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The Magazine for Alumni, Families, and Friends of The Hun School of Princeton

RAIDERS TO THE RESCUE: Hun Heroes Working to Make the World Better

Hun students celebrated the New Year by traveling to the land of ice and fire. Accompanied by faculty advisors Bill Quirk and Allayna Garrett, the group visited Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, observed volcanoes, hiked glacial formations, and toured a geothermal power plant. Read more about Hun’s Global Engagement Programs at Photo by Allayna Garrett


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Spring 2019


HUN TODAY Board of Trustees

Alumni Association Executive Board

Stephen T. Wills, Chair

Leigh Ann Peterson ’86, President

Susan McGlory Michel, Vice Chair

Rob Kuchar ’01, Vice-President

Edward D. Breen

Jonathan Begg ‘05

Jonathan Brougham, Headmaster

Brian Logue ’75

Ryan Brown, Faculty Representative

Jennifer Pontani Stone ’93

Giovanni Caforio, M.D. Kimberly Jingoli Chiurco Marianne Deane Johnny T.Y. Fung ‘77

Editor Alicia Brooks Waltman Communications and Marketing Associate for Publications and Media

Editorial Board Jonathan G. Brougham Headmaster Steven C. Bristol

Thomas Horwich ‘59 Sanjay Kannambadi Scott Landis ‘92 Allan Levine Brian Logue ‘75 Regina Massad, Chair, Parents’ Association Andrew H. Monfried ‘87 Herman Penner ‘64 Leigh Ann Peterson ‘86, President, Alumni Association Michael J. Renna

Alumni Board Myles Bostic ‘19 Sarah Dileo Craig ‘07 Gabrielle Graff ’98 Dana Hughes Moorhead ‘95 Stephen Polin ’65 Jennifer Phillips Raics ’89 Patrick Quirk ‘02 Krista Ross ‘88 Nora Saunders Dunnan ‘06 Nicholas Scozzari ‘77 Suzanne Simon ’85 Blane Soper ‘19 Irv Urken ‘68 Tyler Veth ‘11

Assistant Headmaster for Enrollment

Leah T. Ricci ‘96

and Strategic Planning

Danner Riebe ‘79

Parents’ Association Executive Board

Eric P. Rosenblum

Regina Massad, Chair

Mordechai Rozanski

Kathleen Argiriou

John Tugwell

Sosi Balian

Susan Ward

Kate Bricker

Orin Wilf ‘92

Siobhan Coplin

Andrew C. Hamlin Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Maureen Scannapieco Leming ’95 Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications Thomas Monfiletto ’04

Corporate Secretary and Counsel Richard Goldman, Esq.

Wendy Craven Kathleen Mitchell-D’Aulerio Sundi Culbertson Goldstein

Associate Director of Marketing

Trustee Emeriti

Sandy Hayes-Licitra

and Communications

Lynn Breen

Kerry Kandel

G. Gerald Donaldson H’14

Adelle Kirk-Csontos


Leslie Florio

Charmaine L’Oiseau

Jasmin Leary Barry ’75

Thomas Gallagher

Dianna Li

Assistant to the Director of Alumni

Thomas Gorrie

Theresa Marcin

Engagement and Reunion Giving

John Y. Keffer ‘60

Chris Maurer

Ralph Mason ‘69

Cara Patel

Patrick Ryan

Tami Ruddy

George F. Tidey ‘51

Susan Ryzuk

F. Kevin Tylus ‘73

Michele Spektor

Nancy Perelli DePalma ’92 Communications and Marketing Associate Mary Ann Fox

Alisa Tarditi

Hun Archivist

Joting von Kaenel Yiping Wang

Alyssa Onisick

Susan Ward

Digital Communications Specialist Janine Russo Vanisko ’83 Director of Alumni Engagement and Reunion Giving

Hun Today is published by the Office of Communications and Marketing for the alumni, families, and friends of The Hun School of Princeton. 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Volume 39, Number 1 / Copyright ©2019. All rights reserved.

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Ice Queen

Ariel Gold ’20 Reps the 5%


Social Scene Social Media Hits

7 Music on his Mind Richard Chen ’21 Published in International Journal



10 for 10

Headmaster Jonathan Brougham on a Decade at Hun


A Mentor and a Friend

Coach Kathy Quirk Retires After Forty-Six Years


Now and Then

The Hun+50 Years Portrait Project



Raiders to the Rescue

Hun Heroes Who Make the World a Better Place



Alumni Gatherings


Looking Back and Forward: Alumni Weekend


Class Notes

On the Cover Isabella Gomez ’22 programs a Sphero PRK+ using JavaScript as part of Programming 1 class. Hun offers nearly a dozen computer science classes.

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HEADMASTER’S MESSAGE OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES are largely devoted to learning the “how” of things. From shoelaces to polynomials, parents and teachers know it is our job to pass along skills our young people need to make their way in the world.

And while we purposefully teach the “hows,” students are constantly engaged with questions of “why.” Why does mitosis (or the French Revolution, or the past participle) matter? Good teachers can usually find an answer.

But the hardest and deepest question of all will occur to every young person sooner or later: Why am I here? Whether expressed or not, this basic question of purpose is very much on the minds of

The basic question of purpose is very much

adolescents as they begin the journey toward adult identity.

We cannot provide the answer, nor should we try. Our children’s paths do not belong to us. Our job is limited to providing guideposts and helpful influences from which they can draw their own conclusions. We can model positive values in the lives we lead and the choices we make. And we can open our children’s lives to a variety of healthy opportunities, experiences, and relationships that just might “stick” in some unpredictable way and help set a life course.

This is very subtle teaching indeed! But perhaps it is the best measure of successful parents and successful schools. It is why we at Hun

on the minds of adolescents as they begin the journey toward adult identity."

shape students’ personal experiences so carefully. The honor code, the close faculty relationships, the diverse student body, the dynamic off-campus academic and service programs – all are intended as guideposts for young lives at their most formative stages.

The alumni and student profiled in this issue on page 15 have lived out their answers to the “why” questions in remarkably generous and creative ways. We are very proud of them, and hope that our School provided influences to instill their powerful calling to serve others. Perhaps their stories, in turn, will now be inspirational guideposts for others – both our students and ourselves.




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WHEN ARIEL GOLD STEPS ONTO THE ICE, you might think the 4' 11" junior struggles to command attention. Yet, she is the one wearing stripes and her role as referee is to keep play in check. Astonishingly, Ariel officiates high school ice hockey games for 16-yearold boys and girls in the Atlantic District of USA Hockey. The Hun School boarder calls one to four games a week all over the state of New Jersey. As a former player with thirteen years’ experience, Ariel knows the game well. And, when an injury sidelined her last year, she was determined to stay involved and give back to the sport that she loves. “I tore several muscles in my shoulder, and I wanted to make sure I would heal and be able to play lacrosse in college,” she said of her other passion. But as a life-long hockey player she wanted to stay connected to the game that had given her so much joy.

Ariel Gold ’20 Reps the 5% BY ALICIA BROOKS WALTMAN

“Refereeing is a way to give back to the game I grew up playing, guide players in the right way, and be a representative of the sport,” she said, noting that she began officiating when she was twelve, while she was still playing for competitive teams. She was a standout then too, as women represent only 6% of referees in the Atlantic District, and only 5% nationally. “Ariel’s a phenomenal young woman who is passionate about the sport, is open to feedback, and is not afraid to call a penalty,” said Danielle Bugge, an administrator for the district. Does it cause a stir when a female official takes the ice, especially for a game played by boys who can be six feet tall, or more? Ariel shrugs off that idea. “You have to be very authoritative, you have to stand your ground,” Ariel notes, reflecting the confidence she takes onto the ice with each outing. “Another ref and I ejected a kid from a game (after five penalties) and he wasn’t happy. I told him, ‘You can say what you want to me, but you’re out of the game.’” As Ariel gets older, so can the teams she referees for; if she continues on her current path, international, National Hockey League (NHL), or the new National Women’s Hockey league play, are within reach. In the meantime, she is gaining valuable experience in teamwork and communication working with the other referees on the ice. And she’s pleased to have a fantastic part-time job that she carefully balances with her studies. “Being an official has made me a better person on and off the ice,” she said. “Kids older than me gave up their time to referee my games when I was younger, and I want to do the same for them.”

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The Hun School of Princeton What’s in your Headspace? Hun Middle School students are using an app designed to foster mindfulness through meditation. #abalancedequation #meditationinschool

@hunschool RESOLVED: Cladrosans should be allowed to move to Earth. Hun Middle Schoolers debate the many sides of immigration through the imagined plight of aliens from a failing planet. Dr. Talboy’s class further explored the issue creating a news site!




@HunHockey wins their 6th straight Mercer County Tournament Title, defeating Princeton High School 9-4!

The Hun School of Princeton Students from Hun and neighboring schools spent Martin Luther King Weekend exploring the lessons of Dr. King, Jr., including conflict civility, resolution through dialogue, and living with moral courage.


@hunschool Congratulations to the Robotics Team on their 1st Place win at the P-Town Throwdown at Stuart Country Day School! The team finished the preliminary round in second place and went on to beat their alliance partner in a sudden death playoff. Go Raiders!


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With students from 22 countries and 18 states, the first snow is always an event. This is Tobi. He’s from Vietnam and this was the first time he had ever seen snow!



recruited sixty teens in Hun’s Summer Session for the study,

wearing headphones, listening to their favorite music while

which he ran in Hun’s library.

studying, or doing just about anything? With that in mind, Hun sophomore Junle Richard Chen ’21 decided to delve into the

In four groups, the teens answered a survey on their levels of

phenomenon, and the results of his curiosity were impressive:

stress, calmness, energy, and mood. Then, one by one, wearing

an academic paper published recently in the International

the Muse headband and headphones, subjects meditated for three minutes listening to either pop,

Journal of Psychological Studies.

classical, hip hop, or jazz. Richard Richard’s remarkable achievement

recorded their brain waves, and

(he is the sole author of the study)

surveyed them again afterwards. He

looked at the connections between

found that hip hop most excited and

music, emotions, and cognition. He

energized the brain, and was least

did it as part of a summer online

calming. Pop music had a minor

course from Dartmouth College on

effect on stress, mood, and energy.

wearable devices.

Classical and jazz both improved stress levels and mood; and jazz was the most calming.

“It’s highly unusual for a high school student to have a study published




In Phase 2, Richard looked at




how each type of music affected

computer science professor Lorie

memory, important when studying.



He chose jazz and hip hop, since

mentor. “It’s really a testament to

they were the most and least

him and his work.”

calming, and he thought those



moods might affect memory. He In the course, Richard learned

gave twenty new teens a mood


survey and then asked them to look






Fitbits to digestible blood sugar monitors for diabetics. For his research project, he chose one of his favorite subjects: neurology.


at thirty cards and record them from memory. They then meditated listening to either hip hop or jazz for three minutes, and did the survey and the card test again.

“People might think neurology is dry and not that interesting, but everybody loves music,”

Richard found that jazz had a calming effect and increased

said Richard, who plays the piano and saxophone in Hun

cognition: nine out of ten jazz listeners remembered the same

ensembles. “I wanted to connect neurology to something

number of cards, or more (an average of three more) after

that’s part of everyday life.”

listening. However, five out of ten who heard hip hop, the most energizing, remembered fewer cards after.

Richard used a wearable headband, called a Muse, which records EEGs (brain waves) with a phone app, to answer

With these results in hand, Richard hopes to go forward with

two questions: is there a correlation between type of music

more research this summer in a similar field. In the meantime,

and a teen’s mood, and does music affect memory? Richard

he’ll enjoy his rare accomplishment.

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This year, Jonathan Brougham celebrates his tenth year as The Hun School of Princeton’s tenth headmaster. We sat down with Mr. Brougham and asked him … you guessed it … ten questions reflecting on his time as Head Raider. 1. THINKING BACK TO 2009, WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE HUN SCHOOL? It was completely new to me. I’d never been to New Jersey before. (A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Mr. Brougham previously worked at independent schools around the country.) The first thing that struck me was the people, the pride they had in the place, and their hopes and energy about what Hun was and could be. Especially the kids, they really loved the place. It always comes down to the people and the kids you get to work with. 2. WE CAN’T BEGIN TO LIST ALL OF THE WAYS THE SCHOOL HAS ADVANCED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS. HOWEVER, WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE MOST EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITIES HUN STUDENTS ENJOY TODAY? Their academic opportunities are so much broader today. The faculty and division heads have done an amazing job of diversifying the curriculum and letting kids take courses that they’re really energized about while ensuring their thorough preparation for college. 3. AS A FORMER HISTORY TEACHER WHO SPENDS A FAIR BIT OF TIME MEETING WITH ALUMNI, WHAT IS AN INTERESTING BIT OF HUN HISTORY YOU HAVE UNCOVERED THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW? I love the stories about how Hun was close to the brink, way back in the late ’40s, early ’50s, and the people who loved the place had to pitch in and hold it together, sometimes contributing their own money to keep the School afloat. John Gale Hun wrote a letter to his constituents to be mailed upon his death. “If you receive this letter, I’ve just passed away. And, I’m very worried about my legacy. I am hoping you will pitch in to secure the School’s financial strength." The response was tremendous. To think of the love they 8

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Milestones had for the place and the shared belief in what it stood for. And that’s still going today. 4. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING TEENAGERS TODAY? They are distracted. And I think their path in life is less defined, which can be an opportunity, but it can also be an overwhelming experience. Because they have unlimited distractions in the form of media and societal expectations, it can be especially difficult for teenagers today to have time to reflect, to become self-aware, to identify their passions, and ultimately, to find purpose. This constant pull outward can make it an anxious time. Life fulfillment comes from finding one’s purpose, and they need space to explore and time to reflect in order to do that. That kind of space and time is

that other schools will want to emulate. • At the same time, we’re certainly going to continue focusing on faculty-student relationships and support students’ personal development just as much as we do their academic development. You will see that come through in our programs aimed at character education and wellness education and opportunities. These efforts will help protect students against the risks that we know are out there, but it will also strengthen their emotional intelligence and give them the self-management skills that will help them thrive. 7. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR FAMILIES CONSIDERING A BOARDING SCHOOL OR A BOARDING-DAY SCHOOL? I would

difficult to come by for today’s teens.

ask them to put their own child’s needs and interests first. It’s


always an emotional decision and sometimes a difficult one,


but we ask parents to consider the opportunity for their child to


grow independently in a world-class educational environment.


And, to consider the opportunity to have their child live among

WE LOOK FOR? When we look back on our own schooling,

students and faculty from twenty-two countries and eighteen

we realize that many of our memories are about classmates –

states. There is no substitute for the preparation, resilience,

how they introduced us to different ways of thinking or habits,

and self-management that stems from boarding school or

or inclinations. Research shows that by high school especially,

boarding-day life during a child’s most formative years.

peers become one of, if not the greatest, influence on a person’s


life. If you are around happy, creative, kind people, you are going to be more happy, creative, and kind, and feel like you have a little more room to grow. We keep that in mind during the admission process. Every student who comes to Hun has an academic and a personal impact. We ask ourselves not only who will thrive here, but whose personality will have the most positive impact on his or her peers? 6. WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL’S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT 3-5 YEARS? • A lot of our attention is focused right now on developing the facilities and physical spaces that best support our educational philosophy. We have some of the best

ABOUT BEING A KID TODAY? • Kids need space and a chance to test themselves and experience failure. They need an opportunity to be brave. • They need to know that we respect the ways they see the world differently than we do, that there is value in their different perspectives. • That even though this generation is different, they are fundamentally the same as we were. 9. DINNER WITH THREE PEOPLE ALIVE OR DEAD? Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt. If one of them turned me down, I’d give John Gale Hun a call.

teachers in the world at Hun with a shared vision. Now,


we want to do everything we can to let the students and


teachers do what they do best and support them in the

• I saw the Beatles in concert once.

learning process. Part of that is upgrading our facilities to

• I was the Betty Crocker Future Homemaker Award winner

facilitate collaborative, hands-on learning, and outfitting

for my high school. Someone said, if you take this test,

our spaces with the best and most current tools.

you could win $50. I took the test and I earned the best

• NextTerm is a really good reflection of who we are and

score. They even announced it at a school assembly, which

where we want to go. We want learning to be as engaging

delighted my friends at the time. I remind my wife of that

and inspiring as possible and acquaint kids with the

sometimes when she questions my housekeeping abilities.

world beyond our walls. Few schools have imagined, let

• As a lifelong Boston Celtics fan, one of my prized possessions

alone instituted, as creative an approach as this. We really

is an authentic Celtics jersey, signed by Larry Bird. I never

think it’s going to be extraordinary and that it’s a model

had his jump shot, but I loved his determination! Spring 2019


Hun Associate Athletic Director and Longtime Coach


When Jennifer Pontani Stone ’93 was a

athletic office since 1993. And she served

Jersey) her sophomore year. She would go

senior softball player at Hun, her father

briefly as athletic director as well.

on to earn a master’s in education from

had cancer surgery on a game day. As she boarded the bus for the game, preoccupied with thoughts of her dad, Coach Kathy Quirk took her aside. “She knew I was upset,” recalls Mrs. Stone, a current Hun teacher, dorm parent, and longtime friend of Mrs. Quirk. “She pulled me off the bus and said ‘Let’s go call your mom and see how your dad is doing.’ (This was before the age of cellphones.) I called and things were good, and that put me at ease.” Mrs. Stone offers this as an example of the kind of coach, mentor, and friend that Mrs. Quirk is: highly competitive, but sensitive to the other aspects of her players’ lives.


This spring, on April 26th during 2019

Trenton State.

Alumni Weekend, Mrs. Quirk will be

In the late 1970s, she met Bill Quirk, then

awarded the title of Honorary Hun Alumna.

a coach at The Pennington School. They

“Kathy is a very significant figure in our School’s history,” said Headmaster Jonathan Brougham. “Her dedication and skill have been critical to the quality and success of our athletic program, and particularly to the experience of our female athletes.” Indeed, Coach Quirk has mentored thousands of young athletes. A graduate of Trenton State College who grew up in Runnemede, New Jersey, she arrived at Hun in 1973. Headmaster Paul R. Chese-

married in 1979, and in 1980, he came to work at Hun, where he has been the athletic director for nearly forty years. Fully immersed in boarding school life, the Quirks have always lived on campus, raising their sons Bill ’99 and Patrick ’02 here. (Patrick followed in his parents’ footsteps and is a Hun math teacher and soccer coach.) When Mrs. Quirk first started coaching, she said, success on the scoreboard was in the forefront of her mind.

bro hired her to coach sports and teach

“When you are young, you want to win,”

Mrs. Quirk will retire this spring after

health and physical education to the

she noted. “Later, the questions become,

forty-six years of coaching. While at Hun,

School’s recently admitted female stu-

what life lessons do you teach these kids,

she has coached softball, basketball,

dents. Coach Quirk was a three-sport

how do you influence them? Do you

field hockey, and cheerleading, and

athlete in high school and college; she

make them feel good about themselves

taught physical education and health.

played field hockey, basketball, and soft-

whether they win or lose? I’ve tried

As associate athletic director, she has

ball, and was named top female athlete

to teach the importance of working

coordinated the logistics of Hun’s busy

at Trenton State (now The College of New

together and sportsmanship, supporting

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Milestones your teammates, and both winning and

Those she has coached, and coached

losing with grace, the life lessons that can

against, say she has left an indelible mark.

be taught through sport.”

“Kathy probably taught me how to be less

stubborn, to accept criticism, and look at myself more honestly,” said Francesca Bello ’14, who played field hockey at Hun for four years. She went on to play at Villanova, and said Coach Quirk mentored

When you

her “every step of the way” to a Division I College career.

played for her,

likely take up most of it. Coach Quirk hopes she has imparted some life lessons along the way, and “taught each athlete how to be a good person through sports.” “I hope I’ve taught students that they should follow their dreams, and work hard to achieve them, always giving 100 percent,” she said. “I hope they’ll

“She created an atmosphere where

remember the friends they’ve made and

you wanted

we were able to enjoy our high school

the Hun family that we are all a part of."

to do well.”

ourselves with a competitive, athletic


coaching career. As head softball coach for forty-two years, her teams have won eleven state championships, and numerous Mid-Atlantic Prep League championships.




experience,” Ms. Bello said.

Mrs. Quirk leaves behind a storied




inducted into Hun’s Athletic Hall of Fame

in putting in the time and caring about the team. When you played for her, you wanted to do well.”

and The Trentonian. The Star-Ledger

said Carolyn Conforti-Browse, dean of

named her Prep Coach of the Year, and

campus life and head softball coach at

the Princeton Packet bestowed Coach

Blair Academy. She has coached against

of the Decade and Program of the

Mrs. Quirk for many years. She describes Coach Quirk as a “go-to friend” and a fierce competitor. “She’s exceptional at giving to others and unrelenting in demanding excellence; I

Some of her favorite memories include

admire her intensity. And she loves all of


her kids, the superstars, and the yet-to-





Championship three years in a row in 1997-99, and in 2017, coaching a team to the State Championship and a MAPL Championship in the same year. And of course, spring training trips that brought Hun teams to Puerto Rico, Arizona, and Disney World. “There’s a lot of team bonding on those trips,” Coach Quirk said fondly. “You get to see the girls in a different light, both working hard and having fun.”

Mrs. Quirk's honor.

Quirk. “She modeled a great work ethic

standards and get kids to outperform,”

a Trenton Select Honoree. to submit a testimonial in

of her years playing softball for Coach

“I admire how she manages to hold high

of Fame, and in 2015, she was chosen as


a great role model,” said Mrs. Stone

of the Year by both The Trenton Times

inducted into the Trenton Softball Hall


“She was dedicated, encouraging, and

in 2001, and was named Softball Coach

Decade honors in 1999. In 2014, she was


become superstars.” Coach Quirk’s departure from Hun will be a gradual one, as she will leave her administration job but continue to live on campus. And she plans to coach softball through 2020. “There’s a group of students that I would like to see through to the end of their high school careers,” she noted. As for what she’ll do with her time, babysitting her granddaughters will Spring 2019


NOW and THEN: T H E H U N + 50 Y E A R S P O R T R A I T P R OJ E C T


FIFTY YEARS. HALF A CENTURY. It’s an impressive

While photographs were the centerpiece, each man

number and just so happens to be the amount of time

was also asked to share: their hopes upon graduation

that had passed since Bob Stern ’66 had been on The

from Hun; the event that held the most significance in

Hun School’s campus.

their lives over the last fifty years; or advice they would

When the invitation to his 50th Hun School Reunion in 2016 arrived in the mail, Mr. Stern began to reflect on those last five decades, and on his time spent as a boarder at Hun. As a professional photographer, he told

what these guys are like now,” said the ever-curious Mr. Stern, who has a lifelong passion for learning. “I believe when you stop learning, you start dying.”

stories through pictures and knew he wanted to use his

The thought-provoking questions led to interesting

art to share stories of those who had lived through the

conversations. “One of the wives of a classmate told me

tumultuous 1960s. “There are so many similarities to

that they spent multiple hours discussing the answers,”

what’s going on now,” he said.

said Mr. Stern, clearly delighted that his project sparked

Mr. Stern brainstormed ways to connect the past

such meaningful dialogue.

and present, and came up with The HUN + 50 Years

Fast forward to 2018, and the project — and the 50th

Portrait Project. A photographic series, it features

Reunion — inspired an event celebrating the classes

senior portraits of himself and his friends from Hun’s

of the ’60s, hosted at The Hun School as part of

yearbook, the Edgerstounian, juxtaposed with current

Homecoming Weekend 2018. The decade-themed

portraits taken at their 50 Reunion.

gathering was the brainchild of Les Otten ’67, who









Advancement, Mr. Stern connected with classmates to

wanted to reconnect with classmates from his graduating class and from years above and below.

share his plan. Of the surviving members of the Class of

The portrait series was on display for the event and for

1966, when Hun was still all-male, nearly half chose to

several weeks, in Wilf Family Global Commons. You

participate. Portraits were shot during the 50 Reunion

can see some of them, and their responses, edited for

by Christian Rodriguez, a talented young photographer

space, in the pages that follow.


who graduated from the photography residency NYC Salt, where Mr. Stern is an active board member.


give a graduating senior. “I really wanted to know

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HOPES UPON GRADUATION: I didn’t have any dreams, other than to be like other people because it seemed like everything came easier to everyone else. I was a lousy test taker and I almost didn’t graduate. It took me forty years to realize why it was so hard for me to learn in an academic setting; I had what they now call a “learning difference.”

WHAT HAD THE GREATEST EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE IN THE PAST FIFTY YEARS? An adult education photography class in Boston really lit my fire. My eyes were opened to a different manner of expressing myself. My passion in photography enabled me to achieve the success that I couldn’t in college. I lived my dream and was a successful commercial photographer for twenty-five years, running my own studio in New York City. Now, I sit on the board of a non-profit mentoring organization that teaches photography to immigrant and underserved high school students, with the goal of getting them into college and helping them realize their dreams.

ADVICE TO HUN SENIORS? Listen to your inner voice.

"Follow your heart in looking for a job as opposed to taking a strictly pragmatic path. If you love your job, you tend to stay with it longer. Hun is a movable feast that we carry with us all our lives. The caring we experienced there will nourish us forever." — SHAWN P. TULLY


HOPES UPON GRADUATION: Traveling and seeing the world. GREATEST EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with a friend, with no guides or porters, and actually making it to the top. One can do almost anything if you don’t give up.

ADVICE TO SENIORS: Don’t give up.


HOPES UPON GRADUATION: I was always an avid outdoorsman. I wanted to become a professional hunter in Africa and then an outdoor travel writer traveling the world hunting and fishing.

GREATEST EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE: In reality, getting married and having a family put me on a track I never would have expected; the responsibilities of having a family was sobering.

ADVICE TO SENIORS: For the last fifty years, our country has lived in prosperity. That comfort can become dangerous and create complacency. Take risks! Taking calculated risks in business and your life is what made our country great, and I find is missing in many young people today.

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HOPES UPON GRADUATION: At Hun, I was not a good student. I was an ornery teenager who tested establishment rules, but I graduated, and felt I was ready to take on the world and succeed. Not until after college, and two jobs later, did I figure out what I was going to succeed at.

GREATEST EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE: Finding my wife, Ann, at thirty-five, which led to four beautiful daughters and a level of happiness that I hadn’t dreamed was possible.

ADVICE TO SENIORS: The difference between success and failure is PERSEVERENCE. If you have a passion for what you are doing, you are bound to succeed.


HOPES UPON GRADUATION: I played number one on the tennis team here at Hun, and my dream was to make the tennis team at Princeton. I played on varsity for three years there, and the most rewarding thing was the friends I made. They remain the classmates I am closest to.

GREATEST EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE: Changing careers. I took an MBA path working for a bank when I graduated from Princeton. The job was soulless, and I basically flunked the accounting course. I then shifted to take a completely different course. I went on a U.S. State Department tour teaching tennis in West Africa and wrote a story about my experiences for Tennis magazine, like watching the kids hit tennis balls with bread boards. I knew I wanted to be a writer, and was writing a book for Sports Illustrated and then got a job at Fortune magazine in 1979. It was the perfect match between business training and the adventure of writing about colorful characters and big issues. Except for a year in television, on MSNBC, I’ve been there ever since.

ADVICE TO SENIORS: Follow your heart in looking for a job as opposed to taking a strictly pragmatic path. If you love your job, you tend to stay with it longer. Hun is a movable feast that we carry with us all our lives. The caring we experienced there will nourish us forever.


HOPES UPON GRADUATION: In 1966, my dream was simple: do well in college and don’t get drafted, as it was for most of my contemporaries. My father, a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran, was an opponent of the war in Vietnam, and was ready to ship me off to Canada if I lost my deferment. Everything else I experienced during my college years was a bonus. I then went to law school and married the love of my life.

GREATEST EFFECT: The birth of our two children. My wife and I have been true partners in living the American Dream.

ADVICE TO SENIORS: If you graduate in the bottom half of your class at Hun, you shouldn’t worry. You just didn’t peak early, and that’s good! (In public high school before I came to Hun, I was labeled an “underachiever” and a “late bloomer.”) Those who graduate in the top half, realize you may end up working for a “late bloomer” like me! Lasting and true friendships are critical; close friends, not the hundreds you may have on Facebook. True friends, who know you better than you know yourself, will support you through the good times and the bad.

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encourages its students and alumni to give back. In these pages, we feature Raiders who have taken that message to heart, and then some. Meet four who spend their time making the world a better place – running, working for, or in some cases, starting nonprofits with a purpose. From global climate change to families in need; from kids with cancer to kids who need a better chance, these individuals have made changing the world their job. And we couldn’t be prouder.

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M I T Z VA H CIRCLE FRAN HELD ’83 HELPS FAMILIES IN CRISIS IN 1998, FRAN HELD ’83, was a stay-at-home parent and frequent volunteer. With a graduate degree in psychology, and experience as a social worker in Detroit, Michigan, she knew about the needs of poor families. She started collecting donations for at-risk families and storing them in her suburban Philadelphia garage. In 2008, two friends pointed out that she was basically running a nonprofit, and she should make it official. And Mitzvah Circle of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, was born. “I became the woman people would go to when they didn’t know where else to turn,” said Mrs. Held, executive director of the non-profit. (Mitzvah is Hebrew for “good act.”) The charity helps families fill the gaps left by government assistance. For example, Mitzvah Circle supplies toiletries that can’t be bought with federal Food Stamps, but obviously are essential to successful, everyday life. “A baby in poverty may only get its diaper changed once or twice a day,” said Ms. Held, who has two grown children of her own with husband, Eric, a healthcare executive. “Without enough diapers, a baby can’t go to daycare, and a parent can’t

and real investment she makes in the people she serves. It is

work. A teenage girl may miss five days of school because she

really remarkable.”

has no sanitary products.” To answer that need, Mitzvah Circle gives away an astounding 1 million diapers a year and thousands of other items. A whopping 800 to 1,000 volunteers per month, often from schools and companies, pack them, as well as other items, in a box personalized for each family’s needs. (They even include a personal note.) Mitzvah Circle distributes more

glass as half-full. “Fifty percent of our clients only use us once. That means we help them, and things get better. And that’s encouraging,” said Mrs. Held, whose altruism originated, in part, during her time at The Hun School.

than $2 million worth of items with its volunteer army and

“Hun took a risk on me when I was a nobody,” humbly

six staff members. It manages to touch 40,000 people each

noted the Kendall Park, New Jersey native who attended on

year, including 4,200 in medical crisis.

scholarship. “You never know who or what the person you are

“I am in awe of Fran,” says Lynn Shesser, RN, MA, MBA,


Asked if she tires of the unending need, Mrs. Held sees the

helping is going to become. “

quality improvement coordinator at Children’s Hospital of

Indeed, they could become another Fran Held, helping

Philadelphia Homecare, who refers hundreds of families to

thousands of people live a better life. And that, we can agree,

Mitzvah Circle each year. “In awe of the energy, the caring,

would be pretty great.

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ASK ALEXANDER K. “SANDY” BUCK, JR. ’74, what the most compelling issue of our time is, and he will not hesitate to name climate change. “I’ve been a tree hugger my whole life,” said Mr. Buck, a lifelong philanthropist and environmentalist. “I think when I started


having grandchildren, I knew, for their sake, that we cannot let the issue of climate change slide.” Mr. Buck is doing a full-court

Mr. Buck comes by his love for the environment organically. Growing up in Princeton around the corner from The Hun School, he spent days exploring the woods and the Stony Brook on his parents’ property. Summers were spent at Camp Kieve in Maine, doing all things outdoors. At Hun, one of his favorite classes was biology, where teacher Ron Johnston took students outside to take samples from the Stony Brook for water-quality testing.

Photo by Heather Perry, courtesy of Colby College.

press on issues of global warming in his adopted home state of Maine, and beyond.


“I felt like I was doing something good for the world, and really enjoying it,” he said of the class. After Hun, Mr. Buck enthusiastically headed to Colby College in Maine, where he majored in American Studies and spent as much time as possible outdoors. (He also has a master’s in history education from Stanford University.) After a career as a teacher, coach, and administrator at independent schools, Mr. Buck and his wife, Sissy, settled in Maine. There, they dug in to climate change issues with gusto. Philanthropy is not new to Mr. Buck, who is president of the Horizon Foundation. He and his brother Peter, their wives, and

students have also gone farther afield, studying virgin forests in Botswana and Ethiopia, and glaciers in Alaska.

his parents, former Hun trustee Alexander K. Buck ’49 and Sara

“The Buck Lab has transformed our ability to provide students

Long Buck, started the foundation in 1996. It gives out nearly $1

with opportunities to do fantastic climate-related work,” said

million annually to dozens of non-profits, about half of them

Buck Lab Director and Assistant Professor Gail Carleson. “Sandy

environmental groups. They range from nature centers and land

is interested in creating future conservation leaders, and

trusts to research institutes. While many are in Maine, they are also

give them experience so they can get out there and make a

in states that trustees have lived and worked in, including New


Jersey. Arts, education, and leadership development also benefit.

Mr. Buck has also established The Environmental Funders

In 2017, Mr. and Mrs. Buck decided to take a laser focus

Network, a round-table of those who give money to

on the climate change issue, endowing the Buck Lab for

environmental causes in Maine. It meets a few times a year to

the Environment and Climate Change at Colby. More of a

share information and coordinate funding. The group recently

program than a place, the lab is an endowed fund that pays

paid for a comprehensive report on the effects climate change

for internships (more than thirty in its first year) for Colby

is having, and may have in the future, on Maine’s economy.

students around their state and the world.

“I am fortunate to be able to do all this,” noted Mr. Buck of his

“We felt it was important for Colby students studying sciences

work. “It really doesn’t feel like a job; it’s more of an ongoing

and the environment to get out and around the state,

education. My focus on climate change today has its roots at

studying lakes, ponds, and the ocean, and working for labs

Camp Kieve, running through the woods behind my house in

and researchers,” said Mr. Buck. “They study the algae and

Princeton, and doing stream studies at Hun. We need to protect

microorganisms of Boothbay, the warming of the Gulf of Maine,

the natural world that I’ve enjoyed so much, so it will be there

and the effects of climate change on Maine’s forests.” The

for our grandchildren."

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a privilege to work with these doctors: science is so cool!” Hope & Heroes does more than raise funds for cutting edge research and the best doctors for children facing cancer. (That’s a particularly compelling cause considering that only 4 percent of The National Cancer Institute’s budget goes toward studying pediatric cancers.) Hope & Heroes also provides services such as physical therapy, massage, and cognitive and academic help to their patients and their families. Ms. Schneider’s office is on the same floor where patients are treated, proximity that shows her every day the fruits of her fundraising efforts. “It is honestly the most positive place I have ever worked, “she says. “There are kids out there, playing with their friends, doing art projects, and that is really inspiring. If they, going through what they are, are still able to have a good day, any of us should be able to.” Like everyone, Mrs. Schneider has faced her own challenges. During high school, near her childhood home in Short Hills, New Jersey, she was floundering. "It always felt like I was struggling academically,” she said, noting that she was eventually diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability, meaning spoken ideas flowed easily, but writing them down was challenging. Her junior year, she came to Hun as a boarding student and found the Learning Center and study skills teacher Susan Byer. Soon, she was achieving high honors and found herself on her way to college.

KATIE LEIBY SCHNEIDER ’02 is the first to admit that, as a student at The Hun School, science wasn’t her favorite subject. “I did everything I could to avoid taking science classes,” says Mrs. Schneider, who excelled in the performing arts at Hun and was a theater major at Wheaton College.

she said. “I think it’s an incredible place for students, and especially boarders. You gain independence and make your school life your own.” In 2017, Mrs. Schneider experienced a jolt that brought her closer to the patients she fundraises for: she noticed swelling

Nowadays, however, she is the subject’s biggest fan, as director

around her collarbone. After showing it to her boss, Dr. Michael

of development and special events at Hope & Heroes. A

Weiner, he sent her to a colleague who diagnosed her with

fundraising arm at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Hodgkin lymphoma. She was treated at Columbia with the

in New York City, Hope & Heroes raises more than $7 million

same chemotherapy regimen, ABVD, used by many of the

annually for Columbia’s Division of Pediatric Hematology,

children she works with. Her workplace was a supportive one. A

Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation. The money helps

family of a pediatric patient sent her flowers during her chemo

fund ongoing research into childhood cancer and blood

treatments. Her office modified her schedule, allowing her to

disorders, as well as treatment and wellness services for the

work throughout.

1,500 young patients treated there each year.

“People asked me how I was so calm about the cancer, and

Mrs. Schneider, who has also worked and fundraised for arts

I would tell them I had watched two-year-olds go through

and education non-profits, has been at Hope & Heroes for eight

chemo,” she recalled. “If they can do it, I thought, I certainly can.”

years, and she couldn’t be happier. “Healthcare fundraising is an incredibly special world,” said Mrs. Schneider. “Science is truly changing lives here, and even though I don’t have a science brain, I get to immerse myself in this world every day. It is such


“The teachers at Hun gave me the skills I needed to succeed,”

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Today, cancer-free, she continues to love her job and the impact it has. “I definitely hit the job jackpot,” she said.


ANNA MASSAD ’19 MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HER NATIVE COLOMBIA HUN SCHOOL SENIOR ANNA MASSAD ’19, knew she would someday return to Colombia, the country of her birth. But she didn’t anticipate impacting the lives of hundreds of school children there, or appearing in The New York Times for her efforts. The last few months have been a whirlwind for Anna, who was featured in The Times’ children’s section in December for the non-profit she founded to assist a school in Barranquilla, Colombia. She was one of twenty young adults The Times singled out for “making the world a better place.” She’s also appeared in numerous local media outlets. “I was stunned,” she said of her star turn in the media. “It’s really added a lot of credibility to what I’m doing; so many people have reached out to help.” Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was slated to attend a fundraiser that Anna had planned in New York in March. How does a Hun student come to run an international nonprofit that attracts the likes of Governor Bush? Anna’s story starts in Colombia eighteen years ago, when she was an infant and her parents, Regina and Mark Massad, adopted her and

graduation ceremony. Anna said the entire experience has

her brother (Mark, Hun ’18) from the country.

been an emotional one. She’s been bowled over by the media

Now living in Princeton with her family, Anna became curious

attention, and her reception in Colombia.

about her birth country two years ago, and started looking for

“It was so amazing and emotional for me to go back,” she said.

a way to make a difference there. A friend of her father put

“They treated me like a superstar; the students were all waving

her in touch with a grammar school, El Instituto El Nino Jesus,

at me and were super excited that I was there.” Another thing

in Barranquilla. She started videoconferencing on Saturday

that touched her heart: everybody looked like her. “One little

mornings with students, developing a curriculum to teach

girl told her mother that she was expecting me to be tall and

them English and science in her near-fluent Spanish.

blonde,” she said of the stereotypical North American. “Instead,

After building a long-distance relationship, Anna visited the

she told her mother, I looked ‘normal!’

school last May, and then again for a week in July. During the

Anna, who plans to study Spanish and possibly business at the

summer trip, she taught more than 200 students daily an

University of Chicago, has learned many skills while establishing

English and science curriculum she developed. In addition

a non-profit, including teaching and how to be a model global

to teaching, she secured the school a more reliable internet

citizen. “I am so excited and motivated to help these kids; I plan

connection and purchased two large-screen TVs to assist

to go back as much as I can,” she said. “So many people in the

in instruction. Shortly thereafter, she officially established

Hun community want to help now, and that’s been great. I’m so

her non-profit, Educacion Sin Fronteras (Education Without

thankful for that.”

Borders), to fundraise for the school. She hopes to raise $80,000 to buy students iPads with English language software (“English is crucial for them to have opportunities in the future,” she notes,) secure science equipment, and renovate the school. She returned to Barranquilla in November for their fifth-grade

“I could not be prouder of her than when I see her in action in inner-city Barranquilla, Colombia, giving back to her birth country,” said her father, financial executive Mark Massad. We would agree. Spring 2019







NEW YORK CITY NOVEMBER 12TH | PRIVATE VENUE HOSTED BY THE LEIBY FAMILY right Co-Director of Athletics Bill Quirk and Gary Yerman ’83 far right Michael Kollar ’03, Michael Diverio ’01, and John D’Antonio ’01 below left Linda Leiby, Katie Leiby Schneider ’02, and Kenneth Leiby below center Rakiyah White ’13 and Cyndra Couch ’09 below right Maddie Schade ’13 , Headmaster Jonathan Brougham, and Jared Cotton ’11


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above Douglas Eshleman ’06, Zachary Gottlieb ’06, Alumni Board Member Nora Saunders Dunnan ’06, Sarah Staller ’06, Alex Latella ’06, Caroline Kehoe ’06, Melissa Welch ’06 below right Alumni Board Member Sarah Dileo Craig ’07, Kenneth Howard ’08, Nora Saunders Dunnan ’06 below center Olivia Tarditi ’18 and Jordan McDonald ’14 below left Christopher Leach ’11, Head of Resident Life Jon Stone, Noah Savage ’04, Sean Pucciarelli ’07, and Lance Goulbourne ’08

WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 29TH | PROPER 21 above left Elliot Repko ’92, Steve Uhr ’92 and Michael Sutterlin ’92 above center Juan Pio Hernandez ’04, Lilly Wirpsza ’04 and Audra Blanchfield ’04 above right Tab Stewart ’84, Natasha MoultonLevy and David Lank ’85 right Lauren Schmierer Riley ’95, Angelo Abis ’14, Vicki Leach ’15, and Lenny Miller ’79 left Luke Dickinson ’02, Douglas Zimmerman ’03, Alison Schmierer ’02, and Carrie Dunn

HUN ALUMNI ROWING EVENT OCTOBER 20TH | ALUMNI ROOM | SHIPLEY PAVILION Alumni rowers, past and current parents, and coaches joined us for an inaugural event celebrating their time at Hun, early mornings on the lake, and Sundays on the Schuylkill. right Don Veth, Alumni Board Member Tyler Veth ’11, Ian Gordan, and Jay Ruhle ’66 below right Matt Schweitzer ‘13, Erik Gunstensen ‘11, Andrew Gunstensen, Sheilagh Mescal Gunstensen, and Matthew Taylor below left Sam Dauer ‘11, Elizabeth Brown ’11, Alyssa Risoldi ’11, Tyler Veth ’11, Erik Gunstensen ‘11, John Marbach ’11

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Hun 2018 Alumni Weekend

With Alumni Weekend 2019 just around the corner, we thought you would enjoy some memories from last year’s celebration. Looking forward to seeing you on campus soon! Visit for a full recap!

left The John Gale Hun Society recognizes loyal alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have made provisions for The Hun School in their estate plans. Members present during Alumni Weekend 2018 were: Headmaster Jonathan Brougham, former Headmaster James M. Byer ’62, Alfred Leach ’78, Jeffrey Kalpin ’74, Richard Gallaudet ’61, Peter Black ’78, former Headmaster G. Gerald Donaldson, Trustee Danner Schmunk Riebe ’79, Alumni Board President Leigh Ann Peterson ’86, Director of Alumni Engagement and Reunion Giving Janine Russo Vanisko ’83 and Charles Punia ‘08 right Yasmine Parker Kaiser ’98, Candance Campbell ’98, and Alumni Board Member Gabrielle Graff ’98

above left Hannah Hooper, Sandy Hooper, Jamie Hooper, Marti Meyerson ’88, Liza Hemme ’88, Julianne LaMarche-Gault ’88, Justin Zises ’89, and Freddie Zises above center John Greenaway ’68 donated a portrait of his grandfather, former Board Chair John Prentiss Poe. above right Class of 1948 celebrating their 70th Reunion - Robert Goss, Eugene Freda, and Robert Fuzy right Athletic Hall of Fame inductees return to welcome our newest Inductees: Co-Director of Athletics William Quirk, former Dean of Students William Long, Craig Stretch ’67, former Headmaster James M. Byer ’62, Trustee Brian Logue ’75, former faculty William McQuade, Erica Rosenthal Sparkler ’98, Jay Ruhle ’66, Gregory Rafalski ’73, Johnny Rooney ’93, Scott Anderson ’66, Faculty Member Jennifer Pontani Stone ’93, Michael Miller ’66, Trustee Danner Schmunk Riebe ’79, Ruth Wheaton Nehlig ’81, Assistant Director of Athletics Kathryn Quirk, and Faculty Member Joan Nuse


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above left Class of 2008 - Jaclyn Turner, Nicole Buckbinder, Sarah Appelt and Mary DiPastina above right Alumni basketball game: Faculty Member Nicholas Savino, Christian Brunone ’02, Ryan Ross ’13, Derek Benson ’05, Associate Director of Admissions Steve Garrison ’05, Noah Savage ’04, Director of Resident Life and Coach Jon Stone, Doug Macrone ’11, Dylan Sherwood ’11, Adeolu Adesida ’11, Ashwin Narra ’18, Tom Sumners ’10, Johnny Rooney ’93 below right Justine Rolland, Meg Gorrie, Amanda Gorrie, Isla Gorrie, Noah Gorrie, Robert Gorrie ’98 and Trustee Emeritus Thomas Gorrie – the 20th Annual Run for Kate Raised $21,500!

above New members of the Golden H Club, an honorary society for alumni celebrating a Reunion of fifty years or more. All are Class of 1968: Challoner (Duke) Chute, Leighton (Toby) Laughlin, Charles Granick, Herbert Fineburg, Peter Braveman, Richard Staller, Mitchell Block, William Wiseman, Irvin Urken, Chip Hosford, Robert Charlebois, Robert Crimi, John Greenaway, Robert Angle (missing from photo is Thomas Hewel) right Top row, left to right: Rachael Weinstein ’03 and her fiancé Jason Cardillo, Matt Scher and his wife Samantha Druker Scher ’04, Jordan Gottlieb ’03 and his wife Bonnie Gottlieb 1st row, left to right: Scott Sussman ’03 and his son, Tyler, Lauren Viscomi Closs ’03, her husband Kevin Closs and their daughter Mackenzie, and Valerie Friedman Bronson ’03 and her daughter Natalie below left Class of 1983 with Raider: Robert Scherr, Elizabeth Bader, Raider, Davi Appel-Hulsebosch, Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts Lisa Marin ’83 and Pat Romano below right Alumni Weekend soccer game: Kneeling: Ryan Kreger ’09, Tucker Barth ’08, Steven Giannacio ’08, Mike Azzara ’08, Christopher Leach ’11, Elijah Smarr ’19, Michael Campbell ‘18, Ryan Torres ’18 Standing: Faculty Member and Coach Coach Patrick Quirk ’02, Alexandre Peeters ’18, David Putman ’08, Ryan Stokes ’11, Angelica Tabares ’13, Jessica Johnson ’16, Kieran Choi ’16, Ronak Pandya ’19, James Muldowney ’19, Julian Plummer ’11,

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Hun 2019 Alumni Weekend Honorary Alumnae Bonnie Beach H’14 Kathryn M. Quirk H’14

Athletic Hall of Fame Polo Wagner Mueller ’94 Erin Cahill-Wetzel ’99 Craig McGovern ’04 Nicholas Williams ’09

April 26-27, 2019

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ClassNotes HUN ALUMNI Keeping in Touch, Informed, and Up-to-Date


1949 1954

Gallaudet frequently plays golf at Springdale


with Ted Kopp ’51 and Dr. Lester Robbins ’54.



Harvey Jacob wrote, “Beth and I celebrated our


50th anniversary by traveling through Australia

Mark your calendar: April 26-27, 2019 is Alumni

and New Zealand for six and a half weeks in

Weekend! We hope you can join us!

November and December of 2017. Followed that


where we try to visit with one of our daughters

up in April, 2018, with our forty-third trip to Israel, and five of our grandchildren twice a year. Our two

George Griggs wrote, “I, along with his fellow

oldest grandsons are currently serving in combat

crewmates, was saddened to learn of the recent

units with the Israel Defense Forces. Trip 44 was

passing of Tom Davis ’54. Tom was #2 in our boat of

this past December. We had planned, if in good

Keffer ’56, #2 Tom Davis ’54 and Griggs at bow.)

Unfortunately, (or some would say fortunately)

four old timers. (Stroke Bob Edwards ’56, #3 Dave

health, to go on a thirteen-day trip to Antarctica.

After not having been in shell together since 1954,

I had a pacemaker inserted in October and

we reunited in 1997 and got together periodically

thought better about being so far off the beaten

over the next eight years. Highlights of that row

path in the event other health issues arose. Now,

down memory lane included our initial row in

we hope to: make a brief trip to the Ft. Lauderdale

the “Paul R. Chesebro”, then the property of Swan Creek Rowing Club (SCRC), competing in the New Hampshire State Regatta in 1997, a reunion row on Lake Carnegie in a Hun boat, an orientation row on the Charles for the SCRC coxswain in preparation

above Lou D’Ambrosio ’60 walks the red carpet at the Palm Springs (CA) International Film Festival.


area in January to see one of my sisters; head to the Oakland area for a friend’s event; and, make our 45th trip to Israel in April for Passover. While home, we spend a lot of time helping out with two of our other grandchildren who now live

Lou D’Ambrosio wrote, “My wife Christy and I went

only six blocks from us. And, occasionally, we get

row together on Lake Mercer in 2005. Tom will be

to the Palm Springs (CA) International Film Festival

to look after the remaining three grandchildren

missed, but as Bob Edwards mused, “Sorry to lose

and I snuck onto the red carpet. “Who’s this guy?”

in PA when my son (a lawyer) and daughter-in-

Tom, but he is now in a better place where the

someone shouts out. That’s Lou D’Ambrosio, Hun

law travel to attend, and sometimes present at,

weather is warm, sunny, windless, and this is a dock

School grad of 1960! Christy snapped the photo.

legal conferences. Life continues to be good to

for the Head of the Charles Regatta, and our final

to launch from and land. “Also, I would note that Susan and I have relocated to Cape Elizabeth, ME, to a home overlooking

1961 Jim


us. I hope it is also treating all of my classmate as good or better.” Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from back when. My email wrote,




the entrance to Portland Harbor and are looking

Gallaudet, and I were at The Hun School to

forward to spending the winter observing the

celebrate the 60s on October 20th. That day we

maritime traffic coming and going. Our phone

planted another 100 daffodils along Stony Brook

number and email address have not changed.”

in remembrance of the rest of you “phonies,” who

address is”



Hun School Trustee Herman Penner wrote, “Hi, guys!

Holden Caulfield took on in The Catcher in the

I hope this finds you well and planning to attend our

Rye, and which teacher Jack Myers had us read.

55th Reunion in April! Yes, the 55th! Hard to believe

We can still move a little on the dance floor, but

but true. Last year was an exciting one for me, I

how about you? This past summer in Bay Head, at

attended The Hun School graduation ceremonies in

degree from the International Royal Academy

the New Jersey Museum of Boating, I met a lost

June, for the first time since 1964. A real thrill with lots

of the United Nations for his achievement in the

Hun School alumnus, Richard Welch ’56, who

of memories and nostalgia. In addition, Mary Ann



lives nearby. He welcomes you to come, too. We

and I took a three-week expedition to Argentina and

around the world. Other U.S. honorees include:

had a wonderful tour of the many model boats

Chile in October. It’s difficult to describe the vistas

President Donald J. Trump and former President

there. Dick talked about The Hun School stories,

at the “end of the world” so I’ve included a photo of

Bill Clinton.

remembering his time at the School well.

Torres del Paine to take you there. Looking forward

Bruce wrote, “Please express my sincerest sorrow to

“Lately, I shared a few of my poems about Mount

climb up the steps from the old classroom building.

the Landis family, including Alan’s brother, Mark

Lucas, in Princeton, NJ, with George Tidey ’51

Don’t forget the Hun Fund – consider making a gift in

Alan Landis ’61 well: a quality man!”

from me and led me to The Hun School. Rick



Bruce Barren received an Honorary Doctorate




to seeing you at the Reunion and making one last

Landis, who was a classmate of mine. I remember

and Jim Tidey ’58 who grew up across the street

honor of our special reunion!”

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Tryg Sletteland wrote, “Our 55th Reunion planning for April 26-27, 2019, is producing good results! About twenty guys and their wives are expected to attend; and we’ve had generous contributions from Lincoln Yung and Charlie Guthridge, two of our Reunion Committee members, to set up a fund to help with our event! Steve Holub and I have been busy booking the Princeton Marriot Forrestal again and ensuring another big turnout for our “emerald anniversary” Reunion. We’ll be vying for some of the same class awards we took home last time! I’ve been in Brazil for most of 2018, but can report a wonderful dinner Sonia and I had with Paul

Rosenblum and his lovely wife Jeanne at their home while we were in California in May. Paul joins me in sending our best regards to our classmates.

above Herman Penner ’64’s breathtaking photo from Torres del Paine National Park in Chile below left Micha Roman Polin, grandson of Jaclyn and Stephen Polin ’65 below right Michael Miller ’66 and Jim Byer ’62, former headmaster, had a chance to catch up on the links in Colorado.

I’ve now had the great pleasure of seeing twentysix of you: about half of our class! This is easily the best part of our Reunions: seeing each other! I look forward to sitting down with many of you again in a few short months!”


Stephen Polin and his wife Jaclyn are first time grandparents! Micha Roman Polin was born June 4, 2018, to their son and daughter-in-law Schuyler and Daniella Polin. Luke Salisbury wrote, “My novel No Common War will be published in May 2019. It is based on the experiences of my great grandfather, who was wounded at the Civil War’s Battle of Antietam,


“The Hun School was one of the best decisions my parents ever made for both my brother, Andrew ’75, and myself regarding our educations. What we gained from our Hun School experience was invaluable and helped us grow not only in the business world but also helped us to excel socially. This is why I will always give back to The Hun School and have made it part of my estate planning.” — Bennet Helfgott ’75

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INCLUDING HUN IN YOUR ESTATE PLANS, PLEASE CONTACT: Lisa A. Marin ’83 | Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts | (609) 921-7600, extension 2130 |


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the bloodiest day in American history. The story concerns fathers, sons, war, fatal decisions, Civil War medicine, and pleasanter things like love and homecoming.”


Michael Miller






opportunity to spend a full day and evening with Jim Byer ’62, his wife Susan, and their hard-hitting daughter Stephanie here in Denver, CO where Stephanie lives. We four played a local, fun course that has hosted the Colorado Open on several occasions. As usual, with borrowed clubs, never having seen the course, and while walking and dealing with the mile-high altitude, Jim played beautifully… likely shot a 74 or 75. I nearly beat him, above Class of 1968: Peter Braveman, Bob Crimi, Bob Charlebois, Bob Angle, Chip Hosford, Mitchell Block, Thomas Hewel, Challoner (Duke) Chute, Bill Wiseman, Richard Staller, John Greenaway, Irv Urken, and Leighton (Toby) Laughlin below left Four Hun School ’66 classmates met for dinner in New York City, left to right Phil Siegle, Shawn Tully, Ed Feinberg, Arthur Nicol. A great time was had by all! below right John Greenaway ‘68’s 1957 Ford Thunderbird earned a top award in Knoxville, TN.

and he only gave me twelve strokes! (And I didn’t nearly beat him.) Our evening was lovely as well, visiting Stephanie’s new bed and breakfast here, having a great Indian meal, and then getting great guidance from Susan about a trip we were about to take American Northwest area near where our son lives; a trip that Susan and Jim had just enjoyed. What a full day! What great people!”


The G. Gerald Donaldson H’14 Cup is awarded to the class with the highest percent (37.74%) participation in the Annual Fund. (class size of twenty or more) Congratulation to the Class of 1968! This past fall, Mitchell Block was at both the Vancouver and Mill Valley Film Festivals with his newest film The Lost City of the Monkey God. Mitchell is a consulting producer on this feature documentary directed by Bill Benenson. He will be teaching two seminars on film criticism in Beijing in late January on directors Martin Scorsese (fiction) and Bret Morgan (documentary). Mitchell has frequently done classes in China and says “the students are really hard working and well prepared.” His newest documentary, Women of Gulag, looks at women survivors of the Russian Gulag. Directed by an emerging Russian filmmaker, this powerful work has screened in both New York and Los Angeles, and has been invited to screen in Moscow. Women of Gulag was just short listed for an Oscar nomination, and is Mitchell’s fourth short listing. His previous films have received one Oscar (Big Mama, 2001), one nomination (Poster Girl, 2006) and one short listing (The Testimony, 2016).

above The G. Gerald Donaldson H’14 Cup is awarded to the class with the highest percent participation in the Annual Fund. (Class size 20 or more.) Congratulations to the Class of 1968! From left: Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Andrew Hamlin, Richard Staller, Irv Urken, Bill Wiseman, Bob Charlebois, Thomas Hewel, Challoner (Duke) Chute, Chip Hosford, Herbert Fineburg,

“To my Class of 1968, it was great to walk through The Hun School doors on Alumni Weekend 2018 with you. So many memories came back. Thank you to The Hun School and fellow classmates.

Peter Braveman, Leighton (Toby) Laughlin, John Greenaway, Bob Angle, Mitchell Block

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“During my legal tenure I resided in the Princeton area and enjoyed the opportunity to sit on The Hun School Board of Trustees and to give back to the school that gave me so much. The most significant achievement for me on the Board was to lure my friend Jim Byer ’62 back to his School. Jim was an exceptional Headmaster. His vision and tireless efforts have made The Hun School a better place. “Along the way I had two wonderful children, both now living in New York City. Leaving the legal practice in 1997 I moved on to the world of private equity, ultimately running six portfolio companies over the last twenty years in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Throughout this part of my career, my formative years at The Hun School again provided solid background for the challenges of running businesses with many thousands of employees. As above Richard Staller ’68, Helane Staller, Sheryl Punia, Charlie Punia ’08, Sarah Staller ’06, and Joe Punia on Lake Powell in Utah. School is in great hands. Thank you for extending your hospitality and giving us so much. What a fabulous team you’ve put together. The Hun School is almost unrecognizable. My warmest regards to all of you. I hope to see all of you again at our 55th. Be well; and happy. Stay in touch.” John Greenaway wrote, “After almost three years’ effort restoring and retro-rodding my 1957 Ford Thunderbird, I finished in time to compete in the Classic Thunderbird International Club (CTCI) held mid-August in Knoxville. In a field of 185 classic twoseater (’55 to ’57) Thunderbirds, I got a top award of “Gold - Elevated to Senior Status” in my class “Contours I Primary Non-Original.” Richard Staller wrote, “my daughter, Sarah Staller

’06 and I traveled with Sheryl Punia, Joe Punia and Charlie Punia ’08 on a hiking trip through the

national parks in Utah and Arizona, stopping at The Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce and Zion. It was above Clementine, granddaughter of Sam McCleery ‘69 and Addi, daughter of Associate

a great trip with great friends!”

and Ian McNally, aka ‘The Slime Sisters’


“To Richard Staller, thank you so much for organizing

submit class notes. With our 50th Reunion in April

Director of Admissions Megan Tylus McNally ‘99


Rip Mason wrote, “I’ve waited far too long to

the dinner Friday night. It was particularly great to

the reconnection with friends and classmates is

see everyone: John Greenaway, Duke Chute, Kathy

overdue. I’m excited to be working on the Reunion

Nancy and Toby Laughlin, Claudia and Tom Hewel,

my years at The Hun School the memories remain

Helane Staller, Bob Charlebois, Bob Crimi and

lawyer and CEO at the companies that I’ve been

and Chip Hosford, Miriam and Peter Braveman,

Committee with so many old friends. Reflecting on

Irv Urken, Bob Angle, Paula and Bill Wiseman,

vivid and fundamental in my development as a

Marcia Muller, and myself. I hope to see you all again

privileged to manage globally. After leaving The

before five years pass… perhaps in Los Angeles?

Hun School, I attended Middlebury College. The rigor of my educational experience at The Hun

Janine Russo Vanisko ’83, thank you for your

School equipped me well for the challenges at

efforts putting together the weekend. You and your

Middlebury. I went on to law school at Rutgers

team did an amazing job. Headmaster Jonathan

University and practiced law for over twenty years

Brougham, it was reassuring meeting you. The Hun


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in NJ, NY, and London.

important as the academic focus at The Hun School was, my participation on sports teams (football and ice hockey) helped me better understand the need for inclusion and team building to achieve success. Thanks to Hawley Waterman, Dave Leete, and Tim Harris. I am forever grateful.”

Samuel McCleery wrote, “My six grandchildren are pursuing careers from the stage to the athletic field with one who is an internet expert on slime. If you have to ask, you don’t want to know. Tania (wife) is spending more time at our place in South Carolina and I am in corporate development at Under Armour in Baltimore. I celebrated the 65th birthday of Dick Sword ’72 in Jackson Hole, WY, where he and his wife Elizabeth have relocated to their family property. Rip Mason and I are encouraging all our classmates to attend our 50th. We are planning activities from poker to polo and there will be lots of stories and memories. Bring the family to see the campus – it’s beautiful in spring. I encourage my classmates to make our 50th a special Reunion. Rip Mason and I are co-chairing and are looking for a record turnout. “My wife, Tania, and I welcomed our sixth grandchild to the family (are we done)? I’m still at Under Armour in Baltimore and enjoy working for the great brand (am I done)? It was great to see classmates Don

Silverson, Nader Afshar and David McAllister at Homecoming in October. If you have not seen the School recently, you need to visit to see the massive improvements. I visited with Dave Leete, who recalled pulling me aside one day my sophomore year and saying, “you’re really not very good at math.” What great times! “While







memories flooded back. Growing up in Princeton the best scholastic tennis player in the area was a student at The Hun School, Shawn Tully ’66. The Pagoda Courts at Princeton University were


the most popular gathering place for players of

given name is Samuel Howard Woodson IV. The

MS for Eldorado Resorts. Jim married a great lady,

all ages, abilities and backgrounds and Shawn

legacy continues! Life is great as a grandparent!”

Patricia, has two daughters, Tricia and Lauren, one

was the best among them. I had just finished my freshman year at Princeton High School where I had underachieved in German and I announced to my parents that I wanted to attend The Hun School.

son-in-law, Tim, one granddaughter, Addison, and


two dogs, Connor and Riley. Everyone is healthy, happy and doing well.

Michael Maguire wrote, “Hear Ye, Hear Ye!”


What I didn’t calculate was that given our age

voice calls out to all of my classmates. Our 50th

differences, Shawn would graduate before I started

Reunion is coming up quickly. Start planning, for

my sophomore year-my math wasn’t much better

more laughs, friendship and a lot of appreciation

in college and he is still at it after forty-two years. Ed

than my German.

and compassion for each other. Fifty years is a

also remembers Mrs. Dea’s French class, which he

milestone! And what better way is there, then

Ed Haas wrote that he became a commercial photographer after getting his psychology degree

never missed.

Through summer tennis, Shawn and I became

to share our stories with each other. At our 40th

lifelong friends and to this day he is the one I look to

reunion, we laughed and carried on all night. So,

Ed has one son who matured into a straight A

for inspiration. We were roommates three different

get out your pens or pencils and mark it on your

student, graduated from Northwestern University

times, made countless road trips, he was in my

calendars. April of 2020 is just around the corner!

and is presently working in Asia as a journalist. Ed is very proud of him as he should be. Great job Ed!

wedding and spoke at my father’s memorial service. My relationship with The Hun School started with

Jim Rigot wrote that going to Hun was a huge

tennis and gave me my best friend.

sacrifice financially for his parents and at the time he didn’t appreciate it. He says that he is very

Bob Rothman wrote “We remaining classmates are incredibly lucky, privileged, and humbled.”

thankful for his Hun School friendships. Jim often

He asked how many classmates did we start with

the 1960s Reunion in October. I was especially

thinks of Mrs. Dea’s class. He can’t remember what

those many years ago? How many of our teachers,

impressed with the additions to the campus,

she taught, but it was a class he never missed.

librarians, grounds men, or food service folks from

innovative curriculum, and plans for growth.

Jim enjoys the stories that his classmates send

our Hun journey are still alive today? Didn’t each

Great to see Sandy Bing H’14, Dave Leete, Gerry

in at various times and he appreciates Ed Haas’s

of them try to make our stay better while we

Don Silverson wrote, “I returned to campus for

Donaldson H’14, classmates Dave McAllister, and

remembering Barry Group on the lacrosse field

meandered through our adolescence days? Bob

Nader Afshar, and fellow students Mike Simko ’67,

brainstorming on how he was going to make it big

said that our years at Hun impacted not only our

Les Otten ’67, and Jay Ruhle ’66. I have enjoyed

one day. Barry now owns and operates a dozen

immediate lives, our future families, communities,

connecting with several classmates about our 50th

stores in Manhattan. Great job Barry! Speaking

along with those faceless lives we touched whether

Reunion in April 2019. Where has the time gone?

of big, Jim said that the only person in our class

as a bricklayer, teacher, doctor or “Indian Chief” as

I encourage members of the Class of ’69 to return

that he was taller than was Henry Pelaez. After

our parents used to say. “Our Lives Mattered.” Let’s

to campus.”

Hun, Jim served in The US Air Force for four years

find the best in each of us. He also mentioned that

and received an honorable discharge.” Thank you,

for those of us who attended our 40th Reunion

Jim, for serving this great country of ours. Jim

arrived without expectation. Yet some of us left

New additions

went to school at UNLV in Las Vegas and took a

forty-eight hours later smiling with our sides

are granddaughter Jordyn, now ten months, and

job at a casino. Forty-three years later and at the

hurting after laughing, then laughing some more

grandson “Caesar”, now seven months. Caesar’s

pinnacle of his career, he is working in Greenville,

and then laughing again. We looked at photos,

Howard Woodson wrote, “I am happy to report I am now a five-time “PopPop”!

shared stories and meals and inspired a bunch of

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young boys in their sixties. Bob looks forward to the 50th Reunion and the raising of a glass to toast life, to Hun, to all our families, our loved ones and our friends. He wished each of us love without tears, health without pain, and income without taxes. “Nostrovia” to you Bob! David Diamond wrote that he is doing fine in Newton, MA. He works at Boston Children’s Hospital where he has been for twenty-three years. He is the Chief of Urology. Dave’s wife has recently retired, which has worked out extremely well as they now have a fourteen-month-old granddaughter, Eli, (and one more on the way), whom she loves to spend time with. He says his older daughter, Eli’s mom, is a pediatrician in Rochester, NY, and his younger daughter is a health care attorney in Boston, currently working at Children’s. In their down time they try and do some boating and fishing in Cape Cod. Dave is hoping to get back for the 50th.

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400 company. He has lived and worked on six

educational technology with a focus on artificial

continents. He and his wife Melissa started their

intelligence. (Mark adds that it is a field he knows

Steve Weiss wrote, “For most of us, this has been the

family overseas, with their daughter born in

nothing about!)

milestone year: We’ve hit age sixty-five. Our responses

Australia and their son in England. Today, Roger

have varied across the full range of possibilities.

and Melissa split their time between Atlanta and

Some of us have retired, others are still going, and

Carl Thomsen,

Florida and spend their time traveling, beaching

professional dancer and choreographer, has made

the rest have done everything in between.

and gardening.

a career change to construction contracting.

Roger Bing retired, for the second time, two

Mike Guadagno and his wife Claire welcomed their


first grandchild into the world on July 20th. William

construction and just moved into a 6,000-square

international business for a privately held British

Michael Guadagno came in at 9 pounds, 15 ounces,


corporation and then for an American Fortune

and was 22 inches long. A future football player like

Division focuses on the boomer generation (that’s

his granddad? Mike adds that his daughter-in-law

us, classmates) who want to remain in their homes

Erin and his son Andrew are doing very well.

as their mobility changes through the years. Carl






Thomsen Construction handles residential repairs, years ago after a senior management career in









reports that he is finding his stride again! Barry Krane has set aside medicine and dived into anthropology and archaeology. He started

Steve Weiss changed things up this summer

out with self-study of the Maya (seventy-five texts,

from his usual academic work. He took his three

and thousands of online presentations) then went

daughters to Japan to show them where he grew

on a tour in Mexico and met one of the leading

up. Then he got “creative” putting together photo

researchers in the field. A dig in Guatemala and

books of the trip. In June, Chris Lau and his wife

academic conferences followed. He has just

stopped by for a visit. At the end of the summer,

applied to a Master’s program and says he will

after some more travel and “cottaging” north of

likely head for a (another) doctorate. He says he is

Toronto, he tackled a bucket-list item by singing

“unretiring,” and though it is serious, it’s also “quite

and recording songs in a music studio. Steve


returned to teaching in the fall “refreshed and ready to go!”

Mark Taylor continues his work as an investment real estate advisor and is “not anywhere near retirement.” He and his wife Ilene live in suburban Philadelphia but also have a vacation home in


Donald Meisel wrote, “I hosted a picnic for twenty-

the Berkshire Mountains. Their daughter Erin is

five people in September including tennis players

engaged and on the move to Colorado while

from China, friends, family and my neighbor and

their son Matt lives in Massachusetts and works in

Hun School alumnus Martin Sumners ’83. We have

left Greg Rafalski ’73 and Bill McQuade, former Upper School head below left Brian Albanese ’06, Matthew Albanese ’02, Robert Albanese ’73 and his wife Louise Albanese enjoyed catching up with everyone at the New York City Regional Gathering below right William Michael Guadagno, first grandson of Mike Guadagno ’71


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lived on the same block for close to ten years – who

( My previous startup launched

knew? I’ve enjoyed watching him and his son play

our history gaming app in the Apple store, (Harpers

baseball for years in the front yard. It’s a small world!”

Ferry Time Trek), and is now pursuing a major pivot.


Bob Albanese wrote, “Everyone is doing well and very busy preparing for the holidays and the new year.

weather production for Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer. His office is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Brian

school did the right thing for me; I will never forget

novels. Mary and I are enjoying Charlottesville with

it. I told my son Braden when I’m not around, always

friends and family, and classmates who roll in,

take care of Hun. He sees how I get when the mail

among them Phil Maier and Heidi Baltzer Pavela

arrives from The Hun School.”

See everyone soon – cheers!” Simon Pankove wrote, “My son David ’08 is a pilot flying the Airbus 320 out of Delta’s New York City pilot base. In his free time, he explores the world

Albanese ’06 works in NYC at Vanguard Staffing

with various friends whether it is scuba diving,

located on East 40

and Park Avenue. Vanguard



skiing or just tourism. My daughter, Becca ’13 is a






Bennet Helfgott wrote, “I love The Hun School. The

In the remaining downtime, I continue keyboarding

Matt Albanese ’02 is with NBC and The Today Show as a Meteorologist / Producer doing the national


published scientist working at Emory School of


Rhonda Click Mace wrote, “I had a nice evening at the New York City regional gathering on November 12th. Hoping that in the future other classmates from the 70s will join us in NYC as well.”

entertainment, finance, banking, media, advertising

Medicine in cancer research. She has worked in

industries. Wishing everyone a very happy 2019!”

three different labs over the past six years.


I focus considerable time in volunteer community

meeting up with Anna Sumantri-Ellsworth ’81 in



Avery Chenoweth wrote, “I’m really looking forward to our 45th Reunion this April. I always thought I could stay in touch with friends, but that’s trickier than I thought. I’m working in a new startup, which is a lot of fun, growing online sales and partnerships

service activities including: riding as an emergency medical technician and a rescue company member on the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, and as a planning board member in West Windsor Township. I hope to see many of you at our upcoming 45th Reunion on April 27, 2019!”


Danner Schmunk Riebe had a wonderful time

Singapore. “We had the chance to catch up on each other’s lives and reminisce about our time at The Hun School over dim sum. It is amazing how people can reconnect after thirty years half way around the world and quickly feel at home in each other’s company. I look forward to reconnecting with many

above left Ted Byer ’75 was selected as 2018 Top CPA of the year by the International Association of Top Professionals above center David Pankove ’08, Rebecca Pankove ’13 and Simon Pankove ’74 above right Laura and Bennet Helfgott ’75 enjoy a day cheering on the ‘U’ with son Braden below left Avery Chenoweth ’74 and his partner Mary Lewis below right Class of 1978 from left: Craig Darvin, Patsy Keller, Rick Speizer, Chris Dollard, Al Leach, and Pete Black

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left Stoddard and Dudeck families unite! above Trustee Danner Schmunk Riebe ’79 and Elaine Murphy ’80 below Class of 1983 First row left to right: Tracey Fitzpatrick Paley, Fran Held, Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts Lisa Marin ’83, Director of Alumni Engagement and Reunion Giving Janine Russo Vanisko ’83 Second row left to right: Ola Bseiso, Ira Goldstine, Davi AppelHulsebosch, Pat Romano, Bob Scherr

above left John Bohlinger ’83 below left Danner Schmunk Riebe ’79 and Anna Sumantri-Ellsworth ’81 below center Ana Wagner Hotaling ’83, member of Team USA at the 2018 Multisport World Championships in Odense, Denmark, came home a medal winner. below right Lisa Marin ’83 and Fran Held ’83 spent a morning together in November giving back to families in need at Mitzvah Circle.


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above left Robert Vanisko, Bart Berger ’84, and Janine Russo Vanisko ’83 met for dinner in Florida to reminisce and talk about Bart’s upcoming 35th Reunion in April! above right Class of 1988 First Row, left to right: Krista Ross, Wendy Kuser Dellapolla, Jaime Flyer Zindler, Nadia Bashiti Amer, Steve McNally, David Forrest, Liza Hemme, Kim Saul-Bowne, Joe Romano. Middle Row left to right: Ed Haemmerle, Deke Young, Peggy Roberts Cooney, David Russo, Julianne LaMarche-Gault, Asim Mian, Mason McCarthy, Rick Laver, Ben Zindler Top Row left to right: Stephen Leonard, Ed Tobin, Derek Ruetsch, Quincey Boye Pitney, Joshua Gross, Leigh Ballen, Paul Greco classmates at our upcoming 40th Reunion in April.”

grown into an amazing nonprofit that meets the material needs of individuals and families dealing

Amy Hill Stoddard wrote, “Another blending of

with crisis, poverty, homelessness and serious


Marlo Iacona-Berliner wrote, “Hi Hun School

illness. If you are ever in the area, please consider

classmates and friends! I hope all is well with you

spending a few hours there. I have no doubt it will

and yours. I’ve been super busy, but I am thrilled to

be a rewarding day.” Please see the Hun Today

announce that I am now an associate literary agent

Amy Hill Stoddard ’79, Tom Stoddard ’07 and his

profile of Fran on p. 16.

with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New

Peter Stoddard ’13. Dave Dudeck ’77 and his wife

Ana Wagner Hotaling had the honor and privilege of

two Hun School families! On April 28, 2018, Lauren

Stoddard ’10 and Brendan Dudeck ’10 married on a perfect day in Avalon, NJ! Ken Stoddard ’79 and

wife Kaitlin, Brian Stoddard ’08, Satchel Jones and

York! I am also still an author, so I am continuing to write and freelance edit as well. But agenting is

representing the United States as a member of Team

something I have been working toward for a very

USA at the 2018 Multisport World Championships in

long time and it is a dream come true. All the details

Odense, Denmark, this past July. Ana competed in

about what kinds of books I will be representing are

Michael Keene wrote, “After much consideration I have

the Aquathlon Open World Championships, placing

on the JDLit Agency website if anyone is interested.

decided to go out on my own after seventeen years

third in her division. She also competed in the Long-

I hope everyone has a great new year. All my best.”

at IBM, doing what I love, working in the IT Industry. I

Course Aquabike World Championships, coming in

started on this venture with my business partner over

23rd in her division. Ana also qualified for the Sprint

a year ago when we started purchasing and reselling

Triathlon World Championships, held in September

used IT equipment. Then we got into the e-Waste

in Gold Coast, Australia, but was unable to make the

end of the business, Hard Drive/Data Destruction

trip. She is aiming for a spot on Team USA for the 2019

and Data Center Support Services. After many long

Worlds, to be held in Pontevedra, Spain. When not

days and nights, hashing out business plans, sales

training or racing, Ana remains busy writing weekly

forecasts, social media campaigns, etc., our company

articles for Hobby Farms magazine (HobbyFarms.

eCrush-IT Services was born. It serves two regions, the

com), teaching martial arts and yoga, attempting

Washington, DC/MD/VA area, and the NY/NJ/PA region.

to keep her sons out of trouble, and doing her best

Wish me the best of luck!”

not to drive her husband, Jae, crazy. Ana sends her

Amy, David Dudeck ’12, Cameron Dudeck ’14, and

Shannon Dudeck ’17.


John Bohlinger wrote, “I’ve been hired as the Music Director/Band Leader for a new series from the producers of The Voice called Real Country. It airs beginning November 13th on the USA Network.”

love to her classmates and hopes they forgive her for skipping the 2018 Reunion; that means you, Ola

Andrew Williamson wrote, “I can’t believe I have been living in Nashville, TN, for twenty-one years! I continue to stay busy in the concert touring business. I spent winter of 2018 on the road as part of the lighting crew for the rock band The Killers, doing shows across North America and Mexico. From May through October, I was back on the road for the second time with country singer Dierks Bentley, and in January rejoined his production team for the third year in a row, continuing the Mountain High tour

Bseiso and Monica Pica!

across the U.S. and Canada. I’m glad I am connected


hope to see some of you in person in the coming year.”

with many of my classmates through Facebook, and I


Bart Berger wrote, “Hello Class of 1984. It’s hard to believe that we will be celebrating our 35th

Lisa Marin wrote, “My boys and I were lucky enough


Reunion in the spring, April 26-27 ! I am so excited th

to join friend and classmate Fran Held at Mitzvah

to reconnect with everyone. See old friends, share

Circle Foundation in late November 2018 for a

stories, reminisce, celebrate and have a great time

morning of giving back. We spent the time putting

Saturday night. I hope many of you will be able

together packages to support families in need. Fran

to make it back to campus. It’s sure to be a great

founded Mitzvah Circle ten years ago and it has

weekend with friends and family!”


The Paul R. Chesebro H’14 Cup is awarded to the class with the largest Annual Fund gift ($27,720). Congratulations to the Class of 1988! Julianne LaMarche-Gault and Kathleen Weber

Schaffer traveled to New York City for Kathleen’s Spring 2019



appearance on the Today Show regarding holiday entertaining and how to be a guest at your own party. Afterwards, they met up with Kathy Thelmo. Timothy Adams wrote, “Classmates, I was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Marine Corps effective July 1 of 2018. The ceremony took place at the Napoleon House in New Orleans and we were surrounded by many close family and friends. My New Orleans buddy and fellow classmate Hardy Roddy ’88 was there in spirit and we got to connect over the Christmas holiday. I serve as the Deputy Commanding General of a Joint Task Force within the US Cyber Command and as the Deputy Commander US Marine Corps Forces Cyber.”



Jen Phillips Raics wrote, “It was an exciting fall for us here at Hun. I am having so much fun catching up with Jeff Schwab! He, along with his lovely wife Megan, and I joined in on the New York City gathering

above The Paul R. Chesebro H’14 Cup - Awarded to the class with the largest Annual Fund gift – congratulations to the Class of 1988! Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Andy Hamlin, Derek Ruetsch, Julianne LaMarche-Gault, David Russo, Donnie Mitchell, Liza Hemme, David Forrest thoughts and did all the computer work for me. We

Avani Tailor wrote, “I’m thrilled to announce the

1989. As funny as ever. Jeff has the scoop on almost

matched each person up with a partner who shared similar demographics, so they could be “angels” for

opening of my online company, Dayya Naturals

everyone and we hope to see many classmates and families return for our 30th the weekend of April 26-

each other. Besides pairing people up, daily I post

27, 2019! Please reach out to us... April is right around

inspirational messages and quotes about being a

the corner. Can’t wait to see and hear all about where

warrior and not letting physical health get the best of

your Hun foundation has taken you.

you. Slowly but surely the group started catching on,

and met up with Alex Morell. It was like it was

and all of the posts became about how wonderful The Raics kids are very lucky to be supported and

their angels are and what a difference it has made to

surrounded by amazing teachers and coaches! The 6th

them in their daily lives.

and 9th grades at Hun are filled with great kids. Happy and Healthy 2019 to all. Jen Raics Jayjennyr@yahoo.

Living in chronic pain is very difficult and not too

com and Jeff Schwab

many people understand. When provided with


Lauren Berger Franklin wrote, “After having been

personalized care and a pen-pal-type person these people’s lives were changed. My group now stands at 1,800 strong and was recently featured in the December 3rd issue of Woman’s World Magazine.

specializing in handmade by me, vegan, cruelty free, and gluten-free cosmetics and skincare products. I live in South Orange, NJ, with Ken Weichselbaum, a fellow 1992 Hun alumnus whom I met at our 20th Reunion in 2012. Kenny and I enjoy cooking vegan food, going to music concerts, and reconnecting with our Hun family. We hope to see you at the next Alumni Weekend!”


Jennifer Pontani Stone and Patrick Quirk ’02 brought The Hun School students from their entrepreneur class to a business day at Met Life

diagnosed with two chronic pain conditions, CRPS and fibromyalgia, within a year of each other, I did

I am building a company called Angel Exchanges

what many others would do in this situation today,

where I intend to try this concept across all

which was look to Facebook for support groups.

modalities of illness. I mean, who wouldn’t want

Instead of useful information, I found a lot of people

an angel who is living through the same situation

complaining, depressed, and in destitute situations.

that you are in your time of need? If you want a daily

One story was sadder than the next, and I knew

dose of inspirational encouragement follow me on

immediately this would be of no help or support to

Instagram at Fibroangel1.”

me or anyone else for that matter. One woman in particular sounded so desperate, that I private messaged her and asked her if it would be


Nancy Perelli DePalma has joined the Marketing

ok if I sent her a package with some essentials, as she

and Communications Office at The Hun School

claimed to have no money to even buy Advil. I went

as a part-time associate. As a freelance writer and

to CVS and bought her a heating pad, some muscle

editor for more than fifteen years, Nancy has written

rubs, Advil, cozy socks, gum and some other items

or contributed to more than forty guidebooks and

of “comfort.” After receiving the package she called

coffee table books, as well as countless articles for

me her “angel,” and when she asked how to pay me

print and digital formats. She’s delighted to be back

back, I told her to pay it forward. Long story short,

at the School, having attended The Hun School from

together we started a new group on Facebook called

6th-12th grade, and she’s looking forward to sharing

Fibro Angel Exchange. I was able to find an “IT Angel”

the many compelling stories of current students,

who donated his time and helped me organize my

faculty, and alumni.


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above Elliot Repko ‘92 with wife Nikki and their son Jude at the Washington, D.C. alumni regional gathering.


above left Class of 1993 Front row, left to right: Christy Cino Murphy, Jason Hanin, Alicia Klosowski Tillman, Faculty Member Jennifer Pontani Stone Middle row, left to right: Justin Kanda, Paul Dippery, Chris Walsh, Susanne Herbert-Giller, Sara Shields Cove Back row, left to right: Matt Eisenberg, Marc Shapiro, Pat Kahney, Bryan Dori, Johnny Rooney and Alan Tsai above right Kathleen Weber Schaffer ’88 and Today Show host Hoda Kotb

above left New York City outing: Kathy Thelmo ’88, Kathleen Weber Schaffer ’88, and Julianne LaMarche-Gault ’88 above center 1989 classmates meet up at the Brick House Tavern in Princeton, NJ. Chris Kamnitsis, Andy Brick, Jeff Schwab, and Marcus Banks above right Catching up at the New York City Regional gathering – Jennifer Phillips Raics ’89 and Alex Morell ’89 bottom left David Ross ’88, Krista Ross ’88, and Hani Al-Ghalib Alsharif ’88

above Lauren Berger Franklin ’90 was recently featured in the December 3rd issue of Woman’s World Magazine

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top left 2018 AHOF Inductees: Erica Rosenthal Sparkler ’98, Gregory Rafalski ’73, Johnny Rooney ’93, and Scott Anderson ’66 top right Jennifer Pontani Stone ’93 and Jackie Malleo ’06 left The latest book to hit the shelves for Tim Waldron ‘95 above Polo Wagner Mueller ’94, her husband Donn, and their children, Sarah, Kaitlin, John and Will Stadium with the Jet’s organization. “It was an

mountains this past fall and experienced beautiful

Tim Waldron wrote, “I haven’t checked-in for a spell.

awesome event for our students and it was fun to

fall colors and weather.”

Raiders, so much has happened since we last spoke.

run into Jackie Malleo ’06. Jackie works in sales and marketing for the Jets organization and was excited to see the School at the event!”


I got all the stuff they told me to get at graduation: a job, a car, a house, a spouse, and a kid. Happiness abounds! Also, I have a new book out. It’s called

Robert Hornby wrote, “I have left the railroad

Stories for People Who Watch TV. If you watch TV,

industry and accepted a position with Hunterdon

you’ll probably like it. It’s available on Amazon. You

County as ag development coordinator working

should buy it. But, for real, I hope you’re well and

on a combination of right-to farm issues and

good. I remember those Hun School good times

26-27, 2019 is Alumni Weekend! Make plans to join

farmland preservation. Hunterdon County is a

often and fondly.”

us on Friday evening for the Alumni Recognition

leader in the state for both number of farms and

Ceremony where we will honor Athletic Hall of

acreage preserved. Looking forward to combining

Fame inductee Polo Wagner Mueller ’94.

local, state, and federal funding to maintain that





Congratulations to Polo Wagner Mueller ’94. April

position, and also maintain farm and community Polo Wagner Mueller wrote, “My family and I enjoyed a great hiking trip to the North Carolina


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relationships in this densely populated state.”


Cassie Lawton wrote, “My wife Mary and I married on October 8, 2016, and welcomed our son, Miles, on July 18, 2018. We got to see Michelle Giller Clark


and her husband Ted at the wedding, which was a fantastic time. Mary and I live in Baltimore where I am a middle school history teacher and Mary is an operations manager for a restaurant group.”

brother, Michael Long ’04 and his partner, Tina.


top left Mary and Cassie Lawton ’96 welcomed Miles in July of 2018 top center Wedding bells in Long Beach Island, NJ, for Joanne Deni ’97 and Jonathan Bevacqua top

Matthew Ventresca wrote, “The Ventresca family

right Hun’s Littlest Raider, Zola, daughter of

took their first family vacation with all the grandkids

Alison Long ’96 above left Nikki Davis Hladick

daughter, Zola Rose. She is an international

last year. Kathy and former trustee Dave Ventresca

’96 and her husband William welcomed

development worker, as she has been for the

were in their element and loving life!”

baby girl Harlyn born on November 2, 2018,

Alison Long lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with her

weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was

last fifteen years, including postings in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Yemen, Cambodia, Palestine, and

Joanne Deni married Jonathan Bevacqua on

20.5 inches long. above right Left to right:

Somalia. She is able to return to New Jersey at least

May 12, 2018 in Long Beach Island, NJ. The mass

Frank Ventresca ’99 and his wife Jillian, their

once a year, so that she is able to spend time with

was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic

daughters, Charlotte and Margo, Kathy and

her parents, Nancy and Bill Long, former dean of

Church in Beach Haven and the reception took

Dave Ventresca, Matt Ventresca ’97 and his

place overlooking the bay at the beautiful Parker’s

wife, Anna and their sons, Cody and Bryce.

Goska, and two sons, Oliver and Max; her sister,

Garage. Beach Haven has been the summer

Marcy Long ’99 and her partner, Andrew; and her

home of the Deni Family for over forty years and

students; her brother, Bill Long ’95 and his wife,

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above Wishing my classmates all the best! Amy Shotlander Cohen ’97, her husband Mike and their children Kayden and Nate below Reese Kerry Wetzel, daughter of Chris Wetzel and Erin Cahill-Wetzel ‘99

top right Class of 1998 Bottom row, left to right: Candy Campbell, Yasmine Parker Kaiser, Eva McKenna-Tramontana, Lauren Kell Soltis Middle row, left to right: Monique DuFresne, Merrin Kramer Jones, Katie Hedden Hodes, Gabrielle Graff, Jen Breo, Erica Rosenthal Sparkler, Lauren Rubinfeld Barkan Top row, left to right: Michael McGarrity, Michael Piza, Anze Petrin, Jeffrey Beim, Corey Sherman above Runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the 20th Annual Run for Kate on April 21, 2018 far left Cooper Darden, son of Gabe and Merrin Kramer Jones ’98 left Francis William Cattani III, son of Marcelline Baumann Cattani and Francis Cattani ’00


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they were thrilled to have Joanne’s wedding at

If you would like to make a gift to the Katherine

their second home.

Wright Gorrie ’98 Memorial Scholarship, please visit

Joanne is a high school health and physical

Hedden Hodes, her daughter Sydney, and her mother Mary Jo Hedden.”



education teacher at Hoboken High School. Jon

Keri Marino and her husband Miguel welcomed

is vice president of LB Paper Mill Supplies Inc. The

their second son, Álvaro Rubén, on September 13th.

newlyweds reside in Hoboken, NJ.

Big brother Lucas, who will turn three in November,

26-27, 2019 is Alumni Weekend! Join us on Friday

loves helping mommy and daddy take care of his

evening for the Alumni Recognition Ceremony

little brother!

where we will honor Athletic Hall of Fame inductee


20th Annual Run for Kate - More than 150 people

Congratulations to Erin Cahill-Wetzel ’99. April

Erin Cahill-Wetzel ’99. Merrin Kramer Jones welcomed Cooper Darden, born in Westport, CT on August 24th at 2:25 a.m. He


in front of the Chesebro Academic Center and

weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches

welcomed their daughter Reese Kerry Wetzel on

traverses the Edgerstoune neighborhood. This

long. “Gabe and I couldn’t be luckier to have such

April 13, 2018. Reese joins brothers Chase, 3, and

year’s run raised more than $21,500 to support the

a happy baby. He has been enjoying meeting

Shane, 2.

Katherine Wright Gorrie ’98 Memorial Scholarship.

our friends including a special visit from Katie

registered for the race, which starts and ends






Manuella de Barros Lamas married Fernando Lamas in Sintra, Portugal on June 9, 2018. In attendance were her Hun School “bffs” Pia DuenzlBotero, Kat Geiger Perry and Sara Lopacki. Following the wedding, the newlyweds went on safari in Tanzania and to the Seychelles for their honeymoon. Manuella is part of the 2019 Reunion Committee and hopes to see many of her classmates back at Hun April 26-27. Kat Geiger Perry wrote, “This year my husband Adam and I welcomed our second daughter, Samantha McGuire Perry, into the world on November 9th. Her big sister Mackenzie is over the moon in love. Now, we just need to teach Mackenzie about personal space since she loves squeezing her baby sister a little too tight. I can’t wait to see my classmates in April at our 20th Reunion. Hopefully

above, left and right Hun School “bffs” Kat Geiger Perry ’99, Manuella de Barros Lamas ’99, Sara Lopacki ’99, and Pia Duenzl-Botero ’99 celebrate Manuella’s marriage to Fernando Lamas in Sintra, Portugal below left Samantha, daughter of Adam and Kat Geiger Perry ’92 below right Children of Mackenzie Merritt Skeen ’00 Ford, 4; Grier, 6; Tully, 2 weeks; Bo, 18 months; Webb, 3

by then Samantha will be potty-trained, feeding herself and driving herself to school.”


Mackenzie Merritt Skeen wrote, “We are living in Nashville, TN, where my husband, Dave is head of school at Harding Academy, a K-8 independent school, and we are loving every minute.” Francis Cattani wrote, “Francis III was born on October 15, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Mom, Marcelline Baumann

Cattani, Lawrenceville ’03, and baby are happy and healthy!” Francis III hopes to follow in the footsteps of his Dad (Francis Cattani ’00), Aunt (Brianna Barratt ’14), Uncle (Evan Barratt ’17), and Aunt (Gabriella Cattani ’21).


Carly Baldwin lives and works in NJ as a local news reporter for Patch. She has a two-year-old son, Eli. She wishes her fellow Hun School alumni all the best and hopes everyone is doing well.

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James Schiro wrote, “my wife and I welcomed our little boy, James “Jimmy” Schiro, III, into our family in 2018. We live on the Upper East Side of


Tess Kleinsmith Kuss wrote, “My husband, Will, and

Manhattan with our Bernese Mountain Dog, Basel,

I moved to Princeton in April 2018. We welcomed

who is a bit suspicious of this new addition. I work in

our son, Miles, on July 30, 2018! While Will travels

the Financial Sponsors Group of Moelis & Company

frequently for his multichannel cannabis company,

where I split time between New York and Boston.”

LEEF, I enjoy staying home and spending my days


with baby Miles. We’re looking forward to traveling 15TH REUNION

Congratulations to Craig McGovern ’04. Mark

as a family in the next year and couldn’t be happier about our newest addition!”

your calendar: April 26-27, 2019, Alumni Weekend!

Kelsey Tylus Testa and her husband, Michael Testa,

Make plans to join us on Friday evening for the

welcomed their daughter Laine Rose on July 27, 2018.

Alumni Recognition Ceremony where we will honor Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Craig McGovern ’04. Robin Bunevich married Alex Rivas on August 25, 2018, at Sound River Studios in Long Island City.


Jee Won (Brianna) Choi has successfully completed her Ph.D. degree this summer and started her dream career as an assistant professor in marketing

Chris Russo wrote, “What a year it’s been! Great to be back in Princeton and see so many familiar

at the University of South Florida. She and her little puppy Simba are loving Tampa, Florida.

faces. The support of the community has been such a comfort from the stress of being a new dental

Nora Saunders Dunnan and her husband, Morgan,

practice owner. It is also nice to be able to grab

welcomed Shafer to their family in May 2018! They

some Chuck’s or Haven on a whim! I’m immensely

enjoyed having time off over the summer to be with

looking forward to catching up with everyone at our

him and are now back to work. Nora is excited that

15th Reunion. I hope to see you all there!”

Five Iron Golf, her indoor golf simulator business, is opening its second New York City location in the

Amanda Leahy Weaver wrote, “My husband and I welcomed our little girl, Charlotte Stuart Weaver,

Financial District. She was happy to host The Hun School Young Alumni event there last fall.

into the world in July 2018. We recently moved to Newtown, PA, and love being closer to family and

Mary Stinson Phelps lives in Washington, D.C.

The Hun School community. I work for a healthcare

with her husband and nine-month-old son. She

technology company in Jersey City and am

works there as a functional nutritionist specializing

adjusting to the commute from the ’burbs. Our days

in female health issues, chronic illnesses, and

are now filled with baby snuggles, bottle feedings, and sleepless nights - but we couldn’t be happier as

top right Pat Quirk ’02 and his wife Lauren

now we are a family of three!”

welcomed Ava Teofila Quirk on August 14th. Everyone is doing great. right center Carly Baldwin ’01 and her son Eli below right Littlest Raider James “Jimmy” Schiro, III son of James Schiro ’01

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! The Hun School of Princeton’s Alumni Association is actively seeking nominations for the 2020 Alumnus of the Year Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Young Alumni Award, and Athletic Hall of Fame. Please email your nomination for these prestigious and important community awards to Director of Alumni Engagement and Reunion Giving Janine Russo Vanisko ’83 at



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above left Class of 2003 First Row left to right: Erin Sanderson, Malikah Washington, Elyse Punia Rosenfield, Scott Sussman, Lauren Viscomi Closs, Leslie Breen Hamilton Top Row left to right: Monique Dundas Little, Angela Hawkins Abdallah, Jessica Lane Alexander, Jordan Gottlieb, Rachael Weinstein, Britt Romanski Bicker above right Charlotte Stuart Weaver, daughter of Amanda Leahy Weaver ‘04 left Welcome back to Princeton Chris Russo ’04 right Nadine Martinez, Lily Wirpsza ’04, Robin Bunevich ’04, Betsy Halsey ’04, Hayley Schall ’04, Ann Wright ’04 below left left to right: Jeremy Hamilton, Leslie Breen Hamilton ’03 their children Lincoln and Rowan, Lynn Breen and Trustee Ed Breen, Kristie Palmer Breen, Ryan Breen ’07, Matt Breen ’02, his wife Lauren and their son Wyatt. Also attending was Mike Williams ‘07 and Ankeet Kansupada ‘02

above The August 2018 nuptials of Alex Rivas and Robin Bunevich ’04

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Photo by Libby Greene/Nasdaq Inc


above left left to right: Molly Ruben, Ariele Donahue, Erica Heinrichs, Jen Jacob ’07, Mia Sapienza ’07, Elisa DeVincenzi ’07, Lyndsey Fox, Lucy Obus ’04 above right Craig McGovern ’04 and Frank Hundley of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC were invited by Legg Mason’s Mike Kollar ‘03 to participate in the Nasdaq closing ceremony on Tuesday, December 4th.

above left Laine, daughter of Kelsey Tylus Testa ’05, at her first Giants football game at four months old! above center Ryan Breen ’07 married Kristie Palmer Breen on June 2, 2018 at his family farm in Newtown, PA above right Jen Jacob ’07 and her husband Jesse Ruben left Henry, son of Mary Stinson Phelps ’06 right Miles, who is all smiles, is the son of Tess Kleinsmith Kuss ’05 and her husband Will.


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left Lucy DiPastina ’06, Mary DiPastina ’08, Angela DiPastina McMullin ’05 above left Shafer, son of Morgan and Nora Saunders Dunnan ’06 above right Richard Staller ’68, Sarah Staller ’06, and Charlie Punia ’08 on a trip out west, pictured here on the Kaibab Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

above Class of 2008 Front row, left to right: Matt Everts, Mike Gidding, Sean Corwen, Doug Davis, Kenny Howard, Chike Ohayia, Katelyn Taylor, Carla Bautista, Lauren Suchenski, Jenny Prucnal, Michael Azzara, Mary DiPastina, Mike Russo Second row, left to right: J.T. Fetch, Jake O’Donnell, Colin Cento, Brent Petrone, Sam Baxendale, Tucker Barth, Joshua Raiffe, Ben Siegel, Steve Giannacio, David Pankove Third row, left to right: Warren Van Heyst, Charlie Punia, Rob Willey, Morgan Cawley, Melissa Marino Goudey, Jackie Turner, Drew Felker, Jennifer McCusker Baer, Amanda White, Conor Choi, Andrew Gutowski Back row, left to right: Laura Coyle, Grace Martin, Christine Heilman, Bridget Stinson, Matt Florio, David Putman, Dana Aidekman, Sarah Appelt, Nicole Buckbinder Hopiavuori, Cat Mills, Sara Reisler enhancing athletic performance. She still sees many

Since graduating, Jen has pursued a career in the

Jen also just finished her seventh New York City

of her Hun School friends regularly and cannot wait

arts and is currently an actress in New York City.

Marathon in November 2018. She raises money

to stop by campus to see all of the changes.

Her career highlights include roles on Girls (HBO),

each year for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer

Master of None (Netflix), The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV

Center in memory of her beloved sister Lindsay


Land), and appearances in movies like Begin Again and Top Five. Her husband, Jesse, is a successful

Jennifer Jacob married Jesse Ruben on October

singer-songwriter, and creator of the We Can Project

7, 2018 in Villanova, PA. Many Hun alumni were in

which has been featured on The Today Show.

attendance including Lucy Obus ’07, who was the

officiant, Mia Sapienza ’07 and Elisa DeVincenzi ’07, who were bridesmaids, as well as Valerie Patriarca

McKiernan ’07, Anoop Kansupada ’04, Hillary Batchelder ’04, and Liz Byrne ’05. Former faculty

Jacob ’04.


The James M. Byer ’62 Award - Awarded to the Jen and Jesse recently came back to Hun to

class with the highest percentage of classmates

participate in Raider Reads Day. Each one of them

attending their Reunion (33.07%) – congratulations

spoke to the Middle School about pursuing dreams

to the Class of 2008!

in the face of adversity.

member Julia Ohm was also a welcomed guest.

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As Dana Aidekman and David Putman celebrated

lessons at his home, at Music and Arts Center in



Lawrenceville, NJ, and travels around New Jersey

surprised them with a special visit from the Hun

to substitute teach at various schools in the area.

PJ Kolman wrote, “After two years in the Middle

Raider. A wedding is planned for June 2019.

He also is a part-time employee at the Academy

East (and a quick vacation in Long Beach Island,

of Problem Solving, where he tutors advanced

NJ,) I moved to New Orleans in July to begin my

Eliza Hammer wrote, “In October 2018, Emily Gage

middle school learners in Language Arts. He

new role as director of alumni relations at Isidore

and I got engaged! She asked on Race Street Pier

is accepting new students so don’t hesitate to

Newman School. I’m happy to be back in the U.S.A.

in Philadelphia, PA, as sailboats went by. We are so

contact him at

but feel grateful for the two years I had at King’s





Academy in Jordan, especially the time I spent with

excited to spend our lives together.”


“I owe much to The Hun School community for 10TH REUNION




my “classmate,” Ola Bseiso ’83.

fostering my artistry at such a young age and Williams


Mark your calendar: April 26-27, 2019, Alumni

providing outlets like jazz band and theatrical

I am quite certainly retired from rowing but have

performances to express myself.” Our website is

gotten back into swimming and competed in two

open-water races this summer and fall. One was the

Weekend! Make plans to join us on Friday evening

Barnegat Light Ocean Mile in LBI and the other was

for the Alumni Recognition Ceremony where we will honor Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Nicholas Williams ’09.


Kevin Clifford wrote, “It’s been an exciting year! My band Dharmasoul released our debut album Lightning Kid this past June and have performed up and down the East and West Coasts. Our biggest influences for this record are Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, D’Angelo, and newer groups like Alabama Shakes, Vulfpeck, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. While our live show is comprised of myself (drums/vocals) and Jonah Tolchin (electric guitar/ vocals), the album adds bass, organs/keyboards, and viola. Plans are underway for a new release in 2019.” Kevin is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor's in English with a film concentration and a minor in jazz studies and music business. He teaches private percussion

above They’re engaged! Dana Aidekman ’08, David Putman ’08, and friends.

above left The James M. Byer ’62 Award - Awarded to the class with the highest percentage of classmates attending their Reunion – congratulations to the Class of 2008! Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Andrew Hamlin, Former Headmaster James M. Byer ’62, Sean Corwen, Michael Gidding, Brent Petrone, Mary DiPastina above right Wedding bells for Emily Gage and Eliza Hammer ’08 44

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above left Mary DiPastina ’08, married Jason Moreira on June 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. Front row, left to right: Angela DiPastina McMullin ’05, Cathy DiPastina, Mary and Jason Second row, left to right: Stephen McMullin, Anthony DiPastina ’75 and Lucy DiPastina ’06 above right Julia Wong ‘09, her fiancé Jeremy Ostlund, and their dog Atlas. right Dharmasoul - Jonah Tolchin and Kevin Clifford ’10 far right Jon Mann ’09, Ryan Kreger ’09, and Brian Leffler ’09 below right left to right: back to front: Tom Pallotti ’09, Bob Innocenzi ’78, Mike Pallotti ’78, Darlene Innocenzi Pallotti ’78, Brian Leffler ’09, Monica King ’11, Aroon Jeyakumar ’09, Keith Morse ’09, Travis Potts ’09, Angela Pallotti ’12, Matt Deane ’09, Kara Colicchio ’09, Ryan Kreger ’09, Jon Mann ’09 below left Tom Pallotti ’09 and his wife Clemens

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the 2-mile “Swim the Bay” race from Pass Christian, Mississippi, to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.” Carrick Porter






engineering at Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ, last year and chose active duty after his ROTC program in school. He is a lieutenant in Army Field Artillery at Fort Sill, OK. He commands a platoon of twenty to thirty people who manage a fleet of rockets. He is learning a lot: managing a disparate group of people, motivation skills, organizational skills, maintaining very expensive equipment, and meeting the wide world. He is currently on his rotation with his battalion to Korea for the year.


Eddy Scanlon wrote, “After rowing crew together

for many years, Carter Broad ’14, Anthony Marino,

Garrett Lau ’12, Matt Schweitzer and I met up at homecoming to reminisce of the great times at Hun and re-tell some funny stories. I will always be grateful for the opportunities Hun facilitated and the community it continues to offer.”



Mark your calendar: April 26-27, 2019 is Alumni Weekend! We hope you can make plans to join us!


Sabrina Scherr wrote, “Last fall I had the experience of a lifetime living in Florence, Italy for four months. I was able to travel to fourteen countries and twentyfive cities – meeting up with a few other Alumni along the way! (Shannon Dargan ’16, Dhiraj Mukkamala ’16, Taylor Galgano ’16, and Devin

Ducharme ’16) I am nothing but grateful to have called Florence my second home, to have met some of the greatest people (and caught up with old friends), and to have seen some of the most beautiful places. I learned so much during my time

top Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Dudeck ‘10! Bridesmaids

in Europe, but the biggest lessons learned are to

included Megan Scanlon ‘10, Shannon Dudeck ‘17,

take advantage of every opportunity that you are

Danielle Dileo ‘10, Jackie Felker ‘10, Kara Colicchio

given and to enjoy each moment, because life goes

‘09, Charlotte Marks and Laura Lesky. Groomsmen

by way too fast. A big thank you to my father, Robert

included David Dudeck ‘12 and Cameron Dudeck

that the traveling has come to an end, I’m looking

Quessenberry, Joe Worth and Bernard Sarra. above

forward to graduating from Penn State in May and

Class of 2013 1st Row left to right: Steven Godich,

seeing where I end up next!”

Angelica Tabares, Lauren Apuzzi, Taylor Havard, Gita

Scherr ’83, for helping make it all happen! Now

‘14, Peter Stoddard ‘13, Brian Dudeck, Paul

Kriek, Janine Cadet, Keeauna Jacobs, Stephanie


Yasay Middle row left to right: Michael Ray, Jordan Fusco, Sarah Weck, Brandon Coleman, Becca

Catherine Porter rowed at PNRA/Mercer while at

Pankove, Simone Cotton, Olivia Albanese, Deanna

The Hun School, and is a junior at Brown University,

Washington, Samantha Heyrich, Ryan Ross, Rakiyah

on the women’s crew team and rowing in the 1V

White Top row left to right: Kerri Mandelbaum,

right now in 7-seat in the bow.

Jordan Greces, Zach Winterstein, Michael Hernandez, Maddie Schade, Anthony Marino, Gabe








Housatonic race regatta in October 2018 on the Yale


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Csapo left Carrick Porter ’11 received an award for first in his class at air assault school, Fort Hood, TX


home course. She was rowing in seven-seat, bow pair, in the Brown 1V boat. They came in second to Yale, their arch rival.


Congratulations to sophomore goalkeeper at Bard College, Logan Leppo, who was named co-captain of Bard College varsity men’s soccer and All-Liberty League Honorable Mention.

Current Faculty

Congratulations to Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Bill Holup on his 300th career win!

Former Faculty

Soldiers and Civilians in Princeton During The Ten Crucial Days: Winter 1776 to 1777 That was the discussion that Larry Kidder, former faculty

above Eddy Scanlan ‘13, Carter Broad ‘14, Anthony Marino ‘13, Garrett Lau ‘12, Matt Schweitzer ‘13

member took part in on December 2, 2018. The

below Assistant Director of Athletics Kathy Quirk, Lauren and Patrick Quirk ’02 faculty member and their

Princeton Battlefield Society and Morven Museum

daughter Ava, Bill Quirk ’99, his wife Krista and their daughter Caroline, and Director of Athletics Bill Quirk.

and Gardens welcomed Mr. Kidder and three

bottom left Fall semester abroad– Sabrina Scherr ’15 bottom right Taylor Galgano’16, Shannon Dargan ’16,

historians to discuss the people and military

Sabrina Scherr ‘15, and Dhiraj Mukkamala ’16

actions of this pivotal time in America’s War for Independence. Mr. Kidder is active in several local historical societies and is an avid member of the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), the Washington’s Crossing Roundtable of the American Revolution, and the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Crossroads of the American Revolution. He is the author of A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution, Crossroads of the American Revolution: Trenton 1774 to 1783 and Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds published in January 2019 by The Knox Press. Tim Pitts recently released a new book. Cover design by Alexa De Paulis ’14, Photography by

Samantha Troilo ’14 and transcribing by Joey

Crivelli ’13. When I Look Back is a collection of letters written from Europe during World War II by Red Cross volunteer Fitje Pitts. Fitje, a 1939 graduate of Smith College, served on USAAF bomber bases in England, France, and Belgium from July 1943 until November 1945. Just over a year ago Mr. Pitts, having retired to Savannah, discovered over 160 letters his mother wrote from Europe during the thirty months she was with the American Red Cross during World War II. Fitje, pronounced “Fight Cha,” sailed to war on the Queen Mary with Kathleen Kennedy as one of her cabin mates. Mr. Pitts spent a year organizing his mother’s letters to publish her unvarnished telling of her experiences. When I Think Back will be of interest to anyone interested in World War II, and Spring 2019



above left Former faculty member Larry Kidder keeps busy writing books and giving seminars on local area history above center Amy Josephine ‘AJ’ Rankin arrived on Mother’s Day, daughter of former faculty member Lauren Rankin above right Former Faculty member Tim Pitts’ latest book.

the important role women played that is so often

at Hillsborough High School in New Jersey. On

above left Former faculty member Ed Sabol

overlooked. (excerpt from When I Look Back)

Mother’s Day 2018, she welcomed Amy Josephine

enjoyed attending his 50th high school reunion

“AJ” Rankin into the world. AJ was 20 inches long

from Woodrow Wilson above right left to right:

and weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Unsurprisingly,

Oliver Long, Mike Long ’04, Max Long, Zola (Ali’s

Troilo ’14 moved to Savannah, GA. Sam and her

she loves music and is already working on her

daughter), Elizabeth Guk, Tina Vaughn, Meg Long,

entire extended family were at the Pitts residence

beatboxing skills.

Bill Long, Jr. ‘95, Ali Long ‘96, Former Dean of

Lauren Kotler ’13 and Jordan Fusco ’13. Samantha

for dinner when she graduated from SCAD. Ellen and Tim were in New York City last spring and saw Jordan Fusco, Kate Weeks ’13, Ryan Kreger ’09, and Derick DelCore ’09.”

Students Bill Long, and Nancy Long Ed Sabol wrote, “My participation in Hun’s reunions showed me how important it is to reconnect with your roots. I look forward again to this year to see the various paths former students

Former Edgertones Director Lauren Rankin teaches English and directs the coed a cappella group


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and others have taken.”

In Memory of... William Harbach ‘40 Stuart Blumberg ’47

George Claffey

Ronald Midura

former trustee, father of

father of Kate Midura Mesquita ’97

George Claffey ’76, Joseph Claffey ’79, and

Jean Petrone

C. Edman Budd ’47

Harley Claffey Carpenter ’84

mother of John ‘Jack’ Petrone ’71,

Martin Schuman ’47

Sudeb Das

Jeffrey Petrone ’75, grandmother of

father of Sumon Robert Das ’87

Jaclyn Petrone ’03, Dean Petrone ’05,

James Petrone ’73 and

Barry Herman ’50

and Brent Petrone ’08 Nancy Edwards

Ralph Carruthers ’51

wife of Robert Edwards ’56

Constance Rockhill mother of Lori Rockhill Elser ’78

Ronald Baker ’52

John Ford

and Melissa Rockhill ’82,

Hun School facilities staff

grandmother of Laura DelPrato ’10,

Thomas Davis ’54

Scott DelPrato ’13, and Jarett Elser ’15 Elizabeth Grebowich

Alan Landis ’61

mother of Jay Scherbik ’78

Robert Scordato husband of Patricia

P. Thornton Watkins ’62

Pamela Hargrave

McEnroe Scordato ’87

mother of David Hargrave ’75 Robert Rothstein ‘64

Lorna Sharon Richard Hargrave

John ‘Jack’ Petrone ’71

mother of Cimarron Sharon ’09

father of David Hargrave ’75 Frank Speizer

Alan Kane ‘73

Anne Marie Kearns

father of Richard Speizer ’78

mother of Bill Kearns ’86, Dawn Felicioni ’74

grandmother of Jack Kearns ’21

David Stone

and Haley Kearns ’24

father of Director of Resident

Mark Gerald Donaldson ’77 Alexandre Namour ’82

Life Jonathan Stone and father-in-law Richard Kennedy

of Jennifer Pontani Stone ‘93,

father of Chief Financial and

faculty member

Operations Officer Stefanie Connell, Gene Allen

grandfather of Zachary Connell ’17

Frank Strup

father of Glenn Allen ’86

and Maya Connell ’21

father of Richard Strup ’70

Stanley Appel

Margaret Lomker

Vernon Tate

father of Davi Appel-Hulsebosch ’83

mother of James Lomker ’84

father of William Tate ’93

Thomas Baldwin

Judith Marcus

Henry Wise

father of Carly Baldwin ’01

wife of former Trustee Alan Marcus ’66

father-in-law of Middle

Mary Brooks

Robert Markson

grandfather of Tali Weinstein ’16

mother of Marketing and

father of Susana Markson ’92

and Noah Weinstein ’21

School Head Kenneth Weinstein,

Communications Associate Alicia Brooks Waltman

Sharon Mershon

Betty Younger

mother of Randolph Mershon ’07

mother of Jordan Younger ’96

If a member of your family passes away and you would like him or her to be remembered in our next issue, please contact Jasmin Leary Barry ’75, assistant to the director of alumni engagement and reunion giving, at (609) 921-7600, extension 2216 or Winter 2018


In Memoriam Remembering Trustee Emeritus and Hun Benefactor

Alan B. Landis ’61

Hun School Trustee Emeritus Alan B. Landis ’61,

a photography studio, two studios for painting,

whose generosity and vision created The Hun

drawing, and design, and a 3-D printing lab with

School’s Landis Family Fine Arts Center, passed

four 3-D printers. Classes taught there include

away on April 14, 2018. He was 75.

Computer Aided Design (CAD); Photography;

Mr. Landis served as a member of The Hun School Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1998 and had been a trustee emeritus since that time. He was also





Orchestra; and Advanced Jazz Band, among many others.

inducted into the Hun Athletic Hall of Fame in

The Landis family made the donation in honor of

1998, and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2005.

Mr. Landis’ mother, Raye, who was devoted to the

The Landis family’s leadership gift resulted in the transformation of the Landis Center, a 7,000-square foot, historic building on the

arts. Former Headmaster James Byer ’62 said his classmate and old friend brought his mother to the opening of the building in 2008.

edge of campus, from an athletic facility into a

“He wanted his mother to see him renewing this

campus hub for visual and performing arts. The

building that he and I had gone to class in so many

transformation preserved the building’s historic exterior and vibrant character. “My gift to the School in the name of my family is a thank you for the influence of The Hun School of Princeton in my, and so many others’, lives,” said Mr. Landis in 2008. Mr. Landis was a sagacious and highly respected real estate developer who founded the Landis Group in 1967, which significantly impacted the landscape of the Princeton area. The company’s projects included Carnegie Center, Princeton MarketFair Mall, and the Tower Center in East Brunswick, as well as properties in New York City and Connecticut. Mr. Landis received numerous awards for his work, including the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, the American Institute of Architects Award for Precedent Setting Achievements in Land Use and Development, and the American and National Planning Association Award.

years before; he wanted her to see their family name on it,” said Dr. Byer. “Alan was among the most compassionate people that I have ever known. He was a genuinely caring, concerned, and a wonderful human being. He was charitable, exceptionally intelligent, and fun to be with, with a great sense of humor. And of course, he was a very accomplished business person.” Dr. Byer also mentioned Mr. Landis’ athleticism, saying he had been a stand-out running back on Hun’s football team, an accomplished basketball player, and a javelin-thrower. He noted the latter was accomplished on his own initiative, since Hun did not have a track and field team at that time. Upon being named Alumnus of the Year in 2005, Mr. Landis said: “I’ve been in the building business for forty years, and even buildings begin with footings and a strong foundation. I have my parents to thank for that, my wife, Linda, and my two children Dana and Scott, but I also have a great deal

A gifted athlete, Mr. Landis was also part-owner of numerous sports

of gratitude to The Hun School. It’s been said before, and I think that we can all

organizations, including the Minnesota Vikings and the New York

agree, that our high school years had the biggest impact on our lives, even more

Yankees, and was a former part-owner of the New Jersey/Brooklyn

so than our college experience.”

Nets, Barclay’s Center, the New Jersey Devils, and the YES Network.

Besides Hun, Mr. Landis was extensively involved in several charities.

While a student at Hun, Mr. Landis attended classes in the building

He served on the advisory board of the New Jersey Chapter of the

that would one day bear his family name. Built in 1930 the “Junior

National Prevent Child Abuse Organization; the executive committee

School” or “Recitation Building” housed classrooms until the 1960s. By

of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which gave him their

the mid-2000s, it was converted into an athletic building and used as

Humanitarian Award; and he was a principle honoree of the New

locker rooms, a fitness center, and wrestling room.

Jersey Israel Bonds campaign.

When athletic functions were consolidated in the new Athletic

Mr. Landis is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Linda; his son,

Center in 2007, a Landis family donation of $1.5 million enabled

Hun School Trustee Scott Landis ’92, and his wife Amy; daughter

the transformation of the old building into a 21st century center for

Dana Landis Birnbaum and her husband, Eric; five siblings; and

art instruction. Opening in 2008, the building now includes choral

seven grandchildren.

arts and instrumental classrooms, four soundproof rehearsal spaces,



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