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Hawken Centennial From the Desk of D. Scott Looney I shared with the faculty and staff at the end-of-year meetings that the 2014-2015 school year was, without question, the most difficult of my 29 years in independent schools. Any school head who has shared a similar experience will tell you that nothing is more devastating or humbling to a school than the sudden loss of one of its students. This year we lost two in a tragic accident. News came to us just as the Centennial Weekend celebrations were about to begin; the antithetical juxtaposition rendered the news almost surreal, but the reality of the blow hit fast and hard. Celebration was the last thing on the minds of those most closely tied to our current campus community, and so continuing with many of the Centennial Weekend activities was not an easy proposition. But it has become clear that if anything good at all came out of this unthinkable tragedy, it was the way in which the people in this community, both those who are local and those who came great distances in honor of our School’s Centennial, came together to connect, to remember, and to support one another. I couldn’t be more proud of how our community members gathered to both celebrate and mourn. As the construction crews rolled onto campus just days after the incident to clear the site for the building of Stirn Hall, I couldn’t help but see the demolition of portions of the Gates Mills landscaping as a metaphor for the devastation in our hearts. Like our campus, we will become vibrant and strong once again, but we will never be the same. Throughout all of the celebrations, the campaigns, and the traumatic loss, I have been reminded of what an extraordinary community Hawken is. From the Centennial Kick-Off Weekend in October to the Centennial Weekend events in May, we have celebrated Hawken’s rich history in meaningful ways while making plans to ensure an equally promising future. Like those who came before us, so many of you have stepped up to give of yourselves to secure a better future for the next generation of Hawks, and we are so grateful. With the construction of Stirn Hall now underway and plans for the White House expansion on the horizon, we are ready to usher in Hawken’s second century. As the feature article in this issue implies, the “seminar in the making of a school” continues - as it must for us to remain true to our Purpose, Promise, and Principles. The article, which highlights just a small percentage of the many master teachers who have made indelible marks on students’ lives, underscores the role that people and place can have in transforming lives, something that Hawken has excelled at throughout its first century. Along with the articles highlighting Hawken’s first 100 years, this issue includes an array of photographs featuring the people and events that comprised our Centennial Weekend – the Old Guard Alumni Chapel, 4-School Party, Class Reunion Gatherings, Headmaster Panel, Gries Center Open House, and Party of the Century. The photographs tell a compelling story and highlight the many ways in which students, alumni, faculty and staff, parents, and friends came together to reconnect as a community. We hope you will enjoy this special issue of the Review. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your loyalty to and love for Hawken during this Centennial year. Your support, in every way, ensures that our legacy of excellence continues as we embark on our second century.

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2015-2016 Board of Trustees Officers Charles P. Cooley, Chair Samuel P. Gerace, Vice Chair Paul N. Harris, Vice Chair Steven M. Ross ’84, Vice Chair Alan D. Rosskamm, Vice Chair Richard T. Marabito, Treasurer Janice W. Hawwa, Secretary Trustees Himanshu S. Amin Barbara Byrd-Bennett Tamara Durn Doody ’85 Lauren Generette Floyd Hiroyuki Fujita Dan F. Grajzl Andrew S. Greiff Jennifer S. Grossman Blair K. Haas ’72 Stacie L. Halpern John A. LeMay G. Russell Lincoln ’64 James “Deej” Lincoln ’91 Ann T. Seabright Sonni K. Senkfor Debra Adams Simmons Lauren B. Spilman Anthoni Visconsi II ’71 Dominic A. Visconsi, Jr. ’77 Life Trustees Jeffrey M. Biggar ’68 Charles P. Bolton ’57 David A. Daberko Whitney Evans ’51 Leigh L. Fabens Sally L. Gries K.P. Horsburgh, Jr. ’65 Ralph T. King William C. McCoy, Jr. ’38 John Sherwin, Jr. ’53 Howard F. Stirn Visiting Committee Jeffrey M. Biggar ’68, Chair Donald R. Allman ’70 Mary E. Amor ’83 Robert J. Anslow ’77 Laura Rosenfeld Barnes ’84 Todd A. Barrett ’83 Scott M. Beatty ’77 Kathleen Bole ’77 Dr. William E. Bruner II ’67 William D. Burns ‘91 Dennis P. Fisco ’73 Jonathan W. Friedland ‘86 Timothy M. George ’70 Matthew R. Glass ’77 Robert D. Gries, Jr. ‘76 Dr. Todd R. W. Horn ’73 Peter A. Horvitz ’72 Daniel B. Hurwitz Charles N. Jordan, Jr. ’65 Henri Pell Junod, Jr. ’59 Roberta A. Kaplan ’84 William J. Lewis ’86 P. Jeffrey Lucier Julie P. Mangini David A. McCreery ’81 David A. Powar ’84 Rodger S. Rickard Randy Rizor ‘70 Paul C. Shiverick ’71 Carl E. Smith ’74 Bradley A. Stirn ’68 S. Tucker Taft ’70 F. Jerome Tone ’73 School Community Representatives Lisa Bercu Levine ‘85 Alumni Association President Shani B. Spiegle Parents’ Association President

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A Seminar in the Making of a School: A Century of Teachers Believing in Students On the occasion of Hawken School’s 25th anniversary, James A. Hawken wrote to his original “pioneer” teachers who remained on staff, thanking them for “keeping the faith.” Such nuanced language may well beg the question: “Why pioneers, and faith in what?”

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Pioneers are, by necessity, people of faith. They believe so passionately in a purpose that they are willing to leave their comfort zones and risk stepping into the unknown. Forward thinking, adaptable, and persevering, pioneers are visionaries, problem solvers, and innovators. Where others see obstacles, they see opportunity. When others prefer to maintain the status quo, they opt for change. In doing so, they not only enable a better life for future generations, but they inspire a like mindset in others. That pioneer spirit has prevailed at Hawken School since its inception in 1915. Thinking back to the summer of 1916 when a university professor pegged the School in its infancy “a very interesting and possibly important pioneering project,” Charles R. Stephens affirmed decades later that “it was that and so much more.” It was, to Stephens and his colleagues,

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“a continuous seminar in the making of a school.” What was so revolutionary about this new kind of

Without staff members equipped with a pioneer

education the early Hawken pioneers envisioned?

mindset, the original Hawken School on Ansel Road may

First, they believed, unlike those who prescribed to

well not have survived. Fortunately, they were a stalwart,

the industrial model of education that dominated the

flexible, and hardworking lot. Challenges and setbacks

era, that the school should exist for the student. They

inevitably befell them - inadequate space, faulty or non-

believed in “liberty of thought and action” as well as

existent equipment, financial constraints, or inadequate

“the greatness of their vocation.” They believed in not

staffing due to budgets or faculty enlisting in World War I.

wasting students’ “precious time” with “poorly planned

But being pioneers, they simply found a way to build a

lessons or superficial experiments made on impulse.”

different kind of school.

But most importantly, they believed in the students in their charge. In the spirit of celebration and pride in our School’s history and tradition, this feature presents but a small sampling of the many teachers in Hawken School’s history who have contributed to our pioneer legacy and our commitment to developing the potential of

Staff members were called upon to do things they weren’t necessarily trained to do; but as the adage goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way,” and they had plenty of will. Teachers didn’t just teach; they swept floors and they shoveled snow. They reconfigured space to suit specific needs; they used their ingenuity to create

each individual student. For their dedication to and

tools and supplies needed for instructional purposes;

belief in the promise and potential of every student,

and they collaborated daily over breakfast and dinner

they epitomize the essence of the Hawken motto

to discuss teaching methodologies, students, and the

of inspiring “better selves” and “introducing each

direction of the School. It was hard but meaningful

generation to a higher plane of life.”

work, and they saw the results of their efforts in the thriving boys, who seemed not to want to go home at the end of the school day.

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Charles R. Stephens (1916-1959) Teaching by Example

“We were encouraged to be creative, to explore, to experiment so long as we kept in mind our obligation to the pupil to reach certain goals in the teaching process.” When Charles Stephens first visited Hawken School during the summer before he began teaching in 1916, he felt a pang of something akin to regret: “Alas, I was looking at an empty house on a busy street, and I was leaving a hilltop school of beauty and warmth, wellestablished, for something unknown.” But something had drawn him away from his comfortable position at The Hackley School, a well-regarded institution overlooking the Hudson River. He had a longing for something better, more purposeful, even if it meant leaving his comfort zone. In short, he was a pioneer. Stephens’ first conversation with James A. Hawken validated his decision to leave Hackley, as Hawken’s vision of a school dedicated to the development of character, intellect, freedom, responsibility, and the individual seemed “most promising.” Moreover, Stephens’ passion was ignited by the encouragement he was given “to be creative, to explore, to experiment.” While there was clearly much work to be done, 5


Stephens was up to the task, empowered by that

furniture or prodding a recalcitrant student.” He set an

sense of purpose that had been missing in his

example as a man of “ramrod straight” integrity who

former position.

was “always willing to undertake a task no matter how small or unrewarding.” And he set an example as a

Ingenuity was a prerequisite for Hawken teachers.

pioneer educator and scholar who always showed a

Fortunately, Stephens saw opportunity where

“willingness to listen to new ideas” in an effort to better

others saw roadblocks. While others considered

serve his students.

the inadequacy of the original school buildings a setback, he considered it an asset: “It kept things

Stephens exhibited one final quality that defined him

simple, demanded effort and ingenuity to mold

as a rare kind of educator: thorough knowledge of and

existing conditions to our needs.” Having never taught

deep affection for his students. His concern for the

first grade before, Stephens was assigned that role

students in his care went well beyond their academic

and soon discovered that what he had previously

progress and performance. As faculty member Lee

considered “strictly a woman’s job” was actually “a

Henry recollected, “He never let a boy go home feeling

man-sized task.” When a music teacher was needed,

hurt or angry…. Here was a man who practiced every

Stephens stepped up to fill the vacancy. When an

day the Hawken motto and his own little two-worder

interim headmaster was needed not once but twice

Fair Play. All the boys knew it. Everybody knew it.”

during his tenure, Stephens selflessly stepped up to fill that void as well, even though he preferred teaching to

And knowing that, they could not help but emulate

administration.

those qualities in their own lives.

Stephens’ teaching style was unique and memorable. He had a knack for avoiding the didactic teaching style that was the norm during that era. David Weir ’27 remembered the “unusual skill” that set Stephens apart: “His pupils were not taught; rather, under his guidance, they learned.” Headmaster Dick Day corroborated that assessment in acknowledging Stephens’ belief that “the only real teaching consists in setting an example.” And set an example he did. He set an example as a lifelong student when he took the boys to the art museum for lunch, after which they would often view an exhibit together. He set an example as a scholar who was “continually alert to new developments in mathematics and education.” He set an example as a craftsman whose standards of excellence are never compromised, “whether fashioning a piece of

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H. Mortimer Smeed (1916-1960) Not-So-Tough Love

“You have to know your boy. It’s always there to see.” Like Stephens, H. Mortimer Smeed happened upon a

under Toughy’s guidance “took on the romantic

lifetime career at Hawken as a result of a bit of a whim.

glamour that boys usually found only in interplanetary

As he was making plans to launch a career in art, he

comic books and the kind of radio programs to which

decided to visit his uncle, James A. Hawken, at his new

parents object.” At lunch time, geography games were

school in Cleveland. That visit redirected the trajectory

“so engrossing that competitors would frequently

of the entire course of his life and career. Colleague

forget to ask for a second dessert.” Students were also

Hiram Haydn described Smeed’s reaction upon visiting

known to give up recess for weeks on end in order to

the School: “There was something in the air in this little

construct a large cement relief map of North America

school that was arresting and

in the school yard. After school,

exciting…. [Smeed] realized

they would join him for Cartoon

suddenly that he was breathing

Club or in the Hawken School

the same creative air he had

Press, a small print shop with

found at art school. Only here

an assortment of moveable

the tools were not pencil and

type and a hand press on which

brush, but mind and heart; the

they printed the Lower School

medium was not paint and

Chronicle, Christmas cards,

canvas, but human lives.”

programs for the circus and other school events, and also a book

While Stephens taught primarily

entitled The Scarlet Hawken for

by example, Smeed had a

Smeed’s sixth grade history class.

“magic formula” for teaching his

Faculty member David Russell

students: “You have to know

recalls, not surprisingly, that “it

your boy,” he would say. “It’s always there to see.” He

was real fun for me and Mort Smeed to work with the

would insist that boys whom others found impossible

kids” in that print shop.

to deal with simply “hadn’t been handled right.” Haydn explained Smeed’s approach: “In the first place he

An expert at finding that “precarious balance” between

loved the boys, unashamedly and wholeheartedly. And

being a friend and a mentor to his students, Toughy

since he loved them, he believed in them.” Smeed used

made learning fun by making it interactive, hands-

a kind of reverse psychology to develop confidence

on, and accessible to his students - and by having fun

and a sense of pride in the boys. For example, if a

himself. Headmaster Dick Day summarized Smeed’s

student was lazy and irresponsible, “Toughy,” as he

influence this way: “The strength of Mr. Smeed’s impact

became known, would “heap” responsibility on

on the boys lies in that they are made constantly aware

him - and before long, as if by magic, the boy began

in countless gentle, thoughtful ways that each one

to demonstrate motivation and leadership qualities.

of them is important and valuable as an individual. He never teaches from a podium. To him, teaching

Toughy’s other seemingly magical quality as a teacher

is an experience shared with his boys. As he shared

was his contagious belief in “the sheer excitement of

with them in all phases of school life, so he is always

the learning process.” Geography and history lessons

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Pioneering a School in the Country: “If You Build It, They Will Come.” Hawken School soon outgrew its quaint quarters on

development of new programming in academics, arts,

Ansel Road and took a bold step to move to a new

and athletics. The acreage around the school building

location in Lyndhurst - a move prompted by a gift from

gave competitive sports space to develop and helped

Mr. and Mrs. Chester C. Bolton that was described in

to increase student confidence and morale; the new

the 1922 catalog as “the present new school building

theatre enabled the growth of Hawken dramatic

and fourteen acres of the open country land on which

productions; a plot of ground was available for

it stands. The building… was designed to answer all

students interested in growing flowers or vegetables;

the purposes of the school and to be a silent influence

and a new teacher conference room became “an idea

on the minds of the boys, creating in them an

incubator” that led to more new beginnings: a glee

appreciation for the beautiful and directing their taste

club, an orchestra, a debating society, and a school

to the good.” This move was not without risk, given

newspaper.

that many parents did not want their children traveling such a distance to school. But being pioneers, the

Faculty member David Russell, who introduced

school leaders forged ahead, trusting that the

science in the lower school grades (“really something

parents would continue to value and invest in a

new at the time (1929) and tough to squeeze in a

Hawken education.

conventional rigid curriculum in the public schools”), explained that the motivation for these pioneering

And come they did. The new school was “proof of the

efforts came directly from the freedom teachers were

power of environment,” and the seminar in the making

given “to create, to innovate, and to implement new

of a school continued. The added space enabled the

ideas in education and in the Hawken School curricula”

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and from the School’s commitment to providing an environment “that would develop each boy academically, socially, and physically” while recognizing individual differences.

Charles A. Poutasse (1948-1980) Nurturing Minds and Hearts

“Treat the children as human beings. If they have something to say, listen to them. If they have something to say or show and it has nothing to do with what you are talking about, listen to them anyway and try to find a reason to talk about it.” Perhaps no other teacher in the history of Hawken School treated children with as much reverence as Charlie Poutasse. That concept hardly seems revolutionary, but Charlie’s special touch was truly unique because he was able to see possibilities, approaches, and windows of opportunity that others could not. Under Charlie’s watchful, insightful eye, children at Hawken felt genuinely known and cared for. He cared for their safety, both physically and emotionally, tending to bumps, bruises, and scrapes as well as hurt feelings and wounded pride. At the end of each day, he made sure each child got where he needed to be. One graduate recalled, “Mr. Poutasse was always there with his clipboard making sure everyone got into the right bus or car…he took us all under his wing and treated us like his own.” Mr. Poutasse treated each child with the kind of reverence and individual attention that James Hawken demanded of his original “pioneers.” He had a knack for

Poutasse himself explained it this way: “I think teachers should consider each child as an individual and see the good points he has. Each child has something to offer; some may have more to offer, but don’t ignore the one who has less. Take care of the quiet ones, the politer ones. Don’t always let the noisy, bossy ones take over. You have to encourage the shy and slow down the aggressive.” One need only glance through the “farewell book” presented to him at his retirement to get a sense of how much he touched the minds and hearts of his students. One entry reads, “Mr. Poutasse, you are as kind as my dearest friend.” Another reads, “Mister Poutasse, you are very interesting to me.” And yet another gets straight to the heart of Hawken’s purpose: “Thank you for helping us be good.” Mr. Poutasse cared not only about the physical and emotional well-being of his students; he cared about engaging their sense of wonder, excitement, and curiosity about the world. He never resorted to rote methods of teaching or learning. A colleague once noted that he was that rare kind of teacher who could “so cleverly mix teaching, playing, and tender loving care that the kids ‘get educated’ before they’ve even thought of how to resist, and before any pedagogical theories can pollute the air.”

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Countless students recollect a highlight of their

students “a myriad of practical household tasks:

elementary school years: Mr. Poutasse wheeling his

cutting glass and glazing a window, locksmithing,

“magical cart” into the room. One such student recalls,

basic pipe and plumbing, electric lamp repair, etc.” He

“I remember how an excited hush would fall over the

instilled in students a sense of pride and confidence in

class - all fidgeting and movement would cease. We

their accomplishments and competencies, rewarding

all knew something wonderful was about to happen.”

them by giving them more freedom and responsibility

His “mystery bags” are legendary among Hawken

as they progressed. “Once you passed the proficiency

alumni: “We never knew what would be inside and

level,” a former student recalled, “you were allowed to

always stuck our hands in with trepidation. Would it be

move on to another area. Once all areas were complete

soft, hard, sharp, alive? Always fun, always a surprise.”

you could fashion an individual project and see if Mr.

Others remember hooking things up to batteries to

Poutasse would approve of it.” Students themselves

see what would happen; or the time that Mr. Poutasse

thus became pioneers, creators of their own designs.

hooked a full-sized yellow school bus to a pulley and then allowed a small group of second graders to pull

A man who enjoyed pioneering in his private life -

it across the parking lot. “It was like magic,” a former

whether it be going on glacier-climbing expeditions

student remembered. And the fun didn’t stop there.

in Mount Rainier National Park, traveling to Nevada to

In winter, it was sledding over the bumps on the hill

see the oldest living trees in the world, or growing wild

in inner tubes; and in warmer weather, it was capture

orchids in his backyard - Charlie Poutasse’s greatest

the flag. Along the way during these adventures, Mr.

joy was sharing his sense of delight and wonder with

Poutasse would often identify the birds according to

those he taught. Late in his career, he admitted, “I have

the sound they made.

never wanted anything more than to be of some use to other people. I get my greatest satisfaction as a

In addition to instilling a sense of wonder and excitement about learning, Mr. Poutasse taught

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Opportunity and Expansion: A Seminar in the Making of an Upper School The expansion of Hawken School to the Circle W

world?” It was, again, a seminar in the making of a

campus in Chesterland was yet another pioneering

school that was responding to a changing world.

project that carried risk. Many feared a campus in Chesterland would lead to deficit operations, but in

To answer the challenges of that changing world,

true Hawken fashion, the school leadership took yet

Pickering suggested that faculty engage in team

another leap of faith in an effort to meet a growing

teaching to emphasize “the inter-connectedness of

need and fulfill their vision. Then Board Chair Liv

academic disciplines.” And faculty member Donald

Ireland argued, “The split campus would be like life

Martin ’65 advocated for a kind of education that

itself; a small boy could grow up on a small campus

considers the “development of the hands and the

through Grade 8, then advance, as in life, to a larger

heart as well as the head” - a philosophy that harkens

world, the upper campus.”

back to the School’s beginnings. New programming and innovations including the senior project, ethics

The divided campus brought both challenge and

courses, a practical arts course, animal husbandry,

opportunity, particularly given that it coincided

values clarification, Karamu House inner city tutoring,

with major societal shifts that characterized the era

Festival of the Arts, and Outdoor Leadership were

of the 60s and 70s. Unrest among the student body

developing rapidly, and as a result, Hawken’s pioneer

was addressed by Headmaster Jim Young through a

reputation became well established in Northeast Ohio

method similar to that used decades before by Mort

and beyond.

Smeed: He empowered them by giving them more responsibility through the creation of the student

In spite of the turbulence of the times, which made the

Senate. Around the same time, faculty member Jack

addition of the Upper School even more challenging

Pickering addressed concerns by conducting an in-

than it otherwise would have been, faculty member

depth study of the Upper School which considered

Keith Warner recalled that by the end of the 1970s,

questions such as: “For what purpose are students

“people who had questioned whether or not Hawken

learning to learn? How do they treat other people?

should have an Upper School realized that it was here

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abiding by the rules of Fair Play. As one colleague noted, “He encouraged both public debate and private conversation about all those issues of the late 60s and 70s that were so deeply emotional and divisive. Open, free discussion was terribly important to him; he felt that students’ demands that everything be relevant had some real merit.” In other words, he treated his students and their opinions with reverence, just as Charlie Poutasse, Mort Smeed, and the other pioneers had before him.

Keith L. Warner (1966-1979) Challenging Students to Find Their “Better Selves”

“I don’t remember the test score, but I do remember how Mr. Warner looked into my eyes and he believed in me. That day, he made me believe in myself.” –Susi Meisel ‘78 A pioneer in his own right who had extensive experience in Outward Bound programs, Keith Warner came to Hawken because of its “real world” environment and pioneer spirit. As he recalls in All the Rest, “Throughout the late 60s and early 70s the school was very strongly a community school. The students were actively involved in the outside community and its problems. We had an outside tutoring program, political debates, and a three-day festival of the arts with outside speakers, conductors, and artists from all over coming to Hawken to participate.” Warner was well aware of the seeming disconnect between the School’s founding principles and the major social changes that were impacting education at Hawken and across the nation. Instead of bucking the trends, he opted to engage students within the context of those changes, empowering them by giving them a voice - provided that they did so responsibly, 12

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He also kept students accountable, not only to themselves but to their communities, constantly reminding them to get involved in finding solutions to problems both within and beyond the School’s walls. In Warner’s keynote address delivered on Awards Day in June of 1979, he said: “All of you contribute in some way to Hawken and I ask you to get more involved. Put something in. Get past dress code and planning parties and dances. Where are you going to stand on nuclear energy? How about solar or wind power for Hawken School? How about a tutoring program for the Lower School or developing a bigger fine arts program? Leave a legacy for Hawken School. Constantly strive to make Hawken a better place for students to learn about academics and about life.” Even in this era of social and political turbulence, he continually reminded his students of their obligation to introduce the next generation to a higher plane of life. As a pioneer himself, Warner wanted his students to develop an awareness of themselves and their environment. To that end he developed Hawken’s Outsiders Club in 1968, the ropes course in the Barn in 1970, and the Outdoor Leadership program in 1972. Even in its early days, Outdoor Leadership was a wilderness survival program involving camping, trekking, and orienteering, culminating in a three-day solo in the wilderness. But Warner’s legacy went well


beyond the programming he created and the concerns that he voiced. As one of his Outdoor Leadership students wrote of Warner’s influence, “I could not have asked for better life lessons.” Warner represents another trademark of Hawken faculty - concern for the individual - and he had a unique and memorable way of letting that be known. Equally loved and feared depending on the circumstances, he maintained that balance achieved by Toughy Smeed before him - at times a warm friend and, when he needed to be, at times a somewhat intimidating authority figure. One student recalls, “Every once in a while I would get called in to his office. My pals would either jeer or look worried, but once I was settled in to the visitor chair, Mr. Warner turned warmly human, and he offered advice on everything from whom to hang around with to how to get the school dance planned properly. Then he’d dismiss me, reclaim his perch, assume the command stance, and watch the ebb and flow of traffic in the hallway,

Peter F. Scott (1974-2013)

Life Lessons for the Mind, Heart, and Spirit “Yet here we were, our voices heard and ideas validated. It was so empowering to feel like someone wanted to hear our opinions. The energy in the room was palpable; the crescendo rising as we got more animated in our opinions.” –Gwynne Downing Gretter ‘89

looking for the next lost soul in need of a good pointer or two.” He had a knack for identifying those teachable

Peter Scott taught many classes including Shakespeare,

moments and acting upon them.

The Bible, Bioethics, and Outdoor Leadership. But more importantly, he taught courage, self-reliance, resilience,

Finally, Warner knew how important it was to express

and an appreciation for a full and balanced life.

faith in his students and for his students to have faith in themselves. An alumna recalls a pivotal, life-

Mr. Scott believes that failure can be one of the best

changing moment in Mr. Warner’s class when she was

teachers, and he occasionally used that belief to

called to his desk to pick up her geometry test. She

inspire his students. One student recalls how Scott

tells that story in All the Rest: “As he handed it to me, he

asked her to be an Outdoor Leadership instructor in

said, ‘Miss Yarus, this is what I always knew you were

spite of her having fallen off the ropes course, hurt

able to do. Now YOU know you are capable of doing

her wrist, failed to start a fire in the rain, and been the

this kind of quality work!’ I don’t remember the test

last to return to base camp. “That,” she recalls, “was a

score, but I do remember how Mr. Warner looked into

life changer.” Another student’s failure in his class was

my eyes and he believed in me. That day, he made me

equally life-changing: She received an “F” on a paper. It

believe in myself.” That’s a lesson that every Hawken

got her attention, which was the whole point. Mr. Scott

teacher strives to instill and one that every child

knew she could do better, and he helped her reverse

deserves to learn.

her fate. Today, she thanks him for that F, because it

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led her to a career path in which a prominent chief

after meeting with a doctor and a patient suffering

marketing officer recognized her rare talent, asking

from a debilitating disease “was experiential learning.”

her, “Where’d that come from?” To this day, she remains grateful for that “F” from Mr. Scott.

Mr. Scott taught students lessons about the role of balance, perspective, and gratitude in living a full

Peter Scott was also known to give praise, but never

life. But he didn’t just tell them; he showed them.

gratuitously. It had to be earned. Another classroom

Like when he checked in on a student during her

scenario involved a girl whose therapeutic, “dark and

Outdoor Leadership solo and, finding her emotionally

morbid” essay garnered from Mr. Scott “shining praise

overcome by the powerful and transformative

for a girl’s spark of creativity.” It was, she acknowledged,

experience, encouraged her to splash her tear-stained

a “life-changing” moment for her. Another student

face with water from the cold stream nearby. Later

recalls the moment she got a test back from Mr. Scott.

she acknowledged that as a “saving grace,” something

“He seemed to hand me mine with unusual attention. Looking down at the test, I saw the grade in red ink:

that awakened her to the realization of the incredible adventure she was on; something that became “her

‘100%.’ What?! Me?

reset button

From Mr. Scott?

through careers,

A rare feat for

kids, and life.” Mr.

me in his class. I

Scott also showed

held my paper

students the simple

trophy in wonder.”

pleasure of being

Confidence soared,

exposed to great

as they knew that

writing by reading

had achieved

aloud to students

something

on days when they,

genuinely worthy

and perhaps he,

of merit.

needed a change of pace. One student

Confidence was

recalled, “I was

not just instilled through grades but through student

always grateful for those days” before adding, “My

interaction. Mr. Scott’s lessons were memorable

love of the short story persists.” Finally, he modeled

because he put students, not himself, at the center of

a “carpe diem” mentality by encouraging his students

learning. One student noted that in his Bioethics class,

to embrace the beauty and joy of life. One student

Mr. Scott validated their ideas, unlike other teachers

described the first beautiful spring day after a harsh

who expect students to “regurgitate the wisdom of the

winter: “Mr. Scott stood looking out the window in a

master teacher on tests.” As a result, she explained, “No

trance-like state. Once everyone had been seated, he

one wanted to leave when class ended.” He treated

turned around, and with a big smile on his face said,

them as adults - or as James Hawken might have

‘Let’s go on an adventure.’ We spent the entire class

said, with “reverence.” Another student considered

in the woods enjoying that fine spring day. I can’t

attending that class “a blast,” because having the

remember much about it… but I do remember that

opportunity to debate the subject of patient rights

day, the day I learned to stop and smell the roses.”

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Pioneering Coeducation in Cleveland: A Seminar in the Making of a Coeducational School Continuing to live up to its pioneer image and its

were once again asked to step into unanticipated

reputation for meeting unfulfilled needs in Cleveland,

roles; many of the male coaches and teachers took on

Hawken took another bold step in becoming

coaching the girls’ athletic teams, as the school had

coeducational in 1974 - the first and only of the

only two female teachers who could coach. In spite

four member schools of the Cleveland Council of

of that challenge, Hawken still was able to offer girls

Independent Schools to take that step. As then

more sports offerings than its peer schools. The move

Headmaster James Young indicated in a press release,

to coeducation also prompted additional and often

“This fills a void in the educational spectrum of the

costly physical and structural changes on campus,

Cleveland area. Traditionally, college preparatory

including modifications for women’s locker rooms and

schools here have segregated young men from young

new playing fields for women’s sports.

women. In our opinion that’s no longer a valid premise.” And so again, another pioneering adventure, another As with Hawken’s prior pioneering undertakings, the

seminar in the making of a school, continued as

shift to coeducation was smooth and successful

Hawken adapted to societal changes and remained

because it had a valid premise, was thoughtfully and

committed to its purpose of forward focused, real

intentionally carried out, and filled a need. Teachers

world preparation.

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other ways in which she made lessons tangible and accessible to students: “I remember words spelled with cornflakes on cardboard, the praying mantis in a jar, and an Aztec temple made from sugar cubes. We read The Secret Garden, and Mrs. D. declared a section of the shrubs outside the classroom as our own Secret Garden. She passed on to us a magical sense that things that happened in books were real and could spill out of the pages into our lives.” Moreover, she knew how to get students to think outside the box and not just regurgitate information, telling them, “It is not

Zoann L. Dusenbury (1961-1987) Inspiring Students through Firmness, Wit, Respect, and Compassion

Zoann Dusenbury was a character in every sense of the word. And being such a memorable character, she found unique ways of instilling character in her students. Mrs. Dusenbury modeled confidence and a perpetual “can-do” attitude. Like Hawken pioneers before her, she was always open to new experiences during her 26-year tenure, stepping up wherever a need presented itself. In addition to teaching kindergarten and fifth grade at the Lyndhurst campus, she taught English, Shakespeare, and creative writing at the Upper School. Many students had the good fortune to have had “Mrs. D.” as a teacher at both the Lyndhurst and Gates Mills campuses. Like most influential teachers, Mrs. D. was successful because she knew her students and found whatever means it took to reach them, whether through humor, directness, compassion, or force. She certainly knew how to make grammar lessons memorable for young boys because, as one student recalls, she did it with her fists: “I, subject, hit, verb, John, direct object” - and then she would “wham her fist into his shoulder” (just hard enough to get her point across). Another student recalls 16

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enough just to answer correctly; I am trying to teach you to ask the right questions.” Like Toughy Smeed, Mrs. D. had a gentler side as well: “There was also a lot of praise for work well done; everyone knew how they were doing and that made us all closer under Mrs. D.’s strong wing.” Moreover, not only did she have “a remarkable ability for treating a ten-year-old with as much respect as an adult,” but she also “seemed to have an unshakeable belief that every boy in her class would do something important later on, no matter how unpromising at the present.” In other words, she believed in them, and they knew it. They were known, they were nurtured, and they were respected. And in that environment, they couldn’t help but thrive. A key figure in the School’s transition to coeducation, Mrs. Dusenbury was an inspiration to the first female students who were arriving on the Gates Mills campus in 1974, keeping a watchful eye over all the new girls on campus. During the inaugural year of coeducation, she created and coached the first Hawken girls field hockey team at the Upper School. With limited experience in the sport herself, she was armed with great enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and the rules and regulations. One student recalls in All the Rest that “Mrs. D. ran up and down the sidelines during practices,


reading aloud sections of the rule book while shouting

adopted children.” Her office was considered a refuge,

out various instructions, including which direction to

where students could count on her striking the perfect

run, who might want to guard whom, and where we

balance of “love, respect, firmness, high expectation,

might want to think about knocking the ball.”

and a willingness to be charmingly direct about a problem.” One student took an opportunity to express

Known for patiently dispensing advice on everything

her gratitude to Mrs. Dusenbury in All the Rest: “Thank

from academics to relationships with peers, parents,

you, Mrs. Dusenbury, for your brutally honest counsel,

and teachers, Mrs. D. was seen as “guiding light” who

when needed the most.”

made each student feel like “one of her thousands of

An Eye Toward a New Millennium: Preparing for an Unknown Future As Hawken approached the end of the millennium,

Because change was occurring at such a rapid pace,

new developments in technology and globalization

the concept of preparing students for “an unknown

prompted faculty to pioneer new frontiers. Educational

future” took center stage, as did conversations about

experimentation and community outreach continued

brain-based learning, innovations in the curriculum,

throughout the 1980s and 1990s, bringing about an

block scheduling, and interdisciplinary teaching.

increase in real world, interdisciplinary teaching in all

With the arrival of D. Scott Looney in 2006, Hawken

divisions. Curriculum became more globally oriented,

embarked on a “A Year of Discovery” to determine its

and Hawken remained on the cutting edge of

direction for the future. In 2007, a five-year strategic

advancements in technology, becoming the first CCIS

plan was drafted, resulting in the articulation of the

school to develop a website. Committees, including

School’s Purpose, Promise, and Principles; defining the

Parents as Partners, the Time Committee, and the

Hawken Method; developing innovative programming

Curriculum Committee, were formed to address needs

in all divisions; establishing an urban campus for

brought about by changes in society and by new

experiential and service learning in University Circle;

research on how children learn.

and implementing a new Upper School schedule.

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Innovative programming that developed as a result

moved on, well, I decided to hang a little longer, still

of the Readiness Initiative included the expansion

taking it in.” That decision proved a fortuitous one for

of the STEMM program; the Upper School House

so many Hawken students who have been impacted

System; Intensive classes; and the Insights program—

by the lessons Breisch taught them.

all intentionally designed to build character, hone intellect, and provide students with the skills needed

Breisch’s appeal and success as an educator lies in

to navigate change and authentically engage in the

his openness to new ways of teaching, new ways of

real world.

reaching students. He does not fear unconventional methods of engagement. In fact, he welcomes them. Not threatened by students who challenge the status quo or do not conform to the “norm,” Breisch has a way of meeting students where they are and, in doing so, elevates their lives and their perspectives about the world and about themselves. He has been known to catch students off guard, leading them out of their comfort zones in order to open their minds or to get blood flowing to their brains. One student recalls, “There we were in my sophomore year English class, spending a couple of minutes following Jack-aroo Breisch in the cobra pose

Jack G. Breisch (1980-present) Unconventional Approaches to Building Character and Intellect

“I asked Mr. Breisch if I could write my chapter as satire – and make fun of everything I hated about The Iliad. And God bless him, he said yes.” – Bonnie Datt ‘84

or downward dog. As it turns out, it probably was the best thing to get hormone-addled teens focused on Chaucer at ten in the morning.” Another student remembers how Breisch helped him find his place in the world and come to terms with his sexuality “in a most beautifully Hawken way.” He explained, “I was doing a directed study with Mr. Breisch about the Lost Generation, those literary, jazz age preppies, and he seemed to tailor-fit the reading

Jack Breisch has an uncanny ability to connect with

list for me. It was the best of the L(GB)ost Generation,

students, perhaps in part because he identifies

such as Gertrude Stein and Hart Crane, or folks ripe for

himself as a lifelong student, learning and evolving

queer interpretations, such as Fitzgerald. Yet another

alongside those he teaches. Referring to himself as

student recalls how Mr. Breisch’s willingness to let

a “frosh” upon his arrival at Hawken in 1980, he recalls

students express their voices and opinions led her to

that coeducation was still “gathering steam.” It was a

a successful career in comedy. They were reading The

memorable experience for the young teacher: “I loved

Iliad, and this student hated it. “Hated it,” she repeated.

being a frosh at Hawken in 1980-1981, and though

So when he added a “special assignment” on top of the

my first-year classmates eventually commenced and

test, she was horrified, thinking to herself, “How am

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I going to conjure up a chapter of this awful sleep-

But under Jack Breisch’s guidance, they now

inducing book, when all I want to do is make fun of

understand that those people, at their core, aren’t so

it? That gave me an idea. I asked Mr. Breisch if I could

different from themselves.

write my chapter as satire - and make fun of everything I hated about The Iliad. And God bless him, he said yes. I poured through the book, studying it closely, in order to perfectly mimic it so I could rip it to shreds. Buoyed by my hatred, I suspect I did a much closer textual analysis than the rest of my classmates.” That was the first comedy this now professional comedy writer ever wrote, and she has Mr. Breisch and his open-minded approach to thank for getting her started on that road to discovering her passion. In the spring of 2008, Breisch sent an email to rising seniors that read: “I need a handful of adventuresome folks who are game to blaze a little trail, to try something new.” That something new was a class called Homelessness, one of the first pilot programs housed at The Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning. That class would connect students with

Julia A. Griffin (2003-present) Empowering Students Through Connections

about social activism and policy.

“Ms. Griffin helped me discover who I am as a student, as a young woman, and as a person in this world.” – Amber Johnson ‘15

In spite of some skepticism on the part of those

Julia Griffin has a talent for making learning relevant

original adventuresome students, the class turned

and meaningful for students. Combine that talent

out to be unlike anything they had ever experienced,

with Hawken’s encouragement of new and innovative

challenging their preconceived ideas, opening their

approaches to teaching, and you have a powerful

eyes to the realities of homelessness, and inspiring

combination that leads to mind-opening and life-

them to consider potential solutions. Truly a hands-on

changing experiences for her students.

service agencies in Cleveland, enabling them to build meaningful, symbiotic relationships while learning

experience in problem-solving and character building, the class evolved into an Intensive when the new

One student from her Gender, Culture, and Power

Upper School schedule was introduced in 2010. Since

class recalls, “Everything I learned in that class has left

then, scores of Hawken students have learned to view

a mark on my life.” And she learned a lot. Concepts

homelessness through a different lens. As one student

from books written in the 1920s and beyond took on

put it, “Seeing people living this life makes you want

new meaning when Ms. Griffin showed students the

to do more. Before this class, I had seen pan handlers

relevance of those concepts to the students’ own lives

downtown, and I’d get kind of uncomfortable.”

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Ms. Griffin teaches her students how to write not

ninth graders to connect Humanities topics to the

simply because she herself knows how to write, but

world and Cleveland today, and students then choose

because she takes the time to tend to each individual,

from among several interdisciplinary electives that

encouraging him or her to push beyond fears of failure

are related to an essential question like “How can the

or inadequacy and explore new territory. A student

stories of other people help me to think about my life?”

new to Hawken, overwhelmed by an assignment that required more than a four page response, panicked -

Enabling student choice while demonstrating

that is, until Ms. Griffin took the time to sit with her and

application and relevance to student lives is a powerful

show her how to structure a paper correctly. Before

combination that makes learning not only fun but

long, that student realized, “I am much smarter than I

memorable. And all the while, whether they realize it

thought I was.” That in itself is a powerful, life-changing

or not, students are learning invaluable lessons about

lesson. As a result, that student is now equipped to

the relationship and interconnectedness between

embrace challenge, test limits, risk failure, and ask for

themselves, our past, and our world today - lessons

guidance when needed.

that Griffin and her team believe prepare them to be leaders for tomorrow.

As chair of the Upper School Humanities Department, Griffin oversees the design of the curriculum for Humanities 9 and 10, her goal being to make even the most remote of topics - even Ancient Cultures, the focus of the 9th grade curriculum - accessible to her students. She, along with her colleagues, strives to make the course content relevant to students’ modern-day lives by assigning projects that enable them to make connections. For example, students apply ancient Chinese philosophy to solve modernday problems or debate vegetarianism while studying ancient Jainism. Making those associations, she believes, makes all the difference in students’ level of engagement and in their ability to understand and retain the material. The unique Upper School schedule with its 3-week Intensive periods provides the perfect context for the kind of collaborative, innovative teaching that Griffin and her colleagues use to inspire student engagement. Faculty members work together in interdisciplinary teams, creating a rich dialogue that translates to an enriched learning environment where learning “truly comes alive” for the students. For example, pairs of teachers design seminar-style courses that allow 20

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Hawken Today: Coming Full Circle with a View Toward the Future Many schools talk about student-centered, engaged,

example, Hawken’s Lower School learning continuum

and experiential education. But few schools “walk the

documents and supports our youngest students’

walk” to the extent that Hawken School does. As Head

individualized learning styles, enabling parents

of School Scott Looney emphasized, “For our kids to

and teachers to track progress in skill-building and

be prepared for a challenging, ambiguous, and ever-

character development. At the other end of the

changing world, they have to have some experience

spectrum, The Miller Institute for Entrepreneurial

directly in it. Our kids won’t have what I call a done-in-

Studies equips our older students with the skills,

a-day community service experience where they come

confidence, character, and mindset that will enable

in and do something nice and never see those people

them to venture out into the world as confident

again.” Rather, they are given a myriad of opportunities

leaders capable of facing any challenge or opportunity

for authentic, meaningful engagement, whether

the future may bring.

involved in Service Learning, traditional coursework, or special programming like Entrepreneurial Studies or

As Jack Breisch commented in All the Rest, Hawken has

Global Online Academy.

and always will be “a moveable feast” - always adapting to changes in our world and in society. Yet amidst the

Programs that Hawken piloted have now become

changes, one thing remains constant as we embark

fixtures on our campuses, including the laptop

on our second century: our faith in the students, in

program, Insights Week, innovative scheduling, and

the pioneer spirit, and in a better world through the

Intensives. Others still in their infancy have already

development of character and intellect.

begun to revolutionize the way students come to know and understand themselves as learners and as

And so continues this exhilarating, pioneering “seminar

citizens of the world. At one end of the spectrum, for

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Faculty Share Hawken Innovations Upper School Director Kim Samson and Gries Center Director Sara Mierke ‘84 attended the January Institute of the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network. Mierke facilitated several sessions and sat on a panel of experts addressing service learning, global education and outdoor leadership. In March, Director of Faculty Development and Humanities Teacher Dorothy Moulthrop visited Albuquerque Academy to share Hawken’s experience with teaching and learning in long blocks. Albuquerque Academy will adopt a new schedule next year. “Dorothy Moulthrop’s presentation was just what the doctor ordered,” commented one attendee. Also in March, Catlin Gable School in Portland, OR and The Bush School in Seattle, WA invited Gries Center Director Sara Mierke ‘84 to visit and share her knowledge of establishing an urban center. “The work that Hawken is doing is not only impressive, but truly inspiring,” said Bush Head of School Percy Abram. “We are hopeful to follow your example and use our progressive education roots to focus on the kind of school we want (and need) to become in the future.” Mierke also visited Oregon Episcopal School, connecting with faculty and administrators on the topic of service learning and global programs. In addition to Hawken faculty sharing experiences at schools and conferences across the country, Hawken welcomes visitors to the Lyndhurst, Gates Mills and University Circle campuses throughout the year. 22

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Hawken Helps Bring Technology to Small Town in Nicaragua In the spring of 2014, 17 Hawken students and three chaperones travelled to Nicaragua to help build a school in the small town of Villa Japón. For two weeks, they laid the foundation for three classrooms in a community once devastated by Hurricane Mitch. The Nicaraguans embraced the new school building and built an adjoining learning resource center for after school programming. Hawken helped furnish the resource center with technology through $3500 raised at a winter formal dance and the 8th annual Battle of the Bands Benefit. To read more and to view a video documentary by Alex Ashley ‘15, visit hawken.edu/SOL2014.

A Diverse Group of Students The Class of 2015 will be matriculating to 61 different colleges in 21 different states and 1 foreign country!


To the White House

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Student Successes Matt Pitera ‘15 received the Bolton Award at the Upper School Awards Day. The Bolton Award, first given in 1977, is bestowed upon a Hawken student who excels in all aspects of education. Presenting the award was Lisa Bercu Levine ‘85, President of the Alumni Association. Congratulations to seniors Maureen Rakovec ‘15 and Matthew Thompson ‘15 for receiving corporate scholarships from The National Merit Scholarship Corp., which recognizes students with high SAT scores and a strong academic record. More than 1.4 million high school juniors across the country competed for $34 million in scholarship money this year. Robby Gray ‘15 was a grand prize winner at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair and represented Hawken at the Intel international science fair in Pittsburgh. This is the seventh year in a row that a student from Hawken presented their research at Intel, a prestigious gathering of young scientists from around the globe. Anton Salem ‘16 spoke at the 39th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach, addressing 1,100 scientists and engineers gathered from around the world. He was one of only two “second generation” presenters, speaking on the topic “3-D Printing and Characterization of Polymer Composites with Different Reinforcements.” Connor Keuchel ’17 participated in the 2014 Ohio Grade Level Chess Championships in November. He finished with a perfect score, won all five of his games, and earned the title of State Co-Champion for the 10th grade.

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Winter 2015 Season Highlights Swimming

Hawken swimmers competed at the Division II State Championships in February. The girls placed 1st to win their 17th consecutive state title, their 25th overall, and the boys placed 5th ahead of rival University School. This was the first Ohio title for Jim Bocci who took over for retiring legendary Coach Jerry Holtrey. The girls team totaled 279 points, winning one relay and capturing three individual titles. The 200 medley relay team of Claire Doerr ‘16, Crile Hart ‘17, Lauren Heller ‘16 and Heather Svitavsky ‘16 won with a time of 1:44.58, nearly three seconds faster than the runner-up. Hart won the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley where her time of 2:00.74 broke the state record of 2:01.03 set in 2013. Claire Doerr ‘16 led the Hawks in a 1st-2nd3rd sweep of the 500 free, an event the team has owned since 1999. Coming off of her amazing performance at the State meet, Hart was named News Herald Girls Swimmer of the Year and the Plain Dealer/cleveland.com Girls Swimmer of the Year. Jim Bocci was named News Herald Boys Swimming Coach of the Year and the Plain Dealer/cleveland.com Girls Coach of the Year. Doerr and Heller, along with Hart, were named Plain Dealer/cleveland.com All-Stars.

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Wrestling Louis DeMarco ’15 placed 7th at the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. DeMarco wrestled in the 120 lb. class of the Division III Tournament and finishes his career as a two-time State Placer, a 3-time Hawken Invitational Champion, a 4-time Sectional Champion, and the all-time school leader in match victories. His career record was 165-27. DeMarco was selected as a First Team News Herald All-Star. Cory Cox ’15 also had an outstanding season, finishing 35-9 and as a Sectional Champion and District qualifier. Cory placed 3rd at the Hawken Invitational.

Alex Doody ‘15

Basketball

Hannah O’Day ‘15

Girls basketball came into the District Tournament as the #5 seed but fell to Garfield (Garrettsville) HS, the # 3 seed, in the second round. In that game, Hannah O’Day ’15 eclipsed 1,000 career points, making her the 3rd player in program history to accomplish that feat. Hannah finishes her Hawken basketball career as the 3rd leading scorer in school history with 1,014 points and will continue her playing career at Kenyon College next year. Emily Oliver ’15 set the school record for 3-pointers in a game with 6 in a game against Independence. The boys basketball team hosted the first home playoff game in school history since the state began awarding 1st and 2nd round games to higher-seeded teams. The Hawks won that game, defeating Wickliffe 67-54. They then fell to Warrensville Heights High School, the #2 District seed, in a very competitive game. In one of the highlights of the season, Hawken defeated University School for the second consecutive year, winning 53-46 after over coming a 15-3 deficit at the end of the 1st quarter. Alex Doody ‘15 scored 32 points, 20 of them in the 4th quarter. Alex and Langston Burton ’15 played in the News Herald All-Star game. Doody scored 22 points in the game against the area’s best players and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Alex was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio.

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Spring 2015 Season Highlights

Lacrosse

Adam Stilson ’15 scores his 100th career goal

While the 2015 boys lacrosse season will forever be marked by the tragic accident that took the lives of two of its players, seniors Alex Doody ‘15 and team captain Josh Weil ‘15, it will also be remembered for its team success on the field throughout the season. The Hawks finished their season 14-5 and as Region Champions, defeating rival University School 13-9 in the Region Championship. The win over US, which came in a streak of three emotional playoff wins in the wake of the accident, advanced Hawken to the State Semifinals, where they fell to the eventual State Champion Chagrin Falls High School.

Fastpitch Softball Girls Softball finished their season 11-9 as the Chagrin Valley Conference Runner-up. The Hawks’ last regular season game, played against the Wickliffe Blue Devils, was for the Conference Championship. Hawken lost 4-0. Emily Oliver ’15 was named CVC Most Valuable Player as well as Honorable Mention All-NE Ohio. In a highlight of the season, Oliver threw a perfect game against Chagrin Falls HS. She had 12 strikeouts in the win.

Ethan Scully ’15 and Weil were named 1st Team All-Ohio. Weil was named the Ohio Midfielder of the Year, Division 2, and an Academic All-American. Head Coach Jim Scully was named the Ohio Coach of the Year, Division 2. The girls lacrosse team had a competitively difficult season overall, but it was highlighted by the first win over rival Hathaway Brown School in many years. The Hawks prevailed 9-5 in the final game at the season on Senior Day at Hawken. The team also won its first playoff game 13-0 over Avon. Susie Wager ‘15 was named 1st Team All-Region.

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Boys Tennis Boys tennis entered their 2015 campaign after graduating five key seniors and losing their coach to the college ranks. With a young team and new coach Brian Smallwood, the Hawks went 14-4 on the season, finishing as CVC Champions and Region Runner-up in the OTCA State Team Tournament and top-8 in Ohio, Division 2. Kush Khosla ’15 and Josef Horwath ’17 qualified for the OHSAA State Doubles Tournament, where they reached the quarterfinals. Khosla and Horwath won their first match 6-2, 6-0, then lost a close and very well-played match to the eventual State Champions, losing 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. Both Khosla and Horwath were named 2nd Team All-Ohio, Division 2.


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2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Announced Hawken School is proud to announce inductees for the Class of 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame. It is a class that spans many sports and decades of our School’s astounding history in athletics and one that includes truly inspirational individuals and stories.

Baseball The boys baseball team finished the season13-13. Among many highlights of the season, the Hawks prevailed over University School 4-3. The win over our longtime rival was the 150th career win for Head Coach Aaron Brandt ’86. Danny Murphy ’18 set the school record for walks in a season with 30 walks, and his brother Tommy Murphy ’15 became a member of the .400 club with a season batting average of exactly .400. Hawken baseball played a game at historic League Park this spring. The Hawks lost the game 6-1 to Rhodes High School but enjoyed the opportunity to play where Cleveland professional baseball was played from 1891 to 1946.

Track & Field The boys and girls track teams had young and promising rosters this spring. Several season highlights include CVC Championships won by the girls 4x800m relay (Emily Staufer ’15, Sarah Allaben ’17, Dalia Tabachnik ’17, Julia Aliazzi ’18), Dana Kulma ’17 in both the girls 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles, and Spencer Wilson ’16 in the boys shot put and discus. The girls team came in first overall at the Grand Valley Twilight Invitational and placed first among four teams at our home meet. The girls 4x800m relay (Staufer, Allaben, Aliazzi, and Dalia Oprian ’16) were regional qualifiers.

Hawken’s Athletics Hall of Fame honors the best of the best: student athletes, coaches and contributors who have significantly impacted our athletics program and demonstrated the highest standards of character, leadership, sportsmanship, and Fair Play. Inductees will be honored during Homecoming and HawkFest weekend October 2-3, 2015, when Hawken will also celebrate its official 100th birthday.

Thomas Bryan: The longest-serving Athletic Director in Hawken history; established the foundation of today’s athletic program.

Erica Rose Dancik ’00: A three-time State Champion; crowned the 5K Open Water World Champion at only 15 years old. John Lightbody ’65: One of Hawken’s first renowned varsity athletes; demonstrated exemplary skill and fair play in football, basketball, baseball, and track.

Murphy Reinschreiber ’71: Set the pace for

Hawken swimming; a four-time All-American, Olympic Trials Finalist, and the leading force behind international endurance athletics.

Robert Riser ’72: A decorated high school and collegiate football player, also excelled in basketball and track and field. Brook Turner ’04: A seven-time State Champion,

a high school All-American, and standout collegiate athlete in track and field.

Note: Swimmer Byron Davis ’88 was chosen by our Selection Committee for the class of 2015 but is unable to attend this year. He will be inducted with the class of 2016.

Noteworthy Matt Pitera ’15 was recognized by the Cleveland Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance with the “Honor the Game Award.” In a testimonial given at the inaugural PCA Youth Sports Awards held at Hawken School, Hawken Wrestling Coach Bob Rodriguez said, “Matt was injured and not allowed to participate for most of the past three years. He could have easily walked away from his sport and teammates several times. Matt chose to stay, and he was as loyal as any athlete we have had.” 27


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Welcome LeMay

Burns

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Hawken welcomes 1 member to the Board of Trustees & 6 members Hawken is proud to announce the appointment of the following members to the Board of Trustees and the Visiting Committee. Working collaboratively, they will ensure the long-term strategic development and fiscal strength of the School. The Board and the Visiting Committee are made up of individuals with a vast array of talent and experience who share a commitment to help lead Hawken School.

New to the Board of Trustees : John A. LeMay is a partner at Blue Point Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Prior to joining Blue Point in 1998, John was with the Boston Consulting Group, Inc. where he led strategy and operational effectiveness studies for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to attending business school, John was with Salomon Brothers in Chicago and Sydney, Australia, and focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory assignments. He is a director of Hilco Vision. John also serves as chair of the Investment Committee at Hawken School and on the Board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland. John and his wife Jacqueline Acho reside in Shaker Heights with their son and their daughter Sophia ’20.

New to the Visiting Committee : William D. “Will” Burns ’91 is alderman of Chicago’s Fourth Ward. Prior to serving as alderman he served two terms as state representative of the twenty-sixth district. As alderman of the Fourth Ward, he is committed to attracting quality commercial and residential development, improving neighborhood public schools, enhancing public safety, and increasing transparency, efficiency, and accountability in city operations. He has also served in a number of political and governmental capacities including: consultant to the Issues Department of Obama for America 2008, deputy political director for Quinn for Illinois 2010, deputy campaign manager for Obama for Congress 2000, campaign coordinator for the Democratic Party of Illinois, and community outreach coordinator for then State Senator Barack Obama. He has served as a board member of Mikva Challenge, Sargent Shriver 32

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National Center on Poverty Law, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, the Blue Gargoyle Youth Service Center, and the South East Chicago Commission. He has a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and resides in Kenwood. Jonathan W. Friedland ’86 is a portfolio manager at Amici Capital, where he invests in companies aligned with the rapidly changing needs of consumers around the world. Jon has a strong personal interest in educational innovations that improve student outcomes in grades K-12. He is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia Business School and lives in New York City with his wife and four children. Robert D. “Bob” Gries, Jr. ‘76 is founder and managing director of Gries Investment Funds. Prior to the inception of the fund in 2005, Bob was a private mezzanine lender and financed a variety of loans for public and private companies, real estate projects and several professional franchises. He was chief executive officer of Public Power from 2009 until its merger to form Crius Energy. He was previously chairman of Crius Energy Trust, one of America’s largest independent energy retailers in the United States. He sits on various corporate boards, including the University of Tampa and the United States Volleyball Foundation. Bob was a director of the Cleveland Browns and assisted in negotiating the sale of his family’s 43% stake in the franchise in 1996. He is also the former majority owner, president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Storm. In 1999, Bob was the managing member of the entity which developed the WWE-New York entertainment facility in Times Square. He resides in Tampa, Florida and has a 16 year old daughter who was adopted from Wuhan, China. Daniel B. Hurwitz is the founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors, LLC. Prior to founding Raider Hill, Dan was employed by DDR Corporation for 16 years and led numerous departments commencing with leasing and development in 1999. Beginning in 2010, he was responsible for reviving the company in the postrecession era as CEO. He was named to the 2013 Institutional Investor magazine’s All-America Team as the Best CEO in the REIT Sector. Previously, Dan served as senior vice president and director of real estate and corporate development for Boscov’s Department


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to the Visiting Committee, & thanks those who have served. Store, Inc. He is a frequent speaker at real estate industry functions, and is a regular guest discussing retail and real estate trends on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business. Professionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of General Growth Properties and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. During Dan’s 10-year tenure on the Hawken Board of Trustees, he served as vice chair of the Board; chair of the Committee on Trustees, and a member of numerous committees. He has been an active leadership volunteer at Colgate University, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Dan, his wife Ellie, and children Caroline ’13 and Benjamin ’16, reside in Connecticut and New York City.

2010 and the cholera epidemic in 2011. In 2013, Hawken presented Randy with the Carl N. Holmes Award to recognize his better self that makes our country and community exceptional. The Rizors reside in Atlanta.

Julie K. Mangini is the proud mother of Hawken School students Jake ’22, Luke ’24, and Zack ’26. A Baltimore, Maryland native, Julie practiced family and elder law from 1994 to 1997. She joined Update Legal in 1997 as a staffing coordinator and after several promotions became the organization’s chief operating officer in 2005. Julie was elected to the Hawken School Board of Trustees in 2012. She has served on the Centennial Core, External Affairs, and Education and Student Life Committees. An active volunteer in her children’s classrooms, Julie has acted as a Class Parent Committee representative and co-chair of the Lower School Teacher Appreciation. Julie, her husband Eric, and their children reside in Moreland Hills and California.

Richard H. Fearon has served as a Hawken Trustee since 2007. He was a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Investment Committee.

Randy F. Rizor, M.D. ‘70 is a founding partner and president of The Physicians’ Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia. He has been named one of Atlanta’s top doctors by Atlanta Magazine and one of the top doctors in the country by US News and World Report. He is a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. In response to the events of September 11, 2001, Randy volunteered to join the United States Army Reserve. He currently holds the rank of colonel in the Medical Corps. He has served on active duty in Kosovo in 2004 and in Iraq in 2007-2008 and 2011. Since 1994, Randy and his wife Nancy have made many trips to Haiti, providing primary care in community medical clinics. This includes trips following the earthquake in

Hawken Thanks Its Volunteer Leadership Rotating Off of the Board of Trustees : Hawken recognizes the outstanding service, strategic thinking, and dedicated counsel of the following Trustees whose terms came to a close at the end of June.

Daniel B. Hurwitz served as a Hawken Trustee since 2005 and vice chair of the Board since 2012. He was chair of the Committee on Trustees and a member of the Executive, Centennial Core, University Circle Resource Steering, and Buildings and Grounds Committees. Dan is engrained in the history of Hawken School. His vision, leadership, passion, and philanthropy led to the construction of Hurwitz Hall, a significant facility for 21st century learning. Dan and his family are moving to the East Coast and despite the distance, he will continue to impact the School through his new role as a member of the Visiting Committee. Julie K. Mangini was elected a Hawken Trustee in 2012. She served on the Centennial Core, External Affairs, and Education and Student Life Committees. As Julie rotates off the Board of Trustees, she will be engaged in a new role on the Visiting Committee because her family is moving to California. Jonathan M. Silver ’75 has served as a member of the Visiting Committee since 2011. He was the speaker at the 2013 Cum Laude Induction ceremony.

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Preserving Hawken’s Historic White House The White House on Hawken’s Gates Mills campus is emblazoned in the memory of every Hawken graduate since the Upper School was established in the 1960s. For some, it stirs recollections of coat and tie, family style meals served by a faculty member. For others, it summons memories of the bone-chilling cold they endured during the winter months as they inched toward the mansion’s grand entrance, in eager anticipation of the warmth emanating from the cast iron radiators, steaming soup, or oven-baked crispitos. The White House is the only one of three main buildings that remains from the original Circle W Farm. Where horses once stood in steepled stables, students now shoot from free-throw lines or swim laps in the Holtrey pool. Where animals once took shelter in the barn, students now rally on the Shulman family tennis courts. But the stately White House stands steadfast and majestic, grounded in its stone foundation and seemingly immutable to change and the ravages of time - a reminder of our rich heritage. When the White House became registered in the National Register of Historic Places in October of 1976, 34

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members of the Hawken community who had an interest in historic preservation took it upon themselves to find a way to raise funds for restoring and maintaining this architectural treasure on Hawken’s campus. Their mission led to the inaugural White House Antique Show in 1986. That summer, with money earned from the fundraising event, the mansion woodwork and stonework were repaired, and the mural along the grand staircase in the main hall was retouched. The White House was originally home to the White Family. Walter White, the president of the White Motor Company, planned to build the mansion for himself and two bachelor friends, but during construction he met, courted, and married Mary Virginia Saunders, a southern belle from Statesburg, South Carolina. Construction of the 23-room mansion began in 1917, but the Circle W estate was not fully established until the early 1920s. In addition to the mansion, the estate boasted extensive stables, the largest barn in the state of Ohio, several cottages for farm hands and gardeners, a polo field, a tennis court, and a three-hole golf course. Only the best quality materials were used, and careful

attention was paid to intricate details in the interior of the house. The building of the White House coincided with the roaring twenties - an unusual time in American history when wealthy country gentlemen like Walter White could afford to live lifestyles that included large plots of land and plenty of leisure time to pursue pastimes including skeet shooting, game hunting, fox hunting, and polo. These outings were often followed by lovely gatherings, hosted by Walter’s wife Virginia. Mrs. White was regarded as a gracious and generous hostess, and parties at Circle W were always memorable. One especially memorable event took place in 1929, when Walter White invited the Society of Automotive Engineers to Circle W; the guests arrived on the great lawn in three Goodyear blimps and were treated to Mrs. White’s renowned mint juleps on the White House terrace that overlooked the formal gardens. That was perhaps one of the last parties that Walter White hosted, as later that same year he was tragically killed in a car accident. Mrs. White continued to raise her five young children in the White House and eventually became known as the


2,280 square feet will be added to the first floor of the White House. This will allow for a capacity of an additional 150 people; a slightly expanded kitchen area; and an expanded serving area that will allow the formation of two lines instead of one, increasing the efficiency of the serving. The entire first floor will be airconditioned for comfort. To comply with ADA standards, the first floor bathroom will be expanded and remodeled, and an elevator to the second floor will be installed. In addition, the power will be upgraded, and the entire space will be fitted with sprinklers.

Changes to the White House have been designed to maintain the historical integrity and splendor of the original building. Expert craftsmanship, highend finishes, wainscoting, and coiffured ceilings will be replicated and restored throughout the renovation and expansion project. Transom windows with manual shades will match the existing windows; the foundation masonry will match the historic stone that exists; and the exterior siding and trim will match the existing cedar. In short, the design and materials will remain consistent with the existing structure.

We are thrilled that this long-awaited project, which adds approximately $2.5 million to our fundraising efforts, could soon become a reality. Unique naming opportunities associated with this expansion will soon be announced. For more information, please contact Kathleen Guzzi at kguzz@hawken.edu or 440-423-2918 or Jeff Biggar at biggar@hawken.edu or 440-423-2084.

In addition to the aesthetics considerations are practical concerns that address safety and comfort. Because additional space is a primary need,

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In 1960, Hawken acquired the Circle W estate for its Upper School campus. Since that time, the White House has served as the primary dining facility at the Gates Mills campus. The upstairs was used for faculty housing, but over time the apartments were converted to office space. As enrollment grew, so did the lunch lines. The serving area became more and more congested with each passing year, and the kitchen staff knocked elbows as they prepared food for the masses in a very confined space. In 1998, due to growing enrollment, plans were drawn up for the expansion of the White House, but they were put on hold to attend to other more pressing needs.

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Hawken Reads Early February ushered in the 2015 Hawken Book Fair with this year’s theme, Hawken Reads and Writes 100 Book Reviews. The School sincerely thanks co-chairs Carolyn Miller and Miriam Mandel and a large group of parent volunteers for the successful event. The Book Fair generated $9,440 in sales, which provides more than 339,678 reading minutes and a total of 1,880 books for Hawken students. The proceeds will support the Lower School’s visiting author program for the 2015-2016 school year, and the remaining balance will be donated, in Scholastic Book dollars, to Stepping Stone Charter School to help with book acquisitions. 1

Investing in Hawken’s Future The Parents’ Association proudly committed $100,000 to Stirn Hall for the naming of the Humanities/Language Conference Room in the Peter Scott and John Tottenham Humanities Wing. It is an honor to pay tribute to two revered faculty members who have touched the lives of many students throughout the years. The new facility will be a permanent reminder of our commitment, as a parent community, to introduce future generations to a “higher plane of life.”

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thanks to co-chairs Ilene McMullen, Alayne Reitman ’82, and Honey Lee Rodgers, who coordinated the logistics of the event. Students moved through eight different activities including, tug of war, potato sack race, ping pong race, softball throw, and sneaker scramble before ending with class relays on the track. Students earned participation and achievement points for their society throughout the day. Parents also earned points for their child’s society by registering at the competition. 3

100 Cups of Lemonade The Parents’ Association hosted 100 Cups of Lemonade for parents following drop-off at the Lyndhurst campus on June 4. This culminating event of the 2014-2015 school year provided parents with the opportunity to mingle, share their summer plans with one another, and offer best wishes for a wonderful break.

It’s a Springtime Celebration Fall Family Fair will become an annual spring event next school year and will be renamed the Spring-A-Ma-Jig. Lower School families should save the date of May 21, 2016 for the first annual event to be held at the Lyndhurst campus. Spring-AMa-Jig promises to be a fun-filled, carnival-style celebration for students to cap off the school year.

Summer Checklist: L ike Hawken School Parents’ Association on Facebook to view pictures and stay updated on the latest news. E mail parents@hawken.edu to sign up for volunteer opportunities during the 2015-2016 school year.  ark your calendar for the Parents’ Association Welcome M Coffee on the first day of school, August 19 at the Lyndhurst campus.  ake plans to attend the first meeting of the Parents’ M Association on August 25 on the Lyndhurst campus with guest speaker, Head of School D. Scott Looney, and the introduction of the leadership team.


Celebrating 100 years of Fair Play!

Hawken Centennial Weekend

May 15–17, 2015 The Hawken Community celebrated its Centennial Weekend May 15-17. The Party of the Century, held at the Cleveland Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, marked the largest single gathering of alumni, faculty, parents, and friends in the School’s 100-year history. Throughout the weekend, alumni, current and former faculty and administrators, and families gathered to reconnect, reminisce, and celebrate time spent and relationships forged at this remarkable, century-old institution.

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The 25th Reunion Committee Co-Chairs Jessica Guertin Johnson ’90 and Stacy Singerman ’90 did an outstanding job of rallying classmates for a terrific evening at the Sally and Bob Gries Center in University Circle. With great food and refreshments provided by Hawken parent Michael Lyons and Accessible Gourmet, the group enjoyed catching up while listening to a specially crafted playlist of 90s tunes and watching a scrolling slideshow of photos from the archives. Following Friday night’s party, they used their class Facebook page to help find each other among the throngs at the Party of the Century. “What a fun weekend!” wrote Jessica Guertin Johnson to the group the following week. “It was so great to see everyone who made it back...so nice to catch up and see where we’ve all ended up 25 years later. It made me appreciate how important being part of a community is.” Motivated by that deep sense of community, the Reunion Committee decided to set a class Annual Fund goal of $10,000 with donations made in memory of Alex Doody ’15 and Josh Weil ’15.

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Over Centennial Weekend, the Class of 1965 celebrated its 50th reunion as the second graduating class from the Circle W Campus. Out of a graduating class of forty, 18 classmates and 12 wives/guests returned to Cleveland to enjoy reunion festivities that were part of our Centennial Weekend, the largest gathering of classmates since graduation day in June 1965. Planning for the reunion started last summer when the 50th Reunion Committee began a series of monthly conference calls to discuss venues, attendance, and the process for gathering biographical information and photographs for a commemorative 50th reunion yearbook. The committee consisted of Charlie FitzGerald, Kip Horsburgh, Charley Jordan, Richard Lightbody, Tom Rankin, John Reed and Brooke Stoddard. Jeff Biggar ’68 served as the Development staff liaison and sheep herder.

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Those who attended the weekend festivities included Kip & Jean Horsburgh, Jeff & Claudia Springer, Brooke Stoddard and his sister Fran (Laurel ’72), Dennis Friedman & Gretchen Efflen, John & Debbie Reed, Tom & Corbin Rankin, Bill Ruple, Richard & Christine Lightbody, Marty & Judie Winston, Bob & Mary Pat Nash, Doug Dalton, Dan Biskind, Don & Alice Martin, Nick & Mary Merkel, Charley Jordan & Mary Ann Sintich, Bill & Diane Armington, Charlie & Chris Fitz-Gerald and Steve Blount. Steve brought his mother Viola to the dedication of the Headmasters Chapel at Lyndhurst; she was Hawken’s first librarian in the late 1950s. The first activity was a reunion lunch at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club on Friday, May 15th, where the reunion gang was joined by several members of the Visiting Committee, alumni participants from Alumni Give Back Day, and former faculty members PK Saha, Peter Relic, Jim Young and Rodger Rickard. Charlie Cooley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, served as the master of ceremonies, joined by Peter Relic who talked about the early days of Hawken’s Upper School. And, no, he has not gotten over the fact that Marty Feller ignored his squeeze bunt sign from the bench and powered a home run to beat University School for the first varsity athletic


victory over the Preppers in Hawken Upper School history. Way to go Marty! They were presented with their reunion gift bags, which included the commemorative 50th Reunion Red & Gray Yearbook, a personalized glass paperweight with a drawing of the Circle W White House in the background, and an essential paper on how to determine your age according to Home Depot. Many members of the reunion class then traveled back in time to Clubside Road and joined Old Guard alumni (pre-1960) on tours of the Lyndhurst campus, followed by the dedication of the Headmasters Chapel later that afternoon, and then on to the annual 4-School Party hosted by Hawken in Hurwitz Hall. Showing that their age had not slowed them down, the gang then convened in Taplin Lobby for their reunion dinner, where memories, stories and wine were freely flowing. On Saturday morning, the reunion participants attended the head of school panel discussion moderated by Todd Horn ’73. Participants included Jim Young, Doug Stenberg, Jim Berkman and Scott Looney. (Regretfully, Dick Barter could not attend.) From there, some took guided walking tours of the Circle W Campus, which has changed substantially since their days in the mid-60s, although the White House, Gray Gym and

original academic wing still exist. They were disheartened to learn that their senior room in the White House basement is being used for less recreational activities. They then had a reunion picnic at the White House which included the annual Red & Gray picnic for other alumni and Hawken families. Many members of the Class of ’66 showed up, notably Al Klauss, Topper Jones, David Strong, Jon Boyer, Jim Rayburn, Richard Fields, Mario Boiardi, Tom Taft and George Armington. Get ready boys…you’re next on the docket in October 2016! That evening, several attended Hawken’s Party of the Century at the Cleveland Convention Center, joining 1800 other alumni, parents, faculty and guests for an evening not to be forgotten. The Centennial All Star Band got them on the dance floor. Finally, on Sunday morning, Richard & Christine Lightbody hosted a breakfast at their Cleveland Heights home, where more stories and memories were shared before the out-of-towners headed to the airport for home - to rest up for their 60th.

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Old Guard Legacy Campaign The Legacy Campaign to dedicate the chapel at Lyndhurst as the Headmasters Chapel has seen significant support from Old Guard alumni (1960 and earlier) and their families. To date, 72 gifts have been received totaling $778,000. Some of these gifts were the largest ever given by the donor, some were the first gift in several decades and a few were the first gift ever to the School… all reflecting the significant impact Hawken’s faculty and headmasters had on its students when the School only went through 9th grade. Cochaired by Bill McCoy ’38, Bob Page ’49, Morrie Everett ’56, Vin Fiordalis ’57 and John Calfee ’60, this Campaign generated, in addition to gifts, a number of very emotional responses from alumni and their relatives, as evidenced by the large turnout at the chapel dedication program on May 15th. Those who donated $10,000 more were honored with brass engraved name plates that have been proudly mounted on the ends of the pews in the Headmasters Chapel. This Campaign will continue until this fall, so it’s not too late to make a gift to honor our first five headmasters: James Hawken, John Carney, Charles Stephens, Carl Holmes and Richard Day. Chapel Dedication Ceremony Centennial Weekend provided the perfect venue to draw back Hawken’s Old Guard alumni (those who attended between 1915 and 1960, before the Circle W Campus was opened). Spearheaded by Morrie Everett, Jr. ’56 and assisted by Matthew Young ’83 and Jeff Biggar ’68, two major events were planned: the dedication of the Headmasters Chapel followed by a reunion dinner at the Hangar on Cedar Road. Both were well attended and great fun. On May 15th, Old Guard alumni, families, former faculty and other guests filled the Chapel to participate in a special ceremony. Morrie led other alumni in sharing 40

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their memories of being in the Chapel twice a day. David Osburn ’58 played the Hoyt organ from the loft as the audience sang “Abide With Me,” the Hawken Alma Mater, and “Now the Day is Over.” Head of School Scott Looney reflected on Hawken’s Centennial and the pioneering work done by his predecessors before officially dedicating the space as the Headmasters Chapel. Special guests that day included Jock Collens ’31-II, Hawken’s second oldest alumnus who will turn 100 in October; David Armington, who was on the faculty from 19491963 and Viola Blount, Hawken’s first librarian in 1958. At the conclusion of the program, alumni and guests filed out through the headmaster’s office, shaking hands with Scott Looney and Jim Young, another former head of school from the 1970s, as was done every afternoon when the old guard alumni were students at Lyndhurst.

From here, Old Guard alumni went to the 4-School Party before heading over to the Hangar on Cedar Road for their reunion dinner. The Hangar has historical significance as it was built in the 1920s by the Blossom family and is the site of the first swimming pool for students up until 1964 when Godfrey Pool opened on the Lyndhurst campus. Hosted by Morrie and Diana Everett, some 60 alumni and guests enjoyed an evening of fond memories and re-acquaintances.

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Hawken alumni gathered in unprecedented numbers for Reunion events during Centennial Weekend. Following the 4-School Party held on the Lyndhurst campus for Hawken, Hathaway Brown, Laurel, and University School alumni, over 40 Hawken classes held gatherings at various venues throughout Cleveland. Rumor has it that by the end of the evening, over 200 Reunion attendees from the five different downtown venues found their way to Nano Brew to continue the celebration, engage with Hawks from other classes, and keep bright the red and gray well into the night. Alana Rezaee ‘97, who was among the late-night crowd, comments, “It was fun reuniting and reminiscing with old friends from the classes of ‘96, ‘97, and ‘98 (and some others too!) during such a memorable time in Hawken history.”


Michael Stanley Band

Over 200 members of the classes of ’77 – ’83 along with several from the classes of ’84 – ’86 gathered in the Kennedy Auditorium for a special alumni concert featuring Cleveland’s own Michael Stanley. According to Director of Alumni Engagement Matthew Young ‘83, “Michael Stanley sounded just as good as he did in 1977.” Many thanks to Bob Henninge ’85, David Stephens ’78, and faculty member Mike LaRochelle for the hours of work they put in to unload and set up equipment, hang lights, run mic cords, and prepare for the sound check. We also want to thank Martin Schulz ‘82 and the many alumni who generously underwrote this special evening.

Headmasters Panel

Three former headmasters – Jim Young, Doug Stenberg, and Jim Berkman – joined Scott Looney for the Headmasters Panel that was held on Saturday morning of Centennial Weekend. Moderated by Todd Horn ’73, the session drew over 70 people, including alumni, former faculty and current faculty members. In addition to reflecting on their years at Hawken and Hawken’s unique character as a school, panel members shared memories of many of the people – visionary leaders and philanthropists - who have been instrumental in shaping the direction of the School throughout the decades.

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Saturday’s picnic proved to be a classic Hawken Red & Gray event, described as “organic and free-form.” Over 450 attendees gathered in front of the White House to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones.

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Thank You!

This celebration of 100 years of Hawken’s history, mission, and community would not have been possible without the leadership of Hawken Trustee and Party of the Century Chair, Lauren Spilman, the commitment of our amazing organizing committee and the dedication of our generous volunteers. A special thank you also goes to Bobby Mallett ‘93 and Meredith Camp for making our dreams come true.

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White Glove Event

The White Glove Event provided guests at the Party of the Century a rare opportunity to study items from Hawken’s archives. Treasured relics displayed by decade were presented on tables for public viewing or handling, provided that the guests slipped on a pair of archival-safe gloves. The documents, artifacts, and photographs underscore Hawken’s exceptionally rich history, telling a story of decades of educators and philanthropists who were committed to such lofty ideals as Fair Play, character, and intellect, a higher plane of life, and reverence for the individual.

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100 Pieces of Art

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Current students from the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools created 100 art projects that were on display and for sale in three different locations around the reception room at the Party of the Century. Each work of art incorporates in some way the “100” theme to commemorate Hawken’s 100th birthday.

Lacrosse Girls Lacrosse finished the season with 6 wins and 10 losses. They had several quality wins, including solid wins over Western Reserve Academy, Lake Catholic, and Westerville South in the Columbus Tournament. Rachel Kennedy ’14 and Lauren Perry ’14 were named 1st Team All-District; Caroline Tatsuoka ‘17 was named Honorable Mention All-District. Boys Lacrosse finished the season with 7 wins and 11 losses. Highlights included quality wins over Shaker Heights, Kenston, and a second-round playoff game v. Archbishop Hoban. Ethan Scully ’15 was named 1st Team All-Region Defense; Logan Lair ’16 was named 2nd Team All-Region Midfield.

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Decade Displays

The Decade Displays that were stationed in the reception room at the Cleveland Convention Center are the result of a collaborative effort between Hawken’s Marketing and Development Offices and Communications Exhibits, Inc. in Canal Fulton, where Ann Esgar Conkle ’78 serves as Executive Vice President. Each display case contains memorabilia, photographs, and other artifacts retrieved from Hawken’s archives. Accompanying each display box is an iPad that highlights a specific decade in the history of the School. Guests at the Party of the Century were the first to see the display series in its entirety. Ultimately, the Decade Displays will become part of Hawken’s permanent collection on the Gates Mills campus.

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Centennial All-Star Band

Alumni in the Hawken Centennial All-Star band kicked off the Party of the Century, setting the tone and energizing the crowd as attendees arrived for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Later in the evening, the band ended the celebration with a late-night set. This distinguished group of alumni resulted from the merging of several Hawken alumni bands for this once-in-a-lifetime event. The band’s nucleus was today’s incarnation of the Nomads, now known as Fat City Summer Sausage; the idea for the Centennial All-Star Band originated with the Class of ‘68’s 40th reunion in 2008, when members of the Naughts and the Nomads came together.

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Starlight Orchestras

The New-York-based, 22-piece Starlight Orchestras has earned critical acclaim for its ability to read the pulse of the crowd and spontaneously create an unforgettable experience for guests. It is no wonder, then, that this renowned group has appeared with many well-known artists including Taylor Swift, The Allman Brothers, Rihanna, Prince, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbara Streisand. Starlight Orchestras’ performance at the Party of the Century lived up to its reputation, as the musicians created the perfect ambiance while entertaining guests and beckoning them onto the dance floor.

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Former Faculty & Emeriti

Alumni at the Party of the Century stood in line to visit with former faculty and Faculty Emeriti in a speciallydesignated “faculty lounge” that was tucked away from the congestion and music. Dozens of former faculty members sat at tables reconnecting with former students - many of them unable to mingle among the crowd because the lines of eager alums seemed to run five deep throughout the evening. Matthew Young ‘83 commented, “For me, the hardest job of the evening was getting the Faculty Emeriti out of the room at 10 p.m. to meet their driver who was waiting to take them back to their hotel.”

Special Video Presentation

A special video presentation prepared for the Centennial Celebration was publicly viewed for the first time during the Party of the Century. Produced by Sara O’Neill Sullivan ‘87 and her team at Second Story Productions, the video clearly resonated with every person in the crowd, demonstrating that the original Hawken spirit is still alive on our campuses – in our students, in our teachers, and in our alumni.

Gries Center Tours

Those with energy to spare after the events of Friday and Saturday gathered at the Gries Center on Sunday morning. This was a first visit to the Center for most of the visitors who attended the event. After being greeted by Head of School Scott Looney, reconnecting informally with classmates, viewing the ARTneo exhibit, and enjoying breakfast fare, they were treated to a tour led by Sara Mierke ’84, who satisfied their curiosity about the history, renovation, and current usage of Hawken’s extension campus. The morning event provided guests with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy University Circle and say their goodbyes before leaving Cleveland. 49


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H AW K E N S C H O O L 100 YEARS

When James A. Hawken was recruited to Cleveland to tutor a few young boys, establishing a school was just a dream for the young visionary educator. But the humble beginnings of Hawken School have grown into an independent school with more than 1,000 boys and girls and a national reputation for innovation. Through a century of growth and change, the School has stayed true to the vision of its founder, instilling character and intellect in its students. Fair Play: Hawken School 100 Years is a commemorative book that beautifully celebrates the first century of Hawken School. Authors, photographers and artists Laurie Shock and Billy Howard have delved into Hawken’s complex and rich history, finding facts previously unknown and photos previously unseen. Graduates, parents, faculty, staff and administrators will all enjoy and cherish this volume of memories, accomplishments and stories. Copies will be available in October for $50 each. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity in Hawken’s history—place your order now!

Visit hawken.edu/centennialbook to order your copy today!

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Hawken Alumni Greetings Hawken Alumni, Over the course of the year leading up to Centennial Weekend this spring, we connected with literally thousands of alumni, and it was heartwarming to have so many of you take part in our celebrations throughout the year. Whether attending one or more of the many events featured during the weekend, helping with outreach by contacting classmates, or simply sharing your reflections of your time at Hawken, your participation made for a successful weekend, and our Alumni Association is more robust today than ever! Nurturing and sustaining these connections will be vital as our alma mater enters its second century, and we are very thankful for the countless volunteers who helped organize these remarkable efforts. Many of you answered the Alumni Board’s call for assistance with Alumni Give Back Day this year and the array of courses, workshops, and activities designed was nothing short of spectacular! Sharing your experiences and expertise with the community is an important way to help give back to the school and doing so through programs like the one that was planned for Centennial Weekend or the Alumni Board’s biannual career roundtable is greatly appreciated. We look forward to rescheduling Alumni Give Back Day at some point in the future. In this issue of the Review, we make the important announcement that coming out of our Centennial celebrations, we will officially move Reunion Weekend from its traditional timing of May to align with Homecoming Weekend in October beginning in 2016. So for those of you with class years ending in either 1 or 6, you have just over a year to plan for your next class gathering! By the time this edition of the Review lands, Sara and I will be off on our next chapter abroad. Thanks so much for all your correspondence and support these past years. No matter where we roam, we do so with the strength and support of Hawken’s profound community of Alumni and friends. We’ll stay in touch and hope that you will, too! Best regards,

Matthew Young ‘83 Director of Alumni Engagement

2014-2015 Alumni Association Board President Lisa Bercu Levine ’85 Vice President Shaquira Johnson ’94 Secretary Robert W. Mallett, III ’93 Board Members Richard H. Bole ’60 Brooke M. Buckley ’94 Morris Everett, Jr. ’56 Davis A. Filippell ’08 H.W. Birkett Gibson ’68 Nina Fazio Greenberg ’96 David H. Gunning ’85 Glen M. Guyuron ‘98 Josiah A. Haas ’99 James L. Hardiman, Jr. ’93 Brian D. Horsburgh ’06 David R. Horowitz ’04 Arvin Jawa ’89 R. Kirk Lintern ’98 Alan L. MacCracken, III ’92 Susan Yarus Meisel ’78 Jeffrey B. Milbourn ’94 Lauren R. Pacini ’59 Robert T. Page ’49 Sean T. Peppard ’91 Alana A. Rezaee ’97 Marla Esgar Robbins ’75 Matthew A. Salerno ’92 Noam M. Schafer ’02 Benjamin M. Vodila ’99 Senior Representatives Langston D. Burton ’15 Benjamin P. Garnitz ’15 Elizabeth A. Horsburgh ’15 51


alumni Dear Fellow Hawken Alumni, It is difficult to find words to adequately describe the sentiments surrounding the Centennial weekend. The Centennial was a tremendous demonstration of the enduring qualities that make Hawken such a special part of our lives. Including my time as a student and as an alumna, I have never seen such an array of emotions woven into the fabric of one weekend that spoke so tremendously of the power of the Hawken community. Of course the foundation is the people; the relationships and the bonds we share. These relationships have unique qualities and define what we have been fortunate to experience with our classmates, our faculty, Hawken leadership, and with other Hawken alumni. Centennial weekend exemplified a wonderful microcosm of all these elements coming together during a very difficult and devastating time with the loss of Alex Doody ’15 and Josh Weil ’15. I hope that each of us can communicate to other alumni the support, the bonding, and the warmth of the weekend. The response leading up to the Centennial and everyone’s eagerness to participate in the The Alumni Give Back Day was truly an example of the Hawken motto: “That the better self shall prevail, and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life.” Those efforts and willingness to give back will be tapped into at a more appropriate juncture down the line, and we look forward to hearing from those participants. The Party of the Century was momentous. Set in downtown Cleveland amidst the revitalization of the city, it served as an appropriate backdrop to Scott Looney’s visionary approach for the School. The opportunity to see faculty, active and retired, was certainly an exceptional part of the weekend and again reinforced our enduring Hawken relationships. All who attended the Party of the Century agreed that it was a gathering that truly exemplified all the special qualities of Hawken. We can never adequately thank all of the individuals involved in the planning and execution of the entire Centennial, but your efforts were invaluable. It is my hope that the camaraderie, the pride, and the spirit of the Centennial will inspire further engagement in the school with current students, fellow alums, and the remarkable aspirations that are ahead for Hawken.

Lisa Bercu Levine ‘85 Alumni Board President

Celebrating former Alumni Board Presidents: Celebrating former Alumni Board Presidents attending the Party of the Century: John Calfee ’60, Matthew Salerno ’92, Muffy Loomis Kaesberg 77, Steve Ross ’84, Marla Esgar Robbins ’75, Martin Schulz ’82, Susi Yarus Meisel ’78, Peter Jacobson ’81, and Jeff Biggar ’68 Not pictured: Bob Page ’49, Sandy Vilas ’59, Al Klauss ’66, and Fred Wendel ’67 52

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alumni Hawken Alumni Connect via Evertrue Mobile App: 6 Quick Case Studies in Network Strength The brother/sister duo of John ‘01 and Annie Schirm ’13 were happy to be attending a Cavs playoff game together at the Q when they noticed a very cool Modify Watches display. “I’d love to do an internship with a cool company like that,” Annie said. John replied, “That company was founded by Aaron Schwartz ’00. You should call him….” Annie connected with Aaron using the alumni app and is spending the summer working at Modify in California. Chicago based Brian Vogt ’10 loved playing Hawken football. So it was not surprising that when he reached out to orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Omar Darr, MD ’89 using Hawken’s Alumni App for some advice on medical school, the two had a great phone conversation about Hawken Football. Even better is that they met the following week in Milwaukee to talk about careers in medicine, and Omar invited Brian to shadow with him in the OR for a day. Michael Silva ‘07 was interested in doing research with a burn unit near his family in Galveston, TX and was familiar with the work of renowned burn surgeon and Hawken alumnus David Herndon ’67 at UTMB. Michael reached out to David via the alumni app, the two corresponded about his interests, and Michael is now working as a clinical research assistant in burn surgery for Shriners Hospitals for Children in association with UTMB Galveston. When French teachers Kristina Maurer and Rachel Brennan headed off to France in December with 12 students through a fall intensive class, they used the alumni app to connect with NASA’s European Representative Gib Kirkham ’81 at the US Embassy for a tour of the embassy and lunch at L’église de la Madeleine. Hawken Senior Conrad Young ’15 wanted to do his Senior Project at the Met in NYC, so he grabbed his dad’s iPhone and used the Hawken alumni app to find Hawks at the Met with internship connections… Bam… An amazing internship in New York working with Courtney Stewart ‘99 in the Met’s Department of Islamic Art. When he stepped up to help organize his 30th reunion, Scott Hamilton ’84 found the Evertrue app an immeasurable resource. “We wouldn’t have been nearly as successful sending information out about our event without it. Also, when you turn 50, it helps with remembering names! Thanks Hawken!!”

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Homecoming is about just that... coming home For years we have been hearing that May is a challenging time for many of our alumni to come back to campus for Reunion Weekend. Between graduations, weddings, college reunions, and other family commitments, the month of May is a very busy time for alumni and families of all ages. Meanwhile, our fall HawkFest Homecoming has been increasingly successful due to strong alumni presence and the establishment of the Athletic Hall of Fame with its Homecoming Weekend Induction Ceremony. Members of the Alumni Center staff and Alumni Board met individually and together over the spring and summer to discuss the timing of reunion weekend and how to best capitalize on the incredible engagement and momentum fostered during the lead up to May’s Centennial. Strong support clearly emerged for a fall Reunion Weekend and the timing of the change seemed perfect. So coming out of this year’s “Centennial Reunion for All,” Hawken will be officially shifting our formal Alumni Weekend to align with October Homecoming weekend.

Our next Alumni Weekend will be October 7–8, 2016. Mark your calendars now and classes ending in “1” or “6” start planning for your next class reunion. Our local CCIS schools plan to continue the 4-School Party in May, and Hawken Alumni will surely be invited to attend.

Come Help the Hawk Blow Out the Candles! Don’t miss this year’s Fall HawkFest 2015 with a special recognition of Hawken’s Official 100th Birthday.

Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd Friday, October 2 All School Pep Rally Alumni Tailgate Fall HawkFest Saturday, October 3 Athletic Competitions Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Athletic Hall of Fame Cocktail Dinner Reception For more information, visit hawken.edu/birthday

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First Thursdays with Peter: Season Two Peter Scott’s seminar series for alumni and friends at the Gries Center was a fantastic success last year and we’re thrilled

2015 Alumni Award Nominations are Being Accepted Is there an alumnus/na that you would like to nominate for

to announce that a second season will get underway on

this year’s awards? Criteria and nomination forms for the

Thursday, October 1 at the Sally and Bob Gries Center in

Carl N. Holmes, Richard W. Day, and Fair Play Awards may be

University Circle. This year’s series will include classes on

found on the Alumni webpage, and nominations may be

Hemingway, comparative religion, poetry and more…

emailed to alumni@hawken.edu. Awards will be presented

We also look forward to taking select sessions on the road.

at the Annual Alumni Winter Luncheon on Saturday,

Details about the forthcoming series

December 19. Nominations must be received by

(and a video archive of last year’s sessions)

October 2 for consideration this year.

are available at: hawken.edu/firstthursdays.

Best Wishes, Matthew Young ’83 and Sara Mierke ’84! Hawken’s Development, Alumni, and Marketing teams would like to wish Matthew Young ’83 and Sara Mierke ’84 well on their new adventures in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the African Leadership Academy, Matthew will serve as Associate Dean for Learning and Innovation and Sara as Program Director, Global Programs. During her time at Hawken, Sara guided the establishment of and served as director of the Gries Center; facilitated the re-integration of our service learning and global programs; and established the School’s exchange programs, which have brought 20 exchange students here since 2008. Matthew, the son of former Head of School Jim Young, came to Hawken as a science teacher in 2008 before becoming Middle School Director in 2011. He joined our team in the Cottage at Gates Mills as Director of Alumni Engagement in 2013. His educational expertise combined with his ability to engage and connect with students, parents, and alumni in authentic ways has made him an asset in each of his roles. In particular, we are indebted to Matthew for all his efforts the past two years to expand and enhance Hawken’s relationships with its alumni around the world. Both Sara and Matthew have helped us advance Hawken’s mission by making it more applicable and relevant to education in the 21st century, and we are indebted to them for all of their meaningful contributions to their alma mater and to the next generation. Good Luck! 55


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A Better Chance at Hawken:

Celebrating 40 Years of Successful Partnership after stepping down off the stage from his ninth grade graduation from Soon Alexander Hamilton Junior High School in Cleveland, the mother of Gerald

Gerald Johnson ‘80

Johnson ’80 told him that he’d not be attending JFK High School as he had hoped, but instead would be making a 90-minute round trip to Hawken’s Upper School as an A Better Chance (ABC) Scholar. Gerald was both surprised and upset; he had not known that the Saturday morning testing sessions his mother had been taking him to all spring were part of the ABC application process, and transitioning to an entirely new school was the last thing he wanted to do. “It was to be a summer of tears and gnashing of teeth,” Gerald recently recounted. But his ultimate decision to concede to his parents and enroll at Hawken as the 10th ABC scholar turned out to be one of the first of many pivotal decisions that propelled him to his current position as Vice President of Operational Excellence for General Motors. A clearly gifted student, Gerald had always equated being smart with being an outcast. By his high school years, he had really grown to dislike that label. “Then one day at Hawken,” Johnson remembers clearly, “my friend Greg Coles ‘79 came up to me in the student center and said ‘Gerald… It’s OK to be smart here’. He repeated it three times. From then on, I recognized being smart as an advantage that I should leverage.” Faculty, administrators, and coaches like Frank Brandt, Bob Spicer, and Bruce Carr knew Johnson was smart, too. He recalls how they and others went out of their way to help him stay engaged and thrive. These individual relationships were critical to Johnson’s success at Hawken and continued to inspire him as he earned degrees at Kettering University and MIT as well as a remarkable life-long career with General Motors.

“It was a 45-minute drive for me. I felt as though I was going to no man’s land at first. Everything I came into contact with felt different to me.” Gerald Johnson ‘80

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alumni Kynnedy Smith ’21 receives ABC Young Leader Award from Middle School Co-Director Jenifer Halliday in May

Forty years and some 84 alumni scholars later, Hawken has accepted and graduated more ABC Scholars than any other day school in the Midwest, and the partnership continues to make a profound difference in the lives of Northeast Ohio families. In fact, just this spring, ABC scholar and middle school student Kynnedy Smith ‘21 won ABC’s prestigious Young Leaders Award. Another recent ABC award winner is Rebekah Russell ’14. Russell was the Charles B. Bolton Award winner and was also named a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar. She is currently a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University studying medicine. Founded in 1963 and based in New York with regional offices across the country, A Better Chance strives to increase the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Through a rigorous regional application process, ABC identifies talented students and matches them with suitably high achieving, independent college-prep schools. Though most of ABC’s partner schools in the early days were East Coast boarding schools, former Hawken Admission Director Bob Wheeler learned of the organization and initiated the relationship between Hawken and ABC in 1973. Wheeler’s successor in admissions, Frank Brandt, was responsible for recruiting over 80 ABC scholars during his renowned career at the School. “Hawken was the first of the independent day schools in Cleveland to welcome African American students in the mid-60’s and was known as a more diverse, progressive thinking school. It was a natural fit, and we were able to support many different kinds of students in finding their way,” says Brandt, proudly.

2014 Bolton Award Winner and Gates Millennium Scholar, Rebekah Russell ‘14

“Hawken really prepared me for college. I learned how to effectively study and apply what I am learning, which is something that my peers at college are grappling with now.” Rebekah Russell ‘14

Sherri Lyons Spelic ‘83 Brandt’s unwavering support for the program and encouragement of individual scholars, as well as that of longtime admissions assistant Kathleen Carr, were pivotal to the success of ABC scholars at Hawken during their early days on campus. Sherri Lyons Spelic ’83 wrote, “When I visited the school, I remember being greeted by Ms. Carr and Mr. Brandt. Ms. Carr may well have been the warmest, most genuine person I’d ever met, even to this day! Mr. Brandt seemed also to take such a deep interest in me that I was sold on the school without even having left their office.” Spelic knew nothing about ABC when she first arrived on campus, but Brandt connected her family with the program, which helped make a Hawken education possible. Among the many teachers she credits, PE teacher Val Fawcett stands 57


alumni out as life changing. Spelic recalls that Ms. Fawcett “trained alongside us and was fitter and stronger than we were. That blew me away at the time. So when I became a track and cross country coach, her model of coaching is the one that I applied and continue to apply.” After 27 years as a teacher, coach and school leader, Spelic notes that although she may not be able to keep up with her athletes anymore, “they understand that I speak from experience and know well many of the changes they are going through in working to improve their performance.” As an ABC student with particularly high potential, Spelic was also among the first students in the country to participate in the LEAD Program (Leadership, Education, and Development) at Columbia University during the summer before her senior year. This program exposed students to top notch business professionals and also included a visit with President Reagan in the Rose Garden. “It’s strange to look back on that and realize the level of privilege to which I was exposed. Everywhere we went, adults would impress upon us how important we were and what a difference our success would make to the country. Spelic went on to earn her BA in International Relations at Brown and an MA in Sports Psychology from Norwich University. Recently, after years of teaching in the US and abroad, she returned to the Klingenstein Center at Columbia to earn her MEd in Independent School Leadership.

“Hawken has accepted and graduated more ABC Scholars than any other day school in the Midwest. The partnership continues today, making a profound difference in the lives of Northeast Ohio families.” Heather Daly, Director of Admission and Financial Assistance

I developed while a student at Hawken provided a real sense of community belonging for me – I think these qualities have been vital to the successful partnership between ABC and Hawken over the years.” Teague also recalls how he prepared during the summer before entering Hawken at the academic “primer” program, which was designed to smooth the academic transition. Early summer football practices with Cliff Walton were also important. Teague, an outstanding athlete, recalls that it was during those early practices when he first heard Walton’s famous words: “No matter how good you are you get either better or worse each day.” Teague is reminded of those words often today and has referenced them in his volunteer work on ABC’s National Advisory Panel and as an ABC candidate interviewer.

Marcus Teague ‘88 Atlanta based Business Development Manager for Verity Retail Solutions, Inc. Marcus Teague ’88 at first considered attending Phillips Exeter Academy as an ABC Scholar, but after visiting our campus in the spring of 1985, he chose Hawken instead. “Mr. Brandt and Ms. Carr really gave us the red carpet treatment, and I felt so welcomed when I visited Hawken. The dedication of Hawken’s admissions staff and the close personal relationships 58

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Charlise Lyles ‘77 Author Charlise Lyles ’77 was among the first female ABC Scholars to enroll at Hawken in the fall of 1974. She was struck by the wide open, natural spaces of the campus, small class sizes, and dedicated, creative faculty during her high school


alumni years. To this day, Lyles appreciates the close, intimate learning environment and heavy emphasis placed on reading and writing, at which she excelled. Lyles chronicled many of her experiences in a powerful memoir entitled Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? From the Projects to Prep School. She’s been back on campus several times to speak with upper and middle school classes and has been an active ABC alumna, working on various documentary and writing projects for the organization. “The strains of Hawken and ABC are braided within me—equal parts character and intellect. Because of the high-caliber education I received at Hawken, my commitment to leading other young people - in my own family as well as down the street - to get the best possible education has fueled my work not only as editor of Catalyst Cleveland, an education reform journal, but as a writer who focuses on a range of social justice issues.”

Will Burns ‘91 After Will Burns ’91 completed elementary school in Warrensville Heights, his mother wanted him to attend a better junior high, so she enrolled him at Hawken for his seventh grade year. Subsequently, a family transition necessitated Burns’ return to Whitney Young Junior High School for eighth grade, where fortuitously, he and his family were connected with ABC. He had many options for high school including prestigious East coast boarding schools, but being close to family and having experienced Hawken’s legendary teachers including Martha Brown, Genevieve Swan, and Charles Stephens, Burns chose to return to Hawken for high school. Burns, who currently serves as Alderman of the Fourth Ward in the City of Chicago, recalls that Hawken teachers

had high expectations and a very different way of doing things compared to his teachers from public school. “I had a really rough start at first,” Burns says, “but the teachers and parents never gave up on me and boosted my confidence to succeed. The ABC program attracted smart kids with grit and a willingness to work hard, but it also put kids at the periphery of their neighborhood peer group, requiring one to develop a fluency between home and school communities, which was not easy. I was constantly going between different worlds.” Burns’ experience navigating different communities and communicating cross culturally has fueled his success as a community organizer and politician. He’s proud to be increasingly involved with Hawken as a new member of the Visiting Committee of the Board of Trustees and strives to use his skills and experiences in making the world a better place.

“That seventh grade experience was vital to my path at Hawken -- I became familiar with the rigors of the school and its expectations. Having grown up in an all-African American environment, there was a steep cultural learning curve as the only black boy in the class, but I am grateful that I got to do that in seventh grade as opposed to ninth grade or even my first year in college.” Will Burns ‘91

Although ABC was forced to close its Northeast Ohio Regional office for a ten-year period between 2003 and 2012, Hawken sustained its close relationships with primary and middle school administrators throughout that period. “We’re thrilled to be back and active in the region,” says Chantal Stevens, National Director for ABC’s College Preparatory Schools Program, “and we look forward to leveraging our long standing partnership with Hawken to even greater heights in the years to come.”

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Class Notes 2014-2015

With so many alumni back on campus celebrating the Red and Gray during the Centennial Weekend, this edition of Class Notes features an entirely pictorial representation of alumni attending various events by class year. Special thanks to all our class news secretaries and shutterbugs who helped assemble pictures from the weekend!

1930 – 1940

Old Guard–Classes of 1930–1960

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

1941

Mr. Dudley A. Hawley, Jr. ‘41 10070 Mitchells Mill Rd Chardon, OH 44024

1942

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

Jake Collens ‘68 & Jock Collens ‘31

1943

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

1944

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

1945

Mr. E. Washburn Hawley ‘45 Parker Place Unit 109 7960 Center St Mentor, OH 44060

Exciting new and old familiar spaces: Lower School Director Brad Gill Leads Lyndhurst Tours

Bob Gries ‘44 shakes hands with Jim Young and Scott Looney

1946

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

Carolyn O’Neill and Bob Page ‘49

1947

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

Bill Manuel ‘57 and Morrie Everett ‘56

1948

Mr. Robert E. Kipka ‘48 31 Pine St # 1 Peterborough, NH 03458

1949

Mr. George H. Scragg, Jr. ‘49 12404 Degas Ln Dallas, TX 75230 geohscragg@aol.com

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Bill McCoy ‘38, David Armington, and Peter Armington ‘72

Bill Chamberlin ‘59 and John Calfee ‘60


1950

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

Old Guard–Classes of 1930–1960, continued

1951

Mr. Whitney Evans ‘51 4480 Grove St Sonoma, CA 95476 WEvans1114@sbcglobal.net

1952

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu David Sargent ‘56 and Bing Blossom ‘53

Left to right: Charles Marston (U.S./Mayfield HS), Morris Everett, Jr. ‘56, Chris Metzger ‘56, David Sargent ‘56, Al Rankin ‘56 at the home of Morris Everett Jr. during Centennial Weekend

1953

Mr. Chandler H. Everett ‘53 20600 Chagrin Blvd Ste 803 Cleveland, OH 44122 chaneverett@earthlink.net

1954

Rev. Peter Sipple ‘54 45 Bay View Avenue Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520 sipplemp@gmail.com

1955

Mr. Bryant Robey ‘55 1307 NW Saginaw Ave Bend, OR 97701 bryrobey@gmail.com

Rick Taft ‘60 and Scott Inkley ‘36

1956

Mr. Morris Everett, Jr. ‘56 37350 Fairmount Blvd Hunting Valley, OH 44022 morriseverettjr@yahoo.com

Vin ‘57 & Ruth Fiordalis, Sandy Vilas ‘59, and Tim LaRiche ‘59

Morrie Everett ‘56 spinning tales at the Old Guard dedication of the Headmasters Chapel

1957

Mr. Robert M. Clements, Jr. ‘57 166 Duane St Apt 11A New York, NY 10013 robin@clements.net

1958

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

Ted deConingh ‘44 and Anne Smith Wombwell deConingh

1959

Mr. David E. LeFevre ‘59 PO Box 1685 New York, NY 10150 dl@bspintl.com

1960 David Osburn ‘58 playing the Hoyt organ at the Old Guard Headmasters Chapel dedication

Whitney Evans ‘51, Robin Hitchcock Hatch & Jeanette Evans at Lower School Chapel

Mr. Richard H. Bole ‘60 PO Box 8 Gates Mills, OH 44040 rbole@recyclemidwest.com

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Mr. Henry K. Coerdt ‘64 17017 Catsden Rd Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 henrykcoerdt@gmail.com

1965

Marty Winston, Richard Lightbody and Peter Relic 50th Reunion Dinner at Lyndhurst

Charley Jordan, Steve Blount, Peter Relic and Daniel Biskind

Dr. Richard Lightbody ‘65 2264 N Saint James Pkwy Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 lbody67@att.net

1966

Dr. Stephen D. Umans ‘66 5 Regent Road Belmont, MA 02478 umans@alum.mit.edu

Alice & Don Martin, Richard Lightbody, and Bob Nash Gretchen Efflen, Dennis Friedman, Mary Ann Sintich, Charley Jordan, Christine and Richard Lightbody, Bob Nash and Mary Pat Nash

Jim Young, Corbin Rankin, Charlie Cooley, and Tom Rankin

Marty Winston and family at the Party of the Century

1966

Al Klauss, Chris Fusco ‘68, Birkett Gibson ‘68 and George Armington

George Armington, Tom Taft, Topper Jones, David Strong and Al Klauss at the Hawken Chapel

Topper Jones, Mario Boiardi and Jon Boyer

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Wendy Klauss & Topper Jones

Nancy and Bill Brown


1967 1967

Mr. Stacy R. Feldman ‘67 7501 Scarlet River Dr Apt 3F Bakersfield, CA 93308 stacyrfeldman@yahoo.com

1968 Suni & Henry Coerdt ‘64, Marian & Skip Murfey, Steve Ward & Bobby Brown, and Pat Hickox

Nanne & Marshall Olds

Mr. H.W. Birkett Gibson ‘68 5810A Ridgeview Ln Willoughby, OH 44094 hwbgibson@gmail.com

1969

Mr. Carl D. Coerdt ‘69 3 Country Club Est Dover, NH 03820 carl-coerdt@comcast.net Chuck Bittenbender & Betsy Humphrey

Bill Bruner and Jim Hoyt were right on tune with the Centennial All Star Band

Howard and Peggy Tuttle -- Still making great music together

1968

Ralph Webster brings down the house with G.L.O.R.I.A.

Tanya and John Verga

Birkett Gibson and Will Gibson ‘06

Becky & Brad Stirn, Shirley and Doug Stenberg, and Ellen Stirn Mavec ‘76

Dud and Betsy Humphrey

Becky and Brad Stirn

1969

Paul Shiverick ‘71, Asa (Bo) Shiverick and Ellen Stirn Mavec ‘76

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1970 1970

Mr. Daniel von Koschembahr ‘70 2856 NW 67 Street Seattle, WA 98117 dtvk@mindspring.com Mr. Samuel Spencer ‘70 17609 Clover Road Mill Creek, WA 98012 25jspencer@gmail.com

John P. Thompson and George Watkins

The Hawk, Peter Stroempl, Bill Thompson ‘72, Michael Trautman ‘72 & George Watkins

1971

Mr. John C. Thompson ‘71 256 Spring Valley Rd Ridgefield, CT 06877 ezrathompson@outlook.com

Kathy Hastings, Bill Barney and Tim George

Don Allman and Tim Fusco

1971

Tommy Thompson, Betsy Briggs Nogueira, David and Paul Shiverick

Bill and Nancy North

Betsy Briggs Nogueira, Charlie Shiverick ‘06, Reg Shiverick ‘74, Lynn Shiverick, Paul Shiverick, Hope Shiverick Lomas, David Shiverick, Noni Shiverick, Asa “Bo” Shiverick ‘69

Tony and Susan Visconsi with Carl Fazio ‘01

Nancy North, Jamie Blecher ‘02, Warren Dusenbury, Tommy Thompson and Bill North

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1972

Mr. Peter Horvitz ‘72 Horvitz Newspapers, Inc. 500 108th Ave NE, Ste 1750 Bellevue, WA 98004 peter@phorvitz.com

Bill Thompson and Jon Krotinger Class of ‘72 at Saturday Morning Men’s Circle at the White House

1973

1973

Mr. Andrew K. Rayburn ‘73 2655 Chagrin River Rd Hunting Valley, OH 44022 andy.rayburn@biggamecapital.com Mr. John M. Mueller ‘73 1400 Chagrin River Rd Gates Mills, OH 44040 jmueller@ppellc.com

1974

Mr. Ralph T. King, Jr. ‘74 10 Hawkview St. Portola Valley, CA 94028 ralph_king@sbcglobal.net

Todd Horn facilitating the Headmasters Panel

1975

1974

Larry Murray, Grosvie Cooley, Ann & Tom Seabright

Mrs. Marla Esgar Robbins ‘75 PO Box 457 Gates Mills, OH 44040 marlaesgar@gmail.com

Leslie Chin, Carl Smith & Ralph King

Mary & Larry Murray, Bill Tuttle ‘73

1975

From the Friday night dinner hosted by Marla and Tyler ‘67 Robbins. Front: Marla Robbins, Jim Alemagno, Gwenn Kalberer Winkhaus, and Kane Brown Pierce ‘76. Back: Brian Landsman, Michael Weiss, and Jonathan Silver

A coach and her athletes: Tammy Dupuy Marquardt ’89, Marla Robbins Esgar, Lisa Kalberer ’88, and Sarah Dykstra ‘89

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Mr. Marc Jaffe ‘76 2683 W Saint James Pkwy Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 marcjaffe@sbcglobal.net

1977

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

1978

Mrs. Susi Meisel ‘78 32675 Wintergreen Dr Solon, OH 44139 m.specl5@gmail.com

Brad Stirn ‘68 & Ellen Stirn Mavec

Derrick Harkins and Cathy Marcus Huser

1977

Sam Clyde ‘10 & Andy Clyde

MSB Event - Andy Clyde, Pam ‘83 and Perry Blossom, and Muffy Kaesberg

Kathy Bole and Peter Scott

Peter Scott, Lori Kalberer, Scott Beatty, and Dominic Visconsi

Keith Warner, John and Karen Warner Coyner ‘83, Barb and Jeff Warner

1978

Dan Golberg ‘79, Lisa Pearl Klein ‘79, Peter Meisel ‘77, and Susi Meisel

Ann Esgar Conkle, Marla Esgar Robbins ‘75, Andrew Guenther, Charisse Guenther and Abi Conkle

Keith Warner and Martha Southgate

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1979

1979

Ms. Heather Ross-Lowenstein ‘79 19000 S Park Blvd Shaker Heights, OH 44122 hrlow19@aol.com Clara MacKenzie Pelfrey and Scott Fromson

Class of ‘79 at the Party of the Century

1980

Mr. Robert S. Cutler ‘80 166 Prophet Dr W Lafayette, IN 47906 robb@nne.net Mr. Adam Cohen ‘80 11 Park St Greencastle, IN 46135 cohenadam79@yahoo.com

Shari Loveman Goldberg and Julie Snyder ‘80 (with Elana Peltz Rotter in the background)

1981

Mr. Peter L. Blum ‘81 430 Spring Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 peterblum13@gmail.com

Nancy Seith Erickson, Bob Ellis, Steve Aronoff, Andre Bustamante

1980

Class of ‘80 at the Party of the Century: Maria Rozhin, Kirk Nahra, Sue Drake Harkey, Nancy Pignolet Sauer, Tracy Benson, Debbie Katz, Seth Tucker and Danny Leizman

1981

David Watson, Debbie Holtrey-Cooper, Roy Krall, Peter Jacobson, Alison Loop, Ann Mandel Garson

Ann Mandel Garson, Dawn Krall, Roy Krall, and Peter Jacobson at MSB

Scott Looney, Gigi & Dale Kates

Dawn and Roy Krall

Mark Deutsch, Donna Turi, Jeff Turi, Michael Wagner, Brent Delman and Ann Mandel Garson

Paul Nahra and Beth Hellerstein

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Mr. Ethan Cohen ‘82 22425 Canterbury Ln Shaker Heights, OH 44122 ethanhcohen@gmail.com

1983

Mrs. Ilana Long ‘83 16170 SE 16th St Bellevue, WA 98008 ilanalong@hotmail.com

Susan Selis Heyniger and Liz Peay McCreery

1984

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Ethan Cohen, David Ross, Martin Schulz, Peter Henkel, Andy Weiss, Ben Lewis, Don Anthony

Andy Weiss, Martin Schulz, Ethan Cohen, Liz Peay McCreery

1983

Chris King and Jim Young

Kendra Hatfield Timajchy, Brad Bryan, Karen Warner Coyner

Leslie Wurzburger, Todd Barrett, and Lora Fader Dunne

Class of 1983 at Party of the Century: Front Row (L-R) : Doug Healy, Chris King, Matthew Young, Anne Blum, John The-Photo-Bomber; Middle Row (L-R): Raspberri Elisa, Josh Breslau, David Reavis, Peter Tucker, Todd Barrett, Lora Fader Dunne, Leslie Schwartz Wurzburger, Karen Warner Coyner; Back Row (L-R): John Lis, Hall Kirkham

1984

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Sherri Powar ‘81, David Powar, Helen Ross and Ellen Ross

Dana Buhl, Mindy Kuth, Sara Mierke, Hall Kirkham ‘83, and Chris King ‘83 at MSB


1986

1985

1985

Mr. Michael R. Weil, Jr. ‘85 2301 Chatfield Dr Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 mrw6@case.edu Bob Henninge and Brian Schlang ‘16 testing lights at the MSB show

Insa Schulz Bell and David Gunning

Wendy Henninge Walker and Bob Henninge ‘85

1986

Mr. Jay Johnson ‘86 15081 Tamarind Cay Ct Apt 1001 Fort Myers, FL 33908 cwjohnson@sprintmail.com

1986, continued

1987

Mr. Terrell Menefee ‘87 8035 Thornapple Lane Novelty, OH 44072 terrellmenefee@roadrunner.com

1988 The Rezaee’s: Sam, Rod ‘88, Alana ‘97, Roya, and William Beseth

1988

Aaron Brandt -- keeper of the white gloves

Wendy Morton Hudson, Mary Lynn Nichols Harper, Amy Farmer-Michaud, Ellen J.L. Sternweiler, Pam Sherwin Zalba, Julie Braun Haines, and Colette Haines

1989

Ms. Melissa L. Times ‘88 1112 Maplegrove Ave Royal Oak, MI 48067 mltimes1999@gmail.com

1989

Mr. Scott Spiegle ‘89 480 E. Orange Hill Cir Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 scottspiegle@aol.com

1990

Mr. Zachary Goldberg ‘90 122 Huron Ave Cambridge, MA 02138 zackgo@gmail.com

Steve Rosen and David Henkel

Gwynne and Craig Gretter

Class of ‘89 at the Party of the Century: Front: Sheila Saegh Henretta, Sherri HoltreyVadakin, Tammy Dupuy Marquardt, Patricia Kim Harbold, Sharon K. Petersen, and Halley Moore. Back: Sarah Dykstra, Charlie Takaoka, Arvin Jawa, and Scott Spiegle

1990

Griffin Ralston and Courtney Sullivan

Class of ‘90 25th Reunion at the Gries Center

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1991 1991

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1992

Mr. Alan L. MacCracken III ‘92 1234 W 62nd St Kansas City, MO 64113 tmaccr@hotmail.com

1993

Will Burns, Shefali Ujla Power and Sean Power

Will Burns and Peter Scott

1992

Ms. Hollis R. Grdina-Moore ‘93 16308 E Phillips Ln Englewood, CO 80112 hollisgrdina@hotmail.com

1994

Mr. Andrew Rothman ‘94 4573 Anderson Road South Euclid, OH 44121 hawken@arothman.com

Classes of ‘92, ‘93, and ‘94 assemble at the Party of the Century

Amy and Scott Bilsky

1993

Class of ‘93

1994

Jeremy Bilsky, Victor Colombo, Danielle Hopkins and Kim Currier

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Laura Woodburn Jones, Andy Jawa, and CJ White

Eric Starr and Andy Jawa


1994, continued 1995

Ms. Melissa K. Fox ‘95 4512 Chestnut Street Bethesda, MD 20814 melissa.k.fox@gmail.com

Burr Grunden and Josh Leavitt Class of ‘94 at the Party of the Century

Josh Gilchrist, Shaquira Johnson, Lige Kaplan

Class of ‘94 at Cedar Creek Grille

Anjali Mehta, Bevin Wrobel Skoglund, Danielle Hopkins, and Lauren DeMinico

Jeff Milbourn, Megan Davidson, Katey Herman, Heather Stuckey, and Kim Currier

1995

Heather Williams Chapman, Juliet Castrovinci, Jennifer Goldberg Rapoport, Kate LaRiche Moore, Lori Shulman

Jennifer Goldberg Rapoport, Lori Shulman, Kate LaRiche Moore

Lori Shulman, Jennifer Goldberg Rapoport, Juliet Castrovinci, Naomi Strauss Hightower, Kate LaRiche Moore

John Ours, Morrie ‘56 and Diana Everett, and Audrey Ours ‘23

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1996 1996

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1997

Kellie Hoyt ‘97 3140 Bryant Ave S Apt 4 Minneapolis, MN 55408 kghoyt@gmail.com

1998

Mr. Daniel S. Tyler ‘98 65 Merlham Dr Madison, WI 53705 dano.tyler@gmail.com

Kim Rice D’Ewart, Nina Fazio Greenberg, Carolyn Coquillette, Lydia Holzman, Liz Bishop, Betsy Stromberg, Megan Fusco Ames, Catey Fazio Peters

Top row: Kim Rice D’Ewart, Jesse Kleinman, Betsy Stromberg, Peter Debelak, Dan Walton, Megan Fusco Ames. Front Row: Nina Fazio Greenberg, Heidi Tepper Drexler, Beth Davis-Berg, Catey Fazio Peters

Alan and Liz Gillmore

1997

1998

Brady Schreiner Barnick, Ali Rosen Shapiro, Alana Rezaee, Caroline Calfee Zerbey, Amanda Fanaroff Hirsh, Niki Schaefer

Kirk Lintern with Brian Horsburgh ‘06

1999

Ms. Maureen E. Winston ‘99 4250 N Marine Dr Apt 1706 Chicago, IL 60613 maureenwinston@gmail.com

1999

Michael Cassara and Linda Rohler Scott Ver Merris, Mary Lou Ver Merris, Morgan Ver Merris ‘03, and Jim Pavarski

Jim Vozzella, Maureen Winston, Marla Komocki Zwinggi, Nick Zwinggi, Chad Komocki Zach Guren ‘03, Peter and Debbie Guren, and Adam Guren

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2000 2000

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu Marni Santoro and Heather Humphrey Herzog

Brad Bookatz, Morgan Ver Merris ‘03, and Tommy Sustar

Casey Clark Harrold ‘02, Peter Harrold ‘02, and Matt Oberdorfer

2001

2001

Ms. Andrea Hocevar ‘01 4903 Swetland Blvd Richmond Heights, OH 44143 ahoce@hawken.edu Ms. Kerri E. Aveni ‘01 365 N. Jefferson St, Apt 1403 Chicago, IL 60661 keaveni@gmail.com Mr. Wesley D. Wilson ‘01 17194 Wood Acre Trail Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 wwils@hawken.edu

Vashon Williams

Tony ‘71 & Susan Visconsi, Carl Fazio

Class of ‘01: Kristen Bruhn, Andrea Hocevar, Tia Satullo Winfield, Kerri Aveni, Ian Greenwalt Back row: Martha Fusco Butcher, Molly Fogg Valent, Phil Holder, Arun Kottha, Carl Fazio, Brett Goulder, Wes Wilson, Isabelle Bolton King, Nick Rogoff

Steve Hall ‘00; Abby and Tristan Statler ‘00, and Wes Wilson

2002

Mr. Hunter W. Haas ‘02 717 W. Briar Place, 1E Chicago, IL 60657 hwhaas@gmail.com

Sterg Lazios & Saul Kliorys ‘01

2002

Phil Holder ‘01, Jamie Blecher, Kristen Bruhn ‘01 and John Paul Siemborski

Caitlin Randall, Justin Kadis, RG Hawwa, and Jacqui Grassi Hawwa ‘03 at the combined class party for 2000–2003 at Market Garden Brewery

Chelsea Robbins and Anthoni Fazio

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2003 2003

Eileen Starrett ‘03 115 W. 16th St. #222 New York, NY 10011 eileen.starrett@nbcuni.com

2004

Ms. Meredith K. Pringle ‘04 1401 N St NW Apt 908 Washington, DC 20005 meredith.pringle@gmail.com

Saul Kliorys ‘01 and Steve Caviness

Class of ‘03

Nick Biggar and Scott Roulston

Adam Ebrahim, Jeff Clapacs, Nick Biggar, Scott Roulston and David Hardy

Chandra Jury and Tony Visconsi

‘03 Saturday golf outing

Class of ‘03 at the Party of the Century

2004

Erin Donia, Sarah Boyer Felson, Andrew Tuttle, Meredith Pringle, Mackenzie Raulinitis

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Class of ‘04: Back row (left to right): Andrew Bruml, Andrew Tuttle, Tom Murphy, David Horowitz, Meredith Pringle, and Anjali Kottha. Front row: Erin Donia, Sarah Boyer Felson, Mackenzie Raulinitis, Laura Kachurek Pinto, and Eileen Podnar Sheehan


2004, continued 2005

Ms. Hannah Ewert-Krocker ‘05 2641 Champa St Denver, CO 80205 haewertkrocker@gmail.com

Meredith Pringle, CJ Marshall Musser, Sarah Boyer Felson

2006

Mr. Brian Horsburgh ‘06 4820 Franklin Blvd Cleveland, OH 44102 brian.horsburgh@gmail.com

Cameron Seher, Marshall Plow, Paolo Appley, David Horowitz

2005

Class of ‘05 celebrates their 10th reunion at the White House

Drew Horsburgh, Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy, Shay Klevay, and Becca Liebeskind ‘06

Jerry Holtrey and Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy

Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy and Hannah Ewert-Krocker

2006

Class of ‘06 at the Party of the Century - Front: Hayden Haas, David Williams, Malcolm PeytonCook, and Andrew Demsey; Middle Row: Max Artz, John Gottlieb, Catherine Kachurek Young, Jennifer Pignolet, Caitlin Lucier von Haaren, Becca Liebeskind, Billy Koeblitz, and Jess Langholt; Back Row: Adam Young, Samir Pendse, Stewart Roulston, and Charlie Shiverick.

‘06 Reunion at Harris Stanton Gallery

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2007 2007

Ms. Colleen C. Barnes ‘07 320 Alba Lane Lake Mary, FL 32746 ccb7768@gmail.com

2008

Ms. Melissa Petersilge ‘08 2660 N. Haskell Ave., Apt. 4179 Dallas, TX 75204 melissa.petersilge@gmail.com

2009

Ms. Emily N. Brueck ‘09 137 Harbor Club Cir N, Apt 302 Memphis, TN 38103 emilynbrueck@gmail.com

Sarah Boyer Felson ‘04, Casey Tuttle, Ozzie Tuttle ‘07, Andrew Tuttle ‘04

2008

Sarah Boyer Felson ‘04, Charlie ‘57 & Julie Bolton, Mike Scott & Holly Scott

The Hawk (aka Max Blaushild) & Charlie Cooley

2009

Noah Ginsburg, Erin Koeblitz Ginsburg ‘98, Billy Koeblitz ‘06, Kathryn Koeblitz ’05, Vicki Kennedy Koeblitz, Ron Krasney and Annie Koeblitz ‘09

Tyler Fout and Andrea Hocevar ‘01 at Party of the Century

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Emily Brueck and Annie Koeblitz


2010

2010

Ms. Adrienne V. Krol ‘10 4482 Ardendale Rd South Euclid, OH 44121 avkrol28@gmail.com

Brooke Strumbel, The Hawken Hawk, and Sam Clyde

2011

Hawken School Alumni Office PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, OH 44040 alumni@hawken.edu

2012

Ms. Keniece Gray ‘12 7909 Laumer Ave Cleveland, OH 44105 keniecegray@gmail.com

Class of ‘10 at Party of the Century. Front: Jen Waxman, Dani Gallucci, Ali Foti, and Priya Sharma. Back: Becky Raskind, Jessie Lewis, Brooke Strumbel, Joe Nelson, Ellen Murfey, and Sam Clyde

Matthew ‘07, Becky, Julie, and Peter Raskind

2012

2013

Mr. Russell Matthew Cohen ‘13 22425 Canterbury Ln Shaker Heights, OH 44122 rcohen007@gmail.com Mr. Spencer T. Olson ‘13 3580 Brush Rd Richfield, OH 44286 solson17@mail.depaul.edu Ms. Vanessa F. Bajko ‘13 2897 Berkshire Rd Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 vfbajko@gwu.edu

2014

Sami Hawwa, Angel Sinito, Jacqui Hawwa ‘03 & RG Hawwa ‘02

Ms. Bryce Lewis ‘14 24270 Yosemite Drive Euclid, OH 44117 btelbtel848@gmail.com

2013

Anna Lowenstein, Sydney Costanti, Victoria Jones, and Spencer Olson at Party of the Century

2014

Bryce Lewis working registration at Party of the Century with Benson Anderson in the background

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n Memoriam I R e m e m b e r i n g Fe l l o w A l u m n i , Fa c u l t y, S t a f f , Pa r e n t s & Tr u s t e e s

Ronald C. M. “Ronnie” Raymond-Cox ’42 Passed away on June 1, 2015.

Rollin W. King ’46 Passed away on June 26, 2014.

Ronnie was a student at Hawken School from 1940 until 1943 and attended grades 7, 9, and 10. He did so well scholastically in the seventh grade that the administration decided to place Ronnie in the ninth grade. He then attended University School before returning to England in 1944, one month after the D Day landings in Normandy. He completed his schooling at Warwick.

Rollin attended Hawken in grades one through six. He graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He earned a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

He joined the British Army as an engineer and rose to the rank of Major. In 1958, Ronnie joined IBM, retired after 30 years, and then helped run the IMB Users’ Association for the next decade. From 1997 until 1998, he was Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster. During this time, he hosted members of Hawken’s faculty visiting England and also spoke with students on campus at the Middle and Upper Schools. As Lord Mayor, Ronnie established close relationships with those at the top of the British Army and the Royal Air Force. Following his position as Lord Mayor, he assisted with the London Mayors’ Associaton and acted as Lord Mayor Locum Tenens. Ronnie leaves behind his daughters, Elspeth, Allison, and Fiona, and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Pip.

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Rollin was a successful businessman, investment consultant, pilot, and co-founder and former director of Southwest Airlines. In 1964 he purchased the Wild Goose Taxi Service, an air charter firm. Three years later, Rollin and Herb Kelleher incorporated the Air Southwest Company in Texas. From 1968 until 1970 Rollin recruited a board of directors, raised capital, and wrote the business plan to create a lowfare, better service quality airline. The company began flying in 1971. Rollin remained in management at Southwest Airlines and was a member of the board of directors until 2006. Following his tenure at the company, Rollin was an executive consultant and principal of Rollin King Associates. In the civic community, he was a trustee of the Dallas Symphony, St. John’s College, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Rollin also was president of the Board of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and chairman of the Executive Committee of the College of Santa Fe. He was an honorary life member of the Board of

Directors of the School of American Research in Santa Fe and the Southwest Outward Bound School. He is survived by his sons, Rollin W. King, Jr. and Edward P. King; stepchildren, Claire Dewar, Tony Dewar, and Molly Froelich; grandchildren, Ann E King, Rollin W. King III, Ellie King, Prescott King, Charlie King, Grace Dewar, Johnny Dewar, Ella Froelich, and Hal Froelich; sister, Betty King ; and his friend and companion, Anne Reed Rooth. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Ella Ownby King; first wife, Marcia Gygli King; and grandchild, Will Froelich.

Thomas C. Cooper ’50 Passed away on December 21, 2014.

Tom attended Hawken School in grades three through nine. He earned a B.A. from Colgate University. He was employed in real estate as president of Chambers Property Management and Cooper Property Management, Incorporated. Tom is survived by his wife, Colette Irr Cooper; children, Alison and Karen; siblings, Elise Bennett and William Cooper; and three grandchildren.

A. Douglas Sahley ’66 Passed away on May 10, 2015.

Doug entered Hawken School in 1961 and graduated in 1966. He was


Photo by Jeffrey Biggar ‘68

a member of the football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, and baseball teams. He was also involved with the Photography Society. He attended Cleveland State University and Tulane University. He was employed by A.P. & S. Incorporated. Doug leaves behind his wife, Belinda Prinz; son, Thomas R. Sahley; and siblings, William Sahley and Susan Rappaport. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Sahley ’71.

James D. “Jamie” Ireland III ’68 Passed away on January 20, 2015.

As a Hawken student, Jamie served as secretary and vice president of the student council and participated in glee club, photography society, and dance committee. He was a member of the soccer, swimming, and tennis teams. Jamie earned a B.A. in economics from Columbia College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School. Professionally, Jamie was a former managing director and former chairman of Capital One Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm that he co-founded in 1993. He was also a managing director of a private equity fund called Early Stage Partners. He served on the board of directors of Cleveland-Cliffs, OurPets, and several other companies funded by Capital One and Early Stage Partners.

Jamie was active in the civic community as well. He was chairman emeritus of University Circle Inc., a trustee of the Great Lakes Science Center, co-chair for the 2015 Arts and Culture renewal campaign, and co-chair of the Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee. An advocate for the arts, he was a former president and trustee of the Musical Arts Association and served as vice chair of the Campaign for the TwentyFirst Century. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Distinguished Service Award. Jamie also served on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, NorTech, and the Opportunity Corridor Advisory Committee. In 2006, Cleveland State University presented Jamie with the President’s Medal, the most prestigious, nonacademic recognition conferred by the University. He was a mentor to many people throughout Northeast Ohio. Jamie is survived by his children, James D. Ireland IV ’03 and Annie F. Ireland ’09, and siblings, George Ireland ’74, Cornelia Ireland Hallinan, and Lucy Ireland Weller.

Michael Morgan ’68 Passed away on February 6, 2015.

He earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Early in his career, Michael was a journalist. After earning his law degree, he joined the St. Louis office of the Bryan, Cave law firm and also worked in its offices in Riyadh, London, and Hong Kong. He continued practicing law in private practice and with the firms of Gallop, Johnson and Neuman and Greensfelder Hemker and Gale. He was also involved in part of the planning that eventually led to the creation of the St. Louis Beacon, the online news publication that merged with St. Louis Public Radio in 2013. Michael’s passion was music, and he was a pianist. He was a member of the Princeton Club and a supporter of Prison Performing Arts and Tower Grove Park. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dixon ’33 and Martha Morgan. Michael is survived by his wife, Mary Armstrong Goodyear Morgan; siblings, Martha Estes and Dixon Morgan, Jr. ‘64; children, Phoebe Morgan and Nicholas Morgan; step-daughters, Cameron Goodyear and Dana Goodyear; and four grandchildren.

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In Memoriam, continued Paul R. Gallin ’71 Passed away on January 26, 2015.

Paul attended Hawken School in grades nine through 12. While a student, he was a member of the track, cross country, and swim teams. Paul earned a B.A. from Cornell University. Paul began his career with Ohio Travel Bag in 1976 and was its president and owner. He is survived by his mother, Jean Sokol; sister, Andrea Taylor; and niece, Zoey Taylor. John “Jay” Morrison ’72 Passed away on June 11, 2015.

Jay graduated from Hawken School and earned an A.A. from Peninsula College and a BSME from California Polytech State University. He was a world traveler and visited the seven continents. Jay served as second mate on the US Antarctic Research Vessel “Hero,” as a crewmember on the National Geographic-sponsored “Rowing to Antarctica” expedition, and as chief engineer on the National Geographic-sponsored Sol expedition across the Pacific Ocean to Antarctica. Committed to renewable energy, he was also a power plant engineer at the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He assisted in the start-up of Biosphere II in Arizona where he contributed to supporting the passive solar system and an onsite natural gas energy center. Jay was also employed by General Electric 82

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Company as a controls field engineer. He was fluent in three foreign languages. Jay is survived by his sisters, Virginia Morrison ’76 and Elizabeth Marcotte; nephew, Michael Marcotte ; and niece, Avery Glassman.

Mark T. Burns ’75 Passed away on December 2, 2014.

Mark attended Hawken School in grades 11 and 12 and was a member of the baseball team. Following his graduation, Mark earned a B.Arch. from University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. Professionally, he was a real estate developer with Burns Development Company. He leaves behind his children.

Mary Ann Brandt Passed away on January 7, 2015.

Mary Ann was a part-time faculty member during three decades at Hawken, teaching classes in both the Middle School and the Upper School. In addition to her career as a teacher, Mary Ann was a realtor and antique dealer. Mary Ann leaves behind her husband, Frank; children, Amy Brandt ’82, Peter Brandt ’85, Aaron Brandt ’86, and Brady Brandt ’89; grandchildren, Sophie, Frankie, Lucas ’24, Tanner ’28 and Annalise; and brother, Len Okuly. She was the mother-in-law of faculty member Kim Brandt.

Marc C. Krantz Passed away on December 28, 2014.

Marc, father of Ellen ’10, Tara ’16, and Ross ’19, was the managing partner of Kohrman Jackson and Krantz. He had served in this capacity since 1999 and was an accomplished securities, commercial finance and corporate lawyer. He represented the City of Cleveland in the sale and development of the Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation. Prior to assuming his role at Kohrman Jackson and Krantz, Marc practiced law for seven years in Washington, D.C. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A lifelong Democrat, Marc and Jon Pinney, partner of Kohrman Jackson and Krantz, were influential in bringing the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland. Marc was a leader in the civic community in Northeast Ohio. He was chairman of the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority, immediate past chairman of Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, former chairman of Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, trustee of the David and Inez Myers Foundation, board member and chairman of the risk management committee for Bellefaire JCB, and board member for Wingspan Care Group and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. In addition to his children, Marc is survived by his wife, Michele; his father, Byron; his mother, Joan; and his brother, Brett.


As a school community, we mourn, we heal, and we celebrate the lives of two charismatic students, Alexander Durn Doody ’15 and Joshua Robert Weil ’15, who passed away on May 14, 2015. Josh and Alex will be remembered by classmates, faculty, staff, teammates, coaches, and student athletes from surrounding school communities as passionate students, dedicated athletes, motivating competitors, strong leaders, and fun-loving, selfless, and cherished friends.

Alexander Durn Doody ’15 Alex entered Hawken School in pre-kindergarten and was a lifer. From the very beginning of his Hawken tenure, Alex’s teachers saw in him those qualities that his college counselor articulated so well: “I have met some really fun kids over my 20+ years in education, but very few can match the cheerfulness and warmth of Alex.” Happiest when around people, Alex displayed a boyish charm and always looked for the positive in every person. Known for greeting people with one of his signature high-fives, Alex was easy going, upbeat, and loyal. One teacher commented that Alex was an unusually personable young man, self-confident but never boastful, thoughtful and always kind. A top-notch student who planned to attend Cornell University, Alex was intrinsically motivated to learn about the world. His entrepreneurship teacher recalls his ability to deliver lively and professional presentations, lead a team of students in a way that enabled each one to flourish, and generate unique and thoughtful options for the company challenges. He consistently applied strategic thinking to problems, people, and group dynamics. Basketball was one of Alex’s greatest passions. He spent countless hours in the gym taking tens of thousands of shots on the basketball court, and his hard work paid off. His basketball coach noted that “Alex was one of the best basketball players in the history of our program. He was a magnificent ball handler.” Captain of the basketball team and a two-year basketball and one-year lacrosse letterman, Alex was named cleveland.com Player of the Week in December for hitting two game-winning three-pointers in one week; News-Herald Classic MVP in early April; and honorable mention Division III All-Ohio in basketball. Motivated by a desire for the team to work well together and by a commitment to give back to the community, Alex and his teammates volunteered with the Metzenbaum Center of Geauga County Special Olympics basketball team, helping men and women at the Center improve their skills through drills and scrimmages. Alex was the son of Rick Doody and Tamara Durn Doody ’85; brother of Sarah ’13 and Charlotte ’16; grandson of Emma and the late Raymond Durn and Sue and the late Alton Doody; nephew of Sarah Durn Shaulis ’83; and cousin of Anna Shaulis ’18.

Joshua Robert Weil ’15 Josh entered Hawken in the fifth grade after having spent his early elementary years in the gifted program of his local elementary school. Throughout his time at Hawken, he was known for being enthusiastic, reliable, energetic, curious, and charming. An inspirational role model who volunteered for MedWish and served as the team co-captain of Relay for Life, Josh was also an outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, climbing, skiing, and running. Upstanding, honest, and respectful, he also had an interpersonal warmth and awareness that made him a leader among his peers and the “glue” of his advisory group. In short, Josh was a young man of impeccable character who made life better for everyone around him. Josh never took for granted all that Hawken School had to offer him, and he lived up to the School’s highest ideals. Not only was he able to apply what he learned to the world around him; he had the ability and desire to empower his fellow students by sharing his thought process in a clear and concise manner. Josh’s efforts resulted in a highly rigorous course load, an impressive academic performance, and his admission to Middlebury College, where he planned to attend in the fall. A member of Red Key, the Hawken Jazz Band, and Hawken’s football and lacrosse teams, Josh raised the bar for his fellow students with his dedication, approachability, and desire to excel. On the playing field, Josh was a threeyear football letterman, four-year lacrosse letterman, and a captain of both teams. His lacrosse coach noted that “Josh did everything all over the field to complete exhaustion. He loved self-improvement.” He spent countless hours on the lacrosse field working on his movement and stick skills, and played club ball for Burning River Lacrosse. Josh was a driving force behind the football team’s Lift-a-Thon fundraiser for the JADE Foundation, in honor of former Hawken football player the late Alex Dobay. Josh’s athletic distinctions include lacrosse 1st Team All-Ohio Division 2, Ohio Division 2 Midfielder of the Year, and Academic All-American; in football, 2nd Team Associated Press Northeast Lakes District Division 5, 1st Team All Conference, and team MVP. Josh was also one of two Hawken Chagrin Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award recipients. Josh was the son of Meredith Smith Weil ’85 and Michael R. Weil, Jr. ’85; brother of Samuel ’13; grandson of Hannah and Michael Weil and Gretchen and the late Ward Smith; nephew of Alice Weil Krost ’86 and Sarah Smith ’92; and cousin of Oliver Weil ’12.

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Popular persuasion asserts that time takes from us more than it gives. Indeed, the implications of growing old are regrettable. The boundless energy of our youth fades, the taut constitution of our faces and frames slackens and the deterioration of our capacities becomes inevitable. For many reasons, growing old is no fun. The truth of the matter, however, is that time takes nothing from us that it didn’t first give. What is more, as we season, time gifts us things of immeasurable importance, aptitudes that existed beyond our grasp while young. Principal among these is the gift of perspective. Time, and the experiences within, continuously refines the lens through which we view our lives and the world around us. Our perspective today is keener than that of bygone days and in turn, yesteryear.

Fair play

As the months of my life combine into years and the years into decades, I have witnessed first-hand the evolution of my own perspective. I now see, with much greater clarity than before, just how privileged a life I have enjoyed. But of all my life’s great fortunes, few supersede that of having attended Hawken. Believe you me, this statement is free of cant, hyperbole or platitude. The School – our School – recognized me, as it does all of its students, as an individual with unique talents and specific needs. It cultivated within me an unebbing zeal for knowledge. It established the groundworks for an analytical, pragmatic approach to life and the inevitable challenges that manifest throughout. Perhaps most importantly, in spite of my various follies and shortcomings, Hawken believed in me unconditionally and unabashedly. Almost paradoxically, Hawken provided, all at once, the structure I required to succeed and the latitude I longed for to chart my own course. The proceeds of being a Hawk are too many to count, though for me the central most is the notion of Fair Play and the inculcation thereof. The seemingly simple dictum is ubiquitous 84

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during one’s Hawken experience. The words, scribed in black lettering upon a white background, are prominently and proudly displayed in most every room within the institution. The banners serve as an omnipresent reminder to all of Hawken’s core values. But what does Fair Play actually mean? The signs themselves offer no illumination. Armed with the refined perspective time has gifted me, I have come to recognize the denotation and the power of the motto, the universality of its scope.

Fair Play is far more than simple slang derived from and frequently utilized within sport. Similarly, it means infinitely more than the same words in reverse order. Yes, we should all play fair, but Fair Play implores us to laud the talents of others and to recognize their success as something to celebrate rather than denigrate or covet. The dictum beseeches us to consider the achievements of others as commentary on their own skill and savvy, not commentary on our personal shortcomings. Amongst a multitude of other things Fair Play as a concept encompasses character, dignity, respect, courage, humility, grace, courtesy, engagement, compassion,

accountability, excellence, effort, honor and integrity. Fair Play is, in my estimation, the bedrock of human decency; it is what all virtuous people expect of others and, in turn, what we should demand of ourselves.

As I enter the ides of my life, I revel in the opportunity to send my own children to the School that afforded me so very much. As the son of a Hawken grad who himself is the son of a Hawk, our family’s relation with the School now spans four generations. It is evident that the principles imparted at Hawken, Fair Play in particular, are firmly stitched into the fabric of our family. I take great comfort in knowing that my own posterity will, during their time at Hawken and just as their forebears did, look upon the prevalent black and white banners that bare the motto. With time and the perspective that it grants them, I’m confident that they too will come to recognize its significance. Adoption of the ideals therein will ensure the perpetuation of our School’s calling: That the better self shall prevail and each generation will introduce its successor to a higher plane of life. Respectfully, Brinton Lincoln ‘94


CONGRATULATIONS

CLASS OF 2015

American University Bates College (2) Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brandeis University Brown University Butler University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University (4) Alexander A. Treuhaft Memorial Scholarship (1)

Colorado College Columbia University Cornell University (2) DePaul University (2) Dickinson College Elon University (2) Emory University (2) George Mason University Georgia Institute of Technology Hamilton College Harvard University (2)

Heidelberg University Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College (2) Lake Forest College (2) Louisburg College Miami University, Oxford (4) Middlebury College New York University (2) Northwestern University (2) Norwich University (2) Notre Dame College of Ohio Oberlin College Ohio University Pratt Institute Princeton University Purdue University Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Saint Louis University Stanford University Stevens Institute of Technology Syracuse University

The College of Wooster (4) The George Washington University (3) The Ohio State University (3) Honors and Scholars (3)

The Ohio State University, Mansfield Tufts University Tufts UniversitySchool of The Museum of Fine Arts

University of California, Berkeley University of Chicago University of Michigan University of Mount Union University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond University of Southern California Trustee Scholar

University of St. Andrews Washington University in St. Louis (4) Wittenberg University Xavier University Yale University

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2015 – 2016

Save the Date: October 2-3, 2015

AUG 8 Alumni Sports Day Gates Mills

AUG 19 First Day of Classes Lyndhurst & Gates Mills

OCT 2 Hawken’s 100 Birthday Weekend: Pep Rally, HawkFest, Alumni Tailgate, Football Game Gates Mills (More exciting details to come!)

OCT 3 Hawken’s 100 Birthday Weekend: Homecoming Dance, Athletic Games, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Gates Mills (More exciting details to come!)

OCT 18 Admission Open House Lyndhurst & Gates Mills

NOV 25 – NOV 29 Thanksgiving Break

DEC 19 Alumni Winter Luncheon Gates Mills

DEC 19 – JAN 4 (2016) Winter Break

...and you thought the party was over! Hawken’s actual 100th birthday is October 4, 2015. Join us that weekend for Homecoming, Hawkfest, Alumni Tailgate, Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions, our Birthday Celebration, and more. Visit hawken.edu/birthday for details.

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The Hawken Review, Summer 2015  

Vol 35, No 2. The Hawken Review is a print magazine published twice a year for the Hawken School community.

The Hawken Review, Summer 2015  

Vol 35, No 2. The Hawken Review is a print magazine published twice a year for the Hawken School community.

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