HARVEY magazine | winter 2013
great past & greater future
Board of Trustees Eileen Walker, Chair Philip Bowers ’70 Capital Campaign Chair Daniel K. Chapman ’73 President, Alumni Association Thomas E. Dodd Barry W. Fenstermacher President & Secretary Charles A. Krasne, Treasurer Raymond G. Kuntz
Jeffrey Lasdon Maury A. Leone Vice Chair Christopher Linneman Edward Maluf Thomas J. McCrossan Jane Petty Joseph Plummer William B. Roberts ’51 Wallace L. Schwartz
Elizabeth Sorenson Karen Walant President, Parents’ Association J. Eric Wise Samar Zuaiter Frank A. Weil ’44, Honorary Alice DeSomma, Emerita
Features 4 Harvey Athletics: A New Era Begins...
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Homecoming Weekend Athletic Center Evarts Rink Alumni Athletic Hall of Famers
departments 2 Letter from the Editor 3 Message from the Headmaster
18 Cavalier Clippings 26 Sports Roundup 29 Student Insight 30 Faculty Focus
30 Q&A with Faculty/Staff 32 Middle School Perspective 32 Upper School Perspective
34 Parent View 36 The Shackleton Experience: Lessons in Leadership
40 Alumni News
36 Alumni Executive Council Daniel K. Chapman ’73 President, Alumni Association Wylie Smith Blake ’88 Diana Bondy ’05 Thomas E. Dodd Harvey teacher 1965–75 Philip A. Eifert ’73 Alexander P. McKown ’57 Ward Meehan ’98 Seth Morton ’57
Zach Rosenthal ’06 Brian Ryerson ’05 Geoffrey R. Wiener ’32 Emeritus Sally Breckenridge Director of Alumni Relations
41 Recent Events 44 Class Notes 58 In Memoriam
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Letter from the Editor We hope you find this issue interesting as we have chosen to focus on Harvey’s rich history of athletics while we celebrate the opening of our new athletic center and the recent refurbishing of Evarts Rink. During these past six years, the athletic center evolved from a vision to a reality, and the road to its construction was paved by the hard work and the generosity of many who helped us realize the dream. This focus also allowed us to return to another time in Harvey’s history when the school built the existing single gym in 1961 after the move from Hawthorne. Our research revealed how much joy and anticipation existed then as well as when the school opened the gym. While we want this issue to highlight the athletic center and underscore the extraordinary benefits it will bring to our athletic program, we also wish to recognize all that the Evarts Rink has meant to Harvey throughout the last 40 years. In my 23 years of association with Harvey, I cannot count the number of times when I used the rink as the reference point for people who ask about Harvey and where it is located. “It’s that school on Rt. 22 with the rink,” I would say. “Oh, yes. Now I know where you mean,” is the response I would get each and every time. The Evarts Rink and Harvey are inseparable entities. The renovations completed on the rink inside and out have given our jewel the polishing so deserving of its role in helping to give Harvey its identity and in contributing to the overall well-being of the school. For years the rink has housed the school’s outstanding hockey program as well as served as a hub of skating activity for the community at large. I saw the Homecoming Weekend we held this past fall to welcome back alumni, celebrate the opening of the new athletic center, and honor our school and its history as more than a time to revel in our past and present. I saw the two days as a kind of rededication to all that makes Harvey great, the people and the place, and everyone looking to a future in which our school grows to heights still to be attained. In the meantime, we encourage you to write and tell us what you like about our magazine, to give us some feedback on the articles within, or to offer suggestions for features or future focuses. We would like to publish your comments in a Letter to the Editor column. Please send them to: Harvey Magazine, The Harvey School, 260 Jay Street, Katonah, NY, 10536, or email us at: email@example.com. Also, please email us (if you have not done so already) to say whether you would rather receive the online version of the magazine.
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The Harvey School 260 Jay Street Katonah, NY 10536 Tel: 914-232-3161 harveyschool.org Headmaster Barry W. Fenstermacher Director of Development Laura Prichard Editor-in-Chief Chris Del Campo Alumni Editor Sally Breckenridge Feature Writer Julia Halewicz Contributors Vinny Alexander, Mark Brandon, Robert Cook, Tim Halewicz, Patrick Kennedy, Bert Lachmann ’47, Denise Smith, Andrew Tyson, Ingrid Wittmann Chief Photographer Gabe Palacio Photography Contributing Photographers Lesley Boltz, John Brooks, Coreena D’Alessandro, John DePalma, Julia Halewicz, Shane Lardinois (Duke University), Valerie Mandra, Laura Prichard, Andrew Tyson Designer Good Design LLC Printing Printech, Stamford, Conn.
message from the headmaster
Sports at Harvey centers on teamwork and the lessons people learn when they work together.
Interscholastic and intramural sports has been a part of American education for well over 100 years. This is not true of most pre-college programs around the world. The importance of sports and its role in school are unique to the United States and, to some extent, Canada. Why do we think enough of sports to include it so centrally in our schools’ program? To many children, playing sports in school is part of their youthful dream of becoming a professional athlete. Yet the statistics are not in most children’s favor, as so few childhood athletes become professionals. For the vast majority of pre-college athletes, we must look elsewhere beyond the professional goal as the reason sports is important to school. Chiefly, sports complements any good school’s curriculum by teaching lessons arguably as important as any taught in a classroom. Sports at Harvey centers on teamwork and the lessons people learn when they work together. Sports encourages doing one’s best and emphasizes the interdependence of one student and a group. Harvey teams learn to respect their opponents and to accept the rulings of officials. They learn that sometimes their best efforts are not enough. Harvey students learn life lessons that are mandatory for all well-educated in this new century. As Harvey has grown, the trustees have worked very hard to have all our facilities match the quality of our teachers. Harvey has had a wonderful experience with our rink, our abundant fields (recently augmented by the Raymond G. Kuntz Field—formerly Burnt Acres)—and now, our magnificent athletic center. The life lessons will flourish in this new facility in ways we have seen in the Walker Center for the Arts, the Krasne Middle School, and in all parts of our campus. Athletes in Harvey’s past will join our current student athletes and know our new facilities were built because of the athletic promise shown years ago. The lessons taught are the same, but now our future competitors will learn in a particularly wonderful space. Thanks to all for your help, your ideas and your loyalty to help keep Harvey so strong.
Barry W. Fenstermacher Headmaster The Harvey School 3
â€œour athletes, coaches, and trainers
now have a facility that matches their skill and determinationâ€?
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athletics a new era begins...
Homecoming Weekend: when stars appeared and spirit reigned
his year’s Homecoming Weekend was a momentous occasion as Harvey combined the celebration of the opening of the new athletic center with all the festivities that promote the pride of being a Cavalier. The two-day event, October 19–20, kicked off with the much anticipated opening ceremony on Friday. Two special guests, former New York Yankees great Bernie Williams and Manhattan College men’s basketball coach, Steve Masiello ’96, helped cut the ribbon, symbolizing a dream come true and a new era in the school’s athletic program. On Saturday, a full slate of varsity games was on tap, but not before former New York Knicks great John Starks led a basketball clinic in the new gym for our middle school students. In his remarks at Friday’s noontime ribbon-cutting ceremony, Headmaster Barry Fenstermacher called it “an historic day for Harvey.” Speaking of the importance of the new facility, the Headmaster said it will help “teach us to win
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with humility and lose with dignity.” When the Headmaster introduced special guest, Bernie Williams, the four-time World Series champion and Emmy-nominated jazz guitarist came to the podium, looked around the new, twin-court gym packed with students, staff, parents, and alumni, and pronounced, “This is awesome!” He told the students to make education their priority, adding that sports and the arts are “great components of a well-rounded education.” Speaking of the new 22,000-sq. ft. athletic center, the former Yankee great said, “I hope you enjoy it for generations to come.” Before he left, Williams cut the ribbon and then held the scissors high as a sign that it was time to “Let the games begin,” the slogan of the capital campaign. Student Council President Karina Lambert spoke next on behalf of the students. She said, “Our athletes, coaches, and trainers now have a facility that matches their skill and determination.” She said, “As students, we are thrilled to be a part of an era that witnesses the spectacular impact that this athletic center will forever imprint on The Harvey School.” When it was time for the Headmaster to introduce special guest Steve Masiello ’96, he made two surprise announcements. First he proclaimed that Masiello’s #3 jersey would be retired in honor of being the highest scorer in Harvey basketball history. The Headmaster then announced that this
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alum, the player who won a championship for Harvey and helped Kentucky to an NCAA title, had pledged a leadership gift for the new building’s construction. The Headmaster called Masiello’s financial offer “the largest pledge we have ever received from an alumnus of his era.” Addressing the assembly, Masiello said that being at the ceremony filled him with pride. He recalled how much Harvey shaped him as a young person. “Harvey allowed me to find myself while I was here,” he said. Last year’s “All Metropolitan Co-Coach of Year” (for leading his Manhattan College Jaspers to a 21-win season) said what impressed him the most about the new athletic center was that it showed “Harvey’s commitment to the student and the student-athlete.” He exhorted the students to “take great pride in this building.” Then, with a big smile, he concluded his remarks with a challenge. “I want to see someone break my record in this gym.” When the speeches ended, the music came up, the crowd buzzed with anticipation, the curtains slid open, and a large ribbon appeared, stretched across the entire width of the gym. Three large pairs of scissors, one for Steve and the Headmaster, one for the Student Council President and her Vice President
Sam Smyth, and the third for Board of Trustees Chair Eileen Walker and several team captains who all sliced into the ribbon, prompting a huge cheer from the standing-room only crowd. It was now official. A new era had begun. Keeping a promise to students who won a contest in 2011 with the prize of being the first to shoot baskets in the new gym, Headmaster Fenstermacher called upon Mary Nichols, Josh Markowitz, and Chinasa “CeCe” Nwokocha to do the honors. Mary, a sophomore, calmly approached the foul line, lined up her shot, tossed it up, and, “swish,” she sank it on her first try. Josh, a freshman, followed and swished it in on his first attempt as well. It was CeCe’s turn. Decked out in her soccer jersey and wearing tall, brown boots, CeCe dribbled toward the basket for a layup, and put it up, but it rolled off the rim. After several more shots, CeCe took another that rose on an arc above the hoop, descended and struck the rim, bounced straight up, and came down again through the net. A huge, heartfelt cheer erupted from the fans and a wave of loud applause echoed throughout the gym. CeCe was smiling and her fans were too. Nothing could dampen Harvey spirit on this historic day, in this magnificent gym, for these happy Cavaliers! H
“a huge, heartfelt cheer erupted from the fans and a wave of loud applause echoed throughout the gym...”
The Athletic Center: building body and character
Athletic Center Specs
• Two full-size basketball and volleyball courts • Built-in sound system (for announcements, play-by-play, and music) • 2,000-sq.-ft. fitness room (3 arc trainers, 3 treadmills, 2 virtual reality bikes, room for stretching, yoga, and more) • Cases for Harvey’s trophies that currently are not on display • Seating for 420 • Large trainer’s room with whirlpool and plenty of space for rehab • Large locker rooms for sports teams • Visitors’ locker room • Multipurpose flooring to accommodate a wide range of athletic contests and other school events
ike the Walker Center for the Arts and Krasne Middle School, the athletic center is part of the new face of Harvey, as 1996 alum Steve Masiello pointed out to the 450 students, staff, parents, and alumni who gathered at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. With state-of-the-art elements to boast of, including a large trainer’s room with a whirlpool and space for rehabilitation, a built-in sound system and multipurpose flooring for different athletic needs, the athletic center helps set Harvey apart from its prep-school counterparts. “Harvey’s committed to the students and student athletes,” said Masiello, telling students to take advantage of the facilities. The facilities are an obvious boost to the teams who will utilize them—including basketball and volleyball, but they are also meant for the greater community. “It will improve our health as a community and enable us to live healthier lives. I’m excited that the faculty and staff and kids will have an opportunity within the athletic center to live more healthily. Hopefully, over time, that will attract more students to athletics,” said Athletic Director Mark Brandon. The facility comes with even more benefit to the local community, eliminating travel to Brewster for practices, offering ample space for teams to practice indoors during inclement weather, and plenty of bleacher seats for spectators to watch comfortably. Education in its many forms is on display with the new athletic center, where physical education translates into life lessons. The Headmaster took the opportunity to tell a story about Michael Jordan, quoting the basketball legend: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” For Masiello and the thousands of other Harvey alumni and current students, participating in Harvey athletics gives students a chance to find out who they are and help them go on to successful careers in any field. As generations come and go, Headmaster Fenstermacher reminds them all to “Never forget the name that is on the front of your jersey.” H
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“the rink enhanced Harvey’s
reputation by bringing people from far and wide who otherwise would probably never have heard of the school ”
a rich history of hockey
t’s been a long time since the halcyon days of ice hockey at Whites Pond in Bedford Hills. You might call the pond on the grounds of the GlenArbor Golf Club the birthplace of Harvey hockey. When a group of men in northern Westchester laced up their skates to battle each other on frozen ponds, they were the trailblazers for a long and storied tradition established in 1930 by the community-minded Bedford Bears program. The Bears used Whites Pond for some years until they moved to an outdoor rink at The Harvey School. With their popularity growing through the years and with their vision of having an indoor rink for home ice, Bears directors worked with Harvey on a joint venture to construct what was to become the Evarts Ice Hockey Rink at The Harvey School. It opened in 1969. “There was no rink anywhere short of White Plains,” said Frank Weil ’44, “and a lot of folks wanted to skate and have their kids learn figure skating and ice hockey.” Weil, whose family’s estate became the new home of The Harvey School in 1959 after it relocated to Katonah from Hawthorne, credits former parent and trustee Maxwell Evarts as “most responsible” for the dream of an indoor rink becoming a reality. Weil, Harvey’s Board of Trustees Chair at the time, said Evarts, David Hopkins, Lew Preston, and others saw the rink as a way to serve both the local community and the school.
He said, “The rink enhanced Harvey’s reputation by bringing people from far and wide who otherwise would probably never have heard of the school.” “The plaque at the entryway, which dedicates the rink to Maxwell Evarts, represents the efforts by several members of the Bears and Max to create a home for our team,” said Robert Murray, the President of the Bedford Bears Men’s Ice Hockey Team. For nearly 40 years, the Bedford Bears was renowned for the quality of its amateur men’s hockey program. Murray said the program’s home base at the Evarts Rink beginning in the late 1960s “created the opportunity for the local community to develop the youth program.” Murray recalls the days when Bedford Bears games were a big family attraction at Evarts. “There was a period of time back in the 1970s through the 1980s where every game the Bears played was covered by the local papers,” Murray said. “There was a sense of community involvement that came from that, and local residents used to attend our games.” He proposes that the rink display some kind of record that “would go a long way to informing parents and young players of the connection between Harvey, the Bears, and community hockey.” Murray would also like to see an annual event that brings the school and his club together to raise funds to support the community youth program.
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Rink Renovations Spruce Up Evarts After its first 40 years of serving as the jewel and iconic landmark of Harvey’s campus, the rink was due for a face-lift. Last year, the Evarts Rink benefited from the installation of new floors in the front lobby, and a refurbishing of Locker Rooms 2, 3, and 4. The bathrooms joining Locker Rooms 1 and 2, as well as Locker Room 1, or the “Varsity Room,” were completely renovated. The varsity room was fitted with flooring as well as custom lockers, shelves, and a portable stick rack. Plans for the near future include painting the outside and making other improvements. When Harvey held a ceremony to unveil the rink renovations last January, the school took the opportunity to also recognize the long-time rink director Bruce Osborne, an esteemed science teacher who has served the school for over 35 years. Harvey’s Headmaster announced that the school was honoring Mr. Osborne and his family with a plaque commemorating the renovations to the rink. Headmaster Fenstermacher praised Osborne as a “highly-respected academician who also excels as the administrator and technician of the rink operation.” He went on to say, “Bruce and his wife, Dale, have contributed much to the success of the rink over the years.” Mrs. Osborne has served for a number of years as the registrar for rink programs, including group lessons in skating as well as individual figure skating sessions.
Harvey’s Rink a Hub of Activity Today Harvey English teacher, Tim Halewicz, and coach of the school’s varsity hockey team, has taken full advantage of combining his love for hockey with having such an outstanding campus facility. “Since coming here in 2000, after graduating from Wesleyan, the rink has been my second home,” Halewicz said. “Hockey has always kept me focused and grounded.” Halewicz’s connection to the rink goes beyond his coaching role. For the past five years, he has been involved with the Bedford Bears, now regarded as a premier youth hockey organization with teams competing in the Hudson Valley Hockey League and “likely state tournament bound,” he said. We can excuse his bias. Not only does he serve as director of the Harvey hockey program but also directs the Bedford Bears
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Youth Organization. Halewicz also coaches both the Peewee A and Midget A teams. The three paid professional coaches who work for the Bears are all Harvey graduates: Mike Mitchell ’02, Jamie Mendelsohn ’01, and John Scavelli ’06. In his leisure time, Halewicz plays on the Bedford Bears men’s team. Through Halewicz’s efforts this year, USA Hockey hosted all three of their NY area Coaching Education Programs here on the Harvey campus. He was honored by being chosen to run a drill station at Evarts as part of an on-ice component of the first clinic. Halewicz was very satisfied with the event. “Helping others coach and giving back to the hockey community while also showcasing The Harvey School is exciting for me,” he said. When Harvey’s hockey season is in full swing, the coach feels most alive with Harvey spirit. “Whether we were winning or losing, the Harvey community is very supportive of the hockey program,” he said. The overtime win vs. St. Thomas More last year typifies the way Evarts comes alive during hockey season. “When the team celebrated their overtime goal right by the glass where the fans stood cheering and pumping their fists, that moment really stands out for me.” And when Evarts plays host to history, Halewicz says it’s very special. “Last year, I was fortunate enough to coach Ricky Schulman ’12 as he scored his 100th career goal in a game against Don Bosco Prep.” While the athletic center has become the new campus jewel and the center of attention this year, it must wait its turn to serve history. The Evarts Rink, 43 years young this year, has quite a leg up on its campus counterpart when it comes to history. But Harvey athletes wait in the wings, both on the ice and on the court, and great moments in Cavalier history are just a slap shot and a jumper away for both jewels, old and new. H
alumni athletic hall of famers: sound bites
They gave their all to Harvey, scoring goals and lighting up our fields for a win. Now members of Harvey’s Athletic Hall of Fame share how being a Cavalier prepared them for life.
roster the Claude “Pebbles” Liman ’57 Soccer (fullback); Football (quarterback); Basketball (forward); Hockey; Baseball (pitcher, outfielder) Tom Cocks ’65 Wrestling; Baseball (outfield); Varsity Lacrosse (midfielder); Football (defensive guard, fullback) Dave Robertson ’67 Football (backfield, kicker/punter); Wrestling (132 lb. weight class); Basketball (forward); Baseball (pitcher, catcher) Fritz Mitchell ’73 Soccer (forward); Hockey (center); Lacrosse (midfielder) Michael Lowry ’76 Soccer (forward attack); Hockey (defensive); Baseball (infielder, outfielder, pitcher) Kim Goodsir ’85 Soccer (goalie); Basketball (center); Softball (catcher, 3rd baseman, left fielder)
Chris Abrenica ’89 Football (running back, tight end, cornerback, safety, gunner, kick, punt returner); Basketball (point guard, shooting guard, forward); Baseball (third baseman, shortstop, outfielder) Phil Nimphius ’93 Football (offensive guard, defensive end, special teams); Lacrosse (midfielder); Wrestling (170 lbs. to unlimited weight classes); Ski Team (Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom) Gaby Geysel Schwager ’00 Soccer (forward, midfielder); Basketball (point guard); Softball (pitcher, shortstop) Germane Williams ’00 Basketball (forward, center) Nic Grala ’04 Rugby (scrum half, fly half); Soccer (midfielder); one cross-country race Michael Barefield ’05 Football (right guard, linebacker); Basketball (strong forward); Lacrosse (defender, LSM)
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FINAL SCORE: some lessons learned Abrenica: Being an athlete at Harvey gave me the
(top to bottom) Cocks ’65 Abrenica ’89 Williams ’00 Mitchell ’73 Nimphius ’93 Geysel Schwager ’00
principles for achieving my life goals. Learning difficult concepts in the classroom gave me the work ethic I needed to sharpen my athletic skills. I didn’t fully grasp it at the time, but the rote memorization of vocabulary and facts paralleled the drills we practiced in sports. I needed to master the fundamentals of a game before I could proceed to more difficult tasks. Achievements in sport and academics fueled one another. The ultimate goal was to achieve harmony between mind and body. Nimphius: Teams don’t win with one person alone, but an entire team. Grala: I learned discipline. It was my junior year when I started driving to school at 6 a.m. for workouts with Phil Lazzaro. I would work out 3–4 days a week in the mornings followed by soccer practice, rugby practice, or in the winter more cross training in the afternoons. I realized there was not enough time in a day to get everything done if you wasted the morning. Closely tied into this is the concept of time management. I still wake up early, except now I wake up at 5 a.m. Robertson: It helped shape my viewpoint about winning and losing. My coaches used to say that the important thing was how you handled yourself, whether you came out on top or not. Mitchell: Everybody plays a role on a team, with their own strengths and weaknesses, like life. Lowry: One “could” win games for their team by playing at and above what was expected of them and because of this our teams did very well and were able to compete against most of the schools we played. Athletes are looked up to and people/other students would follow or listen to what the strong athletes would say or think. A lot of the leadership roles at the school (back then) were headed by top athletes.
Liman: I learned from my sports career at Harvey that our bodies are very important and that we must exercise and take care of them, for our bodies not only house us, our brains, our minds, our personalities, our souls, but are the lens and physical agent for all of these. Williams: One of the things about the basketball experience that is different from most other sports is how personal it is. No helmets or anything covering up your face so all of your emotions are on public display. The crowd sits close enough to touch you if they want to, and in a lot of gyms, you can hear every word said about you and your team. I am in the entertainment business. As a talent, the product that I am selling every time I am looking for work in my field is myself. And in a business heavily based in rejection, it is a constant challenge not to take it personally when it does happen. Sports can put you in situations that force you to understand, develop, and even defend who you are and what you believe in. Barefield: I understand the role of intensity in life, bringing out that inner fire to bring your performance to the next level.
POST SEASON: life after sports Goodsir: Being a Harvey athlete gave me the confidence in my own abilities. I have maintained my interest in sports at the YMCA as an aquatic instructor and also a Special Olympic swim coach with 50 members. Cocks: There were times in competition when I did not feel I could endure a moment more. But I found that there was always something extra to give. That has given me confidence in the face of some pretty terrible and hopeless situations.
Harvey Athletic Hall of Fame: Gerard T. C. Reed ’36, Winslow M. Lovejoy, Jr. ’41,
Benjamin E. Billings, Jr. ’53, Richard A. Springs III ’56, Claude G. Liman ’57, Richard M. Marshall III ’57, Dana M. Comfort ’61, Richard G. Yates, Jr. ’61, Walter H. Johnson III ’63, Thomas D. Cocks ’65, David R. Robertson ’67, Frederick B. Mitchell ’73, Steven P. Gobel ’75, Mark A. Goffe ’76, Michael E. Lowry ’76, William T. Mitchell ’76, Shaun M. Cunningham ’78, Nanette C. Baratta ’82, Scott H. Davidson ’82, Andrew F. LaSala, Jr. ’83, Frederick Randolph Acker ’84, Frank J. Baratta ’84, Mark S. Dolan ’84, Kimberley C. Goodsir ’85, (continued )
Lowry: I have many friends who were teammates of mine, and being an athlete has been a big help in my career. I have coached for more than 20 years in various sports and still quote some of my coaches from Harvey from many years ago. Abrenica: In general, the mental and physical toughness I learned in sports has given me the strength to endure in personal struggles. In reality, success in life comes from many failures. It’s not that I embrace losing, but rather the growth that is gained from loss and hardship. Geysel Schwager: Everything about being a student and an athlete at Harvey led me to where I am today, a teacher and a coach. As an athlete at Harvey, I was treated with respect from my coaches while they still kept raising their expectations. I do my best every season to make sure I share the positive coaching I received as a player with my team. There are times I find myself talking to my players and using lines that I used to hear from my coaches at Harvey. I smile to myself, because somehow it reassures me that I am doing right by my players. Williams: One great lesson … is the importance of time management. The successful student-athletes are the ones who learn and know how to organize and multitask properly to achieve their potential in the classroom, as a citizen, and on their playing field.
COACH’S CORNER: advice for athletes Abrenica: As sports have become too competitive, we see the ugliness in both players and fans who take winning to the extreme. Playing sports is a privilege. Athletes are on stage, so to speak, and therefore we must be role models. No matter how good you are, there is always something new to learn in sport and in life.
Grala: Someone else is always going to be more talented than you, and that is simply uncontrollable. What you can control is outworking everyone to get in better shape. No matter how hard you think you are working, you could be working harder. Nimphius: Work hard on the field and in the classroom. Life will never hand you anything for free. Hard work and dedication will get you a lifetime of riches, and integrity will keep you honest. Goodsir: Students represent the school. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but it is how you perform that carries you much further in life. Cocks: Enjoy the ease and frequency of playing on an organized sports team; in the future, there will be competition for your free time, including from your job, family, children, and community. Geysel Schwager: Don’t ever be afraid to try something new in sports. You can and should push yourself. Harvey provides a strong support system, and it will always be there to help you. Mitchell: Work hard in practice, try your hardest in games so you never have to say, “I should have done this” or “If only I had done that.” Liman: Try to perform out of love, not duty. Also, try to pick at least two sports that you can keep doing all your life. Robertson: Keep the fun in the game and try out a sport that is new to you. I had never wrestled before coming to Harvey and still have (mostly) fond memories of the experience. H
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(top to bottom) Liman ’57 Goodsir ’85 Grala ’04 Robertson ’67 Barefield ’05 Lowry ’76
Thomas A. Jaffe ’85, Morlene L. Page ’85, Thatcher P. T. Krasne ’86, Faron A. Page ’86, Gillian M. Bailey ’87, Christopher J. Abrenica ’89, Neil S. Effron ’91, Edward V. Micola, Jr. ’92, Jarrod I. Brown ’93, Philip M. Nimphius ’93, Russell C. Stamm ’94, Teresa C. Aiello-Lash ’95, Lara W. Casano ’95, Ward E. Meehan III ’98, Gregoire Y. Presseau ’98, Patrick G. Devins ’99, Gabriella Geysel Schwager ’00, Germane Williams ’00, Zalika J. Green ’01, Charles J. Heitner ’02, Nicholas Duncan ’04, Nicholas K. Grala ’04, Michael T. Barefield ’05, Sara R. Fleisher ’05, Brian T. Ryerson ’05, John M. Scavelli ’06, W. Greg Sorenson ’06
cavalierclippings news from the harvey campus & community
Gym Construction Spawns Found Art You’ve heard the saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” but you might be surprised to learn construction materials can inspire works of art. Well, that’s exactly what happened this fall after the athletic center construction crew unrolled rubber subfloor off eight inner tubes. After seeing the structures, which stand seven-feet high and two feet wide, the construction manager thought the theater department might put them to good use. That’s where Stage Craft teacher and Performing Arts Department Chair Mr. Alexander entered the scene. “Their great size gave me the idea to research totem poles,” he said, “and I saw the project as a chance for the students to creatively express themselves to say something about themselves or about their family or ‘clan’ or ‘tribe’ as Native Americans had done.” Sara McBride and Paul Riverain, juniors in Mr. Alexander’s class, worked on the project. Sara created a totem
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expressing her love of Led Zeppelin. When she painted the lyrics of her favorite Zeppelin song, “The Rain Song,” she used a style that mimicked the font on Led Zeppelin album covers. “The large size of the cylinder allowed me the room to fit all of the lyrics from the song,” Sara said. She also included symbols associated with Led Zeppelin’s album images and painted likenesses of the band members. Paul chose a water theme for his totem pole because it reflects his family name and passion for sailing and hiking through streams. Paul enjoys the Stage
Craft class and owes his interest in it to his father, Patrice Riverain, who designs and builds sets for commercials and television shows. “My dad has inspired me to think of making a living in set design,” said Paul. “I liked the fact that I could express myself so creatively on the pole.” “It turned out to be an extraordinary experience,” Mr. Alexander said. “They all gave themselves to the project so thoughtfully and passionately.” When the class finished the poles, they displayed them in the gallery of the Arts Center for all to see and enjoy.
Admissions Director Bill Porter as printed in Chinese newspaper
International Student Program Gets Off the Ground After months of work and planning and a year of waiting, Harvey has at long last received its certification from the Department of Homeland Security to grant student visas to international students. The program “I-20” is now a reality. Harvey will have young people from China enrolling for the 2013/2014 school year. “The process of becoming an “I-20” school was so protracted and uncertain that getting our certification began to seem like an end in itself,” said Mr. Cook. “On the contrary, it’s only the beginning! There are huge numbers of decisions to be made, faculty and student and parent orientations to be planned, host families to be selected and briefed, and more.” All of our admissions documents were translated into Mandarin and
distributed in China. In the beginning of this school year, Mr. Cook visited a number of schools similar to Harvey which have successful international student programs. In late October, Admissions Director, Bill Porter, traveled to China with representatives from eight other schools as a guest of the Cambridge Institute that is helping to recruit and select students. Around Thanksgiving, Harvey began interviewing candidates via Skype and hopes to have enrollment contracts from six qualified students early this winter. Harvey has chosen to begin with six ninth graders, ideally three boys and three girls, and to add six new ninth graders each year for three years for a total of 24 students. At that point, the school will reassess
its capacity and experiences and see where it wants the program to go. Enhancing the educational experience for all Harvey students will continue to be the guiding principle. Mr. Cook says “Welcoming students from a culture completely different from our own is a first step in promoting global understanding. We will without a doubt learn at least as much from our Chinese students as they learn from us. Like anything that is brand new, there will be growing pains, but this is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the ‘global world’ that will characterize the remainder of the 21st century. We are eagerly continuing the process which will culminate when our first international students step off a plane at JFK at the end of August.”
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Upper School Helps to Rebuild a Depressed Urban Neighborhood The Nodine Hill neighborhood of Southwest Yonkers occupies a half square mile off Nepperhan Avenue where the term “urban blight” comes to be defined. Discarded scraps of car metal are strewn among overgrown weeds in small lots between homes; warped shingles droop off building facades that never had claim to a glorious architectural tradition; and abandoned, boardedup shacks stand along steeply hilled roads that seem to lead nowhere. Trees do not line Nodine Hill’s streets, where chain-linked fences bend to contain yards filled with garbage. Two women draped over the rails of a porch shout to get the attention of Jim Killoran, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester County, who is leading 60 Harvey School students up the street to PS 23, where they will work with elementaryaged students as part of a school-wide day of service.
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Killoran pulls away from the group and heads toward the women. “I want to get on your good side,” says one. HFH just built her friend, a mother with nine children, a new energy-efficient home down the road. The three speak briefly and Killoran leaves clapping his hands and shouting, energized as he re-enters the march toward the school. “We want this to be as nice as Katonah, as nice as Bronxville, as nice as Somers,” says Killoran with the lightly rolled splash of an Irish accent. “It’s the broken window theory. If you fix one broken window, then the other windows don’t get broken. If you don’t fix it then the other windows keep getting broken.” The City of Yonkers and HFH are working to rebuild Nodine Hill, and on October 2, 250 Harvey Upper School students and faculty arrived at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church on Walnut Street in seven yellow
school buses to join the cause. Divided into teams, Harvey students and staff painted fences, cleared an abandoned lot and park, worked with students at PS 23, cleaned out the church basement, and planted mums. The church basement will eventually serve as a community center. “Harvey Builds” marked the first school-wide community service event for students and the first major initiative by new Head of the Upper School Phil Lazzaro. “Working with Habitat for Humanity on this scale brings the idea of service and experiential learning to the mainstream at our school,” said Mr. Lazzaro. If Nodine Hill seems a long way from Katonah and Harvey, the two communities are not so far apart. Senior Annelise Cepero, co-president of the Community Service Club with Karina Lambert, lives in Yonkers and commutes to Harvey. Annelise was instrumental in bringing
Harvey together with HFH in the program’s earliest stages. “I really wanted to help my community,” Annelise said. Taylor Williams, a ninth grader, is from Mount Vernon but has family near Nodine Hill. “I think Harvey’s work today will do well for this area, especially for the kids. I see kids walking around all the time, they have nowhere to go, so it’s good to help them out to have a place to go. I feel really good,” said Taylor. Harvey students and faculty quickly spread through the neighborhood. None of the giggling and chatter that rings around teenagers could be heard while students worked. Instead, conversation focused on logistics, like how to break down an old bookcase for the dumpster and where to find more trash bags. And even when a CBS-TV News crew appeared, they had to hustle to keep up with the volunteers who kept working while the reporter sought interviews and the cameraman filmed footage.
“I think that even though we have such a small school, we’re not always together and close-knit like this,” Annelise said. “This is a great opportunity to get the whole school together. I am in a group with people I wouldn’t normally talk to. I think it’s great to get to know your fellow students.” “This was a day for the kids and the Harvey faculty and staff to experience working together—not as students and teachers, but as co-volunteers,” said Mrs. Normandeau, who planned the day’s logistics. “I hope some of the students and some of the adults got to know each other a little better, maybe gain new respect for each other. Working side by side with people from the Nodine Hill neighborhood of Yonkers, Good Shepherd Church and Habitat for Humanity, the Harvey community made a tangible difference for the better in that community.” Good Shepherd’s pastor Ezequiel Herrera watched students as they
worked, pleased with the outcome. With every piece of abandoned wood and trash removed from the church’s basement, Herrera’s plans for a 24-hour community center, GED classes, and afterschool programs became more tangible. A cleaned-up church can focus on the next step: community outreach. There are approximately 50 members in his congregation but the church can hold up to 700. “We are trying to make a difference in the life of this neighborhood, stepby-step, day-by-day and pulling all the resources together that we can possibly pull, making and establishing partnerships with organizations and corporations that might want to make a difference in the life of this neighborhood. … We are ready to receive anybody who wants to be a part of a better today and a better tomorrow,” Herrera said.
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The Performing Arts Shine at Harvey Despite missing valuable rehearsal time as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the extensive power outages that kept many in our community in the dark for nearly two weeks, our students in the fall theatrical and dance productions did not miss a beat when they finally had their chance to perform. The theater department’s imaginative and entertaining presentation of Euripides’ satyr play, The Cyclops wowed a packed house in the Lasdon Theater for a one-night-only show in early November. Having missed the
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entire week of rehearsals, the theater students, under the direction of Performing Arts Chair Mr. Alexander, performed brilliantly. The Dance Show, under the direction of Mrs. Gambino, also missed a week’s worth of rehearsal time leading up to the production and lost another two days a week later to the nor’easter that followed on the heels of Sandy. When the dancers finally took to the floor of the Lasdon Theater, they too put on a performance that prompted raves from one and all.
One night in early December, music resounded throughout the Walker Center for the Arts as our students performed in the Instrumental Concert. Under the direction of Mr. Tyson, our Upper and Middle School musicians provided a delightful evening of melody. And keeping with tradition, our Candlelight Concert closed out the 2012 calendar of school events with another beautiful holiday send-off of vocal delights under the direction of Mrs. Cushman.
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Arrive Alive Tour Comes to Harvey We’ve probably all seen the jarring anti-texting commercials revealing that messages are blamed for distracting drivers and causing fatal car accidents. While there were more than 5,000 fatalities resulting from distracted driving in 2009 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is still more common than we’d like to admit. In October, members of Harvey’s Students Against Destructive Decision (SADD) staged a much-talked about effort to show the disastrous consequences of texting and drinking while driving. SADD hosted the Arrive Alive Tour, giving students and faculty the chance to simulate driving a Nissan Versa in a town similar to Katonah, where speed limits range from 25 to 35 mph and stop signs and blind curves are commonplace.
Using a gas and brake pedal wired to computer simulators and a virtual reality steering headset, test drivers took out their phones and starting texting. Drivers were also able to experience the slowed reaction time of a drunk driver. Fatalities were common, with cars swerving off the road and crashing into pedestrians and walls. Tori Scheetz said the goal was to avoid accidents before they happen and to warn their peers, “Don’t get in a car with a friend” who is texting or drinking while driving. The Arrive Alive Tour has four cars like the Nissan and travels to as many as 700 schools a year. SADD secured the program after a two-year fundraising effort that included bake sales, said faculty adviser Mrs. Puchir, RN.
After completing the program, students received an “I pledge to drive safe” keychain with their photo on it, an easy reminder to make the right decision.
Harvey Music Students Get Rhythm Students in the Middle School band and the Upper School music theory class had a chance to experience West African drumming this fall when Dave Lewitt of SUNY Purchase brought his djembes to Harvey. A djembe, pronounced as
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“zjom-bay,” is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with the bare hands. Lewitt taught the 15 students about the three sounds of the djembe, how to properly strike the drum to create those sounds, and how to play in synchronization with other drummers. Once the class got comfortable playing two rhythms by two groups, a third group was given a third rhythm to maintain. Lewitt said his goal was “to give the student the experience of playing in a group drumming environment where multiple rhythms are played simultaneously.” “This was a great workshop for the students,” said Mr. Tyson, “because it
allowed them to play together as an ensemble, something they do regularly in band class, but this time while not playing their preferred instruments.” Playing together on an unfamiliar instrument “was a great sort of team building activity.” “By learning the interlocking rhythms of hand drumming in the West African style,” Lewitt explained, “students hone their listening and rhythmic skills.” Mr. Tyson, who plays the piano, the trumpet, trombone, woodwinds and strings, works with Lewitt over the summer when both musicians serve as artists-in-residence at the Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp program.
Upcoming 2013 Events NY Knicks Clinic January 22 (4–6 p.m.)
one acts April 18–20
Founders’ Day February 11
Spring Benefit April 26 (7 p.m.)
Winter production February 21–23
Instrumental Concert April 30
Seniors 100 Days February 26 (1 pm)
Alumni Career Meeting May 3
Alumni Career Meeting with Juniors March 1
Middle School Musical May 22–23
Children’s Carnival for charity March 9 (snow date March 10)
Graduation Dinner June 4
Spring Break March 18–29
Middle school prize Night June 5 (7–8:30 p.m.)
art show April 1–11
Commencement June 6 (10 a.m.)
Alumni NYC Networking Reception April 9 (6–8 p.m.)
Alumni Reunion October 26
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fall 2012 season
« Most Valuable Player | t Most Improved Player | l Sportsmanship Award | n Coaches Award
Harvey’s Fall Sports
The fall season, disrupted by both Hurricane Sandy and a nor’easter that followed it a week later, saw three varsity teams end their seasons with losses in quarterfinal games in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League. But the greatest moment of the season came on Homecoming when the girls on the varsity volleyball team, before a packed house in the very first game in the new athletic center, thrilled their fans with a 3–0 sweep of New York Military Academy. At season’s end, the following athletes earned recognition on their respective teams:
Middle School Middle School (MS) Cross-Country « Rafael Tapia t Abigail Merritt (Most Team Spirit) Daniella Lippmann MS Boys Soccer (0–7) t Mike Gramando l Eric Maus n Brian Alvarado MS Girls Soccer (1–3–1) « Hannah Paul t Elizabeth Mahony n Emma Carillo MS Football (1–3) « (Offense) Will Shaffer « (Defense) Justin Sirota t Zach Gault l Sportsmanship Matt Drude n Coaches Award Joe Bakas
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Upper School Varsity Football (0–6) « (Offense) Andrew D’Alessandro « (Defense) Jesse Zubren t William Leventhal l William Rice n Christian Artuso; (Trenches Award) William Leon; (Ironman Award) Sharif Koonce; (All League) Andrew D’Alessandro, Sharif Koonce, Armando Vazquez; (All League Honorable Mention) Jesse Zubren and Christian Harrington. Boys’ Varsity Soccer (5–8–2) « David Mandra t Brian Silva; (Offensive Award) Robert Van Raamsdonk; (Defensive Award) Ben Walant; n Matt McMorrow; (WNEPSSA All Stars) David Mandra, Robert Van Raamsdonk and Will Walant; (HouVAL All League) David Mandra and Jake Cohn Boys’ JV Soccer: (1–7–1) « Mark Siegel t Arden Zohar n Jack Mather Girls Varsity Soccer (4–7–3) «Abby Hassett « Rane Prieto t Ava Gurman t Emily Pollack l Julia Peraglia n Chelsea Finkel n Brittany Smith; (WWNEPSSA All Stars) Abby Hassett and Rane Prieto; (HouVAL All Stars) Briana Frieri, Abby Hassett and Rane Prieto; (Future Stars) Briana Frieri and Jasmine Brouwer
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Varsity Volleyball (2–11) « Karina Lambert t Gabrielle Paulhac l Gabrielle Kahn n Annelise Cepero; (HouVal Volleyball All League Team) Anna Ketner; (HouVal All-League Honorable Mention) Karina Lambert JV Volleyball (1–6) « Taylor Powell t Mary Martinez n Rebecca Tuteur n Kiera Fahy; (Spirit Award) Carly Kaplan; (Rookie of the Year) Emily Sirota Varsity Cross-Country « Sam Mackiewicz t Marshall Euchner; (Team Spirit Award) Nick Reber; (HouVAL All-League for Cross-Country track) Sam Mackiewicz
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“ The energy was alive and contagious. I smiled
as I watched Sharif lead the fans in robust cheers. It was thrilling to see the immense amount of pride fill the gym. ”
student’s view from harvey
Karina holding the winning new Harvey log o design by Fiona Maglia ri
Harvey Pride By Karina Lambert ’13
As President of the Student Council, I am thrilled to share in the excitement of the new school year at The Harvey School. The opening of the athletic center sparked great enthusiasm and pride in our school. Since my freshman year, the rumor of building a new athletic center floated around campus, and the incredible facility that now adorns our campus extends far beyond what we imagined. When we returned to school after summer break, Mr. Wyland allowed students to take a few quick peeks into what was then an overwhelmingly large, bare space. The excitement grew over the weeks as we saw the floors laid down, the bleachers installed, and the huge lights hung high from the ceiling. We realized the facility was nearly complete; we were eager to open the building and call it ours. On ribbon-cutting day, athletes, artists, scholars, teachers, parents, and members of the Board and surrounding community packed the bleachers. When we saw my senior classmate Sharif Koonce, dressed as the Cavalier, burst into the gym, he rallied the crowd. The energy was alive and contagious. I smiled as I watched Sharif lead the fans in robust cheers. It was thrilling to see the immense amount of pride fill the gym. I realized that the new space is more than an athletic center; it represents the passionate nature of Harvey students. Our athletes, coaches, and trainers finally have a facility to match their skill and determination.
As a member of the varsity volleyball team, I was so happy that my teammates and I had the honor of playing in the very first athletic contest in our new gym on Homecoming. It was great that our team made the day special with a 3–0 victory. Our new athletic center serves as a reminder of the commitment the faculty, administration, and Board has to our school. We are thankful for that dedication and proud to have celebrated the opening of this magnificent building.
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thoughts about harvey from our faculty
Q&A with Faculty/Staff Gonçalo Pinheiro, Head of Maintenance You live in Katonah and your children, Gonçalo ’91 and Alice ’95, attended Harvey. How has the perception of Harvey changed over the last 40 years you’ve worked here?
Harvey was not as well known as it is today. Harvey was known around town as “the little school on the hill.” Now, there is a lot more advertising of the school and a greater awareness of what Harvey has to offer. As the head of maintenance, what is your biggest challenge?
With all the changes going on, there is always something new every day. Keeping up with the changes and ensuring that everything runs smoothly is my challenge. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen at the school?
Two major fires in the late ’70s, the growth in class size over the years, along with the Middle School addition, the arts center, and now the new athletic center have been the greatest changes I’ve seen in the school.
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What improvement to the school has been your favorite or most highly anticipated?
Years ago when the school became coed, it was one of Harvey’s greatest changes that brought more enthusiasm and a broader student base. Through the years, the school has been on a constant path of improvement, and I see it getting better and better every year. It has been wonderful, not to only be a part of these changes, but to witness them as well. Explain to us how all of this building affects your work.
It brings more responsibility and another building to maintain, but as part of the ever-growing and changing environment, I do my best to keep up and to work with everyone involved to ensure that the work gets done and to see that the students have what they need to succeed at Harvey, which is the goal of everyone here. How do you think the new athletic center will change the public perception of Harvey?
I call it the school’s “Jaguar.” It is a new and modern facility that draws attention in a positive way that will only benefit the school and its students. It will give our students an edge and make Harvey more competitive with other private schools.
Gonçalo Pinheiro with Headmaster Fenstermacher
Tim Stark (center) with Board Chair Eileen Walker and Headmaster Fenstermacher
Tim Stark, Chair, Classics and Foreign Language Department, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach What drew you to a career in academics and sports?
How do you feel about the new athletic center?
From my earliest recollections, I knew that I wanted to teach and coach. I played football and basketball in high school and then basketball in college. Even today, my passion for athletics has not diminished. As a teenager, I enjoyed school as well, especially history and Latin, and several of my teachers were inspirational.
As I pass along the quad every day, glancing over at the new athletic center brings a smile to my face. It is a visible reminder that the school values the time and effort its student-athletes and coaches put into our co-curricular activities. The refurbished RK Fields have also relieved the congestion of the main fields and helped provide adequate practice and game space for all teams.
What has been most rewarding?
One of the most gratifying experiences a teacher can have is seeing the expression on a student’s face when he understands a new skill or concept. As a coach, it’s most rewarding to see a team gradually take on its own identity. As individual players begin to increase and blend their skills, to enjoy, rather than dread, competition, and to lead and influence others on the team, a coach knows that the season will be a success. What changes have you seen in prep-school sports since you started?
The biggest change is the growth in girls’ sports. By the end of my tenure as athletic director, Harvey had added three new girls’ varsity-level teams to its athletic offerings: soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse. In recent years, there has been a long overdue emphasis on sportsmanship and athlete safety, and I applaud all these developments.
What do you think Harvey students get out of the sports programs?
Teams are open to athletes of different abilities, not just those who are being groomed for college competition. Becoming more fit, responding to challenges, working with others, learning to commit oneself to a task, and becoming more balanced in life are some of the advantages of playing sports, and books have been written about other benefits. What is your fondest coaching memory so far?
What a joy it was to coach three of the finest athletes who have come through Harvey in recent years: Tyrone Foster ’93 (basketball), Steve Masiello ’96 (basketball), and Madison Haller ’09 (soccer). Without a doubt, one of my fondest memories has been the opportunity and challenge of coaching my own sons in multiple sports. It made for some interesting supper conversations! The Harvey School 31
Middle School Perspective By Brendan Byrne, Middle School Head
An important part of The Harvey Middle School experience is the extracurricular program, which revolves around the arts and athletics. Art, music, and theater have been built into the curriculum for years, and students often explore these disciplines in greater depth by becoming involved in school plays, chorus, band, afterschool art, dance, or visual journaling. Similarly, all students are required to participate in at least one sport during the course of the year, but many often will play two or even three seasons of sports. Students are encouraged to expand their horizons, and a unique aspect of the Middle School is having a schedule that often allows students to pursue both the arts and athletics simultaneously. The construction of the Walker Center for the Arts provided new opportunities, and hopefully the new athletic center will do the same for athletics. Already, the new athletic center has hosted a basketball clinic for middle school students during Homecoming Weekend, which was run by the New York Knicks and former NBA star John Starks. Thirty students participated
in the clinic, and they were taught skills and lessons that they will surely be able to take with them in the future. John Starks also spoke to the students about the importance of mastering the fundamentals of basketball and was very generous with his time signing autographs for the kids. The most immediate impact of the new facility will be improved practice opportunities for the basketball teams. For many years, the middle school basketball teams have had to be creative with practice time. They have endured shortened practice times and traveled to off-campus facilities. Traditionally, there are two boys teams and a girls team, which have had to vie with each other and the varsity programs for the same gym space. The teams will continue practicing in the middle of the academic day, but now each team will be able to practice on its own court. Both coaches and players will benefit immensely. The other sports offered in the Middle School include football, soccer, cross country, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, and softball. The fact that the players on our middle school
Upper School Perspective By Philip Lazzaro, Upper School Head
I hope the new year finds you well. The first four months of school were filled with exciting challenges and opportunities. As we make our journey into 2013, I remain excited and enthusiastic for the remainder of the academic year. The start of each calendar year presents us time to reflect and grow. It seems only yesterday that I walked onto campus following my college graduation ready to tackle my new job as a member of the History Department, athletic and Model U.N. coach, and member of our boarding community. Coming to Harvey to begin my teaching career was exciting 32 Harvey Magazine Winter 2013
and challenging for me in 1994, and the same holds true today. Although my role has evolved over the past 18 years, my passion remains. I truly look forward to my daily interactions with the student body, and I enjoy the challenges doing so presents. Personally, it has been a distinct privilege and pleasure to be a part of the development of our school and of the students within. My goals are to provide an exciting learning environment which highlights the strengths of our student body in preparation for adulthood. Our faculty shares the
teams are usually coached by their own classroom teachers helps reinforce our philosophy that the connection between student and teacher and translates to better learning both on the field and in the classroom. Under the leadership of Middle School athletic director Patrick Kennedy, our goal is two-fold, to instruct those new to the sport and allow our more experienced athletes to compete at a high level. Our Middle School athletes compete in the Fairchester League, comprised of other independent schools in Westchester and Fairfield counties. In recent years the Middle School has proudly seen some of its students go on and indeed compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics, including Madison Haller ’09
(Duke, soccer), David Judisky ’11 (Fordham, baseball), Jane Wallis ’10 (George Washington, soccer), and Griffin Murray ’10 (Rutgers, football). Those who coached these athletes at Harvey are not surprised to see them achieve success at such a high level. The sky is the limit when it comes to the future of Middle School sports at Harvey. With the new athletic center and the Evarts Rink on our campus, these outstanding facilities now match the enthusiasm and the dedication of the coaches and athletes at Harvey.
John Starks, center, with Mr. Byrne and Headmaster
John Starks at NY Knicks basketball clinic
same enthusiasm for their subject matter, and I am proud to work with them. This is an exciting time at our school. The opening of the athletic center has provided our students with a superb facility and great possibilities. The Walker Center for the Arts continues to be a source of pride. The fall term production The Cyclops by Euripides was a hit, and our community looks forward to the upcoming performances. As many members of our class of 2013 patiently await college decisions and our class of 2014 busily investigates
their paths, we are doing the same. We are in the planning stages of an athletic-based summer camp utilizing our new athletic center, exploring the continued use of technology in the classroom to further help differentiate learning, and beginning the plans for our second “Harvey Builds” project next fall. These are exciting times, and I thank you for your support and for entrusting us with the education of your children.
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perspective from the parents’ association
Harvey in Good Health
By Karen Walant, Ph.D., President, Parents’ Association We started the fall with great anticipation for the opening of our new athletic center, and wow, was it worth the wait! Our combined ribbon-cutting and Homecoming celebration was a real hit! Our beautiful fitness center and basketball/volleyball courts will provide current and future athletes with even more possibilities for exercise and athletic competition. The signature of a Harvey School education is shaping students to be well-rounded individuals; playing on sports teams or trying new sports is part of what helps students challenge themselves. According to current neuroscience, exercise is good for learning and character development for all teens. During exercise, the brain releases biochemicals called endorphins, which improve sleep and boost feelings of calmness and happiness. Regular exercise can mitigate risk factors for diabetes and high blood pressure, and studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce ADHD symptoms and improve cognition and memory. And lastly, teens who play team sports are less likely to smoke, drink or take drugs, as their commitment to their sport motivates them to avoid risky behavior. These reasons, and many others, make it clear that the addition of our new athletic center will be a great benefit to our kids—as well as an
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important component for our faculty, staff—and parents too. Who knows? The athletic center might just become a hub for an evening pick-up game between faculty and students, or maybe the Parents’ Association could hold one of the monthly meetings while jogging on the treadmills or curling biceps? Our successful HarveySpeaks, once again, was a wonderful post-Thanksgiving event, with the fabulous production of the Shackleton Experience. Our community has come to look forward to this early winter event, which brings us together for a night of socializing and learning. The Holiday Luncheon, as always, was a feast extraordinaire, to honor our faculty and staff. Harvey parents never cease to amaze me, with their generosity and thoughtfulness. In the months from January through April, our Parents’ Association will focus on the Annual Benefit. It is a Harvey tradition for parents to provide a benefit that raises monies to help our school. Each year, we work hard to present a new entertainment theme, and this year will be no different! Back by popular demand, we are again having a silent and live auction. We are happy to accept any unique or one-of-a-kind donation, such as a summer vacation rental, jewelry, or entertainment
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL BENEFIT FRIDAY, APRIL 26 A NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT, SOCIALIZING WITH FRIENDS, AND FUNDRAISING FOR THE SCHOOL WE LOVE!!! Please consider donating special items to make our silent and live auction successful. Perhaps you can offer: • Vacation homes, timeshares, hotel rooms, etc. • Tickets for Broadway shows, sports events and more • Special services (i.e., spa packages, car detailing, etc.) • Unique experiences • Or, you can help to underwrite benefit costs (i.e., food, wine, talent, printing, etc.) If you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact Pam Slater at email@example.com. For more information, please contact Karen Walant at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn Robertson at email@example.com
tickets. Contact Lori Peraglia at firstname.lastname@example.org about any items that you can help us with. Without your help, our fundraising goals will not be reached. If you would like to help us in any way for the planning of this event, contact me, or Pam Slater, at email@example.com. We have a wonderful team, seasoned from past benefit
successes, so come and join the fun! Trust me. This will be a night you won’t want to miss—so mark your calendar now, for the evening of April 26. As always, it is an honor to serve as President of the Parents’ Association. Until next time.
“The signature of a Harvey School education is shaping students to be well-rounded individuals; playing on sports teams or trying new sports is part of what helps students challenge themselves.”
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The Shackleton Experience: Lessons in Leadershipâ€Ś By Ingrid Wittmann
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“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.” What kind of man or woman would respond to this advertisement? It is hard to believe that nearly 5,000 people, including at least three women, applied to be part of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914–1916 Antarctic Expedition aboard the ship called Endurance. In 1914, after preparing himself for two years and his crew for one year, Shackleton and his team of 27 men, as well as several dogs, attempted to cross the entire length of the Antarctic continent by foot. This true story of the power of the human spirit and the courageous leadership of Sir Ernest kept the audience riveted to their seats in the Lasdon Theater in late November. Actors Scott Eck and Mark Lang of Leadership Masters, along with Harvey middle schooler Jared Peraglia and a cast of Upper and Middle School student reporters, helped bring history to life in the 2012 HarveySpeaks event sponsored by the Parents’ Association.
Harvey student reporters featured Jeremy Bacon, Nate Alexander, Macy Drude, Hana Cornell, Joseph Bakas, Brendan Kneitz, and Chloe Savitch. The show was an interactive theatrical performance, recreating the actual press conference that took place in October of 1921, a flashback in which the audience members found themselves swept into history as participating members of the press. All of the words spoken by Eck during the scripted portion of the presentation were the actual words of Shackleton himself. “It was a magical evening for the entire community,” said Director of Development Laura Prichard. Prior to dinner, Middle School students participated in a wide variety of community service workshops including: building a doghouse with Habitat Youth United, writing letters to troops, decorating gingerbread houses for the residents of Jan Peek House, helping to set up the Arts Center, studying recycling initiatives, and learning about The Harvey School 37
greyhound rescue and rehabilitation. Brendan Byrne’s 8th grade English class took an off-campus trip to visit with and interview seniors at a local nursing home. Middle School teacher Patrick Kennedy described last year’s successful letter writing program as he displayed an American flag that had been flown over Afghanistan in honor of the Harvey School. Another connection made at last year’s HarveySpeaks includes the beehives set up behind the nurse’s office under the direction of John Wahlers, who has harvested almost 50 pounds of honey so far. Look for Harvey honey to be featured at special events during this year! Just prior to the performance, our own Chef Lee Robinson served up an American dinner that would have been typically served during the time period, including delicious desserts like Jell-O and ice cream cones, both of which were introduced in the early 1900s. He even roasted chestnuts, which were passed around by sophomore Jeremy Bacon, who played a town crier, and sophomore Brendan Kneitz, both of whom spoke in British accents. Town crier, 8th grader Joseph Bakas helped Jeremy to announce the arrival of “Shackleton” by ringing bells and calling out to the crowd to head down to the theater. Senior Nate Alexander and 8th grader Mike Gramando were newsboys, handing out the headlines of the day as people were arriving. 38 Harvey Magazine Winter 2013
Mrs. Cushman, with Ms. Cooper on piano, led the Middle School Chorus as they sang two songs that were reflective of the theme of the evening: Richard Rodgers’ “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and Irving Berlin’s “Play a Simple Melody.” The Middle Schoolers wore actual period hats along with vintage accessories to evoke the look of the time period. For some, the evening was more than a little thought provoking. Mrs. Plummer, grandparent of sophomore Marcus Plummer, had this to say: “For so many months I have been concerned about my own perception of ennui in young people. It’s beyond cynicism; it’s ‘Who cares?’ My husband Joe notices it even among his graduate students at Columbia. We talk about it a lot and worry. The program seemed to me to be made to order to address my concern. The message of ‘Never give up; never stop trying; never lose heart’ was presented with such clarity, and it was easy too, because it was so entertaining. No one was preaching at us; instead they were engaging us and making us laugh.” Mrs. Plummer also said that she enjoyed helping to set up the gallery of the Walker Center for the Arts as a living history museum displaying early 20th-century artifacts. She demonstrated the guillotine bread slicer, circa 1900, prior to the performance, as well as during intermission.
Admissions Director Bill Porter remarked that “the Shackleton Experience was a wonderful confluence of education and entertainment, providing our students, teachers, and parents with a memorable experience that will resonate for weeks to come. Scott Eck gave an inspiring portrayal of Ernest Shackleton, but the genius of the evening was the way in which he brought the Harvey students into the presentation as news reporters.” Mr. Porter went on to say that “Jared Peraglia was terrific as the correspondent from the New York Times, but I enjoyed hearing from all the students...scripted and unscripted. Altogether, it was an enjoyable, rewarding evening.” Patty and Glenn Belkin, parents of senior Raquel Belkin, both agreed that the program was “enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.” Sally Breckenridge, Director of Alumni Relations, worked closely with parent Jeanne Hard, wife of alumnus Robert Hard ’66, as well as mother of Chris, a junior at Harvey, to prepare and beautifully display relevant archived pieces of Harvey’s history that coincided with the time of the recreated press conference. According to Hard, “It was a beautiful event. Now we really know Shackleton! The enthusiasm
of parents, teachers, and students was tremendous. I loved working on the museum and finding out about Harvey in its earliest years...especially from the students’ articles in THE HARVEY MONTHLY.” The evening would not have been complete without the MSG interviews by junior Mike Goodkind and sophomore Jackson Roberts, who tackled their roles with relish. According to Mike, “He (Scott Eck) nailed it!” No truer words were spoken.
For those who are interested,
a group of explorers called The Shackleton EpicTeam is attempting to recreate Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage for the first time ever. They will depart South America in early January, rowing an identical copy of Shackleton’s lifeboat prior to climbing the mountains. More information can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/12/02/world/ europe/02reuters-australia-shackleton.html?hp
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alumniNews Alumni stories and updates
Letter From Our Alumni President Dear Harvey Alumni, This edition of Harvey Magazine highlights Harvey’s athletic tradition with feature articles on the opening of our new athletic center in October, an update on the rink, and a celebration of our alumni Athletic Hall of Fame winners. As alumni will attest, sports have always been a key element of the “Harvey experience.” It is encouraging to see the School upgrade its facilities in such a meaningful way. Our goal with Harvey Magazine is to include articles that cover the interests of alumni as well as other Harvey constituencies. We continue to explore ways for alumni to feel a part of the Harvey community and to reinforce the theme that “Harvey-then” and “Harvey-now” have the same core values. We understand that among our alumni, there are also different eras: Harvey at Hawthorne, Harvey at Katonah including 8th and 9th grades; Harvey with girls, and Harvey with a high school. We hope that all of you feel proud of the traditions that continue at Harvey today of which you were an important part. As part of our continuing efforts to involve you in today’s school, we have initiated a program this year to bring alumni back for a “career” discussion with current students. This year we have selected three dates, one which has already taken place, and two others scheduled for March and May. The feedback 40 Harvey Magazine Winter 2013
so far has been very positive, and we look forward to building on these “career discussions” for next year. We also want to hear about alumni publications, movies, plays or other professional endeavors that we can highlight in an “alumni corner” of the magazine. A recent example of this is the latest movie of filmmaker Richard Ledes ’71, Fred Won’t Move Out, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and had its New York premiere in September, followed by openings in cities across the U.S. This year, the Alumni Association is striving to combine alumni events with school activities. For example, over 50 alumni attended the athletic center ribbon-cutting ceremony and Homecoming events in October. We encourage alumni to stop by and visit the School anytime, reconnect with faculty, interact with students, and share your life experiences with your alma mater, whose greatness has been shaped in large part by the legacy left by so many of you. Best regards,
Dan Chapman ’73 Alumni Association President
recentevents Leah Horowitz ’06, Nic Grala ’04, Greg Presseau ’98, Sean Daily ’98, Alumni Director Sally Breckenridge, Evan Walker ’03
Alumni Speak About Careers to Harvey Seniors Six alumni volunteered to share their experiences since leaving Harvey with Harvey students. Three Fridays during the school year have been set aside for alumni to spend time with seniors (October) and juniors in March and May. The first group of alumni included Leah Horowitz ’06, Nic Grala ’04, Evan Walker ’03, Gaby Geysel Schwager ’00, Sean Daily ’98, and Greg Presseau ’98. They represented a broad spectrum of interests, including freelance illustrator, marketing manager and new product development for startup companies, private banking, special ed teacher, literary agent, and agricultural and energy commodity trader. The alums described their experiences, college and after, and how these experiences shaped what each is now doing. The seniors then broke out into groups with each alum who then conducted a more informal question and answer period. Asked why they were willing to give up a day to come back to Harvey, the alumni gave varying reasons. Explained
Leah, who rode the train from Baltimore, Md. to get here: “There is a lot out there for people who are creative,” and she wanted to share this with the students. Nic came, he said, “to give back.” And Sean added, “Lots of high schools just run you through. Harvey provides the freedom to do what you want and develop your own strengths. You don’t feel overwhelmed.” “If any of my experiences can help, I’m glad to do it,” added Greg. Asked about his reaction to the event, Brent Feldman said, “It was good to get out of my comfort zone.” Sam Smyth commented, “It was good to hear their opinions, from people actually in the field.” Nate Alexander rated it “ten stars. I learned a lot about a field I’d like to go into.” The opinions from both alumni and students indicate that more of these alumni sessions will be welcomed.
Upcoming Events For the latest details on upcoming events, check on the Harvey alumni website, alumni.harveyschool.org April 9: New York City networking reception October 26: Homecoming and class reunions for classes ending in ‘3’ and ‘8’ Gaby Geysel Schwager ’00 talking with Emily Hsu
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A Special Homecoming for Our Alumni This Year “Stunning!” said Lindsey Walker ’05 when asked what she thought of Harvey’s new 22,000-sq.-ft. athletic center. “Awesome!” said Chris Abrenica ’89 when he looked around at the magnificent new gym moments before playing in the alumni pick-up basketball game on Homecoming. The alumni came from far and wide to return to their alma mater for Homecoming Weekend. Some stopped by Friday, October 19, for the noontime ribbon-cutting ceremony and pep rally. Most spent a good portion of the day Saturday down on the fields at the football and soccer games before coming up the hill to explore the new athletic center with its twin-courts, multiple locker rooms, training room, and soon-to-be fitness center. Their day ended with a special reception in the library organized by Alumni Relations Director Sally Breckenridge and Alumni President Dan Chapman ’73. Diana Bondy ’05 came to Homecoming to “support the school and reconnect with alumni and teachers.” The Wilton, Conn.,
native now living on the Upper West Side said she too was “very impressed with the new athletic center.” Currently enrolled in a master’s program at Fordham with plans to be a school psychologist, Diana said the new athletic center “is a very good tool to attract new students to Harvey.” A member of the 2002 HVAL Championship Tennis team, Diana said the athletic center “gets at one of Harvey’s niches—sports…Just like the arts center gets at another great niche at Harvey—the arts.” Lindsey Walker echoed the same thoughts. “With the new athletic center now and the arts center,” she said, “Harvey has the whole picture, giving students great opportunities in academics as well as the extracurriculars.” Lindsey, a special needs teacher in a Washington, D.C. inner city school, said she appreciates “Harvey’s strength in developing wellrounded young people.” Since graduating Harvey in 1989, Ossining native Chris Abrenica went to Manhattanville College and earned his
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B.A. in biology. Today, he works as medical lab information systems analyst in Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, N.Y., and lives in Somers with his wife, Maribeth, and his children Christina, 11, and Michael, 7. He said what he sees when he returns to Harvey for alumni events is “progress…The new athletic center, the arts center, everything looks to be on such a bigger scale,” he said. As he laced up his sneakers to answer the call to play in the pick-up game, Chris said, “I can’t wait to get out there and play in the new gym, but I’ll have to shake off the rust in my game.” Spotted playing with Chris were Andrew Hernandez ’08, Jonathan Jackson ’08, Philip Porter ’08, Alain Rwabukamba ’08, and Matt Bowser ’10. Other graduates spotted on campus and checking in at the alumni table on the field were: Randy Anderson ’74, Lauren (Fitting) Barefield ’05, Ross Behren ’11, Dan Chapman ’73, Bob Coy ’59, Aaron Dowdell ’08, Nate
Gallaudet ’05, Greg Hennings ’10, Joe Lombardi ’08, Brett Marks ’12, Teresa Neri ’06, Dan Randmer ’02, Emily Roman ’06, Brian Ryerson ’05, Victoria Shaffer ’11, Brooke Stager ’08, Noah Vock ’12, Jen Vogeny ’01, Jackie (Klein) Walker ’03. Of course, let us not fail to mention our alumni staff members who were present and helping to make the Homecoming a success: football assistant coaches and teachers Mike Barefield ’05 and Kyle Delaney ’04, our Spirit Store operator and school administrative assistant John DePalma ’01, and our Admissions Associate Franny Visintainer ’07. Homecoming is traditionally a time when schools welcome home their esteemed graduates. This year’s events certainly did not disappoint, and with the opening of the newest campus jewel, this year’s returnees spoke of their alma mater in a pride that seemed large and wide enough to fill the magnificent facility to its highest rafters.
1. Hannah & Martha Slivka ’12; 2. Randy Anderson ’74; 3. Alain Rwabukamba ’08 & Philip Porter ’08; 4. Anna Walant ’10 & Greg Hennings ’10; 5. Ross Behren ’11 & Mark Vasey ’07; 6. Brett Marks ’12 & John Bolanos ’12; 7. Brian Ryerson ’05; 8. John Bolanos ’12 & Mike Morra ’12; 9. Joe Lombardi ’08, Aaron Dowdell ’08, Brooke Stager ’08, Nate Gallaudet ’05; 10. Julian Rissetto ’12; 11. Lindsey Walker ’05; 12. Headmaster Fenstermacher & KC Testwuide ’11; 13. Rachel Miles ’12 & current junior Anna Robertson; 14. Coach Greg Phillips & Joe Lombardi ’08.
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33 80th Reunion Rink registrar Dale Osborne noted that Alfred L. Knopf, Jr.’s granddaughter (10 years old) is skating at Evarts Rink.
Francis W. “Mike” Murray III (letter to Jim Woods ’41): “Thank you for your letter. Great you have kept up with Harvey for such a long time and are active in helping the school. Seems you were one year ahead of me but we left the same year. My children and grandchildren have gone or are going to different schools other than Harvey and as you can imagine, the financial pull is not inconsiderable. Good luck in your efforts.”
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Jonathan J. Crawley: “One of these days I must let you have my memories of life at Harvey.” Mr. Crawley still lives in France. Frank A. Weil was very helpful providing background information about building the Evarts skating rink, which was used for the rink article on page 13. “I believe I was still Chair of the Harvey Board, and the Board saw it as both a money earner for the school and a big plus for the school’s winter sport program. The school was seen as farsighted for taking advantage of Evarts offer. And the income generated by the rink—from outside users— has been very substantial.”
John French III reported that he recently married Carole Parsons Bailey, and that he was the photographer of the oft-used photo of the pond by Harvey with the reflective shoreline.
Norbert “Bert” A. Lachmann sent in many black and white photos of his years at Harvey. (See facing page). “Dear Headmaster Fenstermacher: What a delightful day on Saturday! Although all of my Harvey memories and perceptions have been based on my five years in Hawthorne, I began to realize very quickly on Saturday that the essential spirit, culture, and integrity established by the founders continues unabated, growing and maturing in exciting new directions. I am quite certain that my headmaster, Leverett Smith, looking down from his vantage point in the Hereafter, is very pleased with what you and your staff have been doing. During the day, I met and talked with some terrific people, not the least of which were Sally Breckenridge and Laura Prichard. Also I must mention young Mike (Goodkind) who interviewed me in front of the video camera. I predict a fine future for him in the realm of sports broadcasting. I was very pleased to come across the memorial to Harvey alumni
who have died in military service. One of the reasons I came to Harvey in the first place as a frightened and somewhat disorganized nine-year-old was because my cousin, Albin Kesley Schoeph ’35, had attended the school. He wanted to join the Army Air Force and go fight in WWII, but was refused because of some slight dyslexia. At that time, the Canadians were not so fussy, however, and they welcomed him as well as a number of other Americans. He learned to fly and was commissioned in the RCAF. Of course, once the US got into the war, cousin Kes and his American colleagues were persuaded to come home and were given commissions in the Army Air Force. In a rather nice gesture, they were ever after allowed to wear a miniature pair of RCAF wings on the right-hand side of their uniform jackets. Then, in 1944, while flying a Catalina air/sea rescue plane off the coast of Italy near Salerno, he was jumped by a couple of Messerschmidt 109s and was shot down. He and his plane are still there. As you may know, it’s a really lovely area. Anyway, it was great to see his name on the memorial roster, as well as his picture. Thank you for that. Again, thanks for a great day. It reinforced my pride in being a Harvey alumnus.”
Richard H. Sheldon: “My wife, Marilyn, and I have worked with Guiding Eyes dogs for several years. Marilyn does most of the training, but I am very supportive. We are on our 11th dog at the present time, a yellow lab named Maura, about 7½ months old.” He listed his past interests as snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, hunting and present interests as swimming, walking, and exercise. He is a retired insurance salesman.
6 7 Norbert “Bert” A. Lachmann ’47‘s photos: 1. Main Building; 2. Winfield House; 3. Henry Wey ’46; 4. Carl Swenson ’47; 5. Amsterdam; 6. Classroom; 7. Bert Lachmann ’47; 8. Peter “Mac” Geibel ’47;
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Philip W. White: “Dear Harvey Katonah Students, I write to you of the halcyon, nether days of The Harvey School for boys! I am a Neperan of the class of 1949. I have been labeled a member of the Great Unwashed; we are basically lower middle class, adequately literate if only moderately educated, but ferociously loyal, nationalistic American males who have survived three quarters of a century. Some of us are veterans, and a few of us were even privileged to have received our middle school and secondary education at an all-boy school. Precious few of these arcanely relevant institutions still exist, a fact which I profoundly mourn. Extolling the manifold virtues of an all-boy school is a profoundly chauvinistic activity, I have been told, and purportedly, egregiously unwelcome of crusty intruders from the Kingdom of Geezerhood. “Anyway, when I went there, 1946–1949, it was The Harvey School for Boys, and I loved it unreservedly. Admittedly, I was not a brilliant scholar at Harvey, but neither was I a disruptive malcontent. Nowhere in Harvey’s dusty archives are enshrined memoirs of any memorable pranks or convulsingly funny utterances ascribed to me.
Indeed, I panicked at the prospect of having to speak out loud to more than two of my classmates at once; I watched debates and plays, but I spoke nary a word. I was not a gifted athlete, either, though I remember playing against some. I even made a few of them look like world champion performers. My younger brother remembers more about walking the dread Walking Circle than I do; he avers he missed making that Friday circuit but once. On the other hand, I walked that walk but once, I know of no contemporary who did not get at least a single mark from Mr. Shea or any other master, at one time or another, but I am pretty sure anyone who did (as did I) will never have forgotten that sharp, nasal voice of doom uttering those famous words: “That will be four marks!” “I remember Mr. Blake, also, from sports, and Mr. Smith, the headmaster, who read G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries to us on Sunday evening, over hot cocoa. The dearest memories of Harvey, though, are of Capture the Flag. Back then, Harvey occupied a corner of the junction of some forgotten road and a parkway, directly across which lay Pocantico Hills. Standing at the
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main Harvey building, though, one could see a large, sloping tree-lined field off to the right. When one is little, distances are magnified, so that field seemed to be hundreds of yards across and a hundred or two from a stone wall at the top of the slope to the wall at the bottom. I never recall the grass having been cut, because it always afforded a tactical cover right up until one arose from the stealthy low crawl to gain the pell-mell, full speed attack mode. Reasonably fleet of foot, I found Capture the Flag to be a favorite activity, and the game taught me skills I possess to this day: “denial of the obvious,” when one has allegedly been touched by the enemy. “Accidental physical contact” is another, best employed when pursued by the enemy of superior velocity, but of slight or cursed timidity of physical contact. I have played that game until it was called for darkness, by “them.” Never was it called off by me. “Scholastically, I remember only Latin, with Mr. Shea. I would go on to study Latin for the remainder of my schoolboy existence (two further years at Harvey, one grimly unsuccessful year at Hotchkiss, three average years at Tabor Academy, and my freshman year at Cornell), so I was not stupefied when I aced the brief Latin quiz in our Harvey Magazine. So it has come full circle: Mr. Shea and Latin-induced pain and anguish have returned to handsomely reward me. My first 100 in Latin! Experientia Docet. Withal, tempus fugit; be therefore diligent in your studies, for wisdom accrues only to experience, and experience is wrenched only from time. Ergo, wisdom accrues but to time. In conclusion, I am a Harvey boy until the end of my days, and I am grateful, and very respectfully, Philip W. White.”
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The following classes have no one to help contact classmates and think about their class reunion in 2013: 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1983, 1993, 1998. If you are willing to help, please contact: email@example.com.
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Howard L. Baldwin, the former owner of the Hartford Whalers, said he and the Rangers have ended their marketing agreement for the Connecticut Whale minor league hockey team. He cited the high operational costs and fixed expenses but didn’t elaborate. Baldwin said Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) will reassume the marketing operations. Nicholas L. D. Firth: “I enjoyed my time at Harvey in Hawthorne in the 1950s and have fond memories of my class which was made up of a great bunch of boys, but I have the distinct impression that today’s Harvey has a somewhat different mission.”
Class Agent: Alex P. McKown, (718) 392-1373, email@example.com
Claude G. Liman: “Thanks for contacting me and giving me a chance to reply to your intriguing questions [about athletics at Harvey]. I like looking back like this and pontificating. Just kidding! “It was very comforting to me, living a complicated adult life in Canada, to receive notice about my election to the Hall [of Fame] and to learn that Dick Springs and Mr. Magnan still remembered me and my boyhood exploits on the playing field. And then to come back, see some of my old classmates and get the
plaque! We all, athletes or otherwise, want to be remembered, to have our names put where time will never erase them. It’s a great honour and makes me feel comfortable to know that what I did as a young boy at Harvey will always be remembered. “Because my mother was an athlete (golf and skiing), she was upset that my public school in Mt. Kisco offered no real physical education program, which is why she enrolled my brother and me at Harvey in 1951 when I was in the third grade. “As a boy I played with energy, enthusiasm and for the love of the games, for competition, all voluntarily, avocationally, out of mere love, not for money/reward. The boyhood success of this amateur approach to sport makes me think that more of life would be successful if we kept that same avocational attitude for everything.” Richard M. Marshall III called to say he’ll spend a few days in NYC with Alex McKown. Then he will go to Maine, where he hopes to buy a small house near Camden, saying that he might rent it out for a year or so before moving there.
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Claude G. Liman ’57
Robert S. Coy and his wife stopped by Harvey on their way back home to Massachusetts from visiting their daughter in Manhattan. Bob had not been to the Katonah campus (being a Hawthorne alumnus) and was given a tour of the new art center and athletic center by Business Manager, Mike Drude William J. Rosenbaum is currently a relief veterinarian in Massachusetts and Florida. He graduated from Trinity-Pawling School (’63), Trinity College (’67), Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine(’71), and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital (’72). He has been in private practice since 1972.
Richard M. Marshall III ’57
Robert S. Coy ’59 outside new athletic center
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Harvey Alumni Executive Council Anyone who wishes to participate in four annual meetings to help plan alumni activities, please contact Dan Chapman ’73 or the Alumni Office (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Send Us Your Current Email Address! Help us keep our database accurate. The best way to reach our alumni is through email. Send your updated information (and a quick note) to email@example.com.
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63 50th Reunion Thomas L. Dean reports that he and his wife, Bonnie, have three children: Schuyler, 30; Jocelyn, 35; and Zero, 40. Tom said he enjoys winters in Blue Hill, Maine, and summers in neighboring Penobscot on Toddy Pond. He and Bonnie rent summer cottages on the pond with Tom acting as maintenance man. He also enjoys woodworking, landscaping, rowing, and, oh yeah, Tom also works as a real estate agent in Ellsworth.
Gregory A. Kriser wrote that he is working off the aftereffects of a failed real estate project. “An incredible story that I think I will write to a major media concern. “
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Dan Chapman ’73 with Richard Ledes ’71 at opening reception for Richard’s movie.
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Robert J. Hard: “Just a quick note to tell you how much Jeanne and I enjoyed your presentation on Harvey...the Early Years. It was highly informative and filled in a number of blanks in my understanding of the school’s origin. “I’m not sure if you know that Rachel Luke, formerly Rachel Wilcox, formerly Rachel Carter, nee Rachel Trafford was my godmother. I had heard snippets of the Harvey history since childhood from Rachel, how she and Herbert had met with parents around southern Westchester to consider the state of public education, how they found it wanting, and how they had ‘built the school,’ etc. The little factoid that Herbert was plowing a furrow first turned by his father was never mentioned. “Even when Lev Smith recounted the school’s early history during a vespers service just before his death in 1963, he
mentioned that Harvey was named for Dr. William Harvey and was originally founded for sick children, especially those with heart and lung ailments, Mr. Smith recounted, but I recall no mention of Dr. Carter being the actual founder. Mr. Smith did refer to Herbert Carter’s untimely death in 1938 of sub-acute endocarditis. “I have long felt something of a proprietary interest in the school, and not just because of having attended. My mother had something of a history with Harvey too. My mom arrived on these shores from England in May of 1945, traveling with wives, nurses, and wounded soldiers heading home, a journey facilitated by her London employer, which happened to be the U.S. Navy Air office. Her boss in Washington (at Naval Aviation News) had a brother called Harry Wilcox, who worked at the Reader’s Digest. Harry, he thought, might be able to find her a good editorial job at the Digest. So Mom trained up to Westchester, and, as agreed, was put up as a weekend guest at Harry and Rachel’s place (which I believe was on the Harvey campus). She went to the interview, which went well, but when she got back to Rachel and Harry’s place, she felt extremely unwell. Rachel told her to go right to bed. It turned out she had hepatitis, and Rachel nursed her through that vile illness for the next six weeks. Quite an introduction, but the start of a life-long friendship. Mom mentioned that she had lived at The Harvey School for a couple of months before moving to the Kittle House in Chappaqua, so Rachel must have had some sort of ongoing connection. “When my brother and I had achieved extreme mediocrity at the Pleasantville public school (and my parents were told that their sons ‘were not college material’), Harvey was a pretty obvious choice to right the academic wrongs that had been done us. “Jeanne and I were delighted by the alumni gathering. I got to touch base with Carey Rodd ’62, who (with Philip Baldwin ’62) led six adolescents (including two Hard boys) around Western Europe in the summer of 1968. Gee—44 years, and it’s still the most amazing and memorable trip—the best I’ve ever taken. In any event, Jeanne and I are
really, really pleased to be part of the Harvey family on an ongoing basis. I only wish we’d gotten the ball rolling a little sooner.”
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Class Agent: David R. Robertson, 201-253-0240, firstname.lastname@example.org
David R. Robertson: “I was very proud [to be elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame. I loved telling my family, particularly my wife. I appreciate that Harvey had such a great program with many wonderful teachers/ coaches and feel most grateful.”
Andrew J. Munro reports that he is back in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Things are going fine.”
Richard Ledes’s film, Fred Won’t Move Out, had its U.S. premiere at the Rose Theater in Brooklyn in the fall. Opening night included a reception with Richard, the cast and crew (except for star Elliott Gould who was filming in California). Following its run in Brooklyn, the movie is showing in select theaters in cities around the country.
Julian R. Blenkinship reports that he is still living in St. Ives, NSW, Australia.
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William A. Fisher Henry W. F. King (1932)
Alfred E. Freeman, Jr. (1935) Peter P. Pearmain (1937) Hendrick B. Roll (1936) Jonathan S. Seymour (1937) Stewart G. Tuttle
Pierre C. K. B. Cole William R. Gell (1941) William MacCowan, Jr. Thomas N. Morgan (1942) Henri Pestalozzi (1942) William E. Quimby Peter B. A. Stockton Julian F. Walker Paul West, Jr. John Whiting (1941)
Ruben G. Batista Alferdo Fernandez (1946) John C. Kenchington (1945) Theodore M. Lightner John B. Sutherland (1945)
Edmund N. Brenner, Jr. (1952) Howard R. Swanson
Carl J. Andreas (1954) Gustave J. Dunn (1956) Douglas R. Silberman (1956) S. Christopher Stenger (1957) Shepperd Strudwick III (1955)
Frank Q. Barstow, Jr. Stephen J. Butler (1961) Michael W. Chen Henry T. Leonard, Jr. (1962) Edmund A. Prentis Gustavo Torres (1961)
David C. Rhodes Mitchell B. Strohman
John T. Craig John D. Gilliam, Jr. (1971) Christopher H. Lamb (1972) Robert E. Morgan, Jr. (1972) W. R. O’Hare (1972) Craig R. B. Rollinson (1972)
Shaun M. Cunningham James R. Devor (1977) Aaron W. Greenburg Clay A. Griffith John B. Henry (1976) Eric Kurts Simon R. Newall David A. Ransom (1975) Christian A. Roberts James A. Wiegert
Thermond F. Adams (1979) Hector Gonzalez (1982) Birchard P. Hayes III (1982) James C. McCarthy (1979) Brooks S. Prouty (1980) Douglas J. Singer (1980) Jennifer A. Stein (1982) Charles R. Taylor
Justin S. Brunelle William D. Crowder III (1984) Craig R. Jacobson Julie E. Koopmann David M. Lopes Paul C. McCormick Michelle E. Organ Joshua R. Pinney Francisco R. Rodriguez (1985) Alison Rosen (1985) Timothy Saunders (1985) Tiffany C. Shafer Brent E. Spies (1982) Brian D. Zory
Nikhil M. Bhandarkar Lyndsey H. Grimes (1992) Josh R. Hall Michael A. Herman (1992) Jeremy Tiefenbrunn, Jr. (1990) John J. Walsh
Qadriyyah N. Porter Geoffrey W. Potter Matthew M. J. Weisholz
Anyone with information about any of the Lost is urged to contact Sally Breckenridge at email@example.com. Dates shown in parentheses indicate the last year the student attended Harvey.
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Class Agent: Patrick O. Peterkin, 203-655-9917, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agents: Wylie Smith Blake, 203-526-4089, email@example.com; Charles A. Collin, 718-431-0829, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Class Agents: Melinda Frey Arkin, 914-241-2134; Joshua Rosenthal, 970-385-4723, email@example.com
Class Agent: Herbert L. Sloan, 203-438-0051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agent: Thomas A. Jaffe, 925-200-4391, email@example.com
Class Agent: Lisa M. Rogers Cantrell, 813-672-3642, firstname.lastname@example.org Cynthia Ajello Adair’s ’95 baby Drea
73 40th Reunion Class Agent: Philip A. Eifert, 914-232-6489, email@example.com
Class Agent: Laurance E. Baschkin, 914-764-3220, firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas R. Henshaw: Jason Ecker ’12 worked as an intern for Dr. Henshaw during the summer of 2011. Darren J. Rigger: “We (Peekskill City Council) made press. I was able to give Nikki Pugliese ’12 an award AND create a new tradition in Peekskill. From now on, we will present an award to the school valedictorians, all inspired by a Harvey girl and an old alumnus. “ Noah Zeiler called and said he is moving to Oregon to become an organic farmer. He has 500 acres of land there.
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William R. Edell: “Very happy to see the improvement to athletics and facilities. Tell Henry [Rogan] hello. I think I had over 100 points (in lacrosse) my senior season alone.” Christopher J. Abrenica: “Being in the Harvey School Hall of Fame is a great honor. Receiving this award reminded me of the great coaches and teammates I’ve known from Harvey. Success is always the result of a team working in harmony rather than the accomplishments of an individual. As my coaches have inspired me, my ultimate goal is to inspire my family and the people I encounter in my life. Having a successful family is my greatest priority. They are my team. Receiving this award in front of my family was a tremendous privilege.” Victor P. Rivera III noted that he works for CDI IT Solutions and has been the technical lead for customer accounts over the last ten years.
Class Agent: Peter E. Hall, 518-369-1991, email@example.com
Richard I. Mack: “I am a new father of a son and have been promoted to a lieutenant in the NYPD. I also teach part time as an adjunct professor at John Jay College, and worked in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy.”
Stephen J. Masiello, Jr. ’96: Masiello News Tops the Hoopla Steve provided two big items of news as part of all the excitement during the ribbon-cutting for the new athletic center. The first was the Leadership Gift that Steve pledged for the construction of the athletic center. In making the announcement, the headmaster said Masiello’s gift represents “the largest pledge we have ever received from an alumnus of his era.” Then, saying he was issuing “a headmasterial executive directive,” Mr. Fenstermacher announced that Harvey was retiring basketball jersey #3, the one Steve Masiello wore when he led the Cavaliers to a New England Prep School Championship in 1996 while on his way to scoring over 1,000 points in his two-years at Harvey. Masiello is the first Harvey athlete ever to have his jersey retired.
93 20th Reunion Class Agent: Jarrod I. Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason O. Howard stopped by Harvey after receiving the Homecoming/ribbon-cutting email announcement. He caught up with Headmaster Fenstermacher and Alumni Director Sally Breckenridge. He reports that he is now working for Morgan Stanley in their private client wealth management group. He says he is in touch with some of his 1993 Harvey classmates, as well as others the year ahead. He looks forward to the events scheduled in the new athletic center.
Class Agent: Russell C. Stamm, 781-329-3004, email@example.com
Masiello, who has often returned to Harvey to give inspirational talks to the student body at Headmaster’s meetings, is in his
second year as head coach of men’s basketball at Manhattan College, a team expected to once again reach the 20-win plateau.
Steve Masiello ’96 with Coach Stark after scoring his 1,000th point in 1996
Class Agents: Lara W. Casano, 347-539-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org; Alice M. Pinheiro-Fontana, 914-263-9834, email@example.com
Cynthia Ajello Adair: Drea Lynn Adair was born April 25, 2012, to Cynthia and Deawell Adair.
Class Agents: Kevin P. Harrigan, 412-853-9392, firstname.lastname@example.org; David Stark and Jeanette Brandt Stark, 336-771-5303, email@example.com
98 15th Reunion Class Agent: Max D. Weinstein, 917-515-8531, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean T. Daily: “My title is Literary Agent (film and TV rights). I work with book agents to co-represent the dramatic rights to books, articles, and life rights for film and television. Quite simply, I try to convince Hollywood to develop movies or TV shows from the properties that I represent. I submit the books to producers, writers, directors, and actors and try and package the material before pitching to studios and financiers. I bridge both the book publishing and film and TV industries.”
Class Agent: C. Blayre Farkas, 561-929-1802, email@example.com
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Young Alumni Group
Andrew Most wrote that he is the Director of Digital Technology at Fidelity Investments. He and wife, Erica, have two children: Elliott, 4 years, and Caroline, 7 months.
Brian Ryerson ’05 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Zach Rosenthal ’06 (zacheryrosenthal.gmail.com) and Diana Bondy ’05 (bondydiana08@ gmail.com) are members of the Alumni Executive Steering Council. They welcome input from the young alumni on events of interest.
Gregoire Y. Presseau: “I have been trading commodities for the last five years from the sell side and now the buy side (sell side working as a market maker at an investment bank and now on the buy side at Bunge). Essentially my job now is to identify inefficiencies and/or cheap/expensive commodities.”
Class Agent: Amy Albert Morello, 845-621-2120, email@example.com
Melissa A. Meehan was married to Donato Stagnetta in the spring of 2011. She is a drug/ alcohol counselor (in private practice) and went to Keene State and Pace University.
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Germane Williams: “The greatest lessons I learned from playing basketball at Harvey came from both Coach Tim Stark and Rob Gale. Aside from making
Volunteers Needed Class Agents • Find new class agents for each year or group of years or reunion agents to help contact classmates before a reunion. • Follow up, identify problems in contacting classmates or in getting updates for the alumni publications. Young Alumni Determine what attracts and interests the young alumni and coordinate with class agents for planning these activities Regional Gatherings Help plan selected regional gatherings or host one in your area.
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Alumni Guest Speakers Come to Harvey to speak to a class about a particular subject. Career Networking/Mentoring Help Harvey students and alumni learn about your field of expertise or your school. Alumni Fundraising Participate in a phonathon for the alumni. If you are willing to help with any of the above activities, or have ideas of other ways alumni may participate with the school, please contact Dan Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sally Breckenridge (email@example.com).
academics the main priority, I feel coach Stark truly rewarded me for being a ‘g ym rat.’ The only time he took me out of a game was when he felt I was not playing hard enough. If you were a good student who was willing to work hard to play, you were going to play, and he would coach you. No politics. Just a fair system that allowed players to get as much out of the program as they put into it. Rob Gale did more than just lend me the keys to the gym whenever I wanted to work on my game. He encouraged it. Rob reassured me that if you truly liked to do something, and it was not harming anyone else, then you should do it. No matter how bad my day was, Rob and that gym were two things I could always count on to be there for me. Especially at that young age, having that kind of consistent support was crucial towards my development as a player, and a person. So I am thankful for those lessons and to the men who taught me those lessons. “My advice to Harvey athletes would be to use the sport and not to let the sport use you. In other words, enjoy it. Sports can be counterproductive if it is not fun. Make whichever sport or activity you choose to participate in work for you. The results are clear and immediate. If you are good, it will show. If you are lazy, it will show. If you are a team player, it will show. If you like the spotlight, it will show. Sports can be a great teacher of life lessons; athletics can reveal and ultimately build character. It is a great way for kids to understand the benefits of hard work, how they operate in pressurized situations, how much they are willing to compete and who/what they are competing for, how they handle whatever rewards or pitfalls that come with winning and losing, how you respond when things are not going your way, and for some, what it is like to be recognized for being successful at something. … Sports can put you in situations that force you to understand, develop, and even defend who you are and what you believe in. “
Class Agent: Tiffany E. Franqui, 845-612-9858, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Schiff: “I am currently working on my master’s thesis at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn. I am hoping to graduate this spring (2013) with a degree of master’s of art therapy.
03 10th Reunion Class Agents: Britt Davis, 203-722-6129, email@example.com; Melissa Offenberg, 914-772-0209, firstname.lastname@example.org; Evan Walker, 203-650-5281, email@example.com; Jaclyn M. Walker, 914-319-1699, JaclynMarisaWalker@gmail.com
Gerritt Dykstra returned from his second tour of Afghanistan in the fall and is exploring the civilian job market. Evan R. Walker: “Currently I have two pretty independent jobs. First is helping TEDMED with customer acquisition and making sure our partner institutions have the latest TEDMED programming information (seasonal business). The other project I am working on is developing and eventually building a new business that has spun off from TEDMED’s involvement with the nutrition and wellness program industry. In the past, I have worked with a small group of entrepreneurs to start up businesses ranging from postcards you create from cellphone pictures to online gambling to an online program that teaches English as a Second Language. All of these are startups that were developed at Walker Digital and we have spun off as independent companies.”
Class Agent: Andrew I. Pape, (914) 428-5475, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Dickinson: “I started a new role as a Vice President of Institutional Credit Sales at Sterne Agee in NYC, and in my spare time completed my second Chicago to Mackinac Island sailing race this past July.” William J. McMorris III was published in 30 Under 30 (http://redalertpolitics.com/ thirty-under-thirty), their listing of 30 young conservative reporters under 30. “Bill McMorris had only completed a series of journalism internships through the National Journalism Center (NJC) when he broke his first big story on phantom Congressional districts receiving federal stimulus funds in 2009. ‘I wasn’t even a real journalist [at the time],’ McMorris recalls. Now, McMorris is an investigative reporter for the newly created online only publication The Washington Free Beacon based out of Washington, D.C. He also gives back to fellow young, conservative journalists by teaching weekly seminars to current NJC interns, in which he instructs them to generate original content, original news, rather than just arguing philosophy ‘because we have too many pundits and need more people on the ground trying to dig up news. Young conservatives need something more than Twitter if you want to understand the world and if you want an impact on it,’ he says. ‘Young people need to resist extending their youth by delaying marriage, getting a job and moving out of their parents’ house. I think this extended adolescence, avoidance of commitment, is very, very damaging for young people,’ he said. ‘Social conservatives aren’t the sexiest brand right now, but if you delay marriage, you are probably playing X-Box at home.’ Ultimately, McMorris’ advice to young conservatives is to not be afraid to start from the bottom and pay your dues. ‘But you should also have an entrepreneurial spirit,’ he says, ‘and take the first opportunity you get.’”
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William J. McMorris III ’04
Matthew J. M. Norman ’04 and his bride Sarah Billington
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Elizabeth C. Mearsheimer: “I’m currently working for Morgan Stanley in Denver. I work within their private wealth management division. Keep in touch! Would love to come out sometime next year.” Matthew J. M. Norman and Sarah Billington were married Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the Gale Mansion in Minneapolis, Minn. The couple honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and will continue to reside in Lilydale, Minn., just outside of St. Paul, Minn. Andrew I. Pape reported that he now lives in Seattle, Wash.
Class Agents: Diana L. Bondy, 203-834-0764, email@example.com; Sara R. Fleisher, 914-584-7048, firstname.lastname@example.org; Laura E. Heumann, 914-234-2093, email@example.com; Brian T. Ryerson, 914- 329-6863, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael T. Barefield is teaching history at Harvey this year, as well as coaching several sports. He noted that sports is one of the best mediums to help get to know and understand yourself as an athlete, student, and human being. Amy M. Letteri: “I just got my beautiful Harvey magazine in the mail (well done!) and I saw that you were looking for people to field questions about their field or give a
talk. I’m an ’05 graduate and I’m about halfway though my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Gallaudet University. I’d be thrilled to answer any questions students might have or to come back and give a talk on some of my research. My degree specializes in deafness and other disabilities and we’re taught and treat our clients in American Sign Language. My research right now is centered on two projects involving deaf and hard of hearing children. The first project is about the development of the emotion regulation skills and the second is about early literacy development. I’m also doing a part-time internship at the Johns Hopkins pediatric outpatient center working in a neuropsychology clinic. Harvey got me started down this path, I’d love to come back and recruit some more!”
Gregory Jurschak ’06, Katonah Vet, Military Family: Remember Those Who Sacrifice, Honor Those Who Serve By Lisa Buchman (Greg and the Jurschak family recognized in Katonah Patch article and excerpted here with permission of Lisa Buchman, Patch editor) The Memorial Day weekend … a time to remember those who battled for America’s freedom and to honor those who are currently making sacrifices to protect their homeland. Katonah’s community spirit around this time of year is well-appreciated by families like the Jurschak family, who have two sons serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. “What makes us feel great is the supportive spirit of Katonah is there for the military regardless of your politics,” said Alexia Jurschak, mother to Greg and Andrew Jurschak. When asked
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when her sons decided to enter the military, Jurschak said she thought 9/11 may have been a factor. The boys were teenagers when their father was stuck in New York City that day. He came home safely but the terrorist incident made an impact on his sons. “They really have always had a sense of patriotism,” she said, and when they announced they wanted to enter the military, she and her husband approved—but encouraged them to attend college and enter service as officers. They volunteered at the Katonah Fire Department, followed by their high school years—Greg attended The Harvey School in Katonah and Andrew attended boarding school out west—they both went to college. Greg graduated from The College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and Andrew
completed his degree at Colby College in Maine. They went into the Marines as 2nd Lieutenants, Infantry. Greg, now 23, and Andrew, 26, are both based in Hawaii. Greg is in Australia to establish a presence with Southeast Asian countries and Andrew is headed to Okinawa, Japan. Jurschak described what happened when Andrew was in Afghanistan as “an outpouring of support and kindness” from local residents. “Andrew’s platoon was adopted by a Brownie troop and received hundreds of care packages—it was incredible,” she said. She misses them, but Alexia Jurschak said she and her husband, Jerry Jurschak, are “amazed” by their children. “They really embody what we hoped our kids would turn out to be,” she said.
Class Agents: Greg Jurschak, email@example.com; Teresa Neri, 914-400-8646, firstname.lastname@example.org; Allison Shuchat, 914-384-4134, email@example.com
Brooks Forsyth is working at Bankers Life and Casualty Insurance Company as an insurance broker. He was married in June, and the couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. Brooks majored in business at Vermont Technical Institute, where he received a B.A. After living in Vermont for six years, Brooks and his wife have returned to Connecticut. His wife was an elementary education teacher. Emily H. Roman is working as a financial advisor for New York Life, a position she obtained through her networking. She majored in sociology at Marymount Manhattan College, with a minor in Hispanic studies. She is currently living in Rye, N.Y., and is involved in arts and healthcare charities. Josh Sorell (from Mom): “Josh is an intern at Groovideo Inc. located in Tel Aviv, Israel.” Greg Sorenson shared his thoughts about becoming an athletic hall-of-famer but was too late to be included in the spotlight article on page 15. He played football, lacrosse, and basketball. “The biggest lesson that I learned from being an athlete at Harvey was to believe in myself. My coaches at Harvey always put their full faith in me as an athlete and student, constantly reminding me that I could achieve any goal I wanted on and off the field.” He advised current students to “never give up. Harvey is a place with an incredible support system and unbelievable people who will help you every step of the way. If want to achieve something go out and achieve it. Harvey will be there right behind you to help in any way possible. Believing in myself, never giving up, and creating relationships I will never lose have helped guide me through every obstacle along the way.
Those morals and relationships have helped me to be strong, strive to do better each day and never forget where I came from.”
Class Agents: Brandon Brooks, 203-524-5800, firstname.lastname@example.org; Doniella McKoy, 914-960-9375, email@example.com
Brooke Callaghan wrote that she has a job at Morgan Stanley in the city.
Social Networks For those alumni using the social networking websites, take a look at Facebook and LinkedIn. Both have Harvey Alumni groups which you can join. These provide another way to find lost classmates and reconnect with them on the school. Harvey is not responsible for the content on either of these sites.
Class Agents: Gretel Coleman, 203-523-2498, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dylan Hackley, 914-482-5318, email@example.com; Scott Oltman,904-424-6610, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agents: Andrew Jamieson, email@example.com; Erika Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org; Peter Sorenson, email@example.com; Megan Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Maddy Haller for completing her four-year career as a top defender on the Duke University women’s soccer team. The 15th ranked Blue Devils finished with a 15–6–2 overall record in 2012, losing 1–0 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament to Penn State. While Haller, a South Salem native, did not win a cup in her 4 years, she will graduate this May with no regrets. “I have had a truly remarkable experience. I came to Duke not really knowing what to expect and have had an amazing time playing for this program.” Haller, a top scholar and all-star athlete at Harvey, was recruited to play for Duke and continued her prowess on and off the field in college, having been named to the Capital One Academic All-District III women’s
Greg Sorenson ’06
Madison M. Haller ’09
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soccer team for the 3rd year in a row. She is a history major with a 3.58 grade-point average and is considering a career in law. Julie A. Sauro (in local newspaper): Julie Sauro of Katonah, a member of the Marist College class of 2013, was named to the Dean’s list. She is majoring in business administration, international concentration.
Class Agents: Jenna Spiwack, email@example.com; Anna Walant, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jake Warshaw, email@example.com
Matthew R. Bowser stopped by Harvey and spoke with nurse, Jeanne Puchir. He is now attending Quinnipiac College. He contacted his classmates to get an alumni game going in the new athletic center. Gregory M. Hennings is playing junior hockey at WCC.
AD Mark Brandon and Headmaster Fenstermacher watch as Adam J. Slater ’11 prepares to shoot in basketball contest.
Camilla G. Skalski (from Mom): “Our daughter, Camilla, made the Dean’s list in her freshman year at Smith College. The Dean’s list recognizes those students with grade-point averages of 3.33 or above. Camilla is majoring in theater studies.”
Class Agents: Victoria Shaffer, 914-400-6446, firstname.lastname@example.org; Adam J. Slater, 914-874-7436, email@example.com; Nicolette St. Lawrence, 914-707-0414, firstname.lastname@example.org; KC Testwuide, 914-953-9006, email@example.com
Adam J. Slater returned to Harvey before leaving for his fall college term to shoot hoops in the new athletic center. Because of school, he was not able to attend the ribbon-cutting in October. But he was able to exercise the privilege he won as a Harvey senior in a basketball contest to shoot the first basketball in the new gym.
Class Agents: Brandon Hickey, 845-270-8670, firstname.lastname@example.org; Brett Marks, 914-815-1686, email@example.com; Maya Sank, 203-803-5850, firstname.lastname@example.org; Daniel Schonning, 203-788-6811, email@example.com; Mickey Stein, firstname.lastname@example.org; Natalia St. Lawrence, 914-707-0406, email@example.com
Charlotte B. Arbogast is in the chorus at Colgate and got the role of Bette in the student theatre production of the Marriage of Bette and Boo. Zachary O. Buckwald (from Mr. Lazzaro): Due to their play throughout the season three Harvey ruggers (Zack Buckwald, Sharif Koonce ’13, and Andre-BrittonTannenbaum-Fox Lane) were nominated to participate in a five-week NY/CT/NJ high-school training camp. Over sixty athletes were selected for the camp. Following the training camp the team was narrowed down to 24 members to compete in an all-star weekend in Massachusetts where the select side played the New England high-school all-stars. All three of the Harvey nominees made it through the training camp, impressed the assorted coaches, and were selected.
tell us what's new with you! To submit Class Notes: Send note and/or image to firstname.lastname@example.org Send us your photos to accompany your note. Below are some tips: • Set your camera to best setting • Photo size 4 x 6, in 300 dpi • Save files as .jpg or .tiff • Identify people in picture • Attach file to email Send your short Milestone info (Weddings, Engagements, Births, see above). Please include full name and dates.
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Timothy S. Ehlberg (from Mom): “This year Tim is living at home and taking classes at WCC, working and following his goal playing junior hockey for the Junior Aviators in Brooklyn. And what a great experience this has been for him. He is playing with players from Sweden, Russia, and Canada and getting a lot of exposure. He is hopeful that this endeavor playing junior hockey will help him get a scholarship to a Div. I college or other big hockey college.” Barry P. Falk (from Mom): “Barry is having a wonderful time so far at Union. It was a great choice for him. He is on the freshman crew team and has the position of coxswain.” Isabelle C. Gale (from parents): “Isabelle is settling in at SUNY Geneseo and is just beginning to experience the first pangs of homesickness so the Harvey Care Package will come just at the right time! We will keep you posted on her progress. So far: she loves her roommate, Dana; classes are challenging and she is working to find a rhythm; Izzy has joined the girls rugby team and scored her first try; and she got a job on campus in the cafeteria. We are looking forward to visiting with her for Parents’ Weekend later this month.” Sean P. Hennings (from Mom): “Sean is playing intramural hockey at RPI. He is also refereeing hockey at RPI this semester.” Brandon G. Hickey (from Mom): “Brandon will be in the upcoming USA Lacrosse Magazine with his Oneonta team. He has gotten a starting spot as freshman. His support from the Harvey faculty has served him well in adjusting to college and advocating for his needs! We are so grateful for his Harvey family!” Collin D. Kraus (from Mom): “Collin is enjoying college life where he is the Team Manager for the BU Crew Team.”
Nicholas J. G. Maluf (from Mom): “Nick is happily settling in to college life at Oberlin but also looking forward to a weeklong break at the end of October. In addition to enjoying his classes, we hear that he has developed some skills in foosball and ping pong!” Nicole A. Pugliese (In Peekskill Patch): “The Peekskill City Council honored three young women who achieved the highest scores in their classes, making them the valedictorians and salutatorian. Nicole Pugliese, a Harvey school student, was the valedictorian there. Mayor Mary Foster presented the three girls with certificates from the city at the June 25 Council meeting and congratulated them on their hard work and achievements. This was the first year the city has honored the local valedictorian and salutatorians. Councilman Darren Rigger ’87 proposed the idea and the council agreed that the students should be recognized by city officials, Foster said at the council meeting. Nikki graduated with a 4.13 grade-point average for her four years and is attending the University of Michigan.” Daniel G. Schonning (from Mom): “Dan has been named the News Editor for the campus paper, The Herald—the only freshman ever to be an editor of any department at the paper! Already has some terrific articles published. You can check the Hobart website for a link to the paper.” Brian C. Theiss (from Mr. Lazzaro): “Brian is playing rugby for St. Bonaventure and enjoying it, although he said ‘they play a different type of rugby’ than what he was used to.”
Faculty Notes Sarah Baldwin, granddaughter of former teacher and parent Rose W. Baldwin, is helping write a memoir for Rose. She contacted the Alumni Office looking for more details of Rose’s time at Harvey and some photos of the school. She hopes to have the memoir completed during the winter.
Milestones Weddings 1999 Melissa A. Meehan to Donato Stagnetta on spring of 2011
2004 Matthew J. M. Norman to Sarah Billington on September 8, 2012
2006 Brooks Forsyth was married in June 2012
Births 1991 Hudson Thomas Mack to Alison and Richard I. Mack in July 2012
1995 Drea Lynn Adair to Cynthia Ajello and Deawell Adair on April 25, 2012
Amanda K. Schumacher Hufnagel: “Over Labor Day weekend, my family and I moved to Monroe, La., allowing my husband to pursue an opportunity within his company KPMG LLP. Monroe is located in Ouachita (pronounced Wash-uh-taw) Parish and is adjacent to the Ouachita River. It was a settlement formerly known as Fort Miro, but adopted the name Monroe in honor of the steam-powered paddle-wheeler James Monroe. “We are currently living in the ‘Garden District,’ one of the oldest parts of Monroe and our house was built in 1926. Although we greatly miss all of our family and friends up North, we are adjusting nicely to our surroundings and it is finally beginning to feel like home. My son, Noah, is attending a school two blocks from the house, which we walk to and from every day and we are all eagerly anticipating the birth of our second child in March.”
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inmemoriam alumni Rowland G. Sturges ’32 2007
William C. Lowe ’33 2004
Prentice K. Smith ’33 2008
Hugh S. Barker ’35 2009
Philip A. Carroll, Jr. ’38 2010
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Wolcott G. Ely ’38 Sept. 21, 2012 After a long and fulfilling life, Wolcott Griswold Ely passed away at his home on Sept. 21, 2012. Born on April 19, 1923, the son of Matthew G. Ely and Marion Collins, he descended from an old and distinguished Connecticut family. He grew up in Pelham, N.Y., and Old Lyme, Conn., attending The Harvey and The Taft Schools and Yale University class of ’45, where he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs. Wolcott worked in real estate management in NYC, primarily for a family-owned company, Horace S. Ely & Company. While working in NY, he was on the Board of Directors of the McBurney YMCA. In 1948, he married Lydia Ingersoll of Hartford, Conn. They moved to Riverside in 1951, where they were active in the community for many years and raised their family. A cappella singing was a consistent theme throughout Wolcott’s life. In 1956, he was a founding member of the local Off-Sounders singing group and remained active with them up until his death. He also sang with the University Glee Club in NYC and with the Yale Whiffenpoofs alumni SLOT group (Seems Like Old Times). He was particularly noted for his rendition of “I Love the Ladies.” He is survived by an older brother, two daughters,
Susan E. Eddy of Yalesville, Conn., and Elizabeth Zuckerman of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and many nephews and nieces and their families. —GreenwichTime, October 2, 2012
James H. Stone ’39 2008
John L. Carroll ’40 2007
Oliver C. Scholle ’40 1998
Lee M. Stritzinger ’40 2006
Everett W. Vreeland ’40 Sept. 5, 2012 Everett Woodruff “Doc” Vreeland, DVM, died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 5, 2012, at Geer Village in Canaan, Conn. “Doc” was born May 9, 1925, in White Plains, N.Y., the middle son of James Ferguson and Louise Woodruff Vreeland. He attended White Plains public schools, The Harvey School and The Gunnery before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with the 22nd Regiment of the 6th Marine Corps Division from August 1943 to February 1946 and saw action on Guam and Okinawa in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. After returning from war, he married Marjorie Alice Casey in December 1946 and continued with schooling, ultimately graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 1952, doing his internship in large animals. After completing his internship, he moved his family to Coos Bay, Ore. After months of rain in Oregon, he wisely chose to move back East, and worked in a veterinary practice in Middletown, Conn. Ev moved his family to Kent, Conn., in August of 1955, where he started his own practice and worked for the bulk of his professional life. Doc felt there had been no “lows” in his career, only “highs,” and credited his career choice to a veterinarian he met on his grandfather’s farm when he was 10 years old. During this time, he served on the Kent Board of Education, was the manager at Kent School Farm, a member of St. Luke’s Lodge, AF & AM, and also a private pilot, which he enjoyed immensely. He was hired by a dairy cooperative on St. Croix to tend to all the fertility work on the islands’ cattle, and for a number of years flew there every three months to care for the herds. He was a well-known figure in the Litchfield Hills and had a gift for diagnosis. Though he treated all sizes of animals in his practice, he was extremely well known as a horse vet and was veterinarian to The Governor’s Horse Guard in Conn., and was
also appointed to the President’s Equine Council in Washington, D.C., during the Johnson Presidency. Although Doc decided to semi-retire in 1984, he continued doing “house call” veterinary services where he was known to perform simple surgery on people’s pets right in their homes. In 1987 he married Nancy Twining Cullerton and they made their home in Warren, Conn. When Doc officially retired in 1992, he traveled extensively to Canada, Florida, and Montana. He loved fishing, reading and writing, particularly about observations and his own experiences. In addition to the myriad things he wrote to his children and grandchildren, he published a book and had a column in the local paper. He loved what Mother Nature brought with each season, and spent hours driving the Litchfield Hills photographing the flora and fauna. He also loved to spend his spare time walking along the Housatonic River with his dogs, a river he fell in love with before and during his time at The Gunnery, and which was the motivating force for his choice of locale to begin his own practice. He leaves behind his son, Richard S. Vreeland and his wife Susan, of Lakeville, Conn.; his daughter, Nancy V. Rutledge and her husband, James of Salisbury, Conn.; three grandchildren; his first wife, Marjorie Vreeland of Kent, Conn.; three stepdaughters and two stepsons; and nine step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his second wife, Nancy, in December 2010.
Omar Shapli ’44 2010
Frank H. Skelding ’45 Aug. 3, 2012
John W. Chambers ’46 2010
Peter H. Honegger ’48 2008
James P. Kelland ’49 2007
Paul E. Burrows ’56 May 6, 2011
Michael G. Morris ’59 2010
Timothy R. Congdon ’67 2008
Gordon C. Gilroy ’69 2006
John C. Bonanni ’71 2007
Peter A. LaCour ’71 Aug. 16, 2012
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Gregory F. Moss, Jr. ’88 July 3, 2012 Bruce Moss ’55 sadly announced the death of his son, Gregory, after Greg’s courageous year-long struggle with T cell lymphoma, at Denver’s Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. He was employed at the time by the DCP Midstream Company, headquartered in Denver. Greg is survived by his father, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., and his stepmother, Barbara, who lives in Katonah, N.Y. His mother, Claude, lives in Rome, Italy. His co-workers at DCP Midstream in Denver and his father have set up a website in his memory: http://www.forevermissed.com/ greg-moss/#about “My son Greg took the worst of medical news a year ago and never gave up his strong desire to live. His thoughtfulness, patience, and humor, well known to those who knew him, never deserted him during the often agonizing and terrifying year of his illness. That must be why even his doctors and nurses were in tears at the end. His courtesy, under the worst circumstances, never failed him.”
former faculty Marcelle Johnson Oct. 29, 2012 (Harvey afterschool nurse 1960–1990s) Marcelle Rheaume Johnson (Meme) passed away at Waveny Care Center on October 29, 2012. She was born in Holyoke, Mass., on April 18, 1918, to Arthur Rheaume and Regina Cloutier Rheaume. She is predeceased by her husband, Walter H. Johnson, Jr., and survived by her four children; Gina (Al) Barber of New Canaan, Conn., Walter Johnson III, Miami, Fla.; Kevin (Margaret) Johnson of Atlanta, and Bruce Johnson of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. She is also survived by her beloved niece and nephews whom she always considered her children, and her god-daughter.
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Marcelle graduated from Holyoke Hospital School of Nursing. She practiced at McLean Hospital in Boston and Columbia Presbyterian in New York City. In her retirement years, she was the afterschool nurse at The Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., where she took great pride in mothering 100s of boys. Marcelle was among the first of American Airlines stewardesses in the days when you had to be a nurse and later joined the recruitment department for hiring new stewardesses. She was among the first of the feminists—traveling and promoting women in business. On the school board in Ossining, N.Y., in the 1950’s, she fought hard for good public schools. Meme will be remembered for her courage and grit. She was truly part of the greatest generation. —Stamford (Conn.) Advocate
Robert A. Meredith 2002 (Harvey coach 1991–92) Mr. Meredith was the JV football coach for one year.
E. Bradley Richardson July 22, 2012 (Harvey Headmaster 1964–69) Edwin Bradley Richardson, 83, died July 22, 2012, in Milton, Mass., with members of his family at his side after a long illness. He was born April 26, 1929, in New York City to David and Jane Richardson and attended the Buckley School before heading to Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., where he graduated in 1948. He then attended Harvard University, graduating in 1953 where he played four years in goal for the Crimson Hockey team, most notably as the winning goaltender in the inaugural Beanpot tournament. Hockey was one of his true loves and he attended many Harvard games over the years, becoming a fixture at the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge. Brad spent his entire working career in Education. He started as a History teacher
at the Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, Conn., where he also coached hockey and track. He then accepted the position of Headmaster at The Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., before finishing his career at Harvard College, as a Senior Admissions Officer, retiring in 1984. With school vacation schedules, Brad was able to spend many summers on his favorite island of North Haven, Maine, where he honed his considerable sailing skills and was Commodore of the North Haven Casino. He continued his love of sailing and had great success racing his favorite Ensign over the past three decades. He was an active member of the Milton Rotary, Milton Hospital, St. Michaels Church and was a board member of the Forbes Museum in Milton and a trustee of the North Haven Library. A gifted musician, he enjoyed many a “sit in” with the Center Streeter’s band, playing bass and providing considerable talent as a back-up singer. The past few years of his life were spent working at Milton Academy where he assisted Alumni Fundraising efforts. Brad was preceded in death by his wife Anne Lindsay Miner and his brother David Lord Richardson, Jr. He is survived by his sister, Jane Richardson Beattie and his three children, along with 6 grandchildren. —The Boston Globe, July 29, 2012
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Richard Ledes â€™71 (center) with his father, John, and Headmaster Fenstermacher
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