 Class Correspondent: Jack Hill firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to Nicole and Matt Milikowsky on the birth of Samuel Marcus Milikowsky, on March 25, 2018.
1996 Class Correspondents: Brett Nowak email@example.com Katy Zandy Atlas firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 Class Correspondents: Adam Jacobs 14 Tanglewood Lane Woodbridge, CT 06525 203-393-1760 Cassie Pagnam email@example.com
2002 Class Correspondent: Hope Fleming 47 Old Quarry Road Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-9400 Mara Revkin was quoted in The New York Times in April in an in-depth article titled “The Isis Files.” Mara is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yale University and has made repeated trips to Mosul, Iraq.
Class Correspondent: Eliza Sayward firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Correspondents: Courtney Holmes email@example.com Adam Shapiro firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Ledbetter is a senior editor at Simon and Schuster.
2004 15th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondents: Dillon Long email@example.com Dana Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Correspondents: Andrew Lebov email@example.com
Class Correspondent: Gabriella Rhodeen firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisabeth Sacco Klock email@example.com
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Hannah Grimes married Tripp Cashel on June 23, 2018 on Fishers Island, New York.
20th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondent: Jeremy Zuidema firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Grimes ’04 married Tripp Cashel on June 23, 2018 on Fishers Island, New York. From left, Scott Montaldo, Abbe Grimes Montaldo ’02 and son Luke Montaldo, Hannah Grimes Cashel ’04 and Tripp Cashel, Susie Campbell Grimes ’75, Tim Grimes, Maggie Grimes ’07
CLASS OF 1998 — 20TH REUNION From left, Katy Clark-Spohn Botta with baby Max and Elisabeth Sacco Klock
Jessica Durham is pursuing a master’s in social work and master’s in public health at Fordham University and plans to establish a private practice upon graduation. Jessica has a “four-legged baby” and remains involved in multiple arts and crafts outlets. She also enjoys traveling and is in the process of establishing a hand-crafted furniture company.
Jack Dickey ’06 with host Alex Trebek during his two-night winning streak on Jeopardy!, which aired in April
2006 Class Correspondents: Audrey Logan email@example.com Adam Gabbard firstname.lastname@example.org After two years living and working in Washington, D.C., Tobias Armour started
The Class of 2008 celebrates its 10th reunion at BAR in New Haven. Left, front to back: Hannah Organschi, Louise Newman, David Tam, Kate Reilly Yurkovsky, Andrew Haskell, Jackson Shaw, Zoe Goetzmann. Right, front to back: Lucie Ledbetter, Julia Eisen, Natalie Lapides, Mike Milazzo, Mikey Hoeksema, Bo Peard, Shay Nisbeth an M.B.A. in nonproliferation and terrorism studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Tobias spent the summer of 2018 playing some pick-up lacrosse with college kids. In April 2018, Jack Dickey won two episodes of “Jeopardy!” for a total of $47,802 in winnings. Jack, a sports writer, recounted his experience later that month on Sports Illustrated’s website. Jack auditioned twice previously for “Jeopardy!” before finally
becoming a contestant on the show. Sarah Gallalee studied geology at University of Vermont and then earned a master’s degree in public health. She is now in Myanmar, where she is working for a nonprofit focused on eradicating malaria in that area. The nonprofit is part of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, founded by the Clinton Foundation. Sarah works as a data analyst.
2007 Class Correspondents: Kenny Kregling email@example.com Symphony Spell firstname.lastname@example.org Julia Paolillo writes, “I’m working at the African Leadership University at our campus in Kigali, Rwanda, where I’m a lecturer in entrepreneurial leadership and won the Faculty of the Year award this past year. I continue to love living abroad and seizing various opportunities to travel and learn about disruptive education systems.”
CLASS OF 2008 — 10TH REUNION
From left, Bo Peard, Kate Reilly Yurkovsky, Mike Milazzo, Lucie Ledbetter, Mattias Thomas, David Tam, Jackson Shaw and Michael Hoeksema
Class Correspondents: Michael Milazzo email@example.com
In May, the Class of 2008 celebrated our 10th reunion (or “20 years since Kindergarten,” as some of us preferred to call it). We spent a beautiful morning at Foote reminiscing, including honoring the memory of our classmate and friend Ed Torrence with a tree planting ceremony on campus. That evening, the class met at BAR to catch up and sing T-Pain songs—a favorite request at our middle school dances. We’re thrilled to all be back in touch and hope not to let another 10 years fly by before we get together again!
Kate Reilly Yurkovsky firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Reidy is now living in Pennsylvania and working as the program and partnership coordinator at The Boys & Girls Fall 2018 | 71
working as an analyst at Guidepoint Global and living in New York City with John LaViola ’09.
2011 Class Correspondents: Nate Barton email@example.com Britney Dumas firstname.lastname@example.org
Abby McCabe ’14 enjoyed her gap year experience working on a farm in Fly, Tennessee. Club of Lancaster. Lucie Ledbetter is the assistant to the associate artistic director of Public Theater Productions in New York City. John Gallalee was working on the ski patrol in Tahoe, California, and starts law school at University of Virginia this fall. Isabelle Levin moved to Philadelphia to attend medical school.
2009 10th Reunion, May 4, 2019 Class Correspondents: Chris Blackwood email@example.com Eva Kerman firstname.lastname@example.org Charlotte Armour is in her second year of law school at Boston University, where she is participating in the criminal law clinic. Charlotte worked for Greater Boston Legal Services in the summer of 2018 and enjoys living in Boston.
Jake Pescatore graduated in the spring of 2018 from Connecticut College, where he majored in architectural studies. He traveled to Italy for archeology conservation leadership and participated in fieldwork repairing mosaics in ancient Roman villas. At Connecticut College, Jake played varsity water polo and volunteered at the Canal Dock Boathouse in New Haven. Jack Bohen, then a junior at Williams College, was selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s Baseball Pitcher of the Week in April. A southpaw, Jack fanned a career-high 10 batters that week, pitching a complete-game two-hitter in Williams’ 2–1 win over Hamilton College. It was Jack’s second straight complete-game effort.
2012 Class Correspondents: Cassidy McCarns email@example.com Harrison Lapides firstname.lastname@example.org Max Hauser is majoring in computer science at Southern Connecticut State University.
2010 Class Correspondents: Brandi Fullwood email@example.com Clay Pepe firstname.lastname@example.org Paola Pérez will attend the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and pursue a master’s in social work and public policy. Clay Pepe is
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Patrick Gallagher ’14 and Robin Armour ’14 visited London after their graduation from Choate.
Max spent the summer of 2018 traveling in Europe. He continues to be an avid skier and car aficionado. Caitlin Farrell was called up to the under-23 Women’s National Soccer Training Camp in California in May. Mia Reed is attending Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, majoring in psychology, and worked in New Haven Public Schools’ summer camps. Mia still travels around the country seeing the band All Time Low.
2013 Class Correspondents: Lawson Buhl email@example.com Anika Zetterberg firstname.lastname@example.org Ella Cowan deWolf was a summer intern with Horizons at Foote, the school’s summer program for low-income New Haven public school students.
2014 Class Correspondents: Robinson Armour email@example.com Sophia Matthes Theriault firstname.lastname@example.org Robin Armour and Patrick Gallagher visited London together after graduating from Choate in May. Robin is a member of the Amherst College Class of 2022, where he hopes to study economics, art history or French. He plans to continue playing lacrosse and squash at Amherst. He was captain of both the squash and lacrosse teams at Choate (the latter with Patrick Gallagher). William Badrigian is attending Drew University as a Baldwin Honors Scholar. He also secured a postion on the Drew NCAA fencing team. Abby McCabe enjoyed a gap year working on a farm in Fly, Tennessee. Max Karlan had a great gap year that included biking for nine weeks from Seattle to Key West with his dad. Lily James, Juliet Friedman and Courtney Joshua were summer interns with Horizons at Foote, the school’s summer program for low-income New Haven public school students.
2015 Class Correspondents: Anli Raymond email@example.com Will Wildridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Siraj Patwa ’16 (center) visited Elena Levin ’14 (a freshman, left) and Kyra Goldstein ’12 (a junior, right) during a college tour of Brown University on April 2, 2018.
Evan Schechner ’15 We are sad to report that Evan Schechner passed away on September 1, 2018. Evan was fondly remembered at a memorial service in Guilford attended by former teachers, classmates and friends. Here is a sampling of the tributes: “Evan, I remember how hard you worked to control your pencil. Your huge, all-uppercase letters that resisted the boundaries of the paper’s lines. Your stick figure comic strips, usually aliens and Star Wars scenes. Your love of riddles, games, Legos, blocks, puzzles and sports. Your vivid imagination. I will always remember.” —Margy Lamere, Evan’s second-grade teacher
began. He continued his ‘baseball game’ while sharing with his classmates all he knew about the topic we were studying. I realized at that point that if I gave Evan the freedom to move—like his mom had told me—that everyone would be able to share in his knowledge and amazing memory. Thanks to Evan, my classroom is now a place where everyone can move, learn and thrive.” —Denise Quinn, Evan’s fourth-grade teacher “Every day Evan squeezed my hand tight and gritted his teeth and I squeezed his hand tight and gritted my own teeth in a fierce struggle of will and might. Then I gave up and he gave me a lop-sided grin. That is only one way Evan made a lasting impression. Now he is squeezing my heart.” —Deb Riding, Evan’s sixth-grade teacher and advisor “I want to thank Shecky for everything he taught me about what it means to be good. I remember at some point my mom saying, ‘Evan seems like a really reasonable person,’
and as a self-identified reasonable person myself, I realized that was one of my favorite qualities about him. When you told him something, he’d always make you feel like you were understood. I could make myself vulnerable and open up to him, and it was always worth it.” —Dani Zanuttini-Frank ’15
In other Class of 2015 news, Sam Hauser is attending Miami University in Ohio, where he is trying out for the Division 1 football team. Sam spent several weeks in Spain this past summer. Maya Karlan joined the Bryn Mawr Class of 2022. Maya trekked the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea with her dad this summer. Tristan Jamidar received national recognition last year for rowing during his senior year at Choate. Tristan was co-captain of the boys crew team and competed in the inaugural Youth Regional Challenge in Sarasota, Florida. Charlie Shaw was an intern for the Foote Summer Theater Program this year.
“Evan was a brilliant scholar and writer, stretching himself and those around him with his thinking, his curiosity, the stunning connections he made. It was a joy to witness. Evan was also unassuming, kind-hearted, funny. He cared for others in an active way; he looked out for those around him.” —Cathy Pamelard, Evan’s learning support teacher “Evan helped make me a more flexible and compassionate teacher. One day he was quietly standing in the back of the room ‘swinging for the fences’ when our class
Alumni Healy Knight ’13, Sammy Henson Dahl ’17 and Lily Delise ’17 worked as apprentices at the Eli Whitney Museum this past summer and taught many current Foote students. Fall 2018 | 73
2016 Class Correspondents: Omid Azodi email@example.com Evelyn Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org Maddie Milazzo was a summer intern with Horizons at Foote, the school’s summer program for low-income New Haven public school students.
2017 Class Correspondents: Graley Turner email@example.com Hilal Zoberi firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Lovejoy completed his sophomore year at Hamden Hall, where he made the honor roll. He continues to spend the majority of his time in the pool and contributed to a successful swim team season for the Hamden Hall Hornets, receiving the MVP award. Jude Kim is still playing golf and has become very involved in his local community in Plantation, Florida. He is enjoying traveling and meeting new people. Jake Nadzam, Katherine Lima and Nahjae Petty were summer interns with Horizons at Foote, the school’s summer program for low-income New Haven public school students. Nate Krauss, Jaden Stone and Fenn Suter worked for the Foote Summer Theater Program this year.
2018 Class Correspondents: Ali Collins email@example.com Pablo Noé Rollán firstname.lastname@example.org We extend our sympathy to Phoebe Schechner, whose brother, Evan Schechner, passed away on September 1, 2018. Isabel Mandell was a summer intern with Horizons at Foote, the school’s summer program for low-income New Haven public school students.
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Math teacher Laura Stanley completed her third Iron Man triathlon in Lake Placid in July.
Faculty News Art teacher Jennifer Youngblood and her husband, Mark, welcomed a baby girl, Emily Grace Youngblood, on February 22, 2018. Fifth-grade teacher Jake Burt’s second novel, The Right Hook of Devin Velma (Macmillan/ Feiwel and Friends), was released on October 2. The audiobook (Penguin Random House) came out the same day. Also on October 2, Jake’s first novel, Greetings Fifth-grade teacher from Witness Jake Burt’s second Protection!, novel, The Right Hook was released of Devin Velma, was in paperback. released Oct. 2. Math teacher Laura Stanley completed her third Iron Man triathlon in July. Laura finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 13 hours, 21 minutes and 59 seconds—a whopping 8 minutes better than her previous personal best.
Emily Grace Youngblood, daughter of art teacher Jennifer Youngblood, born on February 22, 2018
Former Faculty News Former director of admissions and outreach Laura Altshul’s second book of poetry, Bodies Passing, was published in September 2017. Former Foote parent Jennifer Davies, mother of Matt Crane ’89 and Josh Crane ’89, created the cover art for the book. Karen Sharp and her husband, Tom, just celebrated the Bodies Passing, a first anniversary book of poetry by of living in former director of a wonderful admissions Laura community Altshul, published in in Nokomis, September 2017 Florida. Karen and Tom enjoy daily activities beginning with trips to the gym and water aerobics. They also play card games, shuffleboard and miniature golf and work on crafts or volunteer in the library, all the while tending the extensive plantings around their pool. Tom enjoys playing music at various venues and Karen enjoys listening to Tom’s music and meeting other jazz enthusiasts. Karen writes, “Wonderful beaches, theater and restaurants complete our active life. Moving to Nokomis was the happiest and most thrilling decision to enjoy our golden years.”
In Memoriam Remembered Barbara Jones Hale ’35 January 2, 2018 Dianora Myres Davies ’45 August 2, 2017 Celia Gow Calabresi ’46 May 10, 2018
Chester Brooks Kerr Jr. ’66 1951–2018
Brooks Kerr was a piano prodigy and Duke Ellington expert. Ellington once stated: “If you have any questions about my music, just ask Brooks Kerr.” After being born prematurely, Brooks was placed in an incubator for two months and developed a degenerative retinal disease caused by excessive oxygen. As a result, he had no vision in his right eye and very little in his left eye. By age 28 he was blind. During his childhood, his parents sought music as a substitute diversion and assembled a collection of jazz recordings for him. After leaving Foote, Chester moved with his mother to Manhattan. He attended the Dalton School, where his knowledge of jazz was already so extensive that he was asked to teach a jazz course there. As a teenager, he toured with the Ellington band. In 1969, Chester was flown to Washington, D.C., where he took part in an all-star jazz concert in honor of Ellington’s birthday in the East Room of the White House. Chester enrolled in the Julliard School, where he did so well that he graduated after only one year. He recorded several albums as a leader. His repertoire included boogie-woogie, blues and pop tunes from the 1920s and ’30s. Ellington remained his first love. Chester is survived by his partner, Charlotte J. Cloud, and by his half siblings, Claudia Kerr Gross ’58 and John, Philip and Alexander Kerr.
C. Lawson Willard ’47 June 1, 2018 Nancy Tuttle Adam ’48 June 20, 2017 Peggy Pigott King ’49 August 26, 2018 Henry E. Hosley (Hoz) III ’59 June 16, 2018 Chester Brooks Kerr Jr. ’66 April 28, 2018 Constance Adams ’79 June 25, 2018 Evan Schechner ’15 September 1, 2018
Constance Adams ’79 1964–2018
Constance was an architect who gave up designing skyscrapers to develop structures that would help travelers live with reasonable comfort on the International Space Station, Mars or the moon. Constance helped design the TransHab (short for Transit Habitat), a three-level inflatable module that when attached to the outside of the space station, would have augmented the cramped quarters in which astronauts have lived and worked since the craft took on its first crew in 2000. It would have also been used on a Mars mission. Constance graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and then earned a master’s in architecture from Yale. She worked for Lockheed Martin and as a consultant for NASA. Constance is survived by her two daughters, as well as her mother and her stepmother.
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Finding at Foote
For some alumni, Foote gave them more than a great education. It gave them a soulmate. B Y M UF F I E CL EM EN T GREEN ’61
for people who attended the same high school or college to eventually marry. It is less common for an elementary or middle school to have many marriages on record, and Foote is quite extraordinary in that regard. No fewer than 30 Foote alumni, some of whom were never at Foote together, have gotten hitched. Among them are my parents, Harmony Twichell and Prescott Clement, who met in Kindergarten. My siblings and I were told it was love at first sight. IT ’ S N OT UNU S UAL
After graduating from Foote in 1935, my mother went to Milton and dad went to Pomfret. They wrote letters and eagerly sought each other out when back in New Haven for holidays and summers. The lively correspondence continued when my mother attended Vassar and my father Williams. Then my father was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. After making it through some tough years, they married in June 1944. Their three children all attended Foote: Happy ’60, myself and Sam ’65. We asked other alumni couples to share their stories and photos, and were delighted to learn about the intersections (and missed connections) that were part of their journeys. While everyone leaves Foote with a great education, a lucky few can credit the school with helping them find their soulmate.
Prescott Clement & Harmony Twichell The author’s parents, both Class of 1935, on their wedding day in 1944 76 | Foote Foote Prints Prints
Eamon Roche ’80 & Sarah Blanton ’93 Eamon and Sarah met at a 2007 Foote alumni gathering hosted by Mark Osborne ’80 in New York City and married three years later. “Our individual connections to Foote really solidified our relationship quickly,” says Sarah. “While we did not overlap at Foote, we shared many mutual family friends, several of the same teachers and a strong sense of place and identity from Foote.” Eamon and Sarah now live in Guilford, Connecticut with their two children, Cleo, 7, and Atticus, 5, and Eamon’s daughter Tilly, 20, lives and works in New York City. Sarah works for Achievement First in New Haven; Eamon splits time between building projects and running The Stand, a popular barbecue restaurant in Branford.
Bill Perrine ’80 & Anne Roche Perrine ’84 Bill and Anne were four years apart at Foote and didn’t cross paths while in school. Bill’s sister Katherine was in Anne’s class, and Anne’s brother Eamon was in Bill’s. In 1991, their parents (Bill’s father was longtime headmaster Frank Perrine) ran into each other and realized Bill and Anne both lived in San Francisco. They exchanged numbers to connect Bill and Anne and it was love at first sight. “It made a difference that we knew where we had come from, how our values were formed and what we had experienced during our formative years,” says Anne. They married in 1996 in New Haven surrounded by Foote friends and teachers. “After the ceremony, Bill and I stopped by Foote for a solitary walk through campus, reminiscing, giving thanks, connecting to our roots.” The couple now lives in California where Bill is head at Marin Horizon School. Anne is a defense attorney, a life coach and a personal trainer. They have three children: Oliver, Clara and Henry.
Guido Calabresi ’46 & Anne Tyler Calabresi ’48 Guido and Anne met at Foote in the fall of 1944 (he was in seventh grade, she was in fifth). They ran into each other at parties through high school and college but didn’t start dating until 1959, when Guido started teaching at Yale Law School and Anne was in New York. They married in May 1961. All three of their children (Bianca ’77, Anne ’79 and Massimo ’82) attended Foote, as did Anne’s siblings (Eugenia Tyler Copp ’40 and Vic Tyler ’42) and assorted cousins, nieces and nephews. They reside in Woodbridge.Guido teaches at Yale Law School and serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and Anne continues her involvement with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, LEAP and Sunrise Café soup kitchen. Fall 2018 | 77
Joe Hotchkiss ’33 & Eugenia Whitney Hotchkiss ’35 Eugenia was two years behind Joe at Foote, which at the time was located in the old carriage house at 315 Saint Ronan St. “He claimed that he cut off my pigtails, but I never had pigtails because I had naturally curly hair and I always kept it short,” recalls Eugenia, now 95. Their romance bloomed after Joe returned from World War II, during which he captained a Navy ship transporting men, vehicles and arms to the beaches of southern France. They married on VJ Day, August 14, 1945, at New Haven’s Trinity Church on the Green. “We were scheduled to go to an inn, but there was a big sign saying, ‘Closed. VJ Day.’ We knocked on the door and they said, ‘We were closed, but we are open for you, Mr. and Mrs. Hotchkiss.’ We were the only guests that night.” Joe and Eugenia had five children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. “The thing that was so nice about a coeducational school like Foote’s was you had boys who were not boyfriends, they were friends who happened to be male. I treasured those friendships.”
Matthew Lieber ’85 & Georgia Crowley ’88 Matthew and Georgia overlapped at Foote but met as adults in 2000 at a mutual friend’s holiday party. “We ended up chatting for a long while but didn’t reconnect until six years later when we were older, wiser and living closer to each other.” They married in 2009. From their Foote days, Georgia remembers Matt in his corduroy hockey jacket and feathered hair; Matt recalls Georgia’s “lively spirit” and that she was a head taller than her classmates. They shared several of the same teachers: Mrs. Totman, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Tyzak/Candido, Mr. Cox and Mrs. Nye, to name a few. They currently live in Madison, Wisconsin with their son Theo and dog Pepper, and both work in education. They spend their free time traveling.
Stuart Clement Jr. ’34 & Anne Campbell Clement ’39 Stuart and Anne at Reunion Day 2014
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Sid Lovett ’41 & Joan Campbell Lovett ’41
Phillip Ross ’64 & Amy Estabrook ’72 Phillip Ross and Amy Estabrook with their children, Ben Ross ’03 and Chelsea Ross ’06, at Foote’s Centennial Weekend in 2016.
Sid and Joan were classmates at Foote in first and second grades before Sid’s parents moved him to Hamden Hall. “Our families were always close. Dwight Chapel used to have a children’s service Sunday afternoons during advent and Joan and I both sang in the choir,” Sid recalls. They started dating in 1949 when Sid was a senior at Yale College. “Joan invited me to take her to a debutante party in New York. I don’t think she had anybody else. I must have been low on the totem pole!” They married on June 22, 1950 and lived first in Manhattan before moving to Palisades, New York, and, eventually, to Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire, where Sid, a retired Congregational minister, resides today. Sid and Joan, who is deceased, had five children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Holly Morse ’68 & Michael Lipson ’72 Having known each other vaguely at Foote, Holly and Michael met again as young adults many years later, when Holly was an artist living in Boston and Michael was an undergraduate at Harvard. Gardiner Morse, Holly’s brother and Michael’s Foote classmate, was the connecting link. They started dating, married and had two boys: Rody, who now works as a solar energy consultant; and Asher, who tragically died from a rare cancer in 2014. After many years in New York City, the couple moved to the Berkshires. Michael has a thriving private practice in clinical psychology and has written two books on meditation. Holly, who has written for film, published a collection of short stories last year and is at work on her first novel. “We are still very much in love and we still sing with gusto the songs Mrs. Shepler taught us 50 years ago,” says Holly.
Curt Lewellyn ’89 & Paige Miller Lewellyn ’90 Curt and Paige met as Foote students and married in 2003. “We were both Greys—Go Grey!” recalls Curt. The couple now lives in Boston where Paige works at Hudson Interior Designs and Curt is Director of the Ciongoli Center for Innovation at the Fessenden School.
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Why I Teach
I get to observe the evolution of a child’s thinking and watch her grow over many years.
BY HE ATHE R Z E T TE R B E R G
inspirational teachers throughout my education. They not only knew their content and how to best deliver it, but they knew me. They were talented, knowledgeable and compassionate. They challenged, supported and celebrated their students while imparting a passion for their subject matter. I knew early that I wanted to be a teacher, hoping that I might positively influence the lives of children. I HAVE HA D MANY IN CR E D IB LE ,
I began teaching second grade in a public school in 1990. It gave me the opportunity to watch children discover their abilities and investigate their curiosities. In 1997, I stepped away from education to grow my family. But shortly before my second child was born, I realized how much I missed witnessing the surprise, joy and excitement on the faces of learners. I also realized that, as challenging as being a new parent was, I missed the daily challenge of the unknown in the classroom environment. Later, as an adjunct professor in the mathematics and education departments at Southern Connecticut State University, I reveled in watching students in my undergraduate mathematics courses put fears and anxieties aside to discover the joys of algebra. I began my tenure at Foote as a math curriculum consultant in 2003. Now as the Math Specialist and Chair of Lower School Mathematics, I regularly observe children at work, support students directly, assess students as necessary, provide ongoing professional development to the faculty and make presentations to groups of parents.
• I get to observe the evolution of a child’s thinking and watch her grow over many years. • Over the course of one day, I get to play game-show host, comedienne and play-by-play commentator. • I have many chances to learn new subject matter and methodologies. • Teaching is unpredictable. No two days are ever the same and I have to stay on my toes. • I investigate what makes children tick and figure out how they learn. • It is incredibly satisfying when a carefully planned lesson is successful, and it is exciting to figure out what to do differently when a carefully planned lesson bombs. • I receive a high-five for a good joke and roars of laughter (with a bit of eye-rolling) for a bad pun. • My students provide me with instant feedback about my teaching performance. • Teaching keeps me (feeling) young. My students eventually graduate, but I never age beyond fifth grade. • Teaching makes a difference and has visible results. Teaching is invigorating and exhausting at the same time. When I started my career, I thought teaching was about what I could offer to my students. Over time, I have realized that the personal rewards of teaching are endless.
I believe I have the best job in the world. Here’s why: • I get to share my enthusiasm for mathematics. • It is incredibly exciting to witness aha moments. 80 | Foote Prints
Heather Zetterberg is the school’s Math Specialist and Chair of Lower School Mathematics. She started at Foote in 2003 and is the mother of Anika ’13 and Emily ’15.
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Mark Your Calendars
Young Alums Day
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Graduates and students from the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are invited back to Foote to see classmates and former teachers. Details and registration at www.footeschool.org/yad2018.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 Foote alumni are invited to gather at Foote for lunch, activities and class dinners. Class years ending in 4 and 9 will celebrate special reunions, but all alumni are welcome. Watch for details in the mail and at www.footeschool.org/ reunion2019.
Foote Prints Vol 45.2
Foote Prints is the official magazine of The Foote School in New Haven, CT, a K-9 independent school where students love to learn.
Published on Oct 16, 2018
Foote Prints is the official magazine of The Foote School in New Haven, CT, a K-9 independent school where students love to learn.