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Living the Mission:
Bringing to Life “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow”

In early December, Class 4 students found inspiration at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum (which is conveniently located across the street from campus). The students toured the exhibit, admiring “America’s oldest car collection,” and then sketched their own car designs. The fourth graders will work with upper school students in engineering class to make those drawings come to life in the lab. This interdivisional project has become a favorite for all students—both lower and upper—who are involved.

letters to the editor


Sharing Your Stories A Note from the Editor: I would like to thank everyone who took the time to

write a note or email congratulating the School on the inaugural issue of the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine. Many people had a hand in its success, and it was a true community effort. Without your willingness to submit Class Notes, photos, and stories, there wouldn’t be a Magazine at all. This publication belongs to you, and I hope you continue to contribute. As I mentioned in my letter last summer, I am thrilled to be part of this important chapter in the School’s story, and I am excited to share with you this latest issue. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to hearing from you. Julie Guptill Director of Communications, Editor-in-Chief Celebrating an Important First Just a quick note to say how impressive the new Magazine is, and how much I enjoyed reading it—all of it. Dexter remains, all these decades later, one of the most important and meaningful passages of my life. I loved catching up this way, and will try to send my own Class Note. Thanks so much for the great outreach to alumni. —André Bernard, Class of 1968 Congratulations! The Magazine is fantastic!! The excellent quality of every aspect of the publication is amazing. I am already looking forward to the next one. —Sue Domke, Dexter Southfield faculty I want to congratulate you and your staff on putting together a very high impact magazine. It looked as though you had been doing it for years. From content to pictures to Class Notes—it is a tour-de-force. It is another important step in communicating what the School is to present and future constituencies. Congratulations!! —Warren McFarlan, Class of 1949, Board of Trustees A Passage Worth Bookmarking I enjoyed reading Nabokov in America, by Robert Roper, especially this quote from son Dmitri’s memoir: “I sat on the lawny grounds of Dexter School. It is the day of spring sport awards. I entered Dexter three years ago (1944), still quite unequipped for life as an American boy. The school’s headmaster, Francis Caswell, has been the second superb pedagogue of my life. He has taught me not only Cicero and Caesar, but also how to bat a ball and throw a block, how to give a firm handshake while looking the other squarely in the eye, how to be a ‘citizen’…” I shall bring the book to you as soon as I finish it; I was so pleased to see the tribute to Caswell! —Janice Hunt (Mrs. Roger B. Hunt) P ’69 GP ’00 ’01


In the 2014–2015 Report of Giving, one of the School’s endowment funds was listed incorrectly as the Richard M. P. Kennard, Jr. Memorial Fund. It should have been listed as the Robert M. P. Kennard, Jr. Memorial Fund.  Also in the 2014–2015 Report of Giving, former faculty member Cliff Reid should have been included in the “20 Years or More of Giving” list. We thank Mr. Reid for his generosity and apologize for the omission.

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Revolutionizing Your Ride Liza Winship ’03 is at the forefront of change working for Uber.


Living the Mission How students, faculty, and staff bring the School’s mission statement to life.


On the Menu in Boston Three members of our community bring good food, good service to the city we love.

Dexter Southfield School helps boys and girls develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and single-sex programs, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion, living by the motto, “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

Trustees P r e s i d e nt

W. Shaw McDermott ’62 P ’98 ’00 ’07 V i c e P r e s i d e nt

Barbara Rockett P ’72 GP ’19 ’20 H e a d o f Sc h ool

Todd Vincent P ’16 ’20


Humans of Dexter Southfield A slice of life through photos, quotes, and short stories.

Ernest Adams ’66 Scott Barringer ’83 David Brown P ’85 ’88 William Cleary, Jr. GP ’15 ’18 ’20 Anthony DiNovi P ’16 ’20 Sandra Hamlin P ’02 Charles Haydock ’65 P ’00 ’02 ’08 Edward Mahoney, Jr. ’81 P ’16 ’19 Warren McFarlan ’49 P ’79 Richard Miller P ’16 ’18 Vincent Morgan P ’86 GP ’20 ’22 ’24 ’26 Karen Mueller P ’21 ’23 ’25 ’26 Peter O’Brien ’83 P ’20 Allison Pellegrino P ’19 ’21 ’22 Christopher Reynolds ’74 Christopher Roy ’83 Laura Wilson P ’17 ’19 ’21

The Dexter Southfield Magazine is published twice a year by the Office of Communications. Letters, comments, and contributions may be emailed to or mailed to The Office of Communications, Dexter Southfield School, 20 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02445. We reserve the right to edit any submissions and decide what is published based on available space and content.

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1 Letters to the Editor 4 From the Head of School 26 In the News 31 Faculty Perspective 32 The Arts 34 Athletics 38 Advancing Dexter Southfield 40 From the Archives 41 Class Notes 51 In Memoriam

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From left: Grayce Unger, Nina Cushman, Caitlin Poltack, Lydia Atkinson, and Charlotte Bertsch, all Class of 2021. Photo by MacKenzie Hennessey

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Todd A. Vincent e have just completed an incredibly productive fall. Thanks to our dedicated and hardworking maintenance team, the campus could not look more beautiful. The faculty, staff, and students have worked tirelessly to create a warm and welcoming community that supports everyone who is in it. The students strive for their personal best in the classroom, on the stage, and on the playing fields, and they thrive in the process. Public speaking events, STEM activities, the performing arts, community service projects, intramural and interscholastic athletic teams, to name a few, have gone exceptionally well. All of this is to the credit of our talented teachers and our wonderful students.    In all areas, what stands out to me is our students’ positive attitude and approach to everything they do. They are bold, tenacious, kind, and fearless. Whether they are competing in the Poetry Out Loud program in the upper school, organizing and leading a community service project in the middle school, or finding creative solutions to an engineering problem with the Rigamajig building set in the lower school, our students are creating, collaborating, thinking on their feet, and moving beyond their comfort zones. Most importantly, they are learning how to grow into themselves, how to engage with the world, and how to lead. These invaluable skills do not happen by accident. We teach this skill set deliberately, and it is at the heart of Dexter Southfield. Our students succeed because of their loving families, our pasOur students are creating, collaborating, sionate, committed teachers, and our program of innovation and rich traditions. thinking on their feet, and moving beyond    We are grateful that our School celebrates the their comfort zones. Most importantly, “Renaissance” person who is well-rounded with a range of interests. We expect and encourage our stuthey are learning how to grow into themdents to participate in all that the School has to ofselves, how to engage with the world, fer and to cherish the “Aha!” moment of discovering a hidden talent. For these reasons, we have pushed and how to lead. back against the trend to have students specialize at an early age. For example, in the elementary grades, we still ask our students to try nine sports as well as the performing and fine arts. In the upper grades, we encourage them to be involved in not only the arts and athletics but also clubs, activities, and community service projects. The combination of these activities makes for a more interesting, confident, and engaged young person, and it creates a more inclusive and vibrant community.    During our Grandparents’ Day in the fall, one of our seniors played the guitar and sang for an hour while approximately 800 grandparents gathered. After the student’s performance, several grandparents commented to me that our school was fortunate to have such a talented musician on our student body. With pride, I let them know that he was also the captain of the cross-country team, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, a member of the debate team, a member of the boys’ a cappella group, and a performer in several school plays. I added that his impressive resume is not unusual at Dexter Southfield. Our students do an incredible job of taking advantage of our rich offerings, trying new things, and seizing the moment. Here, a student does not


need to wait until his or her senior year to play an important role in the community. Within each division, there are opportunities daily to test one’s limits, to shoot high, and occasionally to fall short. Our boys and girls, our young men and women, know we are all on a journey together, that we will ride the highs and lows together, taking care of one another along the way.    These ideas are at the core of our mission statement, as you will read later in this issue. As the article “Living the Mission” suggests, there are myriad ways in which our students bring daily lessons and values learned here to life. Amid the current unrest in the world, we believe deeply that our approach to educating the whole child is needed. In recent weeks, our strength has shone even more brightly, as we have leaned on each other and on the School’s traditions. We are grateful for our Thanksgiving services in the lower and middle grades and for our regular assemblies for all three divisions. Our students at all levels have done an outstanding job running these events and supporting one another. Just as impressively, our seniors have been brilliant in giving their original remarks during the weekly gatherings.    Complementing our well-established Public Speaking program, our students in Classes 9–12 write their own speeches every year. Then during their final year, seniors speak to both a Classes 1–5 audience and a Classes 6-12 audience. The topics include finding one’s passions, the power of kind gestures, the environment, character attributes, the power of a collective effort, and many others. One can often hear a pin drop as our 17and 18-year-olds with poise and confidence capture the essence of Dexter Southfield and relay what our student body needs to lead and contribute as thoughtful, engaged citizens. There is no question that they are listening to one another.    At the regional cross-country championship a few weeks ago, our top runner was in third

place late in the race. As he made a move to pass the two runners in front, the top two cut a corner, and our runner held the true course, finishing third. Our runner literally took the “hard right,” and it initially cost him the race. This event happened to take place directly in front of the course director, however. Upon review, the top two finishers were disqualified,

Our students are learning how to stand tall, think independently, and hold themselves accountable. They appreciate the results of hard work and perseverance, and in our community they are learning the value of humility, gratitude, and respect. and ours was awarded first place, having broken a course record. The team, the School, and his family could not have been more proud of his split-second decision. When I asked him how he could have made that decision under the pressure of the moment, I was impressed but not surprised by his response. He matter-of-factly told me that he knew the course and that it is just what we do at our School. His quick but important decision may be extraordinary in its outcome, but it represents the hundreds of thoughtful decisions that our students are making every day.    Our students are learning how to stand tall, think independently, and hold themselves accountable. They appreciate the results of hard work and perseverance, and in our community they are learning the value of humility, gratitude, and respect. The world needs their talents and kindness. We know that with the School’s motto, “Our Best Today Better Tomorrow,” the future will be bright with Dexter Southfield students leading the way.


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Revolutionizing Your Ride Liza Winship ’03

is at the forefront of change with Uber

“Southfield was a huge part of my educational foundation,” says Winship. “It was a rigorous educational environment where I was always challenged, and it sparked a love for learning that continues to inform my life. The school’s motto, ‘Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow’ still resonates with me. I strive to do my best all the time and I’m excited by the challenges and possibilities of what lies ahead.”

Photo: Laura Metzler


By LORI Ferguson As a senior marketing manager for Uber, Liza Winship’s one constant is change. “There’s no typical

day,” Winship says with a rush of enthusiasm. “The environment is fast paced, with new ideas being introduced every day and implemented just as quickly—we’re never satisfied with the status quo. We’re working by the premise of making bold bets and continuing to innovate.”    Winship sought this type of opportunity when she applied for a job with the revolutionary start-up almost two years ago. A summer internship with Random House while still in college whet Winship’s appetite for marketing, but watching the publishing giant grapple with the transition to digital convinced her that she belonged in a sector at the forefront of technological innovation, not one playing catch-up.    After graduating from Davidson College with an English degree, she joined the operations teams for the advertising start-up LivingSocial, first as an analyst and then as a market programmer. A couple of years later, she felt ready to take the next step in her career but was keen to stay with a start-up in the technology sector. She was drawn to Uber—which she calls an emerging company that’s shaking up the way people move from place to place—because the business works in the real world, she says. “The service we’re offering is a ‘need to have’ in many cities, rather than a ‘nice to have,’” Winship explains.    At Uber, Winship co-manages the company’s eight-person D.C. marketing team. “We’re continuing to grow our team and are still hiring in D.C. and cities across the East Coast,” she notes. Variety defines her job— one day may be consumed by a strategy session with the office’s general manager about a policy issue, while the next is dominated by the myriad demands of a new product launch. This unpredictability is precisely what drives Winship. Where change in a traditional company may take months, or even years, Winship and her team can have a profound impact on the business within a short time frame. “We work on the operations side and frequently carry concepts from ideation to execution, which is really exciting. Whether we’re introducing a change of process or launching a new product, we can realize change within a few weeks,” she says.    The most recent challenge tackled by Winship and her team? Introducing uberPOOL to the D.C. metropolitan area. “uberPOOL is Uber’s take on carpooling,” she explains. “People can request a ride and add people to the car along the route, spreading the cost of the ride among a number of people and allowing everyone to travel at a discounted rate. I think the service is going to make a huge difference for people commuting into the city from the suburbs or to downtown from the far southeast of D.C.”    Winship loves the rapid fire pace of Uber, but she confesses the job can be nerve-wracking at times. “We’re in an industry where no one has paved the way—there are no standard guidelines on how to counter regulatory challenges, how to handle new product launches, etc., so we just try different approaches and see what works best,” she says. As someone who describes herself as “a little risk averse,” this method of operation can be a bit scary, but she knows that working without a safety net has allowed her to grow in skill and confidence.    The lack of vertical career structure in young start-ups like Uber is also both exciting and unnerving, Winship says. “People create their own roles as needs evolve, and you often don’t know what’s next, which can be daunting. But I feel like I have the opportunity to make something good, and that excites me.”    Winship also says she is inspired by the opportunities for women at Uber. “I think that many people assume that Uber is a male-dominated company but, on the East Coast at least, that’s simply not true. There are more female managers than male managers throughout the region.” Winship points out that this fact was a pleasant surprise for her as well as incredibly inspiring. “It’s great to witness women reaching ever higher levels of leadership,” she says. There’s also a commitment to mentoring young women throughout the company, Winship says. “There’s very much an open-door policy of mentorship here at Uber, and I’ve found women in senior-level leadership positions very open to making time on their calendars to chat about ideas and personal experiences, which is so motivating.”


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Menu in Boston Three members of our community bring good food, good service to the city they love. B y J u li e G u p t ill

oston’s food scene is much like the city itself. The culinary culture has historic New England roots (Boston is home to the country’s oldest operating restaurant, Union Oyster House), but has evolved with the times, embracing modern twists on cuisine. As the city expands, new places pop up, serving fresh ingredients and flair, while old neighborhood standbys continue to deliver to their local fan-base. With an empty stomach and a full day to sample the tastes of the city (and maybe a Charlie Card to help get you there), you can satisfy any craving. Just don’t be surprised if you run into a few Dexter Southfield faces along the way.    Three members of the community—each with a different philosophy on food, service, and the full dining experience in Boston and beyond—are involved in the local cuisine scene. If you have a sweet tooth (but still care about high quality, non-processed ingredients), head to Somerville for organic, stone-ground dark chocolate from Taza Chocolate. The “bean-to-bar” company was founded by Alex Whitmore ’91, who had a vision to revolutionize the chocolate industry by stone grinding the freshest ingredients acquired solely through fair trade practices. For a different spin, make your way across the city to an old school neighborhood restaurant serving the food you grew up on. In either the Roslindale or Mattapan locations of Simco’s, you’ll find Stavroula Fotopoulos ’12


Alex Whitmore ’91, owner, Taza Chocolate


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handing out American classics like foot-long hot dogs, fried clams, and cold Coca-Colas through the walk-up window. Her family has owned the stand for more than 35 years (although it’s been a Boston institution for almost 100). Still looking to top off your tasting tour of Boston? Michael Glynn, father of Dexter Southfield

students Ryan ’16 and Connor ’18, is the man to see. His family-run organization, Glynn Hospitality Group, operates some of the city’s most iconic restaurants, bars, and pubs. Whether you’re looking to grab a pint or a martini or sit down for a hearty meal, Glynn can point you in the right direction.

Alex Whitmore ’91

A Local Entrepreneur with a Global View In business, they say all it takes is one

good idea. In the early 2000s, Alex Whitmore had one: chocolate. After years of traveling and working a variety of jobs—everything from serving as captain on a sailing yacht to packing parachutes—he decided to start his own

“We maintain direct relationships with our farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao. We are a mission-driven company, committed to people and the environment.” company, setting his sights specifically on dark chocolate. “I wanted to do something different; something I could be proud of,” says Whitmore. “I knew Boston was the right place to dive in. My support network is here, and I wanted to find success in my hometown. In retrospect, it’s pretty crazy; I built a chocolate factory in Somerville.”    Whitmore traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico for inspiration and found it at a local mill. “I remembered learning about the Mexican tradition of grinding ingredients in one of my college anthropology classes,” he explains. “They use these beautiful, hand-carved stones to grind corn, chiles, and cacao, among other things. As soon as I visited the mill and saw it with my own eyes,

I knew this is how I wanted to make chocolate.” The technique produces rich flavors and a unique texture. Whitmore bet that there were consumers in the United States who would love the different take on the sweet treat, and in 2005, Taza Chocolate was born.    Using only high-grade ingredients, Taza operates traditional stone mills to produce “bean-to-bar” chocolate at its Somerville location. The certified-organic company sources its cacao beans from producers in Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other countries. It was the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a thirdparty certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. “We maintain direct relationships with our farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao,” says Whitmore. “We are a mission-driven company, committed to people and the environment. It is important to me—and everyone who works for Taza—that we do more than just make chocolate. It’s amazing to be part of something bigger than yourself.”    Today, the company employs 70 people at its manufacturing location and factory store in Somerville. Taza (which means “cup,” a nod to the Mexican tradition of drinking chocolate) produces more than 18,000 chocolate bars each day, in 25 flavors, which are distributed in stores throughout the country. Visit to shop for products or schedule a factory tour.

Simco’s Hot Dogs in Mattapan, Mass. Inset: Stavroula Fotopoulos11 at Southfield graduation in 2012.

Stavroula Fotopoulos ’12

Serving American Classics, Old-School Charm With a 100-year history, Simco’s doesn’t

need Facebook, Twitter, or even a website to get the word out. According to Stavroula Fotopoulos, whose family owns and operates the popular spot, their customers have no problem finding it. “We like to keep it simple; it’s all about the food,” she says. “We have customers who have been coming here for decades—people in their 70s and 80s who remember coming as children—as well as new customers who find us all the time. When you walk away happy because you had a great meal and friendly service, you’re going to tell your friends and family about it. That word of mouth is much better than any website post.”    Fotopoulos’ parents bought the Mattapan location in 1980, and added a second location in Roslindale soon after. She and her brother, Evangelos, practically grew up behind the counter, and both are still heavily involved today. When Fotopoulos isn’t attending business classes

at Suffolk University, you can find her at Simco’s, taking on anything from day-to-day operations (she has the timing just right when it comes to flipping buttered hot dog buns on the grill) to business and management affairs. “I love it here,” she says with a wide smile. “I’m not sure where my career will take me, but I know

“We like to keep it simple; it’s all about the food. We have customers who have been coming here for decades—people in their 70s and 80s who remember coming as children—as well as new customers who find us all the time.”


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I’ll always stay involved in the family business.”    Growing up, when Fotopoulos wasn’t at the restaurant, she was at Southfield, where she says she learned life lessons and values that still serve her well. She arrived in the fourth grade and stayed through the upper school, graduating with the Class of 2012. “I’m truly appreciative for the opportunity to attend Southfield and for everything I learned there,” she says. “We were exposed to so much—athletics, arts, academics—and I’m grateful for those

experiences. I never would have played ice hockey or got to use a telescope of that magnitude. I’m glad that I was pushed. As an adult, I’m much more open to trying new things because of it.”    The one exception, she says, might be her favorite pick from the Simco’s menu. “I’m all for trying new things, but when it comes to lunch I stick with what I know and love!” What is her go-to order? You’ll have to visit her at the restaurant to find out.

Michael Glynn P ’16 ’18 and Family

Providing the Full Dining Experience in Boston Nearly 60 years ago, a young Irish immi-

grant had his sights set on owning a business in Boston. P.J. Glynn was open to any and all possibilities—including venues, locations, and even industry. He watched the real estate market for the right opportunity and, when a spot became available in Cambridge to open a bar, he was in business. Glynn’s family loved coming into the Cambridge barroom. His son, Michael, remembers helping his father any chance he could. “We used to have half-days on Wednesdays in school and we would go there for lunch. I’d work in the kitchen, expediting food. My siblings and I really grew up in the business.”    Eventually, P.J. Glynn expanded the family business. In 1980, he bought Bette’s Rolls Royce —which was later renamed the Purple Shamrock —in Faneuil Hall. It was one of the city’s first mainstream Irish pubs, drawing in crowds with food, drinks, and live entertainment. With the success of the Purple Shamrock, Glynn continued to grow the business, acquiring locations all over the city. Michael would come home from college on the weekends to bartend or work alongside his family. After graduation, however, he decided to explore other interests. He earned a law degree from New England School of Law and spent several years working as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston.

In 1996, Glynn left the D.A.’s office to return to the family’s restaurant business. Today, he runs the Glynn Hospitality Group with siblings Christine, Neil, Brendan, and Kelly. The organization operates 10 locations throughout Boston: The Black Rose, Dillon’s, Brownstone, Hurricane O’Reilly’s, Coogan’s, Clerys, Granary Tavern, Sterling’s, Central Wharf Co., and Sports Grille.    Some of their restaurants have become true neighborhood favorites, like The Black Rose. The Irish pub has been in Fanueil Hall for almost 40 years. “It’s been fun to watch the industry evolve over the years,” says Glynn. “But, when it comes down to it, people want great food and a fun atmosphere.”    Glynn’s sons, Ryan ’16 and Connor ’18, have shown an early interest in the family business, although they have plenty of time to figure out their career paths. Both their father and grandfather have encouraged them to explore other sides of the food industry outside of the family business, as well as other enterprises altogether. Ryan recently started working at b.good, which coincidently is owned by Dexter alumni Anthony Ackil and John Olinto, both Class of 1990. “Even if Ryan and Connor choose different careers, working in this industry builds character,” says Glynn. “They’ll have this experience to draw on throughout their lives.”


The Black Rose, one of 10 restaurants managed by Glynn Hospitality Group


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Living th Dexter Southfield School helps boys and girls develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and single-sex programs, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion, living by the motto, “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.�


e Mission The mission statement is printed in all official School publications and posted to the website. On campus, the words themselves are hard to miss; they’re emblazoned on large placards that hang prominently throughout campus. We are proud of our mission, which is why we display it so broadly, but, truth be told, simply reading the words doesn’t do it justice. In the morning, the mission comes to life as students get off the bus and pause to thank their driver. It’s when a Class 10 boy holds the door for a group of PK girls because he sees that their teacher has her hands full. The mission statement is renewed at every Public Speaking performance. It’s fulfilled in the classroom, on the fields, on the stage, and every day over a shared meal at lunchtime. Our students carry it with them during community service outings, on field trips, and in the hallways. It is a hand-written thank you note, a first-time musical performance from a singer overcoming her nerves, and a simple act of kindness when no one else is watching.

Developing Individual Talents Relationships are at the core of all we do at Dexter Southfield. Teachers, coaches, and advisors do their best to get to know every child in order to help them develop their unique talents. Through one-on-one time with students, teachers learn about strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. They know when—and how—to challenge a student to work harder or tackle a bigger task, and when to encourage and support a best effort. “Each child is different. The lower school teachers spend the entire day with their students, which allows them to get to know each one personally,” explains Deborah Harrison, coordinator for PK through Class 2. “When we introduce the fundamentals of Public Speaking to a 5-, 6-, or 7-year-old child, for example, we know some will take to memorization and recitation more easily than others. A teacher might challenge those students with more difficult parts, but always within their limits. Another child might need more time and attention in order to feel good about getting up in front of an audience. Understanding those nuances only comes when you really know the ins and outs of each child’s personality.”

Relationships are at the core of all we do at Dexter Southfield. Teachers, coaches, and advisors do their best to get to know every child in order to help them develop their unique talents.

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In addition, the structure and requirements of the full program are designed to foster growth as students develop talents and interests. There is required participation for different areas of the program, meaning everyone has to try a variety of activities. Some studies show that children as young as 8 years old have already drawn conclusions about what they’re good at; if this is true, it means some children may make decisions far too early about their future paths. We feel strongly that children need more time to discover themselves and experience as much as possible before they set limits on their abilities. This is why we are purposeful in providing opportunities to learn and discover new areas

of interest. Once students have developed the habit of trying new things, the hope is that they will continue to do so throughout their lives. Starting in the seventh and eighth grades, students choose their own activities in the arts or athletics based on what interests them. In the upper school, students can take it one step further and choose a specific topic that interests them for an independent study or a senior project. If a student is talented in a subject that lies outside the curriculum, the School provides them with as much time and support as possible to pursue it. “We want students to know they can thrive in multiple areas of interest,” says Head of Upper School Ellen Hinman. “Students

We feel strongly that children need more time to discover themselves and experience as much as possible before they set limits on their abilities. This is why we are purposeful in providing opportunities to learn and discover new areas of interest.


leave Dexter Southfield as well-rounded, thoughtful, curious individuals. It serves them well in college and beyond.”

Building an Ethical Foundation for Life From an early age, children model their own actions and behavior on what they see around them. Faculty and staff encourage good habits every chance they get, starting with the basics: saying please and thank you, taking care of campus, being helpful and polite, and making thoughtful decisions. Younger students look to older students for direction as well. One of the benefits of having Pre-Kindergarten through Class 12 on one campus is that it allows older students to set an example, giving lower and even middle school students something to aspire to. Whether it’s helping with younger students on the bus, leading in assembly, planning a fundraiser for a worthy cause, or helping a classmate through peer tutoring, our students are sincere in their actions. The concept of helping students build an ethical foundation for life is threaded through

almost every aspect of the day. Teachers help students make the right choices and commend those who demonstrate community values on their own. For instance, kindness is celebrated at Dexter Southfield. In the lower school, it is the topic of many lessons and discussions, often prompted by a story. “Sometimes, younger students may not even realize the big life lessons in a book their teacher reads, but it plants the seeds for later,” says Harrison. “It’s a great way to create dialogue.” When a teacher notices a child going out of his way to be kind, she might acknowledge his effort in front of the class or find a time to thank him quietly. Older students recognize the importance of being kind to others, as well. In the upper school, the student council encourages the community to participate in the Kindness Project, a way to recognize simple or small acts of compassion, courtesy, and gratitude. When a student or faculty member sees another student doing something kind, he or she can write an anonymous note about it. In class meetings,


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Students learn that there are myriad ways to give back, and that everyone can make a difference. It provides students with the confidence and knowledge to lead thoughtfully throughout their lives. student council members read the notes as a way of recognizing that kind act. One of the middle school’s go-to phrases is, “It’s cool to be kind.” Head of the Middle School Susan Burke started saying it to her sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students several years ago, and it quickly became modus operandi. Along with upper schoolers, middle school students go out of their way to “call out” peers for a job well done. They make announcements at lunch or snack, or in advisory groups.

Leading with Confidence, Serving with Compassion At Dexter Southfield, we believe leadership and service are inextricable ideas. To step into a role of leadership means to help your classmates and teammates succeed for the better of the community. At every grade level, there are mechanisms in place to provide students with opportunities to lead. There are assigned roles—classroom jobs in the lower school; team captains and student council in the middle and upper schools— as well as more subtle ways to lead within a group or class. Students first learn to recognize these opportunities and then step up when needed. The scenarios vary depending on the age and grade, but the message is clear from PK through Class 12—be a good person, do your best, help others. In the lower grades, teachers spend a lot of time helping students develop the skills needed to be a strong leader. These include managing yourself well in a group, conflict resolution, independence, problem solving, brainstorming, and accountability. These lessons take many forms—from the Kindergarten student tasked with bringing home a note for his parents to sign and returning it to his teacher, to fourth graders working in small groups to complete an assignment. These are also ways to help

students develop executive function skills and confidence. Lower school students learn about the importance of helping others through service, as well. They try to understand issues affecting local families in need and how best to serve them through initiatives like donating change to UNICEF or clothes, toys, and household items to Room to Grow. Teachers also help students understand that community service includes doing good things for others here on campus, like picking up someone’s toys left behind in the Playscape or leaving a space neater than it was when you arrived. Leadership and service are major topics in the middle school. Advisory groups urge students to think critically about three elements: awareness of self; awareness of self and others; and leading others. Teachers also encourage self-advocacy at this age. “Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are old enough to ask for help when they need it,” says Burke. “If they need extra help or further explanation about an assignment, they should approach the teacher, rather than having Mom or Dad call to set it up. It’s important that students do things for themselves, and they need to lead themselves before they can lead others.” Advisory groups in the middle school work together on community service projects. This year, each group will choose an on-campus service project to do together. There are also several division-wide community service projects, like the annual drive for the Jimmy Fund or participation in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston. On campus, middle school students are often the first to volunteer to help care for the younger students. On Back to School Day in the fall, while parents meet with teachers, middle school students play games, do crafts, and provide face painting

19 for the lower school children. Along with upper school students, they serve as ambassadors and guides at Open Houses and on Visit Day. By the time students reach the upper school, there are many more opportunities to contribute as peer leaders in the classroom, on the playing fields, or through clubs and activities. At this age, the expectation is that students take initiative to lead thoughtfully and effectively. “There are so many ways to lead others. Sometimes it is at the podium at the front of the room, while other times it is from the sidelines,” says Hinman. “We hear from young alumni often that the feeling of empowerment to lead others, and make a difference in the world, is what they carry after they leave Dexter Southfield.” Upper school students take their responsibilities as role models seriously and consider it an honor to provide the School community with

strong leadership. Over the past few years, the Public Speaking program has expanded in order to provide upper school students with the opportunity to lead through their performances. Students are asked to write their own speeches and deliver them in front of their peers. Seniors present to the younger students, as well, and these presentations often speak to the importance of community, having a growth mindset, setting goals, responding to setbacks, service, character, or other virtues, based on the experience of the speaker. Students learn that there are myriad ways to give back, and that everyone can make a difference. While they are on campus, that serves to strengthen Dexter Southfield community in countless ways. It also provides students with the confidence and knowledge to lead thoughtfully throughout their lives.


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Humans of

Dexter Southfield Inspired by the popular blog, “Humans of New York,” we compiled photos, quotes, and short stories from members of our community. These small moments add up, giving a glimpse into life at Dexter Southfield. Photos by MacKenzie Hennessey.

Clara Oates, Class 7 “When my brother was accepted to MIT about a year ago, the acceptance letter was sent in a tube, along with confetti and a balloon. It is a tradition at MIT that accepted students are required to do something fun or interesting with that tube and take a photo or video. My brother’s idea was to code it into a video game and the tube itself would be the main character’s sword. Unfortunately, he was unable to finish the project, so I asked if I could take it over. Since I didn’t know anything about coding, he turned me down. From that point on, I was determined to learn.”

Diksha Thach, Class 11 “We are mentally prepared each time we step on the field, and we try to block out everything on the outside so we can focus. It doesn’t matter how skilled or talented we are; having heart and the most passion is what brings us success. We may not be the best, but we have the drive to be.”


Ryan Quigley,

A couple of years ago, a little Pre-K boy started

Administrative Support & Transportation Coordinator

a 30-plus minute conversation with me while we

“I work in the front office, so

why I love to drive the Dexter Southfield bus:

were heading to School. Moments like this are

I’m not exactly involved in the “Mr. Quigwee?”

same aspects of school life as

Stu de nt:

teachers. When I walk through

M r. Q u i gl ey:

the halls, the students who I drive always say hi to me, and then I hear them lean over to

Stu de nt:

“I saw the Hulk on TV!”

M r. Q u i gl ey: Stu de nt:

know that’s my bus driver?’

M r. Q u i gl ey:


Stu de nt:

“He is that little blue guy, right?”

“NOOOOOO, he is ga-ween and big!”

their friend and say, ‘Did you I feel more connected to the



“Mr. Quigwee, if the Hulk jumped out

of the TV to play with me that would be so cool. But he would have to take a nap on the floor.” M r. Q u i gl ey: Stu de nt:

“Why is that?”

“He is too big. He would crush my

bunk bed! Duh.”


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Huaying Qiu, Class 12 “I stumbled upon the work of Henri CartierBresson a couple years ago. His photos tell stories, and although his work is quiet, it’s emotionally captivating. That’s when I told myself I didn’t want to just take random photos; I wanted them to have purpose. In order to be a good photographer, your photos need to leave an impact.”

Nikolaus Monahan, Pre-Kindergarten “When I grow up, I want to be a hockey player because I love to skate. Also, I’d like to be a doctor. And a baseball player. Catcher is a fun position but batting is my favorite. Oh, and a football player, too.”


Beatrix Picotte, Class 4

Spencer Beakey, Class 8

“I don’t think many people know that I’ve traveled

“I tried out for football because all of my friends

around the world. I used to live in England and

played. It’s definitely fun, but also a lot of pressure.

remember riding in the double-decker buses. I’ve also

Football is one of those sports where everyone needs

been to the Middle East and Morocco, but Bermuda

to be on their A-game, every single play. If someone

is my favorite…it’s hard not to love the pink sand.”

gets thrown off, the entire play is ruined. Coach often reminds us to ‘keep our heads on a swivel.’”

Bradley Cooke ’99, Middle School Faculty “I make every student smile before they start a test. The best way to begin any challenge is with a positive attitude.”


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Michael Roberson, Class 6 “I’m not very good at baseball; I never played until I came to Dexter Southfield this fall. A couple months ago I ended up hitting my first homerun during a game. My classmates were so excited and supportive; it is a moment that stands out to me.”

Kevork Atinizian, Class 10 “A lot of people don’t know about my extracurricular activities outside of the School. I’m the CEO and Founder of Custamodel. We print iPhone cases and other 3D models. I was inspired by my teachers at Dexter Southfield to take a closer look at 3D printing. For now it’s a hobby, but since the technology is fairly new, it’s still expandable and could turn into something more after I graduate.”

Danielle Kent, Middle School Academic Support “I think it’s impressive that I wake up in the morning ready to conquer my hour and 15-minute commute to Dexter Southfield. It’s a special place here—our work is meaningful. Although the expectations of our students are really high, we rally and get the work done. This community is full of support and teamwork, which makes all the difference.”


Beatrice McAleer, Kindergarten “Today we did Phonics. I like it because we learn, and today we learned how to make the letter ‘Y.’”

Freddie Fucci, Maintenance Staff “Every morning, I ask one of the younger boys on his way into the building what he’s up to after school. One day he attends Russian math, the next day he’ll go to swimming, the day after that he’ll go to music lessons, and then finally, he’ll get a haircut at the end of the week. The students are always busy—they’re motivated. It’s nice to see.”

Samuel Gacicia ’08, Lower School Faculty “I’ve sponsored a little girl for the past two years. Her name is Amelia and she lives in Mexico. The organization sent me her information and address, and I reach out to her and her family often. I send her care packages during the holidays and on her birthday. She’s in third grade now.”

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News and Updates from Our Community Young Alum Is DRIVN to Transform How Coaches Connect

Chris Heidelberger (the entrepreneur) and Rob Gagne (the technologist). With backing from Boston-based brand capital firm, Breakaway, DRIVN launched in 2015, and is already grabbing the attention of the coaching industry. Clients include Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Ohio State, and Providence College. This season, Dexter Southfield is looking into integrating some of the app’s features. “Our goal is to help coaches give their players a competitive edge,” says Lombardi. “Really, it’s all about connection.” To learn more about DRIVN, visit


n athlete, a technologist, and an entrepreneur walk into a hockey rink (true story)…and the result was a novel idea brought to life.” That is the opening line in the “Our Story” section of DRIVN’s website. Matt Lombardi ’02 is the athlete mentioned and one of the co-founders of DRIVN, a mobile coaching app and website that streamlines communication, scheduling, and training for athletes and coaches. “This app keeps coaches, trainers, and players connected,” says Lombardi. “We wanted to combine the traditional coaching model—which includes a foundation of strong relationships and open communication—with technology, because that’s where today’s student-athletes live. They use technology in their everyday lives, so it makes sense to meet them there.” The interface helps coaches connect with players about everything from meals during away game road trips to off-hour workouts, and from practice schedules to “

Matt Lombardi ’02 pre-game sleep recommendations. Lombardi, a talented student-athlete while he attended Classes 4 through 8 at Dexter, played ice hockey for Boston College. There, he won two national championships, and served as team captain his senior year. After graduating, Lombardi played professional hockey and now coaches at Dexter Southfield while running DRIVN with his business partners,

How Does Our Garden Grow?


his summer, Dexter Southfield day campers grew flower and vegetable gardens, which will continue to bloom this year under the care and maintenance of our students. For the project, co-sponsored by Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc., campers grew sunflowers, pumpkins, morning glories,

The newly planted campus garden

27 mint, basil, corn, beans, tomatoes, and peppers and each child took home a bean plant grown from seed.   Throughout the fall, students and teachers used the garden as an extension of their classroom, providing students with hands-on-learning experiences. Lower school art projects were painted from a bug’s perspective, and pumpkins and flowers provided classroom discussions about growth cycles.

GAINS Network Piques Curiosity in STEM Among Girls


his fall, Dexter Southfield introduced an online social network for girls called Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS). The non-profit network supplements the School’s robust science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program. GAINS was founded by Greenwich Academy to connect female students with female mentors involved in STEM. Dexter Southfield faculty members approve the mentors, who are industry leaders, professors, and engineers. These mentors connect with students to increase their awareness of prospective career paths, as well as to boost self-confidence and hands-on knowledge in their studies. Topics include computer design, engineering, and robotics. Dr. Norman Wittels, director of STEM initiatives, has been working closely with middle and upper school girls to determine their STEM interests and match them with appropriate mentors. “I really believe that STEM is way too much fun to just have the boys doing it. If that’s where a student’s heart is, he or she ought to do it; gender shouldn’t be a factor,” says Dr. Wittels, who has taught engineering and computer science at Dexter Southfield since 2010. Students and faculty are invited to attend the annual spring conference and learn from their peers and mentors in a supportive environment. The program has gained a lot of interest and is projected to pick up more momentum down the road. For more information, visit

Guest speaker Jim Jordan

Guest Speakers Strike a Chord with Community Jim Jordan: Integrity and Respect for Peers Changes School Atmosphere


otivational speaker, author, and anti-bullying expert Jim Jordan spoke to Classes 3, 4, and 5 this fall about respect, integrity, and responsibility. Using magic tricks as a visual aid, Jordan emphasized the importance of caring for others and owning the words we say, as well as the value of saying, “I’m sorry.”   “Respect is something we need to earn from others; it’s not something that is just given to us,” says Jordan. He described the indicators of bullying and the effect it has on a victim’s self-esteem, as well as the physical and mental toll it takes. “If bullying is taking place, you have the power to end it by speaking up, regardless of whether you’re the target. Don’t be complacent; tell an adult,” Jordan emphasizes.   Students participated throughout the presentation and even assisted on stage. Jordan’s message resonated with everyone in the Lecture Hall, and reinforced the lessons that teachers instill in their students throughout the year. 

Ed Gerety Urges Students to Stay Positive, Make a Difference in the World


his fall, author, entrepreneur, and guest speaker Ed Gerety visited Dexter Southfield on two occasions, addressing middle and upper school students. His meaningful presentations on leadership, character, and gratitude made a lasting impression on our community. “We can’t control everything that happens to us or around us, but we can control how we respond,” Gerety said. He emphasized the importance of taking time to let those around us know we care about them, as well as being grateful for everything positive in our lives. “I believe that during his talk, it was the most engaged and attentive I have ever seen the entire school. All of the students enjoyed Mr. Gerety’s speech, and I think that the teachers did, too,” said Connor Bert, Class of 2017. Local Marine Scientist Talks to Students About Life Underwater


n June 2014, a group of scientists and technicians descended below the ocean’s surface, embarking on a world-record

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Grandparents’ Day 2015


Guest speaker Liz Bentley Magee 31-day adventure to the sea floor off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The assignment, known as Mission 31, was held on the 50th anniversary of Jacques Cousteau’s 30-day underwater exploration of the Red Sea. Jacques’s grandson, Fabien Cousteau, led Mission 31’s trained personnel, including scientist Liz Bentley Magee, to the Aquarius underwater laboratory. On October 7, Magee visited Dexter Southfield to speak to Mr. Goldenheim’s Marine Biology class about her underwater living experiences in Aquarius. “Although I wasn’t underwater for the full 31-days, it was extremely eye opening and exciting,” she says.  Fabian, along with the two control technicians, lived underwater for the duration of the mission, while teams of scientists switched out after 15 days. “Living two weeks underwater accomplished what I could have done in two years of researching from the surface. Being able to escape the limitations of surface diving through saturation diving allowed me to walk on the ocean floor for nine hours at a time,” she says. Aquarius is situated 63 feet below the ocean surface, and its exterior has become the habitat for many fish and organisms. The mission allowed scientists to study the coral reef, sponge life, and plankton.

he School welcomed nearly 1,000 grandparents and special guests to campus on Friday, October 16. After an acoustic performance by Colby Chase, Class 12, grandparents and special guests were off to visit classrooms. Lower school students practiced their public speaking or created art projects, while middle and upper school classes considered math problems, tested their memory, or discussed literature. Class 6 boys and girls served lunch and dessert to a gymnasium full of grandparents and special guests, and then Class 5 gave a musical performance and Head of School Todd Vincent offered his closing remarks. Guests had a wonderful time visiting classrooms and experiencing a “day in the life” at Dexter Southfield. To view the highlight video, visit www.

Journey Around the World: Class 8 Students Explore Traditions, Cultures in New Course


exter Southfield introduced a new course, “Geography and World Cultures,” to the Class 8 curriculum this fall. The interactive course uses a case study approach to learning, helping students understand and connect with multiple cultures through a series of stimulating, thought-provoking activities. Focusing on contemporary Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Russia, students conduct and present research, both individually and collaboratively, on specific cultures as well as on the current events impacting our world today.   Throughout the course, students continually strive to make critical connections among geography, culture, and events. The program gives them the necessary research tools and study skills they need to succeed in the upper school history program, and helps them build a deeper understanding of, and a greater respect for, the diverse traditions and cultures of our world. The course’s online textbook connects students to useful hyperlinks, insightful terminology, and an interactive

Scenes from Grandparents’ Day


Students work together in Geography and World Cultures class notebook that allows them to save responses and review them with classmates for immediate discussion.

Night Under the Stars with Class 4

Lower School Explores a Night Under the Stars


hroughout October, Dexter Southfield held five “Night Under the Stars” events in the Clay Center for Classes 2 and 4, as well as for the Brookline community. Students and their families listened to “Galileo,” held meteorites, saw the International Space Station (ISS) fly overhead, visited the planetarium and moon court, and viewed the moon through the Clay Center telescope. Parents enjoyed the evening alongside their children, and even learned something new. “Seeing the ISS fly overhead was my favorite moment of the night. I had never seen it before, but tonight I was able to. Students have access to so many more resources than my generation did at this age,” says Class 4 parent Laura Barletta. Although the sight of the ISS was an exciting moment for all, Galileo’s presentation was also a hit. “He was very educational and helped the boys understand something in a funny and fun way. He was also highly entertaining to the adults,” says Class 4 parent Read Coughlin ’82. The Clay Center Observatory is open for Public Telescope Nights every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m., as the weather allows.

Student attendees at SDLC

Faculty and Students Attend National Diversity Conferences


aculty members Erin Dow, Ellen Hinman, and Jeff Kirkman, along with students Tatiana Bechwati ’17, Kepha Lindor ’18, Maddie Spence ’18, Caitlin Southwick ’16, Will Southwick ’18, and Michael Thorpe ’17, traveled to Tampa, Fla., in early December to participate in the annual NAIS People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Con-

ferences. The student and faculty representatives joined more than 4,500 peers from schools across the country to learn about and discuss issues of diversity in independent schools. The faculty heard many excellent keynote speakers, including Mahzarin Banaji, public intellectual and best-selling author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, and Howard C. Stevenson, psychologist, author and education researcher about racial literacy for post-racial schooling. They also participated in workshops covering a huge range

in the news 30 FA L L/W IN T E R 2015 of diversity topics and learned from both the successes and the challenges of their colleagues at other schools. The students experienced long, intense, and emotional days, learning about themselves as well as the ways in which they can improve our School. It was hard work, but they have returned inspired and ready to lead Dexter Southfield students and faculty as they strive to create an inclusive community where all members are valued and respected for their individual differences and unique talents.

The Power of Sports in Women’s Lives


n early December, Dexter Southfield hosted the Young Women in Sport panel discussion for middle and upper school students, examining the value of athletics in women’s lives. The panel of accomplished female coaches and athletes included Mel McLaughlin, Whitaker Hagerman Willocks, Katey Stone, Missy Foote, and Kia McNeill. The event was moderated by Maura Driscoll Farden. As the panelists reflected on their athletic and professional careers, they spoke about key factors to their success. Kia McNeill, who played professional soccer for six years, said, “Every dream starts with desire. In order to get to where you want to be, you must prioritize the things you need to do versus what you want to do.” The panelists emphasized that everyone is faced with setbacks and challenges,

but it’s important to stay motivated and strive for excellence, not perfection. Middlebury lacrosse coach Missy Foote reminded the audience that teamwork is imperative to success in so many aspects of our daily life. “Help your teammates be better than they think they can be,” she said. “Be better together.” For more information on Young Women in Sport, please visit www.

Class 1 Student-Athlete Signs Letter of Intent with UNH


n November 12, 2015, Meghara McManus ’16 took pen to paper for National Letter of Intent Day. With her family by her side, Meghara signed a letter of intent to play women’s ice hockey at the University of New Hampshire next year. Dean of Upper School Students Erin Dow and girls ice hockey coach Julie Pesta were also on hand for Meghara’s big moment. “Meghara has been an invaluable member of the team from the start. She is one of the most hardworking players and I can always count on her to motivate and energize the other players,” says Pesta. “She leads by example on the ice, in the locker room, and on campus.” Meghara has been a huge asset to Dexter Southfield’s hockey team during her time here, and we can’t wait to cheer for her as a UNH Wildcat next year.

Meghara McManus ’16

Clay Center by the Numbers 32: Current students certified with their Amateur Radio license 12: Astronauts who are members of our Amateur Radio Club 9,576 miles, Antartica:

Furthest contact made from our Amateur Radio station

10 billion light-years (60 trillion miles): Distance our telescope can see

5.4 kW: The amount of energy our solar panels produce

13: Years the Clay Center has been operating

63 K, or -346°F: Coldest

temperature achieved in a lab experiment

Women in Sport panel

faculty perspective


Why I Love Teaching the Fourth Grade b y C h r i s N e w t o n , Class 4 Boys Homeroom Teacher With 14 years in the communications business under my belt,

the time was ripe for a career change. After much exploration, teaching bubbled to the top of the list. That was the easy part. Tough choices still lie ahead: what subject, what grade, public or private? My process was deliberate, including an MAT degree and countless classroom observations. When the dust settled, standing tall was fourth grade. A year of transition, enlightenment, independence, and mental toughening. Thirteen years later, dull moments have been rare. Fourth grade is a metamorphosis year. Academically, foundation skills have been set by the patient and talented teachers preceding me. Wings begin to spread as these skills are put to the test. The most exciting transition is arguably from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Literature at this level is rich, creative, and thought provoking. The once daunting “chapter books” are tackled voraciously and shared with friends. Nurturing a love of reading is vital. We read aloud often, and I enjoy using these occasions as opportunities to model the emotion and individuality of each character, and to bring texture to the authors’ descriptions. Students who visit my classroom years later often recall the creative voices I used when reading, which helped make reading fun for them. That kind of feedback is how you get a grown man choked up. Appreciation for clever writing and solid comprehension develops more easily when a passion for reading is in place.

In fourth grade, writing evolves from the basics to multi-paragraph essays. Students often are asked to elaborate on ideas or paint vivid pictures with their words. Reviewing students’ writing is a form of entertainment all its own. I often break out in laughter or wonder in awe at the imagination that graces their pages. After all, when else might you get to read, “His voice sounded like my cat hacking up a hairball”? Also, alien descriptions are plentiful and vivid: “His six arms hung like hot spaghetti after Grifgrop was hit by the laser, and the blood was like a delicious pasta sauce.” Ah, the subtlety of a fourth-grade boy’s similes! A key character trait to cultivate in fourth grade is independence. Academically, this is the first year students actually have to plan study time for assessments. When told that the evening’s homework is to “study for the two quizzes tomorrow,” the response early in the year is predictably, “So, we don’t have any homework?” Luckily that perspective fades away quickly, usually after the first D-, and successful study habits are absorbed and reemerge more routinely. Also in fourth grade, social problem-solving includes letting minor squabbles roll off backs, resolving complex disagreements with the time-tested “rock, paper, scissors” method, and holding back tears from the eyes of classmates when bruised at sports, physically or mentally. Convincing the boys that a trip to the nurse is not necessary for every ache, scrape, or bump is a mandatory triage skill for all teachers. It is amazing how many maladies are cured

Chris Newton

by a simple drink from the magical water fountain down the hall. Though not quite a Bruins/ Canadiens or Yankees/Red Sox matchup, the fourth grade Mohawks and Massasoits can put on quite a show. In their minds, it is always game seven. Their athleticism has developed to a point where competitive, entertaining contests arise. Talent becomes more pronounced, effort abounds from all, and good sportsmanship and rivalries are in full display. Oh, and everyone is a ref, keeping us teachers on our toes. Why do I teach fourth grade? Why doesn’t everybody?

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Anything Goes The Performing Arts department kicked off the year with the upper school production, Anything Goes. Audiences loved the Tony Award-winning comedy-musical, which was first produced on Broadway in November 1934, and has undergone various revivals since. Upper school actors performed the family-friendly version for students, faculty, staff, and families. They set the bar high, and everyone is looking forward to more performances from our talented student-actors.


in the gallery

Faculty and Staff Exhibition The Dexter Southfield Gallery kicked off a new year of exceptional exhibitions with the Faculty and Staff Biennial. The exhibit featured work by 24 talented administrators, teachers, maintenance, and staff members. “We always look forward to seeing what our colleagues create,” says Matt Dimock of the art department. The diverse collection

Pillow design, “Forest,” by Lin Bain

included traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs, blown glass, wire and flax sculptures, and theatrical costumes. Julia Lothrop adds, “The response to the show continues to generate enthusiasm and curiosity. The entire community enjoyed the exhibit.” Teachers used the gallery as a topic of discussion in their classrooms, encouraging students to study the pieces and consider the artists’ perspectives. Visit to watch Class 6 girls finding inspiration in the gallery for their creative writing assignments.  

Clockwise from right: Lady Kay’s dress from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Sue Domke; From a series of beautiful summer scenes, “Untitled Landscape,” by Julia Lothrop; Traditional Ukranian Easter eggs, “Pyansky,” by David Christie; In the foreground, Claudia Goldie’s ceramic sculpture, “Tangled.”

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Girls’ Volleyball’s First Season Is a Success


his fall’s introduction of girls’ volleyball to the athletic program drew a lot of excitement among Southfield students. Forty-two players filled the middle and upper school team rosters, and both teams successfully wrapped up their first seasons with strong records. We caught up with coaches Jeff Kirkman (upper school) and Ellie Monserud (middle school), as well as seniors Greta Masi and Shannon McGurty, to talk about the program’s impressive kick-off season.

What was the driving factor behind starting the program? Prior to Dexter Southfield, I had 11 years of coaching experience with upper school volleyball, so it was something that I wanted to bring to the School. Ellie and I began pushing for it in the fall of 2014, and it was clear right away that the interest was there. K i r k man :

I played in high school and college, so I wanted the girls to have the option to play. Since Jeff knew he wanted to coach upper school, it worked out when we had interest across both divisions.

M on se r ud :

How many girls were interested throughout middle and upper schools? We had 21 girls on the upper school team, seven of whom were seniors. It was almost a hybrid of junior varsity and varsity programs. K i r k man :

We also had 21 girls representing the middle school. Nine were eighth graders, so they served as role models for the younger girls and assisted with different drills.

M on se r ud :

How did players overcome the challenges of their first season? K i r k man : We understood that it was our first year and many were learning the rules and positions for the first time. As a coach, I was beyond impressed. We challenged other varsity teams and consistently played hard.

The girls were so enthusiastic throughout the season, and everyone wanted to play. Each girl served at games, so it was great experience for them. Their improvement from the first game of the season to the last is definitely worth noting.

M on se r ud :

What were some of the season’s highlights? Gr e ta M asi : Winning our first home game against Landmark was definitely a memorable moment. Dalrymple Gymnasium was packed with our friends and families.

And, even though many of us had only been playing for a handful of weeks at that point, we had so much support and we played hard.

Sh annon M cGu r ty:


DexterSouthfield Day


his fall’s Dexter Southfield Day was another wonderful community event on campus. Families, faculty, staff, and alumni came to support our varsity teams. It was a great time to connect and feel the Dexter Southfield pride!

Dak Ojuka ’16 Travis Carpenter ’18

Ellie Wilson ’19

Cindy Giandomenico ’19

The boys soccer team gets pumped up before the game.

Greta Masi ’16

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On the Tennis Court


ach year, the lower school Sports Visits showcase Class 1 and 2 students’ intramural progress. Parents are invited to tennis, swimming, and hockey visits throughout the year to see their children’s improvement in different skills. This October, Classes 1 and 2 showed parents and family members what they have learned on the tennis court. Students completed multiple forehand and backhand drills, and played games like “Around the World” and “Jail Break.”

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Hall of Famers


ur student-athletes aren’t the only ones who have talent; many of our faculty and staff members have had successful athletic careers. Here are just a few who have been inducted into their high school or college Athletics Halls of Fame.

Amy Cokinos, Assistant Athletic Director • Ice Hockey—Dartmouth College, 1997 Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year in 1997 Amy (Coelho) Cokinos was inducted into Dartmouth College’s “Wearers of the Green” Hall of Fame for ice hockey. During her freshman year in 1994, she was voted Rookie of the Year. She later became captain during the 1996-’97 season, when she was also voted both Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year.

Sarah Diamond, Middle School Faculty • Cross-Country—New York State Section V Hall of Fame Sarah (Hildebrand) Diamond was inducted into the New York State Section V Hall of Fame for crosscountry in high school, winning the New York state sectional cross-country meet for five consecutive years, starting in eighth grade. She attended The Harley School in Rochester, New York, class of 2002.


Amy Cokinos

Sarah Diamond

Ellen Hinman

Ellen Hinman, Head of Upper School • Lacrosse—Dartmouth College, 1994 Ellen (Bruce) Hinman was inducted into Dartmouth College’s “Wearers of the Green” Hall of Fame for lacrosse. She was named a first team All-American and a first team All-Ivy in women’s lacrosse in 1993 and 1994. Lisa Jassie, Academic Dean • Basketball—Skidmore College, 1994 Lisa (Pyne) Jassie, along with her freshman year basketball team, was inducted into the Skidmore College Hall of Fame. The team had a seven-game winning streak and the program’s first winning season (15-10) in more than a decade. Brian McColgan, Intramural Athletics Coordinator • Ice Hockey—Walpole High School, 1984, and St. Lawrence University, 1988 At Walpole High School, Brian McColgan was the 1981 ice hockey sophomore-of-the-year, and 1984 MVP of the Bay State League. He was inducted to the school’s Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. McColgan is one of just three defensemen in St. Lawrence’s history to score 100 or more career points. A first team All-American and first team All-ECAC selection as a senior, he was individually inducted to St. Lawrence’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Sarah Powers, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management • Lacrosse—Pingree School, 1995 Sarah (Carlson) Powers played soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse at Pingree, serving as captain of all three teams. She was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and continued on to Dartmouth College where she was the starting goaltender. During her time at Dartmouth, the team won two Ivy League titles and

Brian McColgan

Lisa Jassie

Sarah Powers

advanced to the NCAA Final Four. She later returned to Pingree as the lacrosse coach, leading them to nine straight Eastern Independent League titles. A d d i t i onal k u d o s to : Erin Dow, Dean of Upper School Students, Girls • Lacrosse—Bates College, 2001 Erin (Flynn) Dow was the leading lacrosse scorer from 1998–2001 at Bates College, and served as captain her junior and senior years. She was named to the New England All-American team during the season of 2001, as well as the All-American New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team of 2001. Denny Wright, Director of Athletics • Soccer and Hockey—Williams College, 1987 During back-to-back years, Denny Wright received the Male Athlete of the Year award, first at Hanover High School in 1982, and again at Phillips Andover Academy in 1983. At Williams College he played four years of varsity soccer and ice hockey and served as the co-captain of both teams in his senior year. In 1986, he was a member of the Division III All-New England soccer team and was the MVP of the hockey team. Daniel Reid, Middle School Faculty • Rowing—Brockville Collegiate Institute, 2002 Daniel Reid received the inaugural Claude Saunders Award for service to the Brockville Rowing Club and the sport of rowing. He was part of three national championship crews at Brockville Collegiate Institute and won the Royal Canadian Henley in the junior boys’ pair in 2000. In college, he won the Eastern Sprints three times and won the IRA national championship his senior year as captain of the Harvard lightweights.


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Today, Tomorrow, & Always G r owi n g en dowme nt for facult y – t h e ult imat e in v est m en t in st u de nt s

Ask Dexter Southfield graduates what they remember about their school days, and they’re likely to talk about their teachers. These expert faculty members make up the frontline of a Dexter Southfield education. They literally begin and end each day safely driving students to and from school. They work closely with students in classrooms, during athletic contests, performances and other activities. Their commitment is why building endowed funds to support

People who understand how wonderful our faculty are and

our talented teachers is a top priority. When an endowed fund is

how hard they work know that supporting teachers is the most

created, the gift is invested with Dexter Southfield’s endowment;

important thing we can do.”

income generated is used each year to strengthen the School’s mission. Assistant Head of School Stewart Tucker, responsible

In our second of occasional pieces on the endowment, we

for overseeing faculty professional development, is excited at

consider how endowed funds earmarked for faculty will bolster

the prospect of increasing endowed funds for faculty. “We want

Dexter Southfield (see sidebar). To gain perspective, we spoke

to make it appealing for talented faculty members to join us,” he

with several faculty members about their recent professional

says. “Once here, we want to support them in earning graduate

development experiences.

degrees and in developing professionally over time.


Bringing history to life This summer, middle school history teacher Brittany King attended the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Teachers Institute, a seven-day workshop for educators from all over the United States. “It was fantastic,” says King. “Every day was a seminar — we traveled to Civil War battlefields, Jamestown, and different museums. We got all sorts of ideas on how to keep history alive from Colonial times up through World War II by giving students ways to experience it.” King left the workshop with different lesson plans and ideas for project-based learning — information she’s been able to share with her Dexter Southfield colleagues. She’s also keeping in touch with fellow participants in an online

Creating New Endowed Funds to Benefit Faculty

Long-term invested gifts provide a permanent source of funds for many of Dexter Southfield’s most pressing priorities, including supporting faculty. As we look to the future, the School hopes to substantially increase endowment to strengthen our offerings to faculty, including:

portal. “Just last week, I was looking for ideas on a lesson about Fort Sumter. I posted a query on the portal and got five responses within the first hour: whole detailed lessons with handouts. It’s an amazing option to have at my fingertips.”

Brushing up on technology While King was in Virginia, Modern Languages Department Chair Curtis Fazen took part in EdTechTeacher, a three-day conference in Cambridge aimed at helping teachers effectively incorporate technology into their classrooms. “There were 30 teachers from all around the world,” Fazen explains. “We learned about different platforms to store and collect students’ work as well as all kinds of electronic games, apps, and websites to make learning more interactive. “When it comes to technology, there’s so much out there. This conference was great in helping me choose certain tools, get comfortable with them, and use them well,” he continues. “I’ve been using what I’ve learned to make lessons more interesting as well as to help students stay organized. I’ve also found that the technology has helped me review student work more quickly and get it back to them promptly.”

Staying ahead of the curve It’s a small perk, but it means the world to upper school physics teacher Dan Fehlauer. Each year, Dexter Southfield pays for his membership to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). “That membership gives me access to two journals: The Physics Teacher and Physics Today. I read them

Faculty Magnet Funds

$7.5 million

Faculty are the architects of the educational program. Our goal is to recruit and retain early and mid-career teachers who will model behavior and mentor our students. To do this in a very competitive market, we must offer compensation packages that include attractive salaries and benefits. Identified need: Five funds of $1.5 million each

Professional Development Funds

$2.5 million

Senior faculty members are most interested in ongoing professional development that might require off-campus travel during the summer, new curriculum development, or research. There are also opportunities for “in-service learning” on campus during the school year, where several teachers may have an interest in learning together to benefit their students. Identified need: Five funds of $500,000 each

cover-to-cover,” he says. “They are a huge source of inspiration, with the latest news in science plus lab demonstrations and pedagogical research.” Fehlauer says he finds the journals “intellectually stimulating. I share articles with students, sometimes as assignments, sometimes for enrichment.” He also notes that AAPT hosts regional meetings, which he’s attended in the past. “For me, this membership makes me feel prepared by giving me great resources so I continue to be at the forefront of what’s happening in physics education,” he concludes. Dan Fehlauer, Faculty

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One iconic image of Dexter Southfield is a big school bus filled with our students, all decked in the School’s signature blue and maroon hats. For more than 70 years, the School’s bus fleet has travelled the roads of Greater Boston to bring our students to and from campus. Some of our alumni’s favorite memories involve friendships with bus-mates and faculty drivers. This image, captured in May 1943, shows one of the School’s earliest vehicles. From left, Ted Weeks ’47, Laurence Greenough ’43, MacGeorge Bundy ’30, Alfred Donovan ’46, Tim Brown ’44, and Sam Bundy ’46 ride the bus to Dexter.


Class notes Volunteer to be a Class Agent! More than 50 alumni have volunteered to represent their classes and keep classmates connected to one another and the School. Class Agents encourage classmates to attend campus and alumni events, to submit Class Notes, and to participate in the Dexter Southfield Fund. If you are interested in volunteering for your class, contact Emily Walberg at

1945 Robert Leeson, Jr. writes, “Happy to fill in our classmates with the fact that I am still kickin’... and hope they are likewise. After graduating from Dexter, I went on to St. Mark’s (which I also enjoyed, partially because of the strong grounding I received at Dexter), then Harvard and finally, a quite broadening education courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers—two years in the U.S. Army, Infantry. I was located in Korea, eight miles south of the DMZ. Home from the Army, I joined Gillette in Boston in a marketing training program, which took me to Akron to learn to be a salesman, in preparation for a sales management position in South America. I was fortunate to have met a lovely woman soon after my military discharge, and we were married about a year later. I left Gillette in 1961, to join my father at Leesona Corporation, manufacturer of automated machinery sold to the textile industry worldwide. After learning the technicalities and economics of these machines, I was moved into sales, then sales management, and eventually head of worldwide marketing. My wife Peggy has produced four wonderful children, all of whom are married and have produced nine wonderful

grandchildren. We are fortunate to be able to still love downhill and cross-country skiing, sailing, hiking, and travel. Peggy, in addition to all of the above, remains a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She has also found time to become quite a painter, as well as a gardener, and the designer and decorator of two wonderful homes. We live in Peggy’s latest design house in the woods, on a spring fed pond in Wakefield, R.I., surrounded by deer, turkeys, ducks, and other wildlife. Life has been good to us. Please call and visit, if you plan to be in the area.”

1947 Cl a s s A g e n t

Lionel Salem,

1951 Ben Mason writes, “I continue to focus on advising families around the world who have adolescent and young adult children struggling with addiction, and mental and behavioral health issues. My wife, Nan, is in the process of retiring from her faculty position at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. We would be willing to take classmates biking or skiing, any time.”

1953 Charles “Buzz” Gagnebin writes, “It’s a bit of a challenge to catch up with classmates after 60-plus years but a very desirable project. I played a few games of football at Dexter before it was found to be not good for my asthma, so I transitioned to managing the team. That continued through Nobles to Harvard where I succeeded in reaching the position of Harvard University undergraduate manager, leading 35-40 lower class managers of football. Thank you, Dexter. Harvard also prepped me for a career in patent law, after a M.S. at MIT forced on me by my job at what became the Draper Lab, and then a J.D. at Michigan. Ann Arbor is a great place. So then came 46 years of mainly exciting opportunities to work with great inventors, authors, and creators in general. My wife Connie (Clark) and I had a daughter Rachel, an attorney who married a Navy Seal and now has three children (all boys!), and son Charles, a charming lad who sadly succumbed to a brain aneurysm in 2002. For fun we continued to enjoy summers sailing, eventually graduating to two 30-plus-foot rental sailing yachts in North Falmouth and then Pretty Marsh Mount Desert Island,


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Maine. We lived mainly in the town of Harvard, Mass., moving to Cambridge in 2005, and transferring our away place from Maine to Charlottesville in 2003. I had fallen for Jefferson while at Nobles and Charlottesville is also closer to our daughter’s family. And, oh yes, I did some teaching, too—20 years at New England School of Law teaching copyright law as an adjunct. Protecting the environment also came to the fore, starting with being the second chair of the Environment Committee of the Boston Bar Association, there writing the impact reporting law for the MASS EPA. Other projects in Harvard and Maine came up as well. I guess one never retires from law; despite my efforts at retiring I continue to work for many clients in various capacities via my daughter’s firm. And I just founded the Cambridge Tricycle Club (see it at its .org) because of balance issues from a back injury (myelitis). It is surprisingly a lot of fun to ride at a comfortable rate, view the scenery, stop and chat, and it attracts a lot of interest. I recommend it highly. I drive past the old Dexter occasionally with warm memories. Hope to hear from you all soon.”

1954 Cl a s s A g e n t

A. Diehl Jenkins

Diehl Jenkins writes, “Dianne and Henry ‘Tim’ Russell are continuing to enjoy retirement, living on the Cape in Cataumet, while planning an extended ‘Down Under’ winter tour to New Zealand, following in the footsteps of Len Holmes’ trip last year. Len completed his bike ride for Habitat for Humanity this past summer, kicking off in California and pulling into Savannah, Georgia, many weeks later. Len reports it was both exhilarating and satisfying to be supporting such a worthy cause over many years. He will be visiting us in January for the BU vs. BC hockey game. Patty and I are getting down to the ‘short list’ on our Marblehead ‘fixer upper’; it’s nice to see the end of the tunnel as we contemplate heading to Naples this winter to enjoy our new Florida home. I would like to conclude this issue’s Class Note with a plea to classmates: we would like to hear from you! Please be in touch with Emily Walberg at or telephone direct (617) 928-7692 to update your Dexter Southfield contact

information file, especially your e-mail address, as this will be the only way for you to include your future current events and editorial to the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine Class Notes. Be part of it—we look forward to hearing from you, and photo attachments are always welcome! Nick Percival writes, “I co-founded and for the first decade was the sole developer of, which was sold to another corporation in 2008. I’ve been mostly retired since 2006. I co-founded a local (Ridgefield, Conn.) chapter of the National Exchange Club (http://national, which is a service club that focuses on improving the community and preventing child abuse. I’ve also supported several organizations whose mission is the prevention of animal abuse. I liked playing tennis, but hurt my rotator cuff so I switched to Pickleball, which is very popular in many areas. I co-founded Chappell Natural Philosophy Society (, a follow- on to the Natural Philosophy Alliance. Several hundred researchers, including many professors and Ph.D.s, look critically at currently accepted physics theory and beyond. My web site is at http://Twin, which examines the limitations and flaws in Special Relativity specifically focusing on ‘time dilation.’ ”

1955 John “Mac” Callaway writes, “After 40 years of working as an environmental and resource economist for a number of different consulting firms and public sector institutions in the United States and Denmark, I retired on December 31 of this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work over these years and look to an even more enjoyable retirement in Denmark, where I have lived for the last 20 years.” James “Dow” Davis writes, “Sue and I have now spent over a year living full time in Cotuit, Mass. We are enjoying the Cape Cod life, boating in the summer, and always find relief from the crowds after Labor Day. Had lunch with Jonathan Hill ’56 last summer; it was good to catch up.”

1956 George Whitelaw writes, “I am still practicing orthopedics in Milton but I spend almost half my time with a foundation ( in Costa Rica for children who are without health care.”

In 1956… • Elvis Presley entered the U.S. music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel,” the first of his 170 hit singles. • Rocky Marciano retired as the only undefeated heavyweight champion of the world with a perfect record. • Black-and-white portable TV sets hit the market. • “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway, starring Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins. • The first half-hour serial, “As the World Turns,” began on CBS. • “I Love Lucy” was the most popular TV show. • On October 8, Game 5 of the World Series, NY Yankees right-hander Don Larson pitched a perfect game—the only perfect game ever pitched in the World Series and major league baseball’s first perfect game in 34 years.


In 1966… • The Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship. • Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the animated television special adapted from the book, was shown for first time on CBS. • Simon and Garfunkel released “Sounds of Silence.” • “Star Trek,” “Batman,” “The Newlywed Game,” and “The Hollywood Squares” all premiered. • “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys, “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees, and “Wild Thing” by the Troggs were popular songs. • “A Man for All Seasons” won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), and Best Actor (Paul Scofield). • The Academy Awards aired in color for the first time on April 18, 1966 on ABC and all of NBC’s news programming began airing in full-color. • “Bonanza” was the highest rated show of the year. Francis “Bill” Sargent ’59 writes, “The cover of my latest book, Energy Wars: Notes From the Front.”

1959 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Dick Brickley, Fred Makrauer,

John Bottomley writes, “Nina and I welcomed our first grandchild, Wyatt Lydia Bottomley, on September 1, 2015. She was 8 lb., 2 oz., and is a beautiful young lady! Our son Tim and his wife Lauren are proud parents! Our daughter Lisa is a consultant with the nonprofit consulting group Opus in the seacoast area of New Hampshire. She is also a board member at The Fuller Foundation, Inc., The Fuller Foundation of New Hampshire, (doing business at Fuller Gardens), and at Mayhew, a year-round program for boys. In 2016, I will mark my 38th year with the Fuller Foundations and my 29th as executive director. The Fuller family still has members of the fourth generation who attend or have graduated from Dexter Southfield. We took great pride in having a foundation meeting at the School in October 2015, at which we remembered our former trustee and president, Peter Fuller ’36, for whom Fuller Field is named. We also said goodbye to Hope Halsey Talbot Swasey, mother of Dexter graduate Samuel Talbot, II ’59 and

grandmother to Dexter Southfield graduates Lindsey ’98 and Ted ’00 Talbot. She was a generous donor to Dexter Southfield. Nina and I still live in North Hampton, N.H., and escape regularly in the winter to Lyford Cay on New Providence in the Bahamas. I stay in touch with members of the Class of 1959, and in particular have not missed a year playing golf with John Cornish! We still try to do some Atlantic salmon fishing in Canada and visit Yellowstone National Park where I was a board member of the Yellowstone National Park Foundation for 12 years. This fall Nina and I did a foliage tour above the notches in New Hampshire and drove by the Spalding Inn, where too many years ago (40) I introduced her to a favorite headmaster, Rev. Francis Caswell!”

1960 Cl a s s A g e n t

Mac Dewart,

1962 Cl a s s A g e n t

Stephen MacAusland,

Alvin “Charley” Walters writes, “Although I’m allegedly retired, I’m programming and hosting a jazz/blues radio

show on Nantucket’s 89.5 WNCK. Island Blue Notes can be heard every Sunday night from 8:06 to 9:00 p.m.”

1963 Cl a s s A g e n t

Mike Sherman,

1964 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Jay Baldwin, Robert Lawrence, Robert Sedgwick, rsedgwick@

Rob Sedgwick writes, “My wife, Helen Torelli, and I live in a New York City suburb, but now have a summer house in North Truro as well as access to a family home in Stockbridge (remember that, Jay Baldwin?). It’s a huge pleasure to be up there in the midst of Red Sox and Patriot nations, and—despite being 36 years removed—I still answer the question, ‘Where are you from?’ with ‘Boston’.”

1965 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Lev Byrd, Charlie Haydock, chaydock@


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1967 G. Crossan Seybolt writes, “With our three kids moving on, I’m now an empty nester (until my son graduates!). I’m still very much involved with wealth management—assisting families as they navigate the current global eddies. However, I’m also unwinding with some extracurricular activities. I stepped down as president of the board of Leake & Watts, one of New York City’s older and larger social service agencies, and I am still treasurer of Teton Valley Ranch Camp Education Foundation. Peggy and I are now spending more time on Cape Cod and in Boca Grande, Fla. My best to all my classmates.”

1969 Cl a s s A g e n t

Robert Thorndike, robert.thorndike@

Bob Phinney writes, “I am still a teacher and administrator here at Dexter Southfield School having just finished my 35th year on the faculty. I have been teaching Latin and science, running the afterschool science clubs, half-time bus monitoring (gave up driving), and serving as Director of the Clay Center for Science and Technology and Director of the Summer Sci-Tech Camp. What’s new? Oh, the photography teacher left so I got tapped —yes, I am also the School’s photography teacher and I’m having a blast! (I studied photography at Nobles and Harvard, taught it and worked pro for several years, so I think I’ve got this...) So, I got my students up to the huge Clay Center telescope this fall and they got some awesome photos of distant galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters! I tell my students it is the biggest telephoto lens you could ever attach to your camera! My wife Susan still works for Johnson and Johnson Worldwide, and my son Matthew ’99 is in New Mexico teaching/coaching MMA and professional boxing. I hope to see many classmates at the reunions or just come on over to one of our Tuesday public telescope nights!” Jon Rand writes, “I am beginning my 35th year in the independent boarding and day school world, returning to my roots teaching ceramics and pottery after many years in administrative roles. I have held positions as an assistant athletic director, dean of students, and director

of admissions. Like many teachers who embark in a career of administrative service and management, I missed the classroom and went back to teaching. I continue to coach wrestling and lacrosse. My wife Meg and I are entering our 18th year at Tilton School (in New Hampshire) with Meg working as an assistant librarian. Both of our children live and work in Burlington, V.T.”

1970 Cl a s s A g e n t

Peter Fuller,

1972 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Ned Pride, Andre Stark,

1974 Cl a s s A g e n t

Chris Reynolds,

1979 Cl a s s A g e n t s

H. Tony DiRico, tdirico@ Greg Keating, John Stephenson,

Will Gillespie writes, “I live in Burlington with my wife and daughter. I own a sports

legal and management consulting business working with teams, leagues, and international amateur events, and I teach sport management at Bentley University.”

1980 Cl a s s A g e n t

Craig Oliver,

Howard Leeder writes, “After Dexter I attended Rivers School where I was a member of the varsity golf team for four years. During that time, we won four ISL championships. As a senior I won an art award for photography, and then headed to college at Jacksonville University. I met my wife Carla there and married her on January 21, 1989. We have two girls; our oldest, Elizabeth, is now a freshman at Furman University. She graduated from Brimmer and May last spring with dual degrees (regular and global studies) and was in the honor society. Our second daughter, Catherine, is currently in the eighth grade. She is on the varsity cross country team, and is both the leader for the middle school choir group and a peer leader for the middle school. I am the CEO of Leeder Management, a family-owned property management company located in Brookline, where we manage approximately 400 residential units. We have lived for last 25 years in the same house in Natick. We are members at Wellesley Country Club where I continue to compete in golf tournaments and have won many titles at the club.”

In 1971… • “All in the Family” debuted. • Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Fla. • The song of the year was “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. • Hot pants and platform shoes appeared on the fashion scene. • “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” came out on June 30. • Etch-A-Sketch launched in new hot pink or cool blue frames. • Richard Nixon was Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year.” • The first Starbucks opened in Seattle, Washington. • Apollo 14 landed on the moon.


1981 Robert Kosasky writes, “I have been head of school of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, since 2002. My wife Beatriz and I have two children, 14-year-old Daniel and 15-year-old Sofia.”

1982 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Read Coughlin, Charlie Forbes, Jim Stamatos,

Howard Mintz writes, “I live in Corpus Christi, Texas, with my wife, Amanda, and our two children Evan (15) and Ian (13). We have been in Corpus for 17 years. Before that, we spent two years in Asia. One year we lived and worked in the Federated States of Micronesia, and one year we traveled. Prior to that, we worked in D.C. for a year after finishing graduate school. I went to Duke Law and my wife went to the University of North Carolina. The two of us met in college.”

In 1981… • Ronald Reagan became President. • MTV launched on August 1; the first video was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. • Prince Charles married Lady Diana on July 29, 1981. • Walter Cronkite stepped down as anchor of the CBS evening news after almost two decades. • CNN celebrated its first year on the air. • Olivia Newton John received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. • The video game fad swept the country. Pac Man, Space Encounters, Galaga, and Donkey Kong were all the rage. • “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” debuted in theaters.

1983 Cl a s s A g e n t

Chris Roy,

Scott Barringer writes, “Dexter laid the foundation for me as a person, my life, and then was gone. I am thrilled to have Dexter Southfield back in my life. I have joined the Board of Trustees and find that experience hugely rewarding. If you are similar to me and haven’t been connected, I encourage to insert Dexter Southfield back in your life. It is all that you remember, and so much more. A very special place.” Sean McLaughlin writes, “I have accepted two appointments in the past year. The first is to the Harvard Global Advisory Council which will bring me to Massachusetts a few more times each year. The second is to the Business Advisory Board of the Anchorage Daily News. On the family side, my second oldest child, Catherine ’15, started at Boston College this fall and my oldest daughter, Maria ’13, will be working at Microsoft this coming summer. Both attended Southfield before we moved to the Northwest. Best to everyone.”

Sean McLaughlin ’83 with his daughter, Catherine ’15, who started as a freshman at Boston College this fall.

Chris Roy writes, “It was fantastic spending time with William Grote, Adam Walsh, Mike Kearney, and Ted Carr ’82 at William’s wedding this fall in New Hampshire. It was a weekend full of shared laughs, smiles, and stories about our formative Dexter years, which feel like yesterday. Congratulations and best wishes to William and Katy!”

1984 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Todd Bourrell, John Finley, Ephraim Hochberg, ehochberg@gmail. com


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1985 Cl a s s A g e n t

Brian Berlandi,

1987 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Russ Corsini, Chris Mello, Michael Schnitman, michaelschnitman@

1988 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Mark Ragosa, Hardy Watts,

Andrew Lannon writes, “I am living in Palm Bay, Fla., with my wife and three children, Peter, Abigail, and Briana. I am the city attorney, practicing local government law, commercial litigation and appeals. The only thing I miss about living in Massachusetts are the great schools like Dexter.”

Avid Amiri ’90 and his wife, Hailey. The two were married in November 2014.

1990 Cl a s s A g e n t

John Serafini,

Avid Amiri writes, “After completing a master’s degree in business from Cornell University, I spent several years developing a private equity company in the internet and ecommerce space. In addition to my professional activities, I spent a few years teaching as an associate professor at the Gore School of Business at Westminster College. I am since semi-retired and spend my time between Utah and Maui, where I built a home a few years back. Last year I married the girl of my dreams, Hailey. We enjoy skiing, hiking, and kite surfing. We also have fun with our three dogs and perform rescue work for pets when we can.” Preston Leonard writes, “I founded a consumer protection and workplace rights law firm in Boston. I also won my division at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Boston Summer Open 2015.”

Samantha Walsh (left) and Annie Bickford, both Class of 1997, at the 1994 Book Fair

1991 Cl a s s A g e n t

Ford Curran,

Robert Reiser writes, “I’m finishing up Cornell’s Accelerated MBA program in Ithaca and applying for consulting and general management jobs. I’m looking forward to ski season and the results of the Dexter hockey games.”

Topher Watts writes, “Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since we were seasoned eighth graders in the classrooms of Misters Chase and Cornish. Looking forward to attending reunion in May.”

1994 Cl a s s A g e n t

Benjamin Caplan, benjamin.caplan@


1995 Cl a s s A g e n t

Scott Selby,

Brett Brehm writes, “I am currently a visiting assistant professor of French at Northwestern University, where I am teaching courses in French language and literature. I recently completed my Ph.D. in comparative literature at Northwestern in March 2015 after spending several years in Paris doing research for my dissertation.” John Lorenz writes, “I returned from a successful decade living and teaching in Thailand. Last year, I was the head dorm master and ceramics teacher at Squaw Valley Academy, in Olympic Valley, California. This year I am teaching sixth grade in Maine, working with developmentally challenged and handicapped students. My wife Ploy and I have published four Thai fusion cookbooks. We were married last May.” Hobey Stuart writes, “My wife, Kristen, and I are living in Boston’s South End. A little over two years ago we welcomed twin sons, Ben and Sam, into the family. The boys keep us busy and active; city living with them is a ton of fun.”


Emily Lewis writes, “Well, my Latin training from Southfield has served me well! I’m teaching Latin in Northern Virginia now. My students are very involved in a Latin competition called Certamen (think “Jeopardy!” about Latin and classical culture played in teams of four). After beating all of the other teams in Virginia last year, we won the national tournament in San Antonio, Texas, this summer— the first national championship for Virginia in six years!”

2000 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Dylan Hayre, Susie Wilson,

Dylan Hayre writes, “While I’m continuing my work on campaigns at the state, local, and national levels, I recently co-founded a new company called Fissure. At Fissure, we focus on business, web, and social media development for companies big and small. I’m still living in Natick but make frequent visits to campus to check out the games or alumni events.”

2001 Cl a s s A g e n t

Ben MacNeil,

Eric Lanser writes, “I am now working in New York at investment banking firm Evercore Partners. I spent 10 years at Dexter before graduating in 2001. I later attended MIT and spent four years in the U.S. Air Force developing rocket propulsion systems before moving to New York to pursue a career in finance.”

2002 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Layla Buisier, Phoebe Cabot, Catherine Gallagher, Margo Layton,

Margo Layton writes, “I am a member of the investments team at Breakaway Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on building great consumer brands. I am also the chair of the Board of Directors for Minds Matter of Boston, a mentoring and college prep organization for highachieving, low-income high schoolers in Boston. I am marrying Clay Cole in the Boston area this summer.”

2003 Cl a s s A g e n t

Abbie Smitka,

Chip Gibson,

1997 Cl a s s A g e n t

In 1996…

Austin Curran,

• The Dallas Cowboys won Superbowl XXX.

Mark Selby writes, “I am enjoying living in New York City and working as an assistant director at Moody’s.”

• Cal Ripkin, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive MLB game record when

1998 Cl a s s A g e n t

Ann Corbett,

1999 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Alex MacNeil, Lucas Walsh,

he played game number 2,131. • “Jerry Maguire” was released on December 13, and people couldn’t stop quoting Renee Zellweger’s “You had me at ‘hello’,” and Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s “Show me the money.” • Oprah started her famous book club. • The “Macarena” song and dance became popular during the same week as the 1996 Democratic National Convention. • “E.R.” was the most popular T.V. show. • Mother Teresa received honorary U.S. citizenship. • “Braveheart” won Best Picture at the 68th Academy Awards hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.


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2008 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Sam Gacicia, Katie McNamara, Catherine Rurode,

Jud Finnegan writes, “I graduated from University of Chicago Law School in June of 2015, and moved to New York City where I’ve started work as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. Recently, I learned that I passed the New York state bar exam, and I look forward to being admitted to the bar.” Gardner Smith writes, “I live in New York City and work in investment banking. I see Dexter guys around the city periodically.”


In 2006… • Shaun White won the gold medal in men’s halfpipe in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games held in Turin, Italy. • Facebook opened to anyone over age 13 with a valid email address. • Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress at the 78th Academy Awards for her role in “Walk the Line” and “The Departed” won Best Film at the Oscars. • Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants broke the record previously held by Babe Ruth and hits his 715th home run to pass the Bambino on the all-time greatest list. • Twitter launched. • Nintendo released the Wii in North America. • “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” were the top two most popular shows.

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Alexandra Boudreaux, Tom Fee, Nicole Maleh,

Alexandra Fox writes, “I am currently working as a software engineer at Autodesk. I majored in history in college and taught myself how to program upon graduation. I encourage all students of Dexter Southfield to explore the world of technology and learn to code; it is quickly becoming a nearly mandatory skill in the work-force. I wish I had known about this career path at an earlier age.” Phillip Zabriskie writes, “I graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2013, with a degree in international economic affairs. After summer experience working on Capitol Hill, at West Point as a civilian advisor, and in Woburn as a Massachusetts superior court fellow, I moved to Washington, D.C. and joined a firm specializing in crisis management. Late last spring, I transitioned to a new senior operations role in intelligence and defense. I also concluded this summer a role as vice president of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, leading a staff of 47 in the areas of communications and advancement. Personal and professional interests have led me to visit 17 countries, all 50 states, attend Harvard negotiation training, and become a small aircraft pilot.”

Phillip Zabriskie ’09 with Gary Sinise at the Thayer Award Dinner at West Point

2010 Cl a s s A g e n t

Nicole Haskins, Hasan Jafri, Matt Magoon, Matt Wardrop,

Nicole Haskins writes, “In 2014, I graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and

geoscience. After graduation, I signed on with McAdam, LLC, an independent boutique advisory firm in downtown Boston as a financial advisor. At McAdam, I help people achieve their financial goals and focus much of my practice on pre- and post-retirement needs, education funding, customized tax reduction and investment strategies. This September, I moved to Cambridge after living in Quincy my entire childhood.”

49 Hasan Jafri writes, “I am living in Boston and working for my family’s business, Dover Rug and Home. We are excited to announce our new store opening on 3rd Avenue in Burlington. Similarly, I am still in touch with my Dexter Southfield friends every day and I am very happy to still be involved in the School. I am really looking forward to hosting the Alumni Networking Event at Dover Rug on February 11!” Matthew Magoon writes, “I am currently in my second year teaching seventh-grade math and science at Brooke Charter School in Mattapan. I am also a high school coach for Metro Lacrosse and I am enjoying every minute of it!” Panos Tamvakologos writes, “I attended Dexter for 10 years and graduated the eighth grade in 2006. I went on to St. Mark’s School and then Hamilton College, where I was a biology major and art history minor. I always had an interest and curiosity in medicine. During undergrad years, I interned in a few research labs and shadowed various doctors. I was fortunate enough to travel to Iringa, Tanzania, during the summer of 2012, to intern in a regional hospital, where I was able to get a complete hands-on experience with doctors and surgeons. After Hamilton, I completed my master’s in physiology at Georgetown University, and I am currently

a researcher at Harvard Medical School. I owe Dexter and the Clay Center for sparking my interest in medicine.” Mathieu Wardrop writes, “I graduated college this past May and have joined Goldman Sachs in the real estate private equity investing group in New York in July. I am loving New York City, and had the opportunity to attend an outstanding Dexter Southfield breakfast in early October in the city. It was great to have Dexter so close to home, and I enjoyed reconnecting with several peers whom I had not seen in some time!”

2011 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Ellen Campbell, Malcolm Kelly, Mollie McColgan, John-Michael Wilkins,

Ellen Campbell writes, “Education has certainly kept me busy this past year. Having graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in May 2015, in law and business (LL.B.), I am now pursuing my master’s in law at Georgetown University Law Center. I am concentrating in international legal studies with a certificate in international arbitration and dispute resolution with

In 2011… • An estimated two billion people tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William to Kate Middleton on April 29. • “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended on May 25. • The series finale of the NBC drama “Friday Night Lights” aired and Kyle Chandler won Best Actor at the Emmys. • One of the most popular franchises in history came to an end when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” hit theaters in July. • Apple released the iPhone 4S. • The Green Bay Packers won the Superbowl. • Mick Jagger performed for the first time on the Grammy stage. • Song of the year was “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. • “Bridesmaids” became the top-grossing female-centered comedy in cinema history.

the intention to practice international law. It is still quite early in the career search, and I haven’t quite narrowed it down to a jurisdiction yet, though hopefully with time clarity will also come!” Kellianne Campbell writes, “After graduating in May with a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Alabama, I moved to Birmingham, Ala. I am currently in my first year at Cumberland School of Law and I love it! I hope to pursue a career in health or patent law.” Brendan Fitzgerald writes, “I recently graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where I played hockey for all four years. I am currently working at a boarding school in New York called Millbrook. I am coaching soccer, hockey, and lacrosse and I am a dorm parent in one of the dormitories.” Nick Malatos writes, “I just graduated from Babson College in May of 2015, where I had the privilege of playing baseball all four years. I have been given the opportunity to be involved in a start-up company called VMTurbo. This is where I find myself starting my career in software sales. Located in Back Bay of Boston, VMTurbo is one of the fastest growing companies in virtualization. I would not have been able to achieve any of this if I had not attended Dexter. Thank you to everyone who made my time at Dexter the most memorable years of my life!” Mollie McColgan writes, “I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May where I majored in architectural studies and history. I am now working in Boston as an assistant estimator at Shawmut Design and Construction. At Shawmut I have been fortunate enough to work on multiple high-end retail projects all over the country, and I have even run into a few Dexter Southfield parents along the way! In September I became a Class Agent and am now looking forward to attending alumni events and reconnecting with classmates!” Rayne Thomas-Kuehn writes, “Since graduation I’ve moved onto higher education at American University in Washington, DC. There I studied justice and law with a minor in Russian language. While spending my academic career at AU, I’ve been a part of various clubs and organizations including the club softball and ice hockey teams. I joined a sorority, Alpha


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my life. I have never been to London but have heard many great things about the city. One of the reasons that I chose to study in London is because it is known as the business capital of Europe. I plan on learning about the linguistics required to run large enterprises. I will be taking multiple business classes. These classes will keep me on path towards an international business degree when I get back to Rollins. I plan on traveling a lot. London is a very large city and there are many great things to do. In addition to the many museums and galleries that I plan to visit, I am excited to attend some of the festivals and concerts. The O2 Arena is supposed to be one of the best arenas in the world and attracts some of the top artists. I am also very excited to meet new people. One of the perks about living in such a massive city is that I will be able to meet people from all sorts of different cultures and backgrounds.” Dennis Glynn ’11 receives the Richard Fairbanks Service Award. Photo courtesy of Clark University Athletics Communications.

Epsilon Phi, as well as religious organizations Hillel and Chabad. I volunteered abroad in Bulgaria and Argentina, working extensively with each of their Jewish communities. During my spring semester junior year I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with other students from around the country. I graduated this past May, and took the year ‘off’ working at Barrel, a bourbon bar in one of D.C.’s local neighborhoods. I am currently abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, teaching English to Jewish children. During my time here I have also worked with the elderly, running weekly Shabbat services for them, as well as working with the disabled through music and other art. My time spent at Southfield was short (compared to some of my other classmates), but it is certainly not forgotten. Even though I do not attend Southfield anymore, the values and lessons I learned while there are still applicable to me today, as I continue on my journey abroad to further figure out myself and what I want to do with the rest of my life. I remember ‘Our best today, better tomorrow,’ and I hope and know that is what I continue to do. So, thank you, Southfield, for giving me endless life lessons that I slowly but surely realize are applicable to my life today.” Dennis Glynn writes, “I received the Richard Fairbanks Service Award from

Clark University in April 2015. The award is given annually to the person in the athletic community who gives of themselves to help better the entire athletic experience. I played four years for the Clark University baseball team and I also spent four years as a member of the game management staff. I became crew chief for several sports, helping to oversee setup and breakdown of athletic events while serving as a visiting team liaison for other selected events.”

2012 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Natalie Metzgar, Barbara Terwilliger,

Mary Katherine “Katie” Iskra writes, “I will be graduating from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, in May of 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in psychology. I am also the captain of the women’s lacrosse team.”

2013 Michael Fedorouk writes, “In a couple of weeks I will be heading to London to study at Queen Mary University. I am very excited to start this new chapter in

Francesca Giovanucci writes, “I am currently a junior majoring in business at Babson College. I am looking forward to my third year on the women’s lacrosse team beginning this spring and making it to another post-season tournament. As I prepare for my senior year and future career I am actively looking for a business analytics related internship in the Boston area (hint, hint!).” Rutendo Matingo writes, “Greetings from Barcelona, where I am currently studying for the fall semester. A member of the Trinity College community, I am a political science and Spanish major and I am enjoying every aspect of it. I am also a member of the men’s tennis team. I am forever grateful for the foundation I received at Dexter. I am reminded to do my best today and better tomorrow each time I am faced with challenging tasks. Because of Dexter, I am not afraid to step out of my comfort zone and tackle difficult challenges. I hope to visit Dexter at some point in the near future.” Emily McColgan writes, “I am currently enjoying my third year at Bowdoin College in Maine as a math major and economics minor. I am a member of the field hockey team, and we began our post-season this past weekend. The past two years we have made it to the NCAA DIII championships where we won my freshman year.”


2014 Cl a s s A g e n t

Hayley Houston,

Ian Martinson writes, “I am currently at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, majoring in psychology, where I’m a member of the ski team and of Kappa Alpha.” Hayley Houston writes, “During my first year in college I declared my major as nonprofit leadership and management with a minor in event management. Also last year I was the media advisor for the Volunteer Center and this year I was chosen to be the volunteer coordinator. I recently came back from a 10-day long mission trip to Guatemala through the student life program at my university. While there we installed 200 stoves and handed out more than 1,000 de-wormers and vitamins for families in four different villages. Thanks to all of my teachers and advisors for showing me to work hard and never stop until I succeed. Dexter Southfield definitely prepared me well for college.”

2015 Cl a s s A g e n t s

Ameer Ahmed, Sophie Kelly, Nick Veo,

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announcements Are you recently engaged or married? Did you welcome a new member of the family? Share your good news with the Dexter Southfield community. Send wedding and baby announcements, news, and photos to Emily Walberg at Engagements Caitlin Domke ’99 to RJ Weiss Margo Layton ’02 to Clay Cole Marriages William Grote ’83 to Kathryn Linely on October 17, 2015 Avid Amiri ’90 to Hailey Gosack on November 20, 2014 John Lorenz ’95 to Ploy Duangkeaw in May 2014 New Arrivals Bradley (Wray) Cooke ’99 and her husband welcomed daughter Heidi Rosemary Cooke on November 7, 2015.

In Memoriam Mrs. Connaught O. Mahony, former trustee of Dexter School and a past parent, died on May 30, 2015. Wife of the late Gael Mahony, she was an alumna of Newton Country Day School and Radcliffe College. Mahony began her career as the executive secretary for the Massachusetts Council of Young Republicans. After having children, she became a full-time volunteer

and was in the first class of women docents at the Museum of Fine Arts. She helped to found Beacon Hill Nursery School and co-founded the Beacon Hill Reading Group. She taught preschoolers in the South End and taught drama at Winsor and Dexter Schools. Mahony was active in her neighborhood: Beacon Hill Circle of Charity (as a tour guide), Beacon Hill Seminars, Beacon Hill Civic Association, and MFA Senior Associates. She was the mother of Medb Mahony Sichko, IeuanGael Mahony ’74, and Eoghan-Ruadh Mahony ’80, and a grandmother of six. David A. Mittell, Sr., a former trustee of Dexter School and a past parent, died on May 28, 2015. In 1935, Mittell graduated from Roxbury Latin School, where he was captain of the hockey and tennis teams. After graduating from Harvard in June 1939, he went to work for Lawrence R. McCoy, Co., wholesale lumber merchants, in Worcester. “I’ll give it until the Harvard-Yale game,” he said at the time. He remained in the trade for 51 years. Mittell also served as a trustee for Children’s Hospital, the Center for Blood Research, the Historic Winslow House in Marshfield, Harvard Student Agencies, Plimoth Plantation, the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury, and, from 1954 until his death, Roxbury Latin School. He was instrumental not only in Dexter’s move to the Newton Street campus but also later when the School formed the hockey rink partnership with Roxbury Latin. He continued to be in touch with the School because of his love of the place and loyalty to former headmaster Bill Phinney and former treasurer Colby Hewitt. Mittell was the devoted husband of Mary Louise (Boss) Mittell for nearly 74 years. He was the father of David A. Mittell, Jr., the late Stephen Boss Mittell, Jonathan B. Mittell ’59, Betsey Mittell Houghton, and Nicholas G. Mittell ’66. Merrill “Brad” Bradlee ’34 of Palm Harbor, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2015. He grew up in Chestnut Hill, Mass., graduated from Dexter School in 1934, Rivers School in 1941, and attended University of Virginia. In 1943, he enlisted in the Air Corps and served as a B-24 gunner, out of Attlebridge, UK. He worked for Northeast Airlines and sold insurance for John Hancock and Defenderfer & Associates. In 1953, he married Adele Potter Sprague and raised three boys, mostly in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1986, they moved to Florida. Bradlee


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loved the outdoors, fishing, sailing, and the beach. He and Adele visited Europe and cruised many times. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and is survived by his three sons, Frank J. Sprague III, Richard P. Sprague, and David G. Bradlee, and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Adele, early this year. Andrew Griscom ’40 of Palo Alto, Calif., and Chatham, Mass., died June 21, 2015, of cancer. He attended the Dexter School, Milton Academy, and Harvard University, where he received a B.A. in geology. After completing coursework at Tufts University, he then continued graduate work at Harvard, receiving a Ph.D. in geophysics for his thesis on the bedrock geology of Maine. After Harvard, Griscom was drafted into the Marine Corps, and commissioned as a second lieutenant, serving two years. He had a lifelong career at the U.S. Geological Survey, starting with a short stint in Washington, D.C. He then transferred to the USGS in Menlo Park, Calif., where he served until his retirement in 1996. Griscom’s scientific expertise spanned the entire globe, with research projects in the Appalachian Mountains, Alaska, Oregon, Basin and Ranges, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Japan, Zanzibar and Saudi Arabia. After retirement, he lived in Palo

Alto and in Chatham. He and his wife Shannon also traveled extensively to far-off corners of the world, including Mali, Iran, Java, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey, to name just a few. Griscom was a life member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club, the Geological Society of America, the National Stereoscopic Association, and the Stage Harbor Yacht Club (Chatham, Mass.). He was a scuba diver, served on the board of the Peninsula School (Menlo Park, Calif.) and supported many charities. Griscom is survived by his wife, Shannon Close Griscom; sisters, Edith R. Griscom and Joan Ludlow Griscom; two children, Andrew Pippin Griscom and Sarah Bailey Griscom; six stepchildren, Bridget Bradley Gray, Brendan Bradley, Kiah Caldwell, David B. Caldwell, Lee Penrose, and Vicki Penrose; and 17 grandchildren. Samuel P. Shaw ’55, alumnus and past parent, died on May 17, 2015, after a long illness. He was born on January 14, 1943. After Dexter he attended the Groton School and Harvard College, Class of 1966. Shaw earned his masters’ degree in public administration from Harvard and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health before establishing his own investment advisory firm in 1980. Active in both community and social organizations,

Shaw participated on the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the City Club Corporation, and the Somerset Club. He also served on the boards of the St. Christopher’s School for Children in New York, the North Bennet Street School in Boston, the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, the Island Foundation in Seal Harbor, and the Island Institute in Rockport, all in Maine. He is survived by his wife, Lisa G. Shaw, his son, Samuel P. Shaw III ’12, and his mother, Susan Storey (Shaw) Lyman. He is also survived by a sister, Jane Stockton Shaw, a step-brother Ronald T. Lyman ’66, and step-sisters Jennifer Lyman Littlefield, Mabel Lyman Whiteside, Chris Boldt Affleck, and Linda Boldt. His father, Samuel P. Shaw Sr., and a brother, Charles S. Shaw ’59, predeceased him. Justin D. Webb ’91 passed away on October 30, 2015. He died peacefully in his home of natural causes. Justin was 38 years old and lived life his way, putting his entire self into making people laugh and being an eternal optimist. He leaves behind his heartbroken but incredibly proud family, parents Nancy and Jack, and siblings Brandon ’96 and Whitney Webb. Justin has also left behind hundreds of loyal friends, from Boston to his home in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

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The Dexter Southfield Magazine is published twice a year for the community, including alumni, families, and friends of Dexter Southfield.