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From the Paintbrush to the Printing Press

Spring/Summer 2017


Making a Mural


Students in each section of Classes 1 through 5 work together on a beautiful mural to accompany their Public Speaking performance—a Dexter Southfield tradition that goes back decades. Ms. Miller’s Class 2 students worked for weeks on their mural, which hung in Fiske Hall for the students’ recitation of “The Blue Hills Reservation.”

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On the Art of Printmaking Students learned a variety of printmaking techniques this year, using everything from their own thumbprints to the School’s new printing press.

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O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! For generations, Dexter Southfield students have been learning to lead on and off the fields.

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Update: Athletics and Wellness Initiative Following a farewell to Thorndike, renovations and construction are now well underway.

All the World’s a Stage Three Dexter Southfield alumni are hitting their marks in television, movies, and video.

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Linger Long Enough and the World Turns to Art Torey Akers ’03 sees everything from her own unique perspective, and shares it one drawing at a time.

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

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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 Trustee 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

Congratulations, Class of 2017 Senior projects, profiles, and a few parting words

The Dexter Southfield Magazine is published twice a year by the Office of Communications. Letters, comments, and contributions may be emailed to jpowers@dextersouthfield. org 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 38 Board of Trustees 46 News 56 Athletics 60 Faculty Perspective 62 Arts 64 From the Archives 65 Class Notes 72 In Memoriam

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Julie Powers, Director of Communications Class Notes Editor

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Zayde Martinez ’27 works on her corner of the second-grade girls’ class mural. Interdisciplinary projects—like this one between art and public speaking— encourage students to think critically as they apply skills and knowledge to multiple areas of study.


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Todd A. Vincent Caring for Students from the First Days of School Until the Last One of the greatest benefits that Dexter Southfield offers its families is the progression from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Students meet age-appropriate milestones that allow them to develop as critical thinkers as they move from one grade to another through three distinct divisions. What students learn in Class 2 prepares them for Class 3 (and, to be honest, well beyond). The time management and study skills that students learn in the middle school help to set them up for success in the upper school. Time after time, we hear from our young alumni that they were more than well prepared for college because of all that they learned at Dexter Southfield, both in and out of the classroom. The list goes on and on. This spring, I experienced both the “starting line” and “finish line” of that progression in the span of a few weeks. At the annual Pre-Kindergarten art show, I moved from one art activity to the next, stopping to talk with our youngest students about their favorite techniques, media, and muses. Our young artists were very serious about their work, and went into great detail about the lives of painters like Ringgold, van Gogh, and Picasso. It was fantastic. They were enthusiastic about everything they had learned, and eager to share their artwork with their parents and guests. Two weeks later, I was back in the Dexter Southfield Gallery with a group of Class 12 student- artists for the annual Senior Exhibit. Of course, the talk of preferred techniques and media was more advanced than it had been during the Pre-K show, but their enthusiasm —and the joy of sharing what they had created—was the same. As one Our Pre-K through Class 12 student explained the aperture settings he used to take a particularly program provides ample stunning photograph, I could envision the very first time he picked opportunities for our students up a camera. I felt the full spectrum of his experience here, including everything that led up to the culminating senior event. to develop the leadership skills    At some point, as we all do, this young man had started at the beginning. His passion was nurtured here; his mastery of skills develthey need to be effective, oped here. Now, he will take them with him as he sets off on a new adventure. It is truly an honor to be part of a student’s journey in empathetic global citizens. this way. Students in every division    There are myriad examples of how the academic progression from one grade or division to the next works to our students’ advantage. are well aware of the example From public speaking to the science curriculum, all students—whether they set for younger students. they join us in Pre-Kindergarten or Class 9—have to start somewhere and work their way up, so to speak. It creates curiosity and a love of learning. It encourages exploration. Our Pre-K through Class 12 program also provides ample opportunities for our students to develop the leadership skills they need to be effective, empathetic global citizens. Students in every division are well aware of the example they set for younger students. One of my favorite models of this mentorship happens in the fifth grade. Our Class 5 students, at the early ages of 10 and 11 years old, take their responsibilities as the oldest in the lower school very seriously. They organize the


5 UNICEF fundraiser each October and the annual book drive for ReadBoston. They help run weekly assemblies and serve younger students in the dining room. They read, play, and help the younger students with patience and pride. It’s truly inspiring to watch. The beautiful thing is that it doesn’t end there. While the Class 5 students lead the way for younger ones, they follow the path set for them by middle school students. And those in Classes 6, 7, and 8 take their cues from our upper school students. Through it all, our faculty, staff, and coaches do not ever forget that all eyes are on them all of the time. Our faculty lead by example every day on this campus. At any given grade level, the center of our Pre-K through grade 12 program is the student experience. It is why all of us—the administration, faculty, staff, and coaches—do what we do. As head of this great school, I have the pleasure of seeing the benefits the program offers our

students. Some days, the demonstration is clear; anyone who attended this year’s Prize Day ceremonies and watched student representatives in each grade perform in succession their public speaking will understand. Most days, the progress is more subtle, and only at the end—of the semester, year, or high school career—does it become easy to look back and see how far they have come. Either way, for those of us with a front row seat, it is amazing.

While the Class 5 students lead the way for younger ones, they follow the path set for them by middle school students. And those in grades six, seven, and eight take their cues from our upper school students.


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Printmaking New faculty members often bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the classroom.

When art teacher David Bligh arrived at Dexter Southfield last September he also brought his passion for printmaking with him. An established artist with professional works shown in exhibitions across the country, Bligh’s love of art has inspired his students since day one. Thanks to his expertise in printmaking Dexter Southfield’s art department was able to introduce the medium as part of the curriculum this year.

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Bligh’s students spent the year learning about and using all types of printmaking. Projects ranged from thumbprints to more advanced projects using the printing press. Students learned basic tools and techniques in printmaking and discovered best practices for using the machine. With the press, students worked with media they hadn’t experimented with before including book art, wood blocks, lithography, and collagraphs. Class 9 boys and girls were among the first to use the machine this fall. Their wood block creations were inspired by the myths and fairytales they were studying in their English and history classes. The students used the visual works of art as a form of storytelling, distilling ideas from myths into the wood block creations, resulting in concrete visuals of tales from all over the world. All of Bligh’s classes share one common concept. He is a firm believer in students learning how to “hive” together as a team so they learn from one another’s experiences and results. “Students can learn faster, and more effectively, from watching their classmates’ successes and failures,” he says. “The benefits of teamwork truly outshine any individual risks.” Experimentation in art is another vital concept he teaches in his courses. He encourages students to try numerous options and to visually experiment continuously with all projects. “My goal is to be a guide for students. I like to help them make choices that will produce the best results of their work,” he explains. Class 3 etchings of reptiles and amphibians

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Teacher David Bligh looks on as Alex Hill ’19 works with the printing press.

Bligh’s sculpture students created mono-prints and used the press to make lithography pieces. Lithography is a printing process that makes use of the immiscibility of grease and water. Students applied ink to a grease-treated image on the flat printing surface. Blank areas, which hold moisture, repel the lithographic ink. This inked surface is then printed on paper using the printing press.  Other students operated the press while creating kites this spring. The project introduced students to working with ink stencils and ink work. Some felt confident enough to apply printmaking into their creations as well. Ella Kerner ’19 created a complex phoenix kite and used the press to construct the design. Thomas  Grealy ’19 used the press to stamp the American flag, an eagle, and other motifs onto his kite. “Having a working knowledge of the printing press allows our students to access a tool that is rarely seen at the high school level,” says Bligh. “By having a printing press our students can experiment with many exciting processes that yield quick results.” He believes that learning about the press is also beneficial to students because they see why and how everyday things end up looking the way they do. It allows them to see process in everything. Bligh lets students learn most of the print process on their own, which rings true to his “experimentation-in-the-classroom” model. He says most students find this experimentation the most challenging aspect of the class. Rather than instructing them through the entire process, he believes it is beneficial for students to teach themselves the method.


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A Stage Whether they’re in front of the camera or working behind the scenes, these Dexter Southfield alumni are hitting their marks in television, movies, and video.

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hen William Shakespeare penned the famous line, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” he had no idea how literally the first half of the phrase would translate hundreds of years later. Shakespeare was speaking metaphorically, but that was before computers and smartphones with 24-hour access to movies, television, news, and streaming video turned the world into a virtual stage. Today, everywhere you turn, there is content available for audiences of all ages. As for the second half of the phrase, “…and all the men and women merely players,” while it does take many people to create the content, that’s not to say everyone can (or should) do it. Just as Elizabethanera actors studied and honed their craft, today’s actors— and writers, producers, directors, etc.— work hard to keep up with emerging trends, new genres and shooting techniques, and the constant evolution of media. They need enough natural talent to stand out in the crowd, plenty of drive, perseverance, and an ounce of luck to make it in the entertainment business. Three Dexter Southfield alumni—a big screen actor, a late-night television staffer, and a hard-hitting online news producer—work in news and entertainment and their shows, clips, movies, and videos have millions of views from all over the world. David Walton ’92 © Getty Images


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David Walton ’92 Actor

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hen David Walton moved to New York City to pursue an acting career, it played out just as it often does in television and the movies. He had big dreams, unbridled enthusiasm, and a stack of resumés and glossy headshots, but he found himself waiting tables to make ends meet. (He also tried his hand as a knife salesman, SAT tutor, and landscaper.) Still, he was excited about the endless possibilities in the world of acting and had high hopes that his “big break” was just around the corner. It wasn’t long before Walton landed his first major audition; it was for a spinoff of the popular series That ’70s Show. If this had played out as it does in the movies, maybe the plot would have called for the young, unknown-at-the-time Walton to nail the audition, snatching the lead away from the Hollywood “it” man of the moment. But, as Walton soon learned, reality is far less glamorous than the movies. “I had coasted through auditions in college, and I made the mistake of thinking that’s how it would go. I didn’t prepare at all; I just showed up and figured I’d wing it,” says Walton, with a self-deprecating laugh. “To say I didn’t do well is putting it mildly. Honestly, it was a huge wake-up call, and I’m happy it happened. I learned that you need to do your homework and respect the audition process.” While he didn’t land the part, the lesson has stayed with him throughout his career. In fact, any time an aspiring actor asks for advice about the business it’s the first thing he says, “Respect the audition. Know it and study it. Take every audition seriously.” Eventually Walton landed another chance, giving him the opportunity to take his own advice. This time he showed up prepared, and in the process learned a second important lesson about auditions: sometimes not getting the part leads to something even better.

He heard through friend and actor John Krasinkski of the hit show, The Office, (the two attended Brown University together) about the search for a character in Terminator 3. It was a big role, and when Walton arrived for the audition, he was nervous. The casting director noticed and told him to do 20 pushups to redirect his anxiety. He obliged and when he was finished, stood up and nailed the audition. He wasn’t right for the part, but his performance got him noticed. It led to a series of great things: he signed with an agent, started booking more auditions, and signed a holding deal with FOX. He was cast in several pilots and landed roles in television hits like New Girl, Parenthood, Fired Up, and Angie Tribeca. In 2014, he landed the lead role in the television series, About A Boy, which was based both on a novel and the popular feature film starring Hugh Grant. Most recently, Walton had a role in the movie Bad Moms, and currently is shooting the sequel, due out next Christmas. Walton believes in the philosophy that everything happens for a reason. As he traces his interest in acting and performing back to his childhood, he admits that he often felt frustrated with the lack of formal programming at Dexter at the time. “I was too young to even know what I was missing, but I knew I was missing something,” he says. “And, yet, I think the lack of outlet at that age fueled me. I went in search for it, and I’m thankful it all happened the way it did.” He says that his overall experience at Dexter was very positive. He has fond memories of academics and athletics, and teachers like Mr. Vincent and Mr. Williamson. Walton is also thrilled that the School has added such a comprehensive arts program, and hopes it will inspire a new generation of artists and performers. “The School is a special place,” he says. “I learned a lot of about goal-setting and hard work, and those are lessons I use today. That, and show up for everything—especially an audition, in my case—fully prepared!”


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Carlin Dacey ’08 special projects assistant for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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arlin Dacey majored in radio/television/ film at Northwestern University, and when it was time to choose a concentration, she thought she had it figured out. “I love sports and I love TV, so it made perfect sense to go into sports television,” she says. “As it turned out, taking two things you love and combining them doesn’t always work out. I love Skittles and I love pancakes, but the two combined is a rainbow-colored mess. A day and a half into my internship, I realized that I actually hate watching sports.”

“I loved working with funny people and compiling clips for the show. I’d pass the actors, writers, and producers in the hallway and think ‘I’ve finally found them! These are my people.’” — C a r l i n D ac e y Dacey, a competitive diver and member of Northwestern’s Division I swimming and diving team, loved participating in her own sport, and as a Boston native grew up watching and rooting for the hometown teams. When it became a job requirement to watch (and care about) all sports, she realized the interest wasn’t there. Nonetheless, Dacey had made a commitment to the station, so she stuck with the job. During an assignment for a class associated with the internship, something clicked. Students were asked to produce a segment, and Dacey dug up archival footage of her own diving fails. She put together a reel of diving “smacks” and other sports mishaps. It wasn’t an in-depth or serious look at athletics—it was funny. When the first person who watched her segment broke into laughter, Dacey knew she had found a new direction. She wanted to produce comedy segments and shows. She joined Northwestern Sketch Television (NSTV), a College Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy group,

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and landed an internship at Saturday Night Live. “I loved working with funny people and compiling clips for the show,” she says. “I’d pass the actors, writers, and producers in the hallway and think ‘I’ve finally found them! These are my people.’” After graduation, Dacey accepted a position at The Second City in Chicago—the mecca of sketch comedy that boasts famous alumni like Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Rachel Dratch, among others. After two years at Second City, she decided to trade in the Chicago winds for the Los Angeles sun, and worked with an agency in comedy touring and reality TV production. Last fall, she accepted a position at Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has found a home in late-night television. As the assistant to the special projects producer, Dacey is the go-to travel coordinator for the show. She also helps with any show segments that deviate from the regular schedule, like the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Post-Oscar Show. Dacey says it’s the spontaneity on set that she loves the most. “Crazy things happen every day,” she says. “Jimmy [Kimmel] might catch an unusual news story out of a small town in Alabama, and the next day we’ll have a whole crew there to tape a segment. It’s so exciting.” Late-night television seems to suit Dacey, and she sees herself working in the genre for some time. Her goals are to one day produce or executive produce. Until she reaches that goal, she is soaking up everything she can learn about the business. “Southfield taught me to work hard and stay organized. It also taught me how important it is to do your best from the start of a project to the finish,” she says. “I felt that my creativity was fostered at Southfield. It was also balanced with the life skills you need to succeed in any business. I’m thankful for everything I learned at the School.” Those Southfield lessons aren’t the only things Dacey has with her in L.A. She still has the handmade stool she made in eighth-grade woodworking class with Mr. Mulliken. “People ask me about it all the time,” she says. “It’s very cool that I get to tell them I made it myself.”

Jason Aldag ’01 video producer and editor at The Washington Post

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he newsroom at The Washington Post is full of activity, as journalists, correspondents, editors, and producers move quickly and talk loudly about breaking news, upcoming stories, production schedules, and deadlines. With that said, when Jason Aldag needs to command the room to pitch a story or run an interview, he doesn’t think twice. Instead, he simply draws on his Dexter days of public speaking. “I remember it being nerve wracking at the time, but public speaking prepared me well for what I do now,” he says. “I have had the confidence and poise to speak in front of a group since I was young, thanks to Dexter.” As a student at Dexter, and later at Boston Latin School, Aldag was always interested in history and current events. He read a lot and was drawn to journalism, although he didn’t consider it as a career right away. He studied Asian studies and history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and lived in Japan for four years following graduation. While he was in college and living in Japan, Aldag became interested in photojournalism. That interest led him to learn about video journalism while he was a graduate student at American University. His journalism master’s program included classes on how to shoot, edit, and use video to tell a story. While at AU, he knew that he wanted join the Post’s world-renowned video team, so he applied for, and landed, an internship in order to get his foot in the door. “I started out as a digital producer—putting together galleries and writing cut lines and blurbs for the photos,” says Aldag. “I dressed up articles with graphs, maps, and charts, but didn’t do a lot with video.” After his internship, he was hired by the paper in 2007, and over the next two years worked in several positions. At one point, he worked the overnight desk— 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.—for the Post’s homepage.


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In 2009, he joined the video team as an editor. Since then, he has worked with every section of the Post, producing a range of videos that have included stories on the Washington Ballet, celebrity chef Sean Brock, climate change, the Islamic State, and the Pope. In October 2015, Aldag moved to the foreign desk, working exclusively on content and news stories that span the globe. Aldag’s daily schedule as the foreign and national security video editor is filled with as much action and activity as the newsroom itself. On any given day, in addition to pitching stories, he participates in editorial planning, shoots and edits video, writes scripts, and researches and collects media. He works with almost 40 staff members on the foreign desk, including other video editors and shooters.

“There are a lot of things to consider when you’re trying to cover the entire world,” he says. “You have to ask yourself, ‘What is the best story angle?’, ‘Is there usable, credible footage available or do we need to travel somewhere to shoot?’, and ‘Is this trending? Is it of interest to our audience?’” There is also technology to consider. During the eight years Aldag has worked in video, technology has changed the way footage is shot, edited, and shared. New software and technology can improve things in the long run, but it often means learning something new in the short term. Still, regardless of technique or equipment, it remains about story telling. That’s what keeps Aldag interested: stories from around the world.

“There are a lot of things to consider when you’re trying to cover the entire world. You have to ask yourself, ‘What is the best story angle?’, ‘Is there usable, credible footage available or do we need to travel somewhere to shoot?’, and ‘Is this trending?’” — j as o n alda g

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Matt Brown ’85 on set with actor Jeremy Irons

Catching Up with Screenwriter and Director Matt Brown ’85

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n last year’s spring/summer issue of the Dexter Southfield Magazine, Matt Brown ’85 talked about his hit movie, The Man Who Knew Infinity, and the great lengths he took over the course of a decade to make it. His hard work and persistence paid off and audiences fell in love with the inspiring story of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. By the time the Magazine hit mailboxes, The Man Who Knew Infinity was hitting theaters across the country to rave reviews. We followed up with Brown to learn more about the film’s success and to hear about his next projects. DXSF: Congratulations on the success of The Man Who Knew Infinity. How do you feel about the positive response to the film? MB: Thank you. The entire experience has just been amazing, and I’m ecstatic that audiences have responded so well. I think everyone who worked on it feels a sense of pride; I know I do. I was passionate about this project; I worked hard for a long time to get it made, and it paid off. It certainly raises the bar for me. I want to feel this deeply about all the projects I take on. DXSF: What is happening with the film now? Is The Man Who Knew Infinity still making the rounds?

MB: Yes, even though it’s not in theaters anymore, the movie still has life. It is scheduled to go to [premium cable channel] Showtime soon and then on to Netflix. Even more exciting though, the film inspired the creation of a charitable foundation. Through the foundation, we’re building a film lab to bring scientists and filmmakers together on projects. It’s very cool to be part of it. DXSF: What are you working on now? MB: Life has been busy, which is a very good thing! I’m attached to four different films right now, and I’m in the midst of developing a television show as well. I’m in a position to be selective about what projects I take on, but right now I’m saying “yes” to any script that comes my way to see what sparks my interests. One film is about the ivory trade in Africa, and two of the films are set in Russia. As for the possible TV show, there’s not a lot I’m allowed to say right now. While it’s in development, the details are under lock and key. DXSF: Those all sound so interesting! Are you sure you can’t tell us more? MB: Dexter Southfield will have to tune in to find out (or maybe keep reading the Alumni Magazine!).


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Linger Long Enough and the World Turns to Art Have you ever stopped to make sense of something that was slightly out of focus? Perhaps there was an odd angle

at which an object caught your eye or simply the haze of summer heat distorting the landscape for a moment? In a fleeting moment like that, most of us quickly reconcile the scene and move on. We let our eyes adjust without giving it much thought at all. Not Torey Akers. Instead, Akers lingers in front of the unrecognizable imagery for as long as she can, making a mental inventory of what she sees. She examines it from every angle, taking photos as fast as she can. She considers the object in front of her and pictures it out of context, in a different environment, and wonders how that could change everything. Then she goes to the studio and creates a magnificent piece of art based on her perceptions.

For as long as she can remember, Akers has seen the world differently. As a child, she was “quirky”—as she likes to put it—and had an eccentric streak from the start. “As early as age 4, I remember drawing and writing stories as an outlet,” she says. “It was my way of expressing everything: my thoughts, feelings, emotions. I wasn’t an easy kid, by any stretch, but I had art.” Today, Akers is a professional artist who finds inspiration all around her. Her work— from the hyper-real drawings of those unrecognizable things she sees to mixed media pieces that incorporate her writing – has been shown in galleries across the country. She has dabbled

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in performance art, and her work has been published in several high-profile art magazines. She has always been one to “color outside the lines,” literally and figuratively, so it might surprise some to learn how much she values the structure, in particular, that she received at Southfield. Akers attended Southfield from Class 1 through Class 8. While art classes were among her favorites (she remembers getting into trouble for drawing in the margins of her math homework) she enjoyed the full program that was offered, even at a young age. “In hindsight, anyone can see the benefit to a program that encourages a student to be hard working, selfdisciplined, and well-rounded. Who wouldn’t think those are great qualities? They’re everything you need to be good at ‘adulting’,” she says, with a laugh. “But I appreciated Southfield for instilling those things in me, even back then. Don’t get me wrong – I hated math and sports, but I was happy to participate and felt like my classmates supported me.” She says the Southfield model of “trying everything” and building a solid foundation in subjects like grammar, writing, and reading had

a huge influence on both her education and career. After graduating from St. Mark’s School, she turned down a spot in art school to pursue a liberal arts education at Northwestern University. “From Southfield, I went to high school unbelievably well-equipped,” says Akers. “We did such advanced work; we were reading Shakespeare in middle school. In high school, and even college, I was prepared to do the work and I also knew how to schedule my time. When I was deciding on what to do after high school, I knew I wanted a broader education rather than the targeted education I’d receive at art school. I wanted to continue on the path to being well rounded, just as I had been taught at Southfield.” She also credits her teachers at Southfield, especially her art teacher Ms. Perkins, for balancing some of the program’s structure with freedom to explore her talents. “There came a point in art class, when Ms. Perkins just gave me free range. At the time, I thought that was a totally normal way to run a class, but now I realize that she was making an exception for me because she saw I needed it,” says Akers. “It must have created extra work for her, having to monitor my progress and projects separately, but she went out of her way to make sure I reached my full potential. It’s really touching that a teacher would care so much about her students.” While Akers is certainly a free spirit, she has also worked hard at her craft. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where she received a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting and drawing, as well as Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in painting. She has also completed several art residencies, including one at the Vermont Studio Center and most recently at MASS MoCA Studios. This summer, Akers plans to move to New York City, where she’ll continue to create. She hopes the change in environment will open her eyes to the world in ways she has yet to see. Whatever adventures and opportunities come her way, she knows she’ll always have art.


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Up d a t e

The Athletics and

Wellness Initiative Renovations and construction of the School’s athletics facilities are well underway. The project,

which includes renovations to the existing Athletic Facility (AF), construction of a new fieldhouse to replace the Thorndike Rink, and the addition of a concourse to connect the two buildings—is on schedule to be completed in November 2017. Initial work began in the AF, and the progress to date has been remarkable! As of June 2017, the new ice surface and boards have been installed; the viewing room and team meeting space is almost completed; and the new spectator seating (in Dexter Southfield colors!) has been put in place. From left, trustees Karen Mueller, Bill Cleary, Scott Barringer ’83, David Brown, Barbara Rockett, Warren McFarlan ’49, Shaw McDermott ’62, Head of School Todd Vincent, Laura Wilson, Mark Fusco, Jonathan Kraft, Tony DiNovi, Ed Mahoney ’81, Allison Pellegrino, Chris Reynolds ’74, Elizabeth Baldini, and Peter O’Brien ’83 gather for the official groundbreaking.

In May, Thorndike Rink was demolished over the course of several days, and the site was prepped for construction of the new fieldhouse. Head of School Todd Vincent, joined by members of the Board of Trustees, was on hand for the official groundbreaking ceremony. “This is a great day for our School,” said Vincent. “Many people have worked diligently to keep this project on schedule, which will allow our students to take full advantage of the facility next November. This project will have an enormous impact on all areas of the program.” Before they left for summer break, lower school students took a guided hard-hat tour of the facilities, led by Dellbrook | JK Scanlon President and CEO Michael Fish ’97. Fish described all that goes into a construction project of this size before fielding questions from students. For more information and updates about the Athletics and Wellness Initiative, visit www.dextersouthfield.org/ UnlockingtheFuture.


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Michael Fish ’97 led students on a hard-hat tour of the facilities. Renovations are underway in the Athletic Facility.


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The community gathered for a final skate in Thorndike Rink.

Final Farewell to Thorndike Rink

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efore the Zamboni took its last lap around Thorndike Rink, the community gathered to celebrate years of memories in the building. During the final events, students, parents, faculty, alumni, and friends also honored U.S. Olympian Theodore (Ted) Thorndike ’65, for whom the Rink was named in 1991.   More than 300 members of the community laced up for one last skate in Thorndike in late February. The familyfriendly event featured a chili cook-off, fun, and lots of laughter. After the ice was removed following the last skate, faculty and students signed a piece of the boards, which was then on display at the remaining events.   A week later, in early March, the community celebrated the Last Buzzer event in the rink. The reception included remarks from Head of School Todd Vincent and faculty member Lev Byrd ’65. The final buzzer was sounded to commemorate 44 years of memories. Later that month, students enjoyed their final celebration of Thorndike Rink before leaving campus for spring break. With the ice removed, the Rink was filled with bounce houses, crafts, and games. It was a great send off!

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n mid-June, Dexter Southfield launched a “100 Seats in 100 Days” campaign to close out the Athletics and Wellness Initiative fundraising effort. Individuals and groups can sponsor seats in the new spectator seating section of the renovated Athletic Facility for $2,500 each. Seats can be named in honor of a family, teacher, coach, classmate, or friend, and every seat will include a plaque of recognition. The goal is to have 100 seats sponsored by September 30, 2017, and to raise an additional $250,000 towards the $12.6 million project goal.   To sponsor a seat, please visit www.dexter southfield.org/UnlockingtheFuture or call Casey Hassenstein in the Dexter Southfield Advancement office at 617-751-3557. Every seat gets the School closer to the finish line of this historic effort. Thank you for “taking a seat” for Dexter Southfield!

Seats can be named in honor of a family, teacher, coach, classmate, or friend, and every seat will include a plaque of recognition.

Todd Vincent with Ted Thorndike’s niece and nephew, who are wearing his Team USA jersies.


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O CAPTAIN! By Cara Foley

Dexter Southfield has a long and valued history of students serving as athletic team captains. It is an honor and responsibility our student leaders take very seriously. The tradition began in the School’s early days, when all boys were assigned to either the Massasoit or Mohawk teams for intramural sports, and the community voted for each team’s captain. The practice continued when Southfield opened in 1992, and girls were assigned to either the Blue or White teams. Today, students are chosen to lead teams during Field Day as well as teams that play in interscholastic athletics in the middle and upper schools. We reached out to past and present team captains to hear how the lessons they learned as team leaders have served them in other areas of life.

From left: Mohawk captain Tony DiRico ’79, teacher and athletic director Mr. George Dalrymple, and Massasoit captain John Stephenson ’79 during their Class 8 year.

John Stephenson ’79 M a s s a s o i t C a p ta i n

“When I first arrived on the Dexter campus in the late 1970s as a fifth grader, one of the cultural aspects of the School that immediately caught my attention was the school-wide election of the Massie and Mohawk captains. As I began my Dexter adventure, I remember observing the older kids—particularly the eighth graders—and being in awe. They seemed so grown up, so accomplished; I could not help but be inspired. “After the captains were elected each fall, I would watch them quietly, but closely, over the course of the school year to see how they performed on the athletic fields, interacted with fellow students and teachers, and behaved in various situations. I absorbed so much from the older kids in general, and the Massie and Mohawk captains in particular.


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MY CAPTAIN! As the years quickly passed and I became an eighth grader myself, I was fortunate enough to be one of the final nominees for Massie captain. “My good friend was the other nominee, and we were both proud and humbled to be the finalists. When the news came that I had been elected Massie captain, I was thrilled and yet I knew that my friend also would have been a great and deserving captain. To his credit, he was never anything but gracious to me, and our friendship grew stronger from that point on.

“Very simply, being the Massie captain taught me about leadership and the responsibility of leadership. I learned the importance of always giving your best effort, especially when perhaps you didn’t feel like it on a particular day.” “The experience, and all the feelings it invoked at the time, were probably the most significant thing I had encountered in my young life and it did leave a lasting, positive impression on me. “Very simply, being the Massie captain taught me about leadership and the responsibility of leadership. I learned the importance of always giving your best effort, especially when perhaps you didn’t feel like it on a particular day. I learned that it was important to reach out and try to connect with everyone rather than focusing solely on those closest to me. I learned how important it is to rally a team and provide a kind word to someone when they really needed it. I learned to be humble and to know that you can never do everything yourself. I learned to deal with failure, embarrassment, frustration, and the consequences of a bad day and realized that none of these things are permanent or an indelible mark on one’s character. I learned that there are many times when you have to dig deep and not always expect things to be the version of ‘fair’ we all have in our heads.

“The great thing was that these lessons occurred every day and much of my learning was not obvious or explicit, yet subtle and at times ambiguous. On most occasions, I learned through failure because the perspectives outlined above, and their application, weren’t always immediately clear to me. The teachers and coaches intuitively understood this and they often let the learning play out for my classmates and me—for better or worse— rather than attempting to micromanage every moment as a deliberate ‘teachable’ one. “My time at Dexter—and the incredible teachers and coaches I had including Headmaster William Phinney, Perry Phinney, Cotty Saltonstall, George Dalrymple, Peter Williamson, David Cornish, Clifford Reid, Haven Langdon, and so many others—set the foundation for my life. Looking back, it was perhaps the most influential and important educational experience I’ve had and it provided the platform for every stage of growth and development since.”

Caylyn Sullivan ’08 B l u e C a p ta i n

“One takeaway from my time as Blue captain is the importance of commitments. By accepting the role of captain, I made a commitment to a whole team to be a fair leader, to work hard, to cheer on teammates, and to help those who needed it. I learned that when you follow through with the commitments you make, you not only become a respected teammate, group member, or colleague, but you also become a respected leader— Blue captain Caylyn Sullivan ’08 someone who sets an example with her actions and can be depended on to get the job done. “After Dexter Southfield, I attended Skidmore College, where I was a member of their nationally-ranked field


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From left: Nick DeFriez ’67, Bruce Mattison ’67, Mohawk captain David Pendergast ’67, and Stuart Weeks ’67 during Dexter Field Day festivities

hockey team. My coach and captains had high expectations for their team and by putting on the Skidmore uniform, I committed myself to meeting, and exceeding, those expectations. By the time I was a junior, I held a leadership role with the team and by senior year, my coach and team rewarded me for my dedication. “Now I work in New York City’s competitive residential real estate market, where commitments can make or break you as an agent. As I work to grow within this industry, I make sure to follow through with the commitments I make to clients, customers, and colleagues, not only to earn business, but to become a valued member of my firm.”

David Pendergast ’66 M o h aw k C a p ta i n

“Without question, the most important thing I learned was self-confidence. Back then, I think there were three or four finalists for the position of captain and a vote was taken. I clearly remember Mr. Dalrymple asking me who I was going to vote for before the selection. After a bit of hesitation on my part, he asked if I thought I’d be a good captain. I said yes and he responded by saying, ‘I think so, too. Vote for yourself.’ It was a good lesson learned.  “I captained football and lacrosse teams in high school and college and the leadership skills I now have were certainly born out of my year as captain of the Mohawks.”

White captain Annie Hanson ’03 conquering hurtles during girls’ Field Day 2003

Annie Hanson ’03

W h i t e T e a m C a p ta i n

“Being a member of the White team is one of my fondest memories from my time at Southfield. There was sense of camaraderie that developed among the team and across the School. When I was voted captain, it was such an honor. I had looked up to the captains when I was in the lower grades and to hold that position was very humbling. “The leadership skills I was able to develop and hone as team captain have served me during my athletic and non-athletic ventures in high school, college, and beyond. Leading a group of 100-plus girls required confidence and a heightened awareness of my actions and their influence. It also taught me how to compete as a leader and the importance of winning and losing with grace (although the White team rarely lost).”

Whitney Wilson ’17

Va r s i t y G i r l s C r o s s C o u n t r y C a p ta i n

“Being a captain has taught me the importance of responsibility and preparedness. It has also taught me that even when you feel down or upset with your own performance, you have to stay positive and supportive for your team. As the primary example and leader of the cross country team, I have to constantly keep a positive attitude and motivate


23 the team even when I’m not feeling particularly motivated. My team also looks to me for guidance and this really has taught me vital roles in leadership and camaraderie that I will definitely use later in life.”

Alex Hill ’19

Va r s i t y B o y s S o cc e r C a p ta i n

“Being a leader this fall taught me how a team’s success as a whole is greater than any individual achievement. Focusing on improving together ensures that the team’s growth is consistent and may result in a higher percentage of victories going forward.”

young and new team. The next few years will only bring more positive vibes from the Dexter Southfield volleyball team.”

Ricky Reid ’18

Va r s i t y F o o t b a l l C a p ta i n

“After a season-ending injury I was eager to learn how to lead from the sideline. By remaining vocal around the team, and being active in the development of the younger players, I have grown tremendously as a player and as a leader. With the same effort in my recovery, I look forward to another great year with the team.”

Hawa Ibrahim ’17

Va r s i t y V o l l e y b a l l C a p ta i n

“Being captain for the first time this year really put my leadership skills to test. I felt as if the girls on the team relied on me to boost their confidence and spirit in games, especially when things got tough. I wasn’t used to that type of responsibility and it took some adjusting. We let some of our challenges and defeats get the best of us, but as the end of season neared, we really improved in the sport both physically and mentally. I’m proud of how much our girls have accomplished, considering that we are still such a

Varsity Boys Soccer Captain Alex Hill ’19

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Graduation 2017

his June, Dexter Southfield graduated 50 members of the Class of 2017, as families, friends, and faculty beamed with pride. Guest speakers Susannah Wilson ’00 and Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 each shared reflections and words of wisdom, reminding the graduates to make time in the moment to take it all in and to remember that they always have a home at Dexter Southfield. At the 10th Southfield Graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 8, valedictorian Tatiana Bechwati ’17 said about her classmates, “As a group, we have harmonized through these past four years of assemblies, all-school meetings, clubs, athletics, and all the craziness that happened in between. Together at Dexter Southfield we uncovered our voices by discovering our passions and further pursuing them.”


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The following day, at the 11th Dexter Graduation ceremony, valedictorian Andrew Cataldo ’17 said, “An admissions department brought us together, but the unbreakable bonds we formed here are what will never let us fall apart. This road has been anything but smooth. In fact, we’ve been bounced around more than a pair of shoes in a drying machine, but that only molded us into who we are today. And who we are today, as I always like to say, is the greatest group of young men ever assembled. We are 30 of the best brothers you could ever ask for.” Head of School Todd Vincent spoke about the graduates’ accomplishments, as well as their promise and potential going forward. The members of the Class of 2017 leave a lasting mark on our School as scholars, leaders, artists, actors, athletes, musicians, and mentors. We hope they take full advantage of every opportunity ahead of them. Congratulations to the Class of 2017! For a list of prize winners and more photos, visit www.dextersouthfield.org/Graduation2017.


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Samantha Nelson Valedictorian Tatiana Bechwati

Whitney and Adrienne Metzger

Faculty member Peter Williamson congratulates Charlie Naylor.

Liam Moore

Matthew Gray receives the Arthur T. Dyer Cup for the Athlete of the Year from Head of School Todd Vincent.

Southfield graduation speaker Susannah Wilson ’00


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From left, Jessica White, Xiao Yuan Huang, Yu Zhang, Lily Melby, and Yanhan Wang pose for a quick photo. On the graduation stage

Valedictorian Andrew Cataldo

Brendan Ng

Striking a pose

Daniel Shea Mauricio Ruiz Soler Jasmine Sun


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There are many talented young men and women in the Class of 2017. They are intellectually curious, hardworking, and never afraid to take a risk. They are involved in every aspect of student life, and are trail blazers in the classroom, on the stage, and in the art studio. When they step on to the field, they always give their best effort, and when it is their turn to sit on the sideline, their voices ring the loudest as they cheer each other on. The following students proudly represent Dexter Southfield

Noel Terwilliger Boston College

“Even as a senior I was able to try something new— performing in the play. It says a lot about the School that students feel comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zones. It is a very supportive

and the very impressive

community.”

Class of 2017.

When Noel Terwilliger ran into her Boston College admissions counselor at Accepted Eagle Day, she didn’t expect him to remember her. After all, she knows the staff reads thousands of applications each year. Noel reintroduced herself and was surprised when he not only remembered her name, but also her December 25th birthday. “That level of care meant a lot. I felt like they really wanted me there,” she says. “I felt like I already belonged.” Making personal connections and being part of a community are important elements of her Dexter Southfield experience as well. She credits her teachers for both challenging and supporting her, and her classmates for elevating the discussion and focus in class. During Noel’s time in the upper school, she has taken seven AP courses, and plans to maintain her high academic standards in college.


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Hawolul Ibrahim

John Femia

“My mother wanted me to attend a school that would put college in my future. When I toured Dexter Southfield, I could see myself here. I envisioned succeeding and reaching all my goals here.”

“Coach Donato expects the same degree of effort from everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re the star player or a freshman who is new to varsity; everyone pulls his own weight for the good of the team. I don’t think the importance of that lesson is lost on any of us.”

University of Connecticut

Since its inception four years ago, Diversity Day has been a student-driven event focused on the on-going efforts to create an inclusive and supportive community at Dexter Southfield. Hawa Ibrahim has been part of the planning process since day one. This year, as president of the diversity club, she played a major role again as a student speaker. “I was asked to share ‘my story’,” says Hawa. “I felt vulnerable on the stage, and wasn’t sure how the audience would react to my experience as one of very few African Americans in my class.” Her speech was powerful, and her classmates paid close attention. Hawa says she felt a positive shift in the way students spoke to and treated each other. “It was very cool to affect that kind of change,” she says. “It says something about the students here that they took my words seriously and took action themselves.”

Saint Anselm College

If you ask John Femia about his favorite class, he would tell you that it’s a toss-up between the English elective “War in Literature” or “Forensics” science class. Of course, he also loved his history classes “Modern Conflicts” and “Empires,” and then there’s “MEDScience” to consider. “It is too hard to pick just one,” he says. “The teachers here are amazing, and they are so passionate about what they teach. As a student, you’re invested in learning when you see how much the teacher cares about the subject.” The high-caliber academics and small class sizes were motivating factors that led John to transfer to Dexter Southfield from public school. He also wanted to be part of the hockey program, and, as a senior this year, helped lead the team to the semi-finals.


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senior profiles

Carleigh Capone

Chris Grome

“The Dexter Southfield community is simply unique. I have built many relationships all over campus with students in every division of the School. I love the idea that everyone knows just about everyone here.”

“The decision to attend Dexter Southfield was the best decision of my life. Over the past two years I’ve picked up soccer, formed valuable friendships, and joined several clubs.”

Despite the many ways in which Carleigh Capone has become involved in the community, you won’t ever catch her complaining about being too busy. She loves the fact that she can participate in so many activities and groups. A natural leader, Carleigh was named captain of the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams, and has helped organize and run the Red Cross Blood Drive for the past two years. She has also served as the head of the Ambassadors Club and Community Service Club.    She also savors the spontaneous moments that happen on campus. She remembers impromptu jam sessions with her friends, with one girl on the piano, one on drums, and everyone else singing on the Clay Center Lecture Hall stage.    Carleigh will attend the University of South Carolina, where she will major in nursing and play club soccer and lacrosse.

Any anxiety Chris Grome may have had after making the decision to transfer to Dexter Southfield was put to ease the moment he stepped on campus. He credits the easy transition to his classmates, teammates, and baseball coach and advisor, Dan Donato. Donato wasted no time giving Chris the ins and outs of Dexter Southfield and even introduced Chris to several of his teachers during Class 11 orientation. The level of individual care he received impressed him right away.    Chris’ passion in science was fueled in Mr. Fehlauer’s AP physics class. He was so excited about a lesson in cosmic rays that he put together a cosmic ray chamber at home and used it in class to see the cosmic rays floating around us.    Chris will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next year, majoring in aeronautical engineering. He hopes to help develop future technology and his goal is to work for NASA or SpaceX to help explore the universe.

University of South Carolina

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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Kassandra Long

Penrose Hallowell

“The most unique opportunity I have had at Dexter Southfield is working at the After School Program. It helped me identify my interest in working with children and helping people. I will miss all the After School students next year.”

“I love that the teachers know and care about us in more than just a classroom setting. You never feel like you are intruding when you ask them for help.”

Quinnipiac University

Kassie Long has been a member of the Dexter Southfield community since she stepped off the Dedham bus in first grade. This June, after 12 years on campus, she joined her father, George ’78, and brother, Chris ’10, as an alum of the School.    After working as a camp counselor for two years and realizing an interest in working with children, Kassie inquired about working for Dexter Southfield’s After School Program. It gave her the chance to “test run” the idea of working with children as a career option before internships or college.    Kassie discovered an interest in nursing when she took classes in neuroendocrinology about the brain, sports and exercise, and MEDscience. She knows that science coursework and her work experience on campus has prepared her for college and beyond.

Colby College

The Admissions Office covers a lot of ground when touring prospective students, but there was one element in particular that caught Pen Hallowell’s attention during his initial visit to campus. A nature lover and scientist, Pen was in awe of the Clay Center, and when he passed by a marine biology class in session, he knew Dexter Southfield was the place for him. During his senior year, the long wait was over and he signed up for the class. It was just as engaging as he thought it would be. “I had a preexisting interest in the subject,” says Pen. “But, I honestly think anyone would find it interesting. It’s a great class.” Pen has enjoyed other science electives, including an independent study in environmental science, which he hopes to pursue further in college.


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Senior Projects Each spring, seniors leave campus to explore topics that interest them outside of the classroom. They work for months designing the details of the project and reaching out to on-site mentors to plan and create a schedule. They complete their projects over the course of two weeks, blogging each day about everything they have learned and experienced. The projects are as varied as the students themselves; this year, members of the Class of 2017 explored the worlds of medicine, finance, radio broadcasting, photography, baking, construction, law, business, education, zoology, and more. Here is a closer look at just a few.

Whitney Wilson Training for Boston’s Run to Remember halfmarathon; Volunteer work for Veterans of Boston PD “I have transformed not only my physical strength, but also my mental strength. I am stronger than I have ever been, and I believe that it primarily has to do with the fact that I have become a more established person since I have developed a love for running.   “I did some volunteer work for veterans of the Boston Police Department . . . and it made me proud to tell them that I ran Boston’s Run to Remember half-marathon. It brought smiles to their faces when I told them about the race and it made me feel good about running the race for them.”


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Lily Melby Creating a large-scale oil painting “[Art teacher] Mr. Dimock insists that I keep subconsciously creating self-portraits and this is yet another one of them, although she’s facing the window and her facial features aren’t visible. I’ll continue to protest and say it isn’t me, but really it’s up for interpretation.   “It’s important to be strategic about picking where to start with actual brushwork, especially when using oil paints. This type of paint can take up to a week to dry depending on how thick the layer is.”

Jack St. Clair Learning to bake traditional French pastries “When I was younger my mom would always take us to this French pastry shop near Brookline High. We always got éclairs. They were so delicious, and that’s where I got my idea of making them.”


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Whitney Metzgar Creating a three-minute figure skating program for a late June competition “I found practicing very fun. As I would take off and land different double jumps, I just imagined myself doing the exact same thing in a program.   “Three minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a lot. Trust me. That is where all of the off-ice training and cardio comes in. It is essential to be able to get through a program from start to finish.”

project notes

Starr Milbury

Diksha Thach

Ryan Hernandez

Working in a Medical Clinic

Immigration and Refugee Project

Behind the Scenes with the Boston Police

“I learned quickly that there would be no handholding or babying during any part of my senior project. I was assigned to shadow an experienced surgical intensive care unit nurse who had worked off-and-on at the hospital for more than 15 years. My first patient was a teenage male who had multiple gunshot wounds to his face and chest. All and all, it was a wild 12 hours.”

“I spent the day at my off-campus advisor’s house, where she had people sorting through donations she received in the past three weeks. The donations were placed in a truck and sent to an organization known as NuDay Syria. Initially, I was surprised by all the donations; there were piles of bags filled with clothes, shoes, and toys. It was exciting to know that people are finding ways to help.”

“I was amazed to learn that there are sensors all over towns and cities that detect gunshots. Not only does it tell the agency the location of the shooting, but there is also a sound that is recorded to provide help to local officers. By having this tool available, officers can know what they are getting into as they determine the type of gun and the caliber of it just by sound.”

Studying Fish and Fish Larvae’s Eating Habits

Anna Zhang

Videography

“I was immediately put to work at a microscope, taking collected samples of herring larvae and picking them from beakers filled with zooplankton and phytoplankton. This task was tedious, but quite interesting in the long-run since the larvae I was sorting would be used in a study to determine the best mating places for herring.”

“My mom’s friend was kind enough to invite me to his house for a ‘food photoshoot.’ I observed the entire process of him making Chinese food, and we spent the whole afternoon talking about the philosophy behind Zongzi, a kind of traditional Chinese food.”

Andrew Bradshaw

Photography and Cuisine

Paul Clarke “I spoke with my project advisor about the fundamentals of filming dialogue and was happy to learn I was on the right track with my test scene. I had naturally followed the 30 and 180 degree rules; every camera shot with two subjects should be at a least 30 degrees different to avoid jump cuts, and all shots should be taken from one side (180 degrees) of the conversation to avoid confusion.”


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Words of Wisdom

P h oto s by B r e tt C r a w f o r d

The transition from senior year of high school to freshman year of college brings a whirlwind of change and excitement. A few of our faculty, staff, and students share advice with the seniors as they embark on their next adventure.

“Continue your interest in shop. It certainly doesn’t have to be your vocation, but if you maintain an interest, it’s a wonderful way to relax and to create beautiful things. I hope you also stop back and show me what you’ve done.” Mark Tilton, woodshop teacher

“Never be afraid to fail. It’s always better to take the risk than to sit and wonder what would have happened if you had.” Logan Cole, middle and upper school theatre teacher

“Good luck! Go off and have fun. Try your best and you’ll do great!” Savannah Collins, Class 2

“Every year, I give the eighth-grade girls three pieces of advice for surviving high school and I’ll pass along the same advice to the seniors. First, be on time. Second, do what’s right (and, if it’s after midnight, it’s probably wrong). Third, know that you are braver than you think. A bonus piece of advice: when you get up every morning, make your bed right away. It’s a game changer.” Kendall Leclerc, head of the middle school

“Take every opportunity when you’re in college. Push yourself outside to try that club or that extra-curricular that may not be within your comfort zone. You never know who you’ll meet or what experiences you’ll have when you do that.” Hannah Barry, middle school science teacher

“Stay true to yourself and don’t conform to what people think you should be or want you to be. Be who you really are.” Jordan Howard Mason, Class 10


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COLLEGE COUNSELING FACTS & FIGURES

Our graduates were accepted to

90 colleges and universities

Students plan to study business, engineering, biology, chemistry, modern languages, nursing, neuroscience, English, international relations, environmental and marine science, computer science, history, and music

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students will play collegiate sports next year, representing baseball, crew, field hockey, and softball

48 students of this graduating class will attend

The Class of 2017 completed a total of

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3,956 hours of community service

First-time Dexter Southfield matriculations include University of Notre Dame, Kenyon College, University of Toronto, King’s College London, Monmouth University, SUNY Albany, Santa Clara University.

colleges and universities in 15 states, (including Washington, D.C.) and two foreign countries.

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students reported earning an average of nearly $62,000 of scholarship money over four years

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE CLASS OF 2017 12

have siblings who attend Dexter Southfield

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have participated in a school theatre production for three or more years

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have attended Dexter Southfield for 13 or more years

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have played three seasons on varsity teams for three or more years

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have received school awards and recognition

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have been involved in off-campus extracurricular activities like figure skating, archery, trap and skeet, dance, and ballet

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followed a double language track for at least one year

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2017 College Acceptances Babson College*

King’s College London*

Skidmore College

Bates College

Marietta College

Smith College

Boston College*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology*

University of South Carolina*

Boston University*

University of Massachusetts, Amherst*

St. Lawrence University

Bryant University

University of Massachusetts, Boston*

Bucknell University*

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

State University of New York at Albany*

University of California, Davis

McGill University

Stonehill College

University of California, Santa Cruz

Miami University, Oxford*

Stony Brook University

The Catholic University of America (Nursing)

University of Miami*

SUNY College at Potsdam

Monmouth University*

Syracuse University*

College of Charleston

Mount Holyoke College

The University of Tampa

Clark University

Temple University

Colby College*

University of New Hampshire at Durham

Colgate University*

New York University*

Trinity College*

Colorado School of Mines

Northeastern University*

Tufts University*

University of Connecticut*

Norwich University

Tulane University*

Curry College

University of Notre Dame*

Union College (New York)*

University of Denver

Ohio Wesleyan University

Dickinson College

University of Pennsylvania

United States Military Academy– Army*

Drexel University

University of Pittsburgh

University of Glasgow

Duke University

Purdue University*

University of Vermont

Elon University

Quinnipiac University*

Villanova University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Daytona Beach

Reed College

Virginia Tech

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute*

Wake Forest University*

Fairfield University

Rhodes College*

Washington College

Fordham University

Roger Williams University

Washington University in St. Louis

Franklin & Marshall College

Rollins College

Wheaton College MA

The George Washington University*

Rutgers University

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sacred Heart University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Gettysburg College*

Saint Anselm College*

Hawaii Pacific University

Saint Michael’s College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges*

Santa Clara University*

College of the Holy Cross*

Sarah Lawrence College

Kenyon College*

Simmons College

University of Toronto*

* denotes at least one student matriculating

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


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by julie guptill

Retiring from the Board Dexter Southfield recognizes the dedicated service of members of the Board of Trustees who have given passionately of their time and talent. This year marks the conclusion of service of five members of the board. Included among the retirees is W. Shaw McDermott, who has served for 33 years, including 25 years as president of the board. His leadership and commitment to the School has helped advance Dexter Southfield in myriad ways. Longtime trustee officers Barbara Rockett, Charles Haydock, and Ernie Adams also end their service to the board this year, as does Allison Pellegrino. The School is forever grateful to each of them.

W. Shaw McDermott ’62 P ’98 ’00 ’07 Trustee 1984–2017, President of the Board 1992–2017, Trustee Emeritus Shaw McDermott is a walking slice of Dexter Southfield history.

“Francis Caswell was one of the greatest teachers I ever had,” says McDermott, a partner with K&L Gates in the law firm’s Boston office. “I was a student in the School’s first seventh grade class, in which Bill Phinney was my teacher and bus driver.” “I’ve always had a tremendous fondness for the School. Looking back, I consider it the place where I got the best education of my life,” says McDermott, who also holds degrees from Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. McDermott has served on the board for 33 years, and as president for 25 of those years. “They asked me to join the board when my oldest son (W. Devlin ’98) was just an infant. When he got to be school aged, it made sense to send him to Dexter.” His second child, however, was a girl. “My wife, Hope, went to an all-girls’ school in Providence. She encouraged me to promote the idea of Dexter starting an all-girls’ school,” he recalls. And so it came to pass that in 1992, the year McDermott became board president, Southfield School opened. His daughter, Mary “Bahan” ’00, was an early registrant. She was followed by younger brother Hugh ’07.


39 “While their experiences were certainly different than mine, I saw a good deal that was the same—a strong tradition of academic excellence and discipline with a lot of love behind the scenes,” he continues. “As in my day, faculty were involved in students’ lives from the time the bus picked them up in the morning until they were dropped off in the afternoon.” Over his three-plus decades on the board, McDermott had a hand in all of the School’s major transitions. “There was the opening of Southfield School,” he says, ticking off milestones. “The opening of the Clay Center, which strengthened the science curriculum; starting an upper school program from scratch; long-time headmaster Bill Phinney retiring and Todd Vincent arriving. We also put new bylaws and term limits in place, a move that brought on 17 new trustees in the past five years—women and men who have deployed their incredible talents and energies on behalf of the School. Through all of this, we were able to modernize the curriculum while maintaining the strength of the classical education for which the School is known.” “I’m most proud of Dexter Southfield’s abiding commitment to the values I learned when I was a student —the importance of a well-trained mind and elements of character,” he concludes. “I’ve enjoyed seeing multiple generations of children come through, attaining personal growth that sustains them through their lives. While stepping down as president, I’m certainly enthusiastic about my new role as Trustee Emeritus. There are many ongoing initiatives and more yet on the drafting board. It will be fun to watch the evolution of ideas and plans as the School approaches its 100th birthday in 2026.”

Barbara Rockett P ’72 ’75 ’77 ’81 GP ’19 ’20

Trustee 1979–2017, Vice President of the Board 1985–2017, Trustee Emerita Dr. Barbara Rockett has been closely connected to Dexter Southfield for more than 45 years, as a parent, grandparent,

and long-serving trustee. During the course of those nearly five decades, she saw a lot of change at the School —the addition of Southfield; the construction of the Hewitt and the Clay Center buildings; the historic decision to add the upper school; the transition in leadership from Bill Phinney to Todd Vincent; and progressive developments in the curriculum, programs, and policies.

Dexter Southfield is forever indebted to Rockett for her guidance and expertise to the athletics, health and wellness offices.

It is what has gone unchanged at the School, however, that has kept Rockett so close for so long: the community’s core values of character, respect for others, and hard work. There is also an emphasis on building strong relationships, of which no one has been more committed than Rockett herself. Rockett says her favorite aspect of serving on the board was working alongside the administration and her fellow trustees. During her tenure, she became friends with many of them, including Bill Phinney, Colby Hewitt, Jim Hunnewell, and Gus Soule. “I had the best experience working with Mr. Phinney on the nominating committee,” says Rockett, of one of her many committee appointments. “We reviewed nominations for members and spoke to each one. It gave me the opportunity to become familiar with everyone.” She also developed relationships with faculty, staff, and students in her role as medical director. Rockett, who received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1957, was a practicing surgeon for 50 years with professional affiliations at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Leonard Morse Hospital, and Malden Hospital. She was the chief of surgery at Hahnemann Hospital, and served as president of the Massachusetts Medical Society as well as chair of the Massachusetts delegation to the American Medical Association. Rockett has received many awards and honors for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award awarded by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2006. Dexter Southfield is forever indebted to Rockett for her guidance and expertise to the athletics, health and wellness offices.


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Charles T. Haydock ’65

Trustee 1995–2017, Vice President– Finance 2016–2017, Trustee Emeritus Growing up in Chestnut Hill, Dexter School was a family affair for Charlie Haydock.

His uncles, John ’39 and Augustus ’39 Thorndike, attended, as well as a halfdozen cousins and his brother, Roger Haydock ’63. “I started in first grade in the fall of 1958, and went through seventh grade,” says Haydock. “I had a positive experience as a Dexter student. I both needed and appreciated the structure, routine, and rigor. It served me and most of my schoolmates well.” Years later, when Haydock became a parent, “I wanted my own children to have that same rigor,” he explains. Three of his four children, Charlie ’00, Ashley ’02, and George ’08, followed in his footsteps. “They had an experience remarkably similar to mine, with excellent academics and great character education.” Haydock, who retired this year as chief investment officer at Welch & Forbes, recalls being asked to join the board in 1995. “I took about a second to say, ‘yes,’” he recalls. “I always loved the School. It was a real honor and privilege to be asked to serve.” An

investment professional—he is a chartered financial analyst—Haydock put his financial acumen to work for the good of the School. “I consider myself lucky to have worked with two excellent and effective heads of school, both of whom are terrific leaders and educators,” he says of Bill Phinney and Todd Vincent. In addition to trustee, Haydock served as an officer in three capacities: clerk, treasurer, and vice president– finance. He was also a class agent and is a member of the Caswell Society, which recognizes those who have included Dexter Southfield in their estate plans. “I’ve been on the board through so many great developments including the Clay Center and the addition of the upper school,” he concludes. “I’m most proud of seeing the School grow from Dexter’s fairly small enrollment to the 825 students Dexter Southfield has today.”

Ernie Adams ’66 Trustee 2006–2017, Clerk 2013–2017 “You get that boy to Dexter School.” This was the advice Ernie

Adams’ mother received from her pediatrician in Brookline. And though

it was clearly non-medical in nature, it was nevertheless advice Mrs. Adams heeded. “I made some good friends at the School and had some great teachers,” Adams remembers. “Dexter was an intense experience. A lot was expected of you. You got a report card every week, and every week, it had remarks from Francis Caswell. Dexter was not a place where one fell between the cracks. And if you wanted to try something, nobody said no. Stepping up and taking initiative was always encouraged.” For Adams, that included coaching the Massies to football glory over the Mohawks when he was just an eighth grader—a harbinger of his current role as director of football research for the New England Patriots. “Dexter was a big influence on me. And Dexter Southfield needs people to continue to make sure the School provides the same great experience to today’s students,” he says. “Serving on the board of trustees was my opportunity to do that. The administration does a great job, making sure that the School is always doing the maximum amount of good for children. That’s the absolute top priority.” As Adams steps down from the board after 11 years, he is confident Dexter Southfield is in good hands. “I think about being a trustee the way Barack Obama described the presidency: it’s a relay race,” he explains. “You run your leg and hand off the baton to someone else. Luckily, there are so many talented people who are part of the Dexter Southfield community. Nine years away from its 100th birthday, this School is well positioned to carry on for the next 100 years.”


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Allison Pellegrino Trustee 2012–2017

“I believe stridently in the mission of Dexter Southfield School: an education that combines

rigorous academics balanced with athletics and the arts,” says Allison Pellegrino. “Dexter Southfield strives to make students good citizens, so

As his final act as president of the board, W. Shaw McDermott ’62 presented diplomas at this year’s graduation ceremonies.

that they will grow up to be people of character, people who contribute to their community.” Pellegrino has witnessed this mission in action through her older brothers, Paul ’79 and Andrew ’82; five nieces and nephews; as well as her own three children—Stephen ’16, Eleanor ’21, and Alexandra ’22. “Although I don’t have anyone at Dexter Southfield now, my children still talk about ‘choosing the hard right over the easy wrong.’ It’s a common refrain in our house.” Pellegrino has been an active volunteer with her own alma mater, the Winsor School in Boston, where she currently serves as president of the board of trustees. “Serving on both boards has been extremely useful,” she explains. In her Dexter Southfield term, Pellegrino worked on the governance committee toward the adoption of best practices, including new bylaws and term limits. On the

development committee, she was also instrumental in instituting a regular and robust annual fundraising program, one that puts the School on par with peer day schools. “The board is made up of a committed group of caring people,” she says. “Having encouraged the board to adopt term limits, I feel that now is the time to step down from the board to make way for someone new,” she says. “I do so knowing that this School is on an upward trajectory. The Pre-K to eighth grade program has always been incredibly strong. The high school, though newer, is developing a wonderful reputation. In talking to people, I hear great enthusiasm for Dexter Southfield in the Boston area. I’m extremely proud of the work the School has done and the work that the board continues to do to make Dexter Southfield a place that supports academic rigor, athletic excellence, and the value of kindness.”


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Trustees Announce New President and Board Leadership Since leaving Aspen Technology Fusco has been active in managing and starting two businesses and currently serves on the board of directors of four technology companies: Viewpoint Construction Software, BlackDuck Software, Vertafore, and Exa Corporation. Before entering the business world, Fusco played in the National Hockey League and on the U.S. Olympic hockey team. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Kristin, have two boys, John ’20 and Matthew ’22, who attend Dexter Southfield.

Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 On May 22, 2017, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Mark Fusco P ’20 ’22 as its new president.

A longtime Dexter Southfield parent, Fusco joined the board in 2016, and has served on a number of committees. His work and leadership on the buildings and facilities committee has been instrumental in advancing the School’s current capital project, the Athletics and Wellness Initiative. Fusco was most recently Aspen Technology’s president and chief executive officer. He joined the AspenTech Board in January 2004, and became the CEO in January 2005, serving in this role until September 2013. During his tenure, he drove the company’s focus on operational performance, product innovation, and market leadership in the process industries.

Why Dexter Southfield “Schools across the country are looking to Dexter Southfield. Our longtime model of single-sex coordinate programs offers the best of both worlds, and the School has emerged as a leader among its peers. In the Boston area, Dexter Southfield provides an option unlike any other, one that we know works for students’ growth and development. A student gets it all here: academics, athletics, arts, public speaking, and the list goes on. Every decision that the School makes—whether it is around the curriculum, the facilities, or the programs—aims to provide the best possible student experience.”

A History of Excellence “For nearly 100 years, Dexter Southfield has provided students with a first-class education and an exemplary experience. Our students acquire

all the tools they need to be successful in life, and they leave with the knowledge and the confidence to do great things. Among our alumni community are entrepreneurs, engineers, authors, artists, a NASA astronaut, a former executive editor of The Washington Post, lawyers, military officers, a former President of the United States, and countless others who have applied what they’ve learned here.”

Looking Ahead “Big things are happening at Dexter Southfield, and at the forefront of it all is the student experience. The success surrounding this year’s Athletics and Wellness Initiative is just one in a series of successes for the School that will have a positive impact on our students’ education. With everything we do, we first ask, ‘What are the necessary steps to advance the learning experience for our students?’ We lead with curriculum, and then we develop or build the right resources to support it.”

Leadership “I am honored by the opportunity to lead and serve Dexter Southfield. This School has a history of excellence in education, due in large part to great leadership on the board before me, as well as in the administration and among the faculty. On behalf of my fellow trustees, we are also thrilled to welcome six new members to the board. Their talents, insights, and expertise will be invaluable to both the board itself and also the broader community.”


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Board Leadership The following trustees assumed new leadership roles on the board.

room, athletic fields, art studio, and stage. Dexter Southfield is committed to the development of character; teaching and reinforcing kindness, courtesy, respect, appreciation, and responsibility.”

Karen Mueller

Treasurer 2016–present

Why Dexter Southfield

Laura Wilson Vice President, May 2017–present

Why Dexter Southfield “We all wish to give our children the best education. We want them to learn in an atmosphere that encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity. Dexter Southfield is a community that promotes collaboration in order to foster such an establishment. “Walking on to campus 10 years ago, my husband and I were inspired by the faculty, the single-sex classrooms, and the abundance of educational, athletic, and social opportunities. The possibility for all five of our kids, each with different personalities and learning styles, to benefit at one institution was incomparable. We have appreciated how the teachers build confidence, instill excitement in learning, and encourage exploration. In the upper school, students gain from increased socialization and maturation through the co-ed classes, shared spaces, and the dining experience.    “Our School’s unique and powerful motto, ‘Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow,’ carries beyond the class-

Chris Reynolds

Clerk, May 2017–present

Why Dexter Southfield “It’s all about diligence and hope. I make a point of staying in touch with Dexter Southfield because I believe in Head of School Todd Vincent, the faculty, and the staff of the School. I respect their focus on community and their unflinching standards for character. I admire their adherence to classical education, with openness to modern teaching techniques where apt. The principles and goals are immutable, while the methods can be dynamic. Most of all, I find it healthy to keep in touch with an organization that can help us all feel hopeful for the world. Bombarded by vitriolic news nearly every day, one can feel bleak and wooden. But a few moments with devoted teachers and soaring students remind me that diligent preparation and contagious goodwill shall overcome our problems. A visit to the campus is always uplifting.”

“We chose Dexter Southfield for our eldest child nine years ago and again, four more times, for his younger sisters. The reasons we chose the School are still the reasons we are happy here. “Students gain a firm grasp of the English language, written and spoken, through rock-solid, classical curriculum. Our kids have excellent grammar, are thoughtful writers, and are confident speakers. Math is presented at an appropriate pace. Everyone’s vocabulary has blossomed, in part due to the Latin program, which our older children find challenging and engaging. “Some of our children are natural athletes, some are not, but they all have had fun in the intramural program, supported by coaches who honor every child’s effort. “Finally, we have been deeply engaged with the STEM program. The dinner table is always alive with talk of fractals, aerodynamic car design, and the golden ratio. “All this is wrapped up in a cul- ture that fosters and expects respect for peers, instructors, and, well, everyone. It carries out well beyond the campus.”


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Joining the Board

Stefanie Cronin P ’19 ’22

Brant Binder P ’19 ’22

Newton, Mass.

Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Since moving to the area in 2002, Stefanie Cronin P ’19 ’22 has focused on nonprofit organizations to which she is personally committed. A certified public accountant, she serves as the director of finance at Burlington Daycare and Preschool. Previously, Cronin was the controller at City Year and the former CFO at Boston Plan for Excellence, a 30-year-old organization that trains teachers and operates charter schools. She has held numerous board and volunteer finance roles in other nonprofits, including The Windsor Club, Upper Falls Nursery School, and Trinity Church. Prior to relocating, Cronin held various financial and project and product management roles at CIGNA. She started her career at Arthur Andersen with clients in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, and not-for-profit sectors. She is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds a master’s from the University of Hartford. Cronin, a competitive triathlete, and her husband Doug have three children, two of whom are current Dexter Southfield students.

Brant Binder P ’19 ’22 is the founder and director of Psy Therapeutics, Inc., an early-stage CNS drug discovery company located in Waltham, Mass. He previously founded biotechnology and drug discovery platform companies X-Body, Inc., X-Chem, Inc., X-Rx, Inc., and SRU Biosystems, Inc., as well as pioneering Chinese Internet company SOHU. His wealth of experience and professional contributions in biotech have made Binder a respected leader in the industry.   He is involved with numerous local nonprofit organizations, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, ICA, and Harvard Medical School’s MEDScience program.    Binder earned his bachelor’s from Georgetown University, where he also played Division I baseball, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has four children, two of whom attend Dexter Southfield.

Rylan Hamilton ’94 P ’26 ’27 ’30 Boston, Mass.

Rylan Hamilton ’94 P ’26 ’27 ’30 is the CEO of 6 River Systems, a robotic startup that develops disruptive warehouse automation solutions. He was previously on the executive team at Kiva Systems, now known as Amazon Robotics. Before Kiva, Hamilton served in the United States Navy as an engineering officer. After graduating from Dexter School in 1994, Hamilton attended Groton School. He earned his bachelor’s in applied mathematics from Harvard College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Hamilton has deep connections to Dexter Southfield and has remained active in the community since he attended himself. He and his wife Kristin have three children who attend Dexter Southfield. His brothers, Clyde ’09 and Will Stemberg ’10, are also alumni. Hamilton’s mother, Dola Hamilton Stemberg, is a former member of the board of trustees at the School.


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R. Ian O’Keeffe P ’23 ’23 ’24 ’24 Boston, Mass.

Originally from Boston, Mass., R. Ian O’Keeffe P ’23 ’23 ’24 ’24 is a graduate of The Roxbury Latin School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University, where he also played lacrosse for four years. In 2002, O’Keeffe founded FOC Partners, an alternative asset manager focused broadly on distressed debt and credit. The firm was acquired by NewStar in 2016. Prior to founding FOC, O’Keeffe was head of high yield trading at PIMCO, an investment management firm located in Newport Beach, Calif. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees at Roxbury Latin, where he also serves as a member of the investment committee, development board, and athletics facility task force. O’Keeffe and his wife Katherine live in Boston, and have two sons in Class 5 and two daughters in Class 6.

Scott Gieselman P ’28

Susannah Wilson ’00

Weston, Mass.

New York, New York

Scott Gieselman P ’28 joined Natural Gas Partners (NGP) in early 2007 and serves as partner of NGP Energy Capital Management and the NGP funds. He concentrates on NGP’s efforts in sourcing, structuring, and executing investments, monitoring existing investments, and capital market transactions. Prior to joining NGP, Gieselman had a successful 19-year career with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he became a partner in 2002. During his tenure, Gieselman served in a number of senior management positions in the firm’s natural resources investment banking division where he ran the West Coast and Southwest energy efforts. He serves on several private and public boards including the MGH Fund, Pope St John XXIII Seminary, Belmont Hill School, Rice Energy, Memorial Resources, Wildhorse Resource Development, and Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. Gieselman received both a bachelor’s and an MBA from Boston College. He attended BC as a scholarship athlete and was recognized as an All-American football player. He and his wife Mia live in Weston, Mass., with their three sons.

Susannah Wilson ’00 is the chief operating officer at Greene Naftali, a contemporary art gallery in New York City, where she is responsible for managing various financial, strategic, and operational priorities. In this role, she draws on expertise gained at the intersection of art and business. Previously, she was the director of strategy at Artnet Worldwide, an international art data and market platform, where she led strategic initiatives across various departments and evaluated and executed external partnerships and special projects. Wilson earned her honors bachelor’s degree in the history of art and architecture from Harvard College. During her time there, she worked in all sectors of the art market, including galleries, auction houses, and museums. Upon graduating, she spent three years at a boutique consulting firm in New York City advising bulge-bracket banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis. In 2011, Wilson earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was elected president of HBS’s Art Society and selected for a fellowship with Lincoln Center’s Strategy Group.


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News and Updates from Our Community News from the Board of Trustees

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he Investment Committee is pleased to report that the Dexter Southfield endowment had a strong performance in 2015–2016 with an 8.1 percent return. When comparing the School’s investment performance to other independent schools, colleges, and foundations with similarly sized endowment funds (less than $55 million), Dexter Southfield outpaced more than 80 percent of institutions across the country. Investment Committee Chair Chris Roy ’83 attributes these solid returns to the talents and hard work of the committee members, the great investment foundation and relationships built by chair-emeritus Charlie Haydock ’65, and the outstanding leadership by the entire board. “Today’s complex investment markets regularly humble even the most skilled investors,” says Roy. “While we are fortunate for this recent performance strength, we are always looking to do better and add more talent to the Dexter Southfield Investment Committee.” He explains that the committee remains focused on long-term investment excellence, fiscal discipline, careful risk-management, transparency, and constant improvement. The outstanding return from investments will be re-invested in the fund. The School would like to thank all those who support Dexter Southfield by helping to build the endowment. It is making an enduring difference in the lives of our faculty and students.

how embracing diversity has shaped him into the person (and Spanish teacher) he is today, and spoke about how acceptance helps us to become better people. Students listened to members of the student group “Leaders Empathetically Affecting Diversity” (LEAD) who spoke about the role diversity has played in their lives. Speeches ranged from experiences at diversity conferences to personal stories of parents’ struggles and challenges, and

from being targeted directly with stereotypes to sexual orientation and questions that surround sexuality. All students reinforced that Dexter Southfield is a safe community of caring individuals who make it a priority to accept all people. Featured speaker Dr. Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D., founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, discussed the fact that the community identifies itself as one continued on page 48

In “Express Your Roots,” Kevork Atinizian ’18 taught students two Armenian dances, a Yarkhusht and a Shourch Bar.

Middle and Upper Schools Celebrate Diversity

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n Friday, January 20, upper school students and faculty participated in the fourth annual Diversity Day, which began with personal insight from faculty member Jeff Kirkman. He shared

Middle school students enjoyed a variety of workshops.


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p r i z e d ay In early June, the community gathered to celebrate the 25th Southfield Prize Day and the 91st Dexter Prize Day. Scholarship, public speaking, and citizenship prizes were awarded to students in Classes K-8, and the young women and men of the Class of 2021 were honored at each ceremony. Speakers applauded the eighth graders for their growth during their middle school years, urging them to continue to work hard and value friendships throughout upper school and beyond. For the full list of award winners and more photos, visit www.dextersouthfield.org/PrizeDay2017.

Grady MacKeigan ’21

Class 7 primus Caleb Weldon and secundus Henry Serrano-Wu

Lydia Atkinson ’21

Alumna Ann Corbett ’98 (left) with the Southfield 1992 Prize winner Clara Oates ’21 and her family


in the newsUMME R 2017 48 SPR ING/S family, and what that means for how we treat one another. Students reflected on the importance of that theme, and how it is present each day on campus. Students participated in various workshops for the remainder of the morning, which consisted of discussions, interactive activities, and, in some cases, learning a new dance or two! The following week, the middle school participated in its own Diversity Day. From community ideals to self-discovery, race and gender bias in the media to the global practice of meditation, students covered a lot of ground. Advisory groups began the day with a collaborative art activity that fostered community and communication by celebrating students’ unique and common attributes. Students created construction paper trees, with common traits and characteristics the group shared written on the trunks. Then students created personal paper leaves on which they each wrote down an attribute that differentiates themselves from the rest of the group. The result was a beautiful forest of diversity. Students spent the remainder of the day in a variety of workshops.

Faculty Advanced Placement Exam Readers

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hree upper school faculty members were selected by The College Board to serve as Advanced Placement (AP) exam readers—Janvrin Demler (calculus), Dan Fehlauer (physics), and Susan Wilson (English). All three faculty members read for AP exams during the first two weeks of June. Eligibility for an AP reader states that faculty members must be currently teaching an AP course and have at least three years of experience teaching the course. Readers often comment on how this opportunity positively affects their teaching and describe the opportunity as one of the best professional development experiences they have ever had. Being a reader can help faculty members reflect on their own assessment practices, learn how their curriculum matches up against those in other institutions, and engage with fellow

Above: Before spring break, Kindergarten boys and girls performed puppet shows for family and friends. The puppet shows serve as the students’ introduction to the School’s Public Speaking Program. teachers from both secondary schools, and higher education institutes. Readers also gain a comprehensive understanding of the expectations of the AP exam by scoring student work from across the globe, and they can use that newfound knowledge to accurately evaluate their own students’ work. Congratulations to all on this excellent professional honor!

Community Service Day

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he entire upper school participated in National Community Service Day on Tuesday, April 11. Students volunteered at 12 sites in the greater Boston area during the School’s third annual Community Service Day. Their work and enthusiasm to help were appreciated across the city. Volunteer work ranged from preparing food and meal packages at the Pine Street Inn to sorting and cataloguing used books at More Than Words. Some students spent the morning cleaning the grounds at Camp Wing in Duxbury, prepping for summer activities and Dexter Southfield’s


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Students gardened and landscaped at Heading Home, one of the shelters in Central Square in Cambridge

fall orientation, while others visited residents at the Sherrill House Nursing Home in Boston. Additional service sites include New Life Home Refurnishing in Walpole; the Esplanade Conservancy and the Greater Boston Food Bank, both in Boston; and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and Heading Home, both in Cambridge. “The purpose of the day was to help students gain awareness of challenges facing the greater Boston community,” said Anna McDonald, community service coordinator, when students and faculty gathered back on campus later that day. “One unexpected yet rewarding result of participating in service together is that we, as volunteers, shifted our focus from ourselves to others, and we gained a much-needed sense of perspective in the process. Students and faculty members who participated commented on the sense of gratitude they felt after their volunteer shifts. Feeling inspired, they also admired the innovative solutions many of the organizations have devised to tackle challenges such as homelessness and hunger.” Guest speakers Mike Harney, founder and president of The Play Ball! Foundation, and Pete Thamel, staff writer for Sports Illustrated, spoke to students about applying individual passions toward the volunteer work they participate in. They stressed the importance of finding a way to have fun with what you choose to do in terms of philanthropy work. While lower and middle school students don’t participate in the upper school’s Community Service Day, they have ample opportunities to serve others throughout the year.

Students meal prep at the Pine Street Inn

National Art Educators Association Convention

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embers of the art department attended the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) annual convention on March 2-4 in New York City. The three-day conference featured more than 1,000 workshops, panels, and seminars, including artist lectures by Jeff Koons and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. The convention is the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world, with more than 7,000 attendees. Educators left with resource information, curricular ideas, and new contacts from around the country. Dexter Southfield faculty members participated in workshops titled Kid Friendly Faux Batik Silk Painting, Design Thinking as a Problem-Solving Process, and Weaving with Looms made of Recycled

Materials. They attended more than 25 conference events and made time to visit the Armory Show, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Art and Design. Upon returning to school, the department met to discuss the trip and to make plans to incorporate new ideas into the classroom. Matt Dimock, upper school art teacher and arts department chair, took suggestions from his workshop entitled The Classroom Critique Process to begin using written critiques with his Art 1 classes to complement oral discussions. Lower school art teacher Rebecca Magill plans to build on her interest in integrating science and art with lesson plans about large-scale batik projects that explore different wildlife habitats. Claudia Goldie, lower and middle school art teacher, attended a puppetry workshop. During the workshop, she learned about materials,


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Pre-K Art Shows

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re-Kindergarteners studied nine artists this year for the annual Art Show, including Faith Ringgold and Alma Woodsey-Thomas, two artists who have made an impact on the art world in recent years. Students also learned about Andy Warhol, Edvard Munch, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent van Gogh. These artists have been a part of the Pre-K Art Show for several years now as they have influenced the art world so greatly with both their work and also their personal stories. Much of what helps the students connect to the artists is the emotion behind their work.

Rainbow Café Inaugural Event

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embers of the School’s gender and sexuality alliance (GSA) club, Rainbow Café, hosted an interschool GSA event on Saturday, April 1. Students and GSA club members from two local schools enjoyed the evening full of socializing, games, karaoke, food, and fun. Students enjoyed the opportunity to make connections to their community, and to grow the support of allies. Rainbow Café meets once a week, with a goal to provide support for LGBTQ students and allies. The club helps students learn what it means to be an effective ally, and provides resources for LGBTQ youth so they feel supported in their identity.

Forensic Scientist Visits Campus

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ill Goldenheim’s forensics class hosted Christine Tyson, forensic scientist and drug unit supervisor for the Massachusetts State Police, on Thursday, April 20. Tyson has been working for the State Police since 2013. Prior to her current role, she worked as a forensic chemist dealing with drug analysis for the Philadelphia Police Department. Students enjoyed a hands-on chromatography experiment in which they determined what color pen created a dot on a piece of paper. They submerged the paper into a beaker full of methanol, causing the ink to spread, making ink colors more apparent. She explained that this is a basic method to determine which ink, or pen, is used in ransom notes. She discussed the real ideology behind forensics, and how the media portrayal is much more sensationalized. Tyson brought up “the CSI effect,” which

Family and friends enjoy the Pre-K Art Show


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MFA Student Docent Program

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exter Southfield’s partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) offers upper school students the unique opportunity to participate in a student docent program. Participating students learn to lead thoughtful discussions and encourage audience’s interest in art. After the students undergo weeks of training with MFA staff and research specific works of art, they are able to present to the lower and middle school students. For more information and to see our students in action, visit www.dexter southfield.org/MFA to watch a wonderful video.

Students gather around beakers full of methanol to determine what color ink was used

Carly Copley Visits Class 1

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ate Monahan’s Class 1 students practiced for weeks for their Public Speaking about The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel’s canine ambassadors, Catie and Carly Copley. On the day of the performance, each girl stood on the Fiske Hall stage to deliver her part in the class recitation. When they returned to their classroom, Carly Copley herself was waiting to congratulate them on a job well done. Mike Eades, Carly’s owner and hotel doorman, shared more fun facts about the dogs as the girls asked thoughtful questions and gave Carly lots of hugs, pets, and love!

Six Student Projects Selected by NASA-Affiliated Program

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ubes in Space, a NASA-affiliated program, selected six Dexter Southfield student projects for a summer launch. The program, which is a collaboration between Cubes in Space and NASA’s Langley Research Center and Colorado Space Grant Consortium, is a global competition for students to develop STEAM-based experiments for launch into space via a NASA sounding rocket or a high-altitude scientific balloon mission. The students will fly two projects on the rocket and four on the balloon. As part of the activities offered by the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CC-ARC), students designed projects specifically for this program. Dexter Southfield’s CC-ARC members Morgan McLean ’24, Hardy Watts ’24, Raif Boit ’24, and Rishi Bhagat ’21, along with several other members and sci-tech campers, have been working for the past five months on six technical experiments. All six projects were accepted to fly, which is a record number for a single organization. As part of the project, students developed and designed experiments to be integrated into a small cube, refining their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. This year, nearly 600 educators and thousands of students from 39 countries proposed experiments for a spot on the mission.

Elizabeth Wade ’17 and Grace Moore ’17 talk a group of Class 4 boys through the Ancient Egypt exhibit at the MFA.

The Oates family helped arranged Carly’s visit. From the left: Harper ’30, Jack ’28, Olivia ’28, and Carly Copley


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Q u i z B ow l

Test Your Quiz Bowl Knowledge! 1. Eli Whitney invented a “gin” to remove seeds from what fiber used to make clothing? 2. The largest of these structures on Earth is the Tamu Massif in the Pacific Ocean. These objects, whose types include shield and cinder cone, often form over geologic hotspots. What are they?

Among those entries, only 160 projects were selected for the launch. The experiments will be launched via sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia, or by high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Overseen by club president Kevork Atinizian ’18 and advisors Bob Phinney and Ted Reimann, the CC-ARC meets most Tuesday evenings in the Clay Center. Club membership exceeds 300, made up of parents, teachers, students, summer campers, and even 12 NASA astronauts. The club currently has 45 licensed amateur radio students in the School and 19 licensed amateur radio alumni.

Dexter Southfield Welcomes Director of Human Resources

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he School welcomed Carmen Urbonas, director of human resources, to the community on Monday, May 1. She also serves on the School’s senior administrative team. Urbonas has more than 15 years of human resources strategic leadership experience. In her role, she is responsible for reviewing current operations and identifying opportunities for enhancements and efficiencies.

3. Persephone was the daughter of which Greek goddess of the harvest? 4. Where is the homeland of Pedro Cabral and Vasco da Gama? 5. What is the plant organ that often has colorful petals? This year marks the Quiz Bowl Club’s 10th year on campus. Members meet twice a week to prepare for the trivia-style game that covers all areas of knowledge, including history, government, science, art, music, TV, pop culture, and sports, to name a few. Kevin McLean, boys’ upper school dean, reads questions and members raise their hands with the answer. Students are called upon based on when they raised their hands until someone gets the answer correct. McLean then records who answered each question, documenting it in the “career standings” posted outside his office. Students love the standings to see how they perform.  Typically, there are between 15 and 25 members in the club; however, drop-ins are always welcome. Peter Williamson, upper school history and social sciences teacher, also participates and reads weekly. He is a Quiz Bowl legend from his days at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.   The club typically competes one to three times a year against other schools at Quiz Bowl tournaments. They have competed at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and local high schools. Members have participated in both regular tournaments and state championships. Though they have yet to qualify for the national tournament, members have come close in past years. They have also had strong individual performances, highlighted by Meghan Brooks ’10, who was one of the top five individual scorers in a tournament of more than 100 competitors. “The club is a great place for those who have a love for continued learning and trivia,” says McLean. “Many graduates come back to play when they are home during vacations.”

Answers: 1. Cotton; 2. Volcanoes; 3. Demeter; 4. Portugal; 5. Flowers

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From left: Winners Gabriela Daher ’21, Amelia Tucker ’21, Charlotte Bertsch ’21 and Matthew Mueller ’21

Middle School’s Second Annual Poetry Slam

Congratulations to Gabriela Daher ’21 (first place), Matthew Mueller ’21 and Amelia Tucker ’21 (tied for second place), and Charlotte Bertsch ’21 (third place).

lass 8 students recited original poetry during the second annual Poetry Slam on Monday, May 1. Eighth graders wrote and performed original poems in English classes during the weeks leading up to the Slam. Each section selected three winners to move on to the competition. The community heard original poems from nearly 20 eighth graders. Students in Classes 6 and 7 read a selection of famous poems while judges deliberated the results. The goal of the Poetry Slam is to help students find a passion for poetry and to understand how interactive and engaging it can be. “Poetry is more of a focus in classes,” says Kate Pomeroy, Class 8 girls’ homeroom teacher and organizer of the competition, “We spend a whole month on poetry in Classes 6, 7, and 8 English courses, which has helped strengthen our poetry units. Students memorize and recite poems and are able to explain why they love certain poetry as they begin to analyze them.”

Students Involved in MIT Leadership Training Institute

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usie Howard ’20 and Eric Steinberg ’20 participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Leadership Training Institute (LTI) this spring. Currently in its 10th year, LTI’s mission statement is, “to create a sustainable community of diverse students and staff and to promote the integration of leadership, service, and comprehension of self-identity to all aspects of their lives.” The program requires students to attend MIT every Sunday from February through May. The primary skills students gain include learning the philosophy behind leadership, the importance of teamwork, and the importance of selfreflection and comprehension of self- identity. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply their leadership

Susie Howard and Eric Steinberg, both Class of 2020 potential through hands-on experience and projects. MIT undergraduate students serve as mentors and role models for students in LTI, and many of those mentors previously went through the programs themselves. Students going through LTI must complete weekly assignments. Throughout the program, students work on a final project that addresses an issue in their community. During the closing ceremony in May, all students presented their projects to an audience of family, friends, community leaders and select MIT deans.


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reunion 2017 On Saturday, May 20, more than 60 alumni returned to campus to celebrate milestone reunions with classmates, faculty, and guests. Attendees participated in special class luncheons and dinners, campus tours, and a “State of the School” address by Head of School Todd Vincent. The Class of 1967 celebrated their 50th reunion while enjoying beautiful views of Boston from the Clay Center’s fifth floor. There was no shortage of stories and memories about their time at the School, including anecdotes about Mr. Phinney and Mr. Dalrymple and other favorite faculty members and coaches. Visit www.dextersouthfield.org/ Reunion2017 to check out more photos from the festivities. Reunion Weekend is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and classmates; look for more information about next year’s event.

Alumni enjoyed tours around campus.

Members from the Class of 2012 enjoyed their time back on campus. From left to right: Andrew Fonte, Katie Iskra, Natalie Metzgar, Julianne Sullivan, Barbara Terwilliger, Peter Fuller, and Paul Irwin


55 The Class of 1982 celebrated their 35th reunion. From left to right: Jim Gussis, Charlie Forbes, Steve Canty, Sean Canty ’75, Jim Stamatos, Mark Driscoll, and Andy Thompson

The Class of 1966 celebrated their 50th reunion from Class 8. From left to right: William ‘Pete’ Taussig, John Dewey, Nick Mittell, Peter Smith, Ken Isaacs, Ernie Adams, Bill Ray, Harry Blackman, and Billy Wheeler

The Class of 1967 celebrated their 50th reunion. From left to right: Stuart Weeks, David Evans, Nick DeFriez, Mark Rheault, Brad Tenney, Storer “Bob” Rowley, Charlie Burnham, Hugh Starkey, and Richard Grandin


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2017 Field Day Results The annual Field Day festivities were full of friendly competition and camaraderie for Classes Pre-K through 8. Congratulations to the Mohawk and White teams for winning this year’s events!

25th Southfield Field Day Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Final Score Blue: 154 White: 170

Field Day Series Blue: 14 White: 11

89th Dexter Field Day Thursday, June 1, 2017 Final Score

Lucas Fehlauer ’29 (left) and Teddy Cahalane ’29 prepare for the race.

Massasoits: 181 Mohawks: 183

Field Day Series Massasoits: 45 Mohawks: 43 Tie: 1

For new grade records for both the boys and girls, visit www.dextersouthfield.org/ FieldDay2017.

Coleman Mark ’26

Doug Grimes ’21 gets plenty of lift in the long jump.

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It’s full speed ahead for Class 5 boys.

Tamsin Mueller ’25 From left, Pre-Kindergarteners Harper Fitts, Harper Oates, Annie Ren, Beatrice Ketcham, and Liana Esterlin, all Class of 2030, race for the finish line.

From left, Class 8 girls Haley Southwick, Halle Best, Eliza DiCaprio, and Aoife Kennedy


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2016–17 Winter Sport Highlights Girls’ Varsity Basketball • Qualified for the NEPSAC Finals • Maeve Dardinski ’19: All-New England All-Star Team

Boys’ Hockey • Ranked among the top teams in New England Prep School Hockey; Qualified for the NEPSAC Elite 8 Semi-Finals. • Jack Rathbone ’18: First Team All-New England; Aiden Murphy ’17: Second Team All-New England

Girls’ Hockey • Kelly Lavelle ’18: Honorable Mention All-New England; Claudia Capone ’18: Honorable Mention All-New England

Boys’ Varsity Basketball • Qualified for the NEPSAC Tournament • Noah Kamba ’19: Second Team All-New England; Charles Coleman ’19: Thirds Team AllNew England; Jordan Howard Mason ’19: Honorable Mention All-New England

Curling • Won the A-bracket trophy for the first time in the School’s history

Swimming • Will Southwick ’18: Placed third at NEPSAC Championships in the 50-meter freestyle


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2017 Spring Sports Highlights Baseball • Undefeated season, 18-0; NEPSAC Small School Champions

Boys’ Rowing • The first varsity four won the Petite Final at the NEIRA championships; the second varsity four earned a bid to the NEIRA championships

Girls’ Rowing • The first and second varsity four earned a bid to the NEIRA championships


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What Makes It Great? b y D r e w M a l e t z , Arts Faculty If you’ve seen the movie Amadeus, then you’re

probably familiar with the name Antonio Salieri. He was the esteemed court composer for Emperor Joseph II of Austria, and he lived and worked in Vienna at the same time as Mozart. “Can you remember no melody of mine? I was the most famous composer in Europe,” he laments in one of the opening scenes of the film. Every semester in my Music Appreciation class, discussion of Mozart and Salieri invites the same question. Why is one composer still famous today when the other owes his celebrity almost entirely to a movie released in 1984? History is littered with the names of artists whose works haven’t quite stood the test of time. Take Anton Eberl, whose symphony received greater praise than Beethoven’s Eroica, which premiered at the same concert in 1805. I’m sure my colleagues in the art department could name a few French impressionists whose pastel tones and broad brush strokes might be mistaken for Monet but whose paintings are now barely worth the canvas they were painted on; and my friends in the English department must know any number of British novelists who skillfully depicted Victorian life but whose books presently, if they’re lucky, might fetch 50 cents at a sidewalk sale. So why is it that some artists are admitted to the pantheon when the works of so many of their once-renowned contemporaries now lie in the dustbin? Where is that magical, elusive line between good and great, well-crafted and genius? As a teacher, I can’t help but pivot from the art of creating to the art of teaching, to suggest that my fellow educators and I may have a role to play in answering this question. I was a high school freshman when my parents took me to a talk by musical commentator Rob Kapilow titled “What Makes it Great?” It was a cross between a lecture and a concert, with Kapilow joined on stage by the Bostonbased Borromeo String Quartet. I remember him instructing the musicians to begin a Beethoven quartet, only to stop them almost as soon as they had started. Already, Beethoven had done something mind bending, and Kapilow was there to explain. Working his way through the first movement, he paused every few measures to revel in another moment of genius—an unexpected harmony or brilliant variation on a theme.

While Kapilow spoke of ceaseless innovation in Beethoven’s string quartet, I couldn’t help but wonder if he ever found mistakes, a question answered 10 years later when I was in graduate school. My teacher and I were studying an early Beethoven piano sonata when he pointed to a transition toward the end of the piece. “He made a mistake,” said my teacher, quickly adding, “but he stopped making mistakes after that,” as if to atone for the sacrilege of daring to question the great maestro. Fast forward another few years, and I found myself at a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Another of my teachers was


61 sitting nearby as we awaited the triumphant, final statement of the main theme in the last movement. And when the moment arrived, I looked over to see him shaking his head and grinning widely, as if to say to Tchaikovsky, “Oh, no you didn’t!” Sacrilege, once again, but was Tchaikovsky skirting the boundary between Romanticism and schmaltz? If it took me decades to notice a couple of alleged imperfections in Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, it might be no easier to say where Salieri and Eberl came up short. After all, it can take 100 years or more for posterity to arrive at any durable assessment of an artist’s work. One has to wonder if the difference between good and great manifests as a blazing beacon or a mere flicker. Or as Beethoven himself once purportedly said of a fellow composer, “ Truly, in Schubert dwells a divine spark!” The best teachers have studied the difference between

good and great. They have striven to discern the spark of genius that lifts art into the realm of transcendent, just as they strive to impart that knowledge and that challenge to their students. Dexter Southfield, like many schools, looks for teachers who have a passion for their subjects, and it is easy to see why. Such enthusiasm is enfranchised through love and knowledge of one’s field. What’s more, enthusiasm is infectious. I remember the glint in Kapilow’s eye as he plumbed the depths of Beethoven’s genius so that we in the audience might share in his excitement. To this day, I can’t listen to that quartet without hearing his voice after the opening few chords, asking where the music might go next. I picture Beethoven at a crossroads, with one path leading to immortality and the other to obscurity. Of course, the choice is obvious. But try telling that to Salieri.


the arts

On the Stage Great storylines, complex character development, singalongs, and lots of laughs— this is what audiences enjoyed with the spring lineup of student performances. Congratulations to all student-actors on another fantastic season on the stage.

“Willy Wonka Jr.” Concluding the performing arts season, Classes 7 and 8 presented Willy Wonka Jr. in mid-May. The cast did Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory justice; audience members couldn’t help singing along with the Oompa Loompas!

“The Real Inspector Hound” The upper school production of the absurdist play, The Real Inspector Hound, kept audiences guessing as they tried to identify the killer in this clever “whodunit.”


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Arts Night As the dance program continues to develop, so does our students’ skill, confidence, and ownership of the stage. During Arts Night this spring, student dancers choreographed an amazing performance.

“Be Careful What You Wish For”

In early March, Class 6 students performed Be Careful What You Wish For. There were laugh-out-loud moments for all ages. Bravo!


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Brothers Brooks and Nathaniel Reece ’59 pose with their handmade boat, which they crafted in woodshop class. Students still take woodworking class at Dexter Southfield.


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W. Shaw McDermott ’62 introduces the Prize Day program in 1961.

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

1945 Robert Leeson, Jr. writes, “Greetings from the Leesons. We just returned to Rhode Island from about a month of wonderful downhill skiing in plenty of great snow and lots of sun in Taos, N.M., where our youngest son, his wife, and their 10-year-old daughter live. The sun, snow, and weather all cooperated. Unfortunately, my younger brother, Dick ’48, who some of you may have known while he was at Dexter, died in late October. By the time this is published, his memorial service will have been completed. Hoping you and yours are well.”

1947 Class Agent

Lionel Salem, parpue3@sfr.fr

1949 Arthur Pfaelzer writes, “I am approaching my 80th birthday with some trepidation! I have two daughters, Christine and Diane, and six grandchildren. My wife,

Carol, and I are living in a barn converted by This Old House, perfect for our needs now. Also living with us are two dachshunds, Barnie (16) and Phoebe (14), who share our bed with us at night. I volunteer at NewTV which is a community cable station in Newton; I am a director for some of the shows and try not to make too many errors!”

1953 Class Agent

Buzz Gagnebin, bgagnebin@me.com

Buzz Gagnebin writes, “SIGNS OF RETIREMENT: After 35 years of secondhome ownership in Maine and Virginia, we finally parted with our Virginia house after 12 years of enjoyment. Sadly, we lost money. Can you believe we lost it on real estate, especially one with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains? The good news is that we are now so much more in love with our area around Cambridge without the worry of a second home. That hopefully will encourage you classmates to come for another gathering here next fall once I can schedule it.”

1954 Class Agent

A. Diehl Jenkins

1955 John “Mac” Callaway writes, “I left Dexter after the sixth grade to go to St. Marks. Now, 63 years later, I am retired after 21 years of living in Copenhagen, Denmark, with my lovely Danish wife. I’m happy, fit, and coaching lacrosse at 74. My very best to you all.”

1958 Nicholas Hinch writes, “I’m back in the air again after a five-year hiatus teaching in the B-787 simulator for Boeing. I am now flying a King Air 350i for a fractional flying company. It’s kind of like two men and a truck, but now it’s two men and a plane. And it’s all over the country and into Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and the Caribbean. Each day is different, but that’s what keeps you on your toes. It was 49 years in aviation for me in June, and I


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will probably take it to 50, then throttle back (no pun intended). Unfortunately, flying is like a drug that you can’t get rid of, but it does exercise the mind daily and it keeps you young. Luckily, I have a wife who supports my habit, and she is the real wind beneath my wings.”

1959 Class Agent

Fred Makrauer, fmakrauer@partners.org

1960 Class Agent

Mac Dewart, macdewart@aol.com

Bill Buck writes, “I moved to Seattle with my wife, Julie, in 1975, for a two-year stay. Of course, we fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and never left. Having dealt with a learning disability throughout my education, I am extremely grateful to Dexter and its dedicated teaching staff for having hammered into me most of the knowledge I rely upon today, not the least of which is my ‘times tables.’ Julie and I just celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary and are about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our business, Buck & Buck Clothing. Our son, Phil, is a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Tampa, and our daughter, Catherine, is ex-Microsoft and now owns and runs a Krav Maga self-defense school with her husband, Chau, here in Seattle. My favorite Dexter memories include Mr. Caswell’s singular portrayal of Tiny Tim in his annual reading of A Christmas Carol, and Mr. Phinney’s inexhaustible patience with me, both in the classroom and outside of it. I remember being taken on to help paint classrooms one summer. Towards the end of the day, Mr. Phinney found me painting the same window he had observed me painting several hours earlier and commented, ‘That is undoubtedly the most expensive window in the entire building!,’ followed by a reassuring smile. Thanks, Mr. Phinney!” Bill Sargent writes, “What I did on my winter vacation, Mar-a-Lago, February 23, 2017: After visiting Cayo Costa, John had taken us by boat to Cabbage Key. Cabbage Key and its sister island, Useppa, are unique archeological sites. Estuaries are the only ecosystems that are biologically productive enough to be able to support large year-round populations of humans without resorting to agriculture. This

made life easy for the Callussa people because they didn’t have to build irrigation canals or do any hard agricultural labor; their leaders took care of that. They organized the Callussas into unpaid work gangs to build step pyramids like those built by the Mayans in Mexico. The pyramids were located on the many keys that lay protected behind the string of barrier beaches that included Sanibel, Captiva, and Gasparilla Islands. The Callusas hafted wooden handles onto the lightning whelks that proliferated in the area and used the heavy shells as grub hoes to build the pyramids. They used the whelks once again to cover the pyramids with abstract whorled patterns. Then they built a series of canals so their scouts could scoot from behind the barrier islands to the pyramids to warn of danger. This proved useful when Spanish explorers started snooping around their kingdom in the 1600s. Today the remains of these step pyramids and their extensive shell middens are the highest points in Southwest Florida—all that is left of their leaders’ overweening egos and taste in monuments to themselves.       We were reminded of that as we drove across Florida to visit President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago on Palm Beach. My original plan was to simply take a few pictures of the Italianate villa that sits only four feet above sea level on our country’s most hurricane-prone shore. But that was before anyone realized that the president intended to run his shambolic administration from his imperial-looking villa every weekend. So, we didn’t really know what to expect. I told John that I would be more than happy if we could just take a few pictures from the car. Even if we were turned away, I could probably write a story about the expensive security surrounding our president, who has residences in New York, Washington, and Florida. We had planned to park at a nearby island and take pictures across the bayou, but the bridge to Palm Beach was open so we decided to see if we could drive by Mar- a-Lago itself. No security was in sight so we drove down a side street where a cop car was parked. We figured we could ask if it was OK to take a few photographs but the car was empty so we parked and walked. The adjacent street was separated from Mar-a-Lago by a high hedge and trees, but a path led through the vegetation to an open gate. I took a few steps down the path and took a photograph of a huge American flag flapping over the red-tiled building. A couple explained that the city

of Palm Beach had tried to restrict the height of the oversized flag but had been overridden, by executive order no doubt.    Since nobody was around I took a few more steps and suddenly realized I was almost inside the compound itself. A groundskeeper eventually came along and explained that this was a private resort and that we would have to leave. We apologized and walked back to our car. Nobody had bothered to ask for credentials or just what exactly we thought we were doing. Even though the president wasn’t in residence we were shocked at the lack of security. But I suppose if I were President Trump I would be far less concerned about two old geezers with cameras than Section 4 of the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which empowers a majority of the principal officers of the executive departments to declare the president unfit for office and to install the vice president in his stead. It was fascinating to see how a little shortterm problem like a political or constitutional crisis could draw your attention away from a long-term problem like sealevel rise. I wonder if the Calussas ever noticed the same thing.”

1963 Class Agent

Mike Sherman, msherm@att.net

Geoffrey Herter writes, “I’m now 95 percent retired from the practice of medicine, and splitting my time between Key West and Essex, Conn. Hoping to come to my 55th Reunion next year!”

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1964 Class Agents

Jay Baldwin, jay@wrcpartners.com Robert Lawrence, rplinet@pacbell.net Robert Sedgwick, rsedgwick@morrisoncohen.com

1965 Class Agents

Lev Byrd, lbyrd@dextersouthfield.org Charlie Haydock, chaydock@welchforbes.com

1966 Class Agents

Ernie Adams Harry Blackman, Harry.Blackman@skadden.com John Dewey, jrdewey@usa.net Nick Mittell, phred.j.dog@gmail.com Chris Pope, chris.pope@lazard.com

1967 Storer “Bob” Rowley writes, “I am an adjunct lecturer and director of media relations at Northwestern University. I manage all of Northwestern’s daily media relations activities, supervise the media relations staff in the Department of University Relations and direct Northwestern’s internal communications, including all news content on Northwestern’s homepage and NewsCenter webpage. I am also co-director of Medill’s Politics and National Security Journalism initiative. I lecture occasionally on public policy advocacy, communication, education, writing, and foreign affairs at Northwestern and other universities.    Prior to my work at Northwestern, I was executive director of government and community relations at Elmhurst College from 2009 to 2011, where I taught journalism and world religions. Earlier, I spent 30 years working for the Chicago Tribune (1979–2009), the last seven of them as national editor. I also served there as a member of the editorial board writing about foreign affairs and defense issues, and before that I was a foreign correspondent for 12 years based in Mexico, Canada, and Israel. I also served as the Tribune’s White House and Pentagon correspondents in Washington, D.C. I covered a dozen wars as well as natural disasters, human rights, politics, economics,

Buzzing About: Longtime Dexter Southfield teacher Lev Byrd ’65 recently visited Class 1 boys to teach them about bees and the art of beekeeping.

culture, religion, and the human condition in more than 50 countries. I am an awardwinning journalist and experienced writer, editor, reporter and national-foreign correspondent in newspapers as well as radio and wire services. I have a master of science in communication degree from Northwestern and earned my undergraduate degree from Harvard University. I am currently living with my wife, Carolyn, in Evanston, Ill., and we have two daughters, Mary and Liz, who live in Brooklyn.”

1968 Bill Powell writes, “Hmmm...how to sum up 50 years in a couple of sentences? I live in Boxborough, Mass., and I have been happily married for 32 years. I have four grown kids, own a small electronics manufacturing business, and ski a lot, and I am looking forward to our reunion next year. Hope to see others then.”


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Peter Fuller, abenaqui@aol.com

1972 Class Agents

Ned Pride, ned.pride@nm.com Andre Stark, a.stark@rcn.com

1973 Christian Melby writes, “Our daughter, Lily ’17, graduated from Dexter Southfield this June, 44 years after her father. My football jersey number, coincidentally, was 44, and I count myself still a proud Mohawk. A tip of the hat to Peter Mattison ’58, George Dalrymple, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Turner, Mr. Little, Sam ‘the barber,’ the ornery lunchtime cook, and especially, with great fondness and respect, Clifford Reid.”

1974 Class Agent

Chris Reynolds, chreynolds@comcast.net

1978

Read Coughlin, read@ccrealestate.us Charlie Forbes, cforbes@cabotprop.com Jim Stamatos, jjstamatos@rcn.com

Charlie Forbes writes, “Thirty-five years later, I would never have predicted Dexter would still be such an important part of my life. It has been amazing to see this School grow, including the leadership, the teachers, the parents, and the students. I have the good fortune of watching football and lacrosse from the sidelines, seeing the energy of this campus, and I wish many of you could see what the School has become today. If any of you had seen the hockey team playing at home in the Final Four of the New England Championships, you would have been blown away. It was simply sensational to see the positive energy, the pride, the talent, and ultimately the class Dexter Southfield showed of itself. I still live around the corner, and have had the good fortune of connecting with many of you, particularly in regard to the Sheehy Fund. Keep in touch, and let’s all try to get to the 50th!”

1983 Class Agent

Chris Roy, topherroy@gmail.com

Gregory Katsas writes, “I have recently been appointed Deputy Counsel to the President.” Joe Purtell writes, “I am enjoying life up on the North Shore in Beverly with my wife, Gwen, and two children, Joe Jr. (14) and Jennifer (12). Any vintage 1978-ers are urged to reach out to get together. I am hoping the School will offer an alumni Field Day competition to see if anyone from the class can beat me in the high hurdles.”

1979 Class Agents

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

1980 Class Agent

Craig Oliver, craig_oliver@putnam.com

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

Todd Bourrell, tbourell@valueact.com John Finley, jfinley@epiphanyschool.com Ephraim Hochberg, ehochberg@gmail.com

1985 Class Agent

Brian Berlandi, brianberlandi@gmail.com

Derek Boonisar writes, “I was recently appointed by the Board of Trustees as the next head of school at The Fenn School in Concord, Mass. Fenn is a day school serving boys in grades four through nine. I am currently the associate head of school and upper school head at Fenn, and I will begin my new responsibilities on July 1, 2018.”

1986 Class Agents

Harvey Cushing, hcushing71@gmail.com Calvin Place, calvinplacejr@gmail.com

1987 Class Agents

Russ Corsini, russ_corsini@hotmail.com Chris Mello, chris.mello@oracle.com Michael Schnitman, michaelschnitman@yahoo.com

1988 Class Agents

Mark Ragosa, mark.ragosa@gmail.com Hardy Watts, hardyw@aol.com

1990 Class Agent

John Serafini, john@alliedminds.com

Ned Sahin writes, “My company, Brain Power, won a grant from Congress. The funding will allow us to develop our autism-focused technology to assist older children and young adults to prepare for and succeed in jobs.”

1991 Class Agent

Ford Curran, fcurran@bu.edu


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1992 Kevin Kouri writes, “Since graduating from Dexter in 1992, I attended Boston College High School and was a member of the class of 1996. After that, I traveled north to Vermont to pursue a degree in animal science at the University of Vermont as a member of the class of 2000. That was followed by a master’s degree in the department of animal science with a focus on dairy nutrition at the University of Connecticut as a member of the class of 2003. Upon completion of my master’s, I moved back to Vermont to take a position with Poulin Grain, Inc. from 2003 to the present. In 2006, I married my college love, Dr. Emma Wall Kouri. We currently live outside Geneva, Switzerland, in Collonges Sous Saleve, France, with our two kids, Sapphire (8) and Theodore (6), and our two dogs. We moved to France from Vermont in 2015 for a career opportunity for my wife with her employer Pancosma. My work takes me back to the Northeast every five to six weeks and we spend our summers in Burlington, Vt.”

1994 Class Agent

Benjamin Caplan, benjamin.caplan@gmail.com

Harrison Blum writes, “I recently married Amorn O’Connor in August of 2016, and in January 2017, began working at Emerson College as their director of spiritual and religious life. I live in Somerville and enjoy biking to work year round!”

1995 Class Agent

Scott Selby, sselby@veraderocapital.com

Brett Brehm writes, “I’m happy to report that I have just spent an inspiring year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. I am now preparing to move to Virginia and the College of William and Mary where I will begin teaching next fall as assistant professor of French and francophone studies. My article, ‘Paleophonic Futures: Charles Cros’s Audiovisual Worlds,’ has just been published in the journal Nineteenth-Century French Studies.”

Brothers Alex ’99, Ben ’01, Nick ’10, and Mike MacNeil ’08 at the Thanksgiving Alumni Reception.

1996

2000

Class Agent

Class Agents

Chip Gibson, cgibsonjr@delandgibson.com

1997 Class Agent

Austin Curran, austincurran@gmail.com

Gabriel Abromovitz writes, “Currently I am in Turkey working on a U.S. Department of State-funded program to support civil society organizations operating inside of Syria. Prior to Turkey, I spent about four years in Haiti, working mostly on a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded program to reconstruct health facilities after the earthquake of 2010. Warm wishes to the Class of 1997.”

Dylan Hayre, dylan@dylanhayre.com Susie Wilson, susannahprentice@gmail.com

2001 Class Agent

Ben MacNeil, benjamin.macneil@yahoo.com

2002 Class Agents

Layla Buisier, lbuisier@gmail.com Phoebe Cabot, phoebe.cabot@gmail.com Catherine Gallagher, catherine.r.gallagher@gmail.com Margo Layton, margo.layton@gmail.com

1998

2003

Class Agent

Class Agents

Ann Corbett, acorbett@dextersouthfield.org

1999 Class Agent

Alex MacNeil, amp2285@hotmail.com

Abby Smitka, abigail.smitka@gmail.com Annie Hanson, annie.e.hanson@gmail.com


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estate, which is very exciting, but comes with a fast-paced aspect to it. It can be very time-consuming, especially on weekends, but fortunately my time at Dexter taught me how to handle situations such as this. I remember being tired after class, then having to go to practice afterward for all three sports seasons, and on top of this having to travel out-of-state for some games on the weekends. Some of these moments are not only my most cherished memories, but they also sculpted me into the ambitious real estate agent I am today. Working in a commission-based industry can be tough at times, however I am well prepared for the challenge. For this, I will forever be grateful for what Dexter taught me.”

Several young alumni gathered in Thorndike for a final farewell before the building came down this spring. From left: Sam Gacicia ’08, Katie McNamara ’08, Mollie McColgan ’11, Courtney Turner ’12, Nikki Haskins ’10, Catherine Rurode ’08 and Tom Fee ’09

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2010

Class Agents

Class Agents

Sam Gacicia, sgacicia@dextersouthfield.org Michael MacNeil, macneilmi@gmail.com Katie McNamara, katherinemcnamara89@gmail.com Catherine Rurode, cerurode@gmail.com

2009 Class Agents

Tom Fee, fee.thomas1@gmail.com Nicole Maleh, nlmaleh@gmail.com

Nicole Haskins, n22haskins@comcast.net Hasan Jafri, hasan.syed.jafri@gmail.com Matt Magoon, mmagoon14@gmail.com Matt Wardrop, Matt.Wardrop@gs.com

Matthew Gilmartin writes, “I am currently working as a real estate advisor for Engel & Völkers Boston. I have had my Massachusetts real estate license for several years now, and have enjoyed my experience very much thus far. We are currently the world leader in luxury real

From left: Hasan Jafri ’10, Tom Fee ’09, Matt Furey ’10, and Sam Gacicia ’08

Thank you to Hasan Jafri ’10 and family for hosting the Alumni Winter Reception at Dover Rug Boston. It was great to see so many alumni together! Nicole Haskins writes, “I recently changed my career path to combine my mathematical and financial skills with my interests in healthcare to join Boston Children’s Hospital as a budget analyst.” Oliver Ray writes, “I have been working in Amarillo, Texas, as a petroleum geologist for Corlena Oil Company for the past two years. This summer I will be moving back to Dallas to begin working towards a master’s degree in geology at Southern Methodist University.” Kathryn Whitelaw writes, “I am a first-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine.”

From left, Raymond Na ’12, Ryan Sullivan ’12, Danny Metzgar ’10, Mark Fidler ’12, Brendan Montima ’10, and Matt Magoon ’10


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2011 Class Agents

Ellen Campbell, elcampbe@tcd.ie Malcolm Kelly, malcolm.m.kelly@gmail.com Mollie McColgan, MMcColgan@shawmut.com John-Michael Wilkins, johnmichaelwilkins@yahoo.com

Colin Redd writes, “Hope everyone is well! I am living in the beautiful and evergrowing city of Philadelphia, as a graduate of Drexel University. Currently I am working as a commercial real estate broker for Colliers International. I am an office broker within the Center City Business District, working with tenant and landlord representation. On the landlord representation side, I am representing The Curtis, a historic building on the east side of Market Street. On the tenant representation side I am always looking for new clients. If you are looking to expand your business in Philadelphia, please feel free to reach out. Look forward to catching up with some old classmates. Again I hope everyone is doing well.”

2012 Class Agents

Paul Irwin, ph.irwin@gmail.com Natalie Metzgar, nlmetzga@syr.edu Barbara Terwilliger, bmt2128@columbia.edu

Katie Iskra writes, “I have moved back to West Roxbury, Mass., after four years of living in Jackson, Miss. In May 2016,

I graduated from Millsaps College and I am currently working as a community support counselor for Riverside Community Care. I am pursuing a career in mental health and social work and learning a great deal throughout the process.” Kian Seibel writes, “I love Dexter because of its motto ‘Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.’ We live life accordingly. Since graduating Trinity College a year ago, I’ve traveled to the Greek Islands, worked at a corporate law firm in Boston, and finally as a sales consultant in New York City. In four months being here, I have moved from East Harlem to Chelsea and am now in the East Village. I love my job because I am 23 and provide C-level executives at organizations ranging from the Food Bank of New Mexico to Dunkin’ Brands solutions to their business pain points. My friends from Dexter are forever.”

2013 Class Agents

Erin Hall, emhall17@g.holycross.edu Rutendo Matingo, Rutendo.matingo@trincoll.edu

2014 Hayley Houston writes, “I have just finished my junior year at High Point University. This was my first full year as the volunteer center president, I became a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and I was awarded the Price Scholarship for being a distinguished nonprofit leadership

No rivalry here. From the left, Ryan Donato ’15 (Harvard) and Tim Harrison ’13 (Colgate) catch up after the two college teams played against each other this winter.”

and management student. This summer I have two internships, one as a special events intern with the American Diabetes Association and the other with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”

2015 Class Agents

Sophie Kelly, srk97@comcast.net Nick Veo, nicholasveo@gmail.com

Tyler Coady writes, “I am majoring in public policy, with a focus on environmental and energy policy, and minoring in Arabic language at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I will be spending the summer of 2017 in Amman, Jordan, studying Arabic.”

announcements Are you recently engaged or married? Did you welcome a new member of the family? Share your good news with the Dexter Southfield community. Send wedding and baby announcements, news, and photos to alumni@dextersouthfield.org. Marriages Reunion attendees from the Class of 2012 left a message for current students. We think the hashtag says it best!

Harrison Blum ’94 to Amorn O’Connor in August 2016


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In Memoriam

Dexter Southfield Alumni Represent as College Student-Athletes Ryan Donato ’15 scored a career-high four goals for Harvard’s 6-2 win over Union College on February 10. Later than same week, the team then defeated Boston University 6-3, claiming the title of 2017 Boston Beanpot champions. This win marked Harvard’s first Beanpot victory since 1993. Local media covered the high-profile Beanpot win and Donato’s contributions to the team.

Henry Holmes Thayer, II ’48 died March 26, 2017. He was 79. A graduate of Dexter, Milton, Harvard, and Harvard Law School, he spent his entire legal career at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston. An expert in all aspects of real estate law, he used his expertise to support projects large and small, notably in underserved communities in Boston. A 33-year U.S. Army reservist, he retired with the rank of colonel in 1988. Besides his family, law, and military commitments, Henry was passionate about trains; he loved to travel by rail and to study railroad history. He leaves his wife, Ellen, sons Henry, Jr. ’78, Joshua ’79, daughters Alison and Ashley, and seven grand- children. George Webb Lawrence ’67, died at home in South Portland, Maine, on December 10, 2016. After Dexter, he attended Nobles and the University of Vermont, graduating with a degree in art education. A lifelong athlete and outdoorsman, Lawrence worked in the real estate business in southern Maine for many years. He leaves his wife Dede Hart, sons Caleb, Sam, and Todd Lawrence; stepchildren Ryland Cook and Jenny James, several grandchildren, and his parents, Robert and Patsy Lawrence.

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Ryan Donato ’15 on the ice for Harvard

Sam D’Antuono ’15 bolstered Saint Michael’s with a goal and two assists to contribute to the ice hockey team’s win against third-seeded and defending champions, Stonehill, during the semifinal round action of the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference ice hockey tournament on Saturday, February 18. Pat Fraser ’14 emerged as a standout attack-man with an impressive crank shot during his time at Dexter Southfield, and continues to excel as a lacrosse powerhouse for Johns Hopkins University. According to Hometown Weekly Newspaper, “After achieving immensely during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Dexter Southfield, Fraser ended up committing to play at Johns Hopkins University, during his junior year. Fraser credited his upbringing in a competitive environment with Franklin Youth Lacrosse, his youth hockey team, the Providence Capitals (EHF), and his time spent at Dexter Southfield as the main reasons for his ability to succeed on the field, and in the classroom at Johns Hopkins.” Alumna Frankie Giovanucci ’13 was named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)’s Offensive Athlete of the Week in May. She scored four goals, including the game winner in overtime, as Babson defeated MIT, 10-9, on Wednesday night in its NEWMAC regular season finale. She also added two ground balls and one caused turnover in the victory.

Robert Dermot Wilkins ’81 died October 29, 2016 after a short illness. A decorated veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, he is survived by his parents and brother, Brian ’84, as well as a large extended family. Wilkins spent six years at Dexter before attending St. Sebastian’s, Boston University, and the MIT Sloan School. Marvin A. Collier, age 92, of Boston and Ogunquit, Maine, died April 27, 2017. Beginning when his son Sam ’73, arrived at Dexter in 1967, Collier was a regular visitor to campus, serving on the board of trustees from 1975 to 1982. In addition to his affection for Dexter, Collier served as a board member for the Friends of the Public Garden. His sons Jonathan ’75, and Charles ’81, and four grandchildren also survive him.


Calling All Dexter Southfield Sports Fans The Athletics and Wellness Initiative has reaffirmed the School’s commitment to its athletic program. The project will transform campus and expand programming opportunities, while it bolsters school pride for students, faculty, and alumni. The School is hoping to acquire Dexter and Southfield athletic memorabilia, including photos, uniforms, and equipment for display in the new athletic facility. We are also looking for information on alumni who have made their mark in collegiate and/or international sports competition. Thomas Whitney, 1964

Alexandria Vu ’18

Peter Townsend Whitcomb ’69, Massasoits captain (left) and Roger Browne Hunt ’69, Mohawks captain, pictured during Field Day 1970

If you have athletic items or information to contribute to this effort, please contact Annie Hopkins at ahopkins@dextersouthfield.org or 617-751-3608. Thank you for your help! We look forward to celebrating the opening of the new facility in late fall of 2017. If you are interested in making a gift to the Athletics and Wellness Initiative, please contact Stephanie Governali, Director of Advancement, at 617-751-3617 or visit ourfuture.dextersouthfield.org.

1964—Theodore Whittemore (Massie) and Stephen Glidden (Mohawk)


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