Harvey â€¦ at the
Heart of Every Story
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FE AT U RES
Harvey Builds a Human Connection
I AM HARVEY
Making an IMPACT on Young Lives
The entire Upper School rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
A school campaign becomes a labor of love for student filmmaker Jared Peraglia.
Let’s Celebrate What Connects Us
A Lasting Bond: Harvey’s Female Pioneers
Remembering John P. McMahon
Highlights of our Homecoming, Hall of Fame + Alumni Reunion.
Female alums share memories from their early days at Harvey.
A tribute to the quintessential teacher who inspired generations.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Eileen Walker, Chair Diana Bondy ’05 Philip Bowers ’70, Vice Chair Daniel K. Chapman ’73, President, Alumni Association Kevin Durkin Deirdre Glascott Edward W. Kelly William J. Knauer, President
Charles A. Krasne Raymond G. Kuntz Maury A. Leone, Vice Chair Sandy Ogg Jane Petty, Secretary Joseph Plummer James Renwick Elizabeth Schwartz Wallace L. Schwartz David Silk Andrea L. Tessler, Treasurer
Kathleen Treat J. Eric Wise Alice DeSomma, Emerita Barry W. Fenstermacher, Emeritus Jeffrey Lasdon, Emeritus Frank A. Weil ’44, Honorary
Harvey and San Miguel’s partnership honored with award.
ALUMNI EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Laurel Meredith ’88 Daniel K. Chapman ’73, Seth Morton ’57 President, Alumni Association Greg Presseau ’98 Nanette C. Baratta ’82 Brian Ryerson ’05 Frank Baratta ’84 Nicolette St. Lawrence ’11 Lara Casano ’95 Pieter Catlow ’73 Sally Breckenridge, Director of George Dallas ’64 Alumni Relations Thomas E. Dodd Laurie Cohen, (Harvey teacher 1965–75) Young Alumni Coordinator Philip A. Eifert ’73 Alexander P. McKown ’57
Homecoming + Alumni Reunion
D E PA R T M E NTS 2 From the Editor 3 Welcome 28
News + Views
44 Sports 46
Early Female Alumni
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HEAD OF SCHOOL William J. Knauer EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chris Del Campo DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Karen Grazia ALUMNI EDITOR Sally Breckenridge DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Laura Prichard DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & MAJOR GIFTS Susie Danziger CONTRIBUTORS Christina Alexander, Vinny Alexander, Brendan Byrne, Susie Danziger, John French III ’47, John Hughes ’68, Chris Kelly, William J. Knauer, Phil Lazzaro, Stephanie Metz, Jackson Roberts ’15, Denise Smith CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHERS John Brooks Photography, Donald Hicks, North Sky Photography, Gabe Palacio Photography CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Christina Alexander, Vinny Alexander, Jessica Bottalico, Laurie Cohen, crphotos.org, John DePalma, Karen Grazia, Pilar Menacho, Stephanie Metz, Jillian McCoy, Michelle Morris, Richard Price, Laura Prichard, Mike Rubenfeld, Jeanne Schumacher, Melissa Zeffer DESIGN Good Design, LLC, gooddesignusa.com PRINTING Printech, Stamford, Conn. MISSION STATEMENT The Harvey School provides a college-preparatory program that fosters lifelong learning and inspires students to develop the confidence and leadership qualities necessary to succeed in a diverse, competitive, and changing world. With our commitment to small class size, our community cultivates the strengths of each student through academic excellence, artistic exploration, athletic achievement, community service, and global understanding. CORE VALUES » Passion for learning » Respect » Integrity » Dynamic balance » Excellence
From the Editor This is the last time I will be writing to you as the magazine’s editor-in-chief as I am turning the job over to the highly capable hands of Karen Grazia, Harvey’s new communications director. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to have served Harvey and to have worked with so many wonderful people who care so deeply about the school and its mission. I would be remiss in not thanking Barry Fenstermacher for giving me the opportunity to serve as the school’s first communications director. I told Barry how great a gift it was to allow me to return to my writing roots. Before my 30-year career as a high school English teacher and college literature and writing adjunct, I was a radio news reporter and announcer, writing and reporting on news and sports in the Mid-Hudson area. In preparing my last “From the editor,” I wanted to make sure I stayed on point, not stray to a long goodbye but keep to the purpose of introducing this issue’s theme: Harvey … at the heart of every story. Then, it dawned on me. I, too, am Harvey. I am an educator, an advocate for children, a writer, a person profoundly grateful to Harvey for giving me such wonderful opportunities to continue to pursue my passions following my retirement from the public school system, by tutoring Harvey students in writing, reporting on Cavalier sports and campus activities in and out of the classroom, editing school publications, and serving the broader school community as the editor-in-chief of Harvey Magazine. There are far too many people for me to thank publicly here in this small space, so many teachers, administrators, and staff through the years who have helped me share the stories of our student successes and staff accomplishments. I would like to acknowledge here, however, my longtime Harvey Magazine partner, Alumni Relations Director Sally Breckenridge, whose extraordinary knowledge of our school’s rich 102-year history has provided me with an invaluable resource. I have admired not only how much Sally knows of the students and staff who once called Harvey home, but how much she cares about keeping them close to the heart of Harvey. We hope you enjoy this winter issue as you learn about the many ways Harvey helps shape the lives of our students and how much our students credit Harvey with giving them opportunities to travel down paths that often lead to self-discovery and personal fulfillment. We also encourage you 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 the “Letters 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. If you would rather receive the online version of the magazine, please email us to make the request. Sincerely,
Chris Del Campo, Editor-in-Chief
Our Cavalier has always been at the heart of Harvey spirit. Check out the Parting Thought on page 64 for more history of our heart.
welcome from the head of school
“I share stories of the transformational power of the Harvey experience, about students and families who came here and found a place where they could grow and thrive. Over time these individual narratives weave together to form the tapestry of our history and the vision of our future.”
While I am no longer the “new” head of school, I am still regularly asked what I think of Harvey. Interestingly, while my answer, like my understanding and perspective, has become more detailed, the essence of what I have to say really hasn’t changed. My response still often begins, “You know, it just feels like the right place at the right time ….” Just as when I first arrived in Katonah, I continue to be struck by the deep and genuine sense of community that permeates the school. While that feeling seems palpable to anyone who spends any time on our campus, I am still hard pressed to explain, or even describe, to anyone outside the community what makes this such a special place. But nevertheless I try. Usually, I talk about relationships. Because at its heart, Harvey is about relationships. Harvey is a place where students make genuine and positive connections with faculty and staff. With dedicated teachers and small class sizes, students have the unique opportunity to get to know the adults around them, and more importantly, to be known by them — in the classroom, on stage, in the art studio, on the athletic field, in a club, on a field trip, or doing community service together beyond the walls of school. Just as important are the rich and meaningful relationships that students form with each other. Students seem to know instinctively that Harvey is a unique and special place, and they cultivate in big ways and small a community built around the importance of these relationships. These bonds keep former students connected to the school as well, as demonstrated by the range of alumni from across the decades who joined us for Homecoming and Reunion this year. Diversity. Individuality. Voice. In the end, I usually resort to telling stories because each Harvey story brings into focus a specific, detailed moment that offers a glimpse into what makes the school such a remarkable place. I share stories of the transformational power of the Harvey experience, about students and families who came here and found a place where they could grow and thrive. Over time these individual narratives weave together to form the tapestry of our history and the vision of our future. Harvey ... at the heart of every story. The theme reflects and supports this year’s celebration of “I AM HARVEY” as we acknowledge the dynamic influence a Harvey education has on the individual growth of our students, one that creates a diverse learning community that encourages and fosters self-discovery and helps point students to paths that will lead them to self-fulfillment. With kind regards,
William J. Knauer, Head of School harveyschool.org 3
Harvey Builds a Human Connection BY KAREN GRAZIA
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Opposite. These seniors and freshmen are energized and ready to wade into the Mill River in Stamford, Conn., to clean up trash and debris. // Left. Senior Kelly McMorrow leads Harvey freshmen in organizing a carnival for the young students at the Children’s Learning Center in Stamford along with Performing Arts and Wellness teacher Melanie Gambino. // Below. Senior Aidan Roberts performs demolition inside a Habitat for Humanity house in Newburgh, N.Y.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:
what are you doing for others?” —MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. There is no greater lesson in humanity than giving of yourself to those in need. For the past five years, the entire Harvey Upper School community has taken to the streets in underprivileged urban communities, rolling up their sleeves and getting to work for Harvey Builds: Day of Service. Now in its sixth year, the community service initiative has expanded its efforts and added a new dimension; handing the reins over to the seniors to take ownership of this important day in October. “We decided this year to send groups out by grade to allow for some team-building within each class,” explained Dean of Ninth Grade Susan Harris, who also serves as a Senior Bridge teacher. Ms. Harris said, “The Senior Bridge students served as leaders in each group, working with and guiding the students.” Seniors took responsibility for the underclassmen working with them, the project they were assigned to, and for themselves. Head of School Bill Knauer, a Senior Bridge teacher this year, spent time with seniors examining what they envisioned was the role of a good leader. “We brainstormed around what it means to be a leader and how to keep younger students on task,” said Mr. Knauer. The junior class headed to Newburgh, N.Y., with their senior leaders, dividing and conquering several projects at different locations. At the Hudson Valley Food Bank, students sorted through
more than 2,000 tomatoes and packaged items for donation through Feeding America. At Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh, students carried lumber, performed demolition, and provided cleanup for three homes in the process of construction. Junior Chloe Pinto and her group contributed to cleaning and rebuilding a house. “We tore apart walls and cleaned the house,” Chloe said, adding, “We were able to see before and after results, and how much our work paid off.” Students in Newburgh also visited the San Miguel Academy where they painted trash cans with students in the school’s grades 6–8, allowing them to add some color to their school day. Another group worked at an urban farm in Downing Park, and painted chairs and provided long overdue improvements at The Ritz Theater. The freshmen went to Stamford, Conn., where they trudged into the Mill River wearing large rubber waders to clean out debris and garbage, while another group walked more than three miles through East Side neighborhoods, collecting 38 bags of trash. “I thought the process was unbelievable,” shared Sammi Fern, a freshman doing Harvey Builds for the first time. “I was never able to do anything like this before. It made me feel good looking at the residents’ faces when we were cleaning up their streets. It turned their frowns upside down.” Other students planted flowers and harveyschool.org 5
“What made the experience all worth it was seeing how I was making the whole neighborhood happy.” —Isabella
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weeded the gardens in Mill River Park. “We worked together and planted around 50 flowers, and that felt awesome,” said freshman Max Edelman. “It’s a great feeling helping the community and making the park beautiful!” At the Children’s Learning Center in Stamford, Harvey students conducted a carnival that brightened the faces of the center’s young children, all from underprivileged homes. The students did face-painting, made a craft, and played parachute games outside with the children. After the carnival, they went into the classrooms to read to the children and help them prepare for lunch. “I had the opportunity to make a difference in their day,” said freshman Lauren Grauer. “Personal hygiene is taught at CLC. For some of these children, they don’t have parents telling them to brush their teeth, or to eat healthy foods, or wash their hands. This experience taught me that the things I take for granted, other children have not even learned.” Students also tutored adult English language learners at Building One Community. The sophomore class and their senior leaders stayed locally in Katonah, performing cleanup work, clearing brush, and doing routine maintenance at the John Jay Homestead, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the Katonah Museum of Art. At Bedford Elementary School, Harvey students helped teach math and reading to children in grades 1–3, gaining a new appreciation for the hard work of their own teachers. Some students also stayed at Harvey to clear two trails on campus, which was hard work and also unexpectedly satisfying. “It was cool because we helped out our own school and campus,” reflected senior Hana Cornell. While performing community service work around Katonah might not have seemed quite as meaningful, the students observed that being able to see the beautification work they completed on their way to school each day did indeed make them feel proud.
An awe-inspiring end to the day unfolded in vivid color where one group of ambitious students worked nonstop to complete a 53' x 6' mural in coordination with East Side Partnership in Stamford. Under the guidance of Harvey art teacher Rick Price, the students managed to finish this work of art in five hours, leaving behind a rare display of beauty for the neighborhood to savor. “What made the experience all worth it was seeing how I was making the whole neighborhood happy,” said senior Isabella Iannone. “My favorite moment was when I saw a little girl and her mom walk by. The little girl saw our mural and she started jumping and yelling at her mom to look. Her smile made my day, and I forgot about how hot it was and how tired I was feeling. Even if it was for a small moment, I made people happy because of the work I did. And that is best feeling in the world.” “Our goal for this experience was to foster a commitment to ongoing service in all our students,” said Ms. Harris. The seniors also rose to the challenge in their leadership roles. “Individual leaders emerged, while others demonstrated a more collaborative style of leadership,” said Mr. Knauer, agreeing it was a very positive and important exercise in leadership for the seniors preparing to embark on the world. It was a great opportunity for the Upper School students and their teachers to get to work side by side and see one another in a different light, outside the classroom and hallway corridors. “When you are helping others, you share a connection,” said Ms. Harris. Mr. Lazzaro was definitely feeling some Harvey Pride. “I was very proud of our students, and I truly believe they benefited from this experience.” Chloe Pinto summed it up best: “The trip allowed the students of Harvey to see a different point of view of the world,” she said. “Although Harvey Builds is meant for the Harvey students to help the community, it also brings the school together, and I can’t wait until next year.”
Top Left. Juniors and seniors pick up their shovels at an urban farm in Downing Park, Newburgh, N.Y. // Top Right. Freshman Eliana Katzin uses her creative talent face-painting a young CLC student in Stamford, Conn. // Far Left. Seniors and freshmen work diligently to complete this mural on the East Side of Stamford in five hours to bring some color to the neighborhood. // Middle. Freshmen Sarah Garelik and Charlotte Grady beautify the gardens and grounds at Mill River Park in Stamford. // Left. Junior Giselle Garcia sorts tomatoes at the Hudson Valley Food Bank in Newburgh.
I am Harvey A LABOR OF LOVE FOR STUDENT FILMMAKER BY CHRIS DEL CAMPO & SUSIE DANZIGER
When Harvey rolled out its new “I AM HARVEY” marketing campaign this fall, the intent was to bring new meaning to the Harvey name and ultimately The Harvey School. A wonderful byproduct of the marketing initiative was the production of a documentary helping to launch the campaign, a project that gave senior Jared Peraglia the opportunity to work with professional writer and film producer John Plummer.
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Plummer, who created the “I AM HARVEY” campaign, was intrigued by the history of Harvey’s founding, particularly by his discovery that the school was named for the 16th-century physician, William Harvey (see page 64), credited with establishing the idea that the heart is the center of the human circulatory system. As is often the case for students at Harvey, an exciting opportunity arose for Jared, whose documentary “I AM HARVEY” became the centerpiece of the campaign. Jared, having earned festival selections and awards the past two years for several of his own films, had also produced a number of promotional and documentary films for the school, including one that wowed everyone in attendance at last April’s annual spring benefit. Jared says his “I AM HARVEY” documentary (available for viewing at harveyschool.org) has been “the most memorable” of his film projects. Harvey’s Director of Marketing Susie Danziger, who has entrusted Jared with the tasks of filming and editing many of the school’s promotional videos, says, “The Harvey community is lucky to have a talent like Jared among us.” Ms. Danziger recognizes what she described as Jared’s “keen eye for telling stories and his ability to translate that into film and also edit in a way that is both engaging and informative.” Jared says he appreciates the opportunities Harvey has provided him to help hone his craft, citing the production of the “I AM HARVEY” documentary in particular. “Harvey gives students the opportunity to share their voice, and being a part of a project that raises this platform was most gratifying,” Jared says. Jared credits teacher Chris Kelly and his TV Production course with providing him an excellent proving ground. “What makes TV Production work is that it is produced by students for students, putting them in a professional setting that exercises the mind in decisive thinking and critical analysis,” Jared says. “Mr. Kelly has laid the foundations for an environment that not only inspired me to become a filmmaker, but many other Harvey alumni who have pursued broadcasting and an array of other media careers,” Jared says. For Mr. Kelly, his respect for Jared is mutual. “I feel great joy seeing Jared thrive,” says Mr. Kelly. “Working with him has been a privilege and a learning experience for me. When I get a talent like Jared, I believe my job is not to get in the way — I don’t want to stifle his growth or diminish his passion for what he does. I have just done my best to create opportunities for him wherever I could, and to encourage him. Above all, I have always tried to be as honest as possible in critiquing his work when he has asked.”
This has been another memorable year for two of Jared’s latest personal projects, “Among the Pine” and “Millimeters Away,” two short films he wrote, directed, and edited, which received invitations from several film festivals and earned four award nominations, winning two. Assisting Jared were members of his production crew, Harvey Class of 2017 alums Ryan Hurst and Joshua Bloom, current Harvey students Hana Cornell, Justin Tebbutt, Sam Chumsky, and Isabella Iannone, as well as New Canaan High School student Kaitlyn Piotroski. The two cast members are 2017 alums Zach Gault and Cayla Smith. With just a few months left in his senior year, Jared says he will leave Harvey feeling that his time was well spent “due to the constant encouragement and mentorship from the students, teachers, administrators, and faculty.” He says, “It’s been a good four years, and I thank Harvey for giving them to me.” // Jared’s films may be viewed by following the links below: • “Among the Pine” youtube.com/watch?v=IVIUbLFbqk0 • “Millimeters Away” youtube.com/watch?v=ZkiuefNw79E&t=40s • “I AM HARVEY” harveyschool.org
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Harvey and San Miguel Academy:
Making an IMPACT on Young Lives When Head of Upper School Admissions Bill Porter was honored this fall with an IMPACT Award from San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, it came as no real surprise to those on Harvey’s administrative team. They already knew how much of an impact Mr. Porter’s efforts have made on the lives of a select few young men who have come to Harvey from the disadvantaged urban neighborhoods of the Orange County city on the Hudson. Mr. Porter was one of several IMPACT recipients honored in October by Fr. Mark Connell, executive director of San Miguel Academy, a school with a mission to educate “at risk” boys from low-income backgrounds and prepare them for success in high school, college, and career. It was Mr. Porter’s vision to form a partnership between Harvey and San Miguel, a relationship that has been instrumental in enrolling select San Miguel young men at Harvey the past few years. Mr. Porter saw the partnership as fitting perfectly with Harvey’s mission and its geographically diverse student population. “Everybody benefits from diversity,” Mr. Porter says. “It makes our school more of a real-world experience and prepares Harvey students for their future.” He adds, “Accepting the San Miguel young men is a chance to strengthen our community.” Each of the six San Miguel young men who are graduates or currently attending Harvey has participated in Harvey’s residential program, benefiting from the support of dorm parents while residing on the pastoral grounds of the Katonah campus. The Harvey/ San Miguel relationship is “a story of kinship,” says Mr. Porter. He believes it is a partnership that enhances both school communities. “It’s the relationships you build on the good days that get you through the occasional difficult ones,” says Mr. Porter. He describes the goal of both schools as working together to give all their students “a foundation of strong relationships that will sustain them moving forward.” Mr. Porter says he was “deeply honored to accept this award that sheds light on the wonderful relationship between The Harvey School and San Miguel Academy, and the outstanding work of the entire Harvey community.”
“Accepting the San Miguel young men is a chance to strengthen our community.”
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Heart of Harvey Reflecting the
by Chris Del Campo
The common refrain heard as members of the Harvey community greeted each other on Homecoming Day was, “What a glorious day!” On truly one of the most gorgeous autumn days in recent memory, hundreds of Harvey alumni, current students, family, and staff converged upon the campus on a fall day as warm and sunny as the feelings emanating from those who came to share their Harvey Spirit. With the boys and girls soccer teams and the volleyball squad celebrating Homecoming with afternoon games, the varsity football team kicked off the Homecoming Day athletic schedule with a late-morning game against powerhouse Horace Mann. Nothing seems to be more traditional on “Homecoming” than a football game replete with pregame festivities, presentation of the color guard, the singing of the national anthem, and, in this year’s game, a celebration of Senior Day, with each senior presenting roses to his mom who proudly stood on the sidelines wearing her son’s jersey. It is one heart giving to another. For the mother of senior Christopher Brennan, who was playing in his first football game on Homecoming Day, the day was very special. Susan Brennan, donning her son’s #52 jersey, stood on the sidelines with her husband, Matt, cheering Chris and his teammates on. The fall atmosphere was entirely new for the Brennans as Chris decided to try football for the first time this fall. He has represented Harvey in rugby the past few springs. His mother was glad Chris gave football a try in his final year. Susan spoke less about the game and mostly about the warmth she felt from the families whose sons are involved in the sport. “The football parents were so welcoming, and everything they do is so organized,” said Susan, expressing her happiness at Chris’ decision to hit the gridiron this fall. “There’s a really wonderful spirit here, and such a strong emphasis on sportsmanship,” she added. 12 HAR VEY MAGAZINE // winter 2018
The traditional football game on Homecoming Day seems to be a truly family affair, and a warm October day draws the bigger crowd. No chilly winds this year to keep the less hardy at home. Junior Treshawn Felder’s family turned out in good numbers to cheer him on. Sitting in their spectator seats watching Treshawn play were grandparents Jerry and Carole Brown, along with #99’s mother Jody Froehlich and sisters, Gabby and Barrie. Grandpa Jerry was happy to be on hand. “It’s such a great atmosphere — everybody is so supportive of the kids,” Jerry said. For another family, this year’s homecoming was their first taste of Harvey Spirit, their first introduction to the heart of Harvey. On hand to enjoy the special day were Morris and Lisa Barocas, parents of Joseph, a freshman wearing #40. Lisa felt right at home at her first Harvey Homecoming. “We’re very impressed with the football experience,” she said. “There’s such a great sense of community here.” Later in the day, family and friends of players on the soccer teams and the volleyball squads would lend their support to the endeavors of the Cavaliers who were facing tough league rivals from the Forman School. The varsity teams of Harvey’s boys and girls soccer teams and volleyball would win their matches this day to improve their league standings and give their fans a lot to cheer about. But it was the football game earlier in the day that might have underscored what is most important about Homecoming Day. As the final seconds ticked away and there was no doubt the team from Horace Mann would play the spoiler in pinning a 21-0 loss on Harvey, the crowd began to collapse their folding chairs, disappointed for the loss but proud in knowing that our Cavaliers gave it all the heart they had. And, in the end, that’s what Harvey is truly about. It’s not the victories and trophies, but the spirit, the heart of feeling a part of something special, or of what one mom described as “such a great sense of community.”
Alumni Reunion The Reunion events for this year celebrated our theme of I AM HARVEY and alumni shared their stories with faculty and other alumni. The special five-year reunion classes were those ending in 2 and 7, but everyone is always invited to attend. The class with the largest number of alumni attendees was the class of 2007 followed closely by the class of 1987; the earliest class was 1941, represented by Jim Wood; Bert Lachmann â€™47 celebrated his 70-year reunion.
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1. Head of Upper School Phil Lazzaro with Josh Linder ’03 // 2. 40-year reunion class of 1977 Bob Sullivan, Vin DeSomma, John Mulderig // 3. Bert Lachmann ’47 and Rosemary // 4. Aryn Wheeler, Hadrian Gardner ’09, and Chloe Delaitre ’10 // 5. Former Headmaster Fenstermacher and communications associate Chris Del Campo // 6. Teachers Kathy Cushman and Beth Visintainer catch up with the St. Lawrence sisters, Natalia ’12 and Nicolette ’11 // 7. 60-year reunion class of 1957 Alex McKown, Seth Morton, James Fordyce // 8. Dan Chapman ’73 with David Taylor ’92 at his 25-year reunion // 9. Brandon Harmer ’11, Katie LaVacca ’07 // 10. Alex Kosbob ’04 chats with Middle School Head Brendan Byrne // 11. Young alumni gather for fun and festive food and conversation
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12 // 12. Linda and Seth Morton ’57, Charlotte Hamlin, Greg Morton ’64, Josh Morton ’59, Jennifer Morton // 13. George Dallas ’64 and Bill Spalding ’61 // 14. Most senior alumni Jim Wood ’41 and Bert Lachmann ’47 // 15. 2007 reunion agents Doniella McKoy and Alex Veit // 16. John Mulderig ’77 with stories about Vin DeSomma ’77 // 17. Teachers Marcie Hajem and Chris Kelly introduce Doniella McKoy ’07 during the Hall of Fame Reception // 18. Joe Lombardi ’08 with teacher Stephanie Metz // 19. Getting everyone signed in are Harvey staff Laurie Cohen, Effie Afentoulides, and Joanne Lombardi // 20. Bill Knauer hears from Bert Lachmann ’47 // 21. Stephanie Jones McCaine ’87 talks about attending Harvey with Hall of Fame inductee Susan Nicolari ’87 // 22. Mickey Stein ’12 with Director of Development Laura Prichard // 23. Mr. Wyland models the new Harvey blazer // 24. Laura Glass-Johnston ’09, Chris Kelly, Noelle McKoy ’09
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Alumni Raise Funds for Harvey Science Program at
Once again, the Westmoreland Sanctuary and Harvey School alumni partnered to raise money for Westmoreland Sanctuary to further support Harvey’s Environmental Science Programs with our After Party fundraiser at the sanctuary. As a result, Westmoreland will be able to provide programming and work with Harvey students both on campus and in the field. The collaboration began last year when Frank Baratta ’84 and Laurel Elkind Meredith ’88, both members of the Harvey Alumni Executive Council, visited the Westmoreland Sanctuary and saw its potential as a unique venue for their upcoming alumni fundraiser. Ann Paul ’85, Director of Westmoreland, was thrilled with the opportunity once again to host the Harvey alumni event. Funds generated at the alumni event help create new environmental science programming for Harvey School students. Those classes will take place not only in Harvey classrooms but in the woods of Westmoreland for a real hands-on experience, as shown in the photo at right of the students learning about bees in late October at the Nature Center. This year’s event drew nearly 50 alumni and friends.
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Harvey Celebrates Alumni Hall of Fame Induction
by Chris Del Campo Some came a great distance. For others, it was just a short trip from their homes. Some were Harvey students six and seven decades ago. Others were just a year or two away from their high school alma mater. Some had spent their formative years at Harvey in Hawthorne while a larger number came of age on the campus in Katonah. What they all had in common was a strong feeling of connection to a school called Harvey, and they all returned on Reunion Day 2017 out of respect for the school, for the faculty who taught them, and for the classmates who share indelible memories of the halcyon days of their youth. Bert Lachman ’47, who made the three-hour drive to Katonah from Rhode Island, was happy to be on hand to celebrate his 70-year reunion. Bert recalled coming to Harvey in Hawthorne as a 10-year-old boarding student in the fourth grade and staying
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through his eighth-grade graduation. “Harvey provided me a home,” Bert said. “I returned for my 70th reunion out of respect for the school and what it did for me,” he added. He shared his appreciation for his masters (teachers). “I feel very grateful and blessed that I had good teachers all along,” Bert said. Bert was on hand for one of the highlights of the Reunion, the Alumni Hall of Fame Induction, sponsored by the Alumni Executive Council and featuring a wonderful outdoor luncheon in the backyard garden of Weil House. The inductees this year spanned 50 years of Harvey history. They were Seth Morton II ’57, Vin DeSomma ’77, Susan Moore Nicolari ’87, and Doniella McKoy ’07. Alumni President Dan Chapman ’73 welcomed the inductees and their families, alumni, and friends and turned the microphone over to second-year Head of School Bill Knauer, who spoke of Harvey’s “tangible sense of community, one not driven by adults alone but also by students who encourage it.” Seth Morton’s time at Harvey was sixth through eighth grade, or third, fourth, and fifth forms as they used to call it in Hawthorne when Harvey followed the model of the English boarding school for grammar school boys. He recalled coming to Harvey as an 11-year-old seven-day boarder. Seth singled out three faculty members he recalled fondly: Headmaster Lev Smith, and Dick Stafford and John Shea, two teachers who, Seth said, “were skilled at bringing out the best in us.” Seth said it was the exceptional skill of Mr. Shea’s teaching and his widespread reputation for excellence that prompted The Millbrook School to bump the freshman from Latin I to Latin II on the first day of classes after his eighth-grade graduation from Harvey. Seth, who is an active member of the Harvey Alumni Executive Council, has a wide range of business experience and has spent many years in public service, including serving on the town legislature of Darien, Conn.
2 Vin DeSomma ’77 entered Harvey as a fourth-grader and stayed through as a high school freshman when the school added a ninth grade. Vin said his days at Harvey were vastly different from the school today. “We were all boys and they called us by our last names,” he recalled with a smile. He spoke in glowing terms of his teachers, especially Jan Jacobi, his English teacher; and two history teachers: Henri Benac, who took Vin and some classmates on a trip to the former Soviet Union; and Donald Sutherland, whom Vin remembered as being “most fascinating, tall, with a wild crop of hair.” He credits Mr. Sutherland for inspiring his love of history, a subject he pursued in college. Vin, who had a 25-year career in international development and public diplomacy, has spent the past 11 years as vice president at AMIDEAST, a U.S. organization providing education and training services to people of the Middle East and North Africa. He has also penned two books, one “A History of Russia and the Soviet Union.” Messrs. Benac and Sutherland would certainly be proud! Susan Moore Nicolari ’87, a fixture for years at Harvey’s Evarts Rink, didn’t have far to travel for her induction, but she was nearly late to the ceremony as she was finishing a skating lesson. Susan was inducted for her years as both a highly recognized competitive skater and for her long and distinguished career as a skate instructor at Evarts and other rinks in Westchester County. Introduced by her classmate, Stephanie McCaine ’87, as someone who “dedicated herself to skating through the years,” Susan accepted the inscribed induction plaque by saying, “I appreciate this honor more than you’ll ever know.” She shared an anecdote in which a mother of one of her skating students thanked her for giving joy to her daughter. Susan said, “It was the first time I ever realized the impact you have on a child and what an honor and responsibility it really is.” Capping the Hall of Fame ceremony was the induction of the fourth and final member, Doniella McKoy ’07, who currently serves as a Continuity of Operations Planner (COOP) in New York City, managing a portfolio of more than a dozen city agencies and offices, and playing an instrumental role in getting residents prepared for an emergency. Doniella said she was excited to return to a place “that feels like home,” noting that she was a boarder when she attended the Upper School. When asked why it is important for alumni to return, she said, “because relationships matter.” She said it was the faculty-student relationships that she
1. Seth Morton ’57 receives his award // 2. Dan Chapman ’73 with Vin DeSomma ’77 // 3. Susan Nicolari ’87 accepting her award // 4. Doniella McKoy ’07 talks about her path after Harvey
experienced with her former teachers that meant so much to her. She singled out current Upper School Head Phil Lazzaro and Lesley Boltz, school registrar, as two who saw her potential and encouraged her to explore it. When one of her former teachers, Chris Kelly, introduced her at the induction ceremony, he described Doniella as “someone fully immersed in student life, someone who pushed herself in many directions of campus life.” Doniella continues to push herself in many directions beyond her role as a public health and medical coordinator. Among her activities is her effort to formalize a nonprofit to help the homeless with personal hygiene items, enriching the lives of others today as she enriched campus life during her years at Harvey. Dan Chapman concluded the ceremony by recognizing those alumni who were celebrating reunions of 25 years or more. Perhaps no one made a stronger impression on everyone gathered than Josh Morton ’59 who was recognized as the alum who traveled the farthest to participate in Harvey’s Reunion. When the alumni president acknowledged Josh as having flown out of Savannah, Ga., to be on hand at Harvey, it seemed a truly fitting way to end the annual ceremony that helps us all see how much the alumni appreciate what Harvey has meant in their lives.
Bond: Harveyâ€™s Female Pioneers By Karen Grazia
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camaraderie among “ There was the few girls at Harvey.“ Harvey creates lasting bonds between many of its alums, but for the first female students, their kinship went much deeper. When Harvey’s doors opened to girls in 1979, a handful of young teenage girls answered the call and stepped on campus to meet the challenge of being educated in male-dominated classes. They knew they were paving the way for all the girls that would follow, and it didn’t intimidate them one bit. “My family had just moved from New York City and my parents didn’t know what public school was,” recalled Susan Ramos Chatzky ’87. “I started at Masters because Harvey didn’t accept girls in middle school then. When Harvey opened to women, I came in as a freshman.” Stephanie Jones McCaine ’87 also started Harvey as a freshman and carried the added distinction of being the first and only African-American girl during the four years she attended. Coming from a completely different background from that of Susan, they shared very few similarities in their lives leading up to Harvey. At first glance, one might think they made unlikely friends. “There was only one other girl in honors classes: Stephanie. We came from very different backgrounds, but we found each other and became best friends,” said Susan. “There was camaraderie among the few girls at Harvey,” Stephanie added. “We appreciated each other’s strengths. There was no classism; we formed connections.” Susan reflected, “We would never have found each other without coming to Harvey.” Surrounded by boys, the girls soon found that they were treated no differently, and this proved to be a pivotal experience for all of them. It nurtured an unbreakable spirit to challenge themselves, use their voice, follow their hearts, and take full advantage of every opportunity Harvey made available. “We were learning things my friends in public school weren’t learning,” recalled Susan. “I took Latin, benefiting from it because every other language is derived from it. Harvey
1. Jay Abrenica, Susan Moore Nicolari, Susan Ramos Chatzky, Darren Rigger, and Stephanie Jones McCaine celebrate their 30th reunion at this year’s homecoming // 2. Harvey opened to girls in 1979 // 3. Class of 1987 // 4. Susan Moore Nicolari ’87
No matter where we all are, when we come back together, it’s like no time has passed.
That bond never
// 5. Harvey’s first valedictorian Audrey Daniel (1982) // 6. Yearbook committee (1986) // 7. Field hockey team (1984)
afforded me the opportunity to learn things I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I read much better books. I played sports for the first time. I learned it was OK to be weird, different. I learned character.” Susan Moore Nicolari ’87 arrived at Harvey in her sophomore year, already a competitive figure skater since the age of 9. She was a young girl with drive and passion. She fondly describes herself and the other girls as “trailblazers.” “It was helpful to be at Harvey at that time, with all the boys. Since then, it has never bothered me to be in a room full of men.” Her female counterparts agree. “Harvey taught me to stand up for myself amongst men. We did everything with the boys,” said Susan Chatzky. “It gave me the courage to do things other people wouldn’t do.” Skating is another bond shared by the Harvey girls. “My mother, Diana, was a skating teacher and coach at the Harvey rink for over 40 years,” said Susan Nicolari. “She taught Stephanie and Andrea when we were in school, and I also took lessons and practiced at the rink.” Andrea Labis ’86 fondly remembers her time at Harvey, the bond the girls shared, and her love of the skating rink. “The rink has its own smell,” said Andrea. “I close my eyes and it brings me right back there to 1985.” The unbreakable spirit that they cultivated at Harvey led them all to pursue lives of service to others after Harvey. Susan Nicolari continued her skating career after graduation, transitioning to ice dancing until she retired, and then devoting her life to teaching at Evarts Rink and other local rinks while raising her four children. She has clearly found her calling, despite describing herself as “not the teaching type” in a magazine interview many years ago. Andrea has returned to Harvey as well, this time with her 11-year-old daughter, Lexie, a competitive skater now under the training of classmate Susan Nicolari. “Susan has a real gift and way with kids. She has a heart,” shared Andrea. “She is so Harvey and that rink.” Andrea was also
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thrilled to find Bruce and Dale Osborne still at Harvey. “This place is home to me. It’s really quite special.” Susan Chatzky has a busy life raising four children, serving on a board position on Planned Parenthood for the Mid-Hudson Valley, and advocating for women’s health care and rights in Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. She recently started her own business assisting seniors with health care issues and relocation when they can no longer reside in their homes. “I love working with people and seniors, and if they need to move, I try to make it a fun and positive experience for them.” Susan’s stepdaughter, Julia, attended Harvey and graduated in 2015. While their experiences and needs as students were remarkably different, they both graduated with the same confidence and strength characteristic of Harvey alums. “It’s interesting that we both ended up at Harvey,” she said. They are a testimony to the fact that there is no one particular type of student at Harvey. “Our needs as students weren’t even close to the same. But we both ended up where we needed to be. In a great place.” Stephanie McCaine’s daughter began at Harvey this fall as a sixth-grader, joining a campus now flourishing with diversity. Mother and daughter, traveling the same road where the mother was the first, but the daughter will surely not be the last. Stephanie joined Harvey this summer as the new Director of Middle School Admissions. Both Susans had sons who attended SUNY New Paltz together and have kept in close touch over the years, always there for each other. “We are really close,” said Susan Nicolari of all her classmates. “No matter where we all are, when we come back together, it’s like no time has passed. That bond never gets lost.” It is not a coincidence that all of their roads have led back to Harvey, and that some of their daughters have followed in their footsteps. They all agree that their universal memory of Harvey centers on its being a small place that felt comfortable and safe. In other words, it felt like home.
This place is home to me. It’s really quite special.
// 8. Cheerleaders (1983) // 9. Girls soccer (1984) // 10. Dance team (1983) // 11. Smiles from the 1980s
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John P. McMahon The Quintessential Harvey Teacher
from 1962-2001 ByJohn Hughes â€™68
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" ... while there was work ahead, we were about to embark on a wonderful journey."
September 1964. The world and this country were, of course, much different places. The population of the United States was 196 million (as opposed to more than 310 million today). The news of the day concerned Johnson v. Goldwater, the Vietnam War, the Beatles, John Glenn, and the New York World’s Fair. Harvey was also a much different place, characterized by: • A student body of all boys; grades 4–8 (or Forms 1–5) wearing coats and ties at all times. • Teachers being referred to as “Masters” who insisted on respect, exuded authority, and called students by their last names. • A school day of 8 a.m.–6 p.m., consisting of a strict course schedule with mandatory meals, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and study hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by two to three hours of homework a night. • A code of discipline immediately and rigorously enforced with no tolerance for tardiness, lack of preparation, or sloppiness.
"John McMahon was an unforgettable and great teacher, guide, and mentor. In his 39 years as a Harvey teacher, he influenced generations of students and changed their lives in very positive ways."
As I describe it now, Harvey in 1964 appears to be an austere and demanding place (like an old movie). It was, in fact, the opposite. While there was a strict insistence upon effort, accomplishment, and service, Harvey was also a great place for support and fun. A major reason was the presence of John P. McMahon, a Harvey teacher for more than 39 years. Upon meeting “Mr. McMahon” in 1964, we immediately noticed his unusual physical presence. He was 6 feet in height and weighed approximately 300 pounds. He was rotund but carried himself with 26 HAR VEY MAGAZINE // winter 2018
perfect posture. He appeared very tall. He was able to walk quickly and with purpose. His voice was a deep baritone, and he could raise it so that it was booming. The combination of Mr. McMahon’s imposing figure and booming voice were critical in controlling the behavior of boisterous boys. As the first months of Harvey passed, we began to appreciate Mr. McMahon’s complex and unique personality traits. First, notwithstanding his imposing physical presence, Mr. McMahon presented a full and ready smile, along with expressive eyes. His facial
expression suggested kindness, understanding, sensitivity, and empathy. Second, his presentation implied that, while Harvey was a place for effort, service, and accomplishment, it was also a place for fun and enjoyment — even some harmless mischief. And so the journey began. In 1964 and for many years thereafter, Latin was the required language. McMahon was, first and foremost, a great Latin teacher. In his class, Latin was not a “dead” language. The Latin language was alive, essential, and eternal since it formed the basis for Western civilization.
McMahon was never concerned with the gifted student or, for that matter, the gifted athlete or the socially popular boy. If you received a good grade on a test, there were no congratulations. On the other hand, if you received a poor grade, the test would be delivered to you personally and with emotion and empathy. Mr. McMahon spoke softly, and with moist eyes. With strict confidence, he whispered, “See me after lunch hour.” The tutoring would then begin. With the extra instruction and guidance, the below-average student would shortly become the above-average student or even better. The journey continued. McMahon’s same methods were also applied to the overly rambunctious boy. McMahon was not a proponent of discipline but of kindness and empathy. Instinctively, Mr. McMahon was sympathetic to these young boys and offered kindness — someone to talk to, as opposed to the very common discipline of the time. McMahon was decades ahead of his time. The Performing Arts for students was McMahon’s passion and where his magic happened. Young boys had the opportunity to become performers before the entire Harvey
community (including teachers, peers, parents, grandparents, and friends). On many Friday nights, under Mr. McMahon’s supervision, a collection of comedy skits was performed by both students and faculty. This performance was known as “Hook Night.” On the stage, the ”hook” (consisting of a hockey goalie stick with an added plastic contraption vaguely resembling a hook) was hidden behind the stage curtain. It was understood that the “hook” might be used to gently carry performers off the stage. If the audience approved of the skit, the appearance of the “hook” would elicit loud boos and the “hook” would recede. If, on the other hand, the skit was not funny or poorly acted, the audience would cheer the appearance of the “hook,” which then would gently “hook” the actors off the stage before they could inflict further damage on their audience. It is hard now to describe how hilarious it was to see your classmates and faculty members succeed and fail in front of an audience. In retrospect, it was also a life lesson. The Annual Play, typically held near graduation weekend, was a great McMahon event. “The Pirates of Penzance,” “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and other musicals and
plays were performed in front of the Harvey community. Participation in “Hook Night” or in the Annual Play was an unforgettable experience. The Debate Team, also supervised and coached by McMahon, provided many occasions for academic competition, public speaking, and formal argumentation about relevant and serious topics of the day. Whether it was “Hook Night,” a great play or musical, or a debate event, McMahon’s instruction made the difference. He ensured that the performances involved serious practice but also fun. At the same time, in the course of these performances, McMahon worked his magic: The shy boy would, in due course, become an extrovert; boys lacking natural academic or athletic ability found their hidden talent and an opportunity to shine in front of an audience. John McMahon was an unforgettable and great teacher, guide, and mentor. In his 39 years as a Harvey teacher, he influenced generations of students and changed their lives in very positive ways. John McMahon passed away in 2001, but his legacy endures. Let the journey that he started at Harvey never end.
"McMahon was not a proponent of discipline but of kindness and empathy."
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“A SHEEP NAMED DIVA” Seven Middle School students have taken to the airwaves, writing, producing, and broadcasting their MS Podcast “A Sheep Named Diva.” Recording podcasts in the classroom is the perfect example of project-based learning. “The students choose the topic, then write, direct, and record entire episodes,” shared their Publications elective class teacher Cris Alexander. “Their voices get stronger with each new recording.” The students write out a script for each podcast which serves as only a “framework” for the episode they plan to record. Once they are recording, the conversation is free to develop spontaneously with students improvising and expanding on the topic as their discussion unfolds. This class certainly has something to say, having already recorded nine episodes, and still going strong! “Podcasts let me talk about things I find interesting,” said seventh-grader Brandon Mallon. “It’s fun! I get to choose what I want to create my podcast about.” His classmate, eighth-grader Robert Ogg, agrees. “It’s fun to talk about the things I like with my friends on the podcast.” Students will continue to produce podcasts throughout the year, creating as many as they like. The podcasts serve as witness to a growing confidence in each student who participates in them. In addition to the podcast, the class also publishes the Rambler (the Middle School newspaper) and the literary magazine Equinox which will be published in the spring. // To listen to the “A Sheep Named Diva” podcast, visit soundcloud.com/cris-alexander-70481614
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ALL SCHOOL Our Cavalier, Lizzie Kavounas, pumps up the crowd for the pep rally. // 1. The Senior Bridge class co-taught by Head of School Bill Knauer and Upper School Dean of Academics Dianne Mahony, or â€œKahony,â€? show their Harvey Pride in preparation for the pep rally on Friday of Spirit Week. // 2. Middle School students don blue for a Color War during Spirit Week. From left: Alexa Williams, Taylor Bassi, Shelby McCaine, Princess Golden, and Riannah Wallach. // 3. Hannah Klein and Ethan Frey show their spirit by entertaining students and staff at the pep rally. // 4. Lucas Taylor, Lizzie Kavounas, Elliot de Parscau du Plessix, and Pierce Steinberg pack up all the school supply donations collected from the Harvey Community for Hurricane Harvey Relief and prepare them for mailing to impacted students in Houston. // 5. Assistant Head of School Dick Wyland accepts items to place in the Centennial Time Capsule from James Washington, Taylor Wacksman, and Ethan Cohen. (Filled with Harvey memorabilia, the time capsule was buried in October outside Sylvan Hall, where it will remain until unearthed sometime in the future.)
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Valuable Opportunities for Our Students BY PHILIP LAZZARO, HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
The Winter Term offers a time to reflect on the opening of school while beginning to plan for the next academic year. I have been amazed at the growth that has occurred in our student body this year. Our Class of 2018 has done a phenomenal job working with Ms. Cahill and Ms. Meadows to explore college and life possibilities upon graduation. My office near the College Guidance office in the White Cottage affords me the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with our seniors, and I was truly moved when hearing their stories and reading their college essays. Time after time, our students spoke of their growth that occurred by taking advantage of all that Harvey offers. They told of the opportunities in the academic, artistic, athletic, or community service fields that helped shape them into who they are today. The seniors mentioned the experiences they gained in the Senior Bridge course as being very valuable. Working in larger groups, sharing ideas, and learning to collaborate are important for our students. I am proud of the team of faculty and administration for providing our soon-to-be-graduates with this invaluable experience. On the other end of the academic spectrum sits our ninth grade. This year, with the oversight of Susan Harris, our freshman dean, the students have been pushed to explore. Exploration can be seen with a new freshman elective called Food: Itâ€™s Academic. Taught by Dean of Upper School Students Pat Normandeau, this course uses the tool of food to make connections throughout our society today and in the past. Food as inspiration to art and music opens new doors of thinking. Each culture views food through a different lens, and it is great to see our students explore this wonderful opportunity. Whether in the classroom or while participating in an activity, our students prove themselves daily. Their abilities to push boundaries, collaborate, and come together as a community are truly powerful. I look forward to their continued growth and progress this year and in the years to come!
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BY LYDIA HELLINGER & STEPHANIE KING, PA CO-PRESIDENTS
The start of a new school year is always exciting. From new faces and beginnings to new challenges and achievements, Harvey is always shining bright. Under the strong leadership of our Head of School, Bill Knauer, Harvey has continued to be a place where students grow as individuals in a place they call home. I AM HARVEY, a theme shared in both our Middle and Upper schools, tells the story of students who find their voice. They don’t quit, they are battle-worthy, and they become surgeons of their own heart. If you haven’t had a moment to hear the fascinating stories of our students, please log on to our Parent Association website to learn about them. As Co-Presidents of the Harvey Parent Association, we have embraced WE ARE HARVEY as our theme! The year began with the highly attended first PA meeting held in September, followed by an equally well-rounded attendance of Harvey parents and staff at October and November meetings, all eager to share in Harvey happenings. Highlights included presentations from our executive committees, class parents, and the president and vice president of student council, as well as the State of the School address presented by Mr. Knauer. Homecoming was the WE ARE HARVEY event of the fall. We pulled together as a community to make Harvey the special place that it holds in our hearts. There were crowds cheering on the
sidelines of the football, soccer, and volleyball games; parents volunteering their time at the farmers market; and families enjoying the live music, painting pumpkins, and visiting the bouncy castle. We are so fortunate to have such strong parent and student participation that it made our Annual Fall Open House an equally amazing event. Our Parent Ambassador Program brought together parents, teachers, and students who shared their knowledge and passion with prospective families during a school tour, interactive classes, a student panel, and an activity fair. It’s our individuality and love for Harvey that brings us all together, and as we stand as one — WE ARE HARVEY!
Mark your calendars! We hope parents join us this winter and spring as Harvey will host two unique PA events and activities: • Friday, Feb. 23—Trivia Night is a fun night out for Harvey parents to test their trivia knowledge against a quizmaster and have some laughs along the way. • Saturday, April 28—Spring Gala is our biggest fundraising event of the year and a spectacular evening of entertainment, auction, dinner, and dancing. This year’s theme: Masquerade Ball. Stay tuned for exciting details and be sure to mark the date to come out and lend your support! To find out how you can volunteer and to keep up with everything happening at Harvey, please come to the PA meetings or watch them live-streamed or recorded on the PA website. Please check the Harvey website and Harvey School Parent Association’s Facebook group frequently for news and updates. On behalf of the Parent Association, we thank you for attending, participating, volunteering, and simply being such an incredibly dedicated group of parents. You help keep Harvey growing stronger every year!
1. Eight Upper School (US) students celebrate their induction this fall into Harvey’s first chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, which recognizes excellent achievement in Spanish. Pictured from left: Head of School Bill Knauer, language teacher Rosana Lindoro, students Nathan Ward, Maya Mehrara, Elliot de Parscau du Plessix, Giselle Garcia, Mya Turner, Isabella Iannone, Finley Shepard, Brian Fridie, and language teachers Pilar Menacho and Alexandra Matthews. // 2. Blake Bronson, Aaron DuPree, Patrick Murphy, Ryan Villano, Tristram Lehner, Jordan Grossman, and Eliana Katzin stop for a photo during the scavenger hunt as part of Freshmen Orientation Day this fall. // 3. Phil Lazzaro mentors US student Jordan Fox. // 4. Sydney Lunder and the US Animal Behavior elective class visit Westmoreland Sanctuary in October to study bee foraging behavior. // 5. Sadie Albert, Sophia Scarsella, Kelly McMorrow, and Julia Mallon are all smiles at the US Homecoming Dance in October. // 6. Theater and literature students visit Urban Stages in NYC in October to see Theatre East’s production of “Petie,” followed by a talk-back with the cast and playwright. // 7. Senior Bridge students Sydney Lunder, Elliot de Parscau du Plessix, and Katherine D’Avanzo work together on “The Marshmallow Challenge” to build the tallest free-standing structure in 18 minutes from limited supplies — the only rule being that the marshmallow must be placed on top.
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In Their Own Words
Profiles from the International Student Program Our campus life continues to be enriched by the presence of our international students who are such an integral part of our student body, participating in the same academic courses, after-school activities, clubs, athletics, and student leadership opportunities as all Harvey students. Head of School Bill Knauer describes the young people in our International Student Program (ISP) in this way: “They’re just Harvey students who come from far away.” This fall we welcomed five ISP students from China who have fully immersed themselves into the Harvey community. As we have done in the previous four years, we share their profiles here to introduce them to the broader school community.
Cici (Beini) Chen: I’m Cici, a 17-year-old girl from Zhengzhou, China. I am in Harvey’s sophomore class. When I was 13, I went to study in Sheridan, Ore. One reason I left Oregon is because it rains a lot, even in the winter. Oregon is a rainy state. I love the snow, but the rain in Oregon destroyed the joy. I came to New York where it hopefully has tons of snow in the winter. When I first came to the U.S., I was extremely shy and timid to talk to people. After three years of learning English, I became more confident and was able to talk to people I didn’t know. In my free time, I like to listen to music, especially Korean songs, watch movies, and sleep. This year I joined the volleyball team, and I’m really enjoying my time at Harvey.
Tommy (Zelin) Wang:
TOMMY Top. This year’s new ISP students found a home at Harvey. Pictured from left: Richard Zhao, Director of International Programs Alexandra Lindquist, Tommy Wang, Kelly Lin, Cathy Ye, Cici Chen, and Director of ISP Robert Cook.
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My name is Tommy, I am a 17-year-old teenager. This is my first year at The Harvey School. I am in grade 10. I’m from China and I grew up in Guangzhou, which is one of the biggest international cities in China, like New York. I am a “sports man” as I can do well in different kinds of sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and so on. There are tons of reasons I chose to study at Harvey in the United States. First of all, I have freedom here, which means that I can make my own schedule and learn whatever I want. Second, as I said before, I am a “sports man” and I am able to spend most of my time during after-school activities shaping my body. Beyond that, I love the smaller class sizes at Harvey. During the courses, I can definitely get attention from teachers, and the interaction between students and teachers obviously is very important. Furthermore, Harvey provides students with a variety of clubs to join, which enriches our school lives. Leaving my comfort zone to study independently in a totally different area is such a tough process for me. However, I am looking forward to experiencing an exciting new year at Harvey.
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Kelly (Xuan) Lin:
“Here students have more time to do the things they are interested in.” —Kelly
I’m Kelly Lin, a sophomore and an international student at Harvey. My hometown is Shanghai, China. It’s a charming international city in China. The reason why I left China, leaving my family to come to the U.S. to study, is because at American schools there is less pressure compared to high schools in China, and the colleges here care more about your personality than your grade. I can also learn how to work in a group not just by myself. Here students have more time to do the things they are interested in, which I wouldn’t have the chance to do in China. I’m a beginner at golf, and l love playing bridge when I have free time. I hope to have a wonderful year at Harvey.
Cathy (Kaixin) Ye: My name is Cathy Ye, and I’m in ninth grade now. I’m an international student from Beijing, the political, economic, and cultural center of China, and it is also a charming, comfortable place to live. It is famous for Tiananmen Square and The Great Wall, also Peking duck. I left China because I don’t like the education system in China. It always pushes students and creates lots of pressure. I always had lots of homework to do, so I couldn’t get enough sleep every day. Compared with China, the study methods in America are more relaxed. Therefore I have more free time to do the things that I love to do. I’m a volleyball player, and I am also interested in basketball. Actually, I have passion for all kinds of sports, and I’d love to try new things. I also love to do research about insects. It sounds a little bit weird, but to me, those body structures and their habitats are really amazing. I also have great interest in reading books and manga, as they always relax and calm me. I can also learn Japanese by myself from some great manga. I’m glad I can be here, and I’m also excited about my new life in Harvey.
Richard (Lingkai) Zhao:
Clara Vallès i Mascarelli: (A sophomore foreign exchange student from Spain who spent the fall term at Harvey for language and cultural immersion under the auspices of our International Programs) My name is Clara. I’m 15 years old and I’m from Barcelona, Spain. I came this year to Harvey for only the fall semester. Basically I came here to learn English and, of course, take advantage of this big opportunity. I think the English language is really important because if you know English, your future is easier, and you will find better work and more jobs. I have one older sister, Edith, and one younger brother, Toni. They both think the same as I do, and I hope one day they have this same opportunity. My parents wanted this for me, but coming here was my idea because I wanted to learn more about the culture and language and get to know American people. I’m living with Victoria Cartularo (another sophomore at Harvey) and her family, who are wonderful! In the spring semester, Victoria will come to Barcelona. My favorite subjects in Harvey are acting and dance. I like sports, too, and playing volleyball on the varsity team was so good. I really like Harvey and, if it were up to me, I would have stayed here all year!
My name is Lingkai Zhao. I am a sophomore. My first name is almost pronounced the same way as “Lincoln.” When I am in the U.S., I’m called Richard, or Rick. In the past 16 years, I’ve experienced a lot. Honestly, the experiences were sometimes extremely tough, but, on the other hand, the experiences assisted me to grow up faster than the others of my age. I studied in my Province, Shanxi, for about 12 years. Then I went to school in Beijing for my seventh grade and left to study in Oregon where I was since eighth grade. I came to the States because I couldn’t bear the Chinese education and wanted something more. Now I’m here at Harvey, and it’s obviously different. I get to select my path of education, try new activities, and I get opportunities to speak up. I joined the cross-country team, and I think I did quite well for my first year of running.
New Electives Sparking Enthusiasm BY DR. BRENDAN BYRNE, HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL
I continue to be amazed at the efforts and willingness our faculty exhibit each year in generating a curriculum that is relevant and provides platforms for student voices. Over recent years, our elective offerings have expanded, and the 2017–18 academic year includes more opportunities than ever for Middle School students. Three notable additions this year are Debate, Spanish, and Wellness. Additions to the curriculum often require some flexibility on the part of instructors, who may have to work within the daily schedule’s framework to do what is best for students. Curricular upgrades are only successful if students and faculty are willing to be open minded and think progressively. An example of this led to the creation of the debate team, which was an idea first generated by a student last year. The new debate team meets twice a week and is participating in competitions with other schools throughout the year. Seventhgrader Noam Cohen-Weinberg notes, “We are expected to research and become familiar with topics ranging from Puerto Rico to texting in preparation for the tournaments.” Research, communication, and note-taking are just some of the skills that students are developing as part of the debate team. Club advisor Christina Alexander cites, “Participation in our new debate team will surely prepare students for the Model UN group that we have in our Upper School.” The debate team also allows students to study and share opinions about the many issues affecting our world today. Another exciting addition to the Middle School has been the Spanish course. The school has tweaked the
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long-standing tradition of Latin as a requirement for all Middle School students to enable students to choose Spanish as a foreign language. After taking Latin for two years, eighth-grader Ellie Kalman began taking Spanish. “I took Spanish before coming to Harvey and have many friends who are Spanish-speaking, so I was excited at the chance to study it again,” Ellie said. This year, Spanish is a full-time offering for eighth-grade students and a club offering for sixth- and seventh-grade students. A third new program in the Middle School is the Health and Wellness elective that meets once a week and is taught by Harvey coach Denis Arnautovic. The class covers everything from fitness to nutrition and encourages Middle School students to establish healthy lifestyle routines. Athletic director Patrick Kennedy states, “This new class is an appropriate supplement to our after-school sports program and comes at a critical time when we need to inspire young people to be active.” Another important addition to the Middle School this year has been the weekly PRIDE recognition awards. My favorite part of the week is when our student leaders speak in front of their classmates at Hallway Meeting and present certificates to students who positively model the school’s values. Images of the recognition are tweeted out and posted on Instagram. Middle School Dean Stephanie Metz points out, “Highlighting positive behavior on social media resonates with our student body and motivates them.” The idea for this weekly recognition came from the faculty who were interested in using positive reinforcement as a way to inspire citizenship and good decision making. Each week, teachers nominate students for the PRIDE awards. Halimatou Konteh says, “Being recognized for doing the right thing makes a difference because it’s a reminder that school is not just about getting good grades.”
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1. New MS students face their biggest first day worry: opening their locker! // 2. MS eighth-grade students marvel at FDRâ€™s desk on display in his Presidential Library at Hyde Park. // 3. Students sit inside a replica of a Native American wigwam on Huguenot Street. // 4. MS girls get into the spirit of their Halloween Dance in October. Pictured are Alexa Williams, Riannah Wallach, Taylor Bassi, Shelby McCaine, Iliana Hellinger, Olivia Quinn, Marley Shyer, Lucy Durkin, and Emma Galgano. // 5. The Middle School debate team focuses on preparation during a Saturday competition this fall. // 6. Seventh-grader Rhys Jones, Head for the Day in October, looks very comfortable sitting at Mr. Knauerâ€™s desk in Sylvan Hall. // 7. Middle School Co-Presidents Wendy Lichtenberg and Teddy Abt display the PRIDE Core Values awards they handed out each Friday to students recognized for exemplifying the values.
MS Director of Admissions Stephanie McCaine ’87: Grit, Determination, and Heart BY KAREN GRAZIA
The road to Harvey and back again for Stephanie McCaine ’87 has been paved by a favorite word of hers: grit. “I spent four years here as the only African-American girl. I was the first and only,” she recalled. “I was an anomaly for many kids.” But Stephanie was ready for Harvey, and Harvey was ready for her. Thirty years later, Stephanie has returned to Harvey, not only as the Director of Middle School Admissions, but as a Middle School parent as well. Stephanie came to Harvey during the summer of 1983 between eighth and ninth grade, taking two classes during the summer session as a way to spend her free time. Longtime Harvey teacher Mr. Ted O’Connor was impressed with his summer student, and he approached her mother to ask, “Why isn’t your daughter going to school here?” Her parents weren’t satisfied with her curriculum in public school, so a few weeks later she was enrolled at Harvey for her freshman year. “I didn’t know what to expect; it was small,” Stephanie remembered. “There was definitely no hiding.” There were only nine girls in the entire school at that time, as Harvey had only started admitting girls in 1979. She quickly found that the stigma of being smart that she had experienced in public school did not exist here. All the girls at Harvey benefited from their mostly male classmates, and Stephanie used her determination and competitive nature, her grit, to succeed in the male-dominated school. An instant camaraderie formed between the girls as they supported and valued one another, forming a connection that was not constrained by their varied backgrounds and cultures. “I learned how to navigate a wide range of social and economic environments and different people, and not be bound to one classification.” It’s no surprise that her path would lead to working in Admissions, coming to Harvey from Purchase College. The life skills she honed at Harvey helped cultivate a career working with students and families.
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“Even though the school has evolved and changed over time, fundamentally there is a spirit that has transcended the years.” —Stephanie
“At Harvey I formed relationships with faculty, I learned how to talk to adults, how to advocate for myself and be comfortable in my own skin,” said Stephanie. “I learned how to always make the effort. I always tried.” Stephanie has now stepped into the role of Harvey parent. “I have friends whose kids are enrolled here, and they would always speak so enthusiastically about Harvey. Even though they knew I was an alum, and even when they knew I was interviewing here, they were still trying to sell me on Harvey,” she said with a smile. She thought maybe they were going a bit overboard. Two weeks after her daughter, Shelby, started sixth grade as a Harvey student, Stephanie saw exactly what those friends had been raving about. “I looked at my husband and said about our daughter, ‘Do you think she’s different?’ Honestly, she was walking a little taller; she seemed to have a little more confidence. She’s motivated to work hard.” She can attest to her daughter’s transformation and newly discovered grit at Harvey. “She’s thrilled. I’m thrilled. The minute she walked on campus I think she really loved it.” As she talks with prospective families, her words ring true in every sense, as a former student and now a Middle School parent. She knows what’s at the heart of Harvey.
“There’s a certain strand of DNA at Harvey that persists. Even though the school has evolved and changed over time, fundamentally, there is a spirit that has transcended the years,” says Stephanie, pleasantly surprised by all she has found upon returning to her alma mater. “It’s neat to have this reconnection, and have the opportunity to appreciate what I had here at Harvey. She forged the path for girls at Harvey, and she’s come full circle. Top. Middle School Admissions Director Stephanie McCaine ’87 // Above. Shelby McCaine, top right, with her new classmates
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MEMORABLE MIDDLE SCHOOL MOMENTS THIS FALL BY EILEEN JUICO AND KEVIN DURKIN, MIDDLE SCHOOL PA LIAISONS
The Middle School started off the academic year with a trip to Sharpe Reservation, a 2,000-acre conservation and outdoor center, where the students bonded through engaging in team-building activities, undertaking a ropes course, boating, hiking, and participating in wilderness training (photo above). On the athletic front, the Middle School fall teams practiced daily and competed with teams from schools around New York and Connecticut. The coed Navy and Maroon soccer teams had strong showings against very competitive opponents, and our cross-country runners found individual and team success in multiteam meets, including one hosted at Harvey. The MS Maroon soccer team kicked off Homecoming with an exciting match against San Miguel Academy. There was also a great turnout of MS students at Homecoming to support the Harvey teams, work in the spirit booths, and enjoy a fun-filled day of friendship, sports, and good food. In response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, our school community came together to provide relief for the students at a middle school in Houston. Harvey students raised money and collected school supplies that went a long way in helping families struggling in the aftermath of the hurricane. MS students also took part in helping to preserve the school’s history by assisting Mr. Wyland in assembling Harvey memorabilia for the Centennial Time Capsule. The capsule, which contains photos, publications, and other key items related to the school, was buried on campus to be unearthed 25 years from now by future Harvey students.
Our student government co-presidents Wendy Lichtenberg and Teddy Abt lead regular Hallway Meetings, which take place Friday mornings. They recap the week’s events in sports, academics, and extracurricular activities. During this time, one or two students receive Harvey PRIDE (Passion, Respect, Integrity, Dynamic balance, Excellence) certificates in recognition for their modeling of the school’s values and for their dedication to Harvey. MS students participating in the Publications elective were busy creating a podcast series, “A Sheep Named Diva.” In addition to the podcast, these students also write, illustrate, edit, and publish two Middle School publications, the Rambler newspaper and Equinox literary magazine (see page 28 for more). It’s been quite a busy few months as our Middle School students immerse themselves not only in their studies but in so many other endeavors that allow them to tap into their interests and passions. The MS parents will have opportunities to gather at some social functions that will occur in the upcoming months.
Mark your calendars! • Tuesday, January 9, 7 p.m.—8th grade Step-Up Night • Tuesday, February 13, 6 p.m.—MS Showcase • Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.—MS Semiformal Dance; Potluck supper with the MS parents in the library during the dance • Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.—MS Production
Q+A Dean of Upper School Pat
Normandeau and music teacher Zachary Wright are under the spotlight in this issue, and deservedly so. Ms. Normandeau and Mr. Wright are just two of our outstanding faculty whose efforts inside and outside the classroom help students explore the many opportunities available to them at Harvey. Ms. Normandeau started working at Harvey in 2005 as the attendance coordinator. The following year she took on the added role of being the advisor for The Pulse, the school newspaper, which was a club at the time. In just two short years, Ms. Normandeau moved into the position of Assistant Dean of Students. Her other roles include serving as the coordinator of Upper School clubs, co-advising the Student Council, organizing the Upper School’s “Harvey Builds Day,” coordinating the Junior Class Leadership Trip, working with students on the programs, assemblies, and class trips they propose, and now teaching a freshman elective called “Food: It’s Academic.” Ms. Normandeau, who became the dean of students in 2012, is involved with all the non-academic aspects of student life. She describes the key function of her role as “promoting a positive culture of respect and care, encouraging student buy-in of our community’s behavioral expectations, and most important, fostering students’ social-emotional well-being.” When Mr. Wright was hired in 2015, he was assigned to teach Middle School music classes, work as an accompanist for the choral program, and provide music direction for after-school theater productions in both the Upper School and Middle School. With the encouragement of Choral Director Kathryn Kibby Cushman, Mr. Wright has assisted as a co-teacher and co-conductor in the past two years, giving him the opportunity to choose pieces to conduct in the Upper and Middle School choruses. Another role he has undertaken is that of faculty advisor for the A Capella Club, which has given him opportunities to arrange music for the members. This year, Mr. Wright is guiding students through the process of developing a capella arrangements themselves. We invited Ms. Normandeau (PN) and Mr. Wright (ZW) to participate in this winter issue’s Faculty Q+A to give our readers a good idea of how Harvey’s educational environment offers faculty and students alike tremendous opportunities to explore their interests and talents.
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How does Harvey allow students to find their own path to self-expression and personal growth?
Faculty and administrators encourage their advisees and students to fully engage in a variety of ways at the school. This is not limited to the classroom, but also in the after-school sports, theater, and arts programs, and through participation in Model UN, Student Council, or the new Student Ambassador Program. We truly believe, because we see it time and again, that students who take advantage of these offerings — and these may be outside a student’s comfort zone — gain confidence and experiential knowledge that will benefit them as they go on to college and careers.
Students at Harvey have so many options when it comes to extracurricular activities. They are encouraged by teachers and advisors to explore different opportunities. I see a lot of this during the Middle School Showcase each winter. Students involved in the Showcase participate in a variety of activities, including singing, acting, dancing, and set painting. I have seen how participation in each of these areas gives students the opportunity to explore their own talents and interests. It is this exploration that I believe is the true essence of what Harvey is all about. I love helping students discover their talents and gain the confidence to share their talents on the stage.
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“It is this exploration that I believe is the true essence of what Harvey is all about. I love helping students discover their talents and gain the confidence to share their talents on the stage.”—Mr. Wright
Please share a story about how a student you worked with benefited from “the magic of Harvey.”
Why do you like working at Harvey?
Some of the greatest character development I’ve seen in students has stemmed from their engagement in these diverse experiences. When students step away from their traditional roles and join a new adventure, essentially, they expand their sense of themselves. An advisee of mine came to Harvey in 10th grade, and in 11th grade she joined the girl’s rugby team. This young woman had never cared about sports in school. She was a scholar and a musician, already a fabulous member of our community, but my most salient memory of her was when she stopped by my office on a Monday to show me the scrapes and bruises she had from her team’s rugby match the day before. She was laughing, and I could imagine her enthusiasm carrying her through her academic day.
As I tell students and their families, high school is a very challenging time of growth and change. There will be great moments, many meaningful experiences, and a tremendous amount of learning that will prepare them for their futures. There will also be taxing, stressful periods of time, tough moments and bumps along their journey. This can be one of the most demanding periods in life, and I truly feel honored to have the chance every day to work with our students as they navigate this time. How lucky I am to work with young people in this setting, and to work alongside our dedicated teachers and team of administrators!
ZW\ A student who comes to mind is a senior this year. I have
I like working at Harvey because I love to see the changes and growth in students from year to year. As a teacher working in the both the Upper School and Middle School, I feel that I have a special opportunity to work with students and see them grow during such an important time in their lives. I also love that students are so involved in various activities at the school. It’s amazing that students have the opportunity to play sports and be active participants in the arts programs. I’ve taught in other schools where students had to choose only one program to be involved with. It always seemed odd to me that students had to choose a path so early on in their high school career. Harvey truly allows students to explore their interests and find their strengths in a variety of areas.
worked with her in the full Upper School chorus and the smaller Women’s Ensemble as well. When I first met her, she showed a great amount of enthusiasm for singing, but did not have much music reading experience. Through her work with Ms. Cushman, Mr. Brewer (our private vocal instructor) and me, this student has shown tremendous growth as a musician. Because of the nature of classes at Harvey, teachers are able to connect with students to help them achieve a high level of success. She has been able to get the individualized instruction she needs to help her grow as a student. She has truly become a leader in the chorus and is always willing to help others who are struggling.
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HARVEY HELPS US GROW
By Ben Kabakow, President of the Student Council One word to describe Harvey’s student body: outgoing. It seems that by the time they are seniors, no one remains on the sidelines, but rather was a part of the community. The student body at Harvey is so unique in how we all care about one another. We aren’t a school with 2,000+ students who break the bleachers at a football game, but we are the kids who sit on a hill and support our friends. I was very nervous starting high school, and I had constant anxiety about what everyone thought of me, but there were people who came to my side, introduced me to new faces, and helped me come out of my shell. This happened immediately, from the moment I set foot on campus I felt like I had 300 friends; however, no one cares more about us than the Harvey faculty. Our teachers encourage us to work hard and remain motivated, and they often push us to do things we never expected we would be able to accomplish. I never expected to be going to New York City for Model U.N., producing a television news show, or serving as President of the Student Council. I wouldn’t be able to if it were not for the teachers who gave me a push when I needed it. Despite its small size, Harvey has something for every individual. Between clubs, electives, and extracurriculars, Harvey
offers “endless possibilities” for every type of person. The different activities that I took part of shaped my life. I came to embrace my talents with public speaking and found a love of government. The ways in which I grew since my beginnings at Harvey are incredible. I started as an anxiety-ridden, troublemaking freshman, but thanks to the people around me, I became who I am today: a confident, well-spoken senior, ready to tackle what awaits me next. Above. Ben taking The Marshmallow Challenge with his senior bridge team, an exercise that develops leadership and teamwork. // Right. Note Ben singing with fellow performers in this year’s Upper School Musical “Working.” See more art highlights on the next pages.
Above Left. Head of School Bill Knauer poses with Glenn Close (left) and Pat Collins. // Above. Six-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony winner Glenn Close (left) takes questions from the audience following an interview with Emmy Award-winning theater and film critic Pat Collins at a November Harvey Presents event in the school’s Lasdon Theater of The Walker Center for the Arts. // Left. Singer/songwriters Cosy Sheridan and Sloan Wainwright perform their unique and soulful tunes fill Lasdon Theater at a Harvey Presents in September.
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1 Previous Page. Cast members of “Working” deliver a rousing scene from the Upper School’s fall musical. // 1. Mya Turner lends her talents to the school band’s Instrumental Concert in December. // 2. Aaron Shyer makes music on the upright bass. // 3. Giselle Garcia, Julianne Quinn, and Chloe Savitch join in singing a number from “Working.” // 4. Noah Bailey // 5. Cast performing a scene from “Working” before an imaginative set built by Mr. Alexander and Ms. Merola.
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Dabbling in Banksy US art teacher Rick Price challenged his students to explore current social and political issues artistically in the style of Banksy, an internationally recognized graffiti artist known for his provocative images. The students acquired imagery and combined these disparate images into amalgams with entirely new, often evocative contexts. The images were processed through Photoshop and projected onto a material strong enough for stenciling. The students then cut out the shapes that would be part of the images, careful to alter the stencil to enable it to stay in one piece. Some students experimented with different colored backgrounds and layers of different colored paint.
Top. Two Parties by Kelly McMorrow // Middle left Consumerism by Thalia Loor-Steinberg // Middle right. Racism by Isabella Iannone // Bottom. Turtle Trash by Morgan Chapman harveyschool.org 43
Sports fall highlights
Harvey’s varsity volleyball team came close to making history this fall as the Cavaliers went all the way to the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) championship game before bowing 3–1 to number-one seed Wooster. The volleyball team, in existence since 2007, has never won an HVAL title. Harvey saw another one of its fall teams finish as a league runner-up to Wooster. The girls on the varsity coed cross-country team finished second to the Generals from Danbury in the HVAL championship meet. Meanwhile, Harvey’s varsity football squad won third place in the Hudson Valley Football League by defeating Newark Academy 20–0 in the bowl game. It was also a good season for our boys and girls varsity soccer teams, who enjoyed winning campaigns and advanced as far as the HVAL semifinals this fall. At season’s end, the following athletes earned special league and team honors.
Varsity FOOTBALL (3–4) HVFL All-Stars: Treshawn Felder Connor Phillips John Sullivan Coy Treat Tyler Wagnblas MVP Offense: Tyler Wagnblas MVP Defense: Coy Treat Rookie of the Year: Oliver Davies Coaches Award: Larry Waterhouse The “Bear” Lineman Award: Danté Crowe Sullivan Cavalier Award: John Sullivan Mitch Thompson Award (given to the player who best exemplifies heart, hustle, and love of the game): Connor Phillips
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Boys Varsity SOCCER (9–8–2) WNEPSSA All-Star: Ben Avila Kevin Dorf Isaac Cullity Vieux WNEPSSA All-Select Team: Isaac Cullity Vieux Kevin Dorf WNEPSSA All-Select Honorable Mention: Ben Avila HVAL All League: Isaac Cullity Vieux HVAL Honorable Mention: Ben Avila Kevin Dorf MVP: Isaac Cullity Vieux Most Offensive: Kevin Dorf Leadership Award: Ben Avila
Girls Varsity SOCCER (9–6–2) WNEPSSA All-Star: Morgan Chapman Charlotte Levy NEPSWSA Class of 2019 All-Star: Morgan Chapman Charlotte Levy HVAL All-League: Morgan Chapman Charlotte Levy Coaches Award: Kelly McMorrow Most Improved: Chloe Pinto
Coaches Award: Hunter Nascimento
MVP Defense: Courtney Warren
Most Improved: Cian Keohane
MVP Offense: Morgan Chapman
Boys JV SOCCER
MVP: Charlotte Levy
(2–9–1) MVP: Quentin Schubert Most Improved Player: Tommy Wang Coaches Award: Lucas Cohn
Varsity VOLLEYBALL (9–10) HVAL All League: Sasha Fox Dasha Batista HVAL All League Honorable Mention: Kylene Groff Sportsmanship: Tillie Glucksman Coaches Award: Sasha Fox
MVP Offense: Dasha Batista
Leadership: Justin Tebbutt
MVP Defense: Kylene Groff
Cavalier Spirit Award: Lara Dimick
Most Improved: Kayla Johnson
Competitor’s Award: Ethan Frey
JV VOLLEYBALL (9–10) MVP Offensive: Eva Zhao
Middle School Coed SOCCER MAROON
MVP Defensive: Reynise Walker
(4–5–2) MVP: Justin Jaques
Most Improved: Kelly Lin
Most Improved Player: Tyler Alexander
Most Dedicated: Patricia Fernandes
Coaches Award: Sam Alexander
Coaches Award: Lily Wang
Varsity CROSS-COUNTRY HVAL All League: Keegan Glucksman Hannah Klein Julia Mallon
Middle School Boys SOCCER NAVY MVP: Zachary Weisblatt Coaches Award: Emi Knauer Most Improved Player: Lucy Durkin
Middle School CROSS-COUNTRY
HVAL All-League Honorable Mention: Lara Dimick Nathan Ward
MVP Award: Clayton Collum MIP Award: Hayden Smelser
Most Valuable Runner (male): Nathan Ward
Sportsmanship Award: Cody Siegel
Most Valuable Runner (female): Keegan Glucksman
Student-Athletes Fall Award Kelly McMorrow & John Sullivan // To see up-to-the-date sports news, check out our website.
alumni news This edition of the Harvey Magazine focuses on the “I AM HARVEY” theme. All of us who attended (or taught or coached or worked here) have elements of the school in our personalities today. There are certainly aspects of my life that I attribute to my five years at Harvey and the wonderful teachers I had (see a 1970s faculty photo above). I owe my sense of teamwork and fair play to coach Tom Mleczko, for example, and my interest in foreign language (Japanese) to Latin and Greek teacher John McMahon. Read John Hughes’ recollections of Mr. McMahon on page 24. As a result, I have lived and worked abroad and feel comfortable in foreign cultures. I am encouraged to see that today Harvey has students attending from a number of countries, enhancing the international perspective of the “I AM HARVEY” experience. During my years at Harvey, I also learned basic human courtesies and consideration for others. Fast forward to my office today, where I always say “good morning” to my colleagues and “thank you” for a job well done, little things which add to the positive energy of our workplace. We all have “I AM HARVEY” stories — ways in which Harvey has made each of us a better person. At our alumni reunion in October, we heard some great Harvey stories from our Alumni Hall of Fame inductees: Seth Morton ’57, Vin DeSomma ’77, Susan Moore Nicolari ’87, and Doniella McKoy ’07. See more about them on page 18. It was a wonderful day, capped off by a dinner reception at Westmoreland Sanctuary in nearby Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Many thanks to Ann Beattie Paul ’85, Executive Director of Westmoreland, for her support, and Frank Baratta ’84 and Laurel Meredith ’88 for executing a wonderful dinner. Proceeds from the event went toward the Harvey School-Westmoreland environmental education program. Read more about the Westmoreland event on page 17. Finally, as we continue our second century, I encourage Harvey alumni to stay in touch with your school, and to support your school, in recognition and appreciation for all the benefits of “I AM HARVEY.” Best regards,
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Upcoming Events • Alumni College & Career Mentoring: A Friday in April (TBD) • NY City Alumni Networking Reception: March 29, Yale Club
Alumni Portal: Get Connected
Mr. Wyland with 15-year reunion alum Jack Fasciana ’02
Recent Alumni Events The main alumni events since our last issue were all the festivities centered around the reunion on Homecoming Weekend: the Hall of Fame Inductions, the Reunion Class Recognition, and the Reunion After Party at Westmoreland Sanctuary. Please see page 11 for a full recap.
The Harvey online alumni networking community site is a great way to stay connected! If you haven’t done so already, register as a member of the alumni community and start connecting and networking with fellow Harvey alumni across the country and world. The alumni portal section of the website aims to link alumni with each other based on common professional backgrounds and interests. To get started, go to the school website at harveyschool.org. In the upper right corner, click on the lock icon. A dropdown box will appear and ask for your username and password. If you were registered on the previous alumni website, you will be able to sign in using lastname_firstname as your ID (not case-sensitive), and a password of Harvey1234 (note the capital H). Anyone who was not registered previously should email firstname.lastname@example.org and request access. You will receive an email back indicating that you have been authorized, and your username and password are the same as above. Once you have registered, you will be able to search for other alumni using the Alumni Directory, by name, class, town, etc. Or you can view your own class by selecting Class Homepages/ Directory. Only those members of your class with be visible here. Please try the various tabs and links on this new alumni portal and send us any suggestions to make it a welcoming and robust site for Harvey alumni. You can send your comments to us at email@example.com.
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Alumni Fundraising Contest The centennial fundraising contest between the Neperans and the Pocanticos wound down at the end of June. The Neperans were the winning club with 160 donors and $175,503. The Pocanticos came in with 133 donors and $131,300. The goal to double the number of alumni donors was met, and we thank all the wonderful alumni who are supporting the school, regardless of their club affiliation.
Young Alumni Gathering Nicolette St. Lawrence ’11 organized the second annual Young Alumni Gathering in New York City in July. More than 30 Harvey alumni met in the East Village to relax and reconnect. harveyschool.org 47
A carriage ride on the Hawthorne campus in the 1950s.
class notes To submit a note or share your Harvey memories, please contact your class agent or Sally Breckenridge at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanley F. Dodd: “You mentioned in your letter of travel to meet alumni, which reminded me of an oversight made by Harvey in the year following the graduation of the class of 1939. In that year, six members of the class went on to Exeter and in the four years that all six of us attended Exeter, there was no visit by a representative of Harvey. I think that Harvey should attempt to keep in touch with its alumni during their first years in prep school. Tom Graham, acting headmaster in our time, could have come up to Exeter and stayed in the delightful inn at Exeter and meet both individually and collectively with the recent Harvey alumni. In the case of John Riegel, my first year roommate at Exeter, such a meeting might have been crucial to his career because he was so well prepared by Harvey that he coasted for two years right out of Exeter and transferred to Lawrenceville.
William D. Bevis: Harvey is honored to have an oil painting of Dr. William Harvey (see right) that Dr. Bevis painted and gave to the school. It is hanging in the hallway just outside the alumni office. Since this issue celebrates the heart of Harvey, we thought it appropriate to once again publish the picture (see right). The picture is a copy of an oil in the National Portrait Gallery in London, (NPG 5115) of Dr. William Harvey, by Daniel Mytens, 1627. Dr. Bevis took up painting when he retired from his pediatric practice in 1989 and has taken extensive instruction in the techniques used in the 1500–1600s. “For years, I have clipped the great art prints from the front covers of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Upon thinking of coming down to Harvey, I rummaged and found a 5 x 7 print of a portrait of Harvey, age 50. The oil measures 28 1/2 x 24 inches. Perhaps some of your students can put a face with the illustrious name and be more aware of his great contribution to the healing arts.
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1945 Sanford Elliott McCormick recently published a book on his life and times, a recounting of his life with the family members and friends who populate(d) it. “We are all products of our own life experiences, and those of our families, but often we only know bits and pieces of our family story ... The book provides more context for those events, and the times in which I lived.”
First Football Team 1953: Front—Michael Danziger ’54, Ralph Saltus ’55, John Sheldon ’54, Steven Walker ’54, Neil Goodwin ’54 (capt), Quincy Ryan ’54, Edgar Van Winkle ’54, Campbell Graham ’54, Hugh Taylor ’54. Middle row—John Murphy ’54, John Less ’54, Dick Ahlborn ’55, Randall Whitman ’54, Tom Hooker ’54. Back—Austin Brown ’54 (manager), Mike Baldwin ’54, Edward Carter ’54, Mr. Magnan (coach)
1947 John French III participated in “Speakers at the Knick” evening with a talk about D-Day Remembered on the first 24 hours of D-Day. He has had a deep interest in military history since his retirement as a Manhattan lawyer, and has specialized particularly in questions relating to the Trojan War, the War of the Roses, and The Last Year of World War II. He has made frequent visits to English and European battlefields and has lectured on the subjects at Dartmouth Alumni College, the Century Association, and other private clubs and institutions. John is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and served for
three years as a captain in the US Air Force Air Defense Command. See page 50 for more details about him.
1951 Class Agent: Michael Adair, 860-535-9099, MAdair412@gmail.com
1955 After reading about Harvey honey in our last issue, E. Richard “Dick” Ahlborn ordered a bottle. He reported enjoying it with his morning Earl Grey. “Please extend my respect and admiration to the beekeeper.” Ralph H. Saltus sent a photo of the football team, with signatures on the back, to the athletics department, with a note saying, “It is full of fond thoughts and experiences of wonderful people and an excellent education.” (See photo above.)
1956 Class Agent: John Crawford, 540-247-8810, email@example.com
“Yankee Oilman” by Sanford McCormick ’45
George V. K. “Kirk” Waldron Kirk raised the question about the appropriateness of the title “Head of School” title for Harvey School. Since his inquiry, a number of other alumni have posed the same question.
“Harvey is not the same school I attended and that change is just an indication of that. It’s now become a country day school like many others in the area. My longing for a structure similar to what I experienced is not important anymore. Times change and that structure is not where the school wants to be anymore. It is what it is.” Alumni Association President Dan Chapman ’73 looked into the issue with Head of School Bill Knauer and responded: “When I first heard that Harvey was considering ‘retiring’ the Headmaster title, I’ll confess I wasn’t thrilled. The Harvey I attended was steeped in traditions ... it was a male-dominated environment, reminiscent of a strict British boarding school. We used to have masters — who were teachers, and the head was the Headmaster. You mention Lawrenceville, a great school, where they still use the term Master for their teachers. So it is appropriate for them to continue using the term Headmaster. In Harvey’s case, however, we no longer use the term Master. Harvey faculty members are now called teachers, and they report to the Heads of the Middle and Upper Schools. So it makes sense for their boss to be called the head of school. Also I believe the term head of school is appropriate because it is more gender neutral and inclusive, covering all members of the Harvey community. Even schools like Harvard and Yale are changing the title of the heads of their residential colleges to “head” from “master.” “You expressed concern that adopting the Head of School title means more focus harveyschool.org 49
Lost, Then Found at Harvey: A Grateful Alum’s Story by John French III ’47 This is the story of a very confused entering student and a caring and perceptive Headmaster. John came to Harvey at the end of World War II after difficult years in a mediocre New York school and a father in the army who had not been home in five years. John then enrolled in the seventh grade at Buckley in New York City in 1944, and he struggled with failing grades. He needed to repeat the seventh grade, and so John was enrolled at Harvey at its Hawthorne campus. These were difficult emotional times for John. He was small, not academically well prepared, and felt friendless. ”I was just lost,” John recalls. But his academics improved to Decemviri level that year. Headmaster Leverett Smith noted John’s potential. The seventh grade year remained miserable, but John’s life turned around in his eighth-grade year: Headmaster Smith placed him in a room at the headmaster’s house with two other classmates, each of whom exemplified a particular ability. Bert Lachman was the outstanding athlete in the class, and Walter Crump was probably the most mature and sophisticated member. The three boys seemed, on the surface, to have little in common, but the headmaster thought that each had something to offer the other. At first John’s two roommates protested, considering him to be the class wimp, and wanted a new roommate. But the headmaster wouldn’t budge. However, as the year progressed, each boy began to find what the others had to offer. By the end of the year, John was at the top of the class academically, had grown four inches, and occasionally helped the others with their studies. Bert was the star of the football team and helped John understand sports and improve his athletic ability. Walter showed them all how the outside world worked, and all of them benefited socially.
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John never forgot what his time at Harvey meant to his life. He went on to Hotchkiss, Dartmouth (member of ski team), and Harvard Law School and served in the Air Force for the next three years (Captain, JAGC). In the 1970s, John was the goaltender for a post-college hockey team, the Bedford Bears, playing against teams from Greenwich, New Canaan, etc. In that capacity he worked with Max Evarts in raising the money for what became the Harvey School hockey rink. John won the Dartmouth Alumni Award in 1988. John began the practice of law in New York in 1961, specializing in corporate finance. He became interested in aggressively preserving the environment and was a lecturer in environmental law, publishing many articles along the way. Among other honors, he was recognized by the New York State Bar Association as a ”pioneer in the formation of environmental law.” In his ”spare” time John has served, among others, as a trustee of the NY City Opera, the NY Philharmonic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Salzburg Festival Society. He has been an active board member of Young Concert Artists (Lifetime Achievement Award 2017). John also was a founding director of the Hudson River Foundation and in 1988 received the Distinguished Service Award of the Appalachian Mountain Club. In retirement, John is particularly involved giving lectures on military history, especially where the outcomes were significant or contained mysteries unsolved to this day. Talk venues have included the Dartmouth Alumni College and The Knickerbocker Club. John is also a member of the Carter Legacy Society, a group of alumni who have made provisions in their wills for Harvey out of their gratitude to the School. The Harvey School thanks John for his thoughtful gift and for his willingness to share his inspiring story of the role Harvey played in helping him find his bearings in the very beginning of what has become quite a remarkable life’s journey. // For more information about providing for Harvey in your will, contact Development Director Laura Prichard, firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 232-3161, x145.
on publicity and fundraising, and less focus on students and teaching. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Our Head of School, Bill Knauer, is heavily involved in both school administration and academics. He will be teaching a “Senior Bridge” class this year. He is very focused on student interaction, greeting students every morning when they arrive at school. Today, Harvey is a thriving coed academic and social environment where teachers nurture their students. Harvey also has a highly successful international student program which adds to the diversity and spirit of the school. Teaching remains Job One. All of this is managed, and encouraged, by our thoughtful and dedicated head of school. For the reasons above, I have come to embrace the new title, and I can’t imagine a more dedicated or academically focused person to lead Harvey than Bill Knauer. If you have further thoughts, Kirk, I would be happy to discuss, or better yet, put you in touch with Bill directly. I am sure he would enjoy sharing his views on the new title, and his vision for the school. Thanks again for your thoughtful message.”
1957 Class Agent: Alex McKown, 718-392-1373, email@example.com James W. Fordyce returned for his 60-year class reunion and to celebrate with classmate Seth Morton, who was inducted into the alumni hall of fame. He noted that “experiences get burned into our memories … doesn’t take much to recall those school days 60+ years ago!” Richard M. Marshall III: “Best time of my life — still trying to match it every day remaining. My joy and crown eternally.”
1960 Class Agent: Dick Willard, 207-596-7968, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Fordyce ’57 catches up with Alex McKown ’57
1961 Douglas P. Hirsh met with the alumni director over the summer. He had a photo montage from the Pal Maleter memorial service that Pal’s wife, Andrea, had organized. “Sandy Gabel and I attended the memorial gathering for Pal. It was held in the chapel at the Congressional Cemetery. Classmates from Hotchkiss and Columbia were in attendance.” Doug agreed to take over Pal’s role as class communicator. Doug reached out to classmates Sandy Gabel and Bill Spalding about a possible memorial gift and/or class gift working toward their 60-year class reunion.
Photo montage from the Pal Maleter ’61 memorial service (submitted by Douglas Hirsh ’61) harveyschool.org 51
Consider Becoming a Class Agent or Reunion Coordinator Are you looking for a way to reconnect with your classmates? Would you like to get involved in Harvey’s community? Class agents provide an important link between their classes and Harvey. They assist the school in updating class rosters and locating “lost” classmates. They also share information about school events, local get-togethers, and news from campus and the current student body. There are currently vacancies for class agents in the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, and 1983. If you are able to volunteer or have questions about being a class agent or reunion coordinator, please contact email@example.com or Sally Breckenridge at (914) 232-3161, x123.
1965 Gregory A. Kriser: “My son, Ryan Alexander Kriser, married Heather Jacobus on October 29, 2016, at Mar-a- Lago Club, Palm Beach, FL, and I am still alive and kicking!” Greg has contributed to the beautification of the area around the Davis Tennis Courts, providing funds for an environmentally friendly drinking fountain and renovation of part of the cabana, which now provides restrooms for the players.
1967 Thomas A. McGraw, Jr., wrote that he is retiring in February 2018. “Looking forward to reading more, writing more, spending more time with my wife, family and friends, and also to downsizing and getting rid of accumulated STUFF. Peace and best wishes to all.” Robert S. McLachlan responded to a letter from eighth-grader Sammi Fern: “I recall being in a stage production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “Pirates of Penzance,” which exposed me to Gilbert and Sullivan. 52 HAR VEY MAGAZINE // winter 2018
Drinking fountain and upgraded cabana facilities provided by Greg Kriser ’65
Palen Conway ’74 catches up with Dan Chapman ’73
I think I was editor of the Rambler for one year. I wrote a bad editorial or two, but I think my main contribution was with photos. I was a shutterbug and had a darkroom in our fallout shelter, which had a joint purpose of providing space for developing pictures and surviving nuclear Armageddon. The Alumni Office should be aware that I have a trove, quite a few, and good quality. “Andover was a fine school but very challenging and a cold environment. I barely got through that, but I had become academically lazy after Harvey. I knew and visited a few younger students who struggled and quit Andover, so I know what you mean. Much has changed, coed, dress code, mandatory chapel. Thank you for your letter, Sammi. I very much enjoyed reading it and wish you all the luck.”
in learning more, and reached out to Harvey teacher Melissa Zeffer. He felt John McMahon had a great influence on him and students who needed someone in whom they could confide. Check out his article on page 24 about McMahon’s presence at Harvey.
David M. Williams met with the alumni director over the summer. He is on staff at Hunter College with classes Tuesday through Saturday, so he missed the reunion in October. He remembered that he was #1 in class for his one year at Harvey, followed by Robert McLachlan. He remembered teachers McMahon, Perrine, Gaspar, and Howes; had Dodd as a coach; inquired about James Aubrey. He went on to Hotchkiss.
1968 // 50th Reunion Class Agent: Alexander Edwards-Bourdrez, 631-327-3301, firstname.lastname@example.org John J. Hughes expressed interest in an academic program focusing on addictions of all forms. He learned about the class Harvey has for ninth-graders, is interested
1969 Clifford Gardner: “I attended Harvey for two years in the mid-1960s (first and second form) along with my older brother Glenn (fourth and fifth forms). I wrote you several years ago after finding an old Rambler Magazine and a 1966 literary publication. Mrs. Baldwin was one of my teachers at Harvey and I trace my lifelong interest in both Greek mythology and J.R.R. Tolkien directly to her. I recall a fellow student in my class named Joey Baldwin — perhaps her nephew. Joey and I were so interested in “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad” which we were then reading that we planned to attend the annual school Halloween festival as, respectively, Achilles and Hector. Although that plan did not work out for me — not by a longshot (although that is an altogether different story) — the plan itself was a measure of how much we enjoyed Mrs. Baldwin’s class. Best of luck with the reading room.”
1973 // 45th Reunion Class Agent: Phil Eifert, 914-232-6489, email@example.com
Palen Conway: “I must say, once again, a very nice evening at The Yale Club. I am very glad to have met Bill [Knauer] and made some new friends; along with seeing those from during my youth. I think this was a good start for me to get reacquainted with past alums of my era. “Almost eerily, I can picture most of them joined by snippets of their personalities and their contributions to academe and sports as if they were frozen in time. With that said, I have a strong recall ability for openers; and this is a vital component to add to the comfort level of the entire rapport-building process. Thanks again for including me with your networking gathering in NYC; as I would like to see more of these conducted. This is a huge boost — not only on behalf of the alums looking for employment opportunities, but for keeping the circles of friendships alive.”
Class Agent: Larry Baschkin, 914-764-3220, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agent: Herbert Sloan, 203-438-0051, email@example.com
1978 // 40th Reunion
Class Agent: Patrick Peterkin, 203-655-9917, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agent: Thomas Jaffe, 925-200-4391, email@example.com; Kelly Wheeler Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org
1983 // 35th Reunion
Shawn K. Robbins commented to the alumni office on how much the school has grown in positive ways since her years there. She said she missed the land but is enjoying good things in Florida.
Class Agents: Melinda Frey Arkin, 914-241-2134, email@example.com; Josh Rosenthal, 970-385-4723, firstname.lastname@example.org
1986 Class Agent: Lisa Cantrell, 813-672-3642, email@example.com
ANN BEATTIE PAUL ’85:
All Things Outdoors Ann is passionate about “all things outdoors.” She served as a member of Westmoreland Sanctuary’s Board of Directors from 2001 through 2015. During that tenure, she was Chair of the Nominating Committee and became President of the Board for two years. In 2016, Ann assumed her current position as Director of Westmoreland Sanctuary. Ann was proud to announce that Westmoreland received several recent grants to further its mission of conservation, education, and appreciation of nature. These grants come from both the nonprofit sector and companies committed to advancing causes that benefit the residents of Westchester County. Ann stated, “As Westmoreland celebrates its 60th anniversary, we’re thrilled and honored to receive much-needed support from so many kind and like-minded contributors. Westmoreland has always been at the forefront of conservation and environmental education dating back to the early 1970s, when local students came to the Sanctuary to study and enjoy the outdoors. Westmoreland also pioneered state-curriculum approved courses that took our instructors into local schools and other community centers to groom a next generation of environmental stewards. Since that time, we’ve continued to build on our dual-purpose mission of educating the community’s youth while tending to the land with hands-on conservation programs dedicated to enhancing and restoring the habitat of our native species of plants and animals,” she concluded. A special “Sanctuary-to-School” connection is Harvey’s annual Alumni Reunion After Party which was held in October at Westmoreland’s Nature Center. The event, which helps support joint environmental education with Harvey, was spearheaded by alumni Frank Baratta ’84 and Laurel Elkind Meredith ’88. Ann was honored in November as a “Bedford 25,” a special group of influencers and committed citizens recognized for their contributions to the community. The “Bedford 25” is selected by Bedford Magazine and was featured in its November 2017 issue. harveyschool.org 53
1988 // 30th Reunion
Class Agents: Wylie Blake, 203-526-4089, firstname.lastname@example.org; Charles Collin, 860-877-4463, email@example.com
Class Agent: Lara W. Casano, 347-539-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agent: Blayre Farkas, 561-929-1802
Jamison P. Hold said his sons attend St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mt. Kisco, and he was interested in looking at Harvey as an alternative.
1996 Class Agents: Kevin Harrigan, 412-853-9392, email@example.com; David and Jeanette Stark, 336-771-5303, firstname.lastname@example.org
1998 // 20th Reunion Class Agent: Max Weinstein, 917-515-8531, email@example.com
Class Agent: Peter Hall, 518-369-1991, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gregoire Y. Presseau and wife Amanda welcomed their third boy Carey James Presseau Sept. 18, 2017. Baby Carey weighed in at 8 lb. 7 oz., 21 inches. Greg arranged for a summer internship for Harvey alum Chris Artuso ’14. In the spring of 2017, Greg became a member of the Alumni Executive Council.
1993 // 25th Reunion
Class Agents: Ian Lichtenstein, 609-895-0609, email@example.com; Adam B. Sharon, 914-967-8738, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Agent: Amy Albert Morello, 845-621-2120, email@example.com
Jennifer L. Cartin married Jeff July 18 in Chatanooga, TN.
Pamela Frieze married Hernando Torres-Rocca on July 16, 2017.
1994 Class Agent: Russell Stamm, 781-329-3004, firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby Carey James Presseau, son of Greg Presseau ’98
Harvey Yearbooks Available Do you remember your Harvey classmates from your time at the school? Extra yearbooks are available. If you’d like a copy of any of those years listed below, we would be glad to supply you with another one. These are all extras and will be disposed of once we have responded to all those wanting a copy. Available yearbooks: 1991-99, 2002-2008, 2010-2015 Contact email@example.com or Sally Breckenridge at (914) 232-3161, x123. Pam Frieze ’00 married Hernando Torres-Rocca
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Young Alumni “What an exciting time to join the Harvey team! I am looking forward to learning as much as I can about the school and about your experiences as alumni. Please reach out if you have any memories you would like to share or ideas for the Alumni Association going forward.” —Laurie Cohen, joined Harvey Staff as the Young Alumni Coordinator The class years from 2000 and through the present are grouped together as the Young Alumni classes. Nicolette St. Lawrence ’11 has formed the Harvey Young Alumni Committee in an effort to encourage alumni connections through community outreach events and social gatherings . Also on the committee are Jenn Vogeney ’01, Jackie Walker ’03, Scott Oltman ’08, KC Testwuide ’11, Justice Koonce ’11, Brandon Hickey ’12, and Maya Sank ’12. Anyone interested in joining the committee or looking for information, please contact Nicolette St. Lawrence ’12 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Cohen at email@example.com.
2001 Phil Lazzaro spoke with Jennifer Latilla at the fall Reunion. She is married and expecting her third child.
2002 Class Agent: Tiffany Franqui, 845-612-9858, firstname.lastname@example.org Brian Durling: Baby girl Lillian Denise Durling was born May 18, 2017, and weighed 8 lb. 3 oz. Joanna M. Schiff Garren: “My husband and I live just north of Boston, and I work in Danvers as a dental technician. I have been doing volunteer work for local political groups, including door-to-door canvassing and collecting signatures for various ballot initiatives. This past summer, I was a delegate at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention and voted on the current state platform. I enjoy drawing and painting in my free time, and I sell my designs on fabric at Spoonflower.com.” Joanna was the 2017 Alumni Reunion Class Agent for the Class of 2002.
2003 // 15th Reunion Class Agents: Jackie and Evan Walker, 914-319-1699, JaclynMarisaWalker@gmail.com
Josh Linder ’03 married Rachel
Josh Linder married Rachel Horwitz at a country club in Rockville, Maryland, over Labor Day weekend. Josh and Rachel met while Josh was working in Washington, D.C. “We were nervous about rain but it wound up being a beautiful day and an awesome celebration. We honeymooned in Hawaii which was amazing. Adjusting back to the real world after the trip has been tough though! We moved into an apartment in Manhattan right before the wedding, and I started a new job a few months ago with a firm called APG Asset Management that manages the Dutch Pension Fund. So it’s been a busy few months for sure, but some exciting times, and it’s good to finally be back in New York.”
Emily Mashberg-Virgilio ’03
Emily L. Mashberg-Virgilio married Kateri Virgilio July 15, 2017. Jackie and Evan Walker welcomed their second daughter, Claire, July 24, 2017. She joins big sister Elyse who just turned 2!
The Walker ’03 family including baby Claire. ©CRPHOTOS.ORG
2006 Class Agents: Greg Jurschak, 914-260-8155, email@example.com; Teresa Neri, 914-462-7440,firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon ’04 and Amy Klein with Lindsey Walker ’05, Evan and Jackie Walker ’03 with Elyse and baby Claire ©CRPHOTOS.ORG
Jon ’04 and Amy Klein ©CRPHOTOS.ORG
Britt Davis Young lives in the Houston area and reports that they were very lucky to escape damage from Hurricane Harvey. They left for an evening but found their house and possessions undisturbed when they returned the next day. She notes that not all were as fortunate.
Brian Rodrigues ’04 opens his own optometry business
She is a daughter of Doreen L. Schwartz and Richard A. Schwartz of Rochester. The groom, also 31, is an engineer for Pioneer Industries, a company in Carlstadt, N.J., that manufactures steel doors and frames. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, from which he also received a master’s degree in engineering management. The couple met through a mutual friend in 2010.
Class Agents: Andrew Pape, email@example.com; Mallika Raghavan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian M. Rodrigues opened his own family optometry office in Ossining this fall.
Jonathan D. Klein married Amy Schwartz August 5, 2017 at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. Rabbi Mark Shulman officiated the ceremony. The bride, 31, works in New York as a vice president in the fixed-income division of Stifel, a financial services holding company in St. Louis. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., and is pursuing an M.B.A. at the University of Rochester.
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Class Agents: Diana Bondy, 203-834-0764, email@example.com; Brian Ryerson, 914-329-6863, firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Fleisher Simon and her husband, Mitch, welcomed their first baby. Theodore Greyson Simon was born August 29, 2017. He arrived five weeks early but is doing great!
Allison Shuchat Alleva: “A lot has happened in the last 11 years since I graduated from Harvey, and I still can’t believe it has been that long! After graduating college with my B.S.W., I moved back to New York and started working for a not-for-profit agency. I am currently working as a service coordinator for people with intellectual disabilities in the Hudson Valley. I have an extensive background in working with dually diagnosed individuals with forensic backgrounds, and I work closely with state and local organizations to coordinate preventative services for high-profile, highly complex cases. I love my job and it has provided me the opportunity to support individuals with complex medical, behavioral, and legal needs. Currently, I am preparing to present at Marist College where I will address professionals, students, and families about how best to navigate the roadblocks that often come with supporting people with disabilities and how to access services to best support people in being as independent as possible.” “My wife and I currently live in Dutchess County with our dog and cat. We love spending the weekends exploring the beautiful Hudson Valley and enjoying all of the hiking and bike trails and local stores. I am a volunteer for The Human Rights Campaign, and I can often be found at their booths at LGBT events throughout New York State helping educate people on the services they offer and what they stand for, and to educate people on their rights and any current legislation that is threatening those basic human rights. I also participate in the Avon 39, which is a two-day, 39.3-mile walk across New York City where all proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Research. A philosophy that Harvey taught me was always to give back and to assist other people where needed. I have carried that philosophy throughout my life and hope to continue to give back in as many ways as possible.”
Alex W. Castleton graduated in December from Columbia University with an MS in data science and will continue working as a data scientist at High 5 Games in Manhattan for the time being. Additionally, Alex was married in August at a fun-filled and nerdy wedding in the middle of beautiful Lake George. His wife, Eva (née Koshel), has been in his life since they were 14 and met at the Harvey summer theatre program’s production of “Pirates of Penzance.” They currently reside on the waterfront in Yonkers with their goldendoodle, Nitro. Robert T. Spielman, Jr.:
Katharine “Katie” Z. LaVacca is now a practicing veterinarian in East Fishkill, N.Y., working with dogs, cats, and horses.
2008 // 10th Reunion Class Agents: Gretel Coleman, 914-523-2498, email@example.com; Dylan Hackley, 914-482-5318, firstname.lastname@example.org; Scott Oltman, 904-424-6610, email@example.com In a note to US Head Mr. Lazzaro, J. Joseph Gattuso III wrote: “Great news. I passed the bar exam!”
(FROM THE ridgefieldpress.com, 7-5-2017)
“Diana Mele, daughter of Joan and Jim Mele of Ridgefield, was married to Robbie Spielman, son of Bette and Robert Spielman of Ridgefield, Friday, June 2. Diana’s brother, Rick Mele, officiated the ceremony in the garden of Keeler Tavern Colonial Museum on Main Street. The bride graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2007 and from the University of Virginia in 2011. She has worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street for the past several years and is pursuing her master of business administration degree at the London Business School. The groom is a 2006 graduate of The Harvey School in New York and graduated from Bryant University in 2010, also with a business degree. He has worked in finance for the past several years and will continue his career in London. The reception took place in the gardens and Garden House at Keeler Tavern. The couple will honeymoon in Greece before their move to London in August.”
2009 Class Agents: Andy Jamieson, 203-273-3884, firstname.lastname@example.org; Erika Osborne, email@example.com; Pete Sorenson, 914-438-7486, firstname.lastname@example.org; Megan Taylor, 914-274-0069, email@example.com Spencer Wiesner visited Harvey on a brief break from his work as a munitions system technician at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He returned from a tour in Qatar in March. He announced his engagement and scheduled wedding in September of 2018.
2010 2007 Class Agents: Brandon Brooks, 203-524-5800, firstname.lastname@example.org; Doniella McKoy, 914-960-9375, email@example.com Doniella N. McKoy, Alexandra Pugliese, and Alexander Veit volunteered as Reunion Class Agents for their 10-year reunion. They were able to reconnect with many classmates, some of whom were able to attend the reunion.
Class Agents: Jenna Spiwack, 845-519-4367, firstname.lastname@example.org; Anna Walant, 203-947-4543, email@example.com; Jake Warshaw, 914-772-5793, firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 Class Agents: Victoria Shaffer, 914-400-6446, email@example.com; Adam Slater, 914-874-7436, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nicolette St. Lawrence, 914-707-0414, email@example.com; KC Testwuide, 914-953-9006, firstname.lastname@example.org Nicolette St. Lawrence became a member of the Alumni Executive Council in the spring of 2017. She also chairs the Young Alumni Committee, a group formed to develop community outreach events and social gatherings with Harvey alumni. Konrad C. Testwuide V: “After working in investment banking for two years in New York, I moved to Los Angeles to work for Oaktree Capital Management as a real estate private equity/distressed debt investor.”
2012 Class Agents: Brandon Hickey, 845-270-8670, email@example.com; Brett Marks, 914-815-1686, firstname.lastname@example.org; Maya Sank, 203-803-5850, email@example.com; Dan Schonning, 203-788-6811, firstname.lastname@example.org; Natalia St. Lawrence, 914-707-0406, email@example.com; Mikhyle “Mickey” Stein, 914-419-4615, firstname.lastname@example.org Natalia St. Lawrence and Mikhyle “Mickey” Stein volunteered as Reunion Class Agents for the 5-year class reunion. They had a number of classmates attend the gathering on the quad with fun and festive food catered by their favorite Chef Lee. Nikki Pugliese has been a teacher for two years in the Houston area with Teach for America. She attended the University of Michigan and was the philanthropic chair of her sorority. During her senior year, she raised a large amount of money for their auction and caught the attention of the Teach for America recruiters who were on campus. Although she was an International Relations major, she accepted harveyschool.org 57
a position as a teacher in the Houston area. Nikki coordinated with the Harvey Community Service Club to help provide hurricane relief to students at YES Prep School in Houston where she teaches. The funds raised and school supplies collected by Harvey’s Community Service Club were sent directly to Houston. Maya Sank recently finished dancing for Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel. She spent the past year training in both ballet and modern techniques with some of the most well-known choreographers in the country. Since returning to the United States, Maya continues to audition for various dance jobs, while teaching all styles of dance to a variety of ages throughout both Fairfield and Westchester counties!
Chinasa “CeCe” Nwokocha: Black-owned, woman-owned and simply chic, Ataria NYC began as a T-shirt company called Emoji Express before evolving into a full fashion line. Chinasa Nwokocha, the founder, CEO and president of Ataria NYC, proves that a student’s career can begin before graduation day. She founded the company while studying at her university. What makes this brand unique are the African influences. However, the company strives to “bridge the gap between African, American, Asian, and European clothing styles.” Now, Chinasa holds a degree from Villanova University and owns an apparel company that has a new collection set to release in the fall of 2017. Visit Chinasa’s website at atarianyc.com and follow her company on Facebook. This was originally written for Fresh U by Re’Nyqua Farrington. It was reprinted on teenvogue.com and was given minor edits before re-posting.
2013 // 5th Reunion Class Agents: Gaby Kahn, 914-419-5954, email@example.com; Karina Lambert, 914-844-9123, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sharif Koonce, 914-920-1074, email@example.com; Ben Walant, 203-947-4541, firstname.lastname@example.org; Will Walant, 203-947-4542, email@example.com
2014 Class Agents: Christian Artuso, firstname.lastname@example.org; Erica Cheyne, email@example.com; Emily Silk, firstname.lastname@example.org; Harry Solomon, email@example.com; Jahbari Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org Christian J. Artuso: Greg Presseau ’98 arranged a 2017 summer internship for Christian at the firm where Greg is currently working.
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Sam Moise-Silverman: (BY HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES ON 10-25-17)
After gaining an international perspective into the fast-paced world of politics through an internship with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, Sam Moise-Silverman ’18 was able to explore the political arena back “across the pond” in Washington, D.C., as a summer intern for his local Congressman, Eliot Engel (D-NY). The political science major and public policy minor completed his internship with Corbyn while studying abroad on the college’s London program last spring. “The Labour Party is the second-largest party
in the U.K., so our office was extremely active,” explains Moise-Silverman. Assigned to Corbyn’s office in North London, Moise-Silverman spent his internship focused on issues such as government housing, immigration, and anti-social behavior. His main responsibilities included responding to cases from the constituency. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to help people who struggled on an everyday basis with basic things, such as a warm place to sleep, having full citizenship, and access to healthcare,” says Moise-Silverman. “Having a firstname relationship with the second-most powerful member of Parliament was an unbelievable opportunity.” After returning from London, MoiseSilverman expanded his resume working in Engel’s D.C. office. As an intern, his responsibilities included everything from giving tours of the Capitol to attending briefings for legislative aides. He says he gained insight into “the many career paths one can take with a political background.” Through both experiences, MoiseSilverman says he walked away with common lessons. “I learned how to work in a timesensitive, extremely high-pressure environment,” he says. “Further, both offices worked with a team mentality and it was clear that in order to do well, everyone had to work together and be on the same page.” Political analysis was also a key component of both internships. “In all of these classes we analyzed specific points and were forced to make in-depth arguments about them,” he explains. “If I did not have a strong background in critical reading and writing, I would have struggled in both placements.” On campus, Moise-Silverman is the captain of the Hobart golf team and a volunteer for America Reads.
Keith Lambert ’15 named player of the week
2015 Keith P. Lambert, a junior at Syracuse University, was named the ESCHL Player of the Week. He said that he “hopes everything is going well at Harvey.”
2016 In his freshman year at Rutgers University, Eliot S. Choe joined the Residence Hall Association and became an event coordinator. He is now an advocacy liaison collaborating with other committees on campus to reflect on the needs of the university’s residents and facilities to improve student life. He also works at the university deli and was recently promoted to a trainer position.
2017 Ethan I. Alfandary: (FROM MOM)
“We wanted to share a great moment from move-in day at Gettysburg College. We were at the Opening Convocation Ceremony, listening to several speakers. At one point, the Head of Admissions Gail Sweeney welcomed the Class of 2021 (760 freshmen), and she spoke of how special a group it was that they had admitted. What was amazing is that she highlighted the notable accomplishments of several incoming freshman students, and her first mention was about Ethan, highlighting that ‘one of you is the CEO of Silver Skies Records.’ I nearly fell out of my chair! Ethan was his usual self, totally downplaying it. Anyway, just wanted to share
JACKSON M. ROBERTS ’15:
Newsroom Intern “This past summer I got the chance to intern for a network I’ve had as a favorite on my television set since the age of 10. This wouldn’t have been possible without the connections from Ithaca College and Harvey affording me opportunities to find my interest. With their support and help, that interest became a passion. Now, at Ithaca College, it’s a career pursuit. I can remember the days of roaming around campus interviewing faculty such as Phil Lazzaro, Barry Fenstermacher, Rob Griffin, and Mike Rubenfeld. At the time, if you’d told me that I’d be roaming around the media capital for SNY doing similar work, I would’ve shrugged that off. As a “Newsroom Intern” at SNY, my responsibilities were centered around helping around the office with organizing video clips, research, and writing. I also had the privilege of working on site for several different events, including the MLB Draft, where I interviewed former New York Yankee and world series champion Nick Swisher. I spoke with former Met Ron Darling at his charity golf outing at the Old Westbury Country Club in Long Island. I attended the Brooklyn Nets introductory press conference for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov where I interviewed them both, as well as Nets general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson. Right now, I’m a first semester junior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Since the spring of freshman year, I’ve co-hosted my own weekly sports talk show on the school’s radio station covering professional New York sports and national headlines. I’ve had the chance to bring on some prestigious names in sports media including Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, Tony Dungy of NBC, Chris Russo of MLB Network, and Ian Eagle of CBS Sports. I’m also a sports correspondent for the school’s monthly television news magazine show. In the spring, I’ll be spending the semester at Ithaca College’s satellite campus in Los Angeles, and am in the process of trying to secure an internship.”
this wonderful moment — thank you for helping Ethan through his college search journey. Have a great school year ahead!” Joe Bakas: “My gap year so far has included a road trip of America that looped down the East Coast, along the southern border, up the West Coast, and came back through the middle of
the country. It was a lot of fun, and I got to see so much of the country along the way. I’m going to be working for a contractor for a while and learning skills I’ll need in the future, before going to Australia and New Zealand for two months in February. Once I return, it will be right around summer, and I’ll be getting ready to start my freshman year at Georgia Institute of Technology.” harveyschool.org 59
Jordan W. Bond:
Sara J. M. Steinberg:
“Jordan is very happy at Principia College. He’s running cross-country, finding it challenging and rewarding. He is grateful to be involved in a team that eats, runs, and studies together. It has made the transition to college much easier. Jordan is also studying plant ecology and likes it very much.”
“Oliver has settled in well at Skidmore and seems to be happy there. He participated in a hiking and camping pre-orientation and has joined several clubs including Ultimate Frisbee and the Outdoors Club.”
Talene M. Boyajian: (FROM MOM)
“Talene is fully immersed in her gap year plans. She has one day of classes at FIT NYC along with another day at Pratt in Brooklyn, and works part time at a Brandy Melville in Greenwich, CT. Talene is scheduled to attend MUD NYC makeup school in January. She will apply to college in November/December, most likely to FITNYC and Pratt!” Yutong “Janice” Cai is enjoying life at Emory. She joined the Emory concert choir, ad hoc musical theater club, and Chinese theater club. Her first concert was in October, and she spent time in November rehearsing for an upcoming staged reading show of “The Plaza Suite.” Curtis W. Grellier joined a club at Skidmore College that does work with UNICEF. Ryan K. Hays: (FROM MOM)
“Ryan is doing great. Loves college life and his classes too! He is involved in Siena’s Youth Ministry and went on a weekend retreat with a group of students. He is also involved with the Outdoor Club, Spanish Club, and is playing flag football. He has a great roommate from Somers, NY.” Amaya K. Henry made the Quinnipiac University’s D1 rugby team while battling heavy pre-med school work. Her team recently beat the Penn State University team.
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Theodore A. Little (FROM MOM)
“Teddy is doing well adjusting to playing football and his studies. Thank you for asking. We’ll have to see how the season plays out.” Peter M. Lombardo and Rafael A. Tapia joined the D1 rugby team at Quinnipiac University. The team is currently undefeated and recently won the New England College Cup. In her first semester at the University of Rhode Island Sage E. Myers has an internship related to campus outreach and budgeting. From mom: “Sage seems to be enjoying college life and has two lovely roommates. We often get text messages of gratitude and love, which is really nice. Sage has joined two clubs: Aquarium and Diversity.” Sidney L. Piekarski: “Thank you so much for reaching out. All is going well. I am handling a job as well as school, and I am meeting so many great people. I have a huge goal I’d like to accomplish within the next couple of years and look forward to sharing it with Harvey. I really miss Harvey and its faculty. Please send my best regards to all.” William W. L. Shaffer joined the coed community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega at University of Pennsylvania where he is a college freshman. Allison L. Silk is enjoying her first semester at Davidson College. She has become involved in the Environmental Action Coalition. She also hopes to work backstage for the theater productions.
GENEVA, NY — The Ithaca College women’s tennis team had a single competitor still alive when play resumed at the Mary Hosking Invitational, hosted by William Smith, on Sunday afternoon. Following a strong opening day, freshman Sara Steinberg was hoping to translate it into a championship in the B-Flight singles competition. The IC rookie earned her place in the final day with a pair of wins. She dispatched Maelah Nadeau of Nazareth in an 8–5 decision in the Round of 16, while she punched her ticket to Sunday with an 8–3 triumph over Annie Steinbrink of RIT in the quarterfinal round. Standing in her way on Sunday was Abbey Reinhart of Rochester, presenting a challenging test for the Ithaca freshman. Although Steinberg battled hard, scoring four games off the talented Yellowjackets’ netter, she ultimately was defeated in an 8–4 decision. Reinhart went on to win the B-Flight championship. “This weekend was a good first outing for the team,” head coach Bill Austin said. “We saw some strong doubles play from all three teams, while Sara Steinberg really impressed in her first foray into collegiate competition.” John E. Wise, Jr.: (FROM MOM)
“John is loving NYU and The Gallatin School of Individualized Study.” John said, “I am beginning my pre-med studies and my Gallatin concentration, which is currently the effects of music on the brain.’”
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in memoriam ALUMNI
William L. Atwood ’35 Feb. 13, 2006
William L. Atwood Jr., 81, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Feb. 13, 2006, at the Veteran’s Hospital. He was an Army Air Corpsman in WWII.
Robert Rosenberg ’37 Dec. 13, 2014
Joseph A. Adams ’45 March 24, 2017
Joseph Allen Adams, 85, died quickly and peacefully of sudden cardiac arrest March 24, 2017, at his home in Cameron Park, Raleigh, North Carolina, as he was anticipating watching the broadcast of his beloved Tar Heels in the NCAA basketball tournament. Born January 15, 1932, in Greensboro, NC, Al was the son of Greensboro attorney Joseph Allen Adams and Red Cross executive Marion Crawford Adams. Al attended The Harvey School in Hawthorne, New York; the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire; and Cambridge High and Latin in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After a year at Boston University, Al began a lifelong affiliation with the University of North Carolina, obtaining a B.A. from UNC, Chapel Hill in 1952 in the span of three years and a LLB in 1954. He also began his long association with the Democratic Party as an officer of the Young Democrats. He was in the Sigma Nu fraternity and was a member of the North Carolina Law Review. In 1953, Al married LeNeve Foster Hodges, a fellow UNC student from South Hill, Virginia, and in 1954 their first child, Ann Caroline Adams, was born in Chapel Hill. In March 1955, Al
reported to the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was commissioned as an ensign July 7, 1955, and went on to attend the Naval Justice School, also in Newport. However, rather than a coastal assignment as expected, he was assigned to be the legal officer of the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot in arid Hawthorne, Nevada, where he moved with LeNeve and Ann. In 1956, son Jefferson Hodges Adams was born. After completing active duty in 1958, Al settled in Raleigh and remained in the Naval Reserve until his retirement around 1990 as a captain. Al’s third child, Spencer Allen Adams, was born in 1962. In 1977, Al married Betty Blomgren Eichenberger, an art professor at St. Mary’s College. His family expanded to include five stepsons, Kurt, Peter, Tom, David, and John Eichenberger. Al somehow managed to blend his work and civic activities with family, oftentimes with last-minute invitations to events or to the family beach cottage in Emerald Isle, where he kept a series of boats and engaged in often-questionable do-it-yourself projects. Starting in 1957, Al was an associate and then partner in a number of law firms. Throughout his legal career, Al had a varied general, administrative, lobbying, and litigation practice. Beginning in 1975, Al served five two-year terms in the House of Representatives, where he chaired the Appropriations Committee (Base Budget) and was member of the Governor’s Advisory Budget Commission, and was the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers’ “Legislator of the Year” in 1980. For Al, among his proudest legislative accomplishments was the program arranging for public beach access points along the coast. There are now more than 280 beach and waterfront access sites. Al decided not to run for a sixth term in order to devote more time to his law practice. He went on to leverage his understanding of state government to aid clients before the legislature and executive departments as a lobbyist on transportation issues, business and industry, the arts, education, health care, and other community concerns, with clients including telecom, technology, medical, environmental, and other commercial enterprises. Concurrently, Al was chairman from 1981–83 of the North Carolina Bar Association harveyschool.org 61
Committee on Legislation and Law Reform, president of the Downtown Business Association, a director of the NC Museum of History Associates, a member of UNC-FM’s Community Advisory Council, and a trustee of the NC Symphony. He served on the boards of the NC Symphony Society, the Raleigh City Museum, NC, Child Advocacy, the Opera Company of North Carolina, Wake Technical Community College Foundation, and the Raleigh Civil Service Commission. He helped to found the Arts Advocates of NC, the Clarence Lightner Youth Leadership Endowment, and the Martin Luther King Resource Center. He served as chairman of the UNC Board of Visitors during 1989–90 and as chairman of the UNC General Alumni Association’s board of directors during 1994–95. From 1993 to 2001, he was chairman of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission, and served on the commission thereafter. Al was a Democrat, but had great rapport with his conservative and Republican colleagues. He served as the Wake County Democratic Chair, closely shepherded his precinct, and was a delegate to the 1976 Democratic Convention. Al was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. His name appears on a 1963 pledge signed by residents of Raleigh, in which they vowed to continue to support and to patronize those businesses which abolished the practice of segregation, and to urge others to do likewise. The law firm in which he was a partner, then Sanford, Adams, McCullough and Beard, was one of the first to hire African-American and women attorneys. Al understood the importance of low state-subsidized tuition, the arts, and public transportation, and that university research was an important economic engine for the state. He actively supported these goals in the legislature, as a lobbyist, and as a citizen. In 1996, the UNC General Alumni Association awarded him its Distinguished Service Medal, with the citation noting: “There has never been a more effective friend of Carolina in Raleigh.” In 2002, Al was presented with the P. R. Latta Volunteer of the Year Award by the Wake County Young Democrats, and in 2007, he received the Wake County Bar Association’s Justice Joseph Branch Professionalism Award. Then, on Oct. 1, 2012, Al was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in law, public service, and civic leadership, as a “powerful advocate for equality and justice, arts and education, and cultural institutions serving the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina.” Al is survived by his three children and their spouses; four stepchildren and their spouses; and 12 grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Adams, first wife, LeNeve Adams, and stepson, Peter Eichenberger. (excerpts from Brown-Wynne Funeral Home)
Alton P. Hall, Jr. ’42 April 7, 2017
Alton Parker Hall, Jr., 88, died April 7, 2017, in Pinehurst, NC. He was born in New York City and known to most as Parker. He was a graduate of The Harvey School, Kent School, Mercersburg Academy, and a member of the 1951 class of Princeton University. After college, Parker was employed with Shearson/Hammill in New York. He moved to Pinehurst more than 50 years ago and 62 HAR VEY MAGAZINE // winter 2018
became very active in the community. He ran a small investment firm and owned and trained horses at the Pinehurst Race Track. Parker was an avid golfer and a member of the Pinehurst Country Club and the Country Club of North Carolina He organized and ran a summer program for junior golfers at Pinehurst Country Club, and was a member of the U.S. Senior Golf Association and chairman of Country Club of NC Satellite Tournament held annually in October. His involvement in local charities reflected a broad scope of interests. He was instrumental in saving the Pinehurst Harness Track and restoring the Fair Barn. Parker’s interest in horse racing combined serving as a Placing Judge for decades at The Stoneybrook Steeplechase and chairing the Stoneybrook Steeplechase Ball for 18 years. He and his wife, Bertram, left a small endowment for continuing education for nurses at the St. Joseph’s Belle Meade. He was also chairman of Pinehurst Community Foundation that contributed to small local charities that lacked their own fundraising capacity. In 2014 he was recognized as “Man of the Year” for his endless contributions to local community service. Parker was a member of the Tin Whistles at the Pinehurst Country Club and chaired the Tin Whistles Education and Research Foundation (TWERF) for more than 30 years. TWERF has given more than $1.4 million to 132 local Moore County students for college education. His interest in gardening was expressed through the gardens at his Pinehurst home, Centerwood, and being vice chairman of the Arboretum Foundation. Parker is survived by his wife, Bertram Hall, his sister, Penny Porter, two daughters, Muffy Finken and Holly Pearce, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four nephews, and four nieces.
Charles de Rham ’43 November 2016
Thomas W. L. Lauer, Jr. ’46 Jan. 19, 2016
Thomas W. L. Lauer, Jr., 83, of Fairmont, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at United Hospital Center.
Westbrook L. Pegler II ’47 April 22, 2017
Antal M. P. De Bekessy ’57 April 16, 2015
(Classmate David Hard ’58 reported on the passing of Antal De Bekessy:)
Antal Miklos Post De Bekessy, known as “Tony” to his family and friends, died in Paris, France, April 16, 2015. A grandson of his beloved grandmother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and a godson of Eleanor Roosevelt, he was also predeceased in death by his father, the noted Hungarian-Austrian author and journalist Janos De Bekessy (“Hans Habe”) (1977) and his mother, Eleanor Close-Barzin (2006). A resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was a graduate
of St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, and Princeton University (Class of 1965). A co-founder of the Breguet Construction Corporation and a Director of the Carolina Mirror Corporation, he was from time to time a director and adviser to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, Princeton University (Department of Romance Languages), and the Hillwood Foundation of Washington, D.C. For his work in fostering U.S. support for the art and culture of France, the French Ministry of Culture bestowed on him the honor “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.” He contributed generously to the conservation of the art of Venice and, true to his father’s roots, generously funded the translation of guidebooks and libretti for the Austrian Gallery Belvedere Museum and the Vienna State Opera House. Closer to home, he was especially proud to have commenced the establishment of Masterships at St. Paul’s School in honor of faculty members David W. Read and William R. Matthews. He is survived by his daughter, Laetilia Allen Vere of London, England, and devoted members of his personal staff and longtime friends and colleagues. He was buried in a private ceremony at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey, steps away from his beloved alma mater, on August 14, 2015. (The New York Times, Nov. 2, 2015)
Robert Maxtone-Graham ’45 Dec. 3, 2017
John R. Erbeck ’60 Oct. 10, 2012
John R. Erbeck, Ph.D., died peacefully with his family by his side in the morning of Oct. 10, 2012. John was 67 years old.
Edmund A. Prentis ’63 May 11, 2017
Edmund Astley Prentis IV (“Teddy”), 68, of Delray Beach, FL, Westhampton Beach, NY, and Cluj-Napoca, Romania, died suddenly in a motorbike accident May 11 in Bermuda. A croquet champion, instructor, and tournament director, Teddy was in Bermuda to attend The Bermuda Invitational. Teddy, the world’s first full-time croquet professional, won a record eight United States Croquet Association titles, including four National Doubles Championships (two with his father, Edmund A. Prentis III), three National Club Team Championships, and was an eight-time member of the United States National Team, in addition to multiple invitational and regional championships. He and fellow instructor Bob Kroeger co-authored a library of instructional video tapes for players (Bob & Ted Series). In 1989, Teddy was inducted into the USCA Hall of Fame. Teddy will also be remembered for his efforts sharing croquet with participants of the Special Olympics. His dedication, energy, humor, infectious laugh, and irrepressible enthusiasm won the hearts of all who met him. Teddy graduated from The Harvey School and Asheville School where he was the captain of the varsity football teams. He attended Columbia University, his grandfather’s alma mater. Teddy never met a stranger. He had a passion for travel and
explored the world. Recently, he had retired to Romania where he had a number of close friends whom he considered family. Survivors include his two sisters: Patricia Prentis-Erwin of Easton, PA, and Katharine Prentis Knuff (James Michael) of Bethlehem, PA, and brother: Peter D. Prentis (Paula) of Bedford Hills and Quogue, NY. He also leaves one nephew and four nieces. A man of culture with a reverence for knowledge, he lived a vivid life. He will be terribly missed but always remembered and held close in our hearts.
James L. Hard ’65 Sept. 21, 2016
John B. Pierpont Jan. 26, 2017
(Harvey faculty 1987–1990) “Music is the universal language of mankind” John Boyle Pierpont, 84, died peacefully Jan. 26, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. He was born Dec. 11, 1932. Jack led a full life as a father, husband, teacher, and musician, enriching the lives of others with his great sense of humor, kind heart, strong moral compass, and passion for music. Jack is survived by his wife, Anne, of Pennington, NJ; daughter, Sarah Anne of Beacon, NY; and three sons, John B. Pierpont Jr. of Port Chester, NY; David Pierpont of Westport, CT; and Matthew Pierpont of Yonkers, NY. He is also survived by his sisters, Eleanor Suydam of New Canaan, CT, and Joan Carosielli of Lancaster, PA; nieces, Sharon Rife of Sewell, NJ, Jo-Ann Pierpont of Connecticut; nephews, Richard Carosielli of Palm City, FL, and Richard Pierpont of Raymond, ME. Jack was a graduate of the Taft School in Connecticut, Hofstra University, and New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a master’s in music with a specialty in conducting. He worked with the Boston Symphony Chorus and at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. Jack’s teaching career began in 1963 at the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY, where he was inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a tribute to his professionalism and academic record. In 2007, the Masters School Alumni Association honored him with the Anna Howe Teaching Award for the outstanding difference he made in the lives of his students. He also taught at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ, and was music minister at the St. James Church in Pennington, NJ, a position he held from 1996 until he retired in 2011. Jack followed the tradition of his father and brothers and served his country in the Air Force from 1952 to 1957. He was honorably discharged with the National Defense Service Medal. Those who knew Jack would likely not be aware that he was honored in so many ways during his lifetime. He was modest about his own accomplishments but held steadfast to his standard of preparing music at the highest level. Anyone who saw him conduct knew that he always took a back seat to his chorus and the music, knowing that “he who sings, prays twice.” To offer condolences, please visit blackwellmh.com. (The Times, Trenton, NJ)
At the Very Heart of Our Story Our school’s namesake, William Harvey (April 1, 1578–June 3, 1657) was a renowned English doctor whose 72-page book, “Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus,” published in 1628, provides a detailed account of the circulation of the blood. The 17 chapters in this groundbreaking book are dedicated to England’s King Charles I, for whom Dr. Harvey had served as the “king’s physician.” In his treatise, Dr. Harvey describes the vital role the heart plays as the engine of a circulatory system that pumps blood to the brain and throughout the body.
Our Founders Honor Dr. Harvey To honor William Harvey for his role in enlightening modern medicine’s understanding of the vital function of the heart, our founder Dr. Herbert Carter chose “Harvey” as the name of the school. In “A Handbook of Private Schools for American Boys and Girls” published in 1922, school officials described Harvey’s mission as “taking care of boys who through heart trouble or other physical disability were unable to attend a large preparatory school.” While our school has changed and grown significantly since its founding more than 100 years ago, one fundamental aspect remains unchanged: the heart is indeed the essence of Harvey’s story, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
And a Word About Our Mascot … the Cavalier Dr. Harvey was a Cavalier, the name given to one who remained loyal to Charles I of England when the Parliamentarians challenged the king for his belief in rule by absolute monarchy and divine right.
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