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THE MADEIRA FUND WOULD LIKE TO SAY…

The Madeira Fund, our annual giving program, says thank you for your contributions during the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2009. Annual giving is crucial to a Madeira education, as it provides for an atmosphere that is vibrant—academically, athletically, and socially. We look forward to and are grateful for your continued support.

Give at www.madeira.org/giveonline or contact Patti Collins, Director of The Madeira Fund at 800.893.2419 or 703.556.8258.


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Madeira Today Summer 2009, Number 178 Published by The Madeira School 8328 Georgetown Pike McLean, Virginia 22102 Editor: Megan Butterfield Design: LisaCareyDesign.com Photography: Matthew Hirschmann, Nancy Magnus, Cade Martin, Louise Peterson, Ali Southworth, Bob Stone, Eli Turner, Lloyd Wolff. MADEIRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2008–2009

Katherine Armstrong P’10, President, Parents’ Association Jean Ann Stewart Banker ’73 Tamera Smith Brown ’83 Benton Burroughs, Jr. P’03 Carolyn Alford Cason ’69 Sarah Pettit Daignault ’66 Kimberly Williamson Darden ’75 Katharine Beal Davis ’64 Arthur T. Dean P’08, ’11 Frances von Stade Downing ’74 Alice Ayres Edmonds ’91 Elisabeth Griffith, PhD., Headmistress

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Robert K. Harriman P’07 Elizabeth Hewitt ’92 Laura Walton Hirschfeld ’84, President, Alumnae Association Priscilla Payne Hurd ’38, P’68, Director Emerita

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Margaret Koster, PhD. ’83 Jane Krumrine Lawson-Bell ’76, President Nancy Miller Montgomery ’60 Misti Mukherjee ’84 Lori E. Parker ’82 David Parks P’10, Parents’ Fund Chair Clark Ragsdale P’07 Mary Cosby Rinehart ’57 Jennifer Evers Shakeshaft ’91 Catherine Harris Shraga ’70, Vice President, Alumnae Association Betsy Licht Turner ’77 Thomas Vandeveer P’07 Linda Clark Waterman ’58 Daniel Wellington P’02 G. Cabell Williams III, P’07, ’11 Madeira Today is published for alumnae, parents and friends of the School. Please send any letters to the editor, comments or suggestions to feedback@madeira.org.

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Teaching Today

Graduation 2009

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Save the Date

Reunions 2009

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Terry Huffington ’72 Recognized

Update: The Search for a New Head of School

Classnotes

Karen Chaffee A Profile in Planned Giving

Milestones ON THE COVERS Front: Taylor Eggleston ’11 benefits from the always-evolving teaching methods employed at Madeira. Back: Graduation 2009


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Respected and Respecting Teachers

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ashington is a city whose social life is fueled by lively, opinionated conversation, frequently conducted at elegant dinner parties. Eager for topics not related to politics or journalism, the currency of this company town, I try to introduce a subject which will provoke a prompt response from any dinner partner. I ask about favorite or terrifying teachers. Everybody has a recollection. Similarly, every August, when faculty return to campus for a week of orientation activities, Dr. Hager, Dean of Faculty, and Ms. Mahoney, Academic Dean, pose a variation on my dinner partner prompt. Recall your best/worse teachers. How do those examples affect your own teaching? As a tangent, we also ask if either parent had been a teacher. More than half our faculty share a family vocation. People have no difficulty recalling the names, faces and characteristics of their best or worst teachers. They can quote cherished words of encouragement and recall vividly critical or disparaging comments. What do you recall? As a result of one of these conversations about best teachers, a random group of adults recently identified these characteristics of great teachers. Great teachers are charismatic and passionate about their subject. Great teachers are demanding, rigorous and generous with their time. Great teachers make connections and create relationships with their students. Great teachers are respectful. Respect: An Exploration (1999) is the title of a small, thoughtful volume about teaching by Sarah LawrenceLightfoot, sociologist, professor of education at Harvard and former chair of the board of the MacArthur Foundation. She believes respect is the single most powerful ingredient in creating a productive and compassionate educational culture. Dr. Lawrence-Lightfoot, who recently spoke to AISGW (Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington) member schools, asserts that respect is fundamental to the quality of engagement between school leaders and staff; fundamental to nourishing relationships among teachers, parents and community members; and ultimately fundamental to the productivity and achievement of students. Mutual respect allows teachers and students to listen, connect and learn from each other. Respect creates 2 Madeira Today

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authentic relationships, nourishes community, animates relationships and is at the core of the democratic principles of equity and justice. Disrespect keeps people from seeing or valuing each individual. Without mutual respect, teachers and students can slip into stereotypes instead of remaining open to the other person’s uniqueness. Madeira strives to model respect for teachers, students, the process which connects them and the power of that connection. I heard recently from an alumna who had taught in urban schools for 40 years. She was annoyed by something I’d written describing Madeira girls today as “happy and healthy.” She did not believe happiness was the goal of college prep education; learning the material was. Of course content and skills are key, but unless contemporary adolescents can focus in class, they will not learn. This generation is easily distracted by domestic concerns — divorce, death, adoption, unemployment, or by poor parenting — as well as the seduction of Facebook, instant messaging, iPods, texting and “sex-ting.” For a few, Madeira might be their first experience with discipline, routine, rules and adults who say no. So having systems in place to help adolescents navigate the physical and psychological rigor of adolescence helps us support student achievement. Our attentiveness also enhances learning since, research concludes, adolescent girls thrive in connections and in relationships at school — with adults as teachers, advisors, coaches, with friendship networks. We say girls here learn in an intentional community. Do these adjectives — charismatic, passionate, demanding, generous, respectful — apply to every Madeira teacher? That’s our goal in recruiting, hiring, mentoring, retaining and, when necessary, dismissing teachers. Accumulated research about what makes a good teacher suggests that it has as much to do with academic credentials and years in the classroom as with teachers’ investment in the success of their students and a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. When we have a teacher opening, we advertise the position nationally, on our website, with an e-blast to alumnae, with search firms, with college placement offices, in newspaper ads, on Craig’s List and with professional associations. We used to say that the ideal candidate had a mas-


line ters degree in the field to be taught and five years of high school teaching experience, preferably in a boarding school. We value versatility and the willingness to coach a team, sponsor a club, add a wider perspective. A shared goal has been adding more diversity to adult ranks. Recently we hired two “younger” teachers, fresh from college with new BAs. Both turned out to be outstanding, creative “Pied Piper” teachers, not overwhelmed by the pace, curriculum or demands of girls and parents at Madeira. So when the Dean of Faculty and department chairs review resumes, we are now contacting a broader range of candidates. As resumes are received and read, culled candidates are first interviewed by phone. A shorter list is invited to campus. Each spends an entire day here, interviewing widely as well as observing and teaching a sample class. Girls in the class provide front-line feedback. Once we’ve made our choice, we persuade the candidate to accept our offer, for salaries which range from $46,000 to $58,000 for a full-time position, teaching 55 girls in four or five sections, advising and contributing to the community. Sometimes we can pay a moving stipend. We may not have housing to offer. Our next responsibility is to welcome new teachers in helpful ways. This begins as soon as the contract is signed. With a group including French teacher Kate McGroarty and history teacher Martin Ferrell, Dr. Hager has proposed a more formal mentoring program, which we hope to have in place by September 2009. In addition to an assigned coach/advisor, new teachers are mentored by their department head and meet monthly with the Dean of Faculty. No first-year teachers advise, no matter how experienced. Rather, they attend “Advising 101” to learn about our expectations from Academic Dean M.A. Mahoney. Being new to Madeira can be as challenging for teachers as it can be for ninth graders. Finally, we have a cycle of evaluation in place. Every teacher sets annual goals, is observed by her department head and deans, and given a written evaluation every January. Students complete teacher evaluations (which are delivered by a student directly to the department chair or dean) at mid-point in the first term and again at the end of the course. Each December, before contracts are reissued in

Observations on the Oval Betsy Griffith, Headmistress

TO CELEBRATE AND COMMEMORATE Betsy Griffith’s 22 year tenure at Madeira, we are creating a special issue of Madeira Today. Please send in stories, recollections, photos, and well wishes for Betsy to mbutterfield@madiera.org. SUMMER2010

February, the department chair, the Dean of Faculty, the Academic Dean and I review each teacher’s performance to date and, when necessary, suggest remedial steps, probationary status or non-renewal. “Banding,” a model for determining compensation, is another element in teacher evaluation. After their first year, full-time teachers are placed in Band I, II, or III. Band IV is reserved for endowed chairs, currently Catalina Keilhauer (world languages), Paula Osborn (English), Larry Pratt (history) and Reyna Pratt (physics). Band I does not require a masters degree, but you cannot move to Band II without one. After five years in Band I, teachers with no additional qualifications are not renewed. In contrast, teachers may remain in Band II as long as they like, but will eventually bump into a salary cap. Band III teachers are master teachers, department chairs, community leaders and ad hoc committee members. Moving from band to band requires teacher initiative and evidence of ongoing professional development. Some teachers take summer courses to advance or expand their repertoire. One teacher always took a course in a topic she knew nothing about, wood sculpture for example, to remind herself how it felt to feel clueless and anxious. One of the pleasures of meeting with Madeira alumnae is asking them about their memorable teachers. I’ve learned to admire Millicent Rex (history), Ruth Katz (English), Virginia Baker (Latin), Margaret Ingle (music), the Mademoiselles Annette et Marie de St. Maurice (French) and Catherine Heap (math); more recently, Ann Scott (history), Sally DeMott (biology), Stuart Davis (history), Karen Chaffee (chemistry) and Liz Heimbach (Latin) are mentioned. I’m sure each alumna has her A List of A+ teachers. At heart, Madeira has maintained its reputation for academic excellence and rigor because of the outstanding qualities of our teachers and their ability to connect to Madeira girls generation after generation. They are respectful and respected. CELEBRATING BETSY GRIFFITH

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Teach Teaching — A One-of-a-Kind BY M.A. MAHONEY, ACADEMIC DEAN

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ABOUT M.A. MAHONEY

• Academic Dean • Has taught every level of Madeira English, from English I to AP English to ESOL • Advisor to ninth graders • Graduate of a woman’s college • Thought she was going to be a poet but has become a composer of e-mails instead!

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n the late spring of 1993, so long ago and just yesterday, I found myself interviewing for a teaching job at The Madeira School. The school where I had been teaching was closing, and even though I told Kevin Wildeman, headmaster at that school (and then later Dean of Students at Madeira), that my new dream was to work in a coffee shop, get a PhD in creative writing or English lit and moonlight as a Weight Watcher’s leader because I was through, through, through with high school teaching, I found myself eating lunch in the old dining hall (now Schoolhouse II) with The Madeira School’s English department. I quickly ascertained that the two departing teachers had been educated at Oxford, and, it seemed to me, between the two of them they had read every book published in the English language. Since I had been teaching in a barn converted to a Schoolhouse, to students who wanted to be anywhere other than my classroom, I realized pretty quickly that it must have been Kevin’s good word that allowed me a seat at that lunch table. There was nothing about me or my resume that would have put me at the top of the pile of resumes except this: I truly loved teaching, adolescents, language and books. Put me at a table with people who want to talk about those

things, and I am in my zone of happiness; perhaps that came through. And although I was reluctant to come for the interview because, as I say, I was through, through, through with teaching (kneejerk reaction when your school is closing, I have come to understand), I came because Kevin had interviewed at Madeira the week before and returned to our small campus exclaiming, “Without a doubt I have found the best place anyone could ever teach — The Madeira School. Get over there and talk to them.” The minute I met Betsy Griffith I immediately wanted to work for her. So

Though we may never have told you this before, I think you are up for the announcement now: teaching is hard work. even though I was not going to be teaching anymore because I was going to be a PhD with a job at Weight Watchers earning free coffee each week as my perk (pun!) from my other part-time job at Starbucks or Quatermaine’s, I am sure I did not even let Betsy finish her sentence


ing TODAY Profession when she called a week or two later to say, “We’d like to offer you…” before I shouted “YES! I’m coming!” into the earpiece of my black rotary dial phone, which really is what one spoke into in 1993. I’ve come to learn that Kevin Wildeman was exactly right: there really is no place better to teach than The Madeira School. Of course, there is no place better to learn than at The Madeira School, either. Yet even at the most glorious place in the world to teach, a place that reveres teaching, a place that has ghosts of master teachers in the corners of classrooms, (ghosts, I swear, who come out and help you when you get stuck in your content or stuck with a girl), even in these classrooms where students are invested wholeheartedly in their learning, even here, with the support of parents who respect education beyond compare, parents who demonstrate their appreciation for teaching in creative and thoughtful ways, even here, here at the pinnacle, teaching is hard. I don’t know if you know this or not, so I’ll let you in on this little shared reality: teaching is an isolating, lonely-making, crazy-making, brutal, bruising, crippling profession. It really is. Surely you must have caught one of us, past or present, when we were so weighted down with the enormity of our task we could barely wobble up to All

School Meeting. Surely, you must have seen one of us, in 2009 or 1906 or 1964, and thought, “Doesn’t she look a little bit odd today? Maybe a little off?” Though we may never have told you this before, I think you are up for the announcement now: teaching is hard work. Learning is hard, but teaching may be just as hard. Or even harder. Some days all we teachers can do is shuffle our way to the dining hall or hide our bruises or try not to look a little crazy around the eyes. Betsy and Paul Hager, Dean of Faculty, have always been instrumental in highlighting professional development opportunities for the faculty. I think they have good radar for spotting when we are getting a little crazy looking around the eyes, when we are doing our best to look chipper, but we are actually starting to do the mad teacher shuffle. One day in 1996 or so, Paul came into my classroom and encouraged me to attend — in the middle of the school year! in the middle of the

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week! — a program for “experienced teachers” to be held in Williamsburg. I confess I was barely making eye contact with Paul because I was trying to correct some quizzes, enter grades in my book, and write on the board (with chalk — it was the mid-’90s) all at the same time, if my memory serves. But he made me make eye contact with him when he said, ‘You need to go to this. You need to get out and about.” So I did. I somehow figured how to put away the pile of papers (every English teacher always has, at her side, a pile of papers in need of grading), I found the gumption to close the grade book, and I mustered up the confidence to invite a sub into my classroom. On a Tuesday, I do believe, I drove down to Williamsburg and joined colleagues from around the state who were wonderfully inspiring and informative. I learned a lot. I was even assigned a mentor from a school in Hampton Roads, a mentor who happened to be a table leader at the AP English Literature exam. She convinced me that if I really wanted to be a good AP English Lit teacher, I needed to complete the application to become a reader for the AP English Literature exam. My mentor was right, just as Paul was right that I needed to step outside the classroom for just a minute or two. Scoring AP exams helped me deepen and quicken my own grading techniques; it was beneficial for everyone — students, teacher — to take my eyes off the quizzes for a while to talk with and listen to other teachers. That life lesson stayed with me. Left to our own devices, we teachers will stay in our rooms around the clock, by ourselves, with our papers, our supplies and lab equipment. We will prep for hours for one twenty-minute lesson in the middle of a forty-five minute class for students who have a three-minute attention span, and then we will dash off to make the deadline to order next semester’s books, stopping only to help three students who want to start a club or lodge a complaint along the way. If one is the kind of teacher who figured out how to make adult friends or create a family, those friends and family members might want to comment on how helpful or comforting or present the teacher / friend / partner / spouse / parent / sibling / caretaker is September to June. As I say, it is a brutal, bruising business.

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Many teachers are, at heart, introverts (or performance artists who prefer the small stage and the live audience), so we don’t, as a group, spend a lot of time together doing the equivalent of “daily rounds” or “workshopping a story” or “consultations.” That’s another sad little secret about teaching: we don’t give ourselves enough time to collaborate, though we value collaboration, live for community, and quite often require our students to work with a partner or with a peer editor. We think collaboration, in theory, is excellent. It’s just not, shall I say?, for us. So, in June 2006, when I attended David Mallery’s 43rd Annual Seminar on Teaching at the Westtown School, and David, who must

…we’ve shared our confusion over what it really means to do as Daniel Pink told us last June, “educate students for their future, not your past.” have been at least 85-years-young at the time, delivered a program whose sole purpose, really, was to require or allow teachers to talk to each other — about our “craft” — I was, again, hooked. Immediately, thanks to David and thanks to Betsy and Paul who introduced me to this opportunity and allowed me to go, I thought: we’ve got to start doing this at Madeira. I shouldn’t only be having these wonderful conversations with teachers in Williamsburg and Westtown. We can talk shop at Madeira, too. Once again Betsy and Paul probably saw me looking a little crazy around the eyes, because they said, “Sure. Go ahead,” when I asked if we could attach a craft

talk to a Faculty/Staff meeting. A craft talk, Mallery model, is elegant in its simplicity. Come up with a rich topic or a mundane topic, a no brainer or a provocative pot-stirrer, about teaching or learning. Put a couple of teachers or school people together and send a related article out ahead of time. Talk about the topic or move from the topic to another that seems more important. The recipe is a classic and sure to please. First came craft talks at the ends of our Faculty/Staff meetings. What fun to mix up groups, chat about our craft with people we’d know for years (and in some cases taught for years a floor above or a floor below) but with whom we had never shared the intimate details of our educational philosophies or the components of our very best assignment. One could have learned that her lunch buddy is a proponent of the discovery method or struggling to find homework assignments that give all learners more return on the time invested. By September 2007, some of us decided that we needed to know much more about the adolescent brain than a monthly craft talk would afford, so we started a Learning/Curriculum Committee, a committee which, for the two years of its existence to date, has been a “come as you are and when you can” kind of party. We meet weekly, at breakfast and again at lunch, so anyone who’d like can attend. We have just a few rules, all of them unwritten: you have to listen as well as talk; you have to be invested in the ongoing dialogue; you can’t use the meeting to bash kids, civilization, people in your department, people outside your department, brain researchers, neurologists, or educational theorists. You can come and go as fits your schedule. Most importantly, you must be open to change. This is not a “we’ve done it before and it doesn’t work,” kind of enterprise. This is a “How do you…?, or “I want to try…,” or, “What do you think about…?” kind of group.


Thursdays have become my favorite day of the week. I start the morning with a fabulous Madeira breakfast and a stimulating conversation with Lynetta Binger, Evelyn Canabal, Martin Ferrell, Kate McGroarty, Jared Peet, Reyna Pratt, and Wendy Roshan. I don’t want to brag, but we have turned into our own version of a think tank. (A collaborative think tank.) We’ve discussed articles by Alfie Kohn on homework, “The Chronicle of Higher Education” on the micro lesson, “Time Magazine” on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Schools,” and excerpts from a textbook on motivation (would students be more motivated or less if we eliminated grades?). We’ve questioned ourselves about whether our stated curriculum is actually our most important curriculum, whether our homework assignments advance our goals, whether we are evaluating students exactly on what we want them to learn, given what the most current research shows about how adolescent girls learn. We’ve remembered and shared how our favorite teacher greeted us when we walked in the room each morning in elementary school. Jared Peet, in his second year of teaching, is asking the hard questions and providing creative answers as easily as the department chairs and master teachers in the room who have, like all good introvert teachers, been sequestered in their classrooms for decades. At lunch, I munch happily on Thai pizza or sip gourmet soup or enjoy mega-salad with Meredyth Cole, Krista Cowan, Heidi Freeman, Paul Hager, Ashley Johnson, Catalina Keilhauer, Nancy Magnus, Paula Osborn, Larry Pratt and Keith Ward, with Marisa Peacock, Andy Rhein and Andrew Sharp coming as their schedules allow. We’ve tried to figure out how to add more research skills to the high schooler’s repertoire, how to help students minimize frustration and build patience (upping their threshold for academic discomfort), and we’ve shared our confusion over what it really means to do as Daniel Pink told us last June, “educate students for their future, not your past,” though we find we are more clear on what Dr. William Stixrud told us made for a dynamic learning environment, “high challenge, low threat.” In June 2008, Kate McGroarty, as part of her graduate work, and I helped design, at Betsy’s request, what came to be known as “June Week,” a week-long symposium for interested Madeira teachers and staff members. Because we were able to draw from a year of Learning /

Curriculum committee weekly “craft talks,” and because Kate is an expert organizer, and because Betsy funded the week through Prill Hurd’s Deardourff gift, we had the week of our professional lives. Not even the tornado that ripped through campus, crashing trees on cars and submerging us in darkness, stopped the show. No electricity? No problem! We kept meeting. The speakers may have melted, but once you start a conversation among teachers, you can’t stop. Let me fill you in on a little secret about teaching: it’s not just a brutal, bruising, isolating profession. Sure, it can be all those things, even all those things all in the same day. But it is also a profession filled with colleagues, just like you, who wake up in the middle of the night with an inspired thought for class the next day, who want nothing more than to share their passion of a subject and their zest for life with the adolescents in their room. We’ve discovered that teachers are vitally interested in talking with each

Teacher Quotes from the Learning / Curriculum Committee’s Teaching Philosophies “I feel that empathy is one of the most important characteristics of a good teacher.” “There should be laughter every day, unless it is a test day.” “I’d like my class to be known as a ‘hard but interesting class.’ ” “Education is political.” “I believe that education is a gift and like any gift it should be selected with care.” “When the teacher demystifies, simplifies, complicates, questions, explains, excites, or incites she offers something precious and earned.” “The teacher engages in fair assessment and treatment of students.”

other about the fine craft of teaching. Teaching is a profession filled with ghosts who, I swear, sit around the breakfast and lunch table with us each Thursday, as we grapple with the best ways to teach Madeira students in the 21st century. I know Margaret McBride and Charlie Fisher and Mrs. Katz and Miss Rex and Miss Coyle and the French sisters are with us. I can tell you I carry Mary Ann Clark and Lydia Sorrels and Cathy Cleveland and Kevin Wildeman with me into the room, and Reyna Pratt comes with what she learned from Karen Chaffee and Sally DeMott, and Larry Pratt can tap into Stuart Davis and John Campbell, just to name a few of our influences. The room is full and the conversation is extraordinary, and we are nourished in so many ways. On Thursdays, we go back into the classroom recharged and ready to teach our students who are eager to learn — or not. We are ready to teach to whichever adolescents are in the classroom that day. Teaching? It’s joyful, rewarding, deeply satisfying soul work, and each one of us in this profession knows we are privileged to be able to do this as our life’s work, to be able to hone our craft in classrooms filled with Madeira students.

“The generosity of spirit in approaching students’ efforts is essential to establishing a relationship of trust.” “I believe… high school education has a lot more to do with creating responsible adults and effective life-long learners than it has to do with creating mathematicians, lawyers, translators, economists or biologists.” “…the answers are in the questions.” “I believe a classroom must be a welcoming and safe place.” “I take an interest in the student as a person and not just as a pupil.” “Stick to what’s truly essential.” “Model integrity, hard work, diligence, empathy, thoughtfulness, rigor, and then require the same of them.” SUMMER2009

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“Smart Cookie” M E L B Y + 3 8 Y E A R S O F M AT H Melby Bush, with her faith that girls are “smart cookies” capable of doing every level of math, is retiring after 20 years of teaching at Madeira. Congratulations on retiring, Ms. Bush! I have such wonderful memories of your calculus class. Calculus fired me up; I loved conquering a problem, but I hated when it stumped me. And so, I had an almost daily meeting with you during C block to review any homework problems I had not been able to figure out. I like to understand EXACTLY how something works. I don’t like to understand something “mostly.” So you graciously spent your free time helping me to grasp concepts and problems completely. Now that I am a teacher, I understand how precious free time is during the day. I know you could have been planning and grading, but you never acted as if I was an intrusion, and you made me LOVE CALCULUS. Thank you for teaching me, for being there, for making my mind light up. I am now a history and writing teacher, and I do not use my mind the way I did in calculus. I miss it. Thanks for showing me I could do it.

and wants her students to succeed. I especially enjoyed the required reading: The Little Red Hen and The Little Engine That Could.

— ABIGAIL HILLMAN ’92

— HAERIM HONG ’09

How do I describe the impact Ms. Bush’s presence at Madeira had on my time there? While at Madeira, math posed more than a few challenges for me for the first time in my life and, frankly, I did not seek out faculty mentorship. Ms. Bush stood behind me when I struggled and helped to structure a program that worked for me. She sat with me after school every day and helped me struggle through what seemed like a maze of alien characters, impossible for my human eyes to comprehend. Even when I just did not get it, she was patient and never made me feel incompetent, even when my scores said that I was. I can still remember that when I understood her point, she had as big a smile on her face as I did. She has the mark of a great teacher, joy in the success of her students. I grew to trust her and respect her opinion. My experience at Madeira had its ups and downs but I will always remember that there were a few people there who held me to my potential, helped me get there and took no less than my best. Ms. Mueller, for her unwillingness to accept my last minute, half-hearted effort at analyzing 19th century literature and Ms. Bush for her tireless dedication to my success in math and her mentorship in my senior year. I am better for it. Cheers to you, Ms. Bush! Thank you for being the faculty shining light in my high school experience. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

Ms. Bush is an incredible woman, teacher, and mentor. She consistently makes her class fun and learning entertaining. She connects with us by including funny anecdotes about her experiences and what she has learned from and them and how they in some way relate to our lessons learned inside and outside of the classroom. It has truly been an honor to learn from someone who you know has your best interest at heart and will do whatever she must to ensure your success. I am sad that she will be leaving the Madeira community but I will never forget the impact that she has had on my life and how I perceive the world. She truly is a blessing and a phenomenal woman.

— KAMILAH HOUSE ’97

Calculus has by far been my hardest class this year. It was that one grade that I was terrified to put down on my college applications. Ironically, I never dreaded going to Calculus. Miss Bush made every class more exciting with her quirky sense of humor and a caring personality that always made me feel less stressed. She helped me after class on several occasions, and she very clearly loves what she teaches

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— ALI DAVIS ’09

Ms. Bush has a special insight into students. By her first glance, she usually “gets” students. She is not a person who wants to show off herself, but she is just always there to support us and cheer us up. Her presence is appreciated quietly by every student and faculty member. She has such a strong cover, but her heart is softer than anyone else, and she truly knows how to care for others. She is our teacher who teaches more than just a math, she is our mother who knows what is the best for us and she is our friend who knows when to listen and how to embrace us at a same level.

— TAYLOR HAWKINS ’09

There is an idiom word in Korean that fits with Ms. Bush perfectly: “ho-rang-ee sun-saeng”. “Ho-rang-ee” means tiger and “sun-saeng” means teacher. In English, it could be said as “tiger teacher.” This word is for a teacher just like Ms. Bush. A “tiger teacher” would admonish students when she needs to but is a really kind teacher who truly cares about each student personally and emotionally. When I think of Ms. Bush, I always picture her as the “tiger teacher.” Also I always think of the mathematic equations that represent each name of the students in calculus class. She posts them on the classroom wall in the back and lets students figure out which equations represent which names. I also remember the chocolate kisses that Ms. Bush’s mother makes for us before winter break. I enjoy the quotes around her classroom, especially the daily/weekly quotes she puts on her whiteboard. This week’s quote is “There is no right way to do a wrong thing!” Although I have known her for less than a year, I truly believe Ms. Bush is a wonderful teacher. I will miss her very much! — MINJU CHOI ’10


Francais Aujourd’hui S M A R T B OA R D VS . C H A L K B OA R D BY KATHRYN MCGROARTY

• French & Etymology teacher & Junior class advisor • 5th year at Madeira • Taught in three countries and lived in six • Canadian • Graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge & The George Washington University • Newly named master teacher

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echnology is a powerful tool that engages students in learning not only about the subject matter but the skills they will need in the future. Technology allows students to interact with the real world in ways that they otherwise would not have the opportunity to do. It brings concepts and ideas to life. By incorporating new technology into my classroom, I am constantly pushing myself professionally to reevaluate a lesson or a unit by asking myself, “How could technology better this lesson?” Professional development is at the core of Madeira’s mission. Madeira is not only a learning environment for students but also for the adults on campus. Sometimes a lesson is wonderful and engaging just the way it is with no tech-

I am constantly pushing myself professionally to reevaluate a lesson or a unit by asking “how could technology better this lesson?” nology needed. At Madeira, I inherited a set of ten Les Aventures du Petit Nicolas by Sempé and Goscinny. Published in 1966, this priceless book is tailored to students learning French. Despite the marvels of the Internet, it is virtually impossible to find a copy of this delightful book today. So imagine my delight when a thoughtful alumna sent me the copy she used at Madeira. I treasure the days my students and I spend reading as a group the humorous stories of young

Nicolas. He adds new vocabulary to the students’ repertoire and shows them that even in a level two class they can enjoy the nuances of French literature. Many a young student has fallen in love with French literature thanks to the amazing adventures of Nicolas. Nonetheless, every year I look forward to my conversations with Madeira’s head of technology, Jeff Dayton, about the new tools available for teachers to use in the classroom. When I arrived at Madeira five years ago, my room was already equipped with a projector and computer to show PowerPoint presentations, photos, and video. I can fondly recall the days early in my teaching career when thirty students would crowd around the 26” television set in the center of my classroom in order to watch an episode of Asterix et Obilix. Now after reading Moderato Cantabile by Marguerite Duras, AP French Literature students are able to watch the cinematic version by Raoul Levy on the 70” whiteboard. It puts a whole new meaning to “bring a story to life”! Two years ago, I was able to procure a 3-D projector. Unlike a regular projector that uses a transparency to project an image, the 3-D projector can project anything. I can now share with my students all the books that I have collected over the years. Together we read stories written by the Canadian children’s author Robert Munch or fables written by La Fontaine. Students use the projector when presenting their family to the class in French I. They bring in family photos and while each one is displayed in full color on the whiteboard the student describes her family. They can point out the elements of interest in the photo for all to see. Advanced French students write a calligramme, a poem that takes on the phys-

ical shape of its subject matter. The 3-D projector allows students to share their creations with each other while projecting these unique images on the board. The latest technology upgrade to my classroom happened this past September with the installment of a SMART Board. Who would have ever thought that one change could have such a profound effect on my teaching. A simple explanation of a SMART Board would be to say that it is a projection of your computer screen on a whiteboard where you use your finger as the mouse, special pens to write and a virtual keyboard to type. On an average day, my SMART Board allows me to teach new vocabulary, pull up an online video to showcase a cultural concept such as the Carnival in Quebec, and have students complete an online interactive grammar exercise all without leaving the front of the classroom. We can book a ticket online on the TGV from Paris to Lyon together as a class. We can take notes together that I can post as a pdf on Blackboard for later reference. I can play audio clips directly from the board, starting and stopping them as needed. The SMART Board is the ultimate invention for an interactive classroom. Students are SUMMER2009

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engaged with each other, the teacher and the lesson. One of my favorite uses for the SMART Board is as a review tool. It comes with user-friendly software that enables you to create exciting review games such as Jeopardy. In creating the game I reexamine the lesson to pull out the essential parts. Then in playing the game, students have the opportunity to share what they know with each other, to see in a very clear manner what is most important, and where they still have needs. By the time class is over, I am confident in my students’ preparation for their upcoming assignment. Hopefully, I have piqued your interest in what is going on in many

classrooms at Madeira today? To see further how Madeira students are engaging technology, take a moment to view the videos the French I class created with the French exchange students from Daniélou School in Paris. Using Audacity, Windows Movie Maker and a video camera, the students have created videos that highlight everyday language used in both countries. In May, AP French Literature students will watch a Francophone movie and then write, produce, and edit its sequel. Once the edits are completed, the final product will also be posted on the Madeira website for all of you to enjoy.

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Disappearing Dewey BY REBECCA BROOKS

• Archivist, librarian, junior advisor • Ocean & beach lover • Winter camping fan and road tripper • Cartography enthusiast • Avid reader

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’ve thought of several ways to report about libraries and the changes they’ve experienced recently, since I was asked to write this article. It was suggested I interview a professional in the field, but who wants to read about one librarian talking to another about libraries? I thought perhaps I could “tweet” my article — give it to you in small phrases of 140 characters or less — but would you stop reading after the first few? I knew I would need to find something about libraries that would really draw readers in: censorship (but we really don’t need to censor anything in the Huffington Library) or exciting new databases (they are way better than using the green Reader’s Guides to Periodicals, which are still in print) or maybe even how great I think Wikipedia is (while it might not be as reliable as a peerreviewed journal, it is a great jumping off point for our girls). I spent time checking out what other librarians’ write about in magazines and on blogs and decided that was the way to go — a blog entry, just me spouting off about libraries for anyone to read. Of course, this is fabulously enticing to me. But if you’ve gotten this far, keep on reading! As a librarian and an archivist, I’m naturally inclined to put things in order. Order is how information professionals control information. We are information control freaks. What good is information if it isn’t kept or presented in an orderly fashion so others may access it? One of the most well known information control freaks was Melvil Dewey. Dewey was concerned with many things, but did you know that beyond his famous Decimal Classification system (DDC), he also invented vertical file folders? I must admit that I didn’t until I started

researching for this article (found this tidbit on Wikipedia, but I didn’t stop there; I actually followed the citation to another source because it seemed too good to be true). What I think many people today, especially teenagers, might find interesting about Dewey was that he was a proponent of English Spelling Reform and even changed his first name to just Melvil from Melville. He wasn’t so successful with Dewey to Dui, so chose to keep the original spelling. How do you think Melvil would feel about “thx” or “cul8r?” OK, back to the main topic, changes in libraries, and more specifically, changes in how patrons access information. As noted above, Dewey created an organizational system for libraries so spectacular that it has withstood not only the additional information discovered in the last century, but also the explosion of Microfilm from The Washington Post, 1 June 1907, announcing Madeira’s first graduation class.


the internet and a myriad of technological advances. Because of the simplicity of the system (which I won’t go into because it is harder to explain than to understand), the DDC can be expanded and expanded. If you really want to know more about how the DDC works, check out this site: http://www.oclc.org/us/ en/dewey/versions/ddc22print/intro.pdf. So we have Dewey and his great system for arranging books by subject, but the library is more than just books on shelves! In fact our students are usually charged with finding resources “online,” but what does that really mean? Most often, our girls go to JSTOR or ProQuest. “J, what?” you ask. JSTOR is short for Journal Storage, and here’s how they describe themselves: “a not–for–profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive. Our overarching aims are to preserve a record of scholarship for posterity and to advance research and teaching in cost– effective ways. We operate a research platform that deploys information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. We collaborate with organizations that can help us achieve our objectives and maximize the benefits for the scholarly community.” ProQuest, in much the same way, is an online database that our girls and most college students use to find articles that we may not have in print in our library. Most of you might remember using the green paperbound Reader’s Guides that have been printed monthly since before the turn of the last century to find articles for research papers while in high school. Madeira has hard copies of the Guides dating back more than 100 years. Or maybe you wanted newspaper articles which were microfilmed. Perhaps you used the technological advancement, microfiche. Who doesn’t love squinting at something like this? While we still have the physical microfilm and microfiche and two reader-printer machines, in my five years here I’ve only seen one student actually attempt to use these dinosaurs. Even today, there are

still companies that microfilm, but many have moved to the less expensive and more easily accessed electronic image file. I could go off on a tangent about proprietary software and how the PDF (Portable Document Format created by Adobe in the 1990s) has become an open standard, but maybe another time.

…we just point them in the right direction and let them take it from there. As “digital natives” these girls are able to find just about anything online. In addition to JSTOR and ProQuest, the Huffington Library subscribes to many other online services to aid girls in their research pursuits. As with the many innovations related to technology, these subscriptions can be expensive. However, we are fortunate to get access to many online resources through an initiative of The Library of Virginia. And just because we pay for online access, doesn’t mean we don’t still purchase over 50 magazines and journals. I’m not sure that our girls could make it through the week without flipping through the pages of People! In our National Library Week celebration (I know, how could you have missed it, right? It was April 13 – 17, 2009), we surveyed the community about what magazines and journals they read. OK, back to books for just a bit… Often students come in and ask “Do you have anything on X, Y, and Z?” My first response is “have you used our catalog?” As librarians, we ask a few questions to make sure we understand what you are really looking for and then we point you in the right direction. Today’s Madeira girls don’t have to use the card catalog

that many of us sorted through as students — they are able to type in their search using our online library management software, Destiny. There are a variety of ways to search, but usually we just point them in the right direction and let them take it from there. As “digital natives,” these girls are able to find just about anything online. I think “The Librarian’s Song” by Joe Uveges really captures just what we do — check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=SB4HvVEMFig. Let’s see, we’ve covered books and magazines. We have a very limited CD collection and an ever expanding DVD collection, especially since we stock movies for pleasure as well as academic use. Have I neglected to mention any other big changes to the library over the past century? I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the education of our staff. Each of us received our degree in a different decade with different technology yet we still all do the same jobs today. Libraries (and their staff) have always attempted to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. Oftentimes keeping up with technology proves to be one of the biggest obstacles for libraries. To see if you have what it takes to keep up with your librarians, take the quizzes on this librarian’s blog: http://closedstacks. wordpress.com/2009/04/23/mad-skills/. While this is a bit long for the average blog entry, it is not exhaustive in terms of changes in libraries. I’ve mentioned most of the obvious ones, but there are many more. Stop by the library or check our website to learn more.

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The Spirit of Teaching CHEMISTRY AND THE MARTIAL ARTS BY STACEY E. BOYETTE, PH.D.

• Science Teacher / Chemist • 2nd year at Madeira • Kyoshi — 6th degree black belt • Loving companion of Tenshi, the three-legged dog • ECU Pirate and Florida Gator

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n 1988, Robert Fulghum released a book entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Perhaps you remember it. It seemed to be everywhere, but I never really could relate to it. My recollections of kindergarten included playing Peter Pumpkin Eater’s wife in the school play (I had a fabulous puffy costume with a bonnet) and crying every time my mom was even a few minutes late to pick me up. If I wrote a book, or maybe just an article, the title would more likely be “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in the Dojo (training hall).” My experiences training in karate beginning at the age of eight shaped my life and informed my teaching. Lessons about respect for others (of higher or lower rank), about anger management (countless laps were the remedy for my bad temper), and about proper execution (regardless of the undertaking) were woven into the fiber of my being as I grew through my formative years. As my training continued into adulthood, lessons from the dojo continued to come and many of them have found their way into my approach to and methods of teaching. When teaching karate or chemistry, my goals are the same: 1) Transference of knowledge and skills and 2) Development of each student. In both cases, the subject is simply the vehicle for self-discovery and personal growth for the students, and oftentimes, for the instructor as well. Whether students remember the details of a chemical concept or the nuances of a combative technique is less important than the experience of the course itself. Self-knowledge is gained, new mental and physical strategies are developed, and new habits are formed through the study of an academic or martial discipline.

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“Everyone works, nothing is free, all start at the bottom.” — Peter Urban, Founder USA Goju Perhaps the last part of the quote should be changed to “all start at the beginning.” Countless potential students have entered a martial art school and told the instructor what techniques he or she thinks he/she needs to learn. Likewise, many chemistry students feel that they know what they need to know based on science camps, previous courses, or future career plans. The truth is that in order to build a strong foundation the journey must start with the fundamental facts, theories, or methods of striking. The fundamentals are forged into the mind or body by repetition of countless practice problems and enumerable strikes, kicks, and combinations. The potential side-effect of working on the basics and pushing oneself in this way is the development of self-discipline, work ethic, and tenacity. There may even be an epiphany moment when the student recognizes that knowledge or skill cannot be acquired instantaneously, rather it can only be obtained through processing, digesting, and integrating the new information into practice. There is a famous story of an interview with the late karate master Mas(utosu) Oyama in which he told the reporter to come close so that he could tell him the true secret to the martial arts. The reporter leaned in and the master spoke, “Sweat, sweat, and more sweat.” In the same way, chemistry and other academic pursuits require mental perspiration.

“Fall seven times, get up eight.” — Martial Arts Adage It is important to allow students to “fall down”, to take a risk or try something difficult and to experience failure. That is not to say that they should be thrown in the deep end without a life vest. Students should be given a solid foundation of knowledge and skills and then be challenged to try techniques or solve problems that are just beyond their self-set limitations. What they perceive as failure may be only a minor setback, but it provides a valuable learning opportunity for them. Throughout this process, there will likely be frustration and disappointment, and the student will come to know their own emotional responses, how to manage and persevere through them, and how to achieve success. This is a critically important exercise, as too many times students are frozen by the fear of failure and quit before they have even started. The primary roles of the teacher in all of this “falling” are to encourage responsible risk-taking, to prepare the students well by providing the necessary tools for success, and to pick challenges appropriate for the level and abilities of the student. The chemistry classroom or the


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karate dojo should be maintained by the instructor as a safe environment for selfdiscovery, without fear of judgment or ridicule from others. In this setting, the teacher may also serve as observer, peptalker, listener, coach, strategist, and a variety of other functions. Finally, it is important to avoid prolonged frustration for an individual or a class since this may lead some students to shutdown or gain a permanent distaste for the subject or activity. If the instructor senses that student frustration is building to a level that will impede progress, she or he may want to review some familiar material or techniques with the student(s) to restore confidence before returning to the more difficult task at hand. This method facilitates the developmental process by helping the student to relax the mind and body and to try “softer.” Experiential learning is irreplaceable in academics or physical activity. Students must learn how they individually process information, how a technique feels in their body, and how to deal with adversity.

“One’s humility should grow along with one’s strength.” — Chojun Miyagi, Founder Goju Ryu This quote is the antithesis of the ego-driven society we live in today and can be broadened from humility to include empathy and compassion for others. Oftentimes a new black belt begins to feel that her training has reached a plateau, that she is not learning anything new, or that she are no

longer being fed. My answer to them is always the same, “Perhaps it is not about you anymore, maybe it is time to give back by helping others gain competence.” If these novice black belts think that they will not grow from such interaction, they are mistaken. Throughout their training at the Madeira Dojo, girls are encouraged to work in pairs and to help each other become proficient at various techniques and combinations. Once a girl enters her second or third trimester of training, she is expected to model dojo etiquette and to mentor the newer students. She should never intentionally strike or injure a less experienced trainee and should always be the first to put away the equipment at the end of training. The dojo should be a safe environment built on cooperative effort. Similarly, girls in the chemistry classroom are often encouraged to work in small groups or pairs to share their competencies and complete a task. Laboratory experiments provide a particularly good opportunity for students to share information and to guide each other along. On a broader scale, girls who seem particularly adept socially are sometimes asked to work with others who seem less comfortable in their skin. In the adolescent world of “mean girls,” this is one way to make students work outside of their social cliques and to teach empathy for others in their immediate community. The lesson here is that once the student has reached a certain level of proficiency and self-assuredness, there is a responsibility to reach out to others to share knowledge and make other people feel more comfortable. The student does not need to demean others in order to feel good about herself.

Please take a moment to watch the video: http://www.madeira.org/ about_madeira/madeira_video.aspx

Summer Reading Like students, Madeira faculty, staff, and Board have assigned summer reading: to read at least one of these three books and be ready to discuss it next September.

The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other BY SARA LAWRENCE-LIGHTFOOT

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success BY CAROL DWECK

Outliers BY MALCOLM GLADWELL

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox in “Solitude” For any martial artist, relocating also means finding a new place to train with a new group of training partners and a new

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my classes with very clear boundaries and then relax the atmosphere according to the maturity level of the group of students. There have been classes that could never control themselves enough to allow the lighter interaction between student and teacher. However, if everyone is working hard and behaving appropriately without constant reminders, then the student-teacher relationship can become more familiar. The tone of the class has a great impact on a student’s ability to absorb new material and to take risks.

“Ishin Den Shin: From My Soul To Your Soul” — Helen Nakano, Founder U.S. Naginata Federation

instructor. It is sometimes difficult to find the same system of martial art or even an instructor with a similar philosophy to your own. I have been fortunate enough to have had three excellent instructors, each of whom treated me like a warrior, not like a woman or a small person, and pushed me to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. It was my third sensei who changed my teaching style most profoundly. After 15 years of previous training, I learned that it was okay to laugh in the dojo. Although the training was rigorous and the standards were high, the sensei kept a sense of humor and would frequently lighten the mood with a comment or a joke. The sweat would be pouring, but the students did not feel oppressed by it due to the tone set by the instructor. My experiences with him changed the way I teach in the dojo and in the classroom. In the classroom, it is important to keep a sense of humor about you, especially on days when lab is a disaster and the students seem to have forgotten everything. I have found that it is possible to interact playfully with a class and yet maintain control and authority as the teacher. I set a serious tone early on in

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My friends who are not teachers frequently ask me how it is to teach the same subject year after year. Their assumption is that teaching would be repetitious or boring, but no good teacher teaches the same topics in the same way year after year. Even if there is little variability in the curriculum, the students DO change. The game of teaching is to figure out how to reach THIS group of students. How can I explain this concept so that THESE students can grasp it? What are their collective and individual points of misunderstanding and needs for success? The game of teaching involves trying to figure out what tactics, teaching methods, drills, and activities will work for each class and each student. It is important to explain things in a variety of ways using variable approaches, to let the students try to answer questions or practice skills, and to reexplain the topic or technique in different ways until some clarity or proficiency is gained. Another facet of the teaching game involves figuring out how to manage appropriately the ebb and flow of the work load or tempo in a class to achieve maximum performance; that is, knowing when to push and when to let up according the energy level of the students and the rhythm of the term. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the game

includes modeling and encouraging respect and compassion for others at all times and building trusting relationships with students. The rewards in teaching karate or chemistry are many. Observing student growth and maturity that transcends the subject matter is one of the biggest rewards. In the dojo, growth can be obvious in a single trimester. In the span of two or three months of training, a girl may begin to carry herself more confidently, may become more disciplined, or may open up more socially in addition to having learned how to move her body and how to defend herself. In the chemistry classroom, the development of a student builds over the course of the entire school year and may only be obvious as the year draws to a close or as the next school year begins. As important as the chemical concepts are the critical thinking skills developed, the problemsolving techniques acquired, and the cooperative lessons learned. All teachers live for the “light bulb” moments in students, moments when they finally grasp a concept or feel the proper execution of a technique in their bodies. The greatest reward of all in teaching is to see students go on to be happy, healthy, kind, and successful adults.


Life in the Fast Lane T E C H N O LO GY AT M A D E I R A

BY JEFF DAYTON

• Director of Technology • 9 years at Madeira • Advisor of 9th graders, JV Tennis Coach • Consultant for Campus Outreach Services, TABS presenter • Tennis junkie, beach lover, Scrabble enthusiast

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homas Jefferson said, “Every generation needs a new revolution” and I think we can safely say that technology usage is this generation’s revolution. When I arrived at Madeira in November 2000, the technology on campus consisted of four servers, 150 workstations, and no laptops. I believe that the term “Smart Phone” had yet to be been coined. Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Wikipedia, and

Thanks to our new fiber optic circuit, distance learning and teaching, podcasts, streaming video, webinars and video conferencing are now real possibilities. Twitter were non-existent. “Googling” someone would have been construed as something less than honorable and an iPod was something you may have grown in your garden. Today Madeira supports 18 servers, 250 workstations, 200 laptops, and a vast array of portable devices including every “iThing” in existence. Attempting to support and fund such a vast change in technology has been challenging at the very least. However even more daunting has been the challenge of integrating this new technology into the Madeira environment while preserving the academic and cultural integrity that we all value and respect here.

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Madeira has never been a school to impose outright bans on technology use. Rather we examine new technologies and observe the effect they have on campus life and academics. When technology begins to run counter to the mission of the School, we must look at policies that reign in the interference and provide the balance that we are trying to achieve. This is why our cell phone, internet access, and laptop policies are in place. In my day television (all three channels) was the distraction. Today educators and parents are faced with an enormous amount of addictive electronic devices that interfere with the learning process and interpersonal relationships. To complicate matters even further, the speed of change is increasing exponentially. Just when we get a handle on one device, the next batch is being released to market. Being ever vigilant as to the potential negative impact of these devices and setting reasonable limits are all of our responsibility and imperative to operating a well-oiled machine EN T ER I NG TH E HI G H SPE E D FAST L A N E

Many of you are aware that our T-1 internet connection had become woefully slow over the past 18 months. It was virtually unusable at peak times of the day and pretty well worthless for the students in the dorms. I’m happy to announce that on April 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm Madeira shifted gears as we lit up our new fiber optic circuit to the outside world. The 20MB circuit (expandable to 1000MB) runs at roughly 13 times our old T-1 speed and has thus far proven to be an enormous benefit to the entire community both in

and out of the classroom. This new capability brings new challenges in operating a smooth-running machine and positioning ourselves for the future. When Madeira was first connected to the internet, no one could have imagined the farreaching impact this would have on the community. Our new fiber connection has removed a multitude of barriers for new programs and educational/recreational uses. It is now time to re-think

and broaden our perspective on ways to leverage this technology to advance the School’s mission. Thanks to our new fiber optic circuit, distance learning and teaching, podcasts, streaming video, webinars and video conferencing are now real possibilities. With great excitement we are exploring and testing these technologies for future integration. As we move ahead we have to ask ourselves, “What does this technology mean for the future of the mission of the School?” and “What lessons from the past can we apply in order to maintain that delicate balance of Madeira’s rich historic culture with the future and the endless possibilities that are now before us?” Time will tell, but for now my advice is buckle up, enjoy the ride, and watch out for the potholes.

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The Science of Teaching BY REYNA PRATT

• Science Department Chair and the Deborah Loeb Brice Endowed Chair • Campus resident with husband, Larry, History Dept Chair, Millicent Rex Endowed Chair • Mother of Ali, Class of 2013, and Harrison • Graduate of a boarding school and women’s college. • Passionate about particle and nuclear physics

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just finished writing my last assignment sheet of the year for Physics with Trigonometry, and I’m a little sad. For a variety of reasons, I won’t have enough time this year to teach my students about modern physics, one of my favorite topics. In the past, we have been able to discuss readings from a wonderful book, The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav. The author is a non-physicist who attempts to understand and explain much of modern physics in a way that other non-physicists could understand. He takes an incredibly challenging and seemingly

In the late 1800s, physicists thought they were pretty much finished explaining everything in the physics world. There were a few small details to wrap up, but they thought they had found all the equations and explanations for how matter behaved in every situation. Suddenly, they discovered something quite disturbing. Not only were physicists not finished, but the worst case scenario became apparent: the equations were wrong. They did not properly represent how atomic and sub-atomic particles behaved! This was equivalent to discovering the world wasn’t flat after all!

As a result, the 20th century was a thrilling time in the physics world. Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Fermi, Feynman, Curie, Meitner, and many other physicists started to develop the theories and experiments that would evolve into quantum physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. And here’s the best news — we’re not finished with our explanations! There’s still much to discover and explain, including how the universe began and how to explain a recently discovered phenomenon, dark matter. And who knows, there’s always the possibility that all Einstein discovered was wrong as well! When I am able to teach this topic, my students have a variety of reactions, ranging from distress (“So, everything we

Not only were physicists not finished, but the worst case scenario became apparent: The equations were wrong. This was equivalent to discovering the world wasn’t flat after all!

improbable set of topics and explains them in a straight-forward, manageable way. I love teaching this topic for a variety of reasons, but most of all I enjoy telling my students the following facts:

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It turned out that Newton, Coulomb, and company had the right equations for objects that did not move quickly, but when physicists examined objects that moved faster and faster, closer to the speed of light, neither the equations nor anyone’s understanding of the world held up.

learned this year is wrong?!”) to delight (“So, a particle doesn’t really exist? It’s just an interaction of fields?”) to passionate questioning (“If I move close to the speed of light, you think I’m getting shorter and more massive, but I have a different perspective? What if…”) These responses and questions lead to great class discussions, and I get a chance to show them a different way of looking at


physics. This is my passion, my field of study in graduate school. If I could only teach them for two more weeks (and if they would stay focused for two more weeks), I could even tell them about my favorite particle, the eta meson, and about the six types of quarks (up, down, top, bottom, strange, and charm). We could talk about gluons, cosmology, isospin, and the Eightfold Way. I’m not alone in my dreaming. In the science department, one member fantasizes about teaching an introductory entomology course where the students and teacher could spend entire days together, collecting, identifying, and discussing the insects in our area. Another teacher imagines an entire course about nutrition and analyzing the food we eat. I have even heard the chemistry teachers mutter, “Organic? Analytical? Could we do it? Should we?” So why don’t we teach the topics we dream about? We’re not a public school, controlled by Standards of Learning exams or the “No Child Left Behind” Act. As an independent school, should we not be able to teach whatever we would like? What does dictate our curriculum? We do have the freedom to create our own programs of study, and there is a purpose behind the structure. For example, we designed the Physics with Trigonometry course with two goals in mind. Our first intent is to give students a good base in mechanics, waves, optics, and electricity. We chose to pursue “depth not breadth”, feeling that these topics represent the main parts of physics, and even if (gasp) a student never takes any other physics classes, this course has given her a good, basic understanding of how the world around her works. The second objective is that, were a student to take Advanced Placement Physics the following year, she would have had a solid start, and it should make that course slightly less onerous. The AP Physics curriculum covers an extraordinary amount of material, and, in fact, the College Board is in the process of restructuring that curriculum, having recognized the unreasonable task it has assigned for many years. Ultimately, the goal of all the courses in the science department is to teach a solid amount of material while trying to make the students understand the role that science has had in shaping our past and the increasingly important role science must play in our futures, whether it is in learning about energy issues, the use of DNA evidence, or being informed about what is happening in our universe,

not just on our own planet. The challenges in meeting this goal include our four-day class week and the schedule of a boarding school, where we only have approximately 130 days in our classrooms a year. So, I started to wonder — what were the challenges of teaching science back in 1906, when Miss Madeira began the school? Did they even have science classes? Thanks to our resourceful archivist, Rebecca Brooks, I learned that there has been a substantial science curriculum at The Madeira School from the very beginning. In 1907, Botany, Zoology, Physiology and Physics were taught, and students were expected to “learn directly from observation.” That’s an extraordinary list of courses and an impressive expectation. I am also fascinated by the history of where the science classes were taught. There actually was a laboratory for the science classes when the school was near Dupont Circle! Even on the Greenway campus, science was taught in what is now the art building, and in the basement of Schoolhouse I. In 1972, our current build-

The Madeira School has been enabling and inspiring women to pursue science from the very beginning. ing was constructed, and it is now named for June L. Biedler ’43, who has done some remarkable cancer research. Another notable Madeira scientist is Helen Thom Edwards ’53, who led the effort to design and build the Tevatron, a high energy particle accelerator. Clearly, The Madeira School has been enabling and inspiring women to pursue science from the very beginning. Lest one gets the wrong impression, let me be clear. We, the members of the science department, absolutely are able to teach courses that we love, and we thoroughly enjoy the courses that we teach. We have great fun teaching introductory biology, chemistry, and physics courses, as well as the Advanced Placement level of all three of these core courses. In addition, we have some fascinating and creative electives. We offer Environmental Science, which gives students the opportunity to study how humans affect everything, both living and nonliving, that surrounds us. Also available is Biotechnology and Bioethics, a semester course in which students learn about and

debate the ethical issues surrounding the use of biotechnology, including the methods associated with manipulating DNA and biological organisms. A popular course in recent years has been our Forensics Science course, where students learn to apply science to solving crimes. When that class is being offered, it is not uncommon to come across sections of the campus roped off by crime scene tape. New this year is our Applied Chemistry

course, a semester elective that connects the composition and structure of molecules to food, cooking, art, history, and society. Not an easy feat, to be sure, but the students have thoroughly enjoyed all that they have learned. I am lucky enough to be able to teach two semester computer classes. One is an introductory programming course that uses 3-D graphics in which JAVA is the underlying language. The other is called Technology Applications, and the students learn how to program small robots to do a variety of tasks, including some engineering applications. We realize how lucky we are to be able to offer such great courses, and our only regret is that we are not able to enroll in these classes ourselves. So, all in all, I feel quite fortunate to be a teacher in the science department. And, even though I won’t be able to explain to my current students about the shifting orbit of Mercury and why it is relevant to General Relativity, we had a special event this May. A nuclear physicist from University of California –Irvine who is based at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC, gave a talk about the physics behind the novel and newly released movie, Angels and Demons. The story is about an anti-matter canister hidden underneath the Vatican. He talked about protons and anti-protons! Quarks! My dream come true! And, there’s always next year. Maybe 2010 will be the year I get to teach about the eta meson.

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“Why I Teach” T E AC H E R S TA L K A B O U T T E AC H I N G DANIELLE DE ARMENT DONOHUE ’99 I teach 10th grade English and Creative Writing at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. I started out teaching English just because I loved to read and write. I thrived in my English classes at Madeira, which felt like little book groups that were led by smart, challenging teachers (Charlie Barbour and Jamie Mueller). I feel like I never properly thanked them for their role in my career decision, which I regret, knowing now how one great joy of teaching is when former students return to school or write to tell me that I helped them and that they liked my class. It is the kind of thing that can make day-to-day setbacks seem trivial in light of the impact I sometimes forget I can make. To me, that power to elicit growth and change in another person is the best part about teaching. I teach many students who are from broken homes, have deployed parents, are eating free or reduced-price lunch, or simply have horrendous cases of teen angst and apathy. I find that the big challenge is figuring out how to engage students everyday and inspire them to want to pick up a book or a pen. This experience has helped me understand what I didn’t realize my teachers were doing ten years ago at Madeira, which was teaching us as humans, not students. As an educator, you find out about people’s lives and figure out what they need to be comfortable, move forward in their lives, and learn.

PAULA SKALLERUP OSBORN ’70 MADEIRA ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Five Favorite Lesson Plans According to Virginia Woolf, one of the best ways for a student to learn about an author is to pick up the pen. I love to watch students discover that a lot of analysis goes into creative writing. Next, we can begin to discuss where the creativity appears in analytical writing, in the crafting of a thesis, the development of an argument, and in the choice of the words she uses to convey her thoughts. Here are five favorite category bending exercises

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that our Madeira English teachers have shared with students over the years: Freshmen complete a literary rite of passage when they complete The Odyssey, and we invite them to write travel brochures that highlight some of the attractions along Odysseus’s long journey home. Students have to think about episodes in the epic from a different vantage point. What would appeal to a tourist on Calypso’s isle, or what advice could one give the wayward hiker stranded in the neighborhood of the Cyclops? In some cases, girls will mirror some of Homer’s literary techniques, too, employing epithets or repeating signature phrases. The results make time travel seem feasible! Another exercise I have tried with both freshmen and seniors invites them to write about their names. They have the opportunity to think about all the different ways their names connect to their sense of identity. My seniors in “Songs of Ourselves” were able to write their own name “songs,” and freshmen were able to read Cisneros’s House on Mango Street as a source of inspiration for their name studies. Some chose to write poems while others preferred to work in prose. Through the variety of their responses, they learned more about each other and

came to appreciate the importance of names in our lives. Both juniors and seniors have had a chance to write mythical ancestor papers in past years as they read Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior. After selecting an obscure and distant relative from the family tree, they take the few available facts or photos and use these as the basis for creating vignettes that bring those obscure “ancestors” to life. The exercise allows students to decide how someone might have felt, might have dreamed, and might have acted, and through their writing, they recover that individual as a family member who has special meaning for them. In one of my senior electives, I have assigned students the task of writing and reporting on an interview with an immigrant member of our Madeira community. After reading Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine, they become journalists for this exercise. They learn about someone’s personal experiences when arriving in the United States, and they must make choices about how to organize and present what they have heard in yet another narrative voice. They take responsibility for sharing someone else’s story and appreciate that word choices matter as


they convey how someone else navigates between customs and language differences in multiple cultures. Finally, one of my favorite creative exercises is one that challenges seniors reading Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway to write about a single incident from two different perspectives. They need to think about the very same problems that the author was addressing when writing this novel: how to convey the subjectivity of perspectives as well as the simultaneity of experiences. Students have written about everyday Madeira events, a fire drill, an ASM, or a meal of cod in the Dining Hall, while showing two girls responding to the incident from two completely different vantage points. Through this exercise, they come to appreciate Woolf’s craftsmanship even as they begin to realize that their own everyday experiences are worthy of writing about, too! In each of these exercises, students have a chance to reposition themselves in relationship to their subjects. I believe each of us comes to learn more about ourselves and the world we live in through language, so I hope our students gain new insights as they write in ways that cross the categories and engage them both creatively and analytically.

SARAH HEDGES RICHARDSON ’68 I teach because it is a worthy profession that affects every single person on this earth in one way or another. I teach because it keeps my mind sharp and my sense of humor finely tuned. I teach because I believe in the future rewards of a stimulating and experiential education. I teach because I was inspired by my Madeira teachers to be the best that I can be at anything I choose to do. I teach because I enjoy making lifelong friends from all age groups. I teach because I’m better at it than I was at being a student! Presently, I teach AP American Literature, AP Composition, Freshman English, Drama as Literature, Film as Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Literature of the West in a small, public, nationally recognized “Blue Ribbon” school in the

heartland of America. My dream would be to teach a year long Humanities Course with travel built into the curriculum, but public education isn’t financially secure enough these days to acquiesce to such wishful desires. Some day…? Today’s biggest challenge in education? $$$$$$$$$ Teachers need more money, schools need more resources, students need unlimited access to experiences outside the classroom and materials inside the classroom, districts and school boards need money to sanction progressive and innovative programs. When great educational minds convene and construct great educational ideas, but funding isn’t available to bring those ideas to fruition, students suffer; thus, the world of tomorrow suffers. A bright mind, an inquisitive mind, an ambitious mind, a gracious and selfless mind should form the pathway for future success for students, NOT test scores and endless “data.” If test scores, only, are the measure of a person’s intelligence and ability to succeed later in life, or represent a teacher’s ability to teach, then I would not be a teacher today, nor would some of my teachers have been retained. Life outside of school isn’t a multiple choice, fill in the bubble, timed experience, so why would we obsess over test scores as being a true measure of success? Most exciting experience? A class trip to NYC with my American Lit. students to see the last performance of “Death of a Salesman” at the Eugene O’Neil theatre on Broadway. We

I teach because I was inspired by my Madeira teachers to be the best that I can be at anything I choose to do. devoured NYC and all of her exciting components in one weekend. We toasted Arthur Miller in the Oak Bar at The Plaza, shopped at Saks, participated in a Halloween parade up 6th Ave., toured the

Whitney Museum’s 20th century retrospective exhibit, rode the subway, bought trinkets in SoHo, ate lunch in Sheep’s Meadow, and poked through shops on Broadway until the wee hours of the morning. It was a dream come true for young people, some who had never been east of the Mississippi until that wonderful weekend. I teach English because of Ruth Katz!

SU J RODGERS ’77 I teach because I was called. When I was a sophomore in college, I had a glyomia on my optic nerve. Most glyomias grow into the eye; mine was growing into my brain. After the surgery, I had lots of time to contemplate my future (my eyes were covered with bandages for about five days). Would I be able to see, would my eyesight be limited and what would I do if the answers to those questions were “yes”? My thoughts turned into prayers and I made a deal with God that if he “made everything ok,” that I would give back to him. When I returned to Centre College in March, I had decided to enroll in education classes and I have never looked back. In teaching, I learn something new every day. Barbara Boerner [former science teacher] had explained to me that when you don’t learn something new in your job, then it’s time to move on. So, I probably will teach until… who knows??!! My role models as a teacher are Kiki Johnson, Sally DeMott and Bill Brown. They made learning exciting and fun. I still have my 20th Century history text and I am on the lookout for Abortion, Baseball and Weed.

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Today and Yesterday A C O M PA R I S O N O F C O U R S E S & G R A D UAT I O N R E Q U I R E M E N T S CO U RSE OFFERINGS NOW (2009 – 2010): • Fundamentals of Design • Ceramic Studio • AP Studio Art: 2-D & Drawing • Intermediate Art • Advanced Studio • AP Art History • Yearbook & Publications • Beginning Photography • Intermediate Photography: Alternative Process • Intermediate Photography: Digital • Advanced Photography • Acting I • Acting II • Stage Directing • Film Directing • Madrigals • Chamber Orchestra • English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) • English Composition • English Supplemental • English Fundamentals • English I • English II • English III • Cross-Cultural Encounters • Altered States: Metamorphosis/Transformation in Fiction, Drama, and Film • Literature from The Heartland: The Lovers, The Lovelorn, and The Lost • Getting Medieval: Seduction, Madness, and Power • Thunder and Lightning: Representations of the Black Female Body in Literature, Journalistic Discourse, and Film • AP English IV • Global Civilizations • Modern World History • U.S. History • AP U.S. History • Comparative Religious Ethics • In Their Own Right: Women in America • AP European History • AP U.S. Government & Politics • AP Comparative Government & Politics • Genocide in the Modern Age • International Politics & Global Issues • Algebra I • Geometry • Algebra II • Advanced Geometry

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COUR SE OF F ER I N G S TH E N ( 1 9 0 6 ) :

• Algebra II/Trigonometry • Functions/Trigonometry • Statistics • Precalculus • AP Calculus AB • AP Calculus BC • AP Statistics • Biology • Chemistry • Physics with Geometry • Physics with Trigonometry • Environmental Science • AP Biology • AP Chemistry • Advanced Physics

• AP Physics • Biotechnology & Bioethics • Introduction to Computer Programming • Technology Applications • Applied Chemistry • Latin I • Latin II • Latin III • Latin IV • AP Latin • French I • French II • French III • Advanced French I: Advanced Composition & Grammar

• Advanced French II: AP French Language Exam Prep • Advanced French: France & the Age of Enlightenment • Advanced French: Culture & Language through Film • Spanish I • Spanish II • Spanish III • Spanish IV • AP Spanish Language • Chinese I • Chinese II • Chinese III/IV • Etymology


G RADUATION REQUIREMEN TS N OW (2010):

G R A D UAT I ON R E Q U I R E M E N TS T HEN (19 0 6 ) :

Fine Arts One year (Performing or Visual)

English Four years (must pass both semesters of senior English) Learn how to write an analytical essay, how to recognize an epic, a sonnet, or Haiku, pass the sophomore grammar competency test, memorize the opening lines of Chaucer’s Prologue in The Canterbury Tales, learn how to stage and perform in a Shakespeare play, how to ďŹ nd source materials online and in the library stacks, how to use Modern Language Association parenthetical documentation, how to write a literary research essay, how to collaborate and work in small groups, how to make presentations to the class, and how to contribute to the learning of the class through her questions and her comments.

History Two years (Modern World History and U.S. History or equivalent) US History Research Paper

Mathematics Three years at Madeira

Science Two years at Madeira

World Languages Successful completion of Madeira 3rd level (same language). Must complete one year of Madeira language, even if student places beyond Level III. A Madeira girl should not only to be able to communicate in oral and written form in a different language than their own, but also to take charge of her own learning and to go beyond the stereotypes; be able to empathize with other life styles and cultures; not be afraid to make a mistake; understand that the way she and her own people do things is not necessarily the right way; dare explore beyond what she knows and is familiar with.

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Graduation CONGRATULATIONS TO MADEIRA’S CLASS OF 2009!

Top: The entire 2009 Madeira graduating class. Above: Guest graduation speaker DeeDee Myers and Marianne Courpron ’09 who invited and introduced Ms. Myers. Right: The 2009 Madeira Legacy graduates.

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2009 GRADUATION SPEECH Each year Madeira’s senior class elects a girl to speak on their behalf.

MANY OF US HAVE GREAT HOPES — dreams that will rest forever in the crevices of our minds, tugging on our sleeves, begging to be realized. I have an aspiration like this, and I’m sure many of you hold similar ambitions. It has always been a great dream of mine... to have a pet lion cub. Baby lions are cute, their tummies look fuzzy and soft, and a well trained lion cub would play fetch and allow me to comb his fur. But all that is neither here nor there. What a ride these four years have been. And when I say ‘ride’ I am not talking about a fun, easy, carousel. Get that image of Disney’s teacup ride out of your head. No, Madeira is the kind of ride where you must actually get out of the ride and push it from behind so that you can move forward. Madeira has been no piece of cake. And it may not have been everyone’s cup of tea… but surely it has been at least a biscuit or a nice glass of water. But water’s not really such a bad thing to be compared to, is it? Of course, the sipping of water has none of the excitement of the tea-making process. There is nothing I enjoy more than slouching over to the dining hall for brunch on a Saturday morning, ripping open a fuschia slip of tea labeled “Awake,” watching hot water pour into an off-white porcelain mug, and waiting for the red tendrils of tea to dissipate into the steaming liquid. Water is not ornamented, heated or inherently fun. The advantage of water is that it gives us health, with no side effects. Pure water is one of the few substances one can ingest without guilt, worry, or anything other than a contented wave of refreshment. There is a wonderful bright-eyed feeling that comes with every glass of water. Madeira, too, may not be all that ornamented, warm, or exciting all the time, but it is ultimately a good place to be a teenager. What’s more; Madeira will be good for us in the long run. I hope my classmates have enjoyed drinking from the Madeira glass of water, as I have. We have gone about different ways of partaking in the beverage that is this school. Some of us have focused on schoolwork — others have put more energy into extra-curricular activities. Some days we gulp down our glass of water, eager for more; and some days we sip more carefully. Some days we’re not so excited about a glass of water and a biscuit. We’ve all had days like that. We have all had times when we may not have slept the night before, or done much homework for the day. We wake up and the day is gray and it’s raining slightly. We can’t find our umbrella, so we go outside exposed to the elements and step on worms. Sometimes we don’t want that glass of water at all. But then, you have those days when you are sitting in English class talking about familiar essays. It’s all very fascinating

Given by Delilah Ohrstrom ’09. She is attending Bard College. and such, but you keep hearing this beeping sound. As you have never really been the note-taking type anyway, you risk a glance out the window and there it is: a big blue truck with pink flowers strewn across the top of it and the words “Event Truck” written on the side. You get that gust of realization that it is indeed Founder’s Day, the surprise day off from classes that comes every April. Then there are the days when you are sitting on one of the benches in front of Main during the conference after G period on Friday. The sun is beaming across the trees, and you can’t help yourself from just staring and staring and staring at the beauty of that gorgeous green plot of oval-shaped grass. Man, you wish you could cross it, just once! I know that I am not alone in my desire to walk to the Oval on a chilly Saturday night, scan the area to make sure I am alone, and run across that foreboding, sacred land. And then there are those days when you love your friends so much you feel a tingle of panic when you think about leaving the school. There are times when you want to physically grab someone’s arm, or cling onto a big red brick building before you get swept away by the hurricane of time. Okay! Graduation! Wow! Pretty cool. I’m left speechless. Well, not quite. You know, the seniors go through all these affirmation rehearsals and marching practices, but there is nothing like the real thing. All you can do is keep your cool and convince yourself it will all turn out for the best. Madeira has tried to prepare us in so many ways: to prepare us for college work, the Madeira faculty push us to do extremely difficult school work; to prepare us for the work place, we went through three years of internships on Wednesdays; to prepare us for real life, we lived in this microcosm of life with Madeira’s politics, social issues, committees, clubs, connections, and friendships. The Madeira bubble, tight like a womb, may hold us safe, but at the end of our time here, one can’t help but wonder if this miniature version of life has prepared us for the wide world

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G R A D U AT I O N 2 0 0 9 2009 Graduation Speech, continued…

almost within our grasp. Have the graduation rehearsals paid off? Are we comfortable sitting here in our white dresses, holding thirteen red roses, lifting the programs off our classmates’ seats, smiling at the audience, trying not to cry too much so that our mascara doesn’t bleed down our cheeks? The only way I know this is real is that my heart is literally beating out of my chest. I guess, in a sense, we seniors have been like hearts this year, beating desperately inside Madeira’s chest, hoping to get out — wanting to stay in. We have had a lot of fun, despite everything. Let us take a moment to look at the lovely ladies in the white dresses sitting behind me. This is my class. This is the Madeira class of 2009. This is a class I am proud to be a part of. These are my friends. Believe it or not, my friends here have a lot in common with the Beatles. First, everyone loves the Beatles. Second, the Beatles play incredibly diverse and various music, just as this class is a diverse group full of various opinions. Third, the Beatles wore bell-bottoms and large sunglasses, just as — no that’s not right. Third, even after the Beatles stopped making music together, their songs lived on and continue to affect the world. Now, I think I might have mentioned my dream of raising a baby lion. In fact, two men — John Rendall and Ace Bourke — did just that. In 1969 they bought Christian the Lion from a Harrods department store. For a year they raised Christian in London, giving him walks in a local church. However, the cost to maintain the lion was increasing as Christian aged, and he did not have enough room to live in London. They reintroduced him to the wild. A year later they went back to visit their old friend in Kenya. They were told that he was a very successful lion, the head of his pride, and that he would not remember them. They looked for Christian’s pride for quite some time. They recognized that he might not remember them, but they just wanted one last look at him, to see how he was doing. When they finally found their lion, their big grown-up lion cub came running up to John and Ace, leaping into their arms, hugging them like a friendly golden retriever He remembered them. So. I guess what I want to say is that: You, my classmates, are like the fuzzy, cute, adorable baby lion cubs I always wanted. Today we are set free, introduced into the wild. I know you will all be very successful lions, the heads of your own prides, maybe. But I ask this of you: don’t forget me. Do not forget each other. And if we ever meet again, please come running back to me.

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CLASS OF 2009 COLLEGES American University Bard College Barnard College Belmont University Boston University (3) Bowdoin College Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University (3) California State University, Los Angeles Carleton College (2) Carnegie Mellon University (2) Claremont McKenna College College of Charleston College of William & Mary (3) Connecticut College Cornell University (2) Crafton Hills College Dartmouth College Dickinson College Elon University George Mason University The George Washington University (2) Hamilton College Hollins University Johns Hopkins University Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Lehigh University New York University Northeastern University Pennsylvania State University, University Park Princeton University (2) Roanoke College Rutgers University Sewanee: University of the South Skidmore College Smith College (2) Southern Methodist University Spelman College (2) Syracuse University Trinity College (CT) Trinity University (TX) University of Bologna (Italy) University of Houston University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign University of Kentucky University of Mary Washington University of Miami (2) University of Michigan University of Vermont University of Virginia (2) Villanova University (2) Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College


Save the Date 2009 –2010

Lifelong Learning

Alumnae Relations is Coming to a City Near You… The Alumnae Relations Office is hitting the road and making plans to visit your city. We are arranging alumnae gatherings; from intimate lunches and evening receptions to life long learning and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for the coordinates by calling the office at 703-556-8223 or visiting the Madeira Website Alumnae Page. SUMMER 2009

• July 7th Newport, Rhode Island • August 8th Jackson, Wyoming • August 10th Albuquerque / Santa Fe, New Mexico FALL 2009

• October 15th Boston, Massachusetts • November 5th Atlanta, Georgia • November 14th Meet us for a 'tailgate gathering' at the Episcopal High School / Woodberry Forest School football game. WINTER 2010

• Los Angeles, California • San Francisco, California • Vero Beach and Palm Beach, Florida • Seattle, Washington SPRING 2010

• New York City, New York • Nashville, Tennessee • April 23th –25th Reunions 2010 Weekend

Madeir a alumna e are a lways g togethe etting r over d i nner, b a week runch o e n d aw r ay. Let advanc u s k no w e and w in e can s Mad e i r end yo a i te m s u some to a d d touch. t ha t sp Don’t f e c ial orget to and sub t a k e a photo mit wit h a few classno details to tes@m adeira .org. Thanks !

• April 24th A Farewell to Betsy, Madeira Campus

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Reunions BY HOLLAND WILLIAMS ’83, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNAE RELATIONS AND REUNION GIVING

2009

April 23–26, 2009

Return, Remember, Rediscover

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other Nature treated us to a picture perfect weekend. Dogwoods and cherry trees were in full bloom, the Oval the brightest green, and the Potomac River full and flowing strong from the recent rains. Madeira’s campus sparkled, glistened and embraced us all. Alumnae from graduating classes ending in 4 or 9 travelled from as far away as Italy, Japan and Germany to reconnect with classmates, the campus and to reinforce the unbreakable bonds created during their years as students. Twelve classes were represented from 1934 –2004 and 148 alumnae returned. Madeira women had the opportunity to hear from their sister alumnae in three different Lives and Legacies panels. They learned about Abraham Lincoln in Dr. Paul Hager’s Master Class, hiked through some rarely seen parts of campus, flew on the zip line, and were updated about the “State of the School” from Betsy Griffith and Board President Jane Krumine LawsonBell ’76. Friday cocktails found everyone on the terrace behind Main catching up with friends and enjoying the spectacular view. During Saturday’s picnic lunch, the Louise Wheelock Willson Outstanding Alumnae Award to Perry Carpenter Wheelock ’69. Saturday night began with wine and cheese on the bluff before Greenway Society members were recognized and class kudos were announced. Students presented an Evening of Arts at Madeira. Following the performance, classes enjoyed dinner and music in the Chapel Auditorium. The 10th reunion class had dinner at the Land and the 25th reunion class was treated to dinner at Dr. Griffith’s home. The Alumnae Relations office is grateful to everyone who returned to campus for this great weekend. We are especially thankful to all of the committee members who helped to make the weekend a terrific success. Additional photos of the weekend are available online in the Alumnae Community. Although Reunions 2009 just took place, we are already in the planning stages for Reunions 2010 (April 23 –25, 2010). If you are interested in serving on a reunion committee for your class (classes ending in 0 and 5), please contact Holland Williams ’83, Director of Alumnae Relations, at 703.556.8223, hwilliams@madeira.org or Kelly Brown, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations at 703.556.8214, kbrown@madeira.org.

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Top: Whether they were on the White Team or Red Team, no one was taking sides at the Saturday Picnic Lunch. The class of 1959 celebrated their 50th Reunion in style! Not only did this class have the highest percent participation but also raised the most for the Madeira Fund! (Nerissa Vom Baur Roehrs, Jae Barlow Roosevelt, Susie Bragdon Field, Nina Lapsley Alexander, Bunny Morris Clark). Above: Class of 1959 celebrating their Golden Reunion


Mother and Daughter celebrate Madeira. Former French teacher Dorothy Borden Vickery ’36 (Madame Vickery to many of us) and her daughter Carlin Vickery ’69 enjoyed the afternoon with Betsy. Griffith and classmates from the class of 1969 before Saturday’s Evening of Arts at Madeira.

Perry Carpenter Wheelock ’69 (left) received the Louise Wheelock Willson ’48 outstanding volunteer Award, Close friend and classmate Julia O’Brien ’69 (right) spoke of Perry’s long standing commitment to Madeira before she and Board President Jane Krumrine Lawson-Bell ’76 (center) presented the award.

1984 toasted their 25th Reunion with Friday night cocktails on Main Terrace. Misti Mukherjee, Casey Wilson Self, Tina Linberg Nichols, Paige Williams Smith, Karen Lisle Leming, Gina Melin, Phyllis Moore Wiley, and Alison Vest.

Above: Ginny Storrs Akabane ’64, Tink Beal Davis ’64, and Marion Symington Werner ’64. Left: Margaret Hemingway Harrington ’34 celebrated her 75th reunion! Daughter, Melissa Harrington Leavy ’68 and son-in-law, Stan Leavy joined her for this special occasion.

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Reunions 2009: Return, Remember, Rediscover

Daphne Flowers Wood ’64 and Izzy Goff Hitz ’64 catch up and share a laugh behind the C/A.

Alex Cooley ’99 participated in the Decade Reflection Panel and spoke about her career working at The Colbert Report.

Kimmy Timolat Short ’59 receives her Greenway Society pin during the picnic lunch. Above: Merritt Johnson ’99 is head over heals for her 10th Madeira Reunion! Left: Members of the class of 2004 celebrate their first Madeira reunion. Elena Isella, Kate Sibert and Jackie Prater.

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April 23–26, 2009

Nina Lapsley Alexander ’59 and Lee Byron Sturtevant ’59 whoop it up.

Mary Boney Dennison Clark ’74 and Francie von Stade Downing ’74 at the Lives and Legacies panel.

Freddie Sterling Bacher ’49 came back to campus in celebration of her 60th Reunion. Several members of the class of 1964 enjoyed the beautiful weather Saturday afternoon by relaxing and reminiscing on the Oval.

Stewart Forbes, Albert Sturtevant, and Tom Bolton are “all in” when it comes to celebrating their wives from the class of 1959, Deedee Lockwood Forbes, Lee Byron Sturtevant, and Betsy Day Bolton.

See more Reunions 2009 photos in this issue’s Classnotes!

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CELEBRATING THE CAMPAIGN CLOSE IN HOUSTON Terry Huffington ’72, Co-Chair of the Centennial Campaign, was unable to attend the campaign closure event at Madeira on September 12, 2008 due to Hurricane Hugo hitting her hometown of Houston, TX. Madeira’s Director of Development Louise Holland Peterson ’75, Headmistress Betsy Griffith and Board member Kim Williamson Darden ’75 brought the celebration to Terry, complete with feather boas from the event’s festivities. They met at Madeira alumnae Tila Hidalgo Leach’s ’69 restaurant, Tila’s Bar and Grill, in Houston. Tila guided them through her menu of delicious Mexican cuisine as these alumnae and Madeira’s headmistress celebrated a successful closure to the Centennial Campaign.

From left to right: Louise Holland Peterson ’75, Kim Williamson Darden ’75, Headmistress Betsy Griffith, Centennial Campaign Co-Chair Terry Huffington ’72, and Tila Hidalgo Leach ’69.

UPDATE — THE SEARCH FOR A NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL The search for Madeira’s next Head of School has been progressing quickly since Dr. Griffith announced her departure in mid-April. Our consultant team from Russell Reynolds spent an entire month speaking to and hearing from students, faculty and staff, parents and alumnae, through in-person meetings, phone interviews and an online survey. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts with us. The goal of this information-gathering stage was to get a better sense of what makes Madeira so unique and what qualities the next leader should possess. The consultants sifted through all of what they learned and worked with the Search Committee to create a position specification for potential candidates, informing them about Madeira and the job of Head of School. This document is posted on the Madeira website on the Head of School Search page (www.madeira.org/about_madeira/head_search.aspx) so that everyone in the community can have access to it. We would like to encourage you to forward it on to anyone you think might be interested — or anyone who knows

of someone who might be interested — in this extraordinary opportunity. Since the middle of June the Russell Reynolds team has been busy making calls, conducting informational interviews and building our candidate pool. The Search Committee is in regular contact with them in order to track their progress. We will also keep the Madeira community informed throughout the summer with monthly electronic updates, so be sure to check for them in your inbox or on the website. Should you need to reach us at any point during the process, please do not hetitate to send a note to search@madeira.org.

TO CELEBRATE AND COMMEMORATE Betsy Griffith’s 22 year tenure at Madeira, we are creating a special

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We hope that you enjoy the news and updates from your classmates and friends. Remember, these are the notes that the School, with the help of our dedicated Class Secretaries, have collected through April 15, 2009. They are printed unedited, as received. Any updates or information collected since that time will be published in the next issue of Madeira Today.

SPEAK UP! New career? New house? New baby? New adventure? Email updates to:

classnotes@madeira.org

Mail updates to:

Megan Butterfield Director of Communications The Madeira School 8328 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22102

Note: to be sure that your information will be in the next edition, you must submit updates by August 15, 2009. We hope to hear from you soon. — The Madeira School Alumnae & Communication Offices

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Madeira Fund Total: $0

Madeira Fund Total: $1,400

Participation: 0%

Reunion Giving Total: $1,400 Participation: 11%

1925 85TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $0 Participation: 0%

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1935 75TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $0 Participation: 0%

Madeira Fund Total: $100

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Participation: 4%

Madeira Fund Total: $10,394 Participation: 12%

1929 Madeira Fund Total: $0 Participation: 0%

1930 How to submit your photos:

Note: The Madeira Fund runs July 1 – June 30. Madeira Fund totals and percentages are calculated as of May 8,

Please submit your digital photos at their original (full) resolution, or as high as possible, in order to ensure the best quality reproduction. Prints can be mailed to us at the address above. Prints can not be returned. Please include a caption, your name and class year with all submissions.

80TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $200 Participation: 2%

1931 Madeira Fund Total: $0 Participation: 0%

1932 Madeira Fund Total: $500 Participation: 2.5%

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2009. Reunion Giving totals include

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year pledges made between now and the classes’ next reunion.

1937 Madeira Fund Total: $1,223 Participation: 14%

1938 Madeira Fund Total: $4,881 Participation: 32%

Class Secretary: Matilda “Tillie” Alston Colihan 12 Andrews Rd Essex, CT 06426-1311 (860) 767-1483 TillieC @ earthlink.net Bobbie Adams Seales and her husband enjoy living in their house on the Mississippi River. She remembers when Millie McConnell Good used to live on the other side. In winter they watch animals on the ice, summers they watch the Delta and Mississippi Queen river boasts come back and forth. Dottie Doster Ferguson lives by herself in a large house in Watertown, Connecticut. She keeps up with her Smith classmates, Scottie Dejnikus and Mark

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Vandervoort Markell. We talked about birds, and I think she was impressed when I told her that very morning I had seen a sharp skinned hawk. A fast conversation with Mary Draper Janney who had just returned from Florida, said she was still busy with her educational programs for the not-so-privileged. Maldee England Moor said she sometimes sees Mary Janney in Falmouth. She entertained 18 for Christmas, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Betty Gentry Knowlton has moved 41 times and now she is settled in a retirement community in Columbus, NC. She has 3 sons who have 5 boys and now she is finally blessed with great granddaughters. She said she has given up on her body and is now taking classes and joined a book club so she can work on her mind. My cell phone gave up while speaking with Jane Krom Grammer so our conversation was brief, but she still lives in Shrewsberry, NJ, across the street from her daughter. She boasts of 7 great grandchildren, with another on the way. Spoke with Priscilla Lee Campbell who apologized for the way she was speaking but she said “its still me!” She’s having an operation on her vocal chords. She was so disappointed she couldn’t join us for lunch at our reunion, but explained she was hung up in an almost mile long once in a year opportunity to recycle computer equipment. I was happy to finally reach Ginna Lawrey Brown. The reason she was not answering my emails was because her address has been changed to makaniolu3115@gmail.com. She feels so fortunate to have her family who all live close by. Mimi Manning Holst-Grobbe keeps busy with knitting, needlework, and church work. Tai Chi and Curves maintain her body, and a History of Art class from the 18th century to Modern Day, she says, tunes her mind. A former Republican, she voted this time for Obama, and is irked that the Republicans are already hardly giving him a chance. Millie McConnell Good is plenty busy keeping up with her 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She also gardens, paints, and volunteers at the local library and historical society. Soon she will be off to Wyoming where she will fly fish and her family will come to visit. Her new e-mail is mmgood!@bellsouth.net. Sadly a note from Wachovia bank wrote

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Barbara Parker Anderson passed away November, 2007. Mark Vandervoort Markell says life is simple. She reads and plays golf but remarks her handicap is not going down. Winters she spends in Naples, Florida, and summers on Gibson Island. Thoughts of Madeira bring to her mind Scottie and Penny Chenery in their riding clothes. It was fun talking to Penny Wheeler Locke who now lives at The New Canaan Inn. She wrote the lyrics for a hugely successful musical revue entitled “A Day in the Life of the New Canaan Inn.” Everyone had such a good time they are already planning the next one. Penny remembers Miss Wright who sadly waited until the end of her senior year to write “Penny has so much talent if only she worked harder she could be the first in her class.” A wonderful letter from Joan Wilkerson Sadler says “she is still living in paradise, her house by the water looking over SF and the bridge.” She’s moved from playwriting to photography and an exhibit next month. “The minute you up a camera in your pocket,” she says, “you see things you never do otherwise.” In fact, at the foot of her letter she managed to scan a lovely small self-portrait. Her email is joansedler@gmail.com. She also enjoys gardening, tennis, and a “frequent sail.” Miff Young Carter says her “Texas Pound Dog,” bridge, and crossword puzzles keep her busy. Miff says she lives in the south but really loves the north. A couple of years ago she became so nostalgic, she hopped on a plane to Bangor, Maine, rented a car, and had a fantastic time exploring the area. Carolyn Scott Dejanikus spent September 15 to April 15 at the Hillsboro Club in Florida. And is excited to report she has a granddaughter who will be coming to Madeira! And finally, I was able to reach Prill Payne Hurd. Prill has completed 8 years of board work for Moravian College and is presently Chairman of the board at the

National Museum of Industrial History, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian. “Outside of that and the Payne fund, I am taking care of English sheep and four alpacas.” And I, Tillie Alston Colihon have had fun and been so impressed with all of the above.

1939 Madeira Fund Total: $2,400 Reunion Giving Total: $2,400 Participation: 22%

1940 70TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $1,050 Participation: 14%

1941 Madeira Fund Total: $1,750 Participation: 12% Ruth Carter Stevenson— Have just welcomed my 5th great grand — a little girl Chayton Hixon in San Antonio. Still perking along at 85! Katherine Baxter Everist— My husband, Steve and I, just celebrated out 65th anniversary at a family reunion in August at our Lake Okoboji, IA summer cottage. Aren’t we lucky! We’re thankful!

1942 Madeira Fund Total: $7,327 Participation: 18%

Class Secretary: Adelaide “Addie” A. Donnan 6625 Snake River Ranch Road Wilson, WY 83014-9684 (307) 733-3278 Talked to Helen Abbott Mulliken who lives in Chevy Chase, Md. She has a daughter in D.C. and a grand daughter and two great grandchildren — boy 2 years and girl 5 months who live in Vienna, Virginia. Helen sounds as upbeat as ever in spite of

a bit of a balance problem (don’t we all at this point!) Saw Sally Whitney Pillsbury in Wayzata, MN last fall. She and George are as busy as ever with everything that needs doing in their area! Our granddaughter Kimberly ’90 and her family have moved there and typically the Pillsbury’s have included them in their thoughtfulness. Marge Abegg Mico has moved into one of the classic Residences by Hyatt in San Diego. It is an active retirement facility with many rather young married couples there as well as the older ladies and gentlemen. It is close to the university where courses and lectures are available. Marcia suffers from osteoporosis and stonosis but it doesn’t seem to keep her down, nothing ever did, if you remember! She has 2 grandchildren. Maria Arcaya wrote from Venezuela and I was thrilled as I haven’t had any contact with her since graduation. She seemed very upbeat in spite of arthritis and poor vision which prevents her from traveling as she used to. Her sister Ana Arcaya ’40 is well but many of her other siblings are sore. Sally Huntington Haubert lives here in Jackson Hole but on the other side of the valley so I don’t see her as often as I would like. Happily she has children here and many friends and is as caring of others as she always was. She has quite a sizable group who play mahjong. Mary Lothrop Bundy who lives in New York has a Shakespeare reading group. Four of the seven members are Madeira ladies! Connie Comly Ellis ’52, Deborah Kirk Solbert ’39, and Julia Schieffelin ’61. Alice Olmsted Burt lives in Ormond Beach, Florida. She has four great grandchildren, two in Jacksonville and two in Augusta. They combined the birthdays of her husband, age 85, and their son, age 60, and their daughter, age 55, all born on April 1st and celebrated with a 200th birthday party on that day. What Fun! I talked to dear Joan Powers Humphreville and learned that her wonderful husband, Neil died while playing tennis in February at age 87. She is a strong lady who emphasized not her loss, but her good fortune in having 64 good years together. She has six children and eleven grandchildren. Lastly, Ted and I happily are well and keep busy on boards in our wonderful Jackson Hole. We also travel. This spring we’ll be in Southern France for three weeks and


1943 Madeira Fund Total: $3,490 Participation: 16%

Class Secretary: Hester Spencer Bliven 617 Scotts Way Augusta, GA 30909-3253 (706) 736-5194 fbliven @ comcast.net

1944 Madeira Fund Total: $56,465 Reunion Giving Total: $106,465 Participation: 14%

1945 65TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $8,130 Participation: 20% Sesaly Gould Krafft —This has been a varied and interesting year — my friends at Ginger Cove, when they see me, ask when I am leaving next? To which my answer is, I’m travelling while I can. Last Christmas was a festive time at Kathleen and Greg’s in Reston, Virginia. I headed to Hope Town in the Bahamas, spending a few days en route with old friends Dave and Nancy Sadick. I arrived in Hope Town to be warmly welcomed by my son Bruce and his fiancée Dianne, who had opened the house for me. Dianne’s daughter, Drisana, shot in for a 36-hour visit from Arizona and liked Hope Town so much that they’re returning in March to celebrate her 21st birthday. Alison came from California for a week and a friend from Ginger Cove also came for a week. Then in February Susan came for four weeks, and Kathleen and granddaughters Caroline and Victoria all came during that time. In mid-March granddaughter Jennifer and roommate Katey came for their spring break from Carleton. I’m lucky that much of my family lives in Minnesota and upstate New York so I get lots of visits in Hope Town during the winter! I returned home in late April

and at the end of May I went with Greg, Kathleen and Elizabeth to Toby and Sheela’s wedding, a several day affair, as her family grew up in India and are Sikhs. There was the Sangeet, a party where the women had beautiful designs drawn on their palms with henna, then the next afternoon a luncheon at the bride’s parents and in the evening a dinner given by the grooms parents. The following morning was the wedding ceremony in a Sikh temple, called a gurwar, and in the evening the wedding reception. Sunday we tottered home, happy, stuffed, and exhausted. In mid-June Susan and I flew to Minnesota where we stayed with Jo Krafft and saw Caroline, Bruce and Dianne, and Alison and her daughter Sarah, who were there’re for Alison’s 30th Carleton reunion. We then went to Evansville, Indiana, for a few days with Diane Igleheart, a dear friend from Hope Town. I had a quick visit over 4th of July with the Linder family and the next weekend Alison and I drove to Hastings-on-Hudson, where we lived for 27 years, to celebrate the 90th birthday of our former next door neighbor. A great three-generation gathering. The end of July, I went to Ithaca to stay with Susan, see Dean and Catherine and Jennifer and her mother Kathy. Then in mid-August flew with Kathleen and her family to Denver and drove north for a national park tour: Rocky Mountain, several days each in Teton and Yellowstone, and on north to Glacier. Kathleen and her family flew home to work and school while I stayed for a few days in Kallispell with Hope Town friends Jim and Betty klein, then went on to California for 10 days with Alison and family. Home for a few days and then Kathleen and I took another grand circle trip, Budapest to the Black Sea with a few days in Prague.

It was extremely interesting, some lovely country, but not as lighthearted as the Vienna to Amsterdam trip. This part of Europe has gone through some very recent bad times, you can still see the walls with bullet holes and the bombed buildings as the former Yugoslavia fell apart. I was home almost four weeks before Susan and I flew to California where we’re celebrating Thanksgiving with Alison and Steven, their daughters Sarah and Rebecca, and also Victoria, Caroline and their mother Kathy (Steve’s sister) and grandmother Janie Rempel. A rich family time, for which I am deeply grateful I hope we can all enjoy the pleasures of family and friends during the holiday season.

1946 Madeira Fund Total: $5,970 Participation: 27%

Anne Peyton Cooper and her daughter Nancy Cooper Coles ’87, who is my goddaughter, are both coming down to Savannah to help me, Karen Cassard, celebrate — or perhaps compensate for would be more accurate! — turning 80. The actual date was April 6, but a friend is having a birthday party for me on April 18, so that will be the occasion for a mini-Madeira reunion.

1947 Madeira Fund Total: $5,965 Participation: 22%

Class Secretary: Joyce Kelley Constantine 8101 Connecticut Ave., Apt. C704 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (301) 656-2704 constantinejoyce@yahoo.com Pam Wagner Ritter writes about her involvement in Fairfield, CT city affairs trying to overcome public apathy as one discovers inappropriate-to-scandalous-to ought-to-be illegal activities. I have great sympathy for whistle blowers and am watching carefully along with other civic-minded citizens in the use of stimulus funds for the city. Am also in a League of Women Voters book club… which is teaching me a lot of American history that I avoided at Madeira. Your sec. notes that now that a beautiful Spring is beginning in Washington (amid the turmoil), I recall Miss Madeira’s reading of the Bible so often and these words

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then in early fall go to St. Petersburg and then down through the Baltic on a small ship. Most important we have three and ½ great grandchildren. It will be four of them by the time this goes to press. Thank you for keeping in touch. It means a lot!

which she would read every spring in chapel from the Song of Solomon: “For lo, the winter is past… the flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” Another reminder of spring and a new administration comes in the form of first lady Michelle Obama planting an organic vegetable garden on White House grounds with the help of a nearby DC elementary school. I have been busy volunteering with Meals-onWheels, and the animal shelter and involved in learning a new language, German. Great rewards are to be had in trying new things and stretching the brain, but they are not so easy in later life. Please write me at constantinejoyce@yahoo.com.

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Black and white television sets, cable, cordless telephones, car phones, the internet. The list of things that “you have to have” is constantly changing. A regular old cell phone will no longer do, we have to have a device that allows us to listen to music, check multiple e-mail accounts, schedule meetings, and play solitaire from the palm of our hands. The way we communicate is no different. If you are not on Facebook and Twitter it seems you may be out of the loop. Madeira Alumnae are no different. There are more than 30 Madeira Alumnae groups on Facebook: Keep Madeira Safe, Madeira class of 1999, Madeira Girls Rock, and Madeira in NYC. You can keep up with what the Madeira Alumnae office is up to by becoming a part of the Madeira Alumnae fan page. If you prefer to receive “tweets” then find us on Twitter; twitter.com / madeiraalumnae. See you on the web! Madeira School can also be found in both places for general school information and updates.

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Pam Cushing Donner writes our oldest son, Alex, married Kate and inherited a lovely stepson, and youngest son, Joe, also married and has a beautiful daughter, 2, Brielle. I continue my painting, a challenging but almost spiritual activity. Husband Joe loves his pursuit of knowledge, mainly the Victorian period of English history. Am doing well health wise, and doing well with therapy for my spinal stenosis. I correspond with Daisy Cumner Hartshorne and have a lovely photo of her and friends at her 80th birthday party. Also keep in touch with Jan McMillan Montgomery. Gerry Welborn Orem— Skip and I are still enjoying the beautiful coast of Maine and travel several times a year. Egypt, Greece, Italy, England. We had 4 generations in our home over Christmas! Our 2 new great grandchildren are just adorable and good as gold! I still volunteer at Red Cross Hospital, and teach swimming 2 times a week for the Harpswell Schools. Choir is still an important part of our lives. Thank you Miss Ingals for such a valuable start to my music education.

1948 Madeira Fund Total: $2,975 Participation: 27% Gay Griggs Dorn— My second great grandson, Ethan Henry Abate arrived to join his brother, Connor, on Dec. 31, 2008. Nice little tax deduction! Still enjoying my summers in Sconset and last year was in a delightful production of “Pirates of Penzance” as well as a children’s play about finding our lost lighthouse. Weedie Fulton Block ’52 wrote the words to all the songs in this cute play. I am a very enthusiastic (if not very tolerated) singer-actor thanks to dear Miss Ingle. Julie Ann Johnson Engel and I had a great time at our 60th reunion last year. Where were all the rest of you???

1949 Madeira Fund Total: $12,769 Reunion Giving Total: $12,769 Participation: 24%

Class Secretary: Florence Ely Nelson 21974 N. 79th Place Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 563-5170

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1950 60TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $17,595 Participation: 35%

Class Secretary: Jean Milholland Shriver 21 Pomegranate Road Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-1722 JamShriver@yahoo.com Ann Rowland Koehler, freed from writing a column, is bouncing from Arizona to France to Maine and enjoying every minute of it. Jeanie Milholland Shriver and Patsy Purcell Chappell met at a memorial of a mutual friend in California. Patsy plans to attend a reunion of the Beauvoir School in Washington. She says they want “really old dogs.” Which would NOT be Patsy! Jeanne Morgan Cortner (Bug) and Paula Ridley Wilson will get together both in Wyoming and Tennessee this year. Jeanne is promoting our 60th reunion (Yikes!) which will be April 25 –26 in 2010. Anne Glazebrook Kehoe (Glazie) is another one pushing us to attend our 60th. She reports that after 60 years, she and Mignon Smith are still the best of friends. Mignon continues to race her horses. Sue Bassett Finnegan squeezed in a cheery note between houseguests, yoga, tennis, bridge and rowing! Not to mention a big family birthday for her husband. You go, girl! Anne Bushby Hardy loves her life in the slow lane. That’s what she says before listing her activities as golf and kayaking in summer, skiiing and snowshoeing in winter, plus her volunteer work. That’s slow? Doreen Booth Hamilton saw Paula Wilson Ridley, Mary Flo Kern Brown and Betty Owens Fletcher in Florida and is headed to Cincinnati going to visit Dale Cherry Hays. She’s too busy to write the rest of her news. Jo Bogley Keithley has 18 grandchildren! She is in Florida from October to April, then moves to Charlotte to help tend some of those kids. Jo has her Gold Life Master in bridge. On the internet, her handle is JOKE. Thanks to all who sent news. Hope to hear from the rest of you soon. Ann May Via writes — I need a horse to ride. Have two old ones turned out in small pasture. My husband, Harold Via, (Sonny) owns Good Night Shirt who won Eclipse Award

Participation: 22% Karen Lanza— Hi Everyone. Hope I get to talk to someone soon!

and her husband Charlie and they gave all 10 Jansing’s a wonderful evening at the Chevy Chase Club.I had fun speaking with Kitty Jarvis Blair who so diligently worked at getting many donations in memory of Mimi Van Beuren… class of 1952. I am now living in Hobe Sound, Florida and have enjoyed spending time with Marsha Vandervoort class of 1952 and 102 year old Kathryn Davis… class of 1924.

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’07, and ’08. He is the top Maryland horse of the year for ’08, and top U.S. A. steeplechase horse in ’07. Born and bred in Md. by Dr. Tom Bowman. Fun and time consuming.

1951 Madeira Fund Total: $3,492

Madeira Fund Total: $23,885

Madeira Fund Total: $12,725

Participation: 28%

Reunion Giving Total: $12,725 Participation: 25%

Class Secretary: Marcia van der Voort Bates 507 Allens Creek Road Rochester, NY 14618 (585) 249-0219 Mbates34@yahoo.com Anne Heyniger— As of Aug. 1, 2009 I became a permanent resident of Virginia Beach. I live one block from the ocean where I hope to swim this summer with my new Portuguese Water Dog puppy. After living for so long in disenfrancished Washington, D.C., it was thrilling to be part of the electoral campaign here. I think I’ve met all the Democrats in my district. And now I give thanks every day for our new president and his family. This August I’ll celebrate the marriage of son Will to Hyla Matthews. Marcia Bates— Three cheers for Kitty Jarvis Blair and her efforts toward the Mimi Van Buren Seavey and Class of ’52 Memorial Fund. Hope all you reds and whites are doing your best for its success. Jane Richards Roth visited me in Florida in February. We had lunch with Shelley Bush Jansing ’53. It was good to see both of them and we had lots of laughs!!!

1953 Madeira Fund Total: $33,857 Participation: 30%

Class Secretary: Sally Graff Cooke Penns Wood G-26 20 Haws Lane Flourtown, PA 19031 (215) 233-0130 Shelley Bush Jansing— Last fall my whole family attended a special occasion at the White House. We enjoyed a tour and visit with Laura and President Bush. I was able to spend time with Gay Patterson Lord

Dorothy Donald Krogh— In June 2008 we took our entire family, 3 children, spouses, and seven grandchildren to Africa for our 50th anniversary. We started at Victoria Falls Zambia then onto Botswana. We are financially poorer but much richer in memories. Bea Baker Rogers, of course, manages to find things to occupy her. Although the rescue squad is long gone, she’s still active with the Bennetts Creek Rescue Squad Ladies’ Auxiliary, coordinating a monthly luncheon. She’s still Community Co-Chair for the Superfund Restoration Advisory Board for the Nansemond Ordnance Center where Mike lived; and the

Hampton Roads Iris Society. She participated and/or coordinated a number of their iris rhizome sales, earned numerous ribbons and another bronze medal at the annual iris show. She also managed to cover half our back driveway with over 100 iris rhizomes she and a friend potted after the year’s sales wrapped up. They will be sold next spring. Bea took ‘time off’ to attend the May Region 4, American Iris Society convention in Winchester, VA. She and I both worked at this spring’s daylily show, helping with set up, registration, tear down and running flower exhibits from the preparation area to


1955 55TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $74,753 Participation: 26%

Class Secretary: Louise Graham 218 N Main St Wolfeboro, NH 03894-4311 (603) 569-2876 lbgraham@verizon.net It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of my mother-in-law and Maderia graduate of 1955, Drew Anne Lord MacWilliam.

Drew passed away on September 7, 2008 in Houston, Texas. You may view her obituary at: http://www.legacy.com/Houston Chronicle/DeathNotices.asp?Page= LifeStory&PersonId=117610688.

1956 Madeira Fund Total: $12,725 Participation: 9%

Valerie Williams— After 27 years in Jackson Hole I sold my condominium last summer, and now I am looking for a larger place in Santa Barbara to accommodate the furniture from Jackson. I’ve discovered the pleasure of online classes, and did well in a course in creative short fiction last fall. Santa Barbara is rife with adult ed classes, too, so I am never at a loss for something to do. Granddaughters Colleen and Meghan are 19 and 16 respectively, and live in Boise with their parents. Whit practices law in the Attorney General’s Office there and recently argued a case before the Idaho Supreme Court. No decision as yet. Larry still lives in Winter Park and in unmarried. He is a commodities broker and partner in a local firm. Friends and classmates are invited to contact me should you be coming to Southern California; 805.745.1414 or vcwinwyo@aol.com. Joan Pearce Anselm— Klaus and I are off to Buenos Aires this weekend (April 18 –19) to judge 2 dog shows. This is a great way to see the world! Julia Hansen— Just started the New Bridges Festival, a joint venture with my theater organization in Aspen, Theater Masters, and Palm Beach Dramaworks. We work-shopped 4 new plays and presented staged readings of them in both cities. The plays were chosen from submissions by alumni of Theater Masters’ National MFA Playwrights Festival and Program which I started 3 years ago with the 10 top graduate schools for play writing, Brown, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Iowa, UCLA, UCSD, and the University of Texas at Austin. Would love to have “Vassarites” come see the NY production of the National MFA Playwrights Festival May 26 –29 at the Rattlestick Theater for more information Email TheaterMasters@gmail.com Couldn’t be happier or busier!

1957 Madeira Fund Total: $18,075 Participation: 31%

Amy Ellis Tucker— Spending the winter getting used to a new hip. Lots of exercises. Looking forward to biking again. At least when I go for a walk its sunny and warm. All result of 1986 accident. Managed to do most of Art Basel: Miami before surgery. Spent thanksgiving in Charlottesville with Mary Rexley Lizzatto at their daughter’s. With throngs of their grandchildren!

1958 Madeira Fund Total: $35,850 Participation: 31%

Class Secretary: Leslie Meek Wileman 3930 Georgetown Ct. NW Washington, DC 20027-8307 (202) 337-0912 lmwileman @ comcast.net Really big news from Perre MacFarland Magness! She has a new book in print and its debut made the papers in Memphis last December. Perre sent me the impressive clipping. Along with a lengthy article, it featured a color photo of Perre and several children, including two of her granddaughters, Meredith and Natalie, ages 10 and 12 respectively. Perre is an historian who has been writing about Memphis history for 25 years. Quoting Richard Alley of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “That’s more than twice as long as her editors on her latest book, Memphis: A Children’s History, have been alive. For this project, her first book for children, Magness recruited three 10-year-olds to help fashion the book for her core audience. After Magness spoke to an elementary school class about history, teachers suggested that she write a children’s book. ‘I am convinced that local history is the way to get kids interested in history in general,’ she said.” For those who would like to read the entire article, here’s the link: http://commercialappeal.com/ news/2008/dec/06/kid-friendlyhistory/. Majorie Cochran Johnson has surfaced — happily ensconsed in Santa Fe where she is trying her wings and figuring out her next steps. She’s getting to know all of Linda Clark Waterman’s many pals, has settled herself in a townhouse on Bishop’s Lodge Road, and is taking courses in Spanish and Conflict

Resolution / Mediation. Her children and their families are thriving. She has four grandchildren — “all pistols” — ages 2 –12 in Boston and Northern California. Nancy Trainer Muse wrote of a serendipitous six-degreesof-separation story, saying they’d been having lunch in Vail this past winter when she noticed an attractive young couple eating nearby. They began talking, Nancy asked where they were from, he said Venezuela, and Nancy’s brain went “DING” as she remembered the Mendoza sisters at Madeira. She learned the husband of the couple had gone to Lawrenceville (as did her husband Al), and that they were from Caracas. So, continuing to follow her hunches, she asked if they knew Luisa Mendoza (de Pulido) ’61 and Gertrudis Mendoza (de Azpurua) ’60 who were at school when we were. Turns out his wife is Luisa Mendoza de Pulido’s daughter! And Luisa was very close to Nancy’s sister Mardi Trainer Dingman ’61 whom the wife of the couple remembers her mother mentioning over the years when speaking of Madeira. Luisa is now in Boston so Nancy gathered contact info and soon raced to their hotel to call Mardi to relay the news. Nancy signed off with mention of an upcoming visit to their girls in L.A. for the World Figure Skating Championships. Katie Cowles Nichols relayed both bad and good news — she fell during a visit to New Orleans and broke her upper arm very seriously, necessitating major “repair work” with metal and screws, but she’s apparently — and hopefully by now — recuperating well. At last report she was making plans for travels with a daughter and two grandchildren to look at colleges and prep schools. Her three daughters are spread out from California to north of NYC to Provence, France. She tries to see them all as much as possible (seven grandchildren ages eight to almost twenty!) and continues to live overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on an island off the southern tip of St. Petersburg on the West coast of Florida and would love to see anyone coming that way. Gael Yatsevitch McKibben ran across a vintage Madeira desk on Craig’s List last year! “School desk from the Medeira [sic] School — $95”. Gael didn’t buy it but she contacted the seller who responded that “ my father, Capt. Jim Johnson, taught mathematics at Medeira [sic] in the 60’s.

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the exhibit hall. I also photographed many aspects of the show to make next year’s set up a bit easier. She continued on the Ruritan Club Board and helped with their last Pancake Breakfast fund raiser. Sadly the Board decided to disband the club at the year’s end. Twice this year she worked long hours for a pitiful allowance as an Election Official for our voting precinct. In between she found time to yet again (10th year) sew every neck-ribbon medal for the Public TV station’s Great Computer Challenge.” Noel Bausher Szundy— In Spring, I enjoyed a Caribbean cruise with my Bridge Club, snorkeling off St. Thomas and Haiti. Alas, I saw no new fishes in the Caribbean… they need some new P.R. fish! Apparently I am forever spoiled by my unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience in 1994. I continue to sponsor internationally known special speakers in my “Tryunity Institute of Metaphysics” www.tryunity.org and just taught a basic astrology class at my interfaith church. Son Matt, based in Anchorage, was elected to the Alaska Film Board following his recent producing work for Discovery Channel’s “Disaster on K-2” and also the new Star Trek 6 film due out in May. At 35, he is thankfully segueing into more filming work and less of the strenuous ski, mountain, and ice climbing guiding. His company, www.TheAscendingPath.com is especially busy in tourist season with their educational “glacier treks’ and “rainforest treks”. Anyone going to Alaska should check out their offerings! To my “Grandma” classmates: so far I can boast only a very sweet but hairy “grand dog”. Would love to hear from any alumnae interested in healing, spirituality or metaphysics. tryunity@webtv.net


The school had a silent auction where desks and dressers were up for grabs…” Gael has also “moved from an apartment where I’ve lived for 27 years, to a condo town house — ‘moving up’ instead of down, it seems. What I don’t understand is that all my things fit into the apartment, smaller than the condo, and now I don’t have enough space in the condo. Go figure! Marcia [McGhee] Carter and Robin Hill came in August and saw it, and its extensive garden, just before the closing. I had been told I should be all on one floor and should make my life simple. So now, instead of one floor I have three, instead of no outside building responsibilities I have a complicated garden and will have to become a gardener. Who knew! Other than this major, major change, life goes on. My son Stephen is headmaster of the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, my daughter lives here in Portland. Her children are all in the food business — 24 year old Sarah works for a national fresh food distributor, 21 year old Jesse is an executive chef in Florida, and 20 year old Sam cooks here in Portland. 4 year old Cady commutes between Vermont and Nevada, just finished a trek from Korea through Moscow to New York, prefers being naked, and loves making chocolate brownies. But, we all have ups and down and around and arounds. When visiting in Maine, think of stopping by. I can now sleep 6! “ Joan Hulme Perera wrote of finally reading Dreams of My Father and of an upcoming trip to Florida to visit her mother last winter. She and Guido were looking forward to time in the warm sunshine. Cousin Lynde Sudduth Karin was also in Florida this past winter. Her email said “Mike and I just returned from a three week vacation on Jupiter Island. The weather was cool and windy, but I had a chance to see Kit Jackson Merriman and Mali Richmond Annibali. Kit recently played in a golf tournament with Linda Freeman Armour.” Mali

Linda Freeman Armour, ’58 and family on her mother’s 100th birthday.

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Annibali also emailed she’d seen both Lynde and Joan in Florida — and of course she sees Linda in Lake Forest where they both reside when they’re not in Florida. Linda wrote of her mother’s wonderful 100th birthday celebration with both her boys et al in attendance and of fun visits from what sounded like hoards of grandchildren.Elizabeth Frazier McCallie sent news that “I’m still on the Board of Regents at Gunston Hall Plantation for the [Colonial] Dames. I have to do that twice a year and it takes five days, so now I don’t have time to stay and see friends.” She added that her daughter Eleanor is moving to Dallas in May — and that in case anyone else in our class has a child there it would be fun to connect. Ellie Ward Taylor tuned in via email: “Not much happening here. I’ve got lots of new and old clients, so am at the gym every day. We are looking forward to our trip to Atlantic Beach and Betsy’s (Woodhall Rackley) “new house” party the end of May. We are going to N.C. the first weekend in April to see John’s daughter in Greensboro, then on to Pinehurst for Stoney Brook Steeple Chase weekend. Then we go to Charlotte for 2 nights to catch up with an old and dear friend we’ve not seen in 2 – 3 years.” I checked in with Ellie to see how the trip went and to wish her happy birthday — she said there was a birthday party for her in Charlotte with 16 of her nearest and dearest. “Great food, wine, beautiful cake and a lively group of folks!“ Susan Howe Thorn and Bill were in Prague and Budapest with friends last winter (the now-former ambassador is a friend so they had some pretty spectacular access and accommodations in Budapest). Later they were in Spring Island and Palm Beach for weekends with other friends, and in March Susan and her sister were once more in Thailand — and this time in Bali, which they loved. (I have offered to carry Susan’s suitcase wherever her next trip takes her.). A surprise “mini-mini” reunion of the Class of ’58 occurred at the National Gallery of Art in February when the Pompeii and The Roman Villa exhibit curated by Madeira alum Carol Mattusch ’65, (Mathy Professor of Art History at George Mason University) was the focus of a Madeira-sponsored gathering. Our class was well represented by Heddy Fairbank Reid accompanied by husband Trip, Eleanor McGowin

Adams, and yours truly. The curator’s talk and tour of the exhibit were terrific, as was the company, of course. A fun and educational time was had by all. Madeira is quite enterprising in providing opportunities for life-long learning and socializing in various venues, not just Washington and New York. Hopefully all of you will have a chance to partake in some way or other wherever you may be during the coming years. Aubrey ClarkThomsen sent news of a new Shipoo puppy. “Fortunately she has a poodle brain, yet we’re all still in training mode.” I’m sure the class joins me in extending sympathies to Lydia “Pixie” Thayer on the loss of her mother after 99 wonderful years. Mrs. Thayer, an accomplished pianist as well as an author, resided in Cambridge near Pixie. We also send condolences to headmistress Betsy Griffith and her family on the loss of her beloved older sister, only sibling, and best friend, Jane Bran of Philadelphia, from a rare and fastmoving disease last December. One last note — if any of you have ideas for good class secretaries and/or agents, please let Margaret Bodine Wallis, me or the Alumnae Office know. AALC is actively seeking volunteers and pursuing a revamp of both programs. Lydia “Pixie” Thayer— These years have been busy and eventful. A year ago April 7

I had my left knee replaced. Now I have titanium in my neck and in my knee. Quite bionic. I should have fun at the airport. July 18, 2008, my daughter-in-law, Randee Landreth died after a five year battle with cancer. She leaves husband, Tim Landreth, Victor, 13, and Erick, 11. My daughter-in-law Penny Daley is battling cancer going on three years now. Her husband Chris Landreth is managing with the help of nurses and home-care workers, and physical therapists, and other allied health professionals. I wish I lived nearer. They live in Hallowell, ME. near

Augusta. My stepson, Greg Landreth died 10 years ago of Lymphoma. He was 40. That makes 4 children my late husband Edward Landreth buried before he, himself died Sept. 18, 2001. My mother died at 7:00am on December 30, ’08. I was staying with her at her 16 Craigie St. home in Cambridge (also my family home since 1944). My friend George Swanson was with me at the house. George’s late wife Katrina came to live on the third floor of 16 Craigie St. when I was 11 yrs. old. She went to Radcliffe, and met George at Harvard. We’ve kept up all these years. Madeira classmate, Ann Swift used to come over to 16 Craigie St. for some peace and quiet when she wanted to study for exams. Lots of memories. Fortunately, Mom wrote a family memoir and other books which will help preserve family memory. She published her last book, “Frame of Reference, (A New England Slant), Collected essays” when she was 98. Now my brother, Bruce and I are in the throes of disbanding the family home. Some of the items will go to museums. My plans for moving into Freedom Commons At Belmont Hill have been shot down. Due to the economy, the project is not going through. I’m going back to the drawing board. Heaven forbid that life should be dull! I see Laura Wright Silk’s husband from time to time. He is doing well. I am godmother to their daughter, Christy Silk Curran. Sarah Abernethy Snyder— I do have some lovely news: I’m a grandmother, as of December 22. My daughter Nancy and her husband John had a little girl, Claire Emily Irons. My husband and I went up to Beverly, Massachusetts, to meet her in January. We also had a visit with our son, Ted, who lives on Beacon Hill. As most of the class may be aware, since submission of this column Linda Freeman Armour passed away in May. The class sent red and white roses to her memorial service and numerous donations in her memory have been sent to the school. Our deepest condolences go to her extended family — she was beloved and will be sorely missed.


1959 Madeira Fund Total: $32,865 Reunion Giving Total: $51,215 Participation: 47%

Class Secretary: Nancy Hale Hoyt 68 Mountain Lake, PO Box 832 Lake Wales, FL 33859-0832 (863) 676-3237 Hoyts @ sprynet.com Dear Classmates, As I write these notes, final planning is underway for our 50th Reunion on April 23 –26, 2009. We are all indebted to Kimmy Timolat Short for her heroic efforts to coordinate the Reunion and bring so many of us together to volunteer, support and finally attend the event. We look forward to renewing friendships, sharing life stories and just being together. Kimmy has been sandwiching her work on the Reunion with time together with her grandchildren and other endeavors. She recently saw Tish Rice Wilkinson in Winston Salem, NC where they had a wonderful time giggling like school girls again. Tish’s two daughters live nearby. Kimmy also reported that Josie Christianson Weil took her family to D.C. for the inauguration in part because she remembered attending Eisenhower’s inauguration when we were at Madeira and wanted her children to have that same experience. I, also, thought about that earlier time as I watched this January and I suspect many others of you did also. In Carbondale, CO., Carol Wood Duell worked on campaigns, mostly local and state offices. She also was a mail-in election judge which meant that she worked for two weeks before the elections preparing everything for the polling places, then processed the mail-in ballots. She reported that it was a very interesting experience. She is enjoying winter and looking forward to the reunion. Anne Severy Keleti in Brookfield, CT., reported: “Bob and I were very involved, at least locally, with Obama’s campaign. Now we are watching to see how things develop.” Anne and Bob have nine grandchildren between them, (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, two 13, 14, and 15). ”We go into NYC about once a month to see a show or whatever. I take my grandchildren one at a time to whatever they really want to see or the circus etc. I love the one-on-one time. It’s such a special relationship, that with

a grandchild. I cherish these times. They are all old enough now to choose what they really want to do”. Anne wrote that “Real Estate has basically put me into retirement on that front, not a bad thing. I now spend my time on what I love to do… photography! I think I needed to get out of Real Estate anyhow, so this economy has forced me to.” Although she is no longer doing the dog show circuit, she still has three golden retrievers and gets most of her exercise taking them for long daily walks — 6+ miles usually. She does a lot of her outdoor photography on those walks as well. She works / volunteers three days a week with an adoption agency where she speaks with birth mothers, sometimes the fathers, and prospective parents about adoption. I think we all share her statement: “How could we possibly be looking at a 50 year reunion? I don’t feel old enough… I guess one never does.” Happy (Harriet) Ward Price emailed from Taos, New Mexico where she and Ken live. They have been married for 40 years. He is a sculptor. They have three children — Romy, Sydney and Jackson and they in turn have given them 8 grandchildren. ”I spend a lot of my time with Kay Harvey who was a few classes ahead of us at Madeira. Kay and I have traveled all over the world together. We always toast Madeira as it was there our friendship started! I haven’t given up on the Reunion yet…. It would be such fun to see everyone.” Tammy (Tobe Anne) Miller Malawista shared her extraordinary news. “I thought you would like to have this news: (and I really hope that Mademoiselle Annette, and Marie, and Miss Maynard are all looking down and smiling!) The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has just made me a CHEVALIER DANS L’ORDRE DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR for my contributions to the culture of France!!!! I am completely overwhelmed and thrilled!!!! The concerts in Paris that our Mirror Visions Ensemble have given during the last decade have concentrated totally on French music and literature (letters as well as poetry) and we have given many concerts in museums, with new works commissioned for the occasion, American composers setting French texts — mainly one composer, Christopher Berg, whose settings of letters of Madame de Sévigné (1626 –1696) we sang in the

Class of 1959 at Reunions 2009. Judy Kingsley Duncan, Nerissa Vom Baur Roehrs, Betsy Rowe Costle, Anne Hodge Livet, Jae Barlow Roosevelt, Josephine Christian Weil, Nancy Hale Hoyt, Carol Wood Duell, DeeDee Lockwood Forbes, Kimmy Timolat Short, Barbara Kellogg Stowe, Kathy Von Schrader Owen, Betsy Day Bolton, Susan Cornell Wilkes, Bunny Morris Clark, Lee Byron Sturtevant, Laura Schneider, Cynthia McCune Allen, Susan Bradgon Field, Nina Lapsley Alexander, Louise Peabody room where Madame lived !! (in what is now the Carnavalet Museum). I think that is my favorite, but over the last 7 years, there were many creations, and all on French texts, which we then also performed in America.” She emailed me copies of the letters from the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as the letter from the French Ambassador to the USA, Pierre Vimont, and from the Consul General Guy Yelda. Our whole class sends Tammy congratulations and best wishes on this great honor. Tammy is scheduled to perform in Paris at the time of our reunion, and we will miss her. I send my thanks to all of you who keep me

Tobe Anne Miller Malawista ’59 was honored by the French president for her contributions to the culture of France.

supplied with news. I look forward to hearing from each of you, any time, any way, and if you are south of Orlando, come by and visit. (These notes were submitted before our 50th Reunion in April. See pages 26 –29 for a glimpse of the weekend.)

1960 50TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $13,690 Participation: 31%

Class Secretary: Patricia Meanor Mannion 1017 Monitor Ct. Salisbury, MD 21801 (410) 677-3230 patti.mannion@verizon.net Alice Fales Stewart retired in early 2007 and threw herself into volunteering for Obama for 18 months. She is ecstatic about the outcome and excited and optimistic about the future of our country. Now that the election is over she is picking up the forgotten pieces of domestic life and putting more time into her viola playing. Susie Cooley’s brother and sister-in-law, Alf and Rita Cooley, had a wonderful post-election celebration of Obama team members, including many Madeira faculty and

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their spouses. Great fun! Yes, Rita is THE Mrs. Cooley who teaches Spanish at Madeira, and she and Alf are the parents of Alex and Susie (named for our own Susie) who are also Madeira alumnae.

ing its sixth year. Chez Sven was featured in the Boston Globe Travel Section last fall. This spring we are offering a 10% discount to Madeira alums who want to discover or revisit beautiful Cape Cod.

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1966

Madeira Fund Total: $4,325

Madeira Fund Total: $19,604

Participation: 18%

Participation: 22%

Class Secretary: Margaret Hemingway 5752 MacArthur Blvd NW Washington, DC 20016-5303 (202) 966-5589 mungie1 @ verizon.net

Class Secretaries: Wendy Berol Gifford 708 Potomac Knolls Dr McLean, VA 22102-1422 (703) 893-1542 Rvendell@aol.com

Mollie Paul Collins— Living in Sonoma, CA, attempting to learn about growing the 4+ acres of grapes which surround the house we bought here 2 years ago. The chemistry class I had at Madeira has really come in handy, but somehow I missed taking botany at any point in my academic life. A lot to learn at the ripe age of 65, and we seemed to have forgotten the concept downsizing as we get older! We now have 6 “grand delights” ranging in age from 13 to 4 months. One daughter lives in England with her 3 boys, while the other is in Oakland, CA with her son and two daughters, works for Pixar Studios and was the producer of Wall-E. Life is full and a bit crazy!

1962 Madeira Fund Total: $3,900 Participation: 22%

1963 Madeira Fund Total: $29,400 Participation: 15%

Anne Leavitt Sexton 6813 Wilson Lane Bethesda, MD 20817-4948 (301) 320-5198 anne.sexton@comcast.net Beth Humstone— After a long career as a city planner, I am taking a breather from my advocacy work trying to stop sprawl development and promote smarter growth. I moved from Burlington, Vermont to Concord, MA to be with my partner, Stan Black, an architect and member of the Concord Board of Selectmen. But still have strong ties to Vermont and more recently to Portland, ME. My role as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and occasional speaking engagements are taking me to many places around the US. And I am enjoying volunteer work in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans and the Dominican Republic. Pondering a second book. First was Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas with Julie Campoli and Alex MacLean. Son, Christopher C. Gignoux, nephew of Claudine Gignoux Scoville and grand-nephew of Adele

Alexandra Grabbe’s ’65 Cape Cod B&B, Chez Sven. and Nonie Gignoux, is in fourth year of architecture school at Washington University in St Louis.

1967 Madeira Fund Total: $4,325 Participation: 20%

Class Secretary: Julia R. Bradford 126 E 95th St New York, NY 10128-1705 (212) 348-3164 juliabradford @ gmail.com Caroline Ray Hovey’s older daughter, Eliza Brown, was married on March 7, 2009 to Peter Cowan in Boston at Trinity Church. “The weather cooperated and we had a wonderful gathering of family and friends. Other big news: Tom and I plan to retire at the end of 2009. I’m not quite sure what I will do with myself but plan to pursue some volunteer interests.” Wynne Prather Stevenson shares, “My son, Trevor Stevenson, was married this past August in Buffalo. He married Wende Mollenberg so I now have a wonderful daughter-in-law and a 7 year old granddaughter, Holly. Ann Schoellkopf Jewett and Susie Schoellkopf were both at the wedding. My daughter, Alexa Stevenson, lives in NYC and works for William

1964 Madeira Fund Total: $10,407 Reunion Giving Total: $10,407 Participation: 29%

1965 45TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $2,105 Participation: 12% Alexandra Grabbe— My green bed & breakfast in Wellfleet, MA, is start-

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Class of 1964 at Reunions 2009. Judy Putzel, Mary McLean, Margo Heun Bradford, Daphne Flowers Wood, Lark Lovering, Izzy Hitz Goff, Ginny Storrs Akabane, Suzy Bennison Reynolds

Yeoward.” Jennifer Owens Murphy writes, “With all the economic woes, I feel especially blessed: a job I positively love; Ray, my husband, now of 41 years, who happily contracted to attorneys; and all my children happy in their various pursuits. Erin, my youngest, graduated from law school last May, passed the bar in the fall and is finding good employment as she has chosen to be a public defender of juveniles. That work is not being affected by all the law firm layoffs! We are all ‘watching’, but for now all is ‘OK’ and I’m so thankful. Love to all Madeira friends.”Joan Mower is now the Director of Public Relations at Voice of America. She would love to have visitors to DC to tour the VOA and is trying to get Madeira interns. Susie Pool Moses sent this update. “My husband, Dale, and I moved to Port Townsend, Washington last March, and we love being near the water and seeing all the shipping traffic headed for Seattle. I have joined AAUW (American Association of University Women) and our branch here is the largest and most active in the state. I belong to several groups within AAUW including knitting, book club, and the foreign policy discussion group. I volunteer at the local hospital doing special projects, and I started singing again with a group called Trillium. I continue to be the Fleet Captain for Navy Yacht Club Everett arranging port visits around Puget Sound and north to the Canadian Gulf Islands. This summer we hope to cruise on our boat north to Desolation Sound and the Broughton Islands in British Columbia. Maybe Alaska next summer! My daughter, Lauren, is studying to be a Physician’s Assistant with the military’s program in San Antonio, Texas, and this summer she will move to San Diego for clinicals. My son, Evan, was laid off last week due to our economy, but hopes to find an IT position soon here in the Seattle area.”Laura Mink Gardner’s noteworthy news is she finished her first marathon (at the ripe old age of 58 1/2) last weekend in DC! “It was truly an awesome experience, even finishing five minutes short of my goal (though that’s not saying much). My sister, a veteran marathon and one time Iron Man finisher, invited me last summer to participate with her, but when health issues prevented her from running, I went solo — along with 2,050 others. I’m actually looking forward to train-


presence. Powerful stuff! The Institute is growing into what promises to be the preeminent wellness university in this country. I also practice a variety of healing modalities including Reiki, EFT, craniosacral, and zero balancing. In addition I am an aquatic integration practitioner at a mid-coast Maine center. Life is full and good and I am having a ball! I continue to live on my farm and would love to share it with anyone for a day or a weekend. Keep in touch.” Anne Huyler Baker— My biggest news is the birth of my first grandchild, Christopher Joseph Boyd Junior, two days ago. He came into the world on April 11, 2009. I am in love with this little guy. I love being a grandmother already! Maria Nyhart Dahlman writes, “I visited Caroline Palmer Mickle in February in Sunapee, NH. Their new home is fabulous and the view is terrific. Our daughter, Alex, is entering her third year of architectural school and has decided to focus on sustainable urban development. Hopefully there will be job opportunities for architects when she graduates in a year and a half. Our son, Matt, continues to enjoy the NYC scene, but wishes he wasn’t sitting on pins and needles everyday. At 27, this economic downturn has been a real eye opener for him. I’m still with Bank of America, but am keeping my head down low until this turmoil within the financial markets abates. This summer Jeff and I are planning to head west to visit his brothers and will go to the Stampede in Calgary, before spending a couple of peaceful days at Lake Louise. In September, we’ll make our annual trek to Hilton Head with office laptop in tow. Vacations have truly changed!” “The wheels of life are turning slow and sweet,” shares Katherine (Kiki) Farquhar. “I’m well along in my fourth busy year of directing the AU / NTL MS in Organization Development program, at American University where there is lots of change and excitement. My three daughters are thriving (Alexa Mirvis ’03 and Lucy Mirvis ’04) in Boston and DC, respectively, and Suzy who heads to college next year (decision underway). I am contemplating an empty nest and plenty of trips to Cambridge to see Alexa and into DC to spend time with Lucy who plans to go to law school next year. Despite a violent treefall (“Twenty tons of tree,” said the treeman) that squashed several rooms of my 1880’s farmhouse (no lives threatened), I am

optimistic, generative (Erikson), and proud to be a Madeira grad. What a wonderful time of life.” Liz Dickerson Sinclair writes, “I’ve recently become real estate partners with Stuart Blue, a Madeira girl, who works with me at Georgetown Long & Foster. We would love to help any Madeira alums buy or sell residential real estate in DC / VA / MD and we offer top-notch referrals in NYC and nationwide. Please contact me at scoutv@aol.com. You could call me Scout, the Realtor Poet, because I still am writing children’s poems to keep my serotonin up. Three of my ‘chips’ are in New York City and one is in San Francisco. All are fine and in good jobs, thank the Lord. My daughter, Kate, is a NYC banker who sings Rock ‘n Roll from time to time. It’s been wonderful seeing Jennifer Owen Murphy more recently. “Well, I turned the corner, not into South dorm, but into my 60th with great flair,” Rindy Higgins shares. “Bill, with humor and style, honored me with a party, surrounding me with friends from all directions of my life including Martha Kenerson (and her husband, Bill) whom I hadn’t seen in years and still her energetic bubbly self! Bill read wonderful notes in absentia from Whit Mason German, Serena Welles Moss, and Anne Huyler Baker. I continue to work fulltime at the Aquarium, actually overtime due to staff cuts, but still delight in educating kids about our marine world. My son, Eric, 24, lived with us for three months this winter. It was a magical time as I heard words from him that every mom dreams of hearing such as, ‘You did a great job raising me,’ or ‘Thanks for making me to practice violin because now I am passionate about music.’ He has returned to Colorado to help my daughter, Emily, 26, build a sustainable, off the grid homestead. The greenhouse is complete and organic seeds are sprouting, as they finalize the blueprints for the straw-bale house they will start this summer. Let me know if you want to come to CO to learn how to build a straw-bale house.” Ginger Voorhees Wilcox shares, “I am staying in Alexandria where I still have my mother’s townhouse, but live most of the year in Seattle, except for trips this year to Mexico, Turkey and hopefully India. I work with France Homestyle, a group that rents homes all over France and lovely apartments in Paris. I was a client for a number of years and am now helping out. I travel to inspect

the houses to determine that they are in top condition for American clients. Our houses are charming and many have swimming pools and/or beautiful views. I also am very active in historic preservation, serving on our statewide board as well as working with the Washington Women’s Foundation and Seattle Bilingual School where I volunteer mostly with East African teens. My two daughters are now 23 and 28 and are in New York and San Francisco.” “I’ve not been involved much with Madeira or our former classmates but have always appreciated the class notes you and others have provided,” writes Susan Yinkey. “I’m still in NYC and still above ground — and still employed in the finance industry (pro tem). Other than that, just wanted to say hi.” My life continues to be busy and rewarding. I spend my weekday mornings teaching reading to first graders at a local parochial school and my afternoons at home working individually with struggling students. I love the challenge of adjusting my approach to encourage these children to achieve their best as well as teaching myself new teaching techniques. On spring and fall weekends, when not working in my small city garden, I lead a group of citizen pruners as we care for NYC street trees. In the summer I am involved with a volunteer group that I helped establish, Weekapaug Green, that promotes environmental awareness and spend time on the pond getting more skilled at sailing our 12’ Beetle Cat. My son, Chris, 31, lives and works in NYC and is engaged to a lovely woman and my daughter, Helen, lives in LA and has just begun managing a restaurant located in an art space.

1968 Madeira Fund Total: $48,760 Participation: 10%

1969 Madeira Fund Total: $11,795 Reunion Giving Total: $14,295 Participation: 23%

Class Secretary: Emily T. Fisher PO Box 981 Old Lyme, CT 06371-0999 ospreys @ sbcglobal.net

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ing for another, sometime. Years ago I had read about Martha Kenerson running, without walking, a marathon, and I was duly impressed. She’s been my inspiration all these years and I did not hit the wall or have to walk either.” Joan Conklin Moody wrote last November that “My husband and I just finished walking door to door putting notes on houses reminding them to vote… for Obama. We can’t ever remember a time when people were willing to stand in line for over an hour to vote and not complain, a common occurrence in Cleveland.” “It’s been a very busy year of change for the Mickles,” Caroline Ray Mickle shares. “Tom and I have retired and moved from Wilton, Connecticut where we lived for thirty years to Sunapee, New Hampshire to spend our time playing on the lake and mountain, both less than a mile away. Visitors are welcome! Our address and phone number are 101 Waterlot Road, Sunapee 03782; 603-763-8965. After celebrating Jed’s graduation from St. Lawrence University in the spring, we were busy with Polly’s wedding in Maine, where she married her Bucknell sweetheart. It was great seeing Cathy Cloutier who came to help celebrate. Best to all.” “My news is about transitions,” writes Anne Huyler Baker. “My wonderful stepmother, Sarah Stang Huyler, died on April 4th following a long journey with prefrontal dementia. I am so grateful to her for the forty-six years she spent being my mother. Perhaps her passing was to make room for my first grandchild due on April 13th. My daughter, Catherine, and her husband, Chris, are expecting a baby boy! My suitcase is packed and riding around in the car as I await the call. I can’t wait to be a grandmother! My daughter, Margaret, is making inroads in the film and stage world in Hollywood, California. Let me know if anyone has any contacts that she should pursue and please check out her website, margarethbaker.com Anne continues to enjoy life as the Director of the Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts at Tai Sophia Institute (tai.edu). “It is wonderful to be able to partner wit adults as they discover their calling and discover ways to take their work into the world! My students come from all walks of life — healthcare, education, business, law, engineering, and government and are redefining leadership while making meaningful contributions through their


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1971 Madeira Fund Total: $1,550

40TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $19,540 Participation: 18%

Participation: 13%

Class Secretary: Catherine Harris Shraga 205 E 69th St Apt 8C New York, NY 10021-5431 (212) 737-5353 cathshraga@aol.co.uk Next year, 2010, will be our 40th reunion, and it’s not too early to start thinking about how to make it special. Feroline Burrage Higginson has invited us all down to her horse farm in Rectortown, Virgina, about an hour and a half from Madeira. I went there after our last reunion and it was so beautiful. I think it’s a great idea. Do you? If so, we can see if we can make it work. At our 35th reunion, I organized for our class to stay in Georgetown, and we all went to a jazz club and dinner out on Wisconsin Avenue. Perhaps this year we can stay closer to school in Tysons or McLean, then get a bus and migrate to Feroline’s for Saturday night dinner. Anyone who has any thoughts or ideas, or who wants to help organize, should let me know. If I don’t have it already, please send me your e-mail address. That’s how I communicate with the class and if I don’t have it, you won’t be in on our reunion plans, unless you give me another way to reach you. Feroline is nothing if not a trooper and a good sport. In late November, she had a bad fall foxhunting and sent to the hospital in Warrenton. She broke 3 ribs, punctured a lung, and hurt her wrist and hip, making it hard for her to walk, according to Eileen Wilson, who visited her at the hospital. She got

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Class of 1969 at Reunions 2009. Perry Carpenter Wheelock, Mary Holder, Kyle Carney, Patti Middleton Blood, Julia O’Brien, Fumiko Masuzawa, Lyn Alford Cason, Carlin Vickery, Dorothy Borden Vickery ’36 out two days later and subsequently went back to foxhunting. “It is her favorite love I would say!” Eileen concluded after suggesting retirement from the sport. Debby Grant has moved from New York to Portland, Oregon, where her twin brother Sandy has lived for twenty years. She made what she called the “grand jete” on Thanksgiving night, and hasn’t looked back. She is subletting “a ridiculous 2000 sq.ft. condo” with great views of the Willamette River and Mount Hood “AND a guest bedroom with bath for any one of you who would honor me with a visit.” Meg Caldwell “softened my landing by having a gorgeous floral fruit basket waiting for me. She’s the only thing I miss about New York and that’s a huge miss! But we’re still in a book group that I participate in via Skype.” Debbie says she’s tracked down Miss Potter (now Abby Potter Werlock) through a reference work she wrote, American Short Story, but has yet to drop her a note. (If you read this, Ms. Werlock, please call Debbie at: 971-255-1834.) Debbie’s new address (and, yes, you must use the zero): The Meriwether, 0836 SW Curry St, Apt 1002, Portland, OR 97239. Anne Stickney linked up with Sarah (Zosh) Mason Batschelet at the end of January when she was on a family ski trip to Zorrs, Austria and Zurich, Switzerland, where Sarah lives. Read Penson Gendler says she is busy with her Pilates business and was set to meet Eileen Wilson in Miami Beach (South Beach!!) the last week of January. Both Read and Eileen came to the 1968 Symposium in October at Madeira, along with Paula Skallerup Osborn, Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Stephanie Ridder, Sarah Gardner Ridgeway,

Kitty Ferguson Roberts and your secretary, Cathy Shraga. It was a great mini-reunion. The Symposium brought together a group of really great speakers from the civil rights movement, the student movement, local universities, our class, and the school. The panel of former students who had been at the school during the late ’60s was made up entirely of our classmates from 1970. Paula moderated, and Kumea, Stephanie, Read and Kitty were the panelists. (Thanks to Holland C. Williams ’83, Director of Alumnae Relations and Reunion Giving, for the photo).Anne Stickney writes: “I have now joined in the statistics…. I was laid off the middle of March. Been busy finishing the house project, painting and papering and job hunting at the same time. I got my braces off finishing up the 15 month ordeal of my broken jaw. I continue to look at the half full glass and know that I will land on my feet. After all, the Madeira motto… ”function in disaster, finish in style” is my mantra.” Kata Hull was one of 31 artists and studios to exhibit her artwork in an open studios event at Eleven Miller Street gallery in Sommerville, MA in late April.

1968 Symposium at Madeira. Members of the class of 1970: Paula Skallerup Osborn, Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Cathy Harris Shraga, Stephanie Ridder, Read Penson Gendler , Sarah Gardner Ridgeway, Kitty Ferguson Roberts

Melissa Fisher Barker— 2008 was hectic year for me, although there was much to be grateful for. I was divorced in May and laid off in October. After a period of searching, I connected with Shell in New Orleans, where I lived for many years, and am now the Senior Learning and Development Representative at their refinery and chemical site on the Mississippi River just north of the metro area. It’s exciting work and Shell has been an excellent employer. I bought a townhouse in Metairie, a suburb of the city, and have really enjoyed decorating and making it “home.” I have old and new friends in the area, and, of course, my son Brooke Duncan, who is a 30-year old New Orleans Police Officer. Other interests are reading, cooking, exercise, shopping and travel. If any Madeira girls (no matter which class) are in New Orleans, please feel free to get in touch if you need a place to stay, directions, suggestions, etc.

1972 Madeira Fund Total: $13,880 Participation: 12%

Class Secretary: Sylvie Ball McGee 9121 Littlerock Rd SW Olympia, WA 98512-8536 (360) 705-1233 sylviemcgee @ comcast.net Well, it’s been a busy couple of months catching up with classmates through phone, email and Facebook…. This class secretary thing great! I’m jazzed to hear about the interesting lives so many of us have developed! Beth McGowin, our exclass-secretary, wrote and encouraged us all to go to our next reunion! She writes: “I’m still here in Nashville, working with my wonderful trumpet player, Rod McGaha. My girls are well: Tatum (13) is at Harpeth Hall School here, a fabulous all girls’ independent day school. She started this year in 7th grade, after five years at a terrific Waldorf school. Karina (17) is finishing her program this week at a therapeutic boarding school. She is back on track, happy and enthusiastic about life again. I wish that more people were aware that these wonderful, lifesaving schools are out there. Karina


economy shakes out, I might think about going back to work — just have to figure out what that will look like in this city which is still so new to me.” Audrey Noyes Ludemann wrote to say that she lives in Wilton, CT and that she has been involved in the field of education ever since her sophomore year at Madeira, when her Wednesday service was working in an inner city elementary school. She taught for a few years, and now works in educational consulting, advising families with elementary and secondary age children as they go through the process of choosing and applying for schools. By the time this is published, she will have been back at Madeira as part of the Baltimore / DC Schools Tour. Her daughter Cait is a senior at Endicott College in Athletic Training and son Jake is a sophomore at Washington College. Personally, she has a cat and dog at home, all living in relative harmony, and is still singing and playing guitar. Audrey said “I must say though, our age group is definitely reconnecting through Facebook, which is so interesting. I recently had lunch with a woman I haven’t seen since 9th grade and that was a hoot. I would love to reconnect with anyone who is interested and in my neck of the woods. I think it was Maggie Pendleton who tried once — Maggie are you still interested?” Which leads me to my own adventures in Facebook — I’ve found Priscilla Wyeth, Hilary Martin, Stephanie Bird and Isabel Swift there. Priscilla and I keep up a spirited correspondence on Facebook and had an hour long conversation catching up by phone — she’s living in Hudson, Wisconsin, starting a new freelance writing business, and has incredibly handsome sons! Hilary Martin is in Mobile, Alabama, working as a professional stagehand in community theater. She’s been married for 27 years and has 2 sons — one teaching English in Japan, and one a student at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Stephanie Bird is in Boston, practicing medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Isabel Swift manages development and publication of romance titles at Harlequin, and divides her time between New York and Georgetown. She also publishes the MOST BEAUTIFUL photos on her Facebook wall! And my own note… The release of stimulus funds is certainly making life as a grantwriter interesting and

busy! My pursuit of my other real passion, dogs, continues unabated. I have two Bassets out in competition now, two retired champions at home and a good old rescued boy, Hank, as well. I have assignments to judge Basset sweepstakes at two shows in the coming year, and am being mentored by an all-breed judge in preparation for applying for my judging license from the American Kennel Club in a few more years. It’s all a blast. If anyone is headed to Seattle or Portland for fun or business, let me know, I’d love to connect! Well, this time around I used email and Facebook to reach classmates. Next up, actual letters in envelopes for those without email!

1973 Madeira Fund Total: $11,773 Participation: 5%

1974 Madeira Fund Total: $12,887

nate in that my son and I do not live in the poverty that shapes the lives of so many of these kids and that I work with good, caring professional colleagues. I am grey haired, middle-aged plump and our Australian Cattle Dog gets more attention than I do, but I’m OK with that. I’m healthy and happier than I’ve ever been.

1975 35TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $30,910 Participation: 16% Catherine Karkov has been named Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Louise Holland Peterson visited Sewanee: The University of the South and gathered a group of Madeira friends for a tailgate party at her son’s lacrosse game.

Reunion Giving Total: $12,887 Participation: 18%

Sandra Anderson— I approach my 35th reunion with far less fear and intimidation than in years past. I am single again, but prepared for this by getting a masters degree in counseling. Most kids move away to go to college but my 21-year-old son Joshua and I moved in together at Lee’s Monument in Richmond VA. He walks to classes and I commute to Petersburg, where I work with juvenile delinquents. I feel so fortu-

Virginia Falzon ’09, Carolina Richards ’06, Elizabeth Minchew ’06 and Louise Holland Peterson ’75.

Class of 1974 at Reunions 2009. (Standing) Holly Pepper White, Mary Boney Denison Clark, Sandy Gedney Anderson, Cotton Timberlake, Lucia Anderson Simpson, Anne McClelland Sullivan, Francie von Stade Downing, Sharon Coyle Kiernan, Catherine Gilliam, Deborah Fairchild Harding (Sitting) Cassie Spring Corcoran, Kate Phillips Connolly Phillips, Charlotte Cheatham Gnessin, Lisa Wray Longino.

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will enter our all girls’ Catholic high school here, St. Cecilia’s, in the fall as a Junior. The most fun thing has happened for me, and that is that our classmate, Marti Bellingrath, has moved here to Nashville, and we have been having the most fun reconnecting and going to arts events together!” Marnie Nimick Silbert wrote: “I continue at my same church, 26 years now. Daughter Kate ’04 graduated in May ’08 summa cum laude with the Phi Beta Kappa prize and 2 other history prizes from Middlebury. She is working for Citizenschools in their Worcester, Mass. campus teaching in a middle school after-school “make something of your life” program with several other recent college grads. Plans to do her PhD in history. Hannah is happily ensconced in her sophomore year at BU in the honors business college and Art History departments, working as an auction assistant at Skinner Auction House.” Lili Avery has both married and moved in the past year or so. She says: “I am living in Pittsburgh, PA, where I moved with my husband in January 2008. We had gotten married a week prior to moving. (My first marriage at this age, imagine!) What brought us here was his new job as a professor with Carnegie Mellon University. Virgil Gligor is his name, his specialty is computer security, and he spends his time teaching graduate students, directing the activities of Cylab, the largest academic research lab in the field, and attending many conferences and workshops where he speaks and/or presents papers. As a consequence of moving here, I quit my position with the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, where I had been living for about 3 years, after spending 25 years in the metro NY area. During my time in DC I was lucky enough to reconnect with Carol Lombardo Weil and Susan Harford on a number of occasions. Over the last year we have traveled a great deal, primarily to Europe, due to Virgil’s work. We just returned from London / Cambridge, and will be headed to France and Switzerland in a month. All the travel and the numerous details associated with our relocation and settling our affairs back in DC have kept me thoroughly busy in the last year. We finally settled into permanent quarters last month (address below), and would welcome a visit by anyone coming through town! (Contact is liliavery@aol.com) Now, once the


1976 Madeira Fund Total: $4,950 Participation: 8%

1977 Madeira Fund Total: $4,710 Participation: 11%

1978 Madeira Fund Total: $41,080 Participation: 14%

Class Secretary: Patti Snodgrass Borda 15 Tenth Avenue Brunswick, MD 21716 psborda@gmail.com Jamie Loomis Cloud— Did you ever think it would be interesting to visit the island of Madeira, since we went to the school of the same name?

The island of Madeira in Portugal. Ever since Madeira days, I’ve wanted to visit the island and got my opportunity on a cruise the second week of November ’08. It’s an island with a split personality. In one way, it’s similar to Asia with its rows and rows of banana trees — hundreds of thousands of them — growing on multitiered ledges going up the hillsides. In other ways you feel like you could be in the South of France with it’s Mediterranean terra cotta roofs peppering the hillsides. It’s a virtual garden of Eden: besides those banana trees, there are figs, guavas, lemons, limes, berries, papayas, melons and many vegetables growing on hillsides. The local wine packs quite a punch with a 19% alcohol content. This very modern island has been upgraded with one of the most advanced runways in the entire world. It’s a little thrilling to be in a car and go under it — yes, it’s suspended hun-

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dreds of feet in the air over a highway. When we were passing under the runway, the last third of length of a 747 hung over the edge of the runway right above us. I’m sure the passengers sitting in the tail section got a bit more a thrill than they wanted, as they were looking hundreds of feet down the mountain with no runway immediately below them as they were getting ready to take off! Speaking of cheap thrills, if you ever get there, you’ll have to take a sled basket ride down the mountainside. This local tradition is extremely popular with tourists: once you’re in the basket, you’re pushed down the asphalt mountain road by two men who jump on the edge of the runners in the back of the sled at the last minute and do their darndest to steer the basket down the long mountain road. Imagine the Tilt-aWhirl ride in a carnival and you get a rough idea of the experience. Sure had a lot of fun, and would recommend a visit to our school namesake. Lisa Lavine Nagy— More news on the Environmental Health front from Lisa Nagy. I was named a delegate to the Massachusetts Medical society this March and have promptly written a resolution in an attempt to change policy in the state of Mass and then to encourage the AMA to do the same. I want them to acknowledge that women get Chronic Fatigue and Chemical Sensitivity 4 times more often than men and that these are physiologic conditions not mental ones. Then I want them to have a course on line for doctors to choose to become more educated about the common symptoms of sensitivity that we all get like dislike of perfume and chemicals, headaches and memory loss. Wish me luck! I appreciate the generous donations made from my classmates this year to my nonprofit — The Preventive and Environmental Health Alliance. I am in Washington every couple months raising hell. The more the merrier — thanks! www.

Lisa Lavine Nagy ’78

EnvironmentalMedicineinfo.com. From North Carolina, Caroline Johnson Bellis, has good news of her children: oldest daughter Jennifer was graduating in May from UNC-Chapel Hill, “as a Phi Beta Kappa no less!” and in the fall will be going to the School of Law at Emory University in Georgia. “She’ll be the one to call if you ever need an environmental attorney,” Caroline says. Her daughter Corey is a junior at the UNCG School of Music, “making her way towards a career in music (voice). Look / Listen for her at the Met Opera in a few years!” In the hopes of learning something useful, Caroline also describes what she has endured: “A few years ago I was the picture of health and felt on top of the world as I recovered from an abusive marriage and divorce. But later that year I started not feeling so good and my hands began to ache. … [I]n the past four years I have had to stop working, drop out of law school, watch my world get smaller and smaller, and become officially disabled. (It is fun having access to the best parking though!) I struggle daily with severe chronic pain brought about by psoriatic arthritis (and psoriasis), fibromyalgia, and a slipped vertebrae in my back. If anyone else out there is living with chronic pain I’d love to find out how you cope.” With better health news, Rhode Island-based fine arts photographer Lorna Stokes is working on a video documentary about her terminally ill cousin’s miraculous health improvement after a two-week visit to Brazil to see healer John of God. Given no more than a year to live before he left, her cousin returned following the spiritual and meditative program “halfway to cured,” Lorna reports. Although Lorna has given up competitive equestrian events, she is training for a triathlon in Providence in August. That’s to keep up with husband Dan, who is going on a 100-mile bike ride to benefit leukemia research; Dan is a longtime leukemia survivor. He is also ready to change careers and will start grad school in the fall in computer science. Their daughter Maddie will start high school in the fall. Lorna said she enjoyed seeing Carita Crawford-Keene and Felicia Layson Evans last year. Rita Nido Romeu is still working in health care finance in New Jersey and New York. In January she took a trip to Japan and “had a great time.” She has been doing quilting over the

past few years, and the tour to Japan was geared toward fiber art. She took classes in sashiko, indigo dying and silk weaving. “It really was a nice diversion from the dysfunctional health care market place.” Because of her husband’s furniture design career, she has seen Missy Sullivan in Purchase, N.Y, in June 2008, where Missy was moderating a panel at the Furniture Society conference; and in 2007 at the Furniture Society conference in Canada, she saw Cornelia Carey ’76. Cornelia is executive director of CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund). “I met her husband and daughter for the first time. Her daughter is so cute, and really reminds me so much of Cornelia. I think it’s so interesting that I am reconnecting with Madeira classmates via my husband’s career.” Mary Waggener spent “three interesting years teaching English in China at a college in Yuxi, Yunnan.” Now she is back in the States living in Cape Girardeau, MO. “[I] am doing my part to boost the economy by buying a home here, if all goes well, on April 30th.” She would like to hear from Ruth Berg ’79. When Sharon Saul Davis wrote in April she was headed for Rwanda. “I’m designing a community center near Kigali for an NGO called Women for Women. They provide women with business training, trauma counseling and micro financing for their new businesses.” Sharon has one daughter at Princeton, a son at Trinity and an adopted son at Marist College. “We still have one at home too. She’s 9 and in the 3rd grade.” Dorothy (Deedee) Kerr has “a wonderful 10year-old girl, Halle, who is about to graduate from her DCPS Elementary School—she will attend Georgetown Day School next fall. It is incredible how much private school costs these days.” Halle has attended riding camp at Madeira for the last two summers, and will return this July. “I usually end up spending a couple of mornings hanging out there, doing some work in the beautiful Madeira library and then wandering around campus in the summer mornings. It always feels somewhat strange, and yet very sweet to watch my daughter enjoy the campus; we always end up feeding the horses incredible numbers of carrots/apples.” Deedee has been an attorney with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, for more than 12 years. “NASA GSFC is the NASA field cen-


each other and being friends…. It is great fun hitting this age with your children and having them become friends.” North (18) is deciding between the University of Alabama or UNC Chapel Hill “where his heart is,” (if he moves off the waitlist). He and brother, Alex (16), who is a sophomore have been thrilling the family with their lacrosse this year. “I can’t tell you how much fun we are having with the two boys on the same team!” Her family “had a fabulous adventure in Australia over Christmas ….. We have decided to make memories instead of exchanging presents for Christmas, and we are all loving our travel opportunities. Two years ago we ventured to Patagonia in Argentina. Our guys love the outdoors, as do we, so we have fished and snorkeled and rafted and boated ’til our hearts’ content. The ‘new normal’ may have grounded us now, but nothing can take away our fabulous memories. They will entertain us in our old age… joy!” Lou’s husband, Blanton, is considering new career options, and Lou is “still enjoying my part time work as an interior designer. I own my own tiny business with a dear friend.” Lou volunteers also with Families First (an agency that works “to ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families… I particularly like working with the foster care program”); Skyland Trail, a day treatment facility for those who suffer with mental illness where Lou leads Bible study; and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—

Lisa Levine, Charlotte Worsley, Catherine Fox, Louise Boney, Lorna Stokes, Mary Wayt, Carita Crawfod, Felicia Layson, Sophie Lynn at a lovely dinner at Soph’s house last summer .

she has a 20-year-old nephew with the disease. “In addition, I love my ongoing study of God’s word and cherish my membership in two women’s Bible study groups.” She spent a “magical weekend” this winter at our country house with Nancy Hodges Riley and two other friends. “Those Madeira friendships last a lifetime! I hear from Stirling Cassidy Smith ’77 on a regular basis as well.” Lunda Gill-Desbrow admits

Lunda Jacqueline, daughter of Lunda Gill-Desbrow ’78. it’s been a while since we heard from her: “I don’t even think that I let everyone know that I was married” in August 1997 to Dr. James Patrick Desbrow in Malibu, CA. “We earned our doctorates together at Pepperdine University and graduated in 2003.” She has been busy with her private practice in Santa Clarita. On April 5, 2007, they welcomed the birth of daughter Lunda Jacqueline Desbrow. In Brunswick, MD, from our 1910 work-in-progress / repair house, I do contract and freelance editing and publishing, whenever I’m not chasing or driving our 8year-old second-grader, Virginia. Recently I was elected to the vestry of the Church of Our Saviour Oatlands, VA, where, with Rebekah White McCarthy ’88 I co-direct the Sunday school. We regularly see or hear from five other Madeira alumnae who are members of the church: Anita Graf White ’57, Rebekah’s stepmother and wife of the church rector; Diana Johnson Firestone ’50; Jane Humphreys Kusel ’53; Cecile Dickson Banner ’53; and Rebekah’s sister, Spilman White ’85. I have also become friends with my husband Joe’s longtime friend and boat designer Diana Russell ’62, who visits occasionally from Long Island, NY, and incites our daughter’s joie de vivre and affection for all animals.

1979 Madeira Fund Total: $3,801 Reunion Giving Total: $6,801 Participation: 5%

Class Secretary: Deborah Lyne Simon 2120 Lakeridge Drive Grapevine, TX 76051 (817) 251-1052 debbielsimon @ verizon.net Elna Mayberry— Just a quick note to say I am still working at Brock University (now in Facilities Management) and my two wonderful sons (almost 12 and 16) are thriving and challenging me as they grow. For my personal challenges, I am still a volunteer instructor at the Niagara YMCA (Box Fit & Abs) and I am again participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, cycling 200km over 2 days to raise funds for The Princess Margaret Hospital (one of the top 5 cancer research centers in the world). Each rider has to raise a minimum of $2500; last year The Ride raised over $14 million! To see more about the ride, the Princess Margaret and/or to sponsor me, see www.conquercancer.ca/goto/elnamayberry2009 If any of you are in the Southern Ontario / Niagara region, feel free to get in touch!

1980 30TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $4,775 Participation: 11%

Class Secretary: Robin Patrowicz-Gart 2625 Castilla Isle Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 764-5898 actressthatsme @ msn.com Lynn Cassady— My daughter, Sarah, will be attending Taft next year. I am happy for her, but a little sad that she will not be carrying on the Madeira torch. Taft’s location should give me a little time to visit with my New England buddies. I have loved reconnecting with so many of our classmates through Facebook. If you don’t have a FB (Sarah Richards Thalheim), you are missing out on some wonderful reconnections. Pam Fairchild— Time is flying but it sure is more fun being in touch with so many Madeira girls on Facebook. All my love and prayers being sent to Hannah Klein. Still trying to meet to

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ter that does earth and space science; we’re known for the Hubble Space Telescope (which sends all those cool pics of space).” Her husband Joe is a magistrate judge with D.C. Superior Court, following a career as a criminal defense lawyer. Deedee “had a great time” with Angie Anderson ’77 and Eleanor Harrison LaFarge over the past year. “In May 2008, we were in Denver, celebrating El’s receipt of her PhD, and this past February, we met in Bonaire to celebrate Angie’s 50th birthday. Incredible that we are this old and seemingly grown up.” “Sadly, I never see Madeira alums out here,” writes Julia Kennedy Tussing from California. “Otherwise, however, things are going well.” She and husband Ted have two boys, Hale (15) and Tate (9). “I just started a new position at Stanford School of Medicine, where I’ve worked for the past 12 years, as associate dean for Educational Programs and Services (student affairs would be the easier moniker, but of course nothing’s ever simple).” She still rides horses, but just retired her Dutch dressage / jumper mare to be bred, “so am now catch-riding, mostly eventing. I’m on Facebook too, if anyone wants to link up, under my married name of Tussing.” In Atlanta Lou Shore Winship has a busy family with three boys: Son Blanton (20) is a sophomore at the University of Alabama, where he has met Lucy McGowin Moore’s daughter, Laura Tucker, also a sophomore. “They have enjoyed seeing


have lunch with Kelly Taylor. I recently had a wonderful day with Sarah Richards at Princeton watching her two sons row, and my nephew row — all 3 on the same crew team. What are the odds? We had a blast as our two daughters went out on the launch together. It was great to see Sarah. Working hard on reestablishing my law practice and title company, and enjoying my daughter, Elizabeth (age 11) and son, Winston (age 9). Laurey Fredrickson Nixon —David, myself and our girls are all doing well. Our oldest daughter, Christina, is a freshman at Washington and Lee and absolutely loving it. Our other daughter, Caroline, is a sophomore at Pace Academy here in Atlanta and is doing very well in school. I am spending a lot of my time playing tennis and volunteering at school and church. I miss all of my Madeira friends and would love to see everyone soon. Suzanne Dulany Atkinson writes just to say hello to everyone. She is looking forward to seeing Laura Binder Hughes this weekend in SC for a family picnic and hopes to reconnect with India Cutler Wardrop upon her return to London after this Easter break. Suzanne’s eldest, John, is a freshman at Tulane University. He just pledged Kappa Sigma and enjoyed petroleum jelly in his hair for initiation. He is so happy at Tulane and doing well academically, with the plan to major in biomedical engineering. He will be attending Berkley this summer to take some extra courses so if anyone lives in the Berkley area please let her know if she can give John your contact details as a “family” backup system! Love to all! Becca Humphrey Diederich is moving to Melbourne, Australia in June with her husband and large dog! We will be there for three years and can’t wait to start our adventure. Hopefully I’ll find a fun ensemble to play with, but in the meantime, I’m sure I’ll be playing lots of tennis! Michelle Dorion— have been living in London since 2001 and have seen Suzanne Dulaney and Caroline Acheson, although, unfortunately, not recently. Married an Irish / Brit in ’94 and have been in the UK, Tokyo and Chicago since, having a kid in each continent. Thought about writing a book about differing birthing styles but, alas, ran out of time then and can’t remember much now. Amazing how different birthing can be when

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it is one of the most common occurrences in the planet. At the moment, I’m busy trying to raise about $50mm for a Children’s Museum in London — will you believe they don’t have one? I’m also going back to Guatemala all the time as I’m helping my parents with their businesses. I would like to thank all those who have reached out via Facebook — it’s been so rewarding to reconnect with so many lost friends, and to hear about their trials and tribulations. I believe our class is special, perhaps because of what we went through together — who knows — but it is wonderful reconnecting with such a fantastic group of women. Celia Loeb— Even though she’s a junior in high school, I’m still busy with my daughter Madeleine — attending all her soccer and tennis matches, missing my son Alexander who’s a Phi Gamma Delta pledge at UVa, renovating and decorating my husband’s new medical office, and volunteering with Boys and Girls Clubs. Hope everyone from our class is getting their plans together for our reunion next April! Ann Amberecht— my book came out, Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home published by Columbia U Press. Feel silly passing that on for the newsletter but it took many years to write and so having it finally out in the world is pretty nice. That’s my main accomplishment for the year! Saw Juliet Davison in Boston in December, great to connect after many years. She’s just started her own law practice. Otherwise, kids growing, doing some teaching and writing, finishing up a documentary film on traditional herbalism and with all that still trying to figure out how to make a living. Hannah Klein Connoly— I have breast cancer. So, I am not sure if this is something that is noted — or not ;-). Otherwise, husband and kids are doing well — Bren and Asher are growing up and becoming really cool little people! I am busy on my new journey of getting healthy. BTW, Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch, I’ve been able to reach out to many old classmates. Emily Nolan— I don’t have to much to report — kids are 15, 13 and 10. I drive all afternoon to sports practices, violin lessons and Tae Kwon Do. I think I shall apply for a

Tennessee Chauffeurs license! Lynn Stein Cassady is coming up next week for Music City Marathon which she calls the Rock and Roll Marathon because I am guessing Lynn is not a Toby Keith fan. Wrenne (15) wants to act, Chippy (13) plays loads of golf and spent last weekend at the Masters and Will is one of the funniest 10-yearolds I have ever met. Still sitting on the city council and judging from recent press making the Mayor’s office a bit crazy. http://tennessean.com /article / 20090419/ NEWS0202/ 904190362. Baba Barnett— Still In Raleigh. Still playing tennis. Still making jewelry which I love!! And I can’t get off Facebook! Heading to my Midd reunion in June. FB me! Kay Krogh Gallagher— Hard to believe that my son is about to graduate from High School. He is a Senior at St John’s College High School in Washington DC. He will attend James Madison in the fall. My daughter, Sara, is in 8th grade and will go to Winston Churchill High in Potomac, MD, next year. My husband Neil and I will try to adjust as our house gets a little quieter. I am a project manager at Westat. I work mostly on creating teacher professional development programs both live and on line. I produced a series of digital workshops for teachers of native american students which has been very well received in the Native American community (www.t2tweb.us/nativeamerican). Robin Patrowicz-Gart— I spoke with Kelly Taylor (Merriam) and she wanted all to know that she has been busy with her two children Maggie and Taylor (2010). She and her husband rob spent Spring break touring colleges for Taylor. She is anxious to see everyone next year for our 3oth reunion. I have been very busy this year. I am serving on the county cultural arts council fighting for the arts. In this economy, it has been quite a challenge. I am a guardian ad litem for two adorable children and find this very rewarding. I started substitute teaching in January and have been in all different grades and already have a war chest full of stories. When I have a bit of free time I have been jumping on my hog — that’s right — my harley and have been motorcycling with my

husband Brian. Our two kids, Caitlyn (sophomore in college) and Zachary (junior in high school) are pretty much on auto pilot. I can‘t wait to see everyone for our 30th and want everyone to start blocking it off so we can have a good showing and catch up in person. We all went through so much together as a class and that created a special connection that we have with each other. I can‘t wait to see every one from the class of 1980. Everyone being together would show how truly special our class has always been. I hope this summer is restful but yet productive for all of you and I think of you all often. Dawn Bellinger— I have a new email, bellingerdr@gmail.com. I’ll be leaving HUD next month to stay home again after 12 years back at work. Not sure what I’ll do next but need some time to regroup and ponder. My oldest, Catharine, is LOVING her first year of college at Princeton and my little one, Ann, is struggling through Junior year of high school at Potomac. She’ll be very glad to join her sister soon out of the nest. Hope all is well in your house.

1981 Madeira Fund Total: $12,295 Participation: 10%

Class Secretary: Joan Tanous 390 S 68th St Boulder, CO 80303-4306 (303) 786-9524 boulderwoof@gmail.com Greetings to our fellow Alumnae from the Class of 1981. The award for the longest-distance-update goes to Gail Guinee Inman who had a few spare minutes to email this report from her latest post: “I’m in Kuwait for the first half of 2009 as a liaison officer for the Army National Guard to Army Central Command Headquarters. I’ve visited Guard units in Iraq, flown in helicopters and bareboned military planes, ridden in a convoy, and performed my primary mission, which is to solve logistics issues. I haven’t enjoyed being in the Army this much since Desert Storm. Who knew I’d ever be doing this stuff — much less at 45? My husband is doing an awesome job with the 4 kids, ages 11 –5, but I miss all of them.” Gail, I speak for all of us when I say that we’re so proud of not only your dedication to our country but also your fortitude at


Betsy, it sounds as if you’re just as athletic as your kids — you go, girl! Kimberly Hughes wrote in from beautiful California with this news: “I see several Madeira friends on a regular basis — Alison Blume, Dana Schmidt and Diana Sanson ’82 are among the members of a book club I put together four years ago. (Wouldn’t Ms. Sapin be pleased.) We all live in Marin Co., Calif., and Diana’s just north in Sonoma Co. Diana’s building a state-of-the-art, rammed-earth house, and she is recently engaged. Dana’s competing (and regularly winning!) on her beautiful horse. Alison does ecolandscape design, and she is also recently engaged. I’m building a nearly LEED-certified, green spec house, and I am not engaged… yet.” Hey Kimberly, maybe we can organize a field trip (with a wine tour, of course) to marvel at the green structures you and Diana are building! Your techniques will hopefully become standards for the future. Anne Murray Gambal reports that she’s finally getting a breather: “Paul and I are enjoying the beginning of empty nest syndrome as Elizabeth is a junior boarder at Madeira, and Nicholas is a freshman boarder at Woodberry Forest. They are happy and we are blessed.” Congrats on your well-earned “freedom”, Anne! As for me, I’m still loving life in Boulder, Colorado. It’s hard to believe I moved here for college and never left; 28 years sure flew by! My daughter, Ruby, is 7 years old going on 25. She spent Spring Break with her teenage cousins in Irvington, VA, and now she thinks she needs a cell phone and laptop to survive 2nd Grade! I had to stop volunteering at the local animal shelter because I kept coming home with more animals. We now have 2 Mastiffs and a Newfoundland. Thank goodness Costco sells dog food by the pallet! I just celebrated my 10th year at Sun Microsystems, and I’m hoping the company can weather the economic downturn without getting swallowed by a large conglomerate. From our class to yours, we wish you and your families good health and great fortunes. Remember to spread peace to the lives you touch.

Steven, Zachary, James, Charlie and Isabelle; children of Georgina Bliss Marshall ’82 and Rachel Goss ’82.

1982 Madeira Fund Total: $12,180 Participation: 15%

Class Secretary: Elizabeth Hackney Whitsel 2557 Owens Ct. Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1737 (919) 967-1098 ewhitsel @ nc.rr.com Georgina Bliss Marshall: Rachel Goss and I met up at both Kent School and Emmanuel Church (where I served as Superintendent for 11 years until my retirement in May) and decided to photograph all our children together for Madeira Today — Steven, Zachary, James, Charlie and Isabelle. All are at Kent School, Chestertown except Charlie attend St. James School in Hagerstown. No real news from the Eastern Shore. Children are well. Teaching a lot of French and still running my small Marketing firm and my husbands retail construction company. We have tons of space here, so anyone is welcome to visit us at Peaches Heaven Farm. I am doing a lot of teaching and French is on a comeback — The French business is very healthy here — but the pay is terrible… .and no benefits. But life on the Chesapeake Bay is always good — it is lovely here and we work every day to preserve this beautiful place. I loved growing up in the country and feel truly blessed despite it all that I can raise (so far) my children in the country too. Tara Labovitz Lloyd: Not much news here. I am enjoying every moment of raising my two wonderful children here in Alexandria, VA. They keep this single mom super busy :) I have loved connecting with many Madeira friends that I hadn’t been in touch with in many years via Facebook. What a treat! Jessica Story Turner: I have just accepted a new position with my company (URS — Washington Division) in the

Tri Cities Area of Washington State. The position was developed directly out of stimulus package money and the project will create upwards of 400 new jobs. This is particularly good news as the project I was on in Northern Canada was canceled with no notice in mid January due to the drop in oil prices. Needless to say I have been living the motto, Functioning in Disaster and now Finishing in Style. Beth Anne Trapold Newton: Hey Elizabeth! All fine here. I’m still working at my older daughter’s school, Oakcrest School in McLean, as the Director of Development. We’re in a $30M campaign, and it has been very challenging with the current economy. The other major challenge has been keeping three children’s schedules straight while working fulltime! Not sure which is tougher. Gus is almost 16 (stay off the roads in Northern VA), Bonnie will turn 14 this summer, and Annie turned 7 on Easter Sunday. I have loved reconnecting with everyone on Facebook. Please tell anyone in our class that isn’t on here to join the fun!! Also, I have been recruited by Gaither Smoot Deaton ’88 to be our class agent for the Madeira Fund once again. I know how generous our class has always been in the past, so I was willing to say yes! I know you all will make my job easy!! I have seen a lot of Madeira girls around Chapel Hill lately. I had coffee with Missy McNeer and Ashley Lefler a few weeks ago. I also see Allie Mendelsohn quite a bit as one of her sons is in my daughter’s 4th grade class. I am looking forward to seeing Kirsten Menes this summer in the NC mountains. Alicia Ragsdale Alford and I caught up on the phone recently and hope to see each other soon. Dara Souvanna Phouma Stieglitz— 2009 began with a bang and the due date for this classnote was April 15, New Year’s eve on the Lao, Thai, Cambodian Theravada Buddhist Calendar. Sabaydii Pimai! My daughter is now ten and three quarters. Love equations as she is implementing all she learns in and out of school in our own home laboratory. Two parents being experimented on daily is a bonus for the one inquisitive child. My business: coaching individuals, businesses and now families is thriving with help from the dip in the economy. To support my clients, several requested repurposing their space with what they already have

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juggling such a demanding job with raising a family of 4. You truly embody Miss Madeira’s spirit! Lisa Low Lawson took a few minutes out of her teaching gig to send this news about her three kids: “Lea is going to be a freshman at James Madison University majoring in Archaeology. Colin is going to be a Junior at Radford University where he’s pursuing a Business Major. And Joseph, my soccer star, is going to be in 2nd Grade next year.” Lisa, I’m completely envious that you have raised 3 gorgeous kids without getting the obligatory gray hair that accompanies such stress! I have tons after only 1 child! Elsie Conyingham McHale took time out from vacation to send this update: “I’m writing this from Orlando as we have brought our two boys, Colin (11) and Ian (6) to Disney. They love it as Disney is good to kids with autism. They get special passes that greatly reduce the waiting times. I also wanted to share with classmates what a great tool Facebook is for reconnecting with Madeira friends!” Elsie, I couldn’t agree more! I was not an early adopter of Facebook — but I’m hooked now! Jocelyn Cooper had a minute to send the latest news about her family: “It’s been a wild ride of a Spring. We just bought a house in the Cleveland National Forest. We’re looking forward to settling in, yet at the same time we’re juggling a thousand and one details. We’ve been trying to spend lots of time with my Mom since she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, plus I’m still homeschooling my kids age 16, 12 and 5. My husband travels a lot, but we’re still staying connected through it all. Overall, life is good.” Best wishes in your new house, Joss! Betsy Coley Fralin sent in this note about life in Richmond: “ I have continued to sell real estate, even in this difficult economy. Nothing like a challenge! Our girls are 11, 13, and 15; things were much easier when they were toddlers! Our oldest girls play field hockey and lacrosse, and our youngest plays volleyball and basketball, so we stay busy going to their games. I enjoy being captain of my tennis team and look forward to another fun season this spring. I see Sarah Cowden and recently saw Alicia Ragsdale Alford; we all have children at Episcopal. Also, Facebook is so fun! There are tons of Madeira girls on it now and I really enjoy staying in touch that way!”


and lo and behold: a new business emerged combining coaching and decorating; it’s called Innate Chi, LLC. The trick here is for the client to spend no money until I coach them, see what they have, decorate together and look at what is really needed in the new space that has been reformulated to support them in their personal growth. Volunteer work now includes going back on the Hill with the Laotian American National Alliance www.lana-usa.org advocating for the Laotian American community, as I now have the opportunity to give back to my ethnic community. I am also focused on helping with Census 2010 and traveling cross country encouraging all to send in their forms and meeting lots and lots of wonderful people. Most fun has been finding classmates and school mates from Madeira on Facebook!! Other volunteer work is with fabulous coaches as the secretary for the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association www.njcoaches.org. Still active in school PTO especially this year as our home will be part of Cooks’ Tour 2009. If you are in the New Jersey Shore on Saturday, December 5, 2009, come knocking on our door. As many of you know, we lost one of our classmates this spring. After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer for 3 years, Susannah Randolph died February 19, 2009. A memorial service was held at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Virginia. Page Robinson gave a eulogy that included more than a few stories about Susannah’s Madeira days. Many Madeira friends were there to say good-bye, and share stories and memories into the

late hours of the night. Susannah lived with her husband Charlie Westbrook and their two daughters, Lily and Arabella in Warrenton, Va. A tribute website has been created — www.susannahrandolph.com

1983 Madeira Fund Total: $35,360 Participation: 13%

Class Secretary: Elizabeth Weber French 7330 South Jay Street Littleton, CO 80128 (303) 973-8344 egwfrench @ msn.com Stephania Bell— Working as a sports injury analyst for ESPN. Can be seen on First Take on ESPN2. Have a blog on ESPN.com. Hung out with Leslie Baise during the Super Bowl. Greer Brath— The weekend of our big reunion I was in the States — but ironically was in the hospital giving birth to our baby girl! I couldn’t believe I missed the reunion, but I was so happy to at least catch up with Sally Scott Swiatek and Dee Johnson Anderson, and show off the new baby despite the lack of sleep!. Staley Terran Brath was born April 22, 2008 and after our brief visit with family and friends in Virginia, we took her and or little boy back to Monte Carlo. We spent the better portion of the year traveling and are currently in London for the year. If any alums are living in or planning to visit the London area I would love to hear from you! Deanna JohnsonAnderson— I recently had the opportunity to see Linda Rowland Blount while on a business trip in

Robbie Bent ’83 and family, visiting the home of Isa Catto Shaw ’83.

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Class of 1984 at Reunions 2009. Uasma Khan, Tina Lindberg Nichols, Casey Wilson Self, Tisha Jepson Fang, Misti Mukherjee, Gina Melin, Paige Williams Smith, Karen Lisle Leming, Jill Roberts, Angela Davis, Lauren Brockman, Pam Parker, Amy Sears Nichols, Phyllis Moore Wiley, Dekoven Pelton Fernandez, Jenny Hoare Lindsey, Lisa McCurdy, Schroeder Stribling, Thankful Vanderstar, Alison Vest San Antonio which was great. Unfortunately, my father passed away the next day and Sally Swiatek came down to the Bahamas for the funeral for which I am very thankful. It confirmed how very special the friendships forged at Madeira are and thanks to everyone who reached out to me during this difficult time. Robbie Oxnard Bent— I just returned with my family from a wonderful visit to Isa Catto Shaw’s ’83 home in Woody Creek, Colorado! Isa and her husband Daniel hosted us for a fantastic spring break trip to their beautiful mountain home. Our six year old daughters, who are only one month apart, really bonded, and our sons (ages 9 for me and 3 for Isa) had fun too! I have recently gone back to work full-time after many years of part-time, volunteer and consulting work and am now working at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the city and loving it. Hugs to all! Leslie Absher— My partner and I are still in the Bay Area, enjoying running our own businesses — my partner owns Firm Fundamentals, where she trains young lawyers, and I own Teen Focus and work with high school students. I also teach creative writing workshops for Covenent House (a youth homeless shelter) and recently had my own writing, a personal essay, published in the Los Angeles Times! A big shout out to the class of ’83!

1984 Madeira Fund Total: $9,200 Reunion Giving Total: $10,700 Participation: 18%

Class Secretary: Tina Lindberg Nichols 17527 Monsoon Ct. Crosby, TX 77532 (281) 462-4003 nichols_tina @ hotmail.com Anna Smith— Hey everybody. All is well with me. Currently, I am working as an RN with a speciality in HIV., in the District. I am also trying to get my certification as a Diabetic Educator. Otherwise, all is good. My daughter is graduating from college in May and I have 2 more left. I speak with Indra Caudle and Usma Khan on a regular basis. I also was able to get in touch with Anne Lloyd and Lydia Gray. It was an absolute delight to talk to both of them. It has been great touching base with alot of old friends like Amy Porter, Lydia Faulkner and Paige Williams via Facebook. Wishing everyone well. Carrie Lederman Barotz— I don’t have any life updates, but I thought I’d write about something I’m sure many alumnae can realt to in some way. Whenever I’m performing a particularly difficult surgery that ultimately goes well, my father, with whom I practice Pediatric Ophthalmology (some of you might remember having seen him if you needed to have an eye examination during your time at Madeira), has taken to calling it a “Madeira moment” (i.e. Function in Disaster, Finish in Style).


He hid his life in the CIA, even from his family. Now he’s out in the open, but the secret still has a power. by Leslie Absher ’83 Reprinted from The Lost Angeles Times, February 22, 2009

I’ve criticized the CIA all my adult life— for its role in overthrowing democratically elected governments and supporting brutal dictatorships. But as a child, I had no idea my father worked for the CIA. He was a nerd who wore black hornrimmed glasses, a dark suit jacket and a tie most of the time. Whenever we referred to his place of employment, we just called it “the office.” We moved around every two years or so for his job. As I grew older, I became more curious. One day when I was about 10 years old, I stood before him, hands on hips, and asked what kind of “office” he worked in. He said he was in the Army. “The Army” didn’t conjure “office,” but it was an acceptable answer. Tangible. I pictured him as a soldier protecting America, marching in drills, bending over field maps. It didn’t register that I had never actually seen him in a uniform. I wanted to believe him, and so I did. Not long after, he changed his story. “I’m with the Defense Department,” I overheard him tell someone over the phone. What happened to the Army? The Defense Department wasn’t something I could imagine. I had no images of what it did. I saw a blank screen. But I didn’t ask my father to explain. Over the next couple of years, his job description continued to shift. The Defense Department became the State Department, then the Pentagon. His titles as an attache or advisor rotated even when we didn’t move. Each time he rolled out a new cover story, he did so with perfectly still eyes. That’s what made me think he wasn’t switching jobs as much as switching titles. But if I suspected he wasn’t exactly telling the truth, I was in no way ready to admit he was lying. My awakening to the truth came during one of our weekly Sunday drives. At 12, I loathed being trapped inside an automobile with my parents and younger sister, but Sunday drives were a family obligation. That day, as my father guided our Caprice Classic down the driveway, something didn’t seem right. My mother wasn’t commenting on the well-groomed lawns, and my father seemed more restrained than usual. Did they have a fight? I stared out the window, vaguely aware of the strange mood in the car, when, unprompted, my mother turned to my father and growled, “Tell the girls what you do for a living.”

My father’s neck stiffened. “I’m a supervisor,” he mumbled feebly. “I manage people.” Irritated, my mother whirled around, her eyes mocking, and asked, “Do you girls have any questions for your father about his work ‘managing people’?” I loved the tone in her voice just then. It was a tone that refused to settle, a tone that said, I have had enough of your secret. I didn’t know why my mother had chosen to confront my father just then — and still don’t. Maybe she was tired of keeping his secret and of how it stifled their relationship and constrained our whole family. Regardless, her nerve cheered me, so I assailed my father with questions and tried to pin him down to specifics, as he clung desperately to abstract generalities. Finally, my mother narrowed her eyes, pursed her lips and said, “You work for the CIA, don’t you?” I didn’t have any real sense of what the CIA was, just a Hollywood version of it, as the world of spies. My father said nothing. Staring straight ahead, he gripped the steering wheel as if it was all that kept him from flying from the car. My mother knew my father was in the CIA, of course — she had to have known — but instead of saying anything more, she dropped the subject as abruptly as she had brought it up. For a moment, the door had cracked open and I had learned the truth: My father was a “spy” for the CIA. I was flabbergasted but, at the same time, unable to square my dull father with images of 007. None of us pursued the subject that day, or the following day, week or month. Over time, that moment faded almost entirely, until it became a dream, something I only half-believed (and barely remembered). During the next four years, our family disintegrated. My mother, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy but wasn’t able to beat the disease. After she died, I continued to march from school to home and back again like the soldier I was raised to be. I finished high school, applied to college and moved to Boston. While I was in college, my father moved again, this time to central Virginia. The summer of my sophomore year, I went “home” to visit him. My father drove me through unfamiliar, remote parts of Virginia, turned onto a wooded road and pulled to a stop at an unassuming cinder-block gatehouse. I sat in the car while my father got out to discuss

something with a uniformed guard at the gatehouse. I was disoriented. Where exactly were we? When the guard motioned for me to get out of the car, I stepped out into the oppressive, muggy heat of that June day. Somewhere in the distance, popping sounds shattered the air like firecrackers. I looked down the road and thought “guns,” but said nothing. The guard ushered me into the low-lying brick building. Once inside, he lifted a clipboard from his desk and said matter-of-factly, “This is a CIA base. Everyone who lives here — and their guests — must sign a form stating they will not disclose this information to anyone.” His words rang across the silence that had intervened since that Sunday drive. After endless shifting cover stories, I finally had confirmation of the truth. It didn’t matter that it was a stranger telling me. It only mattered that I knew. I felt betrayed. All my life, my father had lied to me. It was freeing to hear the truth, but, like that Sunday in the car, this moment too was short-lived. The guard stood before me, clipboard in hand, waiting for my signature. After I signed, the guard took a picture of me for the badge I would show coming and going from the “home” I could tell no one about. My father’s secret was mine now. That was more than 20 years ago. In that time, I came to understand why my father had to lie. Our relationship has improved and is still evolving as we talk more and more. He has since retired and, because he wanted to teach, has gone through a process controlled by the agency to remove his covers and change his status from covert to overt. He’s now happy to share his secret of having been in the CIA. He teaches, gives interviews and lectures, and has appeared on the History Channel. He’ll openly talk about his service in Vietnam or running the intelligence arm of the Grenada invasion, all of which he says the agency has declassified. It’s ironic that after a lifetime of secrecy, he now enjoys “blowing his own cover.” After keeping my father’s secret for so long, I’m free to disclose it. Yet, to this day, I still can’t help but feel like I’m betraying him every time I say, “My father worked for the CIA.” Leslie Absher is a writer living in Northern California. E-mail: Lesabsher@hotmail.com

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My dad, the spy


1985 25TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $2,725 Participation: 8%

Class Secretary: Laurie Ann Zerwer 2340 Malcolm Ave Los Angeles, CA 90064-2206 (310) 446-3986 lzinca@aol.com Laurie Zerwer —A part of me was hoping that Facebook would make my job as Class Secretary obsolete but another part is secretly happy. Where else do you get to talk so much about yourself outside of a job interview? So, here it goes. Our family of four is happily planted in Los Angeles and it looks like we will be for at least the next fifteen years since Maxwell (age 7) was just admitted to Wildwood, a wonderful K-12 private school. Harry (age 3½) is in pre-school nearby and will soon start full days there so mom and dad can have more time to write. My husband Andrew’s contract at Chris Rock’s sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris, ended just before the strike last year, and since then he’s been creating his own shows. He recently sold a pilot to Nickelodeon and is in

negotiations to run another teen / family show in Canada. Work is the theme for me this year as I put the finishing touches on my novel and gear up for the faster pace and deadlines of writing for TV again. I’ve been officially out of the work force since 2001 and it’s time to stretch those muscles. Scary but also exciting! I’ve been lucky to reconnect with quite a few Madeira friends through Facebook, including Nerissa Nields-Duffy, Clia Saltzman Tierney, Kassie Benham, Natasha Boissier ’86, Nadine Gomes, Brittain Shaw McInnis, Hope Norman Bass, Ginny Kay Wright Durham, Elizabeth Marshall Taylor ’83, Pam Merlis Conover, Gina Melin ’84, Lisa Shaddick ’84, Percy Faily and more. Nerissa just had her second child, a boy named Johnny, and is still performing with sister Katryna ’87, writing teen books and running writing groups and living the green life in Amherst, Mass. Britty also has a new baby girl, Logan, to keep big brother Conor company. Although Paige Wiechers Mattingly and I speak only once a year, we remain telepathically linked. She moved just outside Cincinnati, is still working with Hospice and has two great boys. And now, calling Dr. Mom… stat! Vanessa Billstone Peyton

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writes, “I am in private practice in Northern Virginia (Family Practice) and am kept very busy. I have 3 children who are growing up too fast — Lowrey (almost 11), Will (9), Eriksson (5). We recently adopted 2 puppies from a local rescue and are having fun training them. We took our annual ski trip for 2 weeks out West and the kids did great skiing until Lowrey broke her arm. Oh Well. Will was promoted to the Black Diamond club. Lowrey will soon have her Black belt and is heavily involved in Softball. Both Will and Erik are addicted to Baseball. Me, I am too busy to think. My practice is great, I love the people I work with. Hope everyone is well!!” Ingrid Schneider reports, “No arrests, no convictions, boringly, no crimes either! Kids growing up, Christopher is 12, Kelly is 8. The 10 extra pounds I have fostered over the years seem to have adopted me and have invited a few friends to the party but then again I have developed a fondness for a stiff martini or two and the exercise wagon threw me off. I still have a great job and a vexing ex. The one funds the interventions necessary for the other. The only problem with work is that lusting after the medical residents feels really weird, because it seems as though they are too young to drive. Well, not really, it’s just that I am not 26 myself anymore. Oh wellgotta laugh-right?” Suzanne White Morgan and her husband escaped their “regular life” to celebrate 18 years of marriage with 5 wonderful days at a client’s house in St. John, USVI, with gorgeous ocean views from all 12 rooms! Back home, she has recently completed work on a group mosaic project for the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, and keeps busy as a Set Designer / Scenic artist for both school and local township theatre. Suzanne also trains horses when not doing her most important job being mom to Allison (14 years old and 5’9”!) and Melissa, 11. Says Suzanne: “Allison starts high school next fall… she’s ready… but I’m not!!!!” Mallory Clare Loehr just moved into a new home in Park Slope, Brooklyn (bought nearly 2 years ago)! It was only a move of 6 blocks but her family is now living on 3 floors of a brownstone instead of one. Says Clare: “I have one biggish job that I love (VP, editor-in-chief Random House Children’s Books) and two smallish children that I love (Griffin, 2005,

and Nory, 2007). Before kids also wrote and danced a lot of tango and swing (how I met my husband) looking forward to getting back to both someday!” JoAnna “Jay” Coston says, “Our news is recently moving to a new home we just built in Middleburg, VA. It is truly a healthy house designed and constructed to maximize indoor air quality. As for family, my son Zach is in first grade and loves Legos, swimming and soccer. My niece, Mandy, will graduate from Madeira this year so I am hoping to finally experience an outdoor Madeira graduation in May!” Thanks to all who wrote. If the alumni office doesn’t have your e-mail address, please be sure to send it to them or me so we can stay connected. Our 25th reunion is coming up!

1986 Madeira Fund Total: $3,185 Participation: 11%

Class Secretary: Adria de Leonibus Black 556 N. St. Asaph Street Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-4745 adriad1 @ hotmail.com Blair (Austin Hambuechen) Biederman— Hi all! We just moved house. We are in Gold Canyon Arizona, so if there are any Madeira girls in the Phoenix area. Geo & Thea are about to turn 2, so our house is a hive of activity and excitement. I hope all is well with everyone. Katie Haden McCormack: Just wanted to say we have had a hectic year! I returned to work after almost ten years at home with my two boys. I was a Title 1 remedial reading teacher and loved it. It was great to be back at work. However, then my husband got a job transfer and after 13 happy years in PA we have relocated to Midlothian, VA (just outside Richmond). The area is beautiful and we are acclimating to being below the Mason Dixon line! It is great to be back in my home state and closer to family. We are getting settled in and hope to be here for a long time. Carolyn Ince Mansfield: Hi all! Happily back at work in Washington D.C. with the Endeavor Group doing quasi-legal work for a company that provides strategic planning and advice to high net worth individuals as well as corporations in the philanthropic and business sector. My husband Tony and I have three beautiful chil-


1987 Madeira Fund Total: $5,317 Participation: 7%

Class Secretary: Randall Moore Ware 5840 Windsor Retreat Warrenton, VA 20187-9316 (540) 347-7333 rmwjlw @ comcast.net Marci Andrews Young— Life is busy in DC! I had a chance to visit with Michelle Anthony and Nikki Watkins Brown ’86 over the Christmas 2008 holidays. Nikki lives in Amherst, MA and Michelle is in Colorado so it was great to connect. Take a look at the photo from our “Madeira playdate.” Molly Mulllady Arbogast—2008 was busy for our family. We moved to a new home in Wayne, Pennsylvania just outside Philadelphia and welcomed another son, Luke Thomas Arbogast, on November 3rd. During the summer of 2008, I had the chance to visit with Ashley Caldwell Levi during visits to our respective summer homes in northern Michigan. It was

Molly Arbogast & Ashley Levi with kids, Summer 2008. great to see Ashley and meet her entire crew If anyone makes their way to Philadelphia, please look us up! Sue Hoppin: I am married to an active duty Air Force Officer, we have a teenage son who is currently attending the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. After being stationed overseas for six years in Japan and Germany, we moved back to the DC area nearly six years ago. I am currently serving as the Deputy Director for Spouse Outreach for the Military Officers Association of America. Most recently, I coauthored a book entitled, A Family’s Guide to the Military for the popular Dummies series. Maurine Keller Thornton and her husband, Mike, celebrated their 15th wedding

Pictured top from left, Michelle’s daughter, Kylie (8), Marci’s son Cameron (7), Michelle’s daughter Maya (5), Nikki’s son Brandon (6). Bottom row: Michelle’s son Bryce (2), Marci’s son Drew (4). Not pictured is Nikki’s daughter Chelsea (3).

anniversary last November. They are living in Tulsa, OK which Maurine says is a lovely community with a high quality of life. She was delighted to open the Sunday paper recently to learn that Rory Kennedy will be featured in the Tulsa Town Hall Lecture Series this fall. Maurine is working as a stockbroker for Smith Barney where she is Senior Vice President of Wealth Management. Of her job, Maurine says, “Professionally it has been a challenging year for me, as a stockbroker, after having been at this for 19 years. Needless to say, I have worked harder this year than any to help my clients in this new economic reality. It has been exhausting, yet in a strange way rewarding because I can finally understand the true value that I add to the equation. I mean that very humbly. It’s just that times have been good for so long, and although I work with high net worth investors, nobody has gone unscathed in this mess. It has been a good time for me to focus on growing my business as many other brokers are exiting the business. I also feel that I have gained a new awareness of how fortunate my life has really been, as many of us Madeira girls are from families that places value in our education, an let’s face it, our lot in life has been more fortunate than most. I say that out of gratitude. Anyway, my job is the focus of my life and I am lucky to do something that I enjoy so much. If any of our classmates need financial advice, or even a second opinion, I would be delighted to help. It’s certainly a new world we are living in.”Maurine also writes that she has officially given up distance running and switched to yoga, which she highly recommends as it is much gentler on the joints and

back! Though she hasn’t shared this with many, Maurine has had a health scare in the past few years as she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer in 2006. “I went through 8 months of treatment and have been cancer free ever since”, she says. “I am very, very lucky as they caught mine at stage 2. Like breast cancer, it is very solvable in the early stages, but deadly at stage 4. This is the fastest growing form of cancer in the US, especially among women, and there is currently no cure once it passes stage 3. I was told mine probably began in my childhood, so a gentle reminder to teach children about the important use of sunscreen. And friends, please get a full body check at the dermatologist at least once a year. I would never have found mine as I had no physical symptoms. I am perfectly healthy now.” We are so happy to hear how well you are now, Maurine. Thank you so much for the lengthy update of your life! It is great to hear from you! Stephanie White Frost writes from Atlanta where she has rejoined the workforce full time as the Director of Business Development for a marketing agency. Stephanie co-hosts an internet radio show for entrepreneurs and is working on several social media campaigns for clients so she is knee deep in all the social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Ning, FriendFeed, etc.). Stephanie says it’s a lot of fun, and if anyone wants to keep up with her, they can follow her on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/swfrost. Stephanie’s daughter, Eleanor is starting pre-K next year. “We are waiting on her acceptance letters as I write this. I feel like I did when I was applying to college!” Stephanie’s son, Blair, turns 11 this summer. “With every passing year, the symptoms of his autism spectrum disorder lessen. He is doing much better than I could ever have imagined!” As for me, my husband, Latane and I are still living in Warrenton, VA with our daughters Carter (11) and Roxie (8). This past year a woman from Colombia came to live with us for six months to help us learn to speak Spanish. My girls really bonded with her as well becoming nearly fluent. I continue to do some writing as a freelancer as well as teach English as a second language through a Volunteer Literacy Organization. Last fall I took a fascinating trip with my

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dren, Emma (7), Sophie (5) and Sawyer (3). We have been in Washington for five years now having moved from Boston. Love that we are so close to dear friends and family now. Holly Lloyd, Class of 1985, where are you?


mother through Turkey and my husband and I just recently returned from a fabulous vacation in Argentina. I am delighted to hear such wonderful news from our classmates. Everyone please take care, stay in touch and have a great summer! Ferris Fesmire Buddy— I am still teaching art in Ct. and living in Cos Cob, Ct. Love being able to see Anita Waddell — who lives nearby, as often as I can with two little ones. As well as been able to reconnect with Laura Gladstone — who is also on Ct — which has been great. Love hearing about how well Meredith Whitney Layfield is doing — through the NYC and national press! Excited for a long over due spring — hard winter on the East. Our next big plan is to get a dog over the summer! Wish everyone well.

1988 Madeira Fund Total: $4,295 Participation: 10%

Class Secretaries: Augusta Reese 33 Wawapek Road Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 (516) 922-9104 mpd @ optonline.net Erin Tyndall Hawthornthwaite 182 32nd Avenue San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 386-8496 emh @ google.com Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen 950 61st St., Ste. A Oakland, CA 94608-1343 (510) 595-9926 ashsmoen @ hotmail.com Hello Class of ’88. I am typing this up way past deadline, so clearly I haven’t changed much even though my life has changed over the years. As the notes come in, I’m hearing “Facebook this and Facebook that! I will try to get with the Facebook thing. I am still in the same livework in Oakland designing / building sculptural furniture and teaching at California College of the Arts and City College of San Francisco. In May, I will have been married for a year to Bryan Harris, a fabulous woodworker and a great cook too. My grandma has just moved from Southern California into an elder home in my neighborhood, so I am getting to see her almost daily and am learning about the days in the life of a 92 year old, which is eyeopening. I just saw Victoria Skirpa the other night. She recently decid-

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Floramay Holliday ’88 with her girls. ed to rent out her warehouse loft and jewelry studio and moved with her two cats into a posh apartment overlooking Lake Merritt. We were looking over her new line of gold and silver jewelry designs, which is being made by skilled artisans in Bali. Notice that she picked Bali, not Siberia or the Gobi desert, as the place she just has to travel regularly for business. Nice! Rossell Studer Weinstein is still in Long Beach, California. She and Doug are due with their second baby in May. Last May, Rossell generously volunteered Doug’s services as a wedding cake baker for our wedding and he makes an amazing cake. The secret: shredded green apples in the white cake batter. Thanks Rossell and Doug! Floramay Holliday Ervin Racz, and her husband Gabor, are living in Dallas, Texas and have 2 young girls, Flora (age 3 ) and Adelaid (age 17 months). Between spending holidays in South Carolina and annual trips to Budapest, Floramay has recorded her 3rd album in Upstate New York, coming out this May. (available at www.floramay.com) Third time’s a charm! (Floramay treated us to a few songs at our wedding reception, and she was amazing as always. Check her out!) Harriett Evans Gaddy‘s family is moving back to Charleston, SC. “Yeah, I will get to see Heather more! We will move this summer. We are sad to leave Raleigh, but looking forward to getting back to the water,” says Harriett. I see Knox Parker Miller on a semi-regular basis either here in the Bay Area or on her wonderful vineyard in Potter Valley, CA. Her older daughter, Eliza, started kindergarten this year. As a new face at the school, Knox

was instantly coerced into heading up the volunteer coordination for the school’s annual fundraising wine auction and carnival, which was a great success. I vote Knox for all of your volunteer fundraising needs. Kristel Dorion lives in Durham, NC with her 2 sons, Hunter 3 and Beck 1. She calls herself a “Momtrepeneur” who is managing (and/or surviving!) two start-ups: one that does sports-marketing in Guatemala and the other that does business consulting on climate change and businesses. “Married a Tarheel against all common sense ;)” Jennifer Nunes Zoga writes, “I’m happy in Philadelphia with 2 girls (Olivia’s in kindergarten and Helena is almost 3). I’m busy trying to open a small gourmet store— a crazy dream of mine. Keep your fingers crossed for me, we hope to open early summer. Last year, I had the great fun of having Nancy Rodwell Tuohy as a neighbor while her husband finished up his fellowship. She was a blast to have around and is sorely missed! I am lucky to get to see Molly Mullady Arbogast (’87) occassionally. She has 2 beautiful little boys and her fantastic sense of humor! I had to laugh at your ‘Go Escargot’ because when Olivia found out my mascot was the snail, she never relents “Go Snail Go!” Nancy Rodwell Tuohy confirms that she moved from Philadelphia in August. She spent a lot of time in Philly having fun with Madeira girls Jennifer Nunes Zoga and Molly Mullady Arbogast and was very sad to say goodbye. “But, now”, she says, “I live within walking distance of Jennifer Eisenberg Grosswald here in Winston Salem, NC. I’ve laid eyes once, I think, on Robin Ragsdale Schenck who lives in Greensboro. One great thing about being back in NC has been getting back to ACC basketball! I’ve run into Elizabeth Scheibel Albright and Mary Dee Andrews Smith (’89) at basketball games. Elizabeth Schiebel Albright writes in that not much is new. She is enjoying being home with her son Max, 10 months old. Elizabeth says “It’s strange not to be teaching this year, I still feel like I need a spring break soon!” Gaither Smoot Deaton

reports, “my news is that I’m living in Charlotte with my husband, Robert, and my two sons, Rob (7) and Jimmy (6). I’ve caught up with several Madeira friends through Facebook and at our reunion last spring. I’ve also enjoyed being a part of Madeira’s AALC this year. I have been working on revamping Madeira’s class agent program and am appreciative of Nancy Rodwell Tuohy stepping up to be our class’s rep. I had a quick visit with Robin Ragsdale Schenck at the UNC vs. Duke game in Chapel Hill last week. I’m looking forward to spring, some warmer weather and playing a little golf with my boys. Also, if no one has seen it, you should go and check out Carol Welsh’s website. You’ll be amazed at what she’s had going on over the last few months and years. Carol, you’re an inspiration!! Senna James Austin tells me, “ I am wearing a uniform to work every day now. It’s quite a change from the pro bono organization I ran before the Army mobilized me, but I am very grateful to be here in Virgina instead of the variety of unpleasant places I could be (and probably will be one of these days). Luckily there are plenty of interesting legal problems right now so I am very busy.” “I was able to visit Carol Welsh when she was near my office briefly after some problems over Christmas. If anyone is near the DC area, all of us who know Carol participate in the Race for Hope in May: http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/site/PageServer?pagename=RFHDC09_Homepage This is Carol’s incredible website of her 9 year battle with brain tumors: http://www.adultependymomabraintumor.com (Thanks to both Senna and Gaither for pointing me to this website. I encourage everyone to take a look at this and see what Carol has documented, compiled, and experienced. She is a fighter and an inspiration!) Susan Allen Nan lives with husband Josh, and children Jonah (8) and Oliver (5) in Eastern Village Cohousing, an innovative “green” cohousing community in Silver Spring, MD. What is co-housing? We each have our own homes, but we also share a “common house” with all the 50 other families in the community, where kids play together, and various members choose to gather for everything from cook outs to knitting to poetry reading to redesigning community bicycle parking options.


in Rockfeller Plaza in NYC. I then got married to someone I met in New York, and we moved to Maryland 2 & 1/2 years ago. (My parents are still in Virginia and we wanted to be closer to them.) My husband and I just had our first child 12 months ago (I can’t believe she’s already one!!). In fact, the reason I couldn’t attend our reunion last April was b/c I had just given birth 2 weeks prior to that. I was hoping to make it to the reunion and was looking forward to seeing everyone, but I ended up back in the hospital for another week after my delivery. (Long story… I’ll explain some other time). I am currently working part-time at a dental office in Maryland and am also enjoying being a first-time Mom! :-) Anyway, It’s nice to be back in the DC area. Hopefully one of these days I’ll venture back out to the Madeira campus. Anyway, I’ll try to keep in touch more. Hope you all are doing well.” Ashleigh Smythe tells us, “I’m in DC part time as my husband Derek is still working here for the EPA. Mostly I’m in upstate NY working as a visiting assistant prof. in biology at Hamilton College. I’m looking for a permanent job but as you can imagine the job market is really lame right now. Derek commutes back and forth, spending one week in DC and one week in NY — he can telecommute a few days out of a two week period — so it is not too bad. Susan Wehrenberg Bergdoll writes in: “Ashley, Since you seem so desperate for news, I figured I’d give you some this time around. I married Howard Bergdoll on June 14,

Roopa Gulati ’88 and her daughter Siyana, born March 31, 2008.

2008 and also added 3 step children who are 17,15 and 13 so my world has been turned upside down in a very exciting way. We are living in Hinsdale which is a suburb of Chicago. I moved up here about three and half years ago, still working with the same company in commercial real estate. I’m loving the world in which I’ve found myself and hope everyone else is doing well. I only wish spring in Chicago would hurry up… The real estate market is a little slow right now, lots of activity but few closings. I keep saying things have to get better… but they don’t. Luckily, I’m working in industrial which handles the downturn better than office, retail or residential. P.S. What was our Spanish teacher’s name? I can picture her and remember that she couldn’t quite control our class but I can’t remember her name!” (Can anyone help Susan through this senior moment she is having?) Deenya Greenland Young writes in: My husband Derek and I had a baby boy named Deagan on November 16th of ’08. He’s growing fast and he and Skyler (now 3) keep me busy 24/7. I’m not sure how people handle more than one kid! And there’s nothing like a baby to show you how inefficient you are with your time! Staying home with them is both the best and hardest job I’ve ever had… wouldn’t trade it for anything! Last year I did work as a Librarian at Colorado State University for a while. I hope to go back there (part-time) when the economy picks up. I’m also going to try again to find a literary agent for my fiction… I need an adult to be the boss of me, I think, though Skyler and Deagan are pretty cute little bosses. Another Coloradan, Elizabeth (Liz) Olson writes: I am living and working in the Boulder area with my husband, Francis Kaklauskas and our son, Levi. I completed my doctorate in clinical psychology this year and am working in private practice. I teach on group and family psychotherapy at the local universities, I do yoga whenever I can, and spend time with my little guy (he’s almost 3), my husband, and friends. It has been fun to reconnect with Madeira friends over the year on facebook:). Brooke (Boo) Lively reports she is still

working in Dallas for the asset manager and living in Fort Worth. She would really appreciate it if somebody would buy her apartment in DC. . . any takers? She just got a new puppy and am exhausted. They are still working on sleeping through the night and not playing in mud/water every time she goes outside, which is tough with a golden retriever. Anita Stein Waddell writes in: Well, I haven’t written in for the class notes in YEARS! BUT since it’s you I decided to make an exception… I am still living in Rye, NY. Been living here for about 8 years with my two amazing boys — Jay (almost 10) and Will (7 1/2). I am just enjoying being a mom to my little monkeys but have an occasional stint at Christie’s Auction House in NYC. I’ve been having the best time getting back in touch with old friends from Madeira through Facebook. I just posted pictures from way back when at Madeira (My mom came to visit with a big box of old pictures and I just couldn’t resist!) I’ve missed the past few reunions and really am looking forward to going to the next one… whenever that is? Ferris Fesmire Buddy (’87) and Laura Gladstone (’89) live nearby in Greenwich, CT and we try to get together when we can. It is so great to be able to hang out with them when we do! Annie Kopple Van Hanken reports, “I’m doing well— living in Tulsa, have two kids (Lucia Ann 8 & Miller 5), and married to filmmaker / professor named Jeff. I work at a philanthropic foundation focused mostly on funding for children in poverty. I’m in close touch with Jenny Ewing, Ali Price, Gaither Smoot Deaton and Missy Parker. What else? Heading to Colorado skiing tomorrow with the family — a much needed break.” Maggie Carr says, “I am still living in Atlanta with my Husband, Richard Shannon and our 2 Children: Evan Alexander Shannon who is now 3 years old, and Ellie Gray Shannon who was born this past May 29th, 2008. I am mostly at home with our children, and focusing my architecture on my community based projects and our own house for the moment — and have also been encouraging and helping my husband launch his company: The Original Happy Car, www.theo-

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Susan does conflict resolution work in international conflict zones, most recently convening dialogues between Georgians and South Ossetians and developing curricula for restorative justice programs in Israeli and Palestinian schools. She teaches Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. “I am looking forward to walking with Carol Welsh, Yogita Mumssen, Senna, and Tara at the May 3 Race for the Cure in Washington,” says Susan. Helen Hwang Ransom says “I still live in San Diego and work in the pharmaceutical industry. I received my masters in Health Sciences from GW in 2005. I’m married now and have 2 kids. I have a daughter 3 1/2 years old and a son 4 months old. Last year, Tara Nayak, Senna James Austin, and myself had a mini reunion in DC. I had lost touch with both of them for quite some time so it was great to see them and for the kids to meet each other. I also saw Roopa Gulati while I was in DC last year since she moved back in the area. Hope you are doing well and I look forward to reading the class notes.” Roopa Gulati has resurfaced and writes: “Hello girls! Sorry I haven’t been very responsive these past few years. Eleanor — I can’t believe you’ve been in NYC all this time! I just moved back to the DC area from NYC 2 years ago!! Here is what I’ve been up to… I attended dental school at NYU and then did my residency in General Dentistry in Brooklyn, NY. I stayed in there for 6 more years after that and was an Associate at a private dental office


riginalhappycar.com, which is a fun line of clothing for little car guys and girls. It has been a lot of fun creating together, and was totally inspired by our children: Evan during bathtime, and Ellie while she was in the womb.”Kristin (Anderson) Naca reminds me that she changed her last name, “like half my life ago”, to Naca. Make a note of this, because you will soon be hearing more about Kristin Naca. Kristin writes, “I’ve been in school until recently. But got my PhD last year, and my book of poetry is being published in September by Harper Collins. This may sound strange… for a poet… but take a look at this mtv website, about my book: http://www.mtvu.com/video/?id=15 95217&vid=277895 (I really enjoyed this segment, Kristin!) “I hope to meet some classmates, in different cities where I read. Besides that, I’m a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul. And I spend my free time in San Antonio.” Margot Hostie O’Leary reports that she is “not sure what to report: I’m the Mom of 2 kids (Bridget is 5 and Alex is 3) living in Missoula Montana of all places… great place to be! Life is good! Margot Geddes has also landed in Missoula last summer and she figured out I was here through Facebook … crazy. Her husband is an art professor at the University and she has kids the same age as mine. Very weird that we both ended up here! My husband Brian is originally from Missoula — we met 12 years ago when he was in DC — we worked in the same consulting firm and moved back in 2001. It was my idea to move here — and I’m so glad we did. I don’t miss living on the East Coast at all except for friends — it’s good to visit, but I’m always glad to be back in Missoula.” Eleanor Harrison writes, “I live in NYC, upper west side, with my husband Peter Bregman and our three kiddoes, Isabelle (7), Sophia (3) and Daniel (1.5). I am a part time chaplain at the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Bronx where I continue my strange ministry of working with Christians in mostly Jewish settings (the Jewish Home is a nursing care facility that used to be all Jewish and now is 75% Christian). I have also been teaching a class to the “non Jews” (ie, the non Jewish spouses of Jewish members who are raising Jewish children) at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. They have taken to calling themselves the

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Class of 1989 at Reunions 2009. Nora Keating Gvozdov, CeCe Davenport, Natasha Ter-Minassin, Toby Chieffo-Reidway, Kathy Harllee Doane, Siobhan Howard Davenport, Merel Kennedy, Suzanne Fehrenbaker Bell, Heidi Santner Freeman, Jeanne Smoot, Julie Guyot, Stacey Campbell Rutherford, Melanie Dunea, Kathryn Savitz Steinman, Nikie Gilliland Micheli, Beth Collier Groves, Melissa Clarry, Ann Renzy Maclean, Carol Heron Gering, Tracey DeVaux “gentile club”! I’ve been officiating at interfaith weddings and will probably be ordained later this year in the UCC. It is an interesting journey, that is for sure! I miss keeping in touch with you all… I guess I will just have to sign up for Facebook one of these days. xoxoxo to everyone and call me if you are in the city — we’ve got, well, an air mattress for you!!!” Kristen Lusk Smith writes, “I just got home from a week in Mexico visiting an Orphanage. It was the trip of a lifetime… I have 3 godchildren down there and being with them in their home was a true gift. Loved it! My two kids (Macy and West) are doing great. I love living out in the country (Fallbrook, CA). And finally, from Augusta Reese who has the best news of all: she will be writing the next Class of ’88 Notes! She says, “Hey I am still in New York out on Long Island with my three kids. I have not seen anyone for such a long time, though Facebook has made it easier to keep in touch. Thanks, Gussie!

1989 Madeira Fund Total: $13,895 Reunion Giving Total: $13,895

masters program this fall at the University of Washington in human centered design and engineering which will focus me more in the area of my job that I like the most — usercentered design on the web. I got married last year in Portland, Oregon to my partner of almost 5 years now who is a pediatric physical therapist working with kids with disabilities. I’m still singing too! I sing with the Seattle Women’s Chorus — over 200 women! We just finished up a show called Lullaby of Broadway — all Broadway show tunes. Lots of fun. Julie Guyot— Bitra Diangone and I are expecting a baby boy in August!

Julie Guyot ’89 and husband Bitra Diangone are expecting a baby in August.

Participation: 18%

Telle Zeiler— I am so sad that I’m going to have to miss our 20th reunion this spring! With work, extra-curricular and family commitments, I just couldn’t make it happen. I’ll be there in spirit! Hope you all have (or had, by now) a wonderful time. Quick update: I am still out in Seattle (where I’ve been since 1994) and am working as a senior business analyst at Nordstrom. I’ve been here for almost 3 years and am enjoying it. I’m planning to start a

1990 20TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $1,750 Participation: 8%

Class Secretary: Amy Matson Drohan 1473 Gerhardt Avenue San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 826-4092 amy_drohan@hotmail.com

Hello girls, As some of you know, I’ve volunteered to be our class secretary, as we approach our 20th reunion — gasp! I am doing very well as a stay-at-home mom. We live in San Jose, California, where I take care of my two step-kids, Ethan (age 14) and Carmine (age 11), and my own daughter, Katie (age 2). Never a dull moment, I promise you!!!Many members of the Class of 1990 have re-connected on Facebook. I invite you to join, if you haven’t already. Brodie Coggeshall Kight tells me: So hard to believe that our 20 year is approaching. I am living in Atlanta with my husband, Tom, and 10 month old twins, Mimi and Graham. Needless to say, life is pretty busy, but I can’t complain! Went to Emmy Kenan’s wedding in December. She married a Woodberry Forest guy, Clay Thomson, whom she met at a Madeira mixer our Senior year! I look forward to seeing everyone at our 20th! Sarah Slade White moved with her husband and son to Singapore last fall. They’re enjoying an adventure of tropical Asian flora, fauna and food, not to mention new interesting socio-economic, political and cultural realities. Dahlia Smith Villoch writes I plan on making it to 20th reunion! She and Jonathan Villoch were married on 10/10/2008 in New York City. Their daughter Violet Avery Villoch was born on 11/9/2008. Dahlia and Jonathan were able to catch up with Cate Tower Morris last summer at a fundraiser for Cate’s charity Fair Fund at the Soho House. Dahlia has been having a great time catching up with her Madeira friends on facebook! Sonia Koh Whang has moved to a new home in Scarsdale, NY. Cate Tower Morris:I have had quite a year. I have a wonderful daughter, Vivian Elliott, who turned one in April and is now walking and chatting away (some words I get, most I don’t). My non-profit FAIR Fund is going well (www.fairfund.org— we are based in Washington, DC and fight human trafficking, among other things) and we have two Madeira interns for CoCurriculum (yes, it blew my mind too). Also, I am about to do the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in May, and I am already looking forward to summer and visiting Newport, RI (where I am from originally) to get away from summer heat here (we moved to Silver Spring, MD last year as my husband


Lauren Brantley Deady ’91 and family on holiday at Disney World. works between NASA and GW, and it certainly does get warm!). And lastly, I am now our Class Agent again (I think I was the Class Agent in the early 90’s) and it will be my delightful duty to ask for money from the class of ’90 again! I hope this finds everyone well and I will be in touch (and do feel free to get in touch with me if you are in the area — ctowermorris@yahoo.com). Kathryn Shedrick— Theodora “Thea” Grace Bonanno was born at our home in San Francisco on Monday, April 20 at 7:59 a.m. after 8 hours of labor. She arrived 6 days early to surprise her Dad on his birthday—clearly they were both exhausted from the festivities! For those of you who like stats, Thea weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and is 20 inches long. As you can see, she stole our hearts from the second we laid eyes on her. Thank you all for your love and well wishes. We feel blessed to bring our little girl into such a warm, wonderful extended family.

Theodora “Thea” Grace Bonanno, born to Katherine Shedrick ’90 on April 20th.

1991 Madeira Fund Total: $6,750 Participation: 14%

Class Secretary: Sarah Chellgren Cornwell 407 A St. NE Washington, DC 20002-5939 (202) 246-2148 sarah.cornwell @ btncorp.com Lauren Brantly Deady— Brantley is in kindergarten and Decker turned 2 on April 10th. We went to Disney World (Animal Kingdom) for the day to celebrate his big day. We are coming up to D.C. to surprise my grandmother for Mother’s Day and hope to catch up with Heidi Heller while there.

1992 Madeira Fund Total: $5,125 Participation: 3%

Class Secretary: Maureen Callahan-Rohowsky Forman 1050 S. Wooster, Apt. 4 Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 385-8708 moforman@aol.com Kate Meyers Ainslie— Just wanted to report the happy news that my husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of August. I have been playing phone tag with Sarah Quaintain who it turns out lives within blocks of my office. Lina Abirafeh— I’m just finishing up a fascinating 2-year assignment in Papua New Guinea where I worked as Senior Gender and Social Development Advisor for AusAID, focusing on HIV&AIDS and violence against women, two very seri-

1993 Madeira Fund Total: $475 Participation: 8%

Katie Hart— I am loving life with my sweet girls and wonderful man in Greensboro, NC. I’m in regular contact with Jody Stagg Robins and our children have become great buddies. SO fun to watch! I have loved catching up with many of you on Facebook. I’ve recently made the decision to homeschool my girls next year, and I couldn’t be more excited / terrified. We have our house on the market in anticipation of building on our farm in Charlottesville. We can’t wait to get there!! I have to plug my husband’s next novel, The Last Child, which comes out on May 12. It is fabulous, so please buy it, and tell everyone you know to buy it! FYI, He’s a Woodberry boy:-) Alison Downey is graduating from Daoist Traditions School of Chinese Medical Arts as well as completing her degree from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. She is preparing to open an acupuncture and holistic medicine practice in Asheville, NC.

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ous concerns here in PNG. I finished my PhD last year (I think I mentioned that last time around) and will soon be publishing a book from my dissertation. Thus far the title is “Free from the Inside: Gender Politics and Agency in Afghanistan” (I’m hoping the publisher doesn’t change it — I’ll know soon!). Look for it on Amazon sometime in the fall! It’s based on my experience in Afghanistan working with women. Outside of work, I’ve been doing lots of diving in PNG. I just came back from a trip to Bali with Lillian Arguello ’90. I managed to squeeze in some diving (with manta rays!) between all our shopping, eating, spas, etc.! It was wonderful! I’m not sure where I’m headed next but right now I’m thinking of spending the summer in DC and catching up with friends and family before taking on my next assignment. And thus far no boys or babies to report!

Michele Ngo ’94 recently welcomed Maximilien Dempsey, born October 6th.

1994 Madeira Fund Total: $1,345 Reunion Giving Total: $1,345 Participation: 16%

Class Secretary: Lindsay Krause Blackwood 326 Old Forest Road Wynnewood, PA 19096 (215) 923-1111 beam76 @ gmail.com Michelle Ngo and her husband recently welcomed Maximilien Dempsey. He was born on October 6th, 2008, weighed in at 6 lbs 3oz, and measured 19.25 inches. Both mom and baby are doing very well!

Class of 1994 at Reunions 2009. Jessica Mazur Pyhtila, Sarah Piper, Joanna Franco

1995 15TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $695 Participation: 9%

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At Lanique Eubanks’ wedding: pictured from left to right is: Torri Eubanks ’93, Nchang Azefor ’95, Morgan Dowe ’95, Danielle Phipps ’95, Katrine Hauck ’95, Christine Street ’95, Lanique Eubanks ’95, Neda Bolourchi ’95, Nirvana de Weever Sawyer ’95, Emily Gibb Snyder ’95, Maya Warrier ’95, Manka Azefor ’97, and Amanda Schall ’95. married my boyfriend of five years over Labor Day weekend in August 2008 at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. We were blessed with a sunny day without rain. My sister, Torri Eubanks ’93, was my maid-of-honor and my bridesmaids included fellow classmates Nchang Azefor and Amanda Schall. Other Madeira girls in attendance were Manka Azefor, Neda Bolourchi, Nirvana de Weever Sawyer, Morgan Dowe, Katrine Hauck, Danielle Phipps, Emily (Gibb) Snyder, Christine Street, and Maya Warrier. Thank you to all of the Madeira girls who attended my mini class reunion at the wedding. I am so very grateful that you took time out of your busy lives to attend my wedding — I cherished seeing everyone one of you and hope you had a great time — Christine thank you so much for surprising me! Jeff and I traveled to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for our honeymoon in October and in December we found out that we are expecting a bundle of joy due in August 2009. We are waiting to find out the sex until our baby is born. We live in Capitol Hill and I recently joined the Moms on the Hill (MOTH) list serve, but would love to meet up with any other Madeira girls living on the Hill. Emily Snyder and her husband Adam gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby girl. She was excited to learn that Lanique Eubanks will be joining the new Mommy club soon! Danielle Phipps married the man of her dreams, Chris Artabasy, in Highlands, North Carolina the weekend of March 27th. It was a true

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Scottish celebration with kilts, bagpipes, golf, heather and of course lots of Oban Scotch and rain. No one seemed to mind the foggy, rainy weather because Highlands and Old Edwards Inn, in particular, are so charmingly beautiful. Danielle had live music every night, a kicking blue grass band on Friday, The Dicken’s performed at the reception followed by their very own Atlanta DJ for the after party on Saturday. Danielle states she has never danced so much nor had so much fun in her life. The most cherished memory of this fantastic weekend was the moment she first saw Chris when she turned the corner to walk down the aisle as the bagpipes began to play “Highlands Cathedral.” He swore up and down for months that he would not cry. When he saw Danielle, he could not hold back the tears which, in turn, made everyone else cry. It was the most precious moment of her life thus far and she will never forget it! Yay Danielle!!!! This is giving me the chills! Kelley Syron keeps missing weddings! Mine was on the same day as Kelley’s stepbrother’s and Danielle’s fell on the same day as a conference. Kelley exclaims she is constantly “there in spirit.” Kelley is still addicted to Facebook and is thrilled that she is in contact with her long lost buddy, Mari-Sofi Cobo ’96! Kelley is excited for our next reunion! And feels as though Facebook has allowed many to get reacquainted with each others dayto-day so they do not have to waste “party time” with the “fill me in on your last 5 yrs” chit-chat. Hollon Nemirow Stevens is back in the

area from California so a minireunion for DC area Madeira girls is in order — Kelley hears Lauriol Plaza calling our names and I hear the virgin drinks are good for us knocked up folks. Meanwhile, Christine Street opened her own pottery shop in Leadville, Colorado in November 2008 and is also assisting Eric, her husband with his private chef service while also being a mother of two little girls, Mia is 4 and Heidi is 1, and working a major remodel on their house. Christine and her family recently returned from a family reunion in Costa Rica where she relaxed under the sun and drank lots of rum. Betsy Branch Garrard is living between the farm in Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. Betsy’s adoption plans fell through and she and her husband decided to pursue a surrogate. Low and behold — Betsy became pregnant and she and her husband are expecting a little girl in August! Margaret Gillis lives in Indianapolis working for Lilly’s Animal Health division. She really enjoys it, but misses the South. In fact, it snowed on April 6th! Large Marge started training as a Black Belt for Six Sigma in February and will complete her training in May. Margaret is beyond excited that Betsy is expecting a baby girl in August and manages to stay in touch with Betsy even though she misses Betsy living only two hours away. Sheila Reynolds is expecting her first child in early September. Sheila and her husband, Rajeev, are overwhelmed with all the name options, but otherwise are thrilled! In anticipation of the impending birth, Sheila is desperately trying to complete her dissertation this spring so that she can have a care free summer to relax before the baby arrives. Sonya Gogna-Barlas had a baby girl in September 2008 and named her Lilya Simran Barlas. She loves motherhood particularly the joy her baby brings to her and her husband’s life. Sonya decided to leave work once she had Lilya and enjoys spending her days singing “twinkle twinkle little star” and seeing Lilya explore the world. Sonya and her husband plan to move to the United Kingdom by 2010. Sonya has really enjoyed “Facebooking” with some old Madeira chums and hearing about their adventures in motherhood also. Sonya plans to start her own business in photography. Gwendolyn Wilson and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first child, Eleanor McKinnon, on

January 19th (a day after her own birthday)! Eleanor is beautiful and healthy and Gwendolyn and Mike are loving parenthood, but wish they lived closer to the grandparents! They live in the Bay Area, but plan to move to Portland, Oregon in the summer to be closer to her two stepchildren. Mike and Gwendolyn will continue to work for Wine.com from Portland. Carrie Southworth is living in Los Angeles and she and her husband purchased a new house recently. Her husband, Coddy, has a new job as Senior Vice President at Activision, the company that makes guitar hero. Carrie is busy with a new show that she is trying to produce and she will appear in the season finale of “Castle” on ABC. Carrie has only seen photos of Gwendolyn’s new baby girl, Eleanor, but she looks precious. Shayna LeFrak Showalter is juggling her long hours at the hospital with motherhood like a pro. Ashley Pehrson reports that life is great in yoga world. Her daughter, Bella, is running around her house and cooing over every baby she meets in the market, stores, wherever!!! Good thing as Ashley is expecting another baby in September and she cannot wait although she know life will be that much busier!!! Patricia Anyaso Sasser is the proud parent of Pierce Anyaso Sasser born February 18th. Pierce came out with a ton of hair, which she attributes to his father, and some good size cheeks, which Patricia takes credit for. Patricia says that she and her husband are finding their rhythm and are sleep deprived, but their Pierce is still a pure joy. Elizabeth Staab married last September in Germany and Jill Crissman was her bridesmaid! Jill came to Germany with her husband and Lauren Olsen ’97 visited with her fiancé. Elizabeth and her husband and are now living in Paris and enjoying married life. Jill is started a new job on Capitol Hill in April and will be working on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. She and her husband, Darrell, will be celebrating their 5th anniversary in the fall and are planning a special trip. Jill and her husband have been busy with their new dog, Tiki, whom they adopted from the D.C. animal shelter. Johanna (Vasur) Lisskar married Daniel on May 24, 2008. The ceremony took place in a slate quarry in the middle of magical Sweden where she was in awe of the acoustics, the dark oily grey color, and the depth. Johanna


four other Madeira alums in attendance: Lanique Eubanks, Nchang Azefor, Jeannie Mills, and Danielle Phipps. Dianna has taken a leave of absence from her law firm and is volunteering her time at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society headquarters in New York City. Currently, Dianna is performing general volunteer work with the hope to work in National MS Society’s legal department so she might be able to provide MS patients with legal assistance, particularly with employment accommodations and employment discrimination issues as well as insurance and social security disability issues. Melissa Blanc is living in the city of Zürich. Her daughter, Ella Quinn Glättli, was born in January, and her godmother is Sara Rimensnyder! Melissa cannot wait to see Sara when she visits this summer in Switzerland and she is also hoping to see Amanda Betts while she is in France. Melissa’s illustration business is postponed for the first few months of Ella’s life, but Melissa is excited to return to the chaos of balancing work, art, and family life. This summer Melissa will be hanging out by the lake in Zurich and jumping in when the sun becomes unbearable. Christine Chen is working at ETTV in Taiwan, a financial news channel, as a weekday evening news anchor during prime time hours and she joined their international news team in April where she primarily focuses on President Obama and his financial plans — reminding her of our Wednesdays on Capitol Hill. Christine keeps in contact with fellow Madeira girls, Paggy Ma ’94 and Angela Feng ’96 who are both mothers now. Pei gave birth to a cute baby boy in March and

Patricia Anyaso Sasser ’95 and her husband with their newborn boy, Pierce Anyaso Sasser, born February 18th.

Angela’s baby is due in May. Juliana Laurello married in April 2008 and moved to the Netherlands where she is working as an associate attorney at Greenberg Traurig’s Amsterdam office. Her husband is in the Foreign Service and is currently working at the embassy in the Hague. They love living overseas and have been fortunate enough to travel — most recently to Geneva, Switzerland where they learned to ski for the first time. Juliana would love to see any Madeira alums in their area. Kathryn Buikema is completing her third year of medical school in California and is contemplating entering pediatrics, internal medicine, or family practice. In April, she was on her OB/GYN rotation and having fun delivering babies. Badria Albader completes her Emergency Medicine residency in July of this year and is looking for a job in the Northern Virginia area. Mashadi Matabane is living her life in her own space, in her own place, and at her own pace. Mashadi has endured the death of both of her grandparents, bought a home, adopted a black cat (Tea Cake), voted for the awesome Michelle Obama, joined Facebook, abandoned Twitter, killed plants, scorned Coldplay (for the thousandth time) and the “new” BH, 90210, started a blog (Steely Dames: Black Women Guitarists with an Axe to Grind), enjoyed other people’s cupcakes, received one of two chicken pox vaccine shots, ignored some people, smirked at others, bought a pair of gorgeous ruby red “high” heels, and recognized that she is quite a shabby progressive Christian! Mashadi’s upcoming plans include: a motherdaughter trip to Italy, teaching American Studies to Emory University undergraduates, and continuing to read copious amounts of work focused on African Diasporic identities and cultures for dissertation reasons. Mashadi also plans to see New Kids on The Block after 18 long years!!! She cannot and will not front . . . for one night it is so going to be 1989-1990 all over again! Tai Burkholder is in New York City, has moved in with her boyfriend to an amazing apartment on the Upper West Side (oh how she misses the East Village!) and is in post production on her second feature film. She is currently producing a short film directed by James Franco, starring Michael Shannon (Academy Award nominee for best supporting actor in Revolutionary Road). Tai is very

content with her life right now and keeps in touch with Ashley Mooreshead and is a loyal fan of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Katie Smith Hopewood is planning her organic vegetable garden to be bigger and better this year and hopes to spend more of her afternoons in the garden now that Madden is running around nonstop. Katie and another dietitian in her playgroup are trying to propose a plan to local grocery stores to provide nutritional consulting for shoppers, but many stores cannot find money in their budget to hire them. In the meantime, Katie loves working at school health fairs and in classrooms doing workshops for students part time. People ask her all the time about kids being picky eaters and wants everyone to feel free to contact her with any nutrition questions. Rajul Parekh continues enjoying life in Charlotte and recently celebrated her 8th wedding anniversary. Rajul’s daughter, Sophia, turned 4 and she is excited to be a big sister as they recently had a son, Dillon. Rajul will return to her job as a cardiology nurse practitioner after maternity leave ends. Rajul and Sarah Piper ’94 frequently stay in touch and Sarah is planning to visit in May. I wanted to thank everyone for their updates. As always, I hope you and your families (including Amanda Betts’ husband) enjoy reading our column. I am so happy to read about everyone’s exciting news and triumph over life’s challenges. I must say that I am very happy for Betsy. As you know she was brave enough in past columns to admit that she experienced problems with infertility. While difficult to experience, Betsy wanted to share her story with other Madeira girls in our class and other classes because the infertility problems are more common that we think and many persons are embarrassed or feel it is taboo to discuss. Betsy — I praise your resilience and your end accomplishment of fulfilling your dream of becoming a mother. I know many of you share your moments of jubilation, but please know that we are a community and when you are ready we are open to learning from each others life difficulties whether it concerns your economic livelihood, your personal health, or a loved ones personal health issues. On a brighter note, our 15th annual reunion is slated for April 2010 — my bet is the reunion is the weekend of Friday, April 23rd – Saturday, April 24th, 2010, but I will

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experienced some trouble picking her way down in high heels, but she managed not to trip or break any heels. Both she and her husband changed their last names to “Lisskar” which is her husband’s mother’s maiden name. Johanna now works as a construction project manager in Stockholm, performs structural engineering when needed and is currently working on a great project where she is building a new hall for the chorus at the Stockholm Opera (a building over a century old). Johanna is living in her apartment in Stockholm, but is considering a move without knowing where. Johanna saw an interesting movie a while ago, by an Iranian-Swedish woman, Nahid Persson Sarvestani, called “The Queen and I” and Johanna thought of Massoumeh Emami and is looking forward to seeing a movie by Massoumeh! Massoumeh is getting married September 5, 2009 at the Boathouse in Prospect Park in Brooklyn! She is so excited and has never been so happy! Massoumeh has been working hard, producing independent feature and short films, and some television. The last big film Massoumeh script supervised was “Rachel Getting Married,” which was a blast and she is so proud to have worked on. Massoumeh sees Sylvie Cachay pretty often and was able to see the beautiful Danielle in February, when Danielle and I were in New York City for Dianna Fiore’s wedding. Dianna Fiore married Steven Radoslovich on February 21, 2009. Her wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue and East 84th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and her wedding reception was at the fabulous Cipriani’s 42nd Street. There were


send you a reminder e-mail confirming these dates. Please notify me if you have any ideas as to where we should gather for our Saturday night meal. Natalie Swetye— I wanted to announce the birth of my son, Austin VanDeWeghe Pugh, born on March 8th 2009

then may move back to Vienna, Austria. Laura Viehman Knighton and her husband Dan, who were also married in 2006, are living happily in Arlington, VA and are expecting their first baby in October. It’s great to help her out with nursery colors! There are a lot of other great accomplishments since we last met in 2006, both personal and professional. Premal Dharia is feared by all prosecutors as a Supervising Madeira Fund Total: $2,910 Attorney at the Public Defender Participation: 5% Service in DC, where she tries Class Secretary: Felony cases, often violent crimes Natasha Linn and offenders. She represents those 200 N Maple Ave, Apt. 214 who can’t afford to pay an attorney. Falls Church, VA 22045-4344 Those innocent and not so innocent (703) 841-1863 are lucky to have such brilliant, pasnatashalinn @ gmail.com sionate representation. Excuse the rant, but what she does is truly I’m starting out these class notes by amazing to me. Also truly amazing saying that I once cursed Facebook, but now I am reformed and eternally is Teresa Fort (like the segue?) who just advanced to candidacy in her grateful for its ability to bring this economics PhD and is getting marclass back together. There are some ried in May to Gregory Piasecki. crazy fantastic happenings in the Apparently, we can’t get enough lives of Madeira ’96 girls, so get ready for a long post. I’m hoping for education because both Dorrie Emrick and Natalie Gillespie are a full page of 1996. We’re just makback in school studying Nursing. ing up for lost time! It seems as Natalie is living in Bristol, VA and though we’ve created our own little is running out of wall for her baby boom. Congratulations to all degrees. She has two BA’s in the moms, new and fairly new. I’ll Spanish and Psychology and an start out with Eleanor Johnson ADN in Nursing and now going for Estes, whose daughter Cromwell is her BSN. She currently works as a four and her step daughter, Campbell Estes ’09, is going to be a Critical Care Nurse in a Medical fellow Madeira Alum come May and Intensive Care Unit. Again, completely amazing. Emery Mikel has off to Sewanee in the Fall. Things in Birmingham are well, but time is fly- her own Art Therapy practice where she is contracted with over twenty ing by fast. Sara Barokas Shalva’s retirement homes. Kathleen threeyear- old son Lev, now has a Thompson loves her job producing baby sister, Avitel, born on entertainment for special events and Thanksgiving day. Alison Fein Young and her little guy Landon are as an event planner. She also happens to work in the same office park living it up in Nashville and she’s in McLean as me! Small world. still working for Dell. Jenn Sharie Ghorashi works in private Senkowski has a daughter, Emma, equity for Neuberger Berman and who was born last summer and who was married last October in DC to I got to meet at Sara’s house last Gary Stern. She met autumn. She was just her husband at her a little tiny thing first job out of college then. Shawna and then ran into Murray White mareach other six years ried Bobby White in later on a train! My June, 2006 and just former roomie, Jenny gave birth to a beauMayo, has crossed tiful baby girl, over to the rivals-I Malayah Naomi like to think she’s just White on March 28th. spying-working at And there are two Georgetown pending mothers — Visitation and apparAngela Feng and her ently, as students husband Paul are Angela Feng ’96 and (and perhaps, as expecting their first husband, Paul, are Alums), we have no son, Tristan, in expecting their first idea the intricacies of Taiwan in May and son, Tristan.

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running a school and how important it is to give what you can. She’s also a freelance writer for the Washington Post, Express and other publications, as well as teaching hiphop classes and doing more travel writing. Her stories are always fun to read-keep an eye on Washingtonpost.com for her stories. But perhaps the most unusual occupation of all of us belongs to Anna Brooke, burlesque dancer extraordinaire. Unfortunately, I missed her last performance in DC, but I heard from Premal and Jenny Mayo that it was fantastic and I promise to catch the next one. She is living Brooklyn and loving life. Along with the dancing gig, she keeps busy with her ‘day jobs’ of art modeling, temping and bartending. It was so great to hear from everyone, especially Katherine Petty, who’s living in San Francisco and getting married in October in Sea Island, GA to Jared MacLane. I’m still totally jealous that she got to meet NKOTB. I remember us bonding Freshman year over our mutual love of that boy band. Dorrie also let me know that Kristin Westrick is living in McLean and is the Private Events Director for the Tower Club in Tyson’s. Seems a lot of us keep coming back to McLean. Also in touch with Dorrie is Jen Gilliece, who lives in Maryland, has three kids, works in Operations for a Fund Manager and is going back to school to become a teacher. As for me, I just got back from St. Maarten and am loving my job as an interior designer at a woman owned architecture and design firm in McLean. I’m fortunate enough to work with another Madeira Alum, Jeanne Sabol Meyer (’81). It’s amazing how similar our experiences were, even fifteen years apart. My boyfriend John and I live together in Falls Church. I recently just got back in touch with Kim Munger Shultz (’95), who is living in Colorado and working in real estate and playing lots of piano. Big congratulatory hug to Pat Anyaso Sasser ’95 on the birth of her son, Pierce, from all of us. I want to note the loss of Kristi Gough, who I always remember for her incredible quick wit, dry humor and intelligence. She was also an unbelievable athlete who had all the potential and drive to become one of the best. It is a tragedy and she is missed. Alright, ladies, enough rambling. Keep the information pouring in and thanks to the person who set

up the Madeira Class of 1996 group on facebook. Miss you all. Big hugs!

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Class Secretary: Andrea Press 880 N. Pollard St., #724 Arlington, VA 22203 (571) 970-0878 Press.Andrea@gmail.com As usual, the class of ’97 is moving and shaking all over the place! Just to be different, I’ll start with myself this time. I finally graduated with my doctorate in clinical psychology and have moved back to Northern Virginia. Since then, I have spent a lot of time remodeling my condo in Arlington and studying for the national licensing exam, which I took yesterday! I am now searching for a job in order to get my post-doc hours and hopefully someday get licensed. I began taking Pilates in January and am really enjoying doing something different. I also recently found that I will be getting a third nephew in September! I love being back in DC and am fortunate to see Madeira girls quite often including Michelle Nguyen, Sylvia Sosa, Shwetha Rai, Priya Kathpal, Sarah Chasnovitz, Mahana Karimi, Eliza Andrews ’96, and Norah Lycknell. I also saw Susmita De ’98 for the first time in more than ten years when she was in town for Inauguration in January. Everyone seems to be doing well — Sarah and Michelle work as lawyers downtown while Norah has become a principal at a DC public school. Shwetha is practicing general dentistry Northern Virginia, but will be moving over the summer to NYC to pursue a specialty in pediatric dentistry. Currently, she is enjoying reconnecting with old friends and tormenting her parents by refusing to settle down. Mahana is living with her husband in Bethesda, MD where she is working on her Masters in Public Policy. She is hoping to organize a get together to DC area alumnae in June. Erin Polak is also living in DC with her husband of nearly 3 years and their dog, Maple. She works in Merck’s government affairs office. She sees Keely Smith, Megan Brown, and Lucy Southworth frequently and has really enjoyed connecting with other Madeira classmates through Facebook. Lara


Sarah Chasnovitz ’97, Eliza Andrews ’96, Andrea Press ’97, Mahana Karimi ’97, Shwetha Rai ’97, Sylvia Sosa ’97, Michelle Nguyen ’97, Norah Lycknell ’97 at Andrea Press’ doctoral graduation party November 2008 Wilkinson spent last summer and fall working in Chicago. She was able to see Alyssa Flanagan, who is working on her medical residency there, frequently. Lara has finally decided to settle down and took a permanent position at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA. She is really enjoying her new job. Lara recently became an auntie and loves seeing her niece Rose as much as possible. Kamilah House is living in Maryland and still working as a lawyer at GEICO. Ella Peresechenski was able to spare a few moments to write in and report that she is working her way through her first year of medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. At the other end of the spectrum, Sigrid Bairdain is working her way through her surgery residency at GW Hospital. She lives in DC and spends way too much time working. Carrie Gouskos is living in Arlington, VA and works as a producer at Electronic Arts where she is working on a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (aka: MMORPG to those in the know) called Warhammer Online. It premiered in October and was very well received. In her free time, she has been enjoying trying new restaurants in DC. She really wishes everyone could get on Facebook so she could properly stalk them. Carrie would love to hear any news about Nama’di Wai if anyone is in touch with her. Joy Morris is teaching 7th grade language arts and social studies in North Carolina. She started a theological bookclub that meets once a month and is training for a half marathon that she will doing in Vancouver this summer. When she wrote, Joy was looking forward to

visiting some Madeira pals during a trip to DC. Caroline Toumey Dellinger reports that she is happily married and living in Charlotte, NC. She was laid off from her HR job in the fall and has been looking for work. Meanwhile, she has started her own business selling cosmetics and has been doing volunteer work. She recently spent time with Anya Turcheck and Munchy Kurland.Tamar Danziger wrote in to announce that she is engaged to Michael Altfest, who she met on Jdate 4 years ago. She is very excited about her upcoming wedding in October. Tamar works at Addis Creson, a design/branding firm in Berkeley, CA while Michael works in public relations in San Francisco, CA. Roxie DeAngelis has been living with her family in Beijing, China since October. She has enjoyed traveling around in Asia and learning Mandarin Chinese. She was planning to return to the U.S. in April. Moon Paul Athwal is working as inhouse counsel for a company in Ohio. She reports that she and her husband are getting a bit bored with the Midwest and are hoping to move back to the DC area before the end of the year. Sarah Young is living in Las Vegas, NV and working for Evofi in the mortgage banking industry. She reports that her company is doing well despite the financial crisis. She has been taking advantage of great weather by hiking at Red Rock and Mt. Charleston with her dog. Sarah recently began tutoring high school students in math, science and history. This experience has made her feel grateful for her Madeira education, while also reminding her of how much she’s forgotten since high school!

webpage at http://januscharitychallenge.kintera.org/lp09/ ninathatcher. After a short stint living and working in Princeton, NJ, Beth Rogers Maoui and her husband are back living in the East Village where they have been since May 2007. Beth continues to work as a corporate lawyer. She was married to Idriss Maoui on October 4, 2008 in Savannah, GA where they were blessed with beautiful weather. Nicole Buote, Arie Goldberg Finkel and Nina Goldberg Thatcher attended. She sees all three of them often in NYC. Nicole is finishing her surgery residency as a veterinarian in NYC. She lives with her husband of several years, who is also a veterinarian. Megan Brown is happy to have moved back into NYC after living in Hoboken, NJ for two years. She is still working at Ketchum Entertainment Marketing, and is now an Account Supervisor doing talent negotiations. She sees Keely Smith often and reports that she is doing well and preparing for her little sister’s wedding this summer. Megan and Keely, along with Lucy Southworth and Emily Arnold are headed to France in the Spring to visit Megan’s dad and celebrate their 30th birthdays. Megan also recently had dinner with Priya Kathpal when she was visiting NYC and had fun catching up with her. She has really enjoyed keeping in touch with everyone on Facebook and hopes that Madeira girls keep posting pictures and whatnot so she can see what everyone is up to. Well that’s all for now. Hope to hear from more of you next time! Please remember that there doesn’t need to be anything objectively “exciting” going on in order for you to submit notes — we just want to know where you are and what’s going on with you! Take care till next time.

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Alana Malick Ritenour—I married Rhodes B. Ritenour on November 1, 2008 in Hot Springs, Virginia, with a reception following at The Homestead. Two of my bridesmaids (pictured) were Sharon MomenianSchneider and Blake Points Kavanagh. Also in attendance was Sareena Dalla with her finance Jon Brookshire. Dr. Sharon MomenianSchneider flew in from California

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She is looking forward to a few upcoming trips, including two weeks in Europe with friends to celebrate their 30th birthdays. Congratulations to Maryam AlSabah, who had her third child, a girl named Sharifa or “Shafy,” on March 9th! She joins her two brothers — Nasir who is 6 and Abdulaziz, 2 ½. Maryam is living with her husband at home in Kuwait where she does charity work with orphans through a foundation she co-founded. Marina Zavahir is still living in Kansas City with her husband and 15 month old son, Rehan, and has spent the past year adjusting to the challenges of parenthood. She is still on leave from work, and is thinking about returning to work in late 2009. She is excited to be celebrating her fourth wedding anniversary in May. Caroline Hann writes in to say that she is living in Calgery, Alberta for the past two year with her commonlaw husband of eight years. She recently got a fabulous job in the Canadian Oil Sands doing environmental management. Caroline is excited to report that she is on the verge of becoming a Canadian citizen — congratulations Caroline! And on to our New Yorkers… 2008 was a good year for Arie Goldberg Finkel. She was married to Stephen Finkel in the Loire Valley, France in September and was admitted to the New York Bar in November. She is living in New York City and lives around the corner from sister Nina, who she sees a few times a week. Nina Goldberg Thatcher and her husband Matt moved to NYC last June. She has enjoyed working for Google in NYC and being near Arie, but says she is not sold on city living or the long, cold winters yet. Nina had a busy fall where she attended weddings for Arie, Katie Barnett, and Beth Rogers Maoui. She was sad she had to miss Amanda Forgason’s ’98 wedding, which was on the same weekend as Arie’s. Other than working and socializing, Nina is busy triathloning and fundraising. She completed her second Ironman, Ironman Lake Placid, in July of 2008 and is preparing for the same race this year as well as recovering from recent shoulder surgery. Last year she raised $18K for Brain Tumors in honor her uncle and is back at it again this year, although fundraising has been a little more challenging. If you would like to support Nina, please check out her


Camille Fox Lefere ’98 and sister Patrcia Fox ’03 share a toast in Napa Valley. and Blake Kavanagh, Esq. from Arizona. Rhodes and I both practice law in Richmond, Virginia. We honeymooned in Virgini Gorda, B.V.I. Tayte French Lutz— My husband and I are expecting a baby girl in June. We are still working in NYC and living in Hoboken. Megan Krause— I’m finishing up my first year at UVA’s Darden School of Business and cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by! This summer I will be interning at GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) doing marketing and business development. My sister, Lindsay Krause Blackwood ’94, had a baby girl, Eleanor, in January and I am absolutely loving being an aunt! Camille Fox Lefere— This girl is still out in Napa Valley looking forward to summertime and the upcoming Harvest ’09. My husband, Kevin, and I are still out here living at a winery in the middle of a vineyard. We are learning all we can learn alongside a fantastic winemaker and currently working on making house wines for our restaurant back in Rockwall, Texas. I am also very excited to be taking on the Assistant Winemaker / Enologist harvest position coming up at Peter Michael Winery. I am thrilled for the experience and opportunity. I just enjoyed fantastic visit from my sister, Patricia Fox ’03. It was great to have her out here and share in the fun. Attached is a picture of the two of us toasting with bubbles from Mumm Winery. If any of you are ever in the Napa area, please don’t hesitate to look me up. I would love to show you around. Hope life is great for everyone and I miss you all! Ali Klaren Seitz— My husband David and I will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary in October of 2009. We currently live in Pittsburgh, where we are both graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. This semester (Spring ’09), I have been finishing up my Masters degree at Pitt, where I concentrate on the intersection of reli-

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Alana Malick Ritenour ’98 at her wedding, November 2008 with bridesmaids, Sharon Momenian-Schneider ’98 and Blake Points Kavanagh ’98. gion and politics in the U.S. We visit my parents every few months in Great Falls, VA and sometimes drive over to Madeira to shoot hoops at the Hurd and work out in the weight room. The campus looks as beautiful as ever!

1999 Madeira Fund Total: $1,359 Reunion Giving Total: $1,359 Participation: 36%

Class Secretaries: Alex Cooke Walden 1648 Gillette Ct. Longmont, CO 80501 czalex @ gmail.com Alex Cooley 50 East 8th St., Apt. 5u New York, NY 10003 (646) 823-3022 alex.cooley@gmail.com Dunia Dickey— I graduated from NYU Law in 2008 and I’m currently a corporate associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Lisa deGorter finished her MA in Security Studies at Georgetown

University in late December and thinks she’s done with school forever. She’s living in Rosslyn, working for the Pentagon, and has seven goldfish. She has named them all. Collier Lumpkin — I currently live in Charlottesville, VA, and am finishing up my Masters of Arts in Teaching (with a focus on reading and literacy). Luckily, I get to see Mairin (Burke) Smith (and her new wee bundle of love!) every now and then. I’m planning on staying in Charlottesville after I’m finished and looking to teach 1st or 2nd grade here in the area! Laura Jones — Things have been going well here! I recently finished up working as the UN liaison for a humanitarian organization here in New York and am preparing to leave for… wait for it… Darfur! By the first of May I should be taking up my position as an associate reporting officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in El Geneina, Sudan (which is in west Darfur, near the border with Chad). Because of the nature of the duty station, I get a lot of R&R — so if you’re ever in Africa, holla! Elizabeth Heilig—

Things are great. I’ll be graduating in May from LSU law school and moving to Charleston. I’m also engaged, my fiance and I will be getting married in September in Charleston. Merritt Johnson— I am hanging in there working for General Motors at the Advanced Technology Center. I am involved with the powertrain development of the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. Hopefully, by the time this prints, we are still around. I am looking forward to another summer full of long distance ocean swims. After having shoulder surgery last year I am now back into swimming a lot. Annie Porter— Things are quiet but great out here in LA. I’m working as a clinical care extender in the medical / surgical department at a hospital, which I love. I’m also applying to medical schools to obtain my Nurse Practitioner degree, which will mean I’ll be able to eventually have my own practice. Very exciting! Hopefully I get in somewhere in Southern Cali because I really don’t want to leave. I’m also very excited to finally have family in the area, as my cousin just moved here from Chicago. So, things are really good! Wish I had more news, I fear I am rather boring these days. Mairin Burke Smith—My husband, Justin, and I had a baby girl on March 21st, 2009! Adelaide Joye Smith is her name, and she is a treasure. She has already been showered with love by many of her Madeira aunts, and she loved meeting them all at our reunion! Rita Del Curto is quite busy booking yacht charters for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix as the summer approaches. She will be traveling to Italy to spend Easter with her family before flying to the States for the Madeira reunion. Outside of work, she is very active and has recommenced playing tennis, runs

Mairin Burke Smith ’99 with daughter Adelaide Joye


Class of 1999 at Reunions 2009. Maya Scott, Merritt Johnson, Anna Headley, Joanie Taylor, Nell Maceda, Alex Cooley, Candis Robinson, Lesley Milner, Kate Blood, Mairin Burke Smith, Megan Fineman Holt, Anne-Marie Drummond, Laura Schmeltzer, Kathlen McCabe, Katie Fitzgerald Lester, Katie Saunders, Katherine Piggott-Tooke, Lisa deGorter, Stella Manship, Kate Furst, Danielle De Arment Donohue, Jessica Uscinski, Maggie Goodman half marathons and travels considerably. In fact, Rita will be traveling to Germany in June to visit fellow alum, Isabella Armbrust whom she completed her masters with in Brussels. Alex Cooke Walden— My husband Eric and I just celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe its been a year since we married in Costa Rica! We spent the summer traveling, making our annual pilgrimage to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and visiting family in Virginia. Back home in Colorado, I have found a new passion. I started volunteering at a therapeutic riding center. I am now in the process of becoming a certified instructor. I will primarily be teaching kids and adults with disabilities how to ride. I am taking lessons on my own to improve my skills. I am so grateful to have found an opportunity to spend my time with amazing people and incredible animals. Eric continues to fly for NetJets, staying busy and flying all over North America. This winter was an amazing snowboarding season for

Alex Cooke Walden ’99 and Eric Walden

us — we got in plenty of days in Summit County and at our local resort, Eldora. I am also happy to say I have gotten back to my musical roots; I joined a 125 voice women’s chorus in Boulder called Resonance. We are preparing for our spring concert. In April we made it back to Madeira for my TEN YEAR reunion and had an awesome time. I was so excited to reunite with best friends from my boarding days — Isabella Armbrust, Rita Del Curto, Dasha Kosmynina, Maggie Goodman, Daniela Kuhn, Antonia Crawford Ewald, and Adrienne Coleon. Thanks ladies! I’m looking forward to a beautiful Colorado summer and more travels! This should be the last installment of class notes before our 10 YEAR REUNION. I, for one, am buggin’. However, very excited to hang out on campus with all the same ladies from those halcyon days. For my part, I am still in New York working as a tv producer in the field department so have gone to such exciting locations as Tulsa, OK, Charleston, SC and Washington, DC for the Better Know a District segments. Everytime I visit, I am indebted to Nell Maceda for helping me house all kinds of strange props used to humiliate members of Congress as she is a staffer for a New York Congressman and has a refrigerator she doesn’t mind me filling with random cuts of meat and various internal organs from a pig (true story. Our jobs are weird). Despite mundane work destinations, I have been more intrepid when it comes to my own spare time. I went to London in March where I saw Liz Richardson who is in the midst of doing research after getting her masters in

public health from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and adopting various Briticisms. She is an avid practicioner of krav maga (happy I learned the name now, Liz?) which is the self-defence methods employed by the Israeli Army. Unsurprisingly, she’s the only woman in her class and even more obvious is the fact that she is a bad ass. Earlier in the

Isabella Armbrust ’99 and Rita Del Curto ’99 year, I went to Berlin where I enjoyed catching up with Isabella Armbrust (thanks, Facebook!). We had a sushi dinner with our respective arm candy / boyfriends and headed over to an old Weimar dancehall for vodka mit applesaft, a surprisingly delicious combination. She is a carbon trader dividing her time between Berlin and Frankfurt, living with her awesome Berliner boyfriend, Christophe, with whom she has a Smartcar. Ling Ling Reyes and her new husband whom she married in August ’08 are expecting their first child at the beginning of April so will be a little preoccupied for the reunion! She is “currently lovin & livin in Brooklyn” and reports that she “recently had lunch & caught up with Maree ’99 & Kay ’01 Martinez in NYC; we sang the ‘Hark the Herald’ Madeira vacation cheer while finishing up dessert.” Maree writes about meeting up with Ling and her love of married life and

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work as a teacher in Greenwich, CT. She says that “it’s also been really nice to spend more time with Kate Furst, who’s now living in Tarrytown with her boyfriend.” She went to Lebanon this March with her husband. She will be there for reunion festivities, but Laura Jones is on the fence due to some complicated visa issues regarding her newest position. She writes “I recently finished up working as the UN liaison for a humanitarian organization here in New York and am preparing to leave for… wait for it… Darfur! By the first of May I should be taking up my position as an associate reporting officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in El Geneina, Sudan (which is in west Darfur, near the border with Chad). Because of the nature of the duty station, I get a lot of R&R — so if you’re ever in Africa, holla!” I’ll remember when I’m in Sudan next! Kally Vafiadis will only be available for part of the reunion because she’s a bridesmaid in Eleni Garbis’ ’00 wedding! She has her own big news, too, most importantly that she just joined Facebook! Oh, she’s is also the proud mother of “a very fussy baby” and says “ I mostly hold him all day long in hopes he’ll stop crying. This leaves very little time for anything else. Though, on the upside, my arms don’t look quite as flabby these days… and I’m completely in love with him.” She also owns and runs a spa in Texas and reports that she just joined the Fort Worth Junior League, “so, many hours of community service are in my near future.” President Obama would be proud. Another new mother joins the First Babies Club! Mairin Burke Smith asks that I “please put Adelaide in class notes!” That would be her daughter! According to the baby mama: “My husband, Justin, and I had a baby girl on March 21st, 2009! Adelaide Joye Smith is her name, and she is a treasure. She has already been showered with love by many of her Madeira aunts, and she can’t wait to meet them at our reunion!” Katherine Piggott-Tooke chronicles Adelaide’s humble beginnings when she describes her “favorite event of the year” as being “Mairin’s baby shower where Anna Headley, Kathleen McCabe, Nell Maceda, Alex Cooley, Evelyn Burke ’10, and I celebrated with Mairin! It’s been so exciting to welcome the newest Madeira girl into our ranks!” Apart from that, she is is living in


I am including some old scanned photos from our graduation, since it is the 10 year reunion for 1999:

Alex Cooke Walden and John Campbell (former faculty)

Alex Cooke Walden ’99 and Isabella Armbrust ’99 Berkeley,CA and has just finished her first year of law school at UC Berkeley. The best part about being in the Bay Area? Well that would be “being only a bridge away from Stella Manship and her adorable dog.” This winter she kicked it with Katie Saunders and Joanie Taylor in New York and Jessica Uscinski, Kathleen McCabe, and Danielle DeArment Donahue in DC. Ms. DCDAD sent me an update that included a meta-update of another one of our classmates (my favorite kind, less work to do) and says: “I am thrilled that Jessica Uscinski is back in the area teaching Physics at American University because we get to hang out lots. We recently had sushi with Kathleen McCabe! I am still teaching English at Mount Vernon High School, and I worked hard all last year creating a portfolio, videotaping my classes, and studying for an exam. I was ecstatic to find out that my work paid off and I am now a National Board Certified teacher, which is one of the highest honors a teacher can achieve. Whoohoo!” I believe that is the

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exactly correct spelling of the word “Whoohoo” so clearly, all that studying has paid off in spades! Maya Scott brings the meta-update to new heights with this star-studded update: “Since my last installment of class notes, I have still been living in Boston and seen my fair share of Madeira women. In fact, I challenge you to come here and not run into a Madeira girl at some point. In particular, I see Maya Dutt ’00 every day, as she is my roommate in lovely Cambridge. A few months ago we had dinner with Kathleen McDermott ’01, Dana Prey ’99, Ariel Hopkins ’03, Alexa Mervis ’03, and Jen Bain ’00. We are hoping they will all make an appearance at our Cinco de Mayas party, coming this Spring. In October, AnneMarie Drummond came up to visit us, and we spent a lovely New England weekend eating pumpkin pancakes and watching ‘My SoCalled Life’. It was glorious. I also saw Anne-Marie in January, when we went to the inauguration together.” Also adopting the mantle of change, she spent a week in Mississippi and Louisiana this February, doing Hurricane Katrina relief with my job and generally being a better person than me or you. Apart from getting to see some of our international classmates in the UK and Germany, I am happy to say that I still keep up with many fine ladies stateside and would like to out their personal details in this magazine. In December, I had an excellent jaw session with Anne Guthrie in the show room of an Asian furniture store. Whjile sitting in a fake living room set, Anne told me about touring with Cirque du Soleil all over the world (in the crew, she didn’t pick up acrobatics since

we left school!) and living out of a suitcase for the past 3 years. She packed up her house in Poughkeepsie and trucked down to DC to maintain a “desk job” so that she can finally be in one place for once. Life moves are also in store for Joanie Taylor with whom I shared a delightful Tibetan meal where she announced that she will be attending Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School next fall! Looking forward to hearing from everyone en vivo at the reunion. I apologize in advance for anything awkward which I will inevitably say. Jumana Kawmy Rustom —I got married in September 2007 to Mohammed Rustom whom I met while studying abroad at the University of Beirut in the summer of 2002. We lived for about 8 months in Washington, DC and then recently relocated to Chicago for his job. I was able to continue working at Boeing through the transition, and now we’re looking for a house and trying to settle down in the ‘windy city’. 2008/2009 has been a super busy year for us with a move and a new city, but we’re looking forward to all the new things it keeps bringing us. Liz Richarson — I’m currently working at the University of Edinburgh as a research assistant, after finishing my master’s degree in international public health policy. Specifically, I’m looking at pharmaceutical policy (which isn’t very specific at all, as far as topics go, but oh well). I’m still playing with the idea of going on to get a PhD here, but for now the thought of more school is too painful to consider seriously. I’ll likely be in Edinburgh until 2011 at least, when my visa runs out, so anyone who wants a floor to crash on is more than welcome! I recently saw Alex Cooley in London for a few days, which was great. Kathleen McCabe— I am plugging along in med school in Philly. During my spring break I got to see Joanie Taylor and Katie Saunders the very day that Mairin Burke gave birth to her first baby! We were very excited to be able to celebrate together! I also got to have sushi with Jessica Uscinski and Danielle De Arment. They are both doing great, keeping busy teaching physics and English respectively. My sister, Megan ’90, is going to have twins at the end of April! They are sure to be just as cute as her 18 month old, Callum. I’m excited for our reunion!

2000 10TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $420 Participation: 9%

Class Secretary: Eleni M. Garbis 1900 Hamilton St, Unit C18 Philadelphia, PA 19130 elenimelissa @ gmail.com Hello! It’s always so nice to hear from everyone, thanks for all the responses! Let’s get right to it. Amanda Warren recently finished classes for her MBA in Paris — she hopes that by the time you’re reading this, her thesis will be completed as well. She is now living in Fayetteville, North Carolina with her husband, Eric, who is a special operations soldier in the Army, recently home from Afghanistan. She and Eric just celebrated their one year anniversary. Amanda says she has been enjoying cooking, gardening and being somewhat domestic, but that she’ll be looking for a job after it’s finally determined she’s no Martha Stewart (me either!). Kelsey Martyn-Farewell wants me to mention that anyone in our class who is on Facebook should look up the group she has started for our class. There’s one discussion up so far — about our 10 year reunion next year! (How is that possible??) Kelsey is continuing her work for the University of Oklahoma, volunteer instructing for the Sooner Ballroom Dance Club and writing a DVD review column for the Norman Transcript. Her son had his 8 month birthday on March 31 and is already crawling and pulling himself up to standing. She and her husband will be celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary this August. Morgan Lloyd took a year off from teaching to write her Master’s thesis and travel. She’s had an amazing year! She’s been to Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and England. Her trip to England was especially fun because she stayed with Cecilia Jager for over a week, and she says they were definitely up to all their old Madeira shenanigans. Morgan is back in Los Angeles now, looking for a new teaching job for next year. She and Taylor Percy hang out all the time. Mary Ellen Bowman and her husband Andrew are both Patent Examiners and will celebrate their 2nd wedding


the DC area as much as possible to see her sister Jen Senkowski (’96) and her 6-month-old baby, Ella Nichole. Alex Henry moved to NYC last year to work for SMUGGLER, a TV and Film production company. She says the city is great, but getting used to the cold has been difficult after nine years on and off in sunny Los Angeles. Alex hangs out with Erica Claustro and Eliza Spaulding, who have both been living in NYC for a while. Last year, Alex went to France twice and stayed with Camila Armbrust (’99) for a few days each visit. When she’s not strapped down by work, she tries to travel and visit friends in Spain and Los Angeles, or anywhere else the sun shines. Sarah Warren was about to get married when she emailed me with her update! She and her fiancé, Alex, are getting married in Charleston, South Carolina, which, as Sarah found out, is the Number 2 destination wedding location in the country, right behind Vegas! Sarah says that Marieke Wilson is coming down to SC for the wedding and they will be sure to send pictures for the fall edition. Another wedding to report — Emily Appel married Paul Newby last September at her parents’ home on the eastern shore of Maryland. She and her husband live in Vienna and are thrilled to have just bought their first home. Catherine Ickes was Emily’s maid of honor, and Kathryn Moore and Naghma Malik were also in attendance at the wedding. Naghma has been busy working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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anniversary this August. They are expecting their first child in November. More baby news! Zarina Morais Burdge and her husband Ryan welcomed their first baby, a boy named Brennan Avery Burdge, on December 29. He was born with a full head of hair, weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Zarina says the first few months have been amazing and that she and Ryan are loving parenthood. Maya Dutt has been busy in Boston, with law school wrapping up and sitting for the bar at the end of July. All of her closest friends from college decided to get engaged and/or married this year, so she has been on the wedding circuit for the past several months. She and her boyfriend, Jonas, will be making a stop in DC for my wedding in April. Kathryn Moss is also finishing up law school and will immediately begin prepping for the bar. She will have a busy summer ahead of her! Nichole Senkowski is still working at The New England Center for Children as a residential program specialist. She is in charge of the educational and clinical programming for six individuals diagnosed with Autism and the management of both their day and residential programming and staff. In addition, after five years of graduate work, she can officially call herself a licensed special educator and a board certified behavior analyst. She is looking forward to a few weeks off this summer to travel, the highlight of which will be a trip to Peru with her family, trekking down the Amazon River! She is also looking to get back to

Mary Collins ’06, Liz Logan ’01, and Julia Collins ’01, celebrating Easter at the Collins’ home in Kenilworth, IL. Service, stationed in Brownsville, Texas, studying bobcats and endangered ocelots along the U.S. / Mexico border. She has been studying the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation as a result of the wall construction. In addition, she has begun monitoring endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle nesting. Prior to her work with the USFWS, Naghma worked in San Francisco, studying California Gulls for the U.S. Geographical Survey and tracking Cougars in a diet study for the University of Alberta. As for me, I have settled in to Philadelphia and am really enjoying my job as an advertising account executive. My fiancé, Ben, is a reporter for the CBS affiliate here and has recently started doing some fill-in anchoring. I’ve been seeing a lot of Madeira girls lately, which has been great. In January, Ben and I went to Texas to visit Kally Vafiadis Walton ’99 and her new baby Grant. We had a great time with Kally and her husband, Austin, and ate some delicious Mexican food. I also recently had dinner with Laura DeSole, who is living in Philadelphia and finishing up her first year at Wharton.

2001 Madeira Fund Total: $1,480 Participation: 15%

Class Secretary: Kathleen McDermott 90 Josephine Ave, #1 Somerville, MA 02144 mcdermkc @ gmail.com

Emily Appel ’00 married Paul Newby last September. Catherine Ickes ’00 was Emily’s maid of honor, and Kathryn Moore ’00 and Naghma Malik ’00 were in attendance.

Anita Butani— I’ve been in NYC the last four years, working for McKinsey and now for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Coincidentally, Alefiyah Shambhoora and I have

been living about 5 blocks apart for the last four years — first in Hell’s Kitchen and now in the West Village — and we see each other all the time. We’ve been meaning to organize a Madeira reunion up here and are going to try this spring / summer — so everyone keep an eye on your email! Also, I just decided I’m headed back to Philly for my MBA at Wharton this fall, and I’m really excited! Liz Logan is living in Chicago and working as editorial director at MakeItBetter.net, a startup Web site and magazine for women on Chicago’s North Shore. In 2008, she completed her master’s at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked as an intern for Time Magazine in London. She sees Julia Collins on a weekly basis and wishes more of her Madeira girls were in Chicago! It was great to hear from so many of you and it seems like everyone is thriving and happy these days. I encourage you all to send news to me at any time, not just before the deadline and I will make sure they appear in the column. Ok, let’s get started! Kody Hill-Davis is still living with her sister, Ariel ’03, on Capitol Hill and often sees Madeira girls from 2001, 2002 and 2003. She is working as a lobbyist and truly enjoying it. Kody keeps in close contact with Kendra Lanahan who is in Florida enjoying the sun and her two dogs Ollie and Jack Bauer. She looks forward to seeing Sarah Amsbary in Alabama this summer. JJ Volk is currently finishing up her 2L year at GW Law School. She passed the Patent Bar last year, so she works during the day as a Patent Agent at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP and takes classes at GW Law at night. JJ is getting married on August 1, 2009

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in Baden-Baden, Germany. Her sister Stephanie ’03 is her maid of honor and Erin Morris is her sole bridesmaid. We can’t wait to see pictures of your special day, JJ! Happy news from Melissa Park: “Anita Patel and I are just starting our 4th year of Med School at UVA, and I’m planning on becoming a psychiatrist so I’m doing a lot of psych clerkships this year. My big news is that on Christmas Eve I got engaged to Barry Bui who’s also in my class!” You can check out pictures of Melissa and Barry on Facebook! Taylor Percy feels so blessed to be married to Brian and absolutely loving married life. The wedding was amazing in August on Zuma Beach in Malibu with about 100 guests. They honeymooned in a private villa on Tortola which is in the British Virgin Islands for about 2 weeks before returning to LA. Morgan Lloyd ’00 read scripture during the wedding ceremony and spent Easter with the whole Percy / Bowis family in Newport Coast. Since Madeira she has really become part of the family and they both enjoy living so close to each other. Katie Earnest is finishing her second year at GW Law in D.C. This semester, she was a law clerk for the Dept. of Justice Organized Crime & Racketeering Section, which took up a LOT of time, but was really interesting work. Katie is going to NYC for the summer to work for the firm Schulte, Roth & Zabel. Katie’s third year of law school will be the Editorin-Chief of the school paper for the

2nd year in a row, as well as a Dean’s Fellow, which means she’ll be teaching research and writing to a class of 1Ls for the entire year — giving out grades. A daunting task that Katie is really excited about! Good luck! I spent Easter in North Carolina helping Emory Graham celebrate her engagement to Tom Valley. Their wedding will be on September 5, 2009 in NC and I am proud to be the Maid of Honor! Emory is finishing her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a concentration in family health. She is excited about starting her new career as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Dallas, where Tom will do his residency in internal medicine. Congratulations, Emory! Also a bridesmaid for Emory, Sarah Oxford is living it up on the West Coast! In October she returned from Cameroon after having founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Program, a women’s business course and grant program for her non-profit organization Breaking Ground (www.breaking-ground.org). With two suitcases, she moved to San Francisco and began the re-integration process. Sarah works for the Hydrocephalus Association and spends her weekends snowboarding, rock climbing and mountain biking. Madeira girls Breanna DiGiammarino and Ali Mansheim helped Sarah through the initial shock of a new city. Jenny Nichols recently visited and they had a long weekend of laughing until it hurt in Napa. Jenny also caught up with Sarah Amsbary this fall in Seattle. I

followed in January and had a great weekend. Sarah is really enjoying her new life in the Pacific Northwest. She is working in development at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Sarah has also been doing a lot of traveling and exploring her new home. Sarah ran into Candice Elliott in Boston’s Logan airport in December. Candice and her husband are busy raising her 2 year old son, Oliver. Shannon Orr also went to Seattle over her spring break and visited with Sarah. Shannon will graduate from the University of San Francisco Law School this year and is busy planning a well-deserved trip for after she takes the Bar. Good luck, SMO! Kenzie Cooper is living in Paris and working for the French company Lafarge, which is a construction materials country. She had been working for them in Virginia and has now doing the same thing across the pond. As for me, I’m looking forward to another fun summer in Boston and hope to continue traveling and enjoying the city. Work became a little more fun when Alexa Mirvis ’03 moved departments and now sits about 15 feet away from me everyday. We spread the tales of what it is like to be a Madeira girl. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to see a lot of Madeira girls recently and at the end of April, I am visiting Kate Wisniewski ’02 in London where she is getting her Master’s in Risk Analysis. I hope 2009 continues to be full of success and good news for all!

Taylor Percy ’01 was married to Brian Bowis in August on Zuma Beach in Malibu.

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2002 Madeira Fund Total: $380 Participation: 9%

Class Secretaries: Merin Frank Guthrie 2013 New Hampshire Ave, NW Apt. 705 Washington, DC 20009 merin@culturaldc.org Kate Wisniewski 14A Charlotte St, Flat 3 London W1T 2LX, UK (703) 776-9881 kate.wisniewski @ gmail.com In light of our very busy schedules and because we are lazy and like gimmicks, we tried a new tactic for getting class updates: Facebook status updates. We know that you update your status daily, so we tried to sneak in a Madeira update. The response rate was better than ever, so expect something even sneakier from your class secretaries next time around. Without further ado, the class of ’02 is. Susie Aguirre is in DC, working for the American Association for Cancer Research and enjoys seeing Whitney Little and Cri Cri Richards at Junior League events. Whitney is back from Africa where she was volunteering with her spine surgeon and hopes to finish law school as soon as possible! CriCri will graduate from American University’s Washington School of Law in May and looks forward to some post-bar exam travels. The study of Law is a popular endeavor these days: Allison Bieber is slaving over her books like a good little law student in Philadelphia with her musician beau and darling pup by her side. Camden Burton is finishing up her first year at American University and will be working for the Bankruptcy Judges division of the Administrative office of the U.S. Courts as well as doing international environmental law research with a professor this summer (phew). Until that starts, she’s planning a trip to Norway with Kate this summer and looks forward to Stephanie Beck’s pre-wedding events. Virginia Simms is also wrapping up her first year (at SMU) and will be in the DC area this summer to clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria. Katie Mims is finishing her second year at UVA and is still looking for the perfect wedding present for Merin. Melanie Denson is graduating from the University of Richmond Law School in May, after which she


maker. On the other side of the country, Lucille Rice is living the dream in Jackson Hole, WY. Down in Texas, Caitlin Elmore is getting ready to ride the BP MS150 bike ride from Houston to Austin raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Assuming she can walk after that, she is going to train for a half-marathon. She claims to be looking forward to the long, painful, drawn out process known as her Ph.D. candidacy exam (but we suspect otherwise). Then she will focus on her dissertation research and hopes to graduate in May 2011. Also in the “impressive physical feats” category, KC Fort is thankful that the month of March is finally over: four trail races, a half marathon and one brand new condo! Over in Aspen, Frances Atkins is hard at work preparing program books for the Aspen Music Festival & School’s upcoming season. She loved escaping the Rockies in December to reunite with Madeira girls at Merin’s beautiful wedding! Down in Atlanta, Halima Sykes is wondering how she can turn back time to life at Madeira or even her college years… work life is for the birds! Her only savior at the end of the day is the joy of motherhood. (We have confirmation that Khalil is doing well and is as adorable as ever!). In other baby news, Lala Walla and her husband James are getting ready to close on a house and welcome baby #1. We only ask that the baby’s name rhyme so delightfully like her mother’s. And on the other side of the world, Janan (Shakur) Kilcher is working on her online boutique www.casadiculture.com (check it out!) and enjoying newly-wedded bliss in Montreux, Switzerland! Finally, we commend Susie Cooley for taking a new approach to this terrible economy: taking a break from the meltdown and chilling in Buenos Aires for a couple of weeks. Cesi deQuesada is excited to be living in DC (it’s excited to have you!). Christy Steele still works in the photo department of National Geographic magazine and loves DC. She is contemplating her next step and is looking to friends and family for inspiration. Also in DC, Lauren Parlette is busy working and craving a mortgage. Maura O’Grady is counting down the days until her first year of teaching is over for the summer! Jamie Rotimi was accepted into graduate school and will continue working in the lab at Howard University until the fall.

Kristin Douglas is back from grad school and trying to find a job in the conservation / environmental field in the DC area. Still searching! As always, you all are an impressive group. Keep it up and keep us posted! As for us, your faithful class secretaries: Merin (Frank) Guthrie spends her time writing thank you notes in the wake of her December wedding and is still trying to save the world one arts space at a time in DC. Kate Wisniewski is finishing up a year of grad school in London while preparing for an internship in Lusaka, Zambia this fall. Cheers!

Your classmates would love to hear about what you have been up to?! Please send your updates to MadeiraAlumni2003@gmail.com. I just moved from Philadelphia, PA to Arlington, VA, so I hope that I will see many of you around the D.C. area soon. Please keep in touch! We would love to hear from you!

2004 Madeira Fund Total: $1,265 Reunion Giving Total: $1,265 Participation: 20%

Class Secretary: Christina Previti 178 High Holborn, Rm. 814 London WC1V 7AA, UK christinapreviti @ gmail.com

Merin Frank Guthrie’s ’02 December wedding.

2003 Madeira Fund Total: $435 Participation: 12%

Class Secretaries: Elizabeth S. Black 799 Robinhood Road Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (610) 525-0306 esblac @ gmail.com Stephanie Volk 21375 Fultonham Cir. Ashburn, VA 20147-4892 (703) 729-2963 stephanie.volk @ gmail.com Kate Yohay — I am finishing up my 3rd semester teaching developmental biology and genetics lab classes at Mount Holyoke College. When I’m not teaching, I have been fortunate to be able to ride often and show on the local hunter / jumper circuit. I’m excited to move to Chicago over the summer to teach science courses at the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Program. I intend to stay in the Chicago area for the rest of the academic year and am looking forward to connecting with Madeira girls in the Windy City. I had a great time catching up with Terrell Fuller, Stephanie Volk, Rachel Walker, and Jules Eason on a weekend trip to D.C. in January. I keep in close touch with Rachel Simon ’02 and plan to visit her in Miami in the fall. Elizabeth Black —

Members of the Class of 2004 can be found all over the globe doing many different and interesting things. If you need an update on what is going on at Madeira, Elena Isella the girl to ask! She is working at Madeira as a House Adult in Main Dorm, filling in for Mrs. Sasser while she is on maternity leave. Elena enjoys being back on campus and reliving Madeira dorm life, and likes using the new dining hall. While she is not on duty in the dorm, she is busy job-hunting. Elena plans to walk for graduation from American University in May. After finishing up as a first year law student at the University of Virginia, Natalie Ronollo will head to Birmingham, Alabama. She will be a summer associate with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Over St. Patrick’s Day Natalie ran into Katie Hollar, who is working in Charlottesville.New York City has been home to Genevieve Cody

Escargot in Ecuador: Rebecca Landau ’04, Nicole Landau ’12, Danielle Landau ’09

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returns to the DC area to start her Fairfax County Judicial clerkship. Melanie Stevens is excited about getting in to law school (congrats!). And Vanessa Lee is trying to get through one more year of law school and will be spending her summer at home in the Bahamas — she invites everyone to visit her. Thank you all for taking care of the lawyer quota so neither of us has to fill it! But we aren’t all off becoming lawyers: Lauren Edmondson is working on her master’s degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is very excited to teach writing at Girls First this July! Rachel (Neeley) Johnson is halfway through her MBA at Chapel Hill and is excited about her trip to Egypt and Turkey before she starts her summer internship. Kate Mannering is nearly finished with her Master’s (Columbia) and still enjoys her job in the Columbia Business School admissions office. Stephanie Beck is finishing her Masters thesis and relying on MOH Camden Burton and Duke Lindsey for all things wedding. In other wedding news, Maggie Shen was engaged over Easter and is now planning a wedding at Oxford with receptions in China and Australia (good luck!!). Abigail Lewis is finishing her masters in social work from Boston College in May and getting married to Katherine Winter in June. Lydia Ianni currently writes for a magazine and is planning her first trip to Japan.Up in the Big Apple, Carly Davenport is working at a brokerage firm in NYC, looking forward to business school and enjoying her cocker spaniel puppy, Fenway. Rickie DeSole is working at Prada (recently promoted and now managing PR for women’s ready-to-wear and accessories in the US!) and just purchased her first apartment! Tara Morley is still working at BlackRock and loves having Madeira girls crash at her lovely coral-themed apartment (a bit of the Bahamas in the big city). Rachel Webster has found her calling in production accounting for movies and TV shows. This year she worked on the new NBC show “Kings” starring Ian McShane, airing this spring — she is clearly putting Mr. Cai’s math lessons to good use. And for once we can report that Elizabeth Leiter is in this country — she has moved to New York from London and is assisting with a documentary while trying to fulfill her dream of becoming a career match-


2005 5TH MADEIRA REUNION: APRIL 23 – 25, 2010 Madeira Fund Total: $290 Participation: 11%

Class Secretary: Julia Cadwallender 1452 Wembley Court Atlanta, GA 30329 (540) 373-7210 jcadwallender@gmail.com

Class of 2004 at Reunions 2009. Alana Barraj, Julianne Kane, Elena Isella, Kit Johnson, Kate Silbert, Ari Levin, Kathryn McColl, Beth Brokaw, Kelcey Moore, Shannon Scott, Genna Cody since graduating from Duke University with a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology in May 2008. She is working for Rockefeller University doing neurobiology research with GenSAT (Gene Expression Nervous System Atlas) Project. She will be with the project for two years and hopes to head off to medical school afterwards. She has an apartment on the Upper East Side with two comfortable couches that welcome Madeira visitors! She is still in touch with Madeira friends daily and is looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunions. Jaedra DiGiammarino plans on moving to New York City too, where she will continue practicing yoga and also pursue a life of professional dance. After graduating from Dickinson College in spring 2008, she has been living in Durham, NC. Jaedra dances for Blank Slate Dance and has also completed her 240-hour yoga teacher training. A few ’04 graduates are busy teaching. In St. Louis, MO, Shannon Scott is finishing up her first year teaching ninth and tenth grade English as a Teach For America Corps Member. She is also finishing the first year of her Masters in Education at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Kate Silbert is a teaching fellow for a non-profit, Citizen Schools, in the Boston area. She has a team of eigth graders she coaches in high school and college readiness. She writes that she is “putting to good use all she learned during college counseling sessions from Ms. Reilly and Ms. Hayden”. After another the year she

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will complete the fellowship, and has her sights on graduate school. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at reunions. In Washington, DC you will find Domonique Hinson teaching fifth and sixth grade at The Arts and Technology Public Charter Academy. She describes it as the “most fulfilling kind of work to do”. Unfortunately Domonique will not be able to be at the Reunion, as she will be in Atlanta, GA, but hopes that everyone has a good time! Soon Grace Whang will be finishing up at Carnegie Mellon University, and experience she describes “full of tough but necessary learning experiences, amazing friendships, unforgettable travels to distant countries and a passionate desire to continue pursuing architecture”. In half a semester, she will graduate with honors from her five-year program in the School of Architecture.Oceans away, Caroline Salamack has been teaching English in Japan. She will be there until August, and then will

be back to start the job hunt in the Washington, DC area. She is sorry to miss everyone at the reunion, but be in touch if you are in the Washington, DC area. Last semester Irene Park was also in Japan taking courses in Japanese at Keio University. She is now in Hong Kong finishing up the second part of her exchange program. After finishing the semester at Hong Kong University, Irene plans to return to Korea for a summer internship at a law firm and summer school at Yonsei Univeristy Underwood International College. She misses all the Madeira girls and enjoys getting updates now and then!Since last September, I have been living in London, working on a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics. I will be in London until July, and then will return to the States to finish up my thesis research. If you find yourself across the pond be sure to be in touch!

Rebecca Landau ’04, Nicole Landau ’12, Danielle Landau ’09, Carolyn Meckus ’05, Hillary Kett ’05 celebrated Rebecca’s graduation from Virginia Tech on May 16.

Casey Means— I am getting ready to graduate this June from Stanford University and plan on staying in the Palo Alto area next year to do research in the Stanford Medical School. This past quarter I took the MCAT and have been working on finishing up my Honors Thesis on the cellular signaling pathways relating to skin cancer. This summer I’ll be applying to medical school and participating in a month-long backpacking trip to Wyoming. Spring break was spent down off the coast of Santa Barbara on the Channel Islands backpacking at the national park there. My new email address is caseymeans@gmail.com. As many members of our class are getting ready to graduate college, there is a lot of good news to share! A few of our classmates graduated a semester early and have had a busy few months out in the real world. Heidi Goldstein graduated NYU in December, has been working for Academy-Award nominated documentary film director, Alice Elliott, continuing work on her feature length documentary on eco-terrorism, Unwrenched (check out their website! www.unwrenchedthemovie.com), and doing freelance work as a production designer on independent films and music videos. Abrah Shapiro reports that things are going really well! She graduated a bit early and moved out to Los Angeles. She writes “Scary to think I actually have Bachelor of Science Degree in Television!! I was out here for my last semester of school in the fall doing Boston University’s BU in LA Program where I interned for Last Call with Carson Daly and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I ended up moving to LA permanently back in January and since then have been working over at Warner Brothers Studios in their tour guide department. I give three, two hour tours a day to the general public and even a few pretty cool VIP clients. It’s just a


Meredith Poley is busy finishing up her senior year at Lynchburg. She is planning to go to grad school for psychology next year. She has been accepted to The New School for Social Research in NYC and American University in DC so far and is waiting to hear back from the rest. Mere spent a weekend in Charleston, SC this spring with Jessica Frederick and Jill Glenney. She also ran into Alex Theroux while watching a Lynchburg vs. UVA club lacrosse tournament. In February, Meredith drove down to meet me in Atlanta and the two of us headed down to New Orleans to stay with Jill Glenney for Mardi Gras. We had a great time and were excited to run into Lucy Coolidge, Alex Wisniewski ’06, and Claudia Shuba ’04 there as well. Jill is planning to stay in New Orleans for the summer except heading home to Kentucky for her sister Diana’s ’03 wedding. Regi Previti will also be in Diana’s wedding and they are all looking forward to celebrating together. Regi is getting ready to graduate from Georgetown, finishing up her thesis on horses in the Civil War. She went on spring break to Costa Rica with a group of Georgetown friends including Erin O’Brien and Fleming Longino joined them as well! Regi gets to see Eileen Harkness a lot and loves helping her take care of her two kittens, Cuba and Cous Cous. Eileen stays busy working at a barn and at the State Theater. She is finishing up at GW and plans to spend the summer working and catching up with friends. Over winter break a bunch of us crashed at Eileen’s house for a few days and had a great time catching up. Becky Dale and Taylor Ganz were there too, back

Becky Dale and Taylor Ganz outside of West by the window of their freshman year room.

from California. Becky and Taylor see a lot more of each other now that Taylor is working on her engineering degree at USC. They spent spring break in Panama hiking up volcanoes, eating strawberries and ice cream, and spotting lots of exotic animals. They met up with Dina Silva for lunch during their layover in Mexico City. Becky is planning to move to DC soon and is looking for a job relating to environmental policy. Taylor has one more year at USC and keeps herself busy leading backpacking trips, slacklining, and rock climbing. She is hoping to spend the summer as a guide in Alaska! I was happy to catch up with Hallie Fox over Christmas break as well. She is doing really well finishing up her senior thesis at Middlebury and training for a marathon this May. She loves running into Chelsea Guster ’07 on campus (spotting her from a distance with her lime green Madeira “ART” bag). Hallie will be moving to NYC next year to teach as a Teach For America Corps member. Also joining Teach For America, Sarah Begeman is graduating from the University of Virginia in May with a B.A. with Honors in Politics. She is then moving to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where she will teach middle school social studies as a Teach for America Corps member. This spring, Sally Western visited her in Charlottesville, and they had dinner with Sara Cleveland. Lucy Coolidge will be going to law school next fall, just not sure where yet, just waiting to hear back from some schools. Other than that Lucy is keeping busy with school stuff like tri-delt and fundraising for the Rhodes Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Clearly in good company, I am also doing Teach For America! I will be teaching Elementary Special Education in Philadelphia. I am really looking forward to it, but will miss the Atlanta weather quite a bit! I have been taking it easy this semester enjoying two classes, doing some research for a professor, babysitting, and taking tests and reading a lot to prepare for teaching. A few weeks ago I ran the ING Georgia half marathon and loved running past some of my favorite Atlanta landmarks. I am hoping to travel some this summer before I move to Philly at the end of June. It is always great to hear from classmates, and I’d love to see you all if you are ever up that way!

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stepping stone job while the economy gets its act back together. I’m hoping to use it to transition into a job in music supervision or music producing for a talk show (ideally Ellen or the future George Lopez project that just got announced). We’ll see what happens!! As for any Madeira people I’ve seen, I actually haven’t been home since Thanksgiving. I ended up working on Carson’s New Year’s Eve Special in NYC so I had to miss Christmas and New Year’s at home.” Another early graduate, Mahsa Kazemifar graduated JMU in December and now attends the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where she tastes food in class and is required to attend 3 or 4 course meals once a day! She is looking forward to graduating in 2 years and becoming a chef. Kelly O’Brien writes that she is graduating on May 9th from the University of Mary Washington. She is going to take the summer easy and just teach tennis again, then might be off to culinary school, too! Jong Kim plans to attend a law school starting next academic year. She has not yet decided which school she’ll attend yet, but has some great options. Clara Sanchez writes that she is enjoying my last semester at Penn, done with requirements and taking a couple fun classes, and started taking Chinese in preparation for possible work in Asia next year. She’ll be working for HSBC, the bank where she spent this past summer, on a rotational program abroad for the next couple of years, so she will start training in London this August. She’ll hopefully be traveling through South America this summer, and is also looking forward to spending some time in Spain with family and in DC with some Madeira girls before she leaves. She was up to visit Natalie Dupecher in NYC for her 22nd birthday, and attended Inauguration festivities with Kenisha Marks and Shideh Biela in January. Francesca Buss writes that next year she will be moving to Grenoble, France to teach English on a grant from the French Ministry of Education. She writes, “I am ecstatic to have a French diet! (yay croissants and baguettes)” Olive Smith spent her spring break in Gemany with her boyfriend and his family. She is heading back to the states for the summer, looking for an internship, but mostly looking forward to a road trip with Sasha (Alex) Theroux.

Natalia Doan ’06 modeled for Japanese fashion line, Sistere.

2006 Madeira Fund Total: $750 Participation: 15%

Class Secretary: Mary Cadwallender 615 Fauquier St. Fredericksbrg, VA 22401-3745 (540) 373-7210 mcadwallender @ mac.com When she is not making maps parttime for the National Park Service, Mary Collins is studying Geography, Cartography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also active in the UW-Madison student government and the Outing Club, with big plans to backpack in Montana, Colorado, and Vermont this summer. In addition, she cohosts a weekly film-themed talk radio show, no doubt inspired by Dr. Barbour’s Senior English-Film elective. Recently, Mary and her sister Julia Collins ’01 celebrated the Easter holiday with Liz Logan ’01 at the Collins home in Kenilworth, Illinois. Naturally, tales of ASMs gone by dominated the festivities, as did enthusiastic plans to found a Chicago Madeira Club, which they anticipate generating wild popularity among Midwestern alumnae. Natalia Doan had a great semester abroad in Nagoya, Japan, where she studied Japanese, tea ceremony, and modeled the 2009 Spring / Summer Collection for Japanese fashion line Sistere. She also flew back over Spring Break to model their Fall / Winter Collection. Check out the pictures at http://sistere.jp! Beverley Mbu— So I’ve finally gotten around to class notes. Junior year (oh my god) has been a whirl-

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Madeira girls in Fredericksburg for a dance over Christmas break. L to R, Front row: Elizabeth Constantine ’06, Hallie Fox ’05, Julia Cadwallender ’05, Mary Cadwallender ’06. Back row: Chelsea Guster (’07 Emory friend), Leslie Swinley ’06, Jenny Enos ’06, and Ginny Savage ’06 wind. I studied in Aix-en Provence in the south of France this past fall and had the most amazing time. My parents and brother visited and I ate a lot of food, and did very little work. I’m back now in the spring and actually I love Wellesley (which was a long time coming). I submitted my proposal to write a thesis on Monday and I’m hoping to write about possible solutions to the resource conflict in the Niger Delta. This summer could find me in East Timor or in Washington DC, but that still remains to be seen. I miss my Madeira girls incredibly, but have been in touch with Elsabet Brennan, Sarah Jeffcoat and Caroline Groom outside of Wellesley, and Cathy Poon and I have lunch whenever we can while at Wellesley. I wanted to get the Madeira girls in Boston together for dinner, but the semester has totally run away..with only 5 weeks to go it’s looking impossible! And life plans beyond all this? Don’t even ask :-) I hope this message finds everyone well, and I look forward to reading class notes once again The Class of 2006 is hard to track down as they’re traveling across the global and embedding their legacy in their current communities. And some are just to hard to keep up with, like Jenny Enos, who finished the Walt Disney World Marathon this New Years and has already signed up for the January 2010 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (a half marathon one day and a full marathon the next). She is also running the Marine Corps Half Marathon in my

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hometown this May and I can’t wait to see her cross the finish line. Over her spring break Jenny flew to London to visit Olivia Fitzpatrick, who is studying abroad there, and got to hang out with Jennifer Carvajal too. Carolina Richards has also returned from abroad and is back at school after a Sewanee program in European Studies. Her group spent 6 weeks at oxford then traveled for 5 weeks through Greece, Turkey, and Italy, and when the program ended in October she spent the rest of the semester in Madrid interning for the Banco Santander Foundation. Katie Kline seems to be enjoying her time out of the country as well. She writes that this semester she is eating ceyiche and dancing the marinera in Lima, Peru. She enjoyed seeing Lauren EveryWortman and Kathleen Fallon over winter break. She cannot believe that she has one year before she graduates and wishes the best to all the 2006 Madeira girls! Sidra Qureshi is chugging along as a premed student. She just took the MCAT in early April, and is excited about a summer filled with shadowing doctors, volunteering at clinics, and Medical school applications galore. Sidra is also thrilled to announce that she has given up her position as the President of MSA (Muslim Student Association) to become the new President of TDC (Trinity Diversity Connection), the umbrella organization for all the culture clubs at Trinity University. As President of TDC she plans on increasing awareness about diversi-

ty on her campus and hopes to establish a Multicultural Center by the end of the year. Sounds like a Madeira girl to me! I am pretty buried in the books, as well, but found time to attend an intensive course abroad this winter in West Africa (Ghana, Togo, and Benin), where I fell in love with the people and hope to return soon. I’ve also picked up Ultimate Frisbee and am over-employed by the Goucher chemistry department, where I will be doing research this summer. Now Baltimore is only and hour away from Northern Virginia, so I hope to be down in the area a lot and would love to be in touch. Best wishes to the class of ’06 as they finish up their college careers and set their sights on new adventures! Lauryn Douglas is currently studying abroad in New Zealand for the semester and I will be a senior at Virginia Tech in the fall studying urban and environmental planning. Hillary Kett, Carolyn Meckus, and I are all still best buds at VT. And she says Melissa Hunt is preparing to do 3 months of missionary work in Delhi this summer. Anna Richardson is on-track as an American Studies major with a minor in Landscape Studies. Last semester she enjoyed directing Smith College’s fall musical, She Loves Me, and this spring she portrayed the veterinarian-turned-villain in Bat Boy: The Musical, injecting fellow cast-member Alison McDonough (’05) with deadly poison at the end of the first act. During spring break, Anna went to Dickinson to visit Sayuri Stemp (’06), who taught her how to play D&D and Magic: The Gathering— vital skills for the years ahead.

2007 Madeira Fund Total: $310 Participation: 11%

Class Secretary: Caitlyn S. Gart 2625 Castilla Isle Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 764-5898 caitlyngart @ mac.com Katherine Lee— I’m finishing out my sophomore year at Virginia Tech, still a biology major, but I’ve picked up a medicine in society minor now. This semester I’ve been pledging an academic fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, the co-ed chemistry fraternity. I’ve taken on the role

as Alpha Tau Pledge Class President and being with my pledge brothers has been a great reminder of the kind of friends I had at Madeira (but with boys as well). I’ve also been active in the American Medical Student Association and hope to be elected secretary when elections are held next week. Although AXE pledging has kept me quite busy, I’ve been mentally preparing myself for junior year, it’s hard to believe that I’m almost halfway done with college and soon I’ll be going into my junior year, I feel like it was just a few days ago that I was getting ready for graduation at Madeira. Chelsea GusterSophomore year at Middlebury has been great thus far! The year has certainly been busy, but not without its rewards. I’m now a declared Political Science major with a minor in Arabic, and have been loving my classes this semester (including a great Civil War history course, Dr. Hager). As a co-president of the Middlebury Open Queer Alliance, or MOQA, which is like our GSA, I’ve been busy. Recently we brought prominent queer and trans educator and author, Kate Bornstein, to campus, and her lecture was a great success. For nine weeks this summer I will be at the Middlebury Language School for Arabic, which, due to increased demand for spaces, has been relocated from Middlebury, VT out to the Mills College campus in Oakland, CA, so I’m excited to be in the Bay area for a few months! After the immersion program at Language School, it’ll be three short English-speaking weeks at home before I head to Egypt for the term. It’s going to be a very different experience for me but I am excited to pick up the Egyptian dialect, study Middle Eastern politics actually in Arabic, and travel as much as possible. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this year and I hope that all goes well at Madeira! Hilary Feutz-I am really enjoying school in LA. USC has been a lot of hard work, but I make sure to carve out time to enjoy all the west coast has to offer. I have made trips to the Hollywood sign and enjoyed traveling to Port of Vallarta for spring break. I officially declared my majors. I am double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. I took two fun classes thing spring, ballroom dancing and sailing. I’m looking forward to spending the summer in LA and everything


2007 classmates Kristen Chou and Jane Sanders caught up in San Francisco over Spring Break.

get back I’ll be ready to face the ominous realities of college graduation and the real world. Jane Sanders— Second semester at Furman has been great. I pledged Kappa Delta and love it. I have finally declared a Spanish and Political Science double major. I love classes here, and the professors are incredible. I am constantly reminded as to how lucky I have been, both at Madeira and at Furman, to have such knowledgeable, compassionate teachers. This summer my family will be going up to the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska for a little over a month, and I’m really excited about that. I got to catch up with Kristen Chou ’07 over Spring Break ’09 as we were both in San Francisco. It was great to be with her in such a cool city. I miss my Madeira girls more and more every day. I’ll be in Asheville for the first part of the summer and look forward to hosting anyone down in this area! Caitlyn Gart— College is halfway over. How time flies! I officially declared my double major, Broadcast Journalism and CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics and Government). I have been busy with schoolwork and clubs. I recently joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Fraternity. I am busy with my majors and will hopefully graduate early. This summer I will be working and taking classes in DC. Jane Sanders— Second semester at Furman has been great. I pledged Kappa Delta and love love love it. I have finally declared a Spanish and Political Science double major. I love classes here, and the professors are incredible. I am constantly reminded as to how lucky I have been, both at Madeira and at Furman, to have such knowledgeable, compassionate teachers. This summer my family will be going up to the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska for a little over a month, and I’m really excited about that. I got to catch up with Kristen Chou ’07 over Spring Break 09 as we were both in San Francisco. It was great to be with her in such a cool city. I miss my Madeira girls more and more every day. I’ll be in Asheville for the first part of the summer and look forward to hosting anyone down in this area! Much love, Jane P.S. Attached is a picture of Kristen Chou and I riding a cable car through the heart of San Francisco and one of us outside the

Castro Theatre (Kristen’s older sister Courtney, Kristen, and I) in the Castro neighborhood where we fell in love with San Fran!

2008 Madeira Fund Total: $140 Participation: 7%

Class Secretary: Angela Dean 9623 Tackroom Lane Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 757-4984 adean11 @ gmail.com Everyone told us at graduation that college would go by quickly, but I do not think that any of us really believed them. Almost a year after our graduation from Madeira, I have to say that freshman year has flown by. I sit around with my friends wondering where the time has gone, but as I keep in touch with my classmates, I know that the time has not gone to waste. Sasha Shackelford who is at Oxford College at Emory is keeping herself extremely busy with all of the activities that she has been involved with this year. She is a part of the student activities committee that plans social activities and educational events as well. Since Oxford does not have sororities, Sasha “tapped into” one of the oldest social clubs on campus, Dooley’s Dolls, which is coed. Along with everything that she is doing, Sasha is pre-med and looking at Emory’s major of neuroscience and behavioral biology. Also in Atlanta, Leigh Horn who is at Emory University pledged Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Karolina Bassi is planning to double major in graphic design and psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. This summer she is going out on her own and getting her first apartment. Jasmine Khan, who is at Case Western Reserve University, has been keeping herself rather busy this year as well. She is still majoring in anthropology because she wants to do forensics, but she is thinking about going to medical school or going to graduate school for forensics. Sarah Mayo who is at the University of Vermont visited Jasmine and her family in Europe. They spent New Year’s in Paris going to museums, learning about art, and talking to the locals. Once the spring semester is over, Jasmine is going to visit Sarah in her apartment, and then they are going to

drive down to Madeira for graduation. After graduation, Jasmine heads back to Germany for the summer. Stuart Koury is living with a missionary in Costa Rica for four months. She says that it is a full time job, and she loves teaching and learning. She is going to transfer out of University of North Caroline Chapel Hill to a school in Florida. Stuart is not sure where she will end up next fall, but she plans to keep us all updated on what she is doing. Arielle Andreano and I are enjoying a very warm spring semester at University of Miami. Arielle was invited to join the honor society Alpha Lambda Delta after a stellar first semester. I joined the Canes Emergency Response Team this semester, which is very similar to an EMT team. Even though we have been apart for almost a year, it does not feel like it has been so long. Facebook, Skype, and cell phones keep us closer than ever. I know that I update my Madeira girls on everything that is going on, and I get the quick or long updates from girls as well. The long phone or Skype talks are amazing because it feels like we were not apart for a second. I am extremely thankful for all of the technology that keeps us close because otherwise, we might actually have to use snail mail, and I am not good at that at all.

Former Faculty and Staff Megan Morris— This August, Wade and I will be heading to work at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon. It has a long and rich history — it’s over 100 years old, and has links with the American University in Beirut — and both the school and the headmaster seemed universally well-respected by everybody we met in Cambridge. Wade will be teaching IB history, and I’ll be the Dean of Students. The school’s website is www.acs.edu.lb, in case you’re interested in learning more. We excited about our new adventure, and we couldn’t have gotten this opportunity without the support you and others at Madeira gave to us — thank you!

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next year has to offer. Allie Childs— I really enjoyed this semester at George Mason. This summer I am studying abroad in Granada Spain! I’ll be there for all of June and I’m really excited about it! Caitlin Alderfer— This year has been an extremely busy year for me but certainly fun as well. I declared my double major this semester of Visual Art and Psychology which I am very excited about. I am planning to focus either on painting and drawing or photography within my Art major, and though it is extremely time consuming I love it. I am going abroad to study and travel across Europe with a Sewanee program in the fall which I am very excited about, and plan on working in DC this sumemer. Catherine Covington-This summer I was able to work at the Master’s in Augusta for the whole week of the tournament. Had the experience of a lifetime and hope to do it again next year. I’m really enjoy school, after transferring. Verena-I am absolutely loving Trinity. It’s both incredible and depressing that I’m almost halfway through my college career, two years goes by so fast! In terms of academics, I’m excited to call myself a newly declared English major. In the fall, I’ve decided to take a semester off and do something else for a while.I’m planning on doing service work in Nepal for a couple of months at an orphanage and then I want to spend another month or two backpacking through South Asia. Hopefully by the time I


Karen Chaffee A Profile in Planned Giving

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About Karen Chaffee • Madeira Science teacher/Science Department Chair, 1987 –88; 1990 –2007 • Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Biology, Conceptual Physics • Master Teacher • Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy (retired)

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hen Karen Chaffee came to Madeira in 1987 to teach in the science department, she did not expect it to be a life altering job. Having taught chemistry at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (RI) while she was in the Navy, Karen had discovered that teaching was something that gave her a great deal of enjoyment, and eventually it would change her career path away from the Navy. After a transfer to Virginia, Karen requested a release from active duty in order to join the faculty at Madeira to teach chemistry. Here she remained, teaching for 18 years including six serving as science department Chair. Madeira had an unexpected and profound effect on Karen, who felt she grew as a teacher and as a person during her time here. “People at Madeira made me feel valued and capable in a way I had never experienced. Teachers are given so much freedom in the classroom to pursue their passion and share it with extraordinary students. The confidence Dr. Griffith showed in appointing me Chair of the Department when Sally DeMott stepped down was gratifying and made me want to do the best job I possibly could.” When Karen retired in 2007, it was much like a graduation for her. “I learned so much over the years that I was at Madeira. It is so much a part of who I have become. Madeira changed my views on single sex education, voting, and more. It forced me outside my comfort zone, to broaden my views, just as it does for her students.” Now enjoying retirement with her husband John in Williamsburg, VA, Karen is busier than ever with activities for which she previously lacked

time — golf, bridge, gardening, fishing, training her dog Duncan, and volunteering with a therapeutic riding program, Dream Catchers, where one of her former students had also volunteered. When it came time for Karen and her husband to update their estate plans, Karen decided to include a bequest for Madeira. “My husband and I wrote new wills when we retired and I decided to include Madeira — I felt very strongly about it. Originally I thought maybe it would not be enough to bother, but as we looked at our assets, I decided that the gesture was really important to me.” “I honestly believe that I would not be the person I am today without my Madeira experiences. I owe the School a great deal. I was proud to be a part of such a fine institution and am so thankful to have had that opportunity.” A bequest included in your estate plans is an easy way to make a meaningful gift to Madeira. Generations of Madeira women have given tangible evidence of what their education has meant to them by leaving a gift to the School in their will. If you would like to learn more about including Madeira in your estate plans, or other planned gifts, please contact Louise Peterson, Director of Development at 703-5568219 or lpeterson@madeira.org


Milestones Births

1995 Pierce Anyaso Sasser to Patricia Anyaso Sasser and Wyatt Sasser February 18, 2009 1999 Adelaide Joye Smith to Mairin Burke Smith and Justin Smith on March 21, 2009 1999 Grant Sheppard Walton to Kally Walton and Austin Walton on November 22, 2008

Marriages

1995 Natalie Sweye to Austin VanDeWeghe Pugh on March 8, 2009 1998 Julie-Hume Talmage to Philip Gordon on December 5, 2008

Deaths

1938 Jane Rust Kent 1944 Helen Bachman Barnes 1945 Barbara Holden Potter 1949 Galen Chapman Evans 1958 Linda Armour Freeman 1972

Lee Krakaur

1982 Susannah Randolph Former Staff Barbara Farnol

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