Crimson Magazine - Fall 2019

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Fall 2019

Mor r istow n-Bear d School M agazine

Stronger Together The Path to a More Diverse & Inclusive MBS

MBS Welcomes New Trustees and Faculty & Staff New Alumni Networking Portal Launched

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Board of Trustees John F. Fay, President Abbie Shine Giordano, Vice President Gail Kurz ’86, Vice President Paul Hawkins ’85, Treasurer Gerald Scully, Secretary Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster Dena Baptiste Christopher Blake Mary-Ellen Campbell (Honorary) Ravi Chopra ’97 Pam Nelson Davidson ’90 Ronald DePoalo David Ferry Shanae M. Green Jeffrey Gronning David V. H. Hedley ’64 (Honorary) Lee Kellogg Sadrian ’89 Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 (Honorary) Paul Lombardi Michael Mariano Ajay Nagpal Michael W. Ranger (Honorary) Carisa Strauss Scott Tannen ’95 Cartwright Wallace ’93

Director of Advancement Betsy Patterson Director of Marketing & Communications Crimson Managing Editor Janet Burdorf Associate Director Alumni Relations & Faculty/Staff Giving Monya Taylor Davis ’88 Associate Director Annual Giving & Young Alumni Maggie Ranger ’10 Project Manager, Alumni Relations Melissa Hedley ’90 News & Information Manager Steve Patchett Graphic Design Associate Sharon Cowen-Cain Media Manager Tiffany Zuber Contributing Writers Peter Donahue, Allison Gogarty, Steve Patchett, Carol Selman ’64 Photography Janet Burdorf, Peter Chollick Photography, David Kramer ’69, Steve Patchett, Tiffany Zuber

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Remarks from the Headmaster


New Additions


Campaign Update 2019


MBS Moments


Class of 2019

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Student Spotlight


Powerfully Prepared

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Stronger Together: The Path to a More Diverse & Inclusive MBS


EXPLO Critical Making Camp

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Stories of Excellence in Teaching & Learning

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Beyond the Classroom


Varsity Sports Roundup

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Alumni Moments

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Photographer David Kramer ’69


Class Notes

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In Memoriam


Class Agents

Students gather in the new Intersection.


Thanks to the kind and generous gift of an anonymous donor, the MBS sports teams are enjoying the new turf and track on Burke Field. Photographs by: Peter Chollick Photography


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REMARKS FROM THE HEADMASTER Dear MBS Family & Friends, As I write this letter, the campus is bustling with energy and excitement at the start of a new school year, and we are eager to build on the momentum of last year’s successes. It was an exceptional year in college admission, with our students gaining admission to a diverse selection of stellar colleges and universities. Three of our students were appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy — and all through early admission. This is extremely rare for a school of any size and directly reflects the strength of our academic program. Our own Admission Office also enjoyed a banner year with unprecedentedly high yields, particularly in the early round and in Middle School admission. As the number of applications has risen, the quality of applications also continues to rise. On the playing fields, our Crimson athletes made history with a number of exciting championships. Our girls basketball team won the Morris County Championship on a dramatic buzzer-beating shot that was later featured on ESPN. Our boys lacrosse team also staged a dramatic comeback to capture its first Non-Public B championship since 2008. In addition, the girls ice hockey team won their third straight Prep title, the girls soccer team captured its first-ever state championship, and the softball team repeated as Prep B champions. This fall, our athletes are enjoying the new artificial turf on Burke Field and a resurfaced track, with both projects being fully-funded and completed this past summer. We have been engaged in important academic work to prepare for the opening of the Center for Innovation & Design—guest speakers, lunch workshops for faculty, an EXPLO critical making camp—all to help shift our culture of teaching and learning and to further our understanding of creativity in and out of the classroom. The CID is just one example of our continued commitment to innovation and excellence at MBS, and we are excited to see how our students and faculty will make use of this inspirational new center. We have also done extensive work in preparation for our 5-year accreditation visit by NJAIS this year, and are sharpening the School’s academic vision as we begin work on our next Strategic Plan. During the past few years, the School has identified diversity and inclusion as a primary area of institutional growth. As you will read in this issue of Crimson Magazine, our charge as a school has become clear — to create 2

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a sense of belonging for each student and to embolden each student to recognize their unique story. Klarissa Karosen, our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and our Social Justice Student Committee have championed this cause, and MBS has increased its efforts to pursue diversity, to foster inclusion, and to promote equity through our policies, our curriculum, and our programs. We are proud of the work we have done so far and have many reasons to look to the future with optimism. It’s an exciting time to be at MorristownBeard School and we would not be in this enviable position without you. With best regards,

Peter J. Caldwell Headmaster


MBS Welcomes New Board of Trustee Members DENA Y. BAPTISTE

Dena Y. Baptiste has served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of LB Electric Company for the past 18 years. Prior to that, she served as a portfolio assistant with Jamison, Eaton and Wood, and a research associate at Ryan Beck & Co. She earned a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Kean University. She and her husband, Leon, have two children – a daughter, Breeann, and a son, Trevor, who is a 2014 MBS graduate and one of the top professional lacrosse players in the country. In her spare time, she volunteers with children at Word of Life Christian Ministries and her hobbies include health and wellness.


Pam Nelson Davidson is the Chief Legal Personnel and Recruitment Officer at Paul, Weiss, an international law firm in New York City. Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Pam served as the Director of Legal Personnel at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., and has held various positions at major U.S. law firms including Kramer Levin, Jones Day, and Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance). She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Hartwick College in 1994. Pam and her husband, Mike, live in Chatham, NJ with their son, Jack. Pam’s father Glen Nelson ’58 is an alumnus of the Morristown School and her mother Peggy Harding Nelson ’59 is a Beard School graduate who remains active on the MBS Alumni Board.


Shanae M. Green has been employed by the Town of Morristown, Office of the Mayor & Business Administration for the past 19 years. She attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island as well as the County College of Morris in Randolph. Shanae regularly volunteers in the Senior Center, Department of Aging in Morristown, where she assists with the senior picnic, holiday luncheon, and various activities. Her family also volunteers at the Table of Hope at Bethel AME Church

in Morristown. She and her husband, Landers Green Sr., have a 10th grade student at MBS, Landers Green Jr., as well as a 10-year old daughter, Naomi Green. Shanae enjoys reading and spending time with her children – especially at their sporting events. She is currently studying the Korean language of Hangul with her daughter.


Scott Tannen ’95 is CEO and cofounder of Boll & Branch, a leading designer and retailer of luxury home goods. Prior to founding Boll & Branch with his wife, Missy, Scott spent several years building online marketing groups and award-winning programs for consumer brands such as Altoids, Planters, and Oreo. He also founded an early-stage investment fund, red5 Capital, and Funtank, one of the world’s leading casual games publishers, which he sold to Publishers Clearing House in 2010. After graduating from MBS, Scott earned a B.S. in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Scott and Missy have three daughters at MBS – Brooke ’25, Hailey ’25, and Sophie ’22.


Cartwright Wallace ’93, CFA is a partner at First New York and co-founder of Cartwright, Inc, an innovative fashion brand specializing in lockable privacy bags. A MorristownBeard School graduate, Class of 1993, and University of Richmond graduate, Class of 1997, Cartwright resides in Chatham, NJ with his wife, Janine, and three children, Greyson (10), Boden (7), and Evelyn (5). He recently completed his term on the MBS Alumni Board and is pleased to be bringing his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to the Board of Trustees. In his spare time he volunteers on the investment committee of Christ Church of Short Hills and enjoys sailing, golfing, and spending time with his family on Nantucket.

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MBS Welcomes New Faculty & Staff This year’s newest members of the MBS community include:

Adriana Arroyave—World Languages Before joining MBS this year, Adriana had been teaching at the Greater Brunswick Charter School. Prior to that she acquired independent school experience at the Elisabeth Morrow School where she taught for seven years. Adriana earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish and Spanish Literature at Montclair State University, with a thesis on Cervantes. She also studied Human Rights and International Law in a certificategranting program at Antioqua University in Medellín, Colombia. Aaron Beck-Schachter—World Languages (Long-term Substitute) Aaron is a Valergakis Post Doctoral fellow at Rutgers University. He is committed to integrating new digital technologies and platforms into education about the ancient world. His personal research centers on Attic tragedy, ancient Greek religion, and the psychology of cult images and votives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Classics and Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Kyle Brescher—Mathematics (Long-term Substitute) A graduate of the Class of 2003, Kyle is a veteran member of the MBS community and we are pleased to welcome him back to campus. He was a full-time member of the MBS Mathematics Department for seven years and has also served as an instructor at Mathnasium – the Math Learning Center. He earned his degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University. Nick Corley—Performing Arts Nick is serving as Artist-in-Residence to direct the fall play. He is an experienced director who has also performed in a number of Broadway (Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me) and off-Broadway shows. Nick served as Artistic Director for the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma where he directed such shows as Tommy, Steel Magnolias, Sweeney Todd and others. He has also directed more than 100 developmental workshops and readings, primarily 4

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for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Rose Costanzo—Mathematics This will be Rose’s first full-time teaching position after earning her degree from The College of New Jersey in 2016 and acquiring some business experience over the past several years. At TCNJ, Rose engaged in Leadership Training Programs and was a member of the School of Science Advisory Board. She also founded and served as President of the Student Transfer Association of TCNJ, aimed at helping transfer students make a successful transition to the college. Mairead Forrest—English This fall Mairead (pronounced “Ma-rade”) joined the ranks of full-time faculty after spending a year serving as a long-term leave replacement and overseeing the Center for Academic Writing. Mairead has also been coaching Girls JV soccer at MBS for the past year and is now the Varsity coach. Mairead played Division 1 soccer at the College of the Holy Cross, where she earned her B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration. Her Honors thesis consisted of the creation of a volume of original short fiction. Joanne Goldberg—College Counseling Joanne returns to MBS this fall after a three-year hiatus. Formerly she served as a full-time History teacher and Grade Dean for the classes of 2012 and 2016. Upon her return, Joanne will continue to teach an elective History course, but will primarily serve in the College Counseling Office as an Associate College Counselor. She earned a B.A. in History from Cornell University, a J.D. degree from the Washington University School of Law and a Master’s in teaching from NYU. We welcome Joanne back to the MBS community!

Angela Hahn—Science Before MBS, Dr. Angela Hahn most recently taught Chemistry and Biology at Friends Seminary in New York. Dr. Hahn earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Beloit College, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from the Stanford University School of Medicine. After earning her Ph.D. she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship, examining Myelination processes in the lab of Jonah R. Chan of the Neurobiology department at the University of California, San Francisco. Philicia Levinson—Chief Financial Officer After joining MBS last year in the Mathematics Department, Philicia has now assumed the role of CFO. Most of her career was spent in finance as a Chief Financial Officer for two publicly traded companies. Philicia earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. Lori Kendis—History (Long-term Substitute) We are pleased to welcome Lori as a long-term substitute in the Middle School. Lori has served as a social studies teacher in the Denville Township Public School system for more than 10 years. She earned a degree in History Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and holds a Master of Arts in Education from Marygrove College. Bridget Marcato—School Nurse We welcome Bridget as our full-time School Nurse, a role she has filled in a part-time capacity for the past five years. Bridget earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University, and worked as a critical care nurse in the ICU unit at the VA Hospital of East Orange prior to becoming a full-time School Nurse. Outside of her nursing duties, Bridget enjoys cooking, baking and gardening. We are thrilled to have her join our community on a full-time basis. Matt Martino—Center for Innovation & Design Matt, who will work out of the new Center for Innovation & Design (CID), has been a practicing architect for the past 12 years specializing in the design of educational, commercial and mixed-use projects. Matt already has an extensive record of work at MBS, serving as Lead Designer and Project Manager for the recently opened Math & Science Center, the renovation of Wilkie Hall and the CID itself. Matt, who is a registered Architect in New Jersey, earned his Architecture degree from Cornell University. He is eager to move into teaching and will also coordinate design-centered work across all departments and disciplines at MBS.

Liam McNamara—Mathematics Liam joins us after teaching math and science at the Great Oaks Charter School for the past several years and has developed a teaching philosophy that foregrounds critical thinking in all areas of knowledge. As an undergraduate at Rutgers University, Liam double majored in mathematics and music; he earned an M.A.T. degree in Math and Science Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Liam has remained active in music, particularly choral music, and is eager to become involved in the MBS choral music program. Jordan Reed—History, English Jordan is completing his Ph.D. in History and Culture at Drew University. His research centers on the evolution of the American History Textbook in the 20th century. An active scholar and researcher, his article “The Textbook as Technology in the Age of Open Education Resources” will soon appear in the journal The History Teacher, published by the Society for History education and the most widely recognized journal in the United States devoted to more effective teaching of history in pre-collegiate schools. Jordan has also served as an Adjunct Professor of History at Ramapo College and Adjunct Professor of English at Drew. He will combine those skill sets at MBS, teaching both History and a course in advanced composition. Ryan Tamburrino—Mathematics Ryan entered the field of teaching full time when he joined our Mathematics Department this fall. Ryan recently graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Math. He appreciates Hamilton’s “discovery-based learning environment,” and has a broadly humanistic vision in his approach to the math classroom, focusing on “the uniqueness of each student’s learning style.” Ryan has a wide range of interests, including hosting a radio program devoted to typography and fonts. Rebecca Van Horn—History, English As with Jordan Reed, Rebecca is also completing her doctorate in History and Culture at Drew University. Rebecca earned her M.A. degree in 2017 from Drew with a thesis titled “The Irish Mediterranean: Impressionism Beyond Borders.” Last year Rebecca served as International Coordinator and also taught a seminar course for Northeastern University’s International Program in London. Rebecca has a strong background in literature, particularly that of the Modern period, and along with her History teaching at MBS this year she will also teach an Advanced Literary Studies course in Modernism for the English department.

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE 2019 Transforming Our Future

Our ambitious five-year, $20 million comprehensive campaign— the largest in the School’s 125-year history—will 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.


The Campaign for Morristown-Beard School

The Morristown-Beard School community has much to be proud of! Thanks to the generosity of many, our School’s historic comprehensive campaign, Transforming Our Future, is in full swing. To date, this community-wide effort has fully funded the construction of the stunning $12.6 million Math & Science Center that opened September 2017. Wilkie Hall is now home to an extraordinary new teaching tool—Science On a Sphere®, and the Simon Athletic Center and Rooke Pool have undergone significant improvements. Thanks to the kind and generous gift from an anonymous donor, Burke Field was recently re-turfed and the track was resurfaced. Construction is underway for the 8,000 square foot Center for Innovation & Design scheduled to open this fall. Continued support of the MorristownBeard Fund—as well as gifts to endowment and scholarship, including a recent $1 million gift—positions us well to reach and exceed our overall campaign goal of $20 million by 2020. Thank you to all of you who have chosen to support this historic campaign to date. We are immensely grateful for your generous support!

Our Path to Success $20 Million 2020 by

Campaign Goals

$ 14 .6 Million

or more

Capital Projects

Raise funds to construct a new, 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art Math & Science Center, the Center for Innovation & Design, and renovate the Simon Athletic Center and Rooke Pool.


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Million or more

Morristown-Beard Fund Sustain and build the Morristown-Beard Fund (the School’s annual fund) at the $1 million mark annually.

$ 400,000 or more

New gifts to Endowment and Scholarship

Build scholarship and endowment, two priorities that are integral to the School’s long-term success.


Transforming Our Future

Building a 21st-Century Campus


The Campaign for Morristown-Beard School

Math & Science Center Completed 2017

Over the past 15 years, Morristown-Beard School has dedicated more than $52 million to 16 major building and renovation projects that have been transformative to its 22-acre campus, enhancing both its beauty and functionality. Recent capital projects include the construction of the Math & Science Center and renovations to the Simon Athletic Center and Rooke Pool. With fundraising underway for the new Center for Innovation & Design, we continue to improve our campus, enhancing both its beauty and functionality—made possible only with your help. 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.

Simon Athletic Center and Rooke Pool

Completed 2018 Renovations include new roof and exterior paint, new ventilation system, new locker rooms, conversion of chlorine pool water to saline, new pool deck, and a new training room.

9 .12 . 2020 Transforming Our Future


The Campaign for Morristown-Beard School

Save the Date to Celebrate

Science On a SphereÂŽ

Completed 2017 Wilkie Hall is now home to an extraordinary new teaching tool.

Center for Innovation & Design Center for Innovation & Design

70 Whippany Road Township of Morris, NJ


04.27.18 NK:2058.600

Opening 2019 Connected to the Math & Science Center, the $2 million Center for Innovation & Design will provide more than 8,000 square feet of flexible and innovative space where students will design, build, and problem solve as they engage in multidisciplinary projects.

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Convocation and Community Day

Morristown-Beard School kicked off the 2019-2020 academic year on Wednesday, September 4th with Convocation & Community Day. The day consisted of an opening Convocation ceremony in Founders Hall, class meetings, advisor group meetings, and summer reading discussion groups.

NBA Basketball Rookie Practices at MBS Zion Williamson, former Duke University freshman and first overall NBA draft pick, visited Morristown-Beard School on Saturday, August 10th with New Orleans Pelicans teammates Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walkeron. The basketball players were in the area for the NBA Rookie Transition Program held in Parsippany. When a practice schedule conflict at Fairleigh Dickinson University left them court-less, they made their way to MBS (with the help of a colleague of MBS Football Coach Tim Fell), and enjoyed a shoot-around for about one hour on the court in Simon Athletic Center.


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No. 1 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson and Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell

Three MBS Graduates Enter the U.S. Naval Academy An appointment ceremony was held at MorristownBeard School this past spring as Captain Rick McGoey officially welcomed George Burke ’19, John Trombetta ’19 and Sarah Williams ’19 to the Naval Academy’s Class of 2023. “We most likely will never see again three students from the same high school graduating class entering the Naval Academy at the same time,” said Captain McGoey. “According to U.S. News & World Report, out of the 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States, the Naval Academy is ranked as one of the top 10 most selective schools based on acceptance rates. Typically, the highest performing high schools may have one student enter the Naval Academy every three or four years. It is rare to have two students enter in one year. For Morristown-Beard School to have three students is unheard of.” Captain McGoey continued, “It’s even more remarkable that Sarah, John and George all received Letters of Assurance last fall, offered to only the top performing and outstanding applicants. This is equivalent to an early decision of admission. In the last 50 years, since first offering early decisions, there is no record of any high school in the country having three students from the same graduating class entering the Academy— all with Letters of Assurance. Each of these students, individually and collectively, established a first for the United States Naval Academy—a record that may never be broken since it would be so difficult to match, no less exceed.”

In his appointment speech, Captain McGoey praised the achievements of the students as well as the preparation they received from their school and their families. “This accomplishment is due to the superb academic preparation and character building provided by the staff and faculty of Morristown-Beard School as well as the strong support of their families,” he said. “These three students have my utmost respect.”

Welcome Home “Crimson Tide” It’s been an amazing journey for The Crimson Tide, a five-foot unmanned sailboat originally launched by the MorristownBeard School 6th Grade Class in December of 2012 as part of the Educational Passages program. After traveling more than 4,000 nautical miles and being restored at a marine vocational school in France, the boat returned home to MBS this past May, just a month before those same 6th Grade students graduated.

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Grandparents & Special Friends Day Middle School students showed their grandparents and special friends around the campus, took them to classes, and introduced them to their friends. The visitors also enjoyed special performances by the Middle School Tap Attack dance class, a performance by the Players drama class and a special greeting from Head of Middle School Boni Luna and Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell.

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Walk for Water, Walk for Hope Walkathon Sixth grade students raised more than $1,000 for the nonprofit organization “Water for South Sudan,� by organizing an event designed to raise awareness about the need for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education in the villages of South Sudan.

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Year-End Celebration at Neighborhood House As part of the final volunteer visit of the school year, members of the 7th grade Leadership Group ran a special program for the preschoolers who were “graduating” to kindergarten. MBS students organized “field day” activities complete with face painting, games, and snacks.

Upper School Play Nominated for Montclair State Theater Awards You Can’t Take It With You, produced last November, was nominated for four MSU awards: Outstanding Overall Production of a Comedy, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Production, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Iain Jaeger ’19), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Rebecca Tone ’19). More than 70 high schools from throughout the state of New Jersey were entered in the competition this year.

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Morristown-Beard School Experiences in Critical Creativity For this year’s program offerings, students had the opportunity to explore their passions and interests beyond the typical classroom with an assortment of courses that were hands-on, immersive, and team-taught by talented and enthusiastic teachers.

Middle School Courses

Upper School Courses

Students in Tech Design Studio designed and prototyped a new piece of classroom technology using cardboard, wire, sticky notes and other “makerspace” materials. Ways of World Making: Crafting Fantasy Worlds was pure imaginative play, but was also rigorous, leading students to puzzles of consistency, probability, natural laws, history and power.

In Escape Room Challenge, students spent the week working as a team to design their own escape room in a classroom.

In Soundscapes, students designed their own electronic music for raw film footage using Moog synthesizers, keyboards, alternate controllers, and the iPad. In IdeaLab: Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, students identified a problem in the area of their choice and used design thinking workshops to build a business solution and then pitched their idea to a local business leader.

Registration opens in November for Summer Institute 2020 Courses for Credit and Enrichment

Full Session: July 20-31 (M-F) Session 1: July 20-24 Session 2: July 27-31 For more information about the MBS Summer Institute, visit

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“Lights, Camera, Fashion!” The Class of 2019 and their families gathered at the “Lights, Camera, Fashion!” Fashion Show and brunch at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston.

Middle School Spring Play The Middle School Musical Theater Class staged a charming and amusing production of The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. The entire cast did an excellent job portraying the various imaginative characters in this story about two kings who are sparring over whether words or numbers are more important.

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MBS Hosts 6th Annual Special Olympics Basketball Game Members of the boys and girls basketball teams took the court alongside athletes from Storm, a Special Olympics basketball team.

Seniors Honored by National Merit Program Congratulations to Jonathan Kay ’20 and Matthew Lohmann ’20 who have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors scored in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), and are among 34,000 Commended Students who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.


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3rd Annual Fall Family Festival The community enjoyed a beautiful day on the MBS campus. Food, fun, activities, and tours of the campus were offered to visitors.

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Moving Up

On Friday, June 7th, 51 eighth graders received certificates and advanced from the Middle School to the Upper School.

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Class of 2019 Matriculation List Barnard College Bates College Belmont University Boston College Boston University Brown University Bucknell University Chapman University Colgate University Columbia University Dickinson College Drexel University Elon University Emory University Fairfield University Fordham University Georgetown University Haverford College High Point University Indiana University Lafayette College Lehigh University Muhlenberg College New York University Northeastern University Occidental College Pennsylvania State University Point Park University Providence College Rhodes College

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Roger Williams University Rutgers University St. Lawrence University Syracuse University The College of New Jersey The George Washington University The Ohio State University The University of Scranton Tulane University United States Naval Academy University of Colorado University of Delaware University of Florida University of Kentucky University of Maryland University of Pittsburgh University of Rhode Island University of Richmond University of San Diego University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Wisconsin Vassar College Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT in the latest cutting-edge discoveries. I also owe a lot to Dr. Milinkovic, who is a fantastic teacher and is always able to explain a concept.” In the lab at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Buch worked 35-hour weeks alongside her mentor Dr. Ronaldo Ferraris as well as Dr. Jinhee Kim and graduate students Ian Nadler and Joshua Guardia. “I viewed my lab team as my family,” said Buch. “Everyone in the lab was willing to teach, and that spirit made the summer so wonderful.” Buch’s research focused on better understanding the signaling pathways by which probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) ameliorate gut inflammation. To do this, 8-week old germ-free mice were gavaged with LGG for nine weeks and she collected tissue samples. The germ-free mice were depleted of all microbiota, enabling the effect of one species (LGG) to be examined. At the end of the summer, she wrote a 20-page paper on her findings and delivered a 2-minute presentation at the Partners In Science Symposium at Liberty Science Center. “The presentation was a challenge because it assesses whether you know your topic in-depth and can explain it succinctly without using technical jargon,” said Buch. “Dr. Ferraris and the entire team really helped me prepare.”

Anika Buch ’20

In the future, Buch would like to continue to conduct research in college, and perhaps major in molecular biology. Before that, she hopes to pursue By: Steve Patchett an independent study in Math & Medicine at MBS this spring. “In my lab work this summer, I saw how dependent For MBS senior Anika Buch ’20, an independent study in protein research is on statistics. I used software to determine the significance of dynamics with Upper School science teacher Dr. Janet Berthel was the my data and really want to explore that further,” she said. perfect springboard for gaining real-world lab experience. After studying with Dr. Berthel, Buch applied and was accepted into the prestigious Liberty Science Center Partners in Science program. As part of the 7-week summer program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, she conducted research on the genetic effects of probiotics on murine intestinal immunity. “There’s a fundamental difference between learning science and doing science,” said Buch. “My experience with Dr. Berthel was fascinating and really motivated me to work in a lab and gain hands-on experience.” During her independent study at MBS, Buch studied sickle cell anemia and hemoglobin as well as enzyme deficiency in McArdle disease. “That independent study, along with my other science classes, provided a solid foundation for my work in the lab,” said Buch. “Dr. Molowa’s biology class taught us the fundamentals while also blending

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Outside of the classroom, Buch will also keep busy as co-editor in chief of the Crimson Sun student newspaper, president of the French Club, co-president of the Future Physicians Club, a Crimson Ambassador, and member of the swim team. She said she appreciates the way Morristown-Beard School allows students to take ownership of their education and explore their interests. “The opportunity to pursue your education here at MBS is second to none,” said Buch. “The teachers here are so dedicated and passionate about what they’re teaching, and that spirit is contagious.”

Spotlight on:

Anika Buch ’20 Wins Medal in National French Competition

Rebecca Tone ’19 (Georgetown University) Writes Opinion Piece

Ethan Kim ’19 (Columbia University) Wins Morris Arc Service Award Ethan received the Arc of Morris County Distinguished Community Service Award for his work as a founding board member of Kids to Kids, a student-run service organization that offers programs for children six days a week.

This past spring, Rebecca worked as a news writer at, the Daily Record and The Record. She also wrote an opinion piece, “Looking Ahead to 2020, High School Students and Grads Mull the Election,” that was published by the USA Today Network.

Oliver Simon ’20 Receives Teen Visionary Award

Anika was awarded a bronze medal in Le Grand Concours – Level 5, the highest level of the national French competition. She competed against nearly 4,000 students at this level. The event was sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Oliver received the Teen Visionary Award at the Chabad of SE Morris County’s 2019 Gala for his community service work, and was recognized for being a co-founder of Extra Helpings Delivered, an organization which provides meals to low-income families every month.

Cum Laude Society The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 to promote learning and scholarship in secondary schools. Each chapter elects students who have demonstrated academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and good character. Congratulations to the 2019 inductees: Nicole Borowiec ’19 George Burke ’19 Perri Easley ’19 Curtis Fagan ’19 Ethan Kim ’19 Ariana Martino ’19 Ava Namar ’19 Courtney Norteman ’19 Shyam Popat ’19 Alexander Rebhun ’19 Laury Senecal ’19 Isabelle Silver ’19 Madeline Sit ’19 Rebecca Tone ’19

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POWERFULLY PREPARED The alumni in this issue demonstrate that our graduates are exceedingly well prepared for college, careers, and beyond. Passionate and hardworking, these alumni are making meaningful contributions, and we are proud to be part of their journey. By: Steve Patchett


Fueled by Curiosity As Editor-In-Chief of Popular Mechanics magazine, Alex George ’05 has an insatiable curiosity for the world around him. “Journalism is a field that rewards you for professing to not understand something,” he said. “In my job, I can access people from JPL or Microsoft or Mercedes Benz, ask the questions I’ve always wanted to ask, and learn some really crazy things,” he said. “You can almost feel your brain expanding; you’re constantly learning something new.” George remembers fueling his curiosity at Morristown-Beard School, where he took Earth Science and Computer Science with Paul Fisher. “In Mr. Fisher’s class I remember him having an old optical Apple mouse and I asked him if I could take it home and take it apart,” he said. “It was a time when the translucent blue iMacs just came out, Apple was undergoing a revitalization, and I became more interested in tech.” Mr. Fisher’s influence on George was so profound that he even praised him in his July/August 2019 Popular Mechanics Letter from the Editor as being “brilliant, funny, inspiring, way overqualified…he earns every superlative you can give a teacher.” At MBS, he also sharpened his skills as a writer and credits English teachers Greg Ryan and Ida Picker with helping him find his voice. “Dr. Mascaro also taught me how to write persuasively and read critically, and that’s exactly what my job entails right now.” George majored in English at Skidmore College, where he enjoyed a wide array of courses, sampling everything from Japanese anime to astronomy. After graduating, he thought he would follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in law. He worked as a file clerk for a law firm in California, but after “folding boxes” for a year, he decided that journalism would be more rewarding. He was accepted to the prestigious Colombia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he covered a variety of beats and wrote his thesis on gun culture in New York City. He also began writing for Wired magazine, a publication that he enjoyed from an early age. “I’ve always been interested in how people reacted to new technology; I was drawn to that,” he said.

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After freelancing for Wired, Wirecutter, The Wall Street Journal, and SF Weekly, and living paycheck-to-paycheck, he landed a position at Popular Mechanics after applying cold to an ad he saw online. He began as an Associate Editor, pitching story ideas to the Editor In Chief, planning photo shoots, hiring freelancers, and writing for He was later promoted to Technology Editor—covering consumer technology, cars and motorcycles—before being named Editor In Chief in February, 2019. “Alex has been our guiding voice on technology for four years, and innately understands the craft of a good story, the value of reporting, and how to deliver service to this passionate audience,” said Hearst Magazines President Troy Young. As he looks to the future, George hopes to use data and metrics to strengthen Popular Mechanics’ connection with their audience. He is also exploring the idea of expanding the magazine’s reach into different media. “It’s fun to take risks with what you’re doing,” said George, who insists that the best part of his job is “working in an industry that rewards creativity.” “A great original story idea is strong currency,” he said. “You’ll never be out of work if you’re thinking creatively.”


Educating for Change Julia Rafal-Baer ’00 is a driving force in educational policy and leadership. As the COO for the national educational advocacy group Chiefs For Change, she is in a unique position to positively impact the lives of millions of American children. She has also served as Assistant Commissioner of Education in New York State after earning a Ph.D. in comparative educational policy from the University of Cambridge on a Marshall Scholarship. Her personal educational journey, however, was not always easy. “I’ve dedicated my career to education, but I wasn’t the student whizzing by with As in middle and high school,” she said. “I was a student with learning disabilities and often felt like I was that square peg and our school system was the round hole.” Fortunately, she was able to find support and direction at MorristownBeard School. “I had access to something so many students don’t have— a school with incredible resources. I know the privilege I had to attend MBS,” she said. “And understanding that every kid doesn’t get that privilege was what cemented my desire to spend my career focused on bringing more resources to students who struggle with disabilities.” From an early age, Rafal-Baer was a competitive figure skater, and MBS helped her nurture that interest and develop confidence. “The flexible scheduling of Morristown-Beard allowed me the ability to pursue my passions as a competitive figure skater. Being a skater truly saved me—the rink was a place where I didn’t feel inhibited by my learning disabilities. I could truly compete and be me,” she said. At MBS, she also participated in theater productions, studied abroad in Spain, and led community service efforts. “I’ve always felt that there was a moral imperative to do more with what we’ve been given,” she said. Her studies at George Washington University furthered her desire to serve the needs of others with disabilities, and that inspired her to apply for Teach For America. “As a special education teacher in New York City, I was deeply frustrated by the policies that impacted my students,” she said. “The students I worked with were every bit as brilliant as those I grew up with at MBS, but the opportunities presented were lightyears apart.” After teaching for a few years, she was determined to dismantle and reimagine what educational systems can – and should – look like. At the University of Cambridge, she began to discover just how much power lies at the top of school systems. She also had a chance to witness the best practices of other countries, and bring those policies to the U.S.

As Assistant Commissioner of Education in New York State, Rafal-Baer worked with John King, who later became President Obama’s Secretary of Education, and helped advance policies that touched the lives of 3.1 million students and more than 100,000 teachers. In 2016, she joined Chiefs For Change to help ensure that the country’s educational system has dedicated and diverse leadership at the highest levels. The national network includes 35 state chiefs and district superintendents from across 24 states, leading more than 7.6 million students and 465,000 teachers. “Our members are leading bold changes in how we approach education, with a deep sense of what’s possible in transforming education for a changed world,” she said. “I am especially inspired by the focus we are putting on lifting up women’s leadership and shattering the glass ceiling in educational leadership.” But Rafal-Baer says there is still a long way to go: “There are not enough leaders like the ones we support, so we’re also building a diverse pipeline of people to lead state and district systems through our Future Chiefs program. We’ve worked with three dozen bipartisan leaders – and are eager to hear from anyone who can help provide financial support to grow this group.” She says that the toughest part of her job is facing school systems that are failing kids, but it has motivated her to work even harder. “I see so many things in schools today that I experienced when I was teaching 15 years ago. That is gut wrenching,” she said. “But it also inspires me to work hard and move with urgency — the lives and futures of our kids are at stake.” Crimson Fall 2019



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Together T H E PAT H T O A M O R E D I V E R S E & I N C L U S I V E M B S By: Allison Gogarty and Peter Donahue

The Intersection—a classroom turned collaborative space

in Grant Hall—is like no other place on campus. You walk in during a committee meeting, and wonder: are these really students running this meeting, or are these adults? They’re as driven and businesslike as the senior team of a nonprofit or start-up. You hear them raise agenda items, share opinions, make decisions, outline action plans. But then you notice the casual dress, the bean bag chairs and sofas. You notice the students praise each others’ efforts freely, listen to each others’ perspectives openly, and validate each others’ identities. Adults could learn a thing or two about how to run a meeting from these students. Who are they? They’re the leaders of various MBS clubs focused on making social and environmental change, and they’ve joined forces to create the Social Justice Student Committee (SJSC). They’re the students who experience being the “other,” due to their ethnicity, sexuality, genderidentity, mental health, or socio-economic status. They’re the allies to the underdogs. Together, they have become a powerful voice on campus, helping to bring changes in School culture and policy. On this sunny September Friday, they’re discussing the upcoming Club Fair, where they will present their respective clubs to potential new members. While each club will have their own table at the fair on the Quad, SJSC clubs will also hold a separate event: a “mixer” in the Intersection. Because these students know that, while they may look different and their clubs may focus on different objectives, their experiences intersect. They know that sharing a safe space will foster their collaboration. That together, they are stronger.

Supporting Social Emotional Learning Sure, you can witness a special magic in the Intersection. A vibrant, infectious feeling of both empowerment and belonging. But this magic didn’t just happen. So the question is this: what has allowed these students to feel known? To feel seen, heard, and supported for who they are? What has allowed them to see themselves as agents of change on campus? Here’s the quick answer: a lot of hard work. That work began at the top. The School leadership recognized the need to foreground the emotional and mental wellbeing of MBS students. So, several years ago, members of the Board of Trustees formed a Wellness Committee, focused on prioritizing questions of mental health. This led to the formation of another committee on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), which also involved administrators and teachers. As defined by the Seattle-based Committee for Children, Social Emotional Learning is “the process of developing the self-awareness, selfcontrol, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.” And this concept is at the heart of MBS efforts at inclusion. “SEL builds an understanding for educators of the social and psychological needs of students,” explains Boni Luna, Head of the Middle School. “If those needs are supported, then students can learn better.” The work is ongoing at the faculty level, too. Another mental health committee, formed by teachers and led by Middle School counselor Dr. Sam Tuttle, is overseeing faculty training. The efforts of these groups have Crimson Fall 2019


“This is their space… The work these students are doing is an integral piece of our community and they needed a designated collaborative area.”


And the space continues to evolve as an expression of the students’ pride. They are currently brainstorming ideas for an Intersection mural. “This is their space,” says Klarissa Karosen, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “The work these students are doing is an integral piece of our community and they needed a designated collaborative area,” she says. “When I raised this issue, it was immediately remedied, which exemplifies the administration’s dedication to diversity and inclusion.” In fact, the transformation of the room parallels Ms. Karosen’s journey at MBS. led to a wider awareness of the emotional and social dimensions of the MBS experience. “We want every member of our community to know they belong and are valued,” says Dr. Tuttle. “We want our teachers to be prepared to help when a student comes to them with a concern—to be a good listener, to keep an open mind and to be able to encourage students to keep an open mind as well.” To achieve this goal, Dr. Tuttle’s group is organizing faculty seminars. They hope to make visible, to all faculty, the stresses experienced by adolescents. Faculty will be increasingly prepared to support students who may feel marginalized because of their skin color, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, socio-economic status or learning differences.

After a career in accounting, Ms. Karosen found her purpose teaching in a low-income, urban school in California. She came to MBS as a history teacher in 2016. But Headmaster Peter Caldwell saw quickly that Ms. Karosen could be the key figure in making the philosophy of diverse perspectives tangible, in the day-to-day experience of the School. “Ms. Karosen has a ‘pied piper’ personality,” says Mr. Caldwell. “Students flock to her, and I realized she could be the person to really take the School to the next level, to where we want to go, in making diversity part of everything we do.”

But there’s the ground-up work, too. When it came to translating the abstract to the granular, who would be the right person for the job? Who would inspire students to become involved in these initiatives? Making Philosophy Tangible “I’m so proud of this room,” says senior Amanda Fradkin. She’s looking around at the Intersection’s open feel, its couches and beanbags and posters. “Last year it was a regular classroom,” explains another senior, Tashana Noel. “We wanted to change it into the comfortable, colorful space that it is now—that matches what this room means to us.”

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Left: Peter Caldwell and Klarissa Karosen meet with members of the SJSC Above: Step Team performs in Founders Hall

When Ms. Karosen took over as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in 2017, she reinvisioned the role. She knew she needed to foster and coordinate student-driven clubs that acknowledged the differences in the various aspects of diversity on our campus. Today, student-led groups like Spectrum (LGBTQIA+), Kaleidoscope (multicultural diversity), GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), and Mental Health Matters give students the opportunity to come together to make their voices heard. Mr. Caldwell acknowledges the widening impact of Ms. Karosen’s work, noting the effect on himself as a school leader. “I look to her to push me to consider things I hadn’t before, to share her vision for what we can be, and to empower students to make changes as well.” Mr. Caldwell cites the School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly as an example. In the past, a speaker would be invited to present to students. Now, Ms. Karosen works with students from different backgrounds to craft performances and presentations that resonate for weeks afterward. “This went from a nice, but very typical assembly to a really profound day of experiences with an impact that was felt for the months before and after that day,” Mr. Caldwell explains. Where Identities Intersect

array of cultural perspectives. Teachers hail from Italy, Colombia, Mexico, Ukraine, Canada, France, Cuba, Serbia, Egypt, Great Britain and India; they’ve escaped communist oppression, taught in the inner city, traveled the world. The Board, too, is more diverse than it’s ever been, with five people of color and as many women as men. This year recruiting faculty of color remains a top priority for us. At a recent SJSC meeting, several students lamented this. Tashana Noel noted how students of color look closely when the summer photo of new hires is published online. “Next summer, I really want to see those teachers,” agreed Amanda Fradkin. “We need to see some color. A whole mix.” Tashana, Amanda, and other members of Kaleidoscope have found, however, that their voices are being heard. Last year’s Kaleidoscope president asked students of color to write down their thoughts on campus diversity. She asked them to write about how they felt when encountering racial slurs in the classroom (for instance, in English literature), and microagressions outside the classroom. When she presented these narratives to the faculty, the impact was immediate. The administration set two initiatives in motion:

It’s no surprise that the rooms intended to be Ms. Karosen’s classroom and office quickly became a student hangout. At first, “Ms. K,” as the students call her, added couches to her office, then the office grew into a lounge. Last year, the small room was continually crowded, and the students spilled into the classroom. This year, cozy seating, quirky lamps and bold artwork have replaced any vestiges of office or classroom furniture. Students drop in at various times of the day for group meetings, Step Team practices or just to pass their free time in a comfortable spot. The room is more than just another campus haunt, however. According to Ms. Karosen, this room is called the Intersection because it speaks to how students can come together, recognizing how and where their identities intersect. As Ms. Karosen puts it: “We all have multiple identities within our personal cultural makeup. We are giving our students the opportunity to have conversations about how their identities intersect rather than how their identities make them different.” “Diversity doesn’t just mean black or brown,” Ms. Karosen clarifies. “It’s everything that contributes to one’s culture—ethnicity, sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, learning differences. When we say diversity, we really mean diversity. We are unique in this way among peer schools in the region. We are looking at the bigger picture and our students see this and are responding to it.” Junior Izabo Ramos concurs. “It might be easier to be friends with people who grew up like you did, but here you don’t have to do that,” she says. “Race isn’t the defining factor in who you become friends with.” Facing Our Challenges It’s true that MBS faculty members are diverse. They represent a wide Crimson Fall 2019


curricular policy changes and a faculty training program.

“We Lift Each Other Up”

Indeed, the Board’s focus on SEL has tuned their ears to the student voices emerging from the Intersection. Listening to these students’ experiences of marginalization has also created change in the Wellness program. The curriculum now includes education on inclusive terminology, to expose all grades to correct terms regarding race, sexuality, gender and culture. The goal is to provide a safe space for students to ask questions and dispel misconceptions. Through these frank discussions, Wellness instructors hope to prepare all students for the challenges they will face as future leaders and mentors of an increasingly diverse student body.

At the SJSC mixer, pop music is blaring, and a standing-room-only crowd has already gone through all the popcorn. They chat about club meeting times, post sticky-notes for the planned Intersection mural, pile into the bean-bag chairs three at a time. In all the hubbub, you could almost miss him. Darren Burns, the Head of the Upper School, quietly weaves through the crowd, a smile beaming on his face. He wouldn’t miss this for the world.

SJSC clubs have effected policy change in other areas as well. Many in the Intersection crowd cite the new dress code as a major victory. Spectrum collaborated with the Student Government Association to present a compelling argument to Mr. Burns, Head of Upper School. The dress code was revised. It no longer uses gender-specific language, contributing to a more inclusive experience for students whose identities do not conform to gender norms.

For one thing, he believes a key part of his role is fostering a feeling, among all students, that MBS is home. In his summer letter to parents, Mr. Burns noted the inspiration he drew from attending the National Student Diversity Leadership Conference. “My own charge has become clear,” he wrote. “To create a sense of belonging for each student, a sense that no one is marginalized in our community and that every one of us has a unique story to share.”

Finally, rather than seeing course offerings and readings as something imposed on them, or something to be protested against, SJSC club leaders are engaging proactively with curriculum. “I want to spend time this year helping to change the curriculum to incorporate more women’s perspectives,” says Alexandra Shah of Mental Health Matters.

For another thing, Mr. Burns recognizes that Ms. Karosen’s work doesn’t just promote the wellbeing of students on campus. The process itself—the process of engaging students in that work, of allowing students to know “their voice counts,” as Mr. Burns says, creates the leaders of the future. They are learning to listen to varied perspectives, appreciate what each group can contribute, and recognize the validity of opposing viewpoints.

Tate van der Poel, a junior and member of Spectrum, recognizes that influencing curriculum is a long game. “We had a SJSC subcommittee on curriculum last year, and were able to help make a lot of changes,” Tate explains. “We requested support from the administration for more curriculum related to gender and sexuality and girls from GLOW presented to the Wellness Committee to address curriculum relating to consent. But that is something that should be ever-changing to reflect advances of the times. There is definitely more we can do.”

Students gather on the Quad for the Club Fair.

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If you ask Mr. Burns why he so values and supports Ms. Karosen and the students of the SJSC clubs, he’d have a hard time knowing where to start.

“One of the main factors in hiring practices is cultural competencies,” explains Mr. Burns. “Being able to work with many different people and different styles. This is preparing them to become leaders at the next level, to operate in a multicultural environment, and this benefits our students across the board.” Ms. Karosen, too, sees far-reaching benefits to student-driven diversity

“My own charge has become clear…to create a sense of belonging for each student, a sense that no one is marginalized in our community and that every one of us has a unique story to share.” —DARREN BURNS and inclusion initiatives. “I want these kids to learn how to become agents of change,” she says. “To learn the process, determine what steps they can take to bring about the changes they want to see, and how to work with the experts we have on campus to figure out the best changes to make and paths to follow.” In Ms. Karosen’s mind, there can never be enough opportunity for students to challenge their reality and create their own cultures or shape their community. And she has the full support of Mr. Burns and the rest of the senior team. MBS sends students (with financial aid, if necessary) to such leadership-developing opportunities as the Student Diversity

Leadership Conference, the Trans-Youth Forum and Widening the Lens: The Far Brook School Diversity Conference. In addition, Ms. Karosen has created an annual diversity and inclusion retreat to allow a larger number of students to participate in an immersive experience. Each year, 20 students attend the retreat to participate in workshops on mental health, mindfulness, LGBTQIA+ awareness and other topics. The trip makes for valuable learning experiences and creates bonds among students who might not have otherwise interacted. “We became like a family,” remarks Tashana, who attended the retreat. “It was such a short time, but it’s crazy what an impact just talking about these topics with different people can have.” While diversity and inclusion in hiring, curriculum, and student life are ongoing challenges, Morristown-Beard is better poised than it has ever been for positive change. The administration, faculty and student body are focused on the issues, and finding paths to empower each other. The students have seen their collaboration with the administration lead directly to real, tangible changes to life on campus. They’ve seen, through the collaboration among student clubs, the power of their own voices. “Everyone in this school is affected by at least one of the areas we all (SJSC) focus on.” explains sophomore Raphael Cruz, of Kaleidoscope and STEP. “Even if you don’t fit into one of these groups, you know someone of color, you know someone who is gay, you know someone with mental health issues, you know a woman. We lift each other up, we come together and we empower each other to make changes.” Crimson Fall 2019


As part of the EXPLO camp, MBS faculty members were trained on high-tech equipment including laser cutters and 3D printers.

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s Morristown-Beard School gears up for the opening of its new Center for Innovation & Design (CID), the School hosted EXPLO’s Critical Design Making Camp for Educators last summer, a hands-on training program that helps teachers integrate design thinking into the classroom. Fourteen MBS faculty members—as well as teachers from MontclairKimberley Academy, Pingry, and Rumson Country Day School— participated in the week-long program that is designed to jump-start critical making and innovation. In a collaborative environment, the participants practiced solving openended challenges, critical thinking, observing and questioning, and shared successful practices. While maker projects often emphasize the final creation, the EXPLO camp prioritized process over product. As part of the workshop, faculty members were trained on maker equipment including laser cutters and 3D printers, although the emphasis of the program was on mindset over machines. The camp was designed to encourage complex and creative problem-solving, clarity of communication, and collaboration.

MBS Performing Arts Department Chair David Gold (left) and Middle School Guidance Counselor Sam Tuttle collaborate on a project.

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“I think the biggest takeaway I got from camp was seeing how using fewer resources really gets the creativity flowing,” said Learning Systems Specialist and Digital & Visual Arts teacher Deanna Whelan. “It was the first time I saw how adding more constraints actually sparked more creative solutions to a problem.”

appreciated being pushed out of “myI really comfort zone. It was frustrating at times but it helped me recognize the value of the process (and not just the final product), the concept of creativity within constraints, and the importance of play in education. I’ve started re-thinking my plans for the upcoming year and I am really excited to see how I can incorporate all of these ideas. —KATIE CANNITO, History Teacher

“I’ve been considering recently how to investigate the relationship between the visual and the verbal a bit more deliberately in my classroom, and the EXPLO camp gave me plenty of ideas to try out in the fall,” said MBS Upper School English teacher Darren Lovelock. “The instructors also walked us through plenty of exercises that illustrated the differences between observation and interpretation. These will be very useful for my sophomores as they sharpen their tools of literary analysis.” “EXPLO was awesome,” agreed MBS Upper School English teacher Andrew Holbrook. “What I took away from all of it is that we can help students become more observant, more questioning, and more disciplined and at the same time, more creative in their thinking.” The workshop was especially timely for Morristown-Beard School since the School will open its new Center for Innovation & Design (CID) later this fall. The CID, a cutting-edge facility designed to inspire selfdirected design thinking for the 21st century, will serve as an “idea incubator” where students will analyze challenges, deconstruct them, think creatively, tinker, forward new and unconventional ideas, and vet them with their peers in a sort of “Shark Tank” mentality. Throughout the year, MBS faculty, students and parents have been participating in a series of workshops to become more familiar with the principles of design thinking and the “maker movement.” Morristown-Beard faculty worked together to solve problems, think creatively, and adopt a “maker mindset.”

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Stories of Excellence

Teaching& Learning in

6th Graders Study Aquaponics Students visited the Math & Science Center to learn more about the aquaponics system in the Environmental Systems Lab.

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Workshop Inspires Upper School Girls Faculty Collaborate to Design Science On a Sphere Lesson Upper School students in the Experimental Biology class learned about evolution by watching “Darwin: Journey to a Theory,” a Science On a Sphere presentation created by faculty from the Science, History and English Departments.

The Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Club, along with representatives of Running Start (a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains and encourages young women to run for public office), held a workshop where students learned about campaign strategy, networking, the challenges of the campaign trail, the importance of developing good public speaking skills, and above all, that “women need to lift women up.”

Learning English Syntax Rules through Modern Art Upper School English students learned about the rules behind sentence structure by creating their own “modern art” out of custom laser-cut geometric shapes.

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8th Graders Create Science Projects to “Change the World” At the Middle School Science Expo, students crafted elevator speeches and pitched their inventions to the faculty, students and parents. Their creations included: living bioplastic, a rooftop garden company, safe propellers, a solar-powered hovercraft, a device to keep plastic out of the ocean, magnetic cars, and an empathy game.

Faculty Members and Alumnus Exhibit Art in the Phoebe Stiles King ’49 Gallery The gallery exhibits included Upper School English teacher Peter Donahue’s “Inquiries and Failures: Recent Works in Oil and Acrylic;” art teacher Jeanine Erickson’s “Journey,” collective artwork in fine metals, glass and ceramics; and “Easel Boy,” paintings by Josh Rockland ’03.

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Senior Projects Students research, propose, and develop a project that not only combines academic and experiential elements, but will allow them to learn and think critically about themselves, the environment, the arts, their community, or a possible career. Seniors spend three weeks on-site during their spring semester, create a comprehensive field journal that documents their experiences, and then deliver a formal oral report to faculty.

Several seniors teamed up to create and market a new health drink, “ma-SHOT-cha.”

The year’s projects included an impressive array of fields including law, finance, medicine, advertising/PR, real estate, education, architecture, performing arts management, physical therapy, broadcasting, neuroscience, and government.

J.R. Opont ’19 produced a 7-track album that was available on Spotify and other music streaming services.

since I was little, I wanted “toEver be a lawyer or a judge, so

my Senior Project gave me an opportunity to follow my dream,” said Nicolette Lewis ’19, who worked in the Morris County Courthouse and was able to sit in on many different cases. “It made me realize that I really do want to be a lawyer, although I’m not sure what type.

I learned what it’s like to teach “theater to children and work in a

professional theater company,” said Lauren Mennen ’19, who worked with The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and helped stage a production of The Tempest. “It could be a glimpse into my future; I’m really happy with how it all came together. In fact, I’m going back there this summer to help out with some other projects.

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Beyond the

Classroom LAOS and CAMBODIA Members of the 2019 MBS service trip to Laos and Cambodia visit the Elephant Conservation Center in Luang Prabang.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Dade City, Florida—During the week-long spring break trip, students installed vinyl siding and fascia on a home, cleared an empty lot of weeds and debris, and volunteered at the REstore by cleaning, processing new donations, and restocking shelves.

STUDENTS PERFORM AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY Students from the Upper School Musical Theater class, Upper School play cast and Upper School Chorus visited The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey to perform for the residents.

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LONDON & SCOTLAND Attractions included The Sherlock Holmes Museum, a Jack The Ripper Walk, and the London Dungeon. In Edinburgh, students took a night graveyard tour and visited the Edinburgh Castle.

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HAWAII Students explored Volcano National Park, hiked to a black sand beach, snorkeled, surfed in Kona, and toured scientific facilities at Mauna Loa Observatory.

COLOMBIA Students took a bike tour of Cartagena, learned about coffee production and enjoyed a coffee tasting, visited a fishing village, danced to the rhythms of Colombian music, and paddled canoes through the mangroves.

El castillo de San Felipe

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PRINCETON MUSEUM Ninth-Grade Humanities classes visited Princeton for a tour of the campus and selected galleries of the Princeton Museum.

THE CLOISTERS As part of their study of the Middle Ages, Dr. Gorica Lalic’s Advanced Seminar, French Cinema Honors and French 4 Honors classes visited the Met Cloisters.

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LONGO PLANETARIUM Sixth-Graders visited the planetarium at the County College of Morris as part of a consortium event with other area middle schools.

WASHINGTON D.C. The 8th Grade Class visited many of Washington D.C.’s major attractions.

PHILADELPHIA The 7th Grade Class enjoyed a trip to Philadelphia, where they toured some of the city's top historic landmarks.

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Track & Field

Last spring, the track & field team sent 11 athletes to the State Group Championships at Franklin High School and had some outstanding results. Senior Nicole Borowiec ’19 and junior JayShon DuBose ’20 both won state championships to qualify for the Meet of Champions.

Boys Lacrosse

After trailing Rutgers Prep, 7-2, with eight minutes to play, the boys lacrosse team erupted for six unanswered goals to capture the NJSIAA North Non-Public B Championship, 8-7, on Thursday, May 30th in Livingston. It was the team’s first group title since 2008. 44 Crimson Fall 2019


For the fourth year in a row, the baseball team was selected to receive the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.


It was dĂŠjĂ vu all over again as the softball team defeated Doane Academy, 8-6, on May 16th in Flemington to capture back-toback Prep B Championships.

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Girls Golf

Boys Tennis

The girls golf team had another outstanding spring and enjoyed competing in the Prep and NJAC Tournaments.

The boys tennis team finished the season with an outstanding performance in the Morris County Tournament, highlighted by 3rd singles player Ethan Davison ’20 competing to the semifinals. The Crimson captured the Liberty Division Championship for the first time since 2011.

Boys Golf

The boys golf team finished second overall at the Morris County Tournament at Flanders Golf Club in Mount Olive. The Crimson were led by senior Matt Karrat ’19, who shot a 74 for the day and finished second individually.

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Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team advanced to the Prep Semifinal game where Meg Karrat ’20 scored her 100th career goal. Emma Kenny ’20 and Kaitlyn Tartaglione ’21 both earned their 100th career point, and Tartaglione was named Conference Player of the Week.

MBS ROAD on the

Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell and MBS faculty & staff will be visiting the following towns and cities this year.

NEW YORK CITY – October 2019

NAPLES, FLORIDA – February 2020

VERO BEACH, FLORIDA – February 2020





Please let us know if you will be in the area and would like to join us. Contact for further details. *If you are interested in hosting or helping with an MBS Alumni & Friends Regional Event, please email Melissa Hedley ’90, Project Manager Alumni Relations, at or call 973-532-7581.

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Alumni Regional Events MBS alumni brought the Crimson spirit to life from coast to coast this year with five regional events. At the first event in November, David Hedley ’87 hosted alumni and friends at his home in San Francisco. The 3rd Annual New York Yacht Club Cocktail Party was held in January followed by a wonderfully successful gathering in Vero Beach, Florida with Morristown School alumni and Beard School alumnae. In the spring, MBS visited with alumni in Boston, and in July joined alumni and friends at the Jersey Shore.



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Inventor and Entrepreneur Jamie Siminoff ’95 Returns to Campus MBS graduate Jamie Siminoff ’95, founder and CEO of Ring video doorbell systems and a veteran of the TV show “Shark Tank,” returned to campus in May to speak to students about entrepreneurship and the power of perseverance. Although he walked away from “Shark Tank” without a deal, Siminoff transformed Ring into the industry leader in the home security market, selling it to Amazon for more than $1 billion in February 2018. During Siminoff’s visit, he met with many former teachers, including Rich Timek, who taught his architecture class. Siminoff fondly cited, “It’s exciting to be back. This place has done a lot of special things for a lot of kids.” In a closing Q&A with students, Siminoff was asked for advice for young entrepreneurs. He responded that the most important lesson is to follow your heart. “The best part of my visit to MBS today was that although the School has changed and evolved, the feeling on campus felt the same.”

Olivia Schreiber ’15, Founder of GLOW Club, Speaks to Students Liv Schreiber ’15 returned to campus to speak to members of the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Club—an organization she founded six years ago as a sophomore. Liv’s energy and enthusiasm were contagious as she spoke of her successes, encouraged the girls to get involved in “everything,” and parted with: “It’s important to be grateful for this opportunity you have as an MBS student…if I could change anything, I would continue to befriend even more people. Talk to everyone and meet as many people as you can.”

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Charlie Naples ’17 Speaks at Morning Meeting Charlie Naples ’17, a junior at Syracuse University, returned to campus in May to speak to Upper School students about the importance of Senior Projects, networking, and the transition to college.

The MB Fund Spotlight On: Alumni Athletes Trevor Baptiste ’14

Midfielder Trevor Baptiste ’14 was named College Male Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame for his lacrosse accomplishments. Baptiste plays for the Philadelphia Wings as well as Atlas Lacrosse Club.

Kendall Cornine ’15

Kendall Cornine ’15 was selected sixth overall in the Pro Hockey Draft and signed a contract this summer with the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League.

“I’ve experienced firsthand the tangible impact that the MB Fund makes in the quality of an MBS education both as a parent and as an alumna of the School. I give to the MB Fund, and I am proud to be part of it!” Caroline Elias Turben ’87

Parent ’24 MBS Parents Association President

Emily Kitchin ’18

Franklin & Marshall goalkeeper Emily Kitchin ’18 was named Defensive Player of the Week by the Centennial Conference and the IWLCA/ Lacrosse Sports Network Division III.

Connor Morin ’17

University of Notre Dame junior, Connor Morin ’17, was named to the 2019 ALL-ACC Academic Men’s Lacrosse Team. To be selected to the ALL-ACC, student-athletes must earn a minimum 3.0 average during their academic career.

“As an art teacher at MBS for 37 years, I’ve seen the impact that the MB Fund has had on the arts both in and out of the classroom. I give to the MB Fund, and I am proud to be part of it!” Laurie Hartman

MBS Faculty Design Arts and Sciences

The MB Fund

Ryan Waters ’17

Elected Swimmer of the Meet at the Patriot League Championship, Ryan Waters ’17 helped the Navy Midshipmen take first place overall.

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MBS Celebrates Alumni Reunion Alumnae and alumni from the Beard School, the Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School gathered on campus for a full day of events that included the second annual Alumni Memorial and Flag Raising Ceremony, food and refreshments, student-led campus tours, and the Headmaster’s Cocktail Party. Beard School alumnae from the Class of 1949 celebrated their 70th Reunion year, and the Classes of 1969 from both Beard and Morristown Schools had strong attendance for their 50th Reunion. The classes of 1979, 1984, and 2004 who celebrated their 40th, 35th, and 15th reunions were all well-represented. It was a great day to reconnect with classmates and also explore the campus facilities including the new Math & Science Center and Science On a Sphere. Save the date for Alumni Reunion 2020 - Saturday, May 30th, when class years ending in 5 or 0 will be recognized.

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Homecoming 2019 An enthusiastic crowd turned out to celebrate MBS Homecoming 2019 on Saturday, September 28th – a beautiful sunny day with temperatures that felt more like summer than fall. The varsity football team gave the “Crimson Crazies,” parents, and alumni something to cheer about by defeating The Hopkins School, 40-27. Senior running back Nate Panza ’20 and sophomore quarterback James Marinello ’22 each rushed for three touchdowns to lead MBS to victory. During halftime, a large group of participants turned out to run the 27th annual Kirby Mile. Senior Owen McCann ’20 won the race in a blazing fast time of 5:25 while senior Jessica Roitman ’20 was the first place girl with a time of 8:13. MBS 8th grader Ian Patchett ’24 was the first place middle school boy, finishing in 6:50.

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This summer, MBS Alumni Relations launched “MBS Connect,” the School’s first password protected alumni portal. It has been designed exclusively for all alumni and senior students and features an online directory that can be used to:

• Reconnect with classmates • Create MBS group chats • Keep up on MBS happenings • Post and find employment opportunities • Expand your professional network • Volunteer to be a mentor or look for a mentor

JOIN TODAY! It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 Step 1 Go to Step 2 Click the white button to get started and create your account using your email address or social network of choice

Step 3 Complete your profile by answering questions. You may share as much or as little information as you wish. Now start connecting! Questions? Please contact Melissa Hedley ’90, Alumni Relations Project Manager at

Have an internship, Senior Project or summer job opportunity? Why not connect with an MBS senior student or graduate? To get started, contact Melissa Hedley ’90 Alumni Relations Project Manager at with your job description and MBS will post the opportunity on the MBS Connect “Job Board.”

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“MBS Connect” on the go! Use your mobile device to download our MBS Connect app. Android Users Search for Morristown-Beard School in the app store and download “MBS Connect”

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LOCAL ALUMNI EVENTS 2019-2020 NOVEMBER 2019 Wednesday, November 13th

MBS Alumni Board Meeting Kirby Chapel 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 14th

Lehman Lecture

Kirby Chapel 7:00 PM Friday, November 15th

2nd Annual #THANKS2MBS Day of Giving Friday, November 15th

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony iPhone / IOS Users Download “Graduway Community” in the app store and search for Morristown-Beard School

Kirby Chapel 7:00 PM Inductees: Trevor Baptiste ’14 Whitney Brusman Shelton ’94 Saturday, November 30th

Alumni Ice Hockey Game

Twin Oaks Ice Rink 7:00 – 9:00 PM

DECEMBER 2019 Friday, December 27th

Alumni Baseball Dinner

Math & Science Center MBS Campus 6:00 – 10:00 PM

FEBRUARY 2020 Wednesday, February 12th

MBS Alumni Board Meeting Kirby Chapel 6:30 PM

It’s as simple as that! Now start connecting.

MAY 2020 Wednesday, May 13th

MBS Alumni Board Meeting Kirby Chapel 6:30 PM Saturday, May 30th

Alumni Reunion 2020

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Photographer David Kramer ’69

Focused on MBS for 50 Years

From top right: David Kramer’s senior yearbook photo, 1969. David and his brother Doug (’71) Kramer in the Edmund M. Kramer Studio, 1992. Taking a break from shooting MBS yearbook photos.

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or more than 50 years, photographer David Kramer ’69 has been making people smile on campus. Whether he’s photographing an awards ceremony, a Parents Association event, or portraits for the yearbook, Kramer has always had a knack for putting people at ease and capturing the essence of life at Morristown-Beard School. Kramer first came to The Morristown School in 1967 after his parents became dissatisfied with the public school system. “My regional high school wasn’t close to the education I received at ‘The Prep’,” said Kramer. “It was a good fit for me and I seemed to thrive there. Although I now spend more time on campus than when I was a student!” David Kramer’s father, Edmund M. Kramer, was a talented photographer who established his own studio in the Bronx—and later in East Orange and Florham Park—after emigrating from Germany in 1939. From an early age, David shared his father’s passion for photography, and he was never without his camera during his days as a student at The Morristown School. “My English teacher, Pat Hall, was the advisor for the yearbook and the student newspaper, and he taught me how to take a photo assignment and follow it through,” said Kramer. “(Latin teacher) Charlie O’Neil taught me discipline and (English teacher) Art James also had a big influence on me. I remember he told me that my raison d’etre was photography.” After graduating from The Morristown School, Kramer majored in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he studied with a number of notable professors including Charlie Arnold—a pioneer in Xerography. Kramer later studied in France, taking master’s courses with William Dalrymple, who introduced him to the Paris photography scene. “When I came back to New Jersey, I worked for my father for about a year, and he challenged me to start my own business,” said Kramer, who opened his first studio in Chester in 1975 before merging his business with his father’s in 1982. “With my father being an old-school German, he’d give me the job assignments and if I showed up on time that meant I was 10 minutes late. He taught me to always be early and always be professional,” said Kramer. Through the years, he has taken photos at countless school events as well as corporate work, portraits, communions and weddings— often for his former classmates and members of the MBS community. He has also photographed politicians and celebrities

(Clockwise from top): Conducting a workshop for Laurie Hartman’s photography students, visiting with alumnus Gordon Callender ’10 and his mother, Cheryl Bellinger-Murphy, at the 2018 Crimson Fall Family Festival, and shooting senior portraits in front of Beard Hall.

including Bill Clinton, Tom Kean, Donald Trump, and Arnold Palmer at high-profile events. Still, his favorite photo assignment took place last winter when the MBS girls basketball team defeated Chatham on a buzzer-beating shot to capture its first County Tournament title. “That win at the County College of Morris was incredible,” said Kramer. “The pass by Bridget Monaghan ’19 was just a brilliant play and the last-second shot by Christina De Mattheis ’19 was unbelievable. For me, that was a highlight I’ll never forget.” In addition to taking pictures on campus, Kramer serves on the Alumni Board and frequently teaches workshops for Laurie Hartman’s photography students. He and his brother Doug (Class of 1971) also established the Edmund Kramer Endowment Fund in honor of their father. The Fund supports the Visual Arts Department and also provides for an annual award to a student who shows ability in art, especially photography. “From academics to athletics and the arts, the School is doing great things and they’re really moving forward,” said Kramer. “I’m just happy to be a part of it.” Crimson Fall 2019



Updates From the

Alumni Board Fellow alumni, future alumni, prospective alumni, friends and visitors, It has been a remarkable first year as President of the MBS Alumni Association. I have had the pleasure of meeting and engaging with many of you.


Nancy Ward Smith of Birmingham, AL sends the following salutation, “Miss Beard’s School. Greetings to all! Are we the few who remember Miss Beard? And Miss Turner? Best wishes!”


MBS Alumni Board members and friends, Nancy “Taz” Tasman Brower and Peggy Harding Nelson ’59 pose for a picture next to Taz’s car as they enjoy an afternoon get-together.

The world gets more complicated with every passing day. We get involved with our families, work, and suddenly we’ve lost touch with those outside our close daily circle. The Alumni Association can help you stay connected to old friends and expose you to the vast resources available here - from the faculty who taught and guided you, to our library, lectures, website, social media, and a variety of “stay connected” programs and tools designed with you in mind. After all, your success is our success. Speaking of resources, I am excited and proud to introduce you to our new alumninetworking portal, MBS Connect. Using this password protected tool you can connect with classmates, find jobs, volunteer to be a mentor, stay informed about upcoming events, and more. Register at and get connected. The MBS alumni family is huge. Last year we had alumni events and regional networking gettogethers in San Francisco, New York, Vero Beach, Boston and Bay Head, N.J. If you would like to host or help plan a regional event in your area, please contact Melissa Hedley ’90 at for more information. Friday, November 15th is the second annual #THANKS2MBS day of giving. Mark your calendar and organize a class challenge - this is an easy and fun way to donate and show your Crimson pride!

Need volunteer or event information? Please visit or email

Please get involved and come to campus often. I encourage you to explore all that we have to offer, to stay connected, and make yourself and MBS stronger. A great alumni experience doesn’t just happen; you make it happen by taking advantage of the programs, activities, and events made possible by the MBS Alumni Association. If you have any questions or suggestions about our alumni programming or getting involved, please email me directly at I look forward to seeing you on campus and offer you nothing but best wishes in the year ahead. Go Crimson!

Amy Chaiken Wolffe ‘78 Alumni Board President

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Richard Palmer Sr. announced, “There is a book now on the market written by one of my fellow ‘softballers.’ It is called 75 Plus Seniors Life Stories.” Richard is one of the 12 seniors on the cover of the book and in his story he mentions “The Prep years.”


Joan Hanford Miller has moved to North Carolina and now lives with her daughter and son-in-law. She says she doesn’t use the computer, so “please no email.” Joan enjoys receiving the Crimson as it keeps her “connected with the School.” She fondly recalls her time attending Miss Beard’s School from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade and serving as Class President her senior year. Joan still keeps in touch with classmate Marguerite Abrams Noye.


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Gedney, and Maria Rost enjoyed their 70th reunion in June, “especially our beautifully guided tour by James Cunningham ’19 (former SGA President) and visit with Headmaster Peter Caldwell.”


Leyland Laddie Cobb writes: “Susan, my wife of 48 years, and I moved to Fort Myers, FL some 30 years ago. I have worked mostly at raising money for nonprofit organizations— colleges, hospitals and cultural. My wife is a psychotherapist and has her own company. I’m retired but she is still working. Last May, we went on a short cruise to Cuba to celebrate my 85th birthday. I was honored to be an MBS trustee years ago and I am delighted to see the School doing so well. Keep up the good work!”


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Class Agent Bettie Comas LaVallee contacted her classmates and received the following updates: Janet Blackwell Bent enjoyed spending time during the summer in “Point O’ Woods, where I got to be with my three sons, daughter-inlaws and six of my eight grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter is living in Australia, teaching English and history in a girls’ school. She will be getting married in April 2020 to a fellow teacher. Three of my grandchildren have finished college, two are in college, and three still in high school.”

News from Bettie is about her grandchildren as well as a lot of traveling. “In May we went to Greensboro, NC for the First Communion of my great-granddaughter Annabelle. We went to St. Louis for the high school graduations of three grandchildren. They are each attending college.” Chrissa Comas attends “Maryville University in a 6-year program for training to be a physical therapist.” When she graduates she will be Dr. Comas. Patrick Lavallee is in his first year studying computer science and Bettie describes him as a “Renaissance man. He does everything well (including) singing in the school musicals.” The third grandchild who graduated, Danielle Werdes “is in her first year at the University of Missouri in the School of Education. Danielle is a great photographer and has won several competitions.” Bettie’s two great-grandchildren Annabelle and Everett are in third grade and pre-K respectively. Bettie is “keeping fit with my Fitbit and swimming at least 30 minutes a day.” She and her husband Ron are “involved with the Kino Border Initiative. We went to Nogales, walked across the border and fed the people and children seeking asylum.” Marilyn Klass Sigel is the proud grandmother of twin grandsons who graduated college in the spring from University of Oregon and University of Georgia. The boys are attending graduate school at Amherst and NYU, respectively, both for Sports Management. An avid reader, Marilyn belongs to a book club and recently read Marshall (about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall) and Hamilton. Marilyn also likes canning and baking and has canned tomatoes, pickle relish, zucchini relish, and jam from her own grapes. Lois Dane Soule and her husband are retired and enjoying living in a retirement community in Orno, Maine. She hopes to attend her 65th Beard School Class of 1955 reunion on

May 30, 2020 with her husband. “All is well in Colorado,” reports Eve Van Vleck Trumpore. “My daughter moved to New Hampshire last year and really loves it. All her children have four paws—four dogs and one cat. She has enough young children with 34 years of (working) ski school. She is still with Vail Associates as they have a new mountain near her in New Hampshire. My son still lives in Colorado, as do his three boys. The oldest, Michael, graduated from Colorado School of Mines as a civil engineer. Patrick, the middle boy, had corrective surgery on both legs to lengthen his Achilles tendon. And Riley, the youngest, is starting his sophomore year at Carthage College in Wisconsin. All three are really very nice boys. I’m very involved with the PEO Sisterhood (A U.S. based international organization that raises money for women’s education). I also enjoy Kiwanis and all the things we do, and volunteering at a very large hospital. Fortunately, I still play bridge and really love it and getting together with friends.”


Julie Bonanno writes: “For the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of hosting my classmate Demi Lampros, her sister Kiki Lampros ’54 and their brother George at my home in Vermont. We have a tradition of a first night meal at our favorite Burlington restaurant. The following evening a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain. Then on subsequent days, touring the Vermont countryside, stopping at interesting places, checking the various antique shop tourist traps, and simply enjoying each other’s company. This bond of friendship that was forged so many years ago is perhaps even stronger to me than family ties, and is something I cherish. Though we live our separate lives, I look forward to our late August

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Emily Lehman Smith shares, “Bob and I love our wonderful family, dear friends and busy, happy life in NYC and CT. Recently, I coordinated a small reunion with a few dear classmates in CT, encouraged by Lisa Blauvelt Weil’s visit from France with her husband, Francois. Cary Wiedenmayer Smallhorn, Sally Brooks Smith and her husband Hugh joined Bob and me for a special evening. One of the best aspects of MBS is not only the learning that contributes to a happy, interesting life, but also the many lasting friendships.


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Sally Brooks Smith happily reports, “Some Class of 56-ers got together in Southport and Westport, CT this summer. We celebrated Lisa Blauvelt Weil and Francois Weil’s annual summer visit from France where they live. Emmy Lou Smith and Bob reserved a table at Rive Bistro (so the Weils would feel right at home!), and Cary Wiedenmayer Smallhorn surprised us by coming all the way down to C.T. from Beverly Farms to join us for dinner and to spend the night here at our house with Lisa and Francois. We four and Betsy Ferris Puchner and Dr. Peter try to reunite yearly, and have enjoyed those times together so much, just as much as our parents used to when they would get-together in the Oranges. There was lots to catch up on, and Cary and I renewed our amazement that her granddaughter (from California) and ours (from Connecticut) not only knew each other at Camp Arcadia in Maine but also were together in a cabin in bunks right next to each other. Small world! For a bunch of oldies we all are grateful for our health and the fact that we can get together as we “enjoy” our 80s. If Miss Sutherland could see us now! If there are others from ’56 who could join us next time, please let me know so we can include you! With all (almost) good memories of our beloved Miss Beard’s School and warmest wishes to all our classmates.”

“Hello again!” writes Doug Mockett. “It’s amazing that our Class of 1958 has scattered everywhere over the past six decades, but in the past year or so has come back together socially and to support the fine work being done at MBS. March 2019 there was a gathering in Vero Beach with a great turnout of old faces, and another gettogether planned for February 22, 2020. The best part is that the class set a fundraising goal for the 2018/2019 school year and surpassed it! Kudos to Ken Phillips and Bill Birch for spearheading the campaign. We hope it energizes other classes to surpass our total. My wife, Rita, and I have just finished our new three-years-in-the-building home here in Los Angeles, (we) moved in early July, and are loving it - so peaceful. In the years while they were building, a bunch of owls moved into the area so we go to sleep with owls hooting all night. We love to travel. In January/ February we saw Jordan, especially Petra, were we camped out in 35-degree nights with a zillion stars at the Wadi Rum Reserve. The same trip took us to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Maldives. Late August we went to the Burgundy area of France, then sailed in Turkey before ending up in Copenhagen for a few nights. I’m still racing cars and flying planes. Incredible passions fueled by a lifetime of car nut stuff and flying (now 6,500 hours flying time as a single pilot) in a Citation CJ3. We’ve flown all over the world, almost. Maybe 2020! And I’m still working daily, and loving it! It’s not work if you love your job. Be well. See everyone in 2020.”


Barbara Newberry Lindsley writes: “Had a fine 2-plus months at our home in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Good friends there and participating in the daily life of that delightful town make for a refreshing and memorable time every summer. A visit to the Highlands and to the Proms in London rounded out a special stay.”


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Class Agent, Hope Phillips Hazen provided the following news about she and her classmates: It is with great sadness that Hope shares about the passing of classmate Gwen Willey Howell in August. “Gwen was our Senior Class President at Beard and a true and loving friend to all. Her wit, imagination, as well as her intelligence, were well known to all of us at Beard as well as in later years. She cared deeply about her friends and kept in touch from her home in Naples, Florida. Her husband, Jim, predeceased her. She will be greatly missed by many who knew and loved her.”

Connie Hartranft Ehrbar and Mary Ann Griffin Tully both live in Naples, F.L. and play bridge together frequently. They both have many grandchildren that they keep up with and enjoy. Hope recently had a lovely chat with Leigh Bates Olshan who lives in Virginia. Leigh and her husband spend a lot of time visiting their four girls along with their husbands and grandchildren who live on both coasts. Susan Town continues to live and work in Tarrytown, New York and is always happy to hear from classmates. Terry Alfano Vance and her husband, Mike, are busy preparing for the Annual Bull Roast, which is the main fundraiser for the Troy Vance Scholarship in memory of their son, Troy. This will be their 26th presentation to an outstanding young man at Loyola Blakefield (college prep school) in Towson, M.D. They live in Maryland and continue to delight in their two young grandchildren who live in Seattle, W.A. Terry and her husband also carry on with many volunteer activities. Hope Phillips Hazen is still happily gardening up a storm, singing with her husband, Bruce, in the St. Peter's Church choir in Morristown, and working for Worth New York when she isn't spending time with her grandchildren. Her youngest grandson is 2 1/2, lives in Morristown and is her joy. She cares for him often and loves having him so close by. She and Bruce had their two teenage granddaughters visit from C.T. with their four closest friends during the summer. “Six ‘teenie boppers’ in the house for a week was amazing and the most fun. There wasn't a dull moment. Life continues with lots of smiles, good health and love! I would love to hear from any and all classmates and our doors are always open for visits.” Hope shares the following closing message with her classmates: “Ladies, our 60th Beard reunion is coming up, and hopefully you have received a “Save the Date” card from MBS recently. The date is May 30, 2020 (Saturday), and I hope you will put this on your calendar now and make a big point of being present for this wonderful occasion. The School is gorgeous and I have two guest rooms and bath that I would be happy to share with anyone.

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David Hedley with former N.J. governor Tom Kean in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard on their way to their second party of the evening. Lavender is the new ‘in’ color.

Proud father and grandfather Tom Grant shared this adorable family photo of his daughter Lee Grant Bogaert ’06 with her husband Max and new baby Beatrice Bell Bogaert. Beatrice was born on September 29, 2018 and weighed 8lbs. 14 oz.

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“Hope Hazen ’60 and I met for lunch at the St. Francis in San Francisco in early May,” writes Ellen Leroe. “Although she didn’t attend Beard at the same time as me, it didn’t matter. We became fast friends as we looked over our yearbooks, laughed over fun memories of classes and uniforms, and then sat outside in the sunshine for more conversation. I am so grateful that I contacted Hope (after reading the wonderful article about her in the Fall 2016 Crimson) and she responded! Now a new Beard School bond has been forged. I look forward to seeing Hope again when she visits her son in San Francisco. Hope is still showing the Worth New York clothing each season, while I’m still writing my children’s books.”

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Charles Ted Lawson and his wife Liz “bought a house in Buck Hill Falls (BHF), P.A.—a 5,000-acre club with golf, tennis, hiking, fly fishing, lawn bowling, the list goes on! It’s a quaint 1931 stone home, one of 305 in the community. We will be splitting our time between BHF and our home in Vero Beach, Fl. After 53 years in New York City, it will be quite a change. It will be back to cutting lawns again!”



Ben Dyer shares, “Last spring, Sue and I went on a one week Blues Cruise that departed from Ft. Lauderdale. The ship had 32 bands and music played almost 24/7 for a week. What a blast! We are doing another one out of San Diego in the fall.” In August, “We went to a family reunion in Surf City, N.C. Participants included brothers Bob ’62 and David ’67 with children and grandchildren. Sue and I participated in the 2019 National Corvette Museum Caravan in late August/early September. We drove our 2018 Grand Sport with a group from Arizona to Bowling Green, K.Y. where we met up with several thousand other Corvettes. It was about 4,000 miles round trip.”

“So great to have visits from classmates Christine Cope Pence last spring (2018) and from Susan Wilder Lemonds in August (2018),” writes Elizabeth “Betsey” Carson. Elizabeth is “still working at DwightEnglewood.” This is her 45th year at the school.

Ridgewood, where he directs a 25-voice choir and plays a 2,500+ pipe organ which he helped build. Stewart and his wife, Jean, recently moved to Wanaque, NJ. They still return to Echo Lake, Mt. Vernon, M.E. “on a regular basis in order to refill our soul!”




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“I’ve been a realtor for more than 21 years, the last nine in Charleston, S.C.,” writes Cathy Bohn Fischer. “After much arm twisting, I was finally able to convince my older son Michael to join me this year. We’re both with The Boulevard Company based out of Mt. Pleasant, N.J. We also celebrated Michael’s 40th and my daughter-in-law Katie’s 30th birthdays in Costa Rica with friends. A great time was had by all!”

Stewart Holmes retired after 30 years of teaching 5th Grade in Ridgewood, NJ. He continues in his 26th year to be Minister of Music at Old Paramus Reformed Church in

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Amy Chaiken Wolffe submitted the following note: “Class of ’78, I am sad to report that Florence “Flo” Giannone Faul passed away suddenly on March 10th. She will be missed by her fellow classmates as will the laughter she brought to us all.” Amy also shared that she “briefly caught up with Brooke Billings Bulmer ’82 in Nantucket this summer.”

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“I am having a great time in California,” writes Jim Crouch. I was elected President of the Resident Assembly Group for Atria senior living facility. I have met a young lady who loves the same things that I do.”

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Susan Milford Bandy said goodbye to her Father, Bob Milford (age 95), this summer and hello to two new grandsons, bringing the total grandchildren count up to five. Her youngest daughter Tabitha was married in March. Susan continues to teach special education to high school students ages 14-21. Susan was thankful to make a trip to Mississippi in August to visit her daughters and all the grandkids. She has extra bedrooms if anyone wants to visit upstate N.Y.

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“I’d like to share the news with my fellow alumni that my new collection of poems, The Orchard House, has been published this past spring by Antrim House Books.” The book has received many favorable reviews. “Thanks and best wishes,” writes Richard Carlyle Shaw.

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“In July of last year I began the Appalachian Trail, southbound,” says Robert Bangiola. “I went from Maine to West Virginia, but got off to renovate a small two-family house in Hudson, N.Y. I was awarded a five-week residency at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, N.Y. I went on the trail again this year in August. I started in Harpers Ferry, W.V. and traveled to Georgia. I’m still working with entrepreneurs and artists helping them achieve personal and financial balance, as I am doing with other parts of my business, Better Balance in Reach.”


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John A. Bee writes: “Married Stephanie on August 7, 2010. Living in Florida and Colorado 50/50. Still running Rhein Precision (a medical equipment manufacturer). Missing soccer with Coach Chav!”


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Warren Bobrow is a full-time entrepreneur (after having left the life of a master mixologist/ brand ambassador in liquor) devoting his time to writing for Forbes’ “Vices” covering the legal cannabis industry along with the unique terroir of the legal growing regions. “An exciting life that was never anticipated at Morristown-Beard.”

“Class of ’87 gathers in Morristown, N.J. to celebrate milestone birthdays – we look pretty amazing for 30!” Pictured together left to right are Rob Warnock, Caroline Elias Turben, RA Lee, Sandi Appet Pesso, Gene Thomas, Kate Carlson-Furer, and Seth Nagdeman.


Michael Gettinger writes, “Hi there. Here is a picture of my summer! I race flat track here in the Pacific Northwest and I race Harley Davidsons in the hooligan/twins class.”


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Hank Brucker writes. “Hellooooo Class of 1988! We had a great summer and I thought I’d write in about it. At long last we took a trip to the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and then continued on to both Disneyland in California and then across the country to Disney World in Florida (the best of the best). I've been a life-long Mickey fan and this was something I wanted to do since I was a child.

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On February 25, 2019 Sharon D. Solomon was honored on both the Senate and House floors at the Maryland State House in Annapolis with citations from the governor and the general assembly recognizing her as the first African-American promoted to full professor in the history of the Wilmer Eye Institute. Many colleagues, dignitaries, and family members were in attendance including Maryland Senators Mary Washington and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam. While speaking to the general assembly, Dr. Solomon said, “Becoming a doctor is a calling and it is a privilege. What other profession empowers you to minister to and to intervene when someone is at his most vulnerable? To improve not only the quality of life, but to increase its shear length by diagnosing and treating? To recalibrate the mind as you heal the body? To restore sight as well as a sense of value and purpose in the world? To affect change one patient at a time? To educate future leaders one generation at a time? To make scientific discoveries that could change humanity over the course of time?” Senator Nathan-Pulliam introduced Dr. Solomon, recognizing her for her many accomplishments thus far, including her

extensive work chairing various international ophthalmology committees, serving on the editorial board of major journals in her field, and presenting and publishing her research across the globe, among many more. “Thank you for the unparalleled privilege… to be recognized for something that I feel fortunate to be able to do every day—practice medicine,” she concluded. 19 5 0 19 5 5 19

It was a dream come true. Happy days. Now we’re getting ready for the launch of our new gym business in New Jersey. It is called PUMP! and it’s something of a recent passion of mine. I never thought I’d get into bodybuilding but was inspired after learning about all of the health benefits including a longer life span (just look at Schwarzenegger!). So please come out and visit the new gym once we open at the end of the year. I’ll show you how to pump some iron! Adios Amigos!”

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Jay Friedel started his 13th year teaching this fall. It is his third year teaching 7th grade math and last spring he received tenure at his current school. Jay signs off, “Remember, wherever you go, there you are.” Melissa Hedley writes: “I was lucky enough to spend a beautiful day this summer with Jolie Lee Houston and her husband Andy aboard their friend’s boat in Bay Head, NJ. We cruised from Bay Head to NYC and around the island of Manhattan. A good portion of the day was spent reminiscing about our cherished days at MBS and planning for our 30th MBS Reunion in May 2020! Class of 1990, please save the date for Saturday, May 30, 2020—MBS Reunion! We hope to see you all there!”

production company and recently booked the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde with Brad Pitt.


Faculty member Chris Finn and his wife Laurie joined former MBS administrator Clark Daggett and his wife Claudia at the surprise 49th anniversary party for former MBS Dean and science teacher Brad Garrity and his wife Laurel. The gathering was arranged by Patrick Garrity at the Garrity’s summer residence in central N.Y. The three men—Chris, Clark and Patrick—provided music for the occasion on the lakeside deck. “It was never easy to surprise my Dad, and it still isn’t!” according to Patrick.


Sean Downey and wife Julie welcomed their first child, Grace Ellen Downey into the world on May 17th. The family has temporarily relocated to North Caldwell from Washington to join Cory Booker’s presidential campaign based in Newark, N.J. Sean serves as Deputy National Political Director and Senior Advisor for N.H. while Julie works as Director of State Communications. Sean says, “We’re looking forward to spending time on campus this fall!”


On August 15th Michael Masini and his wife Katrina welcomed their second child Otis Franklin Masini. On a professional note, Michael “was featured in Bella magazine ‘Ones to Watch’ as an Actor/Movie Producer.” He can be seen in Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie and Ewan McGreggor, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks. Michael is also producing movies with James Franco’s Crimson Fall 2019


In celebration of her sixth wedding anniversary this year, Meredith Brown Snook shares this “flashback photo” from her wedding day. Classmate Jen Brown Hayes was her maid of honor and they still keep in touch. Meredith and her husband live in Morris Township with the “love of their lives,” their Golden Retriever, Maisey.


Congratulations to Alan Cooper and wife Karla on the birth of their third son – Keene Alan Cooper. Keene was born on June 10th. He is the grandson of former faculty member and proud grandfather, Dr. Alan Cooper. Ridgely Harrison IV expresses his gratitude to his classmates as he writes: “As you may have seen, our family suffered a terrible tragedy with the sudden passing of my father this spring. While adjusting has been difficult, I heard and received so much support from MBS classmates. Those conversations meant a tremendous amount to our family. This is a fantastically small community we all belong to and I am thankful for the long-standing relationships that transcend time in moments when it really matters. Go Crimson! Share the road.” 5 2 01 0 2 015

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In March, Jared Baumeister was named as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Felician University. When he received the position, Felician was competing in its second varsity 66 Crimson Fall 2019

“the places in which individuals are being failed or … with the places where I can’t get someone into a shelter or the system bottlenecks,” she does “often step back and look at the big picture. It is absolutely a landmark case, both here and nationally.”


On May 18th Todd McConnell married Rachel Ahrenhold at the Phildadelphia Cricket Club.

Darnell Parker wrote: “I am excited to announce that I received my doctorate in education from Widener University in May of 2019. I was promoted to Senior Associate Vice President of Equity at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, O.H. I also serve as co-president of my children’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).” Lindsay Eiler Roos and her husband Brian welcomed their first child, Charlotte Ann Roos on April 10, 2019.


Justin Leigh brews his own beer in Goldendale, Washington.

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intercollegiate season. Jared has worked with Felician’s Golden Falcons on a volunteer basis since the inception of the lacrosse program. In addition to serving as Felician’s offensive coordinator, Jared is also a member of the French National lacrosse team. He has represented France at the 2012 and 2016 European Championships, the 2013 Celtic Cup, and the 2014 and 2018 World Championships. A captain and all-state selection at Morristown-Beard School, Jared played collegiately at Franklin & Marshall College. He completed his BA degree in political science at Ohio State University in 2005 and went on to earn his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law in 2008 and earned an M.S. from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in 2011.

In December 2018, attorney Brooke Weitzman, was recognized as one of the “Most Influential 2018” by the Orange County Register for her work on a landmark case advocating for the rights of homeless people. Even though Brooke sometimes gets frustrated when she sees

Romy Dewar happily reports that she married Brian Frankel on July 19th at the Mansion at Natirar in PeapackGladstone. Alumni in attendance included (from left to right in the picture): Eric Geron, Romy Dewar, Johanna Moore, Heather Felici, Michael Lorenz ’10 (not pictured) and Spencer Bridges ’17 (not pictured). Matt Engel and his wife Adnana enjoyed various trips this summer, including weekend getaways


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In April, singer and actress Kathryn Allison had a release concert for her debut album Something Real at The Public Theater in New York. Scott Geron was promoted to Vice President in investment banking at Macquarie Capital in New York City in July. Maggie Ranger ’10 married Michael Manasia on September 28, 2019. Surrounded with love from their family and friends, Maggie and Mike exchanged vows at the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, N.J. and then celebrated at a beautiful reception held at Morris County Golf Club, Morristown, NJ. Guests included family from Virginia, Maryland and New York state, as well as friends from MBS, Chaminade High School, Denison University, and Boston College. The couple resides in Jersey City, N.J.

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Jill Burke graduated from USC last May as an economics major and a journalism minor. For a class during her senior year, she wrote a profile piece about MBS graduate and fellow USC student Spencer Bridges ’17 that was published on the USC Annenberg Media website. The article, “California Calling,” traces Spencer’s unlikely journey from Morristown-Beard School to California where he is now a professional surfer. Joseph Caruso was named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the 2018 fall semester.


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Stephanie Mangano was married in May 2019 to Dr. Ross Barker in Scottsdale, AZ where the two reside.

Ryan Casey was cheered on by his parents, Alison and James, when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in August 2018. After receiving his commission, Ryan trained in Quantico, VA and went on to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in June 2019.

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For the past year Kyle Vanderhoof has been living in Chicago, “getting to know the city and working for Mars at one of their chocolate sites. If anyone is in the Chicago area, please don’t hesitate to reach out!” 19 5 0 19 5 5 19

Eric Geron is following his childhood dream of writing full-time after seven years of working as a book editor at Disney Publishing. He has a slate of creative opportunities and is excited to build on more. You can follow him at @EricGeron. See more at

Jason Shatz earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Chicago and is now “working as a software engineer for an IT consulting firm called Cognizant.”

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to Fire Island and Quebec. They have been enjoying their new home in Florham Park and are very excited for the fall season!


Tim Worts visited campus in April and thoroughly enjoyed seeing and learning how to use Science On a Sphere from faculty member Scott McCormick. “Big thanks to Mr. McCormick for taking the time to teach an interested alumnus about how to use Science On a Sphere.”

Olivia “Liv” Schreiber recently finished the first-ever activation of SPANX activewear with Equinox (Luxury Fitness Club) and is currently launching a new IG brand with Stephanie Gottlieb New York (Custom & Fashion-Fine Jewelry). She is “so excited to reconnect with her MBS friends in the city!”


Currently a sophomore at Dickinson College, Ian Beumee was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester.


Alumni Board member Jillian Griffith attended Reunion 2019 in June. Jillian is studying for her GMAT and hoping to get her MBA in the next three years. Jillian is currently working at Nestle as a financial analyst.

Corrections to the 2018-2019 Annual Report of Giving In our most recent Annual Report of Giving, Jeffrey and Jennifer Gronning were not listed under gifts and pledges to the Center for Innovation & Design. We sincerely apologize for this error. Please accept our special gratitude for all of your kind support during the 2018-2019 school year.

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Attention all Beard School, Morristown School, and MBS Alumni The Morristown-Beard School Alumni Board needs YOU! þ Do you live in the NJ/NY area?


Are you looking for a way to be more involved with the School you love? þ Interested in serving on the MBS Alumni Board? If you answered “yes” to any or all of the above questions, please contact: Monya Taylor Davis ’88, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Crimson Fall 2019 67 or 973.532.7578.

IN MEMORIAM Harry Gage Carpenter, August 5, 2018, former Trustee, age 89. Harry died at home in Peapack, New Jersey. He served MBS as a trustee from 1979-1988. He was the father of Kirk C. Carpenter ’81 who survives him along with Harry’s daughters and their spouses, four grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Harry grew up in Scarborough, New York, graduating from Cheshire Academy in 1946 and Colgate University in 1950. A proud alumnus, he was chairman of the University’s Presidents Club and a leader of the Maroon Council. He then joined the US Army and as Lieutenant Carpenter. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps and deployed to Korea where as commander of Supply Point 6, he reorganized a unit that would serve 65,000 rations a day in the combat zone within range of enemy artillery. Harry was awarded an Army Commendation Medal from the Army for his service. He married Doodie Kilpatrick shortly before leaving for Korea; the couple was married until her death in 2014. Harry was Chairman and President of W.S. Kirkpatrick & Company International, a small aviation supply company. His work took him to over 65 countries. His warmth, interest in people, and humor made him a natural salesman; his guts and insight made him a natural leader, expanding the company many times. During his retirement, Harry was an active fundraiser for Colgate, the Morristown-Beard School, and the Lamington Presbyterian Church. He founded the New Jersey Civil War Roundtable and the New Jersey American Revolution Roundtable, both in Morristown, and was president of The Washington Association of New Jersey for several years. Tom Ross, the Superintendent of the Morristown National Park, credits the opening of a $2.25 million dollar Discover History Center in large part to Harry’s tireless fundraising. Harry was also a past president of The Morristown Club and he was a member of Glen Ridge Country Club, Essex Fells Country Club, Somerset Hills Country Club, The Essex Hunt Club, and Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket. He avidly played tennis into his early 80s. A great grandson of suffragette, Matilda

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Jocelyn Gage, Harry was major supporter of the Matilda Jocelyn Gage Foundation and its restoration of the Gage Home in Fayetteville, New York. Ridgely “Chip” Harrison III, April 22, 2019, former Trustee, age 68. An avid cyclist, Chip died unexpectedly in a bicycle accident on Longboat Key, Florida this past spring. He attended Newark Academy where he was a Hall of Fame swimmer, and was recruited to swim at Cornell University where he graduated in 1974. He married Lynn Arrison in 1976. In his 26-year career at The Minwax Company, Chip rose from salesman to president, retiring in 2000. He was then a board member at Cabot Stain, a trustee at Morristown-Beard School, and a stay-at-home dad. Chip enjoyed golf and was a member of Canoe Brook Country Club since 1983. He and Lynn lived in Flanders, N.J. for 32 years, where they raised three children, Ridgely, Katie, and Willie. In 2006, Chip moved to Saranac Lake, N.Y. in the center of the Adirondack Park, his longtime dream. Until 2012, he worked as practice manager of Medical Associates in Saranac Lake when he truly retired. Chip spent his most recent years hosting friends and family at their Upper Saranac Lake home, enjoying golf, bicycling, boating, cross-country skiing, moving wood around, and the cold. He was also a member of the board of the Upper Saranac Lake Association. Chip is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lynn; two brothers, James (Barbara) and Michael (Patti); stepbrother, Thomas Drake; stepsisters, Darby Viola and Christelle Drake; three children, Ridgely (Rachel), Katie (Joseph), and William; three grandchildren, Hayden, Claire, and Dean; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Jeannie Frey Drake, Ridgely Harrison Jr., and stepfather, William Charles Drake. Bradley Read Thayer, February 17, 2018, former Trustee, age 81. Brad was an MBS Trustee from 1987 to 1993, serving as President of the Board from 1988-1992. He is survived by Mildred (Bee) Newman Thayer, his wife of 55 years, and his daughter, two sons, his children’s spouses, six grandchildren, as well as siblings, sister and brothers in law and many cousins, nieces and nephews. His younger son is Christopher Thayer, ’89. At the time of his death he had homes in New

Hampshire and Palm City, Florida. Brad grew up in Brooklyn, New York, attending Packer Institute and Poly Preparatory Schools for elementary and high school. Nearby New York City and its rising skyscrapers excited his imagination while summers in Whitefield, New Hampshire meant hikes in the White Mountains and extended family celebrations. Brad was a 1958 graduate of Williams College with his degree in English; he was a lifelong active alumnus. In 1960 he received an MBA from Columbia University Business School with a major in finance and ultimately became a chartered financial analyst. That same year, Brad joined the Marines, serving one year in the air wing as an air traffic controller. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserves in 1966. Bee and Brad married in 1963 and raised their three children in Madison, N.J. He was devoted to his family and his church, schools and community organizations. Brad was on the board and warden of Grace Episcopal Church, Board President, as noted, at Morristown-Beard School, and on the boards of Morris County Golf Club, Noe Pond Club and the Profile Club, often serving as president of these clubs. He had a 40-year career in investment management, working in bonds and equities at Newark’s Prudential Insurance Company from 1961-1971 then for New York City’s Scudder, Stevens and Clark Investment Management, where he attained the position of managing director. A year after his 2000 retirement, Brad and Bee relocated to their longtime vacation home in Dalton, New Hampshire. The couple traveled worldwide with trips to Europe, China, India, Africa, Alaska, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Peru, Ireland, the Canadian Maritimes and several cruises to the Caribbean Islands as well as visits to the family farm in Virginia. Brad enjoyed time with family, tennis, golf, and hiking as well as oil and watercolor painting, model trains, reading, Broadway musicals, following business news and investment management. Jacquelyn Snow Hinds ’41, May 4, 2019, age 96. Jacquelyn lived in Little Compton, Rhode Island for 20 years until 2016 when she moved back to Cortlandt Manor, New York, to live with her daughter Hilary. Before Little Compton, she summered in Westport Point for many years. Jacquelyn was an active member of the Westport Art Group and the Little Compton Garden Club,

serving as presidents of both, and a long running Little Compton book club. At the age of 90 she volunteered at the Brownell Library, shelving books. Her greatest joy was a daily walk on Briggs Beach or to the Town Landing. Jacquelyn had many friends as well as relatives in Little Compton from her younger years in the Oranges and Montclair, New Jersey, and from Smith College where she graduated in 1945. She was a correspondent for Life Magazine in Hollywood and later became a special education teacher. She was a lifelong activist for good government, racial justice and women's equality. She was predeceased by her husband Gelston, who died at the Bristol Veterans Home in 2013. She leaves three children, Gelston, Jr. (Tony) of Greensboro, V.T., Hilary Kitasei of Cortlandt Manor, NY, and Martha Jacobsen of Milton, M.A. She has six surviving grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters, the last one born two days before Jacquelyn died. Mary Keep von Schlegell ’43, October 30, 2018, age 92. Mary lived in East Orange as a girl, and was active in the arts at The Beard School. After graduating, she went to New York City in pursuit of being an actress and ushered at Carnegie Hall before moving to Ogunquit, Maine, where she spent childhood summers with her mother and grandmother. In Maine, Mary wrote poetry and met and married David von Schlegell, a sculptor and artist. They had four children, eventually living in Cape Neddick; after 11 years of marriage they separated. She raised her children along with many others whom she took in. Her beloved son Tony lived with her until she went into long-term care. Mary is survived by her four children, Lisa von Schlegell of Willits, C.A., Julia Hegan of Rockport, M.E., Rosemary von Schlegell and Anthony von Schlegell, both of Amherst, M.A., and her three grandchildren, Zachary Browne of Pittsfield, M.A., Megan Futscher of Decatur, GA, and David Futscher of Oakland, CA and her sons-in-law Paul Futscher, James Hegan and Van Kaynor. Isabel Bulckens Van Doren ’47, December 22, 2018, age 89. Isabel Bulckens Van Doren was a valued pediatrician and educator. She grew up in South Orange and after Beard, graduated from Vassar College, Case Western Reserve Medical School (MD), Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (master public health) and

George Washington University (masters in education). In her later years of service, she focused on English as Second Language and literacy in the Washington DC area. She enjoyed playing piano, learning new languages, meeting friends, and writing. She was predeceased by her parents, Marie and Durand H. Van Doren, and her brothers, Charles and Lawrence Van Doren. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Barbara and Regina Van Doren, eight nieces and nephews, and 20 great-nephews and nieces.

years as a salesman for Bethlehem Steel before opening a Karmelkorn franchise and becoming known as the “popcorn man.” He continued playing industrial league baseball and hockey and later coached youth hockey in Illinois. Larry was also involved in many voluntary organizations. He is survived by his wife, two sons and grandchildren.

Anne Baker Delamater Hansen ’48, January 25, 2019, age 88. After Beard, Anne received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Boston’s Wheelock College in 1952. In Boston she met her future husband, John Holmes Hansen, who attended MIT. The couple moved to Ames, Iowa where John pursued graduate studies and Anne taught kindergarten. After many moves, they and their three children settled in Guilford College, N.C. in 1970, where they lived for the next 40 years. Anne went back to teaching, working for over 15 years at Guilford Middle School first as a substitute. Both during teaching and after retirement, Anne volunteered with the Girls Scouts, in the Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council, serving as a troop leader, troop cookie manager, and as a service unit manager and helped out with many additional projects. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal she worked on crafts and as an organizer for the annual Christmas Bazaars. She formed close friendships with her many fellow volunteers. In 2012 she and John moved to Brevard, North Carolina near to family there. John died after 61 years of marriage. Daughters Marianne and Susan, her son John, Marianne and John’s spouses, three grandsons and her former son-in-law survive her.

Florence Giannone Faul ’78, March 10, 2019, age 58. Originally from Short Hills, N.J., Florence was the loving spouse of Michael J. Faul Jr., an attorney for 32 years, and the adoring mother of Sigourney Michael Faul of Far Hills and Morgan Ernest Faul of Somerville, N.J. She was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Marie Giannone. An avid gardener, she managed Thistledown Farm, the family's farm in Far Hills, harvested a vegetable garden and became the proprietor along with her daughter, Sigourney, of a thriving honey business known as Flo's Grows. She was a member of the Beach Club in Palm Beach. Passionate about animals her whole life, Florence was an equestrian in her youth and devoted dog lover.

Clarence A. “Larry” Ward ’55, November 11, 2018, age 83. Larry attended Morristown School for three years where he played football, hockey and baseball. In his senior year, he was football captain and alternate captain of the hockey team. He also participated in the Glee Club, Entertainment Committee and was a member of the Salmagundi staff. After graduation he served in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1957. After military service, he attended Simpson College in Iowa where he met his wife. He worked for several

Gwendolyn Willey Howell ’60, August 23, 2019, age 76.

Michael Kevin Forgatch ’91, March 25, 2018, age 45. Originally from Far Hills, NJ, Mike studied at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. and University of Colorado in Denver, C.O. after graduating from Morristown-Beard School. He was an avid hunter and diver who looked forward to his outings with his closest friends. He was happiest spending time with his wife Eileen and daughters Bridget and Mallory. He especially loved caddying for Bridget and watching Mallory on the soccer field or in gymnastics competitions. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Eileen Dunn Forgatch and daughters Bridget and Mallory; parents John and Caryn Forgatch, Sr.; brother John Forgatch, Jr. (Kelly) and nephew Brennan; in-laws Arthur and Moya Dunn; brother-in-law Thomas Dunn (Elizabeth) and godsons Owen and Nolan and niece Norah; and brother-inlaw Brian Dunn (Stacy) and nephews Cameron and Tristan and niece Kaeleigh.

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2019-2020 Alumni Association CLASS AGENTS

The Alumni Association is dedicated to bringing you—our treasured alumni—coveted events, such as Reunion, Homecoming, regional events, and exciting campus news. Class Agents are imperative to our alumni community by keeping their classmates connected to MBS. Their primary role is to encourage their classmates to attend events and to contribute class notes. * Nancy “Taz” (Tasman) Brower ’47

Carolyn (Clarkson) Markham ’50

Joyce (Christian) Bodig ’53

Anne (Overman) Bunn ’54

Richard Seabury ’54

* Fred Greenberg ’55

Bettie (Francis-Lajara) LaVallee ’55

Richard L. Stinson ’56

Paul Tversky ’64

William “Bill” Trimble ’85

Pamela (Norman) Apito ’65

Gail (Kaltenbacher) Kurz ’86

Martha (Root) Brody ’65

Herman Kurz ’86

* Jackie (Jonnard) Landre ’86

Joseph “Joe” Lentini ’87

Sandra “Sandi” (Appet) Pesso ’87

Michaele Esposito ’66

Bill Derrico ’68

* David Kramer ’69

Glenn Schattschneider ’69

Delevan Barrett ’70

Daniel Gonnella ’72

Bruce “Sandy” Adam ’57

Cheryl Teare ’73

Brenda (Pruden) Winnewisser ’57

Gus Hancock ’58

Gail (Lehman) Harty ’59

* Peggy (Harding) Nelson ’59

Evelyn (Swanson) Prather ’59

Hope (Phillips) Hazen ’60

Robert Warnock ’87

Peter Hedley ’97 Hugh Leoni ’97 Ed Forbes ’98

Melinda Sheehan ’98

Ridgely Harrison ’99

Monya Davis Taylor ’88

Darnell Parker ’00

Dominique (Bales) Wagner ’88

* Robert (Bob) Namar ’74

James “Jim” Crouch ’77

Melissa M. Hedley ’90

Stephanie (Gowski) Bush ’91

Steve “Peach” Fusco ’79

Sallie (Oakes) O’Connor ’91

Betsy (Lorber) Stern ’79

Chip Rollinson ’91

Ryan Carr ’95

* Greg Bendelius ’88

Lisa (Kaugher) Humphreys ’89

Dr. Christina (Toth) Breen ’95

* Amy (Chaiken) Wolffe ’78

David Weisbrod ’73

Whitney (Brusman) Shelton ’94

Joe Selvaggi ’83

Mary (Milanesi) Koenig ’92

* Tashia Martin ’01 * Sue Driscoll ’02

Todd McConnell ’02

Dana Mulvihill ’04

* Tyler Mulvihill ’05

Greg Williams ’05

Lee (Grant) Bogaert ’06

* Jennifer Conway ’06

Loretta (Porter) James ’62

Bill Phillips, Jr. ’62

* Katherine “KC” Hnat Joubran ’84

Katherine “Katie” (Ewig) DiNardo ’93

David Moretti ’85

Cartwright Wallace ’93

* Matthew “Matt” Engel ’07

Carol Selman ’64

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Anjali Ramchandani ’06

* Denotes Alumni Board Member

Timothy Connor ’09

Madeline “Maddy” McCann ’09

Zach Borker ’10

Rebecca Lerner ’10

Trevor Baptiste ’14

John McDonald ’15

Maddie Carroll ’16

Nicole Robertson ’16

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Celebrating milestone years:

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Maggie Ranger ’10

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Ryan Waters ’17

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Sam Taggart ’10

Anna Balliet ’11

Lauren Capo ’11

Alix Shulman ’11

Matthew Smith ’18

Kaity Bednarski ’19

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James Cunningham ’19

Brette Brier ’13

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Connect with your classmates and share your plans for attending Reunion online at: Your Alumni Networking Portal

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