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Andrew Bernard ’07: Conducting Field Biology on Two Continents


A Global MFS



A Message from the Head of School Recognizing the Benefits of Examined Life Skills

At MFS, we like to think that we prepare our students to think and act globally, especially as communications, business and cultures cross paths so easily in our increasingly connected world. In this issue of Among Friends, you see our alumni in action on the global stage. You will read about alums that are doing great things on six of the world’s seven continents. These stories prompt me to think that a project involving an MFS graduate in Antarctica can’t be far off! One theme that resonates is the ability of our graduates to think critically. More than one of our “Global MFS” subjects speak about the value of the critical thinking they learned while at Moorestown Friends. It is gratifying to hear graduates recognize this as an enduring benefit of their MFS education. While we don’t necessarily expect our current students to recognize all the benefits they receive from our faculty and staff, we know from experience that, as they mature and gain perspective, they begin to realize what makes a Moorestown Friends School education unique. Certainly, academic rigor is everpresent and easy to recognize. However, the benefits of the many enduring skills – and values – gained from our Examined Life program are, like the power of Meeting for Worship, sometimes not immediately discernable to young people still in their school years. A recognition of the importance of critical thinking, resilience, and ethical decision making grows over time. These are the life skills and values that enable our graduates to do well, and to do good. To develop tough minds and tender hearts. I hope you enjoy reading about the important and meaningful work of our alumni around the world. We hope to see many of you on Alumni Weekend, May 4 and 5.

Warm Regards,

Larry Van Meter ’68 Head of School


MOORESTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL 110 East Main Street Moorestown, NJ 08057 (856) 235-2900, 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 Development Office Staff Sue Giacchetto, Elaine Parellada, Michelle Wartenberg Photo Credits Curt Hudson, Jim Roese Mike Schlotterbeck

Contents News and Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Faculty Factoids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Barbara Caldwell Announces Retirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 A Global MFS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Andrew Bernard ’07. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Nancy Polutan ’91 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Janell Kapoor ’91 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Galt Siegrist ’52 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Katie Richter ’07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Rade Musulin ’75. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sarah Bagnall Farrow ’95 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Heidi Hasbrouck ’01 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Linsey Davis ’95 Highlights Career Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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.

Printed on recycled paper.

On the cover: Andrew Bernard ’07 has conducted field biology in Asia and Africa over the past three years. He is currently working in Kibale National Park in Uganda. See page 11.


News and Notes

Chris Kimberly Appointed Assistant Head of School/Academic Dean

Justin Brandon Appointed Upper School Director

Upper School Director Chris Kimberly has been appointed Assistant Head/Academic Dean beginning July 1. He will replace Barbara Caldwell who announced her retirement earlier this school year. The Assistant Head/Academic Dean has primary responsibility for the academic program at MFS including faculty hiring and professional development, along with many other important duties. Kimberly arrived in 2009 as Upper School Director. He previously served as the Academic Dean at Emma Willard School, a girls boarding school in Troy, NY. Prior to that role, he taught chemistry, biology, and physics and served as head of the science department at the school. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of Moorestown Friends Meeting and has three sons at MFS.

Justin Brandon has been appointed Upper School Director beginning July 1. He replaces Chris Kimberly, who was recently appointed Assistant Head/Associate Dean. Brandon arrives at MFS from Episcopal Academy (EA) in Newtown Square, PA. At EA, he serves as Form Dean and also teaches history. As Form Dean at EA, he is responsible for academic advising, counseling, mentoring, and discipline as he directs a class through to graduation. Prior to that, Brandon worked at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, MN as Diversity Coordinator and social studies teacher, and also spent time at Episcopal School of Dallas, and Culver Academies in Indiana. He is a graduate of Riverdale Country School (NYC), Macalester College and has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

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News and Notes

National Scholarship Programs Honor Eleven Students Eight Moorestown Friends School seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars this fall: Edward Barrett, Carolyn Chelius, Katherine Churchill, Matthew Eckart, Karan Hiremath, Katherine Sowa, Madison Taormina and Emily Whitley. The Commended Scholars from MFS constitute over ten percent of the senior class. Seniors Gabe Hege and Lorenzo Gibson were named National Achievement Scholarship Outstanding Participants. Senior Sophia Aguilar was named a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.

MFS Teams Capture Top Two Spots at High School Bioethics Bowl Model U.N. Students Enjoy Success Three MFS students received awards during the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia held in January. The conference attracted over 3,000 students from 102 schools worldwide. Senior Doug Adair, junior Joe Kiernan and sophomore Dante Bucci received Best Delegate awards for work in their respective areas. In addition, Moorestown Friends School was also honored with the "Best Small Delegation Award.� Sixteen MFS students attended the conference.

Sixteen teams representing eight schools from five states competed in the High School Bioethics Bowl in October, cosponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and host Moorestown Friends School. Moorestown Friends School teams captured the top two spots in the competition. Bioethics teams were presented with hypothetical scenarios and teams were judged on their answers. MFS Team 1 was comprised of Matt Brown, Aviana Duca, Samantha McCabe, Emily Purcell and Katherine Sowa. MFS Team 2 was comprised of Laura Bader, Brett Barbin, Spencer Bard, Val Demuynck, Joseph Kiernan and Emily Whitley.

Second Graders Study Meeting Houses

Middle School MATHCOUNTS Team Wins Chapter Competition The Middle School MATHCOUNTS team won the Ocean chapter competition held on Saturday, February 4 at Ocean County College. The team of Lilla Butterworth, Kieran McMenamin, Samuel Milligan and Joshua Murdy placed first among ten teams. In the individual competition, Joshua Murdy placed second overall in the individual competition and Samuel Milligan placed tenth. Five other MFS mathletes competed as individuals: Zachary Day, Anisha Pande, Priya Patel, Braeden Sloan and Margaux Vellucci. All students are eighth graders. About 350,000 U.S. students participate annually in the MATHCOUNTS program.

As part of their unit on Meeting Houses and Quakerism, second graders traveled to Medford Meeting House on March 23. Medford Meeting was established in 1759 and the Meeting House was built in 1814.


News and Notes

Larry Kotlikoff ’69 Bids for Third Party U.S. Presidential Candidacy Boston University Economics Professor Larry Kotlikoff ’69 announced his candidacy for U.S. President, as a third-party candidate, in January. His centrist platform includes six Purple Plans. “Purple combines red and blue, and the Purple Plans are designed to appeal to Red Republicans, Blue Democrats, and Independents like me,” it As part of preparation for states on Kotlikoff’s website. the Mock Primary Election, His goal is to become the Larry Kotlikoff ’69 visited candidate for President of the with Upper School students United States for the Americans in December. Elect party - a new, nonpartisan, third-party movement at The Americans Elect candidate will appear on the ballot in all 50 states and D.C. In addition to his position at Boston University, Kotlikoff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Fellow of the Econometric Society; a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software; a columnist for; a contributor to; and a blogger for The Economist and The Huffington Post.

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Economist Laurence Kotlikoff Announces Presidential Bid Laurence Kotlikoff, the Boston University economics professor best known for his dire warnings about the fiscal health of the United States, thinks this country needs an economist leading it—specifically, himself…His first act as president, he says, would be to bring 1,000 top chief executives into an auditorium and agree to hire people to address the fact that 29 million people are either out of work or under-employed. "Starting in September 2008, we've had coordinated firing. So now we need people to hire collectively," he says. “If companies hire new workers simultaneously, then they will also create new potential customers, which will further reinforce economic growth,” he says. – U.S. News & World Report Econ Professor to Run for President "I think I may be the first economist to run for president," Kotlikoff said. "We see economists now running Greece and Italy. It's not every day that an economist decides to work this way for his country – but I'm one of those cases." – CNN Money

THE FOX DEN With a long three-pointer at Haddon Heights on February 4, senior Kelcie Evans (pictured at left with Coach Mike Brunswick) reached the 1,000-point mark for her basketball career. The last MFS athlete to reach the 1,000-point mark was Katie Stutz in 2009. Senior Doug Adair captured the gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Friends Schools League swimming championships in February. The varsity girls basketball team notched a first-round NJSIAA playoff win over Timothy Christian 44-40, before falling to topseeded Sacred Heart in the second round. 4

News and Notes

Jon Huntsman Wins MFS Mock Primary Election After months of campaigning, Jon Huntsman, represented by junior Joe Kiernan, was victorious in the Moorestown Friends School Mock Primary Election (MPE) on January 10. In addition to Huntsman's victory, the school community also voted YES in favor of a 1% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, NO for additional funding of nuclear power by the federal government, and NO to the United States joining the International Criminal Court. Kiernan, representing Huntsman, was a guest on keynote speaker Michael Smerconish's nationally syndicated program on WPHT 1210 AM the same afternoon and Smerconish also played clips from each MFS candidate: senior Doug Adair (representing Rick Perry), freshman Brett Barbin (representing Mitt Romney), junior Dante Bucci (representing Newt Gingrich) and senior Kyle Whittall (representing Ron Paul).

Junior Joe Kiernan (a.k.a. victorious candidate Jon Huntsman) with History Teacher and MPE Coordinator Judy van Tijn.

MPE keynote speaker Michael Smerconish addresses the audience.

Dante Bucci, as Newt Gingrich, on the campaign trail.

PAST MFS MPE Winners: 1960 Stuart Symington

1988 Michael Dukakis

1964 William Scranton

1992 Jerry Brown

1968 Nelson Rockefeller

1996 Arlen Specter

1972 Hubert Humphrey 1976 Mo Udall

2000 Bill Bradley/ John McCain

1980 George H.W. Bush

2004 Dennis Kucinich

1984 George McGovern

2008 John McCain/ Barack Obama Congressman Jon Runyan, an MFS parent, after a workshop for Middle and Upper School students. 5

News and Notes

Hartman Hall Opens for Classes

On April 10 (after press time), Hartman Hall opened to students and faculty. It is the first new classroom building at MFS in almost 50 years. Hartman Hall contains eight new math classrooms, a choral music suite, a choral sectionals rehearsal room, a conference room, tech lab, commons area and locker space for students. The Great Classrooms for Great Kids capital campaign is funding the development of Hartman Hall and new science labs which will be installed in the Middle/Upper School building this summer. The construction projects supported by the campaign also include a trail leading to and from the new building, a new courtyard that will be built outside the Field House and a tennis court.

September 1, 2011

On Alumni Weekend, two events will celebrate the opening of Hartman Hall: Friday, May 4, 1:30 p.m. Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Saturday, May 5, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Hartman Hall Open House Tour the new building and enjoy a variety of activities, including the STARLAB inflatable planetarium for kids, robotics demonstrations, math activities, a community art project, music and more!

March 29, 2012

Some seventh grade students got a sneak peek inside Math Teacher Ron Obermeier’s classroom during Intensive Learning week. 6

Faculty Factoids

Brian Howard

Stephanie Schuetz

Arts Department Chair MS/US Music Teacher

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara Favorite Lesson/Topic: I love the first day of introducing a new piece to a performance ensemble. Inevitably, it is a bit of a train wreck as we begin our work and sight read through it. I love knowing that in a relatively short time, the notes will all be there and the group will be working on polishing tiny interpretive nuances and collectively working towards a single musical voice. I really enjoy being along for the ride as we work to master the individual challenges each piece offers. What I enjoy most about teaching/working at MFS: I love the community. I am struck repeatedly by the genuine camaraderie and the wonderful blend of tradition and innovative vision that the collective school community has. Favorite Movie: A Hard Day’s Night … I love the Beatles Favorite Food: Lobster ravioli in lemon sauce

B.A., Vassar College M.S. Ed., University of Pennsylvania Favorite Lesson/Topic: I love to teach reading. Fourth grade is a huge year for falling in love with reading, and it is a lot of fun to foster that over the course of the year. What I enjoy most about teaching/working at MFS: It’s a pleasure to come to work every day and be surrounded by people who love what they do. Favorite Movie: Almost Famous Favorite Food: My mom’s roast chicken with vegetables is hard to top! Something you may not know about me: I was born in Germany. The only continent I haven’t visited is Australia. Things I like to do in my spare time: I love to attend Phillies, Flyers and Eagles games, spending time with my family in Avalon and exploring restaurants in Philadelphia.

Something you may not know about me: I began my career as a touring and recording pop musician and came to the baton quite a bit later. Things I like to do in my spare time: I collect, restore, and trade vintage musical instruments and electronics. 7

Barbara Caldwell 1993-98: Chester Reagan Chair 1998-2005: Upper School Director 2005-2012: Associate Head of School/Academic Dean

Barbara Caldwell Helped Shape the MFS of Today and Tomorrow


For nearly 20 years, Barbara Caldwell has been a community leader at Moorestown Friends School. From Chester Reagan Chair to Upper School Director to her current position as Associate Head of School/Academic Dean, Caldwell has played a key role in developing the innovative and rigorous academic curriculum found today at MFS, with an eye always on maintaining a strong connection to the school’s Quaker roots. She announced her retirement this winter, effective at the end of the school year. She leaves an impressive legacy. “Barbara is widely respected in the world of Friends education,” said Head of School Larry Van Meter. “I feel a burst of pride for our school when I hear Quaker educators from across the nation say, ‘As Barbara Caldwell at Moorestown Friends has said…’ We are extremely fortunate that this exceptional thinker and educator has unreservedly shared her gifts with MFS for nearly two decades.” Caldwell was hired in 1993 as Chester Reagan Chair for Quaker and Religious Studies. In this role, she developed a number of courses such as Western Philosophy, Finding Meaning, and Religious and Moral Leaders, while also redesigning the Quakerism curriculum at the school. She also worked with students to form a new form of governance in the Friends tradition: Meeting for Worship for Business and accompanying Agenda and Nominating Committees. This structure is still in place today. In 1998, Headmaster Alan Craig appointed Caldwell Upper School Director. “That was a big shift to suddenly be supervising people who had been my colleagues,” she shared candidly. Head of School Larry Van Meter arrived in 2001 and brought with him a strong desire to expand the academic program, trusting Caldwell to develop new courses and programs. “Barbara was masterful at looking at space and optimizing its use as we expanded our curriculum and hired more teachers,” said Van Meter. “As enrollment reached nearcapacity, we faced challenges in optimizing our classroom space and Barbara handled this complex task expertly.” Caldwell was the Clerk of the Vision and Program Committee during the 2004 Strategic Plan process, a committee which developed the Examined Life program and the idea of the MFS “twin pillars” of academic rigor and spiritual/ethical education. In 2005, Caldwell saw yet another promotion at MFS as she was named Associate Head and Academic Dean. In her seven years in this position, she has been responsible for the entire MFS academic program. She has pushed for additional resources in the areas of Quaker education and diversity. In 2010, the school committed to making the Director of Multicultural Affairs a full-time position. “Issues of diversity have always been important to me,” she said. One of her most important responsibilities is personnel. She conducts searches for all new faculty members. “At MFS, we place a really strong emphasis on community,” she said.

Barbara Caldwell in the classroom in 2007

“We are looking for people who enjoy working with other people and who are able to pay attention to the dynamics of the group and the individual.” In turn, Caldwell has worked to provide the necessary resources and professional development to allow all teachers to flourish. “If someone has an idea, we try to help them make that happen and remove reasonable bureaucracy,” she said. “Barbara has been absolutely indispensible in the growth and improvement of Moorestown Friends,” said Van Meter. “She is both a resultsoriented, no-nonsense administrator and a thoughtful and compassionate leader— truly a rare combination. She models herself what she often describes as one of our core goals at Moorestown Friends: to produce leaders who have a tough mind and a tender heart.” When pressed for highlights from her time at MFS, Caldwell returns to the

classroom. “I really enjoyed teaching philosophy classes,” she said. “I miss my time in the classroom.” She also enjoys her colleagues. “It’s an unusually collegial group of people. I’ll miss being around my colleagues and our wonderful young people.” She has enjoyed working with Van Meter. “Larry trusts others to take initiative and I, and our faculty, appreciate that,” she said. Caldwell plans to continue to do consulting work and will remain involved with the MFS Strategic Planning process. She was a co-clerk of the Strategic Plan Committee in 2010-11 with School Committee Clerk Naoji Moriuchi. Caldwell is looking forward to more time with her eight grandchildren and also to additional visits to her vacation home in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

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would not have followed the career

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glue to so many parts of the school.”

path that I have. I will always be

jaded students such as myself to

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change our viewpoints on the world

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else – and I have certainly been


challenged by those lessons.”

future. She has touched all of our

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lives, no matter where we work at

– David Fischer ’06, student, Harvard Medical School

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– Meg Parrington Hollingworth ’97, Strategic Projects Manager,

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– Priscilla Taylor-Williams, Chester Reagan Chair for Religious and Quaker Studies

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A Global MFS


undreds of Moorestown Friends School alumni are “Doing Well and Doing Good� around the world. In this issue of Among Friends, a sampling of alumni is featured who are working or learning on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Are you located abroad? Send us your story! We are always looking for interesting stories to share in our E-News blasts and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Send stories to:


Andrew Bernard ’07 • Field Biologist • Kibale National Park, Uganda

Andrew Bernard: Conducting Field Biology on Two Continents

“I credit MFS with nurturing an ability to thrive in foreign, and sometimes uncomfortable, situations…”

It’s been a whirlwind year for Andrew Bernard ’07. Since graduating from Bates College in 2011, he has lived and worked in Santiago, Chile for several months pursuing field biology experience studying the sociality of the common degu, (sometimes referred to as brush-tailed rat) and then moved on to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to work with conservation biologists Drs. John and Terese Hart aiding in the creation of a national park. He spent most of his time in the DRC conducting bird surveys and cutting new measured paths used to search for bonobos (formerly called pygmy chimpanzees). In 2012 Andrew is studying chimpanzees in Uganda. He is photographing wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda, as part of a project exploring tooth development headed by Drs. Richard Wrangham and Tanya Smith out of Harvard University. According to Bernard, chimpanzees have deciduous and permanent dentition, like humans, and knowing when certain teeth emerge above the gumline is evolutionarily significant. “The group hopes to correlate tooth growth with certain significant milestones in the chimpanzees’ maturation,” said Bernard. His work will include accumulation of a large tooth eruption timeframe database. Andrew’s travels began his junior year at Bates when he journeyed to Tanzania studying coastal ecology and natural resource management. “I credit MFS with nurturing an ability to thrive in foreign, and sometimes uncomfortable, situations,” he said. According to Andrew, whose mother Kathi is an MFS math teacher, his nine years at MFS gave him an invaluable baseline for defining what ‘good’ education is. “MFS taught me both the meaning of ‘achievement’ and what was necessary to attain it,” he said. Whether he is summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, (which he accomplished in 2010) navigating Santiago in Spanish or determining a plane’s destination in Kinshasa, Andrew uses the critical thinking skills he attributes to MFS to formulate extemporaneous and durable solutions.

Andrew Bernard ’07 shown photographing chimpanzees in Uganda. 11

Nancy Polutan ’91 • United Nations Refugee Advocate and Current Harvard Fellow • Currently: Cambridge, MA • Post-Sabbatical: Budapest, Hungary

Nancy Polutan: Assisting and Protecting Refugees Worldwide

Nancy Polutan (right) with refugees in Serbia. 12

Nancy Polutan ’91 has done extensive work in locations around the world for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is currently on sabbatical and serving as a fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. For the better part of the last decade, Polutan has provided assistance and protection for refugees. “Throughout my journey with UNHCR, I have continued to work within the mandate of UNHCR, which is the legal protection and assistance of refugees,” she said. “Regardless of their background, these refugees in all countries strive for better lives for their families after years in exile.” After earning her J.D. from American University, Polutan knew she wanted to work for the U.N. or an international organization. After a two-year stint at a D.C. law firm during which she participated in an international human rights law clinic, she was appointed to a position with the United Nations. Her initial assignment in 2001 was in Zambia. There she monitored the legal situation for urban refugees in the capital of Lusaka and worked with the Ministry of Home Affairs in advising their lawyers on status determination procedures for the Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese refugees who had fled persecution and war. Following this assignment, Polutan was stationed in the office of the Senior Coordinator for Refugee Women in UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. After enjoying her time in peaceful and neutral Switzerland, she was deployed to the former French colony of Chad in 2004. There, she and her U.N. colleagues dealt with very difficult living situations in the vast desert with the equally challenging task of addressing the protection situation for hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees who had crossed the border into Chad from Darfur in the Sudan. “My time in eastern Chad was one of the most difficult and challenging postings that I had ever experienced,” she said. The next stop on her U.N. journey was southern Asia where Polutan worked in eastern Nepal identifying and ensuring durable solutions for Bhutanese refugees. Through the coordination of the American government and UNHCR, the refugees had the opportunity to be resettled in the U.S. “Since many of the refugees knew that I was American, they trusted

Nancy Polutan worked in eastern Chad in 2004 where over 200,000 refugees relocated to avoid the strife and conflict in Darfur.

“Social justice and respect for diversity were some of the core values which I owe to my MFS education...”

my knowledge of U.S. life and education so their expectations were balanced concerning their access to education, legal rights, and employment,” said Polutan. Polutan wrapped up her U.N. travels in Kosovo and Hungary. From 2008-10, she headed a UNHCR office in Kosovo that focused on legal advocacy including property restitution claims and civil registration requirements for Serbian families who returned to Kosovo after years in exile following the 1999 conflict. In 2010 she started a new post with the Regional Representation for Central Europe in Budapest, Hungary, focusing on legal advocacy with the respective Ministry of Home Affairs in the seven countries of Central Europe. She plans to return to work in Budapest when her sabbatical concludes at the end of the summer. Polutan tracks her career interest back to her MFS schooling. “I think that social justice and respect for diversity were some of the core values which I owe to my MFS education and which informed my legal and humanitarian work with the United Nations,” she said. She has found critical thinking skills, learned at MFS as well, to be invaluable in her line of work. “I think that teachers such as (former history teacher) Margaret Barnes Mansfield and (former) English teacher Mary Williams had a significant influence on my life and career because they encouraged me to think analytically and critically,” said Polutan. “These traits have served me well in addressing legal challenges in pursuing justice for refugees and adapting to different cultures.”


Janell Kapoor ’91 • Global Community Builder and Sustainability Activist • Home: Asheville, NC • Office: Around the World

Janell Kapoor: Building Structures with Soul

A Waldorf Kindergarten built for a few thousand dollars in Patagonia, Argentina during a two-week natural building training led by Janell Kapoor and Kleiwerks International. The first training of its kind in the country, participants came from eight countries and local school children, parents and community members contirbuted. 14

Janell Kapoor is the Founding Director of Kleiwerks International. She is a self-described “avid mud mama,” global alliance builder, designer and teacher whose work has inspired people from over 52 countries to build their own homes with what they have, wherever they are. She led the first ecological design-build trainings in Thailand, Argentina and Turkey, which resulted in the construction of educational centers, training programs, policy change and regional movements of hundreds of thousands of mud people. Janell lives in the oldest mountains on the planet at the Ashevillage Institute in North Carolina, a one-acre site that features and demonstrates sustainable concepts and solutions, such as an 18,000 gallon five-pond rainwater catchment and aquaponic greenhouse system, edible and medicinal landscape, recycled courtyard kitchen, beautiful mud art and a naturally-renovated guest house. Founded in 1998, Kleiwerks International (KI) is a nonprofit organization and global network of innovative designbuild specialists collaborating with communities to create ecological and social resilience. KI uses local materials such as clay, sand, straw, bamboo and other abundant, affordable and recycled materials to create long-lasting, healthy, beautiful, debt-free structures with soul. KI projects are built in full collaboration with communities while training beginners how to build for themselves. Kapoor is currently launching the Women of the Americas Sustainability Initiative (WASI), an action-oriented alliance of women leaders who construct, educate, organize and advocate for strong and empowered communities through ecological design-build practices, with the aim of creating a socially and ecologically resilient world. Her interests in sustainability date back to her MFS education: “In middle school, we looked into world population and our global footprint. I remember a conversation about resource use, and how such a small percentage of the world's population, about four percent, could tip the global resource balance by using more than our share, about 40%. It was more than obvious that people in the U.S. were using too much, and yet, it didn't seem to be increasing GNH (Gross National

Kleiwerks International has started a significant earthen building movement in Thailand.

“After I left, I understood what a unique opportunity it was to be in a close-knit community where our individuality and our awareness of the world-at-large were so encouraged.”

Happiness). I was motivated to discover alternatives that would create the world I wanted to live in." Kapoor attended MFS from second grade through high school, with one year away in eighth grade. “MFS had more of an influence on me than I realized,” she said. “After I left, I understood what a unique opportunity it was to be in a closeknit community where our individuality and our awareness of the world-at-large were so encouraged.” She also recalled, as a senior observing the outbreak of the Gulf War, being allowed to organize a day to educate the community about Middle Eastern culture. “It was an opportunity to bring our school's ethics into practice of bearing witness and generating peace,” said Kapoor. “To be trusted to create an experience for the entire school community gave me both skills and confidence to continue on as a community organizer.” When queried about particular teachers who have had a significant impact on her life and career, Kapoor cites former second grade teacher Nancy Boothby (“Her kindness, genuine care and the fact that she had a homestead in Maine, were all things I love about her. We stay in touch and she has visited me in Asheville.”) and recently retired Arts Department Chair Richard Marcucci (“I constantly challenged the edges and he gave me a safe space to do that...with a sense of humor and love. Even though I haven't spoken to him in years, I hope he knows how grateful I am!”). To learn more about Kleiwerks International and the work of Janell Kapoor and her colleagues, visit

Janell Kapoor in Turkey at a one-week natural building workshop in February. 15

Galt Siegrist ’52 • Geology Professor and Consultant • Western Pacific Region

Galt Siegrist: Solving Geologic Problems in the Western Pacific For approximately 30 years, marine biologist Galt Siegrist ’52 has studied geology-related problems on numerous western Pacific tropical islands and atolls. As a geology professor at the University of Maryland, University of Guam and then as a private consultant, Galt’s research and publications have focused on a diverse yet interrelated set of geologic problems specific to such tropical Pacific islands as Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. “Western Pacific tropical islands are a fascinating research area for marine biologists and geologists to study the formation, distribution and evolution of coral and algal reefs,” he said. Now a resident of Queenstown, MD, Galt admits to not being a “notable scholar” at MFS. He attributes the solid academic foundation provided here for his professional success. In particular, he credits the wisdom of numerous MFS faculty, such as Harley Armstrong, Wilbur Carr, Gwen Coney, Albert Deyo, Herm Magee and Robert Taylor. Although Galt had a three-hour round-trip commute to school each day, “the academics, student friendships and a caring faculty more than compensated for the long ride.”

“Any professional success that I have enjoyed has roots firmly embedded at Moorestown Friends School.”

1983: Galt Siegrist ’52 with daughter Sloan on a fringing reef in the Mariana Islands. 16

Katie Richter • Master’s Degree Student • Tsinghua University - Beijing, China

Katie Richter: Preparing for a Career in International Relations Katie Richter ’07 is currently studying for her master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, where she tries to seize as many different opportunities as possible. In addition to studying Mandarin Chinese on top of a full course load in different areas of International Relations, Katie trained for and participated in the University Graduate Student Olympic Sporting Event, in which she won three individual track races. Katie, the daughter of MFS Woodworking and Photography Teacher Marty Richter and First Grade Assistant Emma Richter, credits the small, intimate setting at MFS where she was encouraged to pursue a full range of interests. “I was able to be an artist, athlete, part of the student government, study a different language, and have many other opportunities that a larger school would not have given me,” says Katie. She attributes her perseverance and strength to her MFS coaches, and her eagerness to learn, be critical, and think outside the box from all the different teachers at MFS. In particular, Katie is thankful to MFS and her parents for her variety of experiences and for teaching her the important values and skills that brought her to Beijing. She is eyeing a career in international relations. "After completing my Master's program here in Beijing, I hope to follow the diplomatic path,” she said. “I would love to represent the United States in a foreign country, especially in China or Vietnam. I aspire to work towards developing a stronger relationship between the United States and the countries of Asia, being part of building a peaceful and sustainable future."

“At MFS I was able to be an artist, athlete, part of the student government, to study a different language, and have many other opportunities that a larger school would not have given me.” Katie Richter (middle in red scarf) having some fun with her Mandarin Chinese language class. 17

Rade Musulin ’75 • Chief Operating Officer for Analytics Asia Pacific, Aon Benfield • Sydney, Australia

“MFS was the place where I interacted with creative people and learned to think critically.”

Rade Musulin ’75 with his family after his Australian citizenship ceremony in 2009. 18

Rade Musulin: Helping Insurers Throughout Asia In 2006, Rade Musulin ’75, and his family moved to Sydney, Australia where he is the Chief Operating Officer for Analytics Asia Pacific for Aon Benfield, the world’s largest reinsurance broker. Specifically, he leads teams who perform statistical analysis of insurance companies’ exposure to extreme events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. Now an Australian citizen (his wife is Australian), his work takes him all over Asia, including China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Rade finds it both fascinating and rewarding to work in so many diverse cultures, especially viewing the United States through the eyes of others. Rade, who earned a degree in applied mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, was initially an actuary who spent his early career in political lobbying and running an insurance company in Florida. He credits MFS for laying the foundation upon which his success was built. “Aside from the obvious value of the excellent formal education I received, MFS was the place where I interacted with creative people and learned to think critically” he said. “That was of immense value later in life when I was able to shift from one career path to another (or one country to another).” Rade now works in Vietnam regularly and when in Hanoi he recalls his time at MFS during the Vietnam War. “I now consider how I never would have thought that today I would be helping Vietnamese insurers compete in international markets,” he said. “That shows how incredible changes can happen in a short time, and so it is important to have a well-rounded background so you can adapt to shifting conditions. MFS certainly gave me that.” In particular, Rade remembers Science Teacher John Caughey and Math Teacher Polly Caughey as a pair who made an impression on him. Mr. Caughey introduced him to computer programming and Mrs. Caughey invited Rade, while in high school, to help with math instruction of the younger students. “That was a great experience for a high school student, and one that would not have been possible at a public school,” he concluded.

Sarah Bagnall Farrow ’95 • Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, Boston University • London, U.K.

Sarah Bagnall Farrow: Advising College Students in England Sarah Bagnall Farrow ’95 began working for Boston University’s study abroad program in London almost ten years ago and found a career that she could be passionate about. Now Assistant Director for Academic Affairs for B.U. in London, Sarah enjoys working with college students at this pivotal point in their lives. Sarah never anticipated working in the education field, but when she was completing her master’s degree at the London School of Economics, she found that working with university students was a fulfilling and rewarding career choice, especially in a foreign setting. “It is an eye-opening experience to view the U.S. from the outside and learn how the rest of the world views the U.S. and Americans,” she said. Sarah credits her years at MFS in helping her develop a sense of awareness and sensitivity to other cultures. Sarah knows that working with students requires a real investment to support and advise them through their university careers. “I believe I was lucky enough to feel this investment and interest from my teachers at MFS,” says Sarah. During her 13 years at MFS, there were many important teachers that impacted Sarah. In particular, Charles Gill, Barbara Caldwell, Mary Ann Griffis, Miriam Feyerherm and Margaret Barnes Mansfield are the faculty members that Sarah thinks about the most when she is working with her students.

“My years at MFS were a great influence in my developing a sense of awareness and sensitivity to other cultures.”

Sarah Bagnall Farrow with students in front of the London Eye. 19

Heidi Hasbrouck ’01 • Ph.D. Candidate and Filmmaker • London, U.K.

Heidi Hasbrouck: Filmmaking and Teaching in London What started off as a two-year plan to receive her M.A. in documentary filmmaking in London has evolved into a fiveyear stretch in which Heidi Hasbrouck ’01 is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of London. In addition to her teaching and research, Heidi is also a freelance filmmaker and visual artist which has taken her to other locales, such as India and Scotland. Heidi attributes her Friends education as fundamental to her development as a person and in her career. From her first Rwandan penpal at Friends School Mullica Hill to the Quaker leadership conferences she participated in at MFS, Heidi recalls, “I had a heightened awareness of global issues, the importance of citizenship and the numerous injustices and inequalities in the world because of my Quaker education. This has carried through to me as I am now actively engaged in organizing the student movement in London.” As a lecturer, she traces a lot of her style of engagement with students back to MFS. “Taking on the Quaker perspective of non-hierarchical roles,” says Heidi, “I attempt to create knowledge and critical thinking in the classroom.” In particular, Heidi was inspired by teachers such as Rich Marcucci, Barb Kreider, Priscilla Taylor-Williams, Heidi Schwartz Brunswick and countless others. Says Heidi, “I was lucky to have been pushed into critical thinking at such a young age and found it paved the way for me throughout my higher education.”

“I had a heightened awareness of global issues, the importance of citizenship and the numerous injustices and inequalities in the world because of my Quaker education…”

Heidi Hasbrouck ’01 on set in London. 20

Career Day at MFS ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis ’95 Provides Career Day Remarks

Linsey Davis ’95 • Correspondent, ABC News One • B.A., University of Virginia • M.A., New York University Linsey Davis ’95 provided keynote remarks to juniors and seniors at the tenth annual Career Day on March 9. Davis is a New York-based correspondent for ABC News One, the network’s affiliate news service. Davis has covered a vast range of stories including the swine flu outbreak, the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the 2008 presidential campaign, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Irene in 2011. She has received numerous honors for her reporting including an Emmy Award and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Davis enjoys the versatility of her work. “It is different every single day; I never know what to expect,” she said, “I can receive a call at any time.” She keeps a bag ready to go because she may have to leave for an assignment at a moment’s notice. For her reports, hours and days of work go into the preparation which results in about 60 seconds of on-air time. On days when Davis is not on the

air or researching an upcoming story, she keeps apprised of the current news, and waits for an assignment from the general assignment desk. Davis does not have a particular beat and she reports on diverse subjects. She showed clips of her recent television reports which ranged from covering Whitney Houston’s funeral to an in-depth interview with Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor. As an undergrad at the University of Virginia, Davis made the decision to become a journalist when visiting Spain during her junior year abroad. While watching the news in Spanish, Davis had an “aha” moment when she decided on her career goal as a broadcast journalist. “Whatever I decided in that moment clicked for me,” says Davis, “I really believed that I would take the necessary steps to get to that position.” Davis also credits Intensive Learning for planting the seed for her then-future career choice. Former MFS

chemistry teacher Steve Edgerton arranged for Davis and her classmates to visit the KYW television studios in Philadelphia. It was the first time she saw the television cameras, teleprompter and reporters. She began her broadcast journalism career in Syracuse, NY, continuing on to Flint, Michigan and then to Indianapolis. She joined ABC News as a national correspondent in 2007. “Anything you put your mind to, if you have that passion and drive, you’ll see it happen,” she said to students encouragingly. Davis also offered three workshops for students as part of the Career Day program.


Career Day 2012 at MFS

Architecture Dan Lutz ’92, Managing principal of HDR, a New York architecture firm

Business/Finance William H. Morgan, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, NASDAQ, parent of Larissa ’13

Chemistry/Food Technology – Mark Hines, Group Leader at Ashland Specialty Ingredients, parent of Alexander ’13

Education – Liz McKenna ’01, Director of Special Projects, Mastery Charter Schools

Entrepreneurship – Navarrow Wright, CTO of Interactive One, parent of Navarrow ’19 and James ’23

Event/Meeting Planning – Maria Aseron Ramos ’94, Program Director, JR Global Events

Fire/EMS – Larry Hinds ’70, Captain, Sarasota County, Florida Fire Department

Information Technology – Jay Hiremath, Senior Software Architect, IBM Princeton Labs, parent of Karan ’12 and Aparna ’17

Marketing – Emily Greenberg ’07, Marketing Partnerships Coordinator, Destination Maternity

Medicine – Mark Gelernt, Cardiologist, Cardiovascular Associates of the Delaware Valley, parent of Anya ’09 and Eva ’12

Nursing – Molly Kreider ’02, Emergency Department, Jefferson Hospital

Public Policy – Heather A. McKay ’00, Director, Sloan Center on Innovative Training and Workforce Development, Rutgers University

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1943 Evelyn Roberts Nichols is living in Southern Pines, NC and invites you to “Come on down to resort country!”

1944 The late Mary Ellen Avery’s groundbreaking work on the survival of premature infants was recently cited in an article “A Child in Time” by Jerome Groopman in the October 24, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. The article says, in part, “A young pediatrician, working at Harvard School of Public Health, found that…premature infants lacked surfactant, causing the air sacs in their lungs to collapse. Her research was largely ignored until 1980, when pediatricians in Japan gave surfactant to ten premature babies ranging between twenty-eight and thirty-three weeks. There was a dramatic improvement in their chest x-rays, with near complete clearing of the hyaline-membrane diseases just hours later; eight of the ten infants survived.” (see obituary at right) June Rodman Swanell is living in Irvington, VA. Sally Stokes Venerable writes: “I have two great-grandchildren now – a boy and girl, ages one! I have been pretty well, still active in walking exercise class and driving. I visit my daughter in Santa Fe often and still miss the west very much. No hurricanes here in six years, but Irene really ripped up my summer home area in New York.”

1946 Jeanne Cramer Armstrong still lives in Haddonfield but moved to a rancher. She spends her summers in Ocean City, NJ. Jeanne has five grandchildren ranging in age from three to thirty-one and family that lives from the East Coast to New Orleans to Seattle. She would love to hear from any of her MFS classmates.

1950 Frederic Jameson, the William A. Lane, Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature and a professor of Romance studies at Duke University, received the Award for

Mary Ellen Avery ’44 Was Pediatric Medicine Pioneer Dr. Mary Ellen Avery ’44, of Wellesley, MA, died on December 4, at the age of 84. Her obituary was a featured obituary in The New York Times on January 11. In the 1950s, Dr. Avery’s pioneering research efforts helped to lead to the discovery of the main cause of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature babies. During a long career in academic medicine, Dr. Avery was a role model and advocate for young women entering the medical profession. Over the course of her medical career, she contributed significantly to medicine as a researcher, educator, clinician, author and administrator. Mary Ellen Avery was born in Camden in 1927 and was inspired by pediatrician Emily Bacon who lived in her neighborhood. After graduating from MFS in 1944, she graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in 1948 with a degree in chemistry. She earned a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1952, where she was only one of four women in a class of 90. Soon after her graduation, Dr. Avery was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and it was during her recuperation that she became fascinated about how the lungs work. After recuperating, Dr. Avery returned to Johns Hopkins for her internship and residency, and then moved to Boston in 1957 for a research fellowship in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. At Harvard, she made a major discovery while comparing the lungs of infants who had died of RDS to those of healthy animals. What she had found was that premature babies were missing a foamy substance in their lungs called surfactant. Dr. Avery’s research was translated into clinical practice by Tetsuro Fujiwara, a pediatrician in Japan. Based upon her research, he developed a surfactant replacement, made from the lungs of cows. Dr. Avery’s observations led to a tremendous decrease of infant death from RDS. In 2002, there were less than 1,000 infant deaths in the U.S. due to RDS, down from almost 10,000 per year 32 years earlier. In 1960, Dr. Avery became an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. She then moved on to serve as a professor and chair of the pediatric department at McGill University in Montreal. In 1974, she joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where she was the first woman to head a clinical department there. That same year she was the first woman named physician-inchief at Children’s Hospital Boston where she remained until 1985. She wrote several textbooks that are widely used, especially The Lung and Its Disorders in the Newborn Infant, now regarded as a classic in the field. Dr. Avery’s work is recognized around the world and she received several major awards. In 1968, she was awarded the Mead Johnson Award for Pediatric Research. In 1991, President George Bush presented her with the National Medal of Science in recognition of her contributions to understanding and treating RDS. In 1994, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and went on to become president of the Academy in 2003. Dr. Avery was the recipient of the MFS Alumni Association Alice Paul Merit Award in 2004. She is survived by her nieces, Sue Smith and Jennifer Smith, her nephew, William Smith, and seven great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Jane Avery Smith ’41.


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Lifetime Scholarly Achievement from the Modern Language Association (MLA). The MLA provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in academics. For over 100 years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

offer a ‘cool’ workplace even though her company is distant from the Pacific shores or Manhattan towers.” In May 2011, Faulkner received the MFS Alumni Association Alice Paul Merit Award. Diana Myers Zanzot writes: “It was fun seeing all who came to our 50th reunion – I look forward to our 55th. We welcome all visitors to beautiful Charlottesville, VA.”

1952 Charles Carpenter would love to get in touch in with his classmates. His phone number in Chicago is 708-443-5530 or in Martha’s Vineyard (during the month of August) at 708-254-0574.

1953 Lydia Stefanov Demko writes: “We have four granddaughters. We spent a wonderful Christmas all together and with some friends. If our health improves, we, or at least I, will come to the reunion.” Robert S. Tate writes: “Two years at MFS made it possible for me to go to college. For that I am extremely grateful. Imagine if everyone could receive a college education regardless of family wealth.”

1957 Fred Homer writes: “I continue with a variety of satisfying endeavors – blacksmithing, bird rehabilitation, gardening, writing and all that is entailed with maintaining our land and, of course, keeping Debbie happy. My best to everyone!”

1958 Shelly Lario Towers writes: “Still enjoying the travel business and our seven grandchildren. We’ll be celebrating our 50th in April. Time flies when you’re having fun!”

1961 Bill Archer is now a mascot for the Moorestown Historical Society as the Town Crier. He has marched in the 4th of July parade, the Annual Halloween Parade in October 2011 and the



Bill Archer ’61 as the Town Crier in the annual Moorestown Lions Christmas parade. To his right is Bill’s wife Eileen. Moorestown Lions Holiday Parade in December 2011. The Parade Marshall asked him and his wife Eileen to join him on the reviewing stand at the end of the parade. Bill also plays the Town Crier part at social events at the historical society house. Epic Systems and founding Chief Operating Officer Judith Greenfield Faulkner were the subject of a New York Times profile which appeared on the front page of the Business section on Sunday, January 14. Located outside of Madison, Wisconsin, Epic Systems supplies electronic medical records for large health care providers, such as Kaiser Permanente. Faulkner, the CEO of Epic Systems, started the company with a few colleagues when she was just out of graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. The company, founded over 30 years ago, has grown from three parttime employees to 5,100 employees with plans to hire 1,000 more in the near future. The article notes that Epic’s reputation as a fun-filled, creative place to work helps draw programmers who might otherwise take jobs at Google, Microsoft or Facebook. The Epic Systems campus sports a treehouse for meetings, a two-story slide and a Cat in the Hat statue. Faulkner “has made it a point to

Ron Luber now has two grandchildren. His middle son, Dennis, is a marketing executive at the new Revel casino and his son, Ben, continues to be an assistant basketball coach at Rider University.

1967 Thomas R. Hedges is trying to see fewer patients and spend more time teaching medical students and visiting with his grandson.

1969 Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff announced his candidacy for a third-party U.S. presidency on his website in January. See story on page 4.

1970 CAREER DAY PRESENTER Larry Hinds is a captain in the Fire Department in Sarasota County, FL, where he was 2010 Firefighter of the Year. An Iron Man triathlete, he competes in Firefighter Combat Challenges at the regional and national levels and has been the Florida regional champ. The challenges consist of wearing full gear and simulating the physical demands of real-life firefighting by climbing a five story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized 175-pound victim as competitors race against themselves, their opponents and the clock. He also runs a charter fishing and diving business.

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Nancy Ohler Hunn writes: “Jim and I live in Washington, D.C. and would love to hear from other folks from MFS. This year we went to Africa and had a blast in South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia on safari and meeting folks from each country. Trying to get a plan to go back – only to Namibia this time.”

Classmates Melanie Oliviero ’72 and Joyce Sholl Altschul ’72 preparing to go whale watching off Victoria Island, British Columbia.

1972 Steve Benner was recently interviewed by Faye Flam of The Philadelphia Inquirer for an article entitled “Planet of the Apes: As in ‘Star Trek,’ would aliens be similar to us?” The article focused on the field of astrobiology, in which scientists are attempting to create alternative genetic codes. Lorrie Smith Carter lives in Carrollton, TX, and is enjoying work with a women’s ministry and spending time with her father at the retirement center. Tom Evans has spent many years in Alaska where he is a park ranger. Eileen Riviello Giardino lives in Texas where she is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Department of Acute and Continuing Care. Peter Hohage writes: “I still teach English and Religious Education at the same school that Debra Harding Lamb and I went to and I am also part of the group of persons running the school. My wife is a learning counselor and has her office in our house. Our three children are almost adults now. We are a happy family.”

Gail MacColl Jarrett notes that “Forty years seems a lot. At the same time, it doesn’t seem that long ago. I live in the U.K. and am busy with work commitments. John Ellis died a few years ago. It makes me sad to think of those long ago classmates who perhaps died unexpectedly – one can remember them so clearly as teenagers.” Roman Koropeckyj has been living in Los Angeles since 1992 where he teaches Slavic language and literature at UCLA.

as counsel for insurers in many major asbestos coverage cases, and is an expert on complex insurance coverage issues and toxic tort claims. He earned both his B.A. and J.D. from Rutgers University. Ann Zeichner is living in the San Francisco area and cannot believe that forty years have gone by since high school.

1980 Michael ‘Lif’ Lifshen writes: “All is well in Texas except the brutal summer. Our girls Jenna and Samantha are six and eight and enjoying school so far. Samantha rides horses like her mom and Jenna does gymnastics. Daddy Lif is still hooping it up and plays disc golf with their dogs, K.J. and Cinnamon.”

1982 Elise Mannella has been living in Central Jersey since 2003. She is currently self-employed and organizing her neighborhood association’s first house tour. Both her brother, Richard ’75, and sister, Nina ’78, live nearby with their families and her mother is still living in Moorestown. Her father passed away last fall. Charlie Martin recently changed jobs and now lives outside of Lancaster, PA and works in southern York County and “doesn’t miss the extreme winters of Frostbite Falls, NY.” Melanie Oliviero recently spent time with Joyce Sholl Altschul when they met up in Canada for some whale watching. John Scattergood is “enjoying the reserved lifestyle found in the small city of western Georgia that I call home.” Joel Schwartz still lives in Haddonfield and runs a computer consulting/repair business from home. Bill Shelley is a partner at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor and chair of its global insurance group. He has served

Beth Weber Hermann recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of appearing on Jeopardy! She is looking forward to seeing everyone from the Class of 1982 at the reunion in May. Brian Litten was recently named Chief Executive Officer of PathForward Oncology, LLC. The company offers cancer care pathways to standardize best practices for chemotherapy-based treatment and related services to health insurers and their oncology networks nationwide. In his new role, Brian will oversee the forging of partnerships between physicians who provide cancer care and health insurance companies.

1984 Lisa Calvo Haas has been elected as a board member at Philadelphia’s Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, part of the Jefferson Health System. She is a Member and Director of Business Development at Cozen O’Connor, and is responsible for the design and implementation of initiatives for business law and commercial litigation at the firm. She also serves on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (where she is Chair of the


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Christmas party. Their son Peter is a very active boy who attends preschool five days a week.

1989 1986 Shawn Wells, Jr. has returned from deployment overseas. His family attended his Change of Command ceremony in Vicenza, Italy and Shawn is now stationed at Fort Meade, MD at the U.S. Army Cyber Command developing new concepts and has been selected to attend the Army War College next August. His wife Shelly retired from the Army after 21 years of service and hopes to pursue her love of aviation. His daughter Katie is enjoying having her father back home and is a volunteer for Tails High, a cat rescue group.

Donna Basilicato St. Germain is very happy to have returned to the Philadelphia area from Maryland. She, her husband and son are enjoying their rediscovery of the area.

1991 Mark Friedenthal, wife Donielle and big sister Lexi welcomed daughter Alana Sasha on October 26. She weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz.


1987 Two collages created by Nathan Williams were on display as part of a multimedia exhibition by artists and photographers representing the African diaspora in the North East Gallery of the Visitors Lobby at United Nations Headquarters. Titled “The African Continuum: Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Contributions of People of African Descent,” the exhibition celebrated the contributions of people of African descent to global civilization and aims at fostering greater awareness about the challenges they face. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay attended the formal launch. Author and poet Maya Angelou recited her poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” for the occasion.

1988 Whitney Wells DiBella gave birth to a second boy on September 25, named Gregory Tino DiBella. She continues to work for Recovery Physical Therapy in New York as Director of Marketing. When time permits she enjoys her monthly book club in Washington, D.C. near their home in VA. Whitney and her husband, Rick, a producer at CNN, attended the Obama’s White House 26

Eden’s Root by Rachel Merkt Fisher ’93


Michelle Betoni ’92 and daughter Riley Emerson Morton. Michelle Betoni welcomed baby girl, Riley Emerson Morton, on August 9. She weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. CAREER DAY PRESENTER Dan Lutz is the managing principal of HDR, a 16-person architectural office in New York City. Dan’s clients include NYU, Columbia University, and New York Presbyterian Hospital among many others. As an architect, Dan specializes in the planning and design of complex science facilities. He has built numerous research laboratories for academic institutions, multi-national corporations and government agencies across the country. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rachel Merkt Fisher recently completed her first novel, Eden’s Root, and has been published on Kindle: The book, a sci-fi/apocalyptic work, is intended to be part of a trilogy and is rooted in Rachel’s struggle with ovarian cancer three years ago.

1994 CAREER DAY PRESENTER After earning a B.S. in marketing from Roger Williams University, Maria Aseron Ramos received a master’s degree in tourism administration from George Washington University. She has had experience at the Association Headquarters Inc., American Express, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Maria is active with the Philadelphia-area chapter of Meeting Planners International as its vice president for education, and is currently Program Director for JR Global Events, a Philadelphia-based meeting and event management company.

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Rob Moose ’00 Wins Two Grammy Awards with Bon Iver Indie-classical instrumentalist Rob Moose has won two Grammies for his work on Bon Iver’s self-titled sophomore album, which was recognized at the February 12 awards ceremony for both “Best New Artist” and “Best Alternative Album.” Rob’s professional credits on the album are for both arranging and strings. Although the band lead vocalist Justin Vernon refused to perform at the Grammies, one can view a cached video of Rob performing Beth/Rest with Bon Iver on Saturday Night Live (NBC) on its site; Justin Timberlake later spoofed the band on SNL after the Grammy win. Rob is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in violin performance, and his career has straddled the classical and pop music worlds. An active studio and Broadway musician, Rob has been a guitarist, violinist and back-up vocalist for the chamber pop ensemble Antony and the Johnsons, recording with the group, as well as accompanying them on their world tour. He has also been a featured player with Sufjan Stevens, The National and My Brightest Diamond. He has played viola for Jay-Z and violin for artists as diverse as Savion Glover, Vampire Weekend, Josh Groban and Duncan Sheik. In addition, Rob is a founding member of ymusic, a sextet that plays classical and pop compositions and whose members offer their services to pop musicians interested in adding classical elements to their songs. Rob grew up in Windsor, CT and attended Loomis Chaffee through 10th grade, studying violin and piano at the Hartt School of Music. When his family moved to Moorestown, he completed high school at MFS, where he jammed with classmates and then-Dean of Students Chuck Amidon, and graced the auditorium stage in the Upper School Talent Show his senior year in Rob and the Mooselinis, with Colin Alteveer ’00, Jon Giffen ’02 and Rich Stouffer ’02. He has gone further than most in fulfilling his yearbook prediction, which was that he was most likely to “get rich covering Santana.”

with key business stakeholders within the firm on new business initiatives and incremental revenue opportunities. She also trains both employees and clients on the site’s content offerings and analytical tools. Before coming to GS, Lindsay worked at Bloomberg Financial Markets. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. CAREER DAY PRESENTER Linsey Davis see page 21.

Judith Wallner ’95 leading a workshop at the MFS Mock Primary Election.

1995 CAREER DAY PRESENTER Lindsay Auer Collins is a vice president of sales management and administration at Goldman Sachs in New York City. She manages the strategic business development and marketing for Goldman 360, a client-facing portal with over 150,000 global users. She collaborates

Judith R. Wallner returned to the MFS campus to lead workshops during the recent MFS Mock Primary Election. Judith has worked at Emily’s List, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, The Strategy Group, The Atlas Project, the U.S. Senate and on a number of local and federal campaigns.

1996 Deb Edmund Colitas writes: “My husband Chris and I opened a restaurant a year ago in Allentown, PA called The Gyro Company. It is a fast-casual start-up that is our creation. We are gaining some

Deb Edmund Colitas ’96 and her husband Chris at their restaurant The Gyro Company. local and national attention now as something new and different in the food industry. We’d love any visitors from MFS to join us for a gyro!”

1998 Kalia Brooks was recently featured on two panels. She served as moderator at the artists’ talk “Voices of Home” at the Karen Jenkins Johnson Gallery in New York City. She was a panelist for a session titled “Black Venus: They Called Her ‘Hottentot’” at the College Art 27

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Cole Fitzgerald Williams, son of Megan Fitzgerald Williams ’99. Association’s 10th Annual Conference in Los Angeles. She also wrote the essay for the catalogue of the “Next Generation” art exhibition which took place earlier this year at Lauren Gentile’s Contemporary Wing gallery in Washington, D.C.

MFS alums celebrated the wedding of Steve Gifford ’00 and Rebekah Sheppard ’99 on October 15. Left to right: Andrew Maclver ’01, Gloria Gifford ’04, Kari Myers Johnson ’00, Tim Kreider ’00, Rebekah Sheppard Gifford, Steve Gifford, Ian Scott ’98, Heather Croshaw ’00 and Melissa Maquilan ’00. achievement gains. Liz graduated from Goucher College, and later served with Teach for America in the border town of Roma, Texas.


Rebecca Overholt writes: “I spent a brilliant four weeks in the U.K. last summer, once again studying theatre (and Shakespeare, of course). Back in the U.S.A., for the time being, splitting time between North and South Jersey.”

Megan Fitzgerald Williams and her husband are the proud parents of Cole Fitzgerald Williams, born August 13 and weighing in at 7 lbs., 1 oz. Megan had the opportunity to visit the MFS campus in October and was very impressed with the athletic facilities built since her graduation.


2000 Steve Gifford and Rebekah Sheppard ’99 were married on October 15 in Lake Placid, NY. Many MFS alums were in attendance. CAREER DAY PRESENTER Heather McKay is Director of the Sloan Center on Innovative Training and Workforce Development at Rutgers University, where she is also a candidate for a Ph.D. in global affairs. She completed her B.A. at Bryn Mawr College and has an M.A. in world history from King’s College, London, and an M.S. in global affairs from Rutgers. In her work at the Sloan Center, Heather has secured and oversees a number of grants designed to move people from unemployment to the workforce, and has 28

Rebecca Overholt ’01 in Oxford, England. been involved with innovative programs for moving inmates from prison to the workforce. She has testified before Congress, provided advice to the Obama administration on on-line learning, and speaks internationally in her field.

2001 CAREER DAY PRESENTER Liz McKenna is a candidate for a master’s in public policy at Cornell University and is currently the Director of Special Projects for the Mastery Schools in Philadelphia, a growing nonprofit charter school network recognized nationally for its work in school turnarounds and dramatic student

CAREER DAY PRESENTER Molly Kreider began her nursing career in Labor and Delivery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she developed an interest in the health insurance system. While studying health policy and finance at NYU, Molly switched units to the Pediatric Emergency Department. Since returning to Philadelphia, she has worked on a Cardiac Unit at Pennsylvania Hospital and is currently in the Emergency Department at Jefferson Hospital. She has a B.S.N. from University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.A. in health policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and currently is a pre-doctoral fellow at Penn’s School of Nursing. Michi Muzyka held her first solo art show, Effluorescence: Cut Paper

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Deb Harris and her husband, Drew Beard, at their September wedding at the Philadelphia Zoo. Anni Weisband ’07 found at tv/four-weddings.


Members of the Class of 2005 helped celebrate the wedding of Katie Van Cleve ’05 to Andrew Long in September. From left to right: Elyse Muratore, Sarah Lynn Geiger, Kernika Gupta, Katie’s father, Paul Van Cleve, Katie, Lisa Hummel and Erica Yankowski. Sculpture Installations, at the Slingluff Gallery in Philadelphia during the month of March. Stephen Young is attending St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Grenada.

2003 Deb Harris was married to Drew Beard on September 17, 2011 at the Philadelphia Zoo. In attendance were Deb’s brothers Eric Harris ’00 and Jeff

Harris and maid of honor was Jen McWilliams. Erika Richardson, a doctoral student in the business program at Northwestern, and her husband, Kareem Hall, were recent winners of the TLC network reality show Four Weddings. The winners received an all-expenses paid honeymoon. Erika and Kareem’s wedding was held in the Chicago penthouse which was used as a set in a Batman film. Clips from the show can be

Katie Van Cleve married Andrew Long on September 23, 2011. There was a large representation of MFS alumni. Classmates from 2005 included Elyse Muratore, Sarah Lynn Geiger, Kernika Gupta, Lisa Hummel and Erica Yankowski. Also in attendance were Katie’s siblings, Sarah Van Cleve ’07, Michael Van Cleve ’11 and current ninth grader Laila Van Cleve. Yuka Murakami ’04, a Tokyo Friends School exchange student who stayed with the Van Cleve family during her time at MFS, came all the way from London to celebrate with Katie.

2006 Whitney Lyn Wolf recently moved to New York City and debuted her album The Unraveling. She has made appearances in both NYC and Philadelphia. Her website is

2007 Brendan Beckett graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.S. in Finance. He began work as a Financial Solutions Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Hopewell, NJ. In September, he passed 29

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the FINRA General Securities Representative Exam, known as the “Series 7.”

Top Left: The “odd years” downed the “even years” 4-2 in an exciting Alumni Soccer Match on Saturday, November 26. Dave Baiada ’95 garnered MVP honors scoring two goals including a highlight-reel goal from 25 yards out for the second “Evens” goal. Front row (l to r): Greg Yingling ’11, Adam Briggs ’00, Ted Hopton ’80, Aaron Grossman ’06, Janak Bhatt ’09, Mike Stobbe ’09, Ben Lasserre ’10, Nick Cook ’11, Peter Barna ’11, Tim Cook ’08, Harrison Krohn ’11, Jake O’Donnell ’11 and Shawn Gupta ’10. Back row: Aaron Snethen ’96, John Latimer ’11, Matt Tamburri ’11, Assistant Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Will Stouffer ’05, Shawn Stutz ’06, Kevin Console ’06, Kyle Nocho ’07, Justin Stark ’10, Andrew Setz-Kelly ’07, David Pettigrew ’97, Shane McAleer ’92, Mike Murray ’08, Alex Levy ’07, Dave Baiada, Joe Fillipone ’11, Bryce Langlotz ’11, Kyle Koste ’11, School Committee Clerk Naoji Moriuchi ’94 and Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Mike Schlotterbeck. Missing from the photo was Keith Console ’11, who scored the game winning goal in the second half.

CAREER DAY PRESENTER Emily Greenberg is the marketing partnerships coordinator at Destination Maternity. She has a bachelor’s of science in marketing from Drexel University LeBow College of Business, where she is now enrolled in a master’s program. Her Drexel co-op experiences included working at Johnson and Johnson, QVC and Estée Lauder. Zach Melrose is currently a fellow at the University of Delaware working on his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Katie Richter, in graduate school at the University of Beijing, recently competed in the school’s graduate student Olympic event. She ran two individual events and three relay races, and took first place in the one-mile run and 400m sprint, with a personal best for the mile of 5:57. Her relay team took first place in one event and came in second in the other two. It is Katie’s first time running since competing at MFS with Coach Masso’s team. See more about Katie on page 17. Anni Weisband is co-founder and artistic director of a new theater company in New York City, TRUE FALSE. They brought their first production to the OffOff-Broadway stage in October at the Producer’s Club, presenting two one-act plays by Dania Tavana, “Firework for Real” and “Bedspread.” Anni and Dania met at the Governor’s School for the Arts when they were in high school.

Bottom Left: The Red and Blue Alumni Basketball Game on December 21 was an exciting affair won by the “Blue” 78-77. The game featured a lot of up and down action and a half-court shot by Ron Obermeier at the halftime buzzer. Front row (l to r): Greg Billings ’84, Jackiem Wright ’00, Seiji Moriuchi ’98, Steve Suflas ’69, Math Teacher, Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Ron Obermeier, Andrew Preston ’06, Sean Denson ’08 and Jake Montgomery ’10. Middle: Matt Tamburri ’11, Bryce Langlotz ’11, Mike Stobbe ’09, Jeff Murza ’04, Isaias Munoz ’11, Aaron Snethen ’96, Eric Maertin ’10, Bill Martin ’06 and John Latimer ’11. Back: Galen Specer-Linzie ’11, Drew Haines ’11, Duran Searles ’99, Curran Ellis ’11, Aaron Washington ’03, Evan Armstrong ’11, Shawn Stutz ’06, Social Studies Teacher and JV Boys Basketball Coach Parker Curtis, Tim Cook ’08 and Phil Dwyer ’10. 30

2009 Dan Siegeltuch worked as a volunteer aid to Lower School Spanish Teacher Erick Perez in January. Dan, a fluent Spanish speaker, is currently studying Spanish at Sarah Lawrence College and is now in Granada, Spain for a semester. In the Lower School, Dan shared his knowledge about different cultural aspects of Spain with the fourth graders.

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she held until 1982-83. During that time she also taught fourth and fifth grade, and served as Lower School Director of Studies for one year. She then transitioned to serve as Director of Development from 1983 to 1987, during which time the Toward Our Third Century Capital Campaign was successfully completed and Stokes Hall was built. She then served as Head of Lower School at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Michael Wang, two children, Andy Wang '85 and Kathy Wang Seward '85, along with other relatives. The Class of 2007 gathered at a reunion on December 23 at Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. Thanks to Emily Greenberg for providing this photo with IDs. 1. Danielle Nutt 2. Leigh Ann Matthews 3. Anthony Cordisco 4. Zach Melrose 5. Sammi Ocher 6. Rachel Denby 7. Andrew Thompson 8. Kyle Nocho 9. Emily Hummel 10. Mike Puleo 11. Ryan Turkington 12. Jackie Draper 13. Julie Steinberg 14. Scott Rominger 15. Ann Stouffer 16. Anni Weisband 17. Courtney Brown 18. Alex Levy 19. Brandon Perzin 20. Eamon Kelleher 21. Becca Cope 22. Emily Greenberg 23. Nadia Washlick 24. Rosie Reilly 25. Tara Thomas 26. John Chierici 27. Aileen Scullen-Turcich.

In Memoriam… J. Kirk Russell Kirk Russell, the head coach of the only state championship boys soccer team in school history, passed away on September 27, 2011. Mr. Russell wore many hats during his time at Moorestown Friends. He was the Director of Development from 1978-83, Director of Upper School Admissions from 1983-85 and Director of Admissions and Physical Facilities from 1983-85. In 1979, the boys soccer team, coached by Mr. Russell, downed St. Cecilia’s of Kearny 1-0 in double overtime to win the New Jersey Parochial B state championship. He also led the team to the South Jersey Parochial B title in 1980. He served as Director of Admissions at Friends Select School, Darrow School (NY), and West Nottingham Academy

(MD). Head of School Larry Van Meter was the Head at Darrow during Mr. Russell's time there and was also familiar with his impact at Moorestown Friends. “Kirk will long be remembered as a great mentor and coach—someone who cared deeply about kids and believed deeply in MFS and Quaker education,” he said. In addition to his mother, Esther McKechnie Russell, Mr. Russell is survived by his son, Jason Wilkinson, his sisters, Laurie Worth and Paige Russell, and other relatives. Sandy Wang Moorestown Friends School alumni parent, former teacher and administrator Carol “Sandy” Wang passed away on September 17, 2011. Ms. Wang began as a Pre-Primary teacher at MFS in the 1972-73 school year. She taught Primary in 197778 and 1978-79, and became Assistant Lower School Director in 1979-80, a post

Cynthia L. MacColl Cynthia L. MacColl, a Moorestown Friends School alumni parent and administrator, passed away on February 27, 2012 in Waterville, Maine. Ms. MacColl was an important part of the Moorestown Friends community for 15 years, playing many roles in admissions and administrative support. She is survived by her children, Ross Attix ’70, Craig Attix ’72, Lee Attix ’74 and Lisa Attix ’76, and several grandchildren.

Class Notes received after March 9 will be printed in the next issue of Among Friends.


In Memoriam Mary Ellen Avery ’44, December 4, 2011, sister of the late Jane Avery Smith ’41

Evelyn Lorraine “Larry” Hilbert, September 30, 2011, mother of Christopher Hilbert ’69

James Hall Bready ’35, October 29, 2011

Carl E. Johnson, August 10, 2011, husband of Margarita Sharp Johnson ’49

Kathryn Taylor Brooks ’70, October 5, 2011 Charles E. Brown, December 14, 2011, husband of Elizabeth McAllister Brown ’42 T. Bayard Brunt, Jr. ’34, February 28, 2012, husband of the late Janet Wheeler Brunt ’34, father of Thomas B. Brunt III ’60, Peter Brunt ’62, Caroline Brunt Moriuchi ’66 and Lydia Brunt Myers, father-in-law of Wendy Reis Brunt ’63, Kris Ries Brunt ’60, Fred Moriuchi ’65 and Barry Myers, and grandfather of five MFS alumni.

Lucia Hollerith Lefferts ’43, December 29, 2011, sister of the late Sarah Hollerith Nietsch ’40 Neil Litten, September 17, 2011, father of Brian Litten ’82, Todd Litten ’85 and Jordan Litten ’86 B. Frank Lovett ’63, October 29, 2010, brother of James Raymond Lovett ’66 Sue McAuliffe Lucas ’62, October 1, 2011, sister of Timothy McAuiffe ’57 and the late Ann McAuliffe Darr ’62

Stuart Clark ’40, June 12, 2010, brother of Nancy Clark Brooks ’38

Madeline Hendricks Makel ’45, January 31, 2011

Murray L. Deutsch, November 6, 2011, father of James W. Deutsch ’67 and Peter Deutsch ’64

Raymond Manella, October 22, 2011, father of Elise Manella ’72, Richard Manella ’75 and Nina Manella ’78

William J. Diller, Jr. ’59, January 2, 2012, brother of the late Woodward Henry Diller ’59

Cynthia L. MacColl, February 27, 2011, mother of Ross Attix ’70, Craig Attix ’72, Lee Attix ’74 and Lisa Attix ’76

Robert Fischer ’54 William Hamilton ’42, August 26, 2011, brother of the late Charles Hamilton ’48 Mark Keleman ’71, November 2011, brother of James Kelemen ’68, Jeffrey Kelemen ’63 and Scott Kelemen ’66 and uncle of Dylan Kelemen ’03 and Tealin Kelemen ’00.

John “Beef” Hoyt Meader ’39, February 29, 2012, brother of the late Stephen Meader, Jr. ’36, Jane Meader ’37 and the late Margaret Meader Hofmann ’43 Sophia Megee, March 3, 2012, mother of Harold L. Megee ’57

Jeffrey T. Neill ’69, January 15, 2011 Lewis P. Orchard, III ’68, December 31, 2011 William H. Philips ’63, May 19, 2011 J. Kirk Russell III, September 27, 2011, former Director of Development, Director of Admissions, Director of Physical Facilities and Soccer Coach Susan MacDonald Russell ’48, September 18, 2011 Judy B. Remington, September 3, 2011, mother of Miranda Remington ’13 Susan C. Shelley ’62, July 26, 2011, daughter of the late MFS faculty member, Warren Shelley, sister of Karl Shelley ’65, Bill Shelley ’72 and Kathryn Shelley-Barnes ’78 and the late Barbara Shelley McKay ’59 Helen Ann Stevens, January 25, 2012, mother of Janet Stevens ’77 and Ken Stevens ’80 and grandmother of Morgan Burgess ’08, Cliff Burgess ’12 and Kailey Burgess ’13 Thomas A. Tenney, February 1, 2012, former MFS faculty Richard T. Walnut ’41, February 1, 2012, brother of the Charles P. Walnut, Jr. ’37 Sandy Wang, September 18, 2011, former Director of Development, Lower School Director and teacher, mother of Kathy Wang Seward ’85 and Andy Wang ’85

Florence Conover Michelfelder, May 6, 2011, mother of Diane Michelfelder ’71

Editor’s Note: Full obituaries are no longer published in Among Friends, but may still be 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 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 an obituary be mailed to your home. In Memoriam is based on information received by March 15, 2012.


Alumni Weekend 2012 Come Back to Friends! Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5 Friday, May 4

Saturday, May 5 – Schedule of Events

1:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Alumni Association Meeting Location: D’Olier Room of the Meeting House

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Hartman Hall Location: Hartman Hall Join alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends for this exciting community-wide celebration. MFS will provide live streaming video during the event.

11:00 a.m. Student Guided Tours Begin Will be available throughout the day, departing from Stokes Hill Lobby. 11:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

6:00 p.m.

Dinner Among Friends Location: Dining Hall Commons (by reservation) Greet teachers and classmates and applaud the 2012 Alumni Association Award recipients. Plan a table with your MFS friends.

This year’s Alumni Association Award recipients are:

12:00 p.m. Luncheon in Honor of the 50th Reunion Class and all prior classes Location: Dining Room Commons The Class of 1962 and all alumni from earlier years are invited to be the school’s guests at a seated luncheon. 12:00 p.m. Free Alumni Association Picnic Location: Field House/Commons Food provided by Elevation Burger.

1:30 p.m. – Hartman Hall Open House 4:00 p.m. Join us for a community-wide event to celebrate the opening of Hartman Hall. Tours of the Robert L. Smith ’42 Phil and Naomi building will be offered as well as activities led Robin G. Nelson ’97 Lippincott Alice Paul Merit Young Alumni by MFS faculty in the new classrooms. Activities Service Award Award Award include the STARLAB inflatable planetarium for kids, robotics demonstrations, math activities and more! Minutes of Appreciation will also be read for three long-time faculty members who will be retiring after 4:00 p.m. Head of School’s Reception the 2011-12 school year: Location: Greenleaf Mansion (28 East Main Street) Larry and Margaret Van Meter cordially invite alumni to the Greenleaf Mansion to socialize with teachers and classmates. Reunion photos will be taken for Among Friends magazine.

Barbara Caldwell Associate Head of School/ Academic Dean

Marty Richter Middle/Upper School Woodworking/ Photography Teacher

Maggie Beck Middle School Dean and English Teacher

To register online, visit and click on “Alumni.” Remember, this year’s reunion classes are the 2’s and 7’s.

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Alumni Weekend Special Events: Hartman Hall Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Friday, May 4, 1:30 p.m.

Hartman Hall Open House Saturday, May 5, 1:30 – 4 p.m. These events are open to the entire MFS community.

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