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Review Midwestern Heart. Global Mind. The Magazine of Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall


To The Graduates!






REVIEW SUMMER 2017 HEAD OF SCHOOL John Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18 DEAN OF COMMUNICATIONS Cathy Morrison DEAN OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS Susan Hoagland PHOTOGRAPHY Ruth Keyso Grace Kim Cathy Morrison Pfoertner Photography

DESIGN Sarah Stec PRINTING John S. Swift Co., Inc. CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Hill P’08 Susan Hoagland Ruth Keyso Sheila Moller P’07 Christine Ryder P’15, ’17 Garry Sloan P’19, ’21

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Midwestern Heart. Global Mind. The Magazine of Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall


The Review is published three times a year by Lake Forest Academy, 1500 W. Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045. Telephone (847) 6153210. Fax (847) 615-4840. Third class postage paid at Lake Forest, Illinois. POSTMASTER: please send change of address notices to Alumni Office, Lake Forest Academy, 1500 W. Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045-1047. All the words and photos contained herein were written or taken by the editor, unless otherwise noted. Opinions express in the Review are those of the authors. No material may be legally reproduced without the written consent of the editor and Lake Forest Academy. ©2017, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois. All rights reserved. Lake Forest Academy supports and adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.


28 Front Cover: Prefect Jenny Levitt ’18 leads the graduates as the process in to the ceremony.


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Above: Behind the scenes, staging the class portrait.


Photos: George Pfoertner

Letter from the Head of School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Ringing the Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 LFA Athletics .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 LFA Arts ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 47 Ferry Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Class Notes .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 52 Short Story Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62, 64 From the Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

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Mission Statement Lake Forest Academy strives to embody in its practices and to cultivate in its students excellence of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility.

2016-17 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MAY 27 WAS A SPECIAL DAY FOR THESE TRUSTEES, AS THEY PRESENTED THEIR SONS’ DIPLOMAS. l-r: Peter Corsiglia ’17 with his father, trustee Patrick Corsiglia P’15, ’17, ’20; Patrick Dwyer ’17 with his mother, Ann Danner Dwyer P’15, ’17; 16-17 All-School President Eli Kuli ’17 with his father, trustee Rumi Kuli ’93, P’17. Photo: George Pfoertner

Mr. J. Michael Schell ’65 CHAIR Dr. Makola M. Abdullah ’86 VICE CHAIR Mrs. Marianne Silver SECRETARY Mr. Christopher E. Freeburg ’90 TREASURER

Mr. Sam E. Adam, Jr. ’91 Mr. Todd E. Altounian ’86 Mr. Bruce W. Anderson ’70 Mrs. Sylvia Barros ’90 Dr. Kenny Bozorgi Mrs. Molly Jane Pearson Campbell ’04 Mr. Patrick J. Carroll II ’87 Mr. Charles T. Cooper ’96 Mr. J. Patrick Corsiglia Mr. Jim C. Cowart ’69 Mrs. Ann Danner Dwyer Dr. Rachel E. Goshgarian ’93 Mr. William J. Hayes Mr. Maurice L. Holmes ’83 Mrs. Michele Marsh Ihlanfeldt ’89 Mr. Ned Jessen

Mr. Gregory K. Jones Mr. Thomas B. Kelley ’65 Mr. Erik S. Kimble ’85 Mr. Rumi Kuli ’93 Mr. Michael P. Leonard ’66 Mr. Ben Malek ’91 Mr. William F. Markey Mr. John S. Marlatt ’65 Mr. Patrick M. McCarthy ’73 Ms. Bethann Moritz Mr. O. Keith Owen III ’64 Ms. Katherine Gray Pollock ’70 Mrs. Judith Reid-Anderson Mr. Mark S. Stevens Mr. Richard L. Zhao ’04


This letter is excerpted from Dr. Strudwick’s remarks at the Graduation ceremony on May 27, 2017. Two weeks ago, I had the unfortunate experience of falling off my bike and hurting myself. It was both unpleasant and embarrassing, but it also made me think about the unexpected nature of any journey and the importance of staying in the moment. I fell off my bike because I was tired and distracted. I was unable to make clear decisions and somewhat apathetic about my fatigued state of mind. The fall was an important lesson about life’s journey: Life has a way of throwing you over the handlebars smack on your face, but you just need to get back up again! Don’t let something superficial (like a broken nose) stop you from achieving your goals.

Dr. Strudwick addresses the students at the 2017 graduation. Photo: George Pfoertner

After my accident, a friend sent me an article on why life is like riding (and falling off!) a bike; I want to highlight three key points that I learned from that and other reflections. First, you need balance. If you lean too far to one side, you’ll fall off. When the road presents you with a curve, lean into it and use it to your advantage. Don’t fight it by leaning the other way. In life, embrace your challenges. Lean into them and keep a thoughtful, measured, informed, and balanced approach. Second, be open to learning from experience. Life is the process of learning. It’s easy to live in your own little bubble, consumed with yourself, but that not only disconnects you from the world; it will ultimately disconnect you from yourself. Third, it is all about the destination. Beware of being tempted to ride for the thrill of the experience—life cannot be just about the thrills. Know that you have places to get to and that a bike is a tool, not the goal. Be clear about your destination and if you use your vehicle well, you can really travel far and wide and gain your thrills through the end result! Within this analogy, I must insert some words of caution. In particular, you must recognise that your adventure can be influenced by the actions of others. The class of 2017 will continue its journey into an unfamiliar and unpredictable world, where the ride is no longer on a bicycle worthy of the Tour de France with a support team of mechanics and GPS tracking, but more like a bike with square wheels, no tools, and without a map. Clearly, the situation is challenging, but it is not insurmountable. All we need to do is work on our bikes, develop the tools, and construct our maps. Remember that when we work on our bikes, we are working on ourselves. We should face life’s obstacles not with resignation, apathy, or fear, but with optimism, empathy, and the knowledge that we can progress. Recognise that although you are an individual, you are also a member of an intersecting set of local, national, and global communities and that, by working together, each of you can achieve your goals and complete your journey. Following a 16-year tradition, I close with a song lyric—words for the class to hold on to. Written in 1945 by Rodgers and Hammerstein, this inspiring song has been recorded by more than 100 artists. My favourite rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone is the version sung by Gerry and the Pacemakers, which is played before each and every Liverpool FC game by the team’s fans in the famous Kop. When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark

Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tossed and blown

At the end of a storm There’s a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on, walk on With hope in your heart And you’ll never walk alone

These words echo both the challenges and importance of an individual’s journey and the power of community and support. They show how feelings of fear and loss can be overcome with both individual resolve and community spirit. As you embark on your own personal journeys, embrace the help and support of others, and you will be successful. Congratulations Lake Forest Academy Class of 2017!



Think Before You Hate —Magda Brown, Holocaust Survivor BY SHEILA MOLLER In response to an invitation from LFA parent Jill Selati P’14, ’19 and the Jewish Student Union, a student club that supports LFA’s strategic initiative to embrace diversity and pluralism through programs and activities, Holocaust survivor Magda Brown spoke at LFA on April 5 to an audience of more than 400. Mrs. Brown’s stated mission is to speak to as many people as possible about the Holocaust, which sent all but six of her 70 family members to their deaths in camps in Europe during World War II. Born in Hungary in the 1930s, she characterized herself as “a happy-go-lucky fun-loving child…with my own room” until the Nazis took her family’s home as part of the Jewish ghetto and moved 40 people into their house. On Magda’s 17th birthday on June 11, 1944, her family and members of the ghetto were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. After a few months of torture in Auschwitz, she and other Jewish Hungarian women were selected to work in a munitions factory in Germany. During a death march to Buchenwald in 1945, Magda and a few other prisoners escaped and hid in a barn until they were discovered by American soldiers, whom she thanked for saving her life.

(Top left) Magda Brown shared a photo of herself as a young girl. (Right) Members of the Jewish Student Union with Mrs. Brown, l-r: Jack Selati ’19, Hunter Wolff ’17, Magda Brown, Daniel Rabin ’17, and Austin Clamage ’17.

F O S T E R I N G I N T E R C U LT U R A L R E S P E C T + E M P O W E R M E N T “Genocide does not happen from one minute to the next. It happens gradually. Think very seriously before you hate.”

Photos: Grace Kim

Magda delights in meeting young German people who have visited her to learn about the Holocaust. She invites them to her Skokie home, where she talks with them, cooks for them, and where she keeps their photographs next to those of her own grandchildren. She warns, “Genocide does not happen from one minute to the next. It happens gradually.” She also advised the audience to “…think very seriously before you hate. I am not asking you to hate or not to hate. That is entirely up to your conscience, but at least think about it. Why do I hate that person?” Her story of survival will never be forgotten by those fortunate enough to have heard her talk. n


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Board Members Retiring from Service to LFA During the Trustee Weekend on May 5 and 6, LFA’s Board of Trustees officially commended four of their members for their expertise, loyalty, and dedication to the school. These individuals brought their perspective as parents or alumni to their work.

Photo: Cathy Morrison

Kenny Bozorgi P’14, ’15 served for four years, 2013-17, focusing on the strategic areas of Board governance, diversity, and leadership as a member of the Committee on Diversity and Pluralism, the Committee on Trustees, and the Education Committee.

Photo: Cathy Morrison

Rachel Goshgarian ’93 completed her three-year term on June 30, 2017. During that time, she served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Trustees (Board governance), and was a member of the Executive and Education Committees.

Photo: George Pfoertner

Maurice Holmes ’83 gave two three-year terms, from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2017. He was commended for his guidance and financial support, having served on the Advancement Committee and the Committee on Trustees.

Photo: Cathy Morrison

Mike Leonard ’66 also completed his three-year term on June 30, and served on the Committee on Trustees, as well as the Education Committee.





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O, Wonder! BringingLFATogether BY SHEILA MOLLER The English department and academic space took to the stage at the Spring Gala on May 6, 2017, as the LFA community contributed over $530,000 to create three new English classrooms in upper Reid Hall, add two state-of-the-art global classrooms in the Student Union, and to relocate offices and services to better meet the community’s needs. The changes in Reid Hall will make it possible to unite the English department for the first time in 15 years. Special wiring and technology will provide the necessary components to bring Journalism classes from lower Korhummel into Reid Hall itself, and will be the final step to re-establish the English Wing. The global

O, Wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O, brave new world That has such people in’t! —Shakespeare, The Tempest Left to right, top to bottom: Mel and Associate Dean of Admission Kassandra Hayes P’18; Director of Planned and Major Giving Garry and Erin Sloan P’19, ’21. Dena Perry P’17, ’19 and Anneliese Crawford P’20. Burt Schell ’67 and his wife, Barbara Deal; Kathy and Board Chair Mike Schell ’65; Peggy Fox; Trustee Bruce ’70 and Susan Anderson P’97; and John Marlatt ’65. Head Athletic Trainer David Atas, Science Faculty Mike Rogan, and SCGL Intern Aloyce Lekuton. Math Faculty Loring Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18; Wendy and Lowell Weil P’19; life trustee Jeff and trustee Marianne Silver P’06, ’08, ’15, ’16, ’19. Photos: George Pfoertner

classrooms in the lower Student Union will facilitate worldwide communication for coursework and international leadership, and support LFA’s strategic initiative to emphasize a global academic experience. Gala co-chairs Liz Jacob P’17 and Julie Thauer P’12, ’17, themed this year’s Gala O Wonder! to acknowledge the importance of the English curriculum to every student who has attended LFA. Photos of historic Reid Hall from 1948, when the first classes were held there, through 2017 demonstrated that LFA is a place where students continue to thrive. Before the Dutch Auction, student performers and Major Gifts Officer Garry Sloan P’19, ’21 wowed the audience with musical selections from Hamilton. We thank our students and Garry for sharing their talents, and our Fine and Performing Arts faculty Jason Koenig, Monica Palmer, Peg Plambeck and Tim Plambeck for their direction and support of the musical program. We also thank English teachers Kim Graham and Bill Murphy, and students Will Everett ’17 and Maxwell Wang ’17, for their eloquence in describing the importance of the project. Thank you to our parents, trustees, alumni, and friends, a beauteous community whose generosity has made the academic space transformation complete. n



l to r: Jane Hamilton; Gail Tsukiyama; Patrick Finnessy Photos: Cathy Morrison

Authors Jane Hamilton and Gail Tsukiyama Visit LFA BY SUSAN HOAGLAND Dr. Patrick Finnessy, Chair of the English Department and the Dr. Ray Bird Master Chair in English, created the 18-month Bird Colloquium focused on school-wide development of moral courage.

that pertained to the writing process—that in many ways directly or indirectly addressed the idea of the moral courage required to be a story teller.

MORAL COURAGE NOUN The kind of courage which enables a person to remain firm in the face of odium or contempt, rather than depart from what he or she deems the right course. —English Oxford Living Dictionaries

In one class, Hamilton recounted a story about the oppression she experienced by a teacher she had, how he silenced her, and how his “reign of terror” allowed her/forced her to create a psychic space in which to write/think/be. In another class, she recounted a story about being silenced while traveling in Scotland, and learning to figure out what her material for writing is, and who owns material—does anyone own material? Are there certain topics you aren’t allowed to write about?

LFA’s Bird Colloquium uses literature to teach and inspire through a remarkable speaker’s series focused on school-wide development of moral courage that will impact and engage students in all four grade levels across the English curriculum at LFA. Authors Jane Hamilton and Gail Tsukiyama came to campus in April to work with the sophomore class. Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was an international bestseller. She is currently on tour with her most recent novel, The Excellent Lombards. Gail Tsukiyama is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She divides her time between El Cerrito and Napa Valley, California. Dr. Finnessy said, “The purpose of this series is to emphasize that the writing, speaking, and the ‘doing’ of courage is a process—first, developing the skill (writing, speaking, creating) and then enacting one’s ideas (courage) for a specific audience and purpose.” He goes on to explain, “We began this spring with artists and speakers who emphasized writing as a process—it takes courage to write! Next, we will focus on using writing as an act of moral courage—taking a stand through the written word. From there, our intent is to work on public speaking skills—also demanding courage—and use voice to ask our questions out loud.” Hamilton and Tsukiyama, working with the sophomore English classes, co-taught five classes. In each class the authors told a story 10

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After Hamilton told her story, Tsukiyama would speak to the story— she’d talk about her writing experiences as they related to the story. She would explain the story, and each time she was able to talk about courage, to tie in courage in different ways. Hamilton and Tsukiyama would then outline a writing exercise which the students had to start with ‘Remember when…’ They both believe that the value of inviting writers/artists into schools and meeting students exposes them to other aspects of life, telling them it’s okay to follow your dream, even if it’s a choice that doesn’t fit into what their parents/society think will lead to success. It’s especially good for ethnic students to hear that you can find success in the arts. It takes courage and strength and passion to go against the norm. And it also takes courage to fail, to fall and get back up again. Simply put, life lessons that go beyond the arts. In a number of the classes, there was time for Q&A, and the students asked interesting questions about writing and reading. The students who were interested in having a life in the arts gained some idea what that life in the here-and-now looks like, and perhaps a deeper understanding of what challenges are involved in writing a book; the research involved, the time required, the commitment, the focus, the energy, and yes, the moral courage involved—sticking one’s neck out—and how the life and the work are intertwined and dependent, one upon the other. It was a terrific day, punctuated by humor, laughter and good fun. Hamilton and Tsukiyama also engaged in conversation at an evening program that was open to the public. n

The Freeman-Kim Advisory at Egg Harbor in Lake Forest.

The Tennyson-Keyso Advisory enjoyed brunch together.

(Below) Maggie Boomgaarden’s Advisory.

Advisory Meals Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Advisory groups had the opportunity to go off campus to share a meal, get to know one another better, and strengthen their bond. The one ground rule: no cell phones during the meal. Some advisories chose brunch, others chose lunch or dinner, while still others headed out for a sweet treat.

The Schawel Advisory at Hwang Dae Gham Korean BBQ in Mundelein.

The MacAyeal Advisory at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills. RINGING THE BELL


The Ryder Advisory tradition at Bill’s Pizza continues. Julia Sagraves with her advisory.

The Cooper Advisory enjoyed the chocolate piñata at Uncle Julio’s in Vernon Hills.

Mrs. Madeley’s Advisory enjoyed the fare at Uncle Julio’s.

Lynn Lazzeretti’s Advisory

The McCabe-Dunlop Advisory at Ruby of Siam.


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Tsukasa in Vernon Hills was the destination for the Dozois Advisory.

The Poska-Wetherbee Advisory outside Uncle Julio’s.

Sam Wold’s Advisory at Sushi Thai. (Top) The Hagen Advisory went to Buffalo Wild Wings during March Madness. (Center) Adam Schipmann’s Advisory at Maggiano’s in Vernon Hills. The Wells Advisory went to Sushi Thai in Vernon Hills.



welcome Photo: Grace Kim

LFA Welcomes New Vice President of Advancement BY JOHN STRUDWICK P’13, ’15, ’18

As of July 1, the External Relations Office will be renamed the Advancement Office, to align with the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert J. Buckla as Vice President for Advancement (External Relations) at Lake Forest Academy, effective May 3, 2017. He brings to the Academy more than 30 years of experience in administrative, strategic planning, alumni engagement, and fundraising capacities at independent schools and in higher education, including directing or serving on the senior leadership of six capital and endowment campaigns. Rob’s fundraising career in the independent school sector began in the 1980s at Doane Stuart School (Albany, N.Y.). He also served as Campaign Director and Vice President of Development and External Relations for the boarding school campuses at Hyde Schools (Bath, Maine, and Woodstock, Conn.). He most recently served as Vice President of University Advancement at Milwaukee’s Cardinal Stritch University, where he led the transformation of the University’s Advancement Office to one that emphasizes major and planned gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations, while maintaining important annual giving. Rob earned his B.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in New York and both M.Ed. and D.Ed. degrees in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Southeastern Wisconsin (AFP-SEWI), the Board of Trustees at Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat, and the Bonnies Athletic Fund Advisory Council at St. Bonaventure University. Rob lives in Chicago. n


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2017 Hall of Fame/Women of Distinction Honorees Announced The Academy is pleased to announce the following honorees for the Hall of Fame and Women of Distinction awards for 2017. These alumni will be celebrated and formally inducted during Reunion Weekend, September 8-9, 2017.

Hall of Fame The LFA-FH Hall of Fame was founded in 1980 to honor those individuals who earned distinction in one of three categories: Outstanding Achievement and Service to Society, Service to the School, and Achievement in Athletics. In 2016, the Academy added a new category: Achievement in the Arts.

Jeffrey B. Keller ’87, P’18 Service to the School

Dr. Christopher G. Wetzel ’67 Service to Society

Former chair of the LFA Board of Trustees, life trustee, and current parent, Jeff has done it all for LFA. We honor his exceptional service to the school and celebrate his devotion to his alma mater.

One of the Academy’s most loyal sons, Chris has dedicated his life to the teaching profession, making lasting contributions to the field of social psychology.

Ferry Hall Woman of Distinction The Ferry Hall Women of Distinction Award, which was introduced in 2005, recognizes outstanding achievements by graduates of Ferry Hall.

Terry Hall ’67 Terry has served both LFA and Ferry Hall for decades as a volunteer, always keeping her alma mater front of mind, and center of heart.

Our Hall of Fame and Women of Distinction honorees will be recognized in a special ceremony at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, in The Cressey Center. To register for reunion, visit RINGING THE BELL


3rd Annual Young Alumni Networking Night Unites Alumni, Students BY RUTH KEYSO One of the core components of LFA’s alumni relations program is the opportunity to connect alumni with students for mentoring and networking purposes. In 2015, the offices of the Dean of Students and Alumni Relations partnered to create a Young Alumni Networking Night (YANN). This evening event offers a chance for young alumni professionals in the Chicago area to share their industry knowledge with today’s Caxys. On April 27, 2017, YANN celebrated its third year. Ten alumni gathered in the Little Theater in Reid Hall to interact with nearly three dozen students from all grades, freshman through senior. The alumni represented fields such as architecture and entrepreneurship, wealth management and software development. In conversations with students, they shared information about how to choose a college major and find an internship, as well as what a typical day in their work life looks like. Chris Gorter ’06, principal with Borealis Strategic Capital Partners, enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with today’s Caxys. He says the caliber of the students’ questions and their level of engagement reflected a group that was “forward-looking” and “wise beyond their years.” “There was a mix of curiosity and drive that filled the room,” Chris says. “I’m certain those traits will serve these young adults well as they move toward the start of their careers. I wish we had this event in place 11 years ago when I was a senior!” Alumna filmmaker Morgan Johnson ’07 (right) with LFA history teacher Chris Dozois ’84, P’17, and Tara Dhiman ’08 (Top) Our alumni representatives (seated, l to r): Alison Von Glinow ’05, Rhea Bovee ’08, Tara Dhiman ’08, Anastasia Belozertseva ’08; (standing, l to r): Chris Gorter ’06, Leland Brewster ’07, Leo Sokolov ’07, Jake Elperin ’04 (not pictured: Spencer Friske ’12 and Morgan Johnson ’07) Photos: Grace Kim

Health science professional Tara Dhiman ’08, too, was impressed with the students who attended, particularly the number of underclassmen who are already thinking about college. Discussion at her table centered on how to use resources available to students at college, such as academic advisors, and how to choose a major: a question she, too, had as a senior at LFA. “Some students were surprised to learn that you can be a doctor without being a biology major,” she says. “We talked about the different career options within healthcare and other fields of science.” In all, Tara hopes her conversation with students was helpful, provided insight and, most important, put them at ease about this next step in their life journey. “I hope I helped alleviate some of the stress and concern that accompanies the college search and application process,” she says. The Academy looks forward to offering this event again in 2018. For more information, please contact Ruth Keyso, director of alumni relations, at n


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“I liked it a lot. I thought it was helpful [talking with Mr. Brewster] because I want to go into finance postcollege. We talked about investment banking and consulting. He stressed not worrying about the future but focusing on the day to day.” —Steven Rayzman ’17

“I would definitely recommend this event to students. The [reps] are young alumni, so we can relate to them. They’re the same generation as us and have the same struggles. And now they’re successful— they give us hope!” —Audrey Taillon ’19

“I went to the business and investment section and talked to people who started their own businesses. The biggest thing I learned is that you have to be outspoken and willing to reach out to people to establish a social network. It’s about working with each other. Academics are important, for sure, but being able to talk, to reach out to people, to establish good relationships—this will help you grow as a human being and in your career.” —Clint Yaokun Shi ’18

“The reason I went was to take advantage of any opportunity to network. Anyone who passed this up is missing out. I’m thankful that LFA provided this opportunity. I made a great connection with [architect] Alison Von Glinow. I expected to talk to more alumni that night but ended up staying at her table and was happy I did. She gave me some great connections and opened up her door to me.” —Hunter Wolff ’17



Life trustee Gloria Harper P’93 with LFA’s new VP of Advancement Rob Buckla Scott Kaeser ’96, AAB member and emcee for the event

John Freeland ’86 and Cappy Lau ’93

AAB members Willow Walker ’03 (left) and Cecily Barnett Meers ’69, P’97, ’09



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LFA celebrated its 2nd annual Alumni Networking Night at the Standard Club in Chicago on May 18, 2017. Nearly four dozen alumni of LFA and Ferry Hall attended this popular gathering. Hosted by the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB), the event provides an opportunity for alumni to connect with one another, make new business contacts, discover volunteer opportunities, and learn more about other industries. The evening event began with welcome remarks by AAB member Scott Kaeser ’96 followed by industry-specific small-group discussions. Table hosts, which included alumni, trustees, and a current parent, facilitated conversations. After a break period, which included a raffle, alumni branched out and socialized with those in other industries.

(Left) Edna Togba ’98, Duane Jackson ’01 (AAB), and event host Michael Karras ’84 (Above) Michael Springer ’71 with Liz Montgomery ’09 and Judy Suh ’09

l to r: Jonathan Michalczyk ’07, Josh Brass ’10 (AAB), KC Chilamkurti ’11 (AAB), Matt Payne ’11, Sandy Meers ’09, and Will Hunter ‘10

AAB member KC Chilamkurti ’11, a strategy & special initiatives manager at Citadel Securities who also served as a table host for the finance industry, says the night provided “the perfect environment to connect across classes” with individuals in your industry. “Providing this initial point of connection will surely lead to more alumni engaging with each other throughout the year,” KC says. “I’ve already started to see it happen. Events such as these help invigorate the alumni community, making it much more vibrant, active, and welcoming.” For development officer Edna Togba ‘98, who relocated to Chicago from San Francisco last year and who works at Chicago Sinfonietta, the event was an opportunity to get acquainted with Caxys living and working downtown. In conversations with alumni of all ages, Edna learned about happenings on campus today and what sorts of industries are attracting LFA graduates. She calls the event “a good touchpoint” for people to get engaged with the Academy.

“Events such as these help invigorate the alumni community, making it much more vibrant, active, and welcoming.” “It’s definitely worthwhile to have an event like this,” she says. “There’s benefit to intergenerational networking.” The Academy would like to extend a special thank you to event host Michael Karras ’84 for securing the Standard Club for this gathering, as well as to all of our AAB members and table hosts for their service that evening. For more information or to get involved next year, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Ruth Keyso at n



They Did It Again! SENIOR CLASS REACHES 100% PARTICIPATION IN SENIOR CLASS GIFT INITIATIVE, SECOND YEAR IN A ROW BY RUTH KEYSO With hours to spare before the start of spring break in mid-March, the Class of 2017 secured its final few gifts in support of the senior class gift initiative, raising $3,208.34 to purchase a new school sign. The sign graces the entrance to the Academy at Route 60. All 113 seniors contributed to this initiative, matching the Class of 2016 in achieving 100 percent participation in the class gift project. The idea for the gift was student-driven. Members of the senior class gift committee recognized that a brighter sign, which featured color, would draw more attention to the entrance of campus and assist visitors in finding the school. At the same time, the sign would reflect the school’s new graphic identity. Senior class president Joe Alexander ’17 who, along with class representatives Tyler Grumhaus ’17 and Jack Linjie Zhang ’17 spearheaded the project, says he’s thrilled with the result. “It exceeded my expectations,” Joe says. “You can see the sign from afar, and I like the detailing on it. It definitely did not disappoint.” It took more than just fundraising to get this gift off the ground. In early April 2017, school administrators, along with the senior class leaders, appeared before the Building Review Board of the City of Lake Forest to present the project, seek approval for the design and aesthetics, and secure permission to move forward with the construction and installation. While this measure added one extra layer to the gift-completion process, it also gave our students a chance to experience city government up close and personal. “I enjoyed seeing the process in action,” says Jack. “[City officials] asked us questions. I was glad we made it through. I learned how things work.”

ALL 113 SENIORS contributed to this initiative, matching the Class of 2016 in achieving 100 PERCENT PARTICIPATION in the class gift project.

The new sign, a gift from the Class of 2017, is installed. Photo: Cathy Morrison

The Senior Class officers worked on both fundraising and City of Lake Forest approval for the project. L-r: Jack Linjie Zhang, Joe Alexander and Tyler Grumhaus. Photo: George Pfoertner

The sign was installed on the morning of Friday, May 5, 2017. The old sign will be archived. The senior class also used a portion of funds raised to purchase a brick paver that will be added to the patio at Alumni Circle, a tradition that started with the Class of 2014. All members of the class signed their names to the back of the brick. In addition, the class made a monetary gift to the school’s Academy Fund in support of the operating budget. The senior class worked under the guidance of class advisors Kerry Cedergren P’13, ’17 and Ashley Kolovitz. For their fine efforts, the seniors were rewarded with cake pops from Sweet Ride food truck after the final morning meeting of the semester in May. When asked about advice for the rising seniors in the Class of 2018, Tyler says he thinks they can reach the 100 percent goal. “If they’re passionate about the gift and if they want to leave their mark on the school, they should be able to do it.” Jack agrees: “If you really love the school, it’s not that hard.” n


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The Power of Healing Anyone who has had a serious illness or injury, or who has helped a loved one through the healing process can appreciate the insights the three guest speakers shared at this year’s Spring Luncheon held on April 27, 2017. We thank our speakers for sharing their inspiring stories, and for improving the lives of so many people through their work. BY SHEILA MOLLER

Denise Bunning P’15, co-founded MOCHA (Mothers of Children Having Allergies), a support group for food-allergic families in 1997. The Bunnings have two sons who are severely affected by food allergies and digestive disorders related to food allergies. MOCHA’s goal is to make life a little bit easier for parents whose children suffer from severe and sometimes life-threatening allergies, and believe that these children can safely live their lives to the fullest, despite the daily challenges they face. Denise has also been involved with FARE, (Food Allergy and Research Education), an organization which provides education to those with food allergies so they can live their lives safely. Adrian MacLean Jay ’94 is the co-founder of Random Acts of Flowers, a nonprofit organization that repurposes flowers into bouquets; delivering moments of kindness to patients in hospitals, hospice and senior care facilities nationwide. After Adrian’s husband, Larsen Jay, suffered near—fatal injuries in an accident in 2007, they noticed that some patients did not have visitors, and decided that they wanted to share flowers—the very thing that helped Larsen recover from multiple surgeries—with other patients. Since then, Random Acts of Flowers has expanded to five regional offices and looks forward to delivering its 200,000 bouquet this year. Susan Coburn P’07, ’09, ’13, former Trustee and Life Trustee of Lake Forest Academy, is the Vice President of Membership and Executive Committee member of Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Susan spoke of the Founders’ Board commitment to making sure that patients and their families receive mental, emotional, and spiritual support which can take the form of everything from art and music therapy to a special gift for patients, or providing families with social workers, chaplains and translators. Fundraising is an important component of the Founders’ Board’s work, so that Lurie Children’s can attract and retain the very best physicians and nurses to serve their patient population. n (Top left) Shania Truelove P’19, Norma Ascroft P’19, Jennifer Basden P’19, Joyce Kim P’18, ’20 Guest speakers, l-r: Adrian MacLean Jay ’94, Denise Bunning P’15, and life trustee Susan Coburn ’07, ’09, ’13. (Right) Seated l-r: Suzan Krivoshik P’14, ’18; Brooke MacLean; Denise Bunning P’15; Loring Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18. Standing l-r: Adrian MacLean Jay ’94; Mary-Audrey Proops Atteberry ’94; Stephanie Fisher P’18, ’19; Maureen Mullarkey P’16, ’17, ’19, ’21; Gillian Growdon; John Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18. Photos: Cathy Morrison RINGING THE BELL





Memphis March 22, 2017

Nashville March 23, 2017

Yale April 4, 2017

(Top) Matt Pugliese ’16, Dani Kelly ’16, and Dr. Chris Wetzel ’67, professor of psychology at Rhodes College

(Above) Izabel Tyszka ’13, Catherine Kvam ’16, and Colin Moody ’16

(Top) l to r: Vicente Nagel ’15, Jenna Selati ’14, and Zunaira Arshad ’13


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(Above) l to r: Vicente Nagel ’15, Tony Fu ’16, and Jenna Selati ’14


NYC April 5, 2017 (Top) 4th annual College Dinner Series: NYC. l to r: Amanda Sun ’16, Lilian Chung ’16, Arthur He ’16, Director of Alumni Relations & Giving Ruth Keyso, Bailey Ayers ’13, Chinara Hill ’14, Assistant Dean of External Relations Christine Ryder P’15, ’17

(Above) l to r: Bailey Ayers ’13, Chinara Hill ’14, and Matti Franks ’14

New York Regional Alumni Event April 6, 2017 (Top) Assistant Dean of External Relations Christine Ryder P’15, ’17 with Tyler Colman ’89 (Above) Christian Buerkle ’12, Leo Rudberg ’12, and Megan Kozak ’09



L FA AL UMNI E V E NT S (Top Right) l to r: LFA Board Chair Mike Schell ’65, event host Austin Fragomen ’61, and former LFA faculty Anita and Ray Bird


New York Regional Alumni Event April 6, 2017 (Top) Charlie Domash ’08, Rob Campbell, Jaimee Benach ’05, trustee Maurice Holmes ’83, and trustee Molly Pearson Campbell ’04

(Middle Right) Rick Fronapple and An Duong ’99 with Max Weissberg ’99 and his wife, Ani (Right) Angel Zhang ’13, Stella Zhang ’12, and Amanda Shi ’12

(Above) Matt Kneeland ’10, Chelsea Stevenson ’09, Natasha Patel ’11, and Georgiana Wagemann ’11


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(Top) Charlie Domash ’08, Grant Hosking ’03, Andy Bajt ’03, and Matt Kneeland ’10

(Top Right) Director of Alumni Relations & Giving Ruth Keyso meets up with Caxys at their workplace in NYC.

(Above) Young Alumni After-Party at the home of Rob and Molly Campbell ’04

Carolyn Gillette ’12 and Ruth Keyso (Above) Matt Goad ’12, Ariana Bhatia ’12, and Kevin Mun ’09



L FA AL UMNI E V E NT S continued

New York Regional Alumni Event YA After Party April 6, 2017

(Above) Hannah Kiesler ’12, trustee Molly Pearson Campbell ’04, Sophia Salsbery ’11, and Amanda Shi ’12

Our 4th annual summer happy hour at Kirkwood was a huge success, with more than 40 alumni and faculty in attendance. Thank you, everyone, for your enthusiasm for this event, keeping it a staple of the alumni event program at LFA!

(Top) Trustee and hostess Molly Pearson Campbell ’04 and Tessa Frissora ’04


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Kirkwood June 15, 2017

(Top) l to r: LFA history teacher Sam Wold, Yousuf Kadir ’14, Ben Shaughnessy ’14, and Mantas Ivanauskas ’13

(Above) l to r: Nick Krislov ’08, Joey Ko ’07, and Brad Heinz ’08

(Top) l to r: Diamond Weathersby ’02, Myron Ford ’11, Marissa Ford ’07, William Reed, Mghnon Martin ’05, Margeaux McReynolds ’02

(Above) l to r: Allie Cedergren ’13, Emily Ellison ’08, Brooke Harwood ’08, Tara Dhiman ’08, Rhea Bovee ’08, and LFA chemistry teacher Kerry Cedergren P’13, ’17

(Top) l to r: Ella Petersen ’11, LFA history teacher Chris Dozois ’84, P’17, Mary Joo ’11 (Above) Catalina Todd ’11 and Eric Clamage ’11 Kirkwood Photos: Ruth Keyso




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Academy AWARDS

With traditions established at Ferry Hall and LFA more than century ago, the school year closes with the Academic Awards, Cum Laude Induction, Athletic Awards, Move-Up Day, and Graduation.

Additonal photos of these events can be found on our SmugMug galleries online: All-School Meeting Academic Awards Assembly, May 19, 2017: LFA-Academics/51917-ASM-Academic-Awards/ Cum Laude Induction Luncheon, May 19, 2017: LFA-Academics/51917-Cum-Laude-Induction-Nomination/ Ananta Srivastava and the Stock Yard Kilty Band lead the traditional procession into the Formal Gardens. (Left) Happy graduates with diplomas in hand, Sarah Hershenhorn, Chris Harris, and Sampson Simeng Hao recess from the ceremony. Photos: George Pfoertner

Athletic Awards, May 25, 2017: LFA-Athletics/52517-Athletics-Awards/ Move-Up Day, May 26, 2017: LFA-Events/52517-Move-Up-Day/ Graduation, May 27, 2017: LFA-Events/52717-Graduation/



Time for Pomp and Circumstance.

Taylor Moore, Hannah Sutkowski, and Jane Jiameng Su.

Senior Class President Joe Alexander addresses his classmates. Photos: George Pfoertner


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Academic Awards Harvest Hope Award Angela Zhou ’18 Spectator Award Austin Clamage ’17 Sandra Shaw ’17 Hunter Wolff ’17 Overdorf History Prize Evelyn Pineda ’18 Raymond Delaplaine Burnet Prize in Economics Peter Corsiglia ‘17 Nelson Award Maxwell Zhiwen Wang ‘17

English as a Second Language Award Michael Misha Lentskevich ’20 Math Department Award Ailey Hongyi Fang ’18 Ainsworth Award Tiger Yili Luo ’17 Sammy Zeng ’17 Louch Award Tiger Yili Luo ’17 McCormick Award for Drama Nelly Siddiqui ’17

Dana W. Niswender Prize Daniel Chia ’18

McCormick Award for Visual Arts Amina Gimranova ’18

English Department Award Marilou Cameron ’17

McCormick Award for Music Natalie Clarke ’18

Everett E. Grace Music Prize Nick Lin ’17

Fine Arts Department Award Nick Lin ’17

Pridmore Award Oliver Zichen Yuan ’17

Theater Tech Award Erin Malcolm ’17

Taylor Award Jack Cheng Zhong ’17

Lynne Kulieke Award for Spanish Peter Corsiglia ’17

Yearbook Award Marilou Cameron ’17

E.J. Barry Language Award Olivia Shaw ’17

Spectator Award LFA’s student newspaper, The Spectator, was recently named one of the Most Outstanding Newspapers in the Country by the American Scholastic Press Association as part of its 2016-2017 national journalism contest. Competing in the Under-500 Enrollment category, LFA’s newspaper was honored as “Most Outstanding,” along with newspapers from Freedom, Penn., Cambria Heights, N.Y., and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. This is the second time in five years that the ASPA has so honored The Spectator. This year’s Editors-in-Chief were Austin Clamage ’17, Sandra Shaw ’17, and Hunter Wolff ’17. (Above) The official portrait of the Class of 2017 Photo: George Pfoertner



Photo: George Pfoertner

Photo: Cathy Morrison

Bird House Captains l-r: Abe Park 17, Zach Rose ’17, and Aleeya Sawyer ’17. This is the second year in a row that Bird House has won the House Cup. Photo: George Pfoertner


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Lydia Wells and her faculty colleagues prepare for the ceremony. (Top) The 2017-18 Prefects gather before leading the graduation procession. Back row l-r: Clint Shi, Krishna Nair, Ailey Fang, Natalie Clarke, Kennedy Hayes, Jenny Levitt, Ananta Srivastava, David Krivoshik, and Ayaan Ahmed. Front row, l-r: Angela Zhou, Evelyn Pineda, Annie Lee, Anna Markey.

Move-Up Day STUDENT AWARDS Alexander Award Adam Wisco ’17 For the senior boy who best exemplifies the spirit and ideals of LFA American Legion Award Andrew Ryder ’17 For the senior who exemplifies honor, courage, scholarship, leadership, and service The Aurelian Prize Marilou Cameron ’17 For the student who embodies the values of the Aurelian Honor Society: personal character, honorable conduct, intellectual rigor, promise of future achievement, and desire to contribute to society. Butler Award Jake Upshall ’17 For the senior who has earned academic achievement through perseverance Daughters of the American Revolution Award Eli Kuli ’17 For the senior who exemplifies the ideals of service, leadership, patriotism, and dependability Faculty Award Peter Corsiglia ’17 For the student who has, in thought, word, and deed, embodied the ideal of scholarship Mary Freeland Award Zhuri Bryant ’17 For the senior girl who best exemplifies the spirit and ideals of LFA Hixon Award Maxwell Zhiwen Wang ’17 For the senior who is outstanding in friendliness and concern for others Service Above Self Award Daniel Chia ’17 and Julia Schroeder ’17 For the students whose personal commitment and public contribution reveal a passion for creating positive change on local and global levels

Photo: Cathy Morrison

And now they’re seniors! Senior Class President Tommy Filip ’18 and All-School President Dieter Villegas ’18 proudly wear their new senior t-shirts.

Virginia Phillips Speidel Award Zhuri Bryant ’17 For the senior girl who is outstanding in sincerity, courtesy, and thoughtfulness Horace S. Vaile Award Eli Kuli ’17 For the senior who has most imaginatively discharged administrative responsibilities Benjamin D. Waldie, Sr. Award Eli Kuli ’17 For the senior who, by nature of his or her presence, has substantially impacted LFA Wetzel Award Erin Snoddy ’17 For the senior girl who has best exemplified the spirit of Ferry Hall Jonathan Fremd Award Annie Gifford ’20 and Anna Schilling ’20 For the freshmen who best exemplify the spirit and ideals of LFA McLaughlin Prize Teni Bakare ’19 For the sophomore who best exemplifies the spirit and ideals of LFA

L-r: seniors Nelly Siddiqui, Camie Dudziak, May Xuyuan Han, Katie Dozois, and Zoe Lewis sing the Ferry Hall Alma Mater. Photo: Cathy Morrison

Jewel J. Jackson Award Jenny Levitt ’18 and Dieter Villegas ’18 For the juniors who best exemplify the spirit and ideals of LFA



Faculty Awards Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence

Laima Salcius Faculty Award

This award was instituted in 2008. Established by an LFA alumnus from the class of 1948, it honors one or more faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching and provides a grant for enhanced professional development. The 2017 recipients are Ed Shaughnessy, science faculty; and Julia Sagraves, history faculty.

The Faculty Award was established in 1980 by then-Headmaster Edward J. Pacquette as an annual award recognizing “a member of the faculty who significantly and extraordinarily to the life of our school.” It was renamed the Laima Salcius Faculty Award in 1998 to acknowledge the contribution to LFA by alumni parent Laima Salcius through her service in the Parents Association. Kristine Von Ogden Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs—Director of Curriculum, and Modern and Classical Languages faculty is the 2017 recipient.

(Left) History faculty Julia Sagraves receives the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence from John Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18. Photo: George Pfoertner Co-winner of the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, Ed Shaughnessy, Science Faculty. Photo: Cathy Morrison

Faculty and Staff Anniversaries Congratulations to these faculty and staff members who are celebrating milestone years of service to the Lake Forest Academy community. 5 YEARS OF SERVICE Jim Abbott Math Faculty

Jackie Leib Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer

Becky Arrowood Assistant Athletic Director

Mike Rogan Science Faculty

Robin Bowkett Assistant Dean of Admission

Sam Wold History Faculty

Ashley Kolovitz Assistant Director of Academic Technology and the Stuart Center for Global Leadership

Yan (Joy) Zhou Assistant Director of Global Outreach


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(Right) Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs—Director of Curriculum, Modern and Classical Languages Faculty Kristine Von Ogden received the Laima Salcius Faculty Award. Photo: George Pfoertner



Sarah Collins Director of Service Learning and School Counselor

Adam Gerber Director of International Admission

Diane Cooper History Faculty

Rita Schulien MacAyeal ’87 Director of the Library

Lauren Fowler Fine Arts Faculty

Matt Vaughn History Faculty

Dave Kasischke Systems Administrator


Sheila Moller Director of Parent Relations and Giving Bill Murphy English Faculty Kristin Paisley Director of Human Resources

Caroline Pugliese Senior Associate Dean of Admission

Departing Faculty The following faculty members left the school at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. We thank them for their service, and wish them success in their future endeavors. Robin Bowkett came to LFA in the fall of 2012; he has spent five years here as the Assistant Dean of Admission and Head Football Coach. He has been a strong presence in admissions, working closely with both day and boarding students. A true boarding school triple-threat, Robin has also coached lacrosse and baseball, and served as a dorm parent in Warner and Atlass. We wish the Bowkett family well as they head back to New Hampshire, where Robin will be Head Football Coach at his alma mater, Souhegan High School. Cathy Morrison has worked at LFA for a total of six years, most recently for the past four as the Dean of Communications. She has led all of our communications initiatives, including updated branding, the transition to a new website, and improvement of our print materials. Cathy has been an involved faculty member with a strong presence on campus. She and her cameras will be missed by the LFA family, but we understand and support her desire to reunite with her “real family” in San Diego, California. Monica Palmer became the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department in fall 2011.In her six years at LFA, Monica has taught classes in acting, directing, public speaking, and yearbook, as well as directing this year’s Fall Play and Winter Musical. She served as Dorm Parent in Atlass and she has been the co-advisor for the Black Student Union. Monica has always supported the students and mission of LFA. We thank her for her service to the school and congratulate her on her new appointment as the Dean of Faculty at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts.

(Above) Darrin Madeley, Athletic Director and Director of Hockey Operations gave the Faculty Address. Photo: George Pfoertner

Brian Sheu has been involved in the life of the school during his six years as a Math teacher at LFA. As a triple-threat faculty member, he taught Algebra II and AP Statistics; he served as an Atlass dorm parent, and he has been the Head Coach of boys swimming and an assistant coach for swimming and volleyball. Brian has been a member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee and Diversity Advisory Council, and was the faculty sponsor for the Asian American student club. We wish the Sheu family our best as they move to Chicago, where Brian plans to teach and work on his doctorate. Lauren Fowler began teaching at LFA in fall 2007. In her 10 years at LFA, Lauren has made substantial and innovative changes in the visual arts curriculum by developing the glass program and by expanding opportunities for students to exhibit their art work in both juried and non-juried settings. In 2010, Lauren received a Mints Grant to study ceramics and textiles in Istanbul, Turkey. She also received the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. We wish Lauren and her family as they move to Ohio to relocate the family business.

Retiring Faculty Susan Hoagland came to the Academy in February 2009 as Director of Parent Relations. As such, she got to know personally and be known by almost every student and parent in the school. In 201011, Susan became the Director of Donor Relations, playing a pivotal role in the dual responsibilities of sustaining the school’s annual giving program while conducting an ongoing capital campaign. If you look around today, you can see the results of her efforts. In 2013, she was promoted to the Dean of External Relations, and the last four years have seen the overwhelming success of The Campaign for LFA and the steady growth of the Academy Fund, and the establishment of a stronger and more professional fundraising staff than the school has ever known. We thank Susan for her unstinting work on behalf of the Academy and wish her the best as she begins her well-deserved retirement. FEATURE


Members of the Class of 2017 take their seats as alumni at the conclusion of Move Up Day. Maya Harrell ’20 and her classmates came in as freshmen and left as sophomores. (Top) Local members of the incoming class of 2021 joined their faculty advisors Paul Makovec (back left) and Julia Sagraves (back right) for the Move Up Day festivities. 36

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Senior Inductees

Cum Laude Society The Cum Laude Society is the secondary school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, and membership in the Lake Forest Academy Chapter of the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic honor awarded by the Academy. Based on their exceptional scholarship during their tenure at LFA, we were honored to induct the following seniors into the Lake Forest Academy chapter on May 19, 2017. Jackson Bedward Marilou Cameron Blake Cedergren Jacob Chagoya Austin Clamage Peter Corsiglia Zixuan Cui Rishi Gudivaka Chenduo Hu Nakyung Lee William Li Ziwei Li

Nicholas Lin Yili Luo Wasu Ngamkanjanarat Natalie Nunez Gabrielle Osher Claire Pastrana Olivia Shaw Sandra Shaw Erin Snoddy Zhiwen Wang Samuel Zeng

Additionally, each year, a small percentage of juniors are considered for membership. They will formally join the other members of their class inducted during their senior year. Based on their exceptional scholarship during their tenure at LFA, we were pleased to honor the following juniors during this year’s induction ceremony: Yuhan Chen Hongyi Fang

Jennifer Levitt Mason Schilling

Jingyu Xu Angela Zhou

Junior Nominees Photos: Cathy Morrison FEATURE


Class of 2017 College Matriculation

Photo: Cathy Morrison

Arizona State University (2) Tempe, Arizona

Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa

Howard University Washington DC

Miami University, Oxford (2) Oxford, Ohio

Babson College Babson Park, Massachusetts

Cornell University (2) Ithaca, New York

Beloit College Beloit, Wisconsin

Duke University Durham, North Carolina

Indiana University at Bloomington Bloomington, Indiana

Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri

Bentley University Waltham, Massachusetts

Emory University (2) Atlanta, Georgia

Johns Hopkins University (2) Baltimore, Maryland

New York University (6) New York, New York

Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Fudan University Shanghai, China

Knox College Galesburg, Illinois

Northeastern University (2) Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University (3) Boston, Massachusetts

Furman University Greenville, South Carolina

Lake Forest College (2) Lake Forest, Illinois

Northwestern University (3) Evanston, Illinois

Brandeis University (2) Waltham, Massachusetts

Georgetown University (3) Washington DC

Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin

Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Grinnell College (2) Grinnell, Iowa

Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, Florida

Claremont McKenna College Claremont, California

Hamilton College—NY Clinton, New York

McGill University Montreal, Canada

Pepperdine University Malibu, California

Colgate University Hamilton, New York

Hong Kong Baptist University Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Memorial University of Newfoundland St. Johns, Newfoundland-Labrador

Pratt Institute New York, New York


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Rhode Island School of Design Providence, Rhode Island

CA 10

NY 13

WI 6


MA 13

IL 10






will attend a PRIVATE college or university


5 COUNTRIES MOST POPULAR COLLEGE DESTINATIONS over the past four years include: n University of Illinois n New York University

6 STUDENTS will take a gap year to play junior hockey in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Central Junior Hockey League, and the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL); all applied to and received college acceptances.

Rhodes College Memphis, Tennessee

STUDENT ATHLETES will continue their playing career in 6 different sports at 10 schools at the DI and DIII levels

n Northwestern University n Boston University n University of Michigan n University of Southern California n Cornell University n Tufts University

1 student will take a gap year to pursue personal interests

n Purdue University n Johns Hopkins University

INSTITUTIONS Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee

University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (3) Urbana, Illinois

University of California, Davis Davis, California

University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida

Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

University of California, San Diego San Diego, California

University of Michigan (2) Ann Arbor, Michigan

Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia

Texas Christian University (2) Fort Worth, Texas

University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois

University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia

Wagner College Staten Island, New York

The University of Tampa Tampa, Florida

University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, Colorado

University of Rochester Rochester, New York

Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina

University of San Diego San Diego, California

Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, Missouri

Santa Clara University (2) Santa Clara, California Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas

Truman State University Kirksville, Missouri Tufts University (3) Medford, Massachusetts Tulane University (2) New Orleans, Louisiana University College London Bloomsbury, London, UK University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada

Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Southern California (2) Los Angeles, California

University of Denver Denver, Colorado

University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah

Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan

University of Edinburg Edinburg, Scotland

University of Wisconsin, Madison (2) Madison, Wisonsin

Yale University New Haven, Connecticut

Wellesley College Wellesley, Massachusetts



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A bird’s-eye view of the Graduation ceremony in the Formal Gardens. How many people do you know in this photo? Photo: George Pfoertner



2016–2017 LFA Athletic Awards At the conclusion of the event on May 25, 2017, Athletic Director Darrin Madeley said, “For almost every MVP and Athlete of the Year announcement, the coach mentioned their character as much as their talent; to me, that is what makes our school special.” TEAM MVP FALL Girls Varsity Cross Country Katy Morrison ’18 Boys Varsity Cross Country Jacob Chagoya ’17 Girls Varsity Volleyball Maya Harrell ’20 Boys Varsity Soccer Andrew Ryder ’17 Girls Varsity Field Hockey Maggie Stoll ’17 Varsity Golf Austin Clamage ’17 Girls Varsity Tennis Hanna Sutkowski ’17 Boys Varsity Football Kenan Clarke ’17 Dohr Award Chenduo Xavier Hu ’17

Seniors Earn Dozens of Varsity Letters Seniors who earned 11 or more varsity letters during their LFA athletic careers. Back row, l-r: Cam Judge, Aleeya Sawyer, Will Everett, Joe Alexander, Austin Clamage, Jimmy Krzeminski, Max Wetzel, Daniel Rabin,Grace Rempala. Front row, l-r: Adam Wisco, Peter Corsiglia, Jake Upshall, Reiss Jensen. Photo: Cathy Morrison

Girls Varsity Cheerleading Kaitlin Fisher ’19 Girls Varsity Swimming Hande Zeynep Kivanc ’17 WINTER Boys Varsity Basketball Chris Harris ’17 Girls Varsity Basketball Aleeya Sawyer ’17

Prep Hockey Zack Rose ’17 Stuart Award Adam Wisco ’17 Girls Squash Grace Rempala ’17 Boys Squash John Tobin ’20 Boys Varsity Swimming Jackson Bedward ’17 SPRING Girls Varsity Badminton Ailey Hongyi Fang ’18 Boys Varsity Tennis Rishi Gudivaka ’17 Girls Varsity Softball Joan Karstrom ’18 Boys Varsity Baseball Cam Judge ’17 Girls Varsity Soccer Aleeya Sawyer ’17 Boys Varsity Volleyball Blake Cedergren ’17 Jake Upshall ’17 Girls Varsity Track Kennedy Smith ’19 Boys Varsity Track JJ Gray ’17

Boys Varsity Hockey Brede Baldwin ’17

Boys & Girls Senior Track Award Jacob Chagoya ’17 Sandra Shaw ’17

Girls Varsity Hockey Daniela Gendron ’18

Boys Varsity Lacrosse Thomas Pinel ’17 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Margeaux Adam ’17


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Dario Mancari ’20 with JV baseball coach Ed Shaughnessy.

Lilly Drury ’20 with girls lacrosse coach Sarah Mastey

Harrison Scott ’19 with boys lacrosse coach Bill Murphy

Athletes of the Year Freshman Boy Dario Mancari ’20 Freshman Girl Lilly Drury ’20 Sophomore Boy Harrison Scott ’19 Sophomore Girl MJ Alexander ’19 Junior Boy Andrej Hromic ’18

MJ Alexander with girls varsity volleyball coach Maggie Boomgaarden

Andrej Hromic ’18 with boys lacrosse coach Bill Murphy

Dani Gendron ’18 with girls swimming coach Natalie Schawe

Junior Girl Dani Gendron ’18 Senior Boy Cameron Judge ’17 Senior Girl Aleeya Sawyer ’17 Sandra Bolz Memorial Fan Award Glory and Steven Sawyer P’15, ’17

Cam Judge ’17 with baseball coach David Wick

Aleeya Sawyer ’17 with soccer coach Paul Makovec

Steven and Glory Sawyer P’15, ’17 receive the Sandra Bolz Memorial Fan Award, presented by Ashley Mullarkey ’17 All photos: Cathy Morrison LFA ATHLETICS


Caxys Playing in College

Thomas Pinel, Z Kivanc, Aleeya Sawyer, and Chris Harris signed their national letters of intent on the Spring Signing Day, April 12, 2017. Photo: Cathy Morrison


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These seniors plan or have committed to pursue their athletic careers at the next level. L-r: Tyler Grumhaus, basketball, Grinnell College; Chris Hayes, basketball, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Thomas Pinel, lacrosse, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Margeaux Adam, lacrosse, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Kenan Clarke, football; Cornell University; Hande Zeynep “Z” Kivanc, swimming, Wagner College; Alex Gamache, baseball, Georgetown University; Aleeya Sawyer, soccer, Howard University; Austin Clamage, basketball, Brandeis University. Not pictured: Jake Cirame, football, University of San Diego Photo: Cathy Morrison

2016–2017 LFA Conference and Tournament Honors FALL



All-County 1st Team Chris Harris ’17

All-Section Nat Shattock ’17 Ian Strudwick ’18 LFHS Tournament Champions FIELD HOCKEY All-Academic Isa Blankers ’18 Izzy Moody ’18 Lena Ansari ’19 Erin Snoddy ’17 Kiki Hood ’19 All-Conference Maggie Stoll ’17 Lena Ansari ’19 Izzy Moody ’18 2nd Team All-Conference Lena Ansari ’19 Izzy Moody ’18 FOOTBALL Red Division Offensive Player of the Year Kenan Clarke ’17 Red Division All-Conference Kenan Clarke ’17 Jake Cirame ’17 Peyton Gryniewicz ’19 Michael Allain ’18 Tommy Filip ’18 WINTER GIRLS BASKETBALL 2nd Team All-Area Ramatoulaye Keita ’19 Girls Hockey All-State Team Dani Gendron ’18 MJ Alexander ’19 BOYS HOCKEY Chi-Town Shuffle Tournament Champions Chi-Town Shuffle Tournament MVP Simon Corsiglia ’20

All-County 2nd Team Matey Juric ’18 All-County 3rd Team Austin Clamage ’17 PREP HOCKEY MPHL All-Conference Ryan Nolan ’17 Cam Judge ’17 MPHL Champions Minnesota Shootout Tournament Champions Minnesota Shootout Tournament MVPs Zack Rose ’17 Ryan Nolan ’17 Ridley Tiger Challenge Tournament Champions Ridley Tiger Challenge MVP Zack Rose’17 SPRING BOYS LACROSSE 1st Team All-Conference Thomas Pinel ’17 Nick Lin ‘17 2nd Team All-Conference Peter Corsiglia ’17 Nick Kakavas ’18 Henry Jacobsen ‘19 BOYS VOLLEYBALL Latin Invite Blake Cedergren ’17

Alumni Work Out with Chicago Bears While Faith Ekakitie ’12 had his pro day with the Bears in May, two other alumni were also invited to participate in a workout with the local NFL team at the Walter Payton Center in Lake Forest. Pictured l-r: Faith, Reggie White ’12, and Mark-Eric Rosenquist ’13. Faith was the #1 pick in the Canadian Football League (CFL) draft, and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to begin his professional football career.

All-Tournament Team BOYS TENNIS Jacobs Invite Champions GIRLS TRACK LFA Invite Champions All County 400 Meter 3rd Place Kennedy Smith ’19



The Final Four, and Beyond BY GARRY SLOAN If you watched this year’s NCAA tournament, you know that the Oregon Ducks made an historic run to the Final Four. You may have also taken notice of one particular member of the Oregon team. A veteran player, he helped lead his team with tenacity, strength, a shock of blonde hair, and an infectious smile. He was an important presence for Oregon, but long before he played for the Ducks, Dylan Ennis ’11 was a proud Caxy. Dylan arrived at LFA in 2009 and entered the Academy as a junior. “I remember driving onto the campus for the first time. It was like something out of a storybook, and I felt awed and so fortunate to have an opportunity to attend a school like LFA. It was a dream come true.” He quickly recognized that LFA would challenge more than just his athleticism. “LFA prepared me for what I was going to face in college. Putting on a tie every day for class and following the expectations of the school taught me the importance of professionalism. It taught me that beyond school work and sports, it was important to be a person of character—a person with morals and ethics.” His LFA education also taught him the importance of hard work. “During basketball season, I would wake up at 5:00 a.m. to work with Coach [Kyle] Koncz and then head off to my classes. After class, I would go to practice with Coach [Matt] Vaughn and the team, then hit the weight room or do extra drills in the gym. I learned the importance of time management.” Relationships with other faculty members also stand out to Dylan. “My coaches made a major impact on me, but so did the Madeley family, Mrs. [Kate] Jones, Mr. [Scott] DeGraff (former LFA trainer, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and so many more. The teachers and other faculty were an important part of my experience.”


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College tested Dylan’s resolve as success was not immediate. He matriculated at Rice, but transferred after one year to Villanova. To increase his NBA prospects, he wanted to be more of a pure point guard, which meant transferring again to Oregon. Along the way were two significant injuries and a petition to the NCAA for extended eligibility, which was granted. Dylan played at the college level a total of six years and, at age 25, was the oldest player in this year’s Final Four. Having more time and being part of three different college programs exposed Dylan to different styles of play, gave him a broader perspective on the game, and allowed him to mature. What did that maturity mean to his Oregon team? “It was big! It allowed me to understand and better identify schemes, so I could direct things during the game. My teammates called me the coach on the court.” A significant point in Oregon’s season came during the PAC-12 conference tournament. Chris Boucher, one of Oregon’s top players, suffered a season-ending injury. “It was a moment that challenged our resilience.” And if you ask Dylan what prepared him for that moment? “Without a doubt, LFA played a big part.” The hard work and workouts have paid off for Dylan; drafted as a free agent by the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, he is one of five members of the Oregon team to sign with the NBA in June 2017. Whatever the future holds for Dylan, he remains a Caxy at heart. “I would encourage current students to enjoy the moment. An LFA education is one of the best opportunities of your life. It’s a gift to be at a place where everyone is focused on helping you succeed.” He also has a message for his fellow alumni. “Take time to recognize what you gained from LFA. Come back for Reunions and stay connected. LFA is a place we can all be proud of.” n

(Left) Dylan Ennis on the court for the Caxys in 2011. Photo: George Pfoertner (right) Dylan Ennis on the court for the Ducks in 2017 v. Arizona State University Photo: Eric Evans, Oregon Athletic Communications Used with permission.


Julia Knauz ’19

Charley Li ’1

Oliver Yuan ’17

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Eleven LFA students were recognized for their exceptional talent in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. More than 300,000 submissions are sent to the national competition annually; only a select handful of art pieces are awarded. Gold Keys are awarded to the top 5-7% of all entries, Silver Keys given to the top 7-10%, and Honorable Mentions to the top 10-15%.

Aaron Li ’18 Brian Park

GOLD KEY FOR ART Aaron Li ’18 Charley Li ’19—5 Hunter Wolff ’17 Julia Knauz ’19 Oliver Yuan ’17 GOLD KEY FOR WRITING Jainean English ’18

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SILVER KEY Ashly Frazier ’18 Ting Sun ’19 Oliver Yuan ’17 Aaron Li ’18—3 Charley Li ’19—4 Jack Zhong ’17—2 Julia Knauz ’19 Mati Chaudhery ’18 HONORABLE MENTION Amina Gimranova ’18—2 Lucy Wong ’20 Mati Chaudrey ’18 Ashly Frazier ’18—2 Charley Li ’19 Ting Sun ’19—2 Hunter Wolff ’17—2 Oliver Yuan ’17—2 Jack Zhong ’17—2 LFA ARTS



One Acts The annual One-Act Plays are a long-standing tradition in the Fine and Performing Arts Department. Students in the Directing class select a short piece, cast, and direct their own version. Students in the Theater Tech class gain experience with staging, lighting, and managing props. The One-Acts are rehearsed and performed in the spring semester.

2017 directors, actors, and tech crew. Standing, l-r: Jelani Nicol ’18, Adam Wisco ’17, Erin Malcolm ’17, Cher Jiayang Li ’20, Jackson Bedward ’17, Sophie Waimon ’20, Andrea Ilitzky ’19, Graham Lin ’20, Gabi Osher ’17, Isa Blankers ’18, Scott Jhin ’19, Sizhe Chen ’19, Dr. Monica Palmer. Seated, l-r: Emre Budak ’19, George Carroll ’20, Krishna Nair ’18, Katie Dozois ’17, Natalie Clarke ’18, Antonio Murrieta-Steinman ’19, Peyton Gryniewicz ’19, Ashley Mullarkey ’17. Front: Chris Morrison ’18. Not pictured: Jake Cirame ’17. Sophie Waimon ’20, Jackson Bedward ’17 Sizhe Chen ’19, Jake Cirame ’17


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Page 48 (Top Left) Krishna Nair ’18, Katie Dozois ’17, Sophie Waimon ’20 (Top Right) Antonio Murrieta Steinman ’19, Emre Budrak ’19, Peyton Gryniewicz ’19 (Left) Need Names (Right) Ashley Mullarkey ’17, Natalie Clarke ’18, Gabi Osher ’17, Adam Wisco ’17 Photos: George Pfoertner

2017 Arts Concentration in Music Graduates Final Recital May 4, 2017 These four musicians demonstrated how LFA’s Arts Concentration Program has allowed them to specialize in piano or voice, preparing them for further music studies at their chosen colleges and universities. Nick Lin ’17 (Northwestern University), Sampson Simeng Hao ’17 (University of Rochester), Zoe Lewis ’17 (Western Michigan University) and Jane Jiameng Su ’17 (New York University) Photo: Cathy Morrison



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High Tea is a springtime Ferry Hall tradition that was established in 2012 to celebrate the opening of the renovated dorm. The girls gather in the commons to drink tea from dainty teacups, munch on finger foods, and mingle with faculty. Mark Dryfoos, beloved LFA Performing Arts Faculty who retired last year, brought excitement with his visit as he chatted with the girls about their spring projects and summer plans. The room was filled with the warmth of conversation and clinking of cups, and the event’s success guarantees that this tradition will continue for many more years to come. Above (Left) Kaitlin Fisher ’19, Skylar Long ’19, Evelyn Pineda ’18; (Back) Maya Harrell ’19 and Jess Hunt ’20; (Right) Anna Chigrinova ’20, Stella Cui ’17, Ching Li ’19 Photo: Grace Kim


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Lusanda Mayikana P’14, Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs, pours a cup of tea for Zoe Lewis ’17. (Left) Qingyang Hu ’20, Audrey Taillon ’19, Mark Dryfoos P’96, ’00, Maggie Tennyson, Math Faculty Photos: Grace Kim



class notes Words of Wisdom to the




At all times, be yourself, not what anyone else seems to want you to be. You can only live your life, not someone else’s life. In this day and age, there is way too much push to “fit in,” to be this or be that. After the growing and educational experience at Lake Forest, you are equipped to step out and make the most of your life in whatever endeavor you choose. Choose wisely with good counsel and you will do well. Thus endeth the lesson. Go in peace. —Mitch Howe, ’60 The harder I work the luckier I get. —George Johnson ’60 FROM THE CLASS OF ’61


I have found it best to keep a positive attitude and to keep the mind and body active. It seems to have worked well for me. I don’t feel a day over 74 and sometimes a wee bit younger. —Alice Millhon ’61

CLASS CORRESPONDENTS Colin Campbell ’56 Maddie Woods Gieselman ’61 Heidi Snow Stowe ’61 Mary Ann Ameter ’61 Bill Courter ’66 Jeff Konker ’66 Barb Hediger von der Heydt ’66 Terry Hall ’67 Cecily Barnett Meers ’69 Ann Ridge ’71 Michael Springer ’71 Linda Parker Garard ’73 Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ’73 Beth Petit Shaw ’75 K. Scott Meloun ’77 Mark Karstrom ’80 Gail Gadberry ’85 Erik Kimble ’85 Matt Alghini ’86 Jorgette Smith ’86 Emily Sammon Curtis ’91 Melissa Braun Steele ’91 Ben Malek ’91


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Scott Kaeser ’96 Charlie Cooper ’96 Ahazi Dismukes ’96 Jessica Douglas ’96 Eric Brown ’98 Johnnie Johnson ’01 Margaret Jessen Kelley ’01 Duane Jackson ’01 Fran Crane Dotson ’05 Mghnon Martin ’05 Elisa Gutierrez ’06 Phil Preiss ’06 Jack Mengel ’06 Toby Davis ’08 Charlie Domash ’08 Michael Simms ’08 Josh Brass ’10 Mariel Rogozinski ’11 Matt Payne ’11 KC Chilamkurti ’11 Lizett Meraz ’11 Eric Bauer ’12 Nancy Wang ’13

My advice to you is to love! There are so many kinds of love and I hope that you experience feeling all of them. At graduation, you love your parents because of their support through the years, and your friends for your LFA time together. You feel sad knowing this very special learning experience is over as the class disperses to college across the globe. Loving can be painful. I hope that you “fall in love” with a wonderful person and get to spend your life and share your joys with that person for years and years. You won’t understand “parent love” until you hold your baby in your arms and view a true miracle. I hope that you get satisfaction from your work and “love it.” I hope you love activities away from your work as well: reading, fishing, quilting. It feels good to spend time helping someone else, out of the goodness in your heart and feel the joy of that love. And when you are much, much older, with time to reflect, may you still love. This might be the “greatest time to love of all,” watching your grandchildren grow, spending time with your family, volunteering, learning a new language, supporting institution that influenced you (museums, theaters, schools and colleges, hospitals) and getting together with high school classmates. Love living, keep learning, and stay in touch with those LFA classmates! —Heidi Snow Stowe ’61 FROM THE CLASS OF ’66


Life unfolds! Don’t worry if you don’t have a plan for your future. Just keep your eyes open and your spirits up! Cheers to all the


—Ann R Hoffman FH ’66

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Stand up for what you want to study in college. Don’t let others try to rule your choices. I was too shy at 17 to tell my mother that her choice for my course of study was not mine. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life at that point, but knew her choice was NOT it. So, make your own choices if you can. My life has been pretty good, but maybe it could have been awesome had I learned to stand up for myself sooner. —Mimi Griffiths ‘66 To the Graduates, Consider that you are not the image you have created for yourself. It is far better—healthier, more truthful, and easier on the psyche to simply be yourself. If you want to say “No”, but you find your lips saying, “Yeah, sure,” know that you can stop this nonsense and be true to yourself. In other words, say “No” when you want/need to, and “Yes” when you want/need to. If “want” and “need” get confused, consider that a child may want more and still more candy, but does he or she need it? With every good wish, Professor Neil R. Gumenick, ’66

To the Graduates, You learned to read in primary school. You learned to write in high school. In college, you need to learn how to learn. And you need to make learning a lifelong habit. As you proceed through your next phase of education, you need to develop one more basic skill. You need to learn how to collaborate with others. You will never achieve your dreams without constant learning and without ongoing collaboration with others. —Ronald Zweig ’66 To the Graduates, Take chances. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Expect to fail sometimes. When you do, don’t make yourself crazy, but get back up and try again. When you succeed, don’t be too cocky. Sometimes it’s really luck and other times it’s skill. Do what you love and be totally honest in your dealings. Remember the person you kick on the way up may be the one kicking you on the way down. —Steven Fifield ’66 To the Graduates.

The courage to change the things I can

Try to live your life by the following five rules. First, the ball is always in your court, so it’s your world. Even your smallest actions can alter events. Second, all situations are neutral, so do not let your reactive mind shape the dialogue between meaning and results. Third, just do it. Every day. Do some little things you love to do. Fourth, listen to small voices. Trust the whispers. Pay attention to what you glimpse out of the corner of your eye. Try out these ideas, as you will not know their value until you act. Fifth, ask. When you need help, comradeship, advice, or just something to eat, there is no shame in asking. You might learn something you didn’t know.

And the wisdom to know the difference

—Richard Lang ’66

To the Graduates, My first recommendation is to be open to Outcome. We can’t control what we can’t control. So, cool it! See what happens. Get information before you jump to a conclusion. My second recommendation is the serenity prayer, which is very similar: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change


—Scott Lennox ’66 To the Graduates, As you head out into the world, emboldened by your excellent education, you will be tempted to take the career path toward prestige and money. I would caution against that short-sighted approach. Instead, I would take the time to discover your passion and create a purpose, and then design your life around those two pillars. As you establish your life path, I would remind yourself of two quotes. Emily Dickinson’s “My friends are my estate” and Mary Angelou’s “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” Your level of happiness will be determined not just by your degree of accomplishments, but more by the quality of your friendships and your acts of helping others. —Buff Courter ’66


My words of wisdom for the graduation class: When in doubt, always give something a second chance!!!! —Nancy Barcelo ’70 FROM THE CLASS OF ’71


Always remember that LFA is a major cornerstone for all your endeavors. —Ridgely Potter ’71 “Plan the work and work the plan.” This was good advice my fatherin-law gave me. —Bill Schnur ‘71 Be nice to your classmates. In 30 or 40 years you may be astonished to find that they are still among your closest friends. —Michael Springer ’71 continued...



class notes My two-cents for graduates past, present, or future. Making the assumption that LFA graduates are going on to college: the job market is difficult for college-degreed individuals. During your summer breaks or during classes: intern at college, local school, business— anywhere you think you might be content at making a living. Apply when and as often as you can—many businesses will take on parttime students until they graduate. —David M Lemons ’71


FROM THE CLASS OF ’75 Dear Class of 2017:

Congratulations on your accomplishment! You are now high school graduates and ready to start the next chapter in your lives. As I have a rising senior in college and two rising high school seniors, let me pass on the “words of wisdom” that I have shared with my own kids: • Read: Become life-long learners and read as much as possible. Reading will expand your horizons and develop your creativity. Read things that you are passionate about and that will help you grow. If you enjoy politics, read biographies about political leaders. If you are passionate about science, read biographies on the great scientists. • Limit your social media time: There are studies out that show people who spend a lot of time on social media are less happy and even more isolated than those who spend more real-time with friends and family. Text less and use your phone more to actually speak to people. If you are a gamer, don’t take your X-box or Playstation to college. • Get involved in on-campus organizations: I’m not talking about fraternities or sororities; in fact, I would discourage participation in these, but organizations or groups that will help you grow personally and professionally. These can involve you in intramural or club sports, connect you to other students and adults who are interested in your field of study, or help you grow spiritually. • Internships: Start early (best in December) to find a good summer internship in your field of studies. 3-4 solid internships during your college studies will help you find a good job when you’ve graduated. Network, network, network, during your internship with employees, managers, and leaders, and stay in touch with them (LinkedIn) as you continue your studies. • Stay out of debt: I know that some of you will need to take on debt to get through college, but try to take on as little as possible. Go to a college that you can afford. Reduce the use of your credit card for things you don’t need. I hate to say it, but this also means eating out all the time. Learn how to cook some basic meals (many of them include pasta). Small expenditures add up. • Have a job: It doesn’t have to be a full-time job, but maybe 5-10 hours a week. This will give you some important perspective on what the real world is like. It will also give you some well-needed spending money.


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• Get up early: Life starts no later than 8 a.m. every morning! If you can be disciplined and get to bed on time and also out of bed at an “early” hour, your productivity level will dramatically increase. • Stay away from alcohol and drugs: These will not bring you joy and pleasure as you might think. I’ve seen it bring a lot of pain and heartache to both students and adults. I know it is tempting and that there will be a lot of peer pressure to participate, but be smart and understand that there are always consequences. If you really don’t want to drink, and feel you are being pressured, or that others will see you as a killjoy, try this one: “Sorry, I don’t drink. My dad’s an alcoholic and I’ve experienced too much pain in my life because of it.” I know it might not be your story, but hey, if it helps you out of a difficult situation, use it. Best of luck and enjoy the ride! —Burt Lohoff-Gaida ’75 FROM THE CLASS OF ’86


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Holy Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6) —Deron Filip ’86



Be conscious of what you do; of what others do and make choices that stand up for the imperiled environment (or none of these other wonderful things will be possible!) Read the classics and think about how they relate to you and the now. Act on your revelations. Write letters and seek out juicy live theatre: these activities are a joy, teach you about yourself and benefit others! Be as truthful and as healthy a person as you can while trying to find your balance between raging passion and gentle kindness. Let those two inform each other as you move about your life. Read some more. —Beatrice Casini ’89 FROM THE CLASS OF ’91


My words of wisdom (take or leave them!): • Study abroad when you are in college. You won’t miss anything at your U.S.-based university, I promise. What you will miss if you don’t go overseas is an opportunity of a lifetime to learn about yourself, a new culture and those who are different than you. Just do it! • Don’t take your future so seriously that you forget to live in the moment. College goes by so quickly. Enjoy the journey! • Always wear sunscreen! —Emily Sammon Curtis ’91 FROM THE CLASS OF ’00


Words of Wisdom: Take advantage of your youth and energy. Remember that you don’t know it all. —Christina Yiling ’00



I had an amazing experience at LFA; however, it was not immediately obvious to me at the time. Yes, I remember the endless study halls, greater than five-page papers, homework assignments, late nights, endless list of activities, and the ever-present stress to get into an amazing college. However, this kind of preparation truly sets you apart during college. Any student who graduates from LFA definitely has the potential to do well at whichever college you choose, as long as the “college experience” does not distract you from your goals. The most impressive part of the LFA experience is the relationships. Most of my closest friends are my former classmates from LFA. They were there at my wedding, they came to the hospital to welcome my son into the world, and they came to visit me after I purchased my first home. I’ve lived in Chicago, New York, and now in Texas, and I’ve never been far from an LFA alum. My advice is to stay in touch with your friends regardless of distance and life circumstance. Simply being at LFA usually means you will continue to be amazing people and productive members of society. It really is a good network to be a part of. You will definitely help others and yourself if you choose to remain in it.

My advice as you head to college is to live in the moment. Because of social media it is easy these days to see pictures/videos/snapchats etc of your high school friends at their new schools. Don’t get too caught up in what they’re doing and wonder, “how have they made that many friends already” or “their college looks more fun than mine”. Something to keep in mind is that a) social media does not always paint an accurate picture of reality and b) everyone’s college experience is different so focus on your own and do what you want not what you think you should be doing. Also, I’m sure you will hear this from many people, but a “work/life balance” is the best way to approach college life. Because you were lucky enough to attend a school like LFA likely you will be over prepared for whatever work load college throws at you. That being said, still maintain that hard work ethic, but don’t turn down opportunities to go to dinner with friends, go to a party, go on a hike, go on a wine tour (if you end up going to school in upstate NY like I did!) or whatever it is you may be interested in doing because you feel like you won’t get things done. If you maintain that balance everything will work out and you won’t miss out on the amazing opportunities you have to make lasting friendships and lasting memories.

—Hussein Musa, MD ’01

—Casey Kennedy Waddell ’08

There’s a difference between being uncomfortable and being outside of your comfort zone. Don’t force yourself to do things that make you uncomfortable, but do explore the world outside of your comfort zone.

Get ready for some of the best years of your life! Be bold, and be brave! Don’t sweat about coming in undecided, but be prepared, the moment it is time to make the decision sneaks up fast on you. Take classes outside of your major. So, when you are contemplating choosing that Dostoevsky class, How To Live Like a Pirate class, or Sex and The City class, do it, because diversity of education and freedom of choice is one of the best gifts of American education. Surround yourself with people who will challenge your thoughts and broaden your horizons. Study abroad, because there will always be time to pay back those student loans. And remember, the friendships you have made at LFA and the friendships you are about to make in college will last a lifetime!

Choose classes based on professors instead of subject, whenever possible. Organic chemistry with an amazing professor will be better than Shakespeare and his Aliens with a boring professor every day. —Margaret Jessen Kelley ’01 FROM THE CLASS OF ’06


Amass as many experiences as you can. If you’re lucky, you have a small window in college when salary doesn’t matter; use that window to take internships and summer jobs for exposure to different fields. The classroom won’t expose you to what a field is actually like—workplace and industry culture are just as important as subject matter. Once you graduate, your career path happens fast; the more you know about what you want that path to look like, the better. Get out there before you get stuck. —Rachel Rein ’06 FROM THE CLASS OF ’08


—Anastasia Belozertseva ’08 Absolutely keep in touch with your friends from LFA—it was been wonderful sharing college memories with those friends when you get a chance to go visit them, and even better sharing memories together as we entered into the ‘real world’ after college. Get involved at your school—joining a fraternity/sorority, sports team, or other club/activity is how I made some of my best friends in college. —Meredith Ballard ’08

My advice would be to realize that your life takes twists and turns you can’t expect, so enjoy college, work hard, and take the pressure off of having to figure all of your life out right this second.

Here’s a couple bits of advice for new LFA grads:

—Kyle Blix ’08

• Do yourself a favor and show up to class: you might even learn something

• Take a road trip with friends at some point in college • Visit some LFA friends at their college and host a few at your school

—Nick Krislov ’08 n



class notes 1947 70th Reunion September 8 & 9, 2017 Willie Sanderson shared news about her grandchildren. Grandson Jamie has been accepted for graduate school at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, part of Johns Hopkins University; granddaughter Anna spent a junior year semester abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She attends UC Santa Barbara. Granddaughter Maria graduated from California Academy of the Performing Arts, and is headed to Chapman University in Orange County, Calif. Although Willie gave up ushering at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts, she continues to enjoy bocce ball and water aerobics. She said, “I’m still in touch with Mary Dailey ’46, and younger alums David Black ’64 and Evan DeRenzo ’69.” Willie would love to hear from any of her classmates.

1954 Sherry Stewart keeps in touch occasionally with Harriet Arpee Sherman, and is still close friends with Susan Kartus Becker ’55. Sherry has lived near 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada, since 1968, except for a few years in Toronto and Lake Forest, Ill., when her mother was ill. She recently sold her ranch and large log home, and now lives seven miles from town in a much smaller house, although she says it’s “still a log house overlooking a small lake with forest all around.” She has been a writer professionally throughout her life, and enjoyed a career as an obstetrical specialist, visiting hospitals all over Canada for 40 years. She worked with doctors and nurses teaching birthing techniques and assisted in more than 4,000 births. With Birth Doula creator Penny Simpkin and others, Sherry helped launch, publicize, and train women for what is now called the Doula Movement. She writes, “I am currently about to publish our colourful local pioneer stories (including my own) that I have written for local newspapers and magazines over the past 50 years. The title will probably be On the Trail of the Pioneers, and the book will be available in about five months.”

1958 Mary Sargent Coles is traveling to visit family this summer, including brother, Mike Sargent ’63, in North Carolina, and brother, Doug Sargent ’60, in Seattle. She looks forward to gathering again over Labor Day weekend for their Third Annual Senior Sargent Siblings Reunion. Mary reports, “Richard’s and my children and grandchildren are doing well. AliBeth, our youngest granddaughter, is a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines, studying biomedical engineering; Joanie, the middle one, is working on her Ph.D. in microbiology at Colorado State in Fort Collins. She is engaged to marry her longtime partner, Kelsey, in June of 2018. Grace, the eldest, graduated from Grinnell in 2014 and has entered the business world, working in Denver. She shares an apartment with a co-worker, a cat, and a retired five-yearold Greyhound racer, Palmer, who is teaching Grace how to be a mommy. Our daughter Debbie now works in human resources for


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Johns Manville Corporation; her husband Jerry is the full-time homemaker, and our son, Chris, lives in Eureka, Mo., a few miles from us. He has his own one-person video production business. Richard and I enjoy still being alive, experiencing the adventure of coping with senior citizen frailties.”

1960 Mitch Howe became a great-grandfather in 2016. He notes, “The little lady is not too sure about the old guy yet. Very understandable.”

1961 Class Correspondents: Mary Ann Ameter, Maddie Woods Gieselman, and Heidi Snow Stowe Sally Brown’s work career has spanned being a tennis pro in the ‘60s to Chairman of the Board of a Great Books College in the 21st Century. After being married for five years in the early ’70s, she returned to school and obtained a BFA in Interior Design; she operated her own firm for 25 years, specializing in adaptive re-use and historic preservation. In 1993, she went back to college again, commuting from Richmond, Va. to New York City weekly and earned a Masters in Architecture and Design Criticism from Parsons. She then wrote for numerous architectural journals and was the architecture critic for the Richmond Times Dispatch until, as she said, “My editor asked me to write an article on ‘how much St. Andrews Church Spire looks like Bat Man’s ears.” During this time she raised her daughter, Heather, 45, who is now a documentary film maker in Los Angeles. She also raised her cousin’s son, Jonathan, 35, a volunteer fireman and EMT, who lives with his wife and three children on a small ranch in Montana. In 2016, Sally was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Shimer College and also “Society Honors” by The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. She adds, “These were certainly exciting events that kind of summed up what I had been doing the last 10 years or more of my life. I was so sorry to miss the 55th, but hope we will all make to the 60th! I hope there is a plan to get together in between now and then. I would love it if everybody would like to come here. Richmond has become quite the tourist destination and is quite a “foodie town.” There is plenty to do and the river rafting trip through downtown Richmond is really fun! I live right next to The Art District and the Institute for Contemporary Art is out my back door and due to open in October.” Maddie Gieselman has been retired for 12 years and wonders how she ever had time to work, as she enjoys quilting retreats with her local guild and the state guild, travels with family and friends, and, Ferry Hall classmates. As she told her classmates, “I guess the older I get, Ferry Hall, the fond memories, and my classmates, become more dear to me. I know it wasn’t the same for all of us, but each one of you holds a special place in my heart. You were all part of a wonderful time in my life.” Alice Millhon said, “I was fortunate to have inherited the family farm and enjoy raising cattle. My daughter also keeps me busy helping her in her business.”

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Parenthood Associations in the U.S. affected by current developments. Santiago, my son, stopped by on his vacation to and from Patagonia. He is working in Kansas City. This year I reached over 1,000 published blogs explaining medieval Spanish vocabulary and supplying my English translations of recipes that I have found in manuscripts dating from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries from Muslim Spain and Cataluña. I can be found online at: Medieval Spanish Chef.”

1964 ’62 An autumn day in March, Santiago, Chile. Suz Williams de Alonso ’62 and son Santiago Alonso

The Owen family attends one of last performances of the Ringling Brothers Circus. From left to right: Jim Owen ’75, Mrs. Janet Owen, Rodger Owen ’68, Mrs. Sheila Owen, Keith Owen III ’64/LFA Trustee and Keith Owen IV ’95. Sheila Owen’s great uncle was the co-owner of the Chicago-based American Circus Corporation, which sold its six circuses to Ringling Brothers in 1929.

1966 Class correspondents: Bill Courter, Barb Hediger von der Heydt, and Jeff Konker

’64 Heidi Snow Stowe writes, “A group of us have been traveling together with our husbands, widows, and singles almost every year, cherishing one another and the diversity of our experiences. As for me, I am a widow with a married son, Brad, who has two children; Amanda, 11, and Ben, 7. He and his wife, Carin, live in Sweden, so I there for two weeks at Christmas and they come to Massachusetts for six weeks each summer. Everyone is bilingual but me. It was the children who said that I was to only speak English, so I do.”

1962 55th reunion September 8 & 9, 2017 Susan Williams de Alonso reports that her daughter, Cris Alonso, came to lecture in Chile as the Representative of Midwifes for Mexico. Susan noted, “We dubbed her Madame Phileas Fogg as she traveled the world for the next 80 days. After Chile, she lectured in Abu Dhabi, Madrid, and various cities in Spain, before marching with the ladies in Washington, D.C., and later lecturing in the United Nations. As founder and director of the Luna Maya Birth Centers in Mexico City, and San Cristobal in Chiapas, she is coordinating with Planned

Ellen Ford Blakely was sorry to miss the reunion. She notes, “Dotty, Myla and I did visit a couple years before. We peeked into the chapel windows and walked around the old campus. It was so nostalgic. Such a wonderful chapter in my life! I learned to be really independent! Good training before I went to a huge university of 30,000plus people. I also really learned how to study. Mrs Keeling was such a good teacher, I comped out of Freshman English at University of Michigan. On the subject of personal news, you may already know that my daughter, Sara, started Spanx. My son is also an entrepreneur in California. He started Zingle, which is a text-based company. I’m very proud of them, especially since I was a single parent for years; I divorced in 1987, and I have not remarried. I have six grandchildren I adore! I’m renovating a waterfront home in Clearwater, Fla. My mother is 95 and still going strong!! Very grateful for all!! I am on Facebook, I’m on Instagram too, as Ellenford21.” Mimi Griffiths writes that her youngest niece, Jennifer, is getting married in October. That will be a quick trip of five days to Traverse City, Mich. Mimi performed in a Good Friday drama at her church (Sisters of the Cross). She was pleased that she “actually remembered her lines!” Nancy King Toth is still nursing part-time. Her passion is ophthalmology; it has changed drastically in 35 years. She and her husband volunteer for American Eskimo Rescue of St. Louis and work closely with Pilots N Paws. They usually have a foster dog looking for a fur-ever home. Nancy would love to hear from classmates. Rejuvenated by our 50th reunion, the LFA class of ’66—ala Jack Kerouac—took to the road. Bill Barr continued his regular vacations in Park City, Utah with his family and the local moose. David Cooper traveled to San Francisco, but missed his annual Palm Springs trip. He confessed how much he loves to stay home on his beautiful Vashon Island (between Seattle and Tacoma) and wait for the visits of CLASS NOTES


class notes family and friends. Fabulous summers. Tasty oysters. Buff Courter, after returning from a Maui vacation, booked a Viking river cruise down the Danube for September 2018 (his 40th anniversary), 479 days in advance. Afterward, his wife asked, “Do you think we will still be alive?” Guess that happens when you reach our age! Steven Fifield remains incredibly busy and productive on multiple projects, building apartment complexes in both downtown Chicago and Los Angeles. He probably travels as much as anyone, while leaving a pretty large “footprint” on those two cities! Neil Gumenick relayed that he was not traveling much because he is so busy teaching and seeing patients in Los Angeles. His practice is thriving. Dick Haynes highlighted his trips to Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and the Galapagos Islands. He strongly recommends Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT), as one travel organization to consider. Jeff Konker was appointed to the LFA Alumni Advisory Board and he has been updating our class on the school’s many activities. Those new responsibilities did not prevent his recent trip to Quito, Ecuador, where he hiked ancient forests while eating cow, chicken, Guinea pig, goat, and blood sausage (all the favorite local proteins). Here’s hoping he stays healthy! Richard Lang visited Baltimore to attend a workshop for The American Visionary Art Museum and he attended Ron Zweig’s 70th birthday at his wind farm and home in Cape Cod. Richard shared a picture of himself with a red cap with the words “Make Siberia Warm Again”! Once an artist, always an artist. Still creating cognitive dissonance. Scott Lennox is still reflecting on his trip to the island of Eleuthra in the Bahamas with its beautiful, secluded, and romantic beaches. Doug Owen recounted how he sailed twice in the Caribbean on a single-hull, two-masted 16-meter Amei Super Maramu, visiting many ports, including Antigua, Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Martinique, Necker Island, Virgin Gorda, St. Kitts, St. Bart’s, and St. Thomas. Doug acknowledged: “If I go again, I may never return.” Doug Read underscored his recent trip to Memphis to learn about their music and his recent five-day bike ride on the “White Rim Trail” in Canyonlands National Park. But his primary activity is planning the upcoming “The Tour de Manure,” which is a 62-mile bike ride that he organizes each year as a fund-raiser for his community and its fire department. Peter Wilson, as many of us would imagine, is probably racing in the heavens, showing God how to take those curves. Yes, the class of ’66 remains on the move!

1970 Nancy Barcelo retired just over a year ago from running a Hospice Volunteer Program for the past 20 years. She continues to be involved in Hospice and plans to remain involved in years to come. She lives in Watertown, Mass., with her husband, Scott. Her son, Sam, 31, will attend business school in the fall and she says her daughter, Emmy, “is busy trying to make our country a better place.” Dick Sokolsky has retired after 37 years in the US Department of State. He is currently a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.


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Stephen Wade released Across the Amerikee: Showpieces from Coal Camp to Cattle Trail, which his label describes as “his first entirely solo endeavor and follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-nominated Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition, Wade wielding banjo and guitar deftly explores lyric folksongs and old-time instrumentals transmitted “across the Amerikee.” The album blurb continues, “Grassroots singers and players throughout the United States have long cultivated their own varieties of recital music. A simple dance tune transforms into a concert masterpiece; a personal plaint becomes emblematic of an era. With banjo and occasional guitar, Stephen Wade explores this music made for music’s sake. His selections draw from Southern sources as well as Northern interpreters, centering on lyric folksong and old-time instrumentals transmitted, as one of its older players memorably said, “across the Amerikee.”

1971 Class Correspondents: Ann Ridge and Michael Springer David M. Lemons is enjoying retirement in Houston, Tex., hanging out with friends, and doing what he says he “loves the most (reading, music, movies, PC). I still think it’s important to learn at least one thing a day.”

1972 45th Reunion September 8 & 9, 2017 Stacey Kruchko writes, “I am now what they call a “snowbird.” Peter and I now spend most of our time in Delray Beach, Fla., and our summers in Chicago. We have two grandchildren and one on the way. Life has been very good! Best wishes to you all!”

1974 Colonel Robert Croskery, is still married to Melinda Knisley and living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He serves as the CEO of Veterans Press, LLC, a senior partner in Croskery Law Offices, and is the Chairman of Adventures in Charity.

1977 40th Reunion September 8 & 9, 2017 Class Correspondent: Scott Meloun Susie Skoog Fairfield reports, “April marked our ninth anniversary of travel to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival, with up to 23 stages of free music throughout the French Quarter. My husband, Emmet, and I enjoy listening to the different types of music and the great food. Our children reside in Chicagoland. Our daughter, Kady, is a high school teacher in Plainfield and our son, Emmet, is an attorney in Naperville. We enjoy traveling to visit our kids. I am involved with the Library in Chatham, Ill., as an elected trustee. I was also a board member of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. Currently, I’m on the Scholarship Committee and a member of “Women for Women,” which promotes women’s philanthropy. Cheers to ’77!

1980 Class Correspondent: Mark Karstrom Laurence Minsky released another book in March 2017. The title is Audio Branding: Using Sound to Build Your Brand. He shared these links to information about the book: and He can bereached at

1987 30th Reunion September 8 & 9, 2017 Kelly Perine is starring in Nickelodeon’s new comedy, “Knight Squad,” set to come out in the fall. Learn more:

1989 Beatrice Casini wishes all her classmates well. She works in freelance costume design; her son is almost seven, and she adds. “I’ll be spending some time in southwest Ireland this summer (close to Bantry). If anyone has any Irish connections, will be in the neighborhood (or needs some costuming done!) let me know. Facebook is a good place to find me or (better yet!) write me a letter at 815 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA in the U.S. or at Killoveenoge Chapel, Killoveenoge, Bantry, Co. Cork in Ireland. Cheers!”

1990 Katie Dienner Florig is excited to be moving with her family back to the Chicago area this summer!

1999 Joe Block is living in Los Angeles. He still talks to a few alums in California: Taylor Tang, Art Chu, and Eric Brown ’98. He recently co-founded Shottys: the first party-ready jello shots, “made with premium vodka, all natural ingredients and an easy-to-squeeze cup.” He would love for you to follow them on Instagram @shottysofficial;; and at He can be reached at and would love to hear from classmates.

2001 Class Correspondents: Duane Jackson, Johnnie Johnson, and Margaret Jessen Kelley Adam Levin resides in Boston, Mass., and is professor of guitar at UMass Boston and University of Rhode Island. He tours extensively around the world as a solo classical guitarist and chamber musician. Upcoming tours include trips to China, Brazil, Finland, Ireland and Spain. In 2015, he co-founded the non-profit organization, Kithara Project, dedicated to improving the lives of young people through the classical guitar and music education. It expresses itself in the form of two sustainable year-round guitar programs in Allston/Brighton, Mass., and in Mexico City. In addition to weekly group and individual instruction, students are also part of a choir and musicianship work-

’01 Hussein Musa and his family

shops. Students also actively perform and attend live performances in their respective cities. Hussein Musa writes, “It’s simply ridiculous to think that it’s been over 15 years since I graduated high school. I still remember my homecoming dances, prom, and especially Caxy football. I tell my wife I chose to end my football career in high school at its peak after finishing as undefeated conference champions my senior year. (Actually, I tried out for a Division 1 football team and was told that I was too small, too slow, etc.) I am currently an anesthesiologist, and I specialize in pain medicine. Since leaving LFA, I never left school. I have a lovely wife and two amazing boys. I’m in my first year of private practice, which so far, has been very rewarding. I’m also helping my wife launch her own private Neurology practice. Hello to all of my former classmates, and if we haven’t spoken in a while, feel free to email or call me and let’s catch up! 443-905-0879,

2003 Class Correspondent: Willow Walker Cassandra Farren Chapman married Jordan Chapman on January 1, 2016, and on May 15, 2017, the couple welcomed two beautiful babies into the world, Lydia and Declan Chapman. The family currently resides in Tucson, Ariz.

2004 Class Correspondent: Artie Preiss Hello from Dominick, son of Kate Crane McMillan and her husband, Patrick. Dominick was born on November 2, 2016.



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2005 Class Correspondents: Mghnon Martin and Fran Crane Dotson Tanya Pramatarova recently got engaged; she and her fiancé are relocating to Denver, Colo., where she will start her Board Residency in Urban Education with Denver Public Schools. She says, “It would be great to hear from any LFA alums in the area!”

2006 Class Correspondents: Elisa Gutierrez, Jack Mengel, and Phil Preiss Rick Lindstrom and his wife, Jena, announced the birth of their daughter, Amelia Fortune’e Lindstrom, on Jan. 17, 2017 in the Spring 2017 issue of The Review. Editor’s Note: With apologies to the Lindstrom family, we did not include the photo sent with the announcement, so we are reposting this note. Rob Klein married Elyse Wagner on December 23, 2016 in Lake Forest at St Patrick’s Church. LFA alumni in attendance were Phil Preiss and Rick Lindstrom. Rob is in his eighth year working at Coyote Logistics, managing a group that provides trucking for customer’s imports and exports across the nation. He is also still coaching the LFA boys varsity hockey team; November will mark his eighth season as a coach. He and Elyse are expecting their first child. Brandon Uhler received his PhD in Chemistry in 2016 and is now working as a Chemist for Cargill, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. Amanda Fildes Zelinski and her husband, Jared, welcomed their second child, Charlotte Elise, on May 18, 2017. William is a proud big brother!


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’08 2008 Class Correspondents: Toby Davis, Charlie Domash, and Michael Simms Meredith Ballard married Nick Goodspeed in May 2017. LFA classmates were in the bridal party; Nina Zenni (maid of honor), Laura Flaum, Meghan Murphy, Emily Morrison Krall, Casey Kennedy Waddell, and Kathryn Ferguson Scodro.

2010 Class Correspondent: Josh Brass Kevin Berto is living in Texas, having recently completed a three-year USCG tour, serving as an Outer Continental Shelf Marine Inspector in the Gulf of Mexico. He will pursue a M.S. in Ocean Engineering at Texas A & M, as part of the USCG’s Marine Engineering Post-Graduate program

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2013 Class Correspondent: Nancy Wang Charles Gallagher recently graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Illinois Champaign. Following graduation, he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. On Honors Day, Charles received the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Gold Medal, the American Legion Auxiliary Military Excellence Medal, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Award, the USAA Scholar Excellence Award, The Zumwalt Leadership Award, and the University Gold Medal. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal when he commissioned. He also received the Society of American Military Engineers, National Award.

2016 Katie Zhou participated in the NCAA’s 2017 March Madness with Princeton University’s cheerleading team. Katie recently completed her freshman at Princeton. Having been a Caxy cheerleader for four years, and serving as team captain for two years, she is very happy to continue to cheer for the orange and black!

Student panelists Zhuri Bryant ’17, Clint Yaokun Shi ’18, and Zeynep “Z” Kivanc ’17 answer questions from the AAB. (See page 65) Photo: Grace Kim

Recommended Summer Reading Looking for a summer read? The Review asked alumni for recommendations. Christina Yiling ’00 recommends Forever War by Dexter Filkins, saying, “I just finished this book in preparation for volunteering in Iraq this summer. It opened my eyes to the seriousness of what Iraqis have lived through. Also, its discussion of American-Iraqi relations and relationships reminded me to not think of myself as, nor act as if I am a ‘white savior.’ During my visit, though I will be teaching and training, I see my real role as being a learner, a supporter, and an encourager—to demonstrate solidarity with humility. Bea Casini ’89 said, “If you somehow missed out on All Quiet on the Western Front, wait no longer!” Duke Ryan ’48 suggested two of his own books: First, “Amanda’s Autobiography: the story of a girl’s first fabulous decade,” an e-book written especially for parents and grandparents, and published by Miniver Press. It’s on Second, Turning Points, four tales of love, crime, and faith, published by Manning Place Press. It’s also on n

Head of School John Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18 talks with AAB members on Saturday morning about the state of the school and the future of LFA. Photo: Ruth Keyso



short story Hitting Her Stride BY RUTH KEYSO

Cindy Nielsen ’07 believes in magic: The magic of people. The magic of connection. And the magic that occurs when individuals band together for a common good. In her world, magic happens every day. Cindy is a development manager for the Chicago council of Girls on the Run (GOTR), a non-profit organization that supports and empowers girls in grades three through eight to become their best selves. Its curriculum is designed to instill confidence in young women, to help them realize their potential, and to teach healthy habits and life skills. The afterschool program also incorporates a running component. At the conclusion of the 10-week experience, girls participate in a 5K race. Cindy describes the program as a journey, an opportunity for young women to discover they can do anything. “It’s so positive and empowering,” she explains. “It changes people’s lives.” An unfulfilling job in PR in New York City after college pushed Cindy into the world of non-profits. Looking for a career that would feed her need for storytelling while allowing her to have a positive impact on people, Cindy discovered GOTR and knew it was the perfect match. “I need to work at a place where the mission matters,” she says. In her role, Cindy connects individuals and corporate sponsors with GOTR and secures funding to keep the organization strong and viable. She has even served as a running coach for a cohort of girls. While all aspects of her job are rewarding, Cindy says it’s those moments when she steps away from her desk and interacts with the young women that are the most meaningful. “That reminds me of why we do [what we do],” she says. One particularly satisfying experience occurred when she paired employees at a financial firm in Chicago with a group of girls from the city’s Austin neighborhood. The firm bused the girls from the west side to North Avenue Beach, where they buddied up with employees at the company and practiced together for the 5K race. Cindy recalls the excitement and sense of accomplishment the girls felt in completing the training course and interacting with these adult mentors, who encouraged and supported them throughout the workout. “They did so much more than running that day,” Cindy says.


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It’s those moments when she steps away from her desk and interacts with the young women that are the most meaningful. Growing up, Cindy knew she wanted to help others but wasn’t sure how. As a sophomore at LFA, she volunteered for the first time, traveling twice weekly to the local Boys & Girls Club, where she assisted children with their homework and taught them how to read. “I fell in love with it,” she says about the volunteer experience. “It was a changing moment for me.” So changing, in fact, that she vowed to stay involved in service throughout her life. In addition to her work with GOTR, Cindy also mentors a young woman in high school through the iMentor program in Chicago. She shares insights about how to apply to college, choose a major, and determine a life path. Cindy’s best advice for her young mentee? Look at people you admire and ask them about their job, what’s their favorite thing to do. “It can be overwhelming, there are so many options,” she admits, recalling her own high school experience and the life decisions she once faced. She encourages young people to stay open to change. If their original life plan is not working, mix it up. “There will be trial and error,” she says. “But it’s never too late to change [careers].” And when you find the fit that’s right for you, presto: That’s magic. n Cindy Nielsen is a 2007 graduate of LFA and a 2011 graduate of Colgate University, where she earned her degree in sociology and anthropology. She lives in Chicago. Learn more about GOTR at:


The Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) gathered on campus for its 4th annual meeting on April 21-22, 2017. The AAB comprises LFA and Ferry Hall alumni from the classes of 1956 through 2013. These alumni act as ambassadors for the school and assist with networking events, reunion outreach, Academy Fund solicitations, class notes, and other school business. There are currently 33 members on the Board. At the April 2017 meeting, the group enjoyed discussions with Athletic Director Darrin Madeley P’11, ’14 and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs/Director of Curriculum Kristine Von Ogden P’18 about the school’s athletics program and its global curriculum, respectively. Alumni also interacted with six current students during a panel discussion and spent more than two hours with Head of School John Strudwick P’13, ’15, ’18 learning about the state of the school today, including particulars about the school’s finances. The Academy was pleased to welcome nine new members to the group this year: Eric Bauer ’12, Josh Brass ’10, Ahazi Dismukes ’96, Charlie Domash ’08, Elisa Gutierrez ’06, Jeff Konker ’66, Jack Mengel ’06, Willow Walker ’03, and Nancy Wang ’13. Alumna Elisa Gutierrez ’06 says she was impressed with the entire school community during her two days on campus, noting specifically the poise and maturity of the students she met. She looks forward to making a difference at LFA through service on the board while, at the same time, educating classmates on developments at the Academy today. “I believe my most important role is to share the conversations I had on campus with my fellow alumni,” she says. “LFA is doing incredible work fostering global citizens; it’s important for alumni to stay connected to help support this work.”

Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) members return to campus for their annual meeting on April 21, 2017. front row, l to r: Jack Mengel ’06, Elisa Gutierrez ’06, Fran Crane Dotson ’05, Emily Sammon Curtis ’91, Mghnon Martin ’05, Willow Walker ’03, Colin Campbell ’56, Mary Anne Ameter ’61, Terry Hall ’67; back row, l to r: Ahazi Dismukes ’96, Eric Brown ’98, Jeff Konker ’66, Erik Kimble ’85, Eric Bauer ’12, Scott Meloun ’77, Duane Jackson ’01, Josh Brass ’10, Cecily Barnett Meers ’69, P’97, ’09 and Toby Davis ’08 Photo: Grace Kim

2016–2017 MEMBERS Mary Anne Ameter ’61 Eric Bauer ’12 Anne Bloomberg ’59 Josh Brass ’10 Eric Brown ’98 Colin Campbell ’56 KC Chilamkurti ’11 Emily Sammon Curtis ’91

Toby Davis ’08 Ahazi Dismukes ’96 Charlie Domash ’08 Fran Crane Dotson ’05 Jessica Douglas ’96 Gail Gadberry ’85 Linda Parker Garard ’73 Elisa Gutierrez ’06 Terry Hall ’67

AAB members left the meeting charged and ready for action, particularly through service as class correspondents and as table hosts for the Academy’s 2nd annual Alumni Networking Night in Chicago on May 18 (see related story on page 18). Read more about the AAB at Questions? Contact Director of Alumni Relations & Giving Ruth Keyso at n

Duane Jackson ’01 Scott Kaeser ’96 Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ’73 Mark Karstrom ’80 Erik Kimble ’85 Jeff Konker ’66 Mghnon Martin ’05 Cecily Barnett Meers ’69 Scott Meloun ’77

Jack Mengel ’06 Artie Preiss ’04 Ann Ridge ’71 Beth Petit Shaw ’75 Michael Simms ’08 Willow Walker ’03 Nancy Wang ’13



short story Reaching His Goals BY RUTH KEYSO

Talk about living the dream. Midfielder Jourdan Gooden ’12 is one of those lucky athletes making a living playing the sport he loves: soccer. But Jourdan prefers to think of himself as blessed. Hard work, a supportive family, and lots of sacrifice combined to make his childhood dream of becoming a footballer a reality. “That’s the most rewarding part of this job: to get up every day and play the sport you love,” he says. “It’s a blessing, this opportunity. Not everyone gets to do it. I don’t take that for granted.” Jourdan has been playing soccer since age four. While he dabbled in other sports growing up—basketball, American football, track, swimming—his soul is tied to soccer. A former member of the U-15 National Team, Jourdan attended LFA for his senior year of high school, where he was part of the Caxy varsity squad while also playing for the prestigious Chicago Fire Academy. He says everything stands out about his one year as a boarder at LFA. “I brag about LFA til the lights go out,” he says, laughing. “There were lots of opportunities,” he explains, citing prep school life, a challenging academic environment, and a community of students from different backgrounds and cultures. “People accepted me for who I was [at LFA]. They were happy to have me there,” he remembers. “LFA was an all-around great community to be in.” Jourdan cherishes the friends he made at the Academy and the teachers who instilled thoughts and philosophies he draws on today. He credits English teachers David Wick and Nat Small for encouraging a love and appreciation for writing, a pastime he engages in regularly. From LFA, Jourdan signed on with the Eagles at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), where he played for the Div I team for two years before transferring to Mercer University. One of the highlights of his college playing days was winning both the regular season conference title and subsequent conference tournament, and making it to the NCAA tourney as a freshman. “This was a good start, the right start [to my career],” he says.


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In January 2016 Jourdan signed on with the Portuguese semi-professional football team Associação Naval 1º de Maio. A midfielder, he is the only American on the squad, which comprises men from Senegal, El Salvador, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, and Portugal. The international players speak English among themselves, he says, but when around their Portuguese teammates they do their best to speak the native language of their new home. While he misses his family back in Florida, Jourdan says he is adapting well to life in Portugal, learning the language and appreciating the culture of this southwestern European country. He has even developed a taste for one of the region’s most well-known dishes: bacalhau (codfish).

JOURDAN’S FAVORITES Food: salmon TV show: Teen Wolf Junk food: pizza Hobby: fishing Music: hip hop, soul, R&B, reggae, dancehall, electronic dance Pro sports team: Manchester United Sports role model: David Beckham On his bookshelf: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, The 33 Strategies of War, Only the Strong Survive, Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground, The Bible

Looking ahead, Jourdan hopes to make soccer a lifelong career. One of his biggest accomplishments thus far is rising to this level in the sport. He says he has been guided by good advice along his journey: believe in yourself, in your ability, and in your capacity To young athletes who aspire to play sports professionally, Jourdan offers the following: “Identify what you love, what you get a thrill out of, then pursue that with everything you’ve got,” he says. “You don’t know where the road will take you. The most important thing is to listen to your heart.” n Jourdan Gooden is a 2012 graduate of Lake Forest Academy. A native of Florida, he matriculated at Florida Gulf Coast University and Mercer University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, in business administration and management in 2015. Since January 2016, he has been playing semi-professional soccer in Portugal with the Associação Naval 1º de Maio.

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Welcome to the ALUMNI COMMUNITY!

An LFA tradition, alumni members of the Choir join the current Choir members to sing Blessing. Photo: George Pfoertner

Legacy Graduates

Director of Alumni Relations and Giving Ruth Keyso is flanked by Wes Annan ’15 and Dominick Rowley ’15 before the ceremony. Photo: Cathy Morrison

Two members of the Class of 2017 have a parent who graduated from LFA. Katie Dozois ’17 is the daughter of History Department Chair Chris Dozois ’84; trustee Rumi Kuli ’93 is the father of Eli Kuli ’17.

Making it official, senior class president Joe Alexander ’17, History Department Chair Chris Dozois ’84, and Archivist and Librarian Rita Schulien MacAyeal ’87 unveil the newest alumni banner at Move Up Day on May 26, 2017. Photo: George Pfoertner



class notes Does Your Estate Plan Address This New Law? It Should! BY GARRY SLOAN

As a general rule, it is a good idea to review and update your estate plan every five years or more frequently if major life changes, such as the birth of a child, take place. Also important is updating your plans to keep pace with new legislation. This can prove more challenging as legislative changes often occur without much fanfare. For example, a recently enacted law you may not have heard about potentially affects anyone with digital accounts and assets. Most digital accounts are governed by a Terms of Service (TOS) agreement. For privacy and personal information protection, the TOS typically requires that the person who sets up the account be the only person with access to the stored information. If the primary account holder passes away or is incapacitated, a typical TOS does not permit anyone else to access their digital files. You may think that keeping records of your usernames and passwords and sharing this information with a fiduciary such as an executor, a trustee, or a family member with power of attorney is the answer. The truth is that these individuals could be violating the contractual TOS as well as state law by accessing these accounts, even if you have provided them with the information to do so. There are documented cases where state probate codes have prevented family members from accessing digital accounts. In these unfortunate situations, the digital assets remain inaccessible and are essentially lost. While this can mean financial assets, it can also mean items with great sentimental value to individuals, such as irreplaceable family photos and documents. Thankfully, a new law makes it possible to avoid such issues—but it requires you to take action. The Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act has been enacted in 33 states and has been introduced in 10 additional states and the District of Columbia. The law allows an authorized fiduciary to access digital assets and accounts, so long as the primary account holder provides for such access explicitly and in writing. Companies managing these digital assets are obligated to comply so long as authorization is in place at the time of death or incapacitation. Perhaps most importantly, the UFADA Act stipulates that if the account holder fails to give access power to a fiduciary, no one will have access to the digital accounts. In other words, if you do not set forth your intentions in your will or other estate planning documents, your digital accounts could remain locked and essentially disappear. Also important to recognize is that the UFADA was put forth by the Uniform Law Commission, and while some states will pass the act as presented, others states may make changes. It is important to speak with your attorney or estate planning representative to understand the specifics of such an act in the state where your plans are established. For more information on the UFADA and to find out if your state has enacted the law, visit and search for “fiduciary access.” n


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in memoriam 1940 Gerry Rutherford passed away on Aug. 30, 2014. After graduating from LFA, he served in the Navy on Amphibious assaults in six invasions in the Pacific, during WWII. He and his wife, Patricia, were married for 43 years; he had six children, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He loved the sea, mountains and desert, the church, his country, and his family.

1942 Richard Roberts Henszey, passed away on March 12, 2017. He was a third generation native of Oconomowoc, Wis., and was known as a businessman, inventor, philanthropist and passionate fan of the Green Bay Packers. He spent winters ski jumping and speed skating, and summers sailing on Lac La Belle and around the region, where he honed competitive racing skills. In those days, a capsized boat meant ruined canvas sails, not easily replaceable in post-depression years. Winning required creativity and an engineer’s precision that defined his life. After graduating from LFA, Dick began mechanical engineering studies at Cornell University and completed his degree at Marquette University. He went on to do masters work in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining his father at The Henszey Company in 1947 as a design and research engineer. The company designed and manufactured products primarily for the food and dairy industry. Colleagues described Dick as “very intelligent, extremely focused, tenacious … [and] inspired by the impossible.” Dick’s adventurous spirit found a home in his love of flying. He bought his first airplane at the age of 23. In the years before Interstate highways, a private plane was often the only reliable way to reach customers in the rural dairy-producing regions of the northeast and Midwest. Dick often remarked that the rich patchwork of greens in Wisconsin surpassed any other part of the country. A blind date arranged by Dick’s law-school buddies in Madison ended in a life-long love affair with Mary Meagher, his wife of 61 years until her passing in 2014. They were married on Valentine’s Day in 1953 and settled in Watertown, Wis. Mary was a trained soprano; Dick, a music enthusiast with perfect pitch, soon discovered his tenor vocal chords. The couple recorded songs at home on a magnetic tape deck, and sang in the LaBelle Choraliers and church choirs at St. Bernard’s in Watertown and St. Joan of Arc in Okauchee, Wis. When Mary took up playing piano in her 30s, she and Dick often spent evenings playing and singing favorite songs of the day. In 1959, the Henszey Company was sold and Dick founded Sentry Equipment Corporation in Oconomowoc to design and manufacture specialty products for the power industry. That start-up, with five employees and a bold vision, grew into an enterprise of innovative engineered products and services with global reach. The success of Sentry Equipment allowed Dick to pursue a decades-long dream to empower the employees instrumental in building the company. In 1985, Dick initiated an Employee Stock Ownership Plan designed to transfer ownership of the company to its employees. Dick felt strongly that few employers appreciated the power of a workforce with a stake in the company.

The ESOP, unlike a potentially vulnerable pension, requires active employee engagement and, if fruitful, provides an earned payout at retirement. A “Retired CEOs” wall at Sentry Equipment today commemorates a growing roster of those employee owners. Retirement provided time for personal pursuits. Dick rekindled some sailor chops and took up windsurfing, which he enjoyed well into his 80s. Dick and Mary poured their energies into civic endeavors. They were founding members of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, and co-chaired the campaign to build the YMCA at Pabst Farms. He is survived by daughters Barbara (Mitch Markay), Helen (Tom Terrill), and Cathy; sons Daniel, David, and Michael (Julie) and four grandchildren, Lachlan and Griffin Markay and Ryan and Mary Cosgrave.

1951 Suzan Des Rochers Reynolds passed away at the age of 78. A resident of Deerfield, Ill., Suzan sang with the Melodeers Chapter of Sweet Adelines International and worked as a computer programmer before her retirement. After retirement, she became a crossing guard for the Highland Park Public Schools. She had four children, Bruce (Edith), Margaret, Nancy (Chuck) Hoppe and Blair Sheldon; and had nine grandchildren.

1952 Charles “Ed” Fuller died May 24, 2017. 84, died May 24, 2017 in Sarasota, Fla. Ed was born in Duluth, Minn. After graduating high school from LFA and completing one year of college, he was drafted into the Army in 1953. He married Marion Sherman in 1956; together they raised eight children in Littleton, Colo. Ed was an avid golfer, a ballroom dancer, and especially enjoyed house-boating on Lake Powell. Ed owned Randall’s Formal Wear franchises across the nation and always loved to see an event in formal attire. Ed is survived by his children Linda (Michael); Ed (Jane) Fuller; Cindy McCoy, Betsy (Tad) Lyle, David (Julie) Fuller, Dan (Betsey) Fuller, and Gary Fuller; and Susie (Scot) Johnson. He also has 28 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Kay Seabloom White. William Griffith “Gee” McMillan, 83, died on April 30, 2017. Born in Chicago on January 27, 1934, Gee grew up in Highland Park, Ill. and lived most of his adult life on the North Shore. He graduated from Princeton University in 1956, and received an MBA from Northwestern University. Gee’s professional career spanned more than 50 years including positions as partner at Touche Ross & Co., and founder of McMillan, Inc., an independent business valuation firm. Gee was a quiet but thoughtful man who enjoyed hunting with his springer spaniel, following the stock market and telling stories. He had a subtle but vibrant sense of humor and was a trusted confidant to many of his peers. His family and friends will remember him as a voice of reason who could be trusted to listen quietly and offer sound advice in even the most difficult of times. He is survived by his wife, Phoebe Beatty McMillan, his sister, Marcia McMillan Hines, his first wife and mother continued... IN MEMORIAM


in memoriam of his four children, Florence Dalrymple McMillan, his son, William D. McMillan, MD (Mary) and daughters Marcia McMillan McDonough (Tim), Sally McMillan Draper (John) and Phoebe Stair McMillan, and by his step-sons Christopher Ayer Boutin, MD (Evelyn) and Warner Paul Boutin, and his four grandchildren.

1954 Nancy “Kay” Liakos, 81, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Kay was raised in Littlefield, Tex. She attended high school in Hawaii (Punahou) before graduating from Ferry Hall. Kay majored in English at Southern Methodist University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Kay was an active member and past president of her chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She married William G. Liakos after graduation, having been introduced to him by her college roommate who was married to his fellow West Point buddy. Kay and Bill lived in Durham, N.C. for Bill’s medical schooling, El Paso, Tex. for his internship, and Denver, Colo. for his residency, before moving to Roswell, N.M. to set up a pediatrics practice, BCA Medical Associates, in 1968. Kay had extended family and a family ranch near Roswell, making it an ideal place to settle. Kay was a majorette in high school and, later, an expert ping pong player and an avid tennis player. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pecos Valley Quilters Guild, Roswell Symphony, Shakespeare Club, and several others. She returned to school for her master’s degree in social work degree at ENMU, after which she worked as the Director of the Displaced Homemakers program at ENMU-R, helping divorced and single mothers pursue careers. She was a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women for her work. Kay loved gardening and walking her beloved dog, Espe; “visiting” with friends, traveling, mind and body health retreats, and having her grandchildren swim in her pool. She enjoyed spending time in the mountains and seeing Spencer Theater shows or listening to jazz during the Pecos Valley Jazz Festival. Kay was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Bill; her parents, and many dear friends. She is survived by her children, Keithley A. Liakos (John Phillips), and William G. Liakos Jr. (Cymantha); and six grandchildren.

1955 George Lawrence Plamondon, Jr., 80, passed away on May 1, 2017 in Mt. Dora, Fla. A lifelong resident of Chicago and Lake Forest, Ill., he attended Georgetown University and Lake Forest College after graduating from LFA. Following his work as Vice President of Operations for N. Marshall Seeburg & Sons, he spent much of his career as a commodities trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. He served in the National Guard, was an active community member, serving as the President of the Winter Club of Lake Forest and on the Board of Trustees of Lake Forest Academy (1983–1986), and was a long-standing member of the Racquet Club of Chicago. He was an avid golfer, motorcyclist and boatsman—he loved being on the water in his 1937 ChrisCraft, the appropriately named “What Fun.”


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For many years, George was an active participant in The Antique & Classic Boating Society as a director and as president of its Illinois Blackhawk Chapter, which in 2011 hosted the Society’s largest ever international boat show in Lake Geneva, Wis. George was instrumental in the success of the Society’s annual boat shows, as well as its programs for teaching youthful boating enthusiasts the skills of wooden boat building and repair. He is survived by children Elizabeth Plamondon Cutler ’85 and George L. Plamondon III ’87; grandchildren Nina and Lucy Cutler, and Tate, Luke and George L. Plamondon IV; his sister, Diane Plamondon and his nephews, George and Christopher Cushing.

1957 Polly Berrien Berends, 77, died on Feb. 12, 2017. A writer of children’s books and books on spirituality and parenting, she graduated from Skidmore College, earning her master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in psychology and religion before working in publishing at Random House. She practiced as a pastoral counselor and was a longtime member of the First Reformed Church in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Polly wrote, “Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.” She shared much of what she learned in the pages of Gently Lead, Coming to Life, and her best-known work, Whole Child/Whole Parent, which explores the opportunities for spiritual growth that parenthood provides along with sound advice on raising children. Her children’s books include The Case of the Elevator Duck and I Heard Said the Bird. She also wrote Ladybug and Dog and the Night Walk, in which she expresses the abiding love for nature she felt since her early days at Camp Marlyn. Throughout her life, she found peace and spiritual fulfillment— what she called “a connection to the beyond-personal”—walking by lakes and in the woods in Hastings-on-Hudson and Putnam Valley, N.Y., and in the mountains of New Hampshire. She expressed herself artistically by carving sculptures from dead trees, bringing out—or “discovering”—the tree’s essential form beneath the decay. She is survived by her sons, Jan (Marsha), and Andy; granddaughter Sylvia; ex-husband Jan Berends; brothers Curtis (Janet) and James (Mary Jane); many nieces and nephews, and her dog, Gracie.

1958 George Walter King Snyder, Jr., 76, died Feb. 17, 2017. He was born in Chicago, Ill., grew up in Wheaton, Ill., and lived in Chicago, Portland, Ore., and Santa Fe and Albuquerque N.M. before moving to the Atlanta area. After LFA, he graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and later graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. George spent the bulk of his legal career in the public sector. He was the Intergovernmental Relations Director for the New Mexico Attorney General. Since moving to Georgia, he served as attorney in various public service capacities including Assistant District Attorney for

Fulton County. Staff Attorney for the Georgia General Assembly, and Staff Attorney to the Honorable Johnny Panos in DeKalb County. He was a member of the Bar in Illinois, Oregon, New Mexico, and Georgia. He was one of the authors of Georgia Appellate Practice, the authoritative work on legal procedure in the Georgia courts. He was a member of the Harvard Alumni Association of Georgia and the DeKalb County Bar Association. He was an enthusiastic dancer and caller with the Chattahoochee Country Dancers, and religiously studied the guitar each week. George loved to travel and had visited every continent except Antarctica, culminating in a final trip to visit his son in South America. He chose to have his body donated to Emory University School of Medicine. He is survived by his long-time friend, Peggy Hendrix, his son, Andrew Graver Snyder (Claire), his sister, Dale Snyder Holditch (John), his niece, Phyllis Holditch Niolon (Trey), nephew Stanley Holditch (Amy), grand-nieces Emmeline and Lucy Niolon, grand-nephew Duncan Holditch, and his former wife and Andrew’s mother, Liz Bryant.

1963 Adolph Joseph “AJ” Judae, Jr., 70, passed away on July 24, 2016. AJ was a graduate of Loyola University, having earned a B.S. degree. He also served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, as an Avionics Technician. Most of AJ’s professional career was spent in sales in the food and beverage Industry. He finished his working career as a Technical Sales Representative for Radio Shack. AJ enjoyed golf and was a social member at Medinah Country Club. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with family in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis. Survivors include his sister, Elizabeth Brooke Reinhardt, and his brother, Joseph Judae.

1990 Stefan Brooks Switzer, 45, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away on April 13, 2017. After he graduated from Lake Forest Academy, he attended Bethel University, in Minnesota, and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chicago. Although his life was cut short, Stefan touched the lives of many. He cared deeply about his family, his friends, and his country. He served five years of active duty in the United States Army, including a tour in Afghanistan in 2010 and a year in Germany. He enjoyed playing ice hockey, following the Chicago Blackhawks and the Grateful Dead, spending time with his dogs, and cooking on the grill. He faced many challenges in life, but his faith in Christ never wavered. Stefan is survived by his mother, Betty Switzer; his brother, Brian (Tiffany); niece, Elisa, and nephew, Scott, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

LFA Alumni Mobile App Now Available on Your Computer! Many of you have told us you would like to be able to access LFA alumni information on your laptop or desktop in addition to or instead of the mobile app. Good news—The LFA Community Web is now available! You can login using your personal LinkedIn account, or the email address that you have on file with us. If you don’t yet have an account, you can sign up for one today. This allows you to look up alumni who live in your area, or in an area you’re traveling in or relocating to. It also allows you to connect with alumni who work in the same industry as you, or in an industry you aspire to work in.

Former Faculty David Max Wanner, 84, died on April 20, 2017. Dave was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and ordained a Catholic priest in 1959. He served the parish communities of Our Lady of Lourdes in Milwaukee, St. Patrick’s in Whitewater, and St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenosha until 1968. He was a MPS substitute teacher 1968-1971, and taught Studio Art at LFA 1971-1974. In 1974, he moved to Hartland, Wis. and fulfilled his life’s true passion, creating figurative sculpture. He had a prolific career, creating hundreds of sculptures around the U.S. and abroad. He was a pianist, as well as a life-long enthusiast of theology, G.K. Chesterton and astronomy. He was known as a kind, loving, generous, and gentle man. He was predeceased by his the “love of his life,” Maryanne. He is survived by children, Meredith (Benjamin) and Jordan (Lisa); and six grandchildren.




In 1961, graduating seniors were issued a limited number of invitations for graduation. Nick Taubert ’61 recalls that it was five. Because his family lived so far away, Nick knew that not everyone could come, and he ended up with one extra invitation. He and classmate Dean Conrad ’61 were among the few Democrats in the class; because it was an exciting time for young Democrats in America, Nick decided to send his extra invitation to the President. This letter is the reply he received from the President. n


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