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GLORIOUS FUTURE DAYS Leading the Way Campaign delivers!
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CONNECTIONS EDITORS Asha Marsh Katherine Pushkar ’88
DESIGN Aldeia www.aldeia.design
ALUMNAE EDITORS Jen Malone Jocelyn Sherman-Avidan ’96 Megan Tyre ’88
PHOTOGRAPHY Tiffany Hagler-Geard Don Hamerman Andrew Henderson Katherine Pushkar ’88
ATHLETICS EDITOR Martha Brousseau
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Andra Winokur Newman ’95 Chair
Jennifer Hyde GAPA President
Maureen A. Allwood
Marianne Cholnoky Kay ’75
Michael Behringer Paul T. Cappuccio
Molly H. King Ex Officio
Sahara Lake ’11
Brian F. Carroll
Alexa Raether Maddock ’92
Hagar Hajjar Chemali ’99
Corinne James Menacho ’93 Alumnae Association President
Joe Osnoss Craig W. Packer Steven Rodgers Heather Johnson Sargent ’92 Lauren Berkley Saunders ’92 Michael S. Schaftel Alexandra Steel Scott ’00 Carter Brooks Simonds Anne Day Thorp ’02 Kheri Holland Tillman
Jamie Roach Murray
Stephen Murray Ex Officio
Tim van Biesen
Eric Zhenhong Guo
Barnett D. Osman
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12 Class of 2021
A celebration of sisterhood, community, and new beginnings
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20 Leading the Way Campaign
At the finish line, campaign exceeds goals and expectations
29 Bearing Witness
Upper School students dig into the history of slavery in Greenwich
02 Outlook Letter from the Head of School 34 In Person GA’s Health & Wellness team— expert, experienced, and at-the-ready
38 Field Notes Athletics roundup 42 Class Notes The latest news from our GA family
Connections Magazine is published twice a year by the Communications Office. In compiling this magazine, every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate and complete. Please advise the Communications Office at 203.625.8926 if there are any errors or omissions.
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Rooted in Tradition with an Eye to the Future BY MOLLY KING, HEAD OF SCHOOL
IN DECEMBER 2007, I gained a whole new perspective on Greenwich Academy. Two parents who specialized in corporate branding, Fran Gormley P’09 and Chuck Brymer P’15, generously offered their expertise as they observed GA’s use of a variety of logos, gators, and fonts, and wanted to help us develop a more consistent look aligned with our community voice and values. As one example, the tree in our former GA seal had extensive roots, but was not grounded in any way—in their view, not exactly the firm educational foundation we wanted to project! Sitting at an enormous conference table in New York City to review their findings, I was amazed to hear the branding experts present the school that I love in a whole new light. They unveiled the new school logo, indicating that the tree, like Greenwich Academy itself, was rooted in tradition while being simultaneously focused on the future. The “ground” beneath it begins with the larger roots anchoring the tree to the left and then narrowing to the right, projecting the forward momentum that truly is GA. Jump ahead to 2017 when we hired Sasaki Associates to lead us in the development of our campus master plan. As they directed us to complete an online survey of how we travel across the GA campus, they discovered that the logical intersection and meeting place for all of us was at one of the most inaccessible, steeply graded locations in the middle of campus. This presented us with a transformational opportunity to promote and celebrate the deep connections of the GA community; capturing this pivotal concept became key to all the planning and construction to follow. It seemed fitting that our updated school seal, which brings together our motto, Toward the Building of Character, and our firmly rooted and forward-looking GA tree, should occupy the space that is central to our school. So here we are! After undertaking the most complicated engineering feat of the entire construction campaign, Greenwich Academy’s iconic seal is located 2
in the new Middle and Upper School courtyard, at the pedestrian hub of the campus, a place to see and be seen by all. It is a daily reminder of GA’s values— that every GA girl is known and loved and belongs to something special. In this, Greenwich Academy’s 195th school year, we are celebrating the opening of so many new outdoor and indoor spaces. I encourage you to relish in the photos in this issue of Connections and also visit GA’s website and social media for more pictures and videos. From the new Visual Arts Center and Dance Studio to the LS/MS Courtyard to the Teaching Kitchen and Dining Commons to the Middle School Collaborative Learning Center and new Lower School, it is clear that the teaching, learning, and fostering of deep and abiding relationships that take place in these spaces epitomize our mission in action. Erin Riley, the Jane and Alexander Jackson Family Director of the Engineering and Design Lab, is a gifted educator and spatial thinker who represented the faculty on the advisory team with Sasaki Associates. She summed up our campus transformation perfectly: “What GA has done is to take the natural assets of the changing land grade and make them not only beautiful, but an effective design for all that we want for the GA experience.” Thank you, Greenwich Academy community, for all who supported the Leading the Way Campaign, which generated and executed a vision for today’s and tomorrow’s Greenwich Academy. What was true of GA in 1827 and in 2007 is true today—we are rooted in traditions while preparing our students to be the leaders of the future. At 195 years old, GA has never looked better or been more ready to deliver on her mission. Onward! ■ GREENWICH ACADEMY CONNECTIONS
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Join the Club Middle School Clubs Program helps students create connections and discover new interests. You pick up your Middle School daughter from school and ask about her day. “Can we talk later?” she sighs. “I’m tired.” A standard MS response. Then she goes on to say, “I just carried a 200-pound man up a mountain.” You do a double take before remembering she had her Dungeons & Dragons Club meeting after school. D&D was one of 17 MS clubs offered during the 2020–21 school year. The MS Clubs Program has long been described as a hidden gem of the Middle School. And in the 2020–21 school year, it might have been described as a lifeline. When many outside school programs were cancelled or scaled back and social gatherings were
difficult to manage, the Clubs Program offered connection and recreation, opportunities to learn and explore, and a sense of normalcy. Clubs offered last year included the Gardening Club, Math Team, Book Club, Community Service Club, Debate Club, Girls Who Hack, and three different affinity groups. Health and safety were, of course, prioritized. Most clubs met outdoors or under one of the tents that had been put up across campus. “Getting to do something you enjoy or learn something new with kids who maybe you weren’t able to see most of the day is always a positive,” says Middle School Head Becky Walker. “Last year, even more so. I heard from club
leaders, from kids, and from parents about how grateful they were to have these clubs available to the girls even during the pandemic.” When Walker joined GA as MS Head 16 years ago, she remembers being impressed by the faculty, not only because they are dedicated and talented educators but also for their many extracurricular interests and accomplishments. “I knew it would be amazing if the girls could connect with these teachers around a shared interest in an informal setting,” she says. Since then, Walker has worked with faculty to build out a robust Clubs Program intentionally designed to help broaden a student’s interests and create new connections between students and with teachers. Walker notes that while she likes the clubs to combine grade levels, “We don’t open everything up to everybody. Given the vast developmental difference between our younger students and older students, we often will have VII and VIII together, or VI, VII, and VIII, or V and VI only.” Another key to the program’s success is that there isn’t any additional cost to joining a club. Keeping the program free allows students to try out as many different clubs as their interests and schedules permit, and it’s not unusual for girls to sign up for three, four, or even five clubs. Flexibility is another cornerstone of the program. “We don’t want the girls to feel pressured to show up to every meeting of every club they sign up for,” says Walker. “If they have a seasonal sports commitment, for example, they can miss a few meetings without feeling they’re letting anyone down.” The only exception comes with the Robotics and Math clubs that often qualify for competitions requiring travel. The program also offers clubs that take place
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during the school day and after school. For kids with after-school commitments, they can still take advantage of many clubs that meet during the school day. As for the clubs themselves, there are those like MS Dance Corps, Robotics, Math, and Debate Club that have been around for more than 10 years, and there are those that come and go based on student interest. Walker recalls, “Not long ago, we had a few students doing a lot of short story and novel writing, and they wanted to work on their novels while getting feedback from a teacher. The girls approached a teacher about leading the club, and until those girls went to Upper School, the club was active and productive.” That brings us back to Dungeons & Dragons. No doubt, many GA parents remember D&D from their own childhood. Well, D&D is experiencing a bit of a renaissance and the GA girls are all in! Last fall, Group VII history teacher and D&D buff Brigid Snow saw an opportunity to introduce the creative role-playing game to students in Groups VII and VIII. Not only would it allow the girls to use their imaginations and socialize, but if at any point during the year, school was forced to revert to remote learning, this was a club that could continue to meet and engage in a meaningful way over Zoom. Thankfully, the Zoom option wasn’t necessary, and Snow ended up running the club two days a week to accommodate overwhelming student interest. “The girls were eager for connection, to be productive, to do more outside the home or classroom,” says Walker. “The Clubs Program has always played that role for the MS girls, but this year it was more needed than ever.”
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Senior Career Day Finds a New Venue...Online Along with the many traditions surrounding senior year, Senior Career Day boosts Group XII students’ professional interests and gives our promising young women a glimpse of the career world that awaits them. Traditionally held on-site at various corporations, this year’s remote program was another testament to the flexibility of our students and hosts. Virtual or live, Senior Career Day always serves to launch our students’ interest in the workforce and is another meaningful facet to the services offered by GA’s Career Resource Center. Haylee Ressa ’21 notes: “As a soon-to-be graduate, I have been asked a lot lately about what I plan to do once I take my final steps as a GA student. And while I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about a career in medicine, hearing Dr. Jennifer Haythe ’91 speak about her career has made me even more excited about the field. On our virtual Career Day, Dr. Haythe described her path to becoming a physician specializing in cardiovascular diseases and answered our questions on being a woman in the medical field. She told us about the unending opportunities and flexibility that come with a medical degree. And, most importantly, she described how she has found contentment in a career centered on humanity as opposed to monetary gain. Her eloquent words stood out to me and have made me eager to make my own way in the field of medicine.”
A big GA thanks to this year’s incredible lineup of professional partners: BRP Companies Lauren Amicucci ’06 Columbia University Irving Medical Center Dr. Jennifer Haythe ’91 Integral Ad Science Lisa Utzschneider P’27, ’34 Jefferies Michael Dodds P’26, ’33 Kirkland & Ellis Lauren Casazza P’24, ’27 Meredith Corporation Tom Harty P’16, ’21 PepsiCo Mary McEvoy P’21 Twitter Amanda Hascoe ’09
If you would like to serve as a Senior Career Day host in the future or can lend a hand mentoring our students and young alumnae as they explore the world of work, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A PARTY LIKE NO OT HER Delicious food and drink, the company of good friends, and school spirit are the hallmarks of GA’s biennial benefit—and this year’s benefit was no exception. Chairs Jocelyn Dimsey and Rachel Robison managed to throw a party that lasted through the month of May (!) and invited every student from PC to Group XII, their parents, and faculty and staff to join in. The theme G-YAY! was chosen as an expression of gratitude: to GA’s faculty and staff for keeping the GA girls safely learning on campus for the entire school year; to parents for their unwavering support of their daughters and the school as we moved through uncharted territory; and to the GA girls for showing up to school each day eager to learn and willing to adapt to new rhythms and routines. So how do you throw a party that’s inclusive of all members of the GA community with twin goals of “fun and fundraising,” while also adhering to social distancing guidelines? The G-YAY! committee figured it out and made it look easy. They started with a small army of volunteers who assembled and delivered “cheers boxes” directly to the homes of every GA family. These boxes included sweet and savory popcorn and the flavorings for a custom Gator mocktail/cocktail. They also included an intro to the benefit’s five fundraising challenges, with each challenge level achieved unlocking a prize to be enjoyed by each and every GA girl. In response to a PR blitz that included videos, social media, a robust web presence, flyers, and car magnets, the GA community rallied! Less than a week after the cheers boxes had been delivered, all five prizes had been unlocked. Over the next few weeks, students enjoyed: Surf’s Up (beach day civvies and a visit from the Kona Ice Truck); The Sweet Life (a waffle bar with scrumptious toppings); Your Smiling Faces (a mosaic poster featuring all 821 GA girls); Dance Fever (mini trampoline dance parties); and Cinema Magic (Lower and Middle School movie nights on the turf and “Breakfast Club” treats for the Upper School). G-YAY! became a community celebration that lifted spirits and created a sense of unity. Fun and fundraising? Mission accomplished!
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G A IN S CONFERE N C E 2020
STEM Inspiration, Know-How, and Mentorship On November 19, Greenwich Academy hosted the sixth annual GAINS Conference in combination with the annual Upper School Symposium. Last year’s virtual conference was held entirely over Zoom and attended by all Upper School students as well as students from 18 schools across the country. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lisa Sanders, a clinician educator in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. She also writes the popular New York Times Magazine column Diagnosis, which was recently turned into a documentary series on Netflix. Dr. Sanders began by describing her unique career path to medicine, having actually started her career in journalism. During her 10 years in this field, she covered a variety of topics including breaking news, consumer reporting, and medicine, which she found both interesting and compelling. From here, she took a professional risk by applying to medical school to pursue a field which she was truly passionate about. Despite the fact that there were few women at the time pursuing STEM and even fewer women with such a unique career path and background, Dr. Sanders highlighted the importance of following her true passions. She left us with a message that resonated with many: Perfect is the enemy of the good. As is reflected by her career path, she wanted us to understand that striving for perfection or feeling the need to take the most “typical” route is not always necessary for success; rather, it is more meaningful to follow your own desires and aim to fulfill your own goals. After an incredibly inspiring keynote, conference attendees moved into technical talks. These talks covered topics such as neurobiological studies, discovery research in Regeneron and how to treat diseases, collaboration in science, and helpful advice on studying STEM in college. I attended a discussion about the inner life of a hospital, where Kathleen Silard, CEO of Stamford Health, discussed the technical and logistical
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aspects of how a hospital is run. This provided an insightful perspective on the vast amount of attention that is required behind the scenes to provide quality patient care, in addition to the more visible applications of medicine which we see as patients. Following these technical talks, all of the students involved in the conference were able to engage in a peer mixer and meet each other over Zoom. I met students from all over the country from a variety of schools, and even a couple of students who were attending from overseas because their boarding schools had been shut down due to Covid. Although we were unable to engage in person, meeting in breakout rooms over Zoom actually allowed us to move around more efficiently and connect with even more people. Our final two events of the conference were a career mixer and a final STEM tour. The career mixer involved 26 women in numerous fields of STEM, with a few examples being robotics, neuroscience, epidemiology, oncology, psychiatry, and software engineering. We were placed in breakout rooms with these women and got to hear brief but informative descriptions of their careers and the respective paths they took. Not only did these women represent a variety of fields, but they were also at very different stages of their careers. For example, I was able to hear about conducting lab work in graduate school surrounding evolutionary biology, but also hear about running a clinical practice as an oncologist to treat patients with cancer. This career mixer was a personal highlight for me, as I was able to ask questions and get advice from women in fields I am highly interested in pursuing, while also getting insight into fields of study which I might not have considered before. The conference concluded with an in-depth STEM tour where we learned about studies and research in topics such as Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative diseases, computer science, and skin regeneration. I attended a tour
presented by Dr. Nicole Ackermans who focuses her research on why bighorn sheep don’t get concussions and how this relates to their anatomy. We were taken on a virtual tour of the anatomy lab where Dr. Ackermans works, which even contained a room full of animal skeletons used for research. These STEM tours truly tied the whole day together as we were able to see the concrete research these women were conducting and their physical workspaces. The first virtual GAINS Conference and Symposium was a huge success. The keynote address and technical talk allowed the Upper School students to gain a greater understanding of the impact of healthcare and future of medicine, while the following events allowed students interested in STEM to further explore specific medical topics of personal interest. —Jeslyn Guo ’22
The 2020 GAINS Conference was made possible by the generous support of the E.E. Ford Foundation, Tim and Nancy Armstrong, and Jenifer and Brendan Garvey. The Conference was organized by Duff Center Director for STEM Initiatives Dr. Ann Decker and Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives Karin Shetty.
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What else is new? Programmatic innovation is part of the fabric of GA. Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of GA’s generous professional development program, division heads and department chairs are continuously evaluating and improving their curricula, and Head of School Molly King’s tenure at GA has been characterized by curricular innovation at all levels, including the establishment of programs, such as the Center for Public Purpose, that were the first of their kind in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Even in a year when faculty and administration were making countless adjustments to the classroom experience to accommodate Covid safety guidelines, they were also forging ahead with new curricula and opportunities for learning and growth, in some cases in response to those very Covid guidelines. What follows are just a few highlights of what GA does best:
LOWER SCHOOL GOOD MORNING, GA!
A signature element of the Group IV experience is its leadership curriculum. The girls take a yearlong leadership class taught by everyone including Lower School Head Jon Ross-Wiley, Middle School Head Becky Walker, and even Head of School Molly King. There’s also the Big Sister/Little Sister program, which pairs each girl with a Group I “little sister,” giving the older girls the opportunity to mentor and act as role models. And through the course of the school year, the girls rotate through committees for assemblies, community service, and civvies. Students on the Assemblies Committee exercise their public speaking muscles by making announcements at the weekly Lower School assemblies. During summer 2020, when it became clear that gathering the entire LS in Young Auditorium for weekly assemblies would not be possible, Lower School Assistant Teacher (AT) Kelsie Hermance approached Group IV Teacher and Director of the AT Program Stephanie Seidel about an opportunity for Group IV to hold onto the public speaking and leadership experience that comes from presenting in front of the entire LS.
The pivot? Going digital with a weekly broadcast of Good Morning, GA! Every Monday, a rotation of seven Group IV girls received a script, giving them time to practice their lines before filming in front of a green screen on Wednesday. Regular features included a welcome, an interesting fact, a joke of the day, a woman leader shout-out, and a mindfulness exercise. Mr. RossWiley then aired the show as part of his weekly assemblies, which were streamed from his office to the Promethean boards in every LS classroom. And as the year progressed and the girls became more confident with the process, they brainstormed ways to improve the broadcast and came up with clever additions including a weekly bloopers segment (a fan favorite) as well as guest ukulele performances. All told, the girls recorded 18 episodes of Good Morning, GA! Seidel noted that speaking at the assemblies has always been an important privilege, responsibility, and growth opportunity for the Group IV girls. Moving to a prerecorded broadcast not only allowed the girls to continue working on their public speaking skills, but being recorded and speaking in front of a camera provided the girls another hurdle to work through.
And when Group IV teachers Seidel and Donna Freel met with the Group III girls about the transition to fourth grade, one of the first questions they got was, “Will we get to film Good Morning, GA!?” You bet they will!
MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & DESIGN
With the growth of the Upper School computer science program and the planned expansion of the Engineering & Design Lab (opened fall 2021), Middle School Head Becky Walker saw an opportunity to build out a robust curricular strand in computer science, engineering, and design that spanned Groups V through VIII. The Group V and VI computer science curriculum has evolved over the years into a well-rounded program that covers the basics of coding, digital problem solving, and digital citizenship. Group VII and VIII students had more limited computer science exposure, and engineering and design projects were typically folded into science classes. Leading the effort to develop and teach a cohesive V–VIII curriculum were MS Computer Science teachers Kiki Carozza and Mariana Keels, with Keels moving from the Lower School to the Middle School to take on this challenge. Walker, Keels, and Carozza were all clear that the primary goal of this new program is to make the curriculum interesting and accessible to all students. “I didn’t want computer science, engineering, and design to become a super-intense, one-dimensional class that only appeals to a small portion of the Middle School girls. One of our big goals from the beginning was to really mix it up nicely so that the curriculum would appeal to many different types of girls,” said Walker. At a high level, the curriculum is designed to cover three main skill areas—computational thinking (logical reasoning, pattern recognition, algorithmic thinking), design thinking (ideation, prototyping, testing), and inter/ intrapersonal skills (growth mindset, collaboration, communication). With all the constraints and uncertainty associated with Covid, the first year of the program was more focused on the computer science portion of the curriculum
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Kiki Carozza, Paula Zanol, Alexandra Zummo, Lilia Heravi
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UPPER SCHOOL SOCIAL INNOVATORS PROGRAM
In the Upper School, GA has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and School Yard Ventures to help students channel their entrepreneurial interests in an outlet to improve their communities. Students accepted to the 12-week, college-level Social Innovators Program learn how to launch ventures of their own that create value and a positive impact on society while earning a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Penn. The program itself is rooted in the notion that “entrepreneurship is a mindset—a creative problem-solving framework that can be applied to any number of situations and opportunities—and it’s fundamental to students’ long-term success in school, work, and life. It allows them to see opportunities where others don’t, make risk-adjusted decisions, persevere through adversity, and communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public.” Students are assigned to cohorts of three to five students that may include participants from other independent schools, and each cohort is led by two facilitators from Penn. Over the course of three months, participants learn how social entrepreneurs create value, identify and test the viability of potential market opportunities, develop a business plan, and present their ideas to potential investors and others who might help advance their projects.
Rebecca Ramos, GA’s faculty leader for the Social Innovators Program, said, “Students often choose to focus their ventures in areas in which they’ve personally witnessed a need for change, whether through their own experience or that of family and friends.” To date, GA students have developed and vetted business plans for a diverse set of market needs, including: systems to help improve communication between the elderly, their doctors, and their loved ones; methods to reduce recovery time for injured student-athletes; mechanisms for teens interested in politics to get involved in local and national politics; a program similar to GA’s Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) for girls and young women interested in business; and helping middle and high school students decrease screen time. Combining the fundamentals of entrepreneurship with a mission to make the world a better place has a strong appeal for the GA girls. Ramos noted that not only did she have a large number of applications for the Social Innovators Program, but she’s had students tell her that the program has been one of the highlights of their high school experience. There’s no doubt that for some of these girls, this experience will be the spark that sets them on an entrepreneurial career path, but equally important is that all the girls will be able to use those creative problem-solving skills they’ve developed in both college and career.
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The Show Must Go On And at GA, it did. While Broadway and pretty much all performance went dark last year, our theater, music, and dance faculty pulled off some impressive improv to give girls in every division the chance to act, dance, and sing. In the Upper School, Brian Borowka and Erica McCants decided to take it outside. “It seemed like the best option,” Borowka recalled. Picking a Covid-friendly musical was the easy part—Songs for a New World is heavy on solos and duets, and well suited to socially distant staging. Everything else? It was “a herculean undertaking for everyone involved,” Borowka said. All of it worth it, of course. So was his second act. For the winter production, performed in Massey with actors and audience all masked, Borowka again picked a pandemic-appropriate work, the “storytelling” play Elephant’s Graveyard. And in order to give as many students as possible a chance to perform, each performance featured a totally separate cast. “Overall, I would say the students were amazingly resilient,” he said. “They really just wanted some kind of show to happen—they wanted the camaraderie of going through the rehearsal and production process with one another.” Definitely worth it: “I was really grateful that we were able to give them that.” Wearing her other hat as Madrigals director, McCants found another solution: “Technology became our best friend.” The group was GA’s own MTV, releasing videos and recordings for different occasions and streaming assemblies throughout the year. As fun as the virtual gigs were, she’s not alone in calling the Madrigal Farewell Assembly—held on the sun-filled turf in front of the whole Upper School—the highlight of the year. “It was the first time our singers had an opportunity to sing in front of a live audience since March of 2020. It was a wonderful way for our seniors to finish their time at GA,” she recalled. Dance teacher Genevieve Mifflin ’10 started thinking video as soon as the books closed on the 2019–20 school year. Fortunately, her dance on film experience goes back to her dance studies at GA, and she was even able to call on classmate Annie Munger ’09, now a documentary filmmaker, for help. Mifflin kicked off the fall with a
filmmaking primer from Munger, then helped the girls choreograph, film, and edit a digital Winterfest. She and the girls had a silver-lining approach. “There are so many layers you can communicate with film in ways that you can’t on stage,” she explained. “It is a very specific thing that we were able to do because of the pandemic,” she said. “I hope it’s something that the dancers who performed and the students who created the pieces will have forever.” Likewise, the Middle School was able to find the fun and fulfillment in a Massey-less year. KC Morse ’11 called Group V drama “a special adventure.” Without the focus of a performance, it turned into more of a collaborative class. “We were able to focus a lot more on monologues, speeches, and stage presence, which gave the girls a significant amount of time to feel comfortable speaking in front of their peers,” she said. “While not being able to put on a performance felt like a loss at the beginning of the year, it became a huge win in the time we got to spend focusing on skills and to get the girls excited to participate in the Group VI play.” And even though last year’s Group VI girls rehearsed and performed their entire production over Zoom, drama teacher Kylie Mullins said they didn’t miss a beat, bringing typical GA dedication and enthusiasm to the endeavor. “When the time came for the performance to be streamed to their peers, I saw the same excitement and nerves that you normally see in a cast before they go on stage. During the streaming of the show, I still heard cheers and laughter throughout the hallway. After the show was streamed, I still saw the actors’ classmates congratulating them and friends running up to them saying, ‘You were so good!’” Not to be outdone, Lower School music teachers Dianne Ellis and Heidi Haskins kept the music going with reinvention and the occasional leaf-blower accompaniment. “There was nothing like trying to adjust to teaching outside, with a mask on, with 4- and 5-yearolds—while competing with a huge wood chipper truck across the street,” Haskins recalled. Lower Schoolers on the main campus created their own buzz with new, Covid-safe instruments including Boomwhackers, pool noodle drums, and body percussion. The
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highlight: Group IV’s ukulele program (using green and gold ukuleles, of course!). Ellis was able to produce three separate uke concerts on the gathering stairs, as well as a last-LS-assemblyof-the-year outdoor finale. Her totally biased and yet 100% accurate review: “The crowd went wild!” —Katherine Pushkar ’88
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Edvardine Joseph, Ashleé Simpson
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that make up the Commencement ceremony feel as deeply rooted as the oak trees on the front lawn. Almost always, the third Thursday of May brings yellow roses, excited flower girls, and proud parents. And of course, it brings the white tent we have watched so many girls before us walk through. Despite the practical improbabilities, I’m inclined to believe that it’s the same tent every time. One that’s endured the rainstorms and heat waves of past years before the crystal clear breezy day of graduation this year.
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More than these pieces, though, the sounds of the day make Greenwich Academy’s commencement special. There are the familiar flower songs, the cheers of our families, and most importantly Mrs. King’s voice as she announces the name of each graduate. After 13 years and many GA graduations, I’ve imagined before how my own name would sound on that day in May so far in the future. It’s a sound I have longed for at times and wanted to put off at others. It’s a sound that has motivated and captivated me. Filled with promise and excitement, my classmates and I have worked for the sounds of this day throughout our time as Greenwich Academy girls. We began our final tradition at Greenwich Academy in the place where many of us started. Though not the same Lower School halls we were used to, as a grade we walked past classes of girls in the same jumpers we wore, waving and cheering us on. As we made our way around the school, we were given bouquets and words of encouragement by a few of our favorite teachers. From here, despite our fears of falling, all 86 of us entered the tent without a single stumble. We took our seats, smiling with Mrs. King and Mr. Sullivan, and let the tone of reflection and anticipation wash over us. We laughed with Noor Rekhi as she gave the wise and soulful speech we knew she would. We cheered as Kathryn Gregory, beloved by our class to say the least, received the Katherine Hewitt Award for good companionship. And we took in the words of Morgan Flatley, Class of 1992 and Chief Marketing & Digital Experience Officer for McDonald’s USA. Her reflections on her own senior year illustrated that her experience at this school has everything in common with ours and gave a personal and imperative mood to her advice about our lives from this point on and the GA friends we should keep close. As I looked at the girls around me, I could feel her words and this day sink in. The ceremony ended with a flood of people— parents, faculty, siblings, friends from Brunswick— gathered in the Upper School circle. Everyone together, hugging and jumping freely for the first time in over a year and probably for the last time. I found myself in the middle of this sea of faces, and I knew all of them. An aerial photo of the moment would tell you precisely what it’s like to go to Greenwich Academy—to know each one of your peers and every member of the faculty and to have them truly know you, to be embedded in each other’s stories, to be a member of the Class of 2021.
—Haylee Ressa ’21
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1. Ella Fugelsang, Schuyler Sargent 2. Commencement Speaker Morgan Flatley ’92 3. Whitney Carmichael, Kaia Close 4. Valedictorian Claire Michalik 5. Haylee Ressa, Mackenzie Reynolds 6. Ava Aguiar, Kayla Rocha 7. Head of School Molly King, Katherine Hewitt Award Winner Kathryn Gregory, Upper School Head Tom Sullivan 8. Schuyler Hyde, Britt Harty, Maya Hurst, Shélah Johnson, Edvardine Joseph, Olivia Jonokuchi
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Maia van Biesen
C L ASS O F 2 02 1 WRiley Young
MAT RICULATIO N Keaton Abbott Rice University
Maya Hurst University of Pennsylvania
Noor Rekhi University of Chicago
Ava Aguiar University of California, Berkeley
Schuyler Hyde Stanford University
Haylee Ressa University of Virginia
Shélah Johnson Pennsylvania State University
Jalin Reyes George Washington University
Harper Jones University of Virginia
Mackenzie Reynolds University of Virginia
Elysée Barakett Brown University
Olivia Jonokuchi University of California, Santa Barbara
Kayla Rocha University of Southern California
Megan Belcastro Wake Forest University
Edvardine Joseph University of Chicago
Rachel Rogers Amherst College
Catherine Burns Colby College
Morgan Kärst Boston College
Samantha Cannon University of Virginia
Kayla Ketchabaw Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Edie Roth University of Colorado at Boulder
Skye Anker University of Miami Katie Asness Washington University in St. Louis
Taylor Caputo Babson College Whitney Carmichael Duke University Kaia Close Duke University Carina Daruwala Georgetown University Samantha Doniger Princeton University Katie Dzialga Harvard College Grace English Bucknell University Else Esmond University of Edinburgh Lara Fellows Wake Forest University Piper Fishkind Northwestern University Amira Francois Hofstra University Julia Freedman Yale University Sophie Freedman University of Pennsylvania Ella Fugelsang Colgate University Georgia Gallagher Bowdoin College Kaitlin Ganshaw Cornell University Manasi Garg University of Southern California Sofia Giannuzzi Harvard College Kathryn Gregory Washington University in St Louis
Layne Kiratsous Boston College
Schuyler Sargent Trinity College
Valeska Lasky University of Wisconsin
Caroline Schmitz Brown University
Paige Lipman University of Pennsylvania
Ada Shaffer Colgate University
Abby Lonnegren Hamilton College
Ashleé Simpson Trinity College
Layla Lukaj University of Chicago
Annabel Stickel Duke University
Annabelle MacTaggart University of Virginia
Charlie Tallis Bucknell University
Natalie Majd Georgetown University
Elena Tan University of California, Santa Barbara
Sofia Manuel Vanderbilt University Margaret Maruszewski Dartmouth College Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston University of Notre Dame Anya Menon Emory University Lucy Meyer Indiana University Claire Michalik Yale University Sterling Mock Bucknell University Georgia Mosley Georgetown University Lila Murray University of Southern California Alessia Packard Cornell University Naomi Pedersen Tufts University Caroline Pennington University of Virginia
Ellie Harris University of Pennsylvania
Chiara Polvara Georgetown University
Britt Harty University of Richmond
Clea Ramos Bucknell University
Ashley Hu Columbia University
Zoe Reals Colgate University
Gracie Salomon Boston College
Ashley Telesca Southern Methodist University Bella Trauber University of California, Los Angeles Maia van Biesen Georgetown University Caroline Walsh Villanova University Somer Wecker Wake Forest University Brecon Welch Harvard College Lindsay Westerfield Yale University Kate Wilson University of Texas at Austin
Awards Congratulations to all our award winners … UPPER SCHOOL AWA R DS ACAD EMIC ACH IEV EMENT Duke University Book Award Sachi Laumas Princeton University Book Award Sarah Li Smith College Book Award Melina Salame Group XII Cum Laude Inductees Elysée Barakett Samantha Doniger Julia Freedman Manasi Garg Schuyler Hyde Harper Jones Morgan Kärst Mackenzie Reynolds Maia van Biesen Group XI Cum Laude Inductees Kate Boer Mia Garvey Sachi Laumas Sydney Liu Caroline Saunders Helena Servin-DeMarrais Natalie Shell Angela Zhang
CH ARACT ER AWARDS Alexander A. Uhle Award Annabel Stickel Ethelwyn L. Finch Award Kathryn Gregory
Jean Holzworth ’32 and Elizabeth Holzworth ’33 Award Claire Michalik Katherine Hewitt Award Kathryn Gregory Katherine Zierleyn Award Harper Jones Kotsbar Award Eloise Osman Melissa Dee Holland Award Sofia Giannuzzi Patsy G. Howard Community Service Award Kathryn Gregory Shirley Weadock Tawse Award Elysée Barakett Whitmore Prize Brecon Welch
ENG LIS H Anna Phillips Bolling Award Ellie Harris Beattie Kosh Award Piper Fishkind Holly Lowell Richards Award Harper Jones Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston Ruth West Campbell Award Keaton Abbott Sofia Giannuzzi Senior Essay Award Claire Michalik Jean & David W. Wallace Award Haylee Ressa
GA Faculty Award Noor Rekhi GAPA Award Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston Clea Ramos Emma Wu
Anna Wright Villanova University Emma Wu Cornell University Riley Young Santa Monica College
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HI STORY Columbia Book Award Harper Jones Diane W. Darst Art History Award Amelia Jackson Wall Award Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston William Phillips Award Noor Rekhi
WORLD LANGUAGES Ambrose Nolan Patterson Award Keaton Abbott Classics Language Award Katie Asness French Award Schuyler Hyde Spanish Award Elysée Barakett Kathy Mintchev
Williamson Award Maya Hurst PERFORMI NG ARTS M ATHE M AT IC S
Meryl Green Award Katie Asness
GA Mathematics Award Kaia Close Sachi Laumas
Peloubet-Knopp Award Anakhu Heru
Leo J. Whelton Award Claire Michalik Natalie Shell
M ATHE M AT IC S /S C IE NCE Elizabeth Mims Couch ’34 Award Ashley Hu Engineering & Computer Science Award Clea Ramos
S C IE NC E Life Science Award Kaia Close Science Department Award Maia van Biesen
Christina W. Kelley Award Layla Lukaj Deborah Boldon O’Brien Award Annabel Stickel Lott Choral Award Edie Roth Valeska Lasky
VI SUAL ARTS Design Award Sterling Mock Drawing Award Olivia Jonokuchi New Media Award Kaitlin Ganshaw Visual Arts Award Elena Tan
Physical Science Award Kate Boer ATHLETI C AWARDS
Athletic Department Award Catherine Burns Harper Jones Lila Murray Rose Herbert Award Paige Lipman Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston Susan B. Smart Award Brecon Welch
MI DDL E S C H O OL AWA R DS ter Meulen Award for Highest GPA Rena Georgakopoulos-Ueta Gertrude Griffith White Award Isabella Packard
Blanket Award Skye Anker Megan Belcastro Catherine Burns Carina Daruwala Else Esmond Julia Freedman Sophie Freedman Georgia Gallagher Kaitlin Ganshaw Kathryn Gregory Paige Lipman Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston Margaret Maruszewski Lila Murray Alessia Packard Clea Ramos Rachel Rogers Schuyler Sargent Ada Shaffer Elena Tan Bella Trauber Brecon Welch
Martha S. Rhodes English Award Katherine Doniger
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Spanish Award Julia Kahn
Daedalus Award Sofia Giannuzzi Maya Hurst Noor Rekhi Daedalus Art Editor Award Else Esmond Clea Ramos Elena Tan
Heather Walder Award for History Elsa Burgess Nicholas Kulukundis Award for Math Rena Georgakopoulos-Ueta Corinne Kelley Science Award Abigail Hall Engineering & Computer Science Award Alessia Cutaia Zara Kurbanov Roberta McLeod Figuet Award for French Lavinia Cartellieri Marion Kingsley Award for Latin Karin Lund
Mandarin Award Mairin Anderson Performing Arts Award Gianna DeBono Visual Arts Award Ruby Montanez
Alan Gilchrist Award Ellie Johnson Mildred Boyd Schoeller Award Cameron Brower Ava Butz Class of 2021 Cum Laude Society members: Back row: Annabel Stickel, Mackenzie Reynolds, Haylee Ressa, Ashley Hu, Sofia Giannuzzi, Olivia Jonokuchi, Julia Freedman, Claire Michalik. Front row: Carina Daruwala, Keaton Abbott, Manasi Garg, Schuyler Hyde, Kaia Close, Maia van Biesen, Sammy Doniger, Elysée Barakett, Morgan Kärst, Harper Jones
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A NEW LOOK! Just three years ago, in September 2018, Greenwich Academy launched the Leading the Way Campaign, the most ambitious in our school’s history. Ambitious for its $75M goal. Ambitious for its vision to transform the campus in a way that elevates the day-to-day experience of every single GA girl. Ambitious for the breadth of its investment in our faculty and academic program. And ambitious for growing our endowment to ensure a bright future for generations of GA girls to come. FA L L 2 0 2 1
his September, at our in-person Annual Dinner, “Together Again,” Campaign Co-Chairs Andra Winokur Newman ’95 and Bart Osman, and Honorary Chair Richard Chilton, announced that we had successfully achieved these goals, surpassing our fundraising goal with an astounding $80.5 million in gifts. The most tangible outcome of the campaign is the new construction that began at our Ridgeview Campus, followed by the construction of a new Lower School. The 2020-21 school year saw more demolition and digging, renovating and redesigning. The result—200 North Maple Avenue has a whole new look! And as you’ll see in the following pages, the girls are owning their new spaces.
Group VIII Lounge
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A New Addition
The exterior of the MS addition mirrors the architectural style of the Lower School. The interior, however, was designed with older girls in mind—all three floors include lounge areas where students can connect, spending time with friends, reading, or collaborating on an assignment.
Collaborative Learning Center
The ground floor Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) has become a popular spot for group and project work, as well as gradelevel assemblies, and has even been the site of a virtual robotics competition. Step out the glass door of the CLC and you’ll find a covered outdoor classroom that overlooks the pond with its new teaching dock.
Middle School Library Extension
Collaborative Learning Center
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On the other end of the MS building is a dedicated MS library space adjoining the existing Wallace Library—a welcoming space that features colorful, overstuffed furniture. MS circulation numbers have already seen a bump!
Walk through the LS/MS Courtyard and you might catch the Lower School holding their weekly assembly using the amphitheater seating. You might see the girls sitting on the grass in small groups while they eat snack or lunch. You might see MS girls choreographing a dance to their favorite song. Or you might catch a good ol’ fashioned game of spud!
Build It and They Will Come
E&D Fabrication Lab
The GA community can’t get enough of a good thing! The Engineering & Design Lab has been expanded, adding a separate fabrication lab to complement the existing makerspace. GA’s robotics program, which is in its 13th year and spans all three divisions, has demonstrated its staying power and now has a dedicated space for girls to design, build, test, and practice with their robots.
It’s Game Time!
Zip lines, spinning seats, climbing nets, swings—the new playground has it all! While technically it was built for younger students, we’ve definitely seen some Upper Schoolers testing out the new equipment. Even Mrs. King has whizzed by on the zip line!
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“ To our trustees, the campaign committee, our current parents, our past parents, our alums, our grandparents, and our friends—thank you for your generosity and for truly rallying for Greenwich Academy. It is thanks to you that we have been able to make our collective vision a reality for GA girls of all ages … for GA girls of today and tomorrow.” H E AD OF S C H OOL MOL LY K I N G
Center of Attention
What was once a series of disconnected, underutilized outdoor spaces in the center of campus has been reimagined into a central outdoor gathering and community space. Grassy, circular plateaus outlined by stone retaining walls and paved areas with ample outdoor furniture invite students to spend more time outdoors for clubs, classes, meals, and time with friends. And at the heart of it all is GA’s school seal, reminding us of the motto that is at the heart of our mission: Toward the Building of Character.
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Visual Arts Center
Top of the Food Chain
Renamed and revamped, the Dining Commons is light and open and now extends outdoors to a terrace. Indoor seating is a mix of more traditional tables as well as booths, hightops, and counter seating with power stations for older students to spend time socializing or studying during nonlunch hours. The Commons will also be home to before- and after-school activities for all divisions and includes a cafe, which is open in the afternoons.
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State of the Art
Built adjacent to the Wallace Performing Arts Center, the new Visual Arts Center includes art studios, a film classroom, green room and editing studio, ceramics studio, MS choral room, and a dance studio. The atrium adjoining the two buildings will double as a gallery and a space for students to gather in their free time.
Let’s Get Cooking Dining Commons
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With Upper School arts classrooms relocated to the Visual Arts Center, the reclaimed space has been used for new classrooms, including a teaching kitchen, and a new counseling office. The teaching kitchen may be one of the buzziest new spots on campus with students applying the scientific method to everything from sous vide steak to sautéed veggies.
Thanks to you, we zipped past our campaign goal and are stronger than ever!
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Bearing Witness U.S. history students dig into the complicated legacy of slavery in Greenwich—and at GA. BY KATHERINE PUSHKAR ’88
ay 27, 2021, was a gorgeous day. The temperature was just topping 80; fluffy clouds popped against a bright blue sky. The verdant grounds of the Greenwich Historical Society were teeming with local grandees and no fewer than 150 interested parties who turned out to honor past residents of the Bush-Holley House, the colonial-era manse-museum that’s at the center of the lush Cos Cob campus.
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Witness Stone laid in honor of Hester Mead
They were not there to hear about 18th-century merchant David Bush or any turn-of-the-20th-century Impressionists who elected to call the place home. Instead, the turnout, including GA Head of School Molly King, Upper School Head Tom Sullivan, and History Chair Lulu Sandes, was to celebrate Hester Mead, born into slavery at the household in 1807. Hester, Ana Gonzalez ’23 explained to the SRO crowd, was one of 11 people enslaved at the Bush property, among approximately 300 in Greenwich and 6,500 in Connecticut. Throughout the past year, Gonzalez and her fellow U.S. History students had devoted a section to learning about Hester, pulling together notions of a life from documents, records, anecdotes, and lore, tracing her genealogy, building a diorama of where she lived, visiting her gravesite, telling her story. In addition to presentations from Gonzalez and Sacred Heart students who’d conducted similar research on others enslaved along with Hester—her mother, Candice, as a well as a couple, Cull and Patience—the event included a proclamation from First Selectman Fred Camillo, who designated
it a day of remembrance for the enslaved people of Greenwich. Finally, the program culminated with the placing of Witness Stones, four markers engraved with their names, known birth and death dates, and occupations. The Witness Stones Project is a Connecticut-based initiative that works with students to research and recognize enslaved individuals in their own local communities. Equal parts history clinic and commemoration, the effort results in memorializing the enslaved with a
Witness Stone. And when U.S. history teacher Kristen Erickson first heard about it—in the summer of 2020 at a virtual conference called Teaching Hard History—she knew it would be perfect for the 10th grade US history classes she and US history teacher and Assistant Head for Student and Community Life Bobby Walker, Jr. taught. Pairing an understudied topic with real-deal history work was irresistible. Rather than reading what other historians thought, the Witness Stones Project would have
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Left: Attributed to Hester Mead (1807-1864). Painting of the Jabez Mead House in Greenwich, CT, ca. 1840. Watercolor and pencil on paper. Greenwich Historical Society, Museum Purchase, 2006.
HE ST E R M E A D Students Ana Gonzalez ’23 and Sarina Kulsakdinun ’23 from Ms. Erickson’s AP U.S. history class and Devan Fauser ’23 and Allie Spaulding ’23 from Mr. Walker’s U.S. history class shared their work to help Connections present a profile of Hester Mead. Hester was born into slavery in 1807 and first appears in history as Hester Bush in the 1820 census. She was bound to the Bush household, along with her mother, Candice, and her brother, Jack. She likely worked as a maid or housekeeper, and she gained her freedom when she turned 21 in 1828. She gave birth to her son, William, in 1831. She is thought to have taken the name Mead either because she was employed by or indentured to the family at the time of her emancipation, or perhaps she married a man who was once enslaved by the Mead family. The identity of William’s father remains unknown. There is no documentary information about Hester from 1820 to 1850, when she is recorded as Hester Mead living in the household of Darius Mead. Anecdotal evidence of Hester during this 30-year period includes a painting of the Jabez Mead house, circa 1840, attributed to Hester and now in possession of the Greenwich Historical Society. In spite of the scant written record of Hester Mead throughout her life, her death in 1864 tells a remarkably evocative story. She left a will, which noted possessions such as dresses, silver, and books that she directed to her granddaughters. She also set aside money for her own funeral expenses and headstones for both herself and her mother. Hester and Candice remain the only formerly enslaved people in Greenwich with headstones, which still stand today in the Union Cemetery, just a quick walk from GA’s campus.
AP U.S. history students visit Hester Mead’s and her mother’s graves at Union Cemetery on Millbank Avenue in Greenwich.
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students poring through primary sources, tracking down leads, extrapolating possible hypotheses. In this case, the students were presented with the unique and valuable occasion to actually be the historians themselves. “I was intrigued by the opportunity for high school students to carry out original research and to consider a hidden history that existed right under their feet,” she said. “Most high school American history classes focus on the digestion of a standard story. But our research on Hester fit nicely with our goal to make that history more messy—to consider different versions of the story, to look for the ‘hard history.’ ” Hard, as in it’s not easy to research the lives of people who were denied their very humanity. As Gonzalez noted in her remarks, “Observers of history mostly remember what was glorified by our ancestors or events that led to monumental changes in society. It’s harder to unearth the history of ordinary people.” Students had to work mainly from primary sources, such as census records and wills, to try to present as full a story as possible. “It was surprising how little we were able to find,” said Devan Fauser ’23. In Hester’s case, she’s mentioned in the 1820 census, but then disappears from documented history for 30 years, turning up only in the 1850 census. “It was shocking to me the little information about her,” Fauser recalled. Hard, as in the larger subject matter. Fauser talked about how jarring it was to see official documents treating humans as property. “It was definitely hard to read in David Bush’s will and discover these people were being given to his children like objects,” she said. “They were categorized with farm animals.” Her research
Top: Bush-Holley House, birth place of Hester Mead. Bottom: Student model of quarters where enslaved people lived in the Bush-Holley House
Most high school American history classes focus on the digestion of a standard story. But our research on Hester fit nicely with our goal to make that history more messy—to consider different versions of the story, to look for the “hard history.” HI STORY T E AC H E R K RIST E N E RIC KS ON
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illuminated a reality that textbooks didn’t. “While we know that this was happening during this time period,” she said, “reading real documents and conducting research made me understand in a new way what was going on.” She found in the written records an intimate cruelty: “I think the most shocking thing for me was that you notice the difference in spelling of Candice and Hester in each document.” Candice, Candis, Candace. “I saw it as an example of how slaves were not seen as people or that they may not have been cared about enough to have a specific spelling for their own names.” And hard, as in the subject matter in particular. Hester, though born into the Justus Bush household, appears in the 1850 census using the last name Mead and in the 1860 census living with the Darius Mead family—the same Darius Mead who was a founder of Greenwich Academy. “I chose Hester because there was a tie to Darius Mead,” Erickson explained. While the lack of documentation meant that it was ultimately impossible to know the nature of Hester’s standing in the Mead family (see sidebar), Erickson described Witness Stones as the “perfect project for 2020-21”—enlivening the traditional study of American history, while also investigating the “hard history” of Greenwich and, potentially, Greenwich Academy. “In engaging in original research on Hester and other enslaved individuals, we have an opportunity to bring home the story of American slavery, to make it local and emotional,” Erickson said. By participating in the Witness Stones Project, and through their scholarship on Hester, she said GA students were encouraged to “wrestle with the
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History and tradition have long been points of pride for Greenwich Academy. No name is more central to our origin story than Darius Mead, the man who on May 1, 1827, filed the charter we celebrate every spring. But just as our country reckons with the legacy of slavery, as GA students and the Town of Greenwich honor and affirm the lives of the enslaved, so too must we ask as an institution: How has slavery factored into our own past? Our school’s history? Unfortunately, the same paucity of information that made Hester Mead so difficult to know informs our interrogation of Darius Mead. According to Erickson, GA archivist Susie Davis ’79, and 30 tenth-grade historians, there is no documentary evidence that Darius Mead enslaved Hester or anyone else. Still, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, as the saying goes. Connecticut’s Gradual Emancipation Law stated that children of enslaved people born after 1784 were to be emancipated at their 21st birthday, which means that rolling manumission could have obviated the need for many enslavement decisions by 1827. And while there’s nothing to show that Darius owned slaves, according to Chains Unbound, a chronicle of emancipation in 18th- and 19th-century Greenwich that belongs to GA’s archives, his father, Joshua Mead, is shown in the 1790 census as enslaving one person, and nine other Meads collectively enslaved 17; his wife’s father, Dr. Elisha Belcher, enslaved one; his mother was a Knapp, and the same census shows two Knapps enslaving four. Just as GA’s history students can infer and speculate about Hester based on their research, it is fair for us to posit now that Darius Mead appears to have come from a culture of, and almost certainly benefited from, enslavement. And yet, the same book notes that the Second Congregational Church, literally Greenwich Academy’s first home and Darius Mead’s parish, was a seat of abolitionism in Greenwich. Is it possible that he was part of or influenced by that? So, what now? What does GA do with these unknowns, these implications and speculations? If we study history to better understand the present and hopefully to impact the future, we absorb and engage them as we work to create a just and inclusive culture on campus and, through our students, in the larger community. As an institution, we continue our mission of education and preparation, informed by our motto, Toward the Building of Character, which propels our continual evolution. Finally, we as a community of humanity and of individuals can internalize compassion and humility as hallmarks of a new, more robust, more complicated charter.
dark history of American slavery on a local level.” And this challenging work won’t end with that day in May. To date, six US teachers have trained with Witness Stones founder Dennis Culliton: Edwina Foster, Aisha Gawad, Lulu Sandes, and Kate Sands, in addition to Erickson and Walker. Plans are already underway for 2021-22 history classes to focus on either Hester’s brother, Jack, who was emancipated in 1823, or her son, William, who died fighting for the Union Army in South Carolina in 1864. And Erickson’s plans to host an exhibition on Hester in the gallery space in the
new Visual Arts Center highlight both the subject and the process of ongoing historical inquiry. By continuing to look critically at our own history, GA is committed to answering the call put out by First Selectman Fred Camillo as he addressed the audience at BushHolley last spring. “I just hope that this day, the remembrance of enslaved peoples in Greenwich, is not something we just do and forget about,” he said. “It’s something that should stay on our mind whenever we talk about the history of Greenwich—that this is a part of it.” ■
Well & Good GA doubles down on health and wellness BY KATHERINE PUSHKAR ’88
DR. LAUREN WINSTON CHARLANNE ZEPF BAUERLEIN
It is a truth universally acknowledged that health and wellness are important. The Romans knew it in the second century: mens sana in corpore sano. In the many years since Juvenal wrote those words, the mens has tended to take a backseat to more quantifiable measures of vigor—blood pressure, cholesterol, SoulCycle beat match—but in the post-lockdown era, the psychosocial has come roaring back to its rightful place alongside physical fitness. To wit: In the year after Covid, appearances of the term “self-care” in the New York Times nearly doubled. It is the Greenwich Academy community’s great good fortune that we were uniquely positioned to meet this challenging and unprecedented health and wellness moment. Faced with Covid and all that went with it, GA’s all-star lineup of wellness pros
responded, researched, reinvented, recruited some additional unofficial members, and researched and reinvented some more. In short, they mobilized in full force to provide as safe and normal an environment as possible for every GA constituency. And GA’s good luck is entirely by design. To be sure, everyone was forced to pivot last year, but when we needed to, GA was able to draw on a long-standing and prescient commitment to health and wellness that goes back two decades. We were able to call on an exceptional and diverse group of 14 professionals—on par with any academic department. To date, GA’s health and wellness lineup includes one counselor for each division, an array of practitioners and clinicians from a variety of departments, and, for the credential-minded, one physician, three
nurses, two PhDs, and 12 master’s degrees. If an IRL 2020–21 wasn’t enough proof of concept, the past year saw alum Tangley Lloyd ’62 endow the Greenwich Academy Wellness Center. Her transformative gift will improve access to services for GA students, enable facilities enhancements, provide additional classroom and supplemental staffing, and support professional development. And that’s just for starters. While everyone in the GA community was getting some hard-earned R&R this summer, we bothered a few Wellness Center folks to talk about the program, the year, and especially the future. Here’s what they had to say. These conversations have been edited and condensed.
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NIKKI BAZIE HAYES
Can we talk about last year?
Dr. Courtney Spada, pediatrician, GA medical advisor, science department chair, MS advisor: I feel guilty when I talk to families of kids who have not been as lucky as our community and my own kids. We were lucky we live in Connecticut. And it was everyone on campus: the nurses, [GA Covid Coordinator] Michelle Summers… Dr. Lauren Winston, Wellness Center director, MS learning specialist: Michelle Summers worked around the clock all through the school year! CS: Everyone chipped in and did extra. There wasn’t anyone who didn’t have so much more on their plate last year. But we knew that kids had to be in school—there was just no question about it. It would have been a very different year. Nikki Bazie Hayes, MS counselor: There is so much to say about the past year. The increase in people’s
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level of anxiety, stress, and self-management/emotional regulation hit an all-time high. Tara Fetzer, LS director of student wellness, associate director LS admission: I feel like our girls were so lucky in the sense that they were at school for the whole year. Compared to what many other students in the country were struggling with, they really got to experience a lot of normalcy, which is great. LW: Being in school really buffered our kids from a lot of sources of stress and anxiety. The stresses are real. What positives have you seen from last year?
NBH: One is that mental health treatment and solutions have become more accepted and used to help with self-regulation. We have to be aware and get in front of new research and techniques around comorbidity and issues
stemming from anxiety, stress, trauma, and isolation in preteens and teens. TF: There was a slowdown that happened—fewer activities, less scheduled after-school programming. I hope that parents can lean into that and continue that, because I think it was such a good reset for so many kids. I also hope that kids can keep having that free time and that play and that space to explore and be imaginative and not be scheduled. That’s just a fantastic thing that came out of it. Charlanne Zepf Bauerlein, US counselor: That goes across the board for all divisions. Being over-scheduled was something that really slowed down in Covid and the kids appreciated that. I mean, there’s definitely a balance. Obviously, adolescents wanted to see their peers desperately, and that was hard when we were really under lockdown, but there’s a happy medium. Also: being able to
sleep more. Kids slept a lot more! TF: One other thing that’s wonderful and I heard from, I’d say, 75% of the students I saw was that their parents were around more. The ones who usually work outside of the home or who travel a lot typically, they were home and they were getting to be together. That was just such a fantastic thing for so many kids. CZB: Having dinner together with their parents, talking about stuff, watching a movie... What makes GA’s health and wellness program and approach unique?
LW: I think our group is unusual in that almost all of the people in it have worked in other settings and have different experiences. This starts with Courtney obviously. How many schools have a pediatrician among their faculty? Dr. Lisa Striar and I are also psychologists, in addition to being learning specialists, which is somewhat unusual. CS: We have one nurse practitioner, Katie Griffith, who trained at Columbia, arguably the most intense
medical center in the country, at an ICU level. Krystyn Martin also comes from an ICU background. Jane Cupkovic was a well-baby nurse. All three of them have worked with very new babies and at times very sick children. That just gives them a comfort level that they can respond to anything. LW: And there’s no arguing that Martha Brousseau is probably the most thoughtful, intelligent athletic director in the country when it comes to health and wellness. CZB: Tara, Lisa, and I currently have private practices, so we’re also doing ongoing psychotherapy in clinical work. NBH: I think because of the wide knowledge base of the team members, we have the ability to approach a variety of topics with considerable expertise and present information to a wide audience. TF: It allows us to work as a team and lean on each other. In the Lower School, Elly Rice is much more from an educational background and we work together really closely. It’s so valuable.
LW: They always talk about how it’s important that every child has an adult who they can go to, and that’s absolutely true. But at GA it’s not one adult; there are usually multiple adults in these kids’ lives who they’re pretty comfortable going to. That is a huge protective factor for these girls, that they know there are always people they can turn to in the community. CS: The data supports that feeling connected to the adults in a school setting is protective of children’s long-term health. GA is really special. A parent wants to send their kids to an independent school so that they are known and cared for, and so that there are people besides family members to help. LW: We’ve widened the scope of what falls under health and wellness. There’s more of an emphasis on mental health and not just behaviors. Social-emotional learning. CZB: It’s about prevention; it’s not about pathology. TF: If we can help them learn to identify their feelings and have some
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coping skills and have some of those tools in their toolbox, then when they get to those more challenging, higherstake things that come up, they’ll feel more prepared and more confident in knowing that this is something that they can prioritize and also know that they can go to someone to help with it. CZB: There’s a phrase the Jesuits use, cura personalis, and it translates into care for the entire person. To support not only the intellectual life and critical thinking, but the social-emotional life of our students. As a school, that is something that we are focusing on more and more. Look, parents are first and foremost the educators of their children, and we want to be supportive of those values. This gift that we got speaks to that. Obviously the new Wellness Center is a huge endorsement of health and wellness at GA.
LW: This gift is everything for the girls—for their learning, for their well-being. The Wellness Center will allow them to flourish even more.
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CZB: The students are so bright and articulate intellectually, and they really have been more interested and earnest about wanting to focus on their mental health, too. We tap into that as counselors and that’s a beautiful thing. They see the value in thriving emotionally as much as academically. TF: I see the same thing in the Lower School in terms of enthusiasm and willingness to talk about mental health and these kinds of topics. Even in Group I, the girls are so excited to talk about friendship and feelings. They want to learn more; they want to understand and talk with their peers about it. It makes our job more fulfilling to have that engagement. In other schools that’s not necessarily the case. CS: I think people sometimes have an erroneous perception of students’ interpersonal relationships. They’re so much kinder than I think people would assume if you’re going off stereotypes. It’s an atmosphere of cultivating healthy relationships and supporting each other. It’s so supportive.
LW: All you have to do is look at the talent show. It’s the thing that will make you like GA best of all—it’s the best thing! The first year I saw it I was blown away—I had goosebumps. All of these girls get up there. Some are amazing, some are awful, but they get up there, they’re uninhibited, and they put themselves out there and take chances and make themselves vulnerable. And every girl—literally every single one—is cheering and clapping and wholeheartedly supporting them and congratulating them. One girl messes up, they go wild clapping or cheering her on until she gets back together. I just don’t think you see that at other schools. That’s not a health and wellness thing—that’s the community. ■
2020-21 Athletics GA Gators know how to Adjust, Adapt, and maintain a positive Attitude! Whether in practice or competition, athletes and coaches are constantly making adjustments to optimize performance. Choosing to go with or against the wind on the soccer pitch, opting for a box and one on the basketball court, and trimming the sails are all common “game-time” decisions based on prevailing conditions. Covid forced more audibles this year than anyone may have predicted. Yet what remained constant throughout the year was the ability of players and coaches to adapt and find the positive, appreciating every opportunity the Gators had to be in the athletic arena.
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The fall season saw the crew team erging on the tennis courts while our volleyball teams pitched their nets down at Ridgeview Field. Our harriers claimed a new home base on North Maple with the field hockey and soccer teams and trained on the turf. In keeping with federal and state guidelines, teams practiced six feet apart for much of September with a focus on fundamentals and the hopes of applying these skills in competition. Finally, on October 3, a majority of our teams were able to match up against other schools! The Green and Gold took full advantage of all five scheduled game days with players giving their very best and coaches managing meaningful minutes for all athletes. While we did not have an opportunity to compete for an FAA or a New England Championship, we were grateful for the chance to be back on the course, court (even if it was grass), fields, and water. Moving indoors in November brought more challenges for our Gators. Masks were mandatory for all players and coaches except for our active swimmers and divers. Masking, plus a full pause followed by a limited number of players allowed at practice, prevented teams from finding a rhythm. Yet again, we adjusted. Tactics took a backseat with time devoted to technique due to the absence of “game-prep.” Once restrictions were lifted and we were able to conduct full team practices, the energy in and around athletics was palpable. Skiers were able to get on the slopes in Southington while squash players used their ghosting drills to their advantage once on the court against an opponent. Our basketball team, under the leadership of our new head coach, took to the hardwood against Sacred Heart
and GCDS. The puck dropped twice against GCDS, including once on our home ice at Chelsea Piers. Divers were able to take to the boards for an in-person meet versus Sacred Heart while our swimmers competed against Sacred Heart virtually with the same energy seen at the NEPSAC championship. Without question, our winter teams had the most challenging season in this most challenging year, but all discovered a way to find the positive! Perhaps no group of athletes and coaches was more eager to don a GA uniform than our spring teams. Having missed out on the 2020 season entirely, they took advantage of every opportunity—Repeat 400s? No problem. Another 2K day? Okay! Travel to Philly wearing a mask the entire trip? Sign me up! Masked up from tee to green, on the water at Indian Harbor and in the water at the Y, our teams got their groove back and had the most robust schedule of the three seasons. And did they ever deserve it! If our spring teams had had to wear hazmat suits, there is no doubt they would have! As remarkable as it was to have all of our students on campus for the entire school year, it was equally remarkable to be able to practice and compete. A number of our teams had the talent and experience to vie for championships this year, and those missed opportunities were understandably disappointing. Yet, if there was a year to remind all that being a member of a GA team creates a true sense of community and belonging, this was the one, and it is with gratitude that we recognize the players, coaches, and fans who made this all possible. Go GAtors!
THREE-SEASON ATHLETE RECOGNITION Class of 2021 Catherine Burns Grace English Britt Harty Harper Jones Abby Lonnegren Schuyler Sargent Ada Shaffer Ash Telesca Brecon Welch Anna Wright Class of 2022 Cameron Brower Ava Butz Caroline DesChamps Emily Greenhaw Lily Sorensen Class of 2023 Maddie Azrak Grace Crookenden Scarlet Fishkind Ana Gonzalez Kate Haffenreffer Kit Harned Nina Herceg Ellie Johnson Lianna Seeley Allie Spaulding Elizabeth Spaulding Winnie Welch Ella Zea Class of 2024 Victoria Browder Phelan Bryant Sydney Dettmer Hadley Faulstich Lauren Hawks Kristen Isherwood Molly Moore Libby Nook Katherine Reid Percy Wayne Peyton Williams
— Martha Brousseau Athletic Director
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CLASS NOTES ’09 Caroline Connor ’09 and Brendan McNally on their wedding day, June 2021
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Archivist Susie Davis ’79 recently
connected with Sheila Macauley ’45. Susie sent photos to Sheila’s home in France, and Sheila wrote back: “I am still sifting through all the memories your archives revived. They were wonderful years which you have recaptured for me. ¶ After GA I went to Madeira, then Bennington College, and then Europe. I studied art in Florence, and knew I wanted to live in Europe. I married photographer David Duncan in 1962, and fortunately my husband shared my wish to live in Europe. We have lived here for over 65 years. He died in 2018 at 102 years old. He had a full, rewarding life! My foundation was laid at Greenwich Academy in so many ways. Keep up your wonderful work.” An interesting tidbit from Sheila’s life in France—Pablo Picasso was both a neighbor and friend!
Fredrica Greul Halligan submitted the following news
from the Class of 1956: A virtual reunion, multiple losses, a pandemic, and memories we share—it’s been quite a year for the GA Class of 1956! With sorrow we note the recent deaths of our classmates: Pat Beattie McDonald, LeLe Humphreys Weaver, Dale Deatrick Mangan, and Emily Wadhams. Two spouses have also died: Judy Reynolds Shaw lost her husband Roger
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a few years ago, and Joan Stouffer Stogis lost Peter in fall 2020. All these people were so meaningful to us! ¶ And speaking of transitions, both Joan and Mary Lou Congdon Price have recently moved into assisted living where they feel contented and well cared for. Both women have opportunities to practice their artwork: quilting for Joan and ceramics for Mary Lou. ¶ Now for our virtual reunion: We saw and talked with several of us who graduated together in 1956. Forever our class president, Judy has been so patient and kind with all of us. Also at our reunion on Zoom were Mary Lou, Denny Duval Pugsley, and me, Fredrica Greul Halligan (also known as “Fritzi” in those GA days), Jean Bassett Hopkins, and Susan Dole Armstrong, both of whom left GA early on. Some of our memories are delightful or funny, some less so. I reminded Jeannie that I used to walk home from school with her in the early grades and we’d watch the Howdy Doody show on her TV. Sue used to live across the street from Tessa Peruzzi, and we remembered Susan’s trunk full of “princess” dress-up clothes. Of course, all of us remembered Ruth West Campbell, who was headmistress at GA, staying with us until our senior year. There were her weekly current events classes for the whole Upper School. Mrs. Campbell, who had lived abroad, valued diversity and felt that educated girls should be aware of what is going on in the world. “Toward the Building of Character” was what Mrs. Campbell lived by, and she called us to “excellence,” which we tried to live by as well. She was strict and proper, but kind, and expected the best from each of us. I think we always respected her, and we knew she felt the same toward us. ¶ Judy, who lives in Boston, commented that Covid has undoubtedly been a major issue for all of us this past year, keeping us indoors. She said that she hopes that mixed in with the challenges there may be some nice surprises. Judy has been doing a little “get out the vote” effort and
’54 Jil Harris Stark ’54 enjoying a beverage from her coffee mug which reads “Grandma Rules.” She says, “This is my motto, and everyone in my family knows it!”
planning her weekly Scottish country dancing classes that have been held online via Zoom. Rather than dancing with partners, they’ve been dancing in kitchens with “ghosts.” Judy also makes calls to friends who are home alone, and she receives calls from her family who are in the UK, New Zealand, and Montana. And now she sends kind thoughts to all our classmates and good wishes for the health of our families. In remembering Pat McDonald, Judy also said how grateful she is for all Pat did to keep our class connected with each other. ¶ Someone mentioned Domna Callimanopulos Stanton who had been elected head of the Student Government Association. Mary Lou has been in touch with Domna, who is the only one of us still working, as a professor at CUNY where she teaches French Literature and Culture of the Early Modern Period, Comparative Literature and Theory, and Women and Gender Studies. Recently she’s developed specialties in 17th century French slavery in the Caribbean and also human rights, with a focus on refugees. Domna wasn’t able to join us for our virtual reunion, because she was presenting a lecture that day. ¶ Mary Lou also offered info on her own family and ways of coping with the pandemic. She said that her life has changed a lot in the last year. She feels fortunate to have moved into a lovely Episcopal retirement community in
Columbia. But she was only there a few days when Covid hit and things closed. Now she’s been vaccinated and will have more freedom again. Mary Lou said that after her husband died, she learned to be a potter. She went to a studio daily and did some festivals. Now she continues to enjoy her children and grandkids, but this past year both holidays she had to spend alone in her apartment. Three of her grands graduated from college virtually, and she’s grateful that they all have jobs. Two of her sons live in Columbia with their families. Her middle son is in Charlotte, NC, with one child still in college. Mary Lou has remained active in politics so she’s hopeful about our American democracy. But overall, she just feels fortunate to be where she is, healthy and safe. Mary Lou prays for us and our families, and she remembers Lele with sadness. ¶ I too think with deep sorrow of my dearest friend, Dale. I only wish I’d stayed more in contact with her after she moved to Minneapolis. And we also mentioned our newest widow, Joan, who is now without family living near in Washington. We remembered Joan as editor-in-chief of the Green Leaf (winning us prizes for her editorial wisdom). Joan writes well, but she eventually became an architect. ¶ And now we’ll walk down Memory Lane with some recollections from Mary Jo Simjian Garre, who has three children, Sam, Greg, and Karen. She is also the grandmother of Karen’s two kids and Greg’s two. Jo lived in Illinois until 2017 after she was widowed. Then she moved to Victoria, MN, near Lake Minnetonka to be near Karen. She felt her daughter could logically be her “right-hand helper,” without disrupting the family too much. She knows that it was a good decision, but she does miss her sons who are farther away. Sam lives four hours away in Wisconsin, but Greg is in Bethesda, MD, near his DC law office, so she has to get on a plane to visit him. Jo has fond memories of Cape Cod where she met her husband on a blind date. It was the site of
annual family vacations. But now she doesn’t fly to the Cape because she has a large dog. Reflecting on her education after GA, Mary Jo writes that she studied public works and city planning in graduate school and was able to use her education on her town’s planning commission. She also used the administration part of her schooling with volunteer organizations, such as the Garden Club of America where she served as president for two years. ¶ Sally Steiger Moore writes: “I was fortunate to have a visit from my daughter Tina just as Covid was breaking. Following that I had another wonderful visit, this time from my granddaughter, who surprised me with her news of a baby boy due in September! A GREAT grandmother: how could I get so old? I was also blessed with a wonderful daughter who lives in Tucson. (She’s a volleyball coach at a Catholic high school and won the state championship four times.) Tina did my shopping for me during the Covid lockdown in Arizona. This has been a rough season and I have had occasional depression and anxiety. But now the doors are opening, and the search is on for the new normal. The upside of it all was finding a new depth and freedom in my spiritual growth. Now I am planning a trip to Connecticut to see my family in Old Greenwich/Riverside this summer and looking forward to a trip to Holland next year for a flower festival. Love and hugs to you all.” ¶ Finally, I give here an update on my own family and other activities: I have three children and 11 grandkids. My younger son lives in Maryland and has nine kids ranging in age from 25 down to 9. One of the oldest just got her doctorate in physical therapy (so now there are two “Dr. Halligans” as I got my PhD in psychology many years ago). Another of my older grandkids, Jennifer Schumacher, married Matt Wilson in August 2020. They live just north of New Orleans and Jenn is a nurse while Matt is preparing to
become a state policeman. Since most of the grandkids are in the south, much of my travel will be to visit them there. My last travel abroad was to Israel in celebration of my 80th birthday. I was there for two weeks— visiting the homeland of both Christians and Jews. It was the trip of a lifetime! Other than that, my retirement is taken up by writing fiction and trying to stay healthy. I am so grateful for GA, especially since that is where I first learned to write. Overall, we, the Class of ’56, have much reason to feel gratitude, thanks to our beginnings at GA. And Mary Jo ends: “Now I will raise a glass to honor Pat Beattie McDonald who was the glue that held us together from all four corners of the world. What Pat accomplished in and for Greenwich was mind boggling. Cheers to all of us! We were the lucky ones.”
Meredith Wood Einaudi shares the following:
2020 turned lives upside down, but sometimes being upside down can provide a useful way to get a new perspective, if it is not connected with a worldwide pandemic that continues to destroy countless lives and livelihoods. Those of us in retirement avoided the occupational toll but had to deal with the increased health risks of interpersonal contacts, even with those in our immediate families. For us, the cost in terms of isolation, loneliness, and lack of physical contact has been immense. The value of a hug is priceless. We have become more creative about what we can do from home. Internet meeting platforms like Zoom have led to more virtual get-togethers of families, friends, classes, and classmates past and present. Our class has been getting together on Zoom since June and settled on a regular monthly meeting time. So far we have about six to nine participating in a given month, but we hope more will join. We are also in more frequent phone contact with each other. I believe that we all feel enriched by
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these virtual reunions. It is a joy to see each other’s faces and hear familiar voices. Gail “Wini” Winston Hammond spearheaded our Zoom reunions. She has been involved for years in creating programs for retirees, especially those living in L.A. retirement homes. When she and her colleagues in the radio/television volunteer corps designed virtual programming to replace their on-site work, Wini realized that our class could get together online too. Fran Trask Wozencraft agreed to lead our meetings and issue invitations. She had switched to taking painting classes on Zoom when Covid struck and had experienced how effective it could be. To get exercise, Fran evades golfers as she enjoys long walks on a nearby golf course. A third member of the GA ’57 Zoom team has been Doris McCarthy. While adhering to New York City health restrictions, Doris still manages to actively audition for and act in movies and advertisements. This summer, she and a friend had regular picnics under the trees in Central Park. Anne Boultbee Testa’s Christmas was made all the merrier by being Covidsafe with both her daughters and two grandsons. She continues to enjoy various Zoom classes including Broadway music, film, and Shakespeare. She writes: “Our monthly GA class chat is an unequivocal pleasure and a happy reconnection from East to West Coast.” Gleaves Sydnor Rhodes had one of her best Christmases in recent memory thanks to a visit from two of her three children and two teenage grandsons. While adhering to strict Covid protocols, they biked, did puzzles, and Gleaves taught them all croquet. Ines Hinckeldeyn Kingsley continues to live in her original Greenwich home with her Dachshund, Charlie. Thanks to technology, she feels that she is able to effectively continue most aspects of her life. However, she misses her children and grandsons all living on the West Coast and looks forward to flying as soon as it is safe. Pat Don van Heel’s passion for gardening has been one of her most
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John Cutting, father of Elizabeth Cutting ’22 and brother of Helen Cutting Fitzgerald ’75, September 3, 2021
Elizabeth Stevens Green ’41 April 27, 2021
David A. Dewey, father of Inger Dewey-Golob ’85 and Brit Dewey ’86, February 4, 2021
Mariechen Wilder Smith ’41 July 6, 2021
Najla Diab, mother of Salma Shawaaf Bazzi ’91, August 16, 2021
Harriet Fenn Van Vliet ’43 March 8, 2021, mother of Elizabeth Van Vliet Oztemel ’72, Margaret Van Vliet ’75, and Derek Van Vliet WCK ’87
William W. Galvin IV WCK ’88, brother of Joanna Galvin Sisser ’97, Ryan Galvin WCK ’92, Tim Galvin WCK ’95, brother-in-law of Kelly Maye Galvin ’91, and uncle of Grace Galvin ’24, July 13, 2021
Pamela Fein ’46 November 6, 2019 Dorothy Jane Muessel Robinson ’46 November 2, 2020 Jane Stewart Young ’46 February 21, 2018 Sydney Whittier Klenk ’48 August 20, 2021 Virginia Clowes Crowell ’51 December 27, 2020 Emily Wadhams ’56 March 30, 2021 Hedy Harris Burbank ’58 January 10, 2021 Chase Rawak ’58 February 26, 2021 Elizabeth Fulton ’68 January 27, 2021 Anne Hotchkiss ’72 April 10, 2021 Katharine “Kim” Coleman ’73 February 1, 2021 F RIENDS & FAMILY Cyrus P. Anfindsen, husband of Maury Ballantyne Anfindsen ’58, February 28, 2020 Richard Sedwick Boris, father of Jamie Boris ’88 and John Boris WCK ’91, May 14, 2021 Elizabeth Connor Campbell, mother of Amy Campbell Denton ’77 and Sarah Campbell ’79, November 10, 2020 Alistair Clark, husband of Alexandra Webb Clark ’98, June 28, 2021 Dr. Joseph P. Coleman, father of Nina Coleman LeSueur ’83, Eileen Coleman Smith ’87, and grandfather of Olivia LeSueur ’16 and Christian LeSueur WCK ’18, January 27, 2021
rewarding activities during these Covid days. Marcia Whipple Sortor and her husband Jack sold their round house on Cape Cod and are now fulltime Florida residents. In one Zoom
Barry M. Greenspon, father of Amanda Greenspon ’96, May 29, 2021 Richard “Dick” Griffiths, husband of Robin Hardie Griffiths ’60, June 12, 2021 John Witaker James, Sr., father of Laurissa James Gold ’91 and Corinne James Menacho ’93, and grandfather to Adaline Menacho ’29, Marina Menacho ’32, and J.P. Menacho WCK ’28, February 18, 2021 Denene Jensen, mother of Christina von Braun ’11, January 18, 2021 Thomas McKenzie and Charlie McKenzie, husband and child of Laura McKenzie, August 24, 2021 Douglas McLochlan More, father of Alison More Davies ’78, November 29, 2020 John Mendenhall, father of Jennifer Mendenhall Richter ’88, August 4, 2021 Marshall D. Montgomery, father of Laurel Montgomery Edinburgh ’87, May 14, 2021 Charles E. Nicholson Jr., husband of Margaret Kohler Nicholson ’62, August 20, 2021 Donald C. Shropshire, Jr., father of Charlotte Shropshire ’91, Donald “Camp” Shropshire WCK ’87, and Joseph Shropshire WCK ’90, February 26, 2021 Allen L. Stevens, father of Sarah Stevens ’05, January 10, 2021 Lynn Surprenant, mother of Tara Simonson ’12, November 7, 2020 Anthony Tabell, husband of Ellen Molwitz Tabell ’48, April 27, 2020 Joseph Vincent Vittoria, father of Audrey Vittoria Meissner ’84 and Edward Vittoria WCK ’89, and grandfather of Lulu Meissner ’19 and Max Meissner WCK ’21, January 18, 2021 Paul Wayne Wright, father of Abi Wright ’84, February 11, 2021
get-together, she shared pictures of her amusing and original watercolor greeting cards that she now sells online. For questions, go to her website at marcicards.com or contact her directly by
email or cell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-498-4843. Leyla Redington Anderson regularly joins us on Zoom from her home in Rhode Island when she is not playing golf with her husband. Nancy Paige Wilkerson Pruitt reports that she has been tested for the virus more times than she can count so she could join her family for important graduations and a cruise in the Bahamas this past fall. She plays bridge online, reads, does jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and exercises. Ellie Brown Nelson’s writing group also has moved to online meetings where they read their work aloud and discuss each member’s most recent writings. Ellie continues to live on her Arizona ranch, caring for her horses and dogs and enjoying its unspoiled natural setting. Seeking a more rural setting, Susan Ryan Mimnaugh and her husband spent most of 2020 constructing a cottage on their son’s property in northern Georgia. They love watching the goats frolic in the meadow and the variety of birds at their feeder. They will keep their Sarasota condo for winter use. ¶ Your scribe enjoys walking around the large and nearly empty Stanford University campus with her husband. This fall our nearby son and his family sheltered with us for almost two weeks because of the wildfires raging near their home, which was spared. For a month Bay Area air quality readings were unhealthy and the sky was hazy. The effects of global warming are very real and, to the extent that it is manmade, we can all contribute to slowing it down.
Anne Stambaugh Satterthwaite gathered the following
news from the class: This has been an unexpected and challenging year for everyone and for the most part we have all stayed home, seen very few family and friends, canceled travel, and lived lives none of us would have imagined one year ago. I sent out an email asking about lives in this unusual time, and there was much enthusiastic emailing
back and forth. ¶ I am sorry to report that Maury Ballantyne Anfindsen’s husband Cy died in February after a long illness, and Susie Atkinson Lukens’ husband Allan died the same week my husband Hank died in March of 2019. Eloise Ray Johnson’s and Carol Keeler Beck’s husbands died a few years ago as did Marcia Penney Preston’s. Many of us are forging new lives in these, our octogenarian years. ¶ I sold our house and moved to NYC in January of 2020, looking forward to theater, museums, concerts, ballet, opera, and more theater, with lots of grandchildren visiting. After an action-packed seven weeks … bang! The lights went out. I am happy, however, looking out at the city rather than wondering if a tree will crash down during a storm. ¶ Hedy Harris Burbank had a severe case of Covid in December, was hospitalized, and while it was an uphill battle, she was moved in January to a rehab in Great Barrington, MA, and is getting stronger each day. ¶ Mary Brereton Frost and Rufus have moved into a retirement community in Keene, NH, where she has been doing lots of reading, as has everyone more than ever, it seems, during these lockdown days. ¶ Cynthia Guy Slack and Walter, in Bonita Springs, FL, feel they were lucky during Covid as many of us feel, since we have avoided the worries of those with children out of school, jobs to lose, or businesses to try to keep going. She has been studying French, reading, walking an hour a day, and working on her jewelry (although with no one dressing up and going out these days, she has a huge inventory). ¶ Sara Hunter Hudson and husband Ron also feel blessed as they are living on Riverside Drive in NYC and are sustained by the magnificent sunsets over the Hudson River and the beauty of each season in the park. They both work out of their apartment as they had been doing before Covid. Sally is a licensed financial advisor with Fleet Wealth Management Group and the major gifts officer for The Mount, Edith Wharton’s historic home in
Lenox, MA. She feels privileged and energized to be able to work at the age of 80! ¶ Marcia Penney Preston is filling the void left by her husband’s death with more and more piano compositions. She has made many CDs, and much of her music has been performed nationally over the last 30 years. She is also making greeting cards. Son Paul is with her on weekdays as his job at Citibank brought him back to New Canaan, but his home and family are in Richmond where he spends the weekends. Younger son Peter lives in Stamford, so she is lucky to have family so nearby. ¶ Pam Pomerance Steiner finished her book, Collective Trauma and Armenian Genocide: Armenian, Turkish, and Azerbaijani Relations Since 1839, to great acclaim after many years of arduous work. Her book re-examines more than a hundred years of destructive ethno-religious relations among these people, arguing a bold new approach to conflict resolution. Pam is a senior fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. After the joy of completing this major work, Pam had surgery to heal an ankle tendon so she has had to avoid walks, which is really too bad, as that is the one activity which most of us have felt has sustained us through these unprecedented times. ¶ Chase Rawak at least did get to celebrate her big birthday in a normal fashion. Before the shutdown, her children gave her a party and a dinner at her favorite restaurant, Chalet in Pinetop, AZ, and then husband Steve took her to Canada to ride the train from Calgary to Banff, beautiful, snowy, good food, and nice people ... and made it home just before the border closed. Postscript: Chase died on February 26, 2021, with her husband of 18 years, Steve Rodney, by her side in Pinetop, her home for many years. ¶ Eloise Ray Johnson had considered leaving Naples, FL, after her husband died and moving back to NYC, but finding so many transplanted older widows and widowers, activities, and opportunities for socializing
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and meeting lots of new friends, she decided to stay. ¶ Marjie Reynolds Robson writes that New Zealand had a relatively smooth year compared with the rest of the world, having only a sixweek lockdown. Since then there has been no community transmission of the virus, but their borders are closed and all are encouraged to sign in electronically wherever they are so they can be traced should the virus emerge in the community. Christmas was spent with lots of family, ages 14 to 80, at her beach house at Waikanae. When home in Wellington, Marjie often plays 18 holes of golf and loves it. Marjie’s husband Mike died 20 years ago, and now she is saddened to see so many of her classmates going through what she did so many years ago. ¶ Betty Richmond Hayford writes that she and Chuck are well and happily have avoided much inconvenience by Covid. She says that many of us are lucky to be retired and secure and not threatened by the need to go into the public sphere or have demands of children and remote schooling. So many have to face the hardships these times have presented, and she expresses the sentiments of many when she says that we can only hope that the frustration generated by the poor management of the pandemic and four years of resistance to addressing problems of the present and future can be replaced by a more hopeful political environment. ¶ Wilda Harrison Gallagher was “Zoomed” for her 80th birthday, as were so many of us. This also marked the second operational year for her hand-crafted candle and soap shop. Some time ago, Wilda met and married a fellow Brit, Shaun Johnston, upon returning to the Hudson Valley after half a lifetime and several careers in NYC; however, they experienced a restlessness that gardening, yoga, volunteering, and art workshops could not alleviate. Having plunged into the art and science of candle making, they decided to sell properties and buy a store which was for sale on Rosendale’s Main Street and move into the flat upstairs, which had
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been a suite of law offices. However, lockdown stopped the renovations and created a pall over the town. Being resourceful, they started a weekly “Welcome to the Pandemic” themed blog on their website, rosendalewaxworks.com. Then things picked up, and by June there was a sea change— day tripping New Yorkers and people moving out of the city all contributed to success and a hope for a brighter New Year. ¶ Lolly Yardley Braunschweiger and husband Robert sold their house in Chestertown and moved into Meadow Lakes, a retirement community in New Jersey near Princeton. There, in spacious quarters, they continue their activities— Robert enjoys making furniture and Lolly lots of art, swimming, Pilates, walks and, like so many of us, they are both grateful that the woes of this pandemic, other than inconveniences, have eluded them. ¶ We in the Class of ’58 have had a nice time communicating on group emails. I have been, as others, reading voraciously, walking, looking out at the city I love, and being grateful I have had it so easy. The one thing I really have missed is my hospice volunteering, which I did for many years, and have no idea when, in a new city, I will be able to take that up again once the pandemic is under control. Time will tell so many things for so many. Here’s to a 2021 grand recovery!
Nancy Bishop Barton says they are
still in the midst of construction on a new apartment in New York on West 55 Street. They are keeping their home in Greenwich. ¶ Nan Richards Nasser shares, “We became great-grandparents just before Thanksgiving; our son Ted became engaged in the summer and the Tucson wedding was in June 2021. He’s also a grandfather. If this second marriage produces more children, his own kid and grandkid could be very close in age! After 21 years of RVing around the U.S., Canada, and Baja, Mexico, we sold the RV and are enjoying the mountains
’62 Barbara Ringwalt ’62 (right) with her daughter Joy. Barbara’s mother, Jean Hathaway Ringwalt ’35, also attended GA! In fact, two other members of the Class of 1962 had mothers in the Class of 1935. Winkie Meyer Grandison’s mother is Virginia White Meyer ’35 and Jane Cummin Sargent’s mother is Katherine Hewitt Cummin ’35.
’62 Tangley Lloyd ’62 (second from left) with her dear friends Mimi Mason Brooks ’62, Margaret Kohler Nicholson ’62, and Catherine Hollister Ecton ’62 at the International Student House in Washington, DC, where Tangley’s father grew up and was celebrated for his military service. Tangley shares, “In this photo you will see the absolutely gorgeous bouquet that was sent by all of you … I cannot describe the feeling of closeness and support you have all given me throughout this mission … to each and every one of you, thank you for helping me have the courage to even write about my father, but more importantly, thank you for helping me begin a new and happier chapter going forward. I did want to add that the morning my family left for Arlington, the village of Hyannisport had lowered their flags to half-staff for the day. That brought me to my knees.”
of AZ in the cooler summer months. I didn’t make the reunion, because we had already planned an Eastern trip for May 2020, but I always welcome calls or emails from GA alums who venture into the Southwest desert.”
Throughout the ravages of Covid, the Class of ’62 continued to care for each other, reaching out to those around us and still always finding that silver lining somewhere that sustains us. Our togetherness has always been our greatest strength. ¶ Peggy Budington Jack urged us to care for ourselves and
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Reunion 2021: Zooming In It was with immense optimism that we in the Alumnae Office were planning for a celebratory reunion on campus in the spring of 2021. It was going to be a true party. But when it became clear in the winter that we wouldn’t be able to safely gather a year into the Covid pandemic, we pivoted. Our 2020 virtual reunion, at a time when Zoom was still novel, was one big experiment. We practiced using Zoom breakout rooms. We moved the annual art show to a virtual format. We recorded our first-ever podcast. And we wondered if anyone would come. It turned out to be our biggest reunion ever. This year, now armed with tons of Zoom experience, we hoped to replicate the
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magic of that first virtual gathering for alums from the classes ending in 1s and 6s. It happened to be my own 25th Reunion—a number that is incomprehensible to me, especially since, even after nine years of working at GA, I still sometimes feel like I’m supposed to be wearing a kilt—and like all of us, I wanted it to be special. Could another virtual reunion deliver? Reunion kicked off with a book talk with celebrated author Courtney Maum ’97, who discussed her novel Costalegre. The next morning, a welcome message from Head of School Molly King was sent out, we launched the virtual alumnae art show (an absolute upside to the
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virtual format was having alums from all around the world share their art in all forms!), and GA’s Science Department Chair and Medical Advisor Dr. Courtney Spada ’97 moderated a conversation with the recipient of 2021’s Distinguished Alumna, Dr. Jennifer Haythe ’91. Perhaps the highlight of the whole event was GAppy Hour, when all alums celebrating reunion were in one Zoom room chatting before the individual class “parties.” The conversation was mostly dominated by those from the Classes of 1956 and 1961, and listening to them share their own GA stories was nothing short of inspiring and absolutely entertaining. (In case you missed these reunion events live, you can still see the recordings and art show from Reunion Weekend online at greenwichacademy.org/reunion.)
06 In our own Class of 1996 Zoom, about 13 of us, with some coming and going, talked for hours. We caught up with each other, going over the usual topics of where each person is living, working, marital status, and who they’re in touch with, but we also got into some touchy subjects—in a good way. Our 20th Reunion, five years ago, had been epic. People came out of the woodwork, with classmates who had left in middle school returning to reconnect. It was an absolutely memorable weekend, made so largely by the extraordinary conversations that took place. Five years later, the gift of Zoom allowed for classmates to attend from all over the country and around the world. Reunion 2021 was a great reminder that the bonds of friendship that are formed at Greenwich Academy truly do transcend time and place.
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2021 Distinguished Alumna Dr. Jennifer Haythe ’91 The Greenwich Academy Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to “an alumna who embodies the traditions of courage, integrity, and compassion that are at the heart of the school’s mission. It will recognize an alumna whose eager and unselfish participation in her community, or in national or world affairs, has significantly bettered and strengthened our society.”
Dr. Jennifer Haythe ’91 says that, as a child, she knew she loved science, but she didn’t necessarily have her eye on a career in medicine. In the same breath, she shares a story about having dissected a frog at school and promptly going home and asking her mother to order her a fetal pig, which Jenn happily dissected on the picnic table in her backyard. Jenn was destined for medicine. Now she is a top-ranked cardiologist at Columbia Medical Center. Jenn is an expert in heart failure and transplant, has a special interest in women with heart disease, and is co-director of the Women’s Center for Cardiovascular Health. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says. “The thing about medicine is you have insight into people’s lives that many people don’t get to have. You see into the underbelly. You get to know people’s families. It’s a privilege because people are letting you into their lives to take care of them and trust you.” A history major at Harvard, Jenn says that at first she was intimidated to take science classes there. “And then I took my first class and I actually did really well. I realized that if you just study a lot, you do well,” she laughs. She eventually decided that medicine was indeed for her. “I knew I wanted a career that would have me helping people, always learning new things, and working in a team setting,” Jenn says. She completed her pre-med requirements, applied to medical school, and landed at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and
Surgeons. She stayed on to complete her residency and fellowships at Columbia. “I loved cardiology because I felt like there was so much we could do to help our patients with lifestyle changes, medicine, procedures, and surgery, and I liked taking care of critically ill patients in the ICU,” Jenn says. In a job that is already dealing with life and death on a daily basis, Covid added a new layer to Jenn’s day-to-day challenges. “The first day I went in, my heart was pounding and I didn’t know what to expect.” Jenn described the pop-up ICUs that had been set up on every hospital floor, and the surgeons, who weren’t operating, running a mobile IV line unit. “You walked in and there were two patients to a room in the ICU, which is unusual, and every operating room had four ventilated patients with these weird little military ventilators. There was a sense of fear among everybody. I didn’t want to get Covid. I didn’t want to die. I had two colleagues who were intubated on life support really doing badly, so that was scary.” There was one upside: “The feeling of teamwork was so intense. We were all looking out for each other.” Jenn’s GA friends, always a lifeline and support network, came out in full force in those early pandemic days, as everyone was hunkered down at home. They worried about their dear friend on the frontlines. They sent fun care packages and made a special video that Jenn says was so touching it brought her to tears. In addition to the gift of lifelong friendships, Jenn says GA set her up for success. “When I look back I see just how much GA prepared me to be a woman leader, have a strong voice, and not be afraid to speak up and share my opinions. Being in a school where girls hold all the leadership positions really has a long-term impact.” Her GA teachers left their mark on Jenn as well. “By far one of the best teachers I had at GA and in life was Tracy Kauffman-Agro ’75, seventh grade social studies. She taught me how to study, how to take notes, how to be an effective learner, and she made things so interesting and exciting. I also cannot forget Mrs. Gace’s ninth grade
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“ Watching a heart transplant from beginning to end really blew my mind. It was a roller coaster of emotions, sadness, and incredible respect and appreciation for the donor family … and then seeing the joy and relief of the recipient family— truly amazing.”
chemistry class; watching her make things explode and smoke in her lab was wild and really piqued my interest in science.” A mom of two, Jenn doesn’t have much spare time, but says that when she can, she loves to run, especially when she’s signed up for a race (she’s a self-declared all-or-nothing kind of gal who says she does best when she has a goal she’s working toward). “I love spending time with family and traveling (I can’t wait to travel again!).” And she’s as modest as she is brilliant, so she won’t tell you that
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Funny Memory: “As a medical student I had to present a case at the bedside on rounds, and the attending doctor asked me to check the patient’s blood pressure, and so I grabbed the cuff and pulled it from the wall and the cord went right across the patient’s face. My attending said, ‘Let’s try not to smack the patient in the face when you check the blood pressure.’ I was so embarrassed, but the patient laughed, and I turned bright red.”
she frequently appears on TV and in articles talking about different aspects of cardiology, or that she was named part of People’s health squad. Jenn has lofty goals for her future, saying, “I hope to continue to study women and heart disease and specifically work to improve outcomes for pregnant women with cardiovascular disease. Improving maternal mortality in this country is one of my main goals.” If anyone can do it, Jenn, you can! Congratulations on this most well-deserved honor.
those around us who need our help. Her strategy for coping with Covid was simple: “Day by day with determination.” This is a quote we can all live by! ¶ Ann Freiberg Kaplan reports that she has retired after working for over 25 years as the director of development at three wonderful nonprofits, namely Trevor Day School, St. Bartholomew’s Church, and St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. She is looking forward to seeing her daughter Amy in Philadelphia and son Kenneth, his wife Kristyn, and their beautiful daughter Charlotte. Husband Bruce is still practicing law in NYC. ¶ Cathy Hollister Ecton writes that she and her husband Stephen are doing well. Her coaching business continues to flourish, and her course work for Education for Ministry takes a lot of her time. This four-year program through the Episcopal Church covers the history of Christianity. And what was the 2020 highlight for her? Our Class of 1962 Zoom call! ¶ Gale Whittelsey Sherman, Winkie Meyer Grandison, and Pat Binkerd Jeanrenaud organized and launched our first Zoom gathering in November of 2020, and 23 of our classmates were able to participate: Gale, Winkie, Pat, Peggy, Annie, Cathy, Susan “Brownie” Brown Barry, Pammy vonBucher Culpepper Cronk, C.C. Gross Politano, Annie Pierson Emery, Nancy Van Deren, Kathy Smith Van Horne, Josie Richardson Dingee, Nancy Nevell Fogg, Marion Hemenway Conklin, Margaret Kohler Nicholson, Susie Boyer Malsch, Pam Miller Callard, Tangley Lloyd, Bindy Moore Woerner, Emmy Walz, Helen Buhr, and me. Pammy wrote that her favorite memory of 2020 was the November Zoom gathering. She said, “What a blessing it was to see so many dear faces and hear their voices. It makes the 58 years slip away, really.” Pammy says she and Peter did a lot of gardening and also walked 23 parks within half an hour of their home, which kept their sanity. She said, “The gift of last summer was a steady breeze, lower humidity,
and lots of lizards whom I believe ate many of the mosquitoes.” She reports that her happiest days were spent at GA, which really warmed my heart. She said, “It is comforting to know that we are always there for each other!” ¶ Susie Boyer Malsch writes that she is doing fine in Stuart, FL. She enjoyed the Zoom call and the 5K race that kept her walking. Her daughter lives in Cambridge, UK, and her son is in Miami. ¶ Margaret Kohler Nicholson organized a fantastic Class of 1962 mini-fundraiser! She shares, “We put out a challenge for classmates to walk/bike/treadmill/swim for 5K over a five-day period. I said I would send $5 to GA for each person that completed this challenge. It was called the 5$45K4GA62 challenge. At our final count, 18 people got off the couch and moved! Several others joined the donation decision and more emailed in to say hello. During the five-day period, several classmates wrote about their time exercising as well as exercising over their lives. There were a couple of stragglers who completed the task late, but they are also counted in.” ¶ Winkie Meyer Grandison reports that she and George have been staying busy with George continuing his pro bono cases while Winkie has spent many hours walking in McLean and Greenwich, discovering the joys of nature and how “solitude can be creative.” There were many FaceTime and Zoom calls with family and friends that helped them through the isolation. ¶ Susan Lawson is still in Ponte Vedra, FL, and enjoying life there. ¶ Mardi Yeager Taylor is still living between Tasmania and Oregon. She has two children and two grandchildren who live nearby her home in Oregon. Sadly, she has not been able to see her family due to the travel restrictions and looks forward to returning to Oregon soon. Otherwise, she and her husband Rip are doing well. ¶ Suzi Smith Lynch says she and her husband Tom have just sold their home and will be downsizing, as many of us are. She recently
resumed teaching in a senior living facility, bringing some joy and laughter to the lives of the residents. ¶ Marion Hemenway Conklin checked in to say that her family has thus far avoided Covid. My son Garrison and his wife Rachel are doing well in Old Greenwich. Rachel is working from home although Garrison’s work often requires travel. Both are taking great care of their daughter Isabel Kailani, “Izzy,” who is 5 years old! I moved back to Greenwich this summer. I am sure we are all looking forward to Reunion 2022!
Reflections from the Class of 1963 over the last several months during Covid: Nancy Hathaway Healy wrote from Greenwich, “Yes, I am feeling like a caged animal. I am used to staying home but this is getting a little taxing! I retired in March 2020 from my real estate career. I hated to leave my job as some of you know how much I loved my 32 years, and Sotheby’s is great, full of friendly nice people and managed so beautifully by our fellow alumna, Pam Pagnani ’76. So I am an expert at being homebound. When this Covid is over, I will be wildly looking for a hobby or some exercise that won’t put me under again. Hope to have the chance to see some of you again. Postscript: In December 2020, I heard from Lolly that Nancy has been in the hospital and was in rehab. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. ¶ Sharon Drew Topp opines from Madison, WI, “Sadly, we GA girls don’t have enough chances to be together. Lucky for me I’ve stayed healthy except for less energy which I blame on my age. I don’t like living alone all the time but fortunately, I can visit my daughter who lives 1.5 hours away. I’d love to hear from all of you and I pray for your good health and happiness.” ¶ Sally Mallory Morris continues to enjoy Monmouth, OR, along with her new kitten, Loki: “He showed up in my neighbor’s grapevines needing some love and shelter, which
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we are happy to provide as I lost my 13-year-old cat in June. He has been a great bit of joy in our lives since his arrival. I am still a happy single, but my former husband, Martin, has been living with me instead of in his apartment in Portland because of the virus (please note, NOT due to any violence or disruptions in the city because that has been blown way, way out of proportion in the media). We are blessed to be out in the country on acreage and can also go over to the Oregon Coast for saltwater respite. I have felt very content and, yes, privileged during these months and have tried to find ways to help out in the community (at a distance) for others who aren’t doing so well. So many folks are struggling and trying to keep safe during these uneasy times. My granddaughter, Vivien, who just turned 5, is up in Seattle, and while we have only seen them once since last year due to the virus, we do hours of FaceTime play and reading together. Best job I ever had! She is smart as a whip, bilingual, and up for adventure. I wish we could be together more in real time, but I will be patient! So glad that I got back East for a couple of reunions in the past years. Good to see some of you and hope to see more in the coming days, months, years!” ¶ Although Roxanne Zoubek Lawless (in CT) claims that not much is going on, I beg to differ from what followed! She is still riding and teaching five days a week, while hubby is working from home and playing tennis twice a week. As with many of the rest of us, she said the only other place they go is the grocery store. She later added some more details about their lives: “We have just been very, very lucky. I have some minor aches and pains but all my original parts are in working order. The main thing that keeps us both active is that we don’t have any pain. Pain changes your life. ¶ “We are hoping our son BJ can keep his two restaurants afloat during this time. He has a rib and seafood restaurant and a little Cheers-type bar and
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grill, both in Norwalk. Both he and his wife work together in the restaurants. They both had Covid in March and recovered, but not without some residual side effects. They are just managing to break even and that’s not a constant. ¶ “Oldest boy Bobby and his family are in Colorado. Bobby is a big financial muckety-muck and although he works like an animal, Covid has not had much of an effect on them except for their daughter having to do online schooling.” ¶ Anastasia Jones Robinson writes, “Hello from Texas! I have been enjoying the nice weather and watching BritBox and reading a lot. I have still been taking rally obedience lessons with my Golden Retriever, Chanel. We attended a trial here and she ran around the ring and got excused by the judge. I also go visit my 35-year-old Arabian horse. Because the weather is nice, my neighbors and friends have been having social distancing visits. We meet on someone’s patio with our own chairs and sit far apart. I also worked at home on the Republican senate campaign and wrote press releases for Kiwanis Club. Fortunately, I am a good cook and we have lots of restaurant take-outs. Since I can’t go on vacations, I bought myself a 2021 Tahoe luxury edition to drive around the Texas countryside. Maybe next year we can actually take it on a trip to Dallas or Florida. Hope everyone is doing well.” ¶ As for me, Dana Stambaugh Semeraro, my husband Dick and I are fine with being hunkered down at home here in Mystic, CT. (We actually enjoy each other’s company—how strange!) Fortunately, we love our little 1842 house and there are plenty of bucolic walks when the weather is nice. My husband is a voracious reader, so we have not binged on videos or TV, but do a lot of Zoom book groups, church meetings, and webinars, especially on conversations about race since last summer. We are definitely some of the lucky ones in this pandemic, and we are very grateful. Our son Ken is now in his last year of law
’64 Lynn Powers Babicka ’64 kicked off 2021 with a hole in one!
’64 Sybil vonBucher Holland ’64 and Beverly See White ’64, June 2020
’64 Barbara “Bunny” Lowe ’64 with her daughter Katie, Christmas 2020.
school (at Case Western in Cleveland), but has been working remotely since last March, and we really enjoy having him home again. His fiancée is an hour away, and he is with her on school breaks. She is also working remotely, teaching art to grammar school children for those in the inner city. Their wedding was supposed to be June of 2020, but has now been postponed until 2022, as they still want the whole shebang and want to be sure everyone has had the vaccine first!
The Class of ’64 has stayed both safe and quietly busy during these extended months of quarantine and isolation
’64 Barbara “Bunny” Lowe ’64 enjoying the surf, June 2021
’64 Painting by Anne Miller Neely ’64
’66 Members of the Class of 1966 on a Zoom call (Reunion 2021)
while we waited for a vaccine to be made available to us. ¶ Beverly See White continues to be a powerful tennis player and has taken up bocce. She writes that her daughter Megan White Mukuria ’95, together with her family and her nonprofit, are well in Nairobi. Daughter Perrin White ’01 and family are thriving in Natick, MA. ¶ Lynn Powers Babicka kicked off 2021 with a hole in one! Congratulations, Lynn! ¶ Carol Lees Williams and her husband Rob had their New Canaan family with them for Christmas. Their L.A. children had to go it alone this year. Carol says, “We just celebrated
our 50th anniversary and are taking our two sons, Tom and Dave, and their wives, Liz and Kate, and our five grandchildren, Henry (9), Andrew (8), Ryan (5), Jack (3), and Ann (3), to a resort in Mexico. In a year where the cousins have not seen each other and the littlest ones don’t remember each other, we thought it was a great idea to all get together and have some fun!” ¶ Barbara “Bunny” Lowe has sent along a photograph of her daughter Katie, a senior at Bates College, and herself taken in their home this Christmas. Thanks to Covid, Bunny had the pleasure of Katie’s company in Brooklyn from mid-November to mid-February. She says, “I’m near a great beach in East Hampton for two months, sometimes with my 22-year-old daughter Katie and her boyfriend, sometimes with college friends from Atlanta, Asheville, and Santa Barbara, always with cats Stella and Luna. Jumped into the chilly Atlantic on my birthday. I send love and the very best wishes to all in the Class of ’64.” ¶ Anne Miller Neely shared an image of one of her beautiful paintings with us and notes that there is an article about the climate change paintings representing over two decades of work in Hyperallergic, an online art mag out of NY. It can be found at youtu.be/JJ8FZAvZSmw. Be sure to visit Anne’s website, anneneely.com. ¶ Sybil vonBucher Holland reports, “We are so happy that we made it safely through the quarantine and are once again able to be with children and grandchildren! We look forward to a summer of sailing and visiting with family and friends. Beverly visited us in June on her way to see her daughter Perrin. It was great to catch up! All my best to the marvelous women in the Class of ’64!”
Class Captain Lucy Mitchell shares: “I talked on the phone with Linda Allen Winslow in November. We shared our Covid workout schedules. Linda is still working, from home, of course.” ¶ Jill Aszling’s amazing news is that she
finally had her kidney transplant surgery on January 14. Initial report was that everything went well. It has been an excruciating year for her, just waiting and doing dialysis three times a week. Her sisters and, of course, her intrepid husband, Bill Shek, have been lifesavers. Literally. Postscript: The new kidney failed and Jill is back on dialysis. ¶ Polly Bullen Georgiou was part of a New Year’s Day Zoom call a few of us had. It was lovely to meet George and a daughter-in-law and a couple of the grandkids while she simultaneously talked, cooked, and entertained. “In lovely Philadelphia, winter has zapped the big vegetable garden I tended enthusiastically all summer and harvested into October! Excellent exercise, socially distanced. It is good to watch things grow. We are still eating lots from the freezer: pesto, tomatoes, okra, green beans, lettuces, peppers, herbs, and stocks and sauces. I am cooking up a storm (for two). George is reading, rowing, and watching CNN in his lair. Our little dog, Cuba, unclipped, looks like a moving black and gray haystack. We have a new grandbaby, Chrysanthos John, born to son Peter and wife Christine. Now there are four grands: my son Chrysanthos and wife Sunny have Gia (7) and Georgie (4); son Peter has Katina (3) and baby Chrys (5 months). Until Katina started nursery school in person recently, Sundays were a mob scene here for family dinner. Now we are really limiting contact due to Covid. My daughters live nearby but have kept their distance since spring. We make do with FaceTime, the kids perform, we phone, lots of masks and social distancing.” ¶ Mary Spilman Cassady is delighted that her daughter Sara has moved down to FL as of last July. Sara’s elder daughter graduated with a degree in environmental science and landed a job with the county in Grand Rapids, MI. Her younger sister also has a degree in the same field and moved to Denver. Mary’s son Jordie is in FL but the rest of his family are up in MI. Olivia, his 17-year-old, is very
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frustrated that she is unable to make audition videos to apply to various ballet companies. “Mike and I are so grateful to be here and to be healthy. He has been diagnosed with dementia, but it hasn’t gotten worse over the past year. I think the routine of caring for our doggies, walks and bike rides in the neighborhood, and just enough social engagement has been good. Until recently, a neighbor was doing water aerobics classes at a nearby pool three times a week. I miss that. She hopes to resume in a few weeks. I also enjoy ambling about and pedaling around, being in two book clubs (we meet outside and distance), and some limited engagement with various church ministries. Probably my most vigorous activity is keeping up with the 3½-yearold twins, Kingston and Maxwell …We are blessed with a wonderful church family as well as good neighbors and the ability (unlike so many others now) to be with our own family.” ¶ Nathalie Durbin Heydet did not let Covid get her down. “I zealously made an effort to do something productive each day, as I am not typically a person to waste what time I have. Painting furniture, sewing, cooking, taking online classes, crafting, and exercising were my top contenders. I love to paint in the whimsical, MacKenzie-Childs style. I took up sewing again, as first taught to me by patient home economics teachers at Central Junior High School in Greenwich. Didn’t everyone want potholders for Christmas? Daily, I would find an online class from the Great Courses, mostly history as that is one of my passions. I fell in love with several free YouTube cooking classes. Life in The Villages has been pretty much the same since this past summer. The weather always lends itself to wonderful walks. Sticking with my three-mile-a-day plan, beginning at 5:30 each morning, I have found many great destinations that I can capture in photos. I am three miles from our closest town center (we have three) that offer live entertainment nightly. Healthwise, I broke my wrist riding a
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bike that was too big for me. I wore a cast too tight and ended up with carpal tunnel surgery to correct it, followed by physical therapy which resulted in Covid, because the equipment was not cleaned well, and there were lots of people in my particular rehab center. It was a relatively mild case compared to others, if you call sleeping 15-18 hours a day mild. I still have managed either through Zoom or face-to-face contact to stay active in my eight clubs. The one that seems to take up most of my time is Daughters of the American Revolution. It is primarily a service organization, and we have tried to do things to benefit those in need, homebound visits when possible, delivering meals to the poor, helping retired veterans, etc. I have also become very active as a docent for a local historic home (The Baker House, circa 1890) and give tours dressed in period costume.” ¶ Lyn Fidao Fleischhacker is very much looking forward to traveling again. She did manage to drive up to her sister Cyndy’s house in Wisconsin for New Year’s. Ordinarily, they would be on a cruise. “I’m enjoying Zumba classes on Zoom. My relative who lives in Italy has started a Fidao family Zoom call every six weeks or so, and I have met relatives who live in Paris, Izmir, and Genoa. It is amazing how much I’ve used Zoom to keep in touch, and I’m actually seeing more of friends and, as I mentioned, meeting relatives based in Europe. Who knew something good could come of the pandemic?” ¶ Jane Fisher Carlson and Chris celebrated their 50th anniversary in August. But even more exciting was the birth of their son Jonathan and his wife Kelsey’s beautiful daughter, Willa June Carlson. They have even been able to visit them all in nearby Needham, “albeit outside, masked, and at a distance. ... One of our greatest regrets over the past nine months is that we haven’t been able to visit Caroline, Zach, Nora, and Owen, who are doing well, but have been stuck in Pittsburgh since the beginning of March. We’re able to keep up with Nora and Owen,
who are growing like weeds, with photos, videos, and Zoom visits, but nothing beats seeing them in person.” ¶ Jane, of course, has excelled at mastering the virtual world. They had a terrific Zoom Easter with Chris’ family and with her family at Thanksgiving. Lovely Zoom chats with GA and Smith classmates. She has been able to keep up her singing with a virtual choir at her church and is working on a Virtual Concert Series for their local library. After 47 years practicing law, Chris has decided to retire. He’s looking forward to a more relaxed pace and to entire days when he doesn’t have to do battle with his computer. ¶ For the first time in 54 years, Judi Hill is totally retired. Now she’s just going to develop programs for her own happiness. She “did get in a ton of kayaking; it is a social distance kind of thing. My Doxie rode with me most of the time. Last week I took him in because my nursey mom gut knew something is wrong. He is 14 and he is in kidney failure and his spine is going … I cried for a week. Neither one of us is ready to not fight. Pain and symptom management is mostly the same for people or animals AND that is my expertise. I will keep him comfortable and will not let him suffer. He has been my constant buddy. This is my last dog. No more—my heart hurts too much. My property and friends and other people’s dogs will have to be enough.” ¶ Amazon has become her friend. She now has very fashionable masks, even color coordinated. “Not going out for lunch is my biggest snit, but considering how lucky I am to be here and not in the city … I am staying safe. I have been hugged eight times in 10 months. Try to hug myself, heard on Sesame Street it helps; it does.” ¶ Debbie Hinckley Berghorst welcomed a new member to their family. John Theodore Broderick (Jack) was born on Halloween. He joins his cousins, Cam Geis (4) and Lilly Geis (1). She is not sure she would do it again, but she and Ted built a new home blocks away from their old one. They are mostly moved in. ¶ Some of
’67 Gaby Hack Hall ’67 with her husband John and their granddaughter Charlotte
you may have seen Anne Hughes Kieve’s daughter-in-law, Kate Bedingfield, on TV. She was Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director. She has now been hired to be the White House communications director. And she has two little kiddos. Anne and Loren made it out to Boston to visit their newest grandson Francis in October. Then they drove down to DC to visit David and Kate. While there, she squeezed in a walk with Gay Roome Stevens in Rock Creek. ¶ Jan Johnstone has been “keeping busy with Zoom meetings, yoga, strength, and ballet classes. Jigsaw puzzles, English cryptic puzzles, and library books provide a welcome distraction, as does hiking with my dog in the nearby woods. I have guarded hope for the new year.” She also shared a Danish series with me, Borgen. ¶ Up in Monument, CO, snow or not, the sun is almost always shining, with a big blue sky. Marcia Luria Nordstrom is taking Pilates on Zoom and walking every day. “I am starting a computer program called Fluenz to start Spanish lessons. Am I too old for this? As I search for the right words in Spanish, I end up with French surfacing instead. It is a good program though. I love doing puzzles and reading and drawing
with pastels. I can’t wait to include traveling again. I love trying new recipes and am baking no-knead bread.” Over Christmas, they were able to spend time with her son’s family. Drew, her 12-year-old grandson, went snowboarding with Mark on the weekends. She’s hoping to get vaccinated in the next few weeks. “It will be amazing to feel safe and to be able to see friends.” ¶ Joanie Gordon McCord says she is still “snowbirding in Arizona. I am in a small town, Salome, which is about halfway between Parker and Wickenburg, with beautiful sunsets and a really fun little pitch-and-putt golf course right in the middle of the RV resort. During the summers we, my black lab mix Tasha and I, are back in Colorado, mostly up in the mountains at my little place near the Arkansas River to feed my fly fishing habit. Did I happen to mention I love being retired? Covid did take a toll on my travels. I did not get to return to New England to see family, nor did my brother get to come out to Colorado for our annual fishing and golfing trip. We, as all of us, are hoping for a better 2021 and that the restrictions relax a little so our families will be able to reunite.” ¶ Laura Pearsall says life is different. “For a while Noah and my grandchildren, Clementine and Aloysius, would come to visit each weekend, but now the stay-at-home order has gotten more stringent so we FaceTime … not the same, by any measure ... but safety first! Noah and Kris have been continuing their printing business. Their artists are producing art and selling online. They also sold artist prints to raise money for the Georgia senate race. They brought in over $50,000 and every penny went to the race. The kids go to a small Waldorf School, and they have been back at school this last month. Much of their day is spent outdoors, and they are very happy. John Morgan, Sarah, and their daughter Penelope left New York at the first spike there. They have been living in Pennsylvania. Sarah is in the Mark Morris Dance Troupe, so they will eventually go back to NY. John
Morgan has access to his dad’s studio and has done tracks on several records, given online lessons, done some shows remotely. The wonderful part of all this is that they have had time to spend with their daughter Penelope. She is quite the character, and they have loved having all this time with her.” ¶ Sue Porter Beffel is busy “running Camp Grandma for 3-year-old Owen, taking walks and doing virtual exercise with three sisters-in-law!” ¶ Vicki Van Rensselaer says, “2021 finds me looking forward to the 2021 college graduation of one of my nephews and the 2022 wedding of another nephew.” ¶ From Cape Elizabeth, ME, Laura Vanderbilt Ernst writes that she now has three grandchildren: Clara (7), George (3), and “8-month-old Covid baby Grace … Dog agility slowed but is picking up again with plans for more outside events. Even Westminster is moving out of NYC to a spot up the Hudson River, outside. I have a new 6-year-old sweet Cavalier KCS named Cinnamon, and a desire to work with her has me traveling to NH for events in Amherst. We have no snow on the ground in south Maine, which is rare. If this is global warming, thank you, Lord, for sending some our way. It enables us to go for long walks in almost springlike weather. No ice to slip me up! Yea! Hope Biden and friends can stop hating Trump long enough to get the vaccine distribution up to speed. Put a woman in charge of doing it, preferably one trained at GA! I am so looking forward to this being over!”
writes, “My only Covid accomplishments were losing weight and studying War and Peace (which I had never read) with a wonderful Stanford professor who was amazingly adept at managing a Zoom class of 92 people. I suppose emerging this side of the plague with my sanity and my health intact is also an accomplishment, and I am currently relishing all the small pleasures I once so easily took for granted. Singing hymns
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in church today for the first time in 15 months brought me an astonishing level of joy!” ¶ Gaby Hack Hall shares, “I am a happy grandmother! We were thrilled to welcome our first grandchild, Charlotte, born just before the pandemic. Our son Sam and wife Jenny escaped Brooklyn and sheltered in our RI summer home throughout the spring. We joined them with our younger son Robin for many happy gatherings throughout the year. Daffodils and Japanese primroses in our spring garden gave us joy, and the woodlands around us have been a sanctuary. We feel so fortunate to live in Greenwich with the beaches and parks to wander, and to be close to family. Looking forward to safe hugs this year.” ¶ Jennifer Thompson Dott wrote, “My big news this year is becoming a Connecticut resident again. We’ve decided to stay put to be close to family. We sold our Jupiter home this year. We are very happy with our decision.”
Itty Veysey Hays
sent this update: “Covid quarantined us in Sanibel in March 2020. Our daughter Victoria escaped from Manhattan at the last moment and spent three months with us with her children, ages 10, 6, and 2. Her husband is a doctor in NYC and stayed in NY, but as a surgeon he spent most of the time waiting to operate again. Summer of 2020 found us in Point O’Woods without grandchildren. We were able to go to Snowmass to ski, but that was it. No indoors anything there, so a lot of home-cooked meals. Another daughter showed up there with her three kids, 7, 4, and 2, and stayed six weeks. So we were never bored and so very lucky. We were vaccinated out there. So to end a ‘perfect’ year, had my knee replaced in April! Our family will all be together this summer including our son’s two that are 3 and 1.” ¶ Candra Hapgood Seley writes, “To catch you up to date, my husband Rex died unexpectedly three years ago. I am fortunate to be surrounded by family
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and friends. I now live in a lake house in NC in the summers and in downtown Charleston in the winters. I am healthy and happy.” ¶ Shannon Hack Burns shares, “The whole family celebrated our youngest son’s 30th birthday—a year late—in New York in June. Our oldest son and his wife live in New Canaan, our two other sons live in NYC, and our daughter came in from L.A. Charlie and I will be back as usual in August—we love Florida but it gets hot, even right on the ocean! We will be in for longer this summer to help our oldest and his wife move before their third child arrives in early October.” ¶ Class Captain Marilyn Makepeace sent this update: “After 15 months hanging out at home with the dogs (they loved it), Anne and I are starting to travel again. Getting vaccinated was a highlight this year. We have season tickets to the Giants and have been going to the Bay Area for games. Even with the stadium at 25% capacity it was good to be in a crowd and hear the cheers. As I write this I’m on my motorcycle on my way to Great Falls, MT, for the BMW National Rally. It’s the first long ride in two years. Tonight I’m in The Dalles, OR, and will be in Great Falls by Wednesday afternoon. Another delayed event that I’m participating in starting in late July will be the Suffragettes Ride from Portland, OR, to Washington, DC, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In May, Anne and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. She’s still writing (being at home was not a problem for her), birding locally, and has been going to birding festivals on Zoom since the beginning of the shutdown.” ¶ Marilyn shared this reflection on Liz Fulton: “I didn’t really know Liz; I believe she was at GA for her junior and senior years only. We were in different circles, but I remember some things about her. Liz had many good qualities, but the main thing I remember is that she was kind and accepting. At one of our reunions, maybe the 25th but I can’t remember, she asked about my underwater photography
’68 Shannon Hack Burns and her family celebrating her youngest son’s 30th birthday—a year late—in New York, June 2021
’68 Candra Hapgood Seley and her family
and world travels. She was genuinely interested. At that time I didn’t know much about her journalism and travels, and I regret not asking more. From what little I know, she followed her heart, was creative, loved life, and was modest about her accomplishments. She left us too soon, and the world has lost an exceptional woman.”
Mette Riis writes,
“We are still in the midst of a drought in CO and have had very little snow. So skiing is rocky. I continue to go back and forth to CT to visit family. Jerry and I bought a condo in Guilford by the shoreline, so we can be close when we want. My niece is expecting a girl in May and my nephew is engaged, so a lot going on there which I don’t want to miss. International travel has been on hold, of course, and I am volunteering to give Covid vaccines as needed. Tough year but a brighter future ahead hopefully!”
’77 Brooks Adams Melly ’77’s grandson, John Banks Melly, born December 22, 2020
’79 Nancy Weinberg Hamilton ’79 with her son Ben
’79 Diane von Gal Tobin ’79 and her family, summer 2021
’79 Chris Keefe ’79 and Paulette Wunsch ’79 catching up in Greenwich
’79 Kim Brown Ferguson ’79 by Narragansett Bay
Class Captain Susie Davis writes: “By the time this is printed, some of these notes will be a year old, since we only have one issue of the alumnae magazine this year, but better old news than no news! I was inspired by the Class of 1962’s fundraiser in which $5 would go to GA for every classmate who ran/walked or swam five kilometers over five days,
and I asked the same of my classmates. Two replied. Paulette Wunsch rowed 100,000 meters on a rowing machine between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Kim Brown Ferguson has been swimming every morning in freezing temperatures in the Narragansett Bay (in a wetsuit) and then runs onto the beach and dunks her feet and hands into a bucket of hot water. Look for her photo in this issue! ¶ Paulette is enjoying her new house in Armonk, NY. Chris Keefe, who used to live on Buckfield Lane, visited Paulette, and the two former Parkway Elementary School classmates explored their old stomping grounds in backcountry Greenwich. It looks a bit different than it did in the 1970s! Kim and Anne Wiesen also attended Parkway with them. ¶ I spent Christmas and New Year’s with some Academy parents who live in my building, the Shieferdeckers, parents of Janet Schieferdecker ’82, and Jeanne Host, grandmother of Elizabeth Host ’04
and Paige Host ’10. Other neighbors in my building are also Academy parents. I get surplus tomatoes from Bob and Donna Weltz, parents of Jennifer Weltz ’87 and Suzanne Weltz Hinlicky ’92. I play tennis with the mother of Maya Aishman Tichio ’90. And one of my new neighbors is Barbara Brickman, mother to Blair Brickman ’81 and Jennette Brickman ’71. ¶ While traveling was curtailed in 2020, I drove to the Thousand Islands in the summer to go kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. I was just a few feet away from the Canadian border, but did not attempt to paddle ashore! I took some bike trips in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley with a group called Farm to Fork. Bikers can stop by farms and sample their local produce. I also skied in Lake Placid in late December 2020. But I really enjoyed staying at home and growing cucumbers, peppers, and other veggies and herbs on my patio. By the time this appears in the magazine, I will have also hiked at Glacier National Park in Montana and made a third trip to Iceland (a favorite destination).” ¶ Here is the news from more classmates, written in January 2021: Nancy Rieger in New Jersey shares, “Right now, I’m feeling exhausted, working on multiple deadlines for donor proposals and reports at Memorial Sloan Kettering. I know some of us love working remotely, but I miss the impromptu conversations, collaborations, and camaraderie that come from walking around the office. I have learned to cook a lot of new recipes since last March 2020. Cooking is certainly therapeutic and tastily rewarding. ¶ My husband Armand and I loved watching Ozark and Queen’s Gambit. I think the best series this year was Unorthodox. We’re also watching French Village. As for reading, I’m a third of the way through the novel City on Fire, published a few years back. It perfectly captures NYC in the mid-1970s. Hard to believe that we lived through a period that began a half-century ago! The Mandibles and Pachinko are next
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on my novel list. I’m 10 years late in reading the prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies (my nonfiction read at the moment), but since I write all about cancer research and care, it’s absolutely fascinating. It’s also out of date because the last decade has delivered completely new ways to treat the disease, even curing people with once untreatable cancers. We lost Armand’s stepdad, not to Covid, in November. He was 95 and had an amazing life. Fortunately, it was warm enough for a graveside service, albeit a small one.” ¶ From Catherine Sullivan McLaughlin in Pennsylvania: “2020 proved to be a crazy year. Before the world changed in March, we took the family to Italy in early January. We spent New Year’s in Rome. It feels like a lifetime ago! On March 13 we had a full house again! Our eldest daughter Catherine returned from NYC where she roomed with Sally O’Toole Whitesell’s daughter Emily, and is still virtual at home. Elizabeth, a junior at William & Mary, returned home too. She finished the semester at home and did her summer job remotely, but luckily returned to campus in the fall of 2020. Jack and Clare also were online and have been back on campus some of the fall semester. Clare graduated middle school with an impressive drive-by graduation. John already works from home, so he had to get used to all the company. I just tried to keep out of everyone’s way—walk, read, cook, do my part-time legal job online, etc. My baking business, catherineskitchenllc.com, came to a grinding halt but thankfully took off again in August as businesses and colleges began to open up and there was a renewed demand for care packages. I also served as Judge of Elections in our ward—they were long, challenging days. This is a milestone year for most of us. (We all turn 60!) The older I get, the more I remember fondly my time in CT and at GA.” ¶ Nancy Weinberg Hamilton writes from Sisters, Oregon: “Our son Ben has continued to grow his business, Mokko Wood Craft. He does amazing work.
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’81 Pam Christensen Olney ’81 and Amy Springborn Pagnani ’81 in New London, NH (where they both live) after a walk around Kezar Lake.
’88 Friends and family together for Megan Tyre ’88’s birthday, May 2021. Front row: Jamie Boris ’88, Megan, Jill Mastoloni ’88. Back row: Lizzie Lindemeyer ’22, Allison Lindemeyer ’18, Katy Finch ’88, Jaime Tyre Kim ’94, and Adrienne Shaw ’88
’88 Class of ’88 mates Elizabeth “Biff” Bernard, Kelly Mason, and Katherine Pushkar, July 2021
’88 Kim Schwarzkopf ’88 on her wedding day with her husband, Rich Atlig. Shannon Zastrow, Annabelle Whitby Zastrow ’88, Kim, Clare Wilson ’88, and Rich
’88 Julie Sherman Lucht ’88 and Annabelle Whitby Zastrow ’88 with Geoff Headington WCK ’88 and Tom Lucht WCK ’88 vacationing with their families in the San Juan Islands, July 2021
’88 Class of ’88 mates Katherine Pushkar, Kelly Mason, and Clare Wilson celebrating Katherine’s 50th birthday!
’88 Class of ’88 mates Christy Luth Andrisen and Annabelle Whitby Zastrow
’89 Meredith McLean Gramelspacher and her son Wilson, who shaved their heads in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise funds through an annual shave event at their Little League, June 2021
’95 Andra Winokur Newman ’95 and Sally Maloney Duval ’96 with their daughters, Winnie Newman ’28 (far left) and Molly Duval ’29 (far right). Andra and Sally are their GYL coaches!
Marlise Pierre-Wright ’08’s daughter, Camille Noelle, born July 2020
Our daughter who got engaged last Christmas, was married this November. Although we could not attend in person, we were there through Zoom. She also graduated with her master’s from GW. Mark and I are fine. I still work at
the Stitchin Post. I host Knitting with Nancy on Facebook, which then goes to YouTube. I have a blast.” ¶ Fran Farley Snabes writes, “Florida is really fun and I can’t wait for you to come and visit Tampa.” ¶ Kerstin Tibbetts Kripalani says, “All is well with us ... Our daughter Serena graduated USC in May 2020 and is now free to devote all her time to her pet services business and her puppy, Freddie. Marisa graduated from Johns Hopkins in May 2021. She loved it there, made long-lasting friendships, and is ready to move on. She’s accepted a job in Boston starting sometime in the summer (2021). Maybe a pied-a-terre there one day. :) ¶ “Ron and I went skiing in Aspen in February 2021. All the snow was beautiful (something I definitely miss while living in Los Angeles). I’m happy GA figured out how to keep things going during that Covid craziness.” ¶ From Diane von Gal Tobin in New Jersey: “We are still living in Montclair, NJ. We are in the throes of chaos with three teenagers living under our roof. All of whom are remote learning, so there is a lot of togetherness (yikes!). Covid has really been a blessing in disguise; Rich has been home for the past year since his company stopped all travel, and with Nolan (daughter, high school senior), Wyatt (son, high school junior), and Ruby (daughter, high school freshman) all home with remote learning, we got to spend time that we never would have had. Fortunately, our eldest daughter, Vreeland, is working and living in the next town over. Michael (my bonus son) moved to L.A. and is loving it, although we miss him terribly! I am a contracts manager at a small private local college, and Rich is designing denim. I am currently studying for my Level 1 Reiki certification. Like many, Covid pushed us to think differently, and the von Gals all would meet weekly for von Gal Blood Bingo via Zoom.”
Pam Christensen Olney shares,
NH. Amy Springborn Pagnani and Rick discovered the place more than 10 years ago and bought a house five years ago. They kept inviting Chip and me up and we fell in love with it. With the real estate market coming back, we pulled the trigger! We are so happy.”
Liz Roessler Lombardo
was featured in Lapalme Magazine! Check out the article here: lapalmemagazine.com/2021/04/ dr-elizabeth-lombardo-lets-get-happy/.
After 16 years of supporting St. Baldrick’s Foundation and helping her boys raise funds through an annual shave event at their Little League, this June, Meredith McLean Gramelspacher
decided last minute to shave her head! In one week she raised over $12,000, with the support of many GA classmates and former teammates. While Meredith’s family has not been directly impacted by pediatric cancer, they have known too many families in their local community that have, and so St. Baldrick’s has become one of their primary philanthropic efforts. St. Baldrick’s is the largest funder of pediatric cancer research next to the federal government. Check them out to learn more and contact Meredith if you wish to donate!
We are excited to announce that the Board of Trustees has nominated Andra Winokur Newman ’95 (P’28, ’32, WCK ’25) as GA’s next board chair. A highly engaged alumna and parent, Andra will serve as Greenwich Academy’s first alumna and second female board chair. Andra has been a champion of GA for decades and a role model for so many young women, embodying the values of hard work and exemplary character. In addition to her chairing duties, Andra is also busy coaching GYL alongside fellow alumna and former teammate, Sally Maloney Duval ’96!
“Chip and I moved to New London,
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Hagar Hajjar Chemali had a
baby girl—and hopefully a future GA girl!—named Emma Victoria last summer (which, after two boys, she’s especially excited about). She also launched her own world news show on YouTube called Oh My World with Hagar Chemali! She lives in Greenwich and loves being an active part of the GA family.
Sophie Nosseir Jung reports: “I
and her partner Sarah Anderson welcomed their son, Evan Willingham Anderson, on October 25, 2020.
shares, “I was married on August 25, 2020, at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London to Captain Jonathan Lindley. It was a true pandemic affair. In the room we were only allowed our witnesses and the photographer, so friends and family were on Zoom. Several other GA alumnae were digitally ‘in the room where it happened,’ including Valerie Boyd Burns ’07, Clare Cooper, Tina Detchon, and Lindsey Harriss. Lizzie Craft Townsend-Rose was my witness and Meredith Olson was in attendance at the reception at the Travellers Club in St James. We are due to relocate to Toronto, ON, this fall.”
reports, “I got married to Daniel Katz on June 22, 2019. I kept my maiden name. Katie Meyer, Olivia Frazao, and Michelle Arader Fort were all bridesmaids! We welcomed Harriet (Hattie) Jean Katz into the world on April 7, 2021.”
got married Covid-style a few months ago.” Sophie married Zach Jung of Richmond, VA, in Charlottesville, VA, on September 6, 2020. Due to the pandemic, they reduced their guest list from 200 to 55 people and were
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able to pull off an incredibly special and safe wedding weekend.
graduated with the Class of 2021 from University of Michigan Medical School and is headed to UPenn as a general surgery resident. ¶ This past year, KC Morse co-founded an organization called Dance in Color (danceincolor.com). The organization’s mission is to change the face of dance by bolstering young dance students of color and exposing them to dancers of color in the industry. On Saturday, June 19, Dance in Color held a virtual gala event with a special appearance from Misty Copeland! Brunswick alum Allen René Louis WCK ’11 also performed. ¶ KC collected the following updates on the Class of 2011 Reunion Zoom. Thanks, KC! ¶ Kristen Morris is living in New Hampshire and worked on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. Sahara Lake is a GA trustee and works at the Tory Burch Foundation. Erin Peloso is living in Stamford and working as a paralegal. Danielle Martin moved to Rochester for a pediatric residency program. Ashley Jones is in business school at Dartmouth. Masha Popelyukhina married in 2020. Yasmeen Audi is living in London and married in 2020.
Devon Mifflin, an art history major and religion minor, was named salutatorian at Dartmouth. She has been deeply involved with the Hood Museum of Art as an early member of the Museum Club, the Levinson Intern for Campus Engagement, and the digital engagement project assistant, a role she helped to create. She curated A Space for Dialogue exhibition called “VISION 2020: What Do You See?” She has also been involved with the Center for Social Impact’s SIBS program and served as philanthropy chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Devon plans on a career in the arts.
’15 Julia Booth ’15 and Pam Schulman ’13, both former GA field hockey players, coaching together at Blair Academy!
’16 Top: Serena Profaci ’16, Annie Klein ’16, and Annika Tallis ’16 at their graduation from UVA, May 2020. Bottom: Annika, Serena, and Annie as eighth graders at Greenwich Academy!
’11 The Class of 2011 on their Reunion Zoom, April 2021. Top row, from left to right: Kristen Morris, KC Morse, Sahara Lake. Middle row: Gracia Vargas, Erin Peloso, Christina von Braun and Danielle Martin. Bottom row: Masha Popelyukhina, Ashley Jones, Yasmeen Audi.
Haley Rosengarten ’03 and Alex Hasslacher on their wedding day, May 2020
Lauren Sheppe ’04 and Kevin Plunkett on their wedding day, October 2020
’05 Lizzie Craft Townsend-Rose ’05, Alex Vaughn ’05, and Meredith Olson ’05 on Alex’s wedding day, August 2020
Mary Kate Leary ’10 (right) and Morgan Arturi on their wedding day, June 2021
Yasmeen Audi ’11 and Camil Fares on their wedding day, September 2020
Sophie Nosseir ’09 and Zach Jung on their wedding day, September 2020
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Samantha Melton ’97 Paul Saputo August 28, 2020
Allyson Pergamo ’96 Peter James Kalamaras May 6, 2020
Haley Rosengarten ’03 Alex Hasslacher May 15, 2020
Laura O’Reilly Amaro ’95 Isadora O’Reilly October 27, 2020
Lauren Sheppe ’04 Kevin Plunkett October 3, 2020
Paulina Fibak Mulone ’96 Stefano Wojtek May 9, 2021
Alexandra Vaughn ’05 Jonathan Lindley August 25, 2020
Samantha Melton Saputo ’97 Luca Andrew October 27, 2018
Hillary Coleman ’06 Daniel Katz June 22, 2019
Fritzie Andrade ’99 Rigby Lara Andrade-Orenstein June 19, 2019
Clare Berner ’08 Riley Nash August 3, 2019
Farrell Boucher Jalbert ’99 Lucile Marion January 9, 2021
Caroline Connor ’09 Brendan McNally June 5, 2021
Lauren Broadhurst Cook ’99 Charlotte Bennet August 27, 2020
Sophie Nosseir ’09 Zach Jung September 6, 2020
Yasmina Jacobs ’99 Genevieve Jacobs Perrelli August 2020
Hayden Furey ’10 Robert Stuhr December 29, 2020
Kathryn Brackenridge ’00 Thomas “Bish” Waring Fauntleroy IV February 25, 2021
Mary Kate Leary ’10 Morgan Arturi June 12, 2021 Yasmeen Audi ’11 Camil Fares September 10, 2020 Anna Harrison ’11 Parker Hurst October 29, 2020
’10 Hayden Furey ’10 and Robert Stuhr on their wedding day, December 2020
Zoë Morris ’14 Mark Kuhn June 5, 2021
Miyuki Arikawa Sato ’01 Yugo January 8, 2021 Emily Baraf Varod ’01 Beatrice “Bea” Sky April 7, 2021 Ashley Einhorn Judson ’01 Rory Hume November 6, 2020
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’96 Paulina Fibak Mulone ’96’s son Stefano Wojtek, born May 9, 2021
’97 Samantha Melton Saputo ’97 and her son Luca Andrew, who was born October 27, 2018
Christina Juan ’05’s son, Ulysses Järvenpää Juan-Deichsel, born April 11, 2021
N E W A R R I VA L S Megan Henze Bristol ’01 Annabelle Theodora June 29, 2021 Alanna Hynes DeGisi ’01 Charles “Charlie” James June 18, 2021 Catherine Boysen ’02 Julian Nathaniel Boysen Steitzer April 5, 2020 Elizabeth Ferrell ’02 Evan Willingham Anderson October 25, 2020
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Yasmina Jacobs ’99’s daughters Pia (3) and Viv, born August 2020
Megan Henze Bristol ’01’s daughter, Annabelle Theodora, born June 29, 2021
Farrell Boucher Jalbert ’99’s daughter Lucile Marion, born January 9, 2021
Catherine Boysen ’02’s son, Julian Nathaniel Boysen Steitzer, born April 5, 2020
Elizabeth Ferrell ’02’s son, Evan Willingham Anderson, born October 25, 2020
Rebecca Allen Johnson ’03’s daughter, Barbara (2)
Louise Townsend Duckett ’05’s son, John “Towns” Townsend, born February 21, 2021
Kathryn Brackenridge ’00 with her son Thomas “Bish” Waring Fauntleroy IV, born February 25, 2021
Johanna Snyder Mahoney ’06’s daughter, Charlotte “Coco” Loring, born March 10, 2020
Haley Fuller Zendejas ’10’s son, Jack Edouardo Fuller, born April 16, 2021
Lyle Gestal ’02 Evan Lyle McGrath October 20, 2020
Charlotte Gerrish Koster ’04 Benjamin Thornton January 11, 2021
Louise Townsend Duckett ’05 John “Towns” Townsend February 21, 2021
Olivia Hardinge Weiss ’07 Oscar Charles February 28, 2021
Merrill Knox Grant ’02 Ellis Alan June 11, 2021
Elizabeth Losch Adams ’04 India Rose March 4, 2021
Emily Burleigh Grunseich ’06 Cooper William September 16, 2020
Clare Berner Nash ’08 Rhett Robert February 2, 2021
Ashley Lyddane Beberus ’02 Luke Benjamin Lyddane November 10, 2020
Amanda Fuller Zakharov ’05 Zadie Fuller July 28, 2020
Hillary Coleman ’06 Harriet “Hattie” Jean Katz April 7, 2021
Alexandra Fox Rogers ’08 Elizabeth Hannigan October 14, 2020
Nicole Casson Russo ’04 Thomas Raynor December 13, 2020
Sarah Joyce Pasqua ’05 Emily Frances October 23, 2020
Lindsay Grant Savarese ’06 Frank “Ty” Gerard III June 1, 2020
Haley Fuller Zendejas ’10 Jack Edouardo Fuller April 16, 2021
Alexandra Erdman Ely ’04 Oscar Jay October 24, 2020
Christina Juan ’05 Ulysses Järvenpää Juan-Deichsel April 11, 2021
Johanna Snyder Mahoney ’06 Charlotte “Coco” Loring March 10, 2020
Hillary Singer Stein ’10 Arthur James August 3, 2020
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