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A TRIBUTE TO MATT MICCICHE A look back at departing Head of School Matt Micciche’s 16 years of service to the Friends School community.


QUARANTINE INNOVATIONS Friends continues its 237-year legacy of pioneering innovative teaching and learning during the unprecedented shift to distance learning.

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from the head of school ⊲ Dear Friends, Welcome to this special edition of Friends magazine. School years 2020 and 2021 have been unusual years for both our school and larger world. It’s fitting, then, that this special edition of the magazine reflects the times we find ourselves in, and contains news and highlights from both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. As my tenure as Head of School comes to a close, I am reflecting on the unique time in our 237-year history. In the past two years, we confronted two daunting challenges at the same time; managing the COVID-19 pandemic and wrestling to reckon with the ways that racism has manifested on campus. Their combination has stretched us all - at Friends School and beyond - as human beings and as citizens. As you’ll read in the pages that follow, in each of these areas, heroes have emerged, and regarding the COVID pandemic, we have a staff full of such heroes. Our teachers responded with equanimity in the face of the ongoing innovation necessary to meet their students’ needs. Meanwhile, the staff and administration who support their work have been tirelessly toiling, working to provide the resources needed to continue offering a powerful and transformative education to our students. I have enormous pride in and gratitude for all my colleagues’ work.

“At a time like this, when there are so many challenges confronting us, it is reassuring to be part of a school with a 237-year history.”

Our students themselves have also risen to the occasion with grace and understanding. Despite the interruption to their daily routines and the loss of cherished events and milestones, they are still bringing to their modified learning experiences all the effort and diligence they can muster. You’ll read as well about how the school has responded to what many of us see as the twin pandemic of systemic racism in our nation, our city, and even on our own campus. Here, too, members of our community have worked purposefully to identify the issues of concern and to bring them to light. We’ve developed a short-term strategic working plan to address these issues with a longer-term plan in the works. Just as in dealing with COVID, there have been a number of challenges, and we have made and will continue to make missteps along the way. But we are committed to living up to the ideals of equity and inclusion that are core components of our identity as a Quaker school.

Celebrating 16 Years of Head of School,

M at t M i c c i c h e

By Sarah Achenbach

After 16 years as Head of School for Friends School of Baltimore, Matt Micciche has a long list of favorite memories and proud accomplishments. A contender for the top of the list for Micciche, who steps down on July 1, 2021, is something unexpected, simple, and transformational: Micciche loved opening car doors.

At a time like this, when so many challenges confront us, being part of a school with a 237-year history is reassuring. Through more than two centuries, Friends School, born in the shadow of the American Revolution, has survived many threats; the invasion of Baltimore in the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Baltimore Fire, the Flu Epidemic of a century ago, the Great Depression, World War II, and so many more. I am confident that, just as in those instances, the school will draw upon its strengths, its Quaker foundation, and the people who love it to persevere through all that comes our way. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not say what an honor it has been to serve this community for 16 years. I am proud to pass the torch to incoming Interim Head of School, Dennis Bisgaard, who you will learn more about in the next issue. We hope you enjoy this special edition of Friends magazine, and we wish you and your families well. Sincerely,





Mr. Micciche speaks at Convocation.

Standing in the carpool line certainly falls under “other duties as assigned” on the complex job description for independent school heads. Being visible and accessible to the student and parent community is, of course, essential for any school leader in the 21st century. For Micciche, though, the simple act of standing curbside at Lower School carpool drop-off, near the Friendship Wall, and greeting students and parents became much more. “Every day I could, I was in the carpool line,” Micciche says. “It’s about the best way to start your day. There are kids who bounce out of the car and can’t wait to start their day and those who are a little sluggish but light up when they see a friend.” It was a key part of the full-circle aspect of his job, he adds. When he hands diplomas to graduates, he often sees the students’ younger selves. “I can remember opening their car door in Second Grade,” he reflects. “My proudest moments have been seeing students graduate and seeing the people they’ve become and knowing they are who they are because of our faculty and staff.” Micciche’s connection to Friends’ students is a central part of his “meaningful legacy,” says Norman Forbush ‘78, P’21, Clerk of the FSB Board of Trustees. “In all of his dealings, our students are first and foremost in his mind,” he says. “Our community has benefited from the caliber of Matt’s leadership, intellect, integrity, and warm spirit.”

A Vision for Opportunity There have certainly been other proud moments. Micciche led the creation and implementation of two strategic plans, Foundations for the Future and Friends Connects. He expanded Friends’ outreach within Baltimore City by building on partnerships with organizations like the McKim Center. Setting the Stage, the largest capital



campaign in the School’s 237-yearhistory, raised nearly $26 million from 2011 to 2016 and served as another high point for Micciche. The campaign raised substantial funds for student scholarships and The Fund for Friends, which is the school’s annual fund, and transformed the Forbush Building and Auditorium into a firstclass visual and performing arts center. Other campus improvements during Micciche’s watch were renovations to the Upper School Academic Building and Dining Hall and the creation of five campus MakerSpaces.

“I remember so clearly when [he] arrived and how different the school has felt under [his] leadership. By different, I mean dynamic, energized, open, informed, compassionate, and so much more.”

Micciche is known for his intellect, warmth, and wry humor – early in the pandemic, he donned a red union suit to host the web series “Tonight with Friends” – but it’s his humility that imbues the lens through which he views such public achievements. “Everything we’ve accomplished has to do with the kids,” he explains. He has also derived great pleasure from getting to know thousands of Friends School alumni. “They are such a unique and special group of people, distinctive in the passion they bring to their lives,” Micciche says. “It’s meaningful that the School has had such an influence on our alumni that they want to give back.”

Suzy Katzenberg ’64 recalls Micciche’s arrival at Friends in 2005; at age 33. It was his first headship, though he was a seasoned teacher and administrator after a decade at Wilmington Friends School. He was steeped in the Quaker tradition and experienced in helping to lead a large school with multiple divisions. “I remember so clearly when [he] arrived and how different the school has felt under [his] leadership,” reflects Katzenberg, who, like many alumni, grew to know him well. “By different, I mean dynamic, energized, open, informed, compassionate, and so much more.” He brought these qualities to the important goal of enhancing professional development for faculty and staff. Micciche led the School’s pioneering collaboration with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). In 2017, Friends was among the first public, charter, and private schools in the world—and the only Baltimore-area school – to partner with CTTL. Since then, Friends faculty have attended the summer institute in Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science and learning at Johns Hopkins University. Micciche has worked just as hard to provide new learning opportunities for students. Under his leadership, the school founded the ten-year-old University Partnership Program, which matches Friends Middle School and Upper School students with professors and researchers at colleges and universities around the country. Another Micciche-era curricular distinction is the voluntary Extradisciplinary Certificate Program (recently renamed Scholars Certificate Program) for students to explore areas of academic interest, “bundling” related course work, club involvement, speaker series, independent studies, internships, and/or other capstone projects to give students a deep dive into their passions.

A Treasured Role When Micciche and his wife, Frances, arrived in Baltimore, they had one son, Peter, who was a toddler. Today, Peter ’22, Jason ’25, and David ’27 are Friends “lifers” since preschool and look forward to graduating from the School, as the Micciche family will remain in Baltimore. Being a Friends parent gave him a unique perspective as Head of School. “It’s not abstract,” Micciche explains. “You can really see the impact of our mission and the core of the Quaker education. It’s about how you treat others with respect and dignity. Our students see this from their teachers who try to make the world a better place. My kids have modeled this because of our faculty.” Forbush, who knows a thing or two about what it takes to be head of a school, lauds Micciche’s devotion to the tenets of Quaker leadership. “Matt seeks wisdom and counsel, embracing the concept of a continually revealed truth,” says Forbush, whose father was Dr. William Byron Forbush II ’47, the longest-serving head of Friends from 1960 until 1998, and whose grandfather, Bliss Forbush, served as head from 1943 to 1960. (Of the School’s 11 heads in its 237-year history, Micciche has the fourth-longest tenure.) Adopting today’s educational parlance,

Micciche chuckles that his immediate plans include what he calls a “gap year.” He and Frances are excited to continue as Friends parents while he writes, does some educational consulting (including helping Friends with strategic projects), teaches in the Johns Hopkins School of Education, and finally gets to the 16-year-old stack of unread books on his nightstand. Micciche is also excited to deepen his volunteer role with the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, the city’s first, boys-only public charter school. He’s been on the board of the 4th-8th grade charter school since its founding in 2015 and is passionate about its mission. But above all, he’s excited about spending “some real quality time with my family.” Their boys, he says, are wonderful ages. Any impact he has had, Micciche is quick to point out, is because of his wife. “Frances deserves all the credit for whatever we were able to accomplish,” he says, listing her parenting, organizing, hosting, and communityembracing talents. Her cheerfulness and friendliness are well known through the Friends community. “A lot of my work has been time-intensive, and knowing that she was there for our family whenever I needed to be here for the School family made all the difference,” he says. “She has meant so much to so many people.”

Mr. Micciche’s Top 5 Friends Moments 1. Meeting for Worship: Sitting together in silence is an experience like nothing else in modern life. 2. Convocation: This celebrates the essence of who we are as a community. 3. Scarlet and Gray Day: These were wonderful, fun days! 4. Countless performances: Attending everything from Lower School sings to Upper School productions made the quality of my life infinitely better. 5. The SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. Having these Quaker ideals modeled and lived by everyone in our community is incredible.

Facing Challenges The challenges of the last 16 years – and certainly the last 15 months – have created seismic and systemic shifts in education regionally, nationally, and globally. From the 2008 recession to issues of social justice, equity, and inclusion, and a pandemic that shifted all learning online in spring 2020, independent schools have had to change how they operate and educate. Guiding Micciche’s leadership through change is the Quaker ideal of communal discernment. Wilmington Friends School certainly developed his respect for consensus, but it’s a concept that was forged early in his Winchester-Mass. childhood as a triplet in a Catholic family of seven boys. He learned early to give and take, to listen, to adjust, and to be resilient.

The Micciche family from left to right: Frances, Matt, David, Jason and Peter. FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


“The 2008 recession changed the equilibrium for all independent schools,” Micciche says. “It became a buyer’s market, and in Baltimore, it emphasized that there was a greater supply than demand.” The lasting result, Micciche explains, is that every school needs to constantly define its value to its families: “It probably made us better programmatically.”

the Friends community came together over the past year and a half. In May 2020, following George Floyd’s murder, campuses across the country faced another crucible: a needed reckoning on race and racism. Compounding the complexities of these conversations was the fact that the Friends community was stuck at home and unable to be together physically for Convocation or Meeting for Worship to share experiences and have an open discussion. Earlier in his tenure, Micciche hired Friends’ first full-time Director of Diversity in 2012 and directed the launch of the School’s first-ever racial equity strategic plan. Following the unrest in Baltimore catalyzed by Freddie Gray’s death in 2015, Micciche admits that “we weren’t as prepared as we wanted to be to have those conversations.” In response, the School created social justice cohorts to facilitate discussion and support racial identity groups, which were made possible by an alum’s generous $1.5 million donation to the School’s endowment.

Of course, 2020 was the year that no school saw coming. When the School shut down in March 2020, Micciche led the faculty in pivoting, almost overnight, to a robust remote learning program that included a peer-led digital teaching training program. Last fall, the School opened safely for hybrid learning. Though Micciche very much missed his carpool greetings during COVID-19 and other daily encounters with students before masks and social distancing – “It’s been incredibly hard to have those spontaneous connections with kids like having seniors over for pizza or spending time in classrooms,” he laments – he is deeply proud of how

Matt Micciche named new Head of School


First $1 million donation on record to Friends School


Construction of new Middle School and Upper School renovations


Inaugural Diversity Plan adopted by the Board of Trustees


“Foundations for the Future” strategic plan developed Mission Fund founded to support students beyond tuition



The conversations since summer 2020, though, have been among his most difficult. The rapid emergence of the national BlackAt movement (see more on page 22 ) brought conversations about racial equity to the forefront of school life. Community members shared raw, painful memories of the racism they experienced at Friends illuminating how the school had not always lived up to its ideals and that more work was needed. What followed were regular updates, titled “A Commitment to Racial Equity,” addressing a range of issues from policies to create more inclusive student behaviors to efforts to improve Friends’ retention and hiring of people of color. “We’re putting policies and initiatives in place that will help students and employees engage in equity and justice work,” Micciche says, adding that he knows the conversations and policy changes need to continue. “This has to be explored in explicit ways to overcome blind spots.”

Launch of University Partnership Program

New Dining Hall is built

2009 “The World Needs What Our Children Can Do” signature statement


Launch of Setting the Stage Campaign


Felicia Wilks named first Diversity Director of Friends School

2012 First Growth and Renewal in our Work (GROW) cohorts

“Our students have been a constant source of pride and suprise. But I have learned that no matter how much planning and attention you give, there are unpredictable moments.” Navigating the Unexpected Through Community Micciche acknowledges that it’s been a long time since there has been a predictability to the school year, but the past 16 years have taught him to embrace the unexpected. “Our students have been a source of constant pride and surprise [to me],” Micciche says. “But I have learned that no matter how much planning and attention you give, there are

unpredictable moments. Heads need flexibility and the ability to roll with what’s going on around you.” He credits Friends’ impressive “distribution of responsibility” for any success he has achieved on behalf of the School: “There is little I could have accomplished that wasn’t the result of many, many other people’s work. I was often the end of a long line of good work by others working directly with our children.”

This fall, he may make an occasional appearance curbside on the Friends’ campus. This time, behind the wheel of the Micciche family minivan, watching his sons bound out of the door, backpacks, hearts, and minds ready for what lies ahead. ■

Setting the Stage Campaign raises $25.6 million

Introduction of PLUSS Days (Professional Learning Upholding Student Success)

Dr. Michael R. and Shelly Camp Stanford Fellows prorgram founded to support Balt. City students


Board of Trustees approves start of Forbush Building & Auditorium Implementation construction of the Teaching 1 year ahead and Learning of schedule. Paradigm



Anne Homer Martin ’37 gives largest gift in FSB history. 1-to-1 Computer Device Program initiated in Upper School.

2016 Pleidades open for Jay Leno. Launch of Extradisciplinary Certificate Program Death of Freddie Gray, Social unrest

Hundreds of alumni, families and friends logged on to Zoom on June 4th to help celebrate Mr. Micciche’s 16 Years of Service to Friends School. Hosted by the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association and the Parents Association and emcee’d by Today Show contributor and current parent Mario Armstrong, the evening included special guest speakers, video montages, tribute musical performances and the presentation of Bart Walter ‘76’s bronze sculpture, Owlet Trio.

His job, he reflects, was to offer guidance and to provide the inspiration, funds, and resources to make others’ vision and calling possible. “Our faculty care so deeply,” he adds. “The real work happens with them working every day with our kids.”

Setting the Stage Campaign surpasses goal

First Maker Space opens in the Upper School

In Celebration of Service


Launch of Equity Audit

Collaboration with Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning INSPIRED founded with $1.5M gift from alumnus


Auditorium and performing arts center grand opening

Baltimore’s Child: Best Private School (again!) Baltimore’s Child: Best Private School


“The Journey Matters” messaging begins


Micciche pens Op-Ed on retiring AP exams in the Baltimore Sun

Launch next Diversity Plan

Friends Connects: Strategic Direction for the Future

COVID-19 Pandemic: pivot to vitual and hybrid learning

Baltimore Sun: Readers’ Choice Best Private School

All faculty participate in STRIDE

School year starts “virtually,” ends with all students having option to attend in person. Endowment Growth of 99% from 2010-Present

2021 Virtual Celebration of Micciche’s 16 years as Head of School, June 4th, 2021 – over 250 participants log on via Zoom.



Quarantine Innovations At Friends School of Baltimore BC (Before Covid-19), the pedagogical tradition begun in 1784 of FSB faculty guiding in-person learning was very much the standard. Technology was used as a teaching enhancement, but it was not the teaching method. That changed on March 12, 2020 when FSB announced, along with most of the country’s educational institutions, that it was moving immediately to remote learning because of the pandemic. For spring 2020, Friends School teachers, administrators, and students embraced the new digital learning landscape and the hybrid-learning models introduced in mid-to-late fall.

Throughout the pandemic, community members have found new, innovative ways to stay connected during the unexpected.





Making STRIDEs 2020’s first Friday the 13th (because, of course, this year had to have two) was March 13, the first day of spring break for FSB students and a planned professional development day for faculty and staff. Less than 24 hours earlier, Friends had announced that, following spring break, the school would move to remote learning and that the professional development day was scrapped. Jennifer Robinson, Director of Academic Technologies and Libraries, can’t remember what the original training topic was. Instead, she and her faculty colleagues spent Friday and the next week getting their bearings and gathering materials for the indefinite absence from their classrooms. Robinson hurriedly assigned laptops and delivered devices to students for the technological transition to remote learning. For FSB faculty, it was a steep learning curve. “Many of our faculty had never taken a course in online learning, and our Lower School colleagues were struggling to keep young kids engaged,” says Robinson, who also teaches the Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Upper School elective. “People threw themselves into it, really cared about the whole child, and did the best they could.” Digitally savvy teachers in every division and discipline were answering questions and giving advice to peers, but it was clear that formal professional development was needed to truly create a robust remote learning program. With enthusiastic approval and school funding from Matt Micciche, Head of School, Greta Rutstein, Director of Academics, and Robinson turned to Constellation Learning, a consulting group of progressive school educators and experts in online and blended student courses. Working with Constellation Learning, Friends created Strategic Transition to Remote Instruction Designed for Excellence (STRIDE), a peer-led professional development that spanned the summer and prepared every teacher and classroom for realities of teaching in a pandemic. Designed to create “pedagogies that pivot,” STRIDE equips educators with the confidence, support system, data, and tools necessary to deliver their curriculum remotely and in a hybrid-learning model. STRIDE’s intensive summer training did exactly what it set out to do – enable a seamless transition from early fall’s remote-only model to a stepped hybridlearning model [see sidebar] – but it’s accomplished much more. “It’s transformed educational practice at Friends,” Robinson proudly states. Launched in June, during STRIDE’s four-week, all-virtual course, FSB faculty reimagined their curricula for the virtual classroom. Meeting by cohorts and with peer leaders who guided asynchronous learning, faculty mastered digital tools and how to create material and present content. They



learned how to assess student skills online and foster and measure engagement and equitable grading practices. Sessions also included culturally responsive teaching, mastery-based teaching, project-based learning, and flipped classrooms. (In a flipped classroom, students watch recorded lectures for homework and complete their assignments, labs, and tests in class for deeper learning activities during instructional time.)

“People really thought deeply about engagement and how to harness the power of student interaction and being together online. We’ve also developed a deeper level of collegiality and collaboration. STRIDE has truly built a community of adult learners.”

“Faculty were able to ‘play’ with all of these components in a virtual sandbox,” Robinson explains. “They created virtual classrooms that can be used whether we are together, apart or a hybrid.” They also tackled the basics of the now-ubiquitous Zoom classroom and set norms and practices for videoconferencing. “It was amazing to see the transformation of people’s courses,” Robinson adds. “People really thought deeply about engagement and how to harness the power of student interaction and being together online. We’ve also developed a deeper level of collegiality and collaboration. STRIDE has truly built a community of adult learners.” The reality of the 2020 classroom has been humbling, too. “[Teaching during a pandemic] has opened up a lot more dialog,” Robinson says. “You can’t have all the answers, and you do your best every day.”

STRIDE In Practice Here is a sampling of how FSB faculty are embracing the digital classroom: • A Kindergarten teacher uses audio feedback by embedding her face in screencasts. This way, she strengthens her connection to her easily distracted young students by being “present” when they are watching videos for asynchronous work. • In all three divisions, teachers are using “choice boards” to give students greater agency over how they demonstrate their learning. Typically a choice board has a variety of formative and summative assessments exercises from which to choose. • Teachers are using lots of different technologies to enhance collaboration: Jamboards (interactive white boards), Padlet (a collaborative bulletin board which can house a discussion, brainstorming, etc.), Interactive Notebooks in history, and tools like Pear Deck to engage students in class. Adds Robinson, “I anticipate that many of these will be fixtures even after we return to entirely in-person learning. Many of the techniques and strategies have served to draw out our quieter more introverted students and ensured that everyone had a space for their voice to be heard.”

Moving forward, Friends is working with Constellation Learning to develop what Robinson calls “STRIDE Lite” with best practices for remote and blended instruction, and she and the peer leaders continue to offer support. STRIDE’s peer-teaching focus continues to nurture the faculty’s ever-evolving understanding and mastery of the practical in the virtual classroom. The program’s strides in creating deeper learning and student agency opportunities, whether together or apart, will continue to enhance the Friends classroom well beyond the challenges of 2020.

Tonight with Friends A lighter touch can make a difference in challenging times. During the difficult weeks of spring’s stay-at-home orders, Matt Micciche, Head of School, searched for a way to keep the Friends community together while apart. Serious, important communications about the pandemic and remote learning were frequent, but he wanted a venue to showcase the FSB community during the spring and to offer a much-needed sense of connection. Shortly after the March 13 move to remote learning, Micciche and Laura Black, Digital Media and Communications Specialist, created “Tonight with Friends,” a light-hearted variety-show video series hosted by Micciche. He doubled down on “light-hearted” with his host attire, a red, hooded onesie emblazoned with the FSB logo, except for the finale in episode six when he donned

Friends workout clothes and pumped iron for the athleticthemed show. “Matt is very willing to leverage himself at the expense of everyone else’s joy,” says Black, who edited the series. “He’s very academic, and when he pokes fun at himself, everyone enjoys it.” The series presented the positive from musical performances, guests hosts, birthday greetings, fitness routines by the P.E. department, and Micciche’s interviews with alumni guests including seven-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star Kyle Harrison ’01 and mindfulness expert Lindsay Leimbach ’84. The pandemic-friendly production was low-key. Micciche’s family filmed his portions, alumni and other guests provided Zoom or hand-held phone videos. “We had a really positive response,” Black says. “It was genuinely touching how willing people were to contribute when they were dealing with professional and personal challenges,” says Black. “People enjoyed connecting with our alumni, and the musical performances were so meaningful. Everyone was working so hard, and it was nice to showcase that.” (And, yes, the Friends onesie is available in the Quaker Closet at Watch “Tonight with Friends” on the friendsbalt YouTube channel.



were part of an FSB committee to reinvigorate the school’s STEM program. “When I sent Sander the article about Brown, he said ‘Let’s do it!’” says Henschen, who also oversaw the students’ efforts with Tracy Thompson, Middle School librarian, and Andy Hanes, Lower School Tech Integrator.

Happy Campers Dan Musachio ’21 was looking forward to his summer job as a camp counselor at Summer at Friends and at Baltimore’s Esperanza Center working with the children of the City’s immigrant population. When the pandemic hit, he was perfecting his Spanish as the first Friends School of Baltimore student to participate in the FSB exchange program with Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica.

After setting ground rules for communication and paying for a Minecraft account, the faculty and administrators turned the project over to Sander, Morgan Moore ’20, Quinn Parker ’20, and David Stallsmith ’20 to lead a schoolwide crew of nearly 100 student architects, builder, and editor, all recruited by email and word of mouth.

A week after FSB closed, he was back in Baltimore. By early April, any summer plans he and his friends had were canceled, too. Undaunted, Musachio created Quakes of Discovery, a virtual summer camp program for FSB rising 3rd to rising 8th graders with online courses taught by Musachio and 17 Upper School student instructors. He credits the idea from his exchange program experience where “there was a huge emphasis placed on inter-grade learning. We each had a fifth-grade buddy who we would do fun activities with each Friday. I really enjoyed these activities and realized that I wish Friends School of Baltimore did something like that.” He thought about the younger kids who would be stuck at home after the option to attend in-person summer camp was eliminated – and he thought about his peers. “We’ve identified passions in our lives, and there’s a lot of expertise in certain areas,” he says. “I thought that we should put that expertise to good use.” For 38 days, Quakes of Discovery offered courses from drawing and children’s fairy tales to introductions to coding and essay writing. The program consisted of nine different classes, 60 learning sessions, 500 hours of learning instruction, and reached 100 students. Via Zoom, faculty advisors worked with the student teachers to help students develop curriculum for their classes and with any other needs, but the students took most of the responsibility for running their own classes. Musachio managed the program and team-taught Spanish4Fun with Julian Marchetti ‘21 and Charlie Wayner ‘21, as well as Russian4Fun: Summer Edition with Manny Sachs-Kohen ‘21. Though he was a veteran volunteer – he’s volunteered with Baltimore’s SuperKids camp program – this was the first time Musachio led a program of his own creation. “It was meaningful to see the school dedicate time and resources to the idea,” adds Musachio adds, who also volunteered virtually this past summer at the Esperanza Canter to develop an online curriculum for Englishas-a-Second-Language learners. “I am not a natural administrator, but I definitely gained communication and planning skills. The best part, though, is knowing that it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t take an idea and turn it into something tangible.”



Parent, student, and instructor survey results reflected huge enthusiasm for Quakes of Discovery. Its founder is equally enthusiastic about seeing it continue. “The program is already outlined, and the feedback can help us take it in a new and better direction,” Musachio says. But it’s the commitment by his fellow instructors that most impressed him: “The program speaks to the character of the Friends students. They didn’t get money or service hours, and they very reliably met deadlines and taught courses. Their only impetus was their love of learning and care for our community.”

Building Blocks of a Connected Campus On any given day when the Friends campus was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students spent hours in classrooms and wandered the halls and campus pathways – all with the blessing of school administrators and teachers. Student volunteers from first to twelfth grade constructed the entire Friends School campus in Minecraft, a sandbox video game and the best-selling video game of all time. With Minecraft’s blocky 3D building tools in the game’s “creative mode” function, students recreated the campus to scale. Every building and classroom was included. No detail was overlooked down to the ketchup and mustard holders in the dining hall. The brainchild Sander Schulhoff ’20, coder and computer science major at the University of Maryland, and Travis Henschen, history teacher and 11th grade Dean, the project was inspired by Brown University’s Minecraft campus project. Pre-pandemic, Schulhoff and Henschen

Before the volunteers could build walls, trees, and precise parking lot lines, the senior leadership team had to frame every building to scale on the Friends-only Minecraft server. They used the SketchUp 3D digital campus model from GWWO Architects [see sidebar] and installed the Discord communication app for live text and voice communication. “The set up was intricate with lots of decisions about scale and server channels,” Schulhoff explains. “We didn’t know how many people would be on it at the same time, and I was constantly fixing things and communicating with people.” In early May, the Minecraft server opened for the larger group, who could build each day from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., after which the project team worked on maintenance issues. By mid-May, a core group of 30 people was building. Even faculty members got in on the fun. “I created the Middle School library with bookshelves and computer carts,” Thompson says. She also commissioned Moore to create every Middle School faculty, staff, and student in perfect Minecraft detail for the 2020 8th Grade Student Farewell video, which was screencast from Minecraft and shared with the school. At first, volunteer builder Sam Principe ’25 was a little intimidated to be working with more experienced Minecraft builders, but “I quickly learned how to be part of a larger community and work as a team on a larger project. I had a really good time.” Schulhoff was impressed with everyone’s skills, especially the Lower School students’ talent in created very advanced trees, but he, like everyone appreciated what the project was really building: community when the students needed it most: “During the spring, students had a lot of energy and needed somewhere to put it.” Moore adds, “The project gave me a sense of community when we couldn’t be on campus. When you walked through the Minecraft version, you felt like you were at Friends. I was so impressed by how much people remembered from a rock to a tiny, random detail.”

The students also learned an enduring lesson in resilience. Right before graduation, when the 70% of the Minecraft campus was complete, (virtual) tragedy struck. The WorldEdit plug-in created to fill in an area quickly glitched. Instead of filling out Friends’ grassy knolls or the light yellow stone on the buildings, it had created a massive cube of dirt that was crushing the center of campus. And there was no backup. “It was hard to decide to go on,” admits Moore. “We had 200-plus hours up to that point, but we decided to rebuild what had been destroyed.” By graduation, everyone rallied to rebuild the buildings, though a few classrooms were empty. “That experience taught me a lot about patience and working with younger kids,” reflects Moore, who plans to take architecture classes at Franklin & Marshall. The server shut down post-graduation, but plans are in the works to start a Minecraft club or re-boot the project. “The adults catalyzed it, but the students ran with it,” says Henschen, who envisions teachers using the Minecraft campus as a teaching tool. “They collaborated, younger students learned math skills, and everyone gained design skills This is a great example of a student-led, deeperlearning project with an authentic audience producing something that impacts a group of people.”

An Architect’s Perspective “To my knowledge, this is the first K-12 Minecraft campus that a client has created,” says Eric Feiss, AIA, Principal at GWWO Architects. “Minecraft has a lot of value when it comes to thinking about physical space and the built environment. It teaches a method of thinking in a very accessible way about building the environment around you. The fact that Friends students used it to create a collaborative environment is very cool.” Feiss, who is working with Friends on a campus master plan, shared GWWO’s 3D digital model of the campus in SketchUp software that included every building outline, walkway, stream, and field. These digital blueprints formed the foundation of the students’ Minecraft campus. The process each student went through is similar to what he and his industry do: “We start with the function of the space and talk about who is going to be in that space. There is a lot of value to solving the big problems first before drilling down to the details. The students went through a complex design process for a space they know well.” And the point of the student project, he adds, was not to get every door perfect: “Most architectural problems are complex. Architecture is called ‘practice’ for a reason – you never perfect it.”



Performing Arts When Covid-19 restrictions precluded traditional performances, the performing arts faculty and students tapped into their creativity. The Masked Singer(s) Last year’s cancellation of in-person learning also put the 130-member Upper School chorus on indefinite hiatus. For an entire year, the 28-member Friends School Chamber Choir sang, remotely and safely in-person, thanks to Michael McVey, Upper School music teacher and his innovative, outdoor “choral room.” In early fall, McVey taught the group songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” when the school was learning remotely. “This good Quaker sing-along music was immediate gratification,” says McVey. When the Upper School hybrid program started in October and most of his group returned to campus, his COVID-19-style choral room was ready. Under a sideless tent erected outside the Old Gym, singers sat 12 feet apart. A masked McVey and his electronic keyboard and microphone wired to speakers were at the front. Each singer wore a special singer’s mask – two per singer were donated by a parent – that resembled a duck’s bill to allow space around the mouth to sing comfortably. And before and after choir practice, the singers set up and took down the “choral room,” since the tent was in constant use for socially distant classes and lunch. McVey, who coached Friends football for 17 years, jokes that this was more physical. Returning to in-person singing was emotional for McVey and his singers. “Our first in-person rehearsal was a family reunion and very joyful, and it’s stayed that way,” he says. “We may not be doing live performances, but we are still making music.”

“For the Apollos, we had a lot of repertoire under our belts because the Apollos perform all year, and the final concert is a full 45-minutes to an hour of music,” Audette explained of the process. “It worked fairly well because we knew the material. It was a bit shaky, but it was sincere and cut to the heart.” Each group’s recording began with Audette listening to a piece of music on headphones and taping herself conducting each separate part. Lane then recorded his accompaniment by following her conducting. Together, they produced a video of each part for students who then recorded themselves singing (vocals only, no background music). Audette then compiled only the sound of all the vocals singing together. Finally, Lane or her husband, engineer and FSB past parent Jim Audette, edited the visuals to create the final performance. “It took a long time, but it was worth it,” Audette says proudly. The Middle School vocalists created numerous pandemic productions including faculty recordings for 8th grade graduation and virtual concerts for Broadmead, a local senior-living facility, that included the Middle School singers, recordings by the orchestra, and a piece by the Upper School Chamber Choir. Audette continues to find recording to be a useful tool. “All vocal students are keeping a journal and submitting regular recordings to them so that they have a portfolio at the end of the year,” Audette says. “I’ve created online lessons for ukulele, note reading, and singing. I continue to learn through the process, and I hope that the kids are having fun.”

Audette and her accompanist, Mat Lane, worked out the challenges of at-home recordings, learning as they went to turn students singing at home into memorable video performances.

To teach dance online during the 2020-21 school year, then dance instructor Johnson had two cameras and a large screen so he could see as many students as possible. In


“As adults, we don’t understand all that kids are going through right now,” Johnson reflected. “They just need to move and work it out through their bodies. I am always looking for what’s next, and I hope they, too, are looking for what’s next critically, creatively.”

Tuned-in Theater As Broadway went dark in March 2020, so did the Friends School stage. With one rehearsal in, “Hairspray,” the spring musical, was canceled. In July, Rob Oppel, Theater Technician and Educator, scrapped the Shakespeare play he had chosen as the fall 2020 Upper School play – too many actors on stage. And video-conference technology doesn’t lend itself to traditional plays with remote actors. Oppel, a veteran of Baltimore’s Everyman Theater, knew that the show must go on. The answer to Covid-19friendly productions, he discovered, was in the old-time radio shows he loved to listen to on cassettes as a child. On November 21, 20-plus cast and sound crew members performed via Zoom, “Twisted Tales of Poe,” a retelling of four different Edgar Allan Poe tales. Each actor played multiple roles, and the tech crew created real-time

Auditions in late September yielded nearly triple the dozen or so students who typically audition, so Oppel added a second radio play. On December 11, a second cast and crew performed the beloved holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “When I choose a show, I like to think of some part of acting that will challenge the students,” he explains. “Just voice acting was something they had not done before and didn’t know. Voice acting is a forgotten aspect of acting.” Navigating this 20th-century artform in 2020 meant Zoom rehearsals and discussions about where to position the camera while performing. Because the cast reads from the script and does not memorize parts (just like a radio show), Oppel works on cue lines and expressive use of voice during rehearsals. During the Zoom performance, only those actors speaking were seen on screen, along with three (masked) members of the Stagecraft class who were streamed live from Forbush stage: one student on a keyboard playing scene transitions and two others making all sound effects from footsteps to the sound of snow crunching on the streets of Bedford Falls. There were even light cues from the student light designer’s PowerPoint of different colors to cast a tint on the actors’ faces. “For me, the reward is the way the students are tackling the new challenges and excitement of this form of performing,” Oppel says. And everyone’s family had a front row seat to these free performances. ■

Pivoting comes naturally to dancers, especially Torens Johnson, dance instructor. When the campus shut down, he and his nearly 100 dancers, Middle School through Upper School, were practicing for what would have been a live dance showcase in April 2020.

The Middle School cast and crew of “The Lion King, Jr.” had just finished a successful, four-night run when the campus shut down last March. For recently retired teacher, Cecile Audette, Middle School Choral and General Music teacher, that meant embracing Hakuna Matata, Lion King’s mantra of “no worries,” for her pivot into the virtual teaching world with the Apollos, the Middle School’s audition-only chamber choir, and the 6th grade and 7th/8th grade choruses.


Dancing via Zoom didn’t dampen anyone’s excitement. “It says a lot about the resilience of students and what art can do,” he said. “It takes you away with reality, and it keeps you in touch with it.”

sound effects and wrote original commercials, just like a traditional radio show.

Pandemic Pirouette

Videotaping practice sessions in the dance studio was already part of Johnson’s teaching repertoire. “My dancers were used to working and practicing choreography from video,” Johnson says. In June, he and Laura Black, Digital Media and Communications Specialist, turned those practice sessions and several pre-Covid performances by the Dance III students into a digital Dance Showcase. The 12 pieces included a senior-choreographed piece, “River of Stars,” in which the eight Class of 2020 dancers videotaped themselves dancing at home and edited it together. “The seniors really wanted their voices heard artistically and asked me if they could create a piece,” Johnson says.

Lights, Camera, Sing!

the hybrid-learning model, he had students at home via computer and students masked and socially distanced in the studio (which was disinfected every day).




From healthcare to the economy, education to interpersonal interaction, no corner of society has remained untouched by Covid-19’s reach. As the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives, ushering in a new normal worldwide, several Friends School alumni have stepped to the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19, battling its impact in many different ways. Trauma, Ethics, and Disparities Ken Wilson ‘85 knows what it means to serve on the front lines. After multiple tours in Afghanistan as a front-line trauma surgeon following the September 11th attacks, Wilson now serves as Deputy Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at University of Chicago Medicine. The hospital’s location in South Side Chicago is at the epicenter of the city’s gun violence, meaning that Wilson spends much of his time treating young patients suffering from traumatic gunshot wounds. Still, the onset of Covid-19 thrust Wilson to the forefront of a new kind of battle - fighting through the ethical and medical implications of trauma care compounded by racial and economic disparities amid a worldwide pandemic.

The zip codes in Chicago hardest hit by Covid-19 are the five surrounding the medical center. Keeping in line with national trends, those areas affected are disproportionately comprised of people of color from lower-income households. And while Wilson’s trauma patients are primarily young and free of the underlying medical conditions that often complicate treatment for many Covid patients, the community’s high incidence means that his Covid-positive patients don’t fit the typical patient profile. “When you have a high concentration of population, the normal rules don’t apply to high risk because they’re on top of each other,” says Wilson. “Usually young people were not getting Covid, but on the South Side of Chicago, people are getting it because there’s no room to social distance. Ten percent of our young population were Covidpositive. One out of every 10 patients.”

“We’re seeing the effects of Covid in a completely different way.” – KEN WILSON ’85 Wilson’s patients aren’t coming in directly for Covid treatment. Instead, they are found to be Covid-positive after entering the hospital for gunshot wounds or other traumatic injuries and face complications different from the ones seen in older Covid patients.

Ken Wilson ‘85


“People talk about the pulmonary issues, but we’ve had amputations because Covid causes blood clots. Now you have a 20-year-old without a leg. There’s no pulmonary issue for them because they’re so strong from a respiratory standpoint, but we couldn’t save the limb,” Wilson says. “We’re seeing the effects of Covid in a completely different way.” However, the physical ramifications are only one part of the challenges of treating trauma patients during a pandemic. As family members are restricted from entering hospitals, the ethical concerns often loom even larger. “Imagine that you’re a mother...and your 17-year-old son is shot and is almost mortally wounded in the ICU. You can’t come into the hospital because we are concerned about you bringing something in to our patients,” Wilson says. “I can’t imagine having one of my children in the hospital having to make a phone call to find out whether they’re dead or alive.” He continues: “We have a pediatric hospital, and we make an exception to the rules. Our pediatric hospital takes patients that are 16 years old or younger, so now the mom can come see the 16-year-old, but is the 16-yearold any physiologically or emotionally different than the 17-year-old? They’re probably in the same high school class. Where are we deciding to split who can come to the hospital, and what situations will allow someone to come to the hospital? These are the ethical questions.” Even with the challenges Covid has presented both at work and at home (Wilson talked about changing clothes before entering the house amid fears of unknowingly contracting and spreading the virus to his wife and young daughters), he feels fortunate that both the University and city of Chicago were forward-thinking about trying to curb Coivd’s impact. Measures put in place early on at the hospital helped keep staff and patients protected, and Chicago saw significant decreases in positive numbers and hospitalizations while other areas of the country were beginning to surge. As for lessons learned during the pandemic, Wilson views the positives and negatives as a bit of a mixed bag. “Taken within the backdrop of Afghanistan, there’s no doubt about the amount of patriotism that’s shown when we have an attack by the outside. Everyone rallied around that. But now, you don’t see that same fervor. Instead, it’s ‘What about me? How does that impact my life? I don’t want to wear a mask.’ The downside is to realize that a lot of people don’t care about the other person. That’s a sad lesson, but that being said, it should motivate you more to take care of the people that you care about and to make sure that they’re in an environment where they’re safe.”

Randall Cooper ‘05

We Were All Covid Doctors Randall Cooper ’05 has spent the last 10 years of his life preparing to become a doctor, but nothing could have prepared him for the first few months after the onset of Covid 19 in March 2020. A senior resident in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in Manhattan, he and his colleagues served alongside ER and ICU physicians, inserting central and arterial lines into patients and performing other lifesaving procedures during the pandemic’s peak. “We were all Covid doctors,” Cooper said, “Everybody essentially was redeployed, regardless of their specialty. It was surreal; New York City shut down, the hospital was transformed. For a couple of days there it was like, when are they going to stop coming in? Is it daytime or nighttime, weekday or weekend? All of that became irrelevant. I was worried we’d run out of hospital beds.” In a 10-day effort Cooper describes as herculean, Columbia Medical Center converted two-thirds of its operating rooms to intensive care beds. “One of the amazing things was the arrival of medical personnel who came from all over the world to help as we set up these new units,” he said. By late June, as Cooper prepared to wrap up his six-year general surgery residency and relocate with his family to Florida, where he will complete a one-year fellowship to specialize in colorectal surgery at a hospital in Weston, the frenzied pace that accompanied the first wave of the virus had begun to quiet down.“Now they are being retrofitted back to operating rooms. Things are a lot quieter. We are definitely not normal here, but it is better,” Cooper said.

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For Cooper, “better” signaled the return of surgery patients. During the height of New York City’s crisis, he said, “nobody came in with the usual surgical problems. We saw way fewer heart attacks and strokes, appendicitis, gall bladder problems, and small bowel obstructions, which was sad because those people with life-threatening events were too scared to come to the hospital and probably passed at home.”

With his father, Tom Ritter, Austin, who became a regional coordinator for MedSupplyDrive, coordinated delivery of 1,000 surgical masks, courtesy of Tom’s dental practice in Towson. “We were one of [MedSupplyDrive’s] first bulk donations,” said Austin. The two men partnered in the push to flatten the COVID-19 curve with Austin handling distribution and Tom managing acquisition. As many dentist’s offices had not resumed normal operations after the onset of the pandemic and subsequent restrictions, Tom engaged his staff of seven in contacting dentists in Baltimore County and asking them to consider donating their PPE.“[Dentists] need to understand, it’s not going to be ‘business as usual’ any time soon,” said Tom. “In the meantime, their PPE is just going to sit there. It is a moral imperative that they get these items to front-line physicians and that they do it now. Not later.”

Better also means healthy, as in Covid-free. Like most of his residency, Cooper came down with the virus. “I was sick for four days – all the classic symptoms. Most of us expected we would get it because it was everywhere. Maybe the only blessing was that we got it early on so we could take care of patients.” Although Cooper’s wife Virginia (Bunny) Cooper ’05, a pediatric intensive care nurse, packed up their children, Caroline, 4, and Henry, 2, and returned to Baltimore once he became ill, they, too, along with Bunny’s mother, Virginia White, contracted fevers and subsequently quarantined for two weeks. The future of Covid-19 remains unpredictable with the country experiencing increases in cases after a period of decline while the rollout of a vaccine provides a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Still, after his harrowing experience on the front lines, Cooper is focused on the future that awaits after completing his fellowship. “I’ll be done and I will finally get a real job,” he said, smiling. As to where he and his family will land once he is finished, Cooper is unequivocal. “It would be nice to be back in Baltimore.” In addition to Bunny’s mom, Cooper’s parents, former Middle School English teacher Randy Cooper H’16 and Diana Cooper, live nearby in Phoenix, Md.

“Most of us expected we would get it because it was everywhere. Maybe the only blessing was that we got it early on so we could take care of patients.” – RANDALL COOPER ’05



Austin Ritter ‘08

Providing Protection When reports of a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak first appeared in early 2020, Austin Ritter ’08, a third-year medical student with an interest in infectious diseases and public health, was ready to help treat the virus with his attending physicians on the front lines. “I was nervous but also excited because I had done some research on influenza and virology and this was an area where I felt I could play a part,” Ritter recalled. Within weeks, COVID-19 had become a global pandemic and, with personal protective equipment (PPE) in short supply, medical schools across the country, including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) where Ritter attends, quickly moved to take all students off clinical rotations. “I knew it was going to be bad early on, so I was able to get past the shock phase of things a bit earlier and start looking for ways to help,” said Ritter. He returned to his parents’ home in Baltimore and began volunteering with #MedSupplyDrive, a national movement started by third-year medical students at Georgetown University to mobilize and deliver PPE to emergency departments and health centers in dire need. Since its launch in March 2020, MedSupplyDrive has donated more than 400,000 disposable gloves, masks, and protective wear items and raised more than $30,000 to purchase and ship them to hot spots throughout the United States.

“I knew it was going to be bad early on, so I was able to get past the shock phase of things a bit earlier and start looking for ways to help.” – AUSTIN RITTER ’08 For Austin, whose prior work experience includes research stints in marine biology and biocontrol and serving as a medical office assistant at his mother Carol Ritter’s gynecology practice in Towson, the stark contrast from experiential learning in a healthcare setting to virtual classes was, understandably, disheartening.

that you see them; that you see the work they’re doing, and you see how crazy it is that they are having to reuse masks during a pandemic because the need is so great.” After a call-to-action on the Friends School of Baltimore Alumni Facebook page and being added to the Friends School Community Partners List, Ritter received support from the FSB community, including a donation of N95 masks from a classmate and nitrile (non-latex) gloves from the FSB Maintenance office. The movement has also received substantial contributions from corporations including Ford, Norwex, and Boston Scientific. In July, Ritter stepped down as a regional coordinator for MedSupplyDrive when his clinical rotations started back up in Pennsylvania. MedSupplyDrive is still active throughout the US, with students at Towson and University of Maryland helping to continue the Maryland branch. For more information about #MedSupplyDrive and donating supplies, follow the movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @medsupplydrive

The Frontlines of Communication While much of the Covid-19 work on the frontlines has taken place in healthcare, Lauren Riley ‘12 set out to make a difference far beyond the hospital walls. Riley, who lives in Manhattan and works in financial services, describes herself as a natural extrovert and struggled with social isolation as workplaces went virtual and gatherings came to a halt last March amid Covidrelated restrictions and shutdowns.

“In some ways, we are losing a lot as third-year medical students. I was just getting to the point [in rotations] where I was making diagnoses for patients that I felt were impactful. You don’t get that same degree of confidence with the online curriculum,” Ritter said. Although he and his fellow third-years have to play “a lot of catch up” with traditional care, Ritter learned a great deal from the tragedy about inter-professional collaboration, entrepreneurship, health systems, supply chains, vulnerability, disaster management—and mismanagement. “I’m hearing from [medical professionals] working in a 40-bed hospital in the middle of Illinois who have zero access to PPE and are making their own masks,” said Ritter. “Even if what we are doing is just .1 percent of filling the gap to provide supplies, I think it means a lot to these physicians

Lauren Riley ‘12



“The emphasis on community service and the importance of giving back to others definitely had an influence on this project. Being an active, engaged member of a community is a lifelong practice and Friends does a good job of showing that it’s not just a one-time thing.” – LAUREN RILEY ’12

for conversations. Each week, Riley shared possible conversation topics with the students, and she and Saenz de Tejada acted as facilitators, but the students took on most of the responsibility for maintaining their connections. “I had a pretty hands-off role. They found conversations that they found interesting and commonalities and talked about things like both being vegan or both liking a certain sport or experiences with their friends. I provided support, but it was really the students that made the program successful.”

“Naturally, I am someone who likes to get involved,” Riley said. “I was having a hard time during COVID knowing the best thing for me to do was to stay home. I knew my role within the larger group was just to stay home and stay safe, but for me, that really didn’t feel sufficient. I started to think of other ways that I could contribute in my hometown to a group that may benefit from gaining something that was taken away.”

After receiving nothing but positive reviews about the pilot program, Riley is pleased with How Are You Doing Baltimore’s success. She remains impressed by the accountability, engagement, and empathy the students consistently displayed and believes it is a testament to Friends’ values. “The emphasis on community service and the importance of giving back to others definitely had an influence on this project. Being an active, engaged member of a community is a lifelong practice and Friends does a good job of showing that it’s not just a one-time thing. Being an active member is something you continue to do beyond Friends [in addition to] while you’re there.”

In Spring 2020, Riley launched How Are You Doing Baltimore, a virtual companionship program between senior citizens in retirement homes or self-isolating due to Covid-19 and Friends Upper School students encouraging conversation and social engagement. While generationally opposite, the isolation felt by both groups was similar. The students, who at the time had been learning virtually since March, were grappling with the loss of connection with groups of friends and missing out on important schoolrelated milestones. Meanwhile, the older generation experienced isolation from being unable to see friends and family in person while often being unfamiliar with the technological tools needed to stay connected. “I thought the natural fit between connecting two generations together could be a really interesting learning opportunity between both parties to learn from one another under the guise of just checking in and making sure everyone is feeling good.” Riley worked with Cristina Saenz de Tejada, Spanish teacher and Director of Community Service at Friends School, to put the call out to a group of juniors. Seven students responded, and each student was paired with a senior participant. Throughout May, the students and seniors connected via Zoom, Skype, or Facetime



Last fall, Little transitioned to a role with a GBMC clinic downtown that works in partnership with the Helping Up Mission, a substance abuse recovery center. The clinic provides primary care services for those receiving treatment at the center and sees community members. The demographic disparities between the two clinics made a big difference in methods used to provide health care in that the downtown clinic provides mainly in-person services. “With the underserved population, it’s pretty hard to set up telehealth,” Little said. “Not everyone has a cell phone. Here, everything has remained in person because that capability isn’t really there.”

Joa Badros ‘21 and Laura Holt ‘21 were two of the students who answered the call to participate back in May. They both expressed responding because they were “missing the social aspect of life,” and the program provided a safe way to connect with people. In addition to connecting with the program’s participants, the students also came together throughout the program to talk about progress and to have conversations with members of Riley’s network to talk about the college process.

Primary Care Goes Virtual At the start of 2020, Priya Shashi Little ’00, a family medicine physician at GBMC at Owings Mills, participated in a telehealth training as part of the clinic’s goal of incorporating virtual services into their practice. Priya met the requirement of conducting one virtual appointment just as the first confirmed cases of the new mysterious Coronavirus had begun to hit the U.S. A little more than a month later, as the Covid-19 pandemic caused Priya’s clinic, and others like it all across the nation, to switch primarily to virtual visits, she would learn how timely the initiative actually was. “It was a good thing that it was a capability of our electronic medical record to do something like that, so it was pretty easy to phase it out to our patients,” said Little. “I know for some other clinics that wasn’t the case.” The switch to telehealth allowed the clinic to see patients during the height of the pandemic while mitigating risks to both the patients and the physicians. While preventative

Priya Shashi Little ‘00

medicine is always a goal of primary care, being able to continue to treat patients and keep them healthy served a vital role in keeping patients out of the already overtasked emergency rooms. Providing patients with education around the virus also helped them make better-informed decisions while managing life during Covid-19. “I’ve been doing a lot of talking to patients about balancing benefits and risks of certain actions like going to school, playing sports, going to the grocery store...or even going into the office for work. We hash out what the risks and benefits are depending on their medical conditions and all the risk factors.” The move to virtual visits did not come without challenges. Some primary care appointments, especially those related to existing conditions or follow-ups, are fairly easy to manage virtually or over the phone, but diagnosing and treating new issues without seeing a patient in person can be more difficult. Even something like a simple rash can be harder to diagnose when trying to view it virtually while also managing varying patient technological capabilities. Little has also found that some of the doctor-patient connection is lost when she is unable to meet with patients face-to-face, which can, in turn, affect the success of the visit. She gave an example of a patient she had met with virtually who came into the office weeks later. “I saw her again because I wanted to take her blood pressure. And then she had all these additional things going on which she hadn’t talked to me about during the virtual visit, but only wanted to express because we were in person,” Little said.

Amid the challenges of adjusting to the new reality of providing healthcare within a pandemic, managing mounting patient issues and anxieties while balancing home life with a husband and young son, Little has found being thrown into the center of it all to be a huge learning experience. “[Covid] was as new to doctors as anybody else when it first started, so we had to learn a lot about the disease. Following the science through all the medical journals has been important in figuring out the best way to diagnose and treat people. That’s been challenging but also really fulfilling and interesting to me. It seems like the science has progressed so much within the last year. It’s been very impressive to see and I’m sure it will continue to do so.”

“Following the science through all the medical journals has been important in figuring out how to diagnose and treat people. That’s been challenging but also really fulfilling and interesting to me. It seems like the science has progressed so much within the last year.” – PRIYA SHASHI LITTLE ’00





The legacy of racism in America has touched nearly every corner of society. In Baltimore, the long history of racist practices like redlining, blockbusting, and mass incarceration still have a daily impact. As racism and prejudice have remained a constant threat to Black Americans, the fight for justice has consistently evolved and taken on new forms. Easier access to smartphones and social media networks has led to an explosion in digital advocacy, with viral hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo having a global impact in raising awareness about social justice and human rights.

Recently, the #BlackAt digital advocacy campaign has highlighted the fight for racial equity at educational institutions. This national, youth-led movement began on Instagram in the summer of 2020 amidst the backdrop of a turbulent year marked by the highly publicized murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color. The #BlackAt Instagram accounts amplified painful student testimonials and described the physical and emotional toll that racism has had on their lives. Before long, hundreds of #BlackAt accounts emerged, exposing long unspoken truths about the experiences of Black students at private schools, universities, and other educational institutions. As the #BlackAt movement rapidly unfolded, school administrators and community members struggled to find action steps bold enough to reckon with and dismantle hundreds of years of systemic discrimination. In fact, many of the schools with #BlackAt accounts had been created with the explicit intention to exclude Black students. Friends School of Baltimore has also had to reckon with these larger philosophical questions. Although the creation of the #BlackAtFSB Instagram account inspired many new action steps, it was only one piece of the fight for racial equity on campus. Teachers, staff, students, alumni, parents and caregivers have consistently organized to push back against racism within the institution and advocate for change. The 2020-21 Strategic Working Plan for Racial Equity (SWP) is one result of this advocacy and community organizing. The SWP, which is the first of its kind at Friends, will span 12-18 months and address some of the most urgent issues identified in the #BlackAtFSB account, in addition to other listening sessions and focus groups with employees and students. A longer-term, community-informed plan is also in the works as Friends works toward becoming a more antiracist institution. This special edition of Friends Magazine will highlight a wide range of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives taking place on campus during the 2020-21 school year. To read the full SWP, visit:





> 2020-21 STRATEGIC WORKING PLAN FOR RACIAL EQUITY OVERVIEW 1. Culture + Climate Celebrating the richness, depth, and resilience of BIPOC communities The first pillar of the SWP is “Culture and Climate” which lists a series of strategic initiatives designed to create a more affirming and equitable climate on campus. Initiative Spotlight: In September 2020, the DEI Office expanded to add eight, stipended DEI Coordinators. The DEI Coordinators will work in each division to advance the initiatives listed in the SWP. Initiative Spotlight: Affinity groups at Friends have long provided safer and affirming peer spaces for community members to fellowship, offer and receive support, and create networks of care. This year, the DEI Office will explore the need to create more of these spaces for other identifies (Latinx, Multiracial, etc.).

2. Retention Attracting, retaining, and valuing BIPOC talent and leadership The second pillar of the SWP is “Retention” which lists a series of strategic initiatives that aim to increase the retention rate of BIPOC staff, faculty, and administrators. Initiative Spotlight: Friends will run surveys twice in the 2020-2021 school year for students and employees to proactively identify and respond to areas of concern and celebrate milestones and achievements. Initiative Spotlight: Friends will offer all BIPOC-identified faculty, staff, and administrators at least two professional development opportunities per academic year and support their attendance.

3. Accountability Strategies for addressing harm The third pillar of the SWP is “Accountability” which lists a series of strategic initiatives that will create clear and standardized systems for addressing bias-based injustice. Initiative Spotlight: For several years, Friends has invested in and expanded access to restorative practices training for the school community. This year, Friends will continue to expand access to these trainings with the goal of having all faculty, staff, and administrators be trained on restorative practices.

Initiative Spotlight: The DEI Office will partner with ten other independent schools to collect anecdotal data on bias reporting and response systems with the goal of developing a more efficient bias-based reporting and response system for the school.

4. Learning Acquiring knowledge to become better students, educators, and citizens The fourth pillar of the SWP is “Learning” which lists a series of strategic initiatives that aim to campus-wide adoption of antiracist and anti-oppressive teachings, curricula, histories and methods. Initiative Spotlight: The DEI Office will lead two All Employee Professional Days during the 2020-21 school year. During the professional days, administrators, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to meet in affinity group spaces, receive training on culturally responsive practices based on position, and gain knowledge around antiracist practices, skills, and policies. Initiative Spotlight: The Support Team (all Learning Specialists, Counselors, and School Nurse) and DEI Office will partner with firms/offices of racially diverse psychiatrists for educational evaluations and general counseling services. The Support Team will meet with the DEI Office regularly to provide support services to students first using in-school resources and, when necessary, recommending appropriate outside resources. The Support Team and DEI Office work to minimize the financial impact of outside service when able.

5. Data Measure progress and creating accountability The fifth and final pillar of the SWP is “Data” which lists strategic initiatives that aim to better use data collection and reporting to measure, track, and benchmark progress. Initiative Spotlight: The Equity Audit will continue through the end of the 2020-21 academic year, and in conjunction with the School Climate Survey, provide an important baseline from which to understand and analyze DEI work at Friends. Initiative Spotlight: Every month, the DEI Director will send an email newsletter with important news and updates about progress toward SWP goals.

Friends community members show up to share the message that Black Lives Matter.





commencement ⊲ Class of 2020 College Acceptances and Matriculations




Albright College American University The University of Arizona Bard College Barry University Bates College Bentley University Berea College Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Bowie State University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University University of California, Los Angeles University of California, San Diego University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Santa Cruz Carleton College Case Western Reserve University Chapman University University of Cincinnati Clark University Clemson University Colby College College of Charleston Colorado College University of Colorado Boulder Columbia College Chicago Connecticut College University of Connecticut Cornell University Davidson College University of Delaware Denison University University of Denver Dickinson College Drexel University Duke University Elon University (2) Emmanuel College University of Florida Franklin and Marshall College Frostburg State University George Mason University George Washington University Gettysburg College Goucher College Grambling State University Guilford College Hampton University Haverford College University of Hawaii at Manoa High Point University Hobart William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Hollins University Howard University

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Indiana University, Bloomington Ithaca College James Madison University Johns Hopkins University Juniata College Kenyon College Lafayette College Lehigh University Lincoln University University of Louisville Loyola University Maryland Lycoming College Lynn University Macalester College University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2) University of Maryland, College Park (6) Maryland Institute College of Art Massachusetts College of Art and Design McDaniel College University of Miami University of Michigan Middlebury College Monmouth University Mount St. Mary’s University-Maryland Muhlenberg College University of New England New England College New York University Norfolk State University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Northeastern University (3) Northern Arizona University Oberlin College Occidental College The Ohio State University Ohio University Oregon State University Otis College of Art and Design University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State University Philander Smith College University of Pittsburgh Point Park University University of Portland Purdue University Quinnipiac University Radford University Randolph‐Macon College Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College University of Richmond Ringling College of Art and Design University of Rochester

Rochester Institute of Technology Saint Joseph’s University Saint Michael’s College Salisbury University (2) Salve Regina University University of San Francisco Sarah Lawrence College Scripps College Sewanee: The University of the South Skidmore College University of South Carolina, Columbia St. John’s University St. Lawrence University St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2) St. Norbert College Stetson University Stevenson University Susquehanna University Syracuse University The University of Tampa Temple University Thiel College Towson University Tufts University Tulane University Union College (NY) University of Vermont University of Virginia University of Wisconsin, Madison (2) University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire The College of Wooster Ursinus College Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Tech Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College Washington & Jefferson College Washington and Lee University Washington College Washington University in St Louis Wesleyan University West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Virginia University Whitman College Widener University College of William and Mary Worcester Polytechnic Institute York College of Pennsylvania

Bold – A member of the Class of 2020 is attending # – Number of members attending, if more than 1



commencement ⊲ Class of 2021 College Acceptances and Matriculations American University University of Arizona Arizona State University Bard College Bellarmine University Boston College Boston Conservatory at Berklee Boston University Brandeis University Bucknell University California Polytechnic State University, SLO University of California, Davis University of California, Los Angeles (2) University of California, San Diego Carleton College Case Western Reserve University Chapman University College of Charleston University of Cincinnati Clark Atlanta University Clark University Clemson University Coastal Carolina University Colby College University of Colorado Boulder Connecticut College Cornell University (2) Davidson College University of Delaware (2) Denison University University of Denver (3) DePaul University DePauw University Dickinson College (3) Drexel University Duquesne University Eckerd College Elizabethtown College Elon University (5) Emerson College Emory University Fairfield University Fordham University Franklin & Marshall College Furman University George Washington University Georgia State University Gettysburg College Goucher College Hamilton College Hampton University University of Hartford Haverford College High Point University Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Howard University Indiana University, Bloomington (2) Ithaca College James Madison University



Johns Hopkins University The Juilliard School Juniata College University of Kansas Kent State University University of Kentucky Kenyon College La Salle University Lafayette College Lehigh University Lewis & Clark College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Maryland Loyola University New Orleans University of Lynchburg Manhattan School of Music Mannes School of Music at The New School Marquette University University of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Maryland, College Park (5) University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of Massachusetts, Amherst McDaniel College McGill University University of Miami Miami University (OH) University of Michigan Michigan State University University of Mississippi Morehouse College Morgan State University Mount St Mary’s University Muhlenberg College New College of Florida University of New Hampshire University of New Haven New York University Norfolk State University University of North Carolina at Asheville University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Greensboro Northeastern University (3) Notre Dame of Maryland University Nova Southeastern University Oberlin College The Ohio State University Ohio University University of Oregon Pace University Parsons School of Design at The New School (2) University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State University University of Pittsburgh Pratt Institute Purdue University Quinnipac University Randolph-Macon College

Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design Rhodes College University of Richmond Roanoke College Saint Joseph’s University The College of Saint Rose Salisbury University University of San Diego San Diego State University University of San Francisco Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago Scripps College Sewanee: The University of the South Skidmore College University of South Carolina University of St Andrews (Scotland) St John’s University (NY) St Mary’s College of Maryland St. Olaf College Stanford University (2) Stevenson University SUNY at Binghamton Susquehanna University Syracuse University The University of Tampa Temple University (2) University of Toronto Mississauga University of Toronto Scarborough Towson University (2) Trinity College Tulane University of Louisiana Union College Ursinus College University of Utah Vanderbilt University University of Vermont (2) Villanova University University of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Uni. (3) Wagner College Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College University of Washington Washington and Lee University Washington College Washington University in St Louis West Virginia University Western Colorado University Whitman College College of William and Mary (3) University of Wisconsin (2) College of Wooster Worcester Polytechnic Institute York College Pennsylvania



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50th Reunion


The Class of 1970 was determined to celebrate their milestone 50th Reunion. Twenty-six of their classmates joined a Zoom call on Saturday, May 2, 2020 that lasted over three hours.

The 1999 Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team wins the ‘B’ Conference Championship

The Class of 1970’s yearbook photo

Alumni Weekend 2020

Athletic Hall of Fame 2020 Although the official Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception was postponed in May 2020, the Hall of Fame Committee is proud to present the 2020 cohort of inductees.

On Saturday, May 2, 2020 the Alumni Office hosted virtual Collection and Meeting for Worship for the classes that would have celebrated their Reunions. Head of School Matt Micciche provided an update from the School, followed by a Meeting for Worship over Zoom. Alumni from around the country and the world came together for this special, yet different event.

2020 INDIVIDUAL INDUCTIONS Robert A. Robinson, Jr. ‘70* Robin E. Behm ’75 Margaret Peacock Daly ’75 Ellen Gomprecht Oppenheim ’75 Michael J. Fine ’95 Hiram Holton II ’95* Joshua E. Davis ’90 C. Randall Cooper ’05 William T. Harrington ’05 Kristin E. Schwab Jensen ’05

→ Virtual Class Parties 2020 Many Reunion classes got together over Zoom to catch up and share memories. The Alumni Office was delighted to hear reports of these connections and to receive the screenshots.

Top photo: Class of 1970 50th Reunion virtual celebration Center and bottom: The Class of 1990 had 58 people on their 30th Reunion party Zoom, with people from as far as Alaska and Hawaii.



Sarah E. Bancroft Lorenzana ’05 Top: Kitty Bryant ’75, member of the 1975 badminton team Right: Hall of Fame inductee Hiram Holton II ‘95 with varsity basketball teammates Cory Brown ’95 and Atman Smith ’96

Charles F. Whitman ’05 2020 TEAM INDUCTIONS 1975 Varsity Badminton Team 1999 Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team *Posthumous Induction



alumni ⊲ From top to bottom: Members of the Class of 2001 gathered for a hybrid in-person/ virtual class party at Whitehall Mill; Christina Forsting Taler ’05 and her husband Jordan Taler ’03 hosted the Class of 2005 party on the patio of their Roland Park home; Sherwood Gardens was the perfect setting for the Class of 2011 to gather for their class party; Alumni gathered on Zoom for the 2021 Alumni Award Ceremony

50th Reunion

Alumni Weekend 2021 While we were unable to offer on-campus events for Alumni Weekend 2021, on Thursday, April 29 - Saturday, May 1, the Alumni Office hosted virtual events for the Reunion Classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6. The events were: the Alumni Award Ceremonies – one for the 2020 award recipients and one for the 2021 award recipients, a campus tour, Collection remarks from Head of School Matt Micciche, Meeting for Worship, and trivia night for Reunion Classes hosted by CharmCity Trivia. The Class Reunion Committees to plan their class parties, and some were in-person, some were virtual, and some were a hybrid of both. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces from all over come together to celebrate, even 15 months into the pandemic!

2021 is the 50th Reunion year for the Class of 1971. Many members of the class signed on virtually for events throughout the weekend, particularly the 2021 Alumni Award Ceremony, to celebrate classmate Peter Kaestner ‘71 as he received his Distinguished Alumni Award. The School will host the class for their 50th Reunion Dinner in person in December 2021.

→ Athletic Hall of Fame 2021 The Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Both the 2020 and 2021 cohorts of inductees will be celebrated with a ceremony and reception in the fall of 2021.


Left: Individual inductee Rachel Tranter ’01 Below: The 2004 Field Hockey team I.A.A.M. “B” Conference Champions

Wendy Weinberg Weil ’76 Ashley D. Bastinelli ’01 R. Benson Erwin ’01 Rachel H. Tranter ’01 Andrew P. Black ’06 Maxxwell Davis ’06 Alice O. Fadiora ’06 Sarah R. Palmer ’06 2021 TEAM INDUCTIONS 2004 Varsity Field Hockey Team

Alumni gathered on Zoom for a trivia night hosted by CharmCity Trivia





Each year, Friends School is proud to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements and those who exemplify the Quaker philosophy and spirit.

→ 2020 Alumni Awards

2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards This award was established to recognize and honor those Friends School graduates whose professional or volunteer achievements have brought distinction within a particular field or vocational endeavor, locally or nationally. Peter Block, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FRCP ’55 is a cardiologist and

professor emeritus at Emory University School of Medicine whose pioneering work in the sub-specialty of structural heart disease has informed practice and dramatically enhanced patient outcomes worldwide. Previously on the faculties at Massachusetts General Hospital and Oregon Health Science University, Dr. Block was recruited to Emory in 2001 to establish and oversee a Structural Heart Disease Interventional Program. Today it is among the world’s preeminent teaching centers. While at Emory, he also served as medical director of the Clinical Trials Program and director of interventional research at the university’s Andreas Gruentzig Research Center. The recipient of countless awards and honors, Dr. Block was inducted into the inaugural class of Master Interventionalists of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions in 2014. He has authored hundreds of articles in leading medical journals and has served on the editorial boards of Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions, International Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Journal of Interventional Cardiology, among others. Beside his picture in the 1955 Quaker yearbook, the prescient editors wrote, “We are awaiting great contributions to the world of medicine from the eminent Dr. Block.” Sixty-five years later, how right they were!

Anita Gadhia-Smith, Psy.D., M.S.W. ’80 is a leading Washington,

D.C. psychotherapist, bestselling author, and expert contributor on mental health reporting and federal legislation. Through her private practice offices in Bethesda, Md. and Washington, D.C., Dr. Gadhia-Smith treats adults and adolescents suffering with substance abuse and addictions, relationship and family issues, and a host of related disorders.

A Friends School lifer and member of the FSB Head’s Advisory Council, last fall, Dr. Gadhia-Smith met with Upper School peer educators and delivered a powerful and deeply personal Collection presentation in which she spoke about her childhood and her struggles with depression and addiction. With her parents seated in the Auditorium it was, as Anita told the School’s Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement Christine Pappas ’01, “a profound full-circle moment.” Dr. Gadhia-Smith received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate of psychology from Southern California University. She is a prolific writer and presenter, with five books to her name and dozens of papers that she has presented at conferences around the world



alumni ⊲ 2020 Alumni Service Award This award was established to honor a Friends School alumna or alumnus who has generously and loyally donated time and energy to enrich Friends and its future. Kitty Bryant ’75 is an IT and business strategy consultant whose proven

problem-solving, communication and leadership skills have distinguished her both in the field of network and telecommunications engineering and here at Friends, where she presently serves on the Board of Trustees. Passionate and deeply committed to her class and to her alma mater, Kitty has served on numerous Reunion Committees over four decades. She is a past-president and longtime member of the Alumni Association Board, and, as its committee chair, has helped steward the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame since shortly after its founding in 2008. A graduate (and dedicated volunteer) of Goucher College, where she earned a B.A. in international relations with a concentration in Russian, Kitty holds an M.B.A. in human resources and finance from Loyola University Maryland. When she’s not helping one of her alma maters, you can find Kitty aboard the John W. Brown Liberty Ship as a mechanical and navigation volunteer, or planting marsh grasses and placing oyster spat as part of the Back River Restoration Project. In nominating her for the 2020 Alumni Service Award, a classmate noted, “Kitty has always worked tirelessly and advocated for Friends School from the time we graduated in 1975. I cannot think of anyone more deserving.”

2020 Honorary Alumni Award This award was established to honor a Friends School community member who exemplifies the Quaker philosophy and spirit, and who gives of themselves to further the growth of Friends School and its community. In 1990, Heidi Blalock H’20 answered an ad in the Sunpaper and began what became a 30-year relationship with Friends School. Through the decades, Heidi has served the School as a parent, a volunteer, and most importantly, as the School’s primary storyteller and advocate in the Admission, Marketing and Development Departments. Heidi’s institutional knowledge of Friends School is vast. She has formed many meaningful friendships with (now fellow) alumni through the countless stories she has written. In fact, Heidi chronicled the life of Friends School through her role as the cover-to-cover editor, writer and even photographer of 58 issues of Collection Magazine, now called Friends Magazine. Looking back, Heidi asserts that the investment she and husband David made in their daughters’— Isabel ’14 and Annie ’16—Friends School education was one of the best decisions they have ever made. “Quaker schools are so purposeful in their service to children,” Heidi says. This was one of the leading factors in Heidi’s personal embrace of Quakerism. As a member of the community, Heidi has contributed in ways that far exceed the professional. Many of her colleagues express gratitude and affection for authentic sharing, and for the verve she has brought to campus each day. Her compassion and dedication to serving others exemplify the Quaker philosophy and spirit. Friends School is honored to welcome Heidi into the Alumni Association. FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


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Each year, Friends School is proud to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements and those who exemplify the Quaker philosophy and spirit.

→ 2021 Alumni Awards

2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

2021 Alumni Service Award

This award was established to recognize and honor those Friends School graduates whose professional or volunteer achievements have brought distinction within a particular field or vocational endeavor, locally or nationally.

This award was established to honor a Friends School alumna or alumnus who has generously and loyally donated time and energy to enrich Friends and its future.

Peter Kaestner ’71 is a retired senior U.S. diplomat, a world-renowned

independent birder, and a community leader who has spent a lifetime mentoring and sharing his passions. During his 36-year career as a U.S. diplomat Peter travelled the world. He represented U.S. interests in 12 countries including Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Germany and Columbia, to name just a few. As a senior consular officer he led some of the world’s largest consular operations, notably in Brazil and India – mentoring hundreds of Foreign Service officers along the way. Peter retired at the equivalent rank of a two-star general. Peter has hinted that he chose the foreign service in part because it paired beautifully with his long-time passion for birding. He has birded in 180 eBird ‘countries,’ where he contributed to the scientific knowledge and conservation of birds, led scores of bird walks and tours, and authored dozens of articles. A highlight of Peter’s birding career came in 1989, when he was living in Bogotá. Just 50 kilometers east of the Colombian capital, he discovered a new bird – an antpitta that was subsequently named in his honor: Grallaria kaestneri. He is also recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the first person to see a representative of every bird family in the world, and is currently striving to be the first person to see 10,000 species.

Philip Merrill ’81 is the CEO & Founder of Nanny Jack & Co, LLC, an

African American heritage consulting business and a nationally recognized expert in African American memorabilia and history. He uses every medium available to shine light on the accomplishments and positive contributions African Americans have made to society over the course of history, which are all too often obscured. Philip wears many hats. On television, he served eight seasons as a Chesapeake Collectibles appraiser on PBS Maryland Public Television (MPT) and six seasons as a PBS Antiques Roadshow appraiser of Black Americana. He is also a guest and consultant on a number of TV, radio, and internet shows, including the popular WMAR-TV 2 Rodrick’s For Breakfast. He’s authored three books: The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia, The Black America Series: Baltimore and Images of America: Old West Baltimore. He is a frequent contributor to a variety of publications, including the Baltimore Sun and the Antiques Roadshow Insider.

John Humphries, MD ’76* a “legendary” Friends School class agent

according to his classmates, had a powerful impact both in his career in research and medicine, and also as a volunteer for Friends School. John passed away unexpectedly in August of 2020, though his legacy lives on among his classmates.

After graduating from Friends, John attended Middlebury College and then went on to receive his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. John chose a career in research and development in the field of Hematology, specializing in the treatment of Hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders. He pioneered aerosol treatments for both Emphysema and Cystic Fibrosis and later worked in drug development, focusing his efforts to create new treatments for Hepatitis C, among other disorders. John’s impact on his classmates as a leader and volunteer were also outstanding. John was instrumental in driving attendance for Reunions, leading fundraising efforts, and had the ability to keep his classmates informed on all matters pertaining to the class, the School, and the world. As classmate Keith Tabatznik shared, “Our entire class owes John so much as he was truly the glue that kept us together over the years, and his organization of our Reunions was secondto-none, and have become highlights for all of us...From my heart, I thank you John and will miss you dearly.” *Posthumous award

Janelle Milam Schmidt ’96 worked at Friends for 25 years before

departing in June of 2019. Over the course of her career, she served as Director of Summer at Friends, Director of Extended Day, Director of Early Learning at Little Friends, as well as managing many other programs. It is estimated that she supported over 4,000 children in these roles. She also mentored more than 100 staff members, both paid and volunteer - each year.

As a volunteer, Janelle was an Alumni Association Board member for ten years, taking on many roles, including that of president. She’s taken on the role of class secretary, collecting class notes for Friends Magazine, and been a consistent reunion volunteer - including a class gift agent. Janelle’s service continues beyond Friends School. For many years she has taken an active role in the Girl Scouts and has even served as the Indoor Soccer League Commissioner. In her recent role at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Children’s Center, Janelle has been recognized by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce for growing her program.

You can also find Philip at universities and other nonprofit organizations, giving lectures and sharing items from his own extensive collection of memorabilia with his audience. In the Fall of 2021, our students will have the opportunity to learn from Philip, as he will be co-teaching a history elective with Upper School teacher Molly Adolph Smith ’82.





alumni ⊲ BOSTON

It was a cold trip up to Boston, but it was a great evening at Granary Tavern on December 12, 2019.

From left: Katie Cogar ’05, Sr. Tom Binford and Erica Quigley ’96

2019-2020 Friends All Around

Above: The Friends School Fiddle Club provided musical entertainment for the Baltimore Homecoming Conference opening event. From left: Nat Ring ’03, Dir. of Alumni Relations & Engagement Christine Pappas ’01 and Cedric Charlier ’13

Alumni, faculty, and friends were able to gather in person in Baltimore, Boston, Florida and Washington, D.C. After the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, the Alumni Office pivoted to hosting virtual opportunities for engagement.

From left: Clare Shaffer ’14, Hannah Harrison ’14 and Colin Fowler ’13

BALTIMORE HOMECOMING 2019 Above. from left: Mark Reid ’10, Nick Silbergeld ’04 and Quinn Stills ’80; Kate Windsor ’85 and Jill Jacobson Hutensky ’85; Fiddle Club members Alice Riley ’23 and Fern Riley P’23 with Lance Reddick ’80 and Rob Berman ’88



The second annual Baltimore Homecoming conference, hosted by Baltimore Homecoming, Inc., was held in October 2019. More than 30 Friends School alumni, all industry leaders in their fields, returned to Charm City for a series of events. The goal of the conference is to reconnect ex-pats with Baltimore and to provide opportunities to be part of the City’s future.

From left: Tommy Goldman ’08, Camille Powe Foster ’02, Kim Clark ’01 and Bill Forbush III ’75



alumni ⊲ From left: Madalynn Williams ’16, Jessica Lichtenfeld ’96, Sateria Venable ’87, and Head of School Matt Micciche



On November 17, 2019, alumni enjoyed a family-friendly gathering at Sarah and Paul Greenfield ’04’s communal space at The Residences at Eastern Market.

On January 4, 2020, Coach Chris Newton and squash alums gathered at Meadow Mill Athletic Club for the annual event.

From left: Patrick Sissman ’06, Ali Pappas ’07, and Erica Goldman ’06


Meeting for Worship is a tradition shared by generations of alumni. When asked how their Friends School education influenced them the most, our alumni often mention Meeting and how it taught them to reflect and center themselves in varying circumstances. When the pandemic hit in spring 2020 and people across the county were quarantined, the Alumni Office offered a number of opportunities for alums to come together for virtually Meeting for Worship. Over 100 alumni gathered over the course of the spring. There was a Meeting for Reunion classes on what would have been Alumni Weekend 2020, community-wide Meetings for Friends School students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni, and an all-alumni Meeting was held to reflect on the racist incidents and injustices experienced by People of Color in our society.

From left: Sam Johnson ’14, Elliot Greenwald ’12, Sam Shapiro ’14, Eli Dresner ’04, and Peter Heller ’04


Head of School Matt Micciche’s lunch in Ft. Myers with Sally Huff Leimbach ’64, Wendell Leimbach and Susan Huff Schmitt ‘60 was a treat!

ALONSO’S MEET-UP AND FRIDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL GAME Local alums gathered at Alonso’s in Roland Park before heading to watch the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team on January 24, 2020.




Josh Kalin ’14 and David Mandelberg ’14 of Twin Valley Distillers, “Maryland’s First Urban Distillery,” hosted an evening of cocktails and conversation on June 4, 2020. They discussed the distillery’s pivot to creating hand sanitizer at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, their bourbons and flavored rums, and provided a cocktail-making demo FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


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Opposite page: Alumni swag for the 2021 seniors


On February 28, 2021 the Alumni Association Board and the co-owners of Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, Irene Donnelly Salmon ‘02 and Dylan Salmon hosted a virtual oyster tasting for Baltimorearea alumni. Guests enjoyed oysters on ice while learning more about the delicious mollusks. Head of School Matt Micciche interviews Lance Reddick ’80 for the Tonight with Friends web series

2020-2021 Friends All Around During the 2020-21 academic year, the Alumni Office hosted a number of virtual engagements where alumni from all over the country connected with each other and the School.


The second annual Baltimore Homecoming conference, hosted by Baltimore Homecoming, Inc., was held in October 2019. More than 30 Friends School alumni, all industry leaders in their fields, returned to Charm City for a series of events. The goal of the conference is to reconnect ex-pats with Baltimore and to provide opportunities to be part of the City’s future.

Dylan’s Oyster Cellar Co-Owners Irene Donnelly Salmon ‘02 and Dylan Salmon

Members of the Alumni Association Board deliver special boxes to seniors to celebrate 100 nights until graduation. From left: Ali Pappas ‘07, David Ray ‘06, Hannah Allen Poland ‘08 and Alexis Bond ‘08

Seniors Molly Gantt ’21’ and Chase George ’21 with their yard signs


Created as a result of the pandemic in the fall of 2020, the goal of this virtual series is to provide informative and interactive sessions that showcase the knowledge and talents of our alumni. The first four installments aired in the 2020-21 academic year, hosted by Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, Christine Pappas ’01. Session topics included “Creating Community in a Digital World” with Kirstin Fuhrmann-Simmons ’92, “Coping with Our New Normal” with Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith ’80 and Dr. Kit MacLean ’02, “Estate Planning, What You Should Know” with Portia Wood ’02, and “The Future of Film” with Jason Berman ’02.


Every year in early March the Alumni Association Board hosts the 100 Nights Dinner to celebrate 100 nights (approximately) until Friends School graduation and welcome seniors as soon-to-be alumni. Since the Board was unable to host an in-person dinner this year, on March 7, 2021 board members and senior parent volunteers made special surprise deliveries to each senior with alumni swag and yard signs.


In the spirit of making the Class of 2021 feel celebrated during this unprecedented year, the Alumni Association Board hosted a “Final Fabulous 40 Days Luncheon” on Thursday, May 6 – the last day of classes for seniors. The seniors gathered in the Forbush Auditorium to hear messages from Alumni Association Board members Elijah Muhammad ’12 and Erica Goldman ’06 about what it means to be alumni and stewardship of their alma mater. A catered BBQ lunch followed on the Upper School Quad and fellowship on Deering Field.


The Hiram Holton II ’95 Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 by the Class of 1995, the Black Student Union, friends, family and others in celebration and memory of Hiram Holton II, beloved Friends School classmate and friend. On December 3, 2020 the newly formed Scholarship Steering Committee, the Black Student Union and the Alumni Office hosted an event to honor Hiram’s memory and celebrate a recent fundraising milestone in what would have been the Class of 1995’s 25th Reunion year.



The Class of 2021 gatheredon Deering Field after the 40 Days Luncheon

2021 Legacy Families at Commencement Hiram Holton II ’95 Virtual Scholarship Event



Pre-Covid Convocation, September 2019

Class Notes: Summer 2019-Summer 2020 In these pages generations of alumni have shared life’s significant milestones and reminisced about their Friends School days. Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.


Susanne D. Emory

Alison Herriott Wilder writes that she and Don live in Rochester in a retirement community in a separate cottage with garden space on two sides. During the COVID shutdown, she hasn’t felt the need for puzzles or games, but instead, she has been going through Herriott memorabilia plus family photographs and genealogy materials, as well as housekeeping and cooking. Her local daughter, who is their watchdog and provider, and granddaughter have made over 70 masks for people. Charles Ellicott writes, “Viv and I live in Florida so we can enjoy pleasant weather, even if there is nowhere to go. Beaches and parks are closed in addition to usual lockdowns. So, my schedule is cooking, tennis and reading...and searching for items I misplace.” As for Clay and me, we are enjoying our apartment at Edenwald. We were just starting to meet people when everything shut down. I keep busy with reading (over 60 books), puzzles, the newspaper and the computer. Our home in Glen Arm is finally being sold. We are in the midst of home inspections, well testing, complete painting of the inside, code inspections for the rental houses, and on and on. I’m eager to complete the sale, but sad at the same time.


Pat Leach Fiske

Greetings to the Class of ’54. I look forward to being in touch with all of you in the months ahead. In the meantime, I am pleased to share messages and information from two of our classmates. Charlotte Smith Baker is living now in North Hollywood, Calif. where she is happily involved with her “children” (all of whom are in their 50s with the oldest already 60!). She is proud of her exceedingly creative nine grandchildren (five granddaughters and four grandsons), all but one in their mid-20s and pursuing exciting careers. Charlotte sends a warm greeting to all the 1954 friends at



Friends; she cherishes her memories of all her days there, from August 1938 when she entered at the Pre-K near Headmaster Bliss Forbush’s home…right through to our graduation in June of 1954. From Dave (Nick) Nichols comes a wonderful and inspirational account of his professional trajectory. From his college graduation, where he took the only science course not required by medical school—geology—Nick completed the necessary courses at University of Maryland, entered medical school there and completed a residency in radiology. He then joined a radiology group in Atlanta but, strongly interested in mental health, he completed psychiatry residency training at Emory University. Further training in chronic pain medicine and certification in medical acupuncture followed, and he practiced both psychiatry and chronic pain medicine for a number of years. In 2000, Nick joined the VA and, with his wife Jan, moved to Milledgeville, Ga. on Lake Sinclair. Nick and Jan have three children, a daughter and two sons (all married 20+ years) and six grandchildren. In 2009, Nick transferred to the Athens, Ga. VA clinic, intending to retire in 2013. However, the shortage of psychiatrists resulted in his being encouraged to return to practice on a reduced schedule, which he continues, enjoying the many bonds with veterans and staff and the opportunity to help the many patients suffering with PTSD—combat-related or the result of active duty injuries or abusive situations. Nick sends best regards and blessings to classmates. As for me, I am in Seattle, where we moved permanently about six years ago. My husband, Dick Fiske ‘50, is a geologist focused on volcanoes, so this is an area we have known and grown to love over the years. Moreover, both of our children are West-Coast-based and being close to them and our four grandchildren was a powerful draw. At Friends and through college, my interests were in science and math. However, through a variety of influences—college roommate was an art history major; Hopkins campus

where I worked was next to the Baltimore Museum; a year spent in Japan the first year of our marriage—I made a complete switch and spent most of my 50-plusyear career in museum and art-based positions. Now retired and in Seattle, I am happily volunteering for three of the area museums. Or I was, until COVID-19 took such a toll on everything. Best wishes to you, Class of ’54. I look forward to getting to know you all over again.


Patricia P. Tisdale

There was a marvelous response from our class for class notes, and I am delighted to pass on the collective news. Friends School and I need email addresses from: Barbara Breining Buchman, Bob Hall, Joan Keehner Hyde, Terry Michael Kullback, Tom Lowe, Jane Ellen McClung Meil, Mary Gettemulleer Waller, Eugene Test and Chris Wilson to keep the wagons circled. Please send in your addresses. Due to a glitch in the last Friends Magazine issue, Kitty Roberts Merrifield’s contribution to our notes was not included. Here it is now, “I had knee replacement recently and had no idea that it would be as difficult as it has been, and I am still struggling with recovery. Otherwise, we are relatively well, and definitely in the slow lane. Roz Chenowith Carlson and Dave, with their daughters Amy and Jenny, visited us while in Seattle. Their grandson Christopher rows for the University of Washington, and the team has had a wonderful season. Saturday was the opening day of the boating season with lots of crew races, equivalent to the Point-to-Point races in Baltimore, and a big celebration of spring. It was wonderful to see them and to learn about their activities. Our grandson George will leave in August for Lehigh University, and I guess that is our biggest news. Ric, our son, and his father live very close to us now, and our daughter Anne Campbell is living in California. We see more of him than her, but she and I just had a wonderful few days in San Francisco. We don’t get back East very often, but I do FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


classnotes ⊲ Pat Morrill ’55’s “Pandemic Essentials”

hear from Evie Luebbers Sinwell ’54 and Gretchen Souse Redden ’54 from the class ahead of us.” Roz Chenowith Carlson reported that they returned from Bermuda when they closed the island airport in March, came to the lake, and have been there ever since. Mostly, they spend winter in a retirement community in southern N.H., but they are keeping the house and are so glad they did. They will probably return to the retirement home in late fall. Roz says that these are different times we live in and hopes it all goes away sometime soon. Pat and Bill Morrill write, “Still in lockdown somewhat here in Mercy Ridge. However, today is a banner day for me, I’m going to get my hair done! A friend here cut my hair once, and I have cut Bill’s hair three times. We still are not allowed to have ANY outside visitors, including family. Every Sunday at 5 p.m., we Zoom with all our family. It’s fun to see the changes in hairstyles (gray roots and all). It’s a great way to stay connected and to catch up. Since the virus, I have been painting in the art studio with a friend, and am now on my



23rd. My first, which I called ‘Pandemic Essentials,’ is still being displayed in the main lobby. It is an oil featuring hand sanitizer, rubber gloves, a mask, toilet paper and a bottle of wine. Everything we needed to get through this mess. Mercy Ridge has taken excellent care of us, but has been very strict about what we can and cannot do. As of today, we have no cases! Bill has played outdoor tennis several times and spends a lot of time on the computer. I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.” Cynnie Miller Rosenwald says, “I am alive and moderately well at Roland Park Place where we have been quarantined forever. Did escape to Lake Placid last week with daughter and sundry grandkids; two sadly were Class of 2020 and had no June week. Do you remember our June week? (Tell Chris, I still do.) So sad to hear about Iris Windsor McFaul. A great lady. My only hope is to live to see Trump out of office.” From Bob Kriel, “We have had two special vacations this past year. We went to the Galapagos with our daughter

Helena and my niece. Although Linda and I had been there 25 years before, this time, I had a lot more difficulty keeping my balance walking over fields of lava rock and getting back into the rubber raft after swimming. We also went for 10 days with a group from my college to Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Svalbard was probably the most amazing and beautiful scenery we have ever seen. Helena is well and living with her two dogs (one a Great Pyrenees and weighs over 100 pounds). Her large dog was in a 20-minute fight with a large raccoon. Helena has a significant other who is the brother of one of her friends from high school. We are wondering where that might go. She is still living in our old house. Linda and I still have our summer home by the lake and we are there much of the summer. I did reach out to Bill Putt this year. I came across his father’s name in a book about the USA mission to the moon. Bill took me to his father’s office in the Pentagon one summer. As everyone knows, Minneapolis has had a terrible series of events following the murder of George Floyd by the police, and the subsequent riots, looting and burning adding to the severe problems with the pandemic. I was an epidemiologist in the CDC and am now consulting with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as they struggle to plan for the coming season. I have had discussions with Dr. Michael Osterholm here in Minnesota. He and Dr. Fauci are probably two of the most qualified people in the United States with regard to understanding and advice about the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless progress in production and distribution of a vaccine is much better than we anticipate, I am not confident that we will be able to have an in-person Reunion at Friends in 2021.” Linda Flack Bunce writes, “Every summer, I look forward to spending a month in a charming Swiss village which has become my second home. Unfortunately, this year, because of the pandemic, Americans are no longer welcome in most of Europe, including Switzerland. The European countries have done a much better job than we have of handling the pandemic, so unless there is a dramatic turnaround

here, I will not be able to go this year. It will be the first time since 1984 that I haven’t gone, and I will miss it. Now I understand there is continued review of our situation, and hopefully, before the end of the year, there will be great improvement here. I am still active in the Alexandria Symphony and that music program that Elliott and I helped to start in the elementary schools. Many challenges for symphony orchestras today and we are looking for opportunities to perform outside with Chamber-size orchestras where there can be distancing. Once schools closed in March, we sponsored four one-week sessions for elementary school children and were very successful. I’m also involved with my church and attend many meetings in Zoom. I love to hike, and so in addition to the five hill hikes in my neighborhood, I try to go once a week to a national park, Great Falls, which is about 45 minutes away. Even better is a State Park, Sky Meadows, which is about one hour and 15 minutes from home.” From Peter Block, “We managed to escape Georgia just as our governor opened up tattoo parlors and bowling alleys. As that was indeed the initial opening of the state, we figured we had a choice, get a whole-body tat (I was hoping for a multi-colored green and yellow serpent to show off in the bowling alleys) or drive north. We opted for the latter and made it to Wareham in two days. Safe up here now, but I suspect this virus is not done with New England yet. Hopefully, we will be able to say hello in person next spring, and if we can, I suspect also that it will be through an N95 mask. Hope I am wrong. Stay well, wash hands.” Lynn Bahlke Mills says, “Fortunately, Barry and I have been able to deal with the virus situation quite well. I have the inclination to make lemonade from lemons, literally, so I have been making old comfort recipes and even baking bread from scratch again. Also doing the most challenging jigsaw puzzles ever. In my life, I seek more time for reading, so the extra time available now is a gift. My private tutoring of middle school students is on hold until September. Joy comes from helping bright, learning disabled children gain both confidence and skills. We are very fortunate to live in a gated community

where I have served on the Council for years. We have 159 cluster houses on 33 acres, so we feel we live in a beautiful park. Our Clubhouse has recreational facilities, including a swimming pool. My love of swimming comes from my father, George Bahlke, who was South Atlantic Champion and on the Johns Hopkins swim team of the time. Swimming is still my most favorite and frequent exercise. None of our three children and five grandchildren live in our city, so we rely on phone, texting, FaceTime and email to keep in touch. We are keeping quite isolated for now. Hummingbirds are our main visitors. I do keep in touch with several FS classmates. Lucky me, I attended wonderful Friends School from grade three until graduation. Best wishes for safety and health to all current and former students, teachers and administrators.” Gilbert Cohen, “We have returned from Florida and have been back about a month. Busy getting our home ready for sale. Being Florida residents will mean we will be in Maryland about five months each year. When our home is sold, we will then look for a condo, hopefully in the same Timonium/Cockeysville area we live in now. All our travel plans evaporated this summer because of the virus. Hope to do them in 2021. Not much of a newsworthy nature to report. Primary focus is to keep busy and healthy. Hope all classmates are well and vigilant.” Ginny Pierce Mitchell writes, “Fred and I have been having Zoom calls for Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with 19 from coast to coast plus two dogs and a cat. A great way to stay in touch during COVID-19. We are doing as well as possible. Lucky we can get outside for Fred to mow and me to keep the flower beds. They look fabulous and I am home to tend them.” Bob Millhauser writes, “I am enjoying retirement. Abbey and I are happily still living independently at Quarry Lake. Although I have Parkinson’s, I am still able to lead an active lifestyle, at least until the Coronavirus got in the way. I do Rocksteady boxing five days a week to keep in shape (sort of). Our blended family of five children and eight grandchildren are all over the country (one daughter and grandson in Baltimore; she teaches in Baltimore County and he goes to Boys’ Latin). Two other

grandsons are sophomores in college, Colorado and Loyola, New Orleans. We Zoom at least weekly. Last big gettogether was a reunion at Deep Creek Lake. Hope to have another one next summer. Fortunately, all in good health. Keeping busy on the condo board and some part-time work. I don’t know where the time goes. Stay safe, everyone.” Bill Putt says, “I can say that I am glad that I have already graduated from everything and don’t have a business to worry about. For fun, I go to Vermont to mow pastures, clear trails and maintain my various pieces of power equipment. I am also closely connected to undergraduate responses to the Coronavirus at MIT. I enjoy the interchange with the students and MIT. I am also glad I am not teaching. It looks like teachers are going to carry a burden of a lot of extra work. I think my son lives in a parallel universe. In March, he decided to quit his job because he did not like his boss. I told him I thought his timing was bad and that he might want to get another job before quitting this one. It’s hard to believe my advice was rejected. Next week, he is starting his new job. My grandsons are totally bored from online school and no friends allowed to come over. They do hope that regular school will start. Jerry Ann has various ailments that require care. Fortunately, I am able to take care of many of her needs, sometimes not always to her liking, such as cooking. The biggest problem is keeping her supplied with books that she likes to read.” Al Seivold writes, “Cathie and I have settled into Murrells Inlet, S.C. without a desire to move at the moment. Despite being ‘fish out of water’ politically speaking, we have found kindred spirits as members of the Sierra Club that are also resisting off-shore drilling and further destruction of our natural world. We are enjoying our walks on the beach in Huntington State Park just seven miles away, and strolling at Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens where we volunteer as docents in the galleries and butterfly exhibit. Our primary pastime is to enjoy reading, especially historical novels, and spending time improving our flower gardens before the heat exhausts us. We also love to cook gourmet meals together about once a week. Of course, staying in touch with family is most important to us, and that includes



Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

far-ranging members; a granddaughter teaching English in South Korea and a grandson working for FEMA in Puerto Rico.” Mary Allen Wilkes says, “I am fine, living like a hermit along with everyone else, ordering groceries online for delivery, and staying in touch with friends and my wonderful step-family. I’m still in my condo of 48 years, and while it does not have some of the amenities of a retirement community, we do have a live-in superintendent who is happy to help with small personal chores or errands. My brother Martin lives about half-an-hour away, and we are in close, virtual contact. I go for walks in my neighborhood when the weather permits (Cambridge has some lovely small parks and lots of quadrangle and outdoor areas on various Harvard campuses), but otherwise have just stayed home since early March. Massachusetts is doing well with the pandemic; our numbers are way down, but I expect we will get hit by the huge surges in the rest of the country (it only takes one infected person to get on a plane to Boston) so I am assuming we are in this for the long haul and have endeavored to order my life accordingly. I love classical music and take advantage of some of the many offerings streaming into our virtual worlds—the Metropolitan Opera, concerts from Tanglewood Theater. I belong to a music group and a book group and we meet via Zoom. I am working on a major stay-at-home project that is a perfect pandemic occupation. I have from my great-grandmother an archive of materials (diaries, letters, a lengthy memoir she wrote in her 80s and other documentation) that I am working to preserve for posterity. Her name was Mary Emma Hill Allen, but her nickname was ‘Mollie,’ so this is ‘The Mollie Project.’ She was born in 1845, lived through the Civil War, Reconstruction, The First World War, the 1918 pandemic, and the Depression, as well as one husband and one lover. She died at age 92, three months after I was born, so I got her name. She was spirited and a highly spiritual Quaker lady, and a wonderful writer, and I love working with her life and these materials. The project includes scanning everything into the computer ( I have just finished that part), transcribing everything from handwritten documents to Word (partly done), generating a



chronology of events as I go, eventually writing some kind of biography and finding a permanent home for the archive. Well, it keeps me off the streets, which is what the governor wants.” Robin Biddison Dodd was lucky in March. She was able to attend a five-day quilt retreat in Ocean City, Md. It was great to be fed three meals a day, have her room cleaned, and be able to quilt for many hours with her Village Quilter friends. Because of the virus, cancellations were made for a Panama Canal cruise and another trip to Ocean City for an air show. A trip to Chincoteague, Va., a great small town, was made in early July; using our Golden Age Pass, they were able to enjoy the National Seashore. Excitement consists of two events, Robin explains, “A couple came with their new beach chairs. The man sat in his chair and it slowly collapsed. He was not hurt. The next day, daughter Robin was eating a sandwich, which was almost in her mouth when it was stolen by a bird diving from behind her. How could excitement get any better?” Page Singlewald Williams says, “As I respond to Pat’s plea for news, Houston is experiencing record infections and deaths due to Coronavirus, and to those who prefer to party maskless, with no consideration for others. However, I personally find much to be thankful for. None of my family or friends have fallen victims at this point. Having no grandchildren or greatgrandchildren, I don’t face the terrible choices that some of my neighbors must decide about the education and care of their children. And there is Zoom. I Zoom book club, guitar circle and several Humanists of Houston groups, Houston Oasis secular programs, some medical support groups, and programs by Rice University Baker Institute. I possibly have a more active social life than I did before the pandemic. I can still ‘see’ my friends in the evening without either of us driving at night, which our doctors advise against. And I have saved so much money due to not eating out with friends, and not attending movies, plays and concerts, that I have just treated myself to a new laptop with built-in camera and microphone so I don’t have to Zoom on my iPad with earbuds. Oh, and my neighbors have adopted some adorable rescue dogs who I enjoy meeting on my

walks. I always try to look on the bright side, and things could be a lot worse for me. Stay safe, everybody.” To wind down this hearty infusion of class news, I (Pat Peake Tisdale) and Glenn are spending the summer in Maryland for the first time in 14 years. Glenn celebrated 96 years on July 4th and the stairs to the bedrooms in our Cape Cod house have become too much of an obstacle. As I write, July has been a brutal month of horrible heat and humidity with temps daily in the mid-90s. Gardening is done in the early hours and exercise walking is saved for the evening. On the positive side, visits from our children have been more frequent with our daughter often bunking in and our son driving monthly from Charleston, S.C. to Chicago where he has a second home, and then onto Severna Park before returning to Charleston. Keeping in touch with everyone else has been via phone and more calling than ever. It has been an absolute delight having heard from so many classmates. The class column this time is a wealth of interesting news during this very strange time in our lives.


Lorinda R. McColgan

Pat Peake Tisdale ’55 shared this sad news about her sister, “My sister, Barbara Peake, passed away September 21, 2019. She had developed congestive heart failure and an untreatable lung bacteria and had been battling her condition for some years. Her ending was of her choosing when breathing became overwhelmingly impossible. Barbara lived in Southern California most of her adult life. She was a student at heart, earning several advanced degrees after graduating from Goucher College. She had a master’s degree in English literature, a master’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in art therapy. Barbara taught English at San Jose College, was a licensed clinical social worker at a child and family guidance center in Garden Grove, and was an area therapist in a psychiatric hospital unit in Fullerton, Calif. Her master’s in English literature and interest in Jungian psychology combined to foster her dominant interest in symbolism and myth making. Barbara traveled extensively, enjoyed making holiday

classnotes ⊲ decorations to donate to the Cancer Society, and reading extensively. Her three sisters miss her family connection and sparkling biting humor.”


Nancy Aronson

Carol Harrington Fitting and husband David are well but still on “lockdown” at the Forum Retirement Community in Cupertino, Calif., entertained by books, TV and keeping safe from COVID-19. They are hoping to avoid evacuation due to nearby California forest fires here in mid-August. She’s actively working to support voter turnout for the fall elections. Betty Hutzler Friedman reports that they were up at her family place in Maine, trying to “stay out of trouble.” She says they are wearing masks and “the new normal is not normal!” Elizabeth Cochran DeLima is still in quarantine at Cape Cod. She reports that all three trips abroad scheduled for 2020 have been cancelled and she misses her sons, but two granddaughters in Boston have been down for a few weekends. Louise Kurtz Schultz is well and back from summer in Maine. She said she’ll “probably have to hang up her ballet shoes” as she’s unable to teach classes because of the virus. Carol Maus Weiskittel reports that her husband, Harry Weiskittel died in May 2019 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Bill Hammond is well and staying at least 25 miles from the (September 2020) fires ranging in CA. He writes, “We did

not make our usual summer trip east because of the pandemic.” He and Jean are expecting their eighth grandchild in October 2020. Mary Gordon Werner writes that these six months of living with COVID-19 have forced her and husband John to “take stock of our real priorities” and that “living on a river with a boat and birds to watch has certainly helped.” She is looking forward to getting back to the quilting group at her church and, once there is a vaccine, returning to hospital volunteer work. She says “Hi” to all of our classmates. As for me, Nancy Hearn Aronson, my husband Jules and I are hunkered down at home in Bethesda, Md. We spent February in Hawaii and visited a granddaughter at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in March just ahead of COVID-19. Ukulele classes on Zoom and FaceTime with the grandchildren help. Scheduled travel to Europe in May and October has been postponed.


Susan S. Hossfeld

From Marsha Norris Cerquitella, “Living in the time of COVID-19 has certainly turned everyone’s world upside down. I can feel grateful that my life is simple at this age and stage and so staying home except for food shopping and my husband’s meds is not a hardship. I live in New Jersey, which at the time of this writing was still pretty much in lockdown. My heart does ache for those who have lost loved ones, jobs, etc. Thank goodness for books! Unfortunately, our local library remains closed, and I have spent too much on books from Amazon. My granddaughter is a brand new nurse, having graduated last May from a nursing program at UNC-Wilmington. She began her first job at Johns Hopkins last August in cardio-thoracic surgery ICU. She has been on the front lines taking care of COVID patients in the MICU whenever needed. She says this has been quite the first year of a new grad.” Marsha continues to say that her email comes with the hope that we all remain safe and well. Hap Mortimer says, “For the past twenty years, Betsy and I have been regular visitors to the Friends School campus every few weeks and participated in many activities. Our daughter-in-law, Amy D’Aiutolo Mortimer

‘87, is on the staff as Director of Admissions. Their three kids have worked their way from Kindergarten to graduation. Mary Charlotte Mortimer ’20 is the last of the three kids from Friends. We are sad for her to miss the fun we had in 1958 and no lacrosse season. She will go on to St. Mary’s College in fall 2020. For me, it has been nearly 75 years visiting the campus as a student, alumni and grandparent. I am a lucky guy for many reasons like a super wife (57 years), great kids (three) and smart grandkids (11) with bright futures. This is a time in our lives to reflect on being 80 years old and hopefully in good health with plans to stay that way and be able to live a purpose-driven life. Staying busy seems to be important. I miss all of our classmates who are no longer with us and I pray for all who are still here. I have great memories of our times together.” Mac Price can report all is well with his family and he does not have much to report this year. With the horrible virus, it has become mainly stay at home and try to find some long-needed projects to occupy his time. Mac really misses his volunteer work at the Towson “Y” five days a week and being involved with his church. So much for passing the 80 milestone, dealing with the unknown… though they never said getting OLD was going to be easy. “To all—stay healthy and safe!” Kandi Foell Slade has been mostly housebound since the beginning of the pandemic, although she does go to the office maybe twice a week to catch up with things that must be done. She has a great-granddaughter, born July 30, 2019, to her oldest granddaughter Cody. Her granddaughter Emily is expecting a great-grandson in a couple of weeks. It is unbelievable to be a great-grandmother. Unfortunately, neither family is in Baltimore. She is hoping Piper Grace and family will come up this summer. Susan Rugemer Kurtz continues to be in her cozy apartment at Roland Park Place. Since the pandemic began, the residents cannot have visitors. She sends her best to all. Dick Jeanneret has been having some health issues and will be moving to Northern Virginia in mid-July 2020. He will send an update after the move. Frank Windsor reports, “Ann Windsor ’60 and I are happily

Bill Hammond ’57 on Telegraph Hill, San Francisco FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

ensconced in River Woods, a continuous care retirement community (CCRC) in Exeter, N.H. We moved here in February 2018. It is a community of three contiguous campuses with more than 700 residents and 300 employees. As it turns out, we could not have ended up in a better place. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been quarantined here since March 20th. The great news is that unlike many similar communities across the state, to date, we have had no cases of COVID-19. We feel very secure knowing that the staff has been ‘ahead of the curve’ in taking the necessary precautions to keep us healthy and safe. We hope all of our classmates are safe and able to ‘ride this out’ in good health. Hopefully this will be a thing of the past and we will be able to come together to celebrate our 65th in 2023.” I had a nice note from Pat Pike Dougherty to bring us up-to-date. When Frank sold his dental practice, they celebrated his retirement with a world cruise. Wonderful! Then sadly, soon after their trip, they learned their youngest son had a fatal brain disease. They left New Jersey and came to live in South Florida to help care for him and their young grandson, Jack. After eight years, they lost Gregg, but there was a bright light in that time period, when their daughter, Lynn, after many years, gave birth to a granddaughter, Emma. Lynn and her family moved to Florida and purchased a house in the same community as Pat and her husband, who have a patio and pool. It has provided both families a lot of space while “social distancing.” They had hoped to gather at their home on Martha’s Vineyard this summer with their family: son, Scott, grandson, Mike, and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Mike. Despite their tragedy, Pat says there is much for which to be grateful. She wishes for all of her classmates to be well and safe! Barbie Long O’Brien writes, “Okay…it was my birthday…the 24th of May…80 years…all the way back…to 1940…a looong time…feeling a huge embrace of years…from marriages…one bringing my dear sons…one some enlightenment…years of students with parents…passing through my classrooms… friends, near and far…Baltimore…China… Italy…South Africa…Florida…Carroll County…dogs and cats sharing my lap…



birds, gerbils and snakes too…my dear grandchildren too, of course…I’ve sailed fewer than seven seas, but have…a FEW, lakes, the beautiful Chesapeake and some rivers too...camped alone under the the hills and the mountains… from Maryland and west...north…into Canada. I’ve loved and left…and stayed a few…traveled arid sands and icy spires… created my own and gifts furnishings of cherry and walnut woods…split and heated with my own oak firewood. I’ve hauled stream water when the power was down for a week. Made clothing for my kids, husbands, and children…even a bunch of masks for the COVID-19 virus. Need some mending? Altering? I can do it! I’ve read countless books-how to raise my chickens, sexy and not-so, fiction, myriad biographies and autobiographies, histories and world religions. I am wondering what this is all about…an inventory? A report card? Did I pass? Do I miss all those folks…places…encounters? All of the above…I guess. So here I am…80 years later…full beyond belief…of living...growing… learning and love… for my family…friends along the awe-inspiring sons…and their beautiful families. So grateful for the gifts life has offered me.” An update: Barbie reports great gardening successes and lots more in her busy life! Bettie Mullikin is thinking about everyone. She is staying close to home and says “hello” to all! Betsy Banghart Bratz and Paul are looking forward to travel plans for next year. They are converting this year’s trips into an African trip next year with Paul’s son and twin grandchildren. Anne Easton Williams and Glyn are currently in lockdown with their eldest daughter in Plymouth. The three of them went to France on March 12th hoping to spend 10 days there, but only had 24 hours before the French Prime Minister announced the immediate closure of all non-essential shops, bars, restaurants, museums, churches, etc., so they felt they should return. Their daughter was able to get them on the penultimate ferry back to Plymouth and then suggested they stay with her for a day or two, then the lockdown came and they have been with her ever since. Their daughter is taking good care of them and has a garden where they have enjoyed glorious sunshine. Glyn celebrated his 90th

birthday in mid-March. Anne and Glyn will also celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June. They have three great-grandchildren with another due in early October 2020. As a way of using time during the enforced isolation, they have been looking at family history, and Glyn and Anne are compiling their memoirs for the family to read. She is coming up to her time at Friends, so she will be remembering her classmates and time at school with affection. Anne wanted to pass on her very good wishes to everyone to stay safe and well. Carl and I (Susan Shinnick Hossfeld) have had a busy 2020, but not the way we originally planned. We scheduled two ski trips this winter, one to Sun Valley with the International Rotary Ski group and our annual ski trip with the family in March. After we left Sun Valley, we traveled to Boise, Idaho and the Columbia River Gorge area where we saw many waterfalls and beautiful points of interest (Boise is a nifty city). We had a scenic drive to Portland, Ore., and Mount St. Helens and fortunately left the area before the Coronavirus hit. Our ski trip with the family was wisely abandoned because of the COVID-19 virus. However, almost all Colorado ski resorts were closed within a matter of days of our planned trip. In March, we cancelled the purchase of a cottage in a 60-plus community with just hours left. We postponed that “adventure” until things settle down. We continue to downsize, but get sidetracked with lots of other projects that have been put aside for years. Apparently, the houses in that community are coming back on the market, so we are in the process of again trying to make a decision. Most of the retirement communities are still in some form of a lockdown mode. We still are social distancing, picking up groceries at curbside, as well as hardware supplies and carry out. The Amazon van stops here four days a week! Most of the businesses and restaurants have adjusted to the new regulations. However, we are ready to be out and about! Best wishes to all to be safe and healthy!

From left: Dan Reed ’59, his wife Claire and Martha Graham ’59; Leigh and Henry Hammond ’59 at lunch with Jack and Martha Graham ’59


Anne C. Bowdoin

It would be an obvious understatement to say that 2020 has been an unprecedented year. The first few months have hit all of us in ways that we could not have imagined before. But before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and going back to the year following our Class Reunion in May 2019, there has been news affecting us as a class. The passing of four members of the class, two in 2019 and two in 2020, was a blow to us all. Anna Panzironi Bulgari passed away on October 22, 2019, Fay Karfgin Stephens on December 11, 2019, Ted Rosenberg on June 18, 2020, and Lorna Gardner Hurley on August 24, 2020. Anna, Fay, Ted, and Lorna were regular attendees of so many of our class reunions. I asked everyone in our class to share what life was like living with COVID-19. Please remember that these responses came to me during April and May, so by the time you read this, things will be a lot better, but they express what life has been like in the spring. Meredith Felter feels lucky that the spring weather allowed her to be outside and work in her garden, which was full of colorful spring-blooming bulbs. She also spent hours creating a variety of mixed media collages, most of which have a garden theme. Netflix and her dog Jodi are good company and entertainment. Dan Reed wrote that even though they leased an apartment in San Antonio to be close to family, he and Claire decided to stay close to home in Delaware until the crisis is over. During this stay-at-home time, they have been catching up on filing and movies. Following my first request

for news this year, Ted Rosenberg was one of the first people to write. He told me that his wife, Michele, passed away at the beginning of the year. Ted talked about his children, saying that his youngest daughter is the American Consular Warden for her Province in China. She has been busy moderating WeChat groups and answering questions from expats returning and facing all the new regulations. Ted wished everyone well and hoped that all are safe and well. Henry Hammond wrote that he and Leigh have been very happy during the pandemic restrictions and are enjoying getting to know each other better. Frank Grant wrote in May that he and Syrette had just finished their seventh week of voluntary isolation. Luckily, neighbors were food shopping for them. They step out for the mail and newspaper, wipe them down, disinfect their gloves, wash their hands for the 20 seconds it takes to sing “you know what” twice. Syrette works remotely at her job from the office in their house. Frank said that his work as a writer/songwriter/teacher of ESL can be done anywhere. He hopes we are all safe and following the isolation rules. Karl Pfrommer has been in touch with me a few times. Sadly, his wife Marsha died a few weeks after our Reunion, but his last few years with her were happy as they traveled and enjoyed life to its fullest while she was still alive. Karl also had a few words about Anna Bulgari who he kept in touch with the last 60 years. He had visited her in Rome and in Millbrook, N.Y., where she lived for many years. He remembers that Anna was initiated as an honorary member of Beta NuH at our 45th Reunion. He and Frank Grant attended her funeral

in NYC at the end of January. Anna was not able to attend our 60th Reunion because of her illness. Karl sent her a photo of those who did attend. She wrote to Karl this message, “Dearest, I missed seeing you all. In the photos, you look handsome and in great spirit! Bravi, bravissimi. Diagnosed with colon cancer. I am in the best hands. Love you all. I am grateful for the enduring friendship that keeps me close to you. Love, Anna Panzironi Bulgari.” Robyn Rudolph Cole reports from Bethany, W. Va. that students did not return for classes at the college after Spring Break so it has been very quiet. She lives across the street from a fraternity house, which is now empty. When she walks her dogs, she sees no one! Overall, her county was lucky with only four confirmed cases of the virus. A quote from a local says that “West Virginians have been practicing social distancing since 1863.” Robyn hopes that this will continue. Bob Feild wrote that he and Trish made one adventurous trip in May to Trish’s hair stylist in Westminster. Many new, longer hairstyles have been emerging from this pandemic. They also were driving to Rehoboth Beach just to have a change of scenery. Trish is still working from home. Martha Kegan Graham sent me a postcard with her original design on it showing a “Crowrona 2020”, a beautiful black bird in a colorful scene. She had lunch with Dan and Claire Reed and sent a photo for the Magazine. She and Jack hope to meet with the Feilds and Reeds in the summer. She was glad to have had a visit with Fay at the Reunion and misses their phone calls. Martha wrote a note to Friends School shortly after Fay passed, “Fay was one of my closest FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


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Martha Graham ’59’s “Crowrona”

friends and we stayed in touch for 60 years. We shared many hours in the art department, in the tower with Mrs. Powell. Fay was totally adorable and a model at Hutzler’s. She was charming, dramatic and flirtatious. She could make a story about nothing into a captivating litany. She went to the Maryland Institute after Friends. She created ‘fun’ art on many topics and was in many galleries. She was the city mouse and I was the country mouse. I will really miss the phone calls, ‘Hi Marth – I’ve been thinking about…’” Alice (Kitty) Woodcock Smith wrote in July to describe what lockdown has been like in her village in Oxfordshire. She says that they have hardly left, but luckily, the weather was good in the spring so she was out walking and cycling every day and tending to their garden and enjoying berries from nearby fruit farms. She also met with her book club and was able to take classes on Zoom. They have seen Tony’s children and grandchildren in two groups outdoors. Sounds very similar to many family scenes in the US. Kitty’s sons live overseas so she has not been able to see them. I spoke to Ann Green Slaybaugh in July. She is lucky that her daughters are not too far away so they can safely visit. She says she is keeping busy knitting and sitting quietly viewing the woods and pond, which are part of her backyard! Bill and I feel really fortunate that we have been so well protected from the virus in our little retirement community cocoon. There are barriers for entry and in the spring months, we were strongly urged not to leave unless it was for an essential doctor’s visit. However, meals



have been delivered to us every day and we have plenty of freedom to walk on the roads and on the many woodland trails which surround us. I find that we read every section of the Boston Globe every day now and have discovered many wonderful shows on Acorn TV. Of course, we are catching up on all those chores we have put off for so long. Luckily, the weather is nice so we garden and visit with friends (six feet apart). New Hampshire and Vermont are two states which had a low incidence of the Coronavirus, and in July, we have been able to leave and visit with family and friends, always wearing masks, etc. I want to thank all of you who have written and shared a bit of your lives with the Class. Even though we have had the loss of four of us recently, we can be happy that we have lived through seven decades and stayed in touch. I hope that all of you are healthy and safe.


Mary McElroy

Ann Windsor reports that she and Frank ’58 continue to enjoy Exeter, N.H. They and their children are well. Jeannie Pohlhaus-Miser is very busy with her real estate work, playing golf and gathering regularly with friends.


Linda B. Stevens

Hello, Class of 1961! Don and I are hoping that you all are being safe and are well during this awful and scary Coronavirus time. We are doing well in Myrtle Beach—a Coronavirus hot spot—enjoying gardening, visiting neighbors from a distance, reading, and generally trying to be safe. Certainly do miss our visitors— children and friends. We are hoping to see many of you in Baltimore this spring for our 60th Reunion! Bob Dalsemer has enjoyed kayaking on the nearby TVA Lake in North Carolina and hiking in various surrounding parks. This fall (2020), he plans to move to a continuing care community in Black Mountain, N.C., where good friends await his arrival. Bob is looking forward to our 60th, hoping to see many in Baltimore this spring 2021. Another NC couple is feeling great about having such a beautiful place to weather this virus by gardening, hiking and visiting with good neighbors.

Nathan Smith and Geri do have a time trying to outsmart their resident black bear, which has an affinity for the bird feeders. With views of Grandfather Mountain and Table Rock in the distance, they have beauty everywhere. Their summer disappointment was forgoing a stay at their camp in Maine due to inability in securing a room north of the Pennsylvania line! Jane Benson Timburg and Lee have the creek views leading out to the Magothy and enjoy their boat rides. They keep busy with their many books, friends and activities. On a very sad note, Jane lost her oldest son this past December. He leaves behind his wife and son. Our deepest sympathy, love, and caring thoughts to surround you and lift you up. Sheltering in place in Bellingham, Nora misses Zumba and tennis but still is able to play bridge, even though improvement seems slower than she wishes. Nora Demmert feels very fortunate to have her sisters nearby. Talk about sheltering in place, Jackie Hornor Plumez and her husband went to Singapore in April to visit their daughter and family. As soon as they got there, quarantine laws went into effect until June 1, making possible visits only by phone. In Singapore, masks are mandated. Penalties are costly, from $300 to $1,000 if found without one. Some countries have been very serious about protection! Jackie continues to follow several patients remotely. One of her colleagues is Carol Sandler’s nephew. Look for Jackie’s novel and sequel—the one about a heroine who attended Friends School of Baltimore and becomes an international reporter in war zones. Jeannie Wright Meyer continues to teach Spanish and French at present, although remotely. COVID-19 has kept her from enjoying her trips to Mexico but she does enjoy the grandchildren. Glenn says his bankruptcy law practice has slowed so he is working some at Lowe’s. Bruce Steinwald and Ronnie are doing okay, walking the dog for exercise, and doing more cooking. Bruce volunteers and does research part-time for Brookings. Their son Peter graduated from Tulane Medical School, and son Alex is at Northwestern working on an M.B.A. Peter was to get married, but Coronavirus interfered so the wedding will be in 2021. Pat Clouse

Epifanio is beginning to get her energy back after six months of chemo. She has returned to the office at Shriners Hospital, as well as her part-time duties as parish RN for two Episcopal Parishes. Wishing her the best. Sylvan Seidenman keeps in touch with the New World School of Arts even though he has been retired for 10 years. He and Sandy have remained close with many talented graduates, such as Alec Lacamoire, director of Hamilton, Robert Battle, director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and Tarell McCraney, screenwriter for “Moonlight” and present head of Yale’s graduate writing program. Sylvan is currently on the advisory board of a conservatory of the arts public school. It was here that he began his teaching career as a National Teacher Corps participant in 1966! Full Circle! Happy Anniversary to Sandy and Sylvan on their 50th wedding anniversary! Nina New Cohen and Marty have traveled extensively and are involved with the symphony and several aspects of community life. They also sponsor war college participants each year. Lately though, medical issues have slowed them down as Marty has had knee surgery and presently Nina is in rehab for a mild stroke, which affected her vision and therefore balance. Mary Faith Miller and Patrick enjoy life in Connecticut—love those pictures of their granddaughter and others of wildlife and snow that Patrick posts on Facebook. Muff has finished radiation for stage II breast cancer and is now in rehab to increase her strength. Susan Stafford Trew and Mort continue farming life, mending fences to keep the Angus in, mowing the fields and enjoying the grandchildren as they help to feed calves and care for the farm. With the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, they have a lovely setting to stay safe – and busy. Barbara Davis stays safe but is ready for this virus to exit. She is still on Belfast Rd., taking care of her cats and seeing neighbors occasionally. We will all be ready for research to bring forth a vaccine that can be effective so we can hug our friends again! Be well, be safe and sane, as we live through these challenging times. Hopefully we can gather together in Baltimore and rejoice! If unable to come, send pictures, notes, anything to keep us in touch!


Eleanor B. Fuller

Jim Hammond tells us that COVID-19 has altered every aspect of his life. The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and most other church denominations closed for services within the churches. Jim recorded several services for publication on the website of his church, Trinity, in Upperville. He advises that the challenges of recording are unique in his nearly 50 years of ordained life. I agree as my church has had some difficulties with their online Sunday services also. The life-care community in which he lives has been sequestered since early March, not allowing even members of one’s family to visit. I know this has been true for those in Florida, where I am at this writing, as well as Pennsylvania and many other states. He is grateful for several online meetings offered via Zoom for alumni by Friends in May and wishes such offerings might be a regular feature. Linda Kardash Arminger advises that she and Buck are trying to make the best of the pandemic situation. Many in her community still do not leave their condo (this is in July) and others are socializing but staying six feet apart. They enjoyed a New England/ Canadian cruise from Baltimore last year and found the scenery lovely. Her granddaughter, MacKensie, the equestrian, continues to excel. She has qualified four years in a row and competes at Pony Finals held in Lexington, Ky. with 300-400 participants. And she maintains a 98 GPA while also being captain of her basketball team in the winter. Their youngest daughter, Tara, has given up fox hunting in Middleton Place, S.C. to compete in dressage. She has been awarded all blues and reds (1st and 2nds) in competition. Also, she is obtaining her doctorate in elementary education at the University of South Carolina while maintaining an “A” average. Kelly is a coder for Philips Medical; Keith is a lieutenant in the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) and Donna is a regional representative for Traveler’s Insurance. They are proud of all of them. Well wishes and good health to all from Linda and Buck. Jens Neumann feels that the pandemic has shown more than before in our lifetime how crazy our world has become. He wants to know where the United Nations is and what

has become of the United States? Where are the lessons we all should have learned from the past? The world is now more divided than ever. Friends School has taken important actions against racism, intolerance and injustice in order to live up to the values which we were all so proud of as students which guided us through our lives. Jens says that he never would have had a chance to attend FS without the international exchange program of the American Friends Service Committee. So he thinks that the Class of 1962 should let our education and values shine even brighter in these days of crises and ignorance. He says, “Stay healthy and united.” Barb Ensor Sena was working at the RV dealership until April when she was laid off due to lack of business due to Coronavirus. It is so hot in Phoenix in the summer, so Barb and Bob loaded up their camper and UTV and headed north to spend May through August in northern Arizona, at Happy Jack near Flagstaff. Then to Moab, Utah to ride the slick rock with the UTV and camper and beyond that, who knows. Barb had her left knee replaced in December 2019 and the right one will be done in November 2020. She says that probably all those sports at Friends set some of us for bad joints as we age. Terry Walker and Kathy decided to improve their eating habits in December of 2019. Little did they know that Terry would have a serious heart attack on January 2, 2020. This helped their resolve to pursue their thoughts on their eating habits. Basically, they have one regular meal a day and have significantly reduced their eating out. The pandemic cemented this resolve and they have been reasonably good about staying home most of the time. Terry has been able to resume normal activities but is being more careful. One beneficial side effect is that they are spending less money. Terry has friends seriously considering expatriating. If Terry were younger, he said he might be joining those thoughts, although he sees no guarantees anywhere else. They have managed to stay in good spirits and hope classmates are doing well. He hopes to see us at the ’62 Reunion. Bernice Bunnecke (Bunny) Howe has been doing a lot of reorganizing. She is looking through folders of digital photos



Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

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that her husband had not labeled so she had no idea what was in each folder on the computer. It took quite a bit of time to review everything. She has been clearing the gutter as well as doing yard work and fence staining. She also is diligent about getting a workout in each day alternating weights and cardio and has started to play Pickleball again and really enjoys it. I can relate to that but I have not been as good about working out in the house since the gyms are not open. I give you lots of credit, Bunny. Lane Williamson and Don are quite fine, reports Lane, although a bit creaky. They are blessed enough to live on enough land to enable wandering and stretching. Her studio is a separate building so her work does continue. Lane and Don do “tiny New England farming” of peaches, raspberries, blues and rhubarb annually and summer vegetables in the warm months while “putting things down” for the winter ahead. So now it is July and they are working the property most days. Their kids are 20 minutes away in different directions and they have had family distancing picnics each weekend which includes lots of raucous games of badminton. Their two in-law kids work in universities there (Harvard and Tufts) and both have given up their campus offices to work from home, kind of permanently, so more students can distance on campus this coming year. Their daughter, Eliza, directs community training for NAMI Mass. (National Association for Mental Illness) and is seeing exponentially more need for their services due to COVID-19. In case I did not hear from Stock Buck, Lane advises that he and his wife, Linda, are well and he has, for about the 300th time in his life, befriended a bird – this time a raven. Lane’s final note is “We breathe deeply and treasure the moments.” So there you have Lane and Stock! Chris Sherman Raywood writes that she spent her usual week last fall (2019) in Nice and Aries in the south of France. Then she drove up to the small, charming medieval town on Lake Leman (Geneva) called Yvoire. And then on through the Champagne region and back to England. Once she was home, she realized how bad her left hip was and had it replaced in November of last year. She felt it was much easier than knees and she bounced back quickly and



Linda Arminger ’62 and her husband Buck headed to Bill Sherman ’69’s in Baltimore for Christmas. She always enjoys the excitement of the family and little ones. Since mid-March, Chris has been home. Early on, she was able to do virtual tours of museums and historic sites. Then she moved on to solitaire on the computer, lots of reading and trying various recipes. Finally she called some old bridge friends and now they play cards once a week. Also her son, Alex, comes for breakfast every other Saturday. Chris was finally able to get a haircut and her house cleaned as well as actually finding paper towels and toilet paper. I understand how exciting that was, Chris. Getting my hair cut was a really big treat! Well, Chris has finally learned technology. She FaceTimed with Carol D. Methven late one day with a glass of wine, which sounds like a great plan. Also, Diana (Peppie) Y. Rankin checks in with her every couple of weeks and they catch up as they live close to each other. Now I wonder if she will learn Zoom! She is really missing her travels as she had planned a trip to Italy and France when everything shut down. She is hoping to get to Baltimore for Christmas so we will see what COVID will allow her to do at that time. Yes, it could certainly be worse. Playing cards with friends helps with the gift of laughter each week. It is good for the soul. Carol has also been housebound in Tennessee but she has been sewing which keeps her busy. She was involved with making masks for Vanderbilt Hospital and their local hospital. Women in her subdivision have donated over 3,000 masks. Then she made more masks for family and friends. Her granddaughter, Kendall, was a senior this year and missed out on her senior prom and proper graduation as only her parents were allowed to attend. However, the school did stream the graduation so

Carol was allowed to see the whole program. Kendall will go to the University of Knoxville in August 2020 if Coronavirus permits. Carol and family will not be making their usual trip to Montana this year due to the virus and one of their dogs is in renal failure and needs fluids daily. She says, “Stay safe all.” Peppie misses her son who passed away two years ago. His wife and son live near Peppie so she is able to visit them often. Little Rocco is going into the second grade and is in the gifted section of his class. Hopefully, there will be school during this pandemic. Peppie also is staying home mostly. She does go out each morning to a friend’s stable to teach her the finer points of dressage. Her daughter, Alexandra Axel and family, are in total lockdown (July) in Toronto and working from home. Their daughter, Madeleine, plans to attend the University of British Colombia this year. Their son, Niklas, is going into his sophomore year in high school. Peppie’s daughter, Caroline, Andy and family are also working from home in Wisconsin. Their son, Aslan, is going into his second year at the University of Wisconsin after playing two years of junior ice hockey. Their daughter, Charlotte, is going into her second year at Minnesota State University and is on their women’s ice hockey team. Their son, Johan, is going into his high school senior year. Youngest son, Carroll, lives in Wisconsin and is also working from home. Peppie went to Spain with friends last November (2019). They stayed in Seville and attended SICAB which is the annual celebration of the Spanish horse. She fell in love with Seville - a charming city. Bruce Goodwin says that it will probably be no surprise to us that he and Lucy, like everyone else, have had a pretty boring existence in 2020 so far (July). Bruce decided to

close his firm effective December 31 of last year which turned out to be fortuitous since he would not have been able to travel to Latin America anyway after Coronavirus hit. His most exciting news was that he had knee replacement surgery in January 2020 in preparation for an anticipated trip to the Baltics which, of course, was cancelled along with another trip. His surgery was a real success, so he plans to have the other knee done in September of 2020. Their 10 grandchildren are driving their parents nuts which, on some level, is sweet revenge. Hopefully, a clear national policy might arrive about the same time as a vaccine for Coronavirus and we can get our lives back to normal. Georgeanna (Bee) J. Klingensmith writes that she and Bill are doing okay and are mainly staying home. She is able to have her cleaning lady do most of the grocery shopping so Bee does not have to go out often. She was excited to recently get a haircut. I fully understand the excitement for that. Bill developed atrial fibrillation last spring and it took six to eight weeks to get the proper diagnosis and medication. Bee, I hope he can continue on the right medication as I can attest to Afib, meds, strokes and more from experience with my husband. They have not seen their son and family in Brooklyn since mid-Feb when they visited to go skiing. She thinks it will be at least a year before they see them again. Their son in Texas and family drove up in June and stayed a week. Bee and Bill do plan to drive to Texas to see them for Christmas. Bee cannot imagine flying, although she does have friends who have done so to see family and friends. They keep up with their family with FaceTime and also text messages with pictures, videos and funny COVID-19 sayings such as: “Who would have guessed that we would put on a mask, go into a bank and ask for money?” They do get out and walk several miles every day on a walking and biking path that is very close to their house. That is a relief, although they have had a very hot summer so some days are too hot to even get out. Robin and Nick Nicolls have apparently been staying at home also. Nick keeps in touch with Dave Foutz and Stockton Buck. Nick is currently giving swimming lessons to his

grandchildren, Erin and Brendan. Diana F. Schofield says things are very hot and humid in Baltimore in July. She is fully retired and being lazy. She does have Zoom meetings with her hooking group, but all workshops have been cancelled. Her husband, Larry, is doing some volleyball lessons and exercising. Rob and family are in Connecticut and Diana and Larry are hoping to be able to visit at the end of August before Gray returns to College Park. He will be a junior so his classes will be small and in-person. She is not sure at this point what Henry’s school will be doing. Most of their doctors are done by Zoom but there is one doctor that she must see in person for some skin cancer. Diana wishes people were not so inconsiderate about the virus. She is following the rules and neither she nor Larry are taking chances. Louise L. Kittredge opened a Disney Plus account temporarily just so she could see the film of the show “Hamilton.” And because she could not hear or follow all the words, she was able to successfully (oh, she really said obsessively!) copy and paste the libretto into a Word document. That is great, Louise. Not sure I could do it. She really liked the show and had been wondering for years what all the excitement was about. Emily Holman explains that she has been well cared for at Oak Crest but they are still not allowed to eat in the dining rooms (July). They can order “takeout” but are “still safer at home.” There is only one COVID-19 case in Independent Living and none in staff or Continuing Care. All residents and staff coming in have temperature checks (residents were strongly encouraged to shelter at home) and all packages were cleaned at a central point before delivery. Most staff changed jobs internally but no one was let go. They walked a total of three round trips to Los Angeles and back delivering groceries and packages. Now Emily can go off campus and the community is slowly reopening. It was hard for everyone to have all of their group activities stopped and to not see family and friends off campus. All church services in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland also halted; some are gradually reopening but her parish is making do with Zooming morning, noon and evening prayer services on various days

classnotes ⊲ in the week. What helped her during this time was taking daily walks around her campus, enjoying the flowers, birds and chatting (socially distancing, of course) with other residents also walking. Emily also notes the current heat wave in the Baltimore area. Emily is happy to announce the birth of Kyler John David Schock, her newest great-nephew born in July to her sister Elizabeth’s daughter, Katherine, in PA. Katherine’s other child is Vivienne. Another big, bright spot was being asked to officiate at a wedding in April for a couple who had met at her facility but could not have their minister or families from off campus come due to COVID-19. It was the first wedding she performed and a joy not only for the couple, but for the Oak Crest minister who helped, the photographer and Emily in an otherwise empty chapel. Last fall, Emily enjoyed a wonderful trip to northern Greece, Albania and Northern Macedonia with a pre-trip to Athens and Crete. Highlights were seeing Philip II’s golden burial casket at Vergina, the convents and monasteries “suspended” on Meteora’s high stony pinnacles, hiking down the world’s deepest gorge in Vikos, seeing all the countryside and trying to absorb the sweep of history from prehistoric Greek and Roman times through the Byzantine, Ottoman, World War II and Soviet times to the present. WOW. Since she had to cancel two trips this year until 2021, she will have to

Emily Holman ’62 in Meteora, Greece



classnotes ⊲ suffice it with memories such as these and her previous trips. She feels she has been blessed with her travels. John Slingluff tells us that his family is doing well. As of this writing, Paula, his wife, is in the Adirondacks, and John will head back up there shortly for a week or so. There are two high school graduates. Jen’s Ryan is going to take a post grad year and then head to the University of North Carolina. Are we surprised? Becca’s Johnny will be going to the University of Maryland, majoring in biomedical engineering. The eight other grandkids made their way through school pretty well. Kathleen has a new job as the director of Cancer Genetic Epidemiology for an NIH contractor. Laura is still at St. Andrew’s School in the Athletic Department. Then there is Lacrosse! UNC had a crazy season winding up rated #1 with the shortened season. I am sure it would have been #1 either way, John! Jen has her hands full dealing with the new freshman coming in very shortly. Her seniors are able to play for a fifth year, and fifth-year players from other schools were able to transfer to UNC. All this added to being the coach for the US National Team. All three of her kids are excellent at the game along with the other kids. John says they do have two baseball players and one runner in the mix. He and Paula have so many games to try to attend. He hopes that all of our classmates are enduring this crazy time, all with big smiles! Although I did not hear from Wayne Sutherland, I see and correspond with him on Facebook and know that he and Colette are still enjoying Rehoboth Beach, Del. And I, Eleanor Blake Fuller, am happy to have gathered all this information for you to peruse. As of this writing, we are still in Florida having come here at the end of October 2019. We intended to head back to Pennsylvania in the spring of 2020 but COVID-19 prevented that. Then, my husband, Cliff, had another stroke in the end of May and just had a pulmonary embolism in his lung at the end of July, so we are staying in Florida with our aide for an indefinite time. Cliff is doing fairly well considering he has had a total of three strokes and four seizures over the last three years. I am happy he can be with me and happy my aide has continued to stay with us. Yes, it is boring



with COVID-19. I have combined grocery delivery as well as shopping with a mask and sometimes even gloves. I worry more about Cliff than me as I certainly can’t be this old, can I? Getting a haircut was most exciting as others have said and we are doing lots of Telehealth doctor visits these days. My favorite outing a few days a week is to play Pickleball. I justify it by thinking we are social distancing and I sanitize my hands, arms and face before I see my husband and help with breakfast. Been doing lots of light reading while Cliff takes his naps and I am piling up the books. My stepson has continued to somehow keep our little business in Pennsylvania alive for now. My daughter, Meredith, and family are spending the summer on Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire at their cottage and do not intend to return to Orlando, their home, for the start of their small private school on August 10. She is trying the virtual school of which only four kids are participating, so it is a little rough for the first week in August. There are no COVID-19 cases where they are in New Hampshire and she cannot see coming back to a hot spot in Florida with no assurances or options. Well, enough about us and everyone else. Let’s all hope and pray that we and the world get through this COVID-19 thing with flying colors. I hope and pray that all of us remain safe and COVID-19 free. Stay healthy everyone.


Donna Hasslinger

We generally have several Class of ’63 lunches each year in the Maryland area, but last year we were only able to meet for lunch once, in October 2019, before the pandemic prevented future gatherings. Marge Rowe Felter, Joan Shinnick Kreeger, Gail Moran Milne, Anne Skinner White, Bob Caffee, Bob’s friend, Jage, and I (Donna Hasslinger) gathered at Johnny’s on Roland Avenue and had a wonderful time. Jage had just finished working at the boat show in Annapolis and she and Bob were headed south and eventually back to Florida. Anne had just come from judging duty for ice skating in Columbia, Md. As usual, we caught up with class news and we exchanged book recommendations, creating a list of good books to email

Chick Fetter Deegan ’63 and her husband Mike in front of Mt. Fuji in Japan to the rest of our class. Our classmates continued to be actively in touch through the internet. We learned that Heather Warnack, the daughter of Chuck Harlan and his wife, Mary Dell ’64, has taken a new job as Director of Development at Gilman School after serving as Assistant Head of School for Advancement at Maryvale for six years. Chuck and Mary Dell’s son, Chad, has recently formed a non-profit organization, Julie’s Dream (, in the memory of his late wife, and $1.5 million has been raised to further her interest in providing outdoor experiences for disadvantaged children in Atlanta, Ga. Lary Jones is volunteering twice a week as a child advocate at Hopeful Horizons of Beaufort County, S.C. Hopeful Horizons is a children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center with the goal of creating safer communities by changing the culture of violence and offering a path to healing. He also drives Sun City residents to medical appointments as part of the Sun City Staying Connected group. And when he gets the chance, he visits two local National Wildlife refuges and goes on bird walks with the local Audubon group and the Sun City Bird Club. Chick Fetter Deegan and her husband, Mike, took a bucket list trip to China and Japan last August. They arrived in Beijing the day before the 70th Anniversary of Communism celebration, heard the protesters in Hong Kong, docked beside the construction of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic village, and awoke to a bright clear view of Mt. Fuji...a highlight for Chick. They especially enjoyed Japan, the people, and the comfortable blending of the ancient traditions with the modern world. Joan

From left: Judy Klingelhofer O’Mara ’63 and Anne Kay Joyner ’63 with Anne’s mother at Mrs. Kay’s 112th birthday party; Lily Kok-Forbush ’63 with daughters Tina and Jossie at the Imari Shrine in Japan; Class of ’63 lunch in October 2019

Shinnick Kreeger continued to lead day tours to DC and destinations between Baltimore and New York until the pandemic closed operations. She and her partner, John, traveled in the summer and fall of 2019, house-sitting in Hawaii and the Catskills, touring Newfoundland (a hidden wonder), and visiting Joan’s son in California. Finally, after delays over the last three years, Judy Klingelhofer O’Mara and her husband, Jack, and Linda LaMonica Monk and her husband, Harrison, were able to take their cruise south from Baltimore to Charleston, Cape Canaveral and Nassau. They had a wonderful time and returned just before the pandemic was announced. Lily Kok-Forbush had a busy year. She traveled from her home in Connecticut to Baltimore, where her brother lives, and then to Amelia Island, Fla. with a friend, and to New York with daughter, Tina. In the fall, she participated in her first art show in five years in New Haven and in December, she sang in her local Christmas concert and enjoyed a visit from Tina and Tina’s husband, Prescott, from Singapore. The previous year, while Lily and her daughter, Jossie, were in Japan on a trip to visit Tina, Prescott and Keiko Hashimoto Kishimoto, our exchange student, a picture was taken of Lily and both of her daughters in front of the Inari Shrine, the fox shrine. The picture arrived too late for the last edition of Collection, so we have included it this time. We were also pleased to learn that Keiko and her husband, Taichi, celebrated their Golden Anniversary on April 30, 2020, and Keiko made sushi for the family to celebrate since they could not go out during the pandemic. Steve Greif has been active as usual! Given that

playing tennis and golf weren’t possible due to the pandemic, he focused on walking and bike riding in addition to continuing to work three days a week. In August, he and his son went on a biking trip in Glacier National Park in Montana including the Highway to the Sun. He mentioned that he had to use a batteryassisted bike for some of the ascents. He also went on a Metric Century (100 km) bike ride on the Eastern Shore in October. He had been planning to participate in a walk/jog half marathon in March, but it was cancelled, so he did one on his own instead! Throughout the pandemic months, our class was in touch by email and exchanged book recommendations and ideas for keeping busy during our semi-quarantines. Some took online lifetime learning classes, toured museums online and watched Broadway musicals on YouTube. Hank Kaestner found a picture of our undefeated freshman boys’ lacrosse team from 1960 and shared it with the class. It brought back a lot of good memories; it even inspired Wade Hooker to find his lacrosse stick for a reunion after all these years! Al MacPhail and Chuck provided links to video clips of our favorite rock and roll music from the 1960s on YouTube and Al, Chuck, and Donna remembered the Orioles and the Colts from the 50s and 60s. Steve had virtual dinners and cocktails with family and friends, played Zoom Yahtzee with his grandchildren, and spent time with his college classmates on Zoom weekly. Jeb Felter was happy when restrictions were relaxed, and he could get back on the golf course and he, Marge and Joane Knight Schumacher were relieved when the weather warmed in the spring and they could get out in their gardens. As

a judge of figure skating, Anne Skinner White defied the laws of physics by being in two places at the same time by using two different devices to attend two virtual conferences - one in Maryland and the other in Colorado. She also made over 100 face masks and donated them to the Anne Arundel Medical Center. We also found that Alice Long Gersh’s daughter, Liz, served on the front lines as a nurse in a Coronavirus unit at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, making her family very proud – and nervous. To entertain us and, perhaps to inspire us throughout the pandemic, Lin Parker composed the following poem for our class: What Shall We Do in a World Without Hugs? What shall we do in a world without hugs? No handshakes, fist bumps, or elbows, just shrugs? Broke down on turnpike, spare tire but no lugs, Bar soap and towel, but bathtub no plug, Dunkin’ without donuts, Walgreens no drugs, Flatt without guitar, banjo but no Scruggs, What shall we do in a world without hugs? No handshakes, fist bumps, or elbows, just shrugs? ~ ~ ~ ~ A world without hugs, needs love with a smile. Phone calls and e-mails help time to a-while. Reach out your virtual helping hand. Kindnesses can exceed a six-foot span. Confined to our homes, in self-made exile This world without hugs, needs love with a smile. Lin Parker, 3/31/20



Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

The view from Nina Patry’s ’66 kyak in the Adirondacks We also had some sad news this year. Dave Phillips passed away in February 2020 and Al MacPhail passed away in August 2020. Both were teammates on the 1963 All-State Lacrosse Team and both had been inducted into the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. They were still active in talking with their Friends School classmates and they will be missed. We also learned that Mrs. Kay, the mother of Anne Kay Joyner and the oldest person living in Maryland, celebrated her 112th birthday in November 2019 at a party at Pickersgill with her family and friends. Sadly, Mrs. Kay passed away in May 2020.


Susan G. Dingle

Friends for life, no joke! When I (Sue Grathwohl Dingle) lost my beloved husband, David, in August 2019, I was facing a lonely birthday in October. But the Class of 1964 stepped up, and held an impromptu reunion weekend in Baltimore, featuring a dinner in my honor hosted by Susan Katzenberg at L’Hirondelle Club, attended by Joe Cowan and Ozzie, Savitri Gautheir (Donna Ariosa) and Doug Fambrough, Marianne Benson and Greg Neumann. The next night was dinner at Betsy Knoche Wilhelm and Lee’s lovely home, followed up by a brunch the next morning at Suzy’s. Along the way, the Dragon Committee, which originated in 1962 as the decorating committee for school dances (that some of us were never invited to but at least we did the

Paul Newbury ’64 shirt



decorating!), welcomed new members and celebrated old members. I read some poems from In Pilgrim Drag, my new poetry chapbook available from Finishing Line Press. But, how did the Class of 1964 fare with the Coronavirus? With our customary wisdom and aplomb, of course! But no, we did not have a class reunion on Zoom (yet!); however, Katherine Benesch enjoyed working in her garden, Greg Neumann came to a reading of Poetry Street on Zoom and discovered a love of poetry, and Savitri kept singing and started writing a memoir. As always, Paul Newbury summed it all up with a photo, and this enigmatic comment in an email to Greg: “Hi Greg, Thanks, it’s a fun project. I’m learning all about pixhawk and ardurover. Hope all is well with you. – Paul” Thank you, Paul! In closing, being the New Yorker that I am, I weathered the pandemic with poetry, meditation and learning how to play the piano. Then I decided a few weeks ago to join my son Jake Koprowski and family out in Portland, Ore., and just sold my home on Long Island. Talk about social distancing! Much love to all, and look forward to hearing from all our classmates!


Nina L. Patry

Hello, Class of 1966 - Nina Lasagna Patry here….and, once again, I am our Class Secretary. The deadline for submissions kind of crept up on me, so I’m doing a cut and paste of information to get our Class Notes in. First, our Alumni Director sent me the following from Claudia Langebartels Koark: “I am going back to 1965. My mind was already on the way west. My huge suitcase was picked up to be sent to Lutherville. And, at last, on August 17, all German AFSC exchange students and returnees left Germany. A Pan Am Boeing 707 took us from Frankfurt to Philadelphia. My life in the USA began on the observation deck meeting my American family, the Prince family. And now I could go on and on and on telling you, remembering my year at home in Lutherville, at Friends School, at work camp in Indianapolis. The Prince family really became my family, and still is! My American family! Ursula Prince Tallardy, my American sister, may I tell this? I even became her

and her husband Tom’s matchmaker! But that was a year later, in 1966. And now... being alone in these Coronavirus restrictions times, my memories go back even more intensively. And now....again my mind flies west. This August (2020) to Michigan, where our son Fabian is going to get married to his fiancée Sara. Coronavirus restrictions! I cannot fly there, cannot attend their marriage ceremony. But I know, I am getting another, new, American family! Love to all my ’66 classmates, especially to you, Ursula.” Howdy DeHoff was prompt and helpful when I asked him for a submission. He wrote on July 11, “My time since graduating Friends School: Flunked out of Washington College end of junior year. Guitar studies Berklee College of Music. Travelled with radical left theater group as musician/actor. Returned to Baltimore and worked on a grant for a Primary Care Network in West Baltimore poverty areas. Back to Berklee and degree in music composition. Off to northern Vermont, lived on a hard-working commune and played in a progressive jazz rock band next two years. Settled down for nine years in Baltimore doing music and teaching privately. (Lost Tom Lewis early on during this period.) Finally, my wife Lucy happened and we moved to Norfolk, Va. for medical school. (!). Residency in Rochester, N.Y. Practiced in Pittsburgh 10 years. Last 15 years in Allentown, Pa. have been the happiest yet. Wishing all the happiest years yet.” And now, I will segue into what I know from recent phone calls, emails and one visit; I am also including some snippets gleaned from Facebook. I leave you all to guess what info comes from what source when not explicitly stated. Allan Ayers’ wife Mackey Dixon Ayers was in Vermont in early July, staying with their

daughter in Manchester and celebrating her (Mackey’s) birthday. She and I had a lovely visit that included a lunch at Simon Pearce ( quechee), where we had a delicious meal, watched kids jumping off rocks into the river, and marveled at the beautiful things sold in the gift shop. We had a lot of fun sharing our life stories. John Bowie has an amazing collection of ties and a wife who loves animals. Ann Canedy is still on her beloved Cape Cod, which she loves as much, or possibly more, than ever. The new loves in her life are her grandchildren. She is moving towards finally calling Bunny for a long overdue catch-up. After Nancy Corrsin passed, I called her brother Steve Corrsin ’68. We had a good talk, and he was happy to hear that Nancy had gotten to our 50th Reunion for some time with classmates. Jim Gamble is still boating and still living on Gibson Island…when he isn’t living on his boat. Jac Knust is happily working on and completing all kinds of projects on his farm in Maryland. He and I also had a long phone call a few months ago…suffice it to say, Jac is as funny as ever. Sue Lang Yohn is still in Pennsylvania, still loves horses, and has three wonderful men in her life. She has a heart of gold, which you probably already know. Alan Leroy loves pinball machines. He and Meredith are enjoying life with grandchildren, Meredith’s horse(s?) and at least one cat. I can’t remember if Alan and I ever talked to each other all the years we sat next to each other in Collection; our communication on Facebook is making up for lost time. Jay Morse moved to Ashland, Ore. a while ago to be near family. It’s his kind of town, complete with a Shakespeare theater group. Bunny Sully is an artist and makes beautiful note cards. I received one of her cards from Mackey after our visit. She is also fun and interesting to talk to, and still married to that guy Ray…whom she met in England not too long after we graduated. Richard Rotner is also very interesting to talk with…I’ll just say his life is full with family, work, and some golf. Dev Slingluff…LOL…I’m not sure we knew each other at all at Friends. That has changed. The only details I will reveal are that his wife Deborah retired during the last year (nice timing!), and their camp

in the Adirondacks is undergoing major renovations. I had planned to attend his 46th Annual Oyster Roast this year… unfortunately for my dining pleasure, the venue has moved to Zoom. I’m hoping this will be different next fall for the 47th. Hollace Snyder has said she will come to our next Reunion…as long as social distancing is no longer required so she can hug us. Jean Wagner Kermath has managed to be in her own paradise for the pandemic in British Columbia, where she has family, a dog named Kaya and lots of incredibly gorgeous nature. Dan Wing, to whom I am indebted for getting me to Vermont almost 40 years ago, is still here, still working on old vehicles, retired from doctoring and still as engaged in life as ever. LOST & FOUND: Stuart Sands has been found. He texts me this for class notes, “Attended Friends…from Kindergarten through grade 10. Or 11 years. Went on to get bachelor’s at University of Maryland and got my master’s at Johns Hopkins with honors. Did overseas tour in the military in Counter Intelligence and then went into finance at Alex Brown. And then hooked up again with Nina.” As for me, I finally found stability 31 years ago when I moved to Rutland, Vt. to live with Jim, to whom I have been married for 23 years. Stability, while long-elusive, has proved worth waiting for. I encourage all of you to connect with each other as you feel moved to. We are a wonderful, kind, interesting group and well worth getting to know. And here’s the view from my kayak from my adventure in the Adirondacks yesterday. This lake I love and have been visiting for over 66 years, since the summer after my first year at Friends (first grade). P.S. If you’re not mentioned here, sorry…and we can make up for that next time if you want.


classnotes ⊲ Hospital for Children and on the faculty of the University of Texas, both in Galveston. He rose to be Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Chief of Reconstructive Surgery at Shriners. Robert’s research concerned scarring, burn reconstruction, and pediatric burns. In fact, he established a fellowship program to provide training in the treatment of pediatric burns. Robert published widely in peer-reviewed medical journals and books as well as lectured internationally. Robert directly improved many lives. But his reach spanned generations through those he trained and his publications. Survivors include his widow Donna McCauley, four siblings, and their families. Sally Chester Williford represented our class at his June funeral in Randallstown. Joan Boyle Dugue, a teacher, and her husband Geoff, a physician, spent the fourth quarter of 2019 aboard the Africa Mercy docked in Dakar, Senegal. Joan tutored, helped with housekeeping, and made friends. Geoff lectured in local hospitals about safe surgical practices. has provided free medical and surgical care to the world’s poorest peoples for the past 40 years. In early 2020, Chuck Barton and wife Holly, allowing their own offspring to travel, looked after their grandchildren before COVID-19 put a stop to both such activities. Son Taylor defended his doctoral dissertation with Chuck and the professors listening by video conference. Four years ago, Clay Woodman retired from the insurance industry and moved

Arlene D. Bowes

Thanks to Chuck Barton, classmates gathered to talk via Zoom several times during the COVID-19 quarantine. We sadly report that Robert L. McCauley died after a long illness on June 17, 2020. Robert received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He trained as a general surgeon and then as a plastic surgeon. Robert’s extraordinary career was mostly spent at what is now Shriners

Dr. Robert McCauley ’68, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, passed away in June 2020. FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


classnotes ⊲ to Colorado Springs to be near his family. Stephen Corrsin retired from a long career at the New York Public Library in early 2020 and is pursuing his love of horticulture and science fiction. Charles Capute practices law (in the area of Trusts and Estates) in Easton, Md. I, Arlene Dannenberg Bowes, participated in telephone dentistry for emergency patients at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine after clinics closed for months due to COVID-19.


This class presently does not have a Class Secretary. If you are interested in volunteering for the post, please email

Frank Bond, Jr., longtime Class Secretary for the Class of 1969, died on March 12, 2020, at home in Baltimore. For more on Frank’s legacy, please see the “Legendary Lives” section of the magazine.


Lisa Pitts

The Class of 1970 was determined to find a way to celebrate our 50th Reunion last May. As was the case with many other Reunion classes, we scheduled a Zoom party and were delighted to have 26 classmates join in, including our two foreign exchange students, Bichette Meynardie and Bandy Zambach, and a classmate, Martha, who left Friends after 1st grade. Attending the party were: Bruce Parkhurst, Carl Robbins, Anne Rowe Parsons, Mark Westervelt, Andy Dannenberg, Kathy Cox, Berta ScottMacnow, Susan Patz, Bichette Meynardie, Gale Pyles Hunt, Bandy Zambach, Brenda Bodian, Tom Price, Stan Dorst, Harry Boswell, John Hammond, Ann Bernstein Guralnick, Dick Scholz, Mary Strouse Pabst, Mimi Wang Jabs, Laurie Bing Rogers, Henry Taylor, Jim Allen, Martha Dudley Keller, Debbie Green Shortridge and myself. In addition, Brad Marshall, Claudia Saxon Ladensohn and Harry Connolly, who were unable to attend, emailed their updates following our party. It was wonderful to catch up and hear what everyone had been up to since graduation, and we marveled at how many classmates spent time in the field of medical care. Bruce Parkhurst, who spent her senior year at Friends,



Photo on the cover of Harry Connolly ’70’s book

graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in French and put her foreign language skills to work for nearly three decades at Boston University’s Geddes Language Center, an academic support center serving students and teachers. She also spent 1975-76 in Africa photographing both sides of the war in Eritrea during its 30-year fight for independence from Ethiopia. Upon returning to the US, she continued to volunteer on related Eritrean relief and education initiatives for a decade. Later (in 1997 and 1999), she returned to independent Eritrea on contract with the UN Development Programme to design and then install a language training facility and program. Bruce met and married her first husband, Bill O’Connor, in Boston in 1979. They raised two fine sons, then divorced in 1996. She relocated to Erie, Pa. in 2003 when her youngest son went off to college. Although it was difficult for her to leave family, friends and life in Boston, it was easy to make a fresh start with John Atkin, her long-distance Erie beau, who had proposed marriage some years earlier. Although an unexpected battle with leukemia in 2005-2007 delayed her wedding, Bruce says that survival was the greatest wedding gift. In Erie, she took a job at Mercyhurst University’s performing arts center. Now Bruce and John (and two hunting dogs) live at the western edge of the Allegheny National Forest, in a remote state of being she calls “Pennsyl-tucky.” In summer, she gardens and logs firefly observations for the National Firefly Watch. She’s semi-retired, and for the past few years, she has had two regular, part-time jobs. One is the antidote to cabin fever as a seasonal tax preparer. The other scratches the cultural itch, at the Mercyhurst performing arts center doing wardrobe and catching some great shows. Until the pandemic, she traveled to Boston every eight weeks or so to see her sons, two grandchildren and friends. Bruce hopes the Boston visits will resume in the future, as grandbabies grow up fast! Carl Robbins spent a couple of years living in Newport, R.I. after college, then moved back to Baltimore where he taught at several independent schools, including Friends. In his 30s, he went back to graduate

school and became a psychotherapist. Carl has been working at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute in Towson for over 35 years, where he still sees clients as well as teaches and supervises young clinicians. He has been living in “Alonsoville” since 1984, where he resides with his wife Mary, a Baltimore County school teacher, and their two white German Shepherds. Mark Westervelt stayed in Baltimore and lives in Roland Park not far from Friends. He’s a “lifer” at Jemicy School (since 1973), which means he started on day one. He has worn many hats while there and finished undergraduate and graduate school along the way. Mark has one daughter, Sarah, who lives in Santa Barbara and is an interior designer. Last year, he rented a 1972 VW camper and drove the coast of California, reliving a summer trip from 1973. He is still very close to his brother Van Westervelt ’66, who is a recently retired psychologist and professor at Wake Forest. Mark recently enjoyed a bike ride with classmate Harry Boswell in Druid Hill Park and has stayed in touch with Ramsey Crosby, who lives in Florida playing golf and smoking cigars. Andy Dannenberg spent his career in public health following medical school, a family medicine residency, and a master’s of public health. He worked in cardiovascular epidemiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and then served on the Johns Hopkins faculty working in injury prevention and preventive medicine. Following that, he worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for 15 years, and then moved to Seattle where he now teaches at the University of Washington School of Public Health. For the past twenty years, his work has focused on the links between health and the built environment. He is currently writing the second edition of his book on this topic, Making Healthy Places (www. Andy was introduced by Julia Frank ’69 to his wife Kate Singley, who was Julia’s next door neighbor on University Parkway in the 1960s. Kate is a freelance archeological conservator. They enjoy time outdoors in the Seattle area, including hiking, bicycling and kayaking. Kate and Andy have two children – Ned, a TV news producer in Memphis, and Alice, a social

worker in New York City. Kathy Cox has been happily retired for the last seven years. She lives in Arlington, Va. with her yellow Labrador. She enjoys yoga, hiking and walking. Kathy has two volunteer activities: holding babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital and transporting injured wildlife from veterinarians to rehabilitators who care for them until they can be released back into the wild. She was a special education teacher for 15 years before earning a master’s of public health and working for a labor union as a health policy analyst, as a coordinator of all health care workers’ activities and as the director of occupational safety and health. Berta Scott-Macnow worked as a nurse specializing in labor and delivery for 20 years at Sinai Hospital here in Baltimore, where she was pleased to be able to welcome some classmates’ babies into the world. Following that, she lived in North Central, Vt., where she worked for 20 years at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in NH. Berta and her husband of 38 years then retired, and eight years ago, they moved to Asheville, N.C. She misses her nursing work and still has not given up her license, but loves the shorter winters and warmer days in Asheville. Gale Pyles Hunt has lived in the Boston area since she moved there for graduate school, right after college. She went to Simmons School of Social Work and worked as a psychotherapist in mental health for many years. Gale met her husband, a psychologist, there, and they have three sons, 33, 30 and 27. One son lives near them in Cambridge, and the other two sons are in California, one in San Diego and one in San Francisco.

None of their sons are married, and they have no grandchildren yet, but they are all in serious relationships. After retiring to focus on raising her three rambunctious boys, Gale also did a lot of volunteering, mostly on boards of social service agencies and at her kids’ schools. Now her time and interest have shifted to environmental organizations and issues like climate change. At her summer community in Westerly, R.I, Gale has a big organic garden, manages her community garden, helps set up a weekly farmer’s market and helps program some environmental educational events each summer. Gale and her husband Terry try to stay healthy and keep their minds clear with yoga, cycling, skiing and travel. Bandy Zambach, one of our exchange students, is now a retired pediatrician and works on his garden/house in northern Germany and cottage in the Swedish woods. Brenda Bodian reported that her early career spanned many fields, including fabric design, environmental research, technical editing and market research in bio sciences and specialty materials. Since 1985, she’s been in commercial real estate, where she’s had her hand in property and asset management, community redevelopment, redevelopment of buildings and brokerage. Currently, she is doing brokerage part-time, representing medical practices and law firms. Brenda has been an active volunteer for organizations that support the arts and educational initiatives and that work on environmental and community issues. She and her husband continue to divide their time between Baltimore and Milan, Italy, where her husband’s family lives. She talked to us from Milan, one of the areas of Italy hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country strictly enforced quarantine-at-home regulations from early March to early May, and then gradually eased restrictions as new cases and rates of infection have declined across the country. Stan Dorst went to medical school at Johns Hopkins and then did a residency in Family Medicine in Rochester, N.Y, where he met his wife. He then did a fellowship in family medicine, during which he got interested in the philosophy of science. He moved to Pittsburgh, where he spent two years getting a degree in history and

philosophy of science. After that, he returned to academic family medicine, specializing in medical ethics, and taught medical students and residents at University of Pittsburgh and University of Missouri. After spending many years in academic medicine, he decided to go into full-time medical practice and joined a multi-specialty group, which is where he ended his career. Stan has two sons who each have doctorates in philosophy. One is on the faculty of University of Florida, and the other is doing a post-doctorate at Oxford before taking a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh. He retired six years ago and recently moved to upstate New York near Saratoga Springs to be near family and friends. Harry Boswell, inspired by Easy Rider and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, took off out west on a motorcycle after “six years of college.” After four months, he decided he better get a job. He spent 10 years in Flagstaff and got a master’s and doctorate in psychology. He met his wife Susan there while they were in the same degree program and where they graduated together. He spent a year teaching at Kansas State, and then they came back to the East Coast. Harry worked as a psychologist in the Howard County School System until his wife got a great job at Hopkins, after which he stayed home to raise their kids who are now 33 and 27. The oldest, Kaitlin, is a kindergarten teacher at Gilman and their son, Tony, is a lawyer. Harry and Susan now live in downtown Baltimore. John Hammond has been married to his wife, Gilchrist, for 35 years. They had no luck in the children department, so they enjoyed watching their friends’ kids grow up. John’s career was mostly mediarelated, starting out writing for some small newspapers, followed by some newspaper and advertising design work, and concluding with a 20-year career in public health with the State of Maryland Department of Health. The first seven years of this work focused on HIV at the AIDS Administration, followed by 11 years as a generalist at headquarters, and concluding with two years with the Mental Hygiene Administration. His work entailed writing a lot of press releases and speeches, coordinating some media campaigns and constantly responding to



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media requests. John retired in 2011 and has been speed/power walking to stay fit. During this time, he completed three marathons to go with the one he ran in his early 30s. John’s hobbies include photography, model trains and coin collecting. He is enjoying a shared retirement with Gilchrist, who called it a career from the Maryland Office of the US Attorney in October, where she had worked as a forensic accountant. Dick Scholz briefly attended the University of Wisconsin, then returned to Baltimore in the fall of 1971 where he worked at Union Memorial Hospital and restarted college as a freshman at Johns Hopkins. He attended medical school and did his internship, residency and subspecialty fellowship in Baltimore, thus never living anywhere else. Dick practiced briefly with his father, who retired in 1985, and has been in a multi-specialty group practice in ophthalmology since 1985. He was recently appointed to the Maryland Board of Physicians. Dick has been married for 34 years and has two children. His daughter is a veterinarian who treats only horses and his son works at the British Air desk at BWI. Other family members are a varying number of rescue dogs and cats and at least one horse. Mary Strouse Pabst went to Washington University in St. Louis and majored in classics (Greek, Latin and the antiquities) and archaeology. She spent a number of years in the Middle East doing workstudy expeditions in maritime archaeology. Her junior year in Athens solidified her desire to combine her passion for the study of the ancient Middle East cultures with SCUBA diving during the 70s. However, God had other plans in mind for her life and she returned to living in the US to attend graduate school, where she became a clinical social worker specializing in treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Then came marriage (40 years now) and three sons, Alex Pabst ’05, Ben Pabst ’07 and Greg Pabst ’09, all of whom graduated from Friends. Two of her sons live out of state in Pennsylvania and Colorado and the third lives in Baltimore. The oldest son, Alex, serves as a member and co-chair of the Alumni Association Board. Mary is blessed to have a wonderful daughter-inlaw and two perfect (to her)



grandchildren. Her husband Brian has enjoyed a distinguished and never-dull career in the long-term care field. Mary and Brian are on the cusp of “retiring” to the next chapter of adventures, which will include pursuing their passion for diving and continuing service to their church and the underserved communities in Baltimore City. Anecdotally, 2020 marks Alex’s 15th Reunion, her 50th Reunion, and, if her father was still living, his 100th Reunion at Friends. Mimi Wang Jabs is a medical doctor and worked in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins until 2007. After that, she moved with her husband, Doug, to New York City, where they both worked at Mount Sinai Hospital. Currently, she is working to understand the genetic basis of how our faces are formed, and sees patients with abnormal facial structure birth defects one day a week, and performs research the rest of the week. She now lives mostly in NYC, and the rest of the time in Baltimore, as her husband took a job back at Hopkins at the School of Public Health as Director of Clinical Trials. His early work included dealing with HIV, and he continues working on uveitis. Mimi has one daughter, Alexandra Jabs ’07, who has a passion for riding horses and is a lawyer with the FDA. The family is rounded out with two horses and two dogs. Martha Dudley Keller, who was in our class until second grade when she moved on to Roland Park Country School, still has fond memories of Friends. Martha showed us her report cards and told the humorous story of getting a “D” in “Lunch” and “Bus.” She lives in Waynesboro, Pa. near the Appalachian Trail and works in fundraising. She has two children: a daughter, Alexis, who lives in Melbourne, Australia and is deeply committed to social justice, and a son who is a lawyer. They are awesome! Harry Connolly emailed to say how sorry he was to have been out of touch and sent the cover of his latest book coming out this fall. He said it was a great two-year project across the USA, documenting the work of young architects working in underserved communities. These architects are part of the foundation that James Rouse (Harbor Place, etc.) started. His last travel shoot was along the US / Mexico border in February, and the final photos were taken in April here in Baltimore. Then the

pandemic stopped everything. He also sent us an article from Science Magazine written by Hayley Muendlein ’10 and his son, Wilson Connolly ’10. While we can’t include the whole article in the notes, I have a copy should anyone like to see it. Hayley and Wilson met at Friends in Middle School, went to Franklin and Marshall together after graduation, and now are at Tufts Medical Center doing immunology research. He says that there is NO layman’s version of what they are doing, and that, “who they are, what they do and what they know is a wonderful mystery to Renee and I.” Stan Dorst concurred, saying even as a physician, he has only the barest idea of what Wilson and Hayley are talking about. Harry added that Renee was able to reopen her jewelry store, Bijoux (, when the city reopened. It is in Wyndhurst Station not far from Friends and close to Roberta’s old house! Harry and Bob Tucker have stayed in touch and they talk just about every night. He says that every conversation ends with us appalled at what has happened – just that day! – to our country. “It’s sad but true – Trump has NO bottom.” Harry’s hoping science wins out and that everyone stays safe until we can meet, hopefully in the spring! Everyone is excited – and hopeful! – that we will all be able to get together to celebrate our 50th Reunion in person in May of 2021!


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With our 50th Reunion approaching in 2021, I took the plunge and volunteered to serve as our class secretary. I was blown away with the positive response to my request for class notes. So many interesting stories! I am very hopeful that we will have a good turnout for our first and last 50th Reunion – but more importantly, I am looking forward to learning more about this interesting group of people that comprise the Class of ’71. For those of you who did not submit your story – it is never too late! Send it along, and we’ll use it as a part of the Reunion preparations. I’m hoping that these and other stories will be memorialized in a publication next year. Virginia Moore Abraham wrote, “I am in Port Charlotte, Fla. where I have lived

with my husband for 21 years now. I retired last year after almost 45 years of teaching at the elementary school level. Our adult daughter lives in Georgia and our adult son lives in Ohio –no grandchildren yet. Before the pandemic hit, I had many plans for traveling and volunteering in retirement which have all been squashed for the time being. I had started volunteering at a local medical clinic that services people here in Charlotte County who have no health insurance, but that is on hold until I feel it is safe. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the states that is leading the nation in the COVID-19 disaster. I am active in my Unitarian Universalist church where I serve as chair of the Worship Committee and newsletter editor locally and on a national commission. My husband James is completing 15 years as a publisher helping people to self-publish with writing support, editing and formatting. He has also been teaching classes that have now gone online on Black history and writing.” Linda Rosen Betts, who is looking forward to the 50th Reunion, reports, “I…have taken the traditional path, married, three daughters and three granddaughters. My husband died 10 years ago, he was a smoker. I was a real estate agent here in Howard County for 20 years and really enjoyed the job until my grands came along and stole my life, happily.” I had a nice chat with Barbara Entwisle Bollen in Charlotte, N.C. She works at the UNC where she is a professor. Her areas of interest include social demography, community and environment. Bob Brooks sent the following message, “I was just in Maine for 10 days and luckily we missed the devastation caused by a tornado which came across the South River and ripped through our neighborhood last week [September 3]. We lost a few big limbs and cleaned those up when we got home last night. Others in our neighborhood were not so lucky with roofs torn off and tree branches puncturing houses. Everyone has a COVID-19 story so here is mine: my daughter Natalie is getting married on September 26, 2020. Instead of 200 people attending at Londontown Public House, (which may have suffered real damage in the tornado - I will learn more this week), we are having 22 people for a service and dinner in our backyard. The

big event has been rescheduled for September 24, 2021. Hopefully we are back to a “new normal” by then. Otherwise, we have been able to continue with our work; Anne is a life coach and I am helping seniors understand Medicare. We are happy, healthy and looking forward to a change in political leadership in 2021. Question: how do you vote for someone whose every move is the exact opposite of what you would tell your children to do?” Arnold Capute sent in this news, “Courtney and I split our time between Stonington, Maine and Fishing Creek on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Due to COVID-19, Caroline Capute ’08 (31 years old) and Geoff pushed their May wedding to October 2020, then cancelled that date and married near their home in Brooklyn, N.Y. last month. They hope to exchange vows and celebrate with family and friends in the spring of 2021. Son Arnie Capute ’12, 27, works in Annapolis while living in Federal Hill, so we see him regularly. At one point last year, he shared a row house with two other classmates. Will miss attending Ravens games this season. I recently designed a 550 square-foot house in Fells Point which is near completion and located just down Shakespeare Street from our home of 38 years. It will allow us a place to stay on visits to Baltimore. Courtney and I are very involved with the restoration of 612-614 Wolfe Street in Fells Point. Two single-room, wood frame houses (c .1798) which were the homes of freed Black ship-caulkers prior to the Civil War. The properties are presently owned by The Preservation Society. While volunteering our time, Courtney heads our group and I am researching the architectural history of these rare survivors and am in the process of developing architectural drawings. Hope this finds all safe and in good health. 50 years.... amazing!!!” Linda Chrisman writes from California, “Since graduating from Stanford University, I have been living in the San Francisco Bay area. Currently, I live in Oakland, a diverse and creative community that I love. My life has been full of surprises. After working for three years as a child therapist in a school setting for emotionally disturbed kids, I became a partner in a therapeutic bodywork collective, The Massage Center, in Palo Alto, Calif. There, I discovered meditation

classnotes ⊲ and other bodywork approaches. A master’s degree in philosophy and religion supplemented my “hands-on” profession and gave me the confidence to organize and lead treks in Nepal and India that focused on the culture of the regions through which we trekked. All of this was pre-parenthood. I married late and gave birth to my son a few months before turning 40. He is 27 now and works as a social worker in a non-profit in Los Angeles with people who are on probation, parole or newly released from incarceration. My work has evolved over the years so that the majority of people I see in my private practice suffer from complex trauma. I also work with a non-profit in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco- the Faithful Fools. Whether through tea and conversation, cleaning a cramped residential hotel room, taking someone to the doctor, or hanging out on a street corner, my focus is on building relationships, community and a sense of safety (www.somaticwisdom. com). I started traveling again once my son was in college and my journeys have taken me to Iran, Sudan, Tunisia and several countries in West Africa. I was fortunate to travel to the Soviet Union in 1973 and use the Russian that I learned at Friends. This summer, I’ve been in Denver caring for my parents. Dad passed away in July just three months shy of his 100th birthday. Mom turns 100 in mid-September and is going strong. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone at our Reunion next year. Hopefully by then we will be able to meet in person!” Anne Kaestner Craven sent this message from horse country in North Carolina, “I was living in Vermont for 15 years where I was a volunteer EMT and president of our rescue squad in Grafton. I was also on the Select Board (town government) for two years. After that I decided to find my rose-colored glasses and ‘go to ground.’ Living in Southern Pines, N.C. on a small farm with my horses, dogs and cats. Have always been involved in some equine activity as I live to compete. Evented (equine triathlon) for years but don’t quite bounce like I used to so I am involved in dressage now. Trying to mitigate injury!” Michael Cullen, notes, “To summarize all these years, I live in Berkeley, Calif. with my wife and we have one daughter who is in her second year of law school at UC FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


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Berkeley. My wife, Margaret, is a therapist and teaches mediation/ compassion through an organization called the Compassion Institute, funded in part by HH the Dalai Lama. After Friends, I studied anthropology and English at Grinnell College, did an MSc at UWMadison, and a DPhil at Oxford in agricultural economics. I’ve worked all over Africa on food production, trade, land use projects and on other economic issues. I’ve specialized on various tropical products including cocoa, coffee, maize and bananas. I’ve taught economics at colleges here in California, worked for USDA, USAID in D.C., at the OECD in Paris, at Merrill Lynch, and in four different startups. I’m kind of an intellectual omnivore with lots of interests. Until the pandemic hit, I was coming back to Baltimore every eight weeks or so to see my dad who is 98 and lives in assisted living in Pikesville. I haven’t been near an airport since we shut down in March and I’m not sure when I will be able to see him. I do hope the Reunion can be held, but at the rate we’re going, that may be unlikely.” Katie Paine Dixon sent in this report from New York, “Jim and I are enjoying retired life now. Our kids both live fairly nearby so luckily, we have been able to spend time with them and our two grandkids during this crazy stretch. We are looking forward to resuming travel and our volunteer activities, but in the meantime, we are enjoying life on the south shore of Long Island. I am hoping some of our long-lost classmates will surface for our 50th!” Miriam Adolph Fleury reports: “In June 2019, I retired from Friends School after 31 years of teaching Kindergarten. Then, in January 2020, I got a call to come back as Assistant Principal for PrePrimary where I am now! Dealing with reopening next Tuesday [September 8]. It has been really crazy with COVID-19 but excited to get kids back on campus. I will re-retire in June! Ha! I am a grandmother of three and my youngest son, John Fleury ’03, got married in New York last December. Hope to see people in the spring in some way, shape or form.” Chuck Flowers reports from SW Virginia, “I still live on the Maury River in Rockbridge County, Va. I work from home at my meat and poultry trading exportcompany which I have done for the last



20 years. It evolved from a beef cattle farming operation which occupied me for the prior 20 years. Most of our customers are in Europe and West Africa. The time difference allows me to finish work in the early afternoon and spend time with some of my seven grandchildren or just piddle around in the yard and garden. My favorite part of work was traveling to visit customers in Africa but that ended in March. I hope that things will have returned close enough to normal so that we can come to a live Reunion in Baltimore next spring. I also hope everyone is doing OK and coping the best they can with the pandemic. I look forward to seeing everyone in May.” Nancy Footner writes from September’s COVID-19 capital of the USA, “I have been fortunate to have grown up in the mid-Atlantic, attended college in New England, spent the first half of my adult life in Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area), and lived the second half in the Midwest (Iowa City, Iowa). I have experienced some drama over my lifetime: my parent’s marriage imploded after I left for college, my mother committed suicide when I was in my mid-twenties, I was hit by a car as a pedestrian (resulting in two broken legs) at age 30, I lived through a major earthquake at age 38, I experienced a tornado at age 60, and just last month a derecho blasted through my community. All these life events did – to a greater or lesser extent – derail my life on a short-term basis, but they all served as catalysts for growth and change in the long term. After moving to San Francisco at age 20 to distance myself from my parents’ mess, I finished my college education at the San Francisco Art Institute. I lived in the Bay Area for almost 20 years, when it was still affordable, allowing me to center my life around my art and a community of artists, environmentalists and political-activist friends. I could hike anytime I wanted in the nearby hills and backpacked and cross country skied in the mountains. Not long after losing my mother, I moved into a loft studio in a vibrant artist community. During that time, I became a community organizer and devised a strategy to create permanent, affordable artist housing, which now sits in the middle of some of the most expensive and

desirable real estate in the world. My accident, which necessitated two years of rehab, introduced me to the world of disability and gave me a preview of the limitations of old age. I found Lyengar Yoga which gave me the structure physically, mentally and spiritually to cope with chronic pain. After moving to Iowa City to attend graduate school in the early 90s, I started teaching yoga, became certified as an Lyengar Yoga teacher, studied in India, started my own business, and have taught for the last 25 years. Now with COVID-19, I have shifted to online teaching, which will probably segue to retirement. I am weary of running a business and I would like to start a new chapter of my life, (perhaps in a new location with milder to suggestions), but Iowa City has spoiled me; it’s affordable with lots to do, a progressive and creative community, and NO TRAFFIC. I am very worried about the future of our democracy and the only way I can control my anxiety is to become involved in getting out the vote this fall for the Democratic candidates.” Emily Frank “retired from a 25-year career as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in 2008. In retirement, she has channeled her favorite Friends School activities (for fun and minimal profit), becoming a sports official (field hockey and softball) and a Standardized Patient (which takes advantage of her high school acting chops) for Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. She also plays competitive and recreational tennis. She is considered the most practical member of her intellectually talented family and as such, she is the primary family factotum for her 102-year old mother and had the sad duty of managing her beloved brother’s (David Frank ‘67) estate. Happily, she is the mother of two wonderful daughters (Sarah Berkowitz ‘03 and Rebecca Berkowitz ‘06), has two great sons-in-law, and is the proud grandmother of two lovable, if somewhat neurotic grand-dogs.” Steve Frenkil “continues to enjoy practicing employment and education law at Miles & Stockbridge and spending time with Nancy and their three children who live in Baltimore, New York and Cairo.” An update from Leigh Buck Friedman, “I

had a wonderful 2019 with three grandchildren born and now I have five. With COVID-19 I really only see my youngest grandson who I have been able to babysit a lot this summer. COVID-19 certainly has been isolating for us and I am sure for most of you as well. Professionally it is quite a challenge, I am still teaching at McDonogh and last March we went to teaching completely by Zoom within three days. The first five weeks of teaching by Zoom was the most challenging experience I have had teaching. As we closed out the year, however, the rhythm of the day had become less challenging and both the kids and I knew what we were doing. Looking forward to the fall, I have told McDonogh that I will only Zoom and not come to campus to teach the hybrid model they are proposing. As I am writing this, I do not know ultimately what McDonogh will expect of the teachers and students, but I will not be on campus. This brings a whole new level of anticipation and uncertainty. How would you like to teach 18 sixth grade boys from home while they are in a classroom? I am not sure at this moment how that is going to work out; I hope by May at our Reunion I will be a real pro at Zooming from home while the kids are at school. It will be an interesting year. I look forward to seeing everyone in May!!” Susan Goetze is still working in Maryland, and sends in this report, “First, yes, I plan on attending our 50th Reunion in early May 2021. I’m hoping that many off campus gatherings will be planned as well, wine tasting, brunches, etc. To set the record straight, I have not retired. After all, I didn’t start working until after 30! Graduated from Friends a solid “C” student, graduated from Ithaca College in three years as a straight “A” student. For some unknown reason I was counseled to go to law school. Graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and put a rucksack on my back and traveled Europe and North Africa for a year. Returned to the USA, passed the Maryland Bar and worked with George Parkhurst, Baltimore City Auditor and Phyllis J. Erlich, family and elder law. Found no solace in law so I stepped into my family business - Sinclair Operating Company, Inc. - fleet leasing autos and trucks to businesses and government. I

live with my partner Bill Walsh and my daughter’s two cats. My daughter moved to the Seattle area with her fiancé, without her cats. Her wedding has been postponed till 2021. We just leased a Sprinter Winnebago to bring my mom up from Florida but somehow the trip itinerary included stops in Port Townsend, Wash. and Sandpoint, Idaho. Certainly, a circuitous route but thoroughly enjoyed. I had a nice long chat with Marilyn Harris-Davis who is her ever effervescent self. She reports that she is still hosting the award-winning weekly radio podcast, “Urban Health Beat.” She is also active running the 4M Group, was an adjunct professor at Baltimore City Community College, and was a deputy campaign manager in the past. Scott Herriott, reports from Heavenly Lane in Fairfield, Iowa, “I count myself with the Friends School Class of ‘71, though I was only at Friends for sophomore year. Many of you will try to jog your memories and may still not recognize my name. However, I remember Peter Kaestner as one of my closest friends that year, so I am grateful for his invitation to contribute to a Reunion book. Yes, it has been more than 50 years since almost any of you have seen or heard from me, but my sophomore year at Friends was pivotal in my life, and I think of both my classmates and Friends School with gratitude and warmth. My sister Nancy Herriott ‘73 and I joined Friends for the 1968-69 school year while my father was on a sabbatical at Johns Hopkins and we lived within walking distance of the school. We returned to Tallahassee, Fla. the next year. Sophomore year was transformational for me. I was a late bloomer and not well suited to sports, so I helped in the fall as the assistant manager of the football team. In the spring, I was interested in lacrosse and participated on the team as a midfielder (last string, surely). I signed up for the courses that would have been in-cycle for me back in Florida, but that put me in with the juniors for chemistry and French. In math, English and history, I was with the ‘71s. I liked my exposure to the Quakers and their meeting. Sophomore year is probably better described as “transitional” for most of us. I do recall a note in the Quill or in the annual reflecting on both the necessity and

suitability of a common phrase uttered by ‘71s that year, “Give me a break.” Sometime later, not at Friends, but it must have been around that time, I heard a clever commentary implicitly about the second year in high school, “Freshman year is the pits. Even the sophomores think you’re clueless.” For me, the social highlight of the year, memorable for the extreme of awkwardness I felt, was the Holly Ball at Christmas time. I had plucked up the courage to ask Barbara Entwistle, but I didn’t think about organizing transportation until it was too late, and I ended up falling back on the parental option, which was made even worse by my little sister’s request that she be allowed to sit in the rearmost seat of our VW bus on the trip to pick up my date, so she could see what a sophomore girl would look like in a formal dress. I recall standing for a photo taken by Barbara’s parents, to whom, doubtless, she and her dress were the main object of focus, I in my tux being more of an accessory to the photo. I was clueless about what I was expected to do, or should do, on a formal date. But, as we all know, life moves on after sophomore year. I took a lot of Friends School with me. That summer, by coincidence, I attended a canoe-tripping camp in Maine run by Quakers from Haverford, Pa. By camp policy, we held a “moment of silence” before every meal and had a Meeting every Sunday even if we were two days by canoe from civilization on the Allagash River. At Dartmouth, I joined the Hanover Friends Meeting and met many fine people there. I also carried my interest in lacrosse to college, playing freshman midfield, third-string. During my first few weeks at Dartmouth, I was walking toward the end of the line in the dining hall during peak time, when someone in the line punched me in the shoulder. I turned around, fist ready, to find Tony Mariano looking at me quizzically. That led to Tony and I taking a couple road trips together, one to Brown to see Chuck Hoff and another to Cornell to see Peter Kaestner and Barbara Entwistle, but that’s where my contact with the ‘71 classmates ended. Since then, my contact with Friends School has been through Mosie Lasagna ‘69 whom I met again in the late 70’s due to her work as a teacher of



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Transcendental Meditation (TM), a qualification I had also undertaken during a term off from Dartmouth. Mosie lives in my home town of Fairfield, Iowa, the site of Maharishi International University (MIU), where I am now the University’s provost, or chief academic officer. Following my math major at Dartmouth, I had taken a Ph.D. at Stanford in management science and taught as a business professor at UT-Austin and the University of Iowa before joining Maharishi in 1990. My 30 years at MIU has been on a “road less traveled” albeit one parallel to the familiar academic pathway. Early on, I came to realize that TM was an educational technology that extends the paradigm of modern education from intellectual and social development to something deeper, a development of wakefulness or consciousness that is the basis of all forms of knowing. India has had this knowledge in past millennia, but that knowledge was quite obscured until Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917-2008), founder of my university, brought it out during our lifetime with a remarkable completeness and precision. I felt that it deserved my full-time work. I should add that it has been especially interesting for me to watch the development of scientific knowledge about mind and body come out of the last 50 years of physiological, psychological and sociological research on the effects of the TM technique, published in the peer-reviewed journals that represent the core of the academy and integrating modern science with the ancient Vedic science of India. On the domestic front, I’ve been married to Victoria Kurth Alexander for 11 years, a second marriage for each of us. She had been widowed by cancer 11 years prior, and I was divorced three years. Vicki’s son Nathaniel was a college freshman at the time and is now a filmmaker with an M.F.A. from USC. Vicki is from Montana, a graduate of Wellesley and Boston University Law School, and has an L.L.M. degree in tax law from NYU. Like me, she was a professor of business at MIU, but she is now the Dean of Faculty. Our projects for the university have taken us on trips to Brazil, South Africa, India and China. I’m tempted by the ‘71 50th Reunion, though I don’t share the Class of ‘71’s history of post-driver’s-license



experiences, which is where many of the memorable achievements of high school reside. Whether I’m there or not, know that I have good memories of many in the class and will read the Reunion book with great interest.” Chuck Hoff reports that he, too, has been working through some real challenges lately with some new help, “I am recovering nicely from quadruple bypass surgery in February but it hasn’t been easy. I’m now walking three to four miles a day, swimming, and I actually bodysurfed during a week spent with my wonderful new lady friend at the Jersey Shore. In 2018, I lost the woman I had spent the last 20 years with to cancer. Meeting a new wonderful woman at this late stage in my life was totally unexpected. She’s an equestrian from beautiful horse country in Northern Westchester county New York where we now live. Without her help I wouldn’t be alive.” Linda Chiu Nadia Hole studied at Princeton and Duke Medical School after leaving Friends. She now lives on the “Big Island” of Hawaii, where she runs an integrated, holistic medical practice ( that focuses on “Freedom from Pain and Awakening Qi.” She also offers a dolphin Qi pilgrimage. Not sure what that is, but it sounds interesting! When I contacted her, she was in Napa, Calif. dealing with the effects of the wildfires that are ravaging the state. She says that she was evacuated twice and lost her planned home. But she is thankful for her new grandchild. Now for my news: Peter Kaestner. I have been enjoying retirement from the US Foreign Service for four years now. Until the COVID-19 lockdown, travel had been a constant part of my life. My wife Kimberly has an apartment in Frankfurt, and we share time between Cockeysville and Germany. Some of our more memorable destinations are Greenland (30th wedding anniversary), Colombia (where I have been helping the Colombian government promote bird tourism), and Indonesia (a country with a myriad of islands and almost as many unique birds). I have my sights on becoming the first person in the world to see 10,000 species of birds, though the competition is keen. (My list is 9,459 as of August 2020; the number-one birder has 9,682.) In addition to birding, I have been

working as a part-time international bird-tour guide for Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures. I finished three tours in South Asia early in 2020, just before the virus took hold – arriving back in the USA March 8! The COVID-19 lockdown has completely stopped the international bird tourism industry, with no opening in sight. I am hoping that 2021 and 2022 will bring some measure of normalcy. I am scheduled to lead two tours in 2021 (Indonesia and Philippines) and two in 2022 (South Africa and Philippines). When Kimberly is not traveling with me, she is an ardent HASHer. We have two daughters, one who is married and lives in Manchester, England, and one who lives in Cockeysville. When not birding or engaged with family matters, I have evolved into an avid Ravens fan. That means streaming games in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Germany and other exotic locales. This past summer, the challenge of systemic racism and white privilege – and finding an equitable way forward – has been high on our minds.” Kirk Kolodner, another Baltimore boy, sends his news: “Two years ago in my 38th year of practicing law, I joined the Baltimore law firm of Gordon Feinblatt where I primarily do family law and litigation. It’s a great law firm and it was a fantastic move. My wife Betsy Ringel continues to serve as executive director of the Baltimore– based Blaustein Foundations. Funny that with our downtown Baltimore offices across the street from each other, we rarely saw each other PC (pre-COVID-19). Now, as a result of COVID-19 and working from home, we see each other all day, every day. We have two great young adult children: our son Josh lives in Arlington, Va. and works as an analyst/ underwriter for Freddie Mac’s multi-family division and our daughter Becca is a second-year medical student at George Washington University taking her classes remotely this year while living in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, a secondyear ophthalmology resident at UCLA. We cancelled all of our spring and summer travel plans due to COVID-19, including a trip to California. The upside is that it has afforded me a unique opportunity to garden, prune and plant, spread mulch, house paint, clean closets and do other mundane chores but the

house and yard look phenomenal—no one to entertain of course! Otherwise, we are well. Betsy and I had the pleasure of having a socially distanced dinner outside with Steve and Nancy Frenkil recently; we see our neighbor John Hammond ’70 on our daily walks; I had a wonderful and surprising conversation recently with our former classmate Debbie Kriger, who left FS the end of our junior year, and who I hadn’t chatted with in more than 40 years; I enjoy following Peter Kaestner’s travels which he chronicles on Facebook in his search to find elusive birds in exotic and remote places across the globe; I have enjoyed providing pro bono legal services to Clayworks, an arts organization, chaired by Sue Patz ’70 with whom I have had great interactions; we had a lovely dinner with Leigh Buck Friedman and her husband Roger at their home just prior to COVID-19; and I was saddened to learn of the passing of Frank Bond ’69 who had such an outgoing, marvelous and warm disposition. I have enjoyed rediscovering many of my former high school classmates and getting to know them as mature adults with fascinating life experiences.” Bryan Matthews sent in a report from the Eastern Shore saying, “Life on the Shore has been good. I have been blessed to have had good health, been married 43 years to a good woman who tolerates me, have three wonderful sons and a great daughter-in-law, a few good boats, and a bunch of favorite dogs over the years. Had a couple of fun college coaching gigs, a good run as a college athletic director and administrator, and now enjoying a new adventure in local economic development and helping to create a family YMCA in the community.” Mickie Morris, another classmate who spent time overseas, reports, “My career was spent in finance and IT. I worked for a subsidiary of Citigroup for much of my career. I lived and worked in France for a number of years. I like to travel to Canada frequently and have traveled above the Arctic Circle several times in Alaska and Scandinavian countries.” One of our California transplants, Jon Nichols, sent this report, “My wife Barbara and I are looking forward to the Friends School Reunion next May. Here’s a quick update on the last 50 years. After working 30 years in

TV and film, I started to tire of LA traffic. I decided I wanted to help people and went back to college to become a registered nurse. Going to college in my 50s was an interesting experience! I was just trying to fit in and not be the creepy old guy. Nursing has been very rewarding and I worked for several years in a hospital ICU. I am now retired but still help those in need to navigate medical treatment. Barbara has retired this year after teaching first grade for 38 years. She is a wonderful girl and has a heart for helping those less fortunate. After two back surgeries, I enjoy swimming and she is a gym rat. Life is good and we are looking forward to traveling when it is safe to do so. She inspires me to be a better person. Never marry a girl who is smarter than you and can kick your butt! Hopefully we will come out of this pandemic a kinder, gentler world being mindful that we are more alike than we are different.” David Patz, sent in this report from scenic Durango, Colorado, “Following graduation, I went to Colorado College, where I played soccer, learned to ski powder, and got hooked on the Rocky Mountains. In the summers, my family and I built a log cabin just off the Appalachian Trail in Maine, and it has become a mecca for family gatherings since. I debated between teaching high school and going to medical school, choosing the latter, and returned to Baltimore for my studies. I met my wife, Nancy Dandy, a Hopkins nursing student then, while hitchhiking back from a canoe trip on the Gunpowder on Monkton Road. She probably played field hockey, lacrosse, and tennis against many of you (she attended Bryn Mawr). We took a year away from training, after my internship year in Kentucky, to both work on the Crow Agency Indian reservation in Montana, which helped to also get her hooked on the Rocky Mountains. We returned to Baltimore to finish training and then, with kids Michael and Sarah, 3 and 5, we moved to Grand Junction, Colo. where we lived for about 30 years. Sarah became a skilled horseback rider, skier and competitive tennis player. Despite challenges with dyslexia, she eventually has become a clinical psychologist in Denver. Mike played soccer and tennis for school, then decided he was more interested in rock

classnotes ⊲ climbing (look for him on YouTube), fly fishing, and mountain biking. He is an anesthesiologist and critical care physician in Durango, Colo. and Farmington, N.M. They each have two wonderful children, ages 1 and 6. My medical field was pulmonary and critical care medicine and sleep medicine. Nancy helped set up and run our sleep lab for about 10 years. I have done some research regarding the impact of altitude on obstructive sleep apnea. We now have an apartment in Denver and home in Durango, splitting time between kids and grandkids in each location, and I work part time for University of Colorado Hospital. Nancy and I enjoy hiking in the mountains, cross country skiing (we have discarded the downhill skis except for accompanying grandkids), fishing, bridge, very amateur birding and spending as much time as possible with our grandchildren.“ Bruce Preston, who left Baltimore to ride out the COVID-19 crisis, sent in this news: “Patrice and escaped Baltimore in late June, and will be riding out the Pandemic in Bethany Beach, Del. for the foreseeable future. The biggest issues for me so far are: not being able to visit our grandkids (Facetime doesn’t cut it) and the cancellation of my Tuesdays/Thursdays squash game. Other than that, all is as well as can be expected in these strange times. Looking forward to catching up with everyone at our 50th. Until then, please stay safe.” Lucy Crosby Price sent a long and newsy report, “As far as news, nothing terribly exciting except our son recently became engaged and we are thrilled with his fiancée. Our daughter is an ER nurse in Denver. What else. I spend a lot of my time sewing and writing about it. I have a blog called I got so tired of reading sewing blogs by perfect sewers who were using the platform to show off their fabulous creations. While these were nice for inspiration, I wanted to find one that included more discussion on solving problems, discussing less than perfect results, and how to fix them. So, I started one. While a sewing blog is never going to set the world on fire, I really enjoy the writing part almost as much as the sewing. Thanks to YouTube and other teaching sites, I have been able to take classes on some fun things in addition to



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the finer points of sewing that have to do with my blog. One is photography; my pictures stink. The other is writing, so I can brush-up on something I have not done since I retired and my skills have diminished some. I am not much of an outdoor person, but I do enjoy sailing with Tom. We are right up the street from the Magothy River and Tom keeps his boat about two or three miles away from our house. Going out for an afternoon is easy since it’s grab the sunglasses, hat, sun goo, water and some sandwiches and we’re off to sail out the river and into the Bay. We do go out on weekend cruises up the Chester River or over to Gratitude or Queenstown. That is a bit more involved trying to get everything together. Tom strips the boat for racing of all things that add weight such as plates, utensils, cooking paraphernalia, a camp stove and gas. One cruise, after being assured that the pots and pans were on the boat, we almost ended up with peanut butter sandwiches for dinner. The pots and pans were nowhere to be found. (We borrowed a pot from a fellow cruiser.) You would think after all the years of doing this, we would have it down to a system. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made it difficult to sail with friends due to social distancing, so usually it’s just the two of us. Luckily, we are all well. We think we may have had the virus at the end of February, when testing was nearly non-existent. Although the antibody test came back negative, I understand that these tests are not always 100% accurate. In any case, I felt terrible, but only for about a week and then it was another week before I was almost back to normal. Finally, the last thing that I’m doing this summer is reading—a lot. I don’t have to read work/ business stuff anymore, so I am reading or listening to fiction and some nonfiction and I am really enjoying it. I didn’t realize how much I missed it and now I’m gobbling up everything I can order from the library. I will make the 50th Reunion and I am excited about it! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Unfortunately, last year’s 50th was postponed until this year and since that’s Tom’s class I’ll get to go to two at the same time. Although I do not keep up with a lot of people directly, I always enjoy hearing what others and their



families are doing.” The biggest surprise for me was to hear that Ambassador Frankie Reed had been a Foreign Service Officer during the same time that I served! She reports, “I currently am in Hawaii and just retired after 30 years in the Foreign Service. I went on from Friends to graduate from Northwestern High School. Howard University followed where I majored in Journalism. I moved out to California to work for a magazine in Sausalito – The Black Scholar. I returned to law school at Berkeley the following year and have been a member of the California Bar since 1979. I spent two years in Senegal with the Peace Corps and joined the Foreign Service in 1983. Assigned as a Political Officer, I began my career in Cameroon and went on to work in Central American Affairs. (I studied French and Russian at Friends). I have served in Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar, Senegal, followed by a year on the staff of a California Congressman who was the minority chair of the Asia and Pacific subcommittee. Assignments followed in Apia, Samoa as Deputy Chief of Mission to the US Ambassador resident in New Zealand and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Conakry, Guinea. My background in international law led to an assignment in Strasbourg, France as Consul General and US Observer to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. I returned to Berkeley as Diplomat in Residence in 2008 and was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs in 2010. That assignment led to my appointment as Ambassador to Fiji (Tonga, Nauru, Kiribati, and Tuvalu) in 2011. I just finished an assignment in Melbourne, Australia as Consul General and retired last year as Senior Advisor in the East Asia and Pacific bureau. My daughter, Brett, attended several summer sessions at Friends and international schools in Kenya, Senegal, and Samoa. She graduated from Howard University and Stanford Business School, worked in Kenya and Ghana, and is now with Amazon (Canada portfolio). She attended Capitol Hill Day School for four years (middle school). A Friends School alum, Kemi Morton, was the director at that time. The international and human rights emphasis stressed during my years at Friends has followed me throughout the

years. Prior to leaving Washington, D.C., I spoke to a group at International House (foreign students in D.C. for graduate studies). International House has a background linked to support from Friends. Given the current travel situation, it is difficult to make travel plans and I have cancelled many trips in the past few months. We maintain a residence in Maryland, however, and hopefully will make it back to the East Coast next year.” Eric Stansbury lives in Frederick, Md., where he recently retired from a career with the US Department of Justice. He won’t miss the daily MARC-train commute into the District. Jeremy Strauss Stock and her husband Merril have retired from their medical careers (gastroenterology and clinical psychology) to a farm in rural Virginia, where they grow feed crops and organic vegetables. They have three grown children: one working on rescuing war-torn countries, one an educator in D.C., and one working as an emergencyroom vet in Virginia. Her son-in-law works as the science coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute. They also have four grandchildren and a couple of loving dogs that keep them busy. Jeremy looks forward to catching up with the rest of the class at the 50th Reunion in 2021. Barbara Sieck Taylor sent in her news from SW Pennsylvania, “I have lived in Pittsburgh almost 30 years now – my husband and I had previously lived in New York for about 15 years, and I arrived here as a trailing spouse with a six-month-old baby son and no earthly idea what I would do. At the time, the rap on Pittsburgh was that it was a good place to be when the end of the world arrived, because it would take another 15 years to reach you. There was some truth to that in 1991, but Pittsburgh has improved greatly and it’s been a very good home for us. After college, I had spent several years as a member of a regional repertory theatre company; then moved to New York, where acting jobs were few and far between; transitioned to working in various nonprofits; and ultimately had the opportunity to work for two private foundations as a program officer. I then jumped over to the other side of the desk and began fundraising, first at Lincoln Center and then for NPR as an early telecommuter (it was the early 90s – the era of thermal-paper faxes).

That was followed by development consulting, mostly in public broadcasting. After years of freelancing, I finally felt ready to show up in an office again, so for the past 13 years I have been Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania – a regional network of funding organizations. I never had much of a plan for my career, but for whatever reason, most of my professional life has been working in, for and around philanthropy – a field that can be inspiring and is often exasperating, but is never boring. A couple of weeks ago, Mark and I decided that the perfect solution to a global pandemic, a pathological liar in the White House, and the possible collapse of the Republic was…an eight-week-old beagle puppy. Then we got to the breeder’s and there was one little female whose buyer had just cancelled, and well, we caved. Housebreaking two beagles at once is totally absorbing—best thing I’ve done for my mental health in years. There’s no way I can hang out with Rachel Maddow and obsess about the decline of democracy – I’m too busy smelling the new-puppy smell, stroking velvety new-puppy ears, and cleaning up after the pair of them.”


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Greetings all! It was a nice surprise to hear from Robin Felder, who writes, “My wife Mary and I are planning to open our distillery ( during this fall’s pear harvest. We are expecting about 10,000 pounds of pears this year after already harvesting apricots and Blood Peaches (yes, Blood Peaches). We have the largest Burford Pear farm in North America and largest Blood Peach farm on the East Coast. We will enjoy serving our eau-de-vie style fruit brandies to Friends alums, especially to my very close high school friends. I am still a professor at UVA but dabbling at the distillery trade as I asymptote to my next gig.” Jessica Strauss writes, “I’ve started a third career as a therapist and seem to have finally found a niche. People actually coming to you to be told what to do—what a concept! COVID-19 didn’t stop the development of my new solo

practice (we opened the day the world shut down). It allows me to spend time with my five local grandkids and to work on a national racial justice initiative that started in 2017.” Audrey Dannenberg finished third in a five-mile flatwater kayak race on the James River in Richmond, Va. in August 2020. She won’t say how many kayaks were in the race. David Plott writes, “I’m still practicing law in Annapolis where I moved into our new home with my wonderful partner, Jackie Chandler, on Valentine’s Day. We will be leading a month-long rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon next April 2021 and may just stay there until the pandemic is over.” Splendid idea, David. Jan Goldsmith Braun writes, “COVID-19 has brought out serious golf competition in my family (my husband and sons are unstoppable). My daughter Jordan had a baby boy... so I became a grandmother in February 2020. My oldest son Max got married in New Orleans in January 2020, so I have a beautiful new daughter-in-law, Lauren.” Holly Catzen Bricken has been retired for about 15 years. She’s enjoying life at her new home on the Western Run outside Reisterstown. She’s living with her 24-year-old son, who recently lost his first job and is busily searching, along with most of his cohort. She’s still riding (foxhunting), gardening and doing some volunteer work. Melissa Moore writes, “I retired from the Federal Public Defenders Office in Baltimore three years ago and moved full time to my house in Cape Charles, Va., which had been a vacation home since 2010. Cape Charles is a quiet little town on the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula with lots of boating, fishing, and birding. My son Will lives across the Bay in Virginia Beach with his new bride. They got married in June 2020 despite COVID-19 with a much smaller wedding in her parent’s backyard. My daughter Maura lives in Austin, Texas, where she has her own dog sitting business.” In a match surely made in heaven, Christian Felder married a woman named Faith and now has two grandsons, ages 2 and 8 months. He recently retired from Eli Lilly but went back to work full time for Karuna Therapeutics and part-time for Faith (owner of Chatham Home Interiors furniture store). Jon Hustis is living in

Dallas with his wife Marion. He is general counsel with two tech companies and executive partner at a private equity firm. They became grandparents in March 2020 with the arrival of Stella, born on Meeting Place Organic Farm in Lucknow, Ontario to Ben Hustis and Katrina McQuail. Their daughter Rachel lives near them with her caregiver family in Dallas. Margo Halle writes, “Since March 16, 2020, I have been able to work from home. I am closing a few projects for Enterprise Community Development and hope to have all wrapped up by the end of 2020. We canceled all plans to travel this summer, staying home and trying to stay healthy and safe. I was very glad to see several of my classmates’ smiling faces during the one Zoom session I was able to attend; hopefully there’s a vaccine in our future so we can gather in person for our 50th Reunion!” Lisa Shuger Hublitz writes that she has recently downsized and is living in a condo in Reston, Va. with her golden retriever and Instagram star, Rocky. Lisa has been living in Washington, D.C. ever since graduating from George Washington University. For the past six years, she has run the D.C. office of the Jewish Federation of Chicago. Prior to March 2020, Lisa’s work frequently took her to Chicago and Israel. She also enjoys traveling to Los Angeles to spend time with her sons, Zach and Josh (in Santa Monica and Venice Beach), and also makes frequent trips to Baltimore to visit her (95-year-old) parents. Beth Belcher Blake retired in 2020 and now lives full-time in Estero, Fla. with Barry Shenton. She has two daughters, one grandson and another two grandchildren (twins) expected in 2021. Jim Schwabe writes, “Hanging in there, living through peak fire season in Northern California right now. I’m very close to one of the big fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains and just a few miles from the evacuation zone. Progress is looking good, so we most likely won’t have to evacuate. I’m semi-retired and own and operate a small winery. Harvest is just starting. I have two kids, both in college, virtually.” Finally, on a sadder note, Marty Peacock McLaughlin writes, “I have had a most memorable year. Still working at the Waldorf School of Baltimore providing specialized tutoring and testing



Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

administration of both standardized and informal academic assessments. Waldorf’s educational philosophy is similar to Friends in its spiritual, artistic approach, and has had a great positive impact on my life these past (11) years. The sad milestone for me this 2020 year was losing my second parent, Mom.” Here is a link to her obituary:


Jeff Cohen

Last April, my play, The Soap Myth, which had come to the Gordon Center in 2018, was filmed by PBS/WNET. It was slated to open on Broadway in fall 2020 until the pandemic shut down all theaters.

John Humphries ’76, beloved class secretary




This class presently does not have a Class Secretary. If you are interested in volunteering for the post, please email

Remembering Class Secretary, John Humphries, submitted by his classmates – Friends School Class of 1976. For the last couple of decades, John Humphries compiled all the class notes for Collection Magazine (now Friends Magazine). After John’s recent passing due to a battle with colon cancer (one he did not share with virtually anyone, as was John’s way), we—the class of ’76— want to simply remember John and all he did for our class. Keith Tabatznik wrote, “Personally, John was a very close friend almost from day one when I arrived at Friends in third grade. We stayed in contact and saw each other from time to time over the years. Our entire class owes John so much as he was truly the glue that kept us together over the years, and his organization of our Reunions was second-to-none, and have become highlights for all of us. I will let my classmates say the rest, but from my heart, I thank you John and will miss you dearly.” Jonny Patz, “Per usual, John would never want anyone to worry about him, and so didn’t let on that he was ill. He was always taking care of everyone else.” Cinnie Klein Goldberg wrote, “John, his family, and all of you have been on my mind. John left the world too soon. He and Winston were my locker and Collection buddies for years. I will remember John with fondness as a gentle, kind, intelligent and often funny person. Take care during this surreal time in our lives. Harry and I are deeply saddened by John’s passing.” Doug Ball, “John was a rock when others were struggling.” Lisa Chang Mason and Doug Mason, “Doug and I are so so sad to hear this. John did such a wonderful job of bringing us all together. We will miss him.” Rachel Talalay, “I am so shocked. He was so good about keeping us all in touch. So saddened by this news and sorry we didn’t get to tell him how much we appreciated him for all these years!” From Tulasi Hosain, “I’m so sorry to hear this. He got me to join the Friends School group, especially after being so out of touch for so long. I really appreciated him and all of his efforts. I’m sorry he never

mentioned anything, because I would have wanted to let him know how much I appreciated all of his efforts at keeping this group together.” Gale Connor, “He really was the glue that kept our class together over the years. Such a nice guy too.” Winston Hutchins, “Humps and I went way back, as far as when they lived in Cedarcroft before moving to Homeland. We had endless play dates for many years. We shared in many hi-jinx and carrying on. He even came down to Hanover from Middlebury for a fun college weekend in the late 70s. He did a monster job rallying the gang for the 35th Reunion – which was such a hoot. Great tune-up on the second floor of Alonzo’s as the kickoff event. I was in his wedding – and he was one of the first to get hitched. Sad day for us all.” Hank Entwisle, “For three consecutive years John, Winston and I completed Troop 35’s famous 40-mile hike together. We were only able to do this by bitterly complaining to each other for 12 hours about how miserable we were.” And finally, from Steve Stuart, “The Class of 1976 deeply mourns the recent passing of our dear friend and classmate John Humphries. He was an inspiration to us all given his humor, perspective, deep intelligence and high regard for Friends. John served as our Class Secretary forever (he was irreplaceable), and was the driving force behind our excellent attendance at many Class Reunions. While we will miss him terribly next spring in person, he will always be with us. Thank you, John, for all that you did for your classmates and Friends. John was not just our Class Secretary, but truly a class treasure. He embodied everything about our Friends School experiences which are too numerous to list. Now, in retrospect, John will always be the guiding spirit of the Class of 1976.”


Bob Lenhard

After a prolonged hiatus, we now have a Class Secretary, so much catching up to do. Two of our classmates, Jeff Romero and Kathy Lamb, are veterinarians, and Dorothy Pierson Debbie teaches at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Kathy, a retired large animal veterinarian, is social distancing with her husband Bob on their property on the side of

classnotes ⊲ Brush Mountain, outside Blacksburg, Va. She reports the garden is full, the trails clear and the wood split for the winter. Jeff, a vet in Wilmington Del., regaled the class with one of the best “tell us something about what you have done since Friends that changed you” stories, about watching a street vendor selling shots of a fresh cobra extract/ alcohol homeopathic cocktail outside of a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kuala Lumpur. Dorothy teaches pathogenic bacteriology and mycology at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, where she has won several Excellence in Teaching Awards. She and her husband John have a son John starting his senior year at Ithaca College, and a son Samuel who is in 10th grade. Rip Verkerke, now a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, is adapting his teaching to an online experience, seeking to recreate the feeling of in-person instruction. He has used a green screen and virtual background photos of the law school to give students “at least a glimpse of their normal surroundings” and to protect him from “any unexpected guest appearances by my young granddaughters who took refuge” with Rip for the first month of the pandemic. Marc Forster has been a history professor at Connecticut College for nearly 30 years, as well as an amateur coach. He writes, “A life of teaching and learning is a good life and I am planning on keeping at it for quite a while. Two years ago, my father, a 90-year-old retired history professor, came to one of my classes to teach it with me and did an amazing job. I want to be that guy in 30 years!” Marlene Stern surprised us all by identifying one of her pivotal postFriends moments as the night she scared an alligator off her research barge in a bayou. She reports that she is doing fine in these Coronavirus days and her home region of Tallahassee had not been hard hit in the first wave. Lisa Halle Hunt lives in Fairfax, Calif. in Marin County, where she is in West Coast sales for a bicycle manufacturer, Argon 18. She has been happily married to her husband John for 23 years and they have two cats, Sox and Simon. Dale Kaestner runs a gymnastics school in Columbia, Md. and has been doing that long enough that he now has students whose parents he taught when

they were children. It is hard to imagine a better measure of the quality of your work. Needless to say, COVID-19 has produced an amazingly difficult set of problems, as has the challenges that all small businesses face. John Dockendorf runs a summer camp near Asheville, N.C. with his wife Jane, an experience they had to reinvent for this summer. He and Jane have three daughters (one at UNC, one off to St. Edwards in Austin to play soccer in the fall, and one in high school), and a son who is thinking of following in his father’s footsteps of integrating skiing, biking and kayaking into his daily existence. Sally Evans Yost lives in Baltimore, not far from Friends. Her son, Kiefer Yost ’19, and daughter, Winslow Yost ’17, are students at the University of Delaware, and her other daughter, Madison Yost ’15, is getting an M.B.A. at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Nancy Shapiro Hooper noted Freud’s thought that “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” She reports the first is fulfilled by “my daughters, husband, grandchildren, stepsons, nature and friends (two and four-legged) are certainly cornerstone in my life.” As to the second, she is a psychologist, and after 20 “very rewarding and gritty years” helping inmates in a maximum-security prison, now has a wonderful private practice. “I have had the good fortune to love my work and to have wonderful people to love.” As for me (Bob Lenhard), when not pestering my former classmates about their post-Friends adventures, I am still lawyering in D.C., where the Biden campaign and other D-side clients fill my days (and nights, and weekends).


Anne Hockett

So many of you wrote in to say that you’d be hard-pressed to create a positive update on the first half of 2020. I think we all share in the heaviness of this sentiment. We’ll all hope for a more upbeat start to 2021! Anne Lenhard Sayles writes, “Hi Anne and the Class of ’79! I am in Atlanta, where I’ve been since 1990, and am currently working from my new office—the front porch of my house—like many of us, I’ve been working remotely since March 2020. I’m in a risk management role at Wells Fargo

and have been riding the COVID-19 rollercoaster through the lens of banking mid-to-large corporate companies, but I am glad to report all in my family are happy and healthy. I’m married to my husband of 25 years, Andy, who teaches sixth grade at a local private school, and we are the proud parents of two boys – Alex, 23, who is working in Charlotte, N.C., and Jordan, 20, who is experiencing college in its virtual sense as he’s a junior at Coastal Carolina in South Carolina. We’ve quickly adapted to the joys of an empty nest and split our time between Atlanta and the mountains of western North Carolina, which has been a peaceful place to quarantine these last couple of months. I’ve recently been reflecting a good bit on the values that Friends bestowed on all of us and think often of the important lessons we learned regarding empathy, civil discourse, and looking for that Light in everyman. Perhaps the lessons sometimes caused us to giggle in Quaker Meeting so hard that the bench shook (yes, I’m thinking of you, Barbara Shulman, Anne Hockett and Ann Ramsey), but they sure provided us with a solid foundation for managing these challenging times. I hope everyone is well, and I look forward to the next edition of our class notes so I can catch up on all the updates. Thanks, Anne, for keeping us all together!” Nancy Marchetti writes, “I’ve finally retired from the US Department of Labor after more than 30 years of employee benefit plan enforcement work. Who hoo! I’m now available for tennis, golf, day drinking and taking my friends to colonoscopy exams. Although I will miss the work and my many friends at DOL who I plan to visit often when things shift, I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life...once things start opening up again.” Gray Marshall writes, “Wow, updates. You want updates? Ok…I just got hired to chair the visual effects department at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), pulling away from my career as a feature film colorist and launching as an academic. Packing up to move from LA to Savannah, Ga. as we speak. Stay tuned!” Billy Rudow says, “The Rudow family is surviving the COVID-19 isolation. Jill and I enjoyed having both Alex and Michael home for a few months with



be done. I’m feeling a deep sense of culpability and sadness. But, I eat hope for breakfast friends as we approach November 2020! In the meantime, I take my feelings on long hikes in the forest and am spending as much time on my SUP or in a kayak as possible = my sanity! Love and health to you all.

80 From left: Bill Rudrow ’79’s climbing wall; Barbara Schulman ’79 and Anne Hockett ’79 together in the summer of 2020; Stephen Pocock ’79 and his two children Alex’s Irish Setter. Our family project was a climbing wall. Working out of our house has been hard, but Jill and I were able to practice law from our dungeon/ basement/office. The kids left us for Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Once again, we have a quiet house. Stephen Pocock says, “I am working as a drug and alcohol counselor for Options Recovery Services in Berkeley/Oakland/San Leandro. Jill and I are trying to find time to do stuff outside of working from home (which funnily means working more than in an office). Our trip to Europe was cancelled. The fires here in Northern California make the air unbreathable. But we have a nice place to live, each other, and access to great food, so I acknowledge my privilege and good fortune. My kids are 19 and going through all that. I remember what a terror I was then. 2020. I pray for the ouster of #45 in November, but I’m not holding my breath. Love you all. Black Lives Matter.” Ann Ramsey sent in her update, “Quarantine in mid-March meant that I finished teaching the year from my living room, fighting for Wi-Fi bandwidth with the three other working folks in the house! Summer brought a lot of cleaning out of closets and drawers (and one long afternoon reading Quaker 1979 yearbook) and a quick 72-hour trip to the Adirondacks in July 2020. The school year has begun and I’m back teaching, in person, masked and distant and hoping to stay healthy. Wishing everyone in the class good health and safety! I want to remind everyone to vote!” Barbara Shulman writes, “What a bizarre world we are living in right now! How to describe this past year is an interesting challenge… I can barely remember what life was like before February 2020! When



the Coronavirus lockdown was first happening and no one was going anywhere, I would go to my new gallery space on the historic Guilford Green and paint images of the Buddha! I think I painted seven or eight paintings of the Buddha, which was something I’ve never done before. It was a healing grounding exercise for me to do every day. My healing/ forgiveness/ empowerment practice is more vital than ever as more people are needing and enjoying a new way of looking at their life. I am still living in Guilford, Conn. with my two older children who are in graduate school at Yale. It is right down the street, so they are living with mama, and mostly that has been a real treat for me. Our youngest is a sophomore at Tulane, in New Orleans, where Paul is working as well. Life is full and life is complicated. I hope our Friends community is staying healthy and surviving this weird time. This is such a hard time, a scary time, but also a wonderful time to reflect on who we are and what we can bring to this world. It brings me right back to all those days of Friends School and what they taught us! I also had a crazy week with Anne Hockett laughing (surprised?), kayaking and watching shooting stars in remote Maine! All those years, of service and gratitude.” Natalie Standiford wrote with some exciting news, “I’ve spent the pandemic in Manhattan and haven’t gone farther than walking distance from my apartment. Getting a little stir-crazy. My big news is I have a new novel coming out from Simon & Schuster on April 6, 2021, called Astrid Sees All, set in New York in the 1980s. It’s my first novel for adults, so I’m very excited. I post book news and updates on my website,,

and also on Facebook and Instagram if you’re interested. Otherwise, nothing to report besides general good health, restlessness and a high level of anxiety. Love to everyone, and I hope you’re all okay.” Alison Ball got her update to me just in time, “Living the narrow life, like everyone else. Balancing life from being furloughed to wearing PPE with patients, going for long walks, dancing and performing in backyards and beaches (of course, socially distanced and wearing masks). Negotiating a life with my son Carl in my teeny apartment as we navigate being in quarantine and isolation together. Now a senior at GWU, I am thrilled to have unexpected time with him for another couple of months before he returns to D.C. working on local and national politics to make things right. And sitting with everyone who has had to say goodbye to those they love. Wishing we could all hug again. Kind of sad and dreary, but life is so hard for so many around me, but that is really the song of this year.” As for me (Anne Hockett), I feel that the last six months have been unprecedented. Steve and I were in a 90-day strict lockdown in “ever-so-safe” Singapore. We experienced first-hand the sense of community responsibility and calm generated by a government led by sense and science. We are unable to return to our home in Bali until after January 2021 at the earliest. Very sad, but it just is…So, we’re here in the USA with the girls right now until after this election and the holidays! I’ve been reading voraciously from The New Jim Crow to Caste to Untamed to Einstein and the Rabbi! We’ve been watching every documentary we can find on how we got here politically and what needs to

Quinn Stills

It’s been 40 years since we gloriously graduated from Friends School of Baltimore. Being in a quarantine-induced contemplative state of mind, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the top five movies and the top five songs from the year we graduated. Close your eyes and see if you can guess any of them. The top five worldwide grossing movies were, in order, The Empire Strikes Back, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Airplane!, The Blues Brothers and Cannonball Run. The Gods Must Be Crazy and Airplane! were shockers to me. Turning to the radio waves, the songs that spent the most weeks at number one in 1980 were, in order, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Starting Over” by John Lennon (who tragically lost his life in 1980), “Do That to Me One More Time” by Captain & Tennille, “Upside Down” by Diana Ross, and “Lady” by Kenny Rogers. Jack Whiteford continues to enjoy his first year of retirement in Taiwan, which has been ahead of the US in getting and then containing the Coronavirus. Jack says the country is back to normal now thanks to the lightning-quick reactions of the Taiwanese Health Ministry. Jack’s three children are out of the nest with one working, another in college and the youngest starting college as an online freshman. The youngest, we should note, took after her father and was a four-season varsity athlete in three different sports! Jack’s advice to us is to wear a mask, wash our hands, stay off airplanes and out of bars. Out on the West Coast, the lights continue to burn bright for Lance Reddick. Lance’s latest projects include the upcoming movie Faith Based and Sylvie’s Love. In Faith Based, Lance is working alongside fellow stars Margaret Cho and Jason Alexander. Lance describes the movie as a heart-warming and funny film. In Sylvie’s Love, Lance is working with stars

Tessa Thompson and Eva Longoria. This film will be accessible through Amazon. com. Many of you may not know this, but Lance is also in several other popular movies, including the John Wick series with Keanu Reeves, action thriller Angel Has Fallen, and White House Down, among other films. Finally, Lance is the voice of Zavala in the blockbuster video game Destiny. For perspective, Destiny had half a billion downloads in the first week of its release. Wow. Across the ocean in Israel, JoAnn Smelkinson Goldberg reports that her three amazing children are all out of the nest. JoAnn has one serving his country in the army, one in college, and one who just graduated and is enjoying city life with friends in Jerusalem. Closer to home, Jennifer Smelkinson delights in the fact that she has gone from an empty nester back to being captain of a full house. Jennifer’s three amazing kids are working or studying online and enjoying free laundry. Sounds like my kids too. Jennifer gleefully adds that there will be no downsizing for now, and she is grateful the home is full of mirth and good food again. Speaking of good food, did you know that Claire Abt is an extraordinary chef? In her spare time, she has been cooking up peach cake, strawberry preserves, jalapeno preserves (!), fudge sauce, salted caramel sauce, M&M covered birthday cakes, smooth pesto with roasted garlic, and my favorite, vanilla cream tarts topped with grilled peaches. The next time I see Claire, I’ll have to invite myself over for dessert! On a final note, Citlali Bacmeister was really moved to confirm and honor the memory of classmate Lael Coyne. Citlali conducted an exhaustive search for information on Lael. Citlali sent a letter to her family, searched for obituaries, and checked with our Alumni Office. Citlali will keep us posted if any information surfaces. Citlali, thank you for your efforts on behalf of our class. On the work front, Citlali is enjoying life and working as a community health worker for CASA de Maryland. On a sad note, many of us were shocked to hear that Dave Kenzie died suddenly in December 2019. That’s all for now. If you have any news you wish to share, please feel free to reach me on Facebook or on my email at

Above: Top, Claire Abt ’80’s masterpiece, a vanilla cream tart with grilled peaches; bottom, One of Lance Reddick ’80’s latest projects Faith Based



Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

From left: Andrew Feng ’83 in Samoa for a measles outbreak with ICU physicians from Samoa, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK; Pamela Serfling Stack ’83 with her grandaughter Alexis, born July 2020.


Shawn Dorman

Greetings from the Class of 1983 Secretary for Life (or until someone else volunteers!). Hoping everyone is managing during this ____ (fill in the blank) year—remember Mad Libs? Congratulations to Pamela Serfling Stack on becoming a grandmother! She shares, “Wow, what a year! I’ve gotten divorced, become a grandma for the first time and continued to walk the type 1 diabetes journey with my teenage son. Homeschooling while trying to work full time from home proved interesting. We finally agreed his future did not include dance, drama, art, music, history or geography! It’s not enough to get the right answer with math anymore, you have to know the new methods, which lead to conversations along the lines of, ‘I have no idea what you’re trying to do, but the answer is -2.’ Working for local government as an assistant accountant for adult social care during the pandemic, with so many unknowns regarding future and current demands, has meant long hours, but I am grateful for a job, especially one I could do remotely. A planned trip to Baltimore in October 2020 was cancelled by British Airways. Not knowing when I might see family again in real life is the hardest part. I did briefly consider how to make remote working from Baltimore work on U.K. time, but decided the astronomical cost of diabetes care in the US made that unfeasible.” Andrew “Drew” Feng, a pediatric critical care physician in Hawaii, shared news about joining a volunteer health corps team that was deployed last December 2019 to help Samoa deal with



a terrible measles outbreak on the island. I asked him for the details, and he obliged, “In October 2019, a measles outbreak began in Samoa where many remained unvaccinated. Samoa’s main hospital quickly became overwhelmed, and their healthcare system collapsed. They had one ICU and one ICU physician who was essentially working nonstop. The WHO mobilized teams from Australia and New Zealand to respond. In early December 2019, the prime minister agreed to an aggressive island-wide vaccination campaign, including a complete 48-hour business shutdown and stay-at-home order. In order to vaccinate on this massive scale, an international call went out for help. Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, an ER physician himself, gathered volunteers at the main adult hospital in Honolulu. On December 3, my wife and I were watching the local late news and saw plans to mobilize this team of nurses and adult physicians to Samoa the next day. We both thought, ‘Well, what they really need are pediatricians.’ The next morning I got a call from my director asking for volunteers from within our pediatric ICU division. I volunteered. We flew out emergently with a group of 50 that night. No one could confirm how long we would be staying or where. I packed essentials for five days. When we landed, everyone on the team was sent out to the countryside for mass vaccinations, except my director and me. Since we were pediatric ICU physicians, we were taken directly to the ICU to join two other pediatric ICU physicians from Australia and New Zealand who’d been relieving the hospital’s one ICU physician. The hospital asked if we could stay longer, and we were able to stay for two weeks.

My colleague actually was out of action the first half due to contaminated food. Fortunately, a few more pediatric ICU physicians from New Zealand, Australia, and Israel arrived over the following days. Ironically, just before I flew back to Hawaii, news reports started coming out from Wuhan about another possible SARS outbreak. Basically, I was working in an ICU situation similar to the ones in Italy and NYC battling COVID-19, except the victims in Samoa were on the other end of the age spectrum. The biggest difference for us was that we could help these people without concern for ourselves because we were all immunized. I witnessed first-hand the collapse of an entire nation’s healthcare system in a developing country that had a truly short supply of ventilators. Before I left, I went to a local store to buy a lavalava, the traditional skirt that local men wear. I wanted to get a formal black one. The person helping me said, ‘Sorry, we’re out of black, and white, in all sizes. Because of all the funerals.’ Remarkably, Samoa has had zero COVID-19 cases (as of late August 2020). They learned their lesson. We must all take this pandemic seriously. Don’t forget to get your flu shot. And when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, I hope you choose to get it. And with that public health message, I’ll sign off. Stay well. Keep in touch.”


Staige Davis Hodges

As we head into the 342nd day of March, I think many (most?) of us are indeed suffering from Zoom fatigue. However, when you are on a Zoom call with your classmates that certainly is not a weary experience! It has been

so fun to see faces and catch up regularly with some Friends friends. The group has morphed over the months to include an ever-expanding circle of ‘84s, including Alexis Kays Rautio (Massachusetts), Catherine Newcombe (D.C./Massachusetts), Liz Cahn Goodman (Florida), Liz Faecher Crabill (North Carolina), Jennifer Galambos and Ellyn Weisfeldt Margulies (New Jersey), Lisa Schock (D.C.), Kathy MacPhail Cheek and David Dahbura (Baltimore), Lindsay Leimbach (California), and me (Oregon). Jennifer has summarized our days/weeks/months of calls, which have included some meaningful discussions about the current events and how our experience at Friends has played a unique and meaningful role in our lives, “Call it a COVID-19 silver lining! Since March 2020, some members of the Class of 1984 have been meeting regularly over Zoom. We have had many laughs reminiscing about our Friends School experiences, and what started as weekly happy hours has morphed into wonderful conversations about our families and our lives. In September, the group met to discuss the book White Fragility, by Robin DeAngelo as we explored our early experiences with race growing up in Baltimore.” Says Lindsay Leimbach, “I would just add that we would certainly love to have others join us on our Zoom meetings when we have them periodically and to feel free to reach out to any of us. We all share a very profound bond going to Friends

together. This bond has been very comforting in these challenging times that we all face, no matter where we are located around the world. The one thing we all have in common is that we enjoy being kind to each other. And no matter what’s going on, kindness is always a way to a happier moment.” On another note, I took a late summer visit to Oak Park, Ill. to help our oldest daughter move. It was my absolute pleasure to reunite with Ken Wilson ‘85 and meet his two young daughters. It was as if no time had passed, but it had, gasp, been 36 years. We could not really believe we had known one another for 49 years. Forty-nine years! Ken is an accomplished ER trauma surgeon at the University of Chicago, handling highstress situations and surgeries daily with finesse, talent and a huge sense of calm leadership. (Accomplished is an understatement.) Connecting in person was so much better than Facebook, and it filled my heart to laugh and share memories of our time at Friends. We talked about how lucky and privileged we were to receive an education and childhood based in the Quaker philosophy of kindness. We could have talked and reminisced for hours, but after getting ice cream, which dripped all over his daughters’ cute dresses and my white pants, and watching the girls do cartwheels and play, it was time for him to head home for dinner. I now need to find the photo I have from our eighth grade (Ken’s seventh) of him in the last year of the white shirt/blue pants boys’ uniform (1980), laughing it up with Eddie Kane. It was as if we were back on the playground - and he looks exactly the same. Have 36 years really passed?! I also got word that Clarence Edwards has a new position as Legislative Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment for the Quakerbased Friends Committee on National Legislation. Congratulations, Clarence!

Ken Wilson’85, and daughters Bekah and Gabby, with Staige Davis Hodges ’84, outside Chicago in September 2020

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P. Angelo T. Valle

Congratulations to almost all of the class who reaches AARP eligibility by the end of 2020! True to form during the pandemic, a number of us spanning eight time zones hopped on Zoom to help congratulate the host of the last couple of Class Reunion Parties, Burck Smith, on his achievement. A few months later, Sarah Johnston Millspaugh, Taj Johnson and Allison Jensen proudly welcomed their children, Nick Millspaugh, Eli Sherbakov and Kyle Christoff, in the Friends Class of 2020 as they joined the ranks of alumni! Allison reported, “The school was gracious and delayed graduation, so they had a socially distanced, inperson one—something we are all grateful for!” All three kids of the Class of ’88 members were 13-year Friends lifers! Allison’s son Kyle “is currently at the University of Rochester studying biomedical engineering and reports the school is doing an incredible job of making the experience fun and safe.” At the end of the summer, Jason Rosenberg detailed some of his COVID-19 pandemic experience, “As a neurologist, much of my office practice (stroke, MS, epilepsy, headache, etc.) was deferred during the height of the pandemic, before pivoting to almost entirely virtual in May/June 2020.” Only at the end of August did Jason’s in-person visits begin to pick up again. “Seeing patients over a Zoomequivalent adds a whole new set of challenges (but, hey, I can wear shorts). For a time, I was even ‘re-deployed’ in a hospital setting, essentially working as a general medical doctor, helping relieve my over-extended colleagues during the non-stop craziness of COVID-19 patients crashing on the wards and intensive care units. It had been 20 years since I was an intern, but it all came rushing back in a whirlwind—including assimilating new material FAST. One major difference: all medical knowledge at my fingertips. Last time, I wore a lab coat with every pocket stuffed with tiny print reference books and cards—Google was brand new at the time. Entering the COVID-19 units before we really knew what was going on was a humbling and FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


From left: Allison Jensen ’88’s children, Sophie Christoff ’22 and Kyle Christoff ’20 at the Friends 2020 Commencement; Jason Rosenberg ‘88 donning a face shield to care for COVID patients; Jason Rosenberg ‘88 and family doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks

From left: Laura Spivak Ryan ’88 dialing back to a pre-COVID time, the 90s; Trip Mallonee ’89 and his Friends School Class of 2020 senior, Charlie Mallonee; Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons ’92 and Shawn Carter Peterson ’92 in Los Angeles in the fall of 2019

frightening experience—and remains so, with so few treatment options other than ‘supportive.’ I was grateful to be able to serve in any capacity, but was sobered by the variety of devastating consequences of this new disease. I also had the opportunity to participate in a virtual home care team, calling dozens of COVID-19 patients on a daily basis to make sure they and their families were doing ok and getting the help they needed. I actually had a 100-yearold patient survive the infection! And, yes, I had to treat non-maskers and COVID- 19 conspiracy theorists too—a hard pill to swallow when such people put my colleagues and other patients in harm’s way. I thank George Wright and Ken Drews for instilling in me a stand-up-for-science attitude, and the Quaker ideal of patient persuasion…All this craziness while adapting to our kids doing at-home ‘learning,’ wrangling our new rescue puppy Chalupa, and the joys of back surgery (I really should have bought that extended bumper-tobumper warranty). I’ve been mountain biking and taking the family and puppy on local hikes to stay sane. Baltimore really has a wonderful ring of green space around it—Little Gunpowder is a gem. Get out and enjoy!” Outside of the Baltimore area, Laura Spivak Ryan and her Portland, Ore. based family also gained a new four-legged family member, “The Ryan family adopted the world’s most adorable pit bull (check out her gram: Izzythepit_). We continued socially distanced travels through the Pacific Northwest, from the eastern Oregon desert to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Think Jurassic-era forests, views towards Canada across

alma mater to my daughter this summer. Our two younger children are happy to be attending school five days a week in person. The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, but we are so grateful to be healthy. Wishing fellow alumni a safe and healthy fall and winter.” Alexis, we wish you and your family a safe and healthy fall/ winter, and once we go visit Sarah in Oakland, we’re coming straight to visit you in Napoli! Renee Radbill Keats writes, “So my news…This year has been one of great change. Like many of us, I was disappointed to have missed participating in our in-person 30th Reunion and also saddened to miss an opportunity to sail on the Bay this summer with my family. However, despite these setbacks, I was able to take advantage of the time to further my career. After losing my job as a project manager due to the impact of COVID-19 on my company, I buckled down and studied for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (P.M.P.) Certificate. Although I was warned that the P.M.P. exam would be the hardest exam I would voluntarily take, I had no idea that preparing for and then taking a 200 question, 4-hour multiple-choice test would be so demanding! I am happy to report that I passed the exam in mid-August 2020 and am excited to start the next phase of my career. Finally, I hope that this note finds the Class of 1990 healthy and able to take advantage of the awesome autumn weather to enjoy an adventure or two.” Kudos to you, Renee, for making the most of your COVID-19 time by taking and conquering your P.M.P. exam! Now that I know you’re a project



together anyway. On the evening that would have been our 30th Reunion party, 58 out of 83 of us “met up” on Zoom. We had classmates from as far as Alaska (Maria Klein) and Hawaii (Ashley Spencer), and the call lasted 5.5 hours! We were on until the wee hours reminiscing, sharing updates and generally being thankful for each other as well as our health and safety during this crazy time. Thinking back to that night in May, personally, I would certainly categorize that evening as one Meghan P. Cochran of my highlights of the year. Even though we’re all firmly entrenched in our middle years, our class continues to grow and We have one very special note for our change. Read on for updates from our class this year. Trip Mallonee reports, “I classmates across the globe. Sarah am proud to announce the graduation of Miller writes, “I’m in my third year as a my eldest son, Charles John Mallonee professor of art history at Mills, a historic ’20 from Friends. He is headed to West women’s college in Oakland, and I love Virginia University in fall 2020.” it. Also, my first book is coming out this Natalie Santos Ferguson fall from MIT Press. Titled Documentary in Dispute, it’s about the photographer Berenice Abbott and her photography Greetings from the Class of 1990. As of New York in the 1930s. I also happen a class in the Reunion years of 0 and to be the co-owner of a natural wine 5, we are now 0/2 in Friends School shop, which my partner Erin started in Reunions in the last 10 years. But we’re 2015 after leaving a career in museums. happy to report, as the Class of 1990 So, amusingly, many people in the Bay usually does, we made the best of our Area mistakenly believe I’m an expert current situation and had our getin wine rather than art—and I’ve gotten pretty good at playing along!” Sounds like it’s time to visit Sarah in Oaktown as she can wine and dine us and share excerpts from her amazing first book! Best of luck with your launch, Sarah! Alexis Epperly writes, “My family and I have moved to Naples, Italy, where we will be stationed for three years. Our older two children are staying in the States for college and are stretching Izzy, Laura Spivak Ryan ’88’s adopted pit bull into adulthood. I got to show off our the Strait of Juan de Fuca and clear blue glacial lakes. Sophie is 12 and a TikTok and Roblox enthusiast. Patrick is working virtually in IT, and I remain in the emergency department.” Laura’s hospital is far enough away from downtown Portland that she wasn’t seeing any patients from the protests, and she was “seeing some COVID but not a lot.” Hopefully, by our next Reunion the social and infectious pandemics will have been peacefully resolved!



management maven, I’ll be sure to send you some Class of 1990 organization soon. This year, Davy “Slug” Lauterbach “started his 25th year on The Simpsons (!) alongside Eli Balser ’89 and Anne Balser Legge ’92. He says, “I’m currently working remotely from my new home in Albuquerque.” Davy, it appears you took Bugs Bunny’s advice and made that “left turn at Albuquerque.” We’re sure your friends were sad to see you leave LA, but the change was probably most welcome during quarantine. And P.S., we’re visiting you too! Another Class of 1990 friend is taking advantage of being “virtual” and moving as well. Ryan Lamberg and his family are leaving Pleasantville, N.Y. and moving to Stowe, Vt. for the year. Sounds like Ryan will round out our list of people to visit once we can travel more freely—see you soon, Ryan! One last shout-out goes to Jahan Sagafi-Nejad, who has managed our class notes for many moons. Thanks, Jahan, for keeping the lines of communication open for our class all these years! Stay healthy and safe, everyone! Let’s hunker down for the rest of 2020 and hope that 2021 opens the door to us seeing each other in person once again.


David Knowles

Recently, on our Class of ’92 Facebook group, someone shared a picture of an old senior class t-shirt designed by Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons. Several of us were able to locate ours in basement bins, etc. It led to the sharing of more pictures of various Friends School mugs, pens, and other trinkets. It all evoked various memories and stories that

would never have been shared if not for that shirt! Kristin lives in Maine with her family and teaches at the University of Southern Maine. Over the past few years, she has worked in partnership with the Quebec government to help promote cross-cultural educational and culinary programs in New England and Quebec. She says that while they are on a bit of a pause during COVID-19, it has been one of the greatest projects of her professional life. It is the culmination of her love of teaching, travel, connection and, of course, regional food and culinary history. Last fall, she met up with Shawn Carter Peterson in Los Angeles and had a great time taking a tour around the Grand Central Market and the arts district. Shawn was as gracious, lovely and wonderful as ever. On the family front, her oldest daughter is going into her senior year of high school, and the other will be a high school freshman in the fall (2020). Carla Perry Paisley moved back to Baltimore from Harford County over the summer. She and her family now live in a house in the same neighborhood where she grew up. She finished the clinical portion of her nursing education and decided that with the recent strain on healthcare providers, the best place for her to be most effective was in the field of social work. She started her graduate program in May. Paul Donowitz is back from Myanmar and living with his wife Bobbie and 5-yearold daughter in Bethesda, Md. He works for an anti-corruption organization. Arsh Mirmiran lives in Roland Park with his wife Lauren and two daughters, Maggie and Greyson (Gigi), who attend Calvert School. He continues to work in real FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


classnotes ⊲ estate development and recently purchased the Village of Cross Keys. He has plans to renovate it and restore it to the vibrant retail community that it once was. His redevelopment and management of Cross Street Market is a huge success and definitely worth a visit. As for me, starting this fall, my wife and I are sending our daughters to a small private school in Severna Park. We love Anne Arundel County Public Schools and hope to have them return, but after our experience of online learning in the spring, it became clear that they need to be back in the classroom. Emmy is in third grade, and Kaitlyn is in sixth. There are too many classmates that I don’t hear from or can’t locate. If you’re one of those people, please reach out!


Caroline Mallonee Huebner

Sarah Standiford and husband Jeff Fetterer are still enjoying life in Maine. “We are fortunate to be working despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For me, life has changed from near-weekly travel to telecommuting and appreciating time at home. Last fall, I was promoted to the position of National Campaign Director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund/ Planned Parenthood Votes in D.C., so I’m heading up the electoral, federal and state campaign strategy. It’s a sprint to November as we drive one of the Nation’s largest progressive electoral programs with intent to win the presidency and elect champions for reproductive health in the US Senate and state legislatures. Despite that craziness, I’ve been fortunate to recently spend time with or Zoom with friends near and far, including Emily Marr Johnson, Carrie Mallonee Huebner, Frannie Hochberg-Giuffrida, Charlotte Kilchenstein and Jed Freedlander (who made a cameo in Portland last year). A highlight for me was visiting Elise Pittenger Rocha and her wonderful family in Belo Horizonte, Brasil in February. We swam in every available waterfall. I hope everyone is safe and sound out there. Sending love and light from South Portland.” Greg Seidman writes, “We (my dad, my wife and our two kids) have been living in Columbia, Md. in the house I grew up in for six



years now. My wife and I are coming up on our 16th wedding anniversary, and the kids are getting ready for distance learning for at least the first half of the coming school year. My wife has been out of work as a theater costumer since the pandemic lockdown but has been keeping busy with the kids and projects around the house. I continue to write software for a living, which continues to be rewarding and satisfying. Otherwise, life has been mostly uneventful, and pleasantly so, for the last several years.”


Jeannie Achuff

The last eight months of COVID-19 life seem to have been a “quiet” time for most of the members of the Class of 1996, which is probably the best news we can hope for! That said, we have updates from some folks we have not heard from in a long time. It was such a pleasure to be in touch with this group. Thank you all for your responses! I had a lovely correspondence with Dan Kahn, who is living in Timonium, Md. with his wife and two kids. He notes that COVID-19 has been a pleasant change into a less hectic pace of life. Apparently, Dan’s family has a free-ranging tortoise as a house pet (That’s a good model for slowing down, eh?). He is a “dry” tortoise, and he, his wife and kids have a lot of fun trying to locate him in his domain, which is limited to the main floor of the house. During the COVID-19 shelter in place days, Dan has learned how much his 7-year-old son loves technology and wants to learn about every single aspect of Zoom. Both his son and his daughter have been extremely resilient through it all. Dan has been working nearly 100% from home and has appreciated doing more cooking and being able to help his wife out. He, like many of us, is feeling very curious about how this experience will result in a new work-life balance in each of our lives and the culture at large. Speaking of a change of pace, I had the pleasant surprise of hearing from Cindy Daignault (who, it should be noted, has her own Wikipedia page. Anyone else out there have a page we don’t know about?!). Cindy has continued with her art over the last 25 years and plans to open her latest exhibition in NYC in the

Anjana Prasad Jindal ’96 and Edith Dietz ’96’s children spring of 2021. Cindy and boyfriend Curran, also a Baltimore native, just returned to Baltimore from LA and are happy to be home. They will be opening up an art gallery and residency downtown and look forward to welcoming old friends into the space. “Hit me up!” she bids. Perhaps more noteworthy is Cindy’s sharing that her “quarantine has been surreal and magical” as they welcomed their first child, River, during the first week of shelter in place. Once she got to the hospital and labor started, she and Curran were left totally unassisted and alone due to the newness and much unknown nature of COVID-19. No one came into or out of the room until the last 30 minutes of pushing when the midwife showed up in the flesh, rather than on FaceTime, where she had been up until then. Cindy notes that Curran was her doula and midwife all in one, with help on the line with her medical team, should she need it. “But,” she notes, “the baby is a wonder, and it was very nice of the whole world to join me on my maternity leave. I can’t wait to see all of you when we emerge from this bubble at our 25th (Um.... ?!?!) Reunion next year.” Yes, here comes #25. Let’s hope Reunion happens, Cindy! James Simermeyer also recently returned to Baltimore. I, personally, really love this update. After 16 years of thriving in the arid Southwest, James returned home to Baltimore to marry his True Love and 1995 prom date: Susie Park ’95. They have a child, and he is a masculine child, named Edward Samsoo, after his grandfathers. James and Susie are active in their neighborhood association Facebook group and hope to be

From left: Cindy Daignault ’96’s baby, River, born the first week of the pandemic; James Simermeyer ’96 and Susie Park ’95’s baby, Edward Samsoo; Anjana Prasad Jindal ’96 and his family

crowned the most splendid couple in all of Timonium for 2020. Will Dan Kahn enter in as your competition, James? You always elicit laughter, James. And I can see Susie laughing at your humor in my mind’s eye. So, you have effectively been making Susie laugh for close to 30 years now, if my math is correct? Congratulations, you two! Anjana Prasad Jindal, who is an ophthalmologist and owner of a private practice in Towson, Md., has two girls, Sonal and Raina (see photo). Anjana notes, a sentiment to which many of us can relate, being in private practice during this time has been quite challenging, but there have been some silver linings such as “greater time with the family and time outdoors.” Anjana goes on to share, “We’ve had a chance to explore many of the surrounding areas on family hikes/outings. Edith Dietz and her family have become a part of our “quartanteam,” so we’ve enjoyed taking our girls biking and hiking together.” Edith, who is a pediatric hospitalist at Johns Hopkins, has a daughter named Clara. While not the same as getting together, the pandemic has also offered opportunities to catch up with other classmates over zoom. Anjana, Alec Hawley, Madeline Franklin Gross, Andy Dale, Claire Mikolayunas Sandrock, Linley Smith Dixon, Cary Pirone, Edith, and I (Jeannie Achuff) all had a fun catch up early on in the pandemic. Alec has made parenting during a pandemic look like one of the most fun adventures ever from his home in San Francisco. After many years in Wisconsin, Claire Mikolayunas Sandrock moved back to mid-coast Maine with her family last year, where she embarked on

a new career as a labor and delivery nurse. She is spending time exploring the fresh and salty waters, reconnecting with the pine trees and sharing these gifts with her family (Owen, 9, and Lucia, 7). Madeline Franklin Gross is in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. and plans to stay employed in her position as a music teacher at a private school in the city, all things COVID-19 considered! Maddie has been on a campaign in recent years to reduce her family’s ecological footprint and was excited to share with us her discovery and love of Lush’s “Toothy Tabs.” If you have a need for low-waste home or self-care products, consult Madeline, who has been doing her research! Her son Brayden is going into the third grade and daughter Violet is going into kindergarten. They just added a puppy named Roxie to the excitement of their lives, even though many of us cautioned Maddie, who had never before owned a dog, that it is a huge undertaking! But she seems to be doing great. She and her husband Kai surprised the kids back in June and they were thrilled. Maddie notes, “We are the quarantine cliché: I started making sourdough bread and we got a puppy. Ha!” Also in NY, Josh Lerner, who is pleased to be located in Brooklyn, decided that a global pandemic is a great time to start a new organization. He stepped down as executive director from the non-profit he founded 11 years ago, the Participatory Budgeting Project, and launched a new organization with partners around the world, People Powered ( It’s a global hub for participatory democracy, working to expand people’s power to make government decisions. When not

trying to transform democracy, he’s been enjoying playing Civilization 6, eating vegan nachos, and marching for racial justice with his 9-year-old son. Josh, for sure, is carrying on the legacy of Quaker activism and is a wealth of knowledge should you be interested in social/cultural/political issues. Thank you, Josh, for all that you do to help our world to be a better place. Jessica Lichtenfeld writes in that, “after five years in Raleigh, N.C., my partner, Kelly, and I moved to DC in June of 2019 so he could take a job with THE FEDS (he’s an economist with the USDA) and I could get back to a city with public transportation. I kept my Raleigh job; I work for a company that provides strategic insights for the radio and digital audio industries. It’s ok. Not as ‘glamorous’ as when I worked for MTV, and now that I work remotely, I don’t even get free coffee. Oh well.” But Jessica did give some good “working from home” tips on Facebook for those of us tuned in and trying to create order out of the lack of structure this spring! The lockdown started just as Jessica and Kelly were settling in to DC, but early on she got to see Tabitha Lewis Ssonko, who currently resides in Pennsylvania, and Jon Yeager ’97, whose comedy career Jessica states she is “glad to be able to support more wholeheartedly. He likes to tell Friends jokes when we go to his sets.” Jaime Baron writes from Edmonton, Alberta, where she is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She’s with her hubby, also a professor, and two kids, ages 3 and 6. She has a new book, Reuse, Misuse, Abuse: The Ethics of Audiovisual Appropriation in FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

the Digital Era that is coming out in November 2020 from Rutgers University Press. “Other than that,” she says, “just quarantining with my family.” I was further excited to hear from Brad Surosky, who is also a part of the “new parents” club. On Dec. 27th, 2019, Brad and his wife introduced their first child into this world: Micah William Surosky. He says, “Our lives are changed for the better in so many ways with the gift of this little guy.” The three of them live in Sonoma, Calif. and spent the majority of their time quarantining at home. In mid-July, they decided to rent an RV and go cross country so Brad’s terminally ill father-in-law could meet his grandson. They spent five very special days in Cincinnati and then made their way to Baltimore for Brad’s family to meet Micah in person. On the professional front, Brad has been busy! He and his wife run a theatre company in Sonoma Wine Country that has been doing Broadway concerts for over eight years. He notes, “Our business, like so many others, was hit hard by the pandemic. We had to cancel our season and understand that live concerts like we have, with thousands of people, will be the last to come back. We were lucky enough to have professionally videotaped all of our concerts. So....we have decided to edit and make a full summer virtual online season. It is free for anyone to watch from their homes to hopefully uplift people during these times.” Justin Meyer and I have been in touch a bit and he shared some interesting information on his area of expertise: plants. He earned his M.S. in tropical plant and soil science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He studied the dormancy and manipulation of flowering ornamental ginger plants. The plant he worked with specifically was Curcuma alismatifolia, which is a flowering ginger plant from Thailand, known as Siam Tulip, with the intention of getting it to flower during the holidays so that it could compete with the standard poinsettias, Christmas cactus, etc. He is currently working for a landscape design company in San Diego. I, Jeannie, am holding down the fort here in Victoria, BC. We also adopted a puppy, a mini Goldendoodle named Frodo Baggins, in January 2020.



So, we had plenty to do to fill our “slower” days during the pandemic. British Columbia has maintained low rates of COVID-19 transmission, so we are enjoying our incredible natural beauty without high numbers of tourists this year, which is, of course, a mixed blessing in a tourism-oriented city. It was such a gift to have more time with my 9-year-old son and to rush around far less than we typically do. We bought a stand-up paddle-board to use in the many waterways around our home. The dog and my son ride on it (which makes for a serious workout for me!). I also started a morning ritual of cold-water swimming with a small, multigenerational group of friends this winter. The ocean here ranges from 9C-12C (48F-54F). It has become a precious and beloved part of our near-daily routine, even as we have returned to work and summer camp schedules. Any other cold-water swimmers out there? It is amazing. I highly recommend it! Thanks again for all the updates. May everyone stay physically and emotionally healthy as we continue to ride the waves of social change and the pandemic. Here’s hoping we can gather next May!


Chris Condlin

Hello, Class of 1999! It’s hard to process how much has changed since we were together in May 2019 for Reunion. I hope that everyone is safe and healthy and managing as well as possible during this difficult time. Thanks to all of the teachers, doctors, nurses and other front-line workers risking your health and that of your families’ to help the rest of us over the past six months! On top of everything else, in the next 12 months, most of us will turn 40—scary. Except for Drew Shelton, of course. Drew, enjoy your youth while you can! Now onto the updates, first starting with Baltimore area folks: Drew and his wife Sarah live in Lutherville with daughters Annie, 8, and Molly, 4. Drew is still teaching physics at Oldfields School and his wife Sarah teaches at Park (am I allowed to use that word in this magazine?...). In the spring, it was difficult running four different schools from their house, as Sarah and Drew worked to manage their own class load, as well as supervising

the girls. This summer, they visited Drew’s family’s cabin, went tent camping, and spent a lot of time in the kiddie pool in the front yard. Annie also caught her first fish! Ben Bodnar, together with his wife Alia and their two kids James, almost 5, and Aletta, almost 3, is living in Roland Park. Ben is still working as an internist and pediatrician at Hopkins Hospital (as well as assistant professor at Hopkins Medical School). In the spring, much of Ben’s caseload was related to the COVID-19 response. Ben’s wife, Alia, is moving jobs from Healthcare for the Homeless to Hopkins for work in addiction medicine. Ben and Alia are sending James to Pre-K at Friends starting next month. Let me know if anyone else has kids at Friends! Charlie Achuff started a new job with the National Library of Medicine. He moved to Bethesda in December 2019 to cut down on his commute time before “commute” was no longer a thing. In personal news, Charlie is engaged! He traveled to the Philippines in February 2020 to get engaged to his partner Derick. In the meantime, Charlie has been learning about Filipino culture, history and language and loving every minute of it! We wish you luck, Charlie, in getting Derick over here as soon as possible and many happy years ahead. Ryan Welch and his wife Lidiya recently welcomed the newest member of the Class of ’99 extended family that I am aware of –baby daughter Ada Isabella Welch, born August 10. Ryan and Lidiya live in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philly and Ryan works at Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake. Maron Deering and wife Sandy recently moved back to Philadelphia from Athens, Ga. Maron’s and Sandy’s daughters, Sterrett, 5, and Willa, 2, were speed demons on the scooter in the lane by their house in Central Philly when we saw them in August. Deana Carr-Davis Frank lives in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philly with her husband, Laksman, and their three kids. Deana just started a new job as the director of advancement at the Community Partnership School. Deana also said that she used Modsy (https://, the interior design service founded by Shanna Tellerman, to redesign their house and had rave

classnotes ⊲ reviews! I’ve been lucky to see Ryan, Maron, Deana and their respective spouses recently (from an appropriate social distance!) because Lisa, Nikita and I moved down to Philadelphia recently from NYC for a change of pace during remote work times during the pandemic. We’ll probably be down here at least through the end of September 2020 and maybe longer, depending on Nikita’s school (he’ll be starting 9th grade at the Brooklyn Latin School in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and my work (at the same law firm since 2009, which is remote at least through end of year). We’re loving Philly, but we’re not giving up on NYC and we miss it and will return soon! Moving off the East Coast, Kelly Bouxsein Nielsen and husband Drew welcomed Julia Elizabeth Nielson on April 28. Big sister Caroline is loving her little sister even though she told mommy and daddy that the baby hit her on the first day home from the hospital (sibling rivalry off to a quick start!). On the work front, Kelly reports that, as a strategy director for a major health system, their world has been turned upside down with COVID-19. Colin Teubner is still in Oakland, Calif. and recently started working for a Boston-based startup called airSlate this year, running sales and engineering and customer access. He got to stay with Morgan Wallace and his wife for a few days right before the pandemic shut everything down. Dave Raphael and wife Lesley Wojcik

Raphael ’00 are still in Portland, Ore. with their two boys, Jack and Charlie. Dave reports that the boys have been forced to get along during the shutdown and social distancing and have been playing with each other great. And they made it through 1.5 Harry Potter books before they became too scary. Dave’s pediatric dental office was closed for a couple months during the spring and reopened in May 2020. Dave has kept busy by over-tending his garden and looking for progress multiple times a day. From the other side of the pond, Ben Kennedy is in England and recently took a new job leading the procurement function for UK Government Investments Ltd., which is an HM Treasury-owned “organisation” [sic - looks like Ben has fully transitioned to British spelling] that acts as the UK government’s “centre” [see prior comment] of excellence for corporate governance and corporate finance. Ben swears that this is not the cover for MI6 that it sounds like, but that is totally something that someone in MI6 would say….Stay healthy and keep in touch!


Carrie Runde Paddock

Hello, Class of 2001. 2020 has been quite the year. I hope you and your families are healthy and happy. You may already be looking towards 2021, so I will remind you all that next year is our 20th Reunion (our classmate and Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, Christine Pappas, hopes we will be there and will need our help planning)! Our musically gifted classmate Uriah Moore is teaching in the D.C. public schools and growing his music consulting company, Music Connection II. He’s also the music director for Epiphany Lutheran Church in Baltimore and is working on submitting music for film and television. Uriah and his brother, Fernando Moore ’02, have an RnB group called Undivided and recently released an album, Blue Agape. Emma Viscidi works as an epidemiologist for a biotech company, Biogen, in Cambridge, Mass. She and her family live outside Ryan Welch ’99 and his wife Lidiya with their new baby Ada Isabella Welch, born August 10

Boston in Boxborough and recently welcomed a third daughter. Clara was born on April 30th and joined her older sisters Natalie, 6, and Jacqueline, 4. Congrats Emma! Congratulations are also due for James Woodson and his wife Michele, who welcomed their third child, Joshua, in October 2019. Joshua joined older siblings Jeremiah and Makayla. James and Michele live in Los Angeles and are leading a new church called Restoration Church. James was recently promoted to Senior Policy Manager for California Calls, a nonprofit that increases civic engagement in communities of color in California. After a year of traveling across the US, including an RV trip from LA to Alaska, Molly Kastendieck and her boyfriend Andrew bought a house in Paso Robles, Calif. Molly has been working remotely for George Washington University and is enjoying living in California, where she can play with her golden retriever and drink good wine. Rob Tand writes that he and his family are surviving the pandemic from their home on Long Island. Rob feels fortunate to be able to work remotely but is excited to someday return to his office in NYC where he works at Goldman Sachs managing treasury trading systems. He had a brief hiatus from Goldman in 2018, where he worked for a small payments startup for a year. His twins are third graders this fall, and the family recently added a rambunctious Italian water dog named Hazel to the mix. Jennifer Tufaro Nolley has some exciting news. She writes, “I have been busy these days working on a new business (fun, passion project), Tiny Easel! I developed this while on maternity leave with baby George, and curated a perfect assortment of watercolor paints, supplies and activities that are simple to put in front of kids so that they can just play while allowing parents peace of mind. All of the drawings, tips, and techniques were inspired by my own kids, places in Baltimore, and my previous experience in design to make each step simple while providing all of the tools needed for a tiny masterpiece, both on-the-go and at home! Friends School is always part of my creative process, and I definitely give credit to the school for allowing me to be myself and challenge



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From left: James Woodson ’01’s children Jeremiah, Makayla, and Joshua Woodson; Molly Kastendieck ’01 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Dorothy Cook Williams ’02’s children in August 2020

me creatively. I loved all of my art classes and developed friendships that I have to this day. Check out Tiny Easel:” Christine Pappas is now in her fourth year working at Friends. She sees Lizzie Cusack, Charlotte Marra, Rachel Tranter, Lauren Stone Prendeville and Jen Tufaro Nolley when they can get themselves organized for an LNO. They usually choose one of the restaurants that Jen’s other company, TerraNova Ventures, developed (TrueChesapeake or Cosima – YUM). The group had a bigger Zoom when COVID-19 hit to include Rachel Lipman (Iowa) and Peggy Kremen Cohen (Connecticut) that was hilarious and fun. Lastly, I (Carrie) have been living in Baltimore for the last six years. My husband and I own an integrative medicine practice and feel fortunate to have been able to stay open during the pandemic, doing mostly telemedicine. We have two kids, Ella, 5, and Graham, 2, who spent the spring and summer going for walks in the neighborhood, feeding ducks and playing in the backyard. I enjoy hearing from everyone in our class, so please stay in touch.


Camille Powe Foster

Christopher S. Wright Jordy Alger finished his urology residency at Georgetown and moved to Chapel Hill to start his fellowship in robotic and minimally invasive urologic surgery at University of North Carolina. Jordy writes, “My family—wife Marisa, son Leon, age 8, and daughter Beatriz, age 4—and I are very excited. It’s really



nice down here!” Casey Gillece Gordon and her husband Griffin welcomed their second child, Hudson James Gordon, on July 6, 2020. He joins older sister Parker. Laura Gaskins writes, “In January, Sam Fitz and I met up in Boston while Sam was in New England visiting distributors for his amazingly tasty cider, Anxo. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest the Rosé cider! It was fantastic seeing Sam and catching up after not seeing each other since my wedding in 2011. Little did we know the crazy times that we were all about to face and how important it is to stay connected and to support one another.” Megan Richie, a neurologist at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), spearheaded the post-COVID-19 curricular redesign for all UCSF third-year medical students, generating the model that was ultimately adopted upon their return to clerkships. She has also been engaged in antiracism work, starting a confidential support meeting system for neurology residents to discuss anti-Black racism as well as engaging in advocacy efforts throughout her department. Megan will also welcome her second son in late August 2020! Dorothy Williams Cook writes, “In the midst of this difficult year we’ve had a bright spot in welcoming our third child, Sarah Margaret. She has met no one but is doing well and has a doting big brother and big sister to keep her occupied!” As for your secretaries, Camille Powe Foster is an endocrinologist and physicianresearcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She writes, “Our hospital was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, ultimately with around 50% of the large hospital

filled with patients with COVID-19. While I spent most of my time doing telemedicine consults for diabetes in pregnancy, I was in awe of my friends and colleagues who worked day and night to create new intensive care units, develop new care teams to support our disproportionately affected minority communities, and transform the hospital overnight. I hope that by the time you read this, things will have turned around for the better for much of the US.” Chris Wright caught up with Jason Berman in Steamboat Springs, Colo. in February 2020 to do some skiing and relaxing. He writes, “We had a great year with the snowfall and skiing conditions out in Colorado. It’s always fun to catch up and hear about each other’s life updates. We were fortunate to have this opportunity to connect early on in the year.”


Emily Lamasa

Hey again everyone! It was really nice to hear from those of you who submitted class notes. I hope everyone who did not will consider doing it in the future! Jessie Vanderhoff reported that she and her fiancé just had an offer accepted on a house in San Diego. She’s looking forward to putting down some figurative and literal (tomato plant) roots. Unfortunately, they’ve already had to postpone their planned wedding twice due to COVID-19, but are otherwise safe and healthy. She included her email address (jessicavanderhoff@ in case anyone visits or moves to San Diego. Kate Meyer Jakuta is still living in Baltimore and has been working for the past four years for a local non-profit called the

From left: Elmar Trust ’03, his wife April, and their son Jacob; Jessica Carambelas ’03’s rescue dog, Ellie Southeast Community Development Corporation, where she is the program manager for a homelessness prevention program. She is also currently earning a master’s degree in social work and is in year two of a four-year, part-time program. She also somehow has time to volunteer and advocacy work with the immigrant community in Baltimore! During the pandemic, she has been working with the Latino Racial Justice Circle, which started a fundraiser to deliver financial assistance contributions to immigrant families in Baltimore who lost their jobs during the crisis. So far, they have already given out more than $65,000. She says she’s seen some donations come through from members of the Friends School staff and alumni community, and wants to thank all of you for your generosity and support for this community during this difficult time. Nice work, Kate! Jessica Carambelas and her husband have just bought a house and moved to Phoenix, Md. They rescued a pup from Johns Hopkins Medical testing facility and named her Ellie. She is still enjoying working at Cockey’s Enterprises, so if anyone needs trash, recycling or compost service, please let her know (I have her email address if anyone needs it). Steve Sauder writes that his wife Kim is pregnant again (due in February) and their first, Ryley, turned two in June. He started working for a US company in 2019 in the smart utility space, which he says has been fun so far. Walker (James) Marr married Rebecca on December 31, 2017. They have a 3-year-old girl named Kaylee, a 1-and-a-half-year-old girl named Caris (pronounced like Paris), and Rebecca is 27 weeks pregnant with their third

girl! He reports that they even have two female cats, so he’s wildly outnumbered. Elmar Trust wrote in to say that he’s living in Atlanta with his wife April and one-year-old son Jacob. He’s been working for Delta Air Lines for the last eight years, which has been a great company to work for, and has been able to travel all over the world. Probably unsurprisingly, he reports that times are a bit nuts with COVID-19 and all. He is still in regular touch with Noah Jacobs, Josh Gottlieb, Teddy Krolik and Dylan Waugh but hasn’t been back to Friends in a little while. Maybe soon, Elmar! Danielle Waranch is getting married to her (really awesome) fiancé, Steve, in November 2020 despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented and has been busy with that! They are still living in the city but starting to think about county living in the next couple of years. She’s currently working as an associate dentist at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills and says that because it isn’t far from where she grew up, she gets to enjoy going to her parents’ house for lunch some days (and is enjoying their dogs too). She’s starting her third year on the Friends Alumni Association Board and has really enjoyed reconnecting with alumni, students and faculty. She highly recommends coming back to campus whenever you are able to and take a walk down memory lane or see all the updates they have done. I have moved to Annapolis with my husband Andrew and our cat, and we welcomed a baby boy (Magnus) last October. For the most part, we’ve been enjoying all of the togetherness the pandemic has provided for us, but I do miss getting

out and seeing (Friends) friends. Thanks to everyone who wrote in and I hope everyone who did not is doing well or just hanging in there. Looking forward to more updates next year. For those of you who have not heard, shortly after submitting these class notes, our class had some very sad news. Sarah Pitts was killed in a cycling accident in September 2020. An article about her is included in this magazine in the “Legendary Lives” section.


Christina Forsting Taler

Some of our classmates signed on for a Zoom successful and fun gathering in honor of what would have been our 15th Reunion in May 2020. Classmates from all over came together to catch up and reminisce. We hope to see each other in May 2021! Will Totten wrote in with an update, “I recently relocated to a small Colorado mountain community, Gunnison, to pursue my outdoor industry M.B.A. at Western Colorado University. My girlfriend, Jill, and I live just 20 minutes South of Mount Crested Butte. In addition to my schoolwork, I have been working with outdoor industry start-ups, helping them develop go-to-market strategies and develop business plans to obtain additional funding. During the winter we spend our free time skiing and snowboarding. During the spring and summer, we hike, mountain bike, and camp. Recently, we just purchased a white water raft and have been teaching our puppy, Chessie, how to be a raft dog.”


Nicole Runde

Miriam Vishniac is working on a Ph.D. in social policy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland! Josh Thomas writes, “I just found out I won the U.N. Development Program’s 2020 Global Innovator Award for a project related to limiting the COVID-19 spread in developing countries.” Ouranitsa Abbas writes, “This picture (see photo in this section) was taken back in January 2020 when, after a decade of being out of school, I did an unexpected thing and went back. It was my first day of graduate school, and I went to class with the same monogrammed L. L. Bean



Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.

backpack I had bought exactly half a lifetime ago in tenth grade at Friends! Spring 2020, I began a graduate certificate program in organizational leadership, and this fall, I started law school, both at the University of Baltimore. About a year ago, I definitely did not have plans to return to school, but here we are. It seems like I might as well go big or go home, so I’ve applied for a dual degree M.S. in conflict negotiation and conflict management, also at University of Baltimore. It’s weird to be back in school, but I’ve gotten used to the Zoom classes and appreciate being able to take a power nap between classes on my couch!”


Joey Peyton

Max and Lyz Berg Levine welcomed their first son, Zeke Davis Levine, on February 28, 2020. Congratulations to Andy Dolina and his wife Sarah, who welcomed a daughter, Thea, on March 10, 2020.

Ourantisa Abbas ’06’s first day of grad school with her 10th grade backpack




Declan Meagher

Though the virus has put a strain on all of us this year, the Class of 2012 wanted to share how they are doing and some of their recent accomplishments over the last couple of years. Our class has shown many successes and adventures in many different industries from engineering to education, culinary to healthcare, music and art, to finance and marketing, and more; our year has been making a splash. To start us off, let’s talk engineering. Nurisha Rodriguez has recently started a new position with GE as an electrical design engineer for renewable energy. She spends her days designing energy storage containers to support wind, solar and gas turbines. Prior to her switch to GE, she worked as an electrical engineer with CSArch, where she did the building and electrical design for a new theater in downtown Albany, N.Y. Asher RobbinsRothman is living in Menlo Park, Calif. and working for Skydio—a company that designs drones—as a mechanical engineer. Though his career has already taken off, so to speak, he is planning to apply to graduate programs later this year to improve and expand his knowledge. Grant Everett has been educating others in his industry (software engineering) by giving talks about NodeJS, “an open-source, cross-platform, JavaScript runtime environment that executes JavaScript code outside of a web browser,” to various tech meet-ups and conferences in the Chicago area. He was planning to attend and speak at the NodeJS summit this year, but after that was cancelled he has been dedicating his time to educating students on NodeJS through virtual assemblies and offering additional tutoring to students for upcoming exams. Speaking of education, let’s highlight some of our educators in our year who are making a difference all over the US and internationally. Ali Allen has just finished a year of singing, gallivanting, and teaching English in Lyon, France. Ali will soon be heading back to Baltimore to teach French and Spanish in the Upper School at Gilman. Eric Ritter is teaching music in Newton, Mass. to elementary school students in the public school

district. He is also teaching Boston Children’s Chorus to middle schoolers. He wishes to apologize to all his lower and middle school teachers, for he now knows your pain. Billy Scaletta is somewhat of a music teacher as well. He is happily living in Baltimore where he has been making the best of the quarantine by teaching virtual piano lessons and playing video games with his amazing boyfriend, Kai. Kate Strain is also currently living in Baltimore and working just a stone’s throw from Friends; she works as a librarian at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Walker Cammack has been working as an educator and a chef at the Mountain School in Vermont. This fall, Walker is planning to attend the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he hopes to focus on diversified and sustainable forest management practices as well as the study of agroforestry. Alice Walker Veytia has finished another year of teaching sixth grade at a school for students with learning disabilities in New York City. Additionally, congratulations are in order for her recent wedding to Dan Veytia. Similar congratulations are in order for Dave Magdeburger for his recent engagement to his girlfriend—now fiancée—Sara Johnson. In the past couple of years, Dave has been busy in the culinary scene. He opened up the Baltimore County (BC) Brewery in Hunt Valley and has now moved on to starting his own food truck business called Dave’s Smoke & Tacos. Abby Wolkenberg, though not in the culinary industry, recently moved to Virginia and claims Maryland has nothing on Virginia’s biscuits. Abby started her studies toward a master’s degree as a physician’s assistant at Radford University Carilion, and most importantly, she fell in love with the taste of “real biscuits.” Abby is not alone in our year; we also have many other professionals in the healthcare industry whose influences are spreading. Alex Schulick recently graduated from medical school in Colorado and is ready to jump right into a surgery residency at Johns Hopkins in July 2020. Lucy Klein is living in Denver with her boyfriend while she pursues a master’s in social work at the University of Denver Graduate

From left: Andy Dolina ‘10, his wife Sarah, and daughter Thea; Max ’10 and Lyz Berg Levine ’10’s son Zeke

School of Social Work. She has been keeping herself busy during quarantine by going on lots of walks with her new puppy! Another animal lover, Katya Spitznagel, has had a wild ride since graduating from McDaniel College. She got her bachelor’s in psychology with minors in forensic sociology and international studies and began work as a Rape Crisis Intervention Services crisis responder while also working as a steeplechase jockey for Maryland racehorse trainer Charlie Fenwick. In May of 2015, she travelled to Pokhara, Nepal to work with a non-profit dental volunteer group. When a monkey attacked a guard dog at the monastery where they were based, Katya and the lead dentist in this organization performed emergency wound repair on the dog, which re-ignited her passion for veterinarian work. Katya is now back in the US, in Colorado, and, after three years of post-baccalaureate classes, is now enrolled in the Colorado State University’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and is set to graduate in 2023 with an emphasis in equine medicine and zoo animal/exotic animal medicine. In the meantime, she lives with her boyfriend Torin, her two house rabbits (Lumi and Norbert) and her horse (Maggie), who she’s had since high school. Katya spends her days working as a veterinary technician with Broomfield Veterinary Hospital (specializing in exotic animals) and she will be doing an externship with the Colorado State Racetrack Veterinarian this summer. Over the past two years, Idil Tuncali received her master’s in neuroscience and now works in a Parkinson’s Disease research lab at

Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to the quarantine, she was taking Turkish language classes for fun and volunteering at the emergency department, which she hopes to return to soon; but in the meantime, she always has her violin. Speaking of Idil’s violin, let’s dive into some of our performing artists in our year. After competing in the Barbershop Harmony Society International Competition in Salt Lake City last summer, Ben Lewin continues to rehearse with various barbershop music ensembles in the Boston area (North East District). Ben is involved in three groups currently: Tomato Staccato (Mixed Quartet), Vocal Revolution (Chorus) and Daily Special (Quartet), which earned the title of 2019 North East District Champion and placed 40th in the world. David Socolar is a budding Broadway star! Over the past few years, David has been involved in many different regional productions including the development of a new musical at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival called Anne of Green Gables, where he performed alongside notable Broadway players such as Chris McCarrell and Nancy Anderson. He also performed The Full Monty at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, N.Y. and has been working with composer Joey Contreras whose song “Unsaid” features David and can be heard on YouTube and Spotify. This year, David played Dr. Jim Pomatter in the national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical Waitress and, due to the virus interrupting the final leg of his tour, he is set to reprise his role in early 2021. As for me, Declan Meagher, I am a seafarer by trade. I am ready to start my fifth contract as a main

stage performer for Disney Cruise Line onboard the Disney Magic set to sail away at some point in the fall of 2020. I have also been honing my creative skills outside of Disney. I wrote a chooseyour-own-adventure, a partially improvised musical that is set to be produced in a staged reading in Winter Garden, Fla. in the summer of 2020 at the Crooked Can Brewery, a sightspecific set for this “Whose Line”-style musical. When talking about sets for theater, we must talk about Sam Keamy-Minor. Sam received his master’s of fine arts in Scenic Design for Theater from the University of California, San Diego. Sam had the honor of studying under the acclaimed, threetime Tony nominated scenic designer Robert Brill who helped Sam hone his creative and artistic visions. Emilio Martínez Poppe has been busy showing off their creative vision since graduating with a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. Emilio received the SOMA+CU 2016 Scholarship for research in Mexico City and began exhibiting their projects in various group exhibitions in a long and impressive list of international installations everywhere from New York to the Netherlands, culminating in an exhibition and residency program at Abrons Arts Center. Emilio also had work included in the Queens Museum 2018 Biennial, Queens International 2018: Volumes. During that time, Emilio married art with activism as Programs Manager at Fourth Arts Block, working to connect arts and culture to anti-displacement organizing initiatives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which included small business retention, access to public FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL



classnotes ⊲ space, and climate resiliency efforts. But, Emilio didn’t stop there. They also presented at the American Society for Landscape Architecture in San Diego this past fall on ideas around Queer Urbanism and Design. Currently, Emilio is residing in neither NYC nor the Netherlands, but rather in Philadelphia as they pursue a master’s degree in the Graduate Fine Arts Program at the Weitzman School of Design (University of Pennsylvania). Sarah Wallack has always been inspired by art and recently left her sales job in February 2020 to pursue her passion for visual art. Whether that means returning to school or forging her own path, she is prepared for the challenge. She hopes to pursue art direction, hopefully leading to a job with an ad or branding agency where she’d help with their creative concepts and execution. Alexandria Johnson also made a recent change of scenery. She moved from Los Angeles to Chicago, is now pursuing digital illustration, and works mostly in digital media management and video editing using art and style to influence the world around us. Another 2012 alum who recently moved east is Annie George. She moved from San Francisco to Manhattan to be closer to friends and family. She

works in advertising as a copywriter and sees other Friends 2012 grads in the city regularly. Marisa Dunn is coming up on her four-year anniversary in New York, where she has accepted that her apartment will likely never be bigger than one-quarter of Mr. Schlenger’s classroom. After working in the restaurant world for a few years, she’s joined the marketing team at Venmo. She is more than happy to live just a few blocks from a few other 2012’ers and her sister, Katie Dunn ’09. Rachel Bolan is influencing the finance world of Baltimore, working at the investment firm Brown Advisory and living in Fells Point. A little further south, Leslie Franklin has been living in Richmond, Va., where she worked displaying and selling paintings to people in Richmond and the surrounding area. She has also been doing a lot of traveling across the US and to Europe and Canada. In her spare time, she’s volunteered at Brazier Gallery and has assisted behind the scenes for their Plein Air Richmond event, a week-long Plein Air impressionist painting invitational. Leslie is currently working at Rutherford Supply as a sales coordinator, where she has been managing multiple accounts for the vice president of sales and the vice president of business development in addition to running their social media and assisting in the purchasing department. As Rutherford Supply is categorized as an essential business, Leslie’s been at work every day helping the general public purchase PPE and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that everyone is staying safe during these trying times, and we look forward to seeing the rest of the 2012’ers again real soon!


This class presently does not have a Class Secretary. If you are interested in volunteering for the post, please email

Chrissie Baker and Taylor Roethle are excited to announce that they were engaged in December 2019, they plan to get married in April 2021.

Chrissie Baker ’13 and Taylor Roethle ’13 are engaged




Emma Galambos

This past year was one filled with changes and transitions. I decided to transfer to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and continue pursuing psychology as my major. I am currently raising a golden doodle puppy and volunteering as an EMT at a firehouse. It has been nice to return to my hometown and get to spend time with my family. Jordan Finn shares that he is still playing soccer for Mary Washington and that he is majoring in business. AJ Goldbloom writes, “This past year, I was lucky enough to be slated as Vice President of Chapter Development for my sorority, Tri Delta, at the University of Maryland. I’ve enjoyed so much of the responsibility and growth I have experienced from taking on this role, especially throughout the pandemic. Before quarantine, I was an extremely active staff reporter for The Left Bench TV, an inside sports news source run by UMD students. I attended many different sporting events, sitting on the sidelines and interviewing teams to cultivate my reporting, filming, and editing skills. Thankfully, my friends and family are safe and healthy. While I am happy to be back in College Park starting my junior year, I am grateful to have been quarantined with my entire family safely in Baltimore. I have stayed connected with my UMD friends and the friends I made while I was a student at FSB. We FaceTime, Zoom, text, and have seen one another from a safe distance. I think all of these things were crucial throughout my quarantine because I truly needed to hear from and see my friends during this unprecedented time. Being in quarantine actually encouraged me to be social with my high school friends from a virtual standpoint. I love keeping in touch with the friends I made at FSB, but with all the time I had in quarantine and over the summer, I feel as though it was important for me to make an extra effort to use that time for reconnecting and socializing virtually.”

Please note: These Class Notes were submitted by class secretaries in summer 2020, and reflect alumni updates from summer 2019-2020. Because of unforseen events during the pandemic, the publication date of Friends magazine had to be changed. Due to time constraints, 2020-2021 alumni updates will be included in the next edition of the magazine.



2003 Walker James Marr married Rebecca December 31, 2017

1937 Dorothy B. Krug, June 10, 2020

2008 Caroline Capute married Geoff September 2020 2012 Alice Walker married Dan Veytia March 20, 2020

BIRTHS 1981 Philip Merrill and Veronica Carr Isabella Louise Carr Merrill, October 21, 2020

1941 David O. Stanfield, February 3, 2021

1944 Alice Peeling Brock, November 13, 2018

1960 Michael D. Jackley, December 22, 2019

Elizabeth Ebeling Leipold August 23, 2019

1963 Mary E. Renn Heckscher, October 6, 2020

1946 John E. Cremeans, April 14, 2020

Dave B. Phillips, February 13, 2020

Florence Rice Dunlop, February 2, 2021 Virginia Walker, 2017 Florence Whittington Platt, 2020

1996 Cindy Daignault and Curran River, March 2020

1948 Rosemary J. Jenkins Lareau, November 9, 2020

1999 Kelly Bouxsein Nielsen and Drew Nielsen Julia Elizabeth Nielson, April 28, 2020 Ryan Welch and Lidiya Ada Isabella Welch, August 10, 2020 2000 Rachel Zamoiski Soifer and Jason Anna Soifer, March 6, 2020 2001 Emma Viscidi and David Gallagher Clara, April 30, 2020 James Woodson and Michele Joshua, October 2019 2002 Casey Gillece Gordon and Griffin Hudson James Gordon, July 6, 2020 Dorothy Williams Cook and Henry Sarah Margaret, April 11, 2020 2003 Emily Lamasa and Andrew Eyring Magnus, October 2019 2010 Andy Dolina and Sarah Thea, March 10, 2020 Max and Lyz Levine Zeke Davis Levine, February 28, 2020

Fay Karfgin Stephens, December 11, 2019 Theodore M. Rosenberg, June 18, 2020

1947 William P. Geary, December 4, 2018

Brad Surosky and Amy Micah William Surosky, December 27, 2019

1959 Anna Panzironi Bulgari, October 22, 2019

1943 Mary Eckhardt Dunn, June 29, 2018

1995 Susie Park and James Simermeyer ’96 Edward Samsoo, 2019

James Simermeyer and Susie Park ’95 Edward Samsoo, 2019

1958 P. Richard Jeanneret, January 31, 2021

Lorna Gardner Hurley, August 24, 2020

Allen H. MacPhail, August 4, 2020 1964 Marilyn Miller Thomas, November 12, 2020 Nicholas S. Young, February 6, 2021 1965 Brenda Chambers Cutter September 20, 2020

Deborah Lewis Adams, April 7, 2020

1966 Nancy E. Corrsin, February 3, 2020

Anne F. Aubrey, April 14, 2020

Allan W. Ayers, November 18, 2020

1949 Nancy Whitehouse Fass, May 14, 2021

1967 David F. Garman, February 24, 2020

Evans Johnson Taylor, October 3, 2020

Emily J. Thursby, December 25, 2019

1952 Shirley Hanby Hatch, October 4, 2019

1968 Robert L. McCauley, June 17, 2020

1953 George E. Crosby, January 24, 2021

1969 Andrea L. Just, February 25, 2020

John N. Curlett, Jr., January 10, 2020

Frank Bond, Jr., March 12, 2020

Kathryn Alford Connor,June 4, 2020

1976 John E. Humphries, August 19, 2020

Mary R. Ruark Fennell, December 19, 2019 Virginia A. Kelly Mortimer December 23, 2019

1977 Richard C. Capute, April 21, 2021

John S. Gable O’Brien, October 19, 2018

1980 David A. Kenzie, December 29, 2019

Tucky Patz Ramsey, December 6, 2019 M. Edward Skinner III, March 15, 2021

1981 Wendy A. Everts, December 2016

1954 Katherine Seiler Black, August 25, 2017

2003 Sarah G. Pitts, September 7, 2020

Nancy Lang Brown, January 8, 2020 Osmar P. Steinwald, January 17, 2020 Anne Black Evans, February 7, 2020

2013 Bruce “Robbie” A. Teter December 14, 2019

1955 Iris Windsor McFaul, April 22, 2020

David A. Brokaw, June 6, 2021

Betsy LeBrun Merrick, July 26, 2020

NOTE: A more robust list will be included in the next edition of the magazine when class notes are submitted by the class secretaries.

1956 Barbara L. Peake, September 21, 2019 Margie Crowley Wade, December 26, 2020



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2020: In January, the 16th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service drew over 400 participants to support the broader Baltimore community through 18 different service activities, both on campus and at sites throughout Baltimore. Those who attended the Welcome Breakfast were inspired by keynote speaker Letrice Gant from Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots peace movement seeking an end to murder in Baltimore City.

Left: It takes a village to make casseroles! Students love making sandwiches during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Above: Painting bowls for Empty Bowls Baltimore

2019–2020 In the spring of 2020, our signature event, Night Out With Friends, was postponed. Parents, caregivers and sponsors generously donated their tickets and sponsorships in response, still allowing us to raise $15,574 to support items from the School’s Wish List, such as LED lighting.

A banner year for the Friends School Parents Association!

Ever resilient, we celebrated our school spirit with a Night In With Friends virtual auction this fall attended by almost 200 from the Friends community. Hosted by parent and TV host Mario Armstrong and featuring the skills and talents of our students and faculty, we raised over $22,000 towards items that allow our students, faculty and staff to return to school safely.

During the 2019-20 school year, the Friends School Parents Association (FSPA) continued to focus on its mission of building community and enriching the lives of our children and families, including finding creative ways to support the school community during the pandemic in the spring.

This year, our dedicated Board members, Grade Chairs, and volunteers lent support to our traditional activities such as welcoming new families to Friends, chaperoning field trips, organizing class parties, and hosting learning sessions led by faculty and staff. When the pandemic didn’t allow us to be on campus, we pivoted quickly to help families stay connected, to support alternate end-of-year celebrations, and to provide the students, faculty and staff with spirit-building treats.

Above: Racing rubber ducks during Scarlet and Gray Day.

Above: Lemon sticks and friendships are a Scarlet and Gray Day tradition.



2019: Our first major event of the year was in October when we celebrated the Friends School community and our athletics during the annual Scarlet and Gray Day, which coincided with our Rivalry Day with Park School. This much-anticipated fall tradition brings families to campus to cheer on our athletic teams and enjoy carnival games, arts and crafts, and food concessions organized by the FSPA.

Thank you to our parents and caregivers whose time, talent and generous spirit helped create a sense of belonging for our families. Jennifer Smith, Chair Beulah Sabundayo, Vice Chair Above: Old friends and new meet at the Parents Association Welcome Coffee.



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2020-2021 Friends School Parents Association Works Remotely! During the 2020-21 school year, the Friends School Parents Association (FSPA) had the pleasure of working virtually alongside so many wonderful parents and caregivers as we reimagined almost every program and event, while also introducing two new initiatives.

The Community Giving Tree program was able to help fulfill a holiday wish for local Baltimore children again this year. This effort raised over $9,500 to fund 120 Care Package baskets and donated 252 books to Family Connections and Promised Heights, turning wishes into gifts. Books donated as part of the Community Giving Tree

Cupcakes for Employee’s May Friendly Friday

Writing notes of encouragement for Baltimore Hunger Project

Lower School students shared stories with residents of Broadmead

2020–2021 This year, we introduced two new initiatives with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programming: our DEI Speakers Series and Between Friends: DEI Conversations. Our inaugural DEI Speakers Series sponsored three speakers: Rosetta Lee, D. Watkins, and Paige Hernandez. This spring Between Friends hosted five monthly DEI conversation groups, giving parents and caregivers the opportunity to meet and discuss various DEI topics in small groups. In addition, we launched a fun new program called Recipes Among Friends. We did all of this while finding creative ways to support our traditional programs of welcoming new families to our community, building connections with parents and caregivers, supporting classroom activities and events, and showing our faculty and staff how much we appreciate all that they do for our students. This year made it clear that Friends School is made up of families who are resilient and who work to unite us as a community.

Thanks to all of our parents and caregivers for their many hours of volunteerism. We could not have accomplished all that we did without your generosity and support. Beulah Sabundayo, Chair


Jenn Taylor, Chair-Elect


Baking Snickerdoodles for Our Daily Bread

Rosetta Lee was one of the three presenters in our DEI Speakers Series

In January, over 450 participants gathered virtually in support of our 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Although our 15 different service activities looked different this year, we found ways to serve our greater community. D. Watkins, author, teacher and founder of the BMORE Writers Project, was our guest speaker at the virtual Welcome Breakfast and also hosted a book talk to discuss his most recent book “We Speak for Ourselves, How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress.”

Students packed meals from home this year during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL



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A Message from the New Board of Trustees Clerk JULY 2021 It has been a great honor to take on the role of Clerk of the Board of Trustees during my son Ned’s final and senior year at Friends School. I stepped into this role during a global health pandemic when our nation is facing a reawakening of our racial inequities and civil rights. I have felt grateful each day to have served this past year alongside a dedicated, purposeful group of fellow trustees and school leaders, who are navigating Friends through these times.

Above: Norman Forbush ’78, P’21 succeeds Meredith van den Beemt P’19, ’20, ’22, who served as Board Clerk from 2018 to 2020 and Trish Backer-Miceli ’83, P’18, who served from 2015 to 2017.

Connecting Friends, Advancing Careers


Friends School alumni can now network and engage with more than 800 fellow grads through the Friends School of Baltimore Career Insights Platform on LinkedIn. Use this platform to find alumni within your areas of professional interest and connect with them. To be a part of the network, simply add Friends School of Baltimore to the Education Section of your LinkedIn profile. To utilize the network: • Visit the Friends School of Baltimore LinkedIn page • Click on “Alumni” • Filter fellow alumni by geographic location, company, industry, area of study, and more


Follow us @friendsbaltalumni to find upcoming alumni events, campus happenings, and interesting stories about fellow classmates. We hope alumni will take advantage of these exciting opportunities to connect and discover all the possibilities a true alumni network can unfold.

With the start of a new school year unlike any I’ve experienced in my relationship with Friends (as a student, as an alumnus and as a parent), the Board has proved to be a source of great support and strength. We have worked together to support the re-opening of school for hybrid, in-person and online learning, continued our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work as a board and in support of the School’s efforts, and maintained a focus on stewarding the financial health of Friends, which requires balancing a complex budget and seeking philanthropic support to help us achieve our goals. Midyear, long-serving Head of School Matt Micciche and the Board announced Matt’s departure fromFriends after 16 years at the helm. The task of filling his shoes seemed daunting. Our entire community has benefited from the caliber of his leadership, intellect, integrity, and warm spirit. (Read all about Matt’s tenure on pages 3-7.) How would we ever replace him?

In honor of Matt Micciche’s leadership and the many transformative endeavors, the Board of Trustees pledged over $700,000 for scholarship support this year in his name! My fellow Trustees quickly volunteered and leapt into action to identify an interim head to join our community by July 1, 2021, and to initiate and guide our search for the next permanent head for school year 2022-2023. (Visit our school website to learn more about our extraordinary Interim Head of School Dennis Bisgaard and to read about our progress in the permanent search: Like our faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees members have given of their time, talents and treasure over and over with generosity and grace this year. We owe each and every one of them a deep and abiding debt of gratitude for all that they’ve done and continue to do for Friends. And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my predecessor Meredith van den Beemt P ’19, ’20, ’22 for her leadership as clerk for the prior three years. She carried forward a legacy of strong Quaker leadership for our school, and has dedicated countless hours to the role in service to the students, faculty, staff and families, who make up our remarkable community. I’ve greatly valued her mentorship this year. Now, we have closed the school year and are looking forward to a summer break. On June 15, the School, the Board and the Alumni Association welcomed the Class of 2021 into the ranks of alumni, joining over 6,000 graduates since 1784. The important ritual of graduation drives home for me the reason that we — parents/ caregivers, faculty/staff, alumni, friends, and trustees — continue to dedicate ourselves to this school. Graduation is the culmination of years of growth, relationship-building and stewardship by and for our community. It takes all of us to see our students through to this moment. As you read this, I hope you will remember that you, too, are a part of the Friends School legacy. Thank you for helping it continue to thrive. All my best, Norman Forbush ’78, P’21



one-dollar gift or a $10,000 gift, your participation supports the education of every student. There is Lloyd Burdette, Chair Jenn Taylor, and Vice-Chair Anne Mickle

simply no better time to invest in Friends School.

The Fund for Friends When Jenn Taylor P’23 and Anne Mickle P’25 agreed to be the chair and vice-chair of The Fund for Friends, they never expected to be leading our efforts to raise $1.4 million in the middle of a global pandemic. In spite of this “new reality”, the campaign got underway just as students began to return to campus – socially distanced and masked, of course! Jenn and Anne were joined by an impressive committee of parent and alumni volunteers who educated our community about the importance of raising these much-needed funds. The Fund for Friends is the School’s Number One fundraising priority. “Creating Opportunities is the theme for this year’s campaign, and this theme echoes throughout our school. For example, Friends extended emergency student financial assistance so that families who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic would have the opportunity to remain part of the community. Every teacher also completed a rigorous training program over the summer, called STRIDE, which provided the support and tools needed to help them redesign the curriculum, affording the opportunity to pivot easily from on-campus to virtual learning. In addition, a tremendous amount of time and resources were spent to update our facilities and technology to create the opportunity for students and staff to safely return to campus, while those who remained at home, could continue to participate in their coursework remotely. When you make your gift this year, remember that you can always earmark your donation in honor of an aspect of Friends that is particularly important to you, such as arts, academics, athletics, building and grounds, financial assistance, faculty compensation, COVID-19 relief, and diversity, equity and inclusion programming. Whether you make a one dollar gift or a $10,000 gift, know that your participation in this yearly effort supports the important work of our teachers and the education of every student. There is simply no better time to invest in Friends School.

Here are some highlights from the previous two campaigns that we hope will continue to inspire generosity and participation for The Fund for Friends 2021-2022. Highlights from 2019-2020 • Over 1,480 donors helped Friends School reaching and

surpassing our goal of $1.3 million. • Over 255 donors made leadership gifts of $1,000 or more and raised 85% of the total raised for The Fund for Friends. • A calendar year-end challenge to raise $19,000 and bid farewell to 2019 was answered by 173 donors and raised $73,000. • On May 5th, #GivingTuesdayNow launched a Global Day of Giving as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Thanks to a generous alumni donor, Friends was able to participate in this event by launching a $25,000 giving challenge. Over $30,000 was raised, $28,000 of which was designated to a COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist with financial assistance.

Highlights from 2020-2021 • A $50,000 calendar year-end challenge raised over

$300,000 from 435 donors. • Over 225 donors made leadership gifts of $1,000 or more and raised more than 90% of the total raised for The Fund for Friends. • Reunion classes raised over $200,000 for Friends School. • Our goal to raise $1.4 million was surpassed in early June thanks to the generosity of the Friends School community.



Financial Assistance: An Ever-Growing Need As the need for financial assistance has grown steadily, so too has Friends’ commitment to increasing opportunities for students, regardless of their means. Accessible and affordable education is more than a priority for the School. It is an imperative that reflects the School’s—and our community’s—core values. This ongoing commitment does not come without a cost. Over the last ten years, the School’s financial assistance budget has gone from just over $3 million in FY11 to $8 million in FY21, an increase of 166%. The COVID-19 pandemic, which also has an economic impact, has amplified the need. This year, over 60% of families received tuition assistance, which puts unwanted stress on our students and further strains the operating budget of the School. We are fortunate that time and again, our community steps in to help. Emily Fleming ’08, an alumna who teaches in a Baltimore City public charter school, saw the need her students had to access better quality high school options. Hoping to remove the tuition barrier, her father, Bruce Fleming, made a four-year commitment to The Fund For Friends to establish the Fleming Family Scholarship, which will cover half of one student’s tuition during their time in the Upper School. A parent of an alumna, who gives anonymously, has made significant gifts to help grow an endowed fund that supports financial assistance. She

remarked that she wanted students today to have the same opportunities that her child had while attending the School, something that would not have been possible without the help of a scholarship. Dr. Michael Camp H’18 and Shelly Camp H’18, parents of Nina Camponeschi ’89 and Ben Camp ’00, have for many years supported several endowed scholarship funds, which provide four full scholarships to students of color. They decided to double their impact, this time through their annual giving. Motivated by the need to redress the imbalance in educational equity experienced by communities of color, the family established a new scholarship fund that will follow a student of color from Middle School through graduation and have set their sights on one day fully supporting ten students. Annual gifts to The Fund For Friends and the establishment of endowed scholarships help ease the burden of tuition, allowing the School and families to focus efforts where they belong— providing students with the opportunity and resources to grow and learn. This philanthropic investment aligns firmly with our shared belief that we need young people, firmly grounded in a Quaker-based education, to make the change the world needs. If you too are interested in investing in our students, please contact the FSB Development Office at 410-649-3268 or contact Ashley Principe, director of development, at

An Artist’s Grand Gesture The impact of women at Friends School, as told through the lens of philanthropy, is significant. Women throughout the world frequently drive charitable decision making, but they often do it quietly or anonymously. Fay Karfgin Stephens ’59 gave in a quiet manner until the very end. An artist by profession, she was known for her small, quirky sculptures, which reflect her witty sense of humor. A few of her pieces can be found in the homes of other Friends School alumni, such as classmate Martha Kegan Graham ’59, who has fond memories of them working on abstract expressionist pieces in the art studio when they were in Upper School. Fay taught at Friends for a brief time and stayed engaged with the School by serving as class secretary and volunteering for fundraising phonathons. Her consistent and modest annual gifts did not hint at the extraordinary bequest she would one day make. Listed as a primary beneficiary in her estate, the School recently received $100,000 to establish an annual art lecture. The distribution (earnings) from the endowment will go towards bringing professional artists to campus who will share their insights and experiences with students. With diverse course offerings and a talented faculty, the visual arts program at Friends is a standout that will grow stronger with the addition of the annual Fay Karfgin ’59 Art Lecture. Join Fay Karfgin Stephens ’59 and others like her who make a difference by including Friends School in your estate planning. For more information, contact Jocelyn Kehl, Director of Major and Planned Giving, at 410-649-3316 or



Two Years of Successful Senior Family Gifts

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For over 30 years, this philanthropic tradition at Friends supports and enhances the lives of all Friends students. Congratulations to the Classes of 2020 and 2021 and to all their families and friends.

2019-2020 SENIOR FAMILY GIFT The 2019-20 Committee raised a total of $169,940 with 85 % participation, which includes giving from parents, grandparents, students, and friends. This amazing success was in support of two projects selected by the class: • Establishment of the Class of 2020 Student Life Fund

2020 SENIOR FAMILY GIFT COMMITTEE PARENTS: Ed and Michele McFarland (Co-Clerks), Amy Mortimer ’87 and Chip Mortimer (Co-Clerks), Adam and Suzanne Beckett, Meda Groff and Jimmy Corkum, Brett and Elanna Dancer, Lou and Sarah Helmacy, Tom Hoen and Allison Barlow, Allison Jensen ’88 and Alexander Christoff, Thora Johnson ’88 and Roman Sherbakov, John Kevin and Mary Jane Namian, Eric and Pam Loeb, Ellie Goldbloom Sklar ’87 and Ryan Sklar, and Peter Wilson

This unrestricted fund honors current students, supporting them with sustained enrichment through engagement with over 20 community service partners, 34 interscholastic sports, more than ten mainstage theater and concert productions a year, over 55 studentrun clubs, and countless other vital opportunities for self-expression, teamwork, growth, and leadership outside the classroom.

• Contribution to the COVID-19 Inspiration Challenge

In the spring, when many families needed additional financial assistance, gifts made towards this challenge allowed Friends students to remain in the community with their teachers and classmates, despite financial hardship.

STUDENTS: Camryn Carroll, Jack Corkum, Zaria Dancer, Arielle Ennis, Rachel Freeman, Ashauna Lee, Alex Madsen, Jaya Mandala, Charlotte Maguire, Nick Millspaugh, Mary Charlotte Mortimer, Sydney Musgrove, Zachary Raynes, and Eli Sherbakov

2020-2021 SENIOR FAMILY GIFT The Senior Family Gift Effort entered its fourth decade of being a philanthropic tradition at Friends with another amazing year. With a goal of $175,000, the 2020-21 Committee surpassed this goal and raised a total of $219,706.75 from over three quarters of families, which includes gifts from parents, grandparents, and friends. This successful effort was in support of the opportunity selected by the class: • Financial Assistance

Financial assistance helps Friends create and sustain a community that includes students whose backgrounds and experiences vary widely. Every year the School provides significant financial assistance to families, and during the pandemic this year, financial assistance was needed more than ever. This support allowed Friends students to remain in community with their teachers and classmates, whether they were on campus or learning from home.

2021 SENIOR FAMILY GIFT COMMITTEE PARENTS: Lloyd and Tim Burdette (Clerks), Heidi Arndt ’87, Tripp and Tammy Burgunder, Scott and Katherine Crosby, Norman Forbush ’78 and Kathy Forbush, Julie Higgins, Craig Whiteford ’87 and Sarah Whiteford, and Pam Xenakis STUDENTS: Bryce Carlin, Olivia Giggey, Nicola Higgins, Sofia Kessenich, Luke Rollfinke, Jamal Schlitz, Ben Tasker, Charlie Wayner, Amina West



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Legendary Lives Remembering Frank Friends School is mourning the loss of Frank Bond, Jr. ’69, who died on March 12, 2020, at home in Baltimore. A dedicated volunteer and devoted classmate, Frank’s larger than life personality and affable manner endeared him to the wider School community. “Frank Bond ’69 was among our most consistently engaged and involved alumni,” Head of School Matt Micciche wrote in a message to Friends employees. “Whenever Friends School needed Frank—to moderate a discussion, lead a gathering, or speak at Graduation—the answer was always ‘yes.’ It’s truly difficult to imagine any Friends event without Frank in attendance.” The father of three, including two Friends graduates, Lauren Garrett-Bond ’98 and Daniel Faulkner-Bond ’05 (another daughter, Molly, is not an alumna), and the oldest of three Bond siblings to attend the School—his sister, Saundra J. Bond ’72, and brother, Jay S. Bond ’78, and niece Alexis Bond ’08 are alumni—Frank was among the School’s first African American graduates. “Friends was a place that brought Dad and I closer together and the community has continued to be a source of joy and pride for him throughout his life,” his daughter, Lauren, shared. Classmate Helen Blumberg ‘69 recalls, “Frank was tall and broad, even in high school. His voice was rich and resonant, his laugh full and booming. Most important, he had a huge heart. He continually expanded his circle of friends because he was genuinely interested in others and was a great listener.” Frank remained closely connected to his classmates over the decades, gathering and sharing updates through his class notes submissions to the School magazine. For Alumni Weekend 2019, he served as one of the National Reunion Co-Chairs, an experience he later described as “the time of my life,” noting “I saw alumni from 1974 and 1979 that I had coached!” In 2009, he received the Friends School Distinguished Alumnus Award for his extraordinary work, first as an on-air reporter and anchor with WBAL-TV in Baltimore, and WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and later as a First Amendment advocate, storyteller, and producer at the nonprofit Freedom Forum and the Newseum. That same year, the Alumni Association inducted him into the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions to the football, basketball, and lacrosse programs. (He would go on to play football and lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University until injuries curtailed his career.) Recalling how he and Bond would occasionally meet at the Mt. Washington Tavern in north Baltimore, Terry Halle ’69 said, “There was no such thing as a short conversation with Frank. Everyone knew him and would want to come up and shake hands. The guy had huge hands and sometimes he’d grasp yours with both. You felt embraced.” A celebration of Frank’s life is being tentatively planned for the future, around his birthday. The family has created a website and encourages friends and visitors to visit and subscribe for updates about the event. They can also email the family directly at Those who wish to help carry forward Frank’s legacy may make a gift in memory of Frank online (https://alumni.friendsbalt. org/giving) or by mailing checks to Friends School c/o Development Office (include “Frank Bond” in the memo section). Unless otherwise indicated, gifts will be directed toward student scholarship, per the wishes of Frank’s family.



A Light for Justice Extinguished On September 7, 2020 the world lost a shining light when Friends School of Baltimore alumna Sarah Goldsborough Pitts ’03 was struck by a bus and killed as she was riding home on her bike in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Beloved daughter of Toby Pitts and Lisa Mitchell Pitts ’70, Sarah and her family have deep and lasting ties to the School: Sarah’s grandmother, Betty Mitchell, was a much-loved Lower School teacher. Sarah’s mother Lisa is an alum and former Trustee, and serves currently as the Director of Parent Relations and Giving. Sarah was a Friends School “Lifer,” attending from Pre-Primary through 12th grade. Both her brothers John ’98 and Jamie ’01 also attended. After graduating from FSB, Sarah earned her BS in Biochemistry from Trinity College – Hartford in 2007, where she won the Larry Silver Award for her outstanding contributions as a student to the Trinity athletic community. Sarah earned her Doctor of Law ( JD) degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2012. At the time of her death, Sarah worked as Senior Assistant District Attorney at Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York, where she worked in appeals and helped identify long-term prisoners who deserved a second chance. In 2020, Sarah also spent much of her spare time as a volunteer and organizer with Riders4Rights, a group of bikers who support Black Lives Matter and Occupy City Hall marches. Sarah’s family has credited Friends School of Baltimore with helping to shape her extraordinary character and igniting her passion for social justice. Classmate Will Sale ‘03 remembers with respect her high school commitment to help mentor kids in Sandtown, an area of Baltimore that he had not previously known about. He recalled that she was, “selfless, driven to do the right thing, kind, and endearingly irreverent.” Riders4Rights held a march and vigil in her honor on 9/11, and a GoFundMe campaign in her name has raised almost $22,000 for voter registration efforts and to continue the social justice work she supported in New York, and over $33,000 was raised for the Parole Preparation Project. Sarah’s brother John Pitts ’98 remarked in her obituary that “Sarah had more purpose and joy in 2020 than anyone I know, and I think more than at any other point in her life…She would want all of us to continue the work and keep her spirit alive through it.” Sarah’s social justice education started at Friends School of Baltimore, and her family requests that donations be made in her name in support of the School’s ongoing Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, in lieu of flowers, and at the time of printing almost $60,000 has been given in her memory, which includes an extraordinary gift of $50,000 given by family-friend Roland Harvey, which will be used to support the faculty and staff at Friends who guide our students in social justice work, fostering their learning, and empowering them to make a difference in the world. We are deeply grateful for these generous gifts, knowing that they help to carry forward Sarah’s legacy by making an immediate impact on our community. If you’d like to make a gift in Sarah’s honor, visit:

Shiny’s Legacy In the words of Middleton Evans, son of Anne “Shiny” Black Evans ‘54, “Giving was simply part of my mom’s DNA.” A devoted alumna and former Friends Trustee, Shiny had a profound impact on the Friends School campus. For over 50 years, she shared her fundraising expertise, deepened relationships within the community and supported the School through her and husband Bob’s personal giving. To name just two of her contributions, Shiny led the campaign to build the Zamoiski Alumni Center and made a major gift to name the Forbush Auditorium Lobby after another beloved friend, long-time Friends School Director of Development, Gayle Latshaw H’12. In typical Shiny fashion, she did not allow her own passing to interfere with her generosity. She named Friends as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, the proceeds of which will grow the School’s financial assistance program through The Robert A. Nicolls Scholarship, named for the legendary coach and teacher. Shiny’s true legacy at Friends School is the joy and wisdom she brought to philanthropy at Friends School. FRIENDSBALT.ORG | FRIENDS SCHOOL


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EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE Friends School has been blessed with many veteran faculty and staff members who have dedicated their careers in service to the school. The following individuals have collectively devoted over 550 years of service in their roles as teachers, staff members, administrators, mentors, coaches, colleagues and care-givers. If we tried to sing all of the praises this group is due, we’d soon lose our voice! Please join us in honoring our friends below as they retire from Friends School. While they won’t be present on campus each day, they will always be present in our hearts. F RI E ND S S CHO OL 2020-21 RET IREES Cecile Audette, 23 years of service as Middle School Faculty

Bill Hilgartner, 37 years of service as Upper School Faculty

Liz Billig, 19 years of service in the Middle School Library

Michelle Hruz, 11 years of service in the Business Office

Heidi Blalock, 23 years of service in Marketing and Communications

Terry James, 36 years of service as Middle School Faculty

Tom Buck, 33 years of service as Upper School Faculty

Shannon Johnson, 25 years of service as Middle School Faculty

Cindy Burggraf, 26 years of service as Lower School Faculty

Deborah Land, 12 years of service as a Pre-Primary teacher

Frank Carberry, 38 years of service as the Director of Campus Maintenance and Grounds

Ronnie Lowery, 33 years of service in Campus Maintenance and Grounds

Susan Fetter, 33 years of service as Upper School Faculty Espi Frazier, 27 years of service as Middle School Faculty Evan Gifford, 46 years of service as Middle School Faculty Andrea Hicks, 18 years of service as Upper School Faculty



Boys and girls classes in 1919 during the American Influenza Pandemic.

Lisa MacGibeny, 18 years of service as Lower School Faculty Susan Pfaff, 30 years of service with the Quaker Closet Judy Sandler, 15 years of service as Lower School Faculty Ellen Weis, 33 years of service as Middle School Faculty