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Spring Review 2014 HEAD OF SCHOOL





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Letter from the Head of School .................. 3

Alumni Events .......................... .......... 8

Ringing the Bell . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... 4

A Day in the Caxy Life ........................... 20

Ferry Tales ........................................ 14

What are your top ten small but iconic memories of life at LFA?

LFA Arts . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 28

9th Annual Chicago Networking Event (CNE) .... 33

LFA Athletics . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 30 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 34 From the Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 44 TABLE OF CONTENTS



Mr. Zaid I. S. Abdul-Aleem ’90 Dr. Makola M. Abdullah ’86 Mrs. Sylvia Barros ’90 Mr. Lawrence S. Benjamin Mrs. Sandra F. Boles Dr. Kenny Bozorgi Mr. Stephen J. Brewster Dr. Chinni Chilamkurti Mr. Jim C. Cowart ’69 Mr. Brian R. Gamache Ms. Gloria W. Harper Mr. William J. Hayes Mr. Maurice L. Holmes ’83 Mrs. Michele Marsh Ihlanfeldt ’89 Mr. Ned Jessen Mr. Gregory K. Jones Mr. Ben Malek ’91 Mrs. Anne N. Reyes Mr. Jeffrey L. Silver Mr. Mark S. Simonian ’77 Dr. Regina E. Spellers Sims ’85 Mr. John A. Walton Mr. Richard L. Zhao ’04

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Mr. Jeffrey B. Keller ’87 Chair Mr. Thomas J. Duckworth Vice Chair Mr. J. Michael Schell ’65 Vice Chair Mrs. Susan D. Coburn Secretary Mr. Christopher E. Freeburg ’90 Treasurer

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



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When I hear the phrase “a day in the life of ….” I always think of the Beatles song, the Solzhenitsyn novel, or the Smolan photo essays that depict life during a 24-hour period. Given the scope of the latter concept, I have always considered it a fascinating idea to document a day in the life of an institution such as LFA, capturing the ebbs and flows of a student’s day as well as the sheer energy and diversity of the community. When I consider a day in the life of LFA, I think of the classes, the teachers, the facilities, the athletic and arts programs, but most of all I think about the students and the ways they interact as they apply themselves to their learning both inside and outside the formal classroom. The dynamism of those interactions is exciting and humbling, and it is how our students truly prepare themselves for life beyond the Academy. It is with pride that I reflect on a day in the life of today’s LFA, and it is with determination that I promise to continue to seek further improvement in the students’ experience.

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Dr. John Strudwick Head of School

The underlying structure that provides both this snapshot of one day and the foundation for every other day at LFA begins with our long-term planning. The 2008 Strategic Plan emphasised five goals: (1) the excellence of the student experience in all areas; (2) the attraction, retention, and development of the highest calibre faculty; (3) the development of an educational program that teaches students to be true global citizens of the 21st century; (3) the development of a connected and collegial community; and (5) the establishment of a position of financial sustainability for the school. Through our ongoing work to accomplish these goals, LFA has continued to develop and improve as has the experience of each individual student in every day they spend here.

I am delighted with the current state of the school, and I hope that our alumnae and alumni are equally proud of LFA and its students today. We are at a very exciting moment in the history of the LFA. As we build upon the work of those students, faculty, and administrators who have preceded us, we confirm the school’s place as the premier independent school in the mid-west and one of the very best high schools in the country. As we complete the action steps from our current strategic plan, we are also identifying the key objectives for our next plan and setting out our ongoing vision of excellence. We continue to have a clear and purposeful vision that emphasises the importance of our mission of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility in all we do and is (and will continue to be) supported by a comprehensive facilities master plan that provides the infrastructure for all we do. I am delighted with the current state of the school, and I hope that our alumnae and alumni are equally proud of LFA and its students today. We continue to prepare young adults to be lifelong learners; our intellectually rigorous curriculum emphasises analytical and creative thinking to ensure that they don’t merely absorb knowledge, but understand how to apply it. We are also educating students to be global citizens who value both a sense of community and ethical conduct within the community. Our students perform at the highest level in the classroom and graduate to great success in universities and in life. The next strategic plan will ensure that we not only remain faithful to this pursuit of excellence for LFA students, but also that we conduct that pursuit in the best and most effective way possible each and every day. I thank everyone for being a part of this mission and vision and for helping make them a reality . . . day by day.




“I wanted to pass on to younger students the confidence I gained from robotics.” Jennifer Ma ’15 flashes a smile as she explains her motivation for leading the LFA Robotics mentoring program. In the program, student mentors from LFA meet middle school students at the Neal Math and Science Academy in North Chicago to help them compete in robotics competitions. In addition to Jennifer, Julian Bailes ’14, Sean Clavey ’14, and Viola Du ’16 volunteer their time. The mentors leave at 3:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday and spend about 50 minutes with the “Robot Builders.” Jen was on the Lego Robotics team at her middle school in China. “I loved it,” she exclaims. “Before, I was just going through life without a specific purpose. Robotics gave me a passion.” When asked how she became involved with the program, Jen says, “Alex Pankhurst, who was a senior at LFA, created the program and invited me to join when I came here as a freshman.” After Alex graduated in 2012, Jen stepped into his leadership role. This year, the seven middle school mentees are split into two teams: construction and research. The construction team designs and builds robots while the research team studies how robots can be beneficial to society. The construction team learns computer programming and tips on design while the research team is guided in making a strong presentation for the “Project” portion of the First Lego League competition. 4

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The competition is divided into three parts. The “Robot Game” is a set of missions that the robot must complete in order to score points; these test the robot’s ability to fulfill duties, such as picking up an object and moving it to another location. The “Project” is based on a Challenge theme from the judges. The students select a problem under the Challenge theme—how robots can affect society—and must propose a solution. After researching and developing a theoretical plan of execution, the students present to the judges. Finally, the “First Lego League Core Values” evaluates teamwork. This year’s Challenge theme was natural disasters, so the Neal Academy students proposed the problem of food shortages during snowstorms. Their solution: a robotic truck with heat vision and GPS to let it maneuver around in a snowstorm with ease, controlled by engineers in a headquarter location. The First Lego League Illinois Northern Illinois Championship took place on February 8. LFA students Emily Meyer ’14, Clara Lee ’14, Sam Longley ’16 and Tori Koontz ’16, and LFA science instructor Mike Rogan attended as volunteers, and ESL Chair Connie McCabe acted as a judge for the competition. After the Core Value interviews and four rounds of the “Robot Game,” The Robot Builders scored 133, 135, 139 and 246, ranking 48 out of 62 teams. As a rookie team, the Robot Builders did very well. According to Jen, “It’s their first time at a state competition. They performed better than the coaches’ expectations during the last two rounds. At the regional competition, their highest

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Don Patton P’14, P’16 deals blackjack cards for Kim and Joe Ward, Rebecca Makkai ’95 and Jon Freeman, Matt Vaughn, Laura and Chris Dozois ’84

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score was 213. They broke their own record.” The students were able to have their robot finish all the missions by the third round. The Robot Builders also received a high score of 3.0 in the “Gracious Professionalism” category for their Core Values evaluation. The judges noted how the team members showed respect toward each other during their interview, which Jen affirms. “They try really hard not to talk over each other and really listen to different ideas.” Since the state competition is over, the coaches are focused on planning for next year. Jen wants to work on garnering additional funds for the mentoring program to buy materials for more advanced robots. Currently, LFA and the North Chicago Community Partners provide financial support for the Robot Builders. Jen hopes that with a new robot, the students will continue to break their own records at future competitions. She looks forward to working with her fellow coaches and her mentees for another year before she graduates.

(left) The Neal Academy students’ robotic truck (above) Jen Ma ’15 and Julian Bailes ’14 advise and supervise their students’ progress in the competition


PARENTS ASSOCIATION HOSTS ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION EVENT 200 guests thronged a transformed Reid Hall on January 25 to celebrate and appreciate the partnership between LFA parents, faculty and staff. Thanks to Maureen Mullarkey P’16, P’17, and her committee, the Little Theater became a festive casino; the Library Reading Room became an inviting lounge; the Garden Room became an enticing buffet, and the Great Hall became an intimate club setting. With “Caxy Cash” in hand, guests played the games, took their chances on the raffle prizes and enjoyed good food and great company. n

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“These kids fell in love with creating robots, which was exactly my goal in joining the mentoring program. I wanted to raise interest in robotics among younger students. It’s just great. I love doing this.” n

Betting on a Sure Thing

Suzanne Tchamitchian P ’15, Dean of College Counseling Jack Lewis, Lara Frystak P’15, Assistant Dean of Students Kate Jones, and Antreas Mesrobian P’15



Could Technology be the New Liberal Arts Education? 11TH ANNUAL JOSHUA A. ROTHSTEIN MEMORIAL LECTURE BRINGS 2014 HEAD OF SCHOOL SYMPOSIUM INTO FOCUS You’d be hard-pressed to locate an educator—especially at LFA—who doesn’t want their students to become creative, critical thinkers, adept at solving realworld problems, dedicated to life-long learning, able to work independently and in teams, making a real difference in their communities around the world. Alumni panelists Klee Dienes ’89 and Helen Chou ’04 embody this ethos, returning to LFA on February 5 to share their perspective. Although the winter storm wreaked havoc with the presentation to the larger community, they gave a special presentation the following afternoon to students at the All-School Meeting. With two degrees from MIT (EECS ’93, Computer Science ’95), Klee was at Apple as a Senior Software Engineer from 1997 – 2005, and prior to that, worked at NeXT. Since then, he’s been an independent contractor, a MEDEVAC Pilot and Forward Support Medical Team Leader with the US Army, and currently serves in the Army National Guard as a Computer Network Defense Officer. His company, Hadron Industries, Inc., is a Defense Contractor specializing in Communications, Security, and Situational Awareness. How does one go from working at Apple to being a MEDEVAC pilot? For Klee, the catalyst was 9/11; as someone who’s always been passionate about aviation, this was a practical intersection of skill set and interest. He explained what he found more dangerous (and therefore more frightening) than being shot at while flying was 6

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discovering that the computer equipment strapped to his leg didn’t function effectively, inspiring him to start his own business—applying knowledge and experience in a new way. Klee encouraged students to think of science, technology and even engineering as a form of liberal arts—an empowering, well-rounded educational background applicable to so many different disciplines. Also an MIT graduate (Computer Science ’08), Helen works at Google as a Solutions Applications Engineer. Even fellow engineers and software developers need someone like Helen to help navigate the complexities of bringing their ideas, concepts, games, and products to the general Web public. Her work helps others do their work better. Her “programming gems” and advice play a key role behind the scenes in successful publication and launch. In fact, her next role at Google will move her to the Google Glass team. Her passion for and enjoyment of her work was evident when she described her professional experience. She spoke consistently of working in teams, and about the joy—the fun, really—of creativity in exploring how to use existing tools and products—robots in her case— in imaginative and innovative ways. She is a true role model for young women interested in science. Associate Head of School Bill Dolbee noted, “Success in the tech world depends in part upon the ability to be part of a team—also a big part of the LFA experience.” Both Helen and Klee shared their own LFA experiences with the students, de-

L-R: Head of School John Strudwick, Helen Chou ’04, Nancy Rothstein, Klee Dienes ’89. Photo: George Pfoertner

scribing their paths from LFA to college and beyond. The Joshua Aaron Rothstein ’05 Memorial Lecture was established by Nancy and Steven Rothstein to honor the memory of their son, Josh, who was tragically killed during his sophomore year at Lake Forest Academy. Nancy Rothstein opened the lecture, saying, “Josh Rothstein was one of you, glued to his computer and enraptured with the ever-changing world of technology…For Josh, his computer opened up a world of communication and commerce, spreading far beyond the confines of his bedroom…For Josh, it wasn’t about the money, but about the connections he made with a diversity of people from all over. He developed a cadre of mentors and colleagues. And he nurtured friendships born along his path.” She concluded, “Yet, I’m convinced, if Josh were here to speak today about the power of science and technology, he would tell all of us to be sure to take time off-line, to spend time person-to-person, because no technology can provide the life source of pure, heartfelt, human interaction. And it is likely that no science can capture the ultimate human connection, love.” n

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This was even better than sliding across the floor in your stocking feet (or by the seat of your pants.) Science instructor Mike Rogan and his students gave a very brief demo onstage during a Morning Meeting; two days later during the scheduled afternoon break, students, faculty, and staff came by to give the device a spin. (Some literally). Using simple components like plywood, fabric, a seat cushion, and a leaf blower, and designing a human-scale shuffleboard on the floor in Reid Hall with painters’ tape, the game was on. Each team of two experimented with a variety of ways to start and stop the hovercraft effectively, and competitively. Some even gave it a little Olympic flair! n Caroline Miller ’16 gives Catherine Kvam ’16 a push off the starting line


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Charter Day celebrates the official birthday of Lake Forest Academy. This year’s celebration featured a specially crafted (and delicious!) display cake (to go with all those cupcakes), as well as Dr. Strudwick and the LFA Choir leading the community in “Fair Lake Forest, Alma Mater.” That familiar last line, “Dear Old LFA,” was sung with gusto (complete lyrics were emailed to the entire school community in the days before), and 500 people were fed in 15 minutes. Happy Birthday, LFA! n




Alumni Events 2013–14 Caxy pride is stronger than ever, with more than 10 dozen alumni from the LFA and Ferry Hall classes of 1948 through 2013 participating in regional alumni events during the fall 2013 and winter 2014. In October 2013, Keith Owen III ’64 and his wife, Sheila, graciously hosted an LFA gathering in Houston, Texas. In November, California-area alumni gatherings were hosted by Kelly Perine ’87 in Los Angeles and Maxwell Drever ’60 in Tiburon, with smaller get-togethers taking place with college-age alumni in Claremont and Stanford. Closer to home, young alumni reconnected in Chicago at The Grid in November for a Happy Hour, while our alumni in college returned to campus in January 2014 for the annual Young Alumni Lunch in Reid Hall. During the heart of the cold Chicago winter, we gathered at Second City in Chicago for laughs and good conversation before heading to Florida in February for an evening cocktail reception at the home of Teddi and Dick Siragusa’53. Thank you to all of our hosts and attendees for coming out and celebrating LFA. Interested in doing something near your home or workplace? Let us know! Contact Director of Alumni Relations Ruth Keyso at 847-615-3268 (w) or 847-224-6072 (c) or

Above Left (l to r): Matt Stevens ’12, Jessica Anderson ’10, and John Luttig ’13 at Ike’s Place on the Stanford University campus in November 2013. Above Right (l to r): Elizabeth Duckworth ’10, Jake Rosenfield ’12, and Haley Wilhelm ’12 at Some Crust Bakery in Claremont, Calif., in November 2013.

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Alumni gather at the home of Maxwell Drever ’60 in Tiburon, Calif., in November 2013. (l to r): Albert Lee (husband of Sarah Pae ’99), Director of Alumni Relations Ruth Keyso, Gloria Chou ’06, Scott Zubrzycki ’03, Helen Chou ’04, Sarah Pae ’99, Courtney Cregan ’05, Head of School John Strudwick P’13, Chip McIntosh ’59, DeWitt Bowman ’48, P’74, JB Turney ’03, Director of the Academy Fund Christine Ryder P’15, P’17, Gail Amornpongchai ’04.

Head of School John Strudwick P’13 with Kasey Kim ’07 and Alanna Dillon ’07

(l to r): Jode Ryskiewicz ’86 with Craig Miller ’55 and his wife, Sharon

(l to r): Gabe Llanas ’96, Johnny Wilson ’03, Director of Academy Fund Christine Ryder P’15, P’17, and Cassie Llanas ’09

(l to r): Ani and Max Weissberg ’99 with Jason Delane Lee ’90

Andrew Godoski ’04 (left) and Kelly Perine ’87

(l to r): Justin Kim ’07, Director of Alumni Relations Ruth Keyso, Po Lin ’07, Steve Wang ’07 RINGING THE BELL



(l to r): Mallory Hanig ’07, Emily Morrison ’08, Kallie Francke ’08, Kathryn Ferguson Scodro ’08, Carrie Reyes ’07, and Laura Flaum ’08

(l to r): Andy Bateman ’07, Andrew Silver ’08, and Chris Gorter ’06

Jonviette McReynolds Lawrence ’01, Larry Cowherd ’02, Rhonda Roseboro ’00

Daisy Wood ’05 and Aaron Rubens ’05


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(l to r): Alicia Cressey Ward ’03, Willow Walker ’03, Warren Yancey ’05, Director of Alumni Relations Ruth Keyso, Michael Hopkins ’04, and Sara Jerez ’03

(l to r): Director of Academy Fund Christine Ryder P’15, P’17, Nate Hadsell ’98, Phil Gross ’98, Associate Head of School Bill Dolbee P’04, P’10, Artie Preiss ’04

Physics teacher Ed Shaughnessy P’14, P’16, P’17 with Sara Calfee ’05 and Petra Bakosova ’06

David Erbs ’08 and Katherine Wei ’08




(l to r): Jenna Madeley ’11, Jessica Gunderson ’12, David Lin ’11, Kamal Kariem ’12, Jerome Sacherer ’13

(l to r): Kurt Hanebrink ’13, Dr. John Strudwick P’13, Jane Strudwick ’13, and Tom Olivieri ’13

(l to r): Donor Records Manager Nancy Bateman P’08, Director of Alumni Relations Ruth Keyso, Brian Lunar ’10, Gabby Baldassari ’10, and Dean of Students Chris Tennyson Michelle Moon ‘11 and Sachi Patel ‘11

(clockwise from bottom left) Kalina Gajda ’13, Nadeem Bandealy ’13, Charles Gallagher ’13, and Greg Romanchek ’13


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(l to r): Nicholas Lawrence, Jonviette McReynolds Lawrence ’01, Margeaux McReynolds ’02, and Sue Peecher P’04, P’10 (wife of Bill Dolbee) (right—l to r): Alicia Cressey Ward ’03, Fran Crane ’05 and Matt Dotson, Artie Preiss ’04


Head of School John Strudwick P’13 with reception hosts Dick Siragusa ’53 and his wife, Teddi

Ferry Hall alumna Jean Royster Smiley ’56 (center) with Bondy Hodgkins P’82, P’85 and Gay Grumhaus P’86 (left) Ed Burg ’50 with his wife, Joyce (left), and Alison Siragusa P’73



Ferry Tales

Ferry Hall Prefects:

10 Years Later BY RUTH KEYSO In 2005, Lake Forest Academy introduced the role of Ferry Hall Prefect to the school. One female prefect was selected to maintain and preserve the traditions and legacy of Ferry Hall, the girls school that merged with LFA in 1974. Since its inception, the program has inspired 10 young women and deepened their understanding of their school’s rich history. In conversations with this reporter, nine former Ferry Hall prefects, along with the current Ferry Hall prefect, reflect on their experiences in this leadership role and offer insight into how the program influenced their life, their choices, and their role as alumnae.


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(l to r): Melissa Virella ‘05, Former Ferry Hall Headmaster John Bird, and Brooke Wesley Chapman ‘06 at LFA, 2005

2004-05 Melissa


“When I was the Ferry Hall prefect, it was a brand-new position at LFA. There was no recipe for what to do, or any guidelines to follow. The school was introducing some new traditions at that time—the Ferry Hall Prefect, the House System, House Cup competitions. It wasn’t until my senior year that I knew anything about Ferry Hall. I think, as prefect, I was a symbol for the Ferry Hall alumnae; they seemed happy and grateful to be represented at LFA. I’m so glad to hear that the program has taken off and that it means so much to the girls at LFA today to be selected to represent Ferry Hall. I had no idea the program would grow the way it has. I feel lucky to have been a part of making that happen; it was sort of an accidental honor for me. I wish I had known back then that the position would become so important and so coveted.” —Melissa Virella ’05, Chicago, Ill.

2005-06 Brooke

Wesley Chapman

“Before I was selected to be the Ferry Hall Prefect, the only contact I had had with Ferry Hall alumnae was as a volunteer for the phonathon. A lot of women were not happy to hear from me; they felt forgotten as alumnae. But that was in the beginning, when we were just starting to recognize Ferry Hall [more fully]. “I remember sitting with Nancy How Speer and Cecily Barnett Meers at a Women of Distinction dinner my senior year. ‘These are amazing women,’ I remember thinking. They talked about what boarding school was like in their day, what traditions continued, and how they had to go to Mass—not negotiable! Then, a couple of years ago, I rode the bus with the ladies over to the old campus during Reunion Weekend. We were looking through a ‘day in the life’ schedule from their time at Ferry Hall. They used to take all of their meals together. I laughed: I used to roll into Hutch and grab a bagel and cookie in the morning. “Now, as an alumna and a member of the Alumni Advisory Board, I get to sit in on meetings with alumnae of all generations. It’s great to see the light in their faces as Ferry Hall becomes more remembered today. Their legacy lives on—and what a legacy they’ve left. I always thought they were great women; I wanted to be like them one day. For me, Ferry Hall women had it all. They took what they learned at Ferry Hall and maintained careers and families. I learned about their history and where part of today’s LFA came from. I doubt I would be so involved with LFA today if it weren’t for my experience as [a liaison] on the Ferry Hall Advisory Board. I saw how much work and discussion goes into making decisions at a school. I want to be a part of this, to help move things forward.”

Brooke Wesley Chapman ’06 with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter, Sydney (top) Brooke Wesley Chapman ’06 with life trustee Nancy How Speer ’59 at the Ferry Hall Women of Distinction Celebration 2006

—Brooke Wesley Chapman ’06, Deerfield, Ill.



2006-07 Meredith

(below) Meredith Coburn ’07 with life trustee Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ‘73, P’03 (and Monty)


“My role as Ferry Hall prefect was to serve as a liaison to the women on the Ferry Hall Advisory Board. It was an interesting experience, as I felt that we students didn’t know much about Ferry Hall at the time. I learned about their traditions and was introduced to strong and independent women who had successful careers. It was obvious that these women were very connected to Ferry Hall; it was a dear place to them. It was great to see that the school had created such powerful bonds among these women–strong enough to last over many years. I used to listen to their concerns and ideas for initiatives and share them with my fellow prefects, serving as a bridge between our Ferry Hall alumnae and the LFA community. “I also remember Monty the Bear [Ferry Hall mascot] and how he became more visible while I was at LFA. He was even part of a senior prank. I thought this was a fun way to call back to Ferry Hall. And I hope the Ferry Hall women were proud that Monty was cool enough to be prank-worthy! “Being the Ferry Hall Prefect taught me a lot of life lessons. My interaction with Ferry Hall alumnae through this leadership position helped me transition to college and the world of networking. And, as I prepared to graduate from LFA, I started to think about the role I would play and what sort of alumna I wanted to be.” —Meredith Coburn ’07, Chicago, Ill.

2007-08 Imani


“One of my most memorable experiences as Ferry Hall Prefect was at the Ferry Hall brunch, where I had a chance to sit with alumnae and hear their stories. I remember the strong bond they had with one another. I compared this to my own high school experience and the camaraderie I enjoyed with my friends. Even though it was years later, the Ferry Hall women and I shared the same base of friendship and being there for one another. “I also remember the pride they felt as girls of Ferry Hall. They carried themselves as ladies—with poise and confidence—which Ferry Hall instilled in them. They had an experience that not a lot of people have in life: to go to an all-girls school. It’s great that they had that many women in one place at one time to support one another.”

(above) Imani Camp ’08 delivers remarks at the Women of Distinction celebration, 2008

—Imani Camp ’08, Alexandria, Va.


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Chelsea Stevenson ’09 with Nancy Neustadt Barcelo ’70 at the Women of Distinction Celebration, 2009.

2008-09 Chelsea


“I was the head female prefect and Ferry Hall Prefect my senior year. I interpreted the role as one in which I represented my class, the underclassmen, and the school; I was someone people could look up to. I am so grateful that I was able to be a prefect and to represent the school I love. I gained lots of leadership skills in the position through speaking at the all-school meetings, corralling my class, and addressing the student body at the opening of school ceremony in August. This prepared me for leadership roles in college. Looking back, I have such an appreciation for the role and being given such an honorable and exciting opportunity to represent everyone. I think it’s important for both the boys and girls at LFA to have an understanding of the history of our school and to embrace that we are now a co-ed school but that we once were single-sex institutions.” —Chelsea Stevenson ’09, New York, N.Y.

2009-10 Rachel


“One of the most rewarding parts of being Ferry Hall Prefect was interacting with Ferry Hall women, whether touring the old campus on Mayflower Road during Homecoming Weekend or participating in the Women of Distinction ceremony. I remember the diversity of experiences they had at Ferry Hall and how they used those experiences in their careers, with their families, and in maintaining their friendships. And I still remember their words of wisdom! One woman told me, ‘Never be photographed with a drink in your hand.’ I learned a lot about social interaction from the alumnae. In the Ferry Hall Advisory Board meetings I saw how teams work and how people brainstorm together. This definitely influenced my own leadership style. “I picked William & Mary for college because it was reminiscent of high school at LFA. There are so many traditions. On the first day of school at William & Mary, you walk through the Wren Building onto campus, where the entire school greets and cheers for you. This reminded me of the all-school handshake at LFA. And in my sorority, I was vice-president of chapter development, and one of my responsibilities was overseeing the rituals and traditions. It’s a role I find myself in repeatedly. I appreciate tradition, and I want to see the Ferry Hall traditions stay alive at LFA. I think it’s important for people today, especially the Ferry Hall Prefect, to carry these rituals on so that the Ferry Hall women have somewhere [familiar] to come home to.”

Rachel Fybel ’10 with life trustee Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ’73, P’03 and Head of School John Strudwick P’13 on Ferry Hall Day, 2009

—Rachel Fybel ’10, Williamsburg, Va. FERRY TALES


Hannah Jung ’11 with classmates on Ferry Hall Day (clockwise, l to r): Sandy Cho ’11, Cody Watson ’11, Holly West ’11, Hillary Werner ’13, Haley Wilhelm ’12, Hannah Jung ’11, Lizett Meraz ’11, Carina Baker ’13, and KC Chilamkurti ’11

2010-11 Hannah

Some of Hannah’s souvenirs from her prefect days include a photo at the Ferry Hall Chapel with Ferry Hall alumna Marj McNeil Spuzello ‘60


“To be Ferry Hall Prefect was to accept a humbling honor. I remember being told the news by Rachel, the Ferry Hall Prefect before me. I was so thrilled. And that excitement is still there, whenever I hear of Ferry Hall news or who became the next Prefect. The Ferry Hall Prefects are a kind of special sisterhood to me. One of the most rewarding things I was able to do during my year as Prefect was to introduce a session on Ferry Hall history into the Freshman Seminar curriculum. I recently looked back on a creative writing blog I kept at the time and found a post dated November 6, 2010. It was called ‘Ferry Hall Advisory Board Meeting.’ I wrote: ‘She was talking about creative ways to bring Ferry Hall alumnae together when she turned to look at me and said, ‘Projects like yours have lifetime trajectories.’’And right there I believed and confirmed that being Ferry Hall Prefect is so much more than carrying a name; it is to carry a legacy of these incredible ladies within me. “What I learned most about myself through this position was gratitude and humility. I believe I was the first—and perhaps only—non-American to take the position as Ferry Hall Prefect. In a sense, I was entrusted a history which didn’t have to belong to me.” —Hannah Jung ’11, Hanover, N.H.

2011-12 Jessica


“It was such an honor to be selected as Ferry Hall Prefect because I received the privilege of directly interacting with the Ferry Hall alumnae. I got to hear their personal histories and experience their joy when they were talking about their high school days. I remember taking a trip to the Archives in the attic of Reid Hall and going through old photos and other material with members of the Ferry Hall Advisory Board. They showed me photos from their dances and sports events, and talked about the yellow and white teams and which team they were on. “During the summer before my senior year I did a lot of research about Ferry Hall and completed a generational project called Walk in My Shoes for 4-H. It was about the history and traditions at Ferry Hall. It took first place at the Cass County Fair. I also presented it at the Illinois State Fair, where it won an academic award of excellence. I gave the poster to LFA for the Archives, which makes me happy knowing I made my own mark on Ferry Hall history. I love returning to campus and seeing the blend of current students with traditions from the past—how everyone wears yellow and white on Ferry Hall Day and how the House Cup gets students just as excited today as they were [for Field Day] in the past. I love the legacy of it all. I am really grateful for the opportunity to have been the one student selected to represent Ferry Hall for the entire school.”

Jessica Gunderson ’12 addresses Ferry Hall alumnae at the Women of Distinction celebration, 2011. Jessica’s award-winning Ferry Hall exhibit appears on the posters behind her.

—Jessica Gunderson ’12, Lake Villa, Ill. 18

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2012-13 Lauren

(below) Lauren Pugliese ’13 and John Luttig ’13 on Move-Up Day, 2012.


“I didn’t know much about Ferry Hall before I took the position as Ferry Hall Prefect. The summer before my senior year, I read the school’s history book (Many Hearts, Many Hands) to learn about Ferry Hall and approached the role with an open mind. One of the biggest things I did as Prefect was teach a seminar to the freshmen class about the history of Ferry Hall. I talked about the traditions there and which ones are still implemented today. I wanted the freshmen to understand the base of our school, to value our history. Jess Gunderson, who was the Prefect before me, also passed along a binder of information about Ferry Hall—speeches from former Ferry Hall Prefects, notes from Ferry Hall Advisory Board meetings, photos, etc. This was so helpful to use as a template. And I passed it along to the next prefect, Madeleine. I think the Ferry Hall Prefect role is really cool: there is only one representative each year, and it’s truly an honor to be selected. It shows that someone thinks you hold the true spirit of Ferry Hall.” —Lauren Pugliese ’13, Libertyville, IL

2013-14 Madeleine


“Being a prefect was something I always wanted. And if I could be the Ferry Hall Prefect, that was the best outcome I could imagine. When I arrived at LFA, Hannah Jung was my role model. She was a senior and the Ferry Hall Prefect at the time. She was so helpful to me. I saw how passionate she was about her role as Ferry Hall Prefect; I wanted to be her. “I loved being Ferry Hall Prefect because it’s a position that protects the history of the school. It’s a form of leadership that’s not too ‘in your face’; it’s about teaching. It was fun to go into the freshman seminar classes and teach them about the history of Ferry Hall and to be the first memory the freshmen have of Ferry Hall. Teaching those classes, as well as speaking at the Ferry Hall Women of Distinction brunch, spurred me to be strong-willed. I was shy when I arrived at LFA as a freshman. But through the public speaking, public relations, and community service I do in my role as Prefect, I’m no longer timid; it’s completely natural now to speak in public. I remember having the chance to interact with the Ferry Hall women at the brunch and to hear their personal narratives. They were so sweet; I wish we could preserve all of their narratives. It was so special that they shared them with me.”

(above) Madeleine Pattis ’14 carries the Ferry Hall flag at Move-Up Day, 2013. She is pictured with Andrew Halvorson ’14 (left) and Dija Diouf ’14 (center). (lower left) Madeleine Pattis ’14 speaks to Ferry Hall alumnae gathered in the Ferry Hall dormitory on the LFA campus during Reunion Weekend 2013.

—Madeleine Pattis ’14, Highland Park, IL FERRY TALES


All photos this section by George Pfoertner


Caxy Life We asked students, faculty and staff to identify their top ten favorite small, but iconic moments that come to mind whenever they think about their LFA experience. What we found interesting was how similar all their Top 10 Lists were. How many of these items are

Deji Akere ’15 and Chris Karamanos ’14 begin the day.

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Getting on the Caxy van at the train station in downtown Lake Forest ➢ The long walk from Warner or the student parking lots at 20

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Day students arriving on the shuttle from the train station in downtown Lake Forest.

Making their way to Morning Meeting.

Warner and Crown ➢ Morning rituals—turning off the alarm, brushing teeth, waiting in line for the shower, getting ready with your



Math instructor Joe Ward’s class in session.

Freshmen Julia Schroeder and Megan Seibert study in the Garden Room. roommate ➢ Breakfast in Hutch…Lunch in Hutch…Dinner in Hutch… ➢ Classes, extra help sessions with teachers ➢ Advisory,


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Dejon Brissett ’15 works out the formula with Math Department Chair Jeff Bateman.

Fine Arts Instructor Lauren Fowler consults with a student.

Morning Meeting, All School Meeting, Breaks ➢ Studying by the fireplace in Reid Hall ➢ Hanging out…in Crown and Fitz…



Chef Felix Rivera has lunch ready to serve in Hutch.

Students leaving Reid Hall at the end of the academic day.

Sophia Platcow ’16 rehearses with Director of Music Tim Plambeck.

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The girls basketball team on the Caxy van headed to an away game.

Meanwhile, the boys basketball team practices in the Glore Gym.

working out at Crown ➢ Rehearsals for plays, musicals and concerts ➢ Studying/doing homework in the library…study hours in



Perculiar Adimabua ’16 and Ayo Odebiyi ’15 studying in Field House. Difu Zhu ’16 has a homemade snack while studying in Warner House

Dorm feed in Atlass Hall—Sushi!

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History instructor and Dorm Parent Suzy Vaughn coordinates an evening activity with Ferry Hall residents.

Adam Donnelly ’14 studying in Atlass Hall.

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Keeping it All in Perspective ONE PART PERSPECTIVE, ONE PART SURREALISM BY CATHY MORRISON Reid Hall’s nooks and crannies are as visually interesting as its architectural focal points, making it a good spot for Fine Arts instructor Nick Smith to have his students set up their drawing boards for this lesson. Nick explains, “The assignment was broken down into two parts: The technique that they are working with is the use of linear perspective and being able to see and understand how to draw in one- and two-point perspective correctly. Also, they were introduced to surrealism, which is the other part of the assignment. They needed to take the information that they had and remake it into something new and different while utilizing perspective.” The students began by selecting and studying an “area within Reid Hall that

forms in order to create a mysterious and surreal composition.” In the next step, the students “used an ink-wash to create the various tones and values that make up the scene. Color ink was used to create emphasis and interest within the composition. Finally, finetipped ink pens could be used to create distinguished lines and add additional values from hatching and cross hatching marks.” In addition to the technical challenges and for some, first-time experience with the media, the student-artists were asked to consider surrealism in an historic context. Mr. Smith noted, “Surrealism was a movement that started all the way back in the early 1900s and was associated with creating work from ‘dream-like’ states of mind and focusing

Surrealism was a movement that started all the way back in the early 1900s and was associated with creating work from ‘dream-like’ states of mind and focusing on the subconscious

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showed obvious linear perspective.” Using what they had already learned about vanishing points, vanishing lines, horizon lines (or lack thereof), they were initially asked to employ edge tools and rulers to draw their Reid Hall observations in “correct linear perspective.”

on the subconscious. The imagery was both familiar and disturbing. It would ultimately lead to abstract art and abstract expressionism.” Students were prompted to explain their thoughts on surrealism and its success in the early 1900s.

From there, they took “this given information and transformed it by adding things, suggesting things or exaggerating things such as shadow, shape, and

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(top) Andrew Johnson ’16 focuses on the south end of Reid Hall’s second floor. (center) Claudia Jones ’14 (bottom) Sydney Brundige ’15

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Go Back Into the Woods A MUSICAL FAMILIAR TO LFA GETS A STEAMPUNK VIBE THIS TIME AROUND. In the Director’s Notes in the playbill, Director of Performing Arts Mark Dryfoos wrote, “I love this show. It’s one of the most complex that we have ever done, and it requires a cast that is imaginative, creative and quick on their feet. The show itself is dense in structure and difficult to sing. This year’s Winter Musical, Into the Act One is based on familiar fairy tale stories, where charWoods, was performed in The Cressey acters get their wishes fulfilled after hardship. In Act Two, the real world intrudes—wishes and reality clash. Sometimes Center for the Arts in February 2014 wishes are not enough.” Maddie McWilliams ’16 and Nick Lin ’17 as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. (top right) Chinara Hill ’14 as the Witch and Ellie Annibali ’17 as Rapunzel. (right) L-R Emily Meyer ’14 as Milky White, Stanton Cope ’15 as Jack, Sydney Brundige ’15 as Jack’s Mother, Tommy Clarke ’14 as the Baker and Chinara Hill ’14 as the Witch.

Mr. Dryfoos first directed this show at LFA in 2008 with “traditional costumes and a cast of 23.” He adds, “We went this time for a modern idea—maybe steampunk, maybe in the future—with more modern dress. Which, incidentally, the cast really liked. I also had a cast of 39 with ten people changing roles throughout the production.” (Audiences for the Thursday and Saturday performances saw a different set of actors in key roles than did the Friday and Sunday audiences.)



LFA Athletics “What matters most to me about hockey is the brotherhood it creates. Going through the ups and downs of a season creates a bond that can never be broken or forgotten.”

Sean Cleary ’14 protects the goal.

Caxy Goalie

Ranked 19th for 2014 NHL Draft

COME SUMMER, SEAN CLEARY ’14 WILL STILL BE THINKING ABOUT ICE. BY CATHY MORRISON When the National Hockey League Entry Draft commences on the weekend of June 27-28, 2014, a newly-minted LFA alumnus will be watching the proceedings with personal interest.

When I was first learning to skate, my mom would take me to the rink every weekend. She would tie two milk crates together and I’d use that to keep myself up.” When asked how he found LFA, he replied, “It was luck that brought me to LFA. I had been looking around on the east coast for a prep school because my old high school did not have a very good hockey team. My mom heard about LFA and that they were looking for a goalie from someone she plays hockey with. This person is Ms. Kelly’s dad. [Lauren Kelly, English instructor]. We got in touch with Coach Madeley and I came out to visit and loved it.” He’s found much more to love about LFA since his arrival on campus as a sophomore. “My favorite meal in Hutch is quesadillas. I love quesadillas.”

Playing goalie nearly his entire life, Sean said, “One of my earliest memories of skating is the rink I grew up playing in.

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Athletic Director and Prep Hockey Coach Darrin Madeley anticipates the Massachusetts native will play high-level Junior A hockey next year, saying, “He has continually improved his game year after year with hard work and humility. In all my years of coaching he is the first goalie I made a captain. That speaks to his dedication and the respect his teammates have for him. He’s a great kid and great representative of the school.”

About dorm life, Cleary avers, “Warner is the best place to live, without a doubt. It’s a close-knit community with people from all over the world. My sophomore year, Mr. Koenig was the Dorm Head and on Easter he hid eggs around the dorm. That was awesome because it was just like home. With Mr. Small as Dorm Head, he brings everyone together with dorm meetings, upstairs/downstairs competitions, and the room checks, where if it’s too messy you get the dreaded pickle. Warner is a home away from home.”

as hard as I thought it’d be. With the way school days are, if you use your time wisely you can easily get all your work done and not be stressed out while at practice, or during the weekend when there’s a game. LFA has prepared me for the next step and life by pushing me to become the best I can be, whether it’s in the classroom, on the ice, or in the dorm. Ever since I came to LFA, I have been encouraged by teachers, coaches, and friends.” Any high school coach will tell you a key part of the athletic experience is about making memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Sean notes that what matters most to him about hockey “is the brotherhood it creates. Going through the ups and downs of a season creates a bond that can never be broken or forgotten.” That bond is cemented by the camaraderie resulting from shared work—and fun. Coach Madeley said, “My favorite memory of Sean comes off the ice—sort of. I asked him and a few players in his first year to set up the benches for the team picture. After a while I heard noises on the ice; I looked out, and Sean was running around the ice in bare feet, pretending he was a NASCAR driver.” Sean remarked, “Every time I step out onto the ice, it’s fun. Even if I’m exhausted from school or staying up late the night before, it’s always fun to go out on the ice and I never want to leave.” How does one stay mentally sharp when most of the action is taking place at the other end of the ice and while wearing nearly 50 pounds of gear? “I like to track [the puck] and watch plays develop in the offensive zone to stay focused. A little singing and talking to myself or talking to my posts helps too.” That may be the only inside tip we’ll get—Sean is mum on pre-game playlists and rituals, saying, “Everything that I do before a game is a secret that no one knows about.” However, he does share some advice for the little kids just learning to love the game as much as he does: “Always have fun and enjoy the experience. Also, always thank your parents because they’re the ones waking up at five in the morning on the weekend to drive a couple hours to the game.” Imagining the future, Sean says, “Five years from now, I’d like to be doing something with hockey. If I’m not doing that, I’d like to be a firefighter, paramedic, or pediatrician.” Trying to picture coming back to LFA for a 25th or 50th reunion, he foresees “an incredible experience, coming back and seeing how the school has changed and improved, as well as seeing my old classmates and friends.” n

Working Hard at Playing Well AS AN ATHLETIC TRAINER, SEAN COCHRAN ’90 IS DEDICATED TO POSITIONING OTHERS FOR SUCCESS BY CATHY MORRISON In talking with Sean Cochran ’90, something Apple founder Steve Jobs once said comes to mind: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Sean manifests that sensibility, running his own athletic training center and business, Sean Cochran Golf Fitness ( In addition to performance training for junior golfers to PGA tour professionals, he has produced videos and books on the topic; written a number of articles for publications such as Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated, and speaks nationally at seminars and clinics. His work in professional sports began under the tutelage of Dr. Tom House, a retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners) and



LFA Athletics pitching coach for several MLB teams, including the Texas Rangers, working with Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Dr. House started a business working with professional baseball players in the San Diego area, giving Sean his introduction to the world of professional sports.

al baseball to professional golf in 2003, as Phil Mickelson’s golf fitness trainer. Since then Sean has had the opportunity to work with a number of PGA and LPGA Tour winners such as Corey Pavin, Brad Faxon, Peter Jacobsen, Shaun Michel, Hee Won Han, IK Kim, and Jennifer Johnson.

Sean served as strength and conditioning coach with the Milwaukee Brewers for a year before accepting a position in his adopted hometown with the Padres. After a few years with the Padres organization, Sean made the shift from profession-

Although he currently makes his home in San Diego, Calif., Sean remains a Bears fan, and was back in Lake Forest this past September for the BMW Championship. The Review caught up with him recently.

Favorite LFA Memory: Senior year, the experience of fall senior football season (1989) and our success on the field (an undefeated team). I remember that group of players, the overall enjoyment from start to finish, the team cohesiveness; it was an enjoyable experience, where we put in a great amount of time successfully united for a purpose. Least Favorite LFA Memory: Uniforms of coat and tie, I always looked forward to casual dress days. Most memorable LFA teachers: Bill Wallace, math; John Edgecomb, fine arts and ice hockey; Michael Strazanac, history— I remember he wore three-piece suits. Path to LFA: I came in as a junior, a day student from Libertyville. Path from LFA: I went to the University of San Diego, an academically-oriented school on the West Coast. LFA prepared me well; I found it a relatively easy transition because I was already familiar with academic rigor. My undergraduate degree is in Speech Communications, with a minor in Business Administration. (He has continued going back for additional education and certifications in his chosen field throughout his career).

Best day at work: I work with a lot of junior golfers at my training center. It’s a great opportunity to share knowledge with them and see the younger players begin to excel at their sport. It is also a very enjoyable experience to share and coach professionals; the rewarding days with both the professional players, amateurs, and juniors are when you see all your player’s hard work come to fruition and they’re successful.


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My father, he was important in my younger years teaching me a strong work ethic.


Tom House, who got me into baseball, mentored me; under his wing I became successful.


Trevor Hoffman, relief pitcher for Padres, 2nd in all-time saves; day-to-day, he went about his business, dedicated to his job.


Phil Mickelson, I have lot of respect for his sheer perseverance through the ups/downs of his career.

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Life is 10% what happens to me, 90% how I react to it —Charles Swindoll


No one has ever drowned in sweat. —Lou Holtz

Fun Fact: First job in baseball was in Greenville, Miss., with the Greenville Bluesmen. Something we might not know: He has a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a sport he took up in college. Advice to Athletes: Be dedicated to your sport and committed to the required preparation for success. It’s not about how much talent you have, but how hard you work. n

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First job out of college: I worked as a personal trainer at Frog’s Gym in Mission Valley in San Diego, local junior colleges, and at USD.

Advice to LFA students: Don’t worry about being absolutely sure of what you want to do going in to college—I changed my major three times. Study, educate yourself and do something you love to do. You’ll put in the time and energy if you love it, and when bumps in the road come along, it’ll keep you going. You need two important things: education and experience. Experience is the hardest part of the equation, so volunteer, intern, sacrifice. Know that there are 100 people outside the door who’d do your job. This is a relatively small community once you’re inside, so get a foot in the door as necessary.

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Dear LFA Community, Are you ready to make history?

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EDITORIAL Ruth Keyso Director of Alumni Relations— Major Gifts Officer CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Susan Hoagland Julie Kennedy P’08, P’11, P’13, P’15 Ruth Keyso Cathy Morrison John Strudwick P’13 DESIGN Sarah Stec PHOTOGRAPHY Ruth Keyso George Pfoertner PRINTING John S. Swift Co. LAKE FOREST ACADEMY 1500 W. Kennedy Road Lake Forest, IL 60045 (847) 234-3210

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jeffrey B. Keller ’87 Chair CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP Ruth and A. John Huss, Jr. ’58 Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs Catherine M. Waddell Campaign Chair Sandra F. Boles Patrick J. Carroll ’87 Susan D. Coburn Jim C. Cowart ’69 Merrill J. Ferguson ’72 Karl R. Gedge ’69 Lauren A. Gorter Richard R. Jaros ’70 Allan M. Kaplan ’72 Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ’73 Julie M. Kennedy Jeffrey C. Neal Ellory Peck J. Michael Schell ’65 Nancy How Speer ’59 Cynthia W. Yingling Robin G. Zafirovski HEAD OF SCHOOL John Strudwick

As Lake Forest Academy sprints to the finish line in its historic Campaign for LFA (which concludes on June 30, 2014), it needs the support of each and every one of its alumni, parents, and friends to Be a Part of Something BIG. You can do that by giving back to the school through the Academy Fund, LFA’s annual fund. The Academy Fund is the base of LFA’s fundraising program. Dollars raised support every element of school life, from technology and teachers’ salaries, to scholarships and classroom supplies for enhanced learning. The Campaign for LFA is a comprehensive campaign: annual fund dollars count toward the campaign total. By contributing to the Academy Fund, you join other committed and generous supporters who want to be a part of the school’s largest and most significant fundraising initiative. Remember: It’s not the size of your gift that’s most important; it’s the sentiment. Whether you are a first-time giver or one of our loyalty society supporters, we encourage you to make a gift at a level that is comfortable for you. Just as dollars for capital projects and funds for endowment have transformed the LFA campus since 2005, the Academy Fund, too, has left its mark. Dollars earmarked for this fund support the operating budget and allow the school to offer the best and most innovative curriculum for students today. This issue of the Campaign Update focuses on the Academy Fund and illustrates how your gifts are transforming lives, one student at a time. If you have not yet supported this marvelous institution, we hope you’ll start today. Your gift is critical in maintaining the school’s strength and vibrancy and ensuring that our students receive the best possible educational foundation for college, and for life. Spread the word. Give now. And Be a Part of Something BIG. Catherine M. Waddell P’01, P’03 Chair, Campaign for LFA

Yes, YOU are improving the lives of today’s students and faculty through your support of the Campaign for LFA.


As the Campaign draws to a close in June 2014, we’d like to thank the thousands of generous donors who have supported the school so mightily and invite others to join them by making a gift to the Academy Fund.

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Academy Fund dollars touch every aspect of school life: academics, athletics, arts, meals, scholarships, travel, extracurricular activities. The school relies on your generous support to keep LFA strong and able to compete with peer institutions for the best and brightest teachers and students. If the Academy means something to you and made a difference in your life, we hope you will consider a gift to the school today. Read on to learn how your support directly benefits today’s students and teachers. It’s not too late to Be a Part of Something BIG!



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Why I Give

“Lake Forest Academy was a crucial turning point in my life. At my public high school, my grades were so bad that my homeroom teacher told my parents I was not college material. In my first (junior) year at the Academy, thanks to the manner and content of the LFA teaching, the small classes, and my application of that teaching, I was ranked second in my class. I went on to graduate with honors from Amherst College and to earn an MBA from Wharton. This educational record was an important springboard for a very successful lifetime business career and a happy family life. All this would not have happened if I hadn’t had that crucial turning point at Lake Forest Academy. Each year since I graduated I’ve given to LFA as a continuing remembrance of all the school did for me.” ­ —John Todd ’46, La Jolla, CA

John Todd ’46 and his wife, Ann

“Before I came to Lake Forest Academy, I was a shy, timid 14-year-old not sure which direction I wanted to go in. The faculty, staff, and students at LFA helped me find that direction and build my confidence, thereby shaping me into the person I am today. From the moment I arrived, I felt a part of a loving, supportive community—something I felt during my entire four years as a student at the Academy. I wouldn’t trade my LFA experience for anything. That’s why I support the school so faithfully today.” —Casey Kennedy ’08, Boston, MA

Did You Know?

THE ACADEMY FUND Tuition does not cover the full cost of an LFA education. Tuition dollars cover only 75% of the cost of an LFA education. Where does the rest come from? Annual fund dollars, endowment draw, event revenue, and facilities rentals.



“Thank you for all of the support that LFA gives to my daughter, Ann. During the college application process, she received much help from her teachers and the College Counseling Office. Also, we want to give special thanks for the comprehensive education—academic, music, sports, etc.—that LFA offers to its students.” —Fan Guo and Guofeng Kong P’14, Xi’an, China

The Kong Family: (l to r): Guofeng Kong, Ann Kong ’14, Xiaoyue Kong, and Fang Guo

“I’ve been following, from a distance, big bets LFA is taking to improve facilities, student-teacher interaction, etc., and as an alumnus, I want to be a part of that. I benefitted greatly from a private education, both elementary school and high school, and believe it helped shape who I am today. Giving back to LFA, which continues to promote creative and independent thought, is important. It’s just the right thing to do.” —Peter Hamilton ’02, Cincinnati, OH

Did You Know? You can make a gift of ANY size to the Academy Fund. Participation matters! We want to see YOUR name in our list of donors. We appreciate gifts of all sizes.


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THE ACADEMY FUND Your gift can be directed any way you would like—athletics, scholarship, arts, etc. Let us know what resonates with you, and we will direct your support to that area of school life.

Why I Give “I give each year to the annual fund because I believe that it is in our collective philanthropy that we can make a difference. Though my gift is not nearly as large as those from graduates who have remained very close to LFA, I think that the Academy is striving to offer a quality education, and it needs alumni to support it. The education I received at Ferry Hall set the foundation for my academic success in college, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend. Today, private education is not as economically feasible for many families, yet the need to have a diverse and well-educated populace is more important than ever. If you value your education, then you should be willing to ensure that the students who come after you have as much—if not more—than that which was given to you. Although Ferry Hall no longer exists, its legacy is Lake Forest Academy. My modest gift each year is in celebration of Ferry Hall and my appreciation that the Academy remains.” —Anne Winton Black ’71, Canton, CT

“Ten years have passed since I was at LFA. Even though my memories of that time have begun to fade, the education I received has continually strengthened. LFA gave me the opportunity to develop as a student, a person, and as a citizen. I support LFA because I believe in its mission and evolution as an educational institution.” —Scott Zubrzycki ’03, Petaluma, CA

You can make a gift in honor or in memory of someone.


Want to honor a favorite teacher? Memorialize a family member who has passed? We would be delighted to recognize your gift in our annual report.




“Contributing to the Academy Fund has always been a simple decision for us, because LFA transformed the lives of both of our sons. When Matthew graduated in 2010, he left fully prepared for the next stage of his life, not just academically, but also as a mature adult fully engaged in the world around him. We see James on a similar path, albeit one that reflects his own strengths and interests. Our experience with the school could not have been more positive.” The Paige Family: Sonya and Mark Wolsey-Paige with sons Matthew ’10 (right) and James ’14

—Sonya and Mark Wolsey-Paige P’10, P’14, Lake Forest, IL

“After I left LFA, I went to college at Emory. The dynamic at Emory was similar to the Academy, but I didn’t develop the same relationships with my teachers as I did at LFA. I appreciated the tight-knit community that LFA was. For example, in advisory, I always felt a sense of belonging, a connection to the school. I can’t emphasize enough what the teachers and dorm parents at LFA did for me. It was these relationships that made me appreciate what I received.” —Shine Sun ’11, Atlanta, GA

Did You Know? Your gift will be used immediately in support of LFA’s students and faculty. Academy Fund dollars are used in the fiscal year in which they are received.


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THE ACADEMY FUND You can make a gift online at This is simple and fast. We promise.

Why I Give “LFA is a phenomenal place. When I reflect on my own experience as a student there, it’s clear that I have a duty to give back. I give for the ongoing and future needs of LFA; I give for the students who are there now and the ones who will be there in the future; I give because someone else gave before me and allowed me to attend LFA. It’s comforting to return to campus and see the familiar faces of staff (teachers, support staff, food service, etc.) who had a positive influence on me as a student and who are still there. This, I believe, speaks volumes about the type of institution LFA is.

The Kuli Family: Rumi Kuli ’93 and his wife, Julia Philip-Kuli, with their children (l to r): Elijah ’17, Isaiah, and Jena.

“I’m proud to be the parent of a legacy student who enrolled at LFA his freshman year. I enjoy hearing my son tell my wife and me about his experiences at LFA, experiences that bring back fond memories of my own days there. I can already picture his senior year Move-Up Day, when his sister is part of the incoming class, with their younger brother following a few years later. I look forward to seeing my children continue the tradition by sending their own children to LFA one day.” —Rumi Kuli ’93, P’17, Chicago, IL

“Lake Forest Academy offers a diverse and eclectic learning environment that helps develop students into professionals. Current students deserve the chance to experience all of the traditions LFA has to offer, whether in the classroom or on the playing fields. By supporting the Academy Fund, alumni ensure that the traditions and adventures that shaped their LFA experience get passed on to the next generation. That’s why I support the school annually.” —Rob Klein ’06, Chicago, IL

You can make monthly recurring gifts. How about $5 a month to LFA? That’s a $60 annual fund gift! Again, a simple and hassle-free way to give.



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LFA COMMUNITY MEMBERS LEAD DISCUSSION ON THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AT THE 9TH ANNUAL CHICAGO NETWORKING EVENT BY JULIE KENNEDY In its ninth year, LFA’s Chicago Networking Event continues to present topics of importance to the Chicago-area LFA community. Panelists representing LFA trustee, parent, and parent, of alumni constituencies gathered on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Northern Trust Company in Chicago to lead a discussion entitled Making a Difference: Community Partnerships. Presenting to a full house, this year’s panelists shared their insights into how their corporations and organizations make a difference through their efforts and outreach in the communities they serve. Specifically, they focused on engagement, outcomes, and their vision for the future. Of special interest to the LFA students and faculty in attendance, they touched on the critical role that educational institutions like LFA play in promoting a culture of social responsibility. After a warm welcome from Jana Schreuder P’14, President, Personal Financial Services, Northern Trust, LFA Head of School John Strudwick P’13 moderated a discussion amongst Mark Fuller P’04, P’12, trustee Gloria Harper P’93; Jennifer Grumhaus P’16, P’17 ; and Jim Reid-Anderson P’13, P’16.

“I have always thought that it is truly excellent that we bring about a dozen students each year to the Chicago Networking Event. It is an amazing forum and this year’s event allowed the students to see how corporations and organizations are reaching out to their local communities. As Lake Forest Academy’s commitment to service learning continues to grow and as more and more students participate in service opportunities provided by the Academy, this year’s theme was the perfect fit. Throw in the fact that all of the panelists are current parents or parents of alumni, including the Executive Director of North Chicago Community Partners, which is the community group that we partner with throughout the year, and we had all the makings for a tremendous day!” —Chris Tennyson, Dean of Students, Lake Forest Academy

Since 2006, topics have included: “Entrepreneurship in the Workplace,” “China, Inc.: Assessing China-U.S Business Relations and Opportunities,” “Brand Equity: What’s in a Name?,” “Home Run Investments and the Business of Sports,” “Global Corporate Citizenship,” “The Business of Education,” “Culture Chicago,” and “Technology: Innovation & Entrepreneurship.” The Chicago Networking Event continues to be a meaningful gathering of the LFA community to engage in discussions of topics that are current and keep us at the forefront of education. Special thanks to all of the panelists, the Northern Trust Company, and our guests for their part in making this an outstanding event.

(above) 2014 Panelists L-R, Mark A. Fuller, III P’04, P’12, Jim Reid-Anderson P’13, P’16, trustee Gloria Harper P’93, Head of School John Strudwick P’13, Jana Schreuder P’14, and Jennifer Grumhaus P’16, P’17.

JANA SCHREUDER is a member of the Northern Trust Executive Management Group and President of Personal Financial Services. Based at the company’s headquarters in Chicago, Jana leads Northern Trust’s private client and wealth management services globally, including investment management, fiduciary consulting, financial planning, private banking, and other advisory services designed to assist successful individuals and families in growing, protecting, and transferring their wealth. MARK FULLER, a Principal at William Blair & Company, LLC, is currently a co-manager of the Tax Efficient Growth team. Mark also works directly with a select number of families and institutions in a wealth advisory and portfolio manager role. He is a longstanding Board member of the Golden Apple Foundation. GLORIA HARPER currently serves as Chief Program Officer of the Golden Apple Foundation, a post she assumed in December 2006. Gloria has been involved with Golden Apple since she was nominated and became a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education in 1992. Previously, she enjoyed a 17-year career at LFA as a science teacher, Dean, dorm head, and coach. JENNIFER GRUMHAUS is the co-founder and Executive Director of North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP). Under Jennifer’s leadership, NCCP has grown into a vibrant organization that coordinates and implements impactful programming in five North Chicago public schools. The value of NCCP’s unique “community school” model has been recognized by state and local educational leaders. JIM REID-ANDERSON currently serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Six Flags Great America. Prior to his appointment at Six Flags, Jim was an advisor to Appollo Management L.P. and Siemens AG, as well as CEO of Siemens’ Healthcare Sector and CEO Dade Behring Holdings, Inc., a company that manufactured testing equipment and supplies for the medical diagnostics industry. FEATURE


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Henry “Duke” Ryan tells us, “My play Madam Ambassador, a political satire that has fun with America’s habit of giving its top diplomatic posts to party contributors, played to full houses at Washington’s Capital Fringe Festival last July. It was written under the name most of my LFA friends know me by—Duke Ryan. I am very thankful to LFA’s alumni relations folks who helped me publicize it among LFA-Ferry Hall alumni in the Washington area. Go to for more about this show, I hope you can all take a look.”


Jack Holloway ’50 clears the bar for the Caxy track team in the late 1940s. Photo: Chuck MacNab ’50



Ann Stebbins Sidles writes, “Margo Pinney Norris and I attended our 55th class reunion at Smith last May, and we encourage our other Ferry Hall classmates from the class of ’54 to return to Lake Forest in the fall for our 60th reunion. It would be wonderful to see as many of you as possible and it will be a lot easier to come to the 60th, than to wait for the 65th!”

Rev. Morgan Hickenlooper tells us that he is “continuing to enjoy retirement in NW Florida with my wife, Mary.”

Chuck MacNab was the Caxy and the Spectator’s primary photographer during his LFA days. He sent us this image and wrote, “This is a photo of Jack Holloway, one of LFA’s leading athletes of the time (and a classmate) taken by yours truly at an LFA track meet, probably sometime in the late 40’s. Don’t know the exact year but it sure was a looooong time ago! Jack and I both played football and were in great in shape then!”


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1961 Kathy (a.k.a. Mary Kathryn) Rusk reports, “As a member of the class of 1961 and one of the ‘finally came back after 50 year group’ for the 50th reunion, I am spearheading our third ‘subreunion’ since then for ANYBODY who would like to join us. We have approximately 12 coming so far, some husbands too! A few of us are meeting in Seattle (Kirkland, where I live), several days ahead of time, then driving to Manzanita, Oregon on March 31st, where we have rented, for a week, a LARGE house. Know much about Lewis and Clark? You will! How to make cheese? You will (Tillamook Cheese Factory), etc.! The Oregon coast is enticing in itself, though! If you want to join us, feel free to contact me: mary. or There are plenty of other small places to rent for two or more nights, as this is the off season. I have a good contact there, or let me know and I’ll give you some names. Cannon Beach is close by and lovely, too!”



in Phoenix, Joyce frequently meets with Barb Minas, JoAnne (Hollerich) Siebel, and Wendy (Miller) Patry for lunch. Everyone hopes that members of the Class of ’60 can return for another successful reunion in 2015.

Joyce Mesenbrink Standish of Lexington, S.C. and Phoenix, Ariz. writes that since the Class of ’60’s 50th reunion, she has exchanged Christmas cards with Alison (Guild) Gerlach of Salida Colo., Ann (Leman) Larson of Crystal Lake, Ill. and Lynn (Hellyer) Mathias of Winnetka, Ill. In spite of the cold winter, they are all well and enjoying their families. Joyce and Diane (Davis) McGonigle of La Quinta, Calif. have spoken on the phone a number of times and are hoping to get together in the Spring of 2014. She and her husband like to travel. In addition, when

Ferry Hall alumna Laurel Bye Kamen launched an exciting and elegant fashion collection—the Alloro Collection—for women who are recovering from breast cancer treatment. Laurel and her co-founder identified 20 challenges that women face from surgery, radiation and chemo therapy, then designed clothing to address those issues. The clothes and accessories are colorful and soft, while sophisticated and ageless. Editor’s note: you can view the website at or read this recent Washington Post article by scanning the QR code or using this link: style/laurel-kamen-started-alloroa-fashion-line-for-breast-cancersurvivors/2013/03/19/0b349c788ff1-11e2-9cfd-36d6c9b5d7ad_ story.html

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Thomas Kelley was profiled in an article titled “Constitutional Guardian” in the December 16, 2013 issue of Law Week Colorado in their Lawyers of the Year feature. He is a partner at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, and “is one of a small group of national lawyers who work in First Amendment cases.” For more, go to http://

Doug Baske and Mary Friedman Baske report they are retired and happily living in Ft. Lauderdale near their two daughters’ families, “four darling grandchildren age four and under,” their parents and her sister. Mary adds, “We truly know what being the sandwich generation is all about! Doug loves his fishing and goes out as much as he can! We celebrated our 38th anniversary in February and can’t believe this all began at Ferry Hall and Lake Forest Academy when we were 15!” Congratulations to the Baskes!

Chuck Matthews says, “I met up with Stephen Katz ’84, Katie Muster ’84, Tom Oliveiri ’83, and Kristin Rey ’83 at the Pump Room recently.



Phil Willkie writes that he ran into former classmate Bancroft O’Quinn while skiing in Telluride, Colo., in 2012. Bancroft immediately recognized Phil after not seeing him in 40 years. Bancroft is an ear, nose and throat doctor in Nashville, Tenn. Phil, still a radical and troublemaker, lives in Minneapolis. He had previously lived in San Francisco, where he worked on several local and national political campaigns.

Dave Ashdown shared exciting news about his latest musical project: Waiting for Henry, out of NYC with some old pals from his Colgate University days. He said, “We have been receiving humbling accolades, including a review in the Huffington Post, for our debut release, Ghosts & Compromise. Just another Caxy taking the road less traveled, hope you enjoy!” Here’s our website: Here we are on iTunes: us/album/ghosts-compromise/id618197448

Thomas Kelley ’65 named a Lawyer of the Year in Colorado. Photo Courtesy Thomas Kelley and Law Week Colorado.

Henry Meers and Cecily Barnett Meers ’69 have down-sized to a large apartment. While Henry is retired, Cecily is working for Providence St. Mel School, where she is the Librarian for the private PS–12th grade school. CeciIy also substitutes when needed, three weeks for three classes of Spanish 1, three weeks for lower school art, jr high Language Arts and several high school English classes, as well as various other walk-ins when needed. In addition, she runs the spelling bee, poetry contest and two annual book fairs.



Lea Prober Gorman (aka “Pea”) sent a photo from a recent trip to Canada featuring several Ferry Hall classmates.

James Gates lives in Elk Grove, CA, and has three kids, ages 26, 18, and 15. In reminiscing about his LFA days, he notes, “I arrived the same year as Walter Hoesel, headmaster. I recall his ‘changing of the guard’ philosophy. I played baseball at a high level, remember disassembling, studying 2001, A Space Odyssey in English class… and awkward encounters at Ferry Hall, when we were bused there.” He also recalls “many students and faculty, I marched in downtown Chicago against the Vietnam War, lived in two dorms, roomed with Greg Hutchinson. I remember Scott Anderson, Kim McCarthy, and so many others, and awesome teachers, i.e. Larry Boetch. I roomed with a guy named Dick Whitley as a freshman, and I remember Steve Kaplan. I could go and and on...”

Girls from the class of 1967 having fun in Stratford, Canada. Seated: Jill Fruchtman Lane, Martina Record McKinstry, Pea Prober Gorman, Margaret Messenger. Standing: Melinda Roberts Seager, Marcia Steinberg Fitzsimmons, Carrie Calkins Lambert, and Jodi McDonald Wilson

1970 In April 2013, Stephen Wade returned to campus for a full day of classes. That morning, he addressed an all-school assembly, tracing a history of two notable traditional Southern musicians who appeared at the school in years past. He also served as a guest lecturer in several departments, with these presentations largely centered around his recent book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press, 2012). Stephen Wade ’70, portrait by Mary E. Yeomans, ©2011. The Beautiful Music All Around Us, by Stephen Wade ’70 Photo courtesy of Michael D. Roux.

1981 Jeffrey C. Parker moved from the New Jersey/ Philadelphia area to Blacksburg, VA and into semi-retirement. “Lucky me!” he notes, adding, “My oldest son graduated from Hampshire College in May and my younger son is a junior at Temple University in Philly, majoring in musical theater. Best wishes to all my LFA friends!”

L–R, Stephen Katz ’84, Chuck Mathews ’83, Kristin Rey ’83, Tom Olivieri ’83 and Katy (Muster) Lintner ’84

Molly Ellwood Santisteven writes, “I’m living in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. with my husband, David, and our four kids. Two are in college; my daughter, Taylor, is at DePaul in Chicago, and my son, Mick, is at Colorado University at Boulder.”

1992 Michelle Levy and her husband David Blaustein had their second daughter, Bliss Elka, at home on October 5, 2013. She joins her sister, Adela Ru, who’s now three and a half years old. They live in New Rochelle, NY, where David reports on entertainment news for radio and television for ABC News.

1994 Michael Sieman and Michelle Dooley were married at the Armour House on August 30, 2013. Michelle attended Homewood Flossmoor, where she starred on the field hockey team. One of their first dates was attending a field hockey match between LFA and HF. Michelle is a designer, certified personal trainer and currently studying with the Institute of Integrated Nutrition to be a certified health coach. ( Michael recently launched a mezzanine investment fund, pursuing opportunities in commercial real estate. He can be reached at They live in Chicago, visit family in Lake ForCLASS NOTES


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est frequently, and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 20th reunion this fall. LFA alumni attending the wedding included John Sieman ’97, Brett Nerstrom ’95, Suki Harada ’94, Rachel (Dietzler) Padron ’94, David Copithorne ’94, Joel Sestito ’94, and Jason Larson ’94. The August 2013 wedding of Michael Sieman ’94 and Michelle Dooley in The Armour House on the LFA campus. Photo provided by Michael Sieman.



1995 Rebecca Makkai received a FY 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) literature fellowship for creative writing in December 2013. The award includes a $25,000 grant. Makkai is one of only 38 writers nationwide to receive the award this year. Makkai teaches at Lake Forest College, StoryStudio Chicago, and Sierra Nevada College. She is the author of The Borrower (a Booklist Top 10 Debut of 2011) and The Hundred-Year House (forthcoming from Viking/Penguin in 2014). She is also the author of numerous short stories, four of which have been selected for the prestigious Best American Short Stories anthologies. Makkai plans to use the fellowship funds for travel and research expenses over the next year. Rebecca Makkai ’95. Photo provided by Rebecca Makkai.

1996 Charlie and Nicole Cooper have two daughters. Lucy, age 4, and Elizabeth, 18 months. They live in Chicago. Charlie is still at JPMorgan and Nicole is a Speech Pathologist in the Evanston school district.



Katrin Binzel Ostwald moved from Germany back to the U.S. with her family—husband Mark, and their boys Tom, 5, Peter, 3, and baby girl Laura, born June 7, 2013. Katrin would like to stay in touch with classmates, her email address is


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Korin Wheeler King writes, “I am currently an assistant professor of chemistry at Santa Clara University in California. In addition to teaching lectures and labs in chemistry and biochemistry, I lead a research team focused on the environmental impacts of nanomaterials (for more, see:

er). The field is young and we are working with others to ensure that new products that include these revolutionary chemicals are not just effective, but safe and sustainable as well. The young researchers in my group have quickly become experienced in designing their own research projects and have developed expertise in some really sophisticated (and expensive) instrumentation. Being able to guide these young scientists and share my knowledge and enthusiasm has been incredibly fun, and it is worth noting that many of these research students are are only a year or so older than LFA’s current seniors. Writing this reminds me of my start in the sciences at LFA. Although I always had a fascination with the way things worked, LFA taught me the importance of a rigorous approach. While I was in graduate school at Northwestern, I met with Ed Shaughnessy (who I still want to call Mr. Shaughnessy) to discuss teaching the sciences. As I told him then, I still believe that a bad grade on one of his exams in physics (after a semester of all As!) my sophomore year at LFA drove me to prove my abilities and pushed me to focus. I have fond memories of LFA’s academics, particularly its cross-disciplinary approach. For example, although scientists don’t have a reputation as good writers or communicators, I believe LFA’s emphasis on writing across its curriculum truly gave me an edge and really helped me to be successful in my academic career. It is great to see that the tradition of excellence in the sciences is still strong at LFA. Korin Wheeler King ’97, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University. Photo provided by Korin King.

1998 Brooke Shoemaker recently joined the LAbased entertainment management firm Principato-Young Entertainment as a talent/literary manager, heading their new Chicago office. This news was featured in Variety and Hollywood Reporter in mid-February. You can read more at: and http://www.

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1999 Colin Holmes recently moved to Boston, Mass. He is an attorney with Governo Law Firm and is working in toxic tort litigation. He is engaged to be married to Laura J. Berry, an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, in October of 2014.

Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat V for valor, the Combat ction Ribbon and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Read more: /1173874/wilmette-native-us-marine-infantryofficer-recognized-top-leader-california-battalion#.Uw9T-bePLIX#ixzz2uXFZY3vI Max Bernstein ’04. U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer

2002 Natalie Yapo completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and did her residency at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She recently became a board-certified pediatrician and works as a fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at Comer Children’s Hospital. She lives in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.

2003 Willow Walker writes, “Hello to my LFA family!” Willow is currently working in non-profit education in Chicago. She finished school at Pepperdine University and went on to earn her M.Ed at UIC. Willow recently got engaged in October 2013 and has asked Sara Jerez and Elizabeth Chevalier to stand up in her wedding. Willow says she would love to reconnect with old LFA friends.

2004 Max Bernstein, a U.S. Marine infantry officer, was recognized as top leader in his California battalion. As recently reported in DVIDS, Captain Maxwell F. Bernstein, Weapons Company commander, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, was awarded the Lieutenant Col. Joseph R. “Bull” Fisher Award for superior leadership and motivation as a commissioned officer during an award ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 21, 2014. Bernstein, a 28-year-old native of Wilmette, Ill., and a 2004 graduate of Lake Forest Academy, led Marines during multinational exercises in Australia in 2013, including Exercise Talisman Sabre and Exercise Koolendong. As a first lieutenant, Bernstein served in a position usually filled by a higher-ranking major. His dedication helped the Marines succeed during an eight-month deployment to Okinawa, Japan, as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Bernstein is also a recipient of the Navy and

Olesya Salnikova and Sean Gilmore got engaged in November 2013. They are planning a spring 2015 wedding in Chicago.



Megan Gallagher wed Shaun Gosselin in September of 2013 in Lake Forest. The two met in college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), where they studied engineering. Megan and Shaun recently relocated from the east coast to the Chicagoland area. Eliza (Walters) Johnson and Cindy Nielsen, also alumnae of the class of 2007, were bridesmaids. Megan Gallagher and Shaun Gosselin nuptials. Photo provided by Megan Gallagher Gosselin.

David Klein and his wife, Lindsay, are expecting their first child in July 2014. Eliza Walters and Mark Johnson were married on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Lake Forest, IL. Eliza and Mark met as freshmen at LFA. Their wedding party included fellow LFA grads: Cindy Nielsen, Megan Gallagher Gosselin, Brett Myers—all from the class of 2007. First row L-R: Brett Myers ’07, Andrea Johnson Bent ’92, Mark Johnson ’07, Eliza Walters Johnson ’07. Second row L-R: Cindy Nielsen ’07, Austin White ’07, Megan Gallagher Gosselin ’07, Tom Gallagher ’11, and Andrew Carlins ’07. Photo: Susan Ryan



Nate Bateman ’08 and Courtney Faulstick were married on February 15, 2014 in the chapel at Lake Forest College, where the couple met. Their reception was held at Independence Grove. Bateman/Faulstick wedding, pictured L–R: Jeff Bateman, LFA Math Department Chair, Courtney Faulstick, Nate Bateman ’08, and Nancy Bateman, LFA’s Donor Records Manager. Nate Bateman ’08 and Courtney Faulstick. Photos provided by Nancy Bateman



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Unlocking Happiness FOR ALUMNUS, GIVING IS KEY TO FINDING MEANING AND SATISFACTION IN LIFE By Ruth Keyso For Dr. Bill Courter ’66, life is all about giving. Whether it was “giving his all” on the playing fields at LFA, giving back to his community as a doctor or giving charitably to organizations that have touched his life, Bill believes that giving is the key to satisfaction and happiness. “It’s one of the fundamentals to a good pathway in life,” says Bill, on the phone from his home in California. “Sharing and giving back allows people to reconnect with life.”

Dr. Bill Courter ’66 and his wife, Priscilla

Retired from his 30-year-long career as an administrator with the Orange County Health Care Agency and now focused on consulting and writing, Bill recently published a book, The Boomer Survivor Kit, detailing what he feels are the ingredients for a happy life. For him, connecting with others, following one’s passions, and giving back—through time, talent, and treasure—are crucial to this process.

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When asked advice for today’s young people, he draws on his experience as a psychiatrist and health care professional and years of counseling patients, both young and old. First, “Push aside peer and parental pressure and follow your passion,” he says, noting that sometimes the route we choose in life will not be the one that produces the highest income. But, he adds, life will be richer in other ways. Second, share. “Giving to family, your community, and to the people and organizations who helped you, actually improves our happiness,” he says. One of the ways Bill himself gives back is by lecturing on the topic of self-improvement and personal growth. His primary audience is baby boomers, people his age who are shifting from an income-focused life to a relationship-focused one. He hopes his anecdotes and advice, much of which appears in his book, will improve and enrich people’s lives, physically, mentally, and spiritually. As for his alma mater, LFA, Bill says he enjoys staying involved with the school and knowing that it is as robust and rigorous as he remembers. And he is proud to financially support its efforts to educate students today. “The reward is enormous in terms of self-satisfaction,” he says. n Dr. Bill Courter graduated from LFA in 1966 and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Williams College and his M.D. from New York Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California. Bill lives in Coto de Caza, Calif., with his wife, Priscilla. They have two daughters.

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2009 Rich Gallagher graduated from Drake University with degrees in business management and business marketing. He now works for his family’s business, Gallagher Corporation, in Gurnee, Ill., as a marketing specialist. Rich lives in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Judy Suh works at Leo Burnett Interactive as a motion designer, (editing and shooting video). She also does a lot of freelance videography, editing, graphic design, and web design and is always looking for new clients. In addition, Judy is working with a group of Northwestern theater graduates (White Elephant) as marketing director and one of the contributing artists for a multimedia performance going up in March in Bridgeport. Judy’s thesis short film, Portraiture, has screened at United Film Festival in Chicago, Tulsa, and San Francisco. It won the Best Student Film Jury Award in Chicago. The film is currently being submitted to various film festivals around the world. Visit Judy’s website at:

2011 Taylor Jenkins and two college friends started a run of 279km across Prince Edward Island on Tuesday, August 20 to raise money for a Canadian charity called Jump Start. They completed the equivalent of seven marathons in six days by the time they finished on Sunday, August 25. Taylor credits his running knowledge to his time on the cross country team at LFA. You can read more about their project here: http://www. article-3357776/Prince-Edward-Island-tip-totip-run-will-support-kids-sport-charity/1. Taylor talked with Dr. Strudwick about the plan to run a year ago at the 2013 Chicago Networking Event, knowing that Dr Strudwick has a home on the confederation trail in PEI. Taylor Jenkins ’11 at the 200 km mark, only 79 km to go. Photo provided by Kathleen Jenkins

Hannah Jung, a junior at Dartmouth, is completing an internship in Seoul with People for Successful COrean Reunification, an NGO which received special consultative status from the United Nations Economic and Social Council as the first and only North Korean human rights group. Hannah is considering a career in international law and human rights advocacy.

2012 Jessica Gunderson recently published her fifth novel, called The Sleuth is Mightier Than the Sword. She began a book tour for the novel this fall, and is traveling to local elementary schools around the area. She notes, “My book talk includes educating young students about the writing process, inspiring them to read and write their own stories, and signing copies of the novels for the students.”


Jessica Gunderson ’12 on her book tour Photo provided by Jessica Gunderson

Kamal Kariem reports, “Over the summer I attended an archaeological field school through the Institute for Field Research (IFR) in Oakington, UK, and I was just accepted into the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) at Connecticut College.”


2013 Allie Cedergren, a freshman at Michigan State University, took part in a freshman seminar abroad to Cuba in December 2013. The seminar focused on urban sustainability, with a lens on historic preservation and urban farming. While in Cuba, Allie toured historic towns, museums, an organoponic garden, Ernest Hemingway’s home, and took in a variety of cultural activities, including a Cuban baseball game. Allie is an international relations major at MSU, with a minor in environmental policy and Spanish. She hopes to study abroad again in the future to gain fluency in both Spanish and French.


Allie Cedergren ’13 on MSU’s freshman seminar abroad in Cuba. Photo provided by Allie Cedergren



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The Alumni Advisory Board was formed in 2013, integrating the Alumni Council and Ferry Hall Advisory Board. The AAB comprises 33 alumni of both LFA and Ferry Hall. Members range from the Class of 1954 through the Class of 2008. The goal of this volunteer Board is to engage highly motivated alumni to be wellinformed ambassadors for Lake Forest Academy, to provide a sounding board for the Head of School on matters requiring alumni input, and to establish an opportunity for the creation of ad hoc committees to complete specific, relevant tasks. All members attend an annual two-day meeting in April and are expected and encouraged to support the Academy in its educational, extracurricular, and fundraising initiatives. This year’s Alumni Advisory Board will meet April 25 and 26 on the LFA campus. 2014 AAB MEMBERS Mary Anne Ameter ’61 Derek Bagley ’06 Anne Bloomberg ’59 Colin Campbell ’56 Brooke Wesley Chapman ’06 Charlie Cooper ’96 Fran Crane ’05 Jessica Douglas ’96 Myron Ford ’83 Gail Gadberry ’85 Linda Parker Garard ’73 Jordan Grossman ’97 Terry Hall ’67 Mark Haupt ’97 John Ireland ’88 Nell Bruen Ireland ’88 Duane Jackson ’01 Scott Kaeser ’96 Loretta Kalnow Kaplan ’73 Mark Karstrom ’80 Darren Kelly ’00 Erik Kimble ’85 Mghnon Martin ’05 Cecily Barnett Meers ’69 Scott Meloun ’77 Artie Preiss III ’04 Ann Ridge ’71 Emily Sammon Curtis ‘91 Amish Shah ’92 Beth Petit Shaw ’75 Harriet Arpee Sherman ’54 Michael Simms ‘08 Coco Nazon Yisrael ’85


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4/9/2014 Dinner for College-Age Alumni in NYC Contact: Ruth Keyso at  /10/2014 Head of School BIG Celebration Event NYC 4 Contact: Julie Kennedy at  /3/2014 Annual Spring Gala 5 Contact: Sheila Moller at 5/22/2014 Happy Hour for Alumni of the 80s and 90s Fado Irish Pub Chicago Contact: Ruth Keyso at 6/12/2014 Young Alumni Happy Hour in Chicago

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 /14/2014 Retirement Celebration for Helen Delaney 8 Save the Date Contact: Ruth Keyso at Members of the Alumni Advisory Board discuss strategic planning at the Reunion weekend meeting in September 2013. Pictured are (l to r): Duane Jackson ’01, Artie Preiss ’04 (at white board) and Scott Kaeser ’96. Photo by Ruth Keyso.

Math instructor Brian Sheu and his wife Xinxiang (Kaylee) proudly announced the birth of their daughter Hannah Chen Sheu in January 2014. Hannah Chen Sheu, newest Atlass Hall resident. Photo provided by Brian Sheu

LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS TO WRITE AND READ AP EXAMS In addition to having been asked to write exam items for the AP Spanish Literature & Culture exam this year, Spanish teacher Stephen Johnson P’13, P’15 has been invited again to serve as one of the four Question Leaders (one of only two high school instructors in this role) for the AP Spanish & Literature Exam for 12 days this May in Cincinnati. Participating in the AP Reading is an opportunity to: • Exchange ideas with faculty, teachers and AP Development Committee members • Establish lifelong friendships with other professionals in your discipline • Provide valuable knowledge for scoring one’s own students’ essays French teacher Steve Ryder P’15, P’17 and Chinese teacher Ivy Jiang P’16 are each serving in a similar capacity in the AP exam process as well. Steve will be reading the 2014 AP French Language and Culture exam in June in Cincinnati, while Ivy will serve as a reader for the 2014 AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Ivy said, “This is my seventh year serving at the College Board’s AP reading. Being an AP reader offers me a great opportunity to know AP scoring standards and network with other AP Chinese teachers from around the world. “ Steve notes, “This is the first time I have

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done this job and I am looking forward to the experience. I am hoping it will give me more insight into how the exam is graded and help me prepare the students more effectively in future years.” DEAN OF COLLEGE COUNSELING TO SPEAK IN CHINA Jack Lewis has been invited to be a guest speaker on education and the American college admission process at the 4th Annual Invest in America (Shanghai) Summit and Exhibition, March 22 and 23, 2014.

1936 Malcolm “Weed” D. Vail, Jr., age 94 of Geneva, Ill. and recently of Sister Bay, Wis., passed away on November 19, 2013. He was preceded in death by his brother Henry “Budge” S. Vail ’40. He attended Lake Forest Academy, Deerfield Academy and graduated from Cornell University in 1941. After serving as a Naval officer in the Pacific in World War II, Malcolm worked with his father at H.S. Vail & Sons Insurance and then Northwestern Mutual. He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Betty; three daughters; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Save the Date LFA & Ferry Hall 2014 Homecoming & Reunion and A Decade of Gratitude: BIG Campaign Celebration QUESTIONS? Julie Kennedy Manager of Campaign and Events or 847.615.3298 Ruth Keyso Director of Alumni Relations or 847.615.3268 For more information:

CLASS NOTES With your permission, we will reprint your note in the Summer 2014 issue of the Review

Stever Aubrey, of Lyme, Conn., died at the age of 93 on November 3, 2013, surrounded by his wife and five children. He was pre-deceased by his parents and three brothers James ’36, George ’40 and David ’44. Stever grew up in the Chicago area, attended Lake Forest Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from Princeton University in 1943. Stever and his three brothers served in World War II. After the war, Stever followed in the footsteps of his father, a partner in the Chicago firm Aubrey Moore and Wallace, and began his distinguished 40-plus-year career in the advertising business in New York at J. Walter Thompson and other prominent agencies. Stever is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sally Hixon Aubrey, as well as their five children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

1941 Alice Hobart (Johnson) Horne of Tucson, Ariz., passed away on January 13, 2014. Alice grew up in Clinton, Iowa, and graduated from Ferry Hall. She received a BA degree in English and French from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and earned an MA in Library Science from the University of Southern Connecticut. For many years, Alice was the librarian for the middle school (junior high) in Ridgefield, Conn., where she lived from 1957 to 1980. Alice is survived by her husband of 33 years, William McHenry Horne, Jr.; her former husband, Robert L. Johnson of Ridgefield; her three children; two step-children,

and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Hobart, and nephew David Hobart.

1943 Margaret Crosbie Sweet McEvoy passed away on December 1, 2013. Margaret attended Ferry Hall, and Briarcliff Junior College. She is survived by her husband John McEvoy of The Woodlands, Texas, their four children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

1944 Shirley Peters Fairvalley of Hilton Head Island, S.C. died September 15, 2013. She attended Ferry Hall, graduating as class president. She attended college at the University of Illinois. An accomplished artist, Mrs. Fairvalley had many originals sold. She spent a decade as a realtor in Riverside and had a modeling career for Bonwit Teller in Chicago and Oak Brook, Ill. She is survived by husband Jay, a daughter, son and four grandchildren.

1945 Mary Suzanne Kurten Held passed away on February 15, 2012. She is survived by her brother and four children, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

1946 Jo Ann Brown Graham, 85, of Evansville, Ind., passed away Monday, January 20, 2014. After graduating from Ferry Hall, she attended DePauw University, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Art. She worked as an Office Manager at Indiana Southwestern Mental Health and was a member of PEO, Junior League, Tri Kappa, and McCuthanville Garden Club. Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Graham, Sr. and one son. She is survived by two sons, and three grandchildren.

1949 Evanston resident Catharine Failey Hamilton Markey passed away at the age of 82 on December 23, 2013. She is survived by five children, and twelve grandchildren. She attended



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Forging Friendships That Last By Lori Rewick Simon ’70 There’s this thing about friendship. Like life, it ebbs and flows; it waxes and wanes; has its peaks and valleys. Yet a good friend is a constant reminder that life is precious and the moments shared, however fleeting, are treasured gifts. Suzanne Johnston DeLamater epitomized friendship. A listening ear, a straight man to the comic, a giver of heart and soul, and a seeker of the best in everyone. To be present in her company was to feel better about yourself and others. A glimpse at a Ferry Hall yearbook is a quick look into Sue’s time there. A May Queen Princess, Senior Class President, a member of so many clubs, and a non-member of any clique. Accepting, trustworthy, kind, and considerate, Sue was admired and respected by students and faculty alike. Sue and I arrived the same day in 1967, sophomores in a new world. Sue had the good fortune of her sister, Pat, leading the way at FH. Both witty and wise women. Full of life and love. After college, and about ten years of infrequent communication, I was offered a job in Buffalo, N.Y. I remembered that Sue lived there and it allayed my fears of this new situation because I knew Sue. Once you “knew Sue,” her constancy was the comfort. We deeply re-

the downs in her life were as painful as the ups were delightful; for some reason, Sue had an unfair amount of downs. Sue’s talent was everywhere, always present in her life, in many forms. Whether she was doodling or actively creating, she had a sense of shape and form and imagery that was inventive and creative and unique. The products she leaves behind are a testament to her skill and her desire to add beauty and whimsy to the world around her. She will always be ‘SJ’ to me.” And “SJ” she was. Whenever I see a bird, hear a nature sound, or walk a labyrinth, it all seems so “Sue-ish,” which is a term she coined to describe her own style. Nancy Neustadt Barcelo ’70 remembers Sue as “Always a friend. She may have had life’s challenges as we all do, but she was simply a friend and easy to love. When I think of Sue, I think of her always creating...crafts, little knit animals, art projects...pure creativity. Sue loved nature. She just loved it. She didn’t spout it. She was quiet, deep, present, kind, caring for all people and all creatures and loving the beauty of the natural world around her. What a blessing to be reconnect with such a beautiful soul after 40 years. I see her in every owl and in every circle of friends.” And reconnect we did! Katie, Nancy, Con-

You have to make the good times yourself; take the little times and make them into big times and save the times that are all right for the ones that aren’t so good. connected in Buffalo and had the opportunity to live near one another in Phoenix. Precious times, precious memories. My children and husband loved Sue as much as I did. She became “daughter 2 ½” to my parents. Katie Warner Miller ’70 says, “The two words that come to mind in relation to Sue are ‘genuine’ and ‘talent.’ Sue was simply Sue; what you saw, you got. Whether the short hair cut, the circle pin, the wide grin, the twinkle in her eye—she had no airs or pretensions, but was all in, everyday, all Sue. And that’s why


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nie Rakowsky ’70, Sue and I shared memories, laughs, hugs and tears over the past four years. Too-brief reunions filled with love. Connie says it so well. “I think Sue was one of the most courageous people I’ve known. Not only was she courageous in her struggle with the cancer beast, but in life. She was brave enough to be Sue—she was always Sue, which is a wonderful thing to be. But people don’t usually believe in themselves. She wasn’t self-absorbed, boastful or self-centered. That’s not who she was. She was not what anyone else wanted

Susan Johnston DeLameter ’70. Photo provided by Lori Rewick Simon

her to be. She was wholly herself. Not many of us can say that. I loved her and miss her terribly even though I didn’t see her for decades.” And me. I miss my friend. My sister from another mother. I am grateful for my time with Sue as her light brought joy and peace to my life. I am grateful to Ferry Hall for allowing the space to forge relationships that last for decades. Grateful for the compassionate care that Pat and Lee provided in Sue’s last days. And eternally grateful to my other FH sisters for lightening the burden of grief that I feel on the loss of a dear friend. Sue’s senior yearbook quote was from Rod McKuen’s “Listen to the Warm.” You have to make the good times yourself; take the little times and make them into big times and save the times that are all right for the ones that aren’t so good. Sue, you were all this and so much more. Words cannot express everything that made you so “Sue-ish” yet when I see the wings of a hawk overhead, I feel you in my heart. n Sue passed away October 19, 2013, from pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

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Ferry Hall and Indiana University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, graduating with a double major and with honors. She lived and raised her family in Highland Park for over 30 years.

1950 Lester D. Temkin passed away on November 27, 2013, in Delray Beach Fla. He was preceded in death last April by his beloved wife Harriet Kelman, and is survived by sons Steven Temkin ’73 (Laura), Randy Temkin (Julie), and Daniel Temkin; grandchildren Max, Ross, Jordan, Elizabeth and William. Memories of his days at LFA were foremost among his most cherished; the friendships he formed and the lessons learned shaped the man he was.

1957 John Gibbons “Gib” Zeratsky, of Green Lake, Wis., passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 Gib left his mark at LFA, serving as a class officer every year and class president for three years. At University of Wisconsin-Madison, he received his Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. After graduation, Gib was the first member of his (the third) generation to work at National Rivet & Mfg. Co. in Waupun, Wis., the family business. He worked there for 53 years, from the factory to the Sales Department and progressing through various executive positions to become Chairman of the Board. Survivors include his wife, Katherine (Katy) Zeratsky, brother & closest friend, Andrew (Debbie) Zeratsky ’64; two sons and one daughter; two grandsons and three granddaughters, and one niece.

1959 Charles Henry Racine passed away January 7, 2014. At his LFA graduation, Chuck was awarded the American Legion School Medal Award. He also served as Secretary of the Service Society and was Editor-in-Chief of the Spectator. Chuck enjoyed sports, lettering in football, hockey, and tennis. After LFA, Chuck graduated from Dartmouth College, and received a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Duke University. In 1977, he married Marilyn Middleton. Chuck and Marilyn owned and operated several farms in northern Vermont from 1975 to 2007, where they made maple syrup, grew Christmas

trees, kept bee hives, and raised large flocks of sheep. Chuck also worked in a variety of academic, research and natural settings throughout his life, including at the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, and North Carolina State University, and conducted field work in the eastern U.S., the Galapagos Islands, and Alaska. In 2007, Chuck and Marilyn retired to Edenton and later Pittsboro, N.C. While living in Edenton, Chuck and Marilyn co-edited the book Between the River and the Sound: The Architectural Heritage of Chowan County, North Carolina, which was recently published. Chuck inspired his family and friends with his love of nature and boundless energy. His natural, easy curiosity about people made him a vivid conversationalist. He was funny, brilliant, irreverent, and very caring. He will be greatly missed. Chuck is survived by his wife, Marilyn, brother William (Nancy) Racine ’62, brother Ross (Nancy) Racine, one niece, and four nephews.

1970 Suzanne Johnston DeLameter passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013. She was 61 years old. A former arts director at Cooper-Riis, Sue was an accomplished artist who strived to work in careers that used her creativity to its fullest. She also felt a spiritual connection to nature and especially to animals. She is survived by her son; mother and sister.

1972 Roy Burlew III passed away in the fall of 2013, no further information available at presstime. Wendy Westrate passed away in August 2013, no further information available at presstime.


William Shaw Broeksmit, age 58, died January 26, 2014 in London. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Alla Broeksmit; his son, Valentin Gregory Broeksmit; two daughters, Alessa Murray Broeksmit and Katherine Shaw Broeksmit; his mother, Jane Broeksmit, and his sister, Laura and two brothers John ’75 and Peter ’71. All whose lives he touched will miss him profoundly. Bill was born in 1955 in Chicago, the son of the late Rev. John Shaw Broeksmit, Jr. ’38 and Jane Murray Broeksmit. He was raised in Illinois and graduated from Lake Forest Academy in 1973 and from Claremont

McKenna College in 1977. He earned an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1982. He started his banking career with Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago. He held senior positions at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank in New York and London and had recently retired from Deutsche Bank.

1984 Andrea Carden Kithianis, age 41, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Mrs. Kithianis was a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and was a former board member of the S.C. Autism Society. Surviving, in addition to her mother and her husband, and her father and his wife, are her husband, Jeff Kithianis; one son; two daughters, and one niece.

Making a

Planned Gift

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Legacy gifts are a great way to show your appreciation to your alma mater and to ensure the school’s financial security for years to come. It’s simple to make a legacy gift to LFA. Visit the planned giving pages of the LFA website for more information or contact Director of Alumni Relations-Major Gifts Officer Ruth Keyso at or (847) 615-3268. If you have already made arrangements to leave a legacy gift to the Academy, please contact us so that we can recognize you in the Richards & Tremain Society, the planned giving society at LFA. Thank you for treating the Academy like family by remembering the school in your estate plans.





Our Tradition of Giving Back When you receive our current day appeals (like the one on the facing page!), you are invited to participate in a long-standing LFA and Ferry Hall tradition of giving back to the school. By giving back, you’re actually looking forward. The future truly is in your hands when you support today’s students at your school. Ferry Hall annual giving appeal 1953

“Good News”  —Ferry Hall 1931


“Did you have Ferry Hall in mind when  you made your will? ... Your bequests will reflect your interests and the objects, charitable, religious, educational, which you think worthy of assistance and  encouragement. Will you not include Ferry Hall among them?”


“The Alumni Spectator”  —Lake Forest Academy December 1938

“It is your privilege as an ‘old boy’ of  LFA to be constantly on the alert—ever vigilant—for the opportunity to  direct much needed funds toward the  advancement of your school.”


“The Alumni Spectator”  —Lake Forest Academy June 1943

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“You will be interested in the reports of the newly established Alumni Fund. So  far, from 96 contributors, we have received a total of $1542.00. These gifts, ranging  as they do from $1.00 up, are extremely helpful to the school.”

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In this final year of the Campaign for LFA, your Academy Fund gift is “A Part of Something BIG” and gets LFA closer to a record-setting 1,000 alumni donor finish line. Make your gift today. Go to Every gift counts, no matter the size.


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With YOUR support, this transformation will be complete and open in August 2014.




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Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 6:30 pm Cocktails, Program and Dutch Auction* The Cressey Center for the Arts Dinner and Dancing to Follow in Reid Hall


Cocktail Attire | Valet Parking | RSVP by April 25 To learn more about this year’s Gala, please visit:


Journalism and seminar classrooms, plus student study spaces, have a dedicated home in Lower Korhumel.

The three-year transformation of LFA’s academic space culminates with funding dramatic improvements in Upper Corbin and Lower Korhumel.

Present The Spring Gala


Centralized office spaces provided in Lower Korhumel for Deans of Faculty & Curriculum and Pluralism & Multicultural Affairs.


Together, the entire community celebrates LFA at the Spring Gala.



Entire Dean of Students team is located in one convenient spot for ease of access by and assistance to LFA’s student body.


New spaces feature larger windows, increased light, new furnishings, wider hallways, and updated technology infrastructure.


Nine state-of-the-art classrooms and a study area consolidate the Language Department and ESL in Upper Corbin, promoting creative collaboration.


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*A Dutch Auction is one in which an auctioneer invites guests to raise their paddles in support of school projects at the level of their choosing. The auctioneer recognizes bids by calling out paddle numbers. Arrangements for anonymous or absentee bids can be made by contacting Sheila Moller in advance at or call 847.615.3238.


The Spring 2014 issue of The Review features a photo essay on A Day in the Caxy Life, the alumni profiles, news from around campus and much...

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