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Celebrating 90 Years at Dexter Southfield

Spring/Summer 2016

Senior Projects

For two weeks in May, in lieu of classes and final exams, Class 12 students explore an area of interest outside the classroom. They work at off-campus sites throughout the Boston area, and take advantage of hands-on lessons in the fields they’ve chosen. For his own project in photojournalism, Nathan Qiu ’16 documented his classmates at their senior project sites for the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine. See his photos on page 28.

letters to the editor


Remembe r ing G eo r ge S. Dal rymple, Jr. I remember Mr. Dalrymple like it was yesterday, both as a teacher and as head of the athletic department at the old Freeman Street address. He was an old-school disciplinarian who was not afraid to toss the eraser at a student who wasn’t paying attention. ... My wife and I express our sincerest sympathies to his family and the Dexter community. — Nick Hinch ’58 God bless that man. He taught me how to skate and participate in sports that I never knew I could play. — Salman Tajuddin ’87 Mr. Dal was my fourth-grade teacher, and coach in about every sport I played (or tried to play), including football, soccer, baseball, basketball, field hockey, wrestling, boxing—you name it! Not only that, he was our bus driver from Milton. . . . One of the most vivid teaching moments was being quizzed by Mr. Dal on our multiplication tables. He used a “clock” format with numbers one to 12 in a circle. He would write the multiplier in the center and start a stopwatch, just like on 60 Minutes. Tick, tick, tick, tick. And then he would quickly point at random with his yellow wooden pencil to the numbers around the “clock”. We had to get all 12 answers done in . . . 15 seconds! That’s how we learned our times tables. Never forgot ’em, and I’ll never forget Mr. Dal. Wonderful guy, task master, disciplinarian, and a great teacher in so many ways. Thanks, Mr. Dal. — Don Tenney ’60 (submitted to Class Notes) [Mr. Dalrymple’s] impact on generations of students cannot be overstated. — Charles Schueler ’74 George Dalrymple, Jr. (left) and James Wheeler ’36 P ’60 ’66 ’70, former trustee, at Field Day 1960

Editor’s Note: Thank you to the many alumni, current and former faculty, and friends who wrote to the School remembering George Dalrymple. For more remembrances, please turn to page 63. Misidentification on the Bus I was interested to see the archival photo of the Dexter bus in the recent issue of the Dexter Southfield Magazine, especially as my two brothers are in the photo. My brothers (both now deceased) were Frederick McGeorge Bundy ’42 (known to friends and family as “Mac”) and Samuel Swift Bundy ’46. The caption misidentifies Mac as our older first cousin McGeorge Bundy ’30 (who was also generally known as “Mac”). When you think about it, what would a student from the class of 1930, who had in fact already graduated from college at the time, and who was in the army in 1943, been doing on a Dexter bus with a bunch of kids? The face in the photo sure doesn’t look like he’s 25! My brother Mac was born in 1930 and would have been 12 or 13, and in the seventh grade, when the photo was taken in 1943. The boy in the photo looks like he’s that age.    I can see what probably happened; there must have been some writing on the photo which listed the names of the students, including “Mac Bundy” and then someone recalled Mac as McGeorge, looked him up, and placed him in his 1930 class. — David H. Bundy ’59 Editor’s Note: David, thank you for pointing out the error and kindly offering the correct identifications. We apologize for the mistake on page 40 of the “Fall/Winter 2016” issue. Paying closer attention to the graduation years and using very basic math would have served us well.

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Cov e r Sto ry

Celebrating 90 Years at Dexter Southfield Looking back at the past nine decades


The Science Behind Helping Others Ashley Santelises ’12 is a bioengineering major at MIT with a mission


The Gift of Access to Care Dr. George Whitelaw ’56 brings healthcare to those who most need it in Costa Rica.


Graduation Congratulations, Class of 2016


Meet The Man Who Knew Infinity Brothers Matt Brown ’85 and Coby Brown ’88 collaborate on Hollywood hit

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 Pr e s i d e n t

W. Shaw McDermott ’62 P ’98 ’00 ’07 V i c e Pr e s i d e n t

Barbara Rockett P ’72 ’75 ’77 ’81 GP ’19 ’20 Head of School

Todd Vincent P ’16 ’20

Ernest Adams ’66 Elizabeth Baldini P ’15 ’16 Scott Barringer ’83 David Brown P ’85 ’88 William Cleary, Jr. GP ’15 ’18 ’20 Anthony DiNovi P ’16 ’20 Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 Sandra Hamlin P ’02 Charles Haydock ’65 P ’00 ’02 ’08 Jonathan Kraft P ’20 Edward Mahoney, Jr. ’81 P ’16 ’19 Warren McFarlan ’49 P ’79 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


Reunion Weekend

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 37 Faculty Perspective 38 News 46 Arts 48 Athletics 50 Advancing Dexter Southfield 52 From the Archives 54 Class Notes 63 Remembering George S. Dalrymple, Jr. 64 In Memoriam

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Julie Guptill, Director of Communications C l a ss N o t e s Ed i t o r

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In preparation for this issue’s coverage of Dexter Southfield’s 90th anniversary, the Communications Office logged a lot of hours in the School’s archives. The cover image combines a campus shot from Field Day 1990 with an image from today. While much has changed on campus, some things are just as you remember them.

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Todd A. Vincent Reflecting on the Past, Looking Toward the Future It is with great pleasure and pride that I join the community in celebrating Dexter Southfield’s 90th anniversary. What a wonderful moment to pause and reflect on all that we have accomplished together!    As I read through this issue of the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine, looking back over the past nine decades, it is easy to identify the traditions and core values that have helped shape the School from the very beginning. These are lessons that have withstood the test of time and have become shared experiences connecting all alumni. Whether you attended Dexter in the 1940s or ’50s when it was located on Freeman Street in Brookline, or you were among the first class of girls admitted to Southfield in the early 1990s, the foundation of your education is rooted in the same pedagogy we stand behind today. Since its founding in 1926, Dexter Southfield has focused on the whole child. We believe in providing a well-rounded program grounded in a classic education, as well as exposure to a wide range of opportunities in the arts and athletics. We have always known that strong relationships among teachers and students have a long-lasting impact, whether they take shape in the classroom, on the fields, or on the bus. From the start, we have emphasized the need for developing vital life skills—strong character, comportment, and compassion, not to mention public speaking, phonics, and grammar. It does not matter the era in which you attended our fine school, for “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow,” resonates with each and every one of us.    The fact that these core beliefs have informed the Dexter Southfield experience for 90 years speaks to the School’s strong leadership throughout its history. It was the vision of Miss Myra Fiske, who remained steadfast in establishing Dexter after Noble and Greenough discontinued its lower school, that we even have a school today. For many alumni, Reverend Francis Caswell made a big impact in their lives as an educator, mentor, and advisor. For 27 years, he and Mrs. Caswell devoted themselves to Dexter, maintaining the


School’s reputation as an outstanding elementary school for boys. My predecessor and the School’s third Headmaster, William Phinney, made an extraordinary impact. Under his direction, the School acquired its current location on Newton Street in Brookline; established Southfield to meet the needs of families who wanted a single-sex school with the same mission and quality for their daughters as their Dexter sons; and expanded both Schools through Class 12.    Dexter Southfield today would not exist if not for these three formative leaders. There are also countless teachers and staff members who helped make this school great.    It is humbling to look back on the School’s history and note the accomplishments of those educators who were determined to provide their students with the best possible educational experience. It also allows us a strong foundation upon which to stand as we look ahead—to the next 90 years and beyond.    There is no doubt that to meet the needs of our students, we have to stay on the cutting edge. While we will always stay rooted in our mission and core beliefs, we must also evolve. The world demands different things of our graduates than it did 90, 50, or even 10 years ago. Science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) are as important to the core curriculum as Latin, reading, and writing. We have to immerse students of all ages in the STEM fields in order to set them up for success. In this regard, the fact that Dexter Southfield has students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 is a huge advantage; we can provide a continuum of academic excellence in STEM and other areas.    As the School grows, so does the trajectory of this continuum. The Public Speaking program is a great example. We still teach the tried-andtrue methods of public speaking, beginning with our PK students. As students move

through the grades, the public speaking assignments become more challenging. In our lower and middle grades, today’s students stand on the Fiske Hall stage—as so many before them did—and deliver speeches that impress even the most seasoned professionals. A few years ago we changed the program so that it continued to challenge our upper school students. They have moved beyond recitation and enunciation, through years of practice in the program, and they now write and deliver their own speeches. Often the older students speak at the younger students’ assemblies, giving the lower and middle school students something to aspire to when they reach the upper school. Students build confidence in the process, which leads to increased participation in other activities. There is growing interest in things like the Poetry Out Loud competition and a cappella groups. This year, more students tried out for the play than any single team sport.    There is great momentum at Dexter Southfield. In the coming years, we will examine all aspects of our program and facilities in order to meet the expanding needs of our students. We are currently engaged in the master planning process to determine how best to use our current buildings and facilities on campus, as well as how to take advantage of our proximity to Boston so we can open exciting opportunities for our students. New classroom and lab spaces, as well as athletics and arts facilities, will be vital for the growth of the School as well. Continued diligence in shaping the curriculum and all programs, at all grade levels, will drive us to be the best we can be for our students. It is an exciting time in the School’s history, with so much ahead of us, and I am thrilled to be part of it.    Here’s to the next 90 years.

Students build confidence in the process, which leads to increased participation in other activities.



Celebrating 90 Years at

Dexter Southfield 1926–2016

Photo: Stephanie Wales


This March, the School marked 90 years since the signing of its original charter in 1926. This milestone gives

us an opportunity to take pride in our past—recognizing all the people, plans, and events that helped shape this community—and to find inspiration in the School’s promising future knowing there is a firm foundation on which to build. As we scoured the archives and interviewed faculty, staff, and alumni who were here during different eras of the School, two clear understandings quickly surfaced. First, as one would expect, much has changed over the past nine decades. The School’s growth, both physically and programmatically, has been thoughtful, yet powerful. What was once a small, all-boys lower school occupying a modest plot in Brookline has evolved into the Dexter Southfield we know today: boys and girls in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, educated in coordinate single-sex programs on a sprawling 36-acre campus with access to renowned facilities and a full breadth of opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts. In addition to “reading, writing, and arithmetic,” today’s students need to master the basics of computer coding and the complexities of ever-changing technology. Life is different in so many ways. In contrast, the second reflection is in awe of how much has stayed the same since the School’s establishment. While the campus, program offerings, and much of the curriculum have changed, the core values and mission of the School have remained the same. Our founding faculty were committed to providing their students with an education that would help them gain knowledge, as well as build confidence and character. Students learned the benefits of versatility and the importance of serving others. In these regards, not much has changed. Today’s faculty are just as passionate and steadfast in their commitment to our students. Dexter Southfield graduates of today are similar to those of the School’s early days: young men and women who have a curiosity for learning, the conviction to lead others with grace and humility, and the poise and perseverance to withstand life’s challenges. As we look ahead to the next 90 years, there is no telling how technology or other emerging fields will affect the ways in which our faculty adapt the curriculum to best prepare our students for life after Dexter Southfield. No doubt, there will be many changes but, regardless of developing trends in education or the workforce, the simple truth is that hard work and fair play will never go out of style. For that reason, there will always be a place for Dexter Southfield.

By Julie Guptill



Then & Now

Buses The bus is—and always has been—a hallmark of the Dexter Southfield experience. Whether it’s been

five years or 50 since their daily rides to and from school, alumni remember their “bus stop family,” the route and routine, and, most of all, their beloved bus drivers. Today, faculty and staff still drive the buses, which means each day boys, wearing their maroon baseball caps emblazoned with a “D,” and girls, wearing their blue caps with a white “S,” are greeted with a warm, familiar smile. Friendships and memories are made on those early morning and afternoon rides. The School’s bus fleet has expanded over the years, and there are now 17 routes available to students from more than 65 surrounding communities.

“Riding the bus was part of the whole Dexter experience. It was another way to get to know your teachers. On the very first day of school, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Weatherby, rode the bus to pick up students. She had the bus pull all the way down my driveway, instead of stopping on the corner. It was so thoughtful. My father remembered the kind gesture all his life. Every time he wanted to wake me, even into my adult years, he would say, ‘Wake up! Mrs. Weatherby is here.’ ” — Mike Sherman ’63

“The younger ones especially think you’re like the president. They marvel at the fact you drive this big bus. They love it and they look forward to seeing you. It’s a connection that you have to experience for yourself to understand. When you see the students who ride your bus in the hall, their faces light up. It’s one of those things you hear teachers talk about from time to time: those moments that make what you’re doing so special.” — Scott Kinney, P ’14 ’16, Faculty Bus Driver


Then and Now

Public Speaking Over the decades, countless Dexter Southfield students have stood center stage in Fiske Hall to

deliver a speech that they practiced for weeks, if not longer, for Prize Day or a special assembly. Even years after their presentations, some alumni still have the lines committed to memory. The Public Speaking program has expanded and plays a significant role for our students today. It is an essential part of their broader education and gives them the confidence to speak and perform in front of their peers, their families, or a larger audience; enhances their selfesteem; and helps prepare them for college and beyond.    The Public Speaking program is introduced to the School’s youngest students with the Pre-Kindergarten Puppet Shows. Beginning in Kindergarten, the more formal Public Speaking curriculum looks very similar to the original program. Each student in Kindergarten through Class 8 memorizes and recites his or her part of a class poem or story. In grades 1 through 5, students still collaborate on a hand-painted mural that hangs as the backdrop.    In the upper school, students write and deliver their own speeches. This assignment gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility appropriate for their age and ability. Seniors present to younger students as well, and these presentations often speak to the importance of community, setting goals, responding to setbacks, service, character, or other virtues, based on the experience of the speaker. It provides an opportunity for our students to “lead with confidence”—a line straight from the School’s mission statement.

“There was a big auditorium on Freeman Street where we would give our public speaking performances. There would be a class topic and each boy would have his part to memorize. I had Mr. Phinney for both fourth and sixth grades, and I still remember the Class 6 Thanksgiving assembly. Our class poem was called ‘A Thanksgiving Dinner.’ What an extremely important lesson! They say the two greatest fears people have are falling and speaking in public. It still serves me well to this day.” — Nicholas Hinch ’58

“Not only do I feel prepared to speak on a stage in front of a large group of people, I’m also prepared to approach anyone with full confidence in myself, my enunciation, and my ability to speak with meaning. I’ve learned so many great communication skills throughout my 14 years of public speaking, and I’m able to use those skills every day. Learning to make eye contact and speak clearly at an early age built a firm foundation for me and, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve effectively applied those skills to my writing. I’m so thankful for the program here because it has taught me how to memorize well and really shaped how I communicate with my peers and adults.” — Caitlin Southwick ’16



Then & Now

Athletics The emphasis on athletics dates back to the earliest days of the School. Alumni

from all eras remember with much fondness their coaches, teammates, and, of course, Field Day. As Dexter Southfield has grown significantly over the decades, so has the sports program. In Classes PK through 2, the focus is on building gross and fine motor skills through a variety of age-appropriate activities. Sportsmanship, effort, and participation are valued and encouraged. Starting in Class 3, students participate in the intramural program, joining with pride either the Massies or Mohawks, Blue or White teams. They circulate through nine sports throughout the year as they build skills and confidence.    In the middle and upper schools, studentathletes participate in interscholastic team sports. Varsity and sub-varsity teams compete against other schools in the Boston area and throughout New England. Some of the best moments happen when the schedule allows lower and middle school classes to gather for an afternoon game and cheer on a varsity team. It represents why athletics at Dexter Southfield is so special: it is a shared experience that brings together the community.

“The ‘round-robin model’ of the athletics program gave us great exposure to a lot of different sports. One big memory for me was the marathon run. I both loved it and dreaded it. I wanted to do well, but was so exhausted by the end. I might have crawled across the finish line, but I remember the feeling of accomplishment.” — Fred Ewald ’79 P ’21 ’23 ’24

“Southfield gave me a love for ice hockey. I would have never put on skates or touched a hockey stick if I hadn’t been pushed to try. It turned out to be something I was really good at and enjoyed. The School instilled in me the belief that girls can really do anything. Athletics was one area of many that drove that point home.” — Emily Lewis ’99


Then & Now

The Arts Dexter Southfield has always offered its students exposure to the arts. In the School’s early years, there was

music and singing incorporated into assemblies and special events, and basic painting and woodworking classes. Over the years, both the performing and visual arts have bloomed. Today, students at every age and skill level are offered opportunities ranging from instrumental and vocal programs to theater and dance to drawing and sculpture to watercolor and woodworking. Theater performances throughout the year are open to parents and include several full-scale productions in the middle and upper schools, as well as concerts, musicales, and music festivals. Visual art classes are offered in every division. Student art is displayed both in the rotating art exhibits in the Dexter Southfield Gallery and throughout the School in classrooms, hallways, and shared spaces. And, yes, lower school students still create murals for the Public Speaking program!    The School has partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to offer a student docent program in the upper school. Students learn about particular works of art and are trained in presenting them to the public. Middle and lower schools students have loved visiting the MFA and hearing about particular pieces from the upper school students.

“I had been told that I had a beautiful soprano voice, which I can assure you I did not regard as an asset. Somehow our muchloved Headmaster, the genial Mr. Caswell, found out about it. For one of the assemblies, I sang a solo backed up by the chorus. I remember it vividly: the cream-colored walls of the hall, the gold-rimmed wooden plaques with the names of the boys in each of the classes, even the slant of the light into the room on a bright autumn morning.    I remember my heart pounding as I stepped out in front of my classmates to sing. Once I got going my anxiety eased. People applauded but I have no idea how well I did. After all, who would ‘boo’ a skinny little sixth grader?    What makes the memory delicious for me was when I realized many years later that I had sung ‘I am the Monarch of the Sea’ from ‘HMS Pinafore.’ This is a solo for a man with a bass voice, and it strikes me as hilarious that here was this young sprite piping the song in an upper register. That would be typical of Mr. Caswell, who had an impish sense of humor.” — Brian Doyle ’52

“I found my passion for the arts at Dexter Southfield. All of the faculty encouraged us, not just the art faculty. We would bring our paintings back to the classroom and our teacher would tell us how great they looked. And I loved the fact we could take shop. I would never have found woodworking if I didn’t have to take it. I wouldn’t have touched a saw! I chose shop as my eighthgrade art elective and built a chair, which I still have today. I have vivid memories of music and play performances, too. I can still remember the words to ‘Gilbert and Sullivan.’” — Susie Wilson ’00



Then & Now

The Curriculum Dexter Southfield’s academic program is another area that has expanded along with both

the growth of the School and the changing times. There is still an emphasis on traditional, core subjects like reading, writing, grammar, history, and Latin. In addition, in order to meet the demands of the world around them, students are immersed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from an early age. The curriculum also includes modern languages, U.S. and world history, social sciences, performing and fine arts, ethics, physical education, and community service.

“The academics—especially the emphasis on reading and writing—provided me with a strong foundation. I remember reading ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ in Mr. Cornish’s class. I went on to read it again in high school and college, and I can say with certainty we went deeper into the text in my Dexter eighth-grade class. The teachers pulled your best out of you.”

“I remember every teacher like it was yesterday. I loved them all. At the time, I bemoaned and begrudged Latin, as many of us did, but the installation of Latin in the program and into our brains was invaluable. I didn’t appreciate it until later on, but it has had a lasting effect. I also formed a love of geography with Mr. Williamson, who was a guru. We used to go home to look up obscure places on the map to try to stump him the next day in class. We never did. I loved the hands-on science lessons with Mr. Webster. I’m not a math and science guy, but he made it fun. The academics were rigorous and hard, but I enjoyed it.”

— Tom Cullinan ’93

— Brian Berlandi ’85

Then & Now: timeline 1926 Under the leadership of Miss Myra E. Fiske, Dexter is established as a successor to the Noble and Greenough Lower School, which was discontinued when Nobles moved to Dedham

The Reverend Francis Caswell becomes Headmaster

four-acre Freeman Street campus, which also included a gymnasium and small classroom building. Dexter’s enrollment at this time is 100-to-150 boys


Myra Fiske



A new building is added to the


Dexter moves to the School’s current location, the 36-acre campus at 20 Newton Street on the Boston-Brookline border and builds three new buildings: Building A, Building B (Caswell Building and Fiske Hall), and Building C.

Mr. William F. Phinney is appointed Headmaster

Francis Caswell

1966 & 1971

Seventh and eighth grades are added



Kindergarten is added


The Learning Advantage at Dexter (LAD) program is added

The first Kindergarten class

The Lincoln Pool (originally built in 1970) gets covered, the Shop room is added, and the Art Complex is built


The LAD Program is absorbed into the regular program


The Clay Center and Observatory are built


The Athletic Facility is built

William Phinney


Southfield is established; the School welcomes its first female students in 1992 for PK-Class 4. Within four years, Southfield expands through eighth grade and the Mid-Rise and Sohier Buildings are added


Building C’s gymnasium is renamed the Dalrymple Gymnasium, in honor of George S. Dalrymple, Jr.


The upper school is established, providing families with another secondary school option in the Boston area

2011 Todd Vincent


Classes 6, 7, and 8 are re-grouped to form the middle school, creating three divisions: lower, middle, and upper

Todd A. Vincent is appointed Head of School

The Hewitt Building is added


The School purchases the Rowing Center at 100 Bridge Street, Dedham


Dexter School merges with Southfield School, and is renamed Dexter Southfield, Inc.


The Schools receive formal accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and revise the mission statement



The Strategic Plan is completed and the master planning initiative is launched

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Meeting People Where They Are Dr. George Whitelaw ’56 spent decades

building his orthopedic surgery practice in some of Boston’s best-known hospitals. He joined the teaching faculty of Boston University School of Medicine, his alma mater, and he was director of orthopedic surgery at Boston City Hospital for many years before holding a similar position at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. He regularly volunteered on medical missions all over the world, usually spending a month each year in places such as Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Ukraine. This heartfelt public service fit into his life as a prospering and caring surgeon, husband, and father. Then, in 2004, during a medical mission in Costa Rica, he met Paulette, a 14-year-old girl who was so ill that the local doctors had told her to “go home and make her peace with God.”    That meeting saved Paulette’s life. It also changed Whitelaw’s.

Caring for Paulette “We were packing up to leave, and I had this empty feeling inside,” recalls Whitelaw. “You start to realize that some of the volunteer surgery, where you go for a few weeks and then leave, isn’t helping that much and sometimes it’s even counterproductive. We weren’t teaching people to take care of themselves.”    Paulette, who came from a poor family, had been attacked by flesh-eating bacteria. Friends of friends contacted Whitelaw, hoping he could help her. He did. With the help of others, he orchestrated her move to Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati. To save her, doctors had to amputate her lower legs.    “She came close to dying while we were trying to find an air ambulance and hospital,” Whitelaw explains. “We got a private jet donated to transport her. We got her fixed up. Once we

got through it, I thought, ‘let’s not lose this information so that we can help other people facing similar situations.’ Then, I thought, ‘let’s try to prevent problems from happening’.”    Whitelaw went home and before long he founded the Children’s Well-Being Foundation (CWB), a nonprofit that provides free preventive medical and dental care as well as eye exams to children in Costa Rica with limited access to health services. Henry “Chip” Strapp, who serves as CWB’s treasurer, estimates that 10,000 children a year receive preventive medical assistance through the foundation. “We will never be able to measure how much good we do, because our goal is improving the lives of children to ensure they never get ill,” Strapp says.

A Burdened System By most standards, Costa Rica has one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America. It offers both a government-run universal healthcare system, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, known as Caja, and a private system. The Caja is highly rated at the international level and many point to the country’s high life expectancy as proof that the system works.    So, why does Costa Rica need the CWB?    “Costa Rica has a good public health system, but it’s overwhelmed,” says Strapp, who points out that most of CWB’s patients are refugees from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The immigrants are generally poor, uneducated, unaware of how to access the healthcare system, and often hesitant to identify themselves to a government-run organization because they fear deportation.    CWB fills the needs of those who can’t or choose not to use the Caja. “We work closely with the Caja,” explains Whitelaw, who has also built local alliances with the Costa Rican Red Cross. “They often tell us where to go, usually in very poor neighborhoods. In cases where we find people with extreme medical issues, we bring them to Caja hospitals.”


   Whitelaw originally envisioned opening clinics around the country, which he did, but has more recently come to see mobile clinics— small buses or minivans—as the best way to provide preventive medicine. “With regular clinics, we ended up seeing the same kids every three or four months,” says Jean Carlos Brenes, a native Costa Rican who manages operations for CWB. “With mobile clinics, we can serve so many more people. But it’s also complicated. We have to pay for bus repairs and we have to guard the bus so that the medical supplies are not stolen.”    CWB relies on a combination of paid employees and volunteers to fulfill its mission. There are between two and four doctors working for the foundation at any given time and volunteers from the United States come regularly. Whitelaw’s daughter, Kathryn ’10, who attended College of William & Mary, helped set up an annual program in which the college’s pre-med students come once or twice a year to assist with everything from medical examinations—which often involve immunizations, treating infections, and taking blood pressure and other measurements—to picking up trash and painting buildings.    Twice a year, optometry students from Pacific University in Oregon travel to Costa Rica to help the CWB perform eye exams. In March, two teachers and 11 students performed nearly 300 exams a day for a week. The students also visit refugee camps and shelters to see firsthand how complicated life is for those living in poverty.    Remarkably, all of CWB’s work is orchestrated by just a handful of people, primarily on a voluntary basis. CWB’s annual operating revenue is between $60,000 and $70,000, mostly raised through an annual party held in the Boston area —and mostly attended by Whitelaw’s friends, who provide the foundation’s donor base. The board is comprised of old friends of Whitelaw who volunteer their time.

Finding a Balance Brenes attended Kansas State University and went on to a lucrative career working in Costa Rica with international conglomerates. He met Whitelaw in 2014, and was so taken by the foundation’s mission that he began volunteering. Soon, he had quit his full-time job and now receives a modest “salary” (mostly to cover expenses) from CWB, which he supplements with income as a financial consultant. As for Whitelaw, he alternates back and forth between his home in Weston, where he continues a sports medicine practice, and Costa Rica. His wife, Dr. Phyllis Carr, is extremely supportive of his work, though Whitelaw acknowledges, with a chuckle, that she is not “enamored” with him being away from home so much. Strapp estimates that Whitelaw uses about $100,000 of his own money annually to cover flights back and forth and living expenses in Costa Rica.    “George is an angel,” says Brenes. “He always flies down with medicines, bandages, everything we need and more. Last Christmas, a local church was planning a party for kids. I asked George in November to bring down some gifts. He came with two big bags containing more than 200 toys. It was so much that he was stopped at customs to pay taxes. That’s George. If the children of Costa Rica need something, and he can do it, he will.”

Dr. George Whitelaw helps open a new clinic in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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Meet The Man Who Knew Infinity

When screenwriter and director Matt

Brown ’85 first heard the story of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, he knew it didn’t fit into the typical Hollywood formula. There were no action-packed chase scenes, cliff dives, or torrid scandals. Nonetheless, there was something about Ramanujan’s journey that inspired Brown, and he wanted to share it with others. After a lot of hard work and perseverance, The Man Who Knew Infinity debuted in theaters earlier this year and audiences across the country have fallen in love with this story of unmatched intellect and unlikely friendship. The movie is based on the life story of Ramanujan (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire),

whose genius for mathematics takes him from the slums of India to Trinity College, Cambridge University in the early 20th century. Prompted by his mentor G. H. Hardy (Academy-Award winner Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune), Ramanujan overcomes racism and the austerity of academia to revolutionize the field with his theorems, which he attributes to divine inspiration. Driven by the engaging rapport between Patel and Irons as two vastly different men who find common ground in the world of numbers, The Man Who Knew Infinity is a fascinating tale of how an unlikely, cross-cultural friendship changed the world. “As a writer, I latched on to the human, personal story behind Ramanujan and Hardy,” says Brown. “Family and faith were so important to Ramanujan and he sacrificed everything in order to be understood. He gets all the way to Cambridge, a miracle in and of itself, and finds Hardy. The odds were stacked against him, but he persisted.” In many ways, this is an underdog story—which could also be said of Brown’s mission to get this movie made. He spent 12 years working on the screenplay, amidst other projects, and fought to find funding in order for it to see the big screen. Brown says it took patience and confidence to believe in something others didn’t right away. The payoff has been watching audiences react positively to the film. “It’s a ‘bromance’ in a way,” laughs Brown. “People see something in it that reflects their own lives, whether it is the relationship between brothers, fathers and sons, or friends. It’s amazing to see how audiences connect to the film.” The Man Who Knew Infinity is also getting rave reviews in the math world. Mathematicians are applauding its authenticity and are thrilled that Ramanujan’s contributions are being celebrated. It takes a lot of people to make a film, and Brown is the first to admit that it was a collaborative effort by many. One of those contributors


Photo: © Richard Blanchard

Matt Brown ’85, on set with actor Jeremy Irons

Photo: © Lacey Terrell

was Brown’s brother, Coby ’88, who wrote and recorded the score for the film. The two have worked together in the past, but this was their first major project. “I don’t think either of us knew what we were tackling when we decided to make this movie, but that was probably a blessing in disguise,” says Brown. “If we knew how much work it was going to be, maybe we wouldn’t have signed up! Coby took a massive leap with this film. He’s amazing and did a wonderful job.” Coby Brown is a successful singer and songwriter in Los Angeles, who pushed himself out of his comfort zone for the movie’s music. Both he and Matt wanted to make sure it was authentic and accurate. In addition to the orchestral music, Coby worked with a group in South India to incorporate regional instruments and style. Both brothers attended Dexter School, and Matt says that’s really where their success started. “I owe everything to Dexter, and in

particular [former teacher] Ms. Liz Driscoll, for helping me through dyslexia. To be a working writer with dyslexia is one of the accomplishments I am most proud of in my life,” says Brown. He also credits Dexter with teaching him that anything is possible with enough hard work and persistence. “Dexter pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of, so when the going gets tough—and in my business that is almost always the case—I know I can get through it and succeed,” he says.

Coby Brown ’88

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by julie guptill

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The Science Behind Helping Others Ashley Santelises ’12, a biological engineering student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recently completed an internship at Genentech, one of the country’s leading biotechnology companies. During the seven-month project, she evaluated alternate resins, organic substances often used in the production of medicines and other pharmaceuticals. Santelises sat down with us to discuss the scientific field she has chosen and how she hopes to use science to make a difference in the world. What is bioengineering? Bioengineering is the application of engineering principles to any biological system. It’s a broad term that encompasses areas like medical devices, diagnostics, and even agricultural advancements.

You spent last summer and a semester away from MIT participating in an internship at Genentech in San Francisco. Tell us about that experience. Genentech’s internship program is among the best in the industry, and I was very excited to be part of the purification process development team. It was an amazing opportunity; I gained insight on drug development and on the overall pharmaceutical industry. The company develops medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threating conditions. Once a promising molecule is synthesized in research labs, the process development teams design, build, and scale up processes from the laboratory bench to medicines that can be mass produced for patients. They determine how to put the active


pharmaceutical ingredient into the most suitable dosage form, like a tablet, capsule, or injection. They also figure out how to test for purity and how to ensure consistent, safe, and effective drug levels. More specifically, the protein purification group ensures that the medicines being developed make it to people who need them. It is a complicated process! It was exciting to see the full course of developing a drug, from the discovery phase to production. Why did you choose this field? I’ve always been interested in science and math, but ultimately I want to help people. I want to test and develop products that will change, or even save, people’s lives. It gives me the feeling that I’m contributing to the world around me. My interest in global health led me to work in a Brazilian biotech start-up, monitoring the Dengue virus. I joined the company in hopes of furthering my technical knowledge, but I became curious about the business component of the life science industry. In addition to the scientific research and methodology to make the product, the company had to figure out the best strategies and initiatives to make the business grow. This internship sparked my interest in helping healthcare and life science companies to achieve their business goals so they can better serve our communities. I decided to declare a minor in management at MIT to combine my interests in global health and business. What are some of the challenges? Well, for one, there are always new technologies being developed. You have to stay on top of the research and read up on different experiment designs and apply them to your work. Another challenge is that science can’t solve everything right away. It’s a slow process and often the work you do is preliminary and

I’ve always been in interested in science and math, but ultimately I want to help people. I want to test and develop products that will change, or even save, people’s lives. It gives me the feeling that I’m contributing to the world around me.

contributes to a bigger body of work. It takes a lot of patience, diligence, and the belief that, in the end, your work will help advance and bring innovation to the field. There is a push to get girls and women more interested in STEM. Do you ever feel out of place as a woman working in this field? Actually, no. When I was a student at Southfield, it never occurred to me that math or science weren’t fields that typically attracted girls. There, all of my classmates took those courses with me, so it was normal. I was surrounded by women—including my female teachers—interested in STEM. It was very encouraging. I would say the same is true at MIT. The program is well balanced between men and women, and a lot of the industry’s leading scientists are women. You have one more semester at MIT. What’s next? Most of the biotech companies are based here in Boston or in San Francisco. I might be ready for a change of scenery when I graduate. I will probably work in the industry for a few years to better understand the needs of this field before deciding to go to business school or trying life science consulting. There’s still a lot to learn!



Sights and Sounds from Graduation

n June 9 and 10, Dexter Southfield graduated 46 members of the Class of 2016. At each ceremony, student and guest speakers shared reflections, remembrances, and words of wisdom with the young women and men on the graduates’ stage. Here are several excerpts from those who said it best: Guest speaker Dr. Elizabeth Baldini P ’15 ’16, trustee

“I’ve been very fortunate to learn a lot of things from many different people whom I view as mentors and role models. The lessons I have learned pertain to career advancement, work-life balance, and how one conducts oneself. Some of these lessons I found in likely places, like from my parents, chief resident, and senior doctors; but others I found in less likely places, like from my son, student, and tennis teammate. I think the common themes among all these people that ring true for me are the virtues of hard work, rigor, perseverance, creativity, initiative, respect, and modesty. And those are all virtues you already know well because they are the cornerstones of the faculty and teachings at Dexter Southfield.” For a list of prize winners and more photos, visit


Southfield valedictorian BreenA Baird ’16 “We may not be side by side tomorrow, but we will never be far from each other at heart. We have spent all of those hours, minutes, and seconds dreaming of the strong women we hope to become someday, and now we have the chance to truly become them. But no matter what, we will always be Southfield girls. . . . Now that you are more than ready for the mountains of success that await you, let’s get to it. Let’s finish this first big climb together.”

Guest speaker Mr. Edward Mahoney, Jr. ’81 P ’16 ’19, trustee “After today, each of you will head off in different directions. Each of you will face challenges along the way. This is a good thing. Each challenge is an opportunity to learn and grow. . . . Remember what you have gained here. Dexter Southfield has prepared you for what lies ahead, just as it prepared me.”

Dexter valedictorian Kevin Monahan, Jr. ’16 “As important as it is to have fun in college—whether it is playing for or cheering on our new schools, joining a new club, or meeting new people—it is essential that we continue to pursue the academic excellence that we’ve nourished here. Take this diploma today and do not think of it as the end, but as the beginning. We have gone through the academic and social grind here, and we have found meaning in the process. We are more prepared than we think we are for the next step.”



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Alannah Bulger receives her diploma from President of the Board Shaw McDermott.

Valedictorian Breena Baird

Ashley Costa Members of the elite Club 13, which recognizes those students who attended Southfield for at least 13 years. From left: Helen Fulham, Nicole Iannella, Sarah Ingram, Emily Kimball, Caitlin Southwick, Alivia Kinney, and Louisa Vincent

Shannon McGurty (center) and classmates

From left, Hannah Milne, Breena Baird, Delia Doherty, and Shannon Barry pause for a quick photo.


Members of the elite Club 13, which recognizes those students who attended Dexter for at least 13 years, Ward Mahoney (left) and Colby Chase.

Valedictorian Kevin Monahan

From left, Kyle Heffernan, Jack Donato, Pat Daly, and Kevin Hock

Cameron Blais receives the Performing Arts Prize from Head of School Todd Vincent.

Valentin Sverdlov

President of the Board Shaw McDermott presents Dakorite Ojuka with the John Homans Mason Memorial Prize.



senior profiles

Bryce Aiello

Belmont, Mass. Coming from Winn Brook School Heading to Brandeis University Soccer; Rowing

“I’ve been here since the first grade, so I’ve basically learned everything I know at Dexter Southfield. I’m going to miss it, but I know I can take those lessons with me and apply them wherever I go.” Bryce Aiello isn’t afraid to try new things. This year, he opted to take MEDscience, which is only in its second year of elective offerings at Dexter Southfield. He loved the class, especially the weekly trips to Harvard Medical School where he and other students performed hands-on medical procedures with state-of-the-art simulation trainers. Outside of school, Bryce started ballroom dancing after his family noticed a dance studio next to their favorite neighborhood restaurant. He picked it up quickly—learning step-movements and rhythms—and now performs throughout the Boston area. These are just two of the interests and activities for which he has discovered a passion. He credits Dexter Southfield for teaching him to take risks and try new things.

Madeleine Bomberg

Boston, Mass. Attended Southfield PK-Class 4; Classes 8–12 Hong Kong International School grades 5–7 Heading to Carnegie Mellon University Field Hockey; Tennis; Quiz Bowl Team; Peer Tutoring; contributor to The Drumlin

“I met one of my best friends on the bus the very first day of PK. I sat down next to her in the front row, and we’ve been friends ever since. When I leave Dexter Southfield, I’m going to miss the people the most.” Maddie Bomberg proves you can go home again. After attending Southfield through fourth grade, her family moved to China. When they returned to Boston at the start of Maddie’s eighth-grade year, she had a lot of choices but decided on Dexter Southfield. She wanted to come back to the community she had loved so much in her younger years. Maddie’s experience in the upper school has been equally great. She has a hard time picking any “favorite” classes because she’s enjoyed them all, including her selfdesigned independent study course to explore a historic topic in which she was interested. Maddie will continue to follow her love of learning at Carnegie Mellon next year.


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Kevin Hock

Braintree, Mass. Coming from Catholic Memorial School Taking a gap year before attending University of Maine Hockey (captain); Baseball (captain); Community Service Club

“Coming to Dexter Southfield was life changing for me. The teachers and coaches care about you as a person. It sets you up for success to be the best version of yourself.” The first day at a new school is enough to make anyone nervous, but Kevin Hock says the Dexter Southfield community welcomed him so warmly, he knew it was the right fit from day one. Since arriving in the 10th grade, the relationships he has made have had a huge impact, both inside and outside the classroom. Kevin credits his teachers—in particular Coach Dan Donato and Head of School Todd Vincent— for helping him grow as a student and athlete. Next year, Kevin will play for the South Shore Kings junior hockey team while taking classes to prepare for college. At the University of Maine, he plans to study business, following in the footsteps of his mother and father.

Emily Kimball

Boston, Mass. Attended Dexter Southfield since PK Heading to Franklin and Marshall College Curling; Quiz Bowl Team; Club Council; Peer Tutoring

“At Dexter Southfield I’ve learned that ‘personal best’ looks different for everyone. Teachers encourage students to discover for themselves what they are capable of achieving.” Emily Kimball is a member of an elite group at Dexter Southfield called Club 13. The designation recognizes students who have attended the School for at least 13 years, and this year there are seven girls who meet the criteria (Emily exceeds it; she has been at Dexter Southfield for 14 years.) The girls have grown up together on this campus and Emily says that over the years she has enjoyed watching her classmates develop divergent interests and passions, while they remained a tight-knit group of friends.    Emily spent summers on her family’s Vermont farm, where she cultivated her own passion for animals. She has shared this interest with teachers and classmates, and found connections in classes like AP Biology and Environmental Science. She plans to study ethology, the science of animal behavior, in college.



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Gaurav Krishnan

London, England Coming from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Heading to Boston University Soccer; Quiz Bowl; Ambassador’s Club; Debate Team

“I’ve never met a headmaster like Mr. Vincent, who knows every student’s name and takes the time to stop in the hallways and say hello. His door is always open; it’s clear that he listens to and cares about his students.” During the last home soccer game of the season, Gaurav Krishnan looked out from the field to see the sidelines crowded with Dexter Southfield fans. While it was a special day, especially for the seniors, the support from the community was emblematic of any given day at the School. Gaurav says that students feel encouraged—whether it’s on the fields or in the classrooms—by the close-knit community that surrounds them. Everyone is made to feel included, from the Head of School to the Maintenance staff, and hard work and dedication is appreciated by all. Gaurav says it’s a lesson he will bring with him as he makes connections in a new community next year and in years to come.

Alivia Kinney

West Roxbury, Mass. Attended Dexter Southfield since PK Heading to Emerson College Curling; Knitting Club; Quiz Bowl

“Being with the other girls in my class has been the best experience. It feels like a sisterhood, and I know it’s helped build my confidence. It makes Dexter Southfield stand out; you can’t make these connections everywhere.” During her Public Speaking performance this spring, Alivia Kinney admitted to classmates that she is not a fan of change. With college just weeks away, she is faced with the biggest transition of her life, especially since Alivia has only ever known Dexter Southfield. Before she was even a student, this campus was home. In her early years, she lived in faculty housing with her father, teacher Scott Kinney; mother, Susan; and brother, Chris ’14. She has been enrolled since PK and has spent every summer at the Dexter Southfield Summer Camps—first as a camper and later as a counselor. Alivia says while the thought of leaving the School scares her, she knows she can handle it because of the lessons learned here. She has gained the knowledge and confidence to tackle any change life throws her way.


senior profiles

Ben Wilson

Dedham, Mass. Coming from Hopkinton Public Schools Taking a gap year before attending Bard College Cross Country; Chess Club; LEAD

“Small class sizes are an advantage here. It’s easier to make a personal connection with teachers when their time isn’t divided. This helps in the classroom because the discussion never gets lost in a crowd.” Ben Wilson’s teachers describe him as a deep thinker who is always willing to lead a discussion when he is passionate about the subject matter. When a topic sparks his curiosity, he likes to explore it fully. He will read and research, considering history, context, and themes. This drive to learn more led him to design a senior project that connected several of his interests. Ben enjoys reading, writing, and films, so he created a project working with a film studies professor at the College of the Holy Cross. They identified a list of films, and Ben learned the art of film critique and review writing. Ben looks forward to attending Bard College after taking a gap year to study Spanish, French, and Russian.

Meghara McManus

Milton, Mass. Coming from Milton Public Schools Heading to University of New Hampshire Soccer (captain); Hockey (captain); Softball (captain); writer for The View; Ambassadors’ Club

“Athletics has taught me a lot in general. It doesn’t matter how down you get; you can come back from anything. You can push yourself further than you have ever imagined.” If you ask Meghara McManus about the highlight reel from four years competing as a three-sport athlete, the winning goals or the game-saving catches aren’t the only special moments. It’s the quality times with her teammates that provide memories to last a lifetime. As team captain, she knew sometimes it was about motivating the team to run faster or push harder, but most often it was about leading in other ways—accomplishing a common goal or finding grace in the face of adversity. Meghara believes in hard work and using every opportunity to learn and grow. Dexter Southfield helped pave the way for her to find the path to success. Meghara is heading to the University of New Hampshire, where she will play Division I hockey for the Wildcats.



Senior Projects From earning a scuba diving certification to building a handcrafted desk, the Class of 2016 made the most of the time they spent off campus for this year’s senior projects. For two weeks, students explored topics like interior design, finance and wealth management, music, photography, veterinary care, cooking, and quilting. They worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Sotheby’s by the Sea, Sweet Bakery, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Boston Redevelopment Association, just to name a few. Each day, they wrote blog entries detailing everything they did. After only a few days, many seniors wrote that the experience was life changing. Nathan Qiu chose photojournalism for his senior project, wanting to experience “working on assignment” just as a professional photographer would do. He shadowed his classmates at their senior project sites for the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine. Here is a collection of his images and reflections.


Colby Chase, busking (street performing) on Martha’s Vineyard

From Nathan:

“In the chilling wind stands a figure carrying a guitar in a slightly-weathered black leather case. Beside him, an amplifier decorated with brown leather and brass buttons is anchored on the ground. I am holding my camera, moving like a lunatic, twisting my body trying to get some good angles of him. This was the prelude of Colby’s music adventure on Martha’s Vineyard and the opening scene of my journey of senses.”



“When I arrived [at the bakery], Christine and two other staff members were packing up an order of 700 cupcakes. Everything was exactly what you would expect from a cupcake store—bright wallpaper, pink decorations, and the smell of sugar. Regarding my experience taking photos there, I would say it was difficult. I expected better light conditions in the store so I didn’t bring my flash. The light outside is much stronger than that in the store, causing shadows casted on faces.”

From Nathan:

Christine Finneran, internship at Sweet Bakery

Kevin Monahan, softball coach with All-Dorchester Sports League

“In terms of photography, I got to try a theme I’ve never done before—sports. It was definitely challenging. It was not easy to focus on the girls when they moved fast. And it was not easy to account for the composition while trying hard to just capture the moment.”

From Nathan:


Emily Kimball, animal handling “Taking photos in the rain was quite a challenge. The light condition was not ideal so I had to rise the ISO to a very high level. It was a choice between quantity and quality. I could use a low ISO, which yields high quality photos, and only take photos outdoors or use a high ISO and take as many photos as I could. It was a hard decision and I chose quality in the end.”

From Nathan:

“It was my first time walking in a forest of such magnitude. We wandered on and off the trail with our eyes opened wide, searching for interesting things to shoot. It was quite different from taking photos in the city, and it was challenging in its own way. Watching Val take photos and talking to him, I felt a bit of myself in him. He said my camera was nice and jokingly told me not to laugh at his camera. Many people—including me when I was a beginner —think good cameras make good photos. But it isn’t true. The eyes behind the camera are more important.”

From Nathan:

Val Sverdlov, photography



Class of 2016

By +he Numbe4s 38


The total number of students in the Dexter Southfield Class of 2016—25 boys, 21 girls.

Students attending college out of state


The farthest number of miles a student is traveling to attend college (Scotland)


Students who submitted at least one Early Action or Early Decision application; 22 will enroll at a college to which they were admitted early


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The total number of college applications Dexter Southfield seniors submitted.

Decided areas of study, which include classics, business, animal behavior, computer science, economics, English, Spanish, public health, creative writing, physics, chemistry, communications

New colleges added to the Dexter Southfield matriculation list: Amherst College, Carnegie Mellon University, Franklin and Marshall College, Lehigh University, University of Maine, Orono, University of Miami, Pat Daly, Amherst College Reed College, Texas Christian University, Tulane University



Out of state colleges, in 2 countries, 16 states, where seniors will matriculate

Sports: Students plan to play men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s rowing, men’s rowing, women’s lacrosse, and men’s lacrosse

Louisa Vincent to play lacrosse at Skidmore


2016 College Acceptances The University of Alabama

University of Hartford

Saint Anselm College

Amherst College*

Harvard College

Saint Joseph’s University

The University of Arizona

Hobart and William Smith Colleges*

Saint Michael’s College

Babson College*

College of the Holy Cross

Salve Regina University

Bard College*

Indiana University at Bloomington

University of San Diego

Baylor University

Johnson & Wales University

University of San Francisco

Bentley University

Lehigh University*

Santa Clara University

Boston College

Loyola University Chicago

Sarah Lawrence College

Boston University*

Loyola University Maryland

Seton Hall University

Brandeis University*

Lynn University

Skidmore College*

Bryant University*

University of Maine*

University of Southern California

University of California, Los Angeles*

University of Mary Washington

University of St. Andrews*

Canisius College

University of Maryland, College Park

St. John’s College

Carnegie Mellon University*

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

St. Lawrence University

Carroll University (Wisconsin)

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Stetson University*

The Catholic University of America

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Stonehill College

Chapman University

Merrimack College

Stony Brook University

College of Charleston*

University of Miami*

Syracuse University*

Coastal Carolina University

University of Michigan

Texas Christian University*

University of Colorado at Boulder

Nazareth College

Trinity College*

Connecticut College

University of New Hampshire at Durham*

Tulane University*

University of Denver

Union College

Dickinson College*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Drexel University

Northwestern University

Villanova University

Elon University

Ohio Wesleyan University

University of Virginia*

Emerson College*

Providence College*

Warren Wilson College

Emory University

Quinnipiac University

Washington University in St. Louis

Fairfield University

Reed College*

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Fordham University*

University of Rhode Island

Widener University

Franklin and Marshall College*

University of Richmond

The College of Wooster

The George Washington University*

Roanoke College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Georgetown University*

Rochester Institute of Technology

Gettysburg College

Roger Williams University*

Guilford College

Sacred Heart University

University of Vermont*

* denotes at least one student matriculating

Dexter Southfield’s program of college counseling is designed to help each student find a suitable match in higher education. To this end, the college counseling office provides both advice and information throughout a process involving a student’s self-study, research, application, and final decision. For more information, visit



Reunion 2016

Alumni Reunite with Friends, and Reacquaint Themselves with Campus

The Class of 1966 has set the bar high for any alumni attending future reunion events on

campus. Eighteen classmates, along with spouses and invited guests, celebrated their 50th Reunion on Friday, May 13, with good food, fond memories, and lots of laughter. The tight-knit group spent months leading up to the reunion checking in with one another to make sure everyone who could make it was in attendance. Their hard work and organization paid off; the group made good use of their time together, spending hours reminiscing about their Dexter days. They toasted each other, beloved faculty members, and 50 years of friendship. They asked questions about Dexter Southfield today and renewed a vow to stay connected to the School, and each other, for years to come.    The following day, on a beautiful spring Saturday, alumni from all eras of the School returned to campus. Many attended a memorial service for longtime athletic director George S. Dalrymple, Jr., who passed away in March. Alumni and former colleagues shared stories about Mr. Dal, which will no doubt help keep his memory alive for future generations of Dexter Southfield student-athletes. Following the ceremony, alumni enjoyed activities, including a cookout, a flower-arranging class with Alice’s Table, a 3D-printing demonstration, upper school Public Speaking performances, and a “State of the School” address with Todd Vincent. Most attendees made their way to the sidelines to cheer on several varsity teams during the day. During dinner, alumni and guests were treated to musical performances from our talented students. Reunion Weekend is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and classmates; mark your calendar for next year’s event on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

From left: Tim Black, Roger Farrington, and Peter Smith, all Class of 1966, share memories from their Dexter days.

V.J. Morgan, Craig Morgan, and Harvey Cushing represented the Class of 1986 at their 30th Reunion.

Ford Curran and Topher Watts, both Class of 1991, celebrating their 25th Reunion


Tim Black ’66 and classmates enjoy a laugh at the 50th Reunion dinner.

Nicole Danehy ’11 works on her flower arrangement with Alice’s Table.

John Dewey ’66 Nicole Haskins ’10

Below: Class of 1966, 50th Reunion Back row, from left: Ken Isaacs, Pete Taussig, Harry Blackman, David Gray, Ernie Adams, Daniel Lyne, Nicholas Mittell, Bill Ray, Ames Byrd, Bill Wheeler, Rob Leith; Front row, left to right: Arthur Pier, Will Hendren, David Pendergast, Tim Black, John Dewey, Roger Farrington, Peter Smith, RT Lyman.



Reunion 2016

From left: Jim Stamatos ’82, Scott Barringer ’83, and Todd Vincent cheer on the boys’ lacrosse team.

Ernie Adams ’66

Mollie McColgan ’11, Katie McNamara ’08, and Nicole Danehy ’11 hold up their finished products.

From left: Mike Campbell, Brendan Fitzgerald, Mollie McColgan, Joe DiPietro, Nick Malatos, Robert McNamara, Kevin Green, all Class of 2011, were back on campus for their 5th Reunion.

Mark Ragosa ’88 and his children, Julian and Ellie, check out their lunch options at the cookout.

faculty perspective


Show and Tell b y PETER W ILLIAMS O N , Upper School Faculty My father traveled through the

United States and Western Europe extensively while he was a teenager and college student. He spent a couple of summers in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, and he visited and skied in the Alps while he was a student at Oxford in the 1930s. World War II took him to Algeria, Anzio, the second D-Day in the South of France, and eventually into Germany and Austria. He learned to love travel and maps, and he reveled in telling me stories about the various places he loved and where he wanted to go next. He never told me war stories, but he did describe the countries he visited: Algeria, Austria, Germany, England, and Italy, all of which he loved. And I loved his stories. One day Dad had a present for me—a big wall map of the world with the flags of countries all around the edges, which we tacked up right next to my bed. Each night before lights out we would play geography games. At first, he would challenge me to find countries like Australia and China, and we would look for the corresponding flags. Then we went on to cities: the easier ones first, like Los Angeles, London, and Moscow. I would challenge him, but I rarely stumped him. Gradually, I learned about Belize City; Leopoldville in the old Belgian Congo; Adelaide, Australia; Rio de Janeiro; and, my favorite, Kathmandu in Nepal, with its oddlyshaped dual triangular flag. Dad promised me he would take me there one day. It wasn’t long after he gave me the map that our family visited New York

City, and we went to the United Nations building. In the gift shop, Mum and Dad let me buy two small flags and I remember picking out Iceland and Panama, just because I liked their designs and colors. That was the beginning of my flag collection, back when I was 9 years old, when Eisenhower was still in the White House. Today, anyone coming into my classroom will notice dozens of stick flags around the molding and bigger flags on my bulletin boards. I have learned that each flag has a story behind its design, and I can weave those stories into my history classes. I also have maps galore in my room, and my students can attest to my love of these two hobbies, which I integrate into my lessons. I have always been a visual learner, and I know that many of my students, going back over almost 40 years at Dexter Southfield, have benefitted from my daily “show and tell.” My love of flags and maps has reaped all sorts of benefits. I have a flagpole outside my house, and I fly an assortment of flags over the course of the year to varied responses from my neighbors. As I write this article, I can look out the window and see Wales or Tanzania fluttering in the Dedham breeze. I have dozens of atlases from various dates, and I love to track how the borders of countries can change. Just look at Europe. When I was growing up, there was this monolithic Soviet Union stretching from Poland to Alaska. Now there are Belarus, the Baltic States, Azerbaijan, all the “-stans,” and more. With new countries come new flags and

new stories! Within the last year I have acquired flags of Macedonia and Turkmenistan, not just because I am interested in their designs, but also because both have interesting histories that I can share in the classroom. I have loved the response I have received from my students over the years, usually in the form of questions. How many flags do you have? (Lots, and I even have some “bad” flags such as a Nazi banner, the Japanese Rising Sun, and the hammer and sickle of the USSR.) What’s your favorite flag? (Well, aside from “Old Glory,” perhaps Denmark and California because of the histories behind them.) How many countries have you been to? (Lots!) What’s your favorite? (Without hesitation, Nepal, because my father made good on his promise, and I celebrated my 20th birthday in a yak pasture, not too far from my fabled Kathmandu.) Hobbies are not just great for an individual; they are especially rewarding when one can share them with others. For me, those others are my friends and neighbors, and especially my students. Every day I can be the host of “show and tell,” even about Kathmandu.

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News and Updates from Our Community

Mark Fusco

Elizabeth Baldini

Jonathan Kraft

D e x t e r S o u thf i e ld B o a r d o f T r u st e e s

Joining the Board

Elizabeth Baldini P ’15 ’16 Dedham, Mass.

Beth Baldini has been part of the Dexter Southfield community for a long time. Both of her children attended Dexter Southfield—George ’15, from Pre-Kindergarten through Class 12, and Eliza ’16, from Kindergarten through Class 6. Her husband, Edward, is an alumnus of the Dexter Class of 1976. She is very appreciative of how her family has benefited from the educational rigor and strong core values of the School.    Baldini attended Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. She is an associate professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School, and

radiation oncology director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical research efforts focus on the diseases of sarcoma and mesothelioma. Baldini is a strong supporter of Dexter Southfield and looks forward to sharing her experiences and insights to further advance the School’s goals.

Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 Westwood, Mass.

Mark Fusco was most recently Aspen Technology’s president and chief executive officer. He joined the Aspen Tech Board in January 2004, and became the CEO in January 2005,

serving in this role until September 2013. During his tenure Fusco drove the company’s focus on operational performance, product innovation, and market leadership in the process industries.    Since leaving Aspen technology Fusco has been active in managing and starting two businesses and currently serves on the Board of Directors of four technology companies, Viewpoint Construction Software, BlackDuck Software, Dyn Corporation, and Exa Corporation.    Before entering the business world, Fusco played in the National Hockey League and on the U.S. Olympic hockey team. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. He and his wife,


R e t i r ing f r o m t h e B o a r d By President of the Board of Trustees Shaw McDermott

Kristin, have two boys, John ’20 and Mathew ’22, who attend Dexter Southfield.

Jonathan Kraft P ’20 Chestnut Hill, Mass.

As president of The Kraft Group, Jonathan Kraft is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of each of the Group’s operating businesses and driving the strategy for future growth and diversification. The Kraft Group is a private holding company comprised of companies in the paper and packaging industries, sports and entertainment, real estate, and private equity investing.    A graduate of Williams College, class of 1986, Kraft received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990. He serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors at Harvard Business School and is also on the board of trustees for several organizations including Massachusetts General Hospital, where he chairs the Finance Committee, and Belmont Hill School. Kraft is also a Trustee Emeritus of Williams College and chairs the College’s Investments Committee. Additionally, he chairs the Boston Children’s Hospital Stem Cell Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Patti, have three children; their son, Jacob ’20, attends Dexter Southfield and will enter Class 9 next fall.

Dexter Southfield School recognizes the dedicated service of members of the Board of Trustees who have given passionately of their time, talent, and treasure. This year marks the conclusion of the service of two members of the board. Vincent J. Morgan, D.D.M. has given 14 consecutive terms of service as a member of the board, participating during that time in some of the most important decisions affecting school life today. Following Morgan’s election in 2002, the board deliberated on the recommendation of Mr. Phinney and his administrative team to expand the School to add grades 9 through 12. The board, with the support of Morgan and others, approved the program, with the resulting graduation of a first Dexter upper school class in 2007 and the first Southfield upper school class in 2008. Later, again with Morgan’s input, the School organized a transition in 2010–2011 from the storied 47-year-long leadership of Mr. Phinney as head of Dexter and Southfield to his outstanding successor, today’s Head of School, Todd Vincent. Throughout his term of service, Morgan continued to build his dental implant firm, Bicon Dental Implants, into a worldwide enterprise, with locations in six dozen countries. Morgan is the father of two Dexter graduates, Craig and V.J. Morgan, both Class of 1986, and the grandfather to Jenna ’20, Abigail ’22, Ryan ’24, and Morgan ’26. Richard T. Miller joined the Dexter Southfield Board in 2012, and served continuously on the School’s Investment Committee. Miller has provided critical insights on the management of the School’s endowment and on strategic decisions affecting the School’s long-term health. Although his term on the board of trustees came to an end this spring, Miller has helped to launch a wonderful new partnership with Nativity Prep, a Jesuit preparatory school in Boston, under which Nativity Prep students will participate this summer in all the various programs offered at Dexter Southfield Summer Camps. For this imaginative and generous initiative, the board and the School are exceptionally grateful, and we are very happy that this initiative will keep Miller closely tied to the School. Miller continues as group managing director at TCW Special Situations. He and his wife, LeAnne, are parents to Dexter Southfield alumnus Nick Miller ’18. Their neice, Christine Finneran, graduated in June 2016.

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Head of Middle School Susan Burke Retires


fter more than 40 years working in education—the last 18 at Dexter Southfield—Head of the Middle School Susan Burke retired this spring. She leaves an indelible mark, having played a major role in shaping the middle school, and she was a strong voice during years of transition and important change. Her leadership, guidance, and care made a huge impact on her students and colleagues and, while she will be sorely missed, her friendship and mentorship will have a long-lasting effect. “Mrs. Burke connected with her students and built strong relationships. She set high expectations so her students could do their very best,” says Elizabeth Weeks ’19. “Mrs. Burke is one of the kindest, most trustworthy people I have met and she is always looking for ways to help others. This community will miss her, but we all wish her the best.” There was never a question in Burke’s mind that she wanted to be a teacher. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, she landed a position teaching sixth grade in the Boston Public School (BPS) system. It was clear that she was made for the classroom, and she loved working with the students. Burke spent the next 20 years with BPS—during which time she earned two advanced degrees, a master’s in education from UMass and a certificate of advanced studies in school administration, social policy and planning from Harvard University. In 1992, she left BPS for Brimmer and May, where—as assistant head of the middle school—she helped the all-girls’ school transition to co-education. She left there in 1998 to join Dexter Southfield, and ever since has been winning over faculty, staff, and students with her trademark grin and artful way with words (just ask the many boys and girls who she invited to her office to hear about the “positive benefits of good behavior”). Over the years, Burke has served in many roles at Dexter Southfield. She came on board as the coordinator for Classes 4 and 5, later adding Class 6, and has taught a number of English and health classes. Four years ago, Head of School Todd

Susan Burke

“. . . there’s a special place in my heart for middle school.” Vincent approached her to discuss his ideas for shaping the middle school. They both agreed that the middle grades needed their own identity, and separating the middle school as its own division would help the School as a whole. “I saw it as the last big challenge of my career,” says Burke. “I’ve worked with lower, middle, and upper school students since first becoming a teacher, but there’s a special place in my heart for middle school.” Burke has helped make the vision a reality. The middle school has developed into a tight-knit group within the greater Dexter Southfield community. Under her leadership, the faculty have shaped the curriculum and program to best serve Classes 6, 7, and 8. “Given Susan’s talents, vision, and prior experience, this role was a natural fit,” says Vincent. “She was instrumental in bringing together the faculty. They have worked together beautifully to make the middle school experience everything it should be for our students. We couldn’t do this work without them, and Susan Burke was at the forefront of that collaboration.” From Burke’s perspective, working with the teachers to shape the middle

school was made easier because they share her love and passion for working with these particular grades—which she admits says a lot about them all. “You have to really enjoy this age,” says Burke with a laugh. “They’re silly and fun and make me laugh every day. They’re eager to figure out what life is all about and get very wrapped up in the process. Sometimes—ok, most of the time—it takes a lot of patience, but it’s so worth it. I love this age. I love being around the students.” In fact, it’s the students who she says she will miss the most. “I’ll stay connected to Dexter Southfield after I leave. I’ve made so many true friends on the faculty; I know I’ll stay in touch with them, too,” she says. “It’s the daily interactions with the students that I’ll miss. After all, they are the only ones who get all my jokes. Who will laugh at me now?” As for the next chapter, Burke knows it will take time for her to learn how to “slow down and do nothing” after more than 40 years of constant, daily activity with high energy students. She plans to take up bird watching, devote more time to her golf game, and spend more time with family and friends. Burke says that in a few months she is looking forward to enjoying a New England autumn for the first time in decades. “Those who work in education understand; September goes by in a flash and we feel like we always miss it. This year, I’m going to bask in the September sun.”

A Spring Tradition: Prize Days


n early June, the community gathered to celebrate the 24th Southfield Prize Day and the 90th Dexter Prize Day. Scholarship, public speaking, and citizenship prizes were awarded to students in Classes K-8, and the young women and young men of the Class of 2020 were honored at each ceremony. Speakers lauded the eighth graders for their growth during their middle school years, urging them to continue to work hard and value friendships throughout high school and beyond. For the full list of award winners and more photos, visit www.


Prize Day Recipients (clockwise from top left): Ora Caperton ’20; Aris Doganis ’20; Beatrix Picotte ’24, prima, left, and Gia Bharadwaj ’24, secunda; John Grimes ’26, primus, left, and Brennan Voke ’26, secunda.

A New Website Is On Its Way


he School’s completely redesigned and rebuilt website will launch this fall. Boston-based web design and development firm Skyworld Interactive began working with Dexter Southfield earlier this year. After months of research, review, brainstorming sessions, and focus groups, they developed a website that will help the School tell its story. The photos, videos, and stories featured on the new site will help visitors learn more about our campus, community, and programs. We hope that the visitors like what they see online and will schedule a visit to experience firsthand all that we offer. The site will have a revamped all-school calendar, newly designed athletics team pages and schedules, and easy-to-use navigation, among other elements that will benefit current families. Alumni will have access to a new password-protected section to update their online profile, network with other alumni, and submit Class Notes. More information about the

new website will be available when the site goes live in September.

The Community Thanks Karen Thornton for 17 Years of Service


n March, surrounded by her colleagues, longtime staff member Karen Thornton celebrated her final day at Dexter Southfield. During the past 17 years, Thornton worked as an administrative assistant, supporting many different departments and faculty members. As the School grew, she focused more on purchasing and online ordering. “Karen was the best at what she did,” says Freddy Fucci, maintenance staff member. “She did such a great job, and she always had a smile on her face.” Thornton is looking forward to spending more time with her family and friends. First on her list is a trip to Ireland to visit family and tend to her beloved house in Spiddal. “It’s bittersweet,” she says, “I’m going to miss the students, faculty and staff, maintenance team, and kitchen staff. They’re like a second family—this

Karen Thornton community has been a big part of my working life. I’ll miss it.” Thornton returned to campus in May for the annual end-ofyear faculty and staff dinner, where she was honored for her devotion to the School. Thank you, Karen, for all of your hard work and your continued friendship over the years.

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Artist Greg Mumford ’90 Returns to Campus

T Class 1 Boys Strike a (Yoga) Pose


utside of school, Class 1 teacher Margaret Coppola has been practicing yoga and meditation for years. She appreciates its positive mental and physical effects, especially after a long work day. In 2015, she earned her 200hour yoga certification and began teaching evening and weekend classes. During one Saturday yoga class, she watched her students master the half-moon pose and realized there was no reason her Dexter Southfield first graders couldn’t benefit from the artful practice, too. She incorporated yoga into the curriculum and the boys immediately took to it. Coppola says they love learning all the poses, and she finds it calms them down and helps them re-focus. Greg Mumford ’90

his spring, artist and Dexter Southfield alumnus Greg Mumford ’90 returned to campus to speak to lower and middle school classes about the importance of art. Mumford brought in two of his original pieces to spark discussion, allowing students to ask about his creative process and feelings behind the artwork. Mumford works at Outside the Lines Studio in Medford, Mass., which offers creative art programs to people living with neurodevelopmental and physical disabilities. During his presentation, he displayed a few pieces of art that were created at the studio. For more information, visit www.

Middle and Upper School Students Celebrate Diversity


n Friday, January 22, upper school students and faculty participated in the third annual Diversity Day. They all listened—to speakers, presenters and, most importantly, one another— and learned together. While discussions throughout the day varied, the common theme centered on an effort to ensure everyone in the Dexter Southfield community feels included and valued. Students were inspired by spoken word poet and keynote speaker Clint Smith, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, who shared personal stories from his childhood and opinions on everything from

43 race relations in America to food insecurity. He performed several spoken word poems, including “The Danger of Silence” and “How to Raise a Black Son in America,” both of which have been featured as TedTalks and have garnered more than 4 million views online. Following his remarks, students worked in small groups for various workshops throughout the morning. They reconvened in the afternoon to hear a panel discussion from the Public Voice Speaker’s Bureau. Sponsored by Boston’s City Mission, Public Voice provides public speaking and storytelling training for anyone whose life has been impacted by homelessness, poverty, or racism. As they put real faces to these large issues, students learned the importance of listening with empathy and understanding.

Keynote speaker Alex Freeman

From self-discovery to race and gender bias in the media, the middle school covered a lot of ground during their Diversity Day the following week, on Friday, January 29. Keynote speaker, award-winning filmmaker, disability advocate, and digital artist Alexander Freeman started the day with a moving presentation about his life with cerebral palsy. When Freeman was 15, his mother encouraged him to take a filmmaking course. He immediately knew film was the career path he was going to pursue. “For the first time, I was able to express and present my ideas exactly how I saw them in my head,” he says. (His cerebral palsy causes speech and communication challenges.) After obtaining a B.A. from Emerson College, Freeman has gone on to make that dream come true. He has produced and directed 19 films, and has worked with well-known producers around the United States. His disability has given him a unique perspective on life, and has pushed him to stay motivated and driven to do whatever he sets his mind to. “I do not define myself by my disability, but by my ability to have a long-lasting impact through my films,” he says. Freeman reminded students not to limit themselves, and to remember that people who have a disability are just as capable of achieving goals as anyone else. “We cannot control the cards we are dealt, we just have to play,” he says.

Rick Miller P ’18 Helps Bring Nativity Prep to Dexter Southfield this Summer “As many boys who would like to participate,” responded Dexter Southfield trustee Rick Miller when asked how many students he wished to support. Through a generous gift to Dexter Southfield, Rick and his wife LeAnne will make it possible for more than 40 boys from Nativity Preparatory School to attend the School’s Camp program this summer. Located in Jamaica Plain, Nativity Prep is an accredited, tuition-free, Jesuit middle school serving boys of all faiths from low-income families in Boston. Miller, who also serves as a trustee at Nativity Prep and whose son Nick attended Dexter Southfield from Kindergarten through Class 8, recognizes the value of the two schools and wants to find ways to collaborate. “Both schools focus on creating wellrounded individuals of high moral character aimed at self-betterment and service to others. The outstanding Dexter Southfield Summer Camp Program provides a great way to expose Nativity Prep kids to Dexter Southfield’s beautiful campus and for all campers to benefit from a richer and more diverse learning environment,” says Miller. Nativity Prep campers range in age from fourth grade to high school freshmen. They will select from all nine camp offerings—Enrichment Camp, Science and Technology Camp, Day Camp, a number of sports-specific camps, or a combination of their choosing—that speak to their interests. Most importantly, all campers have the ability to try new things, build confidence, and have fun.

Shannon McGurty ’16 Signs Letter of Intent with Boston University

Spoken word poet Clint Smith joins an upper school workshop.


lass 12 student-athlete Shannon McGurty signed a letter of intent to row at Boston University next year. McGurty was recruited to the Division I women’s rowing program after rowing for four years at Dexter Southfield. “Shannon is the real deal. She brings a high level of

in the newsUMME R 2016 44 SPR ING/S inside, vastly improving the storage and accessibility for the growing fleet of shells. Support from the rowing parents and other members of our community made these improvements possible. “Our crews are able to get to the water so much faster, it’s like adding an extra practice to each week,” says head coach Dan Reid. “With our renovated boathouse, we are able to simply open the doors and set the team loose to complete the myriad tasks required to get 50 rowers on the water. These improved facilities let the boys and girls take on those leadership roles.”

Dexter Southfield Gives Back

Shannon McGurty ’16 intensity to the boathouse every day and is a true competitor in every sense of the word,” says girls’ rowing coach and faculty member Tuffer Dow. “She sets a great example for the younger rowers and she is a big part of the rowing team’s success.” The Dexter Southfield community wishes BU’s newest Terrier the best. We will be cheering for Shannon from the banks of the Charles River next season.

Rowing Center Renovations Strengthen Program


he rowing center at 100 Bridge Street, Dedham, was renovated this spring to better serve our rowers and their equipment. A new overhead door and ramp were installed on the boat bay and new rolling racks were installed


he entire upper school participated in National Community Service Week this April, serving nine sites in the Greater Boston area during Dexter South-

field’s second annual Community Service Day. Volunteer work ranged from preparing food and meal packages at Community Servings in Jamaica Plain to sorting through donated clothes at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton. Some students helped clean the grounds at Camp Wing in Duxbury, prepping for summer activities and the School’s fall orientation, while


Alumni Board members, from left, Tom Fee ’09, Russ Corsini ’87, and Jim Stamatos ’82

Dover Rug and Home on Stuart Street, Boston, was the perfect venue. Thank you to Hasan Jafri ’10 for graciously letting the School use the family business for the event. others visited residents at the Sherrill House Nursing Home in Boston. Additional service sites included NewLife in Walpole; the Greenway and Pine Street Inn, both in Boston; and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and Heading Home, both in Cambridge. “It is so important to expand your mind, to think critically about your environment, and to connect with those who may be different from you,” said Anna McDonald, community service coordinator, when students and faculty gathered back on campus later that day. “Most importantly, we ask you to give your time and talents to help others throughout the year, beyond this designated day.”

Matt Magoon (left) and Nicole Haskins, both Class of 2010

From left, Phoebe Cabot ’02, Mollie McColgan ’11, Head of School Todd Vincent, and Christopher Roy ’83

Guest speaker Dave Hoffman, director of community engagement at the Boston Celtics, talked about participation from professional athletes in community service and its importance to the Celtics organization. Hoffman pointed out to students that anyone can make an impact in the community any day of the year with something as simple as carpooling or recycling. While lower and middle school students don’t participate in the upper school’s Community Service Day, they have ample opportunities to serve others throughout the year.

Alumni Networking Event—Dover Rug and Home, Boston


n February, more than 40 Dexter Southfield alumni gathered for the first Boston-area networking event, hosted by Hasan Jafri ’10 at Dover Rug and Home. Alumni guest speakers Phoebe Cabot ’02, Mollie McColgan ’11, and Christopher Roy ’83 talked about their Dexter Southfield experiences, saying the School helped lay the foundation for both their careers and futures. Head of School Todd Vincent shared an update about current events on campus, as well as what the future holds for Dexter Southfield. It was a great turnout and we hope to see more alumni at future networking events.

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On the Stage One word comes to mind when considering the spring lineup of student plays—BRAVO! Congratulations to all our student-actors on another great season of performing arts.

The upper school production of Larceny and Old Lace, a comedy for all ages, kept audiences on their toes with elements of mystery and intrigue. Kudos to the student performers for their great comic timing and commitment to the characters.

Wrapping up the performing arts spring season, Classes 7 and 8 presented High School Musical, Jr. Students rehearsed songs and choreography for weeks leading up to opening performances. Based on the number of students in the audience singing along, we’d say the cast did the original Disney musical justice.

In early March, Class 6 students performed Once Upon A Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks, a funny twist on the typical courtroom drama. Fiske Hall was filled with laughter as student performers channeled everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters, including Hansel and Gretel, Jack and his cow, and the Big Bad Wolf.


In the Gallery The Dexter Southfield Gallery is a dedicated space on campus to showcase student artwork. Throughout the year, exhibits rotate and include art from each division. This May, parents gathered for the annual PK Art Show and listened to young artists talk about their favorite media and techniques. The following week, similar – albeit more elevated – conversations happened during the Senior Exhibition. Visitors also enjoyed the middle school exhibit, as well as a cross-divisional installation dedicated to Earth’s elements, this spring.

The middle school was not short on creativity this spring. Projects ranged from pottery and Papier Mâché to still life paintings and drawings.

Earth elements filled the Gallery from floor to ceiling in April, creating a unique, three-dimensional scene. Students in all divisions worked together with faculty to incorporate symbols of Earth, wind, fire, and water for the exhibit. Pre-Kindergarten students found inspiration from famous artists like Monet and Picasso to create a wide collection of pieces for the annual PK Art Show.

Sarah Ingram, Emily Kimball, Nathan Qiu, and Caitlin Southwick, all Class of 2016, displayed their impressive work during the annual Senior Art Exhibit. Beautiful digital photography, drawings, and paintings covered the Gallery walls, drawing in viewers each time they passed through.

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2016 Field Day Results 24th Southfield Field Day Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Final Score Blue: 181 White: 174

Field Day Series Blue: 14 White: 10

88th Dexter Field Day Thursday, June 2, 2016 Final Score

Emmanuella Udeh ’20

Massasoits: 186 Mohawks: 194

Field Day Series Massasoits: 43 Mohawks: 44 Tie: 1

For new grade records for both the boys and girls, visit FieldDay2016.

Lena Rose Damigella ’24 Carlo Hensch ’20

A first-round heat of Class 8 runners

The Class 5 girls are off!

Luke Gannon ’22


Varsity Spring Sports

From left: (out of view, coxing) Jordann Landa ’18; (bow) Liam Flinn ’18; (2) Evan Walker ’18; (3) Connor Bert ’17; (stroke) Kurt Erikson ’18

Liam Moore ’17

Meg Doherty ’18 Elizabeth Wade ’17

First-time Varsity Letter Winners

Baseball: John McMahon ’19; Boys Lacrosse: Liam Keohan ’19, Kibum Lee ’18, and William Vincent ’20; Boys Rowing: Robert McCallum ’19, Robert Petracca ’19, Maxwell Schleifer ’19, Robert Wickwire ’19; Girls Lacrosse: Elizabeth Dwinell ’20 and Dana Nelson ’20; Girls Rowing: Shoshana Coleman ’18 and Kelsey Ghantous ’19; Golf: Harris Colvin ’18 and Owen Burchill ’17; Softball: Jessica Freeman ’19, Madailein Medico ’19, and Yun Seo Song ’19

Coaches’ Awards Baseball

Varsity: Anthony LoRicco ’18 JV: Brian Ciulla ’18 Middle School: Kelleher Gavin ’20 and Owen Quigley ’21 Tennis

Boys Varsity: Jeremy Schoen ’18 Boys Middle School: Sam Bonakdarpour ’21 Girls JV: Maddie Bomberg ’16 Girls Middle School: Riya Mishra ’21

L a c r o ss e

Boys Varsity: Zach Nagode ’16 Boys Middle School: Spencer Beakey ’20 Girls Varsity: Jill Olevitz ’18 Girls Middle School: Rebecca Gill ’20 and Riley Leetch ’21 Rowing

Boys: Pen Hallowell ’17 Girls: Caitlin Southwick ’16 Golf: Ryan McDougall ’16 Softball

Varsity: Christine Finneran ’16 Middle School: Katrina Sporn ’20

MVP Awards

Varsity Baseball: Tyler Bell ’17; Boys Varsity Tennis: Zach Baker ’17; Boys Varsity Lacrosse: Ward Mahoney ’16; Boys Rowing: Jack St. Clair ’17; Girls JV Tennis: Hannah Brait ’18; Girls Varsity Lacrosse: Louisa Vincent ’16; Girls Rowing: Shannon McGurty ’16; Golf: Nolan Donato ’18; Varsity Softball: Anne Berry ’18

Mattison Award for Rowing

The Mattison Award is named for Joseph Mattison III ’56, an alumnus of Dexter School and Princeton University. Mr. Mattison loved the sport and believed in its values of teamwork, perseverance, and commitment. The Mattison Award goes to William Southwick ’18.

The George S. Dalrymple, Jr. Award

The George S. Dalrymple, Jr. Award is given to the best baseball player in the School. The award is sponsored by Mr. Ernie Adams ’66, trustee, in honor of former athletic director, teacher, and coach Mr. George Dalrymple, Jr. The Dalrymple Award goes to Kevin Hock ’16.

Today, Tomorrow, & Always Growi n g E nd ow m e nt for St ud e n t Support

When it comes to students, Dexter Southfield School’s goal is to attract and retain the most promising—those inspired by our motto to do their personal best in all their endeavors. And there’s no doubt that our students are remarkable; each day, they fill the School with their energy, curiosity, and determination. Some come to Dexter Southfield and build upon proven talents;

Katie Iskra ’12 and Matt Magoon ’10 are two graduates who were

others discover new interests and abilities through their many

able to attend Dexter Southfield thanks to financial aid. As young

experiences in and out of the classroom. While here, they learn

alumni, they have both made a point to support scholarships as

from faculty, advisors, and coaches, as well as from each other.

a way of saying “thanks” while helping current students at the same time.

To provide the richest learning environment possible, our aim is to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds. That is why we are committed to increasing our endowment to support students, both through financial aid and by underwriting unique out-ofclassroom experiences.

Creating New Endowed Funds for Student Support Long-term invested gifts provide a permanent source of funds for many of Dexter Southfield’s most pressing priorities, including supporting students. As we look to the future, the School hopes to substantially increase endowment to strengthen financial aid and enriched learning experiences. Opportunities for your investment include:

Katie’s Story Creating a New Endowed Fund Our students are interested in learning beyond the campus, and the City of Boston offers rich opportunities to fuel students’ interests in the arts and science. Our goal is to endow off-campus learning programs such as our partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard School of Medicine MedScience program, and student travel programs. Current Identified need: Two funds of $1 million each.

Financial Aid Scholarship support is awarded to outstanding students based on their families’ financial need. Such financial aid ensures that qualified

Endowed Full Scholarship


students of all backgrounds have access to a Dexter Southfield education, and it helps to foster a rich and dynamic learning environment for all students. Gifts for financial aid ensure that Dexter Southfield remains within reach for

Endowed Partial Scholarship


General Scholarship Fund


many extraordinary students.

Matt’s Story Matt came to Dexter as a shy seventh grader from Plymouth. “My parents were afraid I would fall between the cracks at a big school,” he recalls. “Mr. Vincent gave me my tour when I visited. I was sold from the start. It was exactly what I needed: the small class sizes and low student-teacher ratio helped to push me to try new things. Going to school with kids from all over opened my eyes. I became more accepting and able to think outside the box.” “My father still talks about coming up to see my speeches each year for public speaking,” he remembers. “Today, as a teacher and a coach, I use those skills every day: I teach seventh grade math and science at the Edward Brooke Charter School in Mattapan and am an assistant coach at MetroLacrosse, a city team for kids who don’t have lacrosse at their high schools.” “I give back to financial aid at Dexter Southfield because everyone deserves a chance, no matter what his or her background,” he concludes. “That’s why I’m teaching in an urban setting now. I think everyone deserves a shot. Money shouldn’t get in the way of getting a great education.”

Growing up in West Roxbury, “my parents wanted me to get an education that was different, where I would be empowered as a female,” says Katie, who just graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. “At Southfield, I got to be comfortable with myself in an all-girls’ classroom. I was surrounded by the same group of girls for six years. We changed together.” “I was only able to go to Southfield because of someone else’s goodwill,” she notes. “It’s only right that I give back so that someone else gets the opportunity. Sometimes, there can be stigma attached to getting financial aid. My attitude is that it’s OK to take help when you need it—it just means that you need to give back when you can.”

Financial Aid Facts / FY16 Total student body: 780 Total on need-based aid: 150 (19%) Total aid to these students: $4,590,235 (15% of gross tuition revenue) Overall average award: $30,600

from theING/S archives 52 SPR UMME R 2016

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Ken Isaacs, Field Day 1966

“I remember running that race and, after seeing this picture, feeling very proud of myself. . . . That is until someone pointed out that my technique was completely wrong.”

To day

Ken Isaacs ’66

— Ken Isaacs ’66

To day

Trustee Ed Mahoney ’81 (right), with his father, Edward, and his son, Ward ’16

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Former trustee Edward Mahoney, on stage with his son Edward Jr., Prize Day 1981

“My Dexter graduation was a very special day to say the least. It was equally as wonderful to share that moment with my father in 1981, as well as with my son, Ward, at his graduation.” — Ed Mahoney ’81


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Nicole Monahan, softball 2012, and Alanna Monahan, softball 2009

To day

Nicole ’13 (left) and Alanna Monahan ’09

“Since we are four years apart, Nicole and I had a unique opportunity to play together on varsity while we were at Southfield. It was nice to share the field with each other, and definitely made that season special.” — Alanna Monahan ’09

“I LOVE this photo. What good timing—I’m posing with a photo of my very first day of school on my very last day of school!” — Bea El-Hage ’02

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Bea El-Hage, the first Southfield girl to step off the bus, 1992


Bea El-Hage ’02



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

1944 Richard Paine writes, “We moved to Norwell, Mass., last year after 26 years in New Hampshire. Our first grandson graduated from Trinity College (Hartford) this spring. Another boy follows there in 2017, and a granddaughter will graduate from Hamilton in 2017. All three went to Middlesex School.”

1947 C l a s s Ag e n t

Lionel Salem,

1949 Arthur Pfaelzer writes, “I am approaching 80 years old and looking forward to it with some trepidation. I’m living in Newton with my wife, Carol, and two alsoageing dachshunds, ages 13 and 15. I grew up in Brookline less than a few miles from Dexter. World War II was in progress, which I found very exciting, with practice air raid drills and following the front lines on a map in my room. Our ice box used ice blocks that were delivered; there was no mechanical refrigeration but it worked well. There were no electric dishwashers or

clothes washers and we used an outside clothes line to dry clothes. I ran my own manufacturing company for more than 40 years making electronic components but could not remain competitive with Far East manufacturing in China. Since retirement, which has made me realize how much I preferred working, I have been keeping busy with my hobbies: dogs first, then computers, including video editing using my iMac.”

1952 James Carter writes, “I have not contacted Dexter since I left in 1950. I started in the first grade in 1946, and then left after the fourth grade when my parents moved to Concord and I went to Fenn. After Fenn, I went to Exeter. Mike Paine and Ben Mason ’51 were in my graduating class (1958). From Exeter I went to UPenn for a year and a half, dropped out, spent two years in the Army and then went back to UPenn. After I graduated in ’65, I went to live in Istanbul, Turkey, for four years where I taught French and German at Robert College. I returned to Massachusetts in ’69, got married and got a master’s at Tufts. In 1970, I started teaching at Fenn and remained there for

the next 40 years, retiring in 2010. I taught French, Latin, and English, but primarily history during those 40 years. For many of those years my best friend at Fenn was Read Albright ’50. My wife and I still live in Concord. Our three daughters and their husbands live less than five miles away with our eight grandchildren. I still spend a lot of time at Fenn going through the photo archives trying to identify thousands of photos. My wife and I have been fortunate to be able to do a lot of traveling since we retired. And that sums up my life since I left Dexter. I occasionally drive down St. Paul Street and wonder where my old school was. And I wonder if any of my old classmates would remember who I am.” Brian Doyle writes, “My psychiatric practice is going well. My most recent enthusiasm is ADHD in adults, about which I have published a book. I have cut back on teaching medical students, residents, and graduate physicians, but I am still a clinical professor of psychiatry and of family and community medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I’m also a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatry. I have three children and two adorable (of course) grandchildren. I’ve continued to sing, after starting my singing career

55 at Dexter. In recent years I’ve studied acting, and my most recent gig was in a musical at Keegan Theatre here in Washington, D.C. It was my first time on stage in a musical in 55 years. I have warm memories of my time at Dexter, of Mr. Caswell, and of his yearly birthday postcards.”

1953 C l a s s Ag e n t

Buzz Gagnebin,

Charles “Buzz” Gagnebin writes, “Age and retirement shouldn’t stop your favorite hobbies. We recently adopted a new rescue dog, Sadie, renamed from Shadow, from Arkansas. Sadie is nearly seven so we got her house broken but she still needs full training. She is lovable and very shy so she is a real comfort in the house. Easily spooked on a walk in the city but is now with us in Charlottesville where we have a home away.”

1954 C l a s s Ag e n t

A. Diehl Jenkins

1956 George Whitelaw writes, “Still working although most of my peers have retired. I am spending about 60 percent of my time working in orthopedic surgery from my office in Milton. The rest of my time is spent working on getting medical care to impoverished children in Costa Rica. My son, George ’08, graduated from Dexter and is working as a head hunter in the Boston area and my daughter, Katie ’10, has graduated from Southfield. She came back to teach at Southfield but will be entering medical school in the fall.” Editor’s Note: Turn to page 14 to read a feature story about George Whitelaw and his great work in Costa Rica.

wife, Lanique, who is a leap-year baby, got to celebrate her ‘15th’ birthday this year. We had a big party for her at a lovely restaurant in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex downtown. Since the restaurant is closed on Mondays, we had the whole place to ourselves and had a wonderful time. On her next ‘real’ birthday, she is really looking forward to getting her driver’s license. I know she’ll be thrilled. All the best to everyone at Dexter for a successful and safe school year.”

1959 C l a s s Ag e n t

Fred Makrauer,

Bill Sargent writes, “My newest book, Plum Island; 4,000 Years on a Barrier Beach, came out just before Christmas.”

1960 C l a s s Ag e n t

Mac Dewart,

Murray “Mac” Dewart writes, “I have a poetry anthology that I have edited, due out in September from Random House, Poems about Sculpture, with preface by Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.” Robert Nye writes, “Getting older has its drawbacks. The last two years have been a challenge medically; I have had two knee replacements, in January of 2014 and

Edited by Mac Dewart ’60

2015. Then in October of 2015, we discovered four arteries blocked 70 to 90 percent! Fortunately, we have good doctors in Charlotte and I had a six-bypass open heart surgery. Happy to say, recovery has gone well and complete change of diet has occurred. (If it tastes good, I am not allowed to eat it.) This alternative is better than the other. Retirement is being enjoyed here in North Carolina, where I have been since 1966. I send my best to everyone.”

1958 Nicholas Hinch writes, “Another fairly busy year doing flight simulator training on the B-787 for Boeing in Miami, Singapore, and Shanghai. The Chinese aviation market is growing rapidly, so it looks like this year’s focus will be in China. I don’t know how much longer I will continue doing this, but next year will be 50 years in aviation for me. On another note, my

Buzz Gagnebin ’53 and his wife with the newest addition to the family, Sadie



Don Tenney writes, “After reading that George Dalrymple (aka ‘Mr. DAL!’) passed away at age 90, I got to remembering my years at Dexter. Mr. Dal was my fourthgrade teacher, coach in about every sport I played (or tried to play), including football, soccer, baseball, basketball, field hockey, wrestling, boxing—you name it! And he pushed us hard. Not only that, he was our bus driver from Milton. Bus? No, it was a stick shift van that held about eight students, had some heat, bad shock absorbers, and hard vinyl seats. But it was all a blast (mostly) because we were these little kids with Mr. Dal as our teacher, coach, bus driver, and all around mentor. One of the most vivid teaching moments was being quizzed by Mr. Dal on our multiplication tables. He used a ‘clock’ format with numbers one to 12 in a circle. He would write the multiplier in the center and start a stopwatch, just like on 60 Minutes. Tick, tick, tick, tick. And then he would quickly point at random with his yellow wood pencil to the numbers around the ‘clock’. We had to quickly give the answer to the multiple: (7x8) 56! (7x5) 35! (7x3) 21! We had to get all 12 answers done in . . . 15 seconds! That’s how we learned our times tables. Never forgot ’em, and I’ll never forget Mr. Dal. Wonderful guy, task master, disciplinarian, and a great teacher in so many ways. Thanks, Mr. Dal.”

1961 Leslie “Bezo” Cutler writes, “I’m retired from real estate development but I’m still growing rice and living in Sacramento where I migrated to from Wayland in 1993. Last year I married Doris Borja, who hails from El Salvador and works at Intel. I have two children (still single), Jay, 28, who lives and works as a technical recruiter in Boston, and Tiernan, 26, who lives and works in Florence, Italy, as a graphic designer for a travel company, as well as a step-daughter, Tessa, who lives here with us and attends high school. I catch up with a few classmates, Shaw McDermott and Dick Byrd, annually on trips to the East coast links and would love to see others when I get back to Boston on my annual pilgrimages. Drop me an email if you’re traveling to the Bay area or northern California so we can grab a round of golf or head up to our cabin in the mountains to escape the heat and enjoy a hike or round of golf in the cooler air of the Sierras.”

1962 C l a s s Ag e n t

Stephen MacAusland, stevemacausland@

1963 C l a s s Ag e n t

Mike Sherman,

Thomas Powell writes, “I am living south of Burlington, Vt., with my wife and (remaining) son Aidan, who embarked on a cross country bicycle trip after high school graduation in June. Other sons have scattered to the wind. I am a forensic psychologist in private practice with three like-minded colleagues. My wife, Wendy, and I love to snowshoe and spend time on Lake Champlain. I also enjoy writing and wreaking havoc in the woods with my chainsaw.”

1964 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Jay Baldwin, Robert Lawrence, Robert Sedgwick, rsedgwick@

1965 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Lev Byrd, Charlie Haydock, chaydock@

1966 William Wheeler writes, “Returning to Jakarta from an Australian business trip just before the new year millennium, I came to a new understanding of the impact Dexter had had on me. The Suharto regime had recently collapsed. The economy was in shambles, anarchy was in the streets, both churches and mosques were being burned and firebombed, tit-for-tat, as those two religions were in an ugly face off. My Indonesian wife’s family, members of the minority Christian population, and especially her father and two brothers in the Christian ministry, were feeling the heat. During the ride back from the airport to our home in East Jakarta that day, caught in heavy traffic, our car was attacked by roving street thugs, and one wielding an axe brought it down hard on the windshield directly in front of where

Bezo Cutler ’62 and his wife, Doris, on their honeymoon in Greece

our 5-year-old daughter sat on her mother’s lap. Why that glass did not shatter I will never know, but if it had I would not be here writing this. Spared senseless tragedy, the driver was finally able to pull away. We were in need of safety and security, and I was in need of solace. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, my mind turned back to Dexter School. Late afternoon sunlight was again filtering through classroom windows, the 4 o’clock pealing of the church bell was signaling the end of a Dexter day, the names Caswell, Dal, Turner, Seale, Langdon, Reid, Phinney and so many more came to mind as I recalled their sincere and noble effort to teach and make us better, and the image beyond the windows, as my classmate Harry Blackman so aptly quoted in a recent email, ‘. . . of a leather football, a green field of sweet-smelling grass, defined by 10 yard lines with twin goal posts standing sentry and a posse of boys playing hard,’ meant more to me than it ever had and helped ease my inner turmoil. Thank you, Dexter School. Thank you.”

1968 Andre Bernard writes, “My wife Jennie and I have lived in New York for 30 years now. Jennie works at Untermyer Gardens

57 in Yonkers, and I’m vice president at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, administering fellowships to scholars and artists. Our daughter, Lucia, graduated in May from Skidmore; our daughter, Elizabeth, is a sophomore at Colby. Despite our long tenure here, I still consider myself a Bay Stater. And not a day goes by that I don’t think about Dexter. My years at Dexter were among the most formative of my life—the classwork, the sports events (I was a Mohawk), my classmates, the emphasis on integrity and honor, the striving for excellence, the team spirit, the fine personal examples of Mr. Caswell and Mr. Phinney and all the other great teachers, all added up to something very, very important: a model to follow, a way to grow up and thrive. I really honor my time there. The education I got was superb and lasting. Actually, in my current office, I keep a picture of Mr. Caswell and another one of a line of boys walking along the old Freeman Street campus (both cut out from this magazine). I look at them every day and remember, with the greatest fondness, what Dexter meant, and what it did for me and for all of us who went through its halls. Lucky us! Bless you, old school, and thank you!” Clem Darling writes, “Dear Dexter classmates, it has been a long time since grade school with Mr. Caswell in Brookline. I was saddened to see that Mr. Dalrymple passed. I am currently chief of vascular surgery at Albany Medical Center and have had a long and crazy academic career. I’ve done a lot of surgery, given too many talks and just finished editing my first

S ave the D ate

Reunion 2017 Saturday, May 20

All Dexter Southfield alumni are welcome! Details and schedule to follow.

textbook. I’m sure many at Dexter (myself included) would have thought that I would have trouble reading a textbook let alone writing one, but that is the beauty of life. I am currently the vice president of our National Vascular Surgery Society (The Society for Vascular Surgery) and will be president in two years. I have been lucky to run one of the largest and busiest vascular systems in the country and to work with a lot of incredibly talented people. After Belmont Hill, Trinity College, and a few years doing research, I married Julie prior to going to medical school in Cincinnati. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and we have been married 35 years. I came back to Boston to train at the Harvard surgical service at the Deaconess. We had two boys and a girl, Clem IV, Jeremy, and Melanie. Clem and Mel live on the West coast working in film and doing therapy, respectively, and Jeremy lives in Boston and is applying to medical school. They are all smarter and more talented than I was or will ever be, qualities they must have gotten from their mother. I hope you all are doing well and all I can say is, ‘What a long strange trip it has been.’” John Leith writes, “I thought I would write since I have not seen any notes from my class in a while. It would be great to hear from some of you. I have been working for the last 30 years at Taylor, Ganson & Perrin in Boston. We do a lot of estate planning, estate administration, tax, and trust work. I have three sons. The oldest, Andrew, is pursuing a graduate degree in biology. The youngest, Jamie, graduated this May with a degree in engineering. My middle son, Benjamin, is working for Raytheon in Arizona. My wife, Brenda, is a middle school math teacher at Dedham Country Day School. We met about 35 years ago when we were both new math teachers in Connecticut. We live in Walpole and would welcome seeing any classmates who are in the area. I am happily involved with a number of wonderful charitable activities. My wife and I frequently travel to New Hampshire where we enjoy hiking and the outdoors. My twin brother, Sandy, lives nearby and I speak to him often. He has three children as well. He enjoys restoring and racing vintage cars, which is a skill and interest he picked up from our father.”

1969 C l a s s Ag e n t

Robert Thorndike, robert.thorndike@aol. com

1970 C l a s s Ag e n t

Peter Fuller,

1972 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Ned Pride, Andre Stark,

Robin Cracknell writes, “A show of my work will be in New York City. You can see it online at” Chip Fay writes, “I have two great teenage daughters and I am happily living in Jakarta, Indonesia.”

1974 C l a s s Ag e n t

Chris Reynolds,

1975 Jonathan Wheeler writes, “I recently moved to Baker’s Chocolate Factory in Lower Mills with my spouse John Iarussi. Dexter was influential in my development and I have very fond memories of my Dexter days, most noteworthy my ability to take part in Safari V, a cross country summer trip with Mr. Langdon and Mr. Saltonstall. The memories from this trip I cherish deeply.”

1979 C l a s s Ag e n t s

H. Tony DiRico, tdirico@hubfoldingbox. com Greg Keating, John Stephenson, jss@atlanticpowerinc. com

1980 C l a s s Ag e n t

Craig Oliver,



1982 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Read Coughlin, Charlie Forbes, Jim Stamatos,

James Gussis writes, “I just completed my 25th year of teaching Latin and coaching football. I often reflect how different my life would be had Dexter not exposed me to these pursuits and nurtured my passion for them. I have spent the last 10 years teaching and coaching at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Conn., where I live with my wife, Jill, and two children, Georgia, 15, and Jason, 13, who also attend the school. Recently we bought a place in Westerly, R.I. I’m looking forward to spending the summer in the Ocean State.” Howard Mintz writes, “I have lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, with my wife, Amanda, for the past 20 years. We have two boys, Evan, 15, and Ian, 13.”

Charlie Forbes ’82 shared this photo of his son Tyler (now at Groton School, Class of 2018) and his former Dexter Southfield classmates. Jay O’Brien ’18 is center, as the Groton School Rink is named after his grandfather. From left, Nolan Donato, Jack Rathbone, Jay O’Brien, Tyler Forbes, and Quinn Cleary, all Class of 2018.

1983 C l a s s Ag e n t

Chris Roy,

David Kunian writes, “I was recently hired as the music curator for the Louisiana State Museum, the official museum for the state where jazz was born. I am a former freelance ethnomusicologist, and I am the first music curator that the Louisiana State Museum has had since before the federal floods caused by the criminal negligence of the Army Corps of Engineers during Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. I am working hard at opening the New Orleans Jazz Museum by fall of 2017.”

1984 C l a s s Ag e n t s

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

John Finley writes, “At Epiphany School (, we’re breaking ground on a new building here in Dorchester that will include an early learning center, more resources for graduate support, expanded faculty housing, and a greenhouse. (Visitors welcome!)”

Field Day, 1985. Turn to page 63 for more on Mr. Dal.

Zach Shapiro writes, “I was recently honored for my 10th year as Senior Rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City, Calif. My husband, Ron Galperin, is the Los Angeles city controller, one of three elected citywide positions.” Michael Woods writes, “I am boxing, but transitioning from writing to TV more so. I do blow by blow calls once a month or so, as I build up my experience. By the time you read this my new podcast, sponsored by Everlast, should be cooking on high

heat. My wife and two kids, girls ages 9 and 5, like me a good 77 percent of the time, so that’s not a bad thing. We live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Hope all good people are well.”

1985 C l a s s Ag e n t

Brian Berlandi,

Brian Berlandi writes, “All is well with the Berlandi clan in western Connecticut.

59 Chicago Magazine, Briones published his first book, Jim and Jap Crow: A Cultural History of 1940s Interracial America, while he was a graduate student at Harvard. He is currently working on two additional book projects.

1987 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Russ Corsini, Chris Mello, Michael Schnitman, michaelschnitman@

Chris Mello writes, “My wife, Holly, and I reside in Swampscott, Mass., with our children, Thomas, 9, and Audrey, 5. Thomas is looking to attend a Dexter Summer camp this year.” Barrett Franklin, son of Eric Pinciss ’99

I recently celebrated with Scott Barringer ’83 in Greenwich at his birthday party. Even pulled together (with the help of Dexter Southfield staff member Emily Walberg) a few old Dexter photos to show him of his graduation day. Look forward to seeing everyone soon!” Derek Boonisar writes, “I am in my 21st year on the faculty at The Fenn School in Concord, Mass. Currently I serve as associate headmaster and head of the upper school. I also teach one section of seventh-grade Latin and coach hockey and baseball. My wife and I have two children, Caroline, 10, and Christopher, 7, and live in Sudbury. I keep in good touch with my Dexter classmate Steve Popeo and get back to campus a few times a year to coach or attend an event. I remember my Dexter days fondly and am grateful for the foundation I built there.”

1986 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Harvey Cushing, Calvin Place,

Matthew Briones ’86, an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago, was recently awarded the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Briones earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Harvard before teaching at Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. According to the University of

Tyson Nargassans writes, “My wife, Sharon, and I have two daughters, Tayla and Carlissa. Tayla will be joining Class 6 in the fall, and we are hopeful Carlissa joins her. We are excited to reconnect with the Dexter Southfield family.”

1988 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Mark Ragosa, Hardy Watts,

1990 C l a s s Ag e n t

John Serafini,

1991 C l a s s Ag e n t

Ford Curran,

Robert Reiser writes, “I finished my MBA at Cornell this spring and I am moving to New York to take a position in ALCOA’s management consulting and strategy group. I saw a great article on Alex Whitmore and Taza Chocolate in the Globe (again) and I am occasionally in touch with Fordy Curran. I also lament the passing of classmate Justin Webb due to natural causes earlier this year.”

1994 C l a s s Ag e n t

Benjamin Caplan, benjamin.caplan@

1995 C l a s s Ag e n t

Scott Selby,

1992 Dan Gabriel writes, “Greetings, Dexter community! I’m currently living in Arlington, Va., where I’m the founding partner of Applied Memetics LLC, (, a government contracting company dedicated to integrating and delivering best practice communication and information solutions in conflict and post-conflict areas. I started my company after a 10-year career in the CIA, where I managed intelligence operations against terrorist groups and foreign governments, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom along the way.”

1996 C l a s s Ag e n t

Chip Gibson, cgibsonjr@delandgibson. com

1997 C l a s s Ag e n t

Austin Curran,

1998 C l a s s Ag e n t

Ann Corbett, acorbett@

1999 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Alex MacNeil, Lucas Walsh,

Hunter Marston writes, “I’ve been living and working in Washington, D.C., for about a year and a half now, as a Southeast Asia analyst. I’m currently affiliated with the Brookings Institution. I publish freelance on Southeast Asian politics as well. In my free time, I enjoy running half-marathons, reading voraciously— a past-time I surely acquired in my days at Dexter—and wrenching on the two old motorcycles in my garage, where I also practice woodworking—another Dexter legacy!”



Back row, from left: Dan Cambria ’97, Nathaniel Reimers ’96, Keith Archibald ’01, Tim Caraboolad ’99, Betsy Caraboolad ’00, Paul Archibald ’96, Lucy Randall Archibald, Joseph Mattison ’96, Andrew Crowley ’99, Brad Archibald ’00. Front, from left: Skip Sullivan ’95, John Sullivan ’96.

2000 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Dylan Hayre, Susie Wilson, susannahprentice@

J. Ransom Cook writes, “I work for a marketing start-up company in Cambridge, Mass., called ThriveHive. It uses an all- in-one platform that is focused on small business. I am engaged to Mari Silipo of Deerfield and Williamstown, Mass. We will be married in Williamstown, Mass.,

on August 6, 2016. Mari works for an art start-up in Boston called Turning Art. We live in South Boston, and I still play tennis regularly and have taken up squash as well. I see Dexter friends often. In fact, I met my future wife through good friend Will O’Toole.” Dylan Hayre writes, “In addition to recently joining Dhar Law, LLP as an associate and director of development and external relations, I am also currently managing a local state legislative campaign in the Metrowest area. I continue to play

an active role on the Democratic State Committee, as well, and currently chair the DSC’s Affirmative Action & Outreach Committee. I’m still living in Natick— I don’t plan on going far anytime soon!— and I am enjoying frequent visits to the Dexter Southfield campus for alum events.”

2001 C l a s s Ag e n t

Ben MacNeil, benjamin.macneil@

2002 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Layla Buisier, Phoebe Cabot, phoebe.cabot@gmail. com Catherine Gallagher, Margo Layton,

Prize Day, 2002. Rhea Wharton ‘02 (left) and Alexandra Gardiner ’02

Lindsay Oliver writes, “I am currently a French teacher at Mashpee Middle-High School on Cape Cod. I teach students from grades 8–12. I am also getting married this summer on the Cape, to my fiancé Daniel Shores, who just launched his own intellectual property firm in Boston!”




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Abby Smitka, Annie Hanson,

2008 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Sam Gacicia, sgacicia@ Michael MacNeil, Katie McNamara, kmcnamara@ Catherine Rurode,

2009 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Alexandra Boudreaux, boudreao@gmail. com Tom Fee, Nicole Maleh,

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

Evan Shifley writes, “I have been working at John Hancock for a while now as a senior sales coordinator on the National Sales Desk. I was fortunate to be recruited and placed by fellow Dexter classmate and Insight Global’s own Danny Metzgar.”

2011 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Ellen Campbell, Malcolm Kelly, malcolm.m.kelly@ Mollie McColgan, MMcColgan@ John-Michael Wilkins,

Ellen Campbell writes, “Having graduated in law and business from Trinity College Dublin in May 2015, I began a one-year master’s program at Georgetown University Law Center. There I concentrated in international legal studies with a certificate in international arbitration and dispute resolution. The year gave me much needed focus for the immediate future as I look to begin my career in law. I have decided to return to Europe to pursue international arbitration for the remainder of 2016, and then hope to qualify as a solicitor in England thereafter. This year also brought a newfound love of running, the Boston Marathon being a (very) long-term goal!” Olivia Frank recently graduated from Tulane. She is living in New York City and working in Human Resources for Bank of America. Kevin Green writes, “After graduating from Dexter School in 2011, I attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. During my senior year, my teammates and I won the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship. I graduated from Trinity in 2015, with a major in history and now work in sales for Anheuser-Busch InBev in New York City. I remain close to many of my former classmates and look forward to reconnecting with them and other alumni at our upcoming five-year reunion.” Tim Leveroni ’01 and wife, Simona

Jake Giovanucci writes, “I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015 and am currently living in Boston. After graduation I accepted a position with Triumvirate Environmental, the firm I interned with during my junior and senior years of college. In other news, I had the opportunity to rekindle my Dexter football experience last fall by coaching a Massachusetts sixth-grade all-star squad alongside Coach Casey Day and Dexter School for Boys legend Samuel Gacicia ’08. I truly enjoyed reconnecting with Coach Day and I hope to continue my involvement with the Dexter program.”

2012 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Paul Irwin, Natalie Metzgar, Barbara Terwilliger,

Colby Woeltz writes, “This spring, on April 18, I ran in the Boston Marathon. I finished my soccer career this past fall as a senior at Boston College. My team advanced to the NCAA Division I National Tournament; it was a wonderful four years. I enjoyed my last spring of college by training for the marathon, blogging, and having more time outside of soccer/ athletics. I graduated this May with a major in economics and minor in management. I have stayed connected with some of my Southfield friends and hope to bump into more along the way. I wish all my classmates who graduated this spring the best of luck in their future pursuits.” Aaron Sliski was featured in a Chronicle segment earlier this year. The show ran a piece about free things to do in Boston, and Aaron pitched the Harvard Observatory Nights, where he volunteers.

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2013 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Erin Hall, Rutendo Matingo, Rutendo.matingo@

Michael Fedorouk writes, “I went to Dublin. It was my first time in Ireland so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. My first thought of Dublin was that the layout of the city was very similar to that of Boston’s. I was able to see the original structure and traditions from which my hometown adopted so many of its characteristics. The streets were wide and clean, and there were a lot of brick roads. Horses carrying chariots and taxis took over the roads, allowing for easy access around the city. The city had many beautiful parks. St. Stephens Park reminded me of the Boston Common due to its flower beds, trees, and swans in the lake. Near the park was Dublin center. It was very similar to that of Boston’s Back Bay. The area had an abundance of pubs. Beer is very popular in Ireland due to its famous breweries, such as Guinness, which is known for their stout. I was also able to see the Dublin Castle. I learned that the castle was home to the seat of the United Kingdom government’s rule in Ireland until 1922. The grotesque rooms were similar to that out of a movie. Finally, I saw the A3 arena which is home to Dublin’s concerts and sporting events.” Austin Frank played lacrosse for two years at Colby College, and recently transferred to Vanderbilt. Erin Hall writes, “I am currently rounding out my junior year at Holy Cross. My experience thus far has been tremendous both academically and athletically. I am constantly reminded of why I cherish my Southfield education and experience to the extent that I do as it has provided me with the foundation I need to succeed in a myriad of different opportunities. I am currently a psychology major and I am also on the women’s ice hockey team. Our team has enjoyed many successes this season as we have broken school records for maintaining an unbeaten record on home ice, achieving an 18-game winning streak and bringing home a championship

for the second consecutive season all while also being named to the all-academic team for the second time. Even though I am living and learning on another hill these days, Dexter Southfield continues to play a monumental role in the person I am becoming.”

2014 C l a s s Ag e n t

Hayley Houston,

Zack Blais writes, “Currently I am a sophomore architecture major at Roger Williams University down in Bristol, R.I. Architecture is a tough field, but it is very rewarding and a ton of fun. RWU is a lot of fun too. The intramural sports are a good time and the campus is beautiful. Recently I was hired at an architecture firm called RKB Architects in Braintree, Mass. I credit much of my success to my education at Dexter as it prepared me exceptionally well for college. On top of my major I am also triple minoring in art history, sustainability, and Spanish. As a freshman, my education at Dexter helped me test into a higher level Spanish class, which eventually led to the decision to follow it as a minor. Being bilingual is a huge help in getting jobs and it is also a lot of fun. Lastly, I will be studying abroad next year in either Barcelona or Florence. Both have school-affiliated architecture programs and are great places to go! I encourage everyone to study abroad, to seek opportunities that you cannot find here, and be adventurous!”


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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 J. Ransom Cook ’00 to Mari Silipo Lindsey Oliver ’02 to Daniel Shores

C l a s s Ag e n t s

Sophie Kelly, Nick Veo,

Tyler Coady writes, “I am working for the University of Michigan’s newspaper, The Michigan Daily. I am currently covering the softball team, an outfit that made last year’s National Championship.” Margot Frank finished up her freshman year at Wake Forest University.

Marriages Paul Archibald ’96 to Lucy Randall on September 19, 2015 Timothy Leveroni ’01 to Simona Dimitrova on October 3, 3015 New Arrivals Eric Pinciss ’89 and his wife welcomed son Barrett Franklin Pinciss on November 20, 2015.


Honoring the Life of George S. Dalrymple, Jr. “Dexter School left a strong imprint on everyone who was connected with it. And without question, George Dalrymple was a big part of that . . . I will be eternally grateful for the way he touched my life.” — Ernie Adams ’66, trustee

“We were all very fortunate to have Mr. Dal encouraging us, guiding us, advising us, facilitating. Always close, always there. Four years of his input made a lasting impression on me and many others. . .. If you wanted a role model, if you wanted some guidance, if you wanted an honest assessment, not a participation trophy, he was your guy. We were all lucky to have him.” — Scott Barringer ’83, trustee

On Saturday, May 14, the Dexter Southfield community gathered in Fiske Hall to honor the life of longtime teacher, coach, and athletic director George Dalrymple, Jr. Alongside members of his family were alumni, faculty, and friends—each of whom had a story or memory to share about “Mr. Dal,” who died at age 90 on March 29, 2016.    Dalrymple graduated from New Bedford High School before earning a degree at Boston University. He was a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Dalrymple and his wife Nancy raised five children in Milton, Mass., and then moved to Holbrook, Mass., as retirement approached. Dalrymple spent 38 years at Dexter Southfield until his retirement in 1994. He also worked as a counselor and camp director at various summer camps in Maine and New Hampshire.    For nearly four decades, Dalrymple devoted himself to Dexter Southfield’s student-athletes. During his tenure, and long after, when students, faculty, staff, and alumni considered the School’s eminent athletic program, they thought about Dalrymple and the life lessons they learned both on and off the fields. He was known for his honesty and humor, ubiquitous knowledge of sports, and direct approach to education and discipline. As Ernie Adams ’66, who spoke at Dalrymple’s memorial service, put it, “The School’s motto

is ‘Best Today, Better Tomorrow.’ He lived it and taught it on the fields of Dexter. He would say, ‘There is always room for improvement.’”    In the weeks following his death and leading up to the memorial service, alumni and former colleagues regaled others with stories that captured Mr. Dal’s personality and larger-than-life persona. There were stories about him refereeing any number of games, always with his Dexter hat pulled low, and recollec- tions of his famous gymnasium lectures. Whatever the memories, they were all shared with a smile and followed by words of thanks to a teacher, coach, and mentor who influenced so many. Mr. Dal will be missed, but will be forever remembered for the legacy he left at Dexter Southfield. The George S. Dalrymple, Jr. Fund was established this spring in Mr. Dal’s honor to benefit the Athletics Program at Dexter Southfield. The Fund’s income will be used for purposes such as coaches’ professional training and development, athletic equipment, enhancement of facilities and programs, and transportation. The minimum threshold of $50,000 for any endowed fund was met early, as the result of the generosity of trustees and Massie captains, Ernie Adams ’66 and Scott Barringer ’83, and family and friends of Mr. Dalrymple. They hope to double the size of the Fund in the coming months. If you would like to learn more or make a gift to this fund, please contact Director of Advancement Ann Harris at



In Memoriam Everett D. Kiefer, Jr. ’46 of Orleans, Mass., died October 6, 2015. He was born in Boston and raised in West Newton, Mass., and was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Everett D. Kiefer. He graduated from Noble and Greenough School in 1952, Harvard University in 1956, and Boston University School of Law in 1963. Kiefer served in the U.S. 8th Army in Korea. He was a member of the Orleans Conservation Commission for nine years in the 1970s and practiced law in Chatham from 1964 to 1990. After he retired from the practice, he worked for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod from 1993 to 2011. Kiefer enjoyed tennis, fishing, and traveling, and was a member of various environmental organizations. He was also a former member of the Cape Cod Old Timers Softball League. He is survived by his daughters, Nicole Kiefer of Raleigh, N.C.; Jennifer Thomas of Crofton, Md.; and Karen Wilson of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and sisters, Joan Maschkan of Baden bei Wien, Austria; Ann Battarel of Plévenon-Fréhel, France; and Lynne Hartell of Chatham, Mass. Channing Frothingham III ’55 of Maricopa, Ariz., passed away Friday, December 11, 2015, at his home. He was born April 5, 1939, in Boston to Channing Frothingham, Jr. and Rose (Whitman) Frothingham. He married Sharon A. Dalton on November 10, 1967, in Decatur, Ill. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who retired from American Airlines in 2000 after 33 years of service. Frothingham was a member of the Civil War Roundtables and enjoyed visiting Civil War battlefields. He also enjoyed playing poker, working jigsaw puzzles, reading, and traveling. He cherished time spent with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter Penny and her husband Stephen Chasko of Marietta, Ga.; daughter Tammy and her husband Scott Wambles of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren DeShea Chasko, Channing Chasko, Dalton Wambles, and Brayden Wambles; and brother, Robert Frothingham. Donald G. Paige ’58 of Stonington, Conn., passed away Friday, February 12, 2016, in the presence of his family. The cause of death was complications due to Parkinson’s disease, a condition he lived with since 2002. Paige was born in Brookline, Mass., and was the son of Richard

Paige and Margery Gibby. He attended Dexter School as a boy and then went on to Milton Academy. Paige graduated from Harvard University in 1968, and the University of Virginia Law School in 1971. After law school, Paige began to practice law in Boston and, in 1974, was the original founder, along with his partner Leonard Kopelman, of the law firm Kopelman and Paige, a prestigious firm that is known by many as the leader in public sector law throughout Massachusetts. Paige lived most of his adult life in Beacon Hill where his three children were born and raised, and he could often be seen walking his corgis through the Boston Common. Paige was very involved in the Beacon Hill community and served on the board and as president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association. He loved Boston, Peanut M&Ms, corgis, the opera, Charlie’s Kitchen, the Red Sox, the Patriots, and his family. After retiring from law, he and his wife, Laura, moved to Stonington. Paige was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Real Estate Bar Association. His personal affiliations include being a nearly lifelong member of The Country Club, the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, and the Stonington Men’s Group. He leaves his adoring wife, Laura Paige; and his beloved children, Sarah K. Paige, Samuel F. Paige, and Georgia W. Paige; his stepsons, Andrew and Oliver Harris and their wives, Bethany and Jocelyn. He also leaves his best friends, his three corgis, Brutus, Lucy, and Harry.

Conn; three granddaughters, Sophie and Olivia Reyes, and Roslyn Neal; a sister, Cindy Carey of Nonquitt, Mass; and a brother, David Gray of Baltimore, Md.

John B. Gray, Jr. ’64, of Jamestown, R.I., passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 27, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Karen E. (Lee) Gray for 31 years. Born in New Bedford, Mass., he was a son of the late John B. and Virginia (Tripp) Gray. Gray graduated from St. Mark’s School and received a B.A. in education from Lafayette College. Recently retired, he was an insurance executive for many years and continued to do consulting work with insurance entities. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Potowomut Golf Club and looked forward to his annual golf trips to courses around the country with a special group of friends. He had a gift for music and enjoyed playing the piano. No one could pass through Gray’s life and not be touched by his kindness and his thoughtfulness. For him, friends were forever. Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Andrea Reyes of Manchester, Conn., and Carrie Gray of Farmington,

Frances Prescott Baker MacAusland, age 91, of Dedham, Mass., and Tuftonboro, N.H., died peacefully at home on December 17, 2015, surrounded by her family. Her husband, Dr. William R. MacAusland, Jr. ’35, predeceased her. She was born in Boston, daughter of Theodore Colcord Baker and Edith Prescott Baker. She grew up in Brookline and graduated from The Park School and Beaver Country Day School. A former trustee of Dexter School, she was also a former courier and longtime volunteer for the Frontier Nursing Service (Wendover, Ky.). She leaves six children: Russell ’60, and partner Pamela, of New York and Morristown, N.J.; Stephen ’62, and wife Anita, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Augusta Droste, and husband Bruce, of Winchester, N.H.; Edie Mabrey, and husband Roy ’65, of Needham; Theodore ’65, and wife Stephanie, of Westwood; and Samuel ’78 of Wellesley.

Nicholas S. Frost ’81, of Santa Fe, N.M., died peacefully on September 25, 2015, after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Elsa Kloess, son of Evie and the late Tom Frost of Brookline, Mass., Frost had been a New Mexico resident since 1994. Proprietor and chief engineer of Datamender, LLC, Frost was a fearless and brilliant provider of information technology consulting to a number of New Mexico clients, including the National Center for Genome Resources, the Santa Fe Institute, Bioneers, and the Bicycle Technologies Corporation. Known for his professional and personal willingness to analyze and solve problems, Frost was a thoughtful and independent spirit with an extraordinary sense of humor. He had a wide range of friends and interests. He was especially passionate about ham radio, his classic rock music collection, and exploring new worlds. Frost is survived by his devoted wife, Elsa; his mother, Evie Frost; and his sisters, Lisa Frost of Brookline, Mass., and Kitta Frost of Lake Oswego, Ore. Frost also leaves behind a loving, extended family. We were saddened to learn that Michael James Murray ’92 passed away on July 22, 2015. No additional details or information were available at the time of publication.

A Family’s Legacy

Susan (Wray) Smith, David Wray, Bradley (Wray) Cooke ’99, Elizabeth (Wray) Lawrence, David Wray, Jr. ’69

David B. Wray’s family tree is deeply rooted at Dexter Southfield. His wife, Patty Bundy Wray, who passed away last year, was the niece of Harvey H. Bundy, one of the School’s founding trustees. Mr. Bundy’s three sons, along with Patty’s three brothers, attended Dexter, as did Patty and David’s son, David ’69. Their grandson, David “Trip” Wray ’02, attended Dexter; their granddaughter, Bradley Cooke ’99, attended Southfield and now teaches in the middle school. The family’s long-lasting relationship with Dexter Southfield, along with Mr. Wray’s commitment to education, is one of many reasons he has chosen to support the School in a variety of ways. Serving as a Dexter trustee from the mid-1960s until 1971, Mr. Wray’s first legacy was to establish the Wray Prize for Mathematics [renamed the David B. Wray Prize], presented to an eighth-grade boy each Dexter Prize Day. Last year, in his beloved wife’s memory, he established the Patty Bundy Wray Prize for Mathematics, which is awarded to an eighth-grade girl at Southfield’s Prize Day. Given the School’s impact on both David and Patty Wray and their family, he felt it was important for both boys and girls to receive a prize. Recently, Mr. Wray has funded the Wray Family Scholarship. The Scholarship will allow bright, well-rounded students the opportunity to attend Dexter Southfield, a School that has played an important role for the Wrays. As a member of the Caswell Society, he has also made a generous bequest to the School in support of financial aid. Dexter Southfield is deeply appreciative of the thoughtful gifts from Mr. Wray. If you are interested in making a gift to an endowed fund, or becoming a member of the Caswell Society, please contact Director of Advancement Ann Harris at

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Class 12 students devote a day of their “senior spring� to host fun activities for lower school students. The new tradition started a few years ago, and the soonto-be graduates look forward to it just as much as the younger students!

Dexter Southfield Magazine 2016 Summer Issue  

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Dexter Southfield Magazine 2016 Summer Issue  

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