Crimson Magazine, Spring 2016

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Crimson Mor r istow n-Bear d School M agazine

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Celebrating Our Past Transforming Our Future

• A Look Back : Then & Now • MBS Unveils Historic Campaign • Curricular Philosophy for the 21st CenturyCrimson

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Board of Trustees Michael Ranger, President Paolo Cucchi, Vice President John F. Fay, Vice President Thompson D. Grant, Jr. ’69, Treasurer Judy Taggart, Secretary Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster Bernadette Aiello Mary-Ellen Campbell (Honorary) Shane Connell Ronald DePoalo Wilfredo Fernandez David Ferry David Gately Abbie Shine Giordano Jeffrey Gronning Paul Hawkins ’85 David V. H. Hedley ’64 (Honorary) Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 (Honorary) Gail Kurz ’86 Michael Magner Michael Mariano Joseph Robillard Gilbert Santaliz Roger Schwarz, Esq. ’66 Gerald Scully Katie Simon ’85 Elizabeth Warner Elizabeth Winterbottom

Director of Institutional Advancement Betsy Patterson Director of Development Joseph Locandro Associate Director of Alumni Relations Monya Taylor Davis ’88 News & Information Manager Steve Patchett Brand & Communications Manager Janet Burdorf Magazine Layout & Design Sharon Cowen-Cain Website Manager Tiffany Zuber Archivist Dr. Alan Cooper Contributing Writers Boni Luna John Mascaro Betsy Patterson Carol Selman ’64 Photography Kelsh Wilson Photography, David Kramer ’69, Steve Patchett, Tiffany Zuber


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On the Cover:

Students, faculty and staff gathered on Billings Field to create this human tribute in commemoration of the quasquicentennial anniversary of Morristown-Beard School. Photography by Tiffany Zuber

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Campus photo, 1906


2 Remarks from the Headmaster

18 Theory into Practice

4 New Board Members

2 2 Extending the Classroom

5 New Faculty & Staff Members

24 Stories of Teaching & Learning

6 MBS Moments

3 0 Student Spotlight

12 Powerfully Prepared

3 4 Then & Now

40 A Future That Knows No Bounds 46 Crimson Corner 50 Class Notes

5 8 Alumni Moments

6 0 Homecoming 2015 6 6 In Memoriam

57 Distinguished Alumni Award Crimson Spring 2016


Remarks From the Headmaster

Dear Friends of MBS, I am pleased to welcome you to the start of Morristown-Beard School’s 125th anniversary year. Anniversaries are a time of celebration and reflection and I feel very fortunate to be serving as Headmaster at this particularly significant time in the School’s history. The community will spend this year celebrating the legacy of The Beard School, The Morristown School, and MorristownBeard School, and understanding how that history influences our future. This issue of Crimson Magazine showcases our growth as an institution and highlights many of the people and events that have contributed to the life of the School. In 125 years, thousands of students have passed through our hallways—thousands of minds nurtured and lives shaped to prepare to face the future. Our graduates, rich in diversity and talent, span a broad range of professions: government service, education, law, medicine, science, finance, the arts and more. It is especially gratifying to note the numerous contributions our graduates have made to society. It all began 125 years ago, and thankfully it shows no signs of slowing down!


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In our “Powerfully Prepared” feature (page 12), we showcase the stories of graduates across the generations—and one current student—who are pursuing their dreams with passion and conviction. We are proud to highlight the impressive work of Julie Beckman ’91, who designed the Pentagon Memorial and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial; Dorcas Hardy ’64, the first woman to serve as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA); Dr. Joseph Nye ’54, a foreign policy expert for the Carter and Clinton administrations and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Alex Motley ’16, our Senior Class President and All-Conference football player who will play for Lehigh University (a Division I football program) next fall. As we celebrate the success of our alumni family, we continue to embrace innovation in our academic program. Dean of Faculty Dr. John Mascaro’s article “Theory Into Practice” (page 18) explores the reasons why a growth mindset is so important and how Morristown-Beard School provides an exceptional learning environment. In her article “Extending the Classroom” (page 22), Head of Middle School Boni Luna discusses the ways we are purposefully incorporporating the local area into the Middle School curriculum to increase student engagement.


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22 As Morristown-Beard School plans for the future, our vision is a bold one. As you will read in Director of Institutional Advancement Betsy Patterson’s article “A Future That Knows No Bounds” (page 40), we are launching a historic comprehensive campaign to ensure that MBS remains at the forefront of independent school education for years to come. Information about Morristown-Beard School’s anniversary events can be found on the MBS website. We hope you will visit the website regularly for news, archival photos and historical information, and consider sharing your memories of The Beard School, The Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School. We look forward to your participation in this milestone celebration throughout the coming year. We would not be at this historic moment without your support along the way, nor would the road ahead look as promising without your company.

Extending the Classroom


Transforming Our Future


With best wishes, The Campaign for Morristown-Beard School

Peter J. Caldwell Headmaster

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MBS Welcomes Five New Board Members BERNADETTE AIELLO A dedicated volunteer, Bernadette has helped lead many charitable organizations and schools forward. At MBS, she was a member of the Parents Association and served on the Spring Gala and Holiday Decorating Committees. Bernadette also volunteers with several community organizations including the Soup Kitchen of Morristown, the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, the Community Garden of Monmouth County, and the Literacy Program in Essex County. Bernadette and her husband Ben have three daughters; two are graduates of MBS. The family resides in Oceanport, New Jersey, and has had several successful businesses in the local food/dining/catering industry.

RONALD DEPOALO Presently, Ron is the Chief Information Officer for Fidelity Institutional, a business unit of Fidelity Investments. He is also a member of Fidelity’s Global Chief Information Officer Council. Prior to joining Fidelity, Ron held various global leadership roles with Merrill Lynch during his more than 20-year tenure with the company. He currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Ramapo College Anisfield School of Business. Currently residing in Mendham Township, New Jersey, Ron and his wife Mara have four children: three are MBS graduates, and one is a current student.

PAUL R. HAWKINS ’85 Paul is currently a Managing Director of the George E. Warren Corporation in Manhattan. He formerly worked for Credit Suisse in London as a Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities. Prior to that, he worked for Lukoil International Trading & Supply Company based in Geneva as Global Head of Trading. In addition to his volunteer work with Parkinson’s UK, Paul actively supports the Nature Conservancy. He recently visited the MBS campus to speak to the student-run Business, Finance and Investment Club. He and his wife Andrea have two children at MBS. The family resides in Morristown, New Jersey.

GERALD SCULLY The Scully Family has a long-standing legacy at MBS. Current trustee and parent Gerry Scully is the son of Bill and Marlynn Scully. Marlynn Scully served MBS well as a trustee from 1989 through 1998. Gerry has two siblings who graduated from MBS: Randolph Scully ’87 and Carey Strobeck ’92, a 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. Gerry is a former employee of both PaineWebber and Novartis Pharmaceuticals and is currently leading several small business start-up ventures. Gerry also serves as trustee of the Harding Land Trust and is an active youth baseball and ice hockey coach. Gerry lives in Morristown, New Jersey with his wife Miriam and three children, two of whom are students at MBS.


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ELIZABETH WINTERBOTTOM Elizabeth is the head of The Elizabeth Winterbottom Real Estate Team based out of Summit and Short Hills, New Jersey. Prior to working in real estate, Elizabeth was a financial analyst at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. In addition to her volunteer work, Elizabeth is involved with the Millburn-Short Hills Girls Lacrosse Program. Elizabeth and her husband, Kimo, have two daughters attending MBS that are happily involved with the theater programs at the school. The family resides in Short Hills, New Jersey.

MBS Welcomes New Faculty & Staff This fall, Morristown-Beard School welcomed 12 new faculty and staff members to campus. This year’s newest members of the MBS community include: Darcy Caldwell, Ed.M., Harvard University; B.A., Brown University A life-long educator, Darcy has taught at Northfield Mount-Hermon, Choate, St. Andrew’s, and, most recently, at The Peck School in Morristown. She has joined the English Department to teach Upper School English. Brent Deisher, M.A., University of New Hampshire; B.S., Susquehanna University Brent came to the MBS Middle School Science Department from Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, where he taught science to middle school boys for many years. Additionally, he has taught and implemented a range of outdoor education programs, and is an enthusiastic environmentalist.

Top Row: Deanna Whelan, Jennifer Larson, Nikolin Eyrich, Amanda Gregory, Miklos Jalics Middle Row: Jenifer Laviola, Severine Fortune, Darcy Caldwell Front Row: Brent Deisher, Brintha Gardner, Elizabeth Harrison, Sam Tafel

Nikolin Eyrich, M.A., NYU Institute of Fine Arts; Ed.M., Harvard University; B.A., Middlebury College Nikolin (“Nikki”) is an experienced English and Art History teacher who has taught and held administrative positions at Poly Prep Country Day School for the past 10 years. She joins the English Department to teach Upper School English. Severine Fortune, M.A., Ecole Superieure de Journalisme de Lille, France; M.A., Rennes Institute of Political Studies Born and educated in France, Severine taught at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges as well as the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie. She joins the World Language Program teaching Upper School French. Brintha Gardner, M.Np.S., Arizona State University; M.B.A., Oklahoma City University; B.C.A., Stella Maris College, India Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Brintha has 10 years of nonprofit database management experience. She joins the Office of Institutional Advancement as Advancement Services Manager. Brintha will be pursuing her studies in Nonprofit Financial Stewardship through an online program offered by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Amanda Gregory, M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; B.A., University of Georgia Amanda comes to MBS fresh from her dissertation defense at the University of Wisconsin. An award-winning undergraduate and graduate scholar, she now enters the ranks of full-time teaching, joining the World Language Program to teach both Upper and Middle School Latin.

Elizabeth (Liz) Harrison, B.A., M.A., SUNY, Buffalo A career educator, Liz has spent the past seven years as a division head at the Laurel School in Ohio. Now returning to full-time teaching, Liz joins the MBS Upper School to teach Spanish. Miklos Jalics, Ph.D., Ohio State University; B.Sc., University of Akron Miklos is returning home to the U.S. after having spent 15 years teaching mathematics at the American International School of Budapest. An experienced soccer coach and avid bicyclist, he commutes to MBS by bike! Miklos joins the Math Department to teach Upper School mathematics.

Jennifer Larson, M.A., Kean University; BFA, NYU A Morristown-Beard School parent, Jennifer has taught in both the public and private sectors. She joined the Math Department to teach Middle School mathematics. Jennifer is also an experienced music and theater arts teacher. Jenifer Laviola, M.A.T., Fairleigh Dickinson University; B.A., Rutgers University Jenifer has taught in Middle and Upper School as well as at the college level. After serving as a maternity leave replacement at MBS last spring, she recently joined the ranks of full-time faculty, teaching Middle School Spanish and an Advanced Seminar in Italian. Sam Tafel, B.A., Rutgers University Sam started at MBS as a part-time substitute teacher in October 2014. In addition to becoming a full-time substitute teacher this year, Sam is the Head Coach of the Middle School hockey team and Assistant Coach for the Upper School hockey team. Deanna Whelan, B.A., Rutgers University Though still in the early stages of her career, Deanna has gained a breadth of experience teaching both children and adults in both the U.S. and in Spain. At Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, her most recent post, she taught students and faculty as a Coordinator of Instructional Technology. At MBS, she joined the Digital and Visual Arts Department as a Learning Systems Specialist. Deanna is also an experienced freelance illustrator, and will apply those skills to the development of the Visual Design curriculum. Crimson Spring 2016



Winter Track Team

MBS Adds Two New Varsity Sports

It’s been more than 10 years since Morristown-Beard School added a new varsity sport. This year, MBS added two new teams — winter track and girls golf. The winter track team made its debut in December, and competed admirably throughout its inaugural season. “We were very pleased with the turnout and had 16 students in the program,” said MBS Athletics Director Joanne Dzama. The team is coached by two accomplished runners who were teammates at Drew University — Zack Mower and Steve Monteleone. Mower was named Cross Country MVP at Drew, while Mower, a two-time All-Conference runner, holds the conference record in the 5K.

Coach Kellstrom with Girls Golf Captains


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The girls golf team began competition in April. The squad is coached by Cathy Kellstrom, a Middle School history teacher and JV tennis coach who has been a member of the MBS faculty since 2011. With the addition of winter track and girls golf, Morristown-Beard School now offers 22 varsity sports.

Student Newspaper Wins 5th Gold Award

The Crimson Sun, Morristown-Beard School’s student newspaper, won its fifth Gold Medalist Award from Columbia University for its 2014-2015 publications. This is the highest level for a school newspaper to achieve in its critiques, presented by the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association. The MBS Upper School newspaper earned 915 out of a possible 1,000 points, and won All-Columbian Honors for the first time. This is the fifth time in the last six years that The Crimson Sun has received the Gold Medalist Award.

7th Grade Volunteers

7th Grade Volunteers

7th Grade Volunteers

“We are totally thrilled,” said faculty advisor Ida Picker. “The editors came up with strong ideas and worked tirelessly. Student photographers and contributors, as well as the journalism class, worked really hard, too.” The 2014-2015 editors included Emily Bruno ’15 and William Mallen ’16 as Editors-In-Chief, and Managing Editors Brian Andrzejewski ’15, Bailey Rechler ’16, and Ben Schreiber ’15. Alexa Rojek ’15 served as Photography Editor, and News Editors were Maddie Braunstein ’15 and Carlye Cording ’16. Meghan Nelligan’16 was Feature Editor, and Sam Aronwald ’15 was Cartoon Editor. This year’s Crimson Sun staff includes: Editors-in-Chief William Mallen ’16 and Bailey Rechler ’16, Managing Editors Carlye Cording ’16, Molly Glick ’16, and Amanda Sit ’16, News Editors Terri Green ’17 and Arielle Moss ’16, Feature Editors Meghan Nelligan ’16 and Nick Fazio ’16, Culture Editor Mark Timcenko ’17, and Co-Photo Editor Jared Rosen ’17.

7 th Graders Volunteer at Neighborhood House

Members of the 7th Grade Student Leadership Group and Miss Hill’s advisees delivered “Pajama Pals” gift bags during their visit to The Neighborhood House of Morristown in November. Since September, a 7th Grade advisory has visited The Neighborhood House preschool each month. As a community, the 7th Grade has been looking for avenues to make meaningful and thoughtful donations that would reflect its commitment to the preschool and to literacy. Every member of the 7th Grade Student Leadership Group decided to donate new pajamas, children’s books for bedtime stories, and a box of instant hot cocoa packets to the toddlers and preschoolers. The response was overwhelming, and The Neighborhood House was deeply appreciative. As part of their monthly visit, the 7th graders worked closely with the preschool students, assisting teachers by reading books aloud in class, playing games, painting, and participating in other activities.

Student Newspaper Winners

The Neighborhood House is a division of Cornerstone Family Programs (formerly Family Service of Morristown). They strive to build better lives and stronger communities by helping individuals, families, and new immigrants who are confronting economic and other life challenges. Their programs include preschool, after-school, summer camp, recreation, tutoring, and parenting education programs. Crimson Spring 2016



Fall Fashion Show Hits the Runway

The spirit of community was in the air on November 4th as the MBS Parents Association hosted this year’s fall fashion show and luncheon, “Fashions From Around the Green,” at the Park Savoy in Florham Park. The entire MBS community is grateful to co-chairs Ilissa Matilsky and Jennifer Gronning, as well as the many parent volunteers, faculty, staff, and friends whose hard work and generosity made the day a success. Nearly 100 MBS seniors appeared on the runway, highlighting fashions by Courtside Pro Shop, Pelican Shops, Willow Street, 580 South, Marcraft Apparel Group, Paradise, Athleta, J. McLaughlin, Jos. A. Bank, Cozy Formalwear, Elizabeth Johns, and Senior Class Paparazzi. Everyone enjoyed getting a jump-start on holiday shopping, winning fabulous raffle prizes and baskets of goodies, and catching up with old friends. The fall fashion show is one of the Parents Association’s major fundraisers. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to directly benefit the students and programs of Morristown-Beard School.

A Heart-Warming Production of Almost, Maine The Morristown-Beard Upper School production of John Cariani’s romantic comedy Almost, Maine offered the perfect cure for the chilly weather with nine heart-warming vignettes exploring love and loss in the mythical town of Almost, Maine. One of the most frequently produced contemporary plays, Almost, Maine was performed at MBS November 11th through the 14th. The action of the play took place on a cold, clear night in the middle of winter, in the remote town of Almost, a small town located deep in Maine’s north central woods. While the northern lights hovered in the sky above, a series of connected scenes unfolded and the town’s inhabitants found themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. The talented cast of Almost, Maine included (in alphabetical order): Elizabeth Buscemi ’18, Richard Carchia ’18, Brian Collins ’18, Ryan Fisher ’16, Giovan Guanill ’17, Iain Jaeger ’19, Tatiana James ’16, Steven Karbachinskiy ’16, Harrison Kern ’17, Ethan Kim ’19, Rachel Leung ’16, Ross McGuinness ’16, Sydney Morris ’17, Arielle Moss ’16, Meghan Nelligan ’16, Annabel Pruitt ’16, Bailey Rechler ’16, Will Segal ’16, Rebecca Tone ’19, and Hailey Winterbottom ’16. Members of the ensemble are: Pamela Beniwal ’19, Perri Easley ’19, Liza Leever ’19, Nicolette Lewis ’19, Lauren Mennen ’19, Ian O’Brien ’19, and Amy Sales ’19. The “behind-the-scenes” crew included: Taylor Jaskula ’17 (production stage manager), Courney Ober ’18 and Sophie McGuinness ’19 (assistant stage managers), Ellie Reinhardt ’18 (cast photographer), Daniel Lombardi ’16 (show poster artwork), Olivia Land ’17 (house manager), and backstage crew members Katharine Bernstein ’18, Jack Collins ’16, Terri Green ’17, Grace Hromin ’18, Madeline Larson ’17, Ray Namar ’16, Austin Penizotto ’18, Natalie Pruitt ’18, Leah Seldin ’17, and Jill Stecker ’18. 8

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Fall Fashion Show

Almost, Maine

Fall Fashion Show

Fall Fashion Show

Almost, Maine

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House Challenge

A Flurry of Middle School House Challenges

This fall, members of the four Middle School Houses—the Athenians, Spartans, Whippanies, and Shongums—competed in a flurry of House Challenge activities, ranging from soccer and volleyball to marshmallow tower building and games of Jeopardy. The House Challenge Cup, which began in 2006, is designed to boost class spirit while also giving students a sense of the School’s tradition. The eighth grade House names are rooted in Morristown and Beard School history—the Athenians and the Spartans were taken from The Beard School, while the Shongums and Whippanies were part of The Morristown School tradition. This year, sixth and seventh graders are also assigned to the Houses as honorary members, and will participate in many of the challenges. To capture the Challenge Cup, the Houses compete in events throughout the year including dodgeball, quiz bowl, shield design, and a scavenger hunt. Students can also win points for their House based on their performance in academic and extracurricular activities. On the flip side, students can lose points for their House if they commit dress code infractions or if their behavior does not reflect the values of the School. 10 Crimson Spring 2016

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House Challenge

Middle School Penpals

Middle Schoolers Connect with French Penpals

Last winter, Morristown-Beard School’s 6th Grade sailboat, The Crimson Tide, landed in the seaside resort town of Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. Since that time, an exciting penpal adventure has begun with students from France! Morristown-Beard Middle School students recently received 27 letters from 8th Grade students from the Section Européenne at the College Amiral (‘college’ means ‘middle school’) in La Chateau d’Olonne, a village near the town where The Crimson Tide came ashore. “We are all very excited about our new pen pals,” said MBS Middle School French teacher Soni Dougherty. “By reading the letters and looking at their photos, we learned that there are horseback riders, dancers, and sailors among the students—hobbies shared by a lot of our students.” The letters were all hand-written in English. Morristown-Beard School students responded by writing letters in French.

National Merit Program Honors Three Seniors

Merit Program Honorees

The National Merit Scholarship Program recently honored MorristownBeard School seniors Alexander Ives ’16, Rachel Leung ’16, and Annabel Pruitt ’16 with Letters of Commendation for outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2014. The program recognizes the top 50,000 of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 National Merit Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Alexander, Rachel, and Annabel placed among 34,000 Commended Students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise. Congratulations to Alexander, Rachel, and Annabel for earning this prestigious recognition! Crimson Spring 2016 11

Powerfully prepared By Steve Patchett

Throughout our 125-year history, our alumni are proof of the powerful impact a Beard School, Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School education can have. As the alumni in this issue demonstrate, our graduates leave exceedingly well prepared for college, careers, and beyond. Passionate, hardworking, and fueled by a desire to give back, these alumni are making meaningful breakthroughs, and we are proud to be part of their journey.

9-11 Pentagon Memorial, Washington, D.C., designed by Julie Beckman ’91 and Keith Kaseman

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Healing by Design

In the wake of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the September 11th attack on the Pentagon, architect Julie Beckman ’91 used her creativity to help others heal and remember. Beckman and her husband Keith Kaseman, designed both the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C. as well as the memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia in Nacogdoches, Texas. “It’s an incredible honor to know that we can contribute to the healing process through our work,” said Beckman. “At MBS, I learned that I had an obligation to give something back.” Beckman’s unique design for the Pentagon Memorial was selected from more than 1,000 entries. The Memorial is composed of 184 benches, each with a name of a victim and illuminated by lighted reflection pools below. “Although solemn, we wanted this place to be inviting and emphasize life,” said Beckman. In 2003, after forming her own design firm, KBAS, she and Kaseman relocated to Alexandria, Virginia to oversee construction of the Pentagon Memorial. In early 2004, they were selected to design a memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia in Texas. “With this design, we wanted to strike a balance between timelessness and state-of-the-art,” said Beckman. Beckman said she was “bitten by the bug to become an architect during the summer before sophomore year at MBS.” Ironically, her interest didn’t stem from an art or architecture class, but rather from a summer reading assignment. “My English teacher, Mrs. Connelly, assigned us The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand,” she recalled. “I found incredible inspiration in its main character, who was a nonconformist and an original thinker. He also happened to be an architect. I wanted to be that person.” Beckman says that MBS art teacher Laurie Hartman also had a profound impact on her life, and continues to be a close friend. “Today, I consider her to be among my top five best friends in the world. She’ll always be a mentor to me, but she’s really become more like a sister.” After graduating from MBS, Beckman earned a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She said that being selected to design the Pentagon Memorial right out of school was an unbelievable experience and opened up a lot of doors. “We kind of hit it out of the park on the first swing,” said Beckman. “The Pentagon project has had its own trials and tribulations, but overall it was an amazing experience and it afforded us the opportunity to be flexible in our careers.” Today, Beckman and her husband live in Knoxville, Tennessee with their 3-year old son, Oskar. While she is still involved with KBAS, Beckman now serves as the Director of Student Development at the College of Architecture & Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. “I certainly want to design and build something again some day, but I love being part of architectural education and helping to shape the next generation of designers,” she said. Crimson Spring 2016 13

Dorcas Hardy ’64 with President Ronald Reagan

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A Tradition of Service Dorcas Hardy ’64, who became the first woman to serve as Commissioner of the United States Social Security Administration (SSA), credits The Beard School with fostering her interest in government service.

bids of 1976 and 1980. In 1981, she followed him to Washington, D.C.

“Beard was a small community that gave us experience in navigating our way through structure and process, which is how society and government function,” said Hardy, who served as an Honor Council Representative in high school. “My whole experience at Beard nurtured my passion for government service.”

As it turns out, President Reagan would not have survived the assassination attempt in 1981 without the help of Hardy’s husband, Dr. Samuel Spagnolo, a pulmonologist who spent two weeks at the President’s bedside. Although they didn’t know each other at the time, Hardy and Dr. Spagnolo were introduced through Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. toward the end of Reagan’s presidency.

Hardy’s memories of The Beard School go all the way back to her preschool and kindergarten days. After 2nd grade, she changed schools frequently as the work of her father— former New Jersey legislator, community leader and author C. Colburn Hardy—kept the family on the move. After living in Florida for her freshman year, Hardy moved back to New Jersey and returned to Beard for the remainder of her high school years. While she enjoyed her studies, she remembers being frustrated that typing was not part of the curriculum. “I remember my father, who had written 39 books on finance, was very upset about this, and he came in to speak to Miss Sutherland. She never did change her mind. She believed that if you learned how to type, you would be limited to being a secretary,” said Hardy. After The Beard School, Hardy completed her bachelor’s degree at Connecticut College, and later, her master’s of business administration degree at Pepperdine University. In college, she took a job as a summer intern to New Jersey Senator Clifford P. Case, before taking a year abroad through the Girl Scouts of America, representing the United States in Pakistan. She later traveled to Israel and Egypt before winding up in Kenya and Tanzania, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. She came back to work in Washington, D.C., but found herself drawn to a philosophy of government best exemplified by then governor of California, Ronald Reagan. “Reagan was extremely influential in my career,” said Hardy, who worked under Reagan in the California Department of Health and Human Services, and campaigned for him in his presidential

Hardy entered federal service as Assistant Secretary for Human Development Services in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a post she held until 1986 when President Reagan appointed her the Commissioner of Social Security. “Being the first woman SSA Commissioner was a great opportunity and a challenge,” she said. “The priority was to modernize.” Hardy managed to decrease the administration from 85,000 employees to about 65,000, proving “you can run a very good organization even if it is smaller.” She was also a pioneer in advocating that individual-funded private accounts should complement Social Security benefits. Today, Hardy is president of Dorcas R. Hardy & Associates, a government relations and public policy firm based in Washington, D.C. She serves on numerous public and private boards including the seven-member Social Security Advisory Board, which advises the President, the Congress and the Social Security Commissioner on policies for Social Security. In 2005, she chaired the White House Conference on Aging in America. She still keeps in touch with her Beard classmates, especially Carol Selman ’64, and enjoyed attending her 50th Reunion at Morristown-Beard School in the spring of 2014. “We were always a tight group, and at our reunion it was clear that very little had changed,” said Hardy. “Everyone had good memories and lots of stories, which I think speaks for itself.” Crimson Spring 2016 15

POWERFULLY PREPARED He is also former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1964, and is the author of numerous influential books including Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics and his most recent release, Is the American Century Over? In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named him to its list of top global thinkers, declaring, “All roads to understanding American foreign policy run through Joe Nye.” Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Nye to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board in 2014 to provide senior officials with informed perspectives and ideas. Dr. Nye says his interest in government and international affairs can be traced back as far as his Morristown School days. “Morristown helped broaden my horizons through classes on history and current events,” he said. “I had no idea of pursuing a career in the field, but my interest and curiosity were whetted by history classes taught by Rainey Taylor. I had the pleasure of corresponding with him just a year or so ago.” At The Morristown School, Dr. Nye was elected a prefect in his junior year before becoming a Senior Prefect in his final year. “That was a great way to learn leadership by doing,” he said. “I was also a member of the football, hockey, and track teams. Though I was never a star, I learned a lot about team play, and that is an important dimension of leadership.” After graduating from The Morristown School, he received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.


His illustrious career has spanned everything from government to education to writing, and he said he has found the variety to be tremendously rewarding.

A Global Perspective

“Teaching is enjoyable, and it’s always nice to encounter your former students years later and to see how well they have done,” he said. “Writing has also appealed to me, and among the 15 books I have written, the most fun was writing The Power Game: A Washington Novel. “That captured in fiction the third dimension of my career, working for five years at the Assistant Secretary level in the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Intelligence Council. Government work can be very exciting.”

Morristown graduate Dr. Joseph Nye ’54 has knowledge of the world stage that is impressive and far reaching. Dr. Nye served in Washington, D.C. during the Carter Administration as the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology, and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In the Clinton Administration, he was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council before serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. 16 Crimson Spring 2016

Today, Dr. Nye’s interests are focused on relating cyber power and conflicts to traditional international relations, and he has published half a dozen scholarly articles on the subject. He also serves on a Global Commission on Internet Governance as well as a number of other boards and advisory committees for government and business. “I will always be a digital immigrant rather than a digital native,” he said. “But this project allows me to follow my curiosity, and when that is the case, one is never bored.”


Taking Risks For MBS senior Alex Motley ’16, being uncomfortable is a sign of success. “When I find myself feeling uncomfortable, I know that’s a good thing because it means I’m taking risks. I know I have to put myself out there and go above and beyond to reach my potential,” he said. “My favorite phrase is ‘get comfortable being uncomfortable.’” At Morristown-Beard School, Motley has certainly put himself in a multitude of situations to take risks and to grow. He is the Senior Class President, a captain of the varsity football team, a blood drive captain, a peer leader, and a member of the Diversity Club. He has also played varsity basketball, and plans to play lacrosse this spring for the first time. “I’ve got a cousin who played at Duke, so maybe I’ve got some of his genes. We’ll see,” he smiled. He may just be testing the waters with lacrosse, but Motley’s football skills are undeniable. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman was a dominant force for the Crimson, and he recently signed a Letter of Intent to play football at Lehigh University next fall. He was also actively recruited by Harvard University, Yale University, Penn State and the University of Virginia, among others. Despite a knee injury this season, he was selected All-Daily Record First Team as well as First Team All-Conference. While he is a gifted football player, Motley is quick to point out that he is a student-athlete first and foremost. He said that he has enjoyed his studies at MBS, adding that his favorite teachers have helped to bring him outside of his comfort zone. “MBS has taught me to always try my hardest, and to take my skills further than I ever imagined. In math, Mr. Hartman was the most challenging teacher in the best way possible. Mr. Lovelock was similar in English.”

Whether he is in the classroom, on the playing field, or engaged in a student government meeting, Motley balances his work ethic with a friendly demeanor and a smile that is absolutely infectious. “My positive attitude and my work ethic were instilled by my parents,” he said. “Those two traits will take you far in life. My parents are proof of that; they’re both successful in the business world.” Motley also hopes to follow in his parents’ footsteps and pursue a degree in business management in college. “I’m not sure whether I’ll want to work for my family’s real estate business after I graduate or pursue something else, but I will have options,” he said. As he moves on to college, Motley said he is eager for the many new experiences ahead. “I always feel like there’s more to do and more to learn,” he said. “The minute I stepped foot on the Lehigh campus, saw the beautiful hills, met some of the football players, and felt the school spirit, I knew it was the place to be. I’m looking forward to the adventure.” Crimson Spring 2016 17

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Theory into Practice: Learning, Change and the Curricular Philosophy of Morristown-Beard School By John Mascaro, Ph.D., Dean of Faculty, Parent ’03

Why do we say with such confidence that Morristown-Beard School is an exceptional learning environment? There are many reasons. The starting point is that we know ourselves and we study ourselves. For much of the past decade we have been engaged in a systematic review and reform of every aspect of our curriculum as well as much of our physical plant. Our commitment throughout has been to bring our facilities, academic programs and co- and extra-curricular programs to new levels of excellence for the benefit of our students as well as our extended community. We are also confident in our claim of excellence because, as is proper for a school, we do our homework. Our vision, our thinking and our decisions are informed by current research on learning and by being aware of the larger world our students inhabit and will someday help to shape. A new consensus is steadily emerging about education in the 21st century, a new model or paradigm based on more than a generation’s worth of solid research into learning and cognition. As described in two of our foundational documents—our Curricular Philosophy Statement and our Values Statement—Morristown-Beard School’s academic vision moves away from the content-driven model of previous generations toward a more skills-based, student-centered model that is designed to allow each student to pursue his or her individual pathway to academic and life success. In keeping with the new academic consensus, we define academic rigor not primarily by standardized test scores (which have little educational value), but by the expectation that all students will engage in critical and creative thinking, will produce effective academic writing, will be good public speakers, and will master the technologies that define our age.


ur Curricular and Values statements are complementary, because the curriculum and the culture of a great school are inextricably bound together, and are mutually supportive. The principles they articulate have helped guide us through the challenging yet immensely rewarding task of turning ideas into substance, of forging a clearly defined and workable academic program that will take our students through middle and high school while preparing them for university and, finally, life beyond school. While every aspect of our academic program is being studied and, where necessary, re-calibrated to be in step with this new model of learning, three recent and powerful developments might deserve a special mention as demonstrating the ways MBS is evolving to meet the needs of today’s students. One clear example of our commitment to being genuinely student-centered is our Earned Honors model. Drawing upon cognitive research and led by such thinkers as Carol Dweck, Tony Wagner, Ken Robinson and others, we are putting the “growth mindset” vision for our students into action. The notion of growth mindset contrasts with the traditional view

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credit for the course on their transcripts. We currently have a cluster of courses, mostly at the 9th and 10th grade level where students are developmentally at their most flexible, that deploy this model.

that intelligence is a fixed quantity, and that students should be “tracked” in ways that define the limits of their educational experience (Ken Robinson refers to this older model as “The Factory Model” of education). Instead, growth mindset thinking embodies the view that the research points toward: intelligence is fluid and flexible; people can continue to learn new things and grasp new concepts throughout their lives; a teacher’s perspective on a student—either positive or negative—exerts a powerful influence on how students view themselves and hence on what they can accomplish. Students in our Earned Honors courses are not pre-selected and slotted as either “Honors” or “Regular,” but are placed together in classes that provide opportunities for the students to regulate for themselves the level of depth and mastery they feel they can achieve. Major assessments in these courses are “scaled” to different levels of complexity and conceptual rigor, and students choose the level of assessment they wish to undertake. Honors credit “emerges” out of the actual work students produce, and at the end of the course those students who fulfilled the honors criteria are given honors

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We have also rethought our science curriculum to take account of the very different ways students learn, and to challenge the old assumption that a mathematical approach to science at the high school level is somehow inherently more difficult and more “advanced” than an idea- or concept-driven approach. We now have two parallel sequences of courses for our students as they make their way through the three lab-based subjects of physics, chemistry and biology. In this model, students can take either physics or math physics in 9th grade, chemistry or quantitative chemistry in 10th grade, and biology or experimental biology in 11th grade. In one arm of this sequence, the courses rely more explicitly on mathematical modeling and analysis; in the other branch, the focus is more on the ideas and concepts that drive these subjects. The key is that either set of courses is understood to be equal in rigor and challenge to the other set. And our earned honors mechanism allows students in either sequence to earn honors credit based on the quality of their work. In a similar way we have gone through a deep and systematic review of our math curriculum and have tried to address some of the generations-old stereotypes about math in the middle and high school curriculum. These stereotypes (with which those of us of a certain age are all too familiar) lead to the idea that there are “math people” and “non-math” people, that only some people can do math and that the faster one learns it the smarter one is. These stereotypes about math do not hold up under scrutiny, it turns out, and a new model of math education is now taking hold in response to that scrutiny. Here we are drawing upon the research of, among others, Professor Jo Boaler of Stanford University, and upon the pedagogical ideas of Henry Picciotto, an internationally recognized leader in math curriculum development who has worked closely with MBS math faculty to redesign our math curriculum under the umbrella title of “Integrated Math.” This




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process-oriented, and teachers’ assessment of student work reflects the means by which a student creates and learns in addition to final product. The curriculum at Morristown-Beard esteems the qualitative as well as quantitative dimensions of learning and supports students making connections to other areas of intellectual thought and the larger world.


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he sweeping sea-change in education is underway; there is no holding it back. The research is just too persuasive and the emerging practices it leads to are yielding powerful signs of success. At MBS we have embraced these facts and have been carefully


The above examples are just some of the many ways MBS is rising to the challenges posed by our rapidly changing culture, by our rapidly evolving students and by the profound implications of cognitive work on how students actually learn. Yet despite the fact that there are mountains of serious research supporting the new paradigm, despite the fact that a new consensus really has established itself among the most innovative and forward thinking educators and researchers, many schools are still resisting or are unable to make the changes necessary to create an academic program in line with the new vision. It’s not for lack of understanding, or will; every good school will have its share of forward thinking faculty and administrators, its people with vision who clearly see the need for change. Overly simple as it might sound, it’s mostly because institutional change is hard. Institutions tend to act like organisms in times of stress and act reflexively to ward off anything that might seem to threaten the status quo. Change, especially fundamental, systemic change, tends to increase institutional stress. The more bureaucratic the institution, the more it is driven by technocratic processes and systems instead of the people who create and inhabit those systems, the more resistant it is to change. And I think that is what really marks Morristown-Beard School as different, and why our claim of excellence is not a boast, but a promise. Ultimately I think MBS’s greatest strength is that we model, as an institution, the same precepts and principles we try to impart to our students. And that means we learn and grow.


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As mentioned, research on math has pretty much debunked the old notion that some people can learn math and some can’t. Boaler argues that this view, which is most deeply embedded inside the field of math itself, has unfortunate long-term consequences. “When students get the idea they cannot do math,” she writes in her latest book Mathematical Mindsets, “they often maintain a negative relationship with mathematics throughout the rest of their lives.” Yet, as Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, notes in the foreword to Boaler’s book, “When we see evidence that most students (and maybe almost all students) are capable of excelling in and enjoying math . . . it is no longer acceptable that so many students fail at and hate math.” Our Math Department has taken such views seriously, and is responding with a program that will greatly increase the odds for any MBS student to master math, as well as feel something of its beauty and power.


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model moves away from the traditional “ladder” view of math curriculum that separated math ideas into narrow slots with little apparent logical sequence (why, for example, does Geometry follow Algebra 1 but precede Algebra 2? Where does trigonometry fit into the sequence?). One key aspect of this newly emerging “integrated” math model, which has been strongly endorsed by the Math Association of America’s National Committee on Mathematical Requirements, is the emphasis on conceptual understanding over rote memorization at all levels of the curriculum. The MBS program introduces algebraic concepts and ways of thinking as early as sixth grade, and blends algebraic, geometric and trigonometric concepts at all levels of the curriculum; it “spirals” back to these various sub-fields at steadily increasing levels of complexity.

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Our Values While every communication, every decision, every action taken by an institution speaks to the values it either openly or tacitly embraces, it is particularly important for an educational institution to be as clear as possible about its vision for School culture, both academically and socially. We continue to honor our longstanding Core Values and hereby incorporate them into a more expansive, updated statement of our ethical and social vision. The bedrock of our academic program is to provide a foundation in the Liberal Arts. Our most fundamental goal is to help train and guide our students so that they may ultimately contribute to making the world a better place, and we believe that all members of the MBS community should cultivate a life guided by moral principles.

managing the institutional forces required to turn theory into practice, moving from the realm of ideas into real, well-defined and well-executed academic programs. We are not afraid to change when evidence strongly indicates that such change is in the best interests of our students, even when we have to challenge some long-held assumptions about education. Our cultural values and our academic program together define a vision of a bold and vibrant learning community, committed to our mission of powerfully preparing all of our students, today’s students and tomorrow’s, both for higher education and for life. Crimson Spring 2016 21

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By Boni Luna, Head of Middle School

f you visit a first grade classroom, you would see lots of learning stations for students to interact with throughout the course of the school day. This arrangement is typical because the role of the learning environment is recognized as being central to early education. While middle school classrooms don’t tend to have learning stations, they do have a variety of anchors to inform learning so that middle school students remain as engaged as the elementary ones. A good middle school teacher takes inventory of what is in the classroom, making sure that it is visually stimulating and has areas for engagement and reflection. This includes everything from the positioning of furniture to careful examination of local resources and destinations that could enhance learning. Where students learn is a valuable teaching tool that should be leveraged for learning. As a School, we are very fortunate to be in Morristown. Morristown is an area steeped in history, with an immense range of opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Our School is located next to the beautiful 127-acre Frelinghuysen Arboretum with the Whippany River running through it. 22 Crimson Spring 2016

In line with many of our strategic goals to expand our community outreach, we are extending the classroom walls by purposefully folding the local area into our Middle School curriculum. With the help of faculty, administrators and parents, the MBS Middle School has developed a series of opportunities for students to experience learning in different settings. We began the school year with a team-building hike to Jockey Hollow. Students learned about the cold winter of 1779 – 1780 and the harsh conditions that the Continental Army endured at this winter encampment during the Revolutionary War. In small advisory groups, the entire Middle School hiked the trail. The students had an opportunity to experience the surroundings while also bonding as a class. This was followed by a sixth grade field trip to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, where our students got a first-hand look at our agricultural heritage. Students at MBS access the Frelinghuysen Arboretum as early as sixth grade. The water unit that takes place at the end of sixth grade ties in geography, science, and English classes. Students study the impact of water shortages in

Africa and read the novel A Long Walk to Water. Towards the end of the unit, the geography teacher walks the students to the Whippany River where they collect water samples for examination in science class. Students learn how to make connections and develop an understanding of the impact of water from different perspectives. The seventh graders’ primary use of Morristown is in a community service capacity. Students develop an interest in civic life through working with local organization like The Seeing Eye of Morristown and Matheny Medical and Educational Center. This year, we embarked on a new collaboration with The Neighborhood House of Morristown, located in the downtown area. Our seventh grade students visit the center once per month to read to 2, 3, and 4-years olds. They assist with recess and serve as classroom aids for a short time. It is heartwarming and truly fantastic to witness the collaboration. Our students and the preschool students have mutually benefited from this experience. The eighth grade science classes use the Frelinghuysen Arboretum to study field biology and forest ecology. Our students spent a good part of the fall term

visiting the arboretum, taking notes, sketching, and measuring trees in order to assess the environmental quality of the area. They looked for biodiversity and checked to see if there was a healthy ratio of native species to invasive species. This culminated in a written report and presentation in which the students made recommendations to improve the environmental quality of the arboretum. Eighth grade science teacher Brent Deisher is now expanding the project to include a unit on zoology. Building on the knowledge that they gained in the fall, the students will assess the area to determine what kinds of animals live there and if their environment is healthy. In addition, the students will study the water quality of the Whippany River, as the trout they are raising in the classroom will be released there. We are excited by the partnerships we have forged with the community so far this year and are eager to expand many of these projects in the future. Whether in the classroom or outside, the learning environment opens up the possibility for students to engage with their peers, responding to thoughtful decisions made by educators in an effort to support student engagement and learning. Crimson Spring 2016 23

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MBS physical education teacher and coach John Sheppard is making sure his students take an active role in their learning. As part of Sheppard’s freshman and sophomore Physical Education classes, each student is required to teach a 15-minute segment on the topic of their choice, as long as it relates to physical activity. Students have been showcasing their unique talents, teaching a range of subjects including: Taekwondo, shooting a basketball, juggling, using starting blocks in track, lacrosse stick handling, soccer skills, proper running mechanics, and yoga. The students must prepare a lesson, manage their peer audience by leading an activity, and clearly present their knowledge. Coach Sheppard says the student-led lessons have been well received by his classes. “Most students enjoy the process; they realize that their expertise in their chosen subject matter creates a confidence they didn’t know existed. It encourages them to overcome any public speaking anxiety and take a risk,” he said. “It especially helps students who do not identify themselves as ‘athletic’ to take a more active role in class.”

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Physics Class Makes Beautiful Music The connection between science and music took center stage on December 1st as 9th Grade physics students performed at Morning Meeting with homemade musical instruments. The students created the instruments as part of their “Sound and Waves” unit with Dr. Payette, Mr. Turner and Mr. Yuhas. The hand-crafted instruments were truly impressive, ranging from guitars to a violin, xylophone, and even a trombone. Highlights from the presentation included a guitar trio rocking out to “Sweet Home Alabama,” and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” (for Mr. Yuhas) performed on a PVC instrument.

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Middle School Group Encourages Creative Thinking If you had a friend who was stranded on an island surrounded by lava, could you rescue your friend before a determined group of hungry raptors reached the island? This fall, an energized group of Middle School “tinkerers” tackled this interesting challenge with a few pieces of wood, a titanium soccer ball, some zip-ties, and a length of rope. Two groups—three rescuers and four raptors—raced against each other in the hopes of reaching the stranded lava-surfer. The raptors prevailed. The exercise was the opening meeting for a group of Middle School students who were gearing up to compete in the Regional Tournament of Odyssey of the Mind in February. Odyssey of the Mind is a forum for creative problemsolvers at all grade levels from grade school through college. Teams from around the world participate in regional tournaments in which they tackle a wide variety of practical and performance challenges.

“Students hone their creative problem-solving skills while having fun in the process,” explained 8th Grade science teacher Brent Deisher. “Odyssey of the Mind provides open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. It is a real crucible for ‘outside of the box’ thinking.” “We are really excited about organizing this group,” said Rob Mead, Middle School Director of Student Life. “We have quite a few students who are hands-on problem solvers and an equally large number who are eager performers. We are hoping that this type of challenge will appeal to a large enough group so that we can field a viable team in the regional competition. It will be a lot of fun.” “Odyssey of the Mind is an amazing experience,” said 6th grader Haylee Schwind ’22. “Before coming to MBS, I did it with my old school, and we ended up going to the World Tournament in Michigan. It was an amazing experience and a lot of fun. I’d love to see MBS make it to World’s.” “We have an amazing challenge ahead of us,” said Deisher. “From what I’ve seen so far, we’ve got some great energy and talent. But we’re also open to anyone who wants to join us. We welcome eager spirits with creative sparks.”

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Spanish Classes Hold Fashion Show In addition to the MBS Fall Fashion Show in November, there was another fashion show taking place in Kirby Chapel on December 7th. Students in Megan Ehrenfeld’s Spanish II and Spanish II Honors classes held a fashion show complete with sombreros (hats), bufandas (scarves), gafas de sol (sunglasses), orejeras (earmuffs) and more! As one student worked the runway, a partner offered a description of the ensemble in Spanish.

Middle School Students Engage in Gender Workshops On November 4th, all Middle School students participated in an afternoon Boys and Girls Workshop based on the documentaries, The Representation Project. The goal of the workshops was to expose the injustices created by gender stereotypes and shift the consciousness towards change.

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The workshops were organized by Ms. Sweeney and Mrs. Alders as part of the Middle School GLOW (Girls Leadership Outreach and Worth) initiative. During the afternoon, discussions were held in each advisory about the impact of the media on how boys and girls see themselves. Students reviewed basic vocabulary associated with the films such as gender identity, stereotypes, masculinity, and femininity. The students then viewed selected clips from the middle school versions of Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In. After viewing the film clips, students returned to advisory, and participated in a series of writing and reflective activities to help them process the ideas brought up by the documentaries.

Students Find Inspiration at Writers’ Retreat Over the weekend before Thanksgiving, a merry band of 15 students headed out to Blairstown to a house in the woods for the second annual

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IN THE CLASSROOM MBS Writers’ Retreat. Unlike last year’s freezer, this time the kind weather allowed for plenty of short walks and some memorable star-gazing! Inside, a roaring fire and an endless supply of tea and hot chocolate helped students stay focused on their main task for the weekend: writing. In groups large and small, students intermittently workshopped their poems, short stories, and screenplays, but much of the weekend was spent individually, silently working to find the right path between ideas and words. A fine time was had by all, and the MBS English department happily looks forward to many more writers’ retreats in the years to come.

Masks & Monsters From the venomous snake-hair of Medusa to the bull-headed Minotaur to the one-eyed Polyphemus, some of the most fearsome mythological monsters were on display in Michael McGrann’s Latin I class in the fall. Latin students have been researching monsters from Greek & Roman mythology this fall, and on October 30th, they gave short presentations— with masks—from the perspective of a particular monster. The terrifying creatures included: Argus (a 100-eyed giant), Cerberus (a three-headed giant hound that guarded the gates of Hades), as well as winged horses and giant boars.

The Value of “Tinkering” “Children become excellent problem-solvers when they encounter solvable problems in a safe environment, and are given the tools and encouragement to go at it,” says Rob Mead, 7th Grade teacher of Science & Creative Technology and founder of the Morristown-Beard Middle School’s After School Program. “That’s my take-away from the Columbus Day weekend.” In October, Rob took the red-eye out to California, and joined educators from around the world for a three-day seminar at the Brightworks School in San Francisco. The seminar was hosted by Gever Tulley, the founder of the Tinkering School and originator of “tinkering” as an educational concept. “Tinkering is a tremendously empowering intellectual exercise for children,” said Mead, “If done right, it tells children that an adult has confidence in their ability to get the job done. Plus, there is always a frisson of independence and liberation in working with tools that require instructions and safety glasses.” At the seminar, Mead saw firsthand how The Brightworks School and the Tinkering School are unique institutions—almost like a performing arts school or a sports academy whose focus was problem-solving. The

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children develop a mindset that they have literal and figurative tools at their disposal that can be brought to bear on any problem. What’s more, they are equipped with the realization that they may not ultimately succeed in solving the specific problem at hand, but their attempt will lead them to greater understanding of the nature of the problem and into new areas of knowledge. For teachers, this can mean putting aside their mantles as ‘knowledgeable experts,’ and assuming roles as supportive coaches, willing collaborators, or even eager students. “It’s great putting a ‘problem’ out there and helping the children figure out what they need to learn in order solve it,” said Mead. “By putting the tools and materials in their hands, they connect on a more intuitive level. I got some great new ideas this weekend, and I’m looking forward to bringing some fun tinkering challenges to the classroom and to the After School Program.”

Students Participate in “Hour of Code” On December 17th, Morristown-Beard Middle School students joined millions of other students across the world for the “Hour of Code”—a 60-minute introduction designed to demystify computer coding while nurturing problem-solving, critical thinking skills, logic, and creativity.

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This global initiative is backed by high-tech companies including Google and Microsoft, and boasts a goal of getting more than 100 million students on board. The workshop allowed students to work through fun tutorials featuring characters from Minecraft and Star Wars, and to modify and create games and other programs. While the exercises seemed like play, students were using a number of algebraic and geometric concepts—including order of operations, the Cartesian plane, and functions—to understand how computer programming works within the context of video game design. “Last year, we focused mainly on drag-and-drop programming and this year we are working with HTML, CSS, and Swift in addition to drag-anddrop,” said MBS Learning Systems Specialist Deanna Whelan. “It is not expected that everyone will walk away from the Hour of Code wanting to be developers, but I hope that students get a chance to start thinking about how it can be applied in everyday situations.” The workshops were led by Middle School faculty members as well as members of the Technology Department, Librarian Nicholas Jackson, and the Technology Leadership Group. “We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever field our children choose to enter as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works,” said Head of Middle School Boni Luna. “Our Hour of Code is a statement of Morristown-Beard School’s ongoing commitment to offer experiences that are relevant to the real world, and engaging for our students.”

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By Steve Patchett

Ashleigh Scully ’20 Nature in Focus

MBS 8th Grader has photo on display at The Smithsonian Congratulations to MBS 8th Grader Ashleigh Scully ’20, who placed first, second, and third in the 10-13 year-old category of the Por El Planeta international conservation photography competition which took place in Mexico City in November. Created by National Geographic and Televisa, Por El Planeta is one of the world’s premier conservation photography competitions. Ashleigh’s winning photos were selected from more than 28,500 entries. Ashleigh’s photo of a screech owl (which is also currently on display at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.) took first place, while her fox family photo, “Mama’s Back,” placed second. Her photos of a single fox in the shadows and a family of otters placed third and fourth. In October, Ashleigh was honored in London as one of five Finalists— and the only honoree from the United States—in the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, alongside photographers from the Czech Republic, Belgium, and Finland. Wildlife photography has been Ashleigh’s passion since she was eight years old. Her favorite places for photographing animals are her back yard, Florida, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, and she is planning to visit Alaska in June. Scully especially enjoys taking pictures of owls and red foxes, and hopes one day to photograph a mountain lion. She says her goal is to use her photography to educate people about the importance of wildlife conservation and environmentalism. “There are so many endangered animals that need help,” Scully said. “It’s important for me to raise awareness through my photography.” 30 Crimson Spring 2016

By Steve Patchett

Jake Raimer ’17 Creative Conservation

Raimer ’17 Wins Award for Environmental Film Congratulations to MBS junior Jake Raimer ’17, who received an Audience Choice Award as part of an international contest sponsored by Ventura Water for a short film he created about flooding in his hometown of Long Hill. Raimer produced, wrote, and directed the film, Protecting Our Water: Stormwater Management as part of his 9th grade honors portfolio in Dr. Jack Bartholomew’s Mathematical Physics class. “I appreciate how MBS gives me the opportunity to do what I love and to incorporate it into my academic classes,” said Raimer, who has been interested in filmmaking since he first began making his own stop-motion films in iMovie several years ago. “Jake’s project was really fantastic work—a highlight of the year,” said Dr. Bartholomew. “His video evinced a moral sense and appreciation of a critical resource; the interview with his town’s mayor was effective, and the flow of material combined with high production values made for a convincing presentation. Even his brother starting out the video by

filling a glass with tap water was a wonderful touch!” For Raimer, the subject of stormwater mananagement and flooding hits close to home. “Parts of my town are in flood zones, and I’ve got friends who are affected almost every time it rains,” he said. “I wanted my film to demonstrate how everyone can, either positively or negatively, impact stormwater pollution. I also wanted to convey what we can all accomplish collectively by taking a sustainable approach.” Raimer started pre-production for the film by attending a stormwater management class that was being offered in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Although the class was intended for municipal officials, Raimer was offered a seat and gained some valuable insights. He dedicated his spring break to writing, shooting and editing the film, which included an interview with the town’s mayor, Guy Piserchia. “The process of filmmaking is awesome, but I find editing to be the most enjoyable part,” he said. “When you edit, there’s so much opportunity for creativity.” After completing the three-minute film, Raimer enrolled in a local film school that summer, where he noticed a flyer advertising Ventura Water’s “Water: Take 1” contest. His instructor encouraged him to apply, and the rest is history. “I am truly honored. I never imagined that this film would get the publicity it did through the contest,” said Raimer. “It is gratifying that films such as those submitted through this contest can be instrumental in heightening public awareness of environmental issues.” Crimson Spring 2016 31


By Steve Patchett

José Buela ’17 World Traveler

MBS welcomes exchange student from Spain Although he is just 16 years old, exchange student José Buela ’17 is truly a world traveler. The MBS junior was born in Venezuela, moved to Spain when he was three years old, and spent last year studying in Ireland. He speaks Spanish, French, Catalan, English, and has picked up some Gaelic as well. This year, José is expanding his horizons by studying at Morristown-Beard School through the ASSIST program. José arrived in the United States during the summer and is being hosted by MBS students Jack and Grace Goodman and their family. “So far, it’s been awesome living with them,” he said. “They’ve taken me to the beach several times, and I’ve also been to the U.S. Open, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the theatre.” José is enjoying making friends, attending classes, and participating in a host of other activities at MBS. This fall, he played midfield and forward for the varsity boys soccer team, and he also joined the Ski Club. José also enjoys music – he is an accomplished classical guitarist, and he plans to perform on the Founders Hall stage at an upcoming Contemporary Music Workshop show. He says the transition to life in the U.S. has been pretty smooth so far. “It’s been very easy. Everyone here has been trying to help me and has been very friendly to me,” he said. 32 Crimson Spring 2016

José takes a wide array of courses at MBS, and is especially enjoying English and French. He says that going to school in the United States is different from the educational experience in Spain. “There is much more freedom here,” he said. “In Spain, you stay in the same classroom, and teachers move in and out. It can get a little bit boring — I prefer this system at MBS much better. The school day in Spain is also a lot longer. It goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.” After high school, José says he hopes to return to the United States for college and pursue a degree in engineering. “My parents are both engineers; my father works for Nestle and my mother works for Novartis,” he said. “That’s been a big influence on me.” José’s visit is being coordinated by MBS Global Studies Coordinator Aline de la Torre through ASSIST, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for outstanding international students to attend the finest American independent secondary schools on one-year scholarships. To learn more about ASSIST, visit If you are interested in learning more about hosting an exchange student in the future, please contact Aline de la Torre at

A Thank You to MBS By Marie McGann ’15

I don’t think I would be who I am today if I didn’t go to MBS. One of the best investments my parents ever made was sending me there. I am just about four months deep into my first semester of college and I see the lessons I learned being applied every day. So thank you! Thank you for not handing out A’s as frequently as I would like. For always teaching me there is room for improvement and things to be learned. This pushed me to be the best I could be, and to never ever, settle for anything than my best. Thank you for seeing and appreciating the hard work I did and giving credit where credit was due. Thank you for teaching me grades are important, but my value does not come from a score. One bad grade does not define who you are and neither does one good grade. Thank you for putting such wonderful educators into my life. People who were truly passionate about the areas of study they taught and were passionate about seeing me grow. Thank you for teaching me that character counts. High school can be notorious for mean girls, but you taught all of us we are above that. You taught the importance of being kind. Thank you for pointing me in the direction of some pretty awesome people. I do not think I could have been supported or cared about more than I was when I attended MBS. Thank you for putting people in my life who truly cared about me. These people are my “go-to” people, the people I talk to when I need advice or just need someone to listen. Thank you for understanding me. For understanding and accepting that I was going to have bad days, but I was also going to have really good days. Thank you for celebrating and cheering for me when my good days were really good. Thank you for giving me snow days and delayed openings and for understanding that sometimes we all needed a day off, and sometimes we needed to sleep in. Thank you for not questioning me when I was signed out of school because I was “sick.” Thank you for giving me 400 familiar faces. People I could count on. People I could get to know. People who wanted to get to know me. These people brought out the best of me. We actually brought out the best in each other. Thank you for being you. For being there for me when I needed it the most. Thank you for getting excited when I got into college and congratulating me for a week. We both know I could not have done it without you. Thank you for making me excited to go to school for four years. For turning a school into a home, a place where I felt comfortable. Thank you for being you! Marie McGann is a freshman at Fairfield University. Crimson Spring 2016 33

Then T h Now


As Morristown-Beard School celebrates its 125th anniversary, we hope you enjoy this photo essay that illustrates how far we’ve come and the many changes that have taken place over the years. At the same time, we see how many important aspects of School life—especially our traditions and our values— have endured across the generations.


By Steve Patchett




The technology boom began in earnest at MBS in the late 1970s when the Math Department acquired a small collection of boxy TRS-80 computers. By the mid-1990s, computers had spread to offices and classrooms across campus, and training was held in the renovated Chapel and basement of Grant Hall. In the early 2000s, it was common to see computer carts being rolled into classrooms for assignments. In 2010, MBS gained national and international recognition as one of the first schools in the nation to incorporate iPads into the curriculum. 34 Crimson Spring 2016


2015 * Please note that some of the dates are approximate





Today’s Morristown-Beard School Commencement ceremony is rich in the traditions of both The Beard School and The Morristown School—from the formal class photograph on the lawn to the Valedictorian’s address to the award presentations for character, growth and service. The graduates’ attire remains the most striking tradition, particularly the girls’ white dresses, which recall the earliest days of The Beard School.





The Morristown School’s crimson blazer and The Beard School’s dark green wool uniforms are the stuff of legend. Talk with any Beard or Morristown graduate about their school days, and the uniform will always come up. Today’s students enjoy more freedom in the Dress Code, although jackets, ties, and dresses make regular appearances during Dress Up Days throughout the year.


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Athletics have always been a central part of the MBS experience. The Morristown boys boasted regular success in ice hockey, baseball, and football from the turn of the century. Although The Beard School abandoned athletic competitions with other schools in the mid-1920s, their physical education program featured intramural competitions between the Spartans and Athenians with an emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship, and a healthy competitiveness. Since 1971, MorristownBeard School has excelled in a multitude of sports, posting championships in everything from boys and girls soccer to lacrosse, baseball, and field hockey. Recently, the boys ice hockey team captured a State Championship in 2014 at The Prudential Center.



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Helping students gain global competency has always been a vital part of the mission of the Schools. As far back as 1933, The Morristown School sent its ice hockey team to Europe to “help students benefit from lessons to be learned beyond those presented in the classrooms.” In the 1980s and 1990s, Morristown-Beard School sponsored exciting trips to Russia and India. More recently, MBS has sponsored student trips to Cuba, Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Italy, Greece, Peru, and Thailand.







Morristown-Beard School’s very own knight in shining armor, “Oscar,” dates back to the first days of The Morristown School, and was frequently included in the yearbook as a member of the Senior Class. Renovated in 2006 by Barry Corrigan ’54 and his son, Barry Jr., “Oscar” now proudly stands guard near the entrance of Anderson Library.


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Creativity has been flowing on the stage and in the art studio throughout the 125-year history of the Schools. Beard and Morristown students enjoyed an array of artistic opportunities—from Glee Club, band, orchestra, and dramatic productions, to a full range of visual arts offerings. Today’s MBS experience continues this legacy while adding exciting offerings in digital arts, filmmaking, music recording, and more. Recently, the opening of Founders Hall and the renovation of Wilkie Hall brought a whole new world of possibilities to the arts at Morristown-Beard School.


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Students aren’t the only talented members of the community to take center stage. Several Headmasters—particularly Thompson D. Grant (saxophone) in the 1950s and Peter J. Caldwell (cello) today—have performed alongside students.




In the early 1900s, The Beard School advertised that horsedrawn carriages “run to different parts of the Oranges at a nominal price.” Commuting to campus has certainly evolved over the years! Whether you arrived in a Studebaker in the 1950s, a VW bus in the 60s, an IROC-Z in the 1980s—or even a big yellow school bus—getting here could be half the fun!



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A FUTURE THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS By Betsy Patterson, Director of Institutional Advancement, Parent ’14, ’16

Transforming Our Future


The Campaign for Morristown-Beard School

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With its rich academic and extracurricular programs, commitment to the arts and athletics, dedication to its students’ intellectual development, and exceptional faculty and staff, Morristown-Beard School represents what a top-tier independent school can achieve. As MBS proudly celebrates 125 years of powerfully preparing students for success in learning and in life, the School is proud to unveil an ambitious five-year, $20 million comprehensive campaign named Transforming Our Future. This historic

Exterior rendering of the new math and science building

campaign—the largest in the School’s 125-year history— will propel Morristown-Beard School to the forefront of independent school education. The Transforming Our Future campaign will help further distinguish Morristown-Beard School as an institution of excellence through which its students, its faculty, its alumni and its community will continue to thrive. With the leadership of Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell, the

comprehensive campaign will raise funds for a state-ofthe-art math and science building as well as renovations to the Simon Athletic Center, Rooke Pool, and other capital projects. The campaign will also seek support for scholarship and endowment, two priorities that are integral to the School’s long-term success. Finally, MBS will continue its community-wide efforts to sustain and build the Morristown-Beard Fund—the School’s annual fund—at the $1 million mark annually. Crimson Spring 2016 41

Interior rendering of the first floor commons area

Over a decade of growth 2003

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Turf Field for Football, Field Hockey and Outdoor Track


Turf Softball Field

Building a 21st Century Campus An unprecedented decade of philanthropic support and physical improvements to the campus has enabled MBS to provide a rich learning environment that is academically rigorous for its students. Over the past 14 years, MBS has dedicated over $40 million to 15 major building and renovation projects that have been transformative to its 22-acre campus, enhancing its beauty and functionality. From the construction of a 630-seat Performing Arts Center and Middle School to the complete renovation of a state-of-the-art Technology Center, MBS continues to honor its unwavering commitment to its students and faculty: to provide them with the very best environment and tools for learning, growth and unparalleled success. To ensure that Morristown-Beard School remains competitive in the marketplace, the School recognized the need for a new, innovative math and science facility that will provide the tools and environment needed by students to study a world dramatically transformed by globalization, scientific advancement, and technology. A feasibility study conducted in the fall of 2014 enthusiastically supported the School’s vision to move forward with such a project along with elevating the math and science curriculum.

The Foundation for the Future– A New Math and Science Building The new math and science building—a critical component of the School’s strategic plan—is the cornerstone of the campaign and the final jewel in the crown that is the MBS campus. With input from math and science faculty, the $12.6 million building features a flexible and adaptable design. “As we continue to grow in reputation as an academically rigorous institution with a heart—a school that


Renovation of South Wing


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Our Path to Success $20 Million by 2020

$14.6 Million

Capital Projects



Morristown-Beard Fund

$ 400,000 New gifts to Endowment and Scholarships

challenges the brightest students and supports those who are discovering their academic potential – this exceptional math and science facility will reaffirm our commitment to academic excellence,” states Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell. With over 25,000 square feet of newly constructed space, the stateof-the-art building will boast eight science laboratories/classrooms, independent research labs and prep rooms, an environmental lab, eight mathematics classrooms, a dynamic math studio and small group study areas. In addition to a beautiful and open common space where students and faculty will gather and collaborate, the building will feature a secure gallery space where student, faculty and visitors can exhibit their artwork. According to Math Department Chair Thomas Corbo, “the new building, along with exciting curricular initiatives, will ensure that we are able to provide an educational experience that is second to none.” Traditional campus designs typically constrain educators in their implementation of math and science curricula due to the inherent inflexibility of current classrooms and labs and the physical separation of the departments. With highly interconnected, interdisciplinary teaching spaces that support 21st century learning, bringing math and science together in the same building is intended to enhance collaboration between the two departments. “Just being physically closer will promote discussion between the teachers and will generate meaningful


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Middle School

opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary risk-taking in a cutting-edge facility,” explained Science Department Chair Scott McCormick.

The Future Begins Now From the construction and renovation of campus facilities to the addition of new faculty with distinguished credentials and innovative approaches to teaching, Morristown-Beard School is well positioned to meet the evolving needs of the future. Since the quiet phase of the campaign started in December 2014, over $10.6 million has been raised from 48 donors towards our capital projects. This figure includes a $2 million anonymous gift towards renovations to the Simon Athletic Center. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Board President Michael Ranger and the exceptional support of the Board of Trustees, MBS has experienced extraordinary success in the quiet phase of the campaign. With overwhelming support from a wide variety of donors including current and former parents, alumni, trustees and former trustees, grandparents, and friends, MBS remains confident moving forward with the public phase of the campaign. As the MBS community celebrates its 125th anniversary, the School is proud to unveil the public phase of the Transforming Our Future campaign. During this time, the MBS community must join together to raise the additional $9.4 million needed to fulfill the School’s bold initiatives. To educate the community about campaign progress and priorities, the School will be implementing a comprehensive campaign communications program. This program will include social gatherings, periodic written and electronic campaign communications, and personal conversations about supporting this historic campaign.


Site plan showing location of the new math and science building

It is incumbent upon our community—each and every one of us—to build upon the legacy of our School’s founders whose forward-thinking ideas about education and character positioned the School among the most visionary of its time. Only with your dedicated support will we achieve our ambitious vision for a future that knows no bounds.

-PETER J. CALDWELL, Headmaster


Wilkie Technology Center Founders Hall


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Crimson Corner


Cross Country

A young but talented group, this year’s varsity cross country team showed plenty of promise and posted personal records (PRs) on a regular basis. At the Greystone Invitational, five out of seven MBS runners posted PRs, and the team finished with a season-best average time of 19:55. Freshman Teddy Koide ’19 paced the team in many of its biggest races, finishing as the top Crimson runner at the Morris County Championships, the Prep B Championships, and the State Group Championships. Senior Captain Ray Namar ’16 received the team’s Crimson Award for his leadership and determination. “He is a hard worker in practice, a true team leader, and one of the nicest people you could ever meet,” said Coach Scott McCormick. Junior Jake Raimer ’17 was also honored at the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony, earning the Sportsmanship Award. While the team says farewell to four-year runners Jack Collins ’16, Ray Namar ’16 and Jackson Robillard ’16, it’s exciting to watch talented young runners emerge, including Alex D’Alessandro ’19, Connor Heffernan ’18, Calvin Poche ’18, Greg Townsend ’18, and Nick Visceglia ’19. 46 Crimson Spring 2016

Boys Soccer

Members of the boys varsity soccer team knew it would be an uphill climb after losing a host of players from last year’s squad that finished 16-51 and advanced to the Championship Game of the State Tournament. With a young team this year, the Crimson could muster only a single victory, a 4-0 shutout of Hanover Park. Still, there were plenty of bright spots and reasons for encouragement. The Crimson lost several games by only a single goal, and the team continued to fight hard—especially in the season finale against Golda Och. Juniors Sam Nadler ’17 and Joey Velasquez ’17 were named to the Second Team All-NJAC squad while Gary Iuliano ’16 received Honorable Mention. Senior Max Borchert ’16 and exchange student José Buela ’17 received All-Daily Record Honorable Mention. Buela also received the team’s Crimson Award. “He exuded sportsmanship and what it means to be a student-athlete at Morristown-Beard School,” said Coach Martin Brown.

Girls Soccer

It was a historic year for the MBS girls varsity soccer team, as the Crimson captured its first-ever

Fall 2015

NJAC-Liberty title. The team finished with a 15-5 record, and played to the semifinal round of the Prep B Tournament as well as the State Tournament. Offensively, the Crimson were led by Delaware-bound forward Dani Kabat ’16, who became the first player in Crimson history to reach 50 goals and 50 assists for her career. This season, Kabat scored a team-leading 26 goals and dished out a team-leading 15 assists, and was named First Team All-Daily Record, First Team All-NJAC, and All-County. Other Crimson award winners included Cami Calafiore ’16 (First Team All-County, First Team NJACLiberty, Honorable Mention All-Daily Record, and Crimson Award), Lizzy Sengle ’17 (First Team NJAC-Liberty, Honorable Mention A ll-Count y and A l l-Daily Record ), Meg Damstrom ’16 (Honorable Mention All-County), Maggie Cotter ’19 (Second Team NJAC-Liberty), Juliette Pike ’19 (Second Team NJAC-Liberty), and Bridget Monaghan ’19 (Honorable Mention NJAC-Liberty).

Girls Tennis

After losing five starters to graduation, the fall 2015 season seemed a bit uncertain for the MBS girls varsity tennis team. The Crimson showed

tremendous resolve, however, and fought their way to a solid 8-7 record. The team enjoyed big wins this year over Madison, Parsippany, and Hanover Park, among others. Many underclassmen emerged including Madeline Sit ’19, Grace Kellogg ’17, Blake Kernen ’18, and Olivia Land ’17. The first doubles pair of Tori Krouse ’16 and Paige Williams ’18 were named Second Team NJACLiberty, while first singles player Dee Dee Passione ’17 received Honorable Mention. Tori Krouse also earned the team’s Crimson Award. “As a team captain, she worked from the first day of preseason to keep her team focused and positive through practices in 100 degree heat and after tough losses,” said Coach Brett Michel. “A coach could not have asked for more from an athlete.”

Field Hockey

This year’s MBS varsity field hockey team had another very successful season. The Crimson finished with a 14-7-1 record and advanced to the championship game of the Prep Tournament, the quarterfinal round of the Morris County Tournament and the semifinal round of the State Tournament. Along the way, Head Coach Kate Alderman picked up her 50th career victory as the team posted a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Pennington to advance to the Prep Finals. Other

memorable wins included a 5-0 shutout against Newark Academy in the Prep Tournament, and a 3-2 victory over Mt. St. Dominic’s in the State Tournament. Bella Cuomo ’16 and Samantha Chanzit ’16 were named First Team All-NJAC Liberty while Alissa Masini ’16 and Lauren Conway ’16 were named Second Team. Goalie Devin Blanchard ’16 received Honorable Men­ tion. Senior defenseman Victoria Palazzetti ’16 overcame an injury in the first few weeks of the season and showed great drive and character as she earned the team’s Crimson Award.


It was a challenging season for the young MBS varsity football team (0-9). Despite a winless record, the Crimson played hard every snap and became a tighter unit on and off the field. Coach Tim Fell counted on six sophomores and two freshmen in his starting lineup, playing big roles both offensively and defensively. He believes that the young starters should benefit from playing against such tough competition, and he sees a bright future for MBS football. This year, the Crimson had quite a one-two punch with two First Team All-NJAC Liberty players: Lehighbound offensive lineman Alex Motley ’16 and defensive lineman Markel Titus ’16. Sophomores

Ryan Russo ’18 and Tahj Valentine ’18 earned a place on the Second Team All-NJAC squad, while Calvin Wetmore ’16 received Honorable Mention.


The MBS varsity volleyball team continued to show dedication and improvement this fall, finishing with a 5-17 record. The Crimson posted two late-season wins over Morris County School of Technology and Whippany Park, avenging an earlier loss. At the beginning of the year, they had convincing wins over WardlawHartridge School and Lacordaire Academy behind the inspired play of Sara Seuffert ’16, Jasmin Jenkins ’18, Jules Alevras ’17, Katie Mackin ’18 and Samantha Salazar ’17. Seuffert ’16 earned a place on the Second Team NJAC-Liberty squad, while Jenkins ’18 received Honorable Mention. Seuffert was also the recipient of the team’s Crimson Award for her athleticism and her ability to lead. According to Head Coach Mike Sturgeon, “In my 15 years as a coach at MBS, spanning 37 seasons, I have never had a more coachable and mentally tough player. She truly leads by example and always does what it takes to put the team in the best position to win.” Crimson Spring 2016 47

SAVE THE DATE MBS Alumni & Friends

Let’s gather for an evening of cocktails and fun! SUMMER 2016

FALL 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 6:30 – 8:30 PM

37 West 44th Street, New York, NY 6:30 – 8:30 PM

For more information, contact Monya Taylor Davis ’88, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at or 973-532-7578.





envision engaging, experiential courses like Rich Timek’s Architecture class. Thanks to the Morristown-Beard Fund, curricular options like Architecture and other innovative choices now offer a new academic landscape to our talented students.




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Help build something specia l during this 125th anniversary year by making a gift to the MB Fund today! It’s easy to give. Simply use the envelope enclosed with this issue, visit our secure website at w w, or call 973-532-7579. On behalf of all our students, thank you for helping MBS build and grow our School through the Morristown-Beard Fund!

Please note that gifts to the MB Fund—our School’s Annual Fund—are fully tax-deductible. If you’ve already made a gift in this MBS giving year (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016), please accept our thanks!

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Class Notes Updates From the

Alumni Board I’m so excited about 2016! As many of you know, this is our 125th anniversary and it’s already shaping up to be a great year. There are big things happening on campus! If you haven’t been back to MBS this school year, then you’ve missed the old math building tear-down. What you’ll see now if you walk or drive through campus, is an empty spot surrounded by fencing— currently not much to look at, but filled with promise. It’s incredibly exciting that what is replacing the old structure is nothing less than a state-of-theart math and science center! The School has always put great emphasis on science, technology and math and this new facility will be transformative in the way these disciplines are taught. It almost makes me wish I could return to the classroom. Almost. We are celebrating our anniversary in style with various events over the calendar year honoring The Beard School, The Morristown School and of course Morristown-Beard School. There are individual events planned for the Beard ladies and the Morristown gentlemen. Please contact the Alumni Office for more details. It’s really an amazing time at school and I urge everyone to come back home to MBS for a visit. Come back and schedule a campus tour, or come to Reunion on June 4th and enjoy the BBQ, cocktail party and dinner. You can explore and enjoy, and I promise you that you will not be disappointed!

Caroline (Elias) Turben ’87 President, MBS Alumni Board

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1948 Joan Hanford Miller writes, “Getting old is not for sissies!” She is the proud great-grandmother of 10 children ranging in age from 8 months to 17 years.

1952 Jane Merselis Burpeau says, “Howdy from Texas!” Fran Ford Morse and her husband, Dave, moved to The White Sands Retirement Home after 53 years in their home on Avenida Fiesta. They are still in La Jolla, CA and right on the coast where waves and sunsets are beautiful.

1954 Valeria Hill Beckwith moved to Tucson, AZ in

2014 to be near her oldest son and his family. Her other two sons live in New Jersey. “After living in New Jersey for 78 years, Arizona is quite an adjustment,” she says. “My youngest son retired from his career in the Army Special Forces and has a 23-year old son. Geoff, my oldest son, is an accomplished guitar player, and his son is a concert pianist, teaching and performing here in Arizona. Although I am not able to breed Norfolk Terriers any longer, I do have my 6-year old with me, and she is a wonderful companion. If any classmates should come to Tucson, I’d love a visit!”

1955 Bettie Francis Comas LaVallee enjoyed seeing

many of her Beard School classmates at their 60th Reunion in June, 2015. Since then, she has been busy taking golf lessons. “They call me the queen of the sandtrap because in the lessons, the instructor placed us there to learn how to get out, and I was the only one who could get out every time,” she said. Bettie is also involved with the book club at the library and volunteers in a Title One kindergarten class. “The children do not know English, and not only do we teach them English, but also the sounds and numbers from 1-100. All of the children passed the tests that allow them to go to 1st grade. Hard work!” Bettie also visited North Carolina for her grandson’s graduation from the University of North Carolina, and continues to stay in contact with her classmates.

year 60th 1956 Barbara Newberry Lindsley writes, “It’s been Reunion

nearly 60 years since our class graduated— unbelievable! Those were such rich years at Beard!”

Ann Linen Probert is proud to announce that her son, David, married Fran Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19, 2015. “They will move to the States in two years. We look forward to that time!” Sally Brooks Smith is about to celebrate 58 years of marriage, and says she has enjoyed connecting with Lisa Blauvelt Weil, Emmy Lou Smith, Betsy Puchner and Ann Cary Smallhorn and their husbands. “Life is good!” Lisa Blauvelt Weil recently moved from Princeton, NJ to Mount Kisco, NY. She continues to spend part of the year in Tours, France, where she is having fun studying Italian. “I’m fortunate to be in good health,” she writes.

1959 Linda Blanchard Chapman tells her Beard

classmates, “If you are near Rupert, VT, please come visit!” Gail Lehman Harty and her husband, Tim, still live in Basking Ridge, NJ, where she is doing some real estate work. “My only granddaughter is busily working on her college applications, hoping to get into school to study musical theatre,” she writes. year 55 1961 Terry Ann Degan Black has been living in Reunion


Lafayette, CA for the past 19 years. She and her husband of 48 years, Dr. Jeff Black, have two sons, Michael and Peter, and five grandchildren. A graduate of Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, she was a practicing RN for 47 years and is the author of Caring Is Not Enough: A Workbook for Emergency and End of Life Planning. She enjoys reading, gardening, swimming, and helping people organize and plan for their later years. She lectures frequently on this topic, and her website is

Robert Schechner sends greetings to his classmates as they prepare for their upcoming 55th Morristown School reunion on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at MBS. Robert is a cancer survivor and is an active volunteer and advocate for the American Cancer Society. He currently serves as the North Carolina State Lead Ambassador for Advocacy for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. He was one of the organizers for the first Relay for Life walk in Morristown, and continues to help organize the Raleigh, NC Relay for Life each June. As a member of the NC Ambassador for Advocacy, he successfully lobbied for the state to raise the legal age for tanning bed users from 13 to 18 years old. On a more personal note, Robert and his wife Carla celebrated 49 years of marriage in February. He is also the proud grandfather of Miss Skylar Annabel, age 9. Barbara Fisher Margalef reports, “I have loved living in Bal Harbour, FL for five years, but now I’m moving with my Little Minnie to Vi at Aventura. It’s a great place; I’m so excited… independent living with all the amenities!”

1962 Peter Engler says, “My parents’ mission to

get me into a good college was achieved by enrolling me at Morristown School in 1960 for my junior and senior years. I graduated from Bucknell University in 1966 and became a Navy combat pilot in the Vietnam Theater flying reconnaissance aircraft.” Returning to the East Coast after a five-month post-Navy tour of the country in a VW camper, he joined the “wild and woolly world of advertising.” “My wife and three sons and I went west in 1978 to live in Cupertino, CA,” he said. “My career continued to flourish at Ampex, FCB and J. Walter Thompson advertising agencies, Citibank as VP Marketing back in NYC, then back to San Francisco to become a retained headhunter in a five-partner firm.” For the last 10 years, he has been a writer (see New and Improved, a political thriller and Your Crystal Clear Career Path on Amazon, iBooks and Nook), career coach and pen and ink artist. Now remarried to his wife, Carole, with five shared children and nine shared grandkids, he lives happily in Belvedere, CA on the Bay. One of his upcoming books is The Prep, about the halcyon days on and off the quad. “Best wishes to my classmates!”

Dr. Jean Hayes is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist maintaining a private practice in Novato, CA. On “Dr. J’s Ranch of Minis,” she keeps about 20 animals including rabbits, llamas, horses, mini horses, Welsh ponies, and donkeys. She is also a competitive horse carriage driver. “My passion is driving different horses in combined driving events and on the trails,” she says.

1963 Marion A. Lord and Betsy Smith ’61 enjoyed getting together in New Hampshire this past summer. year 50th 1966 Charlie Kennedy stopped by campus for Reunion

a tour to relive old memories and see all of the changes that have taken place since his graduation. Charlie, who lives in Nova Scotia, says, “Glad to have seen the old School again!” Esther M. “Chipi” Morales has been living in Miami for 10 years, working at the Miami Art Museum and then transitioning to the Perez Art Museum Miami.

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CLASS NOTES year 30th 1986 Sarah Somers is in her 10 year of teaching at Reunion


1977 After 35 years in the employee benefits

business, Jim Brennan retired in April, 2015 from UnitedHealthcare in Richmond, VA. Jim was consistently the national and regional sales leader throughout his career at both UnitedHealthcare and Anthem BCBS. Upon retirement, Jim has spent time coaching middle school soccer and basketball at The Steward School in Richmond, passing on the many valuable skills he learned at MBS from soccer coach and English teacher Peter Chavonelle. “I owe so much of my success in life to Pete Chavonelle and all of the outstanding faculty I had at MBS,” he says.

Amy Chaiken Wolffe reports that her husband, Elliott, plays golf with Brian Jenkins ’93. “Brian invited us to join him at The Hunt in Far Hills this past October. Other MBS alumni we met at The Hunt were Andrew Brucker ’93, Gene Stull Jr. ’92, and Aimee Knopp Stull ’94.”

1980 Warren Bobrow recently published his fourth

book in three years. Warren is the creator of the popular blog and the author of Apothecary Cocktails, Whiskey Cocktails and Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails. He has taught classes on spirits and cocktails all over the world, and has written hundreds of articles on cocktails and food for Chilled Magazine, Saveur, Whole Foods/Dark Rye, Total Food Service, Eater, Vodka, Serious Eats, and many other international outlets. year 35th 1981 Sarah Jahries Kenyon says, “I can’t believe this Reunion

Jeffrey Schaub and Donna Ward Johansen ’78 recently met up in Florida where Donna resides with her sons. Jeff is a journalist in California, where he lives with his sons. Reminiscing about their time at MBS is something they both enjoy.

1978 Ranma Budlong is still recovering from injuries received in Iraq in 2007 when her Army Reserve unit was mobilized and sent to Baghdad. She retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2014 due to her injuries. “I decided to go back to university and finally get my B.A. degree in the liberal arts. I should get it this May; my major is communications with a minor in history. I’m a little late with my degree, although learning is a benefit to my disability!” 52 Crimson Spring 2016

year marks 35 years post-MBS! I have nothing but wonderful memories. I hope everyone is doing well!”

1983 Michele Cestone is excited to announce her

engagement to Stephen “Peach” Fusco ’79. A June, 2016 wedding is planned.

1985 Suzi Burroughs says her two big

accomplishments are that her twin daughters, Phebe and Summer, turned 6 on February 2, 2016, and that the girls didn’t tear down the tent when she and the girls visited the campus for her 30th reunion last June. “Ah, the joys of motherhood!”

Peddie School, and her 20th year overall. She is continuing her duties as History Department Chair, and reports that she has developed and integrated new offerings into the curriculum that have been well received by the students. “One of these classes—Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in the 20th Century—has been an important part of helping the students untangle and discuss some of the global issues that dominate the news today,” she says.

1987 Rob Murray and his wife, Amy, have been

living in Mt. Pleasant, SC for 16 years and enjoying their four children, Robbie (12), Ryan (10), Claire (8), and Colin (8).

1988 Alyssa Tierney Angelbeck and her husband,

Chris, welcomed a baby boy on December 18, 2015. Theodore James Angelbeck weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. and measured 21.65 in.” “Teddy is doing well and big sister Ella could not be more excited,” she says. Katharine Quick Mastrantonio and her husband, Robert, have two children, Nicholas (15) and Megan (11). She is an Assistant Professor of English at Union County College, and coordinator of their Developmental English Program. She still keeps in touch with Sharon Solomon, and says that her brother, Stephen Quick ’85, enjoyed serving as an alumni representative on the MBS Strategic Plan Committee. Sharon Solomon sends best wishes from Baltimore, MD where she and her family survived the record-setting blizzard of 2016. “I continue on the faculty at Johns Hopkins,

Calling All Alumni!

To inspire MBS graduates to give back to this special School, a thoughtful, generous member of the alumni community has anonymously pledged

$61,000 O WN







to match alumni gifts made through June 30, 2016 to the Morristown-Beard Fund. That's a remarkable way to help MBS increase alumni participation and dollars in the MB Fund! Please join this alumni leader and make your gift today by using the enclosed envelope or by visiting Whether you're enjoying a reunion year (all classes ending in 1s and 6s) or you're somewhere in between, celebrate your alumni pride with a gift today!






Thank you for your kind support!

Every dollar donated to the Morristown-Beard Fund supports the improvement of the student experience. Please accept our grateful thanks if you have made a gift this year. For more information about the MB Fund, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 973.532.7579.

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CLASS NOTES and am kept busy seeing patients, doing retinal surgery, conducting research, and traveling for scientific meetings,” she says. “The best part of life remains spending time with my family. Li-Wen and I are enjoying our sons, Ian and Aidan, who are now 7 years old.”

1989 Andy Pirtle moved to Providence, RI with

his family and opened up a karate dojo with his wife and three children. “I’m very excited that I just earned my fourth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. I’m now a master trainer in wrestling, boxing, and jiu jitsu,” he says. “I have been vacationing in Key West, FL with the family the last few winters. This new business endeavor has been a lifelong dream and I’m glad I finally achieved it. Anyone in the Providence area, give me a call and we can go a few rounds in the ring!”

1992 Mary Koenig says, “What a special treat to

come back to MBS to watch my dear friend and teammate Carey Scully Strobeck ’92 inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The campus is beautiful, and it was great to see Ms. O!”

year by collecting shoes and socks, raising funds for various shelter needs, and providing emotional support. She also volunteers 160 hours a year with Students Rising Above in San Francisco, helping low-income students get into and prepare for college. “I feel so fortunate to have had the access to education,” she says. “I want to give others options. I want to help people get what they want in a healthy way.”

walking across the graduation stage.” Prior to this, Tashia, who is a Licensed Social Worker, served as a Case Manager and Education Funding Project Manager at a nonprofit agency that caters to the needs of teens in foster care. “It is a great joy to work with young people,” she says. “MBS really helped feed my appetite for giving back to the community.”

Laura Hoag Hay wrote in to share her memories about former faculty member Bill McBride, who died on May 11, 2015. “I just learned of the passing of one of the most genuine and true gentlemen I’ve ever known,” she wrote. “As a teenager, he was known to me as Mr. McBride. As an adult, he is still a true guide on how to be a better person. How very fortunate we all were to have been taught, guided, and loved by such a well-read, kind, and warm soul. I know my fellow alumni are mourning his loss and celebrating all we learned from Mr. McBride.” year 20th 1996 Drew Bitterman, along with his wife, Britton, Reunion

and their 4 year-old son, recently moved to Maplewood, NJ. They are the Directors of Camp Watitoh, an overnight camp in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

2004 Jessica Tuckman married Adam Ward

on October 24, 2015. She works as a sales executive at Blue Acorn in Charleston, SC.

Jeff Grace just finished post-production of his first feature film as a writer/director, Folk Hero & Funny Guy (starring Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, David Cross, Michael Ian Black, and Melanie Lynskey). The film is about a successful singer/songwriter who tries to help his struggling comedian buddy by hiring him to be the opening act on his solo acoustic tour. It will make its film festival premiere this April in New York City. year 15th 2001 Tashia Martin currently serves as the Reunion

1993 Phoenicia Fitts, a Senior Finance Manager

with Charles Schwab in San Francisco, recently received an Outstanding Community Service Award from the company. Phoenicia volunteers with an orphanage in Colima, Mexico every 54 Crimson Spring 2016

Manager of Transition Supports for Newark Public Schools, working as an advocate for disenfranchised young people. “I work with school administrators and staff to employ a restorative approach to discipline, and eliminate the use of zero tolerance practices, which only serve to further disengage students,” she writes. “It is rewarding to see students who were once on the verge of dropping out, now

2005 Christine Gallagher, whose stage name is

“Micky Blue,” released her debut EP, Wild Things, in December, 2015. Her “haunted pop” style is reminiscent of Tove Lo and Lana Del Rey. For more information, visit www.

a goalie, made 34 saves followed by a 37-save performance the next day. Catherine Sclafani was named to the Dean’s List at Colgate University.

2014 Christopher Bernardon was named to the Dean’s List at Rhodes College. Laura Elizabeth Sweeney and Paul John Durning are proud to announce they were married on September 14, 2015. Surrounded by family and close friends, the intimate ceremony took place at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, FL. Laura continues to work locally as a dental assistant, while Paul is dedicated to his work in compliance for Prudential. They currently reside in Kenilworth, NJ with their dog, Sadie. year 10th 2006 Jen Conway recently earned a promotion to Reunion

2015 Kendall Cornine earned her third College

Hockey America Rookie of the Week honor in January after scoring a pair of goals for Rochester Institute of Technology against Providence. Kathleen McNamara successfully skated on to the #1 womens ice hockey team in the nation, the Boston College Eagles, as a defenseman and was featured in the January 11th edition of The Daily Record.

2007 John McHale writes, “After helping out with a

40-hour straight live stream for Good Morning America, I was hired in December as a fulltime live stream operator for ABC News. As campaign season intensifies, we are streaming as many rallies, town halls, and debates as we can in addition to other live events throughout the day.”

2013 Katherine Chester, a junior at Connecticut

College, was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week in January after leading her womens ice hockey team to a sweep of rival Trinity College in a weekend series. Chester,

For milestone reunion years Penny (Probert) Boorman ’51

Dr. Richard L. Stinson ’56

Roger Schwarz, Esq. ’66

Michaele Esposito ’66

Gail (Kaltenbacher) Kurz ’86

Herman Kurz ’86

Jackie (Jonnard) Landre ’86

Sallie (Oakes) O’Connor ’91

Stephanie (Gowski) Bush ’91

Chip Rollinson ’91

Dan Millman ’01

Tashia Martin ’01

Associate on the Client Services team at AQR Capital Management. Jordan Deombeleg and T. Campbell Anthony were married on September 5th on Nantucket Island. Jordan, who earned a degree in History and Political Science at Bucknell University, now serves as the North American Talent Acquisition Manager for PageGroup in New York City.

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Correction to the 2014-2015 Annual Report of Donors In our most recent Annual Report, Kim and Finn Wentworth ’76 should have been included in the Founders Circle, the Morristown-Beard Fund Leadership Circle for donors who contribute $25,000 or more to the MB Fund. They were incorrectly listed in the Trustees Circle. We sincerely apologize for this error and are most grateful for their very kind and generous support during the 2014-2015 school year. Crimson Spring 2016 55

Friends of the Morristown-Beard Fund The Kurz Family (Jake ’17, Jenna ’19, Gail ’86, and Herman ’86) Life changing classes (Herman): “My Senior year, I took three classes—Calculus, Probability and Statistics, and Computers—with an extremely talented teacher, Barb Anastos. These classes helped spark my interest in the business world, while also preparing me for the challenges of the business curriculum at Bentley College. Ms. Anastos helped me cultivate my passion for business while making sure that I gained the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for my next academic journey.”

Proudest MBS moment (Jake): “Winning the Mennen Cup with the MBS Boys Hockey Team! It’s especially meaningful to our family because my dad also won the Cup while he was at MBS. I think we are the first father and son combination to do so, and I think it’s great that I get to share that experience with him. MBS hockey has meant a lot to us.”

Thanks to the MB Fund (Jenna): “We have cutting-edge technology throughout our School. I know the MB Fund helps bring this new tech to our classrooms and activities, and my classmates and I really appreciate how it makes learning a lot more interesting and interactive.”

With their impactful volunteer efforts and long-standing philanthropic support, the Kurz family continues to help move MBS forward.

Message to Donors (Gail):





“We couldn’t be prouder to be part of the MBS community. The School continues to improve, and the MB Fund has played a big role in making that happen. In this special 125th anniversary year, we really hope the entire MBS community joins us in strong support of the MB Fund by making a gift to benefit our talented students!”

Support from every part of the MBS community—current parents, alumni, parents of graduates, grandparents, faculty and staff, friends, and others—is valued and appreciated. Join the Kurz Family by making your gift today using the enclosed envelope, or by visiting Thank you! 56 Crimson Spring 2016





R Naneen Hunter Neubohn ’57,

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

This year, the MBS Alumni Association is pleased to present the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award to Naneen Hunter Neubohn ’57, a former MBS trustee. Neubohn’s professional accomplishments in the world of investment banking are truly noteworthy. After graduating first in her class from Columbia Business School (her second master’s degree), she joined Morgan Stanley where she worked in several different areas including its corporate finance and capital markets services groups. In 1990, Neubohn moved to London to direct Morgan Stanley’s European corporate restructuring group. Later she directed the company’s European debt capital markets group before assuming coleadership of the German office. Named one of the “Top 50 Women in Finance” by Euromoney in 1997, Neubohn was a trailblazer who shattered glass ceilings and helped pave the way for other women to excel in this male-dominated arena. Neubohn is a graduate of The Beard School Class of 1957. An honor roll student throughout her high school career, she served as the President of the Beard Students’ Association (B.S.A.), and participated in the Glee Club, Dance Club, and International Relations Club. An accomplished athlete, she played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. After Beard, Neubohn earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She spent her junior college year at the University of Geneva. Following college, she was an officer in

the US Foreign Service prior to obtaining a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. During her first year of graduate studies at Johns Hopkins, she attended the School’s European campus in Bologna, Italy where she met her husband, Axel Neubohn, a German citizen. Axel and Naneen were married on June 13, 1964 and have three children and six grandchildren. Today, Neubohn is retired and she and her husband split their time among their homes in London and New York City, as well as France and Vermont. Still active, she enjoys languages, traveling, skiing, tennis, spending time with her family and friends, and being involved in various non-profit organizations, including Johns Hopkins University where she is a Trustee Emeritus and member and former Chair of its Bologna Center Advisory Board. The award will be presented to Neubohn at the 2016 Alumni Reunion and Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM in Founders Hall. All are welcome to attend. For tickets and additional information, please visit our website,, or contact Monya Taylor Davis ’88, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at or 973-532-7578. The Morristown-Beard School Alumni Association created the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize graduates of The Beard School, The Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School who have performed exceptional service to society. This service may be through their careers, their philanthropic work, and/or to their alma mater.

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Paul Hawkins ’85 Speaks to BFI Club On December 2nd, MBS parent, trustee and alumnus Paul Hawkins ’85 visited campus to speak with members of the Business, Finance, & Investment (BFI) Club about the energy market. Mr. Hawkins is a Managing Director of the George E. Warren Corporation in Manhattan. He formerly worked for Credit Suisse in London as a Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities. Prior to that, he worked for Lukoil International Trading & Supply Company based in Geneva as Global Head of Trading. Mr. Hawkins is a graduate of Hobart College, and also holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Paul Hawkins ’85

Fun Run & Football

He began his presentation by discussing commodity futures contracts as well as commodity cash

(physical) markets. Mr. Hawkins also gave an overview of crude oil benchmarks Brent and Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) and discussed major oil supply hubs including the North Sea (Brent Crude) and Cushing, Oklahoma (WTI), as well as Canadian oil production. Before fielding questions from the students, Mr. Hawkins reflected on his days as a MorristownBeard School student and how his education has prepared him for success. “All of the subjects that I studied at Morristown-Beard School— from chemistry and comparative political systems to meteorology and mathematics—helped me and continue to help me understand what’s going on in the marketplace today,” he said.

Fun Run & Football

MBS Community Enjoys Fun Run & Football

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, an enthusiastic group of MBS alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff got together to participate in a Family Fun Run & Football Game on Burke Field. Thanks to everyone who came out and made the morning so enjoyable! 58 Crimson Spring 2016

Alumni Board & Parents Association Enjoy Gathering

In December, members of the MBS Alumni Board and the Parents Association Executive Committee gathered in Alumni House for a wine & cheese event. The event was designed as a way for parents and alumni to get to know each other better as planning begins for the School’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Dave Kramer ’69

Kramer ’69 Puts Digital Photography in Focus

Laurie Hartman’s Digital Photography classes received a hands-on lesson from professional photographer and Morristown School alumnus Dave Kramer ’69 on December 15th. Mr. Kramer, who owns the Edmund M. Kramer Photography Studio in Florham Park, offered tips and advice to the students who shot an array of portraits using available light, both inside and outdoors. The students also practiced using diffusers and reflectors in these environments. Students who participated in the workshop included: Joe Cuomo ’18, Perri Easley ’19, Joey Fazio ’18, Gabrielle Feuer ’17, Molly Glick ’16, Henry Hawkins ’18, Ethan Kim ’19, Kenny Lavoie ’18, Shyam Popat ’19, Alex Rebhun ’19, Ellie Reinhardt ’18, Jaime Sheppard ’17, Amanda Sit ’16, and George Warnock ’18. In the spring, Mr. Kramer plans to host a workshop at his studio, where MBS students can practice portraiture using light boxes.

Alumni Board & PA gathering

Talented Alumni Return to Founders Hall

Alumni Concert

The MBS community enjoyed a performing arts reunion on Thursday night, January 7th, as 15 talented graduates took center stage in Founders Hall one more time. From pop to folk to Broadway, the musical selections highlighted a wide range of talent and interests. The audience was also treated to modern dance and dramatic performances.

Alumni Concert

The concert featured the alumni band Hub Hollow (Jason Frigerio ’91, Jill Frigerio Turpin ’91, Tim Ryan ’93, and John Turpin ’92) as well as Ashley Aracena ’13, Erica Atkinson ’13, Pooja Aggarwal ’14, Taina Bey ’11, Jeanine Clark ’14, Jack Linberg ’15, Emily Martuscello ’10, Casey Miller ’13, Rachel Moss ’14, Yassi Shafaie ’14, and Tyler Smith ’15. There was also plenty of help from alumni and students behindthe-scenes, thanks to Alex Fetchko ’11, Eric Fernandez ’14, Ray Namar ’16, Jack Collins ’16, Brian Collins ’18, and Taylor Jaskula ’17. Congratulations to all involved for a great show! Crimson Spring 2016 59


Rain Can’t Dampen MBS Homecoming Celebration

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Heavy rain and high winds couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Morristown-Beard School faithful on Friday night, October 2nd. A soggy but enthusiastic crowd turned out to celebrate Homecoming 2015 and cheer on the Crimson football team. Despite the weather, the evening provided a great opportunity for folks to reunite with old friends and classmates, enjoy some food and drink, and watch the Crimson compete. Before the football game, the Morristown-Beard School community welcomed four new inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame (see page 62). Alumni who didn’t want to brave the elements enjoyed a live feed of the football game from the warm confines of the Wilkie Hall “skybox.” During halftime of the football game, a record number of participants— nearly the entire student section—turned out to run the 23rd annual Kirby Mile. Head Cross Country Coach Scott McCormick was the first runner to cross the finish line in a blazing time of 5:24, while senior Max Borchert ’16 was the first place student.


Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members As part of Morristown-Beard School’s Homecoming celebration on October 2nd, four exceptional athletes—John Hatch ’66 (posthumous), Carey Scully Strobeck ’92, Michael Betz, Jr. ’08, and Julie Guempel ’09—were inducted into the MBS Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees were honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony in Kirby Chapel and were also recognized during halftime of the Homecoming football game. JOHN HATCH ’66


John Hatch was a graduate of The Morristown School Class of 1966. John received the Most Valuable Player Award during his freshman year for baseball. He is also credited with throwing the touchdown pass to friend and teammate Jim Barnes ’65 that resulted in Morristown School’s 1964 victory over Delbarton, fondly remembered as the “Miracle at Sugar Loaf.”

Michael Christopher Betz, Jr. ’08 starred in football, ice hockey, and baseball at MBS. He was the recipient of numerous school and county awards, including the Coaches Award for Football, Baseball MVP, Morris County Coaches Award, All County Team for Baseball and Football, and the Who’s Who Among American High School Students Sports Edition.



Carey Scully Strobeck ’92 excelled in three different sports at MBS—field hockey, boys JV ice hockey, and lacrosse. A trailblazer, she played on the boys JV ice hockey team because the School did not have a girls ice hockey team at the time. An integral part of the team, Carey served as captain during her junior and senior years. Additionally, she was a leading scorer and team captain for the field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Julie Guempel ’09 was a four-year varsity starter on the MBS field hockey team and earned four varsity letters for both the field hockey and track and field teams. As a senior, Julie served as captain for both teams. She helped the Crimson field hockey team capture the Prep B Championship title against MKA in the fall of 2008. She currently holds the School track record for the 200 meter race, which she set in 2008.

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A Shared Legacy

Lifelong friends help ensure the future of MBS

The 1891 Founders Society was established to honor generous alumni, parents, and friends who have created trusts, bequests, or other planned gifts to benefit Morristown-Beard School. Every individual who supports MBS with a planned gift is eligible to become a member of the 1891 Founders Society.

Alumnae Taz Brower ’47 and Penny Boorman ’51 — friends for 70 years—sure have a lot in common. They’re both proud members of the MBS Athletic Hall of Fame. They’re both married to Class of 1949 Princeton University grads (really!). And they both will leave a proud legacy at the School that they love through a planned gift to MBS. That’s because Taz and Penny are members of the 1891 Founders Society, the planned giving society at Morristown-Beard School. Dedicated to ensuring a bright tomorrow for future generations of MBS students, Founders Society members have proudly chosen to include MBS in their estate plans.

In this special 125th anniversary year for our School, please consider joining Taz, Penny, and other thoughtful 1891 Founders Society members by making a planned gift to MBS. All planned gifts (no matter the size) qualify, so whether you choose to establish a charitable bequest in your will, designate MBS as a beneficiary of a life insurance or retirement plan, or donate appreciated assets like stock and real estate, you’ll be welcomed into the 1891 Founders Society. To learn more about establishing your legacy at MBS, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 973-532-7517 or giftplanning@ We also welcome inquiries from your estate planner or financial advisor. Thank you for your interest in the 1891 Founders Society!

Already established a planned gift to MBS? Please contact us so that we can honor and celebrate your thoughtful support!




Young Alumni Reunion Party MEMBERS OF THE CLASSES OF 2005 – 2015

Friday, June 3, 2016 7:00 - 9:00 PM Music  Drinks  Food

Special guest appearance by former Headmaster Dr. Alex Curtis for the unveiling of his portrait.

For more information visit or contact Monya Taylor Davis ’88, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at or 973-532-7578.



Morristown-Beard School

R eu n i on 2016

All alumni welcome, with special recognition of classes ending in 1 and 6.

Alumni Bar-B-Que

MBS Alumni Reunion 2016 Saturday, June 4, 2016 Class of 1966

50th Reunion

Beard & Morristown Schools Class of 1991

25th Reunion

Morristown-Beard School Class of 2011

5th Reunion

Visit our website at for all the Reunion details including online registration and a complete schedule of events. Rally your classmates to attend this special reunion! Contact Monya Taylor Davis ’88, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, at 973-532-7578 or

Campus Tours Headmaster’s Cocktail Party Student Performances Children’s activities

In Memoriam Nancy Joy Gabrielson ’43, September 2015, age 89. Nancy grew up in East Orange. After Beard, she graduated from Bradford Junior College. Nancy was a lifelong supporter of both schools. An enthusiastic volunteer, she took pride in “Away We Go!,” a community guidebook for families which she created for the Summit Junior League. On moving to Blue Bell, PA in 1968, she was active in the Philadelphia Junior League, working for the restoration of the Philadelphia Waterworks. She was also active in the First Presbyterian Church of Summit and later in the Ambler First Presbyterian Church. She was a strong supporter of the Philadelphia Zoo. Nancy Joy met her late husband in Bay Head where they summered for many years (also in nearby Mantoloking), then later at their second home on Deer Isle, Maine. Nancy Joy loved tennis, skiing, and international travel. Her daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren survive her. Ethel “Penny” Rothen Hardee ’44, September 14, 2015, age 89. After Miss Beard’s, Ethel graduated from Vassar College under the three year plan, with a major in English. Married in 1947, her husband, brother, three sons and eight grandchildren survive her. She was head librarian at St. Paul’s School in Maryland, shepherding the building of a new library. More library work followed in Hudson, OH and then the Baltimore Zoo, where she received their Outstanding Volunteer Award for more than 8,000 hours of work and for her devotion to animals. At the time of her passing, she and her husband were living in Raleigh, NC. Mary Ellen Mottley ’54, August 20, 2015, age 78. A 1958 graduate of Smith College, Mary Ellen had been a long-time New Canaan, CT resident where she and her husband of 52 years reared their family. Her husband, two of their three children and two grandchildren survive her. Mary Ellen was an active member of the New Canaan Sewing Group, a docent at the New Canaan Historical Society, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and an avid tennis player and gardener. Neill Pennell (“Penn”) Overman ’56, April 4, 2015, age 77 years. A long time resident of Delaware Township, NJ, Neill was a retired publisher. His wife, four sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren survive him, as does his sister Anne Overman Bunn ’54. 66 Crimson Spring 2016

Ian McNeill ’66, December 8, 2015, age 67. Ian and his wife Jane of 37 years died together in an auto accident, leaving two sons and Ian’s brothers George and Geoffrey ’69 and their families. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and an Executive MBA from Drexel University. After a long career with GenRe Insurance, he retired in 2005 as a Senior Vice President. He and his wife were active in their community, devoting time and commitment to the Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, PA and energy and talent to the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, PA, where Ian was a highly valued and long time trustee and treasurer. Together, Ian and his wife also were volunteers for the Phillips Mill Community Art Exhibition and the Bucks County Audubon Society. Lydia B. Bickford ’63, September 18, 2015, age 69. After Beard, Lydia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, and later, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature. There, she was part of the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war protests. She became a teacher in the Sun Prairie School System. Lydia’s three passions were politics, cats, and sports. In 1982, she worked with her soon-to-be husband Jon Holtshopple on Tony Earl’s successful campaign for governor of Wisconsin. The following year she and Jon managed Joe Sensenbrenner’s first, and successful, campaign for mayor of Madison. In 1992, Lydia and Jon chaired Ada Deer’s campaign for U.S. Congress in the Second District and with her husband organized Bill Clinton’s New Hampshire volunteer program. From 1993-1997, Lydia was Ada Deer’s Chief of Staff in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She then served as Interior’s Representative to the Presidents Inter-Agency Council on Women and won the Hammer Award for the Interior project. She was a presidential appointee as Confidential Assistant to the Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development at the Small Business Administration (SBA) where she became Acting Deputy Administrator of the Office of Veterans Business Development, and Director of the Welfare to Work Initiative. She wrote a three-year welfare-to-work plan, and received an award from Vice President Gore for her Memorandum of Understanding between the SBA and the Social Security Administration to assist citizens with disabilities to explore entrepreneurship. Returning to Madison, WI in 2001, she and Jon served in many local political

campaigns, always for liberal Democrats. She also served as Vice President of Ethos, LLC, a woman-owned firm specializing in ethics and compliance processes, management training, and support in the public and private sectors and was Vice President of M2BA, a servicedisabled, veteran-owned business dedicated to assisting veterans, Reserve and Guard members, and their families. Lydia founded Appar Creative Management, which specializes in strategic planning, project management, political strategy, and entrepreneurship. The couple supported many charities. Lydia rescued and sheltered many cats: at one time she had three cats, named Theodore, Franklin, and Alice, that she called “the Roosevelts.” She loved Badger basketball and the NY Mets. Two brothers, five step siblings, her late husband’s parents, her brother in law and many nieces and nephews survive her. Summer Marie Schwester ’97, September 11, 2015, age 36. At MBS, Summer was a National Honor Student in Science and Math and swim team champion. She later took courses at Lynchburg College in VA and Rider University. The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Denville, NJ,” Summer volunteered extensively, especially after Hurricane Sandy. She loved travel; among her destinations were Tahiti, Bora Bora, Cambodia, and Vietnam. She also loved cooking and playing golf. Her grandfather, parents, sister Roberta (Bobbie) ’01, brother Charles and other family members survive her. Regina M. Burns McBride, wife of former faculty, October 3, 2015, age 88. Ginnie was the widow of beloved MBS faculty member Bill McBride who died in May, 2015. Until her 1991 retirement, she long owned and ran the Burns Funeral Home, a family business established in 1915. She was a parishioner at St. Catharine’s Church in Spring Lake. In 2003, Ginnie was a recipient of the Sacred Heart Church Vailsburg Hall of Fame Award in recognition of her lifelong service to the parish. A graduate of Sacred Heart School Vailsburg and Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, Ginnie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ. In 1978 Ginnie and Bill purchased a home in Spring Lake; they moved there full time in 1991. Together they enjoyed travel, music, strolling the boardwalk, sunsets over Wreck Pond and time spent with family, friends and Bill’s former students. She is survived by many family members.



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Friends of the Morristown-Beard Fund Andie Deventer

Life changing moment at MBS: The realization of Founders Hall. When I began teaching here eighteen years ago, I would bring my boom box and CDs to the Auxiliary Gym and teach my dance classes there. I am so grateful that my dream came true of having my own space in which to teach and choreograph as well as a beautiful theater to watch my students perform. I am very proud of the success of Performing Arts here at MBS.

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grade. Watching these “dance lifers” grow into mature adults is fascinating. It’s bittersweet seeing them perform for the last time as seniors in the dance concert! I am always so proud that they chose to be a part of the dance program through their entire MBS journey.




Proudest MBS moment:

Thanks to the MB Fund:

Message to Donors:





I truly believe that what makes MBS so successful is that we all unite as a community when there is a worthy cause to support, a team to cheer for, or a performance to watch. I proudly support the Morristown-Beard Fund because I see the positive impact that it has on our entire community every day!


An accomplished dancer and choreographer who started the MBS Dance Program, Andie has positively impacted numerous students throughout her eighteen years of teaching (including her daughter, Brittany, Class of ’08). She also serves MBS as Director of the Community Service Program and Peer Group Advisor.

I’ve been able to share some amazing adventures with students, traveling all over the world doing community service. The Morristown-Beard Fund consistently supports faculty and student involvement in many programs (such as Habitat for Humanity) that enable us to positively impact the community while developing a better awareness of social and cultural differences. It’s important for our students to explore the world beyond MBS, and the MB Fund helps make that happen.

Support the Community Service Program—and inspirational MBS faculty like Andie Deventer—with a gift to the MB Fund. You may give via the envelope found in this issue or by visiting Thank you.

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Morristown-Beard, our guiding star, Age to age we cheer thee: Though our lives may lead us far, Still our hearts are near thee: While the endless seasons run, Our hearts and lives commanding, Fair white against the crimson sun, Through the ages standing. Morristown-Beard School Alma Mater

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The Honorable

Siobhan Teare ’77 to Address Class of 2016


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As we celebrate our 125th anniversary, Morristown-Beard School is proud to announce that esteemed alumna Siobhan Teare ’77, Superior Court Judge for the State of New Jersey, will serve as the School’s commencement speaker. A celebrated attorney and judge who has been honored with the New Jersey Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, Teare has achieved many accomplishments since her graduation from MBS. She is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s Committee on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its Arbitration Advisory Committee. A past president of the Garden State Bar Association, Teare served with distinction as corporate counsel for the cities of East Orange and Plainfield before joining the Superior Court of New Jersey. Judge Teare remains dedicated to her alma mater. For almost a decade, Teare gave back to MBS as a member of the MBS Board of Trustees, including serving as Vice President of the Board. MBS proudly recognized Teare’s long-standing volunteer and philanthropic support by presenting her with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. Please join Judge Teare, the Class of 2016, and the rest of the MBS community for a historic Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

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