THE MAGAZINE OF FRIENDS SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE
Upper School students experience the real Argentina
What Friends students can learn from community colleges
Three decades apart, two athletes are united into one class
WORLD Friendsâ€™ Teaching and Learning Model Takes Off
From the Head of School
Collection MAGAZINE Published twice a year by Friends School of Baltimore. Matthew Micciche Head of School Bonnie Hearn Assistant Head for Finance and Operations Gayle L. Latshaw Assistant Head for Development Karen Dates Dunmore ‘82 Director of Admission and Community Outreach Eleanor Landauer Director of Major and Planned Gifts Heidi Blalock Editor; Director of Communications Amy Langrehr Alumni Director Meg Whiteford Annual Fund Director Mary Pat Bianchi, Lee Kelly, Julie Kolankiewicz, Ann Homer Martin ‘37 Development Office Staff M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T
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. PA R E N T S O F A L U M N I
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DEAR FRIENDS, The exciting evolution of teaching and learning continues this year at Friends as our faculty works to align classroom practice with the goals and outcomes we’ve set for our students in our Teaching and Learning at Friends School paradigm. (See diagram pg. 4.) This issue of Collection highlights some of the many ways in which we are progressing toward these objectives. The work of designing innovative student learning experiences demands, above all else, a fine sense of balance. Throughout this effort, our intention has always been to retain the methods and practices that have proven effective and valuable for our work with students, while adapting to meet the changing needs and imperatives of our times. As I think back to my own education — which did not, unfortunately, take place at Friends School — it’s obvious to me now that the focus was overwhelmingly slanted toward knowledge accumulation, with success and achievement determined largely by the ability to recall facts we had read or heard from textbooks or teachers. While that model was the norm for the late 20th century, it won’t suffice today. The unprecedented pace and scope of change in every field demands that we nurture in our students the ability to create, search for and apply newly emerging knowledge. They must be able to thrive in a time of innovation and uncertainty, while developing such habits of mind as reflection, creativity and empathy in order to successfully navigate a future that neither they nor we — their teachers, mentors and parents — can fully foresee. As the authors Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum write in the recently published That Used to Be Us, “a better education today is one that prepares a student to understand a book that has not yet been written, to master a job that has not yet been created, or to conceive a product that does not yet exist. This is what students in their working lives will have to do, repeatedly.” As is true of all that we do as a School community, the quest for a well-balanced education is driven by our belief that the world — perhaps now more than ever — truly does need what our children can do. In embracing this conviction, we acknowledge that the experience we provide for our students must always reflect, and evolve with, the demands of that wider world. Committing ourselves to meet this challenge, with full awareness that the goal line will be forever in motion, is a prospect both daunting and thrilling — and I have no doubt we will prove equal to the task. Best wishes,
Matthew Micciche Head of School
Brave New World Friends’ Teaching and Learning Model Takes Off
It’s been a year since Friends began implementing
its new Teaching and Learning model. Faculty members have responded
with innovative lessons.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: What Community Colleges Deserve From Friends
COMMENCEMENT Highlights from the June 7 ceremony, with links to photos and our Senior Awards recipients.
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ALUMNI NEWS Alumni Weekend highlights; Athletic Hall of Fame; Tom LaMonica ‘67 BBQ; Welcome to Rwinkwavu
Diversity Notes; Remembering Garrett Tucker; Spring Gala preview; New Faces at Friends
DEVELOPMENT NEWS 2011-12 Annual Fund; Announcing the Mission Fund; Young Alumni Challenge; Class of ’89 Visiting Scholar wrap-up
English teacher Tom Buck says Friends School can learn from community colleges.
AT H L E T I C S At Friends, there’s no divide between our objectives on the playing fields and those in the classroom. Plus, Scarlet & Gray Day highlights.
Thirty-two Upper School Spanish students (and their teachers) experience the real Argentina.
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WORLD Friends’ Teaching and Learning Model Takes Off It’s been a year since we at Friends began implementing the Teaching and Learning model (see pg. 4) in our classrooms. Our faculty has embraced this new approach, which fosters collaboration, critical thinking and the use of emerging technologies, yet remains true to our foundational Quaker tenets. Such “21st-century” habits of mind as empathy and reflection have always been central to a Friends education. What has changed is the educational landscape and the speed at which discovery and innovation are accelerating. Our students are learning to use their knowledge, skills and personal strengths to probe more deeply into content that can no longer be counted upon to be fixed.
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Connecting Cultures, Raising Awareness Through Protest Music Seventh graders in Cecile Audette and Kirsten Walsh’s music classes are collaborating with middle schoolers from Ramallah Friends School, film students from Emerson College in Boston, and the youth-driven global news initiative Newscoop on a documentary project that sheds light on the role protest music plays globally in raising social consciousness and effecting positive change. The brainchild of Newscoop founder Camilla Warrender, who met Audette in 2005, the project tasks students from both the Baltimore and West Bank Quaker schools with researching their country’s and region’s respective protest music, including the social movements behind the songs. The students then create interactive storyboards which the Emerson undergraduates will edit and craft into finished documentaries for them to view in late spring 2012. Middle School learning specialist Kimberly Meisel and librarian Paula Montrie are working with Audette and Walsh on the unit, providing organizational support and teaching lessons on multimedia applications and the ethical use of music. “The time zone differences present a challenge [Ramallah is six hours ahead of Baltimore],” says Meisel, “but we hope to find a way to join the two groups through Skype technology so that we can view and reflect on the documentaries together.” The project engages students’ critical thinking skills. Using a set of essential questions they must first determine if their musical selection fits the criteria of a protest song, e.g.
does it focus on a topic of controversy? It also exposes students to such Interactive storyboards, such as interactive technologies as Glogster, those above, form the basis of an electronic poster program, and the students’ documentaries. VoiceThread, which enables students to embed viewers’ comments into their storyboards. The latter is especially useful, explains Walsh. “Members of the Friends community can share how a particular song affected them when they first heard it, essentially adding their voices to the narrative.” Perhaps most importantly, the protest music documentaries will provide meaningful lessons in resilience and empathy. “Poverty, famine, war and hunger, civil rights; these are much hotter issues for children living in Ramallah,” says Audette. “Our students are studying these topics from a ‘safe’ distance, whereas in Ramallah they’re ‘in’ it.” From left: Using a set of essential questions, Kirsten Walsh and Cecile Audette help students determine if a musical selection fits the criteria of a protest song.
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Introducing Haiti Lab: Multidisciplinary elective pairs Friends seniors with Duke University students, professors Upper School history teacher Josh Carlin has long envisioned a future in which Friends School seniors collaborate with students and professors from a major research institution. Spurred by the new Teaching and Learning model, he spent countless hours over the past 18 months trolling the websites of colleges and universities in search of such opportunities; in August, he struck gold. Duke University, in an effort to promote enrollment in its humanities program, recently created humanities labs to cultivate collaborative learning outside the classroom. One such lab is dedicated to Haitian studies, an area of interest to the Upper School, according to Carlin. “Our 10th graders study the Haitian Revolution in their Modern World History course,” he says. “The Upper School also has a ‘Trees for Haiti’ Four of the seniors selected to participate in the Haiti lab collaboration with Duke University (from left) Declan, Lauren, Marisa and Caroline. club with a strong student following.” Carlin contacted the Haiti lab’s co-directors, and in Haiti. “They were so warm and welcoming,” recalls professors Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jensen of the Carlin. “I asked, ‘Is there any possible way our kids can university’s romance studies department, who invited him to be involved?’ When Dr. Jensen said ‘Absolutely,’ I almost the campus to visit the lab. He asked colleagues Micheline fell off my chair.” McManus, English Department chair, and Christine During the return trip to Baltimore two days later, the Koniezhny, academic dean and French teacher, to join him. Friends contingent drafted the proposed new senior elective On a Wednesday morning the three drove the seven hours — Haiti Lab: A Collaboration with Duke University — to Durham, N.C. passage of which Friends’ administration fast-tracked. The Duke professors and undergraduates shared In October, the teaching team handpicked 23 seniors to their research with the Friends teachers, noting that the begin collaborating with Duke undergraduates on the Haiti lab also comprises work with professors at MIT Haiti lab’s “African Nation Project.” Using 18th-century newspaper clippings and documents handwritten in French Friends’ Teaching and Learning model by plantation owners, the Friends students are helping to trace the roots of Haitian slaves back to their original African homelands. “Basically, our kids are serving as research assistants to the Duke undergraduates,” explains Carlin. Working in small collaborative groups of three or four, the students are translating the documents and uploading the data to a shared server. “They’re using their research to explore Haitian history and will be incorporating some of these themes into works of historical fiction,” he adds. Carlin sees the Haiti lab collaboration as just a first step. “This gives the students the opportunity to learn what research entails at a major university,” he says. “It’s going to be hard work and not always exciting, but if we do a good job and keep this project going, it opens up all kinds of opportunities for partnership. That’s awesome.”
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Teacher Beth Weiss leads first graders through “Gathering,” the first step in the art studio process.
Inside the Artist’s Studio: Lower Schoolers Make the Connection Ask Beth Weiss how she’s using the Teaching and Learning model in her classes and you can practically see the light bulb pop up over her head. It turns out the new model fits neatly with the art studio process. For the uninitiated, this is the process by which artists are trained to work, similar to the writing process, explains Weiss. “Children learn the writing process in language arts,” she says. “There’s no reason why they shouldn’t know the art studio process.” Using Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, a book written for high-school and college-level art teachers that breaks the studio process down into its components, Weiss modified the steps for younger students and then connected them to the specific skills, habits of mind and knowledge they promote. “This is how we work in the studio,” she explains, holding up a set of large handmade cards. “It’s not just a room; it’s a place where you work, where you think, where you do research, where you do all kinds of different things before you make art.”
She takes us through the steps, one card at a time. Displaying the first card, titled “Gathering,” she says, “In first grade we go out to the garden to gather flowers for their botanical drawings. We then bring them to the rug area to discuss and compare them. At this point I tell them, ‘You’ve just completed the first step;’ and they say, ‘But we always do this!’ It’s true. We always start by gathering ideas and by talking about and discussing art works. That is content and concepts, the basis of knowledge.” She continues with steps two through eight — Ideas and Sketches, - Gathering Feedback and Editing, Gleaning, Studio - Ideas and Sketches Work, Conference, Critique, and - Feedback and Editing Exhibiting and Sharing — holding each - Gleaning card up and offering examples of how - Studio Work they play out in class. “Feedback and - Conference Editing,” she explains. “That can be - Critique very casual. You talk to a friend next to - Exhibiting and Sharing you. Listening to something someone tells you [and] respectfully responding, that’s empathy.” Like her colleagues, Weiss connects the skills and strengths her students demonstrate in class to elements in the Teaching and Learning paradigm. “It’s metacognition,” she says. “If I see them using a certain skill, I’ll call it out. I was so excited when two kids said they wanted to work on a sculpture together. I said, ‘That’s collaboration!’”
Creating 21st-Century Learning Spaces: One Teacher’s Approach What will the classrooms of tomorrow look like? For starters, they may not resemble traditional “rooms” at all. The rectangular cinder-block spaces with desks and chairs all facing the teacher — a relic of the industrial era’s “factory” approach to school design — may give way to wide-open spaces constructed in organic shapes with comfortable furnishings arranged in “pods” to facilitate collaboration. Fourth grade teacher Heidi Hutchison has been researching 21st-century learning and its implications for instructional space. “For me, it’s a logical starting place,” she says. “If we know — through research on learning and the brain — that no learning takes place when a child emotionally shuts down or feels anxious, then one of my jobs is to create a space where, the minute they walk in the building, students think, ‘Ooh, what’s in there? I want to go in there.’” Hutchison is not knocking down walls in her quest to create the ideal learning environment. Rather, she’s making several small but significant changes. “Classrooms are visually busy; we’ve got a lot of ‘stuff’ up, so I tried to tone it down a bit,” she says. Using fabric she had at home, she
re-covered her bulletin boards to give them continuity. She also eliminated the teacher’s desk. “When you walk into a traditional classroom, you Teacher Heidi Hutchison works to create an inviting space. see that imposing desk that says, ‘I have the power, and here is my desk to prove it,’” she says. In its place, the School provided her a much smaller desk that had been in storage. “It really changed the room,” she adds. Other improvements include soft lighting, curtains and comfy chairs. “It’s a work in progress,” she explains, “but it’s much better. The kids want to come in here, and do you know why? It’s the fish, the plants, the curtains, it’s warmth. It’s an inviting place, where they want to do work and have conversations about books and be creative.” FS
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Overseas Study provides lessons no classroom can match Photography By Lucy Hand
Thirty-two Upper School Spanish students and four faculty chaperones traveled to Buenos Aires last March for a two-week home-stay focusing on Argentine language and culture. The Friends students attended Spanish class for four hours each morning at Elebaires Language School and then spent their afternoons together exploring the city’s socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural diversity. Field trips to an Estancia, where students visited a traditional horse ranch, and to a day-care center shed different views of Argentine life. — Lucy Hand ‘80, Chair, Foreign Language Department
Here is what the students learned, in their own words.
Finding “IT” by Kristina Satterlee ’11
“BEING IN ARGENTINA, it was as if we had not taken Spanish. The Spanish spoken in Argentina is so different from the Spanish we learn here in the United States. It’s fascinating to think that the immigration of Italians in the 20th century altered this country’s culture significantly.”
— Declan Meagher ‘ 12
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The air hung hot and thick over the throngs of people packed into a crumbling street somewhere in the midst of Buenos Aires. It clung to my skin and tangled itself into my hair and forged a connection between the thousands who were moving as a unit, traveling ever faster toward a common goal. In the midst of the boarded-up houses, the flea-ridden starving dogs and the legless panhandlers whose sole purpose was one more moneada, there was a feeling of relentless hope. The crowd pushed forever onward in its state of excited fervor. A low, hushed murmur rose out of the depth of the crowd, not daring to get too loud and not daring to break the anticipation. The intensity of the living, breathing thing that was the crowd was so high it was as if at any moment it would all be too much, and a riot would ensue. Cops clad in black with bulletproof vests, thick black batons and Plexiglas shields lined the street in silent apprehension. The crowd did not notice. It flowed around them and continued onward at an ever-increasing rate. Old men, fierce women and determined children moved forward in near silence with their eyes barely wavering from the horizon. Vendors lingered on the street, attempting to make a buck. They had no luck, but they didn’t care; they
put their hands in their pockets and looked longingly in the direction the crowd flowed. We walked along the yellow lines of the carless street with our eyes wide, our curiosity sparked. We were in the midst of a great sea of red T-shirts, sweat and passion. Almost at once the crowd came to a standstill, as it was forced to funnel through the security checkpoint. More black-clad, grim-faced officers stared and watched and waited. Individuals were separated from the masses to be examined, but no one seemed to care, unable to rip their eyes from the looming concrete stadium. Once inside the checkpoint, the red-clad crowd spiraled up the stairs, as the people dispersed into the stadium, where they organized themselves into rows and columns and began to sing. We funneled into a row toward the very top of the stadium. From there I could see the green expanse of the field, the vibrant red of the crowd and the browns, blues, blacks and yellows of the Buenos Aires skyline. The sun had set, and a great full moon rose over the stadium as if it too wanted a part of the action. The game had not begun but no one sat. Hand-painted banners, strung from the tops of the balconies to the edge of the field, created a great red canopy that hung over the great red sea that was the crowd. The energy
Clockwise, from the top: La Boca, one of the traditionally poor but colorful barrios. The Friends contingent gathers for lunch at a local restaurant. The soccer stadium. Jesse Rosenstein â€˜11 and Stella Gordon-Zigel â€˜11 engage with children at the Maristas complex, located about an hour from Buenos Aires. The Maristas are a religious order whose members provide poor kids in the surrounding neighborhood with after-school care and instruction in a trade, such as furniture-making.
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Left: ¡Qué linda! Right: The weekly march of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an association of Argentine mothers whose children “disappeared” during the country’s military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983.
“EVERYONE TALKED TO US like they were our best friends in Argentina, or at least more than in the United States. When Declan and I first met our host brother we were expecting a handshake, so we were a little surprised when Eli leaned in and kissed us on the cheek.”
— Keon Jerry ‘ 12
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had become as thick as the heat. Every once in a while it would all be too much, and someone would begin to rant in quick, sharp Spanish. Women clung to the arms of men who cursed and shook their fists at opposing fans. “Viva la Independencia! ” rang throughout the stadium in a thousand different tones, shaking the old concrete balcony where we were seated alongside hundreds of dangerously impassioned fans. The players ran out onto the field with their arms high and their jerseys shining. Smoke bombs erupted from the stands, and bright red clouds temporarily engulfed the masses. Men lifted their hands toward the heavens and gave childlike shouts of joy. The people began to sing the same joyous song. They lifted their hands and swayed in unison, filling the stadium with waves of excited fingertips. The players took their positions. Their faces set in the same expression of intense concentration that the fans had worn during their pilgrimage to the stadium. The messiah was standing in the center of the field, covered in sweat. He lifted his fist to the crowd before sending the sacred white-and-black sphere soaring forward into the night. Another earth-shaking roar erupted from the stands. The game had begun. The heat grew more intense, as the masses continued to move and the emotions continued to mount. It seemed that all of the anticipation had led up to this moment of sheer and unconquerable joy. But then the home team, the team for which the masses had made their pilgrimage,
scored the first goal. The excitement and the hope and the joy spiraled out of control. Red fireworks erupted through the red smoke that had already accumulated in the stands. Shining red confetti covered every inch of the green field. Men kissed men, and tears streamed from the eyes of old, proud women. Children ran up and down the shaking concrete isles. The whole crowd erupted in another deeply ecstatic song. “A-le-lu Alelu, A-le-lu Alelu, A-le-lu Alelu, A-le A-le-lu” rose from the stadium in a chorus of thousands upon thousands of elated voices. I caught on and began to sing and clap. I had found “IT,” we had all found “IT,” and our souls sang out together. Alelu, Alelu, Alelu! “IT” was worth the wait and the anticipation and the insanity. Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah. FS
“CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE spending two weeks in South America’s second-largest city. Thirtytwo of us had left our comfort zone to live in Buenos Aires. We skipped the typical tourist destinations to immerse ourselves in community service, tango lessons, human rights organizations, musical performances and football games. All these experiences offered us the opportunity to explore the diversity of a city influenced by waves of Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Jewish and African immigrants.”
— Aaron Wright ‘ 12
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What Community Colleges Deserve From Friends By Tom Buc k
or 21 years and counting, I’ve been an adjunct English professor at CCBC Essex, known as Essex Community College when I started there in January, 1990. One fall night a few years ago, during a break I had given my English 101 class, a surprised former Friends student, who had heard my voice from the hall, stuck her head in my room and said hello. I’m not going to identify her because she might be embarrassed. I used to joke with a bright, lacrosse-playing advisee of mine who had her heart set on a particular top-drawer D-I college that she shouldn’t put all her eggs in one basket, that it wouldn’t be such a terrible thing to spend a year at Essex, playing alongside girls from Perry Hall, Kenwood, Overlea and Eastern Tech, whom she probably would never meet otherwise — her loss as well as theirs. Though, ironically, I was hired at CCBC by then-Friends School parent Ralph Stephens and now work under English department chair Brooke Bognanni ’91 (a senior at Friends when I started at Essex), I think it’s fair to say that community colleges are not on Friends’ radar screen. Of the thousands of students I’ve taught at Friends in 25 years, I bet no more than a fraction of a percent ever attended one.
Admittedly, the curriculum at CCBC probably lacks appropriate challenges for the typical Friends graduate, but there’s more to life than curriculum. When I started at CCBC, my classes were full of white people, mostly with deep roots in southeastern Baltimore County, with an occasional African-American. In the four sections of English 101 I taught last summer, I was the anomaly, teaching students from China, South Korea, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Togo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jamaica, El Salvador, Colombia, Russia and Ukraine. I’m undoubtedly leaving some out. My first writing assignment in 101 is a
Most of these foreign students are survivors, as are many of their native-born counterparts.
classroom, all wearing head coverings as well, and she unceremoniously handed off the infant to me while making a beeline for a
personality profile (familiar to my former 10th
computer to finish a paper. She was determined
graders) in which students pair up, talk and
to earn an A from me and eventually become
write about each other. An El Salvadoran man
a physical therapist to prove her father wrong. Most of these foreign students are survivors, as are many of their native-born counterparts. One of the papers I assigned focused broadly on the subject of diversity, and the class discussions conducted to generate supportable thesis statements were lively but never rancorous. An African-American girl who had recently graduated from Parkville High School wrote that she was inspired by her Kenyan classmate, who had emigrated to the U.S. and was working hard to make a life for herself and her family. A middle-aged white man, who was tired of his masonry business and wanted to become an R.N., wrote about the tragedy of a hunting buddy in Colorado who had taken his life, in part he suspected, because of an inability to accept his bisexuality. Although I have had the occasional Calvert Hall or Dulaney grad at CCBC, who was indistinguishable from the kids I teach at Friends, for the most part my CCBC students have shown me a whole different world. There’s a teacher cliché to the effect that we learn so much more from our students than they could ever hope to learn from us; and last summer, for me, it wasn’t even close. I hope that somewhere along the line, likely through some fortuitous accident of fate, some of my Friends students have a similar experience. FS
wrote about a 23-year-old Muslim mother of three from Togo, who was sent to the U.S. at 15 because her dad wasn’t happy with her grades in school and thought she would be more useful helping her emigrant aunt in her Essex apartment. She showed up to class every day decked out in colorful Muslim hijabs, often late because of the pressures of a 2-month-old baby. One day, right after class, her sister and her two other daughters appeared in my
The author with some of his summer 2011 CCBC Essex students.
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Diversity Notes IN MY ONGOING WORK with students, faculty and parents, I’ve come to realize that not everyone at Friends feels drawn to the diversity conversation. Some within our community make the mistake of thinking diversity is just about those aspects of identity that are most visible — our skin color, for example, or our neighborhoods. Such characteristics are important aspects of our identity, but they don’t completely define who we are. Cultural identity is shaped by many factors, including race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic position, physical and mental ability and gender. When we take the time to explore our cultural identity within the context of those who are similar to and different from us, we become a more open, more welcoming School, and that directly benefits our children. Another common misconception about Friends’ diversity work is that such initiatives apply only to marginalized groups within the School community — that somehow those in the most privileged groups need not participate. There is real danger in absenting oneself from the diversity conversation. Studies show that children are influenced by stereotypical images and ideas in the media — even when these views are in conflict with their family’s beliefs. If we don’t all talk explicitly to the children in our lives about diversity, they are left on their own to make sense of conflicting and often negative messages in the media.
Director of Diversity Felicia Wilks, center, with (pictured, clockwise from bottom) Courtney ‘14, Ugochi ‘14, Courtney ‘13, Haley ‘13, Hannah ‘13 and Alex ‘13.
achieved if only marginalized groups commit to getting the necessary work done. Majority and minority families on campus are essential to our diversity efforts. Last year, Friends’ Diversity Council hosted a series of Parent Affinity Groups in an effort to allow parents from a variety of identity groups to make connections and share their experiences. Among the gatherings were those for adoptive parents,
There is real danger in absenting oneself from the diversity conversation. In acknowledging that most of us are privileged in some aspects of our lives and disadvantaged in others, the question remains what to do with that information. We all must be willing to work for social justice. Even as we endeavor to diminish our own disadvantages, the work of alleviating unfairness can’t rest solely on the shoulders of those who are disadvantaged. Progress on our School’s diversity goals will never be
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gay and lesbian parents and parents of students of color. These groups will continue to meet this year, and we will expand our discussion and fellowship series to include other groups, as well. One of these is the White Affinity Group. I often hear white students say, “I’m not diverse.” But when I ask them to talk about their family’s traditions, their experiences with race, their experiences as boys or girls, as students with learning
differences, as children or grandchildren of immigrants, as children of great or of little means, they begin to recognize that they too are a part of the conversation. Please take this as an open invitation to come and be a part of the conversation. Join us in doing the work necessary to ensure our School is a place where every voice is honored. Here are a few way you can get involved: > Attend Diversity Council Meetings (Monday evenings throughout the year). > Attend Parent Affinity Gatherings as a member of the affinity group or as an ally. > Visit the expanded Diversity section of the School’s website for updates about speakers, book groups and other activities. The notion of openness to differing viewpoints and experiences is one that guides our interactions at Friends. A conversation, and certainly an education, is incomplete without a variety of perspectives. FS Felicia Wilks, Director of Diversity email@example.com
REMEM BRA N C E : Garrett Tucker, Boys’
Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach FRIENDS SCHOOL mourns the loss of Boys’ Varsity Basketball assistant coach Garrett Tucker, who died on July 18, 2011. The 48-year-old father of two suffered a fatal heart attack while playing basketball in the Friends gym with his sons and several members of the School’s basketball squad. Tucker, who was employed as a state highway technician, was a star basketball player at Walbrook Senior High and at Frostburg State College. A member of the Friends coaching staff since 2007, he was considered
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a gifted coach and mentor. “Garrett’s leadership and compassion were evident at every practice and game, as was his love for the sport,” said Greg Whitley, the School’s athletic director. “The kids loved playing for Garrett, and [for] a coach that’s the greatest compliment of all.” The team will hold a moment of silence in Tucker’s memory prior to the start of its first home game on November 21. FS
MARCH 10, 2012
FSPA Spring Gala to Feature Art, Entertainment and Sports Memorabilia Auction JOIN parents, alumni, teachers and friends on March 10, 2012 for an elegant evening featuring dinner, music and live and silent auctions at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore. Hosted by the Friends School Parents Association, the Spring Gala and fundraiser will offer something for everyone and is expected to draw more than 350 guests, according to event co-chairs Marlene Wolchinsky and Martha Thayer. “Few fundraising events can match the excitement of a Marlin Art live auction,” says Wolchinsky. “To see one of their highly skilled auctioneers guide an audience through this exciting process is like watching an accomplished conductor feverishly swing his baton to direct the orchestra. It leaves you breathless.”
Among the more unusual items up for bid during the live auction will be guitars signed by rock stars and family portraits by pop artist Peter Max. Items donated by Friends parents and alumni, such as weeks at vacation homes, also will be part of the live auction. The silent auction will feature many items made by Friends students. Last year’s Spring Gala raised more than $40,000 for guest speakers, family support programs, library equipment and numerous “wish list” items for the educational program. Every dollar raised at the Spring Gala will help build a stronger, better Friends School. Look for more information in parent and alumni emails in the coming weeks. FS
Some of the featured artwork that will be up for bid during the March 10 auction.
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New Faces at Friends FACULTY, STAFF & TRUSTEES UPPER SCHOOL Steve McManus (B.S. Georgetown University; M.A. Towson University), Upper School Principal, joins us from Garrison Forest School, where he served for 10 years, most recently as its middleschool principal. Ramsay Barnes (B.F.A. University of Hartford, M.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art [MICA], Hoffberger School of Painting), art teacher, joins us from Towson University and MICA, where he served on the faculty. Erica Cousins (B.A. Penn State University, M.A. Columbia University, M.A.T. Brown University), college counselor and English teacher, joins us from Brown University’s admission office and the Rhode Island Upward Bound Program.
Molly Doyle ‘07, administrative assistant, received her B.A. from Amherst College in May 2011. Prior to joining Friends she served with the Polaris Project. Sujata Ganpule (B.A. Cornell University, M.A. University of California, Berkeley), math teacher, joins us from the Ingenuity Project at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. Lori Macdonald (B.S. College of New Jersey, M.A. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), biology teacher, joins us from Boys’ Latin School, the Maryland Science Center and Towson University.
Dianna Newton (B.A. Temple University), English teacher, joins us from Friends Select School.
Tom Marechek (B.A. Syracuse University), physical education teacher and Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse coach, joins us from Glenelg Country School.
Mary Welliver-Dillon (B.A. St. John’s College Santa Fe, master Tai Sophia Institute), math teacher, joins us from Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Forbush School.
LOWER SCHOOL Jillien Lakatta (B.A. University of Delaware, M.S. Hunter College), third grade reading and math teacher, joins us from the Bryn Mawr School.
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES Nicole Lawrence (Carroll County Career and Technology Center, Certificate Program), database administrator/campus registrar, joins us from Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she served as database manager.
Linda Pierno-Derengowski (B.A. Whittier College), fifth grade reading and math teacher, joins us from Harford Friends School.
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Lynne Anonye (B.S. Northeastern University, M.S. University of Maryland), School nurse, joins us from the Baltimore City Health Department, where she served as a school nurse.
Trish Backer Miceli ‘83, is vice president, human resources for MedStar Health, a nonprofit, community-based health system. The alumna representative to the Board of Trustees, she serves on the Development Committee. With her husband, Augie, she co-chaired the 2006-07 Annual Fund. The couple has a daughter at Friends.
Kerry Doster, security guard, served for 35 years at Automatic Data Processing. Kimberly Huff (B.A. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, M.S. Towson University), benefits administrator, joins us from Schoenfeld Insurance Associates and St. Joseph Medical Center.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE Julie Kolankiewicz (B.A. Loyola University), assistant Annual Fund director, joins us from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Lisa Pitts ‘70 (B.A. Kenyon College), capital campaign manager, is a former Friends School capital campaign co-chair and is a former principal with Berwick Associates.
Timothy R. Hearn ‘78, is CEO of Colliers International-Baltimore, a commercial real estate firm. First appointed to the Board as its student representative during his senior year at Friends, Hearn served two more Board stints, from 1988 to 1993 and from 1994 to 1999, before his recent appointment. He presently cochairs the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and serves on the Building Committee. Hearn was vice chair of two Friends capital campaigns in the 1990s — “Friends for the Future” and “The Campaign to Connect Friends.” He is a member of Stony Run Friends Meeting.
Sam Keamy-Minor ‘12 is the student representative to the Board, where he serves on the Diversity Committee. He is co-head of the School’s Mock Trial team and a member of the Boys’ Cross-Country team, the Chamber Choir and the studentrun all-male a capella group, the Quaketones. Barbara Katz is a longtime Friends School supporter. Active in numerous community nonprofit organizations, she has served on the boards of the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary and Associated Jewish Charities, is a past board president of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and is chair emeritus of the Maryland Historical Society. She serves on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
Mia Redrick is an author and founder and CEO of Finding Definitions, LLC, a mother-support company that provides education, outreach and networking opportunities for private clients and self-care groups. A member of the Diversity Committee, she is a former Parents Association representative to the School’s Diversity Council and is the mother of three Friends students. Judy Witt is a longtime community volunteer with expertise in fundraising and event planning. The mother of a Friends student, she presently serves on the boards of CenterStage, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. On Friends’ Board, she is co-chair of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
For a full list of our Faculty, Staff and Trustees please visit: www.friendsbalt.org/about/people.asp
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2. Commencement 2011 1. The Class of 2011 includes eight
4. For a complete list of the Class of 2011 Senior Awards and College Matriculations go to friendsbalt.org/upper/collegeguidance
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legacies — children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of alumni. From left, Anna Fass (standing) with her mother, Alison Nasdor Fass ’77 (seated, second from left), and grandmothers Suzanne Hoffberger Gross ’53 (far left) and Nancy Whitehouse Fass ’49; Nate Foster with his mother, Mary Louise Flowers Foster ’74; Isabel Taeger, whose great-grandmother, Frances C. Wood Wierum ’19, was an alumna; Alex Young with his father, Nicholas Young ’64; J.D. Robinson with his father, Court Robinson ’73; Jackson Gibb with his mother, Mary Vogel Gibb ’80; Gwenn Sieck with her father, John Sieck ’73; and Michael John with his mother, Amy Gould John ’80.
Transition: For seniors, the memorable walk from the Meetinghouse to the dais marks their transition from Friends students to alumni. Here, Parker MacLure and Ani Wong savor the moment. The Class of 2011: The 94 members of the Class of 2011 include 37 girls and 57 boys. Comic relief: J.D. Robinson summons applause from the audience during pal Miles Calabresi’s speech.
Photographs from the June 7 Commencement, as well as Final Assembly and other senior events, can be found on Friends’ Flickr site. To access the School’s photostream, go to Flickr.com/friendsbalt.
AT H L E T I C D I RE C T I O N S—
Greg Whitley, Director of Athletics I LOVE SPORTS. As a kid, I played Little League; in college, I ran cross-country and was a pitcher on the baseball team. I still jump at any opportunity to hit the links (although, admittedly, golf and I have a love-hate relationship); and when the Ravens are playing, I’m glued to the TV screen. Like all sports fans, I love the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” As a parent and a coach, however, it’s the opportunity to teach, to transmit to young people the excitement of athletic competition and the value of teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance that brings me joy. Athletics has always provided a framework for teaching life lessons. Friends is now taking this concept to the next level. Through our athletic philosophy (at right), our commitment to a balanced education — most notably, through the application of the School’s new Teaching and Learning model, (see pg. 4) — we reinforce what we have always believed, that athletics are as essential to the Friends experience as academics and the arts.
These are not just words. Beginning this fall, our coaches have been deliberately working the habits of mind and critical thinking skills — two of the three “legs” of the Teaching and Learning model — into their lessons, drills and practices. (The third leg, knowledge — of rules, plays, techniques, etc. — remains a critical component of their work with students as well.) The reason is simple: At Friends there is no divide between our objectives on the playing fields and courts and those in the classroom. Habits of mind and skills are like muscles: They need to be strengthened and stretched. What better venue than athletics? Like academics and the arts, sports provide unlimited opportunities to teach lessons in creativity, collaboration, communication and certainly resilience. Think of a basketball player in full-court press; the splitsecond critical thinking and creativity involved in weaving through the defense to score a reverse layup is a thing of beauty, and a teachable moment. Reflection, after each game, takes on new meaning through this model. The adoption within the athletic department of the Friends School Teaching and Learning model is groundbreaking in that it affirms the value of athletics for our children, not simply as a healthy outlet or a fun pastime, but as a vital means of reinforcing our School’s educational objectives. What an important message that sends to our athletes and our coaches. Friends has a proud athletic tradition; and our future looks even brighter. FS
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.
If you have thoughts or questions on Friends athletics, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at the games.
Greg Whitley, center, with (clockwise, from lower left) Aislinn ‘12, Cedric ‘13, Connor ‘13 and Kira ‘13.
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SCARLET & GRAY Day The Parents Association, in conjunction with the Athletic Department, sponsored Friends’ annual Scarlet & Gray Day on October 22. The all-day fundraiser featured family fun, carnival games and a full complement of Varsity athletic competitions. Many thanks to event organizer Deb Kasper and the scores of volunteers who helped make the day a success.
2. 3. 1. The Jaywalkers, featuring members of the Classes of 2018 and 2019, performed a rocking set. 2. Girls’ Varsity Soccer’s Grace ‘14, Aislinn ’12 and Amy ’14 celebrate a goal. The team wore pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
3. Varsity Soccer goalie William ’14 dives into action. 4. Olivia ‘13 powers past a Mercy defender. 5. Donavin ‘15 evades a Severn opponent. 6. Flip a frog! 7. Got spirit? See highlights from this year’s Scarlet & Gray pep rally at www.youtube.com/user/friendsbalt
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Pay It Forward By John David ‘56
not at all surprised that today our students still participate in such community service activities. The School has set up the Florence Fund so that half the earned income goes to scholarship assistance and half is retained for capital appreciation. After 16 years, between our annual donations and market growth, our memorial to Florence has grown to more than $200,000. There will come a day when none of our class is left to make those annual contributions. But because of Friends’ investment policy, the fund will survive, and grow, and render scholarship assistance to a deserving student, as long as there is a Friends School. That’s a satisfying accomplishment, especially now that we’ve met Bruk and his parents. It also explains why our class’ Annual Fund participation reached 95 per-
The Class of ‘56 with Bruk Kisi ‘13, seated on steps.
cent last year. Quite by accident we converted
ON SATURDAY, April 30, the Class of 1956 had a Reunion dinner at Clarinda Harriss’ house. The food and camaraderie were great. And the attendance of 24 classmates plus spouses was astonishing, considering this was our 55th Class Reunion. But the highlight of the evening was the appearance of Bruk Kisi ’13 and his parents, Berkele Kisi and Yemisrache Deresse. Bruk is our scholarship student, and therein lies the tale. Sixteen years ago we established a fund in memory of our classmate, Florence Weiss Jeziorski, the purpose of which was to provide tuition assistance to a deserving Friends student. We called it the “Florence Fund.” In those 16 years we had never met our scholarship recipient, but this year was different. We finally met the student we are currently helping, and it turned out to be a wonderful encounter. Bruk spoke to our group about his Friends experience. He’s interested in aeronautical engineering and plays goalie on the lacrosse team. His parents learned about our School and applied for financial assistance.
There’s no doubt he will one day go to college. And there’s no doubt that after he graduates our class will begin giving assistance to another young person. In this life people act out of self-interest. Over the years our modest endowment and good communication have positively affected the way our class participates in the School’s Annual Fund. Thirty-nine years after our 1956 graduation we coalesced around this
an intangible philosophy, the value of sharing, into an instance of personal gratification. There’s a rule in life called the 80-20 rule that states 80 percent of anything is done by 20 percent of the group. That’s the way it is at Friends. Approximately 20 percent of our 4,500 alumni give all the donations and gifts each year: just 20 percent. The trick to increasing that percentage is for people to realize that helping Friends School can benefit
Our Florence Fund has become a personal asset. This year the reward is named Bruk Kisi.
project as something beyond the abstract notion of sharing. Through our fund, each classmate could actually help another human being receive a quality education. None of this should come as a surprise; Friends has a tradition of giving back to the community. Sixty-five years ago our third grade class took canned goods and a Thanksgiving turkey to a family that lived in a row house next to Penn Station. I’m
each and all of us. Our Florence Fund has become a personal asset. This year the reward is named Bruk Kisi. We Friends graduates are so fortunate to be well educated that it is beyond expression. Why not pay it forward? Consider creating a class project of your own. You will be delighted by the results. FS
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Annual Fund: McNears lead Effort to Raise $1.5 Million UNDER THE LEADERSHIP of this year’s co-chairs, Michelle and Stephen McNear, the 2011-12 Friends School Annual Fund is off and running. As of November 3, the School has raised $250,000, or 17 percent of the $1.5 million goal. The McNears, who joined the School community in 2002, have two children at Friends, Sam ‘16 and Rachel ‘18. “Friends plays a central role in our family’s life, as I know it does in many, many other Friends families,” says Michelle McNear. “Supporting the Annual Fund is the best way we know to express our gratitude. That’s the message Stephen and I want to send.” The Annual Fund supports all that we value about a Friends education — transformative learning experiences, dedicated faculty and an economically diverse student population. The Fund runs through June 30, 2012. Your support is critical this year. Please give as generously as you can by going online at www.friendsbalt.org/giving/ or by using the enclosed giving envelope. For more information, contact Meg Whiteford, Director of Annual Fund, at email@example.com or call 410-649-3282. FS
Michelle and Stephen McNear, this year’s Annual Fund co-chairs.
A BO VE A N D BE YO N D T U I T I O N :
Mission Fund Helps Students Make the Most of Their Friends Experience FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE plays a critical role in helping hundreds of Friends families afford the cost of tuition. For those with significant need, however, it’s the extras — such as tutoring and counseling, field trips, even Prom — that may be beyond reach. Though not included in tuition, such enrichments for many students can mean the difference between success and failure, between taking advantage of all that a Friends education has to offer and passing up new experiences. Now there’s a way for Annual Fund donors to directly support these students through the Friends School Mission Fund. Initially established by an anonymous donor as a one-time gift to support Upper School students, where its impact was significant, the Mission Fund concept was later introduced in the Lower and Middle Schools. Because of the considerable need for assistance with these expenses, the Mission Fund in all three divisions soon will be depleted. Head of School Matt Micciche has made building upon the original donations to the Mission Fund a priority. “Having seen the remarkable difference it was making for these students, we knew this was something we needed to carry forward,” he said. “The Mission Fund is an explicit acknowledgement of our responsibility not simply to make it possible for these children to attend
Friends, but to ensure that every one of our students can be full and active participants in School life once they are here.” Donors’ response to the Mission Fund, particularly among Friends alumni, has been heartening. Four classes — 1947, 1977, 2002 and 2007 — have designated all or part of their Annual Fund gifts to rebuilding the Fund. Those who wish to support the Mission Fund can do so online at www.friendsbalt.org/giving/ online/. (In the drop-down box, “I wish to direct my gift to,” scroll to “Mission Funds.”) Or simply use the enclosed giving envelope. Be sure to check the “Mission Fund” box. FS
Attention, Classes of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008! FRIENDS teachers John Watt, Carol Sieck, Lisa Countess and Kristen Andrews have a proposition for you. For each alum in the Classes of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 who makes a gift (in any amount) by December 31, 2011, these four teachers will collectively donate $20. Let’s do the math, shall we? If all 390 alumni from
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these classes make a gift by New Year’s Eve 2011, Friends School will receive close to $8,000 from the participating faculty. Why not join in this collaborative effort between teachers and alumni? No gift is too small. Your participation in the Annual Fund matters and helps future generations of Friends School students. Thank you! FS
The Class of 1989 Visiting Scholar Program Celebrates Excellence Friends’ English Department Reaped Rewards in 2010-11 TWENTY-TWO YEARS since its inception, The Class of ’89 Visiting Scholar Fund continues its legacy of enriching Friends’ educational program across a range of disciplines. In 2010-11, the English Department welcomed two uniquely talented authors — Neela Vaswani and Jerry Pinkney — who led students through their writing journeys. Neela Vaswani is author of the short-story collection Where the Long Grass Bends and a memoir, You Have Given Me a Country. Recipient of a 2006 O. Henry Prize and 1999 Italo Calvino Prize, she has been a visiting writer-in-residence at Knox College, at the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland, at the Whitney Museum in New York City and at the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India, among other institutions. She has a Ph.D. in cultural studies, lives in New York City and teaches at Spalding University’s brief-residency M.F.A. in Writing Program. An education activist in India and the United States, she is founder of The Storylines Project with the New York Public Library. Vaswani, who is married to Friends School alumnus Holter Graham ’90, spent two days on campus. In addition to reading from her book and answering Middle and Upper School students’ questions during
Celebrated children’s author Jerry Pinkney reads to Friends’ Pre-K students.
their respective Collections, she led an eighth grade English class and spoke to two Upper School English elective classes, Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction Writing. Upper School writing students also hosted a lunch for Vaswani, where they delved more deeply into the rigors of publishing. A native of Philadelphia, Jerry Pinkney has been illustrating children’s books since 1964. He is the recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for his retelling of The Lion and The Mouse and has received five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. His books have been translated into 16 languages and published in 14 countries. The Society of Illustrators has presented Pinkney with four gold medals, four silver medals, the Hamilton King Award and, in 2006,
its Original Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Upon visiting Friends’ Lower School, Pinkney was greeted with dozens of student artworks inspired by his books, The Lion and the Mouse and Noah’s Ark. Not to be outdone, Pre-Primary students created watercolor patchwork quilt paintings based on his story, The Patchwork Quilt. These students also designed an original mural, “Over in the Meadow,” to build on Pinkney’s interest in nursery rhymes. During sessions in which he met with each Lower School grade and visited individual Pre-Primary classrooms, Pinkney discussed the writing and illustrating process, answered questions and left Friends School with more than 300 fans. FS
In 2011-12, the Class of ‘89 Visiting Scholar Program will focus on music. Look to the Fall 2012 Collection for a complete wrap-up!
Neela Vaswani is founder of The Storylines Project, (http://ncvfoundation.org).
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APPROXIMATELY 350 alumni returned to campus for a weekend of fun and reminiscing
that began on Thursday, April 29 with the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and concluded under the big top at the evening cocktail party on Saturday, May 1. Collection has included a sampling of the hundreds of photos taken throughout the weekend. To view more images and download them for free, visit Friends School’s Flickr “photostream” at flickr.com/friendsbalt. Enjoy!
1. GOLDEN MOMENT 1. The Class of 1961 gathers at the Zamoiski Alumni Center for a dinner in honor of its 50th reunion.
BULL ROAST AND ALUMNI AWARDS PRESENTATION 2. The Class of 1951 accepts the award for Alumni Giving Overall. The class raised $30,322. From left, Bill Nickerson, Carol Lee Fordyce May, Ridge Bolgiano, Lydia Dashiells Kelley, Jean McClure Mudge and Matt Micciche. 3. The Class of 1956 accepts the award for Greatest Alumni Giving Participation. The class achieved a remarkable 98 percent. From left, Parks Adams, Margie Crowley Wade, Betsy Lang Jedlicka, Mabel Miyasaki and Matt Micciche.
BACK TO THE CLASSROOM 4. Alumni enjoy a birding class led by veteran science teacher Bill Hilgartner. 5. Alumni stroll the campus en route to the All-School Art Show.
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COCKTAIL RECEPTION 6. From left, the Class of ‘46’s Florence Whittington Platt, Jean Tucker Lochner and Sallie Willis Hewitt. 7. Bryan Carpenter, left, and John Humphries, both from the Class of ‘76. 8. From left, Class of ‘76 alums Jean Alexander, Debbie Brown, Keith Tabatznik, Lisa Corinne Davis, Carolyn Alkire, Steven Stuart, Winston Hutchins, Dante Beretta, Donna Sue Anderson and Julie Schwartz. 9. From left, Jennifer Viola Tand, Rob Tand ‘01, Christine Penny, Cooper Formant ‘01, Mark Grzanna ‘01 and Steven Silvia-Davis ‘01.
10. From left, Justin Douglas ‘91, Pauline Carlyss ‘91, Christian Ciscle ‘91 and Monty Wood ‘91.
10. 11. From left, Class of ‘06 alums Robert Janey, Camille Stokes and Jackie Cross. 12. From left, the Class of 2006’s Josh Thomas, Nico Zebley and Emily Diehl.
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ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME 13. Members of the 1985 Field Hockey team. Front row, from left: Nancy Collins ‘86, Sara Weisfeldt ‘88, Lisa Weisfeldt ‘86 and Ellie Goldbloom Sklar ‘87. Back row, from left: Monica Wilson ‘87, Laura Cohen Cline ‘88, Mary Collins ‘89, Grace Yannakakis Howland ‘87, Kimberly Hubble DeSha-Doll ‘88 and coach Carol Samuels.
14. Members of the 1981 Girls’ Lacrosse team. From left, Eileen Goldgeier ‘81, Dia Price Matthews ‘81, Kakie Standiford ‘81, Noelle Stills ‘82, Carol Samuels and Margaret Dockendorf Koenig ‘81. 15. Members of the 1975 Boys’ Soccer team. Front row, from left: Paul Friedberg ‘77, Ed Morse and Keith Tabatznik ‘76. Middle row, from left: Steve Stuart ‘76, Rob Belcher ‘76 and Tim Hearn ‘78. Back row, from left: Norman Forbush ‘78, Perry Reifler ‘76 and coach Nick Fessenden.
16. From left, Emmett Collins, Ida Collins, Nancy Collins ‘86, Alice Collins Margraff ‘85, Carol Samuels and Mary Collins ‘89.
Alumni Weekend Highlights: 2011 Alumni Awards Steven D. Frenkil, principal attorney with the law firm of Miles & Stockbridge, was named this year’s Distinguished Alumnus. Former Headmaster W. Byron Forbush, II ‘47 presented the award. Following are excerpts from that presentation. I scoured the pages of the 1971 Friends School yearbook looking for clues regarding our honoree. His picture was most serious, as befits a future lawyer, but the note that caught my attention was a reference to that year’s dramatic production of “The Madwoman of Challiot,” in which Steve played one of the “forces of evil.” Since then he’s been on stage his entire career, although in his courtroom performances he’s only been a force for good. Steve attended Friends for 12 years, and as an Upper Schooler he spent considerable time in my office — all for good reasons. These were the days of student “demands” — for off-campus privileges, for a student lounge and, my least favorite topic, to renege the dress code. He was preparing for his future career. and, as a member of the Upper School Senate, he argued the students’ case. He was always thoughtful, passionate but controlled, and interested in mediation — all attributes that have stayed with him. Steve graduated with honors from George Washington University (B.A., 1974) and the
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Prior to accepting the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Steve Frenkil ‘71, pictured here with his wife Nancy, brushed up on his Russian at a Back to the Classroom session, led by Middle School Russian teacher Shannon Johnson and her students.
University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1977). As a principal of Miles and Stockbridge, where he has served for 18 years, he represents management in employment and education law matters and advises colleges, universities and independent schools on issues involving faculty and staff, student affairs and similar matters. For his mentoring work with young attorneys, Steve last year received the outstanding alumni service award from the George Washington University Alumni Association, on whose board of directors he presently serves. He is a frequent speaker and has been published in The
Chronicle of Higher Education and The Journal of College and University Law. (The article that caught my attention is titled, “But you can’t make me come to work.”) You might say that Friends launched Steve on his career — not only through education, but, in 1977, shortly after joining the law firm of Semmes Bowen and Semmes, his first employer, he began offering legal counsel to his alma mater. Three years later, he officially became the School’s attorney and has served with distinction ever since. Toward the end of my Friends School career, I was often asked what aspects of leading a school had changed the most, to which I’d respond without hesitation that school heads have become increasingly involved in fundraising and in time spent with legal issues. One does not take a breath without consulting legal advice; one doesn’t change a policy or adopt a statement without assistance. So for 18 years, Steve was my associate, my confidante and one to whom I could always say, “Keep me out of jail!” And he did; he was always available with sound ideas and counsel, as I am certain he continues to be with each head and business officer who’s served the School since my departure. So it is with pleasure that I present this award to a man whose loyalty and service to Friends has never flagged. He has served his profession and the School with distinction, and we are pleased to call him one of our own.
LaMonica Barbecue APPROXIMATELY 75 FRIENDS alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and families gathered at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center on Saturday, May 21 to remember Tom LaMonica ’67 and raise funds for the Thomas P. LaMonica ’67 Scholarship Fund. The event raised more than $2,000. Larry Smith ’83 and his band Release provided the music, Milt Brownstein ’68 served up the food, and the drinks were graciously donated by David Wells and The Wine Source. 1. The LaMonica Family. Front row, from left: Jane, Doris “Babe” and Sarah. Back row, from left: Jackie, Mike, Dan and Paul.
2. From left, Christine Monk Huxtable ‘87, Gage Monk ‘92, Linda LaMonica Monk ‘63 and Harrison Monk. 3. A perfect spring day at Genesee Valley Farm.
4. From left, Larry Hanley ‘61, Peter Paul Hanley ‘64 and Lanny Mackall ‘68.
2011 Outstanding Alumni Service Award published a book entitled Morning Glories. And from that book I would like to share with you one of her poems that indicates her love and appreciation for Friends.
The Outstanding Alumni Service Award is not an annual award; rather, it is presented to honor Friends graduates who consistently give of their time and energy to ensure the School’s future. Brooke Bognanni ‘91, English Department Head at CCBC-Essex and a former Alumni Board president, is this year’s recipient. Her former English teacher Helen Underwood presented the award. Following are excerpts from that presentation. When I taught Brooke Bognanni as a student here, I was always impressed with her genuine School spirit. It was clear to me — and to all her teachers — that she greatly appreciated her Friends School education. And she never forgot that! She has always kept that spirit of appreciation and dedication alive. And from the old Friends seal, she embodies this motto: palma non sine pulvere — no reward without effort. Brooke holds bachelor’s degrees in writing and psychology and a master’s degree in writing from Loyola College. She is a published poet and has read her poems at such places as the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. One of her latest poems was featured in the Los Angeles Review. In 2007, she
“Simple Gifts: Friends School” Upon my graduation, looking out beyond the Meeting House steps at the stone buildings where I came into my own person, I had a sense that I was part of something greater — a legacy of Friends School Alumni who would serve a larger community in great ways.
Matt Micciche presents former Alumni Board President Brooke Bognanni ‘91 with the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Service Award.
Brooke, thank you for reminding us what it means to be Friends School alumni. And we will carry with us, to use your words, the simple gifts instilled in us through our Quaker education.
“Anyone who really knows me knows how much I love this School. Sending me here was the best, most generous act of selflessness my parents ever did for me — their sacrifices kept me here and this education has opened every door. Friends gave meaning and context to my life, so it was an honor to serve ... How does one ever repay the building blocks of life?” — BROOKE BOGNANNI ‘91
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Separated by More Than a Generation, Two Athletes United Into One Class By John Hammond
TWO ATHLETES, ONE SCHOOL. Both were three-sport stars, though one played football and the other soccer. Both were basketball guards. Both were prolific lacrosse scorers and went on to excel in the sport at the college level. And though separated by three decades, they are now in the same class. Bruce Preston ’71 and Kyle Harrison ’01 were among 23 players, two coaches and three teams inducted into the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame on April 28, 2011. Preston was a football quarterback and won awards for the sport in his junior and senior years. Recalling his final high school game — against Colonel Richardson, a large public high school on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — Preston said, “I remember walking out of the locker room and seeing a marching band. Whenever we played a school with a marching band, that was always a bad sign,” he said. “You know, their tuba section is bigger than our offensive line.” Friends went on to win the game in the final seconds after Preston threw a pass to Greg Brown ’71, who caught the ball in the end zone. “That was a pretty neat way for seniors to end their football career,” he said. Harrison’s fall sport was soccer, a game he credits with making him a better lacrosse player because, as center midfielder, he
Harrison experienced more success on the court. Playing in the MIAA B Conference, the Quakers reached the finals in all four of Harrison’s years and twice won the title. “Basketball is my first love, without a doubt,” Harrison said. “I still play every day.” Of course, spring at a North Baltimore school has always been synonymous with lacrosse. Preston played attack; Harrison was a center middie. “It was special playing Hall of Fame classmates Kyle Harrison ‘01 and Bruce Preston ‘71. lacrosse at Friends because of our great history,” Preston He currently ranks 12th on the list, with recalled. “One of the biggest regrets was that 112 goals and 67 assists. His son Gibbs, who I never got to play on a Mr. Nick-coached graduated from McDaniel in 2010, is tied at team [longtime head coach and history 10th with 206 points. His daughter Sarah, teacher Robert A. Nicolls]. But he was still a Friends School senior, excels in the arts. there, and after every big win he’d call up As for Harrison, his years at Hopkins everybody and congratulate them, which produced the championship ring and several was pretty neat.” individual honors: He was a three-time For Harrison, even though he was on All-American, won midfielder of the year B Conference championship teams during his (McLaughlin Award) his junior and senior first two years at Friends, his favorite high years and was named the national player of school lacrosse memories were of his junior the year (Tewaaraton Trophy) his senior year. and senior years, when the team was elevated Since his 2005 graduation, he has played to the A Conference. “We all got better professionally, has launched such ventures as because we were pushed on a daily basis by Playmaker Lacrosse Camps and an equip-
“ It was special playing lacrosse at Friends because of our great history. ” — BRUCE PRESTON ‘71
played both defense and offense. “I did the exact same thing on the lacrosse field,” he said. Both Preston and Harrison were point guards during basketball season. Although a starter for his team, Preston admits it was a challenge. “I was a starter by default,” he said. “If you’re at Friends and you’re the quarterback on the football team, it pretty much means you’re going to be a three-sport starter.”
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Gilman, by St. Paul’s, by Calvert Hall — by these guys that are just incredible.” Both players went on to excel in lacrosse at the college level — Preston at Western Maryland, now McDaniel College, in Westminster, and Harrison at Johns Hopkins. By the time he graduated, Preston was number two on the school’s all-time scoring list for lacrosse. “Of course, I’ve been knocked way down and was knocked down again by my son, who topped my scoring.”
ment line through STX called K18 and is a spokesperson for Nike footwear and apparel. Through it all he works to build visibility of the sport and last year conducted more than 215 clinics in the U.S. and overseas in Finland, England and Thailand. Being in front of the kids and promoting the sport is important to Harris. “I would never have thought I’d be in a position to mean something to a kid, but I think I am — and I take that very seriously.” FS John Hammond ’70 writes freelance sports articles for North Baltimore Patch. He retired after a 20-plus-year career in public relations with the State of Maryland. This article was reprinted with the permission of North Baltimore Patch.
From left, Matt Bonds ’94, Emmanuel Ufitamahoro, RVE’s construction manager, and John Renner ’94.
Welcome to Rwinkwavu Bonds forged at Friends bring positive change to Rwandan village WHEN IN 2008 Matthew Bonds ’94 accepted a job with Harvard Medical School to research the economic impacts of health interventions in a remote region of eastern Rwanda, he had no idea that a band of Friends School folk would one day join him. Embedded in the village of Rwinkwavu (pronounced rink-wah-voo) with Partners in Health (PIH), a global non-governmental organization, Bonds observed how the housing shortage was hurting the local economy, as workers, forced to commute long distances, spent their salaries elsewhere.
His descriptions of the housing crisis captured the attention of his Friends classmates John Renner, Myles Perkins and Lou Rouse. Renner and Perkins are real estate development professionals; Rouse is a freelance photographer; all share an interest in affordable housing, community development and sustainability. The three traveled to Rwanda in December of that year to visit with Bonds and his wife Molly Norton, Rouse’s cousin, and to further investigate the housing situation. The trip proved providential and sparked a series of conversations among mutual friends and family members, including Teddy Rouse and Daisy Barquist. (Rouse, a former executive with the real estate development firm of Streuver Bros. Eccles & Rouse, is Lou Rouse and Molly Norton’s uncle and is also the father of Friends alumnae Katrina ’00 and Amy ’02 Rouse. Barquist, an attorney and acupuncturist, is Teddy Rouse’s partner and is the mother of alumna Meg Baldwin ’02.) United by their Friends and family connections and their shared passion for sustainable community development, the group
in early 2010 co-founded Rwanda Village Enterprises Ltd. (RVE), a Rwanda-based company dedicated to developing earthfriendly, mixed-income housing. Rouse and Barquist traveled to Rwanda that spring to begin manufacturing the compressed stabilized earth blocks from which the company’s sustainable homes are constructed. Upon their return to the States last October, Renner, who had been working in New York City, left his job and relocated to Rwanda to carry forward the company’s vision of producing 100 new houses in Rwinkwavu. (Myles Perkins and Lou Rouse serve as RVE advisors.) Much has happened in the year since Renner moved to Rwanda. RVE has manufactured over 50,000 compressed-earth blocks using local soils and labor; the company is negotiating an agreement to create an affordable-housing market study for the City of Kigali’s planning department; and they’ve nearly completed construction on two houses. Aside from the obvious bricks-and-mortar progress, subtle yet significant sociological changes are also afoot, according to Renner.
John Renner ’94, a co-founder of Rwanda Village Enterprises, has been working — and playing — in Rwanda since last fall.
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Above: A rendering of a high-end RVE home. Left: The village of Rwinkwavu with its traditional houses.
“Already, PIH staff are living in the village, in a house that RVE purchased and renovated during my first two months here,” he says. “It’s difficult to describe what this means, but when the residents of this house host parties attended by both high level doctors and farmers from the village, it represents a sea change in community dynamics.” Rwanda may seem like an odd place to start a real estate business. Memories of the 1994 genocide are still fresh in many people’s minds, and conflict in the region, particularly in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is ongoing. However, the country is experiencing economic growth with minimal corruption and relative political stability. New land policies are helping to foster development and home ownership, and investment in green technologies is on the rise. Rwanda also has millions of intelligent, hard-working citizens who have set aside the bigotry that fueled past conflicts in order to work together for a better future.
Renner describes the majority of Rwandan housing stock as “informal,” noting that most construction fails to meet legal requirements in permitting, materials, planning or titles. While traditional Rwandan architecture is associated with low environmental impact and minimal energy costs for construction, the nascent professional real estate industry employs methods
An essential component to this is sustainability. In addition to building durable, high-quality homes, the project will include such green features as the compressed earth blocks, which are manufactured from local soils without the carbon-emitting combustion associated with fired bricks; also, rainwater harvesting and gray water reuse capabilities, high-efficiency cook stoves that utilize
Myles and I graduated out 15 years ago. We’re still in “ Matt, almost daily contact with one another. The endurance of those relationships may be the most important factor of all.” — JOHN RENNER ‘94
and materials that largely ignore the environmental impact of building and operating structure. Moreover, the industry is solely focused on the wealthy. “One of RVE’s primary objectives is to demonstrate that developing housing for low- and moderate-income households is a viable business model,” says Renner.
Left: Rwandans have set aside past bigotries to build a better future. Right: An RVE house under construction.
70 percent less fuel than conventional stoves, composting toilets and potentially renewable energy production. Workforce development is another important component of RVE’s mission. Whether through fate or through luck, the Friends School connection and the values instilled there are as central to RVE’s progress as are the compressed earth blocks from which these Rwinkwavu homes are built. “Matt, Myles and I graduated over 15 years ago,” says Renner. “We’re still in almost daily contact with one another. The endurance of those relationships may be the most important factor of all.” For more information:https://sites.google.com/ site/rwandavillageenterprises/home
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1937. Eleanor Connor Ricards writes, “On April 30, 2011, Dorothy Krug and I celebrated our 70th reunion from Goucher College. We had the honor of being seated on either side of President Sandy Ungar at the luncheon! It was too bad that Jeanne Wolf Shreeve could not attend.”
1938. Ethel Kegan Ettinger is still living in Naples, Fla. at the Glenview. She says, “If anyone is around I’d love to invite you to dinner.”
1940. William Tarbert writes, “I am in my golden years at 90 years old, retired from the Maryland State Health Department. I’m living on a small farm in northern Baltimore County, and am in pretty good health except for my
legs — but they certainly stood up for me for years of playing lacrosse at Friends and the University of Maryland and being a paratrooper in the OSS station in China during WW II. Have two children and three grandchildren.”
1947. Caroline Hopkins Hoyle writes, “With five children and nine grandchildren, I am a very busy grandmother at Christmas time. I live in a retirement village called Pennswood, near Newton, Pa.”
1941. Carolyn Rudolph Nevitt writes, “I was sad not to be able to attend my 70th Reunion. I am in good health, but it is too far to travel. I had a good visit from Gayle Latshaw and Eleanor Landauer from Friends recently and it was fun! My three children are well and I have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. I remember my years at Friends fondly and wish all my classmates good health.”
Our 60th Reunion was a great weekend for the Class of 1951. Fourteen alumni joined with eight spouses for the weekend, which started with a
Willard Parson reports, “No change — enjoying retirement.”
Joyce Black Franke says, “I’m still enjoying living in North Carolina and am currently finishing up designing and building the Pinehurst Village Arboretum. It includes 35 acres of trees, meadows, etc., part of which used to be the village dump, so it is quite a transformation.”
dinner at the L’Hirondelle Club, graciously hosted by Bill and Ginny Bourne Nickerson. Saturday was an exciting day for the class, as ‘51 was the recipient of a silver cup given for the largest class contribution to the School this year. The award was a result of a gracious lead gift by Ridgely Bolgiano and the generous gifts of all the class. The amount totaled enough to establish a Class of 1951 Scholarship. All the class should be very pleased to have contributed to such a long-lasting gift. We met for cocktails at the Zamoiski Alumni Center, where we heard that Ray Lenhard was honored by induction into the Friends Athletic Hall of Fame. Then we were hosted by Ann and Jack Phillips for dinner at their home. Prior to dinner, the class photo was taken. As secretary I feel very fortunate. I heard from everyone in the class, near and far. Ellen Thomas LaCourt, in Geneva, Switzerland, was in the middle of a move. Sally Curlett MacLeod and Jean Sheridan Adams were making a trip to Baltimore later in the spring for family events. Grace Thomsen Babcock had an illness in her family. Lella Lee Davis Edwards was the hostess of an arts show in her town. Chris Christhilf Miller was on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The following classmates wrote that they just could
THE CLASS OF 1951 AT REUNION 2011. Front row from
left: Jean McClure Mudge, Evans Johnson Taylor ‘49, Bob Taylor, Mary Ellen Walke, Ridgely Bolgiano, Carol Lee Fordyce May, Meril May, Amelia Schneidereith Pierson and Kirvan Pierson. Back row from left: Jack Phillips, Ann Phillips, Bill Walke, Ginny Bourne Nickerson, Bill Nickerson, Mary Lou Angelaras, Lydia Dashiells Kelley and Jerry Kelley. In attendance but not pictured: Jack and Mary Brown Lindsay, Joe and Emily Schultz McGeady and Ray Lenhard.
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not make the reunion — Pat Chenowith Bingham, Connie Blake Gilbert, Eugene Heaton, Muffy Howell, Pat Janvier King, Ginger McClain, Sara Boulden Millar, Sam Miller, Joce Newell White. Since our last Reunion news, we have lost Anne Holland Rogers, Anne Tilinghast Riley and Peter Bryan. I received news of Pete’s death in June. Please send any good or sad news to Friends School or me. Enjoy the class photo and see the names of those present.
I had an operation during mid-terms exams and didn’t make them up in time, so I went to night school to finish. I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and later got a degree in psychology from Towson University followed by a degree in computer information systems from what was then Villa Julie College. My main job was at the Social Security Administration. I started in 1961 as a Grade 2 File Clerk and retired in 2000 as a Grade 14 Supervisory Computer Systems Analyst. I married Gerry Keeney on Jan. 31, 1959, and we
“I am tutoring one student once a week over the summer and was thinking about the value of my Friends School education, as they want me to work with him on better sentence structure and grammar.” — Lynns Bahlke Mills
1952. Susanne Davis Emory email@example.com Richard Cutler writes, “Hello, everyone! Maybe you once knew me as Dick Cutler. I attended Friends School in the 1940s in grades K-8. I have a few memories about my stay at Friends. On my first day in kindergarten, my parents got a call saying, ‘This child needs glasses.’ Years later, while sliding down the outside snow-covered steps on my sled, it stopped but I didn’t, and boy, was my face a mess. Also, in gym class, playing dodge ball, the ball hit my glasses — which broke so the right lens fell out, bounced on the gym floor and gave me a big cut in my left eyebrow. Another issue with my right eye was from the large wooden pictures that were hung on the walls. As I was rounding a corner, a nail popped out and the heavy picture swung. Its corner got me on the right lens, which broke and glass went in my eye. Lucky for me, I was knocked out and didn’t feel any pain until after the glass sliver was removed. My sister Marge, 10 years older, and my brother, Jim ‘50, 2 years older, both graduated from Friends School. When our family moved, I made friends with some kids who went to public school, so I wanted to go with them. I attended one year at Roland Park and then went on to Baltimore City College. During my senior year,
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recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. We have two kids and four grandchildren, and live in Reisterstown in a house we bought ‘new’ 45 years ago. We enjoyed watching as it was built, from a dirt pile to a finished house. I would like to get in touch with some of the ‘kids’ I knew at Friends School. I remember Mr. Larry Peacock, the gym teacher, whose daughter Ronnie was in my class. I also remember Dick O’Connell, and our second grade teacher, Mrs. Boatman.”
1955. Patricia Peake Tisdale firstname.lastname@example.org Page Singewald Williams writes from Houston, Texas, “The most wonderful thing in my life is that I have just acquired a new daughter-in-law! My oldest son Russ, divorced and drifting in Austin, taught himself the artificial peace language of Esperanto. He traveled to Beijing for a world conference in 2006 and came back very excited that he had met people from 55 countries and could talk with them all. The following year, he traveled to Europe for five weeks to attend several Esperanto events, and met and fell in love with Anna Skudlarska of Wroclaw, Poland (formerly Breslau, Germany). He immediately moved to be with her, and they married in June 2011 at an
Esperanto conference in San Francisco! She and her family are absolutely delightful and well educated — they speak English (as well as Polish, German and Russian!), but Russ and Anna speak Esperanto when they are home together. Anna has actually beaten me at English Scrabble and Russ has learned enough Polish to win at Polish Scrabble with her family! My only sadness is that they are so far away. So my son owes his good fortune and happiness to a 19th century Belarusian-Jewish ophthalmologist who created this language to foster harmony among people from different countries. Fits right into Friends, doesn’t it?” From Williamsburg, Va., Robert Seiler says, “As far as news is concerned at my age, life is about good books, gardening, working 24 hours a week and staying in touch with children and grandchildren, sharing with our small church group, eating (much less), sleeping (much more, and naps are great!) and all the goings-on of this wonderful historic small town.” Lynn Bahlke Mills lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia and is retired from teaching special education full time. She writes, “I am tutoring one student once a week over the summer and was thinking about the value of my Friends School education, as they want me to work with him on better sentence structure and grammar. I am so lucky to tutor for three wonderful families who want me to continue tutoring in September — I really love it. I am now in a book club — enjoying great books and discussions!” Lynn is an active walker at a nearby park and enjoys container gardening on her deck. Roz Chenowith Carlson writes from New Hampshire, “Dave and I love to ski with the grandchildren and be with family, and thankfully they all live close by. We spend a lot of time out West and are awed by the beauty and vastness of that part of our country. We love to get together with Friends classmates. I saw Pat Fiol Morrill, Iris Windsor McFaul and Lolly Crowther Schorreck when we were in Maryland in April and saw the Seilers and Morrills this summer, too. We had great visits with Barry and Lynn Bahlke Mills and Eric and Kitty Roberts Merrifield last summer when we were traveling to Mount Rainier and Idaho. Our plans for the fall are to travel from Amsterdam to Budapest with a group of Dave’s Brewster Academy classmates. Lolly is joining the group, which will be great fun.”
1956. Lorinda Rugemer McColgan email@example.com The Class of 1956 had a successful 55th Reunion in May — a good time was had by all. (See John David’s article on pg. 17.) When I sent out requests for news after the event, I only got a few responses. That must mean that everyone caught up at Reunion and is now enjoying the summer. But I did hear from Weedie Schell Cate by snail mail, and she says “I’m healthy, happy, single and old,” and sends her love to everyone. She is taking a trip east to Boston, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. I also got a note from Bruce Aufhammer. He said he was just finishing teaching at the end of June — sounds like a long semester! Gretchen Seabold Johnson writes that she will be traveling to Machu Picchu in the fall. Hope she has a wonderful time and will tell us some of her adventures in the spring issue of Collection. Clarinda Harriss writes that Hot Sonnets just came out from Entasis Press. “It’s an anthology of erotic sonnets — great and famous contributors as well a few unknowns — edited by poet Moira Egan and me.” I had a chance to visit my nephew and his family in Montana in mid-May and my other nephew and his family in Boston in early June. We had lots of fun both places, and the little boys in Boston introduced me to the best ice cream store in the area!
1960. Mary McElroy firstname.lastname@example.org Betsy Beatty Gable spent a long weekend this spring with the whole family — four children, five grandchildren and two spouses — in son-in-law George’s grandmother’s house in Wareham, Mass. It has a lovely secluded beach and access to wonderful seafood in addition to affording us the pleasure of accommodating the whole family. Betsy’s daughter Lisa has a new job in the Voting Rights Division of the Department of Justice, but she gets only two weeks of vacation. After the family visit, Betsy and Bruce spent a night by themselves on Martha’s Vineyard. Tom Baker retired from his church choir chair in June. He says that after 28 years without a weekend free (except in summer), he is looking forward to many more trips to visit his sons in Massachusetts and Virginia. In June he had a wonderful visit with his
grandson in Virginia. He plans to visit the Adirondacks and see more tourist railroads and will also be checking out the growing number of excellent Finger Lakes wineries. Since our Reunion last year he has had several vacations in Maine and a couple of brief but joyful visits with Bruce and Betsy Beatty Gable in Massachusetts. He is practicing the piano more and living quietly with his cat Blender while dreaming up dreadful puns for the next Reunion! Corni Ham Lingley reports that she just had a right knee replacement. Also, her granddaughter Amy, 14, attended an engineering class at UC Berkeley this past summer. Brad Meyer writes that he and wife Melissa recently managed to get three boys, two wives and a girlfriend up to their summer place in Gloucester, Mass., for the Fourth of July. While there, Nat and Erin, parents of the so-far-only grandchild Sam, announced they were expecting a baby in January. Then Brad’s eldest, Nick, and wife Michele revealed they were expecting their first child in February! Everyone is very happy and looking forward to the new additions. Susan DeHoff Montgomery is enjoying her retirement, taking piano lessons again. And she is having fun using her new iPad. Guy Strickland has become a grandfather — his oldest daughter, Katie Boone Strickland Kauachi, had a little boy named Charlie. Guy is still working on rebuilding his house, which was damaged by the fires in California two years ago. They hope to be moved in by Christmas. Dellie Strickland James also reports that she has a website, www.dellie-
james.com. Check it out for updates on what she is doing. Sandy Sutley Kull spent the last year digging into her family heritage and has found out that her mother’s ancestors came from Germany in the mid 1700s. They migrated to the Shenandoah Valley in the 1760s and fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. She has taken two grandchildren to see the gravesites and has shared with them what she has learned of the family. Her research took place in Richmond, the Shenandoahs and Annapolis. She traipsed through many cemeteries to find information. She has found, though, that this sort of information is not yet as interesting to the younger generations. Her goal is to compile a book for the family on their heritage, in the hope that someone in the future will build on what she has collected. She regrets that she didn’t interview her grandparents, but says her mother, at age 94, has been helpful. Sandy spent a week in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on an Episcopal Church mission to El Hogar, a residential program for impoverished kids ages 6-17 years. She reports that the team there is doing a magnificent job of turning the lives of these children around, providing an education through high school and giving training for trades such as carpentry and electrical or automotive repair. Some even go on to college. She says it was hard to witness the poverty, but it made her appreciate even more what we have in this county. She loves being retired and having the time to pursue her interests. Her next trip is to Houston, Texas, for the birth of her 11th grandchild. As for
THE FOUR HAMMOND BROTHER — Henry ‘59, John ‘70, Jim ‘62 and Bill ‘57.
me, I made my annual trips to see family and friends. In January, I visited my sister Ann in Hickory, N.C. In March, I spent 10 days in and around Portland, Ore., visiting aunts, uncles and my brother Eric and his family — it was a wonderful time, as usual. In May, I went to Baltimore to visit my 101-yearold godmother, Peggy Shaffer, my brother Tom and his family, and a few classmates. I, too, had knee surgery, to repair a torn meniscus. I continue to enjoy working on my jewelry and beaded accessories and am getting ready for the winter holiday craft fairs.
1961. NEEDS A SECRETARY! Christopher Neumann writes that he and his wife Nicky are raising alpacas on their farm near Delta, Pa. “We are both retired from office jobs and glad to have more time for the farm, traveling and four grandchildren.”
1962. Eleanor Blake Fuller email@example.com John Slingluff was planning to head to the Adirondacks for a bit of a summer vacation this year. He said he will most likely have all 10 grandkids there at some point. I am wondering if John needs some rollerblades to keep up! His daughter Becca had a baby girl, Natalie, this past April. John is looking forward to the Reunion next year. Linda Kardash Armiger advises
that she is continuing to enjoy the grandkids. This summer they did horse shows and lots of swimming together. The four Hammond brothers all gathered for a family anniversary at the end of May. Jim Hammond advises that for all four of them to be in one place at the same time is fairly rare. Here is some news from Jens Neumann in Wolfburg, Germany that might be of interest to all of you. After having worked for more than 30 years for Audi and as a board member for Volkswagen, he has retired. His wife Eva and he enjoy their three children and six grandchildren. His son Andreas Neumann ‘82 was also an exchange student at Friends, and his daughter Livia graduated from Kent School in Connecticut in 1993. She met and fell in love with an American while she was working as an investment banker in London, and they married and moved to Potomac, Md., for his job with the U.S. Treasury. Their son, Julian, 6, speaks English and German fluently. So you see, as Jens says, German-American relationships are carried on in the Neumann family thanks to his wonderful experience with us in 1961 and 1962. And, of course, thanks to the hospitality of the Wilkinson family. Sadly, Lynne Wilkinson Barnhart passed away too early to be part of all of this. Jens still keeps in touch with Lynne’s sisters and with her daughter Cheryl, who lives in Savannah with her husband, a surgeon, and their twins. Jens says he will never forget what Friends School has given to him. I recently received an email from Alice Long Gersh ‘63 to advise me of some very sad news. We all remember Cecilia Hisako Horie as our other exchange student. Cecilia, who had been in treatment for lymphoma for about eight years, passed away. In the last few years of her life, Cecilia and her husband spent three years in Perth, Australia, where she attended Bible College — something she had long wished to do. She had two children, both of whom attended college in California. Her daughter studied epidemiology in London and currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., where she is working as a research fellow at the Center for Disease Control. Her son pursued a degree in divinity and is a pastor at a church in Tokyo. Her husband lives in Fujisawa, Japan. Still in Texas, Barb Ensor Sena and her new husband Bob ride their horses as much as possible. She is showing in National Reined Cow Horse Association shows now, and Bob ropes. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary on June 21, 2011.
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She is hoping to make it to the Reunion. Carol Davidson Methven tells us that things are great in Tennessee. She’s made good friends and is totally enjoying retirement. She’s busy with golf, bridge and sewing this summer. She has eight grandchildren who keep her and her husband Steve very busy. She wrote to tell us about her recent Baltimore visit with friends, and she also went to the home where she grew up. She and Steve were able to meet with Chris Sherman Raywood at her brother Bill Sherman ‘69’s house. She enjoyed getting to know Bill’s family and reminiscing about the good old days. The next day, they walked past her old house on St. Albans Way and Carol asked the people outside the home if they lived there. They said they did, and Carol told them she grew up in that house. Well, they were so excited they invited Carol to come in and look around. She took them up on their offer and had a complete tour of the house. The current occupants wanted to know what changes had been made since Carol had lived there. They say you should never go back, but Carol says she was glad she did and that the couple living there now is gracious and sweet — and that their children attend McDonough School, where her dad, brother, and uncle went. She told them she’d be back for her Reunion next year and they plan to get together. She is looking forward to seeing all of us in May. Well, of course, Chris Sherman Raywood did some traveling this past spring. She went to Baltimore for 10 days to spend Easter with her family. While in town, she had dinner with Steve and Carol Davidson Methven. Carol was visiting with friends and researching ancestors. Chris said that it was wonderful to see them and catch up on what their families were doing. Then, in May, Chris went to the Burgundy and Champagne regions in France. She says the towns were beautiful and that she saw many old ruined abbeys — and, of course, enjoyed great food and wine. Her brother Bill Sherman and his wife Nancy were expected to visit her for 10 days in the summer. Chris cooks while they go to the beach. Think I’ll come too, Chris. She says summers are great in Florida and I agree — that’s when the busy visitors’ season is over. In September, Chris will be going to Prague, Karlsbad, Innsbruck and Lake Como, and will then travel down to Provence. As for me, I am enjoying my darling grandson, Max, 2, who is now in Orlando, Fla. with my daughter Meredith and her husband Chuck. I try to see him as much as possible. On the
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Anne Skinner White advises that she is still skating in the master’s program and she serves as a skating judge.
Pennsylvania side, my granddaughter graduated from high school this year and will go to Temple University in the fall. My husband Cliff and I keep trying to retire, but we don’t succeed. One of these years, we will finally do it — and sooner is better than later for me. I’d like to be in Florida more and have a little more free time at this point in my life. I am really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Reunion next May. I’m sure ideas and volunteers would be welcomed. Till then, hope the rest of the year brings everyone good health and happiness.
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Donna Hasslinger Dhassli@aol.com Joe Albert’s 10-year-old grandson Jagger Clark lives in New York and is participating in an inventive new project at a website called “irocku.” The program, founded by Chuck Leavell, the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, teaches people how to play rock and roll songs on the piano. You can see Jagger by going to www.irocku.com, and clicking on the “I’d rather eat spinach” music lesson, or you can access it through a link at http://robynecamp.wordpress.com. A star is born! Debbie Bloucher Irvin reports that Barbara Nolte Kearney and Pam Hick Hanlon will be in Florida in October visiting Debbie and her husband Tom in Port St. Lucie. During their visit they hope to have lunch with Anne Kay Joyner, who also lives on Florida’s east coast. Bob Caffee lives on the west coast of Florida and is still an avid “boater,” returning from time to time to his condo in Tampa. He has been researching catamarans for over a year and now is considering buying a 37-foot lagoon model. Your class secretary, Chick Fetter Deegan and her husband, Mike, sold their house, moved to a retirement community in Dallas, and then left for a two-week vacation in Michigan to recover from the move and the heat! Their daughter Megan and her husband and children are
nearby in Dallas, as is their son Michael. Mike retired from his job as chief quality officer for a system of 13 hospitals, but is actively looking for another opportunity in his “retirement” years. Chick remains at Baylor Health Care System and continues to enjoy her job leading efforts for employee spiritual support and the Sacred Vocation Program. She also continues facilitating retreats in the community based on the work of Parker Palmer, an educator, essayist and poet who founded the Center for Courage and Renewal. Skip Dugdale is still enjoying his job selling real estate at Long and Foster. He spends weekends with his daughter and his two 5-year-old grandchildren at his home in Monkton, Md., while his son-in law is busy with their seafood store. Marge Rowe Felter and Jeb Felter are enjoying their retirement. They are spending more time in Philadelphia, Pa. and Lyme, Conn. visiting their children, Liz Felter Farrell ‘88 and Wilson Felter ‘90 and their respective families. Their fifth grandchild arrived last spring. Steve Greif occasionally participates in fast walk/ run marathons, and finished one in April in Pennsylvania. He and his wife Maggie spent two fascinating weeks in China in late April and May — and in honor of the Friends School Class of ‘63 lacrosse team he says he bounced lacrosse balls off the Great Wall — yes, he was just kidding. He is still biking as well as playing tennis and golf. Since he only works four days a week, he is looking for golfers for a round of golf on Wednesdays. Lary Jones sends regards from the steamy environs of South Carolina. He advises that he is no longer consulting and that classmates can reach him on Facebook. Ellen Taylor Lyon and her retired husband Bruce live in Greensboro, N.C. Her daughter and her 96-year-old mother live nearby, and her son lives in Maryland. She has finally given up tennis and is now trying to hone her golf game. This summer Gail Moran Milne and her husband visited her brother in Wilmington, Pa. and toured the countryside west of Philadelphia including Chester Heights, Chad’s Ford, Valley Forge, Villanova, Bryn Mawr and Haverford (which they loved). They also visited the Brandywine
Museum to see the Wyeth exhibits. In August they traveled to New England for a 10-day vacation. Lin Parker reports that all is well with his family in Maine. He continues to work on their retirement home, and reports that by July he had room for a houseful of kids and four grandchildren. His youngest grandchild, Hannah Parker Holtz, 1, is the third child of his daughter Jen. Hannah’s sister Lucy Holtz, 3½, is a bundle of energy, and Will Holtz, who entered the first grade in the fall, is playing baseball and hockey. Another grandson, Jake Lindley Parker, is in the third grade and is following in his parental and grandparental footsteps, as he has the potential to become a good lacrosse player. Anne Skinner White advises that she is still skating in the master’s program and she serves as a skating judge. Her son just received his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. In June we held a Ladies Luncheon in Baltimore. It was attended by Joane Knight Schumacher, Joan Shinnick Kreeger, Anne Skinner White, Judy Klingelhofer O’Mara, Marge Rowe Felter, Barbara Nolte Kearney, Gail Moran Milne, Debbie Bloucher Irvin, and your other class secretary, Donna Hasslinger. Anne joined us from Annapolis; Debbie was in town from Florida; and Joan drove to Baltimore from Pennsylvania.
1964. Susan Grathwohl Dingle email@example.com Laurie Owen Keene said it best: “Old Friends School Friends stay Friends forever.” She and her husband Michael just returned from a long vacation in Bermuda. “We would love to see any classmates if ever on Kent Island. We just need to get Edie Hoffmaster Bradt to move back here. My son works on L3 command and control systems for the Navy. Edie says that she is finally getting used to her “new normal” life without Pete, her husband of 40 wonderful years. She’s grateful for a great job she loves and a parttime pet sitting business; both keep her extremely busy, “which is the name of the game for me now.” She still
JOE ALBERT ‘63’s grandson Jagger on Block Island.
loves living in the Southwest and enjoys every sun-filled day. Edie’s daughter Kelly and family are back in the States from their three years in Italy while Kelly’s husband Matt was serving as a battalion commander in the Army. Avijit Chatterjee says he’s living in Kolkata, India and busy with a lot of reading, writing and travel. He met his wife Aruna while they were both exchange students during a field trip after our senior year. Their two children are named Ashim and Anouk. Aruna was noted for her lithographs and her work had been in national shows. We are sad to report that she died suddenly and unexpectedly in August. Avi, you and your family are always in our hearts. Sally Huff Leimbach and her husband Wendell did not sell their Bolton Hill house — good news for Class of ‘64 Reunioners! “Instead,” she reports, “we have made the third floor into an apartment including a living room, dining area and kitchen.” Future tenant? We will see … “Longevity in a profession does have its rewards,” Sally reflects. “People really seem to believe that I know what I am doing. I endeavor not to disappoint them.” She’s now co-authoring an educational seminar for the National Association of Health Underwriters’ meetings in November, which is National Long Term Care Awareness Month. Wendell and Sally celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in April. (Editor’s note: Sally was the first in our class to get married — nice to know it worked out!) Sally’s daughter Lindsay has just been promoted from principal to director of
Parkhill School, in West Hills, Calif. Lindsay was remarried in December 2010 to Randy Shiffman, an attorney. Sally says, “This adds two to our grandchildren list, so we are now up to six!” Her son Wel is currently working in Woodbridge, Va., on the next generation of water/over land troop carriers for the Marine Corps. Carol Vaughan Srnka and Laurie came to Sally’s “Ice House Landing” for a pajama party the night before and after the Royal Wedding: “Yes, we did get up at 4:30 a.m. in order not to miss anything, and yes, we did have mimosas at 10 a.m. with English bread pudding.” Four years after losing her devoted husband Chuck, Carol keeps busy with volunteer work, including organizing national dog shows. No longer a dog breeder, Carol is currently doing dog trials with Spree, her 4-year-old miniature poodle. Carol adds that Spree is 13 inches tall, an AKC and also UKC breed champion with many obedience and agility titles “Here’s a clip of one of our latest agility runs. Spree loves the game and barks the whole way around the course. Memorizing the courses will help fend off Alzheimer’s (maybe!)” http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=q26jcRbnI7A&feature=related. Val Cogswell Babson, retired as Title I Coordinator for Gloucester (Mass.) Public Schools about three years ago, is now husband Dave’s legal secretary and a docent at the Cape Ann Museum. She enjoys showing this wonderful little museum to visitors. “If you’re in the area, please give us a call at 978–281–1404. We’ll soon have lots of room for guests!” Val’s older son
Dave and his family have just purchased a house nearby. Val says, “We are delighted!” Her younger son Warren, a recording engineer now in Hoboken, is getting married near Taos, N.M. in October. Her daughter Amanda works for the EPA as a postdoc in Washington, D.C., helping San Francisco Bay and Massachusetts Bay keep their estuaries clean. Val sees Betsy Wagner frequently as she lives nearby in Ipswich, Mass. Betsy volunteers at a local hospital once a week. Dan Taylor was seen at a pastry shop at Falls Road and Lake Avenue a few months ago, when he was in town preparing his Dad’s house for sale. He recently published a novel. Details to follow … Joe Cowan reports, “What brings Ozzie and me the most joy is time with our grandsons. Can you believe that we have five — Ryan, Conor, Warry, William and Howdy? We are truly blessed.” Paul Newbury’s Emlenton Mill recently hosted an international songwriting conference. For more information, see http://events.emlentonmill.com/. There is talk about the possibility of a show by and about the Class of ‘64 to be created and produced as a Reunion event at the Mill. The Mill’s Bunkhouse can accommodate two dozen guests. The area has charm, history and lots of recreational activities. What do you think? As for me, my son Jake Koprowski is a graphic designer (www.insomniagfx.com) living in Portland, Ore., with his wife Natalie and their four children, twin girls Chloe and Taylor and sons Coby and Tanner … all under the age of 5! The Class of ‘64 is reconnecting via any means necessary. If you want the late-breaking news, send me your email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll make sure you’re in the loop.
1965. Gretchen Garman Hampt
a Roman temple. As we made our way through Andalusia, we saw some of the country’s most spectacular Moorish monuments: La Giralda, the bell tower at the Seville Cathedral, the Alhambra above the city of Granada and the Mezquita in Cordoba. Our most favorite place was Ronda, where we could see the stunning 18th century bridge, Puente Nuevo, spanning the Tagus gorge from our parador. We spent one afternoon on a lovely hike together down the side of the gorge and up through the Moorish part of the town. The last three days we were in Madrid visiting the Museo del Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza and eating tapas. As spring approached we noticed that our eight grandchildren had three different school breaks, so we planned three different trips. I made a return trip to Williamsburg, Va., with our three Baltimore granddaughters Sarah, Eliza and Grace and my daughter Jennie Boyce, and the following week I flew to the area south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., with my daughter-in-law and our oldest granddaughter Taylor. Meanwhile, Larry took the train to Washington, D.C. to meet our granddaughters, Tessa and Katherine, and their mother, Heidi Hampt. They were all visiting the East Coast while their father presented a paper in the Capitol. Our grandson Adam was busy playing baseball with his high school team in North Carolina. Then, at the beginning of July, we returned to the Delaware Shore with the grandchildren for our 15th summer together. As I write these notes, the children already seem to be looking forward to finishing their summer reading and returning to their various classrooms. I hope that all of the Class of ‘65 is enjoying a pleasant year. Please send all the news of your adventures, travels, retirements and grandchildren for publication next time.
NEEDS A SECRETARY! Last fall my husband Larry and I enjoyed two weeks traveling throughout Portugal and Spain. After two days in Lisbon, our group drove a couple of hours east to Evora, which has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its extraordinary Roman, Gothic and Baroque architecture. Staying in the Pousada dos Loios, a former 15th century convent, we were located at the city’s highest point adjacent to the medieval cathedral. A few steps away, we found a 21st century bride and groom posing for photographs in front of the remains of
Catherine Chinlund writes, “Hi from Tucson, Ariz. I’ve been living here for 25 years and love it — except on days like today, when it was 112 degrees! I found my yearbook while cleaning out the house after Karen Kemper, my spouse and best friend for more than 28 years, passed away on her birthday last November. We had an incredibly beautiful life together. Don’t like being a widow, but was glad to find the yearbook. Talk about ‘old’ memories — does anybody feel like they’re in their 60s, whatever that means? I’ve been
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SUSAN WALKER SALM ‘69 with her husband Rod and daughter Josephina in Bali.
FRANK BOND ‘69 and his son Dan Faulkner-Bond ‘05 at his graduation from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.
an RN since 1976, spending most of that time in critical care settings with my CC RN (the national certification in the field). I worked in Dayton, Ohio, for 10 years and then moved out west. I’m now at the VA Hospital doing time in ICU and the ICU Step-Down units. Working for the government is very different than the real world — no raises for the next two years, among other things! Other jobs I’ve had include being a clerk in a wholesale book company in Boston in 1970 — when they bought their first computer. It was kept at 40 degrees and filled a room bigger than my house is now. I loved it, but it hated me, and I’m still fighting with the darned things as I speak. I got up to 26 words per minute in typing class during my junior year at Friends, and haven’t improved at all. I’ve been trying to sort through Friends’ memories. I hit on my worst ones easily, like Ms. Hetrick’s ‘checkie weckies’ for chewing gum, and being gullible enough to buy Mr. Forbush’s ‘acre’ of land in chemistry class for some silly price that turned out to be a teaspoon of dirt which he said would cover an
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acre if it were one molecule thick. My best memories are almost too numerous to count, but the fondest of all was having LONG Cokes at the Ramseys.’ Next was putting on ‘The Sound of Music’ with Mr. Brummit tearing out his hair and the incredible acting and singing of the entire cast — not to mention the superb work of the crew, of which I happened to be a part. And, last but not least, graduating! I feel I need to explain an entry in my ‘blurb’ in the yearbook: The KKK stood for Kan’t Keep on Key club, not the despicable organization of the same initials. It has bothered me for all these years that someone might have misunderstood that. I have planned a trip to Hawaii next March, and that will mark the 50th state I have visited — I can’t wait. Congratulations to Chrissy Ramsey ‘69 for her Distinguished Alumni Award a few years back — I’m really proud of her, especially since she always thought she was dumb — obviously not the case. Having ended up in a career I never even considered, I find myself content with my life — except for the loss of
my soulmate, Karen. I wonder how many of us this has happened to over the years. Did anybody’s life really turn out to be what we expected or hoped in June of 1966? I know mine has been blessed with great times and good friends.” Steve Heaver writes that last year he was the interim organist and choirmaster at Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore and resumed singing at Grace and St. Peter’s Church. “I am director and curator of the Fire Museum of Maryland and installed a 1871 cast-iron firehouse facade inside the museum with exhibits. We launched a major endowment campaign in April. The 10-year plan calls for a Visitors’ Center Archive Conservation Lab and a new Space Exhibit. Looking for donors! I also co-authored a book in 2010 on the fire engine builders of Baltimore, 1823-1967.”
1967. John Mears email@example.com The 45th Reunion of the class of 1967 is (all too quickly!) approaching, slated for May 3–6, 2012. A small group of alums is trying to assemble a complete list of current emails for the entire class so the Reunion can be planned and promoted. All class members are encouraged to be sure that the School has your current email; please send to Amy Langrehr at Friends [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Look forward to seeing you next May! Candace Hallett writes, “I graduated summa cum laude from the Boston University School of Theology with
my master’s of theological studies in May 2011. I have begun to develop a ‘ministry of presence’ working individually with persons going through life changes, trauma, loss or other difficulties that create a need for a listening ear, a prayer partner or a spiritual companion along the way. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me next!” Rebecca Browne Reynolds writes she is still managing director and owner of School Search Group, LLC, helping parents find appropriate educational placements for children from kindergarten through college. “I’m a proud grandmother of a granddaughter and have another on the way. Working hard and traveling often with my husband, Ted Reynolds.”
1969. Frank Bond email@example.com The Class of 1969 is in the process of embracing social media to catch up and keep in touch with one another. We have established a Google Group. If you haven’t been invited it’s only because we don’t know your email address. So just email me, and we’ll admit you to the clubhouse. If you were Class of ‘69 and you’re not in the group, believe me, your voice is missed! It looks as though most of us have recently reached our sixth decade. Susan Walker Salm made perhaps the biggest splash, celebrating in Bali! She writes, “My marine ecologist husband was in the midst of a working ‘sabbatical’ in the South Pacific but
based on Bali, where I joined him for six weeks.” Their daughter Josephine joined them in the land of her birth. Terry Halle also said hello to 60, but admits he is still recovering from LAST year’s excitement, when he celebrated the marriage of his daughter in a ceremony at his home on Merry Hill. “It was a lovely wedding. It was the same place I got married and my mother got married. Nancy Cole Abrams’ husband Henry officiated.” Two weeks later, Terry had a heart attack, from which he has fully recovered. He celebrated his 60th by tasting retirement. “I rented a cabin on a lake that doesn’t have running water, and you have to hike in. It’s really charming and only an hour away. And I’m not tellin’ where it is.” Speaking of Nancy Cole Abrams, her daughter Molly was a classmate and good friend of Sophie Hamacher, a Park School graduate who is currently making a documentary of the contributions of John Roemer during the Civil Rights movement. It is titled “Directing Dissent.” Check out a trailer and learn more about this tribute to the teacher to whom we dedicated our yearbook: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1865633 225/directing-dissent. John Fensterwald is proving that one can be an elder statesman and show media savvy. Check out his blog at www.toped.org His column on that website is educatedguess.org. Mary Kay Lyman writes from her home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., that she joined the not-for-profit sector about 10 years ago and now works for the American Friends Service Committee. “Two years in a Quaker high school really impacted my thinking —
I have been one of those long-term attenders at Meeting. Chris Ramsey belongs to the same Meeting, but we don’t run into each other very often.” Helen Blumberg says, “I’m still here in Bawlmer, hon, and working at the ‘liberry.’ I’m juggling lots of added responsibilities as Pratt has experienced the same constraints as many library systems nationwide. And, thanks to the repressed teacher in me (I blame Gary Blauvelt and Frank Shivers), I really enjoy traveling around the state to present workshops.” Julia Frank reports spending her 60th using the skills she acquired from The Quill to edit two books. “How we managed back in the day without track changes, I will never know.” Speaking of museum pieces, Julia tells us, “The office where my daughter worked on the Obama campaign in 2008 was taken, lock, stock and email lists, to the Smithsonian for storage.” Kathy Neustadt’s view from rural New Hampshire includes caring for her dog, chickens and sheep and cows — Oh, MY! She writes, “As to my Green Acres life in Danbury, I do bear a remarkable resemblance to Eva Gabor — it’s true — though I have to forgo wearing my tiara in the chicken coop because it makes the chickens go wild.” Pete Thanhouser in Chicago has crops of his own. “We’re eating lettuce, broccoli and tomatoes from the garden. Our daughter just graduated from UW Madison and our son is working as an analyst in D.C.” Michelle Bosch is still the free spirit you all remember. She is a professional photographer in Cape Cod, capturing
wildlife and weddings on the New England coast. If you have loved ones about to be married or cute grandchildren whom you find photogenic, Michelle will capture them more beautifully than you can imagine! Check out her website either on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ michelleboschphoto.com or www.capecodfotos.com. The most harrowing year seems to have belonged to Rebecca Love, who writes from Colorado: “I’m recovering from a hip replacement last month. My youngest is home to help me. His siblings are back East working, living their own lives. I cannot work, but I’ve recovered enough to drive, chop vegetables without chopping my fingers, walk without guarding my neck, but then my hip gave out. So I take things hour by hour grateful for an uninterrupted night’s sleep, or a chance to sit outside and watch the summer lightning.” Rebecca promises she will ski again and paddle a boat, but her climbing days of taking on Class V courses are over. Rich Horner and Bill Sherman were seen at the fundraiser BBQ for the Tom LaMonica ‘67 Scholarship Fund this summer. Both of the fellas were in fine form … aging well, you might say. And in June, when I went to my son Dan’s graduation in Asheville, N.C., I stayed with our former classmate Bruce MacPhail, who sends fond greetings to one and all. And speaking of “surprise guests,” the last word goes to another ‘blast from the past.’ A classmate through ninth grade, Kevin Patton, writes, “Hey 69ers!!
DESIGNER, 2ND LT. CALLUM RAMM and model maker Tom Price ‘70 roll out the just completed SSH (two-man human
powered Submarine) “Mighty Mid” at the U.S. Naval Academy. The sub went on to win the overall performance prize at the world human-powered sub races.
Speaking of our class year, 1969, in another nine years or so some or all of us will be 69 years old, and on the threshold of losing our seventh wicket. So enjoy your 60s while you can!” Remember, join the Google Group, and let’s stay in touch!
1970. Lisa Mitchell Pitts Pittsmmbee@comcast.net This seems to be a year for classmates retiring. You’ll have to let the rest of us know how you’ve managed that! After 21 years, Kathy Cox retired at the end of August from AFSCME, a public sector labor union. She was the director of the occupational health and safety program and oversaw all the union’s activities and policies on health-care workforce issues. Currently she is looking for a new place to put her energies and commitment to public service and social justice. Berta Scott-Macnow says that after 33 years of helping families with birthing babies, she officially retired in June. Like John Hammond, whose retirement was mentioned in the last Collection, she reports that she’s having no trouble filling the time spaces. She has a list a mile long of what she’d like to do and is taking the summer to just chill (or sweat) and think about the next chapter in her life. Berta’s Mom, Marjorie Forbush Scott ‘41, will be coming to Vermont for a month and will stay some of the time with her and some of the time with her brother Harry “Scotty” Scott ‘67, who lives about 45 minutes away. Wally, Berta’s husband of 29 years, will be 70 in October, so hopefully travel will be high on their list. Berta promises to keep us posted and asks if anyone is coming to Vermont. She also wants to know if anyone is doing any short-term medical mission work and could use another nurse, as she’d be interested in hearing about it. Jim Merfeld reports from Chicago that he and his wife Joni became grandparents for the first time on June 21, 2011 at 12:01 a.m., when son Brian and his wife Andrea gave birth to Jordyn Elizabeth Merfeld, who came into the world at 7 1bs. 9 oz. and 19.5 inches long. He says everyone is doing great, and they are all walking on clouds! Also, daughter Lindsey starred in a community theater production of “Hairspray” as Tracie Turnblatt to rave reviews. Not bad for a girl from Baltimore! She followed that up with a performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” — and her husband Merrill was in the
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production as well, playing several roles and requiring seven costume changes during the performance. “Try finding that many costumes for a 6' 9" man!” Andy Dannenberg is the first listed author on a book soon to be published by Island Press — see www.makinghealthyplaces.org for details. Tom Price writes that he has enjoyed the pleasant notes from classmates and thought he’d add this info about the unusual and interesting human-powered submarine competition he just completed with a class of USNA Midshipmen at the David Taylor Naval Research Center at Carderock, Md. He says, “Once you get past the ‘watching submarine races’ jokes, you find it is a serious competition, with 28 teams from seven countries competing, including France, Oman, Venezuela, Great Britain, Canada, Greece and the U.S. The subs are neat little underwater vehicles that are required to be flooded (SCUBA breathing) and propelled by one or two occupants. They can be propelled by turning a propeller, flipping flippers, wagging a fin tail or whatever else. Some get pretty sophisticated, with variable pitch propellers and sonar actuated depth and steering controls, instruments, etc. The races are timed runs down a 100-meter lane (in the Carderock model testing basin, which is 5/8ths of a mile long and 50 ft. wide and 30 ft. deep, containing over eight million gallons of water) with a 10-meter timing gate in the middle. The speeding subs are caught at the far end by Navy divers, who enjoy helping with the event. At speeds approaching seven knots and the water-filled subs weighing well over a ton, stopping them isn’t trivial! Our two-man sub was the week’s overall performance winner, with 22 flawless timed runs and a top speed through the gates of 6.1 knots (over 7 mph). Most interestingly, it repeatedly set new world records during the week for non-propeller speed. We had two sets of Hobie Mirage flipper mechanisms for propulsion, which were very efficient. If you are a kayaker, you may know of these, as they are pedal-propelled devices for hands-free kayaking (great for fishermen) and are far more efficient than paddles! The single man subs are always the fastest (6.5 kts this year) as they are smaller, with less wetted surface and mass to propel. The winning subs had previously all been propeller-driven. Our win was based on a combination of scoring factors, including speed, innovation, consistency, design and appearance
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as well as a formal presentation — the Mids are very good at this. Most satisfying was the Spirit award that USNA won, awarded by a vote by all the competitors. The Naval Academy previously won the first-ever Sub Races in 1989 down in Florida, off West Palm Beach. These were held out in the ocean and required a more maneuverable sub. They hadn’t competed in the event since 1993, and were pleased to once again win this event. Most exciting is that there will be a show about the competition featuring USNA in September on National Geographic or Discovery or some such channel. See you on the water.” Henry Taylor and his wife Nancyellen Brennan moved to Columbia, Md. in early April. “‘Aging gracefully’ sounds better than sharing that we now live in a 55+ community. There is some comfort when our neighbors say, ‘you’re too young to live here!’ But we really like Columbia, are two miles from the Merriweather Post Pavillion (and the mall), and have good friends nearby. Nancyellen continues as a nurse practitioner for the Hopkins Diabetes Center, seeing patients and coordinating an outreach project for Trinidad and Tobago. Here is an update on our kids: Chris, 29, is engaged to Fareha Ahmed, who shares his passion for international development. They currently live in Nairobi, Kenya. This winter he hopes to start field work for his Ph.D. in anthropology, exploring the Islamic notions of charity. Fareha and Chris climbed Kilimanjaro last week with Ruth, 28. Having worked for Outward Bound in Baltimore and Australia, she’s taking a break after three years of teaching grades K to second grade in a D.C. Charter School. Caleb, 24, headed West after college. He loves living in Portland, Ore., although the economy seriously limits his preferred lifestyle. Our youngest, Anna Taylor ‘09, 20, is a junior at Earlham College. She also worked as a lifeguard at a local pool prior to an arts internship in Philadelphia this fall. My career continues to be focused on community-based primary health care, a potential solution for an incredibly complex failure of our healthcare non-system. I teach this to graduate students on-site and on-line at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, mentor internal medicine interns, and have a clinical practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview. I keep active in public health as part-time deputy health officer for Cecil County Md., and doing action-research with 60 West Virginia volunteer fire and rescue squads. My siblings Dan Taylor ‘64 and
DOUG MASON ‘76 and Lisa Chang Mason ‘76 with Jon Patz ‘76 in Alamo, Calif.
Betsy Taylor ‘66 and I are trying to sell our house in Baltimore. It is a gorgeous place just north of Lake Roland, secluded in the woods, but also right next to the Falls Road Light Rail Station. Look it up on MLS as 1201 Hollins Lane and give me a call!” As for me, I’ve just taken a job managing the upcoming capital campaign at Friends. I thought my life was full with my landscaping job, my parents and my grand-twins, but somehow there seems to be plenty of time — stay tuned for more information about the exciting projects that the campaign will fund!
1971. NEEDS A SECRETARY! Emily Frank writes, “Having retired in 2008, I am filling my days with a patchwork of activities. I referee field hockey and umpire softball games — reliving the athletic days of my youth — and I exercise my high school acting chops as a standardized patient at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. I’m also playing a lot of tennis and working at my tennis club. Through it all, my favorite activity is being the proud mother of Sarah Berkowitz ‘03 and Rebecca Berkowitz ‘06.
1974. Sally Slingluff firstname.lastname@example.org On Memorial Day, Mickey Greenbaum, Gay Ossman Rudow, Cam MacLachlan, Scott Nevin, Lynnette Young and yours truly got together to meet up with
Bill Massey and his family, who were in town for the NCAA lacrosse finals. As many of you already know, Bill passed away in August from a long battle with brain cancer. He showed amazing strength and will be greatly missed. Rand LeBouvier retired from the Navy in 2006 as a Captain, completed his Ph.D. in humanities with an interdisciplinary examination of humanoid robotics, and is working at Bluefin Robotics in Quincy, Mass., a leading designer and manufacturer of unmanned underwater vehicles. His daughter Tara is married to a Navy submariner stationed in Hawaii, his son Chris is a Navy helicopter pilot currently deployed in Bahrain, and his daughter Julia is an artist/sculptor who just graduated from Bryn Mawr College. Rand and his wife Julie live in Kingston, Mass. Scott Nevin just completed a 2,300-mile ride to Memphis, Tenn., aboard “The Beast,” a 2011 Triumph Rocket III Roadster. “Along with two other club members from Pete’s Cycle RAT [Riders Association of Triumph], this tour took us through nine states, staying mostly off the super slab in favor of roads like the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. We listened to some great blues music on Beale Street in Memphis and ate delicious barbecue at places featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.’ In eight days we encountered only one rainy day. There were no mechanical setbacks and fuel economy averaged 41 mpg. We also escaped the oppressive heat currently in the mid-South.”
NANCY MARCHETTI ‘79, Erik Weinstock 79 and a friend on a tour of the “Dialog in the Dark” exhibition in Atlanta.
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Roy Russell writes, “Great to see Zipcar getting some well-deserved recognition here: www.fastcompany.com/ 1768007/zipcars-effects-on-howpeople-use-cars-is-enormous. In case you didn’t know, my wife Robin Chase co-founded this company back in 2000. She was CEO and I managed all the technology development as founding CTO. The positive impact on the communities where Zipcar is operating is only beginning to be recognized. Environmentally we estimate that it’s responsible for CO2 emissions reduction of over one million metric tons last year. That is one week’s worth of all the emissions from New York City. It is also responsible for over 200,000 fewer vehicles in the cities where it is operating, which is a huge reduction in parking demand. And it is responsible for saving Zipcar members over $1 billion in household expenses — money which I believe is spent in the local communities. My classmates and teachers will remember me as the nerdy kid who would not get into a car. From about eighth grade on, I rode my bike five miles to school every day, rain or shine. It took me another 25 years to find a way to get others out of their cars.”
Our 35th Reunion at the end of April this year was a great success. In attendance were Jean Alexander Barnett, Carolyn Alkire, Donna Anderson Ryan and husband Kevin, Doug Ball, Rob Belcher and wife Chris, Dante Beretta, Angela Booth, Debbie Brown, Bryan Carpenter and wife Gerry and son Christopher, Ray Carpenter, Lisa Chang Mason, Lisa Corinne Davis, Hank Entwisle and wife Amy, Scott Frenkil, John Humphries, Winston Hutchins, Stewart Lyons and wife Debbie, Doug Mason, Andy Naden, Jim Pappas, Jon Patz and wife Jean, Perry Reifler and wife Wendy, Rick Rosenbloom and wife Abby, Julie Schulz, Steve Stuart and wife Andrea, Keith Tabatznik, Bart Walter, Kathy Warfield Milam and husband Joe, Wendy Weinberg Weil and husband Rick, and Mike Zierler. Jean Alexander Barnett traveled the farthest to the reunion — 2,874 miles. Clay Capute ‘77 was in attendance at Alonso’s to further enliven the event. Phil Stewart appeared, but was only able to attend the Hall of Fame event, where the soccer team from 1975 was inducted, including Keith Tabatznik, Rick Rosenbloom, Steve Stuart, Hank Entwisle, Rob Belcher, Perry Reifler,
Mike Zierler and Jon Patz. Lisa Chang Mason, Winston Hutchins, and Doug Mason were recognized individually at the Hall of Fame celebration for their outstanding athletic contributions and sportsmanship. Reunion events included the Hall of Fame induction on Thursday, an informal party at Alonso’s on Cold Spring (yes, it’s more than a package store!) on Friday night, Back to the Classroom on Saturday morning, the Mr. Nick Bull Roast, a campus tour and reception at the Zamoiski Alumni Center on campus, then, most importantly, the ‘Party at Rick’s’ (Rick Rosenbloom and his wife Abby) on Saturday night. Following the Reunion, Jon Patz took the opportunity of a trip to California to visit with Doug and Lisa Mason at their home in Alamo, California. For the past year, Scott Frenkil has been researching the history of an old fort located in Caves Valley behind Rick Rosenbloom’s parents’ house on Caves Road in Baltimore County. He has learned the fort was most likely built between 1690 and 1730, possibly by Christopher Gist, who later was a mentor to George Washington. Scott’s research has not only been educational, but has unearthed some unexpected intrigue and perhaps even cover-ups. He continues to pursue the project and hopes one day the fort will be recognized as a Maryland historic site. Blazer Catzen (Class of ‘76 until 6th grade) checked in to report that he graduated from UVA with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1982. He started a computer consulting business in the mid-1980s and is now a computer forensic investigator at Catzen Forensic. He’s been married to Kathy, a caterer who prepared the food for the party at Rick’s for the Reunion, for 25 years. They have four children ages 18-23. Erin graduated from American University in 2010 and is working in sports marketing for IMG in Winston-Salem; Hannah graduated from Wellesley College in 2011; Nellie is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania; and Bert is a rising sophomore at St. Joseph’s University. Please consider joining your classmates on the “Friends School of Baltimore — Class of ‘76 Alumni” group on Facebook.
1979. NEEDS A SECRETARY! Nancy Marchetti says, “I stopped off at Atlanta’s ‘Dialog in the Dark’ to get a VIP tour from Erik Weinstock. Visitors are led through a series of darkened galleries created to replicate everyday experiences. Without familiar
sight clues, visitors learn to ‘see’ in a completely new way with their nonvisual senses. If you are ever in Atlanta, stop by and visit with Erik and also take a tour of the exhibition. It’s truly a unique experience you will not soon forget.”
1981. Dahira Lievano-Binford baltimorebinfordbunch@ verizon.net Hello again, classmates of ‘81. Just wanted to say how wonderful it was to see so many of you this year, especially at our 30th Reunion. We had a great turnout over the weekend. Festivities began on Thursday night, with our own Michael Lurie serving as master of ceremonies, as Friends welcomed its newest Athletic Hall of Fame members, including the 1981 Girls’ Lacrosse team and Dia Price Matthews, Krikitt Johnson, Eileen Goldgeier, Rob Hawley, Kevin Gott and Mickey Matthews as individual honorees. Saturday evening was the cocktail reception and then our gathering at Kakie Standiford’s house. I enjoyed catching up with many folks, but my brain didn’t retain many of the details. Ha, ha. The following people did make an appearance. Again, don’t expect me to tell you what they’re up to. But I know they showed up! Forgive me if I inadvertently left someone out. By the way, if you want to catch up personally, many of our classmates are on Facebook. Contact me and I can hook you up with them via email if we have their contact information. Spotted at Reunion were David Alkire, Philip Boling, Kate Brower, Liz Buckingham, Craig Caplan (who left Friends after Middle School and who currently teaches math in the Upper School), Margaret Dockendorf Koenig, Ian Fergusson, John Ganter, Eileen Goldgeier, Lynn Goodrich Riley, Kevin Gott, Katie Hearn, Arleen Horowitz Shepherd, Adreon Hubbard, Kathy Jacobson Fried, Nick liment, Mike Lurie, Bob Marchetti, Mickey Matthews, Dia Price Matthews, Rob Patterson, Phil Roberts, Nell Smith, Kakie Standiford, Andy Topping and Jean Young Butler. Thanks again to Kakie for graciously opening her home for the party and to Mike Lurie, Katie Hearn and David Alkire for helping to plan the event as well! Katie wisely and cheerfully took snapshots of just about all our classmates and has posted them on our Friends School Class of ‘81 Facebook page. Check them out!
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HALLIE DUNMORE, daughter of Larry Dunmore and Karen Dates-Dunmore ‘82.
I know that some of these classmates hadn’t been back since graduation or for quite a few years, and it was just great to see them. In July, a few of us gathered together at my house and talked for hours about memories, impressions and other fun stuff. It was just great to see Nell Smith, Carol Drobisz, Morrie Ruehsen and Paula Russo. Hope we can do it again and have others join us as well. Well, that’s all for now folks. Be well.
1982. Karen Dates Dunmore firstname.lastname@example.org Larry and I are happy to announce the arrival of our daughter, Hallie Elizabeth Dunmore. She was born on May 11, 2011 and has already been hanging out in the Friends Admission Office! We look forward to seeing everyone at our 30th Reunion this spring!
1983. Shawn Dorman McKenzie email@example.com I’m glad to report some great achievements from classmates this year. First, congratulations to Rich Espey! For his work promoting acceptance of gender and sexuality diversity at Park School, Rich was named 2011 Educator of the Year by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to ensuring safety and inclu-
sion for LGBT students. Rich accepted his award at GLSEN’s awards banquet in New York, and you can catch his speech on YouTube. Congratulations to Edwin Remsberg for his new book, Outdoor Sculpture in Baltimore, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, which, he says, “makes a great gift.” All three of his children will be Upper School students at Friends this year, “which is an idea I still have trouble grasping,” he says. And on top of all that, he adds, “By the time this is published I should have my pilot license. I’m a week or so away from finishing — it has only taken me 20 years to get to this point.” So, look for Edwin in the air and find his photography at www.remsberg.com. Lisa McKissick has been elected president of the board of trustees of Samuel Ready Scholarships, Inc. SRS, Inc. provides scholarship funds to six Baltimore-area independent schools (including Friends). Lisa tells us that serving in this position gives her “a wonderful opportunity to continue my involvement with SRS, Inc., as I was a SRS Scholar during my Upper School years.” Chris Hillabrant is presently living in New Jersey. He plans to move his family to D.C. once the ATT T-Mobile merger is finalized in 2012. In the meantime, he’s doing the N.J.-D.C. commute and would love to reconnect with classmates in the Baltimore-Washington area. Larry Smith reports that in June, in the course of his duties as a Capitol Hill staffer for Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD), he was given a great tour of the Veteran Administration’s main regional health-care facility. He
writes, “Dr. Martin Garcia-Bunuel was our very gracious and knowledgeable host!” Larry returned to South Korea for three weeks in August in support of a military exercise. His biggest news is that he will be departing Capitol Hill in September to run for Congress against incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger. “I’m gonna work with horses in the morning and campaign afternoons and nights — how about them apples?! The Republican primary is April 3, 2012.” Tom Greenman reports from New York City that he and his wife Sabrina visited Argentina for two weeks in March. “We hit up Mendoza for a little winery touring and tasting — love us some Malbec! Then we spent a week in Patagonia hiking, horseback riding, rafting and lounging. It is absolutely breathtaking. Now, we’re just grinding away through the hot, hot days in the concrete jungle. Boy, I wish I had a pool. At least this year we’ve been successful at growing a tomato. But we ain’t got nothin’ on Remsberg!” As for me, I’ve just returned home from three wonderful weeks in Indonesia and Timor Leste, and am back to work at FS Books (Foreign Service, not Friends School) promoting our all-new Inside a U.S. Embassy book, which came out in April and is doing well, popular with students and others looking at foreign affairs career options. It’s been adopted for more than 40 university courses on diplomacy, and is used by many military institutions as a primer on embassies and the Foreign Service (and “makes a great gift!”). I loved seeing Sarah Talalay ‘84 and Maggie Hug at the book launch in May. Maggie and I have had a couple chances to catch up in D.C. She’s back in the States
after years in Mexico but keeping a low profile. I have enjoyed reconnecting with Sarah as well as James Cohen ‘84 (brother of Michael Cohen). Sarah recently joined the Foreign Service and she and James have been in India. Illustrating the far reach of Friends’ high school Russian, Sarah has been assigned to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for her next posting, and that same Russian also landed me in Bishkek for my first Foreign Service posting (James’ parents reminded me that they actually visited me there a million years ago). Small world. Keep the news coming!
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Robert Spencer-Strong email@example.com I (Staige) have the joy of being able to compile our class notes from Isle au Haut, Maine, which is just heaven in itself. I recall so many summers here as a child, and not much has changed. This is the first time I have been able to share the beauty of the island with my family, and it has been such fun. Our daughters, Landon, 15, and Larsen, 12, are the sixth generation of my family to enjoy the summer here. We have watched bald eagles soar overhead, inquisitive minks cross our paths on coastal hikes, and the breathtaking Maine sunsets. Landon starts high school this fall, and I know I am in good company with many of you whose children are starting to learn how to drive. Scary. I was appointed last fall to the Delta Gamma cabinet as director: scholarship and rituals for the entire fraternity, which allows me
TOM GREENMAN ‘83 and his wife Sabrina in Patagonia in March 2011.
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to work with collegians and alumnae alike. I love what I get to do and have so many dear friends all over the country, ranging in age from 24 to 86. I will attend my 10th Delta Gamma Convention next June. I do have some class news to share, which is great! Please send me news as you wish, as we have been rather sparse as of late. Daryl Edwards was selected in June as one of 40 scholars chosen to attend and participate in the 2011 Aspen Environment Forum in Aspen, Colo. The forum focused on how to reconcile earth’s finite resources with its ability to sustain an expanding human population. Also in June he was nominated to serve on the board of directors of the United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area. “Finally, this October my wife Jessica and I will celebrate our third wedding anniversary.” Congratulations, Daryl! Sarah Belcher Peters will be frequenting my neck of the woods more often (Portland, Ore.), as her son Tim starts at Reed College this fall and he is interested in studying linguistics. Sarah brought Tim out to look at colleges in the Northwest, and I was selfishly hoping Tim would choose Reed. At the same time last spring, Steve Coxe was also in Portland, and the three of us enjoyed lunch. Steve lives in Virginia now with his wife and young (adorable) daughter, Alice. Sarah never ceases to amaze me with her artistic talents, especially in her bronze sculpture work. Her bronze botanical fainting couch (pictured above) was finished at the beginning of 2011 and is currently visiting botanical gardens. It spent most of the summer at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Mass., and it will travel down to Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina for its holiday exhibit — Nights of 1000 Candles. Liz Cahn Goodman still lives in Tampa, Fla., and took a job as vice president of managed long term care for WellCare Health Plans at the beginning of the year. She works with health plans in 12 states to design and build programs for people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid who are in need of long-term services and supports. Liz’s daughter Alex graduated in June from Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa and is headed to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the fall. Her son Jimmy celebrated his bar mitzvah this fall, and Chris Faulkner Davison and her family shared that wonderful event with them. Tom Schuster is still happily ensconced in beautiful Montana. I have had the pleasure of meeting his talented and lovely wife Janet Szabo, but we still need to get
A BOTANICAL FAINTING COUCH created by Sarah Belcher Peters ‘84.
Tom out to Portland. Tom writes, “In spite of the economy, I’m still in the construction business. My long-standing customers keep calling me, which speaks to the value of a good reputation in a very small market. My wife Janet is still traveling and teaching knitting classes on a regular basis and selling her books as part of her Big Sky Knitting Designs business. You can read her blog posts about the goingson at her website, bigskyknitting.com. Check it out if you want to keep up with what’s happening with us here in Montana. We also have a guest house available for any friends who are passing through and need a place to stay. Our oldest daughter Mariah just finished her freshman year at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Next year she will spend her spring semester in Spain. Our younger daughter Ellen just finished eighth grade and is ready for high school this fall. Both girls are taking a trip to Italy this summer with their grandparents. Dogs and livestock are doing fine.” Josh Dorman spent the month of July in the Catskills with his wife and twin 3-year old daughters. He also had an artist residency in Connecticut in August and a solo show this fall at New York’s Meg Ryan Gallery. Check out his website: www.joshdorman.net.
1988. Angelo Valle firstname.lastname@example.org Liz Felter Farrell and husband Bill have adopted their second boy. Colin James Farrell was born on March 9 and placed with them on April 1. Big brother Jonathan, 3, is as thrilled as
his parents. Liz wrote, “We are both farming/homesteading and parenting full time in Lyme, Conn. after Bill retired from Morgan Stanley in 1992 and I closed my professional organizing business in 2008. Somehow we manage to produce honey, maple syrup, pork, chicken, lamb, beef, eggs, vegetables, and soon berries and fruit on our 11 acres. It’s so wonderful to walk out the back door and be at work and not to answer to anyone but ourselves!” Wel Leimbach is working on a new vehicle program for the Marine Corps called the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC). “It is an eightwheeled armored vehicle that can swim and has the cross-country mobility of the M1A1 tank. An interesting part about the new position is that I am afforded the opportunity to travel a fair amount in support of the program. Travels include Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy and possibly Singapore — much better than going back to Iraq. My best to all, and look us up if anyone will be in the Fredericksburg, Va., area.” Christianne Myers is still in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. “It’s hard to believe this is my 10th year of teaching here. This past year my husband launched a great website called gravitasjuggling.com — he sells all manner of gravity-defying types of stuff, with more on the way. Our basement is full of frisbees, footbags, clubs and juggling balls. I’m still busy designing costumes and getting a little further afield now that my daughter Rowan is a little older. In January, I’ll be in Memphis for a production of ‘Die Fledermaus.’”
1989. Meghan Stern Cochran email@example.com In this year of weddings, British royalty has nothing on the class of 1989. On June 5, 2011, Carolyn Hoffman married Richard Karoll, “so now I’m officially Carolyn Karoll. For the past three years I’ve worked as a family therapist at Sheppard Pratt’s Center for Eating Disorders.” Carolyn also owns two houses near Patterson Park. I also took the plunge and married my boyfriend Dwight, so I will officially be Meghan Cochran (as soon as I fill out the ream of paperwork required by the great state of California).
1990. Jahan Sagafi firstname.lastname@example.org Kate Kaufman Gibbons says, “I checked one off my bucket list and finally went to see U2 in July at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. This fall I am student teaching as part of my master’s program and will graduate in May 2012. I can’t wait to teach!” Bill Suhr and his partner Andrea Scott report that their 8-month-old son Rupert is healthy and helping with daily farm chores. “Champlain Orchards is soon to introduce our first ice cider and hard cider from our 2010 apple crop.” Firmin DeBrabander is chair of the Humanities Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has four lovely kids that keep him very busy (and in debt). He recently attended the wedding of Andy Bely in Toronto last summer, and he sees Matt Krumholz and Jay Nyman
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every year for a crab feast. Shannon Lattik Koinzan and her husband Kevin just welcomed their second son, Samuel Quentin Koinzan, on April 13, 2011. He is a super sweet baby and his big brother Jakob just loves him! Ryan Lamberg just celebrated his 40th birthday in Northern California with his family (3-year-old daughter Julietta and his pregnant wife Anne, who’s due August 18) and friends, including Dan Abrams. Ryan is now training contractors for Energy Upgrade California, a statewide residential energy efficiency program. He lives in San Francisco, misses cheesesteaks from Pepe’s, the Wawa and all the amazing friends from our class. “Will the ever-elusive Davy Lauterbach please get in touch?” Matt Krumholz, Matt Baughman and Jennifer Corrigan Politi got a taste of home on Memorial Day Weekend when they headed to a bar in South Denver for a crab “boil.” While they weren’t so sure about the boil part, they made a feast out of it anyway and had a good time, hon! Sandy and Will Rubenstein are proud parents again, as their second daughter was born Labor Day 2010. Sarah Jay Rubenstein is happy, healthy and smiley — adored by 7-year-old sister Mia, canine sibs Dexy and Eddie, and Tea Cup Pig (yes, you read that right!) brother “Z” Rubenstein. Will says, “We are all loving life on Cape Cod — been living here
since May 2004 and welcome all visitors to see our kids’ summer camp, Camp Wingate*Kirkland.” Holter Graham has been in remission from leukemia for one year and three months as of this past August. He’ll be ‘enjoying’ differing levels of chemotherapy on and off until he’s 41. He does not recommend leukemia or chemo but isn’t one to whine. In June, he finished the Eagleman Half-Ironman in Cambridge, Md., in 6:38:00, less than an hour slower than his ‘healthy’ 2009 time. In August he ran the Grizzly Half Marathon in Choteau, Mont. His wife Neela Vaswani was a visiting scholar at Friends in the spring, teaching, reading and leading writing workshops for the Middle and Upper Schools. Her book, You Have Given Me a Country, recently won the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the essay category. Christopher Shorr says, “After going to grad school for stage directing and running my own theatre in Virginia (Sycamore Rouge) for several years, I moved to Bethlehem, Pa. (between Philly and New York), where I’ve been writing and directing plays and running the theatre program at Moravian College. My wife Christine and I live with two strange cats and a blind dog.” Kippy Joseph reports, “My family — husband Jason, daughter Kaia and son Jedi — are settled in Brooklyn. I’m enjoying serving as
SANDY AND WILL RUBENSTEIN ‘90 working hard during July 4th celebrations
at Camp Wingate*Kirkland in Cape Cod.
SATAYA, daughter of Sunee Claud ‘92 and Spencer Reisinger.
associate director for innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation, where I support new means of addressing social problems. The work has taken me back to the U.K. and to Scandinavia, West Africa and Southeast Asia. Gus Warren, his wife Deya, and daughter Greta (turning 2 in November) are still living in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. “Deya is a trusts and estates attorney, and I’m still working in digital media, currently with a startup focused on mobile advertising and another doing ‘social’ fantasy sports. Greta loves anything related to Elmo, trucks, and boats. We would love to see anyone who is passing through New York!”
1991. Tricia Merson Harding email@example.com Deneka Gough Booth writes, “We have moved! We have been blessed with a new home. The children are adjusting to their new schools and I am adjusting to being home. Being a stayat-home mom is no joke! Robert, my oldest son, has ventured into the world of music! Peyton loves to run longdistance track and play the violin. Bethanie loves to read and write stories. Solomon loves playing football. Eric, Jonah, Judith, Judah, and David are all doing well in school. All nine, yes nine of the Booth family children are growing up. Peyton and Robert should be
GUESTS AT THE AUGUST 2011 wedding of Carey Schock ‘90 and Kathleen Rhodes Schock in Monterey, Calif. Back row (from left): Erika Muhl Schwarz, Kurt Schwarz ‘90, Jahan Sagafi ‘90, Kristen Law Sagafi, Seth Wright ‘90, Ashley Spencer ‘90, Matt Baughman ‘90, Michelle Baughman, Chris Sorrow ‘91 and Cinco Calfee Sorrow. Front row, (from left): David Chiu ‘90, Kim McMillion, Kathleen Rhodes Schock, Carey Schock ‘90, Sydney Schock, Lisa Schock ‘84, Jennifer Corrigan Politi ‘90, Rebecca Felix Coplin ‘90, Mark Coplin, Joshua Coplin and William Coplin.
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EVA, daughter of Erich and Esther Moran Hamm ‘93.
you (or someone you know from our class), please be in touch! TALLY, daughter of Ken and Libben Pries Schwartz ‘93.
1994. driving by this summer. Wow! Time goes by quickly! My husband Rodney just graduated from American University with a second degree in business.
1993. Elizabeth Leonard Clifton firstname.lastname@example.org Hello again, ‘93 friends! I hope you are well and enjoying the fullness of life. I’m always happy to know how you are doing, so please keep writing with your news! Here’s the latest. Dana Oppenheim Chodos and her husband Marc welcomed their second child, Sarah Layne, on April 25, 2011. Dana writes, “She is a wonderful addition to our family, and big brother Noah adores her. We are still living in San Diego and loving it. Marc is very busy with his practice and I am enjoying staying home with our kids and watching them grow!” Vanessa Coe moved back to Baltimore last fall and works in product marketing for Millennial Media, an advertising company based in Canton. She says, “It’s really great being back.” Esther Moran Hamm and her husband Erich welcomed a daughter, Eva Moran Hamm, on June 11, 2011. Says Esther, “I am really loving being a mom.” Libben Pries
Schwartz writes, “My husband Ken and I are happy to have celebrated our daughter Tally’s first birthday in May. Her 15-year-old brother Grigsby and 12-year-old sister Marika were also there for the celebration. I was a veterinarian at a hospital near Palm Springs, Calif., but am enjoying time off to be with Tally. I hope to visit friends in Baltimore this winter.” Johanna Shear Swanson reports, “My husband Kevin and I adopted a little girl, Isabelle Juliet. She was born in Texas in January 2011. Motherhood is amazing and we are enjoying every moment with her. We live in Parkton, Md.” As for me, I am still enjoying life with my family in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where I am filling my days with lots of singing activities to complement my mothering activities. This fall, I’m adding a class for big kids (5- to 7year-olds) to my Music Together teaching schedule. Should be fun! Earlier this year, I ran into Kathy Cushman, former FS music teacher, when she came to Vassar to see a former student sing in the college choir here. She now teaches at The Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., and it was really wonderful to see her. Thinking ahead to our next Reunion in 2013, I know we are missing updated contact information for some classmates. If that’s
your class secretary, Trevor Soponis, all converged on Cape Cod for lobster rolls and dramatic games of croquet overlooking the water.
Claire Cherlin Kosloff John Renner is working on a mixedincome, earth-friendly housing project in eastern Rwanda. He is partnering with Ted Rouse, father of Katrina Rouse ‘00 and Amy Rouse ‘02, and Daisy Barquist, mother of Meg Baldwin ‘02. Myles Perkins is an investor and Matt Bonds is an adviser in his capacity as a researcher for Harvard and Partners in Health. See the article on pg. 25 for more.
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Trevor Soponis firstname.lastname@example.org Heather Mied Clark is in the Ozarks in Missouri, where she is enjoying raising a family and putting down roots. Her husband Dan is a first responder, so they’ve both been active in the clean-up after the Joplin, Mo., tornado. Susie Park is in Baltimore, where she has started in the nursing program at UMB and is hoping to be done next year. Over the summer, classmates Heath Shapiro, Adam Dougherty, Jennifer D’Agostino and
Garrett Smith email@example.com Hello, everyone! Hope that you all had wonderful summers. The news this go ‘round is pretty light, so I’d (Claire) like to make a request. If you are reading this right now, please take a moment to send me your current email address so that I can make sure you’re getting reminders from Garrett and me about sharing your news. And if you’re on Facebook, friend me and I’ll add you to our class group: “Friends School of Baltimore — Class of 1997.” And now, on with the reports from classmates! Hugh Peterson writes, “Last winter I worked on Discovery Channel’s ‘Flying Wild Alaska’ and then went back up to Alaska for National Geographic’s bush pilot show ‘Alaska Wing Men.’ It took place in Nome, and we got snowed in for two days while covering the Iron Dog Snow machine race. You can see me and my cameraman dodging a fuel fire in the background here if you like: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dTjPwPErKng.” Erica Winters shared that she started nursing school in August. Best of luck, Erica! And
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REUBEN MISCHA LAUROS, Liz Lauren Lauros ‘98 and Shai Lauros.
BISHOP, son of Alicia Atkinson ‘98 and Nathan Pereau.
Rebecca Leonard McWilliams wrote to urge everyone in the class to mark their calendars for the weekend of May 4–5, 2012 for our 15th Reunion! Vanessa Harbin, Kathleen Cusack and Rebecca are planning it now, and I’m sure they’d love input or assistance if anyone has any ideas or would like to help out. If you don’t have contact info for them, email me and I’ll put you in touch. As for me, I wrapped a very fun TV show, “Swamp People,” for History Channel this summer and started work on a new series for that network about the crazy sport of catfish noodling. My daughter Alexandra just turned 2 and is excited to become a big sister when her baby brother arrives in September. Hope to see you all at Reunion, and please get in touch!
1998. Justine Alger Forrester firstname.lastname@example.org Hello, all! The class of ‘98 continues to submit interesting news from near and far. “Far” refers to Thomas Sprenkle, who is still living and working in Dubai. He has been there for nearly four years, and plans to stay for the foreseeable future. Tom did manage to get back to his roots with a two-week visit to Baltimore this past July. Brett Gordon is still enjoying life in New York City. Congratulations are in order — Brett was recently promoted to associate professor at Columbia Business School, “which doesn’t really change my job description (or pay, unfortunately), but it does mean that I’m one step closer
to potentially getting tenure.” Brett also writes, “Compared to last summer, when I visited Israel, Germany and India, now I only have trips to Russia and Canada, with some visits to California — sort of like a different country if you live in Manhattan — sprinkled in between.” Oh, “only” to Russia, Canada, and California … Speaking of California, Alicia Atkinson is still living in the Golden State and tells us, “I have been busy this year balancing teaching at Whittier Friends School and chasing my son Bishop around, as he’s learned to crawl and walk. Parenthood has been an adventure unlike any I could have expected.” Ed Van Wesep is gradually making his way back closer to his home state. Ed and his fiancée Fern Braun will be living in Philadelphia while Fern earns her master’s degree in city planning at Penn. Ed will be teaching at Wharton. Ed says, “It will be nice to be closer to Baltimore after 13 years away.” Avi Kempler is not too far away either, and he has written in with his first-ever Collection update. “I moved to Alexandria, Va., two years ago when I took a job supporting the federal government and have been here ever since. In November I will marry my fiancée Adria Rizzo in Luray, Va., followed up by a honeymoon in Hawaii for 10 days. My sister Toni Kempler Rogat ‘94 will be in the wedding party along with her daughter Sara.” Avi
and his bride have been seeing each other for three and a half years. He also tells us that within the last couple of years he has taken up running, and as of October he will have completed the Baltimore Running Festival’s Carefirst Half-Marathon — his first half-marathon. Way to go, Avi! Our last out-of-towner to write in is Liz Lauren Lauros. “The biggest news is that Shai and I were thrilled to welcome Reuben Mischa Lauros on February 21, 2011. He is a delight! We traveled with him this summer, including a week in Rehoboth Beach with my whole family, including cousins Jake Martin ‘99 and Mike Malin and their wives Stephanie and Cathy. We are still living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and I just finished my fifth year working at NYC’s Child Welfare Agency. I’m now running the Government/Legislative Affairs Office, which is exhausting but fun. Finally,
DAVID MALIN, son of Cathy and Mike Malin ‘98.
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I have a new last name! We combined my last name with Shai’s (formerly Gross), and so now all three of us are officially the Lauros family!” Congrats to the happy family! In other baby news, new mommy Leslie Deutschendorf Coleman gave birth to her son, Jacob (Jake) Robert Coleman, on June 21, 2011. Little Jake arrived five weeks early, weighing 6 lbs. 3 oz. Joe Johnston has exciting news, as well. “I’m happy to announce I got married on April 16, 2011 to a beautiful bride, Jennie Hart Johnston. We had a great time and partied like there was no tomorrow. Jennie and I are enjoying living in Mt. Washington and I’m practicing law at a firm in Hunt Valley, Md., Morgan Carlo Downs & Everton, P.A. I hope everyone from the great class of
AVI KEMPLER ‘98 and his fiancee Adria Rizzo.
FRIENDS AT THE WEDDING OF JOE JOHNSTON ‘98 and Jennie Hart Johnston (from left): Stephanie Martin, Jake Martin ‘99,
Jesse Paulson ‘99, Jen Portland, Cathy Malin, Mike Malin ‘98, Jennie Hart Johnston, Joe Johnston, Kathleen Cusack ‘97 and Chris Lyons. Not pictured: Jamie Johnston ‘94 and Peter Johnston.
‘98 is doing well and I hope to see you all at our next Reunion.” Thanks, Joe! Since Mike Malin has already been mentioned in two other classmates’ notes, it’s about time we got to his own update. Mike has left his job at Mercy and has gone back to work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. “I am the manager of medical operations for The Center for Autism and Related Disorders. My wife Cathy started a new job teaching at Jemicy’s upper school in the fall. I continue to get outstanding reports from my neuro-oncologist and have graduated to six-month follow-up visits from visits every four months. Our 16-month-old son David
is running around and talking up a storm. He is the light of our life.” Mike will also be joining the Alumni Board at Friends this year — so glad to have a fellow ‘98er on board! Maggie Beetz is also living locally. She resides in Baltimore County and is working as the editor for Baltimore’s Gay Life newspaper. She and her husband Jesse Whyte enjoyed a 10-day trip to Ireland this past summer. In my own news, 2011 has been an eventful year (all based on one major event, really). On March 6, 2011, my husband Bill and I entered the ranks of parenthood when we welcomed our son, Silas Alger Forrester. He has been an absolute joy
and even at only a few months old is more fun than we had ever imagined a baby could be. It’s hard to keep up with how fast he has been growing and changing, but we have been doing our best with copious photos and videos. We are so happy to have Silas’ uncle and aunt, my brother Jordy Alger ‘02 and his wife Marisa, living in Baltimore these days while Jordy attends the University of Maryland School of Medicine. That concludes our class notes this time around. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. I hope you all are having a wonderful fall and that you enjoy the holiday season. We’ll look forward to hearing from you again in the spring!
1999. Rosalie Parker email@example.com “Greetings” has become so overused, so I’m going to start giving you all an Italian ‘Salute’! Thanks to all for sending in your updates. I hope my initial email gave you some ideas for news to share with classmates; there’s the usual — work, marriage, move, school, baby, etc. — but if you don’t have any of that going on, write about anything … new hobbies, favorite shoes. Mine might go like this: Rosalie Parker spent her summer renovating her house in Baltimore. She hopes to get a dog sometime in the future but won’t be walking him in her new favorite
Jeffrey Campbell shoes.” (Yes, please make fun of me!) I have to start out with all of the updates that Reid Cherlin put together for our class. We haven’t heard from him in a while, but he might just be our next class secretary, considering all of the news he gathered. Reid reports, “Summer 2011 saw a bunch of great family events in my little corner of the class of 1999. In June, Robert Dietz married the lovely Emily Phair in her hometown of Waupaca, Wis. On hand to celebrate, among family and friends from around the country, were FS alumni Brian Valle, Jeremy Barofsky, Chris Condlin, Will Terrin and me — and of course former Upper School Senate co-president Edith Dietz ‘96. Robert and Emily said their vows in a beautiful yard overlooking Waupaca’s famed Chain-o-Lakes, and their celebration continued late into the evening in admitted contravention of the Quaker tenet of moderation. Over the course of four days, we spent a lot of time on boats, eating cheese curds and appreciating Robert, past and future. The event was even more special for the presence of Chris’ 6-year-old Nikita Condlin, who, not surprisingly, made more new friends than anyone. Many of us were lucky to be able to spend more time with Nikita and his famously energetic dad as they bounced through New York, Boston, Cape Cod, Baltimore and Washington over the course of a wonderful two-month visit. Chris took the summer off from his work as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb in lower Manhattan to focus on the junior Condlin’s tastes for important American things like chocolate ice cream, air museums, Dr. Dre and Angry Birds. Brian Valle, who recently completed his master’s degree in city planning at MIT, has just moved to D.C. to keep me company and begin work in real estate at The Bozzuto Group. His departure left Jeremy Barofsky, his roommate in Cambridge for the past two years, inconsolable for a solid week. Despite his loss, Jeremy continues to march through his doctoral degree in health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health and continues to help the rest of us learn to dance. This spring, Jeremy and Brian got to see globetrotting classmate/DJ wunderkid Tim Sweeney (and his robot-inventorturned-hedge-fund-quant brother, John Sweeney ‘96) go to work at one of Boston’s hottest clubs. Tim continues to draw a global audience for his weekly “Beats in Space” radio show and perform at some of the hippest events around the world, including the final LCD Soundsystem show in New
SILAS ALGER FORRESTER, son of Bill and Justine Alger Forrester ‘98.
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York City, where he DJed the dancepunk giants’ private after-party. Will Terrin, intermittently sporting a rather studious demi-beard, is halfway through med school at St. Louis University and is in his first clinical rotation over the river in southern Illinois. Blushing newlywed Robert has just taken a new job at Groupon in his adopted home of Chicago — no word yet on discounts for the rest of us. For my part, I left the White House in March after two years there and two years on the campaign. I’m currently working on some magazine writing and some consulting work, and generally loving working from home for the first time. Two weekends after the Dietz-Phair nuptials, Michael Kremen married Park School alumna Jessica Chappel in an outdoor ceremony in downtown Baltimore. Mike’s sisters Alexis Kremen ‘95 and Peggy Kremen Cohen ‘01 were both bridesmaids. Brian served as best man and, drawing upon the experience he gleaned from attending no fewer than 21 bar/bat/b’nai mitzvahs during Middle School, gave a toast consisting almost entirely of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases. (To which we say, yasher koach, Brian.) Also in attendance were Michael Hantman ‘02, Josh Hantman ‘96 and Amy Kremen ‘94. Mike moved to Baltimore after finishing his M.B.A. at Columbia Business School and is currently working as an investment banker for Signal Hill. I also heard from Becca Pollak, who is about to begrudgingly leave New York
City to move to Buffalo for a degree in art conservation. She’ll get to forge steel and paint frescos! Otherwise, she’s currently in NYC analyzing historical pigments — and biking. Benjamin Kennedy informed us that he and his wife Jennifer relocated to London for her job. Ben’s taken up freelance editing while looking for work in the legal market in London. Nick Wilson let us know that he’s pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Drew Shelton also chimed in, “After finishing a master’s degree in teaching back in May, I will start my first year as a teacher this fall, completing my gradual transition from environmental engineering to education. I’ll be teaching eighth grade earth/space science in Carroll County, with the goal of making middle schoolers excited about plate tectonics, weather and the solar system. My wife Sarah and I are also buying a house in Lutherville, so this fall will be a big transition for us. She’s a teacher, too, so she’s thrilled that we’ll be on the same schedule for once.” Johanna Howe and Kelly Vaughn meet up as often as possible to have play dates with their little ones. Recently, Kelly brought her little girl Ava (14 months) for a play date with Johanna’s son Cameron (10 months). Johanna said they had fun trying to keep up with them. Kelly also has another little one, Caile, who’s growing up to be as pretty as her mother! Rebecca Dortzbach, formerly Rebecca Garriott, just opened
JOHANNA TASSONE HOWE ‘99 and Kelly Vaughan ‘99’s children Cameron Howe, left, and Ava Edwards enjoy a play date in the spring of 2011.
ANOUK ERNI ‘00 rock climbing in Yosemite Valley, Calif.
her Etsy Shop Backbone Jewelry. She and her husband spent their summer working on their house in her old neighborhood and enjoying backyard cookouts. Rebecca will begin nursing school in the fall and is surprisingly excited. They will probably squeeze in a trip to the beach and a couple of weekends camping. I forgot to let everyone know that I had a totally random run-in with Rebecca at her studio about a year ago with a group of JHU Museums members that I had on a tour of the “underground” arts scene. It was unexpected and a great surprise to see the beautiful work that she and her husband produce. I just learned from my great friend Matt Sherman that he’s missing Friends School and the coaching that he did there. However, he has great endeavors in the works. Matt is opening two raw organic vegan spots in Miami and hopes to expand to the D.C./Baltimore area soon. He’s definitely enjoying life in Miami. Lucia Treasure and I were also definitely enjoying life on the Fourth of July. We celebrated on my
rooftop deck in Hampden and saw all the action of the fireworks without having to travel downtown. Lucia continues to do great work at the Maryland Film Festival and the Senator Theater. Chris Franzoni might have sent his first Class Notes update ever and reports, “After surviving a sub-par high school life, I’ve been fortunate to live in the three best cities in the U.S. — NYC, D.C. and Baltimore. In 2006, I graduated from New York Law School (not NYU). I recently moved to a fab condo in D.C. with my boyfriend Stan, where I hope to get a cute dog and be a stay-at-home wife.” I recently had the ever-so-fortunate opportunity to see Chris at Sophia Silbergeld’s 30th birthday party at her gangster-themed party on the roof of Bourbon Street. Lastly, on to some other exciting news: my BFF Kate Erwin is now Kate Ward. She tied the knot with fellow chef Desmond Ward. Janine D’Adamo ‘98 signed the deal … who knew she was ordained! I couldn’t be happier for Kate and Des. We had a belated celebration with Deana Carr-Davis at
ROSALIE PARKER, and recently married Desmond and Kate Erwin Ward celebrating Kate’s 30th birthday with friends at 13.5% in Hampden.
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JOHN LOVEJOY ‘00 and Lisa Law at their wedding in
that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. They recently CHRIS CONDLIN, Will Terrin, Reid Cherlin, Robert Dietz, Brian Valle, Jeremy Barofsky and, in front, had Gwenn Nikita Condlin at Robert’s wedding in Waupaca, Wis., June 2011. Rosenberg over for a dinner and the Tiki Barge and plan to continue the a variety of publications, including said “It was great to see her and celebration with more of our best The Weekly Standard, National Review, reminisce about high school days!” Friends School ladies. Come and visit and First Things (where we recently Speaking of spending time in nature, sous-chef Kate Ward at 13.5% Wine exposed the anti-life aspects of our two other aught-ers let me know Bar in Hampden and possibly have a recent healthcare reform legislation).” about some serious-sounding advenRosalie and Desmond sighting. All that In his free time, he continues to keep tures. Anouk Erni is working as a said, continue to keep in touch — it’s up with his music, most recently learntelevision editor in Los Angeles and so much fun to hear all of the updates ing to play the hammer dulcimer and has recently discovered a new passion from ‘99ers — no update is too big or in life, rock-climbing! “I’ve been is engaged to Amanda Brown. John climbing for about a year with the goal too small. Oh, one last bit of info. I Lovejoy married Lisa Kiu Law on April of doing ‘Big Wall,’ a.k.a. one of found out that a distant relative of mine 23, 2011 at the Woodbury Country Yosemite’s El Capitan routes, in was influential in bringing Quakerism Club in Woodbury, N.Y. The groom’s September 2011. I also am working to Ohio. Who knew! Guess that Friends brother, David Lovejoy ‘02 served as towards becoming a part-time climbing really was the right place for me. the best man, and John Levin ‘00 and instructor. I just returned from a road Zachary Wilcock ‘00 were among the trip to Colorado, canyoneering in groomsmen. Magistrate Judge Debra C. Zion National Park and climbing the Freeman of the Federal District Court Flatirons in Boulder.” Galen Haggerty in New York and Judge Ellen Lipton Samantha Williamson reports, “I survived a four-day, Hollander, mother of Craig Hollander firstname.lastname@example.org three-night, 59-mile raft and fishing ‘00, of the Federal District Court in trip down the mighty Smith River in Baltimore co-officiated. Jenna BondHello, friends. Ryan Anderson let me central Montana.” James Yolles Louden received her M.B.A. from know he has been busy on many married fellow Friends alum Laura Columbia Business School and is fronts. He is completing his Ph.D. in McComb-DiPesa ‘02 in a beautiful currently working as director of develpolitical philosophy at the University of ceremony at Irvine Nature Center opment at fashion designer Donna Notre Dame and writing a dissertation in June 2011. James and Billy Nobel Karan’s foundation, Urban Zen. She on economic justice and economic surprised Laura with a Beatles serewrites, “I work with Donna to connect rights. He writes, “With two co-authors nade, and faculty members Michael like-minded individuals who are comat Princeton, I recently published ‘What McVey and Lisa Countess were in mitted to creating change in the is Marriage?,’ an article in the winter attendance. Wedding bells are in the areas of preserving culture, promoting 2011 issue of the Harvard Journal of future for Joe Fleury and his lovely well-being and empowering youth. Law and Public Policy. This same trio lady friend Jenny Pontier. Joe owns Otherwise, I am enjoying the single life has also recently filed amicus curiae the dance floor at every wedding I’ve in NYC.” Lesley Wojcik is in her third briefs with the 9th Circuit Court in attended with him, so I can only imagyear of residency in anesthesiology at defense of Prop 8 and with the 1st Cirine the moves he will bring to his own. Oregon Health and Science University cuit Court in defense of DOMA. In I recently moved to Nashville with my in Portland, Ore. She will be applying 2008, I founded a new online journal, husband Rob Travieso ‘97 to start my for fellowships soon, likely in pediatric Public Discourse, published by the residency in ophthalmology at Vanderanesthesiology. She and her husband Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J., bilt University. So far, I like the heat, Dave Richman-Raphael ‘99 are and continue to serve as editor of that the sweet tea and seeing more of Billy enjoying all of the outdoor activities journal today, along with writing for
Nobel. If anyone ventures down South, be sure to let me know!
2001. Carrie Runde email@example.com Hi, Class of 2001. I hope that everyone had enjoyable summers! Charlotte Marra moved to Chicago after graduating from NYU. She completed a master’s degree in art history and criticism and arts administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Charlotte is now working as the director of the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago’s West Loop. Your class secretary made a big move recently after graduating from medical school in Seattle. I am now in D.C. working as a first-year resident in GW’s Center for
LAURA MCCOMB-DIPESA ‘02 and James Yolles ‘00 at their June wedding at Irvine Nature Center.
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LAURA GREEN ‘07 in Greece while study-
ing abroad in the summer of 2011.
RACHEL LIPMAN ‘01, Peggy Kremen Cohen ‘01, Lizzie Cusack ‘01, Jennifer Tufaro Nolley ‘01, Lauren Stone Prendeville ‘01 and
Rachel Tranter ‘01 at Jennifer’s wedding to Dawson Nolley.
Integrative Medicine. I am excited, as this was my first choice location and only one of two residency positions available for MDs to work in an integrative setting, with both allopathic and naturopathic physicians.
a biology teacher and I am a technical writer/editor. We live in Towson.” Emily Lamasa writes, “Cari Whitney, Pierce Murphy and I all just took the same bar review class.” Lots of luck, guys!
Hope everyone is doing well. Most people have joined the Facebook group, which is at http://www.facebook.com/groups/21907417832/?ap=1 for anyone who still wants to join. It’s been great to see what you’re all up to and also to know that I’m extremely well-covered if I ever need legal counsel. As of this writing, Rebecca Ohly is in Novosibirsk, Russia doing research on the geology and chemistry of rocks that may provide information on the beginnings of multicellular life. After this, she’ll be heading to Idaho State University to study volcanology, specifically rocks related to pre-Yellowstone volcanic activity. Ari Reddy writes, “I just finished medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas and am now starting my internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis — and St. Louis actually reminds me a lot of Baltimore.” Dylan Waugh writes, “In March, I married my girlfriend of almost four years Emily Vitrano at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Elmar Trust and Matt Mellott were two of the groomsmen, and several other Friends alums attended. Emily is
Andrea Smillie and Ben Brown were married Sept. 24 in Baltimore and are moving to Alexandria, Va., where Andrea will be teaching Pre-K. She just finished her M.A. at Teachers College at Columbia University. Ben just finished his two years in the Peace Corps in Namibia and is looking to work in international development in D.C. Also headed down the aisle, Lizzie Polek recently became engaged to college sweetheart Justin Gopal. She plays viola for the Richmond Orchestra. She and Justin also make up two-thirds of the classical string trio, Chesapeake Strings. Murray Fenstermaker has been working on the oil spill recovery in the Gulf Coast. He is a natural resource advisor, sampling populations, cordoning off islands with nesting or endangered species, and overseeing cleanup work to make sure it is done right the first time. He finds working seven days a week, 14 hours a day out on barrier islands with no shade pretty rough in the summer heat but still incredibly rewarding. Landon White is in his last year at Howard Law and is the publisher of Astute Magazine™,
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whose mission is “to inform, inspire, and enlighten the black leaders of tomorrow.” The magazine’s summer issue featured Adam Jones from the O’s and Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. It’s available on Apple Store. Gary Williams is beginning a new job as senior program manager for Public Allies Maryland. He’s living in downtown Baltimore and this fall will be starting graduate school for an M.B.A. and M.A. in financial management. Yana Demireva graduated from Johns Hopkins this past May with a degree in anthropology and museum studies. She starts her first “big girl” job this August, working as a recruiter for ITT-Tech. Colin Molloy and Daniel Robertson are continuing to pursue acting in Los Angeles. Colin is starring in a play in Hollywood, while Dan is working on a demo and performing in Hollywood with his musical group “Dark Matter.” He’ll soon be starting massage therapy school. On the other side of the country, Jordan Siegel is living and acting in New York City, most recently in the show “Men” at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She says Julien Pell is also in New York, working at United Talent Agency. Alexandra Nelson is applying to P.A. grad school and working toward nursing school as well. She works in cardiology at University of Maryland Medical Center and loves it. She also welcomed a new puppy in her life! Also in the medical field, Kendra Toner graduated with a D.P.T. (doctor of physical therapy) degree from Ithaca College in December 2009. Since then she has been doing
pediatric home care for children up to age 5 in eastern Baltimore County and Harford County. She lives in Cockeysville with her boyfriend, who is looking for work in media post-production. She sees Caitlin Garman, Jill Fritze and Rachel Fitz whenever she can and would love to reunite with anyone else who is back in B’more! Rachel recently purchased a home just around the corner from me in Northwest Washington, D.C. and was kind enough to invite a few of us over to celebrate.
2005. NEEDS A SECRETARY! Mike Hopkins-Gross reports, “I teach music and chorus at Somerset Elementary School in Chevy Chase, which is in the Montgomery County Public School System. I also am music director at Riverdale Presbyterian Church in University Park, Md., and I still do freelance music arranging and keyboard player gigs.”
2006. Nicole Runde firstname.lastname@example.org Class of ‘06 had a great Five-Year Reunion this May! Everyone looked happy, healthy and so excited to see each other after five years. If you weren’t able to make it to Reunion, shoot me an email or stop by the Friends School ‘06 Facebook page. Maxx Davis writes that he just moved to Mission Viejo, Calif. for a position as the assistant lacrosse coach at J. Serra Catholic High School. Ouranitsa Abbas still works as the legal administrative assistant for immigration legal services of Esperanza Center in Fells Point. She performed an Egyptian folkloric dance at their spring fundraiser this past May. The event, called “An
Cross has been hard at work starting her own public relations and image consulting firm. She also interned with Baltimore Fashion Week this summer, where Sarah Gearhart was lending her modeling skills to a few designers. Sarah, who just started medical school in August, is training for the October Under Armour Half-Marathon with Jake Stern. In May, my boyfriend Zach and I moved to the Charles Village area, where I was happily surprised to find that Dan Kotowski was my across-the-street neighbor!
2007. Lauren Marks email@example.com It’s an exciting year for the Class of 2007, since many graduated from college this year and will embark on a new journey that may include more schooling, an exciting job opportunity or — for some — traveling. Holly Heller writes, “It has been an exciting and busy last few months for me, I graduated from Gettysburg College JIMMY BIGWOOD ‘07 with the Washington College diploma awarded to his in May and am now working in the great-great-great-great-great-grandfather John Scott in 1783. Leeward Islands for Sail Caribbean. I live aboard a large sailboat and teach International Evening: Sharing Our English section! Natalie writes, “It’s high school-aged kids how to sail. Cultures, Sharing Ourselves,” showbeen an amazing 10 months here, The students live aboard the boats cased food, music, art and cultures and it’s really hard to say goodbye. with the staff; in addition to learning of Latin America, Asia and Africa. For now, I’m heading back to the how to sail during the three weeks Natalie West just finished up her States, but I’m hoping to be back in they’re here, we find lots of time for English teaching assistantship in Nepal. Nepal again sometime soon!” This island exploration. This fall I will be stuAt the end of class 10, Nepali students summer, Katie Minton celebrated her dent teaching the first grade in Hanover, take a massive exam called the School one-year mark in Madagascar with the Pa., which I hope will be the beginning Leaving Certificate (SLC), which basiPeace Corps! She’s been busy working of a long career.” Not far from Gettyscally determines the rest of their lives. on AIDS and public health projects, burg, Chiara Olivi graduated from Natalie’s class from last year just took including painting a giant world map Dickinson College with a major in Spanthe SLC in March and all passed the at her village’s middle school. Jackie ish and double minor in Latin American studies and Italian. NATALIE WEST ‘06 with some of her students from her English teaching assistantship in Nepal. For the summer she worked through
Americorps as a community organizer for Baltimore Center for Green Careers, a branch of the nonprofit organization Civic Works. She says, “It is a wonderful organization with a great mission and I hope to continue with this job!” Two of our fellow graduates, Tanya Tavassolie and Prescott McWilliams, graduated from Franklin & Marshall College this year. Tanya is now working as a research assistant in the Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland. She says, “I am specifically working on an ‘action understanding’ project with infants to better understand how infants learn about goaldirected behavior. I hope to go to graduate school for child development or educational psychology in a couple years.” Prescott says, “I graduated magna cum laude with a major in chemistry and a minor in French Horn performance. From my humble roots in the pit orchestras of Friends musicals, I rose to the role of conductor for the 2011 F&M presentation of ‘Seussical the Musical.’ I will start dental school at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall and am proud to have a Quaker mascot once again!” Natalie Zinkham just graduated from Georgetown University. Over the next two years she will be teaching middle school Spanish in Jackson, as part of Teach for America’s Mississippi Delta Corps. Several of our other classmates will be teaching English abroad, including Perkins DeMuth, who just graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in political science with a focus in political theory. He will be teaching in Europe for a year. Quinn Fusting graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in comparative literature and French studies. In July, Quinn’s short story, “Belly,” won The Pratt Contemporaries’ inaugural Fiction Storytellers Award. To read “Belly,” go to:
LAURA RESNICK ‘07 setting up sunflowers and herbs for a farmer’s
market in Union Square, Somerville, Mass., as part of her job at Massachusetts Audubon’s Drumlin Farm.
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archaeology abroad this summer in Greece and Italy and will be graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in December 2011 with a major in anthropology and a minor in sociology. As for me, I am working at Marcus-Boyd Realty in Federal Hill and figuring out my next move — whether that’s traveling, moving to D.C. or beginning a career in real estate. Also, we are about to celebrate our Fifth Reunion from Friends! I hope you’ll come for the fun on May 4–5, 2012. Charlie Russell, Tanya Tavassolie, Leigh Weitzmann and I are on the committee. Please be sure we have your contact info by sending it to Amy in the Alumni Office (alangrehr@ friendsbalt.org.) Thanks and best wishes to all — and please continue to send your updates!
CLASS OF ‘07 pals Lauren Marks, Chiara Olivi and Roz Kreizenbeck
celebrating Lauren’s 22nd birthday.
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www.urbanitebaltimore.com/baltimore/ belly/Content?oid=1459370. Congratulations, Quinn! Manu Charlier writes in with exciting news: “I have one more year left at Wellesley College, where I transferred after taking a year off from Georgetown. I spent this summer in Santa Monica, Calif., interning in Beverly Hills at a production company called Overbrook Entertain-
ment.” Laura Resnick is now a farm apprentice at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Mass., and “absolutely loves it!” She adds, “I live in a cabin with the other apprentices on a huge pond in the woods — it’s beautiful!” And finally, Laura Green who has sadly — for me — moved across the harbor to Fells Point and left me as the last Federal Hillsider says, “I studied
Daniel Feinberg writes, “I had a great summer doing ecology research at Hamilton. In the fall I’ll be applying to graduate schools! Charles Graves writes, “I am the campaign manager for one of the City Council campaigns in Baltimore this year.” Douglas Miller says, “I did a legal internship in Washington and also was at Oxford University in the U.K. for research during the second half of the summer. I won two grants — the Penn Climate Action Grant and the Initiative for
Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Grant — to direct a study at Oxford for my senior thesis on ‘sustainable behavior inducement.’” Rachel Pologe writes, “I was elected co-president of NUWFA, the Northwestern University Women Filmmakers Alliance. The two $3,000 grant films I produced last year, ‘Red Daisy’ and ‘Chase,’ premiered in June, and we’re currently submitting them to festivals. I’ve spent the summer in Los Angeles, interning at Industry Entertainment, a TV/film management company. Bethany Schiffman writes, “I’m a rising senior at NYU with a double major in anthropology and French. That means two honors theses starting next fall. After a semester in France, I have my own apartment in New York. My big news is that this past spring I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, which is rare for a junior. I haven’t seen any classmates recently, but I did have lunch with former Friends faculty member Nick Bussey. As for me, your class secretary, I interned at McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley as a sales intern this summer and at the end of last semester I was elected president of the Elon club basketball team. I am scheduled to graduate early, at the end of January, but I will still be walking with my class in May. This summer I’ve had the pleasure to spend some time with Sarah Gartner, Jill Tessman-Heath and Joe Richardson. Please send me your updates! It’s always great to hear from you all.
Fall 2011 Milestones. STAY IN THE LOOP! Please send all Milestones to Amy Langrehr at alangrehr@friends balt.org. Deadline is February 1, 2012.
Jennifer Tufaro to Dawson Nolley June 4, 2011 (picture on pg. 44)
Kate Erwin to Desmond Ward July 20, 2011
Michael Kremen to Jessica Chappel July 3, 2011
Carey Schock to Kathleen Rhodes August 13, 2011
Joe Johnston to Jennie Hart April 16, 2011
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Robert Dietz to Emily Phair June 18, 2011
Carolyn Hoffman to Richard Karoll June 5, 2011
2000. John Lovejoy to Lisa Law April 23, 2011 James Yolles to Laura McComb-DiPesa ‘02 June 25, 2011
2002. Alexis Johnson to Joseph Walpole June 16, 2011
2003. Dylan Waugh to Emily Vitrano March 5, 2011
2004. Andrea Smillie to Ben Brown ‘04 September 24, 2011
2010. Maggie Tennis email@example.com Ali Smith, upon completing her freshman year at University of Richmond, traveled to Spain, where she lived with a local family, took two courses and toured the region, including Cordoba, Granada, Toledo and Madrid. Ali even made it to Portugal with a few of her new friends. She says, “I miss Sevilla a lot. It was amazing to just walk outside and to have so much history surrounding you.” Her host family lived just minutes from the center of town. Throughout her five weeks there, Ali noticed the differences in the Spanish lifestyle. She said her favorite quote from one of her professors is, “In America people live to work, but in Spain, people work to live.” Elizabeth Zinkham writes, “I spent a little over a month in Taiwan taking a course at the National Taiwan University on the agriculture, culture, and biodiversity of Taiwan. We spent two weeks in Taipei and had classes or guided tours every day, where we saw a lot of experimental farms and university-related research areas. Then we traveled around the northern half of Taiwan, mostly in the mountains and Xitou Forest. I applied directly to NTU but the course was conducted in English and had people from all over — Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Texas, mainland China, Malaysia, and the U.S. After the program, I spent some time traveling around the Taipei
Births 1982. Karen Dates Dunmore and Larry a daughter, Hallie Elizabeth, May 11, 2011
1988. Elizabeth Felter Farrell and Bill a son, Colin James March 9, 2011
1990. Shannon Lattik Koinzan and Kevin a son, Samuel Quentin April 13, 2011
area by myself. I did take some Chinese classes, but only learned two or three phrases.” Carrie Hildebrandt says, “I spent about two months in Morocco this summer. The first two weeks were with a UMD group of eight students and two professors, and was more culture-related. We spent one week in Fes and one in a southern town called Sidi Ifni. We took classes in local dialect and culture and visited local NGOs, women’s co-ops, and an amazing development project called the Fog
Project, which aims to turn the large amounts of fog present in the Southern Atlas Mountains into drinkable water through the use of technology developed in Chile. The villages in this region have little to no clean drinking water available. It was amazing to see the project developing and, as an added bonus, the money we had paid the organization to host us actually helped fund the project! Over the next six weeks I lived with a host family and took intensive courses on the
local Moroccan dialect. I was in class 20 hours a week, and by the end I could have a decent conversation in Moroccan Arabic! Over the weekends I had the chance to travel even more and visited Chefchaouen, Tetaouan, Tangier, Asilah and also got to ride a camel into the Sahara Desert! And, like most of my classmates from 2010, I had a great freshman year. I joined a singing group and had the opportunity to travel with them to Puerto Rico.”
SARAH GARTNER ‘08 with a water buffalo skull and showing her Quaker pride in Botswana.
Esther Moran Hamm and Erich a daughter, Eva Moran June 11, 2011
Johanna Shear Swanson and Kevin a daughter, Isabelle Juliet January 11, 2011
Dana Oppenheim Chodos and Marc a daughter, Sarah Layne April 25, 2011
Liz Lauren Lauros and Shai a son, Reuben Mischa February 21, 2011
1997. Jennifer Insley-Pruitt and Matt a son, Oliver Winter May 14, 2011
Justine Alger Forrester and Bill a son, Silas Alger March 6, 2011 Leslie Deutschendorf Coleman and Hank a son, Jacob Robert June 21, 2011
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1951. Peter Bryan June 28, 2011
1959. Gerry Sutherland July 6, 2011
1969. Linda Datcher Loury September 22, 2011
1974. Bill Massey August 5, 2011
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1945 Harry L. Hoffman III and Mary Louisa Hoffman
1946 Gisela Cloos Evitt
1947 W. Byron Forbush, II and Elizabeth Forbush
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Robin Biddison Dodd Robert L. Kriel Mary Allen Wilkes
1937 Dorothy B. Krug Anne Homer Martin
1938 Ethel Kegan Ettinger Emma Belle Shafer Wagner** Donald H. Wilson, Jr. and Marion Wilson
1956 Albion Bacon John P. David Clarinda Harriss Robert B. Heaton and Ann H. Heaton Martha F. Horner Mabel T. Miyasaki Linda Windsor Siecke
1939 Daniel S. Greenbaum**
Marcia Smith Clark J. Henry Riefle, III
James G. Kuller Dorothy Eastwick Seaton **
1958 Elizabeth Banghart Flaherty Susan Shinnick Hossfeld
FRIENDS SCHOOL |
Circle of Friends
Henry L. Mortimer J. McDonnell Price Ronald H. Renoff Frank A. Windsor and Ann McAllister Windsor ‘60
1959 Robert S. Patterson and Barbara Patterson Dan Reed and Claire Reed
1960 Elizabeth Beatty Gable Diane Howell Mitchell Joseph C. Ramage Ann McAllister Windsor and Frank A. Windsor ‘58
M. Louise Wagner
William M. Rubenstein and Sandy Rubenstein
1970 A. P. Ramsey Crosby Lisa Mitchell Pitts and Toby Pitts Carl B. Robbins
Anonymous (5) Jeanette W. Achuff** Nancy H. Berger Deborah and Howard M. Berman Karen Birdsong and Carl Roth Heidi and David Blalock Patricia H. Blanchard Gerritt H. Blauvelt Karen B. Bleich Tom Brooks Anne R. Brown Sharon C. and D. Perry Brown Helen E. Bryant Lorraine Camp Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Camp John and Sue Carnell Alice Cherbonnier 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 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 Eleanor W. High** 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 Weldon A. Jones
Stuart S. Hutchins Laura Ellen Muglia Judy F. Strouse
1974 David R. Blumberg
1975 1961 Elizabeth New Cohen Joan Yeager Cromer John L. Dashiells** David M. Evans** Sylvan J. Seidenman and Sandy Seidenman
Robin E. Behm Katherine E. Bryant
1976 Cynthia Klein Goldberg Winston W. Hutchins
1977 1962 Mary Ellen Fischer Emily C. Holman James B. Willis
Alison Nasdor Fass and Andrew Fass F. William Hearn, Jr.
1979 1963 Elizabeth Fetter Deegan and Michael J. Deegan, Jr. Charles W. Harlan and Mary Dell Gordon Harlan ‘65 Gail Moran Milne Alice Smith Reid Barry S. Stott
Norman D. Forbush Philip B. Gould Joseph Klein, III and Judy Sandler Cristin Carnell Lambros
1980 Christopher Holter Amy Gould John
1964 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
1981 Anonymous David H. Alkire Eileen S. Goldgeier Katherine A. Hearn Diana Price Matthews James M. Matthews
1983 Louis T. Hanover Edwin H. Remsberg Sean R. Sweeney
1965 Gretchen Garman Hampt Mary Dell Gordon Harlan and Charles W. Harlan ‘63 Frederick W. Moran
1985 Evan C. Shubin Katherine G. Windsor
1988 1967 Alan B. Rosoff
Thora A. Johnson Wendell B. Leimbach, Jr.
Jay E. Boyd Melinda Burdette Robert L. Mackall W. Berkeley Mann, Jr. David A. Wilson
David Henry Jason Innes Gregory Moody
Sherri Shubin Cohen
Parents, Faculty, Staff and Friends
William R. Kahl** Adine C. Kelly Michael and Narindar Kelly Ferne K. Kolodner Cartan B. Kraft Eleanor C. Landauer Gayle L. Latshaw Howard J. and Karen M. Loewenberg Susan P. Macfarlane John and Joyce Maclay Garvin S. and Pamela M. Maffett W. Berkley** and Eleanor Mann** Diana R. McGraw Elizabeth A. McKennon and Peter E. Bancroft Mary Ellen McNish and David Miller Frieda M. A. and Douglas L. McWilliams Matthew Micciche John and Beverly Michel Douglas J. Miller, Sr. Sheri B. Miller-Leonetti Catherine G. Motz** Lee S. Owen C. E. and Joan Partridge Dorothy H. Powe Anne and Roger Powell Helen M. Reich** Stephen Rives Marylynn and John Roberts Mary S. and Paul E. Roberts Jean B. and John V. Russo Mary Ellen and William Saterlie Carol French Schreck Esther Sharp Barbara and Gordon Shelton Dr. and Mrs. Charles Shubin Daryl J. Sidle Lisa and Alfred L. Singer Jerome Smalley Lynne Smalley William Smillie Turner B. and Judith R. Smith Phillip Snyder Paul S.** and Maragaret H. Strasburg** Deirdre Stokes Mark C. Stromdahl Gerry Mullan and William J. Sweet, Jr. Audrey Taliaferro** Joycelyn Wallace** Marilyn and David Warshawsky John G. Watt* Mark and Sherri Weinman Bill White Thomas E. Wilcox *indicates a new gift in 2011-12 **deceased
In the Philanthropy at Friends Report on Voluntary Giving 2010-11, soon available online, you’ll find the names of hundreds of Friends School donors without whom our School could not survive. To receive a printed copy or to donate, contact Meg Whiteford at email@example.com.
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F RIEN D S SCH OOL F IN E & PERFORMING ARTS CALENDAR 2011-12 DECEMBER 1
Wassail at the Walters Art Museum, featuring the Middle School Apollos, 7 p.m.
Upper School Choral Concert, Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Lower School Winter Sing, Gymnasium, 1:30 p.m.
Seventh & Eighth Grade Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Sixth Grade Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Primary Winter Sing, Gymnasium, 11 a.m.
Upper School Instrumental Concert, Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Fourth & Fifth Grade Band/Orchestra Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
18-20 Upper School Musical,
Lower School Spring Sing, Gymnasium, 1:30 p.m. Auditorium, Fri-Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m.
27-28 Upper School Student-Run
Play: Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink The Water,” Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Upper School Spring Dance Informance, Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
All-School Orchestra Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
10th Annual Friends School Video & Animation Festival, LS Multipurpose Room, 7 p.m.
Sixth Grade Band/Choral Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Fourth & Fifth Grade Band Concert/Recital, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Middle School Dragonfly Theater presents “Bye Bye Birdie, Jr.,” Auditorium, Fri-Sat: 7 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m.
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Upper School Choral Concert, Auditorium, 8 p.m. Upper School Wind/Jazz Ensemble Concert, Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Seventh & Eighth Grade Concert, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Primary Spring Sing, Gymnasium, noon
23-27 National Dance Week @ Friends — free lessons offered all week long
All-School Art Show, Opening Reception, Gymnasium, 4-6 p.m. Show hours: April 25-27: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday April 30: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
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