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We Are Dexter Southfield

One of the highlights of this fall’s Dexter Southfield Day was a pre-game moment that brought our youngest and oldest students together. Lower school students walked onto the field with varsity field hockey and varsity football players before each team’s games. We don’t know who was more excited!


For more sports photos from Dexter Southfield Day, visit page 36.

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F E AT U R E S 6


C o v e r St o r y

Celebrating the Athletics and Wellness Initiative The School’s historic building project opens to cheers from teams and fans alike.

We Are Dexter Southfield Questions about life at Dexter Southfield? We have the answers.


Beyond the Letter of the Law Chicago lawyer David Dormon ’07 is making his mark and giving back.

Dexter Southfield School helps boys and girls develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion, living by the motto, “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”


Ready for a UFO Sighting Grab a pint (and a pretzel) with UFO Beer Brand Manager Victoria Kidder ’02

Trustees President

Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 Vice President

Laura Wilson P ’17 ’19 ’19 ’19 ’21 Head of School

Todd Vincent P ’16 ’20


Elizabeth Baldini P ’15 ’16 Scott Barringer ’83 Brant Binder P ’19 ’22 David Brown P ’85 ’88 William Cleary, Jr. GP ’15 ’18 ’20 Stefanie Cronin P ’19 ’22 Anthony DiNovi P ’16 ’20 Scott Gieselman P ’28 Rylan Hamilton ’94 P ’26 ’27 ’30 Sandra Hamlin P ’02 Jonathan Kraft P ’20 Edward Mahoney, Jr. ’81 P ’16 ’19 Warren McFarlan ’49 P ’79 Karen Mueller P ’21 ’23 ’25 ’26 ’26 Peter O’Brien ’83 P ’20 R. Ian O’Keeffe P ’23 ’23 ’24 ’24 Christopher Reynolds ’74 Christopher Roy ’83 Susannah Wilson ’00

Understanding Minds and Motives Forensic psychologist Thomas Powell ’63 is known nationally as an expert in the field.

Trustees Emeriti

Charles Haydock ’65 P ’00 ’02 ’08 W. Shaw McDermott ’62 P ’98 ’00 ’07 Barbara Rockett P ’72 ’75 ’77 ’81 GP ’19 ’20 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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4 From the Head of School 28 News 34 Arts 36 Athletics 40 Faculty Perspective 42 From the Archives 43 Class Notes 52 In Memoriam


Julie Powers, Director of Communications Class Notes Editor

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A cross-section of the community— students, faculty, and staff, along with Head of School Todd Vincent— represents the School today.

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H e ad o f S ch o o l

Todd A. Vincent Waiting and Watching As a parent, I know what it feels like

to watch your children walk out the door and hope that, wherever they are headed or whatever task they are facing, they are the best versions of themselves when they get there. We invest so much in developing their character and nurturing their minds, with the ultimate hope that they reach their fullest potential while leading Through personal healthy, happy lives. connections and strong    Our faculty members feel the same way about each bonds, teachers tackle of their students. They do lessons that are not so much both in and out of the classroom to prepare found in the textbooks: students for what lies ahead. In all areas, whether it’s hard work, fair play, teaching important academic honesty, empathy, and skills, guiding students in their public speaking, or service. Every day, our advising on brush stroke faculty give everything techniques in the art studio, our teachers always find ways they have to their to make personal connections students in order to with students. It is the best way to know a child fully, help them succeed. and allows teachers the opportunity to play to each child’s strengths and to understand his or her weaknesses. Through personal connections and strong bonds, teachers tackle lessons that are not found in the textbooks: hard work, fair play, honesty, empathy, and service. Every day, our faculty give everything they have to their students in order to help them succeed.   When our students “walk out the door,” we wait and we watch to see if they take what they have learned from their parents and teachers and make the most of it. I have every confidence that they do. In fact, I have the privilege of seeing

it every day on this campus. I also know that when they fall short, we have provided them with the tools to pick themselves up and try again.    There is nothing more rewarding than knowing our students are doing their best and representing the School well. Every time a campus visitor comments on our students’ pleasant demeanor and polite discourse, or an off-site coordinator writes me an email to say the Dexter Southfield group who attended a field trip were the most inquisitive students she has ever hosted, I can’t help but beam with pride. It is validation that our work, day in and day out, makes a difference.   Earlier this year, a friend and Dexter Southfield parent wrote me an email about several of our upper school students. Dr. Britt Lee, mother of Brody ’22 and Teddy ’23, works at the Harvard Medical School and wrote this letter after her experience with our students there:


Dear Mr. Vincent, I’ve been meaning to write a quick note to tell you that it has been an absolute pleasure to volunteer with this semester’s Dexter Southfield class in the Harvard Medical School MEDScience class. Ms. Guy has these students prepared beyond expectations when they arrive, and they are so bright and engaged and just everything you would want to see in your upper school students. After the introductory session, each of them came to shake my hand and introduce themselves. Three weeks ago, I taught them how to handle instruments for suturing and knot-tying. I’ve done this many times, but this is a difficult skill to teach and only rarely does the class move far beyond a simple, interrupted stitch. Every single student advanced to trying a sub-cuticular stitch. This may mean little to you, but I’ve never seen an entire class so determined and talented. In the parlance of the profession, they’ve got “good hands.” Today, they showed off their skills in the simulation lab. Manipulating instruments identical to the ones used in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, a few of these students were performing at the level of medical students. I have to believe this program created at least one (if not many) budding surgeons this semester. Kudos to Ms. Guy for her stellar teaching, for the vision of Dexter Southfield to provide this opportunity for these students, and of course to the HMS MEDScience team for their inspiration. See you on campus, Britt Lee We give our students the tools they need, but, in the end, it is up to them to use them. What is great, is that it doesn’t end there. I love hearing from our alumni, working all over the world in various fields and professions, who use lessons they learned at Dexter Southfield in their daily lives. They remember a lesson from a teacher, a coach, or a bus driver (often times, one and the same person) and talk about the long-lasting impact it has made. It always makes the waiting and watching worthwhile.

Students in this year’s MEDScience class at the Harvard Medical School’s simulation lab


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Who Are We? We Are Dexter Southfield By Julie powers

What are the benefits of the single-sex coordinate programs in the lower and middle schools? How are classes structured in the upper school? Why is it important for students to have a well-rounded experience in academics, athletics, and the arts? What does the STEM curriculum look like in each division? What off-campus opportunities are available to students? Do the faculty still drive the buses? What’s next for Dexter Southfield? People have a lot of questions about Dexter Southfield. We have the answers.


Who are today’s Dexter Southfield students? Scientists. Writers. Artists. Athletes. Leaders. Those who are curious, who love to learn, and who are willing to take risks in and out of the classroom. The School has come a long way since it first opened its doors in 1926. Dexter began as an all-boys’ lower school for families in Brookline and the immediate Boston area, with its students attending other independent schools following their time here. In 1992, it opened a sister school, Southfield, and the two schools ran coordinate programs for boys and girls on a shared campus. In 2003, the School added an upper school, which, in the past 15 years, has continued to grow and strengthen its place as a top independent high school in the Boston market. In 2013, the two schools merged into one—Dexter Southfield.

  Today, the School has 840 students from more than 65 communities in eastern Massachusetts. It offers a strong base of subjects—English, science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), social studies, Latin, modern languages, and the arts—to students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Class 12. In the upper school, students choose electives like The Rise of the British Gothic Novel, Multivariable Calculus, The History of Boston, and MEDScience in partnership with Harvard Medical School. In addition, through ongoing practice in public speaking, daily athletics, enrichment through both visual and


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Each year, admissions to Dexter Southfield becomes more competitive, as the area’s best and brightest students see the value that the School provides. In the past five years alone, our upper school graduates have attended more than 115 top colleges and universities. performing arts, and a wide range of clubs and after school activities, all students are encouraged to explore new areas of interest and discover new passions.    Students commonly enter the School in Pre- Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Class 6, and Class 9. There is a deliberate progression through all three grade divisions (lower, middle, and upper), which allows students the opportunity to learn and grow throughout their time at the School whether it’s for four years or 14. Each year, admissions to Dexter Southfield becomes more competitive, as the area’s

best and brightest students see the value that the School provides.   In the past five years alone, our upper school graduates have attended more than 115 top colleges and universities, including Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Syracuse University, and Trinity College among others. Many of our studentathletes go on to compete in Division I, II, and III college sports, and our student-artists have been accepted to renowned programs and art schools like the Rhode Island School of Design.

Which is it—single-sex or co-ed? Both, because it’s the combination that works best over time. Across the country, top-tier schools are trying to identify the educational model that works best for their students. Single-sex and co-educational schools, regardless of any previous history of success, are asking important questions about how to serve boys and

girls at different ages and stages of development, as well as what the future holds for their programs. Many of these schools are looking to Dexter Southfield’s model, which truly provides the “best of both worlds.”


  For more than 90 years, the single-sex coordinate programs in our lower and middle schools have helped students learn to lead with confidence and play to their own strengths. Boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 8 thrive here because of our faculty’s commitment and dedication to our model. We stand firm in our belief that this approach works best for young students, especially when they can experience it all on a shared campus, bus, or Playscape.   As students progress through the lower and middle schools into the upper school, their needs change. While much of the freshman year experience remains

houses together. The co-educational model allows us to expand the program in the upper school. We can offer more honors and AP courses, electives, and off-campus opportunities. Later this year, we will introduce a co-ed honors society and, for the first time, celebrate all members of the senior class at a single graduation ceremony.    Our co-ed upper school is made stronger by singlesex features like athletics, public speaking, assemblies, advisory, and health and wellness classes. When appropriate and beneficial, boys and girls participate in these and other events or programs separately.

Currently, more than 76 percent of upper school classes are co-ed, as are leadership opportunities and activities in the performing arts, community service, student council, yearbook and other student publications. single-sex, the overall experience of our upper school is co-educational. Currently, more than 76 percent of upper school classes are co-ed, as are leadership opportunities and activities in the performing arts, community service, student council, yearbook and other student publications. All upper school students—boys and girls—share common spaces and lunch periods, attend special events, and host open

  While this way of describing ourselves may feel new, the experience has been taking shape for some time; we have been “living” this model and we can say without any doubt that it is what works best for our students. The progression from our single-sex lower and middle schools to our co-ed upper school is unlike any program offered in the Greater Boston area, and we are proud to lead the way in serving students.


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Do you still ________? (Fill in the blank: Teach Latin? Have public speaking performances? Require hats as part of the dress code? Have student servers at lunch?)

Yes, but it probably looks different from what you remember. Believe it or not, we sometimes get asked if today’s students still wear the Dexter beanie caps that were popular in the 1950s. (The answer is no, although lower school students are required to wear either a Dexter Southfield baseball cap or knit hat. And, yes, they wear them on the faculty-driven buses.) Inevitably, some elements of the program have evolved over the years, whether it’s due to changing fashion trends, a growing student population, or advancements in technology and 21st-century skills.   With that said, we are proud of our history and traditions, and believe that many aspects of our program are timeless. Hard work, resiliency, sportsmanship, and good manners are still valued here. How our faculty instill those character traits in our students depends on the age, grade, and developmental stage. In grades three through five, for example, students take turns serving meals in the dining hall.

Just as it did during lunch on Freeman Street, this teaches service, humility, and proper table manners.    The School has long been known for academic excellence and rigor, and this also remains true today. While the core curriculum still includes Latin, English, writing, and grammar, it also includes robust offerings in STEM, modern languages, and social sciences. Dexter Southfield continues to provide the foundation students need for whatever is next in their academic or professional careers. Over the years, the definition and demands of a solid “foundation” have changed.


What’s happening on campus? So much that you really need to see it for yourself. Whether it’s been 50 years since you last visited the School or five, a lot has changed on Dexter Southfield’s campus. In fact, unless you’ve been here in the last eight weeks, you might be surprised at how different our hilltop campus looks. Earlier this fall, the School installed new signage, and the visual impact alone has turned heads. The signs and banners proudly bear the name and colors of our school, unifying both the campus and the community. In late November, the historic athletic and wellness facilities were completed, just six months after breaking ground on site of the former Thorndike Rink. Later, the Dalrymple Gym will begin the first phases of its transformation into a dance and performance arts space. Additional building projects and future campus renovations include updates to the athletic fields; outdoor venues for the arts, athletics, and academics; lower school classrooms and facilities; and dining areas.    The landscape of the School, quite literally, is changing to meet the needs of today’s students. Every building renovation, every square foot of turf, and every piece of classroom furniture is carefully considered. “We will never be a place that upgrades to

the latest and greatest—whether it’s a facility or a piece of technology—just to keep up with trends,” says Head of School Todd Vincent. “We do what we can with what we have first. Sometimes that means re-envisioning a space or program to maximize the experience. When the time comes to add or upgrade, we do it responsibly and modestly. It is how we have always operated as a School.”    Our students do amazing things on this campus every day. Pre-Kindergarten students might visit the Clay Center Observatory for a lesson on the waxing and waning Moon the very same day our upper school students are using the telescope to plot data points for NASA. The arts program continues to expand each year, with more student shows in the Dexter Southfield Gallery as well as theater, dance, and music performances in spaces across campus. Beyond the campus walls, our students take advantage of the School’s proximity to Boston. Classes at the Harvard Medical School, a docent training program at the MFA, or a Senior Project internship at a downtown law firm— anything within reach is for our students’ taking.


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Beyond the

Letter of the Law Chicago lawyer David Dormon ’07 is making his mark and giving back. By Julie powers

When David Dormon ’07 first considered a move to Chicago to attend law school, he had reservations about leaving behind his beloved city of Boston. A lifelong Bay State resident, he grew up in the Greater Boston area surrounded by friends and family. He attended school here—including Dexter School and Tufts University—where he dreamed of becoming a lawyer. When he was looking to choose a law program, Dormon decided the time was right to make a move.    On his first day in Chicago, he walked up the stairs from the subway station and the moment he stepped onto Jackson Street, Kanye West’s lyrics played in his earphones: “Can we get much higher?” It felt serendipitous; he knew instantly that he had made the right decision. Dormon quickly fell in love with his new city, and immersed himself in classes at the University of Chicago Law School.   A member of Dexter’s first 12th-grade class, Dormon was a focused student from the start. He credits Dexter with helping him discover his personal learning style and teaching him to tailor his study habits in a way that made sense for him. “The faculty were amazing,” he says. “We were a small class, which allowed teachers to give us a lot of individual attention. It was very conducive to the way I learn.”

   Dormon’s years at Dexter were formative. In class, he learned how to think critically and articulate his ideas. On the football field and basketball court, he emerged as a leader and learned how to work as a team. “I really gained my voice in Stewart Tucker’s English class where he taught us to speak up and embrace our ideas,” he says. “I gained confidence on the basketball court under Scott Kinney’s tutelage. He expected us all to be leaders in our own right. The sense of community at Dexter was at the heart of everything. It was the first time in my life that I developed such strong, meaningful relationships with my teachers and coaches. It really made a big difference.”   After Dexter, Dormon attended Tufts University, where he majored in political science and religion. He always had an interest in law, and during his sophomore year he started to explore different career options. During an annual “Tufts Law Day on the Hill,” an event that gives undergrad students a look at the legal profession, law school, and careers for lawyers, Dormon listened to a young partner talk about venture capital law and entrepreneurship. It opened his eyes to new area of law, and he decided that was where he would focus.

The sense of community at Dexter was at the heart of everything. It was the first time in my life that I developed such strong, meaningful relationships with my teachers and coaches. It really made a big difference.


   Dormon embraced the challenge of law school. “It was intellectually transformative, just like Dexter,” he says. “It challenges how you think and process things. I learned so much and met so many people from different walks of life.” After graduation, he joined the large international law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman in their Chicago office. He worked in business mergers, acquisitions, and private equity, soaking up as much information as he could absorb.   After two years with the firm, Dormon wanted a more direct training opportunity where he could work and learn with a smaller team. He joined Vedder Price in Chicago as an associate specializing in corporate and governance law, finance and transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Dormon has been at Vedder Price since September 2016, and says he enjoys working with clients in a wide variety of industries. He loves working on a team where he can learn from others’ expertise.    He also gives back through pro-bono work as a volunteer for the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, where he represents low-income victims of domestic violence. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of his work as a lawyer, and a great way to stay connected to and serve the Chicago community.    “My goal is to keep learning and to try to be the best lawyer I can be,” says Dormon. “That is something that Dexter instilled in me—a desire to learn and to push myself.”


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Ready for a UFO Sighting Victoria Kidder ’02 is the brand manager for UFO Beer, brewed right here in Boston By Julie powers

Most workplace meetings happen in a conventional conference room with, let’s be honest, a mediocre cup of coffee at arm’s length. Not for Victoria Kidder ’02. When the UFO Beer brand manager needs to get down to business, she heads upstairs from her office to the Harpoon Brewery’s Beer Hall for a pint and a pretzel.    The brewery, located in Boston’s popular and fast-growing Seaport neighborhood, is home to Harpoon, UFO Beers, and recently acquired Clown Shoes Beer. Harpoon and UFO were formerly marketed together, but as UFO developed a following, it was clear that the product line deserved a spotlight of its own. “We realized that we have two groups of consumers with very different tastes,” explains Kidder. “UFO drinkers are looking for a flavorful, refreshing beer, while Harpoon fans generally are looking for hoppier, craftier offerings. UFO became a separate brand in April 2017, and we’re excited for the adventure ahead.”



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   Kidder joined the company in April 2016, a year before the brand split. Her first days in the brewery were spent learning about the products, operations, and brewing process. “It’s amazing what our brewers can do,” she says. “I have a lot of respect for their creativity and their craft.” Kidder flexes her creative muscles in her role, too. As brand manager, she works on marketing, brand strategy, and consumer testing.    Competing with more than 5,000 breweries in the U.S. alone (Harpoon Brewery is the 19th largest), Kidder helps decide how to use resources to gain a piece of the market share. “There is a lot of strategic thinking and planning involved,” she says. “Do we invest in marketing or in expanding the product line? Usually it’s a combination of both, but it ebbs and flows.” She also follows industry trends, not only in beer, but also in wine and spirits. She loves finding ways to harness interesting flavors, and even draws inspiration from other food and beverage businesses.   When it comes to the UFO brand, Kidder has her hands in everything—something she says she learned at Southfield. She attended the School from Kindergarten through Class 8, and remembers being encouraged to try anything and everything. “I played every sport, right alongside my classmates,” she says. “Off the field, it was the same. Our teachers wanted us to do it all—learn Latin, excel at public speaking, create art. They expected us to try, so we did. There wasn’t any resistance because it was the norm. It’s a really great life skill that I’ve used throughout my career.”   Another thing she learned at Southfield that she applies daily—relationships matter. Kidder remembers talking with her bus driver, Todd Vincent, every day before heading to school. She appreciated that he took time to get to know her, and for years hung on to a hand-drawn thank you note that Vincent sent her when she was a student. “Personal connections make a difference,” she says. “It’s our philosophy with consumers, too. We want people to feel welcome here, to sit in the Beer Hall with friends and talk to each other. We want to be an accessible brand with products that consumers can enjoy no matter what.”    Kidder says there is a lot to look forward to from UFO. She is always watching for product tie-ins to events, like Harpoon’s popular festivals and tastings. As far as product innovation, consumers can look forward to at least three new flavors in 2018: an apricot-flavored beer, “Apricadabra,” due out this January; a year-round, UFO Pineapple; and a pink lemonade shandy debuting in the summer. Kidder loves the challenge of finding new ways to give consumers what they want. “And, in the end,” she says, with a tip of her glass, “it’s beer! How fun is that?”


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community celebrates opening of

New Athletics Fieldhouse & Arena On Saturday, January 6, the Dexter Southfield community came out in full force to

celebrate the opening of the School’s new state-of-the-art athletic facilities. While students have enjoyed the space since the renovated Arena opened this summer, and the new Kraft Fieldhouse opened in December, this official celebration welcomed students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends under one new roof. Fans cheered on the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball and hockey teams, toured the facilities, and enjoyed post-game autograph opportunities with student-athletes. Friends and members of the Thorndike family attended a special ceremony dedicated to Theodore “Ted” Thorndike ’65. His Olympic jersey, donated to the School by the family, will hang in the new Arena, next to the site of the retired Thorndike Rink. Olympic athletes and Dexter Southfield alumni Goodwin “Goody” Harding ’32, Christopher “Tiff” Wood ’65, and John “Jack” Rusher ’81 were also honored. (Read more about their Olympic successes on page 21.) Less than 16 months ago, in the fall of 2016, Dexter Southfield launched its Athletics and Wellness Initiative to unlock the full potential of the campus for all students. The scope of the original initiative included renovations to the ice rink with new spectator seating and a new viewing room, as well as construction of a new Kraft Fieldhouse that is now home to basketball, volleyball, and tennis facilities; a weight room; training facilities; locker rooms; storage spaces, and offices. The project serves as the cornerstone to Dexter Southfield’s campus vision by allowing the School to create more distinction among its three divisions, and to open up scheduling in order to positively impact academics, the arts, and other programming possibilities for all students.


An evening sky backdrop for the new facility

A ceremonial puck drop in memory of Teddy Thorndike ’65 with Head of School Todd Vincent, classmate Lev Byrd ’65, brother Bobby Thorndike ’69, with Ian Murphy ’18 and Jill Olevitz ’18, members of the boys and girls hockey teams


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A birds-eye view of the varsity court in the Kraft Fieldhouse

Honoring Our Olympians As the community celebrates the impact that the new athletic facilities will have on today’s students and their future, the opening also serves as a moment to honor the past. Dexter Southfield has a long tradition of helping students develop their talents through athletics, while also instilling hard work, sportsmanship, and perseverance through the program. During the opening ceremonies, the School honored the following four Dexter alumni, all of whom represented our country and community at the Olympic Games.

Theodore “Ted” Thorndike ’65 Ted Thorndike attended Dexter from 1959 to 1965, making lifelong friends and developing his love of sports. After Dexter, Thorndike served as captain of the hockey and baseball teams at Phillips Andover and played three years of varsity hockey at Harvard. His Harvard hockey team accumulated a record of 57-21-2, brought home two Ivy League titles, and earned a fourth-place finish in the NCAA championships during Thorndike’s senior year. After graduating from Harvard, Thorndike earned a spot on the U.S.

National and Olympic hockey teams, and competed in the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, where the U.S. finished fifth. Following the Olympics, Thorndike worked in business, taught, and coached youth hockey in Vermont and Massachusetts. He passed away in 1987 at the age of 34.

Goodwin “Goody” Harding ’32 Goody Harding attended Dexter in the very early years of the School, graduating in 1932. His Harvard hockey career was interrupted by service in World War II, but he returned for the 1947–’48 season, before being named to the 1948 U.S. Winter Olympic team. As goalie and captain, Harding played in all eight games for the U.S. at the St. Moritz Olympics, winning five, and allowing 33 goals, for a 4.13 goals-against average. He holds the record for most minutes played by a goalie who played in only one Olympics. Harding was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1972. He died in 1951, at the age of 30, after battling chronic illness for several years.


Students take advantage of the new state-of-the-art weight room.

A crowd gathers in the Multipurpose Room for a (warm!) view of the hockey games.

Profiles of our young alumni-athletes are on display in the new concourse. We hope you make it to campus to see for yourself, but, until then, turn to Class Notes to read more.

A lower school student looks over early plans to see what’s coming next to campus. The Athletics and Wellness Initiative is just the beginning; there’s more planned for academic, arts, and outdoor spaces on campus.

John “Jack” Rusher ’81 Jack Rusher was a Harvard rower who competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, rowing the eight in 1988 and the four in 1992. He also competed at the World Championships in 1989–’91, winning a silver medal in the four in 1989. Rusher also rowed both the four and eight at the 1990 Banners hang in the Arena honoring our Olympic alumni-athletes. Goodwill Games, winning silver in the eight. He raced three times at the Wood made the 1976, 1980, and 1984 U.S. Olympic Henley Royal Regatta, once in prep school with teams and became one of the most famous names St. Paul’s in 1985, and twice with the Harvard eight, in rowing. He won a bronze medal at the world in 1986 and 1989. During his Harvard career, he led championships in 1982 in Duisburg, West Germany, them to the Eastern Sprint freshman eight title in and sports a litany of crew honors: six times on the 1986 and to NCAA titles in the eight in 1987 and 1988. U.S. national team, three Olympic teams, a 1970 trip Today, Rusher lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. to the World Youth Rowing Championships in Greece, and a total of five visits to the Royal Henley Regatta Christopher “Tiff” Wood ’65 in England. Wood was featured in David Halberstam’s Tiff Wood spent three years at Dexter, followed by ode to rowing, The Amateurs. Today, Wood lives and St. Paul’s School and Harvard. After a spectacular works in Portland, Oregon. career at Harvard, where his crews never lost a race,


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More than 50 alumni from a range of years (1978–2017) played in this year’s alumni hockey game. Below: Classmates Lucy Copeland (sitting), Meghan Brooks (left), and Nikki Haskins, Class of 2010, reconnect.

Natalie Metzgar ’12 and girls varsity basketball coach Kristen Campopiano

Alumni Games We had record attendance for this year’s alumni games. More than 100 alumni returned to campus to see the new facility, play in the hockey and basketball games, and reconnect with one another.

Alex Maund ’14 and Todd Vincent take in the game

23 Members of the girls varsity hockey team on the ice with lower school skaters

Todd Vincent tosses the ceremonial tip off to basketball players Paul O’Toole ’19 and Madelyn McKenna ’18.

Members of the boys and girls upper school a capella groups sing the National Anthem.

From left, third graders Camden Fleming and Nick DiRicco grab an autograph from senior hockey players Kelly Lavelle and Nicki Stanton.


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Understanding Minds and Motives Forensic psychologist Thomas Powell ’63 is working to improve both sides of the justice system By Julie powers

Why do people do the things that they do?


he question—and the search for its answers—is the driving force behind Thomas Powell’s career. For nearly 40 years, from his start as a correctional officer to his current role as a forensic psychologist in private practice, Powell ’63 has had a major impact on the state of Vermont’s criminal justice system. He has always considered himself socially conscious and curious about those “who have not done well in life,” as he puts it. While he believes in both the justice system and public health services, which he says should work hand in hand, it’s the people, not the processes and politics, that matter most.   Through his clinical assessments, Powell evaluates individuals for attorneys, courts, and state agencies. Over the years he has steered away from complicated diagnoses and statistical jargon; instead he develops a narrative about his clients that explains how they fell

into their circumstances and what might be done about it. He says, “Admiring the problem is insufficient. At some point, you have to ask, ‘So what now?’” His appraisals give insight into an individual’s mental status and competency, which then guides judges, lawyers, and other professionals on how best to proceed.    “Sometimes people need to be incarcerated for the safety of society, or themselves, but often there are other options that work better,” he says. Powell is regularly called as an expert witness in both state and federal courts. He also provides training to clinicians, criminal justice managers, probation and parole officers and consults with attorneys in civil and criminal litigation.    Powell also works outside the court system with private and public-sector employers, child protective services, licensing boards, and school districts, among

A much sought-after expert in his field, Powell has published many articles, presents at conferences and trainings across the country, and teaches doctoral students at the University of Vermont.


others. Providing fitness-for-duty evaluations for employers, threat assessments for schools, and child custody evaluations are just part of what he does.   A much sought-after expert in his field, Powell has published many articles, presents at conferences and trainings across the country, and teaches doctoral students at the University of Vermont. This fall, Dexter Southfield was thrilled to invite him to campus as a guest speaker in the upper school’s Forensic Science class (see box).    Powell remembers his Dexter days with appreciation, and credits Francis Caswell with providing him encouragement he needed early in his career.   After his father accepted a job in Boston and the family moved from Ohio, Powell enrolled at Dexter School for grades five through seven. One of the first things he noted about his new school was that the day started as soon as he put on his Dexter hat for the morning ride with Mr. Dalrymple.    “The teaching never stopped,” says Powell. “I learned how to set the bar high enough that it wasn’t too easy to jump over. The faculty pushed you to do more, do better, and those expectations were what I needed.”   After Dexter, Powell attended the Brooks School and the University of Virginia. During his undergraduate years, with unrest in the U.S. over the Vietnam War, he became active in the anti-war movement and decided to leave college— and the country. He hitchhiked across New Zealand, taking odd jobs along the way, living with locals, and learning about life outside the United States. c o ntinu e d o n pag e 2 7


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In the Classroom: Forensic Science One day, the scientists dust the room for fingerprints. The next, they’re using forensic serology to analyze DNA left at the scene.   No, it isn’t an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” It’s all happening inside one of the School’s science labs, while our upper school students learn the basics of forensic science and its effect on criminal investigations.

  Students in Dexter Southfield’s forensic science elective apply the concepts and techniques that they learned in their chemistry and biology core courses to this different application of science. Throughout the semester, they explore the techniques required to collect, process, and analyze forensic data; learn the theory and practice of collecting and working with DNA evidence;

Teacher Will Goldenheim helps students dust for fingerprints in class.

Students view evidence at the Boston Police Department forensic labs.


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interpret data using the tools and techniques of molecular biology; and sharpen their observation skills.   This fall, the class visited the Boston Police Department, where detectives and criminologists showed students the crime labs, fingerprint identification tools, and methods for analyzing firearms. In addition to field trips, teacher William Goldenheim has arranged for guest speakers to visit campus in the past, and was thrilled to welcome forensic psychologist and Dexter alumnus Thomas Powell this year. “It was great to have Dr. Powell guest lecture, because we typically don’t cover forensic psychology in class,” says Goldenheim. “It was interesting to learn about yet another aspect of forensic science and show the students how broad this field really is.”

   “I learned to think independently,” he says. “When I returned to college, I studied differently because I really wanted to learn.”   After graduation, Powell hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and settled in Oregon to work as a carpenter and bartender in a lumber town. “I had to learn quickly how to defuse a situation before the chairs started flying across the room,” he says. He reveled in meeting new people and stayed out west for several years, discovering himself and learning that he had a knack for working with others. His high social IQ allowed him to quickly assess people, places, and situations, and he could engage with people from all walks of life. Eventually, he found his way back east and into clinical psychology. Early in his career, he worked as a counselor at a community corrections center and as a probation and parole officer with the Vermont Department of Corrections before earning two graduate degrees in clinical psychology and eventually going into private practice.    Over the years, Powell kept in touch with Reverend Caswell through handwritten letters, one of the former headmaster’s favorite ways to communicate. At the time, Powell considered his corrections work to be “out of the Dexter norm.” Caswell, on the other hand, was proud that Powell was serving others. “I salute you in your interest in this valuable and merciful work,” Caswell wrote of Powell’s role at the correctional facility.    The headmaster’s endorsement meant a lot to Powell. “It validated my work in a way I didn’t even know I needed,” he says. “It set me on a path to keep going. I still have the letter, all these years later.” Powell served as the director of clinical programs for the Vermont Department of Corrections from 1986 until 2004. During that time, he earned his Master of Arts in clinical psychology from St. Michael’s College and his Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. In 2004, he founded Vermont Forensic Assessment, PLLC, where he continues to work with three other forensic psychologists, interns, and a wide variety of referred clients. After all these years, Powell says, everything still works better when you put people first.

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by cara Mastrilli

h e a r d f r o m th e hillt o p

News and Updates from Our Community Busting Myths in the Classroom



his fall, Dexter Southfield unveiled two new smartphone apps to keep the community up-to-date and informed. The first app offers improved communication around daily bus transportation. While our faculty bus drivers do their best to stay on schedule, sometimes weather, traffic, or other issues can cause changes or delays. It is important for parents to know these details in “real time,” so the School partnered with SafeStop to provide a solution. Families can download the free “SafeStop” app to see where a bus is located along the route. The app shows a map with an icon

indicating the bus’s location, which is updated every 30 seconds. There is also an ETA function that shows the expected time of arrival to the stop or stops of your choice. For more information on how to sign up please visit www.dextersouthfield. org/SafeStop. The second app helps students, faculty, and staff make healthy choices at lunch. Offered through our dining service, SAGE, app users can access menus, nutritional information, and more. The app’s online allergen filter and comprehensive ingredient list allows students and families to plan meals ahead of time. The app helps students make healthy choices by assigning each food option a colored dot (foods with green dots are great to eat in wide variety; foods with yellow dots are part of a balanced meal; and foods with red dots should be consumed in moderation). Download the “Touch of SAGE” app today by searching for it in the App Store or Google Play.

How’s Your Middle School Math?


se a system of linear equations to solve the following problem. A plane takes off from Fort Myers, Fla., flying with a tailwind, at 1:30 p.m. and lands in Vancouver, B.C. five and half hours later. The same plane, now flying with a headwind, takes six hours to cover the 2,772 miles back to Fort Myers. Find both the average airspeed of the plane and the average wind speed.

Answer: 2772 = (a+w)5.5 2772 = (a-w)6

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Jacob Mello ’18 demonstrates paper-folding techniques to help Class 5 boys bust a popular myth.

W (wind speed) = 21 A (air speed) 483

n an episode of the popular Discovery Channel show “MythBusters,” it took a team of NASA scientists to answer the question: can a piece of paper be folded more than seven times? When Sam Gacicia’s Class 5 students wanted to find the answer, they didn’t take the easy route, turning to YouTube. Instead, they invited upper school student Jacob Mello ’18 to class to help bust the myth for themselves. Jacob took the upper school Myth Busters elective class this fall. The course, which is offered to Class 11 and 12 students, encourages students to test common myths to discover which are true and which are not. After introductory lessons model how the scientific method answers questions, students in the class create questions of their own. Applying their previously learned science skills, they design an activity to answer their questions and then perform the activity. For his presentation to lower school students, Jacob explained that powerful machinery, such as steamrollers and forklifts, can get the paper past the seventh fold.


Class 2 Explores the Stars


lass 2 students and their parents explored the sky during the annual Night Under the Stars events on Monday, September 25, and Monday, October 2. Students enjoyed the private

evening of telescope viewing at the Clay Center Observatory. Astronomer and Observatory director Ron Dantowitz positioned the telescope toward the craters of the Moon, star clusters, and many more surprises in the sky! The School’s own planetarium brought the excitement of navigating the stars to

our state-of-the-art digital theater system. Guests also enjoyed a panoramic view of Boston from the observation decks and walked among the fiber-optic constellations on the Stars Courtyard. The event gave parents a fun way to (star)gaze into their children’s STEM curriculum.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Dubois


ast summer, Dexter Southfield welcomed Jeffrey Dubois as its new chief financial officer. Dubois is responsible for the School’s business, financial, and investment functions. He provides primary support in that area to several committees of the Board of Trustees, including the finance, audit, and investment committees. He can be reached at 617-751-3605 or

Boston Blade players and Dexter Southfield faculty Michelle Ng ’09, left, and Erin Hall ’13 ways, I already feel like I’ve been here for years. The moment you step onto this campus you realize how much pride and dedication to the School each person has, and you want to be a part of that.

Faculty Members and Alumnae Tear Up the Ice

Previous Experience: Before joining Dexter Southfield in July 2017, I worked for 20 years in higher education. Most recently, I was at Wellesley College, where I served as the assistant vice president for budget planning and campus services. Before that, I spent 17 years at Babson College and held roles in the financial aid, accounting, and budget offices. Education: I received my undergraduate degree in accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from Babson College. Favorite Book: The Game of Thrones series. I’ve read them through several times. Secret Talent: I play the guitar and enjoy singing. I also like to think I’m a decent cook. What he admires most about Dexter Southfield: I’ve been impressed with how quickly and warmly I’ve been welcomed into the Dexter Southfield community. It’s only been a few months, but in many


lumnae and faculty members Michelle Ng ’09 and Erin Hall ’13 were drafted to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League team, the Boston Blades, this summer. Fellow alumnae Courtney Turner ’12 and Casey Stathopoulos ’11 are also featured on the roster. Best of luck to all this season!

Guest Speaker Teaches Middle School Students about Their Digital Footprint


r. Jill Walsh, researcher and lecturer at Boston University, was on campus the week of November 13-20 educating middle school students on social media awareness. Dr. Walsh conducts research on teens’ social media use and combines her own research with the latest work in the fields of sociology, adolescent development, and communication to

Jill Walsh talks with Class 6 girls. provide a clear understanding of the teen social media landscape for parents, school administrators, and teachers. Her goal is to establish healthy teen social media use and to develop positive and open communication around technology among parents, schools, and teens. During her time on campus she met with boys and girls in Classes 6-8 in large lectures as well as in small, single-sex group discussions and workshops. By

31 meeting with each class level by gender she was able to address each group’s specific needs and interests. Every group had varied topics on which they chose to spend their time and focus, which helped students have the opportunity for honest and open discussions. Dr. Walsh posed the question of “social media addiction” to students, asking if they believed the use of these platforms and apps could indeed be qualified as addicting to users. She also acknowledged the dangers of social media, such as screenshotting messages or Snapchat photos and using them as “social weapons.” Students began to wonder about the dangers and discussed the idea that privacy settings on any of their social media accounts are only as good as your friends and followers. When concluding her lecture with all middle school students she asked the group two questions: “Would I say this to someone’s face?” “How would I feel if my name is attached to this?” Students took a reflective moment to ask themselves these questions and to understand the impact their activity on social media could have. The week was spent with intriguing discussions and knowledge from the teen perspective.

Grandparents’ and Grand Friends’ Day


he School welcomed more than 600 grandparents and grand friends to campus on Friday, October 20. They visited classrooms, taking part in science labs, art projects, and much more. Grandparents posed for portraits with their grandchildren before enjoying lunch together. Thank you to all of our guests who made the day so special! We hope you enjoyed a day in the life at Dexter Southfield. Visit GrandparentsDay2017 to watch a video of this year’s event.

Top: Grandparents participate in an upper school science lab experiment. Middle left: All smiles down in Hewitt, home of the lower school. Middle right: Jack Meekins ’24 with grandparents. Right: Andres Jay ’27 gets creative with his artwork.

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Three upper school French students read to a lower school class.

More Ways to Stay Connected


he Dexter Southfield social dashboard is a one-stop webpage with links to all of the School’s social media channels: our student-run Instagram, athletics, arts, college counseling accounts, and more. The various YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts have everything you need to stay connected and up to date! Check it out at www.

Lisons un Livre


his fall, members of Laura Franc’s upper school French I and II classes worked on a fun project—writing children’s books in French. The students wrote the stories, found photos and illustrations online, and bound them together in books. The stories turned out so well

that Franc reached out to the lower school to see if classes had an interest in having upper school students visit and share their work. The lower school students loved their French reading hour! The older students read first in French before translating to English. Along the way, they asked the younger students if they had any guesses about the story and were surprised at how much the lower school could decipher!

Faculty Member Featured in Reader’s Digest


arie Walsh, upper school academic support and Latin teacher, was featured in Reader’s Digest last August. She provided the publication with creative ways to prepare your house for homework and to create the ideal environment for students to study at home.

Marie Walsh Constructing a cozy reading nook and stocking shelves with a variety of books were just some of her techniques to help prepare children for their most successful school year.


Photos by Dexter Southfield and “NOVA”

Clay Center Observatory Director Ron Dantowitz Assists with Solar Eclipse Research


ast August, as millions looked to the skies for the solar eclipse, Clay Center Observatory Director Ron Dantowitz was hard at work assembling camera systems designed specifically to research the nature of the sun. Dantowitz played a major role in the imaging for PBS’ “NOVA” series “Eclipse Over America” episode, which aired just hours after the eclipse. Dantowitz worked with researchers from Williams College courtesy of a science grant awarded by the Committee on Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society nearly three years ago. Dantowitz and his team brought telescopes from Dexter Southfield’s Clay Center and worked with one of the most accomplished eclipse photographers, Jay Pasachoff. According to Dantowitz, Williams College astronomer Pasachoff has seen more eclipses than anyone else in the world—66 to be exact. The two spent their time focusing on research of the corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun. “We still don’t know a lot about the sun,” says Dantowitz. “We see it every day, we acknowledge it, but there are still so many mysteries that surround our star.” Dantowitz has led many eclipse expeditions over the past 30 years, and provided our students and viewers of the PBS special with some of the clearest views of a total solar eclipse ever seen. Dexter Southfield alumna Elaine Wang ’17 accompanied Dantowitz and his crew. During her time on campus, Wang studied astronomy and the sun in Dantowitz’s classes. She is now majoring in astronomy and astrophysics at Colgate University. “‘NOVA’ reached out to Dexter Southfield with hopes we would help them collect the necessary data,” says Dantowitz. “We were happy to support PBS, and were equally honored to be so well regarded by ‘NOVA’ and the science education community.” Dantowitz and Pasachoff worked closely over several months with the “NOVA” program. Footage from a visit to the Clay

Center, where eclipse equipment was tested, provided a good portion of the program’s background, with 20 minutes of footage from eclipse day added that afternoon. “It was exciting to know that literally millions saw our eclipse images and benefitted from the School’s con- tributions to science,” he says. Dantowitz is already looking forward to viewing the next eclipse, in two years in Chile. He is continuing his research of the solar corona and various elements of the star. The data acquired from this summer’s eclipse has already been published in numerous science papers. Dexter Southfield students will be able to use the data from the cameras and spectrographs in astronomy classes for years to come.

Alumni Tune In to Eclipse Coverage Millions of viewers followed news of the eclipse online, including Dexter alumnus Brian Drourr ’87. On August 22, Drourr wrote to the School’s Facebook page with a scientific story of his own: “In 1979, I stood outside Miss Fitzpatrick’s classroom and watched my first eclipse. Yesterday, from Greenville, S.C., I was able to photograph totality at 940mm on a tracked German equatorial mount. That day so many years ago sparked a passion for space and astro-imaging that I carry today as a professional photographer. You never know what will stick with you, but I am sure glad that I got the space ‘bug’ from Mr. Bob Phinney all those years ago. I tip my hat to you today! I am already planning 2019 in Argentina!”

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Into the Woods The Performing Arts department kicked off the year with the upper school production of Into the Woods. Students, families, and friends enjoyed the twist on familiar fairytales, and we look forward to more performances in the coming months from our middle and upper school students.

Luke Wilson ’21 follows Abby Connolly ’18 to grandmother’s house

Nolan Donato ’18 and Gabriella Daher ’21

From left, Abby Connolly ’18, Janey Wilson ’19, and Carlo Hensch ’20

Elisabeth Weeks ’19 stands center stage during her solo.


Student Artwork Brightens Campus A new, permanent art installation has transformed campus. This fall, new light posts featuring dramatic banners were installed along one of the campus’ main roads. The banners showcase student artwork from all divisions, adding a colorful touch to any walk or drive.

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Fall 2017 Season Notables • Both the girls’ varsity soccer and field hockey teams advanced to the first round of NEPSAC post-season.

Varsity field hockey

• Jack Rathbone ’18 was drafted to the Vancouver Canucks in June. • Amelia Tucker ’21 made Dexter Southfield history by becoming the first female runner to finish a 5K race under the 20-minute mark. She was also named a New England All-Star after placing fourth among all runners in the NEPSTA Division IV Cross Country Championships; Deirdre Kelly ’18 was also named a New England All-Star after coming in 11th. Both Tucker and Kelly qualified to race in the Race of Champions at St. Mark’s School.

Caoilinn Gormley ’21 scores for girls’ varsity soccer.

• Thomas Gross ’18 was featured in a Boston Herald article and spotlight video about the challenges of dealing with Type 1 diabetes as both a student and a varsity athlete. Gross, who was voted captain of the varsity football team by his teammates this year, spoke with reporters about his love for the game. • Emily Donato ’19, Alex Hill ’19, Anthony LoRicco ’18, and Maeve Dardinski ’19 were named NEPSAC All Stars for soccer.

Amelia Tucker ’21

Deirdre Kelly ’18


Jack Rathbone ’18

Thomas Gross ’18

Emily Donato ’19

Maeve Dardinksi ’19

Alex Hill ’19

Anthony LoRicco ’18

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Yo u n g Alum Sp otlig ht

MIT Freshman Grace Moore ’17 Plays Goal and Stays Busy Grace Moore ’17 has had an impressive start to her

college field hockey career. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology goalie was named the Longstreth/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Defensive Player of the Week, the first student-athlete in the program’s history to earn this national honor. Moore was also named the NEWMAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Year after leading the NEWMAC in save percentage (.850), goals allowed (18), and shutouts (9) in addition to ranking second in goals against average (0.99). The MIT freshman also stands second in the country in save percentage and 17th in goals against average.   Moore helped the Engineers win the NEWMAC Championship game on Sunday, November 5. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Centre College in the second round with a final score of 2-1.   Moore talks about life on the field, in the classroom, and beyond at her home away from home on campus.

Q: What was your first season on the MIT field hockey team like? A: My first season was a whirlwind, from starting preseason two weeks before orientation to our last in-season game. Despite the grueling double sessions, playing all day under the sun in the summer, or the challenging lift sessions we have every week, I looked forward to practice every day. There were nine freshmen on the team and they are my best friends. We have even jokingly named our group the “gnarly nine.” In addition to the freshmen, there were just over 20 girls on the team in total and they have all become family, helping me to navigate through the academic maze of MIT. Q: What advice would you give to Dexter Southfield students who are considering a college sport? A: Playing a sport in college grants you a unique experience to bond with your teammates and enjoy the game you love. If you are thinking of committing to play at the college level, it is important to make sure that you love the school you’d be playing for. While the team can provide a close group of friends, you will enjoy the college experience most if you choose your next home for more reasons than just athletics. Q: What are you studying this semester? A: This semester I am taking solid-state chemistry, calculus III, physics I, and media lab based humanities.

Q: What course has sparked your interest the most? A: My solid-state chemistry class has been the most interesting thus far with visits from Jaden Smith, exploding hydrogen bubbles, and a frequently exercised t-shirt gun. In addition, the material adds depth to my previous chemistry knowledge, with a focus relevance in the world today. Every week we receive “goodie bags” containing anything from LEDs to voltmeters. Instead of homework and handing in problems, we are quizzed weekly on topics. Q: Are you involved in any clubs, activities, or causes? A: So far I have been initiated as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, became a freshman executive of the Energy Club, and joined Rocket Club and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Hopefully with the free time in the off-season I will be able to do more, but for now these activities fill my time completely. Q: Have you chosen a major and/or minor? A: Currently, I am thinking of pursuing a Course 3 major in materials science and engineering, with possible minors in energy and French. I like to think of Course 3 as cool chemistry, but materials are often the limiting factor in the growth of technology. Therefore, materials are on the edge of developing modern science. The French minor would help me to travel with MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) or Global Training Lab (GTL) programs to intern or teach abroad in a French-speaking country. Q: How did Dexter Southfield prepare you for college? A: From my time at Dexter Southfield I find that public speaking continues to be a valuable skill, whether in a formal environment or more commonly just in presenting myself to a large group of people. In a completely new community I find it is easier to form new friendships and connections, and to excel in leadership roles in clubs, with the composure and confidence in front of larger groups that I learned in high school.


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Taking My Own Advice B y K e l ly S i c c h i t a n o

I tell my students that to make

the most of their education and to truly understand and apply the concepts they are being taught, they need to take risks. They should take risks that not only challenge their social skills, minds, and bodies, but also ones that take them out of their comfort zone. I decided to take my own advice this summer. I was given the opportunity to travel to Shenzhen, China, along with another teacher, to pilot a program that offered a group of students the chance to experience an American classroom right in their backyard. Having never been to China before, I was nervous and frightened to travel 17 hours alone across the ocean to a foreign land. At the same time, I was also intrigued and excited by this idea. Our main goal was to expose the students to an American education through reading, writing, grammar, and public speaking. Before I arrived, my Chinese students read Frindle by Andrew Clements and Wonder by R.J. Palacio so that when we got together we could discuss, analyze, and synthesize each book. We would discuss and apply the four types of writing using

appropriate grammar and mechanics with each written piece, and practice public speaking through poetry and one of their own written pieces. When I arrived, I was greeted by a wonderful woman with whom I have since become good friends as she had taken such good care of me during my stay. She was not only my tour guide through Shenzhen and Hong Kong, but also my connection to my students and their parents. Most of the parents spoke very little English, if any at all. To my surprise, my rising fourthand fifth-grade students’ English was excellent. The majority of them attend an international school where many of their classes are taught in English, although their Chinese teachers follow the Chinese style of classroom education. Their classes can have up to 50 students per class. Although it was their summer vacation, each student showed such enthusiasm and motivation to get as much as possible out of our class. They were instantly engaged and couldn’t wait to begin discussing the books. By the end of the first hour of the first class I felt like I was in my own classroom back here at Dexter

Southfield. Children are children no matter where you go or what language they speak. The two short weeks flew by as we dissected poetry, wrote essays, discussed character traits, and made connections to the world around us. Throughout my 29 years as an educator I have worked hard to be an innovative teacher who challenges her students. I try to reach each of them individually by discovering and playing to each student’s strengths and weaknesses. I guide my students by helping them to make connections from themselves to what they are learning and to the world around them, and I push myself by attending conferences and taking classes to further my growth and knowledge as a teacher. With that said and with everything I have learned through the years, this experience has been one of the most enriching moments in my life. I truly enjoyed the connections I have made, and the students who I got to know, many of whom I am still working with. I look forward to possibly returning to Shenzhen again this coming summer and to continue to take risks, knowing the rewards are waiting.

I have worked hard to be an innovative teacher who challenges her students. I guide my students by helping them to make connections from themselves to what they are learning and to the world around them, and I push myself by attending conferences and taking classes to further my growth and knowledge as a teacher.


Math teachers Michelle Meyerle (left) and Lena Doten work with middle school girls in a small group exercise.

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Winter Wonderland A lot has changed in the nearly 70 years since this snapshot was taken, but these students’ smiles during the season’s first skate are timeless. From left, enjoying the winter weather of 1949: George Herrick ’49, Mark Schroeder ’49, Francis Paige ’48, and Rolland Hall ’47


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 to 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



Class Agent

Class Agent Buzz Gagnebin,


Help us find: Torsten Anderson, Whitford Bond, David DeMoss, Peter Hale, David Hulbert, Shawn Kelly, John McClintock, and Daniel Richardson

Lionel Salem,

Help us find: Ian Bryce, Ralph Duane, Paul Havey, Ringland Murray, and Mark Smith

Help Us Find Your Classmates!

Bill Bliss ’42, pictured here with Sam Marcus ’24, at the Menauhant Yacht Club in Falmouth

1943 Help us find: Donald Cutler, Marshall Jones, Phillips Ketchum, and Paul Moginot

In 2018, we will celebrate Reunion for class years ending in “3” and “8.” For these classes, you will notice a listing of classmates for whom we do not have contact information, under the heading “Help us find…” Please encourage these classmates to be in contact with the School at or to share their contact information with us!


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An alumnus from the Class of 1967 takes home a piece of Fiske Hall history with the help of modern technology. Turn to page 24 for an alumni profile on Thomas Powell ’63! Powell visited campus this fall as a guest lecturer in the upper school Forensics Science class.

1954 Class Agent

A. Diehl Jenkins

1958 Help us find: Edward Benedict, David Hamblen, Richard Howlett, Hartley Lesser, John Morris, Michael Narkin, Howard Paine, David Shepard, and James Townshend

1959 Class Agent

Fred Makrauer,

1960 Class Agent

Mac Dewart,

1963 Class Agent

Mike Sherman,

Help us find: Frederick Pratt, Peter Thompson, and Richard Wilson



Class Agents

Class Agents

Jay Baldwin, Robert Lawrence, Robert Sedgwick, rsedgwick@

1965 Class Agents

Lev Byrd, Charlie Haydock, chaydock@

Ernie Adams Harry Blackman, John Dewey, Nick Mittell, Chris Pope,

1968 Help us find: Peter Booty, John Bridge, Andrew Buckoke, William Creighton, David Egdahl, Stephen Garfield, Horace Kenney, John Kenney, and David Sage

Class Notes and Photo Submission Policy We invite and encourage all Dexter Southfield alumni to send us class notes, news, announcements, and photos to share in the Alumni Magazine. Please be sure to send high-resolution photos (generally with a file size of at least 1MB) and complete caption information to We reserve the right to edit and decide what is published based on available space and content.




Peter Fuller,

Class Agents

Russ Corsini, Chris Mello, Michael Schnitman,

1972 Class Agents



Class Agents

Help us find: James Buffinton, Lawrence Closson, William Gardner, William Kenney, Mark Lewis, Alexander McIntyre, Benjamin Norton, Giles Preston, Edwin Richardson, John Ross, David Thompson, Edward Tuton, and Stephen Villee

Help us find: Coalter Curran, Brendan Gallagher, Lionel Healing, Terrence Long, Michael Novak, and William Ryan

Ned Pride, Andre Stark,

1974 Class Agent

Chris Reynolds,

1978 Help us find: John Cavanaugh, John DiBiase, Harry Griggs, Edward Howells, Willem Jansen, John Luz, Jonathan Moffet, William Parks, Blane Parry, Jerald Stevens, Robert Stone, Anthony Swensrud, and Adam Whittaker

1979 Class Agents

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

1980 Class Agent

Craig Oliver,

1982 Class Agents

Read Coughlin, Charlie Forbes, Jim Stamatos,

Mark Ragosa, Hardy Watts,

It’s a small world after all! Chris Shaw ’69 is pictured here with Grace Moore ’17 after an MIT field hockey victory in the NEWMAC semifinals. Shaw’s daughter, Becca, is Moore’s goalie coach at MIT. When Shaw and Moore made the Dexter Southfield connection, they had a great time comparing notes. Turn to page 38 to read more about Moore’s terrific freshman season!

1983 Class Agent

Chris Roy,

Help us find: Keith Bennett, Mark Holloway, Patrick Jackson, James Kaplan, Steven Rollert, James Rudnick, Peter Sheer, Samuel Spackman, and Robert Walsh

1984 Class Agents

Todd Bourrell, John Finley, Ephraim Hochberg,

1990 Class Agent

John Serafini,

1991 Class Agent

Ford Curran,

1993 Help us find: Jeffrey Adams, Charles Baird, Nicholas Blaine, James Davis, Jonathan Gray, Santiago Gutierez, Thomas O’Reilly, Titus Henry Presler, and Cassim Shepard

1994 Class Agent

Benjamin Caplan,

1995 Class Agent

Scott Selby,



Class Agent

Class Agent

Brian Berlandi,

1986 Class Agents

Harvey Cushing, Calvin Place,

Chip Gibson,

1997 Class Agent

Austin Curran,


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1998 Class Agent

Ann Corbett, acorbett@

Help us find: TJ Digan, Andrew Dole, Edward Fox, Matthew Glynn, Wright McDonald, Christopher O’Connor, Zachary Sears, Brian Smith, Lawrence Stuart, Barclay Sylvester, Hadley Bridgman, Lauren Ehrlichman, Miriam Lawrence, and Elizabeth Delaney Robinson

1999 Class Agent

Alex MacNeil,

Alumni Artwork from Caleb and Pen Williamson Comes to Dexter Southfield This year’s first show in the Dexter Southfield Gallery was an exhibit of graphic work from Caleb ’99 and Pen ’02 Williamson. Students and other visitors loved seeing the colorful, diverse body of

Works of Caleb and Pen Williamson featured in the Dexter Southfield Gallery

work from the brothers; it was a great start to the Gallery’s 2017–18 season. The art department would like to thank the artists and their parents, Peter and Kinnon Williamson, for their generosity and support in making this exhibition possible. Caleb Williamson ’99 is a 32-year-old illustrator living in Savannah, Georgia. He worked diligently in studio art throughout his education, but oddly enough, he needed to attend a lot of music concerts before his artwork truly blossomed. Concert posters were always appealing to him, since they tied a visual aspect to the sounds of music and the festivities of a live concert event. At first, Caleb would only bring a few posters with him to a concert and sell them quickly. Then he began increasing the number of posters he brought, coming to a concert with poster tubes, setting up a table, and walking away with quite a profit. Next came a highly successful Etsy shop and impressive online sales. (On that note, the artist asks that you please check out He now works with bands regularly and does private commission work.

Pen Williamson ’02 is a 30-year-old graphic designer living in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in Dedham, Massachusetts, Pen was rarely found without a pencil or crayon in his hand, often filling whatever piece of paper he could find with countless doodles and cartoons characters. Ever since those childhood days, he dreamt of a career in the wonderful world of art. While attending Cushing Academy, he expanded his interest in art to different mediums, including photography, film, mixed media collages, printmaking, sculpting, and music. Soon he began designing posters for friends’ bands and various events around campus, which led him to a fascination with graphic design and, eventually, to the Savannah College of Art & Design. After graduating from college, Pen was hired as a designer at BFG Communications in nearby Hilton Head, South Carolina. There he created work for several different clients including Coca-Cola, Mello Yello, Cartoon Network, Lance Crackers, Shoney’s Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, Harry Potter, and many others.

47 In October of 2012, Pen decided to move back to the northeast, and headed to New York City, where he worked for different design and advertising agencies, doing lots of freelance work. He eventually returned to BFG, becoming an art director in their expanded NYC Office in 2014. In August of 2015, Pen landed a dream job at (the bizarrely similarly named) BLT Communications and moved to Los Angeles. He now works on creating “key art” for movies and both print and digital advertisements for films and Broadway plays. His team’s work is regularly featured in major publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker. Outside of the office, he designs album artwork and promotional material for his musical pals, including Now You See Them, Leann Grimes, Color Collage, Charlene Kaye, Anna Haas, and Emmy Wildwood.

2000 Class Agents

Dylan Hayre, Susie Wilson,

Dylan Hare writes, “My partner Kendra and I recently relocated from Natick to

Reunion 2018 Celebrating Class Years Ending in 3 & 8 Beginning in 2018, Reunion will coincide with our annual Dexter Southfield Day festivities in the fall! Please be on the lookout later this winter for an official date and more information. If you are interested in becoming a Reunion volunteer for your class, please contact alumni@dextersouthfield. org to learn more. We look forward to welcoming you back to Dexter Southfield!

Dexter Southfield alumni, from left: Jared Coffin ’02, Hannah Coffin ’10, Amanda McGuire ’02, Alex Zook ’01, and Ben Guild ’02. The group was together to celebrate Jared’s wedding rehearsal dinner.

New York City, and I accepted a position as senior policy analyst with JustLeadershipUSA, a national criminal justice reform organization. I am still engaged in statewide campaigns here in Massachusetts, volunteering in an advisory role on issues related to criminal justice and justice reform.”



Help us find: Bader Abu-Eid, Christian Burchhardt, Aidan Campbell, Anthony Durant, John Gallagher, Chao Hsu, Jacob Levkowicz, Alexander Seybold, Anna Matveychuk, Caroline Quincy, Caylyn Sullivan, Virginia Sullivan, Julia Taylor, and Luciana Tonin

Class Agent

Ben MacNeil,

2002 Class Agents

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

2003 Class Agents

Abby Smitka, Annie Hanson,

Help us find: Alix Dana, Kaela Grealish, Lauren Hawkins, Patricia Hurley, Evelia Johnston, Mariel Shaw, Courtney Smith, and Hannah Walter

Class Agents

Sam Gacicia, Michael MacNeil, Katie McNamara, Catherine Rurode,

2009 Class Agents

Tom Fee, Nicole Maleh,

Tom Fee writes, “I just started a new sales job last week at a company called Catalant Technologies here in the Seaport. They are at the forefront of ‘the new way to work’ and have been growing rapidly over the last three years. I am an account executive on its corporate team. This is only my second job out of college (class of 2013), so I spent four years at my last company, TechTarget.”


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Featured in the New Athletics Facility The new athletic and wellness facilities celebrate the School’s legacy of sportsmanship and team work. Throughout the building, alumni from all generations are honored for their contributions to Dexter Southfield athletics; their stories inspire today’s students. Visit campus to see these young alumni athletes profiled on the concourse wall mural!

Nicole Maleh ’09 played an integral

part in Dexter Southfield’s rowing program. She began crew in seventh grade and was part of the School’s first crew team. She was named crew captain her senior year; she also served as captain of the swim team during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Maleh swam and rowed at the varsity level throughout her high school career. In the fall of her sophomore year, she began rowing outside of school, and, with an interest in continuing rowing in college, she applied early decision to Trinity College. She went on to become an asset to Trinity’s crew team for the next four years. While at Trinity, Maleh’s team advanced to the NCAAs each season, won the second varsity event at the NERCs, and rowed in the ECACs all four years. She also rowed at the Head of the Charles Regatta for three years while at Trinity. Maleh was the recipient of the Torch Award, which recognizes a teammate who fosters and perpetuates the spirit of Trinity Women’s Rowing. During her time at Dexter Southfield, Nikki Haskins ’10 excelled in several varsity sports including ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, and softball. Haskins was a member of the School’s first girls’ varsity ice hockey team during the 2005–06 season. She was named captain of her field hockey and ice hockey teams her senior year during the 2009–10 season. Haskins received multiple MVP and coaches’ awards for her athletic talent, leadership, and hard work. She was part of the 2009 All-New England Class C Tournament Field Hockey team and the New England Prep School Girls’ Ice Hockey 2009–10 All-Star Team, and was named the Class of 2010 Athlete of the Year. After graduation, Haskins attended Hamilton College, where she was a two-sport varsity letter winner on the field hockey and women’s ice hockey teams. During her Hamilton ice hockey career, Haskins scored 26 goals and added 16 assists for 42 points in 69 games. During her field hockey career, she received the 2010 Liberty League Second Team Honorable Mention, served as captain during her senior year, sat on the Leadership Committee, won the 2013 MVP “Buff & Blue” Award, and graduated third in program history for all-time career points.

2010 Class Agents

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

Matt Magoon is currently a teacher and athletic director at the Edward W. Brooke Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Next year, he is transitioning to the dean of students and athletic director role. This past summer he married Kendall Grace Magoon. Laura Kirk married Jonathan Hilgart, whom she met at Brown University, on September 2, 2017. She writes, “Dexter and Southfield were well represented with John Kirk ’79, Peter Kirk ’80, Tim Kirk ’82, Andrew Kirk ’85, Ben Kirk ’91, Jackson Kirk ’10, Helen Kirk ’13, Katherine Kirk ’14, and Dori Rahbar ’10 in attendance. All alumni and alumnae (Massies and White team!). Andrew Kirk is also a former faculty member. It was a magical day with beautiful weather overlooking Newport Bridge in Rhode Island, a traditional lobster clam bake, and some great dancing!” Brad Hunnewell writes, “I enjoy (trying to) stay up to speed with what is going on at Dexter Southfield. I have been working in financial services in New York City for the past year and currently am doing the Executive MBA at Columbia Business School.”

2011 Class Agents

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

Ellen Campbell writes, “I moved to London in January 2017, and am currently sitting for my final set of exams to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Life in London is super, but of course I miss my days in Brookline, too. I had the chance over the summer to visit Dexter Southfield after such a long time. The summer camps were in full swing and it was so special to reconnect with faculty, former teachers, and good friends over the afternoon. It will keep my happy school memories refreshed until next time!”


2012 Class Agents

Paul Irwin, Natalie Metzgar, Barbara Terwilliger,

2013 Class Agents

Erin Hall, Rutendo Matingo,

Help us find: Javier Alvarado, Liam Attridge, Taylor Beckingham, Andrew Carlson, Kevin Dong, Edwin Ewing, Seung Yo Hyun, Benjamin Jones, Shem Krey, Spencer Lloyd, Joseph Mitchell, Michael Riskind, Ari Shaller, Rachel Demma, Victoria Lee, Anneli Lofstedt, Heather Mottau, Adaeze Nduaguba, and Courtney Schrier

2014 Class Agents

Dana Lucas,

On Sunday, August 27, John Brooks ’14 and Seamus Matlack ’14 received their

S ave the D ate

Alumni Networking Reception

thursday, FEB. 22, 6–8pm Please join us for a Boston-area alumni networking reception at Dover Rug, hosted by Alumni Board member Hasan Jafri ’10. Visit for more information!

Featured in the New Athletics Facility John Magliozzi’s ’11 natural talent, athleticism, and leadership bolstered Dexter Southfield’s baseball program during his time on campus. A dependable and polished righthanded pitcher, he was known for his outstanding mound demeanor and consistent fastball, never falling below 92 mph. During his senior year in 2011, Magliozzi was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, and was selected as a Rawlings-Perfect Game champion. He also was selected as a member of the 2nd Team All-American Northeast, the All-Region First Team, and as an Aflac All-American.

After graduating from Dexter Southfield, Magliozzi went on to the University of Florida, where he played on their Division I baseball team. He was selected by the New York Mets minor league team in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Robert McNamara ’11 discovered a love for rowing during his junior year at Dexter Southfield when friends recruited him to the team. During his upper school career, he was a two-year varsity letterman and was named the Rowing Rookie of the Year in 2010 and the Rowing MVP in 2011.

After graduation, McNamara went on to row for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he was captain for two years. He was named the Rookie of the Year Rowing 2012, and competed in the varsity eight for all four years. McNamara also rowed for Team USA at the U-23 World Championships, earned the silver medal at the Head of the Charles, and won the program’s first gold medal in the 1V at the ECAC NIRC. He finished 16th in the country at the IRA National Championship with his varsity eight, and competed in the 2015 Royal Henley Regatta in England with his 1V. McNamara is also a recipient of the S. Ford Weiskittel Rowing Award (Rowing MVP) and the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award (Hobart Athlete of the Year).


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Featured in the New Athletics Facility Abner Logan ’12 was a highly

rated four-star prospect during his time at Dexter Southfield. He was ranked number 4 player on the SuperPrep New England 14 and the number 3 player in Massachusetts by and ESPN. com. Logan ran for 1,118 yards with 18 touchdowns in eight games his senior year, was a 2011 first-team MIAA All-State choice at running back, and recorded 42 tackles, including 10 sacks, and two interceptions. Logan received scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Northwestern University, Boston College, and the University of Maryland. After graduation, Logan attended and played for the University of Maryland for four years. Post Maryland, he spent his final year of eligibility with the University of Albany in 2016. There, he finished second on the team with 96 total tackles, adding a pair of sacks and six tackles for loss. He also earned a place on the 2016 CAA Academic All-Conference Team. In May 2017, Logan signed a free agent contract into the National Football

League with the Buffalo Bills after participating in rookie minicamp as an undrafted free agent.

Pat Fraser ’14 was a two-sport standout athlete at Dexter Southfield, playing varsity lacrosse and hockey. On the ice, he was the team’s starting goalie for three seasons, and he and his teammates were the School’s first boys’ hockey team to make the Elite 8 postseason tournament with a record of 21-1-5. Fraser also played four seasons of varsity lacrosse, and led the team in scoring each year. He graduated as the School’s all-time leading scorer in the sport. Fraser helped his teammates take home the New England Small School Championship for three consecutive seasons during his freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

After Dexter Southfield, Fraser attended Johns Hopkins University, where he stood out on the field as an everresourceful midfielder. He has played in every game during his time as a Johns Hopkins Blue Jay and is the all-time leading extra-man goal scorer. During his freshman year, he played in the Final 4, ranked eighth on the team in scoring, and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.


Featured in the New Athletics Facility During her upper school athletic career at Dexter Southfield, Emily McColgan ’13 played varsity field hockey and was named senior captain and MVP. She spent two seasons playing varsity ice hockey, as well as three years playing varsity lacrosse and one year playing varsity softball.

Seamus Matlack ’14, left, and John Brooks ’14 show off their rings.

United States Military Academy rings. Both will graduate this May.


After graduation, she attended Bowdoin College, where her field hockey team earned a spot in the NCAA tournament finals for three consecutive years, bringing home the win her freshman year at the 2013 national championships. McColgan boosted the team’s momentum when she scored the gamewinning goal to bring home another first-place win in the 2015 NESCAC Championships against Middlebury. Her contributions and leadership earned her the role of team captain during her senior year.

Class Agents

Sophie Kelly, Nick Veo,

2016 Earlier this season, Meghara McManus ’16 was named Women’s Hockey East Player of the Week after tallying eight total points on three goals and five assists against the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College. McManus plays for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.

Meghara McManus ’16

Ryan Donato ’15 was a powerhouse on the ice for Dexter Southfield, holding the role of captain during his senior year and leading the team in goals and assists. He was part of the United States High School (USHS) All-USA First Team, and played with the Omaha Lancers (USHL) and the South Shore Kings (USPHL Premier) in 2014–15, as well as with the US National U18 team (USDP) for four games. In 2014, he was a second-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins and received the Bruins’ John Carlton Award Trophy. Donato also won the World Junior Bronze Medal in Helsinki, Finland.

He committed to play for Harvard University, where he quickly earned respect and top accolades on the ice. During his freshman year, he received the George Percy Award, which recognized him as the top freshman hockey player at Harvard. Donato was also selected to the US World Junior Team and won bronze at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships. During his sophomore year at Harvard, he was part of the NCAA ECAC All-Tournament Team, as well as an NCAA ECAC Champion, Beanpot Champion, and East Regional NCAA Champion. Donato played on the NCAA Ivy League First Team and was named NCAA Ivy League Player of the Year. He was also an ECAC Hockey Tournament and NCAA All-East Region team selection.


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In Memoriam

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Patrick Grant ’32 died peacefully at his home at Fox Hill Village, in Westwood, Massachusetts, on March 13, 2017. Grant attended Nobles and Harvard and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the European Theatre during World War II. A father of four, including Edward P. Grant ’63, he also leaves many grandchildren and friends. Following a career in finance, Grant was devoted to helping those in need, most notably in the Dedham and Greater Boston communities.

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 alumni@ Marriages Steven Georgaklis ’78 to Giovanna Bortalamedi-Georgaklis in August 2016 Rajuli Khetarpal ’99 to Richard Fahey in August 2016 Caroline Hostetter ’00 to Liam Walsh in September 2017 Victoria Whitney ’00 to Paul Griffith in May 2017 Devlin Hughes ’01 to Bret Jackson in November 2016 Christina Crowley ’01 to Jay Mahoney in August 2016 Jared Coffin ’02 to Mia Buchsbaum in August 2017 Margo Layton ’02 to Clay Cole in July 2016 Ashley Haydock ’02 to Derek Ziemer in October 2016 Lieve Hendren ’03 to Stephen Buzard in September 2016 Elizabeth Hostetter ’03 to Matthew Denison in June 2017 Hugh McDermott ’07 to Hope Palmer in March 2017 Caroline Markey ’09 to James Welch in September 2017 Nicole Maleh ’09 to Austin Moody in August 2017 Matt Magoon ’10 to Kendall Grace in July 2017 Laura Kirk ’10 to Jonathan Hilgart in September 2017 Spencer Schwenk ’11 to Liz Howland in September 2016

John U. Harris, Jr.’43, a long-time resident of Wayland and Weston, passed away on March 13, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Marie, three children, and eight grandchildren. Born in Hanover, N.H. on Nov 6, 1931, the son of the Reverend John U. and Katrina (Sturges) Harris, he moved to the Boston area in 1939, attending Dexter and St. Mark’s before graduating in 1953 from Dartmouth College. After three years as a naval officer, he entered the securities business with several firms. Harris was active in professional organizations, served as a director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for more than 50 years, and was the founding director of Nativity Prep. An enthusiastic world traveler, an animated and supportive presence for family and friends, and beloved rector, the Rev. Dr. Alexander S. Daley ’47, age 82, of North Andover, Mass., died on August 12, following a stroke at his farm on Prince Edward Island. Affectionately known as “Uncle Randy” to his multi-generational family and wide swath of friends, he grew up in Dedham to become a true citizen of the world. A graduate of Dexter, Groton, and Harvard, his post-college life included four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. After stints at State Street Bank and the Salzburg Global Seminars, he entered divinity school. Daley served as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in North Andover from 1976 to 2005. For many years, he was a frequent presence on the Dexter Southfield campus, offering benedictions and words of wisdom to student and alumni. One of his most notable achievements was rooted in his service as a young clergyman for the parish of Stephenville, Newfoundland. Daley spent the next 40 years matching young aspirants of the Episcopal ministry with various parishes in Newfoundland on a year-long basis as a means of boosting the Episcopal services there while providing valuable and meaningful work experience. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. John Doug Shillito III ’77, age 54, of Duxbury, died peacefully at home, his wife Sue by his side, on June 20, 2017, after a courageous five-year battle with ALS. While the illness robbed Shillito of nearly all physical capabilities, including the ability to speak, it never dampened his quick wit, wry sense of humor, passion for cars and boats, love for the water, or his devilish smile. He and Sue were surrounded and supported by the Marshfield community as owners of the Cedarview Filling Station for 12 years. In addition to his wife, Shillito is survived by his mother, Bunny, his sisters Betsy and Laurie, and his brother Will ’83. His father, Dr. John Shillito ’34, preceded him in death. Michael Andrew Reddish ’10, a life-long Natick resident, died suddenly on September 18, after a hard-fought battle with addiction. After six years at Dexter, Reddish attended St. Sebastian’s School before joining his father in the family construction business. A thoughtful, compassionate yet competitive young man, Reddish was an animal lover who took great solace in caring for his beloved dogs. Whether he was traveling on a smooth road or navigating troubled waters, his dogs were right by his side. Reddish is survived by his parents, Theresa and Michael; his older brothers, Scott and Matthew, and younger sister, Haley; his grandmothers, Doris Goldman and Elsa Reddish; and his grandparents, Boyd and Sandra Rich, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from all parts of his life.

The late David B. Wray, pictured with members of his family, at a recent Girls’ Prize Day. From left: Susan (Wray) Smith, David Wray, Bradley (Wray) Cooke ’99, Elizabeth (Wray) Lawrence, and David Wray, Jr. ’69

In Memoriam

David Bontecou Wray In December, Dexter Southfield lost a true friend and champion of many decades. David Bontecou Wray, former trustee, parent, and grandparent, died at his home in Needham at the age of 88. His connection to Dexter Southfield extends to the very beginning of its history. Wray’s wife of 60 years, Patty Bundy Wray, was the niece of one of the founding trustees of the School and sister of three Dexter graduates. Their son, David, Jr., is a member of the Class of 1969; their grandchildren, David “Trip” Wray III ’02 and Bradley Wray Cooke ’99, are alumni as well. Cooke is also a member of the middle school faculty. As a former trustee, Wray was committed to the academic programs of Dexter Southfield, endowing prizes that are awarded annually to outstanding mathematics students in Class 8. In recent years, he established the Wray Family Scholarship, the income from which will enable bright, well-rounded students to attend the School. His longtime support of Dexter Southfield is an inspiration to all who knew him. 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, the School’s planned giving society, please contact Director of Advancement Stephanie Goff Governali at

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