the masters school | winter 2013
gymnasium squash courts digital arts fencing
The New Community Athletics and Arts Center Form follows function...and philosophy.
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Arts and athletics come together in an interconnected and architecturally exciting fashion in the Community Athletics and Arts Center, which will include a swimming pool, squash courts, dance studios, an experimental theater, new gym, and much more.
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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION...AND PHILOSOPHY >> The new Community Athletics and Arts Center is not just a building, but a manifestation of the School’s philosophy of integrating diverse elements—including athletics, arts, leadership and community engagement—all in a central hub.
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>> The Global Initiatives Council looks to the future, expanding and deepening programs to prepare students to be “responsible citizens” in an ever-changing global economy.
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FROM MAUREEN FONSECA ON CAMPUS AUTHOR’S CORNER ALUMNAE/I UPDATE SNAPSHOTS CLASS NOTES LAST LOOK
>> Developing leadership skills has been part of the School’s mission since the days of Eliza Bailey Masters. Now the program is being formalized, with faculty helping students develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
LEGO ROBOTICS PROGRAM >> Middle School sixth grade “engineers” are immersed in building robots that will respond to their every command, traveling a maze and ultimately building a “green city.” the bulletin | winter 2013 | 01
FROM MAUREEN FONSECA
More Than Just a Building Dear Friends, One of the hallmarks of The Masters School is its strong sense of community. A rich learning environment where diversity is not only accepted but embraced and celebrated. The Harkness teaching method builds on this sense of inclusiveness to foster collaboration and spontaneous debate providing students with a strong preparation for the demands of higher education. Just as the Harkness table spurs connectivity among students, the new Community Athletics and Arts Center (CAAC) will be a connective hub of activity encouraging students to become engaged across a wide range of activities. It will encourage all students, in the words of Eliza Masters, to be involved beyond the self. The CAAC will facilitate awareness and appreciation of work beyond school and the diverse strengths of everyone within the community. This issue of The Bulletin is an exciting one. It will introduce you to the philosophy behind the design of the CAAC, give you a glimpse of the vision and excitement that is brewing on campus as we make preparations for its construction. This issue also features articles on global studies and ethical leadership that are vivid demonstrations of the breadth and strength of our school’s community, as well as wonderful news of the accomplishments and successes of our alumnae/i from across the generations. The Masters School’s commitment to diversity, collaboration and open dialogue will be brought to life and strengthened with the addition of the CAAC. It will enhance our arts “I hope you share my offerings and substantially improve and expand our athletics facilities adding swimming, enthusiasm for this squash, a black box theater, a café, a music performance room and much more —and all transformative new building housed under one roof with exceptional transparency and light. We are striving for a LEED and I look forward to your gold status through the use of recycled materials and alternative energy sources. I hope you support in taking this share my enthusiasm for this transformative new building and I look forward to your important next step in support in taking this important next step in our history. our history.” Recognizing we are all citizens of the world, the global studies initiatives broaden the worldview of our students in the classroom and across all their learning experiences. Similarly, being a responsible citizen of our global community also requires ethical leadership skills—knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good. This reminds me of a young student who, when asked what it meant to be ethical, said “doing the right thing when no one is looking.” Masters is so fortunate to have received a $1 million endowment gift to establish a formal ethical leadership program to further infuse ethical leadership concepts into the culture of the school. From our bold new CAAC, global initiatives to ethical leadership—all these are manifestations of the school’s identity and our ability to shape and transform our students’ lives and the world community around us. Enjoy the stories and images that follow. The Masters School continues to offer an exceptional educational experience grounded in the same values and ethics that have been part of the school for over 130 years. As always, please share your thoughts, reminiscences and ideas with me at any time.
MAUREEN FONSECA, Ph.D. Head of School
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The New Community Athletics and Arts Center
Form follows function... and philosophy SINCE GOING CO-ED IN THE MID-1990S, THE MASTERS SCHOOL HAS EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS, UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH. By Carol Bialkowski
Enrollment has expanded to 603 day and boarding students. A new Middle School and science and technology center were built. Faculty apartments were constructed. Harkness and CITYterm were introduced. As a result, a faculty of distinction has been drawn to this unique, dynamic community. The next logical step in the school’s evolution was the vision for the Community Athletics and Arts Center (CAAC), an equally unique facility connected to Strayer Hall that will serve as a muchneeded central gathering space for students of all ages and interests and is critical for us as a boarding school. What makes the CAAC so distinctive is the fact that it brings athletics and the arts together in an architecturally exciting way that allows students participating in activities in the building to see and interact with one another. As brief background, the planning for the CAAC began in 2007 with the strategic planning Board retreat, followed by engagement of an architectural firm and development of building plans. With the downturn of the economy in 2008, it was deemed prudent to postpone the CAAC in favor of more discreet, less expensive projects such as the new track and turf field, fitness center improvements and new music rehearsal space. Now the school is committed to building the CAAC, our highest priority project, with the goal of opening in the 2014-15 school year (contingent on additional fundraising requirements staying on schedule). 04 | www.mastersny.org
“I’ve been a trustee since 1999 and the CAAC is by far the most significant and game-changing project that we have undertaken as a school,” said Tracy Tang Limpe ’80, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The impact it will have on everyone who is associated with the Masters community – boarding students, day students, faculty – will be enormous.” Through the extensive use of glass walls and open spaces, “we created a building that supports community interaction,” said Peter Gisolfi, founding partner of the architectural firm Peter Gisolfi Associates. “While you’re hanging out talking with your friends, you could watch any of 10 or 11 activities going on at the same time. You could see people playing in the gym or on the squash courts, you could see an exhibit in the art gallery, you could see students practicing in the music and performance space, you could look at people running on the indoor track. It’s an intentionally ‘revealing’ building to evoke the Masters spirit of community.” >>
The Campus Hub Extensive use of glass walls and open spaces in the three-story center creates inviting spaces for students to gather.
Amphitheater Seating built into the hill will provide a natural outdoor amphitheater for informal productions and events.
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“It’s more than a building. It’s a manifestation of our educational philosophy,” noted Tim Kane, Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement. “At the core of what we do, we bring people together from different places, different points of view, different walks of life, different interests. The CAAC is the Harkness philosophy taken to another level by bringing together students of disparate interests – athletics, arts, leadership, community engagement – in a central hub.” When discussions about a new building began several years ago, they focused on addressing two “clear deficits” – the lack of a meaningful gathering space for students and the need for a larger gymnasium to accommodate the growing roster of athletic teams. “That’s how it first started out,” recalled Head of School Maureen Fonseca. “As a boarding school, the new space is almost a requirement. We’re lucky to be so close to New York City and we take the kids to lots of programs there on weekends. But, as teenagers, you want to have a place to just relax and be with your friends. The weekend vibrancy needed a home.” In terms of athletics, “kids are still playing in a gym that was built in the 1950s when there were 300 girls in the school. Now we’re at 603 and co-ed and the world is a different place than it was in the 1950s,” said Limpe. Today, more than a dozen teams practice and hold their events in the gym, including boys’ and girls’ middle school junior varsity and varsity basketball, and girls’ middle school, junior varsity and varsity volleyball. The boys’ and girls’ fencing teams also hold their competitions in the gym. As a result, scheduling can present quite a challenge. “It’s overtaxed,” Kane summed up.
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“That’s what initially drove the decision. But it doesn’t fit in with our ethos to have a stand-alone student center or a standalone athletic center,” he continued. “We need a campus center, a hub of activity that is both a student gathering place and a center of activity for athletics, arts, community service and leadership. What’s the glue that holds it all together? Food. Put a cafe right in the middle of it and you have a really imaginative, innovative building that’s very different from anything else out there.”
Six- Lane Swimming Pool A six-lane competition swimming pool will include seating for 180 spectators.
“Our ability to create a facility that integrates all aspects of the Masters mission under one roof is unique,” agreed Ralph Rosenberg, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees. “The CAAC will help complete the school’s commitment to developing well-rounded students who have enthusiasm and appreciation for academics, the arts and athletics.” The CAAC will enable Masters to expand existing athletic teams, add new sports such as swimming and squash, and host
local and regional athletic events. Highlights of the 75,000-squarefoot building include: a state-of-the-art fencing facility, six-lane competition swimming pool, four international-size squash courts, fitness center, running track and a gymnasium with a regulation basketball court, two practice courts and two volleyball courts. (See page 9 for a complete list of CAAC features.) “The building will support both the recreational athlete and the team athlete whose goal is to play competitively after prep school,“ noted Kevin Versen, Director of Athletics and Physical Education. “Many athletes in the surrounding areas of New York look toward New England for their boarding experience. The CAAC will enrich both our day and boarding programs, bringing the boarding school experience a little closer to home and enabling Masters to compete head to head with New England prep schools.” From an arts perspective, the new facility will feature two dance studios, a large art gallery, dedicated music rehearsal and performance space, an experimental black box theater, and a media arts lab for video and photo post-production as well as a dedicated video and photography studio. “It’s going to be an exiting space for us,” said Madeline Wilson, Chair of the Visual Arts Department, “opening up some opportunities so Experimental Theater that the art department can keep The experimental black box evolving. It will double the size and theater’s flexible layout and capability of the department to schedule digital classes. >> seating will be ideal for drama and music events.
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We will have a dedicated room for the newspaper. It will give us a lot more breathing space...and a lot more flexible space. I see it as something we can grow into and change as time goes on.” Fonseca and Kane view the CAAC as essential to the future of Masters. “It’s a very competitive world and we are a tuitiondriven institution. That’s a reality,” said Kane. “Having this building on campus will enhance a very important area where we need improvement – athletics – while further strengthening our highly respected and vibrant arts program. This will make us more competitive in the marketplace both for day and boarding families.” Dr. Fonseca and the Board of Trustees are working with parent and alumnae/i donors to complete the leadership phase of the CAAC to ensure that the construction timetable to open in the 2014-15 academic year can be met. In recent months, the School has secured over $11 million in commitments toward the $25 million project goal. “We hope that current parents will believe in it enough to support it whether or not their child will still be a student when the project is finished,” said Limpe. “For parents of past students it’s more the concept of ‘pay it forward.’ Their children had a stellar experience here because of the wonderful things that previous families and alums had given to the school. That never would have happened if other people didn’t think about supporting the school and preparing it for the future.”
Fencing A state-of-the-art fencing space will include four competition strips, two practice strips, and viewing for more than 100 spectators.
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From the solar panels on the roof to the energy-eﬃcient heating and cooling system to the conspicuous lack of paint, the Community Athletics and Arts Center (CAAC) will be a“green“ building. In fact, it will be a LEED-certified Gold building, according to Peter Gisolfi, founding partner of the architectural firm Peter Gisolfi Associates.
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LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability and the best way to demonstrate that a building project is truly green. Gold is the second-highest level of certification offered in the rating system. “On the heating side, this is a slam dunk,“ said Gisolfi.“We’re using gasfired condensing boilers, which have something like 95 percent efficiency. We have a very efficient chilled-water cooling system and photovoltaic panels on the roof, which will generate 15 to 20 percent of the electricity. And with all of the glass, we have daylight everywhere, so we are going to save on electricity.“ In terms of materials, the CAAC is “natural.“ The floors are wood and polished concrete, the walls are glass
and concrete block.“The goal is to make a simple building and not use a lot of synthetic materials,“ noted Gisolfi, pointing out that there will be very little paint inside the CAAC. “There’s a little bit of paint in the stairways and maybe some door trim, but the block walls aren’t painted. They’re sealed with a non-toxic sealer. Basically, when we put the material up, that’s it.You don’t have to go back and paint the entire building every year.“
The Community Athletics and Arts Center at a Glance Three-story student center with views into the athletics, arts and community activity spaces Cafe/bistro serving hot food and snacks Gymnasium with a regulation basketball court, two practice courts and two volleyball courts, with seating for 300 spectators Four international-size squash courts Six-lane competition swimming pool with seating for 180 spectators Fencing facility with four competition strips, two practice strips and viewing for more than 100 spectators Fitness center for student and faculty recreational use as well as athletics training and rehab Suspended running track Media arts lab for video and photo post-production as well as a dedicated video and photography studio Two new dance studios Experimental theater with black box capability and seating for 130 Third-floor art gallery Dedicated music rehearsal and performance space Courtyard with outdoor seating, an expansive lawn and an informal performance space
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Global Studies Initiatives Deepen Worldview for All Students “WE ARE ALL GLOBAL CITIZENS.” SO SAYS ADRIANA BOTERO, ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL FOR FACULTY AFFAIRS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. By Debbie Shure P’07 And she should know. As one of three faculty members spearheading the coordination of global initiatives at The Masters School, she is working with the Global Initiatives Council to further integrate this key component of the curriculum. With most Masters students growing up in the western world, “the question is what kind of global citizens will they be?” she asks. “There are choices to be made. Globalization is a fact. How we respond to it is key. Schools have a responsibility to address this in a proactive way.” At Masters, one of the cornerstones is the Global Coordinator position, which is currently shared by Mrs. Botero, Associate Dean of Students Gillian Crane ’92, and science teacher Leslie Reed. They work in conjunction with the Global Initiatives Council, which is composed of faculty and administrators. The goal is to further weave Global Studies into the curriculum and learning experiences of all students at The Masters School.
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“As we looked to design and implement more global initiatives at The Masters School, we realized how much we already do,“ states Crane. “By looking back through issues of The Bulletin and talking with students and faculty about our international travel experiences, we saw that some of the most important initiatives are already in place, with number one being to learn, understand and respect differences in world cultures, religions and customs by sharing classes with students from 28 countries.” Global Studies programs will continue to focus on inclusivity, respecting and celebrating the school’s diversity. “International students don’t come here to become Americans,” Botero explains. “It’s a two-way street. They learn about who we are and we learn from them. In the process, they enrich our school.” In both the near- and long-term, Global Studies will continue to expand. “We’re at the beginning of the action phase of planning,” states Reed. “Laura Krier (the former Global Studies Coordinator) set the stage for how these programs would manifest themselves. We’re carrying those plans forward.” Signature initiatives will be continued, including our relationship with sister schools: Jian Ping School in Shanghai, China; Morioka Chuo High School in Japan; Pusan National University School in Korea; and with five schools in Haiti in conjunction with BAEH, the Office of Anglican Leslie Reed
Over the long term, goals include: • Addition of a global speaker and performance series. • Expanded efforts to embrace the cultures of other countries. For example, this year the fall play was Throne of Blood, a stage adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece Kumonosu-Jo. A boarding student presented information on Japan at Upper School morning meeting. The Global Initiatives Council also envisions working with the Dining Hall staff to feature meals from specific countries tied to the curriculum and/or co-curriculars such as the play. Other activities could include contests, such as a chopstick challenge or a sushi-making event. • Model U.N. themes for each year will be integrated into the curriculum, guest speaker presentations, and classroom reading in creative ways. “Ideally, I’d love to have schoolwide themes for Model U.N., with curriculum linked to the international theme,” Reed notes. “The themes could be approached from all angles. It could be fluid, interdisciplinary, but not mandatory.” • Development of a special website section dedicated to Global Studies. >>
Annual international trips encourage students“to connect classroom learning to the world beyond.” The summer 2012 trip to Photos: Sam Miller ’14
Education in Haiti Bureau. In the future, the Global Initiatives Council plans to be more proactive and intentional in defining these relationships, Botero says. “We have spent time developing the language we want for our sister school agreements,” explains Crane. “When we go somewhere, we don’t want a tourist experience. We want to immerse ourselves in the culture and family life through homestays. “We are also working to develop relationships with other schools around the world in hopes of having Skype relationships for language classes. We are also exploring the possibility of working together with another school on joint classroom projects. Of course, these are long-term goals, but I have seen schools do this successfully. We have been lucky to develop relationships with our current sister schools through personal connections. Now we’re excited to reach beyond and further expand the network.” The school also plans to continue its annual Upper School international trip for students during the summer that includes an environmental component. “Global awareness is what it’s all about,” Reed adds. “With global awareness embedded in the curriculum, we could offer seamless cultural exchange trips for students. What better way is there to learn about other cultures? Travel can change your life. It matters so much.” “We want to thoughtfully develop trips that allow our students to connect classroom learning to the world beyond,“ states Crane. “This will hopefully inspire a passion for travel and understanding of why students need to study specific subjects.” On past school-sponsored trips, students have studied art and architecture in Morocco, tracked panthers as part of a preservation effort in Brazil, participated in a world environmental conference in Japan, experienced language immersion in France and Quebec, Canada, and studied animal and plant life in the savannah in Africa. Upper School courses and clubs also reflect the importance of Global Studies. The school currently offers Model United Nations (World History II), World Health, World Religions, special projects within the arts, as well as modern and classical languages. Clubs range from the Model U.N. Club to the International Club, with specific language clubs offering a host of cultural activities throughout the year. Other plans call for an expansion of the Upper School’s “international dinner to become an international week with more cultural presentations and more student involvement,” Botero adds. In addition, a series of presentations at morning meetings titled “Where I Come From” will encourage international students to discuss their families, dreams and aspirations on a more personal level, moving away from tourism to more on the cultural aspects of their home countries. “I would like for international students to share their cultures and have more visibility,” says Reed.
Morocco focused on art and architecture.
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Professional development opportunities for faculty also play a key role in advancing the Global Studies program. For example, the Tang Fellows program, established by Board Chair Tracy Tang Limpe ’80 and her family, has been instrumental in providing teachers with international learning experiences. “My goal as a Tang Fellow was to add new curricula units to our World History courses,” explains Jane Rechtman, History and Religion teacher and Dean of the Class of 2013. “My trip to China allowed me to explore both ancient and modern China through my visits to numerous historical sites and meetings with local dignitaries, and develop several units on ancient China.” The Kathryn W. Davis International Fund and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation have also been crucial in funding Global Studies initiatives, including the Global Studies Coordinator position. In terms of global learning and awareness, “there is so much that already exists here,” Botero adds. “The faculty is very experienced, well traveled and culturally aware.” And as current and future initiatives come together, Global Studies will continue to grow, contributing to the development of our students as responsible citizens of the world.
Global Initiatives Council Members of the Council include: Front Row (left to right): Leslie Reed, Adriana Botero, Gillian Crane ’92. Second Row: Bob Cornigans, Marianne van Brummelen, Ellen Cowhey, Lee Dieck, Christine Scott, Richard Simon. Third Row: Chris Goulian, Tim Weir, Tim Kane, John Comforto, Abdoulaye Ngom.
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THE MASTERS SCHOOL GLOBAL MISSION STATEMENT “At The Masters School, students are asked to participate actively in decisions affecting their lives and to develop an appreciation of their responsibilities through critical, creative and independent habits of thought. We believe this can only occur with a synthetic approach studying the world and its many cultures, both inside and outside the classroom, on our diverse campus, in New York City and abroad. Our global initiatives extend our student centered, experience-based and authentic approach to learning beyond the classroom and into the larger world.”
$1 Million Endowment Funds Ethical Leadership Initiative “ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IS KNOWING YOUR CORE VALUES AND HAVING THE COURAGE TO LIVE THEM IN ALL PARTS OF YOUR LIFE IN SERVICE OF THE COMMON GOOD.”
— Center for Ethical Leadership
By Carol Bialkowski By definition, “ethical leadership” has always been part of The Masters School mission and philosophy. This past spring a formal program intended to foster the development of this quality was introduced thanks to a $1M endowment gift from an alumna from the Class of 1952 who wishes to remain anonymous. The generous donation created the Ethical Leadership Program, co-directed by Eileen Dieck, M.D., science teacher and Dean of the Class of 2015, and Matthew Kammrath, mathematics teacher and Associate Director for Athletic Development. Unlike science or mathematics, ethical leadership isn’t a class or a department. It’s a project whose focus is to further weave ethical leadership concepts into the fabric and culture of the school in an intentional, structured way. “You don’t pass the ethical leadership class and then you’re done,“ Dieck states. “The goal of the program is to make this an ‘every day “The goal of the program in every way’ process – whether you’re is to make this an‘every in English class or math class or on the basketball court or the stage.” “If all of us are on the same page,” Kammrath adds, “what an amazing experience it would be for students to move through this school and have their theater teacher, their
math teacher, their coach all talking to them about the decisions they’re making and the effect it has on people.” Toward that end, Dieck and Kammrath are working with faculty members to “help them think about ways they can incorporate ethical leadership into whatever they do, whether it’s coaching or teaching or dorm parenting,” Dieck notes. >>
day in every way’process,” explains Lee Dieck (right), Co-Director of the Ethical Leadership Program.
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with them, and they will have an opportunity “The goal is to have people in each to take 20 or 30 minutes out of their day to department who become familiar with these focus on something that’s really bothering techniques and can then help their colleagues them. It’s like the world goes away and we see ways they can bring this to their classroom. focus on this one issue,” states Kammrath. This is accomplished through on- and off-site “We work through it, ask questions and professional development and shared best they come up with the solutions themselves. practices. Middle School deans and faculty We finish up with action steps to take and then members are a critical part of this group.” they let us know how it went,” he continues. The culture of The Masters School “We’re part coach, part mentor, part instructor, ideally lends itself to such a process, according giving them the vocabulary and showing them to the co-directors. “Our kids already ask deep a format they can use to attack this particular questions and discuss them. That’s the nature of Matthew Kammrath and Eileen Dieck, M.D. problem as well as other Harkness, so it’s really more about challenges they’re going to face.” tweaking a model that already Dieck and Kammrath hope exists,” says Dieck. “In a to recruit other faculty members chemistry class, for example, for the Leadership Lab and, students can learn not only about ultimately, reach a point where atoms and elements, but also can older students act as mentors to discuss the impact of chemical younger students at Masters. dumping in developing nations, “Hopefully, by the time they’re in and the decision-making that twelfth grade they’ll be ready to go leads to that kind of activity. It’s out and give back to the Middle just a matter of expanding the School, the freshmen, the new focus and changing the questions students. What a way for kids to a bit. This can be done in any finish their time here,” says discipline.” Kammrath. “For us, that would Dieck and Kammrath are be a success. Not that it’s going to also working directly with Ethical leadership meetings are designed to draw students into a discussion of the skills, happen in six months, but for us students at all levels in the Upper vocabulary, and decision-making processes needed to become an eﬀective leader. to feel like we really did School. As part of the freshman something, that’s where it’s going to be.” seminar, the co-directors will introduce a curriculum this spring The Ethical Leadership Program will no doubt benefit from intended to familiarize students with basic ethical vocabulary and dedicated space in the new Community Athletics and Arts Center. analysis. Dieck and Kammrath will have offices in the building as well as “We’re doing specific programs for the sophomores to access to space where they can meet with groups of students. “It’s not familiarize them with the vocabulary, the skills and the questions you huge, but it’s enough for a very large Harkness table where you could need to ask yourself before you can think of yourself leading others,” have 18 kids sitting together. So one person would be able to talk to a says Dieck. “We talk about things like how does that decision impact student privately while the other is working with a bigger group,” you and the world around you? Is it helping your community grow states Head of School Maureen Fonseca. “We wanted to have a stronger? Is it helping you grow stronger? Is it detracting from who dedicated space because it’s much more intentional when you you are? What are the implications of doing that? It’s called ethical dedicate a space – a little real estate – to a program.” leadership, but in a sense you’re developing the unique character of Dr. Fonseca’s intention for the new program is to “ensure that the kids you’re working with.” every single student at The Masters School practices ethical decisionIn addition, the co-directors are working one-on-one with making and has a chance to form leadership roles beyond just being students in the junior and senior year in what they call the Leadership president of the class. It already is part of what we expect,“ she says, Lab. “A lot of kids are coming in and saying, ‘This is what’s going on. “but now it will be infused on a much deeper level.” I need some advice on how to get through it.’ So we’ll sit and talk
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Lego Robotics Takes the Middle School by Storm ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS, A DOZEN DILIGENT FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS CAN BE FOUND EXCITEDLY WRITING COMPUTER PROGRAMS, GATHERING AND ANALYZING DATA, TESTING AND MODIFYING THEIR WORK, AND EXERCISING THEIR ENGINEERING MUSCLES IN THE PROCESS. By Carol Bialkowski They’re not learning these valuable skills in a math or science class, however. They’re learning them in a Lego Robotics activity introduced in the winter trimester by Academic Technology Coordinator Lynne Versen. Using Lego Mindstorms NXT technology, teams of two students design, build and program their own robots to successfully navigate a maze. “It’s a fun, hands-on approach to learning STEM concepts – science, technology, engineering and
math – which is a huge initiative in education today,” explains Versen, who has 10 years of experience working with Lego Robotics in the classroom. For Versen’s students, it all starts with an “intelligent” Lego brick (the “brain” of the robot) to which various sensors are attached. There are sensors for rotation, sound, touch and light as well as an ultrasonic sensor, which enables the robot to judge distance and “see” where objects are. >>
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Versen introduces her students to the simplest sensor first—the rotation sensor—which tells the robot to turn left or right, go forward or backward, how fast and for how long. “Once you get into the other sensors, you’re dealing with thresholds. With sound, for example, you have to talk about the sound being above or below a certain threshold. You have to do a little more programming and understand how sound travels,” she explained. Middle School students “Light is a threshold, too. You have to take into meet each week to build consideration the light in the room. It may have and program their robots been sunny when you programmed the robot, but it may be cloudy when you test it. So you have to to successfully manage go back and re-program. As you go through each tasks required in the sensor it’s a little more complicated.” trimester’s culminating After learning about all of the sensors, students write a program (using icon-based dragGreen City Challenge. and-drop software) to make the robot go forward, turn right, go straight, turn left—whatever it must do to make it through the maze—and download the sequential instructions to the brick. A program may say, for example, “Go forward until the touch sensor is pressed, then stop,” Versen notes. “Rarely does it work when they download it to the robot. So they have to go back and see what they missed in the programming. There’s a lot of trouble shooting and problem solving...and patience” involved in the project. The grand finale, scheduled to take place in the Great Hall, will be a Green City Challenge. The robots built by the students must complete a number of missions simulating real-life engineering problems, each environmentally focused (such as building a power plant, wind turbine and dam) and conducted on a “gigantic mat with images of trees and grass and a body of water running through it,” she says. As students complete each mission, they are awarded an energy brick. When all the missions are completed, students use their collected energy bricks to power the Green City’s facilities that were built by their robots. If the robotics class is as successful as Versen suspects it will be, she plans to offer it during each trimester. “It’s a nice introduction for kids because it combines engineering and programming, but it’s a lot easier than ‘real’ programming where you have to type everything in. Plus, all the kids are drawn to Legos,” she said, pointing out that the class is evenly divided between girls and boys. “I’m really excited because the robotics classes are generally all boys, so to have 50 percent girls is amazing.”
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TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES LAUNCHED Lynne Versen joined The Masters School as Academic Technology Coordinator this past fall, after 12 years of teaching in suburban Chicago, and has already made a significant impact on the community.
Working from a box filled with parts, students construct their robots and then program them to navigate a maze.
>> She is supporting teachers with Weekly Technology Tips and Monthly Technology Newsletters as well as Technology Workshops offered both during the school day and after school. Smart Board Software and Google Docs Workshops have already been held, and Web 2.0 Workshops are planned for winter/spring.
>> The Middle School math teachers have implemented IXL, an engaging, individualized, self-paced online math practice program. Teachers receive reports detailing what skills students have mastered and where they need help, enabling the faculty to “differentiate their lessons to meet the needs of every student.”
>> Versen has worked closely with Librarian Judy Murphy to evaluate and revise the available online research tools. As a result, Masters will be implementing a new research tool called NoodleTools, which offers integrated tools for notetaking, outlining, citation, document archiving/ annotation, and collaborative research and writing.
Innovative ideas for use of technology, combined with practical skills, characterize Lynne Versen’s work with students and faculty. As Academic Technology Coordinator, she introduced the Middle School Lego Robotics program during the winter trimester.
>> Technology also has made its way into the Modern and Classical Languages Department. “One of the Spanish teachers, Molly Lori, has been working with me to implement technology into her Spanish lessons,” Versen states. “She is looking for ways for students to practice both verbal and written skills. We decided to use VoiceThread, an online collaborative conversation tool that allows students to comment on pictures, images or statements both verbally and through text. To familiarize themselves with the site, students did an exercise where they used ‘estilo indirecto’ (indirect speech) to talk about a picture. Students got creative and everyone agreed that the new activity should be a part of class and/or homework assignments.”
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National Merit Competition Recognizes Masters Students Five seniors at The Masters School have qualified as semifinalists in the prestigious 2013 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are: Hallie N. Voulgaris, Evan Zhang, Albert L. Xu, Raphael Norwitz, and Jacklyn Liu. Eight additional seniors have been recognized as Commended Students. They are: Bernard Daley, Dylan Etzel, Matthew Fasman, Angie Liao, Hannah Nash, Max Borowitz, Noah Buyon and Raleigh Capozzalo.
Tower Wins Gold Medal Tower, The Masters School’s newspaper, was awarded a gold medal in the 2012 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Medalist Critique for the 2011-2012 school year under the direction of Daniel Block ’12 and Alicia Chon ’12 (below), with guidance from advisor and journalism teacher Ellen Cowhey. This year’s editors, Tyler Pager ’13 and Johanna Costigan ’13, are planning to create an online version of Tower so that parents and alums can read all about Masters School news and events.
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Masters Wins Hackley Holiday Tournament The Masters School Varsity Basketball team won the championship at the Hackley Holiday Invitational Tournament on Saturday, December 8. Junior Tim Reitzenstein was named to the alltournament team and sophomore Mike Jurzynski was recognized as tournament MVP. Masters beat Hackley in the final game, 55-31. Congratulations to the entire team, including Head Coach
Championship Basketball Team
Matt Kammrath and Assistant Coach
The varsity basketball
team celebrated its championship victory at the Hackley Holiday Invitational Tournament.
First Parent Golf O uting M ay 3, 2013
Two Parents Join Board of Trustees The Masters School is fortunate to have two dedicated parents join the Board of Trustees. Jonathan Clay P’17, ’19 and Stephan Feder P’15, ’19 are the newest members to join the Board. Jonathan Clay lives in Bronxville with his wife, Whitney, and two sons, Jamie ’17 and Harry ’19. A graduate of Harvard, Jon worked at New York City-based advertising firms J. Walter Thompson and Y&R before leaving to create his own firm focusing on sports marketing with an emphasis on golf. The Clays have been actively involved since joining the School. Jon has served on the Development Committee for the past two years, and both he and Whitney served as Dinner Co-Chairs for the Spring 2012 Gala. Jon’s family also has a long legacy at the school through his grandmother, Emily Thomas Clay ’16, and great aunt “Tai” Clay on one side, and Eliot Brady Stewart ’56 on his mother's side.
FORE! Join Masters parents and friends for the school's first parent golf outing on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Ardsley Country Club.
Overlooking the majestic Hudson River since 1895, the Ardsley Country Club is one of the oldest and most distinguished clubs in the country.
Steve Feder retired at the end of 2011 from the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Steve began his career with Simpson Thacher in 1979 and had been a partner since 1986. From 2001 to 2003, Steve served as the Managing Partner of the firm's Hong Kong office. Steve represented several leading investment banks and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. His practice included a focus on acquisition financings, structured debt and equity offerings, and corporate banking financings, as well as conventional securities offerings.
The outing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and includes a brunch buﬀet, 18 holes of golf, a cocktail reception, prizes, and more!
If you are interested in participating as a single golfer, a foursome, or just learning more about this fun event, please contact: Amie Servino, Director of Parent Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve received his B.A. from Queen's College of the City University of New York in 1974 and his J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 1979. Steve and his wife, Bobbie, live in Greenwich, CT with their children, Sydney ’15 and Elliott ’19.
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Live, Eat, Cook Healthy By Rachel Khanna P’17, ’18 Published by Rachel Khanna Publishing, January 8, 2013 http://liveeatcookhealthy.com Learn how to assess your lifestyle and eating habits, how to feed your body what it truly needs, and how to buy the healthiest, whole foods possible through Live, Eat, Cook Healthy, by Masters School parent Rachel Khanna. As she notes on her website, the book is designed to “help you navigate the vast amounts of healthy living information now available. In addition to the more than 130 fresh recipes for everyday meals that I’ve included, there’s also in-depth information about how to choose the most nutritious and sustainable natural foods available—all designed to make positive changes to your overall well-being.” Rachel understands the value of healthy eating. As an accomplished chef and holistic health counselor, she has positively impacted the lives of many people through her cooking classes, workshops and
Edith Lunt Small By Edith Lunt Small ’49 Published by Edith Lunt Small, 2011 ISBN: 0615515142, 9780615515144 “Over the course of a lifetime dedicated to her art, Edith Lunt Small has created a universe,” stated Marjorie B. Searl, Chief Curator, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. “…she fills her works with the details of specific times, places, and people, and in so doing, creates personal ‘maps’ in a very large and imaginative atlas. Contained with Edie’s atlas are vignettes of family, friends, homes, and pets, set in cheerful landscapes, documenting the doings of a privileged slice of Upstate New York society.” 20 | www.mastersny.org
individual and group coaching. Rachel trained at the renowned Institute of Culinary Education, then founded Tiffin, in Greenwich, CT, her successful organic catering business. Later, she became a certified health counselor and food therapist through programs at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition® and the Natural Gourmet Institute, respectively. During a recent relocation to Singapore, Rachel studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Acupressure and Emotional Freedom Technique. She also holds a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in holistic health from the Global College of Natural Medicine. Live, Eat, Cook Healthy is Rachel’s first book.
Portions of that beautiful atlas are captured in Edith Lunt Small, a stunningly beautiful 107-page book featuring a selection of the colorful artwork she has created throughout her life. The book also contains images of “what Edie sees as threats to the ‘peaceable kingdoms’ of her universe,” notes Searl in her introduction. “Words that define and describe—autobiographical, anecdotal, and allegorical—only begin to touch on the depth of Edie’s response to the world around her. Action characterizes her working style.” After graduating from RIT’s Applied Art program in 1952, Lunt explains that her “affinity for comic books, medieval art, Japanese prints and outsider art decided me on the course to take. Realistic art was not for me. Switching from oils to acrylic was a boon due to my interest in design, flatness and speed. The next problem to tackle was lack of dimension, so by cutting out trees, boats, etc., and attaching them to the surface, I added relief to the work. The surface changed and became more interesting…” See for yourself by picking up a copy of this beautiful book by a Dobbs alum.
WRITING & HEALING: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors By Pamela Post-Ferrante ’64, M.Ed., M.F.A., CAGS Published by Hatherleigh/Random House, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-57826-422-3 www.writingandhealing.com Numerous studies have shown that writing about life experiences and about our emotional thoughts, can not only reduce stress and anxiety, it can help our immune system and overall physical health as well. Author and teacher Pamela Post-Ferrante ’64, who survived four diagnoses of breast cancer and eight surgeries during the course of five years, has been leading writing workshops for cancer patients and survivors, as well as for health professionals for over 10 years. In her new book, WRITING & HEALING: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors, Post-Ferrante outlines 12 writing sessions, each with a healing theme, empowering patients and survivors to become active participants in their own healing by learning to put their feelings and experiences into words. The book includes a CD with 12 guided meditations and is designed to be a guide for leading support group sessions so that cancer survivors can come together for mindfulness, creativity and community. It can be used by cancer survivors who want to form their own groups, cancer survivors who want to write alone and share with a writing
buddy or for health professionals who would like to lead Writing and Healing sessions. Each chapter includes writing prompts, writing exercises, a list of materials and step-by-step instructions for how to lead or follow the sessions. The author also suggests exercises for between sessions and includes creative writings and drawings by past workshop participants. Beautiful color photos of nature adorn almost every page setting a peaceful, healing tone. An empowering and uplifting guided journey, WRITING & HEALING will enable readers to find a new and stronger self in the midst of and after cancer. One workshop participant wrote of the healing experience, “The more I write, the lighter I feel. It’s as if the stories— the heaviness of my history—fall from my shoulders one by one.“ (Taken from press materials) A personal message from Pamela: Masters was a special place for me. It was where I learned to love books and to believe in the power of the written word. I had come from a small public school in Ohio, so the library and Masters Hall early morning Chapel and discussion—usually about helping others—was significant to who I have become. Cancer is beginning to thin our numbers. I wanted my classmates and the School to be aware of this book—in the tradition of Dobbs's message of study and service.
Create your Masters legacy for future generations Membership in The Estherwood Society is The Masters School’s way of recognizing and thanking alumnae/i, parents, and friends for their foresight and generosity to the School through their estate plans. • Include The Masters School in your will • Elect the School as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, lead or remainder trust, or retirement assets. If you have included Masters in your will and have not informed the School, please contact us so that we may add your name to our list of Estherwood Society members. If you are considering including Masters in your will, we would be delighted to provide you with further information. For information, please contact Sophia B. Primps in the Advancement Oﬃce at 914-479-6575 or email email@example.com.
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Kozar Named Director of Alumnae/i Relations The Masters School welcomes Kathy Kozar P'02 as its new Director of Alumnae/i Relations in the Advancement Office. Kathy is the proud parent of Matt Kozar, who is currently a reporter for WABC-TV. Matt graduated from The Masters School in 2002 and sits on the Alumnae/i Board.
Alumnae/i Leaders Return for Leadership Weekend A group of dedicated alumnae/i returned to school for a special Volunteer Leadership Weekend on October 12-13. They learned about developments at The Masters School, spent time planning alum activities for the coming year, enjoyed a Performing Arts Showcase, toured the building site for our new Community Athletics and Arts Center, visited the Greene Family Field and track, and enjoyed networking at dinners and receptions. They also attended the annual Convocation ceremony, where they were moved by speeches from the Co-Chairs of Community Government, Helena de Oliveira ’13 and Alex Minton ’13.
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Leadership Weekend Dedicated Masters School volunteers returned to campus for a weekend of special activities including a reception at Park Cottage (top) and a tour of the Community Athletics and Arts Center building site (below left). Architectural renderings of the building were displayed by Mary Ryan ’00 (below right), Director of the Annual Fund.
MISH Presentation Features
Jewelle Bickford ’59 Women for Women International was the focus of a presentation by board member Jewelle Bickford ’59 at Upper School Morning Meeting on Tuesday, December 11.
Alumnae/i Board Adds Three New Members
The organization’s mission is to provide “women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-suﬃciency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.”
Three outstanding alums have joined the Board of the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association. Evan Leek ’01 is Director of Digital Media at a high-technology public relations firm in Boston's emerging Seaport district. In that position, he oversees a wide range of social and digital media initiatives for a number of clients ranging from large software companies to local startups. Since graduating from The Masters School, he received his B.A. from Wheaton College, and two master’s degrees from Emerson College. He currently lives in Brookline, MA. Evan comes from a long line of Masters School graduates beginning with his aunt, who was a member of the Class of 1933.
Since 2005, Ms. Bickford has Jewelle Bickford ’59 (center) was introduced by her been working with Women granddaughter, Emily Lansbury ’13 (left), and Margot for Women as a board Abrahams ’13, prior to a MISH presentation on Women member, chair of for Women International. development, and as a sister to almost eleven women worldwide. Prior to joining the board, she traveled to Rwanda to see firsthand the work being done by the organization and to meet the first “sister”who she would sponsor. Women for Women International was founded by Zainab Salbi in 1993, she explained. Since that time, the organization has directly helped 350,000 women rebuild their lives and learn incomeproducing skills. The group operates programs in eight countries: Sudan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. For $30 per month, donors sponsor a sister, who receives “financial and emotional support, job skills training, rights awareness, leadership education, access to microcredit and markets for distribution.” Ms. Bickford’s MISH presentation was sponsored by the Media Awareness Club (MAC); a Jeans Day to benefit Women for Women International was held on December 14. She was introduced by MAC Co-Presidents Elizabeth Lansbury ’13 (her granddaughter) and Margot Abrahams ’13. As Elizabeth noted in her remarks, Ms. Bickford is a “wife, mother, grandmother, women’s rights activist, investment banker, and all-around amazing individual.” She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Wealth Division at GenSpring. Margot explained that MAC was sponsoring this presentation because the organization “has done so much, and as a club that wants to spread awareness, it is our goal to spread the word about Women for Women International.”
Ricardo Oelkers ’03 lives and works in Washington, DC, as an Associate for a London-based consulting firm specializing in Internal Communications. He previously worked in the financial services industry for two-and-a-half years in Philadelphia, PA. Ricardo is an active volunteer at Food & Friends, contributing his time to food preparation and delivering meals. He spends his leisure time playing in various soccer leagues on the National Mall and supporting the local sports teams. Sujata Adamson-Mohan ’01 lives in Manhattan and works as the U.S. Engagement Manager for ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). In this position, Sujata oversees all member communications in the United States. She received a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and a M.A. and M.S. from Simmons College.
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The Richmond Legacy: Remembering Eleanor “Nell” Angle Richmond ’34 By Durrie Golding P’09
Tom were a formidable team, committed to doing everything within their power to strengthen the School through their strong vision and leadership. The Masters School would not be the place it is today without Nell and Tom.
Eleanor “Nell” Angle Richmond ’34, together with her husband, Tom, and their family, have established an extraordinary legacy at The Masters School. From the very beginning, Nell demonstrated exceptional leadership as a member of the class of 1934 both in the classroom, and through her involvement as a member of DAA (Dobbs Athletic Association), Glee Club, and Phoenix (the honorary Drama Society). She mentioned later in her life that her love of singing began at Dobbs and continued at Smith College and beyond. Her sister, Janet Angle Mays, also attended the school and graduated in 1938.
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A loyal alumna, Nell loved to talk about what her years at Dobbs meant to her, and the life-long friendships she made. She was a consummate volunteer on behalf of the School, and enjoyed editing Class Notes, galvanizing her class for their reunions, and hosting alumnae in her home. In 1971, she served as CoChair of the Fire Recovery Program, and Chair of the Centennial Committee in 1977. Starting in 1953, she served on the Board of Trustees in a variety of capacities, and was named an Honorary Trustee when her active service ended. She was also active in The Estherwood
Society, helping to increase awareness for our planned giving program. Nell and Tom Richmond sent four of their daughters to The Masters School: Ann Richmond Jennings ’58, Caroline Richmond Orgain ’64, Janet M. Richmond ’66, and Sarah Richmond Gray ’68. During these years, Tom served Dobbs as an active member of the Fathers Association and as a devoted trustee. He joined the Board as Secretary in October 1957 and served from 1968 to 1973 as Chairman, at which point he was elected an Honorary Trustee. Together Nell and
The Richmond Bowl Originally given by the Richmonds to reward outstanding volunteer leadership to the Annual Fund, the Richmond Bowl is now presented each year by the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association to an alumna/us whose exceptional support of and service to the school reflects the same outstanding quality of creative leadership demonstrated by the Richmond family. The Richmond Bowl is on display in the Alumnae/i Room in Masters Hall. There are two special places on campus that celebrate and commemorate the Richmond family legacy: The Richmond Alcove on the first floor of Morris Hall with lovely views facing Estherwood, and The Richmond Lobby outside the Claudia Boettcher Theatre. There is no simple way to say thank you to someone as special as Nell Angle Richmond ‘34. Her years of
A Legacy Flourishes: Making a Difference through Gift Planning devoted service to the School she loved and dedication to its improvements with her time, talent and treasure, cannot be measured. In her 1975 Commencement address to the graduating class, she put it simply: …There is no way you can remove yourself completely from this school, for you cannot remove yourselves from the hearts and minds of people, young and old, to whom you have given yourselves, so intimately, so trustingly, so lovingly… My message is this – know yourselves, then knowing yourselves, be yourselves. While being yourselves, be true to yourselves and during your whole life, enjoy yourselves.
Nestled on our campus among the rolling lawns and old growth specimen trees is a wooded park known as The Eldridge Family Woods. Created to complement the landscape around Estherwood Mansion, Park Cottage and the Greene Family Field, this serene site includes a variety of mature trees, shrubs and flowering bushes, and walking paths with inviting benches. When Barbara Buchanan Eldridge ’38 passed away in 2010, her family approached The Masters School about dedicating her planned gift to create a memorial that would celebrate her life, and establish a family legacy that would benefit the School community now and for years to come. The Eldridge Family Woods was completed and dedicated in October 2012, and has quickly become well loved and used. As the campus changes and adapts with the times, the legacy of the past continues to have a tangible impact on The Masters School today. You, too, can make such an impact. We invite you to establish a legacy that will flourish well into the future.
The Annual Fund makes these stories possible. For over 130 years, The Masters School has relied on the support of others to sustain and enrich our community. Today we count on Annual Fund gifts of all sizes to ensure that we can continue to weave our uncommon threads. The Annual Fund gives us an opportunity to come together and celebrate The Masters School for everything it has given and continues to give to us and our loved ones. When woven together, our threads create the strong and vibrant school where today’s students continue to grow and thrive.
Please keep our School strong and make your Annual Fund gift today: www.mastersny.org/giving, call 914-479-6433, or return the enclosed envelope.
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Reunion 2012 The Weekend in Pictures
The Richmond Bowl Award Trustee Elise Funke Griﬃn ’47 (left) was awarded
The Anna Howe Faculty Award Amanda Kemp ’84 (left) introduced former faculty
The Richmond Bowl for her work on behalf of the school. The award was presented by
member Mary Wood, who received The Anna Howe Faculty Award at Reunion 2012.
Lusyd Doolittle Kourides ’70, President of the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association.
Near right: Alumnae/i joined math teacher Matt Kammrath (left) and Head of School Maureen Fonseca (right) for lunch in the Cameron Mann Dining Hall. Far right: Dobbs 16, the school’s award-winning a cappella group, performed for alumnae/i during the banquet in Estherwood Mansion.
Near right: Alumnae/i arrived early to pick up their Reunion packets and reconnect with friends. Far right: Alums reunited with classmates over cocktails in the Art Studio.
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the fun! The Maypole Tradition One highlight of Reunion was the annual Maypole dance.
Reunion Weekend May 17–18, 2013 All alumnae/i are invited to remember, reconnect and reminisce. Special reunion year for classes ending in 3’s and 8’s!
Questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact Kathy Kozar P ‘02 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-479-6576. Cassy Evans West ’86 and her mother,
Gold Key tours of the campus remain one of the favorite
Cynthia Ferris Casner ’52.
activities during Reunion Weekend. Shown above are (left to right): Joe Romeo ’13, David Heidelberger ’01,
Visit our Reunion 2013 web page at: www.mastersny.org/reunion
and Kim Sistek ’13.
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Reunion 2012 The Weekend in Pictures
Near right: Former students congratulated Mary Wood (second from right) on receiving The Anna Howe Faculty Award at Reunion. Far right: Members of the Class of 2007 (left to right) – Front Row: Jeremy Gold, Liza Ciaramella, Michelle Sibley. Second Row: Chris Austin (guest), Min Chao.
Near right: The Alumnae/i Room in Masters Hall was the scene of an opening reception to welcome alums back to campus. Far right: The labyrinth in front of Estherwood Mansion proved to be the perfect spot to walk and meditate.
Near right: Classmates Mackay Andrews Crampton ’62 (left) and Sunny Seifert Stearns ’62 were reunited at their 50th Reunion. Far right: Members of the Class of 1972 reconnected during the Reunion banquet in Estherwood Mansion.
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Left: The Glee Club song list of old favorites was familiar to alums who returned for a sing-along with Dr. Nancy Theeman, Lisa J. Lawrence Chair of Music.
Left: Alumnae/i returned to the classroom for stimulating discussions around the Harkness table led by current faculty members.
Left: Alums visited with current students and administrators. (Left to right) - Front Row: Ali Goss ’12, Associate Head of School Tim Kane, Charlie Kaplowitz ’12. Second Row: Matt Kozar ’02, Associate Dean of Students Gillian Crane ’92.
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SNAPSHOTS Students Learn from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author >>
Upper School Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. >> “Courage” was the theme of this year's Upper School two-part Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on January 17-18. Thursday's program opened with a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by the Glee Club and Dobbs 16. Head of School Maureen Fonseca delivered a reflection on “Building ‘Dikes of Courage.’” She quoted Dr. King's statement that “we must constantly build dikes of courage” to, as she said, “resist the fear of a flood of uncertainty and to create internal walls of moral fortitude.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert K. Massie met with forty AP European History students to discuss his latest work, Catherine the Great (Random House 2011). Mr. Massie was introduced by Librarian Judy Murphy, who arranged for his visit on Wednesday, November 28. Prior to the event, History Department Chair Skeff Young and teacher Matt Ives worked with their students, who read portions of Catherine the Great and studied period history and politics.
Williams Achieves 1,000-Point Mark >> Naya Williams (second from left) reached the rare plateau of being only one of three girls in Masters’ history to reach the 1,000-point mark in basketball - and she is still a junior! Her achievement was celebrated in an interview on the MSG Varsity Channel. Go Panthers!
Masters Team Competes on MSG Varsity Quiz Show >> The Masters School faced Ardsley High School on MSG Varsity’s academic quiz show, “The Challenge,” on Friday, November 16. Team Captain Julia Butterfield, together with teammates Max Borowitz, Noah Buyon and Albert Xu, with alternates Dylan Etzel and Henry DuBeau at the ready, competed against last year’s tri-state champions in a battle that tested their knowledge of art, literature, history, science, math and pop culture. Club advisor is John Chiodo. 30 | www.mastersny.org
Students Recognized for Work at Princeton Model U.N. >>
Dobbs 16 Performs at U.N. >> The United Nations welcomed Dobbs 16 for a performance on December 5, 2012. The group's appearance was part of the “Citizenship and Youth: Connecting the Generations” working session hosted by UN Habitat for a Better Urban Future. The “Musical Moments: Connecting Generations” concert provided “an evening of international music, featuring multi-generational performers dedicated to inspiring connections between generations and cultures in urban environments across the globe.”
The Model United Nations Club traveled to Princeton University to participate in the Princeton M.U.N. conference from November 29-December 2. Students represented positions ranging from the Russian Minister of Internal Affairs to the Attorney General of the Union during the Civil War. Several delegates were recognized for their outstanding work at the conference: Hannah Weber ’13 was commended for her work as Richard Carrion, Chairman of the Finance Commission of the International Olympic Committee; Dylan Etzel ’13 was recognized as Outstanding Delegate as the representative from Qom in the Iranian Parliament; and Peter Nadel ’15, representing Sari in the Iranian Parliament, was awarded Best Position Paper.
Phoenix Presents… God of Carnage >> Phoenix, the
Convocation Celebrates Leadership at The Masters School >> Leadership—past, present, and future— Students Shine at Candlelight Concert >> The Upper School's Candlelight Concert was a resounding success as the audience enjoyed a series of outstanding performances by musicians and singers alike. Guests filled the Claudia Boettcher Theatre on Thursday, December 20, to hear the concert, which opened with “Pirates of the Caribbean“ by The Masters School Orchestra.
was the overarching theme of The Masters School’s annual Convocation ceremony on Saturday, October 13. Co-chairs of Community Government, Alex Minton ’13 and Helena de Oliveira ’13 (represented by Emma Shepardson ’13) demonstrated their leadership skills through inspiring speeches. Jena Rakoff Epstein ’98 (above right) and her father and keynote speaker, U.S. District Courty Judge Hon. Jed S. Rakoff (center), also focused on the importance of Masters School values, ethics, and leadership, making the ceremony a highlight of this spirited Family Weekend.
honorary drama society, presented two riveting performances of God of Carnage on December 14. Directed by Alex Minton ’13, the show featured Kiera Wilson, Henry DuBeau, Sabrina Stanich, and Nick Fleder. Written by Yazmina Reza, God of Carnage centers on two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park. The parents meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner, but as the evening progresses, they become increasingly childish, with events devolving into chaos.
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SNAPSHOTS Middle School MLK Day Celebrates Bravery, Giving >> Middle School students got a lesson in American history and the power of “giving back” during a presentation by former investment banker Lloyd Campbell in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students were mesmerized by Campbell's account of the feats of bravery during World War II by the renowned Tuskegee Airmen. Both his father and uncles were members of the Tuskegee Airmen, who served as bomber escorts. Campbell's message to the students: “Aim high, set goals and work hard to achieve them.”
Eighth Graders Experience Constitutional Convention >> Eighth grade boys dressed the part for their mock Constitutional Convention on Friday, December 14. As part of the curriculum, Humanities teacher Stephen Hildreth has prepared students for this hands-on experience in democracy.
Middle School Ceremony Honors Veterans, Student >> In recognition of Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11), members from a local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) were on hand for a special presentation at Middle School Morning Meeting on November 9. Commander William Nazario presented an award to Jonathan Greenberg ’17 for his generosity and dedication to the veterans in the PTSD unit at the Veterans Hospital in Montrose, NY.
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Middle School Talent Rocks the House >> The Middle School’s Fall Talent Show featured a wide array of wonderful acts ranging from stand-up comedians to singers, pianists, guitar players and much more. Many of the students performed original works.
Middle School Concert Rings in the Holiday Season >>
Seventh Grade Relives Ellis Island Immigrant Experience >> Seventh grade students dressed up
Middle School students, singing groups, musicians and soloists welcomed the holiday season with an inspiring selection of music at the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 20, in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre. Before and after the concert, students sold jewelry and magnets they had created to raise funds for UNICEF.
in costumes and portrayed immigrants during the Middle School’s annual Ellis Island Re-enactment on Friday, November 30. Teachers, in turn, dressed as immigration officials and inspectors, questioning students and leading them through various “stations” as they made their way through the harrowing process of being admitted to the United States.
Art supplies for our 5th graders as they compose and perform their own puppet operas.
One new basketball for the winter season.
$3,500 The cost of renting costumes for the Upper School Musical, Beauty and the Beast.
iPads for the 2012–2013 school year.
Provides textbooks for up to four families who can’t afford books.
Want to know how your Annual Fund gift will be put to work? Here are a few examples.
Wireless network upgrade for the Pittsburgh Library.
Our average Financial Aid Package.
Please make your gift today: www.mastersny.org/giving, call 914-479-6433, or return the enclosed envelope.
Editor’s note: To be included in the Summer 2013 issue, please send 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: 1949, 1959, 1993, 2008, and former faculty. If you are interested, please contact: email@example.com or 914-479-6576.
your news to your class notes editor or to our office by April 15, 2013. Kathy Kozar P’02, Director of Alumnae/i Relations Advancement Office 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 914-479-6576 • firstname.lastname@example.org
First Ladies Lindley Reed Hunter ’37 (Mrs. James G.) reports that she just turned 93 years old, “I am on the right side of the grass and not on the planning committee.”
News 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.Your news is important to us. Please contact your news editor or email: email@example.com and let us know what you have been up to!
Katharine White McLennan ’40 writes, “I have given up Tryingham, MA, ‘Ashintully Farm’ which now is entirely under preservation. I am full time here in Florida, walking three miles a day to ‘keep going.’ Would love to hear from any classmates!” Alison Smith Jordan ’41 writes, “All is well.” Cohasset, MA in the summer and Delray Beach, FL in the winter. Lots of kids and four great grandchildren. Louise Littlefield Lowden ’42 has been laid up for over a year and a half. Torn knee ligament, total hip replacement, and a fractured pelvis, so her activities are quite limited.
Our class notes pages need your smiling faces to liven them up! Please send along photos that show you with your family, pursuing your hobbies, or travels to faraway lands. If you are sending a digital photo, please save the image as a JPEG at the highest quality and email your image as an attachment to your news editor or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 fill out the enclosed card so that we may update our records. Elinore Lilley Washburn ’42
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Holly Rice Richards ’42
1944 Barbara McDonald Stewart
4320 Forest Hill Drive • Unit 101 Fairfax, VA 22030-5767 703-938-1486 email@example.com Mary King (Kingie) Babcock writes, “We had a wonderful family reunion with 34 of us attending, ages one year to 86 (guess who) at Skytop in Pennsylvania. I am fine except for a few aches and pains. My life is pretty unexciting and, I regret to say, I am not doing any volunteer work. That is on my list of things to do this fall. Went to Bermuda with my youngest son and his family which was a real treat.” Julie Schoepf Crocker wrote, “I really do not have anything new and exciting to tell you. I live in a CCRC retirement community, RiverMead, in Peterborough, NH. I spend winters in Amelia Island, FL, where I see Claire Salmond. I am still active in the Garden Club of America as a judge at flower shows. I play some indifferent golf.” Ann Spokes Symonds reported on her activities, “I am still keeping active with golf twice a week and tennis once. My local history books are selling well and I am working on another at present. While my brother and his family were suffering from the heat in the Minneapolis area, we have had one of the wettest summers on record in England with June and July having only a few dry days. Late August was better. One of my most exciting events this year was to meet Justin Symonds, my first step great-grandson (born December 2011) who came over from California to see us. In May, I had an enjoyable lunch with Polly Case Grose ’50 who was in London for a
few days. She is the niece of my wonderful foster mother Carolyn Crosby Hogan ’26 who was also a Dobbs girl, and financed me, an English evacuee, during my three years at Dobbs. How very fortunate I was to receive such a first-class education. Polly now lives near Minneapolis.” Barb Franks Yatsevitch replied, “Six months ago I had both knees replaced at Mary Hitchcock (Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center). It was a huge success and I’m pain FREE! Have had to part with Tory, my three-year-old English Cocker. Sent her back to her breeder and she now lives with a brother and attends school. She’s happier and so are Simeon and Gillian. I miss her but don’t miss the stress she created. Many Blessings and Love.” Clarissa Haffner Chandler (Mrs. Henry T.): “I just returned from my 65th reunion at Vassar. About 45 of our class were there, but none who went to Dobbs.” Ann Atkins Clark: “All is well with the Clark family though we miss Eli—too many of you have had the ‘experience.’ New greatgrandchildren, a wedding in September, trips to Vermont, beginning to see brightness all about. Our class is dwindling; we need a mini get-together. No real tennis but occasional family battles. Hope to sport a new hip on October 15, 2012.” Bobby McDonald Stewart: “I continue to live happily in a retirement community near where I used to live and near my daughter and her six children. In February, I traveled with a friend of mine on one of the newly permitted people-to-people tours of Cuba. It is a beautiful country but desperately poor, lacking in so many basic necessities. The government owns almost everything and pays people enough to keep
them from starving and then they find ingenious ways to make something extra. What they have done with the 1950’s cars is amazing. In September, we are going to Yunnan, China for two weeks. I am really looking forward to it, but also thinking it may be my last big trip. Write me anytime you think about it and I will save any notes for the next The Bulletin.”
1945 Penelope Spurr Marshall
Five Elphis Road • P.O. Box 221 Biddeford Pool, ME 04006-0221 207-282-0620 hspssm@Maine.rr.com Searching high and low, in logical and highly unlikely places, I have finally found all that I had for these notes. While my weighty Dobbs Class Notes folder held none of the searched for items that I hoped it did, it held one previously ignored gem. In the run-up to our 50th reunion in ’95, one classmate, writing to apologize for not coming, addressed her missive to Mrs. Penny M. Pond. (Our address was Pond House.) Regrettably, I find it comforting and joyous when other people do dumb things, too. Sad news. Sally Noyes Emmel passed away on February 19, 2012 of metastasized cancer which she had battled for some time. Driving back to Maine after our 65th reunion in 2010, Barbara Congdon Van Dusen and I had a delightful lunch with Sally whose upbeat and serene attitude impressed us mightily. Sally had collected her Dobbs memorabilia and pictures and asked me to deliver them to Dobbs for the archives after labeling any unidentified faces I recognized – and I did! The Hartford (CT) Courant carried a great revealing obituary which I found online. >>
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CLASS NOTES Two quotes: “An early civil rights and anti-war activist, she advocated for the rights of women, gays and lesbians, and the underprivileged” and worked much of her life, both professionally and as a volunteer, in organizations helping others. “She enjoyed hiking and swimming, kayaking and canoeing, reading, and listening to music. She brought a passionate curiosity to political debate and theological pondering.” Sally is survived by four children and their offspring and four stepchildren and theirs. She was our Senior Class President. “An accomplished artist and elementary school art teacher, Paula (Poosie) Welles Orr, died in the early morning hours after her 85th birthday” (May 4). After graduating with a degree in child study from Vassar in an accelerated program, she taught school at the Town School in New York and ice skating at Rockefeller Center, before marrying Chuck Orr and moving to Pittsburgh. Creative and skilled in many media, Poosie was an early member of the Carnegie Museum’s Women’s Committee, exhibited watercolor portraits in the first Three Rivers Art Festival, worked stunning and original needlepoint, and was an avid Scrabble player! She taught art to the young from 1966-75 at St. Edmunds Academy, served as a docent at Carnegie Museum of Art, and later taught art to senior citizens. A lifelong learner, Poosie took classes at Chatham College, at the Center for the Arts, and Osher classes for adults at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She leaves four children and six grandchildren. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary (online) has more details. Poosie was secretary of the Missionary Society, Treasurer of Student Council, and with Carol (Pip) Walter Matlock and your scribe, Plops, broke the censorship of unseemly nicknames practice at Dobbs when everyone—students, staff,
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faculty and administration—found the “forbidden” alliterative conjunction of Pip, Poosie and Plops too funny to ignore. Barbara Congdon Van Dusen seems to me not to have slowed down an iota but when she paid a flying visit to me in late August, flying east with the mother of one of my much younger friends who is a good friend of Barbie’s in Michigan, she assured me she had, really. Barbie and I, who talk about so many interests in common when we meet that we usually forget to share actual news, think that we were enormously lucky to have met each other over dinner at First House our first night at Dobbs seventy years ago. Barbie has twin grandsons at Bowdoin not very far north of me which means I might see her again before too long! Alice Probasco Lupton sent me a dear note roughly a year ago thanking me for being class notes editor. She wrote, “My life has really settled down in the past year. I hate the word ‘widow,’ but am becoming used to the state of widowhood. It is surprising how life does go on and can still be enjoyed. I’m just back from Dallas and my first look at great-grand number 8. Number 9 is on the way in San Francisco this spring. It’s a good excuse for a trip to one of my favorite places. I find I am back into community activities full bore.”
Having attended a grandchild’s wedding in Bay Head, New Jersey in September, she reported the restaurant and places the family held the rehearsal dinner and stayed, were now gone, and that community equally devastated. Nancy is well, and her retirement community in North Branford, inland of Route 95, lost power for a short time but little else. I am basically fine, although irritatingly slowed down by iron deficiency anemia. Iron injections help. I have this from 12 years of taking Prilosec for GERD. Iron cannot be absorbed without adequate amounts of the hydrochloric acid which Prilosec quells. A cautionary tale for your edification! Love to you all and please send news! Happiness is a full mailbox – online or down the street! If you call me – 207-282-0620 – do leave a message if I don’t answer, as I monitor calls and might not pick up in time!
1946 Jane Jackson White
5463 SE Miles Grant Road • Unit B-217 Stuart, FL 34997-1863 772-220-0957 firstname.lastname@example.org No news this issue.
Called to wish Nancy Redway Pugsley a happy birthday. I found her well, but still filled with horror over the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought to the Connecticut shoreline. Most of the pictures I have seen have focused on the damage in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, but Nancy described houses destroyed, restaurants wiped out, sand incredible distances from the shore, power out far too long and shattering costs and problems for clean-up and restoration.
1947 Emily Van Voorhis Harris
2225 Crest Lane SW Rochester, MN 55902-1143 507-288-3631 email@example.com Since I was not able to attend the 65th reunion of our class at school last May,
I contacted several of you who did, and asked that you reflect on the weekend for the rest of us. Anita Bradshaw Barker replied, “Though we were a small group of ’47, it was a GOOD group. Elise Funke Griffin (see below) was duly rewarded and we had fun together. I was VERY impressed with the school, starting with the Headmistress. It looks vibrant and active with a good curriculum, new buildings and staff. We are lucky to have gone there! Here in Concord, MA, where I now live at a retirement community (Newbury Court), I’ve met Carol Millholand Strasburger ’54, Julie Spear Pugh ’55 and renewed acquaintance with Betsy Montross Julier ’48. There are a number of other Dobbs graduates living here, and one day we plan to have a Dobbs reunion dinner (to be continued)!” Joan King O’Reilly was astounded at how wonderful everything looked at the school and commented, “The Harkness method of teaching continues to impress; it creates an exceptional interaction between student and the subject being taught.” Also, Joan loved her royal reunion treatment: she was driven by car to the Maypole dance! She waved to all along the way like the Queen Mother greeting her subjects. It was reminiscent of her student days in London back in 1948 when she had a totally unexpected encounter with the real Queen Mother. Her Majesty was driving by in her Rolls Royce and waved the Royal Wave at Joan. Joanie says she has a granddaughter who thinks she’s a princess because her grandmother’s maiden name is ‘King.’ Priscilla King Arnold says she didn’t make it to reunion (though she intended to go), but was very happy to receive a complete packet with schedules and other information. She was amazed at the size of
Class of 1947 (left to right)—First Row: Martje Visser’t Hooft More, Elise Funke Griﬃn, Joan King O’Reilly. Second Row: Anita Bradshaw Barker, Jane Pelham Carlson.
the school enrollment and also the tuition costs! She added, “I was so pleased for Elise and her award and very proud of our class.” For those of you who may not have kept up on Elise Funke Griffin’s award, Elise received the Richmond Bowl, which is presented each year by the Dobbs Alumnae/i Association to an alumna/us for her or his exceptional support of and service to the School. Elise has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2009 and is an active volunteer and member of the Estherwood Society Committee. She has worked on numerous reunion committees as well as the 2010 Gala Benefit Committee. Congratulations from all of us ’47ers, Elise! Elise formerly had her own interior decorating business, Griffin Interiors. She lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband, Peter. The Griffins have two children: Peter and Lisa Griffin McGill ’77. From Jane Pelham Carlson: “I had a really great time at reunion. It was good to see the Dobbs of today, but with some of the old traditions like Glee Club and the Maypole. Lunch was wonderful, but the best was seeing old friends.”
1948 65 th Reunion Year Diane Walter Hester
300 Hot Springs Road, Apt E111 Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2037 805-969-8671 firstname.lastname@example.org In October, we will have been married 60 years! I cannot believe it! Bonnie and Annie Laurie Berry were bridesmaids! I hope classmates will send in their news. Ray and I have moved into our retirement home in Santa Barbara and love it. As we all say, it is like being on shipboard without ever leaving the dock. I admit, I’m spoiled...
watch the mail for your
Reunion Invitation May 17–18, 2013 Come back to campus and reconnect with friends and faculty!
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CLASS NOTES We love our large two-bedroom apartment and there is so much to do, there’s no excuse for being bored. We are keeping our beach house, which we try to hit each weekend... COME ON OUT! “We'll keep the light on for ya!” Patty Gillen Haglin writes: “We have three great grandchildren including a pair of twin girls.” Bonnie Kazanjian Yarrington emailed, “I have only heard from two classmates...so here goes. Went to Hawaii with the whole family and to Vermont to stay with old pals. I’m into Mah Jongg and love reading The Bulletin. I would love to be a student again but I could never get in!” News from Hilary Whittaker...“Retirement ‘hah!’ Life seems to be busier than ever, of course it could be that everything takes longer to do these days. Cruised around South America this year and Easter Island, Tahiti, Samoa; replaced a hip and launched a website www.globalbeadfindsanddesigns.com ...Enough yet!”
for a week. She is visiting all her old friends in Europe. Lucy Roesler Bollman: “Many of us will make it to 80 this year. I will spend a weekend with my three college roommates and Mac and I will be celebrating with children and grandchildren in September. Happy birthday to all.” We received the sad news of Cynthia Hunt Gray’s death on June 23 from her sister, Barbara Hunt Campbell. “Cinnie” always spoke of The Masters School with great affection. Her family will remember her courage, gaiety, and sense of style. Her brilliant mind was sharp to the end and she could still play a piano like Hoagy Carmichael! Hope you remember to support our Annual Fund again as you have done so faithfully over the years. Keep in touch!
1951 Ruth Mitchell Freeman
1949 Volunteer Needed
Please call the Advancement Office at 914-479-6576 No news this issue.
1950 Margaret Detmer Rossi
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40 Cobblers Green New Canaan, CT 06840-5600 203-966-4831 • 863-676-5938 (Florida) RFNCCT@aol.com Hi everyone. I don’t have much news this time. I do sadly have an obituary for Alison Knox: Alison died December 12, 2011 after a long illness. She is survived by a sister and a brother. She attended McGill University and Oxford. She taught at Columbia, Bryn Mawr, and Brooklyn College. She received a law degree from Penn and worked for a firm in Philadelphia and then started her own practice. I think we all remember Alison for her brilliance and wit. Contributions may be sent to American Friends of St. Hilda’s College, c/o Hemenway & Barnes, 60 State St., Boston, MA 02109. ATT: Brenda Taylor.
Claudia Boettcher Merthan: “Two of my grandchildren, Austin Hoffman and Alex Hoffman are TV reporters—Austin on Keloland CBS South Dakota and Alex on KETV, the ABC affiliate TV station in Omaha, NE. Elizabeth Hoffman graduates from the University of South Dakota in May and will be entering the SD School of Medicine in August. Charlie will be running for a third term in the SD House of Representatives in November 2012. Holl is an inspirational speaker going all over SD and many other states.” Susan (Tudy) Reed McLaine: “So enjoyed our 60th reunion, followed by our annual mini-reunion at Nancy Maginnes Kissinger’s in Kent, CT, last July. I finally recovered from a bad car accident last September. I enjoyed another visit to Dobbs to see Maureen Fonseca and the new track and field in April while in New York for an annual Unitarian U.N. Seminar (at the U.N.). I spend a lot of time doing things with and for my book groups. I also play golf and bridge. I am involved with the library in both places where we live. I would love to hear from some of you about your activities.” Here is some information about college matriculation for the Class of 2012. NYU seemed to be the favorite with six. Emory in Atlanta was second with four, Johns Hopkins and Penn with three. I may go to school for a conference this fall – if so, I can report in my next column. Cheers, Ruth.
1952 Cynthia Ferris Casner
54 Fairgreen Place Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-2710 617-730-2959 firstname.lastname@example.org Last May, 2012, was our 60th reunion. Peggy Dale McCain and her husband, Art,
Class of 1952 (left to right): Peggy Dale McCain, Cinnie Ferris Casner.
and I had a delightful visit during the luncheon and enjoyed the school gathering beforehand. Maureen Fonseca continues to do her splendid job guiding Dobbs through the myriad commitments that school heads must encounter and future plans for the Community Athletics and Arts Center are most impressive. The student body numbers 603 now from 17 states and 22 countries, with the Trustees committing 25% of total tuition to the scholarship program. You all received a letter from Rebecca Via, Class of 2015, recipient of our Class of ’52 Scholarship Award, and know what an outstanding Honor Roll student she is. Thank you, everyone, who contributed to her award. Now, send me some news of your personal “doings!” Best wishes to you all, Cinnie.
1953 60 th Reunion Year Anne Thorndike Cover
P.O. Box 680168 Park City, UT 84068-0168 435-649-8679 email@example.com January, 2012 news from Toni Richards King. She has moved from Pinehurst, NC,
to a condo in Hooksett, NH, to be closer to her children. She writes, “Since 2003, I have been going every year for three months to Florence, Italy, where I live with a 55-year-old gay Italian actor who takes in students to augment his income. I love the fact that at 76, I can be called a student, but as I go to language school every day, I am. My Italian is pretty good—though my grammar is deplorable. My host and his partner, Angelo, are my two best friends, and we talk and see each other on the computer. I plan to keep going there as long as I can totter.” Many of us are travelers too, including Mac and I, but we’re almost traveled out with nowhere else to go (except war zones), but Nell Fisher Grim keeps going. She visited New Zealand in February, took a river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam in May, played golf in Ireland and Scotland in August. She is still an honorary trustee at the School and attends meetings there whenever she’s not on the go. An addendum to the story in the last Bulletin on Dotty Engh Moore. The Dotty Engh Youth Center in Dallas was dedicated in January 2012. It will house indoor soccer, basketball, and volleyball, as well as a library. She says, “I have wanted this for years and am excited by the challenge.” Anne Beach Brown is still on the farm with three horses, two dogs and one aged rescued cat. She hopes to be at the 60th reunion in June. Okay, what is going on with the rest of you? A reminder, our 60th reunion will be May 17-18, 2013! Please plan to be there if you can. Best wishes!
1954 Lee Masselman Kallos
903 Barley Mill Road Wilmington, DE 19807-2803 302-658-5866 firstname.lastname@example.org The Masters School is growing and thriving. I attended a Leadership Conference and was so impressed with the sense of campus, and the quality of programs and students. I saw a play, enjoyed a Glee Club performance, and a piece done by the orchestra—all excellent! The plan for a new gym, pool and student center was introduced and will finish up the campus with a great quad area, and fulfill the needs of the growing co-ed student body. It is not our 1954 campus, but a great new campus that is meeting the needs of this wonderful school. I begin with the sad news of the death of Mitzi Broome Fagan on August 15, 2012. Mitzi will be missed at our 60th reunion. She gave us much laughter when she refused to leave our group at the hotel when a gentleman offered her a drink in 2004. Mitzi was a highly respected emergency care nurse and developed paramedic procedures. Sadly, Mitzi’s sister, Judy Broome Grabel, passed away on October 12, 2012. Prior to her death, Judy held some family gatherings to help Mitzi’s children with the loss of their mother. Our sympathy goes out to them all. Penny Cleghorn Williams writes that she is well and very busy. She reports for a local paper and works part-time for Judge Judy. Her daughter lives nearby in Massachusetts and has two children. Her son is in Alaska working at the Chen Hot Springs Resort. Penny has raised collies and still has two from her original line; she also has a cat and a friendly Albino >> the bulletin | winter 2013 | 39
CLASS NOTES squirrel. She keeps in touch with Carol Millholland Strasburger and, like me, has lost touch with Judy Moore. Mary Anne Groves Carley had a wonderful art show in the historical society building in Sharon, CT. Heidi Meier Slater went up for the opening night, and I went up for an afternoon when Mary Anne actually demonstrated her technique. I had a wonderful time watching Mary Anne. I bought a book that her husband Richard had written about Sharon, CT. It is a wonderful tribute to his father and interesting history of the town. The visit made me aware that friendships last forever although it’s difficult to connect as often as one would like. Penny, Peggy Bower Bresee and Mary Anne, all part of the original First House group, are up in beautiful New England areas. Emails, phone calls and visits have helped to reconnect us. I tried to see Bev Wilson Watling while I was in Connecticut, but she and John were off to France. I am busy with projects here in the community and at church, trying to make a difference. We went to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos and the Amazon this winter and are still awed by what we saw. We really appreciated being able to do this trip and experience such beauty. Please stay in touch, my email is on this write up. If you are on I-95 headed north or south, you are five minutes from our house. Come by…
1955 Liz Rodman Stevens
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education there. I haven’t taken any long trips recently, but I always enjoy visits with my brother and his family at Christmas time outside of Atlanta and down on the coast in Brunswick, GA, where he and his second wife live. I am recovering well from surgery for the removal of an infected granuloma nodule from my lung. All is well!” Jane Davisson Armstrong writes, “I’m serving my sixth year on our city council and I remain active in our tiny struggling Episcopal parish. I enjoy a weekly game of bridge, do tutoring in my home, and avidly follow the activities of our five grandchildren who range from grade six through junior year in college.”
1956 Dibbie Spurr Appleton
98 Hersey Street Portland, ME 04103-4508 207-828-1090 firstname.lastname@example.org One of my requests for news for this Bulletin was sent from Canada, where I spend the month of August. Alas, some of your computers did not recognize my Canadian server, so I got several rebuffs telling me that my correspondence was not welcome. Ouch! Next time, I’ll make sure “Dobbs” is in the subject line. It is often difficult to pin you down for news in the summer, so thank you to those who were in touch and as always, my sincere gratitude for your continued gifts to Dobbs! Freddy Simpson Groff is involved in what sounds like a rewarding ministry. “Since August,” she writes, “I’ve been involved in Making Choices, a very meaningful volunteer opportunity sponsored by the Center for Spirituality at Work in Denver. I’m a mentor to an inmate at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. We meet
together for an hour a week for nine weeks. We have a curriculum to help her make better choices while she's in prison and after she’s released. I enjoy the experience and feel that I receive more than I give.” Freddy had a chance to visit the Dobbs’ campus this summer and show it to her husband for the first time. She said it brought back many old memories. They came east from Denver for their son’s wedding in PA and then enjoyed time at their cottage at Chautauqua, NY. Sally Mills reports, “Richard and I are alive and well. It’s the heart of the growing season and with my new shoulder, I am strong and healthy and doing lots of gardening and beekeeping and working at three farmers’ markets and a lab, though not much of that recently. Rich is retired as of July 1 and trying to adjust. A cactus I have had for 15 years has finally bloomed. That’s the stuff that makes life worth living!” Ginny Norton Naude has given me two little solar-powered lamps. She uses them on her electricity-free island in Canada in the summer. Both of mine stopped working. I contacted Ikea, the vendor, who was most unhelpful. So, being the child of depression folks (use it up; wear it out; make it do; do without) and having some electronics knowledge, I took the lights apart, did a voltage test on the solar cell’s
Deborah Collins Papps ’56 and her husband visited Bar Niles.
charging system, decided that the circuitry was unnecessary, and by-passed the whole innards. Now, the solar cells charge the batteries directly and the lights work just fine! I use them in the tent to read by, now that Burt (her great lab) and I are doing corn duty.” High-yield gardens need some protection!
September 26, 2012. I was privileged many years ago to go with the whole Collins family on an extended trip to Europe. It turned out to be my only trip to Europe ever and the memories of Deb’s family and that trip are treasured. Our sympathy to Deborah and her sisters, Judy ’59 and Kathleen ’63.
Speaking of gardeners, Sarah LincolnHarrison and her husband, Ric, will be at the Common Ground Fair in Maine again this fall, selling their wonderful garlic and other produce from their True North Farms in Montville, ME. They migrate to the farm in the early spring from Marblehead. I am just finishing the garlic she gave me on my visit there last fall. Who knew one could plant more than 20 varieties of garlic!
Had a few quick notes:
Barb Elliott Niles has had a less than stellar year, having been grounded to a wheelchair after a fall left her with debilitating pain and soft tissue damage. Painful deep massage has helped and eight months later, plus one month on a walker, she has a cane and is able to get in and out of the car. The cane is great because it is easier to lift. Barb says, “I can do limited shopping and take myself to the movies, or out to lunch.... FREEDOM! And at this age, we don’t have time to waste!” I went to visit her in late July and was pleased to see her get out of the wheelchair and navigate a bit with a walker. The cane came soon after my visit. One small step…one giant leap! Deborah Collins Papps and husband, Jon, also visited and we all wish Barb continued improvement and a return to good health. The Papps had a trip in April/May to Spain where they saw lots of art, architecture and countryside from the Pyrenees in the North to Seville in the South. I am sad to report the death of Deborah’s mother, Louise Neff Collins ’31, on
for a couple of miles and find it more fun than the gym. Needless to say, I send much love to one and all and hope to see many of you soon. I hope to see Sarah LincolnHarrison's special farm this fall!”
Ann McDowell Santen writes, “Harry spent the month of June working with a potter in Provence while I was in Rome studying ancient Roman pottery and then in Pompeii digging.”
Margy (Gale) Harris Weeks and husband, Ralph Weeks, were in Minnesota for part of the summer and write, “We will visit grandkids in Ann Arbor and then head back to Berkeley for the first part of September.” Margy is still writing and looks forward to being finished with this long-standing effort (more to come on that one day!) and getting back to her weaving and maybe writing some children’s stories.
Diana Davis Spencer reported: “Took a great cruise to St. Petersburg with family and friends. Sorry to miss you in Maine where I’m heading at the end of July.”
I got quick, non-news notes from Nancy Nichols Martin, Betsy Flower Gotbaum and Marsha Wood Kemp, so know they are well but busy.
Nancy Vidal Mahler wrote: “We were in Maine in June and enjoyed seeing Patsy Elliott Fogarty and Ed, who have retired to Southwest Harbor. Patsy has hardly retired as she is knee deep in volunteer work.” Nancy and her husband go to London often as their son still lives there.
I received word from Dobbs that our classmate, Marguerite Uman Kenney, passed away last February. Margot’s husband, Lawrence Kenney, may be reached at 1567 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. I have no details at this time and as always hate having to share such tidings. Our prayers are with her family.
Bobbi Deeds Schaus and I keep missing each other. She comes to Maine and I leave to go to Canada. This past summer, she was in Canada, but not near me in Ontario. She and Nick were, “in New Brunswick heading for Nova Scotia. We are heading for the Bras d’or Lakes where we will meet up with the Cruising Club of America crowd (again). We went skiing with them last winter.” Bobbi also hoped to catch up with Patsy Fogarty.
I am writing this from Canada on a blustery day, with the lake churning up whitecaps. The Canada geese are unusually loud and loons are practicing running on the water and taking short flights to gain flying strength for their coming migration. Sadly, the red squirrels are eyeing our cottage attic for their winter lodging! My sister, Penny Spurr Marshall ’45, and I share this wonderful old cottage north of Toronto. This strange summer is coming to an end, with its terrible fires, shootings, mean-spirited politics, Olympic highs and lows, and record heat everywhere. Maybe it is good to get on to a new season. I wish you all love, good health and happy days – – no matter the season!
Judy Sperry MacEwan reports that they are “back and forth from Connecticut to Maine. I have a granddaughter going to college in the fall, which is pretty exciting… down south! We have become walking people, which means we exercise every day that way
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1957 Frederica E. Johnson
430 Luisa Lane Santa Fe, NM 87505-4016 505-989-8008 email@example.com Wow! This class is on the move as usual! From the group picture you can see who made it to Mardie's festive abode in New York City on Friday, May 4. At school on Saturday, we were the magnificent five: Lynn Beach O'Riley, Marion (“Mouse”) Parsons DeGroff, Susan Follett Morris, Susan Madden Samson, et moi. We certainly regaled in a happy, noisy fashion for only five people. The first person I heard from, to my utter delight, was Jeannette Kwok wishing us all a Happy New Year of the Dragon! Jeannette had a total hip replacement in July 2011, but she hit California for Christmas and China in March with a side trip to Hong Kong. So she didn’t let the hip get in the way. Jeannette retired seven years ago after having been, for over 40 years, in education both in the classroom and as a consultant for teachers. During her last four years she was the Program Director. Even after retirement, Jeannette continued to consult right up until her hip replacement. Katie Ringland Kotz wrote: “We celebrated our 51st anniversary in July. Besides adding an addition to our house in South Carolina (yes, master suite on the main floor), we have had fun traveling and being involved in all sorts of things. Spring of 2011, we celebrated our 50th anniversary by visiting friends in England and in Portugal. We are starting to travel with the grandchildren (no parents allowed, and no siblings). Last summer we took the two 15-year-old boys to the Galapagos Islands. Then had a trip for ourselves to Morocco. This summer we took 42 | www.mastersny.org
Class of 1957 (left to right)—First Row: Susan Madden Samson, Susan Follett Morris, Lynn Beach O’Riley. Second Row: Frederica Johnson, Marion Parsons DeGroﬀ.
Members of the Great Class of 1957 gathered at Mardie’s home in New York in May.
the two girls (17 and 13) to London and Paris. That leaves the two youngest boys who need another year of growing before we take them someplace. I have to say this is one of the most fun things we have done. In September we are going once again to Botswana and South Africa. Jack is now head of the Environmental Committee for the Kiawah Island Conservancy. I am on a Task Force to study the current and needed amenities for the Island for now to build out. It has been a huge job and lots of fun, but I look forward to doing the final report and then convincing the Board to do some of our recommendations. And to keep our lives lively, Jack is working on the ninth edition of his textbook that will go to press next spring.
Sheila Sonne Pulling ’57 and Marion Parsons DeGroﬀ ’57.
Sheila Sonne Pulling went on the four-day Milford Trek in New Zealand with her two children. She wrote, “There were lots of waterfalls and, of course, some rain. I was the oldest person on the trek. I made it thanks to my son carrying my pack.” She also went on a trip with Mouse Parsons DeGroff with The National Wildlife Federation to see the Sandhill Cranes on the Platt River in Nebraska. Julie Hart Burchfield is taking a trip with her husband, Peter, to Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies and will have dinner with Weezie in Vancouver. Ginny Judson Thornburgh’s husband, Dick, sent me a press release stating: “Washington, DC - The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest cross-disability civil rights organization, announced that Ginny Thornburgh, AAPD’S Interfaith Initiative Director, will be honored in New York City at the United Spinal ‘From Within’ Conference on Saturday, May 19th. ‘From Within’ is an annual event focusing on women with disabilities. Ms. Thornburgh will be honored for her four decades of advocacy and outreach and will be the conference’s keynote speaker.” Congratulations, Ginny, for a job well done! Amazing! To read more go to: firstname.lastname@example.org Tina Flander Holbrook wrote: “Dean and I had our 52nd wedding anniversary on July 16th and my mother just celebrated her 100th birthday! All our three children are married and have left New York to live in Florida. Since Dean and I are ‘cold weather’ people, we can't see the appeal, but to each his own. We have four wonderful grandchildren, three cats and a dog and are still living in Scarsdale (47 years). Needless to say, I am very bad at keeping in touch, but will try to do better in the future.”
Many thanks, Tina, for tuning in. It means a lot to all the readers! Debbie Merritt Styles wrote: “We just celebrated our 45th—we were late starters! But we have four grandchildren who are the light of our lives, and they live about ten minutes away, so we get to spend lots of time with them. Life is good.” Susan Follett Morris is up to her ears in the opera world. She is the Chairman of the Santa Fe Opera, which had a sterling 2012 summer season. Susan and Bill celebrated their 50th in August 2011. Susan said, “Three parties in three days for 40 people; all family plus Godparents. Lee Johnson Corbett and her kids being in the Godparent contingency. Bill said I needn’t worry that our boys would do all the planning and execution...” Susan, those dots make me wonder how much you had to step in after all. You are a natural miracle worker and a serious mover and shaker! Marilyn Miller Harris wrote: “As reported by Louise, I sold my house so fast everything went into storage and for the first time since graduating from college I am a tenant living in what I call ‘my adorable doll house.’ It has been fun scaling down and working to make smaller spaces efficient. This will be temporary until I decide where I want to settle. My new address is: 126 Hamilton Avenue, Unit C, Greenwich CT 06830. All telephone numbers are still the same. H: 203-869-2045. Heading to Whitefish, MT, for a two-week vacation then back to selling real estate.”
Pat Penrose Schieffer said that she and Bob were in Santa Fe this last July while I was in Telluride, CO, taking care of grandchildren. They enjoyed all the Santa Fe galleries. Nineteen years ago, Pat and Bob bought a house in Sea Island, GA, that they are in the process of re-doing. In the summer of 2011, they took a trip with the whole family to Italy. Thus the fine picture with the three granddaughters featured here. At the end of summer 2012 they are taking in both political conventions. That seems a tall order! Emily (Demmy) Nuttle Fuchs and Jim Fuchs celebrated their son Stephen’s marriage to Amanda Falk on June 30, 2012 in Seal Harbor, ME. Attending were Sheila Sonne Pulling, Betsy Lord Peyton, Margie McHenry Bride and Mouse Parsons De Groff. Lucy Rodgers Davis took a quick trip midsummer to Maine where she connected with Polly Rogers Larned and her husband, Steve. They took a walk around the shores of Prouts Neck and were joined by Margie McHenry Bride. >>
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CLASS NOTES Sandy Robinson Righter and her husband Jim celebrated their 50 years of marriage in the early part of July 2012 deep in the Adirondacks with their family. Sandy continues her passion for singing in a group of six, entertaining local senior residencies around the Boston area. Plus she continues to sing with a larger a cappella group, which gives a spring concert each year. Sandy takes voice lessons, she says, in order to keep up. But she always sounds good whenever I hear her tune up. Mimi LeBlond Liggett and Frank celebrated their 50th in 2011 and several years before that scaled down into a cozy home in Raleigh, NC. Susan (Suds) Madden Samson wrote, “We were delighted to find the best buyer for our vineyard and winery. She is the head of the fastest growing corporation in Rhode Island and in America—it is called AlexandAni. They say their mission is to help mankind. They have terrific energy and creativity, which this business needs. Earl and I are leaving with all the confidence that we found the right stewards for our business and the 170 acres it sits on. We will hand over the reins in October 2012. We will be staying in Little Compton, which we love. Hope to do a little traveling, rest and do nothing for a
Sandy Robinson Righter ’57 and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
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year until we decide on our next adventure. I go off the Board of The Episcopal Divinity School after ten very exciting years, so I will have a lot of time, which is probably good for both of us. We may even get to Santa Fe!” Lida (FeeFee) Matthews Tingley wrote: “As for news of my doings, just beginning to see the end of a beautiful Connecticut summer, albeit on the hot and humid side, and enjoying family weddings and poolloving grandchildren; plus rehabilitating my knee and starting to get back to golf. In July, enjoyed a week in Switzerland with my international senior women’s team playing against the European team at the Golf Club de Geneve. No longer a competitor on this team but a Co-Captain. The 50-year-old “Baby Seniors” hit the ball much farther than their older generations! But enjoyed some casual rounds against their Captains while viewing Lake Geneva in one direction and Mont Blanc in the other. For the fall, will be heading to Wilmington, NC, with excursions to University of Virginia football games. We are at the Landfall Club for most of the winter, so if anyone is in the area, give a holler!” Sandy Sargent Holcombe wrote: “What really caught my eye was the question about anniversaries, as we have just passed our
51st, which seems so very amazing. Jon and I were married summer 1961 after college graduation – Ginny Thornburgh Judson was a bridesmaid. We lived in Syracuse until 1993 when we permanently moved to the St. Lawrence River, Wellesley Island, into a “cottage” Jon’s folks had bought in 1945, and where he had spent just about all his summers. We’ve made many house updates and additions along the way. We are happy being here in the wintertime, have worked together in the law office, and are now working into retirement. Not all our 51 married years were perfect . . . but I always said I didn’t want another woman rocking on my porch! Our almost “all weather porch” is the best – has a long down-river view, which we have boated on and cross country skied on, depending on the season.” Roddy Stanton has rocked with us a couple of times over the years. Our three children are all married, with each family having two children of their own – ranging from one to 11 years old. Just this summer, we were all here for a holiday week – one family came from Tucson, AZ and the other two from Amherst and Groton, MA. All of this is to say how grateful I am for my blessings. You can see I am in it for the long haul! Best to you and all.” — Sandy Sargent Holcombe
Sandy Sargent Holcombe ’57 and her husband have been married for 51 years.
Marlee Henry wrote, “I’m still very involved with ‘The Bookcellar,’ basement of Old Lyme Library, used for anyone to drop off books they no longer want. The project has been open at least 25 years and is very busy. I do a lot of research for collectibles. Not sure of total number of books, but well over 5,000 on every subject you can think of. All the profits from our sales go to the Library, annually about $15,000. Yes, I still garden although must admit at a much slower pace. I blame that on this year’s very hot weather (of course there’s also an age factor involved). Cataract surgery three years ago was amazing. Have not worn glasses since then and still can’t believe I don’t need them. Children stared at me for weeks. I will continue to act as class fundraiser this year. Class of ’57 was in first place for last year’s contributions by a very large amount. Congratulations to the lot of us. Cheers, Marlee.” I am devastated to think of Marlee with no glasses. Marlee, you were so chic in glasses! I am in a league with your kids. When I see you I will be in stare mode trying to find the familiar Marlee. My own news...some of it has to wait. There is plenty in this issue to digest. Besides attempting to write a novel, I have been asked to direct, next June, for The Santa Fe Playhouse four to six evenings performing parts of Oscar Wilde’s plays, poems, essays, etc. The Santa Fe Opera Guild has asked us to do this to help promote the World Premiere of the opera “Oscar” by Theo Morrison in the summer of 2013. The part of Oscar will be performed by countertenor David Daniels. So my research begins. You are truly an amazing class with so many of you just zooming around doing worthy projects, fun travel, and moving, renovating and big wedding anniversaries with at least nine of you having surpassed 50 years! With Charla Forbes Trotter and Derek Trotter leading the way, married 53 years ago on
August 29, 1959. The same day I was first married and, as we know, I will never see that landmark. However, I congratulate all of you who have gotten there and will in the future. It doesn’t matter if we are married, widowed or divorced, this class is loaded with strong, contributing women who do whatever it is with their might and I am proud and lucky to have had you as classmates!
1958 55 th Reunion Year Priscilla (Maya) Hill Green
6232 Rockwell Street Oakland, CA 94618-1351 510-735-9738 email@example.com
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Please call the Advancement Office at 914-479-6576 Virginia Warren Don Hebditch: “In 2012, we all reached the age of 70. I was able to see or talk to Susie Ghriskey McMillian, Linda Childs Van-Wijk, Jane Liddell Bass, and Susan Rose von Reichenbach. I think as a class we are all very grateful for our time at Dobbs—a life changing three years for me.”
1960 Marilyn Rooney Clement
Jody Gompertz Martin and her husband, Ned, are writing their last book about Native American bridles, Horses and Bridles of the American Indians. Jody is the only one I ever talk to so from now on we'll have no news except more of my organ recitals. So please, don't let the class of 1957 embarrass us with their camaraderie. We can do it! What about one of you more connected alumnae taking over this job? I am enjoying living in Carmel...the weather is always wonderful. I am off to the East Coast in three weeks to visit with my children and their families. I have spent the first five months of this year traveling in Asia and I just returned from England. I am enjoying traveling as long as I can do it. Isabel Kaemmerer Draper emailed me with the sad news that our classmate Marilyn Joyce died on January 24, 2012 of a brain tumor.
3701 East Marion Street Seattle, WA 98122-5262 206-322-3701 firstname.lastname@example.org “My husband had double by-pass open heart surgery on October 29. He is mending well despite having two operations in one. He was supposed to have the robotic technique, which would not have required opening his chest wall. However, after the surgeon harvested the first mammary artery, he wasn't totally sure there was sufficient blood flow. Of course, once they cracked the chest, they found everything was operating nicely. Frank’s case will be the subject of an article in the January issue of Fortune Magazine. The piece will highlight the robot and the surgeon, Dr. Keith Lehr. The science journalist from the magazine was in the operating room for the entire ten-hour procedure. Oh, my daughter gave me a Masters’ tee shirt for Christmas. I will wear it to the gym with pride.” >>
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CLASS NOTES Kiki Michalos writes that she spent two weeks in Cuba courtesy of her British passport. “The trip made me think fondly of Mia Roosen, and by extension of our class, and The Bulletin notes. Cuba was lovely, wonderful colors and music, warm- hearted people despite serious economic hardship and beautiful countryside. I’d love to go back. Last May, I saw two other classmates, Allaire Milholland Warner and Lindsley Dalglish Borsodi at a Dobbs lunch. It was fun to chat. I took the metro with Lindsley as I was in New York City cleaning out my mom's apartment and settling her into a Greek American home in Riverdale, Bronx.” According to Peggy Fisher Blackburn,“we haven’t had a family member at Dobbs for 40 years, but in September my granddaughter and namesake, Meg McKean ’15, begins. It’s fun to feel reconnected.”
of Man in his birthplace, Luxembourg. A tough assignment.” After retiring in mid-December, Anne Bronson Brueckner says, “I think of it as giving up my job of 35 years and starting a new phase of my life focused on my local community in Rhinebeck, NY (the Hudson Valley), to which I moved two years ago. My daughter and family live nearby as does my sister, Gretchen, and her husband, Mark. I have joined the board of a local non-profit, a start-up, aging-in-place organization called Rhinebeck at Home. I’m excited about helping it get off the ground (we hope to start taking members by April). I can’t wait to see what else lies ahead for me.”
1961 Nancy Blossom Hebard
I had hoped to see Carolee Davis Willison and husband Scott in Palm Springs last fall, but busy schedules precluded such a visit. I was also looking forward to reconnecting with Joan Costikyan Jarvis, but, alas, that did not work out either. Perhaps the second time round will be the charm in 2012 and ’13. Laurie Platt Winfrey (Shnayerson): “Life is sweet with our new work-on work-off life. Sometimes we have it, sometimes we don't, and it works out just fine. Bob and I were in Hobe Sound in February with one of the last of my parents’ friends, Nancy Parks Dominick ’37 (two years younger than mother Yvette Beardsley Platt ’35). Nancy is going strong at 92. In wonderful lively West Palm Beach, we saw Mary Eichert Hilliard ’59 and Nancy Blair Vietor. In the work-on department, we’ll be in Paris and Burgundy most of September house sitting a cat for a friend before the opening of the permanent exhibition of Edward Steichen’s, The Bitter Years, and The Family
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122 E. Shore Avenue Groton, CT 06340-8932 610-220-5979 email@example.com As you read about fellow Dobbs girls, you will see that we continue to Do It With Thy Might! Susan Bondy Willoughby and her husband run a business selling dog-related items (bondypetproducts.com) and showing their six golden retrievers! They live in Lake Forest, IL, and have two married sons who have provided Susan with five grandchildren. One family lives in Montreal and the other one is in New Jersey. Since her beloved sister is very ill, Lynn Lynfesty Fey is spending a good amount of time in Corte Madera near San Francisco. Lynn has fallen in love with the city, as have her daughter, Caroline, and her fiancé. Lynn’s son, Chip, has settled in Santa Barbara. In addition to enjoying the three grandchildren who live near her home, Lynn serves on numerous boards and
pursues activities such as biking in Vietnam, playing golf and tennis at the Hillsboro Club in Florida, and skiing in her mountains near Park City. Christine Amstutz Zachary and her husband live near the Columbia Gorge where they soak regularly in a beautiful indoor hot springs pool. They built a studio onto the back of their house where Chris pursues her love of art and her husband pursues music. Chris has exhibited in a number of juried shows throughout the country so be on the look-out for her work. She recalls Dobbs memories: Frank driving us to the station, swaying with linked arms on MISH nights when we were clad in white and sang “Jerusalem the Golden,” and making secret visits to the Tower. Doesn’t it feel like yesterday? Some of us are reconnecting on Facebook, and I’m beginning to feel like I am missing out. Windsor Hobler McCutcheon and Lynn Fey discovered that they both have a longtime connection to Ephram, WI. Windsor and her husband moved from Albuquerque back to the spot where she and Lynn spent summers as children. They had dinner together and the years melted away. Windsor is glad that her home on a bluff overlooking Green Bay harbor lures her six grandchildren back each summer. Nikki Reed Smith and David have sold their house in Pittsburgh and live full time in Vero Beach. They have been making frequent trips to New England to visit Dave’s aging mother. She recently died very peacefully at the age of 95. Nikki is looking forward to settling down in Florida and to spending more time with her son, Brian, and his family. Although she will still spend summers in Worcester, Becky Bennett Crocker is looking forward to moving into her new
villa in Boynton Beach, FL. She wrote us from California, where she was helping her daughter, husband and four children move into a new house. Her other three grandchildren live in Connecticut. Becky serves on a couple of boards, plays golf, and enjoys a healthy life. Tina Blake Girdwood and her husband have been taking some wonderful European trips following Tom’s nice recovery from chemo treatments for a form of lymphoma. Tina continues to be busy with an educational foundation in Andover, but is trying to move the leadership over to other board members. She enjoys being two hours away from one daughter and her three busy toddlers, and is happy to travel to Minneapolis for visits with her other two grandchildren. She and Tom gather the entire family for a summer vacation at Squam Lake. My year is consumed with chairing the Sustainers for the Junior League of Philadelphia, playing competitive bridge and seeing our grandchildren in New York and Chestnut Hill, MA. George and I had to muck out the lower level in our CT house following Super Storm Sandy. We hope that all the rest of you fared well. Please continue to keep in touch, Nancy
1962 Pamela Kinnicutt Motley
111 Flash Road Nahant, MA 01908-1237 781-593-8919 firstname.lastname@example.org I think the only word I can use to describe our 50th reunion in May is “fabulous.” We had 37 members of our class of 99 back on campus (five are deceased). At our class dinner at the Tarrytown Sheraton on Friday
Class of 1962 (left to right)—Front Row: Priscilla Pruyn Bard, Franny Grose Bluhm, Katy Eaton Depew, Peggy Sloan Runnette, Mary Schlesinger DePasquale, Joyce Prior Mletschnig, Susan Oeshler Craig, Diana Hovey-Spencer. Second Row: Dallas Bindley Bellio, Kathie Hannah Walker, Suzy Wall Ginter, Jenny Gaylord Lorch, Linda Fialla Mettler, Bonnie Crow Shek, Kathryn Shortall Hensley. Third Row: Sunny Seifert Stearns, Diana Davis Kornet, Louisa Kimmel Blodgett, Diane Alexander Sugden, Madeline Mackay Crampton Andrews, Lynn McGrath Tone, Ellen Stearns. Fourth Row: Pam Kinnicutt Motley, Martie Don Nicholson, Nancy Angst Weber, Susan Smith Collinson, Cuppy Henry Kraft, Christine Mercier Wooding. Fifth Row: Ethel Arens Ganz, Kate Knoy Crook, Margot Sutton McConnel, Penny Cook Frost, Lorrie Barstow Love. Sixth Row: Jill Schneider Davis, Sally Bysshe, Jinks Farwell Loeb, Tricia Coxhead, Nancy Wendt Cushing.
evening, at the suggestion of Bonnie Crow Shek, we each stood up and said a few words about ourselves, or our families or our lives. Throughout the evening, there was a slide show running on a screen, with both old and new photos, that had been put together by the school. On Saturday, some of us danced The Maypole, others sang favorite Dobbs songs in the Glee Club Room in Strayer Hall. We roamed the campus and remembered many happy and some sad occasions. I only wish that we could have been joined by all of you who wished to come, but were unable to do so. As I said in my recent email to many of you, I came away with a very positive feeling about Dobbs…where it is now, and where it is headed in the future. Flower Campos Cornfield was sorry to have missed reunion, but felt she had to attend a family event happening at the same
time. She is still babysitting and working one day per week. Kathy Vaughan Fretwell was very happy with the renewed and continued contact with Dobbs friends, although unable to attend the reunion. She has found healing in learning that many others had issues with Dobbs while attending there. She is preparing for an abstract art show in Toronto and working on a new manuscript which addresses her husband’s cancer, as well as the whole zeitgeist around the disease. Mackay Andrews Crampton writes that she wished there had been more time to chat with everyone at reunion. She is impressed with how well Dobbs is adapting to the times, and thinks that Maureen Fonseca has played a big part in that transformation. Her son Charles “Chip” James was married on Memorial Day to Linda Klein in Los Angeles.
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CLASS NOTES Sunny Seifert Stearns wrote that this is her year for reunions. Her third one is scheduled for October in New Zealand. This one is an extended family reunion, as she is the granddaughter of Sir James Parr. She will visit a niece in Queenstown while she is there. Lynn McGrath Tone suggested that she try topless bungee jumping in New Zealand… and Sunny says she just might! Diana Hovey-Spencer really enjoyed our reunion…her first ever. She followed it up with a trip to Parry Sound, Ontario, to visit Kathy Vaughan Fretwell, and then went on to Plano, TX, to visit Ann Bonar Williamson. Kate Knoy Crook wrote, “Although through these old eyes the recognition was not instant, I loved seeing my 1962 classmates once more!” We enjoyed a wonderful Kinnicutt sibling reunion on Oahu in June. My older brother lives in Kailua, and the rest of us (three sisters) joined him there…arriving from Nahant, MA, Half Moon Bay, CA, and Melstone, MT. Actually, the Montana sister (Hester Kinnicutt Jacobs ’69) was returning home from a visit to New Zealand, where her son and his family live.
1963 50 th Reunion Year Elizabeth Hoopes Field
Pretty Penny 123 Mill Road North Hampton, NH 03862-2218 603-964-8763 email@example.com Greetings to all!! I hope that you had a good summer and were able to survive the very hot weather and “drought” that most of the country had. We had a wonderful visit with Roz Allen and Paul Landry on Cuttyhunk Island in late July. They are well and busy
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seeing family and friends all over the country. Both of them are involved in the “Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens” in Boothbay and if you are ever in the area, it is a “must see stop.” Not only are the gardens beautiful, but you will learn so much from the visit. Paul, also, is very busy restoring an old rowboat which he hopes will be seaworthy again. Roz ran into Muffy Reybine Myles ’54 who has recently moved to Damariscotta. Muffy thought it would be fun to have a party for all Dobbs alums in the area. Roz keeps in touch with Kathy Collins, who has recently retired from the Kansas City Art Institute where she was President for the last 15 years. Her tenure was very successful and she “did it with her might,” accomplishing a great deal for the Institute. She now is dividing her time between her home in Pemaquid, ME, and one on Cape Cod in Truro, MA. Our son Charles had a wonderful visit in Carmel, CA, with Jim and Betsy Hamill Bramsen at their “new”/old house which they recently renovated and updated. When they are not in Carmel or Barrington, IL, they are traveling for business and/or pleasure. Last summer they enjoyed traveling to the Mediterranean and Rwanda. Barbara Jeurgens McCormack writes, “My second cookbook, Recipes to Crow About, was published and is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.” Hope to see many of you in May at Reunion! I received a wonderful letter from Barbara Rinear Hover who has been living for the last 30 years in Boxford, MA. After Dobbs, she went to Marymount Junior College and then finished at a small school in Buffalo, NY, where she got her degree in Elementary Education. She taught school for two years, then worked as a Customer Rep for Xerox for three years, after which she stayed home to raise her four children (Gretchen, Daniel,
Austin, and Heather). When they were in high school, she worked for a local interior design firm before opening her own design company, “Creative Décor.” She then became a “fit model” for Appleseeds at the corporate headquarters, and now is babysitting endlessly for her 11 grandchildren. She is married to the “love of her life” whom she met just after graduating from Dobbs, and they are celebrating their 43rd year of marriage. She would love to know what Tony Townsend, Lynn Stoess, Niki MacKenzie, Judy Buck, Julie Winston, and Penny Logan are up to. I, too, would love to hear from those classmates, and I hope that you will all return for our 50th reunion on May 17-18, 2013. It has been a very busy, but happy time for me during the last nine months; all three of our children became engaged. The first wedding is our middle child, Charles, who was married in September at a lovely winery in Healdsburg, CA; the second and youngest is our daughter, Tory, whose November wedding ceremony was at the Middlesex School Chapel with the reception in Boston. The last is our eldest son, Tenny, whose wedding will be May 2013 in Amagansett. Unfortunately, it may be the same weekend as our 50th Reunion. As I have already mentioned, please save the date May 17-18, 2013 for our 50th Reunion. I can’t believe that it was 50 years ago that we were saying goodbye to each other and heading in a variety of directions in the “big wide world.” Let’s reunite on May 17-18, 2013 to catch up with friends, and to connect with those we have missed over the years. I will try to be there, if only for a short visit.
1964 Tina Carson Steckmest
1189 Spring Hill Way San Jose, CA 95120 408-268-1159 firstname.lastname@example.org Jeanne Gorrissen: “48 years! Wow!” (in response to being reminded we graduated 48 years ago.) Get ready for Reunion 50 in 2014. Susan Miller: “Finally, grandmother status comes my way. I waited till 32 to get married, till 34 to have my son, so what do I expect? A girl—hopefully a horse lover who wants to play with the horses on grandma’s farm. Training my young horse for dressage competition in 2013. Loved my year as board president with local non-profit. Staying fit with yoga. Vacationing outside the U.S. for first time since 2000, a toughie for farmers! Going to Bali to enjoy the monkeys, spiritual people, and yes, the warm sands during November.” Rickey Celentano: “Greetings from mid coast Maine!! I was speaking with my vibrant, very much alive, 91-year old (Dobbs grad) mother a few weeks back and I commented on how blessed I felt in my life and how, if I died that night, she could know that I died having lived a wonderful, full life. She responded with surprise as from her viewpoint she saw the trauma, the drama and the challenges and focused on those instead. I simply felt gratitude for a wonderful (mostly) 66 years—and hopefully a goodly number more. I live in Camden, ME, with my beloved partner of seven years—that relationship has been a huge blessing and at times my biggest challenge (and so go intimate relationships!)—with my two adult children and their wonderful spouses and five and a half grandchildren nearby. Dyke, my partner, and I are both retired and travel all over the world. We both
sit on several boards and keep our hands in our respective fields, which brings great satisfaction. (I was a social worker in a variety of positions during my work career.) Life IS good. I plan to be at our 50th and would so enjoy seeing old friends.” Bonnie Herron Harris: Proud and happy grandmother to Sam Harris born June, 2011. Bonnie is the Director of Connective Parenting and can be reached at email@example.com. Anne Delatour Barham: “I enjoyed reading our class news in the latest Bulletin. Can’t believe that it is almost our 50th reunion! Am retired from teaching art and busy working part time in three art galleries, one being a jewelry studio where I help make some jewelry. I also spend quite a bit of time visiting and helping out my parents who live in the Carmel area. I saw in The Bulletin that there was a San Francisco alums get together at the Dobbs Ferry restaurant in San Francisco—I’m not sure how long ago. Did you happen to go to it? I actually walked into that restaurant several months ago by chance when I was visiting my kids in San Francisco. They had some great old photos on the wall of the town of Dobbs Ferry and the restaurant looked nice.” Class Editor's note: Website for the Dobbs Ferry restaurant reads Where East Meets West, located at 409 Gough Street (at Hayes), San Francisco, CA, http://www.dobbsferrysf.com Charlotte Vandeweghe Scott: “Steve and I celebrated 46 years of marriage this summer. Have eight grandchildren—seven boys and one princess whom I visit frequently. Daughter Haley was the Commencement speaker at Notre Dame this year and got an honorary Doctor of Letters. See her YouTube if you want. Lots of golf—played this year with Jean Studt Gunnell in CA and here in AZ. Thinking ahead to Reunion #50, I am
hoping to put together a pre- and/or post50th reunion: NYC for shows and dinner – and maybe a Dobbs golfing jaunt—anyone interested?” Kitsy Heroy Hartley: “Right now I'm enjoying our time at the Outer Banks of NC (although this year has been especially rainy, not too bad unless the grandsons are here). Actually, this year Garrett and his family are enjoying an Alaskan vacation. Garrett coauthored a paper on fetal alcohol syndrome for graduate school that he presented at some sub-Arctic medical conference in Fairbanks. So he and his family of boys (four, seven, and nine) are RVing around the state. Karen has been doing a daily blog of their trip which has been great fun to follow. My big news is that I have joined the ranks of bionic women. I have a new right knee and couldn’t be happier. Now I'm trying to figure out when to do the left one...maybe next spring, certainly not the following as that’s our 50th! Speaking of which, I hope we have a big turnout for our reunion.” Susie Upham McIntosh had a seaside lunch in Florida with Barbie Sloan and Laura Van Ness Remsen. Susie writes that Barbie and Laura look and act just the way they did 48 years ago! Barbie will be retiring at the end of the year. Congrats, Barbie! Laura is called Lola by all her friends. She’s a single digit handicap golfer. >>
Laura Van Ness Remson ’64 and Barbie Sloan had lunch with Susie Upham McIntosh in Florida. Susie took the photo. the bulletin | winter 2013 | 49
CLASS NOTES Sharon Harts Wick: “I have returned to San Francisco after a couple of years in Madrid. I’m transitioning from our brief, blissful life of adventure travel outside the U.S. to dealing with repairing our 1863 home from renting, renovating for a future sale, downsizing after 30+ years and looking for the next place to call home in SF! Hopefully when that is complete in another year or two, we can be living more simply, freely and fully...” Nancy Gilbert Holland: “Big changes coming our way!! My new address as of Monday, August 27, will be 1428 Marshall Farm Street, Wake Forest, NC, 27587. I am moving with our 14-year-old daughter so she can start high school there while my husband stays in Massachusetts for the school year so our 17-year -old son can graduate high school. Jon, our 19-year-old, may join either one of us or stay on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is working for the summer. High taxes and a longing for a gentler climate prompted this decision sooner than we originally planned. The teen years are as challenging as everyone warned us, but we think we are over the worst! We are very excited and a bit apprehensive and totally horrified that we are old enough to be retiring!” Tina Carson Steckmest: “Lee and I leave August 20 for a month in Central Asia— Western China, Kazakhstan, and four more ‘stans.’ This satisfies #1 on his bucket list to see Silk Road lands. A night in a yurt at 12,000 feet and transportation via camel ought to cure him, don’t you think?” STILL NEED YOUR HELP: The list of email addresses for our class has decreased to 50. Add your name by emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Many thanks. FOR YOUR CALENDAR: Our 50th Reunion is May 2014. Please plan to attend this one. 50 | www.mastersny.org
1965 Gladys Levis-Pilz
2262 Ella Court Louisville, CO 80027-2375 303-674-2313 email@example.com Happy Winter one and all. I did not hear from many of you this time, but there are some great stories to be told, so I am going to let your classmates speak for themselves. Barbara Gillis Pieper just finished writing Catch My Soul, the second in a series for personal spiritual development. The first part, Living With Your Soul, was very well received. Part three is currently in the works. Barbara also teaches from her works. Cassell Carpenter Gross just got back to Boulder from six months in India, where she taught English at a Tibetan monastery. According to Cassell, “this was a ‘trip,’ in the literal and cutesy sense of the word. In the foothills of the Himalayas, there were days with freezing temperatures, no electricity, no heat, no lights, no Internet. The food was terrible—good vegetables were only randomly available, meat and chicken—you didn’t want to have after seeing how it was treated in the market. I’d forgotten that peanut butter and jelly can be considered a food. Bread we got two hours away in Dharamsala. The Indian food—who knew it ALL tasted the same? What else? Ah, the dogs. Dogs, dogs, dogs serenading through the night. I could go on and on. But it would make you think I didn’t have one of the best experiences of my life. I loved it, the crazy, unpredictable everything! I was in the realm of perpetual amused-ness. How can you not love people, like my young, handsome Indian banker who said, ‘I’d love to have you over for dinner sometime. We can invite my friend, Deborah, another old lady like yourself?’ You did NOT say that out loud, did you?”
Now Cassell is back in Boulder. The Indian government has a rule that all westerners have to leave for two months at the end of every six. For the past ten years, the law was not enforced in the area she was in. She went to re-register and, lo and behold, the law was being enforced, so she left in less than a week. She was sad to go, but as she says, “life has been magical on this side of the world, so who knows what to think about anything?” I think I admire your sense of adventure and perseverance in the face of no electricity, terrible food, and incessant barking dogs... Do it With Thy Might, girlfriend! Laren Simpson Jones reports that, “Donald Trump bought the golf course next to us (The Point) and put Charlotte, NC, on the map. He changed the name to Trump National—Charlotte, and people with a membership in any one of his courses can play on any other course he owns, including the new one in Scotland. Too bad I don't play golf!! I have been watching a young red fox, a male, who lives in the woods between us and the Yacht Club. He has been seen on our beach digging up turtle eggs, not the endangered type, but the big, ugly “cooter” type. Our house is a safety spot for him as he comes within inches of the house as he makes his rounds. We have seen him lying in the bushes at the waterside of the house, enjoying watching the comings and goings of other animals that cross the property. Kind of cool for me, as I used to follow hounds as they chased the red fox! Panic not, animal lovers, only the sick ones were ever caught.” Marjorie (Max) Lee's daughter, Jennifer May, got married in Carces, France, the home of the groom’s family. I am very happy to report that Max’s 105-year-old mother attended the wedding in great health. The whole family looked fabulous. Joan McKee Hill was there, and a good time was had by all. May graduated from Einstein Medical
College and currently is an intern in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC.
between jobs but optimistic! We are all happy and healthy! Best to all!”
Holly Howard Mason shared a different kind of a story. She got bucked off a mare, who Holly notes is “known for her nasty ways.” She landed on her head, but luckily, Holly was wearing a “great helmet from Germany” so she did not suffer a concussion. She had to wear a halo device and could not ride for four weeks, but now she is back in the saddle. Her words of advice to all of you equestriennes out there: “Get with the program and wear helmets!”
Bonnie Cox Gordon posted on Facebook that she completed a marathon with friends, “I had a beautiful walk/jog through the woods while (my friends) blazed through it. Today my body is wondering why I did it! I have the patch though.” Completing a marathon is no small feat. Congratulations to you! I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures of Fall, our second harvest of lettuce and spinach, and a long visit from my grandson. Hope you all stay well.
Cynthia R. Perin
P.O. Box 996 Flagstaff, AZ 86002-0996 928-774-4346 firstname.lastname@example.org Well classmates of 1967....I can honestly say I am truly embarrassed to write this, but only one classmate made it to our 45th reunion this year. I never thought that would ever happen and I do wonder how many times that has happened in the history of The Masters School but it happened?! I myself had overseas visitors but I am still sad I wasn’t there. I will admit that had I actually made it and no one else had, I would be one pissed off classmate but instead, I’m just disappointed (lucky break for all of you). Some of these notes are a tad old but they arrived after the last due date so I am going to include them. Bethine S. Whitney writes: “I am the current Zone X Director for The Garden Club of America. Lots of travel, lots of interesting people, lots of fun.”
Elizabeth Boyce Hoover
118 Westerly Road Princeton, NJ 08540-2624 609-924-1635 email@example.com Janet M. Richmond writes: “2012 was a year of change for me. I sold my house of 22 years in March to downsize. I put my stuff into storage and went to the East Coast to visit family and friends. I also stayed in Vermont for two months to focus on writing my second book. Now I am back in the Los Angeles area—North Hollywood—in an apartment that I love! Heather (31) is now a practicing dermatologist and Alex (23) is
Helen Stanton Chapple wrote that she, too, was sad to not make the reunion but too much travel in the winter and too busy at the time, made it impossible this year. Don't forget to look up Lotsie Hermann Holtons's book, The Monkey Tree. I know she has been very busy with all her grandchildren and her summers in Michigan, but other than that, not much news. Sadly, Judy McCaffrey Joslin lost her mother, Judith Price Shell, in March 2012. She was a dear friend of mine and I always called her Mom Shell. Judy's daughter, Nina, was married in Naples, FL, in May.
Boots Lindsay Kuhnke has been visiting her daughter, Kristina, in New York and hopefully I will be seeing her next week, September 9, for dinner in London (and I don't mean Kentucky). But that's another story. Now some of our classmates are getting younger and being more daring. It seems that Lory Lockwood has indulged her wild woman side and bought herself a Red Mazda Miata convertible. Not only red, but reflective. I can just see her tooling around New Orleans blaring some good Blues from her car stereo. She has been having many art shows in Cincinnati, OH, Lexington, KY, Highlands, NC, Minneapolis, MN, Avondale, LA, Baton Rouge, LA, and this fall, Ridgeland, MS, and Slidell, LA. Congratulations, Lory. That’s a lot of travel and a lot of work. It was great fun to hear from Georgette Love. Seems she had quit her job in Salt Lake City and had moved to St. Pierre and Miquelon (a small French island which is off the coast of Newfoundland) ... “to improve my French and to chill out in quiet solitude at the end of the earth.” What a fabulous thing to do. She lived mostly on Miquelon which has a population of 600 and although she says her French is not as good as she thinks it should be, it is at least better. I believe she lived there from 2007 to 2011. She had first gone there between her junior and senior year at Dobbs. She now lives in Asheville, NC, and says she is holding out for the 50th. I’ll count on that, Georgette! I was very disappointed not to be able to meet up with Susie Nickerson Palmarin’s sister, Lawrie Nickerson ’64, who was coming through Northern Arizona at the same time I was in Tucson. Susie’s husband, Bruno, was scheduled to have more knee surgery, but I haven’t heard anything since. Her daughter, Aurelia, is in New York working after graduating from the London School of Economics and her granddaughter, Carmela, is now two-and-a-half. >>
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CLASS NOTES She is back singing again and Mr. Pierpont would like to hear that. Jennifer Smith Huntley wrote that she was very excited about being a grandmother in July, so I am assuming that all went well. I know she rented a house in Newport, RI, to be there at the birth. Her son, Morgan Huntley, builds neat new boats and has a company called Vanquish Boats, LLC. We all need to say thank you to Candy Staempfli Steel. Seems she is the ONLY member of the class who attended the Saturday night reunion dinner, so at least we were represented by one member. Now here’s a voice from the past...Martha Voorhees Blackman. Seems she saw Ellen Woods Reynolds and Leslie May Marra back in April. She walked the High Line in New York City and visited the 9/11 Memorial and had fun catching up. I’m not sure if she made the reunion or not. I may have to eat my words. Gay Kimberley Oddo writes that she competed in a saddle horse class recently and earned fourth place. She still lives in Maryland on a horse farm and has many animals to keep her busy. Nancy (Tucker) Warriner Smith said that her newest business, Moving Daze, is going well. Sounds like a wonderful idea because she helps people downsize (we all need that) and moving can leave you in a Daze. That’s for sure. I guess as we get older we have less to say although that is not the norm, as I am told. I hear we all have more to say and are less shy to say it, but I swear I am having more trouble hearing from everyone. I do have a new e-mail now....it is firstname.lastname@example.org. That is very sad for me because five days ago, my dear best friend, Arazi, was struck 52 | www.mastersny.org
by lightning and killed instantly. For those who do not know who he was, he was my riding horse for 20 years and because of this tragic occurrence, I won’t be riding my own horses again. I’ll never find another one like him—not who could care for a one-legged rider. I leave for three weeks in Europe in two days. Like I said, I am going to visit Boots Kuhnke so I will report on that in the next notes.
1968 45 th Reunion Year Margaret W. Fanning
24 Linden Road Hartland, VT 05048-8104 802-436-5495 email@example.com Thanks to all who sent news. Write anytime – I’ll save it until the next issue. Sarah Wilson Sasen wrote from a beach in Bonaire where she was scuba diving with her husband, John. (See, you can write to me anytime and from anywhere!) Sarah sings professionally under the name Sarah Wilson Macmillan; in November 2011 she was in a recital in the opera house in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Her children are busy; Marion is a kindergarten teacher, John is an airline pilot, Percy rides competitively, and Katie is expecting her third child. As far south as Sarah was, so to the north went Terry Welch Kohl on a two-week cruise from Seattle, WA, to Kodiak, AK. Her husband, John, her mother, and her sister, Betsy, accompanied her. After 35 years in secondary education, Terry will retire in June from her position as Middle School Head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas. To the east went Patty Athey Brown – she and husband, Malcolm, took their eldest grandchild to England and Scotland on a Harry Potter adventure of their own creation.
They visited Alnwick Castle, the street that was the model for Diagon Alley, and other London locations where the films were made. The trip included flying a hawk at a training school for owls and meeting Harry and Hagrid look-alikes. Patty says it was a perfect bonding experience with Lizzie, and she is happy to forward their itinerary to anyone who’s interested. She also wrote, “Our lives truly rotate around family and board work for arts organizations in Winston-Salem, Raleigh and New York. My days of costume design for the theater have become smocking workshops, and my professional decorating career now consists of hanging new art and advising nieces on where to get cheap decorator fabric. It is all good, and I am grateful for every day. As far as Dobbs is concerned, it was a pivotal time in my life and I remember all of you with warmth and affection. Let’s make a point of going to the 50th, shall we?” I received two emails from the west... actually, from so far west, it’s far east from here. One was from Louise Douglass who was in Vietnam with her adopted daughter doing philanthropic work with $6,000 they’d raised. Here’s what Louise wrote (with a little editing from me): “We are in Hue right now having travelled four hours north of the DMZ and past many, many cemeteries from the war. The hospital where my daughter was born is very poor; we were able to donate two hot and cold water coolers for the maternity ward. We met with the doctor who delivered her. We put on scrubs and went into the ward—they thought I was a doctor! Then we went to the home of the head nurse who took care of her for the first month of her life and named her as well. After her birth mom escaped the hospital, they had other new moms give her breast milk since there were no funds for formula—so she had many moms! After a police investigation, she was taken to an orphanage. The town was right on the sea with tons of beautiful fishing boats—never
knew she was born by the sea! We went to the orphanage and met a caregiver. It is now a center for the handicapped and elderly; we were able to provide their first washing machine and first freezer (which will be great in the winter when it floods and they cannot get to market). We also donated about 50 warm blankets and some clothing. Because there were problems with the adoption, she was moved to an orphanage in the south part of Hanoi where she spent most of her first 19 months before she could come home to me in Colorado. That center is now for children with cerebral palsy; we were able to donate a fridge, many wheel chairs and walkers. The children learn embroidery and other skills so they can support themselves, and now they will have individual transportation. We also were able to have lunch with Binh, who was her main caregiver, and that was quite special. Tomorrow we head to Hoi An, and in a few days will underwrite a program to lecture about women’s health and then inoculate 180 girls with the rubella vaccination.” The other email from the other side of the world was the first contribution to the notes from Sally Weaver Carlson. She said, “It’s difficult to know what to say after several decades of being disconnected. The truth is I never wrote before because I lost touch with everyone at Dobbs—the result of giving all of my attention to a constant stream of challenges. Challenges which eventually led me to take a university job in South Korea back in September of 1996. Indeed another challenge, but one that captured my heart. I have a daughter, Rian, who came to Korea and lived with me here for three years. She is now happily married to a JapaneseAmerican man and attending nursing school in Denver. I am teaching and living in Seoul. I recently married an adorable Korean man, so for the time being Korea will continue to be my home. My life continues to have challenges, but they now feel more like adventures. Having successfully passed the
60 mark, I find I am more aware of the impermanence of the world around me, and I find myself appreciating each moment of my life more deeply. This may be the result of the strong influence of Buddhism in this part of the world, or it may be that I am constantly reading and re-reading Eckhart Tolle’s books.” Great to hear from you, Sally! It takes some courage to reconnect after so long. Thank you for writing. Barbara Charlie Brown Murphy experienced either a complex migraine or a TIA/mini-stroke in June. She was able to get swift treatment and was released from the hospital three days later. The next weekend she drove five hours to compete in the ProAm Ice Dance competition; she and her skating partner won a gold medal! After her experience, Charlie has been speaking to Rotary Clubs about stroke prevention and recognizing the signs of a stroke. Melanie Frantz Harwood continues to herd 90,000 works of art through a multi-year building renovation program. She also occasionally travels with loans and exhibitions. Her husband, Rob, is still an independent art dealer and provider of art services. Their daughter left Tiffany & Co. after five years; she lives in Hoboken and works in product development at David Yurman, NY. Wendy Wheeler White wrote, “My daughter, Laura Magnuson, graduated from Guilford College with a degree in Forensic Biology. She is specializing in latent fingerprint analysis and will be volunteering with the Guilford County, NC, sheriff's department. My last child, Tommy White, just graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in political science. He is living in Chicago and looking for a job. My eldest son, Patrick Magnuson, is still in Washington,
DC, working as the Legislative Director for Senator Mark Kirk.”
1969 Elizabeth B. Payne
47 Shellton Road Quincy, MA 02169-2629 617-770-0934 firstname.lastname@example.org The wedding of Bill and Kristy Heffner Alpert’s daughter, Melissa, to Ernie Anguilla at the Harvard Club in Boston on New Year’s Eve was a wonderful start for 2012. I was delighted to be a part of the festivities with Gladys Waltemade Scholl and her husband, Fred, and two sons who travelled north from the Nashville area for the nuptials. It was a lovely evening, marred only by the death of her father in November, with whom I was hoping to have a dance or two. Kristy and Bill’s cabin in the North Carolina woods is complete and she is looking toward retirement from nursing in the not-toodistant future so they can spend more time there. She is also a grandmother to Evan, son of David and Joanna. >>
Libbie Payne ’69, Kristy Heﬀner Alpert ’69 and Gladys Waltemade Scholl ’69 at the wedding of Kristy's daughter, Melissa, on December 31, 2011.
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CLASS NOTES Again this year, I spent Easter with Joanie Vaughan Ingraham and her family. Joanie’s father passed away a week later. ‘Ma V,’ Joan Revell Vaughan ’40, is doing as well as can be expected: they were married 71 years and looking forward to another summer together in Maine. Annie VanLeer Ekberg and daughter, Katherine, and I attended the memorial service for Mr. Vaughan on May 19. Annie is still in Maine, working in a dental practice, teaching dance and, I think, still playing with a band. Kath has her doctorate in physical therapy and is based in Acton, MA. I also enjoyed attending “To Do and To Dare,” a gala benefit celebrating leadership at Dobbs, which took place at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in spring 2011. Marin Alsop ’73 was honored with the inaugural award, and the evening was a great success. I was delighted to attend with Priscilla Franklin Hindley ’66, and sit with board members Lucy Doolittle Kourides ’70 and Sydney Shafroth Macy ’70 for the evening. Also got to chat with board member and classmate Beth Nolan and her sister, Sally Nolan ’68. Remmi Franklin Lyon will be an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center from September 2-29, 2012.
with anyone who asks—and there are probably many of you not on my email list. So be in touch! email@example.com and I’ll send it along. For the bare bones, we’re all turning, have turned, or are about to turn 60. It is completely horrifying to me that this could happen (where did ‘never trust anyone over 30’ go to?) Tucker Leslie Mitchell says: “I turned 60 in July, but I still feel like a kid. I have three kids, one of whom is still at home, age 14, and homeschooling. Another son lives in Portland, OR, after Syracuse University, and my daughter is a junior at NYU. We’re all artists here (needless to say, my house is like The Cat in the Hat).” Holly Tooker says: “Just don’t think about turning 60 and get a lifestyle lift!” Christine Fung wrote from Hong Kong (where she thought she’d be for three years, but now it’s been 30) to say: “Being a grandparent AND a daughter with aging parents is a challenge. My parents moved back to Hong Kong four years ago when my father was recovering from surgery for a subdural hematoma. So while I am busy…working, babysitting, some caregiving duties; my husband and I still
have time to do what we enjoy. Randy has given up tennis and become an avid golfer. I still get to travel to interesting historical sites and go on opera junkets. If any of you should pass through Hong Kong on the way to China or other Asian destinations, do look me up.” Jane Whitney Gage started off with “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah I’m still 59 years....you guys are sooooo old,” which almost made me delete the email... Then she continued: “Two years ago I married my young bride and I am now step parent to a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl....sore butt from bleacher seats watching basketball and freezing that same butt off watching soccer. I can’t help with their math because it’s taught completely differently, but I’m a whiz at projects and spelling. I keep in close contact with Betsy Malm Holdsworth. Her daughter, Lydia (my goddaughter), lived with my daughter, Whitney (Betsy's goddaughter), in Alexandria, VA, before Lydia moved to Boston. Whitney lives and works in New York City. My son, Calder, lives in Alexandria, VA, and does social media computer gobbledegook!!” Mallory Marshall Haffenreffer reported an amazing tale of her traumatic brain injury
1970 Katherine Moo Bishop
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Mallory Marshall Haﬀenreﬀer ’70 had dinner with Elinore Lilley Washburn’42 and Holly Rice Richards ’42 in Coral Gables, FL.
A Class of 1970 Estherwood roommate reunion! Left to right: Peggy Gindele Dyer, Peg Carton Stanley, Sydney Shafroth Macy, Nancy (now Anna) Bull, and Sunnie Ware Hellman.
injury a year ago that she continues to recover from. She lives in Sanibel, FL, and continues to study her passion, plein air painting. She tells a great story about meeting some women from Dobbs ’43, and how they came to dinner in their uniforms! Her best line was, “I am just going to say I like being 60, and it is the first kind of math that actually makes sense to me. I always had to depend on Leilee to translate this stuff.”
cast, on the couch, after having a bone fusion in my right ankle. Ending this year with a trip to Bonn, Germany, to visit my other son, his wife and my two-year-old granddaughter who are there for a year. By the way, being a grandmother is the best gig ever!”
Leilee Weyerhaeuser wrote: “I am living in Berkeley, CA (after years in suburban Connecticut), and in the daily routine of taking care of a child again, as I help my partner, Damian, raise his six-year-old son, who lives full-time with us. We have a life full of travel and exploration since Damian does scientific research with colleagues at universities around the world. This spring we lived in Cyprus for five weeks and Bergen, Norway, for four weeks. Three of my children live in New York City and one in Burlington, VT. This has brought me full circle in my friendship with Susie Clark Love, as my son who lives in Burlington and Susie’s daughter get together with their spouses and daughters. Susie is the lucky one who lives in Burlington, too, and can join them often.”
Nini Swift Seaman: “Peter and I spend time between Santa Barbara and Wyoming... would love to see anyone anywhere...have a daughter in New York City and Chicago...so end up there, too.”
Leilee also quite thoughtfully pointed out many of the unique points of being in our class...well, you just have to ask for the transcript! Jenny Levis Sadow writes, “My 59th was a terrible year (lost too many close friends and family in a row), and in the spirit of ‘what are we waiting for?’ Mark and I celebrated my 60th with two-and-a-half weeks in Southern Africa. Two big thumbs up! My youngest son got married in June in Saratoga Springs, NY, and after the celebration we stopped in Dobbs Ferry for lunch at the diner! A blast from the past even if I was no longer hiding a cigarette under the table. Spent the ten weeks of St Louis’ hottest summer on record in a
Nancy Bull is another one waiting to turn 6-0. Rene MeVay Klein has a whole year more to go! How did that happen?
Syd Shafroth Macy: “My 60th was spent in New Jersey of all places, on the heels of a Dobbs Board meeting. I had a small dinner party (cooked by my chef sister-in-law), with a few of my good Dobbs friends – Lucy Doolittle Kourides ’70, Maggie Finn Gray and Nancy Bull (who missed it due to pink eye!) My sister, Tracey ’73 surprised me. It was perfect! I think Tom was a bit stumped, but after spending an evening with four Dobbs girls, he understood! You guys are the best!” I am super excited Susanna Kitson Willingham has retired from psychotherapy and turned to art full time. We always knew she belonged there! See her work at http://susannakitson.com. Susanna said, “My husband, Tom, surprised me by taking me to an undisclosed (Anguilla), Caribbean island for my birthday and double surprised me by bringing our three kids onto the beach there like magic. Stupendous surprise. Since then, Geoff announced his engagement and is getting married next June near Denver. There’s something to take up the slack!” Sunnie Ware Hellman said some things unfit for print, then went on to say: “I decided my passion for horses was giving
way to my survival instincts, following a fall that put me in the ER again for contusions of the chest wall. I sold my horse and have started up again painting watercolors and just enjoying being in the moment. My joy has come from reading these emails and getting to know some of my classmates as adults, who I wish I had spent more time with at Dobbs.” So true! Marina Florian wrote: “60 was difficult to take for me so my husband and I went to some beautiful spots in Costa Rica for a couple of weeks. I think of Nora Ephron’s books and want to know what happened to my chin and upper arms! I have the largest project of my career now—a new building and the renovation of a building at CU Boulder. I am the CU project manager, overseeing the design and construction and have about 14 contractors working for me on the job. I reminded one of the young bucks the other day that I was twice as old as he was and he had better listen up...” Jo Gutelius wrote: “On my birthday I asked my daughter to drive with me to the Homestead in Waccabuc (do you remember the freshman class outing there?) for a swim and for nostalgia, and then we met up with friends from my childhood who I haven't seen for... um... 50 years? I am a busy bee with my bed and breakfast and I’m still cranking out poetry, plays, and short stories.” Ask for the transcript if you want to know more! Ellie Ward is near the end of her year’s treatment for breast cancer and is doing great. She reported how her Dobbs roommates came to her rescue, “Kim came out to see me and then Lucy, Mott and Kim chipped in and gave me a gift certificate to practically unlimited takeout food from a local restaurant in town. Those friendships we made at Dobbs are stronger than you may think!” Ellie says please be in touch >>
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CLASS NOTES if you want more information or support of your own. I was saddened to hear that Ann Edmond’s sister, Ryan ’73, died at the end of last year from early onset Alzheimer’s. Donations in her memory can be made to http://www.guthrietheater.org where Ryan worked as a grant writer. While still employed, I am also in the beginning stages of a new travel company, http://www.travelvivid.com, with a focus on being creative, and getting inspired in a new place. All of you painters and writers, let’s go to Guatemala! I think that’s everyone who wrote me, but I can’t stress enough how much more there is! So email me and you can have it all! Everyone sends love and hugs and hopes and positive energy to everyone else. xoxoxoxox
1971 Mary Jo Risher Foley
28 Cushing Street Providence, RI 02906-1306 401-521-1866 email@example.com No news this issue.
1972 Lydia McCarthy Storey
720 Hickory Road • P.O. Box 170 Dalmatia, PA 17017-0170 570-758-4882 firstname.lastname@example.org Tani Conrad writes that she had an art show of paintings in New York in October 2011 and Susan Goedecke Zellweger came to the opening! Tani had another show September 16th, 2012 in Santa Monica CA. She now
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Class of 1972 Bottom row from left to right: Jan Marion Bittner, Lise VanWart Pollock, Babs Pilling Carlson, Ingrid Jeppson Mach, and Chris Fisher Wagner. Top row: Karolyn Morigi-Armstrong, Carol Fischer, and Casey Clark Malcom.
lives in Carpinteria, CA, near the beaches where she walks her Australian Shepherd and pug. She writes, “My oldest son and daughter are also artists and subsist doing illustration and animation.” Her youngest son is finishing college and is in ROTC and most likely will pursue a career in the military. I’m trying to get serious about writing and was very pleased that a brief testimonial I wrote for the Second Edition of Skijor With Your Dog was included in the last spot for quotes at the front of the book published in July. There is also a nice photo of my Airedale Fosh and me skijoring in a race on page 181.
1973 40 th Reunion Year Leslye Lynford
P.O. Box 133 McAfee, NJ 07428-0133 914-771-6378 email@example.com The 40th Reunion Committee is enthusiastically working hard to ensure maximum participation! We hope that May 17-18, 2013 are marked on your calendars and that you’ll join us for another
memorable weekend both on and off the Dobbs campus. We’d love to see you on Facebook! Check out the “Dobbs ’73” page, where you'll find that about 25% of our class has already connected with one another. Please be sure to let us know how to reach those you’ve stayed in touch with, too! If you have any questions or need any help, contact Lucy Herbert Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jo Davidson or Norene Ginsburg Peck at email@example.com. While the school plans many wonderful activities, a hallmark of our class reunions has become the off-campus gathering at the home of Carol Schein Gill, which gives us the opportunity to sit and chat casually in an intimate setting. Past sessions have been heartwarming—we’ve shared the details of our lives and reflected on who we were and who we’ve become, based on our myriad life experiences over the last 40 years. Come gather with us in the spring! We think you'll be glad you did!
1974 Audrey Watson Wigley
535 Westview Drive Mattituck, NY 11952-2962 631-433-6016 firstname.lastname@example.org Jackie Lee Antoine: “George and I celebrated our 26th anniversary and are official ‘empty nesters.’ He retired last May and is loving it. I am retiring from the county after 30 years next May. Our son Sam, 25, has decided to switch careers and will apply to medical school next summer, and our daughter, Natalie, 22, just graduated from college and is moving to San Diego.”
Meg Sargent Galanty: “I am attaching a recent photo of Holly Hoopes Hudimac ’73 and me after a fun lunch in Middleburg, VA, near where she lives. I live in Alexandria, VA, and have retired from the corporate world after a long career in business communications and events. I would love to hear from any old Dobbs buddies and maybe try to arrange a DC Metro area get-together!” email@example.com
1975 Barbara Butcher Uboe
Bjerregaards gate 64A Oslo, Norway 0174 firstname.lastname@example.org I know it has been incredibly quiet from here since our last reunion.
Nina Doyle Wilson ’74 and her 18- year-old son at his high school graduation.
Pam Thakara McCoy sent me this to share with you. “I know we communicate on FB, but I haven’t sent anything for The Bulletin in awhile—so I’m sending this one with my precious new grandson, Joel, born 6/12/12, to my youngest son, Carter, 23, and his fiancé, Julia. It’s been a busy year in my family. My oldest, Drew, 30, just celebrated his first wedding anniversary on July 1. Brett, 26, is finishing up his post-Marines college degree at Pace University in NY in Business Management. He had already been hired by Drexel Hamilton before the end of his summer internship. He will be married in June 2013. As for me, playing music is still the highlight of my life! I even received an Honorable Mention for an original song presented to the National Songwriters Competition this spring.” Congratulations, Pam! Joel is adorable! There have been a few grandchildren added to our midst. So exciting! Love to all!
Meg Sargent Galanty ’74 and Holly Hoopes Hudimac ’73 at lunch in Middleburg, VA.
On a sad note, my beautiful “little sister” and dearest friend of 46 years, Chloe Montgomery ’76, passed away on July 3.
Pam Thackara McCoy’s new grandson, Joel.
She was well known and loved at Dobbs for her infectious laugh and incredible spirit and energy.
1976 Patricia M. Murphy
301 Quaker Ridge Road Chappaqua, NY 10514-2618 914-238-6103 email@example.com Kate B. Rousmaniere
10 Quail Ridge Drive Oxford, OH 45056-9201 513-523-5101 firstname.lastname@example.org We start the column with the heart-breaking news of the passing of Chloe Montgomery, on July 3 from sudden and still unknown causes. She is survived by her husband, David Smeed, and her mother. Pam Thackara ’75 had remained close to Chloe for many years following graduation, and if you would care to send a note to Chloe’s family, Pam would be helpful in getting that to her. By the way, Pam continues to play music in the vicinity of Rumson, NJ. Check out this site: http://www.reverbnation.com/FAMILIARFACES. The comforting side of this news is that many of the classmates did reconnect by email, sharing happy memories of life with Chloe during the Dobbs years. We also got bits of current personal news from some.
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Pam Lord Camara’s daughter, Shea, has a new art studio venture in the Hudson Valley: Fiberflame Studio is a make-your-own mixed-media art studio serving a community of all ages and abilities. Her son-in-law also has a burrito food truck—the Tin Cantina on Route 212—worthy of a drive to Woodstock. We also learned from Pam that her mom, Joan Malloch Lord ’42, died in January 2012 and that recently Pam’s entire family celebrated her mom’s life with a memorial and ash scattering off the Cape. Just a few of the Dobbs alums present at the memorial service were: Susan Sculthorpe Casson ’74, Pam Lord Camara ’76, Meg Lord ’78, Sue Lord ’70, Peter Whittaker ’02, Beth Nolan ’69, Sarah Malm ’82, Betsy Malm Holdsworth ’70. We could learn a lot from those grande dames about charitable commitment and philanthropy. Jennifer Hall is on sabbatical this year, permitting her to enjoy her new acquisition of a Victorian house in Beverly, MA. When not doing that, you can find Jennifer on the North Shore, fishing for squid. Julie Evans Briggs lives in DC and recently celebrated her son’s wedding. Sad to report her mom, Phyllis Hoetzel Evans ’36, passed away in June.
husband who she has been married to for nearly 30 years, and two fantastic and humorous children: Christie, 24, and Wick, 21. Liz has been busy in recent years working with two investment banking firms and one magazine (SKIING), and fundraising for her local hospital and garden club and children’s schools. She stays in touch with Alessandra Ziluca Piro who is living out in Washington State and has a lovely family. Liz wants to know where the heck are Amy Palmer Saunders, Melissa Bunnen Jernigan, and Geraldine O’Donoghue? (We want to know, too.) Liz sends lots of cheer to all and demands a big turnout for our 40th reunion, in anticipation of which she is now starting a diet. Pat Murphy continues to counsel those who make movies, and when not doing that, at least recently, could be found on baseball fields throughout Westchester County, watching her 16-year-son, Jackson, play ball. To close, the reconnection and shared memories among some of us that grew out of news of Chloe’s passing was real and comforting, and an opportunity to experience the enduring bond of our intertwined lives. We like to think that this would have made Chloe smile.
1978 35 th Reunion Year Holly Kirchner Goulet
43 Authors Road Concord, MA 01742-3907 978-371-2939 HKGoulet@aol.com Deborah Rhee Rosencrans
73 Concord Street Maynard, MA 01754-1235 978-461-0676 email@example.com No news this issue.
1979 Whitney Sanford
1806 N.W. 10th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32609-5406 352-373-6368 firstname.lastname@example.org No news this issue.
1980 Laura Corvinelli Thornton
Kate Rousmaniere is now on sabbatical from teaching but not from her duties on Oxford, Ohio’s City Council, where she is currently leading a charge to get bike lanes in town, in part to further her biking habit. Sarah Storch is back in Connecticut after living in California for a year; she has a passion for animals and is looking for fulltime employment. And a special report from Liz Powers Clothier who remembers Chloe Montgomery Smeed as a fun and beautiful lady with so much to offer. Liz lives in Newtown, PA, with a dog, two cats, a 58 | www.mastersny.org
1977 Sarah Thompson Wright
19022 Mountain Point Circle Eagle River, AK 99577-8588 907-696-7963 email@example.com No news this issue.
20 Dunraven Road Wirral CH48 4DS United Kingdom firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings, everyone. As I write, the neverquite-summer is starting to do a very good impression of autumn. Unfortunately, even global warming will not help us here in NW England. Thanks to those of you who wrote in with news, starting with Suzanna Benson Rumon, who reports that, “we were a host family this summer for a pitcher for our new local baseball team, The Pacifics. Lyle, my son, was a batboy for every game—a great summer.
I’ve been working, working, and working. Kevin has been doing well with his startup, running well in his ultras and doing a lot of volunteer work at San Quentin. Lyle starts a new school today—concentrations in math and music will be a great change.” Sounds fantastic! More news comes from Mary Pauline Herron Mashaw, who started a speech pathology course this September. Good luck and study hard – we know you can do it! From Irene Clark Burgess: “Life is going wonderfully here in Ridgefield, CT. My daughter is a senior this year and as such we're in the throes of college applications. She’s planning on staying in the northeast and just close enough to home to drive, but too far for mom and dad to pop in. It looks like Boston is her first choice for location, but it’s still early in the running. My son, our sophomore, is ready for school to start and looking forward to another fun and exciting year. We just returned from two weeks abroad as a family. We spent a week on St. John and another on St. Thomas and had a lovely time. Pretty soon the kids will be going on their own with their own friends, so we wanted to take advantage of them still being kids.” Last but not least, Catherine George sends, “Greetings from Napa, CA! I've been living here for a little over a decade now and
Class of 1982 Left to right: Satoko Ueno, Catherine Walter, Alexandra Smith, Pamela Bash.
absolutely love it. I’ve become a ‘master gardener’ and I’ve also developed an obsession for dogs. So much so, that I’m creating them in ceramic sculpture. I’m also creating likenesses/busts, giant flowers, and other animals. It feels great to get back to my roots, making fine art; it is just pure joy to create. I’m just getting started with the gallery thing, building a body of work, and so on. It’s so much fun! Check out my work here: http://www.cathyscottage.com. If you ever visit Napa, please do look me up, and I’ll take you on a wine tasting tour!”
Catherine – I hope that invitation was meant for everyone! We are all coming to visit. Here in Ingerland we are wondering what to watch on TV now that the Olympics are over. I think it might be the coverage of the U.S. election, although it will probably be over when you read this! My kids are growing up quickly; aren’t they all? Sam (14) is in year ten, and Sophia (11) started a new school this year. I was promoted to Professor at work – this is a pretty big thing here in the UK so I am dead chuffed. That is your British phrase for the day. Send your translations on a postcard to me at the above address, and while you’re at it send us all your news.
Christine Hoffman Taylor
Christine Hoffman Taylor
149 Country Way Madison, CT 06443-8215 203-421-3325 email@example.com No news this issue.
1982 149 Country Way Madison, CT 06443-8215 203-421-3325 firstname.lastname@example.org We received some sad and tragic news. Gerardo Esquer, the husband of Maria Olea Esquer, died on December 4, 2012, in Cd. Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Her friend, Bernadette, says, “I know Dobbs holds a special place in Maria’s heart.”
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1983 30 th Reunion Year Alexandra W. Luckett
2 Peck Avenue, Apt 215A Rye, NY 10580-4037 914-481-8760 email@example.com Hi everyone, I hope you are starting to make plans to attend our 30th reunion in May 2013. Thanks to the DOBBS group Chris Grim Neikirk created on Facebook, we can discuss on there. I will pester all of you until I know you’re going to attend. August was an eventful month for me. I started a new job in the Footwear/Legwear category at a company called Skidders. You can visit our website at www.skidders.com. I was hired to build the women’s brand, so I appreciate any input you have on Facebook or via email. I am targeting women who are 18+ years of age. Sue Seide writes, “I just got back from two months in New York, and yes, I should have been more proactive about seeing folks, but it was for work so my time there was kinda crazy. I was in NY because I’m the Executive Producer of an HGTV series called “Flea Market Flip” and we shot it there. It's a fun show where we send people to a flea market with a shopping list of items that they can reinvent or restore and then they try to sell
reinvented items at another flea market, hopefully for a profit. I was able to cast Jenny Nay Masters ’84 and Anne Ragsdale Ainslie ’84 to be a team on the show. It was great to see them! They did really well on the show, both Jenny and Anne are extremely talented, have great design vision and were ‘naturals’ on camera!" Erica Langer Delmore writes, “Olivia is a senior at UNLV. She was inducted into Phi Beta Phi this spring as the top French major in the entire university. She also made Dean’s List for the sixth semester in a row. Hannah will be a senior at LVA. She went to the National Thespians Festival in Lincoln, NE, where LVA performed ‘Big River’ for closing night. She was also able to audition for just under 100 schools across the country and she received six call-backs. We are very proud of her! As for me, I am in full baby mode right now. As I write this on 8/14/12, I still have five clients due for the month of August. By the time you read this, all of these moms will have delivered. I feel so blessed to walk with these women on their journeys. I have started a Birthing Tub Business along with my Doula & Lactation Counseling services. I hope everyone is well. I plan on being back east for our 30th!”
Fisherville, KY. We are enjoying the peace and quiet but are still close enough to Louisville! This year I’m the president of the Parents Association at Bethany’s school. That will certainly keep me busy! I love catching up with everyone on Facebook!” Linda Schutz Janssen writes, “I have been quite busy with my Gemvelopes business, and am currently working on an order for the Susan Komen Foundation.” Josefina Beatriz Longoria writes, “I moved to San Antonio, TX, with my family: Ricardo, my husband, Tomas (12) and David (10).” She is planning on attending the 30th in May. Please send me updates and images at Axandra923@aol.com or on Facebook. I hope to see everyone at our 30th!
Hope Houghton Newell writes, “We have moved a bit out of the city and are now in Linda Schutz Janssen ’83 and her family.
As Executive Producer of an HGTV series called Flea Market Flip, Sue Seide ’83, cast her friends Jenny Nay Masters ’84 and Anne Ragsdale Ainslie ’84 as a team on the show.
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1984 Christine Grim Neikirk
5336 Edgewater Drive Norfolk, VA 23508-1324 757-489-1017 firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Class of 1984 – I hope everyone is well! I have some good updates to share. I have actually been able to see a few classmates this summer so I’ll start with my own encounters. I have to give a huge shout out to Didi Rogers Bowers who came to Norfolk because her daughter had a field hockey game in Virginia Beach. Instead of a fun visit, she ended up taking care of my kids/house/dog/laundry, etc. when my husband and I were called out of town for a death in his family. She was a life saver and I owe her one! Thanks, Didi! She is doing great and works at her two daughters’ school, St. Catherine’s, managing the campus store. All three of her kids are entrenched in sports and other activities in Richmond. During that same family drama time for me, Karen Feinberg Dorsey was in town. Her company is transferring her to Seattle and she was working out of the Virginia Beach office for a few weeks. We were able to get together twice – she came to my home and met my family and crazy dogs, and we went out for a nice dinner. Karen looks fabulous and is excited for her new venture where she will be starting up the west coast division of Skanska and working on an exciting new project. She, her hubby and sock-loving dogs sold their place on Long Island and have moved to the island town Poulsbo. She welcomes any visitors! I also made a trek to DC and had a fabulous lunch with Suzy McCarthy and Margaret Carter ’83. We were trying out the new Dobbs app and seeing who else lived around the DC area. Suzy is great and currently transitioning to a website designer. She’s in
school and taking all kinds of design classes. Margaret is an interior designer who was in the process of coordinating a big photo shoot of one of her client’s homes. We laughed and caught up on the past 25 years. It was great and will hope to get together again. Cole McKenry Johnson was also supposed to meet us for lunch but was unable to at the last minute. However, I was able to catch up with Cole a few weeks later, when sadly, her father, who lived in Virginia Beach, died and she came to town for the funeral. She looks exactly the same. She was with her husband and precious twin daughters. We didn’t have long to chat, so we are hoping to get together next time she’s in town. I made a trek to California in August but did not get to hook up with Nancy Kehoe or Katy Foster Lubenow. Katy and I exchanged texts while we were stuck in horrible traffic and will hopefully see each other in June ’13 at our college reunion. Nancy Kehoe was on the East coast hanging with Courtney Walthour Lamontagne. Court writes, “After a great summer off (during which both kids went to sleepaway camp at the same time!), we are back to school. I am still tutoring at the kids’ school, and have taken on some clients at The Vermont Commons School, which is a very innovative private school in Burlington. I am hoping to get much more involved in the experiential education and servicelearning programs, which is what I used to do at UVM. Mike just finished his MBA and I am glad to have him back after two years of basically never seeing him! Cavan just tested for his second-degree black belt, so if you’d like him to kick anyone’s you-know-what, just let me know! And Ellie made her first communion this year, about which she was very excited (possibly more about the party than the ceremony, but she is only eight!). The most exciting thing that has happened to all of us of late is that Nancy Kehoe visited us this summer. We had a GREAT time - just hung out on the boat and cracked up for a few days. She was a very >>
Karen Feinberg Dorsey and Chris Grim Neikirk were able to get together while Karen was on location for work inVirginia Beach.
Christine Grim Neikirk ’84 (right) made a trek to DC and had a fabulous lunch with Suzy McCarthy ’84 and Margaret Carter ’83.
Nancy Kehoe ’84 visited CourtneyWalthour Lamontagne ’84 this summer.They had a wonderful time hanging out on the boat and enjoying the water. the bulletin | winter 2013 | 61
CLASS NOTES good sport and let Ellie give her both a manicure and a makeover. She looked more lovely than ever!” Nancy Kehoe also wrote in saying, “Life in SF is great. Fun summer - a highlight of which was seeing Courtney Walthour Lamontagne in Vermont. We had a blast and I just love her kiddos. My new hobby is that I’m learning how to play golf! Better late than never, I hope. I’m headed to London in October for a fun jaunt with friends. Hope all in the Class of ’84 are well and happy. I also heard from Victoria Wright Erickson, who I didn’t realize was also in the SF area. She writes, “Hello to all. I’m back in the SF area and need to get in touch with other ’84ers living here -email@example.com. Starting my own catering business and working as an on-call chef for events as I get started. Loving the country life in Oakley. Cows, chickens and farm markets make up the neighborhood, but can still make it into SF in about an hour! All’s good.” Our own Amanda Kemp once again graced the stage at Dobbs. Hopefully you saw the article from the last Bulletin where she performed there in February, but she was back again in May for reunion weekend when she presented the Faculty Award to Mary Wood and saw Karen Feinberg Dorsey and Charlotte Moore. Charlotte is working on a children’s book with her mom and teaching music in New York. I remember singing in the glee club room with Charlotte almost 30 years ago. I hope to take my kids up to see Mary Wood at her home near Worcester, MA. Amanda also writes that she is, “still catching my breath from the biggest production I’ve ever produced or even been a part of—my play, ‘To Cross an Ocean Four Centuries Long.’ We had about 60 people on stage, including two choirs, dancers, musicians, and four actors. Needless to say, Theatre for Transformation is keeping me busy! Next up is a piece
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honoring the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s called ‘Emancipation Sweet’ and I haven’t written it yet! Here’s one thing I love about my life: I vision it; raise money for it; and then get to do it! And I just realized Masters gave me the space to practice fulfilling my visions by those morning meeting assemblies!” Yay, Amanda! Go girl! So that’s it for formal notes – just a quick update in case you only read this column in The Bulletin—Dobbs is going to build a new Community Athletics and Arts Center! It will be beautiful! The current gym was built in the 1950s for 200 boarding girls. With more than 600 boys and girls there now, they need a new facility and this will make us proud! Stay tuned and plan on visiting for our reunion in May 2014. If you are on Facebook, please check out our “DobbsClasses of the 1980s” page – it is a great way to reconnect with former classmates – last I checked there were about 70 from our class of 110. You can always send me an email, too at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care, Class of 1984 – till next time!
1986 Diana Turk
30 Woodcliffe Road Lexington, MA 02421-7834 202-427-7373 email@example.com Hi, to the Class of ’86! I hope everyone is doing well! It’s been great to keep up with so many classmates on Facebook. If you’re not yet connected to the group of Dobbs classes from the 1980s, please find us! My first bit of news comes from Carolyn Carolina Fraser, who wrote from the beautiful island of Hilton Head. She says, “I moved back to Hilton Head in March to be closer to family (my father has not been doing well, and I didn’t like only seeing him every six weeks or so) and to go to work for Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort. I’m working in their banquet department doing weddings, etc... It’s very interesting being back on HHI after almost 20 years. It’s changed so much! I am also making jewelry again, small production unique and custom pieces—Calibogue Designs, you can find me on Facebook.”
26 East 93rd Street # 8C New York, NY 10128-0626 212-348-1969 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for writing, Carolyn, and everyone should check out her page at http://www.facebook.com/CalibogueDesigns#!/ CalibogueDesigns/info and see the “Pretty baubles for ears and necks made by hand in the Low Country of South Carolina.” Fun!
Victoria Conway Newman reports, “Everything continues to be well in Greenwich, CT. Our oldest daughter, Talia is 13 and in eighth grade, and our youngest is 10 and in fifth grade. It is incredible how fast they are growing up! I continue to run a fullservice education company called Greenwich Education Group, which takes up a lot of my time, and I am always balancing work and family. All is well! Kylie.”
Kara Danielson Dillon wrote from Minneapolis that she is busy being home with her four children and is just buried with activities for all of them. She writes, “Our youngest is heading to first grade and the oldest is entering high school so we run the gamut with sports, theater, music and dance. All is good.” Kara reported that she keeps in touch with Maura Williams, who moved to Minneapolis last year.
Elizabeth Hargraves Mandy
They had a great dinner together and are hoping to spend lots of time together now that they live so close. Kara also connected with Elizabeth Adler Shade in Boston last August when she came back East for a visit – just in time to get caught in Hurricane Irene! Kara wrote, “It was awesome to see Elizabeth, and my little Midwest kids thought it was cool to experience a hurricane as it was a better and bigger storm than any tornado! We visited Dobbs the day after the storm went through as we couldn’t get into the city so mom took them on a tour of Westchester and her old stomping grounds. We toured Masters Hall and they played in the gym. I can’t believe how much the school has transformed. I can’t believe it’s been so long since we were all at school. I don’t feel that old! And I still have to do a double take sometimes and realize that I have kids old enough to go to Dobbs.”
and finding someplace cool and breezy to spend our summer months!
What a fun trip, Kara! Thanks for passing along such great news!
Hope you guys had a great trip, Randy, and thanks for your update!
The next news comes from Sam Todd Sangster, who decided to escape the heat and humidity of Bermuda in the summer and take her boys to Sun Valley, ID, where she had spent two years right after she graduated from college. Sam wrote, “We’ve only been here a week, and we have hiked, biked, fished, rock climbed, and collected a lot of bugs. What do you expect from two young boys? We also saw a mother bear and her two cubs and have a snake living under the porch, which shed its skin. They think it’s the coolest. We are going whitewater rafting on Friday and camping on Saturday. We have another month here and will take advantage of all the cool outdoor activities they have. Love the fact the boys are completely busted by 7:30 every night so I can sit and watch three hours of the Olympics. Doesn’t get much better than that.”
We got a quick update from Allison McHugh Bachrodt: “Still having health issues. Just diagnosed with aplastic anemia. But good news is my leukemia is not showing up in my bone marrow biopsy. Over all, I am doing well. My daughter Morgan is great and life just seems to move on. Love to all my friends.”
I hear you, Sam. I’m a big fan of escaping the heat and humidity of home in the summer
Randy Casden Repka wrote to say that life for her and her family in NJ is “happy and crazy and everything in between! Wil just turned 13, Kate is 11 and is entering Middle School in the fall and Ryan is eight and headed for fourth grade. I am still working at American Express as Director of Customer Engagement in our Consumer Services division. We have an amazing dog named Bear, an English Bulldog who keeps us laughing. This summer Wil and Ryan attended a sleepaway camp that I went to as a kid. I bring this up because there are two current Dobbs girls who also go the camp. I loved chatting with them to hear the latest Masters news. We are heading up to Stowe, VT, for vacation in a few weeks – this will be our fourth summer up there. I can’t wait!”
Thanks for writing, McHugh, and we all hope you feel better soon! Beth Harther Moll wrote in to say that she is still teaching third grade in a small Christian School in Bennington, VT. This summer she started taking online classes toward her masters degree in Special Education. Beth’s husband Duane is training to work with computer databases since IT has been his field for several years. He is actively seeking work within the Southeastern states. Any leads would be greatly appreciated by Beth and Duane!
Beth reports that she has two stepsons who are in college. One will be graduating from Cedarville University next spring and the other is working full time and attending a community college. Beth’s son Jacob is entering tenth grade, and she notes that he is an avid athlete whose first love is free-style skiing. Lucky boy, he skis up at Stratton all winter long! Beth writes that her daughter Hope, who is entering fifth grade, loves singing and basketball. Very sadly, Beth’s father passed away suddenly in June of 2011. Still, she writes, “all things considered, we are doing well, and look forward to new opportunities within the next few months!” Thanks for your report, Beth, and if anyone has any leads for Beth’s husband on IT jobs in the Southeast, please send them Beth’s way! Nicole Basia Baril wrote to say that all is well for her in Southern California. Work is super busy, she says, and surgery is great because it is always changing with new techniques and methods every year. This summer marked 11 years since Nicole started her practice, and according to her, “it has gone by in a flash.” Nicole enjoys seeing her nieces and nephews on weekends, and this summer she did some traveling – to Maine to visit her niece at summer camp and then to New York City, which she said was oppressively hot and humid but it was a nice trip. In a bit of news that brought a smile to my face, Nicole writes that this summer marked her mother's 70th birthday, and that her grandmother (89) was the one to throw the party. Nicole writes, “I am so blessed to have my parents and grandmother in good health.” Amen to that, from someone who has lost both her parents and all grandparents. This next update encompasses both the highs and lows of real life. Laura Alibrandi Kingery has faced what she understatedly called, “a few life-changing events in a very short time.” In February 2011, >>
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CLASS NOTES she and her husband welcomed identical twin boys, Connor and Drew, and Laura reports that it has been one crazy ride ever since. They are now at the point they are running in different directions which keeps them very active. At the same time, Laura also started in a new role as a Financial Business Process Analyst, which is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. If that were not enough, in February of 2012, Laura was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. She writes, “After two surgeries and seven weeks of daily radiation, I am happy to say I finished my treatment this week, and I have beaten this thing. I will never take for granted that I am one of the lucky ones. Ladies - go get your mammograms - they really DO save lives. Overall, life is very good, and I thrive on every first that my boys have, which is coming daily at this point, and has me constantly cracking up.” We are thrilled to hear you’re doing so well, Laura. Thanks for sharing your highs and lows with us, and yes, we’ll all go get our mammograms! This rounds out the news from the Class of ’86, except to add a report of my own comings and goings…and many of them there have been! This summer, my family moved yet again – for anyone keeping track, that is five moves, three of them interstate, in seven years, and you will forgive me for being sick to death of moving! We are now in Lexington, MA, which is right outside of Boston, and fairly near to my sister, Karen Turk ’84, who lives with her family in Concord. My husband took an in-house counsel job at a financial firm in Boston, so we’re giving it a try to live up in New England. We decided to rent out our house in Maryland and also to rent in Massachusetts for now, and give ourselves a bit of time to decide where we want to be. I have told him I have exactly one more move left in me - either to a house we buy in 64 | www.mastersny.org
Massachusetts or back home to the DC area. That’s it! And our children, who are on their third set of schools in four years, certainly feel the same! I’m still commuting to NYU, this time from the top of the northeast corridor. I love my job running the Social Studies Education program and feel very lucky to have bright, motivated students and thoughtful and supportive colleagues. It’s my 13th year on the faculty at NYU, and I am starting to feel like I will be one of those people who spends her entire working life in the same job. We’ll see! I still get to see Suzi Gunther ’85 for our special breakfasts each month, and I love getting to catch up with her. Sadly, she and her daughter Mimi missed joining us this summer on Nantucket, but hopefully they will be back next summer. One benefit to now being in MA is that we’re so much closer to Nantucket, where we share a house (formerly my mother’s) with my sister and her family of two boys who are the same ages as my children. It’s a great way for our families to stay closely connected, and of course, I love escaping the heat of summer and enjoying the cool breezes off the South Shore up there! So, that is it this time around. Please keep in touch, via email and Facebook, and keep sending your updates. When you send pictures, please make sure you’re in them. Take care, all!
1987 Alessandra L. Ghini
350 Francisco Street, Apt 2 San Francisco, CA 94133-1954 415-902-2193 email@example.com
1988 25 th Reunion Year Laura Buchwald
555 West 23rd Street, Apt. N8F New York, NY 10011-1031 212-260-3380 firstname.lastname@example.org Stephanie Dunne Cohen
165 Surbeck Place Haworth, NJ 07641-1205 201-259-7221 SJDCohen@verizon.net No news this issue.
1989 Jennifer Zimmermann
511 E. 80th Street, #14C New York, NY 10075-0742 212-288-8411 email@example.com No news this issue.
1990 Janann Eldredge
3360 West 33rd Avenue Denver, CO 80211-3106 303-593-2170 firstname.lastname@example.org No news this issue.
1991 Marah Rosenberg
165 Vroom Street Apt 1L Jersey City, NJ 07306-4597 917-940-4549
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1992 Gillian Crane
52 Landing Drive Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-1185 914-479-6474 email@example.com Macha Ross
101 W 23rd Street, Apt. 3P New York, NY 10011-2442 917-301-0393 firstname.lastname@example.org No news this issue.
1993 20 Reunion Year Volunteer Needed
Please call the Advancement Office at 914-479-6576 No news this issue.
Class of 1992 (left to right)—Front Row: Carisa Koontz Sykes, Emine Ortega, Jane Meads Hopkins, Susan Isard Bai, Jane Dupuy Leyens. Second Row: Debony Burrowes, Seung Eun Lee Seung, Bretta Provost, Gillian Crane, Meredith Curts Madsen, Macha Ross.
date. I also have a two-and-a-half year old son, Grant, who apparently monopolizes 99% of my day each week. I just returned from a wonderful three weeks with my husband and family in Aruba—so it is back to reality. I am still working as a Speech Language Pathologist in Westchester and the northern part of the Bronx. This past year, I had the great opportunity to work again with 14-to-21 year old young adults with multiple disabilities. Each day was a challenge and a triumph but I got back into what I think is
my passion—which is AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). It is amazing to watch someone who is nonverbal have an outlet to discuss their feelings and wants/needs. I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I am still trying to reach a number of classmates so send any information along or an email address. It’s funny how a class of around 30 seemed so small, yet it is hard to find you all! Facebook has changed our interactions. Did we even have email at Dobbs?!
Katherine A. Henry
Chelsea Lee reports: “Since my graduation was deterred by my son Avichaim arriving 12 weeks early and under three pounds, I am finally finishing up this winter. Avi is now walking and babbling and my oldest, Caleb, starts kindergarten. We are reinventing our lives this year as just the three of us and are excited about what lies ahead. Ready to take the GRE and see about grad school. Hopefully, I’ll get a job in the field during the interim. I think it’s funny that several Masters girls fell into the SLP route. I had never even heard of the field until I signed up for classes. I wanted to take either nursing or linguistics—and that’s what they offered me!” >>
2401 19th Street #2 Astoria, NY 11102-3442 email@example.com No news this issue.
1995 Theresa Bowen Daly
526 Larchmont Acres, Apt A Larchmont, NY 10538-7342 914-573-6359 firstname.lastname@example.org Greetings to the Class of 1995! Sorry to have missed the last Bulletin but it either slipped my mind or my information was not up to
Terri Bowen Daly ’95 and Grant Daly, who is ready for his first haircut.
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CLASS NOTES Kathy Taylor-Harvill reports: “Let’s see, more info for The Bulletin...I just had baby #4 this past Mother’s Day. Baby James at twoand-a-half months already looks anxious to join Robert, Mary, and Peter in their shenanigans! I am finally finishing up my masters degree in Family Life Education and trying to figure out what to do with it. Definitely going to continue facilitating my parent education classes, but also thinking about becoming a court-appointed family mediator. I’m first going to take a little time off to enjoy just hanging out with the family and ending the summer with our annual week in VA Beach. Hoping to also get involved with any Dobbs alumni activities that may happen in the DC area this fall or winter. That’s all I have for now.” Terri Podolsky Turner reports: “Here’s my Bulletin update: I’m still living in Chicago. My kids are now five-and-a-half and twoand-a-half. Aviva, my oldest, starts kindergarten in the fall. After being a stay at home mom for the past five-and-a-half years, I am re-entering the job market. Haven’t found anything yet, but I’m hopeful. Missing my New York ladies like crazy!” Heather Kuhn Imbo reports, “Not much to add or say. Very happily married almost 10 years now. I still have two dogs and two cats. I live near Trinity-Pawling and I’m now an RN working part time. Life is good and just back from vacation. No real exciting or new news.”
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Ruby Gaynor Dawson (“my old Strong Roomie”) reports, “James and I have two amazing children. Seamus is four-and-a-half and starting pre-k and Oona is 21 months and into everything! James is teaching HS literature and I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home. We live in Manhattan and I can’t imagine ever leaving with the kids. I’m planning to resume grad studies in the spring. I have my dream life.” Karolin Klischan ’96 reports that she is married to a Colombian man whom she met at the NY Film Academy, lives in Cologne, Germany, and just became a mother. What I can tell you is that Karo and I have remained great friends over the years, with countless trips in Europe and the USA. She just gave birth to a beautiful boy named Lukas with her husband Javi. I hope they are ready for the chaos! To wrap things up, as I have mentioned before, Facebook really is an amazing way to reconnect. My “old” basketball coach, Tom Burke, wrote me the nicest post about a game from over 15 years ago where supposedly I hit a three-pointer to save the game at the last second. It meant so much to me that he remembered that moment, let alone me all these years later (my dad teared up a bit, too). I also was fortunate to see my first friend ever at Dobbs, Amie Servino Kritzer’s name in the last Bulletin. We had lost touch and have reconnected through email. It turns out she and her family have
Karolin Klischan ’s son, Lukas.
been living literally around the corner from my parents in Bronxville. I hope to see her soon. Have a great winter everyone!
1996 Nicole Ruskin Nevarez
35 Park Road Goldens Bridge, NY 10526-1134 917-449-1086 email@example.com Molly Reeder Gitelson reports: “I am taking a year off to be at home with Owen and Ellis. Ellis Reed Gitelson was born on April 15, 2012. Owen is a remarkable older brother, and he is greatly enjoying our sweet baby boy. I took a year off when Owen was born, and it was the best decision I ever made. I cannot wait for all the adventures the upcoming year has in store for us.” Amy McLeran reports, “I do have some super fun news to share: I’m running in the New York City Marathon on November 4th! Which is funny, because I smoked very heavily for about ten years – when I quit last year I started running again for the first time since high school, give or take. It’s changed my life and this year when Marathon registration came around I decided to run for a charity, The Center Against Domestic Violence, in Brooklyn. This solved two things: one, I get to run in the marathon, and two, I get to fundraise for an organization that does amazing work, and which I’m passionate about. They’ve been great sponsors, training has been amazing and life-changing, I am really sore and hungry all of the time, but I sleep like a champ. Otherwise, life is pretty quiet. I cohabitate with my spectacular toothless, half-blind kitty Olympia; I read
and write and make stuff. I recently painted the entryway to my Brooklyn apartment (I’m just between Sunset Park and Borough Park: I call it Sunset Borough) a questionable green color which I got on the cheap from the Home Depot seconds table (gee, wonder why?) At present I’m debating whether to create a whole jungle tableau in keeping with the intense color, or repaint with something more subdued. Time will tell! I see Joanna Schlesser-Perry and her family pretty often and she updates me with news of you and other Masters ladies. I’m not in touch with anyone else from school. but thanks to Facebook, I hope I will be soon enough.”
LucyWickramasingheVan-Horne ’96 had her second baby boy,Taj Abel, on May 7, 2012.
Lucy Wickramasinghe Van-Horne writes: “We had our second baby boy. Taj Abel VanHorne was born on May 7th. We are all doing well!” Asema Ahmed writes: “I am married with one son and live on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. I also have my own business, Magnolias Linens, LLC. The biggest thing for me right now is that my son is starting preschool in September!” Porche Burke writes: “I’m still working at Random House, loving being surrounded by people who care about punctuation every day. My most recent projects are memoirs by Maya Angelou (her tribute to her mother, Mom & Me & Mom goes on sale next April) and Q-Tip (a colorful, anecdotal telling of his life story, coming soon). My pony-sized Rottweiler, Mia, and I still love keeping my mom company at our Long Island home, so much so that it’s hard to leave for a room of my own in the city, despite it being long overdue. Still no children, still no wedding bells (unlike my awesome amigas Joanna and Rachael—hard acts to follow in mommyhood, they’re so amazing), but it’s such a full and grateful life anyway— especially when the 49ers are projected to win the Super Bowl. So excited to have finally found Mr. Burke on Facebook—now, if we could just nail down Dr. Whitehead...”
1997 Elisa M. Ortiz Maloney
501 Dean Street, Apt 4L Brooklyn, NY 11217-2151 917-543-6887 firstname.lastname@example.org
1998 15 th Reunion Year Carol R. Adair
1518 W. 187th Street Gardena, CA 90248-3919 310-200-2624 CarolinKorea02@yahoo.com No news this issue.
1999 Corinne Van Beek
834 Chestnut Street, Apt 1120 Philadelphia, PA 19107-5143 email@example.com Ashley VanBuren’s career blossomed this year. Among her many contributions to the arts field this year, she assistant directed and script supervised the original Off-Broadway musical, Now. Here. This., produced the e-book for author Susan Orlean’s biography, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, worked on two movies (Oblivion and Noah), produced a reading series at the 92Y Tribeca, contributed an essay to a book called The Moment, and wrote pieces for Jamie Oliver, Mediaite, and the Theatre Development Fund. It was an incredibly creative year for her, and she's loving it all! I moved to Philly in July for shoulder and elbow fellowship, so come visit or give me a ring if you're in the area.
2000 Daniel K. Low
Melanie Rothenberg Pandit
3511 State Route 80 Fort Plain, NY 13339-4935 518 993-4377 firstname.lastname@example.org Asema Ahmed ’96 and her family.
150 Myrtle Avenue, Apt 411 Brooklyn, NY 11201-2910 email@example.com No news this issue.
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2001 Rebecca S. Goldberg
546B Laguardia Place, Apt. 4D New York, NY 10012-6007 firstname.lastname@example.org Sujata Adamson-Mohan ’01 and Rebecca Goldberg ’01 had a great time celebrating Evan Leek’s 30th birthday in Hyannis Port, MA in September. Other alums in attendance were Evan’s sister, Amy Leek Grey ’03, Evan’s mother, Bobbie Celentano Leek ’68, Evan’s aunt, Rickey Celentano ’64, and Evan’s grandmother, Rickey Merrick Celentano ’39. After three-and-a-half years as Director of Alumnae/i Relations at Masters, Sujata is now working and living in New York City for the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).
Class of 2002 (left to right)—Front Row: Nevin Steiner, Emily Krasting, Heather Duﬀy Shaughnessy, Rachel Markowitz Krupitsky, Courtney Pappas, Mitsue Nakai. Second Row: Dana Mechanic, Andrea DiNizo, Justina Michaels, Lexi Dantzig, Jon Hartrey,Victoria Johnston.Third Row: Matt Kozar, Matt Lapovsky,Tom Kemnitz, Jr., Stephanie Bader, Davin Michaels, Ken Hironaka.
Jonathan J. Hartrey
Matthew P. Dollar
43 Cohawney Road Scarsdale, NY 10583-2222 914-772-6035 Hartrey@gmail.com
19170 Calle Moniz Morgan Hill, CA 95037-9361 email@example.com No news this issue.
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2003 10 th Reunion Year
2005 Jodi Innerfield
Evan Leek ’01 celebrated his birthday in Hyannis Port, MA, with several Masters alums in attendance. Left to Right: Rebecca Goldberg ’01, Evan Leek, Sujata Adamson-Mohan ’01, and Amy Leek Grey ’03.
400 West 43rd Street, Apt 20R New York, NY 10036-6309 212-714-9804 firstname.lastname@example.org No news this issue.
170 Hillside Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631-3024 email@example.com Sen Chang received his masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. He also recently sold a company he started while in school. Currently, Sen is working as a Solar Engineer in Miami. Peter Sobel and Laura Romeo are engaged! They have been together since
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junior year at Masters. Laura recently graduated with a masters degree in Child Life and works as a Child Life Specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Peter is a Post Production Supervisor for TV/commercial video in New York City. Jill Chan married in 2010, and is now happily Mrs. Chen! She also recently graduated from the Medical Technology program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She lives in Houston, TX, and welcomes anyone to come and visit if they’re in the area!
Class of 2007 (left to right)—Front Row: Michelle Sibley, Isabelle Russo, Liza Ciaramella, Sandhya Malhotra. Second Row: Candace Tabbs, Sarah Casson, Claire Burke, Liz Mott, Imani Harper.Third Row: SarahWalton, Jeremy Gold, Min Chao.
417 Hilda Street East Meadow, NY 11554-4246 516-221-1397 firstname.lastname@example.org Kimberly Angelovich was promoted to Account Executive at Hill Holliday in Boston.
2007 John M. McGovern
21 North Drive Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-3511 914-693-1477 No news this issue.
2008 5 th Reunion Year Volunteer Needed
Please call the Advancement Office at 914-479-6576 No news this issue.
2009 Chelsea Dieck
16 Lafayette Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549-1813 914-241-6725 email@example.com I spent the summer doing research in biochemistry at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and am looking forward to senior year at Bucknell.
Kathy Marshall spent seven months abroad, studying at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris for the semester and officially presented her work in her first show at the Maison des Arts Créteil Museum for the Low Tech vs. High Tech International Festival, “EXIT.” Kathy is heading into her last year at Cooper Union where she hopes to continue collaborating with local and international artists and put up her Senior Show in the Cooper Gallery in Spring 2013.
Charlotte Ambrozek: Charlotte spent the summer in Ithaca doing research on food security, as well as playing outside as much as possible. She’ll be starting coursework for a masters degree in Public Administration in the fall, and is getting hyphy for senior year. Jackson Pietsch: Jackson was abroad for the spring semester in Kyoto, Japan, and spent part of his summer in Japan working on an independent research project to study and practice translating Japanese short stories into English, which was funded by his study abroad program!
Henry Ginna ’09 with Owen Pietsch ’20.
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77 North Mountain Drive Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-1207 914-674-9689 firstname.lastname@example.org
42 Ogden Place Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-2505 914-231-5446 FlemB5@aol.com
Please call the Advancement Office at 914-479-6576
253 Palisade Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-3513 914-674-9563 email@example.com
21 Quaker Lane West Harrison, NY 10604-1121 914-328-3730 firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry Minella says: “I am officially a drama and anthropology Double Major. Say hi to Ms. Crane for me!”
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Marriages 1956 1957
1962 1963 1965 1967 1969 1976
Freddy Simpson Groff’s son was married in Pennsylvania last summer Emily (Demmy) Nuttle Fuchs and Jim Fuch’s son, Stephen Fuchs, married Amanda Falk on June 30, 2012 in Seal Harbor, ME Mackay Andrews Crampton’s son, Charles “Chip” James, was married on Memorial Day to Linda Klein in Los Angeles Elizabeth Hoopes Field’s son, Charles, was married in September 2012 in Healdsburg, CA Marjorie (Max) Lee’s daughter, Jennifer May, was married in Carces, France, home of the groom’s family Judy Joslin’s daughter, Nina, was married in May Kristy Heffner Alpert’s daughter, Melissa, was married in Boston on New Year’s Eve 2012 Julie Evans Briggs recently celebrated her son’s wedding
Births 1964 1967
Ann Spokes Symonds has a first step great-grandson born December 2011, named Justin Symonds Bonnie Herron Harris, grandmother to Sam Harris, born June 2011 Jennifer Huntley Smith writes that she was very excited about being a grandmother in July
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Deaths 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1934 1934 1935 1936 1936
1937 1937 1938
Louise Davis Morse of El Paso, TX on December 18, 2011 Louise Neff Collins of Lake Forest, IL on September 26, 2012 Charlotte Young Salisbury of Salisbury, CT on April 25, 2012 Mary Coy Pritchard of Liberty, MO on September 2, 2012 Janet G. Howe of Orlando, FL on September 21, 2012 Elinore Hoelzel Harrington of Greenwich, CT on November 19, 2012 Eleanor Angle Richmond of Key Biscayne, FL on October 24, 2012 Carmen Flournoy Greathouse of Saint Jo, TX on January 10, 2012 Phyllis Hoelzel Evans of Chagrin Falls, OH on June 5, 2012 Lucia Ellis Uihlein of Lake Bluff, IL on February 29, 2012 Elinor Shutts Baker of West Palm Beach, FL on September 1, 2012 Mary Hammond Macsherry of Watertown, NY on December 10, 2012 Ruth Langford Dillon of Durham, NC on December 24, 2012
Deaths, continued 1938 1939 1939 1940 1940 1940 1941 1942 1942 1942 1942 1943 1943 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1947 1948 1949 1949 1949 1949
Nancy Russell Primm of Saint Louis, MO on March 5, 2012 Janet Cottrell Balding of Mequon, WI on July 28, 2012 Betty Butler Sawyer of Bedford, MA on August 20, 2012 Ellen Vaughan Howe of Evanston, IL on June 25, 2012 Marion Putnam Kouns of Middleburg, VA on November 29, 2011 Mary Gratiot Monzingo of Benson, AZ on January 19, 2012 Anne McMillan Manierre of Ann Arbor, MI on February 23, 2012 Catherine Watton Anderson of Springfield, VA on September 29, 2009 Phyllis Behringer Holliday of Zionsville, IN on February 13, 2012 Joan Malloch Lord of Waquoit, MA on May 13, 2012 Nancy Tiernan Swenson of Dallas, TX on March 8, 2012 Elvia Martin Penrose of Philadelphia, PA on July 19, 2012 Shirley Broome Purdy of Poolesville, MD on July 16, 2012 Sally Noyes Emmel of Bloomfield, CT on February 20, 2012 Elizabeth Dershuck Gay of Armonk, NY on September 7, 2009 Carolyn Brenton O'Brien of Urbandale, IA on January 11, 2013 Paula Welles Orr of Pittsburgh, PA on May 5, 2012 Mary Minervini Rinaldi of Braintree, MA on December 30, 2012 Jane Cole Scott of Pacific Palisades, CA on October 11, 2012 Elizabeth Powell Dempsey of Morristown, NJ on January 12, 2012 Ruth Grier Robinson of Spring Mills, PA on February 14, 2012 Betsy Brown of Greenwich, CT on April 16, 2011 Jane Kennedy Kroeger of Trent Woods, NC on August 4, 2012 Anne Eldred Pond of Fort Lauderdale, FL on May 4, 2012
1950 1950 1951 1952 1952 1954 1954 1956 1958 1966 1971 1972 1976 2001
Julia Fisher Garretson of Dayton, OH on November 11, 2012 Cynthia Hunt Gray of Chadds Ford, PA on June 23, 2012 Martha Leovy Cullison of Valley Cottage, NY in September 2012 Dorothy Smith McCuddy of Anderson, SC on August 3, 2010 Mary Newell Sherwood of Grand Junction, CO on July 11, 2012 Mitzi Broome Fagan of Tampa, FL on August 15, 2012 Judith Broome Grabel of West Palm Beach, FL on October 12, 2012 Marguerite Uman Kenney of San Francisco, CA on February 3, 2012 Marilyn T. Joyce of Roswell, NM on January 24, 2012 Randy K. Paar of Greenwich, CT on June 2, 2012 Linda Uhlman Whiting of Raleigh, NC on August 19, 2012 Alexandra Pappas of Albany, NY on October 15, 2011 Chloe Montgomery Smeed of West Palm Beach, FL on July 3, 2012 Jennifer T. Locke of New York, NY on August 11, 2012
Elaine Membrado of New York, NY on May 11, 2012
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Tracy Tang Limpe ’80, Chair Ralph Rosenberg P’13, ’15, Vice Chair Beth Nolan ’69, Secretary John Dimling P’01, ’07, Treasurer
Debbie Shure P’07 Assistant Director of Communications email@example.com ADVANCEMENT Timothy Kane Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement firstname.lastname@example.org Judy Donald Advancement Associate email@example.com Kathy Kozar P’02 Director of Alumnae/i Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Maryann Perrotta Database Administrator email@example.com Sophia Primps Director of Capital Gifts firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Ryan ’00 Director of Annual Fund email@example.com Amie Servino ’95 Director of Parent Relations firstname.lastname@example.org Photography: Renee Bennett, John Comforto, Gillian Crane ’92, Bob Horne, Brooke Kammrath, Anne Marie Leone, Pat McMahon, Sam Miller ’14, Bruce Robbins, Debbie Shure P’07. Design: White Communications, Inc. Printing: Capital Oﬀset Company, Inc.
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Edith C. Chapin ’83 Jonathan Clay P’17, ’19 Susan E. Cremin ’65 Marilyn O. Dimling P’01, ’07 Stephen Feder P’15, ’19 Maureen Fonseca P’05, ’08 Michael Greene P’10, ’13 Elise Funke Griffin ’47 Alexandra Herzan P’13 Lusyd Doolittle Kourides ’70 Clay Lifflander P’14, ’16 Mindy Meads P’11 Edgar M. Masters H’98, Life Trustee Sydney Shafroth Macy ’70 Jerrie Miller P’10, ’14 Susan Follett Morris ’57, Life Trustee Christine Grim Neikirk ’84 John R. Peckham P’07, ’09, ’09 Elizabeth “Penney” Riegelman Nancy Seaman P’07 Lynn Pilzer Sobel ’71, P’99, ’05 Diana Davis Spencer ’56, P’84 Suzy Welch P’13 Honorary Trustees Marin Alsop ’73 Cynthia Ferris Casner ’52, P’60, ’65, ’72 Kathryn Wasserman Davis P’56, GP’84 Lilian Hall Fisher ’37, P’60, ’65, ’72 Jeannette Sanford Fowlkes ’58, P’87 Ruth Mitchell Freeman ’51 Helen Fisher Grim ’53, P’84 Nancy Maginnes Kissinger ’51 Claudia Boettcher Merthan ’51
Lusyd Doolittle Kourides ’70, President Karen Feinberg Dorsey ’84, Vice President David Heidelberger ’01, Recording Secretary Sujata Adamson-Mohan ’01 Priscilla Franklin Hindley ’66 Matthew Kozar ’02 Evan Leek ’01 Sandhya Malhotra ’07 Ricardo Oelkers ’03 Elizabeth Maria Reed ’99 Mary M. Ryan ’00 Dorothy Walsh Sasso ’99 Jennifer Zimmermann ’89 Kathy Kozar P’02, Director of Alumnae/i Relations Parent Association Officers Jerrie Miller P’10, ’14 Bernice Malione P’13 Janice Woodward P’11, ’15 Janet Sikirica P’19 Anita Tartt-Stewart P’19 Sonia Levethan P’15 Amie Servino ’95, Director of Parent Relations
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>> Watch your inboxes for our Alumnae/i e-newsletter. >> Download our App: The Masters School mobile app for both iPhone and Android connects you to your classmates and to the School anytime, anywhere! The app provides access to an alumnae/i directory and map, news, class notes and photos. To download, visit the App Store and search for Masters School Alumnae/i.
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Middle School Preludes are Ready for Broadway! The Preludes, a Middle School musical theater group, performed “Through the Looking Glass,” a series of Broadway numbers, to enthusiastic audiences on November 15. Under the direction of music teacher Katie Meadows, The Preludes sang and danced their way through eight songs ranging from “Another Op’nin, Another Show” from Kiss Me Kate to “I Won't Grow Up” from Peter Pan and “The Wizard and I” from Wicked. Students demonstrated amazing stage presence, earning exuberant applause from the audience. Photo courtesy of Bruce Robbins