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From the Desk of D. Scott Looney This past year has been another historic one for Hawken School. After years of planning and a year of demolition and construction, we celebrated the long-awaited Grand Opening of Stirn Hall in August, along with the renovation and expansion of the historic White House. As you will see from the photos within this issue, it was an event that lived up to its name. Our students and faculty are now feeling at home in this phenomenal new space designed to enable teachers to deliver our forwardfocused curriculum. In October, less than two months later, Hawken announced a merger with Birchwood School, a highly respected K-8 feeder school for Hawken on Cleveland’s west side. The merger went into effect immediately, and we are proud to be partnering with such a fine institution and its founders, Chuck and Helene Debelak. You will learn more about Birchwood in the feature article in this edition of the Review, which highlights the ways in which Birchwood’s mission aligns with Hawken’s – and how their teachers go about preparing students not only for Hawken but for the real world. We couldn’t be more thrilled about welcoming even more Birchwood graduates to our freshman class in the years to come. You may also have heard news of an arrangement to secure property in Gordon Square with the intention of opening an early childhood center there – Phase 2 of our plans to move westward. At the time this issue goes to press, we are in the process of completing the surveys and inspections of the Gordon Square property and concluding several planning workshops and an Open House to confirm parent interest. We will keep you posted of the progress on this project as it develops. These historic changes position us strategically to secure a better, stronger future for Hawken from both an academic and a fiscal standpoint. They will also provide expanded access to a Hawken education and enable us to continue fulfilling our mission in meaningful ways. You can rest assured that in spite of the changes on our campuses and in our footprint, Hawken remains essentially the same — true to its founding principles of developing character and intellect and committed to introducing the next generation to a higher plane of life.


D. Scott Looney Head of School

Winter 2017

2016-2017 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 Daniel Brown Tamara Durn Doody ’85 Hiroyuki Fujita Dan F. Grajzl Andrew S. Greiff Jennifer S. Grossman Blair K. Haas ’72 Stacie L. Halpern John LeMay James “Deej” Lincoln ’91 Robert W. Mallett III ’93 Julie K. Mangini Samuel J. Neider Summer Paris Natalie Ronayne Andrew Ross Debra Adams Simmons Lauren B. Spilman David Sylvan 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 G. Russell Lincoln ’64 William C. McCoy, Jr. ’38 John Sherwin, Jr. ’53 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 Adam M. Guren ‘99 Wendy Morton Hudson ’86 Dr. Todd R. W. Horn ’73 Peter A. Horvitz ’72 Daniel B. Hurwitz Charles N. Jordan, Jr. ’65 Henri Pell Junod, Jr. ’59 William J. Lewis ’86 P. Jeffrey Lucier David A. McCreery ’81 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 Shaquira M. Johnson ‘94 Alumni Association President Tonya L. Thomas Parents’ Association President







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Head of School Office Head of School D. Scott Looney Chief Operating Officer Stephanie A. Tolleson Executive Assistant to the Head of School Emily R. Morton Advancement Department Co-Directors of Advancement Jeffrey M. Biggar ‘68 Kathleen Z. Guzzi

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Becoming Birchwood


Stirn Hall Grand Opening Recap

15 Gordon Square Early Childhood Center D epa r tm ents

Director of Constituent Relations & Events Eleanor Hitchcock Anderson ’79

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Database Manager Robin L. Baringer


From the Chapel to the White House


Unsung Heroes


Latest Developments


From the Parents’ Association


Alumni News


Faculty Footnotes


Class Notes


In Memoriam


Fair Play

Donor Relations Manager Lisa M. Brenner Database Coordinator & Archivist Mary Crotty Administrative Assistant, Advancement & Marketing Susan M. Daunch Director of the Hawken Fund & Alumni Engagement Andrea Hocevar ‘01 Director of Strategic Partnerships Matthew A. Salerno ‘92 Marketing Department Director of Strategic Marketing Gina Zeman Walter Editorial Director Lisa A. Lentz Graphic Designers Connie M. Moon Casey L. Zulandt Photography Jeffrey M. Biggar ‘68 Laura Lewis Lauren R. Pacini ’59

Letters and suggestions are welcome: The Hawken Review PO Box 8002 Gates Mills, Ohio 44040-8002 440.423.2965

Hawken’s Westward Expansion In an effort to implement the school’s mission beyond its current constituents, Hawken announced in early October its merger with Birchwood School. In keeping with this movement westward, phase two of this expansion involves the purchase of a property in Gordon Square, with the intention of opening an Early Childhood center in Cleveland. Read more in The Plain Dealer article on the following page. On the following pages, you will learn more about both of these exciting new endeavors.

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After a century of educating students in the eastern suburbs, a prominent private school is expanding westward into Cleveland, placing a bet on urban revival. Hawken School formalized a merger Monday with Birchwood School, an independent elementary school on West 140th Street in the West Park neighborhood. And in a separate deal, Hawken has secured 1.5 acres in the Gordon Square Arts District for an early-childhood center that could open in mid-2018, if not sooner. The move reflects changing demographics on the city’s near West Side and Hawken’s desire to access a wider pipeline of potential pupils. D. Scott Looney, Hawken’s head of school, pointed out that population figures are fairly stagnant for the eastern suburbs around Gates Mills, where Hawken’s high school is located, and Lyndhurst, home to its elementary school. Meanwhile, downtown Cleveland and neighborhoods to the west are attracting more college-educated young people, boosting real estate values and demand for services. “We’re a day school, so our future relies on being somewhere with growth and families who value what we do,” Looney said.


Hawken School has a deal to buy the Saigon Plaza building, at 5400 Detroit Ave., and surrounding properties in the Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Hawken established a presence in Cleveland in 2010, when the school opened a sort of learning lab in a restored mansion in University Circle. But Birchwood — renamed Birchwood School of Hawken — is not a satellite building. It’s an existing preschool-to-eighth-grade program, founded by Helene and Chuck Debelak in 1984. No money changed hands. Looney and Debelak stressed that the merger, in which Hawken took on the smaller school’s assets, liabilities and contracts, won’t alter daily life at Birchwood. The campuses will maintain separate budgets and different tuition scales — another important aspect of Hawken’s efforts to broaden its base. Eighth-graders at Birchwood now will be accepted

automatically at Hawken’s upper school. If plans for the early-childhood center move forward, children might begin their journey with Hawken at 18 months old in Gordon Square, make their way to Birchwood and eventually ride a shuttle to Gates Mills for high school. The Birchwood merger came about as Hawken was considering its next run of growth and the Debelaks were looking at ways to preserve their school and their succession plan, to hand the reins to their daughter Christine in a few years. The genesis of the Gordon Square investment, which Hawken describes as phase two of its westward expansion, was different. That deal resulted from conversations with persistent parents in Tremont

who wanted more childcare choices. The result: Hawken recently signed a purchase agreement for Saigon Plaza, at 5400 Detroit Ave., and several surrounding properties owned by Gia Hoa Ryan. The $1.2 million purchase is scheduled to take place in January. Hawken expects to renovate the main building and to clear the surrounding parcels for a pick-up and dropoff line, a playground and parking. Construction might be complete as early as fall 2017, though Looney said summer of 2018 seems like a more realistic timeline. The project hinges on enthusiasm from parents. “ We needed to secure property before we could go to the market and discuss whether there was an interest in doing this,” he said. “When we announce this, it’s possible that the interest that we think might be there won’t be. But from our research, it seems like it is.” The number of children downtown and on the near West Side actually fell from 2000 to 2013, according to the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University. But those areas are attracting millennials with more education and money to spend. Some young families want to stay, but are stymied by long waiting lists or skeptical about their current options.

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Birchwood The Birchwood Story by Lisa Lentz

“Our children are our enduring legacy. We ought to guide them toward a life of enduring value.” Charles Debelak, Education and Character: Essays from the Birchwood Clipboard, p. 39

When Chuck and Helene Debelak set out to found a school in 1983, one of the first orders of business was to establish a mission. Like most successful entrepreneurs, they were driven by a need and a sense of urgency. Their children were underserved by the local public and parochial schools where they were enrolled. Adding fuel to that fire was Chuck’s experience with youth groups, where he witnessed too many young people lacking internal drive, making them victims of whatever the popular culture was giving them. Clearly, they wanted more for their children. Familiar with the teachings of Aristotle and believing that “every child is born with the potential for greatness, the capacity to be a good, noble and productive person,” the Debelaks knew that potential doesn’t miraculously become realized on its own. That responsibility goes to parents and educators. But schools, at least, were falling short.


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And so, taking the lead among a group of like-minded parents, they set about to fill that void by building a school from scratch – a school that reflected their values and beliefs in very intentional, systematic ways. And they articulated a mission statement that embodied those values: “Shaping character through challenging academics.” Sound familiar? There’s more. Chuck and Helene were inspired by another Greek tenet: that there is beauty in every person – one that Chuck points out parallels Bishop John Spalding’s concept of “the better self.” He explains, “If you don’t create an environment to bring out that better self, it doesn’t come out. Every child has it. But that better self is the part that keeps growing, becoming something more, looking for opportunities to grow. So we just use academics for that.” The Debelaks make it sound so simple. Helene agrees, the concept is pretty simple. But simple, she asserts, doesn’t equate to easy. In Creating Mission: Ten

Decisions that Framed Birchwood School, Chuck writes, “We shaped everything so that these two objectives – intellect and character – are reached. We worked backward, first envisioning the kind of fourteen-yearold who would graduate from Birchwood. Keeping the end product in view, we toiled relentlessly to define, and then implement, academic expectations and character training for primary, elementary, and middleschool students.” In short, they created a systematic approach to educating children, all the while asking the guiding question, “Will it cultivate intellect and virtue?” 1 They developed a task force and met in living rooms to share their plans and their ideas for curriculum and programming. They chose three action verbs to guide them in designing their system: “inspire,” “develop” and “equip.” They drew from the time-tested approaches and philosophies of Aristotle, Dewey and Jerome Bruner, among others. And they created curriculum files from scratch for every grade level. Then there were the practical concerns, like funding and budgets. With a gift of $1,000 to fund their fledgling school, they embraced a culture of frugality. When low enrollment in local districts led to school closures, chairs, desks, tables and pencil sharpeners and other necessities were up for grabs. They felt like they’d hit the jackpot. “We became expert scavengers,” Helene recalls. They recollect one particular instance when they were given 24 hours to rescue carloads of books from a library before it was destroyed by a wrecking ball. Willing to do whatever it took to make their vision come to fruition, they embodied those same values that they hoped to replicate in their children: a strong work ethic and a productive attitude.

Finally, after months and months of planning, Birchwood School opened its doors to 20 students in the fall of 1984 – a mix of African Americans, Caucasians, Chinese and Romanian immigrants from families who shared their values and vision of education. The following year enrollment more than

“We were all together planning the school and talking about what should the name of the school be - this academy, that academy. And at the time we were standing outside the space we were renting near a street called Birchwood, and we said let’s just call it Birchwood. And then we found out from Lorraine Tzeng’s husband that it had a very significant meaning – ‘blossoming’ and ‘upsoaring.’ So that clinched it.” Chuck and Helene Debelak


doubled to 44 students. The seeds were sown, and the founders’ efforts were rewarded. Classes were held in rented space in a church, but Chuck’s analogy of choice for the school environment was that of a farm. What better place, he thought, to ingrain essential character traits like industry, interdependence and discipline? “You have to milk the cow at a certain time in a certain way ­— even if you don’t want to — or your farm will fail.” In their school environment, in other words, you had to be willing to ask kids to do things they don’t really want to do.

“In helping our children become ‘great,’ we must embrace the responsibility and commitment required of parents to raise ‘great’ kids. Parents are the catalyst. It may require our time; it may require our money. It most certainly will consume our hearts. We understand that we cannot control all of the variables in the lives of our children. We could never account for all of the curve balls life will throw at them. Nevertheless, we should be deeply serious about what we can do to become the major inf luence in shaping their character. If we do not grasp this central role of leadership, believe me, someone else will, whether deliberately or by default, whether for good or ill.” Charles Debelak, Education and Character: Essays from the Birchwood Clipboard, p. 39


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“Wanting our kids to feel good all the time can undermine kids and hold them back,” the Debelaks claim. “Hard work leads to competency which leads to self-worth which produces enjoyment in the labor and effort.” It’s just not a quick fix – and it often runs counter to messages dictated by popular culture and to parental inclinations — however well-intentioned — to ensure their child’s perpetual state of happiness. But as their mission suggests, a Birchwood education is not just about developing the habit of industry. There’s another critical lesson that is essential to character building and the development of social responsibility: Children must learn that they are not the center of the universe. This understanding, too, must be nurtured by parents and educators. It can be a tough pill to deliver and swallow, but there is no better real-world lesson. It all comes down to intrinsic motivation, the Debelaks assert. “When you are intrinsically driven to do and accomplish and achieve, and when you learn to give to others for their betterment, your life is full. You are in a constant state of becoming. That’s where we want to see our kids.” And it isn’t easy to cultivate. Quite the opposite. “It’s hard,” they admit. “It’s hard on the parent, it’s hard on the kid, it’s hard on the teacher — but the end result is worth it because of what you’re able to shape.” When parents see how much is asked of their children at Birchwood, some inevitably ask, “How can you do that to kids?” The Debelaks raise their eyebrows, more

out of compassion than judgment, and Helene delivers her response in soft-spoken, sympathetic tones. “How can we not push them to reach their potential? We owe it to our children to reach their potential. It’s a big responsibility for parents and teachers to nurture a child to reach his or her potential, so that’s why we have to keep pushing and prodding and providing the opportunities – showing the pathway and setting the next little goal so they can keep growing. If human beings are not growing, they’re not happy. They can go to all the movies they want, all the parties they want, but that doesn’t translate to happiness. It’s a life, just like a plant is a life. It’s got to keep growing.”

“There is a wonderful part of each child that aspires toward achievement and self-worth, and there is a wonderful part of each child that aspires toward community engagement and attachment. However, these are potentials, not foregone conclusions. And while there is a positive potential to fulfill these needs, there is also a negative potential, and internal, negative drive that pushes a child in the opposite direction, toward dissipation, selfishness and estrangement. When this negative potential prevails, children grow up with low self-esteem. They are socially and emotionally unhappy and are a problem to themselves and to others.” Charles Debelak, Creating Mission, pp. 14-15

It’s a delicate, beautiful balance they aim to strike. Chuck puts it this way: “We will demand and demand and demand and then say, ‘I won’t let you go, I will sit next to you to help you meet the demand.’ If you take away the demand, children never develop selfcompetency. If I demand and don’t sit next to you, you don’t have the will; you’re going to wither. So both things are needed to help kids reach potential. So here we are demanding a lot of them early on to develop a certain attitude toward life. Then their life can open up and blossom.” Put that way, it not only feels better — it makes tremendous sense.

It’s all related to a part of Birchwood’s system referred to as “the success cycle,” which is designed to develop and fulfill an innate human yearning: competency. Helene asserts, “Competency leads to self-worth, but the other thing that happens with their character is that because they had to push, they had to learn a little bit about persistence, work a little harder. And so the pride comes from putting forth effort that leads to a job well done. That feels good too. So students learn that there’s intrinsic satisfaction in hard work.” And what happens when kids fail? Failure is not


“When we use language that describes virtue, whether related to personal responsibilities like hard work, self-discipline, resilience and grit or to interpersonal attributes like kindness, thoughtfulness, consideration and teamwork, children’s innate potential resonates. This simple correlation transcends time and space. The language of virtue permeates great world cultures of the East and the West.” Charles Debelak, Education and Character: Essays from the Birchwood Clipboard, pp. 3-4

just a given; it’s an asset, provided that it occurs in the right environment. Chuck explains, “We create an atmosphere that is so loving, so supportive, so encouraging. When they fail, there is coaxing, encouragement, and they are willing to face challenge once again.” Viewed in this way, as part of the process of “becoming,” failure provides an opportunity for students to master yet another essential character trait: resilience. Then there’s what they call the “drip, drip, drip” method of developing character – a cumulative approach designed to instill in children the timeless virtues of justice, courage, self-control, wisdom, humility, gratitude and compassion. These words, emblazoned on banners that hang in the school’s main hallway, are the first things you see when you enter the school. But at Birchwood they are more than just words on signs. “We have to teach them the language of virtue first,” Chuck emphasizes. “But then we also have to teach them the habits of virtue.” So it’s the first order of business every day in every classroom: a 15-minute introduction to and discussion of a person from history or contemporary life who exhibits virtuous qualities. Add to this school-wide projects that focus on a specific virtue, compelling students to practice them over and over. “A cultural attitude that has to be nurtured constantly,” he continues. “If you steep it long enough, it becomes part of who you are.” Drip, drip, drip. Chuck acknowledges that their approach is “more restrictive” than others. “You don’t get a lot of choices,” he concedes. But he and Helene are convinced it works. They are “sowing the seeds,” equipping students to move to the next step. “Then when they are 15,” he explains, “the trunk is strong and they are equipped to explore life more independently. We are teaching them how to think, building their mind and character in the early years. This is going to help them face the real world later.”


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This map of the world marks the place of birth of Birchwood’s students and parents. Helene and Chuck believe that the immigrant “can-do” mindset and work ethic draws them to Birchwood – and that those shared values far outweigh any shortcomings in the school facility.

of pushback when it comes to teaching “the sorts of things many of us remember from our youth as if they were castor oil” – things like phonics, times tables and sentence diagramming. It means not crumbling or faltering when a student’s response to an algebra problem is “When are we ever going to use this in real life?” Now it’s Chuck’s voice that gets softer as he gently but insistently responds, “When will you need logic? When will you need to think deductively or inductively? Is there no longer a need for abstract thinking? Are you kidding me? We know these things work.” While the proof is evidenced in the product, one still wonders if they ever get accused of taking an overly strict or old school approach. To this, Chuck smiles and says, “Up until ten or fifteen years ago – before people became aware of all this recent research on how children learn — all the time! People would say, ‘You’re so conservative!’” Well, are they…? Yes and no. According to the Debelaks, the Birchwood system defies categorization as either conservative or

progressive. “On the one hand we’re conservative, but on the other, we give equal time to creativity and the creative problem solving process. Learning is sentient, so the touchstone is engagement and experiential learning. There is value to be found in both traditional and progressive practices. But an approach has to meet our three criteria if we are going to implement it: timetested, research-based and benchmarked.” In short, they subscribe to methodologies and pedagogies that have been proven to work toward their mission. “You can’t argue with thousands of years of history,” Chuck insists, referring to their adherence to Aristotelian philosophy and approaches. But they also draw on the work of progressives like Dewey and Hilda Taba. He points out, however, that at some point the progressive movement deviated from its original tenets, leaving the door wide open for things like the open classroom, which Chuck experienced first-hand as “a disaster,” as well as another approach to math that prioritized conceptualization at the expense of computational skills. While he believes these originated from good theories and intentions, they were poorly implemented and executed and therefore dismissed. 7

It’s a lot to absorb and digest, which perhaps helps to explain why Birchwood is not as widely known as one might expect. Add to that the fact that they have unapologetically maintained a culture of frugality since the school’s beginnings — an anomaly in most independent schools — and it makes even more sense. “We want all of our funding to go toward our programming and faculty. Our outward appearance belies the quality of our academic program, and people have always had to look further and do their homework to see what we at Birchwood stand for, what our aim is, and how committed we are to our mission. People who


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So those who might have been tempted to dismiss Birchwood for being stuck in another century are compelled to think again when considering the founders’ reliance on not only history but science and best practice. As Chuck puts it, “We take elements from all time periods and traditions, provided that they work and help us fulfill our mission. You have to learn from everything that’s gone on in history and add the research part.” This approach, he explains in Creating Mission, allows them “to avoid misguided educational bandwagons or the restrictions of archaic academic assumptions.” 2


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Another scenario in which Birchwood applies more contemporary methods is the innovative use of technology for differentiation. Chuck cites an instance of how he uses online programs in his classroom to customize teaching and learning. “I have one student taking an algebra/trigonometry class. I am one half of the class and Kahn Academy is the other. You couldn’t do that kind of thing 20 years ago.”

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Chuck offers yet another example that is making a comeback. “The research that was conducted on creativity in the 1950s and 1960s was great stuff, but it got buried. So that’s another case of something that was well-researched and well-developed, but it was either ignored or simply thrown out. Now we are revisiting some of theories and implementing them in effective ways. Birchwood’s approach to teaching creative thinking as a process is one example of that.”



“Students on the Birchwood farm are learning and developing personal and social qualities that will help them lead fulfilling lives, making them sturdy trees that bring forth the fruit of personal achievement and social responsibility.” Charles Debelak, Creating Mission, p. 4

have a similar outlook, those are the people who find our school.” And that goes for the teachers as well, a number of whom were once Birchwood students themselves. One of those is Assistant Head of School and Director of Early Childhood Christy Debelak Neider, Hawken ‘94. Referencing the high number of teachers across the nation who leave the profession disillusioned within five years, she explains, “Teachers too need to be nurtured so they are also in a constant state of becoming. We need to ask ‘Are they growing? Are they content?’” So in the same way that there is a Birchwood system for students, there is a Birchwood system of professional development for teachers. That system includes a threeyear mentoring cycle, team teaching and participation in Birchwood-designed workshops that take teachers beyond the typical teacher education programs, keeping them on the cutting edge of best practices. It also challenges them to be in a constant state of becoming. It sounds rigorous, but as Chuck points out, “Our word to them is: ‘Yes, we are going to demand more out of you than any place else. But also, we think you are going to love teaching more.’” And given the low turnover rate of teachers at Birchwood, it appears he is right. As Chuck wrote in the final chapter of Creating Mission, “At our beginnings in 1983, we had no intention of establishing Birchwood as a permanent institution. We simply wanted to give our own children an unparalleled education coupled with experiences and training that would shape their character.” 3 Now, 32 years after Birchwood opened its doors to 20 students, the school enrolls over 200 students. The recent merger with Hawken School ensures that Birchwood will continue its process of becoming and its tradition of providing unparalleled education for children and families on Cleveland’s west side. As for the founders who have given so much of their time, minds and hearts to Birchwood School, they are in no hurry to turn over the reins. While their own children

graduated long ago, they continue to be inspired and blessed by the opportunity to witness students and teachers in this unending process of becoming and realizing their potential as human beings. “You see it happening again and again and again,” the Debelaks acknowledge with a mixture of pride, awe and humility. Do they think about retirement? “We would retire to what? To enjoy life?” Chuck smiles. “We’re enjoying life the way it is. Helping another person grow? I just don’t know what would be more fun than that.”

Hawken Head of School D. Scott Looney and Board Chair Charles Cooley, along with Birchwood’s Head of School Charles Debelak, Board Chair Daniel Brown, Director of Curriculum Helene Debelak, and Assistant Head of School and Director of Early Childhood Christine Neider ’94, gather at the desk of Hawken founder James A. Hawken for the official document signing that established the merger of Birchwood School with Hawken School.

Endnotes 1. Charles Debelak, Creating Mission: Ten Decisions that Framed Birchwood School (South Carolina: CreateSpace, 2014), 19. 2. Debelak, Creating Mission: Ten Decisions that Framed Birchwood School, X. 3. Debelak, Creating Mission: Ten Decisions that Framed Birchwood School, 41.


Grand Opening August 20 & 21, 2016 Special thanks to the trustees of The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation and its president, Ellen Stirn Mavec ’76, for the lead gift to Stirn Hall which honors Howard and Cara Stirn.

Interior & Exterior

Drawing inspiration from the historic barn that once stood on the White family’s estate, architects at Westlake Reed Leskosky designed a building that honors classic forms featuring gabled roofs and classic materials such as wood and stone, reminiscent of the agrarian landscape of Circle W Farm, the setting of Hawken’s original Upper School campus. The abundance of light flooding through the walls of windows connects students to nature and the world beyond the classroom. The building will provide a 45% reduction in water usage, a 35% reduction in lighting power densities and a 20% energy cost savings.


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The Shiverick Family Learning Commons

Centrally located in Stirn Hall is the second-story Shiverick Family Learning Commons, which houses the library as well as technology, writing and learning centers. Windows provide direct views out to nature in all directions. Nestled within the Learning Commons on the first floor is the college counseling suite and the student cafĂŠ.



Extra-large classrooms, averaging about 750 square feet, serve as active learning spaces that operate like studios and labs. Tables and chairs are mobile and can be reconfigured in a variety of ways or folded up and moved out of the way. Hallways outside the classrooms are deliberately designed as wide and flowing to reflect Hawken’s ideals that learning does not stop outside the classroom. The designated Science Center boasts seven classrooms with laboratories, custom-designed by our faculty. With its moveable furniture, every room can be set up for labs, group work or lecture and discussion.


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Common Spaces

The nine common spaces – varied in size to accommodate individual study, small and large group work and social activities – foster a sense of community that is central to Hawken’s ideals. The liberal use of glass between common spaces, classrooms and faculty offices reflects Hawken’s commitment to openness and transparency.


The White House

The White House renovation and expansion has eliminated long lunch lines that typically spilled to the outside of the building. With increased capacity and a fully air-conditioned ground floor, the White House project has not only filled a long-awaited need for our students, but will serve as an ideal venue for special events.

Thank you to all who generously supported Stirn Hall and the White House. These projects have transformed the teaching and learning environment for our faculty and students.


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Hawken Brings New Early Childhood Center to Gordon Square Along with the Hawken-Birchwood merger,



Hawken is thrilled to announce the purchase of a property in Gordon Square to house a new early childhood center. This center is intended to meet the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in Cleveland for families with young children and to create more opportunities for students from that



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Student Successes Inspired by teacher Terry Dubow’s assignment for his journalism class, Kareem Danan ’17 recently published an article on the Huffington Post site. As part of an assignment for the elective course, Kareem attended a local AA meeting. The power of that first-hand experience set off what he described as “a flurry of emotions I have never felt all at the same time before,” challenging preconceived notions about alcoholism and its victims – a revelation that he felt compelled to share through his writing. Ryan Levine ‘22, founder of the Kids Film It Festival, donated all proceeds from the November 5th event to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Chagrin Valley Today reported that George Cheeks ’83, president of business operations and late-night programming at NBC, helped to select the winning films, and several large companies donated prizes, including Best Buy and Netflix. Based on his research for his Hawken STEMM project at NASA this past summer, Brian Sun ’18, along with some other students, developed a research proposal and won the 2016 Ken Souza Memorial Research Competition. Their proposed experiment will be carried out on a NanoLab flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle next summer, and Brian will be invited to present the findings at the annual meeting of ASGSR in Seattle next fall. 16

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Andrew Gerace ‘18 was named a winner in the Youth Landscape category of the 2016 Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest for his “Water on Rocks” photograph. His photograph, along with other winning entries, was exhibited at the Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown, NY. Congratulations to Dhweeja Dasarathy ’17, who was named both a semifinalist (top 498 in the nation) and a regional finalist (top 60 projects in the nation) in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Dhweeja was among 3,845 students who registered for this year’s competition.

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24 Seniors Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Competition Congratulations to 11 Hawken students who have been named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program: Ellen Adams, Sarah Allaben, Aryeh Carmi, Anderson Clyde, Molly Emig, Ava Levin, Pheby Liu, Ammar Lone, Hannah Miao, Alexander Shumyatcher and Kevin Yu. Thirteen additional students were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Joshua Caplan, Kareem Danan, Dhweeja Dasarathy, Ozan Ergungor, Bailey Hagedorn, Peter Kaiser, Connor Keuchel, Dana Kulma, Leo Liu, Seysha Mehta, Caroline Tatsuoka, Benjamin Weiss and Adam Wisnieski. These 24 students account for 23% of the Class of 2017 and continue a long tradition of Merit Scholar excellence, earning Hawken the distinction of the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists amongst Cleveland area peer schools for the past 10 years.

Hawken Chess Players Shine in State Championships Nicholas Bislich ’19, Nikhil Goel ’19, Brennen Keuchel ’19, Connor Keuchel ’17 and Destynn Keuchel ’22 were among the 236 students who participated in the 2016 State Grade Level Chess Championships held in Newark on November 19th. Connor and Brennen entered the tournament as first seeds in their respective sections and kept their positions throughout the day. With a perfect score, Connor became the 12th grade State Champion; Brennen also captured the state title in the 10th grade section with four wins and a draw; and Destynn became RunnerUp in the 7th grade section with four wins and a loss. In addition, the Hawken 10th grade team of Brennen, Nicholas and Nikhil was awarded the second place team trophy in their section.

Coach and Team Recognized at National Competition Hawken participated in the National Academic Challenge Competition in June and proudly won the title of the Winningest Junior National team. Instructional Technologist Pat Jewell was awarded the title of Coach of the Year. “I am honored to be able to work with our Hawken students who have learned so much from their teachers and worked so hard in Academic Challenge,” says Jewell. 17

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Media & Communications Lab Featured in Cleveland Magazine

Nineteen students from Lille, France traveled to Cleveland and stayed with Hawken families for eight days in October. During their visit, they attended classes with their host students, experienced the challenge course, visited a working Amish Village, shared presentations about French life and culture, attended a Halloween party and enjoyed time with their host families.

Hawken’s new M.A.C. Lab, along with Director of Maker Spaces Nick DiGiorgio, was featured in the October publication of Cleveland Magazine. Magazine staffer Jennifer Keirn interviewed Nick to learn more about how digital media and video production are being taught in schools. To read what the article highlights about Hawken’s M.A.C. Lab and how Hawken is integrating digital media into its curriculum, visit

Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair Rick Tate comments, “We were happy to be able to share our culture and school with our visitors in preparation for our students traveling to do the same at their school in Lille next spring.”

New Head Swim Coach Appointed Following a national search for a new Head Coach and Aquatics Director, Hawken is happy to announce that Todd Clark assumed this position in August. Described by Director of Athletics Jim Doyle as “an ideal fit for our swimming programs at Hawken,” Todd impressed the selection committee with “his accomplishments as a trainer of swimmers of all levels, his organizational 18

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leadership skills, and most importantly, his ability to connect with young people.” Veteran Hawken swim coach Jerry Holtrey adds, “Todd understands what it takes to develop champions. He understands all types of training from sprints to distance and all stroke training. He is the complete package.” Todd is working in collaboration with Jim Doyle and other members of the athletic department and is looking forward to building upon Hawken’s swim program and legacy of success as well as our commitment to excellence, scholar-athletes and Fair Play.

news Fond Farewells - Celebrating a Combined 111 Years of Service to Hawken!

Debaters Shine at Local and National Tournaments; Shurtz Receives Golden Apple Award Fourteen members of Hawken’s Speech & Debate Team traveled to Minneapolis to compete at the Minneapple Debate Tournament hosted by Apple Valley High School. The Hawks put on quite a show and came home with a 2nd Place Team Sweepstakes Award – a first for Hawken! In a very exciting moment for Hawken, head coach Bob Shurtz was recognized by the Apple Valley Speech & Debate Team for his many years of service to the activity and to his students and was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2015-16 Saltzman Youth Panel Congratulations to the Hawken students who have just completed their year on the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 2015-2016 Saltzman Youth Panel: Reed Abrams ‘18, Jordyn Bauer ‘17, Josh Caplan ‘17, Ryan Covitt ‘18, Mason Goldberg ’18 and David Wittenberg ’17. These students, along with other members of the panel, recommended grants totaling $40,000 to 11 organizations for crucial programs in the Jewish and general communities.

Congratulations to Sally Zarney who retired in June after 44 years at Hawken. Sally joined the Hawken School community in 1972 as a primary school teacher and served in that role until joining the Admission Office in 1992. She worked under seven heads of school, saw Hawken go coed, and was present for the creation of our Early Childhood program. Doug Smith began at Hawken in 1977. In his 39 years, he held many roles including history teacher, girls varsity basketball coach, JV soccer coach, history department chair, dean of faculty and associate director of the Upper School. A master scheduler and an astute historian, his keen intellect will be missed. Cheryl Morris-Rockwood retired at the end of this school year after 28 years at Hawken. Since 1988 she was the receptionist for both Hawken campuses. Faculty, staff, students and parents will miss Cheryl’s warm presence, contagious smile, her quick wit and the seriousness with which she carried out her responsibility for knowing the whereabouts of our students.


Middle School Teachers to Present at National and International Conferences Three of Hawken Middle School’s signature integrated projects have been selected for presentation at the National Science Teachers’ Conference, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference and Texas Instruments T3 International Conference. Kim Brandt, 7th grade math teacher and Middle School Interim Assistant Director Anna Delia will present their Simple Machines Unit, where students work in groups to design, construct and test a new simple machine, and the 7th grade Humanities-MathScience Monument Design Project, where students research, design, model and present a proposed new monument for Washington, DC. Anna Delia and art teacher Erin Thomas will present their Biomimicry Unit, a combined science and art learning experience where 7th graders solve an everyday problem through nature-based design principles and create a sculpture that represents their idea.


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Upper School Students Present STEMM Projects at Annual Symposium Hawken Science Research III students took part in the 8th annual Bob Maciunas STEMM Research Symposium on November 10, presenting their projects before a panel of expert judges, families and other guests. Brian Sun ‘18 earned first place for his project “Vibration Enhanced Flame Spreading Over Thin Sold Fuels.” David Gold ‘18 took second place for his project “3-Dimensional Object Recognition with Deep Convolutional Networks.” Third place went to Zade Akras ‘18 for his project “Analysis of Exhaled Breath in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.” These three top winners will be going to the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair along with the following students: Haleigh Gundy ‘18, Vikash Modi ‘18, Dhweeja Dasarathy ‘17, Esther Bedoyan ‘18, Sanjay Vallabhaneni ‘18, Alison Selman ‘18, Ryan Kastelic ‘18, Andrew Gerace ‘18 and Helena Costantini ‘18. Alternates are Sauren Khosla ‘18 and Jane Wiertel ‘18.

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Fall 2016 Season Highlights Boys Golf Boys golf finished the season with an undefeated record in head-to-head matchups, 13-0. They also were crowned Chagrin Valley Conference Champions, winning both the preseason and postseason tournaments, in addition to winning all regular-season match-ups. The team finished 3rd at the Sectional Tournament and 6th at Districts. Jack Gole ’19 carded a 75 at Districts, qualifying him for the State Golf Tournament. Jack finished 49th out of 72 golfers at States. Congratulations, Jack!

Girls Golf Girls Golf finished 9-4 and as Chagrin Valley Conference Runners-up. They also finished 3rd at Sectionals, qualifying as a team for the District Tournament. Ryan Covitt ’18 was named 1st Team All-CVC and 2nd Team All-NE Ohio.

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All American

Maggie Canitia ‘17 was named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. This highly prestigious honor recognizes Maggie as one of the best high school soccer players in the nation. Congratulations Maggie! She was also named 1st Team All-Ohio, All-Region Central States, and MVP of the Chagrin Valley Conference.

Boys cross country won the Chagrin Valley Conference title for the first time in school history. The Hawks were led by Michael Snyder ’19 and Carlos Botella ’20, both of whom were named 1st Team All-CVC. The boys finished 3rd as a team at the District Meet, qualifying them for Regionals, where they finished 9th out of 20 teams. Coach Joel Rabe was named CVC Coach of the Year.


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Girls cross country finished as Chagrin Valley Conference Runners-up, placed 4th at Districts, and 5th of 13 teams at the Regional Meet. Sarah Allaben ’17, Julia Newman ’20 and Carly Perusek ’20 were named 1st Team All-CVC. Carly Perusek finished 6th overall at Regionals, qualifying her for the State Cross Country Meet, where she finished 55th out of 181 runners. Congratulations, Carly!

Football had a re-building year, finishing 2-8 on the season. A highlight of the season was a record-setting pass play from quarterback Evan Faxon ’17 to Danny Murphy ’18. The 90-yard reception, which took place during the win against Richmond Heights, stands as the longest touchdown pass in Hawken football history. Erick Willis-Jordan ’18 was named 1st Team AllDistrict.

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Field hockey continued to delight fans this season with spirited play and exciting games. None was more thrilling than the Hawks 1-0 overtime playoff win vs. rival Laurel School. Ellen Adams ’17 scored the game winner in a game that saw many chances at both ends throughout the game. Anna Shaulis ’18 was named 2nd team All-NE Ohio.

Boys soccer completed their season at 10-7-1, with many exciting contests along the way. The Hawks won two playoff games, earning the Sectional Championship before falling to rival University School in the District Semifinals. Aidan Bobrow ’17, Anderson Clyde ’17 and Adam Wisnieski ’17 were named 1st Team All-CVC; Bobrow was also named 1st Team AllGreater Cleveland. Assistant Coach Marius Giulvezan was named Greater Cleveland D-II Assistant Coach of the Year.


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Signing Day

Volleyball finished their season with 14 wins and 8 losses. The Hawks played an exciting and competitive brand of volleyball, with many players making key contributions and failing to win a set in only three matches all season. In the District Quarterfinal, the Hawks lost a thrilling 5-set heartbreaker to CVC rival Berkshire High School. Bailey Hagedorn ’17 was named 1st Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference.

Four Hawken School athletes signed with colleges on Signing Day. Congratulations to Crile Hart (Kenyon College Swimming), David Bates (Cleveland State University Swimming), Matt Rakovec (Bucknell University Swimming) and Caroline Tatsuoka (Northwestern University Lacrosse)!

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Girls soccer had another fantastic season, finishing 13-5-1. The Hawks won two playoff games, including a rematch of the 2015 District Final. This year Hawken prevailed over Kirtland in the District Semifinal. They then advanced to the District Championship match, where they fell 2-1 in overtime to rival, #1 State-ranked and eventual State Champion, Gilmour Academy. Maggie Canitia ’17 was named Chagrin Valley Conference Co-MVP, 1st Team All-Greater Cleveland and 1st Team All-Ohio. Daysha Randelson ’17 and Danielle Drockton ’17 were also named 1st Team All-Greater Cleveland and 1st Team All-CVC. Drockton earned 2nd Team All-Ohio honors.

The girls tennis season was highlighted by a Runner-up finish in the Chagrin Valley Conference. Pheby Liu ’17 was named 1st Team All-CVC. Natalie Cohen ’19 and Dylan Goldberg ’19 placed fourth in the Sectional Doubles Tournament, qualifying them to the District Tournament.



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HPS Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hawken Players’ Society presented one of Shakespeare’s most popular and funniest plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in early November. Attendees were treated to an evening of interwoven plots and interactions between the Athenian world of law and order and the disorder of the magical forest, where conflicts, misunderstandings and mix-ups abound.

For this production, the set design from local professional scenic designer Cameron Michalak transformed the Kennedy stage into a small, 150-seat “black box” style theater, which allowed the Players to use “arena” or “inthe-round” style staging without limiting attendance. With this approach, audience members sat within mere feet of the actors, many of whom were getting their first ever experience with the highly advanced task of acting Shakespeare.

2016 Honors Choir Congratulations to the following students who participated in the 2016 Ohio Choral Directors Association Honors Choir in Columbus this past summer. Pictured are Ashley Fulton ‘19, Ella Kolk ‘18, Maddie Fawcett-Dubow ‘18, Juliana Tate ‘19, Molly Webster ‘17, Annie Morris ‘17, Jane Wiertel ‘18, Lily Mesterhazy ‘18, Andrew Gerace ‘18, Sanjay Vallabhaneni ‘18 and Joey Tate ‘17. 24

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Groundworks Dance Company

In October, 13 Hawken students enrolled in Jodie Ricci’s Creative Movement class worked with professional artists from GroundWorks Dance Company in a 90-minute masterclass held at Hawken’s Gates Mills campus. Working in two teams, students had the opportunity to apply problem-solving strategies along with creative and constructive thinking to create original choreography. Class members later traveled to Cleveland where they performed their dances on the Allen Theater Stage at Playhouse Square. Students embraced the opportunity to move out of their comfort zones as they explored new ways to express themselves through movement. “I love being able to express myself creatively through movement,” one student commented. “It makes me feel more alive and free. The Groundworks class opened a whole new door of creativity for me.”

Hawken Arts Department Presents… November was a busy month for Hawken performing artists! November 11 marked the Grade 3 -12 Choral Festival. Featured in the concert were the Lower School Choir, directed by Sarah Kozlowski; the Middle School Choir, directed by Stephanie Higgins; and Rockapella and the Upper School Chorale, both directed by Jodie Ricci. The evening culminated in a combined, threedivision finale of Stephen Schwartz’s “When You Believe.” The Middle School and Upper School Instrumental Fall Concerts were held the following week. Eighth grade

band members opened the Middle School event with the Hawken Alma Mater. They were followed by performances by the string ensemble, directed by Liesl Langmack; the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band and the Sixth Grade Band, both directed by Ahren Stock; and the Middle School Orchestra, directed by Liesl Langmack. The Upper School concert featured the Concert Band, Mariachi Band and String Ensemble, all directed by Sergio Castellanos; and Hawken’s Jazz Band, directed by Chad Komocki. Each of these three fall concerts was prefaced by a visual arts slideshow featuring works created by Hawken artists.


UNSUNG HEROES We all know that a school is measured by the quality of its academics, which in turn is a product of the caliber of its students and faculty. Behind the scenes is a dedicated team on staff, working very quietly to ensure all three Hawken campuses provide for the needs of Hawken students, faculty and the community.

In this issue of the Review, we are honoring former faculty member Jack Pickering, who taught English at Hawken from 1961-1963 and passed away in September. (See In Memorium, p. 63.) “Jack was the first and last person to ever mention a precis as a work of creative writing.”

“It turns out that his wife had delivered twins. Jack just sat kind of slumped in the front passenger seat on the way to school and mumbled several times, ‘It’s too many kids.’”

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Ed Fritz ’68

“Jack Pickering was never just an English teacher. His classes were busy intersections of language, philosophy, psychology, humor and a particularly immersive joy in and beyond the subject matter.” Marty Winston ‘65 “… he said with sarcasm you could cut with a knife, ‘repugnant swine….’”

“Knowing that I was, existentially, a lost soul, he and his wife provided me with a lot of emotional support at a time when I needed it most…. He was a firm, but very fair, parent and teacher. He was the embodiment of Hawken’s motto of Fair Play.” Peter Armstrong ‘70

Tommy Thompson ‘71

“Of course he was delightful and an immense wit, delivering the usual humorous message in immaculate English. If I carry anything at all from my days with him, it is the unending desire to express myself excellently. Excellence. To me, this single word distills all that Hawken represents to me….” Stacy Feldman ’67 “… he asserted to us how powerful language and words are. Again, years later I understood his point. It took a while before I understood his brilliance; and that is what I remember.” Peter Stroempl ‘70


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“At graduation, Mr. Pickering came up to me and said, ‘I see you’ve graduated with honors in English. Congratulations! But you never had me, did you?’ I thought he had a good point, and I am sorry never to have had the privilege.” Lew McCreary ‘66

“Dr. Pickering was constantly asking his students to challenge even their most dearly held assumptions with questions such as: ‘What is truth? What is worth knowing? How shall we go about making value judgments?’” Peter Hurd ‘67 Editor’s note: Jack Pickering’s quote cited above has now been stenciled on the wall in the new Humanities Commons in Stirn Hall.

“All I remember is that he was a good guy and a great teacher, and said ‘pin a rose on my nose’ and ‘worse than worms’ when he was upset with the students.”

“Jack had a brilliant mind and an unmatched ability to speak and write the English language. This was an inspiration for all of us to perform at the highest level.” Bucky Martin ‘65 Below is an e-mail excerpt from Mr. Pickering in October, 2010: Dear Alan, We did read some good literature, didn’t we? Hamlet one of the greatest monuments in literature? Alan, it’s in a class of its own. Alan Hoffman ‘64

“I do remember that great international trip he led to Europe, departing June 18, 1966… It included three of us from the class of 1968…. Mr. Pickering was fun, engaging, relaxed but ensuring that we learned as much as possible about these foreign places most of us had never seen before.” Brad Stirn ’68 “Jack taught a course on tragedy. He asked the class at the beginning of the year, my senior year perhaps, what tragedy we could suggest studying. I suggested Old Yeller. Jack Pickering laughed out loud at my suggestion. He said, regaining composure, ‘Come on, Richard, you’ve got to play the game!’ Jack was, I now realize, a hero for me.” Richard Lightbody ‘65

Larry Siegel ‘71 “I first arrived at Hawken in the tenth grade. I was barely literate and had no idea how to write a well-constructed essay about anything. Poetry was completely foreign to me. Mr. Pickering sized me up in short order, but, curiously, he kept me in his class. He must have seen something in me that I never knew about myself.” Bob Stark ‘69 27

from Hawken’s Advancement Office


The Hawken Fund The Hawken Fund, the School’s annual giving program, is enhancing resources and programs to provide each student with a unique Hawken experience. With 17 ways to personally direct giving, there is no better way to touch the lives of all Hawken students and faculty. The Hawken Fund makes an immediate impact by supporting today’s needs: general academics, science, math, history, English, humanities, languages, physical education, health, arts, athletics, intensives, insights, passion project, college counseling, learning enrichment, academic support, faculty professional development, financial assistance, technology and greatest need. Contact Andrea Hocevar ’01, Director of the Hawken Fund, at (440) 423-2966, or visit to make your gift today.

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Thank you, Hawks! Thank you for a record-setting #GivingTuesday, the international day of philanthropy following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

243 donors (7 more than last year)


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(doubled last year’s record!)


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Developments There’s Still Time to Be Listed in a Diner Club! The newly expanded and renovated White House is transforming the dining experience for our Upper School students. Gifts from alumni, parents, grandparents and friends in the amount of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a Diner Club plaque that will be hung in the White House. Contact Co-Director of Advancement Kathleen Z. Guzzi at (440) 423-2918 to support this project.

Why Make a Legacy Gift to Hawken? During your lifetime, you will likely have made gifts to Hawken for a variety of reasons: to support operations through the Hawken Fund, to support building campaigns, to support special projects that were near and dear to you, or to support the School’s endowment. Did you know that through thoughtful planned giving, you can leave a legacy estate gift to Hawken in support of areas of interest that are mission related? And did you know that you do not have to be a “one percenter” to make such a legacy gift? The average planned gift left to Hawken over the past 40 years has been $25,000. Planned gifts can be made through your will, a retirement account, an insurance policy or a host of other vehicles. Making an estate gift does not need to be complicated, and we are here to assist you. Planned giving has been a significant source of philanthropy for Hawken. In the 1980s, the School formally recognized those

who had made planned gifts by establishing what was then known as the Hawken Heritage Society, which was rebranded during our Centennial as the Hawken Sheffield Society in honor of Henry Sheffield, one of the School’s first and most generous philanthropists. Since its inception, more than 160 members have joined the Sheffield Society. Russ ’64 and Connie Lincoln are challenging the Hawken School community by matching new and increased planned charitable gifts. The Lincolns have agreed to match 10% of the value of your future gift with an immediate cash donation to the endowment, up to $1 million in aggregate. The Russ ’64 and Connie Lincoln Challenge will strengthen the School’s endowment for students, faculty and programs while contributing to Hawken’s future financial stability. To find out more about making a planned gift to Hawken, visit or contact Jeffrey M. Biggar ’68, Co-Director of Advancement, at or (440) 423-2084.

#StartWithASmile Did you know that Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hawken School? Use your regular Amazon log-in at and select Hawken School as your non-profit of choice. You will support the School every time you shop for tens of millions of products.


Latest Developments Hawken School is pleased to welcome five new members to the Board of Trustees. Andrew Ross was elected a trustee at the September 21st meeting of the board. He is president of the Engineered Materials Group at Parker Hannifin, a position he has held since June, 2012. He is responsible for all fiscal and strategic aspects of the Group’s global operations. Prior to his current position, Andrew served as vice president of operations for the Hydraulics Group. He joined Parker in 1998 as Product Manager, Seal Group. He has also held general manager, Integrated Sealing Systems Division, and vice president of sales and marketing positions with Seal Group and a general manager position with Hydraulics Group. In the civic community, Andrew serves on the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association. Andrew and his wife Erin reside in Solon with their son, Sean ’21. We are excited to have former Birchwood School board members Daniel Brown, Samuel Neider, Summer Paris and Natalie Ronayne join the Hawken School Board of Trustees. They will also serve on the Birchwood School of Hawken Advisory Committee. Daniel Brown is a managing director at KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he provides investment banking services for renewable energy developers, electric cooperatives and investor owned utilities. He has been at Key since 2008. Prior to KeyBanc, Daniel began his professional career as an engineer at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. He has also held engineering roles in the aerospace and automotive industries.


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He is the former chair of the Birchwood School Board of Trustees. Daniel is a member of the board of trustees for the Key Foundation. He was inducted into the 2010 Kaleidoscope 40 under 40 Club and was highlighted in 2012 in Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who to Watch in Finance” in Northeast Ohio. Daniel lives in Shaker Heights with his wife Shayne and two young children, Elijah and Keatyn. Samuel Neider is currently in transition from consulting to a new career in personal coaching for entrepreneurs, executives and leaders in order to fulfill his passion for helping people become who they were created to be. In 2016, Samuel sold his ownership interest in Proactive Controls Group, an international consulting firm that specializes in risk mitigation for commercial construction projects, where he was co-founder and president. He serves on the board of Mission to the Fatherless and was vice chair of the Birchwood School Board of Trustees. Sam’s wife Christy, daughter of Birchwood founders Chuck and Helene Debelak, is assistant head of Birchwood School of Hawken and a 1994 alumna of Hawken School. The couple resides on the near west side of Cleveland with their children, Jonah and Phoebe, who are students at Birchwood School of Hawken. Summer Paris is the corporate responsibility and communications manager at global steel and mining leader ArcelorMittal. She leads, develops and implements community engagement and sustainability programs at four ArcelorMittal facilities in the United

States. Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Summer spent nearly a decade performing communications and social marketing work in the public and nonprofit sectors. She has also taught college-level writing courses and volunteers as a writing counselor for Minds Matter Cleveland students. She serves as a mentor to Cleveland youth through College Now Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s True2U program. Summer is a regular volunteer with HandsOn Northeast Ohio, University Settlement, TechCorps, Club Invention and other local nonprofits. Summer and her husband Dave have two children: Van, a student at Birchwood School of Hawken, and Kit. Natalie Ronayne is chief development officer with The Cleveland Metroparks. Previously, Natalie held various leadership roles at Cleveland Botanical Garden, serving as its executive director before Cleveland Botanical Garden merged with The Holden Arboretum. Since the merger in 2014, Natalie served as executive vice president and chief advancement officer for the combined Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Holden Arboretum. Prior to that role, she served as director of parks, recreation and properties for the City of Cleveland under Mayor Jane Campbell. Natalie was also an environmental planner for Davey Resource Group, a Division of Davey Tree Expert Company. She was a member of the 2008 class of Leadership Cleveland and is active in various community volunteer roles. Natalie and her husband Chris are Birchwood parents. They reside on Cleveland’s near west side with their two children, Audrey and Joseph.

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Building Excitement

Host Your Event at Hawken Would you like to host your event outdoors, among picturesque natural views and stately buildings? Hawken provides the ultimate retreat. Would you like to host your event inside, making use of comfortable and versatile spaces? Hawken is the perfect venue. Would you like to host an event that combines indoor and outdoor activities? Hawken is the ideal location. Hawken’s facilities can easily accommodate groups of all sizes and ages and can be used to help create successful events that guests will find fulfilling and memorable. Whether it is an event for young children or a corporate retreat; a reception or a teambuilding exercise; a presentation or a more intimate private event, Hawken’s convenient locations and flexible offerings make it the perfect place for your event. To inquire about any of Hawken’s spaces for your next corporate or private event, please email or contact Matt Salerno ’92, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at (440) 423-2133.

Faculty, staff and administrators extend their gratitude to every donor who enthusiastically contributed to Stirn Hall. The collective power of philanthropy enabled the new Upper School academic facility to open in August fully funded. To celebrate the occasion, leadership donors were acknowledged at a preview reception held on August 20th. The following day, several thousand Open House attendees enjoyed self-guided tours of Stirn Hall. Then on August 23rd, students entered the building on the first day of school filled with excitement and wonder. Faculty and students continue to explore every nook and cranny of Stirn Hall. Look for more articles about Stirn Hall in future editions of the Review.

A Generous Promise to Future Generations Russ ’64 and Connie Lincoln graciously hosted the Sheffield Society dinner on October 13th for approximately 40 guests. The Great Lawn Loft in Stirn Hall provided the breathtaking backdrop for the event that recognizes members who have included Hawken School in their estate plans. Their legacy gifts will inspire future generations of Hawken students.

Annual Report Corrections Page 3 listing should read: S. Colin G. ’02 & Lindsey E. Petry Page 32 Class of 1946 listing should include: Donald S. Jacobson


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Calling all Cooks!

To kick off the 2016-2017 school year, Hawken parents and caregivers gathered at the Lyndhurst campus on August 23rd for the First Day Coffee. Laura O’Neill Bower ’93 chaired the community welcome event. Also, members of the Teacher Appreciation Committees delivered back-toschool treats to faculty members.

The Parents’ Association is calling all cooks to submit up to five recipes for a Hawken Cookbook by February 17th. Submissions may be made by visiting http://www.typensave. com/get-started/ (User ID: HawkenCooks, Password: lettuce800); sending an email to; or returning the completed recipe card(s) located in the Dome Lobby to the recipe box in the same location. Your participation will ensure a successful launch of the cookbook in May 2017.

Meet the Directors The Parents’ Association sponsored “Meet the Directors” coffees for Lower, Middle and Upper School parents. The sessions provided opportunities for introductions to the Lower and Middle School Directors Courtney Martin and Michelle Harris and the Upper School administrative team of Kim Samson, Andrew Cleminshaw, David Gillespie and Julia Griffin.

Parent Nights

Family Tailgate New this year, the Parents’ Association Community Building Co-chairs, Cori Sieger and Ashley Fisher, organized a family tailgate on September 23rd. The community enjoyed conversation, food, dessert and pre-game activities such as Plinko and Cornhole before cheering on the Hawks to a victory over the Richmond Heights High School football team.



Warm Community Welcome

Parent Nights were held in September for each division of the School. Enthusiastic about the new school year, parents became better acquainted with teachers, classroom expectations, learning specialists and fellow parents. Both Lower and Middle School Parent Nights were followed by a wine and cheese reception. Thank you to Stacey and Jason Edwards for generously donating the beverages for the Lower School event.



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The Ins and Outs of HawkNet

Thank you to Lynne Gerace for leading two user-friendly HawkNet (Hawken’s intranet) training sessions for parents.

Students Fall Into Reading

Marlene Klein, Stuart Deets and a group of volunteers arranged activities for our Lyndhurst campus students preceding the successful Book Fair held at the end of October. With the theme of “Lights, Camera, Read!”, students and families were excited to make purchases earlier in the school year from the vast selection of Scholastic books for personal reading and gift giving during the holidays.

Grandparents and Special Friends Morning Held in November annually, Hawken’s Grandparents and Special Friends Morning is a popular event that extends Hawken’s appreciation to family and community. The occasion afforded prekindergarten, kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grade students the chance to bond with their grandparents and special friends at school. Event Cochairs Jill McCormac and Kristen D’Eramo and committee members collaborated with teachers to plan activities that gave proud grandparents and friends an insider’s look into school life.

You are the Key to Our Success Volunteers help make Parents’ Association events a success, and we need you. If you would like to volunteer, send an email to


From the Alumni Center A note from Alumni Board president Shaquira Johnson ‘94: “As Hawken Alumni, we don’t always realize the breadth and strength of our network, let alone leverage it. This Homecoming weekend, I could feel the enthusiasm and see the power of community as I enjoyed connecting with alumni and standing in the midst of the recent renovations and redesign of the Hawken Upper School. The Alumni Board was pleased so many alumni came home. We look forward to finding additional ways for alumni to stay even more connected in the future.”

Thank you for attending Reunion Weekend 2016 Nina Greenberg ’96, Alumni Board member and 20th Reunion Committee volunteer: “It is always so much fun to see classmates after so many years — not just to catch up on family and career, but also to rekindle those bonds we all share. (And yes, it is much more satisfying doing this face to face and not on Facebook!) Holding the event in the new Stirn Hall on the upper campus, which was absolutely beautiful, made the whole evening that much more meaningful.” Avery Warner ’11, 5th Reunion Committee Volunteer: “As soon as I arrived back on campus, I realized how much I wanted to give back to the place that played such a large role in my life. Hawken did such an incredible job at putting on the reunion. I look forward to helping in future years with many reunions to come!”

John Seabright ’06, Celebrated his 10th Reunion! “I had an amazing time visiting the new campus and reconnecting with my classmates! It was great to learn that a number of former classmates also live in NYC. I was able to rekindle some old friendships, and make some new ones as well!”

Upcoming Alumni Events April 24, 2017

August 12, 2017

Alumni Give Back Day

Alumni Sports Day

May 19, 2017

October 13-14, 2017

Old Guard Luncheon

2017 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

2016-2017 Hawken Alumni Board Officers Shaquira M. Johnson ‘94 President Robert W. Mallett ‘93 Vice President Board Members Richard H. Bole ‘60 Brooke M. Buckley ‘94 Stephen A. Caviness ‘03 Indrani Malik Egleston ‘93 Morris Everett ‘56 Nina Fazio Greenberg ‘96 David H. Gunning ‘85 Glen M. Guyuron ‘98 Josiah A. Haas ‘99 David Henkel ‘88 David R. Horowitz ‘04 Brian D. Horsburgh ‘06 Arvin Jawa ‘89 Isabelle Bolton King ‘01 Anne Koeblitz ‘09 Lisa Bercu Levine ‘85 Alan L. MacCracken ‘92 Susan Yarus Meisel ‘78 Jeffrey B. Milbourn ‘94 Julie Roth Namy ‘88 Lauren R. Pacini ‘59 Robert T. Page ‘49 Jacques J. Payne ‘92 Marla Esgar Robbins ‘75 Benjamin M. Vodila ‘99 Senior Class Representatives Hannah Amin ’17 Koron Davis ‘17 Ozan Ergungor ’17 Ruthie Fiordalis ’17

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Homecoming and Reunion Weekends unite for the first time! To view more photos, visit

Following the Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony, the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees met and spoke with students about their time and experiences at Hawken.

Alumni Board president Shaquira Johnson ’94 welcomed Hawken Alumni at the inaugural kick-off luncheon, which also featured students Ian Burrows ’17 and Laura Sherman ‘17 (pictured here), who spoke about their Entrepreneurial Studies experiences.

Head of School Scott Looney discussed the future of education with alumni in the Great Lawn Loft.

The 5th Annual Alumni Tailgate welcomed a record crowd of over 150 alumni, who gathered at the White House prior to cheering on the Hawken football team. Great food, faculty and friends have become a fall tradition for Hawken alumni.


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Alumni toured Stirn Hall and marveled at Hawken’s forwardfocused, program-driven spaces.

The 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed seven new members: Damon Butler ‘98 (Soccer, Track); Anthony Cowsette ’93 (Football, Basketball, Track); Ginger Theis Daly ’92 (Tennis, Basketball, Softball); Byron Davis ’88 (Swimming); Jane Esselstyn ’83 (Swimming); Maurice Gray ’86 (Basketball); and J. Albert Klauss ’66 (Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Track).

The Class of 1966 celebrated their milestone 50th Reunion! Their gifts to the White House Campaign over the last year earned them naming rights for the downstairs overflow room, now known as “The Class of ’66 Senior Room.”

Alumni and families tested their physical and teamwork skills on Hawken’s new Challenge Course.

The seven new Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were celebrated during halftime at the Hawken vs. Independence football game. Also recognized was the 1965 football team, the first undefeated varsity team in Hawken’s athletic history.



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Classes ending in 1s and 6s gathered for Reunion dinners in new Stirn Hall spaces and stayed long after the sun set.

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Class of 1976

Class of 1986

Class of 1996

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The Centennial All-Star Band (CASB) reunited for a late-night concert at the White House on Saturday night. They even recruited Chad Komocki, Upper School Jazz Band Director, and Michael Gerace ’16.

alumni First Thursdays with Peter & Special Guests – Season 3

Only a few spots remain for the final four sessions of Season 3 which meets at the Gries Center from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. View recordings of past sessions and register for upcoming sessions at 2.2.17 | Women in Medicine with Dr. Debra Leizman ’78 and Dr. Brooke Buckley ’94

4.13.17 | Too Many Restaurants in Cleveland? with Chefs Douglas Katz ’88 and Chris Hodgson ’04

3.2.17 | Seven Emmys?! with producer, director and writer, Jim Margolis ’89

5.4.17 | The Phoenix Program in Vietnam and American Special Operations Forces with Mark Moyar ’89, author of Phoenix and the Birds of Prey and Director of the Center for Military and Diplomatic History

Here’s a sample of those returning back to campus for Alumni Give Back Day:

Connecting Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Alumni Give Back Day, originally scheduled as part of Hawken’s Centennial Celebration, has been rescheduled for April 24, 2017. This special day allows alumni from all eras to give back to the school community by returning to Hawken to share their lessons, wisdom and skills – much of which first flourished in the classrooms at Hawken. Approximately 60 alumni will be paired with faculty and staff to plan these classroom sessions together. Their collaboration will allow current Hawken alumni to connect directly with future Hawken alumni.

For more information on how you can participate in Alumni Give Back Day, please contact Kathleen Guzzi, Co-Director of Advancement, at (440) 423-2918 or

Jessica Fusco ’99 Coordinating Producer for TMZ

Leon Pryor ’92 Senior Technical Program Manager for Amazon

Laura Kachurek Pinto ’04 Classical Soprano

Randy Rizor ’70 Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corp.

Michael Cassara ’99 Casting Director

Richard Stoddart ’81 CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide


alumni 2016 Alumni Awards Presented at Winter Luncheon

This year’s festivities included a pre-lunch discussion with Head of School Scott Looney around the future of education. We welcomed back the 2016 Bolton Award Recipient, Michael Gerace ’16, and presented the 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Alumni Awards.

Carl N. Holmes Award

Richard W. Day Award

Fair Play Award

Steven M. Ross ’84

Ann Esgar Conkle ’78

David A. Gillespie, Jr. ’89

Honorary Alumni Award

Honorary Alumni Award

Charles B. Bolton Award

Frank R. Bucceri

Clarence E. Bonner, III

Michael J. Gerace ’16

View a recording of the Winter Luncheon Award Ceremony at

2017 Alumni Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Is there an alumnus or alumna that you think deserves an alumni award? Criteria and nomination forms may be found on the alumni webpage at Awards are presented at the Winter Luncheon each year. Nominations must be received by May 19 for consideration.


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Alumni Sports Day Wrap-Up

In early August, alumni from across the decades returned to campus for a day of friendly competition with current students, healthy exercise, good sportsmanship and rousing school spirit. The Class of 2015 soccer players were wellrepresented on team purple!

From the Archives

100 Years Ago Hawken was a new school located at 1572 Ansel Road in Cleveland. There were 19 students and three faculty members. The children studied art and sculpture with Joe Motto, language with William Phelan, and history with James A. Hawken himself. Break took place in the middle of the day for outdoor play in the backyard. Students not only received report cards, but also character cards, which featured comments from faculty about each individual and his development as a person. 75 Years Ago Hawken had resided at its Lyndhurst campus for 20 years, with Carl Holmes as headmaster. Many of the faculty had left to fight in World War II, which meant new faculty stepped in to help keep the school running. The students would participate in volunteer work for the war and would spread information about Hawken alumni and faculty overseas through the Lower School Chronicle, a printed periodical produced by the students. The Hawken Day Camp became very popular and had full enrollment.

The Fact Book, edited by Francis Rolt-Wheeler and published in 1911 by The Current Literature Publishing Company. This book from the archives most likely originated from the original Hawken library and would have been used for study by the first boys of Hawken School. The volume puts into perspective what mattered in 1911, highlighting topics including agriculture, politics, economics and sports.

50 Years Ago Hawken celebrated its 50th anniversary with an art show. The school had recently opened its new Upper School at the Circle W Campus in Gates Mills. This created a new challenge for Hawken as it struggled to handle a split campus. To relieve congestion on the Lyndhurst campus, 80 students in ninth and 10th grade moved to the Gates Mills Campus. The 60’s marked the enrollment of Hawken’s first African American student, Charles Jordan ’65, as well as curricular changes that focused on independent and selfdirected study. 25 Years Ago Hawken School turned 75 and celebrated with a large party orchestrated by Charles P. Bolton ’57 on the Gates Mills campus. After a successful 16-year run as Headmaster, Doug Stenberg would turn the reign over to Dick Barter. The education emphasized global perspective, self-development and high expectations. New programs involving immersion in the Cleveland community and studying abroad began to develop, offering students more opportunities and experiences.

Varsity Letter Sweater donated to Hawken by Stephen T. Klein ’66. Stephen participated in both football and wrestling and wore his sweater while attending Hawken School.


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Mark T. Coffin

Upper School History Teacher 1974-1977

“As you probably remember, I taught (mostly US History) and coached boys tennis (and some soccer) at Hawken from the fall of 1974 through the 197677 school year. My oldest daughter, Elizabeth, was born during that last year and is now happily married and living in Rhode Island. She has given me a granddaughter! My second child, Allison, is married and lives in Chicago (no children), and I also have a second family now – son Sam, a sophomore at Mayfield, and daughter Abby, an 8th grader at Mayfield Middle. After a spate of investment occupations, I have come (sort of ) full circle by buying in 2012 an ACT/SAT tutoring business based in Chagrin Falls. I do no tutoring, but hire and train tutors (22+), consult with parents and generally run the business. I have had the happy experience of

overseeing the tutoring of a number of children of Hawken students I had in class back in the ‘70s! All of my teaching peers are retired (or worse) now, but, given my younger kids, I imagine I will be working pretty much for the ‘duration.’ Best to all the Hawken families!”

this current presidential campaign, both in downtown Cleveland, where we have our primary residence, and Mansfield, OH, where we are remodeling a lake house.”

Rebecca Hausammann Middle School Director 2015-2016

Heather Williams Nelson Theo Hausammann Upper School Spanish Teacher 2000-2010

“I am enchanted with Stirn Hall and turn up there a couple of times every week to do tutoring (Spanish). I value and love the continued contact with my former colleagues and the engagement it affords me with current Hawken students. Since my ‘retirement’ in 2010, I’ve been involved in urban community gardening and global and Cleveland social justice issues. My husband and I are VERY involved with

Lower School Science Teacher 2015-2016

“As you know, Theo and I (and Katie ’21) moved back to Fairfax, in Marin County, CA. Theo resumed his second grade teaching and grade level coordinator position at Bacich Elementary School, and I started a new position as the National Faculty Manager for the Buck Institute for Education, a national leader in K-12 professional development in project based learning. In my role, I hire, train

Getting to know our Lyndhurst Faculty Highlights: Who was your favorite teacher and why? I recall with Michelle Harris

Director of the Middle School

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN Favorite sports team: Indians and Cavs Favorite food: Any pasta and, for dessert, homemade apple pie or chocolate cake Favorite vacation spot: Exuma, Bahamas Favorite pastime: Broadway shows, reading, travel, spending time with my husband and our 4 children Favorite movies: The Godfather series, Rear Window, The Conversation, Glory Favorite books: Anything by Elizabeth Strout, Alexander McCall Smith, J. K. Rowling 40

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gratitude each of those educators who simply took the time to get to know me. That relational approach is a powerful mechanism that forms the basis of all good teaching and learning. What motivated you to go into education? My initial singular motivation was to work with children and adolescents, and that focus has remained steady. I am a clinical psychologist whose research focus included cognitive processes and learning. I am an educator whose teaching focus includes learning how to understand ourselves and others. What do you like most about your current position at Hawken? The people, and the privilege of engaging with them. Each day they bring incredible energy and passion to Hawken. I get to come to a place where a significant part of my role is to engage, experiment and grow, and that is pretty amazing.


and support our national consulting team of 90 teachers, instructional coaches and administrators. I just returned from putting on our biannual professional development conference held in Estes Park, CO last week. “Jonah ’16 is happy as a clam at CUBoulder, where he is studying in the college of communications and singing in Boulder’s oldest a cappella group, the CU Buffoons. He hopes to minor in theater. Jodie Ricci, TJ Gainley and the Hawken Chorale and Hawken Players’ Society have obviously had a huge influence on him!”

Greater Cleveland in Aurora, mostly with natives. Photographing flowers and other things continues to be a lot of fun.”

Martha Kane Brown

Middle School English Teacher 1969-1989

“Don’t know if this has been published but former middle and upper school Hawken teacher Kelly Benhase is now teaching in Savannah, GA, at Armstrong State University in the English department. Her husband, Scott Benhase, is the Bishop of the state of Georgia’s Episcopal Church, and thus based in Savannah. So, we stay in touch, I on Skidaway Island in a retirement community and they in the city. And of course, hurricane Matthew just chased all in a massive evacuation to Atlanta and thereabouts this past week!”

National Symphony Orchestra from 1985-1994. In 1994, I returned to my theater roots and became Managing Director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. I became President of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in 2005. In 2013, I joyfully retired, and we moved to Olney, MO to be with our daughter Sarah, her husband and their three boys. Our son Will, his wife and two children live in LA. I continue my involvement in the arts by serving on the board of Maryland’s oldest theatre company, the Olney Theatre. We also attend performances at the Kennedy Center, especially the National Symphony and Washington Opera. And I’m only too aware that I spend too much time listening to Wagner Operas!” To read more from Steve Klein ’66, please visit

Steve Klein ’66 The Hausammanns ran into Devesh Modi ’16 at Ton Kiang dim sum restaurant in San Francisco in August.

Penny Orr

Upper School Science Teacher 1994-2010

“I’m still just up the road at Perennials Preferred Inc. Also currently working on redoing a garden at the Education Center of the Audubon Society of

Upper School Theatre Director 1974 -1978

“After leaving my position at Hawken in 1978, I worked as orchestra manager for the Cleveland Orchestra, where I was responsible for orchestra operations, including contracts, recording, television and touring. From 1982 to 1985, I was Executive Director of the Denver Symphony Orchestra. After Denver, we moved to D.C., where I served as Executive Director of the

Steve Klein ’66 with their dog, Millie

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Director of the Lower School

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Favorite sports team: Cleveland Cavaliers Favorite food: Cheeseburgers Favorite vacation spot: Nassau, Bahamas Favorite pastime: Reading Top three things on your bucket list: Learn to play the harmonica, travel to Bali, write a book First job: McDonald’s Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption or Trading Places Favorite book: Wonder

Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Jones. She gave the best hugs, and made me feel like anything was possible for me. What motivated you to go into education? I’ve always loved school. I also love working with kids. I never considered another option for myself. I remember how excited I would get when I learned something new, and I wanted to be able to create that experience for other children. What do you like most about your current position at Hawken? I love that I get to know everybody in the school. I get to have relationships with other administrators, faculty, staff, parents and students. I also love diving into curriculum work. I find it exciting and inspiring.



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He led the Student Council as its president. David also participated in the Glee Club and the Affirmative No. He earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Jonathan L. “Jock” Collens, Sr. ’31 Passed away on October 24, 2016. Hawken’s eldest living alumnus started in the first grade on Ansel Road. Jock attended the School through grade 10. While at Hawken, Jock was a member of the Glee Club and captain of the football team. He graduated from Yale University in 1938 and Harvard Law School in 1941. Jock was employed by the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell when World War II began. He obtained his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and was assigned to an anti-aircraft unit. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was wounded while serving as a forward artillery observer in Germany. Jock returned to Cleveland to work for Reliance Electric and Engineering Company, where he was vice president until his retirement after 35 years of employment. Jock and his wife also ran a dairy farm for 30 years. In the civic community, he was board president of Vocational Guidance Services, the Arthritis Association and the Cleveland Heights Board of Education. Jock was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Collens ’28 and Granger H. Collens ’34. He is survived by his wife, Judith Collens; children, Jonathan L. Collens, Jr. ’68, Emilie Collens Illson, Sarah Collens Adams, Edmund Rogers Collens ’73 and Susan Collens Griffin; 13 grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren.

David S. King ’64 Passed away in June 2016. David enrolled at Hawken School in 1958. During his time at Hawken, he was a member of the football, track and wrestling teams.


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David was drafted into the United States Army and served as a sergeant at the headquarters for the 18th Military Police Brigade in Vietnam. Following his service, David attended Cleveland State University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He was on the University’s Board of Editors of the Law Review. He also obtained an LLM from Harvard Law School. David was an attorney in the firm of Garber, Simon and Haiman. He then became an instructor at the Suffolk University School of Law and a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. David also served as interim dean and associate dean at University of Bridgeport School of Law. Most recently, David was employed as associate dean and professor of law at Quinnipiac University. David leaves behind his wife, Diane; children, Dan and Rachel; stepchildren, Claire and Jenifer; eight grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

G. Timothy “Tim” Marshall ’68 Passed away on November 15, 2016. While a student at the Upper School, Tim played football, basketball and baseball. He was an attorney with Marshall and Associates. Tim was the father of Kala Marshall, Kara Marshall and R.J. Szpak and brother of Bernadette Marshall and Patricia Calabrese.

David U. Clough ’72 Passed away on July 17, 2016. While a student at Hawken, David participated in soccer and track. He attended Albion College. He was employed in social services. David is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Totten Clough; children, Emily Totten Clough and Abigail McCurdy Clough; and sister, Lucinda Clough Nichols.

John M. Bruere ’73 Passed away on August 1, 2016. John was an employee of Pay Young Service Company. He was the father of Sarah Bruere and John J. Bruere; grandfather of Ariana Bruere; son of Ann Bruere and the late John Bruere; and brother of Betsy Barber and Helen Bruere.

Daniel Teitelbaum ’75 Passed away on August 17, 2016. Daniel attended Hawken School in grades 10 through 12. He earned a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.D. from The Ohio State College of Medicine. After training in general and pediatric surgery, he joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in 1992 and was named full professor in 2004. He had 259 peer-reviewed publications and was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 17 years. Daniel recently served as president of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He was the recipient of the Section on Surgery American Academy of Pediatrics Salzberg Award for his teaching and mentoring. Daniel leaves behind his wife, Milinda “Mindy” Teitelbaum; children, Hannah, Abigail and Rachel; siblings, Mark Teitelbaum and Susan Goldberg; and mother, Betty Teitelbaum.

Daniel J. Braun ’81

Passed away on September 29, 2016. While a student at Hawken School, Daniel was a member of the swim team. He graduated in 1981 and attended Xavier University, where he earned a B.S. summa cum laude. In 1990, Daniel graduated second in his class from Cornell Medical School. Following his service in the Air Force, Daniel founded the Braun Urgent Care in Hawaii. For his uninsured patients, Daniel created a half-priced visit. In his community, Daniel subsidized the cost of martial arts training for at risk youth. He also donated land on Molokai to an outdoor learning program called Wild Kids.

He is survived by his parents, William E. and Maire Shaughnessy Braun; children, Daniel Elder, Joseph Montgomery and Samuel Shaughnessy Braun; and siblings, William M. Braun, John T. Braun ’80, Paul E. Braun, Mary Leibold and Julie Braun Haines ’86.

Ben M. Lewis ’82 Passed away November 21, 2016. Ben was a member of Hawken’s Upper School soccer team. He earned a degree from Macalester College and also attended Columbia College Film School. Ben’s passion for music and film led him to Los Angeles, where he worked on several films. He was an avid Indians fan. Ben leaves behind his wife, Bellamy Printz Lewis; children, John Henry Printz Lewis and Celia Belle Monroe Lewis; siblings, Ian Lewis, Cara Lewis and Will Lewis ’86; and parents, John and Cathy Lewis.

Daniel A. West ’13 Passed away August 8, 2016. Daniel attended Hawken School for three years while his stepfather, Charlie Sachs ’67, served in a number of administrative roles. After attending Hawken and Pulaski Academy, Daniel graduated from Park City High School. He attended Auburn University. In addition to his stepfather, Daniel is survived by his brother, Mark West Jr. ’10; father, Mark West; mother, Kimberly Shelton Sachs; and grandparents, Mark and Ann Shelton, Bob West and Laquita Scarborough.

Clara Pawlikowski Passed away on July 11, 2016. Clara was a head cook at the Lyndhurst and Gates Mills campuses from 1959 until 1995. Hawken School recognized Clara’s 36 years of service and bestowed on her the honor of faculty emerita. She was also named an honorary alumna and a Hawken Fellow, the highest honor awarded to a member of the Hawken School community. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Hartman and Pegi Pyles; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

John K. “Jack” Pickering Passed away on September 8, 2016. Jack was an Upper School English teacher at Hawken from 1961 until 1973. Following a decade of service at the School, he went to Germantown Academy, where he retired as assistant headmaster after 37 years of teaching English and American literature. Jack’s colleagues at Germantown Academy published a collection of his writings and speeches, “In Praise of a Noble Profession.” He served two years as an airman in the United States Navy. Jack is survived by his wife Susan; children, Mary, Susan, John M., Anthony, Jason and Samuel.

Following retirement, Marjorie was the president of the board of the Association for Continuing Education and a leader-teacher with Case Western Reserve University’s OffCampus Studies. She volunteered with Project Learn. Marjorie is survived by her sons, James M. Johnson ’75 and Nathaniel Robert Johnson ’79.

A proponent of real-world education, Howard was a central figure in leading the School from single-sex education to coeducation. In the interest of preparing students better for the future and providing inclusive service to the community, Howard’s signature work transformed the life of the School. In 1973, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved coeducation, and Hawken became the first of the Cleveland area independent schools to adopt this approach. In the early 1980s, Howard was the first board president to govern a fully coeducational institution. In addition to his extensive volunteer efforts at Hawken, Howard was former president of the board of trustees of the Aquarium of Niagara Falls and the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium; former trustee of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance; and former vice president of the board of trustees of the Institute of Environmental Education. Professionally, Howard was involved with the founding of Aquarium Systems, Incorporated, where he served as president until he retired in 1995. He and Cara were the owners of R Lazy S Ranch in Wyoming. Howard pursued photography as a hobby. A World War II veteran, he also penned a memoir of his service. In addition to his wife, Cara, Howard leaves behind his children, Bradley Stirn ’68, Lucia Stirn Spotte, Kelvin Stirn ’73 and Ellen Stirn Mavec ’76; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Marjorie H. Johnson Passed away in November 2016. Marjorie taught at Hawken from 1970 until her retirement in 1988. During her tenure at the School, she chaired the Modern Languages department and served on the committee that formed the Student Faculty Senate. She was also an advisor to the Affirmative No and the Senate. She acted in several Hawken Players’ Society productions, most notably portraying Linda Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. She was also a professor of French and acting dean at The American School in Lugano, Switzerland and an associate professor at Lake Erie College.

time, talent and wisdom, he was a member of the Charter Class of Hawken Fellows, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Hawken School community. Stirn Hall was named in honor of Howard and his wife, Cara.

Loyd “Del” Tenney Passed away on August 5, 2016. Howard F. Stirn Passed away on August 26, 2016. Howard served as president of the Hawken School Board of Trustees from 1980 until 1984, as trustee from 1971 until 1991, and as chairman of the Fathers Representatives from 1970 until 1971. During his tenure on the Board, Howard was chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. He facilitated the Lyndhurst Campus Renewal Project, the kindergarten building addition, the Campaign for Hawken, and the establishment of the Mathematic Enrichment Center on the Lyndhurst campus. Following his term as president, Howard was elected a Life Trustee, an honor reserved for a select group of former board members. In appreciation of Howard’s

From 1994 until 2009, Del was a member of the Gates Mills maintenance team. He served as a boiler operator and HVAC technician. He resided on campus and provided night coverage and snow plowing. Del served in the Army infantry during the Vietnam War from June 1968 until he was honorably discharged in June 1974. Originally from West Virginia, Del enjoyed fishing, bluegrass music, camping and watching the Cleveland Indians.


Dr. Christine Debelak Neider is a ’94 graduate of Hawken. In perhaps the grandest gesture of parental love, her parents started Birchwood School when she was in third grade. Christy and her husband Sam moved back to Cleveland five years ago, in part to send their children, Jonah and Phoebe, to Birchwood as well. Currently, Christy is the Assistant Head of School of Birchwood School of Hawken.

Fair play I have been troubled by notions of “fair” in American education. While we might debate conservative or liberal tenets of justice and equality, I am disturbed by a tacit agreement across party lines and cultural perspectives. We tend to concur that education should fix or prevent problems. By fixating on ideals and then the lack in children related to that ideal, we create deficit models of education, driven by fear. The state of our economy, the school-to-prison pipeline, our children’s job prospects – these and many other aims of education prioritize external standards representing what we think “should be.” And that “should” always makes us much more comfortable than the messy little human being before us. These aims for education cause us to perceive children as deficient and therefore in need of an education. Is that fair? At Birchwood and then at Hawken, I experienced an education which attended to my messy humanness. The aim of this kind of education suggests that being a human being is an active, never finished unfolding. Madeleine L’Engle, renowned author, best described this view of humanity. “A self is not something static, tied up in a 62

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pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming. Being does mean becoming.” Thus, however the human may seem in our perception, we can count on the fact that the person’s very nature has fought to thrive until her own will could do so no longer without support. My formative education never made me feel deficient – static and missing something that would make me complete one day. Instead, the ethos of these two schools called to the yearning within my human nature for a beautiful and purposeful life, in which I would never stop growing. The missions, embodied in the adults who cared for me, framed formal education as a symphony of opportunities, harmonized to pay attention to what was already there and to strengthen my will to choose a path of Becoming that might issue in richer possibilities for my future Becoming. Philosopher Maxine Greene suggests that learning, in any form, “is a conscious search for some kind of coherence, some kind of sense . . .The activities that compose learning not only engage us in our own quests for answers and for meanings; they also serve to initiate us

into communities of scholarship and (if our perspectives widen sufficiently) into the human community, in its largest and richest sense.” It is fair to children for us to perceive them as whole and yet Becoming. It is fair to create educational encounters for them that nurture their possibilities and habituate the character to choose, to realize and to sustain what they imagine for themselves. Hawken School, now together with Birchwood School of Hawken, exemplifies this “Fair Play” model of learning, uncommon today in schools and cultural narratives. Rather than focusing on education as a problem solver for our fears, these schools have proven time and again through their curricular, pedagogical and cultural choices that they place their faith in the noble human struggle for the better self to prevail and then to contribute to the beautiful Becoming of others.

I am humbled and deeply grateful to have these institutions as the foundation and future of my own Becoming.

Celebrating a Century of Partnership, Vision and Leadership A Transformational Impact James A. Hawken Society Leadership support enables Hawken to expand programming while sustaining the financial stability of the School. The fact that leadership gifts account for 75% of dollars raised in last year’s fund drive speaks to their vital role. Whether you choose to direct your gift to a particular area of personal interest or to Hawken’s greatest need, your gift will have an immediate impact today. To make your gift or pledge: Contact Director of the Hawken Fund, Andrea Hocevar ’01 (440) 423-2966 or Co-Director of Advancement, Kathleen Guzzi (440) 423-2918 or Use the giving envelope inside this magazine or visit Save-the-Date Recognition of Hawken Fund Leadership Donors takes place each year at an exclusive Society reception where members have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded leaders in our community. A formal invitation will be sent in March for this year’s signature event being held in Stirn Hall on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

2015-2016 Leadership Donors As an added benefit for those donors who have contributed $5,000 or more to last year’s Hawken Fund (formally the Annual Fund), we pay tribute to the following group of distinguished individuals who have helped shape Hawken as a national leader in independent school education. Bolton Hall Associates Donald ‘70 & Cathy Allman Mr. Robert J. Anslow, Jr. ‘77 Dan & Ellie Hurwitz Russ ‘64 & Connie Lincoln Mr. Thomas W. Murphy II ‘89 Ireland Hall Associates Anonymous Charles & Grosvie Cooley Mrs. Tamara Durn Doody ‘85 Mr. Alton F. Doody III Ray* & Emmy Durn Mr. Timothy M. George ‘70 Jeffrey & Maria Green Chas ‘87 & Jennifer Grossman Jeff & Stacie Halpern Mr. Peter A. Horvitz ‘72 Mr. Henri Pell Junod, Jr. ‘59 Blake ‘95 & Sevda Kleinman

James ‘91 & Nicole Lincoln C. G. Raible Educational Trust The C. G. Raible and C. R. Raible Fund William H. Roj & Mary Lynn Durham Dr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Ross Michael & Sarah ‘83 Shaulis Mr. Paul C. Shiverick ‘71 The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Steven & Lauren Spilman Mr. S. Tucker Taft ‘70 Stephanie Tolleson & Peter Johnson Maurice Vaughn & Gail Turkovich Anthoni ‘71 & Susan Visconsi Mr. Dominic A. Visconsi, Jr. ‘77

Lincoln Hall Associates Anonymous Himanshu & Leslie Amin The Firman Fund Mr. Royal Firman III ‘66 Mr. Robert T. Gale ‘96 Mr. & Mrs. Larry Goldberg Andrew & Kim Greiff Bob ‘44 & Sally Gries Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Hardis Paul & Michelle Harris George & Janice Hawwa Jeffrey & Julia Healy John LeMay & Jacqueline Acho Peter ‘77 & Susi ‘78 Meisel The Murch Foundation Roger ‘70 & Alison Rankin Steven ‘84 & Ellen Ross Alan & Barbara Rosskamm

Scot & Traci Rourke Mr. John C. Schirm ‘01 Thomas & Ann Seabright The Sherwick Fund Mrs. Clara D. Sherwin Mr. John Sherwin, Jr. ‘53 Mr. Carl E. Smith ‘74 Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Stirn Sara ‘87 & Brian Sullivan Mr. Dominic A. Visconsi, Sr. Michael ‘85 & Meredith ‘85 Weil Mr. Clifford A. White ‘78 George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust * Deceased


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The Hawken Review, Winter 2017  

Vol 37, No 1. The Hawken Review is a print magazine published twice a year for the Hawken School community.

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