Among Friends Fall 2012
2011 - 12 Annual Report of Donors
Two Alumni Make Big Splash in Hollywood
Great Classrooms for Great Kids Campaign Raises $7 Million
Young Alumni Faring Well in “Real World” 2012 Alumni Association Awards
A Message from the Head of School MFS Outcomes Parents searching for an independent school for their children are often interested in learning about outcomes for a school’s graduates. For many, the key outcome may be a list of colleges where alumni are currently enrolled. Our seniors routinely achieve the highest average SAT scores in South Jersey by a wide margin, and our list of destination colleges is always quite impressive. But looking beyond that, some may wonder how our graduates fare after they complete their undergraduate education. In this issue of Among Friends, we provide a snapshot of the Classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007 to see how they are doing in these tough economic conditions and job market. Many are enrolled in graduate degree programs. But we also have a remarkably large number of graduates who are already off and running with their professional careers. Their credentials and positions are quite notable for young people just a few years out of college. We also profile two alumni who are prominent figures in the entertainment industry. Gloria Borders ’73 is an Academy Award winning film executive, specializing in sound and post-production. She was an executive producer for the summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman. Dana Calvo ’88 has made a bold career jump from international journalist to television executive. You’ll also read about the 2012 Alumni Association award winners and our Cum Laude speaker, Phoenix-area surgeon David Caparrelli ’89. A rigorous curriculum coupled with an emphasis on the spiritual and ethical growth of each student produces alumni who do well and do good. But these outcomes would not be possible without the strong support of our entire school community. This issue includes our Annual Report and our report on the Great Classrooms for Great Kids capital campaign. The capital campaign was the largest in MFS history, securing over $7 million to provide new classrooms and labs for our students and faculty. We are deeply grateful to all the members of our community who continue to invest in the school and its future.
Larry Van Meter ’68 Head of School
Among Friends Fall 2012
Moorestown Friends School 110 East Main Street Moorestown, NJ 08057 (856) 235-2900, www.mfriends.org Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68 Published By The Development Office Director of Development Stephen Zakroff Assistant Director of Development Beth Stouffer Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Schlotterbeck Director of Parent and Alumni Programs Matt Nierenberg Director of Annual Giving Kristy Embrack
Con te n ts News and Notes ....................................................... 2 Remembering Cindy MacColl ................................... 6 Remembering Sally Stokes Venerable ’44 and Besty Harman Johnson ’63.................................. 7 Cum Laude/Honors Banquet Speaker: David Caparrelli ’89.................................................. 9 Gloria Borders ’73: Cutting a Wide “SWATH” in Hollywood .................10 Dana Calvo ’88: From International Journalist to TV Executive ........12 Alumni Association Awards . . ..................................14 Alice Paul Merit Award: Robert Smith ’42 . . .....15 Service Award: Phil & Naomi Lippincott..........16 Young Alumni Award: Robin Nelson ’97..........17 Faculty/Staff Retirements.........................................18
Development Office Staff Sue Giacchetto, Elaine Parellada, Michelle Wartenberg Photo Credits Ali Goldstein, Curt Hudson, Marilyn Humphries, Mario Morgado, Mike Schlotterbeck, Steve Zakroff Graphic Design Alison Judah ’86, Hypno Design Moorestown Friends School admits students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, or sexual orientation. All photos are identified from left to right unless otherwise indicated.
Recent Alums Faring Well in Difficult Job Market . . ...............................................20 Capital Campaign Report. . .................................... I-XII 2011-12 Annual Report....................................... i-xliv Class Notes . . .............................................................23 In Memoriam . . .........................................................32
About the Cover Neil Hartman, with Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68 in the background, watches as the new cupola is placed atop Hartman Hall at the building’s Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in May.
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News and Notes Students Design and Install Rain Garden Five students designed and constructed a demonstration rain garden on the front lawn of the Greenleaf Building at 28 E. Main St., next to Hartman Hall. The MFS Demonstration Rain Garden is irrigated with water captured from the roof of the building. A rain barrel, constructed by Amanda Connell ’12, Shou-li Tung ’12 and junior Michelle Marzoev and painted by Anehita Oribabor ’12 and senior Melissa Finnerty, was installed under the downspout of the building. Rain gardens are specifically designed to manage storm water run-off, mainly from rooftops. A rain garden looks like a regular garden, but during a rain storm, the garden fills with water and filters into the ground instead of running down the storm sewers. Compared to a patch of lawn, a rain garden allows approximately 30% more water to soak into the ground. The MFS Demonstration Rain Garden was created in association with the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association and Rutgers University. In New Jersey, there are over 25 demonstration rain gardens established through collaborative projects between Rutgers University and local stakeholders.
U.S. History Classes Create Quilt Students in Eliza McFeely’s 2011-2012 sophomore U.S. History courses created a quilt depicting the complicated patchwork of sometimes conflicting trends that are the hallmark of the Cold War period in American history. According to McFeely: “It includes references to international affairs that occupied U.S. leaders and sometimes U.S. soldiers. It also has a section devoted to the Civil Rights movement, a movement that gained a measure of power by pointing out the contrast between the U.S. claim to being the leader of the free world and the reality, available in people’s living rooms, of American citizens being violently prevented from exercising their right to vote. Finally, we have a section that gathers together the student movement, the anti-war movement, the women’s movement and many of the other movements that rose to challenge the suburban cold-war consensus that many people think of as the norm in 1950s America.”
Middle School students assisted with rain garden plantings.
Happy 75th Birthday Mrs. Fed! Faculty and staff visited Room 18 in the Lower School on September 7 to celebrate First Grade Assistant Sandi Federici’s 75th birthday. “Mrs. Fed” is in her 37th year at MFS.
Sandi Federici with First Grade Teacher Teri Kaiser.
News and Notes Chester Reagan Chair Priscilla TaylorWilliams, First Grade Teacher Emily Traver and Lower/Middle School Quaker Education Teacher Lynne Brick in front of Swathmoor Hall in England.
“As modern day pilgrims we followed the steps of George Fox, learning the history of each site and reading from his journal.”
Three Teachers Take Part in Quaker Pilgrimage to England Chester Reagan Chair for Quaker/ Religious Studies Priscilla TaylorWilliams, Lower/Middle School Quaker Education Teacher Lynne Brick and First Grade Teacher Emily Traver traveled to England in July for a six-day Quaker Pilgrimage in which they visited historical sites that played key roles in the formation of the Religious Society of Friends. Below is a piece jointly written which summarizes their trip: If you could travel back in time to the summer of 1652, you could watch the birth of the Religious Society of Friends. George Fox had been traveling the Lake Country in England explaining his belief that each of us has access to the Light of God without the necessity of relying on someone else to teach us, such as a trained preacher. The area he traveled was home to many “seekers” who were struggling to find new avenues for understanding Christianity in the midst of civil war. During that summer he made the difficult climb up the steep
Pendle Hill, a place that is inspiring even now. From the crest of the hill, looking out over the land, he had a vision of “a great people to be gathered;” this was the impetus for him to preach to a crowd gathered for a hiring fair, outside the local church at a site called Firbank Fell. At that event there were close to 1,000 people gathered, many of whom were converted after he spoke. From there he traveled much of the Lake District preaching; most importantly he persuaded Margaret Fell of Swarthmoor Hall that she must examine how she was living out her Christian ideals. Not only did Margaret become a Quaker, but she was instrumental in creating the structure that allowed Quakerism to survive and flourish in spite of extensive persecution. As modern day pilgrims we followed the steps of George Fox, learning the history of each site and reading from his journal. One of the most evocative places was the jail at Lancaster Castle. Many Quakers were imprisoned here for holding services other than those of the State church or for insisting that
people were all equal, even the judges and their “social betters.” The conditions of the jail were intolerable and many Quakers died while imprisoned. As we stood in a dank, dark cell learning of the history, we gained a more profound understanding of how courageous these early Quakers were and how deeply they held their convictions. Near the end of our visit we went to see the Quaker Tapestry, a series of embroidered panels of Quaker history. These panels tell the story of how the search for truth by Quakers became a means to transform the world. Quakers have worked steadily since 1652 for social justice (prison reform and education for both boys and girls), as innovative industrialists (the first public railroad in England and the great chocolate companies), as groundbreaking bankers and economists (the fixed-price system and transparent book-keeping systems), as scientists (chemist John Dalton or Jocelyn Bell Burnell who helped discover pulsars) and as social entrepreneurs (women’s small businesses and microcredit). Now that we have returned from our trip, we have come back to share with the MFS community the ways this heritage of innovation and faith-based action links to the skills of the 21st century, so we too may join a long line of people before us who successfully worked to change the world for the better. 3
News and Notes Third Grade Teacher Explores Morocco on Summer Sabbatical I greatly appreciated the opportunity to travel to Morocco as the recipient of the 2012 Zekavat Summer Sabbatical. My wife Laurie and I saw a tremendous diversity of people, culture and land, and had experiences that will enrich my teaching at MFS and will broaden and shape my thinking as co-clerk of the 21st Century Skills Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. We experienced the end of Ramadan and Eid al Fitr in Marrakech, hiked through Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, walked the ancient medinas of Essaouira and Fez, visited a Muslim pilgrimage site in Moulay Idriss, and saw Roman ruins in Volubilis. Helping my third grade students appreciate the world’s richness, beauty, and diversity is one of my primary teaching goals, and experiencing these things firsthand – and sharing videos and pictures with students – enables me to teach in an authentic, engaging way. I will write stories about the trip and use them as demonstration texts in non-fiction writing units. Students not only learn from the model of non-fiction writing, but also learn that life can be lived with curiosity and vigor. I will use pictures of the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, a 14th century Muslim university, during studies of shapes and geometry (beats looking at figures in a textbook!) and will use videos of Marrakech’s bustling Djemaa al Fna square to create a “mock medina” where students use critical thinking, problem solving and math skills to buy, sell and bargain for goods. Beyond my third grade class, I will share my learning and experiences with the MFS community through presentations at divisional assemblies and school events, offering to visit Middle and Upper School classes, sharing my experiences with colleagues, and incorporating Morocco into the “Explorer’s Club,” a Lower School afterschool club that I lead that teaches students about international geography and cultures. My experiences in Morocco also broadens and shapes my thinking as co-clerk of the 21st Century Skills Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. As we work to further develop student skills in communication, creativity and initiative, collaboration, and accessing and analyzing information, it is helpful to observe how others apply the same skills in extremely different environments. 21st century skills make me think of Omar, the man who guided Laurie and me during our Atlas trek. When we got sick in the mountains (probably some bad vegetable tajine), Omar used four languages (Tashelhit, Arabic, French and English), modern technology (cell phone, truck), and any means necessary (mule, herbal remedies) to get us the help we needed. How will this experience translate to building 21st century skills at MFS? Right now, honestly, I don’t know. I do know, however, that observing Morocco’s juxtapositions of history, modernity, tradition and change will continue to help me grow as a teacher and become a more thoughtful member of the MFS community. Thank you to the Zekavat family for establishing the endowed fund making this trip possible. – Ted Quinn, Third Grade Teacher 4
Third Grade Teacher Ted Quinn embarks on a hike in Setti Fatima, Morocco. Quinn visited Morocco thanks to the Zekavat Summer Sabbatical Program.
Ted Quinn and wife Laurie with their host in Timichi, Morocco.
News and Notes Former Artist-In-Resident Hezekiah Lewis Teaching Film Analysis Course Hezekiah Lewis, writer, director and Assistant Professor of Communications at Villanova University, has been retained by Moorestown Friends School to teach Film Analysis, an Upper School elective course. As part of a Strategic Plan initiative to enhance film/video production instruction for students, the school has also purchased equipment to support this course and other film/video projects by students and faculty. New equipment includes: three new Canon EOS 60D DSLR cameras, several new lenses, video monitor kits, two lighting kits/boom sets and more. Two new Apple computers with 27” monitors were also installed to support the new equipment. Lewis has a B.A. from Villanova University and a M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Students Recognized By National Scholarship Programs Eleven Moorestown Friends School seniors were recently recognized by the National Merit Scholarship® Program. Austin Harris, Andrew Jaffe and Joseph Kiernan were named National Merit Semifinalists. These students are part of a group of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are now eligible to apply to become Finalists. The following students were named National Merit Commended Scholars: Caroline Cramer, Aaron Ferber, Margaret Fischer, Alexander Hines, Claire Langlotz, Sarah Master, Kyle Price and Spencer Bard. Commended Scholars are recognized for their exceptional academic National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists (l to r): promise. Andrew Jaffe, Joseph Kiernan and Austin Harris. Austin Harris was also recognized as a National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Seniors Matthew Brown, Daphni Sawyer and Simone Stanley were named National Achievement Scholarship Outstanding Participants. The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African-American high school students. Aaron Ferber was also named a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students each year based on their performance on the PSAT and their grade point average.
Welcome to New Chinese Students! Three 11th grade students and one 10th grade student from China are enrolled for the 2012-13 school year, living with host families. MFS partnered with Ivy International Group to aid in the recruitment and application process with prospective students. Ivy International is a firm dedicated to promoting international education that places Chinese students in U.S. schools. They partner with over 30 top independent schools in the U.S., including local schools such as Abington Friends, Friends Select and Rutgers Prep. From left: Yanjun Zhang (Ray), Yuchen Yuan (Angela), Jingwei Luo (Wesley) and Zuemeng Luo (Vicky). 5
Remembering Cindy MacColl Editor’s Note: The obituary for Cynthia MacColl in the Spring 2012 issue of Among Friends was incomplete. Below is an expanded and corrected entry.
Cynthia L. MacColl, a Moorestown Friends School alumni parent and administrator, passed away on February 27, 2012 in Waterville, ME. Cindy MacColl served as secretary to the Headmaster (1969-70), Director of Admissions and Executive Secretary (1970-74), Director of Lower School Admissions and Assistant Lower School Secretary (1974-83), and Registrar, Lower School Admissions Secretary and Assistant Lower School Secretary (1983-85). “My mother’s work on improving the Admissions Department resulted in increased student enrollment and was a kick start to where the department is now,” said daughter Lisa Attix ’76. “As the Headmaster’s wife at the time, she was instrumental in having the various entertainment festivities for the school held at the headmaster’s home to give them a more personal feel. Many expressed their awe at her willingness and wonderful ability to entertain in such a warm, welcoming way.” She is survived by her children, Ross Attix ’70, Craig Attix ’72, Lee Attix ’74, Lisa Attix ’76, two grandsons and two granddogs. Memories of Cindy MacColl… Cindy MacColl greeted everyone with a warm smile and had a terrific giggle that was infectious. Her “state dinners” were memorable with a fascinating mixture of MFS community members and family and her hot crab dip was out of this world (and I don’t like crab). Long bike rides across Burlington County with Cindy and Nan Stickney were great fun and inspiring for those who were a bit younger and who had to work to keep up. My favorite memory of Cindy was her favorite saying at our Lobster/Steak Clambake dessert counter – “a piece of apple pie without a piece of cheese is like kissing your sister.” And as expected – we always had homemade apple pie with cheese! Cindy was a perfect example of how the Light can shine through an individual and have such an impressive influence on others. Many, many folks will miss Cindy MacColl. – Ramona Thomas, former Assistant to the Upper School Director Cindy MacColl had many connections to Moorestown Friends School. She was a parent of students, she was an administrator, and finally, she was the wife of the Headmaster. She was very friendly with the staff of MFS, and she participated in practically all the activities of the school. She had a good sense of humor. – Neil Hartman, former Math Teacher and former School Committee member The thing I remember most about Cindy was how upbeat she was. Every morning as I arrived at work, she was cheerfully walking the dog down to the field to get some exercise. – Nan Stickney, former Lower School Director
Cindy MacColl was a super organized, down-to-earth steady worker whose selfless contributions to the effectiveness of the Lower School were sweetened by her whimsical, artistic view of the world. She knew how to reach out to individuals, how to nurture groups and she had the worldly overview and skill to connect both. Cindy had a wonderful sense of humor that played on the natural foibles of human interactions especially when framed against the irony of people’s values vs. their behaviors. My special and personal memory was created by the caring attitude Cindy took when I finally graduated from 12 years of night school at Glassboro State College. I had been teaching at MFS for 13 of those years. I did not have time nor inclination to stop and savor the moment. However, Cindy would not hear of it and planned a beautiful party after school at her home in the Headmaster’s house. Skits, remembrances, great food, festive decorations and a great many faculty brought a wonderful, fun and loving sense of closure to the path I had trod for 12 years. Cindy even created an amazingly beautiful cap and gown from black crepe paper that flowed like material and crackled with the electricity of the day! Cindy thought it important to mark the event, and because of her, I now hold a treasured memory of Cindy’s awareness of how much we had all shared on that journey and how much pleasure we all could take in sharing the moment of closure. Many years later, after Cindy had moved to Maine, she sent me one of her lovely paintings of the lakeshore life she loved. I treasure it and I marvel at the sensitivity, outrageous fun and personal power of the woman who created and then gave so much to those who were within her reach. – Larue Evans, former Lower School Director
From my first day at MFS in 1971, I found Cindy to be extraordinarily supportive of faculty and staff, students and parents, as well as every department of the school. She always went the extra mile to make certain each situation was addressed from every angle so that all involved would achieve the best results. Cindy thrived on every challenge that came her way, and enjoyed arriving at the best solution possible. She was an exceptional and trustworthy friend who lived by her Quaker values every day. Cindy will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. – Jo Urbanelli, former Upper School Admissions Assistant and Director of Summer Programs I remember Cindy well and considered her a good friend. Shortly after I became the Business Manager, I hired Cindy as my secretary. She then went on to become Merrill Hiatt’s secretary and after he retired Alex MacColl became Headmaster and Cindy stayed on as his secretary. Overtime, she became the school’s Registrar and ultimately, Director of Admissions. Subsequently, much too soon from my point of view, Cindy retired and moved to her home at Long Pond, Belgrade Lakes, Maine…Looking back and considering her progress at MFS, my parting remembrance of her is “cream will rise.” – Cornell Dowlin, former Business Manager Cindy MacColl tried to perform her varying positions in a cheerful manner, trying to balance the input of multiple contributors in an objective fashion, and showing others by example that daily challenges can be routinely managed without the loss of patience and humor. – Craig Attix ’72
Remembering Sally Stokes Venerable Sally Stokes Venerable ’44 died on August 24, 2012 in hospice in Gainesville, FL after a courageous struggle with cancer. The daughter of S. Emlen ’10 and Lydia Babbott Stokes, she was born in Moorestown in 1927. She attended Moorestown Friends School, beginning in kindergarten, along with her late brother Samuel ’40 and sisters Lydia ’42, who is now deceased, and Ann ’48. She won the Senior Essay Contest, which she read at graduation, deploring the internment of Japanese Americans in the war then being fought. She later stated that she came away from this experience knowing that she would be speaking out about wrongs she had witnessed for the rest of her life. After Friends, she attended Vassar College, graduating in 1947. She returned to MFS to coach field hockey and tennis, and teach physical education for the 1947-48 and 1948-49 school years. She also advised the Student Affairs Committee.
In 1949, she married James Thomas Venerable and moved to the Midwest. There she raised her family and became involved in the Golden Retriever Club of America, eventually becoming its president. Later, she lived for 20 years in Santa Fe, NM, moved briefly to Boulder, CO, and finally joined her daughter Nancy in Gainesville in 2005. In each community in which she lived, she was mindful of her Quaker heritage, actively engaging in social and economic justice issues, as well as supporting environmental causes. She maintained a keen interest in MFS, was a longtime class correspondent, a charter member of the MFS Consecutive Years Giving Society, and a generous supporter of the school’s capital campaign efforts over the years. She was preceded in death by her daughter Faith, and her two sons, David Emlen Venerable and Thomas Stokes Venerable. She is survived by her sister
Ann, her daughters Nancy V. Deren and Thalia Venerable, and her grandsons Patrick Samuel Deren and David Michael Deren, daughter-in-law Adria Kae Deren and granddaughter Aubrey Kae Deren. A Memorial Service was held at Moorestown Meeting October 27. Memorial gifts have been directed to Moorestown Friends School or Planned Parenthood of Camden, NJ. (Additional memorial services and local non-profit memorial gift designations have been planned for Gainesville, FL, Santa Fe, NM and Keene Valley, NY.)
Remembering Betsy Harman Johnson Betsy Harman Johnson ’63, former trustee and Development Office staff member, died on October 2, 2012, after a long illness. Betsy and her husband Floyd had been happily retired at “River Landing” in Wallace, N.C., after living for many years in Haddonfield, NJ. Betsy came to Moorestown Friends School in seventh grade from Haddonfield Friends School. At MFS, she was involved with the Religious Life Committee, Weekend Work Camp, and the Glee Club. She also was a varsity lacrosse player. She went on to Bates College, earning an A.B. in sociology. Betsy married her first husband, Charles Pfaffmann, a Bates classmate, in 1968. He was a Navy pilot and was killed in 1970 while serving on the carrier USS Coral Sea. Betsy’s lifelong service to Moorestown Friends officially began when she joined the School Committee. She stepped off in 1985
when she worked for a year in the MFS Development Office in the new position of Alumni Secretary. She later returned to the School Committee, serving from 1987 to 1992. Betsy married Floyd Johnson in 1975. The Johnsons were instrumental in helping to raise several of Floyd’s young relatives. Floyd succeeded Betsy on the MFS School Committee, serving from 2000 to 2003, when the Johnsons moved to North Carolina. Betsy worked for 15 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in several different curatorial departments in the 1970’s through the early 80’s. Later, she worked at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In addition to her volunteer work at MFS, she was involved for many years with the Moorestown Meeting. Her passions included club hockey and lacrosse, tennis, swimming, hand work (cooking, sewing and crafts) and
gardening. Her survivors include her husband Floyd, her parents Arthur and Theresa Harman, of Medford Leas, NJ and her brother A. Matthew Harman ’67, of South Dartmouth, MA. A Memorial Service was held at Wilmington (NC) Friends Meeting on November 2, 2012. Memorial gifts have been directed to Moorestown Friends School or Wilmington Friends Meeting of Wilmington, NC. 7
Three New School Committee Members Appointed Three new members were recently appointed to the School Committee: Peter Baily has been Head of School at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, NY since 2000. He is a graduate of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, and attended Earlham and Nasson Colleges. He holds a Master’s degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College and taught Upper School English at The Vershire School in Vermont, University High School in San Francisco, and The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Prior to moving to the Hudson Valley, Baily served as Head of Oak Lane Day School and as Interim Head at the Quaker School at Horsham, both in suburban Philadelphia. He is a member of Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting, and he currently serves on the boards of Robert C. Parker School, Friends Seminary, and Friends Council on Education. His work at Oakwood weaves together many strands of his personal and professional background, and he is especially pleased to be in an environment with long-standing Quaker traditions. Baily lives on the Oakwood campus with his two dogs and enjoys spending time in the surrounding countryside, on foot and on his bike. Stefanie Cohen was President of Congregation M’kor Shalom from June 2010 through June 2012. She currently serves on the board of the Congregation. Prior to assuming the presidency, Stefanie served as Board Member, Ritual Committee Chair, and active participant on such initiatives as Communications, Membership, Major Fundraising, Rabbinic Search, Nominating Committee, and By-Law Review. Professionally, Cohen is an attorney who worked primarily in law firm strategic planning and marketing. For the last ten years, she has been fortunate to spend most of her time writing fiction, studying spirituality and volunteering at M’kor Shalom and for Samaritan Hospice, where she serves as a home visitor and vigil team member. She and her husband Steve, an attorney with Morgan Lewis, have three daughters: Jessie
Peter Baily, Patricia Metzer and Stefanie Cohen at Dickinson College, Maddie, a junior at MFS, and Lizzie at Kellman Brown Academy. Patricia Ann Metzer ’59 is a Tax Attorney with Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer, Cambridge, MA. She has served on the MFS Head’s Council for three years and has been active in supporting the school and attending reunion gatherings both in Moorestown and Boston. She has been a generous supporter of the Great Classrooms for Great Kids campaign. Pat conducts a general tax practice, representing business entities, non-profits, individuals, estates and trusts in all areas of the tax law. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a graduate, with distinction, of the University of Pennsylvania College for Women. Pat is the author of numerous texts and articles on taxation, including the taxation of intellectual property. She is a contributing author to Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. She is a member of the Massachusetts, Boston, American and Federal Bar Associations, and has done extensive committee work for them. She is proficient in German and performs as a vocal soloist in the Boston area.
Mike Schlotterbeck Inducted Into Elizabethtown College Sports Hall of Fame
Director of Marketing and Communications and Boys Soccer Coach Mike Schlotterbeck was inducted into Elizabethtown College’s Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame on October 21. Schlotterbeck contributed to a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championships with the men’s soccer team in 1994 and 1995. Schlotterbeck scored 11 goals and tallied 15 assists over his junior and senior seasons, while the Blue Jays went on to win 40 games and advance to two NCAA Division III Tournaments.
A majority of Schlotterbeck’s athletic success came with the men’s swimming team, however. He still holds the school record in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke and is part of the record-setting 400 medley relay team. Schlotterbeck earned back-to-back David B. Eavenson Awards in 1994 and 1995 as the Most Outstanding Male Swimmer at the MAC Championships. He swept gold medals in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the MAC Championships all four years (1992-95) and added in a pair of golds in the 200 individual medley (1994-95).
In addition to his individual gold medals, he was a member of six gold medal-winning relay teams during his career. Schlotterbeck, and his wife Jeneen, have two boys in the Lower School: Evan (4th) and Matthew (K).
David Caparrelli • Cardiovascular Surgeon, Arizona Heart Institute • M.D., University of Pennsylvania • A.B., Princeton University
Cum Laude/Honors Banquet
Arizona Surgeon David Caparrelli ’89 Urges Students To Seek Out Mentors Over 40 students and their families enjoyed keynote remarks by cardiovascular surgeon David Caparrelli, M.D. ’89 at the annual Cum Laude/ Honors Banquet in May. Caparelli traveled from Arizona to provide remarks. “My memories and experiences of MFS have had such a tremendous impact on my life, career and my overall development as a member of society,” he said. He joined the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix in 2008, where he is a member of the faculty and a practicing surgeon. His areas of focus include aortic surgery, thoracic and abdominal aneurysum and dissection, connective tissue disorders, carotid artery stenosis, endovascular surgery, and resident education. Caparrelli came to MFS in Middle School. Inducted into Cum Laude as a junior, he was selected for the
Governor’s School of Sciences the summer before his senior year. Upon graduation he was named a Garden State Distinguished Scholar and received the Bausch and Lomb Science Medal. A USTA-ranked tennis player, at Friends he played at the varsity first singles spot from freshman year on, and also played four years of varsity soccer in goal, captaining the team his senior year. He was selected for leadership by his classmates, serving as junior class president, and president of Student Council his senior year. “One of the things that makes MFS so special is the sense of community and the commitment of the faculty. I remember the faculty as more than just teachers but as true mentors…it was people like Bill and Marty Smith, Neil Hartman, Rich Marcucci, Sandy Heath, George Thomas, Steve Edgerton and Dean Koski who greatly impacted my
experience and shaped my future.” At Princeton, where he continued to play soccer, David earned an A.B. in chemistry (1993), and was Cum Laude at the college level. In his remarks, he referred to one of his primary mentors former U.S. National Soccer Team Coach Bob Bradley, now the coach of the Egypt National Team. Bradley was the head coach at Princeton when Caparrelli was a member of the squad. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1997), Caparrelli went on to earn a series of academic distinctions that included serving as Chief Resident in general surgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical School (2003-04), Chief Resident there in the Division of Thoracic Surgery (2006) and finally Chief Resident in the Division of Cardiac Surgery (2007-08). He also had the distinction of serving as the Specialist Registrar in general and vascular surgery at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. He has held a number of research fellowships, and has a long list of honors, awards and professional affiliations. Caparrelli’s advice included the following: “If you pursue your dreams with enthusiasm and commitment, you can avoid the ‘what-ifs’ in life. I would strongly advise the students sitting her today to seek out mentors – mentors that can inspire you – mentors that can help you find your way. Role models you can pattern yourself after and be memorable to you in the future.” He concluded: “Be a mentor to others. The true mark of success is not what you have done but who you have inspired.” Caparrelli, his wife Tara, and their three children live in Scottsdale.
Gloria Borders at Stonehenge, a photo taken while traveling through England for filming of Snow White and the Huntsman.
Gloria Borders ’73: Cutting a Wide “SWATH” in Hollywood.
Academy Award winner is an executive producer for smash hit Snow White and the Huntsman (SWATH)
Gloria Borders ‘73, along with Palak Patel, was an executive producer for the recent box office smash hit Snow White and the Huntsman, which was the top grossing movie in the United States on the weekend of June 1. Borders has been a mainstay in Hollywood for nearly four decades, specializing in the areas of post production and visual effects. Her expertise and skill in these areas eventually led to executive positions in the industry. When Borders graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1973 and enrolled at the University of San Francisco, little did she know she would soon meet and network with names like Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jim Cameron, Carroll Ballard and other industry giants. Borders had planned to study pre-law but eventually moved into the area of film and cinema production after transferring to San Francisco State University. After graduating, she became involved in the Bay Area documentary film scene working in all aspects of documentary filmmaking. “It was a perfect storm opportunity in the ’70s when many young filmmakers wanted to get away from Hollywood and 10
Gloria Borders • Executive Producer Snow White and the Huntsman • Academy Award winner for Sound Effects Editing, 1992: Terminator 2: Judgment Day • Academy Award nominee for Sound Effects Editing, 1995: Forrest Gump • B.A., San Francisco State University a lot of really interesting documentary films were made in northern California,” said Borders. Her connections would serve her well as she progressed up the industry ladder. “When I went to college there (in the Bay Area), who knew I was going to work with many of the best directors of our time?” asked Borders matter-of-factly referring to her famous friends referenced above. She eventually moved into the feature film industry when she was hired to work on Lucasfilm’s Return of the Jedi, which began a 20-year involvement with George Lucas and his renowned Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) divisions. She won an Academy Award in 1992 for sound effects editing for her work on Terminator 2: Judgment Day and was also nominated in 1995 for her work on Forrest Gump. Her tenure with Lucas concluded with her serving as General Manager of Skywalker Sound and Vice President of Lucas Digital Ltd. During that four-year span from 1996-2000, she managed the marketing of the facility and the postproduction for projects such as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Toy Story I and II, A Bug’s Life, Lost World, and many more. In 2000, Borders parted ways with Lucas when she was named Head of Post Production at Joe Roth’s Revolution
Studios, which vaulted her into the next phase of her career – studio executive. Roth is the former chairman of 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios. At Revolution, Borders managed post production and video effects for the studio’s 37 films. In 2005, she moved on to become Head of Studio for Dreamworks Animation/PDI in Northern California where she immersed herself in the world of computer-generated animation. She also developed and directed a start-up studio for Dreamworks in Bangalore, India. She left Dreamworks/PDI in 2009 to become President of Digital Domain where she served as Executive Producer of Tron: The Legacy and also developed another start-up studio, this time in Vancouver. Last year, Joe Roth came calling again, this time with an offer to serve as an Executive Producer on Snow White and the Huntsman. Borders accepted the offer and the film starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has grossed $400 million worldwide. “Working with Joe and getting back into real filmmaking has been great,” said Borders. “That’s a transition that is sometimes tough to make and Joe helped me return to the trenches. He’s my work angel.” Borders seems energized by her recent work on the hit film. She said: “I’ve gone back to my roots. I enjoy having a creative opinion and getting involved and managing people. I love post-production because to me that’s what really makes the movie, how it’s all put together. How should we cut this scene? What about the sound effects and music? Who should
do the soundtrack? Who will be the composer? I love it.” Borders is extremely appreciative of the people she has worked with over the years. “I’ve had wonderful people in my life that had faith in me and took a leap – Lucas, Coppola, Jim Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO of DreamWorks Animation), and especially Joe Roth.” When asked about her experience at Moorestown Friends School, Borders quickly cited the high quality of teaching and diversity of teaching styles. “We had some great teachers who really made us think,” said Borders, who began at MFS in the seventh grade. “There were so many new and innovative ways that we were learning. People were looking at world events and different ways of teaching. They were interesting times.” She was also quite appreciative of the opportunities to participate in independent studies and senior project. “The independent study program proved to be one of my most valuable learning experiences. We went out on our own and we were expected to take chances and take risks,” she said. “I don’t know if you would get that in a normal public school.” Borders unknowingly began a life-changing experience when she signed up to serve as an assistant at the newly opened Medford Leas for her Senior Project during the month of May as she approached graduation. “We (Class of 1973) were a wild group,” she began. “To have to go take care of older people with all sorts of ailments… it was a new experience for me and it probably changed my life more than anything. It stretched my boundaries.” Finally, she pointed to the impact Meeting for Worship had on her. “There is something about Quakerism that makes you reflect and wonder and question,” she said. “Meeting was very powerful. It was great as an eighth grader to hear seniors standing up and speaking about the Vietnam War or another current topic. It’s very powerful to be part of a group like that.” Borders noted that she took her first filmmaking class at MFS. She had simple advice for aspiring young filmmakers. “Take as many risks as you can and don’t be afraid to make a mistake.” Borders will be working on multiple projects for Joe Roth Films over the next two years.
Dana Calvo ’88 • Creator and Co-Executive Producer Made in Jersey • Former Journalist The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press • B.A., Swarthmore College
Dana Calvo ’88: From International Journalist to TV Exec
It’s been a rapid Hollywood ascent for Dana Calvo ’88. The Moorestown native and MFS original has progressed from an uncredited writer/researcher to Creator and Co-Executive Producer of a network legal drama - Made in Jersey, the CBS legal drama which premiered in September and was, to critics’ surprise, the first show to be trimmed from the fall schedule. For a journalist who didn’t own a television in her 20s, Calvo has taken quite well to Hollywood as a second career. After graduating from Swarthmore College, she worked for The New York Times, Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times for 11 years. Assignments included two U.S. presidential campaigns, international drug trafficking and immigration from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and much more. Her connections led to an opportunity to work as an uncredited writer/researcher on the Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts film Charlie Wilson’s War. In 2006, her family (husband and L.A. Times writer Scott Gold and daughter Annabel) moved to Los Angeles to enable her to work on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a critically acclaimed Aaron Sorkin comedy-drama that ran on NBC for 21 episodes. “I had the great fortune of being in the right place when they needed a journalist’s perspective for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” said Calvo. “Every single day in that writers’ room, I pulled from my memories as a reporter.
It didn’t hurt that many of the issues in the show were about media and politics.” Following Studio 60, she worked as an executive story editor on the Fox TV sci-fi drama Journeyman. She was a producer for the ABC Family comedy Greek (ABC), and was Supervising Producer for two other series - Covert Affairs (USA) and Franklin & Bash (TNT). The genesis for Made in Jersey was a conversation with Kevin Falls, who ran the writers’ room for The West Wing and is one of the executive producers of Made in Jersey. “Kevin hired me to write for Journeyman,” said Calvo. “I worked for him on a number of other projects and I loved working for him…quality of life is important to him and I appreciate that.” She continued, “We both saw The Fighter (the feature film starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams) and we loved the sisters in the film and we thought, ‘What would happen if one of those sisters went off and became a professional?’” As an incentive to work as a producer on Franklin & Bash, Falls had provided a script deal to Calvo with Sony Productions which enabled her to move into the role of Creator on a network series for the first time. “Writing a female lead is not very commercial in Hollywood,” said Calvo. “But the timing was good with the success of (the hit comedy film) Bridesmaids.” She worked closely with Falls and executive producer (and former head of ABC’s entertainment division) Jamie Tarses. “I was so far out of my depth of field…the only thing I knew is that I didn’t know a lot,” said Calvo self-effacingly. The process was clearly rewarding for Calvo who recalled the early stages of development for Made in Jersey, which was about the underdog New York City female attorney, Martina Garretti (played by Janet Montgomery), from a tight-knit, working-class New Jersey family. “It’s a pretty radical romantic concept that this little pilot could become a series,” she said. She is most comfortable in the writers’ room. “Great writers’ rooms are like sports teams - if they work well it’s an unconditional love,” said Calvo. “I love that team effort. It makes it a lot more fun.” Unfortunately, the Moorestown native experienced the unpredictable side of network television and saw Made in Jersey cancelled by CBS in its first month. However, when
“There was an enthusiasm from teachers and from parents – they gave you the tools to think that anything is possible,” she said. “I’m incredibly grateful for having that tight-knit community.” contacted about the cancellation, Calvo was predictably upbeat and resilient. “I made it to the mountaintop - I just didn’t get to stay there very long,” she said. “The cast, crew and writers were diligent, dynamic and very good at their craft. This is a cutthroat industry, but I feel grateful to make a living as a writer out here.” Philadelphia Inquirer media critic David Hiltbrand wrote of the CBS decision: “I was surprised by the announcement. I never viewed Made in Jersey as vulnerable…Especially since Made in Jersey was beating its primary time-slot competitor, NBC’s Grimm.” In the coming months, Calvo will be working on a new cable project. Calvo was an MFS original and wistfully recalled her childhood. “I was an original and my parents are still married,” she said. “I had a wonderful childhood. It was a very consistent experience for me. Very nurturing. Very curious. MFS played a big part.” She recalls former English teacher William Blauvelt as someone who had an impact on her writing and career. “He was a great teacher who provided very passionate, constructive criticism,” she said of the teacher who she remembers passing out New Yorker cartoons. “He was like those little flippers on a pinball machine gently guiding you.” Calvo’s sports analogy when previously referring to the writers’ room traces back to her time on the MFS fields. In addition to playing varsity field hockey and lacrosse, during her Lower School years she often was a spectator at MFS games. Her family lived right behind the school and parents, Robert and Anita Calvo, still live there. Dana has fond memories of her 13 years at MFS. “There was an enthusiasm from teachers and from parents – they gave you the tools to think that anything is possible,” she said. “I’m incredibly grateful for having that tight-knit community.”
Dana Calvo on the set of Made in Jersey with Felix Solis (who played River Brody). Dana Calvo ’88 on set.
Head of School Larry Van Meter presents the Alumni Association Service Award to Phil and Naomi Lippincott.
2012 Alumni Weekend
Alumni gathered in May to celebrate Alumni Association award winners, along with the opening of Hartman Hall. At the Dinner Among Friends, several MFS community members were recognized.
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Friends of Alice Paul Merit Award recipient Robert Smith ’42: Seated: Bob Smith ’42 and Janet Hall Birdsall ’42; Back: Head of School Larry Van Meter ’68, Bud Stratton ’41, Betsy Barclay Wales ’42, Nancy Derlin Flanders ’42 and Elizabeth McAllister Brown ’42. Accepting the Young Alumni Award for Robin Nelson ‘97 was her mother Dr. Linda Williamson Nelson, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at Stockton University. Presenting the award was Alumni Association Clerk Chris Tegley ’88.
Daughter and former Clerk of the Sidwell Friends Board of Trustees, Katie Smith Sloane, Robert Smith ’42 and Bud Stratton ’41, who presented the award.
Robert Smith ’42 • Author, Former Headmaster at Sidwell Friends School • A.B., University of California, Berkeley • M.A., Columbia University
Alice Paul Merit Award
Robert Smith ’42: Leader, Author, and Friend The Alumni Association’s Alice Paul Merit Award was presented to Robert Smith ’42 at the Dinner Among Friends in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a leader in independent school education, specifically Friends schools; his authorship of A Quaker Book of Wisdom, a touchstone for living a thoughtful life; and for the exemplary life he has led. Smith provided insightful and humorous remarks to the Dinner Among Friends audience, specifically connecting the MFS twin pillars of academic rigor and spiritual/ethical education in a statement he often repeated to his own students when he became headmaster at Sidwell Friends: “Be careful not to get straight A’s and flunk life,” he warned. In his remarks, he recalled his first teacher in kindergarten, Wilma Hathaway, as well as 6th grade teacher Martha C.H. Swan, Latin Teacher Howard Wert and Social Studies Teacher David Richie, of whom he was particularly fond. “David Richie brought an interest to teaching that nobody else did,” said Smith of Richie, who led students to weekend work camps in Philadelphia. “He had a conscience that was visible. I loved Mr. Richie. There’s another side of life and we saw it on the streets of Philadelphia. I never forgot that.” At MFS, Smith was president of his class, a superior student, yearbook editor, varsity soccer captain and basketball player, as well as graduation speaker. A member of the Stokes family with deep Quaker roots, life presented him with both challenges and opportunities.
After a battle of conscience, torn between his Quaker upbringing and the justice of the cause, he left Harvard to serve in World War II. After three years of active duty, Smith returned to civilian life, spent a year at Haverford, and did work in Mexico for the American Friends Service Committee. In Mexico, he met Eliza Hamm, and they married in 1948. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley (A.B. Philosophy), the Smiths sailed to Germany to help establish American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) work camps there. Smith earned his M.A. and completed all but his dissertation for a Ph.D. in English at Columbia University, while he and his wife had three children. Smith then became an administrator at Columbia University. In 1965, Smith began as Headmaster of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest Friends secondary school, a post he held for 13 of the most turbulent years in the 20th century. When he retired, it was noted in the Washington Post that he “…had brought the school to much closer (however unofficial) ties with Quakerism. The school has long been one of the most fashionable in the capital with plenty of official families represented…and Smith has emphasized the Quaker virtues of silence, modesty, honesty and plainness.” In 1979, he became the Executive Director of the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) in Washington, D.C. Following his service at CAPE, Smith wrote A Quaker Book of Wisdom which was published in 1998. The book has particular appeal to the local Moorestown community in that it paints a portrait of what it was like to be a boy in Moorestown 80 years and more ago, and reminisces about being at MFS. The Alice Paul Merit Award is presented to an alumnus/a of MFS who exhibits one or more of the following criteria: an individual who exemplifies the best qualities of MFS, including honesty, integrity, fairness, a commitment to serve others, and a dedication to equality and justice; one who uses his or her education from MFS or affiliation with MFS and gives of himself or herself to make the world a better place; one who has achieved a standard of excellence in one’s chosen endeavor or field; or one who has made significant contributions to his or her community, whether it is Moorestown or the community in which he or she lives.
Alumni Association Awards
Phil and Naomi Lippincott with daughter Kerry Lippincott Borska ’84, son-in-law Larry Borska, and grandchildren Henry and Alyson Borska.
Phil and Naomi Lippincott Have Provided Important Strategic Leadership to MFS Alumni Association Service Award winners Phil and Naomi Lippincott had many roles at Moorestown Friends School. Phil Lippincott currently serves as Assistant Clerk on the School Committee and as a member of the Head’s Council. Both Lippincotts have been leaders in the school’s strategic planning efforts, governance, and development programming. They have encouraged relationships between MFS students and students from other countries, and have supported the MFS Camden Scholars Program. The Lippincotts helped to start the MFS parent auction in 1976, which established the Artist-in-Residence program and became a school tradition. They hosted six international students, and encouraged their own children to study abroad. They served on the MFS Long Range Planning Committee which produced the school’s first formal strategic plan in 1978. It crystallized important goals for increasing enrollment, improving the education program, strengthening the School Committee, and creating new faculty policies. In remarks to the audience at the Dinner Among Friends, Phil Lippincott spoke of his family’s bonds to the school. “My family has a long association with the school dating back to the 1800s.” said Lippincott. “Moorestown Friends rises to the top of the list of things that are very dear and very important in our lives.”
Alumni Association Awards
Phil and Naomi’s three children, Grant Lippincott ’80, Kevin Lippincott ’82 and Kerry Lippincott Borska ’84, all attended MFS. “MFS is a special place,” said Phil Lippincott. “The educational excellence focuses equally on development of the mind and the individually based value systems. We’re convinced that this little old Friends school had a great influence on our children’s lives.” Long after their children graduated from MFS, the Lippincotts continue to participate in the auction and provide major gift support for the school’s scholarship and building programs. Phil Lippincott brings a great deal of successful executive ability to bear on his MFS volunteer role, including having served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Scott Paper Company from 1982 to 1994. He served as Chairman of Campbell Soup Company from 1999 to 2001, and has also been a director of many other corporate boards, including Exxon Mobil and Penn Mutual Life. The Lippincotts have been exceptional proponents of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Phil Lippincott is a Life Member of its Board, and a former chairman. They have endowed the Naomi and Phil Lippincott Breast Evaluation Center, a multispecialty consultation for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Naomi also has worked on behalf of the Chain Reaction for a Cure, started by the late Tracy Sepe Loewer, MFS Class of 1982. She has organized the “Time to Smell the Roses” Garden Tour and Auction for several years in Park City to raise funds for breast cancer research. The Alumni Association Service Award is presented to those who, through unselfish interest, loyalty or personal commitment, have enhanced the quality of life in the Moorestown Friends School community.
Young Alumni Award winner Robin Nelson with husband Matthew Kroot and son Judah.
Robin Nelson ’97 • Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside • B.S., Brown University • M.A., Ph.D, University of Michigan
Young Alumni Award
Anthropologist and Academic Robin Nelson ’97 Thankful for MFS Education Robin Nelson ’97, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, was presented with the Young Alumni Award at the Dinner Among Friends in May. Accepting the award in person was Robin’s mother, Dr. Linda Williamson Nelson, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at Stockton University. Robin Nelson was near the end of her pregnancy with her first child – son Judah was born in May – and unable to travel. She provided video acceptance remarks from California. “Moorestown Friends School impacted my life profoundly and perhaps in ways that I did not know until I was much older,” said Robin Nelson. “Her education at MFS was a gift and played such a large part into her evolution as an intellectual who is concerned with humankind,” said her mother Linda. Robin Nelson was appointed to her current position in 2010. As a biological anthropologist, she is interested in the intersection of cultural practices, biology and human health outcomes. Her dissertation research examined how kinship and social contacts affected the health status of Jamaican adults. She continues to research social and financial capital and its impact on the health of people in the Caribbean.
She is active in the American Anthropological Association, has recently been elected as an at-large member of its Biological Anthropology Executive Board, and organized and chaired a session at the November 2011 annual conference in Montreal on, “Calculating Legacies: Informed Biological Anthropology in the 21st Century.” Nelson came to Moorestown Friends from Friends School of Mullica Hill in ninth grade. She took full advantage of the MFS experience, earning recognition as a National Achievement Commended Scholar, and winning both the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Herm Magee Athletic awards her senior year. She co-captained the MFS field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams. She was an active member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Club, and was a member of choir in 9th and 10th grades, and on the yearbook staff in 11th and 12th grade. In her taped video remarks, Nelson paid tribute to several former teachers who had an influence in molding her as a student and person: former Science Teacher Andrew Shepherd, former English Department Chair and Director of College Guidance Katy Rinehart, former Arts Department Chair Richard Marcucci, Social Studies Teacher Judy van Tijn and Math Teacher Michael Omilian. Robin went on to Brown University, where she double-majored in biology and anthropology and earned a Leadership Alliance Summer Fellowship from the Ford Foundation allowing her to study the preservation of languages and cultures in Namibia. “Both my time at Moorestown Friends School and Brown University have prepared me greatly for my work in academia,” said Robin Nelson. She went on to earn a M.A. and Ph.D. (2008) at the University of Michigan in anthropology. After receiving her doctorate, she held a research and post-doctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Human Biology at Northwestern University. Her time speaking with undergraduates in her courses at Riverside has provided her with perspective about her MFS education. “I have the opportunity to speak to undergraduates about their experiences as high school students and their preparation for college and what I’ve learned is that I received a great gift by attending Moorestown Friends,” said Nelson.
Alumni Association Awards
Faculty / Staff Retirements Three Retirees Celebrated at Dinner Among Friends Three MFS retirees were celebrated at the Dinner Among Friends in May: Associate Head of School and Academic Dean Barbara Caldwell, Middle School Dean and English Teacher Maggie Ritchie Beck and Woodworking/ Photography/Art Teacher Konrad “Marty” Richter. A “Minute of Appreciation” was read about each retiree at the dinner. An excerpt from each is included. For the complete Minutes of Appreciation, visit the MFS website and click on News > Among Friends Extras.
Barbara Caldwell Associate Head of School/Academic Dean Family and friends gathered with Barbara Caldwell prior to the Dinner Among Friends.
Front: Charlotte Dunne, Susannah Henderson, Barbara Caldwell, Zachary Dunne, Samuel Caldwell, Katie Henderson, Annabelle Schneider. Back: John Wenderoth, Annette Hearing, Ryan Dunne, Sarah Caldwell, Hannah Caldwell, Linda Park, Chris Henderson and former faculty member Jack Schneider. From the Minute of Appreciation… After 19 years in leadership roles at Moorestown Friends School, Barbara Rose Caldwell has left an indelible imprint… Over the years she has strongly enunciated the importance of Quakerism at MFS, worked with students to develop the Upper School Meeting for Business-based form of student government, helped lay the groundwork for the Examined Life program through which we communicate Quaker values and ensured the co-equal status of spiritual education with academics in the life of the school. One peer who has worked alongside Barbara the whole time she has been at MFS summed up his feelings this way: “Possessing a strong intellect and quick processing skills, Barbara has always been a ‘can do’ person, eager to find solutions to a variety of challenges and problems. Her high energy, natural curiosity, enthusiasm and love of Moorestown Friends School will be missed.” 18
Maggie Ritchie Beck Middle School Dean and English Teacher From the Minute of Appreciation… Maggie’s personal qualities were much-praised by the people who worked the most closely with her. She helped bring a sense of calm to the busy Middle School years, and was always someone parents and students could turn to for advice and support. The same words came up again and again: thoughtful, thorough, bright and intuitive. As one peer shared, “Trustworthy and loyal, Maggie always had her students’ best interests in mind and approached her work with a sense of purpose and a sense of humor…Maggie was truly devoted to her students, whom she loved…” Bob Beck, Maggie Beck, son-in-law David Jooste and daughter Megan Beck Jooste.
Konrad “Marty” Richter Woodworking/Photography/Art Teacher From the Minute of Appreciation… With his wife Emma, he has provided a quiet Quaker presence – a reminder of our roots and an example to our students. Solid, skilled, and spirit-led, Marty has taught students how to plan a project and follow it through to completion. The homes of many MFS families are graced by stools, shelves, bowls, boards and toys, all constructed in the wood shop. Photos hang on many walls that were developed in our dark room under Marty’s tutelage. More important than these works of art themselves have been the attitudes taught and the lessons learned from a man of many talents who has given of himself to his students and his school. Son Kevan Richter, Marty Richter and Emma Richter (First Grade Assistant). Daughter Katie Richter ‘07 also joined the festivities via Skype from China.
Recent MFS Alumni Outcomes: Grads from 2005, 2006 and 2007 appear to be outperforming employment stats Recent national headlines have been less than encouraging. The millennial generation of 18- to 34-year-olds is facing the highest unemployment rates of any age group since the government began keeping records in 1948. When the overall U.S. unemployment rate was pegged at 8.3%, the 20-24 year old rate was still in double digits, at 13.8%. The Philadelphia Inquirer, in April 2012, ran a series entitled, “Struggling for Work,” describing the difficulties many area young adults faced, even after completing college, in finding work, especially jobs commensurate with their education. The Pew Research Center recently released a study showing that negative trends in the labor market have hit 18-34 year olds harder than any other age group.
Nevertheless, personal stories from MFS graduates who emerged from college at the height of the recession indicate that for the most part, they are faring better than many of their peers. The vast majority of students from whom MFS has been able to gather information have completed college, and of that group, most are either working or have gone on to graduate or professional schools. Consider Kernika Gupta, a 2005 MFS graduate who double majored in psychology and public health at Bryn Mawr College. For the past three years, she has worked as a clinical research coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a job she got immediately after college. “I knew that I really, really enjoyed research,” she said. “I knew I wanted to work at CHOP because I did my thesis work here.”
Kernika Gupta ’05 • Clinical Research Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia • B.S., Bryn Mawr College
Graduated from College: Classes of 2005-07
Great Kids, Going Places? Where They’ve Gone
Completed Bachelor’s Degree: 97.3% (144)
Of 148 graduates for whom we have information from the Classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007, 97.3% have graduated from college; 27% are enrolled full-time in graduate/professional programs and 8% have already completed graduate school. Of the graduates who are not enrolled full-time in graduate or professional programs, 98% are working.
Did Not Yet Complete Bachelor’s Degree: 2.7% (4) Outcomes for 45 alumni are unknown.
Class of 2005 Outcomes
Class of 2006 Outcomes
Working full-time: 80% (36)
Working full-time: 67.8% (38)
Class of 2007 Outcomes Working full-time: 70.2% (33) Enrolled full-time in graduate/ professional school: 32.2% (18)
Enrolled full-time in graduate/ professional school: 20% (9)
Enrolled full-time in graduate/ professional school: 27.7% (13) Unemployed: 2.1% (1)
Outcomes for 16 alumni unknown.
Outcomes for 16 alumni unknown.
Outcomes for 27 alumni unknown.
Sean DiStefano ’05 • Mechanical Design Engineer, Sensata Technologies • B.S.E., M.S., Johns Hopkins University
Sanjay Bhatt ’07 • Investment Banking Analyst, Morgan Stanley • A.B., Brown University
Samantha Fox ’06 • Project Manager,
Express Scripts • B.A., Tulane University
And there’s Sean DiStefano, MFS ’05. After completing a five-year program at Johns Hopkins University – earning a bachelor of science in materials science and engineering as well as his master’s degree in science – DiStefano accepted a job in 2010 as a mechanical design engineer for Sensata Technologies in Attleboro, MA. After two years, DiStefano still enjoys his work at Sensata and recently got engaged. “Things worked out well for me,” he said. In fact, the majority of MFS graduates from 2005, 2006 and 2007 report that they are employed in satisfying jobs related to their chosen careers or enrolled in graduate school programs after completing college and entering the “real world” – a trend that not only bucks national employment statistics but defies headlines about the current weak labor market. In recent interviews and reports, former MFS students describe satisfactory career paths in communications, science, engineering, arts, business and education; attend graduate schools at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Penn and Johns Hopkins; and continue to explore exciting employment prospects in children’s broadcasting, public health, business and medicine. And like Gupta and DiStefano, they willingly give credit to MFS for providing the foundation to both succeed in college and thrive in today’s competitive work environment. “When I went to college, I felt so prepared,” said Gupta, who is applying to graduate schools for an advanced joint degree in public health and business administration. “MFS teachers spend so much individual time with you, focusing on your strengths but also helping with your weaknesses. In all aspects – academically, socially, from critical thinking to writing essays, to understanding scientific methods and how to do research – MFS gave me the tools I needed to succeed. And in today’s rather bleak job market, an
MFS education is definitely a benefit, because it taught me how to think, how to act. I think those qualities – and some luck, too – gave me an edge to have a job right now.” DiStefano cites the academic quality and Quaker values as key facets of his MFS education “The caliber of the classes at MFS, the sheer rigor of them was enough to prepare me for college,” he said. And, he said, MFS did more. “MFS does a good job exposing students to differences and helping them understand that people are different. I remember teachers who pushed us away from the word ‘tolerance’ because that implies there is something to tolerate. They made it more about understanding differences – through religious, philosophy, history and English classes. I am very grateful to have had that.” Other MFS graduates who have launched successful careers tell similar stories about the intangible benefits of attending a Quaker school, where independent thinking, leadership and acceptance are encouraged above and beyond classroom assignments. Sanjay A. Bhatt, MFS ’07, a graduate of Brown University and now an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York, recalls that his ability to think independently “started at MFS, continued through Brown, and is now one of the biggest attributes that helps me relate to the working experience and succeed. In finance, you have to know who to talk to, how to ask the right questions, and you have to be very analytical. That ability started in some of my high school classes, where I was forced to think beyond rote memorization. To be in a class of 12, focused on philosophy, where you are going to be asking questions and asked questions – that set me up and prepared me well for where I am now.” Others agreed. Samantha Fox, MFS ’06, credits MFS with “pushing me to think outside the box while
understanding what’s going on around me, to come up with my own thoughts while using what you know to be true. I definitely learned that at MFS, and it is critical in my job,” said Fox, a Tulane graduate who is now a project manager for Express Scripts, a New York company that provides access to affordable medications and prescription benefits. While talking on her cell phone and walking down the street during a day crammed with meetings and the stress of a recent corporate merger, Fox also highlighted the service requirements and leadership opportunities at MFS, noting that both led her to be a service leader at Tulane, where she was in charge of leading an effort to rebuild over 75 homes after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. “MFS prepared me to ask more and demand more of myself as a student, and Tulane did, too. For many, juggling academic life and community service was challenging. For me, it was simple.” Ryan Flynn, MFS ’06, completed his undergraduate degree at MIT and is now in his third year of Stanford University’s joint MD/PhD program. He noted that he completely consumed “all of the sciences and math courses that were available” at MFS at the time, and wishes that the expanded number of college-prep and AP curriculum offered
at MFS today had been available to him before he entered MIT. But, he said, “I was given the basic tools to succeed.” And in these tumultuous economic and political times, MFS grads who work, attend graduate school or continue to look for that perfect job said repeatedly that they now value another Quaker school tradition that they didn’t necessarily always appreciate: Meeting for Worship. “Meeting for Worship taught me to be still, to be patient, to take time to reflect,” said Briana Pressey of Lumberton, NJ, MFS ’07, a University of Pennsylvania graduate who, after receiving her master’s degree from Harvard’s School of Education, was hired as a research assistant at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which is affiliated with Sesame Workshop (the people who make Sesame Street). “That’s definitely something you need when you are running around and you can’t get a break. You make time to breathe. And you remember to be grateful for everything you have in the moment. I think that will get you through college, a job search, a bad day, a good day. MFS prepared me for it all.”
Ryan Flynn ’06 • Enrolled in Stanford University Joint M.D./Ph.D. program • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Briana Pressey ’07 • Research Assistant,
Joan Ganz Cooney Center • Ed.M., Harvard University • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Keeping Track of Recent Alumni – You Can Help! The MFS Development Office works to keep track of all alumni. MFS is in touch with over 2,500 alums, ranging from classes in the 1930s to last year’s graduates. Staying current with recent alums is the office’s greatest challenge. During young adulthood, alums typically have frequent changes in postal and electronic mailing addresses, not to mention undergrad and graduate programs and places of employment. Unfortunately, alumni sometimes remain listed on the MFS database at their parent’s old addresses many years after they have moved elsewhere. MFS periodically sends Alumni Surveys by mail and electronically to collect contact information, educational and job data. However, if the school does not have an alum’s current contact info, it is difficult to deliver a survey. While internet search capabilities and social media have helped MFS keep better tabs on alums in recent years, it is still challenging to keep recent alumni current in the school’s database. Alums can update their information on the MFS website by submitting the Alumni Connections Survey found in the Alumni Section: www.mfriends.org. Please take a moment to update your information!
1939 Mary Webster Parker writes: “Joe and I are living in Evanston, IL, where our daughter and family reside. We are in our 90’s and live in a nice retirement home. ‘Hi’ to anyone in the Class of ’39.”
1941 See photo at right.
1942 Charles V. Dauerty recently moved to Jonesborough, TN. He reports he is doing well and is still trying to protect our air and water.
1945 Ann Richie Ratliff was sorry to miss catching up with her class at the reunion and sends her best. She is officially retired after 60 years of nursing.
Members of the Class of 1941 gathered at a luncheon during Alumni Weekend. Bud Stratton, Margaret Janney Bowker and Wilson Greenwood.
Walter Jacoby and Nancy Ritschard Hall of the Class of 1947 met up during Alumni Weekend.
1947 Marion Glover Fitkin writes: “Glenn and I are enjoying our new home, Swan Creek Retirement Village in Toledo, OH, very much. We live in a villa on the campus, which is quite large. Our five children, ten grandchildren and 42 greatgrandchildren love to come to visit us!” Patricia McGinley Osborn is enjoying life in an active retirement community, and has nothing but fond memories of MFS and her classmates of ’47.
1948 Gretchen Kieckhefer Finch has written and illustrated a children’s book entitled Win’s Way – The Story of a Rescue Border Collie. It is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Her website is www.gretchenfinch.com.
1949 Stephen Morse sends his greetings from Texas. He is sorry he was unable to the make the reunion, but he hopes everyone had a great time catching up. 23
The Class of 1952 during the luncheon at Alumni Weekend. Front: Brenda Turley Culbert, Arthur Brecker and Janet Carslake Aaronson. Back: Charlie Carpenter, Wayne Bancroft, John Dick and Galt Siegrist, Jr.
1953 Ann Lippincott is living in Sun City in Summerlin, NV. She stays active playing tennis and doing line dancing. There is “never a dull moment in Vegas.”
1957 See photo at left.
1961 Bill Archer reports that he is active in the Moorestown Historical Society. He participates in events as the Town Crier.
1962 See photo on page 25. Susan Mulford Gantly is enjoying Members of the Class of 1957 during Alumni Weekend: Asa Stackhouse, Gay Ciprico Japinga, Charlie Haines and Joy Crippen Parsons.
her two grandchildren, Serena Gantly and Sam Miller, who live near her in Cutchogue, NY. She is continuing to keep up with her master gardener activities and playing as much tennis as possible. Richard J. Horner is still practicing medical oncology at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and enjoys living only 45 minutes from Fenway Park and an hour and one-half from two of his three grandchildren. Karen Williams Pullen writes: “I am living in North Carolina near Chapel Hill, where I own a bed and breakfast and write fiction. My first mystery novel will
The McAllister sisters gathered at Alumni Weekend. Bill Ganger, Sally McAllister Ganger ’53, Betty McAllister Brown ’42, Mary McAllister Teale ’58 and Bill Teale ’58.
1951 Jane Scull Michelfelder is continuing to enjoy retirement and is still active with the County Hospice and Hillcrest Baptist Church. She serves on the board of the Jeff Matthews Museum in Galax, VA. Our sympathy to Betty Rose Heiney who reports that her husband Harold died 24
in August 2011. He had attended many reunions with Betty. Betty also notes that it is a small world in her Monroe, CT church congregation where she is joined by fellow MFS alum, Paul Coward ’55.
1952 See photo on page 23.
be published in January. I blog at www.karenpullen.com. I also garden, read and play with grandkids. Life is good!”
1964 Christine Lilly Backus and her husband Andrew continue to enjoy volunteering behind the scenes at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, which is starting its 84th season.
Members of the Class of 1962 celebrated their 50th Reunion at Alumni Weekend. Front: Barbara Stevenson Watson, Judy Fiume, Polly Price, Kathy Eberding Replogle, Karen Williams Pullen, Marie Persic Cowan, Judith Gartman Nicholas and Virginia Grisel Guerrera. Back: John Watson, John Henry Beyer, Richard Horner, Richard DeCou, Reagan Hull, Daphne Flack Lindell, Thomas Russell and Ann DeCou Cranmer.
Members of the Class of 1967 gathered with former faculty member Neil Hartman at the Dinner Among Friends. Front: David Barber, Janet Sawyer Thomas, Neil Hartman, Janet Lippincott and Alison Cadbury Senter. Back: Dan McGowan, Tom Hedges and Bill Gardiner. Lydia Hunn was recently interviewed
from the ruffle of wings to vocalizations
on WHYY regarding a 16-minute sound
to the clash of horns. The interview
piece that she created which was
can be heard at the newsworks.org
installed in the North American Hall of
website. Lydia is a professor at Drexel
the Philadelphia Academy of Natural
University’s Antoinette Westphal College
Sciences. The piece enlivens a life-sized
of Media Arts & Design.
diorama with actual animal sounds,
1966 Ellen Doak Winslow writes: “I’m enjoying my 12th year living in my carriage house with the world’s most adorable cat. My boyfriend Joe and I have been dating 11 happy years. In August, we visited Cape May and welcomed Debbie Ohler Bowman.” 25
The Class of 1972 celebrated their 40th reunion at the home of Bill Shelley. Kneeling: Joel Schwartz (holding image of Roman Koropeckyj on Skype), Jane Taylor Janiszewski, Debra Harding Lamb and Peter Stebbins (on phone with Roman). Middle: Bill Shelley, Karen Engle Stevens, Lisa Vittese Clark, Noel Susskind, Elise Mannella, Charles Martin and Richard Ransome. Back: Mark Miller, Steve Benner, John Scattergood, Jane Ransome Bromley, Rob Nobel, Betsy Dunn Ross, Craig Attix and Paul Harrison. Missing from photo: Emma Melchior Simpson.
1967 See photo on page 25.
1968 Tyrone M. Simmons runs the Tyrone M. Simmons Fencing Academy in Detroit. Tyrone competed in the 1972 Olympics and was the NCAA individual foil champion in 1970 and 1972.
1969 Larry Kotlikoff co-authored a new book with finance columnist Scott Burns entitled The Clash of Generations: Saving Ourselves, Our Kids and Our Economy. The book describes “how Members of the Classes of 1972 and 1977 attended the Head’s Reception on Alumni Weekend: Marie Hageman ’77, Craig Attix ’72 and Betsy Dunn Ross ’72. 26
America went bankrupt and how we can save ourselves – as a country and as individuals – from economic disaster.”
Ken Mayer ’68 Conducts Clinical Study In Support of Preventative HIV Drug The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of the drug Truvada, a once-a-day pill that can drastically lower a person’s risk of contracting HIV. The FDA decision is supported by several clinical studies, including one conducted by Ken Mayer ’68 at the Fenway Institute. The study followed the sexual activity of approximately 2,400 HIV-negative men and transgender women. Those who were assigned to take Truvada daily (although many failed to follow the daily regimen) had a 44 percent lower risk of acquiring HIV than those taking a placebo. “Getting people to take pills on a daily basis – people who are healthy – is the challenge,” said Mayer to The Boston Globe. “If participants stuck with the regimen and had high levels of the drug in their blood, they would be less likely to get HIV.” Mayer is the Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues.
1971 Kurt Klaus writes: “Everything is lovely in Miami. I saw Paul Harrison ’72, with his wife and daughter, this spring. Great memories!”
and increase courses offered to college graduates who are considering changing their career and entering the health professions.
1974 Lora Urbanelli, Director of the Montclair
See photo on page 26.
Art Museum was featured in a recent
article Lora discusses the museum’s past
Lynn Foord has recently joined MGH Institute of Health Professionals as the Boston graduate school’s first Director of the Professional Prerequisites Program.
issue of NJ Monthly magazine. In the art exhibitions, such as “Cezanne and American Modernism” and an Andy Warhol exhibit featuring his depictions of automobiles. This fall and winter the
1975 Allison Barclay Young writes: “I hope more people come to the 40th reunion than came to the 35th. Looking forward to seeing you there.”
1977 John Mills writes: “It was great to see Mr. Hartman at the Hartman Hall dedication. Later, 11 of us had a reunion dinner. Thanks to Julie Shulman Forvour for hosting and Beth Matlack Schulkind for organizing!”
As Director, she will work to improve
museum will exhibit Georgia O’Keefe.
Lynn Foord ’73
A group from the Class of 1980 gathered at the Dinner Among Friends during Alumni Weekend: Ken Zekavat, Andrew Searle Pang, Anthony Lyras, Chip Coward ’78, Ken Wunsch and Ted Hopton. 27
Members of the Class of 1982 met at the Devinney House for their 30th reunion. Standing: Ed Devinney, Jodi GellmanWallach, Anna Spruill, Keith Hockenbury, Mary Cronin Ellis, Paul Metzger, Beth Weber Hermann, Sarah Feyerherm, Fred Young and Eric Valentine. Kneeling: Sheri Kapel Herzberg, Katherine Caldwell and Dee Comegys Gordon Wilson.
1980 See photo on page 27.
personal journey, Ambassadors teach
setting, competition and perseverance.
about the hard work of training, goal
See photo above.
Using blogs and live video chats,
Ambassador several times per month.
Janet Vincent Merriman retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service. She is teaching construction management at South Dakota State University.
1989 The 2012-13 middle school class taught by Cynthia Martinez-Hayes at Cooper’s Poynt School in Camden will be participating in the Classroom Champions Project, which brings Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic/ Paralympic games hopefuls (called Athlete Ambassadors) into the classroom using the latest communications 28
technology. Focusing on their own
students are engaged with their
1992 See photo on page 29.
1995 Lee Porter recently had an episode of his web series My Ruined Life featured on the 93.3 WMMR website. In addition, Lee’s list of the best craft beer at Citizens Bank Park was published on philly.com in its Food Department blog.
1997 Kristin Bromley Fitzgerald, husband Doug and son Clark welcomed new baby
Kristin Bromley Fitzgerald ‘97 and new son Wayne.
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The Class of 1992 gathered at the Head’s Reception during Alumni Weekend: Josh Weiner, Jennifer Yerkes, Susan Blood, Amrita Phabhakar Barth, Takashi Moriuchi and Mike Strambler. Suzann Schellenger Bouchard and
MFS teacher, now pediatrician Jeff
Kristin Bromley Fitzgerald got together
Simmons! Beyond teaching us science
in Avalon in July for a quick visit.
and English in Middle School, he has
MFS faculty member Kerry Griffin
by Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd to be
Simmons are enjoying life in Cincinnati
a member of the Board of Education.
with their three daughters and wanted to
Turner is an assistant city attorney
say ‘hi’ to the MFS family!”
He also has a criminal, bankruptcy
and divorce law practice on Market
The Slingluff Gallery on West Girard
Street. He is a 2002 sociology graduate
Avenue in Philadelphia recently
of Rutgers-Camden and a 2006 graduate
featured Michelle Muzyka’s all-white
of the university’s law school.
cut-paper installation “Efflorescence.”
Blair Dickinson Schroeder ’00 and former MFS science and English teacher Jeff Simmons.
boy Wayne Kirkland Fitzgerald on May
residency and will remain at St.
21.5 inches long.
career as a pediatrician. He and former
Brian E. Turner has been appointed
who works mostly on tort litigation.
23. Wayne was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and
been a great mentor to me as I begin my
The star of her show is her meticulously constructed cut-paper replica of a
Blair Dickinson Schroeder writes:
gramophone whose horn is emitting a
“I recently completed my pediatric
trail of white paper “mold.”
Christopher’s Hospital for Children as
Chief Resident for a year. I attended the
Brent Dickinson became engaged to
Pediatric Hospital Medicine conference
Lauren Prinzo of Manalapan, NJ on
in Cincinnati in July, and who was,
October 25, 2011.
co-chairing the conference but former 29
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Zachary Melrose ’07 Awarded Prestigious Fellowship Zachary Melrose ’07, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials (CCM), was recently awarded a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship to support his development of multifunctional structural composites through the selective integration of nanomaterials in composites. His doctoral work builds on the undergraduate work he conducted at CCM. The NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines.
Members of the Class of 1997 and their families celebrated their 15th Reunion at the home of Kristin Bromley Fitzgerald: From left: Saita Menoken-El Davis, Nathan James, Ethan Medley, Urbi Utley Medley, Sarah Weiss Domis, Kristin Bromley Fitzgerald, Meg Parrington Hollingworth, Karinne Damadio Lindner, Shani Evans and Mark Dann.
Naomi Harper received the Colin Powell
Jessica Tantum Kay and her husband
Tim Cook moved to Ramallah, Palestine
Fellowship at the City College of New
David Kay welcomed a baby girl,
to teach fourth grade English and sixth
York for the fall. She will receive a
Ashlyn Marisa, on August 5, 2011. She
grade science at Ramallah Friends
generous stipend for the year to research
weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20
School. He graduated from Rutgers
aspects of bilingual education policy.
¼ inches long.
University with Honors this past May.
Ashlyn Marisa Kay, daughter of Jessica Tantum Kay ’05 and husband David Kay. Julie Laskin graduated from Lehigh University in 2012 and is starting
Camden Scholars Luncheon June 1, 2012 Alumni gathered at the annual Camden Scholars Luncheon in May. Front: Duran Searles ’99, Tiffany Taylor Jenkins ’97, Cornell Woodson ’05 and Julian Austin ’91. Back: Sonia Mixter Guzman ’02, Cynthia MartinezHayes ’89, Greg Billings ’84, Cassandra Ratleff Sanders ’81, Johari Sykes ’03, Sadie Lang ’98 and Terrence Fluellen ’00.
a three-year financial management rotation at Prudential in Newark, NJ. The Lafayette College Psychology Department recently awarded two prizes to Julie Martin. Julie received both the Burton H. Cohen Memorial Prize and the Herbert W. Rogers Psychology Prize. She begins a doctoral program in social psychology at Duke University this fall.
2009 Sarah Martin is studying integrated marketing and communication at Ithaca
Class Notes received after September 28 will be printed in the next issue of Among Friends.
College. She recently studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, where she had an internship as a graphic designer for the Nature Conservancy Council of New South Wales.
Paige Martin graduated from Washington College with a degree in Human Development. She has been offered an internship at a new Montessori school in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
In Memoriam Title
Andy Ananthakrishnan father of Bindiya Ananthakrishnan Stancampiano ’89 and Sonia Ananthakrishnan ’93
Sally Anne McVaugh MacEwen ’66 sister of Jay McVaugh III ’69 and Mary McVaugh Shannon ’71
Alfred E. Brown father of Suzy Brown Chenail ’74
John F. Moore ’33, former School Committee member, husband of Elizabeth Stratton Moore ’45, brother of Ella Moore Flood ’36, the late Granville Moore ’34 and the late Priscilla Fassett Moore ’31, brother-in-law of Roland Stratton ’41
Blaine Emerson Capehart father of Stacy Capehart ’60 and Gretchen Capehart DeCou ’63 Edwin DeVaughn father of Kierra DeVaughn ’16 Henry Reeves Edmunds, II father of Thomas Edmunds ’80 Wolfgang Franzen ’38 Lauren Faunce Gleim ’64 Robert A. Goldstein husband of Library Assistant Mary Ann Griffis Gladys Gray former School Committee Member Norman Harrison ’61 brother of Linda Harrison Novak ’66 Betsy Harman Johnson ’63 former School Committee member, wife of former School Committee member Floyd Johnson, sister of A. Matthew Harman ’67
Kaushik “KP” Patel father of Esha Patel ’23 Elliott Richardson father of Robert Richardson ’63, Frederick Richardson ’63, Mary Richardson Bossen ’65, Elizabeth Ann Richardson Hagstoz ’67, Daniel Richardson ’79 and James Richardson ’85, grandfather of Samuel Bossen ’92 Marion Perkins Sandmann ’39 sister of the late Dorothy Perkins ’36, Edward B. Perkins ’41 and Patricia Perkins ’48, daughter of the late School Committee member E. Russell Perkins Sally Stokes Venerable ’44 former faculty member, sister of Ann R. Stokes ’48 and the late Samuel Stokes ’40 and Lydia Stokes Willits ’42 Christine Ruvolo Walters ’86
Elizabeth Clayberger Jones ’36 Koson Kuroda father of Greg Kuroda ’88 Greg Lippincott ’64 brother of Procter Lippincott ’60, Joanna Lippincott Patterson ’61, Janet Lippincott ’67 and Jean Lippincott ’67
Charles Walnut ’37 brother of the late Richard T. Walnut ’41 Theodore L. Webster ’41 father of Linda Webster Gilchrist ‘69, brother of Mary Webster Parker ’39, E. Kessler Webster ’40 and Elizabeth Webster Bolster ’49 Peter D. Yoder former Director of Admissions
Editor’s Note: In the Spring 2012 edition, Cynthia L. MacColl’s date of death was incorrectly listed as February 27, 2011, instead of February 27, 2012. Editor’s Note: Full obituaries are found on the MFS website. “In Memoriam” lists the passing of the following: alumni; immediate family of alumni (father, mother, child, spouse, sibling); current parents; current and past faculty and staff; spouses, partners and children of current faculty, staff and administration; current and former trustees; and spouses and children of current trustees. Notices will include any of the deceased’s relatives who are MFS alumni. To locate full obituaries on the MFS website, click on the News section of the site and select “Among Friends Extras” in the submenu. Alumni that do not have access to the Internet may contact Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Schlotterbeck at 856-914-4434 to request that a hard copy of an obituary be mailed to your home.
Congratulations Class of 2012!
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Alec Fendrick - American University Matthew Gaiser - Pennsylvania State University Jacquelyn Garcia - Drexel University Eva Gelernt - Jewish Theological Seminary/ Columbia University Bryan Gfeller - Elon University Lorenzo Gibson - Columbia University Lauren Goldsmith - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Katharine Hallenborg - Rochester Institute of Technology Phillip Hege - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Trevor Heins - Drexel University Karan Hiremath - University of Pennsylvania Bethany Holtz - Gettysburg College Brianna Howarth - Savannah College of Art and Design Nicholas Jensen - University of Kansas Lauren Joffe - University of Delaware Katherine Loane - Rutgers University Marcus Lobascio - Saint Joseph’s University Chandler Lutz - Saint Joseph’s University Danielle Magaziner - University of Texas Alexandra Mahon - American University Angel Mathew - Rutgers University
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