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The Harley School. Commited to our motto, “Become what thou art.�

2010 Summer

Man on a Mission | Harley Community How To ... Re-Raising The New Harley Barn

Feature Stories 12 Re-Raising The Harley Barn

19 A Harley How-To Guide

30 Man on a Mission




Members of our community share “How To...”

From Harley to outerspace— Rob Staehle ’73 shares his NASA experience.

The new Harley Barn is designed to inspire intellectual curiosity as middle schoolers explore science.

Contents 4 letter from the Editor

5 letters TO THE EDITOR

6 letter from the Head of School

7 New at Harley: The roadside Wall

8 2010 Commencement and college matriculation


10 Sports


24-25 1000 words

On the cover

29 2009 PAGEANT

How To… Create a Magazine Cover In this case, it takes a relevant idea, a few

34-43 Class Notes, Former Faculty and Staff; IN MEMORIAM

opinions, an award-winning illustrator, and a seasoned photographer with a very large light, a ladder, and a keen sense of balance, to draw, cut out, mount, create, compose, light, and

44 Making an Impact

photograph. In other words, a little bit of teamwork...pictured are Julie Wright, Lisa Osborne Lange ’74, and Ken Riemer


setting up the cover photograph of this issue.

What I’ve Learned

46 Become What Thou Art

We are building.

Summer 2010 Head of School

Timothy R. Cottrell, Ph.D. EDITOR and Publisher

Aimee J. Lewis Art Director and Designer

Lisa Osborne Lange ’74

In 2011, we will break ground for the new Harley Barn. A reclaimed western New York timbered byre, The Barn will be a state-of-the-art new Middle School science center with project space and meeting areas for students to explore sciences first-hand. [see story on page 12] The Barn is more than just a building—it’s a connection to our past and a promise to our future. The physical structure will remind us of Harley long ago, when it was situated in a converted barn on this very land at 1981 Clover Street. The new barn will help further Harley’s standing as a school that engages students in science and ignites their curiosity for the natural world. But at Harley, we aren’t just building buildings. We’re building relationships. We’re connecting with alumni, parents, and students every day to learn more about who makes up our community. We’re in touch with alumni across the country and planning gatherings to share experiences, news, and ideas. We’re learning about the strong connection people feel to this great school, our history, and our future. In this issue you’ll find our cover story on “How To … ” As we connect with each other and learn more about our community, we share our collective knowledge. Who among us really knows how to cook, travel, wear a kilt, or sneak a nap? Find out in “How To” on page 19. As we build, we learn more about who we are—our foundation, our community, our history. Please share your stories and experiences—and join us as we build.

Director OF Development

Tonya R. Taylor

Development and ALUMNI RELATIONS staff

Abby Kraai ’04, Karen Saludo, Anne Townsend, Jenna Wainwright COPY EDITOR

Ceil Goldman Contributing writers

Betsey Osborne, Karissa Raymond, Jenna Wainwright Contributing Photographers

Denise Batiste, Walter Colley, Brady Dillsworth, John Griebsch, Ken Huth, Aimee J. Lewis, Tim Malone, Ken Reimer The Harley School

1981 Clover Street Rochester, NY 14618 (585) 442-1770 x 3033 Becoming Magazine welcomes letters from readers. Please send correspondence to the above address care of Becoming Magazine editor. Letters may be edited for publication. Becoming Magazine is published by The Harley School. E-MAIL QUESTIONS and STORY IDEAS

Aimee J. Lewis Editor


Send address changes to: Becoming Magazine The Harley School 1981 Clover Street Rochester, NY 14618

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Our readers wrote in response to our new magazine format.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Thank you for a well-done publication! I really enjoyed your new format and found that I still have, and refer back to the magazine. I look forward to the next one, where I can read more about what our alumni are doing out there in the world! Keep it up! Best, Linda H. Arnold ’83 Longmont, CO Dear The Harley School, I want to let you know how much I enjoyed the last issue of Becoming Magazine. It’s always a pleasure to hear about the wonderful ways in which the School renews its mission and I get a kick out of reading about what fellow alumni are up to. I couldn’t be more impressed with the direction Harley has chosen for itself. From its hospice program to the organic garden to an ever-evolving curriculum, Harley seems committed to offering its students an array of activities that responds to and prepares them for the demands of contemporary society. Best of all, Harley does this even as it remains firmly rooted in its essential mission—to create joy in learning. I would be remiss not to mention the magazine’s layout and design. With its glossy cover and polished content, it could easily be mistaken for a copy of Smithsonian. Best, Matt Present ’04 Rochester, NY Kudos to the team responsible for the redesign of Becoming Magazine. It is an understatement to say you nailed it. The evolution of the rich content coupled with the professional design and art direction is tremendous. It is delightful to get more exposure to the stories of our alumnae, yet the piece embodies everything so true to Harley today—creative, inspirational, diverse, educational, and just a wonderful experience … even down to the tactile nature of that recycled paper. Can’t wait to devour the next issue. Congrats. Leslee Trzcinski (parent of Sophia ’18) Canandaigua, NY

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The Harley School 1981 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14618

Across America, in the 18th and 19th centuries, when a family moved to a new area, neighbors would come together and help build a barn. These gatherings forged the bonds of community and created a social network that spanned the life of the family and farm. As a metaphor, a barn raising is rich with images of both individual and group effort: bonds of friendship and of bringing something substantial into reality. It’s hard to imagine more fitting imagery for the experience of a Harley education and the journey from childhood to young adult. This past year was the first phase of our campaign to re-raise the barn. As we traveled the country hosting Harley events and meeting individually with many alumni, we shared memories of the past, stories of the present, and a vision for the future of our school. These were conversations that echoed the fact that our school is one built on and fueled by relationships and community. Harley has and continues to be a place that manifests all the best qualities of the great American tradition of barn raising. I’m not sure if Louise Sumner was aware of the philosophical resonance between her young school and the traditions behind the structure she purchased at 1981 Clover Street, but it was a match made in heaven. Pause a moment and think, “Who were the carpenters of my education, my growth to adulthood?” There are countless stories spanning the last 90 years with names such as Utter, Whiting, Windholz, Hewey, Ewell, Wadsworth, Laimbeer, Parsons, Dalton, Lasser, McGuire, DeSantis, Fallon, Soanes, Wilcox and so many more in the role of craftsperson of a life. “He taught me to write,” “Her class was where I fell in love with languages,” “I didn’t know I was good at math until she helped me see it,” and “What he taught me, helped guide my life.” Memories of group efforts, “We were the world’s worst football team, but we had fun,” and of lifelong friendships, “We were so rebellious in the late sixties we flew in separate directions, but now it is as if we’d been together just yesterday” are connections widely shared within the Harley experience. Ours is a school that helped bring so much substance to so many of our lives. A celebration of our founding and history is one rationale for re-raising the barn; it connects our past with the present. But there are equally if not more compelling reasons to do so that are essential for Harley’s future. The 21st-century version of our new barn will be at the forefront of education spaces, nationwide. The programs housed within merge timeless elements of education such as project-based learning with emerging ideas such as education for a sustainable future. We will grow programs of distinction, such as our international hospice corps, and reinforce Harley fundamentals such as a commitment to a student-led democratic process. Our School in a sense has come of age, as much of what is considered essential to a Harley education is our commitment to the creative process, individual responsibility, and instilling a life-long love of learning—now widely recognized as the desired outcomes of an education for the future. We are in a wonderful position from which to continue our tradition of bravely embracing leadership in new education opportunities. As we approach the centennial anniversary of the School in 2017, the time between now and then is one in which all of us have the opportunity to engage its future. Those of us honored to lead Harley during this period are committed to revitalizing and invigorating the relationships that define our history and present. Let us know if you would welcome a visit or are interested in hosting a regional gathering. We will come and share memories, stories, and vision, for these are the connections that create the metaphorical ropes from which together we will hoist the future of our school. Think about Harley, find your connection, and give it a tug. Test its measure and join with us as we pull in harmony to ensure that our school has another century of growth, opportunity, and education for future generations of Harley students.

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what is

New at Harley The ancient craft

The project was made possible through a gift from the Sands-Stern Family Foundation designated for beautifying the School’s Clover Street landscaping. Melissa McGrain-Stern shepherded the project, spending countless hours in the concept, design, and construction of the wall. A dedication ceremony is planned for the fall.

of dry stone walling was used to construct a remarkable stone wall at The Harley School. Master stonewallers worked carefully and diligently for several months to create a wall that is both functional and a work of art.

Dry stone walling is the art of placing stone in such a way that gravity and friction hold the rock together. In the tradition of the craft, no cement or mortar is used in the process, but stones are shaped to fit together as a puzzle. Master stonewaller Chuck Eblacker, of Eblacker and Stone in Rochester, shared his expertise with Harley students while he constructed the wall. He also invited visiting stonewallers from around the world to join in and teach Harley students. Eblacker is a member of the prestigious Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

It was the desire of the donor families to engage the entire Harley community in the project. Students had the opportunity to be involved through an Upper School elective course, The Stone Wall. With the guidance of Tim Rogers, art teacher, and Chris Hartman ‘93, environmental sustainability coordinator, students learned this unique craft, which blended apprenticeship and the intellectual exploration of the history, art, politics and construction of stone walls. Students worked side by side with Eblacker and visiting stone wallers, attended lectures, and took local field trips to see other dry stone walls. At 42 inches in height, the completed wall creates a safeguard from the road and symbolically embraces the campus. Nestled nearby is a circular gathering space, In the Round,” designed for students to use in their free time and where classes may be held.

Handcrafted Stone Wall Brings New Experience and Beauty to Campus

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and they’re off!

2010 Commencement

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Boston University Brigham Young University Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University

Cazenovia College Cornell University Denison University Drew University Eastman School of Music Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts Fordham University George Brown College Ithaca College Lycoming College Marist College Monroe Community College Nazareth College of Rochester New York University Niagara University Rhode Island School of Design Rochester Institute of Technology Pomona College University of British Columbia University of Hartford University of Miami University of Michigan University of Rochester San Diego State University Santa Clara University St. John Fisher College St. Lawrence University The College of Wooster



by Len Wilcox

Harley’s Alvan Clark telescope:

A plea for information! Who was Dr. Dudley, and how did the telescope come to be stored in Harley’s science department for years, maybe decades? Several years ago John Teleska, former Harley physics teacher and amateur astronomer, mentioned to me that the school owned a rare telescope made by “the Stradivarius of lens makers” in the late nineteenth century. Last summer, I learned from Al Soanes that the telescope had been moved to a storage area. With flashlight in hand, I located the telescope and asked Teleska to help me assess this treasure. The telescope is a four-inch refractor with the inscription Alvan Clark and Sons Cambridgeport, Mass 1877, near the eyepiece. It is fairly complete, missing only a part of the mount and a few of the eyepieces. The entire instrument is in a large wooden box with Dr. D. E. Dudley, M.D. New York written clearly in the top and side of the box. The telescope and objective lens look to be in good shape, but the nickel-plated tube has some corrosion on it. There was no information on the history of the telescope. Who was Dr. Dudley, and how did the telescope come to be stored in Harley’s science department for years, maybe decades? We wanted to fill in some of the missing history, so I began contacting people and organizations I thought might help us in our quest to fill in the details. I struck out in my request to the Dudley Observatory in Albany, and in my review of photos from the H.H. Warner observatory that used to be on the corner of East and Arnold in Rochester. I finally got a lead when I submitted my request to an online telescope group—within two days I received e-mails that referred to an article from The Theosophist. The article gives evidence that our telescope made it all the way to Bombay, India, with Dr. Dudley. How it made its way to Rochester and The Harley School continues to be a mystery. As we continue this quest for more information, I am asking you, the alumni of the School—particularly the ones who graduated many years ago—to scratch your heads and try to remember anything you can about this telescope. Specifically, I’d love to know who donated the telescope to the school and when. Please send any remembrance you have of our Alvan Clark telescope to Len Wilcox at We would like to display the instrument with as complete a provenance as our research allows. Thanks for your help!

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Go, HAC Wolves! WOLVES WRAP ANOTHER STELLAR SEASON Harley Allendale Columbia (HAC) student-athletes touched on just about every area of success during the 2009-10 sports season. Academic honors, undefeated seasons, inter-sectional titles, individual sectional titles, team sectional titles, state meet participants, and state champions were all accomplished by the Wolves. The girls’ volleyball team blitzed through their league schedule undefeated (12-0), winning the Finger Lakes West Division crown, and adding six non-league wins to finish the season undefeated at 18-0. The Lady Wolves reached the Class DD sectional championship match and finished runner-up to the Cuba-Rushford squad. Coach Amy Colosimo’s netters are excited to return to the court in 2010. The girls’ tennis team added a Finger Lakes Division championship this season, and Coach John Dolan returns a number of Lady Wolves to the court to defend their title. The HAC swimmers put forth another fantastic effort in the pool, bringing home individual and sectional championships. The girls won their fifth straight Genesee Region Division II title and captured all 10 league dual meets and two non-league dual meets to finish up the year 12-0. They also won the HAC swim invitational, defended their title at the Genesee Region Swim League Championship, and garnered the School’s first ever sectional title by winning the Genesee Region Niagara Orleans Intersectional girls’ championship. Multiple school records were set this season and Lily Frye ’12, Isabel Hirtelen-Booker ’13, Alex West ’10 and Colette McConnell ’12 won the 200 Free Relay at the Girls' Intersectional Championships; Frye also added an individual title in the 50 free too. The boys’ swim team produced five different sectional champions, a new School record, and a New York State meet participant. The fun started when Tom Conkling ’10 punched his return ticket to the New York State swim meet in the 50-free at the Genesee Region Swim League Championships. It continued with a Wolves school record setting and sectional championship performance in the 200 Medley Relay by Conkling, Griffin Anderson ’12, Dan Chess ’12, and Connor Dance ’11. Not to be outdone, the 200-Free Relay team of Conkling, Anderson, Dance and Ken Carlson ’12 added their own sectional championship. Conkling capped off a magical season with his fourth sectional title of the 2010 sectional meet, this time in the 100 backstroke, good for another spot in the New York State swim meet and earning the

2010 Class D Sectionals Swimmer of the Meet award.

HAC baseball set a high mark for wins, picking up 13 for the season, and earned the school’s first ever sectional baseball home game that was played at Harley. The girls’ track and field team made huge strides in the Finger Lakes and Section Five. Isabel Hirtelen-Booker ’13 and Aedin Brennan ’12 dominated track and field this year, taking home five sectional titles between them. Hirtelen-Booker defended her 100-meter hurdles title at sectionals and also won the 100-meter dash. Brennan won the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, and the triple jump. Hirtelen-Booker placed second at the 2010 state qualifying meet and earned a return trip to the 2010 New York State Track and Field Championships, an event she participated in when she was in eighth grade. At the meet, HirtelenBooker joined an exclusive group of student-athletes when she became a State Champion by winning the girls’ 100-meter hurdles in Division 2 at the 2010 New York State Track

and Field Championships.

HAC senior shot putter Austin Czubara ’10 finished off his high school career in fine fashion as he won his first individual sectional title in his marquee event this spring. Czubara and another Harley senior, Peter Sahasrabudhe ’10, participated in a HAC sport each season throughout their high school careers. One of the last HAC teams to compete for a sectional title this season was the boys’ tennis team and Coach John Dolan’s netters didn’t disappoint. Riding a four-year sectional title streak, the Wolves made it five in a row with another convincing win over rival Pittsford Sutherland. The boys also added the Finger Lakes West Division title as well. This sectional team title was the 50th in the 38 years of HAC athletics and marked the 17th consecutive year that at least one HAC team won a Section Five team championship.

Other notable HAC accomplishments: Peter Sahasrabudhe ’10 earned Finger Lakes-West Player of the Year honors in soccer and was also named to the Section Five Ronald McDonald All-Star team in basketball.

Tom Conkling ’10 earned AllGreater Rochester first team honors in swimming. Isabel Hirtelen-Booker ’13 earned All-Greater Rochester first team honors in track and field.


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Re-Raising The Harley Barn

Our history, a gift, serendipity, innovation, and a focus on the future of our school— these are the ingredients of community as we come together to re-raise The Harley Barn. In 2011, Harley will break ground for a new building on campus—a barn that will bring our school to the forefront of 21st-century education for a sustainable future and connect us with the our humble beginnings. Harley is positioned to become a national leader among independent schools as we take on the challenges of a net-zero building and, as is our tradition, put the responsibility of achieving a minimal operational footprint in the hands of our students. But our new barn won’t stop with a vision of environmental sustainability. The Harley Barn will go beyond the scope of the environment to provide visions of sustainability that include social and cultural preservation and transformation, responsible local and global citizenship, an understanding of the dynamics of replenishable systems, nature and ecological principles, and the creativity that underlies inventing solutions to the problems of our future—the multiple dimensions of sustainable living.

Connecting to Our Past

Science lab, 1936

French class, 1933

The original Harley barn, 1926 A barn as a learning space is not a new idea at Harley. Many remember fondly the days when Harley was a Barn. In 1926, Harley’s first director, Louise Sumner, combed Rochester until finding the perfect location at 1981 Clover Street. The 32-acre property, covered with aging apple trees and boasting a small white farmhouse and a large hip-roofed barn, was purchased for $13,325. 12 | B e c o m i ng M a ga z i n e

Once renovated, the barn became our campus and within it many of our beloved traditions were born. Candlelight, Pageant, May Day, Class Banners—all were brought into reality by the community, which thrived in this setting. It was an ancient, creaky, drafty space, with coat after coat of paint from many years of use. But what it lacked in beauty and grace it made up for in the spirit of community. Family-style lunches were served in the basement, which also held typing lessons, Cliff Whiting’s science classroom, and Jack Niemeyer’s history classroom. The class of 1969 shellacked their college rejection letters on the wall of the senior lounge and played the music to Hair loud enough to elicit the stomping feet of Headmaster Hinrichs from his office above. Our barn remained a fixture on campus until it was torn down in 1974—no longer safe as a learning environment. Though the change was inevitable, the sorrow in the loss was genuine.

A Gift Makes It Possible In the past three decades, Harley has expanded and updated its facilities in many ways. From the Wilson Gallery to Beckerman Center, the Schiffman Glass Studio and the Sands/Stern Academic Center, much of what is distinctive and innovative about our current campus originated as a vision with an associated lead gift. In 2007, an anonymous lead gift of $1 million was presented with the vision of adding to our science wing in support of a curricular emphasis on teaching the science, beliefs, and practices of environmentalism and sustainability. The School accepted, and the idea for a “Green Addition"


was born.

Harley’s past stumbled into its future in the most interesting of ways in the spring of 2008. Faculty member and alumnus Chris Hartman ’93 walked into the office of the head of school and told a story about an 1800s postand-beam barn his father, Peter, knew needed a home. The barn was sitting on a plot of land in Victor, N.Y, once owned by the Hawkins family, who had years before raised dairy cows, chickens, and hogs. Hartman posed the question to the head of school: “Would Harley have any use for a barn?” With that question, the image of the “Green Addition” began to come into focus. The Hawkins barn was inspected and found to be nearly identical in size to the original Harley barn. A clear-span structure, its interior offered a wide-open space and hemlock timbers in great condition. For $1,000, the School purchased it from David Reh, the current owner. Reh in turn gave a generous donation of $1,000 to the Harley Fund, and the initiative to reunite Harley’s past with its future was on its way. Deconstruction of the Hawkins barn began in the summer of 2008, and included sending the timbers off for de-nailing, treatment, and storage (see sidebar). With the deconstruction of the former Hawkins barn, a number of conversations began with the Harley community about the possibilities for the new barn project. Beginning in the fall of 2008, Harley’s board pondered how best to steward the $1 million lead gift that put the project in motion. Faculty discussed the programs in the barn and how Harley would continue to differentiate itself, while continuing to offer its innovative curriculum grounded in the philosophy of the School. Parents and alumni contributed to brainstorming sessions and imagined the potential the new “Green Addition” might have. S u m m e r 2 010

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The goals became clear

for both construction and programs: to make Harley the most innovative place in Rochester for Middle School students to get excited about science. The new Harley barn would provide a place for students to ignite their curiosity about the natural world as they grow in understanding, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the sciences. Visions of the new Harley barn included an amazing facility, one like no other education space in Rochester.

Ideas worked into more concrete plans for the Barn, which was to be constructed with three levels. A LEED-certified green building, the barn will be designed for net-zero operation energy, water, and carbon dioxide within the limits of the behavioral choices of the occupants. The centerpiece of the building and main floor will house the impressive, leading-edge Middle School Science Center. Ambient light will fill the high ceilings as the Middle School studies the natural world, build critical thinking skills, and engage in scientific discovery. Harley has partnered with the University of Rochester, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center to plan

The Spirit of

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for the most dynamic “living laboratory” learning environment in the country. The basement level, which will be dedicated to project-based and service learning, is affectionately named after former faculty member, alumnus, parent, and dear friend Matson “Bud” Ewell ’40. “Bud’s Basement” will encompass the spirit, energy, and “can do” attitude its namesake carries on today. [see story next page.]

The space will be flexible enough to both accommodate programmatic changes and evolve with the needs of the community. The Barn project will not change Harley’s science curriculum; instead, it will add components of a social curriculum where students can learn the impact of their energy-usage behavior. There will likely be many days when the building uses more energy than its systems produce, so coming up with and implementing solutions to this deficit will become another Harley tradition.

The third floor will be a dedicated Town Hall for the Middle School, where data from the systems of the barn, such as energy and weather, will be displayed so students will be able to manage the building day to day.

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Bud’s Basement “ Once in a while, a school finds that special person who embodies its values. Bud was and is that person and is truly the Harley legend. The School was his life. His wisdom, energy, and good will kept Harley on course throughout the years. What a wonderful man.” Dexter Lewis, former head of school, 1977-1982 Even at 84 years old, Matson “Bud” Ewell ’40 continues to be an active member of the Harley community. Hardly a soul has passed through these halls without brushing shoulders with him as he’s enthusiastically taken on every role—student, alumnus, faculty member, parent, volunteer, and friend. The bottom floor of the new Harley Barn will be a dedicated, project-based learning space named “Bud’s Basement,” in honor of our beloved comrade. The space will be designed and used with the spirit of creativity, problem-solving, and inspiration that has characterized Bud’s life. Bud has played more roles at Harley than any other member of our community. He entered the Clover Street campus as a spirited kindergartener in 1926 and retired as a spry, well-loved and admired faculty member in 1993. His wife of more than 50 years, Ruth Ewell, has served Harley in many ways, as a staff member, recorder of the School’s history, and dedicated parent. Bud and Ruth sent their two children, Peter Ewell ’66 and Louis Ewell ’70, to Harley.

Bud Ewell ’40 taught for 40 years at Harley.

Bud’s teaching career at Harley began when he made a social visit to campus. He walked through the doors of Harley in 1952 to see his former mentor and Head of School, Larry Utter, and he walked out with a teaching job that lasted more than 40 years! Throughout his tenure, Bud taught math, science, technology and woodworking, including a boat building class. He also served as the head of the math department from 1952-1959, head of the Lower School 1959-1964, and head of the Middle School from 1964-1980. Bud’s passion and enthusiasm have inspired faculty and students alike for generations. Whether it was boat building with kids in his back yard, working with students in the campus woodshop, or helping a student discover real-life applications of geometry, Bud focused on students’ experiences—ensuring they were always relevant, inspiring, creative, and full of the joys of learning.

Ruth and Bud still visit campus when they get the chance.

Leadership in the 21st Century The Harley School

Our past

was born of a defines our present and propels us group of women who saw the future of education and into the future. This is the strength of a progressive established the innovative spirit that Harley embodies community, and we look forward to the next steps today. These women founded our school on the revolu- in this project. tionary belief that children possess a natural fascination with their environment and an innate love of learning. Check for updates on the Barn project

Over time,

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Harley has led with ambition and courage to divert from the traditional. Embracing the role creativity plays in decision-making, Harley has not only survived, but thrived as it has taken risks to forge ahead.

by visiting Harley’s Web site at

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! One of the essential questions driving the philosophy of The Barn is, “What are the responsibilities that must be adopted to pass on the right to a clean and healthy world?” The Barn will be a place where students will confront the tough issues surrounding energy consumption and sustainability, and where they will be made aware of the solutions. When the Hawkins barn was reconstructed, it was done with great care to ensure that every part of the barn was either recycled or reused. The Great Northern Barn Company, Chris Hartman, Harley parent Troy Skinner, and Head of School Tim Cottrell worked together on the deconstruction.

Dismantling the Hawkins barn and Chris Hartman ’93

The barn timbers and beams will be used in the construction of the new Harley Barn; the asphalt shingles were sent for recycling; and the oak and hemlock board and beams were taken by Great Northern Barn for de-nailing, treatment, and storage.

Aerial photo by John Griebsch

Even the stone foundation was dismantled and taken to Harley to be used on

campus and as material for the new barn. It didn’t take long for the creativity of the community to become manifest with the pile of stone. Taking inspiration from Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970, Utah), Lower School students created the temporary Harley version shown at left.

The Harley Lower School stone spiral jetty

When the Lights Go Out

More recently, some of the stone has been used to build a dry wall near the Harley organic garden. The new Harley Barn will introduce an innovative social curriculum for Middle School students— putting the responsibility for the systems in their hands. As a LEED-certified, net-zero building, the Barn requires students to keep a careful eye on its systems in place to be sure they have the energy needed to power lights and equipment each day. The many sources for power that may be included in the barn—solar, fuel cell, water, geothermal, algae—will all be seen in action. Through experimentation, students will learn to work together to meet their needs and be responsible members of their class community. For example, if a particular space gets its electricity from solar power and the power is used up one evening, the group coming in the next morning may need to pedal stationary bicycles to help restore S p r ithe n g 2needed 010 | power, 17 electricity to the space. Students will need to work out the details of providing as well as how to work together in a fair and responsible way.


OIN THE HARLEY CIRCLE The Harley School invites you to become a charter member of The Harley Circle, a giving society that supports the longstanding belief in Harley’s vision and core values. As a member of The Harley Circle, your support honors the leadership of the School’s founders and helps our students become passionate, civic-minded lifelong learners.

Your financial support can help the school realize its vision for the future. A five-year commitment of $1,000 or greater annually to The Harley Fund provides membership into The Harley Circle. Charter membership is open until December 2010.

Your support has a direct impact on: • Financial aid • Faculty support • Strength of programs To learn more about The Harley Circle, contact Tonya R. Taylor Director of Development The Harley School 1981 Clover Street Rochester, NY 14618 (585) 442-1770 x 3030

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Illustrations by Julie Wright | Photos by Ken Riemer

Together, we think we can do just about anything. We put our theory to the test and asked Harley students, parents, alumni, and faculty

“How To … ” a number of things. Here, a few of our experts share their knowledge—whether it’s practical, obscure, or just plain funny.

How To

Appear Awake After 3 Hours of Sleep After my third year of medical school I haven’t learned how to survive on 3 hours of sleep as much as I’ve learned how to go to bed at 7:30 p.m. I’ve also been told by student medical is a patients with gaping open wounds that I look terrible—so clearly take this advice is 3 ’0 unn e she Katie D niversity, wher planning with a grain of salt. U d s n ft a u year at T he is her final dency. S entering eral surgery resi oard exams. To appear awake when you are running on very little sleep: en b to do a g studying for her ly 1. Learn how to yawn with your mouth closed. t curren 2. Hide one-time-use eye drops in your pocket. These can be used during “bath- room” breaks, which if used appropriately can also be used for a 3-minute snooze! 3. Don’t blink for too long; you may not be able to re-open your eyes. S u m m e r 2 010

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How To Become

a Forty-Sixer

It takes a lot of planning to climb the 46 highest peaks in the Adirondacks. Just ask the Townsends. Sarah Townsend ’01 (46er #6596) says: 1. Bring dry socks, candles, matches, ponchos, and bug repellant. 2. Take shelter. 3. Make your dad carry the heavy stuff. 4. Make sure you have all the good snacks. And the water. No one leaves the water carrier behind. 5. Trust your fellow hikers. They’ll be the ones who help you up the rocks with no footholds. 6. Just because your leg span is shorter than the rest, doesn’t mean you can’t do it too. 7. Remember that “Water Resistant” is not the same as “Waterproof.” 8. Don’t forget that muddy dogs always want to sleep in the lean-to. 9. Grin and Bear-Can it. 10. Have a post-hike cheeseburger game plan. 11. Know that you will want to quit. When that happens, re-tie your hiking boots, dust off the dirt, and grab the hand that someone has offered. Ted Townsend ’98 (46er #5162) continues: 12. Be a little bit stubborn, but not enough to get yourself wildly lost. There is no shame in turning around. 13. Watch out for wet rocks. 14. Stay and enjoy the view. 15. Don’t save Allen or Couchy for your 46th. 16. Share it with someone! 17. Don’t be surprised when you bust your butt hiking Whiteface and there is a woman at the top wearing leopard-skin heels sitting on the summit rock. 18. Don’t pee near water. 19. Be sure to thank those who helped you get to the top. Thanks, Dad! And Jim Townsend ’61 (46er #1295) knows: 20. The best incentive is to have your kids share your passion and hike with you!

How To

Write a Play

How To

Live to 100

1. Think of a story or a character or a slice of conflict that You must enjoy life, eat your fruits and veggies, and drink milk thrills the %^*# out of you. three times a day. Have an occasional glass of wine. Live moder2. Get to know your characters as best as you can, before ately (this is one of my favorites), exercise if you can do it meeting them. (I learned to ski when I was 50), and never think about being old 3. Meet your characters (write their dialogue) and let them (I never consider myself an old lady). surprise the %^*# out of you. Think about what you CAN do—not what you can’t do. 4. Have them fight for their lives. Be active in church, keep busy, and be a lifelong learner. 5. Make anything but the obvious choice. 6. Pace, rewrite, obsess, whine, moan, gnash your teeth, rewrite P’61, 1), again, find inspiration from unexpected places, and Corwin tary (1958-196 y r jo r a e M rewrite again. thday arley secr former H ate her 100th bir es to and r e it r 7. Listen to some damn good actors read it out loud. w r u a screen will celeb 2010. She contin at Keuka am ’95 is d is currently the s h e , s 9 ss 1 a w e . cl t ry N p d e S ory. arclay San Diego, an d atten d her an honora t B r n e a r p e r e e if e R n t n st e a d in lu Jen r o o a d C v ht base South which aw playwrig t in residence at College, Humane Letters. h ig r f 20 | B e c o m i ng M a ga z i n e playw Doctor o

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Prepare for a DonutEating Contest Ask yourself: how quickly can I eat a dozen assorted Dunkin Donuts donuts? To professionals of the competitive eating world, this may seem like a light breakfast. But to most, the donut challenge is truly an ordeal—one that without proper strategy and preparation could prove uncomfortable and sickening. With these precautions in mind, we begin dissecting the challenge. 1. Find a good coach. When game day arrives, you do not want to go it alone. Your challenge is to eat donuts, and eat donuts only. Let your coach worry about the logistics and moral support. 2. Train. Begin by eating six donuts. Test your limits and train your body for more. 3. Get equipped. Have 12 assorted Dunkin Donuts, a LARGE water glass (additional water encouraged), and plastic garbage bags for you and your coach—one on your lap for crumbs, one as a bib, and one in case things get messy. 4. Prepare Your Pieces: During the challenge, have your coach prepare bite-sized pieces of donut. With softer donuts, use larger pieces and compress them. For cake-like donuts, break them into quarters. 5. Plan Your Strategy: Your coach should know your favorite and save them for the end. As a general guideline, less delicious donuts and donuts with chunky toppings should be eaten first to get them out of the way. Cake-like donuts are easier because they dissolve in the water. Jelly donuts are a bless ing as they require the least chewing—save them for the final sprint or to get out of a lull in the middle. 6. Eat. The most efficient way to get the donuts down is to put the donut in your mouth, take a fast and small sip of water, then swallow. Keep a rhythm. Donut, water, swallow, repeat. Do not dunk the donut in the water. 7. Don’t think. If you feel sick, do not think about it. Think only of the few remaining donuts and reaching the end. Keep the rhythm. 8. Finish. To complete the challenge, you must have all 12 donuts in you at once, with your mouth empty. The current record time is 5 minutes and 12 seconds. s the e ’09 wa 10 g n a L d Good luck! Richar dalist in the 20 e bronze m h Heavyweight enge. t u o m t r ut Chall Da eam Don t g in w o R

How To Taste

How To

Grill the Perfect Steak 1. 2. 3. 4.

Make sure the grill is cleaned and very hot Take a towel with oil and rub over the grates to help avoid sticking. Season steak (best cuts include strip steak, ribeye, or tenderloin) with salt and pepper, and let sit for 15 minutes to allow penetra- tion. Rub canola or grape seed oil on steak. For a 1/2-inch steak, place on hot spot of grill, turn 180 degrees after 2 minutes, let cook for 2 more minutes, flip steak and repeat­—longer if steak is thicker, shorter if thinner. Remove from grill and let steak rest for 5 minutes. Pour a glass of red and enjoy. ef/ 7 is the ch lo. ’8 s y a H o Charles in48, Avon, C V owner of


Two wine-tasting secrets that I absolutely never share with anyone: 1. Close your eyes while smelling and tasting wine to intensify the aromas and flavors. 2. Open a nearby window to ensure there is fresh air in the room. And what matters most? The only thing that really counts with wine is what tastes good to you! a ’74 at .Y. Jim Alsin keting manager Branchport, N r in a s m d r e eya is th untry Vin Hunt Co

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How To

Win May Day’s Tug of War

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You’ve got to really want it. Lily Frye ’13 Tie a rope to the biggest kid in class and pull. Lora Foran ’06 You have got to get the best people who know how to pull a rope and tickle people. Kimberly Baldo ’20 Psych out the other team; it’s mental; it’s how you approach taking your place on the rope—presenting yourself with a certain confidence that you will be victorious. Hassan Jones P ’19, head of Middle School, member of overall winner team of 2010 May Day Tug of War Pull, tug and sometimes fall; but you’ve got to get back up and try again. Stanford Smith ’22 The secret is to dig your feet into the ground. Meghan Green ’22

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Lean back. Madison Wainwright ’20 Act as a group; pull at once; loosen up at once. Tony Kim ’11 Pull really hard and work as a team. Brian Micalski, physical education teacher Pull really hard and twist the rope a little bit because the other team might drop the rope. Sean Cottrell ’22 Brute strength. Wear backpacks and cleats (but don’t get caught!). Will Zupan ’10 Use a squirt gun on your opponent’s side of the field, (see note from Will Zupan). Peter Sahasrabudhe ’10 Put climbing chalk on your hands so you get a better grip, wrap the rope underhanded so it’s around your forearm, count 1-2-3 and pull so everyone is pulling at the same time, and put your heaviest people in front. Nicolaus Murano ’09 and Sebastien Fauchet ’09

the Best Travel Deal

Stay in a B&B! It’s time for a vacation and you want to stretch your vacation dollars—so why not consider a bed and breakfast? Believe it or not, only about five percent of Americans visit America’s 20,000 B&Bs each year. For those looking to economize while maximizing their vacation time, a bed and breakfast can make the perfect choice. The B&B Advantage While B&Bs vary greatly in their décor—from Victorian to ultra modern—they’re moving from “Grandma’s House” to “Haute Hospitality.” You’ll find everything from“sophisticated traditional” to “urban chic” at today’s B&Bs. You’ll also find innkeeper-owned properties, where the best places to eat, hike, bike, fish, shop, or walk hand in hand on a moonlit walk will always be shared.

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Best of all, B&Bs help save. In a recent comparison between Boston B&Bs and Boston hotels, I was able to figure a $175 savings per day when breakfast for two, Internet fees, parking, and snacks were considered. Stay at a B&B, and plan to enjoy all these extras, plus luxury linens, Jacuzzi tubs, in-room fireplaces, and lower rates than resort hotels. 22 | B e c o m i ng M a ga z i n e

How To Organize

a TEDx

Find a community that you are passionate about, surround yourself with friends who are talented and passionate about their ideas, and tell them to follow the TED Commandments. x = independently organized and TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. Anyone can become a TEDx licensee if they are passionate enough to find ideas worth spreading. inspires great thoughts by disseminating 18 minute nuggets of wisdom from all over the world. TEDx inspires independent organizers to dig deep for nuggets in their community and learn about the bonds that tie us all together.

How To

Know When to Wear your Kilt

The TED Commandments These 10 tips are given to all TED Conference speakers as they prepare their TEDTalks. They will help your TEDx speakers craft talks that will have a profound impact on your audience. 1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world. 2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. “The better question is when Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success. not to where a kilt.” The answer? 3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. “When it is windy.” Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific. 4 Sibley ’7 4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry! y “Blair” hor r e m o g t aut Mon 5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off. ney and an attor gton, D.C. is 6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk shin from Wa about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage. 7. Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful! 8. Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read! 9. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people who follow you. We won’t allow going longer. ed Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, g organiz 10. 10. n li K e li ent, Ju l in Spring 20 for impact. o chool par Lower S The Harley Scho t a x d e T a

How To Pack

for an Overseas Trip

Get the biggest impenetrable suitcase you can find. Impenetrable because you need to make sure no shady baggage handlers have access to your luggage and BIG so you can stuff as many health-food items into your bag as possible. Bring your grinder, blender, shower filter, ionizer, lead-free plastic drinking bottles first aid kit, homeopathics, cruelty-free shampoo, yoga mat, block, belt and blanket … just in case. Remember due to climate change, the oil shortage and security regulations your packed suitcase has to give off the illusion of being light, so cut out the unnecessary items such as shoes, shirts, dresses and slacks. All you need in Asia anyway is your own underwear, a big wad of cash and an ability to haggle, and if your bag still weighs 30 kilos, find a really cute airline guy and asia ugh Eur o r h t flirt your suitcase onto the plane. ly e r extensiv a blende 4 travels aken to keeping irline fees. ’8 n a m t a in s Rachel Z ing yoga. She ha st to avoid extra ju y r teach t n u co in every

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How To Post

a YouTube Video

It’s really quite simple. First, if you are not a YouTube member you need to join. Then, create an account and sign in. • If you have a video file under 10 minutes and up to 2GB, click on the “Upload video” button, then choose the video you want to post from your computer. Wait for it to load and then type in the video information

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(name, description, etc.); click on “Save Changes” and you are finished! • If you want a lot of viewers, think carefully about what you call your video. Make sure the title has key words in it that people will search for and make sure the filming, e enjoys ing H . y content is creative and funny. g lo o chn ecord fan of te , mixing, and r id v a n g a s creatin ht ’16 is ainwrig videos as well a W n la y g D in . and post editing, is in-home studio h t a c musi

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“You are going to do what?” That seems to be the most common response I receive when I tell people that I’m doing a marathon or Ironman triathlon. I believe that almost anyone can complete a marathon. The human body was created and designed to move. People think that you need to train for years and thousands of miles to prepare. While you do need to spend some time training, in just 4-5 months you can be ready to run your first marathon. The first question “newbies” ask is “How do I train?” The short answer is to start slow and work your way up. Start with 2 miles and work your way up to 20—you do not need to run the full 26 miles and 385 yards until the actual race. The goal is not to over train, but a mixture of running, cross-training and rest are the important keys to finishing the event. This also fits in nicely into most people’s busy work schedules and family obligations. Last year a person came to me expressing a desire to run a marathon. She has asthma, diabetes, was overweight and believed she couldn’t even walk a mile. Fifteen weeks later she crossed the finish line with a big smile on her face. Momentum— once you are moving in the direction of your goal—nothing can stop you!

Your Closet

1. WRITE IT DOWN. List your lifestyle needs and determine the percentage of time you spend in each area of your life. This will give you the framework you need to prioritize what stays and what goes. You will only keep what you need for your lifestyle 2. LET IT GO. Be honest with yourself; if it doesn’t fit NOW it has to go. If it looks tired and worn … out the door. If your lifestyle needs don’t include it, pass it on. This includes shoes. 3. TRY IT ALL ON. If you don’t LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how you look … refer to step two. 4. ORGANIZE WHAT’S LEFT. Arrange your clothes by the roles they support in your lifestyle. This will save you time in finding clothes for the different parts of your day. 5. ORGANIZE IT AGAIN. Within your categories, organize your clothes by color and type; light to dark will help you keep it organized. Your boutique is almost ready. 6. PLAY DRESS-UP. Take pieces from your different lifestyles and mix and match. Add the jewelry, shoes, belts, bags­­—the works. If you do this now you will not have that panic attack when you need a great outfit, you’ll know exactly what is in your closet and how you can put things together. Remember to put everything back in its place so you can easily find it. 7. IDENTIFY WHAT’S MISSING. After you’ve shopped your closet, you will realize what items you need to fill in the holes. ltants Write out a shopping list to keep you focused while at the store. ge Consu a m I f o ociation nd dogs. 8. HAVE FUN. This is your time to make yourself look and feel better. of the Ass ith her family a r e b m e w m Enjoy it. If it’s too stressful, get help from a friend or a professional so n ’79, a n, N.Y., ess. lie Brow lives in Mendo nd design busin s e L l, a that you can enjoy the journey. a le n y io st t a Intern cently started a e She has r

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How To

Find Joy in Learning

Find someone else to share it with. Patti Northrup, health and language arts • Encourage children to make connections to what they are learning with what they know. • Learn from students as they learn from you. • Keep lessons and activities active and interactive. • Recognize mistakes as a learning experiences. • Encourage risk-taking. • Celebrate the small achievements and successes of each child and each day. • Listen, laugh, sing, and dance. • Be surprised and surprising. Margaret Tolhurst, Grade 4 Be completely open and take chances. Raj Singaravelu, English, history and coach

Joy in learning is found where real learning takes place, where students’ natural and ferocious intellectual curiosity is cultivated by grown-ups who are crazy about their disciplines and the insights and wonders to be found there. You’ll find it everywhere you look—when Grade 9 comes face to face with Atticus Finch; at one of the math department’s famous “math parties”; in the “symbolic family portrait” assignments and Friday night painting parties in visual arts; in the labs, as the students make small metal balls fly around and grow high-energy algae; in language classes, as they play French Jeopardy or listen to Spanish techno … it’s everywhere, and we really couldn’t do this any other way. Larry Frye, head of Upper School When you wake one morning consider: What do you see? Hear? Feel? Smell? Taste? Touch? Your sensations are yours alone. How amazing is that? Now go have breakfast and let that realization simmer in your subconscious. Trust it to find its own way into your life. Robin Long, science Make a friend of learning. Friendship is a natural and vital part of everyday life. Any time I encounter an old friend, I’m filled with the joy of companionship. When I meet someone for the first time, I’m filled with the joy of anticipation. Learning works the same way. It’s a natural and vital part of everyday life. And it’s a joyful encounter, whether it’s with an old thing learned or a new idea met for the first time. Jay Stetzer, performing arts I focus on the discovery. Life is full of learning experiences that I can ignore or embrace. By embracing each discovery, I am able to grow emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and even physically. Even if these experiences are not easy, I relish the ability to better who I am. Kirsten Reader ’90, English Make connections with others, then celebrate learning together. Moira Prister, learning specialist

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How To Pick

a Doubles Partner

First, find someone who complements your game well—someone who has strengths to make up for your weaknesses and vice versa. Also critically important is finding someone you have good chemistry with on the court. I was born having a good doubles partner, so I was lucky! Andrew Guzick ’09 Learn how to talk by seven months old, then tell your mom amed to have another baby boy! nd has te ked a r a e y is Ben Guzick ’08 ntly ran ollege th Vassar C is. They were rece he Year for o t d e r r e of t tenn ansf ed Rookie ick ’08 tr iberty ew ’09 in Ben Guz is brother, Andr ndrew was nam e first team for L oubles. A h h d . t up with in Division III was named to he first team for n t 5 number y League and Be e both named to t r r e e w ib y e the L singles. Th League in

How To

Resolve a Conflict with Your Neighbor

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If you are having issues dealing with your neighbor, my suggestion is to open your channels of communication. Ask your neighbor what his or her issues are and state what is important to you. The goal is to brainstorm a solution that works equally well for both parties involved in the conflict. If that does not work, offer your neighbor a beer or two; that should help get a dialog started!

How To

Make the Most of Your Food Purchase Buy locally-grown foods. The flavors of fresh, local foods are rich and healthy. Supporting local, sustainable farming reduces energy usage and pollution associated with the production, processing, packaging, and distribution of food.

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A public marketplace brings communities together, fosters a sense of place, builds relationships and networks, and develops the social capital necessary for sustained community revitalization. The stability and integrity of foods, within a network of appropriately scaled local production and distribution, is the foundation of a community’s food security and safety. Dollars that are spent at locally owned businesses become reinvested in the local economy and help retain a community’s wealth.

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Robert Staehle ’73

A Man with a Mission by Karissa D. Raymond

May 5, 1961, is a day that Robert Staehle ’73 will never forget; it set his life course. His parents had called him into the TV room, where they were watching the preparation for Alan Shepard’s famous Freedom 7 mission into space. Staehle wasn’t one to watch TV, but something about this mission intrigued him. As the rocket left the launch pad, Staehle’s first thought was, “I want to be an astronaut.” At that time, he had no inkling that one day he indeed would play a big part in making space history.

As a young boy, Staehle was bored in school. In fourth grade his parents moved him from the public school system to The Harley School, where his brother, Alan Staehle ’59, and sister, Sia Staehle Morhardt ’61, had been students. They hoped that Staehle would be challenged to exercise his creative thinking. And that’s just what happened—he thrived at Harley, where he learned to challenge boundaries in an inquisitive and advantageous way. “The Harley School was the perfect place for someone like me,” Staehle says. “Along with my parents, Harley taught me to think independently, and often unconventionally.

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“We can and often should challenge these barriers. For me, much of the Harley experience encouraged this.” One day, in Grade 11, Staehle’s physics teacher, Al Soanes, shared some information about a NASA-sponsored contest looking for experiments for the following year’s Skylab mission, America’s first space station. With his keen appreciation for space, Staehle decided to enter the contest. “I knew he would do well because the subject matter came naturally to him,” Soanes comments. With Soanes’ help, Staehle chose to submit the experiment Bacteria aboard Skylab, which was intended to determine the effect of the Skylab environment on the survival, growth, and transformation of certain bacteria. Staehle learned that he was one of 25 overall winners of the contest, in which more than 3,400 high school students proposed experiments. His experiment ended up flying twice, in 1973 and 1974. With Staehle’s win, the stature of The Harley School’s science department grew. Even Bill Schneider, program director from NASA, flew to Rochester to address the entire school.

After high school, Staehle attended Purdue University, where he received an engineering degree and served as a student trainee at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. In 1977 he took a position at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL), assisting with Voyager’s Jupiter encounter planning and contributing to a variety of advanced studies in lunar and planetary exploration. Today, Staehle is the assistant division manager for Advanced Concepts of the Instruments and Science Data Systems Division at JPL, an organization that conceives, designs, builds, and operates instrument and data systems, along with their enabling technology. Each day, Staehle’s work consists of breaking down the barriers and allowing for research beyond the obvious. Currently, his division includes a team that is building the instrument for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a mission designed to make highly accurate global measurements of atmospheric CO2

Robert L. Staehle ’73 (center) talks with Steven Hall and Henry Floyd, both of the Marshall Space Flight Center about his experiments, “Behavior of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores in the Skylab Space Environment.”

People often limit themselves by labels … and these labels can represent artificial boundaries. from Earth’s orbit. With the increasing concern for global warming, researchers need to have a better understanding of the processes that regulate atmospheric CO2 and its role in the carbon cycle. The information uncovered through this mission could help policy makers and business leaders make decisions that would help ensure climate stability and consequently our quality of life.

One of Staehle’s most notable undertakings enabled the first-ever mission to Pluto. From 1991-2000 he collaborated with other experts to conceptualize a mission to Pluto, which became the springboard for the creation of New Horizons, which launched January 19, 2006, and is expected to reach Pluto in 2015.

Since the New Horizons launch, Pluto has been reclassified as a “dwarf planet.” Staehle’s response is, “The labels we give don’t change the universe.” People often limit themselves by labels, he believes, and that these labels can represent artificial boundaries. “Look beyond the boundaries,” he says—and this is just what he has done his entire life. Staehle had a dream to be in the space business. By continually looking beyond and challenging his boundaries, he has achieved that dream and made a lasting impact on his community and world.

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In Memoriam Alumni Anne D. Hotchkiss ’33 Elizabeth McCann Adams ’40 Gilbert McCurdy ’40 Robert Wetmore ’43 John McCurdy ’45 Charles Fry ’50 Hugh Wynd ’50 Joel Reich ’55 Douglas Ring ’62 Jane Baxter Hunting ’63 Ernest Emerson ’69 Faculty/Staff Patricia March Holbrook (Business Office 1969-1989) Virginia Morris (Registrar 2002-2005)

40s 70th Reunion:1940 Class Agent

Matson G. Ewell ’40 (585) 377-8208

Helen Baum Oakes ’41 started a business

about three years ago as a daily money manager. She assists clients in paying bills, balancing checkbooks, filing records, and organizing income tax materials. She works with a variety of people, including senior citizens, children of aging parents, and people with special needs, and finds it to be a very rewarding occupation. Before this endeavor, Helen devoted more than 25 years to improving the public education system in Philadelphia. In February 2009, she received an award at the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Education Leadership) Third Annual Conference. Also at the conference, the Helen Oakes Citizen Service in Education Lecture and Award was established to recognize her accomplishments as “an outstanding example of citizen activism, ethical leadership and commitment to democracy.” Way to go, Helen! 32 | B e c o m i ng M a ga z i n e

Philip Kennedy ’42 writes: “My class seems greatly reduced in numbers; I certainly hope that I am not alone. After retiring from the CIA, I am living in Alexandria, Va., with my wife, Betty, and wishing for a less contentious Congress and a less dogmatic Supreme Court.”

65th Reunion:1945 Patricia VanKirk ’45 writes, “I’m spending my winters in Green Valley, Ariz., and summers in my home on Cape Cod.”

Rod Crittenden ’47 writes that he and his wife are living in a “luxurious” senior residence in Palo Alto, Calif. His three children and seven grandchildren live nearby. Rod still enjoys the challenge of unusual mathematical problems. Noting that his 70th reunion coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Harley, he suggests that “we all try to stay alive and be on hand for this occasion.” Louis D’Amanda ’47 celebrated his 80th birthday with a big blast at the Genesee Valley Club, hiring a traditional New Orleans jazz group to keep things groovy. He and Allis VanVoorhis D’Amanda ’49 live in Rochester and have an enormous family that includes four children, 19 grandchildren, and 9-and-a-half greatgrandchildren; all except 10 grandchildren

live in Rochester. Many of this clan have been Harley students. He has stopped trying cases, as well as fox-hunting, skiing, and windsurfing (he shredded his ACL in 1946 as a quarterback for the Harley football team and is finally getting a replacement!), but pursues the rest of his favorite sports.

Barbara Hays ’47 writes that she is still well

and active and enjoying skiing, hiking, and traveling. She recently went on a sightseeing trip to Tunisia and Morocco. In March she celebrated her birthday at Vin 48, a gourmet restaurant in Avon, Colo. (near Vail), where her nephew, Charles Hays ’87, is part owner and head chef. In addition to Charles and his wife, Keri, his brother David Hays ’85 and his wife, Lynn, and her cousin Morton Jerry Baum ’43 were in attendance.

Chris May ’47 writes that he and Carolyn are trying to sell their house on Chesapeake Bay and move to a retirement community in suburban Washington. Between them they have 12 grandchildren, all living in the Eastern corridor. Chris continues to sing in a barbershop harmony group he joined in 1954. He worries about the future of the world and the effect on his grandchildren when they reach his age. Martha Frey Allen ’48 writes: “So now we enter the Octogenarian years! Let’s make the most of them! Good cheer to you all!”

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Felicia Clark ’50 (585) 377-8208 Anne C. Frost ’50 (585) 396-2372

Dorothy McMannis Kaelber ’50 at home in Florida

55th Reunion:1955

Stewart Wilson ’55 writes: “I am doing

computer learning system research with colleagues worldwide; also some consulting. My wife, Renate V. Buelow Wilson, paints landscapes and flowers and has sold quite a few. My daughter, Marisa, teaches science at the American School in London (too far away!!), and my son, Gabriele, is quite a prominent graphic designer in New York. I value my Harley education and have fond memories of Mrs. Edey, Mr. Ewell, Mr. Davidson, Mssrs. Utter and Litterick (bien sur, Madame!), and many—all—the others. It was great prep for MIT. My Web site has more info plus a picture(!):” While visiting their daughter Rebecca and husband John in London on the way to a 2-week holiday in Turkey, John Mills ’57 and his wife Suzanne Crowe had a very cordial lunch with Sally Small Worthing-Davis ’57 and her husband Richard while they were in London. Sally had a very adventurous few years following her graduation from Syracuse University, including 2 years in the Philippines courtesy of the Peace Corps, a bit of a holiday in Australia afterwards, and then crewing a trimaran crossing the Pacific. She and her husband run a busy psychology practice in NW London.

Malcolm Forbes Baldwin ’58 writes

from Lovettsville, Va.: “Twice a year our county organizes farm tours that, this past May, included our farm, featuring our sheep, llamas, wool products of ours, and other farms and walks in the vineyard. Some 400 folk visited over the weekend, highlighted by a barn dance graced by our new barn roof (yes, a big deal). We turned our rental cottage into a farm-stay B&B, so we’re looking forward to visits from old classmates and any Harley alumni.” Malcolm can be reached at (540) 822-5097 or by e-mail: Roxanne Russell Stosur ’55 with her husband, George Stosur

Roxanne Russell Stosur ’55 is still married to George Stosur, and has two grown children, Stephanie and Hallie.

Barbara Poole von Schilcher ’58

welcomed a new grandson, KortLand Andrews Quinby von Schilcher, on December 30, 2009. He joins siblings Della, Fin, and Julian.

60s 50th Reunion:1960 Class AgenTS

Charles D. Fallon ’60 (585) 383-1048 Gretchen Fallon ’60 (239) 596-1075 Polly Sweeney ’60 (626) 664-9329

Gretchen ’60 and Martin Fallon ’60

Linda Rudd Davis ’60 writes: “Following

graduation from Harley I attended Mary Washington College, University of Virginia in Fredericksburg, Va., followed by a Medical Assistance program at Rochester Business Institute. Peter Davis ’59 and I were married in August 1963 and moved to Madison, Wis., where he completed his studies and I worked at Madison General Hospital. We had our first child, Jean, on the day Peter graduated, and we then returned to Rochester. We had our son, Benjamin, in 1967 and moved to a house Peter and his father built in Ontario, N.Y., where we lived until 1975, when Burroughs (later to merge and become Unisys) began transferring us, first to Danbury, Connecticut, to Long Island, back to Connecticut, to Detroit, and finally to Philadelphia. We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to live and work in and explore different areas. I worked as a medical S u m m e r 2 010

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practice manager in each city and became actively involved in the American Medical Management Association in each state. In 1994 we made the decision to move to Prescott, Ariz., where my parents, Marjorie and Gilliam Rudd, had retired to, and lived there for 13 years, thoroughly enjoying the Southwest. We hiked the Grand Canyon from both the north and south rims, camped in the mountains, explored back roads, and enjoyed the changing seasons in the milehigh city. We each found positions there and finally decided to retire in 2006 and made the decision to move back to the N.E. to be closer to our family. We have been in Arundel, Maine, bordering Kennebunkport, for four years and have camped, hiked, birded, and driven throughout a large part of the state. I have served on the Child Abuse Prevention Council in Kennebunk and am currently a volunteer at Southern Maine Medical Center and a Board member of its Auxiliary. We are avid birders and walkers, and photography is an important hobby. We now have three grandchildren, whom we can’t see enough of! “Last year we attended Peter’s 50th Reunion at Harley. What a wonderful time we had sharing memories and experiences with several of his classmates and reconnecting with such longtime friends! We feel fortunate to have kept in touch with my classmates, Gretchen ’60 and Marty Fallon ’60, who have visited us in Maine, and with Ann Hamilton Wolfe ’60 over the years. I so look forward to returning to Rochester in October and spending a memorable weekend with our Class of ’60! We hope to have a large turnout for all the events planned—we need a lot of time to catch up after five decades!”

Charles Fallon ’60 writes: “I am excited to

attend the fiftieth anniversary of our Harley graduation. We will host a party at our home in East Rochester, and I look forward to seeing my classmates, some of whom I have not seen for fifty years!”

David Snell ’60 writes: “After getting a

graduate degree in drama, I worked as a professional actor for many years, doing commercials, soap operas, Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, repertory theater, and a handful of films. Actors, however, have far

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too much free time. So when I got tired of reading the papers and changing diapers, I wrote a book called Lights, Camera, Murder, a murder mystery featuring an actor-sleuth. My advance and royalties easily covered two or three bags of groceries, so I decided not to pursue this line of work any further. Still, I began concentrating more on writing, less on acting. I wrote for daytime television, did a little free-lancing, then started writing copy for various corporate clients. Today I run a megalithic marketing communications firm staffed by myself, a computer, and an orange cat. Typical assignments include copywriting, video production, and frequent stints as a moderator/interviewer for business roundtables and webcasts. My hobbies include reading, tennis, and— especially—choral singing, which seems to get more rewarding every year I do it.”

Margie Good Stockwell ’60 writes: “I got married to Hunt Stockwell and we will celebrate 46 years in August. Two children, Dave and Kate, both married, and are the parents of three and two children, respectively. All grandchildren are outstanding in every (well, most) way, of course. I Live in Princeton, N.J., and can’t imagine living any place else—except western Maine, where we share a family cottage (with family!). I worked as a reference librarian in East Brunswick, N.J., and then in Princeton (municipal, not university). Had my dream job early on (get this) as an aerobic dancing instructor! It ended when my cancer treatments started. I am looking forward to the 50th, except that I won’t recognize anybody and will be very embarrassed. I don’t expect anyone to recognize me; 68 doesn’t look like 18. Life is good!”

Loser), married with two children; and Ryan, a cellist, performer and teacher in the LA area with one child. I miss the lilacs and the green countryside; other than that, California is Nirvana.”

Sarah Corwin Brady ’61 celebrates her mom’s 100th birthday this year; she is still strong and able—a delight for her children! Rich Patterson ’63 wrote that his wife of

almost 12 years, Cynthia Wooten Patterson, passed away on August 29, 2009. You may contact Rich at

Lee Sherwood Allen ’64 married Mark

McDermott on June 12 at the Country Club of Rochester. They honeymooned in Hawaii. Lee is a teacher at Harley.

Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 writes: “I am

semi-retired from the violin due to arm injuries and haven’t played for six years or so, but I’ve kept involved with music as personnel manager of the Pasadena Symphony. I have been married 42 years to my husband, Stender Sweeney, a Stanford/ Harvard guy who dragged me out to the West Coast. He was CFO of the Times Mirror Co. and is now a private investor. We have three children: Oldest, Stender II, a banker, married with three kids; Alison, a working actress (Days of our Lives, Biggest

annual he first K Run/Walk t r o f t u Come o TS OF FIRE 5 nd E I R eeke R A H nion W u e R g durin 10 hton r 9, 20 Octobe Park in Brig n y Meridia at www.harle r e t Regis

45th Reunion:1965 John Davidson ’67 writes: On June 8, I

spent the afternoon in the private library of the Institut de France, part of the Académie française, on the banks of the Seine.

younger brother Peter ’72 followed. You’d think there was a Harley-to-Haverford pipeline in the decade that began in 1962. German foreign exchange student Volkmar Wenzel ’72

According to John Davidson ’67, German international exchange student Volkmar Wenzel ’72 entered diplomatic service following his schooling at Harley. After posts in Khartoum, Cairo, Paris, Bonn, and Berlin, he became ambassador to Syria; he is now the ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He and his wife have four children. His e-mail is if you would like to get in touch with him.

70s The photo at top, shows me on the right, standing with the Académie’s foremost Descartes scholar, Jean-Luc Marion. I was in charge of handling the media for the afternoon. At the end of the day, Haverford College (I’m class of ’71) returned a Descartes letter to the Institute in a ceremony with a handful of immortals from the Académie and some of our guests. First time I’ve been able to invite a privileged few to such a setting—and certainly the only time, too! If only Mme. Windholz could have been there to hear my French speaking to M. Marion.

40th Reunion:1970 Class AgenTS

Preston T. Henderson ’70 (585) 624-9164 Daniel Pitler ’70 (585) 396-1079

Sherwood and family) lives in Berlin, Germany with his wife, Susi, and their two sons, Jannis Mark (27) and David Niklas (19). Klaus writes: “Harley was an incredible experience for me, although I only stayed for a year as an exchange student. Because of it I ended up being a high school English teacher in a private school for more than 25 years!”

Nancy Vaughan O’Neal ’70

Nancy Vaughan O’Neal ’70 has been a

French teacher for nine years at Westmoreland Central School. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, John, and has two grown children, Kate (29) and Vaughan (28).

Daniel Pitler ’70 tells us that his son, Josh (captain, USAF), is coming back safely from the Gulf and will be returning to his home base in Louisiana. Daniel’s daughter, Katie, has decided to come home to pursue a higher degree in elementary education and take care of her parents(!). He currently owns and “attempts to operate” the Pitler Financial Group and Sentinel Advisors, with offices in New York, Florida, and Utah. Daniel, who is soon to celebrate his 35th wedding anniversary, is looking forward to a long trip—though he lives in Canandaigua, where he just can’t seem to leave the lake.



We actually finished the Institute ceremony with a glass of champagne in the private library, and then went on to a Haverford reception at the Hôtel Talleyrand, Place de la Concorde. On a side note, I'd like to point out the Harley-to-Haverford pipeline in the decade that began in 1962. From Harley to Haverford was Christopher Dye ’62, my brother Jim ’64 and Peter Ewell ’66 preceded me, and Ned Hallick ’68 and my

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Lynn Storey Emerson Whitney ’70 and family

Lynn Storey Emerson Whitney ’70 lives in Brooksville, Maine, with her husband, David Gordon Whitney, and two sons, Jacob (22) and Jesse (19). She has been working at Points East Publications for 13 years, and is currently the Maine sales representative (

Leigh Dingerson ’74 lives in D.C. with

her husband and two daughters (who are in high school), and has kept busy working on public school reform and playing soccer. This past year, she wrote an article, “The Charter School Express” that was published in the October 7, 2009, issue of Education Week. In the article, she argues that the latest push to expand the privatized charter school sector may in fact be compromising academic quality. (You may find her article at by searching “charter school express.”) Last year, she co-edited the book, Keeping the Promise? The Debate Over Charter Schools, and contributed a chapter “Unlovely: How the Market Is Failing New Orleans Children, to the book.” If you would like to get in contact with Leigh, e-mail her at

Bettyrae Fedje Easley ’74 says hello

to everyone. She encourages all who visit the Los Angeles area to give her a call. Heidi Loewen ’74 has visited a few times. Bettyrae still spends time on Cape Cod during the summer as well. She has two daughters, Lizza (who is an attorney and happily married), and Louiza (a sophomore in high school). She teaches at La Quinta High School, and an occasional class at a local college.

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Andy Kuehl ’74 writes: “Hi, classmates! (Especially Vee Vee, Joey H, Muffy and Jeff!) Many years, twin daughters and a son (all soccer, football, or lacrosse players); fifteen years of marriage (yes, I finally settled down for a while), but now divorced; loving life. Tried California and Florida, but always came back home to the seasons, sports, and beauty of New England. These days I can be found on the beaches between Newport, R.I., Nantucket, Old Orchard, or on the ski slopes south of Sugarloaf, both in Maine. Love to hear from all! (207) 423-8055; 3 Wavelet Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME, 04064.

(24), are both out in the working world and her daughter Annie (21) is a senior at Vanderbilt University. She keeps herself busy with work, family, friends, and a variety of volunteer activities. She recently had the pleasure of spending time with Vee Vee

Angle Scott ’74, Lisa Osborne Lange ’74, and Sarah Duffus Massey ’74. It was great catching up with them! Please contact her if you are ever in the area:

Heidi Loewen ’74 is in the middle of shooting a new show for HGTV and another TV show for a production company out of Atlanta. These shoots are in her Porcelain Gallery & Studio, where she teaches and demonstrates her work. [see article on page 45]

Montgomery Blair Sibley ’74 with his wife, Kathleen, at their wedding last fall.

Sarah Duffus Massey ’74 and Lisa Osborne Lange ’74, each sporting ‘mom-wear,’ bumped into each other in Worcester, Mass. at the Eastern Sprints

Blair Sibley ’74 wrote a book entitled Why Just Her: The Judicial Lynching of the D.C. Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey. Find out more about it at

(college rowing) in May.

35th Reunion:1975

Robert Ross ’74 received an M.B.A. from

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Columbia in 1983. He has worked in real estate finance and development for 15 years. For the past 10 years, he has split his time between homes in Southampton, N.Y., and Cape Town, South Africa, pursuing a second career as a photojournalist; he is, he says, grateful to have his camera back in his hands on a full-time basis. (Perhaps you remember Rob from the Fall issue of Becoming Magazine.)

Ginny Smythe Spofford ’74 has been living in St. Davids, Pa., for the past 24 years and has been teaching first grade at the Episcopal Academy for the past 17 years. Her sons, John (27) and Peter

John F. D’Amanda ’75 (315) 589-8755 Cynthia Libby ’75 (212) 559-4819

Elizabeth DeWeese ’75 writes: “So far,

my 2010 has been a year of Harley reunions: in January, Sarah Dengler ’75, Barbara Vason Scott ’75, and I met near Barbara’s home in Florida for a fun, long weekend. In February, just two weeks before I moved from Seattle back to eastern Washington,

Tim ’76 and Priscilla Rockwell Wiest ’76

found me. It turns out that we’ve lived about two miles from each other north of Seattle for the past 10 years! Oh that we could have figured it out sooner. In March, I took my daughter Molly to Washington, D.C., for her spring break, and we stayed with Leigh Dingerson ’74 and her family. It’s always good to see Harley friends!”

Cynthia Hallenbeck Libby ’75 writes: “I am still living in New York City but my older daughter, Alexandra, transferred to Nazareth this year and had a wonderful time. She is in the nursing program and visits my parents (who still live in the same house where we had our champagne reception after graduation!), often for a home-cooked meal. My younger daughter, Erica, just completed her sophomore year at Claremont McKenna College in southern California and is off to Amman, Jordan, this summer to work at an investment bank. All is well!” Naomi Wadsworth ’77 is currently

working in Florida as a freight pilot flying to the Bahamas and points south. She still has her farm in New York, where her husband, Ray, is holding down the fort when she’s in Florida. She hopes everyone is fine and well.

80s Class AgenTS

Paul Barrows ’80 (585) 624-4889 James M. Moore ’80 (585) 288-6428 Julia Pearsall ’80 (315) 889-7402 Craig Wadsworth ’80 (585) 243-3713

30th Reunion:1980 Jim Moore ’80 married Wendy Bedenko

in August 2009 in Fair Haven, N.J. on the Jersey Shore.

Jen Langer Smith ’80 lives in Takoma Park, Md. with her husband and two daughters. Her 14 year old looks just like her, but is a much better actor. Her 12 year old is teaching Jen how to be better organized. Jen runs diversity and social justice programs for Middle and High School youth in the greater Washington area. She can be found on Facebook as Jennifer Langer Smith, but will then communicate by email, as she uses Facebook primarily for her work with youth.

John Morse ’81 and Ellen Frankenstein ’80 in Alaska

John Morse ’81 was in an episode of the

NBC show Trauma in March. He played a sniper. “I worked on the NBC show for 9 months as the second assistant director (AD), and the show was all shot in San Francisco. I got talked into playing a sniper in an episode for fun, but prefer to stay behind the cameras,” John writes. He also noted that “back in the fall of 2008, I was sent to Sitka, Alaska, to film some ‘beauty shots’ of Alaska for the film The Proposal, since none of the already completed film had been shot there. Well, I got there and could not see Russia BUT did see Ellen Frankenstein ’80. Ellen is a documentary filmmaker and lives in Sitka. What a wild coincidence to not only run into a Harley friend in Alaska, but to work together as well! Ellen was hired as our film crew’s local coordinator and host, and did an outstanding job making all our work go smoothly. It was really great to see her in action!” John also reports that Maura Toole Weis ’81 visited San Francisco in February and an “emergency meeting” of the Class of 1981 was called. In attendance, 11% of the class: Maura, John, Michael Goldman, honorary class member, Mark Redmond, Meg Hilgartner, Mark Mayer, and Dave Freeman. He says that “sometime before last call, the idea of our 30th reunion being held in San Francisco was discussed. For the other 89%, please send your feedback to: hope to see you all on either coast in 2011!”

John Morse ’81 and classmates at an impromptu reunion in February

Linda Hamlin Arnold ’83 writes that after

a brief hiatus focused on relocation and transitioning (twice) and volunteering, she is happy to announce that she is back in the workforce as a partner at Aveta Marketing ( located in Boulder Colo.

Nancy Brooks Phillips ’84 writes: “Thank

you to all my classmates who pulled together the Reunion. Although I did not make it in person on the weekend in October, I have enjoyed connecting with everyone online.”

Rachel Zinman-Jeanes ’84 is currently in Europe teaching yoga workshops and sharing devotional chanting with her husband Nyck Jeanes. Their son, Jacob, an avid musician and artist at 17, just graduated from high school. Rachel and Nyck as the Kirtan band, The Subway Bhaktis, are nearing completion of their second devotional chant album, “Rasa Lila,” and plan a release in late August. Meanwhile life continues to inspire and uplift. Rachel can be contacted via her devotional yoga Web site

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25th Reunion:1985 Class AgenT

Alicia Schober ’85 (408) 973-1475

Oliver Brown ’85 is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. Eckart Baum ’86, international exchange

student from 1985-1986, and his wife, Sylvie, welcomed Rebecca Olivia in January 2010. She joins sister Elisa and brother Matthias at home in Prague, Czech Republic.

Michael Zaretsky ’86 has a recent book, Precedents in Zero-Energy Design: Architecture and Passive Design in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, published by Routledge Press. Michael is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati (UC), where his focus is on sustainable design and appropriate technologies. He was a practicing architect in Copenhagen and San Francisco before beginning his academic career six years ago. His wife, Adrian Parr, Ph.D., also teaches at UC; they have three children: Lucien (14), Shoshana (3), and Yehuda (9 months). Kaarin Coe ’88 was in Kuwait before

Christmas and remained through her birthday in February. While there, she performed psychological evaluations and transition training for Navy personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Karin Deutsch ’89 continues to work

at Freedom House (www.freedomhouse. org), a non-profit organization focusing on research, programs, and advocacy to promote fundamental human rights and freedoms. She manages an annual publication on freedom trends in the media, and has also been increasingly involved in tracking global developments in the Internet and new-media sphere. This past year, work took her to Berlin, Amman, Oslo, Warsaw, and Tbilisi to speak at conferences, and she has also guest-taught classes on media issues at several colleges in the United States. In

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her limited free time, Karin enjoys taking advantage of culture in New York, especially free summer concerts in Central and Prospect parks, as well as yoga classes at her local gym. She also had fun chaperoning her mother (Edna Deutsch, math teacher from 1978-2004 and Scottish Exchange guru) on a trip to Tibet, seeing amazing scenery and a unique culture that has survived Chinese political and cultural encroachments, not to mention sampling yak burgers and yakbutter tea!


Erik Deutsch ’92 became vice president of

engineering and principal investigator for his company’s government contracts. While at his previous job, Erik designed and built a micro-electro-mechanical chip that was responsible for finding water on the moon when the LCROSS mission completed its flight this past fall. Erik and his wife, Julie, enjoy living in Brooklyn and continue to take trips to California to see Julie’s family, to Colorado to go skiing in the winter, and this year to St. Maarten to celebrate their first anniversary.

20th Reunion:1990 Class AgenTS

Kathryn Becker Gameros ’90 (214) 599-8579 Kirsten Allen Reader ’90 (585) 256-1428

Kathryn Becker Gameros ’90 lives in

Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Bill, three daughters, Zoë (6), Isabel (4), and Nina (1), and two dogs. She is looking forward to catching up with her classmates at their upcoming (gulp) 20th reunion. If you have not done so already, join Facebook—Chris Smith and Terri Schaller Kabes ’90 posts make it well worthwhile!

Lara Ropiteau Davis ’90 and her husband, Lane, welcomed a new baby girl, Audrey, on April 20. Congratulations, Lara and Lane! Kirsten Allen Reader ’90 writes: “I am finishing my eleventh year of teaching at Harley. I have two beautiful children and a wonderful husband. I love teaching my seventh and eighth graders as I try to channel Alex DeSantis on a weekly basis. I also enjoy running, biking, cooking, playing with my kiddies, and long walks on the beach. I will be attending our twentieth reunion in the fall, and I hope to see lots of former classmates there as well.”

Sarita Gupta ’92 and her daughter, Suraiya

Sarita Gupta ’92 lives and works in the

Washington, D.C. metro area with her husband, Eddie Acosta. Sarita, the executive director of National Jobs with Justice, has been living in D.C. for six years. Sarita and Eddie became parents on May 19, 2010, to their daughter, Suraiya Camila AcostaGupta. They are enjoying their journey as new parents so far.

Angel Ramos ’94 lives in Orlando, Fla.

Since graduating from Harley, Angel went back to Puerto Rico and completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then moved to Portland, Ore. to pursue an M.A. in Buddhist studies and is now in Orlando working as a Spanish interpreter. Angel says he is “very grateful for having had the chance to attend a school like Harley.”

Clairissa Breen ’96 is currently ABD (all

but dissertation). She has taken an instructor position at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., and loves every minute of it. She will be developing a minor in counter-terrorism starting this spring and hopes to be Dr. Breen by December!

Corinne Olson-Perham ’94 gave birth to a thriving baby girl, Josephina Tooba Perham, on March 20, 2010. She was 6 lbs, 12 ounces.

15th Reunion:1995 Class AgenT

Andrea Andrade ’95 (404) 308-6249

Kara Sanko Harmon ’95 writes: “I have

three beautiful children Kaidan Brandt, 4, who is four, Cooper Burton who is three, and Kaylor Brynne who was born October 24, 2009. My husband, Scott, and I have been married for five years. We have lived in Rochester since May 2005 and are relocating to Orlando, Fla. this June. I am an operating room nurse and love my job!”

Melissa Hirokawa ’95 lives in Minneapolis,

Jennifer Barclay Newsham ’95

Jennifer Barclay Newsham ’95 just finished a year as the Playwright in Residence at the Tony Award-winning California theater, South Coast Repertory. She is currently developing a communitybased play with the Old Globe Theatre of San Diego, and has productions of her plays coming up in Los Angeles (at Son of Semele and Redcat), Chicago (at Teatro Vista and Collaboraction) and New York City (at Looking Glass). She’s also starting to dive headlong into the joyful madness of Hollywood, and has a pilot which is about to hit the market—fingers crossed. She is loving living in gorgeous San Diego with her wonderful husband, novelist Andrew Newsham.

where she has her own private practice in music therapy. Melissa continues to present locally and nationally on music therapy in hospice care, working with the elderly, and intergenerational work.

Sasha Rieders Coffiner ’96 has been living in Brooklyn and working as a lawyer in New York City. She writes: “I recently decided to work part time as an attorney to start my own small business. The business is a food, cooking, recipe, and restaurant review Web site called A Kitchen in Brooklyn, and has daily articles by me and regular contributions from 16 guest writers from their kitchens in different cities around the United States, Canada, and Europe (yes, I was a former editor of Acorn Press, Harley’s newspaper back in the mid 90s). Anyhow, the website is and you can also become a fan on Facebook by searching ‘Kitchen in Brooklyn.’ ” Britta Ager ’97 has successfully completed

her Ph.D. She defended her thesis—on curses in ancient Rome—in December 2009, and was awarded her degree in classics from the University of Michigan this past spring.

Scott Doniger ’97 and his wife, Rachel, are expecting baby number two in July. They live in Chicago, but hope to move to Denver next fall. Scott earned his Ph.D. in genetics and bioinformatics, then went to work for McKinsey as a health business consultant.

Ryan Kimmet ’95 is still playing music. Check out his band online at www.myspace .com/morningsideporch.

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Sara Doniger Parent ’95 and her

husband, Greg, welcomed their second baby. They live in Darien, Conn. Greg is an IT manager for Morgan Stanley in New York City and Sara is home now and hopes to return to teaching, once “the little ones are not quite so little.” She would love to see anyone from Harley if they are in the area! E-mail her at

Johan Van Metter ’98 with Arthur and Maria in Brittany, France, summer 2009

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Gregory Smith ’98 is living in London working for the British government as an economist. Ted Townsend ’98 graduated magna cum

laude from Syracuse Law School and will be in Albany for one year as of mid August working for the Appellate Division, Third Department. He is engaged to Jennifer Haralambides and plans a fall 2011 wedding.

Harmony Button ’99 is in her second year teaching at Waterford, a school she describes as similar to Harley. She says “Because I was feeling so good about having the curriculum down, I went looking for some way to achieve maximum stress level again, so I signed on for coaching crew.” She has enjoyed it, and likes working with the kids outside the classroom.

Erica Orange Weiner ’99 was married

November 7, 2009, at the New York Botanical Gardens in New York City. She and her husband, Jared Weiner, work together as management consultants at Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc. in New York. They met while attending the University of Rochester.

husband, Chris Murphy, welcomed a baby boy, Declan Kenneth Murphy, on November 1, 2009. Declan was 10 lbs. 9 oz. and 22 inches at birth (though he is surely much bigger by now)!


being a Lower School science teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco, where, she says, she gets to work with “amazing” fellow teachers and share her love of science with about 200 young girls. Elizabeth says they just finished their annual Invention Convention, where the third and fourth graders displayed inventions to solve everyday problems. She says, “The logistics of this project make me realize just how much work Robin Long must have put into the science fairs I enjoyed as a student!”

10th Reunion: 2000 Class AgenTS

Katherine M. Housand ’00 Daniel P. Yeoman ’00

Sarah Townsend ’01 completed her 46th

Kate Benesch Housand ’00 and her

Will Widger ’00 sold his first screenplay

Karin Bleeg ’01 was recently accepted into graduate school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

this past December! It’s called WISH, and is an animated fairytale/fantasy.

Dan Yeoman ’00 writes: “I just completed

my first year in Duke University’s M.B.A. program. It was a fantastic year! The highlights include working with so many accomplished classmates and professors, winning two national MBA soccer tournaments, and taking in Duke basketball games from the Cameron Crazy student section. I am looking forward to a great summer in Charlotte, N.C., where I will be working at McKinsey & Co. See you at the 10-year reunion in the fall!”

Karin Bleeg ’01 was recently accepted into graduate school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Congratulations, Karin!

Christina May Groesbeck ’01 married

Brandon Joseph Miltsch ’00 on May 1, 2010, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Erica with Rachel Pasternak (maid of honor) ’99, Jason Speirs ’99, and Paul Burgo ’97.

Declan Kenneth Murphy, son of Hannah Maher Murphy ’01

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Elizabeth McDonald ’01 is enjoying

Adirondack peak, making her an official “46er.” In January, she moved back to Rochester, where she works for Compeer.

husband John welcomed daughter Anna Claire on June 28, 2010.

Erica with her husband, Jared Weiner

Hannah Maher Murphy ’01 and her

Christina May Groesbeck ’01 married Brandon Joseph Miltsch ’00 on May 1, 2010, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Caroline Abbey ’02 is working in New

York City at Bloomsbury Publishing in the Young Readers department. She tells us that her classmate, Jennie Sun ’02, is working on creating her own fashion line there.

Lindsay Agor ’02 is working in Rochester

at her family’s business, Agor Enterprises, Inc. [see article page 44].

Caleb Calhoun ’02 is applying to law schools after earning his M.A. from the London School of Economics. Sarah J. Hildebrand ’02 was recently

inducted into the Section 5 Cross-Country Hall of Fame.

Lizzie McAdam ’02 is teaching fifth- and sixth-grade special education in Brooklyn. Liz Peters ’02 is applying to nursing school, according to her classmate Karin Bleeg ’01.

Rachel Present ’02 moved to Tel Aviv, Israel in October 2009. She is currently studying for an MA in government with a specialization in counterterrorism and homeland security studies, and would welcome visits from anyone in Israel! Contact her at

Jillian Waldman ’02 writes, “Last weekend, Eliza ’08 and I attended the graduation of our sister Lydia ’05 from Connecticut College, where she received a B.A. in music, summa cum laude. Eliza, a rising junior at Vassar College, is spending the summer in New York City with me, doing an internship in music communications with Americana singer-songwriter Israel Nash Gripka. In the fall Eliza will begin a semester in Paris, where she will study French and intern at Les Studios de la Seine, an international recording studio that has produced such artists as Björk, Alicia Keys, and the Scissor Sisters. As for me, after four years in New York City, I’m moving back to the Philadelphia area, where I attended college. I’ve just accepted a job teaching AP Physics C and Honors Physics at Archmere Academy, a Catholic high school in Claymont, Delaware. Apparently this is Joe Biden’s alma mater, so I’m looking forward to its being an intense and interesting place to work. My long-term boyfriend Michael and I will be looking for an apartment in Center City, Philadelphia, hopefully convenient to a train station.”

Allie D’Amanda ’03 and her fiancé,

Evan Sacks, were married this summer at the Genesee Valley Club on July 24. The couple, who met at Bucknell University and graduated in May of 2007, had been living in Baltimore for the past three years and moved to New York’s Hudson Valley Region at the end of June. Allie says, “All is well and we are so happy in life and love.”

Kathryn Babin ’03 ran a half marathon in Florida in January 2010 with her mother and uncle. Kathryn placed seventh in her age group! (And yes, there were more than seven people in her age group!)

The Class of 2003’s Peter Zogas, Henrik Soderstrom, Alex Todd Smith, Katie Dunn, Carey Ruckert, and Colin Wilcox

Colin Wilcox ’03 organized a surprise birthday party for Alex Todd Smith ’03.

He is pleased to report that everyone who attended had a great time.

We apologize for referring to Ms. Alex Schneider ’04 as a "he" in the last issue.

5th Reunion: 2005 James L. D'Amanda ’05 Rashid Duroseau ’05 (585) 820-1379 Caitlin M. Frame ’05 (585) 329-9630 Sawyer Carter Jacobs ’05 (585) 613-8082

James “Max” Carithers ’05 writes: “Well, now that I’ve got my [bachelor’s] degree, I’ve enrolled in the D.C. Teaching Fellows program, and am now a teacher in the DCPS. I teach environmental science in the ninth-grade academy at Ballou Senior High School. Anyone stopping by D.C. should give me a ring!”

Theatre’s Next Stage

Jenna Fain ’05 is working in the exciting worlds of new media and fashion at Coach in NYC!

Abby Kraai ’04 is enjoying the dickens out

Caitlin Frame ’05 graduated from

The class of 2002 in New York City

from a little reunion in New York City, August 2009. Lindsay recently left her job teaching math in Hilton, N.Y., to return to Harley as a Lower School phys ed teacher and a coach.

Courtney Rawleigh ’04 graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing May 14, 2010, with a B.S. in nursing. She is excited to start a job at Unity Hospital (previously known as Park Ridge) on the respiratory and general surgery unit July 12, 2010.

Class AgenTS

Abby Kraai ’04 in her role as Mitzie Maroni at Geva

Lindsay Worner, Lizzie McAdam, Lindsay Agor, Caleb Calhoun, Caroline Abbey, Jillian Waldman, and Jennie Sun all ’02 ... sent to us by Lindsay Worner

Liz Marion ’04 and her husband, Thor Jensen, celebrated their son Odin Riley Jensen’s birthday in July.

of her new position as coordinator of alumni relations at Harley! She was also recently in a play at the Geva Next Stage “The Lipstick Massacre”, by Michael Steck, in which she played a conceited and deceitful (and murderous?) former commercial actress.

Skidmore in January 2010. She recently began a seven-month internship at Long Meadow Farm—a family-run organic farm in West Gardiner, Maine.

Ruth Hill ’05 is making a name for herself in the art world. Visit ruthhill/glass to see some of her beautiful S u m m e r 2 010 | 41 glasswork.

Francesca Pennino ’05 writes from

Honduras: Queridos people: Honduran politics can’t stop this group! After many changed travel plans (from personal driver to bus to, unfortunately, plane), many different countries (Guatemala, stop in El Salvador for 30 minutes, then Honduland), and finally a three-hour bus ride, my group finally made it to The Farm of the Child! Perfectly safe and sound. Wahoo!!! What’s up, Honduras?! We were greeted at The Farm by the entire community of children, house parents, nuns, and volunteers. I cried. A lot. And laughed, and was overwhelmed a whole lot. I can’t tell you all what a feeling it is to finally be back at this place that I love so much. And I am so excited that I am able to share such a beloved place with the seven amazing people that comprise the group of “newbie” volunteers. There are many new faces at The Farm. Children have come, and some have left. Yet the ones who remain greeted me with open arms and lots of smiles. Of course, I had to remind some of them them who I was, which usually included my saying, “Remember me? I came with that really BIG chico named Joe?” And then, with wide eyes of remembrance, they smiled and embraced me. Over a year has passed since I spent my [first] two months on The Farm, but being here now, it feels like just a few weeks ago. I can’t believe how incredible our children are here: how they embrace old and new volunteers as if we have known each other for our whole lives. They love us with the full knowledge that our time together is temporary. You might think that I have come to “help” these children, but I can’t tell you how wrong that thought is. These children have so much to teach me, so much to share. I can’t wait. I will keep this short as I haven’t had a lot of time to compose my thoughts. I am healthy, joyful, and safe. I miss you all a lot and can’t wait to hear from you. Please write:

Tammela Platt ’06 recently won the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s 2010 James H. Hall Prize in Music History. She graduated from Oberlin College in May. In September she will be departing for 27 months of TEFL teaching in Ukraine with the Peace Corps. 42 | B e c o m i ng M a ga z i n e

Victoria LoMaglio ’06 graduated from

Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Criminal Justice and high honors, and will be attending graduate school for Counseling Psychology in the fall.

Brendan Larrabee ’06 just finished up his fourth year at RIT. He is working toward a dual degree with a B.S. in industrial engineering and a MEng in sustainable engineering. On top of the coursework he is also in the midst of forming a new Sigma Chi Chapter at RIT, of which he is the current president. This summer he will be working at Cryovac, a sealed air company trying to improve current sustainable practices. Meaghan Malone ’06 graduated from Binghamton University this May with a degree in industrial and systems engineering. She is traveling this summer to Richards Bay, South Africa, and Kolkatta, India to continue on with her hospice volunteering. Come the end of August, Meaghan starts a full-time engineering position at Harris RF Communications in Rochester. We were recently informed that following his graduation from Williams College in June, Steven Jackson ’06 will be pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University.

Marika Toscano ’06 and Nick Cinquino ’06 presented their senior research projects

on May 5 at the Skidmore College Academic Festival. Both worked in the same research lab at Skidmore this past year studying type 2 diabetes. Next year Nick will be going to school to be a physician assistant at Daemen College in Buffalo.

Preston Barrows ’06 received a B.S.

in Physics from Ithaca College in May

2010. For the last three summers he has been working closely with Ithaca professor Luke Keller and Cornell professors on building a faint object infrared camera for NASA’s SOFIA FORCAST project. See it here: www.nasa. gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/ SOFIA/index.html.

Josh Growney ’07 is currently finishing his

spring semester studying law and public policy in Vienna. He was awarded faculty honors for Fall Semester ’09, and has been selected to be a student admissions associate for his senior year and chair of Trinity’s Alumni Ambassadors. According to father P. Keeley Costello ’64, Cliff Costello ’07 just finished his spring semester abroad at Kings College in London, where he worked part time at Gui Hospital. Upon his return, he packed up his car and headed down to Tennessee for Bonnaroo 2010! This fall, he will return to Case Western Reserve to finish his degree in biomedical and chemical engineering.

A.J. LaMere ’08 greeted students at Alfred State College’s 99th Commencement. Below is an excerpt from the article posted on the college Web site: Giving the welcome from students was AJ LaMere, Rochester, chair, ASC Student Senate. In addition to his responsibilities as student senate president, LaMere also serves as a resident assistant in Peet Hall, is a member of the Alfred Community Coalition and the Beautification Initiative, and is an honorary member of Business Professionals of America. LaMere characterized his fellow Alfred State collegians as people who are “young, radiant, and ready. Ready to dream, ready to believe, and ready to experience the world we live in.” He continued, “Our preparation has geared us toward a new age of responsibility. I am confident that this class of graduates and the ones to follow will change the world we live in. We will re-create the formula for success that will lead us back to a prosperous society. This generation will learn how to be more accountable for its mistakes, and rely on itself to get up and go again.” On a final note, LaMere, quoting Gandhi, advised his fellow students: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ So I leave you with that thought—the thought that YOU are now in control of your own destiny! Congratulations and good luck.” In the fall, A.J. will begin his second term as student senate president of Alfred State College.

Register online:

correction from last issue:

Jane Merrill ’08 made the Dean’s List in

the first and second terms of her freshman year at Northwestern University. Jane is currently studying in Uganda with the Global Engagement Summer Institute.

Ben Guzick ’08 transferred to Vassar

College and has teamed up with brother Andrew Guzick ’09 in tennis. They were recently ranked number 5 in Division III. Andrew was named Rookie of the Year for the Liberty League and Ben was named to the first team for Liberty League in singles. Both were named to the first team for doubles.

and participates in several philanthropic clubs. “I can’t even tell you how well Harley prepared me, not just academically, but also showing me how to help others and stay involved in the community”, she says.

Kara Pennino ’09 tells us she is doing well at Drew. She writes, “I have met a lot of really great people and professors. I am on the varsity equestrian team, and even though it’s a lot of time and work, I love it! I am volunteering at a local after-school program for children, where I am working with third graders. They are so much fun and so funny to interact with. I am presently trying to start up a book club at the site to get the kids engaged and excited about reading. Overall I am having a great time, but I miss my Harley community a lot … nothing is like it!” Sean Sullivan ’09 will be photographing

Ben Guzick ’08 and Andrew Guzick ’09

the Vogue Fusion Fashion show later this year. His work has already been displayed at one New York gallery and he is slated to be featured in another later this month.



r 8-9, Octobe

Friday, October 8 12:00-1:30 p.m. Sumner Circle (50th Reunion and Higher) and Former Faculty Luncheon Location: the Wilson Gallery 6:00-9:00 p.m. All-Alumni Cocktail Party and Dinner Location: Artisan Works;

Saturday, October 9 11:00 a.m. Harriets of Fire 5K run/walk Location: Meridian Centre Park, Brighton 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Tours of the School leaving every 15 minutes Meet: in the Wilson Gallery. 12:00-2:00 p.m. Picnic lunch catered by Dinosaur BBQ Location: Beckerman Center 1:00-3:00 p.m. Family Fun Day featuring a bounce house, face painting, magic and more Location: Harley Front Lawn by Beckerman Rain location: field house Saturday Evening Class Gatherings; Contact your class agents for details.

A freshman at University of Richmond, Sebastian Fauchet ’09 has already earned a name for himself on the tennis court. In May he was named 2010 Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, and is the first University of Richmond player to earn such a title. With a 19-8 record, he helped lead the UR Spiders to a 12-win season—the most wins it's had in five years.

Rachel Kurchin ’09 is absolutely loving

Yale! She writes, “I’ve joined the juggling club (and successfully learned to juggle) and the cycling team and have met some absolutely incredible people. Favorite story so far: The day my calc professor read us Dr. Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book in class to demonstrate the importance of nonproliferation.”

April Lenhard ’09 absolutely loves Geneseo. “I’m taking many challenging classes like International Law and Shakespeare’s Histories, and I’m also having a blast on the varsity equestrian team. I’ve had so many opportunities to get to know people who are fantastic mentors to me: I’m the secretary of the International Relations club and through this I met the guy who officially monitors elections in Somalia—I love it!” April joined the Sigma Kappa honors sorority this spring

Former Head of School Steve Hinrichs, at Harley from 1963-1977, is pleased to report that he “still possesses a fair portion of his wits.” He is now 91 and though he was unable to make it to the fall Reunion, he wishes to extend his fond wishes to all who might remember him.

Alice Ritter, librarian from 1967-1987, tells us that she listens to Michael Lasser’s (English teacher from 1966-1998) syndicated radio program, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, every week on Rochester’s WXXI; she enjoys being able to hear a Harley voice. Alice also sees Maggie Schneider (science teacher and head of Upper School 1967-1990) on a regular basis. Maggie is a member of The Harley School’s Archives Committee, keeping up on Harley’s current news and organizing the news of its past. Leo Opdycke, English teacher and head of Middle School 1956-1964, wrote the forward to the book Ghosts of The Great War: Aviation in World War I (© 2005). The book pays homage “to those who worked on [aircrafts of WWI] and built them, to those who them,| and S plived r i n g in 2 010 43 to those who died in them.”

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Lindsay Agor ’02 loves traveling and adventure, going all over the world for business and pleasure. Agor holds a bachelor’s of business administration in advertising, marketing, management, and automotive marketing; she is also in implementation and administration. Lindsay has worked for Volkswagen of America and Nissan North America in public relations, marketing, and advertising. Currently, she works for her family dealership, Agor Enterprises, which specializes in customizing vehicles for automobile dealers and physically-challenged individuals. This spring she started building her own consulting business.

ver the years,

Harley has been many things to many people. For me, it has always been a community of friendships. Whether at home or while traveling, I see my classmates a dozen or so times a year, and it never takes long for someone to mention how Harley friendships are somehow different. Our childhoods of shared experiences and common values have allowed our friendships to grow deeper than typical. Mathematically, it makes sense. By the time “lifers” reach graduation, we have spent over 23,580 waking hours with our classmates. That is probably more time than we will ever spend with a single person in our entire lives. With Harley friends, there is no need to impress or pretend; we accept each other as we are. We take pride in each other’s accomplishments, share each other’s sorrows, and help carry each other’s load. When faced with big decisions or quarter-life crises, we turn to each other. Sometimes I think that my classmates know me better than I know myself.

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My confidence does not come from places or objects. It comes from my classmates, and I carry that confidence everywhere I go. My classmates helped me discover my inner strength, and that has allowed me to take risks I otherwise would not have taken and travel to places other people only dream of. In a world that is constantly changing, and never digs below the surface, they—my classmates, my friends— are my roots—and it is the strength of its roots that determines how high a tree can grow.

Doing what

What I’ve


she has always loved: Heidi Loewen ’74

Folks say, “If you do as an Believe them; they are right.

adult what you loved as a child, you will always be happy.”

It seems like a lifetime ago that I graduated from The Harley School—though I still act like I am 12 years old. Harley was such a motivating school for learning. We were taught to seize the moment, and build upon every experience we have. How in the world did I end up in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the sun never stops shining? And, even more astounding, how did I end up creating my own gallery and exhibiting my own porcelain, just steps from the only museum in the United States dedicated to a woman, Georgia O’Keeffe? Heidi Loewen ’74

To Have and to Hold Heidi explains: The nest and red yarn are painted, along with the shadows. The delicate smoke firing and pine needle marks come from the smoke firing done on top of the platter. The only part of the red yarn that is real is the 4-1/2 inches glued on at the base of the platter and extending about 3 inches into the bottom of the platter. The yarn is quite finely sliced so it beautifully combines the real into the ethereal.

While studying abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris (please read: consuming great cheeses and red wine, traveling non-stop, and museum hopping), I always knew I wanted to be back in Europe as soon as I graduated from Skidmore College. Could you call mountain climbing and ski instructing in the Swiss Alps real work? Perhaps working in admissions for the American College of Leysin would be. Then came translating for an international Sotheby’s art auction in Monte Carlo, which led to a translation position at the United Nations back in New York City. After the U.N. came a brief but magical job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sadly, museum work rarely pays, but happily, Sotheby’s Art Auction House in New York did pay. I lucked out in the Chinese and Japanese departments for six years. It was daily eye candy viewing the gorgeous ceramics and just about every other art item imaginable. Then there were the clients, from all over the world. They were works of art as well! When I got a call to help curate an enormous private art collection and art foundation in Boston owned by one client, I jumped. For another six years, I was in heaven giving advice to purchase stunning paintings, sculpture, and jewels, privately or through art auctions. Lucky is the Sotheby’s connection again. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love and had a great son, Hans. My husband suggested a move out West. I freaked. Who would want to leave fabulous Cambridge? I’d restarted my silly love of clay at the Harvard Ceramic Studio after these real jobs in the art world. We ended up moving to Santa Fe with my brainiac husband, as I was the ever-dutiful wife. He’d gone to MIT and later the Harvard Business School—or the “H-Bomb,” as he called it, since all one ever had to say was “Harvard,” and doors opened wide. I decided that life in Santa Fe, being the second largest art market in the country, could be good fun. Fab fun, in fact. I played in the clay again, taught a class—and was hooked. The teaching gig encouraged me to open my own gallery. All fell into place, and I’ve never looked back. Owning one’s own business is a hoot. It’s a constant challenge, but the rewards are fabulous. The funniest part? My Harvard-Business-School husband never really wanted to work in business of any sort. And I never thought I had the brains (as was often implied) or the right connections to do such a crazy thing as start my own business. Now, for a living, I’m creating porcelain platters and sculptures to sell in my gallery in Santa Fe and teaching people from all over the world. These days, television and film crews from New York, LA, Chicago, and Korea come to film in my gallery as I demonstrate and teach. Plenty of movie stars are in Santa Fe, and they often want to play in the clay.

My advice? • • • • •

In Flight Smoked-fired porcelain 22 karat gold leaf interior. Height: 26 inches. This piece was commissioned by Ted Boucher ’73.

Crazy hard work, along with what makes you happiest, are the keys to success. Writing and speaking properly are always important, so don’t forget the great English lessons from Michael Lasser and Alex DeSantis. Be honest, be kind, and build upon all the experiences of your life. Remember that when screw-ups occur, use these mistakes to make the most unusual pieces ever. Winston Churchill is noted for saying “Never give up!” This is my philosophy as well.

A well-known writer and photographer from Dallas wrote me this very morning: “Heidi, you are one of those rare creative giants that one only dares to hope can be found on the road of discovery. Your passion, energy, talent, joie de vivre are a radiant fountain for which all of us thirsty travelers can be forever grateful.” Damn, if only I could have written half that well for Mike Lasser!

Become what thou art Professor Emeritus of Geophysics and Glaciologist Charles Bentley ’46

“It’s satisfy-

ing to travel to places no one has gone before. I was part of history in the making.”

Earlier this year, Charles Bentley ’46 retired

professor emeritus of geophysics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, found himself on the West Antarctic ice sheet. You may think this an odd place for anyone—much less a man of Bentley’s age—to be, but this cold and isolated place was no strange territory for him. In fact, he could almost call it his second home. After leaving The Harley School, Bentley graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in physics. He then headed to Columbia University, where he worked in marine geophysical research. A short time later he was recruited to The International Geophysical Year (IGY) expedition to Antarctica. To prepare himself for this trip he headed to Greenland, where he taught himself how to collect geophysical data on an ice sheet, data he ended up using for his doctoral thesis. As part of the IGY project, Bentley lived in Antarctica for 25 months and led several exploratory navigations. His crew, which was charged with gauging the depth of the Antarctic ice sheet, was surprised to find that it was as far below sea level as above. This meant that they were traveling over a former marine area and not subglacial mountains, as everyone had assumed. An ice sheet like this one is more vulnerable to melting, raising the sea level by about 20 feet—which can be very threatening.

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As the endeavor continued, Bentley and his crew continued traveling through West Antarctica, where they discovered a range of mountains they believed no one had ever seen before. Today, one of the mountains in the range is called Mount Bentley. After his retirement from Wisconsin in 1998, it wasn’t long before Bentley was yearning to get back to work. In 2000, he took on the role of principal investigator for the University’s Ice Coring and Drilling Services, which provides support for National Science Foundation projects in Antarctica and Greenland. His most recent trip was in January of this year to the deep coring site at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Camp. This trip was preceded by a trip to the South Pole Station, where he toured the newly built station and checked on an innovative astronomy project named IceCube. Bentley’s research over the years has helped gain an understanding of how an ice sheet expands and contracts so that glaciologists may someday be able to predict what will happen to the ice sheet and consequently sea level in warmer climates. When asked why he chose this path for his career, Bentley answered, “It’s satisfying to travel to places no one has gone before. I was part of history in the making.”

A lifelong learner who

• is inquisitive, passionate, and tenacious • is creative, original, and a risk-taker • is a critical thinker and problem-solver • is a clear and forceful writer and speaker • is appreciative of and experienced in the arts • is self-aware and self-directed • is successful in a rigorous college-prep environment

A civic person who

• is a pluralist (globally aware, tolerant, appreciative of difference) • is able to dissent respectfully; is an active participant in the democratic process • is both collaborative and independent • is a respectful steward of community and environment • is aware of what it means to take care of another human being (a compassionate and empathic person)

An individual who

• savors and appreciates life • is healthy (physically, socially, and emotionally) • values fairness and honesty, who is ethical and courageous • is forward-thinking and adaptable • takes personal responsibility

The Characteristics of a Harley Graduate The lines blur at The Harley School between family, business, schoolwork, and play

for Jordan Hollands ’15. It’s a big reason he likes the school so much. There’s plenty of opportunity: In Grade 3, he played on the high school chess team (his older sister, Shayne Hollands ’13, taught him how to play), and he became involved in Harley’s award-winning high school robotics program in Grade 5. His grandfather is his mentor and travels with him to the competitions. Also in Grade 5, along with his father, Hollands began an Internet business,

Described by teachers as “Bill Gates” or “a mini Donald Trump,” Hollands is a little of both. Now looking forward to Grade 8 in the fall, he does research and produces a spreadsheet for that details the hottest toys on the market. It keeps him busy three hours a day filling orders, tracking supplies, and planning for the future—all on top of his schoolwork and athletic activities. “He’s quite the entrepreneur,” says Lee Allen ’64, his former homeroom and math teacher. Hollands is also a talented math student. But while he’s good at it, he doesn’t like the day-to-day “numbers-crunching” and prefers instead “abstract thinking.” For, under the moniker “Dr. Jordan,” he has developed a score pad for word games as well as his own dice games from “reject toys” that included dice with only two numbers on them. Like Hollands’ other teachers, Allen has jokingly asked him, “Can I work for you?” And yet, as Raj Singavelu, his Grade 6 history and English teacher, notes, “his business doesn’t define him.” He’s a model student and well rounded, says Singavelu, who has “never seen him producing something when his full effort wasn’t there.” Harley has also provided another outlet for Hollands’ interest in computers: a class in digital photography. His art teacher, Rebecca Tracey, points out that often he will have “fooled around” in a computer program ahead of time, so “he’ll have more to add” when she’s instructing the rest of the class. Hollands then becomes a “miniexpert” and helps other students. He also took pictures and arranged the layout for the Middle School section of the yearbook. In 10 years’ time Hollands can see himself as a marine biologist, studying “the twilight zone,” an area at the bottom of the ocean where there’s little light and, so far, little research. Once he is down there, though, you can expect that to change on both counts.

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Becoming Magazine  

The Harley School alumni magazine, 2010

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