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Teaching and Learning at Friends School of Baltimore: A 21st Century Model From Lacrosse Player to Lab Standout Meet Friends' New Athletic Director Greg Whitley A Caldecott Medal Adventure with Librarian John Scott

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from the head of school

Dear Friends, In this edition of COLLECTION we take an in-depth look at teaching and learning at Friends School. Several of the articles report on how our teachers are developing challenging interdisciplinary courses, applying their creativity and employing new technologies. Their work has been informed, in part, by the national dialogue about the need for 21st century school reform, and by the writings of such noted educators as Daniel Pink in A Whole New Mind, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs in Curriculum 21, and Tony Wagner, whose book, The Global Achievement Gap, was read by our faculty this summer. As you will learn, our teachers have also benefited greatly from the work of our own Teaching and Learning Committee, whose members have engaged in a thoughtful and challenging process to assess our program in view of this dialogue, developing for our faculty a clearly articulated set of outcomes for our students—outcomes that will serve our students throughout their lifetimes. (See the “Teaching and Learning at Friends School of Baltimore” diagram on p. 3.) Throughout this process, we have been ever mindful that “the world needs what our children can do.” Time and again, as we sought to articulate the skills and habits of mind that will be most valuable to develop in our students, we have found a convergence between what the world so clearly needs and what we, as an academically rigorous Quaker school, have to offer the world through our well-prepared, morally centered students. For example, the 21st century’s demand for… ■ adaptability converges with our School’s Quaker-based foundational belief

and our long history of embracing innovation.

in continuing revelation

■ creativity converges with our long-held belief

that, as Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

■ critical and analytical thinking skills converges with the question-based approach used in our

classrooms—and the healthy skepticism of received wisdom we’ve always encouraged in our students.

■ embracing diversity, so that people of

different cultures can live in peace and proximity, converges with our belief that there is that of God in every person.

■ refuge from our cacophonous society converges with the importance we place on reflection and the

value we find in active silence as we await the still, small voice within.

As we all know, convergences—whether in the form of two cars merging on a highway or two bodies of water flowing into a shared channel—are not always smooth and can be tricky to navigate. When obstacles arise, turbulence can ensue. So it is with the convergences noted above. While they present us with opportunities for growth and improvement, they can also bring with them the challenges and even discomforts of change. Having clarified—first among ourselves and now to the wider community—the most important educational outcomes we want for our students, we can now move forward with vigor and confidence to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind they must have in order to do what the world needs. As always, I hope that you will be in touch if you have any questions, comments or concerns about our approach. Best wishes,

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2 Feature “The world needs what our children can do.” What are the skills, habits of mind and knowledge our students will

need to face and surmount the challenges to come? Friends’ Teaching and Learning Committee has a bold vision for the classroom.

12 Athletics Meet Greg Whitley: Friends’ new A.D. is building a culture of excellence in athletics—and it’s not about wins or losses.

13 Diversity Notes Diversity Coordinator Felicia Wilks

approaches her work from a Quaker perspective, encouraging us to seek Light in others.

14 Culling for Caldecott Lower School Librarian John Scott shares his year-long journey to discover the best American picture book in 2010.

15 Remembrance Friends mourns the loss of Tom LaMonica ’67, physical education teacher and coach.

18 Alumni & Development News The Class of 2010 Commencement highlights, including information on Senior Awards, college matriculations and Nick Fessenden’s inspirational keynote address.

19 From Lacrosse Player to Lab Standout Eric Dang ’06 is

Amy Langrehr ALUMNI DIRECTOR Mary Pat Bianchi, Lee Kelly, Anne Homer Martin ’37, Jeanne Robin, Meg Whiteford DEVELOPMENT OFFICE STAFF

MISSION STATEMENT Founded in 1784, Friends School of Baltimore provides a coeducational college preparatory program guided by the Quaker values of truth, equality, simplicity, community, and peaceful resolution of conflict. By setting high standards of excellence for a diverse and caring community, Friends seeks to develop in each student the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and creative strengths to make a positive contribution to the world. Recognizing that there is that of God in each person, the School strives in all its programs, policies, and affairs to be an institution that exemplifies the ideals of the Religious Society of Friends.

PARENTS OF ALUMNI Please help Friends go green! If this issue is mailed to a son or daughter who no longer maintains a permanent address at your home, please notify us of the new address by writing, or by calling 410.649.3208. We—and the Earth—thank you! Printing: J.H. Furst Co. Design: Stephanie Coustenis Cover photos: Harry Connolly ’70 Printed on recycled paper.

a “research star in the making.”

20 Alumni Weekend 2010 Photos and highlights, including this

year’s Outstanding Alumni—Amy John ’80 and Ken Wilson ’85.

Correction: In the fall 2009 edition of the magazine, former Friends teacher Carl Ortman was incorrectly identified. We regret the error.

2 5 2010–11 Annual Fund Meet Co-Chairs Kim and Lee Riley ’78. 27 Class Notes & Milestones

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“The world needs what our children can do.” Teaching and Learning at Friends School of Baltimore

he world around us has changed with astonishing scope and speed. Technological breakthroughs and the flattening of global barriers have created opportunities we could only have imagined a decade ago. At a time when transformation is happening at such a breathtaking pace, what qualities will our students need to thrive in and shape the world they will inhabit? This is the question Friends School posed to its faculty three years ago when we embarked on an extensive examination of our program. Early on in this conversation, we realized the need to develop a clearly articulated set of educational outcomes for our students. The broad strokes of these outcomes are incorporated into the “Teaching and Learning at Friends School of Baltimore” diagram you see on the next page and in the articles that follow. As you read the accompanying stories, written by Heidi Blalock, you’ll notice some recurring themes; among these, the notion that Friends School’s teachers have always incorporated the skills and habits of mind identified in this model. The difference is that we are now using them in a more mindful and intentional manner, and sharing these insights with our students—explaining to them, for instance, the importance of collaboration when assigning group work. Another theme you’ll encounter is the idea that content is not an end in itself, but rather a vehicle by which we teach skills and foster habits of mind. We recognize the vital importance of discipline-specific content and concepts and consider that knowledge to be an essential component of a world-class education. Given the speed at which discovery and innovation are accelerating, however, mastery of a fixed body of knowledge is an increasingly insufficient prerequisite for our students’ future success. Our work with our students must equip them to effectively and efficiently find, analyze and apply a dynamic and ever-changing store of information. This approach to teaching and learning at Friends School encompasses far more than what you will see on the next nine pages. COLLECTION will continue to feature stories in upcoming issues about how Friends is preparing its students to do the work the world will need from them.

Empathy and Reflection: First Grade Social Studies Places Community First A light drizzle falls as the second Friends van carrying first grade teacher Melissa Ekey (pr. E-kay) and the rest of the class pulls up to the CARES’ headquarters at St. Mary’s Church on York Road in Govans. The group unloads and slowly shuffles into the building’s rear entrance, where Rachael Neill, CARES director, greets them. On this day, she explains, they will see full shelves because a lot of people have been doing food drives for CARES. “But [the food’s] going to go right back out today and tomorrow morning,” she cautions, underscoring that food donations are always needed.

First graders squeeze into the CARES food pantry.

Pam Zavitz buckles the last of the children’s

seat belts and slowly pulls up the School driveway. “Ooh!” they squeal as we roll over the first speed bump. (There will be seven more on the .8 mile trip to CARES, each eliciting a similar response.) “We’re going to a place where people get food for free because they have no money,” explains one child, a serious expression in her eyes. “That’s just right, Anju!” her seat mate Kyla says brightly.


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The children file into the cramped pantry area where Becky Boynton, Friends’ Service Learning Coordinator and longtime CARES volunteer, engages them in an interactive tour. “Tell me, what do you see?” she asks. Cries of “tuna fish!” “peanut butter!” and “mac and cheese!” fill the room. “Do you see any peppers?” she asks, drawing their attention to a pile of produce on a nearby counter. “We’ve got fresh produce because some places donated fresh vegetables,” she says, adding, “One of these places you know very well.” Boynton is referring to the Friends Community Garden, located on the School’s campus. “Is there a vegetable garden that you walk by every day? Did you know that the vegetables we grow are picked and brought right here?”

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In the days following their trip to CARES, the first graders visited First Fruits Farm in Freeland, MD, where they picked apples and beans that Boynton then delivered to CARES. “Most kids go to a farm and they might pick a pumpkin or pick some apples and they get to take that home,” says Ekey. “We chose this farm because it’s volunteer-based and all the food is donated to food banks. That’s a great message for them, and they’re seeing it firsthand and not just hearing about it. They’re not going to forget that.”

Habits of Mind •  Creativity •  Curiosity •  Empathy •  Reflection •  Resiliency


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•  Communication •  Collaboration •  Critical Thinking •  Information Literacy

Knowledge •  Content •  Concepts

The students nod gamely. “I didn’t know,” one child confesses. “Well you know now!” Boynton tells him, playfully rumpling his hair. ■■■

Like a pebble dropped in a pool of water, Friends’ new first grade social studies program creates ripples of knowledge that spread outward, providing children with real-life examples of community in all its facets. “We started with our School, and then we went to the neighborhoods,” says teacher Suzanne Whitney, pointing to a bulletin board with photographs and students’ hand-written descriptions of various types of dwellings—from apartment buildings and duplexes to single family homes—in nearby Tuxedo Park.

Weekly worship sharing and journaling exercises bring lessons learned out in the community back to School, where, with their teachers’ guidance, children can reflect on their experiences through the context of Quaker testimonies. “It means so much more to first graders to have it all tied together: why am I doing this? Why should I give food to people in my community?” says Ekey.

Such lessons in kindness and giving to others have the added benefit of carrying over into the classroom. “One little boy read gingerbread man stories and then he made gingerbread men for everybody in first grade—not just his homeroom. Another kid made cupcakes, ‘just because.’ His mother said, ‘I don’t know why, he just wanted to do it.’ They’re being thoughtful. At home, they’re thinking, ‘What can I do for others?’”

Whitney and Ekey developed the community-themed unit over the summer, drawing from the skills and habits of mind elicited when implementing the School’s new Teaching and Learning model. During the neighborhood walk, the teachers paired up the children. “This way,” Ekey explains, “a child who may be a strong thinker but doesn’t have the writing skills down works with someone who can write but doesn’t come up with those great sentences.” “They build off each other’s strengths,” adds Whitney. Both teachers acknowledge that much of what is outlined by Friends’ Teaching and Learning Committee was being routinely applied in Lower School before the new initiative was started; however, Ekey, who serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee, notes an important difference. “A big goal of our work as teachers is to be intentional about using these skills and habits of mind so that when we’re preparing lessons we are mindful of their impact.”

Canned goods in hand, students await entry to CARES.

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Middle School: Navigation Skills for the Information Environment Stomp, Clap-clap, stomp, clap-clap, stomp, clap.

Middle School librarian Paula Montrie leads a band of sixth graders through a sequence of rhythmic steps and claps. “This is to wake up your brain, to help you think sharp, and also to wake up your body,” she explains, as she moves the group through some stretches and then asks them to “breathe like a horse.” The students clap and stomp, make funny sounds and laugh despite themselves. There’s a method to Montrie’s madness. “We meet at the end of the day, so I’ve designed the class to be very kinesthetic,” she says, noting that the breathing exercises help strengthen the stomach muscles, allowing students to speak louder and longer. “Presentation skills are a part of research.” This is Speechcraft, the Middle School’s 2.0 version of a traditional study skills class, where students learn how to locate and evaluate information sources, how to use information ethically and how to present it in a meaningful way. Describing the class as “equal parts research and public speaking,” Montrie says, “We sometimes call Speechcraft ‘mistakes class’ because it’s not graded. We hope students will take what they’ve learned here and apply it in their other classes.” Ten years ago teachers taught students precisely how to prepare bibliographies, explains Montrie, a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. “The period had to go right there,” she says, gesturing with an imaginary pen, “followed by a comma. Then NoodleTools [an online application that automatically formats bibliographies] came out”—in effect, freeing up students to do the difficult

and often time consuming work of vetting their research. Such technological advances created a shift in the discussion among educators about what’s important and what can be cut, according to Montrie. “In today’s information environment, learning how to format a bibliography is less important than authenticating their sources,” she says. “Students must continually ask themselves: Where’s my information coming from? Is it a reliable source?” Yet there are still essential things that must be taught, asserts Montrie. “That’s why ‘backwards design,’ looking at essential questions before you design lessons, is critical.” Montrie employs the backward design process when teaching units on such subjects as academic honesty and fine arts. Each project begins with a meeting in which the students set goals and objectives. (“My role is to ensure their goals are achievable,” she says.) A rubric then guides the students through each stage of the planning process, with such questions as: “What new skills do you want to learn in order to enhance your project?” and “Who will you seek out to provide you with feedback on your work?” “This approach puts the students in charge and gives them more buy-in, so that the teacher becomes the ‘guide on the side, not the ‘sage on the stage,’” says Montrie. Students demonstrate facility of concepts in creative, non-traditional ways, from sock puppet theater to rhyming raps. Recalling a memorable skit during a plagiarism unit, Montrie says, “The students created a Plagiarism Vampire. The only way you could kill this thing was to drive quotation marks through its heart!”

Middle School librarian Paula Montrie leads sixth graders through the Speechcraft warm-up routine.


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“Teaching is about exploring new paths, using the tools available to you.” Q&A with Cristina Saenz de Tejada, Spanish teacher, Director of Community Service A native of Barcelona, Spain, Cristina Saenz de Tejada joined the Upper School faculty as a Spanish teacher in 2007, having previously served as Modern Languages & Literatures Department chair at Goucher College. Here, she tells why she loves teaching and how her work on Friends’ Teaching and Learning Committee is changing the way she connects with students. On the one hand, for some Friends faculty, the Teaching and Learning paradigm is viewed as “bold,” while on the other, some faculty view it as just part of “good teaching.” Why do you think this approach might be considered bold, and where do you fall on that scale? I think it may be considered bold because fundamentally it is asking each teacher to reflect on what we do and assess what we say we teach, asking ourselves questions like, Why should I teach this novel? What would make this content more interesting? How can I make it relevant to my students’ lives? Even more important than asking those questions is being able to answer them. That is indeed good teaching. So, I guess I’d say I think it is both—bold and good teaching. How has your work with the Teaching and Learning Committee informed your work with students? With your foreign language colleagues? It has informed my work in several ways, but fundamentally, it has reinforced the benefits of working collaboratively— with my students and with my colleagues. In the classroom, rather than focusing on content and teaching everyone in the same way, I’m doing much more project-based learning. I’m letting the students decide how they’re going to demonstrate their knowledge. In this way, the content becomes a tool. The experience is still very structured: I create a rubric with specific criteria and goals that we review together, so students know what’s expected of them. But by using a project-based learning approach, they gain the knowledge and, in the process, they also have a good time. For example, in Spanish 2, students research recent data and experiences of immigration and are given the choice to demonstrate in Spanish their knowledge and cultural understanding through a project. Two students made a video about an encounter between a border officer and an immigrant; they wrote the script and filmed it in one of the children’s homes, in the basement. Another student wrote a poem on the same topic. All of them did a great job. With colleagues, the new Teaching and Learning model has opened the dialogue about connecting what we teach

Cristine Saenz de Tejada.

across disciplines and creating assignments that give students a greater stake in their own learning. Each of us is doing something interesting in the classroom and we’re realizing we’d like to collaborate even more. What excites you the most about teaching? Teaching means being curious, going out there and seeing what’s going on, and trying to bring it into the classroom: whether it be a current event, a new technological gizmo, or a new assignment that’s going to push students to step out of their comfort zone. Teaching is about exploring new paths, using the tools available to you. In addition to particular content, there are certain skills and values I would like my students to take with them when they move on. I find that exciting. Recent Census figures indicate that there are more Spanish-speaking immigrants in the U.S. than the entire population of Canada. With the growing Hispanic population in this country and the immigration issue a political hot button, what types of roles do you see your students playing in the future? They are going to be working partners. Their supervisor may be of Hispanic descent, they may marry into Hispanic families, they may be doctors serving Hispanic patients. Even if those patients speak English, speaking the second language will open doors and bring them closer to each other. Latin America is one of the fastest growing economies after China, even more so than Europe, and a lot of investments and inventions are taking place south of the Border. Our students may well be working for a Latin American company. Effective working relationships mean connecting with your colleagues and management, so language and culture competency is thus becoming imperative to understanding one another better.

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An Agile Approach to Teaching Modern World History “Okay, everybody, grab a laptop and pair

up…,” Ghani Raines announces, pausing for effect, “with someone you can work with very efficiently. I’m going to assign to you more work than can reasonably be done in one period.” “Whyyy?” groans one student amid the good-natured guffaws of his sophomore classmates. “Because I’m unreasonable,” Raines responds with a playful smile. A palpable energy fills the space as the 10th grade twosomes power-up their electronic tablets and log on to Raines’ Moodle page. “Let’s take a second to focus,” he tells the class. The room quiets momentarily; the lesson begins. On the surface, the new 10th grade history course, “History of the Modern World,” may not look so different from its predecessor, “Europe and the World.” Yet in terms of both its breadth of scope and the innovative ways in which the teachers are approaching the subject matter, the new course is very different, according to Molly Smith, history department coordinator. “It’s more global and modern than the former 10th grade course,” says Smith, who with colleagues Ghani Raines, Josh Carlin and new teacher Eleni Lampadarios, redesigned the curriculum last summer using a collaborative model. “We started with the question: ‘What do our kids need to know to understand the world they live in today—in both content and skill?” she explains. “We want to create a basic narrative from 1450 through WWI. At the same time we know we can’t tell everyone’s story, so we’re trying to create a complex representative picture that offers multiple perspectives.” Twenty-first century teaching and learning principles are woven throughout the course. “There’s a mental shift away from having content as the sole driver,” says Smith. “It’s not that knowledge isn’t important—it’s absolutely important; it’s how you get it. We’re trying to show kids different ways of doing that. Getting them to take ownership of their experience, to point out things that surprise them, to ask questions…It’s our job to find the pieces that motivate them to do these things, because ideally the questions should be driving the course.” There is no single source of information for the course, no textbook. Instead, teachers are researching and pulling materials from many different sources, including online resources, such as Annenberg Media’s “Bridging History” program and San Diego State University’s “World History for Us All” website, as well as encyclopedia articles, excerpts from monographs and video clips. “In approaching world history you have to be selective out of necessity,” says Smith. “No one can learn everything about world his-


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tory—in any year. We’re finding pieces that fit, that make sense to us.” She adds, “The four of us are working pretty hard to put it together.” The quartet meets at least once every six days (constituting an Upper School “cycle”) in an ongoing process of developing classes and initiatives and reviewing how lessons have worked. A shared folder on the School’s computer server allows each of them access to documents they are creating and materials they are using in class. “That’s the beauty of teaching together,” says Smith. “There are four of us with six sections of data. We’re in and out of each other’s classes all the time to see how things are going and to see how different people tackle different things. It’s a much more open feel.” The student experience is also more dynamic, though it can be slightly intimidating. Sophomores Caroline MacLure and Olivia Reed are in Ms. Lampadarios’s class. “We do a lot of hands-on things, which helps me remember the material,” says MacLure. “I feel like I’m learning more in class, so that when I study for tests it’s more of just a review.” Neither of the girls misses the textbook, although from an organizational stand-point, according to Reed, the course content can feel unruly at times. “We get a lot of hand-outs,” she says. “We’re giving them things that have different interpretations, so they’re excited but also a little apprehensive,” says Smith. “There’s no book, so there’s no ‘gospel’ to go to.” Despite the challenges of the new approach for both teachers and students, Smith is pleased with the results so far. “The discussions are better, deeper,” she adds pausing momentarily to reflect. “I think it’s going well.”

(l.-r.) Ben Musachio and David Bruder engage in class discussion with history teacher Molly Smith.

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Answering the Call for 21st Century Leadership Few Friends courses in recent years have

created as much excitement as “Community and Solitude in the Religious Experience,” “Peace, Non-violence and Social Justice,” and “Path of Leadership.” Developed and taught by Amy Schmaljohn, who joined the faculty in 2006 as a religious studies teacher, these popular junior/senior English electives share similarities. All three employ experiential learning components and call upon students to plumb their interior lives and reflect on the values that guide and shape them. For example, in “Peace, Non-violence and Social Justice,” the class identifies a social cause its members feel led to address and they then collaborate on a service learning project to help raise awareness about and take action on the issue. Past projects have included education campaigns on Uganda’s child soldiers (dubbed “invisible” children) and truancy in Baltimore City Public Schools. While the “Community” and “Peace” courses draw on the journeys and writings of such spiritual leaders as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., students in the “leadership” course study leaders from divergent paths across time and cultures to help them understand the complexities of leadership. In many ways the class is a direct response to the call for 21st century preparedness, Schmaljohn explains. “We’d been talking as a faculty about how we are preparing leaders,” she says. “We have a student-led club system, but we were finding that many students did not know how to organize and lead their clubs to do substantive work. We were also mindful of the needs of our seniors, who are about to move into the broader world and assume leadership work at the college and university level.” She sees the “Path” course arising out of the Quaker testimony of Integrity. “We talk about describing our moral compass,” she explains, “the values and perspectives that create a center from which we’re acting.” Alongside that inward discovery, the class studies leaders across history and cultures, examining, for example, Lao Tzu’s words of wisdom to ancient Chinese leaders and the conduct of Themistocles in the Battle of Salamis to find things that differentiate and distinguish leadership, as well as to identify common threads. Complementing this historical study are readings in leadership theory and contemporary case studies. “From that historical study, students begin to understand that leadership is not about the individual, but is about the dynamics that exist within a group,” explains Schmaljohn. That sense of empowering others, rather than always seeking to be in control or in charge, is a transformational idea for students, and one that becomes central when the class undertakes a collaborative, semester-long leadership project. Schmaljohn charges the class with finding some-

“Path of Leadership” teacher Amy Schmaljohn.

thing meaningful or substantive they can do to give back to the Friends School community. The students must use “Sense of the Meeting” decision making and reach unity at every stage, according to Schmaljohn, who serves as a coach. “I provide the students with a process for group dynamics and facilitation. Then I get out of the way to let them experiment,” she says. “Sometimes they stumble, but they learn from the stumbling. Most often they succeed.” About midway through the project, students realize that some of them have greater skills at facilitation than others. “It’s nice to see that quality of leadership being affirmed and called upon because the group begins to discern that’s what they need to be successful,” observes Schmaljohn. For their project last spring, students wanted to identify ways to help strengthen their Upper School peers’ learning about Quakerism. One of their recommendations focused on the new Sophomore Seminar course, a program designed to unify 10th graders and develop their leadership skills. Schmaljohn’s students identified a core text, Robert Lawrence Smith’s A Quaker Book of Wisdom. They also suggested integrating a unit on Quaker literature in the formal English curriculum. Faculty and administrators ultimately affirmed the students’ selection of Smith’s book, and their proposal for the new literature course is now being considered by the English Department, according to Schmaljohn. “To see these successes made the students realize that when they take on a substantive project and they do it well, they really can influence change in a positive way.”

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Connecting Curriculums, Using Food as the Focus Last year, when Upper School teachers

Helen Berkeley and Deb Kinder began discussing their new English and science electives—respectively, “Literature and Identity” and “Environmental Policy”—they knew they wanted to collaborate in some way; they just weren’t sure how. Berkeley’s class explores the relationship between food and culture, and how these factors can shape one’s identity. Students read texts by John Milton (Paradise Lost, book nine) and Isak Dinesen (Babette’s Feast), works that would seem to have little to do with the policy research Kinder’s students routinely investigate in her class. As the two colleagues contemplated possible paths for collaboration last spring, Kinder came up with the critical link for their partnership “I was looking at the policy class and asking myself, ‘Should I do energy? Should I do water?’” she recalls. Then came the proverbial “ah-ha” moment: researching food policy, with its political, economic and social implications, would provide students not only with a compelling foundation of knowledge, but would also connect her course with Berkeley’s in a significant way. “This is how great Deb is!” Berkeley enthuses. “She didn’t even have food in her course to begin with.” With food as a common theme, the two teachers used a summer grant from the School to establish a framework for collaboration. They created three units based on the Quaker testimonies of Community, Equality and Integrity—each informed by a set of common, essential questions about how food is experienced within the context of that testimony. For example, in the “Food and Community” unit, students in the two classes explore readings and engage in separate class discussions based on the same three questions: What is community? What food rituals deepen community? What food rituals fracture community?

pooling their meager resources—$1.25 per person—to contribute an appetizer, main course or dessert for their potluck dinner. For this particular project, the 17 students in Amy Schmaljohn’s “Peace and Social Justice” class joined with the 33 combined members of Berkeley and Kinders’ classes to form one large group. “We had a total of 50 kids creating a meal for everyone on just $62.50,” says Kinder. Senior Will Pisano’s group was charged with making dessert. They chose pudding because the ingredients are “fairly cheap.” A member of Kinder’s Environmental Policy class, he described the SNAP challenge as “eye opening.” “The experience of going to a supermarket but knowing I had access to only a fraction of the food there was sobering and left me shaken,” he said. “I have gone to bed hungry before, but not because I didn’t have access to enough food.” Kinder and Berkeley agree that the new Teaching and Learning model is encouraging Friends teachers to think outside of the box. “There’s a lot of excitement and support about trying new things,” says Berkeley. “To get three teachers to teach the same block, as we did with the Equality unit—we assumed that was an impossibility, but then we did it. When we ask [the administration] for the time and space to create these new experiences for students, the willingness is very affirming.”

In addition to these essential questions, Berkeley and Kinder also developed three “food challenges” comprised of individual and group work related to each of the testimonies. For the “Food and Equality” unit challenge in October, students were required to live on a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) budget of just $4 a day for three consecutive days and write about this experience in their journals. The challenges conclude with shared meals that are jointly planned and prepared by students from both classes. At the meal’s conclusion, they talk about their experiences, including insights gained through their readings and classroom explorations. In planning the shared meal for the Equality unit, for example, the students worked in groups,


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Students from three classes participated in a shared meal they prepared on a SNAP budget of $1.25 per person.

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Friends, Park Lead Coalition of 16 Public/ Private Schools in Build-A-Block Campaign “Friends’ Habitat for Humanity club is a

perfect learning laboratory for our Upper School students to cultivate and practice the communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills we teach in the classroom,” says Michael Paulson, Upper School English teacher and Habitat for Humanity advisor. For the past two years, students from Friends and the Park School have worked together to co-sponsor houses, partnering with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake in the Pigtown/Washington Village and Patterson Park neighborhoods. After proving that inter-school cooperation can work successfully on a small level, Friends and Park are helping to lead Build-ABlock, a coalition of 16 independent, public and charter schools aiming to transform a blighted neighborhood in East Baltimore. In addition to the fundraising, building,

and advocacy that Friends’ Habitat has participated in over the past two years, students plan on meeting with neighborhood residents and community associations to create a revitalization plan. Build-A-Block also offers numerous occasions for curricular tie-ins, notes Paulson. “Issues such as food and transportation security, for example, will provide valuable opportunities for conducting field work and service learning.” Friends students will also work with other schools and Jefferson Street residents to create a community garden and maintain dedicated “green spaces” on the block. For more information about Friends School’s Habitat for Humanity program or to sign up for an upcoming build date, contact Michael Paulson, faculty advisor, at

In June, the Upper School Habitat for Humanity Club, in partnership with Park School, dedicated its second house. Over the past two years, the Friends community has contributed hands-on labor and more than $50,000 to revitalize blighted Baltimore housing for qualified families. Collection Magazine

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And…Action! Resilience, Collaboration are Central to Documentary Project

Move over, Ken Burns. For their U.S. history

final, eighth graders are creating 10-minute documentaries on such major post-WW II events and movements as the 1972 Olympics, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the March on Washington and the Beat Generation. Using iMovie, the popular Apple Computer application, students search available still photography and video footage culled from the Internet and integrate it with period music and footage they’ve created using their classmates as main characters and extras. The project, now in its third year, “fits perfectly with the teaching and learning model,” according to Tod Rutstein. He and fellow history teacher Deloris Jones, librarian Paula Montrie, technology educator Erin Zimmerman and learning specialist Kim Meisel comprise the documentary project “instructional team,” itself a 21st century education idea, according to Paula Montrie. “Instead of having students move through the school day from one unrelated course to another, they meet with teams of teachers from many disciplines to collaborate on projects that incorporate content and concepts from many subjects,” she says. Beginning in October, production teams meet weekly with librarian Paula Montrie, who guides them through the research process, employing an extensive research rubric to ensure students are meeting requirements for knowledge (“Correctly distinguishes between primary and secondary sources”), skills (“Successfully connects skills to purpose of 10

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Students film simulated “period” footage for their projects. Here, scenes from “By Any Means Necessary,” in which students recreate the murder of Malcolm X, and “The British Invasion,” featuring a Twiggy look-alike.

the product.”) and habits of mind (“Seeks sources beyond the requirements”). The research phase concludes with a quiz on which all students in the group must receive a grade of B or better. Only then do students move on to the technology phase, led by technology educator Erin Zimmerman, who teaches them how to use the digital editing and production tools that transform their raw footage into finished products. “It becomes a lesson in delayed gratification because the students want to get the cameras out on the first day, but they soon learn that first they have to complete the reFall 2010

search, write the script, create the story boards…and then there’s casting and costuming,” says Rutstein. “They get an understanding of just how much work is involved in a 10-minute film.” The documentary project offers ample opportunities to test team resiliency. After setting up a scene to be filmed in the Meetinghouse library, during which English teacher Randy Cooper, playing Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, gives a soliloquy about the perils of war, the crew from the Cuban Missile Crisis film project was later

dismayed to learn that the digital footage of Cooper’s scene (footage they thought had been successfully downloaded to the computer) had been accidentally deleted. “The amount of time and hair gel this poor child spent on getting my hair ‘just so’ for the shoot was remarkable,” says Cooper. “I would’ve been frustrated too, if I were them.” The students resolutely began again, after learning an additional and very valuable lesson about the role human error can play when using technology.

Members of the Class of 2014 work in groups on laptops during the research phase of the eighth grade documentary project.

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Friends’ New Athletic Director Greg Whitley is Building On a Culture of Excellence Greg Whitley bounds

across campus with the confident bearing of a man in his element. Fresh from a parent coffee, Friends’ new Athletic Director is brimming with enthusiasm—and it’s not just the caffeine’s effect. “Parents are trusting me with their most precious gifts,” he says. “What is the legacy I’m going Greg Whitley to leave these kids? I think about that every day. I want it to be positive. I get passionate about that.” A former athletic director at Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS), where he oversaw a major expansion of the athletics program during his six-year tenure, Whitley has long-admired Friends’ beautiful campus and its philosophy. “Whenever (A.A.C.S.) would come here for games, I always thought this would be a great place to work,” he admits. “I love how the philosophy is reflected in all areas of the School.” Now, as head of the School’s Athletic Department, he hopes to build on Friends’ reputation for excellence by extending its pursuit to the playing fields and courts. “I see the athletic program as an extension of the classroom,” he says. As with the classroom experience, establishing high expectations is key. For players, this means punctual practice starts and peak physical conditioning. (“Do you think [Middle School music teacher] Cecile Audette will let her students show up late to practice? No way!”) Whitley applies this same disciplined approach to his coaches. “Top-quality instruction, consistent goals and preparation are critical,” he says of his staff. “If they’re teaching, then I want to review their lesson plan. If they’re coaching, then let’s see their practice and game plans.” Whitley honed his hands-on management style over 23 years in the building trade, as owner and operator of a successful commercial and residential construction company. He’s also an accomplished coach (in 2006 he was voted “Golf Coach of the Year” by both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post) and, while at AACS, he served two separate two-year stints, in golf and in soccer, as a commissioner for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Whitley’s hiring coincides with the recent adoption of Friends’ new Athletic Philosophy (see sidebar). Crafted by a group of parents, teachers, administrators, and coaches, and reviewed by the faculty of each division, the document redoubles the School’s commitment to providing its 12

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students with a balanced education by boldly stating that academics, the arts and athletics are “interdependent and of equal value.” Ensuring Friends lives up to this commitment will be Whitley’s primary task. “I want Greg to lead our community in a conversation that allows us to better define and explain Friends’ unique perspective on athletics,” says Head of School Matt Micciche. It’s a challenge he whole-heartedly accepts. Since arriving on campus in July, Whitley has convened an Athletics Advisory Committee comprised of students, faculty, and parents to assist him as he seeks to bring the Athletic Philosophy to life within our program. Members of the School community can look forward to learning more about Whitley’s vision for Friends Athletics in the pages of COLLECTION as well as the e-Update newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter. “One of the best parts of this job is getting to meet Friends alumni and parents, hearing their stories about their Friends education and athletic competitions,” says Whitley. “I’m looking forward to meeting many more of them in the weeks and months to come.” Whitley encourages readers to contact him with any questions, ideas or concerns at or 410.649.3212.

Friends School Athletic Philosophy A Friends School education is a balanced experience where Academics, the Arts, and Athletics are interdependent and of equal value. We believe that a fully integrated athletics program is an essential part of our commitment to educating the whole child. Athletics allow students to have fun, acquire important life skills, and build fulfilling relationships. Through participation in the athletic program and the experience of competing, students are motivated to realize their potential as individuals and teams, leading them to more fully embrace the core Quaker belief that there is that of God in every person. As such, athletics are an integral part of our students’ educational experiences. Friends values the opportunity that the athletic program provides to promote the Friends School tradition of communities coming together, and acknowledges the important role that athletics play in the present and future physical, emotional, and social well-being of our students. In their pursuit of excellence, our athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and fans are committed to bringing the best of themselves to their teams and to the greater Friends community. Fall 2010

Diversity Notes: Felicia Wilks, Friends Diversity Coordinator Am I willing to speak from deep reflection, sharing my own insights? Do I see and celebrate the differences among those I meet? Friends School Faith and Practice A central tenet of

Quakerism is that there is that of God in every person. This concept is at the core of Friends School’s diversity work. If all of us seek the Light in others, we will encourage the development of an even more accepting and inclusive community. Finding the time in our daily lives to foster community is a challenge; our weeks are a whirlwind of school, work and social commitments. Creating space within ourselves—to be open to others, to share our experiences and to learn more about people, cultures and perspectives different from our own—is essential to this work. In my new role of Diversity Coordinator, I look forward to cultivating attitudes and behaviors that build such a community at Friends. My work will be guided and informed by the Board of Trustees’ 2008 Diversity Plan to Enhance Multiculturalism and Inclusion at Friends*. This plan, which outlines the School’s goal to “enhance campus diversity in all its forms: racial, ethnic, social, cultural, economic, financial, spiritual, and re-

ligious,” notes that increasing diversity representation on campus does not go far enough; we must also work toward being a true community, where all perspectives and backgrounds are welcomed and everyone is appreciated. I am working with the Admission Office and division principals to further our student and faculty recruitment efforts and to develop a more inclusive curriculum. I also consult with the School’s Administrative and Diversity Councils, Board of Trustees and Parents Association to formulate a range of structured activities focused on diversity topics, including cultural competency training for students and faculty, reading groups, film screenings, speakers and parent affinity groups, to name a few. In addition, our Diversity Council** meetings are a great way to become more involved in advancing diversity programs and initiatives at the School. Newcomers are always welcome. Beyond participation in such structured diversity work, there are dozens of informal ways in which

we can become a more inclusive environment. In the classroom, on the sports fields and even on the parking lot, we can practice openness, curiosity, kindness and respect toward one another, especially when we encounter those whose backgrounds and perspectives are different from us or the views we hold.

Meanwhile, if you have ideas on ways to make Friends an even more diverse community, I’d love to hear them. Send me your thoughts at fwilks@ * The Diversity Plan to Enhance Multiculturalism and Inclusion at Friends is available online at friendsbalt. org/news/pub/diversityplan.pdf. If you would like a

Diversity Coordinator Felicia Wilks (front row, second from right) with Friends seniors (front row, l.–r.): Julia Rodricks, Etosha Lankatilleke, Jack Gibb; (back row, l.–r.) Fiona Caplan, Jason Schon, Mila Caplan and Jeremy Gann.

Making our campus one where everyone feels comfortable sharing his or her unique gifts is a responsibility we share. I invite you to be actively involved in the school’s diversity efforts. Look to this column in future issues of COLLECTION and in the e-Update for stories, ideas and information about diversity in its many forms.

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copy of the plan mailed to you, contact Heidi Blalock at 410.649.3216 or ** The remaining Diversity Council Meetings for 20102011 will be held on January 10, February 7, April 11 and May 16 (all Mondays). Meetings take place in the Zamoiski Alumni Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Childcare and dinner is provided.

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Culling for Caldecott: A librarian’s journey to discover the year’s best American picture book by John Scott, Lower School Librarian In the spirit of Wanda Gág’s magical

Millions of Cats—the books came. “Hundreds, thousands, millions and billions and trillions” of books. Well, maybe not millions and billions, but a year’s worth of the best picture books published for children arrived at my doorstep by the box-load each week. My charge, as a member of the 2010 Caldecott Committee, was to read, re-read, examine, share and discuss them with my esteemed colleagues, a process that would culminate in January 2010 when we determined the winner of the Caldecott Medal—the award given to the artist who has created the most distinguished American picture book of the year. For this children’s librarian, it was the journey of a lifetime. I can’t remember when I first became aware of the Caldecott Medal. It was always there. It was there as Robert McCloskey’s ducklings made way for the island in the pond at the Boston Common. It was there when the wild rumpus began with Sendak’s Wild Things. The shiny Caldecott seal appeared on so many of the picture books that I loved as a child, and continue to love. Upon learning in August 2008 that I’d been appointed to the Caldecott Committee, my immediate reaction was to contact the Association for Library Service to Children and inform them of their error. Such service is the highest honor my profession could bestow upon me. Surely, I assumed, they had me confused with another John Scott. After repeated assurances that I was, in fact, their choice, I plunged headfirst into my new role. There were training sessions, practice discussions, and then there was the reading. Even for a book lover like me, consuming the entire body of work published for children in 2009 was a massive assignment. Fortunately, I had a “subcommittee” of 370 Friends students to help me find the winners. Every week I shared new books that looked promising with different Lower School classes. Most submissions were quite good, a couple were really awful, but even those were fun—a scrapbook for cosmic cats? By the fall of 2009, the committee began the process of nominating finalist titles for Caldecott consideration. We then convened in Boston, where for three consecutive days in January, the 15 of us engaged in hours and hours of deep, thoughtful, challenging, considerate discussion about the best books of the year. It was the most glorious book group imaginable.


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An animated John Scott reads to Lower Schoolers.

And in the end? We made history. Jerry Pinkney, a fivetime Caldecott Honor winner and the first individual African-American illustrator to ever earn the Caldecott Medal, won with his stunning, nearly wordless retelling of The Lion and the Mouse. We also selected two Honor Books: All the World, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, and the magical Red Sings From Treetop: A Year in Colors, written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. In June I had the opportunity to meet the illustrators and authors as they received their awards. To hear them speak about what the Caldecott meant to them was a powerful affirmation for the work I do day each day with our children: sharing the power of illustrations and words with young people as they learn about the world around them and the wonder that a 32-page picture book can bring. And the cherry on the top of the sundae? Jerry Pinkney—the genius behind this year’s medal winner—is coming to Friends to visit with our Lower Schoolers on April 7, 2011. His visit is being made possible in part through the Joan Sandler Fund for Young Writers. My Caldecott journey has officially concluded. Many thanks to my Friends School colleagues and students for sharing it with me. I miss the boxes. I don’t think the postman does, though, as my house is on top of a hill. Just like the old man and woman in Millions of Cats! Coincidence? I wonder…

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Remembrance: Tom LaMonica ’67–Friends School Physical Education Teacher, Coach Tom LaMonica, a beloved physical

education teacher and coach at Friends School, died on September 2, 2010. He was 61. A 1967 graduate of Friends, he joined the School’s faculty in November 1971 upon completing service in the National Guard. Described by his co-workers as “one of the most ingenious teachers we have ever known,” he devised games and introduced new programs to the physical education curriculum with jaw-dropping ease. During his Friends tenure, LaMonica successfully coached the School’s football, wrestling, and lacrosse teams, but it was his devotion to the football program that helped keep it alive—especially during times when player turnout was low. He cultivated six MSA/ MIAA wrestling champions over the years, a particularly impressive feat for such a small program. Always the optimist, he convinced his teams that they can overcome any numerical disadvantage—and they often did. As owner and co-founder of Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, LaMonica shepherded generations of Friends alumni through the high ropes course. He converted tall corn fields on his family farm into sports pitches to help provide local school and recreation-league teams with additional playing space. And he regularly reminded all of us to take time to reflect on the beauty and the wonder of the earth, the sky and all living creatures. News of Tom’s untimely death spread quickly through the community, as colleagues, friends and alumni shared memories and anecdotes. On the Friends School campus, Meetings for Worship provided students and colleagues with opportunities to hold Tom, his family, and each other in the Light as we grieved our loss. A Quaker memorial service held in the Forbush Auditorium on September 12 attracted more than 700 guests, many of whom stood outside in a light drizzle, listening to the heartfelt messages of those who spoke through a set of nearby speakers. Tom LaMonica is survived by his wife Jane, his five children—Michael, Dan, Jackie, Paul and Sara Mae LaMonica, his mother Doris (“Babe”), three grandchildren and his sister, Linda L. Monk ’63.

Taking fifth graders camping at Genesee Valley Farm was a requirement for teachers as well as students. I observed many miracles while watching kids tackle the obstacle course there. Shy, reluctant children overcame their fears. Followers became leaders and nonathletes proved to be dexterous and strong. Everyone gained something valuable from being around Tom in that environment—even the teachers!

—Claire Loecher Ebeling, former fifth grade teacher Freshman year I was cut from JV basketball. It was the first time I’d been cut from a team and I was upset. The next day I ran into Tom in the gym and he simply said, “Maalox (Tom’s nickname for me) you are wrestling for me this winter since you aren’t playing basketball. You need to stay in shape for lacrosse this spring. See you at practice tomorrow at 3:30.” We did not have a discussion. Tom simply made a decision for us. Rather than moping around all winter, I spent the winter working my butt off in the wrestling room. It was exactly what I needed. I learned there are always options and when you fall you need to pick yourself up and keep going.

—Mike Malin ’98 “If you cut corners running laps, you’ll cut corners in life…And that’s unacceptable!” “It’s a boot drill men…We’re gonna keep doin’ it until someone boots!” “It’s physics, men. The greater force delivers the greater blow and receives less pain!” “Move, son, move. You’re killing the grass!” “Doggone it! Kiss my cheeks!” “Perfect practice makes perfect.” —Contributed by Larry Smith ’83, Dave Alkire ’81, Dave Buschman ’81, Rob Hawley ’81, Myles Perkins ’94 and Wel Leimbach ’88

Friends School has created a tribute page on its website——for friends, former students and colleagues to share their memories of Tom. COLLECTION has provided a sampling of the many entries for its readers. Enjoy.

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board of TRUSTEES

Friends School Board of Trustees 2010–2011 Friends School welcomed five new members to its Board of Trustees. For more information about Friends’ Board of Trustees go to about and click on the Board of Trustees link.

John Watt teaches Middle School mathematics at Friends and is a co-clerk of the School’s Diversity Council. He serves on the Board’s Diversity Committee. He is the father of two Friends alumni.

Karen Bleich, a radiologist at

Johns Hopkins Hospital, serves on the Finance Committee. She is the mother a Friends student.

geography teacher at Gilman School, serves on the Diversity Committee. He is the father of a Friends alumnus and is a member of Stony Run Friends Meeting.

Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A., a Baltimore law firm. He serves on the Development Committee and has two children enrolled at Friends.

Returning Trustees Tom Brooks, independent energy investment consultant. Member, Finance Committee. Parent of two Friends students. Sue Carnell, retired college

Will Pisano ’11 is the student

representative to the Board of Trustees. A former member of the Upper School Senate, where he served in 2009-10 as co-president, he is a member of the Concert Chorale, Debate Team, plays Varsity Squash and is co-head of the Save Darfur Club.


Suzy Filbert, speech pathologist, Baltimore County Public Schools. Member, Quaker Mission Oversight Committee, Committee on Trustees. Parent of a Friends student. Member, Stony Run Friends Meeting. Norman Forbush ’78, marketing consultant. Board Treasurer. Clerk, Finance Committee; member, Executive, Development and Building Committees. Parent of a Friends student. Member, Stony Run Friends Meeting. Thora Johnson ’88, partner,

Daryl Sidle is a principal with

Andre Jones, a middle school

Alison Fass ’77, psychotherapist. Member, Committee on Trustees; alumni liaison to the Board. Parent of a current Friends student and an alumnus.

Venable LLP law firm. Clerk, Committee on Trustees. Parent of two Friends students. Member, Stony Run Friends Meeting. Howard Loewenberg,

managing director, Signal Hill Capital Group. Clerk, Investment Management Subcommittee; member, Audit Subcommittee, Executive and Finance Committees. Parent of two Friends students. Elizabeth McKennon, prin-

cipal, McKennon, Shelton & Henn LLP law firm. Member, Finance and Quaker Mission Oversight Committees, Audit Subcommittee. Parent of two alumnae.

administrator. Vice Chair of the Board. Clerk, Diversity Committee; member, Committee on Trustees, Quaker Mission Oversight Committee, Joint Nominating Subcommittee and Executive Committee. Parent of four alumni and grandmother of four current students. Member, Stony Run Friends Meeting.

Geraldine M. Mullan, attorney, Coventry Resources Corp. Member, Development Committee. Parent of a current Friends student and an alumnus.

Alice Cherbonnier, president,

Dorothy H. Powe, director,

Allegro Communications and editor, Baltimore Chronicle. Member, Quaker Mission Oversight, Diversity and Development Committees; Board liaison to Stony Run Friends Meeting (member and former Clerk). Parent of an alumnus.

investor relations, McCormick & Co., Inc. Board Secretary. Member, Quaker Mission Oversight and Executive Committees. Parent of two alumnae. Anne Powell, longtime

Friends School volunteer. Clerk, Development Commit-

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tee; member, Committee on Trustees and Finance Committee. Parent of two alumni. Edwin Remsberg ’83, profes-

sional photographer. Member, Building Committee and Quaker Mission Oversight Committee. Parent of two Friends students, Member, Little Falls Friends Meeting. Stephen Rives, teacher, St. Paul’s School for Girls. Clerk, Quaker Mission Oversight Committee; member, Diversity Committee. Member, Gunpowder Friends Meeting. Carole Schreck, property

manager, Real Estate Dimensions. Member, Development and Finance Committees, Investment Management Subcommittee. Parent of two Friends students. Member, Stony Run Friends Meeting. Bill Smillie, president, Ta-

marac Consulting LLC. Vice Chair of the Board. Co-clerk, Building Committee; member, Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees. Parent of two alumni. Deirdre Stokes, assistant professor of nursing, BCCC. Member, Committee on Trustees and Joint Nominating Subcommittee. Parent of two alumni. Mark Stromdahl, principal, Edmeades & Stromdahl Architects. Chair of the Board. Clerk, Executive Committee, serves Ex Officio on all committees. Parent of an alumnus. Member, Little Falls Friends Meeting. Mark Weinman, president, The Morris Weinman Company. Co-clerk, Building Committee; member, Finance Committee. Parent of three Friends students. Bill White, vice president of

client development, Corbyn Investment Management. Member, Development, Finance Committees and Investment Management Subcommittee. Parent of a Friends student.


Excerpts from

2010 Honorary Alumnus Nick Fessenden’s Commencement Address to the Class of 2010 What has remained the same? Students can still participate in sports as well as the arts without being labeled as just an athlete or just a musician. Collection, a time when we gather for announcements and presentations, continues to foster unity and enrich School life, as does Meeting for Worship. It is not always easy for young people, or people of any age, to sit in silence, but as students grow older, they appreciate this time for reflection. Friends attracts students who are different—and who are tolerant of each other’s differences. When discussions arise in the classroom, Friends students have the knack for expressing disagreement without getting disrespectful or angry. This is praiseworthy and is something adults are not always able to do. Friends students are kind. When a Friends family experiences a loss, the community pulls together. This is also reflected in the community service our students do. Though the School established a 50-hour community service requirement in 1978, many of you have gone far beyond that and voluntarily put in extra time and effort, be it in your own city or in places as far away as the Gulf Coast or Kenya.

I first visited Friends School in April 1972

for a job interview. While on campus, I observed a ninth grade history class, where the students were reviewing a test they’d recently taken. They were an enthusiastic group, eager to show what they’d learned, and I recall thinking, “This could be a good place to teach.” Soon afterward, Byron Forbush, the Headmaster, offered me the position, and I joined the faculty that September. So what has changed here in 38 years, and what has stayed the same? The School was smaller in 1972, with 737 students and a graduating class of about 60, as compared to nearly a thousand students enrolled today, and 95 in your class. In terms of curriculum, our School today is richer. In the sciences, for example, we used to offer only chemistry for juniors and physics for seniors. Today there’s an array of 10 different science courses for juniors and seniors. Likewise, the other academic departments have worked hard to diversify and enrich their offerings. Another obvious change has occurred in technology. Teachers used to type out tests on a stencil, attach it to an ink-filled mimeograph drum, and then crank out copies. Knowledge was stored in books and on paper. The word “Google,” as a noun or a verb, did not exist.

Your class, in particular, has a reputation of being supportive. One day during a random conversation before the start of a U.S. history class, the students were discussing when their birthdays fell. I bemoaned the fact that mine is on June 27, and is not celebrated at School. Low and behold, on June 27, 2009, there was a knock on the door, and there stood a student with a cake. I was touched! We’re now at the most important part of this talk: why would I want to teach at Friends for 38 years? The answer comes down to the students themselves. The youthful energy, the inquisitiveness, the critical questioning, the independent thinking, the seriousness with which our students take their academic work, the search for truth…these aspects of Friends have not changed. It has been inspiring, and, for me, a pleasure to come and teach every day. Some historians like to divide time into eras, “the Enlightenment,” “the Reconstruction,” “the New Deal” and so forth. Today in our own lives, you—the Class of 2010— and I are ending one era and beginning a new one, as we “graduate” from Friends School. May your Friends education and values guide you and allow you to reach for the stars, and—to paraphrase the School’s new signature—to do what the world needs.

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The Class of 2010. Photographs from the June 8 Commencement, as well as Final Assembly and other senior events can be found on Flickr, a free online photo sharing service. To access Friends School’s Flickr “photostream,” go to friendsbalt. Enjoy!

To see a complete listing of the Class of 2010 Senior Awards and College Matriculations go to upper/collegeguidance. The Class of 2010 included nine legacies—children or grandchildren of alumni. (l.-r.) Hannah Rudow with her father, Stephen Rudow ’80, Alexandra Rudow with her father, Bill Rudow ’79, Elizabeth Zinkham with her father, Rob Zinkham ’73, Sydney Rende with her mother, Kindall Bliss Rende ’83, Hillary Kolodner with her father, Ken Kolodner ’72, Wilson Connolly with his father, Harry Connolly ’70, Tony Boswell with his father, Harry Boswell ’70, Collin MacGibeny, with his mother Lisa Lott MacGibeny ’85 and his grandmother, Clarinda Harriss ’56, Alex Klein with his grandfather, Joseph Klein, Jr. ’49 and his father, Joseph (Skip) Klein, III ’79. Marion Donald receives her diploma from Head of School Matt Micciche.

(l.–r.) Matt Malis, Leah Penza, Alex Dorman and Johnny Magwood. 18

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Alumni News

From Lacrosse Player to Lab Standout recognize the malignant growth as a foreign invader and it’s allowed to grow.

Working in the lab of Hopkins oncology researcher Drew Pardoll, Eric Dang, a 2010 Johns Hopkins University graduate (pictured), has made some noteworthy scientific advances. Dang is a member of Friends School’s Class of 2006.

When a landmark

new cancer study from Johns Hopkins appeared in the journal Science last August, it included Eric Dang as third author. Dang is not a professor, a postdoctoral fellow, or even a graduate student at the university. He’s an undergraduate public health major. Dang, 22, carried out the work in the lab of Drew Pardoll Abeloff Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Dang may have hit a homerun in his first research at-bat, but the Baltimore native is not resting on his laurels. For an encore, he is poised to serve as lead author on another study to be published later this year. Pardoll calls Dang a research star in the making. “Eric is really a gifted and unique individual. He is an extremely creative thinker who has introduced a lot of great ideas to the lab,” says

Pardoll, who nominated Dang for the USA Today All-USA Academic Team (whose members will be announced later this spring.) “I have had some great undergraduates in my lab before, but nobody compares to him. Right now he’s operating at the level of a postdoctoral fellow.” For the study in Science, Dang and his colleagues wanted to examine the workings of the gene Foxp3, the main transcription factor that programs the development and function of regulatory T-cells, or Tregs for short. Tregs act as the police of the human immune system. They effectively cordon off healthy, normal tissues and tell the body’s built-in defense system they’re off-limits. The design works swimmingly, until you throw in a cancerous tumor. The problem: The body doesn’t

The research team found that a protein termed Eos is specifically expressed in regulatory T-cells and bonds with Foxp3, which was not previously known. They next observed that Eos regulates the expression of a number of genes in the Tregs. Knockdown Eos and the lymphocytes lose their suppressive ability and gain the ability to attack. Effectively, Dang and team found a trigger to alter the lymphocyte’s behavior. In terms of cancer treatment, the discovery opens the door to drugs that target Eos to stop the regulatory T-cells from blocking the immune response. The team also believes that one could, conversely, hyperactivate Eos in the case of an autoimmune disease, such as Type 1 diabetes. For his next act, Dang began to examine the balance between Tregs and Th17 cells in the body. Dang discovered that a molecule, termed hypoxia inducible factor-1, or HIF-1, plays a significant role in Treg development. Too much HIF-1 can produce Th17 cells, which have been implicated in causing autoimmunity. The findings, while still very preliminary, suggest that drugs could be used to inhibit HIF-1 and tip the balance back toward Tregs, stopping the autoimmunity response. Dang, who is currently completing his honors thesis in public health, began his

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work in Pardoll’s lab in fall 2007. Prior to that, you were more likely to find him on Homewood Field. He came to Johns Hopkins to play lacrosse and earned a spot on the varsity team, but during his sophomore year his focus began to drift to science. “I started taking biology courses, and I really got into it,” says Dang. “[Leaving the lacrosse team] was a hard decision, but I wanted to work in a lab and devote my time to that.” Dang, who is the son of Chi Dang, vice dean for research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, first learned how to run gels and take care of cell cultures, but quickly shed his research training wheels and moved on to experiments. Pardoll likened the young scientist’s progress to going from a car engine to that of an F-16 jet. Despite being in the lab five days a week, Dang makes time for community service. He currently serves as president of Students Taking A New Direction, or STAND, which pairs mentors with students from juvenile detention centers in Baltimore. In addition to mentoring, Dang has designed some class activities for the program, including a science day and employment training. After graduating in May, Dang plans to work in an immunology lab in England and then enter medical school. —by Greg Rienzi Reprinted with permission from Johns Hopkins University’s Arts & Sciences Magazine, Spring 2010•

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Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend 2010 Approximately 350 alumni converged under the big tent on the Friends School campus for three days of spirited events that began on Thursday, April 29, with the sixth annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and concluded on Saturday, May 1, with the time-honored evening soiree. COLLECTION has included a small sampling of the hundreds of photos taken throughout the weekend. To view more images and to download them for free, visit Friends School’s Flickr “photostream” at Enjoy!

50th Reunion

Diane Mitchell Howell ‘60, Ann McAllister Windsor ‘60, Frank Windsor ’58, Alice Morse Mellin ’60, Carol Smith Hoshall ’60 and Cholly Hisle ’60 at the 50th Reunion Dinner.

Athletic Hall of Fame

Sandy Walker, Micul Ann Morse, Judy Turnbaugh, Robin Behm ’75 and Kitty Bryant ’75 were on hand for the sixth annual Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame. Behm and Bryant played on the 1975 Girls’ Lacrosse team, which was inducted into this year‘s Hall of Fame. Also inducted in 2010: the 1980 Boys’ Lacrosse team. For a complete listing of the 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees, go to alumni/athletichall.


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2010 Hall of Fame inductees Alice Collins Margraff, Tom Whiteford and Yanna Yannakakis—all members of the Class of 1985.

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Mr. Nick Bullroast & Alumni Awards Presentation

Ed Chen ’97, Christina Schoppert ’00, Josh Magarick ’00, Dan Bartlett ’00, Harry Boswell ’70, Kelly Swanston ’00 and Katrina Rouse ’00 gathered for a photo during the 23rd annual Mr. Nick Bullroast.

Cocktail Reception

Class of ’95 alums Whitney Manger Fine, Mike Fine, Annie Holder Campbell, Katharine Peck, Taylor Smith (with his wife Ana Smith holding Natalie) and Jane Latshaw Lancaster enjoyed catching up with classmate Dan Motz ‘95’s parents, Fred ’60 and Diana Motz (far left), during the Saturday evening alumni reception.

Former Headmaster W. Byron Forbush, II ’47 with Honorary Alumnus Nick Fessenden, who retired in June after 38 years. Fessenden delivered the keynote address at this year’s Commencement exercises. Excerpts from that speech can be found on p. 17.

James Yolles ’00, Laura McComb DiPesa ’02 and Lesley Wojcik ’00.

Members of the Class of 1965 briefly paused during the Saturday evening festivities for a class photo.

Jonathan Pittman ’85 catches up with old friends.

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Outstanding Alumna Amy Gould John ’80, Executive Director, Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust—presented by Katy John ‘09 In the 14 years I

Alumni Service Award Recipient Amy Gould John ’80 accepts a hug from her daughter, Katy John ’09, who presented the award.

attended Friends School, a few things remained a constant in my life. I attended Meeting for Worship once a week, I began what felt like every activity with a moment of silence, and to nearly every adult and faculty member, I was Amy John’s daughter.

If our startling resemblance and the fact that many of my own teachers had taught her when she was a Friends student weren’t enough of a reminder that I was “Amy John’s daughter,” she was also a constant presence on campus—attending Board meetings, giving tours, serving as “class mom” for both my sophomore and junior years. While my embarrassed, adolescent self could pretend I didn’t know this woman, the reality was that by high school, I looked and sounded even more like her. I could no longer pretend and hide.

Outstanding Alumnus Ken Wilson ’85, Trauma Surgeon For Ken Wilson ’85 this year’s Mr. Nick Bullroast was a family reunion of sorts. His mother Joette was there, of course, as was his sister, Monica Wilson ‘87. So, too, were members of his many other “families”—the Whitefords, the Brodys, the Rohds and the Yannakakises to name a few. All had gathered to celebrate and honor Wilson on being named Friends’ 2010 Outstanding Alumnus. Raised by his mom who worked to put her two children through School, Wilson entered Friends in kindergarten and credits his rise from medical student, to doctor, to serviceman and philanthropist in large part to the School’s influence. Role models, like Tom LaMonica ’67 and Pieter DeSmit, and classmates’ parents—particularly Bill Whiteford ’57, who presented Wilson with the award—provided quiet guidance through their example.


After spending most of my youth being mortified by my title as “Amy John’s daughter,” one day I met a person who told me, “You are so lucky to be compared to such a remarkable woman.” The truth is, I had never really thought of what it meant to be compared to Amy John. And then it hit me. This was the woman who insisted that guests at my birthday parties bring charitable donations as opposed to gifts. This was the woman who brought me in late to School some days so that we could volunteer at the House of Ruth. This was the woman who insisted that our family deliver Meals on Wheels on Christmas morning. This is the woman who has dedicated her life to serving Friends School, and to serving others—a motive that is magnified in her latest role, as executive director of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. Recent highlights of her work on behalf of BEST—and Friends—include the creation of the BEST Leadership Fund and the Upper School Mission Support Fund to help students with financial need. She has also established three endowed scholarships. As a new alumna of the School, and especially as Amy John’s daughter, I now have the challenge—and the privilege—of determining what role I will play in the next stage of my life. What I can’t deny is that I am no longer a dumb 11-year-old, horrified to see my mom on campus. Instead, I recognize what a compliment it is to be compared to my mom and how, now more than ever, I am determined to follow in her footsteps.

Addressing the assemblage, Wilson recalled countless hours spent at his classmate Tom Whiteford ‘85’s home, and the many simple ways his friend’s father showed care and concern for the boys. “[Bill] always seemed to have time for us, even if it was just watching a basketball game on TV,” he said. “I respected that.” An assistant professor of clinical surgery and the director of trauma at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Wilson—who entered the United States Army in 2001 to help pay for medical school—has received two Medals of Commendation for tours of duty as a trauma surgeon in Iraq, in 2003 and in 2007. In December, he will again be deployed—this time to Afghanistan. This spring Wilson started a foundation in his hometown of Atlanta to serve academically motivated high school students living in high-risk neighborhoods. Called “The Talented Tenth,” after the influential essay written by E.B. DuBois, the organization seeks to provide a safe haven where children can meet like-minded peers, connect with mentors and make use of fitness equipment and information technology. For more information about The Talented Tenth Foundation, contact Ken Wilson at

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Alumni events

Catching Up with Friends

The Alumni Office hosted receptions last spring in the nation’s capital and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Washington, DC-area alumni gathered in March at the historic Wyoming Apartments in Adams Morgan.

Cassie Motz ’89, Josh Magarick ’00 and Lily Mendelson ’03.

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Vanessa Harbin ’97, Matt Kahn ’98 and Jill Fritze ’04.

Eastern Shore-area alumni and parents of alumni gathered at the Easton home of Martha Filbert Horner ‘56.

Alumni Weekend—Saturday, April 30, 2011 With special celebrations for classes ending in 1 and 6

Back to the Classroom The 24th annual Mr. Nick Bullroast Cocktail Reception and Class Photos Individual class parties at various locations

Pictured here, (l.-r.) Pat Peake Tisdale ’55, Priscilla Bond Morris ’75, Mary Ellen Walke and Bill Walke ’51.

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Send your news to your Class Secretary or directly to the School. Mail to COLLECTION c/o Alumni Office, Friends School, 5114 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210; or e-mail Please provide your contact info so that we may check facts. Deadline for next issue: Feb. 15, 2011. If you are submitting digital photos, please: (1) Set photo size to 4" x 6" or larger, at 300 dots per inch; (2) Set your camera to the best quality photo setting; (3) Save photos in TIF or JPG format; (4) E-mail photos to Friends as attachments—not in the message or in a word processing file; (5) Provide a caption identifying everyone in the photo. Submit traditional photo prints on glossy paper. Note that we cannot reproduce photos from photocopies, magazines, or newsprint.

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Remembering Larry: The new Larry Krause

Natural History Endowment will foster the study of the beauties and wonders of the natural world.

by Alice Cherbonnier My husband, Larry Krause, died at the age

of 65 on June 2, 2010 following a 21-month battle with cancer. While this extended period was difficult and sometimes heart-rending, it was also a kind of blessing because it gave us time to reflect on the meaning of life, tie up loose ends and make arrangements for the future. COLLECTION readers who go to HollyFest will remember Larry’s mineral booth, usually crowded by eager young people who marveled at the affordable “starter minerals” he was selling—pyrite, quartz, amethyst, citrine, fluorite, calcite—and fossils like shark’s teeth and orthocerous. He enjoyed introducing the next generation to the wonders of rocks and minerals. He well knew the importance of involving young people in positive activities; when he was seven years old, an adult family friend took Larry rock hunting, and a life-long passion ensued. During his illness, Larry spent most of his waking hours focusing on his 6,000-piece mineral collection, rather than dwelling on disease and death. He donated and sold many choice specimens, taking pleasure in the frequent company of fellow mineral collectors and dealers during this time. Among the recipients of his gifts of minerals and fossils were the Middle and Upper School Science Departments at Friends. As the disease took its toll, Larry began to contemplate his mortality. He wrote poetry, played his favorite classical music, and candidly discussed his coming death with family and friends. One thing that came across clearly was that he wanted to be remembered; he wanted to leave a legacy that mattered.

and by June 2010 it had appreciated in value over 2000%. I opened an account with the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and donated 100 shares of Apple stock to it, creating a charitable deduction while avoiding substantial capital gains. I then recommended that the Fund send specified amounts at certain intervals to the Friends School Development Office. Making this gift was simple and painless. And so The Larry Krause Natural History Endowment Fund was established, with the goal of fostering in Friends School students, and in other students through the School’s outreach programs, an appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the natural world, with a special emphasis on the study of geology and mineralogy. We’re hoping income from this fund will be used to underwrite student field trips and provide resources for the study not only of minerals and geology, but of the environment, evolution, climate change, wildlife, astronomy, the galaxies, botany… in short, of the world, in all its glory and fragility. Alice Cherbonnier, a member of Stony Run Monthly Meeting of Friends, is serving her third term as a Friends School Trustee. She invites others to add to this special fund. Just send checks to Friends School and mention the Larry Krause Natural History Endowment Fund on the memo line. Or—choose to support the Friends School endowment in general, contribute to another of the funds already in the endowment, or set up an endowment fund of your own for another worthy purpose. Says Cherbonnier: “It’s easy, and it feels so good.”

After Larry died, his brother Mike, stepson Mitch Strohminger ’92 and I puzzled over how we could best perpetuate his memory. Since Larry and I were already members of the Circle of Friends, it seemed logical to consider creating a lasting gift to the School in Larry’s memory. Coming up with the funds for this gift was remarkably simple. Larry bought Apple Computer stock at a low cost many years ago,

--photo credit Mitch Strohminger ’92


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Please Give to the The Class of 1960 2010-11 Annual Fund Sets 50th Reunion Gift Record Friends is pleased

to announce that Lee and Kim Riley, parents of Lauren ’13, are co-chairing the 2010–11 Friends School Annual Fund. Lee, an orthopedic surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is a 1978 graduate of the Annual Fund co-chairs Kim School. He and Kim, a and Lee Riley ’78. senior lecturer in advanced academic programs at Johns Hopkins University, joined the School community as parents in 2008. The 2010–11 Annual Fund is off to a strong start. As of November 3, the School has raised $475,000 toward its goal of $1.5 million. Your support is critical this year. Please give as generously as you can.

Throughout the year leading up to their

milestone reunion, Class Secretary Mary McElroy ’60 diligently encouraged her classmates to think about their time at Friends and to be as generous as they could when making their 50th Reunion gift. Her encouragement certainly paid off. During Alumni Weekend they presented the School with a record class gift of over $150,000. Their gift will support several important initiatives, including the landscaping of the future Dining Hall Picnic Glade, financial aid, two endowed scholarships and the Friends Community Garden. “This gift will impact our students every day and we are so grateful to the Class of 1960 for their extraordinary generosity,” said Gayle Latshaw, Assistant Head of School for Development.

225th Anniversary Annual Fund Challenge a Success! Last fall, in celebration of Friends’ 225th

anniversary, an anonymous member of the School community posed a generous offer to match, up to $150,000, each new gift (and certain increased portions of gifts) to the 2009-10 Annual Fund. Parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and alumni rose to the challenge, and the School reaped the benefit. Many thanks to all!

Members of the Class of 1960 accepted the Reunion Class Giving Award for their phenomenal fundraising on behalf of the School. The class pulled together and raised $151,000.

Young Alumna’s Gift Helps Set Landmark Record in Alumni Fundraising The challenge match wasn’t the only big

fundraising news in 2010. For the first time ever alumni giving to Friends passed the half-million dollar mark. Miranda Gordon-Zigel ’08’s $10 online gift to Friends School on the evening of June 29, 2010 made alumni giving history. A junior at Bryn Mawr College, where she plays soccer and lacrosse, Miranda is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She designated her gift to the

2006 Student Travel Fund. While at Friends, Miranda traveled to Argentina with the Foreign Language Department. She expressed her gratitude for her Friends experience and her belief in giving back to the School through the Annual Fund. “In my time at Friends I was given a wide variety of opportunities, one of which was being able to travel to Argentina and experience what everyday life is like there.” Thank you Miranda!

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Class of 1989 Visiting Scholar Program

a shoreline stabilization project, in which groups of students dig holes in the low-tide shoreline and plant chord grass; a trip aboard the skipjack H.M. Krentz to learn about Chesapeake Bay ecology; and a hands-on “Scales and Tales” presentation, in which rangers introduce and describe native animals of the Chesapeake Bay.

2009-2010—A Year of Science In a wonderful turn of events, funds from the Class of 1989 Visiting Scholar Program were directed to the Science Department in 2009-10—a year in which Friends hailed Stewardship as its school-wide theme. The School capitalized on this by planning three events on the subject.

In 2010-11, the Class of 1989 Visiting Scholar Program will focus on the study of English. Friends is thrilled to bring to our campus in April Jerry Pinkney, a five-time Caldecott Award-winning author, whose rendition of The Lion and The Mouse earned this year’s Caldecott Medal.

Jonathan Patz ’76—September 30, 2009 Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Professor and Director of Global Environmental Health at the University of Wisconsin in Madison spoke to fifth through 12th graders and faculty in the fall. In addition, Dr. Patz was able to hold a public forum on climate change in the evening. He co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For the past 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC)—the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He is president of the International Association for Ecology and Health and coeditor of the association’s journal, EcoHealth. He has written over 90 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change.

Dr. Mike Cranfield—April 16, 2010 On Earth Day of this year, students from all divisions were treated to a talk by Dr. Mike Cranfield, director of the world-renowned Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), a conservation program that provides health care and conducts relevant health studies on this endangered species. He shared with students the organization’s work on behalf of endangered gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Cranfield gave two presentations to students during his visit—during Upper School Collection and later, to a gathering of fourth through eighth graders.

Wye Island Service Learning Trip—May 2010 Fifth graders traveled to Wye Island to continue their study of the Chesapeake Bay. Part of the funding for this trip comes from a grant by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, however transportation was paid for using funds from the Class of ‘89 account. The trip is divided into three parts:


Visitors to campus are invited to tour the Upper School Art Gallery. Located in the lower level of the Forbush Building, the gallery’s inaugural exhibit features works by Upper School students who were recognized for excellence during the 2010 All-School Art Show. While the art on the walls was donated by the students, the gallery’s professional-quality hanging system is a result of the generosity shown to Friends by Jay ’45 and Barbara Katz. The couple established The Jay Katz ’45 Art Fund in 2007 in celebration of Jay’s 80th birthday and his enduring commitment to studio art. The former president and CEO of Martin Gillet & Company and a recipient of the 2000 Friends School Outstanding Alumnus Award, Katz is a life-long student of the plastic arts and for many years created paintings, sketches and sculpture in a home studio he and Barbara maintained. Art Department coordinator Ben Roach is pleased with the new space, which he says is designed to be a teaching and learning tool for the Upper School. “We look forward to inviting artists in and beyond our community to use the venue to present their work to our students,” he says. Roach encourages COLLECTION readers interested in sharing their talent to contact him directly at The current exhibit will be up in between visiting artist shows throughout the school year until June 2011, when a new crop of award-winning student art created by those recognized in the All-School Art Show takes its place.

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Class Notes 1935

Ric Ricards regrets not being able to attend his 75th class reunion in 2010, but is still in reasonably good health (“still sound of mind!”) and enjoying limited activities.

1941 David Stanfield writes that he serves as one of the ministers of the Jamestown Friends Meeting in North Carolina. He also volunteers with the North Carolina Friends Historical Society, serves as archivist

of Friends Homes-Guilford in Greensboro, and recently celebrated his 87th birthday. His granddaughter, Catherine Stanfield, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC, Chapel Hill, and another granddaughter, Whitney Stanfield, was married earlier this year. James Kuller writes, “Oklahoma has set records for tornados, blizzards, floods and earthquakes since my arrival last fall. Looking to the future with some trepidation, but everything is fine!”


Peter Wyckoff writes that Joe Schreiber, Jr. and he keep in touch. “As a retired U.S. forest ranger, I now practice urban forestry for our condo village in Sacramento.”


Director of Physical Education Anne McGinty presents Anne Homer Martin ’37 with her team jersey on behalf of the 2009 girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team.

Florence Rice Dunlop writes, “Dick and I are happily into our fifth year at Broadmead and loving it. We see Flessie “Tink” Whittington Platt frequently and are friends with Dick Hutzler ’36. Our four children are all doing well and have become good friends. We adore our six grandchildren and became great-grandparents in April! I still work as a child, adolescent and family pastoral counselor. Life is good.”

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After a 15-year battle with leukemia and an eight month fight with lung cancer, Joan Wagner Brucker passed away on October 2, 2009, surrounded by her four children—Tom, Ellie, Jane and Emily—and her faithful dog, Bucky.


Joyce Black Franke is enjoying retirement in Pinehurst, NC, where she heads up the construction of an arboretum for the Village of Pinehurst. She started the Village Heritage Foundation for the preservation and enhancement of this 1895 village designed by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.


Jane Prunell Thompson writes, “Our 18-year-old granddaughter started at Bryant University in Rhode Island this fall. We really miss her!”


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Janet Mules writes, “I had a great safari to Kenya in January with friends and

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Class notes attended a psych meeting in Alaska in April. In May and June we were in Israel. It’s been 27 years since I was last there and things have changed a bit. Somehow I expected Israel to be changeless. The opera at the base of Masada was spectacular, especially the wonderful staging, with chariots drawn by horses and camels. Next year they are doing ‘Aida,’ and I am sure there will be elephants. I would love to go but I am already booked on a trip to Norway and Svalbard.” Ronnie Peacock Kamphausen writes, “My brother Dan Peacock ’48 has now moved up here, and this winter will be his first one in Maine. He’s enjoying breathing the Maine air…Our daughters still live elsewhere, though Linda gets up here from Rhode Island fairly frequently. Liz, in Florida, gets up when she can. “Lots of Vermonters come here to the ocean to vacation. Yesterday, I met Marylanders on my walk!” Mary Parrish Renner says, “As I write this, I am knitting a Jersey cow toy for my first grandchild, Maggie, who is due on October 1. Her earliest days in utero were summiting Kilimanjaro! Will and Mo learned of her pregnancy two days before they left on their junket. They are busy preparing the nursery for their little girl. Last fall they ran in the Berlin Marathon and enjoyed a respectable finish, coming home with medals to show for it. I’ve had too many hospitalizations in the past several years, and in one instance I ended up needing a week’s rehab at Stella Maris to regain my legs’ ability to walk. Two-pound weights on my ankles took care of that in a hurry.” Charles Ellicott writes, “Vivian and I are retired and living in New Smyrna Beach, FL. We still summer at our place on the Jersey Shore. I spend most of 28

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Ginny Pearce Mitchell ’55 and her family at the recent celebration of her and Fred’s 50th wedding anniversary.

my time playing tennis and replacing body parts. Both Viv and I are in good health. We have eight grandchildren, six of whom live near our New Jersey house.” Shirley Hanby Hatch and her husband Benjamin have moved to a retirement facility in Pennsylvania. Gretchen Dankmeyer Edwards writes, “My concession was to cut back from five days at work to four…maybe one day I’ll retire! Breaking my wrist ice dancing in April took some energy away, but my doctor assured me that by mid-September I’d be good to go. This summer Bill and I flew to Fairbanks to spend ten days hiking around in Denali National Park. I can’t believe it is six million square acres. Our grandson Paul, 11, is a gifted child and granddaughter Lindsey, 5, has just started kindergarten. How lucky we are that they live nearby. My best to all the other classmates.” Friends School of Baltimore


Patricia Peake Tisdale

The Class of 1955’s 55th Reunion was a wonderful day and evening spent with friends who have remained together with the common bond of strong ties and a Friends School education. It’s been more than a half-century since our graduation with divergent paths and many retirements from careers, and it is always a delight when we come back to the School for our Reunions. The Maryland luncheon group of Pat Fiol Morrill, Lolly Crowther Schorreck, Iris Windsor McFaul, Ginny Pierce Mitchell, Robin Biddison Dodd, Betsy LeBrun Merrick and yours truly began planning for the event last fall. Pat and Lolly made the arrangements for the dinner at the Johns Hopkins Club. The weekend’s festivities Fall 2010

began with a special breakfast at the home of Friends Head of School Matt Micciche. Classmates in attendance included Pat and Bill Morrill, Bob Kriel and his wife Linda and daughter Helene, and Robin and Paul Dodd. The Zamoiski Alumni Center was the setting for the Mr. Nick Bull Roast, the elegant evening reception and class pictures. Bob Kriel and family traveled the furthest—from Minnesota—followed by Al Seivold—from Eagle Bay, NY—and Dave and Roz Chenowith Carlson— from Bristol, NH. Joining the Maryland contingent were Pat and Gil Cohen, Bob Millhauser, Bill Morrill, Paul Dodd, and Fred Mitchell. The lovely dinner in a private room at the Hopkins Club, was an intimate, joyful and contemplative gathering. Sadly, Newton Kidd had passed away three days before our Reunion. Bill Morrill proposed a toast to Newt

class notes and the evening became a tribute to him, with everyone recalling their fond memories and tall tales of Newt, who entered Friends in the Pre-Primary and became a legendary goalie on the Varsity Lacrosse team. Newt had a phenomenal memory of the lacrosse games played during the 1950’s. He could recall the plays, the players, the scores, the wins and the honors bestowed. Very often, Bill Morrill, Robert Seiler, Henry Schorreck and others would pick up the phone and there was Newt on the other end ready to talk about their time together on the lacrosse field. We last saw Newt on the evening of our 50th Reunion when he and his girlfriend Judy arrived at Betsy LeBrun Merrick’s house late. They had driven all day from Ohio to catch the tail end of that splendid weekend. According to his obituary, Newt worked for 31 years as an investment broker. He left two sons and a daughter and four grandchildren. To his family, the Class extends our sympathies and happy memories of a classmate whose phenomenal sense of humor and warm personality are fondly remembered. Kitty Roberts Merrifield and Eric were in China during our Reunion, returning home just in time to attend the presentation of a book written by their son. Ellie Johnson Dubbelde has moved to Phoenix, AZ to be closer to her daughter and family. Ellie says the summer temperature there is in the triple digits, adding, “It’s a dry heat, but one better get out early in the morning to play tennis!” Bob Kriel writes, “Our health has been good. Linda and I continue to enjoy our singing and bird watching. As usual, we spend much of the summer at the lake. As we get older we go to less exotic places, however, we did

manage to return to Israel in 2009 and visited Cuba in February 2010. I have retired from clinical practice; however I still do research at the Orphan Drug Center several days a week. I also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Our daughter Helena has become a proud homeowner. Her yoga classes are now conducted in her home and she has also taken a position as a health care coordinator.”


Gretchen Seabold Johnson is enjoying her new home in the Villages in central Florida and has visited a couple of times with Ann Nicholson Sandberg and Joan Ellis Chirgwin who live nearby in northern Florida. Clarinda Harriss enjoyed a festive launch party in June for Frank Shivers’ newest book about the history of Bolton Hill. “I’m still learning from my all-time favorite teacher,” she says. She is grateful that her daughter Lisa Lott MacGibeny ’85, son-in-law David, children

Her far-flung “kiwis,” New Zealand expats Andy Lott ’89, wife Robin, and sons Liam and Nathan, visited the U.S. for the month of August. Andy was one of the veterinarians serving Saratoga Springs’ horseracing season. In January, Clarinda will retire after 50 years of teaching. She’s excited about having more time to run her publishing company, BrickHouse Books, Inc., more like a “real business.”


Marion Jones Phelps is founder and owner of the nonprofit Aqua Therapy Center in Santa Fe, NM, where Liz Cochran de Lima seeks relief for her sore shoulder. Marion, Liz and Carol Harrington Fitting enjoyed a mini-reunion at Marion’s Santa Fe home in February 2010. Visit www. for further information about Marion’s center. James Bryan writes, “The 50-plus inches of snow was a good start for 2010. In May, we went on an

Hitler’s ‘Eagle Nest’ and to Bavaria, where we watched the five and a half hour passion play and saw a number of ‘Domo’ churches. I’m very pleased that Mr. Shivers has a new book out on his Bolton Hill neighborhood.”


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Hap Mortimer writes that they are all healthy and having fun with their six grandchildren. Their youngest daughter and her husband are expecting their first child in October! Susan Rugemer Kurtz writes that her days are kept busy with her two delightful grandchildren, Kayla and Nicholas, as well as travel with good friends and maintaining the house. Kayla is now a second grader at Friends School and loves it. In April, Susan, along with yours truly and two college friends and their husbands, had a three-week adventure in Turkey, a fascinating country with beautiful sights, interesting people and a remarkable

Marion Jones Phelps ‘57, founder and owner of the nonprofit Aqua Therapy Center, and Carol Harrington Fitting ’57 (in a “supporting role”) provide relief for Liz Cochran de Lima ‘57's sore shoulder.

Emily ’12 and Julia ’16 are at Friends. Their oldest, Collin ’10, is a freshman at Susquehanna University.

Archdiocese pilgrimage to Milano Turino, where we saw the Shroud. We also traveled to Austria, where we visited

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Class notes

A reenactment of the 1960 “Announcementeers” by Steve Levinson, Matt Worthington, Eli Renn and Howard Jones at Alumni Weekend.

but it was a wonderful trip, and Susan Kurtz was a fun travel companion! We visited the ancient cities of Istanbul, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, and Antayla, and spent four days on a Turkish Gulet cruising the coastline. One of the highlights of the trip was the extension to Cappadocia with its bizarre rock formations and underground cites. The Baltimore group periodically gets together and would love to include anyone else in the area that might be interested. Just let us know. Everyone please think about our 55th Reunion in a few years—any suggestions?


Mary McElroy

We had a fantastic 50th Reunion! Thirty people attended, including some classmates we hadn’t seen since graduation. And, of course, we all thought everyone looked the same! Vicky and Guy Strickland traveled the furthest, from California. But many came for the first time and found out what good fun we all are. There were five classmates inducted into the Athletic


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Hall of Fame: Betsy Beatty Gable, Cholly Hisle, Ann McAllister Windsor, Mike Herriott and Joe Harlan. We had a wonderful class dinner at the Zamoiski Alumni Center, where many of us met up for the first time that weekend and got a chance to meet Head of School Matt Micciche. It was at this dinner that we learned we had given the largest 50th Reunion gift in the School’s history—$143,099—and that, at 67%, we also had the highest percent of participation of all the 2010 Reunion classes! By the end of June, classmates had made additional contributions to bring our class gift to over $150,000! We all enjoyed sharing stories from our time at Friends and realizing how important it was in making us the people we are. Arguably the most fun was reliving the “Announcementeers” through a reenactment by Steve Levinson, Eli Renn, Matt Worthington and Howard Jones! What a hoot! We enjoyed a fabulous and relaxing dinner party hosted by Faith Henderson Riggs at her gorgeous home Saturday night, followed by a lovely brunch on Sunday morning hosted by Steve and Kathy Levinson. We all had a great

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time and vowed to come again in five years, if not before. In other news, Susan Huff Schmitt spent her first summer living in Florida, where she moved this spring after attending our Reunion. She says the weather has been cooler there than in Baltimore! She recently joined The Laughter Club and she invites classmates to visit her for dinner at Shell Point, her retirement paradise near Sanibel. Cathie Felter is overjoyed to share the news of the birth of a beautiful healthy grandson, Kasimir Haines Kysiak, on July 15, 2010 to her daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Josh. Kazimir (“Kaz”) is named after Rebecca and Josh’s grandfathers. Susan DeHoff Montgomery spent time this summer visiting her older daughter Joanna in Maine and at a summer house on Deer Isle. She also has decided to retire at the end of October. As many of you already know, life just becomes busier when you retire, so Sue should have lots of fun!


Sylvan Seidenman says, “I retired in September 2009 from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I began in

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1966 as a member of the first cycle of the National Teacher Corps and spent many years as a work experience teacher, then high school social studies teacher and department chair, and four years as a teacher on special assignment for law education. In 1987 I became a founding counselor at New World School of the Arts, a public magnet high school and college that boasts many famous alumni, including Katie Finneran, who this year won her second Tony (“Promises, Promises”), and several dancers in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. My wife Sandy and I have been married since 1970. While we never had children, Sandy taught kindergarten for 37 years before retiring. And the kindergartners—along with too many cats to count—have kept us busy. We are also the proud “godparents” of one of my former “counselees,” Tarell McCraney, who finished his M.F.A. in playwriting from Yale at 29 and is already becoming a famous playwright.” Robert Seabold continues to reside in Ocean View, DE, near Bethany Beach, enjoying all the perks of retirement and the visits of his four adult children and eight grandchildren.

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Eleanor Blake Fuller

Barb Ensor Sena and her then-boyfriend Bob Bizzee moved to Stephenville, TX in May 2010; the couple then eloped on June 21! They both hope to retire soon, so they can devote more time to showing and breeding horses. They presently own a couple of reining futurity prospects, including a two-year-old filly that’s still in training. Bunny Bunnecke Howe informed us that her mom, Bernie Bunnecke, passed away peacefully, at home on July 8, 2010. The cause was stomach cancer. Our sympathies go out to Bunny and her family. Linda Kardash Armiger and her husband Buck were happily surprised that their 40-year-old son plans to marry this fall. It’s his first marriage. Buck still enjoys fishing the Bay and the Patuxent River on the Linda Lou II; however, Linda’s days of fishing with Buck are few, due to a deepvein thrombosis (large blood clot) she developed in her left leg in the spring. The clot has now been resolved, following months of treatment, so it’s onward and upward for both of them. They enjoyed a family vacation at the beach in September with Linda’s daughter Kelly and her husband and children. Linda’s granddaughters, ages 5 and 3, this summer adopted a pony from a horse rescue program and learned horse care basics, including weekly riding lessons. Chris Sherman Raywood in June attended the wedding of her niece Liz to Clay Goodier at the Baltimore Country Club. Liz is the oldest daughter of Chris’s brother Bill Sherman ’69. Last September, Chris went to Nice and Provence and then across

to southwest France and on to Pamplona and Bilbao, Spain, where she visited the new Guggenheim Museum. She now realizes she doesn’t like modern art. She was back in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, then spent Christmas and New Year’s in London, which was great fun. This past spring she went to Amsterdam with her niece Jenny, Bill’s middle daughter, and out to Delph to see the bulb fields in bloom. They had a very cold winter so the fields bloomed after she left! They did get to several museums and Chris was bleary-eyed from all the art. She went on to Antwerp and Bruges, Belgium, then back to England en route home. Unfortunately, her flight was canceled because of the volcanic ash, but Salisbury, a beautiful, medieval cathedral city, is not a bad place to be stranded. She’s enjoying her summer and was looking forward to returning to France in September 2010. Provence is her most favorite place in the world. Then she will go up the Atlantic coast to Quimper and back to England. As of this writing, she had not figured out next winter but I am sure she will. And I am still waiting for her travel manual to come out. She is always willing to help if any of us needs info about where to go—I bet she’s been there. Monte Mordecai’s wife, Mindy, and daughters, Mara and Maya, visited Lucy and Bruce Goodwin last January in San Diego after their cruise to Mexico. Bruce says it was a great visit with Monte’s family. Mindy has been extremely active with establishing and growing ECAN, the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, whose website features a great page about Monte’s story. The link is Bruce is still active with his consulting practice in Mexico

and Central America. He and Lucy enjoy getting to Phoenix as often as possible to spoil their granddaughters. He is looking forward to seeing everyone in 2012 for the 50th. As for me, Eleanor Blake Fuller, I enjoyed hearing from all of you this summer since we didn’t catch up last time due to Still Friends, a publication chronicling the last 25

future, although we can’t keep up with Chris. We still spend all the time we can in Florida, but are also trying to keep our little filing and storage business afloat. My daughter’s husband, a pilot, had triple bypass surgery two and a half years ago and has finally been cleared to fly again in the U.S. (He had been working in Dubai and Bangladesh.)

Mike and Chick Deegan ’63 on vacation in Venice, Italy.

years of Friends School that replaced the spring issue of Collection. My grandson Max, born in March 2009 to my daughter in Orlando, is almost 17 months old as of this writing. What a personality he has and he’s already off the charts size-wise, so it won’t be long before he’ll be leading “Grandma Ellie” around. He’s already met Mickey Mouse a few times along with Goofy and the others—visiting Disney World is standard operating procedure for him. We enjoyed our Alaska cruise last year and hope to do some further travel in the near

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He just obtained a job with a large cargo carrier out of Miami and will be learning to fly the big 747s. Keep in touch, everyone. Stay safe and healthy so that you can all attend the 50th Reunion.


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Skip Dugdale informed us that, after 30 wonderful years of marriage, his wife Elma died suddenly, due to what is

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Class notes thought to be a heart arrhythmia. He is thankful that his daughter and two grandchildren stay at his house every weekend and he enjoys the adventures they have together. When he’s not with his daughter and grandkids, he’s selling real estate or taking care of his Monkton property. In June, Marge Rowe Felter retired from Friends School of Baltimore after 33 years as Lower School admission counselor. Byron Forbush ’47 and some of our classmates enjoyed celebrating with her at a surprise retirement party her husband Jeb Felter arranged. Jeb continues to enjoy retirement and playing golf, and he and Marge again spent two weeks this summer camping near their favorite lake in Maine. Steve Greif and his wife Maggie are first-time grandparents. Their son Jason and daughter-inlaw Leanne had a boy, Evan David Greif, on February 11, 2010. Steve also walked/ jogged the Paris Marathon in April while visiting their daughter Jessica and her husband, who spent the year there while Jessica worked on her master’s degree in French. Joan Shinnick Kreeger is still tour guiding and directing. She led a women’s tour to Tuscany, Italy in September, and she and her friend John Dombach in October traveled to Australia for a month to sail the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Last spring, she and John returned to Hawaii and reunited with many of her friends from the 32 years she lived on Oahu. Dave Phillips reports that, in April, his daughter Maggie and her husband Jamie Reeve presented him and his wife Susan with their tenth grandchild, Lily. Maggie and Jamie live in Milwaukee. Joane Knight Schumacher is spending more time at her Ocean City, MD beach house since she has retired. She is 32

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starting to gather information to plan another tip to Ireland and a first trip to Scotland. Chick Deegan and her husband Mike are well, living in Dallas and still trying to figure out the next phase in their lives. Chick is convinced that she has already “failed retirement” once and so,

a visit this fall, please let us know and we’ll try to coordinate a luncheon with your schedules.


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Jay Boyd ’68 on vacation in Lima, Peru in February 2010.

since she has a part-time job she loves, she will continue working for a while. Mike and Chick had just returned from a glorious two-week cruise of the Mediterranean on the Windsurf and visited Spain, Croatia and Italy. Their final night before flying home was in Venice, her favorite city (in a close tie with Florence), where they had dinner on the canal. Unfortunately, St Mark’s Square was almost unrecognizable because of a huge stage that’s been set up for concerts. She will be in Baltimore for her mother’s 89th birthday in early November and hopes to see some of our classmates. As for me, Donna Hasslinger, I retired this summer and relocated back to my home in Potomac, MD. It’s great to be home! Joane, Chick and I have discussed arranging a fall luncheon in Baltimore with the Class of ’63. If any classmates who live outside of Maryland are returning for Friends School of Baltimore

Congratulations to Bucky Gunts on winning the “Best Director” Emmy for his work on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Vancouver. The win was Gunts’ fourth Primetime Emmy, having previously won for directing the Opening Ceremonies for the Salt Lake City, Athens, and Beijing games. Jay Boyd says, “It’s been almost four years since I retired from the Social Security Administration and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, my partner and I traveled to Lima, Peru in January and February. Then in May 2010, we returned to Lima, where I had gastric surgery performed—it was my 60th birthday present to me! They removed 80% of

my stomach, which is now the size of a fist. As of this writing, I’ve lost 56 pounds in 10 weeks and am halfway to my goal of attaining the weight I was when I was at Friends.” Tim Pitts says, “I live in Princeton, NJ and teach Cold War history at The Hun School. This summer, I created a company called Shameless Self Promotion which is designed to help college graduates find a career that reflects their passion. I retired as chairman of the sales division of Oppenheimer Funds, a large mutual fund company, in 1998 after 25 years in the investment business. During my career I hired and trained hundreds of recent college grads, so SSP is a natural extension of that experience. Visit the website at I must say that after a quarter of a century in the investment business, it is a real joy to be teaching. However, don’t let anyone try to convince you it’s an easy job. Teaching high school juniors and seniors makes Wall Street seem like matters testing! I am married to Ellen and have a stepson named Jeff who is a junior at The Pennington School.

1976 grads Donna Anderson Ryan, Katie Gryder Gibbs, Susan Wooten O’Hara and Wendy Weinberg Weil at their annual potluck and cruise on the Severn River Fall 2010

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Debbie Brown ‘76’s two 11-year-olds, Donny Isaac and Emily, at their fifth grade graduation.

We all share the house with two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and an aging scruffy cat.” As for your class secretary, Arlene Dannenberg Bowes, I moved to the Annapolis area in August to be closer to sailing.

Colby College in Maine, and Tom from Hamilton College in New York. She says, “This is what makes parenting twins so much fun.” Bruce Boswell just finished restoring one of Baltimore’s older

Steve Stuart reports that he made it to Green Bay, WI with Hank Entwisle and Rick Rosenbloom in December 2009 for the Ravens game. Keith Tabatznik experienced his fifth World Cup Soccer tournament this summer while in South Africa, his country of birth. He caught seven games altogether and was fortunate to attend the U.S. vs. Algeria game that put the U.S. team through to the second round. Keith now lives in Falls Church, VA and

of marketing and publicity at Abrams, a publisher of gorgeous art, photography, fashion, interior design, cooking and garden books. She now commutes three hours a day from Rhinebeck, NY to and from NYC. Fortunately, her husband works from home and can keep an eye on their two boys—Sam, 14, and Gideon, 8. Debbie Brown sent us a photo of her 11-yearold twins, Donny Isaac and Emily, dressed up for their fifth grade graduation. Donna Anderson Ryan, Katie Gryder-Gibbs, Susan Wooten O’Hara and Wendy Weinberg Weil got together in August in Severna Park, MD for their annual potluck and cruise on the Severn River. Donna and Katie live in Severna Park and Susan lives on


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After reveling through a Baltic Cruise last summer, Bill Houston went even further off the beaten track with a trip to China in August.


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Lynnette Young, a cosmetic dentist, won two small business awards given by the Chamber of Commerce, including best in Virginia Beach, VA and best in Hampton Roads, VA. Her family dentistry office also won an interior design award in September 2009 from the International Interior Design Association of Virginia and West Virginia. Ann Carroll Klassen and her husband David celebrated the college graduations of their twin sons on May 23, 2010 at the exact same time—Charlie from

Donna Anderson Ryan ‘76 and her over-50 soccer team at the Veterans Cup Soccer Tournament in Lancaster, MA.

houses—a circa-1800 Federalstyle house in Federal Hill. He was elected chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Baltimore County earlier this year. Dave Hughes has been selected as the new bass player for the critically acclaimed progressive rock band, Oblivion Sun After numerous shows in late 2009

works for U.S. Soccer and its Olympic Development Program. He’s also a commentator for the Fox Soccer Channel “college game of the week,” played on Friday nights in the fall. After 12 years of making her own schedule in publishing and public relations, Lottchen Shivers has returned to the “rat race” as executive director

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the Eastern Shore. Wendy, a physical therapist, made Washingtonian magazine’s 2010 “top specialists in sports medicine” list. She and her husband Rick took a trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone in September, after all three of their kids headed back to college. Julia Schulz has been working for four years on a

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Class notes National Science Foundation project to document Passamaquoddy-Maliseet, an indigenous endangered language spoken in Maine and New Brunswick. She and her husband Ben Levine, a documentary filmmaker, help convene conversations and record and edit them to produce DVDs for language learning, teaching and research. Their latest endeavor is a web portal, which links words in the video clips to entries in the online PassamaquoddyMaliseet dictionary (more info at www.languagekeepers. com). Donna Anderson Ryan recently competed in the Veterans Cup Soccer Tournament in Lancaster, MA in the women’s over-50 age group. She has been playing for the Camp Springs team for over 20 years. Playing in the league has been a great way to meet people and travel the U.S. to compete.

Lisa Corinne Davis ’76 in her NYC art studio

Doug Ball and his wife Deb both work at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions—he’s in endocrinology and she’s in oncology. Their daughter Sarah ’09 graduated from Wheaton last year and is currently teaching photography and graphic design in a summer program at Stanford. Her younger brother David ’05 is in his second year at Hobart and William Smith in New York. Two public art guides to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2011—A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nation’s Capital, 34

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by Dr. James M. Goode, and Washington Sculpture—will list the works of Bart Walter. The former takes readers on a tour of Washington, DC’s monuments, statues and memorials and includes more than 500 sculptural pieces, each presented with critical discussions and detailed histories. The latter is a comprehensive examination of urban sculpture in the nation’s capital and includes Bart’s sculpture, “The Gathering,” acquired by the Smithsonian National Zoo in 1999. Bart’s work, including eight animal sculptures commissioned by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the piece titled “Friends,” and commissioned by the School to commemorate Byron Forbush ’47’s retirement in 1998, is also featured in a forthcoming book, Baltimore’s Outdoor Sculpture by author Cindy Kelly, former director of Johns Hopkins University Museums and parent of two Friends alumni, Mark Kelly ’97 and Andrew Kelly ’00. While on sabbatical from her position as associate professor in the Department of Art at Hunter College, Lisa Davis has been included in several group exhibitions in NYC and also had a solo show at Lesley Heller Workspace on the Lower East Side. She also received a fellowship from Yaddo, an artists’ community in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is currently working on her next body of work. In September Lisa returned to teaching college and is now an “empty nester,” as her daughter is at Brown University and her son Davis is a junior at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design. The Facebook page for the Friends School of Baltimore Class of 1976 now has 32 members, with recent additions including Susie Stein Stull and David Scher. In addition, Wesley Williams, Belinda Blair, and Rich Doss have joined. Please let me know if you need Friends School of Baltimore

assistance on joining! Next year will be our 35th Reunion—put the weekend of April 30-May 1, 2011 on your calendars!


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Jon Krome writes, “My family and I have been living in the small Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago for about a year now. We moved here when I took on the role of VP of operations for a

perspective, check out www.”


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I had a chance to see Edwin Remsberg in April at the Friends Alumni event for Dishing Up Maryland, where he was signing copies of his deliciously photographed book along with author Lucie Snodgrass. He reports that the book is doing quite well, and

Beth Kaplan Fitzgerald ‘83’s daughters, Sarah and Hailey

mid-sized, independent oil & gas company, BHP Billiton Petroleum. Living abroad has certainly been an adventure. I just returned from a trip to our home in northern California, where we dined with John Goodman and his family at a great North Beach restaurant in San Francisco. I look forward to our next Reunion in 2012. John Monahan writes, “My family and I are doing well. My first book, They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge, will be published in December. It’s a non-fiction story about the reallife scientists who inspired our image of the ‘mad scientist.’ If you want more of my ‘unique’ Fall 2010

I’ve seen it for sale in many places. His next book, one on sculpture in Baltimore, is scheduled to come out in late 2010. To learn more, visit his website Edwin has two kids at Friends now—Emma ’13 and Bennett ’12. He and Bennett visited Aaron Adams last winter in his tropical paradise on the gulf coast of Florida. Edwin reports that Aaron works as a marine biologist on his own private island, which is quite lovely, or at least was before the oil spill. Edwin recently joined the board of 1000 Friends of Maryland, where he is working “to make the world a better place.” Louis Hanover responded to my

class notes e-mail blast while “watching the sun set in the distance over the island of Ischia from the island of Capri.” Sounded especially lovely from where I was sitting, in 100-degree Swelltimore, but I told him to put down the Blackberry! Lou says, “I haven’t been to southern Italy for over 25 years. I hate to think that we can say things like that. But, age is somewhat of a blessing when one can look back fondly on those high school memories.” He’s in touch with Larry Smith, who was in Afghanistan the past year with the military and returned home safely to Baltimore in late July. Lou said he was looking forward to “mixing up the politics with the old boy” at a mid-year reunion Larry was planning for October. Beth Kaplan Fitzgerald reports that the Fitzgerald family is doing well. Her oldest daughter Sarah just completed her freshman year at Philadelphia University where she is studying fashion design. (Wait a minute—we’re too young to have college-age kids!) Hailey, a high school junior, just finished her volleyball season with the A.A.U. Nationals in Walt Disney World. Beth is “gearing up for another year teaching at Stevenson University in the School of

Education and coordinating a group of interns at Essex Elementary. I am happy to say that I just joined the advisory board of Kiddie Academy to help with their early childhood curriculum and develop teaching strategies for the childcare workers in some of their centers. Both of these are exciting opportunities. Husband Bryan is busy with tennis and his practice.” (Bryan has pulled more than a dozen teeth out of my kids’ mouths and they still like him, so he must be doing something right!) Jayne Rosenwald Myers tells us she has taken to the director’s chair, directing her third show this fall, “Bye Bye Birdie.” “I can’t stop thinking about Louis Hanover and Larry Smith roaring with laughter during rehearsals for that show. Oh, the good times in eighth grade! I will definitely get Louis to see the show, house seats for sure. In between, I have a singing engagement. Late fall into February, I will be directing our elementary school’s show, “Guys and Dolls.” I love teaching kids and plan on opening my own shop one day. In addition to this, I have a hockey player, gymnast and dancer to take care of—it’s going to be a crazy year but all good things. I think of our

Rachel Smith Semanchik’s daughters, Maggie and Katie.

classmates often and miss you all. If you are in the NYC area, call me. Also, I’m on Facebook!” Our class has a Facebook page of its own, though I believe it’s fairly quiet so far. Hope everyone had a great fall and I hope we all had a nice time reconnecting at the midway reunion—as I’m writing this in August, I can’t say for sure!


Charley Case writes, “My wife Toni and I are still living in Aspen where I manage the Annabelle Inn ( Times are tough, so I’m glad to offer a 20% discount to all Friends School graduates and families.


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Angelo Valle ’88 with his children, Gabriel and Eva.

Joel Corvera joined Clarian Cardiovascular Surgeons in Indianapolis, where he specializes in adult cardiac and aortic surgery. As for your class secretary, I recently caught up with Monica Wilson for dinner and Mindy Athas, Martin Ruof and Jonathan Sachs for brunch—it was great to see everyone! Collection Magazine


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As music director of “The Kennedy Center Honors” on CBS, Rob Berman has now earned an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Music Direction” two years running. When I asked him what else he has been up to, Rob reported other exciting news from the previous week: “I was musical director and played piano for a concert in the East Room of the White House…and I met the Obamas (and had my picture taken with them)!” The program, “In Performance at the White House: A Broadway Celebration” aired on PBS in October. The news of honors continues with Rich Fowler, who has now been at Ford for more than 15 years. “I am working in chassis engineering—yes, there are still some engineers in the domestic automobile industry. Over the last couple of years I was chassis launch leader for the 2010 Fusion at our plant in Hermosillo, Mexico and more recently the 2011 Ford Mustang (built in Flatrock, MI).” The Ford Fusion is the 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year! Rich is also

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Class notes proud of the new Mustang’s impressive power train and chassis. “The V-6 now gets 305 horsepower and EPA highway mileage of 31 mpg. V-8 is over 400 horsepower… The 2010 Fusion hybrid gets 41 mpg EPA city...beating the Toyota Camry hybrid.” Rich’s fellow Michiganian (or

“Hoover.” Also on the move, Burck Smith writes, “I have become my parents. We moved from DC to Baltimore over the summer. All three kids started at Friends in the fall in fourth grade, first grade and preschool. We even moved into the same neighborhood (a short walk for de-

Assoc., Int’l (ALPA). We hope to see everyone at the 25th reunion, but if you are ever in the Reston, VA area, let us know.” Another hospitable Virginian, Wel Leimbach, is still in Fredericksburg with wife Katie, daughter Morgan, 6, and son McAlister, 2. He says, “I’m looking forward to getting the ‘mancub’ out of diapers once and for all in the near future. I am turning over my position as the program manager for tank system for the USMC in early August and moving to the staff for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program. It is not a tank, but at least it still has tracks (and a small 30 mm. gun), so it is better


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Sarah Miller writes, “I returned to the University of Chicago Art History Department this fall, to take up a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in American art.” Jason Winer says, “I was in NYC this summer directing a remake of the 1981 comedy ‘Arthur’ for Warner Bros Pictures. The new version stars Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig and Nick Nolte. It’s slated to arrive in theatres summer 2011.” Jason, who directs the hit comedy series

Kristin Law and Jahan Sagafi ’90 at their May 2010 wedding.

Michigander?) Christianne Myers and her family continue to be happily settled in Ann Arbor. “I can’t believe it has been eight years since we moved here and I joined the faculty at University of Michigan. Now that Rowan is three, I am able to do a bit more freelance design work and am working on my third costume design with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, WI. I continue to design at the Purple Rose regularly and love teaching. I am addicted to Facebook, so find me there if you want to get in touch.” Moving a bit eastward, Scott Nilson and his family have moved back to Boston after three years in Montreal. His daughters will continue education in French immersion school and Scott is happy to be able to sail on the ocean once again and to return to the lacrosse field. “I joined an over-40 lacrosse league. Our team isn’t so good, but it’s a lot of fun and I scored a lefty goal last night.” He assures me that he continues to scoop-up the balls like he did back at Friends, when he earned the nickname 36

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pendable babysitting).” Burck also started a new company called StraighterLine (www. They will open offices in the Emerging Technology Center which is a city-run start-up incubator in the old Eastern High School building near Hopkins. In other Smith news, Rachel Smith Semanchik was forced to endure five months of bed rest before younger daughter Maggie was born in December 2009. “[She] is our little miracle and was a wonderful early Christmas present. Her older sister Katie is 22 months and one day older, loves being a big sister and can’t wait to teach Maggie all of her tricks. After Katie was born, I was fortunate to move into an in-house position with ITT Corporation, which made balancing mommyhood and work a bit easier. I now have a new position as the VP and GC of ITT’s Defense organization. The work is challenging, but has many rewards. My husband Dave, who loves all things related to airplanes, continues to enjoy his work as in-house counsel for the Air Line Pilots Friends School of Baltimore

David Sagafi ’91, Nate Guyer ’91, Jahan Sagafi ’90 and Carter Zinn at the Oakland Coliseum rooting the Ravens on to victory over the Raiders. Despite enthusiastic taunting, no injuries were sustained.

than buying trucks.” Wel is happy to have visitors in Fredericksburg, VA and he loves to give battlefield tours to Civil War buffs. Here in Central New Jersey, home of some War of Independence battlefields, my big news is that my wife Lindsay Tomlinson and I welcomed into the world our son Gabriel on March 26, 2010. Older sister Eva, 22 months and one day older, has been a helpful and caring big sister. So far, it’s been fun playing 1 v. 2 with them during the day.

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Dabney Neblett Bowen ‘92’s daughters, Wesley and Leighton.

class notes “Modern Family,” was nominated for a “Best Director” Emmy for that show but did not win. (The show, however, did take the Emmy for “Best Comedy.”) Earlier this year he took home a Golden Globe and a Directors Guild of America Award for his work on the series. At press time (August), Holter Graham reported that he had completed two of the four phases of his chemotherapy for leukemia. If all goes according to plan, he’ll complete the protocol sometime around the New Year and start a maintenance regimen. “I plan to run a sub-three hour Baltimore Marathon in 2011. So, there.” Holter’s wife Neela Vaswani’s second book, You Have Given Me A Country, was published this summer, and Neela will be one of the Class of 1989 Visiting Scholars at Friends this year.


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Sunee Claud reports, “Many in the DC-metro area will recall hibernating or fighting cabin fever during the infamous Snowpocalypse 2010 that covered the area with several feet of snow. I, however, was thankful for the storm’s week-long gift-fromthe-weather-gods holiday that resulted as a time to put the finishing touches on my February 14, 2010 wedding to Spencer Reisinger at Oxon Hill Manor.” Dabney Neblett Bowen writes, “We welcomed another baby girl, Leighton Sterling Bowen, on May 12, 2010.” Dabney, Michael and big sister Wesley are all enjoying the newest addition! Ilse Levin and her husband Seth Flagg welcomed their first child, Alistair Serafin Levin-Flagg, on April 30, 2010. He was born at National Naval Medical

Center and weighed in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. Unfortunately just a few months later, Ilse and her brother Pete Levin ’97 lost their father, Peter Moritz Levin, after his year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. With help from Elizabeth Elliott’s mother Genie and Lucia Treasure ’99, a beautiful memorial service was held at Stony Run Friends Meeting on July 17, 2010.


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Hello, friends. It’s been a full year since I gathered news from our classmates and I’m happy to say that a lot of wonderful things have been happening in people’s lives— positive career changes, weddings, and new babies. (News is listed here in that order!) St. Frances Academy named Joseph Garner as football coach. A graduate of Morgan State University, he has been an assistant coach at Patterson High School, Baltimore Poly and most recently at McDaniel College. He is an adjunct professor of physical education at Coppin State University and will continue in that capacity while coaching the Panthers. David Peck is living in Baltimore and has been married for eight years. He writes that he has “a little girl named Hannah that is the center of my life.” She was born in March 2008. David is self-employed in a business he started in 2006. “We sell, design and install residential and commercial automation systems, lighting control, custom theaters, and audio systems. Who knew that a lifetime of playing music would get me into supplying music to other people? I just finished up a big school auditorium and a couple of health clubs. My wife is the director of a school here in Baltimore that deals with an

Sara Pfaff ’95 and her husband Francesco Baravalle at their May 2010 wedding in Italy.

emotionally disturbed/mentally retarded population.” Experienced doula, perinatal educator and parent, Emily Pelton Watson is excited to announce the opening of her new business—Baltimore Family Beginnings. Emily says, “We offer professional labor support services for the metropolitan area and will be holding childbirth and parenting classes in north Baltimore city. Find us on Facebook and at” Esther Moran Hamm writes, “I got married on July 3, 2010 to Erich Hamm in Boothbay Harbor ME. Lauren Buerger-Holub was in attendance with her husband Travis and baby Julian. We will continue to live in NYC, where I work for an educational nonprofit called SFK and where my husband

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runs his own event lighting and design business called the Glow Design Group.” Caroline Mallonee married Eric Huebner at Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse on June 19, 2010. Dear friends from Friends were present to share the day, including Frannie Hochberg-Giuffrida, Elise Pittenger, Carmina Valle, Dana Kerley Jimenez and Blakely Mikula Hamilton. After a honeymoon in Italy, they settled in Buffalo, NY, where Eric is on the piano faculty at SUNY Buffalo. Carrie continues to enjoy her work as a composer and will travel to Japan this winter for the performance of a commissioned piece. Elise Pittenger married Fernando Rocha on July 17, 2010 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Several

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Jamie Falcon ‘96’s daughter, Serenity Fey Falcon, born in April 2010.

Friends graduates were in attendance, including her brothers Laurence ’87 and Christopher ’90, as well as members of our class: Caroline Mallonee, Frannie Hochberg-Giuffrida, Sarah Standiford, Nancy Snyder Irons, and myself. Elise and Fernando will live in his home country of Brazil, in Belo Horizonte. Fernando is a professor of percussion at the university there and Elise and her cello will join the city’s orchestra! Matt Fogelson and his wife Heather Seitz Fogelson welcomed a sweet baby girl Eliza Audrey on February 9, 2010. They are both practicing law in Baltimore while also practicing their new parenting skills! Margo Lauterbach Farvolden writes with this happy news: “My husband Davis and I had a son, Sullivan Graham, on October 9, 2009. We are back in Baltimore where we have both set up our medical practices. It’s really nice to be home.” Leslie Olsson and her husband Christopher Dove welcomed a daughter, Rose, on March 23, 2009. Leslie writes, “I’m living in San Francisco. I moved here about six months after college. I cooked for about eight years in a bunch of nice restaurants and then acquired a back injury. I had two surgeries and 38

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did Pilates as my rehab. After I recovered I decided to become a Pilates trainer to keep myself in shape. I started cooking again, but I realized it wasn’t worth the toll on my body and now I’m in grad school for holistic health education. I am mostly concentrating on nutrition.” She adds, “I love being a mom. It’s pretty hard work, but the smiles make it all worth it.” Jennifer Ellis Wright and her husband Tommy are also new parents! Daughter Avery Madeline Wright was born on March 1, 2010. The family lives in San Diego. “I am really enjoying motherhood!” she writes. “Chris Baughman and his wife Holly live down the street and Avery and Sam (Chris’s son) are buddies.”


to Nepal. Will Sieck, looking older, and Jane Latshaw Lancaster, looking younger, came with their spouses, while Sujay Pathak related stories from his Johns Hopkins medical school experience. Arriving fashionably late to the afterparty were newly engaged Ben Robinson, Carolyn Barker, and the Baltimore real estate baron Dan Motz. Trevor Soponis, who came down from New York in BoltBus splendor, recently caught up with Sara Pfaff via the interweb. Sara did not make it to Reunion because she was just married in Italy! She is teaching business English and her husband Francesco is an Italian winemaker. She promises to welcome Friends School visitors and show off a little of la dolce vita to those who visit her in the town of Alba.

next year! Fifteen years! It’s a staggering number. But, time flies when you’re working hard, having babies and getting married which is what it seems our class is doing a great deal of lately. Jamie Nissly Falcon had a daughter on April 4,, 2010 named Serenity Fey Falcon (see picture). Jamie is still out in LA doing speech therapy. Timoria McQueen Saba wrote in with a great update, telling me that she married her husband Robert at Battery Gardens in NYC on February 28, 2009, and that Erica Molliver was the Maid of Honor. Hillary Rogers Strong and Sam Hatfield attended the wedding. Timoria and Robert recently had a daughter, Graison Joyce Saba. Linley Smith Dixon is also a mom. She and her husband Pete were

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The Class of 1995 enjoyed their 15th Reunion this past May, welcoming classmates from far and wide. Newly married and still enjoying Philadelphia, Mike Fine and Whitney Manger Fine made the trip, as did Taylor Smith (with his lovely wife Ana and their adorable baby Natalie) and Peter Gaines. Peter, his wife Sarah and their two daughters recently moved to Michigan, where he works at a school. Doctor Doug Nilson and his wife Rachel came with their son Eli, and report that life in Maine is nothing short of a beautiful thing. Annie Holder Campbell left her husband and kids in Denver to attend the weekend, which included a touching memorial treeplanting ceremony for her late brother, David Holder ’91. Jennifer D’Agostino made the trip from DC; she recently took an amazing trip Friends School of Baltimore

Timoria McQueen ’96 and her husband Robert Saba at their NYC wedding in February 2009.


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nice enough to come to my birthday party in September 2009 when she was very pregnant. They are now the proud parents of Raina Dixon. Raina is a lucky girl, not only because Linley and Pete will be great parents, but because she will have lifetime

class notes access to the greatest root beer float maker of all-time, her grandfather, former Middle School Principal Ken Smith! Speaking of Middle School, the only potentially greater offender of the “no baseball caps policy” than I, Tony LePore also has a child! Tony

“Mannequin”) at the wedding. Jeannie Achuff Morrow married her husband Ernest last August in Victoria and says, ‘We are living in Berkeley where my naturopathic medical practice has taken off.” Jeannie also reported that she recently visited Lydia Ries

M.B.A. in design strategy at the California College of the Arts. She plans to stay in the Bay Area now that she has graduated and has time to enjoy it and see friends. Edith Dietz continues to work her way through medical school here in Baltimore and to gen-

Class of 1997 Friends grads celebrated the wedding of Meghan and Bobby Michel ’97. Back row (l.-r.) Jamie Kavanaugh, Mark Kelly, Meghan, Bobby, Steve Meredith and Zach Bryant. Front row (l.-r.) Amit Shashidharan and Jim Nicholas.

and his wife welcomed son Nathaniel in November. Tony and I got a chance to catch up at a barbeque this summer that Dan Munoz and Edith Dietz also attended. Abby Birdsall Beauregard continues to live outside of Boston teaching and playing with her son Jonah, and Chris Saunders has a son named Jackson Thomas who was born on April 7, 2010. Chris and his wife Sumer live on Cape Cod and love being parents. In nuptial news, my good friend and karaoke singing partner Madeline Franklin, presently in her sixth year of teaching music at Columbia Grammar and Prep School in NYC, is finishing a master’s degree at Loyola and is engaged to Kai Gross. Maddie and I will be performing “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (Theme from

O’Halloran in Corvallis, OR for Lydia’s baby shower. Gwen Armbruster is doing an internship in design strategy at Yves Behar’s fuse-project in downtown San Francisco and recently finished an

erally dominate the Charles Village area. Edith’s little brother Elihu is doing standup comedy in NYC and lives in Brooklyn with my step sister Alex and another friend. If any of you run into Elihu, ask

him to tell you his “six afraid of seven” joke. Edith’s other brother Robert “Big Time Bob” Dietz ’99 continues his utter domination of the Midwest out of his Chicago home base and is an engaged homeowner. Dan Munoz finished his year-long stint as chief resident of Internal Medicine and is now back to his Cardiology Fellowship and may now have some time to sleep, eat and clean his incredibly messy house. Also, an update on his hair situation…he has gone from “speckled gray” to full “salt and pepper.” Alec Hawley is in San Francisco working as a landscape architect, and has a scruffy beard. Even though he’s moved back to the states from Canada, he continues to operate his online business selling flavored maple syrup and animal pelts. He also e-mailed me recently stating that he has a burgeoning “toe modeling” career, but that sounds fake to me. Rob Cohen wrote in with a great update from Jacksonville, FL, where he’s working on a computer networking and telecommunications degree, learning “stuff that I never thought I’d understand which is awesome.” Rob’s also doing a part time job/internship for a start-up tech company

Class of 1997 alums Mather Preston, Pete Levin and Mehul Parekh at Hillendale Bowling Center in December 2009, before Pete left for Brazil.

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Class of 1997’s Rida D'Agostino, Sarah Melville, Vanessa Harbin, Rebecca Leonard McWilliams, Claire Cherlin Kosloff, Melissa Ciesla and Christina Counselman Patrick at the November 2009 wedding of Rebecca and Thomas McWilliams in New Orleans.

located in Fernandina Beach and “learning a ton.” Jessica Lichtenfeld continues to work at MTV (hanging with the likes of “the Situation”, Snooki, Brody and Spencer) in New York and went to Mexico with the New York Choral Society. She performed in six concerts and, after her big solo in three of the shows, she was recognized on the street the following days in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende! Her performances are available on YouTube. Simone Stalling finished her M.D./ Ph.D. program at Penn and is doing an internship at Temple University Hospital, followed by a dermatology residency at University of Pittsburgh. Dan Kahn, aka “Dank,” finished his M.B.A. recently; he’s recovered from an ankle injury and is back running. Dank aims to run the Baltimore half-marathon again, if he can. Tabitha Lewis is in her second year at Duke Divinity School and went to Uganda for the summer for


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a field placement. She will be working and preaching at a Catholic parish in Luweero, Uganda. Thanks everyone, for the updates. We are beginning the planning for the 15 year Reunion next summer and hope to see many of our classmates and catch up. Have a good winter, all!


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Hello class of ’97! I hope that everyone is doing well. Lots of news—I’ll get right to it. Rebecca Leonard McWilliams married Thomas McWilliams on November 14, 2009 in a beautiful ceremony in New Orleans. Thomas received his M.B.A. at Tulane University in 2008 and is a financial manager with a large health care system in Louisiana. Friends School of Baltimore

Rebecca is the director of development for a community hospital in New Orleans. Friends school attendees were Elizabeth Leonard Clifton ’93 (Matron of Honor), Rida D’Agostino, Vanessa Harbin, Sarah Melville, Melissa Ciesla, Christina Counselman Patrick, Matt Fogelson ’93, Tracy Fogelson Gruver (honorary ’97) and me. Rebecca is too shy to brag about it, but of course she looked absolutely stunning and the happy couple did a fabulous job of introducing their guests to the dynamic city they love so much. The reception got incredibly spirited, and Rebecca’s “second line” skills put her “Crazy For You” choreography to shame. Vanessa Harbin writes, “I left my job at the Smithsonian this summer and am getting a master of public policy degree at Georgetown.” Ruth Draper recently completed her M.Mus. in pipe organ performance from Eastman School of Music

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and relocated to Seattle, WA with her partner, Dana Prince. They had a garden wedding in August 2008, and are both working towards doctorates at the University of Washington. Ruth works at Seattle First Baptist Church, accompanies many choirs, and traveled to Kaliningrad, Russia in the fall for an international organ competition. Many congratulations, Ruth! Mather Preston writes, “I’ve just completed my first year on the Friends School Alumni Board, and am looking forward to taking a more active role in organizing events for next year. Additionally, I got engaged to Anne Charlton on May 12, 2010, the day between our birthdays. The wedding will take place in Baltimore in November. I also started working for a new company at the end of May and now do technical recruiting for government contractors in the Fort Meade area.” Congratulations, Matt! We look forward to hearing more from you as you move forward with Friends alumni activities. Erica Winters sent in this update, “I just came back from a vacation in Baltimore and am getting ready to apply for nursing school. Dave Jr. is almost three and very rotten!” Christa Sterrett Gatewood has exciting news to share. Her son, Kyan Michael Gatewood, was born April 10, 2010. Chrissy reports, “He’s a bright and adorable baby who already has a quirky sense of humor. We feel so lucky to be his parents! Christina Counselman Patrick, Anna Gapuz and Sarah Melville came out to Cincinnati to meet the little guy. He loved all of his aunties immediately.” I have had the pleasure of meeting the little guy and he is quite a charmer! Speaking of babies, Mark Kelly’s adorable daughter Grace was born on November 11, 2009. Mark says, “She is

class notes more amazing with each day. She was for the longest time a spitting image of me, but she has started to look more like my wife Kari, who actually had something to do with her arrival.” Congratulations Mark and Kari! Mehul Parekh sent a photo and explains, “The photo I sent in was taken at Pete Levin’s bowling party this past winter, with the sole intention of landing on the hallowed pages of the alumni section of the magazine. Think everyone wants to look at all of our beautiful faces?” I do think that, Mehul! Garrett Smith reports, “I was invited to four (count them, four!) Class of 1997 weddings this year: Rob Travieso was married to Sammy Williamson ’00 in St Michael’s on Memorial Day weekend with at least 30 Quaker alumni in attendance. Paul Masson was married to Krystal Boeren at his family’s home in Roland Park in July, though unfortunately I couldn’t attend. Brook Waldman married his long-time girlfriend Anna Price-Meader in a woodsy ceremony in Monkton in September. And my fourth class of ’97 wedding of the year was my own—I was married to Catie Lee on Martha’s Vineyard, MA in September.” That’s all the news that’s fit to print, folks. Keep it coming! As for me, Claire Cherlin Kosloff, my daughter Alexandra just celebrated her first birthday. She is such a joy and is keeping us quite busy. She has enjoyed meeting many of my special Friends friends. Most recently, Abby Owen Perry paid a visit with her son Sam, who may have won Alexandra’s heart forever. Abby just moved to Princeton, NJ, where her husband James is the new offensive coordinator for the Princeton Tigers’ football program. Finally, I look forward to welcoming another member of our class

to LA. Looks like Melissa Ciesla will be an “Angeleno” starting in the fall. Can’t wait!


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Hello, Class of 1998! It’s been a while. Thanks for sending in your updates—it’s nice to hear from you after COLLECTION’s hiatus this past spring. This fall brings us news from classmates around the country. Alicia Atkinson writes in from California with big news: “On August 20, 2010 my husband, Nathan Pereau, and I welcomed our son, Bishop Orion Aereaux, to our family.” Congrats, Alicia and Nate! Leslie Deutschendorf recently moved back to Baltimore from California with her husband

Hank Coleman and is working as an early interventionist and special educator for Baltimore County Public Schools. She also does consulting work with Maryland Therapy Network. Leslie and Hank are currently living in Owings Mills, while looking for property “to build our dream home in Annapolis.” She reports, “No children yet, but it is definitely in the immediate plans for the future!” Kim Hamilton Kasprzycki sent her update: “It’s quite an adventure owning a ranch in Colorado and dealing with the associated wildlife (snakes, coyotes, prairie dogs and other various animals). We’re undertaking many, many projects for the horses, maybe even some for ourselves if we have time…” Ashley Parrish is still living in NYC, but says that she and her husband often drive down

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to Baltimore on the weekends. Ashley is currently the women and teen networks’ content director at Hearst Digital Media. “In short, I oversee the editorial for the Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Town and Country, and Seventeen websites. I also recently became an adjunct professor at NYU and am teaching two classes on blogging and writing for the Web which, while daunting at first, has turned out to be a lot of fun!” I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Ashley this May at Alison Schwarzwalder’s wedding. Ashley commented, “It was so nice to see old friends at Ali’s wedding, although it reminded me of how awful I am at keeping in touch. If there are other alumni in the NYC area, I’d love to catch up.” Jamie Hubbard moved to Fells Point from Waverly and continues to tend bar at Jack’s Bistro. He’s also still doing some real estate work for Obsidian Realty in Fells Point. He tells us, “My niece and nephew (Lauren Hubbard Johnson ’94’s kids) are getting bigger and bigger. My other sister, Sara Hubbard ’96, is doing well, working as a chef in Mt. Vernon. She lives with her boyfriend Greg in Fells Point. I see Mike Malin and his wife Kathy as much as I can—they just had a little boy.” Jamie says he keep tabs on Jake Martin ’99 and Chris Murray ’97, “who both seem to have trouble operating modernday cell phone technology, although Mike says they are well. Jake recently got married in Georgia. Robby Travieso ’97 also got married, and when he was allowed by his new wife Sammy Williamson ’00 to come play, we dominated Tuesday night basketball at Friends— good to catch up with Mr. Watt.” Jamie regularly keeps up with Janine D’Adamo

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Class notes and Alec Heuisler ’99, along with Erin Hall. “We all rocked-out at Nick Murray’s wedding at his family farm in Charlottesville, VA. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. Good to catch up with Margo Murray ’00 and Fern Stalling ’00. I think I am one of the last of our class to turn 30, and intend to take a trip abroad at the end of the year. Sadly, my beloved dog Lucy passed away this year at the age of 10.” We are very sorry to hear it, Jamie. Janine D’Adamo also sent in news of attending Nick Murray’s wedding “to his beautiful bride, Alice Proujansky.” She reports, “It was a good old-fashioned reunion on Nick’s family farm in Charlottesville, VA, with me and Alec Heuisler, Erin Hall, Jamie Hubbard, Alex Epton ’97, Margo Murray, and Fern Stalling.” As for life in Baltimore, Janine tells us, “Alec and I are doing major home improvements this fall and are so excited to finally have a new kitchen and new windows.” In other wedding news, Justin Goldberg was married on May 30, 2010 to Sara Lester, an alumna of the George School (a Friends school in Newtown, PA) who works as an attorney at a technology and finance firm. They live in Brooklyn with their hyperactive Boston terrier Tillie, but are considering a move to Philadelphia in the spring. Justin just completed his master’s degree in arts management at Columbia University and continues to do web development and consulting work for nonprofit and cultural institutions. Lisa Viscidi attended her younger sister Emma ’01’s wedding to David Gallagher at City Hall in Cambridge, MA on June 25, 2010. Joe Johnston has good news of his own: “I got engaged in May 2010 to Jennie Hart, who I’ve been dating since January 42

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Thirty-two Friends alumni from the Classes of 1994-2004 gathered on May 30, 2010 at the St. Michaels, MD wedding of Sammy Williamson ’00 and Rob Travieso ’97

2009. We’re getting married in April 2011 in Baltimore and we can’t wait!” Joe also had the pleasure of being a groomsman in Jake Martin’s wedding in June, along with Mike Malin (Best Man), Rob Travieso, and Chris Murray. Joe adds, “My brother, Jamie Johnston ’94, also got married in October 2009 and I have a great new sister-in-law, Kristen Johnston.” Joe and his fiancée Jennie traveled to Greece recently, where they visited Athens and Santorini. Maggie Beetz and her husband Jesse Whyte recently moved to the county and are renting a house from Elena Johnson’s parents. “I’m very happy to report that I see Elena and Sarah Brager quite often,” says Maggie. “I continue to work as a writer and I’m one class away from getting my master’s degree in professional writing from Towson University.” In my own news, life continues pretty much as it did since the last publication. My “little” brother Jordy Alger ’02 is engaged to his awesome girlfriend of five years, Marisa Galvan, and I couldn’t be happier for him! Jordy has also just started a master’s

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program at Tufts University (my alma mater—go Jumbos!) I am living in Towson with my husband Bill and teaching fifth grade in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Our big news this year is that we are expecting our first baby in March, 2011! Just in time for another COLLECTION to come out… It was great to hear from everybody this time around. Have a wonderful holiday season, and keep in touch!


Rosalie Parker

Greetings, classmates. As I sit on vacation up in New York City, I can’t help but bring you news from Greg Binstock, Chris Condlin, and Charlie Achuff. Greg began work in May as an academic attorney with Kaplan, Inc. in their Bar Review division. On his first day of work, whom should he see nonchalantly entering the same building? Well, that would be Chris Condlin, of course. (“Of all the skyscrapers in the Financial District... They are working to coordinate a lunch

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or two. Greg is still happy to be living and working in NYC, and recently moved to an apartment across town in Hell’s Kitchen. Chris is living in the East Village and working at a law firm. “I’m lovin’ New York life and excited to be back on the East Coast, near Baltimore, after many years away. My son Nikita was in the U.S. for the summer of 2009 and we had a ball.” Charlie Achuff is still in New York City, where he and his partner Adam just moved to the Upper West Side. Charlie converted to Judaism in May. He finished a master’s in library science at the Pratt Institute in December. After doing temp work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for about six weeks in the spring, he is currently looking for a job (any job). Moving south, we find Matt Sherman finishing a master’s in sport and exercise psychology and getting certified as a holistic life coach and nutritionist. He also just started a business called Miami Juice Club, which is a raw/organic/ vegan smoothie and juice bar. Emily Reeder is still working as a civil engineer in Austin, TX. In her spare time,

class notes she fosters homeless dogs, which is a lot of fun. This summer, she traveled to West Virginia, Florida, Arizona, Iowa, and Nebraska...and then to Portugal, Africa, and Spain in the fall! Welcome back to Baltimore, Kelly Bouxsein. Kelly is starting a M.P.H. program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Rosalie Parker hopes Kelly will visit her at the JHU Museums where she currently works. Kelly saw Jessie Adkins who was recently visiting from Seattle. Jessie is in grad school at University of Washington and plans to graduate in December. Anne Preis is living in Baltimore’s Lauraville neighborhood with her pup Jack and is working as director of finance, admin and marketing for Marie Louise Bistro and Catering in Mt. Vernon. Josh Stone says, “I am building a house in Canton on a lot that used to be an old church and the process is a nightmare.” Exciting baby news! Rebecca Clemens Mikel and her husband welcomed Hunter Stanton Mikel on July 12, 2010. “Hunter arrived a week early, weighing 8 lbs., 3 oz. and 20 inches long. He’s a very easy baby so far and my husband Clinton and I are having a blast being new parents!” Hope to see you all at some Friends School events this fall and winter. Please keep me updated throughout the year with your latest news!


Samantha Williamson

Hi again, newly-minted 10 year grads. It was great to see everyone at the reunion in May—always a pleasure to hang out with Friends alumni. There’s lots of good news (per usual) to share in Class Notes. Ana Munoz graduated from Yale law school in May, and

writes, “I’m doing a fellowship in the Bronx fighting coercive interrogation practices of immigrant pre-trial detainees in local jails. And I’m also loving Brooklyn.” Geoff Graham spent some time in Antarctica and I listened to his chronicles of the experience on WYPR. He let me knew that the group he’s been working with for the last two years, Lower Dens, is releasing their first album on the record label “Gnomonsong” this July 20. He says, “We’ve been spending most of our

judicial clerkship with the Honorable Judge David W, Young in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, she was recently accepted an associate position in the negligence department of the law firm of Chasen Boscolo in Greenbelt, MD. She says, “I love the firm and the work. In between court hearings and depositions, I found some time to plan my wedding to Recao Collins, which was held on October 10, 2010 (10-10-10) at the Newton White Mansion

Tiffani Sterrette ’00 and fiancé Recao in the summer of 2010.

time touring in the US to promote the album and will be touring in Europe this fall.” Wedding bells are in the future for James Yolles and fellow Friends alumna Laura McComb-DiPesa ’02, as well as Andrew Kelly and his wonderful girlfriend Eleni. James is Director of Public Affairs at the Alliance for Downtown New York, a Lower Manhattan business improvement group. Tiffani Sterrette also let me know of some happy nuptial news. After completing her one year

in Prince George’s County. Reco is an assistant vice president of the Government Banking Group at PNC Bank.” She also recently ran into Josh Pincus-Sokoloff and “his beautiful fiancée” at the Mt. Washington Tavern. Jenna Bond-Louden will start Columbia Business School in the fall—congratulations! Ben Camp sent in a wonderfully comprehensive update a few months ago. He writes, “From 2000-2005, I attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, obtained a

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degree in music industry, purchased a few rental houses and produced a few club records. Then from 2005-2007, I started a dance music record label (, taught music production at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and worked for Pieris Music, a charity organization which provides free music lessons to underprivileged inner-city youths and, for the over-21 crowd, puts on “classical clubbing” concerts to re-engage today’s youth with our rich western musical tradition. Imagine a nightclub with glam’dout Philadelphia Orchestra performers performing Bach Violin Partitas to a thumping electro beat, all after midnight, and you’ve got the picture. For the last two years, I’ve been attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, continuing to run the record label, and getting involved in music publishing (with my music being played as cues on MTV, Fox, TLC). I recently won this year’s ‘Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project,’ and as a result will be spending a week at Northwestern University in Chicago studying with LinManuel Miranda, the writer of the 2008’s Tony awardwinning best musical “In The Heights.” Um, wow. And now, for the section in which I detail super fun lives on the West Coast in the field of medicine. Priya Shashidharan moved out to San Francisco after graduating from medical school at the George Washington University to complete a residency in family medicine at UCSF. She says “I am looking forward to connecting with Friends School alumni in the Bay Area!” Gwenn Rosenberg wrote that she was thinking of all the Friends schoolers she hadn’t seen in years, and hopes all are doing well. She’s living in Portland, OR and recently started clinical rotations as a

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Class notes naturopathic physician, which means a primary care doctor that specializes in natural medicine and treats the root cause of disease instead of the symptoms. She says, “I’m enjoying all the mountains and rivers out here. This summer I hiked the Oregon section of the PCT with my man-friend and another friend.” I was happy to hear great news from Bayley Kavanaugh. She writes, “It’s actually been a pretty busy few months. I got married in a back country ski hut outside of Breckenridge, CO to Jeff Warner. Emily Heinlein and her boyfriend Matt came out to snowshoe into the hut with us. We bought a house in Grand Junction, CO and got a puppy. I’ll finish up a nursing degree in December and hopefully find recession-proof work. Otherwise, just spending time with my brother Jamie Kavanaugh ’97 and his wife Leah riding bikes and playing in the mountains.” Lesley Wojcik moved to Portland, OR with her husband Dave Richman-Raphael ’99 to start her anesthesia residency at Oregon Health Sciences University and I know she and Dave will love exploring a new coast. As for me, I spent the last year finishing medical school in Baltimore, living with Kelly Swanston and Christina Schoppert, and being a member of a very exclusive Friends alumna-only book club with Kelly, Chrissy, Katrina Rouse, Rachel Zamoiski, Lesley and Emily Heinlein. In May, I happily married fellow Friends grad Rob Travieso ’97. We moved to San Francisco in June to start my internship in internal medicine. Next year it’s off to Nashville for a residency in ophthalmology at Vanderbilt, where I hope to rub shoulders with country music superstar Billy Nobel.


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Jason Berman ’02 with actor Robert Duvall on the set of “Seven Days in Utopia.”


Carrie Runde

Hey there Friends Class of ’01ers! I hope that everyone had a fabulous summer and is marking his or her calendars for the 10 year Reunion on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. I know it is hard to believe that we graduated almost ten years ago, but get ready for a good time as plans are already underway to make this a great weekend! Heather DowAnderson writes that she and her husband Matt Anderson are living in Hampden with their very talkative three year old son, Aaron. Matt is busy traveling all over the country for his employer Northrup Grumman. Heather and Matt are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary this year and spent a relaxing vacation in Cape May this summer. Anna Melville is happily working on her MFA in creative writing and is teaching undergraduate fiction at UNC-Wilmington. She published her first short story in the spring and is now working on a novel. She and her boyfriend Justin got engaged on July 4, 2010, so it’s been a good year! Anna will finish her degree in a year and hopes to move back to Baltimore to teach. Peggy

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Kremen is living in NY where she has a new position as a social worker at Bellevue Hospital. She’s excited to be marrying Josh Cohen this fall at the Evergreen House in Baltimore. Farris Riaz still loves cars and is now working in Detroit as a power train systems engineer for Chrysler. He calibrates engines to run well in extreme conditions so his work takes him to high altitudes like Colorado and hot climates like Nevada to make sure there aren’t drivability problems. James Woodson is beginning his first year of law school at Rutgers University this fall. He is excited to announce that a play that he and his wife

wrote called “Love’s Gonna Get Ya,” was just produced off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center in NYC. Lindsey Bloom is studying for her master’s in public administration at George Mason University and will graduate next May. She’s already planning her next degree, a Doctorate in policy studies. Adam Green graduated from business school and works for a solar energy company developing solar power plants throughout the desert southwest. Work keeps Adam busy, flying between projects in AZ, NM, CO, and NV. Julian Kennedy reports that he’s “working all the time” but is excited to be celebrating his one year wedding anniversary with Carolyn Richardson ’02 this year. Molly Kastendieck is still living in DC and works as the associate director of student and young alumni programs at The George Washington University. I was lucky to see Molly in Seattle in August on her way up to a week-long kayaking trip in the San Juan Islands. John Bowie just finished his Masters degree and now lives in Malaysian Borneo where he researches freshwater resource management to

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class notes help develop an integrated water management structure for the State of Sarawak. His girlfriend is also in Borneo and is researching an emergent strain of malaria on a Fulbright fellowship. Maya Kumta recently moved to London where she is working in global markets for Deutsche Bank. She is excited to be marrying Campbell Gilbert in Baltimore in the fall of 2010 surrounded by family and friends. Her maid of honor is classmate Andrea Miyasaki. Continue to keep me posted with your life updates and I hope to see you all in the spring at our Reunion!

attending medical school next year (knock on wood.) The biggest news is that Marisa and I are getting married on November 26, 2010 in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands with our closest family and friends. Shout out to my 2002 classmates—hope you’re all taking care of business.” Megan Richie, the first

Berry Boyd ’06 and hope to see Becca and Carter Erwin and meet their new baby boy Auden!” Meg Baldwin is completing her Peace Corps service in September and subsequently will be traveling in Indonesia. She will return to Baltimore and is planning on a Masters of landscape architecture program in the

degree in May and am now spending the year in Bogotá, Colombia where I have a job as a full-time Spanish to English translator and editor.” Gant Powell writes, “I am in my second year at the School of Visual Arts in their MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. Last year I illustrated Clinton Kelly’s book,


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Becca Fogel Erwin and Carter Erwin ’03 welcomed Auden Robert Erwin into the world on July 22, 2010. He weighed 7lbs 12oz and was 19 inches long. The whole family is doing well. Jordy Alger writes, “This has been both a busy and awesome year. After finishing my third year of teaching high school geometry in Houston, my fiancée Marisa Galvan and I went on a six-week journey to Nepal and Thailand this past summer. We spent five weeks in Nepal as volunteers, working with orphans in Kathmandu and teaching English to Buddhist nuns of all ages in Bigu, a remote Himalayan village near the Tibetan border. It was a life-changing experience. We even had a Nepali ‘wedding’ ceremony at the monastery where we lived, and later spent a week ‘honeymooning’ in beautiful Thailand. As soon as we got back, we packed up and moved up to Boston, where I am now earning my master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Tufts University. I plan on

Kelly Hendry ‘03 and Dan Cotting’s wedding party on May 30, 2010. Pictured (l.-r.) Robby Hendry x-‘06, Eric Garrido, Chris Ceglio, Andy Fogel, Dan Cotting, Kelly Hendry Cotting ‘03, Erin Crowgey, Mariel Oquendo ‘03, Adrienne Hope and Lisa Gabriel ’03.

class of 2002 M.D., writes, “I started my residency with a bang, beginning intern year in the cardiac intensive care unit. Within a week, I had already coded three patients, started and completed therapeutic hypothermia on two and signed a death certificate before arranging for organ donation for one. Things have subsequently calmed down, and I am getting better at staying awake and working for 30plus hours straight every four days. The learning curve is steep, but I am slowly starting to feel as though I deserve my prescription pad. Otherwise, I recently was lucky enough to spend several days in Ocean City with Mali Royer ’06 and in Florida with Ginny

fall of 2011. Laura Gaskins got engaged on July 23, 2010 to Jay Bertovich and they plan on marrying next summer in Cohasset, MA. As for me, your secretary, I am finishing up my M.D. at Harvard this spring and plan to apply to residency in internal medicine. Congrats to Becca, Jordy, and Laura on their big news. Keep sending your updates—big or small—I hope to hear from all of you soon!


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Courtney Carlson writes “I finished my Master’s

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Oh No She Didn’t, which came out this fall. I have been illustrating articles for ADDitude Magazine as well, which is a medical quarterly focused on living with ADD/ADHD. Finally, I now have a line of customizable wallpapers available in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia through the company CreativeIMGS.” Kate Meyer writes “I am still in grad school at UMBC, earning my Master’s in intercultural communication. I’m also getting married this December to George Jakuta, whom I met when we were undergrads at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.” Kelly Hendry Cotting writes “I married Dan Cotting in May

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Megan Roper at a Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2010 and was lucky enough to have Mariel Oquendo, Lisa Gabriel, and Robby Hendry (former ’06) in my wedding party as well as Rachel Naumann, Jessica Vanderhoff, Emily Shadur and Emily Weinman as guests. I graduated in May and recently took the Virginia Bar Exam. This fall, I began working for a small law firm in Charlottesville doing mostly family law.” Jessica Carambelas writes “I’m working at Advance Business Systems near Hunt Valley and am looking at buying first house. Also I will be training as an astronaut cowgirl and sommelier in the years to come.” Pierce Murphy graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 with a double degree in Philosophy and Journalism. “I’m in my third year of Law School at the University of Baltimore Law School. After graduation in May of 2011, I will work for a year as a law clerk to The Honorable James R. Eyler of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.” Danielle Waranch writes “I just moved back to Baltimore


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after living in NYC for the last three years. I started at the University of Maryland Dental School this fall. I’m excited to be back in Baltimore and catch up with everyone!” Mariel Oquendo writes “I’ll be going to NYU to get my master’s in museum studies.”


Michael Levin

Emma Bartlett writes, “Here to redefine “lifer”—after finishing my Middlebury master’s and teaching French for a year at the Bryn Mawr School, I returned to our very own Friends School to teach French and Spanish in the fall of 2010. Go Quakes!!”


Nicole Runde

Class of 2006 alumni are finishing undergraduate studies and heading out into the real world! Drew Black, Joey Whitney, Tommy Adolph and Phil Bartolini celebrated their graduations by taking a trip together to South Africa

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for the World Cup! Over three and a half weeks, they visited Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Cape Town. Hannah Lupien graduated from Yale in May. She is now living in Manhattan, working as the Community Relations Coordinator for the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center. Jake Stern graduated from Tufts University this year. He and his band “Action Guaranteed!” played a gig at the 8x10 in Baltimore in July. In the audience cheering him on were ’06ers Katie Williams, Sarah Gearhart, Katie Minton, Julia Kandel-Krieger, and myself. Anne Wooton was named an All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association for 2009-2010. This honor means that her cumulative GPA was 3.5 or above, and that she competed in 66% of the year’s competitions. Congrats, Anne! Natalie West has received a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Nepal, where she’ll be an English Teaching Assistant for 10 months, starting in September. She is beyond excited! Sarah Gearhart is working as a clinical research coordinator on a study on preterm birth for the University of Pennsylvania Child and Maternal Health Program in Philadelphia. In addition, Sarah volunteers at an Hispanic clinic once a week. In May, Megan Roper graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in religious studies, and minors in French and women/gender/sexuality studies. This past summer, she taught two reading courses to incoming freshmen at a high school near DC, an experience that Megan remarks was, “highly entertaining and highly frustrating.” Her most exciting news, however, is that she will move back to the UK this fall

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to pursue her master’s degree in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Colby College in May, Katie Minton was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society! Now she is headed back to Madagascar, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2008, to work as a community health educator. She’ll be there until September 2012. You can follow her blog at Last November, Gina Antonelli was one of seven girls chosen to represent SentenceShaper at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in New Orleans. SentenceShaper is a company that creates software for adults learning to speak and form sentences as a result of a stroke or other traumatic brain injury. It was an amazing experience! Gina graduated from Loyola University in Maryland in May 2010 with a BA in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology in May. This summer, she and her sister Laura Antonelli ’07 took a 35 day tour of Europe, where they visited eight different countries. This was definitely the highlight of her summer, and something she has wanted to do since Ms. Jones’ Social Studies class in Middle School! Josh Thomas graduated from Boston University this spring and is living in Boston. He just got his first iPhone app approved and in the Apple App Store. Called “Excursion Boston,” it locates the closest MBTA transportation stop and tells you in real time how long before the next train/ bus/trolley will arrive in the station. Katie Williams graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology. Now, she is pursuing her lifelong dream

class notes of training dolphins. This summer, Katie interned with both the Marine Mammal Department at the Baltimore Aquarium and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida! So far, 2010 has been a very exciting year for me, your Class Secretary. In February, I exhibited a collection of cork planters that I designed and made by hand at the American Craft Council Trade Show in Baltimore. A company called Working Class Studio decided to mass produce my design, so the planters are available for purchase around the country and online! In May, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in furniture design. I was awarded Valedictorian of my class of 2600 graduates, and gave a speech at the commencement ceremony! Most recently, one of my pieces of furniture was published internationally in the book 500 Cabinets: A Showcase of Design and Craftsmanship. On a family note, this June, my sister Carrie Runde ’01 and I watched as the last Runde at Friends School, my brother Dylan Runde ’10, walked across the stage at the Class of 2010 graduation. Classmates, make sure you belong to the Facebook group for Friends School ’06 in order to stay in the loop. Please send me any and all updates you have. I love to hear about your jobs, accomplishments, and adventures into the world!


Carlyn Trout carlyn.trout@mymail.

Hi Class of ’07! I was hoping to hear from more of you (or any of you?) for the fall issue. Please send me your news so we can catch up on everyone’s comings and goings in

the spring COLLECTION. As for me, I served as the Director of Facilitation to

careers through travel, service, work and relaxation. While many 2010-ers were sunbath-

(l.-r.) Tommy Adolph, Phil Bartolini, Joe Whitney and Drew Black—all Class of 2006—at the World Cup in South Africa.

the student government association at Champlain College this past year and was re-elected to the position for 2010–2011. I spent the summer working with the refugee population in the greater Burlington Vermont area as an Americorps Vista.


Maggie Tennis

The class of 2010 celebrated their graduation on June 8, 2010. The evening could not have been a more beautiful or bittersweet occasion. Since graduation, members of the class have been preparing for the start of their college

ing at senior week, Andy Dolina, Ben Green, Alex Klein, Avi Meshulam and Leland Nislow were visiting Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin. Leland says, “All three cities were incredible. We were there during the World Cup, and both Germany and The Netherlands had amazing teams, so the soccer spirit was intense!” The five also had a chance to meet up with Sydney Rende and David Goldman in Amsterdam, where they stayed in the same hostel. Back in the States, Leland has been collaborating with Matt Malis, Alex Dorman, Andy Strain, Tim Horning and Matt Ringler on “The Clutch,” a movie that began as a

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project for the group’s senior work project. Leland told me that they had “plenty of 15 hour workdays” while making the movie. The Clutch premiered August 11 at The Charles Theatre. Carrie Hildebrandt worked downtown this summer at Patisserie Poupon, where she learned how to make dough and mini pastries. She will major in Arabic come fall. Andrew Watson sent news from Kansas, where he has been spending his summer working as a junior ranger ambassador for Nicodemus National Historic Site. “My job is to create a junior ranger booklet for the site, which is run by the National Park Service,” said Andrew. While in Kansas, Andrew suffered a crash on his bicycle and spent the night in the hospital. He assures me that he’s fine now, and that he enjoyed life in a county that has “one stoplight, one school and only three policemen.” Katy McConnell had an exciting summer, complete with a trip to Botswana, where family friends are helping to build a private hospital. Katy went camping, attended an international high school called Maru-a-pula and helped out in the hospital. Alex Rudow was working up a storm as an intern at Ford Models in Paris while living with family friends in Versailles. Her commute and workdays were long, but well worth it, as she learned a lot about the business. One highlight of her summer was seeing the fireworks at the Eiffel tower on Bastille Day. Marion Donald worked at a downtown Baltimore binding company this summer. She also vacationed at the beach with her family. As for me, I spent my summer working as a day camp counselor and as a hostess at Donna’s of Cross Keys, where Sophia Dagnello and Alex Klein also worked.

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David Alexander Greenwood and Laura Springvloed September 22, 2007


Jahan Sagafi and Kristen Law May 17, 2010


Esther Moran and Erich Hamm July 3, 2010

Caroline Mallonee and Eric Huebner June 19, 2010


Jamie Johnston and Kristen Cameron October 24, 2009

Rebecca Leonard and Thomas McWilliams November 14, 2009

Rob Travieso and Samantha Williamson ’00 May 30, 2010

Rachel Smith Semanchik and David A daughter, Maggie, December 2009


David Alexander Greenwood and Laura A son, Daniel David, Oct. 11, 2009

Dabney Neblett Bowen and Michael; A daughter, Leighton Sterling, May 12, 2010

Ilsa Levin and Seth Flagg A son, Alistair Serafin, April 30, 2010


Jennifer Ellis Wright and Tommy; A daughter, Avery Madeline, March 1, 2010

Paul Rebman May 29, 2010

Nick Murray and Alice Proujansky June 19, 2010

Justin Goldberg and Sara Lester May 30, 2010


Jake Martin and Stephanie Davies June 12, 2010


Emma Viscidi and David Gallagher; June 25, 2010

Jamie Nissly Falcon and Sitari A daughter, Serenity Fey, April 4, 2010

Timoria McQueen Saba and Robert; A daughter, Graison Joyce, April 19, 2010

Linley Smith Dixon and Pete A daughter, Raina Anne, January 19, 2010

Chris Saunders and Sumer Joi A son, Jackson Thomas, April 7, 2010

Christina Sterrett Gatewood and Kristian A son, Kyan Michael, April 10, 2010



Kelly Hendry and Daniel Cotting May, 2010

Mark Kelly and Kerry A daughter, Grace Gillian, November 11, 2009

Mike Malin and Cathy A son, David Kohler, March 13, 2010




Alicia Atkinson and Nathan Pereau A son, Bishop Orion Aereaux, August 20, 2010

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Mary Elizabeth Price December 13, 2009


Lee Norris Soderberg March 18, 2010



Marian Kadel Boring March 27, 2010


Margo Lauterbach Farvolden and Davis A son, Sullivan Graham, Oct.9, 2009 Leslie Olsson and Christopher Dove; A daughter, Rose Maren, March 23, 2010



Becca Fogel and Carter Erwin ’03 A son, Auden Robert, July 22, 2010

In Memoriam

Matt Fogelson and Heather Seitz A daughter, Eliza Audrey, Feb. 9, 2010


1998 Alison Schwarzwalder and


Lucien Walsh and Kirsten A son, Axel Clifton, Sept. 7, 2010

Sara Pfaff and Francesco Baravalle May 15, 2010


Elise Pittenger and Fernando Rocha; July 17, 2010



Joan Wagner Brucker October 2, 2009 Suzanne Knipp Huntley May 7, 2010 Anne Tillinghast Riley December 7, 2009


Sue Leetch Harvey June 22, 2010


Charles Newton Kidd April 27, 2010


John Snyder December 18, 2010

Mary Carol Hearn Taylor April 1, 2010


Kathleen Dorsey Christhilf LeCompte June 28, 2010


David Evans October 2, 2009

Donald Taylor May 15, 2009


Judith Bernstein Wilson November, 2009


Richard Cover April 15, 2010

class notes

Circle of Friends The Circle of Friends recognizes individuals who have made a deferred or current endowment gift to Friends School. These gifts will help ensure the future. It is easy to join. You may simply name the School in your will, or as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a qualified IRA; make a life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity; or establish a current endowment gift of $25,000 or more.




Anonymous (2)

Elizabeth F. Deegan and Michael J. Deegan, Jr. Charles W. Harlan and Mary Dell Gordon Harlan ’65 Gail Moran Milne Alice Smith Reid Barry S. Stott*

Anonymous David H. Alkire Eileen S. Goldgeier Katherine A. Hearn James M. Matthews Diana Price Matthews


Louis T. Hanvoer Sean R. Sweeney

1952 Anonymous Janet E. Mules

1953 Anonymous Jane Whitehouse Cohen Sara R. Kellen E. Laird Mortimer Viginia A. Kelly Mortimer

1954 Anne Black Evans

1955 Robin Biddison Dodd* Robert L. Kriel Mary Allen Wilkes


Ann Burgunder Greif

Albion Bacon John P. David Clarinda Harriss Robert B. Heaton and Ann H. Heaton Martha F. Horner Mabel T. Miyasaki Linda Windsor Siecke*



1927 Howard Buffington

1934 Florence G. Oldham


Eleanor Hatch Brooks Carmian Forbush Davis** and Carle M. Davis


Marcia Smith Clark J. Henry Riefle III


Ethel Kegan Ettinger Donald H. Wilson, Jr. and Marion Wilson

Elizabeth Banghart Flaherty Susan Shinnick Hossfeld Henry L. Mortimer J. McDonnell Price Ronald H. Renoff Frank A. Windsor and Ann McAllister Windsor ’60



Dorothy B. Krug Anne Homer Martin


James G. Kuller Mary Elizabeth Jones Price** Dorothy Eastwick Seaton

Robert S. Patterson and Barbara Patterson Dan Reed and Claire Reed




1944 David R. Millard

1945 Harry L. Hoffman III and Mary Louisa Hoffman

1946 Gisela Cloos Evitt

1947 W. Byron Forbush II and Elizabeth Forbush

1948 Anonymous

Elizabeth Beatty Gable Diane Howell Mitchell Joseph C. Ramage Ann McAllister Windsor and Frank A. Windsor ’58

1961 Elizabeth New Cohen Joan Yeager Cromer David M. Evans** Sylvan J. Seidenman and Sandy Seidenman

Joseph W. Cowan Peter Paul Hanley Susan B. Katzenberg Sally Huff Leimbach Harry D. McCarty Marilyn Miller Thomas Elizabeth A. Wagner Donald H. Wilson III Faris L. Worthington Patricia K. Worthington Carl W. Ziegaus



1985 Evan C. Shubin Katherine G. Windsor

1988 Wendell B. Leimbach, Jr.

1989 David Henry Jason Innes Gregory Moody

Gretchen Garman Hampt Mary Dell Gordon Harlan and Charles W. Harlan ’63 Frederick W. Moran



Sherri Shubin Cohen

Thomas P. LaMonica Alan B. Rosoff

Parents, Faculty, Staff and Friends


Anonymous (5) Nancy H. Berger Deborah and Howard M. Berman Karen Birdsong and Carl Roth Heidi and David Blalock Patricia H. Blanchard Gerritt H. Blauvelt Anne R. Brown Sharon C. and D. Perry Brown Helen E. Bryant Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Camp Mrs. Lorranie Camp John and Sue Carnell Alice Cherbonnier and Larry Krause** David S. Cooper, Jr. and Kryssa J. Cooper Rebecca and Bruce Copeland Albert R. and Margaret K. Counselman Connie C. Covington and Wally Covington III Dr. and Mrs. Chi V. Dang Anthony W. and Lynn R. Deering Pieter and Phyllis DeSmit Jeffrey H. Donahue Claire K. Ebeling Martha Elliott Christina B. Feliciano

Jay E. Boyd Melinda Burdette Robert L. Mackall W. Berkeley Mann, Jr. David A. Wilson

1969 Louise Wagner Gibson

1970 A. P. Ramsey Crosby Lisa Mitchell Pitts and Toby Pitts Carl B. Robbins

1972 Stuart S. Hutchins Laura Ellen Muglia Judy F. Strouse

1974 David R. Blumberg

1975 Robin E. Behm Katherine E. Bryant

1976 Cynthia Klein Goldberg Winston W. Hutchins



Mary Ellen Fischer Emily C. Holman James B. Willis

Alison Nasdor Fass and Andrew Fass F. William Hearn, Jr.



Joseph Klein, Jr and Joan G. Klein Shirley Cox Seagren Richard A. Simon

Philip B. Gould Joseph Klein III and Judy Sandler Cristin Carnell Lambros



Joel D. Fedder

Christopher Holter Amy Gould John

William M. Rubenstein and Sandy Rubenstein


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Susan and William Filbert Sarah Finlayson and Lindley DeGarmo Lora and Greg Gann Julie Fader Gilbert and Gordon Gilbert Irvin R. Gomprecht Ann C. Gordon Vincent L. and D. Iveagh Gott Stanley B. and Joan Gould David M. Heath Mary E. Scott and Gary E. Heinlein Charles O. and Ann Holland Laura Holter Mrs. C. Raymond Hutchins Grant L. Jacks and Margaret S. Jacks Sanford G. and Ann Jacobson Joyce Johnston Deloris Jones Adine C. Kelly Michael and Narindar Kelly Ferne K. Kolodner Cartan B. Kraft Eleanor and Peter Landauer Gayle L. Latshaw Susan P. Macfarlane John and Joyce Maclay Garvin S. and Pamela M. Maffet Diana R. McGraw Mary Ellen McNish and David Miller Freda M. A. and Douglas L. McWilliams* Matthew Micciche John and Beverly Michel Douglas J. Miller, Sr. Sheri B. Miller-Leonetti Lee S. Owen C. E. and Joan Partridge Marylynn and John Roberts Mary S. and Paul E. Roberts Jean B. and John V. Russo Mary Ellen and William Saterlie Esther Sharp Barbara and Gordon Shelton Dr. and Mrs. Charles I. Shubin Daryl J. Sidle Lisa and Alfred L. Singer Jerome Smalley Lynne Smalley William Smillie Turner B. and Judith R. Smith Phillip Snyder Mark C. Stromdahl Gerry Mullan and William J. Sweet, Jr. Audrey Taliaferro** Marilyn and David Warshawsky Thomas E. Wilcox

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Friends School Fine & Performing Art Calendar 2010-11 December 2 . . . . . . Wassail at the Walters Art Museum, featuring the Middle School Apollos, 7 pm 10 . . . . . Lower School Winter Sing, Gymnasium, 1:30 pm 12 . . . . . Upper School Choral Concert, Auditorium, 3 pm 14 . . . . . Sixth Grade Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm 15 . . . . . Upper School Instrumental Concert, Auditorium, 8 pm 16 . . . . . Seventh & Eighth Grade Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm 17 . . . . . Pre-Primary Winter Sing, Gymnasium, 11 am

January 28-29 . . Upper School Student-Run Play: John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves,” Auditorium, 7 pm

February 6 . . . . . . Upper School Chamber Choir performs in the Bach Concert Series Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St, Inner Harbor, 4 pm

March 4-5 . . . . Middle School Dragonfly Theater presents “Seussical the Musical, Jr.,” Auditorium, 7 pm

April 8 . . . . . Upper School Choral Concert, Auditorium, 8 pm 14 . . . . . Upper School Wind/Jazz Ensemble Concert, Auditorium, 8 pm 25-29 . . National Dance Week @ Friends—sign up for free lessons offered all week long 27 . . . . . All-School Art Show, Opening Reception, Gymnasium, 4-6 pm Show hours: April 27-29: 8 am-6 pm April 30: 10 am-2 pm Closed Sunday May 2: 8 am-3 pm 29 . . . . . 9th Annual Friends School Video & Animation Festival, LS Multipurpose Room, 7 pm

May 13-15 . . Upper School Musical, Auditorium, Fri-Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun: 2 pm 20 . . . . . Lower School Spring Sing, Gymnasium, 1:30 pm 20 . . . . All-School Orchestra Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm 23 . . . . . Fourth & Fifth Grade Band Concert/Recital, Auditorium, 7:30 pm 24 . . . . . Sixth Grade Band/Choral Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm 25 . . . . . Seventh & Eighth Grade Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 pm

June 2 . . . . . . Pre-Primary Spring Sing, Gymnasium, 11 am 50

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