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The Faces of Education: Alumni in the Classroom

Spring/Summer 2015

The girls’ soccer team was one of five varsity teams to make it to post-season tournament play this year. Turn to page 38 for more sports highlights, including 2015 Field Day results! Photo: Michael Dwyer

letter from the editor


At Long Last of the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine! I’m thrilled to be part of this important chapter in the School’s story and hope you enjoy the pages ahead.

Welcome to the inaugural issue

When I arrived at Dexter Southfield in June 2013, I knew right away that I wanted to create an alumni magazine. In a world of constant connectivity through social media and digital technology, I believe there remains something sacred about the art of print. Scanning a screen or clicking through fast content can never compare to feeling the grain of paper against your fingers as you pore over a text. There is a permanency to printed publications that delivers weight to the words in a way online content cannot. Along with so many of you, I sincerely hope print doesn’t fall to the wayside and, as both a writer and an editor, I will do everything I can to preserve it. If I’m being honest, I had initial doubts about getting this magazine off the ground. For many alumni, it’s been decades since they have connected with Dexter Southfield. I worried that it would be asking too much to conjure memories from so long ago. I wondered whether it was a stretch to ask about the long-lasting impact of the early education received here. After months of phone calls, emails, and meetings with alumni from all eras of the School, I couldn’t be happier to find my concerns There is a permanency unfounded. Everyone with whom I spoke was eager to share memories from the classroom or playing fields. I’m fairly certain I could to printed publications that create an issue filled with Field Day stories alone.

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I am inspired by the number of alumni who credit this school with inculcating lessons that have made a true impact on their lives. Our motto, “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow,” has pushed generations of alumni to strive for more—throughout their education, careers, and personal lives. Although much has changed over the years (there is no longer an in-school barber to keep boys’ haircuts at length), the core values of the School have remained the same. The simple words of our motto, included in the School’s mission statement, continue to deliver a powerful message and influence students’ choices well beyond their years at Dexter Southfield.

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Like all great institutions, the School has evolved over time to best serve the community. For some of you, the outward changes may seem jarring at first. What was once an all-boys lower school in Brookline has grown to a PK through grade 12 school for both boys and girls on a sprawling campus. In 2013, in order to better represent the community, Dexter and Southfield Schools merged in title. Dexter Southfield today is a school where boys and girls learn in coordinate single-sex programs and benefit from shared facilities, resources, and, of course, buses. Despite these changes, the School is very much the same at its core. Every day, teachers make a difference in the lives of young boys and girls, just as they always have. We hope the stories, photos, and anecdotes shared in the Dexter Southfield Alumni Magazine provide you with nostalgia—as you remember your own time here. We also hope to introduce you to the School today and help you re-engage in a community that continues to thrive. Happy reading,

Julie Guptill Director of Communications, Editor-in-Chief

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A Journey Back to the Classroom Three alumni, working in different areas of education, share their perspectives.


Through the Google Glass Ned Sahin ’90 combines his passion for science with the call to help others.


Graduation Ceremonies Congratulations to the Class of 2015!



Welcome Back to Campus Alumni, families, and friends return for Reunion 2015

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

Trustees President

W. Shaw McDermott ’62 P ’98 ’00 ’07 Vice President

Barbara Rockett P ’72 GP ’19 ’20 Head of School

Todd Vincent P ’16 ’20

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

Long-Kept Tradition: Prize Day Students honored, Class 8 steps up

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

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1 Letter from the Editor 4 From the Head of School 30 In the News 36 The Arts 38 Athletics 41 From the Archives 42 Class Notes 60 In Memoriam

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Warren McFarlan ’49 is one of three alumni profiled in our feature story, “A Journey Back to the Classroom: Alumni Working in Education.” McFarlan, who joined the Dexter Southfield Board of Trustees in 2014, has spent five decades working and teaching at the Harvard Business School. Photo by Leah LaRiccia


Julie Guptill, Director of Communications Class Notes Editor

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The Alumni Directory is a great resource for personal and professional networking and an easy way to stay connected to the community. Using the Dexter Southfield Alumni Directory is easy! 1. Visit and click “Community Login.” 2. Click “Forgot login or First time logging in?” to receive an email with your username and password. 3. Choose “Alumni” under the Directory drop-down list. Search for yourself and update your Contact Card under the Options drop-down. Edit sections of your profile to add or update your information. Also, search for classmates by class year, name, city, or profession. If you have questions or comments regarding the Alumni Directory, contact Emily Walberg at


H e a d o f S ch o o l

Todd A. Vincent As Todd Vincent wrapped up his fourth year as Head of School and celebrated 30 years at Dexter Southfield, he sat down to discuss everything from highlights and challenges (one word—snow!) in 2014–2015 to what’s on the horizon for the School.

It’s been a very busy year at Dexter Southfield. What were some of the highlights? We celebrated so much success this year. As Head, I have a unique vantage point—I get to see and celebrate the big achievements alongside everyone else, and I also have the inside look at all the dayto-day, personal accomplishments of our students. The big moments were great: several varsity sports teams made it to post-season tournament play; the public speaking program continues to flourish, from our youngest Kindergarten students performing puppet shows to our upper school students writing and delivering their own speeches; the plays and musical performances were outstanding. One of my favorite moments was bringing the entire community together just before spring break. We wanted to commend students on their hard work throughout the fall and winter, and then we surprised them with a visit from Mr. Jonathan Kraft P ’20, president of the Kraft Group, and the New England Patriots’ Lombardi Trophy. Seeing the looks on the students’ faces was priceless, and Mr. Kraft’s message about teamwork really resonated. It was a special moment.    As for those “quiet” moments I mentioned—when a student performs to his or her very best, I can’t help but celebrate. There might not be a crowd of fans cheering, but the feeling is the same. I love to see an upper school student coming from an AP test and head to play practice; or a group of lower school students cheering for a classmate on Field Day; or a student working so hard at something and feeling good about the results.

What were the challenges? The winter weather was brutal. There were two major challenges at school. First, the campus clean-up efforts were Herculean. Our incredible maintenance staff worked tirelessly after each storm to clear the roads and walkways, making it safe for students, faculty, and staff to return. They put in a lot of extra hours on campus—only to go home to more shoveling. It seemed never-ending! Our community could not thank them enough. Also, we missed a lot of academic days and had to find ways to make up what we lost. To their credit, our teachers were flexible and understanding, creative and thoughtful about how to do that. It was stressful, but—in true Dexter Southfield fashion—everyone rose to the occasion.


In 2014–2015, you marked 30 years at the School. That’s quite a tenure! What are a few things that have kept you here? This question is by far the easiest to answer— the people! Dexter Southfield has always been known for its amazing faculty, and we continue that tradition today. Their investment into this place is remarkable; our teachers work harder than anyone I know. Our students are inspiring. They consistently exceed my expectations.    One thing I know—the idea of the “Renaissance man or woman” is alive and well here. We challenge students in the classroom, in the art studio, on stage, and on the playing fields. We stress innovation, creativity, and comportment. We’re training students to be future leaders of this world by educating the “whole person” and building confidence and character. I believe strongly in this important work.

What is on the horizon at Dexter Southfield? Earlier this year, we shared the 2015 Strategic Plan with the community. It is the culmination of more than a year of creative thinking and collaboration, and really just the beginning of what is to come. We identified four major strategic priorities: student experience, faculty support and development, facilities development, and financial strength. Now that we have identified those areas to which we are committed to supporting over the next five to 10 years, we dive into planning, prioritizing, and funding. We look to student experience and faculty

development needs to inform our next steps. We want to maintain the core values and high standards of excellence that have worked so well for so long, and at the same time adapt to the demands of an evolving world around us. For example, a strong academic foundation includes grammar—just as it always has—and, in the 21st century, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). By the time our students reach the upper school, they will have had three years of STEM classes like engineering and computer coding. Obviously, this wasn’t the case 30 years ago. As these curriculum needs arise, so do additional facility needs. As part of the planning process, the School started work on a master plan this year to inform these facility and campus needs.

What are some of the most frequently asked questions you get from alumni? Alumni want to know about their favorite Dexter Southfield traditions—those moments they remember so well. Most are thrilled when they hear many still exist. We still have Field Days and Prize Days; public speaking; and Latin, grammar, and writing classes. Our lower school athletics program maintains its structure and philosophy, allowing all students to participate in a number of sports.    I also get questions about our faculty. Alumni want to know about their teachers, coaches, advisors, and bus drivers. I can’t tell you how many times an alumnus or alumna has shared with me how a meaningful relationship with a Dexter Southfield faculty member has affected his or her life.



A Journey Back to the Classroom Alumni Working in Education

The Rev. John Finley IV ’84 Photo: Stephanie Wales


By Julie Guptill

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” These words—spoken by the late Nelson Mandela—succinctly say what educators so strongly believe. Those who dedicate themselves to education, whether it is in front of the classroom or behind the scenes, do so for the benefit of others. Their focus is rarely on themselves and always on someone else: the student. They teach, inspire, and leave impressions that often last a lifetime. Many Dexter Southfield alumni have pursued careers in education. There are teachers, professors, administrators, principals, and heads of school working tirelessly to do whatever they can in order to “change the world.” As the three alumni profiled in the following pages prove, there are countless ways to make an impact in the classroom. The Rev. John Finley IV ’84, a head of school dedicated to urban education; Warren McFarlan ’49, a world-renowned university professor, author, and curriculum design expert; and Lindsay Oliver ’02, a modern languages teacher in a small Cape Cod town, represent different aspects of the educational process.

The Rev. John Finley IV ’84

A Leader in Urban Education If you asked the Rev. John Finley IV ’84 to name the teacher who inspired him to work in education, he would respectfully—and happily—decline to answer. “There’s no way I could choose just one teacher,” he explains. “I had amazing teachers every year at Dexter. Throughout my education, from Dexter to Groton to Harvard, so many people in my life have made a difference. It’s remarkable, really.” Finley arrived at Dexter School with significant learning challenges. His previous school didn’t recognize the problems, let alone provide the support he needed. He entered third grade at Dexter and his teachers immediately identified the issue—Finley was dyslexic. “They did so much to overcome the learning deficit,” says Finley. “School became a very different place for me, and I realized I enjoyed being there. I even developed a love of reading.” He credits the School’s holistic approach to his success there. He learned life lessons through sports, including the importance of facing one’s fears. “Truth be told, I was afraid to get on the ice. Once I started skating, I really enjoyed it and grew to love hockey,” he says. Finley also appreciated the full depth of academic programs, the arts, and public speaking. “It all matters. I really believe education works at its best when you incorporate all components.”



Photo: Stephanie Wales

He went on to Groton School, where he found strength in his faith and discovered a burgeoning sense of entrepreneurship. At Harvard University the two came together. Finley was committed to serving others and emerged as a leader for several student-led community service projects, programs, and initiatives. “One winter, a homeless man sleeping in Harvard Square died in the cold,” says Finley. “A group of students wanted to help, so we built a shelter where the homeless could sleep and get a hot meal in the morning.” By the time he graduated in 1992, Finley had worked and volunteered for several non-profits serving Cambridge, Boston, and the surrounding area. After years working with the homeless, Finley felt called to work with youth. He joined the faculty at Nativity Preparatory School, a tuition-free middle school for boys from low-income families. He was inspired by the same holistic approach he first experienced as a student himself, at Dexter. Nativity Prep promotes growth and learning through all of its programs. It also recognizes the cultural and social elements that so strongly affect child development and addresses them head on. Finley taught full-time at the school until 1997, during which time he was also a candidate in the master of divinity program at Harvard Divinity School. Inspired by both Nativity Prep’s mission and structure and also years of his own education, experience, and community service, Finley continued thinking about the idea of accessible, urban education that benefited the whole child. He took a leave of absence from Harvard Divinity School and co-founded the Epiphany School in Dorchester, Mass. The school—a tuition-free, independent middle school for children from economically disadvantaged families from Boston—opened its doors in 1998. Today, the school—

where Finley continues to lead as Head—serves 90 students in grades five through eight, along with hundreds of young adults in its graduate support program. “We borrowed elements from a number of models, including other independent schools. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that if a child enjoys school, he will perform better,” explains Finley. He also knows that basic human needs have to be met in order for children to thrive and learn. During the 12-hour school days, students have access to three meals and two snacks, as well as health care, dental care, and therapy, if needed. Families take an active role, committing time each week to help at the school. “It’s very important to maintain a strong sense of com- munity,” says Finley. Epiphany’s model has helped launch nearly 20 schools across the country, and Finley remains committed to sharing what he’s learned and developed in order to help more families. When he sees an opportunity to better serve the community, he takes it. It was recently announced that Epiphany will open a child-care center and preschool program close to its Dorchester campus. Its goal is to give younger children—ranging in age from infant to 5 years old—the healthy start they need early in order to succeed throughout adolescence. “One of the most important things we say at Epiphany —and it’s even part of our mission statement—is that we will never give up on a child,” says Finley. “That, in and of itself, speaks volumes to a child. To know that no matter what, there is always someone in his or her corner, can make all the difference in the world.” To learn more about the Epiphany School, visit


Warren McFarlan ’49

An Immeasurable Impact in Higher Education Although it was nearly 70 years ago, Warren

Photo: Leah LaRiccia

McFarlan credits Dexter for introducing him to football, a game he still loves today. “They handed me a football uniform on my first day and it sparked something. I’m still passionate about the sport.” He stayed involved in football through his undergraduate years, as Harvard’s team manager.

McFarlan ’49 remembers his first day at Dexter as if it were yesterday. In the late 1940s, the McFarlan family moved to Brookline and, just days before the start of sixth grade, enrolled Warren at Dexter when a spot opened up. He was among the top of his class at his previous school and was confident that he would do just as well with Dexter’s coursework. “On that first day, the teacher began to review fifth-grade math, and that’s when I knew I was in trouble,” says McFarlan, sheepishly. “I didn’t know any of it; they were a full year ahead of me, and it knocked me down a peg. To be honest, that’s just what I needed.” He realized, even at a young age, that what distinguished Dexter from other schools was that it held its students to a higher standard of performance. McFarlan may not have had that nomenclature at the time, but he certainly understood its depth. This notion of educational standards made an impression and, in many ways, has had a long-lasting impact on his career in education, administration, and course development. After two years at Dexter, McFarlan attended Milton Academy. Although he continued to “avoid the Dean’s List,” as he puts it, he did well during his five years there. He developed an interest in math and science and learned the art of public speaking. After graduation, McFarlan joined nearly 30 classmates in entering Harvard College. A physics major, he also took a course each in accounting and computer programming prior to attending Harvard Business School (HBS). “In the 1950s, computer programming was an emerging field,” he explains. “My HBS accounting professor was developing a course in computer technology when his about-to-behired research assistant quit. He offered me the position, and I jumped at the chance.” Thus began a long and very impressive career in and around the classroom. McFarlan graduated from Harvard in 1959, and went on to earn his M.B.A. and doctorate from HBS in 1961 and 1965, respectively. McFarlan has taught at HBS— everything from accounting to information technology— making particular contributions in the management of information technology. During the last five decades,

1010 SPR ING/S UMME R R2015 SPR ING/S UMME 2015 he has emerged as a global expert in information technology, publishing a dozen books and countless articles on the topic. In 1973, McFarlan was sent to Switzerland, where he was tasked with setting up Harvard’s international senior management program. The assignment was both career- and life-changing. “It launched a deep international part of my life,” he explains. “I never anticipated how much I would enjoy traveling and international relations.” After two years he returned from Switzerland and was named chairman of the advanced management program. Since that time he has held a series of senior positions at the School, while continuing to teach in a number of programs. In 1998, McFarlan traveled to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, where he helped establish a collaborative relationship between HBS and Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management. He continues to develop programs and establish relationships at Tsinghua; he has traveled to China more than 85 times and currently serves as a guest professor and co-director of case development. In addition to his far-reaching influence in higher education and course development, McFarlan has an interest in non-profit board management. For the past 25 years he has served on a number of boards—including Boston-area hospitals, museums, and independent schools—and has helped develop best practices for governance and board leaders. In 2011, just as Todd Vincent was named Head of School at Dexter Southfield, McFarlan co- authored his latest book on the subject, Joining a Nonprofit Board: What You Need to Know. He mailed a copy to Mr. Vincent, who invited McFarlan to lead a board retreat. In 2014, McFarlan was asked to join the Board of Trustees at Dexter Southfield and says he is happy to be back at the School. “Although I didn’t attend Dexter for very long, I was there during very formative years. I’ve always felt a sense of loyalty to the School and, after having worked in education for a very long time, I recognize some of the unique things it has to offer.” At the age of 77, McFarlan has just started mapping out the road to retirement, but says he has a “few more things to wrap up” before he gets there. A Baker Foundation professor and Albert H. Gordon Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, he still teaches an executive management course at Harvard Business School. He has authored and co-authored more than 15 books— his most recent in 2014, Can China Lead? Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth—along with countless journal articles, book chapters, working papers, cases, and teaching materials. McFarlan continues his work at Tsinghua University, helping it establish its new Schwarzman Scholars program (similar to the Rhodes Scholars Program at Oxford). Throughout his remarkable career, he has helped schools hold their students to high standards—something he knows firsthand can make all the difference.

Lindsay Oliver ’02

A Lesson in Languages Bonjour, classe. Tout le monde est prêt

à apprendre aujourd’hui? On any given school day, Lindsay Oliver ’02 greets her students with a wide smile and asks if they are ready to learn. Her enthusiasm reels them in and, before they know it, they’re speaking French, learning vocabulary, and delving into French culture and history. Oliver has always been eager to share her love of language, long before she found herself back in the classroom. Now she has a captive audience as a French teacher at Cape Cod Academy, where she loves watching students discover their own passion for another language. Oliver attended Southfield in the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. Although it was a short period of time, she says it had a big impact. “Southfield provided me with an excellent and well-rounded academic foundation. The standards were very high, and I excelled in English, Latin, history, and math. I’ve always loved writing and grammar in particular, and I believe that it was this love for grammatical structures and vocabulary that led me to succeed later. Southfield taught me from a young age to be diligent and to discover the joys of academic success. I very much appreciate that, looking back.” After leaving Southfield, Lindsay attended Noble and Greenough School, where she continued to flourish. She went on to Boston College, where she studied economics and French. While she loved her time on the BC campus, some of her most memorable moments happened while she studied abroad. Oliver participated in the McGill University French Immersion Program in Montréal, Québec, and also spent a semester at Université Paris Dauphine, the economics school in Paris, France. “I loved living among native speakers. It was the best learning experience—just to be thrown into their world. You have no choice but to speak the language, and I personally couldn’t get enough of it.” she says.

11 While she was in school, Oliver’s family moved from her childhood home in Canton, Mass., to Cape Cod. After graduation, she moved to the Cape as well, where she embarked on a writing career. She started her first novel, the idea for which she had created during college, and worked as a freelance writer and editor at Cape Cod Life magazine. After a year and a half with the magazine, Oliver changed course. She started tutoring high school students in French, and eventually began substitute teaching. At the time, however, she wasn’t considering a full-time career in education. “It’s not that I didn’t love it; I just hadn’t thought enough about heading down that path,” she explains. “The more I did think about it, the more it made sense and felt right.” When a position opened up in the foreign language department at Cape Cod Academy, Oliver knew it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. She continues to work on her novel during school vacations and in her spare time. “I’ve always considered myself an intellectual and a lifelong student. I always want to learn more—about anything, really—and I think that goes hand in hand with teaching. In many ways, teaching comes naturally to me, so even though I hadn’t planned on it as a career, I’m not entirely surprised at where I’ve ended up. I love it, and it works well for my personality,” she says. Oliver

teaches all high-school levels, from French I to French IV honors. She led a school trip to France last year and just recently a trip to Montréal, Québec. In her mind, traveling to a country where a foreign language is spoken is the key to igniting a true passion for it. She says it was incredible to see the travel abroad experience through her students’ eyes. “Now that I’m on the other side of the desk, I have a different perspective than I did when I was a student. Sometimes I laugh remembering what was on my mind as a student. At Southfield, I cared so much about my grades and about performing well. I was remarkably diligent at that age. But I also remember never wanting to wear my hat when I was supposed to on the bus, and feeling really defiant about it. It was my great act of rebellion— to take off my hat on the bus,” she laughs. “As a teacher, I’m reminded about those now seemingly silly things that kids get wrapped up in. My goal is to remind them of what is important and why they are in school in the first place.” Ultimately, Oliver has found that the key to education is to inspire a love and passion for learning in students. She is thankful for the time she spent at Southfield. Her years there set her up for success in a hugely impactful way—something she hopes to do for her own students now. Photo: Leah LaRiccia

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ned sahin ’90

Through the Google Glass Ned Sahin ’90 can’t pinpoint when he first

heard the siren call of science, but he knows his fascination for the discipline began very early on. “When I was 4 or 5 years old, I sat for a caricature artist,” he recalls. “At this point, I don’t remember what I said to him, but he sketched me in a lab coat with a test tube in each hand, so I was clearly already talking about science.” Sahin hasn’t stopped since. As a student at Dexter from 1985 to 1990, he was captivated by Mr. Webster’s science classes. “His demonstrations were great, and his obvious love for science was infectious.” As he matured, Sahin only strengthened his interest in science. He earned a bachelor’s in biology and neuroscience from Williams College, a master’s at MIT in the brain and cognitive sciences department, a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of California San Diego Medical School, and was awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) training grant to the Salk Institute and the Institute for Neural Computation. He also spent a year studying at Oxford. Today, the neuroscientist and self-described neurotechnology entrepreneur, leads Brain Power, LLC, the company he founded to translate “neuroscience innovations into tangible products that can benefit many people in their daily lives.” “I’ve always been interested in understanding the way things work,” Sahin explains. “As a kid, I would sneak items out of the house—blenders, calculators, that sort of thing—and take them apart to see how they functioned. Once I’d figured it out, I’d furtively bury them in the backyard. Unbeknownst to my parents, it was an appliance graveyard out there!” Sahin also remembers appropriating the power supply from his dad’s electric train set to take his chemistry experiments to the next level. “I had my mad scientist’s lab down in our basement; it’s a wonder I didn’t blow our house up,” he says with a laugh. Yet, Sahin didn’t spend all his time immersed in study; he also took great delight in entrepre-

neurial activities. As an 8-year-old, he and his brother collected lost golf balls from a nearby course and resold them to players through the fence as they passed by. “My brother and I resold the balls for much cheaper than what they went for in the stores, although we did charge more for the colored balls because we thought they were special. We thought we were the consummate businessmen; I suspect the golfers just thought we were cute kids.” Sahin later moved on to fixing and accessorizing golf carts for hire, and then began repairing computers in high school. “Entrepreneurship was fun—I was in it for the score, for the doing,” he says. Sahin maintained his entrepreneurial spirit throughout his educational journey, serving as a principal investigator for an Army project involving a wearable brain sensor system while in graduate school and joining a friend to win business plan competitions as a post-doctoral student at UC San Diego Medical School. He was able to keep up his research, publishing in Science and Nature journals. “I was doing science, but also getting a feel for the pace of business,” he explains. Despite experiencing success in both spheres, Sahin felt unfulfilled. “I was struggling to find a place where my skills were fully deployed. I felt that there were parts of my social being that worked against me amongst my scientist peers, and at the same time felt like my science wasn’t affecting people in their daily lives. In the end, I didn’t feel like I was contributing maximally to science or to society and it was frustrating.” Sahin decided that he needed perspective, so after completing his post-doc, he and his wife sold everything, took off with no address or assurance of a next career step, and travelled the world, visiting 23 countries in 12 months. “It was centering to be left to one’s own devices for a year,” Sahin observes, “…or, rather, one’s lack of devices: we traveled without phones or any mobile device. When I returned, I realized that my path was to launch a scientific start-up. It hit


me that I had always been both a scientist and an entrepreneur—I just needed to bring those two threads together rather than always hiding one world from the other.” The result of that decision was Brain Power, LLC, the company Sahin founded at the end of 2013 with the goal of harnessing technological innovations to address what he describes as “the most pressing brain-related challenges of the human condition.” At present, Sahin and his team employ wearable computers like Google Glass to teach people with autism practical life skills like eye contact and emotion decoding, and to measure their progress quantitatively. Reactions to their efforts, Sahin says, have been absolutely amazing. “We’ve received a uniformly positive response from all the stakeholders affected by autism, and in this community, where there are many competing agendas, that’s rare. Autism is very different from other medical conditions—it’s not a disease and there’s not a single path to treatment. The medical picture is complicated and there’s a lot at stake, and it is deeply personal for families. But everyone—parents, teachers, doctors, autismspecialized therapists, and advocacy groups—has responded positively to what we’re doing. It is humbling and exciting.” The project has caught the attention of Google, who has supported Sahin in many ways. “They have been remarkably generous,” he says. “They are truly living up to their humanitarian mission.” The project has also caught the attention of the press, with articles appearing in more than 100 outlets, including The Boston Globe, TechCrunch, Wired, and CBS TV. Much remains to be done, Sahin says, and he has many ideas for ways in which he can utilize wearable computers and big data analytics to make a difference in people’s lives. “The story will be written as we go along,” he concludes, “but autism will maintain my focus for a while.” To learn more about Brain Power, LLC, visit

Photo: Courtesy of Brain Power, LLC



Congratulations, Class of 2015

n the morning of June 3, an hour before the Southfield graduation ceremony commenced, the young women of the Class of 2015 gathered for one last time in the senior lounge. The 23 girls—the largest senior class in Southfield’s history— huddled together reading letters they had written to themselves as freshman. They laughed over inside jokes long forgotten, relived memories, and celebrated how far they had come—both as individuals and as a group. The next day, 38 young men spent their last moments before this year’s Dexter graduation just outside

the senior lounge, gathered on the grass where they spent their senior year tossing footballs and frisbees. They, too, huddled together laughing and reflecting on their time at Dexter Southfield. There was an ease to the conversation, and yet the significance of the day was not lost. Every once in a while one of the boys would ask a classmate to help straighten his tie, while uttering, “I can’t believe we made it.”


You did, Class of 2015. You made it. During each of the ceremonies, faculty, family, and friends convened in the Athletic Facility to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of this year’s graduates. Guest speakers Warren McFarlan ’49 and Peter O’Brien ’83, both members of the Board of Trustees, urged students to trust their instincts, to work hard, and to fall back on the strong foundation they received at Dexter Southfield. “You should feel confident about your level of preparation to make this next step—both as scholars and as young men of strong character and purpose,” said O’Brien, addressing the boys. McFarlan, speaking to the girls, added, “Strive for personal excellence all the time. The Dexter Southfield motto, ‘Best today, better tomorrow’ will serve you a lifetime. At each step along the way, as you try to do your personal best, in so doing you keep doors open for yourself, you keep alternatives ahead of you.” The Class of 2015—the School’s newest alumni—is excited and prepared for what is ahead. Back at their hilltop campus, the community looks forward to following their jouney. — Julie Guptill For a full list of upper school awards and prizes, visit



C on g r atu l at ion s , C l a s s of 2 0 1 5 Seniors Emily Tabeek, left, and Julia Denham reminiscence with their Class 9 letters.

Jen Carson ’15 is all smiles.

From left, Liz Tamburello ’15, Christine Finneran ’16, and Danielle Kozelian ’15 smile over a letter Liz wrote to herself as a freshman.

Sophia Kelly, left, and Nettie Jones, both Class of 2015

Barbara Woodall ’15 accepts the Performing Arts Award.

Below: Katya Klinoff ’15 receives her diploma from Board President Shaw McDermott ’62.

Isabel Lord ’15, left, and Lily Wain ’15 are welcomed into the exclusive Club 13. Both girls attended Dexter Southfield for 13 years, from Kindergarten through grade 12.


Jake Irwin ’15 accepts the Club 13 Award from Head of School Todd Vincent. Nick Lanni ’15 and friends, pre-graduation

Jake Shore ’15 proudly holds up his high school diploma on stage.

Valedictory speaker Nick Veo ’15 addresses his classmates and guests. Ryan Donato ’15

George Baldini ’15, who attended Dexter Southfield for 14 years, is one of several students inducted into Club 13.

Will Conigliaro, center, and the Class of 2015 prepare for the opening procession.



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Ameer Ahmed Concord, Mass. Coming from The Pike School Heading to Boston University


hen Ameer Ahmed arrived at Dexter Southfield in the ninth grade, he had his heart set on playing squash. It was a strong year for the program, and Athletic Director Denny Wright explained to Ameer that with so many talented upperclassmen on the team, the freshman most likely wouldn’t see a lot of playing time. Wright urged him to consider swimming, but Ameer remained hesitant. “I never swam competitively before; I didn’t think I would be very good at it, let alone enjoy it,” he says. “But I decided to take Coach Wright’s advice, and now I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been like without it.” Ameer swam on the team all four years and was named captain during his senior year.    In this instance, Ameer learned that being flexible and willing to adapt can open one’s eyes to new passions and possibilities. He has also learned, however, that some goals are worth working towards, despite any challenges that stand in the way. When he was in the sixth grade, a science lesson about the human body sparked his interests. He decided—at the age of 11— that he wanted to be a cardiovascular surgeon. He spent several weeks this spring shadowing Dr. Fred Makrauer ’59, a faculty member in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, for his senior project. Ameer heads to Boston University next fall to continue working towards his goal of someday being in the operating room.    There are many things Ameer says he’ll miss about the tightknit Dexter Southfield community. He credits the support and friendship he received here—from both classmates and teachers—with motivating him always to do his best. He knows the bonds he formed will remain strong and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Class of 2015. — Julie Guptill

Ameer credits the support and friendship he received here—from both classmates and teachers— with motivating him always to do his best.


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Barbara Woodall West Roxbury, Mass. Coming from Jackson School Heading to Syracuse University


arbara Woodall has made a home for herself on the stage. After hours of auditions, rehearsals, and amazing performances, she has undoubtedly left her mark on the Dexter Southfield community. When she first arrived in the sixth grade, Barbara remembers watching the upper school actors and actresses on stage, thinking, “I want to be just like them when I’m older.” Over the years, Woodall adopted the role as mentor in the performing arts program and shared her “tricks of the trade” with the younger students when they began exploring their interest in theater.    Her love for theater goes beyond acting—the bonds she has made with castmates and faculty have allowed her to excel both on and off stage. “Mr. Vincent has been a huge supporter of mine,” she says. “He knows that I do many auditions in and outside of school. It’s reassuring to know he takes the time to follow up with me.” Director of the Theater Program Mrs. Sue Domke welcomed Barbara’s opinion on chorography and directing over the years, giving Barbara another perspective on production and the decision-making process. Barbara says that their relationship became more than the typical teacherstudent exchange; she considers her teacher and mentor a true friend.    With a classic, single-sex education as her foundation, Barbara is prepared to attend Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts Acting Program in the fall. “My education at Dexter Southfield allowed me to focus on self-awareness and poise,” she says. Barbara hopes that more students turn to the theater program, get out of their comfort zones, and give it a chance. “The stage helps you build confidence that prepares you for any challenge you’re faced with, and the program at the School has taught me valuable lessons of teamwork and determination.” — MacKenzie Hennessey

“My education at Dexter Southfield allowed me to focus on self-awareness and poise. The stage helps you build confidence . . . and the performing arts program has taught me valuable lessons of teamwork and determination.”



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John May

West Roxbury, Mass. Coming from Jackson School Heading to College of the Holy Cross


f John May has any advice to share with younger students, it would be to take advantage of all that Dexter Southfield has to offer. Learning from personal experience, John has found success exploring and immersing himself in many facets of school life. “Entering as a new student in the fifth grade was intimidating. I left all my friends at Jackson [School] and had to build relationships with my new classmates, but everyone here welcomed me.” He embraced new friends and teachers, and found confidence to try new things and get involved. He quickly found his stride both in and out of the classroom.    During John’s upper school years, he truly emerged as a leader. As captain of both the cross country and swim teams his senior year, he formed strong bonds with his teammates and gave guidance when needed. John also focused much of his time and commitment to the Community Service Club. On Wednesday and Friday afternoons, you could find him organizing and coordinating events alongside other members. This year’s American Red Cross Blood Drive was a complete success thanks to a team effort and John’s leadership, and the drive will become an annual on-campus event.    John heads to Holy Cross in the fall, and, although he will miss Dexter Southfield’s hilltop campus, he is confident and ready to make an impact in a new community. “Next year I hope to join several clubs, maybe community service or a ski club. I know it is important to do anything to be active in the community,” he says. — MacKenzie Hennessey

“Entering as a new student in the fifth grade was intimidating. I had to build relationships with my new classmates, but everyone here welcomed me.”


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Julia Denham

Arlington, Mass. Coming from Arlington Public Schools Heading to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute College of Engineering


o say the start of Julia Denham’s senior year was hectic is an understatement. Between classes, athletics, extracurricular activities, and the everimportant college process, she found herself balancing more than ever before. There were college essays and applications to complete, admissions interviews to give, and SAT prep classes to attend. There was the girls’ varsity soccer team, the Community Service Club, and an off-campus interscholastic horsebackriding team. She had homework, class projects, and preparation for her public speaking.    Although it was stressful, Julia says it was all worth it. “I had a lot going on, but I couldn’t imagine giving up any of those things,” she explains. “I love soccer and horseback riding; I’m really passionate about community service; and I enjoy learning, which motivates me to work hard in my classes.” She credits Dexter Southfield with teaching her to manage her time well and prioritize, but admits she struggled in the beginning. “I wasn’t a focused student when I was younger. I didn’t take it seriously,” says Julia. At the beginning of her sophomore year an older teammate noticed Julia’s struggle and offered her some advice. “She said I needed to take advantage of the all the opportunities Dexter Southfield gave us and to work hard for the things that mattered.”    The upperclassman’s words struck a chord. Julia turned her attention to her classes and realized for the first time that she was really good at school. At the end of that year, she was awarded the prize for secunda. She knows the strong work ethic she developed here will serve her well in the future, especially when she heads to RPI next fall. Julia says she’s excited to get started in her engineering program and to learn more about clubs and activities the college has to offer. She knows how to balance it all. — Julie Guptill

Julia credits Dexter Southfield with teaching her to manage her time well and prioritize. . . . She knows the strong work ethic she developed here will serve her well in the future.



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Matt Brazel

Hingham, Mass. Coming from Hingham High School Heading to Babson College


att Brazel believes that in order to appreciate something, you need to understand its value. It is a lesson he and his siblings learned from their parents at an early age. “When you value important things—education, friendship, and the respect of others—you are willing to work hard for them,” he says with maturity beyond his years. From the start, he knew attending Dexter Southfield was both a privilege and an opportunity, and he was willing to do anything in order to make the most of it.    During the summers, Matt caddies at a local golf course to help contribute financially to his education. “I used the money I earned to pay for school expenses and put away a portion for college,” he explains. “Making my own money taught me a lot about financial responsibility.” It also sparked a unique interest in the stock market and other investments. This spring, Matt chose to work with a mentor from Merrill Lynch on his senior project. The focus of the project was wealth management and short-term and long-term market gains. He appreciated the early experience, as he plans to study finance and entrepreneurship at Babson College starting next fall.    Matt takes a “head down, work hard” attitude in all areas. In the classroom, he applied laser focus to his studies, pushing himself to take on challenges and new material. On the ice, Matt endured physically and mentally. After suffering a season-ending injury during his junior year, he returned to the hockey team ready to play this past season. He helped lead the team to the New England Prep School finals. “We had a great season and I was proud to be part of the team,” he says. Matt knows firsthand that working hard reaps great reward. — Julie Guptill

“When you value important things— education, friendship, and the respect of others—you are willing to work hard for them.”


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Victoria Freeman

Dedham, Mass. Attended Dexter Southfield since the first grade Heading to Northeastern University


exter Southfield has been the perfect fit for Tori Freeman from the start. She spent the past 12 years growing and learning in the community, blossoming as an individual and a leader. Tori was active in campus life: she was a member of the curling team and president of LEAD (Leaders Empathetically Affecting Diversity), and she performed in three plays throughout high school.    During a three-day Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Indianapolis this year, she learned about diversity in all its forms, including racial diversity, diversity in sexuality, economic diversity, and religious diversity. Tori also learned about the importance of training students to become leaders in their own communities. “It was a great way to network with students across the country,” she says, and hopes more Dexter Southfield students get involved with LEAD and open their eyes to diversity issues.    At the end of her junior year, Tori began an independent study that allowed her to take a deeper look at her true passion: screenwriting. Her script tells the story of a teenage girl, Miranda, who transfers schools and faces the challenges, stress, and highlights of her final years before college. “After being in so many school plays, I was interested in writing a script of my own,” she says. “Without prior success working alone, I realized that a loosely structured independent course that supported me throughout the process would allow me to complete a project and express my freedom of creativity. I feel very fortunate that Dexter Southfield gave me the opportunity to distinguish myself as an individual.” With her first script complete, Tori has “caught the bug.” She looks forward to pursuing screenwriting studies at Northeastern University in the fall. — MacKenzie Hennessey

“I feel very fortunate that Dexter Southfield gave me the opportunity to distinguish myself as an individual.”



What Lies Ahead Congratulations to our very distinguished and talented

Amy Christie Director of College Counseling

Class of 2015! We are proud of how you have grown, who you have become, and where you will carry the Dexter Southfield name in your future endeavors. Whether you feel it yet or not, we know that you are ready to charge ahead in your individual journeys and that you are prepared to succeed. By the time you read this, your graduation ceremonies will have concluded and the parties will be over. Soon you and your classmates will scatter into the wind like the fluffy seeds of a dandelion. And, although 20 of you are choosing to matriculate to a college within Massachusetts, 40 of you will be leaving the state. A few of you are going very far away: South Carolina, Missouri, Canada, Arizona, and even Scotland! You will be studying a variety of subjects in college: theater, marine biology, math, astronomy, international relations, nursing, business, history, chemistry, and engineering. You will be riding horses, diving, writing for your college newspaper, and playing baseball, ice hockey, and field hockey. In the future, you may grow and change in ways that are unimaginable to you now. Despite your different chosen paths, here are the common experiences you will have: the nervous thrill of watching your parents drive away as they reluctantly and tearfully leave you alone in your new home; the queasy discomfort of entering a large room and not knowing any of the faces you see; the joy of finding a new friend and making new memories; the delight of walking into the campus dining hall and seeing your new favorite lunch dish; and the homesickness that will sometimes hit you on a quiet, solitary Sunday afternoon. Nobody will have a completely smooth transition to college. Everyone will face his or her share of challenges. You may even feel confused about how to succeed socially, academically, and personally. You may long for guidance, advice, and answers. At some point along the way, you will realize that the basic rules that were true when you started this marathon back in Kindergarten are the same rules that matter now. As my son’s Little League coach always says to his impressionable young players: What are my rules? 1.  Be safe. 2.  Do your best. 3.  Have fun. It is not coincidence that the foundations laid in Kindergarten will still ring true for you in college. Take care of yourself. Prioritize your responsibilities. Enjoy the ride. Just follow those three basic rules, and you will have one of the greatest years of your life. Good luck to the Class of 2015!


2015 College Acceptances The University of Alabama American University Arizona State University* The University of Arizona Assumption College Babson College* Bentley University Boston College* Boston University* Carleton University The Catholic University of America* Chapman University College of Charleston* University of Cincinnati Clarkson University Coastal Carolina University Colby College* University of Colorado at Denver Connecticut College University of Connecticut Curry College Dalhousie University Davidson College* Drexel University Elmira College Elon University* Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Emerson College Endicott College* Fairfield University* Fordham University* Franklin University, Switzerland George Mason University The George Washington University* Georgetown University* University of Hartford Hartwick College Harvard University*

University of Hawaii at Hilo High Point University* Hobart and William Smith Colleges* Hofstra University College of the Holy Cross* Iona College Ithaca College* Johnson & Wales University, Providence* Lehigh University Lesley University Lewis & Clark College Longwood University* Loyola University Maryland Lynn University Manhattanville College Marymount Manhattan College University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Massachusetts, Lowell* Merrimack College Miami University, Oxford University of Miami Michigan State University University of Michigan* University of Mississippi University of New Hampshire New York University Northeastern University* Norwich University* Pace University, New York City Princeton University* Providence College* Queen’s University* Quinnipiac University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute* University of Rhode Island University of Richmond Roger Williams University*

Rollins College Sacred Heart University Saint Anselm College* Saint Joseph’s College, Maine Saint Joseph’s University Saint Michael’s College* Salve Regina University Seton Hall University Simmons College* Springfield College University of St. Andrews* St. John’s University St. Lawrence University Stonehill College Suffolk University* Syracuse University* The University of Tampa The University of Texas, Austin The New School — Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts Trinity College* Tulane University Union College University of Vermont Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington and Lee University Washington University in St. Louis* Wentworth Institute of Technology Western University Wheaton College, Massachusetts Wheelock College University of Wisconsin, Madison Worcester Polytechnic Institute*

* 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



2015 Prize Days A D e x t e r S o u t h f i e l d t r ad i t i o n On June 2 and 3, the Athletic Facility, filled with excited

students, faculty, families, and friends, donned the year’s class murals and school banners for the 2015 Prize Days. The annual events are an opportunity to celebrate success in academics, athletics, and the arts, and to honor Class 8 students as they bid farewell to middle school and embrace a new milestone in their education—high school. Both the 23rd Southfield Prize Day and the 89th Dexter Prize Day began with opening remarks from Head of School Todd Vincent. He reiterated that while awards and prizes honor individual accomplishments, the celebration is community-wide. “In everything we do, whether in the classroom or on the playing field, we learn that we, as individuals, are part of a team, and that when one member of a class is honored, all are honored.” One girl and one boy from each grade, Kindergarten through Class 8, delivered a public speaking presentation before prizes and faculty citations were awarded at each event. Southfield Prize Day speaker Karen Mueller P ’21 ’23 ’25 ’26 ’26 and Dexter Prize Day speaker Chris Roy ’83, both members of the Board of Trustees, spoke about the long-lasting impact the School will have as students move on in their education and beyond. After the Class of 2019 received their Certificates of Completion, the final applause marked the start of summer vacation. For a full list of lower and middle school awards and prizes, visit — Julie Guptill

Class 8 final procession

Ryan Irwin ’19 receives his Certificate of Completion. Dean Liang (left) and Milo Dantowitz, both Class 2, are awarded primus and secundus, respectively.

Jessica Freeman ’19 accepts a Certificate of Completion from President of the Board Shaw McDermott ’62.


Class of 2019

Isabella Shepherd ’19 receives the Science Prize.

Head of School Todd Vincent looks on as Claire Patterson (left) and Macy Watts, both Class 1, are awarded prima and secunda, respectively.

Class of 2019

Sam DeCaprio ’19 was honored with several awards.

From left: Brant Binder, Connor Wood, Matthew May, Brian Cloherty, Jamie Chery-Valentin, and Joseph Maalouf, all Class of 2019



Reunion 2015 Reconnecting with Dexter Southfield By Julie Guptill More than 65 alumni and their families joined

faculty and friends at the 2015 Dexter Southfield Reunion on Saturday, May 16. The day began with a walk down to Farm Field, where attendees played in the Alumni Softball Game. Players had so much fun that everyone forgot to ask whether the Massies or Mohawks, Blues or Whites, were ahead. (We’ll call it a tie this year.) After the family-friendly game, most alumni enjoyed catching up with classmates at the barbecue lunch before making their way to the sidelines to cheer on varsity teams. Some headed to a special classroom experience: shop class with faculty member Mark Tilton and former faculty member Pete Mulliken.    After a short break in the afternoon, reunion activities resumed in the early evening with a discussion panel on “Education Today.” Head of School Todd Vincent led the roundtable talk, which included alumni who work in education or who have a vested interest in the topic. The group discussed the benefits and challenges of technology in and out of the classroom; how to inspire global citizenship; and the importance of building confidence and character. The discussion wrapped up and attendees joined other alumni for a cocktail reception and dinner in Fiske Hall. There was great attendance from the 50th reunion—the Class of 1965—who didn’t miss a beat catching up after five decades away from the School. During dinner, guests were treated to several musical numbers from the middle school play, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After the students’ performance, Todd Vincent talked about the pulse of the School—alive with energy and students eager to learn. He thanked alumni volunteers and Class Agents in particular for their work engaging the alumni community with the School. He encouraged everyone to attend next year’s reunion and to invite at least three friends along!

Dexter Southfield faculty member Ann Corbett ’98 (left) and the Rev. John Finley ’84 at the roundtable discussion, “Education Today.”

Grace du Pont ’08 and former faculty member Pete Mulliken put the finishing touches on a Southfield “S.”

Jorge Tello ’93 and family catch up with faculty member Mark Tilton.


Chris Reynolds ’74 steps up to the plate.

5th reunion, Class of 2010. From left, Ames Stevens, Hasan Jafri, Oliver Ray, Nicole Haskins, Matt Wardrop, and Matt Magoon.

Scott Selby ’95 and his wife Jaclyn, with Business Manager Rick Saul

Shane ’18 and Andre Stark ’72 take a lesson from faculty member Mark Tilton.

Mike MacNeil ’08 and Katie Whitelaw ’10 catch up during lunch.

50th reunion, Class of 1965. From left, Whitney Wright, Ted MacAusland, Vernon Woodworth, Schofield Andrews, Roy Mabrey, Bill Harwood, Ogden Hunnewell, Lev Byrd, Charlie Pyle, and Charlie Haydock. Missing from photo, but also in attendance: Stephen Hartshorne

Whitney Wright ’65 (dressed in yellow) with other attendees at the roundtable discussion

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News and Updates from Our Community Administrator of School Jackie Wright Retires


ongtime staff member and school administrator Jackie Wright retires this spring after 27 years. During the last three decades, Wright held a number of roles and responsibilities at the School. She played an integral part in Southfield’s beginnings; served in the classroom as a tutor, teacher, and advisor; worked in the Admissions Office; and, among many other responsibilities, coordinated with faculty, staff, and administration on the school schedule. While she is recognized for her attention to detail, steadfast commitment to the School, and strong work ethic, Wright is known most notably to her colleagues and former students as a caring mentor, teacher, and friend. Wright’s first affiliation with the School began more than 30 years ago at the Day Camp, where she worked as a camp counselor starting in 1984. Wright had a background in special education, and, after Mr. Phinney got to know her over the course of several summers, he thought she would be a great addition to the School. In 1988, the former Headmaster hired Wright as a long-term substitute teacher in the sixth-grade Language Advantage at Dexter (LAD) program, which, at the time, provided a separate academic program for students with language-based learning disabilities. “It was meant to be a temporary position,” explains Wright. “I just never left. The School was a good fit for me.” Over the next 20 years, Wright worked very closely with Mr. Phinney and the administration. She was tasked with a lot of the logistics and planning involved with opening Southfield—everything from presenting in front of the Brookline School Committee to finding a vendor to supply the first jumpers for the Southfield uniform. When she realized the vendor was behind schedule, Wright took it upon

Jackie Wright herself to solve the problem. “Mr. Phinney picked up the uniforms directly from the manufacturer in Maine and brought them to campus. We mailed the jumpers to Boston families, but I thought it would be quicker to deliver them to the families living in surrounding suburbs,” Wright says with a laugh. “My 5-year-old daughter was in the back seat with a checklist of girls. We’d pull up to the house, and she and I would hop out to deliver their Southfield jumpers.” Wright could handle the “details” better than anyone. During the planning for Southfield, and later the high school, Wright was the go-to person. When a faculty member was out sick, needed extended time away, or moved on to another opportunity, she would step in to do whatever was needed. It explains how her most recent role as Administrator of School was born. The job description (“If you could call it that,” jokes Wright) includes a wide range of duties. If there was something to get done, and no one to do it, Wright would take it on. There have been quite a few highlights in Wright’s Dexter Southfield career. She delivered two Prize Day speeches for Southfield. The first came in 2001, when

her daughter Lizzie was among the graduating eighth grade class. The second was in 2008, when she wished students well in the future and urged them to keep in touch, many of whom did. There were traditions she looked forward to each year—like the Family Carol Sing—and special events she’ll always remember. One such event was the Southfield 10th Anniversary Dinner, during which Wright delivered yet another memorable speech. This past year, Wright went on the adventure of a life- time when she was chosen as the faculty representative at the Alaskan Iditarod. As she turns the page to the next chapter, Wright looks forward to spending more time with her family: her mother; husband, Bob; children, Andrew ’92, Steven ’95, and Lizzie ’01; and grandchildren. She and Bob have three granddaughters, with another on the way. She plans to spend more time outdoors (preferably in Maine, where she and Bob own a house), and do more volunteer work. After a long, successful career, Wright says she is more than ready to retire, although there is much she will miss about Dexter Southfield. “I spent my life here, really. I’ve dedicated my life to this School because I believe in its mission,” she says. “I’ve worked with great people— and I’m going to miss them the most.”

Dexter Southfield Hosts SISAL Exhibition


his April, the School was proud to host the 2015 Small Independent School Arts League (SISAL) juried exhibition. This annual show was founded in 1992 by Falmouth Academy to provide a venue for schools like Dexter Southfield to exhibit student artwork to a larger community. Three outside jurors were invited to evaluate submissions in categories ranging from metalsmithing to fiber arts. Seventeen schools submitted

31 their best student work to participate in this year’s show, and Dexter Southfield had the privilege of living with the wonderful collection for two weeks. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed both viewing and discussing pieces as they toured the exhibit, which was displayed throughout the Clay Center, Sears Building, and MidRise. It was a common occurrence to find several students or classes gathered around the artwork to discuss what they saw and how it made them feel. In fact, this year several upper school students participated in a docent program in partnership with the MFA (see page 35 for more information) and were thrilled to apply discussion techniques at school every day. Walking down the hallways, visitors couldn’t help but feel like they were touring a museum! In total, more than 550 pieces of art were submitted in 13 different categories. There were 67 middle school awards (First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention) and 83 upper school awards presented at an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 26. Dexter Southfield students won a total of 20 awards.

MEDscience Class, a Course Collaboration with Harvard Medical School


uring the spring semester, Dexter Southfield offered an innovative medical science course in the upper school. Students in Ms. Emilia Guy’s MEDscience class had the incredible opportunity to journey to Harvard Medical School (HMS) to test their knowledge of different body systems in a sophisticated simulation lab. At HMS, they worked in real time on a responsive mannequin to diagnose

and administer medication. According to the HMS MEDscience website, the curriculum “is based on the idea that the science in medicine is biology and more —it is the chemistry of membranes and molecules, it is the physics of the electrical activity in the heart and sound waves in the lungs and the biology and psychology of addiction, nutrition and trauma.” Students learn about human anatomy, physiology, and health in the classroom and then apply that knowledge in weekly hands-on-learning sessions at the HMS simulation lab under the supervision of their teacher and a clinician mentor. The class was the subject of a Dexter

Guest Speakers Share Perspective, Expertise


tudents were inspired by a number of guest speakers this year. Each speaker brought a wealth of information and experience that they shared with students in different grades and divisions. Among our many visitors to the classroom and stage this year: NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Sunni Williams; American Paralympic skier, author, and motivational speaker Chris Waddell; sailor and storywriter “Pirate” John Bullock; singer/songwriter Catie Curtis; author and activist Travis Roy; and documentary filmmaker Nelson DeWitt. Also this year, parents joined Dexter Southfield faculty members for a series of three guest speaker events. Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Dr. David Elkind, and Dr. Anthony Wolf, each with areas of expertise in parenting, child development, and psychology, spoke about the challenges both educators and parents face in the 21st century.

Student artwork on display during SISAL exhibit

NASA astronaut Steve Bowen

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McNamara ’11 Named Hobart College’s “Most Outstanding Athlete”


he Hobart College Athletic Department recently presented Robert McNamara ’11 with the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award. The award is given each year to Hobart’s most outstanding athletes. A two-year captain on the rowing team, McNamara competed in the varsity eight in all four years of his career. He was a four-time member of the Liberty League Crew of the Year and rowed for Team USA at the U-23 World Championships. McNamara and his teammates captured a silver medal at the Head of the Charles this year and won a silver medal at the Head of the Genesee. Last year, he helped Hobart to its first gold medal in the 1V at the ECAC NIRC and won gold at the New York State Championships. He guided the Statesmen to win gold in the varsity eight at the Liberty League championships in each of his four seasons. McNamara graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges this May with a bachelor’s in architecture and history.

Students in the MEDscience class work in a simulated ER to diagnose a patient.

Sarah Powers

Q&A with new Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Sarah Powers


he School is pleased to welcome Sarah Powers to the community. In her new role as Dexter Southfield’s Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Sarah will oversee the entire admissions process, including outreach, recruitment, communication, marketing, and evaluation. She will serve on the senior administration team and will work with other offices, class deans, and coordinators to best serve the whole community through the admissions process.

Robert McNamara ’11 receives the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award from Hobart.

Can you describe your new role as Director of Admissions and Enrollment? The School is lucky to have an enthusiastic and talented admissions team, and I am

truly honored to join this group. Ultimately, the admissions team is tasked with all marketing and recruitment efforts for prospective families. Since families with children of different ages and interests look at Dexter Southfield, the team needs to be able to intelligently discuss all aspects and divisions of the School. As the director, it is my job to focus the team when it comes to executing our efforts. Also, I am here to help families through the admissions experience and support the admissions officers as they do the same. Are there new or emerging trends in the admissions process for independent schools? I am amazed at the dramatic changes to this industry in just 10 years! With the arrival of social media and mobile devices, families are seeking information from many difference avenues. One undergraduate college reported that 50 percent of their applications were “stealth applications,” which means the first time they hear from a prospective applicant is when he or she submits the application. That also means that the traditional method of calling-to-get-the-inquiry-packet isn’t a family’s first touchpoint with a school anymore. Families are doing their homework on websites, talking to other families, peeking on to Facebook and Instagram pages, and asking the opinions of coaches, teachers, and anyone else whose voice they trust when it comes to making this important educational decision.

33 There has also been a focus placed on word-of-mouth engagement campaigns, and enlisting help from parent and alumni volunteers to help spread the great word about a school. From something as simple as sharing the School’s Facebook post to hosting a reception at a house, and everything in between, the current parent and alumni body are considered extensions of the admissions team, and a very importance voice in a prospective family’s process! What is the admissions office’s main goals when a family visits campus? What do you want them to walk away feeling? Campus tours are great, and I love meeting families and learning more about their interests and background. We have a pretty special campus. Families are impressed when they come through the gates and see all the beautiful architecture, turf fields, and the view from the Clay Center Observatory. Our tours immerse a family in what the Dexter Southfield experience is like for their child. We want to get to know the child and his or her interests, and we want to discover what families are looking for in their next educational experience. We also touch on our pride points and what makes our teachers and pro-

Admissions By the Numbers 501: number of applications for 2015–2016 130: newly enrolled students 792: projected total enrollment for PK through Class 12 551: number of visits to campus this year

6: number of years Bill

Southwick served as Director of Admissions. Under his leadership, the School saw increases in inquiries, visits, and applications, and welcomed hundreds of new families into the community. This summer Bill moves into a new role with the Advancement Office.

grams the best fit for their child. Lucky for us, this is a spectacular faculty and the advantages of single-sex coordinate programs are evident once a family comes to campus and observes the classes. Your two daughters, Cate and Halle, will attend Dexter Southfield next year, in Classes 1 and 4, respectively. How is your family feeling? Yes, my husband, Chris, and I are thrilled that Cate and Halle will be joining Dexter Southfield, and I hope they aren’t too embarrassed to have their mother at their school! I don’t think being a parent will influence my role much, and selfishly, I look forward to seeing them in class and running around with their friends throughout the day. What advice would you give parents who are considering an independent school education for their children? If the child is younger, really sit down and assess exactly what you are looking for in your child’s school. Ask current parents about their experience, and be armed with questions when you take your campus visit. If your child is older and looking for a new middle school or high school experience, have an open mind to what your son or daughter is looking for in his or her next school experience. Let them drive the bus, and you sit in the back seat! Be ready to listen and ask probing questions, and most importantly, be supportive. Keep in mind, this experience tends to be anything but linear (just like adolescence!); it has its peaks and valleys, and you, as their parent, are probably the most trusted voice in your child’s life. So, as your child is faced with one of the more important decisions to make, help with guiding, listening, and giving input if asked.

Whitney ’67 Runs the Boston Marathon in Style


ongratulations to Jon Whitney, Class of 1967, on completing the 2015 Boston Marathon. He wrote in, thanking the School for his Dexter cap, which he wore all 26.2 miles: “As you can see, it got me through the cold rain and wind on Patriots Day.” Whitney was thankful

for the support of family, friends, and spectators cheering him on from the start in Hopkinton all the way to the finish line on Boylston Street. He says along the way, at least two people even shouted, “Go, Dexter!”

PK Student-Artists Discuss Inspiration, Display Impressive Works of Art


small group of faculty, parents, and guests gathered in the Dexter Southfield Gallery this spring, moving from one collection of student artwork to another. The artists were there to discuss the creative process and their preferred medium. They credited famous painters like Matisse, Pollock, and Van Gogh for their inspiration and dreamed about what it would be like to meet these artistic greats. It was all quite impressive—especially since the artists were only 4 and 5 years old. Pre-Kindergarten classes spent the weeks leading up to the annual PK Art Shows learning about art and creating their own work inspired by several wellknown masterpieces. They even visited

in the newsUMME R 2015 34 SPR ING/S the MFA, impressing the Museum’s docents with how much they knew. Back in the classroom, students produced work inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers series and other famous pieces. They also worked on several collaborative pieces, inspired by Munch’s The Scream and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

Dexter Southfield Gives Back


ervice learning connects students to the world around them, while teaching them how to empathize, lead, and cultivate character and citizenship. Students in all grades engaged in meaningful community service this year. Lower school students, some as young as 4 years old, participated in service projects for local organizations like ReadBoston and Room to Grow, while the upper school Community Service Club organized events throughout the year. Any given service site or project is an extension of the classroom, and the School considers it an opportunity to serve the greater Boston area and beyond. Here are just a few service learning opportunities our students had this year:

Pre-Kindergarten Student Art Show

A Day of Service, Reflection for the Upper School During National Community Service Week this April, all upper school students participated in a Community Service Day. Students, teachers, and advisors divided into groups and visited 12 sites, including the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and Heading Home, Inc., among others. They cleaned community spaces, stocked food pantry shelves, assembled furniture, served meals, and picked up trash along the Charles River. After their service shifts, students returned to campus to hear author, activist, and motivational speaker Travis Roy.

Clean-up along the Charles River during Community Service Day

its mission to support The Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Faculty, staff, and students were encouraged to donate to this great cause. Together the community raised more than $1,800.

to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. To learn more about Bikes Not Bombs, visit

Rally for the Jimmy Fund

First Annual Bikes Not Bombs Bicycle Drive a Success

Dexter Southfield Helps ReadBoston Promote Childhood Literacy

Coinciding with the Red Sox home opener, middle school students raised money for a worthy cause—The Jimmy Fund. The middle school student council provided details of the project, emphasizing the important work of The Jimmy Fund in

On Sunday, April 12, student and faculty volunteers were hard at work on campus, breaking down nearly 50 donated bicycles for the Jamaica Plain–based organization, Bikes Not Bombs. Most of the bikes and bike parts will be sent overseas

This spring, ReadBoston representative Ms. Kerri Schmidt visited with middle school students to thank them for leading the ReadBoston Book Drive. Schmidt spoke of the organization’s important work and its effort to promote childhood


First-grade boys stand behind their class donation to ReadBoston. Bikes Not Bombs bicycle drive literacy for the children of Boston, many of whom do not have access to books beyond their classrooms. Dexter Southfield families donated books in the weeks leading up to the annual Spring Book Fair. As our own students’ faces lit up with joy at the sight of books and stories, it was a tangible reminder of the positive impact reading has in the lives of children. The success- ful book drive resulted in a community donation of 1,500 books.

Community Service Club Teams Up with American Red Cross On Monday, March 9, more than 50 members of the community donated blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive. The on-campus event was organized by Class 12 students John May and Meredith Vlachos, who spent weeks rallying the community for participation and support. More than 20 students also volunteered at the event. Student-organized blood drives on high school and college campuses nationwide account for nearly 20 percent of all donations received by the American Red Cross. The Dexter Southfield Upper School Blood Drive was a huge success, due in large part to John and Meredith’s leadership, organization, and follow-through. Plans are already underway to make this an annual event!

Dexter Southfield Partners with the Museum of Fine Arts


his year kicked off what the School hopes will be a long-term relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). The partnership provides both students and faculty with unlimited access to field trips at the Museum and offers upper school students the opportunity to participate in a student docent program. During its inaugural year, 11 upper school students took advantage of the program, learning how to lead thoughtful discussion and cultivate the audience’s interest in art. After weeks of training with MFA staff and researching specific works of art, the upper school students were ready to

present to the lower and middle students. In the spring, Class 6 girls visited the MFA’s Art of the Americas collection, where their docents—Dexter Southfield upper school students—were stationed to present the artwork. They asked questions about the art and urged the younger students to study the details. They asked about the season, time of day, and setting; they led discussions about the moods portrayed and the stories being told. MFA gallery instructors led four groups of sixth graders to the docents, who were stationed by their objects on three different floors of the American Wing. The sixth-grade students were enthralled; they asked thoughtful questions and engaged in deep conversations with the student-docents.

An upper school docent tours the MFA with Class 6 girls.

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Year in Review The performing arts department had a busy year, successfully producing five plays among Class 5, the middle school, and the upper school. The student-actors worked hard in rehearsals, and their efforts showed on stage. Their attention to detail and dedication to the craft were both apparent and well received. With support from peers, faculty and staff, parents, and the community, this year’s performances were ones to celebrate and remember.

The Sound of Music

This fall, upper school performers showed their talent and range in the timeless musical The Sound of Music. Rounding out the ensemble, several lower school students portrayed the youngest von Trapp children. The play was a huge success for all and “set the stage” for upcoming plays as the school year progressed.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Class 6 students performed A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court this winter. Despite missing several rehearsals to snow days, the performers learned a lot through the process. They gained great on-stage experience and shined in their roles. We look forward to seeing them in future plays!


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Classes 7 and 8 brought the catchy musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to life this spring. Audiences loved the middle school’s take on the family-friendly production.

Death by Dessert Fiske Hall was filled with comedy, mystery, and tasty desserts when the upper school produced Death by Dessert this winter. The dinner theater–style production elevated the performing arts program this year. In this interactive play, actors kept the audience guessing . . . and also served up sweet treats.

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23rd Southfield Field Day Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Final Score Blue: 179.5 White: 150.5

Field Day Series Blue: 13 White: 10

New Grade Records

Class 4 Distance Run Previous Record: 1:59, Maxime Stressenger ’20, White 2012
 New Record: 1:58, Mairead Westover ’23, White Class 6 High Jump

Previous Record: 4’5”

Elisabeth Weeks ’19, Blue 2013 New Record: 4’10”, Maya Whitcomb ’21, Blue (New School Record) Class 6 40-Yard Dash Previous Record: 5.6 seconds, Mollie McColgan ’11, White 2005; Julia Furneaux ’17, Blue 2011 Tied Record: 5.6 seconds, Maya Whitcomb ’21, Blue Class 6 Distance Run 3:05, Eliza Dwinell ’20, Blue 2014 New Record: 2:59, Amelia Tucker ’21, White Previous Record:

Class 8 Running Broad Jump 14’2”, Coco Woeltz ’12, Blue 2008 New Record: 15’2”, Elizabeth Vater ’18, White Previous Record:


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87th Dexter Field Day Thursday, May 28, 2015 Final Score

Massasoits: 215 Mohawks: 163

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

New Grade Records

For more Field Day photos, visit

Class 5 Relay

Class 3 Cross Country Race Previous Record: 1:59, William Vincent ’20, Massasoits 2011; Tanner Martin ’23, Massasoits 2014 New Record: 1:56, Teddy MacAusland ’24, Mohawk

38.8 seconds, Mohawks, 2004 New Record: 38.1 seconds, Massasoits, (Seamus Lappin, Andy Myers, Noah Myers, Paul Tosi)

Class 4 Cross Country Race 1:55, William Vincent ’20, Massasoits, 2012 New Record: 1:49, Tanner Martin ’23, Massasoits

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Class 7 Cross Country Race 3:55, Brian Cloherty ’19, Mohawks, 2014 New Record: 3:47, John Fusco ’20, Mohawk

Class 8 Cross Country Race Previous Record: 3:38, Emil Philipp ’16, Mohawks, 2012 New Record: 3:36, Jackson Stone ’19, Mohawk

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Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools

• All students in grades PK-2 take several physical education classes each week. • The tradition of Dexter Southfield’s intramural program lives on for students in grades 3-6. These student-athletes (proud Massie/ Mohawk or Blue/White team members) participate in nine different sports throughout the year. • 25 middle school teams compete throughout the year. At the middle school level, the focus is on participation. • 30 varsity and sub-varsity upper school teams compete throughout the year. • All but two upper school teams (boys varsity basketball and boys varsity tennis) are coached by Dexter Southfield faculty members. • Five varsity teams—girls soccer, ice hockey, and basketball and boys ice hockey and basketball—made it to the post-season. Both boys and girls ice hockey made it to championship games. • This was the first post-season appearance in the program’s history for boys’ basketball. • More than 12 senior athletes plan to play at the collegiate level next year.

from the archives


The original Newton Street campus pool was just as popular in 1966 as it is today. The Lincoln Pool, named for William A. Lincoln, has since been enclosed, providing students with year-round access to swim classes, practices, and meets.

Help us share and celebrate the School’s history. Do you have photos from your Dexter or Southfield days? Send scanned copies, along with identifying captions and other related information, to the Office of Communications at 20 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02445, or We will add it to the School’s archival collection, and may run it in the “From the Archives” or Class Notes section of the Magazine.



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

1938 Frederick Richardson writes, “Can’t believe I retired 25 years ago from teaching chemistry. I taught for 31 years (1958–1989) at Belmont Hill School (perfect for me!), after three years at Orford High School in Orford, N.H., and three years at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. I had a good, solid education at Freeman Street, Brookline. Thanks, Dexter and Miss Fiske!”

1944 Richard Paine writes, “Marty and I moved from Nashua, N.H., to Norwell, Mass., last fall. We have three grandchildren in college (two at Trinity and one at Hamilton).”

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Lionel Salem,

Lionel Salem writes, “A project that I’ve been thinking about during the last year: a ‘House of Beliefs,’ a very simple building in which all major religious creeds could meet and pray, with also a promenade for

non-believers. There is nothing in the world even remotely resembling this project (just a ‘Temple of Tolerance’ in tiny Wapakoneta, Ohio). I am trying to get several French cities interested. I drafted a diagram of what the ‘House of Beliefs’ might look like, based on a model of seven religions. That is not an absolute limit, so the drawing could change. I could have separated Islam into two (Sunnites and Shiites), added Shintoism, etc. Possibly a U.S. city

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Reunion 2016 Sat u rday, May 14

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

might be interested in housing this interfaith project, especially if I don’t find any interest in France or Great Britain.”

1951 Richard Floyd writes, “My wife, Kay, and I have spent 40 years in Oklahoma City, a great place to raise a family! She is the state director of Head Start, and I’m active in broadcasting. Our eldest son, Scott, and his family live in Boston, and he is an MD-Ph.D. with his own lab at MIT. He’s also on the staff at Beth Israel Hospital as a radiation oncologist. Our son, Matt, is an attorney, and he and his family live in Dallas. I would love to see any alumni coming through O.K.C.”

1952 George Crocker writes, “I’m living in Portsmouth, R.I., active in yacht race judging and race management. I’ve been married to Joan for 10 years now. Best wishes to mates who are around to read our Class Notes.” Philip Tobey writes, “My wife, Solace, and I continue to live at Linden Ponds in



J. Linzee Coolidge ’49

When did you attend Dexter? Where did you continue your education? I entered Dexter as a third grader in 1945. After leaving, I went to St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., and then on to Harvard College, where I graduated in the Class of ’59. After Harvard, I went to Columbia University and got a master’s degree in American history. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the degree, but it sure was fun studying in Manhattan. What are you doing professionally? I managed and invested in residential apartments for most of my career. After graduating from Columbia, I joined a small company doing real estate rehabilitation in South Boston; we’d buy abandoned buildings and rehab them as apartments. Mel King, a community activist and well-known figure in Boston, was one of my partners. Then I started buying my own properties in Back Bay and Beacon Hill. I managed these for about 20 years, buying and selling some along the way. Now I’m down to just one building on Beacon Hill, where my wife and I currently live. What is new or exciting in your personal life? I started the Dusky Foundation, named after my first dog. We support a number of community organizations in Gloucester, Mass., including Open Door, Pathways for Children, and the Cape Ann Museum, among others. It’s gratifying to help these organizations. What are your favorite memories from Dexter? My birthday was on the same day as Mrs. Caswell’s, the wife of the Head of School. When it was your birthday, you got to walk out of the dining hall first, so every year Mrs. Caswell would call my name, put her arm around my waist, and we’d walk out together. It was a wonderful thing— I still remember it!

Hingham, Mass. I was a coeducational school teacher for 15 years. Mr. Phinney offered me a teaching job at the old Dexter School in 1979, but Southfield School had not yet been established. I went on to a second career in engineering and technical writing. My photo appeared on the front page of The Boston Globe in connection with an article about the use of networking skills in changing careers. Sailing and racing for the America’s Cup were lifetime hobbies. I had a special chance to crew on the 12-meter Easterner during the 1962 Cup Trials. Easterner was owned by Chandler Hovey, grandfather of my Dexter 1952 classmate, Chandler ‘Bee’ Hovey. Bee’s aunt and uncle were aboard the Easterner in 1962, and they lived next door to my parents in Chestnut Hill. I will always remember shaking hands with Chandler Hovey, Sr., who said to me, ‘It’s been good to have had you aboard!’ Bee’s aunt and uncle were special guests of 1989 J-Class Regatta Organizers, and I went to special events as guests of the Hovey family. The Hovey connection led to special chances to crew and race on the British J-Boats Endeavour and Shamrock V. We are proud of our children, Liz and Rob, and their achievements. After seven years of hard work, Liz has published Federico Grisone’s ‘The Rules of Riding’: An Edited Translation of the First Renaissance Treatise on Classical Horsemanship. Liz graduated from Smith College in ’93, received an A.M. from Maryland in ’95, and Ph.D. ibid in ’05. Liz lives in Greenbelt, Md., with her two cats, Miss Kitty and Sage. Rob graduated from Ithaca College in ’95, and is a flautist and freelance website designer living in Cohasset, Mass.”

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A. Diehl Jenkins

Leonard Holmes writes, “Prior to our 50th reunion, which I sadly missed because of a visit to Hong Kong to see my daughter, Melissa, I prospered in a career in the packaging industry. That in turn followed graduation from Boston University and a three-year stint on a naval destroyer. A lifelong dream to bike crosscountry was accomplished in 2007, which led to a friendship with Bob Frick, a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and a 3,100-mile bike tour from the Oregon



coast to St. Louis on the Lewis and Clark Trail in 2012. Also, 2013 was an eventful year. It got me up close and personal with the America’s Cup as a committed volunteer and as the father of a member of the Oracle team. Melissa married a sail designer on the team and now lives in New Zealand. Naturally, we are now regular travelers to both islands annually. In that year also, a professional certificate was bestowed on me as a tour guide capable of both San Francisco and worldwide tours. This has become a significant passion, providing lots of activity, fun, substantial education, and new acquaintances from around the world. My daughter, Danielle, lives just three miles from us and shares her two beautiful daughters, ages 3 and 5, with us often. Louiselle continues to pursue hobbies of gardening, tennis, china painting and the travel that we enjoy together. Stay tuned to more news about Bob and my charitable efforts for Habitat for Humanity. On May 9, we departed on the Cycle of Hope III ride from San Francisco to Savannah—3,400 miles, over 60 riding days, concluding in mid-July. Wish us luck. Is a San Francisco visit in your future? Use coupon code ‘Dexter’ for a free tour of unique sights that you’ve not seen in the city. Contact” A. Diehl Jenkins writes, “Patty and I are both doing well; still living not far from where it all began. We live in Dedham and summer in Marblehead. We have three grown children, two here in the Boston area and one living in Naples/Nantucket. We have four grandchildren, ages 12 down to 2 months. We have one Dexter graduate, which has kept us close to the School.” Nathaniel Pierce writes, “I am now living on the eastern shore of Maryland and serve an Episcopal Church in Quantico, Md. I also serve as the Bishop’s Chaplain for Health Care Institutions for the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. My term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Episcopal Church will end in 2018.” H. Tim Russell writes, “I would like to be able to say that I have lived up to Headmaster Caswell’s motto, ‘Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.’ Although I have not, it still sticks with me like so many other learning experiences of those years. Who can forget the hot school lunches and being SO nervous if we were programmed

Len Holmes ’54 and his family

to sit next to either Mr. or Mrs. Caswell? (Fun fact: I think my birthday was the same as Mrs. Caswell’s). Who can forget hearing ‘Meditation’ from Jules Massenet’s opera Thais, which Mr. Caswell played often at beginning-of-school study hall? Perhaps it woke those music genes for me to have had a wonderful life involved in singing (and some conducting). Who can forget Miss Seale, my first Dexter teacher in third grade, and how patient she was with me? Or Ted Rand, in the sixth grade, getting me ‘excited’ about history (in which I majored at college)? Or making new friends like Lennie Holmes and Diehl Jenkins and Tom Botsford (although Lennie and Diehl were both Mohawks—BOO!)? It was a special place, that ‘old’ campus. I remember reading the class boards in study hall with these names that I ‘knew’ because of where they went and what they did post-Dexter School.”

1955 John “Mac” Callaway writes, “The sun is out in Copenhagen. I’ve been living and working here for the last 20 years. I’m even thinking about retiring in a year or two. I’ve been working as an economist for more than 40 years in five different states and two countries. In the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to visit with Neil Raymond and Richard Church, both ’56. John Gaither ’56 also visited me recently in Denmark. Maybe I’ll make contact with Gordon Cranmer, who’s now living in Norway. Perhaps we could

Diehl Jenkins ’54 and his wife Patty on a quail shoot on the Georgia border

reunite—Church, Raymond, Cranmer, and Callaway—and terrorize Marlboro Street, as we did once upon a time.” James “Dow” Davis writes, “Following retirement from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government eight years ago, we moved to Brownsville, Vt. After eight wonderful years we wanted to be near ‘some’ of our grandchildren and moved to Cotuit on Cape Cod. With 15 grandchildren between us, we find the Cape a real attraction for them as we are active boaters in the summer. I have served for more than 17 years as chair of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, probably best known for the support we provide for PBS children programs

45 and also Ken Burns’ many films. Recently, I agreed to co-chair the fundraising for my 50th reunion at Middlebury College. Never a dull moment in retirement!”

1956 George Whitelaw, Jr. writes, “I am currently spending my ‘golden years’ practicing orthopedic surgery at Milton Hospital, but I am also spending much time in Costa Rica helping to give health care to children who otherwise have nothing. We are currently working on developing a mobile clinic in order to get to those hard-toreach areas. Anyone interested in knowing more or donating can either email me or go to our website,”

1957 William Clift writes, “No educational accomplishments since Dexter and high school except for one year at Columbia University. I have never looked back, though my wife of 45 years is a Ph.D. from Harvard. We have three children, who are all artists in one way or another, and we have lived in Santa Fe since 1971. Photography has been my primary interest and still is mostly. They call it ‘art photography.’ I still work with film in black and white. Not a sniff even of retirement. Why would one? The world has been very good to me. I’ve had two Guggenheim fellowships, as well as a couple of NEA grants. I’ve had my photographs in 90 museums all over the place, not that any of that is of any real importance in a life lived. The main thing is that I’ve been able to do what deeply attracts me and somehow made a living at the same time as having a rich family life. And it all continues. Dexter was the best period of my formal education. I was often bored, but here and there enjoyed myself, particularly in sports. It was great to be able to be active in all the different sports rather than only those that I was good at. I do miss, still, Mr. Caswell.”

1958 Nicholas Hinch writes, “Great 50th reunion at Milton Academy in June last year. Then it was back to work with Boeing, traveling to Miami and twice more to Singapore to teach on the B-787. As I

Nick Hinch ’58 and his wife, Lanique

write this in March, I am once again in Singapore. Great to be able to escape the cold Colorado winters for warmer climates, and nice to also have my wife, Lanique, join me in Miami twice last year. My wallet seems to suffer a bit, though. Funny how wives always seem to be able to locate the best shopping as soon as they arrive somewhere. I wonder if they take a class for that. Best to all at Dexter for a happy and healthy 2015.”


A sculpture by Mac Dewart ’60 called Late Flower Alphabet

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Dick Brickley, Fred Makrauer,

Robert Ziegler writes, “After 40 years of teaching Huysmans, Baudelaire, and French conjugations, I retired last August as professor of liberal studies at Montana Tech. After a shattering illness, my wife, Louise, and I relocated to Florida for a seemingly easier life and for the opportunity to spend time with our beloved daughter, Mary, now a law professor at Florida State. My latest, and likely last, book, Octave Mirbeau’s Fictions of the Transcendental, is scheduled to come out with the University of Delaware Press this May. Wishing all the best to classmates, survivors of chipped beef lunches, and life-long admirers of the beloved Francis Caswell and hope they enjoy a gratifying anniversary!”

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Mac Dewart,

Mac Dewart writes, “I submitted a recent picture of a sculpture called Late Flower Alphabet. A version of this is now in the San Marco Museum in Lima, Peru. All good wishes.”

The cover of Bill Sargent’s latest book, Islands in the Storm.

Benjamin Phinney writes, “Just retired from the director of advancement role at Dexter Southfield in 2013, and have recently moved to Bozeman, Mont.” Bill Sargent writes, “Hmm, this feels a lot like homework! I have spent most of




Dr. Frederick L. Makrauer ’59

Brothers Donald and David Tenney, both Class of 1960

When did you attend Dexter? Where did you continue your education? I was a member of the Class of 1959. I attended Milton Academy, 1965, received my bachelor’s from Princeton University in 1969, then my MD degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1973. I completed my internal medicine training at Columbia’s Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1976. I concluded my postgraduate training in gastroenterology in 1979 at Tufts University’s program at the St. Elizabeth and Faulkner Hospitals in Boston. What are you doing professionally? I’m an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the teaching faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. My principle clinical work is the care of persons with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the New England Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. In addition, with my colleagues at BWH and Yale, I am seeking to introduce a national curriculum in global health for gastroenterology training. What is new or exciting in your personal life? My wife of 42 years, Louise, and I became grandparents four years ago and now have three wonderful grandchildren (photo above). Being part of their lives and those of their parents has been a wonderful gift.

my time since 1978 writing books. Before that I was a wastrel. So far I have written 20. I find it keeps me alive. I pray to God to just keep me alive so I can finish this one last book. Then quick before She notices, start another. Seems to have worked so far, so I will probably keep doing it. On the other hand it could be the oysters that I scratch out of the Ipswich marsh from an undisclosed location. But I can only do that in the R months, so it must be the books that are doing the trick! Did I mention the books are on!” Donald Tenney writes, “Marty and I are living in Castine, Maine, on beautiful Penobscot Bay. I retired from a career in cancer diagnostics with Bayer Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare. Marty’s career was in publishing. We have two daughters, Sarah and Leah, both married and living in the Boston area. Sarah and Jeff’s son, Alden, is our first grandchild, and is a total joy! Leah and her husband, Eamon, will become parents in June. With two grandchildren we’ll just have to share the love. If any of our classmates are in the Penobscot Bay area, please contact us. We’d be delighted to see you.”

What are your favorite memories from Dexter?


My passion for language has been Dexter’s most enduring gift: the origin

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of words, the rhythm and sounds of a great sentence, the meanings they can impart. Also ranking high on my list are my trip to the Boston Athenaeum in sixth grade to research Virgilian poetry, studying my orange paperback vocabulary book and, of course, athletics and the rules of life they taught: competition (losing, and winning), teamwork, courage (football, boxing), and fitness (mens sana in corpore sano!).

Stephen MacAusland,


1963 C l a s s Ag e n t

Mike Sherman,

William Black writes, “Oh, how great it is to be able to remember the Dexter School as it was between 1961–1964 when I was there. I had the privilege of seeing headmasterships under both Francis Caswell and Bill Phinney. Mr. Phinney was likely one of the most influential teachers I ever had; Latin with Mr. Caswell was out of sight!! I’m in South Carolina still, working with music and meteorology. After graduating from Stonehill College in 1973, I went on to get further education in computer science. Even though at that time, computers were sort of an enigma to many of us, I’m very glad I did it; when the desktop PC and laptops became widespread in the ’90s, I was very prepared. I’ve been married and have lived here in S.C. for more than 10 years. My best wishes to all my classmates, including Stewart Young, Karl Riemer, and Dan Hamilton, who may all remember me as ‘Jay.’ ” Mike Sherman writes, “Inspired by the many examples of wonderful teaching we experienced at Dexter, I am in my 43rd year of teaching math at Belmont Hill, where I have taught many terrific Dexter grads. I often think of the enthusiasm, joy, and humor which Francis Caswell, George Wright, and George Dalrymple, among many others, brought to the classroom, and I try to channel their energy in my teaching. Along the way I was fortunate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award last year at The Chestnut Hill School, which I attended before Dexter. In a graduation speech, I told of my lifelong love of learning and sharing knowledge, which Dexter had a pivotal role in nourishing. It was great to see a full one-third of our class two years ago at our 50th reunion, a testimony to our loyalty to the spirit and ideals of the School.”



Lev Byrd ’65 When did you attend Dexter? Where did you continue your education? I entered in the first grade and graduated in 1965. This year was my 50th reunion, and it was great that so many classmates returned to visit. After Dexter, I attended Nobles, then went on to Harvard and earned a degree in economics. After playing hockey in Green Bay and Finland, I taught at Nobles for two years before moving to Colorado with my wife, Cathy, to teach at Aspen Country Day School. After four years, we moved back to Needham, and I have been teaching at Dexter ever since. What are you doing professionally? Currently, I teach ninth-grade geometry and fourth- and fifth-grade health class. I film the public speaking programs; coach grades three, four and five sports; and fill in wherever needed. I have been driving the Needham bus for the past 20 years. This past winter was one of the toughest! What is new or exciting with your personal life? Cathy and I raised two girls, Rosalie and Emily. The exciting news in our family—we are grandparents! Rosalie’s daughter, Nora, is 1-1/2 years old, and Emily’s daughter, Kennedy, is 4 months old. We love seeing them on Facetime. I still play hockey with our group, “the former legends.” My teammates include Dexter classmates, parents, and graduates, as well as Nobles and Harvard teammates. I have played with one teammate for more than 50 years. Can you imagine! I’ve been a beekeeper for 30 years. Generally, I have two or three hives that produce between five and eight gallons of honey each year. I am often asked how many times I get stung; most years, I escape with only two or three. The bees only get mad when I take their honey.

C l a s s Ag e n t s

Jay Baldwin, Robert Lawrence, Robert Sedgwick, rsedgwick@

Charles Bradshaw writes, “Since September 2013, my wife, Beth, and I have lived in Mityana, Uganda. I am the principal of

Who were your favorite Dexter teachers? My favorite teachers were Mr. Lowry, Mr. Langdon, and Mr. Wright, my fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade teachers. Mr. Tyldesly was great, and Jack, our bus driver, was terrific, too.



Bishop Lutaaya Theological College and Vocational Centre, where Beth is the music instructor. We are training pastors, pre-school teachers, counselors, and musicians for the Anglican Church of Uganda, as well as offering instruction in marketable skills for the benefit of residents in Mityana and nearby districts. More information about our mission is at http://”

1965 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Lev Byrd, Charlie Haydock, chaydock@

Lev Byrd writes in late March, “Looking forward to the 50th reunion and catching up with classmates. Over the years I have been able to stay in touch with a number of you. I see my good friend Bill Harwood on Vinalhaven, Maine, every summer. Occasionally, I run into Vernon Woodworth on North Haven. I see Denny Cutler at our Nobles reunions. He can still fit into his letter sweater, which most of us cannot do. I have been playing hockey with Ogden Hunnewell for a number of years, too many to count. He and I still play against each other most of the time as we did when he was at Milton and Princeton. I see Charlie Haydock quite often here at Dexter Southfield, since he is on the board. Roy Mabrey and Ted MacAusland are around as well. Since I have been teaching at Dexter Southfield for quite a few years, I have seen Ogden’s, Charlie’s, Roy’s, and now Teddy’s three children come through. Dickie Harding and Richard Norton have appeared at some of the past reunions. Finally, Greg Gross stopped by last year to visit the School. I had not seen him since graduation, so we had a nice time catching up. Hopefully a number of the Class of 1965 will make the effort to return. Dexter Southfield is a great school; you will be impressed.” Also in late March, William Harwood writes, “I have been happily practicing law in Portland, Maine, for the past 35 years. I am looking forward to our 50th reunion in May and sharing stories with classmates about Cas, Dal and the ‘gas house gang’ from 169 Freeman St. I’m also looking forward to hearing from classmate and good friend Lev Byrd about what it is like to try to fill the shoes of all our great Dexter teachers.”


semester of college. In other words, we’re enjoying being empty-nesters.”

Pete Taussig writes, “Played in the alumni hockey game on the Olympic-sized surface and survived in one piece. I wasn’t even the oldest, being paired with Lev Byrd ’65 on D. I’m still in the investment game and sit on several private company boards. Trips afar the last few years include Tanzania safari and combo Amazon/ Machu Picchu/Galapagos. Both highly recommended to be on top of your bucket list. Lots of emails with classmates and funny old stories, especially from mad hatter Harry Blackman once the Patriots’ secret weapon Ernie Adams was revealed in several Super Bowl-related articles to be the real brains and mad scientist behind Belichick. See you all at next year’s 50th.”

John Leith writes, “It is always nice to hear from classmates. My wife, Brenda, and I have three sons, ages 26, 24, and 20, respectively. Our oldest son, Andrew, was admitted to graduate school to earn his Ph.D. in computational biology. This is part of the growing field in evidence-based medicine. An additional interest of his is treating age like a disease; he looks at life-extension and tries to improve the quality of life for elderly people as they become more susceptible to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and dementia. Our middle son, Ben, lives in Tucson, Ariz., working at Raytheon. He can’t tell us what he does. Our youngest son is a junior at RPI studying engineering. My twin brother, Alexander ‘Sandy’ Leith, and his wife, Eileen, live nearby, and I see them fairly often. He has three children as well, two sons, and a daughter.”

1968 Christopher LaFarge writes, “I’m running the medical device company I founded in 2007, and we are about to launch our first product, a prostate cancer diagnostic device, in Europe. My wife, Vicki, is the associate dean for academic affairs at Bentley University and is enjoying fulltime administrivia. Our son is six years out of college and now in graduate school in Sweden, and our daughter is in her last

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1969 C l a s s Ag e n t

Robert Thorndike,

Jon Rand writes, “My wife, Meg, and I are celebrating our 34th year working in independent schools. We are in our 17th year at Tilton School in New Hampshire, where she has been the assistant librarian and I have held positions as director of admissions, co-director of the ninth- and 10th-grade programs, ceramics and pottery teacher, and head wrestling and lacrosse coach. Our two children reside in Burlington, Vt.” Robert Thorndike writes, “Hello, Dexter classmates! Four years from now, we will celebrate our 50th class reunion/anniversary! Wouldn’t it be great to reconnect and get together to celebrate!? There are several classmates who are AWOL (i.e. unknown contact info). Have you kept in touch with any old buddies from our Dexter class? Send me an email and touch base. Tell me where you are in life and what is going on. My wife, Gail, and I have recently moved back to Scituate, Mass., where we started our life together 33 years ago. We have three grown kids (ages 27 to 31). Drop me a note or email. Let’s see how many of us can reconnect before our 50th reunion. Wouldn’t it be FUN to all get together!?”



Andre Stark ’72

1970 C l a s s Ag e n t

Peter Fuller,

1972 C l a s s Ag e n t

Ned Pride, Andre Stark,

When did you attend Dexter? Where did you continue your education? I joined the Dexter family in 1969, and was in Mr. Langdon’s fifth-grade homeroom. It’s been more than 40 years, and I’m still a proud Massie! After eighth grade, I attended Nobles with 12 of my Dexter classmates. Post high school, I headed west to the University of Rochester, then north to the University of Vermont. I am glad I transferred to UVM, loving both the school and the location. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and the intention to get my master’s degree, but realized after attending graduate classes at Boston University that I wanted to work. What are you doing professionally? I began my career at Fidelity Investments, but didn’t love it. I changed paths and moved into the television industry. Cable was just starting in the late ’80s, and I found a job with CableVision, where I worked on the Cable Comedy Show. I moved on to other jobs in the field that allowed me to travel.

Currently, I’m working on a documentary about Daniel Mendoza, an

18th-century boxer from England. I traveled there in the spring to film and, while across the Atlantic, I visited classmates Robert Cracknell ’72 and Tom Leavitt ’74 in London. I also do a lot of public speaking and I credit Dexter for my fearless ability to speak in front of crowds. What is new or exciting in your personal life? My son Shane attended Dexter Southfield from Kindergarten through eighth grade, and now attends Nobles. Work keeps me busy, so I haven’t had a chance to dust off the skis from my UVM days. What are your favorite memories from Dexter? When I was in eighth grade, I was a member of the Dexter Glee Club. We went to the Harvard University Memorial Church and ended up recording an album. It was exciting!

Alexis Belash writes, “We moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2011 with our twin daughters to pursue an opportunity for my wife with the Malaysian Central Bank. I did a lot of soccer and rugby coaching as well as charity work for my girls’ international school. We traveled all over Southeast Asia to play as well as explore, and did a lot of scuba diving in the South China Sea. While we were gone, our house in Milton burned down, and we rebuilt it from afar. We are now back in our new home readjusting to life in the States and a lot of snow.” Chip Fay writes, “I’m living in Bali, Indonesia, working on environmental, human rights, and climate change challenges. I have three daughters, the oldest cutting her pathway at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and two still in high school. I’m married to a human rights lawyer. Life continues to be good to us. I still have great memories of Dexter. Our youngest daughter is spending a year with friends in Princeton, N.J. When I visit, I walk the campus and think of and miss our dear friend Doug Boles.”

1973 Christian Melby writes, “It’s been a long, long time since I left school in early April 1973 to travel to Australia with my family. I expected there to be a next grade when we returned in August, but somehow that next grade never appeared! A mad dash to get into Rivers, then onto Colby, then onto Penn State for a master’s in psychology. I first lived in a condo in Jamaica Plain, now a house in Milton. I’ve held a number of positions over the years: technical writer, documentation manager, real estate brokerage owner, freelance editor, etc. I’m now married, have a daughter at Dexter Southfield, and a summer house across the bay from Lucy (nee Phinney), our dancing school partner in years gone by. I still communicate with



Henry “Steel” Smith and a couple of members of the old crowd on Facebook.”

1974 C l a s s Ag e n t

Chris Reynolds,

Chris Reynolds writes, “Greetings, fellow ’74ers! My family and I are healthy and hope you and yours are, too. After Dexter, I went to Nobles and Dartmouth. I fell in love with innovation and high technology and embarked on a fulfilling career in venture finance. My lucky break was marrying Bredt Handy, a supermom, artist, and publishing executive. We have two boys. Cliff majored in Chinese at Tufts and graduated last May. He is completing an internship at National Defense University this spring and then headed to Indonesia on a Fulbright. Henry studied at King’s Academy in Jordan and is now a fourthyear at UVA, majoring in Arabic and philosophy. We live in Wayland, Mass. For relaxation I try to sail boats (I have been a beginner for 40 years) and sing in a band. Three years ago I was delighted to re- engage with Dexter Southfield, and each year I become more involved and happier for it. I have vast respect for Todd Vincent, and I am thrilled by the School’s very successful combination of tried and true educational methods with new and hip additions where appropriate. The environment pairs very high standards with deep, genuine support to create an atmosphere of opportunity and promise. One of my favorite activities is giving tours of Dexter Southfield to classmates. The dazzling location, grounds, faculty, and students can help you feel hopeful for the world. I love hearing from classmates; please be in touch if you’d like to have coffee or lunch on the hill!”

1978 Matthew Carroll writes, “All good here with two young daughters, living in South Natick and providing IT security audits and advisory for healthcare and all other organizations in today’s hacker-infested world. Lots of skiing, skating, swimming, gymnastics, jumping rope, and, of course, playing dolls and dress-up! Would love an impromptu reunion!”

Andrew Ford writes, “I completed my bachelor’s at UMass-Boston, and hold a NSCA-CSCS certification and IYCA certification. I am currently employed parttime as head strength and conditioning coach at Sport Specific Fitness in Cohasset, Mass., and self-employed part-time as an in-home personal trainer. Previously I worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Train Boston Sports Performance in Wellesley, Mass., and at Sport-Rx Sports Performance Systems in Pembroke and Bridgewater, Mass. I have worked with professional, collegiate, Olympic, high school, and middle school athletes, as well as post-injury athletes and nonathletes. I married my wife, Diane, 21 years ago, and we have two children, Heather (21) and AJ (18). Heather is a successful cancer survivor, and AJ is soon to be college bound.”

1979 C l a s s Ag e n t s

H. Tony DiRico, Greg Keating, John Stephenson,

Fred Ewald writes, “After Dexter I attended Noble and Greenough, earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and an master’s degree in accounting from the University of Hartford, followed by an M.B.A. from NYU. I am currently the CEO at MarketOne International. I have four children, ages 8, 10, 10, and 11, all of whom are currently attending Dexter Southfield.” Greg Keating writes, “I live in Brookline, Mass., with my wife, Sarah, and three children, ages 16, 13, and 12. I practice law at Littler Mendelson, the largest law firm in the country representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. I have developed national expertise advising companies on how to foster a culture of compliance and litigation when someone ‘blows the whistle.’ In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed me to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, and in 2014, I testified in the United States Senate on creating a culture of compliance in the workplace.”

Scott Tyldesley ’81 and Devin Cokinos ’28 at the dedication ceremony

1980 C l a s s Ag e n t

Craig Oliver,

Chris Hayes writes, “I’m very pleased to hear of Dexter Southfield’s growth. Dexter indeed set me on a good path, and I’ve been very fortunate, after more than 25 years as an independent school teacher and administrator, to end up as the Head of School at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Fla. I trust that with Denny Wright still at the school, Dexter is in very good hands. I have many memories of Dexter, including Johnny and Bobby Lane switching classes one day just to see how long it would take teachers to figure it out. I remember our class losing Ricky Peyser to leukemia. Very sad. Mr. Bradlee was hugely influential, not only showing me a life of the mind, but also modeling how to be a gentleman. My parents had the misguided notion that moving to New Jersey would be a good idea, so off I went after seventh grade.”

1981 Last summer, the Harwich Fire Department Engine 69 honored the late Al Tyldesley, who served as department captain for 14 years. Prior to his career as a firefighter, “Mr. T” taught at Dexter and is remembered fondly by former students and colleagues. His son,

51 Scott Tyldesley ’81, and family friend Devin Cokinos ’28 (son of assistant athletic director Amy Cokinos) are pictured on page 50 at the dedication ceremony.

1982 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Read Coughlin, Charlie Forbes, Jim Stamatos,

Read Coughlin writes, “I am living in Dedham with my wife, Kate, and our three children, who all attend Dexter Southfield. No complaints in life; love to hear from anyone passing through Boston or Martha’s Vineyard in the summer.” Mark Driscoll writes, “I recently took a new a job with Wyman Street Advisors as a commercial real estate broker. I am living in Weston with my wife, Sandie, and two children, Markie and Samantha. I enjoy running into my Dexter classmates in and around Boston.” Charlie Forbes writes, “I am still living in Jamaica Plain and can be found occasionally shooting lacrosse balls on Cornish Field. Dexter was a great fit for both of my boys, and all of us still follow the School’s success with tremendous pride. I had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Mirageas at one of his son’s Groton hockey games this winter, and I am happy to report that Jim is still a celebrity around the rink. Everyone knows him in the prep hockey league—it felt like I was standing next to Bobby Orr! Not surprisingly, Jim’s two boys are also hockey standouts, with his older son headed to the Air Force Academy and his younger son (a freshman at Avon Old Farms) recently committing to Providence College.” James Gussis writes, “I am currently in my 10th year of teaching Latin at the Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut. I am also helping develop the ALIRA, a standardized computer-adaptive assessment, used by schools to measure students’ Latin reading proficiency. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am the head football coach. I am living in Greenwich with my wife, Jill, and children, Georgia and Jason.” Tim Kirk writes, “Dexter and Southfield are the most important educational institutions for me, my wife, and our two

daughters, Laura Kirk ’10 and Helen Kirk ’13. They both graduated from Southfield and Noble and Greenough, and went on to Brown and Skidmore respectively. My wife, Raphaelle, and I live in Needham. I work in sales in the software industry focusing on early-stage venture backed companies. I enjoy reconnecting with Dexter alumni in Boston and around the country to recall fondly our years ‘up on the hill’ and the life lessons we learned there.” James Stamatos writes, “Thirty-three years! After Dexter, I spent four years at Belmont Hill before heading to Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. It was nice to finally see girls in class, and I really enjoyed fraternity life! After graduation I joined the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office with a focus on civil and criminal investigations, which is also where I met my wife, Josie. The next 10 years involved establishing and managing internal corporate investigative programs to help protect company assets at some of Boston’s prominent financial institutions. When the economy sputtered, I decided to switch gears and took over a small food brokerage business my father had operated. It has been a great experience and allows me to challenge myself in new ways. It also provides the flexibility to spend more time with my family. I have the privilege of watching my two sons, Zack ’21 (Class 6) and Marcus ’23 (Class 4), learn, compete, and develop in the same classrooms and on the same athletic fields as I did with my Dexter friends many years ago. Surprisingly, I am still a Field Day record holder from 1977. Apparently, I threw a baseball 185 feet. I think Coach Dalrymple had the wrong measuring tape that day! My son Marcus was gunning for that record this spring. I have kept in touch with several Dexter mates over the years and was happy to help connect others as we remembered and raised scholarship funds in memory of our classmate Nick Sheehy this past year. The campus looks great, the teachers and coaches are as engaged as ever, Mr. Vincent’s leadership is inspiring, and the sports teams are strong and exciting to watch! I hope I see many of you soon.” Andy Thompson writes, “After Dexter, I graduated from Tabor Academy, where I played football and rowed crew, and Ohio Wesleyan University. At OWU, I was a four-year member of the men’s rugby

club, so the days of tackling without a face mask at Dexter certainly paid off. My career has been spent primarily in fundraising for a number of schools and organizations including Brown University and Boston College. I am currently the director of advancement at Charles River School in Dover, Mass., where I have also lived for the past 13 years with my wife and three children, a daughter who is 15, and sons who are 13 and 11. I stay active coaching my boys in football and lacrosse and spend summers in Westport, Mass., where I enjoy playing golf and fishing.”

1983 C l a s s Ag e n t

Chris Roy,

Chris Roy writes, “As a recently appointed trustee at Dexter Southfield, it has been my great privilege to get more closely involved with the school that, during my most formative years, provided such a superb long-term foundation for life’s various pursuits. Professionally, I work with Windrose Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm in the Boston area, and I have been in the investment business since 1993, in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York areas. Personally, I met my (now) wife, Annie, in Maine (during our college days at Bowdoin). Annie’s brother, Cameron Read ’87, was also a Dexter grad. We live in Lexington, Mass., and are blessed with four wonderful young children, Galen (11), Read (8), Coulson (6), and Edie (2).” Sean McLaughlin writes, “After marrying a beautiful girl from Boston College, I started, ran for 10 years, and sold a company in Boston called Eze Castle Software, building trading systems for Wall Street hedge funds. After that, I did a stint in government with the Bush #2 administration, working in Treasury as a White House fellow. I specifically worked on large-scale computer systems for tracking illicit money—my work was totally worthless and ignored. Then they asked me to be COO of the American Red Cross for a much-needed restructuring—actually a stone’s throw away from the Treasury Department. I did that and finally decided government was not for me. We lived for three years within two miles of Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va. While there, child number eight was born, Paul, our only Virginian. The older kids received a



great experience living in the nation’s capital. Then we decided to move to Anchorage, Alaska. I made some investments and bought a few companies there. I spend my weekdays working on the companies and weekends and vacations exploring and hunting in Alaska. My older kids have all killed moose and innumerable salmon, and one is a pilot. I am also a PA-18 supercub and helicopter R-44 pilot. We had two more children in Alaska, bringing the total to 10—at current, spanning ages 20 to 4. I have a kid in college— Maria, the oldest, is a computer science major like her dad at Harvard. I have a child at Groton School and one at Holderness School. After that, you get into the middle of the rest of the family still figuring themselves out: braces, zits, angst, Minecraft, dogs, bikes, etc. The one worth mentioning would be Charlie, a state champion wrestler. Do you remember the sketchy room down in the bowels of the school for wrestling? I think we visited it twice. We maintain a house in Harvard, Mass., which we visit for a month each summer and at Thanksgiving. We always welcome guests. If you have overlapping kids, even better. Of course, you are all welcomed to visit us in Alaska; there’s plenty of room, and we know where the secret fishing spots are. This past year, I endured the first of what I am sure will be many harbingers of growing old—shoulder surgery. After three months, I can throw a ball again. Now I have a finger that is numb—and it is on the other arm! For hobbies, I am super curious about bitcoin, and I am sending two of my kids to Cuba this summer to see if there is a cool opportunity there. We unfortunately will not yet be in Massachusetts at the time of the reunion. Our best to all. And I will still take any of you on in the 50-yard dash (even Will Grote, who claims he was robbed). My wife and I maintain Instagram accounts: @mclalaska and @mrsmclalaska. Follow us, and we will follow you back!” David Spalding writes, “I am working at ESPN as a systems engineer and live in Connecticut. We design and build all of that technology that you watch on SportsCenter! It’s been a very busy year because we also had our first child, Jacob, in November. I get up to Boston now and again to visit family but haven’t been to

Sean McLaughlin’s 10 children in Alaska

the School since we had our reunion in 2008. Hard to believe it’s been that long.” Michael Woods writes, “Hi, folks! I live in Brooklyn with a wife who likes me much of the time and two kids who I dare say do, too. Wife is Jessica, daughters are Annabelle (8) and Juliette (4). They are all three good about indulging my career, which consists of writing and speaking about boxing. Google me and boxing if you are curious! Take care.”

1984 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Todd Bourrell, John Finley, Ephraim Hochberg, ehochberg@

John Finley writes, “I am currently living in downtown Boston and running Epiphany School in Dorchester (www.epiphanyschool. com). I’d love to connect with any classmates: Drinks? Dinner? Maybe a visit to Epiphany?” Ephraim Hochberg writes, “Hello to all my Class of ’84 colleagues. I am an oncologist at Mass General Hospital specializing in lymphomas. I have three young children and have the distinction of living within walking distance of Dexter!” Roddy Scheer writes, “I am a journalist and photographer based in Seattle, Wash. Among other projects, I produce the EarthTalk Q&A column syndicated to

1,300 media outlets across North America, and the accompanying website. Falcon Press published my guidebook, Hiking Waterfalls in Washington: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes, in June 2015. Check out more of my work at” Zach Shapiro writes, “Dear all, life has been great in SoCal. I am the Rabbi of Temple Akiba, a Reform Congregation in Culver City. My husband, Ron Galperin, is the controller of Los Angeles. So we are a nice mix of politics and religion! I try to keep in touch with Dexter faculty, as their lessons continue to resonate! Take care.”

1985 C l a s s Ag e n t

Brian Berlandi,

Brian Berlandi writes, “All is well in Sherman, Conn. My law firm is now in its fourth year. Visit It’s keeping me busy and happy. My wife, Katie, began work as a social worker at Danbury Hospital. The kids, Amelia (14), Eloise (11), and John (6), are healthy and happy and going in three different directions at all times. I keep in pretty regular contact with classmates Brayden Mathews and Steve Popeo and have randomly seen others, too, which has been great. Look forward to being back on campus soon. In the meantime, I’m doing my best to make all the NYC events!”

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Derek Boonisar ’85

When did you attend Dexter? Where did you go to school after you left?

1987 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Russ Corsini, Chris Mello, Michael Schnitman, michaelschnitman@

Jonathan “Jay” Habermann writes, “I hope you and your families are all doing well. After spending close to 15 years living and working in New York City as a REIT analyst (at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse), my wife, Jung, and I now reside in Washington, D.C., where we keep busy with our two young children, daughter, Noel, 2, and son, Wes, 1. After Dexter, I attended Belmont Hill before moving to England where I graduated high school from the American School in London. I returned to the U.S. to attend Colgate and later Columbia Business School. I enjoyed visiting Dexter for our 15th class reunion and also reconnecting with several classmates while in Manhattan. On a very sad note, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of Joe Nadol. I am so sorry for your loss.”

I attended Dexter from fourth through eighth grade, graduating in 1985. From there, I went to Noble and Greenough, then the University of Vermont, earning a degree in English with a minor in classics. After graduating, I worked in education for six years before attending Harvard Graduate School of Education for my master’s degree in education. What are you doing professionally? Currently, I am the associate headmaster and head of the upper school at the Fenn School in Concord, Mass. This year marks my 20th anniversary with the School and I couldn’t be happier. I coach the varsity hockey team, and it’s great to get back to Dexter every year to play their middle school team. In addition, I have been a member of the Board of Trustees at Nobles for the past three years. What is new or exciting with your personal life? My wife, Liz, and I have been married for 14 years, and we have enjoyed watching our two children, Caroline, 9, and Christopher, 6, grow up in Sudbury, Mass. I am so lucky to have a job that I absolutely love, but in my spare time I enjoy playing golf and hockey, reading, and spending quality time with my family, especially on the Cape during the summer.

Michael Schnitman writes, “Last June, I took on a new role leading a division of one of the largest asset management firms in Canada, Mackenzie Investments. I still live in Wellesley, but I commute back and forth to Toronto for a few nights every week. Laurel and I have two children, a 5-year-old son named Caden and a 3-yearold daughter named Weslie. This year, both children became excellent skiers, and we spent many fun weekends together in Vermont. We took our first family trip to Disney World this April, and this summer we have plans to make a lemonade stand. My son is excited to sell enough lemonade to buy ‘hundreds of Legos.’ My daughter has become a mini ballerina and was very excited about her first real recital in May. I hope to see Dexter classmates soon.”

1988 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Do you have any favorite memories from Dexter? A few Dexter teachers really had an impact. David Cornish, Mitchell Cabot, Joshua Shapiro, Cotty Saltonstall, and Peter Williamson, just to name a few, were great teachers, men, and mentors. They planted a seed at a young age that I could make a lasting career as an educator. They are truly larger than life figures, and I strive to be that person for the young men at Fenn.

Mark Ragosa, Hardy Watts,



Ford Curran ’91 and Forest Whitaker



Jean-Pierre Casey writes, “I married Anne-Laure de Riverieulx de Varax in February 2014. We are expecting our first child. I am currently a partner at Azure Wealth LLP in London, where I lead its asset management business. I have also been a visiting professor in the economics department of the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, since 2010, as well as an associate research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.”

C l a s s Ag e n t


Ann Corbett, acorbett@

Ann Corbett writes, “I am happy to report that I am back on campus. Literally! In my third year as a Latin teacher in the Dexter Southfield middle school, I have enjoyed seeing the growth and changes since my graduation. I hope many of you will come back to visit campus soon!” Brad Wilson writes, “Once I got a green slip for giving my Dexter hat to a kid on the bus who forgot his.”


John Serafini,

Tom Cullinan, Jr. writes, “My wife and I just had our third baby. Bridgette Glynn Cullinan was born on November 12, 2014, and joins big brothers Tucker (5) and Charlie (3).”

John Serafini writes, “I am living in Hingham, Mass., with my two children, Jack and Vivienne, and wife, Daniele. I am an early-stage venture capital investor with focus upon cyber security, unmanned systems, and wireless communications technologies that impact both federal and commercial markets.”

Charles “Chuck” Dumbaugh writes, “I became a police officer for the Philadelphia Police Department on January 17, 2014. I am living in the East Falls neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia with my wife, Rebecca, whom I married on September 24, 2011.



Lucas Walsh writes, “I completed the Babson College M.B.A. program in May and have returned to the family business of real estate development. I am currently working on a 55+ apartment LIHTC development job in the central part of the state. When not working, I spend my time playing tennis, golf, and various other racquet sports. I live in the Charlestown Navy Yard with my girlfriend and look forward to seeing my Dexter classmates at the next reunion.”

1990 C l a s s Ag e n t

C l a s s Ag e n t

Ford Curran,

Robert Reiser writes, “Back in Boston after working in Vancouver, Canada, last summer. I’m consulting for an enterprise software company, mostly on the legal side. Skiing, sailing, and making sure that the dogs aren’t creating too much damage. Happy to see Alex Whitmore and Taza Chocolate on the front page (in a good way) of The Wall Street Journal a few months ago for his expertise in the chocolate market.” Ford Curran writes, “I am celebrating 11 years at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, where I design advertisements and publications, restore historic photographs and letters, and host celebrity receptions at BU that have included Lauren Bacall, Geena Davis, Keith Lockhart, Ralph Nader, Leonard Nimoy, Robert B. Parker, Mary-Louise Parker, Dan Rather, Susan Sarandon, Forest Whitaker, and Elie Wiesel. I have two children and live in Weston.”

C l a s s Ag e n t

Benjamin Caplan, benjamin.caplan@

Benjamin Caplan writes, “I’m now a family doctor in Boston, thrilled to be married to the woman of my dreams with the world’s sweetest daughter! Looking forward to reconnecting with old friends in the years ahead!”

1995 C l a s s Ag e n t

Scott Selby,

1997 C l a s s Ag e n t

Austin Curran,

C l a s s Ag e n t s

Alex MacNeil, Lucas Walsh,

2000 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Dylan Hayre, Susie Wilson, susannahprentice@

J. Ransom Cook writes, “I work for a great start-up company called Thrive Hive in Kendall Square, Cambridge.” Roy Crockett writes, “I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and was simultaneously commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. After returning from deployment to Afghanistan last year, I married my fiancée, Anais, whom I met while stationed in Arizona. We are now happily living in Yokosuka, Japan, where I have oversight responsibilities for a team of Marines involved in activities in the Asia Pacific. We will be in Japan for three years.”



Sam Sibble ’99

Lucy Fitzpatrick writes, “I am working in admissions at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies in Boston. I am also currently working on my master of education with a concentration in higher education administration at Northeastern University. I live in Back Bay with my husband, Logan Ramseyer. I have been traveling quite a bit this past year and managed to visit Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Paris, Prague, Montego Bay, and Nassau (twice), along with other drivable destinations within the past 12 months.” Marka Kiley writes, “I am currently living in Brooklyn working on my own art. I also work as a studio assistant for the artist Dan Colen. I am currently working on a new body of work which I hope to show in New York City in the fall of 2015.”

When did you attend Dexter? Where did you go to school after you left?

Kathryn McAndrews writes, “I am working in global education at La Mer, which is part of the Estée Lauder Companies. I live in Brooklyn, New York.”

I attended Dexter through the eighth grade and then went on to St. Mark’s. I earned my B.F.A. in film and television from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and my M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. What are you doing professionally? After graduating from Columbia in 2011, I started working at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where I serve a range of clients in our strategy and operations practice. I help clients work efficiently with their third-party suppliers to achieve outstanding financial performance. Whether I’m helping clients build their sourcing functions or evaluating opportunities to reduce their demand from suppliers, I am always challenged in my job, and I love the excitement of working with new clients and helping them position themselves against their unique market pressures. What is new or exciting with your personal life? I recently moved to Atlanta, where my wife and I decided to settle down. As planned, our apartment is twice as large and half as much as our old Manhattan apartment! Lainey and I met as students at Columbia Business School; I served as her peer advisor. It is totally against the rules, but I don’t regret anything. Since I’m a consultant, I spend most of my vacation time travelling (thanks to points!) which has brought me to Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Do you have any favorite memories from Dexter? Every day, I remember starting off with “morning math,” and I think about those mornings all the time.  I remember being challenged in everything that I did and striving to do “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.” I also remember shaping my creative mind performing on stage or in woodshop. The lessons and values that I learned at Dexter are with me every day of my life.

Bahan McDermott writes, “After working for many years in high-end residential real estate and then in marketing for the Harvard Club of Boston, I decided I wanted a change of scenery and thus took off for the West Coast where I live in Newport Beach with my 6-year-old golden retriever, Ghillie. For the past two years I have worked at a women’s trauma and addiction treatment center. Recently I accepted a new position in the same field as an admissions counselor for Lionrock Recovery. While in California, I received my certification as a domestic violence advocate, which allows me to provide support and services to victims in criminal court cases. I am currently studying for the LSAT, and I hope to attend law school in the near future. I hold many volunteer and service positions in my community, my favorite being the mentor role I have in helping struggling women find direction and a sense of purpose in their lives. In my free time you can find me running around the dog beach with Ghillie, hiking the coastal trails of the Southern California beach towns, or applying my Southfield athleticism and competitiveness at CrossFit. I stay in close touch with my parents, Hope and Shaw McDermott ’62, and younger brother, Hugh McDermott ’07, who live back on the East Coast. Over Christmas, the family visited my eldest brother, Devlin McDermott ’98, who lives with his wife in Italy.”



Estate to my amazing husband, Franco. We live in Newton, Mass., and are thrilled about our next adventures together!” Danny Gaynor writes, “I am serving in the Obama administration as the chief speechwriter for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States’ foreign aid agency. I count on my public speaking training from Mr. Vincent every single day!”

2002 C l a s s Ag e n t s

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

Christen (Wong) Galletta ’01 and husband Franco on their wedding day

Susie Wilson writes, “After some time in financial services consulting and business school, I took a position as director of strategy at Artnet Worldwide Corporation, an online art firm in New York City. I am living in TriBeCa and enjoy hosting Southfield friends frequently.”

2001 C l a s s Ag e n t

Ben MacNeil,

Aliya Buisier writes, “I’m currently in my seventh year working for my father’s company, ALPrime Energy, and I love working for the family business! I’m still living in the North End, and I look forward to coming to visit Dexter Southfeld very soon!” Ben MacNeil writes, “Hello, classmates! It’s been great staying involved with Dexter as an alumnus, Class Agent, and Alumni Board member. While life is busy running a landscaping company in Milton, Mass., and keeping up with friends and family, it’s always worthwhile to make the time to visit or get in touch with Dexter Southfield.” Christen (Wong) Galletta writes, “I currently work at Pearson Education within the realm of human resources. In September 2014, I got married at the Crane

Layla Buisier writes, “I am currently working at Univision Communications on their digital team.” William Cook writes, “I live in Cambridge, and I am working in the urban planning sector.” Margo Layton writes, “I am the copresident of Minds Matter of Boston, a mentoring organization for high-achieving, low-income high school students in Boston. I am also completing my M.B.A. at Babson College in May of 2015.” Wiley Wilson writes, “I am currently living in the Back Bay and working in downtown Boston. My goals for 2015 include running the Boston Marathon and improving my putting.”

2003 C l a s s Ag e n t

Abby Smitka,

2007 Perrin Duke writes, “In January 2015, I moved from Boston to New York City. I am currently an analyst on the Fund of Funds team at Ardian, a global private equity firm.” David Dormon recently joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP as law associate in their Chicago office.

2008 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Sam Gacicia, Katie McNamara, Catherine Rurode,

Elizabeth Connors writes, “I graduated from Fairfield University in 2012 from the Dolan School of Business with a marketing degree, and I am currently living in Stamford, Conn. After school I worked for for two years and then did a nine-month sales training program at Reed Exhibitions, which is where I am currently working in sales.” Jonathan Costello writes, “I am now a varsity rowing coach at Noble and Greenough School. I also recently became a licensed realtor for the state of Massachusetts with William Raveis. My updated contact information can be seen at my website,” Grace du Pont writes, “I’m currently teaching fifth-grade science (inspired in part by Mr. Tilton!) at a charter school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and loving it. It was great to see other alumni at a few NYC events recently.” Jud Finnegan writes, “I’m graduating from University of Chicago Law School in June. Once I’ve graduated, I’ll take the New York bar exam in July. In August I’ll be relocating to New York City to take a job at Sullivan & Cromwell, a law firm.” Sam Gacicia writes, “Hello, all! After graduating from St. Lawrence University, I am back at Dexter Southfield working as a fifth-grade teacher. Along with teaching, I coach varsity football and JV hockey, and I help Mr. Cabot with the golf team. During the summer I am still on the Dexter Southfield campus, working at the hockey camp as a coach. Right now, I am about to finish my first full year at Lesley College, earning my master’s degree in elementary education. I would love to get a group together downtown one night to reminisce on our times together.” Catherine Kellogg writes, “I am currently a content marketing manager at VMTurbo, a Boston-based technology startup, and loving it! I began working there in September 2014, and since then the company has

57 almost doubled in size. I am living in South Boston.”


Catherine Gallagher ’02 When did you attend Southfield? Where did you continue your education? I arrived in 1998, and graduated from the eighth grade in 2002.

  After Southfield, I attended Middlesex School. The coursework and athletics were wonderful and I really enjoyed my four years there. I continued to study Latin, ran with the cross-country team, and was the co-captain of girls’ varsity tennis along with my Southfield classmate, Margo Layton.

  Adapting to life at Vanderbilt University was a bit of a culture shock, but an incredible experience nonetheless. Nash-

ville is a really cool city! I majored in human and organizational development, which was a mix of psychology and business, and minored in corporate strategy. I absolutely loved both. What are you doing professionally? Since 2011, I have worked at Thomson Reuters, which is a global information company with divisions in finance, legal, intellectual property, and tax. I currently work in our strategic marketing group and manage a team that supports all marketing programs for our business in the Americas. I have really enjoyed my time working in New York City, although being in Times Square every day can be a bit crazy. This coming fall, I am moving back to Boston to attend law school.

Katie McNamara writes, “I graduated from St. Michael’s College in 2012, and I am currently working at Dexter Southfield as the campus programs and administrative assistant. I live in Brighton with friends from college.” Catherine Rurode writes, “I graduated from George Washington University in 2012, with a degree in psychology and communications. I am currently living in Beacon Hill, attending Suffolk University Law School, concentrating on intellectual property with an area of focus in alternate dispute resolution. I have been working at Dexter Southfield in the Admissions Office for the past few years, and I have recently become a member of the Junior League of Boston.” Caylyn Sullivan writes, “I graduated from Skidmore College in 2012, and I am currently living in the East Village of Manhattan. I am working at Leslie J. Garfield & Company, a real estate firm specializing in the sale of Manhattan townhouses.” Samantha Vahey writes, “I graduated from St Michael’s College with a psychology major and sociology minor in 2012. After college I lived in Brighton for a year before moving to Concord, Calif., in August 2014, where I live with family. I am working as a bookkeeper for a family-owned lumber company.”

2009 C l a s s Ag e n t

What is new or exciting with your personal life? I currently live in SoHo, and I’m an active member of both my sorority and Vanderbilt alumni clubs. I love trying new restaurants in my neighborhood, although I’ve been trying to cook more. What are your favorite memories from Southfield? One of my fondest memories was a whale watch at the end of eighth grade. It was one of the last activities we did as a class; it was a really fun way to round out my time with a great group of girls. Southfield did a wonderful job of creating opportunities to build relationships with classmates.

Tom Fee,

Alexandra “Lexie” Carr writes, “After graduating from Southfield’s eighth grade in 2005, I graduated from Milton Academy in 2009, and Williams College in 2013. I have since moved to Seattle, Wash., and I am working for the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability.” Trip Conant writes, “I graduated from Cornell University in 2013, with a B.A. in history (thanks, Mr. Williamson). During my four years at Cornell, I was a member of the men’s heavyweight rowing team and the Delta Chi fraternity, and served as a freshman orientation leader. In 2010, our boat defeated all east and west coast



contenders to win the gold medal in the men’s open four at the three-day IRA U.S. Nationals, where we set a new course record in the final race (a special thanks to Mr. Tucker). Amidst a packed academic and rowing regimen, I also served as an officer and social chairman of Delta Chi. After graduating from Cornell, I moved to Chicago to start my investment banking career with William Blair. This summer I will be joining the private equity firm, Winona Capital, which focuses on growthequity consumer investments. Before starting with Winona, I am looking forward to a long-awaited visit with my family on Lake Winnipesaukee. If you find yourself in the windy city, I would love to catch up with Dexter and Southfield alums.”

living in Boston, and I am very happy and excited to continue on the Dexter Southfield Alumni Board.”


Oliver Ray writes, “I graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in May of 2014, with a degree in geology and a minor in history. For the last three years I have worked as a prospect generator for IACX Energy, LLC, a helium exploration and production company in Dallas, where I located new opportunities to extract helium from the earth. More recently I have been hired as a geologist for Corlena Oil, LLC, a small oil exploration and production company located in Amarillo, Texas.”

C l a s s Ag e n t

Hasan Jafri,

Shaquan Booker writes, “I recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. I received a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship with a concentration in finance. In August I will be starting my new job as a high school teacher and mentor at Roxbury Prep High School.” Elaine Florentino writes, “I completed my bachelor’s in accounting from Bentley University in 2014. I am currently working to complete my master’s in taxation from Bentley in 2015. I am also employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and my son is turning 5 years old in September.” Matt Furey writes, “I graduated class of 2014 from Babson with a degree in business management and a concentration on entrepreneurship. I played on the hockey team and captained the team my senior year. We won ECAC EAST champions both junior and senior years as well as NCAA quarterfinalists both of those years (2013 and 2014). I am currently in the Boston area and work in software sales for ZeroTurnaround. I am actively looking to make a career jump to commercial real estate, specifically brokerage, and am looking to meet with any Dexter alumni in the industry to discuss some options.” Hasan Jafri writes, “I graduated from Bentley University in May of 2014. I am now working at my family’s business, Dover Rug and Home, in our brand new location in the Back Bay in Boston. I am

Laura Kirk writes, “This has been an exciting year! I graduated from Brown University in May 2014, worked in Boston until February in public affairs, and most recently, moved to San Francisco. If any alumni are out here, I’d be happy to connect!” Matthew Magoon writes, “I recently graduated from The College of Wooster with a degree in English and education. I am currently a math and science teacher at Edward W. Brooke Charter School in Mattapan, Mass.”

2011 Ellen Campbell writes, “Having graduated from Dexter Southfield in 2011, I returned to my native Ireland, after what was more than six years living in Boston, to study law and business at Trinity College, Dublin. Over the course of the four-year period, I also had the fortunate chance of spending a year in Madrid, which was such an enriching experience, not only on an academic level, but also on a cultural and personal one. Overall, the four years have been intellectually stimulating and challenging, and now in the final weeks of term, my studies will culminate in a final set of examinations. As I look forward, I hope to return to the U.S. soon to pursue further legal education with the aim of ultimately remaining in the States thereafter, whether that be practicing law or exploring another avenue entirely. Only time will tell!” Robert McNamara writes, “This May, I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges along with a few other

Dexter and Southfield alumni. At HWS, I decided to major in both architecture and history, which has been a tough but enjoyable process. Along with school, I have rowed at Hobart for all four years and was elected captain for the last two years. Within these four years, Hobart has won several league and state championships, but our biggest accomplishment came last spring when we won a national championship, which was a first for Hobart rowing. Along with another run at the national championship, the team is preparing to travel to England this July to compete in the Henley Regatta on the Thames. Aside from Hobart, I traveled to Varese, Italy, this past summer with the U23 U.S. National Team to row in the World Championships. Paired with another Hobart rower, we finished seventh in the world in the lightweight pair, which gave us a perfect look inside the level of international rowing.”

2012 C l a s s Ag e n t s

Natalie Metzgar, Barbara Terwilliger,

Katie Iskra writes, “I am pursuing a major in sociology with a minor in psychology at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. I am also captain of the women’s lacrosse team.”

2013 Michael Fedorouk writes, “I am currently in school at Rollins College and excited to announce I will be traveling to Queen Mary University of London for a study-abroad program for next semester. Hope everyone is doing well!”

2014 Samuel Galvin writes, “Even though I only graduated from Dexter Southfield less than a year ago, I felt inclined to update everyone on how I am doing. It has certainly been a busy first year down here in Washington, D.C., at The Catholic University of America (CUA). I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given and am excited to share this news with my alma mater. I am a finance major and an avid member of the College Republicans, business professional society, and Arabic



Natalie Metzgar ’12 When did you attend Southfield? Where did you continue your education? I entered fifth grade in 2004, and stayed through high school, graduating in 2012.

  I am a junior at Syracuse University, attending the Whitman School of Management. I studied abroad in Italy this year, which was lucky for me since most business students travel to London or Hong Kong for coursework. What are your plans after college? I arrived at Syracuse as an “undecided” major in the School of Arts and Sciences and transferred into the business school Natalie, right, and her mom, Liz

during my sophomore year. My interest has been in marketing with a focus on business communications.

I’m not entirely sure what specific route I want to take, but I’d like to work on the creative side of marketing or advertising. I would love to work for the NBA or one of Boston’s sports teams. What is new or exciting with your personal life? When I studied in Italy last semester, I travelled extensively and spent time in Tuscany, Ravenna, Switzerland, Rome, and Paris.

Last December, I went back to Dexter Southfield and played basketball

with the team. Having siblings who attend the School (Jonathan ’15, Adrienne ’17, and Whitney ’17) gives me even more of a reason to go back, but it’s not like I needed an excuse. As cliché as it sounds, I really believe that Southfield shaped me to be who I am, and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I was given. What are your favorite memories from Southfield? One of my favorite memories was playing on the girls’ varsity basketball team. It was a great group of girls, and my coaches were some of the best mentors I’ve had. Despite previously having the worst record humanly possible, we won three NEPSAC championships. It was unbelievable!

West Point plebe Seamus Matlack ’14 and younger brother Cole ’23 pose for a photo after Seamus completed Basic Training (“Beast”) and was formally accepted into the United States Military Academy.

club. In October, I was elected to the executive board of the Catholic University of America Investment Organization, making me the youngest member in its history. I was also one of 15 students accepted into the CUA on Wall Street program. On top of all that, I was most recently nominated for the 2015 Cardinal Leadership Award. Ms. Oates will be happy to know that I have kept the MSPCA club going down here by volunteering as an adoption coordinator at a local animal shelter. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of America’s political leaders like Speaker Newt Gingrich and Governor Jeb Bush (FL), among many others. I even had the great pleasure of meeting some of our world’s religious leaders and activists like author Elie Wiesel, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi of Syria, and the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Turkson of Ghana. I attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), made it into the White House, and even got to sit in on oral arguments in the Supreme Court (I hope Mr. Thors is reading this). Many of my friends, teachers, and peers may remember that my family was a foster family. We are still an active foster family and continue to battle through the adoption process of two of my foster siblings, Gabriel (3) and Grace (3). I have had an amazing first year in part because of the foundation that Dexter Southfield helped set for me. Thank you to all the teachers and faculty members who supported me throughout my academic career at Dexter Southfield.”



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announcements Are you recently engaged or married? Did you welcome a new member of the family? Share your good news with the Dexter Southfield community. Send wedding and baby announcements, news, and photos to Emily Walberg at ewalberg@ Marriages Jean-Pierre Casey ’92 to Anne-Laure de Riverieulx de Varax in February 2014 Roy Crockett ’00 to Anais Torres Márquez on May 2, 2014 Christen (Wong) Galletta ’01 to Franco Galletta in September 2014 New Arrivals Tom Cullinan, Jr. ’93 and his wife welcomed daughter Bridgette Glynn Cullinan on November 12, 2014.

In Memoriam Benjamin C. Bradlee ’33, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died in on October 21, 2014, at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 93. Upon his death, major newspapers across the country recounted and celebrated his accomplished career and professional impact. Over the years Bradlee shared Dexter School’s motto, attributed to Miss Fiske, and described its relevance to his work. From the NY Times: “In his memoir he confessed to having no overarching prescriptions for the practice of journal-

ism. He wrote that he knew of nothing more sophisticated than the motto of one of his grade-school teachers: ‘Our best today; better tomorrow.’ ‘Put out the best, most honest newspaper you can today,’ he said, ‘and put out a better one the next day.’” Malcolm W. Greenough, Jr. ’39 died at home on Friday, August 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, he attended Dexter School, Groton, and Brooks, and graduated from Harvard with the class of 1948. Greenough also served in the Navy and graduated from Boston University Law School in 1951. He practiced law in Boston in the ’50s then joined the Howard Johnson Company. Having lost all of his grandparents, his parents, and his only brother by 1966, he spent more than a decade unraveling the history of his own family. The result was a book, Dear Lily, which was published in 1987. Greenough was passionate about family, friends, photography, good conversation, and new ideas. He loved to immerse himself in new topics and all current events of the day. John W. Sears ’42 died on November 4, 2014. He was a lawyer, historian, and politician. Following Dexter, he attended St. Mark’s School and Harvard. He served in the Navy aboard a destroyer, whetting his appetite for European travel. Nearly a decade later, he was recalled and served during the Berlin Crisis of 1961, rising to be a lieutenant commander. Sears attended Harvard Law School where he specialized in international business. After law school, he worked for Brown Brothers Harriman in New York City before returning to Boston and entering a life of politics. While he spent much of his life in service to the people of Massachusetts, upon his retirement he wrote and studied history and spent time with extended family. Sears is survived by his twin, Anne Ware Wilson, of Boston. Jeffrey C. Harrison ’58 died peacefully at home on January 24, 2015, following a battle with cancer. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Dexter Southfield faculty member Deborah (Smith), and their three children, Kristin, Tucker ’98, and Eric ’01. Harrison highly valued education and was a proud graduate of Dexter School, Noble and Greenough, and Bowdoin College. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S.

Marine Corps and an active volunteer at the Norfolk County Correctional Center, dedicating his life to the service of others. He enjoyed every moment of his days: spending time with his family, playing guitar, running around Dedham, and skiing in New Hampshire and Maine. Living with the mantra of “one day at a time,” Harrison brought peace, joy, and love to every life he touched. Head of School Todd Vincent wrote, “Jeff was an incredibly talented and thoughtful person who, through his warm and cheerful disposition, zest for life, and wonderful sense of humor, made us all feel connected to him and inspired. When I first arrived at Dexter and worked the rink on the weekends, Jeff would bring his young family skating. At the time, I was struck by how kind and personable he was, and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations about classical guitar pieces, outdoor adventures, and history. Jeff attended and taught at Dexter, and he has been an important member of our community. An amazing man, he will be sorely missed.” Joseph B. Nadol III ’87 died on February 3, 2015, a victim of the tragic MTA train crash. Nadol worked at JP Morgan as an aerospace and defense equity analyst and was consistently ranked as one of the top analysts in the sector. He received a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University in 1995. Nadol was adventurous and active, spending weekends skiing, boating, tending the family’s vegetable garden, or watching his sons’ soccer and baseball games. He loved to explore the world, planning family trips to Europe or Asia each summer. He was a loving and devoted father to his three sons, Joey (10), Sam (9), and Jake (7), of whom he was exceedingly proud. He had a great sense of humor and brought his strong integrity, passion, commitment, and energy to everything he did, both professionally and personally. In addition to his sons, he is survived by his wife, Jen, his parents Ruth and Joseph Nadol, Jr. of Needham, and brother, Ben Nadol ’89 of Boston. Timothy C. Conn ’95 of West Barnstable, formerly of Milton, died unexpectedly on November 29, 2014. Conn was raised in Milton and attended Dexter School, The Roxbury Latin School, and Bates College. As a child, Conn spent many happy years volunteering at the Milton Dog Pound.


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