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Street Dear Class of 1962, Welcome to “our” home. And when I say that, I mean welcome to our “collective” home – yours and ours. Many of you have probably spent more time in this home than we have in the three short years since we moved in. This is a very happy home and I can only imagine and hope that it was the same for you during your years here. For those of you who don’t know the story of how this unique and meaningful relationship between the Rabers and Holton started, here it is. I believe that in order to get to know a new home, you must clean behind every crack and crevice, high and low. I stared this process in the laundry room just before we moved in and I hit the jackpot! I found many documents that had slid behind the washer and dryer. Among them was the house’s history of ownership since it was built. After settling into our home, I called Holton in hopes that they might have some old photos of this home. Little did I know that my one conversation with Abigail Betts would lead to a rewarding and thrilling relationship with Holton and, of course, many old photos! “Our” home was built in 1908 and had two owners before it was sold to Holton in 1917. Holton owned it from 1916 -1960 and according to my records, it sat vacant until 1969 when it was sold to the Washington Montessori Institute. When WMI sold it in 1998, it underwent 2 major renovations with the two owners previous to us. We are very grateful that each owner has preserved most of the original floors, stairs, and the banisters. As a matter of fact, it is on the floors that I can occasionally hear someone walking at a deliberate pace with a purpose in mind. From the sound of the heels on the floor, I am fairly sure it is a woman (though one never knows). I often wonder if it is a restless neighbor, though our walls are thick. However, I prefer to think it is Miss Shearman finishing up the last of her Latin classes in our living room. Each of us has a story that contributes to the collective history between these walls. Steve and I would love to hear from you about your memories in 2119. We love that our walls are starting to talk. We hope your voice will be added and that we can pass a true legacy onto the next owners when the time comes. Until then, please know that the “Open Door” of Holton is still open on “S” Street. Blair and Steve Raber 2119 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20008


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19 The Last Fifty Years 62 after we were married. Our daughter was born in 1981. She is happily married and the mother of a young son born in December 2011.

Judith Ayres Burke My life continues to be blessed with a wonderful family, old and new friends, a career in conservation and environmental protection and good health. After our graduation, I headed to Miami of Ohio and roomed freshman year with Peggy Dowd. With a degree in zoology and physiology, I took graduate classes in both England and Japan and received a Masters from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In the 60’s and 70’s, life was filled with adventures and new experiences - among themI taught English and science at The Hillsdale School, worked as ski photographer in Aspen, wrote speeches for Secretary of the Interior in Washington,DC , the late Rogers C.B. Morton, lived in Alaska, learned to fly, sailed across the Carribean and Sea of Cortez, and worked for the David Packard Family on the new Monterey Bay Aquarium. While in Alaska, a newly minted environmental attorney, Jack Burke (St.Alban’s 1962) came into my life. We skied, fished, climbed mountains, kayaked fiords and married in 1978. We moved to Northern California soon


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In 1983, I was appointed by William D. Ruckelshaus, then Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to serve as EPA Regional Administrator for Region 9. This position is the ranking federal environmental position for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands known as the Western Protectorates. I left that job in 1987 and in the next few years, as our daughter grew, we moved to Sonoma County and learned the art of running a small ranch and the glories of nurturing a large orchard and garden along with tending a bevy of horses Professionally, I consulted, sat on corporate and NGO boards and lectured on environmental and energy issues. In 2001, government service called once again. After Senate confirmation, I was honored to be a Presidential appointee serving as EPA Assistant Administrator for International Affairs. The job was located in Washington,DC at EPA headquarters but involved much global travel, both representing EPA/USA internationally in bilateral and multilateral environmental programs and serving on various US delegations to foreign lands. I am grateful for having had this honor and experience. I resigned from that position in 2007 and have returned, as a private citizen, to consulting, lecturing and serving on several boards including The Nature Conservancy of Virginia. Jack continues his work in environmental law and we have relocated to the east coast and live on our farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Jack and I recently celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary and are savoring our newly minted Grandparent status. Our HAS 50th was such a gift, a very special

walk down our class’s shared memory lane. We surely missed those dear classmates who could not join us at the 50th and look forward to seeing you at our next soirée!

of Merchandise Director for Women’s Accessories for Pappagallo, a division of U.S. Shoe Corporation. That led to a position as Director of the Women’s Accessory Division at Andrew Geller Shoes. Wanting to spend more time with my kids who were nearing high school graduation, I changed career gears and headed into real estate in 1987. My timing was impeccable, with the market crashing three months later. Yet, I persevered and weathered the storm, still selling (hopefully) in the Rye/Harrison, NY area today. In 1995, with both kids graduated from college, I relocated to Rye Brook, NY. A year later, my daughter Sara married Jeff Cohen and today they live in Roslyn, NY with their three children. Jonathan married Yifat Oren in 2006. They live in Los Angeles with their two children. All along the way I have been active in several charity organizations. Today, when I am not selling real estate, I can be found running around to see my grandchildren on Long Island and in Los Angeles.

Penny Fischbach Cutler Realizing that school and being a student were not my favorite things, I left university after one year, eager to embrace the world and get out in it. I went on to attend a fashion school in New York City for two years, upon graduation I accepted a position with Associated Merchandising Corporation, the largest buying arm of the powerhouse of all department stores (at the time), Federated. I also held a top managerial position for a women’s shoe and handbag company. In 1967, I married Steve Cutler. In 1970 we moved out of NYC to New Rochelle, NY where our two children, Sara and Jonathan were born, and I became a ‘stay-at-home mom.’ I was divorced, remarried briefly and then decided to re-enter the great American work force. When the kids were old enough, I resumed full time work and accepted the position

In 1947, my father joined the Foreign Service. Shortly after my sister, Frances Cleveland, was born in July, we moved to Bucharest Romania. Mostly I remember the puppies and kittens at our country house. Eighteen months later, we moved to Paris. I attended a French kindergarten and first grade. My sister and I had a Swiss German nanny; we became trilingual in English, French and German. She took us to the park dressed in clean little frilly dresses and wearing white gloves. We weren’t allowed to touch anything because it was all “schmutzig”. In 1952 we returned to the US. I went to Holton for the second and third grades and part of the fourth. Then we rode the train across the country to San Francisco, where we took the Oronsay cruise ship to Sydney, Australia. We had a grand house on Sydney Harbor, my father moored little boat called the Kangaroo out front. I and my sister went to the Roger Ascam School, where we wore tan colored school uniforms with blue ties and straw hats. At recess, we played Davy Crockett, all the rage then, with the ties tied around our head to imitate coonskin hats. In 1956 we moved to Bangkok Thailand, where I went to the seventh and eighth grades in the American School in Bangkok. I had a little orange and white dog called Cutie Pie, who followed me to school and slept under my desk. One day the principal spotted her, came up and kicked her, and she bit him. So he expelled me. The next day the school fired him. In 1958, we returned to the US, where I went to Holton for ninth through 12th grades, and my sister Frances went for sixth through 12th grades. My parents left for Yugoslavia in 1963; my sister continued at Holton as a boarder.

Polly Cleveland I was born in February 1945, the oldest of three children. My father, Robert Cleveland, was an officer in the Navy during World War II. My mother, Mary Manning Cleveland, had been an assistant to the director of the Smithsonian Institution. She was a graduate of Holton-Arms, class of 1938, as was her mother, Edythe Howard Manning (later Hickey), class of 1910.

I entered Radcliffe College in the fall of 1962, graduating in 1966; my mother had been class of 1942. My sister followed three years later, graduating in 1969. I started out as a math major, switched to biochemistry, and ended up graduating as a physics major. After working in the Harvard Cyclotron Lab in the summer of 1965 I became disillusioned with physics because—as a female—I wasn’t allowed to do anything interesting, such as move the lead brick shielding. This was before women’s Lib! So I entered

graduate school at Harvard in Ancient near Eastern Languages and Literature. Go figure! I studied ancient Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Akkadian, the language of the code of Hammurabi. I can still write your name in cuneiform. I spent two summers on an excavation in Israel at Tel Gezer, near Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, I married my first husband, Keith Roberts, whom I met in my senior year at college. He was then a student at Harvard Law School. He was a serious activist. We were among the founders of the New England chapter of the Sierra Club. In 1969 we moved to Washington DC to work for Ralph Nader; I helped write a book on how the US Department of Agriculture caters to big corporate farms at the expense of small farms. In 1970 we moved to Berkeley, California, to work on Nader’s project on “Power and Land in California”. The project documented how giant landowners obtained political favors that increased the value of their land. In particular we showed how the California State Water Project, which had dismal cost-benefit ratios, would chiefly help large landowners on the West side of California’s Central Valley. Yet the project had been sold to the California public as essential to keeping Los Angeles from drying up and blowing away. In short, it was and is a giant fraud on the public and an environmental disaster. For two years after that, I returned to the study of dead languages at UC Berkeley, completing most of the work for a PhD. But then my conscience caught up with me. I decided to make a career of public interest work, starting with a PhD in agricultural economics at UC Berkeley. In 1978, a crisis in my husband’s family business, Robert’s Proprietaries Inc., forced us to return to New York. His father was ill, and the business was failing. My husband and I ended up taking over the business, which manufactured and distributed “health and beauty aid” products. Our largest product was Ezo Denture Cushions, wax pads to stick in your false teeth; our second largest product was Zip Wax, to peel the hair off your legs. Then there was Lidia O’Leary Covermark, a heavy makeup to conceal birth marks and scars. I had grown up believing that the most Holton-Arms School


socially desirable jobs were those in public service, as a Foreign Service officer like my father, or a teacher. So to land suddenly in a small business – annual sales 7 million, 30 employees –in Moonachie, New Jersey—that was a shock. Fortunately, I had studied accounting at UC Berkeley, on the theory that economists ought to know where the numbers came from. My husband and I plunged in and soon got the costs under control, returning the business to profitability. I came to have a great respect for small business. Your success truly depends on treating the people you deal with – employees, suppliers, and customers – with honesty and respect. That’s simply not the case in large businesses with monopoly power. Meanwhile, we had two children, Abigail Roberts born in Berkeley California in 1976, and Daniel Roberts, adopted from Korea as a baby in 1980. In 1983, the marriage broke up, leading to several years of litigation over my and the children’s shares of the company. Ugh! In 1984, I finally completed my longdelayed PhD dissertation entitled Consequences and Causes of Unequal Distribution of Wealth. It uses mathematical modeling to show how unequal distribution of wealth lowers economic productivity and growth. From 1984 through 1987, I taught accounting and computer systems at Rutgers University in Newark. It was a frustrating experience. Many of my students were the first in their families to attend college. They had gone to lousy schools which left them illprepared; on top of that they were working their way through college. I’ll never forget the young man who kept missing class and even exams because his father owned a fleet of garbage trucks; every time a driver didn’t show up the kid had to skip school to drive a truck. In 1986 I married my present husband, Thomas Haines, a professor of biochemistry at the City College of New York. I soon found I had married another small business. In this case it was two little apartment buildings which he and his late first wife, a successful artist, had purchased because a top floor apartment made a suitable studio for her. We lived in an apartment in these


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buildings and I managed them until we sold them in 2009.

• Gardening (but my back trouble limits that now)

My new husband and I have been activists for economic and social justice. From 1994-2001, we ran The Partnership for Responsible Drug Information a non-profit that encouraged open and well-informed discussion of drug policy.

• Doing anything with my husband who is your typical “I can do it myself ” kind of man

In 2006, I started teaching part-time as an adjunct at Columbia University. For the last three years, I have taught a course entitled “Poverty, Inequality and the Environment”. I also started an occasional blog, which I call “Econamici,” mostly on topics related to economics. After selling the buildings in 2009, we renovated a new apartment nearby, which we have used to put on fund raisers for progressive Democratic candidates. My daughter Abigail Roberts Guadagnolo and her husband Charles Guadagnolo have an 18 month old son, little Robert, or “Bear”, named after my father, who died in 2008. My son Daniel Roberts and his wife Joanna Otto, have a six year old son, Eric. My mother, Mary Cleveland, turned 92 on June 23, and is doing very well. She’s still playing bridge and writing about her experiences in the Foreign Service.

at the Lineberger Camcer Center at the UNC Hospital. Love playing lots of tennis, some golf and bridge, as well as teaching aerobics part time at my fitness center. I do come up to DC to visit old friends, and promise to keep in better touch with my Holton gals! It really is amazing how the years just melted away, and we picked up right where we left off sooo many years ago. I second the motion to have a mini reunion down in Florida with our buddy, Lou, let’s “find a way or make one!” Ciao Bellas, Gail

Sallie Steves Peacock • One year, Monticello College near St. Louis • 3 years at the University of Texas at Austin where I majored in English (not something I would recommend, by the way) and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority • Summer school two years at the University of Richmond • Made my debut in San Antonio in 1966 where I met my husband • Married in September of that year • Our son, Brandt, was born in 1969, and I was a stay at home mom for 15 years • Junior League volunteer for 20 years doing everything they had to do; served on the board of the local Parent Teacher Association while he was in school • Brandt died in 1984 at the age of 15 from a spontaneous brain hemorrhage which, of course, changed the course of our lives pretty dramatically • Began working part time in 1986 at our World Affairs Council where I started their High School Outreach Program • Worked for 13 years at United Way of San Antonio • Then worked for our local community foundation for 10 years • Retired in 2011 after 25 years of working in the nonprofit community • Have been doing part time consulting work with several non profits in management and board development What I love to do: • Read, read, read • Travel, travel, travel

Gail McGregor Fearing I loved growing up in DC and started Holton in the fifth grade. Looking back, I am so grateful that my parents had the good sense to send me there--great friends and a superior high school education! I headed to Briarcliff College (with Lou Smith) for 2 years, then transferred to UNC at Chapel Hill, receiving my BA in English. New York City was my next stop, working in advertising, then moved back to DC and worked at NBC, as Willard Scott’s girl friday. I met my precious Fred (who also attended UNC but was there before me) and we married in 1968 (on the same day, at the same time as Sandy and Ed). Our little Robyn arrived in 1971 and went to Holton for middle and upper school, graduating in 1989 and going to UNC. I enjoyed serving on Holton’s Alumnae Board and the Board of Trustees for many years. In 1997, we built our dream house and moved to Chapel Hill. Robyn and her husband, Russ, also ended up here, which has been wonderful. Fred died of cancer in 2002. I am blessed with a multitude of fabulous friends here, along with having my daughter’s family within 10 minutes. My grand children, Taylor, 12, Elizabeth, 10, and Andrew, 7, are a constant source of joy and laughter. I serve on several UNC committees/boards, and love volunteering as an elementary school tutor and

Pamela Mack After graduating from Holton, I started college at Georgetown University School of Business and began my working career. I stopped college because of family plans to move to Florida. Then these plans changed and I continued working in Washington but didn’t resume college until the Seventies. At the end of the Sixties I joined the Mortgage Bankers Association of America for what turned into a 10-year career there. At the MBA I had a variety of positions culminating in what was then known as Assistant Director of Government Services. In that position I was liaison with HUD for multifamily programs and produced seminars on new HUD programs and traveled around the country hosting those seminars. I also made some interesting personal trips including a trip to Anchorage a few years after the big earthquake. I stayed with friends whose house fronted on Cook Inlet. Their street had been the third street from the inlet prior to the earthquake.

In the Seventies, I resumed college at George Washington School of Business and managed to finish with a major in marketing. At the end of the decade I started my own company, PAMAC Corporation. It was meant to be a real estate consulting company with an emphasis on real estate finance but it morphed into real estate development consulting due to an unexpected opportunity to develop child care centers for a national company. Meanwhile I learned how to scuba dive and had some interesting trips around the Caribbean but I spent the most time in Grand Cayman where the diving is diverse and truly fabulous. The Eighties were a pretty good decade all in all. My company flourished and I met my wonderful husband, Hugh Smyth. We were married in 1983 and he joined PAMAC Corporation. Together we built 20 child care centers around the beltway but mostly in Northern Virginia. Hugh had a son, Steven. Steven was 10 years old when we married and he lived with us. Now he is 39 and has 4 beautiful children ages 1, 4, 12 and 13. When he was about 14, Steven took up target shooting as his high school sport and Hugh and I got involved with the local rifle clubs, one at Steven’s school and one a northern Virginia club known as Acorns Junior Rifle Club. Hugh became president of Acorns and for about 5 years we ran rifle matches in northern Virginia and carted Steven around to matches throughout Virginia and even sent him around the country. Steven was pretty good and was on the junior Olympic team for a while and even got a scholarship to college to shoot. But as so often happens, he lost interest in competitive shooting and has yet to pick it up again. The Nineties were a mixed bag. It took a while to recover from the recession in 1989. Due to a lack of development work at the beginning of the decade, we had to look for alternatives. Hugh and I took courses and learned how to be commercial real estate appraisers. That is what I have been doing ever since. Hugh split his time initially between appraising and land development consulting, gradually shifting over to the development consulting part of the business. I continued in appraising and by the end of the decade we were more comfortable in our Holton-Arms School


new profession. At the end of the Nineties, Steven met Missy and they got married. The decade since the turn of the century has been mixed. There were positive aspects to the appraisal business but mid-decade Hugh’s health declined due to heart problems. He died on Veteran’s Day in 2009. I miss him so much. Hugh seemed to know everything. He was a walking encyclopedia and probably the most interesting person I’ve ever known. It was a terrible loss for all of us. I am grateful I had a lot of work at the time because it helped me through the that difficult time. Now I find I want to spend more time with my grandchildren so it may be time to finally retire. It is hard to stop working but I am trying to wind it down. One advantage remains, however, and that is an upcoming convention in San Diego. I’m taking Jacob and Mackenzie, the two oldest grand kids for a week. I will spend one or two days at convention events and the rest of the time sightseeing with them. We all are really excited about the trip. Our 50th reunion was pretty exciting too. It’s hard to believe I made it. I am so glad that so many classmates were able to attend. It was a wonderful weekend.

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teaching trade in a rural junior-senior high school outside of Philadelphia, teaching junior high English and directing high school plays while Tom did a post doctoral fellowship at Penn. When he took a position at Duke, I started teaching in the public schools of Durham, NC, and I learned the difference between a teacher’s salary in Pennsylvania and in North Carolina. My daughter, Gwen, was born there. When she was three, we moved to Alabama where Tom joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My son, Jeff, was born in Birmingham.

Raising two wonderful sons, Ernie and George, and having two equally wonderful grandsons, Quentin and Michael, has been the most wonderful thing about my life. Once raised I focused on my art career and had fun running life drawing sessions and art events called, “Thursday Gigs” . Thursday Gigs were monthly gatherings of artists and poets. Lately I have experimented with mono prints of wild horses, expressing my admiration for their strength and beauty. Hiking with my sister, Sara Jones Darnley, and going to the beach to run along the shore, watching and listening to the birds and waves, are my passions also. I’m very lucky to live near Sara, and miss living near my brothers, (Willard and Eddie…now deceased). Sara has two daughters, Heather and Mandi. Mandi is married to a wonderful man, Jeff, and they have 3 children, ages 12, 8 and 6 who keep me in the joyful part of life. My blog is a running archive of my art and the art of the people in my life drawing sessions. Art, being in nature and being with my family continues to be the thread that follows me. I live in the Bay Area of California and wish very much to connect with any Holtonites who may be close by. I can be reached at: 408/410-2313 42 Central Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030

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After graduation from Holton, I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where I roomed my first year with Judith Ayres. I majored in English Literature and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. I settled in Cincinnati, married, and taught Language Arts until we started a family. Divorced when my three boys were young, I stayed in Cincinnati so that they could be near their father. I returned to graduate school in 1986 and taught English at Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio, until I retired in 2005. My mother moved from Maryland to Ohio in 1992, and we enjoyed a very close relationship until her death in 2009 at the age of 92. I am most proud of three grown sons. Trey, my oldest, lives in Cincinnati with Tina, his wife, and Luke (age 8) and Jake (age 6). He has his own financial planning company and is a CPA. Trent, my middle son, moved to Denver from San Francisco last June with his family: Murray, his wife, Wyatt (age 6) and Milly (age 3). Baby number three is due in June. He works in commercial real estate for Seagate Properties in San Rafael. Tate, my youngest son, lives outside Boston in Hingham with his Wife Sarah. He runs a Kumon Learning Center and is looking forward to being a father in December. Last December, I moved to Denver to help Trent and his family. I love the area, although I miss family and friends. However, it has been the right move.

I left Holton to venture south and attend Mary Baldwin, a southern women’s college. After one year, I decided I was ready for a northern coed school, so I transferred to Penn State. I thought I had gone to heaven. Following graduation I worked for the Social Security Administration in D.C., but after a year of cutting off benefits to bewildered widows, I decided to apply my rapidly developing sadistic talents where they were more needed—to teenagers. I started my English teaching career in Montgomery County Public Schools where, to my amazement, I found that I not only really enjoyed it, but I was actually pretty good at it. During my two year stint there, I participated in a brief teacher’s strike, which shocked my parents and set me on the political road now so important to me. After two years of teaching, I married Tom Norton and moved to Los Angeles where he was finishing his PhD at UCLA. While there, I taught in Los Angeles City Schools, a real eye opener, and discovered that education across the country was not the same as it had been at Holton and in Montgomery County. I went out on a teacher’s strike for over a month against Draconian financial cuts imposed by the governor at that time. (Because of these cuts, Los Angeles City Schools actually proposed making a half a year of 7th and 8th grade English and math optional–among many other equally attractive options.) After this lesson in applied economics, I became interested in politics (and did not vote for that governor when he ran for President.) During the next two years I plied my


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Except for traveling on Tom’s sabbaticals and other trips abroad, I stayed home working in local and congressional politics and pursuing a masters degree in gifted education. As soon as my children were both in school, I returned to teaching in the Jefferson County Public Schools, this time in gifted English, where my emphasis was on writing. To my consternation students were assigned to be in my English class for three years in a row. What a responsibility it was not to be able to blame another teacher if they didn’t get the skills they needed! Things worked out well, though, and I received a teacher of the year award from a Birmingham tv station. For the most part, I lived vicariously through the accomplishments of my students, which included one who was a finalist for the national 8th grade NCTE writing competition, several students who won admittance into the Alabama School of Fine arts, and many students who came back to thank me after they went off to high school and college. When I retired from teaching, I decided to try my hand at writing children’s novels. I have written three which currently lurk in the dark reaches of my bottom desk drawer, wondering why some eager young children’s editor (they’re all younger than my daughter) hasn’t snapped them up. I have just recently started writing an e-book series of mysteries for young teens. The first one will be published in October. In the meantime I am getting revved up for the political fray this fall. I am so in awe of the many accomplishments of my classmates and of the impacts that they have had on each other and on the people whose lives they have touched. I am hoping that through the things I have done

in teaching, working in politics, in writing, and in loving my family that I too have made a mark, however small.

Susan Gardner Cronin Gardner After Holton I graduated from Pine Manor Jr College. My two sisters and I all graduated from Holton-Margo Gardner Tewes in 1960 and Gaye Gardner Pickett in 1956. Margo also graduated from Pine Manor. In 1966 I married Thomas Griffith Cronin (Cousin of our Holton classmate Corinne Griffith!) I worked for Booz Allen Applied Research in Bethesda, MD. Tommy worked for the New Washington Senators baseball team. which had replaced the Old Senators in 1961 when the owner, Calvin Griffith (Tommy’s uncle & Corinne’s Father) moved that teams to Minnesota to become the Minnesota Twins. In 1967 we moved to Minnesota when Tommy was offered a job with the Twins. We lived in Minnetonka, MN for 20 years-actually near Minnehaha creek and Minnehaha fallsHiawatha’s hood. I loved Minnesota and the winters. It is a beautiful state. We went bird hunting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. We had two wonderful girls, Kacey (now 37) and Terri (now 30). They are both Eskimos and we were so disappointed with this past winter on the east coast- no snow and no cold. Boo hiss!!! Kacey is married and lives in Needham, MA and Terri lives in south Boston and works for Kawneer, an Alcoa company. I went back to work part time in 1984 managing the Architex Fabric Showroom Holton-Arms School


in the Minneapolis Design Center. It was an introduction into the contract furniture and textile industry in which I remained for 25 years. After Tommy and I divorced in 1986, the girls and I moved back to my hometown, Bethesda, MD. They settled in nicely and I went to work full time for Rudd International, a textile and furniture manufacturer in Georgetown with a showroom there, and NYC and Chicago. That was fun! From there I went to work for two different contract furniture dealers, American Office, as a Project Manager, and Washington Workplace, designing office space and selling office furniture. I retired in 2009-yahoo-I was ready! Now the best part (aside from the birth of my 2 girls) is that in August 2009 Trevor Gardner and I were married in Chevy Chase, MD. We have known each other for 52 years!!! He went to Landon and as friends we would see each other at parties, school dances, etc. He was married to Melissa Jones Gardner ’61. Sadly, Melissa passed away in 2005. As time went on, Trevor and I would go out for dinner now and then. Our relationship grew, and after three years, we decided to get married! He had 3 children, Melissa, Trevor III and Kristen and six grandchildren who are now mine as well!! Our two families are creating wonderful memories. He is a treasure and worth waiting for-I am a lucky girl!!

Sandy Smyser Stephan The “girl from Brazil” arrived at Holton in ninth grade with skinny socks and funny shoes. Now, I’m semi-fashionable but still like funny shoes. I remember taking tests in Miss Lurton’s office after classes to get over testing panic and attending Miss Farrior’s remedial algebra classes –with many of you ;-) Holton was an education in so many ways. After high school, two years at Centenary Junior College with many Holton gals from ’61 and ’62, I lived a year in Spain attending the University of Madrid. Life was full with love (a boy of course) and learning. I completed my BA at George Washington Univ. commuting to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house to “study”. A summer job at the local public library landed me a scholarship to Catholic University for a Master’s in Library Science. What seemed a most unlikely career choice provided 27 good years as a librarian and library consultant in Maryland . I first worked with young adults in my neighboring county and then worked at the state level conducting training, coordinating continuing education, and marketing the first public access to the Internet through our public libraries. Free lance consulting around the country for most of those years and into retirement has been an extra fun experience. Ed and I are celebrating our 44th anniversary September 2012; we’ve dated, dropped, and loved each other since we were 16—that’s 52 years! We have enjoyed many trips to the Caribbean and vacations to Brazil, Scotland, Spain, and Australia. Our immediate family has always been our


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beloved dachshunds; Liesl, a black and tan long hair rescue, is still with us. We left the D.C. area 14 years ago to a home we built on the marsh overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway near the beautiful little town of Beaufort S.C. The beach is only 30 minutes away. The wildlife is phenomenal, water birds, migrating birds, more deer than we can count and lots of alligators. I have delighted in becoming a Master Gardner and Master Naturalist, gardening our ¾ acre, volunteering for our church, and beautifying our community through my garden club. Ed plays golf, volunteers, and has served 11 years on the board of an abuse shelter and counseling non-profit organization. We’ve made it through breast cancer and Ed’s increasing metal parts and although we groan a lot, we haven’t slowed down too much. God has been kind. Life is full.

called Topanga Mountain School where she also gets lots of hiking and camping time. If anyone is coming thru Florida, give me a ring...would love to catch up. Best to all.

Bob and I have a wonderful life together and we have travelled extensively in France and Italy. We now spend the winter in St. Barth’s to escape the New England winter. My gardens here in Newport have been on the tours for several years and they give me tremendous pleasure, and I have finally taught Bob the name of the flowers. He is my absolute soul mate. He has taught me about boats and cars (vintage ones). We attend many Concours and are more than just fans of Formula One. Craig and his family live nearby in Tiverton, RI. He has two children, Livia (14) and Maxwell (12). Ashley and her husband, Ben Porch, live in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Robyn Shelton Spagnolo

I married Godfrey Kauffmann in 1963 and had two wonderful children, William Craig and Ashley Baker.

Darcy Webb Phillips Living in sunny Old Florida on the St. John’s river in a little town called Palatka. I work hard to keep up with my pottery studio to provide clients and galleries with my work (I moved my business to Florida from Charlottesville, VA in 2006). Meantime, I am also teaching pottery to middle and high schoolers in an afterschool program, a wonderfully inspiring experience. My students are all low-income, and largely African-American... they have been so responsive! I make visits to my daughters, one in Charlottesville, and the other in Los Angeles, as frequently as possible. I have one granddaughter, now 11, who is in L.A...she is thriving as a musician (her father is a rock guitarist and her mom plays the bass so who knows where that interest will go) in her new middle school,

In 1984 Godfrey and I divorced and I was a single mother for sixteen years until I met Robert Spagnolo through mutual friends. We were married in 2000 and I moved to Newport, RI. We bought a wonderful 1855 home on Almy Pond and I became a member of the Newport Garden Club and eventually it’s President. I am fully involved in Newport and its Preservation Society. I continued to be involved in flower shows, chairing the Newport Flower Show for six years and entering and judging shows across the country. I am a designer of botanical jewelry and have had several one woman shows of botanical watercolors.

Never regretted raising my 3 kids by myself. We were really a pack, and had an enormous amount of fun. I eventually went to work at Sidwell Friends, first in admissions, and then as the assistant to the Dean of the Upper School. Even today there is not a day I don’t miss working there. I loved the kids, and I love working with kids. However, real life dictated that with 3 kids at or aimed toward college, I needed to make more money. Went into residential real estate and am still there sort of 30 years later. It is my great privilege and a constant pleasure to have teamed with Penny Marshall Mallory, a Holton grad a well, as business partners for most of my real estate career. I eventually married again, and my husband, John Rousso, died in 2007 after we waged as hard a battle as he could against cancer.

Fifty years ago at the age of 17 ½, I was preparing to graduate from Holton-Arms. Who would think I would then be asked to recap all those years. My life has taken many turns but I have continued to be guided by my art and the love of nature.

During my life as Mrs. Kauffmann, I lived in Washington, DC and Milton, MA. I became involved with the Museum of Fine Arts and am a life time member of the Ladies Committee which is a volunteer organization that runs all aspects of the museum, including the placement and design of all the flower arrangements each week. I was President of the Milton Garden Club and also became Chairman of the Boston Flower Show. I am a Garden Club of America Design Judge.

third child, Tyler, a year later. The marriage didn’t last, and we divorced in 1974.

Lucinda Smith Treat (Lou)

I was lucky enough to meet the man who is my 3rd husband, and we married last June. He is funny, fun, smart... His entire career was as a teacher (Civics, American History, Economics) and as an athletic director and coach (football is his passion) for his 46 year tenure. He was Coach of the Year in his various divisions in Arkansas 14 times, He retired in December --- well, actually Jan 2 when Christmas Vacation ended:)

After Holton, I went to Briarcliff College, Briarcliff Manor NY. Graduated with a BA in International Relations, a perfect major for me. Had a minor in English.

My 3 kids are leading productive and interesting lives. Charles is married to Leah and they live in Chicago. They have 4 kids --- 2 boys and twin girls.

Married John Treat the summer we both graduated from college -- me from Briarcliff and he, from Princeton. Spent our first year of marriage in Italy --- Bologna.

Luli is Exec VP for Business Development for the Detroit Pistons organization. She lives in Bloomfield Hills. Her moving to the midwest is a new chapter. She’s had amazing positions with The Boston Red Sox and with Madison Square Garden Entertainment. She has a boy and a girl. Daughter is at Bard. Her son is at The Friends Seminary in NYC.

We returned to DC where John completed his MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and our first child, Charles, was born. It was the War In Vietnam time, and John enlisted in the Navy, was accepted to OCS in Newport RI, which is where we spent his OCS time. From there, Charles, John and I moved to Hawaii (Oahu) lived there for two years and my daughter, Lucinda Kinau (Luli) was born there. As John finished with his Navy commitment, we returned to DC. He went back to school expecting to complete his PhD. I had our

Tyler is here, living in Silver Spring. He and his wife have two kids. Cooper is now 3 and Emily turned 2 on Christmas Day. I’ve worked hard, traveled extensively and am grateful for a rich, full life. Lots of love to each of you.

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WHO OWNS THE MOST SHOES? Robyn won THE IMELDA MARCOS AWARD (under protest by Susan) WHO OWNS THE MOST BIKINIS? Robyn won THE BRIGITTE BARDOT AWARD WHO EATS DINNER STANDING UP IN THE KITCHEN AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK? Robyn won THE DANNON YOGURT AWARD and was disqualified from winning any more awards because 3 in a row is enough

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WHO HAS BEEN MARRIED THE LONGEST? Sandy won THE KIM KARDASHIAN AWARD WHO HAS THE MOST CHILDREN? Peggy P. won THE OCTOMOM AWARD WHO HAS THE YOUNGEST HUSBAND? Virginia (Ginny again) won THE DEMI MOORE AWARD WHO HAS THE OLDEST HUSBAND/SO? No one won THE CATHERINE ZETA-JONES AWARD because all husbands/SOs claimed to be under 21….although we noticed a few of them held wineglasses

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ornament kiosk in several of the local malls. For the last 6 years I have been selling only on the internet at I am not quite ready to retire because I really love the business. Fred is retired so after the holidays we spend 3 needed restful months in Florida. During my off-season I enjoy reading, bridge, gardening and travel. After being a “boarder” it is so hard to believe that I have spent most of my life in Washington. My daily life takes me by Holton a lot and I think of how fortunate I was to have a Holton education.

Kristie Miller

Courtney Stevenson

After I graduated from Brown University, Miss Brown drafted me to teach Spanish at Holton-Arms. I enjoyed it so much I went back to college to get a teaching certificate (not required at Holton). I then taught English for 15 years on four continents everything from third grade to college level - while living with my diplomat husband in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Mozambique.

I am sorry I wasn’t at Reunion. On the bright side, you remain 15+ years younger in my memory – or as the smiling cherub in the infamous hayride photo.

After my two children were born in the late 1970s, I stopped teaching and began to write full time. I wrote a biography of my grandmother, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms (after whom the Simms reception room at Holton was named). She was a member of Congress in the 1920s and Thomas Dewey’s campaign manager in 1940. I was so intrigued by this discovery of women’s history, which wasn’t taught at Brown, that I went back to college again. Since then I have written two more biographies, of Arizona Congresswoman Isabella Greenway and of Woodrow Wilson’s wives, Ellen and Edith. I also co-edited two books, We Have Come to Stay, essays on women in politics from 1880 to 1960; and Volume of Friendship, the 50 year correspondence between Isabella Greenway and her life long friend Eleanor Roosevelt. I am currently working on a biography of my great-grandfather, Mark Hanna. My first marriage ended in 1984. In 1986 I married T. L. Hawkins, a physicist and photographer, and moved back to the DC area. My son is married, and has two daughters. They live near Columbia, Maryland. My daughter is a literary agent in New York.


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pre-school that our boys attended. I still sub on occasion. Both guys are married. Chris, who works for a non-profit organization (Americans United for the Separation of Church and State) and wife Megan (University of Maryland Baltimore County) live in Elkridge, MD. Tim, with the Caryle Group, his wife Kate (who works with the Red Cross) and little Jenny (almost two) live in Hermosa Beach, California. We enjoy time spent at our cottage in Deep Creek Lake, MD. Hope this year brought you up to date on what I’ve been up to the last fifty years. Look forward to hearing all about all of you.

Susan DeVany Bruning Dear Classmates,

Bryna Fine Bell After Holton I graduated from Lesley College, a small girls college in Cambridge, Mass. During my junior year my parents moved from Mississippi to Washington so after graduation I decided to try DC again. I taught 5th grade for 3 years in Chevy Chase. Can you believe my principal introduced me to my husband, Fred, who is a Washingtonian and lived around the corner from S Street! We have been married for almost 45 years and have 2 grown sons who graduated from Landon. One is married and one is almost married-no grandchildren yet! After teaching, I was a stay at home Mom but always did volunteer work which included chairing the Landon Azalea Festival. In 1995, I started my own business, Ornaments with Love, a personalized Christmas tree

Upon graduation from Holton, I attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. I absolutely loved the co-ed, liberal arts school in the “North Country”. After college, I worked at NASA in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and shared an apartment with a girlfriend. In 1969, I met my future husband – a native New Yorker, he had recently moved to Washington to go to work for the Peace Corps as a Contract Administrator. We were married in 1970. I continued with NASA and Bill joined the National Science Foundation as Branch Chief in the Agency’s Office of Contracting and Procurement. He retired from the federal government after thirty years of service. He promptly went to work for a PR firm and continues to dabble in that area. After the birth of our first son, Chris, in 1972, I “retired” from NASA. In 1976 we were joined by Tim, our younger son. We were soon living in our current home on Bradley Blvd. For over twenty years I taught at nearby

Nancy Black Baillio Life has been great! Married John Baillio(Bruddy) a graduate of VMI, at 23. Bruddy served in the military(Army) for 2 years. We lived in Korea briefly and then moved back to Va. Beach where we raised our family. We have 2 daughters, Catherine and Anne. Fast forward a few years --both girls are married with 2 children each. I have had a flower business with a partner for almost 20 years. We do weddings and large parties. My husband is still running the family sand business. Retirement is not for him. We are traveling more. I just returned from a fabulous rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho with 13 women friends plus a few others. We just have to keep doing what we enjoy while we can. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. I loved seeing all who could make it at our 50th reunion. It was the best.

Mimi Robinson

Barbara Joerg Mitchell

After graduating with the class of 1962, Mimi Robinson went on to earn a college degree from Mary Baldwin, graduating in 1966. She currently resides in the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana, her newly adopted home. Mimi has owned and operated a high-end clothing boutique, “Mimi”, since 1978, making her passion and love for clothing a reality. She not only commits her time and energy to her business, but also to her adopted community. Serving as president of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the Audubon Commission are only two of the countless organizations in which Mimi takes part. To honor her, St Charles Avenue Magazine named her one of the “Activists of the Year” in 2011. Aside from her successful career and community activism, Mimi’s main priority in life remains her family. Her four children, nine grandchildren, and her husband John Bowen, a well-known surgeon, bring her the greatest joy of all. In her down time, she enjoys traveling to her homes in Vero Beach, Florida and Vail, Colorado, to spend quality time with her family.

In 1965 we moved to Athens, Alabama where we both attended Athens College. I had hoped to continue studying at the Alabama extension in Huntsville, but time constraints and a 30-mile commute made this out of the question.

After graduating from Holton, she attended the University of Alabama for two years, before marrying Richard “Mac” MacKnight and transferring to the University of South Carolina. Their son, Richard, was born in Columbia in late 1964.

During our three years in Athens, our second son, Robert, was born, but he was born in Washington, D.C., where I was taking summer courses at American University. I graduated from Athens College in the summer of 1968 and we moved back to the Washington area, settling in Potomac, Maryland. While attending Miss Brown and Miss Lurton’s retirement reception that same fall, Miss Brown offered me a job at Holton and I spent the next few years there, first working the Alumnae Office with Rosemary Anderson for two years before taking a position on the Alumnae Board. Besides my dear parents and Miss Brown, I would have to say that Rosemary taught me most of what has served me very well in life, particularly when it comes to work! After my term on the Board, I got involved with horses again. Over the next several years I worked at Travilah Farm (owned by Peggy Dowd’s father, Thomas N. Dowd) where I was exposed to both fox hunting and polo and worked exercising the polo ponies. During my two years at Travilah, I made many wonderful friends among the professional polo players and began to travel to tournaments in Chicago and Florida. Mac and I were divorced in 1973.

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In 1975, while working for a large animal veterinarian, I met the publisher of POLO Magazine, who hired me to be his office manager and gave me a start in the world of publishing. I worked in the equine magazine industry for seven years as a writer, editor and managing editor for POLO. During that time, the publication EQUUS Magazine was launched and before I left the publishing world I was working as the executive assistant to the publisher. Those were wonderful years! In 1979 I married Mitch Mitchell and left publishing to start my own two businesses, one a retail saddlery business and the other a supplier of sportswear featuring silk screened equine designs. Through contacts in that endeavor, I moved on to work for Outdoor Impressions, a small company that produced custom embroidered sportswear, as their payroll and personnel manager. When that company was purchased by Dallas Alice, I was selected to serve as the executive assistant to the president of the company. While working on a building compliance issue at Dallas Alice, I met the owner of a small architectural firm and within months was working as his office manager. For nine years I had the world’s most wonderful boss and job. In 1998, a chance encounter changed my life for good. I met Mark Stein. Out having a drink with a friend who had just finished a book tour, I saw an amazing man that I knew I just had to meet. So I introduced myself. Unfortunately, this encounter was the death knell of my second marriage, but Mitch and I remain good friends to this day. In 1999, Mark and I began a life together and I started on yet another career. I began working as the office manager for a third generation accounting firm in Silver Spring, Maryland.. After five months I realized I did not like trying to manage people anymore and secured my own niche in the tax assembly end of the business. I have been there for 13 years now and love the work I do. In 2001 Mark and I built a house on two acres in Clarksburg, Maryland and have lived there for the last eleven years with great neighbors and a host of dogs and cats. We also have a second home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which we don’t get out to often


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enough. Perhaps, if retirement is ever an idea that crosses my mind, we might!

Virginia Meyers Seale Watt I was born February 16,1944 in Houston, Texas to Alice Baker Jones and John Harris Meyers. I began my schooling in Houston at a private day school, The Kinkaid School, where I remained through the 4th Grade. I then went to public school, Poe Elementary for 5th and 6th and Lanier Junior High for 7th and 8th. I attended Holton-Arms in Washington, D.C. from 1958-1962 as a high school boarder at the 2125 “S” Street location. My room-mates were: Marion Hines Solbert (9th), Diana Wortham (10th), Polly Gait Capps (11th), and Judith Ayres Burke (12th). I was President of the sophomore and senior classes, a member of HAA, Cotillion Club, Executive Board, and Student Council. I grew socially, athletically, and academically and was shown better ways of studying and accomplishing things by mentors and teachers. Fortunately I made many friends and considered my entire experience at Holton a happy and satisfying one. I went on to the University of Texas in Austin, Texas where I pledged Kappa Alpha Theta and was Chairman of the Standards Committee my Senior year. In 19671 finished with a double-major in Elementary Education and Speech Pathology and Audiology. I returned to Houston, worked for the Houston Symphony and then taught learning disabled children. I married Robert Arthur Seale, Jr. “Pete”, in 1969, a tax lawyer at Vinson & Elkins in Houston. We had two sons, Robert Arthur Seale, III “Rob”, born July 8,1976, and John Meyers Seale, born Oc-

tober 13,1977.1 raised our children as a stayat-home mom and did lots of volunteer work. Today Rob is a solo practitioner tax lawyer in Missoula, Montana, and John works on Capitol Hill for Kay Bailey Hutchison, one of our 2 Republican Senators from Texas. After my divorce in 1996,1 worked for St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where I became head of the New Members’ Ministry. I remained in that position for 5 years after which I left Houston in November, 2000, to marry Charles Hansell Watt, III, “Chip” and move to his home town of Thomasville, GA. We remained there 5 years until he finished his law practice. We moved back to Houston in December, 2005. Chip, a business, contracts, and real estate attorney, has worked for 2 non-profits since then, Medical Bridges as the Executive Director, and the YMCA of Greater Houston as inhouse counsel. Today he continues to use his business and legal experience to assist me with numerous projects. I decided to advance my education at The Neuhaus Education Center soon after we returned. I will be certified to teach reading to dyslexic children and tutor privately in Texas this year. I feel that my college degrees have now been updated and refined and that I can continue this practice of helping young children for a longtime. We also have 3 grandchildren whom I can assist, if need be. Chip and I enjoy traveling, hiking, sailing, gardening, reading, and spending time with family. We look forward to returning to the D.C. area often since my son is here and he and Chip are both alumni of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. I also want to stay in contact with my Holton friends. PLEASE call us in Houston, 713 622 3925 at home, on my cell, 713 254 0347, or send an email to me at

In memoriam Cary Bain Meredith Bettison Robin Hinkins deAzagra Judy Baker DeSouza Carol Uhl Libby Corinne Griffith Pillsbury Terrill Fentress Thompson

Remember when?

Until September 1961, we had always lived together in no particular animosity, but then, as we faced our senior year at Holton, we really became united into the Class of ’62, a warm and friendly class with no cliques or outcasts. At the beginning of the year, we perhaps did not immediately recognize the responsibilities involved in being seniors, but we worked hard, and now, though Miss Brown still considers us a big “young”, we feel we have come a long way.

We began the year with a party on the new property. After supper on the hilltop overlooking the magnificent scene that is to be the site of the new HoltonArms, we crammed (remember the couch that collapsed?) into the living room of the Granger House to receive our class rings. At our merry Christmas party, one of us read aloud The Littlest Angel while a “ho-ho-ho-ing” Santa Claus distributed presents with one hand and with the other kept his “belly” from sliding down his pants leg. And our Senior Dance, though outwardly resembling most dances, was in its gaiety and spirit like no other. Of course, there were also the exams, two batches this year, but who wants to remember them? And then we graduated. Especially as we are one of the last classes to graduate from the old Holton-Arms, we remember this event fondly, even nostalgically. Although we have now “blasted off into the future” we will never forget the old launching pad.

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Inveniam viam aut facium I will find a way or make one

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Celebrating 50 years