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The Masters School’s new Global and Civic Exchange Program broadens the boundaries of a Masters education, preparing students for a world that is becoming more globally interconnected every day.


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TYLER PAGER ’13: A Journalist Striving to Give Voice to the Voiceless COMPETING WITH THEIR MIGHT: 10 Graduates Commit to College Sports WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE READING IN MEMORIAM: Leslie May Marra ’67



Fostering Cross-Cultural Connections Dear Friends, Masters embodies a dynamic convergence of cultures, with students who hail from 20 states and more than 30 countries. For many years we have prioritized forming a diverse and global community where our students can engage in cross-cultural interactions that lead to new perspectives and understanding. Despite our differing views on the world today, few would argue that a single strategy or way of thinking can provide lasting solutions to what divides us and to what ails the world. And along with that “big-picture” truth is the concrete value our students gain in strengthening cross-cultural competency: they will soon compete for jobs in a global market that requires a broad and informed worldview, the ability to innovate, a sensibility toward cultural differences, and the verbal and intellectual fluency that comes with knowing at least one language other than one’s own. The world needs people who have a broad understanding of global issues and a deep sensitivity to those with different views.


Adolescence — a time when one’s perspective is taking shape either by broadening or by narrowing — is the optimal time to begin to establish a global mindset. Our faculty know this, and embrace the opportunity to provide a setting that fosters cultural openness, awareness and appreciation. Our Global and Civic Exchange Program, for example, prepares students for active civic engagement by inviting them to be involved with and understand the critical issues facing today’s world. Students participating in this program have traveled to Cuba, Montreal, Japan and Senegal. They have experienced life in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lijiang, China, made repairs to nursery schools in the Dominican Republic, and spoken with political leaders about historical and social issues in Santo Domingo. Each year, our community is enriched by extended visits from Senegalese and Japanese exchange students, who have a fully immersive experience living in our dorms and attending classes. Masters sixth graders delight in interacting with students in Dakar, Senegal via Skype, and our language teachers offer seminars on cultures rather than focusing solely on language proficiency. Thus our world is both shrinking and expanding; we educators have the opportunity and the responsibility to prepare our students to optimally serve the world as powers for good. What a blessing it is that our duty is also our joy. This issue of The Bulletin takes a peek at some of our current and future global initiatives. It also includes our 2017-18 Annual Report of Donors. I am immensely proud and grateful to have the backing of a supportive community that celebrates our commitment to educating every student “to be a power for good in the world.” Enjoy! Warm wishes,



Abdoulaye Ngom, an Upper School language teacher, looked on as students tried their hand at calligraphy during the iFest international festival held at the Fonseca Center last spring.





By Michael Butler





These small, intriguing moments reveal a larger, important truth: a Masters education is in many ways an international experience, and it is becoming more so every day. Masters is working to integrate diverse aspects of learning and school life that are already internationally focused and to build upon them. The goal is to prepare students for life and work in a world that is becoming more globally interconnected every day.



This focus is reflected in the School’s decision to launch the Global and Civic Exchange Program, a new initiative with the potential to grow into a hallmark of the Masters experience. Dr. Robert Fish, director of the program, explains its purpose: “We are taking the community of 49 Clinton Avenue out into the world and also bringing the world here. We’re breaking down brick-and-mortar classroom boundaries and creating the chance for engagement with the broader world, near and far.” At the heart of the School’s plans is the burgeoning global citizenship core, a curriculum designed to ensure that a set of shared experiences enrich the education of every Masters student. The coursework includes three years of a world language, two years of world history, and one semester of world religions — requirements that already set Masters apart from many peer schools. It envisions new elements as well, including additional internationally focused electives, a global scholar in residence, and continued offerings through Masters’ network of partner schools.




As Masters aspires to become even more global, it has the advantage of some impressive building blocks already in place. The School attracts students from more than 30 countries, as well as faculty of diverse national origins — from Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Djibouti, France and Spain, among others. Masters has established relationships with partner schools in Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Senegal and Pakistan. It boasts outstanding world language programs, which inspire 80 percent of students to pursue studies beyond the required level. And it has the remarkable treasure of New York City at its doorstep, a microcosm of our multicultural planet just 40 minutes away by train. There are also a multitude of ways in which life and learning at Masters reflect a global emphasis. “You may find Middle School students connecting with pen pals in Pakistan or reading poetry from the Dominican Republic,” Fish explains. “You will find curricula in the arts embracing works from other cultures. You will see a tremendously popular elective in international relations. And you will encounter all sorts of extracurricular highlights, from an annual international fair to a thriving Model UN club, to internationally themed student organizations.” Going forward, he says, the goal is to expand these opportunities and make them a more integrated part of each student’s experience. It is work driven by a powerful conviction that is shared by and resonates with thought leaders in business, government and academia: in 21st-century life, global skills and knowledge are not simply desirable assets, but essential competencies.



For many people, their first thought in connection with global learning is the chance to study abroad. This is true because academic travel programs are widely available and also because the experiences they offer are often unforgettable. Take the story of the 14 Masters students and two chaperones who traveled to Tibetan provinces in China, on a journey to learn about Buddhism, in 2015. This “Sacred Sites” expedition included visits to the Zhiyun Monastery in Lijiang and to a traditional Tibetan wedding in Daocheng. Ellen Cowhey, an Upper School history and religion teacher and one of the trip leaders, says the combination of destinations yielded a wondrous array of indelible moments: from climbing the monastery’s 138 stairs into “a popsicle-blue sky” and being greeted by the welcoming smiles of 60 young monks, to encountering the striking works of religious art in the monastery’s collection. Days later, at a wedding, the Masters contingent joined guests in exploring the trove of presents brought for the couple, including sacks of barley, yak-leather boots and turquoise jewelry. This was also an opportunity for one skillful student to help the bride with her makeup.





If one goal defines academic travel at Masters, it is to go beyond tourism. Students and teachers travel not simply to see sights — to witness and watch — but to engage.

At the monastery, each student was paired with a young monk and spent a day following his schedule. The students played baseball, soccer and Frisbee with the monks, and participated in a half-day vow of silence. They joined the monks in painting some 300 stupas, which are dome-like commemorative monuments, and even taught the monks in an English class. Lazarena Lazarova ’17 remembers the satisfaction of leading an English lesson, then moments afterward encountering the monks she had taught, now at lunch. “When we walked into the room, two of the boys were there waiting for us and bowed. At first we were confused. Then we realized they were honoring us, in the same way they honor their real teachers.” Student journal entries from the trip are filled with deeply felt insights, about the real meaning of the Buddhist concept of detachment, the radical simplicity of the monks’ lives, and the sense of identification that connected these students from around the world with each other. For Cowhey, the experience sums up what makes travel a uniquely powerful learning opportunity. “It’s the dizziness of high altitude,” she says, “and the chance to hold a baby yak. It’s a different way of knowing and there is no way to experience that intensity without being there.”


In a recent arts-focused sojourn in Cuba, students led by visual arts teacher Cheryl Hajjar encountered art of many kinds and created original work themselves. They made hand-bound visual journals before and during the trip. They took photos of Havana and Havanans, and jammed with the street musicians and dancers who gather each evening by the city’s old seawall, the Malecón. They learned about the art of Santeria, a religious practice combining elements of Catholicism and Voodoo. They learned about the craft of papermaking and spoke with artists who use old food containers as their medium. “The idea,” explains Hajjar, “is to gain an understanding of another culture and way of being, in this case, a culture where making beauty is very much part of everyday life. Along the way, students also began to discover the historical and political realities that have shaped the country we were exploring.” Hajjar cites the value for students of stepping beyond their comfort zone. For some, this means simply leaving their school and family behind and traveling to another country. For others, it’s being forced to communicate in a different language to gain a family’s consent to take a photo of them on the street. For those even more daring, it may mean visiting a Cuban school of circus arts — and stepping into the ring. Experiences like these are magical, but also the result of careful planning. Masters teachers consider the kinds of opportunities each trip can offer. They prepare students before the journey with extensive seminars, and they complete detailed plans.





Adventures abroad make for great stories. In terms of educational impact, however, experiences every day on campus can be every bit as powerful.

Jennifer Carnevale, Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, scheduled a choral trip to Scotland to include multiple performances, as well as the chance to take part in an academic conference alongside graduate students and researchers from colleges and universities. There was also time to join in the dance at a traditional Scottish ceilidh (kay-lee), and the opportunity to accompany an orchestra of students with special needs from Surrey, England, in concert. In order to ensure a successful experience, teachers not only plan, but also complete dry runs. The spring before the Sacred Sites journey took place, trip leaders Ellen Cowhey and Brian Cheney traveled to rural China with co-hosts and Masters parents Mark and Daisy Ma P’17 to vet local interpreters and plan the route that would take the group from the monastery to the wedding 300 miles away. “I first made the trip with a monk named Fred as my driver. The roadways were terrifyingly high, narrow and winding. I decided this was not the place to be with a driver who believes in reincarnation,” she explains, laughing. “When we came back with students, we took a plane.”

Oliver Campbell ’18 explains the point this way: “Any day in a Harkness class at Masters is an international experience.” Campbell took part in the art-focused trip to Cuba. This experience inspired his portfolio, which eventually earned him admission to art school. But, he says, cultural encounters in class are equally meaningful. He cites conversations from a history class with a friend from Jamaica who helped him understand the reality of colorism — racism within members of the same ethnic group — or exchanges with a friend from South Korea, who explained that a society might have entirely different views from ours when it comes to basic ideas like the value of individualism. “This is the advantage of taking American studies with classmates who are not all American,” Campbell says. “I went into the class thinking of the U.S. as the norm, and I didn’t even realize it. All that changed.” Upper School history teacher Matt Browne agrees. He points out that the richness of Harkness exchanges increases with the number of perspectives brought to the table. “That happens when you have a student body as diverse as ours. It also happens when students come back from transformative experiences abroad, and when exchange students from our partner schools come visit Masters.”





Browne describes teaching U.S. history to a class that includes students from China, Russia, Portugal and Germany, as well as Americans. “When you discuss U.S.-China relations, you realize the story may not be as simple as it first appears. There may be misperceptions on both sides.” The same, he says, is true of the Cold War or World War II. “We had one student from Russia who stood up during a Morning Meeting and spoke with great conviction about Russia’s role in the war. Americans may naturally tend to think of World War II as ‘an American event.’ He wanted to remind us that 20 million Russians gave their lives.” International dimensions are woven into other fields of study, too, from the literary works students explore to the choral works they perform. Jennifer Carnevale, who led Masters singers on their trip to Scotland, explains that the canon of choral music is thoroughly multilingual. “We’ve always performed works in Latin, Spanish and other languages,” she says. “Now we are asking how can we go beyond just pronouncing the lyrics to make a cultural connection? How can we appreciate, not appropriate?” Robert Fish says that global connections weave into Masters coursework in many ways, but that further enriching these connections is one of the key goals of the Global and Civic Exchange Program. “From science to dance,” he says, “we want to do more.”




As Masters prepares its students to thrive in a multicultural world, building fluency in languages other than English is key. But for those who studied a language in years gone by, the full impact of this experience may be hard to appreciate. The reason is that at Masters and other schools embracing current best practices, language learning has radically transformed in recent years. “Teaching a modern language used to be about grammar and vocabulary,” explains Richard Simon, Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair. “Maybe you explored some culture if there was time left over, but there was never time left over.” In the last decade, he says, the profession has seen a tremendous push in a new direction. “Culture is no longer extraneous. It’s the animating force. It’s what motivates learning and makes it meaningful.” Abdoulaye Ngom, who teaches Spanish, explains that much of the substance of his course is now about “real people in Spanish-speaking countries speaking about their real, daily life.” In the bygone era of language labs, listening to native speakers was a small part of most courses. Today’s technology means that any laptop can function as a language lab. What’s more, the wealth of authentic audio and video content available for language learners has expanded exponentially.

Tasting the World As Masters grows more international, so does the menu in the Cameron Mann Dining Hall. Lee Bergelson, who oversees dining services, describes a bold range of flavors that recently joined the menu rotation. Choices include South Asian, East Asian, Mediterranean and Latin American dishes — from tandoori chicken and a ramen noodle bar to bronzino with lentil rice and pork al pastor. “The key,” says Bergelson, “is that these dishes are not Americanized. We take pains to source special ingredients and prepare the meals authentically.” The reception, he says, has been extremely positive. “For some students, these dishes are new, for others, a taste of home. With both groups, they’ve been a hit.” Thanks to the innovative menu, food now provides one more chance for Masters students to connect with cultures from around the world.

The results of this new approach have been impressive. “Students of modern languages see the relevance of their studies much more clearly,” says Simon. “They actively seek out opportunities to speak, and they move toward proficiency faster. We now have our American students of Mandarin Chinese chatting with our native speakers by the time they are in level two. That did not used to happen.” He describes a group of Masters students studying Spanish whose service project involved visiting a senior center in Washington Heights, NY, where they practiced language skills and formed personal bonds with residents who had emigrated from the Dominican Republic. “They were using the language in a meaningful way over a period of time,” Simon notes. “It had a powerful effect on them as speakers of Spanish and as people.” It’s the kind of immersion and interaction that can make a local experience feel very much like travel overseas.



Of course, the global side of Masters is not new. Students and teachers have long come from many nations, and alumnae/i have gone on to careers around the world. Today they live and work in 66 countries on six continents. Speak with them and you learn that the School has prepared them well in many ways. Noah Buyon ’13 went from Masters to Georgetown University and then on to graduate studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He says the fact that he chose to pursue a master’s degree in the area of European history related directly back to his Advanced Placement European history class at Masters, taught by Matt Ives. “In fact,” he says, “I can draw a straight line to that class and Mr. Ives. That was the moment that opened my eyes to non-American history and literature.” It wasn’t just what Buyon learned at Masters that prepared him, but also how he learned. “I might not even have wanted to go

abroad if not for Harkness and the connection it created with people from other places,” he explains. “In forcing everyone to speak, it prepares you to face all sorts of challenges with confidence. That includes the immersion into a different mode of living that comes with a move to a new country.” Stacey Ng Lacy ’93 grew up in Hong Kong before coming to Masters and, after earning two economics degrees at Boston University, returned to Asia and began a career in banking. This professional path has taken her to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and now, Singapore. As the head of operations and technology for Citibank Private Bank Asia and a managing director of the bank, she says that living and working in these varied places presented challenges she was able to tackle. “You find yourself without the support of family, wanting to prove yourself to people who don’t know you, and therefore needing an exceptional level of confidence.” Masters, she says, gave her the right mindset. “It trained me to be independent in the way I think. It helped me to see risk-taking as a positive adventure. It made me open-minded. It made me open to an international assignment and to a career I might not have had.” For Lacy, this preparation for adventures abroad was not related to a specifically international focus in her learning, but to something more fundamental. “It was the personal attention,” she says. “It was the chance to get involved in music and drama and not be judged. It was a teacher who inspired me and told me, ‘You can do anything you want.’” Maya Berrol-Young ’13, who has been working as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Thailand, found Masters similarly empowering. “My experience at the School shaped the way that I approach the world. Being in classes with people from nearly every continent, living in dorms with fellow students who spoke multiple languages, having teachers who were educated and grew up abroad. This was the Masters I attended. It wasn’t clear to me until coming to Thailand how rare that is for most Americans. “I hope — and expect — that Masters will continue to promote empathetic and expansive thinking in its students and to send out globally minded graduates into the world.”




A Journalist Striving to Give Voice to the Voiceless

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1 1/ Tyler Pager ’13, Medill School of Journalism Class of 2017 valedictorian, delivered a speech at the Medill graduation ceremony. 2/ Pager engaged with residents of a local Pygmy village in Monasao, Central African Republic. 3/ Pager joined New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on a reporting trip to Monasao last spring.

“Good journalism does matter,” says Tyler Pager ’13 by way of explaining his career choice. With bylines from Dobbs Ferry, NY, to Monasao, Central African Republic, the young journalist has had a seasoned reporter’s share of fascinating experiences. Since graduating from Northwestern University in 2017, Pager has earned a master’s degree in comparative social policy at Oxford University, accompanied The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof on a reporting trip, and interned on the Times’ Metro Desk. This early success is due in large part to his considerable curiosity, drive, tenacity, and desire not just to tell the story, but also to give voice to the voiceless. At Masters, Pager rose through the ranks at Tower, the student newspaper, to become its editor-in-chief and was named New York State Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Education Association in 2013. Next came Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where he also became editor-in-chief of the newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, as well as Medill’s Class of 2017 valedictorian. While in college, Pager had journalism internships at several news outlets, including The Boston Globe, Politico and USA Today, covering such topics as how the Trump administration’s immigration policy affected western New York dairy farms, and the open-door policies of black churches after the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, SC. These and other stories “made me interested in covering politics, not just the horse race type of politics, but also policy — how it’s made, how it’s implemented and how it affects people,” he says.


Cowhey agrees: “Tyler was so eager and excited about being a journalist. He wanted to know how to get on Tower. He was always willing to do the work, to take advice, to learn the craft of writing, and to throw himself into the mix and see what happened.” Pager describes his work on Tower as “an incredibly formative experience, where I developed a passion for journalism.”


Although Pager had originally planned to work at a newspaper after college, he decided that he needed “a stronger policy background to be able to write more authoritatively” about what interests him most: “the nexus of politics and policy.” Thanks in part to a Northwestern fellowship, he participated in an internationally focused program in comparative social policy at Oxford during the 2017-2018 academic year. Meanwhile, Pager applied for two opportunities that “I never expected to get”: the James Reston Reporting Fellowship (a summer internship at The New York Times) and the annual Win a Trip contest sponsored by Nicholas Kristof, a Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner. “Miraculously, I won both of those,” Pager says, leading him to shadow Kristof in April 2018, finish up at Oxford, and return to New York to work at the Times. The experience with Kristof was “unlike any reporting experience I had ever had,” Pager recalls. “I learned so much from being with Nick. He is so brilliant.” The pair took 15-hour road trips through the Central African Republic, with Pager observing Kristof ’s method of reporting while doing his own. Four of his pieces were published in the Times, including one about a rural clinic where local residents are trained to provide medical care. His time spent with Kristof will have an indelible effect, says Pager: “Watching him report was an incredible educational experience. How he finds and approaches a story has changed how I will approach stories in the future.” Pager was particularly taken by Kristof ’s “model of trying to engage an audience that is so far removed from the subject. He’s interested in big-picture stories on health care and education but tells them through individual people.” It is a model Pager hopes to emulate as he develops his “interest in investigative and long-form reporting.” “I knew that I wanted to do journalism since Masters,” Pager says, having “grown up reading the newspaper and scouring the news.” As an Upper School student, he began to acquire relevant skills and experience, enrolling in Introduction to Journalism, taught by Upper School teacher Ellen Cowhey, as a freshman. “I did whatever I could to get published in the paper,” he says.

At Cowhey’s suggestion, Pager also volunteered to write for his hometown newspaper. Over four years, he covered high school graduations, store openings, the athlete of the week and, along with summer journalism programs, “developed a large body of writing,” according to Cowhey. Meanwhile, Pager was honing the personality traits that would serve him well as a journalist. “He’s always been really ambitious, and his perseverance is extraordinary,” Cowhey says. At Medill, this whatever-it-takes approach led him to read 1,000 pages of police and inspection reports to cover a problem-plagued youth residential treatment center in Sheboygan, WI, and to gain access to medical records for a story exposing insufficient access to mental health care at the university. Pager’s enthusiasm proved valuable, but it needed tempering, he concedes. When he came to Masters, he says, he was “very eager, wanting to jump in at every opportunity.” He credits the School’s Harkness teaching method with not only making him comfortable speaking — including to strangers — but also “teaching me to listen and to ask good questions.” The diverse student body “fostered a larger sense of the world,” enhancing his innate curiosity, he says. “Wanting to tell stories that were unfamiliar to me was instilled at Masters.” Like Kristof, Pager hopes to build a career in investigative narrative journalism, covering topics like poverty and health care. “A lot of the stories that I am proudest of surround issues of care for the most vulnerable.” He traces this passion to his time at Masters. “The desire to improve your community is inherent in the Masters experience,” he notes. He sees journalism as “a form of public service ... We talk very idealistically about the impact you can make on peoples’ lives, but I have been able to make a difference, whether at a student newspaper or as a professional.” Cowhey is, of course, impressed by her former student’s accomplishments, but she also appreciates that he has taken time to return to Masters to mentor the next crop of student journalists. Just as important, she says, is “Tyler’s vision of journalism as a piece of social justice, telling the story for those who don’t have a voice. That’s something I’m really proud of him for.”




10 Graduates Commit to College Sports

From left: Diego Medina, Sharon Peña, ' ' Petar Janicijevic, Oren Vassar, Oladayo Thomas, Joost-Olan Sheehan, Sanaa Shakwi, Cristina Aldeanueva, Rama Sy. (Not pictured: Natasha Scott Morton.)

By Isaac Cass

Their sports are as varied as their backgrounds, but these 10 members of the Class of 2018 share an impressive achievement: they compete with their might, and are continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. It is a highlight for The Masters School’s Athletic Department, and the School at large, to have so many talented athletes recruited, in some cases by more than one college. “It used to be that kids who played in high school could try to do a walk-on at a Division III level,” Athletic Director Kevin Versen says. “That’s changed dramatically. In many of these sports, that’s just not the case anymore. You have to be asked and recruited to be on the team. To have 10 Masters kids accomplish this is a tremendous feat.” The talented group of athletes was honored during a ceremony in the Fonseca Center’s Sharon Room last spring. They were joined by family, friends, faculty, coaches and administrators, marking a special moment for Masters’ expanding athletics program. In her remarks during the event, Head of School Laura Danforth was effusive in her praise. “The character that you have and the way you represent our School is pretty remarkable,” Danforth said. “I’m a head of school who is quite proud. I want to thank all of you for presenting yourselves with the utmost character in representing our School. I would also like to thank the coaches who are here and the parents who have driven to many, many practices and games. Kevin Versen has built such a wonderful program. And this would not have been possible without our whole athletic team.”


THE ATHLETES Cristina Aldeanueva ’18 — a member of the rowing team at Trinity College. A former swimmer and water polo player, Aldeanueva picked up rowing three years ago and was an instant success, making waves in regional and national competitions. She rowed as a member of the Greenwich Crew varsity team, based in Greenwich, CT, under the direction of coach Heidi Hunsberger, who praised her athleticism, commitment and selflessness as a teammate. Petar Janićijević ’18 — a member of the Pennsylvania State University fencing team. A varsity fencer for five years at Masters, Janićijević captured an astounding 13 titles in both team and individual league/tournament formats. He also made the Serbian national team, competing in various international events around the globe. He has joined a Penn State squad that has captured a record-setting 13 NCAA national championships. At an individual signing ceremony last May, former Masters fencing coach Francisco Martin predicted that Janićijević would one day compete in the Olympics. Diego Medina ’18 — a member of the soccer team at Wheaton College. Medina, a standout goalkeeper, spearheaded Masters’ defense during a decorated four-year career. He graduated as the program’s all-time leader in save percentage, shutouts and wins. Medina also competed in basketball and volleyball, earning a total of eight varsity letters during his high school career.

Joost-Olan Sheehan ’18 — a member of the Bates College soccer team. A varsity soccer player for four years, Sheehan was a commanding presence in the middle of the field, using his physical size and immense leadership qualities to take the Panthers to new heights. He also swam, played lacrosse and ran indoor track, earning eight varsity letters in the process. Sharon Peña ’18 — a member of the soccer team at Mount Saint Mary College. Peña was the definition of consistent and reliable, starting every single game for the varsity girls’ soccer squad over the past three years. The Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) selected her for its All-League distinction several times. Coach Hernando Santamaria commended Peña’s heart and passion, noting that she would be a perfect addition to Mount Saint Mary’s athletic program and school community. Natasha Scott Morton ’18 — a member of the sailing team at College of Charleston. Scott Morton, who was recruited by eight colleges, joins one of the top sailing programs in the nation. She crews a C420 boat, which is roughly 13 feet long. She has competed in many high-level events, including the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival. Sanaa Shakwi ’18 — a member of the Virginia State University track and field team. Shakwi assembled quite the athletic résumé at Masters, winning the New York State Association of Independent Schools title in both shot put and discus last spring. She also took first place in both events at the New England Prep School Track Association championships.

Rama Sy ’18 — a member of the basketball team at SUNY Oswego. Sy was an integral frontcourt player for the girls’ varsity basketball squad, and received an FAA All-League Honorable Mention distinction in her sport. In her senior year, she helped the Panthers compile a record of 20-5, leading to a runner-up finish in the New York State Association of Independent Schools tournament. It marked one of the best seasons in program history. Oladayo Thomas ’18 — a member of the soccer team at Gettysburg College. Thomas was the beating heart of the boys’ soccer program over the past four years, helping the Panthers rewrite the record books along the way. The All-New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and All-FAA selection won a pair of FAA titles and guided Masters to a historic runner-up finish in the 2016 NEPSAC tournament. Thomas participated in multiple sports — including squash, indoor track, lacrosse and volleyball — to earn eight varsity letters. Oren Vasser ’18 — a member of the tennis team at College of William & Mary. Vasser leaves a lasting legacy at Masters, as he brought home the School’s first FAA singles title last spring. Vasser, who was a member of the varsity squad for four years, also plays on the United States Tennis Association circuit and is nationally ranked.




Over the course of their years at Masters, students read a rich variety of works from classical, American, British and world literature. English and humanities teachers assign books that expose students, from grades 5 through 12, to an array of genres, cultures and literary voices. A sampling of what our students are reading these days is featured on these pages. Our faculty are confident that adults will also enjoy these books, whether reading them for the first time or returning to them to gain a different perspective.


GRADE 5 Book titles provided by Michaela Boller, Middle School English

WONDER by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is an especially ideal text for students this age, as the main character, Auggie Pullman, navigates his fifth grade year by going to school for the first time. Born with a facial abnormality, Auggie must learn how to persevere when others only want to bring him down. In the end, kindness prevails.

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster. Juster tells the story of Milo, a young boy who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one day and drives through it in his toy car, transporting him to the Kingdom of Wisdom. There, he acquires two faithful companions and embarks on a quest to restore the kingdom’s two exiled princesses to the throne. In the process, he learns valuable lessons and discovers a love of learning.

THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin. A mystery novel, The Westing Game relates the bizarre chain of events that begins when 16 people gather for the reading of a millionaire’s will. The book features inventive word games and a plot filled with humor, intrigue and suspense.

“The Westing Game, along with the other two books, explores themes of bravery and courage, as characters are asked to step outside their comfort zones to become heroes and heroines of varying degrees.” — Michaela Boller, Middle School English

GRADE 6 Book titles provided by Jessica Kelly, Middle School English

THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, is a dystopian novel that focuses on the themes of memory and the past, courage, choice, isolation and suffering. The Giver tells the story of Jonas, a boy living in a highly controlled community. Students love this book because they get to think about how important personal choice, or lack thereof, is in their lives.

CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a historical fiction novel set in New York City during the American Revolution. The story is narrated by Isabel, a 13-year-old slave. Students enjoy this book because it helps them better understand the themes of courage, family and war.

I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. The co-authors became pen pals as teenagers, leading to a cross-cultural friendship that deeply enhanced their lives. This was the most popular book in our memoir series. It’s truly transformational for all who encounter this book.

GRADE 7 Book titles provided by Paul Friedman, Middle School humanities

Seventh graders are assigned several “readers” — excerpts from larger texts. One reader comes from Melba Pattillo Beals’ WARRIORS DON’T CRY: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High. Beals, one of nine African American teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, recalls the struggles she faced and the threats to her life that she and the other teens endured. The text gives students an opportunity to reflect on the impact that Beals had on race relations from the front lines of school desegregation.

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY by Gary D. Schmidt. This fictional account tells the story of a real community descended from former slaves living on an island off the coast of Maine. The book is full of humor, beautiful natural descriptions, dramatic moments, and the development of a strong friendship, with the tinge of romance, between the main protagonists, Lizzie and Turner. Students can identify with the friends’ perspectives as young adults and the challenges of fitting in, as well as with the complicated nature of family dynamics and the pressures of society at large, especially one mired in the segregationist attitudes of the past.






Books assigned to seventh graders reflect the grade’s curriculum, which revolves around the theme of diversity and identity.


FEATURE: WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE READING C O N T I N U E D GRADE 8 Book titles provided by Tim Campbell, Middle School humanities

THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller. This


LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding.

play explores the rise and fall of Puritan communities in New England. Although the drama was written as an allegory for McCarthyism, Miller’s exhaustive research on the Salem witch trials forms the basis for understanding life in a repressive, theological society. This leads into a study of the American Constitution, focusing on the freedoms of speech, writing and religion.

is a classic American coming-of-age novel about racial oppression in the Deep South. Told from the perspective of the narrator, Scout, this novel explores sensitive themes of childhood, race and the pursuit of justice in a segregated community.

This timeless novel examines the nature of the human race: savage or civilized? A plane carrying a group of English schoolboys crash-lands on a remote Pacific island and must work together in order to have any hope of rescue. Golding explores the heart of man, the reality of war, and the duality of humankind in the wake of World War II.

GRADE 9 Book title provided by Miriam Emery, Upper School English

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon. The text is part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, which fits well into the ninth grade’s journey and self-determination themes.

Christopher, the 15-year-old narrator who has Asperger’s syndrome, sets out on a mission to learn who murdered a beloved neighborhood dog. Because Christopher’s emotions and logical thinking are uncommon, the book enables students to see and interpret the world in remarkably new ways. Students, many of whom have siblings, relatives or friends with autism, find the writing

within the page-turning book to be captivating and rich, and the narrator to be a young detective who helps them discover new powers of empathy.

G R A D E 10 Book titles provided by Zev Barnett, Upper School English

Among major assigned works in recent years, the most loved and also the most hated has been OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles. In this Greek tragedy, Oedipus becomes king of Thebes and fulfills a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. It’s mesmerizing in the same way that true crime dramas are mesmerizing. As Oedipus brings about his own doom, students express an incredible array of emotions: frustration, anxiety, excitement, relief and guilt. To paraphrase a sentiment expressed by literary critic Stanley Fish, physicians do not like diseases, but they


might enjoy the process of diagnosis; Oedipus Rex is a sick story, but students of literature can still similarly enjoy the process of diagnosis. Core texts assigned to tenth graders include several works by William Shakespeare and such authors as George Orwell and Franz Kafka. Adding to the mix are books by contemporary authors, such as Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and I Am the Beggar of the World, translated by Eliza Griswold,

a collection of clandestine poems by Afghan women. The eclectic mix of writers and stories is intended to foster connections between literature and history so that students can see the relationship between self, text and world. In challenging assumptions, these works allow students to bear witness to their own growth and, hopefully, to come to appreciate reading and writing as a means to self-discovery.

G R A D E 11 Book titles provided by Lisa Green, Upper School English

HOME by Toni Morrison and THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien.

Both books deal with war — the Korean War and the Vietnam War, respectively — through storytelling, memory, truth and love. The journey of an African American soldier returning from Korea to his hometown in Georgia, Home connects in interesting ways to Homer’s ancient epic The Odyssey and to a key period in American history, with its subtle allusions to details that speak to the darker side of the 1950s: McCarthyism, segregation, and racism in housing as well as medical research. A classic contemporary novel, The Things They Carried deals with the experience of war through a hybrid form of storytelling that encompasses, and seeks to bridge, traditional divisions, such as fiction and memoir, novel and short story, prose and poetry, and, most significantly, truth and lies. The book is accessible yet rich in its structure and language, and it leads to interesting discussions about language as well as character and theme.

G R A D E 12 Book titles provided by Miriam Emery, Lisa Green and Darren Wood, Upper School English

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro. In the twelfth grade Advanced

Placement English class, students begin the year with this novel. Narrated by an aging butler who travels by car through the post-war English countryside, the novel deals with history and politics as well as love and morality through language that challenges students to read closely and look beneath the surface to discover a deeper sense of longing and regret.

HAMLET by William Shakespeare. A perennial favorite with seniors is Hamlet. At the forefront of the text is Hamlet, a college man perpetually mired in existential crisis over the loss of his father. Hamlet, a play that has 421 question marks, is a wonderful text for skeptical seniors. The Shakespearean tragedy begins with a minor character asking, “Who’s there?” — a query that seniors ask of themselves over and over again during the year. CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC by Claudia Rankine and DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith. Students in the Race and Literature senior seminar read these






books, which feature some of poetry’s important contributions to discourse concerning race in America.



Alumnae/i Reconnect at Reunion 2018 Spanning eight decades, some 150 alumnae/i returned to campus for Reunion 2018 on May 18-19. Laughter and conversations filled the air as old friends reconnected and reminisced about their days at “Dobbs,” while also forming new bonds with one another and the School. The weekend featured a mix of traditional moments, such as the Maypole dance and Glee Club Sing-Along, as well as new affinity-based receptions for the Black Alumnae/i of Masters group and current and former members of Tower staff. The School also inducted its first three members into the newly founded Athletics Hall of Fame. The weekend culminated with the Reunion Banquet and Awards Ceremony, featuring an outstanding performance by Dobbs 16 and a moving ceremony celebrating the 2018 Reunion award honorees. We hope you enjoy the snapshots from Reunion 2018.

​50th Reunion — Class of 1968 Top row, from left: Dencie McNichols Brooke, Sally Nolan, Kathy Stevenson Garst, Wendy Wick Reaves, Louise Douglass, Jennifer Richardson, Patricia Athey Brown, Margot Kuhn Mehringer. Middle row, from left: Judith McCormack, Wendy Cochran Jones, Victoria Irons Walch, Barbara Celentano Leek. Front row, from left: Margaret Fanning, Dorothy Browning Falcione, Carol Grey Romaine. Seated, from left: Kathryn Heintz Barclay, Deborah Woodward Leach, Elizabeth Wickenden McMahon, Stephanie Edens Wilson, Melanie Frantz Harwood.

Alumnae of the 1950s, from left: Jocie Garlock Rowley ’53, Ivy Friesell Rufe ’53, Anne Bell Robb ’53, Susie Marckwald Mackay ’58.

Nancy Schaefer ’48 celebrating her 70th Reunion.




N O I 21019 N N O U I 2 N 0 U E 9 R RE May 17-18, 2019

May 17-18, 2019 Return | Reconnect | Reminisce

Return | Reconnect | Reminisce

Alumnae danced around the Maypole, a longstanding Reunion tradition.

to the campus that holds special memories.

RECONNECT with old friends and make new ones. about your days at your alma mater while REMINISCE learning about the School of today. MAKE PLANS NOW TO JOIN YOUR CLASSMATES! ALL ALUMNAE/I ARE WELCOME; CLASSES ENDING IN 4 OR 9 ARE CELEBRATING SPECIAL REUNION MILESTONES. Visit for updates and news, as well as information about hotel accommodations. Questions? Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement at or 914-479-6611.

40th Reunion — Class of 1978 From left: Susan Peterman, Deborah Rhee Rosencrans, Elyse Lazansky.

45th Reunion — Class of 1973 Back row, from left: Suzy Tipson Hall, former faculty member Carol Gill, Marguerite Rizzi, Leslye Lynford, Cynthia Cramer von Rhine. Front row, from left: Viki Randall Kaczkowski, Elizabeth Warriner Newhall, Judith Stern, Holly Hoopes Hudimac, Dorothy Escher Kerr.

A little rain was no match for these alumnae taking a stroll down memory lane.

35th Reunion — Class of 1983 From left: Freya Read, Suzanne Meshken Hagen, Board of Trustees Chair Edith Chapin, Nancy Enger-Barrera, Meeghan Sinclair, Aileen Speight, Stephanie O’Brien Kodweis.



30th Reunion — Class of 1988 Back row, from left: Amy Zimmerman Freed, Jennifer Poole Yates, Sarah Walker Popko, Katherine Spahn Thatcher, Alyson Sivak Grossman, Sally Croker. Front row, from left: Heather Finck, Amanda Cox Skinner, Lisa Ench Semler, Katie Lippa Stutz, Melinda Panella Insana, Suzie Paxton, Aneesa Majid, Steph Dunne Cohen, Tiffany Marsh.

20th Reunion — Class of 1998 Back row, from left: Ellie Collinson, Sarah WingeSorensen, Kirsten Adams Brown, Lily Seaman. Middle row, from left: La’Teea Goings, Erin Brown Yankus, Kandy Lee, Marina Distant-Williams, Dobbs Alumnae/i Association Board member Austin O'Neill Dunyk, Ronit Schlein. Front: David Powell.

25th Reunion — Class of 1993 From left: Eva Vogel ’94, Hanako Uenishi Funakoshi, Stephanie Seidel, Mirna Valerio, Caitlin Van Dusen, Maria Recine-DeBellis.

10th Reunion — Class of 2008 Back row, from left: Jonah King-Kaplan, Michael Gallinari, Nzaba Fonseca-Sabune, Oliver Bivins. Front row, from left: Emily Chapman, Molly Edwards, Taisha Clark, Lauren Pilzer, Sarah Wyrough, Lauren Bernstein.

Members of the Class of 1993 came out to support classmate Mirna Valerio at her reading from her memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. From left: Julia Henery Maum, Valerio, Larisalena Ortiz.


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From left: Dobbs Alumnae/i Association Board President David Heidelberger '01, and Nikos Papagapitos ’03.

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Alumnae/i and current students perused issues of Tower from the 1960s through the present.

5th Reunion — Class of 2013 Back row, from left: Raleigh Capozzalo, Jason Mask, Nicolas Graziano, Alex Minton, Hunter LaMar. Middle row, from left: Annie Chen, Allegra Carter, Emily Ullman, Ryan Goethals, Cathy Sellier. Front: Dazian Lizardo.

Members of the Class of 2017, from left: Leo Psaros, Hannah Regele, Elena Salzmann, Courtney DeLong, Ingrid Hirt, Jacob Regele.



Alumnae/i participated in the Glee Club Sing-Along led by Jennifer Carnevale, Chair of the Department of Performing Arts.

From left: Lisa Ench Semler ’88, Amanda Cox Skinner ’88, Katie Lippa Stutz ’88.

Faculty members reconnected with their former students during a wine and cheese reception.

Current and former faculty and staff engaged with alumnae/i and current students during the first meeting of the Black Alumnae/i of Masters affinity group. From left: Director of Equity and Inclusion Karen Brown, Carolyn Alston ’68, Hunter LaMar ’13, Daniella Blumenthal Jackson ’88, Shamira Guillaume ’21, Marlene Furtick, a former dance teacher; Leron Dugan ’20, Lina Philizaire ’20, Abdoul Bah ’19.


Dobbs Alumnae/i Association Board members Austin O’Neill Dunyk ’98 and Sujata Adamson-Mohan Jaggi ’01 with their daughters.

The Annual Fund

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Last year, we received support from:

895 492 alumnae/i families 100% faculty & staff

and many other generous members of our community.

$2.4 [million for:]

faculty • academics financial aid • the arts athletics • innovation programs campus & dorm maintenance greatest need

Make your gift online at or call 914-479-6433

Our sincere thanks to all those who attended the Estherwood Society annual luncheon on Friday, May 18, 2018. The luncheon kicked off Reunion Weekend 2018, and included an engaging keynote address by Ellen Cowhey, Upper School journalism, history and religion teacher. Cowhey also holds the distinction of Jane Rechtman Faculty Chair. We also would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all members of the Estherwood Society for their generous commitment to The Masters School. Alumnae/i, parents and friends who have chosen to honor The Masters School through their estate, trust or other gift planning vehicle are eligible to join the Estherwood Society. Society members leave a legacy that provides opportunity and promise for our students now and into the future. In recognition of their generosity, members are invited to our annual luncheon and other special events throughout the year. For more information about the Estherwood Society, gift planning or to notify The Masters School of your intentions, please contact Gina Cantelmo, Assistant Director of Leadership Giving, at 914-479-6646 or



Masters Creates Hall of Fame to Honor Alumnae/i In recognition of the significant contributions of alumnae/i, students and coaches to the world of athletics, and with the goal of inspiring future generations to compete with their might, The Masters School has launched a Hall of Fame.

1/ The 1900 Masters basketball team, including Lois Miller Waterman. 2/ Lois Miller Waterman, Class of 1901.

1 By Celeste Rivera

The inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were honored at a moving ceremony during Reunion 2018. The first honoree was Lois Miller Waterman, Class of 1901, the founding member of the Dobbs Athletic Association (DAA). The DAA was created to promote an athletic spirit and develop sports and exercise at Masters in a lasting way that would benefit the community and bring pleasure to every member of the School. Carol Ebbert Hackett ’65 and Suzie Paxton ’88 were also inducted. During the ceremony, Head of School Laura Danforth officially inducted Lois Miller Waterman into the Hall of Fame. Marcus Diaz ’19, a current DAA member, officially inducted Carol Ebbert Hackett for her commitment to athletics and the strides that she has made in advancing opportunities for women and girls to pursue their athletic interests. At Masters, Hackett was a member of the DAA and played field hockey, volleyball, tennis, softball, basketball and lacrosse. After graduating, she continued to play volleyball for the next 12 years.



In 1973, Hackett joined the staff of Wooster School in Danbury, CT, where she coached varsity volleyball and girls’ varsity tennis and taught physical education for 35 years. After serving as the assistant athletic director, she became the first female athletic director for a coeducational school in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. As the Title IX federal law — which prohibited discrimination in education programs on the basis of sex — was just beginning to be implemented nationwide, Hackett had to fight to ensure that Wooster’s female athletes had the same number of competitive sports teams that were available to male students, as well as the necessary uniforms and equipment.

3 3/ From left: Carol Ebbert Hackett ’65, Head of School Laura Danforth, Athletics Director Kevin Versen and Suzie Paxton ’88. 4/ Carol Ebbert Hackett ’65 in a photo taken at the Wooster School. 5/ Suzie Paxton ’88 (at far left) with members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic fencing team.



During the ceremony, Marne Kies Dietterich ’65 surprised her classmate by announcing that the funds raised by the Class of 1965 for Masters’ Annual Fund in 2017-18 were donated in her honor. Hackett thanked the School, her coaches, her students and her friends for what she described as a truly memorable and fulfilling journey over the years. In another touching moment, Petar Janićijević ’18 presented Suzie Paxton with her official induction. Following Paxton’s footsteps, Petar is now a fencer at Pennsylvania State University. Paxton was visibly moved by a congratulatory video from her former Masters fencing coach, Francisco Martin, who said “she deserves it, and she is continually giving glory to our School.” Paxton thanked the school community for helping her find her passion for fencing. Noting that she formed lifelong bonds with her classmates while at Masters, she said, “Each woman in my class is amazing and doing things with passion and purpose, and positively influencing her corner of the world.”

Paxton was a nationally and internationally top-ranked fencer in women’s foil individual and team competition. Her accomplishments include: competing in two national championships at Penn State; member of the U.S. national team, during which she won medals at World Cup competitions, Pan American Fencing Championships, World University Games and other international events; member of the team that won the first gold medal by a U.S. team in a World Cup in Cuba, in 1992; represented the U.S. at the 1996 Olympic Games in individual and team competition; served as a fencing analyst for NBC Sports’ 2004 Olympic Games broadcast; honored as a torchbearer in Amfilochia, Greece, helping to carry the torch toward the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The DAA, Dobbs Alumnae/i Association and Masters Athletics Department worked together to create the Hall of Fame to honor alumnae/i contributions to the athletics and arts fields. The athletics division recognizes outstanding athletes, coaches and teams for their athletic performance, leadership and program contributions while at Masters and after attending the School. In 2019, Masters will induct its inaugural arts honorees, in addition to a second class of athletic honorees.



Reunion 2018: Meet the Honorees Each year at Reunion, it is our tradition to honor members of our community who have distinguished themselves through service — to the School, its students and the world outside Masters. Reunion Award recipients are honored during the Banquet Dinner Awards Ceremony, which takes place on the Saturday evening of Reunion Weekend. Please join us in congratulating the 2018 honorees: MAUREEN FONSECA YOUNG ALUMNAE/I AWARD


Created in 2015 to honor former Head of School Maureen Fonseca, the Young Alumnae/i Award recognizes an alumna/us under the age of 30 who embodies the values and mission of The Masters School — to learn, to strive, to dare, to do, and to be a power for good in the world — and who maintains a deep connection to Masters and to his or her fellow alumnae/i through volunteerism and active involvement in the life of the School.

The Eliza Bailey Masters Fellowship Award honors an alumna/us who exemplifies Miss Masters’ philosophy through outstanding service to his or her community. While this award recognizes an alumna/us who exemplifies Miss Masters’ ideal of service in the world beyond Dobbs, potential candidates should also have maintained their ties to and affection for our alma mater.

Molly Edwards ’08 is the 2018 recipient of the Maureen Fonseca Young Alumnae/i Award. Edwards is a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Harvard University. She is researching the developmental and evolutionary genetics of columbine flowers (and owes her love of plant science to Elizabeth Merrill’s Advanced Placement biology class!). She would like to dedicate her career to improving communication and trust between scientists and people who are not scientists. To that end, she devotes most of her time outside of the lab to outreach projects. You can catch her talking science around Boston and New York City, or on her YouTube channel, “Science in Real Life.” Edwards has remained connected to her alma mater since graduation. During the Masters in Bloom Gala at the New York Botanical Garden, she graciously led VIP tours of the orchid show, focusing on a particular orchid that she was studying at the time. Edwards attended two Boston alumnae/i events last fall, where she warmly connected with other alumnae/i — especially fellow Dohters alums. Dr. Eileen Dieck, who was Edwards’ advisor and was a science teacher at the time, and is now Masters’ Ethical Leadership Coordinator, shared the following reflection about Edwards: “What has impressed me most has been her growth in the years since leaving Masters. The seeds planted here have helped her grow into a strong, positive role model for women. She is an authentic and whole person — a respected scientist, and a strong and vocal advocate for women’s rights (and the rights of all humans), with the clarity of vision both personally and professionally that will continue to propel her.”


Mirna Valerio ’93 is the 2018 recipient of the Eliza Bailey Masters Fellowship Award. Valerio teaches Spanish, coaches cross-country and serves as the director of equity and inclusion at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia. She also taught music at Masters from 2000-2003 and had the opportunity to work alongside some of the same educators who encouraged and inspired her during her time at the School. Valerio is a blogger at Fat Girl Running and a former contributor for Women’s Running magazine. In 2015, her running and fitness journey was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World magazine and “NBC Nightly News,” helping to broaden the conversation about plus-sized athletes and participation in the traditionally "aspirational body only" world of sports. A fierce proponent of the idea of athletic pursuit as a way of engaging in self-love, body positivity and body acceptance, Valerio published a running memoir entitled A Beautiful Work in Progress in the fall of 2017.

Potential Reunion Award honorees are nominated by the alumnae/i community at large, and winners are determined by a vote of the members of the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association Board. If you would like to nominate a classmate or friend for one of our alumnae/i awards after reading the criteria above, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement at or 914-479-6611.

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REUNION 2019 AWARDS NOMINATION FORM On behalf of the Alumnae/i Board, we invite you to help recognize the legacy of a fellow alumna/us or faculty member. Please tear out the form and return it via mail. You may also contact the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement at 914-479-6611 or to submit a nomination. Nominations are due by January 15, 2019. Awardees are selected by the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association Board and will be announced in the spring. Please visit for more information and to see past winners.

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ANNA HOWE FACULTY AWARD The Anna Howe Faculty Award recognizes current or former faculty members who have helped shape and change the lives of their students. The award is presented to a teacher who has not only excelled in the classroom, but who, through guidance, encouragement and support, has made a meaningful difference to his or her students. Ellen Cowhey is the 2018 recipient of the Anna Howe Faculty Award. A teacher of history, religion and journalism, Cowhey has served as a member of Masters’ History and Religion Department for 14 years. She is also a longtime advisor for Tower, the student newspaper, and has served as a Cole dorm parent for nine years. As a teacher, she is committed to continually deepening her understanding and her students’ understanding of the world’s religious traditions. She is a spiritual leader in the broadest, most inclusive sense of the term — someone who reminds us of the importance of meditation, looking within, and taking responsibility for our spiritual health. One of Cowhey’s greatest contributions has been her Tower role. She works with the writers late into the night and on weekends, helping them meet deadlines. During her tenure as its advisor, Tower has won awards every year and become one of the most prestigious high school newspapers in the country. Meanwhile, the number of students interested in taking Cowhey’s journalism classes grows every year, and more students are pursuing journalism careers after they graduate. As Head of School Laura Danforth stated at the Awards Ceremony, “Ellen is a connector and a collector of people — if she knows you, she is keeping track of you and your well-being, whether you’re aware of it or not. So many students love her and continue their relationships with Ms. Cowhey long after graduation, as evidenced by receipt of this award.”

THE RICHMOND BOWL Created to honor Nell Angle Richmond ’34 and Tom Richmond, this award is presented each year by the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association to an alumna/us whose exceptional support of and service to The Masters School reflects the same outstanding quality of creative leadership demonstrated by the Richmond family. Because this is an Alumnae/i Association award for leadership, it traditionally goes to an alumna/us who has worked as a Masters volunteer in a number of roles over a period of years, showing leadership and dedication in not just one but many areas of service. It recognizes a kind of selfless dedication and willingness to serve, and has gone to alumnae/i who have always been willing to go the extra mile in their service to the School. The Richmond Bowl recognizes the recipient’s staying power as an active leader, with a record of long-term service as opposed to intense short-term service. Sally Nolan ’68 is the 2018 recipient of The Richmond Bowl. One of Nolan’s early volunteer experiences was inspired by a presentation in Morning Chapel/Meeting at Masters. The Rev. Robert Bryant spoke about the New England Grenfell Association and its work in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sally was so moved by the presentation that she volunteered to spend the summer of 1969 on Dog Island in Labrador, where she and another volunteer ran a day camp. Nolan began volunteering at Masters on the Alumnae Association Board in the 1990s, serving as its president. During her tenure, the Board introduced a Term Paper Survival Kit for juniors to try to lessen the anxiety that many eleventh graders felt during their spring semester. Nolan was inspired to develop this kit because of the term paper process she had learned at Masters, which she says has served her well throughout her years of college, business and now retirement, whenever she is called upon to create a report, letter or proposal. From 1994 to 1998, Nolan served on the Board of Trustees as the alumnae representative. It was an intensely challenging time for The Masters School, and the Board was almost single-minded in its focus on finding a path to survival for the School. She saw the difficulties facing single-sex institutions without large endowments, and was struck by the data showing that women did not donate to their schools at the same rates as men. Nolan committed to making herself an exception. She also volunteered for the Estherwood Boutiques, managing the treasury function and working closely with a dedicated group of alums, parents and staff.


CLASS NOTES WANTED: CLASS EDITORS! If you yearn to discover what your former classmates are doing and wish to reconnect the “Dobbs” ties that bind, consider volunteering to write your class’s notes for The Bulletin magazine. The following years are in need of class scribes: 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1971, 1972, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Notes from former faculty are also welcome. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement at or 914-479-6611.

WE WANT YOUR NEWS AND PHOTOS! Have you taken an interesting trip? Or pursued a new interest? Gotten married, had a child, moved across country or just the county line? Or have you been doing what you’ve done all along? We want to know! Our class notes pages also need your smiling faces to liven them up. Please send along photos with your news that show you with your family, pursuing your hobbies, or travelling to faraway lands. If you are sending a digital photo, please save the image as a JPEG at the highest quality.You can email all news and photos to your news editor or, or send them directly to our office via snail mail: The Masters School, Office of Alumnae/i Engagement, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS! We’d love to contact you via email occasionally, and many times we learn that we either do not have an email address for you or do not have one that is current. Please take a few minutes to update your information at:, email it to or send via snail mail to: The Masters School, Office of Alumnae/i Engagement, 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.


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First Ladies 1939 Rosetta Merrick Celentano 6152 Verde Trail N., Apt. B201 Boca Raton, FL 33433-2407 561-483-3190

1940 Joan Revell Vaughan P.O. Box 187 Prides Crossing, MA 01965-0187 978-927-0025

1944 Annie Atkins Clark 88 Notch Hill Road, Unit 151 North Branford, CT 06471-1848 203-208-0807 It’s midsummer and there’s not much to report from classmates. No trips to Dobbs for me — hope to do better in 2019. Life is good where I live at Evergreen Woods, and my family is well. I have two new greatgrandchildren. Thank goodness for the daily kindness of family and friends. Lots of reading, walking, following sports and enjoying time in Vermont with family. — Annie Atkins Clark

A note in March from Nancy Raff, daughter of Barbara Franks Yatsevitch, who wrote that Barb had a stroke last July and sustained cognitive damage but is doing better physically than when she was living on her own. She moved to an assisted living facility in Richford, VT, to be near her daughter Mary. Nancy lives in France. An email from ever-faithful Spokey (Ann Spokes Symonds) from the UK: Good to hear from you. We have had the hottest summer since 1976 and the longest number of days without rain. In 1976, I was Lord Mayor of Oxford and I wore a bikini under my fur gown. I send greetings to you and all those of our year who are still around on this earth. Anne Wilson Evans writes that she is alive and well but only going on short trips in this lovely state. My daughter Suzie, who lives in southern India, arrives soon for a month. Whoopee! Sorry to lose Gretchen Keehn Thomsen recently. With love to Gretchen’s family. The election looms. May I suggest that when you read this in The Bulletin, you go to your computer or pen and paper and send me a quick note on your thoughts for 2018, family and health, plus or minus. I will not wait for the next Bulletin but will send news pronto. Please, let us not lose each other.



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Robin Hyde Hatch 185 Northridge Drive Willoughby, OH 44094-5643 440-510-8075

1947 Emily Van Voorhis Harris (Mrs. Edward R.) 211 2nd Street N.W., Apt. 1903 Rochester, MN 55901-2899 507-288-3631 Barbara Sawin Stickley is happily ensconced at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Rockingham, VA, where she does a little volunteering, pushing wheelchairs around and ushering at chapel. And with glee she exclaims, “I don’t even have to get dinner!” A TIA sustained a while back has her tied to a little portable oxygen tank. But it’s nothing that keeps her from enjoying her children (three) and grands (six) living nearby in Virginia. (One son and family live in Colorado.) She attends Southern Presbyterian Church and enjoys Bible study. There are others of you out there — I know because I checked the numbers recently and there are over 40 of us kicking around, according to School records. Since a lot of us don’t pay much attention to our emails and even more of us don’t text or write news to the School, I resort to that ever-steady technology — the telephone. Sometimes it catches me up with someone I once knew. Sometimes it introduces me to someone I’d totally forgotten about. Sometimes it reminds me of someone I didn’t even know existed! But while there’s life, there’s the telephone. My name is Emily Van Voorhis Harris, just to forewarn you that I’m not a scam. Just for information for the rest of us about how we’ve been living our lives over the past four generations.

Ann Giammattei Schwing writes: My heart is saddened over the death of Mary Dee Emison Davis ’49 and her sister Anne Emison Harmon ’50. We’ve been close friends since third and fourth grades in public school, and kept in close touch over all these years.

1950 Margaret Detmer Rossi 450 Sand Hill Circle Menlo Park, CA 94025-7107 650-854-3198

1951 Ruth Mitchell Freeman P.O. Box 832 Lake Wales, FL 33859-0832 863-676-5938

1952 Cynthia Ferris Evans 950 Regency Square, Apt. 126 Vero Beach, FL 32967-1816 617-817-7151

1953 Anne Bell Robb 35 Farm Road P.O. Box 126 Sherborn, MA 01770-0126 508-655-1296 From a recent letter from Ann Ehmann Crump: Between earthquakes and wildfires,

I’m still alive here in California! Bill and I have been greatly enjoying life at the Tamalpais, a retirement community in Marin, for the past eight years. Then Bill developed dementia a few years ago and I became a caregiver. I had lots of help and support here. He died last year at age 92. I have remained active here, chairing a theater group that performs in plays for the 300 residents. I also enjoy playing in poker, dominoes and ping-pong tournaments, and recently took a Caribbean cruise. My son, Stephen, is a physician at Kaiser in Napa, and I visit him and his family often. I hope to see a picture of our class in the next Bulletin and still have the one of the Reunion I attended — was it 45th? My best to all, Ann. Notes from the 65th Reunion: What was my “takeaway” from Reunion? I carried home a multifaceted image of a beautifully landscaped campus, with Estherwood nestled beneath a sloping lawn, canopied by almost an arboretum of ancient trees. The iconic building remains the heart of the place and was dressed for the occasion in a sea of yellow and purple bouquets. It gave a handsome welcome that seemed to say, “Yes, I’m still here and I’m glad you are, too.” While walking through the campus, I noticed that the landscaping around the buildings seemed to be meticulously manicured. New dorms had moved down the hill in village-like clusters. Maintenance men sported shirts with Masters logos, the only uniforms in sight. Students were open and friendly and eager to engage, as was Laura Danforth, Head of School. She left me feeling that Dobbs was in good hands under strong, confident leadership. She has outreach and intimacy at the same time. Somehow, Laura seems like an old friend, though we were just meeting for the first time. And yes, I did go to the store and bought the only item that bore the familiar title: Dobbs. Now I can have a cup of memories anytime and remember us when we were there together.


CLASS NOTES For me, my return to Dobbs was more sensory than intellectual, but with a renewed appreciation for the “schooling” that I had received there. I realized how lucky I had been to have that time to stretch and grow my ideas … to be challenged on my own … to live independently but with my family’s support. At a Saturday morning event, a young alumna spoke of her freshly published autobiography, which shared her experiences of adjustment in being “off at The Masters School.” Her thoughts seemed to mirror mine except that she came by train with a suitcase from the inner city and I came by car from Connecticut. We were so different yet so much the same. There was room for all of us under the “tent.” And, if you weren’t there, you were missed! Love from Jocelyn "Jocie" Garlock Rowley, Ivy Friesell Rufe, and Anne "Ding" Bell Robb, who represented you.

1954 Lee Masselman Kallos Fairthorne 113 Bellant Circle Wilmington, DE 19807-2219 302-658-5866 Mary Anne Groves Carley had a nice visit and lunch with Laird Trowbridge White in Lenox, MA. They talked about Laird’s book and the memories it had of their years at school. Heidi Meier Slater would love to come to a Saturday Reunion, and Madeleine Smith Moriarty also hopes to connect with us as well. Barbara Hawes Wood from Arizona will be tied up during Reunion Weekend with a granddaughter’s graduation.

1955 Susan Peables Thompson writes: “I send my love and very best wishes to Laura Danforth. It was great to see her in Chicago a couple or so years ago. My favorite


volunteer activity now is assisting as a liturgist in my church by reading from the Bible during Sunday at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.” Jane Davisson Armstrong writes: “I send a happy greeting to my classmates. Would love to hear from you (540-261-2644). You are always welcome here at my home at the foot of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains!”

1956 Dibbie Spurr Appleton 98 Hersey Street Portland, ME 04103-4508 207-828-1090 It is a gorgeous summer day in Portland, ME as I begin this column. The drone of lawnmowers is akin to the buzz of the cicadas, which will come in August. Somehow as I think of my classmates, I am reminded of our wonderful freshman class, which had, we were told, “way too much energy” (yes, we routinely got in a fair amount of trouble) so we were each given a set of gardening tools and a green kneepad and sent forth several times a week to tend the rose gardens at Estherwood! It is lovely to hear from so many of you, including several of the intrepid gardeners, and judging from all that you do, I know that marvelous energy is still there, even in this year of the 80th birthday for many of us! Bobbi Deeds Schaus went to Israel for two weeks in May with a church group from Vero Beach, where Bobbi and Nick spend time. She writes: “Israel was amazing. It was a very powerful trip, with so much history and so much going on that we do not want to have happen here in this wonderful country. But it looks to be trending that way. The news is certainly not helping us avoid that direction. We are so lucky to be Americans. Please dear God, let us keep our freedom!” (A photo on this page shows Bobbi on horseback in Petra, a city discovered in 1812 by a Swiss naturalist.) Bobbi and Nick have an apartment in Essex, CT, but also spend time in Jamestown in

Bobbi Deeds Schaus ’56 in Petra.

the summer. Great to hear from her and see interesting photos from Israel. Margery Nelson writes: “I always love hearing from you and always think of you as if we were in ninth grade with you in your ‘Dobbs’ uniform with a pink triangle tie and wonderful red hair. Yes, we called it Dobbs then and yes, I’m certain we all remember wearing uniforms. The last time I was at school, I saw no uniforms and continue to con myself with the thought that all the uniforms were just in the cleaners that week. ‘LOL,’ as the kids say. I continue to watch the markets and trade equities. I don’t consider myself a day-trader unless I make a mistake, but I am on the market usually daily. Occasionally I exchange ideas with a group of international traders in a chat room. “The Mystery Writers of America honored my husband, William Link, with the 2018 Grand Master Award. The event took place in April in New York. He is holding his own, but has a number of challenging health issues. Even so, I managed with tremendous planning to get him to New York to accept the award and give a speech. You can hear Bill’s speech by going to Google and searching YouTube MWA William Link Grandmaster acceptance speech 2018. Hearty congrats and a big hug to my roommate Gail, Gale, Margy and all

your wonderful names on the publishing of your book. We just received it. We are thrilled and will be sitting down to read it shortly. Love to all the classmates I know and to those I don’t.” I couldn’t put Margy Gale Harris’ book, My Side of the Bed: A Memoir of Deceit, Denial and Discovery, down. It is a fascinating read! She writes beautifully but every page or so, I felt I needed to pinch myself to remember that this was an old friend sharing this remarkable and very personal story. It has been fun over the years hearing the buildup to this book as it took shape and grew into a publication. We all congratulate her on this huge achievement. Margy and her husband are in Minnesota for the summer after wintering in Arizona. Margy says that she has been told that now she needs to blog on her website and confesses to not knowing how to begin! “You can go online to to see what I did for starters,” she says. I know that Margy gets to see Julia Brown Gordon occasionally when she winters in Arizona and it was great to hear from Julie, who says she “went to two graduations in June. My eldest granddaughter, Kate Barton, got her M.B.A. from Denver University, and my youngest grandson, John Lynch, had his promotion ceremony from eighth grade in Carlsbad, CA. There were 600 in his class. We are enjoying summer at our high altitude cabin in Pinetop, AZ, where it’s nice and cool.” Ann McDowell Santen writes: “2018 is a big year for us. In May I celebrated my 80th birthday in Greece, once again excavating a Bronze Age site with the University of Cincinnati classics department. My granddaughter, Emily, joined me for a week in Athens in celebration of her 21st birthday. For my birthday, my husband, Harry, commissioned a piece for clarinet and cello by a brilliant American composer, Pierre Jalbert. This year is also our 60th wedding anniversary and we are celebrating it with a family bike trip to Croatia in July and a chamber music concert in October at which the new piece will be played, as

well as the piece by Elliott Carter that Harry commissioned for my 50th birthday. Life is precious and we are enjoying it as fully as we can, knowing how fortunate we are.” Marian Miles McCredie has spent many summers on digs similar to what Ann has been doing. Mimsy writes: “I am off for Samothrace to choose what I might like to bring back to the United States. Then we shall turn the house and property over to The American School of Classical Studies, and it will be sold; another phase of our lives finished. Daughter Meredeth will go over with me, and son, Miles, will come home with me. My husband, Jim, will not go over, as the doctor says the trip would be too much for him.” Sorry to hear this news, as their work at Samothrace has been a huge part of their lives and I know it must be difficult to close that door. Alix Ritchie is a producer of a film, Capturing the Flag, about trying to protect the right to vote, featuring what is happening in North Carolina. It received rave reviews at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Provincetown International Film Festival and is now slated for showing in New York. She is also working on another film, Miss Atkins’ Army, which is in production now. As for theater, she will be a producer for Gloria: A Life, an upcoming play about my good friend Gloria Steinem and, to a lesser degree, for Cher (possibly a definition of sublime too ridiculous?). Otherwise, she is “still trying to cope with the flooding of my photo studio and what must be done to salvage the historic building, even if most of my work was a total loss.” And, Alix is “in the trenches for federal and statewide races in the upcoming midterm elections, especially in Florida.” Sheila Beynon Fowler-Watt writes from England: “I celebrated my 80th last December with a close family gathering, including our eldest, Andrew — principal of a huge school, Trinity College Kandy, in Sri Lanka — who came back for the occasion with his wife. Since then, I have deteriorated physically and am not very

mobile, which means that Donald and I have been leading a quiet life! We have four grandchildren — two older and two quite young. Our eldest just finished her degree in classics at the University of Bristol, and her brother is at Leeds College of Music, reading music. I remain in touch with Joannah Clapton Wilmerding, and one or two others, and the time I spent at Dobbs still means a great deal to me. Sadly, we have reached the stage when we are very unlikely to cross the Atlantic again. Our daughter, Susie, who was at Hotchkiss, travels to the States with her family periodically.” Sally Mills sent news under the heading, “from the long-winded class member,” announcing that “well before I turned 80, I had started to forget nouns. Sometimes they come to me in five minutes, sometimes in half a day. I am probably the only older person in the universe to which this happens. This phenomenon happens randomly — in conversation, or when trying to recall the botanical name of a flower I know well. It is embarrassing, especially in conversation, which I try not to have with anyone. During the past few years I have been refusing appointment cards at the doctor or dentist, relying on my focus and memory until I get home to my wall calendar. This effort works quite well. “On every July 4th, the NPR reporting staff recites the Declaration of Independence, with each person taking a few sentences in a round-robin format. It is a lovely, moving performance, enough to bring tears to the eyes of a heart of stone. I make it a point to listen every year. This year, I decided to memorize the doctrine, as an effort to really keep my memory ability alive. “It used to be relatively easy to memorize ‘Evangeline,’ ‘Stopping by Woods,’ the jingle for Buster Brown shoes — they all went easily into the memory bank. But now! What a shock! I have finally committed to memory the first sentence of the Declaration. One sentence! One thing that gets in the way is lack of focus — it’s a skill that is easy to lose. At my workout, my trainer makes fun of those of us who THE BULLETIN FALL 2018 | 33

CLASS NOTES have to ask twice, ‘how many reps was that?’ You start reading something and suddenly you are thinking about the laundry that is still in the dryer. Another good reason to try to memorize a lengthy document. Another problem is the dizzying mass of informational garbage that is stored in my so-called brain. I start out, saying to myself, ‘Well, let’s have a go at the Declaration.’ First thing that comes up: ‘four score and seven years’ — no, no, no! Then you begin again: ‘when in’ — and the little brain fills in with ‘disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,’ a Shakespearean sonnet. I feel like a very slow search engine. But I do have sentence one down pat. And I don’t have to memorize the whole thing. This exercise is for fun. So off we go: sentence two, ‘We hold these truths ...’ ”

Nancy Karsten Iredale is still alive and well in Philadelphia and Maine and would love to get back for a Reunion.

Heard from Elizabeth Theiler Martin, who works as a landscape designer in Dobbs Ferry: “I work in the architectural studio of my life partner, Steve Tilly. Our practice includes historic preservation and planning for public spaces — historic sites, museums, concert venues — so I draw on previous experience in theater. Life is interesting. I sporadically volunteer landscape advice for Dobbs Ferry’s waterfront park, where, incidentally, I hear Masters students placed oysters in a program to revitalize the Hudson!”

Many of you expressed your sadness about Margot’s death. Tica Heyworth Marquardt said Margot was a close friend at Dobbs. “I didn’t see her again for years until we communicated by email, and she and her partner, Bonnie, came by here in a big RV and parked in my driveway overnight. We had a great time and promised to do it again, but her health was not good.” Tica has a grandson who is headed to Colby College in Maine this fall, so I am hoping that maybe our paths will cross sometime.

Deborah Collins Papps wrote from Salem, MA in July: “We parted company with the boat early last month. I have been too busy to miss her too much. We have taken lunch down to the yacht club to enjoy the good weather and watched the activities in the harbor; I don’t seem to feel any regrets. I just think of the great 20 years we had sailing Gemini and the wonderful times we shared on the water. So, everything is about memories!” Nancy Vidal Mahler said, “Hello from Chile, where I am visiting my father’s family. I enjoyed spending Easter in Washington with Di Davis Spencer.” Many thanks to Di and Nancy, who managed to “find” Claudia Lipscomb Douglass, with whom we had lost connection. Claudia lives in Nashville, TN. Good to be in touch again! 34 | MASTERSNY.ORG

I am sad to report that Margot Leaman Kittredge died on May 12, 2018. We were delighted to have Margot come back to Dobbs for our 50th. Nearly blind at the time, she introduced us all to her life partner (later, wife), Bonnie MacDowell. Bonnie, who can be contacted at, writes, “I still remember what a good time we had at the Reunion. The last three to four years when Margot needed full-time care were not our best, but she was always the center of my life.” We made Bonnie an honorary member of our class that year and extend to her our condolences. Margot will be missed.

I heard from a few others in the class. Patsy Elliott Fogarty touched base. She and several others of you thanked me for doing the column — “faithful chronicling of our class news” is how Patsy put it. Well, thank you all for sending news and giving me the fun of being in touch with so many of you. I am happy to do this. I wish I had more of your email addresses, and if you would like to be in touch, do sit for a moment and send me an email with your email address! Mine is at the top of the column. I’d love to be in touch with even more of this wonderful Class of 1956! I said something about turning 80 but feeling about 26 in my email asking for your news. Barb Elliott Niles emailed back, countering my 26, and said, “Sign me up for 30 and let the fun begin, though I think I’ll skip Pamplona.”

And Judy Sperry MacEwan, who is coping in her inimitable way with Nigel’s journey with Parkinson’s, wrote the following: “My news is very much the same as it was when we last wrote, so I thought that I would wish everyone in our class a very happy birthday, as it is a big one this go around! I haven’t had too much time to reflect and am a bit amazed that life has gone by so fast. I don’t mind the one advantage I feel, which is perspective and the constant hunt for the big picture that I feel is so important. I certainly value our class and Dobbs. I think of many of you along the way and send my love to you all.” I couldn’t have said it better, Judy! My love to you all, as well. Keep the news coming and remember that “Life is short and we don’t have much time to gladden the hearts of those who make the journey with us. So be swift to love and make haste to be kind.” My Episcopal church in Portland ends each service with these words, followed by the usual benediction. It’s a good standard by which to live! — Dibbie Spurr Appleton

1957 Lucy Rodgers Davis P.O. Box 477 Chester Springs, PA 19425-0477 610-804-2600 Thanks to all of you who shared some of your news. I encourage those who have not done so to please share some news next time. If you have not received emails from me it is because the School does not have your address. Perhaps that is intentional but if not, let me know. In answer to my question “Why did you choose Dobbs?” Katie Ringland Kotz gets the prize for a real surprise. Who knew that Katie’s great-aunts were the Masters sisters, Eliza Bailey Masters and Sarah Wilbur Masters, and furthermore that Katie’s grandfather went to Dobbs! She comes from a long line (20) of Dobbs alums. Sandy Robinson Righter went to Dobbs because her parents chose it. But happily she met

Margot Kittredge ’56, Billie Speakman Davis ’54 and Debbie Alderdice Randolph at Camp Ecole Champlain the summer before freshman year, so saw some familiar welcoming faces. For me, Bonnie Brooks ’56 was the person whom I knew. She encouraged me. Thanks, Bonnie. Further news from Sandy Robinson Righter is the birth of her first greatgranddaughter: a sweet little girl named Juniper Violet Ramos, who was born in May. I think she and Ginny Judson Thornburgh are our only two Greats so far. Congrats, you two. Mouse Parsons DeGroff continues on with her enthusiasm for all things flowers. She will be at Open Garden Day in Northeast Harbor, ME, in late July and is looking forward to seeing Sheila Sonne Pulling and Demmy Nuttle Fuchs at the show. Mouse’s husband died in May after a long bout with lung cancer. Our sympathies to you, Mouse. Sheila Sonne Pulling has a new grandson, Charles Mulford Pratt, son of her daughter Diana.

Alix Cromelin Earle and her husband, David, have also welcomed a new grandson, Silas Edwin Earle. They already have grandparent experience: Finn, who is 14 years old, and Louise, who is 10. They are going to Wainscott, Long Island, this summer for family beach time, which Alix has enjoyed yearly since 1946! Marilyn Miller Harris in enjoying her new garden, taking a calligraphy course, playing golf and tennis. Exhausting, thinking of it all! Mimi LeBlond Liggett and her husband, Frank, are celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary in September. They have been busy moving into a new home in a retirement community in Raleigh but spend summertime at the beach in Morehead City, NC, where they will be having family visitors. Further north on the Atlantic coast, Suds Madden Samson is enjoying the summer breezes in Rhode Island with family visitors. She is hoping for a visit with Sandy Robinson Righter and Cindy Burling Emmet and looking forward to seeing Deborah Smith and her daughter Cornelia in the fall. She is going on a long boat trip in the Far East this winter after a visit with son Robert and family in Singapore. You cannot take the theater away from Freddie Johnson Conroy! She is having a

And our illustrious life trustee Susan Follett Morris is in the midst of the Santa Fe Opera season. Twenty years on the board of the opera and now the chair — doing that with her usual might! They are performing a John Adams opera, Dr. Atomic, an account of the days leading up to the testing of the atom bomb in 1945. Imagine this topic in 2018! The grandson of Robert Oppenheimer was in the audience opening night. Patty Herron Furman is still loving Cape Cod, and why not? Sitting on her porch watching the ocean on the Cape in Chatham, MA! FeeFee Matthews Tingley has sent a great photo of herself and Arnie Palmer. She travels all over the world with her clubs and enthusiasm for the game — Europe, New Zealand and South Africa, to name a few. When in the good old USA she lives in Connecticut during the summer, Wilmington, NC, in the fall and spring, and keeps warm in Key West in the winter ... that’s a lot of energy for a septuagenarian, FeeFee. I was fortunate enough to catch Pat Penrose Schieffer in Washington this spring for lunch. Lots of catching up. She was on her way to a trustees meeting at TCU. Her twin granddaughters (Martha and Lucy) are off to college this fall, and Abigail is off to Hotchkiss. She is looking great, and it is always fun to see her.

Sheila Sonne Pulling ’57, Mouse Parsons DeGroff ’57 and Demmy Nuttle Fuchs ’57 in Maine.

Freddie Johnson Conroy ’57 celebrates a birthday with Andy.

“blast” directing plays at her retirement community, The Admiral at the Lake in Chicago. She loves the spirit of the group and I am sure Freddie can motivate them! She is off to Cape Cod and Denver this fall. Still the happy bride, she says hello to everyone.

FeeFee Matthews Tingley ’57 with the Arnold Palmer statue in Tralee, Ireland.

As of this writing I am into making arrangements to see Dottie Roberts Wolcott in Aspen. My life is full of grandchildren, five of whom are in Colorado, and three live here on the East Coast. It is great to hear from so many of you; wish it were more, but alas! Stay well and Happy Birthday to all. — Lucy Rodgers Davis THE BULLETIN FALL 2018 | 35


1961 Lynn Lenfestey Fey 2471 Sunny Knoll Court Park City, UT 84060-7024 435-647-0978 Dorothy Mixter Crabb and her husband have both retired and moved from Chicago to Alexandria, VA, to be near their daughter, Laura, her husband and two grandchildren, aged 3 1/2 and 2 years old. She hopes to make our 60th in 2021, as do I! Becky Bennett Crocker is still in Florida, playing lots of golf and bridge, and has recently taken up watercolor painting. She says she is “not good” but enjoys it. Traveling has taken her to California and Connecticut to visit her daughter and son’s families. Her oldest grandson, Bennett, just finished his freshman year in journalism studies at Northwestern and her second grandson, Charlie, will be touring soon. She has five other grandchildren, who all enjoy the arts. I had lunch in Florida with Becky a year ago and hope for a repeat in 2019. FYI: She looks great! Tina Blake Girdwood says that her two daughters and their families “are just fine.” Their first of five grandchildren is in college this year, which seems hard for her to believe, although she and Andrew will celebrate their 75th birthdays soon. She has been president of her garden club for two years and is enjoying the challenge. The Girdwoods also enjoy having Nancy Blossom Hebard and George Hebard nearby as they can “catch up” on occasion. Their seventh trip with their guide, Mario, will be hiking in Croatia this fall. It is a beautiful country and I’m sure they will enjoy it. Mary Cobban Gostelow wrote after getting off a cruise ship in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her cruise started in New York and went up the eastern seaboard to Nuuk. This was her first visit to Greenland with her husband, Martin. “Life is 100% ‘work,’ if that is what you call what I do. As well as being 36 | MASTERSNY.ORG

ambassador for the prestigious International Luxury Travel Market events in Cannes, Shanghai and Singapore, I seem to have at least two writing commitments every day.” She has a daily travel log, I looked at it and, although being green with envy, I recommend it to you all! She last emailed me from Copenhagen. Keep traveling, Mary, and do keep in touch from wherever you are.

from biking. This September we will bike the Austrian Lake District to Slovenia. In October we will make our first trip to Israel and Petra, Jordan. We, our children and five grandchildren (a new baby girl due in early January) enjoy good health and are thriving. We are fortunate. Wishing all of you good health, safe travels and a lovely Christmas holiday. We will catch up again next spring. — Lynn Lenfestey Fey

Windsor Hobler McCutcheon and her husband are enjoying their lives in beautiful Door County, WI. They have a gorgeous view of Green Bay, as do I, although farther south. With 350 nonprofits in the area, live theater, a wonderful art school, and concerts by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, etc., they are busier in retirement then when they were working. They have three daughters between them and eight grandchildren. A fun fact they love to share is that each of their daughters had a baby girl within one calendar month in the same year almost 12 years ago! Their other grandchildren range in age from 6 to 15. Two families live in the Midwest and one is in Vermont. I hope to see Windsor before I leave Wisconsin for Utah. We only live an hour from each other.


Christine Amstutz Zachary says “not much news from here in Oregon.” Chris continues to paint and her husband, Christopher Schindler, a pianist, continues to do a limited number of concerts. She has a new website, I have looked at it and am terribly impressed with her large and diverse portfolio. She says that she has developed macular degeneration in one eye but can still paint and see overall. So glad for that. Tom and I continue to enjoy our winters in Park City and summers in Wisconsin. During the spring and fall, we often travel. In June I walked about 100 miles of the Camino de Santiago (Queen Isabella’s route) from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago in Galicia, Spain. It is one of several pilgrimages to Santiago but I think the most beautiful. I did this with friends, as Tom’s ankle precludes him from hiking long distances, though not

Pamela Kinnicutt Motley 17E Sea Breeze Lane Nahant, MA 01908-1560 781-593-8919 Jinks Farwell Loeb writes that she had a wonderful surprise last spring. Nancy Angst Weber wrote her that she was on a quest to visit all 50 states, so Jinks hosted her in May, showing Nancy around the area and talking of old times. Jinks says the door is always open for anyone who wishes to visit. Pokey Davis Kornet and husband, John, visited her mother and Pokey’s brother Buff in July in County Kerry, Ireland. Her mother is 95, lives in Durham, NC, much of the year, and spends four months in Ireland. Cuppy Henry Kraft writes that her 10-year-old grandson said to her on her birthday this year, “Mimi, you’re 75.” Cuppy asked who told him that, and that maybe she is just 21. “No,” he said, “My mother told me and she is 50 and you look much older than her.” Sunny Seifert Stearns experienced some unique graduations this year. Sunny’s grandson graduated from Mamaroneck High School, the school Sunny’s dad graduated from 96 years ago. Plus, her youngest granddaughter graduated from Chatsworth Elementary School, the same school she attended 63 years ago. Katerina Vaughan Fretwell’s ninth poetry book, We Are Malala, will be published in spring 2019. Her art show in Toronto last spring went very well. Her grandson Zane,

age 12, is playing chess and also writes and illustrates his own stories.


Weasy Kimmel Blodgett recently had lunch with Nancy Wendt Evans in Newport. Cuppy was supposed to join them, but bad weather hindered her travel. Weasy’s oldest grandson will be a senior next year; how can it be so long ago that we were seniors? She sees Dobbs girls of all ages everywhere in Florida in the Delray/ Palm Beach area. Nancy Harvey Davidson still lives in Lynchburg, VA, having downsized to a townhouse three years ago, after 40 years in the same house. Her youngest son has moved back to Virginia after 20 years in Colorado. Nancy has one granddaughter, who is in fifth grade and spending part of the summer at a camp on the Greenbrier River. Nancy still travels as much as possible, but not as much as in her Pan Am and travel agent days. Nancy Wendt Evans played in a golf tournament last winter with Peggy Sloan Runnette. Peggy is formidable on the golf course, having been on the rules committee of the USGA Ladies Division for a number of years. Nancy and her husband took a golf trip to Scotland, and then paid a visit to Chicago to Vicki Chainski Verity’s old stomping ground, Shoreacres.

Elizabeth Hoopes Field Pretty Penny 123 Mill Road North Hampton, NH 03862-2218 603-964-8763 Greetings to our wonderful Class of ’63! I apologize for not writing a column for the spring Bulletin, but I had no news from anyone … hint, hint. Don’t forget to write or call me. I hope everyone had a fun summer with family and friends! Chris Mercier Wooding ’62 and Beecher Wooding.

Granddaughters of Mackay Andrews Crampton '62: Skye, Charlie and Eila.

Chris Mercier Wooding and her husband, Beecher, toured the Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii on July 17. She writes that it is an amazing example of the forces of nature. The doors of their helicopter were off during the flight! I am having fun this summer watching various grandchildren in sailing regattas, baseball games, and club lacrosse matches, and doing some sailing myself. Kendra’s youngest, Lizzie, is moving on from Montessori to kindergarten in Quincy, MA. By the time this is published, Jennifer’s twins, Emma and Abi, will each have a driver’s license. It was quite an eye-opener to ride shotgun with Emma at the wheel, coming home from a lacrosse game. — Pam Kinnicutt Motley

Easter 2018: seven grandchildren and a great-nephew of Pam Kinnicutt Motley ’62, with Yeti the dog.

Our exciting news is that we have purchased the Cuttyhunk house that we have rented since 1980. It is the perfect gathering place for children and grandchildren and we had a wonderful time overlapping with their visits last summer. We now have seven grandchildren, all under the age of 4, and another one on the way. Except for my husband’s “rare form” of Parkinson’s disease, which has drastically changed our daily lives, life is good! I recently chatted with Roz Allen, who had a wonderful winter in Vero Beach with Paul. They enjoyed having dinner with Charmaine Miner Caldwell, who recently lost her father, who was in his late 90s. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Charmaine. They saw other classmates as well as friends from other years: Jane Liddell Bass ’59 and Muffy Miles ’56. Back in Maine for the summer, Roz and Paul decided to take the ferry to Islesboro, an island in the Penobscot Bay. The majority of the island is very rural, with lovely farms that “take you back in time.” Near Dark Harbor, there are lovely, elegant homes overlooking the water. Since Roz remembered attending Christine Tiffany’s wedding at her family’s summer home there, they explored the area until they found the house, and by chance the owner was outside and invited them to take a tour of the house, which brought back wonderful memories for Roz. For a month last summer, Paul’s grandson, who was starting a very special New England apparel THE BULLETIN FALL 2018 | 37

CLASS NOTES company, lived with them. The company, named for his grandfather, sells “upscale” shirts, shorts, canvas bags and in general, “sailors’ delight goodies.” You must view the website: Betsy Hamill Bramsen writes that they spent last Christmas in Kauai, Hawaii, at their new beach house on Hanalei Bay and that Santa “surfed in.” Otherwise, 2017 was a relatively quiet year for Betsy. She enjoyed skiing, horseback riding, hiking in the Dolomites, and boating in the Mediterranean Sea. A special highlight of the year was a Hamill Reunion in Idaho spent watching the total eclipse over the Tetons … amazing and fun! She enlarged her brood with the addition of a new great-grandson, and her son Crow’s wedding to Wendy last June in Big Sur. Unfortunately, sadness came with the loss of their great-granddaughter, Autumn Bramsen. “We feel bless that she was part of our family almost five years,” Betsy said. “Now she is with God.” Betsy wrote that she felt passionate about open spaces, animals and enjoying nature. Much of her time and energy is devoted to land and animal preservation. She asks that we join her with a goal to protect our earth and its populations … this is the only planet we have! You are right, Betsy! Let’s all join her in saving our earth! Kathy Collins, despite being retired, is leading a full and busy life with her husband, Jeffrey. She still enjoys her lifelong interest in photography and is glad to have her photography studio at her summer home in Truro, on Cape Cod. She is selling her cottage in Maine and thus will no longer be near Roz there, but she is adding a guest cottage to her Truro home and welcomes visitors. In the winter, she and Jeffrey enjoy their condo in Mexico. Wynne Dewart Killibrew seems to be “supermom and super grandmom,” according to one of her friends. Her children are living all over the world and Wynne manages to stay in touch with all of them. She has a son who lives in California, a daughter who lives in London, a daughter


who is Roz Allen’s goddaughter and lives in Kenya, and a daughter who lives in New Canaan, closest to home. Wynne is a fantastic mother and grandmother who is always there for her children and grandchildren. Carol Taplin Ruschell has retired from “massage therapy” and keeps busy volunteering. Her husband, Ron, who is also in retirement, is enjoying building a “street rod” old car. The car that he is rebuilding is a 1948 Ford Coupe. Carol’s eldest son, Alex, is a major in the Army and is stationed at Fort Belvoir, and is currently working at the Pentagon. Carol’s other son, Justin, is working in California as a “mediator and facilitator.” In all, Carol has five grandchildren between the ages of 12 and 20. The oldest grandson has followed his father and joined the Army.

1964 Tina Carson Steckmest 7112 Echo Loop San Jose, CA 95120-4715 408-268-1159 Jeanne Gorrissen Cunniff writes: “My husband died of cancer in February of this year. As my brother is in Boise, ID, I decided to move west and leave the east behind. I have moved to Idaho to be near family and friends, and glorious fly-fishing on the Snake River. I also plan to continue teaching adult education courses, with a heavy emphasis on early American constitutional law.” [Jeanne’s new email address is] Jeanne, on behalf of the class, I send you our heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. Cameron “Cammie” Hall writes: “Tina, I guess your persistence has paid off. I laughed when you said it had been six months since your last request because The Bulletin only arrived this week. Glad to see there are so many of our class still communicating.

“I think the last time I contributed anything was when I let you know about Susan Rogers’ death almost five years ago. She and I had an extremely close friendship, visiting each other’s homes, traveling the world together and talking on the telephone constantly; I miss her terribly. However, life goes on and I learned to travel solo — exclusively with Lindblad/National Geographic — on adventure cruises to places like the Arctic, taking photographs of polar bears and whales; the Chilean Patagonia and around Cape Horn, getting up close and personal with the critters of Tierra del Fuego; and enjoying the wonders of the Alaskan Inside Passage. I am very lucky to have seen so much of the world. “I did all of this as a very ‘brittle’ type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump (my only medical issue) but recently I became the proud owner of a diabetic alert dog, so I will be staying put, bonding with this year-old black Lab named Kenny. He can recognize high and low blood sugar levels through changes in my breath. He joins two 12-year-old Jack Russell terriers at my home in west Los Angeles. “In 2004, I retired from my interior design job after 12 years and since then I call myself a ‘professional’ volunteer because I am at our Catholic hospital for about eight hours, four days a week helping to manage the gift shop. Kenny can work there but, after 17 years volunteering in the Emergency Department, I had to give that up. I am active in a hospital support group and am an officer in my local garden club; I do Pilates once or twice a week and go to a knitting group weekly … so I do not think I have slowed down too much. “Susan was my maid of honor three times (my mother said I had poor taste in husbands), but sadly, I was unable to have children! I am very close to six cousins and their children, and now the next generation, so I proudly wear the title of ‘Cousin Granny’! That is my tidbit in a short story and I did not make any of it up! Cheers, Cammie Hall.”

Kitsy Heroy Hartley writes: “Lou and I are celebrating our 50th in the Canadian Rockies. Obviously, life is good. I’m most blessed.” Gail Griffin Kincaide writes: “Had a fun get together this past November in DC with Mary Ann Blanchard Essex (visiting from England) and Alice Collins. My husband and I are spending two months this summer in Napa, CA, visiting our son and family. It is so much fun being with our 2-year-old grandson. … I noticed Sandy Puchta Brown’s name on the email list. She passed away two years ago, I think.” [I am sorry to hear that. I appreciate these updates. Keep them coming. — Tina.] Nancy Gilbert Holland writes: “My news is that my middle son, Bryan, got married and is expecting my first grandchild any day! Very exciting — but I’m not old enough to be a grandmother! Life is still hectic due to the ages of my kids (25, 23 and 20) and with two living here with me; keeps me worried but young. I am traveling up north in August and hope to see Sarah Fialla Puhy again. Still playing tennis and started pickleball. So far, no parts need replacement and health is good. I’m a firm believer in getting out there and doing lots of things — old and new. YOLO.” As for my news, we sold our home of 33 years and bought a smaller, one-story house 1.5 miles away. Our backyard neighbors are daughter Julie and her family. This was not planned but is a nice surprise. The people who owned the home lived there 46 years and just vacated on August 1. A little remodeling will soon start. We are currently living with our kids and have had a fun summer. Two teenage girls and two working parents keep things mighty interesting. My best to you all. — Tina Carson Steckmest P.S. Save the date and plan to reunite on campus May 17-18, 2019, for our 55th Reunion. Don’t complain that we didn’t tell you ahead of time. Make it happen.

1965 Gladys Levis-Pilz 60223 Rolled Rock Way Bend, OR 97702-9381 303-349-5777 Happy August! I am sitting in the “common room” of a very interesting hotel in Joseph, OR. The Jennings Hotel is an artists’ cooperative and an Airbnb property, the top floor of an old red brick hotel building built in 1910. Joseph is in the far northeastern corner of the state at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains, which are known as the Alps of Oregon. Our peaks around Bend are individual volcanoes in the Cascade Range; these mountains are massive and beautiful, though the highest peak is “only” 9,300 feet (remember that I lived for 15 years in Colorado, where we had 53 peaks over 14,000 feet). We hiked a trail along a beautiful rushing stream with tumbling rapids and we took a tram to the top of Mount Howard to see the full range of the rugged mountains and valleys, as well as the friendly hordes of Belding’s ground squirrels that are obviously well fed by the hikers and tourists. The views are somewhat obscured by smoke from all of the fires raging in this part of the country, yet it was still a wonderful expedition to a new part of our state. This week is a break from taking care of our grandson Jude last week and before we will be taking care of him again next week. He has gone to a different “camp” every week. We are “Camp GeeGee/Saba.” Starting to have more visitors willing to make their way to middle of nowhere Central Oregon. I am still a volunteer shelver for the Deschutes Public Library (DPL), and over the spring I participated in a DPL community readers’ committee to develop a list of 50 books from which a book will be chosen for our 2019 community reading program. (If you want a copy of the great annotated list, send me your e-mail and I will forward it to you.)

My last column focused on Marne Kies Dietterich,s labor of love, Wrapping Presence. If you haven’t sent her some items for this year’s campaign, there is still time. I wish I could focus on other community service work being done by our classmates, but in order to do that you would need to share more with me. News seems to be harder to get out of y’all these days. Let me know if you are willing to be interviewed (Marne and I were on the phone for over an hour!), and I will give you a call before my next deadline. I do have a few tidbits to share — postcards that arrived too late to be included in the last issue — and news from a couple of other people who touched base. Here goes: Karen Farquhar, one of my regular “sharers,” still loves living in Maine. She lives a “simple life, working the land and making jams and jellies from what grows on her property to sell.” Her “background music” is the boats on the water. She also works part time in the summer for a friend who sells the “oddities left in homes” that she, as a real estate agent, finds after people move out. What a different way to look for treasure! Phoebe Potter Megna lives not too far away, so I hope they see each other. Karen’s life sounds idyllic, and I want to exchange some of my jam for some of hers. Ann Lauritzen Pape wrote that she is continuing to “do what she loves”: oil painting, ballroom dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She had a great visit with Susie Elliott in New York City last winter (that would be 2017). Vicki Ware Jessopp loves living full time in Florida, where her favorite season is “off” season. She could not play tennis for a full year due to extensive shoulder repair work, but she was back on the courts by last August … and hopefully is still there. Her kids are spread all over — Vancouver, Chicago and Boston — and she enjoys loving seven (!) grandkids. Izetta Smith and her partner should be grandparents by now — of a teenager who she notes is quite charming in “most


CLASS NOTES ways.” (I think the same could be said of most teenagers!) She enjoys a steady diet of singing, artwork, family dinners, walking with friends and eating delicious produce from her Portland garden. I hope that we can get together more often now that we are only 3.5 hours apart. Susie Lanigan Gilbert is still working as the director of a library in New Hampshire and loving it. She spends time with her four grandchildren, reading, and going to doctors’ appointments, which seem to take up most of her free time. (Welcome to being generally old, ladies!) Susie adds, “Cheers to everyone and I look forward to our 55th.” Lynn Rutter Petrasch sent a note after finishing a two-week Windstar cruise from Vancouver to Juneau, with a side trip to Anchorage and Denali. I wish I could include the great photo she sent from the glacier she visited. Looking wonderful, Lynn. She “survived” her first year without her wonderful husband, John, and is learning to negotiate life without him. She says “thank heavens for ‘children’ — four grandchildren — and for family and friends.” Marne said that Lynn is hoping to volunteer with Wrapping Presence this year. That should be fun, as long as you are not the one to wrestle the items from the skunk family that lives under Marne’s storage shed! Time in the wilds of Alaska could help with that. Finally, I got a fun email from my good friend Sue Talbot, addressed to GeeGee. “I’m writing this while trying to stay cool in the midst of our second triple-digit heat wave of the summer … climate change anyone? Keeping safe and sane via baseball [she bleeds Dodger blue!], tai chi, theater and movies, two book groups, tending to my little farmette (vegetables, chickens and bees), and caring for my partner, who keeps active despite declining abilities. We marked our 45th anniversary this past May.” Congrats to you both. The funniest part of Talbot’s note [you don’t mind if I call you that, do you? It’s how I remember your name] came at the end: “I’m still smiling about my very long and laugh-filled phone conversation with Marne last May. 40 | MASTERSNY.ORG

I look forward to her call every year during her annual one-woman class fundraising phonathon, which she conducts late at night from the bowels of Masters Hall, apparently with no one but the Pinkerton Man to see to her comfort and safety. How can anyone refuse her under those circumstances?” I love this. I have one more thing to share from Sue’s email: Speaking of the Spring 2018 Bulletin, Sue observed, “the whole magazine is wonderful, but I was particularly impressed with Laura Danforth’s opening message. I never thought I would see the day when a school publication featured the headline ‘Embracing Social Justice as a School Priority.’ Wow! It’s quite a thrill to see the myriad ways that our alma mater is striving to be a ‘power for good in the world.’” I concur with her glowing review, and I mean it when I say I want some in-depth stories about the community service you all are doing. Hope you all had a great summer and are enjoying fall — my favorite time of year. Only two more years until our 55th Reunion … not too soon to start planning for it. Beth Jones Dennis, aka Lisl Dennis, writes: “As a creative and spiritually curious kid, it seems as if ‘Click: I got it!’ was my childhood refrain in the basement of my rural New Jersey home near the once boundary-free rolling countryside of Bedminster — now given to too many private golf courses. As a child, my cellar adventures and discoveries of curious and artful things, vintage fashions, fly tying rigs, theater set designs and exotic illustrated books contributed to 70-plus years of creativity, personal quests and borderless life experiences. As an aspiring professional photographer, I became the first female staff photographer at The Boston Globe in 1968. My hero’s journey included global adventures, spiritual journeys, Himalayan treks, pilgrim plunges — all worldwide travels in pursuit of the picture-perfect image and likeness of me-myself-and-eye. “So attached to my entitled identity as a visual artist-in-residence parachuting

freely into the world-at-large, when 9/11 occurred, we took it personally. That is, the royal ‘we’ — my ego and me. This invasive terrorist event — along with the 2008 economic meltdown of my personal finances — affected my career as a creativity guru, workshop and seminar host, travel photographer, international tour leader, Canon-sponsored public presenter and author/illustrator of 12 books. To my world-centric self, things here-and-there have never recuperated to this day from both personal and geopolitical viewpoints. “Shortly ago, click: I got it! At least try to wake up and stop mourning the wondrous exotic realms in which I freely roamed as a New York City-based freelance photographer. Cease ‘mewling and puking’ over the world I currently inhabit and do something — creative. Shakespeare clicked in As You Like It. He got that ‘All the world’s a stage.’ “Over the years in many states and on many stages, I presented my core teaching: Creativity in Culture. I am coming back around on much of this, with creativity in every domain all the buzz today. With the guidance of an experienced and connected publishing consultant and my husband of almost 50 years, writer Landt Dennis, he and I are learning the ropes of multiplatform indie publishing for several of our books on creative process, travel, photography, and the decorative arts — especially those titles conducive to audio. “In a new publishing project, we have taken on a hot topic: a courageous and innovative treatment of financial literacy for teens and millennials, but with an emphasis on long-term financial sustainability — reality-on-the-ground for many of us booming seniors. Did I say that? “Meanwhile, as I work daily on the upcoming rollout of Click: Creative Insights of a Recovering Travel Photographer, I most likely will be working a third season as a sales associate at Alpine Sports in Santa Fe, and possibly back on the mountain as a ski instructor.

“Know how grateful I am for The Masters School — Dobbs in our day. Finding a feather in the grass under the magnolia tree inspired my founding of Panache magazine. The guiding of Sunday visits to diverse churches and temples in New York City set me up for my world-wind life ahead, including as a foreign photo tour leader, that I have enjoyed so far. Now it’s time to shift from me-myself-and-eye — click on it! — and give back in as many creative ways as I can conjure. “In closing, although I have been scarce for half-a-century, I happily recall our 50th Reunion — a joy to see so many of us in such good knick and doing so many wonderful works. As well, thrilled to know that Masters now has an outstanding modern art department — where I spent loads of time back in the day — and I am always grateful to receive Laura Danforth’s fine communications about Masters’ progressive diversity and activity. And The Bulletin, with as much news as there is from our Class of ’65.” The Class of 1965 also sends a note of condolence for its dear classmate Ann Howe Billings Hilton, who passed away this year. She was filled with a quiet sense of riotous fun, magnified by her inner grace. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, mother and wife, and her quick smiles and efficiency will be missed by those who loved her.

1966 Elizabeth Boyce Hoover 25 Otter Creek Road Skillman, NJ 08558-2369 609-924-1635

1967 Cynthia R. Perin P.O. Box 996 Flagstaff, AZ 86002-0996 928-774-4346

Dear Classmates, It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of one of our classmates. Leslie May Marra died on May 26. She had been a wonderful classmate and did so much for Dobbs (as we knew it) for many years while being on the Board. She was an Annual Fund volunteer, an Estherwood Society member, and in 1995 was presented with the Richmond Bowl, which is presented annually to an alumna/ us who has given selflessly to Dobbs. She and her husband had moved to Ridgefield, CT, where she died, but what I never knew was that Leslie had suffered from cystic fibrosis all her life. We had great good times and lots of laughter at Dobbs and after, the few times I saw her and yet, I never knew she had been born with this crippling disease. If anyone would care to make a memorial contribution, it can be made to: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater NY Chapter 424 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10017 I must now move on to the class news. Part of me feels sort of shallow after this news — but here goes. As the song says, “summertime and the living is easy.” However, my summer did not start off so easy — but more about that later. First and foremost though, I want to thank all of you who took the time to give me some news. You see, if you don’t send me news, I may give up and someone else will have to do this — and I know that won’t go over well. A little threat once in a while never hurts! So, to begin with, Chappy Bailey really surprised me with her news that she was a featured artist at a gallery, Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, where she now lives. I immediately looked her work up and I can tell you, her work is lovely and very professional and you all should look her up and see her work at I think you will all be pleasantly surprised. She is off to the UK this summer for the Women’s British

Open and then a Viking River Cruise from Avignon to Lyon. I am envious first because I cannot draw a straight line, much less paint, and then I am stuck in Arizona this summer — but Flagstaff is not a bad place to be stuck. Louie Blake Pickel wrote to say she has a winter home here in Arizona, in the Phoenix area. We still have not met up, but I promise if you let me know when you get here next time, Louie, we will get together. I was very pleasantly surprised to hear from Gloria Etzbach Garvey-Hanington on Oahu. She and her husband are fine. The news has slowed down here on the mainland about the volcano eruptions on the Big Island of Hawaii but Gloria says that more than 600 homes have been lost. She had a nice visit with Mary Goodbody; we all loved seeing you last year, Mary, and will be going back in September. She says she sees a lot of our classmates on Facebook — but I do not do Facebook, so you all will just have to keep writing me. Lotsie Hermann Holton and family are biking in the Dolomites with her children and grandchildren and probably home by now. She had a good winter in Palm Beach and all seems well. What would the world do without our classmate Alison Jones? She and her continuing wonderful work with No Water No Life. She says the world is finally starting to grapple with the problem of the use of plastics, which are still so noticeable everywhere, including in the oceans, which some never think about. I have been using glass mugs and renewable plastic cups for drinking for years and my straws are made out of either renewable aluminum or plastic that I wash and reuse forever. A girl cannot build a renewable house and not pay attention to what is around her. Alison is off to California this summer "to document impacts of the California wildfires and the devastating mudslide last year.” Gay Kimberly is still riding and taking lessons once a week and as I know too, loves that barn and horse smell. Better than


CLASS NOTES me because it has been so hot in Arizona this summer, I have not been able to ride once. She loves being near her daughters and grandkids. One granddaughter took up riding this summer and loves it. Yeah, another horse nut in the making. Her address is 77 Bonham Street, 2nd Floor, Clifton, NJ 07013. Drop her a line. I am hoping to take a trip to Europe this fall and plan on seeing dear friend Boots Lindsay Kuhnke, who now lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. She recently returned from England for work — so much for retirement, she says — but also saw her son, Max, who lives in England and is a member of the Royal Enclosure, so she went to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. I mentioned that I had been watching the races from Royal Ascot on TV. She had no idea that at one point in my life, I had been so involved in international racing in England and France. She will return there in September but in August go to New York City and Florida for work. I keep asking her to find me a nice man who loves a woman with a sense of humor so I can escape the madness in this country but so far, no luck. It sounds as if Lory Lockwood and her husband, Tony Watts, had a wonderful experience taking a Smithsonian tour of Ireland and then went on to Scotland with friends. They spend their summers in North Carolina and she and Tony will have an art show called Deep South Duo. No cars or motorcycles allowed — only landscapes, abstracts, Marilyn Monroe and mannequins. Sounds like so much fun. Diana Morris Raphael keeps so busy that her wonderful news exhausts me. She stated again how much she enjoyed the Reunion last year and how impressed she was with Dobbs under the guidance and leadership of Laura Danforth. I could not agree more. She has been connecting with many on Facebook: Hamilton, Azoy, Garvey, Pook, Kuhnke, Kimberly, Scfries, MacDougal, Verney, Struck, Blackman, Hvoslef, Bailey, Huntley, King, Smith, Larson, Jones, Sawyer, Steele, Rudd, Folger and Cotellese. Sorry but I had to use last names — not enough room. Wish I heard from 42 | MASTERSNY.ORG

all those people. Diana is out of retirement and back teaching “language development and reading [from] birth to grade two” at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. She teaches pre-service teachers. Her husband had his third artificial joint replaced, but he should be back on the slopes this winter. It was great hearing from Susie Nickerson Palmarin from Venice, Italy. I do hope to see her, too, if I get to Europe because Italy is just too nice to pass up. She says she is fine and hello to all; I am sure she would love a hello from some of you. Cici Proxmire Zwerner was up here in Flagstaff getting out of the Phoenix heat, but she left early and we never were able to meet. Next time for sure or maybe when the late fall in Phoenix rolls around, I will visit her. Connie Poten’s first news was she didn’t have time to report at that moment because her life was so busy with wine and wildlife. I wonder if she meant wild life. Her Ten Spoon Vineyard is producing some of the best wine ever and she says if you go to Yellowstone, enjoy some Yellowstone Firehole and Roadblock wines. She makes the signature wines for Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, where I will be sure to imbibe soon. She asks that if anyone is going to Copenhagen, she owes a case of wine to someone who came up with the name Ten Spoon. It is a kind of anagram of Poten and the first syllable of Sponseller, the guy, Andy’s last name. Let her know at She owes him a case for life. Pearl Jam invited the vineyard to a progressive music festival in Missoula in August, so no grapes are growing under her feet! I was unable to get Bhaj Radsch Townsend’s notes in for the February due date but she is very, very busy recording an album with her group, Notable Journey. They are now ready to do house concerts, so if anyone is interested, let her know: She is up in Washington State, so visit her anytime, she says to all classmates.

Jennifer Smith Huntley may — hopefully — come visit me next year. But until that time, poor Jennifer is limping toward 70 with a ski boot contraption to heal a torn ligament in her foot. I keep telling people one just cannot keep on kicking and screaming when things don’t go our way. Our bones just do not hold up. She is very active, though, showing her 6-year-old granddaughter the joys of Broadway and her grandson the delights of Manhattan construction sites, as she puts it. That made me laugh. Both she and Connie Poten have seen or talked to Gwen Edelman; I want to know if you have written any more books, Gwen? I love your writing. Connie says Gwen, Kathy Vignos Folsom and Kate Muhlfeld Bell all went to Patmos, a Greek island. Hope you all had a great time. Poor Helen Stanton Chapple has had quite a year of moving. As you might remember, her husband had to move into assisted living in Omaha after developing pre-Alzheimer’s disease. Then Helen moved into a condo to be nearer to him and now her brother has been urging her to move to Atlanta to be nearer family. So in early 2019, she is moving to Cumming, GA. She found a house near an assisted living facility that is in the same neighborhood and she also found out that assisted living is less expensive in Georgia than in Nebraska (my parents always told me never to say “cheaper”). She can still take him to church and the symphony, so that is nice, and she will continue to work remotely from Georgia, with trips to Omaha when needed. I had not heard from Marty Ward in a while and was glad to know that all is well. She spent Christmas in Millbrook, home of the former Bennett College, where some of us Dobbs girls went after Dobbs. One of her sons has lived there most of his life, working for her former husband’s brother Timmy Bontecou. She has two sons, Billy and Jesse, but I am not sure which son lives there. All seems to be well with her. Last but not least, Nancy Warriner Smith sent a photo of Gussie Talbot Struck and her in Montana, where Nancy was visiting Gussie. Nice view, Gussie. Not too shabby.

Maybe we should have a reunion at your house sometime?


As for my news: In May, I had to put down my dear, sweet Delta Mille at age 14-plus. Some of you may know that I found her near Cleveland, MS, in 2004 as a tiny puppy, sitting on a four-lane highway, next to her dead mommy, a beagle. I was with Becky, a great friend from Greenville, MS, and I remarked how beautiful that puppy’s eyes were. Becky remarked that she would be dead soon and I said, “Oh no, I cannot have another dog.” I then said, “Hurry up, cross the median, go faster!” Amazingly, she came right to me and she was the best dog in the world. She was a yellow Lab and beagle and looked like a yellow Lab. I named her Delta Millie because she was born in the Delta and it cost me a mil to get her to Arizona.

Margot Kuhn Mehringer 1277 Bird Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103-2348 734-996-3591

Then, one week after she died, I decided that I just could not face seeing her golden hair all over my cars, so I decided to trade in my 2010 Prius and my 2011 CRV. I found a brand-new Prius V, which they stopped making in 2017, but there are a few left in the country. I had the car one week — yes, one week — and I was stopped on a two-lane road, when I looked up and saw that a rather large truck was about to hit me, so I braced and swore and sure enough, he hit me from behind and totaled my brand-new Prius. He was texting. It caused $25,000 worth of damage to a $35,000 car, but nothing happened to me, not even a sore muscle. So as of June 30, I have yet another Prius V. Other than that, it is a hot summer in Arizona, with no rain, and trees and plants are dying everywhere — and some people do not believe in climate change. Oh well, we will not go there at this moment. No politics in my notes. Thanks to you all again and I hope you all have a wonderful summer. Rascal, my Aussie, and I say cheers. — Cindy Perin

I was not sure what to expect at our Dobbs 50th Reunion. I admit to waffling about whether or not I wanted to go. I am so glad I did. What a wonderful time. I had a blast with as many classmates as possible. There are so many things we have each experienced in the past 50 years, be they difficult, rewarding, life-threatening, hilarious, strange, diverse, or just plain living. Great conversations were had at delightful banquets, and back at the hotel — lots of sharing. We celebrated our classmates who have passed away with a tree planting in their honor. I got nostalgically teary singing with Glee Club and listening to the Dohters and Dobbs 16 sing. I got exhausted, and also laughed the entire time I was doing the Maypole, in my old DAA jacket. We 1968 classmates saw and learned how the School has evolved. I loved going to Dobbs back in the ’60s. At that time, an all-girls school was what I needed to be confident and to do well in a classroom education. We students all helped each other and were peer family. Dobbs/The Masters School is still a great community of students, now more diverse than ever. They are learning to honor each other and are getting a superb education. They will hopefully be guardians of what is good in the world, and create even more going forward. I am now back in my regular life, doing volunteer work for habitat and wildlife conservation, gardening, caring for my dog, cat and parrot, loving my husband, and doing a historical project. Oh, and eating lots of ice cream. Hey, it is a hot drought here in Michigan right now, so I am in survival mode. Seriously, I am sending you all the best. We “reunionites” discussed organizing mini-reunions in different regions of the country. Think about it in your area, come one, come all. — Margot Kuhn Mehringer

Dencie McNichols Brooke writes: “I so enjoyed the Reunion and seeing how the School has evolved over the years — all for the best and very exciting. I’m enjoying my life here in Philadelphia, playing lots of tennis, paddle tennis during the winter, and fitting in some fun trips in between.” Liz (Tuppy) Tuplin Drake wrote before the 2018 Reunion: “Please pass on my very best wishes to all who might remember me! I have great memories from the year I spent at Dobbs and in many ways it was a life-changing experience. It opened my eyes to the wider world and I am truly grateful. I am hoping to catch up with Connie Stafford Constantine when she comes over to England later in May, so hopefully will hear about the Reunion from her, as I know she is planning to attend. We keep in pretty regular touch and are godmothers to each other’s children. We are still living in Lincolnshire, where we have been running the family farm since 1976. We have three daughters, Deborah, Anna and Pippa, all now married, and we have seven grandchildren. The girls live at the opposite ends of the UK, with Anna in Edinburgh, Deborah in Devon and Pippa in Cornwall. All great places to go and visit, however, and just as well we don’t mind driving, as we seem to spend quite a bit of time in the car!” Denise Kollmar Greller writes: “Sorry I had to miss the Reunion. My husband was having some health issues. While those issues have not been completely resolved, he is addressing them and seems to be having some positive results. I like your idea of mini-reunions. We could do one in the Denver area. It would also be an idea to have a Dobbs Alum ’68 Facebook page where we could post photos and comments and stay in touch. I understand that Facebook is mostly used by people of our age now. We have been living in Laramie, WY, for two years now, and totally love it. I am as busy as when I was teaching, but am having a ball. Gardening at our home and for the Ivinson Mansion historical museum is one of my favorite summer activities. I also run a Kids Garden Club once a week in one of our parks. Being active in our


CLASS NOTES church, singing in the choir, serving on the University of Wyoming Symphony Association Board, participating in a great book club, and camping with Sisters on the Fly are other areas of enjoyment. Most of my time, however, is spent as chair of the Albany County Democrats working on fundraising and election promotion. I have always taught about civic engagement and responsibility, but never had the time to do it myself, so now I am giving back. Being a Democrat in Wyoming is challenging, but we are making progress. “My very favorite role is that of grandmother to our granddaughter, Hanna, who will be almost 3 when her baby brother joins us at Thanksgiving time. Although Hanna walks with a prosthetic leg due to being born without a fibula, she does not let anything slow her down. She can do anything she sets as her goal and is a very happy child. I love watching her develop as a little person with thoughts and dreams of her own. Our daughter Katie and her husband live an hour from us and we get to see them often. Casey has been fighting fires in Wyoming and Colorado several times already, and with this drought, probably will participate in several others before the summer is over. Our son Chris and daughter-in-law Tamy serve in the Foreign Service and are currently in Berlin, Germany. Tamy is in public diplomacy, which means she is a spokeswoman for the embassy, and Chris works on international environmental treaties. We visited them last year, so we are delighted that they will come here this fall. Patty Athey Brown and I are planning to meet up in Sheridan, WY, to catch up after all this time. The Browns will be enjoying a dude ranch in the northern part of the state.” Mary Laidlaw Hart wrote before the 2018 Reunion: “Sadly, I won’t be attending our 50th (gasp!). I married a guy from New Orleans, so have spent a lot of time here through the years and last year we sold our big house in Atlanta and are looking to split our year between New Orleans and Lexington, MA. Alas, my long hair is long gone and I am quite gray and grandmotherly! But in my mind I’m still the 44 | MASTERSNY.ORG

same girl I was at Dobbs! I hope you have a great time at the Reunion; please give my regards to all there.” Lenore Palmer writes: “This seems to be a year for school reunions, as my grammar school’s Class of 1964(!) is finally organizing its first reunion ever. Dobbs classmates Maggie Shea and Kris Klausmann were in the same class, so there’s some chance I will see them again. Of course there is a very high standard set by our class Reunion at Dobbs. After the Reunion, the Alumnae/i Engagement Office sent a few pages of two editions of Tower from our senior year. Mel Frantz Harwood and I have read them with interest. Mel commented that there were less typos than in The Baltimore Sun. The range of topics covered in the articles is stunning to me. Front-page articles on Vietnam and the causes of inflation appear along with stories on the Sophomore Class Fair. If anyone is interested, I can send PDFs via email. The summer is pleasantly going by with visits to the Berkshires with friends and family, and I hope to get to Vermont in August or September. Greetings to all.” Barbara Thilly writes: “2017 was a big year. I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, had a mastectomy, and got my first pair of nose hair scissors. So far, the scissors are more difficult. Bob has memory problems and hemorrhoids. We’re not doing badly, considering. We are thinking of skipping our annual trip in favor of home renovations, including some sort of Japanese soaking tub, which has been on my wish list for years. Bob is voting for the trip!”

1969 Libbie Payne 47 Shellton Road Quincy, MA 02169-2629 617-770-0934 Linda Vipond Heath reports: “My husband and I decided it was time to downsize. However, we are not going very far, just across town in Armonk, NY. We bought a

one-floor ranch and thought we would do some minor changes and add a bedroom. Wrong. We have nearly gutted the house — a much bigger project than anticipated. I still sing with a 16-voice a cappella group whose mission is to sing at nursing homes, schools, rehab centers and for the local community. We do a lot of sitting for our three grand-dogs, as our two goldens love to have company. Nancy Loeb Rackoff and I see each other occasionally, as she is godmother to my second son. She is still practicing law in Pittsburgh and has two lovely granddaughters who live close to her.” Hester Kinnicutt Jacobs reports: “Nothing in my life has really changed. My daughter is moving from Billings to Missoula and we are helping her. While in between houses, they have been staying with us. We head Down Under in November to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with my son and family in New Zealand. We are adding two and a half weeks to the trip to see Australia and a couple of days at the end to visit with siblings in California. All in all, we will be gone for almost four months. It will be summer and the grandchildren will be on holidays. After the past winter, I am looking forward to being south.” Janice Wald Henderson is “still busy writing, specializing in luxury and expedition cruising. Still love challenging myself to do better — in writing and tennis. I guess the Dobbs motto stuck! Still traveling the globe for both fun and work. Off to Antarctica in December, just back from Norway, before that London and Tokyo, then off to the Berkshires and the UK and Greek Islands. In shock over my age — how did that happen?” And now, it’s reminder time: Our 50th is coming up next year. (Talk about “how did that happen?”) If you have thoughts on how to celebrate, please let me know. In the meantime, let’s keep “Doing It With Thy Might.”

1970 Katharine “Moo” Bishop 69 Bushnell Street Boston, MA 02124-4940 617-413-3536 Greetings everyone! Thank you for writing in. Everyone expressed love for our class and excitement about our 50th Reunion, and thankfully no one mentioned politics. There are so many great photos! I don’t know how many will be printed, but I can say everyone looks great.

Ann Parker Lonbay ’70 with her mother Ruth "Woofie" Weyburn Parker ’38 and Meg Orr Harlow ’70.

Cynthia Exton Von Oeyen ’70 and husband Paul at their daughter Rebecca’s wedding.

Laura Schwartz Stewart ’70.

Dobbs ladies at a luncheon in Palo Alto in June. Front row, left to right, are: Sydney’s aunt Penny Holland Foster ’57, Sydney Shafroth Macy ’70 and Leilee Weyerhaeuser ’70 along with new friends and neighbors at Stanford!

La Pearl Logan Winfrey writes: “On August 1, I start my 18th year at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, Dayton, OH. I have been dean since 2013 and I have a small private practice in Beavercreek. Thinking about retirement. My daughter celebrated her 20th college reunion in May. I have two granddaughters, ages 15 and 12.” La Pearl, the photo of you all is beautiful! Meg Orr Harlow sent a great photo of herself with Ann Parker Lonbay and her mother, Ruth "Woofie" Weyburn Parker (Class of 1938!), at their dinner together in Rockland, ME. Ann is visiting from the UK and staying with her brother while visiting their mom. Meg and her husband were about to take off on a four-night schooner trip. Ann says this is the first time she has ever been in the class notes, and promises she will come to the Reunion. Lisa Walrath Kennedy is still plugging away at the custom manufacturing/ import business. New tariffs make life all the more interesting. She now has three grandchildren: Finley (3 1/2); Regan (13 months); and Tyson (1 year in August). They are all in DC, so it is easy for her to visit. When not working or traveling, Lisa golfs and loves to play pickleball (which I am going to Google right now). Cindy Exton Von Oeyen had a busy year between her daughter Rebecca’s wedding and her 40th wedding anniversary with Paul. Cynthia is in her 20th year as

president of the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education, and was honored with the President’s Award of the Michigan Association of School Boards. This fall she will be honored as a Wonder Woman by the Women Officials Network. Rene MeVay Klein reports, sadly, that her husband, George, died in April after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Rene, we all send our condolences. She went to New York in May and caught up with Ann Edmonds and Nancy Bull. She is still living in the woods and working at the library. Ellie Ward reports: “Besides going to Chapel Hill often to see my mom, I also now have a wonderful new GI doctor at UNC thanks to Nancy Wilkes’ recommendation. This means that Cynthia and I got to get together with Nancy for dinner after my last colonoscopy in

Chapel Hill. Prepping at the Hilton was not fun, but seeing Nancy was! Somehow, this seemed to be age-appropriate news for our class notes. Cynthia and I are still enjoying living on the Gulf of Florida with our black Lab and Maltese, and thankfully made it through hurricane season last year. Thanks to everyone for checking in with us during Irma! Although not planned, it appears that I have retired after going too part time at my last part-time social service job. Then last summer we had a great trip to British Columbia to escape the heat in Victoria and on Salt Spring Island — lovely. As always, I love staying in touch with my roomies — Lucy, Kim, Mott and others — with long newsy phone calls that make it feel like we just saw each other yesterday!” THE BULLETIN FALL 2018 | 45


Sydney Shafroth Macy ’70 and Kintashe Mainsah ’17 spending some time together at Stanford.

La Pearl Logan Winfrey ’70 with her daughter and granddaughters.

Belinda Norris ’70, Moo Bishop ’70 and Belinda’s mom Sue Kendall Wallingford ’48.

Lisa Walrath Kennedy ’70 and family.

Betsy Malm Holdsworth ’70 with her husband, Sam, and son at her — ahem — birthday!

Ellie Ward ’70 and her partner, Cyn, in Victoria.

Sydney Shafroth Macy just finished an 18-month program at Stanford, in a program called the Distinguished Careers Institute. There were about 35 students, mostly in their late 50s/early 60s, taking a gap year from work and trying to figure out what’s next! She adds: “I made a bunch of new friends and took classes that interested 46 | MASTERSNY.ORG

me, without having to do much homework or take exams! I ended up getting quite interested in writing, so it was a gift to have the time, assignments and deadlines to do some writing. I lived in a beautiful and small (400-square-foot) studio on a magnificent faculty property on campus, and rode my bike everywhere. I have now been home for about a month, and am purging like mad to try to simplify my life. I also had the privilege of meeting another Masters graduate who was attending Stanford, Kintashe Mainsah ’17, who is a pre-med freshman, and a lovely and impressive young woman. We should all be very proud of our School and its current crop of students and graduates. I did get to see Leilee Weyerhaeuser; she looks great and just the same! I have also seen Lucy Doolittle Kourides on my trips back to attend Masters Board meetings.” Cia Comnas, who loves to report on everyone else as well as herself, says: “Betsy

Malm Holdsworth just turned 66 in March and sent me a photo of herself, her husband, Sam, and her son at a little birthday celebration dinner. I speak to Laura Schwartz Stewart all the time — she had a great summer traveling in Croatia and Italy with her mom and then being in Oregon with her son before settling back into Santa Fe. I went to my niece’s graduation from Hotchkiss with my two brothers who are both alums. It brought back a ton of memories and was a great family gathering also. Sadly, Lisa Billock Tropea’s (Class of 1969) older brother Bob passed away not long ago. He was a great guy and someone my whole family knew and loved for many years. Both of my sons and my partner’s son are great. My youngest has embarked on a world tour for a year and should be one-third of the way done by the time this publishes. Lastly, I have finally moved in with Ed Haugevik, my boyfriend of 14 years. Do you think we rushed it a bit?” Susie Clark Love writes: “I am still living in Vermont, my husband, Andy, and I bought a house in Westford, VT. I tried to retire but just couldn’t stay out of work. I am the clinical nurse manager of an ob-gyn practice in Burlington, VT. I have four beautiful grandchildren. They are all in California, but I see them as much as I can. Leilee Weyerhaeuser and I saw each other at Christmas and had a lovely time in Palm Springs. We will be together in Maine in August. We have two grandchildren who are friends. Who knew when we were

roommates at Dobbs that our children would be friends and then their children would be friends?” As for me, I did my fourth weeklong walk on the Camino de Santiago this summer, enjoying the simplicity of each day, only thinking about getting from A to B. If anyone has dreamt of having this experience, let me know and I can tell you about it, or help you set up your own trip. I left my longtime travel position and am now working from home. I can’t fully retire but I am so glad to not have to commute! I recently visited with Belinda Norris and her mother, Sue Kendall Wallingford ’48, in Vermont, where Belinda lives with her husband and her dog, Cary Grant. I am busy with my dogs, Lulu and Dora, and am looking forward to relaxing into some more creative pursuits — and anything else that may unfold in my future. See you all in 2020!

1971 Frances Truscott has retired as a child psychotherapist. She was widowed in 2015 and moved from her country house to Bexhill, which is famously full of old people but is charming. The sea is at the bottom of her road. People walk their dogs and actually speak to each other. Her son is 27 and has a master’s degree in engineering. He has just bought his first flat. Her daughter has one more year to go at university. Her course is about writing for the video games industry. She plays cello and keyboard. She belongs to a choral society and a poetry group, and may soon join Rotary to be useful in the community.

Suzy Tipson Hall 773 Twin Fox Drive Milford, OH 45150-1438 513-831-7583 Leslye Lynford P.O. Box 389 Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520-0389 914-843-8118 Where have the 45 years gone? For one lovely weekend in May, we went back in time remembering what it was like to be a teenager and having oh so few cares! It was fun to catch up with those who were able to attend and a special treat on Saturday to have Lenore Laupheimer (who said we were her favorite class) and Carol Schien Gill join us for brunch. So for those of you who could not be there (and you were missed) here is an update: Cindy Cramer von Rhine married Russ von Rhine on May 18, 16 years ago, so they were celebrating their anniversary as well. Cindy works at Mercer County Community College as a database administrator. Together they have seven grandchildren. Russ is now retired and enjoys gardening and being a great “poppy.” Holly Hoopes Hudimac has been married for 20 years to Tony, a CPA, and enjoys their two corgis. She continues to be a mortgage loan officer after 31 years. She is learning to play golf so she can join her husband.


Vicki Randall Kaczkowski continues to work in community mental health and was planning a lovely trip to Sedona to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

Norene Ginsburg Peck PO Box 1729 Manchester Center, VT 05255-1729 802-362-4254

Judi Stern lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is the owner of JPS At Your Leisure Travel, Inc. In addition, she is an adjunct lecturer at both Kingsborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College. Marguerite Rizzi was there with her lovely wife, who patiently listened to all

our stories. Maggie is in her final years as a school superintendent in Rhode Island and is working on a documentary film series. Ibbits Warriner Newhall has been married for 35 years to Bill and they have two daughters, Sarah and Caroline. They have a wonderful granddaughter whom they enjoy. Their other daughter is in a doctoral program at UNC. All are happy and healthy! Sherrie Spohn-Lind has been married for 36 years and is at that stage in life where she is taking care of her mother-in-law in Baton Rouge though she still lives in Hartsdale, NY. She continues to maintain her 20-year career in internal auditing — lots of travel — but all amazing. Reunion would not be complete without Rikke Borge being included! She is pleased to report that after 20 years she is starting to act again. She lives in the hills of Berkshires, MA, on 16 acres with her daughter, granddaughter, six horses, three chickens, three dogs and two cats. She loves sharing her passion for equine sports with three generations. Suzy Tipson Hall is the proud mother of two sons, a lawyer and a doctor! Her husband, Joe, has found a new profession as a CPA. They will be celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary this year. Also in attendance were Dorothy Escher Kerr, whose daughter was graduating from college the same weekend; Lucy Herbert Flynn, Leslye Lynford and Ann Sibert Buiter, who is now back living in New York City. We were all so disappointed that at the last minute, Norene Ginsburg Peck had to cancel her plans to attend. But her hard work and efforts certainly were appreciated by everyone in attendance. Wendy Johnson Williamson wrote just prior to Reunion with a lot of meaty updates: “Unfortunately, I will not be attending the Reunion in May since we will be heading to Florida to pick up


CLASS NOTES Skip’s 89-year-old mom in Boca Raton and drive her to Jacksonville to meet her two great-grandsons. Wendy wrote: “I semiretired and moved to Colorado in July 2016, and then spent the last four months of 2016 working seven days a week on a deal I had committed to help my law firm with before I went ‘part time.’ Last year we bought a house in Longmont (population 93,000 and elevation 5,000 feet), which is about 30 miles north of Denver and about 19 miles northeast of Boulder. The Rockies are close by. Colorado has 300 days of sun, and four seasons, sometimes all in the same week! Winters are much more pleasant than New York City/Connecticut winters, since the snow frequently melts within days. In addition to hiking, bicycling and fishing, Skip is dragging me into golf. We ski only on nice weekdays to avoid crowds. I still do some part-time work for my law firm, but Skip and I also do a lot of traveling. “Our son Matt, a production engineer, has moved five times across the country since his 2007 graduation from college. His latest move in January 2017 was from San Diego to Cincinnati. He now has two sons, ages 2 1/2 and 11 months. We are greatly enjoying being grandparents, and visit at least three to four times a year. Our daughter Kari is still working in marketing in Connecticut and we visit her and old friends there several times a year as well. “The Denver airport is very convenient, and we can fly to most U.S. locations with minimal traffic and hassle (unlike LGA/ JFK). Proximity to a centrally located airport was one of the reasons for moving here since we decided that we could not chase our children around the country. I serve on two not-for-profit company boards, which require semiannual trips to New York for meetings at different times (New York City and way upstate New York). Skip’s mom is in Boca Raton, and my daughter-in-law’s family is in Jacksonville, so those are frequent destinations as well. Of course, we also travel for fun as well!”


Kristin Paulus also weighed in just prior to Reunion Weekend and here is her update: “Sadly, I will not be able to make the Reunion this time. I have a trip planned to spend the weekend with my aunt and uncle in Iowa to celebrate my uncle’s 80th birthday! Will miss catching up with you all; please be sure to give everyone my best. “Just in case anyone is curious, I am well, thank the Lord. My physical issues are not many — I did just have my second cataract surgery this week. Both surgeries went very well. I am still in the ‘eye drop’ phase of the second, but all appears to be good. These surgeries led to me biting the bullet and finally having a physical after six years — I know, crazy, but there it is! Fortunately, I had no major issues. “I continue to try to travel as much as I can — took a brilliant trip to a lifelong destination goal last fall: Venice! Spent five days in Venice and four days in Verona; gorgeous weather, and an amazing experience. Venice is truly like no other place I’ve ever been to. Also, I had some time in London, which I always love. “Still working and still at Ogilvy. It will be 20 years in November — yikes. We have been facing the same challenges that much of the full-service advertising industry has been experiencing — media fragmentation, digital explosion, project-based budgets — and so I think stress levels are higher than they’ve ever been. Plus we had the recent excitement over Martin Sorrell and his departure from WPP. But I still enjoy the people and the work. I have transitioned into a new resource management operations position, which has enabled me to give up client-facing responsibilities and focus on our internal delivery processes. It’s the part of the business that I enjoy the most — the ‘making’— and integrates me into the creative department, which is what I love best, so I am extremely happy. Hopefully, they will continue to feel I bring value for a few more years. So, basically, all good! Hope Reunion is as wonderful as always.” Bonnie Solomon Mattozzi was among the many who had every intention of joining

in this Reunion but she had to visit her ailing mother in San Francisco. Bonnie had written during the winter to say, “All is well here and I am presently waiting in the Boston airport to go to Napoli — for a month! I’ll be taking intensive Italian classes for two weeks; my husband will be taking an intensive culinary course in Neapolitan cuisine. Our painting conservation studio has been busy and our new intern is currently working on his pre-program hours so he can apply to a master’s degree program in painting conservation. We recently worked on two 17x7-foot murals in the Portland Masonic Temple and had a nice article and video in the Bangor Daily News. Our son just graduated Xavier University with a degree in international relations, journalism and languages (Italian, Arabic and Spanish). He was awarded third place for an investigative article he wrote for his school newspaper; the competition was among all of Ohio’s colleges and universities. He’s presently waiting to hear from Hearst Publications regarding a two-year fellowship and is actively looking for work.” In mid-April, Freya Darvall Newman and Norene Ginsburg Peck had a wonderful reunion “à trois” (joined by Freya’s incredibly impressive daughter, Eloise) while Norene was in London. In the course of their conversations, Norene learned that Freya and family were headed to Edina, MN, for a wedding in May, so another reunion was brokered between Freya and Lisa Humphrey Fish. Freya reported that Lisa is “really well, running lots of 10Ks to keep fit, still working as an endocrinologist for one of Minneapolis’s largest hospitals three days a week, [is] the mother of three boys (in Boston, San Francisco and San Diego and all grown up now); still happily married to another doctor and has a Tesla car! Freya went on to report that Lisa came to pick them up from their Airbnb — a really great little house near the Armatage neighborhood in Minneapolis and not too far from Edina, where the wedding was (and where Lisa also lives) so couldn’t have been better placed — and gave us the most wonderful tour of Saint Paul in the

car with its falcon wing doors, etc. We saw F. Scott Fitzgerald’s house, James Hill’s house and the cathedral, and went to the science museum. Lisa and I grabbed the opportunity to catch up and drink iced tea for a couple of hours. We then all went and had a really good lunch in Edina before Lisa dropped us back home. What a joy!” Daryl Matarasso Green regrets her inability to join our Reunions, as they always fall on the Sabbath, but she sent the following update on her busy life: She continues to teach economics and personal finance to 12th grade girls and teaches one section of global history to ninth graders. Over the past few summers, Daryl has been to Paris, Rome, South Africa, Russia and China, all in a noble effort to visit the places about which she teaches. In addition, Daryl and her mother try to get away for a week or so each summer for hiking trips, which they have enjoyed in such bucolic spots as the French Alps, the Canadian Rockies, the American Rockies and Vermont. Just recently, Daryl became a grandmother to identical twin boys and is relishing any time she can spend with them, as they live in Israel. A longstanding love of vegetable gardening and pottery-making also keep Daryl busy. Perhaps one of these years we can manage an event on a day feasible for Daryl’s ebullient participation. Now, writing in the first person, I, Norene Ginsburg Peck, want each of you to know how deeply disappointed I was to miss this Reunion and send thanks for the enthusiasm and interest you’ve shown for our gatherings. If everyone present, or who had hoped to be present, can again participate five years hence, and entreat a classmate to join as well, we will absolutely have our largest Reunion since graduation in 1973. With my very best wishes to all, and special thanks to the amazing Reunion Committee composed of Rikke, Viki, Marguerite, Holly, Ibbits and Leslye.

We were notified that Marin Alsop will be receiving a special award at Reunion next year, so perhaps those who are in the area can have a mini-reunion. Hold the date: May 17, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 PM. More information to come!

1974 Audrey Watson-Wigley 535 Westview Drive Mattituck, NY 11952-2962 631-298-5474 From Carolyn Kalisch Lundberg: “I volunteered this past ski season (as much as my schedule and finances permitted) with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra at Mammoth Mountain. I have wanted to do this for years but always remembered too late to attend the three-day training at Thanksgiving time. Who thinks of skiing before real snow in December? It has been so rewarding to help both adults and children to enjoy the slopes as much as I have been since 1960, when dad made my first pair of skis. My feet were too small for boots, so he fashioned a binding and I skied in my shoes and red rubber boots (no poles of course)! “My favorite time volunteering is with the Wounded Warriors within the DSES programs. I just returned from training and helping with the summer program, including three days with wounded warriors. We helped set up camp for the campsite, kayaking, paddle boarding and bicycle riding. DSES has skis and bikes modified for all the disabled athletes, from kids to Korean War vets. I enjoy paying the vets a bit of thanks for making the world I live in a bit safer for me and my family and friends. Big surprise, I just learned this week that one of the founders of DSES is an alumna from Dobbs, Class of 1975. We enjoyed a great conversation this past week. “If you shop at Amazon, please consider going to and listing DSES as your choice for a nonprofit so that a percentage of your purchases will

go to support DSES. It’s a wonderful organization. Health and happiness to everyone always!” From Doris Loh: “Can’t believe one year has slipped by. Life begins when you are 60. Seriously, I have been able to improve my health to the point that I am stronger than I have ever been. With better health comes improved cognition and understanding, better discipline and control. Life then becomes a never-ending exploration on multiple levels and dimensions. I think being in a foreign country also heightens the effect. Anyone traveling through Yucatán soon? Mi casa es su casa.” From Alison Krafft Rempel: “We’re thriving. Steve retired last summer and we’ve been doing lots of traveling. We spent a month in southern Germany and southern France last summer (Mme Davidson, I can dredge up some passable French). The winter we spend skiing (Tahoe and Bend, OR) and then off to the Bahamas in spring. This summer will be especially busy, with four weeks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland and then three weeks in New Zealand; and in October, three weeks in Spain. I’ve decided it’s too much, so in 2019 we’ll aim for domestic road trips! I’ll try to make it to our (gasp) 45th Reunion!

Audrey Watson-Wigley ’74 and Rosemary Chubb Budge ’74.


CLASS NOTES “Our two daughters are also thriving. The oldest is in a Ph.D. program in neuroscience in Madison, WI, and the youngest is a bus driver for a ski field and a jet boat company in New Zealand (hence the trip there!). Hope all’s well with you and yours.” From Audrey Watson-Wigley: “Well I finally got to meet up with Rosemary Chubb Budge. Lucky enough to have warm, clear weather, we stayed at both her London home and also near Oxford, and had a fabulous visit, with the most amazing scenery — especially Rosemary’s beautiful homes and gardens. Can’t thank her enough for her wonderful hospitality! We also got to meet all four of her wonderful children and her grandson — absolutely a beautiful family!”

1975 Barbara Butcher Uboe Quito, Ecuador

1976 Patricia M. Murphy 301 Quaker Road Chappaqua, NY 10514-2618 914-238-6103 Kate B. Rousmaniere 10 Quail Ridge Drive Oxford, OH 45056-9201 513-523-5101


1978 Holly Kirchner Goulet 43 Authors Road Concord, MA 01742-3907 978-371-2939

1979 Whitney Sanford 1806 N.W. 10th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32609-5406 352-373-6368

1980 Lisa Lloyd-Jones Benton 1975 Mill Plain Road Fairfield, CT 06824-3033 203-292-7124

From Kathie Dunkley Gill: “Life in LA (Lower Alabama) has been very busy, with lots of fun travel and big life events. My oldest daughter is due to have a boy, Henry, on September 5, so I’ll be a grandmother — yikes! And my youngest is getting married in December.” As for me, I am profoundly thankful to have moved from Denver to the small town of Crestone in southern Colorado in June. Lisa Lloyd-Jones Benton came from Fairfield, CT, to help me for a week. Despite the onus of moving, we had a wonderful visit and laughed ourselves silly. All my best to everyone, and please continue to keep in touch. Fondly, Beth Waterman.


Lucia (Beth) Waterman 644 N. Gilpin Street Denver, CO 80218-3632 303-329-7946

Christine Hoffman Taylor 149 Country Way Madison, CT 06443-8215 203-421-3325

Greetings, lovely women of 1980! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.


We heard from Neeta Chakrabartty: “Here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, we had a very hot day yesterday, but I was glad to stay inside. I am really looking forward to my one-week cruise around Alaska, which is coming up on July 21. This past spring I had a great experience in Israel. I saw sights in that nation for the first time up close.

Catherine Walter 43 East 1st Street, Apt. 1 New York, NY 10003-9326 917-399-5976

1983 Suzanne Meshken Hagen writes: “I had a lovely time at the Reunion. I loved seeing everyone who attended. I hope to see everyone at our 40th!”

Patrice Pulvers Coleman 27 Old Logging Road Bedford, NY 10506-1604 914-764-4808

Lucia (Beth) Waterman ’80 and Lisa Lloyd-Jones Benton ’80 in Crestone, CO, in June 2018. 50 | MASTERSNY.ORG

Perhaps I might go back there sometime in the future. I really hope all is well with every single one of you. Please take care of yourselves. God bless.”

Sunny Armstrong writes: “I am currently campaign manager for an independent/ Libertarian candidate for state congress here in Colorado. He would be the first Libertarian or independent candidate elected to the state house if he is successful.

One of my daughters (Jamie) got promoted to sous chef at her restaurant. I have added an additional two units to my property management business, so we’re up to seven, with plans to expand — hopefully later on this year. I see Wendy Poppen Fish and Lucy Anderson Boyer ’82 every so often, especially since Lucy’s daughter is going to CU Boulder in the fall. So perhaps we should have a mini Dobbs reunion out here in Colorado or at least a Cards Against Humanity game night — that would be hilarious.” Jen O’Brien Livingstone writes: “I’m singing in the second alto section with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Dohters will always have my heart! I recently left my teaching career to become a paralegal. My daughter is a junior at the University of Alabama, and my son is a junior in high school. Life is good!” Freya Read writes: “My store, Perch Decor in Carmel Valley, CA, just had its first birthday! Loving the new life back in Carmel. Come visit, people!” Bettina Montalette Samper writes: “We still live in Houston. I now work for Oracle after having been with HP for 22 years. I decided to make a change and really like it so far. My three kids are in college on the East Coast, so I travel there frequently. If anyone is visiting Houston, look me up.”

1984 Christine Grim Neikirk 5336 Edgewater Drive Norfolk, VA 23508-1324 757-489-1017 Greetings Class of ’84! First of all, block your calendars for May 17-18, 2019, for our 35th Reunion. Details will be fleshed out in the coming months, but start planning ahead now! Courtney Walthour Lamontagne is the winner for providing news and photos (and spurring everyone else to chime in).

She writes: “It’s actually been a big year Dobbs-wise. Jen Embree Lannan was here in October while her husband, also named Mike, was in BVT on business. We had a great hike at Trapp Family Lodge (where we got married) and a shopping day in Stowe. Then in April, Jenny Nay Masters and I chaperoned my son, Cavan, and some of his friends on a trip to a fabulous resort in the Dominican Republic. We were in bed every night by 9:30 PM, but we think the boys might not have been. Then in July, Nancy Kehoe came for a wonderful week. We were very touristy in Burlington and had a great time! Cavan leaves for football preseason at Saint Lawrence (alma mater of Lisa Kuhns Babington and Robin Haft Litt ’85) this week (sniff, sniff) and my daughter, Ellie, starts high school this fall (wish me luck!). Can’t wait to see everyone in May ’19!” And just to embellish, Nancy Kehoe writes that she was “just back from four fab days visiting the one and only Courtney Walthour Lamontagne in Burlington. She played a tourist in her own town and we had a ball. What a gift to spend that amount of time with a friend for all these years. Back in San Francisco, the fires in Northern California are alarming and concerning, to say the least. But still love living and working here.” Jennifer Embree Lannan writes: “just moved to a new house, same town — Concord, MA. My daughter, Lucy, graduated from The Brooks School and is headed off to UVA (wahoo wah!). I continue to work as a private tutor. We have a new pug, named Rosie.” Leah Quinn writes that her Airbnb and creative retreat center is about to open in Bellows Falls, VT, “in the 1865 Victorian farmhouse I bought and am renovating. Of course there’s discounts for any Dobbs alums who may wish to attend or participate in the creative workshops or stay over.” Kelvy Bird writes that she “just delivered a keynote on ‘generative scribing’ (book now available on Amazon, published in January) to the visual practitioners conference in Denmark. However it sounds, it was

Jenny Nay Masters ’84, Courtney Walthour Lamontagne ’84 and her son, Cavan Lamontagne (right).

Cavan Lamontagne and Nancy Kehoe ’84.

Courtney Walthour Lamontagne ’84 and Jenny Nay Masters ’84.

actually a super fun annual gathering of people from all over the world as kooky as me. I seem to have that theater/art/ organizing vibe going on in high gear these days. Delivering many workshops, too. Saw Gretchen Gutstein Alter for 10 minutes at Logan — short and so sweet. Also participated in Amanda Kemp’s online master class — very helpful and enlightening.” As for my news: I was lucky enough to host Robin Haft Litt ’85 when she passed THE BULLETIN FALL 2018 | 51

CLASS NOTES through Virginia on a college tour with her son, Sam. It must have been the hospitality, as he is heading to the College of William & Mary in a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing more of her these next four years! All is well with my family and me. June marked the end of my role on the Dobbs Board. After 12 years, it was time to move on. It was a fabulous experience and I loved working with the administration, faculty and the other board members. There are lots of exciting projects in the works and I can’t wait to see where we go next. Both my boys will be seniors this year — Cal at Pomona in California and Chipper in high school. I am somewhat dreading the college and job-search process but know that by the spring, we’ll be on the other side. One bummer is that Cal’s graduation is the same weekend as our Dobbs Reunion. Trying to figure out if I can be in New York on Friday and Saturday and get to California on Saturday night for a Sunday graduation — where there’s a will, there’s a way! — Chris Grim Neikirk

1985 Elizabeth Hargraves Mandy 23 Daheim Road Millbrook, NY 12545-5330 917-647-8226 Emily M. Randolph has “just launched a new wall installation at the Bennett Sculpture Carmel gallery, inspired by a ginkgo tree in Carmel, as part of the creative #the100dayproject challenge:” Anne Kolozsvary Williams writes: “My son, Henry, just graduated from Masters in June; he’s going to Columbia in the fall. It was an amazing experience for him all around. So great we’re doing it again! My daughter, Katie, starts ninth grade this fall. A Dobbs girl in the family — pretty excited about it! And I’m slowly getting back to full-time work as a writer and editor, after years of mostly being Mom. I’m also a fairly active member of the Resistance, and I hope


Victoria A. Love 72 Circuit Road Tuxedo Park, NY 10987-4046 Sarah C. Whitehead 140F Long Highway Little Compton, RI 02837-1810 401-464-1634 Dear All, Emily M. Randolph ’85.

everyone else is too. Love to all; hope to see you around campus, as I’ll be there a lot over the next four years.”

1986 Diana Turk 79 Leighton Road Wellesley, MA 02482-6926 202-427-7373

Congratulations to the Class of ’88 on our 30th Reunion! A special thanks to Aneesa Majid, Suzie Paxton and Claudia Cisneros for all their efforts to make the Reunion Weekend wonderful. I was so disappointed that I didn’t get to make it, but heard from many what a great time you all had reconnecting.

Elizabeth Isdale recently sold her house after 26 years and moved into a condo in East Greenwich. She is still doing a lot of race management and sailing for fun.

I am enjoying running after my daughter, Retaj, who is 21 months old, and my 6-year-old son, Alexander. Alexander and I have a food blog — — with healthy recipes for children. We are headed off to Kennebunkport, ME, next week for our yearly family vacation. Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of the summer.


Sincerely, Victoria Love

Alessandra L. Ghini 1305 Scott Street San Francisco, CA 94115-4086 415-902-8599

Amy Zimmerman Freed wrote: “I am back living in Pennsylvania with my husband, three teenage kids and cockapoo puppy, and practicing health care law. I did get to see attendees of Reunion. I do regularly keep in touch with Melinda Panella Insana and Jenn Poole Yates, which has been great. I wish that I could say that I’m doing something fabulous but at this point I’m just keeping everyone on track and figuring it all out!! All is good and everyone is healthy! I hope that we can all get together at the next Reunion, as it was a wonderful time.”

1988 Anne Dowling 803 35th Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33704-1239 Heather Finck 41 Oxford Road Pleasant Valley, NY 12569-6981

Amanda Cox Skinner is the director of enrollment management at Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda. She wrote: “My news is mostly unchanged — married to JP for 19 years, living in Bermuda and have

two children. Zoe is 16 and has one year left before university and Christopher is entering ninth grade. My kids are students here at Saltus — nice to be with them every day! My most recent trip was to Anchorage to drop Zoe off. She is currently doing a NOLS course. Alaska is gorgeous! It was amazing to reconnect at the Reunion — what a special group of women.” Whitney Adams Ward wrote: “I am still living in Hingham, MA, with my husband, Chris, and three kids. Lily just graduated from Hingham High School and is off to be a freshman at Trinity College in the fall! Sam will be a junior and Sasha is going into seventh grade. Most exciting news is that I just opened a showroom at the Boston Design Center with my sister Lindsey Adams Adelman ’86 and her beautiful chandeliers! We are in the Boston seaport area and welcome visitors!” Katherine Spahn Thatcher is still working as an art and antique appraiser, with clients nationwide. She writes: “I mostly do appraisals for insurance, estate planning

and donation, but I also do estate sales and art collecting tours. I’ve expanded my services to include brokerage between clients, with cars, jewelry and art. This year I was asked to join the Forensic Expert Witness Association as an art expert for court cases, and I am currently working on the Estate of Michael Jackson case. I have also started lecturing and contributing to articles more regularly, appearing recently as a panelist speaker at the Shemer Art Center for “What is Modern Art?”; in a solo lecture for the Art Renaissance Group about contemporary art: “Came for the Art, Stayed for the Heart”; and contributed to an article entitled “Art in the Age of #MeToo.” I am helping with the TED talks about women that will be happening in Phoenix. I am based out of Scottsdale, AZ, but travel frequently, especially for ski, scuba and art trips. I have a miniature pinscher mix named Zoey, and am single and looking — if you know any eligible bachelors!”

impressed with our class at how well we all still get along and respect one another. Our class was a rare group and I love it! I am working as a virtual fitness coach and run 21-day challenge groups (through a free app available in the App Store) that anyone can join if they have any interest in getting fit, eating better or just working out regularly. You can live anywhere! An extra special ‘thank you’ to sweet Claudia Cisneros, who hosted a gorgeous dinner party on Friday evening.”

1991 Marah Rosenberg 23 Brookford Street Cambridge, MA 02140-1602 917-940-4549

Jenn Poole Yates wrote: “Reunion was a blast, although way too short! I loved catching up with everyone! I am always so

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1992 Macha Ross 101 West 23rd Street, Apt. 3P New York, NY 10011-2442 917-301-0393

Gillian Crane ‘92, a former faculty member, got married in Texas on February 18 and again in New Jersey. Top row, from left: Diego Estrada and Dr. Nancy Theeman. Middle row, from left: Mary Rotella, Priscilla Franklin Hindley ’66, Mirna Valerio ’93, Crane, Chris Frost, Anne Frost and Ginger O'Shea. Bottom row, from left: Alexis Wiggins and Candice Rose ’92.



Carol R. Adair 1518 West 187th Street Gardena, CA 90248-3919 310-200-2624

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Gillian Crane married Ed Roberson in Texas and then again in New Jersey! She now has two stepchildren and two dogs. Gillian is the dean of students and assistant head of upper school at The John Cooper School, where she persuaded former Masters faculty members (Dr. Nancy Theeman, Mary Rotella, Alexis Wiggins and Diego Estrada) to come work! Gillian misses all her former students at Masters and her classmates from her years at Dobbs. She is excited to read about the exciting things that Laura Danforth is doing to make improvements to her beloved alma mater.



Katherine A. Henry 23 Deans Bridge Road Somers, NY 10589-2607 914-617-8440

Sujata Adamson-Mohan Jaggi 29 Winterberry Lane Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-1750 914-912-8301



Theresa Bowen Daly 143 Garth Road, Apt. 3D Scarsdale, NY 10583-3853 914-573-6359

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Elisa M. Ortiz Maloney 6127 Autumn Court Pipersville, PA 18947-1027 917-543-6887

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2006 Veronica Goin 20 Wilson Street # 2 Beacon, NY 12508-2612 914-715-8772 Lubomir Ivanov 62 Marine Street Farmingdale, NY 11735-5603 516-221-1397

2007 Liza A. Ciaramella 591 Palisade Avenue Yonkers, NY 10703-2109 914-980-1328 John M. McGovern 255 Fort Washington Avenue, Apt. 43 New York, NY 10032-1252 914-330-5609

2010 New Jersey wedding: the Masters crew. Top row, from left: Richard Simon (faculty), Tom Rossini (former faculty), Naomi Gorfinkle ’08, Hannah Hickok ’07, Dylan Pager ’11, Katie Meadows (faculty), Morgan Lily O’Connor ’13, Emma Rubinson ’17, Will Hallock ’16, Sydney Friedman ’12, Alex Minton ’13 and Hunter LaMar ’13. Bottom row, from left: Amy Rosenblatt Nichols ’00 (former faculty), Orli Bander (former faculty), Mikelle Sacco (faculty), Gillian Crane ’92 and Ed Roberson, Susie Trachtenberg ’12 and John Alec Raubeson (faculty).

2009 Chelsea Dieck 625 West 57th Street, Apt. 714 New York, NY 10019-2637 914-806-9400 Jasmine Broadnax and her husband, Dan, celebrated their one-year anniversary in May and Jasmine is currently in graduate school for clinical mental health counseling. Henry Ginna is currently finishing his M.A. at Yale Divinity School and is hoping to return to teaching following graduation. Henry also recently incorporated a summer school, the Allen Street Academy, which provides discussion-based learning and intellectual exploration for disadvantaged students from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Zara Ilahi started her pediatric residency at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in June. Judah Isseroff got engaged to Elisheva Goldberg. Megan Kieltyka is pursuing an M.B.A. at the University of Virginia’s Darden School

of Business and is spending the summer working for ZS Associates, a marketing consulting firm. Megan is engaged to family friend Charlie Davis and is getting married next summer.

Rebecca Plotkin 253 Palisade Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-3513 914-674-9563

Kathryn Marshall is working as a performance and video artist in Paris and founded her own yoga studio, Yo Yo Yoga. This fall Kathryn will continue her studies at École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Paris-Cergy, where she will be completing a master’s degree in fine arts. Kathryn hopes to travel to India and Thailand in 2019 to do further training in yoga, Ayurvedic therapy and sustainable cuisine, while preparing her thesis, focusing on how Western cultures have invaded, distorted and capitalized on traditional health practices for economic gain. If you want to check out her work, you can find her on Vimeo, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


Nikki Veit has been living in Chicago since January 2014. Nikki and her partner, Carly, live on the North Side and Nikki is working as a personal trainer at the Chicago Athletic Clubs. Though she fully intended to pursue theater education and performance when she moved out to Chicago, the gym bug bit her and Nikki has become super passionate about health, fitness and getting women stronger! Nikki is beginning to offer online training options to further expand her business. Kat Walton will be starting law school in the fall at the University of Illinois. Thanks for all the updates; can’t wait to see you all at the 10-year Reunion next spring! — Chelsea Dieck

A recent photo of Henry Ginna ’09 and Cody Snyder ’09.

Hannah Miller 4400 Lindell Boulevard, Apt. 20M Saint Louis, MO 63108-2469 914-275-8264

Jaclene Fleming 42 Ogden Place Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-2505 914-231-5446 Dylan Pager 21 Quaker Lane West Harrison, NY 10604-1121 914-328-3730

2012 Molly Boigon 1677 Beacon Street, Apt. 1 Brookline, MA 02445-4419 914-629-9544

2013 Jacqueline Hueneke Boettcherei 201 28844 Weyhe Germany Hello everyone, I am so excited that many of you sent news for The Bulletin to celebrate our fifth Reunion year. It was amazing to read all the updates. Thank you all so much for your participation!


CLASS NOTES Farrah Asaad writes: “I graduated last May from Siena and took a gap year, when I worked at NYU Winthrop Hospital in research as well as a medical scribe. I took a lot of time this year to travel all over Africa, mostly for service. I will be starting medical school this July in New York City!” Andres Arroyave graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2017 with a major in accounting and a minor in business administration. He is currently working in sales for Strategic Finance Solutions. Jessica Bernstein graduated from Vanderbilt University and is now living in New York City. She is working in commercial real estate at Cushman & Wakefield. Max Borowitz writes: “After graduation, I went off to Georgetown, where I majored in Chinese language and politics. After graduation, I moved to San Francisco, where I work for a start-up that is helping connect people without college degrees to meaningful middle-class jobs.” Milya Burian writes: “Lately I have been running my two pet boutiques and working on another business venture that I hope to open up in the fall sometime.” Noah Buyon just finished his M.A. in nationalism studies at Central European University. Raleigh Capozzalo writes: “I’m working at Masters, teaching media arts, and the past two summers I’ve taught at a Yale summer program for high school kids from all over the world. It’s called Yale Young Global Scholars. I’ve also been doing freelance video work on the side. I’m living in Manhattan, and I visit New Haven every other weekend.” Tao Chen is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia University. Ted Christensen writes: “I went to Penn State for electrical engineering, moved back to New York City with Chris, and will be working at a construction company called Turner, in New York City.”


Graydon Cook is living in New York City and working for Turner Construction. Johanna Costigan graduated from Bard College, where she double-majored in writing and Chinese. She now lives in China, where she works as a writing and speaking fellow at NYU Shanghai. Helena de Oliveira will be in vet school until spring of 2021. Kaan Dönmez is in Dublin, Ireland, working at Google’s EU headquarters as an account strategist. Zanny Dow writes: “I graduated from Wake Forest in May 2017 and moved to New York City. In school I studied studio art — with a concentration in oil painting — and entrepreneurship. I combined my love for both art and business by cofounding a small art start-up, which I have been working on for the last two-plus years. I am now in the process of launching a second company that aims to make trendy, affordable work wear more accessible for young female professionals. The idea is still in the works but it’s a project I’m passionate about, so we will see where it goes! Other than that, I am just trying to enjoy all the fun, unique opportunities that New York City has to offer before I get sick of the city’s craziness — ha, ha!” Dylan Etzel went to graduate school at Johns Hopkins and just finished his program, earning an M.A. in international studies. He is currently living in Washington, DC. Greig Fields writes: “I just moved from New York City out to Portland, about three weeks ago for work. I am working for an energy reduction tech start-up, doing a combination of finance and sales analytics, and product management.” Chris George writes: “I recently started my own motion graphics/production company, Oddsense (, and am living in Manhattan with Ted Christensen.”

Tess Greenwald just graduated from a master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction at the University of Denver. She will be teaching sixth grade writing this fall and is still living in Denver. Jhon Guarin writes: “I graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in sports management and communications in 2017. I took a graduate assistantship at SUNY Brockport, working in athletic communications as I take classes to get my master’s degree in athletic administration. This year I will be the assistant director of athletic communications and media relations as I wrap up my degree. Throughout the summers of last year and this year, I have also been working for the Rochester Redwings, the Triple A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, running trackman and pitch clock for their games. Looking toward the future, once I am done at Brockport, I will be moving out to Buffalo and looking for a job in the field of sports information.” Jessica Hella is working as a recruiter for Insight Global in New York City. Tim Hou graduated recently as a math major at UW. Laura Hughes writes: “I graduated from Hunter College with a double major in political science and Russian area studies and a double minor in international relations and Russian language. I’m working in local politics right now, but I’m moving to Chicago and not really sure what I’ll be doing there yet.” Archie King is working as a consultant for KPMG in Manhattan. Hunter LaMar writes: “Since graduating Masters I’ve performed at Outside Lands Music Festival with Producer Dwilly, and opened for Nas with a group called The Trap Music Orchestra. I’m currently working as a wedding singer in New England and at the Berklee College of Music as a teaching assistant for the History of African American classes, but I’ll be moving

to Los Angeles in October to pursue working in the music industry. I’m working on my first album right now — hopefully to be released in the fall! I also work as a freelancer with artists like Floyd Fuji and Michael Christmas and with Masters as an arranger for The Great Gig in the Sky and Dobbs 16!” Barbara Levin writes: “After studying in California I moved back to Denmark and worked for a bit, traveling through Asia from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, teaching yoga and meeting lots of people. Had an amazing trip. I just moved back to Denmark and am looking to work for a nonprofit organization.” Emma Marolda writes: “I’m working as a litigation paralegal at a corporate law firm, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, in the city and applying to law school this fall for 2019.” Alec Martin is still in Pelham and working in public relations/paralegal work in New York City. Carly Miller is working in book design at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston. Barbra Namitala went to university for three years in Uganda and graduated about one year ago with a bachelor of science degree in business economics. She has been training with a microfinance organization that deals in loans specifically. Rachel Nierenberg writes: “I graduated from McGill last year, and I’m going into the second year of my master’s degree program at Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. So right now I’m living in Los Angeles, freelancing, teaching and going to school.” Raphael Norwitz writes: “I graduated with a B.A. in computer science from Columbia in 2017, and completed my master’s degree in machine learning this May (also from Columbia). In October I will start work at Nutanix in San Jose. Other than that, I’ve been traveling since May 8, and doing some research on the side.”

Abbey Ogden writes: “I am currently living in Hoboken, NJ, with my cousin Caroline. I work in the city near Grand Central. I’m in public relations at Nicholas & Lence Communications. Some of my clients include the following: Oscar Wilde, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, Papillon Bistro & Bar, Empire City Casino, The Jacob Burns Film Center, NYC Ferry, The ARK at JFK, and a couple more. This fall I will be traveling to London for Thanksgiving, and my dad will also be getting married!” Joseph Romeo is working toward a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Tufts University. Julia Schmidt writes: “Since graduating from Vassar in May 2017, I’ve been working at an elementary school in Harlem as an education manager. I oversee all of our assessments and data analysis of academic data and I manage special education at the school. When I’m not working or napping on the train, I can be found taking dance classes, exploring various neighborhoods and parks, or taking advantage of all the best free events in the city.” Santino Stropoli writes: “I just graduated Oberlin with a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts with high honors in chemistry. This August I’ll be starting my Ph.D. program at Yale for physical chemistry.” Justin Voelp writes, “I recently got an apartment in New York City with friends from college and I’m currently working here as a financial consultant.” Hannah Weber writes, “I graduated from Georgetown in 2017 and am now living in Boston and working at L.E.K. Consulting, a strategy consulting firm.” Albert Xu graduated from Claremont McKenna College last year and is currently working in finance in Los Angeles. Evan Zhang is still living and working in New York.

A brief update about me: I just graduated with my M.S. in strategic management from HEC Paris. After traveling this summer, I am going to work as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Berlin, starting in October. Thank you again for all of your contributions. Let me know if you have any other news. Many greetings from Germany! — Jacqueline Hueneke

2014 Henry DuBeau 26 Gesner Avenue South Nyack, NY 10960-4703 845-920-6540 Ashley Hart graduated from the University of Tampa in 2017. She is currently studying trial advocacy at Oxford University before heading into her second year at Stetson University College of Law. Yuri Harada will graduate from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, next March. Afterward, she will start a position in the middle office of an asset management firm. Julia Butterfield recently graduated from Oberlin College, where she majored in history. She is pursuing a career in museum education and collections work. Julia currently works at the Frick and at Philipsburg Manor, where she gives tours in costume, combining her love of theater and history. Henry DuBeau graduated from Oberlin College in May. Much like when he was at Masters, he was involved in theatrical productions and student government during his time there. This summer he began working as a legal assistant at the firm Arnold & Porter.

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Leslie May Marra ’67 1949-2018 The Masters School notes with sorrow the passing of its devoted alumna, Leslie May Marra, on May 26, 2018. Leslie was a proud Delta and an involved Dobbs graduate. She was active in on-campus sports and credited her years at Masters with playing an

REMEMBRANCES 1935 Elizabeth Craighead Donaldson of Lincoln, MA on March 19, 2018 1939 Anne Reed Dean of North Branford, CT on June 2, 2018 1939 Adrienne Anderson McCalley of Nantucket, MA on March 12, 2018 1939 Mary Congdon Van Evera of Duluth, MN on April 13, 2018 1940 Muriel Snidewind Hutchinson of Akron, OH on March 31, 2018 1941 Madeleine Bond Fisher of Wellesley, MA on April 8, 2018

important part in her development.

1942 Louise Littlefield Lowden of Fort Myers, FL on May 17, 2018

After graduation, Leslie continued

1943 Virginia Potter Bingham of Dover Plains, NY on January 23, 2017

to dedicate much of her time and energy to the School, serving as an Annual Fund volunteer and member of the Estherwood Society. Perhaps her most critical role was her service on the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2000, when she played an instrumental part in the search committee that brought Pam Clarke to the role of Head of School in 1990. Leslie also served during a time when the pivotal decision was made for Masters to become coeducational, helping to ensure the School’s ongoing success and propel it forward, while upholding its reputation as one of the finest independent schools in the tri-state area. To recognize her selfless dedication and to honor her exceptional service to Masters, Leslie was the recipient of the Richmond Bowl in 1995. She was a remarkable woman and a true champion of her alma mater whose legacy will

1943 Barbara Brydone Calder of Halifax, NS on January 27, 2018 1944 Gretchen Keehn Thomsen of Seattle, WA on June 2, 2018 1944 Hope Griggs Turner of Weston, CT on February 3, 2018 1945 Ruth Harris Gillis of Branford, CT on June 8, 2018 1946 Carol Sayers Vockel of Delray Beach, FL on December 9, 2017 1947 Jane Pelham Carlson of Weston, MA on April 19, 2018 1948 Ida Blake Long of Santa Monica, CA on August 11, 2017

continue to inspire others for generations to come.

1948 Margaret Curtis McKinney of Chapel Hill, NC on April 4, 2018

Upon her retirement, Leslie lived in Ridgefield, CT. Previously, she was a pediatric

1950 Lucy Roesler Bollman of Solomons, MD on April 27, 2018

occupational therapist in private practice in Pleasantville, NY, using her energy and creativity to help young patients succeed. Her devotion earned her the

1951 Sarah Ackerman Clark of Blue Hill, ME on May 13, 2018

admiration and respect of many colleagues in her field.

1952 Ann Farnsworth Mestres of New York, NY on March 10, 2018

Leslie was a member of the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, NY, and enjoyed golf,

1953 Elaine Schenck Hawes of Ray, MI on May 28, 2018

bridge and equestrian pursuits. She traveled the world with her family and was a lover of animals — especially her Tibetan terriers and her horse, Fred. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Peter; and their two children, Stuart Marra and his wife, Sarah; Brooke Johnson and her husband, Jeremiah; and three grandchildren, Brandon and Emma Johnson, and Carter Ryan Marra. Leslie’s example is an inspiration to all who knew her, and she will be missed by the Masters community.

1954 Jane Cochran Hughes of Saunderstown, RI on May 9, 2018 1956 Margot Kittredge of Carlisle, MA on May 12, 2018 1956 Cynthia Compton Starkovsky of Del Mar, CA on April 14, 2017 1958 Susan Mitchell Klosek of Dobbs Ferry, NY on May 9, 2018 1961 Nancy Lyons Wildemuth of Peoria, IL on February 1, 2017 1965 Ann Howe Billings Hilton of Nashville, TN on August 12, 2018 1967 Leslie May Marra of Ridgefield, CT on May 26, 2018


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Fall 2018 The Bulletin  
Fall 2018 The Bulletin