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cover The Kent Place Chamber Singers and Music Department Chair Edel Thomas pose outside Carnegie Hall, where they performed with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Treble Chorus as part of the “Sounds of Music Series.” See page 6 for further details. Photo by Alex Cena

credits Editor Aimee Bousquet Singer ’88 Class Notes Ann Wood Contributors Ryan LaMountain Rachel M. Naggar Professional Photography Alex Cena Shelley Kusnetz Art Direction Abbie Moore Reiter ’83 Printing

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02 from the head of school

03 pacesetters

06 around the circle

20 around the country

24 development & alumnae relations

27 class notes

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Head of School Sue Bosland in South Korea to establish a student-teacher exchange program with Wonju Girls’ High School


from the head of school Spring break is upon us as I sit in my office writing this letter for Keeping Pace. Although classes are not in session, the campus is bustling.

Pre-season spring sports are in full swing, including our talented new golf team, which is already making a mark locally. We are known for our scholar athletes, and a high percentage of our students participate in team sports. Our director of athletics and athletic trainer supply the expertise and services needed to proactively avoid athletic injuries and reactively take care of athletes when injuries do occur. A local fitness trainer offers classes that help students and athletes continue their fitness regimes off season. We are increasingly cultivating not only athletes, but young women who are physically fit for life. Even faculty and staff members have the opportunity to achieve their personal fitness goals by enrolling in Boot Camp and the Walking Club.

We have expanded our Global Learning Program, which includes international cultural immersion and service learning trips abroad. One group of students spent spring break exploring history, language and culture in Italy and France. Another group traveled to Tanzania, where they built a ramp from the classrooms to the playground at a school for physically handicapped children, as well as visited the Ngorongoro Crater to study the wildlife. Both experiences have truly been life changing for the participants and will be shared with the school community in the coming weeks. We are also excited about a student-teacher exchange program we have developed with the Wonju Girls’ High School in Wonju, South Korea. Director of Development & Alumnae Relations Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59 returned to campus from a trip to Florida, where a fabulous Kent Place reception


was held in Vero Beach. More and more alumnae and past parents are re-engaging with the Kent Place community. We are excited by and grateful for their involvement, whether hosting events, volunteering as career mentors, speaking on panels, fundraising or serving on the Alumnae Board. Back on campus, the Main Building is being transformed. The year-long renovation project is restoring the building to its original glory. Once completed, this building will be the Middle School, now that the Upper School has moved to its home in our new Academic Center. The front staircase and stained glass windows will still be showcased, the classrooms will expand in size and the woodwork and architectural details will remain. The room known as either the Study Hall or the Upper School Art Studio, depending on when you attended Kent Place, will become the new meeting room for the Middle School. Already, the spaces are glorious! One of our parents recently offered a new slogan idea: “Kent Place for Life!” Our hallmark is teaching girls and young women to lead and providing them with skills they will utilize throughout their lives. Alumnae, past parents, families, faculty, staff and friends inspire the whole school community when they share their own wisdom, leadership and expertise, and in this way, they remain involved with Kent Place for life. Springtime is a time for renewal. If our spring break activity level is any indication, we are in for an exciting and rewarding third trimester! Sincerely,

Susan C. Bosland

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three upper school students win prestigious princeton prize


Kent Place seniors Zayba Abdulla and Ashley Hughes and junior Samantha Klein were awarded the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations from the Northern New Jersey Princeton Prize Committee. The Princeton Prize in Race Relations, given by Princeton University and funded and organized by Princeton alumni, recognizes, supports and encourages young people in 24 regions throughout the United States who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations.

Students must have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last 12 months that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations – broadly defined – in his or her school or community. Zayba, Ashley and Samantha applied for the prize as a group rather than individually because, as club leaders and members of Kent Place’s Diversity Council, they worked seamlessly together and, as proponents of social justice, they did not want to seek individual recognition. Kent Place’s Diversity Council is a leadership group of students who have demonstrated an interest in working with other students on issues of diversity and social justice. Junior Samantha Klein’s work with Spectrum, a Middle School club run by Upper School students to discuss issues of diversity, was a key component in this year’s freshman class having unprecedented participation in discussions concerning race and diversity. Diversity Council also received 30 applications for the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in 2009, three times what has been received in the past, and the majority of the applications were from freshmen. Both Zayba Abdulla, Diversity Council’s president for the past three years, and Ashley Hughes, last year’s de-facto Diversity Council secretary and vice president,

Princeton Prize recipients Samantha Klein ’11, Zayba Abdulla ’10 and Ashley Hughes ’10

were instrumental in organizing a Student Exchange with St. Benedict’s Prep, an all-male Catholic school located in Newark. The Exchange emerged from a need to see diversity beyond the boundaries of Kent Place and to allow students the opportunity to experience a day in the life of students from different area schools. “With a host of socioeconomic, racial, geographic, religious and the obvious gender differences among us, there was much to experience and learn,” remarked Ashley. “The entire Upper School community engaged in discussion about how we define gender, how it affects a school community (in both single-sex and co-ed schools), the stereotypes that accompany single-sex schools and how they relate to gender.” This February marked the second year of the Student Exchange with St. Benedict’s.


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In addition to Spectrum and the Student Exchange, Diversity Council leaders and members accomplished many things over just the past year: presented and facilitated discussion sessions with guest speakers who promoted empathy and acceptance around issues of race, religion, sexual orientation and identity; participated in conferences, which included Lead for Diversity, Manytown and the People of Color Conference; devoted one meeting a month to a discussion forum on current events and issues; and continued an after-school mentorship/exchange with students from Newark’s Link Community School. “To me, winning the Princeton Prize was a symbol of the incredible effort and work that our community

has made towards achieving social justice and creating a safe and welcoming community for all that are a part of it,” remarked Zayba. “With the help and support of the faculty and my peers these past four years, the Diversity Council has truly made a lasting mark on the Kent Place community – and the Princeton Prize will hopefully be one of many more to come for the organization.” “Knowing that someone wanted to honor the work that I loved doing was the best feeling in the world,” said Ashley. Added Samantha, “Winning the prize means so much to me. Over the past three years Diversity Council has blossomed. It is so wonderful to be rewarded for the hard work.”

kent place raises funds for haiti relief operation


Kent Place students from all three divisions presented a check of $6,662.34 to the American Red Cross for their fundraising efforts for the Haiti Relief Operation.

The Primary School began its efforts with “Change for Change in Haiti.” Three students who have family in Haiti, first grader Gabrielle Moore, fourth grader Anjolie Charlot and fifth grader Gaby Branin, spent each morning assisting with the collection. The Middle School Community Service Club, led by eighth graders Allison Berger and Katie Hammond, placed collection jars throughout the Middle School building and encouraged students to donate. Sixth grader Olivia Reiter and eighth graders Mia Wright and Brianna Pastro also worked on the fundraising collection

project. The Upper School set up opportunities to donate throughout their division. The French V class created a presentation for a special assembly about the geography and economy of Haiti, its history, rich culture, the earthquake and the needs of the population. Two Upper School students, eleventh graders Kiera McBride and Gina Cacciola, collected jeans to support Aeropostale’s efforts to gather 100,000 pairs. The organization matched that amount and sent a total of 200,000 pairs to Haiti. The Upper School’s Model U.N. also raised an additional $1,160 with their “Baskets for Haiti” fundraiser. All three divisions will continue with on-going projects to assist with the Haiti efforts.

Students who spearheaded the Haiti Relief Operation and Head of School Sue Bosland with an American Red Cross representative



kent place economics committee launches


Interested in the connection between a Big Mac and the value of the dollar? Want to read a blog that relates everyday life to economics? How about taking a poll on whether season six of The Office is hot or not? This spring, 14 Upper School economics students launched the new and improved, a website run by Kent Place students under the guidance of economics teacher Elaine Schwartz.

The site includes a blog from Ms. Schwartz, a daily posting of relevant and interesting news articles and fun facts and a “hot or not” meter. In addition, the site provides links to a wide variety of economics-related blogs, websites, podcasts and up-to-date statistics, such as the Consumer Price Index, Gross Domestic Product and the unemployment rate. was born a few years ago under the name Ms. Schwartz wanted to design a comprehensive site for people interested in economics, and her students at the time worked to build the initial site. This year, members of her economics class wanted to take it to the next level with a new design and restructuring. Spearheaded by seniors Amy Tourgee and Carly Uhlman, their committee worked with a web designer to make it more user friendly, published new content and developed a marketing plan to roll out the site. No class credit or grades were given for this project; it has been completely voluntary. The next goal for the committee is to build a following. Using Google Analytics, they are able to track that they have already received several hundred hits since the relaunch, some from as far away as Lithuania, Brazil and Estonia.

Ilya, now a student at Princeton, says, “I think it's a fantastic venue for intelligent youth to share their thoughts on the world and popular culture and connect those concepts with the study of economics. With a website like EconLife, it can give students an interactive forum to discuss ‘what’s cool’ or ‘what’s relevant’ while simultaneously teaching them the basics of economics.” Elaine Schwartz has taught AP economics and U.S. history at Kent Place for 39 years. She is author of Economics: Our American Economy for high school students and Econ 101 ½ for everyone. She is dedicated to explaining the economy so that everyone can understand and enjoy it.

The Committee and seniors (back, l to r) Suzi Brown, Marisa Immormino, Melanie Appleby; (middle, l to r) Caitlin Wraith, Amy Tourgee, Rebecca McCarthy, Amber Rashid, Ms. Elaine Schwartz, Carly Uhlman; (front, l to r) Ali Guida, Krista Zsitvay, Rachel Uhlman, Cassidy Higgins

Kent Place alumnae have also stayed connected to the economics site, sharing blogging suggestions and e-mailing articles or links they find interesting. Ilya Sabnani ’07 will soon be a guest blogger, sharing information about her internship in India. Class of 2009 graduate Donna Leung still posts links each week, and classmate Elizabeth Chrystal continues to send articles that use economic principles in particularly intriguing or unexpected ways.


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chamber singers perform at carnegie hall On April 14, the Kent Place School Chamber Singers performed at Carnegie Hall with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Treble Chorus as part of the “Sounds of Music Series.” The Upper School students, under the baton of Dr. Candace Wicke, executive director of the Continuo Arts Foundation, sang Imant Raminsh’s “Missa Brevis,” Gary Fry’s “Hope” and the world premiere of “Sing a Song with Me.” “Participating in this concert has been transformative for our talented singers. The intense rehearsals and master classes have enhanced the artistry of these young women,” remarks Edel Thomas, chair of the Kent Place Music Department. “Singing at this level in Carnegie Hall was a rich musical and cultural experience.”

The Chamber Singers prior to their Carnegie Hall performance


The 2009-2010 Chamber Singers are seniors Suzanne Brown, Anna Dugan, Sara Firkser, Maya Hinton-Smith, Dana Ludwig, Mary Millard, Maria Soter, Caitlin Wraith and Elizabeth Ziebarth and juniors Gina Cacciola, Catherine Ciriello, Meghan Ferguson, Emilia Pazniokas and Gabrielle Sher. “To stand on the stage where such illustrious singers and conductors have stood before me is not only a personal best, but an incredible accomplishment for all of the Kent Place Chamber Singers,” says senior and co-president of the group Elizabeth Ziebarth. “It is an experience that I know will be carried with me throughout the rest of my life.”

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middle school presents Once Upon A Mattress Every three years, the Kent Place Middle School presents a spring musical to parents, students, faculty and community members. This year’s performance was Once Upon a Mattress, directed by Chair of the Drama Department Robert Pridham, with music by Chair of the Music Department Edel Thomas and choreography by Chair of the Dance Department LeAnn Yannelli. Music by Mary Rogers and book and lyrics by Marshall Barer.

Sara Ramaswamy ’15, Kendra Jain ’14, Elizabeth Fountain ’15 and Payson Meistrich ’14

Monika Paliwoda ’15 and Madeleine Vance ’15 with cast members

Alexa Corey ’15, Gabriela Mottesi ’15 and Kara Schachter ’15

kent place offers professional development opportunities for educators


Kent Place School is pleased to announce the expansion of our summer program offerings through the Adult Learning Institute. Offerings include the following, among others: Bringing Global Learning into the Lower School, Developing School Leaders, Growing Your Skills as a Department Chair, A High-Autonomy, Self-Directed Physical Education Program, How to Bring Ethics into the Classroom, Diversity Beyond the Numbers, Running Global Service Learning Trips and Student Bullying and its Impact on Peers. Kent Place’s commitment to providing exemplary learning experiences for educators has resulted in the Adult Learning Institute. These programs are staffed by school leaders who have extensive experience in

their fields and who have achieved advanced levels of success in the work that they do. The school is eager to share these leaders’ expertise with educators beyond Kent Place and is excited to offer a variety of programs that enable educators to discuss, evaluate and disseminate information that has the potential to enrich and extend their pedagogical, curricular and leadership practices. To learn more and to register, please visit If you have questions, please e-mail or call (908) 273-0900, ext. 266.


embrace, envision & empower: Over spring break, 16 Kent Place students and four chaperones embarked on a 10-day service learning trip to Tanzania through the school’s Global Service Learning Initiative (GSLI). In the spirit of the initiative’s mission, “embrace, envision and empower,” students spent valuable time with the Tanzanian people learning about the Tanzanian and Maasai culture, history and language. The students engaged in a service project assisting the Faraja Primary School and its students with physical disabilities. In the mornings, they worked on constructing a concrete walkway between the girls' dormitory and the school's playground

The Tanzania team at Ngorongoro Crater


area. In the afternoons, Kent Place students and chaperones led classroom activities related to U.S. culture, the English language and computer usage. Excursions included a safari tour of the Ngorongoro Crater Park and a visit to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as learning about the ecosystem and wildlife of the Serengeti region.

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Below are the perspectives of two students who participated in the Tanzania program: Caitlin Wraith, a senior on her second GSLI trip, and Sara Ramaswamy, a seventh grader on her first trip. Reflections from Caitlin Wraith ’10 When I went to Kenya with Kent Place last year, I left a little bit of my heart there. I am not new to traveling. I have spent a large portion of my high school years traveling domestically and abroad, both with Kent Place and with Kent Place’s blessing – over the summer, during breaks and for a semester program. But there is something about Kent Place Middle and Upper School students connecting with other students around the world, doing manual labor and crossing cultural boundaries, that I will never forget. When the Global Service Learning Initiative announced that they would not return to our friend school in Kenya this spring, but rather to a new school in Tanzania, I was hit with a pang of heartbreak, realizing that I would not see the students with whom I had shared such a connection. However, I was not deterred, but rather, determined.

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We learned that this year’s trip would be to a slightly more populated area, with a professional touring and service company and to a specialized school for students with physical disabilities. This last fact made me hopeful about the new experience, yet I could not escape feeling skeptical of my own abilities. Would I be able to handle the reality that is the life of a physically disabled student in the developing world? Would I be compassionate enough? Would I be strong enough? These things haunted me, but with all of the strength, gusto and wisdom Kent Place has impressed upon me over these last few years, I dove in head first. I feel so incredibly grateful to be a Kent Place student because of the facilities and opportunities I have had at my fingertips, but at that first meeting of all the students traveling to Tanzania I felt grateful for something else: the young women Kent Place has made us. If I walked up to you in Starbucks and told you that a 13-year-old girl was going to Tanzania to do service, including manual labor, over her spring break, both willingly and enthusiastically, you might not believe me, but you would be wrong. There in that meeting sat brave Sophie Vigeland – funny, sweet, bright, composed yet still childlike and, above all else, thrilled. Sophie is in the seventh grade at Kent Place. Over the following couple of months the chaperones and administrators at Kent Place did their

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best to prepare us, and before I even left my house the morning of March 12, I knew the trip would change my life. After more than a day of traveling we arrived in Tanzania. We stayed in hostels and a convent at night and experienced Tanzania by day. Moshi Town, our first Tanzanian destination, is an almost urban hub between endless corn fields and majestic Kilimanjaro. The girls were faced with aggressive men selling beaded jewelry and drums. With all of the grace and care in the world, our students and teachers remained composed and enthused all weekend. When we arrived at the school we received a warm welcome from faculty, administrators and students alike, and we immediately set to work, building a wheelchair access ramp from the academic center to the playground. I am not what one would describe as athletic, nor do I have any particular knowledge of construction, so when I saw the vastness of the job with which we had been charged, my jaw dropped. This is another thing of which to be proud: our KPS girls and chaperones never gave up. Whether carrying infinite sand piles to make concrete or digging trenches in the hard, dry earth, these members of our community worked tirelessly in the hot, exhausting sun, all the while smiling and encouraging each other. Over the four days we spent at the school, our students and faculty interacted graciously, purposefully and passionately with every person they met. We practiced the Kiswahili we learned, made friends and listened intently in class. We participated in physical therapy, played soccer and shared stories about our lives back home. We, as travelers, were endlessly challenged by the language barriers, the culture shock, the bathroom accommodations, the exhaustion and the reality of the situation we faced, but we rose to the

Laura Abrams ’12 with students at the Faraja School

challenge. We struggled until we got it right, and that made all the difference. The day we left, the Faraja Primary School students sang us a song of goodbye, and we responded with “Amazing Grace.� I can still feel the emotions surging through me at that moment. There is something truly remarkable about a seventh grader from New Jersey and a 13-year-old Tanzanian girl standing side by side in unity for the greater good. These are the moments of my life I will remember forever. Whether experiencing the natural beauty of Tanzanian wildlife, meeting new people, bartering for souvenirs or building a wheelchair access ramp, our community members worked diligently, fervently and beautifully. I am so proud to be a Kent Place student. I feel grateful for my travel experiences, and as I continue to college next year, I will always carry the things I have learned outside the classroom with me. I have left a little bit of my heart in Tanzania, and I have left a large bit of my heart at Kent Place.


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enjoy the time we spent at Faraja by taking in every moment. We were so driven to make this project a success for them, but also for us. There were no cement mixers and no machines. We had only shovels, picks, hoes and, of course, our hands. The good thing was, lots of hands made lighter work. We all put in a huge amount of effort, which was truly amazing to watch. We dug out the pathway, lifted heavy cinder blocks, carried large amounts of sand on our backs and mixed and laid cement. I could see the progress happening slowly but surely before my eyes. It was so rewarding at the end of the day to know we were truly finishing what we planned.

Sara Ramaswamy ’15

Reflections from Sara Ramaswamy ’15 When I first imagined Africa, I truly did not know what to expect. Before my trip to Tanzania, I associated Africa with lions, giraffes and beautiful sunsets. I quickly realized it is so much more than that: from the vibrant colors of plants, to the constant exposure to new cultures, to getting within arm’s reach of some of the world’s most extraordinary animals, to finding a new appreciation for my own life and culture in New Jersey. The time I spent with the children at the Faraja School taught me lessons of compassion, happiness and need versus want. It was an eye-opening, heartwarming and incredibly unforgettable experience that I will always cherish. We visited the Faraja School as part of Kent Place’s Global Service Learning Initiative. Many of the children who attend Faraja have physical disabilities and therefore do not have access to the field and playground that sit at the bottom of a steep hill. Many events that unite the kids, such as soccer games or dancing around a drum, happen on that field, which may cause some to feel extremely excluded. Our mission was to create access to the field and playground by building a walkway. Of course, we also wanted to become friends and


When we weren’t working, we spent time dancing with the kids, singing, drawing, playing soccer, tossing a ball, showing them our cameras and iPods and socializing. I was touched by their reactions to things such as an iPod or camera, items that may seem small to teenagers in America but were fascinating to so many of the kids who had never heard of, let alone held such a thing. The looks on their faces will stay with me for the rest of my life, always reminding me to be thankful for everything I am given. We sat in on the kids’ classes every afternoon and learned about their lives, even though the language barrier was somewhat of a challenge. The children take an English class, therefore, despite the language barrier, some of the older kids were able to speak more fluently with us than others. We also visited a Maasai village, where we learned about their lifestyles and how immensely different our lives are compared to theirs. The team bartered for souvenirs and cultural items in the Maasai village, and also at markets alongside the road. I still continue to wear my giraffe necklace from one of the markets every day because it reminds me of the sense of thankfulness that I had while in Africa. Before we took our journey home, the team had an exceptionally exciting adventure on a safari to Ngorongoro, a breathtaking and vast area occupied by unique wildlife. It appears to be a large crater, but is in fact a caved-in volcano. As soon as our jeeps started descending down the mountain that separated the Tanzanian villages and towns and the crater itself, we began to see animals. Elephants, lions, wildebeest, zebras, hyenas, antelope, gazelle, flamingos, water buffalo, jackals, baboons, goats, cows and many different unique birds all surprised us by how close they came to the jeeps. The open canopy on the jeep gave us a whole different perspective on the

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animals and flat land that went on for miles in all directions. We took away an appreciation for wildlife and all of our surroundings. The next day we sadly had to return home, but we brought back great stories to share, intense moments captured by our cameras and smiles.

the top of the hill are now experiencing the world in a whole new way. To me, their reactions to the success of the project were the best part of my trip.

The team had a vision when we arrived in Tanzania. We were in the vision, carrying it out, seeing it through, keeping driven and finally finishing it. I believe we not only helped the kids at Faraja, but they helped us, too. I learned a lot about being a more compassionate person overall. I was there helping people, in a situation that was completely new to me. At the end of the trip, we were happy to see the smiles on their faces, and they were the reason we were all crying. Today, halfway across the world, the children who were sitting glumly on

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When students return from a GSLI trip they are expected to promote awareness of their experiences throughout the school community. In addition, the group meets on a bi-weekly basis to debrief on the experience, discuss ways to communicate what they have learned, determine future fundraising efforts and, most importantly, continue to build on the friendships they have made during the trip. Last year, 12 students traveled to Kenya, where they visited a local school and built a pipeline from the water source to the dormitory so that students would have running water in their building. In late November, Kent Place held a photography exhibit and sale to support the students’ Global Service Learning Initiative. Photos of Kenyan landscapes, animals and people, from the spring 2009 trip, were on display. The school raised more than $12,000, and proceeds from the photography sale supported the GSLI trip to Tanzania.

Congratulations to this year’s student participants: Laura Abrams ’12, Gabriela Arias ’13, Isabella Fernandez ’12, Julie Flanagan ’13, Anna Fountain ’13, Elizabeth Fountain ’15, Ashley Gapusan ’14, Lindsey Gieger ’12, Kelci Hobson ’13, Joey Massa ’13, Stacy Neul ’14, Sara Ramaswamy ’15, Anna Spellman ’13, Alana Tartaro ’13, Sophie Vigeland ’15 and Caitlin Wraith ’10. Chaperones included Middle School English teacher Amanda Berry, Director of Diversity Michael Buensuceso, Upper School Science teacher Rose Chaffee-Cohen and Operations Manager James Palmieri.

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in Memoriam Kent Place honors three distinguished leaders Macdonald (Mac) Halsey – Kent Place Headmaster, 1965-1980 On March 23, 2010, Mac Halsey passed away in Bedford, MA, at the age of 91. The fifth head at Kent Place, and the first man to lead the school, Mr. Halsey was a dignified leader who valued academic rigor and a high level of trust among students, faculty and administration. He balanced his high standards for academic achievement and faculty performance with good humor, belief in the goodness of others and an informal managerial style that earned him the respect and affection of all. During the turbulent 1970s, Mr. Halsey led with an open mind and resisted pressure to merge with an all boys’ school, remaining committed to the education of young women. He worked tirelessly to enrich the curriculum, to enlarge the financial aid program, to create a formal Parents' Association and to establish a summer program to benefit underserved middle school students from Elizabeth, NJ. Mr. Halsey believed students should be acknowledged for their contributions to the school community, regardless of whether they won tangible prizes. He began the Halsey Award, which recognized each student upon graduation if, at least once each year, she did her absolute best on an academic venture regardless of the grade, did an unpublicized act of kindness, took a stand for what is right or, by deed or thought, made her family proud.

Throughout his career, Mr. Halsey was clear in his conviction that the heart of an outstanding school is a superb faculty. When he retired, the Kent Place Board of Trustees honored him by establishing an endowed fund in his name to support professional development for Kent Place teachers. His family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Macdonald Halsey Fund at Kent Place School. Mr. Halsey had a profound impact on so many individuals through his vision and his commitment to each student and faculty member. He will be remembered and missed beyond measure. Mac Halsey

“Now, as an adult the same age that Mr. Halsey must have been as headmaster, I can only imagine what it was like to lead a school during those turbulent years. Bless you, Mr. Halsey, for being our ballast.” - Lisa Krieger ’73 “Mr. Halsey was truly a student advocate in all school issues and set a remarkable example of integrity and perseverance. He was a man of honor, always willing to take on any challenge, even the unpopular moves. I certainly feel blessed that I was able to share a bit of his life and to learn from a master teacher.” - Ann Butterworth Feakins ’69


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Kent Place honors three distinguished leaders Archibald (Tad) Montgomery III – Kent Place Headmaster, 1980-1986

Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery were beloved by their students and the mark they left on Kent Place will be remembered in our hearts and minds forever. “Tad Montgomery and his wife Anita were an integral part of the school community. Tad loved what he did and believed so strongly in the value of private school education. From his earliest days to the end of his life, he was a teacher, a leader and a lover of life.” - Nancy Gorman Dougherty ’82

Tad Montgomery with wife Anita

On October 22, 2009, Tad Montgomery passed away in Gladwyne, PA, at the age of 85. Mr. Montgomery served as the sixth head of Kent Place School, and the legacy that he and his wife Anita left is best told through excerpts from a tribute published in Cargoes upon his retirement: “Tad Montgomery and his wife Anita have strengthened the sense of family that always has been synonymous with the school…If headmasters are judged on the basis of their tangible achievements, then Tad Montgomery will be best remembered as the one who spearheaded the building of the Field House and the Arts Center, who guided Kent Place through its 90th anniversary and who directed one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in the history of the school. But, in truth, the Montgomerys’ contribution to Kent Place has gone far beyond bricks and mortar. For over a few brief years, they have given the school a deeper sense of soul.”


“Mr. Montgomery was headmaster when I was a young girl at Kent Place, and I have such wonderful memories of him and his wife Anita walking the halls. I wore a big bow in my hair every day, and when I ran into him about 10 years ago, he still remembered me as the bow girl”! - Whitney Bell Corbett ’93

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Nicholas Conover (Connie) English – Kent Place Board of Trustees, 1959-2010

On January 11, 2010, Connie English passed away in East Windsor, NJ, at the age of 97. Mr. English spent his career as an outstanding lawyer and was extremely active in community service. He devotedly served Kent Place for 50 years as parent, Trustee, President of the Board and Honorary Trustee. In the early 1970s, Mr. English was instrumental in guiding Kent Place through the controversial decision to remain an all girls’ school. Today, Kent Place successfully remains the only all-girls nonsectarian school in the state. Mr. English was honored by the Kent Place community for his unparalleled commitment and service. He received an honorary diploma with the school’s Centennial Class of 1994, making him the only male alumnus. The school dedicated the Nicholas Conover English Library in 1997 and has celebrated Connie English Day every year on his birthday since 2002. Mr. English was a beloved member of the Kent Place community and made a powerful impact on the school through his vision and devotion. “What a splendid life Connie English had, and how lucky the school is that he devoted so much time, energy and wise judgment to it.” - Sue Savage Speers ’47

Connie English

“We learned about Connie English when we chaired Spring Fling 2006 and spent hours in the school archives. Under Connie’s leadership, the KPS Board of Trustees made the bold decision to buck the trend toward co-ed education and uphold the founders’ mission to educate girls. We thank Connie for his conviction and his vision.” - Cathy Abrams P12 - Jackie Esquivel P12, 05


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young alumnae career planning, networking and mentoring


Recognizing the importance of a strong professional network in today’s challenging world, the Kent Place Alumnae Association Board has created opportunities for young alumnae to gain valuable career guidance.

Under the direction of Alumnae Board President Meyra J. Green ’64, the Board started the College Mentoring Program. Board members serve as liaisons and match graduates with one or more mentors who have volunteered to provide career guidance in their areas of interest. The Board is currently working with 40 young alumnae who are matched with 80 alumnae mentors. The program has shown tangible success, including one alumna who landed a job and numerous others who have had meetings and conversations that have helped them define their career goals and focus on opportunities. The program recently expanded into internships, helping place college-age alumnae in positions for the summer. If you would like to join this exciting program, either as a recent graduate or a mentor, please e-mail Alumnae Board President Meyra Green ’64 at

A panel of 10 alumnae provided career guidance and practical advice to young alumnae.

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• In addition, the Alumnae Association Board along with the Past Parent Initiative hosted their second annual Young Alumnae Career Planning and Networking Event. A panel of 10 alumnae in a variety of fields shared career guidance and practical advice with approximately 70 current seniors, college-age alumnae and past parents in January 2010. Topics included determining a career path, searching for a job, interviewing and networking. The reception that followed allowed guests to network and talk informally with those experienced in their areas of interest. The outstanding panel included the following alumnae:


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Pam Kapsimalis Parsells ’79 (moderator): of counsel, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter Maria Fekete Brugg ’98: labor & employment associate, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter Stefanie Jacobs Feldman ’79: diagnostic radiologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Megan Brozowski ’95: wealth manager, RegentAtlantic Capital Danielle Cohen ’05: sales trader in interest rate derivatives, HSBC Samantha Lane Gault ’02: upper school English teacher, Greenwich Academy Annie Levy ’97: director, collaborative artist and educator Kemba Dunham ’90: communications specialist, Booz & Company Meghan Brophy ’04: public relations assistant, J. Mendel Katherine Gibson ’94: head lifestyle producer, CBS’ The Early Show

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alumnae board dinner prior to an evening of dance


In April, the Alumnae Association Board hosted a dinner for over 30 alumnae prior to An Evening of Dance. Guests enjoyed delicious food, wonderful conversation and outstanding performances by the Upper School dance groups.

2001 classmates Jennifer Melillo and Meredith Kieser

Shannon Barry O’Grady ’94, April Bauknight King ’95 and Emeritus Trustee Toni Bauknight

Alumnae Board President Meyra Green ’64 (center) with Board members Megan McConnell Brozowski ’95 and Helen Lambeth McFerran ’61

Classmates Laurie Ruprecht Groves ’56 and Alumnae Board member Margot Saur Meyer ’56


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regional events


Kent Place travels around the country to visit with alumnae, past parents, grandparents and friends of the school. If you are interested in hosting an alumnae gathering, please contact the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations at (908) 273-0900, ext. 216.

New York City Meghan Hewit McCormick ’96 and Katherine Worden Shepherd ’96 hosted an alumnae gathering at J. Cacciola Gallery, owned by Kent Place parent John Cacciola, in November 2009.

2004 classmates Kathryn Ralph, Hilary Sayia, Courtney Bird, Katie Gandolfo, Katia Menegon and Meghan Brophy

Meghan Hewitt McCormick ’96 and Katherine Worden Shepherd ’96 with John Cacciola

Amanda Taylor ’02, Heather Carey von Zuben ’95, Katie Herbst Machir ’95, Kim Kent ’95, Megan McConnell Brozowski ’95, Santhi Yarlagadda ’95 and Caitlin Wight Fitzsimmons ’95


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Amy Wanggaard Hausmann ’86, Courtney Bird ’04, Susan Derrey Bird ’79 and Samantha Bird ’05

Sabine Kullman ’97, Lauren Davidson ’98 and Tara Kullman ’97

1996 classmates Hallee Branin Dangler, Amanda Radsch Wipperman and Cecelia Boehm

Alumnae Board President Meyra Green ’64 and Deb Telischak Moser ’80


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Basking Ridge, NJ The Alumnae Association Board hosted an afternoon tea at Fellowship Village, a continuing-care retirement community, in January 2010. Alumnae, past parents and past grandparents who reside at Fellowship Village, along with friends and relatives, enjoyed a performance by the Kent Place Chamber Singers.

Ann Abrams Van Voorhis ’57, Lizzie Ziebarth ’10, Music Department Chair Edel Thomas and Emeritus Trustee Missy Burke Partridge ’63

(back, l to r) Ruth Roberts Frost ’37, Jackie Van Cleve Hinshaw ’66, Barbara Hoffmann Swan ’43; (front) Mary Burke and Elizabeth Cornwall ’62

The Kent Place Chamber Singers


Lisa Giroux, Honorary Trustee Betsy Busch Crosby ’66, Alumnae Board Vice President Suzy Shearer Whitehorn ’81 and Elizabeth Stevens

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Vero Beach, FL Dhuanne Schmitz Tansill ’60, Betty Correll Durling ’47 and Jane Neal Keller ’48 hosted a luncheon for members of the KPS community at the Windsor Club House in March 2010.

Arthur and Sandra Williams

Jane Neal Keller ’48 and Betty Correll Durling ’47

Leen Dawany ’81 and Joan Swenson McIlwain ’48

Jeanne Zenker, Leslie Carson and Dhuanne Schmitz Tansill ’60

Laura Griffith McDermott ’68 and Pam Barefoot


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from the alumnae association board president Dear Fellow Alumnae, Kent Place continues its strong tradition of offering a rigorous academic curriculum in a caring environment. The new Upper School Academic Center, with its modern classrooms, science laboratories and music facilities, inspires the students to achieve their full academic and creative potential. Our old Main Building is currently being restored to its former glory for use by the Middle School. If you have the opportunity to return to campus, I know that you will be extremely impressed by these buildings. This has also been another dynamic year for the Alumnae Board. In December, we hosted the annual pre-STAR reception. In January, the Alumnae Board and Past Parent Initiative held the second annual Young Alumnae Career Planning & Networking Event for college-age alumnae, Kent Place seniors and parents. The Board then coordinated a performance of the Kent Place Chamber Singers for the residents of Fellowship Village, a continuing-care retirement community in Basking Ridge. A tea for alumnae, past parents and grandparents who reside at the community followed the outstanding concert. In April, the Board members hosted a dinner for local alumnae prior to An Evening of Dance, the Upper School’s accomplished dance recital. Over Reunion Weekend, we hosted the Welcome Cocktail Reception and the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon. The Alumnae Board’s College Mentoring Program is now in its second year, and we have 40 students matched with approximately 80 Kent Place alumnae who serve as mentors. Our mentors generously provide significant career guidance and wisdom to recent KPS graduates on a one-on-one basis. The feedback has been extremely positive, and one mentor even hired her mentee. This summer, we are also helping to match college students with internships offered by KPS graduates. As alumnae we are bound together by having received a superior Kent Place education and having experienced the Kent Place traditions. We have fond memories of convocations, the STAR, Step Sing, the Daisy Chain and our lovely white graduation dresses. When we meet other alumnae for the first time, we have an instant connection. It is this common bond that makes our Alumnae


Association so powerful. And it is this sisterhood that has made our mentoring program so successful. I am fortunate to be able to give back to a school that prepared me so well to live a truly fulfilled life. There are many ways you, too, can contribute to the continued success of Kent Place, even if you do not live close to the school. You can become a Class Agent, a Class Secretary or a member of your Reunion Committee. You can host or attend a local event. You can become a mentor or be mentored. If you wish to become a mentor, please e-mail me at and provide a brief overview of your career history. You can also contribute to the Annual Fund. As you are aware, tuition does not cover the full cost of educating our students. Just as alumnae before us helped pay for our education, we can contribute to the education of the current students. The percentage of alumnae who give to the Annual Fund is extremely important in obtaining grants for our school. The amount of the gift is not as important as the gift itself. Every gift counts and makes a difference. The Alumnae Association is extremely fortunate that the innovative Suzy Shearer Whitehorn ’81 will become our president as of July. Thank you for the privilege of serving as president of your Alumnae Association.


Meyra J. Green ’64

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the heritage society Anonymous✢

Patricia MacDonald ’53

Jean and William R.✢ Vanderbilt

Susan Kyle Anthony ’59

Helen Maynard Mahood ’71

Catherine Johnston Avery ’84

Ruth Henderson McDowell ’32

Winifred Sorg Vogt ’46

Barbara Wight Biddison ’30

Mary Nicholls McMillan ’40

Jean Palmer Walbridge ’31

Barbara E. Black ’72

Emily L. Meschter ’60

Rosalie Slack Walton ’58

Barbara Loudon Boyd ’48

Margot Saur Meyer ’56

Betty Hurst Welsh ’32✢

Leslie Joan Brookes ’59

Gary E. Monnier

Josephine Volkening White ’54

Helen Gadebusch Brough ’40

Malcolm Niedner

Jeanne Tansey Will ’58

Janet Yeaw Carhart ’71

Deborah and David B. Osborne

Barbara Wheelock Wirth ’43

(Jean White ’39) ✢

(Deborah McKown ’57✢)

Nancy Zolto Carnes ’64 Elizabeth Bates Carrick ’31

Sarah A. Parker ’45

Marthanne G. Carver ’72

Mary Burke Partridge ’63

Jean Forbes Christman ’51

Doris Pattison

Kenneth D. Cole

Ruth U. Paul ’34

Mary Drake Coles ’20*

Henry Pfaff

Eileen M. Core

Elizabeth Hankin Potter ’37

Betsy Busch Crosby ’66

Nancy L. Purdy ’47

Lynda Smith Deming ’63✢

Roberta Green Puschel ’61

Mrs. Edward L. Dillinger

Sherril-Ann and John W. Rechsteiner

Sally and Anthony C. Woodruff (Sally Walker ’58) Charlotte Shirley Wyman ’44✢ ✢deceased

(Marjorie Hankin ’41)

(Sherril-Ann Gillette ’49)

Elizabeth Lum Drake ’18

Jean L. Reynolds ’40✢

Doreen Crawford Dun ’55

James L.D. Roser

Nicholas C. English H’94

Doris Hoagland Rutherford ’37

Kristen Potter Farnham ’86

Carolyn White Sampson ’53

Bebe Lord Gow ’44

Marie and Robert P. Sanna

Judith Hover Harper ’55

Joan and Lacy Seabrook✢

Marjorie Leigh Hart ’46

Jonathan O. Simonds

Barbara Reid Hecklinger ’57

Robin Miesem Smith ’55

William Heyne

Susan Savage Speers ’47

Laura Noon Jennings ’67

Janet Sorg Stoltzfus ’48✢

Laura Staehle Johnson ’69

Eleanor Feick Thompson ’36✢

Linda Burns Jones ’66

Harriet Brown Total ’27✢

Natalie Veit Kelley ’45

Margaret Blake Tyler ’44✢

Miriam Paul Leslie ’34✢

Marjorie Zink VanArsdale ’39✢

Mary Louise Lipscomb

Grace Staub Van Derbeck ’37✢

The Heritage Society was established in 1987 to honor individuals who have included Kent Place in their estate plans. To discuss how you can create a legacy at Kent Place School through a planned giving vehicle, please contact Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59 in the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations at (908) 273-0900, ext 213 or


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More Ways to Connect with KPS

Keep In Touch with KPS!! Stay current, get the news, keep in touch, make a difference! Alumnae, here are the top 10 ways to stay in touch with your Alma Mater.


Mail a note to your Class Secretary

With more and more communication being done via e-mail, make sure you don’t miss out on valuable information from Kent Place. Please send your e-mail address to so you can be a part of our online community.


Fax a letter to the Alumnae Office (908) 273-3240


E-mail a message to


Come by Mabie House for a visit!


Give us a call – we’d love to hear from you! (908) 273-0900


Log on to our website: Subscribe to The Mabie House Mailer, a monthly e-newsletter (e-mail us at to get started)


Check out Kent Place School Alumnae on Facebook and LinkedIn


Volunteer to be a Class Secretary or Alumnae Class Agent for the Annual Fund


Come back to campus for Reunion Weekend!!



Join the Kent Place School Alumnae group on Facebook to connect with over 500 other alumnae, learn about KPS, find out about events and see photos of the school. To join the alumnae group, log in to Facebook and search “Kent Place School Alumnae.” In addition, KPS also has a new fan page on Facebook! Our fan page is for anyone who is a fan of Kent Place School...current students, parents, alumnae, etc. Be a member of the Kent Place School Alumnae group AND a fan of your Alma Mater! To become a fan, search “Kent Place School” and look for the green candle. The page will post regular news and photos of what’s happening on campus. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the page.

Join the Kent Place School Alumnae group on LinkedIn, the professional networking site, to strengthen and extend your network of trusted contacts. To join and connect with over 100 alumnae who can help you advance your career, log in to LinkedIn and search “Kent Place School Alumnae.”

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class notes 1931 Photos for Class Notes We love pictures for your Class Notes! To achieve the best results, here are some tips for sending in photos that will look great in print: For traditional hard copy prints •

4 x 6 glossy prints work best (matte prints do not scan well).

Elizabeth Morley Sincerbeaux writes, “I live at Kendal at Hanover in Hanover, NH. My family visits me, and I go to family gatherings in Woodstock, VT, where my daughter Suzi Brian lives. I also have family in Boston, New York City, Colorado and North Carolina. I have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. We all got together in August.”

For digital photos •

Set your digital camera to the best photo setting.

Set the photo size to 4 x 6 inches or greater and 300 dpi.

Save your files as JPEG or TIFF.

E-mail your photos as attachments; DO NOT include them in the body of your message.

Please identify everyone in your photo and provide a caption.

It is important to know that we cannot reproduce photos from photocopies, paper printouts, magazines or newsprint. We must have either a traditional print or the digital photo file. We cannot guarantee use of photos that do not meet these guidelines.

If your class does not have a secretary, please send your news to the Alumnae Office at (908) 273-0900, ext. 234 or e-mail

1933 Peg Kendal Thornton writes, “Fletch died a year and a half ago at 93. I have moved to Woodcrest Village in New London, NH, and I am 95 and doing well.”

1935 Barbara Hartford Condon 142 Roxy Cahoon Road Plymouth, MA 02360-1931 (508) 888-3215

1936 Betty Hendrickson Fiske writes, “Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD, continues to be a wonderful place to live. My family visits frequently since I no longer travel. Young friends here drive me around frequently for movies and dinner out. The Asbury bus takes me to the grocery store, doctor appoint-

ments, etc. The Keese School of Continuing Education run by Asbury residents has outstanding speakers and musical programs, which keep my mind alert.”

1937 Doris Hoagland Rutherford is still in the Women’s Club and goes to the symphony. Her niece came down from Tacoma, WA, and threw her a wonderful surprise party for her 90th birthday. She is happy and glad to hear from her classmates Betsy Hankin Potter and Marie Donnet Miller and hopes that all stay in touch. Betsy Hankin Potter writes, “Big news is the arrival of my first great-granddaughter on November 4. All my family arrived for Thanksgiving, and I was just delighted to be together.” Betsy is very content at her assisted living facility, and she enjoys the other residents and good bridge games. Ruth Roberts Frost writes, “Most exciting thing for me is a wonderful walker with large enough wheels that I can walk out of doors in good weather. Don’t need it in my apartment but feel so safe in long halls and find it a real help when getting mail or shopping. I hope to hear from some ’37ers.” Jane Loveland Byerts writes, “We added on a bedroom, bath and sitting room to my house. I moved into that and my youngest son Rob, his wife Gina and their youngest Jack moved into the house. They are the best ‘as-


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Evening College of Summer School at Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in various positions. Rozanne then joined Style Weekly, where she was an assistant editor and columnist for many years.

sisters for living.’ Hank, a schipperke puppy, keeps me company. I still volunteer at the hospital – it’s been almost 40 years – and I keep busy with my church group. My family comes to visit frequently. I went to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with my oldest Bill and his wife Nan and saw others at Christmas. Best wishes to all!” Mary (Babs) Fell writes, “I continue to live at my home in Underhill, VT, and would love to see or hear from classmates. The days seem to go by faster than ever, usually with little to report, but no serious problems either. Best wishes to everyone.” C.W. Hargens III writes, "I regret to tell you that Mary Johnson Hargens, my dear wife, passed away on February 26 after a brief cancer illness. Mary loved Kent Place and spoke frequently of her wonderful experience there."

1938 Marilynn Mitchell Rinek writes, “I am still at Essex Meadows. Will give up my job as head of the grounds committee since I will be turning 90. My children are all well, and I am very proud of my 12 grands and five great-grands.”

1939 Mary Marsh Benedict writes, “I am blessed with a wonderful family – four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. They are all working and all are great communicators with each other and me.” Jean White Vanderbilt writes, “All’s well on Cape Cod, and I’m enjoying living on the waters of Pleasant Bay. It was a special treat to attend our 65th reunion at Wellesley last June. It was the first and only time there were ever 11 of us going to the same college. We all loved Wellesley, especially with Mildred McAfee as our 36-year-


1940 Janette Munkittrick Rainwater ’39 with great-grandson Conner

old president!” Janette Munkittrick Rainwater writes, “Son Mike became a grandfather this year, so I guess that makes me a great-grandmother. Wow! His name is Conner Walker and he lives in Sammamish, WA. I continue to live alone and am euphoric over recent successful eye surgery.” Marjorie Ladd Corby writes, “A few trips this year: Florida, Chicago and a family reunion in August at the Lake Michigan home of my daughter Linda ’65. In October, Linda and I spent a few days in Summit. The campus looks beautiful – many changes since our last visit two years ago.” The Alumnae Office received word that Suzanne Garrett Epps passed away on November 16, 2008. Suzanne received a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Goddard College. She worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence in the Pentagon until the conclusion of World War II, when she left the Navy to write a column for Pathfinder magazine. In 1946 she was accepted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law as one of only three women admitted to that class. She declined, however, and in August 1946 married Augustus Epps, to whom she was married for 58 years until his death in 2004. Rozanne spent over 20 years at the

Jane DeBevoise Cissel 38 Long Pasture Road Little Compton, RI 02837 (401) 635-2873 Babe Loveland Swanbeck is fine despite the fact that she has broken many bones riding horses. They have a horse farm in Middlebrook, VA, which sounds beautiful. They are trying to sell it and move to a retirement home in Tallahassee, FL, to be closer to their children. It was wonderful hearing from Laila Raabe Rosseland for the first time. She had a cornea transplant, which she hopes will help her eyesight. They are in a retirement place, which they love, and Laila is playing a lot of bridge. Barbara Day Dugan sent a Christmas card with lots of news. A granddaughter is a star on the Brown hockey team. She made second team All-Ivy League. Helen Gadebusch Brough writes, “We are in Ponte Verde, FL, in a retirement group – about 200 people and all genuine antiques. No more travels, but we have been fortunate and are in the right place.” I love hearing from you, and keep it coming, as we all love the news after 70 years.

1941 Charlotte Emerson Blount writes, “I’m 85 and creak in all the right places! My arthritis is worse, but I

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have a friend – a bright blue folding walker. I get out when I can, and Ted does the driving. We are happy to be in a continuing-care community. I swim several times a week, Ted still plays golf and tennis, and he does most of the cooking. We go to the symphony and the opera. I remember my KPS days. The school looks much better than in pre-war times!” Bette Beattie Zenker writes, “Recently received a call from Marge Hankin Dillinger. Marge was here to visit Betsy Hankin Potter ’37 of Summit. So far we have 10 great-grands – the last one a boy born on December 12.” The Alumnae Office received notice that Helen Sperry Guy passed away on September 1, 2009. Helen graduated from Bouvé−Boston College of Physical Education (now the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University). In 1944, she married Richard Guy, and following his wartime service in the Army, they settled in Cranford to raise a family. From 1964 to 1969 they lived in Richmond, VA, and then returned to New Jersey and lived for another 27 years in Summit, where Helen was active in the Junior League, the Summit Garden Club and was a member of Central Presbyterian Church. In 1996, they retired to Williamsburg, VA, and were active members of the community at Kingsmill before moving to Williamsburg Landing in 2007. Helen was a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed. The Alumnae Office received notice that Ann Bellows Updike passed away on November 27, 2009. Ann graduated from Vassar College and held various positions with Dun and Bradstreet, Vitro Corporation and Savanna Ordinance Depot before raising a family. A resident of Randolph, NJ, Ann loved singing in choirs, playing bridge, dancing, knitting, needlework, crossword puzzles,

Sudoku and going to the beach. She was a longtime member of the Mount Fern UMC and various other groups.

1942 Emily Churchill Wood 3622 South Yorktown Place Tulsa, OK 74105-3452 (918) 749-4110 A heartwarming letter from Evie Rush Phillips reports that she is doing well living in her house with adequate help to keep it up. Husband Jack is in an Alzheimer’s facility but is content. He recognizes Evie and the children and grandchildren who live nearby and visit often. Evie keeps busy with lots of bridge, socializing, visiting Jack, a little golf and walking her dog Penny. Evie remembers many good times with all of you, and I remember many good times at the Rush house in Westfield. Betsy Lyon Jones sent a happy Christmas poem. All of the children and grandchildren were on hand to celebrate Jonesy’s 90th birthday. Daughter Marnie married Jim Koenig. Son Bart and Michele are a happy pair, grandson Trent will marry and grandson Rob is in college. Judy Smith Mott reports a year of adjustment without Bud, but she keeps very busy with many friends, going out to dinner and lots of socializing in Florida. Summer was taken up with family at the summer home that has been in her family for generations. Judy has lots of interaction with her son Richard, daughter-in-law Margery and grandchildren Abigail, Alex and Susie. Doris Schwanhauser Friend reports that her big news was the engagement of her granddaughter Hillary Friend, daughter of Buzz. Doris had 17

Boots Allsopp Hickok ’42 shares a photo of her dog Bucky and cat Scarlett.

for New Year’s Eve dinner, and it was great fun! She continues to live in Connecticut and sees the Joneses quite often. Doris also talked to Jane Stanford Ziegler, who had gone to her eldest grandchild’s wedding in New England this fall. Jane’s dog Peaches continues to be a great companion. I talked with both Suzie Audette Greenman and Tom when I phoned. Both sound very upbeat, although Tom has had four hip operations. They had a wonderful Christmas when all of their sons came to Florida to visit. Susie reports special fun when they all went to Crystal River to swim with the manatees. She hopes to organize and lead a support group for residents of Vicar’s Landing, where they live. Adelaide Pineo Mahoney lives independently at Copley Woodlands in Stowe, VT. She likes the fact that companionship is available when she wants it but she can choose. It is in downtown Stowe, the community where she lived and ran a Christmas shop business for 30 years. Janet “Boots” Allsopp Hickok lives at Heatherwood in Yarmouthport, MA, but spends the summer months at her long-time cottage in Brewster. When I talked to her, she was just in from giving her fast maltipoo dog a run on the very snowy golf course. Her other good buddy is Scarlet, her cat. She is busy with an advanced


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class in ballroom dancing, bridge and lots of socializing. This year her travels included a river cruise from Budapest to Istanbul. Jean Poucher Loizeaux invites all to visit her in New Jersey. She has three extra bedrooms in her house in Basking Ridge. Congratulations to Jean for having a scholarship at the Gill School named after her. She continues to teach full time at Gill. She teaches math (including algebra). She is excited about Singapore math. She attends many workshops and works to stay on the cutting edge of new methods. Since her husband’s death after a very long illness, she travels during school vacations to Georgia, Vermont and Michigan to visit family. She spent Christmas in Michigan with 14 members of her family on her one child’s 160-acre property and had a wonderful time. Shirley Morgan Anglesey writes, “We have five children and 11 grandchildren. Only one of them lives up here all the time. We see a lot of Rupert and his wife Meryl. Rupert has two children – Jack in London at Imperial College, reading chemistry, and Lily, who plans to study art when she gets to university. Our oldest daughter Henrietta is about to turn 60, speaks Greek and visits there with her husband Tim often. Their daughter Katy, having spent much time in Kerala, southern India, is just due to finish her PhD on the social history of that region, and then plans to marry another Jack in May of this year. Katy’s brother Matthew has graduated from Edinburgh University and now teaches in a special school in London. Alex, our older son, is a professional painter and shows at The Boundary Gallery in London. He has two children, Ben and Clara, and they are both based in Manchester, two hours from here, where Ben organizes popular music events and Clara is reading history of art but is also at the moment to be seen in the new St.


Trinian’s film. Our middle daughter Sophia and her husband Rob are with us at Plas Newydd at the moment. They have two sons: Sam, who recently graduated from Queen Mary’s London in English literature and now works in ship broking, and Olly, who is working his way up the crowded ladder of television and film editing. Amelia, our youngest child, is in her 40s and has three children. Her husband runs his own antiques business in East Anglia. Isabella, their oldest, is at art college in Cornwall, Henry is still at school in Suffolk and a fascinating William (5) telephones us a great deal. My husband Henry is now 87, copes well with back trouble and makes beautiful illustrated cards.” As for the Woods, Phil was defeated in his 12th election for Tulsa city auditor. He served for 21 years, becoming the longest-serving-elected official in the history of Tulsa. A month of celebrations of his tenure and 85th birthday has just ended. Emily Churchill Wood is still employed half time by Tulsa public schools, running exchanges and other international programs. A trip to Mexico was a high point this year because grandson Zane Wood was an exchange student. A really happy memory was our week in Washington, D.C., with family (13 total) learning and experiencing museums, monuments, Arlington, the Senate and the White House. If I did not reach you this time, I hope to hear from you next time. Please keep the news flowing.

1943 Lucy Carmichael LaVoy (Mrs. Kenneth) 100 Royal Palm Way, C-2 Palm Beach, FL 33480-2306 (561) 832-9291

1944 The Alumnae Office received word that Class Secretary Joan Garvin Neilson passed away on March 8 after a long illness. She will be greatly missed. Below is the column she wrote over the winter. My apologies to some of you who answered my plea for news. Just getting out of the rehab after Christmas, I started to clean off my desk, and carefully put some of your notes in a large envelope, which was inadvertently thrown away. I do enjoy and read your notes carefully, and so I have a pretty good idea of what you all wrote. Nancy Stafford Raynsford wrote in the summer that she lost her husband Bud after his long fight with Alzheimer’s. Our sincerest sympathy to you and your family, Nancy. Also Bobbie Williams Hudson’s husband Walt wrote that Bobbie passed away last summer. A nice picture and note from Hope Smith Welliver. Sorry about the picture, Hopi. She had been to Washington and the picture was of her in front of Mount Vernon. Hopi has also been in touch with Tinka Vail Miller in Annapolis, MD, and had a lovely visit with her. Bebe Lord Gow considers herself lucky and is having a blast. She plays golf and tennis, volunteers in a thrift shop and mentors a child in an alternative school. On top of all that, she is deep into writing a novel. It’s about three-quarters finished, amusing and touching. Beum Turnbull Phinney and Art have stopped in to see me on occasion while visiting their children in the Boston area. They both look very well, and I do enjoy seeing them. Elaine France Maynard and Reg are spending the winter in Virginia on Chesapeake Bay.

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Phyl Sheridan Potts is looking for Shirley Conklin Veale’s address. Martha Clute’s Christmas letter was full of her activities, family, golf and her busy life. Nan McGehee Buck is feeling fine and has moved to a new apartment, all on the first floor. Son Hank is 61 and daughter Dana is 51 with a bachelor son who lives just 10 minutes away from her. Nan still has an occasional dinner date.

1945 Mary Anne Loblein Bird (Mrs. Robert) 105 Owens Lane Southern Pines, NC 28387 It will be our 65th Reunion this year. I hope some of you will be able to go. I received Christmas cards from Joan Schaeffer Sawyer and Faith Williams Christiansen, and both are doing well. Alan Summersby Emmet writes that she spent Christmas in South Carolina with her three children, their spouses and her six grandchildren. She is still writing and working to complete another book. She belongs to a writing group, which helps her a lot. She still lives in the house they moved to in 1951 but is considering a move. Barbara Leonard Mann and Ben are also in the same house they have lived in for many years but are thinking of moving to assisted living. Their oldest son is 60, and their grandson is graduating from TCU next year. Ann Follinger Wright had a busy year with book clubs, pool parties, paying bills, time with her friends, visits to the Coumadin Clinic and walking her dog. She also did a lot of traveling.

She went to Carson City for Christmas last year, to Denver for her birthday, to Harbor Springs for a partial family reunion in June and to Catalina Island for a family reunion. This Christmas she went to La Jolla. Betty May Sanfilippo and her husband are still in their condo in Berkley Heights, NJ. They had planned to move to an Erickson continuingcare community, but just before the move Erickson went bankrupt. They weren’t too upset and will stay where they are enjoying their friends as long as their health holds. Pat Dunkel Carlson still plays some tennis and works out at the gym even though she has had two hip replacements. She visits her daughter in Houston at Thanksgiving and her son-in-law in Austin. Both have two children. She traveled to Ireland two years ago with her daughter and husband and last year to New Mexico. Bob and I are still in a house in a continuing-care retirement community. I play a lot of bridge, make all the cards for our caregivers group at church and belong to a book club. I do some work for a local charity on the computer as well as for the League of Women Voters. I can’t imagine life without a computer, as it keeps me in constant contact with my children, nine grandchildren and one greatgranddaughter. Last winter we had a family reunion in Jupiter, FL, and hope to do the same this year. Our daughter and family are still in Germany, where they have been for eight years. Her husband is in the military and is retiring this year. Then we hope they will return to this country.

of life for us! Ned still chairs the grounds committee and assists the chaplain when she would like his helping hand. The programs here are varied and many, and they provide some great entertainment. We don’t see the boys often, but between the phone and e-mail, we are in touch with regularity. Lisa was downsized from her job in June, and that gave her time to find an apartment closer to us before finding another job in retail. We see her just about every other day, and she is a great help with some errands that would otherwise be difficult. Hugs all around!” Pat Woods Cobb writes, “I am fortunate to still be traveling and had a great trip to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe last spring. In early October, Laurie flew over from Holland to join me on a cruise from Boston to Quebec. The highlight of our trip was spending the day with Gig, Paul and Abby in Bar Harbor. Laurie, Henk, Jens and Kim were here last February for a wonderful few days. Kim was an exchange student in January in St. Louis. Susie and Pete now have a second home in New Hampshire, thanks to Pete’s parents. Sunnyside continues to be the place for me. I am constantly busy with the Jesters, a clown group, the Players, of course, the Friday sailboat races, AAUW and the local library – just a few of my activities.”

1946 Anne Herrigel Bailey writes, “Another year has flown by, and we have survived it rather well. Penick is very good at taking care of the necessities

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Louise Tompkins writes, “I have had a good year, with some short trips to Mohonk in June, Vermont in October and the Florida Keys over Christmas week with my niece. Ann Tompkins Hewat came for a brief visit in June. I always enjoy having her come to visit me when she heads to the Jersey shore to visit relatives.” Maureen Black Ogden writes, “Bob and I delayed our usual fall trip to Charleston, SC, because I was so involved in the campaign for a $400 million bond issue to continue New Jersey's commitment to preserve open space, farmland and historic sites. New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the U.S., has dedicated funding to preserve land since 1961. Despite strong opposition stemming from New Jersey's debt, the bond issue passed by 53 percent. Our debt is a big concern, but if we stopped preserving our natural resources, our state would be paved over.” Elizabeth (Bee) Meisner Gaynor was honored with the highest honor from the Fairfield Arts Council as the 2009 Artist of the Year. Elizabeth has been a dancer, teacher, advocate and pivotal figure in the performing arts in Connecticut for more than 40 years. In 1970, she founded a dance studio in her home with a single class of 5year-olds. It eventually evolved into the Connecticut Dance School, a nonprofit group serving close to 300 students and known for its excellent standard of dance. Elizabeth is also a professional painter and has been a community activist for the arts. Congratulations Elizabeth!

1947 Anne Campbell Dowell 3500 Kirklees Road Winston Salem, NC 27104-1712 (336) 768-5880 Anne Haon Cook “had a great Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh with 18 family members, including all five grandsons. Sam works for Citigroup and loves Manhattan, Tom is in law school at Vanderbilt, Paul is a high school junior and plays lacrosse at Shady Side Academy, Alex lives in Lancaster and plays clarinet and percussion and Jason is a high school freshman and sings in the choir and plays guitar. They are all a great joy.” Betty Correll Durling writes, “Imagine: 80 years old! Really do not feel as old – we both play golf at least twice a week. We have given up skiing and fox hunting but play lots of bridge. We are in Whitehouse six months and Windsor, FL, six months. Have a wonderful family with 10 grandchildren, most in their 20s.” Ann (Bunny) Forsyth Grulich and husband lived in Ridgewood, NJ, and their four children were in second through sixth grade when they moved to Texas. They first lived near Dallas and then moved to Sugarland, near Houston. Her husband died in 1996. She has two daughters living near her, one other daughter in Dallas and her son in Florida. She has 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild due in late spring. She moved into a nice apartment two years ago and is in good health. June Dorflinger Hardy says, “We are both now in our 80s. What a shock. I feel like 50 except for my eyes and toes. Jack doesn’t like driving long trips but loves doing short errands. We have fun down here and love talking to friends and going to everything


that interests us: Town Hall, Philharmonic, Forum Club Council on World Affairs.” They spend June through October in the Catskills. Joan Skelton Holmes had a “fabulous 80th birthday surprise cooked up by my kids – Hunter from Boston, Blair and his wife from Chicago and Trilby from Ridgefield. All descended and kidnapped me. The destination was Stonehenge Inn in Ridgefield. We had a scrumptious dinner, I spent the night in a gorgeous room and then we had the tastiest brunch at Trilby’s apartment. I was driven home, full of gratitude for my wonderful family. I am truly blessed.” Helen Preus Mairs writes, “We’ve had a busy but productive year in St. Paul, volunteering at church, working out at the Y and going north to the cabin. Had to put down our beloved golden retriever Iona, but were delighted to find Ruby through a rescue site. On November 7, our 50th anniversary, Bob walked our 43-year-old daughter Julia down the aisle for her marriage to Rich Weisbecker. On a sad note, my brother Dave died at the end of October from complications with Parkinson’s.” I had a nice chat with Pat Porter Morrison. Pat’s elbow replacement is good, and she is doing very well. Pat and Mike’s daughters are helping with their dad’s healing – he is now in rehab. Kim lives in Bernardsville, Heather in Stroudsburg, PA, and Robin in Boston. Eleanor Rathbone Nichols is “about the same, i.e., cheerful but no improvement in short-term memory” according to her husband Bill. “We added another great-grandchild this year – finally a girl! Our oldest son Bill and his wife live in Charlotte as do both of their married children. On Thanksgiving there were 11 of us spread out over four generations. Our second son Jack lives in Raleigh, NC. He and his wife are lawyers, and their

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Nancy looks forward to being a greatgrandmother, and she still runs her church thrift shop. I was so pleased to hear from Kathanne Harter Webster that “Dick continues to improve every day, and it is a miracle. There are many aspects of his personality that have changed for the better. If anyone who has the same problem wants to know more about Dick’s medication, do get in touch with me. Dick and I walk every day, and I swim daily.” I hope you will keep the news coming – it means so much to all of us. Just call, e-mail or mail me a note.

Sue Savage Speers ’47 and family

oldest son is an attorney who plans to marry another attorney this year. Our third son Chip and his wife live in McLean, VA, and have four children – two out of school and working and two at Vanderbilt. Our fourth son Mark lives in Orlando. He and his wife have a son at the University of Florida and a daughter at Clemson.” Nancy Purdy says, “After my wonderful blowout trip around the isles of Great Britain and Ireland in June 2009, next year will be much closer to home – perhaps a trip up to Cooperstown for their summer opera and possibly a return to Santa Fe for the summer opera festival. I plan to put my house on the market and move to a very pleasant retirement community in Basking Ridge. Shoveling out the walk for early morning walks with my dog has shown me the time is nigh for a move. Basking Ridge has train service to New York – a necessity after spending half my life in the city and still enjoying its cultural advantages.” Bobbie MacWhinney Schneidewind writes, “We have had a good year – good health, fun and some overseas travel. We are grateful and amazed that Bill can do it all after a long illness last year. None of the grandchildren have ‘attachements’ yet, so we

planned a family cruise over Christmas to the Caribbean – exciting for all.” Sue Savage Speers acquired a new left knee last summer and walks very well. Guthrie had been fighting an infected Achilles tendon but is gradually improving. Will and Heidi are at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE, Tom and Bessie are at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, Sam and Lisa are at Vassar College and Elizabeth and David live in Acton, MA. Jane Newman Springer stays busy. She went parasailing last year and “retired from her part-time job at the YMCA last May.” She is chairman of the stewardship and personnel ministry at her church. John’s son David is in Afghanistan working for the Department of Defense. Jane spent Christmas in Austin. Cecily Billings Stack had a fabulous celebration for her 80th birthday with a full gathering of the clan. They surprised her, rented a big house near Cec and Bud and had several days of fun and feasting. Nancy Vreeland Waits says, “We sold our sailboat last November after three years on the market. It got too much for us in our advanced years.”

1949 Joan Lanston McKeown (Mrs. Samuel) 7C Canterbury Road Chatham, NJ 07928-1768 (973) 635-2744

1950 Adrienne Kelly Carr (Mrs. John L.) 2776 Highway 28 N Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 782-7583 Suzanne Swenson Woods is no longer doing real estate but is still painting. They travel quite a bit to see children in Milwaukee and Phoenix. Only big trip was to Egypt and Jordan. Aileen Black Robertson went on a “10-day tented camping trip in Tunisia”! That news came from Mabel Depue O’Brien who says that they are doing okay. Celebration was the theme of Anne Major Florey and Klaus’s year. They celebrated Klaus’s 90th birthday with family, first in Maine and then in Germany.


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Penny Burley Thomas, having spent Christmas in Sun Valley, writes that in spite of “creaky body parts” they still enjoy skiing and hiking. They went on an amazing trip to Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears on Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to form, which is late this year. Both of them are very involved in land trusts, public land and wilderness protection. In October, Penny was involved at Longwood Gardens in the meeting of the Association of Flower Arrangers. Arrangers from 30 countries created arrangements interpreting different parts of the U.S. with materials collected for them by area teams. Sarah Goodbody Norris has moved back to Texas from Colorado to an independent-living apartment in an Erickson community in Texas Eagle Trace. She likes it and is nearer to her two children and two grandchildren. Her membership in the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the American Needlework Guild reveal her passions! Phyllis Tilson Piotrow enjoys reading, bridge, hiking and teams, as well as congratulating her 9- and 11-year-old grandsons on their athletic achievements! She is also working on the Senate race. Joan Morgan Candy is living on a ranch in California with her daughter and lots of dogs and horses. She has few happy memories of her boarding life but fond memories of friends. Lois DeLong Meinch lives “pretty quietly.” But she does a marvelous service. She knits caps for cancer patients – over 200 last year! Joy Bennett Hartshorn has moved into a retirement community. “We are still getting settled, but it is freeing to be out from under 47 years of stuff! She has a granddaughter at Kent Place. Marjorie Diebolt Yukich had a wonderful Christmas in Bethlehem, PA, with her son. She is still living in Davidson, NC, and loves having four


grandchildren around the corner. Ann Reeves Reed and Charlie went to Italy. Among other things, Ann visited her sister, and Charlie bicycled. Charlotte (Cece) Cabrera Pattison raises sheep and runs the sheep part of the state fair. Also at the fair, she was involved in partnership with a local church in a food booth serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In 10 days they raised $50,000! The money goes for building and maintenance. She is still very much involved in the preservation of old buildings. Elizabeth Dun Colten went to Italy for Christmas. She reflected that there wasn’t much news, but they are grateful to be able to “still do most of the things that we have always done.” Anne Waterson Gordon and Donald went on what they expected to be a quiet trip to D.C., only to encounter two feet of snow! Fun to see a big city, government and all come to a complete stop. She is the only one to reply to my question about books, a novel by A. S. Byatt, The Children’s Book. “Wonderful, sprawling family saga with all Byatt’s usual intelligence and historical awareness. I couldn’t put it down.” Jacqueline Gibbs Dreyer and Julian had some health challenges this year and have lived quietly. “We just take each day as it comes and are grateful to be together.” As for us, Adrienne Kelly Carr and John, we drove north to Boston and New York to see our two sons and their families, enjoying autumn color and delivering much-needed fireplace wood from the Georgia mountains to a block off Broadway! Then we spent our usual week in Fort Myers Beach after Thanksgiving. We used to use this for recovering from teaching fall semester; now, John says, “It’s to gird ourselves for the family Christmases.”

1951 Joyce Cudlipp Wiggin (Mrs. R. Mitchell) 17 Winding Way Short Hills, NJ 07078 (973) 376-1717 Ginger Meneely Stephens and husband Geoff are enjoying retirement in Tampa, FL, their home for over 50 years. They have seven grands ages 6 to 24. Spent Thanksgiving sailing their 34-foot Tartan along Florida’s west coast. Had an awesome trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands in February and Nova Scotia and Maine in August. Plan to do British Isles and cruise around Scotland visiting Geoff’s family next year. Franny Holt Covert’s husband Roger died of a stroke two months after his 80th. She’s fortunate to have moved four years ago to Athens, GA, where their older daughter Sarah, son-inlaw Pat O’Connor and twin grands Siena and Aigdan live. Younger daughter Hannah is only six hours away in Florida. Our sincere sympathies Franny. Fort Myers, FL, is now home for Debbie Durling Schork. They are now in a retirement village of more than 2,000 people that is three miles from Sanibel and offers every amenity. Ann Jones Jones and Brad are still traveling – last summer sailing and golfing on the Sea Cloud in the Adriatic. Three of the four families were together for Christmas in Florida. Katie, a junior at Kenyon who is off to Jaipur, India, for second semester. Brad is busy at Riverside Theater, and Ann is on the boards of VNA Hospice and McKee Botanical Garden. Both are still golfing.

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Dulcy Lee Green had a wonderful Christmas week in Vero Beach. Her eldest Niki works for JPMorgan Chase and lives in Morristown, where she interprets Spanish for the police. Niki’s daughter Jessie Conway ’04 graduated from Vanderbilt magna cum laude and works in Orléans, France, making metal detectors. Dulcy Conway ’07 is a junior at Dickinson. Dulcy’s second manages the biggest veterinary hospital in Orlando. Peter is the Asia rep of USAID and sets up energy conservation programs throughout Asia. Scott is an actor/producer in Los Angeles. Alvene Farrell Carpenter and Larry spent some time in Florida this winter. Larry is still playing amazing golf. Both are trying to keep up with the latest technology, i.e., iPhone and Kindle but not Facebook! Betty Emery Grills and I are so pleased with the class participation in the Annual Fund – 68 percent. Wow! Betty and Bob are slowing down but enjoyed wonderful weather in Florida last fall after a not-so-decent summer in Michigan. A condensation of Pat Nowell Tanner’s life since 1951: She and husband Jordan, graduates of Brigham Young University, married in 1960. With Jordan in the U.S. Foreign Service, they were posted first in Korea, then Indonesia and back to Korea. After a couple of years in Washington, D.C., they were assigned to Pakistan and back to Korea during its political upheaval. Then to Provo, UT, for two years, followed by four in Cape Town, South Africa, one in Canberra, Australia, and then home to Provo and retirement after 27 years. They adopted a Korean orphan and had two sons of their own. Korean Eric is a poet in Salt Lake City. Jeff, an airline captain, his wife and four children also live in Salt Lake. Youngest is married and in Manhattan.

Mitch and I try to see the five grands as much as possible. Caitlin, Darby’s oldest, took an international engineering course in Australia in January. Her Stephen and Dorian’s Patrick are high school seniors. Dorian’s other two boys are 9 and 12 and into sports. Can you believe our 60th will be in 2011? Plan ahead and keep well.

1952 BJ Hodges Peters writes, “This has been a sad year for me as I lost my dear Jack and am widowed again. I was blessed to have him for four wonderful years. I have done extensive traveling this year to Las Vegas in spring for pleasure, New York in June for business/pleasure, Guatemala in July with my daughter Jacquie and her four teenagers on a mission/cultural trip and France in September with a friend for pleasure. I am still active in my gourmet foods business, although I am not spending as much time with it these days. My five children and 15 grandchildren continue to thrive. All are teenagers and older except for Jake, David's son, who just had his 4th birthday.” Eugenia Howe Bourne writes, “Life is interesting, and I have managed to be in nine countries this year, including an Audubon trip to Cuba for birding. I would love to hear from any classmates living in the Fairfield County, CT, area.”

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1953 Kate Burke Wood 7 Foxwood Drive Princeton, NJ 08540-4302 (609) 683-8194 Lyn Pyle Behne is sailing and skiing with three generations and got together with Ann Boyer in December while skiing in Colorado. In December, Ann celebrated PET scans that showed her cancer-free after surgery, chemo and radiation. She was gathering her strength to pick up her writing, “her groups” and reveling in memories of six months recently spent in Honolulu, where they explored the beaches and islands with her visiting daughter and family while Everett served as a visiting transplant surgeon at Tripler Army Medical Center. Ann and Everett spent December in Salida, CO, where Everett continued his passion for delivering medical service in his retirement at a civilian, 49-bed hospital. Ann writes, “My husband Everett Spees is a retired transplant surgeon, a colonel in the U.S. Army and former head of transplant at a branch of Johns Hopkins, Walter Reed, University of Colorado and Presbyterian/St. Luke’s in Denver. He loves taking care of patients, doing surgery and helping the Army or professionals in need, so since his retirement he has done tours of duty with the Army in Texas, Germany and Hawaii and done temporary civilian stints. He is also a PhD in immunology and two doctoral degrees in theology.” Their Christmas letter says, “As to our six children, from oldest to youngest: Sally and husband Roy are still in Inverness, FL, where Sally is a hospice social worker and Roy a middle school math teacher; on weekends they often perform their own musical shows. Lee and family live in Louisville, CO. Lee is a social worker and health educator at the


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University of Colorado, and Mitchell has just retired from a police career. Everett III and Robert are settled in Maryland. Everett is steadily involved in valuable research and Robert working as a gardener. Tom and our granddaughter Natasha (23) live in Lake Worth, FL. Ben is in Portland, OR, writing apps for the Apple iPhone. He also continues to write music, and his band Mercury Tree does frequent gigs. He has released a new CD, Eerie, available via iTunes.” Judy Kerr Casey lives in Winooski, VT, where she enjoys and appreciates retirement-home living. Mary Cumming Tiedemann and Susan Armstrong Watts continue to explore the world. This winter it was Guatemala for Susan before her annual 300-mile-trip with friends through Yellowstone. For the first time in 15 years Susan has a child living on the East Coast. Her daughter Jenny and husband both have appointments at Yale for the 2009-2010 academic year. Susan says, “I zap up to Hamden at any excuse” to see her two grandchildren. Mary Cumming Tiedemann writes, “My travel plans in the future include a trip to Jordan, Syria and a day in Lebanon and in mid-June a birthday celebration with my whole family in Costa Rica.” Mary keeps in close touch with Mary Nettleton Coogan and talked last fall with Phyllis Travis Bowles, who was recovering from major surgery. Mary Louise Brown Calnan is well. She and I live about 30 minutes from each other and hope to have lunch. Nadja Burns Gould and I had a phone call in December when she and her cello were thoroughly enjoying joining others in playing Christmas music. She continues her practice as a social worker. Marilyn Rippie Blausten, a pioneer in distance learning, writes, “Greetings from Sarasota, FL. I moved here from London, where I had lived for over 41


years. Twice I was married in London. Sadly my two British husbands died. With very mixed emotions, I decided it was time for me to move to a sunny climate. Fortunately my two sons acquired American citizenship, and they live in Florida also. In the 1990s I returned to serious study with the Open University. Six years later I became a qualified psychologist in the UK. Unexpectedly in August 2009 I was able to visit Kent Place. The school looks amazing! Please accept my very best wishes.” The Woods have no major news. We do love to be warm in January and February, so we are in and out of Florida, where we play golf, and South Padre Island, TX, where we play golf and windsurf until it begins to get warmer in New Jersey. We have two families living close by, so we love to come home. I have a couple of media projects which may go on forever, and I can keep up my involvement from anywhere. Take care!

1954 Marianna Ruprecht Mitchell 3 Wideloop Road Rolling Hills, CA 90274-5234 (310) 541-4372 Julie Abrams Dunbar writes that they love living in Connecticut and are busier than ever. As usual, they are following the sun: first to Hawaii and Tahiti and then to Antigua. A gal who would love a little more sun, Ricky Kaplon Blackman in Wisconsin does manage to find it in California, where she and her long-time love show their dogs. Justine Hoffman Schmitt is still teaching full-time and is in her 42nd year of nursing! Her entire family is

Ellen Smith Corbett ’54 on a trip to Africa

living in Dallas, and she finds such pleasure in getting to really know her adult children. Karen Miesem Maurer sent her usual very amusing Christmas quiz. Her good news is that her PET scan came out cancer-free and that she has Amanda and Donny living nearby. Mary Ann Tustin Natunewicz’s husband died suddenly last summer, and she has battled colon cancer but is okay now. All her children and grandchildren gathered together for Christmas. Ellen Smith Corbett spent three weeks in Africa last fall, first on safari in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, then on to Victoria Falls and finally to Cape Town, South Africa. Highlights included watching a leopard draped over a tree limb just a few yards away, a newborn lion cub (less than 24 hours old) and a trip to a lion orphanage where she walked with three young lions. Ellen writes, “I had a nice visit from my two sons and their families in April, I went to New England to visit them in July and my daughter-inlaw and grandson from California vis-

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ited in August. Grandchildren are growing up quickly. I still play a lot of tennis, croquet and Mah Jongg, work out regularly and am busy planning my next trip – to Nepal in April (but NOT to climb Mt. Everest!). I was sorry to miss Reunion but the timing just didn't work out for me. However, our 60th is definitely on my calendar if I'm still around and reasonably mobile!” The biggest surprise was a beautiful card from Sarah Murphree. After finding out that she hadn't exactly inherited her famous father's scientific brain, she discovered her true love – painting. She has had shows throughout the United States. I did quite a bit of painting in France and Spain this summer, and we also spent time celebrating our mother's 101st birthday. The birthday girl refused to join in, as any mention of her age sends her stomping up to her room, steam coming out of her ears. Some things never change! Happy spring everyone!

1955 Doreen Crawford Dun (Mrs. James L.) P.O. Box 42 16 Hatch Farm Road East Boothbay, ME 04544 (207) 633-4228

1956 Margot Saur Meyer writes, “Never back in 1956 did I give the year 2010 even a passing thought. Now, I sit at Alumnae Board meetings, sometimes lost in awe and wonder at ‘time elapsed.’ Mostly, I silently celebrate my observations that beyond the physical changes that have taken place, beyond the evolutionary growth that has inevitably impacted everything from management to curricu-

lum, the same strength of character and individual sense of leadership that I believe the Kent Place experience gifted to each of us is so very evident in today's students. I hope all of you are aware of the recent gift from our classmate, my good friend and president of the 1956 student council, Ginger Atwood Ackerley. In the above-described spirit of leadership, Ginger quietly pledged $50,000 per year for 10 years to the Kent Place Annual Fund. What a gift of thanks to Kent Place! What an example for us, her classmates! What an opportunity for each of us to thank Kent Place by participating in the Annual Fund with however much we each may have to give. The Class of 1956 can shine for a long time with a high percentage of participation annually. Let's do it!” (Editor's note: Margot Saur Meyer has made a provision in her estate plans so that the former Study Hall will be dedicated to Ginger Atwood Ackerley and their long-standing friendship.) Ginger Newman Blanchard writes, “All is well with the Blanchard clan. We are in Vero Beach, FL, half the year and NJ the other half, plus some traveling in between. We had a nice driving trip to Nova Scotia this past summer. The only KPS-er I see from time to time is Vicky Cox Tulloch. We live in the same community, and she is a terrific golfer. Our oldest of eight grandchildren will be graduating from high school in 2011. We will then have a high school graduation every year. Cheers to all!” Cookie Kaplon Feinberg writes, “It always feels so good when I get in touch with Kent Place. Life here in Florida is good. David has his golf in the mornings and his card games in the afternoons. I continue to go to the beach most days and do my favorite thing – read. I often go to book club meetings and at times we have the actual author there. Our children, Richard (49) and Robert (22), and our grandchildren (17, 15, 12 and 10) are all happy

and healthy. We recently had dinner with Jane Rollenhagen’s son Kris while he was here on business. He is a joy, and I know that Jane was looking down and smiling. I am fortunate to see Laurie Ruprecht Groves often. It scares me when I think how old we are, but as I have been told, it’s better to have birthdays than not. I wish you and your loved ones good health, happiness and peace.” Laurie Ruprecht Groves writes, “Life is grand with all our loved ones down for Christmas in Florida. Les and I get to spend more time there every year. I call it living in the ‘club sandwich generation,’ with my nearly 102-yearold mother Gerry and my just 2-yearold granddaughter Lily! Paul lives in Hoboken, working in New York City for the Major League Baseball website. Carrie and Tim live in Morristown with Lily. I feel blessed to see her nearly every day, as Carrie works in New York City for a fashion consultant and recruiter and I happily collect Lily from school. Always visit with Cookie Kaplon Feinberg when we go to Florida and when she comes to Jersey. Blessed also to see Margot Saur Meyer every month for our New York City theater matinee. Sending out a plug for the Bonnie Brae school theater group, which is always looking for more theater goers.” Debbie Plumley is thriving in semiretirement in the San Francisco area. She is engaged in many activities such as yoga, a book club and a camera club, and her major hobby is photography. She also has served on the board of Women in Consulting (WIC), performs special projects for WIC and also does business consulting. She keeps in touch with her sister Margie Plumley Stephenson ’58 and celebrates her three nieces (the children of Margie), who are productive and happy in their lives.


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1958 Terri Smit Kirchen 204 Trinity Drive Elon, NC 27244 (336) 584-6789

Judy Miller Colie ’57 and family held a reunion in the Catskills.

Edie Darling Dixon ’57 and husband Charlie with son Andrew, daughter-in-law Jessica and son Tim


Carol Spalding Bulkeley writes, “In April we took a great trip to Egypt and Jordan. Upon our return, I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in my knee. The highlight of our year was the safe return in August of our Army reservist son Chris from Iraq. In early December I had surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from my ear, which has left me with minimal hearing in that ear. Further surgery will hopefully restore that hearing. Hope to see you when our class has another Reunion.”

Barbara Reid Hecklinger writes, “Finally, after 33 years of serving those with real estate needs, I am retired! The art tools have come out, and Fred and I take our walks together, plan day trips to the D.C. galleries and concerts, spend time with our retired friends and spend more time on Chesapeake Bay. Fred is still respected as a historian with a maritime spin. We've planned two weeks next spring at a cottage in Cornwall with a spectacular view of St. Michael’s Mount. Sorry, Mme. Manyon! Hope to contact my KPS classmates for get-togethers from time to time.” Judy Miller Colie writes, “We had a reunion in the Catskills in August. The whole family got together to celebrate Fred’s 80th birthday and my 70th. A wonderful time!” Edie Darling Dixon writes, “We continue to enjoy every moment of retirement. The intellectual and cultural aspects of Williamsburg make it our perfect place to live. We continue to travel abroad extensively. Andrew and Jessica live in Charleston, SC, and Tim is in Vancouver – wonderful places to visit! I’d love to meet up with alums nearby!”


Virginia Tansey Wilkinson writes, “My husband orchestrated a grand concert (pianist and soloist) reception for my 70th birthday in June. I had lunch with Helen Tyson Muller and husband Werner twice in Santa Fe last year. My activities in New Haven include running a small specialized library for the Yale community, which is a part-time volunteer job, continuing piano studies and playing in ensembles and supporting arts and educational organizations or programs in various ways. Also keeping up with children and grandchildren, who live in San Francisco, Santa Fe and New York City. My husband and I spend approximately eight weeks a year in our mountain cabin in Texas Creek, CO.”

It has been fun to get news from some of you. I hope that more will chime in next time. Bonnie Fraser Lundberg saw Terry Slack Walton at the South Street Seaport to celebrate the publication of Terry’s new book Harbor Voices. Bonnie said that Terry has done a fantastic job. Bonnie reports that all is well, and the usual for them consists of golf, travel and children. Margo Hover Lundell continues to work happily as a psychotherapist in fulltime private practice in New York City. Her son Eric is doing well also. Barbara (Pixie) Schieffelin Powell writes that she and Art join Gisela Keuffel Hobman at the Metropolitan Opera every year. This year Marty Nettleton Behr visited them and gave Pixie a pair of rainbow socks that she had knitted. Even strangers marvel at them every time Pixie wears them. (Photo please!) Florence Lambeth Vavrek writes, “I'm still at The Peck School in the business office. As long as I can toss the book order boxes around I will be here for a while.” She traveled to Vermont to visit her sister Helen Lambeth McFerran ’61 and brother-in-law Eric, who have a cottage on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. In August she visited good friends in Norfolk, VA, during the hottest week of the summer. Margot Ahlers Lundquist and Leif are still splitting their time between Sweden and Tucson, AZ. (January through March in sunny Arizona.) Margot’s 96-year-old mother still lives

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Terri Smit Kirchen ’58 and husband Robert with three sons and their families

1958 classmates Margot Ahlers Lundquist and Jean Wilkinson MacDermid

in San Francisco. Their grandsons keep them busy in their Swedish life. Margot is still translating anything from advertisements to dissertations from Swedish to English.

and boyfriend Drew in Bar Harbor, ME. I am still working as a school transition counselor for Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation.”

After a January trip to Hawaii, Jean Wilkinson MacDermid and Lindsay were ready to cope with 2010 and two grandsons who also live in San Francisco. Jean sent me news that Margie Plumley Stephenson and husband Charlie are based in Tucson, travel around the United States visiting children and grandchildren and have become avid birders. Debby Haigh Dluhy plans to retire at the end of June. She has been at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston since September 1978 and dean since June 1993. This will close a long and interesting chapter in her professional life. She and Bob are renovating their future home, formerly owned by her aunt, in Cape Elizabeth, ME. They will be leaving the Boston area but might keep a small apartment there. She hopes that some of her classmates will visit. Ann Thornton Bridges writes, “I am 24 years a Vermonter after many years in the Rockies and on the West Coast. Son Jerry and wife Sara are expecting our first grandchild in early February. Children are on both coasts – Jerry and Sara in Seattle and Cyndi

As for me, life is good, and I find it hard to believe I have begun my 70th year. We visit our children and have three granddaughters and one grandson. Not having had daughters I find that girls are very different. I am still painting a bit and keeping busy doing all the things retired people do, including getting my cataracts removed. It is a modern marvel to see so well.

1959 Elizabeth Morrison Baker writes, “I was so sorry to miss Reunion, but I had a trip planned that we’d set up ages ago. It was great fun seeing the pictures in the latest Keeping Pace. You all look terrific! John and I are fine, enjoying our new house in South Kent, CT, as well as a fine collection of grandchildren. I am the volunteer treasurer for lots of local organizations as well as on the town’s conservation commission. John continues to design houses and is working on a new book.” Ann Kaplon Norman writes, “We spent a month in Paris in 2008-09. Mindie joined us for one week and then returned to her Knowledge is

Power Program (KIPP) school in Nashville. She teaches fifth grade reading to 90 inner-city students. Most came to her reading at a first grade level, and their progress has been remarkable. In February we went to Nashville to help our daughter in a successful house hunt. This summer, we traveled to Providence, RI, to reunite with three plastic surgeons (and wives) from Jack's training days. Surgery on my feet followed. Two casts simultaneously for six weeks proved challenging. My sister Cookie Kaplon Feinberg ’56 came from Delray to assist. For Thanksgiving we returned to Nashville, enjoying Mindie’s new house. Over Christmas, my brother Robert, his wife and their 16-year-old twin sons spent eight days with us. The boys sailed in the Orange Bowl Regatta. Mindie flew in to see her cousins, and our house was very busy! On a separate note, I was overwhelmed by our class participation in both the Annual Fund and the 50th Reunion activities. Together, we enabled the Class of 1959 to set two records! I thank everyone again for your willingness to participate. I wish each of you a reasonably healthy and definitely happy new year.”

1960 Lisa Anderson Todd 3811 Fulton Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20007-1345 (202) 377-3027 (202) 337-4715 FAX Jane Ashbaugh Couch told me about her involvement with the local historical society in Fayette, AL, and its work to restore the old depot and a grade school for new uses after the town’s 150th anniversary celebration. Nancy Bigelow Sinclair and John “enjoyed a marvelous two and a half weeks in the Rocky Mountains in September – good friends, hiking and much wildlife.”


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Joan Biddison Goodrich writes that her mom Barbara “continues to amaze…still driving at age 97!” Rick sold his business to a Maine-based bank, but was retired less than three months before he signed on as a longterm care insurance specialist with Genworth Financial. Joan became his office manager to organize his “business activities, which is no mean feat!” She is active as a volunteer with the public library and York Hospital in Wells, ME. She is now on the board of trustees of the hospital. Joan and Rick got away to Hilton Head Island for a couple of weeks in April. They feel fortunate that their two sons’ families are within a two-hour drive. Jeanie Blackmar McLerie-Keppler and Ken continue teaching, touring and performing the traditional music of the Southwest as Bayou Seco. In 2010 they are working with the New Mexico Humanities Council on a traveling Smithsonian exhibition called Museum on Main Street. As designated state scholars they will travel with an exhibit, “New Harmonies – Celebrating America’s Roots Music,” to six small towns in New Mexico to bring a deeper understanding of New Mexico’s contribution to America’s roots music. Jeanie sent me the rolling postcard of their spring/summer 2009 travel around the British Isles, Ireland,

France and Germany. You can find it with their gigs, photos, music and lots more at Winnie Hesson McCormick has retired and is babysitting two grandchildren for four months in Virginia while her daughter Janice and husband are in training for his assignment as Defense attaché to Barbados. Winnie spends holidays with her son Greg’s family, including a new granddaughter nearby in Vermont. Sandy Lee Simmers and Bob were able to get away from Grass Roots Farm and their many four-legged critters in Purcellville, VA, for a biking trip in Poland and holiday travel to see son Clayton’s family in Vermont. They attempted to make hard apple cider. Sandy sends greetings from two dogs, two cats, two donkeys, two cows, two heifers, one rooster and 13 hens. Emily Meschter reported on the December 14 groundbreaking for “Emily’s Place,” the early-childhood learning center named for her in Tucson, AZ. “Rain held off, speakers were on point, turnout of 100 friends and dignitaries.” Anne Sonnekalb Iskrant is still dragon-boating, going to training camp in North Carolina and racing at festivals

from the Finger Lakes to Washington, D.C. This year she is preparing for an international breast cancer survivor dragon boat festival near Toronto. She and John hiked and marveled at the beauty and grandeur of the American West in Anza Borrego State Park in California and in southern Utah’s national parks. John is still working with clients and Anne with adult students. David and I are much the same in Washington, D.C., keeping up with family and friends. Emily (6) and Matthew (4) love macaroni and cheese, a fire in the fireplace and a sleepover with us.

1961 Marianne Schwarz Bentley 6522 Rolling Fork Drive Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 356-8260 Christa Schwing Broderick writes, “We continue to enjoy our senior courses at UT and just our life here in Georgetown, TX. Greetings to all, and I am looking forward our next Reunion in 2011.” She and Richard enjoyed a vacation in Colorado in the summer and in November flew out to Portland to visit Christa’s son Jesse. Jean Birdsall Ball e-mails, “I caught up with Susi Reid and her husband while on a visit to daughter Jen’s in New Hampshire. Susi and Donald live just over the border in Maine, and Susi has a business called Music and Motion, which I hope she’ll tell us about in the next Keeping Pace. Lynne Clutsam Buckley came for lunch when she was here to visit her mother. I am a proud owner of one of the necklaces Lynne has created. They are all beautiful, and the money goes to a great cause!”

Jeanie Blackmar McLerie ’60 and Ken Keppeler


1960 classmates Emily Meschter and Suzanne Steinbuhler Wickham at the groundbreaking of “Emily’s Place” in Tucson, AZ

Mary Jochen Oberdorf is “still very happy to be back in the Adirondacks.”

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She visited her daughter Sara in London in March, and they flew to Marrakech for a long weekend. She especially enjoyed staying in a riad in the Medina and a trip through the Atlas Mountains. The whole family went to Tennessee in September for daughter Patty’s 30th birthday. I was delighted to meet Mary, Patty and Sarah for lunch at the historic Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville. Mary’s latest project is driving the ambulance for our local emergency squad. She explains, “The starting step is driving back from the hospital after delivering the patient. That’s where I am in the program as of November ’09…I plan to take the next available EMT course.” Go, Mary! I learned from Sue Ranney Bass that she and Henry took the longest vacation of their lives, spending a month in Australia, with stops in San Francisco on the way out and Los Angeles on the way back. She writes, “We started in Sydney, where Henry had a conference, the reason for the trip. After that, because it was their winter, we headed for the tropical north – Port Douglas, near the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest; Darwin to see Litchfield National Park, with giant termite mounds lined up like tombstones; Kununurra at the edge of the Kimberley Plateau, a jumping-off point for the Bungles (officially Purnululu National Park); Alice Springs and Ayers Rock (a 50-minute flight away); and finally Bondi Beach, just south of Sydney, from which we visited the world’s second-oldest national park (after Yellowstone) and took a wonderful cliff-top walk. It was fascinating and exhausting. Two things especially surprised us: how good the food was, especially the wonderful varieties of shellfish and fin fish we had never tried before, and what a multi-cultural society the Aussies have created. Sadly, this does not include the aborigines, but at least Malaysians, Indonesians,

Phyllis Mueller ’61 camel racing in Oman and Qatar

Phyllis Mueller ’61 in an Oman mosque

Filipinos, etc., are more integrated than I had feared.”

Barbara Mahood Olson writes, “Although my husband and I are both working shorter ‘work’ hours, we are certainly not inactive. Bob is busy with his radio-controlled airplanes, and I am still enjoying all aspects of dog training and competing in obedience and agility trials. Derby and I also work in canine freestyle, which is obedience to music. I also volunteer as a driver for Meals on Wheels and thoroughly enjoy my route and my people. Meanwhile, daughter Joann completed her master’s degree in education and is still working for Edison Learning and enjoying life in Charleston, SC, with her husband. Son Dave is now a senior deputy with the sheriff’s office, and he and his wife have a new home. My sister Helen and I took an unforgettable trip to Australia in October and saw many great sights in Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayres Rock, Cairns and Sydney.

Roberta Green Puschel writes, “Still traveling… On our way back from a three-week trip to Greenland and arctic Canada in September, we spent a day and night with Marian Dehmel Boyer and Paul at their beautiful new summer home on the water outside of Halifax. We played a game over dinner trying to name all of our KPS classmates, and we almost made it! What great fun visiting with friends from the past.” Carolyn Reeves Strong reports that her news is the same...“Different hospice patients, of course... same dogs, except that my Airedale is becoming a great therapy visitor in our hospital, and we are getting old! Amazing.” Doris Hodges Heiser continues to enjoy her work with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and absolutely loves being a grandmother. Doris took her two oldest grandkids, cousins Kyler (7) and Cecilia (6), on a trip out West in August. First stop was Portland, OR, by plane to visit Doris’ oldest daughter Laura, then a 37-hour train trip to Los Angeles and then time with her youngest daughter Carolyn in LA. They had such a great time that she promised the younger two cousins it would be their turn in three years.

Phyllis Mueller started out with an addendum to last year’s news. She climbed a 15,000-foot volcano and went gorilla trekking in Rwanda! She continues, “This year I went to the Persian Gulf. We started in Kuwait (still recovering from war with Iraq), then Bahrain (with 5,000-year-old excavated graves), then Qatar (with camel and stock car races), to beautiful Oman (sitting on turquoise Arabian Sea) and lastly the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and


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Doris Hodges Heiser ’61 with grandchildren Kyler and Cecelia

Cindy Nelson Pitcher ’61 at her first sprint triathlon

1961 classmates Jean Birdsall Ball and Lynne Clutsam Miller

Dubai). It was an unparalleled experience and lasting education about Arabian and Muslim life, people, culture, religion, foods, terrain, national resources, politics, marble mosques, kings and sheiks!”

and Boston to visit their daughters Gayle and Nicole and their families. Gayle and Sam live in Medford with children Teagan (3-1/2) and Meave (5 months). Gayle has returned to work as a part-time nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Sam has been doing a lot of traveling, but Nancy and Greg enjoy pitching in to help. Nicole, Sergio and their daughter Fabi (1-1/2) were living in Cambridge, where Nicole was finishing her doctorate in health policy, while Sergio was practicing law and clerking for Federal judges in Boston. However, in December, after spending Christmas in Short Hills, they moved to Florida so that Sergio could start teaching law at the University of Miami. Now Nancy and Gary have to travel to both ends of the East Coast for their visits.

young things! I would love to have any or all of my classmates join me for the next one! I love hearing about my wonderful old friends.”

Lynne Clutsam Buckley writes, “All in Maui is green, lush, happy and healthy! I am feeling very well and the doctors are pleased. Lots of major gardening, many friends and family visitors and my creation of ‘The Necklace’ – a collection of necklaces with the profits going to the oncology/chemotherapy patients at Maui Memorial Medical – have kept me engaged! It has been quite an adjustment from Beacon Hill to Kula, but Dick and I are very comfortable in our little bit of paradise.” Lynne enclosed an article from the 2008 Maui Memorial Center annual report that was dedicated to those who “touch our lives through their commitment and heartfelt generosity.” The article described the fund Dick established in her honor, which provided new patient treatment chairs and nurses stools for MMMC’s oncology department. I received a long note from Nancy Langenheim Gastineau. She and Gary are well. Gary has completed a total revision of his book The Exchange Traded Mutual Funds, to be published in early 2010. They spend a good deal of time commuting between Short Hills


Cindy Nelson Pitcher writes, “All is well in Worcester, MA. Steve is in his second career and directs the EcoTarium, a museum of science and nature in Worcester, and I am a very happily retired person, having sold my office service business about two years ago. My focus since then has been my family and me in particular! I’m proud to say that last fall after a relatively heavy training schedule I completed my first sprint triathlon. My original intention was to just finish, but my competitive soul got the best of me, and I finished first in my age group and ahead of about 150

Instead of one daughter in Maryland and one in California, both of my girls are in the Bay Area with their growing families. On April 25, Adrienne delivered Vivien Alexa Rose Mossman in Silver Spring, MD. Then, just two years after moving across the U.S. five weeks after their son Lachlan was born, they moved back again, five weeks after Vivien’s birth, so that Kaspar could start a new job as the communications director at UCSF’s Institute for Quantitative Biology. Adrienne is taking some time off from small animal veterinary medicine. My daughter Loren, son-in-law Lance and Finley (1) continue to live in Oakland. Loren works part time at Environ as a consultant in the air quality division, while Lance works at the Lawrence Livermore Labs. Bentley/Honegger travels this year included a short trip to Florida in our VW Eurovan camper with Morty, the dog, stopping first in Savannah, GA, to see my brother and sister-in-law. We visited St. Augustine, Lake Okeechobee, Corkscrew Swamp, Pine Island and Homosassa Springs, and serendipitously viewed the shuttle launch!

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Helen Lambeth McFerran ’61 and husband Eric on a trip out West

Mary Jochen Oberdorf ’61 with daughters Patty and Sara at Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation

Joan Barkhorn Hass ’62 and husband Mike with family

In July, we flew to New England to enjoy several days with Helen Lambeth McFerran and Eric in Vermont followed by a visit with Sue Hand and Jack in Beverly, MA. Over the course of the year I flew to the San Francisco area approximately every three months. On the September trip I spent a lovely evening with Elisabeth Lamb Persson and Nils in their gorgeous house in Woodacre, CA. Between the travels, Willi and I keep busy with dog walking, yard work and exercising (bicycling, swimming, hiking, etc.). I am still volunteering at the Talking Library, Vanderbilt Hospital and the ACLU, and this year Willi planted a vegetable garden and hiked up the southernmost of the Three Sisters in Oregon, in addition to collaborating on science projects, mentoring students and writing recommendations. We also flew to New Zealand to meet up with Helen and Eric, who were in the midst of two-plus months of traveling around New Zealand and Australia!

of Hamline University and development committee of Mounds Park Academy and addicted to Children’s Hospital. If anyone comes to MN contact me at”


many decades of professional playing in the Denver-Boulder area and serving as principal oboe in the Boulder Philharmonic and oboe d'amore in the Boulder Bach Festival. And secondly, joyfully, our daughter Alexandra Horowitz has given us our first grandchild, and I spend as much time as possible with her and her new son. Alexandra's first book has just been released (Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know, published by Scribner). Although she is on leave from Barnard, where she teaches psychology, she has many publicity and research obligations to add to her responsibilities. Our son Damon is currently directing his start-up company (Aardvark – in San Francisco, but will eventually wind up back in New York City. My husband Jay Horowitz has not yet retired from his litigation practice; but should that day arrive, we would surely move east to be near the rest of our family. Meanwhile, I would love to hear from classmates in the New York area and get together for coffee and reflections on years past.”

Elizabeth Hardin writes, “Although we have maintained a home in both Colorado and New York City for many years, 2009 has found me for the first time spending extended time on the East Coast, for several reasons. First of all, I have retired from playing the oboe completely, after having enjoyed

Joan Lockhart Gardner writes, “I registered for social security last week – an experience shared with most of our class. How did this happen?! Life continues to be fully packed with community service and three grandchildren ages 15, 13 and 11. Education seems to be a huge priority: on board

Joan Barkhorn Hass writes, “Mike retired in May 2009 and we had a wonderful trip to Morocco and Barcelona in the fall. Our granddaughter Theia, who lives nearby in Cambridge, MA, continues to delight.” Frannie Kiner Faile writes, “I continue to be an active textile conservator in the Detroit area, working both for the Henry Ford Museum and as a freelance consultant. I'm the proud grandmother of four girls: daughter Laura Bowes, in northern Colorado, has three daughters and son Bill Brewster, in Seattle, has one. Most of my free time is spent in their company.

Frannie Kiner Faile ’62, son Bill with his daughter Maya (22 months) and daughter Laura with her girls Sarah (10), Emily (6) and Katherine (8)


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1963 Louise Hall Grauer 558 Marine Street Boulder, CO 80302-5833 (303) 517-6473 (303) 444-4428 FAX Mary Brennan Gerster writes, “I am converting the second floor of a barn at our Manchester, VT, home into a studio for myself, where I can paint and do the monoprints and wood cuts I love to do – a longtime dream realized. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in July in Bermuda with our two children, their spouses and our five grandchildren. How did 40 years go by?!”

1964 Gail Giblin Flynn 41 Atlantic Avenue Cohasset, MA 02025-1876 (781) 383-0342 Wendy Oschwald Barbellion is “definitely planning to be at our 50th Reunion! Heaven forbid…that’s half a century!” Husband Bertie is now working in Paris, so she is in charge of running the chateau to the south. She also keeps busy with their wine cellar and continues to buy and sell and spends some time every year visiting growers in Burgundy, Alsace and Bordeaux. She continues her annual ski trip to Switzerland. Her son Alexandre, a lawyer, his wife and two daughters, Sofia (4) and Beatriz (1), live in Paris, where he works in the legal department of Bouygues Construction Company. Sofia is bilingual in French and Spanish and is working on her English! Candy Connor Eardley and husband George are both retired, although he does some substitute teaching. When


Candy Connor Eardley ’64 and husband George outside their NJ home

Cam, granddaughter of Dinny Sennes Carreiro ’64

the housing market improves, they plan to sell their home in New Jersey and decide where to spend their “golden years.” Son Marc directed an Off-Broadway show last summer, which won several awards and he, together with the author and a musical director, are working to present the show to a group of investors with hopes of getting it to Broadway.

ues to do some editing, journal proofreading and grants from her old office to keep occupied. They enjoyed a wonderful cruise to Bermuda last October and headed to the Philippines this past February for her Vietnam reunion group, with a side trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Susie McLerie Blackmar remains in Astoria, OR, and worked really long hours last summer designing, building and planting a huge garden for a group of disabled adults.

Sally Cissel Greenwood’s two daughters have moved back to the St. Louis area, so Sally says that her training at Wheelock has come in mighty handy as she juggles helping with the five grandchildren. Daughter Sarah has two sons, Calvin (4) and Duff (2). Daughter Amy has Teddy (6), Charlie (5) and Jane (2), whom I assume is named after Sally’s mum Jane DeBevoise Cissel ’40! Her parents are doing quite well and still living in their home in Rhode Island, where Sal manages to visit a few times a year. She and husband Perry downsized a few years ago and are having fun redoing the gardens. She is also working at Planned Parenthood in family planning counseling and reading admissions files for the admissions office at Washington University. Dinny Semmes Carreiro relates that “it’s awesome being a grandmother!” She has retired from Dartmouth, and she and her dear Barry moved to Burlington last summer. She contin-

My husband Bill and I spent a very special weekend on Nantucket last June for the wedding of Judy Wynn Newhouse’s youngest son Steve. Lots of familiar faces from Short Hills, Summit and Kent Place, including Marjorie Wynn Randolph ’56, Dana Brough Boyce ’63, Liz Budd Bugliari ’59 and Debbie McDermott Wight ’65. The reception was held at Judy’s parents’ home in Squam, right on the ocean – an absolutely stunning venue. I noted on Facebook that Judy and Steve had a brilliant New Year’s holiday in the British Virgin Islands with their sons Jamie, Chris and Steve and Steve’s new bride Leila. Closing on a very sad note, I know you will all join me in extending sincerest condolences to Jean Muchmore McLeary, her sisters Joan and Julie, her brothers Jim and John and their families on the death of

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their dad, Henry Muchmore, last June, and then their mom, Virginia Muchmore, in late October. With best wishes for good health and a good year…stay in touch.

1965 Janet B.W. Williams (Dr.) 7 Random Road Princeton, NJ 08540 This year will mark our – gasp! – 45th Reunion on May 14 and 15. Kent Place has a wonderful new building and is in the process of renovating the old Upper School building. Since this is a “special Reunion” (don't count the years, just celebrate), I hope everyone will come and see how things have changed. It was good to hear from a number of you, although many of you must have changed your e-mail addresses. Please send me your new ones so we can keep in touch. Noreen Buchanan Secrett is in her third year of singing with a choir called “Rock Choir.” It has really taken off in England. By last summer there were 1,000 singers, doing various concerts. They have made a CD and will be recording some TV commercials for the CD. Son Greg is still busy on the family farm, which is now over 100 years old, and has a farm in

Spain. Daughter Carey was laid off last year from her job as a management consultant in the finance sector. She and her boyfriend moved to Antibes in the South of France. Rich works in the yachting world, and Carey is setting up a business supplying lunches to office workers in a business park. The economy has affected all of us in some way, and Claudia Clausen McIlvain has had to take a break from retirement to help out in their family hardwood distribution business in PA. They still have their place in Georgia for the winter (although troubles with Sea Island are affecting everyone) and New Hampshire in the summer. The kids are great and rather productive – grandchild number nine is due in April! I had a great visit with Anne Cox Bekoff and husband Earl when I was in Denver on business. Their year was busy with a lot of traveling – to Oregon to visit son Alex, to Canyonlands to look at Barrier Canyon rock art, elk hunting in western Colorado and a fantastic rafting trip down the Grand Canyon after three years on the waiting list. With the completion of her MS in marine biology, daughter Diana moved back in to the house. She is looking for a biology job and weighing the possibility of graduate school in Sweden until the job market improves. Candy Cushing writes from Stamford, CT, that college counseling, while certainly fraught with parent and student anxiety alike, continues to be rewarding, and the joys of unexpected snow days and summers off provide a fine counterbalance. Candy now celebrates the end of college tuition payments, as Whit graduated from Wheaton and is now in political campaign management: so far, two candidates elected and another shortly heading to the polls.

Grandchildren of Claudia Clausen McIlvain ’65

Liz Early Mortlock and husband David live in Roanoke, VA, where Liz enjoys serving as pastor of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and David is an MD in family medicine. Unfortunately, Liz will probably not be able to make Reunion, as the commitments of congregational ministry don't fit well with weekend travel. We’ll miss you, Liz! I was so saddened to learn that Margo Harrison Bloom’s son died last June. Margo spent the holidays with many good friends who have and continue to offer her an incredible amount of support. Her first grandchild is due in March, so Margo is traveling to St. John in the Virgin Islands to be with her daughter at the birth. Deborah Johnston writes, “It is negative 23 degrees out and who knows what wind chill but, hey, the days are getting longer.” Now, that’s a glass half full! This time of year is filled with baking and making pies (unbaked frozen) for Deborah’s baking business. Seek Deborah out for her renowned baked goods. Other than baking, life is full of routine with horses and dogs and in this kind of weather just staying safe and warm. I didn’t hear from Judge Deborah Kooperstein this year, and my e-mail to her came back, so I googled her and found this: BhoSbOpt8: “Administrative Judge in Southampton, NY – first female judge in the history of Southampton.” Pretty impressive, Koop! Jean Potter Benton and husband Don took a break from their catering business to vacation in Florida over the holidays, trying out new restaurants, visiting friends, sightseeing and recovering from a less-than-ideal 2009, business-wise. Daughter Kate is in Salt Lake City doing year two of a three-year fellowship in pediatric intensive care at the University of Utah.


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She loves it, and with her boyfriend, a pediatric cardiology fellow, spends spare time hiking, camping and skiing. Liza caters for an incredibly successful company that designs and markets computer games. Still living in New Vernon, NJ, and loving it, Nancy Rae Burrows has an easy commute to her job of 25 years (!) with Lois Schneider Realtor in Summit. Her family is well, and their four grandchildren live nearby in Summit and Ridgewood, so Nancy and Phil see them often. They are 6, 5, almost 3 and 2-1/2! Ed and Jeanne Sameth Burke have been blessed with seven grandchildren, ages 4 months to 10 years. They are in the process of becoming Florida residents. Jeanne reconnected with her high school sweetheart down there in Stuart, FL. They have some fun times together, and as a gay man he poses no threat to her marriage, so they can just enjoy each other. It’s been a good year for us. My three kids are thriving: Noah (26), a project manager at Microsoft in Seattle, Ezra (23), an entrepreneurial restaurateur and house renovator in Providence, RI, and Gideon (20), a junior environmental engineering student at University of New Hampshire and the university student brand manager for Red Bull. We managed a week in Cancun last January and a week in August at the Jersey shore – but nothing like the television program. I am still VP for clinical development for MedAvante, and I traveled extensively this year, to Thailand, Prague and Dublin, and to Moscow, where my company is opening an office. Bob’s Parkinson’s has slowed us down a bit, but we now have a full-time home health aide. I’ve not much time for knitting and spinning, but I have spent this year getting our home in order (unpacking boxes!) – one more room to go! Have a peaceful, joyous and productive year.


1966 Linda (Lindy) Burns Jones 114 Thistle Patch Way Hingham, MA 02043-2817 (781) 749-3128 Greetings to all ’66ers! I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be class secretary and have personal contact with each of you! What a diverse, caring and wonderful group of women you are. Laura Barrett writes, “After a decade working on National Institutes of Health grant projects in information technology strategic planning and implementation (at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey), I am once again based in the library. This time I'm working on collaborative IT projects with four departments: the University Libraries, Academic Affairs, Information Services & Technology and the Informatics Institute of UMDNJ. It's the culmination of my prior work, which I am pleased to see has been mainstreamed. I'm currently cochairing a committee that is planning a symposium we’re sponsoring in April about technologies in clinical care, including the electronic health record. This past June, I concluded my tenure as chair of the medical informatics section of the Medical Library Association (MLA); thanks to that good timing, I was able to attend the annual MLA meeting during May in Oahu, Hawaii.” Pam Bradley Egloff writes that she is getting used to life with the cardiac defibrillator that was implanted in her chest in October in Switzerland and is now enjoying the nice weather in Miami. The doctors say this will keep her from having adverse side effects due to her weak heart muscle. Her husband Remo recovered nicely from his bout with lung cancer. He is

in remission and getting used to playing tennis doubles, as singles is out now. Pam says there's still not much work for corporate event planners and workers, but she is confident it will pick up. Betsy Busch Crosby and John completed construction of a new home in Westerly, RI, in 2009 and love being up there when possible. “Real estate continues to keep me busy; John is ‘Mr. Volunteer’ and son Jay is half way through his PhD program in psychology. It is an honor to continue my involvement at KPS as an honorary member of the Board of Trustees and Alumnae Board, and it was a thrill to attend the official opening of the new Upper School Academic Center in October.” Tricia Hodge Parks writes, “We're surviving the recession (or whatever this is), our children are healthy and happy and our grandchildren the same. Beyond work, which encompasses the bulk of our time, we enjoy traveling to see kids and their families, going on vacation and just plain exploring. Traveling for work (typically California, the Mid-Atlantic and Europe) occurs at least once every six weeks. Getting to California affords the opportunity to see Rusty and his family; the East Coast, my brothers and sisters; and Europe…well, stealing extra days is just plain fun. Our five dogs and two cats continue to give back to us in so many ways. We love saving them and working with the various local shelters. We encourage all to help animals; there is much need and a great deal of emotional satisfaction from the effort.” She and Terry have recently identified the

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Carolina reserve area, where they bought some land in a community called The Cliffs, as a place to build a retirement home. From Cincinnati, Nancy Lawson works hard as a litigation partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, husband Steve manages his software business and all three boys are in school this year – Andrew in his first year at Duke Business School, Nick in his second year at Duke Law School (they share an apartment) and Alex in his third year at Wittenberg University. If all goes well, they will all graduate on the same day in 2011! (Please let us know how you handle that one, Nancy!) She and Steve managed to squeeze in a fun wine-tasting trip to Chile and Argentina in September. Clara Marx Dale is spending much of her time with her husband of 40 years, John, living the life of the Sandwich Generation, happily running between her 98-year-old mother in Palm Beach and their 1-year-old grandson Jack in Ridgewood, NJ. Their son James and daughter-in-law Heather moved there a year-and-a-half ago. From Vermont, Barbara Moore Van Zandt writes, “Tim and I enjoyed a week visiting Anneke (28) in Duluth, MN. She bought a house! Then she opened the door and out ran her new puppy! She'd managed to keep both a surprise!” Barbara has a new parttime job with Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, which manages all loans and grants for Vermont college students. As a parent liaison, she helps parents of first generation college students understand the application and aid process. She’s been doing lots more riding on their 26year-old Morgan and has had some rescue pups. Gretchen Pfaff Riley and husband Jay had a “fabulous Christmas trip to Lech, Austria. The skiing was great, and it was wonderful for all of them

to be together in such a magical area. Daughter Brooksie graduated from Stanford in June 2008 and is now doing a post-bac pre-med program at Johns Hopkins and is applying to medical school. Daughter Quincy was married on December 6, 2008, to Philip (Lock) Anderson Kresler. The wedding was at historic St. Peter's Church in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, followed by the reception at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. After a fabulous honeymoon in Southeast Asia, they live in London, both working for Christie’s. Quincy is business manager of the Asian department and Lock is the contemporary art specialist. We don't see them often enough but they came to Nantucket for 12 days this past summer. Son Bart works with Jay in their investment advisory business.” Jody Snyder shared her interest in learning about and practicing some of the ways of the ancient indigenous peoples. Her group is composed of 20 people from the States and 20 from Europe, mostly Denmark, Germany and the British Isles. She reports, “It has been a very fulfilling journey to apply all these medicine wheels and pre-Mayan ways to evoke change in our ways, foster the support needed to walk in balance and be the change we want to see in the world.” Elsebe Venter Vetten reports, “I have recently been tasked with coordinating the various committees who meet with our insurance association, and at two meetings there were visitors from New Jersey – one from Pingry and one from Lawrenceville (both graduated in the 60's)! We never see anyone from New Jersey and now two in one week! The Pingry man knew the AFS students that were at Pingry while I was at Kent Place. Sadly AFS has faded off the scene here in South Africa.”

Daughter Carla is in Denmark as an artist-in-residence at the International Ceramic Resource Center in Skaelaskor and son Ben is in his third year at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying nanotechnology. Elsa continues to teach photography and art at two different colleges but is starting to find the grading more onerous. There’s not much new with me, but we cherish our family, friends and good health. We lost Gerald’s mother last May and, like so many of you, deal with the ongoing issues of managing a surviving, aging parent. I’m struck by how many of us are also involved with animals! I’d love to hear more from others who are doing something to help the otherwise helpless critters of the earth. I volunteer as a pet therapist each week at our local hospital and all summer at the Audubon’s visitor center on Martha’s Vineyard. Keep the news coming!

1967 Martha Gordon Santiuste 7 Harrison Court Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 277-2030 (908) 598-0691 FAX Judith Armstrong 27 Colonial Terrace Springfield, NJ 07081-1919 (973) 376-8187 Many thanks to those who sent us news or crossed our paths. It is always wonderful to reconnect. Most of us had our milestone birthday. We hope it was a memorable and happy moment in your life’s journey.

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Bari Shearer Edwards spent her special birthday with husband Dick in Tuscany. He kindly put together a beautiful book to commemorate the trip. Judy and I celebrated Celeste Maher’s birthday in April as she passed through town on her way to Ireland. Celeste is enjoying her 1year-old granddaughter Eleanor and kindly sends pictures so we can witness her growth. Jane Howe Lingeman and I sat on my porch on Cape Cod and raised a glass of wine to each other to mark our June birthdays. Jane continues to do beautiful quilting and to enjoy kayaking at the Cape. In Brewster, I also celebrated with Suzanne Hugli Paulson and mutual friends. She had a house full of her three children and four grandchildren. Suzanne and John’s daughter Jennifer was married on the Cape on October 17 to Colby Hewitt. I was invited to join Judy Armstrong, her mother and her siblings for dinner at Morris County Golf Club. It seemed like old times when we bumped into Diane Oschwald Meisseirel’s father and sister. I then e-mailed Diane who was in Vietnam for one of her long stays. She kindly gave me her cell phone number in case my son Charlie needed anything while in Vietnam on business in December. Leslie Hurmence Keefe responded to my e-mail that she is alive and well at 60. I was pleased to hear from Barbara Williams Dunn this past Christmas but saddened to learn that her husband and father had both passed away. After raising three sons, Sissy Peet Walker and Derek are looking forward to the arrival of a granddaughter. Sissy retired from her job as a preschool director, but is doing early childhood consulting, community advocacy work for young children and tutoring at the local elementary school. She went to England last


day, and by night he edits his film Day Care and enters it in film festivals.

Diane Oschwald Meissirel ’67 with the Archbishop of Hanoi

summer with a church choir tour and enjoyed the Henley races. She also became certified as a master naturalist last fall.

My sons and I are fine. Charlie bought a home in Charlottesville, VA, last summer, and John is looking into jobs in various locations. I still love my work with children ages 4 to 20 at The Primary Advantage. We hope you will get in touch with us. Be well and prosper!

1968 Addie Bernheim Firtel 70 Saint Malo Beach Oceanside, CA 92054

Kathy McKinley Green filled us in on her work as a private investigator and her life in California. Last year her investigations led to the acquittal of an innocent man. Kathy is hoping to pursue a master’s in psychology at Pepperdine.

Nancy Kaufman Dalva 447 East 57th Street Apartment 8B New York, NY 10022-3064

Diane Oschwald Meissirel writes, “I continue to teach French and English, and I also take care of a group of young French volunteers. I have been making short trips to Cambodia four times a year, little by little getting more involved there. My family is growing quickly. In July 2008 my third grandson was born, the fourth one was born in March 2009 and then my fourth daughter, Marie Diane, gave birth to my first granddaughter, born in Athens. It is very exciting to have a little girl in the young generation! She moved to Athens from Croatia in August. I returned to Southeast Asia in early March for three months.”

Addie has asked me, Nancy Kaufman Dalva, to act as secretary pro-tem, for this and the next Keeping Pace issues. This has sent the notes column into a downward spiral, once I read the directions. Apparently one is to behave oneself writing these! It's hard to believe that some 40 years out, I still have a bad attitude when given instructions and a deadline. But anything for Addie Bernheim Firtel, who is recovering from some very successful surgery. Before that, she and Bobby celebrated their 40th anniversary with a family trip to Italy, filled with great food, various adventures and fun intergenerational activities.

Judy Armstrong is busy with her work in human resources in the Maplewood-South Orange public school district. Her duties as the coordinator of substitute teachers has expanded. Judy’s daughter Jesse graduated from Purnell last May. She is happily ensconced at Lake Forest. Son Sean works as a substitute teacher by

Kathy Van Cleve Kuhns has been hiking in Yosemite with her husband and three sons. Another year-round athlete, Martha O’Neill Lindeman has acquired a someday-retirement home in Florida, used for winter golfing and fun now. You can track these classmates and others (including Wendy O’Brien Smith, Linda Schmidt Cote and Cathy Stickney Steck) on

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Kathy Van Cleve Kuhns ’68 and family

Addie Bernheim Firtel ’68 and grandson Griffin

Rebecca (14) and Sarah (16), daughters of Mary Robinson ’69

Facebook. I encourage you to join – if you are worried about privacy, I will be happy to e-mail or talk you though the options that can keep your account private to all but your chosen friends.

classmates, and the years just fall away. Carla (a practicing psychotherapist who also has a PhD in music) told me years ago that when we are with people we knew when young, we see each other as we did when first we were friends. How lovely is that?

Muslims, Protestants, gay and straight, a variety of colors, in joyful and warm-hearted collaboration. We even share the same chapel for services. If only the bigger world could catch on.” She traveled to Turkey this spring with her women's interfaith reading group, Daughters of Abraham.

It was on Facebook that Cris Nogueira found Addie, who connected her back to me. Reuniting with her has been a deep joy, as has meeting her handsome diplomat son, now attached to the Brazilian UN delegation. He and his wife and darling son are here in New York City, and so therefore is dear Cris, for long visits. (She has had a distinguished and multi-degreed career as an English teacher in Brazil, along with enjoying a serious ballroom dancing hobby!) Recently Margaret Klein held a lovely small dinner for Cris and her family, with the guests including the fabulously blonde Cathy Stickney Steck, my perennial partner in laughter and crime Carla Bauer Rentrop, our fiercely private but ever-beloved and loving Susan Albaugh Albach and Susan’s endearing husband John Albach. Margaret, whose warm hospitality and international circle of friendship keeps her spacious apartment humming like a small hotel, is herself startling like her own lovely mother now. We get together, we

Send me your news, please, ladies. There's so much we all want to know! I wish you all very happy celebrations of what will be for most of us our 60th birthdays. Never a better time than this to reconnect with those who knew you at 18 – as we were the day we collected our diplomas and stepped out into the big wide world.

1969 Laura Staehle Johnson 1468 E. Buckshutem Road Millville, NJ 08332 (856) 825-6776 (856) 825-1631 FAX Mary Robinson continues as pediatric chaplain at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she coordinates a “wonderful team of chaplains in many flavors. We begin each day with text study and morning prayers – imagine it: Roman Catholics, Jews,

Cushy Pagon Samp had planned to attend Reunion but spent the time in the hospital instead. Fortunately she is fine now. She and her family moved five years ago to southern Maine and are living in a loft-style condo in a converted shoe factory in Saco (about 20 minutes south of Portland). Husband Eric's job with Bangor Hydro ended after the company was bought out, and he now works for a small Internet and telephone company. They have just been awarded a significant stimulus grant to install fiber optic cable in many areas of rural Maine. Her daughter Abby graduated from McGill in 2007 with a degree in economics and promptly went to the London School of Economics for a master's in economics and applied mathematics (econometrics). She is currently in Oxford working as an economist. Daughter Caroline graduated from Mount Allison in New Brunswick last spring with a degree in


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Elizabeth and Brian McVety, daughter and son-in-law of Susanne Williamson Canning ’69

1969 classmates at Reunion: Susanne Williamson Canning, Ann Butterworth Feakins, Carol Cowan and Lucy Weiger

1969 classmates: (back, l to r) Laura Staehle Johnson, Lucy Weiger, Anne Nicholas Dodd, Ann Butterworth Feakins; (front) Carol Cowan and Merrill Tomlinson

English and theater. She currently has an internship in stage management in Juneau, Alaska. She has fallen in love with Juneau. Cushy’s hope for 2010 is to have at least one child back on the East Coast! Cushy is president of her condo association and serves on the Maine Gambling Control Board.

She works as a school nurse in Colorado Springs and had a busy fall due to the H1N1 virus. Her youngest son graduates from high school this year. Leigh visited with both Sue Tubbs Hamlin and Lynne Cassidy during fall of 2008. Lynne was at KPS during freshman year and then moved to the San Francisco area. Leigh would love to see anyone who finds themselves in Colorado Springs – she is listed in the phone book.

Virginia to New York City and Boston to spend the holidays with our children and grandchildren – what fun to experience Christmas through the eyes of a child!” Their son Nick and his wife are preparing to buy a house in Richmond, VA.

Margaret Roberts Murphy’s daughter Suzanne is living at home while her husband is deployed to Afghanistan. They met in high school, after which he went to Penn and decided to give something back to the country before going to grad school. He is now a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps and has two years more to go. Suzanne is a jewelry designer and her work can be seen at www.suzannesomersall .com. Margaret and her husband have been living in Charlottesville, VA, for over 10 years. Margaret’s son George and his wife are living and working for law firms in D.C. Margaret is an interior designer and has also worked at Monticello and the University of Virginia Art Museum. She welcomes a visit from anyone visiting Charlottesville. Leigh Campbell Saulsbury’s two daughters were married six months apart this past year and all survived and thrived. Leigh finished her master’s degree in counseling in June! “I am not sure what I'll be doing with this degree, but I want to be ready!”


Lucy Weiger lives in Sonoma, CA, and works in the healthcare field in administration and is hoping for some kind of national healthcare reform. She caught up with Comfort Halsey Cope and Mary Robinson in early January when she was in Boston for a wedding. She reminded me that the house where we met in Summit with the Pingry men was once the home of the Nicholas Conover English family and home to our classmate Sara and her sister Eleanor. Ann Butterworth Feakins keeps in close contact with Comfort Halsey Cope and Carol Cowan. She and husband Paul welcomed two new grandchildren into the world last year. Their daughter Liz (Comfort’s god child) gave birth to Lila Hayes Welburn on July 16, and their daughter Susan gave birth to Benjamin Paul Masry on December 14. “The Feakinses' sleigh traveled from

Ellen Hoffmann Wallop has a fabulous website for her photography business – visit She recently shot a Halloween-themed wedding for KPS alumna Cory Lehrhoff ’97, whose mother is Patty Brody Lehroff ’71. Ellen and her husband and son are still in Brooklyn, though they moved from Boerum Hill to Bed-Stuy, where they are doing a brownstone renovation (slowly). Nine classmates returned to Kent Place for Reunion last May, and we had a wonderful time. Lucy Weiger arranged a dinner Friday night with the Pingry class of ’69 members who were having their reunion the same weekend. We gathered at the Summit home of Peter Burgdorff for cocktails and dinner and fell surprisingly quickly into old friendships again after 40 years. Susanne Williamson Canning flew in from her home in Paris, where she is married to a doctor and works for a pharmaceutical company. Sue Tubbs Hamlin came down from Massachusetts to spend the weekend with me at my mother’s home in Short Hills. She was busy

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Comfort Halsey Cope ’69 and daughter Eliza

Leigh Campbell Saulsbury ’69 and daughter Christine

1970 classmates: (back) Dede Offray and Kate Debevoise; (front, l to r) Lisa Schmucki, Tricia Tunstall Johnston, Lynn Daeschler Magrane

preparing for her first daughter’s wedding in August.

Kate Debevoise is working in elder law for lower income residents in Maine. Peggy Albaugh Croke is managing a nonprofit in Houston. Both of her children also live and work in Texas. Karolyn Vreeland Blume has relocated in D.C., not far from her daughter Susanna. Buff Zeller is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild. Betzi Ulrich Powers got an early Christmas present – another granddaughter. Anne was born December 17. Chrys Mennen Andrea got a puppy for Christmas that is gleefully exhausting her! While visiting New York City she spent time with Joy Weiner.

Dede Offray is running her family company that now specializes in hitech fabrics. Dede and Marsha Wyatt Ellison see each other regularly. Dede and Valerie McEntee are currently serving on the KPS Alumnae Board. Emmy Perina Katz has children gallivanting all over the globe or working on interesting research projects. Her daughter is getting married in August. She's always up on the latest news of Liv Eltvik!

Kent Place has changed greatly in our absence, but the changes seem to have been positive, and we were proud to be alumnae. We have changed as well, but it was really gratifying to relate on an adult level to women I never really got to know at school for one reason or another. Please send me your e-mail addresses so we can all stay in touch.

1970 Harty Platt du Pont P.O. Box 4 Green Village, NJ 07935-0004 (973) 377-6005 Lynn Daeschler Magrane 2 Lake Road Short Hills, NJ 07078-3208 (973) 379-4714 Our 40th Reunion is fast approaching! We've planned a jam-packed weekend of fun, and it seems we have a record number of classmates planning on attending. We hope you will be there!

Tricia Tunstall’s first book did very well (if you haven't read it – it's a must!). She's working on another book about a music program launched nationwide in Venezuela to motivate children growing up in poverty. Lisa Schmucki is a marketing consultant and running, a social networking website for educators that she founded last year. She and daughter Eli had a great time touring Rome the week before Christmas. Lisa has put together a Facebook page for our class. Check it out!

Judy Chamberlain had an unfortunate horseback riding accident at Thanksgiving that left her with a broken pelvis and rib. She's on the mend and back in the saddle! Daughter Nena will be off to college in the fall to study equine business. Beth Sullebarger and Dave had a great adventure in Turkey last summer. She continues to consult in historic preservation. She and Liz Van Lear have remained best friends. Harty is constantly “on call” to organize nonprofit fundraisers. She remains very active at Columbia University, also the alma mater of her sons. Lynn loves teaching at Northern State Prison in Newark and having her children come and go. We get


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together with Buff about once a month to eat, solve the problems of the world and laugh. It was fun to catch up with Lis Bensley Pino on a visit east from California last spring. See you all at Reunion?!

1971 Janet Yeaw Carhart 25 Hawthorn Terrace Florence, MA 01062 (413) 586-1685

1972 Barbara Black 203 Salem Court, Unit 4 Princeton, NJ 08540-7041 (609) 356-0400 Jenifer Smith Mathisen (201) 572-0881 Marcey Carver writes, “I recently became director of finance and administration at Vermont Adult Learning, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Vermonters by providing adult education and literary services. I also received my master’s in accountancy from Bentley University in October 2009, along with a certificate in financial planning. My daughter

Marcey Carver ’72


Laura is a freshman at Hobart and William Smith. She and I continue to enjoy our mutual passion, the New York Yankees. We saw a few games in July at the new stadium, trekked to Seattle to see them play the Mariners and had a great time texting and chatting with each other as they went on to win the World Series. I haven't found many people from KPS Class of ’72 on Facebook, but I really encourage all of you to join!” Elaine Gordon Goldman writes, “In June 2009 I retired after 30 years as a school social worker. I am looking forward to spending the winter in Florida. My son Zachary and his fiancée Laura will be married on September 4 at the Boathouse at Central Park in New York City.” Peggy Hiscano McDermott writes, “All is well with the McDermott family. Our younger two kids are in college – Andrew is a junior at Hamilton, Meg is a freshman at Colorado College, and both are very happy. Oldest son Peter lives in New York City and works for an executive search firm, and son Scott is starting a career in landscaping. Jack is still at Bloomberg, and I hope to go back to some kind of part-time work but am currently enjoying tennis, garden club, bridge and volunteer work.”

Amy Stickney Boyce ’72 with husband Steven and children Alex (19) and Lizzie (16)

Lynne Crosett Flynn writes, “Moved to Washington State for a promotion – still with the Navy. Settled in Poulsbo, WA, and am loving being back in the Pacific Northwest. New position is Fleet and Family Readiness Director, Commander Navy Region Northwest.”

1973 Lisa Krieger writes, “I did an interview on KBUR (Boston public radio) that was distributed on 125 stations. We had a tragic cluster of teen suicides here that I wrote about – thanks to KPS's strong writing instruction – and it was picked up nationally.” Holly LiSooey Mendes writes, “My family is doing well. Husband Tony is now an assistant coach for Pingry’s boys’ soccer. Meghan, the first baby born to the Class of 1973, is expecting her first child in April. Jaimie got married August 7 and lives in Cambridge, MA. Kristen is now teaching Spanish in Cedar Grove, NJ, and Kyla has her first teaching job in P.E. in Linden, NJ. I was appointed principal in July at the same school where I had been an interim principal. It’s a challenge – 622 students in Pre-K through eighth grade!” Elizabeth Rumery Chiminec writes, “Our dear father Richard Rumery died on May 25, 2009. He was also the fa-

Children of Peggy Hiscano McDermott ’72: Peter (25), Scott (23), Andrew (20) and Meg (18)

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Kristen, Jaimie, Kyla and Meghan, daughters of Holly LiSooey Mendes ’73

ther of Nan Rumery Soden ’72 and Carolyn Rumery Betz ’75. On a happier note, I am doing well and still working as a sign language interpreter at a local high school. I live next door to my sister Nan in Hunterdon County; it is wonderful being together. My daughter Kate works in human resources at the Daily News in New York City, and Nina and Andrew share an apartment in Ocean Grove, NJ. Nina works for a music marketing company and Andrew is a senior at Monmouth University. My husband Roman and I are enjoying being empty nesters and travelling when we can.” Francine Lynch writes, “My mother passed away November 13 after a brief illness. Marie Madeleine D’Eufemia Lynch was 86 and lived a glorious life.” Nancy Cronheim writes, “My parents and siblings are all well. Dad is still working at 80! My oldest daughter Rachel is a freshman at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and hopes to be an Asian studies major. Second daughter Becky is a high school junior. She hopes to play college softball and is on a travel team. We have been

to Denver, South Dakota, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas to watch her play. Dave and I are coming up on our 25th anniversary. We’ll probably be watching softball!” Andrea Weever writes, “I'm writing another piece for American National Biography; this time about late actress Barbara Bel Geddes, who was my aunt.”

1974 Tracy Allerton 114 NW 12th Street Delray Beach, FL 33444-2915 (561) 278-6006 Greetings from sunny Florida! It’s a busy and challenging time for all of us, and I do hope everyone is not only surviving, but also thriving in this difficult economic climate. My wish for all of us is a wonderful new decade! Jane Schmidt Uffelman lives in Pasadena, CA, with her family and loves it. Jane reports that the family had a “turbulent year” in 2009. Her husband Scott survived the rocky transition at his branch of SmithBarney after the Morgan

Tessellen Fennelly ’74 and granddaughter Haley (8)

Stanley buyout. Oldest son Ryan (26) started his own hat and T-shirt company; Bridget (24) lives in New York and works for a financial research company; Stephen (24) is a senior at Vanderbilt University and is planning to go to law school next year. Jane started up a small interior design business, but “mostly I enjoy the California lifestyle with mountains, ocean and desert in my backyard.” Susan Costabile Bubna has been in Colony, KS, for 17 years with her family. Husband Steve is pastor of a local church; Susan works as an oncall nurse while also pursuing her master’s in theater. Oldest daughter Sarah lives in California and works at a health food store. Kristi lives in Colony and is a social worker, while the youngest, Caitlin, is a junior at the University of Kansas majoring in art. Janice Carter writes that she is hanging in as a journalist at the Star-Ledger, but that things have been “challenging” to say the least, with furloughs, pay cuts, pension freezes, etc. On a happier note, she and her family are doing fine. Stepdaughter Genise graduated in December from Virginia State; and her niece Kendall, whom Janice has been raising since her sister passed away,


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will be graduating this year from Temple: “My sister would be so proud of her. I know I am.” Janice also had news of Jamila (Sharon) Bess Johnson, who is doing well and is still in D.C. with the Federal Communications Commission, where she is an attorney. Her oldest son is in college and the youngest is in high school. Jean Cameron Smith is in Croton on Hudson, NY, in a house built in 1770 on several acres with her husband Mark, son Hunter, who is a senior in high school, and two golden retrievers. Jean works for Sotheby's International Realty in Chappaqua, NY. It has been a rough year for real estate; she is doing OK but working 24/7. She would love to hear from anyone who’s in the area or passing through. Still happily living in Maple Grove, MN, Tessellen Fennelly has joined a start-up in clean-tech called Segetis, which makes green chemicals from bio-based materials. Her oldest child, Mike, turned 30 last year. He, his girlfriend Bridgit and their daughter Haley (8) live in a house nearby. Older daughter Marjorie (20) is out of the house and working hard. Julietta (16) is enjoying her high-school years. Tess reports that she has been “traveling, golfing and scrapbooking (which is what you do when it is minus 18 degrees in Minnesota!).” Martha Kurz writes that life is good in Gloucester, MA, where she moved

a year ago after many years in Brookline. Son Tommy is a senior at William and Mary and speaks Chinese. Martha’s work – a business she started six years ago helping nonprofits raise money, many of them health care organizations and much of the work about helping lowincome families – “is busy, interesting and rewarding.” Like several other KPS classmates, I reconnected with Annette Quick Coy through Facebook. She and husband Roger moved from Seattle about five years ago to Washington, D.C., and then to Arlington, VA. They are happily raising their “babies” Zoe, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, and Sienna, an Abyssinian cat. Catharine Ward Demchenko lives in my neck of the woods, Parkland, FL, with her husband. She has been teaching biology at a local high school for 17 years and is finishing up her master’s degree in education at Nova Southeastern University. “It is a lot of work, but it was something I really wanted to do!” Their youngest son is attending a local college, while their three eldest all live and work in or around the D.C. area. I also heard from Diana Weizer Kane, who also has relocated to the Sunshine State. Her Wall Street husband decided to retire early, and they moved to Florida two years ago. They gutted and renovated their vacation home in Ponte Vedra Beach and, Diana reports, “We love the lifestyle, beach, weather. I'm teaching Pilates and am active in fundraising for the surrounding areas.” As for me, Tracy Allerton, I’m still in Delray Beach, FL. During a protracted period of “underemployment,” I’ve been getting more skilled in the ways of the brave new cyberworld, with Internet-writing gigs and several blogs – including as the West Palm Beach Health and Happiness Examiner, as a


lead blogger for AOL Personals and with my own blog, Middle-Age Sexy. Check ’em out! I’m single and dating again, keeping myself busy with social life, school (only my thesis to go to finally get that master’s!) and of course staying in shape. Finally took up yoga – and I love it!

1975 Patti Neale-Schulz 709 West Haddonstone Place Mequon, WI 53092-5963 (414) 241-8052 Greetings! Well I think it’s official: we are all firmly planted in our “middle ages,” since this year marks our 35th Reunion. However, I prefer to think of myself as “young at heart” these days. Leigh Zenker Jamison, who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is the proud grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. Leigh writes, “I am very lucky that they all live in the same town as we do. I ride to work every day with my daughter and my two granddaughters, so I see them daily. My grandson comes over quite often, so I am enjoying being a grandparent tremendously, as is my husband. We have been married for 31 years this year. We have four dogs and are enjoying our empty nest. Our son is working for US Airways in Maryland, our middle daughter is a Montessori teacher in Kalamazoo, MI, and our oldest daughter is the head bookkeeper at the store where I work.” Cathy Ambrose Smith is also amazed that it has been 35 years since we all took flight from KPS. “I loved coming back for our 10th Reunion and wish I could make the 35th, but I will be in Istanbul. My husband Don has a conference there, and I am tagging along! All is well in Fredericksburg, VA. Maria (22) graduates from American University in May, with an MA in pub-

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lic communications. Charles (19) is a sophomore at Montana Tech, working on his degree in mining engineering. I am still very involved in creating mosaic art, showing in galleries and other venues.” Leslie Conway Regan says, “My husband and I moved to Mendham, NJ, eight years ago. We have four children (16, 21, 23 and 24). We have a lot of fun with them and feel quite lucky. I am looking forward to seeing old friends at Reunion!” Stacy Rogers Golding had a “busy, stressful, but not very exciting 2009.” She writes, “We moved again – downsizing in anticipation of our youngest, Catherine, going off to college next fall. That will make us empty-nesters. Christopher, our oldest, graduated from Bucknell, got a job and moved to Chicago in June. His girlfriend lives in New York City, so we still get to see him sometimes. Alex is a junior at Duke and is in Italy this semester having a blast. I'm still trying to sell real estate – emphasis on trying! I got a golden retriever puppy for my 25th anniversary gift in September. She is adorable, and I'm tempted to send you a picture of her in lieu of one of my kids. I got together with Allie Ferrigni Rooke and Lesley Norman when Lesley came to Pingry to do a presentation about her documentary concerning child brides in Africa. She was very impressive on quite a heartwrenching subject. Finally, I am alive and well and still in Wisconsin. My oldest, Kathleen (23), graduates from Harvard this spring and will proceed directly to graduate school for her MFA in either creative writing or painting, depending on which school/program gives her the most money. She gets to pay for the next round, which has come as a bit of a shock to her, although I hear this builds character! Carly (12) and Michael (13) are both in middle school and fear that they have the

oldest, most uncool mother on the planet. I relish this role immensely. I credit them with keeping me “young at heart” and in tip-top shape as their chauffeur, academic coach, cheerleader and omnipresent monitor of all clandestine activities.

1976 Ellen Leander writes, “Hello class of 1976! The Leander-Morisons are doing well in D.C. Our son Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin in May. We were glad to see Laurie Woods Schreiner and husband Jim at the graduation party in Madison. My son Frank is at Reed College in Portland, OR. With a big empty house, Carl (9) and my husband Kevin and I needed some company. Betsy Dackerman Starbuck moved into our house in August. It is great to have her here. Betsy's daughters are both in college. Jessica is at University of Houston and Danielle is at University of Miami in Florida. Betsy and I went to see Anne Cameron Cunningham in October. Anne and her family live in Pennsylvania, and their home is absolutely beautiful. Kevin is now working for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The fund maintains a memorial for police officers who died in the line of duty. The memorial is at Judiciary Square here

Peggy Maass Jansen ’76 and husband Bill with children Robert and Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s high school graduation

in D.C. I encourage you to come see it. I am a librarian for an economic consulting firm here in D.C.” Peggy Maass Jansen writes, “My family and I are well. Our two children, Robert (21) and Elizabeth (18), are happy and healthy. Robert is a junior at Dickinson College majoring in geology. Elizabeth is a freshman at University of Richmond. Husband Bill and I stay business with work and exercise. I am also taking an EMT course. Saw Leslie Weissglass Siegler and Laura DePaola Riedel at Leslie’s son’s Bar Mitzvah last May – great fun!” Drew Ritter Treybig writes, “Howdy from Texas. I live on a ‘mini’ ranch, raise cows, two boys ages 13 and 16, and I am married to a wonderful Texan. Would love to hear from my old friends. My new e-mail is”

1977 Erika Koppel Arevuo writes, “We're all still enjoying life in London and return to the States regularly for holidays and family visits. Daughter Eva is in her last year at Oxford and is starting to think about ‘life after education.’ Son Max is in his last year of high school and is worrying about his continuing life in education at college! Husband

1977 classmates Amy Hurd Fetchko and Betsy Gilmore-Duddy celebrating Betsy’s 50th


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As some will remember, Gabriella finished high school in Pacific Palisades, CA, coming back to the East Coast for four years at Yale. Gabriella and husband Jeff were later in London (after a stint in Singapore) long enough to apply for British citizenship. The family (daughter Sylvia and son Henry) are now residents of Millburn, with Gaby commuting to Manhattan for work at Dow Jones Newswires.

Mikko is starting to think about life without the kids at home, and I'm just trying to enjoy every moment of family life while still working full time and keeping lots of balls juggling.” Amy Hurd Fetchko writes, “I started 2010 off with a new job at Gateway Energy Services in Montebello, NY, where I’ll be developing and implementing a training program for the company's telemarketing and door-todoor sales teams. I still live in Basking Ridge with my husband Mike and two boys. Nick (23) is an arborist and Alex (16) is a junior at Morristown-Beard, where he’s very involved in the theater both as an actor and as the chief lighting designer for the school’s performances. After having no clue what I wanted to do with my life until I was in my mid-30s, I am thrilled that both my boys have discovered their passions at such young ages. Mike took me to Aruba to soothe the blow of turning 50. I then joined Betsy Gilmore-Duddy and a few close friends to celebrate her 50th with a weekend on Long Beach Island. I am also in touch with Darian Dressel Wand, who lives with her family in Whitehouse.

1978 Eileen Conley Schlee The Crooked House, Bromeswell Suffolk 1P122PQ United Kingdom As I write, it’s very snowy and cold in Suffolk, East Anglia. The UK has closed down with this unusual weather, and thousands of kids (including ours) are home from school. Reminds me of those glorious and few KPS snow days of yore, when Summit became unreachable. It was warm in New York this past November ’09 when I met up with Kate L’Hommedieu Mittnach, Karin


1978 classmates Kate L'Hommedieu Mittnacht, Mary Jo Lyons Dardani and Sheila Mastrangelo Srere in front of the Gagosian Gallery, NYC

Bain Kukral, Sheila Mastrangelo Srere, Andrea Filippone and Gabriella Stern Levy. Patty Friedman Marcus couldn’t make it, as she and husband Danny were off to Bali for a juicy holiday. Back in NJ, Ceci Mulligan Kenyon, Sarah Krieger, Kirkie Graham DeLaney, Candace Wilson, Mary Jo Lyons Dardani, Betsy Hurd Knowles and Heather Morrison Yaden couldn’t make it, nor Californians Tina and Meryl. Odette was too far north in Maine. Next time! Lori Lucas Daniels was stuck in Chicago, but reports from the Windy City that “life, family and friends have been great. We moved, married and had our family here (three kids), so have decided to make this home for a while. A 7-year-old and twin 4-yearold girls – I’m hoping to carve a life out for myself in about five more years – until then, I stay busy with moms from school, philanthropy (an all-women’s organization called Service Club of Chicago) and a traveling husband. Regarding my big 50th, I daydream of a week in Canyon Ranch or similar, where a chef will serve me wonderfully prepared healthy food (not chicken nuggets and hot dogs), and I’ll take yoga classes, hikes, read all of my wish-list books and reflect on the last 10 years of my life and my roles as daughter, wife and mom. Did I say dreaming?”

Honi Kawut Chapnick writes, “After finishing at the University of Pennsylvania and then the New York Chiropractic College, I began practicing and had a few jobs as an associate doctor in other people's practices. I met my husband at a chiropractic seminar in New York and we both came away with more than just learning! We got married and moved to Acton, MA. We bought the practice of a retiring chiropractor and actually work together. So when I say we are married for 21 years, it's really dog years! We have 2 children, Arielle and David, and I’ve learned to change from doctor to mom in the 20-minute drive from our office. Both jobs are important: raising good humans at home and changing lives in my office! My husband and I made a pact to enter our 40s in the best shape of our lives. I am a member of an allwomen's triathlon team and do sprint distance triathlons, plus varied road races. I'm still running, swimming and biking and especially like swimming Walden Pond. We are currently college shopping for my 17-year-old, and preparing for David's bar mitzvah.”

1979 Lauren Manshel Miller 23 Fieldstone Drive Morris Township, NJ 07960-2629 (973) 267-8772

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1980 Deborah Seymour Ries (Mrs. Dwight P.) 2752 Windsor Court Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 729-7680 (760) 597-4800, ext. 105

1981 Tina Repetti Long (Mrs. Michael) c/o 1 Vroom Avenue Spring Lake, NJ 07762

1982 Tracey San Filippo Henick (Mrs. Arthur) 4068 Western Avenue Western Springs, IL 60558 (708) 784-0444 I would like to start by offering condolences to Carolyn Montgomery and her family. Memories of Mr. Montgomery are as much a part of our Kent Place experience as The Star, the ring ceremony and the Daisy Chain. He will be remembered and missed.

Daughters of Susan Nusser ’82

Tricia Kirkland Lombardo is enjoying life in Colorado. She continues to work for her father’s company, H. R. Kirkland Company, which specializes in fire alarm graphics and large format printing. Her husband is a project manager for a construction company. They enjoy riding, camping and skiing with their children Bella (10) and Alex (5). Nancy Gorman Dougherty moved her architecture firm, Studio 1200, to Millburn Avenue in Short Hills last summer. Her husband Jay is singing with various groups in the area. Nancy’s daughter Kerri is a sophomore at Kent Place, and she is currently enjoying mock trial and The Odyssey. Nancy writes that Bea Baenninger has become quite the politician in Zurich. She is running for city council. I would like to offer condolences to Bea on the death of her mother earlier this year.

My daughter Samantha (20) is a communication design major at Southern Illinois University. Katherine (16) is a junior in high school. She is a varsity tennis and lacrosse player as well as a second grade catechist. Matthew (12) has started his own business! He walks dogs, designs web sites and fixes computers.

1983 Bonnie Whitebred Canevari 349 La Grande Avenue Fanwood, NJ 07023-1735 (908) 889-4866 During the winter I got together with Elizabeth Crabtree Burton and Melissa Church Orbe at Melissa’s house. Melissa’s youngest son Kyle (3) and my youngest son Andrew (3) had fun getting to know each other while we talked and talked about our lives and our children.

Lisa Brown Langley writes that she was accepted to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, one of the nation's premier outdoor fine arts festivals, which took place in Florida over President’s Day weekend. The Festival has up to 1,800 applicants from all over the country and only 350 artists accepted. This event has a 47-year history and brings over a million spectators. Congratulations Lisa!

Posy Seifert writes that she is the managing partner at the Elizabeth Wende Breast Cancer Center in Rochester, NY, working to stamp out breast cancer! Posy and husband Stephen live in the Finger Lakes region of New York State with their children Bianka (8) and Alexander (4). Since Stephen grew up in the Dutch

Alexander (4) and Bianka (8), children of Posy Seifert ’83

Marshall (12) and Savannah (14), children of Alessa Manzelli Bertoluzzi ’83


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Sophie, daughter of Abbie Moore-Reiter ’83, at a horse show

Olivia ’16, daughter of Abbie Moore-Reiter ’83, at a Muse concert

tropics, they try to visit where it’s warm when the snow gets too deep in New York. Posy writes that sister Abi ’80 is head of oncology research at Novartis in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Liz McCoy and husband Brian Doubek found many changes during 2009 in Utah. Their fourth set of foster kids came and went. Liz writes, “My mom passed away in July. The experience was both surprisingly powerful, joyous and incredibly sad. Our 14-yearold dog Lucky left us in December. Many other people, things and jobs came and went, too, all of which took us to New Zealand for three weeks over the December holidays. Finally, a new career is on the horizon, and I hope to be working toward a master’s in social work this time next year.” I speak for all of us when I share our deepest sympathy to Liz. Her mom was a very special person!

Clara Porter in Kennebunkport, ME, in October 2009. Karen’s family is busy with an addition to their house in New Castle, NH. Karen’s oldest son races Optimist dinghies competitively, which took her to Milwaukee in September and New Orleans for Thanksgiving. Both of her boys, ages 13 and 11, sail Cape Cod Frosties during the winter in their back channel (look for an article in spring 2010 issue of Sailing World). Karen’s daughter Kate (8) joins her older brothers regularly on the pond for hockey. Karen writes, “Everyone is quite musical – singing in choir, playing in youth orchestra, chamber ensemble, jazz combo – but the best part is being serenaded while I prepare dinner.” Karen’s youngest daughter Mary (5) convinced the family to welcome Rufus, a chocolate goldendoodle, in June 2009. Karen and husband Cliff celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary with a trip to Northern California in June 2009. But Karen’s best news of all is that she now owns a 1977 cobalt blue/white top VW Bug convertible, just like the one she parked in the lower lot and drove with the top down on PJ Day in 1983!

Karen Frigerio Gilman writes that she had a lovely birthday lunch with

Amy Rugh lives in Virginia and has three daughters, Erika (15), Leah (12)

Abbie Moore-Reiter sent a quick email to say that life goes on as usual in Summit, NJ, and that she continues to be cancer free! Abbie also writes that she is adding some new paint colors to the Moore-Reiter household.


and Madison (6). Amy’s two oldest are home schooled and her youngest attends first grade at the public school. Amy went back to school about four years ago, after she and her husband divorced, and completed her master’s degree in community counseling from Lynchburg College. Amy will take her LPC (licensed professional counselor) exam in 2010. She works with a variety of clients, but primarily as a counselor for families with atrisk children. Amy also has a parttime job at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, which she loves. Amy took her daughters to Disney World and had a wonderful time. Alessa Manzelli Bertoluzzi lives in Summerville, SC, with her two children, Savannah (14) and Marshall (12). Marshall is autistic but does pretty well (mainstreamed sixth grader in a school of the arts for violin). He has a great outlook and loves every hour of every day. Alessa had previously lived in Antigua, where her first husband was a chef, and Naples, FL, but says that she loves the people, history, food and culture of South Carolina. Summerville is approximately 25 miles from beautiful Charleston. Alessa is in her 20th year of owning auto repair shops. She has technicians that do the work while she manages the business although, with a few ASE certifications of her own, she can turn a wrench if needed! Alessa also has a modular home business that she is hoping to get off the ground and make her primary business. Alessa took her children to England and Paris for a wonderful vacation – her first in 14 years! Alessa has been divorced from her second husband for seven years, so she stays pretty busy with her kids and businesses. Alessa has also been on the board of the Summerville-Dorchester Museum for the past 10 years. Alessa writes, “Most of all we love our NASCAR!” Alessa is still in touch with Michelle Cecere D’Alessandro and Carolyn McDonald Kircher.

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Caroline, daughter of Catherine Johnston Avery ’84

As for me, I continue to be a fulltime mom, Girl Scout leader and elder in my church; trying to teach and live a life based on serving others. My daughter Nancy (12) won her first blue ribbon horseback riding at Watchung Stables in Mountainside, NJ, Peter (9) finished second in his Cub Scout Pinewood Derby and Andrew (3) carries me through each day with wonder and exhaustion. In October 2009, while attending Little House on the Prairie, the Musical at the Papermill Playhouse with my Girl Scout troop, I ran into Jennifer Mollard Lucas’s sister, Victoria Mollard ’85. She picked me out of a line of people and chatted for quite some time amusing me to no end! It was a true symbol of how Kent Place connects us no matter how long or how close our relationships were; we are sisters from KPS. Thank you for this opportunity to share your lives with one another, and as time continues to pass I wish you all health and happiness.

1985 Melinda Hammer Lehman 15 Kilmer Road Larchmont, NY 10538 (914) 834-6341

1985 classmates Bobbi Kyle Monacella, Tommi Beth Joseph McHugh and Stacey Frigerio Mahdavian in Aspen

We have news from a few of our classmates living in Virginia. Bobbi Kyle Monacella writes, “Katie (7) is in first grade and Ellie (3) is enjoying preschool. Joe is at SRA International and enjoying his SAP work there. And I’m still at home with the girls and trying to get them to stop growing – it happens too fast!! As the girls get older I’ve had more time for activities. I’ve painted a few murals for friends in their children’s rooms, I’m the class mother for both girls and I’m on the peace and justice ministry at our church. We get up to VT to visit my mom and do some skiing a few times a year, too, so that keeps us going as we trudge through our suburban existence! Another fun highlight of the past year was a get-together with Tommi Beth Joseph McHugh and Stacey Frigerio Mahdavian in Aspen last October. We had a great long weekend of sightseeing in the mountains, a little shopping, great dinners and a fun day at the spa!” Joan Dillon Sloyan is also living in Virginia. “Our oldest Henry is in third grade – he’s a super reader and a great athlete. Marion is in second grade, a math whiz and also super athlete. Joseph (5) is trolling for a new family – not enough privacy for him

here. He's really into Lego building like his older bro. The twins, Hattie and William (3) are quite a handful. When it's quiet, you better track them down fast! My husband Patrick is a director of junior tennis and teaching pro in Ashburn, while I teach part time on our court at home. As I look back on my schooling, I am so grateful to have had my years at Kent Place. I learned so much about academics, sports and relationships with girls. I value the few friendships I am able to keep up with now and cherish how many wonderful ones I had while I attended KPS. I am really looking forward to Reunion!” Jeanmarie Higgins Williams touched base from Seattle, where she is writing her dissertation at UW and teaching critical theory and playwriting in the BFA theater program at Cornish College of the Arts. Karen Little sums up the way I hope we are all feeling: “Very much looking forward to seeing everyone in May! Amazing how time does fly! Hope everyone is having an amazing 2010 so far!” Emily Fay and husband Vance Roley announced the birth of their first child, Samuel Leroy Fay Roley, on August 9. Emily works for the University of Hawaii in development, helping plan educational advancement. Vance is dean of the Shidler College of Business at University of Hawaii. Cara McDonnell Denby reports from Arizona that her girls Katlayn (7), Hailey (5-1/2) and Alana (3-1/2) are all growing up so fast. “It is hard to believe my baby will be in pre-kindergarten in the fall. Part of me is excited, as I am able to start reclaiming some of my non-mom identity, and part of me pines for the snuggle time with an infant. Fortunately, the excited part has the strongest hold. My husband Mike started his own energy audit training business, Denby Energy, last year, and it is doing quite


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well. And I am trying to get my own parent coaching business, Parenting Together, off the ground with a friend of mine. Aside from the parenting and working, I am also hiking and practicing yoga and hope to start running again soon. If anyone comes for an Arizona vacation, let me know.” I hope to see everyone at Reunion on May 14-15. Until then, join our Facebook group, “Kent Place Class of 85.” Over 30 of us have joined, and it has been a great way to reconnect and share pictures and stories.

1986 Lauren J. Harrison 302 Saddlebranch Court Houston, TX 77024 (713) 758-4430

1987 Virginia Boyer Losito 61 Hollow Tree Ridge Road Darien, CT 06820-5033 (203) 975-8588 Technology has taken hold of the Class of ’87. More than half our class has “friended” each other on Facebook. Here is the news I solicited using that connection. Elizabeth Dearstyne Geletka continues to keep busy chasing after her sons. Will (9) is in third grade and started swimming competitively this year and Jack (4-1/2) is in preschool. Liz caught up with Gail Carpenter Palmer in Columbus when she went there for business. Lisa Cramp moved back East “to the arctic freeze” from California because, sadly, her father is very ill. While here, Lisa is going to grad school at Rutgers to get her master’s in social work. Her


1987 classmates Marcy Meenan Dean, with sons Jack and Nate, and Jessica Pukash Schwartz, with sons Travis and Cole, at the Revolutionary Women's Triathlon

Enjoying an unusual amount of snow for Belgium are Charlotte (8) and Lauranne (6), children of Tori Brown Van Keer ’87, with dogs Gigi and Gus.

long-range plan is to move back to California when she finishes her degree. Lisa vacationed in Long Beach, CA, “enjoying the sun and warmth!” We’ll keep you and your father in our thoughts and prayers, Lisa.

band Jeff Stacy recently revamped Beth’s website ( l/c152a; and it looks fabulous! Beth said she is also “doing all the busy mom stuff – schlepping the kids to music classes, hockey, basketball and soccer games, volunteering in their school as a room parent and also as a teacher in our school's planetarium.” Beth said their school is one of the only ones in the country to have a dome and she has learned quite a lot about astronomy while teaching.

One can find Karie Button working as a first-year resident at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Despite the long hours and hard work, Karie says she honestly “cannot imagine doing anything else. The kids make every minute of every day worthwhile with their contagious smiles and uncrushable spirits.” Some of her fun life facts include: commuting to work on her bike every day, resulting in “permanent helmet head”; spending her disposable income on “eating out with friends at local BYO restaurants, a Philadelphia gold mine”; and traveling internationally, most recently to Tuscany. Karie hopes to take a photograph class this year “to actually learn the science and art behind one of my favorite hobbies!” In Bethesda, MD, for the last three years, Beth Jennings Rosenheim is “trying to balance staying home with my kids and taking the time to make a career out of jewelry designing.” Beth is also taking metalsmithing classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her jewelry is still “selling really well at our jewelry store and at the local shows.” Erika Amato's hus-

From northern Virginia Shannon O’Boyle Maxwell sends greetings to all. Shannon has been working for Avaya in sales for almost seven years. She sells services on their products to the federal government. “My son Brennan is now 13, and my daughter Morgan is 7 going on 17 (paybacks are hell).” Her husband is still working as a pilot for United Airlines based at Dulles Airport. Shannon encourages anyone down her way to look her up “so we can have a glass of wine and catch up!" Marcy Meenan Dean and Jessica Pukash Schwartz took a road trip to the Morristown, NJ, area for the Revolutionary Women's Triathlon last August. They swam 500 meters in Sunrise Lake, biked 10 miles all over the hills of Jockey Hollow and ran 3.1 miles on a rocky trail throughout

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Lewis Morris Park. Their husbands and sons, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Pukash, were there for support and provided a “tremendous cheering section.” Erika Amato was “very busy all holiday season singing with the Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers in New York.” After spending a nice, quiet Christmas with husband Jeff, Erika flew to California “to reprise my role as Bo Peep in the latest workshop of Toy Story – The Musical for Disney.” She flew back to New York to begin rehearsing for Signs of Life, “a world premiere musical being produced by Amas Musical Theatre at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in Manhattan – my first Off-Broadway show!” The show ran through March, after which Erika headed to Wisconsin “to play the fairy godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Fireside Theatre, which will run May 6 to July 4.” Erika and Jeff celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary “at Tavern on the Green before the sad news of its closing, and I finally turned the big 4-0 in December. The brilliant Stephanie Carson was among the guests at my little soiree at the Bubble Lounge in NY.”

cer therapeutics at a biotech.” Nora has two children: son Johnny (6) and a daughter Jackie (3). From overseas, Tori Brown Van Keer sends word that life in Belgium, where she has been for 19 years, is good. Tori has her own executive search company, focusing on senior-level executives in European or global positions. Tori also spends a lot of time working for the charity FACE for Children in Need, which helps orphans and street children in Egypt. She is responsible for fundraising and project proposals to the Egyptian government. Husband Steven has just started his own company in risk finance. Their daughters Charlotte (8) and Lauranne (6) are in an international school and “speak French, English and Dutch, which is amazing.” They have two dogs and a pony, which the girls ride every day.

ful for some new and exciting corporate contracts this year.” Jennifer Angell Biloski e-mails, “The boys (2, 4 and 6) are keeping me busy. Our dog Lucy is the easiest of the bunch.” Mercer Reeves e-mails, “Michael is 5, and Christopher will be 4 in March. They are the most wonderful boys, and I adore them. We are still in Charlottesville, VA, and hope to remain here long term.” Karen Hein Schumacher said that she “just got back from running a half-marathon in Phoenix, AZ, to celebrate my birthday. Margaret is now 3-1/2, and so far I've managed to hang on to my job in finance at ING in New York City (knock wood).”

On the West Coast, Nora Sheriff is in San Francisco and loves living there. She is a lawyer with a small boutique firm and husband Vin “balances our household karma by researching can-

Vanessa Whitehead reports that all is well with her in Atlanta, where she has lived for the past five years. She continues to work full time with her event planning business, and is “hope-

Nicole Schwartz Westmoreland writes from Greenville, SC, “Connor (9) is in third grade and Dillon (7) is in second. They are both playing basketball, and Dillon will play baseball in the spring. I volunteer a bunch at their school and love it! Mark turned 40 last November, I turned 40 in March and we were married 15 years in October! How time flies! I met up with Aimee Bousquet Singer last March in Charleston and we had a blast! We had a great time hanging out and of course singing with the band at the Vendue Inn rooftop bar. Things haven't changed much for us in 20 years! Both our husbands thought we were a riot! We are going

Sons of Jennifer Angell Biloski ’88 with their dog

Hayden (4-1/2) and Makena (2-1/2), children of Aimee Bousquet Singer ’88

Luca (7), Gia (7 months) and Bella (9), children of Colleen Dwyer Valinoti ’88

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back to the Litchfield beach in June, as we have done now for several years. My brother moved to California, so I am hoping to make a trip out to see him soon! Other than all that, we are loving life in SC!” Melissa McCarthy writes, “We are now back in Summit after many years in New York City and Los Angeles. Love being home. We live right near Franklin Elementary, and I pass KPS almost daily. The campus looks incredible! My daughter Grace is 14 months old now. She loves her new neighborhood and even the cold weather. If you live in the area, you can see us walking around the neighborhood twice a day – jogging stroller (although I am not jogging!) and chocolate lab in tow. Most people recognize my dog before they recognize me! I own my own PR and marketing business, which I run from my house. It’s a small upstart, but we’re growing each year, especially now that I’ve moved back to the East Coast!” Jennifer Lobel Kahn e-mails, “All is good here in Columbia, SC. Abby (8) and Emily (6) are growing like weeds and keeping me busy with school, ice skating, piano lessons, etc. Chuck, the girls and I spent the winter break in New York City, which was lots of fun. We had the girls hailing cabs by the end of it. I am still writing grants part time and volunteering at their school.” From Colorado, Laura Nicinski Cotten writes, “Trinity (8) is in second grade, and Alexandra (5) is in kindergarten. They are both on a level five junior Olympics gymnastics team (USAG), and Trinity will compete in fall 2010. Alexandra has to wait until she is 7. They love it! I am volunteering at the girls’ school, and putzing around with my writing and art. I did complete my master's degree in fall 2008 and will pursue more fun things when the little one is in school full time next fall. It was more fun working on the degree than getting it!”


Colleen Dwyer Valinoti reports, “I had a baby girl on May 21, 2009! Her name is Gianina Hope. My 9-year-old Bella has become a little mom and my 7-year-old Luca is a great bedtime story reader. This summer we were lucky enough to see Sloane Albright Castleman and her baby girl Grace and son Spencer. We are all well and happy up in New Hampshire!” Katherine (Kate) Margaret Holladay has arrived! Kate was born at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, on January 31. Ben and I continue to enjoy living in Durham, NC. I am a women’s health physical therapist at Duke University Medical Center, treating a range of diagnoses, including oncology and lymphedema, pelvic floor dysfunctions (incontinence, pelvic pain, etc.), osteoporosis and pregnancy-related issues. I have also had the opportunity to teach in the doctor of physical therapy program at Duke, specifically in the anatomy/cadaver labs, in the observational gait analysis class and in a women’s health elective. My days are varied, challenging and fun. Facebook has been a great way to keep in touch with many people in the class – I hope to “see” more of you on there.

1989 Julie Roscoe Ducey 18 Hickory Road Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 273-5257

first go at the Class Secretary position. Betsy Gomperz did such a fantastic job, so I have my work cut out for me! But with e-mail and Facebook, we hopefully can – together – create an informative and fun column. Let’s get started! Kate Alton Kaynak writes, “We live in New Hampshire now. Taner and Aliya started preschool this fall, and Logan can't wait to join them next year. I've been writing a young-adult series; the first book is on submission to three agents right now, and I hope that I'll have representation soon. I still teach the occasional psychology class online for University of Maryland in my ‘spare’ time, and this October I officiated at my brother's wedding in New Orleans.” In the summer she takes her kids kayaking on the lake down the road. On December 9, Tara King and husband Dan Moran proudly welcomed Robert (Bobby) King Moran. Tara e-mails, “We couldn't be happier. He is just so cute. I love him more than words can say. We can't wait to introduce him to everyone.” What a banner year – a wedding and then a bouncing baby boy born before the holidays! Nice, Tara! Sarah Shailer Speace recently moved into a new house in Chatham, NJ,

The Alumnae Office thanks Betsy Gomperz for the many years of notes she has submitted as Class Secretary, and we are delighted to announce that Julie Roscoe Ducey has volunteered to take over the position. Hello fellow Class of ’89 friends! Hope everyone is happy and healthy and well! It was great to see so many of you at Reunion last May. This is my

Maddie (5) and Nell (3), daughters of Julie Roscoe Ducey ’89, on Halloween

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Kate Alton Kaynak ’89 kayaking with children Aliya, Logan and Taner

Griffin, Peter and Tobin, sons of Jennie Hagmann Walsh ’89

Phoebe Sade Anderson ’89 with son Arlo

with husband Matt and twins Drew and Josie (1) and is enjoying life in the ’burbs. We joined them at a lobster bake this summer at the Green Village Firehouse. Sarah is managing life with twins and working full time like it’s no big thing!

KPS is on the list (at the top, of course). All is well. I am recently unemployed and enjoying the stay-at-home-mom status. I can get back into my home improvements.” Let’s chant together: Green and gold. Green and gold.

kids Ashley (10), Robby (8) and Brady (2) loved it. Rob works at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, OH, and I stay home with the kids, which keeps me busy. I occasionally find time to ride the horse and scrapbook, and I did join a fitness place. But most of the time is spent keeping things going at home and running the kids around to where they need to be.”

Suzanne Lopez Prisco’s “big news is that I'm retiring this year. I know it sounds silly to ‘retire’ at 38, but I've done all that I'm going to do, and it physically gets harder and harder each day. It's a decision I feel good about, even though I don't really know what will come next for me. My final performance will be on May 9 (Mother's Day, coincidentally). I played the sugarplum fairy in the last performance of the Nutcracker, and it was really bittersweet.” I don’t know if you got a chance to read the last Keeping Pace (Fall/Winter 2009), but there was an article on Suzanne in the “Alumnae Profiles” section. Titled “Staying on Her Toes,” it tells the story of Suzanne’s life, highlighting her outstanding accomplishments. Bravo, Suzanne, as you exit the stage and enter this new phase of your life, which we have no doubt will be filled with as much grace, achievement and spirit as defined your ballet career! Dequiandra Howard Fradkin writes, “Big thing in the house right now is that my 13-year-old daughter graduates eighth grade this year and is now in the midst of applying to high school.

Melanie Edwards Furr writes, “I am still keeping busy with the kids Ellie (8) and Ethan (6) and with lots of volunteer activities: leading Ellie's Brownie troop, helping out in Ethan's classroom and fostering cats for a local animal shelter, among other things. I had lots of opportunities to travel, including trips to the beach with the family (Georgia, South Carolina, Florida), driving the Pacific Coast Highway with Mark and a fantastic trip to Vegas with Sarah, not to mention the fun-filled (and dare I say drama-filled) trip to our 20th!” Phoebe Sade Anderson is “living happily in Seattle with husband Jeff and baby son Arlo. Phoebe heads up a statewide program providing educational advocacy for kids in the foster care system. She misses NJ but adores the Northwest (actual snow to ski on!).” Lauren Miller Montagnese writes, “It is so nice to be able to catch up with so many people on Facebook. Rob and I celebrated our 15th anniversary at Disney last August. We just came back from our annual visit to Disney for all the Christmas celebrations and our

Laura Ketcham Coccimiglio writes, “I celebrated 10 years of living on Kauai with husband Mark. Our children are Julian (11), Arietta (almost 8) and Rowan (very 3). I run a payroll company that my husband and I own, and I just started back to school this fall to study psychology. In February I'll be appearing again in the V-Day performance of The Vagina Monologues. This is my second time performing in this: the first time was back in ’03 when Eve Ensler actually attended the performance. I'm also looking into doing more work as an illustrator. The book I illustrated, The Butterfly Within Me, was published at the end of ’08. My son made his acting debut with me this past August in All My Sons by Arthur Miller and is going on to do more plays through his school.” Vanessa King reports, “I much enjoyed our 20th Reunion, took on a second full-time job (yes, figuratively) on June 1, rehabbing my knee from ACL reconstruction surgery (patellar tendon autograft). All went exceptionally


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friends, is on the cusp of starting to read and is learning to ski, among other things. Will (20 months) thinks he is 4, can break through all forms of child-proofing and just started talking. The holidays were a blast for all of us, and we're looking forward to lots of adventures in 2010.”

Dequiandra Howard Fradkin ’89 with kids (l to r) Asha (13), Ivan (hiding, 9), Amanda (7) and Nadia (11)

smoothly, thanks to my surgeon (the New England Patriots’ own Dr. Thomas Gill) and my great physical therapist, and I regained my full mobility quite quickly and started traveling again (New York, Cape Cod, Miami, Chicago – as well as Zermatt for my mandatory Matterhorn fix in October and London for Thanksgiving).” Jennie Hagmann Walsh is trying to keep warm in Shaker Heights, OH, by playing and running around with three boys. Peter Hutton was born on August 26, 2009. Big brothers Griffin (6) and Tobin (3-1/2) love and entertain their little brother. Jennie continues to tutor a few students every week while husband Jamie works nonstop as a fourth-year orthopedic resident at the Cleveland Clinic. “Life is busy, but I am loving my boys. Peter is the easiest of all.” Betsy Gomperz says, “I started a new job in July working as a practice development manager at Ropes & Gray. After working as a litigator for almost eight years, I made a shift to work on the business side of a law firm. It has been a nice change – fast-paced and busy days combined with regular hours and quiet evenings and weekends have made for a much better work-life balance. My boys, Thomas and Will, continue to amaze Mike and me. Thomas (4) is in pre-school, has a growing posse of imaginary and real


Kasey Anderson Dread is still happy and well in Nashville. She says, “Only big thing that happened for me this year was that the Nashville Business Journal named me to its inaugural Forty Under 40 award group.” And as for yours truly, I am busy with Maddie (5), Nell (3) and our newest addition, a labradoodle puppy named Gunther. The experts warned me about getting a puppy with young children in the house, but did I listen? Needless to say, things are a little crazy around these here parts. Apart from caring for these three adorable creatures, I am active at their nursery school. I am on the Parents’ Organization Board for the second year now, am room mother for Maddie and feel as if I am at that school all the time giving tours, reading to their classes, celebrating birthdays, etc. In my spare time, I have become totally addicted to hot yoga. Thanks to all of you who contributed, and I hope to hear from everyone for the next issue. You can find me on Facebook or e-mail.

1990 Audrey Pukash Bilsborrow 2 Wickersham Drive Durham, NC 27713 (919) 489-3758 Kathryn Hudacek Harlow e-mails, “John Harlow and I got married at St. John’s of Lattingtown Church, in Locust Valley, NY, on Saturday, October 10. Because of our work at the Freedom Calls Foundation, we

Kathryn Hudacek ’90 at her wedding to John Harlow in October 2009

were honored by the 25th Battalion Marines, who acted as ushers and performed the saber detail after we walked out of the church. This ceremony was especially poignant because, as we are both civilian, the Marines needed permission to complete the ritual. As we walked through the arch of swords as man and wife, we were stopped at the very end of the line by two lowered weapons. The leader of the detail insisted that the groom kiss the bride (wink wink) and then congratulated us on behalf of the President and the Commandant of the Marines. After we were let to pass, John and I were swatted on the behind (pretty darn hard) by the sabers in a loving tap. It was festive to have those honored guests; no ‘hoo-yaa, devil dog!’ cheers.” Chantal Kullman e-mails, “Well, this is the year that I get to say in Keeping Pace ‘I got married!’ We moved to New Orleans in July of 2009 for a job opportunity that my husband got and decided to get married there. It was a blast, and we had a great group of Kent Place girls attend: Audrey, Kelly, Pam, Allison, Kathy H., Lauren, Eleanor and Vicky. A few more unfortunately couldn’t make it. We did however have a huge reunion at the shower in NJ, which was a Halloweenthemed luncheon. In attendance from Kent Place were Liz, Lauren, Kelly, Allison, Eleanor, Jennifer, Katie,

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Chantal Kullman ’90 on her wedding day with sisters Sabine ’97 and Tara ’97 and classmates Eleanor Webb, Allison Schaeffler, Audrey Pukash Bilsborrow, Kelly Mead Leach, Lauren McCann Burke, Victoria Kove Marshall and Kathryn Hudacek Harlow

Kathy, Sarah and Audrey. At the bachelorette party we were able to see Elisha. We moved to the uptown section of NOLA near Tulane and love the area. If anyone wants to visit NOLA, we have a great guest room and welcome anyone who wants to make the trip. If you are on Facebook, there are a lot of pictures – so please friend me if you want to see them!” Our hearts go out to Liz Mott whose husband Peter died in May 2009. Liz says it was a terrible year, and they are hoping for a wonderful 2010. Liz started a decorative painting business called “One Red Apple Designs” and says she is very busy with her three beautiful children. They are gorgeous babies for sure. Sarah Bunting just bought a house in Brooklyn, NY. To call it a fixer-upper is to understate the case rather dramatically (she's currently washing her dishes in the bathtub), but homeownership is an adventure, for sure. Cathy Gerhardt e-mails that she is working at JCMC as a peer counselor for the mentally ill. I am sure you are making lifelong impressions on so many with all the love, confidence and humor you have to share! This has been a crazy year with a 2and 3-year-old and trying to live in a

Hayden (5), Eliza (2-1/2) and newborn Lydia, children of Katie Barefoot Herrick ’90

fish bowl as we sell our house. We’ve been waiting since June 2009, trying to keep the house continuously showready. We did summer in NJ again, which is great getting that time with my folks, sibs and their families. In June I had the honor of officiating my brother Derek's wedding to my best friend from fifth grade. And I have a new nephew Shea. Over Fourth of July, my family met up with Maren Eisenstat Vitali and her crew to celebrate in Maren's area. Also in July, Sean and I attended the wedding of Tara Kullman ’97. It was a wonderful weekend and Tara was a stunningly gorgeous bride. I did get to go north for Kathy Hudacek's wedding. I had so much fun, as my Sweet Mama was my date, and we enjoyed cheering on the bride. We were able to visit with Sarah Bunting and Amie Quivey, too. I made it north again for some events leading up to Chantal Kullman’s wedding. Kathy and Chantal looked breathtakingly gorgeous. I have been thinking lots and lots on our impending 20th Reunion and really can see how the relationships you make in those fast-flying four years of high school are priceless lifetime friendships. I love our sisterhood and am sending hugs to all.

The Alumnae Office heard from Katie Barefoot Herrick. “This has been a year of change. Our most exciting news is the birth of Lydia Miller on November 30.” They moved from San Francisco to Lexington, MA, last August and son Hayden (5) and daughter Eliza (2-1/2) are adjusting well. Husband Brian started a new job with Caritas Christi Healthcare System. Katie is adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom and feels lucky to be within driving distance of family.

1991 Andrea Carson Tanner 213 Oakland Place North Wales, PA 19454 (215) 661-8416 I scored a few great pictures – and tidbits of news – via Facebook. Claire Cashen Ventura lives near Atlanta and recently opened a recording studio called Future Soundz Studios ( Heather Pfeiffer is still living in Green Bay, working in pharmaceutical sales. Liz Hines bought her first apartment and completed her first marathon within a few weeks of one another. “I ran with my team, Front Runners New York. Despite running over 600 miles to train for the marathon, I still have not lost my double chin, so I'll have to do it all over again in 2010. Alison Fitzpatrick cheered for me at mile 17/18 from the door of her favorite Irish bar.” Liz also mentioned that she has connected with out-oftowners Amy Allen Taylor and Lauren Shaftel Williams recently, as well as Sally Lewis Meisner for lunch now and then. Allison Fitzpatrick writes, “After 15 years living off First Avenue, I finally moved apartments – a whole block away to York Avenue. I am still adjusting to my new ‘neighborhood,’


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but I do like the new apartment.” She is still working as an advertising lawyer at Davis & Gilbert and hosted a round table at a conference in Chicago last fall on the revised FTC endorsement guides (which should be of interest to all the bloggers in our class). Amy Allen Taylor writes that she, daughter Lindsey (5) and son Griffin (2) had a fun week after Christmas in Florida visiting her parents. Her sisters were there too, along with niece Krissy Luckfield ’08. Amy has been training for the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT, in May and is both excited and nervous to compete in her first marathon ever! She and her children continue to enjoy their new neighborhood and house, and Lindsey keeps busy with dance, gymnastics and indoor tennis. Amy and Griffin do a mommy-andme gymnastics class. Lauren Shaftel Williams and her family relocated to Louisville, KY, last June. Thanks to former classmate Susan Westermeyer (Susan moved from New Jersey to Louisville as a teenager and was happy to connect Lauren with some of her old friends who still live there), Lauren got her bearings quickly. She is a public relations specialist at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. Her son Jeb started kindergarten in the

Son Connor (2-1/2) and daughter Taylor (5 weeks), children of Melissa Phillips DeVries ’91


fall, daughter Aubrie is in preschool and Zeke is just under 2 and into everything. Lauren also shared, “I saw Alexis Barist Berman in Charlotte, NC, last spring and met her beautiful daughter Natalie. Also caught up with Michelle Bradford-Zeiler in Asheville, NC, and saw Liz Hines in NY during the holidays. All are welcome to visit us here in Louisville, especially at Derby time!”

teaching radio at a camp in New Jersey. “Last December my boyfriend and I traveled to Edmonton, Canada, where temperatures were in the single digits. I’m hoping to head somewhere warmer soon. But in the meantime we have a new addition to our household by the name of Uchi. She's an African tortoise and because she comes from the desert she has her very own space heater!”

Johanna Weigman Lewis continues her work teaching math at a very large high school in Colorado with 3,800 students. She is also the data analyst for the school's scores on all standardized tests. “Life with three boys is very hectic. Bennett (9) is a Special Olympic athlete for both swimming and basketball. Zach (7) is very athletic and plays all sports. Cooper (4) is a little devil. So between working full time and being mommy full time, there's not much time for anything else. We are hoping to head back to NJ this summer, hopefully to the shore somewhere. Charles and I will be celebrating our 15th anniversary (my, how time flies), so we are celebrating with a family vacation. I haven't been back to NJ in over 10 years!”

Laurie Smith is still working as a teacher for Music Together and also running music programs at children’s birthday parties. Her daughter Lucy started preschool at Long Hill Montessori School in Stirling, NJ. As for travel, “in the past couple of months, we've gone to Asheville, NC, to visit relatives, Disney World and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.” Jennifer Davis Homicz still lives in the Boston area, and her son AJ is 21/2. They are in the process of considering preschools for him. “I am still a stay-at-home mom and love it. We went to North Carolina to see my sister Kathy over Labor Day weekend and then headed down to New Orleans in October for the baptism of Tricia’s daughter.”

Sally Herships can often be heard on public radio and is considering going to graduate school to study journalism. In the summer she may be

Julie Goodliffe reports that her 5year-old son Evan attends Montessori school and is very happy. “At work, I

Griffin (2) and Lindsey (5), children of Amy Allen Taylor ’91

Bennett, Cooper and Zach, sons of Johanna Weigman Lewis ’91

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have four graduate students working in my lab, plus one research technician and two undergraduates. We're getting to be a big lab at UNC Charlotte, which is fun. It's also challenging to manage that many people. I'm excited to teach a class this semester for senior biology majors called Stem Cells.” Katina Houvouras has been building her online galleries on and adding e-commerce so she can sell her photography for commercial use and to private collectors. “I'm also planning a few trips to take pictures in the Czech Republic, Greece and Ireland.” Be sure to check out her website at and become a fan of “Katina Houvouras Photography” on Facebook! Brinda Kantha Sullivan and a friend opened up a medical practice focusing on pain management and physical therapy called Total Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, located in Raritan, NJ. “I'm really excited about its growth so far.” In January, she and her husband Dan traveled to Bali. Finally, there is always baby news to share. Melissa Phillips DeVries is happy to announce the birth of her daughter, Taylor Madison, on November 25, 2009. “She made our holidays very spe-

Liz Hines ’91 as she finishes a marathon

cial, but also rather sleep-deprived! We're still in London, going on eight years. In August, we moved from the city to Highgate in north London, where we all enjoy the greener surroundings.” Meredith Skochin Holland also had a new addition to the family: Spencer James was born November 9, 2009. “All is great – just trying to figure out how to manage two!” My twin boys are now 3-1/2 and enjoying preschool at a nearby Quaker meetinghouse. I recently joined the board of directors of the North Wales Library; I have been working on the capital campaign committee for a while now, raising funds for its recent move and major renovation. The year-long countdown to our 20th Reunion begins now – see you then!

1992 Kate Christou Overbay 164 Rochambeau Avenue Providence, RI 02906 (401) 272-4703

and can be reached via e-mail at Online social networking has really changed the connectivity of our class. Kinderlynn Nasir summed up our Facebook experience perfectly: “Seeing all of my high school friends and their children is awesome…you all look so beautiful.” Jen Donaldson lives in Toronto. She started her own business two years ago, and with its fast growth, recently hired her first two employees. Divorced since 2002, Jen has two amazing children: Angus (12) and Ainslie (9). They spent the winter learning how to snowboard, and Jen laments her knees may never be the same! The summer of 2009 might have been easier on Jen’s knees, but was just as active with camping and canoeing. Unfortunately, Jen’s mother passed away in 2003 from ovarian cancer. As missionaries with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Michelle Davis and husband Brian live in Saint Louis, Senegal. They have 4 children: Jacob (6), Jonathan (5), Karis (2-1/2) and Josiah, born January 1, 2010. Michele loves reading, scrapbooking and travelling.

The Alumnae Office would like to thank Kate Christou Overbay for the many years she has served as Class Secretary. We welcome Kathy O’Connell who will take over starting with the next issue

Heather Wipperman Amiji is starting her fifth year in Dubai,

Claire Cashen Ventura ’91 with twin daughters Natalie and Samantha and son Skyler

Matt (8), Emily (6) and Amanda (2), children of Carla DiBenedetto Merlucci ’91


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where she lives with husband Shezan and 19-month-old Zaidan. As chief executive of Investment Boutique, a real estate consulting firm, Heather was recently quoted in the New York Times discussing Dubai’s buying and rental markets. Kathy O'Connell has been living in the San Francisco area for the past 14 years and loving it. She enjoys her job in communications at Cisco Systems, where she has worked for the past three years. Kathy spends as much time as possible in Maui with her parents at their new condo. A few years ago she visited Heather Wipperman Amiji in Dubai, and this past summer Kathy, Kate Christou Overbay, Stephanie Lynyak Needham and Jessica Angell Moore got together for a reunion in Boston. Jill Martin lives in Santa Barbara with husband Andrew and sons Leif (4) and Finn (1). Jill has been able to achieve a great life balance; she is mostly at home with the kids, but also “vacations” about 15 hours a week as an employment attorney. Jill’s door is always open for visitors! Megan Tully Maddern also lives in California. After giving birth to her first baby, Russell, on December 4, 2009, Megan reports she loves her new role as a mom. December 4, 2009, also has special meaning for Karey Kessler and husband Marc. Reuben Benjamin entered the world and joined older brother Jonah (3). Karey moved to Seattle in the summer of 2008 and continues to make artwork. Karey’s more recent drawings can be seen in the newly published book The Map as Art by Katharine Harmon. Libby Shawger Feldner lives in McLean, VA, with husband Randy and their two girls, Madeline (5) and Merritt (1). Randy and Libby celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary in December 2009. Libby is still selling


software for ADP and enjoys the flexibility it offers her as a working mom. Living in Yardley, PA, with her husband Robert and their two boys Aidan (5) and Quinn (3), Heather Fritzsche Catalano writes that she has been at the same company since she was 23! She would love to find Sally Spencer, so if anyone knows where she is, please pass it along. After living in Winter Park, FL, for 10 years, Kinderlynn Nasir moved to Victoria, VA, with her partner David and their two children, Nolia Marie (9) and Clayton Orlena (3). They are thankful for a peaceful and quiet year living in what feels like Thomas Kinkaid's backyard. Audrey Bellezza lives in New York City with her husband Mike. They celebrated their first anniversary in October 2009. Audrey continues to develop and produce TV shows for various lifestyle networks. Although she has to commute to Denver every week to fly for Frontier Airlines, Samantha Kiernan Bradford and husband Greg permanently moved to Sag Harbor, NY. In 2008, Sam was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder disorder. After following a Chinese medicine approach, Sam was able to get off conventional medications and get back to flying. In the meantime, she decided to pursue a passion: nutrition and wellness. Sam will spend the year getting certified as a holistic health counselor and will begin to see clients who are looking to improve their health, prevent illness and achieve life goals. Tracy Meerwarth married Scott Pester on August 8, 2009. Kent Place classmates Katie Colston Valentiner, Pam Selover Lawrence and Lyndsley Wilkerson were part of the wedding party. Tracy looked more beautiful than the peacocks at her wedding reception! Tracy and Scott now live in New Vernon, NJ. Nicole Fabian Engelke and husband Mark have

lived in Chatham, NJ, for the last eight years. They have two boys, Will (5) and Alec (2). Before having Will, Nicole taught third grade at Kent Place for four years! She just went back to teaching this past fall at Far Brook, where Will attends school. Tracey Wilkerson and husband Pete have a son Reiley (4) and a baby daughter Osie. Tracey lives in Bethel, ME, and works at Gould Academy running the girls’ dorm and a small farm program. About 10 minutes outside of town, they own 20 acres; they already built a small cabin and a shed/barn for their three horses and are now working on building the house. Tracey reports that they are just down the road from Sunday River, so if anyone is skiing in the area please let her know! Nazreen Kahn and her husband have been married for 10 years and are chiropractors in Columbus, OH. Naz loves working out, traveling and “spaing.” She and her husband just got back from a “babymoon” in Miami. As karma might have it, the nine years I spent at Kent Place surrounded by girls and women have been balanced by 10 years in a house full of testosterone. With a husband, two male dogs and now two sons, Jack (3) and Andrew (1), I am sorely outnumbered. I work as a tutor for students with learning differences and with the few free minutes I have, I relish making lists, getting organized and drinking a really good cup of coffee. I bid farewell to writing this column and look forward to some fresh voices! Thanks to Kathy and possibly Tanai for carrying on!

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Beach, CA, where her company announced the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award to a college football coach in each NCAA division. Following this trip, Courtney made her way back East with a stop in Phoenix to see sister Katie and brother Chris for some quality family time, as well as for some rest and relaxation.

1993 classmates Susanne Santola Mulligan, Elizabeth Margolis Ruddy, Liz Lanning and Victoria Prewitt Dalena celebrate the holidays.

1993 classmates Gabi Bailey, Maria Dizzia and Danielle Steckler at Maria’s Broadway performance


Marian Woodworth Vonella escaped to California over the holidays for the ultimate in husband Rob's wish list – the Rose Bowl! Marian and Rob got up early New Year’s Day to see the parade live. What an exciting way to kick off the New Year!

Suzy Spressert 10 Hatch Street, Apt. 1 South Boston, MA 02127 Heather Dawson Alexander has been enjoying the rural life in Barrington, NH, for the past eight years. She has a daughter Alice (2) and a son Jasper (4). Heather writes, “I am president of the Barrington Area Moms club. We are on and currently have over 60 families in our club. I do a lot of event coordinating and fundraising as well as lots of playing! Also, I substitute teach part time to keep my certification active while I am home with my children. And I have two shops on I have a vintage shop called theatticshop.etsy and I have a design shop called heatheralexander.etsy. I have been designing and selling jewelry for the past six years and most recently have been using vintage components from old costume jewelry to create repurposed assemblage jewelry. I traveled to LA to visit my brother and friends from college at the beginning of January – a well-deserved vacation!”

Gabrielle Costanzo had a great first season running the new boutique, Kai-Kai Shoes & Sport at Gosman’s Dock in Montauk. Sam Kiernan Bradford ’92 came to the grand opening and Whitney Sayia Reid also visited. Gabrielle will spend some of the winter months at the other KaiKai Sandal store in Key West, where Maria Dizzia recognized the logo and stopped by during a trip. Gabrielle “loves being back in Montauk full-time and goes into the city often.” She had a blast catching up with Liz Hines ’91, Sally Lewis Meisner ’91 and Maria after Maria’s performance on Broadway. Gabrielle exclaims, and I’m sure many of us agree, “I feel so lucky to be friends with wonderful KPS women!” Courtney Mead continues to work in public relations at Weber Shandwick and was promoted to director! In January, Courtney celebrated seven years of living in Boston! She is enjoying playing aunt to Ryan (sister Kelly’s son) and Teagan (1-year-old daughter of her brother Chris). Courtney kicked off 2010 with a work trip to Newport

Susanne Santola Mulligan hosted a Christmas party and caught up with Tory Prewitt Dalena, Elizabeth Margolis Ruddy and Liz Lanning. Susanne writes, “We are excited that (daughter) Hayden is more alert this year for Christmas at 14 months.” Alison Burns Herbert and husband Cam moved into a new home a mere two weeks before welcoming their new baby, Elspeth Lucy Burns Herbert. Elspeth arrived on October 28, 2009. Alison writes, “We are all delighted with our beautiful girl. Big brother Alastair calls her his ‘tiny baby’ and loves to give her cuddles and stroke her ‘tiny feet.’” Danielle Steckler, Gabi Bailey and Danielle’s boyfriend met up over the holidays to catch up and see Maria Dizzia on Broadway. Maria had a starring role as Sabrina Daldry in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Whitney Sayia Reid and husband announced the arrival of Ella Suzanne on December 7, 2009. Elizabeth Margolis Ruddy announced the birth of daughter Adelaide. Elizabeth and family moved to Short Hills and says, “We are doing really well and loving the burbs! My son is 2-1/2 and loves being a big brother!” Mickala Copeman still loves life in North Carolina, though she'll always be a Jersey girl at heart.


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Riggins, son of Shannon Barry O’Grady ’94

I was incredibly pleased to hear from so many classmates and hope the notes keep pouring in! In November, I started working on special projects for a charter school in Dorchester, MA. I am finally making my way to fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming Dr. Cote. I enjoy working with ninth grade girls exploring life skills and subjects such as body issues, self-esteem and sex. I am deeply grateful to Betty King Case ’55 for patiently advising me on this transition and am excited to work with high school students once again.

1994 Anne Graybeal 1175 West Baseline Road Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 624-4888 Shannon Barry O’Grady writes, “My husband Chris and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our son Riggins Kilburn, born on August 10 (my birthday as well!).


Hunter, son of Hillary Budd Lockefeer ’96, at 3 months

Eliza, daughter of Tricia Davis Otis ’96


Ai Mukai was recently appointed chair of the membership committee and member of the board of governors for her national organization, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Ai works in Austin, TX, with a group called Texas Orthopedics.

work catering. Congrats to you both! Julie Kessler Gumpert writes, “I'm back to work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after a wonderful maternity leave with my daughter Hannah. We flew to Seattle with Hannah over the holidays to see my sister Karey ’92 and her new baby Reuben. It was great to have the whole family together, now that we are spread out all over the country!” Tawney Bains has moved to Boston, where her husband Zach is a resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the mother of Skylar (20 months) and recently received a promotion at AOL.



Rachel Platt Petr 107 Washington Avenue Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 267-5119

Tara Kullman 325 East 64th Street, Apt. 310 New York, NY 10021 (212) 717-1591 (917) 656-5755

Kristen Herburger 344 Third Avenue, Apt. 8E New York, NY 10010 (212) 929-7979

Amy Zucker Kohen 19 Robert Frost Road Sudbury, MA 01776 Tricia Davis Otis and her husband welcomed Eliza Ford on June 23, 2009. Also in the baby department, Amy Zucker Kohen and her husband welcomed Elizabeth “Ellie” Bailey on November 15, 2009. Ellie is such a good baby, and Amy is already back to

Julie Kessler Gumpert ’96 and daughter Hannah

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Spencer, son of Elizabeth Asheroff Hackman ’97

I had a busy year in 2009, and the highlight was my wedding. I got married to Marty Millman from Short Hills in July 2009 at the Pleasantdale Chateau. It was a perfect day from the clear blue sky above us to all our friends and family around us. The Kent Place girls came from near and far to be with me, and it wouldn’t have been the same without them! Keara Daly took a red eye to get there from another wedding in California the day before, and Cory Lehrhoff flew from Florida. Aimee Pickett flew in from Turks and Caicos. I got to see her adorable son on her 30th birthday that weekend, too. Tammi Moore Georgi drove in from Charlottesville to be there for the festivities, and Audrey Pukash Bilsborrow ’90 from Chantal’s class flew in from North Carolina. Santhi Yarlagadda ’95 and Lisa Dughi came from Manhattan. It meant so much to me to have people there that I have been friends with for well over 15 years. We are getting older Class of 1997, but it is so nice to see that we are all doing it together. We are still helping and encouraging each other through one milestone at a time. Elizabeth Sudler married Jonathan Sobel on May 30. Lindsay Weinschenk was a beautiful maid of honor, and Annie Nisula was also there to cheer her on. She also had the chance to catch up with Amanda Muir, Kristin Osborn Cahill, Lindsay Weinschenk and Gayle Gastineau

1997 classmates at Cory Lehrhoff’s Halloweenthemed wedding: (back) Clementine Martin and Tricia Napor; (middle, l to r) Kate Mattern McGee, Cory Lehrhoff Beirne, Molly Moore, Sabine Kullman, Amanda Radsch Wipperman ’96, Cassandra Bujarski, Tara Kullman Millman; (front) Julie Sweetwood (friend of Cory) and Tracy Malm Matthews

Wholley over the course of a funfilled weekend in Cape Cod celebrating Annie Nisula's wedding. Ann Farley married Christopher Kent on May 30, and she is still living in Westchester and working in New York City. In November, she ran the NYC marathon again with Fred's Team, a Memorial Sloan-Kettering charity. Between last year and this year, she raised over $10,000 and says it was a great experience training with the team. If anyone is thinking about running the marathon, she highly recommends running with Fred's Team. Tiffany Lang married Dr. David Rosengrant, professor of physics ducation at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, in March 2009. They welcomed Alexandria Elizabeth into their lives in July. She loves being a mom and delights in all of her daughter’s milestones. She moved down there a couple of years ago, and at that time she got out of the television production business. It was great fun for the 11 years she did it, but she wanted to focus on other aspects of life for a while. She also has a 2-yearold boxer named Emma and a 3-yearold ragdoll cat named Indy.

Carrie Fiore ’98 with new husband David Andrews

Amanda Golden is now Dr. Amanda Golden after receiving her PhD in English from the University of Washington, where she is teaching literature courses and co-editing a collection of essays reassessing the poet Anne Sexton. Tricia Napor graduated from Yale School of Management in May and moved to D.C. to work for Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports and promotes social entrepreneurship around the world. Anne Nisula got married in Hyannis Port, MA, in September. Her husband is Ron Draddy, and they live in Brooklyn Heights. Amanda Muir and Kristin Osborn Cahill were in the wedding along with Jenne Atherton Verney, a former Kent Place-er. Gayle Gastineau Wholley, Lindsay Weinschenk, Liz Sudler Sobel and Julianna Muir ’00 all attended. Cory Lehrhoff is still in Orlando working with the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games. Cory also got married this year to her long-time boyfriend Paul at a Halloween-themed wedding on October 31. Many Kent Place girls were in attendance, including Tara and Sabine Kullman, Cassie Bujarski, Tracy Malm, Amanda Radsch ’96, Tricia Napor, Kate Mattern McGee, Clemmie Martin and Molly Moore. Sabine Kullman is now teaching science to second through fifth graders


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Congratulations to Carrie Fiore Andrews, Samantha Peterson Lynch and Lauren Worthington Morse. Enjoy the picture documentation!

at P.S. 126. She is having so much fun with all the experiments she conducts with her students. She is also the volleyball and tennis coach at the school. She is still living in Manhattan but recently moved to the Lower East Side. Laura Aldi says, “I have been helping many of my friends promote different projects. I can recommend a great book and movie that some acquaintances have produced: Either You're in or You're in the Way by Logan and Noah Miller and the movie Touching Home due out in the spring. I'm volunteering to get sponsors for a spring bike race that supports a Philadelphia organization called Neighborhood Bike Works, which gives inner-city children the chance to learn how to fix a bike and then keep it. I also help a friend promote a classical ensemble:;vox” Elizabeth Asheroff Hackman writes, “Things here in Virginia are going really well for my husband Michael and me. We still love living in Williamsburg, and now that we've been here for about a year and a half, it’s really starting to feel like home. Our biggest news came in November, when we welcomed our new baby Spencer Michael.”

Lauren Worthington ’98 and Robert Morse on their wedding day


1999 Iris Blasi 46 East First Street, Apt. 4A New York, NY 10003 Samantha Peterson ’98 at her wedding to Roger Lynch

1998 KC Anthony 24 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 510 New York, NY 10011 (908) 451-6631 What a year 2009 was for the Class of 1998. Admitting that I am leaving out large chunks of other relevant news, there were two major themes: boys and nor’easter weddings! Nicole Schifano McGrath had two boys in 2009, and Amy Todd Klug, Jessica Pollack McDonald, Sarah Moore Bowie and Jillian Barocas Kujbus all added to the class of future nonKPSers. Also (I think this must be a record), three of our classmates were married on October 17, 2009.

1998 classmates Amy Todd Klug, with son Parker (4 months), and Nicole Schifano McGrath, with son Tommy (8 months)

Nicole Cutrufello 414 Bender Avenue Roselle Park, NJ 07204 (908) 247-6864 Cynthia Keenan 35 Coventry Road Mendham NJ 07945

2000 Christine Ryan 175 W. 79th Street, Apt. 7E New York, NY 10024 The Alumnae Office thanks Heidi Milton for the notes she has submitted to past issues of Keeping Pace and welcomes Christine Ryan as the new Class Secretary.

Ryan, newborn son of Neely Clutsam Dicob ’98

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I am thrilled to take over the position of Class Secretary for our fabulous class! Here are the Class of 2000’s whereabouts, stories and happenings. Ashley Pinakiewicz writes, “I moved back to New York City from the Bay Area last fall to take a job in business development at IDEO, a human-centered design and innovation firm.” She lives in Chelsea with Katie Feder, who is back from the Bahamas and working at UBS headquarters in NJ. “Earlier this summer, Katie, Lauren Bouffard and I spent two weeks traveling all over Peru, visiting Lima, Colca Canyon, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.” After her exciting travels, Lauren began her first year at Harvard Business School in the fall. In other grad school news, Julianna Muir writes that she and Sarah Pettengill hang out regularly after ending up in the same section at Wharton Business School at UPenn (small world!). Julianna became engaged in December to Andrew Feinberg, who attended Middlebury with her. Also in grad school at UPenn is Miriam Habeeb Hall, who writes that she will complete her second (and final!) year of orthodontic residency in June. She was married on July 4 to Tom Hall, who recently accepted a position at Merrill Lynch in Nashville, TN. After graduation,

First Christmas for Aidan, son of Sarah Moore Bowie ’98

Miriam and their newest addition (a blue-eyed kitten!) will join Tom there. Susannah Magrane moved to Philadelphia, after spending many years in New York City, to take postbac classes at Villanova for nursing school. She sees a great crew of NY and NJ girls often and visited Jihan Quail in LA in early November. Jihan is at Pepperdine for business school. Allison Tompeck is completing her fourth (and final!) year of medical school and is applying for a surgical residency. “I am currently rotating between Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Barnabas Medical Center, where I often run into Meredith Pastore in the OR.” She finds out in March where she will spend the next five years of her life. September 2009 was a month filled with weddings for our class! Meredith Pastore married Gianluca Santinelli on September 5 in NJ. Her sister, Jessica Pastore Mezic ’98, was her matron of honor. Meredith and her husband live in Morristown. Prior to getting married, she received her MSN from FDU and works at St. Barnabas Medical Center as an OR nurse. She plans to work as a nurse practitioner for a GYN/surgical oncology group nearby, and she is waiting to take the board exam to become an APN.

Thomas, son of Nicole Schifano McGrath ’98

Liz Aibel Sherwood has been teaching first grade in Brookline public schools for four years. She married Tom Sherwood on Martha’s Vineyard on September 12. They live in the South End of Boston, which she claims is a mecca of good eating and small dogs! Danielle Mulligan Kinney lives on the Upper West Side with her husband William Kinney. They got married on September 19 in New York City and spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. “It was great to have fellow KPS-ers (Miriam, Ashley and Christine Ryan) in attendance on such a special day!” (It was an awesome wedding, I must say!) Courtney Reilly Stafford was married on September 26 at Fiddler’s Elbow in Bedminster, NJ. “Sarah Stern and Brooke Worthington were bridesmaids and Paige Bradbury, Corinne Desjardins, Paris Martin, Lauren and Katie Feder were also at the wedding. I recently got back from honeymooning in Chile, which was amazing.” Courtney also reports that Paige is engaged and is planning a September 2010 wedding in NJ. Meghan Valerio is in her second year at Comedy Central and has been studying and performing improv at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and will

Matthew, newborn son of Nicole Schifano McGrath ’98


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Lachlan, son of Melissa Todd Rawson ’95, and Parker, son of Amy Todd Klug ’98

Connor, newborn son of Jessica Pollack McDonald ’98

Justin, newborn son of Jillian Barocas Kujbus ’98

be getting married in May. Melissa Chang has been working as an occupational therapist on an inpatient rehabilitation floor in a hospital in Colorado Springs, CO, for the past year and a half. “Outside of work, I've been enjoying lots of hiking, camping and skiing.” In December, she visited with Heidi Milton and Jihan in CA for a skiing trip.

into Courtney Meehan at Mansion in May.” Mary Dellenbaugh is living in Berlin and writing her thesis on the role of landscape architecture in the reunification of Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She ran into Sarah Hammitt over Thanksgiving break in Boston. Sarah and Mary are both applying for PhD programs in urban studies and urban design and planning.

Lauren Doline writes, “I am living in Hong Kong with my husband. I am receiving a master’s of education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction technology from Framingham State in MA.”

Katie Del Guercio is working in New Orleans for a startup called KODA, which is an online community for young professionals and employers. She moved to New Orleans after meeting her now-fiancé, Semmes Walmsley, on a sidewalk there in July 2008! “He proposed in New York on October 3, 2009, and I was thrilled to get to celebrate that night with KPS girls Meghan Valerio (just engaged a week earlier to Dan Kaminsky!), Jen LaRosa, Rebecca Sizelove and Michelle Mohr. We're getting married in September in NJ. Open invitation for KPS alums to visit us in the Big Easy!” Katie also reports that Erinn Johnson got engaged in early October. Lindsay Landmesser has been living in Miami for over two years, but has been traveling around the U.S. working for her family’s electronics recycling company. “In March, I saw Paige Bradbury at a wedding in Ocean Reef, FL, and just a few weeks ago I ran


I graduated from Fordham University School of Law in May 2009 and will start work in New York City at the law firm of Goodwin Procter in January. In between school and working, I took and passed (thankfully!) both the NY and NJ bar exams and worked as an assistant field hockey coach at KPS, where I enjoyed connecting with a great team that included 12 seniors. I hope to see and catch up with all of you at our 10th Reunion May 14-15! Until next time, keep sending me your news!

2001 Ashley de St. Paer Azurmendi 2556 Brookline Circle Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 284-0327 (evening) (404) 574-3737 (daytime)

2003 Anne Berke 87 Pomeroy Road Madison, NJ 07940 (973) 377-5978 Katie Bosland 69 Norwood Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 Gina Ferraioli 20 Cummings Way Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 (908) 508-0436 Ladies, it is no easy feat to come up with original ways to present our notes. Sure, we could let your stunning accomplishments and victories speak for themselves, but how much fun would that be? In the spirit of giving ourselves an unnecessary – possibly an unwelcome – challenge, here is an acrostic updating you on your classmates' exciting adventures post-KPS.

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Danielle Mulligan ’00 at her wedding to William Kinney

2000 classmates Miriam Habeeb, Ashley Pinakiewicz and Christine Ryan at Danielle Mulligan’s wedding

Liz Aibel ’00 with husband Tom Sherwood Photo by Joe Mikos Photography

C is for California. Both Katie Jacobson and Emma Dupin are living in Los Angeles and Oakland, respectively, while Flannery Murphy moved to the Bay Area this fall to begin a doctorate of psychology. She loves both the California lifestyle and her coursework, which is through a consortium program from Stanford University and the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology.

tion at Montclair State this spring. Meanwhile, Taylor Barry is attending pastry school in our nation's capital (um, yum?). Gina Ferraioli compiled parts of this very column at a school you may know something of – Kent Place, in Summit, NJ. She has been working as a substitute teacher in the Primary School and looks forward to her ninth summer at KPS summer camp!

H is for Heaven Lee, Aamira Wright’s beautiful baby girl, born August 13! Aamira married her high school sweetheart Vanlee Garba this past July 24! Aamira is still working at Macy's and was recently promoted to marketing analyst. Triple congratulations!

L is for Love. Congratulations to Becky Metler on her recent engagement!

S is for Service Work. Katherine Kalaris finished her stint in the Peace Corps this November, returning to the U.S. from Burkina Faso with plans to return abroad to teach English in France and to attend graduate school.

A is for the Big Apple. No surprise that a lot of us New Jersey girls moved to (or, in some cases, stayed in) New York City after graduating from school. Ariella Menegon, Danielle Fox, Schuanne Cappel and Grayson Barry are all living or working in the city. And so am I (Annie speaking). Happy hour anyone? S is for School or Student life, whichever you prefer. A number of us are in school or about to begin. Lindsey Penek is pursuing a master's in education for secondary English, with plans to finish in December 2010. (She is also interning in the speech and language department of the Lebanon, CT, school district.) Alexandra Raymond is also an aspiring educator, beginning school for a degree in elementary special educa-

O is for Online Communication. As it turns out, a bunch of us are on Twitter. Class of '03 has always been trend-setters, haven't we? Follow us at @alex_raymond, @aamiragarba and @sayanniething (guess who)! F is for Finance. Who says girls can't do math? Danielle Fox started a new job this August at Bay Crest Partners on Wall Street, while Ariella Menegon continues work at a European equity brokerage firm specializing in luxury and consumer goods. O is for OK, acrostics are hard sometimes, and you can't always think of something. Next, please.

T is for Travel. Both local trips and international ones are worthy of note, from Ariella’s visits to Katie Bosland and Alyson Bourne in Washington, D.C., and her sister in China, to Lindsey Penek’s summer trip to Costa Rica, where she practiced both her surfing and her Spanish! H is for Hunting. Congratulations on earning your NJ hunting license, Danielle Fox. We never doubted you a moment. R is for Road Trip. Alexandra Raymond tells us of her KPS alumnae road trip to Boston to visit Mrs. Stephanie Giuliano Abhar. Aliyah Cromwell, Jackie Gesumaria and Alice Choi ’04 were all in attendance. E is for Entertainment. Katie Bosland moved to Washington, D.C., this summer to continue her work on Good Morning America and shift her attention to more political stories. Meanwhile, Annie Berke is an administrative goddess (resume says administrative assistant, but why split hairs?) at Kino


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International, an independent film distributor based in New York City. E is for Enigma. What are the rest of you doing? Inquiring minds want to know!

2004 Hilary Sayia 10 Park Avenue, Apt. 7A New York, NY 10016 (973) 879-0422 Alice Choi has a new job working as an administrative assistant at Lowenstein Sandler PC in Roseland, NJ. She says, “I'm very happy here, and if anyone is looking for vacant positions, there is always something available.” Alice’s cousin Laura Kleinbaum also recently started a new job as director of marketing for Barefoot Tess (, an online retailer specializing in fashionable women's shoes sized 10-15. Liz Graham and Kate Hammond moved in together in Greenwich Village. Katie and Liz had a special holiday dinner with Sarah Hansen, Nicole Lamparello and Laura Kleinbaum. Nicole is in her second year at NYU School of Medicine (not nursing school, which was in the last Keeping Pace – sorry for the mistake Nicole).

2000 classmates Lauren Bouffard, Paris Martin, Sarah Stern, Brooke Worthington, Katie Feder, Corinne Desjardins and Paige Bradbury with Courtney Reilly on her wedding day


A-broad (little joke for Keeping Pace) she goes! Jessie Conway is moving to Orléans, France, in February to work in sales and marketing. She was there for three months temporarily and is now applying for a visa to go for a year minimum. Meredith Pastore writes, “I got married on September 5. I also graduated from FDU with my MSN and took the adult nurse practitioner boards in November.” Priya Vadnere was promoted to assistant personal training manager, but wasn't willing to give up being a trainer and working the front desk staff, so instead, she does all three jobs at Motion Fitness Club. Her first semester in grad school went really well (made the dean's list). And next semester she’s interning at Newark Academy, working with the athletic director (on top of work). Nimaako Brown loves her job as assistant project manager at the North Jersey Community Research Initiative. NJCRI is NJ's largest HIV/AIDS service organization, and Nimaako coordinates their health education programs. She recently received her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.

but specifically for the Bank of America/Legacy Merrill Lynch account as a project manager. Congrats to Lauren Fakhoury on her new job in D.C. The company is called Sustainable Design Consulting. They help builders, architects and developers implement green and energy efficient features in new projects. In my recent news, my sister Whitney Sayia Reid ’93 had a baby girl, Ella Suzanne, on December 7! My other sister Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95 is having a boy in April and recently moved to Short Hills. I love being an auntie. Keep my posted ladies. I love hearing from you all!

2005 Margaret Hartman 14110 Stanwood Terrace, Apt. 301 North Potomac, MD 20850

Mary Zabriski is back in New York City, still working for Cisco Systems

Samantha Kagan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in political science. She is currently living in Philadelphia and attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Allie Solomon also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is working as a nurse on the pediatric transplant unit at Georgetown Hospital. She enjoys the job and living in Washington, D.C. Allie writes

Meredith Pastore ’00 with husband Gianluca Santinelli and her family

Miriam Habeeb ’00 and Tom Hall on their wedding day

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that she ran into Sam Kagan at homecoming! Allie and I have met for dinner a few times after work – what a fun time! Cara Manket graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in political science and spent the summer after graduation backpacking through Southeast Asia. She also lives in D.C., and is working at Booz Allen Hamilton, a government contractor, doing war gaming and cyber security consulting. Brooke Jacobsen, Alex Spicehandler and Danielle Cohen all made a trip from New York City to visit and had a great time! Brooke Jacobsen lives in New York City and writes, “One of the best things about graduating has been seeing all of my Kent Place friends on a regular basis. Samantha Bird, Danielle Cohen and I are within walking distance from one another.” Danielle Cohen is working at HSBC doing interest rate derivatives, and she loves living in New York City! She writes, "It is so fantastic to have the KPS network back again.” Catherine Krom recently visited, and they caught up with Emily Deddens and Logan Schrader.

– Colorado is a giant playground!” She worked with endurance athletes figuring out how to improve their training through VO2 Max tests. She helped organize big races, such as the Leadville 100-mile mountain bike race, and set up aide stations for Lance Armstrong and other athletes. After coming home from Colorado in the fall, she coached KPS cross county and they had a great season – fourth in counties! She is currently living in Philadelphia and is the head track and field coach at a Quaker school. Christina Esquivel is living in D.C., where she works as a research associate at a think tank focusing on U.S. policy in Latin America. She went on a research trip to Cuba. She writes that she recently bumped into Sarah Kirk and enjoys spending time with Maggie Skinner, who also lives in D.C. Molly Ford is living in Houston and getting her master’s in epidemiology from the University of Texas. Hillary Prey moved to Austin in September and they enjoy spending time together!

Shuch, who is studying Middle East and Mediterranean studies at King’s College. Jennifer graduated from Haverford College with a degree in religion and over the summer was an intern at the Goldman Sachs government affairs office in the D.C. area. Lauren Stokes graduated from Swarthmore with a double major in history and German studies. She was in Turkey over the summer learning Turkish through the Critical Language Scholarship and is now studying in Berlin with the help of the Fulbright program. She hopes to start a PhD in history this fall. Also abroad is Sarah Piscitelli, who is living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jennifer Patello graduated from Boston University with a major in international relations and minors in Spanish and journalism. She is currently interning at a nongovernmental organization called the International Women’s Tribune Centre in New York City and is in the process of applying to graduate school. Also living in New York City is Christine Yip. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is working for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Logan Schrader spent the summer in Colorado working at Carmichael Training Systems under Lance Armstrong and said “it was awesome

Emily Kwan graduated from USC with a joint degree in business administration and cinema-television. She finished her master’s at King’s College London in digital culture and technology. She is living in London and sharing a flat with Jennifer

Margaret Rush graduated from UVA with a BS in biomedical engineering. She is currently attending UMDNJ

Katie Del Guercio ’00 and fiancé Semmes Walmsley

2000 classmates Ashley Pinakiewicz, Lauren Bouffard and Katie Feder in Peru

Ashley de St. Paer Azurmendi ’01, husband David and sons Davis and Brady


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Hello everyone! I am excited to join Lydia Deutsch this year as a Class Secretary. Maria Calvache writes that she is majoring in economics and American studies at Yale. In August, she will be living and working in New York City, since she has signed on with Bank of America’s equity research division after having a very positive internship experience there last year. Maria has caught up Jackie Sousa, Wangeci Ngari, Michele Sandidge and Joanna Kowalik. 2003 classmates Elena Derkits and Lindsay Mohr

Lindsay Mohr ’03 and Annie Berke ’03

Robert Wood Johnson medical school and living in NJ. Also at medical school is Morgan Scully, who is attending Georgetown.

She is pursuing her master’s in educational leadership and intends to go to law school.

Meredith Shih is at Boston University Law School and loves it! Margaret Chiu is in a five-year program at Syracuse and working on her thesis in architecture. She will graduate in May 2010 and is really looking forward to that! Katarina Dominguez graduated from Skidmore with a degree in education and is teaching prekindergarten in D.C. Alyssa Dubov is a graduate student at Columbia Teachers College studying higher education administration. Caitlin Olwell graduated from Colgate with a major in biology and is currently living in Chicago and teaching ninth grade environmental science with Teach for America. Also with Teach for America is Shekida Smith. After graduating from Princeton with a BA from the department of French and Italian and a certificate from the Center of African-American Studies, she moved to Miami. She is teaching first grade and loving the experience.


As for me, I’m teaching as well. I graduated from Bucknell with a double major in elementary education and English. I am currently living in Maryland and teaching second grade in the suburbs of D.C. Teaching has been challenging for sure, and I have a new-found respect for all my KPS teachers! I am having fun exploring a new area and am fortunate to have so many KPS friends in the area. Thank you to everyone who responded to my e-mails for updates. Please continue to e-mail me. I hope to see all of you at our 5th Reunion!

2006 Danielle Auriemma 11 Overlook Road Chatham, NJ 07928 (201) 874-6031 Lydia Deutsch 118 Dryden Road Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Tara Frankel writes that after taking a semester-long breather in spring 2008, she walked the three blocks down from Harvey Mudd College to Claremont McKenna College for a permanent stay as a literature and mathematics dual major and will walk in her cap and gown in December 2010. Tara started her year-long thesis on performance in literature this past spring, is involved with her environmental group at CMC, tutors and grades for the math department and is working on a lighthearted food blog with famed writer and current creative writing professor Jamaica Kincaid. Tara spent her frigid winter break with Danielle Auriemma and Meredith Bayse in New York City and interning for Access Communications, a PR company. She also attended the KPS career panel and regaled afterwards with Danielle Auriemma, Hannah Bosland, Courtney Cannon, Morgan Furst, Monica Giannone, Alexandra Krupp and Maddie Wasser. Tara also met Alexandra Krupp and Meredith Bayse for dinner in Los Angeles in January. Taylor Stazzone and Lydia Deutsch went to the Florida Keys over winter break, where they met up with Kerry Reilly who was vacationing there with friends from Middlebury. During her

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abroad at University College Cork in Ireland. She took classes such as traditional Irish music and Irish Gaelic. Mary’s calling, though, is writing. Taylor hopes of to be an elementary school teacher. Over the winter break, Taylor enjoyed spending time with Rose Allen, Jill Sauchelli, Caroline Hansen, Erica Cullum and Emily Hislop at Rose’s family’s Christmas party.

2005 classmates Danielle Cohen, Alex Spicehandler, Cara Manket and Brooke Jacobsen in Washington, D.C.

winter break, Lydia went on a northeast tour with her all-female a cappella group, Bowdoin's Miscellania. Lydia, the group's music director, was thrilled to return to Kent Place with the group for a performance! I (Danielle) have completed my studies at Boston College, with a major in economics and minor in Italian, and intend to work in Boston following graduation. (Let me know if you are planning on moving to the area!) I spent my fall semester studying, participating in the student admissions program, predominately as a tour guide, and interning at Commonwealth Research Group, a forensic economic consulting firm, as an economic analysis and administrative intern. My winter break included spending time with Meredith Bayse in Los Angeles and also catching up Hannah Bosland, Erin Landers, Ally Robertson and Tara Frankel. During the spring semester, I became involved

with the senior class gift committee at BC and also danced in three performances with the Hawaii Club. I would like to thank those who came to the KPS Young Alumnae Career Planning and Networking Event in January, and I hope to see more of you at such events in the future!

2007 Nida Abdulla 4 Holly Mews Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 (908) 464-4336 Caitlin Black 57 Hoffmans Crossing Road Califon, NJ 07830 (908) 975-3196 Sara Santos P.O. Box 5703 Newark, NJ 07105 Hello Class of ’07 and Kent Place community members. We hope all is well with you. Happy summer! As rising college seniors, Mary Moseley and Taylor Worthington are both majoring in English. During the spring ’10 semester, Mary studied

Marian O’Neill also spent the holiday season catching up with fellow Kent Place alumnae. Not only did she see Mary Moseley over Thanksgiving break, she spent New Year’s Eve with Alexandra Gakos, Stephanie Liff and Nida Abdulla and New Year’s Day with Christine Ring and Natalie Straughn in New York City. According to Marian, they “took the city by storm!” She’s working as a commuter assistant (an RA for commuters) and getting ready to take on the MCAT. Alexandra Gakos spent the fall term on a study-abroad program in Rome, living with an Italian host family and taking advanced Italian literature and language classes. She loved the opportunity and cannot wait to return to Rome one day. She has switched her major to English and is hoping to minor in Italian in order to keep practicing the language. Cynthia McKelvey is majoring in biology and in the spring was involved in researching the inner ear of goldfish. At Oberlin, Cynthia works at the rock climbing wall on campus and participates in the Aikido club. Jachelé Velez has been keeping up with her Green Key roots and is now a Columbia tour guide. She’s also in glee club(!) and on the multicultural recruitment committee. She got to catch up with Lauren Zajac over the winter break. Along with a double major in history and Hispanic studies with a concentration in economics, Jachelé will be spending her fall in Barcelona.


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Nida Abdulla, English major, is learning Arabic. She has yet to test her skills with native Arab speakers, and she hopes to travel to the Middle East this summer with her family. Sara Santos spent the fall semester interning with the public defender for D.C., and plans to volunteer at Maryland Legal Aid. She is majoring in international studies with a concentration in Latin American studies, and she is minoring in economics and history. As well as working at the Johns Hopkins advanced academic programs, she has decided to pick up the cello! And for all the dorkier ones among us, she is also a GM of her guild!

Lydia Deutsch ’06 (center) and her a cappella group from Bowdoin performed at KPS

Kyla McMillan and Khemi Cooper both studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, during the spring semester. Kyla, an art history major, also took some religion and history classes while in Spain. Natasha Scott was getting ready to leave for the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, when we heard from her in January. So far, Natasha has completed two internships in the film industry at RK Films and Overture Films. She is minoring in film studies and knows she would like to work in the film industry. Her major is communications. Ilya Sabnani is majoring in economics and obtaining certificates in environmental studies and South Asian studies. In the summer of 2009, Ilya was a summer analyst at RBS. Then in the fall she took some time off to work at BASIX, a microfinance institution in Hyderabad, India, where she did research on handloom weavers and how microfinance can help improve their livelihoods.

interned at the Supreme Court. In the summer she hopes to continue working for the Court or to work for a lobbying firm in D.C. She asked that anyone in D.C. get in touch with her because she would love to catch up. Kyla McMillan also plans to be in D.C. for the summer and work at the Smithsonian. Since matriculating at Colgate, Molly has become member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and served as social chair and rush chair for her sorority. Alessia Menegon is in New York after traveling throughout Asia (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau and Tokyo). In the fall, she’ll be “exploring Paris and using [her] French skills once again!” Alessia will also be working at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and JP Morgan Chase.

2008 Katherine Woodall 92 West End Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 522-1162

2009 Allison Goldberg 22 Robert Drive Short Hills, NJ 07078

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Molly Molendyke is double majoring in political science and English. In the spring semester she participated in Colgate’s joint program with Georgetown, where she took political science classes in Washington, D.C. In addition to her classes, she also


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Condolences To:

Jean Davidson ’35 August 2009

Elizabeth Hunter Cross ’36 and Frances Hunter ’38 On the death of their sister, Spring 2009

Mary Dingman Hill ’35 June 29, 2009 Viola Hitti Winder ’36 September 15, 2009 Emily Davidson Backer ’37 October 2, 2009 Mary Johnson Hargens ’37 February 26, 2010 Marie Donnet Miller ’37 November 17, 2009 Elsa Keuffel Creaser ’38 January 29, 2010 Rosanne Garrett Epps ’39 November 16, 2008 Margaret Hunter Cameron ’40 Spring 2009 Helen Sperry Guy ’41 September 1, 2009 Ann Bellows Updike ’41 November 18, 2009 Marion Kendall Dunbar ’44 September 20, 2009 Joan Garvin Neilson ’44 March 8, 2010 Katharine Flindell Caffrey ’45 2008 Erdice Rockhill Pardee ’45 February 9, 2010 Marjorie Mitchell Perrine ’50 February 2, 2010 Helen Mitchell Baum ’53 October 2009

Grace Davidson Hudkins ’40 On the death of her sisters, August 2009 and October 2, 2009

Joan Muchmore Roach ’63, Jean Muchmore McCleary ’64 and Juliana Muchmore Cooney ’75 On the death of their mother, October 28, 2009 Comfort Halsey Cope ’69 On the death of her father, March 23, 2010

Nancy Stafford Raynsford ’44 On the death of her husband, July 11, 2009

Ellen Hoffmann Wallop ’69 On the death of her mother, May 2009

Helen Preus Mairs ’47 On the death of her brother, October 2009

Lois Guy Cody ’72 On the death of her mother, September 1, 2009

Nancy Flindell Peters ’48 On the death of her sister, 2008

Nan Rumery Soden ’72, Elisabeth Rumery Chiminec ’73 and Carolyn Rumery Betz ’75 On the death of their father, May 25, 2009

Frances Holt Covert ’51 On the death of her husband, July 10, 2009 Mary Tustin Natunewicz ’54 On the death of her husband, Summer 2009 Susan Bohmer Tyson ’54 and Nancy Bohmer Thomsen ’59 On the death of their mother, July 29, 2009 Gay Hart Gaines ’55 On the death of her son, June 18, 2009 Anne English Wardwell ’61, Priscilla English Vincent ’67 and Eleanor English Folta ’72 On the death of their father, January 11, 2010

Francine Lynch ’73 On the death of her mother, November 13, 2009 Bea Baenninger ’82 On the death of her mother, January 5, 2010 Carolyn Montgomery ’82 On the death of her father, October 22, 2009 Carolyn Shea ’04 and Susan Shea ’04 On the death of their mother, September 30, 2009 Elizabeth Kennedy ’08 On the death of her mother, September 29, 2009

Pam Bristol ’66 and Madeline Bristol Kuckel ’71 On the death of their father, August 18, 2009


Vital S t a t i s t i cs



Kathryn Hudacek ’90 To John Harlow, October 10, 2009

Carrie Fiore ’98 To David Andrews, October 17, 2009

Emily Fay ’85 A son, Samuel Leroy Fay Roley, August 9, 2009

Chantal Kullman ’90 To Dave Reinlieb, January 16, 2010

Samantha Peterson ’98 To Roger Lynch, October 17, 2009

Christina Lapp Holladay ’88 A daughter, Katherine Margaret, January 31, 2010

Tracy Meerwarth ’92 To Scott Pester, August 8, 2009

Lauren Worthington ’98 To Robert Morse, October 17, 2009

Colleen Dwyer Valinoti ’88 A daughter, Gianina Hope, May 21, 2009

Erin Hueston ’97 To Ross Murphy, October 3, 2009

Liz Aibel ’00 To Tom Sherwood, September 12, 2009

Nicola Couchman Wilson ’88 A daughter, Kate Elizabeth, May 27, 2009

Ann Farley ’97 To Christopher Kent, May 30, 2009

Miriam Habeeb ’00 To Tom Hall, July 4, 2009

Phoebe Sade Anderson ’89 A son, Arlo, April 1, 2009

Tara Kullman ’97 To Marty Millman, July 12, 2009

Danielle Mulligan ’00 To William Kinney, September 19, 2009

Tara King Moran ’89 A son, Robert King, December 9, 2009

Tiffany Lang ’97 To David Rosengrant, March 14, 2009

Meredith Pastore ’00 To Gianluca Santinelli, September 5, 2009

Jennie Hagmann Walsh ’89 A son, Peter Hutton, August 26, 2009

Cory Lehrhoff ’97 To Paul Beirne, October 31, 2009

Courtney Reilly ’00 To David Grove Stafford II, September 26, 2009

Katie Barefoot Herrick ’90 A daughter, Lydia Miller, November 20, 2009

Anne Nisula ’97 To Ron Draddy, September 19, 2009

Jennifer Melillo ’01 To Jacob Buurma, August 15, 2009

Melissa Phillips DeVries ’91 A daughter, Taylor Madison, November 25, 2009

Elizabeth Sudler ’97 To Jonathan Sobel, May 20, 2009

Aamira Wright ’03 To Vanlee Garba, July 24, 2009

Meredith Skochin Holland ’91 A son, Spencer James, November 9, 2009


Vital Statistics

Michele Davis ’92 A son, Josiah, January 1, 2010

Tiffany Lang ’97 A daughter, Alexandria Elizabeth, July 2009

Karey Kessler ’92 A son, Reuben Benjamin, December 4, 2009

Sarah Moore Bowie ’98 A son, Aidan Christopher, November 14, 2009

Megan Tully Maddern ’92 A son, Russell, December 4, 2009

Neely Clutsam ’98 A son, Ryan Andrew Dicob, January 25, 2010

Alison Burns Herbert ’93 A daughter, Elspeth Lucy Burns, October 28, 2009

Amy Todd Klug ’98 A son, Parker Todd, June 25, 2009

Whitney Sayia Reid ’93 A daughter, Ella Suzanne, December 7, 2009

Jillian Barocas Kujbus ’98 A son, Justin Michael, November 21, 2009

Shannon Barry O'Grady ’94 A son, Riggins Kilburn, August 10, 2009

Jessica Pollack McDonald ’98 A son, Connor James, October 7, 2009

Emily Zipfel Chao ’95 A son, Zachary, September 9, 2009

Nicole Schifano McGrath ’98 A son, Matthew Philip, December 30, 2009

Amy Zucker Kohen ’96 A daughter, Elizabeth Bailey, November 15, 2009

Aamira Wright ’03 A daughter, Heaven Lee, August 13, 2009

Tricia Davis Otis ’96 A daughter, Eliza Ford, June 23, 2009 Elizabeth Asheroff Hackman ’97 A son, Spencer Michael, November 2009


keeping pace

2 0 0 9 -20 10 di rec t or y

2009-2010 directory administration

alumnae association board

board of trustees

Head of School Susan C. Bosland

President Meyra J. Green ’64

President John C. Chrystal

Associate Head of School

Vice President Suzanne Shearer Whitehorn ’81

Vice President Michael K. Bird Beverly B. Mills

Gayle Allen Director of the Primary School Sergio Alati Director of Development & Alumnae Relations Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59 Director of Admission & Financial Aid Nancy J. Humick Chief Financial Officer Karen H. Jones Director of the Middle School/Director of the Ethics Institute Karen B. Rezach Director of the Upper School Elizabeth C. Woodall

Megan McConnell Brozowski ’95 Maria Fekete Brugg ’98 Nancy Rae Burrows ’65 Carolina Benegas-Lynch Canavosio ’90 Sheila Nugent Carter ’80 Rebecca E. Chastang ’03 Betsy Busch Crosby ’66* Jacqueline D. Esquivel† Stefanie Jacobs Feldman ’79 Nichelle L. Holder ’92 Caitlyn T. Kroeger ’11** Rachel R. Landau ’10** Valerie J. McEntee ’70 Helen Lambeth McFerran ’61 Joan Dumper Mebane ’48 Margot Saur Meyer ’56 Denise A. Offray ’70 Amie N. Quivey ’90 Katherine Tuttle Shepperly ’79* Nina K. Tiger ’86 Christina Dughi Tonzola ’94 Mary Jane Flanagan Turnbull ’80 Susan Armstrong Watts ’53

* Honorary Member ** Student Ambassador † Parents’ Association Representative

Treasurer William F. Gadsden Secretary Kimberly E. Taylor Barbara Wight Biddison ’30* Susan C. Bosland Alison L. Canfield Betsy Busch Crosby ’66* Nancy Gorman Dougherty ’82 L. John Dughi, Jr.* Jacqueline D. Esquivel† Mirian M. Graddick-Weir Meyra J. Green ’64†† Joshua P. Gully Melissa J. Hilton James A. Hislop Gentry A. Hoit Kathleen M. Hugin Frances Griffith Laserson ’66 Norman E. Lewis Mary Beth Lohuis Catherine Herbst Machir ’95 Lynn Daeschler Magrane ’70* Donal F. Mastrangelo Catherine A. McDonald James H. McGraw IV Craig H. Schiffer Janis E. Smith-Gomez Thomas M. Uhlman John S. Walz ** Deborah E. Wiley ’64 Anré Williams

* Honorary Trustee ** Faculty Representative † Parents’ Association Representative †† Alumnae Association Representative


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