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It’s All About BALANCE

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From the Head of School: The Art of Balance Update on the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and T Technology Building


Fitness, Skills, and Te T amwork — Physical Education at Foote


The Curriculum Review Process

Around Camp pus 10

Sister Schools — Foote and Ya Y li


Grandparents Day 2010


Book Fair and Art Show


Halloween Parade and Fair


Fall and Winter Sports


Early America Days


Drama Productions as a Te T aching To T ol


Math Immersion for Parents


School Activities

Alumnae/ e i Pag ges 22 Reunion Day 2011 Preview Alumna Achievement Aw A ard to Cathya Wing Stephenson ’51 24

Legacies at Foote


Where Are They Now? Class of 2007


Class Notes In Memoriam


Why I Te T ach by Katy Clark-Spohn Botta ’98


Y ung Alums Return to Campus Yo

The Foote School does not discriminate in the administration of its admissions or T education policies, or other school-administered programs, and considers applicants fo f r all positions without regard to race, color, r national or ethnic orig i in, relig i ion, gender, r sexual orientation, age, or non-job-rela l ted physical disability. y

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WINTER/SPRING 2011 V l. 38, No.1 Vo Foote Prints is published twice a year (Winter and Summer) for alumnae/i, parents, grandparents, and fr f iends. Editor Charlotte Murphy Class Notes Editor Amy Caplan ’88 Design Thea A. Moritz Contributors Liz Antle ’98, Francine Caplan, James Lamere ’99, Kathleen Murphy ’98, Ann Baker Pepe Photography and Illustration Laura Altshul, Angela Giannella, David Moore, Charlotte Murphy, y Judy Sirota Rosenthal For the latest in news and events visit us at www. w Board of Directors Melinda Agsten, Vi V ce President Richard Bershtein Sidney Bogardus Lawrence D. Buhl III, Past President Judith Chevalier, r Tr T easurer Joseph Craft f , Vi V ce President James Farnam ’65 Melanie Ginter, r Secreta t ry Joanne Goldblum Heidi Hamilton Kristin Hawkins Mary Hu, Vi V ce President Cindy Leffell Glenn Levin Anne Martin David Moore Cheryl Nadzam, PTC Co-President Zehra Patwa Libby Peard, President Robert Sandine Catherine Sbriglio, PTC Co-President Shaun S. Sullivan Annie Wa W reck ’85 Cover: Balance is the key: Kindergartner Josi T cker walks the balance beam, one of Tu the PE class “stations” that also include jumping rope, juggled scarves, ball handling, and scooter activities.



Foote School: The Art of Balance Welcome to our latest edition of Foote W Prints. I hope you enjoy keeping up with all the exciting happenings at Foote! This has been a year of movies and books and great dialogue: about parenting, pressure on our children, what makes for successful happy children and adults, and how to best educate children in our 21st century world. Perhaps one of the less recognized parts of our defi f nition of success and happiness is emotional intelligence. This concept was made popular by Daniel Goleman, whose book, Emotional Intellig i ence: Wh W y It Ca C n Matter More than IQ, posits that for various reasons, people with high emotional intelligence (EI) tend to be more successfu f l in life f than those with lower EI regardless of their (classical) IQ. According to Goleman, emotional intelligence is more than just another kind of “smarts.” It is a key tool or competency that our children need to lead successful and happy lives. Emotional intelligence is the ability to get along in the world by knowing

Carol Maoz in the science la l b with eig i hth graders, fr f om left ft, Ha H nnah Beebe, Bryan Zhou, Max Ha H user, r Gabrielle To T tten, and Caitlin Fa F rrell

and managing one’s emotions and relating well to others. Our children’s understanding of their own and other people’s feelings, how they handle emotions like anger and disappointment, and the way they solve interpersonal issues are all important aspects of this competency. y Self-motivation and internal discipline underlie accomplishments of every kind. As head of a Kindergarten–Grade 9 school, I am aware that this sounds remarkably like the conversations at Foote parent-teacher conferences! The development of these skills represents a continuum along which children and young adults grow. w Emotional intelligence is a relatively new

Seventh graders Iz I zy Lent and Healy l Knig i ht rela l x at recess.


concept. While no one can say exactly how much it impacts our success and happiness, what data does exist suggests that there is a strong connection. We W do know that emotional competencies can be developed, especially when parents and schools place a value on them. At Foote, we believe in “balance.” Perspectives and attitudes are as important as knowledge and skills. They define our character and influence how we lead our lives. Not only do our perspectives and attitudes affect the questions we ask, the knowledge we pursue and the skills we develop, they have a direct impact on how we use these to make a

“At Foote, we believe in ‘balance.’ Perspectives and attitudes are as important as knowledge and skills.” Foote Prints

difference in our community and ultimately in our world. We balance tradition and innovation, W academic rigor and play (“A child at play is a child at work,” says Ned Hallowell, author of Th T e Childhood Roots of Ha H ppiness). We W encourage self-direction as well as collaboration. W balance our academic program We with the arts and physical education, each with the same high expectations of hard work, seriousness of purpose, and a joy in learning. While we encourage every student to think independently, y we also have clear community expectations about appropriate behavior. r Our work involves feeding the mind as well as the soul. We W believe that with the privilege of a Foote School education comes the responsibility of giving back through service. Marian Wr W ight Edelman, American activist for the rights of children, said, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

source of excitement, pride, and enjoyment, as well as a teaching tool in our continual efforts to be “green.” What makes for happy children, adolescents and adults? Thomas Merton — Tr T appist monk, poet, and social activist — believed that “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, r rhythm and harmony. y”

Rhea Kuriakose creates a model of a wig i wam, an example of project-based learning in Mix i ed Age Group.

offered the chance to do both. As we continue to find ways to improve the lives of others, our STA T RS and Footebridge programs continue to be a source of pride for our school. Our new community garden is another

Keeping balance in our lives in these times is challenging. Let’s continue to work together to appreciate different kinds of intelligences and to ensure that our children feel the sense of balance that will help them become happy and successful.

Carol Maoz Head of School

“We balance tradition and innovation, academic rigor and play.”

This issue of Foote Prints reflects the balance we seek. Yo Y u will read about time-honored traditions as well as new ideas we are exploring. Our students look forward to traditions such as the annual Halloween Parade and Fair, r Grandparents Day, y and the Early America Days in third grade (hands-on project based learning) and seventh grade (integrated Humanities project, including the core skills of research, writing, and public speaking). Yo Y u will recognize how well academics, athletics, and the arts are balanced as you read about the recent Physical Education Curriculum review, w and enjoy a conversation with Julian Schlusberg about what students learn fr f om the plays they perform. We are always looking for new ways W to build community and celebrate our students’ accomplishments, and the third grade art exhibit in New Haven Winter/Spring 2011

Field Day requires lots t of energ r y and builds d teamwork and school spirit.



The Building Itself Wi W ll Be A Te T aching To T ol: An Update on the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and T chnology Building Te The Building Committee is co-chaired by two Board members, Melanie Ginter, r parent of Natalie ’08 and Harrison ’12, and David Moore, parent of George ’99 and Grace ’04. Since 2009 the committee has been actively engaged in planning for our new science and technology building. In addition to faculty and administrators, the group includes alumni, parents, and past parents who bring special expertise to the building project. While it is a large committee, it has worked with care and speed, keeping the project on schedule at every step, fr f om developing an initial “program” describing Foote’s needs to selection of the architect, identification of the best site, and fine-tuning of the structure design and the materials that will be used to construct it. David and Melanie were happy to respond to questions about the building project: How was the site for the new building selected? A top priority was to retain as much of the recess field as possible. Another goal was to develop a series of courtyards between the new building, the Middle School building and the North Building. We W hoped to create comfortable spaces for Middle School students to gather outside in good weather. r The Committee also wanted a site that made sense fr f om a sustainability perspective.

How was the building designed? The need for new science labs and additional middle school classrooms was identified during Foote’s last accreditation review, w so we started with those priorities: updated science labs and additional classroom space. Early in the planning a Wish List process invited teachers, parents, administrators, and neighbors to suggest improvements to the school. A variety of needs were identified, resulting in changes to the building plan and ideas for how to renovate the vacated spaces. The decision to group the three eighth grade homerooms together, r near their lockers, and remove eighth grade lockers fr f om the overcrowded Middle School hallway was a key enhancement based on suggestions fr f om faculty. y Many parents and neighbors stressed the traffic congestion problem on Loomis Place. That led to the development of a drop off/ f pick up circle fr f om Highland Street. There were numerous requests for on-campus storage and we decided to add some basement storage in the new building. Once the program for the new building was clearly defi f ned, architect Maryann

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Thompson went to work. She and her staff f designed more than 40 variations of a building that could accomplish our goals and the Building Committee discussed them, noting advantages and disadvantages to each. Most of all, we listened to the faculty who will use the new labs and classrooms. For example, the biology lab was placed on the ground fl f oor because fr f equent biology f eld trips bring buckets fu fi f ll of water back to the aquariums; the physics lab needs an extra-high ceiling to accommodate experiments with ramps and pendulums; additional sinks and important safe f ty fe f atures were included in all the labs. The ninth grade homeroom will have a Harkness Ta T ble — a table specially designed to promote small class discussion. The building is truly the result of thoughtfu f l suggestions fr f om many diff fferent members of the Foote community. y We know the Building Committee W has been striving for a sustainable building. What elements of the building are “green”? The new building will have many green features, including a high-efficiency/low ozone-depleting heating and cooling system and increased insulation in the walls and ceiling (exceeding code requirements). An array of photovoltaic panels on the roof will provide electricity and a solar thermal system will heat the building’s hot water. r Low-voltage LED lighting fixtures will be used in the atrium and common areas, and Foote Prints

lighting throughout the building will be adjusted automatically to take advantage of daylight. The building structure itself is designed to reduce mechanical ventilation and cooling loads through the use of natural ventilation. Operable windows and the stack effect, which allows heat to rise and exit the top of the building, will cool the building effectively for most of the school year. r The building site maximizes passive solar energy. Many windows will bring daylight into the rooms, but overhangs and louvers over the windows are used to shade the south and west from too much sun in spring, summer and fall. As the building was being designed we identified environmentally responsible strategies to reduce water use through the specification of low-water use and metered auto-shut-off fixtures. We selected low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, carpets and flooring, which release minimal to no pollutants and are odor-fre f e. To reduce the impact of shipping, materials will come from f local companies as much as possible. We have used recycled materials throughout — the benches in the Winter/Spring 2011

atrium, hallway and ninth grade lounge will be made of wood recycled during the renovation of the Yale Bowl a few years ago. The tile in the bathrooms is made of 90 percent recycled glass. The roof deck classroom will be built of Trex T — 98 percent of which is made from f recycled plastic bags. The aluminum window fram f es are 85 percent recycled material, and the structural steel is 65 percent recycled. In place of metal ductwork, fabric ducts will be used on the second floor. Carpet and roofing materials are also partially made of recycled materials. We W will use rapidly renewable materials for the flooring. The building was designed with a continued focus on having the smallest possible negative impact on the planet. We also looked for strategies that have economic payback — the solar/thermal hot water system, for example, will have a payback period of approximately seven years. Finally, we sought ways to make the building a teaching tool so students can learn firsthand about sustainability. y Students will be able to chart the energy production of the photo-voltaic system, comparing energy generation on sunny and rainy days. And

water use can be monitored by computer from f the new science labs. After a good deal of investigation we chose not to seek LEED certification, a process that adds significantly to the cost of a project. We W decided it was preferable to incorporate features that enhance sustainability rather than pursue certification. How long will it take to construct the building? Construction fences are going up over March break! We W plan to start construction in April, and it should take approximately 12 months. If all goes well, we’ll be moving in during the spring of 2012. How will the campus be affect f ed during construction? Safety for students and staff is our top priority. Even though the construction will occur in the middle of the Middle School, safety fences will make it possible to use the existing buildings throughout the building process. A similar plan was used successfully during the construction of the art and music building in 2000. We W anticipate that many students of all ages will be interested observers of the building as it progresses! 5


Fitness, Sk killls, and d Te T amwork k Foote’s ’ Physical Education Program

T d Wi Te W llis, Physical Education Department chair, r teaching volleyball skills l using a beach ball

T keep Foote at the fore of an everTo evolving field, a committee comprised of faculty and staff fr f om across the school spent the 2009–10 academic year engaged in a curricular review of the Physical Education and Athletics program. The committee’s charge was to investigate the content and effectiveness of the program in several areas: physical education classes, aft f er school competitive athletics, and health education. The group found that Foote provides a sequential and deliberate program, allowing students to develop physical 6

skills and habits that set the stage for active, healthy life f styles. It encourages social development, develops selfesteem and builds sportsmanship. They also identifi f ed new ideas and teaching techniques, many now in eff ffect. From September to May, y this group met regularly. y A myriad of questions, some easily answered, some requiring a great deal of research, were raised: W re stated goals being met? What We does Foote do particularly well? Are Foote’s athletic facilities adequate? What do other independent Connecticut schools offer that Foote

could consider? How is Foote’s athletic program affected by external factors such as the rise of ultra-competitive town and travel teams and other extra-curricular activities? Should health be taught separately? Does Foote’s program meet the objectives set forth in its mission statement? Committee members gathered information fr f om colleagues, visited comparable schools, attended confe f rences, read profe f ssional articles, discussed current trends and attitudes toward PE and competitive sports, and looked at various approaches to teaching health. Foote Prints

Foote School’s PE program dovetails neatly with the school’s educational philosophy, y which promotes “cooperative eff f ort, accountability for one’s actions, the value of service to the school community and the world beyond.”

Castles in the Hosley Gym

A highlight for all was visiting the other schools. Department chair Te Td Willis notes, “It was challenging to find the time to visit other schools, get to conferences, and do the reading. But it was an inspiration. We W found we were doing a good job, and we got lots of ideas to make things better. r”

Looking at Physical Education Classes Foote has long valued the idea that developing a child’s ability to cooperate with a group and show respect for others is as important as developing physical skills and overall fitness during gym class. A thoughtfully structured, sequentially planned, and grade-specific curriculum of weekly games and physical challenges targets these values and allows children to grow in a safe, fr f iendly, y fun environment. Gym classes provide an arena for every child to work with others, take risks, build self-confidence, and

Outdoor education, part of the Grade 8 curriculum, includes the ropes course in the Sacred Wo W ods d.

develop skills. Physical education staff employ a variety of methods and strategies, supporting each student’s individual needs or strengths. Says PE teacher Colleen Murphy, y “We W want every child to have success in our class, and everyone learns differently. y So we are constantly changing how we teach or demonstrate an activity based on the individual child.”

PE teacher Colleen Murp r hy showing a kinderg r arten cla l ss how to strike a balloon with a paddle

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Castles, a new game discovered during the review process, has since been incorporated into Foote’s PE program. The object of the game is to protect your own “castles” — delicate hula hoop “houses of cards” that can be easily toppled, while trying to knock out the opposing team’s castles using soft foam balls. Says Colleen Murphy, “It is a game we can play with all grades. Variations include making the time to rebuild a castle longer or shorter, or making the castle nearer or farther away from the other team.” If a team’s castles fall, they have 10 seconds to rebuild them, or they lose the game. An imbalance in offense or defense is a recipe for speedy defeat, so players quickly learn the importance of strategy, teamwork, and communication.

Yohan Lake, Gabe McCray, and Robert Zyskowski build their “Castle.”



Gym classes meet fr f om two to four periods per six-day cycle, depending on grade level. Lower School classes emphasize developing gross and fine motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and sportsmanship through activities and cooperative games. Middle School classes focus on sportsmanship, teamwork and confidence building, while sharpening higher-level physical and strategic skills needed for team competition. Above all, gym is fun. The environment is encouraging and positive; activities are age-appropriate and engaging. It’s no wonder Foote students overwhelmingly cite gym as one of their favorite classes.

Competitive Sports What could be better than to represent your school as part of a sports team? Competitive sports are offered when a student reaches Middle School. Each season brings the opportunity to participate on a variety of teams, starting in sixth grade for some sports, in seventh for others. Students are encouraged to join teams regardless of their experience or level of play. y All participants are welcome; there is a no-cuts policy. y As oft f en as possible, teams are coached by classroom teachers with expertise in particular sports.

Recess is an extension of PE cla l sses.


PE Te T acher Bra r d McGuire holds d th t e rope as kinderg rgartner Mikey Fa F rricielli prepares to climb.

Competition allows students to work together across grade levels toward a common goal, discover connections between effort and achievement and face competition with grace, grit and courtesy. y Te T ams represent Foote with skill and spirit. Foote has a proud tradition of winning sportsmanship awards at tournaments. Despite attractive extra-curricular options like music lessons, theater and travel teams, Foote’s team participation statistics are impressive: more than 80 percent of Middle School students play on a team. The Curricular Review Committee discovered that most schools face an ongoing challenge with the growth of specialized teams outside of school, which forces student athletes to divide their allegiance and make tough choices about which practices and games to attend. This has an impact on rosters, team cohesion, and performance.

Many schools deal with this issue with a binding athletic contract, which holds students accountable for their attendance. Foote is considering implementing such a contract, which would set clear guidelines for athletes’ responsibilities to their teams.

Curriculum Review Committee Physical Education and Athletics staff: department chair Ted Willis, Colleen Moran Murphy, Brad McGuire, and Bill Manke; the school nurse, Maryanne Peterson; Learning Support specialist Cathy Pamelard; and three teachers and coaches from the Lower and Middle Schools: Margy Lamere, John Climie, and Sheila Lavey

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The Future is Now Foote is fortunate to have the Hosley Gym (named for H. Everton Hosley, y president of the board of directors f om 1960–65), which is spacious and fr flexible, allowing coaches to run two practices simultaneously. y The new field on upper Highland Street will give Foote a second regulation-size field for soccer, r lacrosse, and field hockey, y bringing its athletic facilities in line with peer schools. The review of the Physical Education and Athletics curriculum both answered and raised many questions and provided a jumping-off f point for f rther discussion. In their report, fu the committee showed the depth and breadth of Foote’s program: that there is an amazing amount of work behind the play, y that gym class is so much more than fu f n. Skills and attitudes consciously developed fr f om kindergarten to ninth grade are drawn on over a life f time, fe f eding the body, y sharpening the mind and enriching the spirit. As committee member and fourth grade teacher John Climie remarked, “I came away thinking how lucky our children are to have this PE program.” — James Lamere ’99 and Margy Lamere, MAG Te T acher

The Curriculum Review Process “Foote faculty have an ethos of seeking to do things better,” says Head of School Carol Maoz. So when, early in her tenure, she introduced on-going department by department curriculum reviews, she was not surprised that the concept was embraced. An in-depth look at the entire K–9 curriculum for a given subject lets the school examine strengths and areas to build on, look at sequencing, determine how well a program succeeds in its desired outcomes, and identify areas for improvement. The year-long review process includes a review of the literature in the field, visits to peer schools, attending professional conferences, and administering surveys. Reviews are conducted by interdisciplinary committees that bring together faculty and staff from different grade levels and departments to ensure a crosspollination of ideas and consistency with Foote’s mission. The PE and Athletics program was the first to conduct a review and present its findings to the Board’s Education Advisory Committee. The process resulted in a heightened focus on fitness as well as new classroom activities that engage students while developing physical and cooperative skills. The Science Department also conducted a curriculum review last year. Co-Chair Leslie Long, who led the committee, notes the value of looking critically at the current state of science education and the implications across divisions. “Visiting other schools made us realize that we do some things really well; we got a lot of great ideas, too.” The results informed some decisions regarding the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building. Foote’s inquiry-based, hands-on approach to learning requires considerable storage space. The state-of-the-art design of the new building supports this methodology. Curriculum review reports are not filed away and forgotten. Implementation and progress are monitored and supported. This past fall, Beth Mello joined the faculty as curriculum coordinator to ensure grade-to-grade curricular continuity and effective transition from Lower School to Middle School. She works closely with the division heads, department chairs, and teachers to support continued growth and provides valuable support to the individual curriculum review committees. Beth came to Foote from the International School of Curitiba in Curitiba, Brazil, where she acted as elementary school principal (Grades 1–5), and then as secondary school principal (Grades 6–12). Currently, the Modern Language and Latin departments and the After School and Summer Programs are actively engaged in curricular review. The reviews are still under way, but an enormous amount has been accomplished. In May, the committees will report to the Board on their findings and areas for further consideration. Next year Foote will do a school-wide self-study in preparation for the 2012 CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools) reaccreditation visit, allowing every department to review its program in a similar, but abridged fashion. The full curricular review process will be on hold, but the process to date and the structure now in place position Foote well for the review.

Rody d Conway (6th) pla l ys bucketball.

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Sister Schools

Gla l dly l will I teach: Zhao Zhi (Georg r e) e and Li Yu Y anshan (A ( lex) teaching a MAG cla l ss how to write the numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese. They also taught the students how to sing “Ha T H ppy Birthday” in Chinese!

For the fourth fall in a row Foote hosted a delegation of students and faculty f om Ya fr Y li Middle School — Foote’s sister school in Changsha, China since 2004. Previous visits were a huge success, so Foote students across the grades were eagerly anticipating the group’s arrival in late September. r They were not disappointed. The 23 Ya Y li students were again prepared to teach skills across the school. “Classes” over the three days of the visit ranged fr f om origami and paper cutting to pumpkin carving to Chinese chess and paper cup construction. The Y li students also performed to both Ya Chinese and American music at an allschool assembly. y When the assembly was in progress, several Ya Y li students created a banner with the Chinese characters for their school motto, “Just, Diligent, Honest, and Modest.” 10

This year’s guest teacher fr f om Ya Y li, Xie Jun, was on campus fr f om opening day through December. r He spent a week in every class at Foote, teaching skills and sharing information that complemented the Foote curriculum.

The third grade learned a Chinese nursery rhyme that they recited at Grandparents Day. y When the seventh grade was studying Early America, Xie Jun described what was happening in China at the time. He taught the

Fall semester guest teacher Xie Jun teaches Ya Y li morning exercises to a fo f urth grade gym cla l ss.

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Li Siqu (Wh W itney) y and Ding Liang ((Daniel) l teaching a Chinese rhyme

Yali Delegation Leader Wu Y W Nianxiang inspecting the catch with Ya Y li and Foote students on a fi f eld trip to the We W st River. r Selected samples were then brought back to the biology l b fo la f r analy l sis.

Chinese version of morning exercises in gym classes. He taught an interested group of Middle School students the Chinese version of chess — reportedly much harder than international chess.

City and hiked on the Great Wa W ll. They toured the Te T rra Cotta Wa W rriors Museum in Xi’an. In Changsha they stayed with Ya Y li host families, giving them a close-up view of life in that Chinese city, y and attended classes and a special welcome assembly at the school’s main campus. At Ya Y li Boarding School (Nanya Middle School) they participated in craft f workshops and sports activities. Their final stop was Hong Kong.

In March, Foote ninth graders departed for two full weeks in China, with the visit to their fr f iends in Changsha a highlight. They also visited Beijing, where they explored sights such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden

Yali students loved meeting Falco, Foote’s Y mascot. From left ft, Fu Zequi (D ( ebbie) e, Falco (R ( ob Wi W lliamson ’11), and Ouyang Xiangyu (Oxygen) n

Demonstrating their version of a waltz t at the All School We W lcome Assembly l are, fr f om left ft, Feng Doudou (M ( ika), Song We W nqiang ( amson) (S n , Li Siqu (Wh W itney) y , Ding Liang (D ( aniel) l , Luo Siwei, i Ta T ng Ti T anj n ia (Yu Y cca), Jiang Peishan (Chrystal) l , Sun Zhiliang (To T ny, y and son of Ya Y li Princip i al Sun who visited in 2009)

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Grandparents and Special Friends Come to School Despite forecasts of a Nor’easter on October 15, grandparents started arriving very early, y with the Hosley Gym full to capacity well before the program began at 9 a.m. Honorary co-chairs George and Kathy Priest (parents of Claire ’86, Nick ’89, and Juliana ’94, and grandparents of Neal and Rohan Shivakumar, r grades 4 and MAG) spoke about the role of the school in their lives. They shared a touching story about son Nick, a biologist who included special thanks to science teacher John Cunningham in his doctoral thesis. Students across all grades proudly showed their school to more than 400 grandparents and special fr f iends and just as proudly introduced them to their teachers and classmates. The guests were quickly immersed in the Foote curriculum in classes with their grandchildren, aft f er which some took campus tours. Others explored the curriculum further in mini-courses ranging fr f om “Ya Y li and Foote — The China Connection” with Chinese Guest Te T acher Xie Jun and Foote teacher Deb Riding to “Blogging at Foote — Our Latest Interactive W bsites” with librarian Karen We Longa, and science teacher Pam Harmon’s “We W All Live Downstream.”

Kinderg r artner Maya Fussiner with Maya’s grandmothers Martha Kuzmeski and Barbara Fussiner

Kinderg rgartn t er Zainab Khokha demonstr trates a proj o ect to her gra r ndf dfath t er Kezar Khokha.

Kinderg r artner Pablo Rollá l n and his grandf dfather Pradeep Sharma

At the all school assembly that capped off the morning, Chinese guest teacher Xie Jun led the third grade in a Chinese nursery rhyme, and the fourth grade introduced their math puzzlers. Clearly, y a great time was had by all! For more photos of the event go to www. w Grandparents Day 2011 is scheduled for Friday, y October 14.

Pila l r Galvan, fi f ft f h grade, and her aunt, t Marvell Carter Th T omas.


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Left f photo: Special Grandp d arents Day mini-courses, desig i ned to off ffer a look at the breadth and depth of the Foote curriculum, are always a big i hit. Th T is year grandp d arents and special fr f iends could choose 14 options. Middle School science teacher Pam Ha H rmon’s off ffering, g “We W All Live Downstream,” was a look at how polluta t nts t aff ffect watersheds. Th T e course had a limit of 18, but 40 showed up and crowded happily l into her room. In the photo at left ft, enthusiastic grandp d arents are modeling a watershed.

Kwasi Adae and his grandf dfather Arthur Amend

Neal Sarin, fi fifth grade, his grandmother Indira Krishnan, and cla l ssmate Liana Klin

Omid Azodi, i fo f urth grade, with grandp d arents Dick and Sue Wi W ng

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Honorary Grandp d arents t Day Chairs Kathy and Georg r e Priest address the guests t.

Head of School Carol Maoz visits with T omas Knig Th i ht, t grandf dfather of Georg r e (9th), Healy l (7th), Logan (6th) and Gracie ( th grade) (4 e.



Annual Book Fair Enhances Love of Reading The annual Book Fair opened on Saturday, y November 7 at R J Julia Booksellers in Madison and on Monday moved to the Tw T ichell Room on campus. A highlight was the return visit on November 9 of children’s book author and illustrator Elisha Cooper ’86, who demonstrated how he illustrates a book, with students, parents, and fa f culty sitting on the fl f oor drawing along.

Eliza Erla l cher (M ( AG), Emi Aniskovich (3 ( rd) d and Lilly l DeLise (3 ( rd) d try their hands at book illustration.

Trees fo T f r Every Season Children's book author and illustrator Elisha Cooper ’86 shares some techniques.

Chinese guest teacher Xie Jun with Egan T rner (K Tu (K), Graley Tu T rner (3 ( rd) d , and Head of Middle School John Tu T rner. r


Third Grade Exhibits at New Haven Lawn Club

Foote School's third grade students proudly showcased their recent artwork at the New Haven Lawn Club. The exhibit opened with a special reception on November 19 and ran through December. r The art on display was part of an interdisciplinary project related to their work in science and English. The boys and girls were studying botany as part of their science curriculum and Japanese poetry in language arts. In art class, they learned the skills involved in drawing a hardwood tree. Each child chose a specific tree to render and a season in which to depict it. Rather than simply titling their works, the children composed Haiku poems thematically tied to their artwork, and the poetry was displayed with the art.

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Halloween Parade and Fair The “Fair” part of the annual Halloween Parade and Fair, r a Foote f xture for more than a quarter century, fi y is student-run. Proceeds go to the eighth grade class fu f nd. The eighth grade runs the everr popular “haunted house;” the ninth grade runs the food concession, cooking hot dogs and hamburgers and dispensing beverages and baked goods. The Fair also fe f atures booths run by each homeroom in grades fi f ve, six and seven.

Georg r e Kosinski (6th) and Robbie Chiocchio (4 ( th) demonstrate teamwork.

Caitlin Chiocchio (7th)

Mala l chai Yo Y rk (M ( AG) penetrates the spider web.

Sixth graders Caroline Berberian (left ft) and Sarah Gillis, rig i ht cheer on cla l ssmate Sophie We W iss's little sister Ruby. y Mom Erica We W iss adds encouragement.

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Eddie Martin (5 ( th) takes the cheese.

T e campus hay wagon ride is always popula Th l r at the Ha H lloween Fair. r



Fall and Wi W nter Sports Middle School students took to the sports fields with their usual enthusiasm, competing with area schools in boys varsity and junior varsity soccer, r girls soccer and field hockey. y Girls soccer and field hockey had particularly notable seasons, each compiling a strong record. Athletics moved indoors during the cold and snowy winter, r with varsity and junior varsity basketball teams and a swim team.

With 13 swimmers, Foote had the smallest team at 11th annual CT Middle School Open W Championships (the next smallest team had 23; others had as many as 53 swimmers!) and f red very well. Th fa T e girls l 200 medley rela l y, y fr f om left ft, Anika Zetterberg rg, Helena Butler, r H nnah Beebe, and Dana Chung, Ha g pla l ced 4th of 28 entries.

Chandler Hu H tcherson (7th) goes fo f r the soccer ball.

Field hockey pla l yer Ha H nnah Friedman-Bell (8th)

J ck Bohen (9th) gets a shot off Ja ff.

Soccer coach CJ C Bell motivates the team.


T ylor Rossini (8th) shoots the ball; Ta l Britney Dumas (9th) is at rig i ht.

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T aditions That Te Tr T ach: Early America Days Early America Day involves at least a month of preparation for the seventh grade. Aft f er choosing an individual f om that period in history, fr y each student researches his or her character thoroughly. y They visit Plimoth Plantation, site of the Mayfl f ower landing, in mid-October. r On Early America Day, y dressed as their characters, they roam the school, presenting scenes f om their lives to Middle and Lower fr School classes, adults in the hallways, and those they meet on the pathways. This year’s event, on November 25, included a reception for parents and an all school assembly with “presenting” Early Americans, including Abigail Adams, Thomas Hooker, r William Penn, Anne Hutchinson, Metacomet and Gilbert Stuart. In addition to strengthening students’ public speaking skills, a huge plus of this on-going program is that students in lower grades look forward to their turn and become interested in the variety of life f and life f styles of 18th century America. The third graders, who visit Old Sturbridge Vi V llage in Massachusetts each year, r follow up with a day when they, y too, dress in costumes of the period. This year they spent the morning of December 15 doing typical Early America arts and craft f s and enjoying a special fe f ast at noon. They capped the day off f with a visit to the nearby Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden.

Pocahonta t s (A ( bby Cla l rk), Samuel Adams ( att Dziuda) and Th (M T omas Hooker ( asha Cadariu) (S

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Sally l Hemmings (S ( andy Rokhlin) n describes her life f in early l America.

Third gr T graders r Lila l h Garcia i and Gra r le l y Tu T rner try th tr t eir hands d at Early l American Cra r ft fts.

Emmanuel Candelo-Diaz learns the intricacies of needlework.

Deborah Sampson (E ( lla l Cowan de Wo W lf lf), Mary Jemison (H ( elena Butler) r , Ha H nnah Dunston (Charlotte Beebe) e and Samuel Ada d ms (L ( awson Buhl) l share their lif ife experiences with a fifth grade cla fi l ss.



Student Drama Productions as a Te T aching To T ol This year’s seventh and eighth grade play, y the comedy “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward, was first performed in London in 1941. The play was performed in the Sandine Theater December 9–12. Seventh grader Megan King interviewed drama teacher Julian Schlusberg about the play for the student newspaper, r SPI. Here are some excerpts that show how the plays Julian selects are tools for learning. On Choosing Plays: “I look for plays that are fun for the audience to watch and that give the students some truly great challenges — both acting and technical. ‘Blithe Spirit’ is a great vehicle for students to learn how theater really works,” says Julian. Each play is part of his long-range plan to expose students to some of the world’s finest dramatic literature. Past plays have been written by some of the greatest playwrights — George Bernard Shaw, w Thornton Wilder, r Oscar Wilde. Summer plays have included Moliere and Shakespeare. There have been large and small cast plays, one-set plays and plays that require multiple

settings. It is all part of the learning process. About the set: “Blithe Spirit” calls for one location. The living room in the Condomines’ house is all the information the playwright gives us. Realizing that, I wanted to provide a variety of areas to keep the action fr f esh and fluid and to keep the audience’s attention throughout. We W decided that the living room would serve as a solarium with many plants and large windows leading to a garden. There would be an elevated area for piano recitals to offer some insight into the hobbies and interests of the characters, even though they are not mentioned in the text. From a purely technical point of view, w the multi-level set provides opportunities for interesting staging, and the large windows and fireplace offer numerous opportunities for lighting.”

"Blithe Spirit" Cast A members Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy (8th), Ella l Cowan deWo W lf l (7th) and Ian Shaw (8th)

As Foote Prints goes to press, the ninth grade completed the March 1–4 run of “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket" by Peter Parnell.

Cast B members Marg C r ie Lewis (8th), He H aly l Knig i ht (7th) and Georg r e Wi W ldridg d e (7th)

T e "Blithe Spirit" set was part of the learning experience. Th


A scene fr f om the ninth grade pla l y, y “Th T e Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket" with Rob W lliamson and Britney Dumas Wi

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Parent Math Immersions Enlighten The school strives to communicate with and educate parents about the learning process so they can best support their children. Mathematics is one area in which many parents feel uneasy. y Special events help: Third Grade Math Night has been off ffered for the past several years. Aft f er this year’s event Lower School Math Chair Heather Zetterberg noted, “What amazes me again is how excited the children are about showing their parents what they do in math.” Aft f er an introductory presentation by Heather, r parents joined their children in their classrooms for math games that promote problem solving, reasoning, communication, and making connections. Parent comments on the October 20 evening refl f ected their children’s enthusiasm. “I loved that my son could explain the purpose and process of the [math] games,” noted one. Another noted that the math program is “… layered, well thought out, progressing f om concepts to practice to mastery. fr y” New this year was MAG Math Morning. Heather Zetterberg’s goal was for parents to experience what

At Th T ird Gra r de Math t Ni Night Fiona Jenning ngs demonstr trates new skills l to her da d d, d Jeff ff, as does Fenn Suter to his i da d d, d Linds d ay. y Rig i ht: Andy d Boone tr t ies to count with t th t e alp l habet at Th T ird Gra r de Math t Morning n .

children go through as they begin to learn the number sequence and strategies for solving arithmetic problems. She had them count the alphabet to find out! Parent reaction indicated that the morning was indeed eye opening. “I learned that math can be fu f n, and math teaching can be fl f exible and can help prepare for thinking about more complicated operations. And now I know why it is important to memorize basic facts even though we are in the age of calculators,” said one parent.

Heather Zetterberg r shows parents t how she teaches math concepts t in MAG. Rig i ht: Maya Lewis-Ha H yre at Th T ird Grade Math Nig i ht with mom Sheila l , da d d Pericles ( artially (p l hidden) n and her grandmother. r

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Community Service Activities Community Service activities included a food drive for Christian Community Action. Students collected an incredible 854 items as part of their food drive to help fill empty shelves at local food pantries. The students in 6X coordinated the annual Stuff-a-Sock community service project, which involved getting information, sign-up sheets, and collection boxes to each homeroom. Each class then collected items needed for basic comfort and hygiene, and the sixth graders stuffed them into nice new pairs of tube socks and presented the stuffed socks to needy adults. The students also collected hats and gloves for kids. Each homeroom class was asked to collect enough items to fill four socks for adults as well as four sets of hats and gloves for kids. The result: Our sixth graders delivered more than 100 pairs of socks packed f ll of toiletries (as well as six huge fu boxes of items that wouldn't fi f t into the socks) to Columbus House, a New

Eliza Dunham carries donated fo f od to the truck.

Haven not-forr profi f t that off ffers a broad array of programs and services for the homeless. Foote parent Sheree DiMario, who is on the staff f of Columbus House, gave the students a tour of the facility, y where they learned a great deal about the issue of homelessness and some ways that organizations like Columbus House seek to address the problem. The three big bags of hats and gloves collected were sent to a local shelter for women and children.

Community t Service Group members pose befo f re the truck they have proudly l fi f lled fo f r local fo f od pantries.


A kinderg r arten fi f eld trip to the downtown New Ha H ven Farmers Market

Fall Field Trips Every season brings field trips across the grades and curriculum. Some are traditions, such as the nearly 60 years of seventh grade Metropolitan Opera trips; others are added as they fit an evolving curriculum to enhance learning. K, 3, 5

Apple Orchards for picking


Downtown New Haven Farmers Market


Bushy Hill Nature Center


Old Sturbridge Village


Ellis Island


Connecticut Coastal Audubon Center, Deer Lake (environmental studies)


Bear Mountain; Cushing Museum at Yale Medical Library


Plimoth Plantation, Metropolitan Opera


NYC: Chinatown and United Nations

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The seventh grade trip T i to the Metropolita t n Opera has been a Foote tradition since the 1950s. Th T is year’s cla l ss attended “Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorg r sky on October 21.

Recognizing Long and Dedicated Service At Professional Development Day on November 12, faculty and staff who have served for 15 or more years were honored. Each honoree was presented a pin by Carol Maoz, after a colleague said a few words about them. It was a heartwarming experience for long-timers and new faculty alike.

MAG teacher Kim Ya Y p and her cla l ss release the butterf rflies they watched develop.

Spring Fundraising Evening Saturday, April 30 Hosley Gym at Foote Bid in the Silent and Live Auction T ste savory foods Ta and Latino libations Details at www. w Winter/Spring 2011

Front row, from left, Jay Cox, Sue Delaney, Edie Flagg, Sue Shaw, Lisa Totman, Karla Matheny, and Jenny Byers. Back row, Ellen Velardi, Donna Batsford, Lynda Johnson, Nancy Worms, Karen Longa, Margy Lamere, Dawn Farricielli, Dawn Walsh, Angela Giannella, and Laura Altshul. Honored on November 12, but missing from the photo were Clyde Bennett, Patty Chamberlain, John Cunningham, Henry Farley, Leslie Harshfield, Dave McGaffin, Michael Milburn, Julie Moore, Maryanne Peterson, Cindy Raymond, and Ted Willis.



Cathya Wi W ng Stephenson ’51 2011 Alumna Achievement Aw A ard Recipient When Cathya Wing Stephenson heeded fellow Bryn Mawr alumna Dorothy Goodman’s call in 1965 to co-found a school where children could become functionally literate in two languages, she could well have thought of Martha Babcock Foote (Bryn Mawr 1902). Cathya would not have been intimidated by the lack of a building and no clear source of funding, since her education in the old Foote carriage house did not appear to have been disadvantaged for want of so much. The school quickly evolved fr f om the “Little Language Class” in the Goodman home to a church basement to its current home in northwest W shington, DC. More recently Wa Cathya has been responsible for compiling the history of the school’s first 40 years.

Reunion Chairs 1946 • Kent Healy P.O. Box 128 #1 Farms End Rd. West Tisbury, MA 02575-0128 508-693-6736 1951 • Emily Mendillo Wood 118 5th Avenue Milford, CT 06460-5206 203-878-9963 1956 • William Amatruda 9506 St. Andrews Way Silver Spring, MD 20901-3259 301-585-8163 1956 • Anne Bronson Brueckner 31 Pond Drive East Rhinebeck, NY 12572


T day, To y Wa W shington International School (WIS) is a preeminent International Baccalaureate* school for over 900 students, fr f om prekindergarten to Grade 12 with two campuses, including one for the middle and upper schools on the grounds of Marjorie Meriwether Post’s first estate in Wa W shington, T egaron, and one for the primary Tr school in Georgetown. With more than 90 countries represented in the student body and faculty combined, the opportunity to master two modern languages is at the forefr f ont of the school’s mission. Indeed, acquiring a second language has helped to inform WIS students about world history, y geography, y and literature, subjects available in French, Spanish and, for native speakers, Dutch. Chinese has recently been

1961 • Emily Barclay 110 Garfield Street Watertown, MA 02472 617-926-3247

1986 • Gregory Sawyer 19 Westcott Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-230-8734

1961 • Muffie Clement Green P. O. Box 1063 Washington, CT 06793-0063 860-868-0905

1991 • Jennifer Jackson Breitling 39 O Street, #2 S. Boston, MA 02127 617-269-9296 jenniferbreitling@

1966 • John Deming 38 Killdeer Road Hamden, CT 06517-3528 1981 • Jennifer LaVin 33 Lowell Street Somervile, MA 02143 617-718-0276 1986 • Jenny Ford Barrett 4 Park View Drive Hingham, MA 02043 781-749-7796

1991 • Sara Sullivan Dionne 48 Dianne Avenue Portsmouth, RI 02871-3309 1996 • Katy Zandy Atlas 53 Downing Street, Apt. 3 New York, NY 10014 1996 • Liz Petrelli 220 West 13th Street, #5C New York, NY 10011

added in the Middle School, leading to courses at the IB diploma level. In the school’s 45 years of providing a global education, Cathya has been a trustee, administrator, r acting head of school, volunteer and supporter, r as WIS became the school it is today. y Cathya embraces the school’s mission to provide a demanding international education that challenges its students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Dorothy Goodman’s vision was of an international school with the high academic standards of European schools; academic excellence was and is still a top concern. We are thrilled that Cathya will return W to The Foote School on Reunion Day, y Saturday, y May 7, to accept the 2011 Alumna Achievement Aw A ard for her instrumental role in helping shape W shington International School. Wa A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, with a master’s degree in teaching f om Ya fr Y le, Cathya taught French at the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, PA P , and at a Montgomery County, y MD public junior high school before joining Dorothy Goodman to start an international school. Cathya and husband Charles have two children, Margaret and Donald, both WIS graduates, Margaret beginning her school life in a playpen in Cathya’s office. Donald remembers feeling proud in the early years in a former public school building knowing that his dad had helped build the lockers. Cathya’s brother Bob Wing (Foote ’53) sent his daughter Sylvia fr f om Ohio to complete the two-year IB diploma program in Grades 11 and 12. Sylvia lived with the Stephensons for those two years. Now a professor of Tu T rkish at Georgetown University, y she is married to a man fr f om Tu T rkey and is raising a son in both languages. Foote Prints

REUNION DAY 2011 Saturday, May 7 Schedule of Events 10:00 a.m.

Registration Main Building Coffee and catching up with friends in the Perrine Library

11:00 a.m.

Assembly Hosley Gymnasium Presentation of Alumna Achievement Award to Cathya Wing Stephenson ’51

12:00 p.m.

Class Photos Courtyard

12:30 p.m.

Luncheon Hosley Gymnasium

1:30 p.m.

Foote Today Tours of the School

Cathya Wi W ng Stephenson ’51, Charles Stephenson photo

Margaret Stephenson remembers, “My mother always knew everyone and everybody. y She was very supportive and always optimistic — there was always another way to look at things.” Donald Stephenson credits the school for nurturing his love of languages and his ability to travel anywhere in the world. Aft f er several months of traveling and living in Europe and Mexico, he has settled in Brazil, where he has a Brazilian wife f and two young daughters.

Eurasia. Their son (12) has been raised in both English and Russian, helped by his Russian grandmother, r who has lived with them since his birth.

Both Stephenson children left f WIS with a high degree of comfort in different countries and cultures. Donald is currently a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, a subject he has taught for several years in Rio. He notes that “Nothing is really foreign to anyone who went to WIS.”

Cathya is still active at WIS as trustee emerita, and continues to uphold the school’s philosophy that learning other languages beyond one’s own, and fr f om an early age, helps one weigh different points of view and opens one up to many different perspectives, as well as making it easier to acquire other languages later on. By honoring and building upon Foote’s motto, “Gladly will I learn and gladly teach,” Cathya is welldeserving of this year’s Alumna Achievement Aw A ard. Learn more about her and the Wa W shington International School at www. w

Margaret Stephenson married Vladimir Zaslavsky, y a Russian fr f om Kyrgyzstan, whom she met when setting up a student exchange off ffice there for the organization with which she still works, the American Council for International Education. She is in the W shington off Wa ffice, managing programs for American students studying in

*A rig i orous academic curriculum, including the Primary Ye Y ars Program and the Middle Ye Y ars Program of the International Baccala l ureate Org r anization, leads to the International Baccala l ureate Dip i loma program. Students graduate profi f cient in at least two la l nguages; many are f nctionally fu l or fu f lly l bilingual.

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Evening Activities: Individual class gatherings Registering is easy: just send back the reply card in the invitation (mailed to all alums in early April), or register online at Complimentary childcare is available. You can sign up for that when you register online. Want to encourage classmates and friends to meet you at reunion? Call the Alumni Office at 203-777-3464 or e-mail us at We’ll be glad to help you get in touch with them.



In Their Family Foote Steps

Currently, y 38 students have parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles who attended Foote, carrying the Foote tradition into another generation. Front row, w fr f om left f: Elsa Rose Farnam, daughter of James Farnam ’65; Nick Palumbo, son of Jonathan Palumbo ’80; Rachel Brennan, daughter of Elizabeth Geller Brennan ’80; Katherine and Edward Martin, daughter and son of Catherine Petraiuolo ’83; Anya and Stella l Wa W reck, daughters of John Wa W reck ’84; Zev and Mala l chai Yo Y rk, sons of Annie Wa W reck ’85; Ava Noor Sadik, daughter of We W ndy Cohen Sadik ’81 Second row: Ciara and Coral Ortiz-Diaz, Emmanuel Candelo-Diaz, nieces and nephew of Ya Y mi Diaz ’99; Ronan and Neal Shivakumar, r sons of Cla l ire Priest ’86; Charles and Sam Mason, sons of Ta T lbot We W lles ’81; Georg r e and Julia Kosinski, i son and daughter of Peter ’89; Caroline Berberian, daughter of Aram ’76; Mira Vl V ock Arbonies, daughter of Sandra Vl V ock ’70; Evie and Henry Pearson, niece and nephew of Julia Getman ’85; Robbie Wi W lliamson, grandnephew of David Hitchcock ’42; Isabella l Sadik, daughter of We W ndy Cohen Sadik ’81 Back row: Abig i ail Kruger, r daughter of Avery Grauer Kruger ’87; 7 Marley Ha H nsen, daughter of Christopher Ha H nsen ’86; Josie and Penn Cancro, children of Ally l x Schiavone ’85; Wo W lf lfie Boone, son of Sarah Netter Boone ’89; Th T eo Curtis, step-cousin of We W ndy Fischer Magnan ’82 and Brad Fischer ’80; Nichola l s Carp r enter, r son of Debbie Fong Carp r enter ’82; Sam Osborne, son of Seth Osborne ’85 Missing fr f om photo: Max Burbank, son of Elizabeth Burbank ’80; Casey Eskridg d e, daughter of Elizabeth Broadus Eskridg d e ’88; Na N thaniel Bogardus, nephew of Jonathan Palumbo ’80; Sydney Osborne, daughter of Seth Osborne ’85; Te T ddy Vl V ock, nephew of Sandra Vl V ock ’70


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Class of 2007: Where Are They Now?

T e Cla Th l ss of 2007 in fi f ft f h grade Conrad Anderson-Dollhopf University of Connecticut Olivia Angood-Hardy Bishop’s University Celia Aniskovich Fordham University Dion Ashe Unknown Jana Babouderr Matta V llanova University Vi Ramzi Babouderr Matta T ft Tu f s University Eric Carrano Amity Regional High School ’11 Eliot Coff ffey W sleyan University We Samuel Craft f Middlebury College Jonathan Curtis-Resnik We W sleyan University Anna Deming W shington University Wa Cynthia Deng Y le University Ya Christina Farrell Brown University Andrew Ferrante Colgate University Sophie Fourteau University of Saint Andrews Caroline Friedman Union College Samuel Genecin Y le University Ya Jesse Goldblum Macalester College Casey Graetz Y le University Ya Sydney Graetz Colby College Christopher Granata Bowdoin College

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Elizabeth Granata Colgate University T mothy Granata Ti Lehigh University Rachel Green Hamilton College Margaret Grimes T inity College Tr Rasa Guarnaccia W shington University Wa Lloyd Hall Champlain College Forrester Hammer Harvard University R an Healey Ry Georgetown University Daniel Homer Hampshire College Olivia Byrd Hungerford Wheaton College Alexander Johnson Bowdoin College Alexander Kerman W lliams College Wi Alexander Kim Wo W rcester Polytechnic Institute Kenneth Kregling Gettysburg College Kemuel Lawrence Clark Atlanta University Morgan Lee Loomis Chaff ffee ’11 Erica Lin Georgetown University W lker Luckey Wa Y ar Off Ye f Katelyn MacDougald Brown University T ylor MacKinnel Ta Unknown Racquel Malcolm University of Connecticut Gaelen Markese Gettysburg College

Lucca Markese Gettysburg College Emma Messore Brandeis University Morgan Monz Colby College Jessica Nicholson Emerson College Gregory Padilla University of Connecticut Julia Paolillo Colby College Alessandro Powell T lane University Tu Emanne Saleh year off f , then Oberlin College Max Schiavone Unknown Gabrielle Siegel Barnard College Symphony Spell New Yo Y rk University Brandon Stone Boston College Kerry Ta T kahashi Y le University Ya Jonathan Te T bes Massachusetts Institute of Te T chnology Leland To T rrence Southern Connecticut State University Brian Unger Southern Connecticut State University T lmadge Vi Ta V ck Unknown Julia Wa W ng Emory University Brian Wy W solmerski Pomona College



Class Notes 1931 Martha Knight Clyde writes, “I am still in my wonderfu f l retirement apartment with a large patio, where I put out seed for the birds, squirrels and bunnies. My family lives in the Bay area, but visits oft f en. I have 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren! This year I have enjoyed going to the annual Democratic Wo W men’s Genealogy, y and Scholarship Foundation luncheons. I have wonderfu f l helpers and good health with the aid of many doctors.”

1933 We extend our sincere sympathy to the W family and fr f iends of Joseph Hotchkiss, who died on Nov. v 27, 2010. He is survived by his wife f of 65 years, Eugenia Whitney Hotchkiss ’35.

1934 Class Correspondent: Stuart Clement 7105 Chester Village We W st Chester, r CT 06412-1057 860-526-5994 e-mail:

We are deeply saddened to report the W death of Mary (Peg) Campbell who died on Oct. 26, 2010. In addition to being an alum, Peg was a kindergarten teacher at Foote for 16 years.

1935 Class Correspondent: Anna Huntington Deming 38 Killdeer Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-562-7749 e-mail:

1936 75th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Elizabeth Reeves Goodspeed 1358 Theall Road Rye, NY 10580 914-925-8543


1939 Class Correspondent: Anne Campbell Clement 7105 Chester Village We W st Chester, r CT 06412-1057 860-526-5994 e-mail:

We send our condolences to Anne W Campbell Clement, whose sister, r Mary (Peg) Campbell ’34, died on Oct. 26, 2010. Hope Wa W ters Thomas writes, “Spent a lovely Christmas 2010 with my daughter and son, who now both live in Dallas. Have far fl f ung grandchildren — one in London and one on a school project in Melbourne, Australia. I continue to weave, sing in two choruses, bring in the wood, f ed the sheep, and try to manage my fe 2-year-old border collie!”

1941 70th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Nancy Redway Pugsley 88 Notch Hill Road Evergreen Wo W ods, Apt. 355 N. Branford, CT 06471 203-488-8312

1942 Class Correspondent: David Hitchcock, Jr. r 9709 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda, MD 20814 301-229-2944 e-mail:

Our sincere condolences to Harry W lch, Jr., whose sister, We r Carolyn We W lch Chadwick ’58, died on Aug. 14, 2010. David Hitchcock writes, “I continue to attend some meetings here in W shington on East Asia and US relaWa tions, especially Japan. Our “retirement center” in Bethesda, MD, has a very usefu f l library — and pool!”

1943 Our deep condolences to Alan Marshall, whose sister, r Ann MarshallLevine, died on March 27, 2010.

1944 Class Correspondent: Ruth Wa W tson Martin 55 Loomis Place New Haven, CT 06511 203-777-3822

Our sincere condolences to Noble W lch, whose sister, We r Carolyn We W lch Chadwick ’58, died on Aug. 14, 2010. Marshall Osborn writes, “This summer [2010] we took 4 children, 4 spouses and 10 grandchildren on a trip to Greece. It was a wonderfu f l trip, and very educational.”

1945 Class Correspondent: Elinor Bozyan Wa W rburg 820 Hartford Tu T rnpike Hamden, CT 06517 203-281-7077 e-mail:

We are sad to report the death of Ann W Marshall-Levine, who died on March 27, 2010. We W send our sympathies to her family, y including husband Bruce and brother Alan Marshall ’43. She attended 2nd, 3rd & 4th grades at Foote (Fall 1938–Spring 1941). Ann’s mother, r Frances Botkin Marshall, taught at Foote for 5 years until spring 1941. Michael Buchanan writes: “I am sure that I am not alone in recalling fu f n times with all the class of ’45. I am also saddened by the loss of cousin Eric Sturley ’27 (94 yrs), son of Winifr f ed Sturley. y Eric served the country and the world with Fullbrights, and as a Lt. Col. in WW W II. He received a Purple Heart, Silver Star, r and the French Croix de Guerre. His service took him to Afr f ica, Italy, y France, and Germany. y” Pamela Pond Goss writes, “Peregrinations of family continue: (boat) Macy and crew (as I write 18 Dec.) approaching Barbados, due in Jonestown, RI, on 1 May is the plan/ n/hope. Son #1 still in Bangkok and Hawaii and Rhode Island. Son #3 lives in Bangkok, son #2 is the Macy sailor. r Daughter with 3 children and husband still with horse business in Oregon. Cheers!” Foote Prints

“My love of re “M r searc r h was part rtially l fo f rm r ed at Foote t .” 1946 65th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondents: Kent Healy P O. Box 128 P. y MA 02575-0128 W st Tisbury, We 508-693-6736 e-mail: Karen Wy W lie Pryor 17 Commonwealth Road W tertown, MA 02472 Wa 617-923-1698 e-mail:

1947 Class Correspondent: Gladys Bozyan Lavine 591 Indian Av A enue Middletown, RI 02842 401-846-2444 e-mail:

Stephen Wa W ters writes, “I am a retired headmaster (Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, CA), remaining active in school-related activities, church and singing.”

1949 Class Correspondent: Sallie Farrel Brown Ste. 12, Box 626 Casa Grande, AZ 85122 520-705-6979 e-mail:

Bill Greaves recently returned fr f om a short teaching stint in Argentina and Brazil. His expertise on bonobos was cited in the new Sara Gruen novel Ape House.

1950 Class Correspondent: Mary Pigott Johnsen P O. Box 518 P. Downieville, CA 95936-0518 530-289-1333 e-mail:

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Eugenia Lovett West ’36 — Mystery Writer Growing up on Prospect Street, the daughter of Yale Chaplain Sydney Lovett, Eugenia (Jeannie) Lovett West remembers bicycling to Foote School. At that time, Foote was located in a small carriage house on St. Ronan Street, not far from Jeannie’s home. She remembers Mrs. Sturley, the headmistress who came from England, and the “extraordinary bunch of teachers” who made up the faculty (Jeannie notes they were mainly Yale faculty wives). The love of words and poetry that led Jeannie to become a published writer was inspired by her Foote English teacher, Margaret Ballou Hitchcock. “She was so inspiring, and I still remember the poetry we learned. She had a real impact on my future,” says Jeannie. She remembers Foote as a close-knit community and a safe place for children — comments one still hears about the school today. As they are with today’s students, Foote traditions were important to Jeannie during her years at the school in the 1930s. She can still recite the words and music from the annual Christmas Mac play and notes that every year the first graders got to be the villagers. After attending Sarah Lawrence College, Jeannie’s career path led her briefly to public relations work for the American Red Cross and Harper’s Bazaar. She moved into freelance journalism for New Jersey newspapers after marrying and having four children. Her passion for writing took fruit with her first historical/suspense novel, The Ancestors Cry Out, published by Doubleday/Ballantine in 1979. She subsequently entered a contest for mystery writers sponsored by St. Martin’s Press. Although she didn’t win, one of the judges was so impressed after reading her manuscript that she passed it on to an editor at St. Martin’s. That editor, Ruth Cavin, loved it and Jeannie was given a contract. Without Warning was published in 2007 and Overkill in 2009. Both mysteries feature a woman protagonist, Emma Streat, who is trying to rebuild her life. The third Emma Streat novel is in progress, more than 70 years after her class graduated from Foote. Jeannie notes, “It’s a blessing to wake up in the morning with the urge to create.” — Francine Caplan (photo credit Shealah Craighead)

since fi f ve of our fi f ft f een saved them. Perry We W lch wrote that he and wife f Cathie live on the Eastern shore of Maryland but, for about the 23rd time, were about to spend weeks in Anguilla (keeping warm?). They keep busy with 12 grandchildren, spending Christmas in Bellingham, WA W . Their second son has joined the development off ffice of the University of Wa W shington Medical

Group in Seattle giving them two families in WA W . Their daughter, r son-in-law and granddaughter live in southern PA P making for a mid-J - anuary belated Xmas celebration together. r He wished good health to the rest of the class. It is understandable that health matters are a concern at this time for Perry. y Sincere condolences are sent fr f om the entire Foote community to Perry and his 27


good for now. w ” The scribe, Mary Pigott Johnsen, on a cold and snowy mountain in CA, has her fingers crossed that all goes well for her only grandson who is presently a 1st LT LT, USA stationed in Iraq. She agrees, “Life is good for now!” and she hopes it stays that way for quite some time!

1951 60th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Emily Mendillo Wo W od 118 Fift f h Av A enue Milford, CT 06460-5206 203-878-9963 In the la l st issue of Foote Prints, we reg e ret that some members of the cla l ss of 1950 were misidentif ified. Th T is is the correct caption. From left ft, Sally l Osterweis Kopman, Matthew Griswold, d Juliet Parry Johnson (d (daughter of Lucy Fuller) r , Frances Salter McElheny, y Perry W lch, Vi We V cki Meeks Bla l irr Smith, Marcia Tu T cker Boogaard, d Hu H gh Bla l irr Smith, Mary Pig i ott Johnsen, To T rdis Ilg l Is I selhardt, t and John Grant

brothers Wilford, Harry, y and Noble ’52, whose sister, r Carolyn We W lch Chadwick ’58, died on Aug. 14, 2010. Margot DeNoyon Saadeh, she of the beautifu f l daughters, wrote: “My husband, George, still works in Saudi Arabia. In order to maintain my Residence Vi V sa, I have to go there every six months. As of Oct. 1st, our daughter Randa (and husband Josh and kids Cayden and Anya) moved to Bahrain. Josh is a teacher with the Bahrain International School. Since Bahrain is just across the bridge fr f om Al-Khober, r SA, where George works, I get to see them all now when I go! T o of our other children were able to Tw go with me for New Ye Y ar’s Eve, and subsequent days … of temps in the 70’s! Ahhhh! Here in CT it’s been quite another story. y ” She sent warm regards! Now I realize some people get cold in Buffalo. Our Professor Emeritus at SUNY/University of Buffalo, Robert Dentan, said I could always make up stories about him such as “Bob Dentan reports getting a successful whole body prosthesis made up of renewable materials and expects to make it far enough through the End 28

Times next year to be able to look up into the bleachers where 144,000 Righteous are sitting naked observing the Tr T ibulations and then to short out (as the manufacturers warn) at the sight of Jerry Falwell fr f om beneath.” Thus I believe our RKD is just fine! He didn’t say whether the bleachers were heated, however. r I worry about such mundane matters. Vi V cki Meeks Blairr Smith blessed the class with her annual newsletter describing the family’s outdoor pursuits on the MA waters and NE dog sledding trails, none of which sounded very warm to this scribe. She took the award for attending the greatest number of reunions in New Haven in 2010. Also responding f om cold climes was Larry Barbour fr through his erstwhile social secretary Kassandra who claims that Larry is still the King of Non-communication. “Nothing new here. Enjoying Portland’s (ME) many ethnic restaurants, lots of viewing stage performances, the HD MET operas and bridge games three times a week. Our 10year-old grandchild, Hana, is determined to be an Olympic swimmer so lots of travel to pools to cheer. r Life f is

Cathya Wi W ng Stephenson will be honored at Reunion with the Alumna Achievement Aw A ard for her work as founder of the Wa W shington (DC) International School. Cathya enjoyed attending the alumni gathering in DC last spring at the home of Dean Phillips ’73. Cynthia Carpinella Eppes writes, “Husband retired dermatologist … We W have 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren — oldest 20, sophomore at Middlebury, y youngest 5 mos. W travel a lot. Spend winters in We T cson, AZ. We Tu W get back to New Haven for Whiffenpoof reunions.”

1952 Class Correspondent: Harald Hille 63 Summit Road Riverside, CT 06878 203-637-4789 e-mail:

Our sincere condolences to Wi W lfo f rd W lch, whose sister, We r Carolyn We W lch Chadwick ’58, died on Aug. 14, 2010.

1953 Class Correspondent: Robert Wing 400 Lenappe Drive Columbus, OH 43214 614-267-2450 e-mail: wing@astronomy. y

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1954 The Class of 1954 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Amy Caplan in the alumnae/i office at

Our condolences to Harriet Ely Griesinger, r whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011. Herrick Jackson writes, “The Jacksons moved f om CT to CA, coast to coast. fr Herrick works at the Creative W llness Center in Berkeley. We y Elaine has her eye on Ashby Village but is keeping her options open. On Jan. 3, she had rotator-cuff surgery. y”

1955 Class Correspondents: Nawrie Meigs-Brown P O. Box 33 P. W ods Hole, MA 02543 Wo 508-548-0709 e-mail: Lee Dunham 16 Lincoln Street Belmont, MA 02178 617-484-5064 e-mail: LDunham@sandw. w com

Our condolences to Nancy Ely Kales, whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011. Phebe Thorne

enjoyed a trip to Istanbul, Rome and T scany in June 2010 and has made Tu the decision to sell her family’s Adirondack great camp, The Uplands.

1956 55th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Will Amatruda e-mail:

1957 Class Correspondent: Kevin Geenty 324 Three Mile Course Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-4070 e-mail:

Kevin Geenty writes, “Tw T o fr f iends and I took a motorcycle trip across the country by the southern route: Rt. 66 and I-40. We W took 17 days out to California, then up to the wine country by the Pacific Coast Highway — 3,920 miles one way. y We W flew back and shipped our bikes. It is one ‘bucket list’ item completed!” Bruce Reynolds reports, “We W ’re eyeing retirement and grandkids in the W shington, DC area. Wo Wa W uld love to be in touch with classmates.”

1958 Class Correspondent: Eric Berger 50 Autumn Street New Haven, CT 06511-2221 203-776-3329 e-mail:

We are sad to report the death of W Carolyn We W lch Chadwick, who died on Aug. 14, 2010. Our condolences to Alice Ely Chapman, whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011.

1959 Class Correspondent: Josh Ve V nter 46 Cliff Street New Haven, CT 06511-1344 203-777-2461 e-mail:

1960 Class Correspondent: Happy Clement Spongberg 55 Bijah’s Wa W y Chilmark, MA 02535 508-645-3829 e-mail:

Our condolences to Mary Ely Brennan, whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011. Happy Clement Spongberg writes, “April 18, Steve and I will head to the southeast, playing tourist all the way, y with New Orleans and a special party for daughter Nia and her partner, r Mollie on April 30 as our goal! Head back north on May 3. May 29 will fi f nd us in VT for Nia & Mollie’s small wedding.”

1961 50th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Muffie Clement Green P O. Box 1063 P. W shington, CT 06793-0063 Wa 860-868-0905 e-mail: Richard Hooker ’60, second fr f om left f and his wife f Donna with Ha H ppy Clement Spongberg r ’60 and husband Steve

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condolences to siblings Harriet Ely Griesinger ’54, Nancy Ely Kales ’55, Alice Ely Chapman ’58, Mary Ely Brennan ’60, Jane Ely Pearce ’64, and Robert Moulton-Ely ’73.

1962 Class Correspondent: Mr. r Donald O. Ross Gravel Court, Clay Street Newport, RI 02840 401-847-4671 e-mail:

Our deepest condolences to Deborah Stilson Abbott and sister Sarah Stilson ’64, whose father, r Dr. r Carter Stilson, died on Jan. 7, 2011. Dr. r Stilson was a longtime New Haven pediatrician who treated many Foote School children. We W also send condolences to his grandchildren, including Kate Abbott ’93, Laura Abbott ’96, and Steven Abbott ’00.

1963 Class Correspondent: Susan Stratton P O. Box 626 P. Round Lake, NY 12151-0626 518-899-6671 e-mail:

1964 Class Correspondent: V rdi DiSesa Ve 526 S. Sydbury Lane W nnewood, PA Wy P 19096-1229 e-mail:

Our condolences to Jane Ely Pearce, whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011. Condolences also go to Sarah Stilson and sister Deborah Stilson Abbott ’62, whose father, r Dr. r Carter Stilson, died on Jan. 7, 2011. Dr. r Stilson was a longtime New Haven pediatrician who treated many Foote School children. We W also send condolences to his grandchildren, including Kate Abbott ’93, Laura Abbott ’96, and Steven Abbott ’00.


Philip Ross writes, “On May 16, I watched my son Ben ’03 graduate f om St. Lawrence University along fr with Chase (Penny) Tw T ichell ’64, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.”

1965 Class Correspondent: Eric Tr T iffin 125 Falls Road Bethany, y CT 06524-3328 203-393-2079 e-mail: Eric_Tr T

1966 45th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: John N. Deming, Jr. r 38 Killdeer Road Hamden, CT 06517-3528 e-mail:

Grace Hammond Boss writes, “My work this year has been the construction of Sanctuary, y a new building on my Hill (NH) property. y My study has been Genesis with Community Bible Study in Concord, NH. My travel has been mainly driving to visit family in CT and VA V . Sports have been limited due to a walking disability. y My two children are fine.”

1967 Class Correspondent: Nina Anderson P O. Box 381915 P. Cambridge, MA 02238-1915 617-876-0206 e-mail:

Nina Barclay writes, “My work (at Norwich Free Academy) teaching Latin and Greek continues to impassion me. I’m busy writing a beginning Greek text and will take students to Greece next summer. r Laete…”

1968 Class Correspondent: Liz Prelinger 4426 Lowell Street, N.W. W W shington, D.C. 20016-2749 Wa 202-686-1537 e-mail:

Our deep condolences to Jim Bigwood, whose mother, r Jill Bigwood, died on Sept. 13, 2010, and father, r Guy Bigwood, died on Jan. 2, 2011. Peter Pap and his San Francisco oriental rug business are doing great. He writes, “Our son Jared is 10 and thriving. I’m looking forward to my daughters (36 and 33) and grandchildren (12 and 9) joining us here for Thanksgiving. This summer I appraised the most valuable antique oriental rug to come into PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” to date, and it was televised this past January. y ” We W found the link: http:// //www. w g/wgbh/ h/roadshow/ w video/1505.html (Peter’s segment begins at minute marker 46:28). Peter also participated in the prestigious Winter Antiques Show in New Yo Y rk City in January. y Rosemary Ripley lives in New Y rk City and re-married last August. Yo She spends half her time in California. Her second son is turning 21!

1969 Class Correspondent: Meg McDowell Smith 506 Black Willow Lane Charlotte, VT 05445-9443 802-425-4141 e-mail:

1970 The Class of 1970 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Amy Caplan in the alumnae/i off ffice at

Our condolences to Kate Bigwood Atkinson, whose mother Jill Bigwood died on Sept. 13, 2010, and father, r Guy Bigwood, died on Jan. 2, 2011. Adrienne Skinner writes, “I joined Image Space Media as Chief Revenue Foote Prints

Officer in October. r Can’t stay away f om Internet start-ups. Daughters fr Erica and DeeDee are in college. Catherine joined Makeup Forever in November, r although still does modeling and acting. Yo Y ungest daughter Alex is in 9th grade and loves lacrosse, piano, math and science. Fred Sperry is still in private practice as a social worker and enjoying the work. He is married to Laurie, another social worker. r They

have 2 teenage children, the oldest of whom is deciding on which college to attend. Fred adds, “Tu T ition … YIKES!” Bob O’Connor writes, “I have been to Cape To T wn, S.A. and Jordan in the past few months, accompanying my wife who was lecturing on pediatric pain medicine. I visited with Peter Salisbury in Boston during Tu T ft f s Parents We W ekend. He is not enrolled there!”

1972 Class Correspondents: Amy Estabrook Ross 1625 Ridge Road North Haven, CT 06473-2937 203-248-2173 e-mail: Cathy Hosley Vo V uwie 22 Bennett Street Manchester, r MA 01944-1453 978-526-8085 e-mail:

Richard Prelinger ’67 — Advocate for Access When Rick Prelinger started pre-kindergarten* at Foote in the fall of 1957, his family had just moved to New Haven, where his father had taken a job at the Yale Health Center. He remembers the school in the old Victorian carriage house on St. Ronan Street and the move that winter to Loomis Place. Rick’s path to his archival film work and browsing library grew directly from his experiences at Foote and the influence of one particular teacher, Bob Sandine. Rick says that Bob taught his students to look at traditional subjects from new perspectives. “I remember the films best — he showed Time Is, a rather unusual experimental film about scientific concepts of time, experimental films by Bruce Baillie, and a wonderful, quite prescient BBC documentary called America: On The Age of Abundance.” After studying at Andover and the University of California at Berkeley, Rick headed to New York City and immediately got involved with a number of friends on The Atomic Café (1982), a film created entirely of government films from a variety of sources and archival news footage. The use of archival film captured Rick’s imagination, and so began his career. He started collecting what became a huge assortment of World War II and other films that were eventually stored in a large warehouse in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Rick held the licensing for these films — used by other filmmakers, documentarians, and historians — until 2002, when the Library of Congress acquired his collection. Now this archive is available online as well as at the nation’s library. By 2004, Rick and his wife, Megan, were living in San Francisco where they opened the Prelinger Library, “an appropriation-friendly, browsable collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals, printed ephemera and government documents ...” Rick wanted people to wander the shelves to Winter/Spring 2011

give them ideas and suggest different directions. When you visit the Prelinger Library you see books stacked in fives, lying on their sides so that the titles and authors are easily read. They are in sections by subject, but none of the books have catalog numbers and can be returned either to the same pile or anywhere in the same section! In addition, the library has close to 4,000 digital books that anyone can upload for free at Last October Rick was interviewed by Morley Safer on “60 Minutes” about the historic restored film footage of Market Street immediately after the 1906 earthquake. Currently, he has been focusing on home movies as a way to bring people and communities together. Movies, he feels, help memory and ideas come together, thus fostering new ideas. He holds annual events called Lost Landscapes of San Francisco. About a year ago, he did a similar program in Detroit. “It was quite an evening — we set out 150 seats and got 425 people! I will do another version this fall, hoping to add to the discussion over Detroit's future.” Gather up your home movies; Rick hopes to do this soon in New Haven. In the meantime, visit for links to the “60 Minutes” interview and the Lost Landscapes project. — Francine Caplan * Foote had a pre-kindergarten program in the 1950s. 31


1973 Class Correspondent: Peter Hicks 65 High Meadow Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-288-4044 e-mail: John Persse 115 Deepwood Drive Hamden, CT 06517 203-562-5680 e-mail:

Our condolences to Peter Hicks, whose mother, r Helen Mullican Hicks, died on Dec. 5, 2010, and to Peter Bigwood, whose mother, r Jill Bigwood, died on Sept. 13, 2010, and father, r Guy Bigwood, died on Jan. 2, 2011. Our condolences also to Robert MoultonEly whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011.

1974 The Class of 1974 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Amy Caplan in the alumnae/i office at

1975 Class Correspondent: Jessica Drury 307 Hamilton Road Ridgewood, NJ N 07450-1119 201-493-9124 e-mail:

Our condolences to Joan Bigwood King, whose mother, r Jill Bigwood, died on Sept. 13, 2010, and father, r Guy Bigwood, died on Jan. 2, 2011. Our sympathy also goes out to Anne Hoskins Emmet, whose mother, r Nancy Hoskins, died on Aug. 24, 2010. Bo Sandine has moved closer to sister Lisa Sandine Schuba ’83 and is living in Durango, CO, as senior product marketing manager at Mercury Payment Systems.


John Zinsser ’76 — Writing, Painting Drawing, Teaching John Zinsser “considered [himself] to be a famous artist from an early age.” He recalls walking around New Haven with this attitude and laughs: “I don’t even know if I’m famous now! Maybe I’m delusional!” A glance at Zinsser’s biography suggests he is far from mad. With exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Germany, and Belgium, John has shown his work all over the world. A plethora of permanent collections, including the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Yale University Art Gallery, boast Zinsser originals as well. John remembers visiting the Yale gallery often: “I feel very connected to their collection. And now I’m in it!” In the early ’70s, John’s father, noted author William Zinsser, took a job at Yale and moved his family of New Yorkers to New Haven. John entered Foote in the fourth grade: “One thing that struck me about my Foote experience was the kids and the remarkable friendships I had at the time ... There was an independent streak I shared with other kids, a knowing who we were at an early age.” Upon graduating from Yale University in 1983, John moved back to Manhattan, where he quickly became involved in an emerging East Village art scene. In 1987, he co-founded the Journal of Contemporary Art and began interviewing artists whose work he found interesting. He also wrote for Art in America. During those years he began developing his own painting style, experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques. In 1989, he had his first exhibition at Soho’s Julian Pretto Gallery. John Zinsser is primarily an abstract painter, although he explains occasionally tripping over this label: “I am strongly interested in subject matter, just not in depicting it traditionally.” His paintings balance an enamel-based, industrial palette in the background with an oil-based, fine arts palette in the foreground. John chuckles, “I do now what is considered ‘American Painting.’ ” Currently, he strives to “let my character and humor come across in both my art and my writing.” His most recent show, Art Dealer Archipelagos, maps the post-war American art world through drawings that posit galleries as countries and artists as places. Shown at John Graham & Sons, the second-oldest gallery in New York, the exhibition was a huge success, landing a review in the New York Times. John comments, “The art world loves anything about themselves!” Currently, John and his family live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Writing, painting, drawing, and teaching (at the New School and the New York Academy of Art), he seems to lead the life he imagined for himself: “I always knew I would do something artrelated.” While at Foote, John’s direction was clear. He remembers: “I drew a lot in the fifth grade. I mastered the perfect chopper, like the one Peter Fonda has in Easy Rider. … It won me a lot of respect from my peers. It did not win me a lot from my teachers, however, because it usually happened during math class!” View John’s work at — Liz Antle ’98

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1976 35th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Hyla Flaks Crane 34 Mulberry Road W odbridge, CT 06525 Wo 203-397-1123 e-mail:

1977 Class Correspondent: Elizabeth Daley Draghi 4 Patrick’s Court W llingford, CT 06492 Wa 203-269-2423

e-mail: Our sympathy goes out to Bart Hoskins, whose mother, r Nancy Hoskins, died on Aug. 24, 2010.

1978 Class Correspondents: Nell DeVa V ne 708 S. Brooksvale Road Cheshire, CT 06410 e-mail: Eleanor. r S.DeVa V Stephen Fontana 23 Angel Place North Haven, CT 06473-2402 203-234-2240 e-mail:

1979 Class Correspondent: Bonnie We W lch 257 Hickory Lane Bethlehem, CT 06751 203-405-1626 e-mail: Bonniewelch@taft f

Our deepest condolences to Preston Brooks, whose mother, r former Foote French teacher Margaret Brooks, died on Nov. v 7. (See page 42.) Our sincere condolences also to Liz Holt, whose f ther, fa r Phil Holt, died on Sept. 11. John T ler writes fr Ty f om Portland, OR, “I have been married fo f r fo f ur years to a wonderf l woman, Te fu T rri Pintarelli. We W recently adopted a rescue dog (so cute!). I work for the Dept. of Energy, y Bonneville Winter/Spring 2011

Power Administration (a fe f deral agency based in the Pacific Northwest) as a public affairs specialist. In our spare time, we are building cabins in a remote boat access-only community on the north end of Va V ncouver Island, Canada. Our whole family has been very upset about the sudden death of Madame Brooks. We W keep her alive in our memories recalling the fu f n times we had.”

1980 Class Correspondent: Liz Geller Brennan 20 Martin Te T rrace Hamden, CT 06517 203-248-5208 e-mail:

Our condolences to David Celentano and brother Vincent ’81, whose father, r Vincent Celentano, Sr. r , died on Dec. 15, 2010

1981 30th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondents: T lbot We Ta W lles 170 Cold Spring Street New Haven, CT 06511 203-776-2878 e-mail: Nicolas Crowley 3 rue du Renard 75004 Paris, FRANCE +(33)144596546 e-mail:

Our condolences to Vi V ncent Celentano and brother David ’80 whose father, r V ncent Celentano, Sr. Vi r , died on Dec. 15, 2010.

1982 Class Correspondent: Bethany Schowalter Appleby 256 Ives Street Hamden, CT 06518 e-mail:

Our deepest condolences to Catherine Brooks Laing, whose mother, r former

Foote French teacher Margaret Brooks, died on Nov. v 7, 2010. (See page 42.) Our sincere condolences also to Steve Holt, whose father, r Phil Holt, died on Sept. 11, 2010. Bethany Schowalter Appleby writes that “In early October, r there was a large gathering at the Quinnipiac Club to honor and pay respects to Phil Holt. It was clear fr f om the outpouring of emotion that he was well-loved by many. y It was also a mini Foote reunion of sorts. Foote alums attending included: Liz Holt ’79 and Steve Holt, Bethany, y Sandy Draper ’79, Don Draper, Clark Thompson, Mark Osborne, Michael Drury, Loli Wu W , and Haven Ty T ler. Ben Allison was back in New Haven to perform at Ya Y le’s Sprague Hall for the Ellington Jazz Series on Nov. v 12, 2010. In a Nov. v 7 New Haven Register article, Ben said, “When I was in fourth grade, Willie Ruff f and Dwight Mitchell came to my school to do a little piano and bass duo concert in music class. I was deeply impacted by that ...”

1983 Class Correspondent: Brinley Ford Ehlers 8 Elmcrest Te T rrace, Apt. 104 Norwalk, CT 06850-3910 203-854-9692 e-mail:

1984 Class Correspondent: Ann Pschirrer Brandt e-mail:

Congratulations to Zeke Fiddler, who married Kaitlin Handler on June 20, 2009 at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. They are living in W shington, DC, and Zeke is a Genius Wa for an Apple store in Bethesda, MD. Bun Lai, owner and chef at Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, was named a Seafood Ambassador by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, y CA. Bun was chosen because of his support of environmentally responsible fi f shing and fi f sh-farming practices, as well as 33


his leadership in the industry. y Rebecca Morris had a solo exhibition of her paintings at a gallery in SoHo this winter. r According to a review in The New Yo Y rk Times (1/7/ 7 11), Rebecca’s show “indicates the adamant strength of abstract art by women.”

1985 Class Correspondent: Carter LaPrade Serxner 17 Lovers Lane Princeton Junction, NJ N 08540-6805 609-683-5696 e-mail:

Anne Sielaff f Beal just celebrated 8 years of running her own pet boarding business and is looking forward to the new year! She is still teaching belly dancing and planned to perform in CT at the Buttonwood Tr T ee in Middletown in January. y Xanda Fayen writes, “Still working as a middle school social worker. r I had a great time at our reunion in May, y and I hope to see more people at the 30th. Son Roland, 21, just moved to Madison [WI] fr f om Montana and is living close by. y Stepson T r is a senior at Univ. To v of Minnesota. My husband, David, and I had a great time traveling around Lake Superior, r going to Cape Cod and Glacier Park. Life f is good.”

1986 25th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Ellen Prokop 210 E. 73rd Street, #8F New Yo Y rk, NY 10021 212-472-7761 e-mail: prokop@fr f

Our condolences to Darah Rogovin, whose mother, r Roberta Rogovin, died on Sept. 21, 2010. Jody Esselstyn writes, “Raising our 3 kids — Edie (3rd grade), Sarah (1st grade), and George (2 years). Enjoyed a trip to New Haven last summer with a stroll around Foote.”


Rebecca Morris '84 in her Los Angeles studio

1987 Class Correspondents: Jonathan Levin 713 Alvarado Row Stanford, CA 94305 e-mail:

Our deepest condolences to Nathaniel Brooks, whose mother, r former Foote French teacher Margaret Brooks died on Nov. 7, 2010. On a happier note, Nat was recently featured in a posting on the NY Times blog Lens (11/2/2010) for his work as a photographer at the New Yo Y rk state capitol. Congratulations to Elyse Buxbaum who married Scott Stringer at City Hall in New Haven on Sept. 2, 2010. She and Scott, the Manhattan borough president, live in New Yo Y rk City. y Elyse continues to work at The Jewish Museum.

Congratulations to Justin Chernow, who married Elizabeth Maier on Sept. 4, 2010. Amy Caplan was happy to join in the fe f stivities, which took place at Justin’s parents’ home in We W stport. Justin’s sister, r Hillary ’93 was a bridesmaid. Justin and Elizabeth have recently moved to a cottage on the southern Oregon Coast and are excited about this new phase in their lives. A number of ’88ers attended an alum event in Brooklyn this past fall. Carrie Angoff f, Justin Goodyear, and Ali Fox joined Amy and other alums at the home of

1988 Class Correspondent: Georgia Crowley Lieber 722 Harrison Av A enue Beloit, WI 53511 e-mail:

Ely l se Buxbaum '87 and Scott Stringer at their wedding at City t Ha H ll in New Ha H ven. Mayor John DeStefa f no presided. Photo: Joseph Gerhard.

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Cristina Delgado ’73. Justin recently moved to Wa W shington, DC with his wife f and two sons to begin work as a trial attorney in the fr f aud section at the US Department of Justice.

1989 Class Correspondent: T ya Hill Clark To 4710 Elmtree Court T mple Hills, MD 20748 Te 301-505-8332 e-mail:

Eric Feldman plans to marry Mariana Panuncio in Argentina this April.

1990 Class Correspondent: Rachel Batsford 808 S. 6th Street, 2nd floor Philadelphia, PA P 19147 215-928-1376 e-mail:

Our condolences to David Holley, whose father, r Dr. r Marshall Holley, y died on Dec. 5, 2010.

1991 20th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Bo Bradstreet 7515 Parkdale Av A enue, Apt. 3W Clayton, MO 63105-2854 314-775-9773 e-mail:

Our condolences to Mary (Byrd) Schas and sister Meriwether Schas ’93, whose stepfather, r Jack Wheeler, r died in Dec. 2010. Congratulations to Caty James Everett, who gave birth to her second child, James Knox Everett, on Jan. 12, 2011. He joins big sister, r Grace. Melba Mebane writes, “I was married in Sept. 2010 to Antonio Ifill. We W live in Hamden and both work for the State of CT Dept. of Developmental Services as Case Managers. We W enjoyed our honeymoon in St. Lucia and look forward to our future together. r” Winter/Spring 2011

Justin Chernow ’88 married Elizabeth Maier in September. r From left ft, Amy Capla l n ’88, Hilla l ry Chernow ’93, Pat Chernow, w Justin, Elizabeth, Polly l Fiddler, r Jeanne Kerr

1992 Class Correspondent: Katie Madden Kavanagh P O. Box 1384 P. Wilson, WY 83014 307-739-0783 e-mail:

Our condolences to Josh Rogovin, whose mother, r Roberta Rogovin, died on Sept. 21, 2010.

1993 Class Correspondent: Jenny Keul Via Stendhal 57 20144 Milano, ITA T LY L e-mail:

Our condolences to Meriwether Schas and sister Mary (Byrd) Schas ’91, whose stepfather, r Jack Wheeler, r died at the end of Dec. 2010. Jennifer

Matt Wu W ’96 married Sally l Pratt-Heaney in August. Pictured, d fr f om left f : Chris Wu W ’99, Amanda d Wu W Tw T illig i er ’92, Pat Kane ’96, Brett Nowak ’96, Matt, t Sally l Pratt-Heaney Wu W , Szymon Chawarski ’99, Kate Kane ’98, Ja J ck Hill ’95, and Ja J ck Downey ’95



Gelband writes, “I run the public relations department in Idaho for Zions Bank, a regional bank. I was recently honored with the statewide ‘40 Accomplished Under 40’ Aw A ard and several Idaho Press Club awards, including ‘Best Press Release’ and ‘Brand Management.’ I’m also a f eelance writer and trying to finish fr my first novel.” Congratulations to Anil Khachane and wife Chrissy who welcomed son Ariston in December. r

1994 Class Correspondent: Arna Berke-Schlessel Zohlman 307 7th Street, Apt. 2L Brooklyn, NY 11215 e-mail:

Anna Berke-Schlessel Zohlman and husband Zachary welcomed Gabriel Eli Zohlman in February. y Congratulations to Ben Berkowitz, who was named a “Greatest Person of the Day” on Dec. 1 for his work as co-founder of social media tool SeeClickFix. And more congratulations to Jodie Barnhart, who gave birth to Joaquin Arturon Caro-Barnhart on Jan. 30. She and her wife, Caridad Caro, live in New Yo Y rk City. y Colin Caplan has moved out to Los Angeles to help launch girlfr f iend Cristina Harris’ music career. r He is still designing buildings, writing and researching history, y and acting for TV and film. Y u may have caught him on Yo “House” and the TV game show “Baggage.”

1995 Class Correspondent: Jack Hill 21 Court Street New Haven, CT 06511 203-675-3942 e-mail:

Noah Charney recently published a new book, Stealing the Mystic Lamb: T e Tr Th T ue Story of the Wo W rld’s Most 36

Coveted Masterp r iece (Public Affairs 2010). The book tells the true story of “The Ghent Altarpiece” by Jan van Eyck (completed in 1432), the most f equently stolen artwork in history. fr y Noah was in New Haven in October for a book signing at Atticus. Congratulations to Jeff f Einhorn, who was married to Elizabeth Gilchrist in New Yo Y rk City on Dec. 11, 2010. Sam Sklaver and wife We W ndi and son Redmond welcomed daughter Edie Jane in February. y

1996 15th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondent: Brett Nowak 602 N 43rd St. Seattle, WA W 98103 e-mail: Katy Zandy Atlas 53 Downing Street, Apt. 3 New Yo Y rk, NY 10014 e-mail:

Matt Wu W married Sally Pratt-Heaney on Aug. 28, 2010 at The Plaza in New Yo Y rk City. y Chris Wu W ’99, Brett Nowak and Pat Kane were all in Matt’s wedding party, y and there was a strong Foote alumni attendance at the celebration! (See photo, page 35) Katy Zandy Atlas has a blog, www. w, about food, style and shopping and recently appeared on WTNH New Haven’s Connecticut Style program.


1998 Class Correspondents: Andrew Lebov 241A N Grant St. San Mateo, CA 94401 203-671-1506 (cell) e-mail: Elisabeth Sacco 10 Centre St, Apt 2C Cambridge, MA 02139 e-mail:

Liz Antle had a one-woman show at Koff ffee on Audubon. Titled Befo f re + Aft f er, r it ran fr f om January 3–30. Katy Clark-Spohn Botta loves teaching kindergarten at Foote. (See page 43.) Julia Cuthbertson is returning fr f om 5 years in Madrid to enter Columbia’s School of Public Health. Shaun Daniels lives in the New Haven area and has happily been a father for the last 3 years. Ry R an Harrity writes, “I am teaching 5th grade math and science at Bank Street School for Children in New Yo Y rk City; I absolutely love it! I’m fi f nishing up my master’s in Childhood Education. I’m also getting ready to compete in a CrossFit fi f tness competition and learning to play the guitar. r I see André Wa W rner regularly; he lives with his brother Bryan ’00 and is a lawyer here in the city. y ” Ryan also reports that: Marissa Black lives in New Orleans. Herschel Levine is engaged to be married. Hadley Levine is a nurse in Wa W shington, DC, happily delivering babies and running marathons. Andrew Lebov is a lead motion graphic designer at Google out

Class Correspondent: Eliza Sayward 14 We W st Haycock Point Road Branford, CT 06405 203-488-4462 e-mail:

Tim Farnam is a reporter for the T W shington Post and was recently Wa awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Aw A ard for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.

subEMERGENCE, a linoleum print on wood, d is one of Liz Antle’s works fr f om her show at Koff ffee on Audubon.

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Charlie Granquist ’93 — Culinary Producer Not long after graduating from Bates College with a degree in music and economics, Charlie Granquist realized that food was his passion. So after some traveling, skiing, and briefly working as a personal assistant, he enrolled in New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education where he earned a Culinary Arts diploma, going on to work as a chef at several of the top restaurants in New York including Savoy, Blue Hill NYC, Fleur de Sel, and Chanterelle. But restaurant hours are long, intense, and stressful. So after several years as a New York City chef, Charlie switched gears. He went to work for the Food Network, first as a food stylist and later as a producer, working with renowned chefs Tyler Florence and Rachael Ray, among others, on their shows. (One surprise was how funny and down-to-earth Rachael is off-screen.) Charlie has begun work on new business operations for the Food Network and is spearheading a special project. He is developing restaurant concepts, recipes, and menus tailored for iconic locations around the US — ballparks and stadiums, and now airports and even the Kennedy Space Center. Specific dishes are developed by chefs in Food Network’s test kitchens in Manhattan, and Charlie says that the offerings have been well received and have become really popular in a short time. The Food Network partnership with these stadiums and ballparks involves working with them to create foods and menus that combine typical sports fare with local specialties, served up with the Food Network signature “wink.” At Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, for example, they serve sausage-andpepper-filled potato skins. Another popular dish is Buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese. Charlie and his wife, Lauren Lynch, live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. In New Haven, Charlie’s favorite restaurants are Pepe’s Pizza on Wooster Street and Caseus, a bistro that, as its Latin name suggests, specializes in cheese and bistro classics. He’s also a fan of The Suburban in Branford, a new gastropub created by Arturo Franco Camacho of Roomba and Bespoke fame. — Kathleen C. Murphy ’98 Foote Prints readers can enjoy the ballpark-venture recipe that Charlie has shared with us in the sidebar.

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Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Feta From Food Network Kitchens 8 servings

1/2 watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 pound feta cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 pound baby arugula 1 cup basil leav a es, torn into large pieces 1/2 cup Fried Croutons, recipe follows 1/2 cup ext x ra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons minced shallot 1/3 cup lemon juice K sher salt and freshly ground black Ko pepper 1. In a large bowl toss together the cubed watermelon, feta, baby arugula, basil leav a es, and Fried Croutons. 2. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup of the ext x ra-virgin olive oil, honey, y shallot and lemon juice. Season the dressing with salt and black pepper.r 3. Put the salad on a large platter,r drizzle with the remaining teaspoon of olive oil and serve with the dressing on the side.

Fried Croutons: Canola oil, for frying 1 sourdough Pullman loaf, crusts removed, torn roughly into 1-inch pieces K sher salt Ko 1. Heat about 3-inches canola oil in a deep pot, over medium heat, to 360 degrees F. F 2. Fry the bread until golden, about 5 minutes. Tr T ansfer the bread to a paper towel lined sheet tray and immediately season with salt. Copyright © 2010 Te T levision Food Network, G.P. P All rights reserved



Emily Oster ’95 — Humanizing Economics in Mountain Vi V ew, w CA. Andrea Luedecker is a lawyer in St. Petersburg, FL. Drew Lustman lives in NYC; he records electronic music under the name FaltyDL and fl f ies to Europe for shows with some regularity. y

1999 Class Correspondents: Chelsea Rittchen 139 Fountain St. Apt. A9 New Haven, CT 06515-1926 203-387-8493 Jeremy Zuidema 120 Harbor Drive Stamford, CT 06902 203-804-4818 e-mail:

2000 Class Correspondents: Alex Kleiner 1770 Broadway Apt 406 San Francisco, CA 94109 e-mail: Shannon Sweeney 124 Montgomery Street, Apt 2L Highland Park, NJ N 08904 e-mail:

Becca Levin has moved back to the W st Coast to attend Stanford’s We Graduate School of Business. Eleanor Campisano writes, “This past summer I moved fr f om Chicago, where I spent two years working for Te T ach for America, to New Yo Y rk City. y I sublet a cute apartment in Alphabet City in the East Village for the summer, r then moved to Brooklyn near Prospect Park and began teaching kindergarten at a charter school in BedfordStuyvesant. It’s great to be closer to my boyfr f iend, who’s attending Union Theological Seminary, y and it’s so much fun to be in the Big Apple. My teaching is challenging but vey rewarding, and I love the school and my students.” Caitlin Cahow reports, “Law school [at Boston College] is awesome and definitely labor intensive! I am also still training and 38

Emily Oster ’95 is a self-identified “Foote fan.” “My love of research was partially formed there. It was a wonderful place that really instilled a love of learning.” Graduating from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in economics (2002) and PhD (2006), Emily’s specialty is research in developmental and health economics. Her focus is on “understanding the consequences of globalization on countries” with topics such as the effects of education and preventive programs on HIV in Africa and the effects of cable television access on women’s status in Africa. An assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Emily also serves as a Faculty Research Fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is a current recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant. Prior to joining Chicago’s Booth School in 2009, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago and a Becker Fellow for the Initiative on Chicago Price Theory at the university. Emily’s most recent research focuses on India, and she and coauthor Robert Jensen published “The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women’s Status in India,” in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2009. She explains that women were interviewed before and after they had access to cable television and concludes: “In areas where you have cable TV, gender attitudes change. Women are more likely to say they are decision-makers in the home, and that violence is unacceptable.” Emily is currently researching the impact of new job opportunities on the educational trajectories of India’s youth. She explains that the growing number of outsourced call centers pay significantly higher wages than most employers in India but require a higher level of education than most residents have. She has found that in neighborhoods where call centers are introduced, parents encourage children to complete more schooling and, in particular, to study the English language. She points out that these effects are fairly localized: “Families just five or six kilometers away are not affected because they don’t have a lot of information about the call center.” In 2007, Emily gave a TED* talk about AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. This 15-minute presentation detailing why AIDS education in Africa may not be enough to halt the epidemic demonstrates well her strong interest in her research and excitement in sharing results. While Emily has traveled to Nepal and several other countries, she conducts most of her research from the United States. She spends a lot of time organizing how surveys are run and laughs, “I mostly just boss people around from over here!” These management skills will no doubt come in handy in the coming months, since she and husband Jesse Shapiro are expecting their first child in April 2011. — Liz Antle ’98 * TED is a non-profit organization that holds idea-sharing conferences twice a year. Originally focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED now encompasses a broader range of topics. You can view “Emily Oster flips our thinking on AIDS” at

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playing [ice hockey for the U.S. W men’s team], so that makes the Wo time crunch even more noticeable. I just returned fr f om playing in the Four Nations tournament in Newfoundland last week. We W lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Canada, but the tournament was pretty excellent otherwise.” Caitlin is enjoying living in Cambridge and shares an apartment with Sadie Lieber! Sophie-Alexia de Lotbinière is in the “floaters” program at Sotheby’s in NYC. She completed an MA in Business in Art last year in London at Sotheby’s Institute of Fine Art. Sam Pepe is working for Playworks Tw T in Cities in Minneapolis, where he “plays games all day” with kids K–6. Peter Granquist is teaching third grade in San Francisco. Pete Duncan is at Y le Medical School and was featured Ya in an article in the Ya Y le Bulletin (Dec. 2010) regarding his work with Dr. r Christopher Breuer, r who uses tissueengineering techniques to build new blood vessels for children with congenital heart disease.

2001 10th Reunion, May 7, 2011 Class Correspondents: Adam Jacobs 14 Ta T nglewood Lane W odbridge, CT 06525 Wo 203-393-1760

Kate Serpe was married to Karl Besescheck, a financial analyst with Carestream, a division of Kodak, on a splendid day — Sept. 18, 2010 — at the Harbor Vi V ew Hotel in Edgartown, Martha’s Vi V neyard. Kate and Karl (see photo) live in Seymour, r CT, T with their dog Olive. Hans Anderson-Dollhopf graduated fr f om UConn in Dec. ’09 with a B.A. in history. y He is currently pursuing his MA in Education in an accelerated program at St. Joseph’s University in We W st Hartford. Having played in UConn’s marching band’s drumline as an undergrad, he continues working with the band as its bass drum technical advisor. r That work took him out on the field at Michigan (where he got to meet Pittsburgh Steeler LaMarr Wo W odley!) and then on to the festivities of this year’s Fiesta Bowl. Elise Silverstone graduated with a BA in Media fr f om Sacred Heart University in May 2010. She is currently in graduate school for a master’s in Elementary Education. Katie DeVi V to is living in Boston and studying epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She loves meeting people fr f om all over the world. She was elected as a student government representative. She also enjoys staying in touch with her Foote classmates, Lolly Berger and Erica Fortgang.

Adam Shapiro 142 Carmalt Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-288-9979 e-mail:

Emma Ledbetter is living in New Yo Y rk City, y working as an editorial assistant at Atheneum Books for Yo Y ung Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. r Ari Sussman is working in NYC at Morgan Stanley. y Laura Marris spent 3 weeks in Wy W oming with geology researchers before graduating Ya Y le last June. In order to satisfy f a science credit, Laura, an English major, r enrolled in a “Natural Disasters” class, which also took her to Dominica. According to an article in the Ya Y le Daily News (9/10/10), Laura was a field assistant for a graduate student doing research in WY. Y She kept a blog while there, noting, “During the past three weeks, I’ve driven AT A Vs, climbed over mountain passes, camped in the snow, w and eaten waffles under a giant TT Rex head.”

Class Correspondents: Dillon Long 398 Peddler’s Road Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-2196 e-mail:

2002 Class Correspondents: Hope Fleming 47 Old Quarry Road Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-9400

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Class Correspondents: Courtney Holmes 98 Jennifer Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-287-1587 e-mail: msholmes@att.blackberry. y net


Cassie Pagnam 404 Robin Hill Road Marlborough, MA 01752 e-mail:

Eric Mayer 1450 E. 55th Pl. Apt 926S Chicago, IL 60637 203-804-4471 e-mail: fm f


Dana Schwartz 235 Thimble Islands Road Stony Creek, CT 06405 203-315-0300 e-mail: Kate Serp r e Besescheck ’02 and husband Karl at the Lig i hthouse on Martha’s V neyard. Th Vi T ey were married in September. r



2005 Class Correspondents: Gabriella Rhodeen 24700 McBean Pkwy. y V lencia, CA 91355 Va 203-815-5312 e-mail: Dan Te T bes 188 Armory Street Hamden, CT 06517 203-946-2021 e-mail:

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff f was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s “20 Amazing Yo Y ung Wo W men Who Are Already Changing the Wo W rld” for her book, My Little Red Book, which aims to remove the stigma of a girl’s period. Rachel is a sophomore at Ya Y le. Mark Rosenberg is a junior at Hofstra, majoring in film, studying sound design and audio production and has been performing throughout CT and NY as a singer/songwriter. r He recently released a debut album, “The Day is New. w ” Dan Te T bes is a junior at Kenyon College and will be spending his spring semester in Ecuador studying sustainable agriculture. Monisha Sachdev, a junior at Brown, is traveling this term in India, China and South Afr f ica.

2006 Class Correspondents: Audrey Logan 3 Pepperwood Drive Branford, CT 06405 203-215-6685 e-mail: Adam Gabbard 1530 Ridge Road North Haven, CT 06473 203-248-9937 e-mail:

Adam Gab a bard, Kilian Appleby, and Graham and Martin Hebel stopped by Foote in December for a mini Fift fh Reunion. Martin is a music major at UConn and was excited about traveling 40

with the marching band and football team to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. He plans to be a music teacher. r His brother Graham is enjoying school at Ithaca College. Adam had a good soccer season at Curry College. Kilian is applying to various schools for acting, and doing a lot of scene reading and taping the scenes to practice for auditions. He adds, “I play in my band called Heavy Breath; we’re working on a new record, playing shows, etc.” Jasmine To T mpkins is a mechanical engineering major at Rochester Institute of Te T chnology. y Kate Monahan graduated fr f om Hopkins in 2009 and spent the following gap year working as an au pair in Va V lencia, Spain. This fall, she entered Haverford College. Evie Sussman is thriving at Denison and planning junior year abroad in Australia.

2007 Class Correspondents: Kenny Kregling 55 Ranch Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-288-3696 e-mail: Symphony Spell 52 Bryden Te T rrace Hamden, CT 06517 203-776-9805 e-mail: symphony. y

Symphony Spell is at NYU. Conner Anderson-Dollhopf graduated fr f om Notre Dame High School in We W st Haven, winning the school’s top math prize and having been inducted into 4 honor societies (National, Latin, Spanish and Tr T i-M Music). He entered UConn’s Honors Program this fall. Congratulations to Sam Genecin and Symphony Spell, who were both honored by Ya Y le University as outstanding students at their high schools, Hamden Hall and Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School respectively. y Sam currently attends Ya Y le, while Alex Kim is a fr f eshman at WPI (Wo W rcester Polytechnic Institute), majoring in inter-

Julia Paolillo ’07 enj n oying her gap year in Johannesburg rg, South Afr f ica at the Afr f ican Leadership i Academy. y

active media and game design. Julia Paolillo is spending her gap year in Johannesburg, South Afr f ica at the Afr f ican Leadership Academy, y where the mission is to transform Afr f ica into a peacefu f l and prosperous continent by developing and supporting its fu f ture leaders. (see photo) Julia is one of four non-Afr f ican students spending a gap year, r taking the fu f ll curriculum of courses including economics, Afr f ican history, y Arabic and Kiswahili languages. She was sad to miss Yo Y ung Alums Day but is having a great time! Julia graduated last June fr f om St. Paul’s School with honors in Music and was a winner of the Rector’s Aw A ard. In May 2010, she won the annual Keiser Music Competition for her voice program. She will attend Colby College in the fall. Julia joined Sophie Forteau in South Afr f ica last summer to watch some Wo W rld Cup soccer matches. Sophie is enjoying her time at the University of St. Andrews, where she’s studying economics and international relations. She plans to spend the summer in Argentina working for a community service company. y Emanne Saleh has spent a gap year traveling in India and South America. She’ll start at Oberlin College in the fall.

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2008 Class Correspondents: Michael Milazzo 70 Swarthmore Street Hamden, CT 06517 203-407-8117 e-mail: Kate Reilly Yu Y rkovsky 42 Jennifer Drive North Haven, CT 06473 203-234-9148 e-mail:

Andrew Haskell is currently at Notre Dame and looking at colleges. Evan Horwitz spent the summer in Spain — traveling and studying Spanish art and theater — and biking with his family through Austria and the Czech Republic. He is planning to attend Bowdoin College next year and recently had dinner with former teacher Ly L nne Va V lentine. Te T d Link kayaked 5 fantastic weeks throughout NH, ME, NY and Canada last summer and is psyched for his senior year at Choate — with lots of other Footies! Tw T o “sports” this fall: crosscountry and college apps. Grace Thomas is a senior at Hamden Hall and will attend Bennington College in VT next fall. Kelly Udelsman is planning to attend Bucknell University. y

2009 Class Correspondents: Chris Blackwood 70 Canner Street New Haven, CT 06511 203-865-2777 e-mail: cblackwood@andover. r edu Eva Kerman

165 To T keneke Drive North Haven, CT 06473 203-281-0565 e-mail:

At Hamden Hall’s prize day last spring, Dennis Hicks received the Grade 10 award for “achievement, leadership, motivation and progress in the field of science.” Austen Kim is Winter/Spring 2011

making a comeback on the lacrosse field aft f er an ACL tear and repair in fall 2009. He is looking forward to playing with Bulldog Elite Lacrosse in the summer. r During her junior year at Hopkins Caroline Monahan is participating in the School Ye Y ar Abroad Program in Rennes, France.

2010 Class Correspondents: Brandi Fullwood 55 Sherman Av A enue New Haven, CT 06511 e-mail: Clay Pepe 157 Santa Fe Av A enue Hamden, CT 06517 e-mail:

Danny Smooke is at We W stover School and acted in their production of Blithe Spirit as Madame Arcati. She is continuing French and Latin and recently started skiing. Menaka Sachdev is a sophomore at Milton Academy and continues to play jazz guitar (which she started in grade 4 at Foote). This spring she will travel to South Afr f ica with Milton’s jazz band.

F CULT FA LTY NEWS Foote welcomed many babies this year! Congratulations to Özler Kayaarasi (Mathematics) who gave birth to daughter Pelin on Nov. 7, Steinen Hurtado (Art) who welcomed son Kunsung on Nov. 10, and Erin V rnon (5th Grade) who gave birth to Ve son Noah on Dec. 8. Leslie Long (Science) is a grandmother! Daughter Darby gave birth to baby Harper on Sept. 29. Pam Harmon (Science) participated in a rigorous but life affirming 60-day car-fr f ee challenge — walking to work fr f om her home in Hamden, reducing her carbon footprint, saving money on gas and interacting more with people on the street she would not have met otherwise!

FORMER FA F CULT LTY NEWS We are deeply saddened by the death W of Margaret Brooks (French, W send our condolences 1969–88). We to her children, Preston Brooks ’79, Catherine Brooks Laing ’82, and Nathaniel Brooks ’87 and her six grandchildren. (see sidebar) We W are also sad to report the death of Mary (Peg) Campbell ’34 (Kindergarten, 1940–57) who died on Nov. v 7. Peg continued to be involved with the school for many years. She also was a volunteer at the New Haven Historical Society. y Rev. v Sydney Lovett commented at the service for Peg in October, r 2010, “Peg’s Foote School connection was instrumental in her life of serving others. She was small in stature, but in every other measurement, she was superior. r ” Patricia Gordon (English, History, y 1960–65) died on July 21, 2010, and Chris Baldwin (Lower School assistant and 4th Grade teacher, r 1977–82) on March 21, 2010. Chris’s obituary stated that it was at Foote that “he learned the words that guided him the rest of his life — it is too late to regret the unkind word spoken or the kind deed left f undone.” Ellen de Forest (Kindergarten, 1973–88) writes, “I have been at Evergreen Wo W ods Retirement Community more than 6 years. I am much busier than I expected, social life included. I have graduated fr f om most of the committee involvements, attend lectures and get into New Haven for concerts. And I am still driving — which makes life more independent. The snowstorms slowed us all, however. r I thought of you and snow days! I enjoyed the [Foote Prints Summer/Fall 2010] cover with Marian Spiro and our big snake expert!” Polly Fiddler (Art 1978–2009) loves retirement! She walks her dog 3 miles every morning, works out at a gym and spends time at her studio space in Erector Square making life-size standard poodle dogs out of wine corks. In addition to organizing space and visiting fr f iends, she and Nancy Manke (Admin. Asst. 41


Margaret Brooks 1993–2010) are checking out every town in CT! Kaia Huseby (4th Grade, 1998–2004) writes, “I teach 3rd Grade at Gateway School in Santa Cruz, CA. My two sons are students at my school: Ta T ddeo (5) in K, and Elias (8) is in the other 3rd grade! My husband, Andrew, w teaches anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. I have taken up trail running and see bobcats and coyotes regularly. y I am hoping to see a mountain lion — fr f om a safe distance!” Mike Kachuba (Science, 1992–96) was named to the new post of education consultant for the Hamden-based Yo Y ung Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut. Mike specializes in music residencies for school and health organizations and works with children with hearing loss or autism. Joan Cohen (assistant teacher 5th Grade and MAG, 1996–99) writes that “a continuing interest in literacy development and dyslexia has led me to become a certified Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. I currently work as a diagnostic teacher, r academic evaluator, r teacher trainer, r and reading consultant to schools to facilitate evidence-based reading instruction to individual students. I reside in Hamden with my husband and two energetic and fun-loving wheaten terriers.” Jean Lamont (Head of School, 1992–2004) is a partner with Educators’ Collaborative and busy helping schools and other non-profits find senior administrators (including heads of school), do strategic planning, and address governance issues. She also co-presents the “Beginning Administrators Institute” at Lawrenceville School each June. She and Margaret Mann (reading specialist 1997–2001) and their husbands traveled to Morocco, where they camped in the Sahara under a full moon. Elaine Nye (Math, 1972–91) writes f om Wa fr W shington state: “I always enjoy reading news of my fr f iends on the Foote faculty and successes of my former students. I moved to WA W with 42

Margaret Brooks, French teacher from 1969 to 1988, died on November 6, 2010. More than 250 people, including many of her former Foote students and colleagues, attended a memorial gathering at Neighborhood Music School. Her son, Preston ’79, and former headmaster Frank Perrine spoke. Andrew McLaren, husband of former faculty member Francie Irvine, read a letter from Francie to Margaret’s children. The following are excerpts from their remarks: Frank — Margaret was an exceptional teacher and educational leader. Our 40year friendship started in 1969 when she burst upon the scene at Foote as chair of the French program, and quickly had the children talking French in class, making heavy use of songs, food, games and repetition. She had very high standards, set high goals for the teachers and for the students, and had a real passion for teaching. She remained at Foote for 19 years, leaving to work full-time in her real estate business. She developed a very strong and talented department that is still a major program at the school. She was a passionate and enthusiastic embracer of life and a loyal and devoted friend to many … She had a huge yen to do things, go places, challenge herself and continue to learn and grow … And she was a real dynamo, a firecracker, and a live wire! Francie — [Margaret] loved teaching her students; she was also a teacher of teachers. I learned much of my craft from her … She had an amazing work ethic — always busy, always asking questions, always trying to get better at almost everything … We all need to keep seeing the world through her eyes, with her spirit, her humor, and her questioning mind.

my husband in 2005, but sadly he died suddenly 3 years ago, so I now live alone. I still travel the world watching birds — last year I visited Oman, UAE, Borneo, Ecuador and Peru. When I’m home, I tend my garden — everything grows easily here. My best wishes to anyone who remembers me.” Marian Spiro (Science, Director of Computer Education, 1970–89) is still doing and loving her woodworking, “albeit small things only!” She swims 1/2 mile everyday and between her therapy dog and six grandchildren, she has more than enough to keep her busy “… and happy!” Cameron Swallow (Upper School math, science, history and English teacher, r 1991–94) reports, “I’m teaching in NC public schools now, w 7th Grade math and 8th Grade French. I spent 8 years at home with our two daughters: Ruth (14), and Sophie (12) now in her mother’s math class, bless her heart. I remember my 3 years at Foote very fondly and try to keep that vision of education alive and working in my classroom, wherever I am.”

IN MEMORIAM Joseph Hotchkiss ’33 November 27, 2010 Mary (Peg) Campbell ’34, Kindergarten, 1940–1957 October, r 26, 2010 Ann Marshall-Levine ’45 March 27, 2010 Carolyn We W lch Chadwick ’58 August 14, 2010 Richard Ely ’61 January 7, 2011 Chris Baldwin, Lower school assistant & 4th Grade teacher, r 1977–1982 March 21, 2010 Margaret Brooks, French teacher, r 1969-1988 November 7, 2010

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Why I Te T ach By Katy t Cla l rk-Spohn Botta ’98 With each turn around the block, my f elings became more confu fe f sed and more emphatic. It was the spring of my eighth grade year; my parents and I had been pacing the campus trying to decide whether I would complete the Foote journey as a ninth grader or embark on a new expedition at the high school where I had been accepted. Every stretch of pavement around the campus inspired nostalgia for a place that I would one day have to leave and provided insight into who I was and how that self came to be. We W walked past the buildings where the seeds for a love of learning had been planted, where I had been guided through my f rst encounter with death by my fi beloved teacher Betty Whitney; where I had been inspired to seek out and celebrate individuality by Mr. r Sahlin; where my interest in perspective, memory, y and history had been sparked by a lesson fr f om Mr. r Sharon that involved staring at a box of tissues. Every corner also brought anticipation for the future, for the new experiences that awaited me, and for the possibilities of who I could become. In my mind, Foote had transcended the physical realm of a collection of buildings, playing fields, books, worksheets, and desks. I could feel its spirit within me and could point to the places where it had allowed me to leave my footprint. Within the confines of this wooded campus, relationships with teachers, peers, and parents intersected and overlapped, and out of this web I emerged a confident person, wanting to engage with the world and grow. w This was the moment when I knew my Foote journey was complete and that it was time for me to begin the next adventure. It was also when, full of love and appreciation for the school I was leaving, I knew I had to become a teacher. r Winter/Spring 2011

Katy t Botta t confe f rencing with Matthew DeLaurentis about his “body d map” or self lf-portrait.

When I returned to Foote as a kindergarten associate teacher in 2005, I was surprised to find how many diverse skills I had to draw upon to create the stage on which acts of affirmation may be performed. I was a nurturer, r providing a physically, y socially, y emotionally, y intellectually safe environment necessary for students to emerge f om their shells. I was a researcher, fr r developing an understanding of the whole child through observation, conferring with parents to gain a different perspective, brainstorming with colleagues, attending workshops, and engaging in faculty meetings. I was an artist, weaving together children’s diverse interests and needs to create curricula that would inspire them to explore, discover, r err, r make connections, and grow. w I was a facilitator, r enabling the child to see himself more clearly through the Peace Ta T ble, and providing honest and constructive feedback to parents. I was a scientist, gathering evidence of what skills my students had acquired, and aiming to use explicit, methodical instruction to help them reach the next level. Again, Foote helped to fr f ame my understanding of myself — this time as a teacher. r Ye Y t, again, it also revealed how much more there is to

learn. While I spent two years away ffrom Foote to pursue greater understanding through educational research in New Zealand, followed by a master’s degree, I soon found myself drawn back to this incredible community. y The uniqueness of every child, every family, y means there is never one right answer, r no formula that I can ever offer. r The potential of the child — and thus the possibilities for the teacher — appears endless, and the responsibilities weigh heavily on my shoulders. But my fulfilment as an adult lies in confr f onting these challenges. I face them each day with the belief that through my journey at Foote and beyond, I have developed the skills necessary to be an effective early childhood educator. r This is my hope for myself and for the children I teach. Katy t Cla l rk-Spohn Botta t is a Head Kinderg r arten teacher at Foote. W invite other alumnae/i We / to write about Foote’s impact on their lives — career choice or otherwise! We W will post submissions on the alumni pages of our website and print some in this magazine.



Young Alums Y Reunite The annual Yo Y ung Alums Day for graduates still in high school attracted 97 former Footies. Current Foote ninth graders enjoyed a panel discussion with young alums in different area high schools focused on the transition fr f om Foote to secondary school.

Teachers Laura Stanley, T y left ft, and Cindy Raymond with 2008 cla l ssmates Vi V ctor Joshua, Maddy Buhl and Sarah Kauff ffman

Catching up on news in the Sandine T eater Th Members of the Cla l ss of 2009, fr f om left ft, Audrey Mila l zzo, Eva Kerman, Samaj a Ha H ley, y Kayla l Sanders, and Kiley Kennedy

Lauren Va V lentine ’11 and Dana Monz ’11 with teacher Ti T m Bla l uvelt


Max Groen ’11, second fr f om rig i ht, t with 2010 cla l ssmates Gabe Bradley, y Cla l y Pepe, and Sam Dunning

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REUNION DAY 2011 Saturday, May 7

“The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Come back on Reunion Day to see how Foote’s hallmarks of tradition and innovation are celebrated today. We look forward to seeing you! See page 22 for more information, and look for an invitation in early April.

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The Foote School 50 Loomis Place New Haven, CT 06511 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Notice: Postal regulations require the school to pay 75 cents for every copy not deliverable as addressed. Please help us contain costs by notifying us of any change of address, giving both the old and new addresses. You may e-mail us at alum@footeschool. org


Don’t miss …

¡Fiesta Global! Fundraising Event April 30, 2011 (See page 21)

Reunion Day

May 7, 2011 (See page 23)

Grandparents Day 2011 Friday, October 14

Contact the Alumnae/i and Development Office ( or 203-777-3464) to add a grandparent or special friend to the list.

Architect's rendering of the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building from the new Highland Street drop-off. Learn more on page 4.

Summer at Foote

Foote Summer Theater for Middle & High School • June 27–August 5 Young Actors Workshop Grades 2–7 • June 27–July 8 Early & Late Summer Adventures Ages 5–15: • 10 days of programming in June: June 20–24 and June 27–July 1 • 10 more days in August: August 15–19 and 22–26 Learn more at or call Dawn Walsh at 203-777-3464

Foote Prints Winter-Spring 2011  

Foote Alumni Magazine - Winter Spring 2011