LAKESIDE FALL | WINTER 2015
•Connie Bourque •Amy Woodruff ’83 needed a kidney.
Talbott ’83 gave her one.
INSIDE » LIFE ON THE
LINE: Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94
RESCUE ON COURAGE EVEREST: on campus Dr. Emily Johnston ’81
LAKESIDE UNFILTERED. Nick Rubin ’16 achieved this moody shot of The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center using a school camera that photography teacher Barry Wong had converted to infrared capture as part of efforts to put the latest digital technology in the hands of students. The photo was taken for Lakeside’s new studentrun Instagram feed, which offers a behind-thescenes look at life at the school from two or three different students each week. Tatler staff members and other Upper School student volunteers
MADE YOU LOOK PHOTO BY NICK RUBIN ‘16
take and post pictures and videos from inside classrooms, athletic events, art shows, and at spots around campus. Follow @Lakeside.Lions on Instagram to see what our students are up to!
2015-2016 LAKESIDE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES Theiline “Ty” W. Cramer ’78
Peter Polson ’91
Immediate Past Chair
Natasha Smith Jones ’89
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
Mark Klebanoff ’80
Rodney A. Bench Carmen Best Robert M. Helsell ’55
HOW ARE WE DOING? Here’s what you told us…
UR ONLINE SURVEY asked, “Is Lakeside magazine a must-read or do we need a little tweaking?” Here are some results. And many thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to respond. Your feedback will help us going forward.
WHO RESPONDED? Number of responses............................513 Alumni............................................429 (71%) Parent/guardian or other relative....62 (10%) Faculty/staff......................................42 (7%) *Some respondents identified with more than one category
AGE Under 25.................................................13% 25-34.......................................................21% 35-49.......................................................28% 50-64.......................................................26% 65 and over.............................................11% Women 60%, Men 40%
HOW YOU READ US 13% “devour the whole thing from beginning to end,” 63% “browse through and usually read a few sections closely,” 23% “flip through but don’t read much,” and – whew! – not even 1 percent send it “straight to the recycle bin.”
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REAT ARTICLE on a wonderful alum (Kirk G Johnson ’78, “The People’s Paleontologist,” Spring/Summer 2015). Kirk was a senior I looked up to as a freshman. He was kind and helpful in metal class — making Mike Falk’s eccentric endeavors more approachable. There is an error in the photo caption — Kirk is number 17 seated behind Craig Stewart.
— Charles Ragen ’81
Chair, Investment Committee Mona Lee Locke Dr. Connie Mao
Chair, Medical Advisory Board Wendy Ruppel
Parents Association President
Crystal Ondo ’99
Lakeside/St. Nicholas Alumni Board President Carey Crutcher Smith ’77
Chair, Development and Communications Committee Edward Taylor
Chair, Schools Committee Bertrand Valdman
Chair, Assets Management Committee David W. Wiley ’71
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eyes lied; thanks for setting us straight! The person at front left that we identified as Kirk Johnson is actually John Petersdorf ’79, who confirms: “I got a lot of joking comments on that. It is I, not Kirk.”
Carey Quan Gelernter WRITERS
Carey Quan Gelernter, Amanda Darling, Mike Lengel, Leslie Schuyler ALUMNI RELATIONS NEWS
Kelly Poort, Carol Borgmann ART DIRECTOR
Tom Reese, Lindsay Orlowski GRAPHICS
Lindsay Orlowski COPY EDITOR
Coming across a banner showing Nelson Mandela and the words “Live Like a Hero,” at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, proved fortuitous.
LIVE LIKE A HERO
HE EMAIL to our alumni relations director, Kelly Poort, came last February: “My name is Margaret Scarborough Filkins and I am a proud member of the Class of 1983. I was wondering if anyone has told you about two other 1983 alums who are currently recovering at Virginia Mason following kidney transplant surgery. On Tuesday, Amy Woodruff received a kidney from Connie Bourque Talbott. “I have no idea if they would be willing to share their story or when they may feel up to having the discussion, but I would love to see this story shared. It has been inspiring to follow this journey and to realize that these two ladies would probably have never met if they had not been accepted into the 7th grade class in 1977!” We hadn’t known but we sure appreciated hearing, Margaret. We were already thinking “cover story” when, not two weeks later, visiting Philadelphia our eye caught the National Liberty Museum’s huge banner of Nelson Mandela, unfurled at its entrance with the words: Live Like a Hero. Clearly, the theme for this magazine had to
be — heroes. Thanks to Woodruff and Talbott being, as it turned out, willing to share, you, too, can be inspired by their journey. Page 14. Lakesiders pointed us to two other alumni with gripping tales of courage: Emily Johnston ’81, a doctor and mountain guide, and Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94, an Air Force pilot and leader. Interestingly, the two describe in strikingly similar ways how they control their minds in the face of danger. Page 18. Following our theme on campus, this issue looks at a Middle School class in which students learn how ordinary people find a path to heroism and two Upper School forums created by students to encourage their own brand of bravery. Pages 11 and 12. Finally, a shoutout to the 500 of you who took our magazine survey. We appreciated getting mostly high marks and accolades, and we also appreciated your thoughts about what could be better. Among a wide range of opinions — no group thinkers, you — some clear trends held, both in the survey and in two focus groups we convened. You are interested in what’s happening on campus, and you are even more interested in fellow alumni; in that, you follow the trend of most alumni magazines. While a few people called for cutting costs by going strictly digital, most appreciate and prefer paper, saying some version of, “We’re inundated with digital noise and take pleasure in a quality magazine that we can hold and pass along.” We confess that we sorta kinda hoped there were sections you could live without; as we seek to keep rising print costs under control, we’re trimming page counts. But there are robust constituencies for most regular features. Our goal will be to keep quality high while bearing in mind your strongest interests. You can find survey stats on Pages 2 and 8. If you missed the chance but still want to weigh in, please do email or call. This is your magazine, and we always welcome hearing from you. ■ CAREY QUAN GELERNTER
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COVER STORY Heroes | Alumni profiles ■
Connie Bourque Talbott ’83 and Amy Woodruff ’83 14 Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94 18 Dr. Emily Johnston ’81 22
Courage on campus ■ ■
Real Talks 11 Imperfect heroes
Your comments 2 Head of school’s letter 4 Board news 5 Campus news roundup 6 Lakeside admissions 8 Sports 9 Commencement 10 College choices 10
33 ALUMNI NEWS
New board members 26 Planned Giving 27 Reunion 2015 28 L.A., New York receptions Class notes 32 In Memoriam 38 From the Archives 42 GLOW panel 43 Calendar 43
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Amy Woodruff ’83, left, and Connie Bourke Talbott ’83, five months after one of Talbott’s kidneys was transplanted into Woodruff. PHOTO BY TOM REESE
by BERNIE NOE
Leading principled lives
ACH YEAR in an upper-level course I teach, Genocide in the Modern World, we examine the lives of individuals who, at risk to their own lives, rescued the Jews of Europe, the Tutsis of Rwanda, or the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. Each year the juniors and seniors are struck by the fact that heroism comes in many forms and often in the most unlikely of people. There are the inhabitants of a small rural village in France, Le Chambon, chronicled in Philip Hallie’s beautiful book, “Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed,” who rescued thousands of Jews because, in their words, “it was the right thing to do.” There is Zofia Baniecka, a Polish woman who, influenced by the example of her parents, took in Jews who had escaped the Warsaw Ghetto. And, of course, there is Oskar Schindler of “Schindler’s List” fame who, at the outset of World War II, decided to exploit the subjugated condition of the Jews for his own gain but was moved by the cruelty he witnessed to become their rescuer.
Literally all of the people we study did not know whether they would act courageously in dire circumstances. Like many of the Lakeside alumni whose stories you will read in this issue of the magazine, they simply did what they thought was right in their circumstances and let others call their actions heroic. Heroism seldom is the reckless courage of action movies but, rather, is the courageous triumph of principled behavior in trying, even life-threatening, circumstances. We do not specifically teach students to be heroic, but we do impress upon them that they need to develop a moral system that will guide their lives, and we note whenever possible how the principles of others led them to acts of heroism that have made the world a better place. We also point out that heroes are not perfect people, but, rather, are flawed people (like all of us) who find the courage to set aside self-interest to serve a larger cause when the need arises. We ask our students to lead principled lives on a daily basis because in doing so they develop the character necessary to do the right thing, as best they can discern it, in any circumstance. Paul Rusesabagina, who rescued 1,500 Tutsis in the Rwandan genocide, practiced being a good man every day with his friends and family, doing his best to live an honorable life. His actions during the genocide were an extension of the person he had become over time. Our students, through their actions now, are becoming who they will be in this world. I am proud of the people profiled in the stories you will read in this issue and pleased that a number of them mention a teacher or staff member who inspired them to be their best selves. The school’s adults, past and present, do their utmost to nurture in Lakeside students the desire to serve others in this world, to leave the world a better place than they found it. In my estimation, the worth of any institution is what it contributes to the general good of society, and Lakeside makes its most substantial contribution to the world through the students we graduate. It is my hope that Lakeside graduates, guided by principle, will be heroes in ways large and small in most all of the situations they encounter in life. Have a great fall, everyone. If you are on campus, stop by and say hello. ■
Head of School
Trustees to consider performing arts center, additional students
Two join Board of Trustees
Board Chair Ty Cramer: “We as a board see the arts at Lakeside as a key component of a well-rounded education …”
HE LAKESIDE BOARD of Trustees will decide at its February meeting whether to build a new performing arts center for the Upper and Middle schools and whether to increase the size of the student body beginning in 2020, gradually adding 200 students by 2025. Also being explored is the possibility of a micro-school at a separate city location. To evaluate the options for oncampus expansion, this summer Lakeside began working with Seattle-based Miller Hull Partnership on a master plan. The plan will recommend the best location and estimate costs for a performing arts center, probably on the Upper School campus, and for an arts practice space at the Middle School. It will also suggest potential sites and estimate costs for adding an academic building that could accommodate the larger student body being considered. The current Upper School performing arts center, St. Nicholas Hall, built in 1979, no longer
accommodates today’s space needs. “We as a board see the arts at Lakeside as a key component of a well-rounded education and as integral to excellence as both our academics and athletics programs,” said Board Chair Ty Cramer.“Our arts facilities have served us well over the last 36 years. Now it’s time for us to look closely at how we can bring the arts program into the 21st century.” Seattle’s rapid growth is the biggest impetus for considering how Lakeside might meet the educational needs of more students. A facet of the school’s mission is to serve as many highly capable students as possible in the metropolitan area, while retaining academic excellence and strong student-teacher relationships. Adding 200 students to the Lakeside campus by 2025 could be one answer; the academic building required would group grades 8 and 9 at the Upper School. The micro-school idea, another possibility, stems from Head of School
Bernie Noe’s research into trends at independent schools and new school models, which he presented last spring to his peers at the National Association of Independent Schools. A microschool generally is small, is lower cost, employs some personalized online learning, and focuses on academics versus a comprehensive program. Cramer emphasized that, in any decision by trustees,“We maintain our commitment to each student being ‘known.’ We will carefully determine the costs and benefits, the risks and needs, and decide, with the mission at the forefront, the best course of action for the school, students, and community.” ■ FIND A LINK to more information on micro-schools and follow developments on expansion plans at www.lakesideschool.org/ magazine.
Wendy Ruppel heads Lakeside’s Parents Association and coaches chess at public and private schools in the Seattle area. She has taught art history at University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington and, as a volunteer, taught math and reading at schools for homeless youth and in literacy programs in jails. Ruppel earned a B.A. from Reed College and a Ph.D. in art history from UC Berkeley. She and her husband, Christopher, have two daughters, Class of 2014 and Class of 2016. Crystal Ondo ’99 is the director of legal affairs and compliance at Donuts Inc., a top-level domain name registry. A volunteer with the Lakeside/ St. Nicholas Alumni Board since 2012, she headed the activities committee for two years and began her term as president in June. Before joining Donuts, Ondo was an associate in the business group at Perkins Coie. She received a B.A. from Princeton University and a law degree from Boston College. After law school, Ondo spent two years in Geneva, Switzerland, where she fell in love with food and travel. She and her husband, Edward Wenger ’99, have three young children. Head Note, Trustees
Campus news Lakeside adds 5 gender-neutral restrooms
Noe to take 3-month sabbatical
by AMANDA DARLING
Lakeside took a visible step in making the school a more equitable learning environment when this summer it designated five gender-neutral restrooms at the Upper and Middle schools. The groundwork for this change was laid last year when the Board of Trustees added “gender identity” to the school’s nondiscrimination policy. Gender identity is defined as a deeply held sense or psychological knowledge of one’s own gender. The gender-neutral restrooms are just one step toward making the school a safe space for transgender and gendernonconforming students, according to Director of Equity and Instruction Christel McGuigan. “Lakeside views access to safe space as a right, not a privilege,” said McGuigan. This fall, the Board of Trustees will consider proposed new policies and practices to address the needs of transgender and gender-nonconforming students — for example, being able to designate the personal pronoun they feel pertains to them. The proposal draws from the policies of Seattle Public Schools and California Safe Schools Coalition and from resources provided by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. They also incorporate the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) policy on gender-nonconforming student athletes, which states, “All students should have the opportunity to participate in WIAA activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records.” The gender-neutral restrooms are single-occupancy and in central loca-
Signs went up this summer to identify five newly designated gender-neutral restrooms in the Upper and Middle schools.
tions, with three at the Upper School and two at the Middle School. Any member of the Lakeside community who desires increased privacy may use them. In making this change, Lakeside joins many other Seattle institutions, including Seattle city government, University of Washington, Seattle University, Nova High School, and The Northwest School. And Aug. 10, Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation requiring all public spaces, including city-owned buildings and private businesses, to designate all single-stall restrooms as open to all genders. Conversations about gender identity as well as LGBTQ issues have increased at Lakeside, spurred in part by national conversations and on campus by a student-sponsored Lakeside alumni panel (see Page 43) and Real Talks (see Page 11). Said Head of School Bernie Noe: “These changes take Lakeside further along its path as a school where students get to be who they are meant to be in this world.” Amanda Darling is communications director at Lakeside School. Reach her at Amanda.darling@ lakesideschool.org.
Head of School Bernie Noe plans to take a three-month sabbatical beginning in February. Noe and his wife, Killian, hope to spend time in Central and South America reading, writing, and learning about the histories and cultures of several countries. In a message to parents and guardians, Noe wrote: “I have never taken a sabbatical before and look forward to having time to think broadly about the world of education and to just be!” Booth Kyle, assistant head of school and director of admissions and financial aid, will be in charge while Noe is gone. Bruce Bailey ’59 will serve as acting director of admissions. “I am a bit nervous about having so much free time but hope to make a smooth adjustment when the time comes,” said Noe. He added: “And I will return in May for many more years at Lakeside!”
Lakeside has joined the Arabic Year program, giving students a chance to apply to spend their junior year in the immersion program in Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture offered by Kings Academy in Jordan. This American-style boarding school modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts is a founding school of Global Online Academy.
GOA ups global ante
Global Online Academy has grown to include 63 independent schools, with the share of international schools increasing to 11 with recent additions in Singapore; Hong Kong; Monterrey, Mexico; Frankfurt, Germany; and Chennai, India. Lakeside is a founding member of the nonprofit consortium established to offer member schools’ students high quality online classes. ■
Barry Wong’s photograph “Japanese Yellow Plum.”
Applause please … • ANTONIO HOPSON, Middle School science teacher, had his latest book of poetry, “Seven,” published by Anaphora Literary Press in May, and it made Amazon’s “hot new release” list in the poetry category. • Upper School English teacher BRIAN CULHANE has had new poems published in The Southwest Review (“Longhand”), Sewanee Review (“The Dante Dictionary”), Parnassus (“The Essay”), and Plume (“Remembering Lethe”). • Middle School math teacher GRANYA O’NEILL was named the Schlaepfer Chair in Mathematics, an award that comes with $2,000 for each of the three years of a person’s term. Honorees are nominated by Lakeside teachers with final selection made by directors of the
“King,” by Jacob Foran. Middle and Upper schools and Head of School Bernie Noe. Math colleagues praised O’Neill’s “outstanding teaching ability, thoughtful and collaborative mentoring of her colleagues, and her leadership in development of math curriculum throughout her Lakeside career.” • AARON PINA, Upper School history teacher, received a Coca−Cola Educator of Distinction Award. Pina was nominated by a student from a school where he previously taught who earned a CocaCola Scholars Foundation award. Winners of the scholarship — one of the highest profile, lucrative corporatesponsored scholarships in the U.S. — each name the educator that inspired them the most. • ARI WORTHMAN, director of college counseling, is chair-elect of the Board of Trustees of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, a national organization that supports college counselors from 500 independent schools. • DAIGA GALINS, director of development, authored the first chapter
of “Handbook of Philanthropy at Independent Schools,” on “Today’s Donors in a Changing World.” The fourth edition of this publication of the National Association of Independent Schools was published this spring.
• ERICA JOHANSEN, assistant orchestra director, performed as a violinist in “14/48 Boombox” at 12th Avenue Arts. Twelve composers were given a theme and each had 48 hours to compose a 5-minute piece, then Johansen’s band had 24 hours to rehearse before performing the 12 pieces in two world-premiere concerts. • Upper School art teacher JACOB FORAN’S work was featured in the exhibit “Bodies+Beings” this summer at the Abmeyer+Wood Fine Art gallery. • Upper School photographer teacher BARRY WONG’S still-life photos were featured this spring at Greenwood Art Walk. ■
Briefs, Faculty Kudos
WHO GETS INTO LAKESIDE
MAGAZINE SURVEY Continued from page 2
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:
• The admit rate for this school year was 18 percent for the third year in a row.
Connections: 80% say the magazine strengthens their personal connection to Lakeside. Quality: 86% consider the content excellent or good.
• For connected students, chances of admittance were higher, at 39 percent, versus those not connected, at 14 percent. Connected means a student’s parents or grandparents are alumni, trustees, or faculty or staff; or they had or have siblings at Lakeside. • Applications were up by 3 percent. Last year they had been down 7 percent from the previous year after a steady rise over the past five years. • The new students came from 85 sending schools, up from last year’s 76 schools; 50 percent came from public schools, an increase of 2 percent over last year. • Financial aid awarded increased by 5 percent over last year, for a total amount of aid of $5.7 million. Families who receive aid pay an average of $8,000 for tuition. ■
AKESIDE SCHOOL is part of a pilot group of 32 independent schools assisting the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Board in developing an assessment that gauges applicants’ character attributes. The SSAT, which Lakeside applicants take, measures cognitive (thinking) abilities. The new Character Skills Assessment (CSA) aims to complement it by measuring noncognitive abilities, such as persistence, self-control, and curiosity. “The new CSA will add great value to the holistic evaluation of applicants embraced by Lakeside,” said Booth Kyle, assistant head of school and director of admissions and financial aid. Lakeside Middle School students participated in voluntary beta testing of sample questions last spring and next year’s applicants to Lakeside will also take part in the beta testing. The CSA will be ready for the 2017-2018 admission season.
FAVORITE 10 TOPICS (Rated either “love it” or “like it”)
Class notes......................95% Alumni profiles.................94% Retiring faculty/ administrators..................89% Lakeside history and traditions..........................86% Photos from alumni events..............................86% In Memoriam...................82% Lakeside Lecture Series...............................81% College choices.............77% Message from head of school.................76% Lakeside athletics............72%
CREDIBILITY Consistently portrays Lakeside accurately and objectively........................15% Contains some “spin” but generally accurate and objective..........................50% Usually portrays the institution only in a positive light..................................32% Is not a good source of objective information.......3%
ACTION STEPS Lakeside magazine has inspired alumni to: Discuss, save, or forward an article or issue.................43% Attend an event...............36% Visit Lakeside’s website....31% Connect with Lakeside on social media....................31% Contact a classmate.......29% Make a donation.............23%
SAMPLING OF COMMENTS:
LIKE THE ALUMNI stories about several alums doing work in the same or similar fields – these are especially interesting to read and highlight people that might otherwise not be profiled.
ONSISTENTLY great design and on the whole very interesting articles! Excellent work.
FIND IT much more interesting than my college magazine, and I feel much more connected to Lakeside than to my college, in part because of your success with this publication. Rah-rah and self-admiring.
OVE COVERAGE of the extraordinarily wide range of interesting things current students are engaged in!
SHARE THIS magazine when guests visit my home as a beautiful, broad scoped example of Lakeside’s quality and creativity. They are always amazed.
T’S INCREDIBLY liberal but so is Lakeside, I suppose.
More alumni news! Well-written and informative.
LOVE THE MAGAZINE and it helps keep me connected to the heart and soul of Lakeside, and helps me remember how much I value the school.
IN CASE YOU WONDERED, the person who won the $100 gift card we dangled as an incentive for filling out the survey is Ishani Ummat ’13, a University of Washington Honors Program student. (You might remember we featured her in a 2012 issue as one of the first Lakeside students participating in Global Online Academy.)
by MIKE LENGEL
TENNIS DOMINATES METRO; LAPSLEY EARNS NATIONAL HONORS FOLLOW LAKESIDE ATHLETICS on Facebook, or on Twitter at @LakesideLions.
Times Star Times all-area team honors. Head Soccer Coach Mark Szabo, who was named Metro League Coach of the Year, said he knew Lapsley would gain national attention during last season’s state title run. “He completely shut down other teams. It was too late to win it (the Gatorade award) that season, but I knew he would be undeniable in 2015.” Lapsley will play this year at University of California, Davis. For full highlights from the spring season: www.lakesideschool. org/athletics. ■ MIKE LENGEL
Wallis Lapsley ’15, right, receives the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year from Director of Athletics Chris Hartley. The award distinguishes Lapsley as the best soccer player in the state in 2015.
Mike Lengel is the digital communications specialist at Lakeside School. Reach him at 206-440-2955 or mike.lengel@ lakesideschool.org.
N APRIL 23, 2012, the Lakeside tennis team won a Metro League match. A few days later, it won another, then another; and a week after
that, another. And as of the spring 2015 season, the team hasn’t lost a Metro League match since. That streak, sitting at 44 league wins in a row, has helped the team earn four straight Metro championships and two top-5 state finishes. Viv Daniel ’17, who took second place in the Washington Interscho-
lastic Activities Association 3A state tournament, says part of their success is due to their head coach. “Coach (Tarik) Burney has been with us for our entire streak,” she said. “He’s very popular with the team and it always helps performance when you connect with your coach.” Boys soccer made a run at a second state title with the help of goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley ’15, who, after his standout senior season, was named the 2015 Gatorade Washington Player of the Year. The award,
which recognizes not only athletic performance but also sportsmanship and academic achievement, is given annually to players in eight sports. Lapsley also earned Metro League Player of the Year and The Seattle
Viv D. ’17 returns a serve from an O’Dea High opponent. In the 2015 season, Daniel picked up second-place f inishes in the girls singles competition in Sea-King District 2, Metro League, and the WIAA 3A state tournament. Admissions, Sports
INSIDE LAKESIDE 2015 BY THE NUMBERS Number of local service hours by class members:
National ranking of chess team, captained by a class member: 5 Perfect score, first in Lakeside history, earned by one class member on the American Invitational Math Exam: 15/15 Lakeside varsity letters earned:
Number of arts specializers: 55
Commencement exercises June 11 celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2015.
The Class of 2015 in focus
“I’VE BEEN SURPRISED, CHALLENGED, ELATED, AND MAYBE A LITTLE STRESSED.
— Sofia Nina-Bernardes Martins ’15, describing both her outdoor trip and time at Lakeside
T COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES June 11, Upper School Director Alixe Callen chose “focused” for the traditional one word to describe the graduating class. On the podium to represent the 139 seniors were: Sofia Nina-Bernardes Martins ’15 and Wyatt Lewis Paul ’15, chosen by their classmates to speak; and Rana Chandra Bansal ’15, outgoing president of the Upper School Student Government. Head of School Bernie Noe shared advice on love, authenticity, and a developed interior life, calling them keys to living a truly successful life. Find the full speeches and more photos at www.lakesideschool.org/ magazine. ■
“MORE MONEY, A NEW RELATIONSHIP, MORE PRESTIGE,
A NEW PIECE OF CLOTHING — ANYTHING EXTERNAL — WILL NOT PROVIDE THE ANSWERS YOU ARE SEEKING.
— Head of School Bernie Noe
COLLEGE CHOICES Agnes Scott College 1 Amherst College 3 Barnard College 1 Barrett, The Honors College of Arizona State University 1 Boston College 2 Bowdoin College 1 Brown University 4 Carnegie Mellon University 1 Case Western Reserve University 1 Chapman University 1 Claremont McKenna College 2 Colgate University 1 College of William and Mary 1 Columbia University 5 Cornell University 2 Dartmouth College 3 Davidson College 1 Duke University 1 Fordham University 1 Georgetown University 2 Gonzaga University 2 Hamilton College 1 Harvard University 1 Haverford College 1
Johns Hopkins University 2 Juilliard School 1 Lehigh University 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6 Middlebury College 2 Morehouse College 1 New York University 3 Northeastern University 2 Northwestern University 3 Ohio Wesleyan University 1 Pitzer College 2 Pomona College 1 Princeton University 1 Purdue University 1 Santa Clara University 4 Scripps College 3 Seattle Central College 1 Seattle University 1 Smith College 1 Southern Methodist University 1 St. Lawrence University 1 St. Olaf College 1 Stanford University 8 Swarthmore College 2
Tufts University 3 United States Military Academy 1 University of British Columbia 1 University of California, Berkeley 1 University of California, Davis 1 University of Chicago 4 University of Notre Dame 1 University of Pennsylvania 3 University of Redlands 1 University of San Diego 1 University of San Francisco 1 University of Southern California 4 University of St. Andrews 1 University of the Pacific 1 University of Washington 6 University of Washington, Bothell 2 Vassar College 1 Villanova University 1 Wake Forest University 1 Washington University in St. Louis 2 Wellesley College 1 Western Washington University 4 Whitman College 3 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1 Yale University 2
Real Talk, real courage
AN STUDENTS be brave enough to stand up before peers and talk about their authentic selves? Can they muster the courage to talk about topics of social awareness that reflect on their own identities? Lakeside Upper School students are “peeling off the masks” in an attempt to do both with Real Talks, which began in 2013, and Real Discussions, which had its pilot effort this past spring. Both initiatives were started by students in Lakeside Leadership Institute, an extracurricular leadership program. Each new group of 20 LLI students, which includes representatives from all Upper School grades, comes up with a project that — at no cost — can improve campus culture. Here’s how the first LLI group described the birth of Real Talks to the Lakeside community: “Lakeside can be a daunting place, seemingly full of perfect people. In the LINDSAY ORLOWSKI midst of such an environment, it is easy to Kengo N. ’17 makes a point as Robel M. ’16 listens at the pilot session this spring of Real Discussions, feel lost or less than. … Lakeside students often attempt to present a perfect image of a student initiative to foster discussions related to social awareness and identity. The inaugural topic themselves in order to live up to the expec- was socioeconomic class differences at Lakeside. tations that come with the prestige of the is high, and the buzz “is always positive,” dance at both is voluntary; faculty and staff school. ... says fellow leader Mimi B. ’16. “When we are invited as well. “Our cohort wanted to show the ‘face haven’t had one in a while, we (the leaders) The topic of the pilot Real Discussions behind the mask.’ We wanted to create are asked: ‘When is the next one?’ ‘Who this spring was socioeconomic class difa safe place for the real stories, our real will it be?’” ferences at Lakeside. Students gathered in stories, to be told. We wanted a place for And have they succeeded in their goal McKay Chapel, broke into small groups, students to share some of the challenges of changing the culture? each led by an LLI leader, and shared they have had to overcome or lessons they “There’s still more to do, definitely,” Won- feelings about coming face-to-face with have learned on their road to becoming the dimagegn says, but “every year that Real Talk disparities. Some wealthier students spoke, unique person that they are.” goes on, it’s making a difference and impact.” for example, of their discomfort at inviting So as often as every other week durA second LLI group has begun Real friends from economically struggling famiing activity period, usually in Kent Evans lies to visit their enormous family homes. Auditorium or the Fireplace Room, “Some- Discussions to foster sharing among Some less well-off students described one shares their story. These brave students students who might not feel comfortable volunteering as solo speakers. Students difficult experiences such as classmates protalk about issues ranging from how they in groups discuss topics related to social posing expensive out-of-school activities. have managed family division and conflict, Smith says for both Real initiatives, the to personal struggles with identity, to men- awareness and identity “that students decide mean something to our community core idea is “being brave enough, couratal health issues, to their passions.” The — whether race, class, gender, sexual idengeous enough, to share who you really are talks are confidential. tity,” said Upper School Associate Director so that others can support you and identify “It’s become an ingrained part of the Bryan Smith, who advises LLI. with what you’re going through. In the end, Lakeside experience,” says one of the origiThe goal is to have one Real Talks and we will be a community of support, rather nal leaders, Dawit Wondimagegn ’15. one Real Discussions each month. Attenthan a community of competition.” ■ Talks are eagerly anticipated, turnout
IMPERFECT HEROES: In keeping with this issue’s theme of heroism, we take a look at how Middle School social studies students are taught in a nuanced and increasingly sophisticated way about heroes and courage.
HIS MORE COMPLEX view begins in earnest in 7th grade, where “the American dream” is the theme of U.S. history. “We’ve been approaching history through the lens of inclusion and exclusion and who has access to the American dream,” says Middle School history teacher Merissa Reed. “By telling the story of how America has become a more inclusive place over time, we’ve been able to introduce people who have been game changers.” The teachers look to highlight ordinary people who stood up for what was right, often against the common views of the times. This encourages students to hone their own sense of justice and courage. In analyzing game changers, “We distinguish the concept of heroism from immaculate perfection: Individuals can do extraordinary things but that doesn’t make them immaculate individuals,” says Reed, who created the curriculum with Ted Chen, fellow 7th-grade history teacher and now assistant Middle School director. Reed gives an example: “We talk about Abraham Lincoln. He’s often immortalized and idealized, but the actuality is, he wanted to keep the union together and didn’t promote ideas about equality amongst people. It’s more complex. “I don’t go into anything too seedy with anyone, but we talk about the fact that people are human. Martin Luther King Jr. was not a perfect human being. We talk
about how the FBI used illegal wiretapping to try to catch him in extramarital affairs. We also talk about how the role of the media shifted — to be more invasive into the lives of politicians.” Assignments are chosen with an eye to developing empathy and seeing others’ points of view, which promote critical thinking. There are extremes — Hitler comes to mind — but usually largerthan-life figures in history are neither pure demon nor hero and are products of their times. For instance, one of the
class’s research and essay-writing assignments, “Columbus, hero or heel?,” typically leaves most students able to admire the explorer’s adventurous risk-taking while also seeing that he exploited and dehumanized Native Americans. This new curriculum, which has evolved over the past several years, represents a significant restructuring from what formerly was a more typical survey course. One factor that influenced the changes made by Reed and Chen is that more scholarship under-
taken over the past 20 years has made available diverse voices from history. Also, students today have been routinely exposed to greater media exposure of leaders’ foibles and “clay feet.” Rather than discouraging students, a more realistic view “makes heroism more attainable for them,” says Reed, “because there’s less pressure to be perfect. “The less we portray people in a simplistic, overidealized way, the more it empowers our students to be the change.” ■
Ordinary people, extraordinary deeds Heroes Here are a few windows into ways that 7th-grade U.S. history teachers Merissa Reed and Ted Chen share their concept of heroism:
BEACONS OF JUSTICE
LESSON: “Often in history there are people whose voices are in the minority who prove to be the beacon of justice,” Reed says. “We try to examine, ‘what is your responsibility to listen to what minority voices are saying?’” EXAMPLE: The U.S.
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Middle School history teacher Merissa Reed gives feedback to Emma E. ’20 as the class works on video reports focusing on individuals who took action in the civil rights movement. Says Emma of what she learned: “If you really believe in something you should fight for it.”
Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in the 1944 Korematsu v. United States case that upheld the legality of ordering Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II. “The three minority voices said this is racist and wrong and a violation of constitutional rights,” Reed says. “Those were heroes. Forty years later the rest of America kind of caught up.”
CITIZEN ACTIVISTS LESSON: Says Chen: “We strive to make the concepts of activism and change more accessible to students by focusing on how change has been enacted by ordinary people and breaking down
Sophia C. ’20 researches the role of the presidents in the civil rights era. Getting a more realistic picture of leaders’ weaknesses and strengths was “really important for us to learn,” she says. “Maybe it’s OK below a certain age, but at one point you can’t give these misguided views about people.” She’s particularly interested in presidents “because I may want to be a president when I grow up.” Will she be perfect as president? “No. I will be far from perfect.”
the belief that one has to be already heroic to make the world a better place. We hope that this will empower students to really cultivate the mindset of being a global citizen.” Reed likes to quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
EXAMPLE: Citizens who worked for everything from better sanitation in the 19th-century progressive movement to civil rights. Reed’s students in their final
video projects about the era of the civil rights movement chose figures that included Betty Friedan, Cesar Chavez, the Little Rock Nine, and the freedom riders.
RISK-TAKERS LESSON: Standing up for what’s right is not without risk and “we try to show models who risked great things,” Reed says.
EXAMPLE: Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and influential abolitionist who risked his life to rescue others. “His actions were heroic.” Inside Lakeside
Heroes ANSWERING THE
In February, 38 years after they first met at Lakeside Middle School — and three years after they reconnected, decades later, on Facebook — Connie Bourque Talbott ’83 gave one of her kidneys to Amy Woodruff ’83.
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ONNIE TALBOTT, then Connie Bourque, and Amy Woodruff met in 1977 when both began at Lakeside in 7th grade. Talbott recalls, “We were pretty good friends. We weren’t besties.” Woodruff was known for her athletic prowess — on the swim team and later as a rower, competing in the world championships after her senior year. “If she wanted something she would go for it,” recalls Corinne Koban Hagen ’83. “Kind of like she is now. Determined, stubborn. A very strong person, for sure.” She needed that strength from an early age; by 7th grade she had Type 1 diabetes, like her father, who would ultimately die of a massive stroke while hooked up to a dialysis machine. Talbott was known as “really smart — incredibly smart, and very sweet,” says Hagen. Passionate about science and ceramics, Talbott could often be found in the art studio, sometimes helping those who weren’t as adept, including Margaret Scarborough Filkins ’83, who says, “She was a genuinely supportive, 14
nice person, no airs about her.” After graduating in 1983 both Talbott and Woodruff attended the University of Washington, where Woodruff majored in French and Talbott in economics and finance. They lost touch.
An expat in Kabul
Woodruff, a consummate “jack-of-all-trades,” as sister Sara Woodruff Elgee describes her, took a series of eclectic jobs, including marketing and events manager for the Museum of Glass and business development manager at allrecipes. com. But in the recession days of 2009, work dried up. So her mind was open when her mother invited her to the Sunset Club to connect with a cousin who runs Parsa, a social service nonprofit that helps orphans and women in Afghanistan. The cousin, Marnie Gustavson (daughter of onetime Lakeside biology teacher Frank Hartung), was a last-minute speaker replacing bestselling author Greg Mortenson, after irregularities surfaced in his promotion of building schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Next thing, Woodruff was on her way to Kabul. She did a little of everything for Parsa — from writing a newsletter and teaching to cooking and running a Girl Scout troop of Afghan girls — essentially as a volunteer. After a few years she had to take on paying jobs as well, running a guesthouse and doing marketing and business development for an Afghan chain of groceries aimed at Westerners. Despite the privations, she enjoyed mixing with a lively international band of work-hard, play-hard expatriates — contractors, engineers, private security, business, and nonprofit
Connie Bourque Talbott ’83, left, and Amy Woodruff ’83 on the quad.
workers. She met a guy, now her fiancé, who had come with the Croatian military and stayed on as security manager. She joined an elephant polo team. To worried friends and family, she downplayed the danger: “There aren’t bombs going off all the time. It’s a city that occasionally has an explosion.” Then, too, “a good 50 percent of my friends were security people. I had access to a lot of intelligence information that not everybody had.” Still, by June 2013, as violence increased and the expat scene constricted, they were relieved
that she would be visiting Seattle. The timing coincided with her 30th Lakeside class reunion. She had stayed tight with her five closest school friends. They met at least once a year; whenever one of the out-of-towners came to Seattle; and to celebrate milestones — marking their 40th birthdays at a spa weekend in Arizona. She never missed a Lakeside reunion.
A quieter path
Talbott’s ventures, meanwhile, were to different parts of this country. A dog lover since child-
hood, she traveled to retriever field trials. Each year she volunteered to spend two weeks of “vacation” building homes in various states for Habitat for Humanity. “I stayed in Seattle, got a job, climbed the career ladder.” That corporate ladder was at health insurance companies; today she evaluates and prices risk at Premera Blue Cross. She was married for a time. She runs dogs and horses on her 5-acre farm in Snohomish County. She drives her own big red tractor to clear fields and move rocks.
Talbott had kept touch only with two close friends and hadn’t gone to any of her reunions. But as the 30th for their class got closer, that big round-number milestone made her pause and look back. “My mind started thinking of this. About really connecting with people again.” She thought she’d go to the reunion this time and would first reach out through Facebook. Which is how, through photos, updates, and “likes,” Woodruff and Talbott became good Facebook friends. ➢ Heroes
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Talbott got to hear about Woodruff getting elephant hugs and making goals at the world’s elephant polo championship. Woodruff got to cheer Talbott’s prizes for her chocolate Labrador retriever and aww over her mare’s newborn colt.
The kidney connection
Ironically, the two missed each other at the reunion, but the Facebook friendship continued. Talbott followed Woodruff ’s health travails. She read about the first transplant Woodruff had, in 2006, three years before she left for Afghanistan — a kidney donated by Elgee. She learned that, under assault from the unsanitary conditions in Afghanistan, Woodruff ’s immune system could not fight off a chronic gastrointestinal virus she developed, and by late 2013 the kidney stopped doing its job. Woodruff had to leave Kabul and begin dialysis in Seattle — three times a week, four hours each time. And then in spring 2014, Woodruff put the post on Facebook that “pretty much just said, ‘hey, I need a kidney,’” she says. Talbott sent her a note: I’ll do it. Until then, they had communicated only by email, Facebook, and text.“We finally called each other,” Talbott says.“Like it was the most normal thing to be doing. Isn’t that cool?” “There were good reasons,” says Talbott, of why she offered to donate. For one thing, she’d always done a lot of volunteer work. “For me, volunteering is very important.” “I’m single, very healthy, I have no children,” she reasoned. “I thought, I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission.” She regarded Woodruff as “the most amazing woman. I respected and admired what she did, what she was doing with her life. It was very different from mine.” The Lakeside connection was also important to her because she so valued her Lakeside experience: “It laid a foundation for the rest of my life.” She has always been a donor, of the monetary kind, to the 16
school and a member of the Founders Circle. And she had personally experienced the value of donation. When her 2-year-old niece had needed a bone-marrow transplant, she and family members were tested but the successful match came from a stranger. The transplant bought months of life. “We were all so grateful.” Ultimately, as Talbott would explain to friends just before surgery: “This is a personal challenge to test what I’m made of, and an opportunity to share my good fortune (health) with another."
The waiting line for a kidney donation is long, unless a living donor volunteers. Woodruff ’s fiancé offered but, as a smoker, didn’t qualify. She heard from two friends living in Chile and one in Georgia. But Talbott immediately followed through at Virginia Mason, and on July 28, 2014, she started the monthslong process of being tested for suitability and preparing. That Talbott’s brotherin-law had been chief of critical care at VM was a happy coincidence. That her niece is a surgeon who has done kidney transplants in California was another factor that increased her comfort level. The fact she’d never had children made her an even better donor candidate (in pregnancy, a woman’s body creates antibodies, which can lead to rejection issues). Woodruff ’s sister Sara had been a perfect tissue match but she had two children. Talbott and Woodruff were also more similar in height, another boon. Talbott’s kidneys were a little healthier than Sara’s. Doctors would give Woodruff the kidney that was not quite as perfect. The surgeon would describe it later as beautiful. Their blood types matched. Everything was a go. In December, around Christmas, Woodruff invited her close Lakeside friends to a brunch at the small house she’d bought in Tacoma. She wanted to reintroduce Talbott and tell everyone the news.
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Talbott on her 5-acre farm in Snohomish County. She wrote on her Facebook page: “Moving rocks! I love my tractor! ” Senior yearbook candid photos of Talbott, below, and Woodruff, at right. Classmates remember Talbott as shy, down-to-earth, and a passionate student of science and ceramics, and Woodruff as a top athlete, strong, and determined.
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Talbott, a dog lover since childhood, with her chocolate Labrador retriever Murphy after winning a fourth place on her first attempt at handling him in a retriever competition in 2014.
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Amy Woodruff ’83, below, and Connie Bourque Talbott ’83, flanked by surgeons, at Virginia Mason, where the kidney transplant was performed in February. Lakesiders and others followed their story and sent encouraging messages on Facebook.
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“That was the first time we saw each other,” Woodruff recalls. “At that point, Connie said, ‘I knew I was going to donate, before you even asked.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God, that is so amazing.’” The Saturday before the February surgery, Woodruff and Talbott went to lunch and had mani-pedis. Woodruff gave Talbott a silver necklace from Tiffany of a kidneyshaped bean, though she felt it such an inadequate expression of inexpressible gratitude. “I’ll always feel guilty,” says Woodruff. “I don’t know what I can do in return.”
The transplant took place Feb. 24. “Most people who are going into surgery are worried, but we were having a great time,” Talbott says. “My sisters were there, hers was there, we were laughing beforehand. It was more like an adventure.” Afterward, Talbott woke up first. “You have a little cart thing, tubes are hanging on. I’d walk to her room and visit her. Friends from Lakeside would visit everybody. She and I are all doped up. It was like this weird geriatric party. There was a lot of fun on the floor.” The operations were deemed a success. From across the country and world, Lakesiders followed their story on Facebook, chiming in with cheers, prayers, and congratulations. Filkins, who lives in Yakima, posted: “We are all given opportunities to change the world, but too few have the courage. Thank you for inspiring me — and so many
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others. May your recovery go as well as the surgery. ” Talbott’s employer, Premera, paid for additional disability so she could spend six weeks resting to recover. “With two kidneys, each does 50 percent of the work,” Talbott explains. “When one is removed, the remaining kidney now has to grow and eventually take up 80 percent of the load.” March 24, Woodruff would post on Facebook: “One month with my AMAZING gently used kidney! Constance Talbott, thank you for relieving me from dialysis and giving me my life back.”
Living at distant ends of Puget Sound, the friends are mostly back to phoning, texting, and Facebook. If Woodruff ’s health permits and she is able to travel overseas again, Talbott hopes to accompany her on a trip, perhaps to the Middle East. For Woodruff, that seems a mighty uneven exchange, given what she’s received. But Talbott doesn’t see it that way. In fact, when Lakeside magazine reached out to Talbott to tell her story, she agreed mostly because “I want others to know they can and should be able to do this for other people. I am also happy to talk to anyone considering a donation. Most people go ‘eewww.’ But it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.” ■ Heroes
Heroes LT. COL. TIM CURRY ’94
called to do”
A DECORATED OFFICER “DOING WHAT I WAS
HE 20 MEDALS that take up a good deal of real estate on Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94’s uniform suggest the scope of his Air Force career: Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, NATO Medal. Ask him which is the most significant and he says the Presidential Unit Citation “was a very meaningful award, presented to our entire unit, on a particular mission, a special mission. That stands out.” But he can’t disclose what it was about. As with most of his work, it’s a military secret. His resume does tell us that he’s served three combat tours, in “Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Inherent Resolve (against Islamic State).” That “his aviation career includes more than 2,000 flying hours with combat experience in four major weapon systems” — including F-16CJs, MQ-9 Reapers, and MQ-1B Predators. That he’s been promoted to ever-greater responsibility, including aide-decamp to the commander of Air Force Central Command, which oversees military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the rest of the Middle East and Southwest Asia from Qatar, and most recently to director of operations of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. He is responsible for the squadron
of 225, above all the pilots, sensor operators, and intelligence professionals; and he is an instructor and evaluator pilot for the MQ-1B Predators, missile-armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) that they operate from Nevada for global intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions and surgical strikes that support combat operations. Another Lakesider had told Lakeside magazine: “Tim Curry is the great American hero.” How would Curry define “hero”? He says: “Being willing to live your life in the service of others.” He thinks a moment. “I sort of fit that description, but I wouldn’t classify myself as a hero.” One thing he knows: “When I left Lakeside in ’94, even when I graduated from the Air Force Academy, I had no concept really of service before self. Or the gravity of what I was going to go do. Even after I went to war the first time, I still didn’t really fully get it.” What he gets now is a different view of what it means to be a warrior and a military leader. A different take on the meaning of serve and sacrifice.
Launch from Lakeside
He’d first come to Lakeside tagging along with an older sister in LEEP. He was the youngest of five in their Central Area family, supported by his mom, a postal worker; his dad was in a nursing home. Seeking more academic challenge, he transferred to Lakeside in grade 7. At first he was over-
Lt. Col. Tim Curry 94’s off icial Air Force photo. He’s wearing his service dress uniform. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this story do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense.
whelmed, but his mom said, “You can’t go running when things get tough.” Which became his theme. With support from many Lakeside mentors, he says, he grew to excel in both academics and athletics. As a senior, Curry told his football coach, Bill McMahon, who he knew was former military, “I’m interested in flying or designing aircraft and I want to play football.” And he had a sense that, “I wanted to serve.” McMahon directed him to the Air Force Academy, where McMahon had friends. While his grades were good, the academy deemed his SAT scores too low and required him to attend its Preparatory School. As its No. 1 graduate, he won the distinguished prep school award that recognized academic, military, and athletic accomplishments. Freshman year he broke his back and lost his pilot qualification. A year later he was cleared to go back to football, but a worsening astigmatism impacted his depth perception and he had to get special permission to fly. At the academy, he was an All-American football player. He thought about going pro but, after he graduated the academy in 1999, he made the eight-year commitment to be a fighter pilot.
“I finished No. 1 in that training,” which was to fly F-16s. “I didn’t start No. 1. I started on probation.” Again, that theme: Meet the tough challenges. Probation turned out to be a blessing, he 432D WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
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Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94 with daughter Trinity in front of their house in March 2014 in Alabama, where he was working on a master's in military strategy at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.
says: “Because they had such an eye on me; I felt like I got really good training. All the guys I flew with had recent wartime experience. They put me through the wringer.” But he didn’t think he’d stay after eight years. In combat over Iraq the first time, in 2003, that changed. “When you go to war, it definitely does one of two things: It either solidifies that you’re the right person to do that or it solidifies that you probably should find another profession. After I had less than 100 hours in the F-16, I knew. “I was pretty calm. The guys I flew with said that is not normal” for a young pilot. “It was because I had great training and I knew — these are bad people trying to do
bad things to our nation and to our allies. I felt like I was doing what I was called to do. “The F16CJ — that model has a pretty unique mission: Your job is to get shot at. We call them ‘stimulators.’ You fly in a configuration, you get close enough for them to want to shoot at you so if they take that shot, you can respond to them. Your job is to be the escort to the guys coming behind to drop the bombs. We could drop bombs from that aircraft as well.” Asked for a memory that stands out, he says, “A big question. I didn’t think I’d get emotional,” as a tear glistens, visible even over the less-than-crystal screen of Skype. “I would say, from the first deploy-➢
Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94 with wife Jenny and children Trinity, 5, Tommy, 3, and Tegan, 1. They’re sitting in an abandoned farmstead in Jenny’s hometown of Buxton, N.D.
Senior Curry, Lakeside’s star running back, at left, with quarterback Adam Hamilton ’94 and, at right, Doug Porter ’80, who was then assistant football and track coach. ➢ HEROES | Lt. Col. Tim Curry '94
ment I had,” flying an F-16 over Iraq. “We lost people in that deployment. We lost pilots in that deployment. We took out Iraq’s aircraft quickly. Their ground systems was a tougher issue. They got lucky a few times. We had a crew get shot down and the pilot of that particular aircraft was recovered and lived. But a backseater did not live. That had a huge impact. “I’m thankful I got to play a role.” He can’t get specific but, “You’re protecting guys on the ground, and protecting people back in the States, but also the rest of the resources that are there.” By late 2004, early 2005, the Air Force began to rely more on the weaponized remotely piloted aircraft. He was trained to fly the Predator and Reaper and, because of the need, “you are immediately flying in combat.” Piloting aircraft remotely from a base in the desert of Nevada is not the same as piloting them over the skies of Afghanistan. He’s aware of the criticism, whether you call them RPAs or drones, the more popular term that Curry dislikes. “I’m flying that thing, it’s not doing its own thing.” For the pilot, he says, “It involves the same airmanship, same understanding of 3-D space, the same need to realize other aircraft out there that are a hazard to you, and you to them.” 20
Continual training is part of the Air Force way; Curry has been chosen to attend highly selective elite training programs and has accrued
Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94 in an MC-12 aircraft on route to conduct a host nation engagement with Bahraini civil and military leaders in 2012. Curry spent that year as aide-de-camp to the Air Force Central Command commander, Lt. Gen. David Goldfein, then the highest-ranking Department of Defense officer in Qatar and now a general and the second in command of the entire Air Force.
master’s degrees in strategic intelligence and military strategy. He also earned a master’s in pastoral counseling, an option he chose because he saw the need. “There are a lot of people hurting. We see war for sure. We see a lot of death. In my wing, just in the last six months, three guys died; two committed suicide, a third in motorcycle accident. There’s a lot of people grieving for a lot of reasons. I knew I would be in the Air Force a long time and I wanted to be able to offer them counseling and resources.” He has risen at a great clip and is in line to be a full colonel. He’s told he’ll be a squadron commander by spring. Asked the greatest challenges he faces, he says: “Most people talk about putting their families first. That is a challenge.” A father of three, he says: “They (the Air Force) literally own me any hour of day. They can call you any time of day. A lot of times they do. “My daughter Trinity is 5 years old. Trinity has moved every year of
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her life. She asked me one day, ‘Dad, you root for the Seahawks, who am I supposed to root for?’ My son is 3. His whole first year of life, I was gone to the Middle East; I left when he was 3 weeks old.” And secondly, “We have good training on how to make good decisions but the reality is, this is life and death. You have to have a good idea of how that will impact you now and in the future.” Which leads back to what he’s learned over time about what it means, or should mean, to be a warrior and a military leader. “My goal is to give my leadership an opportunity to slow the process down, instead of rushing into war or rushing to employ weapons,” he says. “My goal — and I think this comes only after being around now 16 years — is to give them ammunition diplomatically to keep them out of war. To give them time and space to work out
the issues we have.” Providing intelligence is one way, building relations is another, he says. The year he spent in the Middle East, “We also had an Air Force van that traveled around, and these countries were just as attracted to our people playing music both in their native language as well as English, as they were to our aircraft. “I’m not the guy for sure I was as a lieutenant that was ready to go to war and was sort of chomping to do it. Now I’m the guy that looks at my young lieutenants and I tell them, good job, I need you to be the tip of the spear — sharp and ready for combat — but I also need you to think critically about what you’re about to do. I didn’t necessarily have a bunch of leaders doing that for me when I was a lieutenant. “I think our country is a little bit more sensitive and more open now to listening to how to stay out.” ■
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Below, Lt. Col. Tim Curry ’94 in Qatar, at a host-nation event that the Qatari military holds twice a year for U.S. military personnel. The event included holding falcons, riding camels, and eating “an amazing meal.”
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Traversing the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest on April 25, the day the earthquake hit, “I had a blast,” Johnston says.
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WHETHER ON EVEREST OR IN
THE ER, SHE CHANNELS FEAR TO
UCH OF WHAT Emily Johnston ’81 has done in her life — has loved doing in her life — would scare the majority of people witless. Start medical school at age 39. Guide people up the tallest mountains and down the wildest rivers of the world. Take charge, during the massive Nepal earthquake, of shepherding to safety the tense and traumatized climbers she was leading on Mount Everest (climbers who had their own ideas of who should be rescued first, and how). But Johnston doesn’t see courage the way most people do. How she deals with fear — as an emergency room doctor, climbing and white-water river guide, sky diver — is a key to why she passionately embraces the challenges she does. “I choose to be enchanted by the environment rather than terrified,” she says. Whether she’s crossing a shifting river of ice on Everest or executing a life-or-death medical procedure, she has achieved “the awareness and control to find that ‘still spot’ in the center.” With her mind calmed — “You’ve identified the risks, processed that in your head, dealt with your fears” — she relishes the experience: “You’re in the groove, even in a tense situation. It’s a cool feeling." The roots of this trait can be traced back to her Lakeside days when she was a member of the Mongolian Running Academy, so dubbed by Hugh Tower, the powerhouse crosscountry coach and her inspirational mentor. He encouraged Johnston (he nicknamed her “Namun, Woman Warrior”) and her like-minded pals in their love of the mountains and climbing. He also taught Asian history. Learning in his class about Buddhism and meditation, both of which she practices today, she says, “had a profound influence on my life.” The idea of becoming a doctor lurked in the back of her mind, but for years she was having too much fun as an outdoors guide. Then a skier she was rescuing, who had an underlying heart condition, died. The death, in Johnston’s view the result of poor treatment, hit her hard and persuaded her of the urgent need for better rural medicine. She enrolled at Central Washington University to complete premed requirements she’d never taken during her college years at Middlebury and graduated from the University of Washing-
Dr. Emily Johnston ’81 at Everest Base Camp with fellow guides. From here, they climbed five hours to Camp 1, where they slept until being violently shaken awake by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
The cross-country team of 1979-80; Johnston is in the fourth row, fifth from the left. Her inspirational coach and mentor, Hugh Tower, second row extreme left, dubbed the students the Mongolian Running Academy and encouraged their love of mountain climbing.
Johnston, in a senior candid photo in the Numidian. Mount Emily Road is in Eastern Oregon, a significant spot for her as she was a ski racer in high school and it was on the way to many regional races.
ton’s School of Medicine at age 44. Today her career blends her two worlds: She’s emergency department medical director in the mountain community of Leavenworth; works several shifts a month with emergency room doctors at Madigan Army Medical Center and teaches “wilderness and austere medicine” to Army Special Forces medics (she says she relates well to these “badass doctors”); and is an on-call medical consultant for the mountain climbing company she guides for during summers on Mount Rainier and occasionally elsewhere, like Everest. Which leads to what happened to her on Everest on April 25 at 11:56 a.m., when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal — a quake that would kill more than 8,800 and injure more than 23,000. She was in a deep sleep, exhausted after climbing for five hours from Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet to Camp 1, at almost 20,000 feet. Her group’s tents were wedged in the tight spot between two mountains, just above the treacher- ➢
➢ HEROES | Emily Johnston '81
ous Khumbu Icefall. Awakened by violent shaking she assumed must signal an avalanche, she ran outside, where she was struck from behind by a powerful icy blast. “This is it,” she thought. “This is going to end badly. " With no idea that the powder blast was triggered by an earthquake, Johnston was certain they were about to be buried in avalanche debris. The Sherpas, their Nepalese porters and guides, had circled together, chanting, om mani padme hung, a protective Buddhist prayer. The debris never came, and her group of 28 and others at Camp 1 were not injured. She soon found out via radio that others had not been so lucky. To her utter frustration, she couldn’t use her emergency medical skills to help the injured back at Base Camp; the quake had destroyed the route back. But at Camp 1, her own trials were beginning. Aftershocks continued all day and tensions were high; the 14 climbers she led were by definition Type A personalities and used to being in command. Some became pushy, knowing the weather might quickly turn and make getting out impossible. But she held command — all 5 feet, 3 inches of her. She stationed two of her biggest guides, both well over 6 feet tall, by the rescue helicopter pad to help her ensure a safe and fair evacuation to Base Camp for the 180 stranded in both Camp 1 and Camp 2. The helicopter could take only two at a time at that altitude. On each trip, they picked one Sherpa and one Westerner, alternating the Westerners between her group and those from other climbing companies. It went without saying, “As a guide, I’d go last.” Then she enforced the unpopular decision that her group would not subsequently fly to Kathmandu, which was overwhelmed with the seriously injured. Instead, from Base Camp they’d walk two days to Phortse, the home village of many of their Sherpa guides, who offered them refuge; at that point the village was 80 percent intact. They helped the villagers clear rubble for several days then walked two days to a remote airstrip where an airplane picked them up and took them to Kathmandu, by then more able to handle the evacuees. From there, everyone got home safely. Back in the United States, Johnston found out that a second large earthquake (magnitude 7.3) on May 12, with an epicenter much closer to the Everest region, had demolished Phortse. She held a fundraiser at Lakeside that filled Kent Evans Auditorium. She recommended three organizations in particular for those who wished to donate — the International Mountain Guides Sherpa Fund (360.569.2609), www.tigerofthesnows.com, and himalayan-foundation.org — and raised $4,000. A teacher in the Lakeside audience asked Johnston about lessons learned from the experience. Johnston said she hadn’t learned the lesson most people might have: “If I have a chance to go again to Everest, I’d be back in a heartbeat.” ■ Carey Quan Gelernter is editor of Lakeside magazine. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-440-2706.
One of the villagers, Mingma Tenzing Sherpa, rebuilding after earthquake damage to Phortse. Johnston said in her fundraising talk that the village hasn’t gotten much aid because of its remoteness — it’s a two-to-three-day walk or helicopter ride from the nearest tiny airstrip.
In her fundraising appeal, Johnston told the crowd in Kent Evans Auditorium: “These people are not just nameless people. These are people I work with. People who have laid their lives on the line for us, for clients, people we know. For decades. We know their kids, their wives.”
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After the April 25 earthquake, their Sherpa guides offered Johnstonâ€™s climbing group temporary refuge in their home village of Phortse, which was 80 percent intact. But May 12, when the climbers were safely gone, another earthquake heavily damaged much of the remaining homes and other structures.
ALUMNI Lakeside/St. Nicholas Alumni Board
Alumni Board welcomes 7 new members
EVEN TALENTED ALUMNI have joined the Lakeside/St. Nicholas Alumni Board this year. Get to know these new representatives from the alumni community: Sophie Calderón ’00 Family: Married to Sarah
Peterson ’98 and welcomed daughter, Reese, in May. Work: Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. Education: Brown University, Berkeley School of Law. Fun: Bicycling, making faces at Reese, gardening, reading, and puttering around the house. A little more: Before moving back to Seattle in 2014, she lived in San Francisco for 10 years and, from 2011 to 2014, was an associate at Jones Day. Michelle Chang Chen ’90 Family: Married with two
children. Work: Senior project manager at the Seattle mayor’s office, where she works on affordable housing and community development. Education: Bryn Mawr College, University of Washington (J.D. and master’s in public administration). Fun: Running, skiing, and traveling. A little more: She has 15 years of public policy and government experience, starting as legislative counsel to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell followed by policy positions in the Seattle mayor’s office and Seattle Housing Authority. Kate Coxon ’01 Work: Director at Intentional
Futures (iF). Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, San Jose State University (multiple subjects teaching credential, elementary education). Fun: Enthusiastic traveler, a shape-note singer, and a devoted aunt. A little more: Before joining iF, she developed and implemented strategy for blended learning at Rocketship Education, a network of high-performing elementary charter schools in the Bay Area.
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Maurice Drayton ’89 Family: Married with three
children, ages 14, 11, and 10. Work: Counsel for the law firm of Williams, Kastner & Gibbs. Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Maryland ( J.D.). Fun: Coaches football in the Mercer Island junior football program and acts as the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club football advisory board chair. A little more: Taught high school in Baltimore as part of the Teach for America program before embarking on his legal career. Trevor Klein ’03 Family: Married to Jane Repass
Work: Content marketing strat-
egist at Moz.
Education: University of
Washington (bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in information management). Fun: Woodworking and homebrewing. A little more: Spent much of his time at UW at the student newspaper and returned to Lakeside to teach the Tatler elective for three years and work in the communications office. Sadie Mackay ’09 Work: Technical recruiter at
Amazon Web Services. Education: Washington University in St. Louis. Fun: Traveling, fly fishing, theater, madly cheering on any Seattle sports team, attending any nerdy events (most recently Comicon), and chasing her lab puppy, Tuck. A little more: While at Wash U., she worked as a volunteer EMT on a team that served the school population 24/7. Tyler Moriguchi ’91 Family: Married with two
sons, ages 7 and 4.
Work: Stay-at-home dad. Education: Wesleyan Uni-
versity. Fun: Cooking, fermentation, ceramics, playing soccer, and Japanese folk dancing. A little more: He is a board member of the Seattle Buddhist Temple and volunteers with the Woodland Soccer Club. ■
What is the Lakeside/St. Nicholas Alumni Board and what does it do?
HE BOARD MEETS on campus monthly from September to June and works to “assist Lakeside School in creating and maintaining a vibrant and engaged greater Lakeside alumni community.” Each member signs on for a three-year term and serves on one of three committees. The activities committee plans events and activities (think Alumni Row, Beers with Bernie for young alumni, and After School Specials, where a Lakeside faculty member teaches a class for alums). The mission and governance committee chooses the Distinguished Alumni Award winner and recruits new board members. The connections committee works to build connections within our alumni and school communities; this year it is focusing on social media, among other things (Have you joined the alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn?). Interested in learning more about the board? Email the alumni relations office at alumni@lakesideschool. org to be connected to a current board member. Join us to celebrate and strengthen our vibrant alumni community!
by CAROL BORGMANN
L OV E
EFFREY MANSON HAUG ’74 initially came to Lakeside because of the school’s reputation for having the best tutors for dyslexia. He thrived as a Lakeside Lion and was an excellent athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and golf. Haug studied business at the University of Santa Clara, transferring sophomore year to the University of Washington, where he switched his major to English, his passion, and started coaching kids’ basketball. Summers, he worked for the family marine contracting business, Manson Construction, founded by his great-grandfather, Peter Manson, in 1905. He put in so many hours that occasionally his paycheck would be larger than his father’s, Peter Haug, the president of the company. By all accounts, Jeff was on track to follow in his dad’s footsteps to lead the company, as his great-uncle and great-grandfather had done before. But tragedy intervened the night of Feb. 6, 1978, when Haug stumbled on a coil of rope in one of the company’s tugboats, fell overboard, and drowned in the Duwamish River. He was 21. An outpouring of memorial contributions prompted Haug’s parents, Peter and Patricia, to establish the Jeffrey Manson Haug ’74 Memorial Fund, an endowment that provides general operating support to Lakeside School. The family continues to make an annual contribution to the endowment in addition to their Annual Fund gift. Peter and Patricia have also named Lakeside School in their wills. Sister Lisa Haug ’75’s contributions to Lakeside are given in her brother’s memory. “We have a very close feeling for Lakeside,” Peter says. “Jeff was so happy there. The school does a fine job of educating outstanding students.” ■
HANS HELLRIEGEL, 1977
From left, Jeffrey Haug ’74, his sister Lisa Haug ’75, and their dad Peter Haug, on the dock of Manson Construction, the family marine contracting business.
From left, Patricia Haug, Peter Haug, and Lisa Haug ’75. They remember son and brother Jeff Haug ’74 through their contributions to Lakeside.
CONSIDER A GIFT to Lakeside in your will: Please contact Carol Borgmann, director of major and planned giving, at 206-440-2931. Find answers to your estate planning questions at www.lakesideschool.org/ plannedgiving.
by KELLY POORT
Classmates from 1985, from left, Sara Hagan Cummings, reunion planner Marianne McLaren Mowat, and Heidi Seiffert Lind.
Classmates from 1985, from left, Andy Hermer, 2014-2015 Alumni Board President Tim Panos, and Dave Herrigel. George Adair ’45, left, pats classmate Fred Hopkins ’45 on the back as they are recognized for the celebration of their 70th reunion.
Celebrating 0s and 5s with picnics, parties, service projects, and more
N JUNE, more than 400 alumni from classes ending in 0 and 5, current and former faculty and staff members, and friends gathered in The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center for a reception and dinner to celebrate Reunion 2015. The crowd paused during dinner to celebrate a number of groups including: the Class of 1985 for both the largest number of classmates and the highest percentage of the class in atten-
dance; the Class of 2010 for its first reunion celebration; and the Lakeside and St. Nicholas Classes of 1965 for their milestone 50th reunion. Also honored were George Adair and Fred Hopkins from the Class of 1945 on their 70th reunion. Class gatherings continued through the weekend and included service projects, kayaking, picnics at local parks, parties at classmates’ homes, and gatherings at many local watering holes. ■
Classmates from 1985, from left, Cynthia Ricks-Maccotan, Megan Ayrault, and Annie Hankins.
From left, Aurora Gilbert ’10, Chase Beauclair ’10, and Head of School Bernie Noe.
Classmates from 2005 had a little fun with their class photo. To see more class photos from the reunion, visit www.lakesideschool.org/alumni.
Howard Lewis ’75, left, with former Lakeside staff and faculty members Judy and Dale Bauer.
LEEP Director and reunion emcee Latasia Lanier ’90, center, with members of the Class of 2010, from left, Ellis Hazard, Nick Oki, Jamari Torrence, and Yeab Wondimu.
1970 grads Sergei Kalfov, left, and Mike Minard.
The Classes of 1965 lead the Class of 2015 through the faculty tunnel at commencement.
Members of Lakeside and St. Nicholas Classes of 1965 gather for a photo outside McKay Chapel.
From left, Charles Lee ’90, Ryan Spain ’90, Laird Nelson ’90, Sara Auerbach, Patrick Moynihan ’90, Mary Hatch-Maillette ’90, and Tobias Lee ’90.
Members of the Class of 1985, from left, Diana Kushner, Caroline Hauge, Sara Hagan Cummings, Cynthia Stross, and Pam Cobb.
Classmates from 2010, from left, Claire Murphy, reunion planner Sylvia Warren, Maia Robbins, Rebecca Myhre, and reunion planner Emma Brillhart.
From left, Carla Ware ’70, Julee Inui Omori ’70, Pam Nichols ’70, and James Bender.
Camila Altschul Larson ’93 and Todd Larson ’95.
From left, Daniel Otero ’04, reunion planner Devon Sawin Otero ’05, reunion planner Katie Furia ’05, and Hannah Sherwood ’05. Reunion
The Class of 1975 incorporated a kayaking adventure into one of its four reunion events.
Members of the Lakeside Class of 1970 raise their glasses to toast departed classmates during their weekend reunion celebration.
At the Class of 1980 reunion service project at B.F. Day Elementary School in Fremont, from left, Tom Clark, Mark Klebanoff, Lael Plunkett Atkinson, Christie Most, Mary Ashworth, George Kirk, and Chris Koh with wife India and son William James.
Members of the St. Nicholas Class of 1965 continued their 50th reunion with an afternoon of service at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. From left, Heidi Obzina Torrance, Steffi Scheidhacker Buerk, Kate Allen, Boo Pettit Whitridge, Lynn Bergquist Hanson, Victoria Warrack Goodhope, Lee Kimball, Sandy Strom Plush, and Margaret Sheldon McPhee. Not pictured: The Class of 1980 enjoyed tacos and treats from food trucks at a Saturday reunion gathering Betsy Wegg Jones and Bobbi DeButts Bush. at a classmateâ€™s home.
ALUMNI REGIONAL RECEPTIONS
From left, Mark Mowrer ’97, Kyla Mowrer, Nancy Mikacenic Allen ’99, Rachel Wachs, Bruce Bailey ’59, and Nate Benjamin ’07 in Spokane.
April in New York, Spokane, L.A.
THE HOTSPOTS: Alumni made merry, and many connections, this April in New York at the elegant New York Athletic Club, hosted by Kathryn Patton Beal ’90 and Bruce Beal; in Spokane — for the first-ever alumni reception in the Lilac City! — at the venerable Davenport Hotel; and in Los Angeles, at the gracious home of Liza Powel O’Brien ’88 and Conan O’Brien. THE BUZZ: Bernie Noe noted that, while much of his conversation with younger alumni centered on the slower pace of post-recession career advancement and the high cost of living in New York and L.A., “alumni are also very optimistic about the world and their own futures.” See lots more photos at www. lakesideschool. org/alumni. ■ From left, Mara Walli, Conan O’Brien, and Laynee Laube ’13.
From left, Liza Powel O’Brien ’88, Joshua Krist ’90, Ben Turner, Christina Cheledinas ’14, Tanvi Gandham ’14, and Manu Gandham ’11.
Members of the Class of 2009 in New York, from left, Julian Schwarz, Vidya Rajan, Owen Wurzbacher, Alexandra Eitel-Sheehan, Phoebe Noe, and Kevin Ke.
Bruce Beal (left) and Kathryn Patton Beal ’90 with Pierre Suignard ’14.
From left, Libby Ramsey ’13, Natalie Bolt, Steven Chen ’13, Christina Cheledinas ’14, Madeline Barnes ’10, Avalon Igawa ’13, and Kyra Ray ’10 in L.A.
CLASS CONNECTIONS 1959
See former faculty and staff section for news of Bruce Bailey.
Leslie Fray writes, “As I move forward with my painting, my longtime investigation into links between Greek mathematics, art, and architecture with virtue has captured the attention of the Yale Department of History of Science and Medicine. They have invited me to return to Yale to pursue it. Now I look for a sponsor to make that possible.”
PayScale Chief Financial Officer Mark Klebanoff was named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as 2015 CFO of the Year for private companies with less than $100 million in revenue.
1986 – 30th Reunion
As a prelude to their 40th reunion, members of the Class of 1975 met on May Day at Poquitos on Capitol Hill. From left, Ross Baker, Lisa Haug, Lee Brillhart, Martine Fanfant Wagoner, Jim Crutcher, John Lucke, and Emily Pease.
John Nordstrom won an Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Score for his work on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Members of the “Mongolian Running Academy” aka “the Mongols” from the Class of 1981, clockwise from back left: Steve Price, Charlie Ragen, Lori Mason Curran, and Emily Johnston. Not pictured is Andrew Davidson. The Mongols came together in June at a fundraiser organized by Emily to support the Sherpa community in Nepal. See story, Page 22.
If you’re looking for a fun vacation this winter, come Swim for Haiti with Jim Chu on Jan. 24. Jim organizes the John Nordstrom ’86 annual swim for charity, with his Emmy for Best from Haiti to beautiful Dramatic Score. coral islands 5 miles off the coast (www.swimforhaiti.org). Funds raised go toward teaching Haitian children basic swimming skills and coral restoration. Another goal of the adventure swim is to highlight the beauty and fascinating culture and history of an island more often in the public eye for tragedy. Jim has been working in Haiti since 2010 and runs dloHaiti (www.dlohaiti.com), a company providing cheap, clean water to underserved countries. He promises to host anyone who visits and guarantees that there won’t be a dull moment. Email him at email@example.com.
1991 – 25th Reunion
Dr. Mas’ood Cajee, a library advocate and dentist from Stockton, Calif., received the 2015 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award in May. Administered by the American Library
Association, this is the highest national award given to an individual public-library advocate. Mas’ood serves on the board of the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County and as chair for Strong Libraries = Strong Communities, a group working toward a ballot measure to provide stable support for his community’s county library system.
its expansion. He recently served as an executive producer on the thriller “Bus 657,” starring Robert De Niro. He’s in preproduction on a film based on a winning script from the
Marlene Chen welcomed son Oliver Ya-Lun Chen on June 16. Marlene notes: “He’s a sweet boy and endlessly entertaining. We are tired but grateful for all the helping hands.” Mark Kratter and his wife welcomed their first baby, Nathaniel Kratter, in September 2014. Mark’s company, Emergence Entertainment, continues
Oliver Ya-Lun Chen, son of Marlene Chen ’91.
Swimmers participating in Swim for Haiti, an annual adventure swim for charity organized by Jim Chu ’90. Academy’s international screenwriting competition; John Stockwell is to direct. As a screenwriter, Mark just set up a television series with Romark Entertainment and two projects with Bee Holder Films (who produced “You Don’t Know Jack” with Al Pacino), including a television series based on a critically acclaimed nonfiction property about the Cajun origins of the offshore oil business, and an elevated horror feature, which now has the award-winning directors of “Starry Eyes” on board. His unscripted division just set up multiple additional reality shows with Lionsgate, BCII, Discovery, and Leftfield (subsidiary of ITV).
If you missed the link on the alumni Facebook group wall, check out the UWTV piece
Dr. Mas’ood Cajee ’91 received the 2015 White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award in May. “From Shooting Hoops to Saving Lives” on Michelle Perkins. Erin Mayovsky highlights Michelle’s journey from the courts at Lakeside and the University of Washington to the Seattle Fire Department.
Kai, left, and Kenji Finkelstein, sons of Hana Rubin ’93 and her husband, Jesse.
Hana Rubin and her husband, Jesse, welcomed their second son, Kenji Rubin Finkelstein, on March 17. Older brother Kai is already proving to be an extremely loving and enthusiastic big brother.
Willow Millie Ann Rice was born in Atlanta on June 15. The proud parents, retired Capt. William S. Rice, MPA, and Dr. Zakiya Pressley Rice, as well as bossy big sister Windland and protective puppy Hersey, are enjoying the newest addition to the Rice family.
Livia Ruby Dozier was born Jan. 21 to Emily Johnson Dozier and her husband, Curtis. The family lives ➢
CLASS CONNECTIONS at reunion. Let me know if you ever find yourself in the Hudson Valley!”
Lisa Marshall Manheim and Nick Manheim are excited to announce the birth of their third child, Maya Renée Manheim, born June 4. Maya joins sisters Naomi and Josephine in outnumbering their parents. Nick also is excited to have started as an assistant United States attorney in the Western District of Washington, while Lisa continues to enjoy her work as an assistant professor at University of Washington School of Law. Alexa Helsell McIntyre and Markham McIntyre ’00 welcomed daughter Grace Margaret McIntyre on June 1.
Brian and Michelle Deal Hayden ’04 welcomed their baby boy William Gregory Hayden on April 13. William weighed 10 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21.75 inches long. He is the second grandchild for Penny Deal and Mick Deal ’68. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where Curtis teaches Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar College and Emily focuses on transportation issues as a senior planner for Dutchess County Planning Department. They enjoy all of the cultural offerings of Vassar, from art to dance and theater, as well as the outdoor recreation of the beautiful Hudson Valley – biking, running, and swimming (in the summer, of course). Emily notes: “It was great to see everyone
Willow Millie Ann Rice, daughter of Dr. Zakiya Pressley Rice ’94 and retired Capt. William S. Rice.
Sarah Peterson and Sophie Calderón ’00 welcomed daughter Reese Elizabeth Calderón into the world on May 7.
Laura Cunningham Henderson, husband Scott, and son Elijah, 2, welcomed son Joseph in March. Joseph and Elijah are the nephews of Emily Cunningham Cressey ’98 and godchildren of Ciara Brady Stewart. See 1998 for news on Markham McIntyre and Sophie Calderón.
Jessica Blat married Judy Bauer in September 2014 and then “promptly went on a long honeymoon in Argentina and neglected to send in a class note for
Emily Johnson Dozier ’95 with daughter Livia. almost a year.” Many Lakesiders joined Jessica and Judy on their special day.
2006 – 10th Reunion
Nick Welch married Ana Hoyos in Rotterdam Junction, N.Y., on July 11, with many Lakeside classmates and friends in attendance. The couple met at Tufts University, where they both ran crosscountry and track. They now live in Seattle, where Ana is a first-grade teacher at Sand Point Elementary School and Nick is an urban planner for the city of Seattle.
After graduating from Santa Clara University and working for a high-tech recruitment/placement company in San Francisco for two years, Erin Corr moved to New York City a year ago. She lives with two of her Lakeside classmates, Lauren McAndrews and Brett Eisenhart, and works for Pandora in advertising.
Grace Margaret McIntyre, daugh- Reese Elizabeth Calderón, ter of Alexa Helsell McIntyre ’98 daughter of Sarah Peterson ’98 and Sophie Calderón ’00. and Markham McIntyre ’00.
Laura Cunningham Henderson ’00 and her husband, Scott, welcomed their second son, Joseph, in March.
At the wedding of Nick Welch ’06 and Ana Hoyos, from left, Magaly Kaczmarczyk, Rebecca Fine, Melissa Trauscht, Catalina Hoyos, Ana, Nick, Drew Rowny ’06, Zach Montes ’06, Ian Bolliger ’06, Mac Schneider ’07, Rob Zyskowski, and Gray Hoffman ’06.
Sam Fein was named the new boys basketball head coach at The Northwest School. Clara Summers was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. She’ll spend the 2015-2016 academic year in Indonesia for an English Teaching Assistantship. Sarah Pollnow was selected as a J. William Fulbright fellow for the 2015-2016 year. She will be an English teaching assistant in Germany.
2011 – 5th Reunion
Graeme Aegerter graduated with honors with a B.A. in sociology and minors in
Lakesiders at the wedding of Jessica Blat ’01 and Judy Bauer included, from left, Collin Jackson ’00, Anita Bhansali ’01, Aimee Kanemori ’01, Jessica, Judy, Middle School teacher Mirta Blat, Patrick Tewson ’97, Cinthia Blat ’96, Mike Trnka ’91, and Guido Blat ’91. Not pictured: Sierra Michels Sletvett ’03. music, women’s studies, and anthropology from Chapman University. He received the university’s Activist of the Year award and an Outstanding Seniors award. He was also the Chapman Undergraduate Student Scholarly/Creative Grant awardee in 2014-2015. He is now interning in the development department with Seattle Theatre Group.
Lisa Marshall Manheim ’98 and Nick Manheim ’98 welcomed daughter Maya in June.
Peter Augusciak graduated MIT in June with a degree in materials science and engineering, as well as a minor in economics. He was a member of the varsity lightweight men’s crew team all four years
and joined Zeta Psi fraternity as a freshman. Peter is now back in Seattle, where he works for Boeing as an electrophysics engineer. Carolyn Dawson was an early admit to the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and received her B.A. in business administration with a concentration in accounting and an additional emphasis in music. While at the UW, Carolyn was president of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She interned for three summers at Boeing in various accounting roles and this summer at Ernst & Young in San Jose. This fall ➢ Alumni news
Graeme Aegerter ’11 with Erin Pullman, his mentor and manager in the Diversity and Equity program, on the night Graeme received Chapman University’s Activist of the Year award.
Lennart Jansson ’11 and Lakeside computer science teacher Lauren Bricker, Ph.D., at Stanford’s Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award ceremony.
she began studying for a Master of Accountancy at the University of Southern California. Once she completes her CPA, she will work full time at Ernst & Young. Bram Dons-Borreguero is working on a double major in kinesiology and Spanish with a minor in sports psychology at Western Washington University, where he has worked at the rehabilitation clinic of the Student Recreation Center for two years and is now the instructor/trainer for new hires. He will take his certification exam for CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) this fall while deciding on graduate school — to study either combined physical therapy and athletic training or sports psychology. He plans to finish before the end of the 2016 academic year and hopes to spend spring and summer next year in Europe or Latin America doing an internship. Lennart Jansson received the Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Scholastic Award for distinguished academic performance at Stanford University. Terman Awards are presented to the top 5 percent of each year’s senior engineering class. Recipients invite to a special celebration the secondary school teacher who was most influential in guiding them;
Lennart named Lakeside computer science teacher Lauren Bricker, Ph.D., who joined him April 11 for the event. Andrew Kaluzny graduated from Columbia University, where he received the Faculty Award from the Applied Math Department and was the salutatorian for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Andrew returned to Seattle for an internship at Redfin this summer before heading to Brown to pursue a doctorate in applied math. Susie Neilson graduated summa cum laude from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She moved to New York City this fall to begin working for the science/arts publication Nautilus. She is also working to finish her documentary on skin bleaching that she began with a grant after completing some journalism work in South Africa during her undergraduate studies. Christine Wong received the J. E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement from Stanford in April. The award is based on overall academic performance and presented to the top 25 students of each year’s graduating senior class who majored in a humanities
and sciences department or program. Each recipient may invite the secondary school teacher who most influenced their scholastic career. Christine invited former Lakeside history teacher Bob Mazelow, who shared: “Christine is a marvelous person and so well-rounded. This was a very impressive ceremony as they honored 25 of the top graduating seniors from Stanford. Listening to the accomplishments of each student
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Christine Wong ’11 and former Lakeside history teacher Bob Mazelow at the ceremony for the J. E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement from Stanford. was remarkable and a privilege to attend. The event also recognized the student’s high school teacher that inspired them and I was very honored.” Christine started medical school at the University of Washington this fall.
In March, University of Puget Sound junior sprinter Allanah Whitehall was named the West Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Allanah captured the fastest NCAA Division III time in the nation in the 60-meter dash at 7.56 seconds at the Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier in February. Her time is the sixth-fastest in division history and stands as a Puget Sound record.
FORMER FACULTY AND STAFF Bruce Bailey ’59 visited former Lakeside athletic director and coach Don Anderson in Spokane and recorded an oral history with him for Lakeside’s archives (see the article on Page 42). Due to a hurt back, Anderson, who retired from coaching at Gonzaga Prep in 1997, is not as mobile as he once was. These days he spends much of his time reading and reminiscing. See 2011 for news on former history teacher Bob Mazelow. ■
Class of 2015, your bricks are up! Be sure to check them out in The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center the next time you are back on campus. Congratulations on your graduation and welcome to The Lakeside/St. Nicholas Alumni Association!
Vikas Arun was on season 12 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Out of the 800-plus dancers who auditioned in New York City, he was one of 19 to make it to Las Vegas on Day One, and out of the 114 stage dancers who made it to Vegas, he was one of 23 who made it all the way to the end of the week.
Former Lakeside athletic director and coach Don Anderson, center, with his son, Todd, and Bruce Bailey ’59, at right.
ST. NICHOLAS ALUMNAE MARGARET ANN MARYATT LINDSELL ’38 • Feb. 10, 2014
If you have a remembrance about a St. Nicholas alumna or Lakeside alumna/ alumnus for the next magazine, please email the alumni relations office at alumni@ lakesideschool.org or call 206-368-3606. The following are reprints of paid notices or remembrances submitted by family members. All remembrances are subject to editing for length and clarity.
Margaret “Peggy” Ann Lindsell was born June 27, 1920, in Seattle to Roy Lincoln Maryatt and Charlotte Helen (Wright) Maryatt. Peggy’s four younger brothers nicknamed her “Speedpeg” because she was faster than any of them! She attended St. Nicholas School, where she was mortified to be dropped off by her father in his laundry truck. While attending the University of Washington, she met a young and dashingly handsome man named Andy Lindsell. When World War II arrived, they made the decision to marry and hope for the best as Andy piloted a B-24 Liberator Bomber in the South Pacific. Andy returned and laid eyes on their first child, Andrea. Settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Peggy had attended the University of California at Berkeley, the happily married couple had three more children. She worked for Acme Towel, a company started by her father that would become Maryatt Industries. Peggy’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to start her own company with her husband, which grew into ALL Industrial Laundry and became the leading independent textile rental company in Silicon Valley. Active in serving her community, Peggy was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, where she was office secretary, pianist, altar guild member, and Sunday school teacher and helped with the monthly potluck dinners. She was involved with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Mills Hospital Auxiliary, The Garden Café (benefiting Lucille Packard Hospital), San Mateo Garden Study Club, and others. She also enjoyed her membership at Green Hills Country Club, where she shot a low round of 84 and was club champion. In between activities she wrote a column on gardening for the San Mateo Times and developed her bridge-playing skills, reaching the master level later in her amazing life! Peggy is survived by Margaret Andrea (Lindsell) Hughes, Laura Lee (Lindsell) Johnson, Andrew (Drew) Lewis Lindsell Jr., and William (Bill) Charles Lindsell III; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Each family member has many stories of her love and devotion.
JACKIE GOODHUE KROLL ’40 • Aug. 12, 2014
Jacqueline Goodhue Kroll was born Dec. 18, 1920, in Washington, D.C., to Cmdr. Wells Eldridge Goodhue and Anna Harrison Goodhue. She was the wife of Larry Kroll of Oceanside for 50 years. She was mother to Vicki Davis Sadler and Robert Lloyd Davis who predeceased her; grandmother to Stephanie Sadler Whatley, Amy Sadler Casey, and Rebecca Sadler DeLuca; and beloved great-grandmother to nine great-grandchildren. A special person in her life, Erica Smith, so lovingly cared for her, thus becoming as family. Jackie was a
cheerful, warm, and inspiring person and an excellent golfer who enjoyed a large group of friends in the golf community during many years of play. She and Larry were members at El Camino Country Club, where she was a past women’s champion. In earlier years, she was a member at San Diego Country Club and Cottonwood Country Club, where she attained similar success. Jackie loved gardening and appreciated the beauty of nature, which carried over to her artwork done in later years. She enjoyed playing bridge, which formed a circle of friendship that continued until her passing.
GLORIA ANDERSON ECKERT REMY ’42 • May 14, 2015
Gloria Anderson Eckert Remy was born in Seattle to Ray and Thelma Anderson. She attended St. Nicholas School, Stanford University, and the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She married J. Byron Eckert in 1949, and they lived in South America, the Middle East, and Europe. They had three children, Laura Edith, Thomas Elgin, and Pia Pamela. Gloria was widowed in 1971. In 1974 she married William E. Remy and lived in San Antonio for nearly 25 years. She moved back to Seattle in the late 1990s after being widowed again. She lived in an apartment at the waterfront for several years before moving to Horizon House, where she lived for about nine years and was an engaged member of the community almost to the end. Gloria lived with a keen sense of adventure, fun, verve, and curiosity. She was spirited, smart, and ethical. She had a great run and our Gloria memories are indelible. Her immediate survivors are her three adult children, Laura, Tom, and Pia; their spouses, Mark Johnson, Monica Eckert, and Russ Fish; and her Eckert grandchildren, John Byron II, Peter, and Aspen.
ANN CASE SMITH HUNTER ’44 • March 18, 2015
Ann Case Smith Hunter was born in Seattle on Sept. 27, 1927, and died in Sonoma, Calif. She grew up in the Mount Baker neighborhood and attended St. Nicholas School and Simmons College. She enjoyed two happy marriages, one to Willard Smith, with whom she lived in Seattle, followed by one to Robert Hunter, with whom she lived in San Francisco and Sonoma. She had three daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Ann was a great garden designer and created many glorious gardens in Seattle. When she moved to California in 1991, she spent her time working on her garden in Sonoma and created a showpiece of a garden at the vineyard belonging to her husband, Robert Hunter.
PATRICIA IVES ADAIR ’48 • July 19, 2015
Patricia Ives Adair passed away at age 85. Born Jan. 14, 1930, in Seattle to Ruth and Laurence Ives, Pat graduated from St. Nicholas School and attended the University of Washington. She was an avid golfer and member of Wing Point Country Club on Bainbridge Island and Fountain of the Sun Country Club in Mesa, Ariz. In 1972 she married the love of her life, Dick Adair; they spent many happy years traveling and entertaining friends and family. Pat was predeceased by husband Dick, daughter Linda Lundgren, and nephew Bruce Hannay. She is survived by her children Steve Adair (Jan), Jeff Adair (Eileen), Connie Rinonos (Ted), and Janet Adair; grandchildren Gary, Ben, and Hannah; great-grandchild Rylee; sister Joanne Hannay (Robert); niece Diane Smith (Chris) and nephew Craig Hannay (Carrie); and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Pat’s lively personality, wonderful laugh, and positive attitude will be missed by all who knew her.
KATHARINE KERRY CROSSLEY ’53 • April 18, 2015
Katharine Kerry Crossley, “Sainty” to family and friends, died from lung disease at the age of 80. She is survived by beloved husband of 36 years, Jonathan Crossley (“Jake”), and children Alex McKallor (Liz), Katharine Wicks (Brian), Caroline McKallor (Lance Dahl), and Mark McKallor (Nancy). Sainty was also a devoted grandmother to Audrey, Abby, Matt, Aaron, Lauren, Brooke, Evan, and Olivia. Born and raised in Seattle, Sainty attended St. Nicholas School, Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She raised her family in Binghamton, N.Y., with first husband Edgar McKallor Jr. She remarried in 1978 and returned to Seattle in 1993 with Jake to join her children who all live in the greater Seattle area. A lover of music, art, nature, history, gardens, books, and antiques, Sainty most of all adored her family and her many wonderful friends. She had a delightful sense of humor, was interested in everything and everybody, and always had a very positive, can-do outlook. Her generous, forgiving, and loving nature will be greatly missed.
LAKESIDE ALUMNI WILLIAM C. BERGE ’47 • June 15, 2015
William “Bill” Clark Berge Sr. passed away, surrounded by his family, at home in Snohomish. Bill was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Seattle, the third child of James Hallard and Sabra Clark Berge. He graduated Lakeside in 1947 as senior class president and with a letter in football. Lakeside was important to him; throughout his life he gave back by volunteering for the school’s fundraising efforts. At the University of Washington, Bill led the school spirit club, the Malamutes, as rally chairman. He pledged the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and served in the ROTC. In his spare time he was a marketing and business major. After graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. A stint in the Army Reserves and a job on an oil tanker got him conditioned for deployment to Korea with the 444 Transportation Company in 1952. His military exploits were recounted later like “M*A*S*H” scripts. In 1954 life got better. He was honorably discharged, got a job at Frederick & Nelson in Seattle, and met his future wife, Marian Clarke. Four children later and after a surprising encounter with the Episcopal Church, Bill discovered his vocation as a dedicated father and churchman. He was passionate about building and maintaining a beautiful home: gardening and landscaping outside, and supporting his family inside. He loved parish life at St. John’s Snohomish where he began the Community Kitchen in Snohomish. He was a member of St. John’s outreach program with a great concern for the less fortunate in the community. He was for years involved at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, serving on the Cathedral Chapter. This joyful man found a spiritual home in the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis. He was professed in 2004. His curiosity about life and sympathy for others made lasting friendships. He was preceded in death by his brother, retired U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. James H. (Hal) Berge. He is survived by his wife, Marian; four children, Merrill Berge (Jay Clancy), Clark Berge, John Berge (Raeann), Gretchen Miles (Ron); four grandchildren,
Melinda Berge, Des Clancy, Sarah Miles, Dirk Crozier (Van), and their five children. He is also survived by his sisters, Sabra Bushnell and Melinda Berge, and numerous nieces and nephews.
ANDREW A. JORDAN JR. ’47 • Jan. 12, 2015
Andrew A. Jordan, known as Andy, was born Feb. 11, 1930, and passed away at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Jordan, to whom he was married for 51 years. He is also survived by daughters Angela Jordan and Stacy Khatibi, granddaughters Savannah Khatibi and Scarlet Kelso, grandson Rhett Jordan, great-grandchildren Terrell Fruechtl and Taylor Kelso, sister-in-law Martha Loezius, and niece Laura Maeji. He was preceded in death by two children, Kim and Kelly Jordan. His career spanned over 48 years with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. His appreciation for classical music led him to a position on the executive committee of the Tacoma Philharmonic. Known for his sharp wit and love of travel, he will also be remembered for his love of dogs. Andy was a voracious reader, with a love of knowledge and history. His engaging smile opened the door to many friendships. One of Andy’s greatest pleasures was his beach house on Hood Canal.
BROMFIELD NICHOL ’47 • Nov. 8, 2014
Bromfield Bradford Nichol was born in Annapolis, Md., the only child of Bromfield Bradford Nichol (later rear admiral, USN) and Catherine Lee Howard. When he was 12, he and his mother were living outside Pearl Harbor, as his father was Adm. Halsey’s aide at the time. The family joke was that his mother burned up the transmission of their English Ford racing up the mountainside in second gear trying to escape the Japanese bombs on Dec. 7, 1941. In 1950 while attending ROTC camp at Fort Knox, Ky., Brom met Nancy Hope Boone, who became his beloved wife; their love affair lasted 53 years until Nancy passed away in 2004. In 1952, Brom received orders to Korea, where he served as a tank platoon leader with Company A, 140th Tank Battalion, 40th Infantry Division under then Capt. George S. Patton III. He served ➢ In Memoriam
➢ IN MEMORIAM: alumni his country with great distinction, being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star for bravery while fighting in Korea. A graduate in civil engineering from Virginia Military Institute, Brom’s career started with a variety of governmental jobs such as mosquito control engineer for the Florida state Board of Health. He also served as chairman of the Pensacola Housing Authority. Throughout most of this time, he had run his own wellregarded surveying company on weekends. He was awarded the job of surveying the original 1,000 acres that would become the University of West Florida, which led to his becoming the first physical plant director for UWF. Eventually, the time came for Brom to take Nichol Engineering Associates full time. His ensuing 20-year practice produced a wide range of design projects, including wastewater treatment plants, residential subdivisions, and the infrastructure for an Arnold Palmer golf course. He pursued several hobbies with great intensity: sailing, cannons and military history, and most of all, genealogy. He published two books: “Nichol of Nashville” and, with co-author Lyndon H. Hart, “Ridley of Southampton.” He was a member of Mensa. He is survived by daughter Lee Nichol Salm (Paul); sons Bradford Nichol (Peggy) and Robert Nichol (Ronni); two grandchildren, Nathaniel Nichol and Catherine Salm; special cousin, Margaret Nichol; and multiple nieces, nephews, and other cousins.
ROLF E. FRIELE ’48 • March 3, 2015
Rolf Erik Friele died after complications from an acute illness. He was surrounded by his wife and family. Rolf was born July 14, 1928, in Seattle, son of Haakon Beyer Friele and Aslaug Berle. Rolf married Barbara Lucile Charles (1929-2002) on Feb. 15, 1958, residing in Medina. In 2006 he married Olga Shklanka, residing in Bellevue and Mercer Island. He is survived by his loving wife Olga, daughter Karen (Willie) McClure and son Robert (Eleanor) Friele; grandsons Erik and Roger McClure and Alex and Sean Friele; and brothers Harald “Bud” Friele and Haakon “Ted” Friele.
CLARK C. GOSS JR. ’50 • March 1, 2015
Clark Commodore Goss Jr. was born July 4, 1931, in San Diego to Dr. Clark C. Goss and Charlotte Goss. After Lakeside, he attended Hamilton College for one year prior to joining the Air Force and serving in Korea. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Clark worked for Boeing Computer Services and earned a master’s in business. He lived in Beaverton and Lake Oswego, Ore., from 1972 to 2004. He was active in youth soccer in the 1970s, starting the Oregon Youth Soccer Association and serving as president for many years. Clark returned to Seattle in 2004 and died peacefully at his home in March. He was married to Sid Goss (div), and Marnell Adams (div). Clark is survived by children Scott Goss, Tyler Goss, Chip Goss, and Ann Swiftney; stepchildren Loren Adams and Darren Adams; and grandchildren Michael Scott, William Goss, Lily Goss, Stephen Perkins, Lexie Goss, and Emerson Goss.
GEORGE PHILIP KOON ’52 • June 24, 2015
Phil Koon was born in Seattle on Sept. 12, 1934. After Lakeside he attended the University of Washington, where he joined the Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1959 he married Barbara Henry. They moved to Iowa where he earned his master’s degree in hospital administration from Iowa State University. Back in Seattle, he became the owner/administrator of the Medical-Dental Hospital. After its sale, he was associate administrator of Lakewood General Hospital in Tacoma, and then moved on to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Returning to Seattle he managed two apartment buildings on Queen Anne Hill. His favorite times were spent on his SeaRay “The Blackwatch” on Puget Sound, and in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands with his kids, often accompanied by a flotilla of families and friends. He was blessed with many lifelong friends with whom he hunted, fished, and traveled the world. He is survived by his daughter Ann Walker and her son and daughter; and his son Steve Koon, wife Ksenia, and their two sons. He also is survived by the two children of his firstborn son, Todd, who died June 16, 2015.
MARK T. MITCHELL ’53 • Sept. 23, 2014
Mark T. Mitchell is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joann; their four children, Bobby (Karen), Michael, Quinn, and Debbie Hubbell (William); 13 grandchildren; and his brother David. Mark was born Sept. 29, 1934, to Mike (longtime Seattle City councilman) and Margaret Mitchell. Mark was raised in Ballard and loved his childhood memories of playing sports in a quaint park off 34th Street that would fuel his love for competition his entire life. Mark stayed active in athletics his freshman year at Lakeside School and at Ballard High School, and he continued to play and coach baseball and softball into his later years. He worked initially at his father’s paper, The Ballard Tribune, where he sold ads and wrote a column called “Mark This.” On a trip around the world with his best friend, Bud Innis, he discovered Seattle had a long way to go to become what he called a “big time city.” Returning to Seattle, he married the love of his life, the girl next door, Joann, and started a run of restaurant and nightclub openings that is unparalleled in the Northwest: Shire Tavern, Golden Tides, Sandpiper, Easy Street, Arabian, Jilly’s East, Pier 70, Frenchy’s, Top of The Ocean, Raintree, Quinn’s, Charlie’s at Shilshole, DiMaggio’s, The Raven, Windjammer, Spinnakers, Beach House, Sharkey’s, Buddy’s Homesick Cafe, Black Jack Cafe, Debby’s Drift On Inn, and Club Hollywood. Mark also became an actor, training at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in California, and had roles in “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Fever Pitch,” “Northern Exposure,” and “Black Widow.” In his free time, Mark played poker at the highest level. His career included 12 World Series of Poker cashes, one World Series of Poker bracelet with five top 10 finishes in World Series of Poker events, including first place in the Limit Ace to Five Draw event.
ROBERT “NYM” PARK III ’64 • June 23, 2015
Nym passed away at University of Washington Medical Center in the company of his brother, Tym, and cousin Anita DeAragon and her husband, Bruce. Seattle-born Nym was the first child of Robert Nym Park Jr. and Helen Purcell Park. From a young age, he was interested in all things electrical and mechanical, especially if they combined both interests on two or four wheels
and could be worked on with like-minded friends. Nym was proud of being a Lakeside alumnus and forever grateful for Lakeside’s role in transforming him into a critical thinker. At Lakeside, he embraced the math and science curricula being highlighted during the U.S./Soviet space race years and found many other students who fueled one another’s scientific interests in and out of the classroom. He attended Union College and graduated with honors from Colorado College. At college and into later life, Nym was an interesting combination of recluse and intensely social being. He lived and studied in a downtown residential hotel room while cultivating lifelong friendships with classmates. Postcollege, Nym pursued a nontraditional career path. Devoted to his mother, he helped her manage her affairs and similarly helped his grandmother Clara Purcell and great-aunt Hawthorne McMicken. Investing and speculation in the markets were a constant throughout his adult life, and Nym was involved in ventures with his brother and other friends. Nym also had a performance side to his personality; he worked the Northwest standup comedy circuit and could be found busking with his guitar on pleasant afternoons. He devoted large amounts of his time and effort to photography and writing. Writing, for Nym, was a compulsion, and he was working on a manuscript for a play up to his last days. Nym never married and had no children of his own but relished his role as uncle. Nym is sorely missed by family and friends, who knew him as a unique character blessed with a great wit.
MICHAEL S. SAMPLE ’65 • June 19, 2014
Michael Scanlon Sample, born July 4, 1947, died tragically in Billings, Mont. He is survived by his father, Joseph Sample; wife Barbara Sample; two brothers, David and Patrick Sample; four children, James (Joanne), Kate (Mike), John (Claire) and Ryan (Dana); and 10 grandchildren. Michael was born in New Haven, Conn., was educated at Lakeside School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Trinity College, and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. In July 1954, Michael visited Montana and an endless love affair began. While exploring the state, deepening his affection for it and practicing his photographic artistry, Michael met Barbara Maronick, a Great Falls native, and they married in 1971. The next year he published his first “Montana Calendar”; he would publish 43 more, including one for 2015, released just prior to his death. Michael contributed to countless magazines and published a number of coffee table books, including “Montana on My Mind.” His life and work were interrupted before the completion of what he believed would be his final book, a memoir in images that he intended to title “Montana from the Heart.” Michael also co-founded Falcon Press, a publishing house for Western authors and artists. Michael loved others, especially his family, the same way he loved the state of Montana, by giving them everything he had to share: his resources, his seemingly inexhaustible supply of fine chocolate, his aesthetic vision, his exquisitely detailed and often remarkably lyrical stories of his photographic adventures, and his quirky, pure-hearted sense of fun. He loved front-yard Frisbee, family slide shows, delicate wildflowers, and really bad puns. In general, Michael listened more than he spoke and gave more than he received.
SHEILA STOTLAND ’82 • April 30, 2015
Sheila Stotland lived in the loving and supportive Kline Galland Home for 14 years. She had an indomitable spirit, compassionate heart, great humor, and a curious mind. Sheila lived with grace, gratitude, kindness, humility, and generosity even in the face of multiple sclerosis. She took great pleasure in creating and sharing art. She was employed by Tower Books for many years and proudly identified as a “book person.” After graduating Lakeside, she studied at Evergreen College and received a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a master’s from Seattle University. Sheila was dearly loved by her parents, Ezra and Patricia Stotland, her brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sheila leaves behind many lifelong friends and touched many lives.
FORMER FACULTY MILDRED KATZ • April 6, 2015
At the age of 90, Mildred Katz left this planet for someplace new. Up until the very end, she was a firecracker: joyful, sharp as a tack, and unafraid to tell it like it was. Millie loved her family and friends unreservedly. Born in New York City in 1924 to immigrant parents from Romania and Poland, Millie was a student of the world and developed wide ranging passions, from dance and music, to politics, science, and literature. She graduated from Hunter College in 1945 with a B.A. in biology and worked as a medical technician and research assistant at several hospitals. In 1948, she earned a teaching credential and an M.A. in science education from Columbia University. One day in the library, Millie met Arnold Katz and three months after their first date, they married. They moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where their daughter Teri and son Dean were born. The family moved to Ohio and Pullman before settling in 1956 in Seattle, where daughter Mira was born. Millie worked in the lab at Children’s Hospital and went on to receive her state teaching certification at the University of Washington in 1964. She taught high school biology and other science courses at Forest Ridge Convent of the Sacred Heart for 16 years and spent the second half of her career at Lakeside School. She loved her students, who have described her as “tough but fair,” and they stayed in touch until the very end, a testament to her impact as a teacher. Millie’s interests ran the gamut from river rafting to reading Shakespeare. An active member of the League of Women Voters for many years, Millie also loved the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, musical performances at UW’s Meany Hall, taking classes at the Lifetime Learning Center, her book clubs, going to movies, French Silk ice cream, and, of course, the Seattle Seahawks. An avid birdwatcher, she also had a special place in her heart for elephants and marine mammals. Her life was broadened by her extensive worldwide travels. Millie’s children and grandchildren were a tremendous joy in her life, and she never forgot to show her gratitude for their love and support. During her final years, she developed close friendships with her fellow University House residents. Millie will be remembered for her openheartedness, humor, and generosity. ■ In Memoriam
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Game plan focuses on relationships
by LESLIE SCHUYLER
Coach Don Anderson surrounded by his 1965 team.
ON ANDERSON, Lakeside’s
athletic director from 1956 to 1968 and personal hero for many of the
relationships with players that reached beyond Parsons Field. Even today, Anderson remembers
to so many of his classmates. In 1968, Anderson left Lakeside to coach in Spokane for a semi-pro
students he coached, agreed to sit
the names of the students he coached
football team, the Spokane Shockers.
down last April with one of his former
during his Lakeside tenure, which
Two years later, he went to coach the
players, Bruce Bailey ’59, and share
began nearly 60 years ago.
University of Northern Arizona’s football
his memories for Lakeside’s Jane
Bailey’s class dedicated its yearbook
team. In 1973, he returned to Spokane
Carlson Williams ’60 Archives. Bailey
to him, noting how Anderson “gave us
as the head coach at Gonzaga Prep,
played both football and basketball for
pride in ourselves and in our school”
retiring from there in 1997.
Anderson, and in his own oral history
and thanking him for his “understanding
recorded for the archives, he talked
of our other problems and his sincere
beginning of what would be a 40-year
about his coach as being “a big part of
desire to see us excel in all fields of
career in coaching, and his work here
the class’s memories.”
foreshadowed an impressive career
What was it that made Anderson
Writing about his experience as
His time at Lakeside marked the
record of 263 wins, 60 losses, and four
a legend among the students he
a student in the late 1950s and early
ties. But when Bailey asked him what he
1960s, Tom Nicholson ’60 remembered
was most proud of over the course of
that “no one came to Lakeside for the
his coaching career, Anderson replied:
unprecedented successes: In his 12
athletics. … We won because we so
“Relationships. The human part of it.
seasons here, five were undefeated and
fervently believed in our coach.”
That’s what I’m the most proud of.”
He led Lakeside’s football team to
the team lost a total of only 12 games.
Even those not part of his teams
But wins were only part of the reason he
felt his impact. In fact it was someone
was so admired.
who never was coached by him, the
His former players speak of his
late Nym Park ’64, who approached the
patience and keen leadership. They
archivist last year about the need to
saw him as an approachable yet deeply
record an oral history with Anderson.
respected mentor who built strong
Park understood what Anderson meant
Watch Don Anderson’s oral history interview online at https://vimeo.com/136763324. Leslie A. Schuyler is archivist for the Jane Carlson Williams ’60 Archives at Lakeside School. Reach her at 206-440-2895 or archives@ lakesideschool.org. Please contact her if you have questions or materials to donate, or visit the archives Web page at www.lakesideschool.org/archives.
2015-2016 CALENDAR OCTOBER
21 Belanich Family Speaker on Ethics and Politics
featuring social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, St. Nicholas Hall, 7 p.m. 28 Beers with Bernie for young alumni, 6 p.m.
Young Alumni Lunch with Bernie Noe (Classes of ’12-’15), Refectory, 11:30 a.m.
2015-2016 MARCH 2 Dan Ayrault Memorial Endowed Lecture featuring
Gary Locke, former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China, St. Nicholas Hall, 7 p.m. 19 Rummage Sale, Upper School campus
26 T.J. Vassar ’68 Alumni Diversity Celebration,
McKay Chapel, 6:30 p.m.
3 Bay Area Alumni Reception, location TBA, 6 p.m.
10 Mark J. Bebie ’70 Memorial Lecture featuring
photographer and conservation activist Ian McAllister, St. Nicholas Hall, 7 p.m.
24 Seattle Area Alumni Reception, Chihuly Garden
and Glass, 6 p.m.
LAKESIDE LECTURE SERIES: For more about this year’s speakers and to hear lecture recordings afterward, visit www.lakesideschool.org/lectures.
John Hammarlund ’79
Mission and Governance Chair
Meghan Mullarkey Kiefer ’98
Arts Fest, Upper School campus, 6 p.m.
Crystal Ondo ’99
Immediate Past President
Artemios (Tim) S. Panos ’85
20 New York Area Alumni Reception, location TBA,
LAKESIDE/ ST. NICHOLAS ALUMNI BOARD
Daniel Jeffrey Shih ’90
Connections Chair MEMBERS
50th reunion luncheon (11:30 a.m.) and commencement (2 p.m.), Upper School campus
Bruce Bailey ’59
(Lifetime Honorary Member)
10 Reunion dinner for classes ending in 1 and 6,
hosted by Lakeside, The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center, 6 p.m.
11-12 Reunion 2016 class gatherings
Questions? Please contact the alumni relations off ice of the Lakeside/St. Nicholas Alumni Association at 206-368-3606 or email@example.com.
REUNION 2016 WEEKEND June 9-12 Recognizing St. Nicholas and Lakeside alumni from classes ending in 1 and 6.
Lakeside School invites all classes celebrating their reunion to a reception and casual dinner Friday, June 10, 2016. Reunion volunteers are needed to help plan their individual class events. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the alumni relations office at 206-368-3606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the St. Nicholas and Lakeside Classes of 1966 will be honored at a luncheon and at the Upper School commencement Thursday, June 9, 2016. Additional details to come!
Sophie Calderón ’00 Michelle Chang Chen ’90 Kate Coxon ’01 Meredith Dorrance ’87 Maurice Drayton ’89 Kathy Jobs Gerke ’81 Christine Gilbert ’07 Deanna Hobson ’93 Claudia Hung ’89 Trevor Klein ’03 Sadie Mackay ’09 Alexa Helsell McIntyre ’98 Tyler Moriguchi ’91 Alexander Oki ’08 Kjell Oswald ’92 Trevor Parris ’97 Hana Rubin ’93 Donald Van Dyke ’02 Brandon Vaughan ’06 Lauren Deal Yelish ’99
THEY SHARE COMING OUT STORIES, DISCUSS LGBTQ ISSUES
Participants in the alumni panel held at the Upper School sponsored by GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever) included, from left, Karl Uri ’94, Dan Shih ’90, Andre Mattus ’13, Storme Webber ’77, India Ornelas ’92, and Jessica Blat ’01.
N APRIL, the GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever) student affinity group hosted alumni panels at Lakeside Upper and Middle schools to talk about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students. GLOW is a gay-straight alliance student organization that hosts campus events and discussions. Six alumni from the Classes of 1977 to 2013 returned to campus to share their own experiences at Lakeside with current students. One panelist, India Ornelas ’92, reflected afterward: “It made me
realize how important Lakeside had been in my coming out process. It was great to hear stories from alumni in other classes and also to connect with the current students.” The event was held close to the Day of Silence to afford students historical perspective, as alumni provided a greater understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ Lakesiders through the years. Day of Silence is a day of action, begun in 1996, in which students across the country vow to remain silent to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools. ■ ßArchives, Calendar
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