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An Interview with Jeff Cutts Thriving Today... Biking for Kenya Faculty News Alumni News & Class Notes


DEAR FRIENDS, In a typical year this space is reserved for reflections of our time and place on The Hilltop—bucolic falls, crisp winters, and springs filled with the inevitable sense of hope and renewal. Our clear campus views stretch from Rowe and Dexter-Richards beyond French’s Ledges to Mt. Ascutney, from Baxter to the Potato Patch to distant Croydon Mountain. The vision—our work together and shared experiences—inspire us to “reach beyond our grasp”—so much a part of our mission. I know these thoughts and feelings ring true, as do the many friendships that remain. The sights and sounds of a healthy school are still very much in evidence here today as we pause to reflect on our place in time at the Academy. Despite the challenges before us, the view of KUA today has never looked better. Positive change in our school and in our students is evident in abundance. Our investment in our purposes continues to yield immeasurable returns for individuals, the Academy, and the world we share. Over the holidays I often hear from parents and alumni who send notes and cards of appreciation. An alumnus who had attended his 50th reunion wrote, “I was amazed at how moved I was to be back and how uniquely impressed I am with my classmates from Kimball Union and the interesting, diverse, and successful lives they have led. How different our lives might be if not for the gifts of our teachers and classmates and the Academy? Kimball Union provided us a foundation for life. It is clear to me now what an enormous difference KUA has had in our lives.” What more inspiration do we need as we face these uncertain times? We are all witnessing, if not yet experiencing, unprecedented financial challenges. Nevertheless, we have been and will remain a vital and vibrant school that prepares young people for productive lives of fulfillment and contribution. Over our long history we have benefited from the generosity, wisdom, and leadership of the KUA community, working together to preserve the best of Kimball Union. By remaining true to our heritage and the values we espouse, and by continuing to work together thoughtfully and respectfully towards our mission of “academic mastery, creativity, and responsibility” at whatever cost, we will fulfill the vision of creating the best environment for learning, serving, giving, and growing we can possibly imagine. The gift of education—its present and future value—is an investment in the future that ensures our most assured long-term return.



HEAD OF SCHOOL Michael J. Schafer



FEATURES ANDY WHEATING ‘06 His road to the Beijing Olympics


TOWARDS OUR THIRD CENTURY An interview with Board Chair Jeff Cutts ’73, H ’08, P ’08




Juila Brennan

LAYOUT Jessica Miller


PHOTOGRAPHY Julia Brennan Jane Carver Fielder Jon Gilbert Fox Roy Knight P’10 Mark Washburn Eileen Williams Vaughn Winchell

CONTRIBUTORS Julia Brennan David Lindholm Jeffrey P. Cutts ’73, H’08, P’08 Scott Sainsbury Cover: Andy Wheating ’06 Photo credit: Getty Images Back cover photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.


DEPARTMENTS FACULTY NEWS Meet the New Faculty Milestones Faculty in the News Administrative Appointments


SCHOOL NEWS Cullman Scholars Leah Randall ’09 Helps to Build a School Biking for Kenya Arts Athletic News KUA Gatherings




Alumni Council News Alumni Profile: Bob Beach ’39

New Breed Marketing







It was an awkward conversation—one no coach ever wants to have. Andrew Wheating ’06 had come to Kimball Union Academy thinking of himself as a soccer player, dreaming of someday playing in college, the pros, even the World Cup. Yet here he was, at the start of his junior year, listening to KUA’s varsity soccer coach suggest that he leave the sport behind. After all, the coach reasoned, it looked like Wheating would probably end up spending most of the season on the bench. Plus he’d just finished the twomile fitness test minutes ahead of anyone else. Why not give cross-country a try?

letters “USA” on the front, competing in the Olympic Games. Just looking at Wheating—taller (6′5″) and younger (20) than everyone else on the track—begged the question: where did this guy come from? AT THE STARTING LINE

The transformation of Andy Wheating from a lanky, average soccer player into a swift Olympic runner began earlier than that conversation with the soccer coach. It all started when Wheating was just an eighth grader living in Norwich, VT. “My best friend told me he was going to go to KUA and that I should probably check it out,” says Wheating. “Sure enough, I thought it was a pretty nice school and my parents were impressed. Next thing we know, I turned in the application and I got in.” Wheating’s story resembles that of many other Kimball Union students. He arrived on the KUA campus as a freshman, lacking a certain amount of purpose and drive,

searching for an identity. By the time he graduated, he’d used the help of the community to find something he was good at, something he loved, something he could commit to. Of course, what makes his story unique is what he found: world-class athletic talent and seemingly limitless potential. Within four years of his switch from soccer to running, Wheating had an undefeated high school cross-country career, became the first Vermonter to run a four-minute mile, and represented the United States at the Beijing Olympics. None of this seemed to be in the cards when Wheating entered KUA in the fall of 2003. Although an easygoing, happy guy, he was already growing taller than many of his classmates and didn’t quite feel comfortable; right away he found himself struggling, both academically and athletically. “I was all about having a good time,” he says. “I slacked off a little bit and it didn’t go well that first year. I was starting to figure things out sophomore year, but I was just kind of the little kid looking up to the bigger guys.”

“It’s not what he wanted to hear,” says that coach. “We all say ‘follow your dreams,’ but he had to let go of his dream. How are you supposed to know which voice to listen to?” Less than four years after that uncomfortable conversation on the soccer field at KUA, Andy was on a track in Beijing, China, wearing a uniform with the PHOTO: Right - Andy running with his KUA teammates.



PHOTOS ― L - R: Andy and Kevin Ramos-Glew at KUA, summer 2008; Andy with Buz Morison (left) and Scrib Fauver (right); Andy with his mother, Betsy.

When he tried out for the varsity soccer team before his second year at KUA, his skills didn’t yet match his passion for the sport, and he ended up on the JV. However, something happened in preseason that raised a few eyebrows: his timed-mile fitness test. “It was just ludicrous how fast it was,” says Scrib Fauver, the varsity soccer coach at KUA. “And he wasn’t even trying.”

Regardless of how I did [in cross-country] that fall, I was going to come back to the soccer team the next year.” Something unexpected happened, though. “He won his first meet,” says Morison, who coached Wheating in both his junior and senior years. “That was just a couple weeks into running, and it didn’t really make sense for him to win.”

Fauver floated the idea of cross-country by Wheating, who was having none of it. A year later, though, the scene repeated itself.

It was an impressive performance, but it hadn’t been against all the best competition in the area.

“This time it was truly ridiculous how far ahead he was,” remembers Fauver. “And he wasn’t racing, he was just goofing around. He wasn’t winded, nothing. He’s standing with me at the end, talking to me about this and that, plenty of leftover breath. It didn’t take a genius to see that this kid could run. Anyone in my shoes would’ve noticed that there’s something funny here. He’s way too good at this without training.” Crosscountry came up again, and . . . “well, he blew me off again, actually.”

“The next race we had was a bigger race,” Morison recalls, “and he won that one too. But we still hadn’t met the whole field of runners. Then next week we did, and he won that one. It was kind of weird, you know? For him to be that good right away.”

This time around, Fauver enlisted the help of others in the community who thought running might give Wheating some added focus and drive. He spoke to Buz Morison, the cross-country coach at KUA, and Kevin Ramos-Glew, a runner himself who had a good relationship with Wheating and his friends. The pair gently encouraged Wheating to give this other sport a shot.

“I knew he was hemming and hawing on running, and I had done the same thing,” says Ramos-Glew, who told Andy about Steve Prefontaine, the runner from Oregon who set American records in every track event from 2,000 meters to 10,000 meters before his premature death in a car accident in 1975. It was “Pre” who had shown Ramos-Glew, and millions of others, that “you can be cooler running than in any other sport.”

“I was kind of hesitant because I’d played soccer my whole life,” Wheating recalls. “I was convinced that I was going to get there. 4


Despite the success, Wheating still had his mind on soccer. Throughout the fall, he returned to Fauver, wondering if the running, the fitness, would help him make the soccer team as a senior.

Ramos-Glew’s words struck a chord with Wheating. “He was like, ‘You need to watch this movie—Pre’s the guy who made running cool.’ After I finished that movie, I wanted to go out and run a 10,000-meter race and blow everybody out of the water.” While it wasn’t at 10,000 meters, Wheating was already leaving the competition behind. He didn’t lose a race during his junior year, and when senior year rolled around, sticking with his new sport was a foregone conclusion. “It just flowed naturally,” Wheating shrugs. “Obviously, you can’t really leave something that you’re just naturally good at, so after that I started taking it more seriously.” Another undefeated season followed, and soon people started to take notice. Through KUA’s Dave Faucher, Wheating met Jeff Johnson, a legendary track coach living in Hanover, and the first employee of Nike when the company was founded in the 1970s. Johnson saw Wheating’s promise and put him in touch with the coaches at the University of Oregon, home to one of the best running programs in the country. In fact, it had been Prefontaine’s college. “I didn’t know anything about the history,” says Wheating. The Oregon coaches invited him out for a visit and said they’d cover all his travel costs. “I was totally shocked. And then I found out how incredible the school is for running.”

Wheating applied to Oregon, got in, and was ready to join one of the most storied running programs in the country. It all happened so fast, but in addition to Wheating’s athletic shift, something else had changed too. He had matured; he was more confident and selfassured. It was visible even from a distance. “Before becoming a runner, he almost hid from his height,” says Ramos-Glew. “He tried to blend in with his buddies. When he found that he could actually pursue something and thrive, quite literally, he walked taller.” Others noticed the change as well. “He always had a little goofy streak in him,” says Head of School Michael Schafer. “He was always happy-go-lucky. But he was much

Wheating’s grades went up as his excellent results on the course continued, and he points toward his high school as the main factor in his maturity. “I think KUA really helped mold me into the student-athlete that I am. I ended up finding a good school and KUA provided all the support for it. So I couldn’t thank them enough.” TAKING THE NEXT STEP

The two and a half years after Wheating graduated from Kimball Union in the spring of 2006 were a whirlwind. Arriving as a freshman at Oregon, he found the beginning of his college career mirroring his initial experience at KUA. He was a little overwhelmed, still trying to find a way to fit in.

“WHEN I STARTED RUNNING, AND REALIZED HOW GOOD I WAS BECOMING, I ASPIRED TO BE BETTER AT EVERYTHING. I WANTED TO GO TO A GOOD SCHOOL, AND I WANTED TO BE A GOOD RUNNER, AND TO DO THAT YOU NEED A BALANCE IN BOTH.” more self-confident at the end of his time. I think he really learned how to apply himself.” “I saw him, like so many kids, just groping around, looking for an identity,” says Morison. After he started running, “it was pretty short order that he started to be more relaxed in his own skin, more comfortable in being who he was.” Even Wheating noticed the difference. “I was just kind of floating through my schoolwork, and I wasn’t anything special, nothing really came of it,” he says. “When I started running, and realized how good I was becoming, I aspired to be better at everything. I wanted to go to a good school, and I wanted to be a good runner, and to do that you need a balance in both.”

— ANDY WHEATING '06 Wheating recalls, “I felt so awkward, because everyone was always talking about world records, school records, [Moroccan middledistance champion] Hicham El Guerrouj, the mile record, 1,500, all these things, all these names, and I didn’t know anything. . . . Every now and then somebody would be like, ‘Anyone catch that Premier League Soccer game with Manchester United?’ ‘Oh, yeah! I did!’ and I’d try to keep that conversation going because I could talk about soccer all day.”

PHOTOS: Top - Andy qualifying for the US Olympic Track and Field Team; Bottom - Andy training on the cross-country trails at Kimball Union while he was a student.



Wheating had some excellent results on the cross-country course and the track, but he was slowed by a pair of stress fractures in his first year and a half at Oregon. During the winter of his sophomore year, pool workouts and lower mileage were prescribed, and soon Wheating was back for spring track as a sophomore, running faster than ever. “Then further into the track season, things started to click,” Wheating says. “Eventually I started thinking about not racing the race just to finish; I started thinking about racing the race to be fast. It turned out to be the greatest season of my life.” He rattled off 11 straight victories in the spring of 2008 before coming in second at the NCAA Championships, finishing just one-hundredth of a second behind the winner. Those results earned him the chance to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at his home track in Eugene, OR, in July. At the Olympic trials, Wheating won his quarterfinal heat and finished second in his semifinal, guaranteeing him a spot in the final. He found himself facing athletes like Nick Symmonds, the country’s top 800 runner, and Khadevis Robinson, a fourtime US champion in the event. It was a race for the Olympics, where the top three finishers would head to Beijing.

“I’m a tortoise coming off the starting line,” says Wheating. “I’m so slow—it’s so hard to get these big legs moving. But then I get in a rhythm and it’s easy just to sit there, comfortably, and float along with everybody.” Wheating quickly found himself in his customary spot, at the back of the pack. Directly in front of him was Symmonds, the favorite in the event. “After 400 meters, I start thinking about moving up a little bit. I wanted to start moving, but I was a little slow and I started to creep up. Then Nick popped out and took off, and I was like, ‘Okay, you’re sitting far back, you’d better hope you’ve got something in your legs, big guy.’” Wheating moved up a couple of spots, but coming around the final turn he was still in sixth place. Then he started his kick, and he quickly started eating up ground. The huge crowd—and all the other runners—turned their attention from Symmonds, who was way out in front, to the giant who was loping past everyone. The 20,000 fans in Eugene, nicknamed “Track Town, USA,” were deafening as Wheating charged through the field. Surprising everyone, and thrilling the crowd, he finished in second with a personal best time of 1:45.03, earning him a spot in the Olympics.

The race began like many others for Wheating.

PHOTO: Left - Andy winning the Oregon Relays in April 2008.



The crowd in Oregon was loud, but there was also quite a reaction 2,500 miles away, in Meriden, NH. “I watched the finals in the Olympic trials with some other KUA teachers in a faculty house,” says Fauver. “When he came in second, everyone was just jumping and screaming; it was wildness in this funny little town of Meriden. People were just going crazy.” Throughout the track world, people were shocked at the achievement of this 20-yearold from Vermont. Even Wheating was surprised by what he’d accomplished. “I want to say it’s because I wanted it more, but really I just wanted to go out and put on a good race,” Wheating says. “I wasn’t thinking about making the team.” One person, however, wasn’t too surprised at the achievement. “I had felt that it was just a matter of time,” says Morison. “He definitely surprised me in how fast he rose through those ranks,

but by the time he went to the Olympic trials, I was pretty confident that he would make it.” Even Fauver had a sense long before that this might’ve been in the cards. When talking to Wheating about a possible switch to cross-country at the beginning of his junior year at KUA, Fauver had mentioned that Wheating “might be sitting on Olympic-level stuff here.” AN OLYMPIC EFFORT

Two months after the trials, Wheating was in Beijing for the Olympics. He started his qualification heat again at the back of the pack, but started charging up just a bit too late, and finished fourth, just .11 seconds behind the qualifiers. He thinks he may have been a bit overwhelmed, just as he had been starting out at both KUA and Oregon. “It was definitely a different experience. I’d like to think if I’d had more international

experience and I knew what to expect, then I probably could’ve made it to the next round,” says Wheating. “But you can’t complain too much because I made it, and that’s what counted.” Judging from how quickly Wheating has overcome previous challenges, it’s easy to imagine him having an impact at the London Games in 2012. “Four years down the road, I’m just hungry for more,” remarks Wheating. CONTINUING TO MAKE STRIDES

Anyone who has seen Wheating run— whether a soccer coach watching a timed mile, or one of the 20,000-plus fans who saw him qualify for the Olympics in July—recognizes that he’s a special talent. But it took a special effort from a community to send Andy down that path, even when he wasn’t sure it was a step in the right direction.



“I’m amazed, actually, that this kid took a leap of faith,” says Fauver. “How many teenagers do you know who will make a change like that on the say-so of these adults?” “Running gave him this great purpose that you saw reflected in his academics and everything else,” says Ramos-Glew. “That’s what made us feel we had encouraged him in the right direction, not the fact that he never lost a race.” All of Wheating’s athletic success hasn’t made the KUA community forget the strength of his character either. In Ramos-Glew’s words, Wheating is “as great a person as he is talented,” and Schafer agrees.

It’s only been a few short years since the conversation that changed the course of Andy Wheating’s athletic career, and gave the United States one of its top running prospects since Prefontaine. Wheating started a little slowly but quickly picked up speed, and now at the age of 21 he has another Olympics beckoning from the horizon. As Wheating says, “It’s so hard to get these big legs moving.” But now that they’re in motion, those legs show no signs of slowing down. Everyone, from KUA to Oregon, from Beijing to London, will be watching eagerly to see where they take him.

“HE'S A GREAT EXAMPLE TO ALL OUR STUDENTS, AND WE OFTEN CITE HIS STORY. YOU NEVER KNOW—WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER ONE OPENS.” — MIKE SCHAFER “He’s just so genuine and humble and grateful,” says the Head of School. “He’s a great example to all our students, and we often cite his story. You never know—when one door closes, another one opens.” The admiration that Wheating’s former teachers have for him is reflected in the way that Wheating himself feels about KUA. “Even when I’m feeling like I’m verging on fan, he reminds you quickly that you’re more teacher than fan,” says Ramos-Glew. “Which is a pretty emotional thing, to have a kid keep a perspective that all of us were his teachers.” “I’m really good friends with a lot of the people [at KUA],” says Wheating, who runs with Morison, Ramos-Glew, and the cross-country team whenever he finds himself in the area. “It’s just so cool to see that I’m almost three years out of high school now and they’re all keeping in touch.” PHOTOS: From top - Andy visits the Great Wall of China; Andy and his family; Andy with LA Lakers MVP and fellow US Olympian Kobe Bryant; Andy (right) with fellow Olympian track team members Christian Smith (left) and Nick Symmonds (center) wishing faculty member Kevin RamosGlew’s brother Sean, who is battling cancer, well from Beijing.




THIRD CENTURY AN INTERVIEW WITH BOARD CHAIR JEFF CUTTS ’73, H’08, P’08 Over the past few years, Kimball Union has enjoyed increased vitality. We have strengthened our faculty, bringing together a composite of talent, motivation, energy, and creativity while enriching our student body. Together, we have built on strength to shape a diverse social and vigorous academic community of depth and breadth. Our curriculum blends the traditional and the innovative, and it provides rich offerings and vast opportunities for motivated students. In addition, we have undertaken much-needed updating and improvements of our facilities, preserving and enhancing our historic campus and ideal village setting. Our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends — and most importantly, our students —have demonstrated their enthusiasm for these and other initiatives by investing their time, talents, and treasure, leading to significant increases in participation and volunteerism, along with financial assistance, investment, and support that have strengthened the Academy in every way. Our strategic plan, Towards Our Third Century, Century has guided our progress since its approval in 2004, and it provides the roadmap for our future as we prepare for reaccreditation in 2012 and approach our bicentennial in 2013. Input from our community through personal conversations and market research studies conducted in 2004 and 2008 has provided us with valuable feedback on our time-tested strengths and on areas where we can and must improve. Recently, in an interview with Communications Director Julia Brennan, Board Chair Jeff Cutts reflected on the state of the school today and some of the initiatives he feels will help to advance Kimball Union to its third century. JB: Kimball Union has experienced tremendous momentum in recent years. Our enrollment is at our strongest ever, and we are attracting an increasingly talented and diverse student body. To what do you attribute this? JC: There is no doubt that Kimball Union has significantly advanced its position in the New England boarding school market. KUA has become a sought-after choice for day students and their families in the Upper Valley in addition to those who are looking for a boarding school where our small class size and opportunities to try new activities play big. We have a great deal to offer, and the word is definitely out. There are many factors at play,

but I believe that first and foremost, a good school comes down to three goals: a clear, reliable mission; a talented, dedicated faculty; and a relevant curriculum that attracts and inspires motivated students. JB: What do you consider Kimball Union’s greatest assets to be? JC: Most importantly, we are mission-driven. The entire KUA community is focused on finding the right path for each student that will lead to academic mastery, creativity, and to responsibility, and this guides everything we do. The faculty members here are incredible. From what I’ve observed, and what my wife Becky and I have experienced as parents, they can be characterized as being a very talented, dedicated, and caring group who are highly qualified and innovative in their approach to education. Our academic program is rigorous, challenging, and supportive. Our offerings are very broad and farreaching for a school our size. And our student body is multifaceted and multitalented. The campus is infused — far and wide — with palpable enthusiasm and talent, which brings out the best in the entire community. JB: What about KUA’s location—is it a strength or challenge? JC: KUA has a great package of educational goods to offer . . . and that includes our location. Our beautiful setting and the environment surrounding the school are assets that distinguish us from other country schools and make us even more attractive to both prospective students and faculty.



What an incredible opportunity local students have to attend a safe and challenging independent school with students from 19 countries and 18 states. If you are from a metropolitan area, KUA’s location cuts out the static and distracting influences of teenage life in the busy suburbs or cities. If you are from a great distance, our unique setting is a real four-season course of study in preparation for college and life.

Hilltop, even when the wind is howling. As much as the people we meet during our time here remain with us, so too does our setting conjure up some of our fondest memories.

Our beautiful, historic campus is in a premier location in the heart of the Upper Connecticut River Valley, just minutes from Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH. We take full advantage of our proximity to such a creative community and of our natural environs for learning of all sorts to take place on and off campus.

I think we have many reliable indicators of KUA’s growing reputation in the marketplace. Enrollment, of course, is one of them. As our reputation grows, we are able to be increasingly selective in fulfilling our enrollment goals. We can meet them more easily and earlier and shape the student body and school community within our vision. Another indicator of our strength is how others view us, both from within our constituency and from the outside. As you will learn in reading the article about the recent market survey, we’ve seen measurable improvements. Overall ratings of KUA went from 58% saying they thought KUA was excellent or very good in 2004 to 73% in 2008, and 86% of respondents indicated that they would recommend KUA to a friend — a very telling measure of reputation.

JB: With 1% of students in the country attending boarding schools, and a shrinking demographic, are you worried about boarding enrollments? JC: The learning that takes place in a seven-day-a-week boarding school is convincing to parents once they become comfortable with the notion of sending their child away to school. I know this from personal experience as a graduate, a former boarding school teacher, and a boarding school parent to our daughter, Sarah, a member of Kimball Union’s class of 2008.

JB: What is your sense about KUA’s position in the marketplace? How do you think our reputation is evolving and what is the impact?

I believe that parents know, and students eventually understand, that the relationships adolescents forge with faculty in the classroom . . . and perhaps even more importantly out . . . influence, motivate, and inspire them during these critical years of growth and discovery. Through the many triumphs and challenges, these wonderful relationships in many ways foster educational and personal growth that may not be reached in other settings. Our faculty members know each of our students well — they know what subjects they are taking as well as their activities, and they care deeply about their academic and personal growth. Building strong individuals through strong communities is what KUA is all about. The Kimball Union community really stands together. Admission candidates and their families visit the campus and see how we live and learn together. It is difficult to describe, but easy to feel when you are on campus. JB: Our campus has undergone some much-needed improvements and upgrades, and our first major building project in almost a decade, our new campus center, opened last spring. How does all of this position us as we look to the future? JC: Even though in many ways it’s the people that make this place great, facilities literally improve the delivery of our mission. They also help us to attract students to the institution. The look and feel of the campus, and its efficient functioning for modern learning in a historic setting, is part of our great appeal to visitors from all over the world. KUA is, and will always remain, more homey than glitzy, and our facilities define a sense of place and purpose that is inviting and warm. It is hard not to feel at home and at ease on The 10


Students congregate outside the newly-constructed Campus Center.

A strong reputation bolsters our alumni loyalty and pride in the institution and directly influences the level of annual financial support for fundamental needs such as financial aid, curriculum, and faculty salaries and professional growth. Together with the support of parents and friends, these increases allow us to implement the best possible curriculum aligned with the best faculty and student body composition we can imagine each year. On the capital side, our growing reputation and success has led to significant major investments and gifts from individuals, foundations, and trusts and bequests that on their own, and in the collective, have sustained the school — and will continue to do so for another 200 years.

JB: What do you see as the most important initiatives for the Academy as we approach our bicentennial in 2013?

deserving students, and now, more than ever, we need to make every effort to continue to do so.

JC: Our strategic plan, Towards Our Third Century, outlines five imperatives around people, program, and place. These are intentionally elastic enough to leave room for interpretation by the leadership of the school.

The third imperative is to create programs that enable students to pursue learning in depth, to achieve at their highest level, and to develop an integrated view of the world. Our Curriculum Development Committee is focused on developing a solid philosophical template for curriculum design based on the acquisition of skills necessary for success in college and beyond: critical thinking; analytical reasoning, problem solving, and communication, particularly writing. Programs of distinction such as Writing Across the Curriculum, Senior Capstone Projects, and our Study Abroad programs offer our students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary learning and broaden their global perspectives. Similarly, we need to continue to provide quality programs in the arts, athletics, and extracurricular offerings.

The first imperative is to attract and retain a talented, dedicated, and diverse faculty. Our faculty is the heart of our enterprise and guides our academic, artistic, residential, social, and athletic programs. These “triple threat” teachers truly dedicate themselves to our students around the clock. It takes a special person to devote himself or herself to our community in this way, and good teachers are in high demand. In order to encourage our faculty to remain committed to Kimball Union, and to recruit similarly skilled and gifted new professionals, we need to ensure that our compensation and benefit packages are competitive, and that we are providing our instructors with excellent living and learning conditions. We need to ensure that they have well-equipped, modern classrooms and housing that expand and contract with their personal and professional needs as they move through their careers. We must also provide ample opportunities for them to engage in lifelong learning and pursue their passions through professional development. The second imperative is to attract talented, motivated, and diverse students who will benefit from all aspects of the Academy’s programs. To shape our student body, we need to make a Kimball Union education accessible to a wide range of students—from the region, the nation, and the world — regardless of their financial circumstances. In return, they will contribute to our community in countless ways, enriching the experiences of each one of our students. An increase in our financial aid endowment is critical to our success. Since our founding, we have been committed to providing a KUA education to

Our fourth imperative is to develop and maintain facilities that enhance the educational program and improve the quality of our student and faculty experience. There is no doubt that this is a challenge when dealing with historic buildings and a dated infrastructure, as well as the modern demands the competitive independent school market places upon us. I see our most immediate priorities as increasing the number of classrooms to better accommodate our student body and providing each faculty member with a dedicated classroom; modernizing and integrating our athletic facilities, including locker rooms and meeting areas; adding a much-needed girls’ dormitory and improving faculty and student housing; and converting our steam plant to biomass/nonfossil fuels/cogeneration. Our final imperative supports the first four: to ensure adequate resources to realize the strategic plan in its entirety, which falls squarely to the Board, the Head of School, our Alumni and Development Office, and such auxiliary revenue-generating programs as summer programs and special events. WINTER 2009


JB: These exciting initiatives appear to have significant financial implications. How do you see funding them and what role do you see the current economic climate playing in these plans? JC: It’s important to separate the sources of revenue and expense. To put it simply, the KUA Annual Fund is what we use as a checkbook to make payments for anticipated and budgeted expenses to run the school each year. Last year, we raised $1 million in unrestricted and restricted Annual Fund support. Each year, the Annual Fund pays for approximately 7% of the operating expenses of the school. If not for the Annual Fund, we would run a significant deficit and simply would not be able to offer what we do offer year in and year out. It helps to cover everything from financial aid to faculty salaries, to pens and paper, to student snacks. In addition to the Annual Fund and a small percentage of revenue from auxiliary programs, we draw more or less 5% from our endowment for our annual operating costs. What many don’t realize is that tuition alone covers just 87% of a Kimball Union education. The Board takes its fiduciary role very seriously and recognizes that tuition cannot simply be raised each year above the cost of inflation or we will be pricing ourselves out of the market. In turn, we have to balance that with the risk of the loss of programs we feel are central to our core mission, and we risk compromising on mission values such as small classrooms and triple threat teachers, to name a few. As we head into the budget planning cycle this year, I have to compliment the school’s management team on their fiscal prudence and careful thinking about ways we can reduce costs without compromising on our mission. That said, it is clear that in addition to the Annual Fund, we must continue to raise capital funds. These funds are restricted to certain purposes or unrestricted for general use; they either pay for specific projects, such as the ones we have identified as significant needs, or are endowment-designated with their principal invested and stewarded in the endowment that we draw on each year. Currently, our position in our endowment has been weakened by about 25% in the recent 12


downturn — fortunately we had invested conservatively. The Board and the school leadership have been very successful over the past five years in identifying needs and addressing those that have been within our financial means. Anyone who has visited the campus has seen the many improvements made recently, and anyone who has visited with students, faculty, or current families knows and feels the vitality of the school. Through our communications, news of our successes has made its way throughout the constituency. The Board is responding to a high level of interest and excitement by asking the management team to refine its goals for the next five years and consider a comprehensive capital campaign as a unifying effort to raise the critical funds necessary to fuel KUA’s ongoing growth. To date, we have been engaged in building what might be called the nucleus of a campaign that, when officially launched, will help to position KUA for continued success as we enter our third century. What we have been doing thus far is essentially matching school needs to capacity of our constituents on a continuum. We will be putting out a “call to arms” to our broader community, in the not-too-distant future, to ask for their financial support, and most importantly, their participation, to further launch the school’s progress towards the historic milestone of our bicentennial. The KUA community should be very proud of what we have raised to date for our nucleus fund, and how this has fueled the growth we see today. Over the years, through tough times like these and through even harder times in our history, Kimball Union alumni and friends have rallied to support their school. Imagine what we will be able to do when we reach out in anticipation of the celebration of our 200th anniversary? Members of the KUA family, from all the decades — present and past families, along with foundations and friends — recognize the vital importance of an education such as ours and understand what it can provide, not only for our unique school and its individuals, but for our area, our region, our country, and our world. I feel confident that they will support our efforts to make sure that generations to come have the opportunity to benefit from a Kimball Union education.


...PREPARING FOR TOMORROW. In recent years, Kimball Union has been engaged in a thoughtful process of self-study and planning that has included a 2002 NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) reaccreditation, a 2003 strategic planning initiative designed to set the charge for incoming Head of School Mike Schafer, the approval of the school’s strategic plan in 2004, and the adoption of the school’s campus master plan in 2005. As a part of this ongoing effort, in 2004-2005 and again this fall, Kimball Union, with the help of the marketing research and strategic planning group Beacon Associates, invited the entire Kimball Union community to participate in an extended conversation about planning for the school in order to better understand their perceptions about KUA and their vision for our future. We are grateful to everyone who so generously gave of their time to share their thoughts and hopes and dreams for KUA — this wonderful community is indeed our most valuable resource. THE 2004-2005 STUDY

Beacon Associates explored and quantified Kimball Union’s defining characteristics and perceptions held by our key

constituents — our alumni, parents, faculty and staff, students, and educational consultants — through surveys and interviews. The study concluded that overall KUA was held in good regard and that those closest to us clearly understood our strengths and weaknesses. We also learned that there was broad agreement about some of the opportunities before us. It was clear we had work to do in improving the perception of our academic program amongst a new group of peer schools. While the overall campus was rated well, many of our campus facilities — dorms, classrooms, athletic facilities, library, and labs — received only fair, and in some cases poor, ratings from most segments. The integration of our day students into the boarding school environment was identified as a potential area for improvement. Respondents also highlighted many of KUA’s ongoing fundamental strengths, including the balance of academics, arts, and athletics; the level of individual support our students receive; the talent and commitment of our faculty and the positive role modeling they provide; preparation for college; overall student happiness; our sense of community; and the attractiveness of our campus and its setting. WINTER 2009


The Recommendations Beacon Associates observed, nevertheless, that KUA had seen many changes over the years, and that it seemingly meant different things to people who had experienced KUA in different eras. They advised us to become clear and consistent in presenting Kimball Union for today and in articulating our vision for the future. They also cited the need to gain alignment and support for the vision from our faculty and staff, and to strengthen educational consultants’ familiarity with, and understanding of, the school. They urged us to move quickly to ensure that the basic requirements of a competitive independent New England boarding school, as held by prospective students and families and educational consultants, were being met across the curriculum, student body makeup, and physical plant. They encouraged us to develop and promote programs of distinction alongside our strong core programming, and to contend with our historic plant and the need to modernize facilities. Beacon Associates also developed an expression of Kimball Union today. Built on its New England village roots, and still pristine environment, KUA is a uniquely close-knit, supportive and challenge-honoring community that encourages immersion in academics, the arts and athletics.



Kimball Union builds strong belief in • Application of one’s knowledge • Accountability for one’s self • Appreciation of others • Agility in thought • Adventurousness in spirit

Kimball Union invested heavily in efforts to spread the word in person at admissions fairs and open houses, at faculty recruitment job fairs, and in personal visits to educational consultants and colleges.

In response to the recommendations that resulted from the study, and in order to move forward with the Strategic and Campus Master Plans, Kimball Union engaged in several key initiatives.

KUA also developed a complete schedule of summer and auxiliary programs. Summer programs provided enrichment opportunities for students from the area and around the globe, and programs were designed strategically to attract students who might be considered as admissions candidates. Together with a concerted outreach program to bring events and programs to our campus and to make our facilities available to local and regional groups, we significantly increased exposure to Kimball Union.

Marketing and Outreach

The Student Body

In 2005, Kimball Union contracted New Breed Marketing to develop a consistent and compelling message about Kimball Union and accentuate our strengths and value with the help of the input we had received from the KUA family. This resulted in a strategic communications plan and branding project with initiatives including updated logos, new print materials, a redesigned website and new electronic communications capabilities, a targeted advertising plan, and the new format of this magazine.

Increased support for financial aid, a talented and dedicated admissions team, and increased recognition of the value of a Kimball Union education have helped us to attract an increasingly diverse and talented student body who contribute to the school in countless ways. The student body has grown from just under 295 in 2003 to 355 today, with 19 countries and 18 states represented.

. . . to educate, develop and expand each student in preparation for a lifetime of success, contribution and fulfillment. THE NEXT STEPS

Academics Strengthening and broadening our academic program as well as developing signature programs that help to define the Kimball Union experience has continued to be a focus. The addition of more AP courses (bringing the total today to 19), the availability of honors courses in every subject, and the introduction of new courses such as Mandarin Chinese, Physics for Sustainability, and AP Human Geography have expanded our offerings and bolstered our academic program to respond to different areas of interest in our rapidly changing world. Writing Across the Curriculum, an interdisciplinary focus on writing, and the Senior Capstone Project, a culminating work created by soon-to-be graduates, are examples of new academic programs of distinction. The Faculty In order to promote faculty retention and provide our faculty with opportunities for growth throughout their careers, the sabbatical program was reinvigorated and professional development opportunities were augmented. As a result, a significant number of faculty members have added advanced degrees to their teaching credentials over the past few years. In addition, teacher training and internship programs were added and our summer programs provided talented professionals with exposure to Kimball Union. As our reputation has grown, so has our ability to attract experienced and gifted faculty. At the same time, our faculty attrition rate has declined significantly. Athletics Thanks to a generous gift from longtime Kimball Union supporter John Pope ’49, Kimball Union was able to add a state-of-the-art lighted artificial turf field, Pope Field. In conjunction with the new field, the lower field project took shape, creating a total of five contiguous fields in

one area. This new field complex allows for multiple games to take place simultaneously, which builds community and adds to the excitement and fan experience for KUA athletics. KUA’s tennis courts were completely restored and resurfaced in 2007. Several new athletic programs have been added, including equestrian, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and most recently, golf. Our alpine ski teams once again participate in the USSA program. Over the past few years, Kimball Union’s athletic programs have enjoyed tremendous successes, including: back-to-back field hockey championships in 2007 and 2008;, top football league and boys’ soccer championships in 2007; boys’ crosscountry, rugby, and boys’ and girls’ alpine ski team championships in 2008; and multiple league championships in girls’ lacrosse. The Campus In 2004, Annie Duncan House and an accompanying 26 acres were purchased, providing two new faculty homes, buffering our campus to the south, and opening expansive views. In 2005, Brewster House was purchased, providing a faculty home and guest accommodations. In 2007, a transformational gift of $5 million followed by many other generous gifts facilitated the realization of several critical components of the campus master plan and the improvements of campus facilities identified in the 2004-2005 study. In 2008, MacLeay House was rebuilt, providing two additional faculty apartments, as well as a home for our longtime friends and neighbors, Kay and Gardiner MacLeay.

THEN AND NOW CHANGES SINCE 2005 People Increased resources for financial aid Larger, more diverse student body from 18 states and 19 countries Reinvigorated sabbatical program Enhanced professional development opportunities More faculty with advanced degrees Lower faculty and student attrition rates

Program Expanded curriculum More AP courses Honors courses in every subject Signature programs Study Abroad programs Summer programs New student life programs for international students and day students New residential life programs Place Campus expanded by 26 acres New Campus Center New lighted turf field and lower field complex Renovated tennis courts Renovated Arts Center, Barnes, Kimball Barn Classroom updates Renovated dorms and faculty homes Six new faculty housing units Campus landscaping and hardscapes Resources Annual Fund exceeded $1 million for first time Annual Fund participation increased $18.5 million pledged $5 million transformational gift received WINTER 2009


















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In that same year, our beautiful new Campus Center, the first major building project in over a decade, opened its doors. One of the guiding tenets of the building’s design was to provide inviting and functional social spaces that would seamlessly integrate day students and boarding students, and enhance the day student experience. Improvements to the campus have included major upgrades to faculty housing and dormitories, with significant renovations made to Kilton House, Huse House, and Jones House. Further improvements included the addition of six new faculty housing units and homes, renovations to Flickinger Arts Center and classrooms, and extensive landscaping enhancements and new hardscape features. 2008 STUDY

In the fall of 2008, Beacon Associates was re-engaged to provide an update on the understanding of our school and the support it receives from our constituents. Surveys were distributed once again to alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, and educational consultants, this time 16


Students get into target colleges

Accepting of others

Every student can shine

Emphasizes personal contribution

Emphasizes Academics, Arts, Athletics

Challenging Academics


Day Experience



Teachers are Role Models






Overall Rating of KUA


electronically except in the cases of alumni from the classes of 1989 and before. A total of 4,351 constituents responded — an impressive response rate of 21%. “This survey provided us with a wonderful opportunity to check in with the people who know us best,” says Head of School Mike Schafer. “We felt that we were making great headway, but receiving confirmation from them has been incredibly important and very affirming. It is with great pride that we report that all key measures improved significantly when benchmarked against the 2005 study.” Scott Sainsbury, a principal of Beacon Associates, says, “Everyone associated with Kimball Union can be proud of KUA’s progress. It is significant. All key measures of knowledge and of satisfaction improved from 2005 to 2008.” Amongst the constituent groups interviewed, overall improvement was particularly significant with educational consultants and faculty and staff. Parents’ ratings of the school’s performance remained very high, continuing to improve.

The most significant improvements were seen in the overall ratings of the faculty and of the three major program areas: arts, academics, and athletics. Principal perceptions of KUA also improved, solidifying some of the key elements of the brand platform. Respondents confirmed that KUA had a supportive environment, that our teachers were role models, that our academics were vigorous, and that we provided a good balance between academics, the arts, and athletics. Secondary perceptions, including several that the administration had targeted for improvement, also received higher ratings. “Emphasizes personal contribution to the community,” “produces students engaged in learning,” and a “place where every student can shine,” as well as “students get into their target colleges,” were among these considerations. All segments increased their agreement that KUA is one of the best or well above average choices for an independent school, with educational consultants showing the greatest advance in this area. All respondents increased the likelihood that they would recommend KUA to a friend, a key and very important indicator of satisfaction, according to Beacon Associates.

Challenges There was general agreement that improvement was still needed with respect to facilities. Student and faculty housing, classrooms, and campuswide technology were the areas most often identified. Parents and alumni believe that efforts should continue in attracting and retaining highly engaged faculty who are committed to the “triple threat” of boarding school education — teaching, coaching, and residential life. The results also encouraged us to continue to reach out to our alumni and to actively engage them in helping us reconnect with old friends. They key to this, Beacon Associates feels, is to continue efforts to recruit and train enthusiastic class agents who will persevere in building relations one class at a time.

2008 FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES Support deserving students from diverse backgrounds Leadership opportunities for students Improve academic facilities and technology Conserve energy



STRENGTHS • Very good overall satisfaction with KUA • Rigorous academics • Supportive and challenging environment • Teachers are role models • Balance of academics, arts, athletics • Meets the needs of individuals

Fundraising Priorities Another area where we turned to our alumni and parents for guidance in this recent survey was in establishing specific priorities for fundraising. Our alumni identified supporting deserving students from diverse backgrounds, improving academic facilities and technology, and pursuing initiatives to conserve energy as their top areas of interest.

• Produces students engaged in learning

Parents ranked classroom technology, financial aid for deserving students from diverse backgrounds, and leadership opportunities as their top priorities.

• Place every student can shine


• Student admitted to target colleges

The 2008 survey queried respondents about Kimball Union’s communications, how we are doing at keeping them informed, and their communication preferences.

• Students make personal contribution to community

• Improved knowledge and perceptions by educational consultants • Respondents would recommend KUA to a friend

Ninety percent of alumni felt informed about KUA at some level. Almost all cited this magazine as a preferred source of communication. More recent grads, from 1970 and beyond, favor electronic communications, and this trend seems to be increasing. Parents prefer the immediacy of electronic communications, and educational consultant use e-communications but still value viewbooks and other publications. For students, it is an electronic world, with e-mail, the web, and social media like Facebook at its core. TOWARD OUR THIRD CENTURY

OPPORTUNITIES • Improved housing for students and faculty • Improve quality and quantity of classrooms • Campus-wide technology infrastructure and delivery • Continue to attract and retain highly engaged triple threat faculty • Use class agents to strengthen alumni relations



“As we prepare for our next NEASC accreditation in 2011 and approach our bicentennial in 2013, these studies help to provide a valuable roadmap for Kimball Union, and give us the confidence to remain steadfastly committed to our strategic plan so that we can best position KUA students today and tomorrow, even during these challenging times,” says Mike Schafer. “It is clear that we can be proud of our progress, and that we have much work to do. We will continue to reach out to the KUA family to support us in our efforts to make Kimball Union the very best it can be, and to ensure its vitality for its next century. In these turbulent times, it remains clear to me that the best investment we can make — one that ensures the most reliable return — is the investment we make in education.”



New Faculty ― Back row, L-R: Meghan Sutker, Victoria Vinidiktova, Bridget Schletty, Kathleen Nicholson, Stephen Rogers, Sean Rakowski, Alex Chaconas, Alexei Sotskov. Front Row, L-R: Yesenia Araya, Mary Exton, Mary Gray, Marianna McKim, Erin Mellow, Julie Haskell-Webb. Not pictured: Gayle Schafer, Nolan Sutker.


Yesenia Araya attended the Currime Language Institute in her native Costa Rica. She served as the lead coordinator for a high school study abroad program and an eco-tourism business. Her small town of Puerto Jimenez in southwest Costa Rica attracts visitors from all over the world, and she still remembers fondly the dozens of international students and travelers who lived in her home for various lengths of stay. She lives in Chellis House with her husband, Eric Russman, who teaches in the Language and History Departments, and their two daughters, Kyra and Svia. ALEX CHACONAS MATHEMATICS

Alex received his BA from Hamilton College with a dual concentration in mathematics and chemistry. A native

of Natick, MA, Alex attended Boston University Academy. He spent several summers working with fifth and sixth graders at the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in Chestertown, MD, at their Washington College site. Alex is a dorm parent in Dexter-Richards and coaches soccer, basketball and rugby. MARY EXTON

Mid-Vermont Christian School for eight years. During this time she discovered her passion for teaching and mentoring high school students. Mary has taught Mandarin Chinese at the Kimball Union Summer Language Institute for the past three years. She holds a master’s degree from Plymouth Collage. Her daughter, Elizabeth, is a member of the class of 2012.


Mary Exton was born in Changchun, Jilin province, China. After finishing university, she worked as an engineer trainer in the SongLiao Water Resource Committee in the northeast part of China for five years. She came to the US in 1995 with her husband and daughter and settled in Canaan, NH, on the campus of Cardigan Mountain School, where her husband teaches. She taught computer science at


After completing her graduate work, Mary worked for the publishing giant Doubleday and then Raytheon before taking a hiatus to raise her daughters. After running a book club for ten years, Mary decided to pursue her passion in English by returning to school at Arizona State University where she earned her education certification to WINTER 2009


teach English She is working towards a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction through Northcentral University. Kimball Union is a family tradition beginning with her husband Jim ’66, and followed by their daughters, Erin ’04 and Lynn ’06. Mary is very excited to become a part of the Kimball Union community.

sports camps for field hockey and Upper Valley lacrosse camps. After graduating from college, Erin lived in Park City, UT, where she worked as a ski instructor at Deer Valley Resort. She is pleased to have returned to the area where she grew up, and to experiencing the New England seasons again.

boarding school career in Minnesota. She then spent three years immersed in the triple threat of boarding school life at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where she taught Spanish, headed a residence hall, coached soccer and launched new study abroad programs in Spain and Guatemala.


She completed her master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a second language through Spain’s Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in 2008.



Julie Haskell-Webb is a visual art teacher at Kimball Union Academy teaching Advanced and AP Studio Art Classes, Drawing, Painting, Landscape Painting, Printmaking, and AP Art History. She also runs the after school Art Activity Program and is the curator of the Taylor Gallery. Julie worked at KUA for eight years and has returned after living and working in Maine for the past two years. Julie is also a working artist who spends summers and free time working on and exhibiting her own painting. She especially loves painting images of the rural landscape and the Maine coastline. MARIANNA MCKIM HEAD LIBRARIAN

Marianna spent most of her career in higher education prior to joining Kimball Union. She has been a foreign language teacher, an administrator, and a fund-raiser, but she most enjoys developing library collections and teaching library research skills to students and faculty. As the librarian for Germanic languages and literatures at Yale for five years, Marianna chaired national committees dealing with the acquisition of foreignlanguage materials for academic libraries. Marianna holds a BA in philosophy, an MA in German, and an MS in library and information science from Drexel University. Fluent in German and Danish, she was raised in the Boston area and attended the Noble and Greenough School; she has also lived and traveled extensively abroad. ERIN MELLOW MATHEMATICS

Erin majored in both mathematics and psychology at St. Lawrence University. She also studied abroad for a semester in Kenya pursuing a minor in African Studies. While at St. Lawrence, Erin played four years of field hockey and two years of lacrosse. During the summers she coached at White Mountain 20


A Kimball Union alumna, Kathleen has returned after receiving her degree from Colby College where she majored in biology and minored in education. Kathleen maintained a close connection to KUA during her college years, and served an internship here during the winter of 2008. She was a member of the Colby soccer and basketball teams. She coaches junior varsity soccer and varsity basketball at the Academy. SEAN RAKOWSKI HISTORY

Sean earned his BA in history and his MS in education. He taught in both public and private schools for ten years before joining Kimball Union. In addition to teaching world history, he coaches football and baseball. He is an avid reader, and enjoys the New England outdoor life including walking, biking and playing a variety of sports. STEPHEN ROGERS ’04 TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE THEATER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Stephen works with all things technology, bringing a wide range of knowledge to both the Technology and Arts Departments. Acting as a resource to faculty, staff and students, he works to integrate, simplify, and solve technological issues across the campus. Stephen also works as the Technical Director for theater activity, building sets and designing, and assisting the students in all the technical aspects of the theater. A Kimball Union graduate of the class of 2004, he has also worked with KUA’s summer programs since 2005, and behind the scenes even before then. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence Collage with a BA focused on computer science. BRIDGET SCHLETTY SPANISH

A native of Minnesota, Bridget studied Spanish and taught English in Spain during her junior and senior years at the College of Saint Benedict. After graduating, she spent another year in Spain before beginning her

Bridget’s passion is the outdoors and she is proud of having climbed 47 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot plus peaks as well as El Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. Bridget is married to Elías, a native of Segovia, Spain. MEGHAN MAGUIRE SUTKER ’98 ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS VARSITY GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY COACH

Meghan, a Kimball Union alumna, attended St. Lawrence University, graduating with a double major in English and psychology. She was a three-sport varsity athlete at KUA, playing soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. Meghan played Division I ice hockey for St. Lawrence where she captained the team her junior and senior years and competed for the national title in the NCAA Frozen Four. She recently comes from the Trinity School in New York City and is happy to be back onThe Hilltop. Since graduating from college, she has become an avid runner, completing many marathons and recently has a new found passion for triathlons. GAYLE SCHAFER ADMISSIONS ASSOCIATE

Gayle has been involved with the KUA community since 2003 when her husband, Michael Schafer, became Kimball Union’s 18th head of school. She has lived at and been a part of independent school communities, including Belmont Hill School, Belmont, MA, and Middlesex School, Concord, MA, for many years. Her professional experience includes various sales and marketing positions at Wang Information Services, Lowell, MA, and VoiceCom Systems, Burlington, MA, and Event Marketing and Management in Manchester, NH. She also served as an admissions representative at UNH while attending the Whittemore School of Business.


Sydell Roland




Lois Kenyon Daycare

Jane Carver Fielder


Murray Dewdney

Science Department Chair

Cynthia Howe

Director of Studies and Academic Support

Sheila Isabelle




Ben Benjamin

Facilities and Operations

Karim Chichakly Mathematics

Susan Liebowitz


Brian McMahon Science

Gino Riffle


Kathleen Langevin






Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Alexei Sotskov has been coaching and mentoring Nordic skiers for his entire career. His experience includes being a ski and athletic coach for the Russian Nordic National Team and the Russian World Cup Nordic Combined Team, as well as serving as head Nordic combined coach at the School of Superior Athletic Performance. He moved to the United States in 1992 when he was invited to coach for the Gunstock Nordic Association in Gilford, NH. Three of the racers he trained in that program competed in the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake. In 2002 he joined Vermont Academy as Nordic coach and director of sports on snow. Under his guidance, VA won four out of six NEPSAC titles and five Lakes Region championships. This summer, Alexei coached the New Zealand national Nordic team, 1 of whom qualified for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Student Affairs



Richard Greene

Nolan is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with an undergraduate degree in business administration. He is launching KUA’s new golf program, in addition to his other responsibilities. He has been a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) for six years. He previously worked as a golf professional at The Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey, recent host of The Barclays PGA Tour Playoffs and in sales at Titleist/FootJoy in Fairhaven, MA. Currently, he is working towards his master's of arts in teaching sports pedagogy and physical education at Manhattanville College. He is the girls’ JV basketball coach, head varsity golf coach, and a house parent in Rowe Hall.

Jennifer Hughes



Julia Brennan

Director of Communications

Bonnie Dyke Housekeeping

Paul Edson


Susan Fitch


Bruce Gordon Science

Facilities and Operations Spanish, French

Jennifer Illsely School Store

Andrew Kaplan


Victoria was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she attended St. Petersburg Institute of Culture and received a degree in library science.


Deanna McDevitt Mathematics

Neal McIntyre Science

Daniel Poor

Technology Director, Registrar

Christopher Reed Transportation

Michael Schafer Head of School

Rachel Stoddard Librarian

Victoria has worked as a librarian at several schools, universities, and public libraries, most recently at Vermont Academy, where she also taught Russian language and coached cross-country skiing. In addition, Victoria shared her cultural education as a guide at the world-famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. In her free time, Victoria enjoys creating pottery, growing flowers, reading, and skiing. She lives on campus with her husband, Assistant Athletic Director Alexei Sotskov. They have a son, Pavel, who attends Dartmouth College and competes on their Nordic ski team.

Barbara Wendt





KUA FACULTY IN THE NEWS Kudos to History Department Chair Lyn Lord, whose innovative use of the video game Civilization III in her World History class was featured in a New York Times article on October 5, 2008, on video games and literacy. A video created by KUA network specialist Miranda Clemson featuring Lyn Lord demonstrating her use of Civilization III in the classroom was recently rated third in Teacher Tube's Top Rated Videos of 2008. Teacher Tube is an online community for sharing instructional education videos. Ceramics teacher Ursula Fries-Herefort had one of her pottery pieces included in the prestigious 2008 Ceramics Biennial Exhibition at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.. She was also the featured artist of the month for November at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery in Hanover, NH. Art Department Chair Kay McCabe was named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars, for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. Congratulations to Assistant Head of School Joe Williams who was awarded an MEd from The University of Vermont, and to Chris Bossie, English teacher, and Kevin Ramos-Glew, Assistant Director of External Affairs, who both earned MALS from Dartmouth College.

BILL POTTLE HONORED Bill Pottle was recognized by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council at their annual meeting in November for his years of distinguished service as a lacrosse coach and athletic director. The NEPSAC Distinguished Service Award is given annually to the individual who has contributed significantly to New England independent school athletics and physical education through enthusiasm, dedication, leadership and vision. Pottle joined Kimball Union as head boys’ varsity lacrosse coach and science teacher in 1999 with over two decades of teaching and coaching experience. He became the Director of Athletics in 2002 and was soon appointed to the George Akerstrom Chair for the Athletic Director.

Bill Pottle, former KUA athletic director and boys' varsity lacrosse coach, was honored recently with the NEPSAC Distinguished Service Award. L - R: Head of School Mike Schafer, Bill Pottle, Assistant Head of School Joe Williams, and KUA faculty member Eric Russman.

For 22 years, Bill had served at Brewster Academy as the athletic director and coach of boys’ soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. “Grizz,” as he is affectionately known by the many players he coached over the years, shared his passion for the sport of lacrosse with each of them. He is known for the great rapport he had with his players, and the close ties he maintains with many alumni. Bill retired from Kimball Union in 2008.

JIM ”GRIM” WILSON JOINS KUA LACROSSE COACHING STAFF New to KUA, though no stranger to New England boarding schools, Jim “Grim” Wilson joins KUA’s boys’ varsity lacrosse coaching staff. Grim retired to the Upper Valley after an illustrious 49-year career as a celebrated coach, dorm parent, and teacher at the Loomis Chaffee School. Considered a legend in the high school lacrosse ranks, Grim, in 2007, was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is most known for his unwavering commitment to foster leadership, dedication, effort, and teamwork in his players and teams. 22



ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS JIM GRAY ’66, P’02,’04 - CHIEF FINANCIAL AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Jim joined our faculty and administrative team in July after a long and close relationship with the Academy. He graduated from Kimball Union in 1966, has served on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer, and on the Alumni Council, and was a class reporter. His two daughters, Erin and Lynn, graduated from Kimball Union in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Jim brings over 30 years of diverse experience as a financial executive to Kimball Union. He has served as the controller and chief accounting officer of Allied Waste Industries and the chief financial officer of Beech Aircraft Corporation. In addition to his financial skills, Jim also brings business strategy, project management, and organizational development skills to KUA. Jim holds a BA from Babson College and an MBA from Suffolk University. He is joined at KUA by his wife, Mary, an adjunct English teacher.

RACHEL TILNEY - ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Rachel served as Kimball Union’s Director of Admissions from 2005 until her appointment as Assistant Head of School for External Affairs in July. In this capacity, she oversees Admissions, Alumni and Development, and Summer Programs. Rachel first entered the world of boarding schools as a residential advisor at Salzburg International in Austria, and then spent nine years in admissions at Westtown School in Pennsylvania. Rachel holds a BA from Colby College and an MA from Northwestern University. She lives in nearby Lebanon, NH, with her spouse, Clint Angelozzi.

DAVID WEIDMAN - ACADEMIC DEAN AND DEAN OF THE FACULTY After 16 years as Kimball Union’s Art Department chair and Theater Director, David became the Academic Dean in 2006 and was appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2008. Born and raised in India, David attended boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains from age five. He has completed nine years of post-high school education, holding several undergraduate degrees and an MFA. David served as a house parent in seven of KUA’s ten dormitories before moving to a timber frame home he and his spouse built closeby.

JOE WILLIAMS - ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL Joe Williams first served as Director of Admissions when he arrived at KUA in 1997. He was appointed Assistant Head of School for Student Life in 2004, and Assistant Head of School in 2008. Under Joe’s guidance and leadership, Kimball Union’s residential life and social programs have been significantly enhanced and innovative new programs have been introduced. No stranger to independent schools, Joe grew up on a boarding school campus while his father served as headmaster. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he received his AB in sociology and was captain of the basketball team. He completed his MEd at The University of Vermont in 2008. He lives on campus with his wife, Eileen, KUA’s girls’ varsity basketball coach and Activities Director, and their four children.




CULLMAN SCHOL ARS 2008 The Cullman Scholars Program was instituted in 1983 by alumnus Hugh Cullman ’42 to provide promising Kimball Union sophomores and juniors enriching summer opportunities to develop leadership skills, global and environmental awareness or to participate in special educational opportunities. The first recipients were from the class of 1985. Since then, 78 students have benefited from the programs.

KELLEY NOONAN ‘09 VOLUNTEERED IN CHINA Each year, a few kids are granted scholarships to enhance their lives and life at KUA by exploring new activities and ways of life. I was ecstatic when I heard my name announced at a morning meeting last spring. I had applied for the Cullman Scholarship in the hope of taking part in a Rustic Pathways service and travel program called the Shaxi Village Project in China’s Yunnan Province. On June 17, I flew across the country with my mom to San Francisco International Airport, where we hugged goodbye. This was only the beginning of my marathon travels. At first I was nervous and I did not know what to expect from the people and program. I was quickly reassured that things were going to be all right. The leaders and other Rustic Pathways students heading to China were welcoming, enthusiastic, and easy to relate to. The group that was going to the Shaxi Village with me consisted of four other girls and our leaders, Joe and Laney. This small size allowed us all to fully participate in activities and get to know one another well. After a 14-hour plane ride to Hong Kong, two more two-hour flights to more remote places in China, and finally a six-hour bus ride that climbed and descended the winding roads through the hills of Yunnan Province in an extremely sketchy bus, we arrived at our base. In the Shaxi Village, we bunked in what used to be a monastery. Mr. Yunxin and his wife and daughter lived there, and they were incredibly hospitable. Mr. Yunxin led us around the valley and taught us how to perform the everyday tasks of the local people. One day, we went to a large central market, where people of the valley congregated to sell products such as animals, grains, vegetables, and jewelry. There were some unusual stands at the market. For instance, there was a man who collected and cut hair for money to turn into wigs, and there was a dentist who sold replacement teeth. There was also an elaborate dance contest, which took place on a high and beautiful podium. It was the American Idol of the Shaxi Village. We also worked the fields by hoeing and raking them. We picked plums and went fishing, and helped contribute to the daily meals. We ate scrumptious food at the house, where Mr. Yunxin’s wife cooked traditional Chinese meals for us. Although some things served were quite unusual and mysterious, for the most part the meals were warm and delicious. The family had a special fondness for Pepsi, however, and I don’t think Pepsi has ever tasted that refreshing and thirst quenching before. We embarked on tasks each morning and afternoon. We fixed up and painted the walls and fence of the local elementary school. We got to interact with some of the most curious and adorable children. We hiked up to an ancient Buddhist temple and explored the historic city of Dali. My trip to China was invigorating and unforgettable. I had always dreamed of doing something like this, and I am grateful to the KUA community and the Cullman family for providing the opportunity for me to fulfill my dream. 24



NEIL MACKENZIE ’09 COACHED SOCCER IN GHANA I don’t think anything can prepare you for the poverty that exists in Africa. You hear about the overpopulation, miserable living conditions, and malnutrition, but until you experience it for yourself, it does not hit home. This past summer, with the generous support of the Cullman family, I was able to experience Africa firsthand as I was given the opportunity to travel to the country of Ghana. Through the program Projects Abroad, I traveled to Ghana in early August to coach soccer and teach English to the local children. I had no idea what to expect. I was excited and nervous about the prospect of traveling by myself for the first time. Upon landing in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, I immediately realized that I was no longer in rural New England. During my first week in Ghana, I stayed in Accra. With a population of 1.7 million people, the city was constantly buzzing. Despite being the rainy season, the temperature during the day closed in on 95 degrees. I stayed with Mrs. Afrifra, an elderly lady who has hosted hundreds of volunteers in her lifetime. She lived in a beautiful house with running water and electricity on the outskirts of the city in Teshi-Nungua. Five other boys, all from England, were in Ghana on the same program. We would wake up at 6 a.m. in order to reach the center of Accra in time for morning training. Tro-Tros were the easiest and cheapest way of travel while in Ghana. These half-van, half-buslike vehicles were always shoulder-to-shoulder crowded and extremely hot. The six of us, along with the directors of the program, would run three training sessions each day — one in the morning for the senior or under-17 team, one in the afternoon for the under-14 team, and one in the evening for the under-12 team. These kids simply loved the game of soccer. They would play nonstop and the eight-year-olds were not afraid to challenge us. Over the weekend, Projects Abroad gave all of the high-school-age volunteers the opportunity to travel to Cape Coast, which is famous for its breathtaking castle that was once a British establishment used during the slave trade. Here in America, the slave trade is an important part of our history. It was unbelievable to see the other side of the slave trade — the terrible conditions that these people lived in, the heartbreaking stories about having to leave home, and the tales of how these people were treated by the colonists. For my second week, I was relocated to a village just outside of Mamfe called Kwamoso. Kwamoso is a village of about 3,000 people, with no running water or electricity and only one soccer ball for over 80 soccer fanatics. Unlike in Accra, white people were complete foreigners to the villagers in Kwamoso. It felt as though I were a fish inside an aquarium. Everyone, including the adults in the village, would stare and point at the six of us and yell “Obruni! Obruni!” meaning “white person.” While in Kwamoso, we continued to run training sessions with two teams. All of the children who I encountered on my trip believed that soccer was life. They all loved soccer, and the excitement and joy on their faces while they were playing is unforgettable. My experience in Ghana was truly eye-opening. Thank you very much to the Cullman family for this opportunity. This experience is something that I will never forget and it would not have been possible without your generosity.




B I A N C A M I L L S ‘ 1 1 T R AV E L E D T O I N D I A T O S T U DY M E D I C I N E This summer I ate the spiciest food, met the nicest people, and saw medicine from a whole new perspective. This summer I went to India! Come August, I was on a plane by myself not knowing what to expect. But when I arrived, I was met by some wonderful people. My group started work that same day. I spent my time in India observing doctors and their ways of practicing medicine. I saw the traditional kinds of healing and spent time in government-run hospitals, as well as observing surgeries done in privately owned clinics. I went from hospital to hospital following physicians as they ran from one patient to the next. I was shocked by how different their system was. Their stethoscope was the main tool for diagnosis and a pain reliever was usually all they prescribed. I spent my first couple days at a natural medicine hospital and college, where I learned about the types of healing that have been used in India for thousands of years. The doctors and teachers welcomed me to try their mud masks and herbal treatments, even though I looked a little hesitant at first. They also taught the members of my group yoga on a cool granite floor, gave us henna tattoos, and taught us how to eat without silverware. I observed their treatments for their patients, which included massage, herbal tea, and aqua therapy. My trip to the leprosy hospital was the most powerful thing I have ever experienced. Leprosy is an infectious disease that most visibly affects the skin, eyes, hands, and feet. It was unsettling to watch these doctors pour hydrogen peroxide into their patients’ open wounds and not even flinch at the sound of their screams. Despite these people’s major disabilities, the patients could not have been happier to spend time with my group, even though many of them did not speak English, as we were in a rural area. The doctors and nurses led us around the building, telling us the story of all their different patients. Aside from these two side trips, I spent the bulk of my time in a town called Sivakasi. I had a morning and an evening session at a different doctor’s office each day. Most of the people in the area were of the working class — they had no time to see the doctor during the day, so many of the offices stayed open past 10 p.m. These doctors worked with little hygiene and no privacy. They usually had more than one patient in their office at once, and they reused their disposable needles. After spending my time with several different physicians, I became closest with a cardiologist who went out of his way to teach me what he knew. The medicine was not the only thing to make my trip worthwhile. The culture was like nothing I had ever experienced before. My group took a weekend trip to the rainforest, where we hiked for hours and almost got lost. I got to ride an elephant, but that was not nearly as scary as the rides in a rickshaw — a three-wheeled taxi without doors. We spent the day in an orphanage where I played with the happiest kids in the world. When I got back home, I had a new gratitude for life because this trip has left a lasting impression on me. I want to thank the Cullman family for this amazing opportunity.




LEAH RANDALL ‘09 TAKES ACTION KUA S E N I O R H E L P S T O B U I L D A S C H O O L I N N E PA L The idea of building a school for underprivileged children had been on Leah Randall’s mind for some time. First, she was inspired by the 2007 all-school read, Three Cups of Tea, which describes Greg Mortenson’s success in building schools in Afghanistan. Then she learned about the school her classmates Peter Maher and Brian Moses were supporting in Kenya. But the real turning point for her was an all school presentation made by Patrick Deegan, a Brown University student. Brown had biked 2800 miles across Laos to raise money to build a school there through an organization called Room to Read. Room to Read is an organization founded by former Microsoft executive John Wood that partners with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, creating local language children's literature, constructing schools, providing education to girls and establishing computer labs. “Mr. Williams helped get me in touch with Patrick, who then connected me to Molly Reading at Room to Read,” says Leah. I found out that it takes $20,000 to build a school, and even though that sounded like a lot, I thought I could do it if I got 20 students together and each of us raised $1,000, we could do it. The group planned a dance and talent show to raise money and sent out letters and mass e-mails. In addition to the support they received through these efforts, they also received a $2,000 corporate donation.

Leah Randall '09 with children in Thailand.

“While everyone was still very supportive, says Leah, “we ended up with a core of five people and raised $10,000, not $20,000. I didn’t know what to do next and turned to Molly for advice. She suggested finding a partner to complete the fundraising and connected me with Blackbaud, a company that actually provides fundraising and accounting software for KUA. They contributed $10,000 too, so we had enough to build a school.” The new partnership changed the location of the school. While Leah and her group had been considering a school in Sri Lanka, Blackbaud had identified Nepal as their location of preference. “It all came down to helping children,” says Leah, “I realized it didn’t really matter where the school was. In fact, this school will serve 365 kids – more than the one we originally looked at and it includes 150 girls which I think is really important.” The KUA group had hoped to go to Nepal to visit the school, but after discovering how expensive it would be to do so, decided that they would send a gift box with school supplies and photos of themselves and other gifts instead. They have felt particularly rewarded by the photos they have received of the school being built and the plaque acknowledging their efforts. While Leah hasn’t yet seen the school in Nepal, she did have an opportunity to get a first hand look at the challenges faced by children in the developing world. Through Rustic Pathways she received a scholarship to work at an orphanage in Thailand for three weeks last summer. “I had never really traveled much, and this opportunity was an amazing eye-opener. I really want to experience more of the world. It is still my dream to someday visit the school in Nepal,” says Leah, who will be attending Elon College next year. “I chose Elon because of its focus on community service, and its study abroad opportunities. I really think I want to pursue a career working internationally with nonprofit organizations,” says Leah.




BIKING FOR KENYA A CROSS-COUNTRY TRIP HELPS BUILD A SCHOOL By the second day, Peter Maher ’09 and Brian Moses ’09 had cycled from sea level and sunny conditions through sleet and snow to an altitude of 5,400 feet in the northern Cascades, and started to realize the full extent of the challenge of their crosscountry bike ride. Yet neither that realization nor injury, threat of tornadoes, extreme heat, or infestations of black flies and mosquitoes and the many other obstacles they faced deterred them from their fund-raising mission.

Maher faced his own challenges while Moses rested his knee. “I was on the road for hours at a time by myself. My dad and Brian would drive ahead, and I would see nothing but fields and cows. My iPod battery would wear out — I finally devised a license plate game for myself, memorizing as many as I could — my record was five, I think,” recalls Maher.

Earlier in the year, Maher and Moses had formed the “Bike for Kenya” team and agreed to make the 70-day trip from Anacortes, WA, to Boston, MA, to raise funds to help build the Beverly School for disadvantaged children and HIV orphans in Kenya. They spent the spring training and raising money to support their mission, ultimately contributing over $60,000 to the school. While Maher was an experienced cyclist, Moses had never “clipped in” to pedals or ridden a road bike until he started to train. As he explains, “I borrowed my brother John’s (class of 2007) bike and joined the KUA cycling team. Before that I had just ridden around on my mountain bike a bit.” The boys worked with KUA cycling coach Bill Farrell, as well as faculty members and veteran cyclists Mike Cloutman and Dalton “Doc” Winslow, all of whom they say gave them tremendous support and expertise. Peter’s father, KUA Trustee Tom Maher, traveled with the boys and provided them with encouragement, water and food, and anything else they needed. “We couldn’t have done it without my dad,” says his very appreciative son. “He was at the top of every mountain pass and around every corner cheering us on and supporting us in every way. He was, in lots of ways, the most important member of the team.” Moses faced physical adversity early on when a knee injury took him off the roads and to the hospital. Maher expressed admiration for his teammate’s tenacity. “He could have gone home,” says Maher, “but he stuck it out.” “Peter really encouraged me to continue,” says Moses. “I am really glad I stayed. This trip gave me such a sense of accomplishment.” Tom Maher keeping Peter, riding through the Cascade Mountains, company while Brian rests his knee.



Both boys say that after conquering the rapid ascent through the Cascade Mountains, the emotional aspect of the trip was the most challenging. “Just getting yourself in the mindset to get up every morning to bike 100 miles was tough. Getting out of bed some days was incredibly painful,” says Maher, and Moses concurs. “The physical challenge was much easier than the mental challenge to bike those 100 miles a day,” he says. Despite the many obstacles they faced, they agree that the trip was life-changing and worthwhile. Not surprisingly, it was the topic of each boy’s college essay. “We met some great people,” says Moses, adding that Minnesotans were particularly friendly. When he blew a back tire, people in the neighborhood stopped and invited the two cyclists into their home. The shop that repaired his bike charged him $1 for the part, and waived the labor cost despite the rather complicated fix needed. Moved by their story, motel owners discounted rooms for them, and a Chamber of Commerce member in Indiana even treated them to lunch. “I loved the freedom of being on the road,” says Maher, “and meeting new people and seeing new things. The scenery was beautiful.” “I saw a lot of the country for the first time,” adds Moses. “A trip like this gives you so much confidence, it makes you feel like you can do anything.” Maher agrees, and says he would definitely do it again. He is even contemplating training for an Ironman competition. In addition to a personal sense of achievement, Maher and Moses are both proud that they were able to make a difference in the lives of children thousands of miles away in Africa. “I hope that the funds will help build a library for them,” says Maher. ―Julia Brennan PHOTOS ― top - bottom: Tom Maher, Peter Maher ’09, Brian Moses ’09 and Bob Moses as the boys prepare to set out from Anacortes, WA; Peter and Brian took photos at each state line throughout the trip; Peter and Brian dipping their bikes in the Atlantic Ocean when they arrived in Boston.





KUA ACTORS entertained and amused audiences with their talented performances in this popular comedic farce. PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Knight P ‘10 (





KUA SINGERS AND MUSICIANS dazzled audiences with their talented performances throughout the fall.

PHOTO CREDITS: Jane Carver Fielder, Roy Knight P '10 (





KUA DANCERS offered up a rich array of performances at their November dance concerts.

PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Knight P‘10 (




KUA BLOOD DRIVE MAKES ”SUPERHEROES” OF STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF PHOTO: Mathematics teacher Mike Taupier donates blood with help from students Halle Dyer ‘09, Tim Adams ‘09 and Nathalie Vellky ‘09.

PL AINFIELD COMMUNITY SENIOR SOCIAL LUNCHEON Once again this year, Kimball Union and the Penny Fellowship Program were pleased to host Plainfield Community area seniors for an annual holiday lunch. Santa was on hand as well as student and faculty volunteers. Faculty member Dalton Winslow accompanied student singers who shared a medley of Christmas carols and other musical favorites.

PHOTO CREDITS: Jane Carver Fielder, Julia Brennan WINTER 2009




It was a nail-biter of a season, with four of the ten Lakes League teams showing the strength to win and separated by the narrowest of margins after each race. The team drew its strength from the committed leadership of Captain Kody Spencer ’10, and the strategic team work of veterans Chris Morse ‘11 and newcomers Aaron Picard ‘11 and Josh Huett ‘12. Josh inspired the team with his victories in the first four races. The Wildcats carried the momentum of their victory in the home Lakes League meet to an all-out performance at the championships. There were some tense moments as the results showed KUA tied with Proctor Academy. The tie-breaker goes to the next runner from each team, and KUA clinched the meet and the overall season title! GIRLS‘ CROSS-COUNTRY

The girls’ team was small but mighty: the spirited Elizabeth Moses ’10 and Captain Amira Chichakly ’09 were joined by two freshmen, Mollie Hoopes and Liz Exton, who both regularly put in top five finishes. That, together with improvement by the veterans, allowed the girls to finish second overall in the Lakes Regions League. Perhaps the highlight of the season was their decisive victory at home, with Mollie winning the race and Liz earning second place. FOOTBALL – EVERGREEN LEAGUE SOUTHWEST DIVISION CHAMPIONS

The Kimball Union Wildcats had another successful season in 2008 finishing up with a 7-2 record. For the second consecutive year, the team won the Southwest Division of the Evergreen League and was selected for a post-season NEPSAC bowl game. Offensively, the Wildcats averaged 38 points per game and were led by team captains Kasim Edebali ’09 and Tryan Burgess ’09. The offensive line consisting of Edebali, Robert King ’10, Taylor Millward ’09, Ali Hakim ’10, Luke Robinson ’09, Christoph Kurzer ’09 and Gustavo Cruz ’10 opened up many holes for running backs Travis Jones and Kevin Viera ’11 as well as providing ample time for quarterback Burgess to throw the ball. The leading receivers were tight ends Kasim, Jim Vailas and Nick Kenyon ’09 and wide receivers Kevin Gangelhoff ’09, Jim Vailas ’09 and Kenyon and wide receivers Kevin Gangelhoff and Akeem Labitue ’10. Defensively the Wildcats were very stingy, giving up 13 points per game. The defensive line led by defensive ends Edebali and Vailas and tackles Cruz, King, Hakim and Rob Grant ’10 shut down opponents’ running games and put great pressure on opposing quaterbacks. Other defensive standouts were linebackers Juan Breton, Gangelhoff and Labitue. BOYS‘ SOCCER – LAKES REGION CHAMPIONS

The boys’ soccer team followed up its 2007 New England Championship with another very successful campaign. The final week of the season provided mixed emotions for the squad. On Saturday, the boys clinched their second straight Lakes Region Championship and were awarded a number three seed in the New England tournament. On Wednesday, the boys were reminded of how cruel soccer can be when they lost their quarterfinal match to a very hard-working and disciplined Groton squad. While last year’s team was one of the most prolific scoring teams in KUA history, this was probably the stingiest. The team ended the season at 10-2-5 and only conceded 8 goals in 17 matches. This record included ten shutouts and they only conceded more than a goal in one match. The defense was led by senior goalkeeper Nate Goss-Woliner, senior centerbacks Nick Lincoln and Cody Danforth, senior fullbacks Iver Hulleberg and Neil Mackenzie and defensive midfielder Elisha Kahan ’09. 34



Ryan Hoyt ’09 and Andrew Weitzel ’09 were outstanding training partners and filled in whenever necessary in the goal, contributing greatly to the .47 goals against average, a phenomenal defensive record. Seniors Ethan Creeger and Brian Moses, as well as Luke Han ’10, filled in for a variety of injuries in the back over the course of the year. On the offensive side, the team had a balanced attack led by seniors Ike Okpoebo (6 goals, 4 assists) Nathan McCann (4 G, 4 A) and junior Andrew Jacobson (5 G, 1 A). Senior midfielder Ben Newton led the team with 8 assists; Matt Critchlow ’09 added two game-winning goals in important league matches. Drew Caron ’11 and seniors Ben Wyskiel, Chibby Ironnah, Tom Seo and Chris Eldred all contributed significant minutes in the midfield. Junior Josh Dollinger and senior Tyler Bicknell formed an effective striking partnership and contributed in every match. Several individuals have been honored for their efforts this season. Nick Lincoln and Nate Goss-Woliner were both selected to the New England Prep School Soccer Association Senior All Star game and to the Boston Globe All Scholastic Prep Team. Ike Okpoebo was also selected to play in the NEPSSA All Star game. Elisha Kahan and Iver Hulleberg were selected by their teammates to receive Players Choice Awards for their outstanding contributions. FIELD HOCKEY NEPSAC CLASS C CHAMPIONS

The field hockey team captured back-to-back New England NEPSAC Class C Championships and garnered its sixth in ten years with a 6-3 victory over Brewster Academy at Deerfield, MA, on Sunday, November 16. The 2008 team experienced their fair share of adversity and character building by losing five of their seven regular-season games by one goal and playing 11 of their 16 scheduled games on the road against formidable Class A and B opponents. Kimball Union Academy's championship field hockey team celebrates their title. As the team struggled they grew stronger and continued to improve and peaked during their post season New England Tournament. It was a tournament in which the team found itself down in all three games. Exciting overtime wins in both the quarter-finals and semi-final match-ups prepared them well for championship Sunday. Gutsy team play clearly defined this very deserving 2008 championship team. We lose three seniors ― Linny Kwon, Tess Fournier and Shapreka Clarke ― but return in 2009 with eleven juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. MOUNTAIN BIKING

During the first weeks in September, the KUA mountain biking program, now in its 14th year, enjoyed very pleasant weather and enjoyable early autumn rides; however, just as the first races began, our northern New England region received record amounts of rain that resulted in many of the races requiring more running through mud rather than riding through the normally-drier single track. By mid-October, Peter Maher ’09 and Adam McNamara’09 had both begun to establish themselves as formidable riders in their respective “B” and “C” divisions. While Maher was consistently winning his races, McNamara was ending up winless while earning second and third place finishes. McNamara was labeled the “heartbreak kid” in the group as he fell victim to mechanical failures, flat tires and broken chains. After three years of racing and training, McNamara was still winless going into the last race at Proctor Academy, where he finally earned his spot at the top of the podium. Overall, we had a great season, not just due to our racing successes but, perhaps more importantly, because we enjoyed each other’s company and we always looked forward to the daily training rides through the beautiful autumn landscape in and around Meriden. WINTER 2009




LEFT: Colin Fitzpatrick ‘04, Cynthia Howe, and A.J. Fitzpatrick ‘06 at the Boston Harbor Cruise in June; RIGHT: Eileen Williams, Jeff Cutts ‘73, Becky Cutts, Steve “Bish” Bishop H‘00



ABOVE: Murray Dewdney, Cynthia Howe, Jennifer Borislow ‘78, P‘07,‘10, Adam Black ‘85, David Weidman; BELOW: Loretta Weitzel P‘09, Rachel Tilney, Gayle Schafer P‘12, Susan Nugent P‘11

TOP: Back from college to cheer on the Wildcats; BOTTOM LEFT: Phil Chesley ‘59, Skip Nolan ‘57 and Carl Lovejoy; BOTTOM RIGHT: The KUA Wildcat shows its Homecoming spirit





Thanks to all who joined Mike and Gayle Schafer and Kevin Ramos-Glew at the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco on October 27, 2008 for what is sure to become a regular event: Peter Bowser ‘53, Lani Green ‘82,

The Korean Parent Association hosted a dinner in Seoul for current families. Honored guests were Mikyung Kim and Kyung Joon Choi, parents of Jae Won Choi ‘06.

Liz Daoust (former faculty), Robert Dippell ‘01, Rachel Lawton ‘97, Tim Pierport ‘85, Kristine Pratt ‘96, David Rudolf ‘01,Curtis Taylor ‘50 Ryan Tierney 00, Zack Whitlow ‘03.


LEFT: KUA alums and friends turned out in record numbers at a Boston Holiday party hosted by Michael ‘63, Robert ‘65 and Paul ‘70 Athanas at their Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant; TOP RIGHT: Upper Valley area parents, alumni and friends gathered at the Hanover Inn to cheer in the holiday season (L-R Skip Nolin 57, Harry Robinson ‘74 and Wendy Nolin); BOTTOM RIGHT: Head of School Mike Schafer and John McCrillis ‘48 celebrate the holidays at the Hanover Inn. WINTER 2009





Reunion 2009 for classes ending in ‘4 and ‘9

FRIDAY, MAY 15 - SUNDAY, MAY 17 Open Classes • Art Exhibits • Spring Concert • Salt Hill Pub Party • Dorm and Faculty Open Houses • Dodgeball • Athletic Contests • Junior Wildcats Kids Program • Alumni Awards • Saturday Banquet Make your travel and lodging arrangements today. Ask for the special KUA rate at: A Fireside Inn and Suites West Lebanon (603) 298-5900

Residence Inn by Marriott Hanover/Lebanon (603) 643-4511

Visit the alumni pages at to register online and for complete details. Contact Sara Lang at (603) 469-2127 or for more information or to RSVP.





ALUMNI COUNCIL NEWS Dear Alumni, The Alumni Council, as your representatives to the Academy, has been hard at work this fall focusing on several important projects. Our current body of alumni volunteers, ranging from my Class of 1959 to the Class of 2004, has convened on campus in October and over cyberspace to plan and evaluate our course of action for the year. Between the Alumni Council BBQ at Homecoming to the ski day we are planning this winter, we have been excited by the strong response of KUA graduates to our expanding alumni programs. We look forward to fanning out around the Northeast and beyond, to recruit more volunteers, build alumni participation in the KUAFund, and encourage our classmates to attend reunion and re-discover KUA. As a monthly visitor to campus, I can attest to the wonderful people and the infectious enthusiasm that characterizes this campus today. While seasoned teachers and personalities long associated with the school are thankfully still very much part of the KUA DNA, I find the evolution of the school to be appropriate and inspiring. Having dined with students who are on the Student Organization for Alumni Relations and having addressed everyone at the Halloween All-School Meeting, I feel good about the atmosphere at KUA today. As president of the Alumni Council, I am working hard to instill in these students a life-long respect for this invaluable experience and the KUA network of which we are all a part. Over the past few months, Alumni Council members have helped recruit host families for international students over the holidays, been visible at the soccer reunion, attended holiday parties in Boston and Hanover, and served on reunion committees. We are actively discussing events, publications, and organization for the Academy’s bicentennial in 2013. If you are interested in KUA history and sharing the experiences of your decade, we hope you will get involved in this advanced planning. We are trying to expand our ranks significantly and hope you might consider joining the Council for a three-year term. Our goal this year is to recruit ten to twelve dedicated new members, so please let me know if you would like more information on this volunteer role. Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

ALUMNI COUNCIL 2008 - 2009

Phil Chesley President


Andrea Bueno Keen Vice President Jim Keane


Elise Kusselow Scott Liston



Dylan McGraw Dale Meltzer Skip Nolin


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Deb Sanders-Dame Kim Smith



Jennifer Truman Michael Vitsentzos

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PHOTO: The Executive Committee of the Alumni Council met on Halloween, October 31, 2008, preceeding the fall Alumni Council meeting. Back Row L - R: Phil Chesley 59, Skip Nolin 57, Kim Smith 66, Dale Meltzer 66 Front Row, L-R: Anne Janeway, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Andrea Bueno Keen 89, Deborah Sanders-Dame 78

Phil Chesley ’59 President




BOB BEACH ‘39 AND THE BASIN HARBOR CLUB ― A FAMILY MATTER Bob Beach grew up at Basin Harbor Lodge, as the family's resort was then known, in Vergennes, VT. The property was first acquired by his great aunt, Ardelia Beach, in 1882. Although she had grown up at a farm two miles away, when her fiancé died during the Civil War (he is buried in the cemetery at Basin Harbor), she left Vermont and traveled to Iowa where she taught school. She purchased the Basin Harbor farm at a tax sale for $4000, and returned home to run the farm and gradually turn it into a resort. Ardelia began taking in “summer boarders” in 1886. These were mostly folks from the greater New York area, transported to Vermont by the railroads that also owned the ferry boats on Lake Champlain. These early visitors "helped" with farming, fished, sat on the front lawn, and enjoyed the bounty of the soon-renowned kitchen at the Basin Harbor Lodge. Bob s dad, Allen Penfield Beach, came to work for Ardelia during the summer of 1909. He was a sophomore at the University of Vermont, in need of funds from summer employment. Although she was reluctant to hire her nephew, Ardelia had no other viable candidates for the job, so he began his career in the hotel business. Many of his duties involved the farm's many animals―cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep―who had to be fed, watered, milked, relieved of their eggs, sheared, and so on. AP, as he was known, rose early to build a fire in the wood stove in the kitchen so the cook could bake the bread for breakfast. He churned butter, took the horse and buggy to Vergennes to pick up supplies, hoisted steamer trunks up to the top floor of the Lodge by block and tackle. Whatever it took, AP was there to get the job done. Ardelia died in August of 1909, without a will, so her property was divided between her husband and her brother, AP's father. AP loved the hotel business, so he convinced his father to sell the family farm, buy out Ardelia's husband, and take up residence at Basin Pennie, Bob, and Bob Beach Jr. Harbor, which he did. Over the years, AP made numerous improvements at Basin Harbor, including beginning to build the many cottages which dot the landscape, and giving up the farm animals when he built a golf course on the land which had grown their feed in 1928. All the while, AP and Harriet were raising a brood of four children, of whom Bob was the youngest. Early in his young life, the family went to Florida for the winter, at the suggestion of a Florida resident who was a long time guest at Basin Harbor. It was a great adventure which led to spending every winter there, bringing new ideas and visions of what Basin Harbor could and would become. Bob attended Miami (FL) High School until he went to KUA. He fondly recalls his days there until going off to the University of Virginia at the eve of WWII. After taking part in that epic war, he returned to Basin Harbor with his wife, Merle (a former Basin Harbor guest), and has made it his life s work. Bob s two children, Pennie and Bob Jr., now carry on his work at the resort. Bob divides his time between Basin Harbor—during golfing weather—and Naples, FL—where it is always golfing weather. He is frequently seen on the waters of Lake Champlain in one of his two classic Chris Craft boats. Catch a ride with him if you can!



GOOD NEWS! TAX-FREE GIFTS FROM IRA ACCOUNTS RE-AUTHORIZED! Congress has re-authorized legislation that allows donors to make charitable gifts from their IRA accounts during tax years 2008 and 2009 without incurring income tax on the withdrawal. If you are age 70 ½ or older and are required to take minimum withdrawals and you do not need them for personal use, this may be a great way to make a gift to one or more qualified charities. While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts, you will not pay income tax on the amount. T O Q U A L I F Y:

• You must be age 70 ½ or older at the time of the gift. • Transfers must be made from a traditional or Roth IRA account by your plan provider DIRECTLY to the charity. Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify. • Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other retirement plans do not qualify. • Gifts must be outright. Distributions to donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, or life-income arrangements such as charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities are precluded. B E N E F I T S — Q U A L I F I E D C H A R I TA B L E DISTRIBUTIONS:

• Can total up to $100,000 in each tax year (if your spouse has a separate IRA account, you can each contribute up to $100,000 per tax year); • Can be excluded from your gross income for federal income tax purposes on line 15a of Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however); • Can be used to satisfy your Minimum Required Distribution (MRD); • Are not subject to the 50% deductibility ceiling or the 2% rule. Example: Suppose Fred has $500,000 in an IRA and will be required to withdraw approximately $25,000 this year, and suppose that he also wants to contribute $20,000 to Kimball Union Academy. Fred can authorize the administrator of his IRA to transfer $20,000 to KUA and $5,000 to himself. The $20,000 distributed to Kimball Union will not be subject to tax and will be counted toward his annual minimum distribution.

For more information, contact Carl Lovejoy, Director of Development: or (603) 469-2124




BARBARA ADAMS PILETZ ’34 since we are

1929 M I L L E R A . WA C H S 852 Wilcoxson Avenue Stratford, CT 06497 203-380-2499

1932 KATE READ WILDER GAUTHIER is a resident

of Mt. Ascutney (VT) Skilled Nursing Home. She continues to enjoy outings and visits from family and friends.

1933 I. LOUISE PALMER NORELL sends greetings

to all with these lines from Amy Lowell’s poem, “Lilacs.” – “Heart-leaves of lilac all over New England, Roots of lilac under all the soil of New England, Lilac in me because I am New England, Because my roots are in it…”



BARBARA ADAMS PILETZ P. O. Box 235 Charlestown, NH 03603 603-826-3984

near. She lost her husband a year and a half ago. ● I also lost my husband last November. ● I see BEATRICE BISHOP CLARK once in a while. We have been classmates since the first grade. ● Last I heard, GEORGE HAMLIN was in Chester, VT, but haven’t run into him, as near as it is. ● WILLIAM MCLEAN is safe from me now, as he is in Canada. ● I had an operation for spinal stenosis about a year ago so my travels have been around the house in a walker. I have a woman with me nights and Meals on Wheels five days a week, and they are fairly good. I read a lot and the library, where I used to work, sends me bags of books; they know my tastes run to mysteries. I would like to hear from any of you. ● Editor’s addition: CAP DODGE reports that “he and his wife greatly enjoyed visiting the Hilltop this last spring and seeing all the remarkable changes.” They still divide their time between Florida and Maine.

1938 ABE READ recently celebrated his 88th birthday with a family party. ● SARA AND IRA TOWNSEND are taking life easy on the Hilltop.

They enjoy visits with alumni who drop by. ERICH SCHMITT ’47 recently visited. Sara and Ira celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in July.

1936 From HAZEL WHITNEY CAMPBELL: “I’m happy to report that I’m still living at my home in Westbrook, CT. My health is good for 90 years, and I’m glad to do my daily chores and routine activities. I’m still volunteering at Literacy Volunteers-Valley Shore, CT, where I help interview prospective students from other countries and in the office. I would love to hear from my classmates.” Albert Read ’38 celebrates his 88th birthday with sisters Kate Read Gauthier ’32 and Jean Read Hebert.

1937 MARGARET HILL AUDET TE 19 Highland Circle Springfield, VT 05156 802-885-2331 I had a reply from VIRGINIA JOHNSON LAURIE that she has moved to a different apartment in Claremont, NH, and she tries to keep busy with family and friends, still drives, but not far. Says she must visit me and





There is sad news from RUSSELL WEST. His oldest son, Russell Jr., recently died of cancer. Three years ago, he had been chosen Teacher of the Year in Toronto, Ontario, over 24,000 other teachers. Our condolences. ● CHARLES WILSON would like to hear from classmates. He and his wife are living at a retirement community in Bedford, MA, and see Head of

School MIKE SCHAFER occasionally. Charles has had to give up traveling to Florida and Maine. ● ROBERT BEACH winters in Naples, FL, and spends summers at Basin Harbor, VT. He sees HOWARD MILLER frequently.

1940 From MARY WHITNEY CASSEDY: “While I was a freshman in ’36, I attended Northfield Mt. Herman when KUA went into the “no girls” year. When my son, DAN ’76, was at KUA, girls came back. In the ‘80s I began teaching English and Latin at the Academy and my youngest daughter, KATHLEEN ’84, attended. Many relatives have attended KUA. Plainfield is my lifelong home. Still active at 85.”

1941 CHARLES K. MALLET T P. O. Box 724 Berwick, ME 03901 207-384-4789 JOSEPH BUTLER says that he and Bunny are

still around, kicking, playing golf and visiting the doctors. ● GEORGE BRETT sent this note in: “Ships that passed in the night—BULL HINMAN fishing the same waters on Gaspe Peninsula—guess we will have to change dates. His group out fished ours one week earlier. No great travel plans in view; the way the family is spreading, we would be on the road for quite a spell.” ● His note was followed quickly by one from Dick Hinman: “for George Brett—Barb and I are booked in at Salmon Lodge on Cascapedia for three days late June. I like June fishing because you fish out of the boat.”


PAUL HARKINSON had an aortic valve replacement and a right coronary bypass graft last May. He has made an excellent recovery and plans to be around for another ten years. His granddaughter plays hockey at Tilton Academy and will be playing against KUA. ● SPENCER WRIGHT is still climbing up ladders to fix roofs. He let the tree farm go in 1990 and reports that he missed the work of planting and shearing, so in 2001, he started up again. He says, “will have to live to 90 to get a good return.”

1943 J A M E S B . TAY LO R P. O. Box 1701 Duxbury, MA 02331-1701 781-934-2375 BOB GRAHAM and his wife Pat are off

to North Carolina after the holidays for a couple of months, escaping our cold in New England, and are looking forward to enjoying some warmer weather. His grandson, SAM WINSLOW ’08, is now attending Gordon College. Bob was pleased that I called and thinks KUA is a good school. I guess we will all echo that. ● I know that BUD HOWORTH is busy. We have chatted in the past about classmates and a local mini-reunion, which I am still trying to finalize. The date will probably be cancelled due to a blizzard or high tide. However, he is well and taking care of Eileen. They are having a multi-generational Thanksgiving with about 20 attending. Happy Thanksgiving! ● I received a wonderful letter recently from JOE HAYES recalling a recent trip with Sally and memories of the Hilltop. He went to the recent alumni gathering and had grand memories of the past. Joe was very pleased with the JOHN POPE ’49 gift and it will help tremendously. He said that MIKE is an excellent leader for the school and doing very well for us. They are both well and send greetings. ● DAVE CLARK has a bad left knee, which limits his fun times. He returned recently from a visit with his son and his wife’s family in Chicago. Dave’s bother died and he is now living alone without a wife. ● A two-week trip to Ireland and Wales recently was a lot of fun for JOHN KENT, but he had to return for bell ringing and doctor visits. We all have our problems, so watchful waiting is the answer. Hopefully he has spoken with a few of us, but memories are still the main connector. ● STEVE NEILSON is staying busy with yard work after two heart operations and a couple of months in the hospital last summer. I’m sure Vida is an excellent companion and will keep Steve with us all for a long time. Very best to you both and Happy Holidays. ● No Boston mini-reunion for GEORGE RICKER. He is well, watches a lot of TV and reads. Life is lonely without Rose and he was delighted to be cheered by some of my jokes. He stays busy and time flies. ● JOHN SLAYTON said he had no news, but back problems, prostate and medical treatments keep him busy. A minireunion is a possibility but a long drive would cause his back to suffer. He must stay flat or rigid. He thinks he might join me at one of the

VA support group meetings I attend in West Roxbury. ● A valve replacement in October had JACK ALLEN in the hospital for a while. However, with Thanksgiving coming, his son from Boston and daughter and sister are all joining him for the feast. Virginia will tell Jack that I called and he’ll be sorry he was unable to speak with me. ● PAUL CULLMAN is staying busy repairing engines for his toys. He is taking good care of those toys. He hopes, as we all do, that the new “groups” in Washington will make things better for us. He sends greetings from the far West and wishes Happy Thanksgiving to all. ● Jane is taking good care of PAUL JEFFREY who was injured while parachuting in the service and has developed a tumor. He has difficulty in long conversations. Both are well otherwise and send Season’s Greetings. ● BOB FROST’S daughter answered and gave Bob a full briefing before we spoke. He seemed confused and asked that I send him a note, which he will answer with all the news, events and information. ● I learned from CHARLIE DRISCOLL that he recently tore cartilage in his left knee while golfing, so he is downsizing. However, he is busy with a houseful of family, friends and children. I’m sure Beth and Charlie will keep them happy and well fed. He enjoyed my potato chip joke. Cheers! ● A hematoma two years ago limits DON MCKAY’S activity. “However, Nancy is well and keeps me going.” They are looking forward to Thanksgiving out with the family and sends greetings. Thanks for calling. ● JOHN BOYNTON’S name came up in a conversation with FRED THOMAS, who has retired to a 200-year-old house in Maine. “This will keep me busy.” He said that he is looking forward to the magazine and catching up with classmates. Thanks for calling. ● BILL SLADE and Dorothy are planning a trip to Europe if the stock market doesn’t plummet. He had some side affects from meds, which have now stopped and is feeling better. Both are well and Happy Thanksgiving. (My phone’s charge was dying so the constant beeping made our conversation short.) ● I have not been able to speak with John Boynton or DON CUMMINGS, and NELSON WELCH has no phone. ● Your reporter is well, unemployed and looking for a job, living with Susan in a rented house, and staying busy all the time. This way, age can’t catch up with me. KATIE had a good year at KUA (’99) and benefited greatly, going on to Roger Williams to finish school. She is my fourth child, the only one with Susan, my second wife. Two daughters (one in California and the other in upstate New York) are well, and my son, Hal, is in Cohasset and on the brink of a major business

development…news soon. Although turkey day will have passed when you read this, I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous Christmas with a wonderful year to follow…AND…good health to you all. Stay in touch!



DAVE SYKES was excited to welcome his fifteenth grandchild.

1945 PAUL GIFFORD reports that since he lost

his wife from cancer back in December 2004, RVing alone with a beagle has become a chore so his activities have been reduced to joining VFW and Masonic programs to help veterans and families in his area.

1946 SHERMAN BALDWIN 123 Pleasant Street Bass River, MA 02664 508-398-6423 It’s been an off-balance year for me since Beth, my wife for 53 years, passed away in January after a two-year battle with cancer of the inner ear. When I first accepted this “class reporter” position from TONY QUIMBY, my intentions were good. I planned to verbally bludgeon surviving classmates into supplying a flow of news. It hasn’t happened but my health is excellent and my intentions are still the same. ● Despite the lack of canvassing, PHIL PORTER has stepped up with the following note: “In December 2005 Pat and I moved to Kendal in Hanover, NH, a Quaker-inspired community. We divide our time between Hanover (November-April) and Sunapee, NH (May-October). A second edition of A World of Difference (Guilford Press, New York) of which I am a co-author, will appear in 2009. I belong to several singing groups, including the New Hampshire Troubadours which Pat directs. ● Thanks, Phil. Maybe this will inspire some words from the rest of you 23 surviving ‘46ers. ● Editor’s addition: KINGMON SNOW asks, “When does life slow down?” He has a lighting business, sells real estate and watches grandkids grow up. He plans to stop at KUA the next time he’s in New Hampshire. “I will miss FAULKNER ‘47. He was my best man. I haven’t seen Quimby in years. However, three kids and eight grandkids keep the show ‘on the road.’” WINTER 2009


1947 JOHN PER-LEE 1522 Mason Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4125 404-636-9372 A sad note first: I received word from GREGG WHITNEY that BOB FAULKNER passed away on September 15 after a long battle with ill health. Bob’s wife of 55 years, Jane, and his four children and their families survive him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. Bob’s obituary in this issue provides much information about his life, family, and successful business career. Gregg reports that in the spring his wife, Marianne, while undergoing a preoperative evaluation for knee replacement, was found to have prohibitive heart disease that required, instead, open heart surgery from which she has recovered. The knee replacement is yet to be done but is still in the works. ● JOE RAHILL and I had a long conversation during the summer. You will recall that after KUA Joe graduated from Princeton. He earned his MD at Johns Hopkins Medical School and from there interned in New York City at Bellevue Hospital. After two years of active duty in the Army Medical Corps he completed a pediatric residency at Columbia’s Physicians and Surgeons Hospital. These are wonderful places to train. Joe accepted a five-year research fellowship at the State University of New York in Buffalo. The Buffalo campus is the university’s largest and includes a prominent biomedical research and education program. He devoted 12 years to academic medicine before moving to Middlesex, NJ, where he joined a 15-member multi-specialty clinic. He retired in 2000. Joe tragically lost his first wife to illness in 1966 and later married Doris. Their family includes three children, one of whom is an airline pilot. You will recall that Joe was an outstanding tennis player at KUA. He still plays tennis and also enjoys golf. ● BOB HOPKINS called my attention to two interesting items concerning DAVE BATCHELDER. You’ll recall from the last issue that in the spring Dave, with some of his family, flew to England and Ireland. His Ireland destination was Sherkin Island off the country’s southwest coast to visit a marine biologist acquaintance and his two sons. Referring to his host and the experience, he writes, “He is opposed to using fossil fuels… so there was no heat in his house, no hot water (shaved in cold water) and slept under three quilts, the top one doubled! It WAS rustic, but 44


made me think of my first winter on the farm; also, Brigadoon (a summer theater production I had acted in during 1956). I truly loved it. The two sons are oyster fishermen. I spent a day with them, first on the water harvesting bags of mature oysters and then in their ‛shop where they were mechanically graded. My ‛help’ netted me the title, ‛oldest oysterfishing-man’ on the island…The scenery was spectacular! and different views almost every few feet.” The second item concerning Dave involved a Dartmouth College reunion. You may recall that he had three careers; first as a farm owner, second as a house builder, and lastly as a farm machinery merchant. His college class was 1951. Whether his careers led to his hobby or not, he collected 1951 license plates from every state in the union and a few foreign countries. The plates played a role in this year’s Dartmouth fall reunion. Many alumni attend this event which traditionally includes a huge bon fire and an alumni parade. Dave located a 1951 model tractor and with Schatzi, his helpmate, mounted all the license plates on plywood boards which in turn were mounted on a trailer. With the tractor also on the trailer, he hauled everything to Hanover. On Friday night the trailer, pulled by the tractor and festooned with 1951 license plates plus 1951 classmates, drove the parade route to cheers as the hit of the parade. ● HAP PERSON lives in northeast Tucson, AZ, close to the University of Arizona. He found, on his first visit 18 years ago, a swell climate, mountains to climb, and open spaces to walk. He thought enough of the area to buy a home there. Hap’s career, lasting more than 50 years, was as a security analyst, broker, and partner for the Gage-Wiley Brokerage Firm in Plymouth, MA. He retired only two years ago. Technology made it possible to work in Tucson when he was out of Plymouth. Hap grew up in Windsor, VT, and developed his love for the out-of-doors during those growing years. When he attended Kimball Union, BILL RHODES and the Outing Club kept Hap busy and happy. He went on to Dartmouth and was president of the Outing Club during his senior year. ROSS MCKINNEY, a faculty member and Dartmouth Outing Club mentor became a close friend to Hap. Ross, Bill Rhodes, Hap, NATE WHITESIDE and members of the KUA and Dartmouth Outing Clubs inaugurated the annual Woodsman Weekend Competition in 1947. It was at this time that Hap discovered a woodsman’s life is dangerous to wrist watches, and that a person can do without one. Discovery happened this way: Hap received the gift of a wrist watch

from his high school in Windsor and valued it very much. But one day while chopping wood, the watch mechanism broke. Serendipitously, the subject came up in his philosophy class taught by Professor Rosenstock-Hussey. The professor didn’t wear a watch. He claimed that people have an internal clock, one that only needs to be developed. Since chopping and wrist watches seemed incompatible, Hap developed his internal clock and has lived without a watch ever since. But he does admit that an occasional clock helps when one needs precise time. Hap has three children, one of whom is David. He is a lawyer and earlier in life developed an interest in the countries of eastern Asia. Wanting to visit Vietnam at a time when he lived near the University of California in Berkley, he advertised in a local newspaper for someone to teach him Vietnamese. A U of C woman Vietnamese student applied. In the course of time, she and David fell in love, were married, and recently, after several years in the US moved to Vietnam where American David teaches Australian law to Vietnamese students in Vietnams’ Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). I enjoyed sharing Tucson memories with Hap. I attended the University of Arizona for a year during my college career. ● Responding to KUA’s “Stay in Touch Card,” PETE HASLAM writes “What could be better. Primary home in Stowe, VT; summer camp on Caspian Lake, Greensboro, VT; winter home in Vero Beach, FL. Being 80 is just great, and so is my health.” ● PETER NEWTON and his wife, Barbara, during the late fall and winter live off Florida’s west coast on Sanibel Island, and they invite any classmates who visit in the area to come by. ● Stay in touch and take care. ● Editor’s addition: DICK DRISKO was successful in his campaign for a fifth term in the New Hampshire Legislature. “A surviving Republican.”

1948 DONALD A. SPEAR 819 West Freeman Road Freeman Township, ME 04983 207-684-3537 Your reporter reports that he missed our 60th Reunion because he was having his left shoulder replaced. It was the relatively new (in the USA) procedure called a total reverse replacement. The “reverse” comes from the fact that the artificial ball and socket are in reverse positions from the way God made us!

GERRY GILES’ daughter, Paula, is a

postpartum nurse at Maine Medical Center and dropped in on Don to be certain that he was being properly cared for. Gerry boasts that his wife Judy had her right shoulder replaced in October 2007 and was playing golf again in January 2008. That is indeed impressive but in a “can-you-top-this” bit, BILL BULLEN ’50 had his left shoulder replaced a few months after having his right shoulder replaced and was out playing tennis before his left shoulder was out of the sling. When it was his turn to serve, he did so by bouncing the ball off the court with his right hand! ● Those classmates attending the reunion were BOB BATES, JIM COOKE, GERRY GILES, WES HOWARD, BOB KELLY, JOHN MCCRILLIS, JIM MILLER, ROGER PIERCE, HUGH SYCAMORE, and BUD WATSON, accompanied by spouses. AL MOODY, one of our more faithful attendees

through the years despite now living in Texas, was registered to attend, had made his flight and hotel reservations, and had actually boarded the plane when he became ill and had to de-board and return home. Fortunately it was nothing serious and he recovered the next day but missed the festivities. There was a special dinner Friday night at the Annie Duncan House (just beyond Dexter Richards) which was by all reports an excellent event immensely enjoyed by everyone who attended. The attendees took advantage of the occasion to send DON SPEAR a much appreciated “thinking of you card.” ● The school decided to send out a mailing of the Stay in Touch cards. ART BROME was the only one to reply. He reports that he is now enjoying life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. ● Word has been received of the deaths of WILLIAM P. STONE and KARL LEAVITT THIELSCHER. Bill died on August 4, 2008. He was born in Manchester, NH, on April 17, 1930. He entered KUA as a sophomore and participated in recreational skiing, was a member of the Outing Club, Glee Club, Debating Club, and the Foreign Policy Association. He was on the varsity track team his sophomore and junior years and in his senior year he was on the varsity football team and the JV basketball and lacrosse teams. He graduated from UNH and then served as a first lieutenant in the US Army in the Korean War. Following his discharge he operated Stone and Michaud Insurance for over 30 years. After his retirement, he was very active in the Manchester YMCA and at the Manchester Country Club. In addition to his athleticism, he was an avid reader. He is survived by his

wife, Claire, daughter Susan, and son Sean. ● Bud Thielscher died in Bakersfield, CA, on March 14, 2008, after a long battle with a number of illnesses. He spent only one year at KUA. He was active in the Outing, Debating, and Glee Clubs, earned his letter in varsity football and played JV hockey .He graduated from Dartmouth, class of 1952, where he played both offensive and defensive guard on the varsity football team and was named to the All-New-England team in 1951. After graduation, he became a commissioned officer in Europe where he met and married his wife of 54 years, Antoinette (Nettie) Sandhofer of Salzburg, Austria. They had one son, Jeffrey, also of Bakersfield. Bud was a long time marketing executive in the food and beverage

It’s better to understand only a little than to misunderstand a lot ● Until the next issue: Be of Good Cheer; Do Good Works; Remain Healthy; Keep on Keeping On; and Stay in Touch.



R O B E R T K E L LY 192 Governor's Lane Shelburne, VT 05482 802-985-9555 I did get a brief note from MAC BROWN. He seems to be overcoming his health problems and reports that he is still "making birdies and killing ducks." I assume the birdies are on the

The 1949 lacrosse team—L-R, front row: S. Taylor, Curt Taylor, Dave Batchelder, Bob Kelly, Dave Guest, Monk Ogden, Parker, Connor, Ted Atkinson; 2nd row: Brad Edgerton, Bill Rowe, Hagerstrom, Herb Joslyn, Bob Cowles, Dan Stone, Barron, Steve Weeks, Dick Esten, Jerry Giles, Kisuk Cheung, Raynor Rogers; 3rd row: Coach Bent, Fred Mumford, Baldwin, Bob Minott, Steve Emmons, John Pope, Jim Gore, Jack Gore, Bob Lovett, Wil Kurth, Dave Thielscher, Al Berardi, George Stanley, Coach Akerstrom.

industries, first in the northeastern states and then nationwide, with such well-known firms as Proctor and Gamble, HJ Heinz, P. Ballentine & Sons, E & J Gallo, Bear Mountain Winery, amongst others. He was a pioneer in the California wine industry. After retirement, he was involved in a number of real estate enterprises. He was an avid supporter of NASCAR Racing in Kern County. He was a long-time member of the Bakersfield Country Club, an avid tennis player, and possessed a passion for sailing ~ making several lengthy voyages including two to the Greek Islands and one to Tahiti which involved weathering a typhoon in the process. ● Ponderings from Prospect Farm: The best antiques are old friends. ● Old age is a high price to pay for maturity. ●

golf course and the ducks are on the pond. ALDEN JOHNSON reports that nothing interesting is happening right now in his life. I can believe it since his Montgomery Rose Company no longer grows roses and he sold his golf course, Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst, MA. I guess he got sick of me coming down for a free round of golf. ● I hope that our 60th Reunion will bring many members of the class back to Meriden May 15-17, 2009.



1950 WILBUR BULLEN JR. 4 Briarwood Avenue West Peabody, MA 01960 978-535-1785 At the time of our 50th Reunion, I can remember how sad I was to learn how many of our classmates were no longer with us. Just recently I was thinking that we were lucky not to have lost any more from our ranks. Then in the mail, I received an obituary notice from the school regarding the passing of our classmate BEN CACI. That death notice appears in full in this issue. ● I am writing this report on Sunday, November 30, 2008. Yesterday I attended the memorial service for our classmate, and my best friend, WILFRED KURTH. Wil’s death notice also appears in this issue. Wil always had a great love for KUA, as I do. He was extremely well organized and full of great ideas. That is why I always called him first when I was putting together a committee to run a KUA alumni event in the greater Boston area or a reunion for our class. He never turned me down. I had the privilege of serving on the KUA Board of Trustees during Wil’s term as president. I was very proud of him and was impressed with his leadership. Wil had been suffering for the past several years with a diminished lung function, a stroke and several bouts with cancer. He passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 25, surrounded by his wife Margaret, their three children and several grandchildren. His daughter Rebecca had driven from her home in New Rochelle, NY, leaving at midnight. She arrived at Wil’s home in Methuen, MA, at a little after 4 a.m. Wil was still alive. Wil seemed to have been waiting for her to arrive. She held his hand, and Wil gave hers a gentle squeeze. Shortly afterwards he slipped away. Margaret broke the news to my wife Elinor who told me. I was devastated. Elinor and I had made plans to visit with Margaret and Wil on December 2. I had been seeing Wil rather sporadically. It was always fun to be with him. His mind was sharp, and he kept his good humor. We would talk of many things: sports, politics and current events. However, our discussion would always turn to KUA and our years as students, our teachers, our classmates and special events that we remembered happening while we were on the Hilltop. When Margaret told me how much my visits meant to Wil, how he would perk up and how excited he would get, I told her that I would begin immediately to visit Wil at least once a month. I did very well with this commitment until the horrific accident—I will tell you about 46


that shortly. The church memorial service for Wil was beautiful. Readings were presented by Wil’s daughter, JENNIFER KURTH BORISLOW ’78 and her daughters JESSICA ’07 and LAUREN ’10; Wil’s daughter Dr. Rebecca Kurth (Marshall) and her daughters Ginger and Zoe; and Wil’s son Richard. The grandchildren read scriptures. Wil’s three children related fond remembrances of Wil and some funny stories about growing up in the Kurth household. Each of them did a terrific job. If I could have been beside Wil as he listened to his children and his grandchildren, I would have told him how proud I was of all of them. He would have looked at me and said, “What did you expect? They all have ‘Kurth’ blood in them!” I had to smile when I saw that the first song that the congregation would sing was Rise Up, O Men of God. That was the favorite song of our KUA class of 1950 as voted on our class ballot which appears in our yearbook. At KUA we would sing that song with great gusto and a very high volume. Before and after the service, Elinor and I visited with MONK and Sally OGDEN, DAVE THIELSCHER and SKIP BALDWIN. We also had a chance to speak with KUA Head of School MIKE SCHAFER. I know that a lot more of our classmates would have been on hand if we had more time to get the word out. ● I was saddened to learn of the recent passings of POLLY LEIS, CHESTER ROBINSON, and my dear friend, KUA roommate, and basketball teammate BILL LEATHERBEE. Their full obituaries are to follow later in the magazine. ● I asked Dave Thielscher about his wife Mary. He told me that she recently broke her hip in a fall while playing tennis. David, who was hoping to get in a lot of skiing this winter, decided that his household could not function with two members nursing broken hips. Thus, in order to help prevent that from happening David went down to his garage and removed the ski rack from the top of his car. His skiing adventures will have to wait for the winter of 2009-10. Ski carefully, Dave. Don’t do anything that will keep you from attending our 60th Reunion. ● Now, about that horrific accident: On May 27, 2008, we almost lost another classmate. Who? Me! I was riding my beautiful, black Honda 1100 CC Aspencade motorcycle in Madison. I was trying to find out about the hours of operation of the town transfer station (dump). I turned onto the access road. The gates looked like they were open. I did not see the heavy chain strung low and between the gates to close off the access road. I was not speeding. I do not know what I hit—the gate or the chain or both. I just know that I struck, with great force, something with the right side of my chest. “Damn! I’ve ruined my bike, I said aloud to myself. (Actually, I used a much stronger word.) I did not consider at that

moment what I had done to myself. The trunk at the back of my bike was destroyed. Otherwise, my motorcycle was unscathed. I thought that the chain had raked me backwards and into the trunk, thus causing the injuries to my back and neck. To have done so, the chain would have destroyed the windshield. However, the windshield was not even scratched. Thus, that theory did not hold up. There were not any witnesses to the accident, so I will never know what actually happened—how I separated from my bike and how the bike and I ended up beyond the chain. Somehow I ended up on the other side of the chain with my bike some 20 feet beyond me. I was lying on the road in great pain and semiconscious. Fortunately, a man who lives near the accident scene saw me and came to my aid. He called 911. The EMTs arrived and took me to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway. The doctors there realized that I was in a serious condition and that they were neither staffed nor equipped to care for me. They called for a helicopter out of the Lebanon (NH) Airport to fly me to the Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. Elinor wanted me flown to the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston so that I would be closer to home. The head doctor at the Memorial Hospital told her that I would not survive long enough to reach the Massachusetts General Hospital because of the possible damage to my aorta. My back was broken. My neck was broken. On my right side my ribs were broken, front and back. My right lung was punctured and had collapsed. My liver and my aorta were bruised. My aorta was presumed to be bleeding. My face and arms were cut, bruised and scraped. I was a mess. Somehow I escaped any broken bones in my arms and legs. I was at the hospital in Maine for five weeks during which time the doctors put a rod in my back to stabilize my spine. They did not try to fix my neck at that time. However, for the first two weeks of my stay I was heavily sedated. During the third week, I was unresponsive to voice commands or touch, and it was thought that I may have suffered a stroke. During those first three weeks I did have three separate bouts of pneumonia which were not good things to have when your lungs are impaired. From the Maine Medical Center, I was transferred to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. I stayed at the Spaulding Hospital for about six weeks before being discharged and permitted to go home. When I came home, I was able to walk and climb stairs and do most things to care for myself with the help of Elinor. On October 15, my neck surgeon decided to operate to stabilize my neck. When he opened up my neck from the back, a blood vessel burst. A “code blue” was declared and additional medical people came rushing into the operating room.

My surgeon was able to put clamps on the severed ends of the blood vessel to stop the bleeding. It was then discovered that I was missing another blood vessel which was a companion to the one that burst. (Everybody is supposed to be born with two such vessels in the back of their neck.) It seems that the burst blood vessel had gotten wedged in a crack in one of the broken vertebrae and weakened, allowing it to burst when the surgeon moved it. The surgery was stopped immediately, and my neck was stitched closed. Since my neck was never repaired and is still broken, I had to continue wearing neck braces 24 hours a day. I had been wearing them since May 27, 2008. If I were a cat and had nine lives, I would have used up at least five of them by now. Recently my doctor told me that I could stop wearing braces except when riding in a car. What good news that was for me! For the time being, I am not allowed to drive. We are hoping that my neck will heal itself. I should be back to all normal activities next spring including driving and playing tennis. Life will again be good. After my accident I told Elinor and my family that I would give up riding motorcycles, flying airplanes, scuba diving and climbing ladders—all activities that I enjoy. I wanted to make sure that I would be around to enjoy my grandchildren and the rest of my family. I look forward to seeing you at our 60th Reunion in 2010. Please plan to be with us, and in the meantime stay healthy and safe. ● PHIL COOKE reports that their three children are all living within an hour of them and that “six grandkids keep us busy on weekends with soccer, hockey, etc. We have them all skiing. I still ski; however, Sally retired after two knee replacements.” ● From J. CURTISS TAYLOR: “All is well with TJ and me out here on the “Left Coast.” We are fortunate to be blessed with good health and enjoy living in San Francisco in spite of the politics. Spent a lovely evening with Mike and Gayle Schafer a few weeks ago. They are a great couple. KUA is fortunate to have them running the show.” ● FOSTER KAY “decided to prove that you can go home again” and has moved back to Fall River, MA, where he was born and raised. ● Jill and DONALD NEWMAN have moved to Charleston, MA, after 24 years in the Back Bay. They have a two-floor condo with patio, balcony and roof deck overlooking all of Boston and the harbor. “I continue playing ‘Willy Lowman,’ dragging my briefcase around New England selling steel as a manufacturing rep. Not bad for 76 years old!” ● F. LEE BAILEY has co-authored a new book, When the Husband is the Suspect. The book discusses 20 cases of murderous husbands, including some highprofile cases.


PAUL CLAYTON has lived on Cape Cod since

he retired from the Congregational Church of Needham, MA, where he was pastor for 22 years. He has just published a book, which includes a reference to KUA. The title is Called for Life: Finding Meaning in Retirement. ● A year ago, ROLAND TREMBLAY moved to Colorado Springs, CO. He lives with his two daughters and three grandchildren (Kearstin (8), Jordan (6), Josh (10)) and reports that he does a lot of babysitting. He says the weather is great and the country is beautiful. Roland is not coaching ski jumping any more.

1952 KARL A. BRAUTIGAM 378 Flax Hill Road South Norwalk, CT 06854-2420 203-866-5812 I’m pleased to report DAVID STEWART will be inducted into the Upper New York State Lacrosse Hall of Fame, along with ROY SIMMONS ’54. Dave has been active playing and refereeing lacrosse games since playing in college. His stories about playing with and against teams from the Indian reservations are amusing. He also was very active in refereeing college football until his knees gave out. David visited KUA in October to attend the Annual Fund Leadership dinner. ● That same weekend, while traveling to Middlebury, I struck a deer (number three for me). Luckily I was not hurt but could not continue. The news from our family is after working nine frustrating years with three other families to build a group home for six handicapped young adults, one of which will be our daughter, our six-bedroom, fourbath new house will open in February. It’s been a battle but we finally secured funding from federal, state, local and private sources. It will be staffed 24/7. I’d be pleased to share our experiences and knowledge with others. ● BERT WHITTEMORE recently ran into BOB SCHUH in Hanover, NH. Bob, a golf pro for over 40 years, has his own course near Annapolis, MD. Bob’s son went to Dartmouth (’82). Bert didn’t say much about himself, but I would expect he is in good health and still single. ● Editor’s addition: JOHN SALO and wife Sandy are enjoying their six grandchildren—“Jay, our oldest son, lives in Tucson, AZ, with wife Lorie and their two girls, Molly and Hannah. Jay is an international sales representative for PSE. Jeff, our second son, lives in Frederica, DE, with wife Nancy and four dogs. Jeff is VP of marketing for Burris Foods. Our

daughter Lisa and her husband live at Deerfield Academy, where Steve teaches. They have two sons, Trevor and Cody, and two daughters, Melanie and Jia. Both Sandy and I ski at Sunapee and Mount Snow and have skied competitively in the Mt. Dew Challenge Races for fun.”

1953 S TA N F O R D B . V I N C E N T 20 Daniels Road Falmouth, MA 02540-1931 508-457-6237 In early May, following a weekend jazz festival in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, Carol and I drove down the coast with stops at the mouth of the Columbia River and Portland, OR, to visit for a few days with JERRY and Harriet PRINGLE. Both are retired now, but nothing has slowed them down. We hadn’t been in their comfortable home in Medford long before they had us racing 70 miles up the Rogue River Valley to catch a glimpse of Crater Lake before the sun set. Well over 8000’ and with snow surrounding it, the deep blue lake was absolutely stunning. Next day it was off again, this time south and west, down through the Six Rivers National Forest for a stroll through the awesome Jedediah Smith Redwoods Park, and on to the Pacific Coast for lunch at Crescent City, CA. And the morning we flew home, Jerry and Harriet kept going -- on a twoday rafting trip with their extended family down the Rogue. Note: It’s a great part of the world and you couldn’t ask for two more pleasant and knowledgeable guides to share it with you. ● Congratulations to everyone who supported the 2007-2008 KUA Annual Fund. A note received from the alumni office this summer thanked “the great class of 1953 (which) successfully marshaled 60% of the class to contribute… Exceptional participation!” And special thanks to all those who volunteered their time to make this possible, in particular PAUL RUSSO and MONK BANCROFT. ● Editor’s addition: SAM CUMMINGS has just moved back to his winter residence in Essex Junction, VT, from Shadow Lake, Glover, VT. He has plans for two trips down to the West Indies this winter.



BOB CARVER reports, “I don't have much

news, but will fill everyone in on what I've been up to. Most recently we've had some serious fires in Orange County, specifically Yorba Linda which is about five miles to our east. The Santa Ana winds were blowing up to 80 MPH which WINTER 2009


pushed the fire along. We weren t affected except for ash all over. More than 100 homes were destroyed. On a brighter side, I've been involved with golf for most of my life and have won the Southern California Super Seniors three of the last four years. I've been blessed to shoot my age or better 22 times. I'm still flying although I retired from American Airlines 13 years ago. I own an antique airplane that I fly and also display at various airports in southern California. The plane is a 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B, a small side by side two-seater with retractable main gear. My wife Nancy and I do a bit of traveling, (she won't ride with me) mostly visiting our kids and grandkids in Eugene, OR, and Dayton, NV, or here in Laguna Beach. Any travelers out this way, give me a holler; I'm in the phone book. ● After 42 years in Michigan, DAN BURDICK has moved back to New York (Manhattan), to be closer to family and threeyear-old grandson. ● MARK BUSHNELL says, “These seven-day retirement weekends are great! Hello to HARRY WALLACE.”

1955 WA R R E N D . H U S E 252 Pleasant Street Laconia, NH 03246-3033 603-524-6593 Unless otherwise indicated, these notes are all as of late November. ● Back in June, RON HARRISON wrote, "The US Coast Guard has selected me as an official 'Coast Guard Artist.' This is a position that many apply for but few are chosen. It means that I may be chosen to paint Coast Guard operations anywhere in the world and would be sent there with all expenses paid to do this work. This is a great honor in the art world and I am pleased to have been selected." Later, in October, Ron reported he had been to sea once with the Coast Guard. He added that since Jane passed away last spring, he's "well but very lonesome." ● TOM EGGERT wrote, at the end of October: "Due to my lengthy (five years) campaign, my hard work and relentless pursuit has finally paid off. I got Jimmy Sacca, lead singer of the world famous Hilltoppers inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. I was Jimmy's presenter at the ceremony and I personally inducted him up on the stage at the ceremony ... Next month, Jimmy Sacca and the Hilltoppers are going to be inducted into the United States Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Youngstown, OH." (Note: If you search the Internet under "jimmy sacca," you will find all kinds of background on him and the Hilltoppers. Should bring back memories for most of us!) ● ALLAN 48


MUNRO advises, “We have bought a home

in New London, NH, which abuts ColbySawyer College. Daughter AMY ’11 is a boarder at KUA, along with my granddaughter ANNIE ’11, who is my daughter ROBIN ‘81'S daughter number one.” Al s son JONATHAN is a ninth-grade day student. ● From HOWIE GOLDBERG: “This is ‛the week that was, as they used to say in the 70s. The "GreenBuild National Conference was just held in Boston, and I represent a couple of companies that were participating in it, so I had to be there. I'm getting too old for this stuff! In my work I deal with many eco-friendly products, and projects. I know Al Munro has been active in getting a program going at school with it ... Meanwhile, Sheila and I had a wonderful trip to Russia earlier this fall. We started off spending four days in beautiful St. Petersburg. We visited the Hermitage, Peterhof, The Tsarina's Palace, and many other beautiful sites. We were fortunate enough to spend a day with the son of our friend who was born there, left at the age of 15, and returned two years ago at the age of 30. It was wonderful to be able to see the city through his eyes. We had dinner, with him, at a tiny Georgian restaurant. We were obviously the only non-Russians there, and that was a great experience as well. We then sailed for seven days on two large lakes, two rivers, and fourteen locks that Stalin had constructed in order to be able to navigate across the country by water. We stopped along the way at several villages. Some were rural, and the only non-farming jobs were in the local power plant. Other villages, such as the island of Kizhy, had beautiful wooden architecture with the onion domed (candles to heaven) churches made out of wood. I had never seen anything like it before. We then spent four days in Moscow. Sheila described it very aptly when she said it was an ugly city with some beautiful buildings. Stalin built many residential buildings that are quite impressive. There are seven that have been named 'The Seven Sisters.' I'm not sure why. Being of our age, I never thought I would be standing in Red Square looking at Lenin's Tomb, The Gum Department Store and Saint Basil s. We saw it both during the day, and beautifully lit at night. We spent time inside the Kremlin Walls. Visited The Pushkin, the Old Tretyakov Gallery, as well as a museum dedicated to the Second World War, which they call The Patriotic War. At the war museum we heard from four WWII veterans who were eloquent. Probably the strongest impression we came back with was that the people of Russia are no different than we are. They do not particularly like our government,

or their own, but do like Americans as individuals. More than anything, they want us to understand their country, communicate that to our country, and make sure that we know they want peace. Their country has been devastated by wars over the centuries, and they only want peace in the future. I continue to meet GEORGE PLACE for lunch. Last week PHIL BROCKELMAN got to the Boston area for one day, and he, George and I had lunch. I got a phone call from TONY CROVO a couple of weeks ago ... but we haven't managed to get together yet.” ● Ruth WHITNEY reported that "BRUCE and I just returned from a trip to Italy that took us back to Venice where we met 50 years ago in 1958. We also visited Rome, Capri, the Amalfi coast, Pisa, Florence, Padua and Lago Maggiore in the north of Italy. We found Venice very crowded with the tourists outnumbering the pigeons. Bruce is hoping to get back to working on his 1931 Model A Ford we hope to take for spins next summer. I still volunteer at the Hospital.” ● STEVE COLBY said, “Not much news here north of the Notches (in Lisbon, NH). Watching the market every day, getting sicker by the minute. Still keeping my head above water, however. Waiting for Thanksgiving next week when we get invaded with five grandchildren.” ● BILL AGEE is “still living in Capistrano Beach here in Northern Mexico, I mean Southern California ... except exhibiting my painting and photography in a new gallery in Laguna Beach called the JoAnne Artman Gallery, across Pacific Coast Highway from the Museum.... great location and looking forward to good things... see recent work under ‛new images’ link on my website at <> ... hopefully the economy will improve in the next months... art is a leading indicator both ways and last summer was one of the worst for artists that I know of out here. Still teaching two digital photo classes at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, and doing websites for artists and some commercial businesses. Pass my e-mail along to the group ... happy to hear from some of my old dorm mates.” (You really should check out Bill's “new images” ― Bush, Cheney, Obama and his own self-portrait!) ● JOHN BOOTH reports, “Bonnie and I had a great time visiting TEDDY JOHANSON and Pat on Vinalhaven. There is no better lobster than when Ted has them delivered to the end of the dock and they go from there to the steam pot. I can't wait to visit Kathy and Al now that Al is a country boy. Things in St. Michaels are about the same. We will be losing the excitement of having the Vice President as a part-time

resident of town but who really cares. The invitation is still open to any Snowbirds heading south. Stop in and visit Five Gables.” ● Ted Johanson said, “We have had only one KUA visitor this fall,” and also mentioned the Booths' visit. “John and Bonnie came right after the mini-reunion in Boston in June. They run a pretty sizable operation so I am surprised that they can get away at all. I think that their town is about the same size as ours but it has more amenities for tourists. Ours is strictly a working fishing village. Recently, HERB and Joanne SOMERS made a day trip to the island from their summer home in Paris Hill, ME. We enjoyed a lobster salad lunch (Lobster is cheap here.) and visited a granite quarry and cutting operation that several friends and I are setting up. Herb has recovered from knee surgery and he and Joanne are playing a lot of golf. However, when questioned about his scores, he was quite evasive. My guess is that Joanne is the better golfer. They were about to embark on their semi-annual trek to visit their three sons and their families who are scattered all over the country before returning to their home in Naples, FL, for the winter. George Place and Howie Goldberg had visited last fall and had threatened to return this year. However, they never carried out their threat.” ● Talked with ROLLIE GENTES, who is still in Bellevue, NE, (near Omaha and Offutt Air Force Base) and has been fishing in Alaska (king salmon and halibut) and California. (He and Sue have sons in San Diego and Irvine.) We reminisced about Guam, Midway, Wake Island, Okinawa, Japan, Vietnam and sundry other places from our respective military days. Last spring, Rollie attended a reunion at Hilton Head, NC, of his 1960’s air crew. Although Bellevue is a city of 50,000, Rollie says he has daily visitations from deer, along with plenty of raccoons and squirrels. Despite a “good dose of heart surgery” and bouts with rheumatoid arthritis, Rollie remains upbeat and has “plenty of things I still want to do.” (He also mentioned being up on the roof blowing the leaves out of the gutters!) ● CARL HOUGHTON, still in the flower business with his son, in Essex Junction, VT, says the economy hit floral sales "hard throughout the Northeast." He and Martha became grandparents twice this past year, a boy being born to their daughter and son-in-law in March and a boy to their son and daughter-inlaw in June. ● WARREN HUSE reports one of the joys of home ownership this past fall was paying for new roofs and for the rebuilding of a 125-year-old chimney. In doing research for his weekly local history page in The Citizen of Laconia, Warren came across the following,

published November 14, 1958: “PEMBROKE (AP) -- The New Hampshire CongregationalChristian Conference said today the Rev. NORMAN R. FARNUM, executive director of its Center here and assistant minister of the conference, has asked to be relieved of his duties by next Feb. 28. He plans to return to the pastorate in New Hampshire, or another New England state, Conference trustees said. Mr. Farnum, a native of Medford, Mass., became executive of the Congregational Center, Nov. 1, 1957. He is a former pastor of the Congregational Church in Hinsdale.” (Mr. Farnum was, of course, minister of the Meriden Congregational Church during most of our KUA years.) ● Editor’s addition: George Place visited Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in August and Mt. Tremblant in Canada in September. “Came home to watch the stock market! I see Howard Goldberg and Phil Brockelman periodically for lunch. Also see JED BULLEN ’52 for lunch as well. Start planning for our 55th Reunion in 2010.”

1956 STEPHEN H. BISHOP JR. 79 West Central Street Natick, MA 01760-4333 508-655-7245 There appeared in the March 16, 2008, issue of the Eagle Times, a lengthy article on STRETCH GILLAM and the first paragraph sums up the story: “Windsor, VT—Some rules are just meant to be broken. Like the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association rule that says one has to be out of coaching for at least three years before they can be inducted into its Hall of Fame. The VBCA might be willing to make an exception on that for anyone who stays in the business for nearly 50 years and accumulates over 600 wins. Such was the case for Green Mountain Coach Stretch Gillam who was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Saturday (March 2008) at the gym at Windsor High School.” Congratulations Stretch. ● JACK KIDD and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Seacrest Hotel in Falmouth, MA. There were 100 guests and a great party. They now have 14 grandchildren and still expanding. Jack is still working his tree and landscaping business in Needham, MA, if I remember right. ● Gwen and ROBB FULLER, after living on their boat for the past several years, have become land lubbers, exchanging their boat for a smaller one and buying a log cabin in Douglas, MA. ● Judy and FRED

Ruth and Jack Kidd ’56 celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

ADAMS were the only ones from our class

on the Boston Harbor boat cruise last spring, while the class of ’55 had 10-12 members. Last year, I think there were four of us, myself included. I couldn’t make it this year, but I plan on next, if they run it. It’s really a great trip—a two to three-hour cruise with all the food and drink you’d ever want. Hope to see you there.

1957 Our condolences to RICHARD PERLEY, whose wife Gale died in October. ● NEIL CAREY retired from private practice and the medical center in January and says, “…never realized how great retirement could be. We are beginning to travel some. Lore Lee will retire next. To celebrate retirement, I have, once again, bought an English touring motorcycle and plan to explore Kentucky and other hobbies. Hope all my classmates are well and retired also.” ● CURTIS BROCKELMAN and his wife Lynn visited Linda and JOHN STOWELL in Saratoga Springs last fall. He reports, “It was great to catch up on their life and reminisce about old times on The Hilltop.”

1958 J O H N S . F LO Y D - J O N E S 3 Myers Lane Mobile, AL 36608-1829 Home 251-342-3061 The Stay in Touch cards asked if anyone won the lottery. JOHN SINCLAIR asks “How does this confidential news leak?” John is at a loss to know what to do with “$337 million—mattress or market or Kimball Union endowment.” John, what are you smoking? ● FRED HEAP contributed the following on Reunion: The 50th reunion of the class of 1958 was great. It started Friday night at the head of school’s house. Great meeting my fellow classmates, including TEDDY CLARK and JACK ADAMS WINTER 2009


who, to my recollection, never made a reunion in the past. Saturday lunch was at ALLAN and Jean SWANSON'S house, which I understand was built by Allan (John Sinclair tour and commentary) and Jean. The meal and meeting with classmates was great. A few wives and girl friends showed up. A golf outing was played by some. Saturday supper was under a tent at Dad s House, formerly known as the Brewster Guest House. Sunday we went home. Attending were: JOHN ADAMS, GEORGE BARTLETT, ROBERT BROCHU, WALTER BROWN, TED CLARK, MORGAN CLOUGH, DAVID DUFF, TOM GOSSELIN, WILLIAM HAYES, FRED HEAP, ERLING HEISTAD, MALCOLM MACLEAN, ROBERT MILLER, EDWARD MULLEN, HERBERT PAUL, JOHN RICHARDSON, JOHN SINCLAIR, ALLAN SWANSON, JIM WELLS, TOM WILSON. ●

More from Fred: “When I got back to the Inn on Nantucket, I was having a conversation with one of the guests. I told her about the great reunion I had just attended. She said that she was starting work as the director of alumni giving at Kimball Union Academy. Her name is ANNE JANEWAY. She is good at what she does. I had sent a donation to the GUS BARTLETT Scholarship Fund which I do every year. Gus was a friend and died some years ago from brain cancer after asking me and others to join him for a sail to Maine with his father. Great guy who I do not want to be forgotten. Anne called me to tell me that the donation did not count toward the matching gift. So I sent another amount to cover this year’s donation for the class gift. I have to say that her new title should be director of alumni gift GETTING. Short story of an experience that I had in July. I am telling you this because you my have the same symptoms. I was feeling tired when taking walks which I do often (I am a walker.). At first I thought it was old age, but I am not old. On the assistance of friends on the Island I went to the emergency room of the local hospital. My doctor felt that I should go to Massachusetts General Hospital for a heart catheter. He set it up and away Sheila and I went. They found that my right heart artery was 95% blocked. They put in a stent. I am now going to heart rehab which I call HEART SCHOOL. I am learning to exercise and eat right. (I call this a BIG wake-up call.) Possible reasons for the problem can be summed up as follows. Kentucky Fried Chicken, sausage muffin with egg, pizza, and Chinese food. Folks, they can be killers, but not this guy. I now eat fin and feathers, with a lot of fruits and veggies. I feel great. Got a visitor a few weeks ago to Nantucket. WALTER BROWN sailed in with a couple of friends. We had breakfast and I gave them a tour of the 50


eastern end of Nantucket. It was great seeing Brownie so soon after the reunion.” ● After calling many of you to encourage attendance at our 50th Reunion, yours truly came down with “acute bronchitis.” Not fun! Nothing antibiotics and a week couldn’t cure. A real disappointment to miss our 50th.



PHIL CHESLEY has reunited with KUA. He

is now the president of the Alumni Council. Phil is looking forward to the 50th Reunion and hopes the whole class returns. ● ED CRANE has moved from New Hampshire to Florida. ● PEN JENNINGS has retired after a 42-year career as an attorney to pursue a second career as a developer of a revolutionary energy-saving motor. Pen reports that he and a friend “obtained a pioneering US patent and are converting motors for cities and industry with savings of energy never seen since the invention of electric motors.” ● DAVID GAUDES welcomed his fifth grandchild, a girl, last January. ● Nancy and JOHN WILSON have almost completed work on their house on Deer Isle, ME, and looking forward to spending more time there with their children, grandchildren and friends. They recently put a deck on the front and had heat installed for the winter months, although they will use wood stoves as their primary heat. Their fourth grandchild, Brynn Finlay Wilson, was born July 30 to Ben and Megan in Maryland. John hopes to make it to reunion.

1960 J O N AT H A N E . M I TC H E L L 10 Hazel Street Westerly, RI 02891-2947 401-596-6502

1961 WILLIAM S. HAGAR 2791 Cedar Key Drive Lake Orion, MI 48360-1829 248-393-2681 Certainly we all remember CARLETON JONES’S mom, KAY JONES, from our days on The Hilltop. A card from Carleton advises us that she has passed away, and this caused for him a return to Meriden to the home of JESSIE CARVER ENGLISH for the services. The Jones family resided in Meriden from 1952 to 1980. ● Also a note from HARRY

WHITTLESEY states that he sold CBS Whitcom Technology in 2002 and started NBC Solutions sometime thereafter. He works from a home office as do other employees. The business serves as consultants and network brokers for voice, data, video, IP, and VOIP. Harry was just leaving for a sail to St Martens. ● As for me, full retirement kicked in at the end of June when my last engineering contract job was terminated by International Automotive Components. We enjoyed a delightful week in Ocean City, MD, in early August with all the kids and grandkids. Several days at the ocean beaches were a special treat. This winter will bring some extra work around the house to see if we can sell next season and return to the New England area after a 15-year adventure in the Midwest. We look forward to the return. ● Editor’s addition: Received from ANTHONY GILMORE: “After running a graphic arts job board for the last eight years, I retired in May. Work was beginning to intrude on my volunteer activities. Pure Water for the World, a 501(C)3 organization based in Rutland, VT, takes up much of my time. This is an organization that provides basic hygiene education and family bio-sand water filters in developing countries--primarily in Honduras (18,000+ filters installed) and just recently in Haiti. I have been to Honduras three times and have just returned from Haiti as a volunteer and photographer. Rotary is my other passion having been a member since 1974. I am active on the club and district level. This year I am the sponsor for our District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar who will be spending a year in Tanzania. I'm also the District Group Study Exchange Team Leader and I will be taking a group of four non-Rotarian professionals to the Philippines in February for a month on a vocational exchange. Liz and I have two daughters--both married. One lives in Charleston, SC, and the other in Holliston, MA. The Holliston daughter has produced one granddaughter and another is on the way. Our 50th is not far off. Who would have thought it?”

1963 STUART GILLESPIE reports that he is happily

retired from full time academic life (since 2002). He and his wife Carol live in Bath, ME. He volunteers with the area’s senior college program and teaches music history part time for the University of Maine. Their first grandchild, Ethan, was born in November to son Peter and wife Lex. ● ALAN BOYCE has a granddaughter, Chloe, a grandson, Benjamin Katz, and is looking forward to a third grandchild. Alan is also looking forward to seeing many members of the class of 1963 in 2013 for the 50th Reunion.



From BOB BEATTIE: “If I had a really interesting life, it would be worth writing something. I'm still just a working stiff, running my company, Process Thermal Dynamics Inc, here in Brandon, MN. We have been in business for 23 years, and I have worked in this industry for 40 years now. No retirement plans yet because I still enjoy what I do. I do take a break and work from my winter home in Ruskin, FL -- as a rule January-April. My wife Cheryl and I are proud of our six grandchildren, ages 1 thru 13. Three of our children live in the Twin Cities, with one daughter who is a New England hold-out and still lives in Derry, NH. With the temperature at 18 degrees (as I write this) I am looking forward to getting to Florida for some warmer weather, boating, fishing and a little golf. I would welcome a call or visit from any classmates passing thru, either in Minnesota or Florida. I'll try to make it to the reunion.” ● EARL STUBBS and LARRY ROBINSON met

1966 DALE L. METZLER 7 Apple Blossom Lane Methuen, MA 01844-2674 978-689-4323 Editor’s additions: RICHARD PRAEGER retired from the federal government on November 1. He and his wife Sondra Govatski have planned trips to Grand Caymen (November), Jordan (December), St. John’s (January) and Greece (May-June). His grandson Quinn turned three on Veteran’s Day and Richard is “being a typical grandparent—life is grand.” ● DAVID SCHLAFMAN reports: “The eye of tropical storm Fay passed directly over my house and hangar in Okeechobee on August 20. No harm done (ran house off my generator for 3.5 days) but from all appearances she might be making a round trip! I shot six very short videos, which are posted on YouTube under my nom de plume, ‘Fritz Katz’.”

1967 JACK HEALEY has left his job at a Rutland, VT,

Earl Stubbs ’64 and Larry Robinson ’64 met in Newport, RI.

up in Newport, RI, in July. They hadn’t seen each other since 1963. ● CHRIS JOHN reports that his youngest daughter Leslie was married in June to Casey Johnson, which makes her name Leslie John Johnson. “I am broke but happy.” Chris is still photographing golf courses for fun and profit, which keeps him from attending reunions, since the spring and summer are busy. He and his wife celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in November.


TOM ROWLAND and his wife Heather are in

the process of selling their environmentally safe dry cleaning business in the Colorado mountains and will be relocating to California to own and operate a B&B in the wine country. He is looking forward to warmer weather.

radio station to take a job at Northeast Sports Network. He broadcasts a morning sports show at NSNRADIO.NET and video streams high school and college sports at NETSPORTS. NET. ● BOB JAMBACK has moved to Cooperstown, NY, is working on his new house and setting up a studio. His work can be seen at He and ROCKY MANN met up at reunion two years ago, where Rocky had displayed some of his ceramics. They plan to attend the next reunion and hope others will.



MALCOM E. COOPER JR. P. O. Box 352 Dorset, VT 05251-0352 802-867-2528 Son MAX ‘00 is just starting his third month on his circuitous bicycle trip from Seattle to NYC. This photo taken in mid-October near Sedalia, MO, with 220 miles of rails to trails bike path ahead. Max plans to relocate to Brooklyn after six years in Carbondale, CO, and get serious about his art career. ● His Dad, (yours truly) recently was in touch with two old timers. CULLY ERDMAN traveled up from Moab, UT, to spend a weekend with me in Hotchkiss, CO, where we have a small place. Cully still spends his summer on the

rivers of the West, with a kayak or boardsailing, mostly in the Columbia River Gorge and winters running his adventure/pleasure camp in Belize. I dragged him on both a road and mountain bike ride which he agreed to as a good sport but much prefers higher adrenalin level activities. Friends who have joined him in the mountains in recent years say he is still a beautiful skier. ● A neighbor in my home town in Vermont stopped in earlier in the summer to bring greetings from a fellow he had met in New Mexico on vacation. I followed up with a phone call to BRAD HOCKMEYER. Seems Brad is a prominent citizen in Taos where he owns the local radio station and still hosts the most popular radio show. In his own words: “I bought a radio station in 82 and have spent the past 26 years building it up. It's the world's only fully SOLAR-powered radio station. www.ktao. com. I also have five magazines, another station, a record label and a concert venue with a full liquor license. (We had more than 1,000 people for Joan Armatrading earlier in the month and have had concerts with Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Cowboy Junkies, blah, blah, blah...). I m married to a wonderfully cool woman. Have a 33-year-old son, Amos, from a previous marriage. AND have maintained close contact with PETER AND GREG MOORE since KUA.” ● WARREN HUSE ’55, class reporter for his class and resident of Laconia, sent this item in: Back in May, CHARLES ST. CLAIR of Laconia, NH, joined the ranks of published authors when he and his co-author Jennifer Anderson completed Laconia Motorcycle Week, a title in the Arcadia Publishing Co." s "Images of America" series. Charlie and Jennifer have been executive directors of the nonprofit Laconia Motorcycle Week Association for more than a decade, and Charlie" s involvement with the annual event goes back much further. They also produce and serve as anchors for a regular program, called “Today in Focus,” on our local public access television channel, in which they interview local and regional movers and shakers on a variety of topics. Charlie also narrates videotapes of his road trips ― by motorcycle ― to Daytona, Sturgis and other places.

Max Cooper ’00, son of Malcom ’69 on his cross-country bike trip.





GLENN E. MCNAB P. O. Box 176 Peconic, NY 11958-0176 631-734-8110

SCOT T NOONAN 413 Essex Street Swampscott, MA 01907 781-596-2959

1972 ROBERT W. CLARK P. O. Box 626 Waynesville, NC 28786-0626 828-734-2743 J.P. MORGAN has followed the sun to

Florida and is enjoying the change in lifestyle. He has purchased a new home there and is pursuing new options with nonprofit agencies. He is now residing in Tampa. ● BOB CLARK remains on Main Street in Waynesville, NC, as an attorney handling only criminal and traffic matters. He has just moved into offices overlooking Main Street with a nice view of the mountains. Bob worked on the Obama campaign for about nine months and was obviously pleased with the results from both a state and national perspective. If any classmates get in the area, the door is open and wife, Janet, and he would be glad to provide shelter.

1973 BOB WITHINGTON has been an antique dealer for 30 years and “I still say you can’t beat it as a profession or a lifestyle. Stop at an antique show and see for yourself; you’ll probably run into me. Other KUA alums in the antique business are PETER HALE, CHARLES GARLAND ’70, and PETER AUSTIN ’71. I’m sure there are others. If you are ever in York, ME, stop into my shop on Route 1 next to the Stone Wall Kitchens headquarters.” ● From BEN ATENCIO: “I am now the education line officer at New Mexico North, Bureau of Indian Education. I am chair of the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council; the 16-member state-wide council advises the Indian Education Division in the Public Education Department for the state of New Mexico. If any members of my class are ever visiting the Albuquerque, NM, area, I would like to visit with them.”


Editor’s additions: HARRY ROBINSON has relocated his workplace to Porsche Audi of Stratham, NH. His son Dean is 17 and plans on a post graduate year at KUA. Harry and his wife have been married 23 years. ● MARK WEST is back in Florida, managing the Vasari Country Club in Naples. He is playing golf, fishing in the Gulf, and traveling to Costa Rica for more sport fishing. Mark’s oldest son attends the Florida Institute of Technology.

1975 KARL MAYER has

Dan Cassedy ‘76, Jeff Wahlstrom ‘76, and Jonathan Wood (former KUA faculty) on

an early May 2008 canoe trip on the St. John River in Maine. been working at the MarbleheadSwampscott (MA) YMCA as the youth and family services director for the past eight years. ● BRIG JUDY and his wife J O H N M . S H AW J R . recently moved back to rural (town of 600) 2 Peders Place Saskatchewan (65 miles north of North Chelmsford, MA 01824-4651 Dakota). They are working with a Christian 978-761-0313 non-profit reaching out/meeting needs on four First Nations Communities (three Cree/one Salteaux)--about 2,500 people “I'm still in Arizona,” writes HEATHER CATE. spread out over 250 square miles. Their two “This year I accepted a position on the teaching sons have graduated from Trinity Western faculty at ASU in the Psychology Department. University near Vancouver and live in I have been teaching here on the side since I Vancouver. Their youngest daughter is in her left graduate school. Now I get to do all of freshman year near Boston. my favorite classes at once―statistics, research methods, learning and motivation, sensation and perception, memory, and cognition.” Her son is heading off to college in the spring after being home-schooled, while Heather says she C . D O U G L A S M AT T E R N is renovating a house so close to the campus 15 Culver St. #76 that she can ride her bike to work. “I am Plaistow, NH 03865 always happy to hear from KUA classmates,” 603-382-5269 she says, noting she keeps in touch with



DAN CASSEDY writes - Within the span of one week this month, I saw both DOUG MATTERN and JEFF WAHLSTROM. Doug

was by chance--I was at a Bruce Springsteen



concert in Greensboro, NC, and he just happened to walk by (not quite so random when you discover that this was his 51st Springsteen concert). Then I went to Maine and Jeff and I did a five-day canoe trip on the St. John River on the Quebec border with seven other guys (including JONATHAN WOOD―former KUA teacher). ● Jeff Wahlstrom sent in the photo of the trip.


trying to reconnect with WALTER HOWELL. Anybody have an e-mail address for him?” ● DONNER CARR reports from Rhode Island that it's been a busy year all around. First, the work: "I have been charged with developing an auction services business for GE Global Electronics Services that, while seemingly a perfect fit for these challenging times, has kept me either chained to the desk or folded up like some bad origami in the back of an airplane." Next, the hearth: "To fill my nonexistent spare time, I coached a women's High School level competitive lacrosse team this past summer, which required travel to tournaments in northeastern and northern Atlantic states." He adds that he is president of a unified lacrosse organization, which you can check out at www.metacometlacrosse. com. Now, the kids: "DONNER ‘06 is having a real good year at McGill University―grades are solid and his team finished second in the national championships. Jared is grinding through his first year in mechanical engineering at Clarkson University and is already well into the ski season. Anna is a sophomore at East Greenwich High School and―unbelievably―is just starting the recruiting dance for college lacrosse. Sophomores!" Finally, the KUA connection: "I bumped into BRETT HUGHES at Mad River Glen last spring and spent a great day skiing with him and his son Hank. Brett is doing well, making music in the Burlington, VT, area and he still is poetry in motion on the boards. If you are ever in the area on a Tuesday, check Brett out at Honky Tonk Tuesdays at the Radio Bean Cafe in Burlington. I see DUCK and FLICK regularly―they have not changed a bit―and we will be spending New Year's with ED and Amy STANSFIELD. Maybe JUDGE TAD MACLEOD will grace us with his presence at the festivities." ● PAUL ROBERTSON went to the Alumni reception on December 2 at Anthony's Pier 4 in Boston and says he had a great time. He saw COREY TUSLER ‘74 but was the lone representative from our class. Munch has been working at Try-angle Foods in Norwell since 2000, and he and his wife are looking to move from West Roxbury to the Walpole area. ● BOONE RONDEAU writes that he is a grandfather! Ava Louise is the new apple of his eye when he's not working as a construction forman for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. He keeps in touch with DOUG CHAPMAN ‘76 and PAT MCNAMARA ‘76, and he recently ran into STACIA COBB COOPER ‘79 at KUA

last August. ● As for JOHN SHAW, I'll be recovering from hip resurfacing surgery when you read this. Guess all those pucks flying past me finally caught up with me (OK, no laughing now). It's the new wave in hip surgery and should allow me to regain full mobility, although I'm off the slopes for the season. I am marketing and communications manager at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, a graduate school that's one of the best-kept secrets in the area and a situation I'm trying to reverse. Twins David and Gina are sophomores at Chelmsfore High School and are on the ski team this winter, while eighth grader Stephen is a defenseman on a town Bantam 1 team and skis when he's not laying opponents out on the ice. THE G would approve.

1978 PRISCILL A BOGGIS EBERT 29 Birmingham Drive Northport, NY 11768-1045 631-744-7254 Editor’s additions: PETER SMITH still resides in Pittsburgh, PA, and is the CEO of New World Pasta (Prince Ronzoni, Healthy Harvest and others), the largest pasta manufacturer in North America. His daughter is a freshman at Denison University in Ohio. Peter just purchased a home in Vermont, 30 minutes from KUA. ● DEB SANDERS-DANE is the director of Student Support Services for St. Johnsbury Supervisory Union. She is continuing work on her doctorate through Argosy University. Deb reports three children in college and one getting married in the spring.



CL ARE DINGWELL MACLEAN 255 Cambridge Road Woburn, MA 01801-5405 Editor’s additions: JAY STEWART enjoyed visiting with ROB EATON when his band Dark Star Orchestra was in town. “You guys all remember how much he enjoyed the Dead—now he is ‘living his dream;’ the show was GREAT, and we enjoyed getting together.” Jay lives in Concord, NH, and runs a printing business. He and Mela and have three children. ● Bob Eaton writes, “Many great things have happened since I graduated from KUA. I have two wonderful children, an amazing wife, many friends, etc.

I’ve been fortunate to win three Grammy Awards for my engineering and producing work in the music business. I’ve been performing with the Dark Star Orchestra since 2001 and love it. My love is my family and my music. Still live in Vail, CO, but travel everywhere.” ● MARK PEDERZINI reports that construction is going along slowly, but he is still working. He was recently installed as president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire. Mark says, “All is well here; hard to believe my daughter is a senior in high school. Oh, the pain! I hope all is well with everyone, and if you need an addition, remodel, kitchen, bath or new house, don’t hesitate to call.”

1981 RAY JACQUES is the recipient of the 2008 Maine Black Bear Award, presented for outstanding service to the University of Maine. Jacques is the youngest Maine alumnus, as well as the first hockey player, to receive this award in the school’s history. He captained the Black Bear hockey team in the mid-80s and since then has been involved with the University’s hockey alumni in fundraising and support efforts. His game jersey was displayed in the Alfond Arena Maine Hockey Hall of Fame. Ray is president of New England Schooner Investment Advisors and lives in North Reading, MA. ● MARGARET HERRINGTON HINKLE enjoyed the Harbor Cruise that BOB FITZGERALD ‘82 hosted this summer. “It was a lot of fun to see so many old friends. Thank you Bob! I am still working at the MBTA in Boston as director of contract administration. My two daughters are a freshman and junior in high school.” ● BILL KERIG has just published The Edge of Never, a nonfiction book set in the world of big-mountain skiing. He is working on a film version. More information is available at ● SCOT BARRY writes, “Many may already know that my hockey teammate at KUA, SCOTT (FLASH) GORDON ‘82 is the head coach of the NHL team, New York Islanders. I had the good fortune to attend his first home game and his first win as a NHL coach in October. I spent some time with him and his family after the game. Prior to the start of the season, Flash did offer me a tryout, but I had to refuse because of old age. (Flash’s coaching career actually began in 1981 as the head coach of the third team baseball at KUA.)”





AMY DUPUIS L ANDAU 61 Winchester Road Arlington, MA 02474 781-648-3589



Scott Gordon ‘82 named Head Coach of the New York Islanders.

SCOT T GORDON ‘82 Scott “Flash” Gordon ‘82, the 2007 American Hockey League Coach of the Year with the Providence Bruins, was named the head coach of the National Hockey Leagues’ New York Islanders this past summer. Gordon was captain and goaltender of the 1981-1982 KUA Hockey Team, and led the squad to the New England Prep School Championship. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Kimball Union Sportsmanship Award in recognition of his accomplishments as a player and coach. “You have played and coached at the highest levels and have excelled at every step along the way. You are an inspiration and a role model for so many of Kimball Union’s students and young alumni. Your competitive drive is strong, but you temper it well with class and dignity,” said KUA Director of Development Carl Lovejoy in recognizing Scott for the award in May 2007. A Brockton, MA, native, Gordon attended Boston College from 1982-86, posting a 64-35-3 record over that span. He backstopped Boston College to an NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 1985 and was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star in 1986. He helped Boston College finish in first place in the ECAC East Region in 1983-84 before leading them to first place finishes in Hockey East in 1984-85 and 1985-86. Following the completion of his collegiate career, Gordon began his professional playing career in 1986-87 when he signed with the Quebec Nordiques. Gordon made his NHL debut in 1989-90 with Quebec and played a total of 23 career NHL games, all with the Nordiques. He also holds the distinction of being the first ECHL graduate to play in the NHL. Gordon played on the 1992 United States Olympic team before retiring as a player following the 1993-94 season. Gordon began his coaching career with the International Hockey League s Atlanta Knights from 1994-96 and then spent two seasons with the IHL s Quebec Rafales from 1996-98. When Gordon was named the head coach of the Knights on January 5, 1996, he became the youngest head coach in the league's 53-year history at 32 years of age. Gordon also went on to coach the Roanoke Express of the ECHL where he led the club to consecutive first-place finishes in the Northeast Division from 1998-99 to 1999-2000. “Scott has been one of the top up-and-coming coaches in hockey and with good reason,” said Islanders general manager, Garth Snow. “Through his work in the minor leagues and most recently with Providence over the last eight years, he has gained an impeccable reputation.”



privilege of bringing his son Brooks for an interview and tour of KUA this fall. Brooks reports, “Of course, he was impressed with the whole school and thought Admissions Director RICH RYERSON ‘was very cool.’ For the older Brooks, it was great to chat with Rich, MIKE CLOUTMAN and ROBIN MUNRO GRONLUND, who, 26 years later, look great and are very loyal to this great school.” ● SCOTT GORDON has been named the head coach of the New York Islanders. Scott is the 14th head coach for the Islanders, and comes from coaching duties with the Providence Bruins. Scott is the reigning American Hockey League Coach of the Year. ● I, AMY DUPUIS LANDAU, have volunteered to be our class reporter. Our family is all fine. I often find myself negotiating playground issues for first graders, which can be interesting. Perhaps BILL HALLECK can give me pointers for some good ground rules? Our son continues to charm everyone he meets, including his sister. Joshua is two now, and Samantha is six. I'm learning that Arlington, MA, is a serious hockey town and already the playground is divided between those who do hockey and those who don't. One little devoted player informed my daughter that he couldn't attend her birthday party because he was a serious athlete and he had more important things to do. This is at age five! Sort of helps me to understand some of my high school classmates better now.

reports having a good time at reunion. She enjoyed catching up with SUE KNAPP and TIM AND SALLY ’84 HERBERT, Ann is busy as a stay-at-home mom caring for her children, Patricia (10) and Cate (5), serving as den leader for Cub Scouts and teaching Sunday school. ● This note came from LUCINDA WILLIAMS BLISS, “I m now teaching full time as a professor of liberal studies at Union Institute and University, a low residency BA program. I teach studio art and art history/visual culture. I live in Maine with my partner, Bill, and two sons, Link and Ray. I ve just launched a website featuring my artwork,”


her husband have moved to Portland, ME. ● Last year, TIM GOODWIN purchased the company Cook-In-The-Kitchen ( He is a supplier of pancake, scone and soup mixes nationwide. He and wife Naomi have two children, Alicia (9) and Teagan (7). ● ERIC LOWMAN is looking forward to reunion. He has been teaching in Anchorage, AK, for the last 15 years along with being a cross-country running coach. He had a hip replaced so can’t run anymore, but can still ride a bike. Eric sends greetings to SALLY HERBERT and her family. ● DOUG BEAUPRE almost retired as athletic director at Newport (NH) Middle/Senior High School in order to spend more time with

his family. But, after eight weeks off, the principal convinced him to come back, with an easier schedule. ● Sally Herbert sent in this update: “HEATHER HAUBRICH ‘85 and I are running the KUA Equestrian Program up at Ring Brook Farm! We started last spring (2007) and had our first group of KUA students. I was teaching the unmounted lessons covering topics like anatomy, health and maintenance logs, diseases, conformation, nutrition, tack, deworming programs, etc. Heather did all of the mounted lessons which included some lovely, spring, road hacks. TIM HERBERT ‘83 always remained behind the scenes keeping all the horses fed and watered, and within proper fencing. This fall we had another six girls (at all levels) riding and learning how to be responsible horse people. We had a blast learning about a few different equestrian sports: dressage, foxhunting, crosscountry jumping and polocrosse. The KUA equestrian sport is alive and well!! Heather and I remember back to the old barn next to Frost that was torn down. MARY CASSEDY kept us in shavings and grain and we did whatever we chose to do: jumping over our one jump, trail riding on the back roads and going to the occasional event!”

1985 JENNIFER B. TRUMAN 47 Blueberry Hill Lane Gilford, NH 03249 603-366-7732 Editor’s additions: The second episode of Escapade Johnson has been published. This is the series of junior books written by MICHAEL SULLIVAN. The newest volume is titled Escapade Johnson and the Coffee Shop of the Living Dead. The third in the series, The Witches of Belknap County was due this fall.

1986 K AT H L E E N M I L L E R R E I N K E 1465 Old Farm Lane Saint Joseph, MI 49085 269-408-8090 Greetings 40-Something Comrades! I hope everyone celebrated their 40th birthday in style! I turned in May and was in Chicago, with plenty of celebration! Chris and I relocated our family back to the States, from Denmark to New Hampshire, in ’06. We were living in New Hampshire for a year and then moved to southwestern Michigan with my husband’s new job, I miss all the great travel opportunities of living abroad, but looking forward to exploring

the US now! I do not think I have the energy to relocate again…but you never know! ● It was great to be back in New Hampshire, near family and it was fun to reconnect with DIANE FOWLER CHADWICK over several three to four-hour coffee mornings. It’s amazing after all this time what we find to talk (and laugh) about for so long! Diane looks better than ever! ● I also got to see ALAN HOLLANDER, now from New Jersey, in our old stomping ground in Sunapee! ● It was great to hear from SCOTT KELLAN, who lives in New York City with his wife Mara and two sons: Dylan ( 2 ½) and Devin ( 1½). Scott turned the “glorious 40” last summer. He is

’86! Happy 40th, Everyone! Cheers! ● Editor’s additions: SARAH FLETCHER TROUTMAN has moved to Brooks, ME, giving her family lots more space for gardening, exploring the outdoors, two cats and three boys (Nicholas, 11; Benjamin, 6; Jonathan, 2). They are having fun raising chickens, learning how to play the violin and homeschooling. ● A report from DARRELL BEAUPRE: “My wife Amy and I moved back to Meriden during the fall of 1999. We built a house on a piece of property above my folk’s place. Although I had been teaching for nine years, I took time off to run a part time fine furniture business and to raise my son Conor and daughter Molly while they were young. As of last year, they go to school full time so I was able to go back to teaching. I now teach sophomore and junior English at KUA.”

Dylan, son of Scott Kellan ’86.

senior managing director in charge of Brokering Operations in North America. ● DAVID ALLYN is in Skaneateles with four kids--three girls (10, 7, 4) and one boy, 2.... busy, busy. Dave exchanged e-mail with MATT DISILVA, said it was great to hear from him. Still playing music (which brings back such great memories, Dave)! Dave is bummed to have lost touch with the old band members and said it would be great to hear from them (Get in touch, guys!). Also, Dave mentioned that one of his old high school buddies has become good friends with CHRIS AND SAM SYLVIA ‘87 POWERS in Nantucket. Dave would love to hear from MARWAAN KARAME ‘87. ● For me, life is good out here in Michigan. It is a great community right on Lake Michigan--we are about an hour and a half away from Chicago and I go every chance I get! Last May, I did the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago, which was an amazing experience. I am also trying to keep up with my running. Other than that, I am enjoying my two kids, who are 11 and 9, keeping busy with volunteering in the schools and working from home for a small consulting company outside of Boston. ● I heard from ALAN HOLLANDER, who turned 40 in October, after a recent “blast from the past” visit to the KUA campus. Alan was impressed with how the campus has changed. He caught a football game and ran into MR. STANSFIELD ‘78 and MR. CLOUTMAN. Alan, thank you for sharing. I agree, we should all get back there at some point. Whoa, the memories. I am sure life has changed quite a bit for each one of us, as much as it has up on the Hilltop, since

Novice Darrell Beaupre ‘86 and Master Drywaller Dave Fielder ’90 working on a double wall. They also built another 70 feet of single wall in Darrell’s sheep/cow pasture. They will complete the walls this spring. “Hard work, but great fun.”

1987 JENNIFER FREEMAN THOMSON P. O. Box 1200 Port Washington, NY 11050-7200 516-944-5292 Thank you to ELLEN ABRAHAMSON BONNER for her help over the years as class reporter. Welcome to JEN FREEMAN THOMSON who will take over these duties. ● TARA TULLAR DADD and her two children traveled to New England in July

Caroline, Johnny, and Rylee, children of Jennifer Freeman Thomson ’87.



of 2008 and managed to fit in visits with PAUL BAUMRIND, CHET NEWBOLD (and his wife and boys), and LARRY OAKS (and his wife and boys). “It was really great to see old friends,” she said. The Dadd kids (Lydia, 9, and Evan, 5) had fun at Chet s parents pool in Cornish, and at Good Harbor Beach where they met up with the Oaks family for an afternoon of surf and sand. “Sadly, there is no photographic record of the dinners we had with Paul, but he looks the same as ever so just pull out an old yearbook and imagine him in the booth of a Boston-area Mexican restaurant!” ● Here's SARAH UPHOFF DREYER’S big news....a new baby girl! Ainsley Jane Dreyer was born on August 17 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. She joins her big brother Spencer (4 1/2 years) at home in Menlo Park. Sarah is taking a little time off from her interior design business while her husband Bob is working away as CEO of a technology company that he recently started. ● TRACY A. BURNS is no longer teaching and now works as an editor and proofreader of a weekly magazine in Prague. In December some of her articles about Slovak literature will be published in the USA. This summer she traveled to Croatia and to many castles and chateaux in the Czech Republic; in November she visited Austria. ● DAVE FELTON has moved his family to Honolulu, HI (on the beautiful island of Oahu). The Navy offered him a promotion at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as the director of Radiological Emergency Planning. Dave reports: “We have been here since June and we absolutely love it here. Been real busy trying to settle in here, find a house (that I can afford), find the right location/area on the island to live. It is surprising how the islanders have such a misconception here on driving distances and traffic. To them, a ten-minute drive to the next town is a big issue; let alone rush hour traffic. Surf is starting to kick up here with the winter season moving in, but temperatures are still in the 80-90s and the water is crystal clear and approx. 75-80 degrees (breaks my heart…)” ● As for me―I’m still living on Long Island―Sands Point, NY, to be exact. My kids are now 7 (Caroline), 5 (Johnny IV) and Rylee just turned 2. Just trying to chase after them keeps me busy. We were up in Stratton, VT, for part of October. Loved the beautiful fall foliage―which I’m sure KUA had lots of too. Keep in touch.

1988 NEELIE WHITE FRITZ is still in Chicago. Her

two children, Kitty (8) and Charlie (7) attend the Francis W. Parker School. Neelie is on Facebook and welcomes reconnecting with old friends from 56


Ted Connolly ’88 and his family: Lisa, Eddie and Jimmie.

KUA. ● TED CONNOLLY, his wife Lisa, and two boys Eddie (7) and Jimmie (5) live in Boulder, CO. Ted is working for Qwest Communications in HR as well as running his own company, Hands On Resources. In addition, he teaches a leadership course at University of Colorado and Regis University. Ted says, “While I'm fairly busy in Colorado, I have found time to volunteer down in El Salvador at an eye clinic with my father. Each year, at the end of January, we travel down to San Miguel, El Salvador, to provide eye care to over 2000 patients. It’s a humbling and rewarding experience. I wish you all a great 2009.”



M E L I S S A A . LO N G A C R E 596 Stage Road Plainfield, NH 03781 603-675-9974

veterinarian and also lives in Maine. She has three children. Jessie and her family recently adopted a daughter from Guatemala, Ana Luisa. Her two older brothers are teaching her about life on the farm. Jessie continues to work at the school she and her husband opened in northern New Hampshire. ● ROSEMARIE KOUNTZ would love to hear from anyone wanting to catch up. She is living in Newburyport, MA, working as a financial advisor for the past six years. She travels in her spare time (Portugal, Fiji, and Italy most recently). ● Ran into ANDREA BUENO KEEN counting votes after the November election. We had a great turnout here in Plainfield. She and Ranji keep busy with their two children, Piper and Sebastian. ● I am very honored to be part of ROBYN SACHS‘S wedding party. Her wedding is this spring on the Cape. She is still doing breast cancer surgeries in Boston. ● My husband and I are still here in Meriden and are expecting our new chocolate lab puppy in January. That is sure to shake up our nice quiet household. Hope to see you all in the spring back on The Hilltop. ● Editor’s addition: This summer MATT WEINBERG had a great weekend in the Hamptons with BEN FRIEDBERG, RON NORTON, WALLY HALLER and PHIL STAMATAKY and their wives

and beautiful kids. Through Facebook, he has reconnected with SHELLY CRAWFORD and PAUL FITZGERALD. He also spoke to ROBBY DASTIN ‘90, who is living in Chile.

1990 REBEKAH GLUCKSMAN WOOLF 433 Evans Road Canton, NC 28716 828-246-7342 WILL BARKER and his wife Alison had a second

son, Charley, in August. They also have a twoyear-old, William. Will joined KUA● s Board of Trustees and is amazed by all the positive changes A mini-’89 reunion in Maine: Ellen Bishop Duke, Jesse Griffiths, and Kate Robes Soehren.

It will be 20 years this spring since we were all last together―Can you believe it? Planning is just beginning for our reunion this spring. Call your old buddies and reconnect! I heard from KURT DEPOY and he is looking forward to it. He lives in Dallas with his wife and two-year-old son Will. He works for an oil and gas company. ● JESSIE GRIFFITHS, KATE ROBES SOEHREN, and ELLEN BISHOP DUKE had a mini-reunion this summer in Maine. Ellen is working in childcare and lives in Maine with her family. Kate is a

Charley and William, sons of Alison and Will Barker ’90.

that have taken place on the campus and excited about all of the plans for the near and long-term future of the school! ● GRETCHEN DUBIE still lives in Oregon and is working as a program manager for an abuse and neglect non-profit, Relief Nurseries. Her agency is growing fast and has been replicated in nine Oregon communities, two in Texas, and she has helped start nine Relief Nurseries in the Ukraine. She travels there yearly to help establish sites and to continue to help prevent high numbers of childhood abandonment in the streets. She is enjoying reconnecting with many old classmates through Facebook! ● Editor’s addition: ROB DASTIN is in Chile where he has a guide business.

1991 MELINDA LO N G A C R E TA B E R P.O. Box 155 Plainfield, NH 03781 603-675-5707 mtaber@plainfieldschool. org Editor’s addition: CHRIS ZELLER is happily living in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with his wife Ericka Paredes and son Michael Anthony “MAZ.”

Molly Creelman holding Charlie, alongside husband Craig and Edward.

M O L LY B O U R N E C R E E L M A N ‘ 9 2

Michael, son of Ericka and Chris Zeller ’91.

1992 KEVIN D. WICKLESS 37 Ben Merrill Road Clinton, CT 06413 860-552-4113 Hello 92ers! It is great to hear from all of you! Currently in Connecticut, my wife Aimee and I are moving to Norwich, CT, from Clinton, CT, to where we both practice law with our respective firms in order to cut down on our commute times. Now that I am geographically located closer to KUA I will have no excuse to not visit campus in 2009. Our daughter Madelyn (2 ½) assures me she will go “snowing” on her skis when the first snow arrives this year. ● Other news I have heard is that JEFFREY CRICCO, resident of Vail, CO, will be tying the knot in June of 2009. I have already put it on my calendar and hope to make the trip. Keep your class notes rolling in! ● Other great news to report is: SARAH TODD WEINSTEIN reports “my family moved to Massachusetts over the summer. My husband Evan and I both work at the hospital and our daughter Natalie is enjoying kindergarten. We are glad to be back in the East!”● YASU NAGAHATA adds “I’ve been living in Tokyo, Japan, with my wife and my son. My son, Komon, turned two on September 25 and is having fun with anything he finds. I am working at the NHK, the national TV station in Japan, as a director for the last 11 years and making entertainment programs, especially comedy! I visit the US, mostly Boston, at least once a year, but unfortunately I haven’t had chances to return to Meriden, NH. I only keep in touch with KEVIN WICKLESS who I studied with at both KUA and BU. I’d love to hear from other KUA friends and my e-mail address is I hope everyone is fine and do hope any of you still remember who I am…Oh, another thing….Let’s go, Red Sox!! ● MOLLY BOURNE CREELMAN recently appeared in a special news article highlighting the success of her new business; Miss Molly’s Provisions, where she produces an all natural, gluten-free line of buttercream frosting. Miss Molly’s products are sold in specialty stores and co-ops as well as major supermarkets:

Who doesn t like icing – other than on highways, byways, runways, and skiways? Fortunately, frosting (the edible version), is now healthier and less of a guilty pleasure, thanks to alumna Molly Bourne Creelman 92 who has become a KUA confectionary guru graduate. Miss Molly s Provisions, operating under the new umbrella firm of Fancy Free/Freedom Foods in Randolph, VT, is saving moms and kids from consuming large amounts of preservativeladen junk foods common at birthday parties, school events, and other celebratory occasions. Molly's son Charlie, pictured above, is the inspiration behind Miss Molly's all-natural, gluten-free buttercream frostings. Charlie's dietary restrictions resulted in Molly's research on ingredients found in typical shelf frostings and the niche she decided to fill in premium healthy snack food. Now in its second year and second location, Miss Molly s frostings are becoming the first choice among discerning consumers across the country. Recently aligned with another Vermont food entrepreneur, Cathy Bacon, Molly and her business partner have been able to expand their co-owned business to include organic and locally produced hot cereal, delicious cheese spreads, syrups, condiments, and gluten-free snacks under the Hillside Lane line and Vermont Morning names. Available by mail order at and in Upper Valley specialty stores like King Arthur Flour and Hanover and Lebanon Cooperative Society, these tasty treats are definitely worth trying. Residing happily nearby the Hilltop in Hanover, Molly remembers fondly her three years as a KUA boarding student, taking classes from entertaining and dynamic teachers like Todd Currie, Roberta McLain, and Bob Ballantyne. A former resident of Densmore and Tracy, Molly is thankful for the fabulous friends she made in the dorms and on the fields, and the emphasis on maintaining balance in life while maximizing output and activities at KUA. She knows how to get it all done; being a mom, a wife, a friend, a business owner, and devoted KUA grad. Now that is how to have one s cake and eat it, too!



Price Chopper, Shaw’s and Hannaford Supermarkets. Keep up the good work! ● Editor’s additions: JENNIFER SMITH, husband Josh Golin and new baby Clara are happy and healthy and living in Arlington, MA. Jenn is working on her doctorate in counseling psychology and will graduate by September 2010. ● TERESA BERLIN has bought a house and lives with housemates in Portland, OR. She is trying a new career—in sales. She reports, “It is certainly challenging, but life, in general, seems to be that way (i.e., house, relationship, money, job, etc.).”


who is almost two years old. She is the founder of Missbehave Magazine (www.missbehavemag. com) which recently published their tenth issue! ● RAY RAMOS recently moved from DC to New York City where he has been named Comcast's vice president of Research and Marketing Solutions. Ray will be responsible for all market research and analysis for Comcast Sports Group's growing family of local sports networks. ● BROOK RIMLAND KNIGHT and her husband welcomed their daughter Eden Hazel Knight on March 10, 2008, and Brooke says every day since has been an adventure! ● All is well in Washington DC. I'm looking forward to the

KATHERINE MCKINNEY LANDRIGAN 4775 White Rock Circle, Apt. D Boulder, CO 80301-5365 303-530-1074 Editor’s additions: MORGAN EDGERLY reports that his children are doing very well. Connor (9) is in a highly accelerated math program and plays soccer and baseball. Daughter Mikayla (7) is in first grade and doing well in her drama classes. Morgan says “MR. WEIDMAN would be very proud.” ● James and KRISTIN WESTWOOD PETRITZ have adopted a daughter, Anastasia, from Russia. They have recently purchased a company in New York State and have closed one in Connecticut. ● DAGAN BRUSH reports: “I have moved to a new career as a global account manager, servicing Japanese OEMs, selling catalysts which help clean vehicle emissions, for BASF. My wife and I have moved to New Brunswick, NJ, to be closer to my office and closer to my family in Vermont. We will be having a second wedding ceremony in Brazil, on the beach, in December. She is Brazilian.”


upcoming inauguration festivities and change in administration--lots of excitement. I have been traveling quite a bit for work and have been to Panama, the Philippines, Ecuador, Peru and Nepal since June. Wishing you all the best and hope to hear from more KUA 1994 classmates next time around!


H A N N A H T. FA I R B A N K 2145 California Street NW, Apt. 207 Washington, DC 20008 202-257-0074 JAY FITZGERALD is married, living in

Connecticut and working in New York City. CLUNEY KELLY and her husband welcomed their second child, John Patrick Kelly, on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2008. ● MARTHA MAY HERBERT LILLIE gave birth to Luna May Lillie on May 10, 2008. Luna was seven weeks early weighing in at 4lbs 12oz. Luna is doing great now! Luna's dad is JUSTIN LILLIE ‘96. ● SAMANTHA KEEGAN MOELLER lives in Queens, NY, with her husband and son Fritz ● ERIN


Brooke Rimland ’94 and daughter Eden.


Joseph Porcelli ’94 and Cynthia Howe on the Boston Cruise.

1995 ANN-ELISE ARMSTRONG GRANT 11 Congress Street Newburyport, MA 01950-2345 617-275-9386 Welcome to ANN-ELISE who has volunteered to be the class reporter. ● A report from BROOK BENNETT: “I just got married at the Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, VT, on October 18 to my college boyfriend of 11 years!!,

Andrew Thomas. Classmates that attended were, GABE STEIN who was a groomsman, SARAH HUNT, TREY MERREY, CHRIS SEELEY '‘96 and ANDY BURNS ‘94. It

was an amazing weekend in beautiful Vermont. We headed out the following week for our 15-day honeymoon to China and Thailand. I can t believe Head of School MIKE SCHAFER was a stone’s throw away from us in Hong Kong. It would of been so neat to have met up with him. KUA does seem to always pop up everywhere. My father, ROBERT BENNETT ‘67, was in Asia traveling with my mother the same time last year and really pushed for us to take a detour to China. We are so glad we did. We spent a few days in Hong Kong which was just phenomenal and then headed to Bangkok for five days and the last leg was spent in Phuket. It was a far way to travel but by far the best experience. We sure are lucky here in the States. I highly suggest anyone that can hack the 17-hour flight to go. My husband and I bought a house a year and half ago in Williston, VT, and I work as a diagnostic specialist for a womenfl s health care company based out of Bedford, MA, called Hologic. I cover Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts, so I spend many hours in a car but I really enjoy what I do.” ● CHRISTINA SANDOE KLINTEBACK, husband Matthias, and new baby Erik live in Greenwich, CT, moving there from DC. Christina says, “Parenthood is great, and he surprises me every day.” ● ISABELLE NICOLAS BAECK also welcomed a daughter June on June 24. Isabelle is taking a year off to be with her. She learned that JOCIE DITZEL is living just 30 minutes away, and they are planning to get together. ● Here is another wedding report—this one from DORIENNE CEDENO: “Ifl m living in Waterbury, VT, and teaching nearby. I was married this summer in Hyde Park, VT, to Daniel DeSanto (no KUA affiliation). MELINDA RUSSO and Jocelyn Ditzel were two of my bridesmaids. ELISE KUSSELOW, KATE STEPHENSON ’96, and JILL MARSHALL ‘94 were also there. KIERSTEN ALLBRIGHT ‘94 couldn't make it but sent her best wishes. My brother JEFF ‘00 was in the wedding as well. I saw KATRINA MOGIELNICKI SLADE and her adorable son Brooke Bennett ’95 and husband Andrew Thomas.

and very nice partner last winter at a local food gathering Kate Stephenson 96 helped organize. This fall when my husband and I signed up to canvass for Obama in New Dorienne Cedeno and bridesmaids Hampshire, we Melinda Russo and Jocelyn Ditzel, all class of 1995. were assigned to KUA houses (errr...very small apartments), only it was Saturday morning and everyone was in class. I’m also helping with a play at the school where I work and KUA was kind enough to loan us some costumes to help us out.” ● Katrina Mogielnicki Slade says, “I'm living with my partner and our two kids--Riley (3 1/2 years) and Kale (6 months) in Northampton, MA, and working at an engineering/architecture firm as ‘sustainability coordinator.’ Getting settled in a new place, but loving it. We're right on 91 if anyone is passing by. I see Kate Stephenson 96 and MATT MCKINNEY a fair amount, which, of course, means fun times.”

1996 TIMOTHY WALSH is married to Stacia Comi

and has a two-year-old daughter, Ayva Elizabeth. He is a high school social studies teacher. ● IAN INVERNO reports: “Destination Fame starring Mario (Dancing with the Stars), Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block), A. J. Gill (American Idol), Joe Jackson (father of Michael), Cuba Gooding and ME. I have a principal role—will be released March-April 2009. Now working on the Eartha Kit (original Catwoman) movie and other projects. Hope to do more acting, films mostly and some production.” ● PAOLO MONCAGATTA: “This is the first time I write to the KUA Magazine since I left KUA. And let me say that since I left the school I turned into a very happy person. The past ten years have had a bit of everything: I've been a musician, sociologist, painter, worked in a Ben & Jerry's shop in NYC, and traveled a lot, among other things. Currently I am finishing a master’s in political science in Barcelona, Spain, developing a thesis on democratic consolidation in Latin America. Besides that, my music band (www. had its first European tour this last August, and it was a success! We played in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium,

France and Spain. I am happily married (no kids yet) and plan on staying in Barcelona for a couple more years.” ● KATE STEPHENSON just completed a year as a 2008 New England Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and was appointed interim executive director of the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT. ● KATHRIN HASSKAMP has moved from Dresden to Berlin. She works three days a week in the cultural department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin and two days still with the Dresden State Art Collections.

1997 MATT FRICK is engaged to Ashley Garza of

Dumas, TX, and plan to marry in June 2009. Matt is playing pro hockey in Amarillo, TX—his eighth year as a pro. ● CHRISTIAN AVIGNON started a stone and outdoor living business in 2003 and now has a well-recognized business with 24 employees in Vail, CO. Matt Frick made several visits while he was playing hockey in Denver and even worked on one of his crews last spring. Christian also got engaged, in August. ● MARGARET SWIFT has started a new business; check out ● ASHLEY SCRANTON is in Los Angeles working as head designer for Ezekiel (surf/lifestyle clothing). She caught up with LEE HEDGES this spring and also JAIME BARNATAN who was in LA on business. ● MELANI ZAGARIS got married to William A. Wadland III on June 21, 2008. The ceremony was performed at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Church in Woburn, MA. The reception was

Melani Zagaris ’97 and husband William Wadland III.

held at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA. Melani s sister, Estelle Valsamis, was the matron of honor. LOUKAS ZAGARIS ‘99 was the best man. Other KUA alumni that attended were: BEVAN OKAMOTO-REILLY, ALEX PIERSON ‘96, JASON LIPOSKY ‘98, TIM BIRMINGHAM ‘98, and BRENDAN MOELLER ‘99. For their

honeymoon, Melani and William went on a beautiful cruise through the Mediterranean. Melani continues to be a first grade teacher in Arlington, MA, and her new husband is a builder at William A. Wadland III Building and

Restoration. ● HANNAH SACHS reports: “I was at a Red Sox game (vs. Cleveland Indians) in September and was chatting with the man and his wife next to me from Georgia about our phenomenal seats (next to the Indians’ manager Mark Shapiro), third row. After several beers we realized that we BOTH went to KUA. He is CRAIG GAGNE ‘73. We talked of how much we both loved BISH and our days on the Hill. What a small world it is sometimes.

1998 KRISTY WOLTER 1820 Titus Road Titus, AL 36080 850-855-2080 Editor’s addition: In September ERIN TAUPIER KLOCEK began working toward her MA in counseling at Johnson State College. She and David were married in April. ● KRISTEN OVERMAN BRYANT was awarded the doctor of optometry degree from Southern College

Jane Taupier, Erin Taupier `98 and Dave Klocek, Jason Hood, Anna Taupier `01, Mike Taupier.

of Optometry in Memphis, TN, in May. She is completing a residency at the Memphis Veterans Administration Hospital and plans to return to New Hampshire. ● NICK CONNOLLY is engaged to Brittany Wells of Virginia. Nick and Brittany have known each other for over 20 years; their families have known each other just as long. Their wedding date is April 18, 2009, in Arlington, VA. Nick and Brittany currently reside in Fairfax County, Nicholas Connolly ‘98 and fiancée Brittany Wells. VA.





MEGAN E. ROMIGH 4910 43rd Place Washington, DC 20016 202-374-8991 Editor’s additions: LOUKAS ZAGARIS is living in Tarpon Springs, FL, and working in real estate. ● In July CAROLINE MANS graduated from the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, in Bethesda, MD. She was promoted to the rank of captain and commissioned to serve in the Medical Corps of the Army. ● After touring with his band, “The Casual Fiasco” for three years, WILL READ is taking a rest and booking band shows for Roll Call Entertainment. ● After finishing high school and studying for a degree in law and master’s degree in finance and stock exchange markets, JAIME PRIETO starting working at Lloyds TSB Bank in Madrid in its corporating banking department. Jaime recently married his girlfriend of five years, Maria Pascual. This past summer, both Maria and Jaime Prieto ’99 and his wife Maria Jaime helped Pascual. out with the KUA summer programs. ● KEVIN AND VICTORIA RAMOSGLEW, CURRENT FACULTY, visited KUA alums in Spain this past August. In Marbella, they spent the weekend with Francisco ORTIZ VON BISMARCK and JAIME BARNATAN ‘97. In Madrid, they were able to connect with Jaime Prieto and his wife, Maria. Jaime and Maria had just returned from spending a few weeks

Left to right: Jaime Barnatan ‘97, Gunilla von Bismarck, Francisco von Bismarck ‘99, Victoria Ramos-Glew, Luis Ortiz, Kevin Ramos-Glew



working at the KUA Summer Program. Kevin enjoyed seeing JAIME CODA ’07, who is doing great at the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid. Jaime reports that his sisters Alicia and Marta are wonderful as well. INES DOTTI ’97 and the Ramos-Glews spoke on the phone quite a bit in Spain, but did not connect as Ines was enjoying a short holiday in Mallorca.

2000 KELLY FARRELL P. O. Box 2792 Olympic Valley, CA 96146-2792 Editor’s additions: LINDSAY THRALL has started grad school at the University of Utah in the Occupational Therapy Program. ● DENNING COATES works for Dwight Asset Management in Burlington, VT, where he lives with his fiancée Jenny Denison and their French bulldog, Sophie. He enjoys keeping in touch with SCOTT LISTON, GINO RIFFLE and CHRIS BOSSIE. Denning enjoys skiing at Stowe and Sugarbush and watching UVM basketball and lacrosse games. “Life is good.” ● ABBY COOPER is engaged and getting married in May 2009 in Salem, MA. She has just bought a house and loves teaching in an elementary school and traveling in her free time. ● VICTORIA KOHN is well in Wyoming. She reports a very busy wildland fire season out West. She is looking forward to skiing at Jackson this winter. ● DANIELLE MARIE BOULANGER just got engaged to Sean Rooney. She is currently doing an externship at Restaurant ON20 under Chef Noel Jones to finish up a degree at Connecticut Culinary Institute, while also working at Max s Oyster Bar in West Hartford, CT. Danielle just recently won a silver medal for an American Culinary Federation professional culinary competition that was held in Washington, DC, this November.

2001 M E L I S S E P. H I N K L E 3000 Washingon Boulevard, Apt. 522 Arlington, VA 22201 646-453-9902 As I'm writing this, the holiday season is upon us. It's hard to believe another year has come and gone, but it sounds as though it has been a year of exciting changes for many of you. ● BOB DIPPELL is still living with his girlfriend in San Francisco. He works for a company called Praetorian Group, where he is an online director. He reports the company is doing well, launching

new sites on a regular basis and building its employee base, despite the economy. ● DAVE RUDOLF also works at Praetorian. He runs all of the optimization initiatives there and has implemented a new advertising model. Bob teamed up with his boss to help launch a winefocused social network. Check it out at www. ● ASHLEY EDSON FIEDLER moved back to Boston with her husband, Adam, after living in Pittsburgh. She s looking forward to a snowy winter in New England. ● FAITH LARSEN recently got engaged to Keith Rourke. The couple is planning a 2010 wedding in Boston. ● CASEY LAWSON, another Boston resident, also reports he is now engaged. Congrats, Faith and Casey! Casey is teaching history and political science at Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea, MA. He and his fiancée plan to move to Baltimore and get married next fall. ● MEG HEBERT is teaching dance and living outside New York City. She became a professional organizer and now has her own company called Sort It Out. Meg plans to see EMILY KIRKLAND, who is living in Maine and running part of her family! s landscaping business. Emily will spend the month of March in Vietnam. ● ANNA TAUPIER is working as a dietetic technician at the New London Hospital. ● NATE COOK went full time with the moving business he and his classmate started as students at Babson College. The company is called Piece by Piece Movers. Nate says he's having fun with the business and he invites everyone to think of Piece by Piece when planning a residential or commercial move in the Boston area. ● CHELSEY PHILPOT lives in Cambridge, MA. She! s finishing up a master! s degree in journalism at Boston University. She keeps busy writing for several publications and she'll be reporting from DC during the upcoming presidential inauguration. ● ALISSA VALIANTE still resides in New York City where she is an assistant product manager for reading intervention programs at Scholastic. She lives with ABIGAIL NINTZEL, who continues to work in the buying department for designer women! s fashions at Bloomingdale! s. ● CHARIS BOKE is working toward a master! s in social sciences, with a focus in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She expects to finish her degree in June. Charis says she currently spends her time reading dense texts and wishing Chicago had more mountains to feed her passion for hiking. She! s working for a non-profit called the Civic Knowledge Project, which aims to improve relations between the University of Chicago and the surrounding community. Charis will be making a trip to KUA in March to speak to students about

international citizenship and the Fulbright Program. ● CHRIS WEBBER lives in Boston and works at an investment company. ● IAN BENNITT continues to work on labor and environmental policy issues for the Shipbuilders Council of America in Washington, DC. ● I m also working in Washington, DC, as a video producer for United Press International ( I've covered quite a few big events over the past few months, including the DNC in Denver, CO, the RNC in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and President-elect Obama's final campaign rally in Manassas, VA. I ll be here in DC covering inauguration in January. I also ran the Cape Cod Marathon at the end of October in honor of my grandmother. I just reconnected with CAITLIN WELLS ‘02, who moved to DC, and I caught up with ALEX LISTON `03, Abigail and Alissa during a recent visit to New York City. Finally, our trusty class agent, RYAN FRISCH, started a Facebook group for our class, so check it out if you haven't already. Keep in touch! ● Editor’s additions: BRENDAN RYAN is celebrating the success of his own business, The Brendan Ryan Company, which is two years old, in Houston, TX. Brendan also recently competed and

2002 T H O M A S D . P E N T KO W S K I 78 St. Andrews Drive Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-877-7981 S T E V E N J . S O T LO F F 13250 SW 59th Avenue Pinecrest, FL 33156 786-302-0511 Editor’s addition: Since graduating from Quinnipiac University MATTHEW LIPOSKY has been working as a fund accounting supervisor for Bank of New York in Boston, MA. He has also been keeping up with a job that he’s had since college and has been consulting for a political firm in Boston and currently consulting for three state representative races within Massachusetts. Matthew lives in Charlestown with his girlfriend Meaghan. He has been in touch with MIKE THOMAS and RYAN DEPOY over the past few months and hear every now and then from JOHN BERGER.

2003 CRAIG R. BLANCHETTE 69 Daniel Trace Burlington, CT 06013 860-673-2173

Brendan Ryan `01 on a trip to Los Angeles.

participated in the Student Academy Awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is working with SCOTT KAPLAN ’99 on becoming a success in Hollywood. ● SETH AMES lives and works in Winnemucca, NV, as a geologist for Great Basin Gold, Ltd., at their Hollister Mine. He graduated in May 2006 from the University of Wyoming with a BS in geology and environmental and natural resources.

Editor’s addition: After graduating from St. Lawrence University, TREVOR RAINVILLE has been working in Beijing, China, for 1Lacrosse (a new lacrosse company). ● JON SILVERMAN moved back from Budapest, Hungary (after a year there) in September, and started a new job with Mediaplanet Publishing house (www. and is loving it! In his time in Hungary Jon owned and operated a cafe/bar, and worked as an international steel trader.



M E G A N T. B E N N I T T St. Lawrence University 23 Romoda Drive, CMR #38 Canton, NY 13617 LY N N M . G R AY 6 Casco Drive, Apt. K Nashua, NH 03062 JENNA HARRIS is living in Brooklyn and

working as a creative assistant for a small agency in Soho. ● JOSH LAURIE is graduating in

May from UMass Amherst with a degree in resource economics. ● LI WEI MAO graduated from Bryant with a degree in management and applied psychology. ● CRYSTAL FRATES graduated from Boston College with a degree in psychology and is working as a salesperson for a software company located in Boston, MA. ● ALICIA SARGENT is attending nursing school in Vermont. ● SEAN SMITH decided to take a year off after graduating from Hobart to travel Central and South America for the next three months. ● MALLORY LEFEBVRE is teaching kindergarten in Raymond, NH, and thinking about going to graduate school during the summer of ’09. ● KATHERINE GOODRICH is graduating in December from UTSA with a BA in English. She plans on moving back to Vermont afterwards. ● KATHLEEN NICHOLSON graduated from Colby and is now teaching biology and chemistry back at KUA. ● ROSE CHAMPAGNE finished two summers as an acting intern at Peterborough Players, has an agent in Boston, and has done some green screen work. ● WHITNEY FLORES is living in NYC and dancing professionally for two dance companies: “ARCH DANCE CO.” and “LIVE CO./THE VIXENS.” Since in New York she has auditioned for: Madonna, MTV! s America’s Best Dance Crew, and hiphop artist Ashanti and Ciera. She is featured as a back-up dancer in music videos for artists such as: My Semi-precious Weapons and Lil Mama. She has performed at major venues such as: University of Florida's Phillip! s Center for the Arts, New World Stages NYC, The Highland Ballroom NYC, Dance New Amsterdam, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, and The Tank NYC. In addition to rehearsals she bartends/waits tables, gogo dances and works at CRUMBS Bakeshop (a cupcake store) on 42nd Street in New York. She plans on moving to LA to audition more and open her own dance studio. ● DAN BUTTERLY graduated from Cornell University and is starting an internship at a financial firm in Hong Kong at the beginning of next year called Ward Ferry Management Ltd. ● DYLAN MCGRAW and his family are leaving Meriden and moving to Byfield, MA. This spring Dylan is graduating from UNH with a degree in communication and plans on spending time after college working for The Black Dog. He is also proud and excited to be representing all of the alums on the KUA Alumni Council. ● BRANDT NELSON graduated from Salve Regina University and is now living in Charleston, SC. He is working at a resort called Wild Dunes located on the Isle of Palms. ● BECCA WHITE graduated from Lewis and Clark with a degree WINTER 2009


in biology and a minor in art. She is now working at the ski/snowboard school on Mt. Hood. ● ERIN BARNICLE LEVANT got married to Daniel Levant, Dartmouth 03, on July 5, 2008, in Laredo, TX. NICOLE BRADSTREET and ALEXANDRA BARNICLE `09 were among the bridesmaids. She is currently living in Fort Worth, TX, with her husband. Erin is teaching Spanish, bilingual and ESL to fifth and sixth graders and loves it. Erin and Daniel hope to accept positions at an International Baccalaureate School either in Casablanca or Rabat, Morocco, within the next two-three years. She is perfecting her French and working on Arabic. ● METZI ANDERSON graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, in May 2008 after a great four years. She then traveled around Scotland for two weeks with friends and family. She has recently received her real estate license in the state of Vermont and is working as an agent at Stowe Realty in Stowe. Over the summer Metzi was fortunate enough to get together with some old KUA friends: WESTON WHEELER, EVAN DECKER-SPENCE, ROSS SAXTON, IAN O'REILLY, JER SHIPMAN, PHIL COMEN and WILL DUGAN. ● DANNY MANZOURI

is in Manhattan working for the sports company Everlast in sports marketing. ● MEGAN BENNITT is graduating in May from St. Lawrence University with a degree in environmental studies. ● CALDER GAGE is living in Aventura, FL, and graduating from Barry University with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. He also has an internship with the Atlanta Braves Organization. ● JULIAN CASEY graduated from Lynn University and traveled in Central and South America. He is now living in California and working in the wine business. ● LYNN GRAY graduated from ASU and is now working as a market coordinator in Bedford, MA. ● STEPHEN ROGERS graduated from Sarah Lawrence with a degree in computer science. He is now back at KUA as a faculty member in the Technology and Arts Departments. Stephen is the technical director for theater and works with faculty and students on all things technology. He is living in Meriden as a dorm parent. ● EVERYONE, don’t forget our five-year reunion coming up in ’09!!!!!! We will keep you posted! Hope everyone is doing well! ● Editor’s additions: MIKE MCKENNEY graduated cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in June with a BA degree in athletic training and sports medicine. He successfully passed the National Board of Certification exam and is now a certified 62


athletic trainer. He currently works at Front Range Orthopaedics in Colorado Springs, CO. ● Jesse and JACKIE GUERIN FILIAULT have been married for two years and welcomed their son Tucker on July 3. They live in Woodstock, VT, and keep in close touch with JULIA BERNDT. Julia graduated from George Washington University in May and is now at the Yale School of Public Health pursuing a master’s of public health in health policy and administration. ● Bates College graduates are JULIA LOGAN who graduated with a BA in history and BRYAN FRATES who graduated with a BA in rhetoric.

2005 ALI KEATING took the fall of 2007 off

from St. Michael’s College. She spent two weeks traveling through Italy, France and Switzerland and then a month in Costa Rica studying Spanish and digital photography. ● KATHARINE MEARS has also been traveling. In 2007 she spent a term in Prague, traveling to Poland, and skied in the Austrian Alps. This year she spent a semester in Tasmania, Australia, studying digital art and photography and sculpture. She runs cross-country and is captain of her college team this year. She will graduate in May and plans to move to Boston. ● ASHLEY RICKEN will graduate next spring from the University of Arizona. ● ROSS HAMILTON and his family have moved to Cape Cod. He is a junior at the College of Charleston. ● WILL ABDU is majoring in biology at Boston University and will graduate in the spring.

2006 L AURA BERNDT Quinnipiac University P. O. Box 176 Hamden, CT 06518-1908 THOMAS ESTABROOK is in his junior year

at Penn, double majoring in economics and French. He spent the last summer studying French at Middlebury. He spent the fall ’08 semester in Lyon, France, trying to travel all over Europe while he was there. He spent eight days traveling with CHARLOTTE HASTINGS around Central Europe. ● WILL LAVENBERG is a declared economics major at Roanoke. He will be going to South Africa in May of ’09 for a study abroad program. ● LAUREN SLIPP is in her junior year at Bates, majoring in French and neuroscience. She has been a co-captain

of the Bates women’s ice hockey team for the past two years. Last year she was named ACHA Division II All-American. Her team placed third in the national tournament in Chicago and she was named a Tournament All-Star. She spent the fall of ’08 studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal, and had an amazing time. ● MAGGIE MCADAM is at Mount Holyoke College, majoring in astronomy and minoring in physics. She spent the fall ’08 semester studying abroad in Australia at the Australian National University. She is still fencing and placed third in the New England Championship last year and second at the University Games of Australia in October of ’08. Mount Holyoke was defending ninth place in the nation in 2008. ● PETER ROUNDY attends Stonehill College and is majoring in health care administration. He is playing hockey there. ● EMILY HOAR is still playing lacrosse at Allegheny College. She is majoring in women’s studies and minoring in psychology. She spent the fall semester of ’08 studying abroad in Townsville, Australia, at James Cook. ● COLBY CLARKSON is a declared environmental studies major with a geology minor at St. Lawrence. He plays on the ultimate Frisbee team at St. Lawrence called the Ruckus Bus. He recently has worked for a summer action/adventure camp called Overland, being a trip leader. He will be studying abroad in the spring semester ’09 in Cairns, Australia. ● JEFF DUNKLE is at Saint Anselm College, majoring in financial economics. He lives with BEN SEVERANCE and plays lacrosse there. ● ANDY HOLLAND is a declared psychology major at University of New Hampshire. In October ’08 he spent ten days in Vienna. ● SPENCER SLAINE is majoring in communications and visual media at Gettysburg. He will be studying abroad in the spring semester of ’09 in London, England. ● MEGAN MCDEVITT attended Salve Regina for two years and played softball there. Currently she is at New England College playing softball and majoring in criminal justice and psychology and minoring in social work. She has an internship working in a women’s prison. ● ASHLEY HALL is majoring in psychology and studio art at Colorado. She currently is playing intramural soccer and will be playing intramural ice hockey this winter. Also, she is working in her sketch book, making designs and selling them. In the spring of ’09 she plans to look for a job helping kids/people with disabilities. She plans to study abroad in the fall semester of ’09 either in Prague or do a Semester at Sea. ● CHRIS MCDONALD is a psychology major at St. Lawrence University.

He spent the fall semester of ’08 studying abroad in Denmark. He saw Charlotte Hastings and JOEY PALATUCCI who were also studying abroad at the same place. ● DYLAN HUCKESTEIN is still at Penn State and just declared his major as supply chain management with an economics minor. He is currently playing on the club ice hockey team. ● MATT COSINUKE transferred from Stetson two years ago and is currently playing soccer for FAU and has won the Atlantic Soccer Conference. ● TAYLOR FITZGERALD is studying Latin and ancient history at the University of St. Andrews. ● PICHON DUPLAN is majoring in finance and accounting at Babson College. He had an internship at JP Morgan during the summer of ’08 and met the CEO, Jamie Dimon. ● LAURA BERNDT is in a PhD program for physical therapy at Quinnipiac University. I spent ten days traveling around London, England, Cardiff, Wales and Edinburgh, Scotland, during the summer of ’08. I have played different intramural sports over the last few years and will be doing an internship for PT in the summer of ’09.

2007 SAMANTHA GOODROW Merrimack College 315 Turnpike Street, Box 560p North Andover, MA 01845 Hi everyone! A year and a half since we left the Hilltop…wow! Here is some news as to where people are and what they are doing. NATE PLUMMER just declared his major at Nichols College as business communications with a minor in business management. ● MARION GITHEGI is in a university in England majoring in business management and is playing basketball. She is starting up a business and also starting up a social enterprise with a volunteer group. ● MATT AND BRIAN TRACEY went to Bentley together where Matt played football and basketball and Brian played basketball. Matt transferred this year to Bryant where he is just playing football. Brian is still playing basketball at Bentley. ● ALEX HERTEL is still at the University of Colorado at Boulder and loving it. He just declared his major as psychology and neuroscience. He is also a member of the outdoor/extreme sports fraternity Theta Xi. ● MIKE GALLAGHER is at Miami University (Ohio) as an engineering management major and Chinese minor. He continues to cycle and is now training for the school’s sprint triathlon. On the way to breakfast one day, he ran into KELSEY HOLLAND who transferred from St. Lawrence

University. Kelsey is working towards becoming a sports studies major. After she graduates she plans on getting a master’s in sports psychology. ● JOHN COLBURN is at Maine Maritime Academy double majoring in small vessel operations and small craft design. He is also on the varsity sailing team. ● ANN KOBYLENSKI is majoring in business with a minor in international affairs at Skidmore. During her first semester as a freshman she studied abroad in London and is hoping to study abroad in Brussels spring of her junior year. Twice a week she has class with BEN CURROTTO. ● MORGAN RUSSELL is transferring to UVM in January. ● KEVIN JANG is going to the University of Arizona, but right now is in the military in Korea; the ROK Navy. He says he has to, “do all kinds of work…for two years.” ● KAITLIN HALL transferred to the University of Tampa spring semester of freshman year. She joined the Delta Zeta Sorority and since has been elected to the vice president position. She is excited to fulfill the responsibilities and start planning. She says she misses KUA and cannot wait to visit. ● AIMEE HADLOCK transferred to Colby-Sawyer College and is studying to be a nurse. ● TODD ROWLEY is at Southern New Hampshire University studying to be a teacher. He is also the goalie for the hockey team. ● As for me, I am at Merrimack College double majoring in Spanish and international business. I am still rooming with QUINN SENDALL who is playing basketball for Merrimack, and I just joined Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. For those of you who have not been receiving my e-mails, I have started a Facebook group, KUA Class of 2007. Please join so we can all stay in touch and I can keep updating the KUA community. I hope this magazine finds everyone well. I hope to see you all soon!!! ● Editor’s addition: From HUGH LIVINGSTON ROBBINS—“All is well on the Western Front! Attending school in Colorado

Sam Blackman ’07 at the White House after the November election.

at CU Boulder has tested my adversity seeing that I had never been to Colorado prior to my arrival on campus freshman year. It has been an awesome experience living out here and getting to know a diverse group of individuals, many of whom have become close friends. I am currently living in a house on “The Hill” in Boulder, which is great because of its ideal location and proximity to campus. After attending boarding school for the entirety of my high school career and knowing nothing of a class larger than 20 or so students, it was a bit overwhelming sitting in a lecture hall with 300 in attendance. Despite the adversities I was quick to find my niche and now a year later I am faced with new adversities and find myself wondering what exactly it is I want out of this collegiate experience and if my current major in international affairs is what I really want to pursue. I am sure many of my fellow KUA graduates catch themselves asking similar questions; however, I know that as we continue to take new courses and dabble in new fields we will each find our calling. Just living the dream. Cheers!”

2008 TA I N I X A 17 Highland Drive Henniker, NH 03242 603-428-6066 KUA class of 2008, welcome to our first alumni class notes section in the magazine! Our class has had some very exciting experiences since graduation last May. Everyone I have talked to says that they miss KUA very much and many came back to visit for KUA’s homecoming in October. Enjoy the following stories that some of your former classmates, friends, and family have told me about (they are in alphabetical order). Thank you for keeping in touch! ● This past July, DEVON COTA went to the Sao Paulo, Brazil, area to visit a friend. She explained, “It was a huge culture shock but a wonderful experience.” Devon is now attending Cornell University where she is successfully balancing her studies while being a member of the women’s swimming and diving team under the direction of Head Coach John Holohan and Assistant Coach Corey Berg. Her season is just beginning, but the team traveled to Puerto Rico during the winter vacation for training and a meet. ● ZACH DAYNO has taken a semester off before attending Middlebury College in February. During the fall he interned for the Obama campaign in Lebanon, NH. ● WHITNEY FRATES had a thriving season as a WINTER 2009


Lucky Mkosana ‘08 named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Team.

LU C KY M O R E M KO S A N A ‘ 0 8 Lucky has built on the success of a sensational soccer season at KUA last year, bringing a level of energy and excitement to Dartmouth soccer that has not been seen in years. He is an electric player who is a joy to watch. He opened the season with a breakout game against perennial power University of Indiana, then ranked number four in the country, where he scored the game-winner and assisted on an insurance goal. This effort earned him the first of four Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. He had two other statement games in Ivy League play. In the first of these against Cornell, he scored a hat trick to earn the Rookie and Player of the Week honors for the Ivy League. In the second, Lucky was showcased on national television against Brown and he scored the second goal in a 2-0 win to give Dartmouth a share of the Ivy League title. Lucky led the Ivy League in goals with 11 and in scoring with 24 points. His work over the course of the year made him a unanimous First Team All Ivy selection, unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year and NSCAA Second Team All Northeast Region. His season was ended prematurely when he broke a bone in his foot and he was unable to participate in the NCAA tournament. Everyone, except perhaps the opposition, is looking forward to next season already!



UNH Wildcat on the women’s field hockey team. She received the America East Rookie Award for field hockey this past September. ● This past summer, SEAN JOHNSON spent a month in the Philippines to visit friends and family, which he said is “always a great experience.” He is now having a great start to his college career at the University of Denver. He says he loves it there, especially his classes, the people, the campus, the city, and the weather. Sean just left in November to go on an exciting trip to El Salvador for a month with Círculo Solidario, where he will be helping communities in the area. ● ROSS JONES is currently an engineering major at Clemson University in South Carolina. He is also on the starting line of the Clemson men’s hockey team. ● PATRICK LAUZIERE is currently attending HEC Montreal which is ranked one of the top ten business schools worldwide outside of the United States. He was also elected by his peers to be vice-president of his class. ● LUCKY MKOSANA is continuing to shine at Dartmouth College. Over the course of the season playing on the men’s soccer team, Lucky earned Rookie of the Week four times and Player of the Week in November. He led the league in goals with 6 goals in 7 games, and finished with 24 points from a leaguebest of 11 goals (4 being game-winning goals) and 2 assists. After his incredible and exciting season, Lucky earned the unanimous First Team Ivy selection and was awarded the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. For more information visit: http://www.ivyleaguesports. com/article.asp?intID=6863 and ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ ID=11600&ATCLID=3619119. ● TAI NIXA― Over the past summer, I visited former KUA faculty member LIZ DAOUST at her home in San Francisco. I am now attending and loving St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, along with our classmates ALLI HOWE, MATT PARKER, and CHARLOTTE NOORDSY. I am currently an anthropology major and also continuing to dance. I work at a costume shop doing stage makeup for school performances. I am also busy and committed to a student-run non-profit organization called Literacy for Nepal: our mission is to provide rural Nepali youth with the means to engage in higher levels

of education. I am planning on traveling to Nepal this coming summer. ● ANSON POON’S summer was filled with playing soccer and singing. He got the chance to sing a song on stage for his parent’s 25th wedding anniversary, and he also recorded some songs at a studio. After the summer, he transitioned easily into Lesley University where he is in the chorus group and performed in the school’s concert. As of now, he loves college and is planning on playing tennis in the spring and soccer next fall. He added that, although he is no longer there, he still feels very connected to KUA. ● NICK POWELL is playing on the men’s soccer team at Bowdoin College. ● This past October, PETER SANDERSON, CYRUS WESTERN, ALEX GRAY, and GUILLERMO UNGRIA

went to Montreal, Canada, by way of KUA to visit with other KUA alums, teachers, and students. ● JOSIE TIMMONS got to work with the local volunteer fire department in South Royal, VT, this past summer where she responded to several calls. She also worked for a local organic food co-op and was notably the youngest person on staff working full time. She is now attending the University of Vermont where she plays fullback for the women’s rugby team. She is also on the team with GLORY WILLIAMSON O’NEIL ’06. Josie said, “We had a stellar season, and I actually got to play in a few games. I love rugby. I have finally found my athletic passion.” She is also hoping to sing with UVM’s co-ed a capella group, Hit Paws, in the spring. ● Over the summer, ELLIE WILSON went to France for four weeks to visit friends. Now, she is currently very involved in the University of New Hampshire community. She recently started, and will be president, of the Native American Cultural Association. She is also a part of the Black Student Union, and a group for multicultural starts that had a week long introduction program before school began. Ellie works in the UNH admissions office as a student diversity ambassador and is an associate member of the Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority. ● Editor’s additions: WILLIAM BANFIELD is majoring in natural science with a minor in business at Castleton State College. He continues to play hockey and golf. ● RUBEN AUSTIN is having a great time at college. He has a 3.0+ GPA and the football Practice Player of the Year defensive award at Pace University.


ASHLEY EDSON ’01 and Adam Fiedler,

June 14, 2008. ERIN BARNICLE ’04 and Daniel Lavant,

July 5, 2008. PAUL MONTCASTLE (KUA 1999-02)

has recently gotten engaged—to Megan Anderion. ● PETER PETITE (KUA 200102) had a very interesting, informative, and enlightening summer working as an Obama Organizing Fellow in the Charlotte, NC, area. He says, “Politics is much more compelling when seen up close and personal.” ● TIM AND LIZ KNOX (KUA 1989-2001) are spending springs and summers at their cottage in Wales and falls and winters in Grantham, NH. With daughter Nell and son Ricky in London, and a new, first granddaughter there, and son Donal in NYC, they migrate often between city and country. Liz says, “It’s fun to be within reach of KUA and still in the Upper Valley.” ● DAVE FAUCHER (KUA 2005-08) is now the head men’s basketball coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH. ● JOAN AND DICK MICHAUD (KUA 2002-05) have completed their second home, a log home, in the mountains 30 miles from Salida, CO. Joan is the marketing/public relations director for the hospital there. ● TOM COLT (KUA 1985-90) has moved to Pittsburgh and is a college counselor and cross-country coach at Shady Side Academy. Tom was married in July. ● PAUL EJZAK (KUA 1995-97) also works at Shady Side.


Duggan, September 6, 2008. MARTHA MAY HERBERT ’94 and JUSTIN LILLIE ’96, October 11, 2008. DORRIE CEDENO ’95 and Daniel

DeSanto, summer 2008. MELANIE ZAGARIS ’97 and William

Wadland, June 21, 2008. ERIN TAUPIER ’98 and David Klocek,

April 19, 2008. BRANDON KING ’99 and Tavia


Bruce Hopkins, October 2007. KARIM CHICHAKLY, FORMER FACULTY, and Mayra, October 12, 2008. TOM COLT, FORMER FACULTY, and

Megan Shields, July 2008. RYAN MILLER, FACULTY, and Jessica

Aker, June 7, 2008.

Matthias and CHRISTINA SANDOE KLINTEBACK ’95, son Michael Erik Sune, June 17, 2008. Rania and KATRINA MOGIELNICKI SLADE ’95, son Kale, June 2008. Alexandria and MICHAEL GOOD ’96, son Matthew Albert, June 24, 2008. Allison and JOEL PATTON ’98, daughter Catherine Mary, October 5, 2008. Jesse and JACKIE GUERIN FILIAULT ’04, son Tucker, July 3, 2008. Kristin and TOM ANTONUCCI, FORMER FACULTY, daughter Julia, November 25, 2008. David and MARY DEWINE, FORMER FACULTY, daughter Nina Maria, May 24, 2008. EMILY RINDE-THORSEN, FORMER FACULTY and AMY FOWLER, daughter

Miller-Aker wedding in Highland Heights, OH. L - R: Rich Ryerson, Director of Admissions, and wife Michelle, Ted and Cat Stewart, former faculty, Ryan and Jessica Miller, Rachel Tilney, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, and husband Clint Angelozzi.

Payson Kate, July 17, 2008.


Cindy and PHIL BLOOD ’83, daughter Molly Parker, October 10, 2008. Bob and SARAH UPHOFF DREYER ’87, daughter Ainsley Jane, August 17, 2008. Elaine and LEWIS GAGE ’89, son Patrick Sheehan, June 16, 2008. Allison and WILL BARKER ’90, son Charles Robert, August 11, 2008.

Nina, daughter of David and Mary DeWine.

Ericka Paredes and CHRIS ZELLER ’91, son Michael Anthony, February 4, 2007. Josh Golin and JENNIFER SMITH ’92, daughter Clara Esther, November 12, 2008. Lee and CAROLINE TEUCHTLERSMITH ’92, Emma Lilli Grace, July 5, 2007.

Overman, April 20, 2008.

Bob and ALISON BROWN MUNGENAST ’93, son John Robert, May

JAIME PRIETO ’99 and Maria Pascual,


February 23, 2008.

Johan and ISABELLE NICOLAS BAECK ’95, daughter June, June 24, 2008.


Emily Rinde-Thorsen with Payson.

May, May 10, 2008. WINTER 2009



on May 14, 2008, at her son’s home in San Carlos, Costa Rica. She was born in Erna, NH, on December 12, 1911, the daughter of Walther and Julia (Poulin) Trumbull. She was a longtime resident of Etna, and enjoyed fishing, traveling and cribbage. Her father was the founder of Trumbull-Nelson Co. in Hanover, NH. She was married to Bradford Haywood in 1930 and divorced in 1934. In 1957, she was married to Everett Bacon, the general sales manager for Granite State Electric in Lebanon, NH. She was a member of Lebanon Women’s Club and Etna Baptist Church. Survivors include her son B. James Haywood ’50 of Costa Rica and grandson Brad Haywood ’75. She was predeceased by her husband in 1994 and a brother, Clyde Trumbull Sr. ’36 in 1961. 1939 ALAN GRANT, 85, of Half Moon Bay,

CA, died December 5, 2005. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1948. He served in the US Navy during World War II. Mr. Grant was a city planner for 40 years in California in various places. After retiring in 1985, he moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, then to Washington State and back to California. Surviving are three children, Cynthia, Meredith, and Kenneth. 1939 ROBERT LOW, 88, passed away April 20,

2008, in Denver, CO. He was born September 7, 1919, in Maine. 1940 DR. HAROLD A. CHAMBERLIN, 86,

of Belmont, MA, formerly of Wayland, died December 15, 2008. He was the beloved husband of Mary D. (Peters) Chamberlin. He was born in Newton, January 30, 1922. He attended Bard College three years before enlisting in the US Army Air Corps. He was trained as a radio operator and sent to the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. After being honorably discharged, Dr. Chamberlin returned to Newton and completed his undergraduate degree at Boston University. His career as a dentist began after graduating from Tufts Dental School in 1953. He was a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. He spent the next 40 years practicing dentistry in Wayland, where he took residency with his family. He approached the practice of dentistry and the care of his patients with the same passion and zeal that characterized his pursuit of his many pastimes. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, 66


naturalist and birder, spending much of his free time traveling to the beaches and mountains of New England. He was gifted with a passion for music and a great sense of humor. He also was a lifelong radio aficionado and ham radio operator. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League, American Radio Lighthouse Society, and the Minute Man Repeater Association. His call letters, W1PFX were recognized across the globe. Upon his retirement in 1994, Dr. Chamberlin moved to Belmont and taught personal computer classes at the Belmont Senior Center. He founded the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club at the Dexter School in Brookline. In addition to students, the club’s membership now includes four astronauts. He was the father of sons Dr. Thomas Chamberlin of Falmouth and Austria; Dr. Harold Chamberlin of Scarborough, ME; a daughter, Cynthia Raynard of Enterprise, FL; and stepdaughter, Alexis Dolan of Belmont. 1941 O. GREGORY (RED) BURNS JR., 85,

of New Hartford, NY, died April 17, 2008. He was born in Utica, September 25, 1922, son of O. Gregory and Kathleen (Kennedy) Burns. He was the oldest of six children. He attended St. Lawrence University and Hamilton College. At one time he worked on Wall Street in New York City and in 1946 returned to Clinton. A hockey player and fan, Red played on the Clinton High School hockey team, the early Clinton Comets hockey team, and while in New York, he played for the Jamaica Hawks on Long Island. For several years he was a sales representative for General Foods and Oneida Limited Silversmiths. He later was employed by Reed & Barton Silversmiths in Kansas City, MO. When he retired in 1984 he returned to upstate New York and made his home in New Hartford. He was an avid reader, writer and story teller. He spent many years as a volunteer in the Utica schools, where he earned citations for his work teaching young children. The Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program named him Mentor of the Year in 1996. He was chosen for representing the type of advocate that youth of today need. He worked as a volunteer tutor at Kemble and Watson-Williams schools since 1986 and joined YSLPP as a mentor in 1995. He is survived by his brothers Owens J. Burns of Norwalk, CT, and Richard C. Burns of John’s Island, SC; and a sister, Sheila Burns Thomes of Southold, NY. He was predeceased by a brother, Nicholas K. Burns ’42.


Washington, DC, and Palm Beach, FL, formerly of Boston and Chelmsford, MA, and Nashua, NH, passed away on November 18, 2008, of complications from heart failure. He was the husband of Jeannine (Garstka Cusson) Fletcher and the husband of the late Elizabeth (Tennant) Fletcher who died in 1975. He was born in Lowell, MA, the son of Harold H. Fletcher and Edith (Proctor) Fletcher. In addition to his beloved wife, survivors include four loving children: Polly Fletcher of Lawrence, MA; Edie Flynn of Jamestown, RI; Hobie Fletcher of Oceanside, CA; and Libby Morissette of Pembroke, NH. Mr. Fletcher received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1948. He served as a 1st Lt. navigator on the B-24 in the US Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. Until his retirement, Mr. Fletcher was the former president and treasurer of the H.E. Fletcher Company in Westford, MA, a family business founded in 1881 and engaged in quarrying and fabricating granite for bridges and buildings in San Francisco, Denver, Washington, New York, Boston and other major cities in the Northeast. He remained involved with the industry and the company in a consulting role until his death. Other positions he held during his professional life included president of the National Building Granite Quarries Association, director of the Union National Bank in Lowell and the director of the Engineers Club in Boston, MA. An avid golfer, he was a member of many golf clubs and played golf throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He also enjoyed other sports such as tennis, skiing, fishing, and hunting. He particularly enjoyed bird shooting in North America and Europe with his friends and colleagues at Chincoteague, VA, the Pope’s Island Gun Club. Mr. Fletcher will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched. He was a true gentleman, kind and considerate to everyone he met. He was a great communicator and story teller with a good sense of humor. An avid reader, he loved to converse on the subjects of world affairs and politics. He was a loyal and extremely generous friend, loving husband, father and grandfather. His generosity included giving a great deal of his time and energy to his family and friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest, savoring good food, fine wine, and interesting conversation and had many, many friends who enjoyed spending quality time with him. He was predeceased by his brother Harold ’38.

1941 WAYNE D. SMART, 86, of Center Harbor,

NH, and formerly of Sanbornton, died on June 24, 2008. Mr. Smart was the widower of Barbara (Goudie) Smart, who died May 11, 2003. Mr. Smart was born April 9, 1922, in Laconia, the son of Dr. Chester L. and Eula (Douglas) Smart. Mr. Smart had been a resident of Sanbornton since 1954. He attended the University of Vermont and graduated from Bryant & Stratton in Boston. He served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Smart was employed at IPC in Bristol and was also a real estate agent. Mr. Smart was a member and former deacon of the Laconia Congregational Church. He was a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge 32F & AM and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876. He was a former selectman for the town of Sanbornton and had also served as the code enforcement officer. Mr. Smart enjoyed his camp in Pittsburg and the out-of-doors. He loved to fish and hunt and enjoyed teaching horseback riding and fly fishing at the family farm in Sanbornton. He also loved to travel. Survivors include a daughter Carol Ann Baggaley of Center Harbor; three sons, Chester of Brunswick, VT; Stephen of Meredith; and Ross of Brattleboro, VT. 1942 WILBUR I. BULL JR., 84, died peacefully

at home in South Burlington, VT, on June 4, 2008, following complications from Parkinson's disease. All of his children were at home to assist his wife, Barbara, with his care and to provide companionship and music during his final days. He was born on November 26, 1923, in Ashland, ME, to Reverend and Mrs. Wilbur I. Bull, but spent most of his youth in Waterford, ME. He graduated from Gould Academy in 1940, from Kimball Union Academy in 1942, and began studies at Dartmouth College the following year. He spent three years in the US Navy during World War II, serving on the hospital ship Tranquility in the Pacific Theater. Bill returned to Dartmouth, where he was a standout skier who captained the ski team his senior year, and graduated in 1949. He was honored by being named an alternate to the US F.I.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team in 1952. Bill taught for two years at Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, where he met fellow teacher Barbara L. Knapp, to whom he was happily married for over 57 years. They moved to South Burlington in 1951, for graduate work at UVM, where Bill earned an MAT and was assistant ski coach. He was named to the faculty at Burlington High School in 1952, where he taught biology and chemistry until 1969. He also coached the boys' ski team for 16 years, winning the state championship in 1968. He was loved and respected by students and colleagues alike. In 1952, Bill and Barbara built their house on East Terrace for the view of the Green Mountains, and

came to appreciate East Terrace even more for their wonderful neighbors. They joined the First Congregational Church in 1953, where Bill served as deacon, member of the Board of Trustees, and co-chairman of the Social Action Committee. He was a founding member of Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, and was a board member and faithful building volunteer for 20 years at home and also abroad. In 1969, Bill accepted an offer to join the faculty at South Burlington High School where he taught chemistry, advised the National Honor Society, coached the boys' ski team and the girls' tennis team, and was named Teacher of the Year in 1983. Bill's lifelong love of skiing brought his skills and enthusiasm and competitive spirit to many local events. He was also an official at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. In the '60s fellow skier Warren Beeken asked him to assist in developing an eightmile wilderness cross-country ski trail on Mount Mansfield (The WB Trail). They also plotted and cleared the now popular eight-mile ski trail from Underhill to Trapp Cabin and with other devotees of off rack skiing, they later laid out a 12-mile trail around the Camels Hump where an annual benefit tour is held. Tennis was another favorite sport of his for many years. Bill and Barbara also much enjoyed folk dancing, canoeing, hiking and cutting their own firewood. They were longtime members of the Brightwater Club in Phippsburg, ME, where they and their children enjoyed summers of ocean sailing, swimming and community activities. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, and their children, Christine B. Soderling, of Eagan, MN; Thomas W.F. Bull, of Waukesha, WI.; and Susan B. Riley, of Milton. 1942 ROBERT S. GERRISH, 83, of Needham,

MA, died May 19, 2008. Born in Arlington, he grew up in Wellesley Hills. Mr. Gerrish was a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1946. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Gerrish was the former owner and president of Palmer and Parker Lumber Co. in Tewksbury from 1967 to 1991. The lumber company, founded in 1833, was the second oldest lumber company and the oldest mahogany distributor in the nation when he retired in 1991. He was an avid golfer, bowler and tennis player. He was a member of the Retired Men’s Club of Needham and a volunteer at the Needham Community Council Meals on Wheels Program. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jane (Ohnemus) Gerrish; his daughter, Linda Gerrish Brayman; his son, Peter T. Gerrish; and his brother Richard Gerrish ’45. 1943 PETER H. BATCHELDER, 82, of

Peterborough, NH, died May 6, 2007. He was born December 26, 1925, in Keene, NH, son of James and Hazel (Lowell) Batchelder. He graduated

from Dartmouth College and was a professor of German at Keene State College, retiring in 1981. 1943 DONALD S. CUSHING, 83, died

November 23, 2007. Mr. Cushing was born in Buffalo, NY, and moved to The Villages, FL, from Louisville, KY, in 1987. He was a retired engineer from General Electric and held 50 patents; a precinct captain, ward committeeman and a trustee in Beechwood Village, KY; a Christian; led The Water Buffalos, a men’s water aerobics class; was a Scoutmaster, Scout commissioner and Scout camp counselor; Navy veteran of World War II; and his hobby was golf. Survivors include his wife, Bettye K.; daughters Robin Cushing, Prospect, KY, Carol Ecker, Louisville; son, Donald Cushing, Seattle, WA; stepson, Frank J. Dougherty; stepdaughters Elizabeth Dougherty and Caroline Dougherty. 1944 JOHN A. MCFALLS, 82, of Bellingham,

WA, passed away as a result of lung cancer at his home on September 9, 2008. He was born April 26, 1926, the son of Edwin and Elizabeth McFalls. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1948 and was a retired investment advisor. Mr. McFalls served in the US Navy during World War II. Survivors include his wife Cynthia; their five children: Donna, Dean, Debbi, Diane and Douglas; and brothers Henry McFalls ’42 and Richard McFalls ’45. 1944 PARKER POOLE JR., 82, died at his home

in Cape Elizabeth, ME, on May 20, 2008. Born in Portland April 7, 1926, Mr. Poole was the son of Marjorie Clark Shurtleff and Parker Pool Sr. Mr. Poole was the president and Wharfinger of Proprietors of Union Wharf, not only the oldest wharf but also the oldest “family-run” pier on the Portland waterfront. He dedicated his career to improving the wharf and providing for the commercial needs of Portland fishermen, seafood processors, and waterfront businesses. He interrupted his studies at Kimball Union in 1943 to join the US Marine Corps at the age of 17, asking his parents to sign a waiver for him so he could enlist. He served in the Pacific Theater with the Second Marine Division and did duty on Saipan, Okinawa. His unit was the first to go into Nagasaki with the occupation. After the war, he returned to KUA and received his diploma in 1946 and then attended Middlebury College. He went to work for the W. H. Shurtleff Company with his father and brother William, where he was instrumental in the growth and diversification of the company’s distribution and sales to Maine municipalities and industries of salt, chemical and construction products from 1949 to 1982. In 1982 he committed himself full time to the improvement of Union Wharf. In 1984, he WINTER 2009


1949 KISUK ”CHARLIE” CHEUNG, 79, passed away on October 2, 2008, at his home in Honolulu, HI. A

funeral was held in Honolulu on what would have been Charlie’s 80th birthday, October 15. He was buried with full military honors at the National Memorial Cemetery Of The Pacific. He is survived by his wife, Kyounghi; three children, Daniel, William and Carol; a sister; and six grandchildren. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Charlie was the former chief of engineering at the United States Army Corps of Engineers headquarters in Washington, DC, and retired in 1998 after almost 40 years of service. Having learned about KUA from a distant relative who attended the school in the 1920s, Suk Yoon Chang, Charlie made the 18-day journey and arrived in the United States in the summer of 1947 to be met at the Windsor, VT, railway station by Chief and Onie Brewster. Charlie was always quick to mention that the two years he spent on the Hilltop were the most critical of his life, and that he attributed his future success to the lessons he learned from mentors such as Coach Carver, Guy Moulton, Larry Taylor, Lionel Mosher and George Akerstrom. Following his years at KUA, Charlie went to Dartmouth College where he earned his bachelor of science degree in 1953 and his master of science degree from the Thayer School of Engineering in 1954. In 1987, Charlie was honored with KUA’s most prestigious award, the Kimball Union Medal. In 1989, the Kisuk Cheung ’49 Reception Area was dedicated in the Whittemore Athletic Center. Charlie was also presented the Meritorious Presidential Senior Executive Service Award six times by Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. A memorial service to celebrate Charlie’s life was held at Kimball Union on January 24, 2009.

and his son Charlie acquired Brown Ship Chandlery and several years later created Custom Float Services, a growing builder of docks, floats and piers for the New England region. In 1998, he commissioned a written history of Union Wharf, 1793-1998. In 1950, Mr. Poole married Victoria Simes, and they raised six children. Their son Talcott (Sam) Poole predeceased him in 1982. Sam Poole was the 120th heart transplant recipient in the experimental program at Stanford Medical Center. His story is chronicled in Victoria Poole’s book, Thursday’s Child. Parker Poole Jr. was an adventurous dreamer and a true optimist. He was the creator of business enterprises to meet every economy and opportunity. He was the architect of the resurrection and rebuilding of the 1940’s vintage wooden 73-foot long tug boat re-named “Victoria” and on it cruised Casco Bay and the Maine Coast from 1974-1985. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Victoria; sons Malcolm of Scarborough, Parker III of south Portland, Charles of Yarmouth; daughters Christina Thomas of Baltimore, MD, and Alexandra Sawyer of Cape Elizabeth. 1945 WILLIAM M. BLAIK, 81, died on September

22, 2008. He was born April 25, 1927, in Dayton, OH, to Merle McDowell Blaik and Col. Earl H. ''Red'' Blaik. He spent most of his youthful years in the Northeast. He served in the US Army Occupation Forces in Germany from 19461948 and, upon return to the States, attended Dartmouth College graduating with a BS in geology. After graduation, he began his career in the oil and gas industry working for Standard Oil. Several years after, he formed Blaik Oil Company in 1956 and explored for oil and gas in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. He enjoyed the great and exciting days as an independent oil producer until the end of that era, at which time he sold his company, as well as cattle and real estate 68


operations in Kansas and Colorado, and began a well deserved retirement. His accomplishments in the oil and gas industry pale in comparison to his accomplishments in his personal life. He married the love of his life, Shirley Spencer, on June 10, 1967, and spent many wonderful years traveling and enjoying the company of family and friends. He felt that Shirley was a great and understanding companion and ardent supporter without whom he would have surely drifted. He had a son and a daughter whom he adored beyond words. His passions in his waning years were his ranch in Logan County and his guitar. Despite all of his accomplishments, he was a very simple man with simple needs and all he ever wanted, above all else, was to spend time with his family. He leaves behind his wife Shirley, son Will Blaik and daughter Katie Blaik James, among others. 1945 RALPH BURGARD, 81, a leader in the

movement to create arts programs in communities around the country, died of cancer on July 3, 2008, at his home in Duxbury, MA. Born in Buffalo, NY, in 1927, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1949, and commenced his arts career as manager of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in 1954 and associate manager of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1954-55. Mr. Burgard found his true calling in 1955, when he was appointed director of the Arts Council in Winston Salem, NC, the first community arts council in the United States. While serving as director of the Saint Paul Council of Arts and Sciences, 1957-65, he founded the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A founding member of the Community Arts Councils in 1960, Mr. Burgard was the first director of the Arts Councils of America (now known as Americans for the Arts) from 1965 to 1970, earning the informal title, “father of community arts councils.” While director, Mr. Burgard wrote Arts in the City (1968), a book in

which he argued that decentralized, local cultural institutions “rooted in local history and traditions” could transform not just towns and cities, but also neighborhoods in large urban areas. “I’ve always believed that the arts are the antennae of the human race,” Mr. Burgard wrote. Two years after publishing the book, he started Burgard Associates, a planning company that helped develop arts programs in several cities. Concerned about the lack of arts education for children in poor communities, Mr. Burgard started the A+ Schools Program in 1988. This curriculum is now offered in 42 public schools in North Carolina. He recently initiated the SING! Project, which uses a 200-voice chorus comprised of three generations of singers to transcend racial and social barriers and to promote stronger communities. In addition to his professional positions, Mr. Burgard earned a nationwide reputation for inspiring thousands of art professionals through hundreds of seminars and workshops. As his close friend and fellow arts education advocate, David Rockefeller Jr. observed, “Ralph’s love of music and beauty, close friends and community was deliciously infectious. He drank deeply his cup of life and, as the end became apparent, also offered a glass to the angels who would take him away.” Mr. Burgard served on numerous cultural boards, including the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, the Creative Artist Public Service Program, and the Penland School of Crafts, and was a member of the Century Association Arts Club in New York City. Survivors include his wife Marjorie (Martin) Burgard; his children, Christopher of Putnam Valley, NY, Timothy of San Francisco, and Nadia of Brooklyn, NY; step-children Russell Burbridge, William Burbridge and Dizy Brown, all of Beaufort, NC, and Richard Burbridge of Hingham, MA.


78, of Concord, MA, formerly of Sudbury, died October 20, 2008. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to Virginia (Marsh) Frost. Born on November 11, 1929, in Waltham, he was the son of the late Guernsey L. and Margery (Pierce) Frost. Raised in Melrose and Sudbury, Mr. Frost graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Stockbridge with a bachelor of science in animal husbandry. Mr. Frost worked on the Frost family farm, “Briardale,” in North Sudbury as a dairy farmer until 1960. He also served on the Sudbury Fire Department and worked as a salesman for Acton Hardware before his retirement in 1984. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Diana Frost Rigby of Concord, Marsha Frost Rogers of New Bern, NC, Rebecca M. Carney of Sudbury and Daniel G. Frost of Concord; and a brother Robert Frost ’43. 1947 ROBERT A. FAULKNER (BOB), 79, loving husband for 55 years

of Jane (Norris) Faulkner, died on September 15, 2008, in Marblehead. He died surrounded by his family, after a long illness. Bob was born, raised and educated in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Warren L. and Rachel (Kennedy) Faulkner. He also attended Mitchell College and Babson College. Bob began his career with Ingalls Cronin, Co. in Boston in 1952, where he was vice president of sales. He was the founder and president of Publishers Supply, Inc., EDP Supply, and Badge Supply with operations in New Hampshire and Florida. He expanded into commercial real estate development, building two industrial warehouse complexes in Salem, NH, during the 1980s. Bob will be remembered as a man with many interests and many friends. He loved being on the water, playing tennis, skiing, Sunday night bridge and traveling with friends and family. Bob was on the KUA Alumni Council from 1982-88 and was a class agent from 1985-2001. He received the Alumni Council Volunteer Award in 1992. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by four children; Katharyn Santoro of

Marblehead, Robert Andrew Faulkner II of West Newbury, Susan Wilkens of Marblehead, and Thomas Faulkner of Swampscott. 1948 GEORGE CHAMPION JR., 79,

died December 12, 2008. He was born September 3, 1929, in Long Island, NY, the son of George and Eleanor (Stevens) Champion Sr. He was currently a resident of Satellite Beach, FL, and wintered in Panama. Mr. Champion attended Colgate University and graduated from Colorado A&M in 1953. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in Casablanca, Morocco, where he flew Saber jets. He was a captain when he left the Air Force to join City Bank in New York City. He worked in Madrid, Spain, and New York. In the early 1960s, he moved to Florida and became a real estate developer. His son Antonio predeceased him. Survivors include sons George, Robert, Ross and Steve, and his companion, Judy. 1948 WILLIAM PATRICK STONE, 78,

died August 4, 2008. Mr. Stone was born on April 17, 1930, in Manchester, NH, the son of Henry and Catherine Stone. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire. He was a first lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. He operated Stone and Michaud Insurance for more than 30 years. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling, going to the YMCA and playing golf at Manchester Country Club. He was an avid reader and loved to landscape his yard. He served with many community organizations and on many boards. William and his brothers donated Stone Lounge in Mikula Dorm to KUA. He leaves his wife of 45 years, Claire (Cote) Stone; his daughter, Susan of Hingham, MA; his son Sean of McLean, VA.; brother David ’51 and nephew Henry 77. He was predeceased by brothers Henry 46 and Daniel ’49. He will be missed by many.

1950 WILFRED KURTH II, of Methuen, MA, died

on November 25, 2008, after a long illness. Wil was a long time supporter of Kimball Union and had served the Academy faithfully as trustee and board chair, class agent, and president of the Alumni Council. Wil and his wife, Margaret, were extremely proud that their daughter, Jennifer Kurth Borislow ’78, and their granddaughters, Jessica Borislow ’07 and Lauren Borislow ’10 followed in Wil’s footsteps to the Hilltop. Wil’s brother, Harold Kurth, was a member of KUA’s class of 1942. To recognize his outstanding work on behalf of the Academy, Wil was awarded the prestigious Kimball Union Medal in 1995. He was named an honorary member of the class of 2007 in May of that year. Wil was a graduate of Harvard College. Following college, Wil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and completed basic training at Parris Island, SC, and Camp Pendleton, CA. He was subsequently selected for officer training and received a commission as 2nd lt. Wil served as a platoon leader and company commander with the First Marine Division before retiring as a 1st lt. in 1956. Wil joined Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a claims adjuster and spent 35 years serving in many capacities in different locations for the Boston-based insurer. He retired in 1992 as assistant vice president and manager, Corporate Communications. He was a chartered property casualty underwriter and a fellow of the Life Management Institute. A longtime member of First Church Congregational in Methuen, Wil served the church in a number of positions including treasurer, moderator and chairman of the Church Cabinet. Wil had many interests, but top among them was his passion for Boston sports teams, especially the Boston Red Sox. Wil is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years Margaret Kurth, daughters Jennifer Borislow 78 of Methuen and Dr. Rebecca Kurth of New Rochelle, NY, a son Richard Kurth of Chelmsford, a sister Mary Jane Longabaugh of Harrisburg, PA, and his six grandchildren, Jessica ‘07 and Lauren ‘11 Borislow, Trevor, Ginger and Zoe Marshall, and Elizabeth Kurth.

Jennifer Kurth Borislow ’78, P’07, ’10, Will Kurth ’50, H’07 and Jessica Borislow ’07



1950 BENJAMIN A. CACI, 76, of Hampton,

NH, died October 11, 2008, succumbing to a long battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Everett, MA, October 13, 1931, to Frank and Josephine (Fioretti) Caci. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, then served in the US Air Force. Ben moved to Portsmouth in 1963 and worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 37 years as a mechanical engineer. In 1974, he and his family moved to Hampton, where he had been a long-standing member of the Holy Name Society and the Men of St. Joseph at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Hampton. He was a supporter of the American Cancer Society, National Scleroderma Foundation, and the Catholic Charities. He volunteered with several outreach programs through the parish. Ben always will be known for his strong but gentle nature, his selflessness, and his big smile. He was a methodical thinker with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy (DeMinico) Caci in 2002 after 41 years of marriage. Ben is survived by his two daughters, Linda (Caci) Barron of Greenland and Marie Caci of Quincy, MA, and others. 1950 POLLY ADAMS LEIS, 76, a gift to

all who knew her, peacefully passed away on November 19, 2008. Her love of family and Cape Cod was amazing. Polly grew up spending summers in Sagamore Beach and lived there full-time since 1981. Polly s cottage was built by her grandfather and it was one of the first colony homes. She was very proud of her family s role in Sagamore Beach s 100-year history and was dedicated

to preserving everyone s memories. As a teenager, she worked for her dad, A.D. Adams, at the summer camp he started in Sagamore Beach. Polly was born in Pittsburgh, PA, as was her mother, Kay Adams. Because her father taught at Kimball Union Academy, she was the only female to attend the all-male school. She graduated high school from Northfield and attended business school in Richmond, VA, where she met her husband, Joseph Leis. They moved to Florida and raised their six children there. After years of missing New England, she then relocated to Massachusetts and worked for the state. Upon retiring, she indulged in her love of knitting, cross-stitching and scrapbooking. Her elaborate gift wrappings and creative poems are fondly remembered. Polly s gardening and cottage showcased her incredible view of Cape Cod Bay, especially from her porch. Beginning in 1982, Polly began having an annual weeklong family reunion. That evolved into hosting other annual birthday parties and her famous Halloween party. Her invitations were works of art and her parties always had perfect weather, year after year. She passed her love of making cookies to all her family and she never forgot to send a birthday card or anniversary card to all. Besides her husband, Polly is survived by a devoted family. They include four sons, Mike of Sylvia, NC, Steve of Fort Pierce, FL, Tom of Fort Myers, FL, and Terry of Huntington. She also leaves two daughters, Kathy Ann of Blandford, and Toni of Westfield. Polly leaves us all with a profound love of her beach, memories, love of books, and her house beside the sea.


Kempton, PA, died November 28, 2008, in his residence. He was the husband of Susan R. (Ryan) Robertson. They were married June 2, 1951. Born November 1, 1929, in New Rochelle, NY, he was a son of the late Dr. Chester J. Sr. and Irma M. (Flick) Robertson. He earned an associate degree at University of Connecticut. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a member of Kempton New Church, Kempton. He was a self-employed farmer, carpenter and painter in Kempton since 1955, retiring in 1989. Mr. Robertson was a volunteer with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton Fire Company and the Kempton Fair for many years. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and a Boy Scout leader in Kempton. He also was a Master Bander with US Fish and Wildlife, Washington, DC. While volunteering with the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, he and his wife Sue banded well over 12,000 kestrels and tended 200 nesting boxes. In 2000, Mr. Robertson received the KUA Alumni Achiever's Award for his work with the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. In 1998 the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation recognized him as a Conservation Educator of the Year. Also surviving are three sons: Douglas, John and James, all of Kempton.

1950 WILLIAM LEATHERBEE of Portsmouth, RI, died on December 24, 2008. Bill was a

long time supporter of Kimball Union and had served the Academy faithfully as a trustee from 1978 until 1987. Bill attended Middlebury College, going on to join the Army where he served as a medic in the Korean War. On his return, Bill was an associate at Leatherbee and Co., later forming Leatherbee Mortgage. He served on the board of the Grove Bank in Brookline, MA, and was a longtime member of the Longwood Cricket Club. Most recently, Bill was an enthusiastic Chairman of the Board at The Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, RI. Bill was the son of William B. and Mary H. Leatherbee of Weston, MA. He was the beloved husband to Marlene; adoring father of Linda McKenna, Curtis Leatherbee, Brad Leatherbee 78, Matt Leatherbee, and Jennifer Saba; and devoted brother to Lucy Burke of West Newbury, MA.



1951 DAVID PARKER, 77, of Newcastle,

ME, died June 14, 2008, at Maine Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1931, son of Horton and Rosamond Parker in Newark, NJ. David attended Fordham University in New York City. Mr. Parker was brought up in Glen Rock, NJ, and moved to Maine in 1965. His interests included nature and the woods and he loved reading, woodcarving, and magic. He is survived by a brother James Parker of Fernandina Beach, FL. 1952 FREDRIC DUBOIS MUISE, USAF (RET.), died at his home in San Antonio, TX,

on December 24, 2008, at the age of 74. He was born in Newton, MA, on August 11, 1934. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benoit W. Muise and Blanche (DuBois) Muise; and his brother, Benoit E. Muise ‘48. He is survived by his wife, Lois M. Muise; his sons, Gregory D. Muise, Christopher B. Muise; and his daughter Jennifer M. Hill. Fred was an avid and accomplished ice hockey player at the University of New Hampshire. He later received his bachelors degree in business from Texas Lutheran University. He began his military career in 1953 and retired in 1981 after 28 years of dedicated service to his country. He continued his support for the US Armed Forces by serving as the director of marketing for Air Force Village until 1997. He was among the kindest, gentlest and wisest of men who truly loved living life and sharing it with others. 1954 DAVID M. COGGINS, 72, of

Marblehead, MA, passed away suddenly on June 27, 2008. Born in Manchester, NH, Dave attended the University of New Hampshire. He served in the US Army in Korea. Dave s love of the outdoors took him to the slopes of Tuckerman's Ravine and to the ocean off of Marblehead. In those early years, he raced 110 and Lightening Class boats and was a fixture in Marblehead Race Week. Later, while working with Hood Sailmakers, Dave was active in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit. He crewed several Bermuda races and for years, he crewed with dear friends on the local yacht “Spirit” at Block Island, Halifax and other races. With his wife Patti, Dave owned S & S Galleries, an antique store for more than 20 years. Interest in antiques took them to Europe where Dave managed to make friends at every café. Eventually outdoor interests turned to golf. When not on the course, Dave could be found walking his daughter s dog Karlie along the

shores and streets of the town he loved. Dave was a friend to all who met him. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patti; their daughter, Laurie Han of Indianapolis; and daughter, Janet Mansfield of Marblehead. 1956 FREDERICK N. ADAMS, 70, of Harwich,

MA, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2008, after a sudden illness. Fred s love of his family and friends stretched from Cape Cod all across New England and beyond. Fred was born in Utica, NY, on September 17, 1938, son of KUA faculty member A. D. Adams, and raised in Meriden, NH. Fred was a star hockey player at KUA and went on to Brown University, where he continued to play his favorite sport, ice hockey. He was class agent for his KUA class from 1995-2008 and was chairman of the Annual Fund from 1998-2001. Fred received the Alumni Council Volunteer Award in 2001. At Brown, he was a proud and active member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. After graduating from Brown in 1960, Fred joined the Navy, where he served as an officer. Fred met and married Sandra Elizabeth Johns in 1963. They settled in Andover, where they raised their two children, William and Kimberly. Eventually, Fred moved to Boston, where he met Judy Corbett. They were married in 1992. Fred and Judy lived in Boston s Back Bay where they were always busy hosting family and friends to celebrate events in Boston s Back Bay. Friends fondly remember their annual Boston Pops celebrations, their Marathon Monday parties and picnics to the Esplanade to watch the 4th of July fireworks. They moved full time to Harwich in 2005 to enjoy life on Cape Cod. Fred continued his financial planning business in Dennis. They immediately became active in their community; he served as vice president and director of the Great Sand Lakes Association and was a member of the Harwich and Dennis Chambers of Commerce. Fred could be found often playing golf at Cranberry Valley with his ever growing circle of friends. Fred was very close to his children and incredibly proud of his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Judy, Fred leaves his loving children, William Adams of Wellesley, and Kimberly Adams Johnson of New York City. He was predeceased by his sister Polly Adams Leis ’50. 1960 JOHN A. COLLINS JR., 65, husband

of Vicki (Hyatt) Collins, previously of New Fairfield, CT, died August 1, 2008, near his home in Narragansett, RI. John was born in

Danbury, November 21, 1942, the son of the late John A. Collins Sr. and Arlene (Hooper) Collins. John graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland and from Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI, and served a tour of duty in the oceanographic research branch in the US Navy as LtJG. He returned to New Fairfield and joined his familyfl s business, Collins-Morrow Insurance and Real Estate, and throughout his career, developed many of New Fairfield's most desirable subdivisions and a number of fine homes in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. Upon retirement, John and his wife moved to Narragansett, RI, where he could enjoy his love of the sea. John was an avid outdoorsman. Besides his wife Vicki, survivors include a son, John A. Collins III of North Eastham, MA; a daughter, Elizabeth Collins Creed of Raymond, NH; his sister, Kathleen Hooper Collins of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a brother, Peter H. Collins ‘69 of Sherman and devoted four-legged companion, his Yellow Lab, “Judith.” 1962 THOMAS B. BURGESS, 64, of Riverside,

CA, died October 2, 2007. He was born September 26, 1943, son of Albert and Virginia Burgess. He graduated from Lehigh and Suffolk Universities and was a computer specialist. He was predeceased by his wife Linda. They had three children: Keith, Adam and Katherine. 1963 READ PARKER HARDING, 65,

died unexpectedly November 21, 2008, in Portsmouth, NH. He was born in Boston, a son of the late Caroline G. (Read) and Francis A. Harding. He grew up in Dedham, MA, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts as a forester, work that he loved and excelled at. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War as a radio man. Lovingly known as “Bones” to all his friends, he traveled extensively up and down the East Coast in his little white Mazda with his faithful dog, Rosie. One dear friend said she thinks of him as a “treetop philosopher.” He met people everywhere he went and they all meant so much to him. Mr. Harding was a member of Horeb Lodge AF & AM No. 93, Lincoln. He was formerly the class reporter for his KUA class. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca A. (Page) Harding of Lincoln; and his children, Charity Stashwick of Los Angeles, Molly Harding of Sag Harbor, NY, Charles Harding and Emily Harding, both of Fredericton, New Brunswick.



1963 JAMES A. REIDER, 63, formerly

of Acton, MA, died August 13, 2007, in Wolfeboro, NH. He attended Nasson College and Burdette College. He was president of George T. Johnson Company, Burlington, MA, and a member of the National Ski Patrol and Weston Golf Club. Survivors include children Kimberly Fletcher, Littleton, MA, and Jessica Donahue, Ayer, MA, and their mother Roberta Reider of Maynard. 1976 MICHAEL GRAHAM MENDLOVITZ

of Montclair, NJ, died on October 18, 2008. The son of Roberta Mendlovitz of Vineyard Haven, he was 51 and had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma five years ago. He was born in Montclair, NJ, on May 9, 1957. In his early years he spent many summers and vacations on the Vineyard, his mother’s birthplace. He learned to swim at Menemsha Beach and especially loved up-island solitude. He was planning to spend the winter with his mother on the Vineyard before his cancer became incurable. His childhood was spent in Cohasset with his family where he was educated at Derby Academy in Hingham, the Fessenden School in Newton and Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. Music of all kinds, and reading and writing his own thoughts were the passions of his life. While attending Rutgers University, many of his happiest years were spent managing a music store in Montclair. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a world traveler and accomplished his childhood goal to one day stand on the Great Wall of China. Other travels took him to England, Spain, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, India and for much of his life to Thailand where he owned a bookstore in the village of Pi near the Burmese border. There he spent wonderful years learning the arts of massage and Eastern healing. His bookstore became a famous attraction for English-speaking tourists over a period of 10 years. Michael was a dear and loving person who saw life through sensitive and kind eyes. He will be sorely missed by his grieving family and friends. When his cancer progressed in April 2008, he left Thailand and came home to Montclair. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Saul Mendlovitz, a professor of international law at Rutgers University Law School; sisters Jessica Dibb of Owings Mills, MD, and Martha Matt of Swarthmore, PA. He was predeceased by his sister Jamie Bradford in 1995. He leaves his family with the sound of music that he loved. From Bo Diddley to Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan



and Deborah Harry to Sinatra and Bach, his wide love and knowledge of music defined him, as did his writings and his gentle, unforgettable, free and loving spirit.

his father, Lee M. Schepps, both formerly of Dallas, his brother Jake Schepps of Boulder, CO, and his sister, Robin Chalecki of Denver, CO. He was predeceased by his twin brother Phillip Henry Schepps in 2002.


of Dunwoody, GA, passed away on September 15, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident. Kathleen is survived by her loving husband William (Bill) Beausoleil; sons Billy (16) and Charlie (13); daughter Jackie (8); mother Mary Taylor, who now resides in Atlanta, and brother Fran Taylor 80, of Concord, NH. Kathleen was born in the Bronx, NY, the daughter of Mary Taylor and the late Frank G. Taylor. She graduated from Union College with a degree in mechanical engineering. A 20-year career with Turner Construction followed, first in Connecticut and then in Atlanta. She was formerly a class reporter for her KUA class. A year ago Kathleen joined Skanska USA Building Incorporated as regional director, design management. It was while she was at Turner that she met Bill, her husband of 19 years. Bill and Kathleen moved to Atlanta ten years ago where they were raising their three beautiful children. Kathleen was a true “super mom” and wife. She had a thriving professional career, but never let it interfere with her first priority in life, her family. Kathleen was a doer, a motivator, a cheerleader, an organizer, a role model, a shoulder to lean on, a teacher and a nurturer; a loving wife and mother to her family, which was the center of her universe. She was beloved by all who had the good fortune to know her. 1993 ERIC J. BONDE, 34, of Windham, NH,

34, passed away October 7, 2008. He was born in Methuen, MA, and attended Plymouth State College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. He was an avid fisherman, who loved boating and spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee, and was a loyal New England sports fan, supporting both the Patriots and the Red Sox through the years. He is the son of Kenneth and Betsy Bonde of Windham and was predeceased by his sister Karen Stasko. 2003 BENJAMIN COTTRELL SCHEPPS,

21, of Dallas, TX, died on October 22, 2005, in Burlington, VT. Ben was born February 27, 1984, in Dallas. He was a published poet, a sensitive and intuitive person whose strength helped him cope with many challenges and whose sweetness brought many wonderful friends into his life. His passing has left his family and friends with grievous sorrow. Ben is survived by his mother, Barbara A. Cottrell,


September 23, 2008, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was 96. He was a dedicated schoolteacher, a real estate assessor and a captain in the Merchant Marine. He was a devoted father and grandparent and an avid fan of baseball, hockey and football. As a young man, to pay his way through school, he worked in a hat factory, sold fish, worked in construction, drove a school bus, worked on a dredging barge, and was a forester in northern Maine. He was also a gravedigger and a clamdigger. He was born July 29, 1912, in Newburyport, the son of Louis R. Spalding and Ethel M. (Jackman) Spalding. He graduated in 1930 from Newburyport High School and was a 1935 graduate of the University of Maine Forestry School in Orono. He received his master of science degree in education from the University of Southern Maine. From 1937 until 1941 he taught at Newburyport High School. In 1939 he married Bertha Leona Johnston of New Sweden, ME. She died in 1990. From 1942 to 1946 he taught biology and math at high schools in Newburyport and Middleborough, MA. From 1947 until 1959 he taught at Kimball Union Academy, where he coached hockey and football. From 1959 to 1966 he taught math and coached hockey at the Gunnery School in Washington, CT. From 1966 until 1971 he was a teacher at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms, where he taught chemistry and math and was assistant headmaster. He later taught at Lisbon High School in Lisbon, ME, until his retirement. He and his wife were summer residents of Kennebunkport, ME. They retired to South Harpswell in 1971. He was predeceased by a son, Loring 62, and by a brother, Malcolm Spalding of Newburyport. He leaves a sister, Janet S. Pratt of Newburyport; two children, Edward ’59 of Kennebunkport and Mary (Spalding) Marsters of Portland.

2005 HONG-JIN KIM Kimball Union Academy was saddened by the death of Hong-Jin Kim who died in an

accident in August 2008. A valued member of the class of 2005, he will be remembered for his joyful spirit, his ability to connect and engage with students and faculty members of all backgrounds, his passion for athletics, his leadership, his generous smile and his absolute love of life. By his senior year, Hong Jin had become a student proctor, an international proctor, and captain of both the varsity football and lacrosse teams. After graduating from KUA, Hong-Jin spent two years at the University of Wisconsin before returning to Korea to complete his military training. Kimball Union honored Hong-Jin at a Service of Remembrance on October 18, 2008. Many of his friends and classmates, and his sister, See Hee ’05, returned to campus to join his former teachers and KUA community members to pay tribute to Hong-Jin.

Friends gathered at Kimball Union in October to remember and pay tribute to Hong-Jin Kim.




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BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS Jeffery P. Cutts ’73, H ’08, P ’08 - Board Chair Jennifer A. Borislow ’78, P ’07, ’10 -Vice Chair J.C. Boggs III ’80 - Board Secretary Ed Stansfield ’78, P ’11 - BoardTreasurer

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Kimball Union Academy is to discover with each student the right path to academic mastery, to creativity and to responsibility. Rooted in the traditions of a New England preparatory school, Kimball Union offers its students an education that balances a challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in athletics and the arts. We seek to develop essential values: a love of learning, a respect for oneself and

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP William Barker ’90 Raymond Barrette P ’05, ’09 Robert V. Bartles P ’84, ’86, ’96 Nadja Bellan-White ’85 William A. Black ’85 Sheila A. Culbert Sydney Finkelstein P ’10 Benjamin Fischman ’90 Geoffrey R. Flickinger ’77, P ’10 Allan Ferguson Thomas L. Gosselin ’58, P ’85 Timothy J. Herbert ’83, P ’09, ’11 Donald E. Lowery ’73 Thomas Maher P ’09 Christie Morse, M.D., P ’11 Jeffrey D. Palmer ’66 Paul E. Sheff P ’94,’97 Edward H. Stansfield, III ’78, P ’11 Christopher Tatum P ’07

TRUSTEE EMERITI Thomas R. Flickinger ’50, P ’77 Allan F. Munro ’55, P ’81, ’83, ’11, ’13 Jack H. Nelson ’63 Henry W. Parker ’41 Kimball Union Magazine is published twice a year. We welcome submissions, letters and comments. We reserve the right to review and edit all material that is accepted for publication. Please e-mail submissions to or mail to Julia Brennan, Editor Kimball Union Magazine PO Box 188 Meriden, NH 03770 or FAX 802-469-2040.

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others, concern for the environment, and involvement in the greater world. As a school that values diversity of background, thought and interests, we encourage students to discover their own strengths, to celebrate the accomplishments of others, and to engage with those around them. As members of a close and supportive community, the students, faculty and staff of the Academy are guided by principles of honest, compassion, and mutual respect.

HONOR CODE As a member of the Kimball Union Community, I promise to uphold the Honor Code, to expect and encourage the same of others, and to do so in all situations and all places. Our Honor Code includes being honest in all matters, behaving with integrity, and demonstrating respect for myself and others.

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION Celebrating Individuality, Community, and Global Awareness Kimball Union Academy is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe environment in which all community members value and respect each other’s unique qualities and contributions. We are committed to nurturing a learning environment where the principles of dignity, equity, and justice are an essential part of our culture and daily life. We encourage the exploration of independence and interdependence as we affirm our promise to honor individuality, celebrate our differences, and embrace our connections with each other and the global community.



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HARKNESS TABLES... MUCH MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL FURNITURE. Harkness Tables originated at Philips Exeter Academy in 1931, when oil magnate and philanthropist Edward Harkness made a substantial donation to the school, and challenged the faculty to create an innovative way of teaching. He described his idea as follows. “What I have in mind is (a classroom) where (students) could sit around a table with a teacher who would talk with them, and instruct them by a sort of tutorial or conference method, where (each student) would feel encouraged to speak up. This would be a real revolution in methods.” From this vision, the Harkness Table evolved. With its oval design and low student-toteacher ratio, Harkness tables offer an interactive style learning experience that involves all students in dynamic discussions. Classmates learn by discussing their thoughts and ideas with their teacher and each other, rather than by just taking notes. Students are encouraged to challenge ideas, and to collaborate rather than compete with each other. The cooperative learning environment enhances academic rigor and substance with students and faculty alike finding their work more meaningful in the context of this collaborative experience. Harkness teachers are participants in classroom discussions, guiding students without lecturing. The teacher is modeling to the student how to learn, rather than just what to learn. Harkness teachers excel at asking questions that excite inquiry. The more students want to know, the more they learn. “It seems strange but my classroom at KUA has been animated with a new sense of destination; not the answers but rather the dialogue of what the next set of questions should be—this is scholarship. The table manifests the ideal in placement and then the teacher and students follow its subtle direction of what academic engagement should look like. Baxter 4 will never be the same,” says History Department Chair Lyn Lord. The collaborative learning from around the Harkness Table continues outside the classroom. Students say they learn as much from each other after class as they do in class. They are both giving and getting help by learning together instead of apart. Kimball Union’s first Harkness Table was donated to the Academy in September 2008. A plaque bearing this wording is mounted in Lyn Lord’s classroom: “The Harkness Table in this classroom was given to Kimball Union Academy by an anonymous donor to honor and celebrate the inspirational teaching of Ms. Lyn Lord.” It is our hope that others will follow this donor’s generous lead and make it possible for all Kimball Union students to benefit from this innovative and effective teaching methodology. Harkness is a registered trademark of Phillips Exeter Academy.

“I have had some INCREDIBLY INSPIRING, bright teachers here at KUA — they come to class every day with amazing ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM. I’ve learned so much from them. I really feel my education has PREPARED ME FOR THE FUTURE.”


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Investing in people, like senior standout Ben Newton, and History Chair Lyn Lord, reaps countless rewards for the KUA community. Critical thinking skills, technological mastery, social competence, a passion for learning, and teamwork are all essential elements of a KUA education. By giving to the KUA Fund at whatever level makes sense for you, you encourage current faculty and students to do their best and form dynamic and meaningful partnerships in the classroom, on the stage, and in their advisee groups.

LYN LORD, History Department Chair, with students at Harkness Table

KIM DAVIES, Parent KUA Fund Staff Liason

One unique way for alumni and families to pay special tribute to an influential teacher, dorm parent, or coach, is to fund the purchase of a Harkness Table to be installed in the new classrooms coming soon to the Miller building. For a leadership gift of $12,000, you can positively impact the learning environment at the Academy, by providing cutting edge educators like Lyn Lord with inviting new spaces that encourage dialogue, intellectual discovery, and a feeling of connectedness. Parents are a critical element of the success of this school. Through your questions, active presence on campus and at games, and your belief in a KUA education, you demonstrate a deep devotion to this family-oriented organization. As the parent KUAFund staff liaison, I am inspired by the generosity of parents, like faculty member Lyn Lord P ’09, whose gifts ensure that students from a wide variety of backgrounds can attend KUA and be exposed to a range of ideas and cultures. As Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, I urge you to remember your own personal reasons for showing Kimball Union that you care and you value what is transpiring at the Hilltop. Whatever brought you into our community and whatever you gained from it, we know is worth sharing with others.

ANNE JANEWAY, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations


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